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Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: Episode 1

There are dimples galore and a few too many coincidences in tvN’s new rom-com, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. A Seoulite dentist finds herself in a tiny little seaside village where things don’t quite work the way they should, and one person in particular doesn’t quite make sense. But even when everything that can go wrong does, there’s something our heroine can’t seem to resist about this place or its people – and they can’t seem to resist her, either.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

We open on beautiful aerial shots of boats and water, and then zero in on a woman running along a bridge. She’s passed by a group of runners, and pushes herself until she passes them. She arrives at her apartment building and holds the elevator door for another woman (cameo by Kim Jung-eun) to get on. The other woman strikes up a conversation, chatting away about visiting her daughter who lives in this building and works at a company. It turns out they’re not only headed to the same floor, but adjacent apartments, and the visiting woman nags in a motherly fashion over the takeout boxes outside our heroine’s door.

Some time later, our heroine breezes out of her apartment and heads to work, and we learn that she’s a dentist: Doctor YOON HYE-JIN (Shin Mina). Her first patient has already arrived, and to her surprise it’s the same woman from the elevator. The woman explains that her daughter paid for the appointment, seeming both proud and a little embarrassed.

After the woman leaves, Hye-jin notices the new magazines that are being set out in the waiting room – and one advertisement in particular catches her eye. It’s for a pair of expensive shoes that she’s been waiting to buy once they go on sale. (Though the tech remarks that Hye-jin can more than afford them at her salary.)

Just then, Hye-jin is called into her boss’s office to discuss the patient she’s just seen. Her boss takes her to task for not recommending extra treatment, but Hye-jin stands by what she’s already prescribed. Her boss doesn’t press the matter, but Hye-jin finds out later that the patient has been removed from her care and reassigned to her boss instead.

Hye-jin immediately confronts her, listing off a number of times her boss has prescribed more treatment than necessary to get more money, adding, “It’s doctors like you that make people suspect dental clinics of overtreatment.” She recites the Hippocratic Oath, which her boss doesn’t appear to recognize and then quits on the spot.

Later that night, she meets up with her friend PYO MI-SUN (Gong Min-jung) for drinks. She’s already purchased those shoes she was eyeing, and sits hugging the box as she tells Mi-sun the whole story. Mi-sun is surprised that Hye-jin went so far as to introduce the patient to another clinic, since her lifelong motto has been to focus solely on herself. Pointing to the shoes, Mi-sun asks what Hye-jin plans to do now with no job and bad credit. Hye-jin just hopes she can get a job that pays well.

Hye-jin wakes up the next morning to an angry text from her former boss. To her horror, Hye-jin realizes that last night she’d drunkenly posted online about the incident. She frantically tries to delete the post, but can’t remember her password. (Hahaha the ones she tries are “AngelicHye-jin” and “LovelyHye-jin1004” – “1004” being a homophone for “angel.”) That’s when she gets an alert that almost 7,000,000 won (about $6,000) is scheduled to be withdrawn from her account. She screams in frustration.

We skip ahead a couple of weeks, when her application to another dental clinic is rejected, likely due to her ex-boss spreading rumors about her. She sighs as another text notification pings, assuming it’s another credit card bill, but it’s actually a reminder that today is her mother’s birthday. She looks sadly at her family picture taken on a beach.

We jump from there to a boat nearing harbor, with a man on board enjoying the breeze. At the dock, the man steps off, only to be immediately scolded for bringing along a seasick (foreigner) worker. He cheerily says that everyone has to start somewhere, then speaks to the seasick worker in his native language and offers him peppermint tea for the nausea and earplugs to help prevent seasickness tomorrow.

He’s HONG DOO-SHIK (Kim Sun-ho), but everyone calls him Chief Hong, and it’s clear he’s beloved by all. As he weaves his way through the market of the little seaside town Gongjin, he happily greets everyone he passes, and they thank him for his help with an odd job or another.

Hye-jin arrives at the beach from her photo, which she says hasn’t changed a bit. She takes off her new shoes and sits down on the sand to watch a surfer, and thinks back to playing on the beach with her parents. Her mother had looked pale and fragile, but smiled as she watched Hye-jin and her father playing together.

Hye-jin goes for a walk down the beach and decides to call her dad. Their conversation is short and awkward: he appears to have remarried, and doesn’t realize what day it is until after Hye-jin has already hung up.

Suddenly, Hye-jin realizes that her new shoes have vanished. She starts to panic, but the surfer she was watching before approaches, holding out one of the shoes – and wouldn’t you know, it’s Doo-shik. She thanks him and asks if he only found the one, and then sheepishly asks if he wouldn’t mind helping her look. He takes his time answering, and finally says that it’s because of people like her that the saying “Save a person from drowning and they’ll ask for your belongings” exists. Mortified, she quickly explains that she’s afraid of water, and he clearly isn’t, so she just thought he might be willing to help, especially since he already found one shoe. He in turn says that he didn’t retrieve her shoe, but that her shoe floated right onto his surfboard.

She apologizes, but asks for his help again, this time in getting to her car, since she’s barefoot. At first, he tells her that it’s healthy to walk barefoot, but eventually he gives in and tosses her his sandals. She’s disgusted by the thought, especially since they’re labeled as bathroom slippers from a sashimi restaurant, but she doesn’t really have a better choice.

On the way to her car, she passes a couple of children, one of whom is sobbing. Seeing that the girl is holding a bloody tooth in her hand, Hye-jin asks if it fell out. The other child, a boy, says that’s not what happened… as blood trickles down his lip. The little girl cries even harder, and admits that she accidentally hit him. Hye-jin examines the boy’s mouth and asks if there’s a dental clinic nearby. Turns out, the only clinic is about 30 minutes away by car.

Hye-jin fixes up the little boy’s mouth with gauze and accompanies him to the restaurant his mother, YEO HWA-JUNG (Lee Bong-ryun) owns. The boy’s parents (whom we learn are divorced) thank her for her help, but then Hwa-jung glances down at Hye-jin’s feet and asks why she’s wearing slippers from her restaurant’s bathroom.

She takes Hye-jin inside and shows her to a table, assuring her that she can keep the slippers. She insists on feeding Hye-jin free of charge, so Hye-jin asks for seaweed soup, and they chat while she eats. Hwa-jung says pointedly that the only flaw Gongjin has is that there’s no dental clinic nearby – if there were, people would be lining up at the door. She offers to recommend a good spot if Hye-jin ever considers opening up a clinic of her own.

Doo-shik gets out of the shower to a million text messages asking for his time. He answers a quick “yes” to all, but the only one that makes him smile is a notice that his order has arrived at the hardware store. He practically skips over to the store, where he has to wake the owner from a nap. They banter as Doo-shik examines his purchase and haggles over the price, and the owner complains about the number of coins Doo-shik uses to pay (and the extra bag of snacks he grabs on his way out the door).

Doo-shik and Hye-jin cross the same street in different directions, just missing seeing each other. She pauses at a vacant building to read the posted rent rates. It’s much cheaper than rent in Seoul, and she entertains the idea of starting over here, but ultimately decides against it and returns to her car. But the car won’t start and her phone can’t seem to catch a signal, leaving her with no way to call the insurance company for help.

Hye-jin wanders through the market trying to find signal, but has to take a pit stop in the nearest building – a café – to use the restroom. The café owner, OH CHUN-JAE (Jo Han-chul), is a former singer, and deflates when Hye-jin doesn’t recognize that he’s the guy in the posters on the wall or know his 1993 hit song. She soon abandons the horrible-tasting Americano she ordered and asks to use the phone, but it’s not working either. And neither is his cell phone. Or the credit card reader. Or his daughter’s phone.

Hye-jin isn’t carrying any cash, so she offers to leave her handbag as collateral while she runs to an ATM to withdraw the money for her coffee. But Chun-jae’s daughter suspects it’s fake due to the cheap slippers Hye-jin is still wearing. Exasperated, Hye-jin leaves her cell phone with them instead.

At the bank, none of the ATMs are working so she’s forced to return to the café empty-handed. Chun-jae and his daughter glare as she offers to wire him the money once she gets back to Seoul, but she’s saved when Doo-shik walks in. He’s able to confirm that all of Gongjin’s banks, cell service, and internet is down because of a fire at the telecom company. Hye-jin once again asks Doo-shik for a favor – for him to lend her the coffee money – insisting that she’s not normally this shameless. He doesn’t quite believe her, but tells her to follow him. He’ll give her a way to earn the money.

On the way, she hounds him with questions that he refuses to answer until they meet a police officer who calls Doo-shik “hyung” and fills him in on the status of the telecom company fire. Doo-shik tells Hye-jin they need to make a quick stop first, which turns out to be checking on local elderly residents to reassure them about the fire. At first Hye-jin is impatient, but as she watches Doo-shik communicate in sign language with a particularly elderly lady, her annoyance starts to melt away.

As they head back on their way, Hye-jin finally asks Doo-shik what he does for a living and why everyone calls him Chief Hong, but he deflects and leads her over to where a group of women are gutting squid to be sold. This is the job she’ll need to complete to earn the money for her coffee. Hye-jin blanches at the thought and takes offense that Doo-shik is only offering minimum wage, but he cuts off her protests and leaves her in the ladies’ care. They can tell at a glance that she’s out of her element, but show her what to do. At her clumsy attempts, they tsk that she’s not very good with her hands.

At sunset, Doo-shik comes back and pays her, digging into his own coin purse to give her the full amount she’s earned. She asks him to deliver the coffee money (he agrees), and then she calls him back to ask if he has a car. He nods and pulls out his thermos (“car” and “tea” are homophones in Korean), so she mimes turning a steering wheel.

That works, and we cut to him hooking up jumper cables to her car’s battery. They successfully start the car but he takes one look at her dashboard and sighs, asking if she really drove all the way here ignoring the low tire pressure warning. He recommends she stay at a nearby sauna overnight and get her tires fixed in the morning.

Hye-jin takes his advice and washes up at the sauna. She calculates how much she has to spend on snacks; it only amounts to one item off the menu. And – surprise, surprise – the cashier is none other than Doo-shik himself. They bicker about him speaking casually to her (to which he freely encourages her to speak casually right back), and she eventually just takes the drink she ordered and walks away in annoyance.

As soon as she stretches out on a mat to sleep, a cricket falls on the floor near her head. Everyone else is unfazed but Hye-jin runs screaming out of the room.

On his way home, Doo-shik is stopped by an elderly lady, who informs him that her friend has hurt her ankle, much to his concern. The injured lady, KIM GAM-RI (Kim Young-ok) turns out to be one of the women Hye-jin worked with that afternoon, and she and Doo-shik affectionately nag at each other as he insists on icing her ankle. She refuses to stay at home, so he ends up piggybacking her to the senior center, and we learn that she took him in after his grandfather died. Even though she feels guilty about accepting free help from him, he tells her to call him anytime for anything, like he’s her own personal genie.

Hye-jin’s skin is still crawling from seeing the cricket, so she goes up to the roof of the sauna to stargaze. She sees a falling star and wishes her mom a happy birthday, and then falls asleep on a bench.

The next morning, she heads back to the docks and finds Doo-shik auctioning off freshly caught fish. She waits for him to finish, and asks again about his occupation, half-jokingly accusing him of being a scammer. Just as she’s asking about an auto repair shop and worrying that she won’t have enough cash, he pauses to take a phone call. It’s not until her own phone rings (and Doo-shik pointedly waves his own phone in her face) that she realizes phone service is back up, meaning the banks must be, too.

The call is from her dental patient back in Seoul, the one she referred to a new clinic so she wouldn’t get ripped off. The woman thanks her tearfully. Then, as a mechanic works on Hye-jin’s car, the two little kids from yesterday come running up to thank her as well. The little boy promises to repay her later, and they both bow and tell her to visit again soon.

Doo-shik, meanwhile, is making coffee in Chun-jae’s café. He gives Chun-jae the money from Hye-jin and assures Chun-jae that Hye-jin is an honest person, though his only evidence is that he “just knows.” Chun-jae notices he’s blushing.

On the drive back to Seoul, Hye-jin gets a call from her ex-boss, who says she never spread any rumors – rather, no one wants to hire a backstabbing whistleblower. She demands Hye-jin kneel and beg forgiveness, provoking Hye-jin to snap that she’ll open up her own clinic instead.

She makes a U-turn and drives to Hwa-jung’s restaurant, and says she wants to open up a clinic after all. Hwa-jung excitedly drops everything and takes her to meet a real estate agent. They have to hike up a big hill, but before they get to the top, Hwa-jung is called away to deal with an event. She tells Hye-jin to just follow the path until she gets to a boat.

Sure enough, there is an old boat sitting at the top of the hill, and someone is sitting underneath working on repairing it. You guessed it: it’s Doo-shik. He’s not at all fazed to see her, and pulls out an ID tag that does indeed identify him as a licensed real estate agent. Dumbfounded, Hye-jin asks what kind of person he really is. He just smiles: “Me? I’m Chief Hong.”

 
EPILOGUE

We flash back to the other day on the beach. Doo-shik had seen Hye-jin watching him on his surfboard, and he’d also observed her helping the boy who lost his tooth, and smiled watching her talk and laugh with the ladies while gutting squid.

 
COMMENTS

Place your bets now – who is Doo-shik, really? Is he a male Candy? A secret chaebol heir? An ex-convict or a con artist harboring a dark secret? A mystical being who’s bewitched the village? Okay, maybe I’m getting a little carried away with that last one, but there’s definitely something mysterious about him. I half-expect him to start changing literal hats every few minutes.

He genuinely seems to enjoy helping out everyone he can, and even giving away every spare second of his time. Which makes me wonder what he does for himself. Who is he when there’s no one who needs his help and no odd job to be done? I wonder if he even knows – maybe he keeps himself busy to avoid that very question. Or maybe he just gets bored easily.

Doo-shik aside, Gongjin is populated with colorful characters that are sure to make Hye-jin’s new life interesting. From the old woman taking in Doo-shik as a (presumably) orphaned child to Hwa-jung so quickly offering to help Hye-jin set up her clinic, they’re a tight-knit yet wholeheartedly welcoming community. Very much like a mother’s embrace, as Hwa-jung so eloquently put it. But they’re not without their oddballs, either, so I expect we’re in for a tale that’s both heartwarming and entertaining.

Normally this many coincidental happenings start to make me roll my eyes just a little, but there’s just something so charming about a peaceful village by the sea where people respond to inconveniences by shrugging their shoulders and saying, Oh well, that’s why we carry a little cash. Of course, if I were in Hye-jin’s shoes, I’d be more frustrated than charmed for sure. But my point is, I don’t mind if Gongjin is just the sort of place where weird coincidences happen sometimes that can’t be explained – it’s part of the allure of the ocean, you know?

It’s clear that Hye-jin has a few mysteries of her own, too. There was this moment when Hwa-jung asked whether she’d been to Gongjin before, and she started to say this was her second time, but then quickly amended it to third. It could have been a simple slip of the tongue, but it felt like more, and I’m curious to find out what happened during her second visit, since we’ve already seen what was probably the first.

Regardless of any mysteries, though, I just really liked this episode and what we’ve seen of the characters so far. Our main couple are charming and easy to root for (and don’t they look adorable together?), and there’s a nice balance of warmth and humor that really does feel like relaxing at the seaside with good company. I felt Hye-jin’s culture shock, but I also felt the comfort she found in getting help from friendly locals and the pull she ultimately couldn’t resist to stay for longer than intended. There’s bound to be more challenges along the way, but I’m ready to dig my toes into the sand and learn all about what this little village has to offer.

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I really liked this premiere. I think this drama is just what I need! 😊

I looked forward to watching this show because the leads are so cute, and it’s set in a seaside village. The premise wasn’t my main reason and I wasn’t expecting much really. But after this first episode, I think I’m going to stay =))

The dimple couple are just so so cute. And their characters are interesting. I’m rooting for Hye-jin and curious about Chief Hong (though I have a feeling he’s actually rich by now, like that button guy in Secretary Kim hehe, or maybe he owns everything hahaha, or used to have a life in the city 😆). The two may not get along perfectly well but I’m glad they’re not constantly bickering.

I agree with what was said regarding coincidences. For me, they just work in this case and I don’t mind them. Also highlighting the charm of the village. And I appreciate that the village people are not annoying at first. There are a number of dramas where the neighbors played an important part and we eventually fell in love with them, but I often found them annoying at the start. But here, they seem to be nice and reliable. Of course, that’s required by the story, but I just want to welcome this breath of fresh air.

Been waiting for a good romcom and I hope this is it. It’s been a while since I got this excited after the first episode. I hope they can sustain this vibe. Looking forward to the next ones~ 😄

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Thanks for the recap, @mistyisles!

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Thank you for the write-up. I got to say that I've found a rom-com that I can really love this year, as most of the rom-coms are really lackluster compare to other genres

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Definitely what I need too! Something light and fluffy and with lots of dimples. Watching something like DP now would kill me off emotionally.
Bring on the coincidence-ridden romance! Huzzah.

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don't forget Shin Mina and Kim Sun Ho!

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My wife and I already like this show- a lot. We have now seen both of the first two episodes- and I will avoid spoilers, just say that the second episode adds more depth to the story and all of its characters. And some of those characters have already shown growth by the end of the second episode.

But Chief Hong is still a bit of a mystery- although I doubt that he is either a gangster or a runaway Chaebol heir.

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This show is a remake of a 2004 Korean movie "Mr. Hong" with Kim Joo-hyuk as Hong Du-shik and Uhm Jung-hwa as Yoon Hye-jin.

It is explained there how Chief Hong ended up like this, but the background is rather pitiful.

Thanks so much @mistyisles for recapping, I hope you enjoy the ride although you normally dont enjoy slice of life drama :)

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Well seeing being Chief Hong and helping other ppl as his coping mechanism.. it must have been a huge trauma! Very interesting title change too.

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This drama looks like it will follow the comforting fluffy path of a standard rom-com - and I'm totally down with that. I'm looking forward to a good-hearted, sweet and light-with-a-side-of-tropes drama that's a pleasure to watch and doesn't ask too much of me in doing so. As we head into autumn in my part of the world, I'm happy to take a last trip to the seaside this year.

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This show is so hearwarming! Its like sipping a warm cup of tea sitting beside the window while watching the rain. The dimple couple are absolutely adorable. And the way Doo-shik looks at Hye-jin melts my heart. There's 100% childhood connection. Doo-shik definitely recognized Hye-jin according to the epilogue. This is going to be a very cute rom-com.

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I also enjoyed this premiere. I’m really hoping the show can keep this tone and not derail into madness like some other rom coms recently.

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this reminded me of how I'd carelessly given my heart to dodosolsollalasol, only for it to turn into radioactive waste <3

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Big Difference- This drama is based upon an existing story- it is a re-make of the movie Mr. Hong. So will will not be subjected to another DDSSLLS, which is good because i am still upset about that one.

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I had forgotten it was a remake! That makes me feel better.

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Oh my goodness, I feel you! The setup reminds me so much of DoDoSolSolLaLaSol that my long-buried frustration came out of the surface again. Hopefully this one won't go the same track. Such a relief to know this was based on a movie. At least it has an actual plot to build on. 😅

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your comment made me curious about dodosolsollalasol. Going to check this out.

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i love ppl talking about other dramas that did not work for them.. saves me from the frustration. I love Jaewook tho.. hopefully he chooses a better drama next time!

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I think it will be the typical rom-com that I was expecting with Monthly Magazine Home... I love dramas that take place outside of Seoul like Racket Boys! It's refreshing to see all the beautiful places.

The actors are great and look super good together!

Poor Kim Sun-Ho who has seasickness and can't swim :p This role must be difficult for him.

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oh nooo, seriously? he can't swim and those videos of him on the front of the boat meant he was seasick? there were no subs, so i didn't know what was happening in the conversation...

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In 2 Days and 1 Night, he often wears a patch behind the ear against seasickness when they must travel by boat. I don't know if he's of the kind to be very sick on a boat or not. Otherwise, I was surprised to watch him in the last episode of 2D1N, he couldn't catch the ball because he couldn't swim towards it.

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: D

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Hahahaha.... Agreed! In the last episode of 2 Days 1 Night when the casts had to run faster to get the dolphin at the sea, Seon Ho ran the fastest, only then when he's at the sea, he realized "oh, I can't swim..." :D.

He's also scared of height... In their interview with tvN, he mentioned about the shoot in the fascinating rock, where he's scared but he enjoyed the beautiful view... :D

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It's been a while since I made it past Episode 2 in a rom-com but this one seems promising. I liked both Doo-shik and Hye-jin. They make a very pretty pair. I loved the seaside village setting and liked the villagers. That tight-knit community aspect reminded of When the Camellia Blooms. The tone was warm and comfortable, and I see the potential for a heartwarming story not just with the leads but the villagers too.

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Agree with the Camellia vibes but sincerely hope there are no serial killer subplots. As we wonder about Du-shik's backstory I'm thinking about the top SKY student character in When the Weather is Fine who returned to his hometown to make a contribution and ended up staying.

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I think that this drama is intended to be more like Weather than Camellia.

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no, this one is going to be FUN with lots of activity - not quiet like Weather!

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But also not involving a serial killer like Camellia. And I hope that it is indeed lots of active fun. Given what happens in episode 2 there is a good chance that you are right.

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I haven't seen Start Up so I wasn't familiar with Kim Seon Ho's work going into this. Having watched the first two episodes though, I can definitely see where the frenzy was coming from. I like his voice, dimples, visuals, and charm! Both he and Min Ah are so so pretty <3

The episodes are over an hour long but it honestly doesn't bother me because I already feel comforted by this show - just show me a drone shot of the ocean and I'm sold!

Saturdays and Sundays just got a little better 🥰

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START UP was really good, but a much different story- but with one similarity: START UP was a re-working and re-telling of a very old classic story and this drama is an expanded re-telling of a good movie- MR. HONG. This should be vey encouraging because Kim Seon Ho is obviously being very careful about picking his roles and by choosing dramas which are based upon older stories he avoids dramas that give us a bad ending like, most recently, MONTHLY HOME MAGAZINE (which was both disappointing and irrational at the end).

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It's ok so far. I love both leads as actors. Hye-jin is generous, kind, and can speak up for herself, but she may have lost part of her brain when she moved to the seaside. I'm expecting her to find it again quickly.

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🎶La la la la la laaaaa...all I need is your loooove🎶 is currently stuck in my head and my heart is bursting.
I think I'm in love.
I hope I just did not jinx the show, or my love for it!
The seaside setting gave me such a calming feeling that I didn't want this episode to end. That could only mean one thing: I'm out of the biggest drama slump I've even been in lol!

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Loved the little seaside village and its little community! 🥰

I called Du-sik being male candy before the drama started, but he’s not. He’s not the laid-back handyman I thought he’d be too, because he’s always hustling. And what was was his deal being rude and mean to Hye-Jin? He was sweet and playful with everybody else, especially the grandmas.

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In K-drama rom-coms one of the leads is usually rude and even mean at first because that character is emotionally isolated due to some past trauma. The rudeness, etc. is actually a defensive emotional response to the sudden appearance of a person who is already getting under the skin of that lead character. Du Shik is already half way in love with her and responds by trying to push her away. Because this is a healing rom-com it won't work of course.

The grandmothers remind me of the 'Mountain Grannies' in MY HUSBAND MR. OH. I bet they play a major role in this story.

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Well explained. I've just been reading the comments about how he was so rude, but I completely missed it because I saw his actions as designed to show her the village and entice/persuade her to stay. His brusqueness was designed to cover up his strategy. He is clearly headman of the place and getting her there is good for everyone (especially him).

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I would agree with you on the rudeness @oldawyer, but his animosity seems to be only targeted at Hye Jin. And we know he was smiling at her when she wasn't looking. This couldn't be trauma against outsiders when he treated that Russian well.

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I'm wondering if he recognized her from a previous encounter and was testing her. Since she had been there 2x before, this is not unusual in Dramaland.

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He is indeed a hustler, more obvious in ep 2 😂

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I liked it, but Du Shik was a little rude to her. She was really polite the whole time, a little distant, but she was a stranger to the town so that makes sense to me.

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I didn’t really enjoy the first episode. I was a little annoyed with Doo-Shik’s attitude to her. She was a stranger who was genuinely stuck there. Didn’t know why the coffee house guy wouldn’t give her a pass for 4000 won after knowing it was a telecom outage. Also, FL needed help at every turn.
Anyway, too many con-incidences for the set up.

I recalibrated and second episode was way better. I think this might be an easy light fluff watch.

I am here for the ocean, beach and dimples. Throw me some dimply kisses and you won’t hear me complain.

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I really wanted to like it because I'm a fan of both of the main actors, but I really didn't. I appreciated that he helped her when he didn't have to, but he was so rude to her. Help her or don't, dude. I'm very, very, very over the rom coms where the guy is rude to her for no reason but she likes him anyway. This is not 2007. And from the first episode it also gave off vibes of "small town guy teaches big city woman about what really matters in life" and I'm very over that trope as well. I will keep reading the recaps in the hopes that he apologizes and that the vibe I got wasn't an accurate picture of it, because I want both actors to do well.

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Hopefully we get to see more of his flaws so Hyejin can teach him her ways too

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"Small town guy teaches big city woman about what really matters in life," is pretty much the basis of every Hallmark Christmas movie I've ever seen, where Big City always = EVIL & SOUL-LESS and small town (with a confusingly thriving cupcake shop) always = GOOD & WHOLESOME.

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Yes!!!! Everything you said. I am tired of this trope. As someone who actually grew up in a very small town, it irks me how that life is glamorized. As if many young people dont work their butt off trying to leave. It should be noted that the leads are the only two people in their age range that we saw. There has to be a reason for that.
And he was rude to her for no reason. So many in the comment section are basically rewriting the whole script trying to give a reason for his being rude, but there is none. The actually script gives us none. And nope, childhood trauma is not a reason, since he has been shown to be able to polite and kind to everyone else. Dimples and a like-able actor is not a reason either. I hope the second episode gets better.

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I also don't get why Doo-shik was rude to her in their first meeting, and then he's less rude in the following encounters and willing to help her along the way, by episode 2 he's already her guardian angel.
I'd like to think that he's rather annoyed that a woman would carelessly left her expensive shoes unguarded (I believe he kept the other shoe).
Just a small irk but still forgivable :)

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AHA at he kept the other shoe! It feels like he likes her at the first sight, got chance with the shoes, and he just teased her

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I'm suspicious bcs the shoe that is handed to her is DRY!
Although it's possible it's due to the shoe glitters so it hardly stays wet.

"It feels like he likes her at the first sight, got chance with the shoes, and he just teased her": Amen to this! :)

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I believe her other shoe will wash up on the beach.

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Keep the other shoe? ... like the woodcutter of the fairy and the woodcutter? He better never show it or she'll imediately going back to seoul~

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Now that I ponder on Doo-shik's rudeness, I rewatched Doo-shik and Hye-jin's 2nd encounter in the cafe:
He's on edge and avoids eye contacts with her. He's friendly with everyone but he decides to ignore Hye-jin making Hye-jin calling him twice while she's trying to borrow his 4000 won.

My take is Doo-shik has a crush on her, but knowing she's just a tourist, he doesn't want to be too attached (I think he had his heart broke in the past?).
His ending smile after knowing she decides to stay kinda explains a bit?

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Or may be they met is Seoul when she was a fairly new dentist. May be he got his dental work done and is traumatized by her :)

He does seem to be better by episode 2.

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Bad dentist is my idea of a horror story, but this made me laugh.

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Thank you for pointing this out. He was awful for no reason than to be. Everything that happened, aside from not paying attention to her car warning, was beyond her control.

She needed to use the restroom. Orders a drink because it's the right thing to do. Drinks it, not very good. Owner tries to throw drink at her and she politely says no. Goes to pay, can't because phone lines are down. Daughter comes in a starts insulting a customer who is trying to find a way to pay and owner doesn't shut that down.

Hyejin called Du sik on the casualness of her he treats her and completely disregards it. And then does things not only behind her back, but without her permission and she is suppose to swoon, see the error of her ways and appreciate her savior.

And we are suppose to think she is the problem because she lives in Seoul?

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if this was the horror genre, hye jin would be the city slicker who would be a victim towards the insular rural village ala The Wicker Man

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“I am here for the ocean, beach and dimples. Throw me some dimply kisses and you won’t hear me complain.”

Honestly, SAME feeling!

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Oh yes, all the drone shots of water, beach scenes and the hustle bustle of a working fishing port are a balm to my soul. I'll accept the slight brushes of trope and all the coincidental mashups as long as I can visit with this cast of characters for a couple hours. "Coincidence is a messenger sent by truth." writes Jaqueline Winspear but I like the great baseball sage, Yogi Berra's, take on coincidence better. "That's too coincidental to be a coincidence."

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That is a great line.

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Thanks for the recap @mistyisles! Well, this was just charming and completely predictable in a positive, stress-free way. I like the fact that Hye-jin has principles, I like that Doo-shik is clearly Up To Something as he's treating her noticeably differently to everyone else, I like the residents of the town, and I like the way things are moving along at a good pace. High hopes for this one!

And it's visually beautiful - locations, camera shots and people (seriously, KSH is one beautiful man!)

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I've been waiting for this drama since it was first announced. I loved the episodes so far. The epilogue in Episode 1 made me swoon. LOL.

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Like the way 1st episode introduce the characters of dushik, hyeljin, the community in the village. So impressed with Seon Ho speaking russian to the russian guy he recommends to work with his friend. Shows he is caring person to people who wants to start somewhere to survive by checking on him n giving him tea and ear plug to help him overcome seasickness. And his friend wants him to stay for lunch n the people in the marketplace really appreciates him.

The 1st encounter they did not like each other n It quite impossible to find a shoe that has gone into the sea n quite funny that he said he didn't find the shoe, he got started when the shinning shoe floated up onto his surf board. And to have someone asking to find a needle in the sea is not practical, hence the irksome.

Seon Ho really prepares well learning to speak russian sign language surfing (he can't swim n quite a risk to surf) n making coffee. At the sauna, like that it explain why he uses causal (imformal) language n don't mind people do the same. Quite a challenge for Seon Ho as he does not speak informally to anyone not even to persons younger than him. And he also switches to dialects too. Dushik has great people skills, n the work he does.
Hyejin is a competent dentist with integrity, elitist, caring n street smart.
Through the events happening to hyejin, dushik got a little better perception of hyejin - caring side of hyejin, that she staring out the ocean to relax n she manages to clear squid intestines to earn the coffee money n happy working with grandma. I like that dushik let her earn the money instead of lending (she did not want to borrow if she has a way to get the money) hence he brought her to earn the money legally. And the bricking was so cute n funny, she's like you know who i am (dentist) n his reply i know, penniless.

Seon Ho n mina chemistry is so good n they are in character. Like that the drama unfold the layer each episode. It's fun entertaining warm n very comforting.
I like this drama so much that i watch both episodes twice.

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I am on the fence with this one.
Doo-shik's rudeness after being sunny and helpful to everyone else was a bit jarring. Considering it bluster doesn't feel like it fits because he didn't seem to have any problem talking with her. Though maybe he's rude with all "tourists" since we haven't seen him communicate with anyone but Hye-jin that isn't from around the area.
Hye-jin is hard to sympathize with, but that feeling might be more from Episode 2. Why not carry with you those expensive new shoes? Even before that, aren't high heels hard to walk on the beach... so then why not wear something beach appropriate?

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i think its more of not to give her wrong signal..

although not sure which specific instance, but didn't think he was rude.. he speaks to her in a matter of factly way.. and when he does point out something, there is context to it.. its not that our FL doesn't have her flaws

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She certainly is flawed, I'll give her that. I'm not going to ask a stranger to look for my missing shoe no matter how flustered I am.
Still, his response could have been a simple "no, I'm busy" versus what he said in their first meeting.

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He literally called her dense and stupid.

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Now that I ponder on Doo-shik's rudeness, I rewatched Doo-shik and Hye-jin's 2nd encounter in the cafe:
He's pretty jumpy around her and avoids eye contacts with her. He's friendly with everyone but he decides to ignore Hye-jin making Hye-jin calling him twice while she's trying to borrow his 4000 won.

My take is Doo-shik has a crush on her, but knowing she's just a tourist, he doesn't want to be too attached (I think he had his heart broke in the past?).
His ending smile after knowing she decides to stay kinda explains a bit?

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I think that's why I start to think he was blustering because he could have been a bit self-conscious when speaking to her but it also didn't seem to fit him. (From what I've seen so far, could be wrong tho.)

Perhaps even a non-heartache-bad experience with a tourist could be the reason he seems to be putting up some kind of wall. If someone he cared about had been exploited, being mean to avoid becoming a potential target is understandable.

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Yeah, it's probable, but he doesn't have any problem bringing a Russian to this village. Also when Hye-jin asked him what does he do for living, he responds "Why would an outsider like you want to know?"

She's just visiting and they might never meet again after that day, so I think it's possible he already have a crush on her but trying to push her away to avoid broken heart.

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I think Dushik really has an aversion towards outsiders! Maybe he will lighten up after our heroine moves in to the village! haha

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I would like to agree, but this is all conjecture with absolutely no evidence other that his avoiding eye contact on one occasion. He's rude to her before their encounter at the cafe. Calls her dense and stupid after their encounter after the cafe. His smile at the end actually makes him seem more rude. The epilogue scene shows that he knows that she's kind, but he chooses to treat and talk to her that way anyway. If he didnt want to get too attached shouldnt he just give her the 4,000 won and allow her to be on her way? Instead he makes her walk for who knows how far, clean squid, and then pays her with a condescending "feels good to actually earn". His behavior has a very "teach her to be a better person" air about it.

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It was so jarring when Doo-shik was all sweet with the mute grandmother, then abruptly frowned when he handed Hye-jin the yogurt.

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I got mad when I watched the epilogue because he was treating her like this but actually knew she was a good person. If I was Hye-jin I would have felt so embarrassed as things kept piling up and (even if he has his own reasons) felt like he was prodding that.

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yeah.. i mean why is he so mean? hmm like another commented maybe aside from being an outsider he does not like city people like her? fashionable.. wealthy looking types?? he does seem to want to be among the "common folk"

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thanks to 1n2d, nwo i know shooting is in pohang..

such good two episodes.. feel good

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I watched a lot of Peppa Pig with my niece over the lockdowns. Every time I see Dooshik doing another job I think of Mrs. Rabbit, lol.

Really enjoying the drama, thanks for the recap!

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Mrs Rabbit is a veteran candy 😂

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Except Hwa-jung, everyone in this town was unnecessarily rude to Hye-jin including Doo-shik when she didn't even do anything. It wasn't her fault Chun-jae's credit card reader was down. The whole town was down, and not everyone carries cash. I wish Hye-jin had borrowed the 4000 won from Hwa-jung who was nice enough to offer her house as a place to sleep.

Before the epilogue, when Doo-shik smiled and said he just knew, my first thought was Childhood Connection. All his part-time jobs at the sauna and fish auction reminded me of a Mandy (male Candy), but then I wondered if he were rich. I expect Doo-shik was the one who paid Hye-jin for the squid job and compensated the shop owners for the fire.

I hope we see Kim Jung-eun's character again. When she said she was only visiting her daughter, I figured she lived in the seaside village. Despite Hye-jin's indifference, the woman was the sweetest, and it would be nice for Hye-jin to have someone she knows in town.

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Chaebol heir with dark secret!

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Shipping magnate aka pirate!

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i feel like he unfortunately lost his family/loved ones and got the life insurances, money and assets and the village is dear to him because it is the only thing keeping him from grief/despair.

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I do really hope that Doo-shik doesn't turn out to be some chaebol with a dark secret. I like the idea that he saw some needs in his community and made a job out of being a jack of all trades. It looks like it could be fun.

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Everything is so pretty! From the seaside village to our dimpled main leads, they are eye candy. I agree that Dushik was a massive douche. It makes me wonder if he just has a rule of being unbearably rude to "outsiders" and be affable and super kind "Chief Hong" to his villagers. Thanks to one beanie who said that this was a remake, I did not know. It would be fun to watch it but I think I would want to be unspoiled on what happens. It does give confidence that there will be a proper arc to things. And I just want to say I would love for a dentist like her. I like her ambitious and go getter self that was succinctly shown by her going full steam ahead what seems to be girl's sports team. Our Chief Hong I feel was like her before, he speaks Russian? Makes me giggle if his past was sort of like his breakout character from Start up.

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I'm enjoying this drama a lot. I like how neither the villagers nor Hye-jin are made out to be caricatures of country vs city people even though they are obviously shaped by their environment and there is some culture shock going on. I didn't mind the coincidences too much since it is a small village- so small that there does not appear to be any single ladies around the Doo-shik's age!

It's great that they casted Kim Sunho. Aside from all the other awesome things about him, I think having an actor with such a lovely and distinctive voice works really well here. You can hear his voice all over the village. I agree with some that Doo-shik was too rude to Hye-jin and it didn't make sense. He saw her help those kids and then later wouldn't spot her $4? It actually took until episode 2 for me to fall in love with the drama and really enjoy the characters.

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I love slice-of-life dramas. Some of my all time favourite shows are slice-of-life: Reply series, Hospital Playlist, Age of Youth, Misaeng, Because This is My First Life etc.

So it is really no surprise that I'm enjoying this so much! Episode 2 is even better than episode 1. So anyone who is still on the fence after watching episode 1, do watch episode 2. If you're into slice-of-life that teaches life lessons with relevant and relatable situation/quotes, you will enjoy episode 2 as much as I did. Episode 1 is more of a visual introductory episode whereas episode 2 is when I felt the story officially starts.

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I watched episode 1 and... the show could use a better cinematographer. Instead of making a dull seaside town seem charming they made a dull seaside town seem... dull. Shin Min-ah's acting felt like the director had told her to walk to her spot and recite the lines and didn't give any other guidance.

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Interesting. The cinematographer is a well known one, who mostly does acclaimed films. So I was a bit taken aback when I heard he was doing the one here. Only quibble is, K-dramas love using muddled/hazy color tones in their shows. I prefer a bit brighter tone or natural lighting. The PD here is well known for shooting a few takes and calling it a day. He likes to move on quickly, so she probably got like a few takes & the PD was like "Thats our shot!"

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I love the symbolism of Kim Seon Ho starring into a remake of a movie where the late Kim Joo Hyuk was the lead, as they're both 2D1N cast members <3

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Halmeoni X Kim Seon Ho was the best thing about Start-Up, and I'm glad he gets to be around manyy cute Grandmas in Cha Cha Cha!..
I had a constant smile across my face throughout the first episode! Reminded me of the NK-village arc in CLOY (the best thing about drama anyway... happy to see one of the actress from there is also casted here!) Idyllic, seaside village shows are my favourite; I love the Japanese and Taiwanese dramas which are set in the countryside, so seeing a mainstream k-drama go this route is VERY refreshing! Also, LOVE the aquamarine-blue color grading on this one! ^^

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yes! Seonho and the grannies are so darling! And yes I love the color grading too. It does scream postcard perfect. It might be the isolation from home getting to me in this panini but the hot sunlight and bright ocean cheered me up!

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The grandmas here are so funny! I really love Kim Young-ok in particular. I know people here have been praising our two leads here, but need to give her a shoutout!! If you watch her rl interviews, she's a smart/sharp & well spoken woman. Its ironic she gets roles that are feisty/free spirited when that's not the case in rl. Also, she's still acting and this yr alone in 4 shows?! WOW!! Legend indeed, respect all the way. Hope she can get a Baeksang nom for Best Supporting Actress here. I do sense her role will come into key later on.

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I think Doo-shik is raised by everyone in the village, not just one of the elders. But the question Mistyisles raised was interesting: "Who is he when there’s no one who needs his help and no odd job to be done?"
As for Hye-jin, the village is related to the last days of her mother, probably good days.

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I'm not a romance drama person, but I'm watching this for Kim Seon-ho. He was the best part of Start-Up for me.

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This was supposed to be cute? People liked this? I was bored by the first half hour and annoyed by the male lead in the second part. I kept waiting for him to redeem himself and he kept being an ever bigger jerk than before. What was up with that?

I don't know any woman who would, in her right mind, walk on a beach in those shoes, expensive or not, but let's forget that. He's super nice to everyone but goes crazy if he finds a lost shoe? The only reason I could imagine is that he feels threatened by her because she is a young woman/beautiful/city person, whether it is one or all of those reasons, doesn't matter or make him any better.

When he started to drag her halfway across town with that stupid excuse to pay for one bad coffee it seemed the drama was going for a enemies to lovers thing but not this kind of drama. In this kind the submissive heroine simply smiles and acts like the guy is completely fine, like anyone would be rude to someone just because she lost a shoe and could not pay for a bad coffee. Like she really deserved to be called dumb by a total stranger and work 3 hours in a possibly dangerous job for her profession just because he thought she needed a moral lesson. So romantic!

Where are all the people annoyed by Nevertheless kk? Playboy Jae-Un would have paid for 10 coffees with a smile, of course if the woman was SMN he would also find a way to go home with her but she would still be in a much better place.

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You captured my sentiments exactly! Agree 1000% to all of this.

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As for the male lead- wait and watch the second episode.

As for wearing those shoes on the beach- your right, it made no sense.

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Will he turn into Prince Charming? Even if he does, how can he change what he already did, unless he knew her before and she has amnesia. That's a nice explanation.

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Actually, she took off those new expensive shoes, and placed them nicely and went wandering off on bare feet. She just placed them below the high tide line …

Being not right in the head for the moment is a rationale I can and do understand.

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It's not the best written drama so far but not that terrible.
She was probably not in her right mind since it's her moms birthday and she called her dad but he didn't remember. She was sad and lonely and just wander off and didn't think about her shoes. I would give that plot line a break.

He didn't drag her across town, she wanted to pay for the coffee but didn't have cash and wanted to work for her money. He walked her to the squid place and on their way there; he stopped by a couple of places. It would seem silly to leave those old people without knowing what's going on when he was passing by their places.

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She drove to another city, she chose those shoes. She was very calm when she slowly walked on the sand. I don't blame her for wandering off, it was the choice to wear them and not put them in the bag before walking on the beach that was strange.

He did take her to many places, there are many grandmas, lots of hills, she even asks him why it is taking so long. She certainly didn't offer to work for this ridiculous amount of money, it's more like she was too embarrassed to refuse since everyone in that bar was so absurdly cheap and mean, they kept talking as if she was a swindler. If you remember the first thing coffee owner said when ML walked in was that she was trying to leave without paying. She never even offered to wash some dishes for him. Even if he wanted to talk to the old people on the way, since it was such a long way, the very least any nice person would have done was to explain her the situation but instead he was dismissive when asked and had her following around like he was doing her a favor instead of obviously having some fun at her expense.

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My mother always said this à beggar has no choice... But in this case she did... If she didn't want to follow him she should have turned back...

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Dear Kelly-k

Out-of-towners getting isolated in a small town is a recipe for disaster. (Actually even worse to be in a remote part of said rural town).

This is how people disappear.

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I think there’s nothing wrong with the general concept of introducing someone to an odd job to pay what they owe - but usually it’s something like doing the dishes, not taking them for miles without explaining anything 😅 but yeah, he was rude….I didn’t like him that much after the first episode either, better after the second:

I definitely agree about the shoes though. If I paid that much for shoes they aren’t going anywhere near the beach!

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The thing is lazy writing. If they wanted her to wear those shoes, simply give them more meaning to be there. If she needed to follow a stranger to do some odd mysterious job just have her owe something bigger, not a little coffee.

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I think the point with the little coffee was that it WAS something ridiculously small, but it didn’t really land it well.

I kind of got the impression originally that it was going for a reverse pride and prejudice vibe where Du-sik (Elizabeth Bennett) assumes she is a stuck-up Seoulite who just wants things done for her, but really Hye-Jin (Mr Darcy) is just bad at relating to people and used to being treated well by strangers because she’s got a good career etc but I’m not sure this stands up to any degree of scrutiny. Maybe he just hates people who pollute the ocean with their shoes 😄

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Oh I agree completely. I thought this would be the drama to make me understand the KSH hype but I don't want to waste my time watching a clearly rude ML which show later tries to sell as "growth" when he eventually learns some manners. Please, it's not 2007.
Also note: FL can't catch a break for wearing heels on the beach (which we all know has more to do with PPL purpose than FL's personality) but people will come up with 101 explanations as to why the ML is so rude.

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OMG ty so much for this comment. Not sure why everyone is bending backwards for the ML.

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It's because of the actor. They are not just bending backwards, people are writing a whole script with subplots to explain why he was rude and why it was justified. The same thing happened when he was in start up. I like the actor (enough to watch Catch the Ghost, which was terrible), but dimples (pretty privilege) is no excuse for rudeness. The actor and character are not the same. It's okay to acknowledge flaws in a character played by an actor you like. But I don't think many get that.

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Dimples are overrated in my opinion...

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I think it's pretty obvious that they both recognized each other, but were unsure if they were recognized themselves. (Similar to It's Okay to Not be Okay.) From the responses to your comments, there are some viewers who won't continue watching this drama because of their perceptions of the MLs rudeness. That's okay. We all have different tastes.

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I really wanted to love this. I need some lighthearted fluffy rom-com in my life right now, and I thought this would be just right. I enjoyed the first episode for what it was, but by the end of the second episode, I was more put off than interested.

There’s too many coincidences (and tropes!) here, and honestly, I’m just not warning to the two leads, even though I like both actors.

My biggest problem is that neither Hye-Jin nor Du-shik feel like real people. She’s the quintessential successful big city snob who has to be broken down by love in order to find herself. Meanwhile, Du-shik feels less like a person and more like a Kim Seon-hi fan wishlist.

Maybe the next episodes will be better?

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I wouldn’t go so far on Hye-Jin - she can’t be a total snob since she bothered about the over treatment and the kids tooth. I would say more appears snob but really just not used to dealing with people in a non transactional way.

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That only proves that she’s good at her job, right? She could still be a massive snob. But yeah, I should probably give it some time to grow on me.

I have become way more picky re: k-drama in the last several months, lol.

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Good point, being good at your job doesn’t stop you being judgey about other things.

Nothing wrong with being picky; I’ve been a serial dropper lately so any time I find something that I’m not immediately dropping I will turn a blind eye to the flaws 😂

My impression overall was that they couldn’t really decide if they wanted either one of them to be snobby/rude or nice so they tried to cram both into both and it just came out really uneven.

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I honestly bristled at Doo-shik's (and everyone else's) rudeness. But I think I understand why he chose to make her earn the money instead of lending it to her. She did say that she normally doesn't rely on people and does things herself.. I guess one thing he'll be teaching her would be to learn to trust and lean on others. A lesson I could learn myself. 😅

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She said that as an apology for the favor, a very small amount of money, she was humble and embarrassed. He used it against her to make a joke out of it and give her a moral lesson. A complete stranger, having a difficult day, which were this not a romcom, he would have made a lot worse. If he wanted to make her trust strangers and ask for help, the nice thing to do was to be kind, and lend her the money, instead he used it to preach some kind of work ethic value and insulted her a bit more.

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Just popping in her to say that the amount of Hermes and Cartier being flexed looks really out of place against the small-town vibe.

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who is sporting these expensive brands? if it were the villagers then hmm plot twist.. all the villagers are chaebol?? lol

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I don't think those were meant as PPL tho, with that Hermes bag accused of being fake. Haha! Her wallet costs more than those shoes tho, so her wearing those shoes on the beach makes sense for her. She was kinda upset when she lost them, but not as upset as an ordinary salary lady would have been.

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as someone with no in depth knowledge on fake and branded, i see. i like that she wears her branded stuff .. i wonder dentists mostly seem upper middle class right?

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Hermes doesn't do partnerships with shows. So either the show has a huge clothing/bags budget, or most/if not all Hermes bags are hers. In that case, wow! Those bags she carries are gorgeous but so expensive like 8-10K range. Whew. Can a dentist even afford that much? She's 34 too, so man she must've spent her savings/paycheck on those. A good investment maybe, but sometimes it does stick out.

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Great chemistry and acting. Both irk each other which was what writer n director wanted. He did gave her his slippers n go barefoot himself, quite a gentleman. Old lonely people need assurance to stay calm, good to assure them while bringing hyejin to earn the money she needed to pay and have a little extra to standby. I like their characters as they suppose to be.

What if dushik says okay:
Since you said i find 1 side i can find the other side for you, you make me feel so obligated to dive into the ocean to do it but not easy, cos the place your shoe got onto my surfboard is quite deep water and the wave is now pushing it here n there. I need boat diving suit oxygen tank and more divers. It may take hours to days to find it. And the cost $$$$. Agree?

Okay, i lend you $4 but you do need extra money cos internet phone are down so how much you will need plus pay daily interest and write and sign iou. Agree?

Haha...think it perfect. I enjoy 1st episode and 2nd episode is the beginning of this drama adventure and 3rd episode will be com rom adventure. Ah 2 more days to watch this interesting drama.

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Thank you so much for this comment!!

It makes a lot more sense now since Dushik is a very calculating man, due to handling many different jobs at once :D

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Thank you.

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as a man who is a freelancer and lives by minimum wage.. time is money literally

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Great recap!
I love both episode 1 and 2! My biggest concern is that they're going to 'peak' the romance too early. I'd love to see more development in the Female Lead in terms of her softening a bit around the edges concerning being in a new environment while the people in the town start to soften and learn from her as well.

No overt romance till episode 10 would suit me just fine, honestly, as I'm deeply invested in how they've made the town itself a character.

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I'm not really into rom-com, but this drama warms my heart and made me want to go home to my father's hometown. :) The dimple couples are so cute and very interesting.

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In chastising Hye-jin on driving with her low-pressure warning light on her her car:

Doo-shik: "What? Do you think you have nine lives?"

Hye-jin: "Hmmmmmm. Now that you mention it...." 🦊

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