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You Are My Spring: Episodes 9-10 Open Thread

So much for normalcy! Our leads might be falling in love more and more by the second (and it’s adorable to watch), but You Are My Spring hasn’t forgotten its backbone of intrigue and mystery. As the plot continues to turn, we get tons of unanswered questions, foreshadowing, and a serious dose of creepy.

 
EPISODES 9-10 WEECAP

Hot damn, Seo Hyun-jin really kicks it out of the park this week with her performance. When we continue with the paper napkin rose cliffhanger from last week, her shock can literally send chills up your spine. We feel that hot wave of panic right along with her — and the same relief when Young-do is right behind her to steady her (literally and figuratively).

It makes sense that this gush of fear triggers the memories from her childhood that have long been haunting her. She and Young-do might couch their conversation in his office as an “if I was your patient/if I was your doctor” scenario, but their interaction here is more real than anything.

Da-jung relives the moment she so dreads, and relates it to Young-do. Her trauma and childlike fear are so palpable in this scene it’s actually hard to watch… but at the same time it’s wonderful, like all of this drama, because its goal is healing and wholeness. Young-do encourages her to address her past self like she would a little seven-year-old, and it’s a proven tactic that’s as effective as it is emotionally affecting.

I love everything about Da-jung and Young-do as a couple, from the silly flirting right down to the genuine way they connect with each other. Watching them dance around each other has been so much fun, as well as really authentic — instead of tropes to keep them apart, the drama has done a great job of showing us hesitations and worries that fit the characters, make sense, and feel entirely realistic.

I think the timing and pace of their relationship has also been really well-played — we have no doubts how they feel about each other, but each wrinkle must be worked out first, or jumped over, which is what we get by the time we reach their rooftop kiss.

Beautifully shot and almost a tad surreal, Young-do relaxes on a chair. The gloaming lighting is exquisite, and he falls into a white sleep. He dreams of Da-jung being hurt by his actions and shutting the door between them, and when he wakes up and she’s hanging over him, he pulls her in for their first kiss. It’s pure magic. I want to marry whoever shot this scene; the lighting is impossibly great.

Keeping much in character, when the two realize they’ve just kissed, they jump apart from each other and are back to full awkwardness. They might not know if their relationship just advanced, but their actions say that it did: the following few days are a flurry of texting that’s absolutely hilarious, adorable, and again, true to life.

Their developing love story is augmented by a cast of supporting characters that just get better each week. The more we get to know them, the more I love them, from the sad sack vet who must get with the boxing instructor, to Ga-young and her amazing drama-within-a-drama, and her adorably clingy friendship with Da-jung and Eun-ha.

It’s the same story with Da-jung’s family — the more we see of them the more we like them… and the more we realize there is still a lot of plot to unfold. Because as usual, the drama is always doing more than one thing. While we’re watching Da-jung and Young-do comfort each other and fall in love, we also have this huge, creepy underlying backstory that keeps bumping its way to the top. That’s why we keep seeing Da-jung’s mother, and even why her little brother Tae-jung is reintroduced into the story. History matters here, and it’s all coming full circle soon, I reckon.

We get a ton of glimmers and hints of things to come — whether it’s the shaman’s creepy foreshadowing, or learning more about Da-jung’s father and the “promise” he made not to seek out the family after they ran away. The more we learn about the backstory, the more I think it will be pulled into the present, and is connected in some way.

If anything is for certain, it’s that there are more questions than answers this week. Not only do we have the hints of backstory coming around (hammered in further by Da-jung’s mother’s worries), but our faithful team of detectives continue to pursue the Choi Jung-min/Ian Chase connection and seek the assailant that stabbed Park Ho.

This is where things start to get really crazy — I’m not even sure I know where we land when it comes to the assailant they think they’ve identified. The “homeless” man with the burned out fingerprints (who we met early on as Choi Jung-min’s pawn) turns out to be a way bigger mystery. His story and connection to Choi Jung-min/Ian Chase goes back to his/their teenage years. He’s also creepy, and I’m not sure what he’s about, how he’s connected, or even what his true role is yet. I had a sinking feeling he might be Da-jung and Tae-jung’s father, but I’m hoping I’m wrong.

His story and actions connect back to Choi Jung-min/Ian Chase, but there are only more questions when we look at this side of the story, too — and lots of them. Ian Chase is cold towards Da-jung, and yet there’s this deep interest in her too that I’m not sure I completely understand yet.

Ian seems more than ever to be Choi Jung-min to me (A.K.A. the guy we knew from early on) who has this sociopathic side, but also this attraction to Da-jung. For a second I wondered if she was indeed his childhood neighbor and perhaps he was avenging her family in some elaborately weird plot… but maybe I’m crazy. And the end of the episodes this week do suggest something that is both bigger and deeper.

But before we get to the ending, there’s that intense moment where Ian corners Da-jung in his room. Previously, he’s given her half a confession, saying he’s curious about her and wants to see her again. When Da-jung politely turns him down, that’s when he gets in her personal space. He’s intense and scary, but he’s also just saved her by literally grabbing the blade of a knife in his bare hands. Ian, what mysteries do you hold?

Then we reach our cliffhanger ending where Ian’s pretty clearly drugged (right!?). When he comes to hours later, there’s a dead woman in his room (right?!). It’s all so vague, so creepy, and so well-done. I don’t usually enjoy getting the creeps, but I love the way You Are My Spring delivers them. Bravo for a really well-paced drama that juggles tones and still feels tight as a ship, and hasn’t lost my interest for a second.

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I wholeheartedly agree with your review! What a deliciously creepy undercurrent of events, coupled with some beautiful breakthroughs for our leads. Not to mention, the really stellar cast of supporting actors. I am truly in awe and amazed at how interested I still am at each of the side stories, equally tickled by the interactions between all of the supporting characters. I also can't say enough about our main leads, such incredibly, nuanced acting and a relationship that feels very authentic and honest to me. It is rare to have an onscreen OTP this honest with each other. Their chemistry and "getting to know each other" feels real to me, I totally understand why these characters would actually fall in love with each other. I feel like they are actually taking the time to get to know each other deeply, and in turn, know themselves deeply.

Oooh, what a beautiful drama. Seriously, it pulled me out of my lurking game, and on to posting comments because it is just. that. good.

Thank you for recapping, and offering such insightful reviews week to week. :D

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Yay! Glad you are here and enjoying the drama as much as I am! And I love what you said -- how it really makes sense why these two people are falling for each other. Yesssss

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Hi and welcome, astropheems! 🎉

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Thank you! :)

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For me, this show reminds me of "A Piece of Your Mind" -- each episode, I interrupt my own enjoyment because the question "Why the hell is this not doing better in the ratings?" keeps bouncing around in my head.

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Ah, another favorite :)

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At least, they didn't shorten it !

I'm still angry for A Piece of Your Mind >_<

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Yes, this show really deserve top ratings. What is wrong with you, Korea??

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Rating did pick back up for ep 10. It was below 2% the past couple of episodes :(

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This couple is killing me! How their friends can't see how they are interrupting them?! They're lucky to be interesting and funny too! (although I have a little trouble following the twin sister's past love story)

I loved how the great psy who doesn't believe in magazine quizz still did it to learn about dating. He just followed the advice (the voiceover by the little kid was a funny touch :D). He's an observer and adapts his words to not hurt her like "not a girlfriend but someone I like". I like his honesty. He hide nothing to the brother :D

Da-Jung looks better than at the beginning and I hope she became strong enough because it looks like the past will hit her strongly.

For the mystery, my biggest question how the Vice-Chairman is related to their past? She knows the mystery guy, Ian's past, Da-Jung's father?

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I love the magazine quiz too, so very silly!

I have soo many questions about the mystery, and I am really hoping DJ's father is not involved in a messy way. Eep!

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Wowee this couple is fast becoming my fave OTP! I feel giddy just watching them. I just love the way they both light up in each other's presence. How can the people around them not tell they're in love when they're as subtle as a sledgehammer lol. The scene where DJ shared her past trauma with YD was phenomenal. As if there was ever any doubt, it's SHJ. I'm so glad this drama casted actors who can act and effortlessly so. Bring on the healing and a happy ending for all pretty please.

Back to the OTP, I'm sure any other dramas I would be ready to be upset on the heroine's behalf at the ML's jerky denial of their relationship status. What we get with YD is completely different, and refreshingly so, as he himself is very much aware and openly acknowledged his affections for her right away to prevent hurting DJ's feelings. No unnecessary angst, heartache or sleepless nights mulling over what was said. That's some relationship goals right there! I love me a gruffy, tsundere type of hero ala Do Min Joon too but YD being an adorable klutz is now my fave lol.

Regarding the mystery why do I get the feeling that DJ's dad is somehow related to this. I think Ian Chase is the twin who you DJ thought patted her on the head but didn't and he called her a fool then. That's why he said "You're 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 a fool". I might be reading to much into it but when he said it's my left hand that's bleeding why are you scared of my right, I understood it to mean left hand = his twin brother.

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So interesting about the left and right hand. And yes, he was referring to their childhood meeting.

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The way Seo Hyun Jin tell the story of Da Jung’s trauma just so realistic yet authentic of acts. A solid acting. The way she hesitates, then force herself to tell the story, every silent between sentences, eyes closed to see the memories, heart open to let it go, her body language speaks of excruciating pain, and scream of guilt when YD hugs her. What an actress.

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Can we give her awards now?

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I love seeing the aftermath of a kiss and theirs was perfect. Lol, it was a good kiss and the awkwardness was hilarious. I love that they went right back to texting after. I just want to protect them. Nam Gyu Ri is murdering this role, she is so funny in this. As for our Doctor Ian Chase, I don't think he did it, that would be too obvious, but who knows.

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I think he's being framed.

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I was kinda wishing to see the drama Nam Gyu Ri is playing :p

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Me too, lol. It looks funny. I also really love when there are dramas within dramas. A thing not done nearly enough.

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Me too! I really like it when the drama within the drama is also interesting. :D. The banter between Nam Gyu Ri and her co-star in the drama was also funny.

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She's so different from her role in Cruel City!

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Omg! I remember Cruel City. I forgot she was in that drama. Wow. What a total transformation!

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Are time-traveling, track-suited Joseon royalty a mini-trope, or was NGR's drama outfit simply a shout-out to Rooftop Prince, or neither and am I merely seeing what I want to see?

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Probably a little of both.

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They are so awkward and quirky, it's adorable! Especially the way KDW play YoungDo, his boyish smile, swoon!

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More likely the killer wants to make "the perfect murder" like the book shown to get at Ian for duping him 18 years ago so he sprinkled his drink and staged everything...The only one that knew about him was the woman who got killed,now no one aside from Ian knows about him(the rich woman does but doubt she will intervene)...

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And what's with the inheritance letter? And what about the lawyer and the thugs? There is a bigger story going on behind the scenes.

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I assumed their dad finally died, hence the hinting with their mom. But who knows

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Amazed the Drunk dad even has an inheritance LOL...Dad if it not involved debts...

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He may have been a covert chaebol heir. LOL

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The twist! The Heir to the Hotel Da Jung works that wanted to taste the life of poor people or married the Mom and was tossed aside to regret his choice LOL

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LOL You should be writing the script.

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@missvictrix re:"It’s pure magic. I want to marry whoever shot this scene; the lighting is impossibly great." - the directing is amazing and the actors also put a lot of thoughts into everything. I loved watching the BTS, I swooned Everytime SHJ called KDW oopaa. https://youtu.be/U2VIEhHv6MU
KDW doesn't look very comfortable sitting at first. Him changing the position of his hands was hilarious. His smile is so boyish and charming. They look like they genuinely had a good time filming the series!

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The shadow flipping scene was amazingly shot too.
I'm dead by how beautiful this drama written, acted and shot ♥️♥️♥️

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This drama gets better and better every week, but this week in particular packed a real punch. The performances, camera work, editing and story progression were top notch. There was no filler. I'm still amazed by how well this drama not only balances the light and dark but actually weaves them together in a way that makes sense.

So many fantastic moments this week, but SHJ's office breakdown was an incredible performance, and the delicacy with which KDW's own responded made that scene a master class. The transition to tissues and tteokbokki (working drama title, ha) was phenomenal.

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Agreed! You are spot on about the fine balancing act between light and dark. The editing of the drama is seamless. I rarely feel distracted by it, or like I have to actively pivot my attention to the tone and mood of the next scene. I'm following along smoothly, riding out the light and dark tones.

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I’m amazed at how smoothly the scene transition from heavy when she was breaking down to light when he was forking getting her wet wipes instead of tissues. The way he ran back and forth was very comedic. Then transitioned to heartwarming with them flirting over food and easily bantering. the directing is amazing

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I registered on this site to ask people who have Korean cultural context a question about the date scene. When Young-do repeats that Da-Jung is not his girlfriend but the person he likes, does that come across as something a younger person would say? It was so sweet, especially after the scene last week where he tried to persuade her he only wanted to be friends. (I love Kim Dong Wook for making it obvious how much he didn't mean that.)

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He was beaming and kept repeating it to the waitress lady and she laughed at him like I know I know

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Really enjoying the mesh of different tones in You Are My Spring. Glad they cleared up what happened after her mom brought a knife into the bedroom before they left. My brain kept flopping over the what ifs... but then that might be another reason I like the show, various things to speculate about. (Who is the kid underneath the tree? If the mother kept one of the children, then this child someone else entirely?)

The only thing I didn't like about the camping was the boxing instructor wasn't invited. I'd like to see more of her.

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I have this theory that "Ian Chase" has Multiple Personality Disorder. I believe we have seen him black out before? And perhaps self-medicating with the alcohol? So possibly in the final scenes he was not drugged, he blacked out and the other personality ("Choi Jung-min") surfaced. When personality one (Ian) surfaced again, he regained consciousness and saw the dead lawyer woman. I'm now wondering if most, if not all of Da-Jung's interactions have been with this one brother, with the two different personalities. So in a sense, "Choi Jung-min" is still around even though one of the twins is dead, possibly killed by the other, perhaps in the personality that mirrored the identity of the other twin.

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I have the same theory! I keep looking for signs and it always seems like he could have some type of multiple personality disorders. He switches back and forth in subtle ways, though I never see the seemingly happy and goofy smiley attitude that Choi Jung Min had. Then again, maybe his version of CJM was always muted. I keep thinking about the flashbacks of him and his brother having the same name, and how not having a separate identity or name stuck with him.

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Yes, I've also thought this was a possibility, since there was only one name for the two brothers, there's a lot of childhood trauma and abuse. Also if only one brother was at the orphanage, how did both brothers have interactions with DJ?

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Did anyone catch the show Gayoung is starring in is called The princess- Eternal princess. LOL. It’s because the director is the one who did The King.

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These episodes are my favorites. Really love the progression of their relationship. Also, aside from a drama within the drama, there was a variety show, too. LOL!

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Love reading ur review & all the comments here. Its quite sometime am over the top grinning & keep replaying the scenes, its really a vitamin after a stress work life. Kim Dong-wook & Seo Hyun-jin acting & chemistry is soo good. Love them & all their entourage. and then just closed eyes to all the creepy things..hee

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I love this drama🤗

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