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Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: Episode 7

Village life grows a little more complicated when our foodie PD arrives. He befriends our village chief, wins the collective hearts of the halmonis, and rekindles his old friendship with our favorite dentist. But as everyone starts to spend a lot of time together, for both work and play, will three become a crowd?

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

Sung-hyun saves Doo-shik from his “near death” fall off the dock, but while he’s hanging there, Sung-hyun and Hye-jin have a little moment. Sung-hyun says he’s finally found her, and Hye-jin is perplexed, but greets with him a smile.

Doo-shik is finally returned to an upright position, and he realizes it’s Sung-hyun who’s saved him. They call it even since they’ve each saved each other from a fall at this point, and marvel over the coincidence. While they’re going back and forth, it’s Hye-jin’s turn to be surprised that they both know each other, and they go around in a circle surprised that all three know each other.

Someone smacks Sung-hyun and tells him to hurry up; Doo-shik asks who she is, and she pretties herself by taking off her glasses and says that she’s the writer WANG JI-WON (Park Ye-young) that he just spent the last two days with. Hye-jin realizes this is the woman Doo-shik was hanging around with around the village, and seems satisfied with the knowledge. Ji-won proceeds to introduce Doo-shik as Chief Hong who’s shown her around, and Sung-hyun as their network’s troublemaker and star director.

We cut to a meeting where he’s being introduced to our favorite villagers and Young-guk announces they’re eating at the oldest fresh pollack soup restaurant in the country. He pretends to be a show host, carrying on about the ingredients and finally explaining what’s going on: Sung-hyun is planning to shoot a new variety show in Gongjin called The Seashore Grasshopper.

The villagers are all beyond excited, but Doo-shik sits across from Hye-jin and wants to know how she knows Sung-hyun. She explains he’s a college sunbae, and Doo-shik explains that they met on the street and that their relationship is based on lies (i.e., Sung-hyun never told him who he really was). Doo-shik doesn’t look too thrilled.

The party goes on, and Sung-hyun finally escapes the crowd and makes his way over to Hye-jin to catch up. He’s pretty cute and excited to see her again, but Doo-shik calls him out over not explaining who he was the other day. Sung-hyun doesn’t seem to be worried about their misunderstanding, and is anxious to get back to talking to Hye-jin.

They’re like two puppies greeting each other. Sung-hyun says he saw her the other day in the village, and he’s blown over to hear about her clinic. Doo-shik is perfect here, interrupting them that he was the one that restored it. Next it’s Nam-sook’s turn to interfere, teasing Hye-jin and Sung-hyun that there’s something between them. Both insist they’re just friends and she carries on and on until Hwa-jung effectively shuts her up.

Hye-jin tries to extricate herself and go home (I love how she’s always doing that lol), despite Doo-shik teasing her. Sung-hyun, however, pops up and insists on walking her home. Doo-shik doesn’t last two seconds with them gone, and joins the pair on the street. Hye-jin tells him he doesn’t need to, but Doo-shik says that Sung-hyun might get lost, and Hye-jin actually agrees saying that he used to get lost on campus all the time.

Doo-shik suggests that he and Sung-hyun have some drinks after they walk Hye-jin home, but she immediately perks up and asks why they’re leaving her out. She scurries towards Doo-shik’s house, which they’re just passing, and they all head inside. Sung-hyun is impressed with the house, and Doo-shik, says he did the entire interior himself. Then Sung-hyun compliments his liquor collection and Doo-shik confirms he made them all himself.

When Sung-hyun draws attention to an empty spot on the shelf, Doo-shik says he had an unwelcome guest over and that’s why the ginseng liquor is missing. Hye-jin quickly tries to distract Sung-hyun in case Doos-hik is thinking of revealing the identity of said guest, but then she gives herself away by telling Sung-hyun exactly where the bathroom is.

While Sung-hyun is in the bathroom, Hye-jin scurries over to Doo-shik, asking if the two wanted to drink alone to talk about her. But Doo-shik says she’s too self-centered and says not everyone is interested in her. She warns him not to tell Sung-hyun about the night they got drunk together, and while they’re squabbling FLIRTING, Sung-hyun comes out and sees. Whomp whomp.

Meanwhile, Mi-sun runs into Eun-chul and complains that he’s so busy and says she was waiting for him. They both seem confused and flustered and then Mi-sun sees a snack truck and quickly suggests they have some chicken together. Eun-chul, however, doesn’t eat past 6 p.m., but rather than be disappointed she says that’s why he’s so fit. Eun-chul is so clueless and instead gets annoyed when he sees a sticker on a nearby telephone pole (lol) and explains it’s a minor offense.

Mi-sun whips a mist bottle out of her purse and wets the sticker so he can peel it off more easily. He tells her to spray more, and though she hesitates, she complies. When Eun-chul finds out that what she’s spraying is worth about $70, he’s taken aback.

Back at Doo-shik’s house, the three settle down for a snack and some drinks. Doo-shik made a delicious-looking shrimp dish, and also brings soju and beer to the table. Hye-jin asks why they’re not drinking from his special collection, and Doo-shik says that that’s for later when they can all really enjoy it.

Sung-hyun is about to dig in, saying there’s nothing he hasn’t eaten in 34 years and 2 months of life, which makes Doo-shik quickly confirm that they’re the same age. They immediately declare themselves friends and start using banmal.

Doo-shik tries to make them somaek, but they gang up on him and argue that the 6:4 ratio is better than his 7:3 ratio. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t clink glasses with them when they try to do cheers, heh.

As Sung-hyun and Hye-jin reminisce, Sung-hyun is very complimentary towards her. He says it’s just like her to open a clinic where people need it (rather than trying to make the big bucks) and Doo-shik has a nice chuckle, knowing the truth. She smacks him under the table when he asks snarkily, “Are we really talking about the same person?!” and then she changes the topic and they start talking about wine.

Of course she and Sung-hyun have the same exact taste. They gush over it with a little too much excitement… until Doo-shik bursts in explaining how a Bordeaux is far better than a Pinot Noir (I agree, Doo-shik!). Then they switch to raving about spicy tteokbokki… and Doo-shik says he doesn’t understand why people like it so much.

Some time later, and with a little more alcohol in their system, Sung-hyun asks Doo-shik to be his team’s official guide for his new show. Doo-shik doesn’t seem to be that interested, so Sung-hyun says they’ll play a game to decide and if he wins, Doo-shik has to agree. Sung-hyun winds up drinking a huge glass of fish sauce (while Doo-shik has gotten the coffee) and he downs the whole thing which hurts my stomach just to think about.

The games go on and on and grow in ridiculousness, but they keep competing until they can barely stay conscious. When we see them next, Sung-hyun is passed out on the floor with clothes pins all over his face, and Hye-jin stumbles around looking for Doo-shik. She drags him in from outside, and soon they all sleep in a heap on the floor.

The next morning Hye-jin wakes up, freaks out, and runs out of the house. Sounds familiar? Nam-sook is walking by just as she exits, and it’s an instant reply of the same chain of events from a few days ago.

Sung-hyun runs out after Hye-jin and asks for her number. Just as Hye-jin leaves, Doo-shik comes out. He asks where she is, and then asks Sung-hyun: Do you want some ramyun? What a total LOL moment. Nam-sook reads right into the innuendo and loses her mind haha.

When Hye-jin arrives back home she explains to Mi-sun that she wasn’t alone with Doo-shik, but that Sung-hyun is in Gongjin now. When she’s alone, Mi-sun marvels (loudly) over Hye-jin’s newly-forming love triangle.

The boys have their ramyun but argue about whether it should contain egg or not (with shades of Let’s Eat here, ha). Sung-hyun is anxious to confirm that Doo-shik will be the production team’s guide.

Hye-jin goes to get her coffee only to find Chun-jae and his daughter Joo-ri having one of their usual arguments. While waiting for her coffee, she gets a cutesy message from Sung-hyun saying that he’ll see her soon.

The boys are now at the dock having some PPL coffee-infused chocolate to help their hangovers. They are soon joined by Ji-won and head over to introduce Doo-shik to the production team. They seem to like his casual, friendly manner. He takes them around and they explore various Gongjin locations. Sung-hyun says he has a place in mind.

That place turns out to be Gam-ri’s humble abode, and of course she refuses to let them shoot there. They try to reason with her, but she basically tells them off.

The production team brainstorms other locations, but Sung-hyun says he won’t shoot any place else. He then declares he’s hungry and the team drops everything so he can have lunch. Apparently, he’s a bottomless pit, and must eat at all times. They wind up back at Hwa-jung’s place, and she manages to impress them all, and we have some epic mukbang moments.

Just as the crew is done feasting, Hye-jin and Mi-sun walk in. Sung-hyun lights up to see her again, and they exchange cute pleasantries yet again, while Doo-shik complains that she didn’t even greet him. Hye-jin guesses that Doo-shik took the job after all, and clarifies with Sung-hyun about Doo-shik’s fees and all the intricacies of how he works.

When they leave, Doo-shik makes sure to tease Hye-jin about Sung-hyun on the way out. Sung-hyun’s next whim is to go shopping at the market, so Doo-shik continues to show them around. It’s not clear if he’s in monster tourist mode, if he’s a weirdo, or if he’s a PD genius.

It seems that Sung-hyun had a master plan, and he brings all the goodies he brought to Gam-ri and her friends. She treats them like the bribes that they are, but Sung-hyun insists they’re just presents. He helps her with all her chores and she’s grateful. I dislike his manipulative behavior here, even if he is trying to kill her with kindness.

It’s time for the village gossip to spread, and Nam-sook soon tells everyone about Sung-hyun staying over at Doo-shik’s and says there are an awful lot of love triangles in Gongjin all of a sudden. Nam-sook then tells us the story of Gonjin’s original “Bermuda love triangle,” when Young-guk first met Cho-hee and fell in love with her at first sight.

That night, Young-guk is over visiting his son, and tells him he should come over to his house instead. However, Yi-joon tells him that his house smells and scolds him like a mother, telling him to wash his clothes and feet and air out the house regularly. Young-guk hugs his son, who’s about to vom, and rushes to the bathroom.

Young-guk uses this moment to sneak into his ex-wife’s room (!) for a piece of jewelry. Hwa-jung catches him in the act, of course, and tells him to leave. Before he leaves, he tells her he’s planning to have a meal alone with Cho-hee. She slaps him right across the face twice, claiming it was a mosquito. But it was a mosquito after all, and Hwa-jung says the three of them should meet together.

Gam-ri calls her granddaughter in America, hoping that she’ll visit Gongjin when she’s on break. Her granddaughter has plans with her friend though, and once again poor Gam-ri is left alone by her family.

At her clinic, Hye-jin notices that someone dropped a wallet in the exam room.

Mi-sun heads to the grocery store and asks Yoon-kyung if the “third mystery” of Gongjin is really true: that one of the residents there won the lottery of 2.4 billion won about three years ago. Yoon-kyung doesn’t remember to whom she sold the ticket, but it’s put out in the air for us to guess who the winner might be (and I have my theories!).

Outside the store, Mi-sun runs into Eun-chul, and she forces him to take one of the lottery tickets she just bought, even though he resists.

At Gam-ri’s house, Doo-shik is in the yard getting ready to wash blankets when Hye-jin arrives. The wallet was Gam-ri’s and she came to return it. Hye-jin turns to leave, but Doo-shik grabs her by the strap of her purse and announces with a cheeky grin that she wants to help with the laundry. As we know, Doo-shik enjoys trolling Hye-jin to the max, and soon they’re both in ajumma pants and stomping in the giant laundry tub.

As the two stomp away, Hye-jin asks why he doesn’t just use the washing machine. He says blankets are meant to be washed this way – and it’s a good stress-reliever too, and he’s sharing it with her. They start teasing each other, and this leads to Hye-jin tripping into Doo-shik’s lovely self. Her head leans against his chest for a moment and triggers a memory, so she leans on him again to jog the thought (which she’s unable to do). He pretends to hate it.

Young-guk is getting pumped for his dinner with Cho-hee, but slips in the bathroom and it doesn’t look good. At the restaurant, Hwa-jung and Cho-hee wonder why he’s late.

Doo-shik and Hye-jin are still doing the laundry and it’s in full romance mode now. They frolic and giggle and are adorable.

Afterwards, Gam-ri makes them a snack which they enjoy on the porch. Hye-jin enjoys it after all that work, and Doo-shik says that working hard is a good thing. Just then, Sung-hyun walks over, once again happily shocked to see Hye-jin. They giggle over the ajumma pants as she explains why she’s there, and Sung-hyun turns on the charm for Gam-ri. This time he’s brought her a cake… and June from DOS. Hye-jin is chomping on corn on the cob, but that doesn’t stop her from fangirling.

Gam-ri is not impressed and she says June is too thin (“You can’t just live on salad!”) and invites them all to stay for dinner. Sung-hyun all but reveals that his plan all along was to have a meal prepared by Gam-ri.

June gets introduced, and while Doo-shik is pretty low-key about it, Hye-jin is still in fangirl mode and freaks out when he remembers her as the dentist that treated him. Just then, fellow fangirl Joo-ri sends her a message asking if the rumor is true — is June really going to be shooting in Gongjin? We don’t see her reply, but we see Joo-ri’s reaction, and it’s so loud that her dad wrecks the coffee foam art he’s been practicing lol.

Gam-ri’s dinner table spread is impressive, and everyone is blown away by the authentic, home-cooked flavors. Gam-ri takes good care of June and we learn about how hard he’s been working. Just then Joo-ri flies onto the scene and tells June what a huge fan she is. He remembers both her age and name, and poor Joo-ri can barely draw breath. She gets the hiccups and June offers her his water, which only makes the situation worse cuter.

Back to Young-guk, he’s still flat on his back, but managed to get on a pair of boxers and drag himself out of the bathroom. Hwa-jung turns up at his door scolding him, and Cho-hee is right behind him. He explains that he sprained his back and can’t move, and Hwa-jung kindly covers him with a blanket. The women ignore his pleas and carry him to the bed. He can’t be in that much pain, because he only cares about is saving face in front of Cho-hee.

Dinner is over at Gam-ri’s place, and Sung-hyun offers to do the dishes. Hye-jin wants to help, but Sung-hyun says he should rest since she has a bad back and already did all that blanket-washing earlier. Doo-shik’s ears perk up since he didn’t know this about her, and Sung-hyun mentions that she has a herniated disc from a car accident when she was a teen. Hye-jin is amazed by how much Sung-hun remembers about her.

Sung-hyun continues to be sweet towards Gam-ri as he washes the dishes, tells her that spending time with people, eating, laughing, and talking is what life is all about.

The next morning, Doo-shik is out on milk delivery and stops to have a chat with Gam-ri. While they chat, she tells him that he can tell “that PD” that he can use her house for his show after all. Gam-ri reminisces about all the times she spent in that house and says that she liked to see it full of people again.

Hye-jin wakes up to a text message from Sung-hyun to open up her front door, and when she does, she finds a basket full of brunch goodies. They have a sweet phone chat and Sung-hyun admits that he always worried about her over the years, and he’s happy to see that she’s doing well.

Mi-sun runs into Eun-chul yet again, and of course the one time she’s straight from the sauna and makeup-less, he wants to talk. He runs off and then runs back with a delivery of the rotisserie chicken she said she liked the other night. He bought it with his $5 winnings from the lottery ticket she foisted on him lol.

Doo-shik and Sung-hyun go over the specifications for shooting at Gam-ri’s house, and Doo-shik shows concern over how flippantly Sung-hyun agrees to the terms. They chat for a bit, but then the real question is delivered: Sung-hyun asks him if Hye-jin is seeing anyone. And the pause before Doo-shik answers says it all, folks.

Hye-jin unpacks the epic brunch basket at home, complete with the sausages she loves.

Sung-hyun pushes Doo-shik to answer his question, and he says he doesn’t think she’s seeing anyone. “That’s a relief,” Sung-hyun says with a huge smile. Doo-shik looks unsettled.

We then travel back to the night they were all drunk and see what happened when Hye-jin wandered out front to find Doo-shik. He was sitting in the yard in a drunken stupor. Hye-jin walked over and sat next to him. When he opened his eyes, she said that it looked like he was about to cry.

She tries to help Doo-shik up so they can go inside, but he looks at her with tears in his eyes and says, “Don’t leave,” before dropping his head gently on her shoulder. He repeats the same words, and Hye-jin assures him that she’s not going anywhere.

 
COMMENTS

Welp, it’s clear from the get-go that Sung-hyun liked + likes Hye-jin. If the way he lights up around her wasn’t enough of a sign, he remembers everything about her from ten years ago, and in a way that shows how much genuine interest he had in her. His question to Doo-shik at the end of the episode then makes it totally clear, and we are in full love triangle mode now.

I like Sung-hyun, but I don’t really like how he weaseled his way into Gam-ri’s heart — was it just to get what he wanted, or is he just a dude that knows how to play his cards while still being genuine? I think the drama was going for the latter, and maybe I’m just being hard on him.

The Sung-hyun/Doo-shik bromance is soooo much fun! But at the same time I’m enjoying them together, I’m also a bit worried what their relationship will look like when they later realize/admit that they both have feelings for Hye-jin. We might be watching Heartbreak Cha-Cha-Cha before we know it.

How does Hye-jin feel about Sung-hyun? Well, it’s clear she wants to preserve that very high opinion he has of her at all costs. It’s interesting that it’s the exact opposite to the relationship she has with Doo-shik, who has repeatedly seen her at her lowest and/or most vulnerable moments. This, of course, makes their connection that much more meaningful and authentic, and I imagine Hye-jin will realize this eventually. Plus, it’s getting obvious that Doo-shik is much more “cultured” than Hye-jin once thought, and can spout wine knowledge with the best of them.

I liked Doo-shik a lot this episode, mostly because of the teasing and sarcasm, which is just too much fun to watch. Now that he knows that Sung-hyun is into Hye-jin, it will be interesting to see how he reacts. I’m not sure how much he knows about his own feelings for her yet.

Sticking on the Doo-shik topic for a moment, the drama sure is taking its time revealing what’s really up with him. A past trauma for sure, but is it tied to anything in the plot that we haven’t picked up on yet? And what about this mysterious lottery winner?

This drama is about 90% interactions between characters, 4% food, and 1% mystery, according to my current calculations. And the foodie segments were great this week. The show made me hungry for delicious local cuisine and company the same way that everything from Let’s Eat to House on Wheels does.

The little side story with June and Joo-ri is adorable. I don’t see how it fits in much, but I do like it for no other reason than because it’s cute to watch.

But I’m a details person, so hands-down for me, my favorite moment of the entire episode was when Sung-hyun mentions Hye-jin has a bad back, and we see the reaction from Doo-shik. He’s half territorial of her, thinking (rightly) that he knows the “real” her much more than Sung-hyun does — but there was also this pang of jealousy in that moment too. You could see him wanting to know about her and her past, the same way that Sung-hyun professes to, and I liked how telling this moment was.

 
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Nam-sook hit the gossip trifecta as first Hye-jin left Doo-shik's, then Sung-hyun and then my favorite moment in this episode: Do you want some ramyun? Nam-sook’s reaction was priceless.

I loved the references to 2D1N. Doo-shik, Hye-jin and Sung-hyun are so fun and chaotic together.

So we learned the third mystery of Gongjin. My bet is on Eun-chul being the winner since we know nothing about him and Mi-sun was the one discussing the mystery before giving him the ticket, which he tried to refuse.

Hye-jin fangirling over June was cute as was poor Ju-ri with her hiccups.

Poor Gam-ri is lonely with her family far away, living their lives. Sung-hyun was manipulative but seemed sincere too in his efforts. It was sweet how happy she was to have a table full of people, enjoying her food.

Doo-shik might end up more jealous of Sung-hyun and Gam-ri.

I’m getting on board the Cho-hee likes Hwa-jung train.

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missvictrix, I am happy that you found Sung-Hyun's attempts to get the granny's house somewhat wrong. I half expected Do Shik to get mad at him mid-episode. I am not saying that SH is a bad guy, but he is definitely calculative.

To be honest, I kinda hate that we need a second lead to get Do Shik to open up. Do Shik has obviously gone through something traumatic and I would have preferred if he worked out his issues at his own pace.

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Yeah. I think it's due to my current mental state, but I found the last two episodes extremely slow paced and boring. We didn't learn anything new about main leads and the focus was not about their general attitudes toward life & people. Sure, the previous episodes focused about other characters as well, but that information was still tightly connected to two main characters.

E.g in previous episode, there was more talks about Hye Jin being introverted, and often misunderstood, or Do Shik being too noisy and sometimes overbearing, the last episodes, however, were about the new dude eating anywhere he can and one townsperson saving money wherever she can.

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The episodes are entirely too long for a show about nothing. I find all the townspeople boring except for Joo-ri who is a trip every time she sasses the adults Hye-jin unni, Doo-shik samchon, and her dad Chun-jae.

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Yes to your list, and even though I like Hwa-Jeong and Chu- Hee, they always show up on my screen with Young Guk (ugh).

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Agree, episode 7 and 8 lost the charm the show held previously. The 2N1D references were a bit over the top, even though I enjoyed the gags. These scenes seemed out of place whereas in earlier episodes everything was interconnected and built up to culminate in a beautiful epilogue.

In contrast, the show is absolutely lovely and adorable when it focuses on life lessons like "Joy in life is eating and hanging out together", which is exactly what Granma, Gam Ri wanted.

With the above said I still love the show and enjoy it.

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I initially was annoyed at Sung Hyun, when he first came over with food, but then… He actually put in work. And he spent time with Gam Ri, he clearly has a genuine love of food and complimented hers, he even got her a hat! At first I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and have him either bring up the house again or suddenly go cold and ditch, but he really did stick it out and I feel like after a week or so he might have left, but if he did he would’ve left Gam Ri with some presents and genuinely told her how much he enjoyed spending time with her. He seems to know what the sweet-talking can get him, but it comes naturally to him and isn’t something he developed manipulatively.

That said, being able to appeal to someone like that also means you can read people quite well. He definitely knows Du Shik is attracted to Hye Jin, and he also knows that Hye Jin isn’t quite conscious of Du Shik’s feelings for her or hers for him. So he is making his play now, in a friendly and open fashion, but he knows exactly what it means to indicate to his new best friend (and employee!!) that he’s interested in Hye Jin. And he asked in a way that means Du Shik sort of stepped aside.

I don’t think he would’ve hurt Gam Ri. I’m less sure that he’ll play fair when elbowing Du Shik out of the way in a play for Hye Jin.

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I agree that his open and giving and sweettalking personality is genuine. I agree that reading people and also knowing what they want and how to make them feel good is probably what makes him a famous variety pd.

I think he would play fair when pursuing Hye-jin. I think him asking Doo-shik if she was seeing anyone was a way of being open so that there could be fair competition. Doo-shik better buck up and stop dithering because Sung-hyun will keep his eyes focused on his goal.

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Asking du shik Is a very sweet, open and non combative way to say hey, I’m throwing my hat into the ring. If after this Du shik still doesn’t say anything to him or hye Jin then that’s on DS

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Can I ship the boys??!! they are so much fun.

Regarding the lottery, my bet is on Gam-ri granny. I think she has the monies. And she is going to leave it to Doo-shik. Clearly her family doesn't care about her.

I am not too keen on the love triangle. But, we knew it was coming.
I am looking forward to Doo-Shik's jealousy. And dude, you friend zoned yourself. You have no one else to blame ; )

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They do have really great chemistry. I hope they don't vex each other too much and remain friends.

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Same. Their banter together is hilarious. Thank goodness our three mains all have good comedic timing. If it's a bromance that becomes meaningful, this will make the show much richer.

That being said, in the midst of all of these, I really hope that our ML Hye-jin doesn't get lost in the fold here!! Please don't just mitigate her to a love interest. When you've the Shin Min A at your helm, you better step up!! For the most part, her character is plucky, vulnerable, kind, and straightforward, & she sells it 100%. If someone less charming played her, it wouldn't work half as much.

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Hye-jin is indeed a character hard to play. In a less actress, she may come across as annoying with princess syndrome (as how Doo-sik teased her) but Shin Min-ah really fleshes out that character well. Kudo to her and the casting director for getting the right person.

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I agree. SMA is doing a great job here. I relate to her awkwardness in social set up, her reluctance in talking to strangers etc. she really makes the character feel real.
Also, I miss her morning workouts. Hope she is still running :)

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*FL not ML. Silly typo lmao.

I think in my case, it helps A LOT when said FL (Shin Min A) is an actor I'm familiar with, watched her works, & her kind/giving nature in rl. That, it just help in soothing her snobbiness in the show ngl. I always wanted KSH to work w/ SMA, b/c the two would pair so well together. And imo the casting director hit it out of the park, it helps to have talented/likable actors esp. here.

For now, I really like that our FL is someone who is very much an individual w/ her own interests/hobbies. She actually has values/beliefs, & we see that come out a few times in the show but in her slow to warm ways. That's a difference between a veteran actress vs a n unsure one is how they understand their roles, that they're able to make their roles relatable/human despite their flaws.

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Bless the drama gods for pairing Lee Sang Yi and Kim Seon Ho together!! Both are funny actors!! Whew, imagine a lesser actor. Yikes. Yes, more bromance PLS!! I think the show has handled situations maturely, so I think they'll w/ these two guys and our FL as well.

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Maybe, but if she really won the lottery I don't think she would have been as reluctant to get her dental work done? I mean there's a difference between rich and RICH lol.

My bet is actually on Eun-chol, he tried really hard to decline that ticket.... almost like he didn't need to win it?

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Sung-hyun is really sweet to Hye-jin which is really nice to see. Though maybe too sweet? I agree that despite seeming sincere with Gam-ri there is a bit of a manipulative angle that's hard not to feel hesitant about.

I'm not sure if I have SLS but I really like Sung-hyun's optimism. Sometimes Doo-shik even appears a little cynical when the two bicker.

But its also nice to see someone being really obvious about liking Hye-jin when Doo-shik appears like he likes her but acts almost immature by refusing to budge on the "we're friends" categorizing and mercilessly teasing her. Based on reasons given in the movie, I understand why Doo-shik is hesitant on having a relationship (not sure if they're remain completely the same in the show) but he is in his 30s, c'mon.

I like the twist they had for the second-drinking-night over instead of the walk-of-shame movie-Hye-jin rushed through.

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"You could see him wanting to know about her and her past, the same way that Sung-hyun professes to"

This! I agree. I loved how the camera turns to show his reactions in these moments. It helps to tell the story without the need for any words.

I just hope we don't get a frustrating love triangle. The two guys seem like they could really hit it off. Sometimes we get flashes of them enjoying each others' company and I wonder what it will be like when we start seeing Seung Hyun's reactions to Du Shik and Hye Jon's growing relationship. Keeping my expectations low.

I didn't see Seung Hyun as manipulative in getting Gam Ri to lend her home for the shoot.. But rather he was genuinely trying to find out what she needs (company, coz she's lonely) in order to give it to her, and at the same time get what he wants.

In the scene at the raw fish restaurant when Du Shik was teasing Hye Jin I though I sensed Kim Seon Ho slip out of character for a bit, haha. The interaction there didn't seem very Du-Shik like.. It was too.. Playful? Maybe I was just imagining it, haha.

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Agreed with the teasing scene. That burst of laughter from Shin Min-ah was definitely not on script. It felt very real.

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Absolutely, that was an ad-lib for sure! I'm also convinced because the two of them said the Director never shouts 'Cut!' after the scene's over, and keeps the camera rolling to catch such moments! :D

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This episode was totally a love letter to 2D1N and I am okay with it. It somehow makes the show a lot funnier. But making Kim Seon-ho say ttoekbokki is overrated was just evil.

I loved the trio of Hye-jin, Du-shik and Sung-hyun. I still don’t 100% like Sung-hyun because his actions with Gam-ri were pretty manipulative, but he’s a hoot when interacting with our leads. Jealous Du-shik is hilarious and I hope we see more of it (without making him overly possessive or condescending). The man shot himself in the foot trying to stay as “just friends”, so he has no one to blame but himself.

Cho-hui and Hwa-jung better be endgame, I won’t accept anything else. I will bet actual money that Hwa-jung is the one Cho-hui actually likes and I am fully prepared to go down with this ship. That ex-husband can move out of town or something, idc.

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100% agree from a 1D2N fan, ep 7 is indeed a homage in a twisted way. We already know that KSH said he is channeling Dindin in his Dushik character so we get that endearingly annoying vibe. And Sunghyun the foodie who can inhale food is definitely Moon Se Yoon. I also sensed JungHoon in his passion during the shopping scene (and even ep 8) that I was already anticipating Led Zeppelin's immigrant song to play in the background just like 1D2N would show. Anyway, the tteokbokki line indeed was "evil" .

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I felt like it was part love letter to 1D2N and I got a bit of the Let's Eat series too - which also aired on TVN

The line about tteokbokki made all of Doo-shik's food recommendations suspect. How can we trust the taste of someone who would say that?

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It was definitely a love letter to 1N2D! It's like Seonho made a cameo to HomeCha 🤣

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But Hwa-jung is clearly still hung up on her ex-husband and has given no indication of swinging that way.

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I think the lottery winner is clearly Doo-shik, and the reason he only works part-time jobs for minimum wage is because he's rich.

I hate the secondary love triangle. Cho-hee is too young to be caught up in a love triangle with a middle-aged divorced couple with a nine-year-old son. Instead of telling his ex-wife, Young-guk should be asking Cho-hee if she even likes him first. And I hate how Nam-sook tries to get Hwa-jung and Young-guk back together. They're divorced. He doesn't love her anymore. Why push them to be together?

Hye-jin is totally a Hacker. Her fangirling is the best thing in this drama. I squealed with Hye-jin when June remembered her as his dentist and Joo-ri as the snaggletoothed cutie. OPPA!! 🎵돌아와 줘 Just a feeling🎵

A big thanks for the fast recap, @missvictrix!

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I think Cho-hee is only a small handful of years younger than the couple and is maybe supposed to be older than Hye-jin and Doo-shik. She just looks a lot younger and is casted with a younger actress as a contrast to the divorced couple to give that air of the idealized first love. Otherwise, the gossips would try to set up the single Doo-shik with the lovely new schoolteacher.

I love how Hye-jin is also a fan of the idol group. I'm Hye-jin's age and while I don't go all out like Juri, I can still enjoy their music and will get excited to meet one of them in person.

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Yes, I would bet on Doo-shik as the lottery winner too. That house - and his mad collections of cameras, records and so on - show money. Unless his parents were hugely rich when they died and left a ton of money for him in trust...

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Doo Shik is a SNU Engineering graduate. If he worked in Seoul with that degree, he should have been earning pretty well at some point.

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Yep. I bet we are going to have some flashback scene of him doing some engineering work. It would be an interesting message to show that despite him going into a path people deemed as successful, that it didn't fulfill him. And that the road less expected is sometimes the better choice. Sure, its less $$, but a path that's maybe more fulfilling or less restricted. For once, it would be nice to have the ML not be some super rich guy, & just a regular working class guy. (That is until they make him one lol :O ).

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I agree with this, he would have moved back with some savings.

Personally, I also think it would be kinda boring for him to be the lottery winner.

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I think DS is the lottery winner. He doesn’t work for money, he takes off whenever he wants. He works to help people when they need. People can’t be like that when they live paycheck to paycheck.

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Just reporting gut feelings: the lottery winner is the local cop that bestie is zeroed in on. He reacted so strongly to her gifting him with a stray ticket directly after the 3rd mystery reveal. Still love the tiny twists on standard tropes. Oh and all the 2D1N shout outs - from the lighthouse that was the subject of a photo contest to the subversion of food obsession. Give me enough sun sparkling on water and I am good to go.

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My gut says it's the local cop too because of his weird reaction to the lottery ticket and that scene with Mi-sun giving him the ticket was right after the scene with the grocery store owner telling Mi-sun about how it's a mystery. Guessing he felt burdened by the money.

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I thought Eun-chul's reaction was appropriate. He's an upstanding police officer and can't accept lottery tickets from citizens.

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I agree with you- and it may be that he gave her back more than she gave him to make sure that this was clear. But he also gave her something he knew she liked- and that is telling as well.

But I also think it would be neat if the young cop was the winner- it would be a unique twist.

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For me Pinot noir is so refined in taste and Bordeaux is just Bordeaux, although good aged one is very enjoyable. To appreciate a glass of bordeaux you have to have one bottle at least 4 years old. Both of them is good to let them breathing for at least 2 hours before degustation.

I've found a good blog to explain the differences and I could understand why bordeaux is more appreciated overseas - the cépage composition is more to "english taste". ( https://vinsdumonde.blog/la-bourgogne-racontee-en-7-differences/ )

As for white one I'll go with bordeaux totally as I prefer Sauvignon blanc to Chardonnay or Bourgogne Aligoté.

It's just a personal taste 😂 like for those drama characters... I just realized that it's curious that white wine is called white when it's actually yellowish.

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What I love about Beanies is the wide range of experience and knowledge we bring to our fandom. Must be frightening to some scriptwriters, while others are up for the challenge. As long as we're just talking personal taste in wines, mine is a lovely Malbec from Argentina - a dry red with spice notes and just a touch of fruit.

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I went through a whole Malbec phase in 2017 :)

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I like Malbec as well, I did the wine route on bicycle in Mendoza, it's beautiful. The problem is that the river is polluted from mining in the mountains - mercury and it's not recommended to drink the water but the grapes must absorb it as well. The best wine isn't exported.

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Another Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc person here :)

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I am no connoisseur, but I do like Malbec for red and Moscato for white.

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For me, it’s all about the occasion and the accompanying food. I love well-made versions of both (and most other types of wine 🥂).

And SPEAKING of food, when they were at the first restaurant and the light classical music came up, I totally thought that we were in the middle of a Let’s Eat homage.

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This episode was so funny!

So many references to 2 Days 1 Night show with the games, the tteokbokki that Kim Sun-Ho can eat at breakfast, etc.

Shin Min-Ah's fangirling was super cute. Her interactions with DS reminded me Prison Playbook's bickering between Captain Yoo and Looney. Hye-Jin became very natural with Doo-Shik, she's the one who entered in his personnal space.

Sung-Hyun seems to a good guy, he looked sincere with Grandma. I like him. But he came a little bit to late for Hye-Jin :p

For the 3rd mystery, I don't think he's Doo-Shik. He's already the second mystery, he can't be the 3rd too... The Cop would be a good candidate.

I think my favourite thing is Doo-Shik imitating Hye-Jin, Kim Sun-Ho is really good to find the same ton than Shin Min-Ah.

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Saw that too, Hye jin is indeed more natural, more herself (both the sweet and snotty side) when with DS. She is always too smiley and sweet with SH, which is of course also her nature but only half of it. So yes, SH just came too late.

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Where can I get a Sung-hyun in my life? I was swooning at how nice he was to Granny and his cheerfulness. His scenes with Doo-shik were hilarious. I like how he has so much in common with both Doo-shik and Hye-jin but in different ways.

I can see why Doo-shik and local cop, Eun-chul, are the only 2 single under-40s around - they don't pursue the ones they have feelings for, though Eun-chul's rotisseries chicken move was pretty slick.

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A love 'triangle' that I don't mind lol. It helps a LOT when the two actors here are actors I adore, and think are extremely funny and charming! Oh show, you cast well!

This show is simple, but I dig the characters they really help enliven the show. Reminds of a KBS weekender but the really good kind, but a bit more elevated/mature b/c most issues gets resolved within 1-2 episodes.

I read a comment that said, all of the characters are fully realized. The 2nd ML here has a separate personality outside of the FL!! And yes the food here made me hungry, that I ate food right after! Back to 2nd ML, he has to be friendly b/c he's a PD and you've to acquaint yourself w/ the people there so things can film smoothly. Plus, he's just a friendly guy. I think Du-shik can be a bit much but he means well. Every character has their flaws/strengths which is why I enjoy this dynamic a lot.

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Talking about Lee Sang-yi - when he guested in Sixth Sense, his demeanor there, even the love for food, and being very social, is exactly like Sunghyun his character that I am confused now whether he was already channeling his HCCC character in that variety show or he is channeling his real (or variety show version) self when playing Sunghyun that is why it comes across as natural and fun.

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Yeah, he seems like an easy going guy. However, I read an interview he gave last month where he said he's an introvert & is a quiet guy in rl. He said he likes to have his alone time. It showed me how people have this duality where you've to play up an image esp. on a variety show (where one has to be interactive). I can relate lol.

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It's hard to believe there is 7 years age difference between him and Shin Min-Ah. He looks older than his age or more mature but not as old.

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I don't really think Seung-hyun is manipulative as some do think, he is just a determined guy with a Little touch of kindness. But why is this telling me he won't back down with his love interest and he will fight till he gets what he wants?
Jealous Du-shik was extremely fun to watch, he better wake up cuz our SML has a lot of cards on his hand especially with his good recollecting memory. I actually like guys who remember the smallest detail about you, it shows they do care after all.
Their bromance was really fun to watch, I just don't want them to fall apart just because they share the same love interest. They are in their 30s, they are not high school teenagers that love throwing fists when things go south.
LOVE MATURELY OKAY?!!!

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Oops, I forgot.
P.S: I'm patiently waiting for episode 8 recap, I have a lot to say about the gossip lady

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Me too! Not a lot but just something abt her.

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Was a tiny bit disappointed with Ep 7... enjoyed the different scenes individually, the restau scene, 2D1N-like scenes, etc... but as an episode, was a bit lost.

Was a bit confused with Dusik as well, not sure if it was intentional, but he seemed too friendly than usual... if that even made sense. It was like seeing 2D1N Seon Ho than Dusik Seon Ho 😅 Was so intrigued with his missing years but didn't get progress in this ep.

And that ending scene, it was nice but Hye-Jin seem to know Dusik more than what was shown? She knows when he is about to cry? (I think that was what she said) Will there be more drunken flashbacks? or was it just drunken words? 🤔

Having said that... still hopeful it will make sense in later eps :)

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I felt sad when I see Du-shik acts more birghtly and friendly as it seems to me that he's arguing that he's there. I was a bit disappointed with ep 7 as well since there were no much scenes of our protagonists and progress between Hye-jin and Du-shik.

However, I think they purposely neglected Du-shik a bit for some scenes to emphasize his loneliness. There were very much more scenes about the variety team and the village people without Du-shik, who was leading the story most of the time. Instead, it keeps present how the village works perfectly even Du-shik doesn't help them, especially when Sung-hyun changes the light bulb for Gam-ri, I coudln't but think of Du-shik who usually was in charge of it. This ep also shows how Du-shik kinda feel jealous and wants to get attention and included from Gam-ri (during that dinner scene when he asks Gam-ri to give the foods on his spoon as well like she did to June) as well as Hye-jin when Sung-hyun and Hye-jin talks about her uni life.

And the epilogue! Gosh it makes me feel really bad for Du-shik when he finally confesses his true emotions. Plus the song in the background hits me hard due as the lyrics conveys: "I want to be loved in poverty" (not sure how to translate it correctly but) - which reminds me of Du-shik who always gets the minimum wage, but wants to be loved by these people.

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I think more than the PD fueling a love-triangle, his purpose is much like the frequent alcohol that the writers make Hye-Jin consume in this story: to soften a 24/7 on-the-edge Dentist into somebody more 'cutesy, nice, relaxed & lovable', which she can't be otherwise, as being too nice probably feels like she'll get taken advantage of (or lose control of the situation!) You can see the change with the PD-dude's arrival; HJ's finally comfortable enough to lay down her prickliness & not in a 'fake' way like she had been during the majority of ep7. She indulges in some community warmth at Gamri's dinner table, and she's chilling with her back intimately against Du-Shik's. Something I don't think would have happened had the PD not been there to be a mood-maker! :)

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On a lighter note, the chaotic-trio is soo much fun! They talk like middle-aged ladies reminiscing their yesteryears in college, mooch-off alcohol and crash the night by imposing themselves on a friendly host, pre-game like a bunch of young women heading out to da club, and bicker like middle-school kids, calling each other rhino/ mammoth/ sack of rice & a weapon. Are we really watching 30 year olds here? xD xD

That said, Du-Shik looks like he makes a mean gambas-al-ajillo! <3 The director-dude is a bit of an overkill, running around like a kid with a sugar-high on a christmas morning. Nice contrast to Chief Hong, who's also up in other people's business, but atleast that's his job and he gets paid for doing it! For all the annoying Du-Shik did in ep 6, he earned his forgiveness (from me)... his expressions this ep were absolutely GOLDEN. It was amusing to watch him as he took in what was happening right before his eyes! xD

K-drama are the real shiz, they can glorify and romanticize something as mundane as Blanket-Laundry! The PD doing Halmeoni's dishes was cute, but him wearing his *outside shoes* inside her kitchen gave me an aneurysm as a fellow Asian!

The 2D1N meta was strong on this one, so I'm happy for all the regular watchers here :") My BL-loving heart also jumped with glee, with the ramyeon-moment between two grown-ass men!

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" K-drama are the real shiz, they can glorify and romanticize something as mundane as Blanket-Laundry! "

Haha, so true. Exactly what I thought and isn't that we keep coming back?!

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the reason we keep coming back*

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I was wondering about the shoes too! Like, was that an NG unnoticed or stg?

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Makes sense! I like this perspective, where Hye Jin is getting her own set of familiar people, to help the town's people realize her charms (especially when they said Du Shik > Hye Jin).

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I don't think Seung-hyun is conniving, but I was a little uncomfortable with his pushiness. I think mainly the thing that doesn't sit well with me is that he seems somewhat superficial - he says all the right things and smiles that charming smile, but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of sincerity behind it. It's just a means to an end: he wants to film in the house, he wants to woo Hye-jin, but will his fancy fizzle as quickly as it comes once he gets what he wants? I don't necessarily he think he's a bad guy, just that there's not really much substance to him. But let's see how the drama rolls it out.

I agree with another beanie that this week's eps (7 & 8) were pretty empty of any relevant plot. I'd like to see a real focus on OTP development time next week. I don't mind a drama with a thin plot, but it was always going to be hard for them to spin a 16 ep story from so little, and filler will not help keep interest.

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This episode is such a joy to watch!! 🥰 I love the interactions of our three leads! Du-shik and Sung-hyun really have good chemistry from the first time they've met and now it's even more fun with the three of them. It's nice that Du-shik have found people he can share his interests with and discuss stuff beyond the village. He sure is much happier with the two around. Well, all of them actually are much happier haha.

That part when Sung-hyun talked about Hye-jin's back also stood out for me. Du-shik's reaction said so much. The love triangle would sure be interesting. But I trust that they'd still be good friends, and I hope to see more of them being drunk and crazy together hahaha XD

I was also wary about Sung-hyun being nice to Grandma Gam-ri to get her approval. I was doubting him 'til the last moment, but I guess Gam-ri knew that and still saw the genuineness and sincerity of his actions. Also, I thought the wallet had something to do with the lottery ticket! hehe and that Grandma Gam-ri won then (like in In the Heights XD)

The supporting characters are so cute, especially teenage fangirl Joo-ri, and the Mi-sun x Eun-chul loveteam =))

I'm really enjoying this drama. Always looking forward to the weekends for some good vibes 😊

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I don't understand how a week of helping Granma, Gam Ri by doing chores and gifting her, changed her mind. I do get, she feels lonely in the house, but I feel something amiss with the entire message.

Also the grandma being more attentive to Sung Hyun, made Du Shik jealous and unhappy, which only adds sympathy points to Du Shik, given his abandonment issues/trauma. The scene isn't well written or directed, because Sung Hyun's comes across as manipulative and his intentions, pretentious.

Well apart from these quibbles, the show continues to be enjoyable.

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I think it was the call with her grand-daugther in USA that made her realize that her family wasn't connected to her house like she was. She doesn't have to preserve it for them.

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I don't want to conclude since we just got 2 episodes fairly centered on him. I think instead of being manipulative, he is determined. There are people like him who gets what they want in such a gentle and kind manner.

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Well, it does set up the tone nicely for when the PD ends up upstaging Du-Shik eventually in the next ep, irrespective of his intentions. And instead of solely being for the purpose of sympathy-points, I hope it forces a realization upon Du-Shik (as it likely has) and helps his character grow! :')

Also, I highly think Gam-Ri was expecting a visit for the summers from her grand-daughter, hence she wanted to avoid nuisance (variety-show shooting) at her place. The phone-call was probably a nudge to value people and family around her more than her blood-ties, live in the moment, and also be around folks who cared! :)

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Thanks @kurama and @chibi8535 for clarifying

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@missvictrix it’s so nice to read your recap again!

Sometimes i wonder if Dusik is actually 12 😆 HomeCha really feels like an old drama with updated and prettier visuals, the characters flip flop btw being lovable and annoying which is how humans are I guess. It doesnt seem to have a central conflict other than the lovelines but i dont mind cos it’s nice to have a bright and cheery drama at this time.

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Thank you! I feel the same on the drama as a whole, and I'm secretly happy the classic drama paradigm lives on ;) If dramaland got too edgy too fast, where would we all be...

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We’d have people like me, who misses stories like My Girl and My GF is a Gumiho but can’t bear to watch the old quality pictures and styles without cringing 😅

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Same here. I turn on an old drama, see the hairstyles and picture quality and go nope, can't do it.

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Du-Shik is 12 when it comes to dealing with the woman of his affection, and 21 when it comes to pre-gaming at his bachelor-pad! xD Man's serious 'bout his alcohol! ^^

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Hye-jin is going to drink all his alcohol faster than he can produce it.

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I guess I am one of the few that didn't see SH's actions as manipulative. GR knew what he was doing. It was a win win for both of them, so it didn't both me. I like SH and ai find him delightful. Also he seems to genuinely like HJ and isn't playing stupid kid games. DS's annoying insistence that they just be friends and he his childish teasing is annoying. I can't root for you sir if you refuse to root for yourself. I really like HJ as a character and don't really appreciate that the townspeople seem to look down on her, it is snobby when she looks down on them and equally snobby when they look down on her. So I like that SH seems to firmly be on her side.

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I'm not alone then. I agree he is not manipulative at all. If he was, he would have been using a huge wad of cash to convince Halmeoni. Instead, he decided to win her heart slowly and show her that's he meant no harm. Manipulative characters in k-drama land are always with money and a glass of wine incase of refusal💦😜

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You aren't alone about Sung Hyun. I got surprised about those comments because I actually liked how he behaved ^^''. I'm introvert and quitter myself, I wouldn't put that effort and I appreciated how he didn't disrespect the granny's boundaries but still tried to show his true intentions and what kind of person he was.

PS: BTW, I like reading the comments in this platform. They are quite diverse and objective.

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At this point, I’m only watching for SH and HJ. He’s like a breath of fresh air. It was annoying to see DS leading HJ on and acting childish. His constant nagging with HJ and the way they end up bickering is too irritating to watch, it’s not romantic or comedic at all. In real life, if they ever dated, it would only be a fling because I don’t think anyone with a sense of self esteem will subject their self to being treated the way DS is treating HJ. Too annoying.

I haven’t mustered enough excitement to watch the next episode for now. I’m almost scared that SH will be made to look bad just to make DS look good to HJ.

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I really hope they don't do that to SH. I genuinely like his character. I hope they change DS for the better. He needs to grow up. We know they are end game so they can't just try to change HJ, they need to do the same for DS. I like them together too, surprisingly when they are drunk, but funnily enough that is when he is most himself and least childish. So hopefully that is where the next episodes go.

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I thing Sung-hyun enters the story pretty late. At this time, hye-jin is pretty much lost and her heart is already moved. She just do not accept it(maybr has accepted it, but she is rejected once, so ...)
About Sung-hyun and Gam-ri: I think this is pretty much normal in Korea. I have seen similar situations in other dramas. Plus, when Sung-hyun did not show up after a few days Gam-ri said that he gave up so easily...

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Dropping in to say that so far this drama is such a treat.

Do I like all the characters that inhabit this beach town? No.

Do I love that we are slowly getting everyone's story? Yes.

Each of us all have our own unique story, and this drama is doing a great job of showing that you cannot judge anyone by how they appear when you only know them superficially. The townspeople are slowly coming to know Hye-Jin, as we are slowly coming to know these townspeople. Chief Hong is no different. There's probably a good reason he has closed himself off from his feelings for Hye-Jin.

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The last image of the recap is so pretty and full of melo vibe...

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I honestly loved this week’s episodes so much. They seemed uneventful because there was no huge movement for our main couple, but like you said, it’s all in the details. We have to remember that some of episodes 6 and 7 happened on the same day, and Hye Jin is still getting used to the unique or nonexistent boundaries that her relationship with Doo Shik presents. In this episode and the next, she doesn’t make any big declarations, but she does physically touch and allow herself to be touched by Doo Shik casually and playfully quite often in this episode, she sits next to him (very closely I might add) when they have dinner at Gam Ri’s house, they have fun, playful, & flirty banter, and she always makes sure to greet him or say something to him when he’s in the vicinity. Even though her new attitude isn’t being zeroed in on, it’s a notable 180 from Episodes 5 & 6 for the audience. These episodes are all about them starting to let each other into their physical and emotional spaces. More so on Hye Jin’s side right now since Doo Shik’s past and present is still a mystery to us. We’re positive that they’re undeniably attracted to each other at this point, but their lives and values are polar opposite, so I’m genuinely curious as to how they plan on crossing that bridge. I hope we get more info on Doo Shik soon so that I can manage my expectations of how quickly or slowly their relationship will progress for the rest of the series.

Needless to say, Sung Hyun is not a threat at all whatsoever. At this point, she’s not showing a sliver of interest in him besides reminiscing, saying thank you, and marveling at how much he remembers about her(Lol). And I really hope that he’s not used as a tool to fuel Doo Shik’s jealousy, because I’d like to think Doo Shik is above worldly things like jealousy. Also, if he started paying attention he would knowwww that she’s just being cordial with the PD and would not mistake her niceties for romantic interest.

Honestly, I think he does know and is trying to ignore their obvious chemistry for personal reasons. Him pushing the friend thing so hard is probably more for him than it is for her, and I’d like us all to note that his latest mention of wanting to be friends was brushed off completely with a “whatever”, meaning that Hye Jin already knows (she been knew) that she has no intention of being “friends” with him. She strikes me as an all or nothing kind of gal so I’m excited for next week!!

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This drama is getting better n better. I don't see SH being manupilative till he shows up with the cake together with june to go out for dinner but later after he got invited to stay for dinner, admitted that was his intention - pretty smooth guy. He 1st know HJ n if he was interested in her, why in those 15 years he did not find her when she is in seoul, he got all the chances.
Glad that ep 6, ending part, dushik sees HY as a woman, her care for juri when all this while he is in friend zone, perhaps he is more careful to be sure that their relationship will work out n not breakup, it will be problematic if breakup n to stay in same village, or she leaves him ( ya i remember her intention was to go back to seoul). Like it that a girl likes the boy 1st n how she got her man by being herself not putting up a front. Dushik tells HY to cross his line n erase imaginary lines - in ep 7, HY begins to do that n become more natural with him.
Dushik interest in HY has grown. The director really likes 2d1n, it was so funny when i see SH drank sand lance coffee it is like seeing din din.
Looking forward to more reveal of the 3 mysteries, dushik 5 years unaccounted for n his truma, why the couple divorce n who won the lottery prize.

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My theory is that Doo Shik won the lottery, and after winning the lottery, his home was burglarized and his finance was killed during the burglary. He has all this money but no reason for all this money after his finance died.

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Emm, could the lottery winner be joori's dad cos he got a safe (joori took it from him worried if he has not much money), his coffee is bad not much customer, he gave money to joori for dental ops claim that the money from his gig (more than a million, cannot be). Andhe wants to pay dushik more for doing part time at his shop. If he is the one, he will be able to claim the prize without attracting attention. If gamri, she will ask her son to help her. If dushik, maybe but he already got 1 mystery but then it could be him also. 2 more days to find clues in the drama.

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