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Dal-li and Gamjatang: Episodes 7-8 Open Thread

The exhibit opening is finally here, and with it comes more ups and downs than our heroine is prepared for. Not only does the success of the opening event (and the gallery itself) hang in the balance, but the aftermath brings new realizations, sympathies — and clashes — between our gallery director and restaurant mogul.

 
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP

While the fun hijinks between our heroine’s three admirers continue, this week’s episodes center much more on the fate of the gallery’s new exhibition. With the opening around the corner, the team has to scramble to ingratiate themselves to ARTIST HONG JA-YOUNG (Hwang Suk-jung) of the famous/infamous “The Living and the Dead” (A.K.A. garbage heap) installation piece. While Dal-li and Sa-bong show up, and Dal-li is even willing to get on her knees, what we learn is that Moo-hak was already there before her. He did all the negotiating necessary to make sure Artist Hong returned to the gallery (and later we learn a bit of the details of their transaction).

This might be the first instance where we start to see the true shape of Moo-hak’s commitment to the gallery’s success. As he learns what’s at stake for a gallery to succeed as a business, he’s increasingly ready to do whatever it takes.

And then we arrive at the opening event. Dal-li and her team are dressed and ready for the event, but the drama hangs fire. Will anyone come? Why is the event underway and the driveway, red carpet, and press area completely empty?

But then the caravan begins, led by Tae-jin. He arrives, and scores of high-ranking people soon follow. Then, much to the surprise of Dal-li and team, scores of celebrities and influencers also show up. They assume word just got out and invitations were shared — and they’re not complaining, because the opening event is a huge success.

Kudos to the drama here for creating such a visceral experience — we not only see the exhibit as a crucial plot device, but also as an actual exhibit. From the wacky artists to their pieces on display, it’s a really fun chunk of the episode. The pinnacle just might be the coffin with the live body that’s a part of Artist Hong’s installation piece. And who’s committed to being the live model in the coffin? None other than Moo-hak.

There’s a lot of emotion in the air at this point between Moo-hak and Dal-li. She’s clearly waiting for him to arrive at the opening event, but his interactions with her are hampered by his loud and uncouth family joining him (they are such a Dickensian group of characters; I love it) and the handsy behavior of Chak-hee who gives the wrong idea to people left and right. So, while Dal-li sees Moo-hak with Hak-hee, Moo-hak sees Dal-li with Tae-jin.

Tae-jin seems like he’s playing the fiance and family connection once again, leading Dal-li into introductions with important people, hovering around her, and exuding that aura of his that seems to get stronger by the day. He’s also a little bit swoony (and direct) towards Dal-li in a way that surprised me: “I might be smitten with you, but work is still work with me,” he says at one point.

Despite the people and circumstances pulling Dal-li and Moo-hak apart, they wind up very much together after the event is over. Dal-li is closing up and reminiscing about her father; Moo-hak has fallen sound asleep in the coffin lol. He wakes up emotional about the passing of his mother, and the two share a very personal and sweet moment, sharing their losses. Dal-li feels for him so much that without thinking she leans over and kisses him. Moo-hak’s more shocked than immediately reciprocal, but afterwards, he’s certain there’s been a shift in their relationship.

While Moo-hak seems ready for romance, the following day Dal-li claims it was a mistake. Now it’s time for Moo-hak to get swoony. He announces to Dal-li that it wasn’t a mistake for him, and all but confesses his feelings for her.

Before Dal-li can figure out how she truly feels, the aftermath of the successful opening event hits hard. It’s a major success, and people are lining up to attend, but we soon learn that many of the celebs and influencers that made the opening such a trending event…. were hired.

We were led on (as was Dal-li, in away) to believe that it was Tae-jin and Segi Group that was behind the scenes pullings strings to ensure the event’s success. But it was not Tae-jin. When Dal-li finds out that Dondon was behind it, she’s horrified and doesn’t waste anytime calling out Moo-hak for his behavior.

This conflict of ideology between them is probably the most representative that we’ve seen yet. Dal-li asks him if he hired all the people to attend, but rather than hide it, he openly admits it, and doesn’t think he’s done a damn thing wrong. He says he wanted the opening to be successful, and obviously it was, thanks to him.

I actually don’t disagree with him here, but Dal-li does, and is mortified over the intersection of art and money, claiming that art isn’t about money. And this is where the two truly differ: Moo-hak sees the gallery as a business operation, and with a smart business head on his shoulders, is ready and willing to do what it takes to make it successful.

Dal-li, in contrast, doesn’t see the business side and focuses on the artistic one. It strikes me that rather than one side being 100% correct, it’s the marriage of their perspectives that would be best. But will they get there? Even though there’s been a kiss between them, they’ve never had more bad blood either. How much more friction will build between them before they’re able to see each other’s sides and reign in their OTP glory? We still have half a drama to unfold, and a lot of baddies working in the background. These two are going to need to be on the same side if they (and the gallery) will make it through.

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This show is my weekly happy pill. I do agree that MooHak and Dali does have differences in terms of how to run the gallery. I actually agreed with MH on this but I also see Dali's point. I do agree that them compromising their ideals would be best to make the gallery a success.

Despite TaeJin's swoony advances I cant get to his side. He appears to be too close to the VIPs not to have a stake on acquiring the land around Cheongsong Gallery. Prove me wrong TaeJin.

MooHak saving Dali as 3000 geops or as translated in the subs as eternity is so cute.

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These episodes were brilliant in the way that they finally portrayed Moo-hak's values as valuable. Even as we appreciate Dali's viewpoint we actually end up agreeing with Moo-hak more. To me this was essential dramatically- any deep long term relationship between these two very different people makes sense only if we can see that each brings something valuable that the other one lacks. We already appreciate Dali but now we can see that Moo-hak's business mindedness is in fact crucial to saving the Gallery that Dali wants to preserve.. And we can see that he has his own very real principles and integrity: He "clean up his own poop" and refuses Tae-jin's offer to simply pay off the $1.7 million debt- he knows the dangers of 'free money'.

As far as Tae-jin goes, you are undoubtedly right. He really does still want Dali but I suspect that yes he is indeed involved in the land speculation. In short, he wants to have his cake and eat it too. And that is the difference between him and Moo-hak: Moo-hak would never, ever think that way. And that clear headedness is precisely why he is the man Dali needs in her life.

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This drama's strength lies in how much I love the characters, especially Dali. I actually relate to her in the sense of what it feels like to grow up sheltered and how much of a change it is when you have to deal with stuff you didn't know the workings of. I honestly love Dali. She is strong and her strength lies in her firmness. She doesn't need to be loud and know how to fight to be strong. I loved the discussion between Dali and Moo Hak regarding the hiring of Moo Hak by influencers. I agree with both our leads partially. There is nothing wrong with hiring influencers for promotions but I agree with Dali that she doesn't want her people's hard work to be reduced simply to money. There are a lot of times when our hard work doesn't translate into money, that doesn't mean we didn't give our best. I think Dali disliked the fact that he didn't consult her or even give her a heads up regarding his move. Also I find Tae Jin swoony too. He has this quiet intensity but at the same time I can't move past the fact that he treated Dali and her dad so badly. (I would never give any guy a second chance if my dad had to kneel before him) Also I hate Moo Hak's family a lot, mainly because they don't really seem to care about him.
PS: I want to bitch slap that young curator. @mmmmm i know you will join me.

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Haha you can take the spotlight. I’ll be waiting on the side ready to throw in super spicy kimchi and plenty of salt in case kimchi needs more fermentation.

Of course the woman needs kimchi since she needs to be healthy in order to think straight.

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The one thing that got to me this week was Da Li walking into a house that’s obviously been broken into. We saw her having flashbacks in the police station, there’s every chance she’s got a case of PTSD settling in (people attacking you will do that), and I call complete bull on her entering a dark house with a door ajar at night.

Part of it is that Da Li is innocent but not dumb enough to be ignorant of that setup, and part of it is seriously - the PTSD will actually operate your body without your mind along for the ride. She’s been dreaming of a man attacking her in the dark - the exact triggers that are present at the end of this week’s episodes. Honestly, it’s so unlikely that she even would have been able
to cross that threshold physically. Your body is hard-wired for survival after an attack, you don’t just walk into it again a week later.

But that’s the one sour note. Otherwise I really like Da Li and I especially like how Moo Hak’s shoutiness emerges - the man isn’t quiet, but when he’s loud and bombastic it’s usually powered by business and finance confidence. I was impressed at the choice of both script and acting that Moo Hak dials it way down when talking about relationship stuff with Da Li. An especially good contrast to Tae Jin literally yanking Da Li into an apartment against her will (again! Recent assault victim!)

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You pointed out the one scene I thought Darli was completely out of her character or plain stupid. It wasn’t even naive, it was downright stupid. The lock was broken, that is every sign screaming that you should no longer entering the house without other people or even better police with you.

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The entire sequence of her walking in even after WonTak calls her and says he won’t be home made no sense. If the intention was to finally have MooHak find out that Dali is living with WonTak then they could have done it differently without putting Dali in danger again.

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The writer's determination to damsel her is starting to annoy me. She can be impoverished without needing to be saved. If anything, her character should be defined by not needing to be saved.

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(I would never give any guy a second chance if my dad had to kneel before him) - I second this too!

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Much better than last week. Tae Jin's reaction to Moo Hak in the coffin was lol funny. Also, Moo Hak's dad's realisation of what's happening between him and Dali, hahahah. Other than that, I just want to say: uri Won Tak-i!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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urine Won Taki makes me soooo proud that Dali has someone as sweet as him by his side.
Whenever Moo Hak mentioned Dali.. Won Tak dropping his bags to show his anger was uber fun...

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*by her side

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Yes, Won Taki is somehow pure puppyness incarnated.

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I really really liked the scene when it shows Moo-hak’s dad realizing what is going on between all four people. It’s very rare to have such a funny, street-smart character in a drama. I believe him encouraging Moo-hak to pursue Darli for the gallery and its land.

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exactly..his dad is so smart and I loved how he observed Moo Hak and Dali and then morivating him to go for his love..
hope he plays the cupid between the 2.

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And I hope this too, but not for the land and because his son likes her.

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exactly.. amen to that.

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I love Moohak character. He's simply an honest person. Honest in making money, honest about his feelings. I like his no nonsense attitude.
It's harsh, it's brash sometimes, but with him, what you see is what you get.
He shows Dalli if she wants a successful business, certain measures have to be taken. Desperate ones, sometimes.
I appreciate that Dalli understands that point but makes Moohak sees her point of view too.
Oh I feel for Taejin. His pain, his desperation. He did terrible things in the past, tries to make any salvations of some sort, but man, the damage is done. There is nothing you can do about it.

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Oh god, I was laughing so hard. The kiss left such deep impact with him, he just associated everything with it.
Bora as his secretary is funny too in latest episode. Her pulling and pushing Moohak out of Dalli's way, her translating the english to Moohak. Those are gold.
Now I'm curious about the villains. What are their stories?

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Moo Hak also gets that both the gallery’s survival and his investment hinge on racking up wins ASAP. He’s not saying influencers need to be hired forever, but right now? The museum is on life support. You pull out EVERY stop, and to Moo Hak it’s just obvious (and to every other business owner) but Da Li has spent way too much time in the self-deceptive rarified air of the nonprofit/arts world and is focusing on long-term reputation when that’s only important if you survive NOW.

Moo Hak was right to be thoroughly exasperated with Da Li, and to show it. She clearly HASN’T learned the business lesson she needs to learn, and he must be alarmed by her quick reverting to form. I also doubt that Da Li is aware of the work her father must have done behind the scenes of the foundation to prop it up so long. Museums are classy on the surface, but behind the curtain they’re just as ruthless and arbitrary as academia. At least business kills you quick and writes contracts.

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My fav show of the week cause it makes me laugh so hard that I literally forget I am not alone in my house (deja vu to APAD days).
I laugh, clap and my family looks at me wondering what happened to this girl, that to watching raw. Moo Hak and his visual comedy is so entertaining that it certainly doesn't need (or better I cant wait for) subs. And then watching with subs just adds more fun to it.

I love Dali especially as girl who has lost her dad and now trying to be rescued by her ex.. and the way she stands her ground that she is no damsel in distress who needs saving is worth clapping 👏 for her.
Tae Jin.. I really don't know why this man is so getting on my nerves.. I want him out of Dalis life sooner.
Won Tak and Moo Hak (TakHak duo) seems to be Dalis true well wishes.. Won tak emotional anchor while Moo Hak trying to add some Business 101 to Dalis "always art" mindset and I agreed with him. Dali needs to learn to balance things between Money and Art.
as an artist I can say.. Art is Heart but there is no Art if money is not there on the table. No artists would ever want to end up in the streets starving.
So I really wish Dali try to understand Moo Haks POV and get things straighten Money wise while keep Art and it's Importance intact.
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As always Kim Min Jae as Moo Hak is doing great work and his comic timing and emotional scene srqr equally entertaining.

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I'm also the same - I've been watching the show raw, then with subs the next day! It's been a while, since I've done that!

Totally agree with what you said re art - as a freelance muso, who is currently seeing the music industry decimated because of covid, "art is heart but there is no art if there isn't money on the table" - this is unfortunately true. She did have the right to go off at Moo Hak but what he's delivered is Business 101 🤷‍♀️

In saying that, I'm glad they both tried to understand each other's POV and when he said that he just wanted to see her happy, that definitely tug on my heartstrings 🥺

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thank you for attesting that artists cant survive just on art. and also nice to meet another fellow artist. Hope you are doing better now with Covid situation improving even with slow pace.
I am a freelance video editor.. working on my own for last 3 years not yet done any significant work neither in any big company.. so it was such a relatable points that Moo Hak shared and i couldn't disagree.
each n every word he said was something I always told myself during my intial days and glad someone in a show had same sentiments.
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Take good care of yourself and wish you a bright future ahead.

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Always lovely to meet a fellow artist! I'm in Melbourne so we're slowly emerging from lockdown and I have a gig lined up.

Oh I'm sorry to hear this - hopefully someone will see your work and you'll find some work soon :) You too, best wishes, take good care of yourself! Hopefully we'll see some work of yours soon! :)

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awesome... soo cool to know abt your future. do share if you can.. i always love to see and learn from fellow artists.

hey you need not to be sorry.. i do have work just on much smaller lever with other content creators nothing big as such but decent enough.
I do share my new works time to time on DB timeline.. ill tag you next time when ill post it here.
And thanks for the wishes.. it means a lot for sure.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't stand Tae-Jin. When we were first introduced to him, he says to his secretary that, "I gave her up because I knew I could get her back." Such a bold, gross statement. People aren't objects that you can just pick up and drop when it's convenient for you. I feel like he's pursuing Dal-li as a trophy. I'm happy Dal-li called him out on letting her live in their old newlywed apartment "in secret." Love her out loud or not at all!

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glad to know I am not alone in hating him..
"I gave her up because I knew I could get her back."
this exact line made me hate him the most.
My logic is as simple as this..
"You think you could get her back simply means she was an option for you and you were an opportunist who traded her off for a better option then and now when you hv all higher than her options settled.. you want her back in your life. As if her life and emotions are of no importance.. it was abt You (Tae jin) then and it's same as now.
How selfish..."
He makes me want to slap him hard...

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Totally! I hate it when a second lead breaks up with the lead and then waltzes back in years later expecting the lead to be single and available. and because it's a drama, they often are single and available (though falling in love with the other lead) and haven't dated anyone seriously since the breakup. If he had come into this expecting she'd be married and was surprised she wasn't and was like "omg, I have a second chance. I must not waste it!"

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exactly.. as if he was waiting all these years for the right timing to strike the hot iron and as she is at her weakest (thats what he thinks) so she ought to accept his offer.. woww how conveniently he can thinks that.

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Add me to this club. In the beginning, I was hoping he'd nonetheless end up being a decent SL who understood he'd made a mistake, learned from it and wished her well as he did better. But he's still the same slick oil spill he was when he walked away from her the first time. I swooned hard over the Kwon Yul of My Unfamiliar Family, so it breaks my heart that he's (probably? Please prove me wrong!) playing a baddie once again.

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welcome welcome.. more the merrier... we all can scold, badmouth this selfish jerk as much as we want..
he is same or for me worst than before.. then he was forced to leave her now he is calculative enough to know her weakness to take advantage of her...

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Agree with everything you said... also watching without subs. So funny, I've been literally laughing out loud.

Park Gyu-Young seems to be born for this role (plus her English is so good), and Kim Min-Jae is just fantastic and so different from his role in Do You Like Brahms.

Mu-Hak gets worked up, but he is never unfair to Da-Li. What could have been one note, he is shown as surprisingly complex character, passionate, honest, ready to change and learn to help Da-Li, and Da-Li is always kind to Mu-Hak, whether he appears to be an important art collector or a rude gangster making a scene at the art gallery. Both Mu-Hak and Da-Li are shown as people with integrity who respect each other, and although very different, and from different backgrounds, they are shown as equals in their relationship.

It's great that Dali has Won-Tak as a brother figure in her life.
And, Tae-Jin, oh, just go away.

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ahh i am so happy this show makes so many happy just like me... even without subs...
completely agree with everything you said abt Dali and Mu Hak.. they are opposite but knows how to respect a different perspective and that shows how mature both are. Won Tak just adds fun to this combo and i am loving it.. and cant wait to see Mu Hak n Won Tak banters in future episodes.

Tae Jin.. we have a gang now to shoo him away.. hehehe... isnt it @carlybisek ?

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Excellent! We have strength in numbers! 😂

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Cried buckets when Moo Hak shared about his mother. And cried again when hearing how soothing Dal Li comfort Moo Hak.

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Both episodes are well done, better than previous week. I kept on checking the time in hoping it will not end soon...

I feel sorry for Tae Jin & Dal Li's past story. Tae Jin's sin is so grave..... Although we don't know yet the whole story.

It breaks my heart watching Dal Li's father kneeled in front of Tae Jin's car only to see him being dragged to the side... It's so sad...

It made me wonder, if Tae Jin is the first male lead, what should he do to get forgiven by Dal Li? If I'm Dal Li, I'm not sure...

Both episodes show a lot of fun new sides of Dal Li; she can get angry and scream like she was at the police station, she's being jealous, uncertain of her feelings toward Moo Hak.

And finally a short funny bromance between Won Tak & Moo Hak. Hope to see it more! And more scene with Moo Hak's assistant. She's so funny!

Can't wait for next week!

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Once I saw Taejin sitting in the car watching Dali's dad being dragged away, that was it for me. I don't care in which way he was pressured to dump Dali. He's out 😠

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and before being dragged.. Dali's dad went on knees in front of his car and Tae Jin had so indifferent expression .. i literally want to smack his head onto his car steering.. I was so angry..

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Exactly. The simple fact that he even considers they can start over is arrogant. I hate it! Swoony as he can try to be I'm done with him. Also, I'm sure Dalli doesn't even know her father kneeled before him. Care to mention that Tae Jin?

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That’s right. The sin is too grave to be forgiven. I though he was swoon-worthy before, but seeing him reminisce what he had done to both in the past I can’t see how they should continue any kind of relationship.

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It's quite telling in his conversation with Dal Li in his car "You gave up so many things
not to give up the gallery.Not everyone can do what you did."
More likely he was in the position to chose between her and his inheritance and he chose the later.
His expression also has that subtle double meaning including him not just towards her directed.

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Wow, did @missvictrix didn't mention K-pop groups KNK and Elris as their cameo on episode 7?!

I love how this amazing two obscured and rare K-pop groups was rarely appeared on this Kdrama! So this was Elris' first Kdrama appearance while I knew that this was K-pop boy band KNK's second Kdrama appearance. KNK last time appeared on Kdrama as Boys Be Ambitious in 2017 MBC Kdrama 20th Century Boy and Girl.

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Since Elris and KNK debuted a few years back and haven't made a splash...so it left me disoriented as to what year this is .

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I had been saying this from previous recaps, Kim Min Jae is really wooing me with his nuanced comic timings. They make me laugh and "heart-eyes" at the same time❤ As much as Dali's reason of "art should be enjoyed rather than bought" is valid, I absolutely agree with Moo Hak, that without money you can't operate things even if it is done as a noble service. I want the writers to show us rather than tell us how both can balance each other. This, I think is going to be symbolic of Dali and Moo Hak's relationship!

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"heart eyes" indeed - he's really good with that! Like he's about to burst out with a confession.

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I did not expect to love this show so much. Moohak and Darli just became my favorite OTP for 2021. I agree with the beanies that both Moohak and Darli have valid points, they just have to be able to blend and find the balance between the two. Yes, Taejin's may also be swoony (though KMJ's deep voice is electric), but I dislike his sense of entitlement.. i definitely hated the way he pulled Darli into that apartment, that was violence.

I dont hate Moohak's family that much, they seem to be just wannabe villains... and I like that the Dad seems to actually dote on his son and told him to choose the one he likes.

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yes, pulling her into the apartment really bothered me too.

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I love Dali! She's really the heart and soul of this drama.

But I don't still like Moo-Hak. I don't dislike him neither but I don't like how he acts in the Museum, like he was the boss. He took decisions without talking about it to Dali. At least, he fixed his mistake with the artist. If I liked the scene when he talked about his mum, I found it a little bit sudden, the same for the kiss.

I would prefer to see more scenes between Won-Tak and Dali, I like how she's with him, she feels safe enough to talk to him.

I'm curious about the papers she found in her lollipops box.

There is an issue with the words : gallery, fondation, museum. They actually don't work the same and don't have the same purpose. A gallery sells the exposed art, a fondation is a private institution that exposes arts and museum are more responsible for the heritage and connected to the state. The business plan is not the same for each of them.

An exhibit lasts for months usually, how long Moo-Hak will have to rest in the coffin? :p

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They said that he was going only in the first day, and that people could volunteer for the rest of the exhibition running time. Dali crossing his hands in the coffin was a funny beat 😂

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And he ended up sleeping in that coffin! If that isn’t called sweet I don’t know what is!

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Things you do for the girl;) I think from the heart things like large take out portions and that means mean far more to than lux apartments right now:)

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The drama of romcom has finally touched this drama for this week lol. But I kinda enjoy it in a way except some small things like how Moohak suddenly got all serious about her mother it was so out of nowhere but nah i'm not complaining.

Though, my logic is totally with Moohak this time and I couldn't grasp what was the problem of hiring some people to do some promotion about the event even Dali seems to reluctantly agree at the end when she saw the amount of people actually enjoying the Gallery lol.

I'm gonna zip up about Taejin because Kwon Yul usually thrives in this kind of role but I just can't seem to be empathise with him yet.
My problem is totally with Moohak's brother, I love ridiculous villain (his step mother), outright bad and mean and cruel (Dali's cousin), smart and powerful (the assemblyman) even a charming one (taejin?). Bu his brother is trying to be a villain yet seems too stupid to be a villain idek lol

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Villain brother is stupid and greedy, but looks so nice in those glasses. He looks like Lee Jehoon going undercover in Taxi Driver. Shallow me approves! 👍

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To me he looks like a younger version of Kwon Yul looks wise LOL...
Villain brother is really that "loser",he is greedy,jealous and stupid but thinks he is way too great...

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The way you said the brother trying to be a villain and yet stupid made me laugh. 😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Me too.

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Stupid villain stepbrother is on point. 😆
Characters like him I tend to dismiss and forget since better (meaning real mean one) villains can easily swat him away. I have hope that he will side with MH actually at a crucial time. But his greed may just be his downfall.

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Kids, Keith, Keats will forever make me laugh. Poor Moo hak. When Dali confronted that thief in the police station, I clapped and then when he said he spent all the money. I was ready for her to kill him. As for Tae jin, Dalli was so happy with him. They were so cute on their gallery. He better have a very very good excuse/reason to leave her in the rain and have her father kneel before him. AS FOR NOW, I'M TEAM MOOHAK.

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Watching the first couple of episodes, I was convinced this drama was going to be nothing more than delicious fluff, but as it goes on, it is introducing some really good themes. Dali being confronted with her privilege by the museum's worker (Na Gongjoo, is it?) felt refreshing - and she does have a point: why is everyone tripping over themselves to help Dali out? Would they all be supportive hadn't she had a high social and cultural status?
Also, Dali accepts Taejin bringing in his influential friends to the opening, although he tells her clearly that their support isn't about art - it's about connections and influence (so, ultimately, it's business, even if money doesn't change hands directly)-, but she is shocked to find out Moohak handled it as if it was a restaurant opening, and paid influencers and K-pop idols to show up.

I think the drama is questioning the hard balance between art as creation (as something "holy", understandable only to the initiated) and art as business (you need those crowds to keep the museum going). But it also talks about class and double standards about old Vs. new money

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This! This! Exactly!
It is classism. In Dali’s world money is old and is not talked about or seen directly as it has been converted to privilege that lets them all pretend to be above money. In Moo Hak’s world money is still new and everything is about keeping the money flow going so it’s always in the forefront.

As much as I hate the museum intern always mouthing of, she makes a good point that everyone was quick to give Dali credit for everything. No one is saying that Dali isn’t smart or hard working but she is standing on the work of others and doesn’t see the breaks TaeJin’s influence and MooHak’s money gets her. I suspect the intern’s comments just before she found out that MooHak hired a PR company is also what made her react badly to it. She now knows it’s wasn’t all because of her efforts alone.

Even the artist Hong comments on the elitism that people from Dali’s class feel - Dali is willing to go on her knees when prompted but Moo Hak did it.

I love Dali and MooHak and I love how the drama is letting them both grow because of their interactions with each other.

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That last paragraph! Yes! Exactly this! And thanks for this analysis on the way both Tae Jin and Moo Hak contributed to the gallery, I didn't think about it but it is so so true!

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TJ is in love with and wants to cosset, lead the sheltered pampered carefree 20? Year from 5 years ago who clung too him not the woman she has become. He either can’t or won’t acknowledge that girl is gone.

Moo Hak is in love with Smart, determined woman in front of him and more importantly he respects her. They will grow together in a way TJ can’t with her.

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I loved it when MooHak told TaeJin off by asking why he’s making a smart woman seem helpless. TaeJin does like Dali but he also has a lot of entitlement. He wants to just fix everything for her and fit her into his life and doesn’t know how to handle the fact that she’s different now and is changing even more.

I’m glad Dali had MooHak and WonTak in her life. She’s naive but inherently kind. With the different perspectives from her staff and MH and WT she will become a force to recon. I can’t wait to see her grow more and more.

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I am doing something I never do with my shows - watch until I reach the translation point, put it aside, wait for more translation, watch another ten minutes. That is how much I love this show.

Both episodes were delightful for me. For the first time, I got the humor of Moo Hak's family. When sees them coming out of their car and is frantic - "don't walk in with me!" - loved it, just like a teenager getting dropped off at school and not wanting his mom to kiss or hug him. And speaking of teenagers, doesn't it seem like MH has never had a serious relationship? And the scene with MH and WT - "you know, did Dali say anything about me last night?" Their comedic timing is superb. Did you catch little eyebrow raise the last time WT drops his bags and vaguely threatens to come down the stairs?

Taejin is a man living in the past. I was glad to hear Dali tell Won-tak it's over for them. I wonder how serious he will get though, in an attempt to change her mind? And scorcher of a scene in the newlywed house. Dali knows how to hold her own.

The conversation about the hired influencers was so well done. And Dali needs to face her privilege and hypocrisy, I think. A few episodes back, when she was drinking, she told MT that her dad wanted the museum to be for everyone, so if any of those folks who were paid to be there got even one iota of benefit from looking at the art - isn't her father's goal achieved? And the assistant calling Dali out adds such dimension to this drama. I don't quite get that gal's motivation (and hope we learn a bit more about it) but she's spot on in her critique. Even though Dali is a genuinely kind and thoughtful person, sometimes those with immense privilege don't always see the gifts they've been given or their impact on those less fortunate.

Last comment - MH and his family eating that meal - wonderful. Their incredulity at the works at the exhibit being called art (and in some instances I agree with them - still not sold on the Living and Death installation, though Dali did give a good explanation) and then MH trying to explain the feeling that visual art can bring and they decide he has acid reflux. I loved how there was no offense taken at his complaint that he's alone even when he's with them.

Ah, this show. I love it.

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I really enjoy the back and forth conversations between Dalli and Moohak. Whether it's the playful banter in the car or their differing views on running the gallery. KMJ and PKY work really well together.

Also, anyone else notice how Moohak calls Wontak "uri Wontak" when he's talking to him? Lol that was the funniest part for me in that scene.

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Like he called the museum “our” whether he admits or not inside he see’s Dali and everything about her and around her as part of him now.

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One thing I like about the OTP’s relationship is that they have very healthy communication style. Whether they are opposites or not, both of them are honest when they talk to the other. They don’t downplay their opinion just to smooth things up, but instead tell them directly what they think. Even when they don’t agree with the other, they see another person’s POV and sometimes they just laugh it out because both think it’s funny like one scene in the car.

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With the land dilemma coming up next week I hope they continue being open and honest with each other. Please no unspoken misunderstandings!

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Yes, I love how they are able to butt heads without angst. And I love as well that they are able to diffuse situations with laughter. Both are good intentioned, and I think they also both know that, so they are able to resolve their differences.

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Yes! Both respect the other person and regard them as their equal. I think this is very important in any kind of good relationship.

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That might be the thing I love about Moo Hak the most, his directness with everyone.

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I cracked up every time KMJ said “uri Won-tak” 😂 (first to Dal-li and then to Won-tak). He is nailing this character.

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I love this show.
The moment when Moo-hak realized he'd brushed his teeth.....❤❤.

I was on Moo-hak's side with this one, though I get Dali's distaste for hiring people to come for promotion. But that comes from a place of privilege that many do not have. It's a blind spot for her that the life she led before were it was all art and learning was just for the love was afforded by her father's wealth. Also, it's basically the same thing they tried to do with having the rich and powerful vips come. Her staff new if Tae-jin (the one with the most) comes the rest will follow and its not for the art.
Also, yes to Moo-hak and his secretary looking into the land! That made me clap my hands.
I dislike the brother so much.
Did like the dad spotting the connection between his son and Dali.

Won Tak. I am so happy that he seems to be just in the brother role. I love this for both of them. They're family.
Tae-jin just wants to keep her as the princess in the tower and he can go away.

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I'm glad MH and his secretary (which I really need to remember her name with how much I like her!) are smart. Hopefully their business mentality will help them decipher the bigger picture.

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I'm also having a hard time with that! It's Secretary Seo, but I keep calling her Secretary Kim because she was in WWWSK, and I can't forget that so it scrambles my mind every time. 😂

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I think I am missing out on a big part of the fun, because I do not understand Korean. Loved the kiss - keith - keats jokes, I am sure there is lots more like this in the script.

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Her cousin is violent unstable totally dishonest trash and she saw it clearly in the office. He is crazy enough to hurt her and she needs to let Moo Hak know. Her normal reason and calm demeanor won’t work with someone like this.

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Forget who said Tae-jin is divorced. Would his family have pressured him into a different marriage for business purposes? Regardless, he comes off as selfish to me and I didn't like how he was leading her from the back to speak with people. 1-Dali looked uncomfortable as he did so (before she masked her features). 2-They looked like a couple and its some significant arrogance he thinks its nothing to step into her personal space like that after pretending her didn't know her father and watching him get dragged away.

It is interesting but understandable that Dali can still see art as something divorced from money, even while experiencing serious money problems. While Moo-hak's anxiety for having even left a light on during the night makes even more sense considering his mother's medical bills could have made his family worry about money through his entire childhood.

The drama still feels a bit over saturated with all the antagonists. It would be nice if some took a heel-face turn or just took themselves off elsewhere.

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Yes, I also heard someone said that he is divorced. And yes, I love the way Darli is so Darli based on her upbringing, and Mu-hak is so Mu-hak based on his. The characters are believable, and the way each is learning something new through the other is refreshing.

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This show is my weekly dose of happiness! Lol. First, can we talk about Moo-Hak' secretary for a bit? This lady is hilarious!!! This week's episodes were very interesting. I like the tone of this drama and both leads are seriously giving me life. I also really liked their debate on money vs. art, and I actually ended being in a dilemma myself, perfectly understanding both their points. One thing I am not sure I understood was why Dal-Li was trying so hard to hide the fact that she lives in the same building as Moo-Hak with Won-Tak? I mean, it's ok, what's wrong with that?

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I think she is protecting Won-Tak. She knows that he isn't supposed to have anyone living with him or whatever Moo Hak was saying when he was accusing Won-Tak of that.
She doesn't want him to lose his home.

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You’d think by this point she could talk to just talk Moo Hak about it. I mean he is not exactly gonna kick her out on the street and along with our Won Tak

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Love Won-tak. When he asked Dal-li if she was being threatened, and proceeded to explain types of threats, that was it for me. He’s the best. And he and Moo-hak together are the best best.

Dal-li is a really nuanced and complex character and I’m not sure I’ve seen a FL quite like her before. She’s quietly strong, overtly opinionated, and covertly lonely. Nothing is overdone with her character.
Also, she’s real in her flaws. She's both incredibly smart and incredibly naive simultaneously--for example, why did she enter the apartment at the end of episode 8? Did she not learn anything after the motel?
Either way, I can’t help but like her. And I can’t wait for her and Moo-hak to properly join forces and let each other’s strong suits shine.

My one and only complaint this week is when MH is talking about his mom. He says he hopes she could rest after her death. Stop suffering. Not have to look out for him anymore. I thought that was quite a nice wish. But Dal-li negates what he says. She’s trying to comfort him by saying that she’s sure his mom was watching him this whole time and that she’s proud. But I would have liked it if Dal-li allowed him to allow his mom to rest.

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You’ve actually pointed out the two scenes I thought were a bit disjointed from the overall story.

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For me look out meant taking care doing guardian angel work , while da Li meant she is now observing watching without action or worrying as everything is going well...

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I see. I can understand that reading.

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I simply love this drama, period.

If its second half is just as glorious as the first, I’d declare it the best romcom in recent times.

As @cu2701said, we have never quite seen a FL like Dali before. The biggest satisfaction of this drama would be seeing Dali and Moo Hak grow and complement each other towards the end.

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I am so glad finally Moh hak got a hint that his family is cooking something otherwise I thought that it would be too late for him to act. I am sure that in future he will have a lot to handle including Dali's misunderstanding, his family, segi and minister. But Moh hak biggest will remain ''ori won taki" hehe. But I don't want Dali call him won taka ....ori won taki is just perfect after all they are like siblings.

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It was refreshing to see the FL initiate the kiss. It was refreshing to see the drama show the real awkwardness between adults after a impulsive kiss. Dali’s analysis of the reasons was thoughts of a adult. It was refreshing that they didn’t act like it never happened the next day and actually had a conversation. It was refreshing that MooHak was clear that it wasn’t a mistake and they no longer have a creditor/debit or relationship.

On the whole it was refreshing that the characters acted like adults!

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And it was refreshing to see he knows what he feels, says so clearly but is not going to pressure or pester her or assume things but just wait till she figures out where she stands. It’s on her now.

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I love the fact that she admitted she still loved tae Jin but there was no way on hel she was ever going back...

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WHY WALK TOWARDS THE INTRUDER?!!! She was so close to the front door. Back out and run away!!

Kiss Cafe! LOL!

Moo-hak paying through the nose for that keychain "art" - I felt the despair. The living and the dead exhibit makes sense...but that is one expensive keychain. I loved how he went and took responsibility. I was a little turned off the week before with how he went on and on about how it's trash not art without serious concern about how it totally screwed the gallery over.

Dal-li telling Moo-hak why Won-tak is such an ideal tenant was awesome. I was just thinking about how he's not home showering enough to really put a dent in the utilities. Personally, I'd love to have a sweet, sensitive, good-looking guy like uri Won-tak live upstairs.

Dali, Wontak, and Moohak are keeping this drama enjoyable for me, but I'm so tired of all multiple shady/villainous characters, especially the sour-faced museum employee a

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I don't like Tae-jin, and I don't find him swoony. This breaks my heart, because I fell crazy hard for Kwon Yul's character in My Unfamiliar Family and was hoping he'd be a decent guy in this drama. Alas.
The scene that sticks with me the most though is Tae-jin's attempt at horse trading with Moo-hak, which is surely what he was doing by trying to buy off Moo-hak and get him away from Dal-li so that he can "acquire her" for himself. But Moo-hak knows exactly what he's doing and rejects the entire construct out of hand - he refuses to even engage in the paradigm. His business with Dal-li is between the two of them; calling him out for machinating "on her behalf" without her knowing; reminding him that Dal-li is a smart and capable woman, capable of making her own decisions and exercising her own agency without them. He won't play at all, and I absolutely loved the outright rejection of the stereotypical trope of competitor chest-beating over the FL.

Moo-hak knows that Dal-li is a treasure, and of course money is, too. But he understands the value of both and, unlike many of the other slicker characters in this drama, has never once conflated the two - also evidenced early on when, after she was attacked, he asked her why she fought and risked her life because it was "just money." Moo-hak understands that "value" is not equal - and that some things are truly priceless above all.

He's rough around the edges, uri Moo-hak, but he's both clear-eyed and good-hearted. It's a remarkably unique character, and Kim Min-jae is pulling it off fantastically.

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Real talk while Dali Does not need TJs type of leading and protection IE trying to control where she lives, who she associates with, Etc.her sense of self protection and caution out in the world is dangerously lacking and honestly she needs protection from herself. From inviting strange men to stay the night to flashing wads of cash at flop houses to her latest bonehead move and getting beat up twice its causing her men and us to pull out our hair.

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I have thoughts on the show overall, fluctuating and frustrating thoughts about how close it always comes to being what I want it to be but then falling short.

But for this week, I'll stick to episode 7 and at least half of episode 8 being an absolute delight. I particularly loved Moo-hak's discovery of the purpose of art from the piece he had previously dubbed trash. That was poignant and subtle and his garbled attempts to explain his epiphany to his family of philistines was a wonderful scene.
Also his dressing down of Taejin was epic and his sincere declaration after the kiss was great too.

I just wish the writer would decide if Dali is a smart, capable mature woman or an idiot Candy who needs saving and stick with one.

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I wish the same thing. I’m trying to read it as in her grief-stricken state she has suffered a temporary lobotomy 😅 from which she will recover.

To be fair I don’t think she was ever intended to be all that street smart given she gets so involved in her studies she forgets to eat etc

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Um, Daddy never prepared her at all to run the family business or even discussed any business with her so who was supposed to take over?

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He probably thought she was still busy and focused on her studies and he could handle the gallery business for a good long while before discussing it more in-depth with her.

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I don’t expect her to know how to run a business but flashing the cash at the motel for instance.

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I wish @pakalanapikake was here to gush over what a wonderful job Kim Min Jae is doing in this role (she's the other half of the Kim Min Jae/Woo Do Hwan fan club).

Let's hope that the writer is finished with the trite rescue me scenes and allows capable Dali to join forces with Moo Hak from now on.

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Upvoted a lot of great comments. Thank you for the recap too! ♡

I'm super late, but I'm steadily trying to catch up with this drama. Read some positive comments from a few Beanies so I thought I'd give this show a try. And I'm so glad I did! ^^

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