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Dal-li and Gamjatang: Episodes 9-10 Open Thread

On the heels of a burglary, much is revealed this week, and the wider plot against the gallery’s very existence comes to light. Will the truth drive our curator and restaurateur apart? Or will they trust each other despite the evidence, and join forces?

 
EPISODES 9-10 WEECAP

Won-tak’s house is being burgled, and Dal-li is terrified in the dark apartment with the assailant. Luckily our gamjatang hero is close at hand to comfort her and give her a safe place to sleep. Because really, Dal-li in Moo-hak’s apartment is one of the best things ever. Whenever these two get domestic together I get the warm fuzzies: Dal-li silently inspecting Moo-hak’s “art,” Moo-hak’s “simple” meal so elaborate it covers the entire table, and of course, the fun with bubbles (and undeniable chemistry) when Dal-li can’t manage to do a sink of dishes without disaster.

When Dal-li has a nightmare later that night, and Moo-hak is there for her again to comfort her (while looking good in his pjs, natch). The two also come to an understanding around the heartbreak Dal-li is still trying to heal from.

The next morning Won-tak gets the wrong idea, but pretty soon he’s leading the investigation. Or is he? It’s Moo-hak that has assessed the situation the best, and he points out that the thief was searching for something particular, since not only was nothing stolen, but his own apartment was left untouched.

A stray earring (and a whole lot of show-long suspicion) soon leads us to confirm that the invader was none other than NA GONG-JOO (Song Ji-won), the prickly and disrespectful curator that has thus been 99% unlikeable.

She’s still working against Dal-li at the behest of Dal-li’s cousin Shi-hyung. He’s desperate to get something back from Dal-li and will use Gong-joo’s dirty past as leverage. That something is packets of drugs — Dal-li finally opens the storage tube that’s been hanging on her coat rack for ages and finds the drugs amongst her lollipops. Smartly, she goes right to Won-tak, and the investigation of Gong-joo as well as Shi-hyung is amped up.

Moo-hak gets more appealing by the second in this show, and this week he shone as the hero. He’s clearly head over heels and doesn’t try to hide it, but at the same time he’s respectful of, and protective towards, Dal-li.

It’s clear she’s beginning to trust him the most of everyone around her, but there’s a spanner in the works first: Tae-jin arrives to plant the seed of doubt against Moo-hak, knowing he’s a romantic threat.

Tae-jin takes Dal-li out to eat (at a Dondon location, on purpose) and then shares with her the plot that’s been unfolding behind her back: Dondon has been purchasing the land around the gallery and playing her. They want her to default, forfeit the gallery, and then take over the land — just in time for the ban on redevelopment in that area to be reversed (thanks to the corrupt Assemblyman Ahn).

Dal-li is shaken, but you can see a piece of her that wants to trust Moo-hak, and still does, despite the “evidence.” Then Tae-jin shows his ugly side. Moo-hak just so happens to be on location at the restaurant and wants to give the two special treatment. Instead, he’s mocked by Tae-jin for everything from his company to his new fortune to his appearance. But Moo-hak keeps his cool. And then he proves he can give it back just as well — and he’s also not above petty revenge like kicking Tae-jin’s shoe down the hall (yesss).

After confronting his family and getting to the bottom of the plot, Moo-hak is ready to share it with Dal-li. It’s convenient that she lives right above him — they have a confrontation over Moo-hak’s motives and the fate of the gallery, but the fight quickly turns hot. Yes, that kind of hot. Moo-hak catches Dal-li’s wrist when she goes to slap him a second and third time, and that somehow turns into a press-against-the-wall kiss. A little awkward, and a little awkwardly shot, but I’m more than happy to see Dal-li admitting her true feelings for him. Yay, kisses and coupledom!

I’m grateful the drama didn’t extend the tension and misunderstanding between the two — because after the kissing we see that Moo-hak shared all his info with Dal-li. The two of them begin to piece together the puzzle: how after her father’s death gallery’s business relationships changed radically.

With a little insight into the matter they’re soon able to see the massive plot that’s been working against Dal-li and the gallery, as well as the fact that Moo-hak’s family and Assemblyman Ahn are leading the charge. But who is masterminding it all? It seems like there are more powerful players working against her, maybe even right under her nose.

While that plot is unfolding, we also get some insight into Gong-joo and her backstory, which I thought added a lot of color to her storyline. We learn how she was basically working off her debt at a hostess bar and was near suicide — until Dal-li’s father took pity on her and hired her for the curator job.

While Gong-joo’s role and motive is pretty clear, and the police soon have enough info to locate and arrest Shi-young, we’re left with the question of who is truly the mastermind behind the green belt redevelopment. Who has been pulling strings, influencing legislation, banking, business decisions, and more?

The drama then does its reveal of this nefarious character. Assemblyman Ahn slips into the backseat of a car to talk to his contact… and it’s Tae-jin. Nooooo! I thought his renewed interest in Dal-li was genuine. Wow, I was played by his charm even more than Dal-li was. While I guess there’s a chance he’s a double agent or had a change of heart, it does make more sense narratively for him to be our bad guy.

As predicted, Dal-li + Moo-hak make the best team ever, and I’m looking forward to seeing them fight against all the backstabbing and getting to the bottom of the plot in episodes to come.

But in the meantime, we also have pure cuteness, too. This is where Kim Min-jae really shines. I particularly like him with Park Kyu-young here, but he’s just objectively good at that slightly embarrassed grin of pure happiness when he’s with the woman he loves (no matter the drama).

Dal-li and Moo-hak make the perfect pair, sitting out on the roof drinking champagne and pairing it with uncooked ramyun noodles. I loved everything about this scene — from the opposites-attract goodness, to the trust and affection between them, to Moo-hak’s “secret” fist pump when he learns that Won-tak is out of town.

Taking his cue, Moo-hak invites Dal-li to stay over his place… but then insists he won’t even touch her. Dal-li lets him fumble for a bit, but soon they’re hilariously preparing for their first real night together. This is, of course, interrupted — a bruised Chak-hee arrives on Moo-hak’s doorstep. Leave it to this girl to get in the middle of our OTP at the worst possible moment. Can they just kick her out and continue as planned?

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So... Dali was adopted? On another note, I didn't really get the reason why Moo-hak was mad at her after after her lunch with Tae-jin, and didn't take her calls. What the heck did she do? That whole scene leading up to the kiss was really bad, actually. Like someone said somewhere else, it's like they hired another writer for that little part of the episode. Other than that... Now I kind of want to punch Chak-hee in the nose. She seemed fine in the first episode, but now it's just - why are you here, again?

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All of this!!!

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And it was out of character for Moo Hak. To be honest, I kinda ignored all the weird vibes I got on that scene as it helped our leads to finally get together.

Shy boy Moo Hak, who has such a high opinion on FL, would have never gotten this offended or slut shamed Dali.

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"Shy boy Moo Hak, who has such a high opinion on FL, would have never gotten this offended or slut shamed Dali."

I thought the same but I read another opinion of this, saying that he was just really jealous. Like the OP said, I think the writing for that scene was poorly written because the dialogue definitely didn't match the actions 😅 there either needed to be higher sexual tension or proper dialogue for this to make sense ahaha 😅

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I think if this confrontation had happened right after the restaurant, as in Dali chases Moo Hak to explain why she's there or to apologize for Tae Jin/ask about the land, then there still would have been that delicious and fresh anger that would could possibly result in an against-the-wall kiss. The fact that it happened after some time had passed (albeit the same day) kinda deflated some air out of that balloon and the writer didn't recreate that same type of attraction-anger-jealousy-you-may-be-angry-but-you-still-want-me tension that, really, only a passionate kiss could appease.
My conflicting feelings about the writing and build up to that first kiss aside, I love the pause in between the kisses and Dali wrapping her arms around Moo Hak while they kissed. One of my pet peeves in K-drama land is the woman's arms just hanging limply on their sides while being kissed by the men they love/are dating/have some with/are attracted to.

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It’s been a long day, his family is stressing him out , He has a lot on his mind, he is sick of Dal Li defending this guy and she is giving him mixed messages so he snapped.So He popped off. It is what it is. He loves her, respects the hell out of her and we know it.

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This! Thanks Victorian23 :)

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100% agree with this.

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He was very frustrated that he had no idea what dealings his family was involved in behind his back and he was embarrassed by it since it affected the museum. Also he just had his pride stomped on by Tae jin.
He really didn't want to answer her call because he had no answers plus he was just pissed.

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Did I miss something? Why do you think Dali was adopted?

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The gallery assistant saying the could have so easily lived each others’ lives was a clue, as is Dali’s father’s tendency to take in disadvantaged children (in various ways). I think Dali’s in the photo the bar girl was staring at.

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Also that dream she had is definitely there for a reason. I think it'll tie into this adopted plot.

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I agree with everyone on this thread except that I don't think it was out of character or that the writer changed for that particular scene. It was rather very in line with how Moo Hak's character has been established so far. He often got disrespectful with Dali in one of his "loud moments" and this was just one of the moments. This is basically the problem I have with the drama.

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I loved everything about that rooftop scene. Him wanting her to stay over just to be near her and trying so hard to set boundaries, and the the teasing and burst of genuine delighted laughter from Dali when he finally registers that she WANTS to get physical. We don’t see that much in dramas, even when the couple are adults, so it’s been really lovely to have these two fumbling towards each other while still communicating openly.

And the black shirt was a good change, Moo Hak. Gold star, even though that annoying child showed up at the door instead.

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I liked the rooftop scene, but afterward it bothered me. Just a day or two ago, Dali said she's not going to risk falling in love again. and now she's the one taking things to the next level? It also bothered me that his answer to being slapped was to kiss her. Yeah, we were all waiting for that, but it really wasn't the right moment.

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Ah, I meant the final rooftop scene where they’ve worked together to expose the greenbelt deal. The other one didn’t really gel.

And honestly I didn’t think she was flat-out saying “let’s have sex”. There is a whole lot of ground to cover between a wall-kiss and sex. Never a bad idea to tidy up in case the wind blows the way of the bedroom, though.

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I too read it as let’s spend time together and not set any limits on getting physical. Mainly cos MooHak was insisting that there won’t be any friskiness.

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I also meant the final rooftop scene -- the one where they're drinking champagne and she teases him about not touching her.

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This dramas does so many things right, like having Dalli reach out to the cops when she finds drugs, turning in a burglar regardless of her sob story, or analyze what she knows of MH to come to her own conclusion instead of immediately labeling him as a traitor. So why would they throw in that stupid line with MH telling her to sleep with TJ to get the money? It's out of character! He just told her the other day he understood she needed time to heal. He was considerate and is always voicing how independent she is.. I can't find any reasonable reason why the writer would throw that in. MH feeling upset over her excusing/apologizing for TJ is understandable but I just don't understand why we went from there to his nasty comment. Out of character!!! Bad writing!

In any case, that was my disappointment this week. I still enjoy the drama a lot and may just have to pretend that scene never happened. Their dynamics as a couple are adorable and refreshing so I still enjoy it overall a lot.

Also, I couldn't help chuckling a bit when WT was telling Gong Joo all the Director had done for her. He was yelling and I'm just thinking how awkward this must be for everyone else in the police station. Lol.

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I either didn't know or had forgotten that the director is also the director of Healer. I was watching the scene of Dali teasing Moo-hak about spending the night when the music started and I all of a sudden felt Healer vibes and had to look up the director. I know some were not fond of the OST for Healer, but same as with the one for Dali I find it's used with a mix of warmth and humor. It is also used very effectively, at least for me, to cue up certain feelings, before a scene. For this particular scene I started smiling and feeling giddy in anticipation sort of the same as in Healer when the music starts while Chae Young-Shin is looking at his beach scene before their cute morning after montages starts.

I appreciate in this show that the misunderstandings are not drawn out. When Dali found the drugs or with Moo-hak's family being used as a scape goat I found as the viewer I wasn't becoming stressed out or worried about those scenarios being drawn out or the characters being at cross purposes for episodes at a time.
Such a simple thing but so happy that Dali called Won tak about the drugs. Too often a drama would be having her hide it because he is a detective while we the viewers would be exasperated that he detective brother is exactly who she should be telling.

I'm guessing Dali, Won tak, and Gong joo were orphans together at some point? I wonder if that is why Tae-jin broke it off? I do think he is in love with Dali. So is he a straight up villain or is he playing some other game? Did he break up with her as some form of noble idiocy?
Liked the moment when Dali wondered if she just didn't recognize the type of man he was or if he'd changed.

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About Healer's Director, in the episode when Moo Hak let's Dali stay in his apartment and watches TV, you can briefly see Healer's rooftop kiss scene (when it is snowing) on his screen.

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Yes! And though I haven't watched them I think Angel's Last Mission and Queen for Seven Days too.

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The kiss was hot but the lead up was weird. The only thing I could think of was that they both acting out of character because they had elevated emotions. Dali clearly likes MooHak but is scared to start a relationship with everything that’s going on but she was clearly affected by seeing MooHak with ChakHee and him not answering her call was the last straw. MooHak had reached his breaking point with TaeJin pushing his buttons and twisting the knife where it hurts. So Dali defending TaeJin was his last straw.

Still I could have lived without the slapping.

I liked the rooftop scene. It showed they are a good pair that complement each other. It really is refreshing to see a couple who talk to each other about problems and also show physical interest in each other. I loved that Dali called WonTak about the drugs and called MooHak when she was swayed by TaeJin’s words.

I hope the Dali’s adoption issue and MooHak’s family issues are also resolved in a sensible and mature manner. TaeJin can go fly a kite!

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I also didn’t like MooHak’s comment. The comment was nasty. However, I do think he was being blunt with her and pointing out that any help from TaeJin comes with strings. They could have definitely written the whole scene better.

I also wonder if TaeJin is callous about Dali and her boundaries because he knows she’s adopted. He thinks he’s all that! I hope MooHak bankrupts him and takes over his business.

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I see it as MH got really hurt thinking Dali would belive TJ word over all his genuine actions toward her when she apologized for TJ. In his mind she did not trust him enough to know he never would go behind her back like that. So even though he was ready to give her the time she needed insecurity and jealousy got the best of him.

So to me Dali slap was like a switch and her saying how dear you think like that about me your dummy. I trust you!

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Loved the scene when Darli was in Moohak's home. That silent inspection of the painting, and the "chamber pot". LOL. Moohak's family not recognizing it's value and used it as Doejang pot and MH realizing it from Darli's reaction. And the bubbles.. yes.. screen sizzled.

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So close. Always so close.

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To dropping it? Or the build up to the scene until Chak Hee interupted them?

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I mean the show is always so close to being great but then isn't. It has everything lined up to be amazing and then consistently chooses not to be.

It's like somebody came in with this interesting, innovative idea for a show and somebody else has come in behind them and forced in all their tired old awful romcom tropes.

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Exactly. I'm willing to forgive a lot because it's coming so close.

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I've decided to just enjoy it for what it is instead of being disappointed about what it isn't. But seriously this show could have been completely amazing.

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I keep wondering if the missteps are purposeful to fit in with the time period Audrey Hepburn was acting? They're disjointed from what I enjoy about the main characters.

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Good that you and @ndlessjoie are willing to overlook all the disappointing bits because clearly I'm frustrated. This reminds me of episode 5 of this series🙄

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Yeah episode 5 was bad. But in retrospect not as bad as Dali making out with the guy who just called her a whore.

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Okay before a read a word of everyone's reactions - this show is my surprise love-bug. I had no expectations and decided to back burner but dang this is written so well! The magic key is that the OTP talks to each other. Communication = adulting!
So while I earn my bean with Red Sky (is he still blind or what?) and sigh over the 4 day delay of Jirisan, I can at least look forward to this GEM.

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Love their communication! Things are so open and clear, especially from MH. I really liked the way he called her out on her apologising for TJ - you could see that she'd never thought about that before, but that she could see that he was right and that she needed to change. Also, have to give a shout out for KMJ's megawatt smile when MH explained that DL hugging him in front of an employee in the rain made him very happy. Open, honest, real - love it.

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I guess I am one of those viewers who really didn't have any problem with the kiss and the actions that led up to it. I really didn't think it was that out of character for Moo-hak who is really a rather simple-minded soul where romance is concerned and in this instance very much driven by jealousy which seemed to be what's behind the spiteful comments. I don't think the show condones what he said... he certainly crossed a line and the slap is evidence of that.

I think all of this is really a follow-up from what happened in Episode 9 when she tells him that she can't accept his feelings because she is afraid to start afresh with someone else as a result of having been bitten previously by Jang Tae-jin. While I think that's true to some degree I don't think she was entirely forthcoming. Yes, she's afraid of dating again but it doesn't mean she doesn't have genuine feelings for Moo-hak. So far so good. Then Moo-hak says that he won't rush her and they should maintain a friendly creditor-debtor relationship in the meantime.

Fast forward to the restaurant scene where Moo-hak sees Dali and Tae-jin in the Dondon restaurant. The gossip in the kitchen is that the two of them are together again so the curious and jealous Moo-hak decides to see what's going on and gets insulted for his trouble. I believe him when he says the comments are water off a duck's back. But what does upset him is that Dali waits around for his return and chooses to defend the scumbag who dumped her unceremoniously all those years ago. To add insult to injury she then demands an explanation about the land buy-up.

In his mind he can't understand why she would defend the scumbag ex unless she still has feelings for him. Maybe the rumours are true after all. They are back together despite what she said. So the green-eyed monster rears its ugly head. But what's worse is that she demands an explanation about his company buying land around the gallery. As far as he's concerned he doesn't owe her squat because theirs is a purely friendly business relationship. He's always been honest about the two million owing to him and the fact that he likes her. Now it seems that she has unspoken expectations of him beyond that of their so-called friendly creditor-debtor relationship so he's frustrated by the mixed signals he's getting from her. "Does she like me or not? Why does she say one thing and do another? Or is she still in love with Jang Tae-jin and was just making excuses to reject me?" The implication of her wanting an explanation is that they're much closer. So from his perspective she's messing with his head.

Because he thinks (rightly) that she hasn't been straight with him, he pushes her buttons to get a reaction. It wasn't driven by the best of motives. In his defence I think he was frustrated, angry and jealous that she hasn't been as honest as he would like her to be about what their relationship really means to her. Plus there was all...

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... that sexual tension flying in the air that needed to be addressed.

Of course it's also about Moo-hak coming to the shocking realisation that he doesn't just love money... he loves Dali too. Maybe even more than he loves money. :P

I love Moo-hak and he's becoming a favourite but he's always had a short-fuse. What I think Dali sees in him is authenticity. Almost everybody loves money and what's rare about him is that he's not ashamed to say so.

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I’m on the same page with you about that kiss, which is a built up from Ep 9, ignited further by what’s happened in the restaurant. The two leads weren’t on the same page with their suspicion and doubts until the very moment outside MH’s door.

But where Dali’s adoption comes from? I saw a commentator theorising this but is it proven? Can any wise soul enlighten me please?

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Because the thieving-lying curator told her that they could have easily been living each others lives and she cryed after that, because of that weird dream of Dali's, and because of the photo in the gallery with orphaned kids that the curator was looking at. I also think that Dali is somewhere on that photo.

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What @turka said.

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During her attempted suicide she saw a news item about Dali on the screen across the road, which caused her to change her mind. It was because of that she made her way to the gallery and met Kim Nak-cheon who offered her the job interview. Clearly she knew Dali prior to working at the gallery. It explains why she's always been snippy about Dali because it all just boils down to the luck of the draw.

It also explains why the cousin Kim Si-hyun is resentful that Dali took the reins after Kim Nak-cheon's death.

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Ok and thanks. Let’s see what plays out. I just thought Won Tak and Gong might come from the same orphanage.

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Thanks to everyone who cleared up all the adoption angles/storyline. I was completely clueless and appreciate the help. :)

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This <3

Thanks @lilium for this comment. It is really fascinating to read different perspective regarding one reaction. I didn't realize a lot of people are against the kiss after Moo-hak nasty comment. I think the whole build up to that point makes sense and it is actually very much in line with both leads' characters.

@Lilium I'm among those who has no problem with the context led to the kiss. I've been rewatching this scene so many times. My first reaction to that kiss was pleasantly surprised I was amazed by the emotional built up and the tender gaze and soft voice Moo-hak asks Dali "is it another mistake for you?" then Dali subtly shakes her head and she gives in to admit her feelings. So soft and passionate at the same time. Wow, I can only say Wow! So, again, I am stunned when I read people's disappointment about the build up to the kiss.

The tension, frustration, anger, attraction... all emotional roller coaster starts the moment Moo-hak pulls his car and sees Dali waiting for him "at home". He left out a sigh when he sees her, hesitates for a while before he walks out to her and sarcastically tells her how nice to be living in the same building and her waiting for him at home! Sarcasm since he knows that she is not waiting for him because she misses him but because of the situation earlier in the restaurant. Moo-hak has a long day, from Tae-jin's disgusting comments to the talk with his family and understands what they have been doing behind his back, and now back home the girl he likes waiting for him but the first thing she does is to apologize on behalf of her scumbag ex. This is the final straw, it is indeed an insult to him.

And as Lilium explained, the green-eyed monster plagues him, hence a moment of losing control. He knows he deserve a slap after the first one, a wake up call for him. But for the second attempt, all the emotional distress building up to that moment burst out. When Dali follows him upstair (btw, I like Dali’s subtly firm expression when she chasing him upstair) she asks with an authority in her voice why didn’t he answer the call, in a way that only people in a close relationship can ask each other, so what is he to her? Why does she ask him that way and still follows up with another accusing question about his family buying the land? He makes it clear, is he obligated to report to her because he likes her? He is boiling with anger, jealousy, frustration and confusion because she does not believe him, yet she is still sending mixed signal to him, his comment is nasty and after the slap there is one pause moment when he realizes he’s wrong. Him saying stop this is the way he asking her to stop messing with his heart, if not he might not be able to control himself, to act more aggressively to let her either admit her feelings or just strongly reject him. When he kisses her it is also a soft kiss and not at all forcefully, and then he pauses and asks for consent, “is it another mistake for...

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We may be in the minority but I like that kiss scene a lot as it shows the raw emotions and vulnerability on both sides. They each try to rationalize but this time, the heart takes over the head. And his asking “is this another mistake” is the icing on the cake.

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I don't really think we're the minority. Here maybe but not elsewhere. :D
Not that it matters. There are always going to be different perspectives on highly charged scenes.

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I think the build up is perfect. For me this is one of the best build up and natural kiss of Kdrama this year. Dali kisses him back because she now understands her feeling, and she trusts Moo-hak, she understands Moo-hak sincerity underneath his harsh words. They didn’t show the montage of Dali-Moo-hak’s interaction when Dali is doubting for nothing, the compilation of his loud behaviour, his money grubbing motto together with his care for her, all steamed-up when the robber provoked her at the police station, he has been consistent with her. Dali understands Moo-hak never means any harm to her, he was losing his head in a moment of anger and she accepts that. Of course I understand people’s frustration when they don’t show him apologise to her on his nasty remark. I’m a happy viewer and I am too invested to the OTP so I’m gonna believe that he says sorry to her behind-the-scene when they talk in his apartment after that.

@PYC, 100% agree!

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As for not apologizing to her -- maybe this is something that he's never really learnt to do considering that he and his father only do shouting matches to see who can be the most intimidating. He lost his mother at the age of 10 and didn't exactly spend a lot of time being cared by her because of her illness. Maybe he just doesn't know how to.

There are people of a certain generation that never apologize to their spouses for most of their married life. I can say this from my own experience of my parents.

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Add to that the fact that Tae Jin offered to pay off Moo Hak. Even though MH I'm sure knows on an instinctive level that that wasn't done at Dali's behest, I am sure it grates on him knowing that the woman he likes/loves has someone waiting on the side much richer than him and that she only has to say the word and their "creditor-debtor" relationship could be over.

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True.

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Ep.10 was so weird. Every scene felt thrown together and there was no balance.

The drug scene came out of nowhere and for a drama plot centring around land grab, it made little sense. I think the cousin is supposed to be a drug addict or something along those lines were mentioned in earlier episodes, but for most part he was shown searching for some deed/money instead being a druggie.

Also the kiss was misplaced. No one complained of a lack of kiss because the OTP were adorable even without sexual tension.

On the good side, the leads are still acting sensible, Na Gong Joo's bitterness was explained, Moo Hak's dad wasn't that foolish to believe in An Sang's plan etc.

Are they going to tell the us that the Gallery was never in financial trouble but everything was a grand orchestration by Tae Jin? Now, this does not seem like a fallen gallery being turned back on its feet by a smart FL with ML as sidekick. I'm disappointed with the mystery because I signed up for portrayal of art🙄

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Since the beginning, I have difficulties to fully like the ML. He said everything he thinks and never apologized about it because he's very proud. It's why the kiss scene was frustrating. I was expecting a strong slap and they gave us a strong kiss... It was like the first one, his talk about his mum was pretty sudden and led to the kiss.

Gong-Jo really thought nobody knew about her past? Because her first meeting with Dali's father was pretty obvious...

I don't really care about the politics, drugs, lands... I need ART !

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I cried bucket watching Na Gong Ju's scene when Won Tak reveal the truth behind why she was hired. She didn't know about it until that moment, that the truth why and how she was hired because Dal Li's father wanted to help her out...

When she has nowhere to go, someone secretly helping her out... And that someone has gone.. ㅠㅠ

I love the bromance scene in both episodes.

I can't wait to know why Tae Jin wanted to buy the land and the gallery. I thought he still love Dal Li, if so, why did he do that?

About Moo Hak & Dal Li romantic scene; I thought the kiss scene when she was mad at him, it wasn't that smooth.

And it's lovely to see Dal Li teased Moo Hak, but isn't it a bit rushed for their relationship for them to have go to the next step..?

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I am hoping Da Li will step in where father left off and give NGJ an actual fresh start. When she left the bar she left with toxic jealousy and resentment and then got involved with a druggie D Bag. Now she can be free with help.

A bromance makes sense as both Boys have the love and adoration and need to protect Da Li uppermost in their minds.The Mutual complete loathing of Tae Jin does not hurt either. They need to get on the same page before she in more serious danger from their enemies.

Moo Hak and Da Li have been utterly attracted almost from the beginning physically, emotionally and mentally and now that they know it us absolutely mutual there is no real need for two healthy unattached consenting adults to wait… And well, She has not had sex in 5 years almost certainly. Now a smoking hot powerful kind smart man wants her.. not a hard choice.

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The lead up to the kiss was weird, it was like being reminded of old tropey scenes. But yay, we got the kiss xD

Don't have much patience towards to the side characters though.

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Is it possible that Tae Jin is playing a double agent kind of game? Am not defending the guy but I was thinking there should at least be a non conventional story somewhere otherwise it is just too easy. Also, there is supposedly the uncle..

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I think episode 10 is a revelation episode;

1. The drug was there from early episode. The culprit is the cousin, most likely as a dealer, by looking at the amount of the drugs. If I'm not mistaken, Dalli's late father found it in the envelope, hidden among the paintings, and he kept it with him. Someone was leaking the info to him, maybe Gongjoo.

2. Taejin's true color. I was sympathizing him, but of course, he wasn't only a simple man suffering from his lost love. Of course he has to be a villain. After all, it's kdrama. It has its own rules and we thrive with that 😁

I understand Moohak's horrible attitude toward Dalli. He was upset Dalli was there in his restaurant with Taejin, badmouthing and insulting him.
But the worst part for him was when Dalli waited up for him, and apologized for Taejin's bad behaviour. He was hurt. And wanted Dalli to feel hurt, too.
I'm not saying it's okay for him to do so, but I understand.
So, the kiss, started as a desperate kiss, ended as a revelation, for Dalli, it was no use to fight her feelings. Moohak is THERE.

I like how the main leads actually communicate with each other. They know they are so different and yet try to find common ground for them.

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I am enjoying this drama way more than I expected to and I love when that happens (certainly better than the opposite--I'm looking at you "Lovers of the Red Sky).

The plot is brisk and interesting without being too cartoonish; the actors both shift effortlessly from perfect comic timing to more earnest emoting; and the romance offers so many fun twists on classic tropes. I especially loved Dali taking the more stereotypical male role in being upfront about her expectation of physical intimacy and cheekily telling Moo-hak she'd wait until he feels ready. Great scene.

I agree with those who felt the transition from slap to kiss was forced and too abrupt, although I didn't feel he slut-shamed her. Perhaps the translation missed the nuances, but I thought he was mostly criticizing Tae-jin for his obvious attempts to buy Dail's affections, rather than her indulgence of them.

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I did not get the impression that he was shaming her either- as you said his ire was really directed at her ex-fiance.

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These two episodes lived up to the promise I felt for the drama in the initial two episodes. Yes, Dal-li’s actions at the end of episode 8 are seemingly ridiculous and out of character. But this week the show recovers her brains quickly and doesn’t let them slip again. She’s heroic in her personal life (forcing Tae Jin’s hand away from her wrist) and in her professional life (writing the post that exposes the shady politician).

As for the relationship between the two leads, I continue to feel relieved at their level of communication with each other. Dal-li asks Moo Hak pretty quickly after the restaurant scene, “Don’t you owe me an explanation?” And (after some sexual tension), he tells her the whole story of what he knows about the plot for her museum. From there, they are working together. As equals.

Though Won Tak continues to be my favorite in the drama for some raw reason I can’t put my finger on, Dal-li and Moo Hak are turning into some of my favorite characters of all time. And this week finally delivered the show I was waiting for.

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This is late but am I the only one who found Dali's actions in ep 9 dumb? You arrive home late at night and find the lock to your place broken. Why on earth would you go in there ?!??!?! You live with your cousin who is a police officer and have a man who's obsessed over you downstairs, GET HELP. Seriously how many times must she be in danger

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Before her fathers death she has never been even talked to really harshly I imagine let alone in danger so she never developed even basic self protective instincts. She invites strange men to stay the night with no weariness even.

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It's a common issue I find in K dramas in general.
I don't know why nobody ever thinks to turn on the lights either.

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I am about to go to sleep but had to log in to reply to your comment. I think I’ve expressed my disappointment in this scene elsewhere because it is so out of her character. She had been naive, and is still naive in many aspects; but to go in the building when the lock was evidently broken and not even tried to turn on the light AFTER she had been assaulted is a lazy writing. It’s not in line with her character and her character’s development at all (what could she possibly want from doing all that I am dumbfound). Another thing that I found terribly upsetting is when Mu-hak also went in the building with no attempt at turning on the lights like at all. I just found that sequences of scenes so strange to say the least.

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I love this show to the heavens. My only gripe is the Chak-hee character. It's the only trope in this show that really bothers me. And wow, the whole adoption twist - thanks to everyone here who explained it because apparently, I am a dope.

I also want to shout out that I love Moo-hak, have from the beginning. I adore Dali, too, but Kim Min-Jae is doing such a great job in this role.

And yeah for all the communication, all the quick resolution to issues that come up and props to Hwang Bo-ra who plays Moo-hak's secretary. She is perfection in that role.

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