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Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: Episode 12

Our dentist and handyman bask in the glow of new love as they grow into their coupledom. But it’s not all love and sunshine in our seaside village, a certain divorcé comes to terms with his past mistakes and how they contributed to his failed marriage.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Love is in the air, with Hye-jin and Doo-shik engaging in lovey-dovey activities: a water hose fight, watermelon tasting, and cuddles under the sunshine. As they embrace, Doo-shik blissfully closes his eyes.

When he opens them, he’s alone in a black void. An unseen child begins to wail. Doo-shik covers his ears and calls out for Hye-jin and from the darkness, his stoic doppelganger emerges and asks a tearful Doo-shik if he thinks he deserves happiness.

Doo-shik wakes from the nightmare in his own bed and to the sound of Hye-jin calling his name. He immediately hugs her. He admits that he had a nightmare, and she comforts him, patting his back as though he was a child. Once he calms down, he realizes it’s 4:30 in the morning and asks her what she’s doing there so early.

Cut to the beach, where Hye-jin pouts over missing the sunrise with Doo-shik. She tells him that they should come back every day until they are able to watch it together, and suddenly Doo-shik claims he’s able to see the sunrise — Hye-jin just needs to squint a little bit. She playfully hits him when she realizes he’s just messing with her.

At her clinic later that morning, Hye-jin compiles a spreadsheet titled, “100 things I want to do with my boyfriend.” Mi-sun calls her list outdated, and points out that Hye-jin is missing the most important item: going all the way. Hye-jin insists that they’re taking things slow and connecting on a personal level, which Mi-sun finds completely ridiculous when the end goal — no matter the pace — is always sexy times. After Mi-sun leaves to care for a patient, Hye-jin calls her friend a pervert, but the single heart emoji she adds to the end of her list is very suggestive.

Bora bursts into Hwa-jung’s restaurant with some good news: Yi-joon won silver in the mathematics competition! Hwa-jung is proud of her son, and video calls Young-guk to share the news. He’s initially a total sourpuss when he sees his ex-wife’s face on the screen but he does a 180 when she points her phone at their son and learns of Yi-joon’s recent accomplishment. Hwa-jung and Young-guk bicker over who he inherited his genius from before deciding that they should celebrate together over the weekend. Yi-joon has a tiny grin on his face.

After the call with Hwa-jung, Young-guk brags about his son’s accomplishments to Yong-hoon, who offers him some PPL joint pain tonics. Young-guk suspects that Yong-hoon is gunning for the Best Employee Award, and he chortles that Yong-hoon is a dummy since the award is won by a popular vote. (That glare from Yong-hoon definitely says something is up though.)

Doo-shik’s job of the day is at a woodshop. He notices a pile of wood in the corner with attractive growth patterns. When the shop owner says it’s all heading to the dumpster, Doo-shik tells him it’s a waste.

Hye-jin is waiting for Doo-shik when he arrives home, and he jokes that he should start charging her rent because she’s there so often. She tells him to hurry up and take a shower, because there’s something they have to do. Her request triggers a few naughty thoughts and has Doo-shik running to comply.

And what activity was Hye-jin planning? Couple’s yoga. It’s clearly not what Doo-shik had in mind, but Hye-jin assures him that it’s good for intimacy and flexibility. He’s doubtful and begs to stop, but she doesn’t let up until he cries that he pulled a muscle. They switch to meditation, which quickly turns flirty as they begin kissing each other’s dimples.

Doo-shik leans in for a kiss on the lips, but Hye-jin ruins the moment when she covers her mouth, embarrassed that she hasn’t brushed her teeth. Doo-shik isn’t one to be put off by a little stinky breath, but she insists that they brush their teeth together.

And by that, she means they should brush each other’s teeth. Arms entwined, Doo-shik questions the effectiveness of Hye-jin’s chosen method. She insists it’s romantic, but Doo-shik has a hard time finding the romance when his gums are bleeding. Hye-jin goes into dentist-mode and begins brushing his teeth more attentively.

Doo-shik begs her not to come up with any more weird couple activities, but Hye-jin isn’t done. Next up: A couple photo shoot. Hye-jin chases Doo-shik around his house, trying to get him to wear a school uniform with her. Once again she successfully persuades him to do her couple activity, and they pose for photos (adorably) while wearing the uniforms.

As they swipe through the pics later, Hye-jin wonders what they should do next. Worn out, Doo-shik suggests that they do nothing and just relax together on the couch. This upsets Hye-jin, and she feels as though he doesn’t have anything special he wishes to do with her.

She gets up to leave, but she drops her relationship bucket list. She’s embarrassed, but Doo-shik finds her, and the list, so cute that he says they should complete every activity that’s on the list. Hye-jin suggests that they should go on a date in Seoul the following weekend. He agrees, and she warns him to brace himself because they will be checking off a lot of items. He advises her not to rush the experience so they can savor everything.

Hwa-jung and Young-guk share a meal with Yi-joon, who decides it’s finally time to ask his parents if he can have a hedgehog. Hwa-jung is happy to accommodate his request, but she lets him know that it’s not because he won the math award. Instead, both the meal and the hedgehog are a reward for his hard work. Not wanting to be outdone by his ex-wife, Young-guk agrees that grades aren’t important and Yi-joon should have a carefree childhood. Hwa-jung points out he was quick to brag to Yong-hoon, and Young-guk finds it curious she knows that.

On her way to work, Hye-jin runs into Sung-hyun and Ji-won. The conversation is awkward as they discuss the weather, but Sung-hyun still reminds Hye-jin to not skip her meals. As Hye-jin walks away, Sung-hyun stares after her, which does not go unnoticed by Ji-won. Next, Hye-jin encounters Bora and Yi-joon, who are excited that they can officially take Seumseum home.

As Hye-jin and Doo-shik wait for the kids to come pick up their pet, Hye-jin admits she’s going to miss Seumseum, but it’s probably for the best since it still puts up its quills when she tries to pet it. Doo-shik realizes Hye-jin is no longer like the hedgehog, and he affectionately pats her head to demonstrate how she has lowered her quills.

Doo-shik carries the hedgehog cage while Hye-jin educates the kids on proper hedgehog maintenance. Bora and Yi-joon offer to bring Seumseum by for visits, and Hye-jin tells them to bring the hedgehog by Doo-shik’s place because it’s become her den.

Doo-shik and Hwa-jung have called an emergency neighborhood meeting. The idols will be hosting a meal for five Gongjin residents in the next episode of The Seashore Grasshopper. At June’s request, Gam-ri has been invited, so Sung-hyun needs Doo-shik to choose the remaining four dinner guests.

Everyone — except for Hye-jin, Cho-hee, and Yi-joon — is eager to appear on television, so to make things fair, they decide to draw names. Much to Joo-ri’s disappointment, her father’s name is the first to be drawn, followed by Nam-sook and Yoon-kyung. Doo-shik is about to read off the last name when his assistant Hwa-jung loudly complains that Young-guk is the winner, but something about Doo-shik’s facial expression indicates that Hwa-jung’s name was on the slip of paper.

The day of filming arrives and Do-ha is prepping the nervous townspeople for their television appearance. Doo-shik tries to calm them down, but their anxious chatter has Do-ha worried for the show. When they’re led onto the set, Young-guk immediately trips over a large metal pot and that sets the tone for the impending cringe-fest. Nam-sook, who has a bad case of the nervous sweats, flashes the camera her giant pit stains whenever she raises her arms, and Yoon-kyung’s foul mouth will need to be snipped out too. Only Gam-ri, who offers June some of her marinated crabs, passes muster.

As Chun-jae begins to serenade everyone with a song, Doo-shik apologizes to Sung-hyun for the on-set disaster, but Sung-hyun loves the rawness and authenticity. “Even Nam-sook’s pit stains?” Doo-shik asks, and Sung-hyun’s finger-scissors signal that Nam-sook will be tastefully edited.

An exhausted Doo-shik arrives at Hye-jin’s house and proclaims that the villagers’ lost dignity will make for excellent reality television. She rewards him for his hard work with a hug that is interrupted by Mi-sun’s arrival. Mi-sun immediately leaves so the annoying couple can be lovey-dovey in private. She grumbles that it might be time she got her own place.

She runs into Eun-chul and explains she’s avoiding some cockroaches at home. He gallantly offers to kill them before they reproduce and take over, but Mi-sun assures her white knight that she’s safe from insects and was only trying to avoid Hye-jin and Doo-shik’s excessive PDA. With no pests to slay, Eun-chul offers to escort her to her destination.

Hye-jin realizes they are making Mi-sun uncomfortable, so she suggests that they move to his place for the night. Unfortunately, Doo-shik has an after party with the villagers and film crew to attend. Hye-jin worries that Sung-hyun hasn’t been eating and asks Doo-shik to look after him at dinner, instructing Doo-shik to offer a drumstick to Sung-hyun if they have chicken.

A jealous Doo-shik suggests she play caretaker for Sung-hyun herself since she’s so concerned. Hye-jin protests, but Doo-shik pouts that it’s a reasonable response to having his girlfriend worry about another man in front of him. He slams the door as he leaves.

Mi-sun orders two chickens from the rotisserie stand so Eun-chul can take one home with him. He doesn’t understand the significance of the gesture, prompting Mi-sun to wonder why he gave up so easily after she played a little hard to get. Eun-chul denies that he gave up, explaining that he may be a little dumb but he makes up for it by being extremely tenacious. Mi-sun bemoans the frustration that comes with dating a nice guy, and Eun-chul apologizes, assuming he’s being rejected.

The chicken guy takes pity on the dense Eun-chul and explains that he isn’t being rejected — Mi-sun is buying him the chicken as a sign of approval! As Mi-sun thanks the man for the chicken — and his extra service — comprehension slowly dawns on Eun-chul, but he struggles to form words. “Must I be the one to ask you out, too?” Mi-sun wonders, and Eun-chul immediately drops to his knees and asks her to go steady. She accepts but pulls him to his feet, embarrassed by his overly dramatic proposal.

At the after party, the film crew is surprised to hear that Yoon-kyung will have to drive an hour-and-a-half to a birthing center because her OB-GYN shut down, but Geum-chul’s claim that he’s doing all the work by chauffeuring her triggers a fight with Yoon-kyung. At the other end of the table, a few snide comments from Hwa-jung about Young-guk and Nam-sook’s recent TV appearance are the catalyst for a separate round of bickering.

Chun-jae arrives with a plate of fried chicken as a peace offering, and Doo-shik immediately spots the two drumsticks. Chun-jae offers the first drumstick to Sung-hyun, but Doo-shik steals it and shoves it in his mouth. Everyone laughs that he must have worked up an appetite, but they’re less amused when Doo-shik snatches the second proffered drumstick away, too. Sung-hyun appeases the townspeople’s rising ire by admitting his preference for chicken breasts.

Outside the cafe, Sung-hyun squats next to a pouting Doo-shik and requests a bite of Doo-shik’s snack. Doo-shik reluctantly shares, grumbling that Sung-hyun’s appetite seems fine. Sung-hyung suspects Doo-shik is upset, and after some coaxing, Doo-shik admits he’s annoyed that Hye-jin is worried about Sung-hyun.

Surprised that’s the reason for Doo-shik’s sulky behavior, Sung-hyun wishes he could trade places; he’d much rather be the jealous one than the one receiving pity from the woman he likes.

Ji-won joins them outside, and Sung-hyun worries about her bad back and offers to get her a chair. Doo-shik sports a small, knowing smile as he watches Sung-hyun fuss over her. Do-ha squats next to the trio and complains that he had to escape the arguing inside.

“Nah,” Doo-shik says, “they aren’t arguing; they’re just talking loudly.” But inside the cafe, the earlier bickering has been rekindled, and Chun-jae attempts to send them all home. Sung-hyun wonders if it would be rude if they just left without saying goodbye. “Absolutely,” Doo-shik says, “but I’m leaving anyway.”

Hye-jin is thrilled to learn that Mi-sun and Eun-chul are dating. Mi-sun suspects that the novelty of being the more experienced one will be fun, and because Eun-chul is friends with Doo-shik they can now double-date. When Mi-sun proposes a joint camping trip, Hye-jin’s enthusiasm is shaky. She’s still uneasy with the way her earlier conversation with Doo-shik ended, so she’s quick to pop outside when Doo-shik texts her that he’s at her house.

As soon as she steps outside, he apologies. He’s sorry for being jealous and for, among other things, slamming her door when he left. She accepts his apology but admits she was surprised by his uncharacteristic behavior. Doo-shik is also surprised by his own behavior and confesses that he stole Sung-hyun’s drumsticks. Hye-jin appreciates the adorableness of his jealousy.

The next day Hye-jin is overflowing with energy and aegyo; she’s excited about the Seoul date. Doo-shik is all compliments, and she hands him her keys. His status has been elevated and he now has permission to drive her car, but it appears to be a strategic move allowing her to freely stare at him during the road trip.

Their first stop is at an art gallery, where Hye-jin admits she isn’t interested in the art and is more keen to have the fancy date experience with her boyfriend. Doo-shik, however, reveals another facet to his personality with his cultured commentary on the artwork, which he attributes to an art history class he took in college. Surprised, Hye-jin wonders if he took the class because of a girlfriend, and Doo-shik’s question-dodging suggests a woman factored into his class enrollment.

Next they visit a department store. Assuming they’re there for her, Doo-shik is surprised when Hye-jin leads him to the menswear section. She wants to transform him from top to bottom in her style. He tries to retreat, but he reluctantly concedes when she reminds him that it is on her bucket list. Each outfit change is punctuated by some flirting before Hye-jin shoves him back into the dressing room. They settle on the first outfit Doo-shik tried on, and Hye-jin buys it for him as an early birthday gift.

Hye-jin guides him to a jewelry counter next, eager to buy the necklace she’s been eying for a long time. Doo-shik makes a move for his wallet, but Hye-jin beats him to it and his eyeballs nearly pop out of his head at the necklace’s price tag (roughly $5,000). Oblivious to Doo-shik’s reaction, Hye-jin readily hands over her credit card, and Doo-shik looks forlorn about Hye-jin’s preference for real diamonds.

Young-guk heads to Hwa-jung’s restaurant, where he hopes to find Yi-joon. Outside, he sees Yong-hoon returning a familiar thermos to Hwa-jung. Young-guk corners Yong-hoon and demands to know what’s going on. Yong-hoon admits the soup was from Hwa-jung. Young-guk is immediately suspicious of her motives, but Yong-hoon says she cares, despite her harsh words. Young-guk pressures Yong-hoon to reveal everything he’s hiding.

Back at the department store, Doo-shik is recognized by an old college sunbae. The man, Tae-kyung, reacts like he’s seen a ghost and asks where Doo-shik’s been living and why he disappeared. Doo-shik looks uncomfortable but reveals he’s been living in his hometown, and Tae-kyung hands him his business card so Doo-shik can call when it is more convenient. Hye-jin is curious about the exchange, but Doo-shik just says they went to college together and says no more.

Over dinner, Hye-jin is happy to report that they have made a lot of progress on her bucket list. They’ll finish 100 items in no time, but that’s okay with her because she can come up with lots more. Hye-jin realizes that Doo-shik is spacing out, but she doesn’t pressure him to talk to her.

Young-guk drinks alone at the cafe while recalling what Yong-hoon had told him earlier: the joint tonics were also from Hwa-jung. Chun-jae joins him, and the two men brag about their children. Chun-jae forlornly admits that Joo-ri reminds him more and more of his late wife, and he looks forward to the day he can rejoin his wife after raising their daughter. Young-guk accuses Chun-jae of lying because there’s no way he still misses his wife. Chun-jae wonders why they are having this conversation again, but Young-guk doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

A flashback to several years earlier shows a similar conversation playing out between Young-guk and Chun-jae. Chun-jae had been visibly more distraught over the memory of his late wife and their wedding day, which he could still recall vividly. Young-guk disagrees that love has anything to do with marriage. He’s bitter that he missed out on his first love and had to marry a woman he was just friends with because he wasn’t getting any younger. Anyway, he felt sorry for Hwa-jung whose mother had recently died. “Marriage has no grand meaning,” he says. “It’s boring.”

In the present, Chun-jae admits he doesn’t remember much from that night because he was so drunk, but he definitely recalls Hwa-jung dragging Young-guk home. It was raining, he says, but for some reason she was soaked despite having an umbrella.

Another flashback to the same night shows Hwa-jung standing in the rain outside the cafe. She had overheard the conversation and dropped her umbrella from the shock of Young-guk’s words. Tears and raindrops run down her cheeks as she clutches a spare umbrella intended for Young-guk.

The next day, she stares at Young-guk’s dirty socks on the floor when Young-guk emerges from their bedroom. He complains about his hangover, but he’s delighted to see she prepared some soup from him. He praises her cooking, but as he eats, Hwa-jung reaches her limit. She dumps a basket of dirty laundry over his head and yells at him for taking his socks off inside-out again. Young-guk is bewildered by her seemingly excessive response to a pair of dirty socks.

Present day Young-guk, however, stands outside Hwa-jung’s house, finally realizing he’s a jerk and an idiot.

Doo-shik is quiet as he walks Hye-jin home, so it’s not surprising that he rejects her offer to come inside. He thanks her for the gift and wishes her goodnight instead. After he leaves, Hye-jin wonders about the cause of his sudden depression and worries that he may be feeling insecure after seeing her buy the expensive necklace.

The next day, Doo-shik is at his woodworking job when Hye-jin texts him good morning, reminding him to stay hydrated and to come visit if he misses her. His response is a brief, “Yes, you too,” which Hye-jin over analyzes. Mi-sun logically concludes he’s busy and that the briefness of the text is entirely in line with his character. But then Mi-sun loses her cool when her own man responds to her text — full of hearts and emojis — with a simple “Good morning.” She gripes that she’s not his boss or colleague, and Hye-jin turns Mi-sun’s words against her, saying the text is befitting Eun-chul’s personality.

In her office, Hye-jin admires her new necklace. She puts it away and calls Doo-shik to invite him to dinner. He says he’s working late, causing Hye-jin to worry that he’s intentionally putting some space between them.

Do-ha is excited that their show was praised by the higher ups, but Sung-hyun warns that it is still too early to celebrate. Do-ha spots Ji-won talking to another director, and wonders if he is trying to scout her. Over coffee, Ji-won apologizes to Sung-hyun for missing the meeting with the executives, but she’s happy to hear that they were pleased with what they saw.

Sung-hyun asks if she was unable to attend because she met with Director Yang. She admits that he has been trying to recruit her and that she has decided to accept his offer. Sung-hyun worries that she’s leaving because of his recent behavior and tries to convince her to stay, but she assures him that it’s not his fault and that he’s an excellent producer who will do well with any writer by his side.

Hye-jin is waiting for Doo-shik outside his house when he arrives home, and she’s pleased that he wasn’t lying about working late. Instead of inviting her inside, Doo-shik asks her to follow him. He leads her to a spot on the beach where he has arranged a romantic picnic and bonfire. He explains that he was going to fetch her later, but she was already waiting for him when he went home to get more lights.

She releases a loud pent-up sigh, which makes Doo-shik worry that she doesn’t like his surprise. She assures him that she loves it, explaining that she is relieved he isn’t upset with her for flaunting her wealth. He insists that she should never fear spending her hard-earned money around him, and she apologizes for assuming she had made him feel inferior.

Doo-shik notices that she’s not wearing the necklace, and she admits that she sold it. A bit awkwardly, Doo-shik removes a gift from his bag. He couldn’t afford to buy her a diamond necklace, so he made her a wooden jewelry box to keep it in. She clutches the precious gift to her chest, confident that she can fill it with all of her other jewelry.

In sync with one another again, they admire the ocean together from Doo-shik’s favorite spot. He knows that some people believe the ocean looks the same everywhere, but Hye-jin understands that a place becomes special once memories are made there. She declares this spot one of her favorites because she likes everything there, including Doo-shik.

“In that case,” he says, gazing at her meaningfully, “I should be the one to say this first. Hye-jin, I love you.” She tells him she loves him, too, and they kiss.

EPILOGUE

Doo-shik is sitting at his coffee table, writing his own bucket list. The scene cuts to a montage of him crafting Hye-jin’s jewelry box before returning to a closeup of his list. The first item reads: “Give her a present I made myself.”

 
COMMENTS

It was never more apparent than with this episode how completely self-aware this drama is as it acknowledges, embraces, and exploits the clichés so prevalent in the romantic comedy genre. The opening scene, for example, was very reminiscent of the first few minutes of the 1978 classic Grease, and I wouldn’t have batted an eye if Doo-shik and Hye-jin had busted out in a duet of “Summer Nights.” (Actually…I’m going to need that fan-made music video ASAP.)

The episode then managed to work in just about every known Korean drama dating trope into a single episode via Hye-jin’s list of “100 things I want to do with my boyfriend.” And yet, it still felt refreshing because of how the dating tropes were portrayed. Your typical K-drama often sends the message that such dating activities are inherently romantic, which is likely the mindset Hye-jin had when she created her list. In contrast, the romance of this episode was exhibited through Doo-shik, as his initial unwillingness slowly transformed into compliance and then enjoyment, the simple act of being with Hye-jin — no matter how unpleasant the activity — bringing him joy. So instead of a makeover montage where the outfit changes take center stage, we were blessed with some of the cutest on-screen flirting I’ve ever seen. And the little meta reference about Pretty Woman was icing on top.

This episode also showed some progress for Mi-sun’s relationship, and I have to commend her for her patience and her top notch communication skills. Without her in the driver’s seat — and rotisserie chicken guy’s help — I hate to think of how many episodes it would have taken marathoner Eun-chul to finally work up the courage to ask her out on his own. I’m curious to see how their relationship plays out, especially if Eun-chul tries to step out of his comfort zone and be more aggressive and it results in comedic gold. That said, I do prefer Mi-sun bucking traditional gender roles and being the more aggressive one.

It was equally refreshing that Doo-shik wasn’t intimidated by Hye-jin’s income and found a way to give her a meaningful present that was within his means. He’s proud of his woman’s accomplishments, so it’s a bit understandable that he would get a little irrational and jealous. After all, the threat of someone wanting what you have increases with the object’s value, and Doo-shik knows he’s got a very desirable woman at his side.

Not all the relationships were happy ones this episode, though. We all knew Young-guk was a bit of a turd, but I always kind of assumed he married Hwa-jung because he eventually developed some romantic feelings for her after Cho-hee moved away. So I was surprised that his present day bitterness predates his divorce and stems from disillusionment and a distaste for the institution of marriage. Hwa-jung’s melt-down over Young-guk’s socks was such an amazing, well acted scene. Even if we hadn’t known the true source of her emotions, it would have been very clear to everyone — everyone but the dense Young-guk, that is — that there was something more important than inside-out socks upsetting her. It’s all the more heartbreaking to know that after the sock incident, the divorce was likely her way of “setting him free.”

This episode began with a romantic montage that quickly cut to Doo-shik’s nightmare. I hope these two contrasting scenes were meant to mirror the two main relationships from this episode, but I fear this episode’s beginning is foreshadowing for what’s next to come. This episode gave us happiness, so will the next one bring heartache for our leading couple as we learn more about Doo-shik’s time in Seoul?

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Loved this episode so much. To me the most intense moment was actually Hwa-jung's breakdown. That felt so real. I had different ideas in my head about why they divorced since the show had built some suspense around it in the earlier episodes. Never thought it would be for something so simple yet it makes complete sense.
And that ending! Du-Shik making that pretty date setup and making that jewelry box. Where can we all get one of him?

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Highlight of this episode wasn't our OTP but
1. Mi Sun and Eun Cheol. Wish we all had a chicken ajusshi who could help our crush/love understand our feelings for them. LOL 😂
2. Hwa jung's breakdown. This beautifully touches upon those marriages done just for formality (espcially arranged marriages in my country🙄)
3. Sung Hyun saying, Du Shik should feel happy instead of jealous because Du Shik is the man of Hye Jin's love. That right there is how you knock sense into people feeling jealous/possessive, who don't know how much their love is being valued. Sung Hyun is the best second lead whom we all can love without the SLS😅

I din't like how Hye Jin forced Du Shik into doing the things she wanted to do as a couple, but after reading @daebakgrits view, I understand it is supposed to be a joke on the cliches. I, however did enjoy the scene at the clothing store. Apparently they are ad-libbed by the actors😂

Also loved the final scene with out OTP❤ More to women empowerment👏 I notice people keep saying, the drama doesn't have plot, but plot is not what I'm expecting from this drama. A warm soup on a rainy night or a cool breeze on a sunny night. Relaxing and comfortable!! The show manages that and I'm happy to spend 3 hours on the weekend for it❤

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Totally agree with the highlights not being the main couple in this ep!

The writer just had Dusik saying all the right things... especially in that final scene. 😏

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Ep 11 & 12 distinctly reminded me of the time when I was like Mi-Seon, eye-rolling at the very public display of (vom-inducing) affection of two friends who had recently got together... and a third friend reminded me.... 'Hey Chibi, maybe you find such activities cheesy, because you have nobody to enjoy them with.'
Yep, right in the kokoro. Those two succeeded in making me feel so single, haha! Just like our OTP did, this week.

That said, somebody mentioned: 'in a world full of Yeong-Guks, be a Chun-Jae.'
I cannot, anymore. T_T
My heart really went out to Hwa-Jung this episode. Poor woman. :/

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Your being hit 'right in the kokoro' made me go 'oof!' and 😂 at the same time.

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"Hey chibi" line is so funny😂😂 and yeah we are secretively jealous😉

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The last picture of Du-shik holding the jewellery box in the Epilogue before the Comment section spoke a lot.

With his facial expressions, you could clearly see that he is happy, but his eyes are telling a different story. What I see in his eyes is fear+sadness+an attempt to really be Happy. I can't explain much, because those eyes are letting out so few of what is really inside of him. Du-shik has been through a lot emotionally, he found a way to drape a curtain over his past, but the curtain unfortunately is transparent. No matter how much he tries, he still can see his burdens enveloped around him.

Kim Seon ho is doing wonders with his acting, total wonders. The only other actor that had impressed me with his top-notch eye language was Kim Soo hyun.

I really hope he finds peace.

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Now to the topic I've kept in my mind for the week, FIRST LOVE SYNDROME.

I ventured into the Korean World with the movie My Little Bride where I first noticed this notion of your first love always being Superior. Other dramas seems to stress that, we have ongoing dramas such as Lovers of the Red sky and One the Woman still banging on this topic. Now my question; What is it with your First Love?

To those who got married to their first love, congratulations! To we who fell out of love with our First Love and found love elsewhere, K-drama gods, how do you want us to feel, like losers?

Yeong-guk pushed his marriage into a quicksand due to him thinking without his first love he was wasting his time. He made the woman who loved him very much regret every second she had spent with him and decided to free him.

I'm not against it but just look at what it did to a family. I think it's high time kdramas stop and allow people rule their Destiny. Nobody on Earth has their Destiny carved already for them, life situations does changes for everyone. SAY NO TO CHILDHOOD TROPE AND FIRST LOVE SUPREMACY.

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Defiantly agree about 'first love' craziness in KD :) This week was almost all chick flick dramas had a first love story :) I am end of my 4oies and I don't remember mine :) I also don't remember any friend who was obsess with it ! I wonder is it a part of Korean culture ?

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It might be. The amount of emphasis placed on one's first love is getting irritating.

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Although I like how cute and romantic Hyejin and Dooshik are, I feel they could dial down on Hyejin’s baby way of talking. Also love how Dooshik wasn’t insecure of Hyejin earning a lot more. That was refreshing to see.

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Agree with you, Shin Minah's aegyo kinda a bit too much sometimes, even Kim Seonho himself (pretty sure it's not Dusik) called her out when they're taking wefie in high school uniforms "what's with the sounds?" hahaha.

Maybe it's because Hyejin's been single for so long, idk.

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I think shin Minah has outgrown her aegyo. She was awesome in mgiag and she was ♥️ In oh my Venus. Hmm I wonder what it is about her cute here that doesn’t ring true here

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Maybe Dusik doesn't seem like someone who would respond to aegyo? 😅 And Hye-Jin didn't seem like one with that much aegyo either.

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In the behind the scenes video of episodes 11 and 12, the Director actually tells Shin Min Ah to dial down the aegyo. Quite funny. I personally have no problem with it though.

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Now to the topic I've kept in my mind for the week, FIRST LOVE SYNDROME.

I ventured into the Korean World with the movie My Little Bride where I first noticed this notion of your first love always being Superior. Other dramas seems to stress that, we have ongoing dramas such as Lovers of the Red sky and One the Woman still banging on this topic. Now my question; What is it with your First Love?

To those who got married to their first love, congratulations! To we who fell out of love with our First Love and found love elsewhere, K-drama gods, how do you want us to feel, like losers?

Yeong-guk pushed his marriage into a quicksand due to him thinking without his first love he was wasting his time. He made the woman who loved him very much regret every second she had spent with him and decided to free him.

I'm not against it but just look at what it did to a family. I think it's high time kdramas stop and allow people rule their Destiny. Nobody on Earth has their Destiny carved already for them, life situations does changes for everyone.

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The ILY was really nice.

Hye-jin and Doo-shik were almost disgustingly cute but there were undertones of sadness the whole episode too.

The variety show taping was fun. Nam-sook with the arms lol.

Chicken guy for the win! Mi-sun and Eun-chuk are cute together.

The actress who plays Hwa-jung is really good. She got me when Hwa-jung was yelling about the socks. I really don't want Hwa-jung and Young-guk to get back together but do hope they can make peace with each other for the sake of their son.

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Indeed,i'm also hoping the show doesn't force them back together for the sake of it...Wished to see them make peace like u said and walk another chapter of their life..Also,Hwa-jung deserves a man who truly respects and loves her by her side...Young-guk isin't per se a bad man but not the one for her...

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Who could have guessed that Hye-Jin was superactive girlfriend, poor Doo-Shik. They were super cute together. The Pretty Woman scene was hilarious.

Doo-Shik is sensitive and discreet, he knows about Hwa-jung's feelings for ex-husband and Ji-Won's ones for PD Jin. I would like Hye-Jin to realize that Doo-Shik is sick and it's way more than to be secret.

I was really sorry for Ha-Jung, it was awful to see her so hurt. But I think a lot of Young-Guk's words were accentued by the alcohol. In a wedding, there are up and downs, and a conversation could have been better than to jump to the divorce case directly.

Mi-Sun could be a monk with this patience 😂

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This episode revealed a lot. Hwa-jung no longer seems like a crazy lady and Young-guk looks like an idiot- what is with him? How does someone like that become City Manager? Is there any chance of him growing up?

In contrast there is Eun-chul- not intellectually gifted but a dedicated and capable public servant. We could have used a little less couple cute with our leads and spent a little more time time with Eun-chul and Mi-seon. Mi-seon has in fact grown a lot precisely because she finds that she is not really willing to give up on Eun-chul. After being stuck in a rut for a decade she is in fact moving forward in life again, although it is amusing to see that she is sort of in denial about where she is headed as revealed in her comment to Hye-jin about teaching Eun-chul how to be a boyfriend. But she is likely to find that Eun-chul has a different view on the purpose of romance- and I suspect that it is really Mi-seon who will be pulled out of her comfort zone. It will be fun to watch this play out.

The un-fun part of the coming episodes are going to be the Big Trauma Reveal with Doo-shik.

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I love Mi-seon's reaction to Hye-jin and Doo-shik's cute/honeymoon stage of the relationship - reflecting that Hye-jin has had to deal with being the onlooker during all those times when Mi-seon was dating.

Hye-jin's list was cute in that she wants to hang out with Doo-shik doing different things, but also hilarious since it feels like she must be an avid kdrama fan since all those things seem ripped from kdramas. And could Doo-shik really be a rom-com fan?

Hwa-jung's moment was just heartbreaking. She truly loved that doofus. It makes me wonder about the dating pool in small towns.

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Thanks to @daebakgrits summary and the other comments, I appreciate this episode a bit more than I did when I first saw it. I get now that the writers were making fun of rom-com cliches (I'm a little slow about these things.)

STILL I just didn't like the bucket list antics. It just seemed so out of character for the romantic leads. Also, I thought it would have been funny and a little more true to life had that "heart" moved up from the end of her list. Back in the day, if I did any "couple's yoga" with the person I loved, it sure would have ended up with a different activity than toothbrushing! (Now, I'd probably just doze off, LOL.) Anyway, for me this was the weakest episode of the show by far, even though I agree Hwa-Jung's reaction was so sad but true to life.

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"It just seemed so out of character for the romantic leads."
--- THIS, especially Dusik.

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I must be the only one who hated the bucket list hijinks. While it showed what a lovely guy Doo-shik is because he is so in love, that he will do whatever he can to please his girlfriend, it made Hye-jin look like the bossy boots she is. She's all about getting him to do what she considers is what you do when you date. Her values are going to need some work still. To be fair, her behaviour is in keeping with her inflexible personality. Thankfully, underneath it all, she is a kind and generous person, but she is way too ruled by convention. It takes her a while to grasp how down Du-shik is because she is so busy following her own agenda. I think my reaction is also influenced by similar rl behaviour.

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You're not alone. I felt like they could have agreed to do a lot of things together as a team instead of it coming off as Hye-jin pushing Doo-shik to do most/all this stuff.

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I guess she'll get there, and especially when she begins to learn about and understand his story. Irrespective of that though, she is still, to an extent at least, hankering after the Seoul life. Imo his lifestyle choice is way better, but she has not accepted that. Be interesting to see where this goes, once we get over the hump of his trauma. It makes me wonder too if it is going to address his trauma as an event or as having an impact on his mental health. 🤔

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It would be really great if she not just liked Doo-shik but accepted him as well. Regardless if she likes it or not, I really can't see Doo-shik returning to a desk job.
Though, I'd also like if Hye-jin managed to stop putting so much value on what other people might think of her decisions and go with what would make her happy.
With regards to the trauma, they might do it both ways. Its hard to say... I just hope they treat it respectfully.

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Communications is the key to all relationship, an effective ones is both the one who speaks n the one who listens interpret the message as what is intended. Feel like the writer is showing this in this ep.
Best communicators are mi sun n eun n the chicken seller. Mi sun was taking it slow cos eun wants that but eun thought mi sun rejecting him, best is chicken seller set it right for them that both intention is to date. They are so sweet n eun is so innocent. Really like them.
Dushik got cramp from doin yoga, what happen hyejin, no massage for him? The brushing of teeth not easy n dushik complaining but she still carry on. When dushik says he would like the spend quality time relaxing instead of doing all these activities n they could take time to enjoy each activities slowly but next minute another activity. Dushik is sweet n sensitive to hyejin n making her happy. Hyejin wanting to change dushik style - it makes me think like dushik has become her babie doll. Hyejin told dushik to give drumstick to sh, it feels wierd. What if the role is reverse, dushik tell hyejin to take care of the girl he reject in favour of hyejin. She will feel the same- jealous n will likely kick him as can see her being jealous when dushik was showing the writer around. What SH says to dushik is so true, hyejin loves dushik n hyejin pity SH. Dushik n SH does not pity each other n SH does not want any pity. Being rejected is not end of the world. It feels weird cos it's likea mother telling the son be nice to so n so don't fight. I like hyejin being having good ethical loyal to her friend n honest but her giving n receiving of communication seems like not understanding the feelings of others. I wish she can like dushik as he is. Dushik had opened up to her about his grandfather while they were relaxing over a cup of tea, n she should take up that suggestion to spend more time relaxing with him n eventually he will open up his trauma. I like the ending of ep, dushik handmade the jewellery box n fixed up a cosy campsite n he telling hyejin n her buying things with her money is her right n does not affect him. That's sweet. But hyejin again over think, before all these sold her necklance.
Young is a careless communicator when he is drunk. Hwa reaction is understandable n right to kick him out. But she regretted. And he also regretted. Most regretted is not saying what really hurt - she using the lousy socks n he thinking over a lousy sock. I came across a real life divorce - over a toothpaste, one squeeze from the bottom, the other squeeze from the middle. Why divorce - have 2 separate toothpaste.
This drama is so relatedable as it shows the flaws in relationship n giving me new perspective of things. The acting is natural n top notch.

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