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Love All Play: Episodes 5-6

Our leading lady is tempted by a job offer from another team, which doesn’t bode well for our favorite mixed doubles partners. But if they can’t be together on the badminton court, maybe they can still be a romantic couple, right? I sure hope so, because these two are so sweet they are cavity inducing, and the more we learn about them and their pasts, the more obvious it becomes that they are stronger in badminton — and in life — when they’re together.

 
EPISODES 5-6 WEECAP

We pick up where we left off last week, with Tae-joon and Jung-hwan taking their fight outside. Jung-hwan admits that he did have a hand in Tae-yang getting scouted by the Somang coach, and the boys exchange insults and a couple of punches. But other than matching bruised lips, they remain unharmed.

Can’t say the same for the vending machines, though, because they looked like they took a bit of a beating, but inanimate objects have a tendency to get damaged when Jung-hwan pisses off people. Case in point: his car, which was scratched when Yoo-min took out her frustration on his SUV instead of him. After his scuffle with Tae-joon, Jung-hwan decides to pay his misery forward and give Yoo-min the repair bill for the damage she caused to his vehicle.

She’s aghast that he would have her pay for his whole car to be repainted because, like she says, it’s a bit overkill — like redoing your whole face of makeup just because your mascara is smudged. Despite the hefty repair bill, though, she agrees to have dinner with him afterwards, partially because she’s still crushing hard but also she saw the bruise on his lip and correctly guessed he was feeling lonely after getting into a fight. She’s curious about what happened, but Jung-hwan will only say that he’s the cause, revealing another glimpse of the decent human that’s been hiding behind his cocky sports diva persona.

Tae-yang texts Jung-hwan that she will leave the team quietly, just like she did “last time,” and we flashback to sometime shortly after Joon-young’s injury. She hasn’t been returning Tae-yang’s calls, and Jung-hwan is the one who angrily explains to her that Joon-young’s injury was career ending. Joon-young dumped Jung-hwan, went into hiding — not even her family knew where she went — and Tae-yang subsequently quit badminton out of guilt.

In the present, Tae-yang explains to Tae-joon that she’s decided to join the Somang team, where maybe her teammates will hate her less. He supports her decision, but his motives might have been a wee bit selfish. Our boy immediately takes advantage of the fact that she’s no longer his teammate — and fair game to date — and tells her that he likes her.

His sudden confession leaves Tae-yang adorably flustered — she’s never had a boy confess his feelings to her! — and she’s too shy to give him an answer at the moment. She requests a day to think about her decision, but the extra time makes her hesitate even though she likes him, too. Sadly, she chooses to focus on her career with her new team instead of starting a romance. (Why not both?!)

Although Tae-joon puts up a brave front while parting ways with her, he’s the personification of a sad Taylor Swift song once she’s gone. He only perks up when his phone rings, but then he immediately descends back into his depression when he realizes the call is only spam. Tae-joon’s trainer finally has enough of his lovesickness and Judo flips Tae-joon over his shoulder to snap him out of it. It appears effective.

Tae-joon isn’t the only one being mopey over a woman, though, and Jung-hwan makes a rookie mistake: mixing misery with too much alcohol. A night out drinking with GOO HYUK-BONG (Park Doo-sik), his teammate on the national team, reopens some of Jung-hwan’s old emotional wounds regarding Joon-young. And blackout drunk Jung-hwan decides to process those emotions by talking — and occasionally singing — through them… with the entire world watching via a live stream. (Tae-joon calling to tease Jung-hwan after the fact. *snickers*)

Meanwhile, things are also going poorly for Tae-yang. Somang wants to use her as a public relations puppet, and she’s resigned to accept the offer in order to appease her father, who — from her perspective at least — seems to only care about her if she’s playing badminton. There’s a lot of history and baggage to unpack here, and it’s hard to say just yet how much of her perception of events is skewed by her own insecurities.

A flashback reveals that the only time her father contacted her during her three year hiatus was when her mother was dying. He asked her to come home and acknowledged that his wife wasn’t always nice to her. Clearly she has at least one valid reason to believe her adoption wasn’t entirely out of a loving desire to have a child, but we’ve also seen how Man-soo cares for her behind the scenes, making it hard to believe his love for her is conditional on her badminton performance.

When Tae-joon finds out the terms of Tae-yang’s contract, he’s incensed and determined to keep her on team Yunis, where she can continue playing the sport she loves. His desperation causes him to stoop to new levels and beg Jung-hwan for assistance. Together — although it was mostly Jung-hwan’s promise not to FaceTime with the company owner — they successfully convince Coach Lee to take her back.

Coach Lee interrupts Tae-yang’s meeting with the Somang coach and rips up her partially signed contract. Afterwards, they share a touching moment when he calls her “his athlete,” and Tae-yang cries happy tears. (I got a little misty-eyed myself.)

She’s even happier when Tae-joon texts that he wants to meet up with her. He plays it cool — like he didn’t just single-handedly save her badminton career — and feigns ignorance when she reveals she’s back on the team. When she alludes to his confession, he also pretends to have no memory of such an event, which earns him a lot of playful punches from Tae-yang. When he protests and asks why she keeps hitting him, she blurts out that it’s because she likes him, leading to a squee-inducing back hug in the snow.

Now that our boy has her in his grasp, he’s determined to hang onto her. They go shopping together for the household items he’s been neglecting to purchase (because of his sneaker addiction) and the scene is part product placement and part him trying to convince her to move in with him. Tae-joon, your excitement is cute, but slow down.

Jung-hwan, however, is having less luck with the ladies. Even after witnessing his embarrassing live stream incident, Yoo-min miraculously accepts his invitation to dinner, and he actually seems eager to have the date… until he receives an email from Joon-young, who felt compelled to reach out after seeing his live stream.

He mentally checks out after reading Joon-young’s email, and with very little prying from Yoo-min, he explains the situation. After hearing him ramble on about his ex-girlfriend, Yoo-min ditches him. She has enough self-respect to not remain on a date with a man whose mind is clearly on another woman.

When Tae-yang returns to Yunis, she’s prepared to grovel, but her return is less controversial than expected because — behind the scenes — Jung-hwan asked Young-shim to be nice to Tae-yang. Even before his interference, she’d already started to soften. She figured out on her own that the bribing scandal wasn’t true, and so she continues to protect Tae-yang from bullies in her own subtle way, which Tae-yang sees right through.

While our couple continues to get flirty in and out of the gym, they also prep for another tournament that is on the horizon. Team captain YUN SEUNG-WOO (Choi Seung-yoon) suggests they have a selection match to determine who will participate in the tournament, and the non-national players find themselves facing off against the members of the national team. Most of them are intimidated and underperform, but not Tae-young. She’s cool as a cucumber and provides emotional support for her more nervous doubles partner.

Unfortunately, shortly thereafter, everyone — except Tae-young, who has a stomach that even a goat would envy — winds up in the hospital with a debilitating case of food poisoning. Tae-joon’s parents visit him while he’s hospitalized, but after he admits that he heard from his sister, their concern is redirected to Joon-young. He overhears them discussing how they wish he had been the one who had been injured because — unlike his sister — he would have been able to get over it easily.

Affected by their conversation, he leaves the hospital and seeks out Tae-yang, who is enjoying her alone time and some ramen in the dorm. When he sees her, he passes out in her arms, which leads to him waking up in her bed while she draws him a picture of his future grave. He tries to coax her into bed with him — *eyebrow wiggles* — but he has to settle for her sitting next to him. With her by his side, he becomes vulnerable and reaches for her hand. He asks her to love him, and she admits that she already does.

It’s a bit too soon to drop the L-word, but I don’t mind because it seems to align well with their innocence and mental state. Plus, you know, every moment they are on screen together is squee worthy, which makes it easy to overlook the shortness of their relationship timeline.

Although I suspect their own insecurities are largely at play with how they are perceiving and interpreting their families’ actions, it makes sense that they would quickly attach themselves to one another in order to fill the emotional void that isn’t being filled by their families. Unfortunately, for those reasons I also worry about what will happen once Tae-yang discovers Tae-joon’s sister is Joon-young. I need squees, not heartbreak!

 
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Our leads continue to be so utterly adorable. Just super duper cute, I really want his sister to not ruin it. That being said Tae-Joon is clearly the easy child, so his parents take advantage of his easy going nature. They seem to recognize it, but can't help themselves. That understandably makes Tae Joon lonely. As for Tae Yang, she found family with Joon Young and knew a Joon Young Tae Joon never got to know. Joon Young obviously had a lot of pressure and needed to escape. This will get complicated, so I hope to continue to see cuteness.

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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE is really the perfect word for this OTP 😆.

Tbh, I already have cavities just from watching them😂😂.

However, I was screaming at my screen when Tae-jun had one too many chances to come clean about being Jun-young's brother and didn't use them. Why are you doing this Tae-jun?
I get that he has his insecurities (which seem quite real after hearing his parents' convo) but come on, you can't be dropping the L word and not being honest about such a thing.
It's true that he doesn't yet know about the back story between Tae-yang and his sister but I'm already dreading the mess that will ensue. I'll rather just continue watching the sweetness of it all 😩.

Phew, I was happy to see that Yu-min has some self-respect because it was getting a bit cringy watching her "throw" herself at Jung-hwan.

I think that the Tae-jun / Jung-hwan bromance will be a good one although he annoys me most of the time. Something also seems to be cooking up between Youngsim and the captain but I don't really care.

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As much as I am enjoying this show, I feel like the side characters (namely the other Yunis team members) are being expanded in a weird way. Like there’s always the hint of mystery and intrigue with each of then and their personalities, but the show seems to just throw that aside and keep advancing the main plot after one or two very abbreviated scenes. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this is weird and don’t know what the point of this is.

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I like how cheesy Taejun is ha ha Maybe he is like me keeping a note full of cheesy jokes waiting to be told to the right person lol 🤣
I also love the coach

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PTJ x PTY are everything, all the skinship and lovey doveyness was a welcome surprise - PD-nim spoilt us this week with the Park Twins fan service. I sincerely hope sister dear doesn't come in and wreck things and that both leads are able to discuss their connection to PJY on their own terms, but given how much this week was sunshine and love hearts, I have a feeling we're in for a forecast of heavy tears & angst very soon.

I wasn't really interested in any of the side characters, but now that we're starting to unpack Junghwan's complicated feelings around his ex-girlfriend and possible new love interest (?) and that the rest of the team has taken a break from just being one dimensional bullies, things are looking more interesting!

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Wir sprechen English hier (genauer schreiben wir)

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Sorry, was still too early in the morning.

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Oh, don't worry. Sometimes, I write one word in English and one word in French... Our brain are not always cooperative 😅

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This couple is so adorable! I like how they are very honest with their feelings. It's so rare in Kdrama world! They brought the best of each other.

I was sad for Jung-hwan. I don't think he acts as a diva because he's bad but to protect himself from hierarchy, competition inside his own team and the national one, etc. He finally started to see Yoo-Min as a girl and Joon-young had to write at this moment. I liked how honest he was with Yoo-Min, but I understand her reaction, she was hurt by those words. He really needs to forget Joon-young, she ran away from every people who loved her.

The parents of Joon-young and Tae-Joon are so disapointing. How can you make so much different between your own kids. They are not subtil about it, neither hide it...

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I was surprised that they became a couple so early. Unfortunately, this also raises fears that there will soon be some events that threaten to break them apart.

In episode 5, I was partly annoyed by Tae-yang, because I couldn't stand how she played the martyr anymore.

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We got the kisses earlier than expected. I feel like we're getting 12 eps with this couple xD Our OTP is the most dorkable bickering couple, I love it.

The side character aside from the 2nd couple (Jung-hwan and Yoo-min) isn't as interesting but I do want Taeyang to beat the crap out of that blonde player in Yunis.

I feel so bad for Tae-joon, he may be sweet or easy child but he does not deserve to hear those words from his very own parents.

Desperately praying to no noble idiocy, I need all the cavity inducing sweetness.

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Did anyone force Joon-young to drink? Or to snowboard drunk? I get that Tae-yang provided the opportunity, but Joon-young is also to blame for fooling around and getting hurt. And for hurting everyone who loved her. Why is she such a queen in everyone's eyes? Given the casting, I foresee more hurt for her brother, Tae-yang, and Jung-whan when she returns. And it makes me mad. Haven't they been hurt enough already? Why can't they get on with their lives and be happy?

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I just really like this show. The romance is the focus, but we have enough other things going on that I'm interested in every scene.

I'm still perplexed by the sister character and how she could stay out of touch for three years. No matter what happened in the past, that seems, frankly, cruel of her. I don't love the way the parents seem oblivious to the pain they've caused their son by making him feel like an afterthought, but they didn't deserve to be ghosted by their daughter.

I'm not sure what I want for Jung-hwan. He's clearly still in love with his ex-girlfriend (her blithe response to his drunken video was likely not meant to be anything other than friendly, but ouch!), but also intrigued by coach's daughter. I do like the reluctant bromance between him and Taejoon.

The best part continues to be the natural way the leads relate to each other. They actually seem like real 20-somethings falling in love. They flirt, they kiss, and they confide in each other without playing games. It's nice. Of course, the returning sister is about to throw a wrench in everything. I hope the show doesn't screw this up.

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i really love this show! it is hitting all the right buttons for me and the actors are aceing thier roles!

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While I loved that our couple are dating now (SQUEE). I kinda felt like I wanted the "pre-dating flirting" to continue for a while more. Not sure if that's just me though 🤣

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Last week's episodes were the bomb! I may be in the minority here thinking that it's okay for them to get together that early but I understand the writer's intention. The reason they're together is that by default they really like each other, and there's no conflict yet in front of them that's hindering them to be together. So they just throw caution to the wind and just go with their feelings. Both of them don't know each other's connection to Jun-young, which I think is where the conflict will start. And I love that Taeyang and Taejun were as raw and honest as they can be when they're with each other. I love how the other can be a mess, while the other was just so goofy and relaxed. That shopping scene is just so adorable Taejun being that smitten and persistent in trying to win our girl is just so sweet. And that moment where they both wash their hair multiple times was just so hilarious and heartwarming that they want to look their best for each other.
Meanwhile, let's go to our grumpy Jung-hwan the misunderstood lad who often comes off as an insensitive jerk to everyone. I love his little moments of humanness when he helped Taejun bring Taeyang back, as well as when he talk to Youngshim and asked her to be nice to Taeyang and went as far as revealing that the bribery issue wasn't true. He's obviously attracted to Yu-min, but I guess he still has some unresolved issues with Junyoung that he needs to figure out before pursuing another girl.

For Junyoung I understand why a lot of people will feel perplexed by her comeback. Her appearance will mean chaos for Taeyang, Taejun, and Jung-hwan the people who were most affected when she disappeared for 3 years. My theory though was her disappearance was not just about her career-ending injury. From my perspective, she's the Golden Child of the family. Their pride and joy as well as the country's national athlete. Her backstory could be about the stress and pressure surrounding her, and maybe the thought of quitting badminton has been on her mind already. That her snowboarding accident pave way for her to get the chance to escape. I guess I'm just overthinking about this but I feel that it's possible.

Overall I love the flow of the story, and I love that we're not waiting for so much build-up to happen before the leads actually get together. The story's writing is pretty straightforward which I think is this drama's strength. I hope this pacing can be sustained till the end. Looking forward to the next episodes!

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@alliesawrites: Thanks for this! So far, this show has largely been my happy pill but it is indeed going to get bumpy. I don’t want that but recognise its inevitability.

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