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My Liberation Notes: Episodes 7-8

I don’t know about y’all, but despite its slower pace, this drama has been flying by for me. It’s hard to believe we’re already at the halfway point. This week is all about what it means to like someone and how that experience varies from person to person. For some, it’s all butterflies and nerves. For others, it’s comfort and freedom. While one sibling settles into her relationship, another agonizes over whether to take a risk and confess her feelings.

 
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP

We focus a lot on Ki-jung this week who is acutely feeling the pains of a crush which is growing stronger with each day. She’s the type to throw herself into her feelings, and they consume most of her thoughts and actions. It doesn’t help that she has to watch Mi-jung content in her new relationship with Gu.

The sisters couldn’t be more opposite in their experience of their feelings. Ki-jung is all uncertainty, anxiety, and intensity, whereas Mi-jung’s feelings have brought her a calmness and sense of security. Mi-jung shares with Du-hwan and Chang-hee that she’s never felt her heart pound from romantic feelings – in fact, when she likes someone, her heart beats slower “like I’ve been freed.”

Chang-hee is wowed by her perspective and hypothesizes that the heart only pounds from the anxiety of uncertainty; when you know something is yours, you feel at peace. But there’s no peace for Ki-jung who is a ball of nerves and insecurity about her feelings for Tae-hoon, and Chang-hee’s constant reminders of her past disdain for any man who confessed unreciprocated feelings for her doesn’t help.

Ki-jung is a naturally straightforward person, though, and can only bottle her feelings for so long. She decides to confess, but she needs an out to feel safe. When she overhears Du-hwan considering feigning injury and subsequent amnesia if his own confession goes sideways, Ki-jung says she’ll give it a try. Oh no.

She enlists Chang-hee and Du-hwan to stand by while she meets with Tae-hoon. Their oh-so-brilliant plan is to fake a motorcycle accident if she gives the signal. That way, she can pretend to faint and forget her confession if it fails. This is such a terrible plan.

Ki-jung meets Tae-hoon at a café and barely musters up the courage to admit her feelings. He’s floored, leaving them both awkward and feeling guilty. All he can say is that he’s sorry while Ki-jung struggles to contain her tears and says it’s fine.

She walks away and gives the signal, so Chang-hee and Du-hwan advance on the bike. Then, Chang-hee reaches out from the back of the bike and gives her a hard shove. HA, oh my gosh. But of course, this does not go as planned and instead of a nice, controlled fall, Ki-jung fractures her arm and ends up running away in embarrassment, leaving Tae-hoon and Chang-hee behind. These siblings should never be allowed to plan together.

While Ki-jung is quite pitiful, I still can’t root for her and Tae-hoon right now. It’s obvious how much his daughter means to him, but Ki-jung seems to be thinking of a relationship with him in very casual terms, not really taking Yu-rim into account.

Tae-hoon shared at a club meeting that he’s afraid of passing on his own insecurities over being an orphan to his daughter who doesn’t have a mom. Ki-jung overheard this, but it doesn’t seem to be hitting her that Tae-hoon and his daughter are a package deal. For all her fuss about dating a man with a child, you’d think she’d understand that the situation may be a bit more complicated.

Meanwhile, Mi-jung is enjoying her growing closeness with Gu. They have several aww moments this week, especially on Gu’s end. When Mi-jung has to work late in a café thanks to her ungrateful, derisive boss, Gu sits at a nearby table to (silently) keep her company while she works. On another occasion, Gu shares that he’s always angry – the only times he feels calm is when he’s drinking, sleeping, or talking to her.

I love how bold Mi-jung is with Gu. Despite her usual apathy, she even fights with him following another rough encounter with her money-grubbing ex. He and his girlfriend supposedly have no money and refuse to handle the loan situation. At her wits end, Mi-jung closes out her bank account and decides to pay back the loan in full.

Naturally, when Gu learns of this, he’s angry. He even offers to have someone “take care of” her ex, saying he only needs a name. Yikes. Mi-jung is angry that Gu isn’t more supportive of her decision, especially when he calls her out on her actions being driven by fear of others finding out about the loan. When her dad found out she changed her official address and was no longer on their household registry, Mi-jung did admit she helped a friend with a loan but kept the defaulting payments a secret.

Mi-jung admits to Gu she feels stupid and blames herself for getting into this predicament. She can’t handle conflict, so of course she can’t fight her ex on this. Gu points out that she’s having no problem fighting him right now. Ha. “That’s because you like me.” He’s stunned but doesn’t deny it. Mi-jung says she wants him to be the person who gives her the confidence to fight for herself.

Gu then gets pretty darn close to a confession when he tells Mi-jung that, although he’s a scary guy, being around her makes him nervous. That in turn annoys him, “yet I still wait for you.” Mi-jung grins and tells him to keep going since she likes the sound of that.

Mi-jung tells Ki-jung (who tells Chang-hee) about how she asked Gu to worship her, which naturally comes as a shock. When Chang-hee then tells Hyun-ah what he’s learned, she guesses that Gu must be struggling a lot – Mi-jung likely is trying to save him.

We get some more hints about Gu’s real identity this week when he takes a call from his hyung who says a Chairman Shin is looking for him. Someone named President Baek, who is on the outs with Chairman Shin, actually spots Gu at a gas station. Gu looks concerned when his hyung tells him he was seen but says he’s “too busy” to go back and deal with the situation head on.

This week’s episodes end with a sign of hope in the form of a rainbow. Everyone from Tae-hoon to the Sanpo crew to Mi-jung and Gu witness the sight. Mi-jung tells Gu that she wishes she could go back in time and sit beside the younger him. Gu argues that’s what she’s doing now because one day, this will be his younger self.

I think what I love about their relationship is the stillness and ease of it. There are no expectations –they just exist comfortingly next to each other. There’s a quiet surety that it’s what they both need right now, and they’re both clearly benefitting from it. I just hope their respite isn’t shattered by whoever these powerful men from Gu’s past are because I have a feeling things are about to get a little more complicated.

 
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Ki-jung is so weird honestly. I understand she's feeling nervous to confess, but her plan? She's not a teenager anymore. What was she thinking? (even the whole scene was so funny with the cute Du-Hwan revealing they know her by following her) She loves a guy who is in the Liberation Club... She should know that he's someone who needs time... But Lee El is good that I really felt her pain. I didn't like how she inserted herself in Mi-Jeong's relationship because it looks easy. She knows nothing about it.

Mi-Jeong is so strong with Mr Gu that it was really frustrating to watch her handle the debt, seeing her crying, paying... She's really animate with Mr Gu only.

For Mr Gu, I really hope he won't die because of his past. It's nice to see him taking care of Mi-Jeong and smile. I need him to live until his 90 years!

Chang-Hee is such a good friend with Du-Hwan, I love how he's always here for him and eats with him. I was disapointed he didn't get the new job, I really hope he will get the promotion and the truck of doom will hit A-Reum.

It was interesting to watch the four actors reacting to the episodes 3 to 6. They knew nothing about the scenes of the others and discovered the whole story.

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I think the joke was that Ki-jung isn't a teenager anymore and is still acting like this. Its this show's version of the weird actress in My Ajusshi.

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That's so true. Interesting you made that connection because I was re watching My Ahjusshi recently, in one of the audition clip her lines were: "Do you know why I'm always sick? Because there are so many people I hate. I thought about when I wasn't sick. When I was in love. So I decided to love you starting today." Her drunken rant sounded ridiculous in MA but the writer is injecting all those ideas into her characters in MLN years later. I found that amusing.

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I am getting anxious about Mr. Gu's past catching up with him. It is inevitable, and the anticipation of it drives the story forward, but I still hope there won't be any bloodbath.

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Have you noticed that in the background of some scenes (bars and restaurants) the whole OST of Nevertheless is being played?
Someone must have been a fan. Can't blame him/her... it was very good and surely the best part of that drama.

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I thought it sounded familiar but didn't make that connection. Thanks for pointing it out!

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It took me a while to figure it out... I knew all the songs and it was weird because I don't listen to a lot of korean music. Just a few OST when I really love them.

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Yes, I noticed that in episodes 5/6 as well

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In my opinion, it is because the filming was done in June/ July/ August- ish last year and Nevertheless was airing at that time. both dramas are from JTBC, plus the songs are good.

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This drama is flying by for me, too. I'm already wishing this was a show with either more episodes or another season. I'd love to see more sibling antics! Yes, the Ki-jung/Chang-hee/Du-hwan plan was terrible and doomed to fail, but I'm so glad they carried through with it. I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard!!! Like holding my sides, falling off my couch laughing! 😂 It was priceless. I'd love to see the behind the scenes film. I don't know how the actors contained their laughter.
And while I'm on the subject of the older two, every time I see them together or with their friends, I feel like I'm watching people still in high school. From when Ki-jung and Chang-hee get off the yellow (school looking) bus together, to Du-hwan hanging out in Chang-hee’s room. Maybe that's why mom always has that disgusted look on her face; she wonders if they'll ever grow up. But I can't figure out if the parents want them to fly the nest or live at home to contribute.
Apropos of nothing, Ki-jung’s two-tone pumps remind me of shoes my mom wore in the 70’s. I'm wondering if there is a reason why the camera focuses on her shoes. Her entire style of dress is retro; maybe it's conveying a message that she’s a little backward?
Still loving My-jung and Gu. How perceptive of Chang-hee, “When you know something is yours, you feel at peace.”
I want to see Chang-hee’s awful co-worker get her comeuppance.

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The goofball, immature plotting of the motorbike stunt really showed those three's arrested development, combining KJ's delusional 14-year-old girl mentality and the guys' willingness to go along with a high-school-level prank without thinking it through. Cringe-laughs were not what I was expecting from this show.

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I was laughing my head off at the confession and rescue too! I was so loud that my sig-o popped their head in from the other room to see what was so funny.

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It”s true that they are acting like teenagers, but the problem is that confessions don”t get easier, ever. If you”ve been single a long time, you understand. Whether 12 or 75, it’s terrifying and you revert to unsophisticated behaviors because it’s so dang hard and vulnerable to do. Her three times turning around before saying anything was also so realistic. Mi-jung”s confession to Gu was also wrenching, and not immediately reciprocated.
I also laughed so hard because it felt so priceless.

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Since the beginning I have been wondering why they styled Ki-jung to look so 70s. I find it distracting because no one else is dressed that way. I wonder if you're right and it's to convey some symbolic message, or if these clothes are just coming back in style?!

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We're already halfway through the drama? Whaaat? I love watching this drama every weekend. It's like a nice, relaxing cup of warm tea.

Ki-Jung: She's my favorite sibling of this week. I was laughing aloud at her entire confession scene. Her awkwardness and turmoil? I felt that. I remember one of my own romantic confessions where I felt like I was throwing up my words and wanted to fade away on the spot, but now years later when I look back on the moment, I have a good laugh.

I think it's sweet her brother and their friend both showed up to help her out, even thought they didn't want to, and even though it ended up with her breaking her wrist. Confessions require bravery no matter how old the person is, and I give Ki-jung kudos for going for it.

Mi-jeong: I wanted to shake Mi-jeong and tell her to grow a spine when she was sobbing over being guilt-tripped by her ex and his new gf. All 3 siblings have their confidence and self-esteem in the gutter, thanks to the sh*tty parenting they received.

I'm looking forwards to her gaining more confidence as the episodes go by. Mi-jeong has enough smarts (she has a good eye for color and design, as shown with the credit card project), but she lacks belief and confidence in herself. It doesn't help that she has an arrogant and incompetent manager who craps all over her work.

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Introverts know its not about nurture, its about nature. She's like that because she was always like that, its how she's hard-wired. She inherited the DNA from her dad.

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Introversion =/= lack of confidence. The former is nature and the latter is nurture.

People conflate introversion with being shy, socially awkward, socially anxious, but those aren't the same things.

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I come to time that I think the sign of people being an adult is when they stop blaming their parents for what they are right now. The time a person has the liberty to make his/her choices that is time when she/he is on her/his own accountability. That is why I think Mi-jeong is still immature, because she is still in a way blame her parents, and think her mom not love her enough. She still can grow.🤷‍♀️
Parents are like the other person, you and me, can't be perfect, have no fault, and love all their childeren all in the same amount . It is the nature of love, it can't be divided all the same for everyone. Everyone has favorite, parents too. And it is okay. But there is love at the 1st place is what matter.

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Except the siblings don't have liberty to make their own choices as of now. They live at home with their parents, give their paycheck to their parents, and still ask their parents for money and approval for things they want to do.

The children don't have the boundaries and distance necessary to process things on their own and begin the journey of reconciliation and forgiveness. They're still enmeshed with their parents.

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They can move out if they want to, it is not like their parents handcuffs them to stay in their house. I bet it is for economic reason they choose to stay at their parents' house since we know the house rent in Seoul is high. Dramas that portray our dirt poor heroine/hero gets to stay in her/his rooftop studio with panoramic city view is a lie K drama producers want us to believe 😂

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I agree that moving out isn't for them financially. And it's reveald early on that Chang-hee was in debt that his parents payed off for him that in turn he's paying back monthly. They're free to go, but unfortunately the city life isn't affordable for everyone. The parents aren't affectionate, but they're not to blame entirely.

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@pohonphee "I come to time that I think the sign of people being an adult is when they stop blaming their parents for what they are right now." Kudos to this!
I want to add not only parents but stop blaming others in general.

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Arghhhhh Ki-jeong ! I wanted to dig a hole and hide from all the second hand embarrassment! I really can't root for her and Tae-hoon at the moment because she still doesn't seem to have fully reflected on her previous comments about single dads and it really looks like she's forgetting Tae-hoon has a daughter. She really needs to get a grasp on her emotions

Mi-jeong was equally frustrating with the way she handled the debt thing. I was almost screaming at my screen when she broke down over the phone while talking to that jerk. Ugh ! I don't even believe that he's unable to pay her and is suicidal as his girlfriend way saying. It could all be staged.
I'm pissed thinking of how entitled he was when he has put her in so much trouble.

That little smile Mr Gu has when he's talking with Mi-jeong has to be the cutest (Son Seok-gu's négligé appearance shouldn't look this hot). I have the widest of smiles when I watch those 2 casually confessing their feelings 🤭. Gu's past acquaintances already look like bad news 🥴. Was he a hit man?

I love how pretty self-aware Chang-hee is about things that go on around him but what I don't know is how he's resisting the urge to throw A Reum out of the window tbh. It was sad he didn't get the promotion. I hope he gets some good news soon

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Agree about Gu's smile... I also am getting bad vibes about his past. Keeping fingers crossed

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Two things stuck out for me this week.

First, that despite Gu saying before that he thought it was cool that Mi-jung told him she wouldn't ask him about his past, he clearly wants her to know him. He openly divulged a lot of non-specific but still revealing things to her this week. It also strikes me that these two haven't even held hands, but they have more chemistry just sitting together than any other drama couple I've seen in a long time.

And Ki-jung--she kills me! Her behavior is so cringey, and yet so endearing. She reminds me a little of myself as a teenager or friends in their 20s who would get infatuated with a guy and the feelings would be so all consuming I/they could only think about how I could demonstrate my devotion through the perfect words or actions. But of course, Ki-jung is 40, not 17, so I can see how most men would just find her to be too much. Girl doesn't know how to play it cool, lol.

And I agree that she's not really thinking at all about what Tae-hoon needs or wants, which isn't for her to beat up some adults who tormented him when he was a child. To that end, although she is a person who deserves to be loved, the intensity of her emotions and her desire to be in a relationship right this second makes her selfish. I feel bad for her, but it's hard to root for this relationship right now.

One thing I'd like the show to do a bit more of is explore the parents. I know it's not fair to blame/celebrate parents for the personalities, problems, and accomplishments of their children, but all three of the siblings are emotionally stunted. Why is that exactly?

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One thing I'd like the show to do a bit more of is explore the parents. I know it's not fair to blame/celebrate parents for the personalities, problems, and accomplishments of their children, but all three of the siblings are emotionally stunted. Why is that exactly?

The parents are emotionally negligent and the entire household tiptoes on eggshells around the dad, who just sits there reeking of disapproval and discontent all the time. Children pick up on the familial atmosphere and develop accordingly. Look at how Chang-hee and Mi-jeong are so nervous around him even now.

It also doesn't help that the siblings are all grown adults and still living together under the same roof.

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I detest those parents. It's exactly like @songxrising said, they are all afraid of the father. They pretend the mother is better but she isn't, she is rude and pretends they are still children while complaining they are immature. I keep wondering why the women or all 3 didn't think of sharing an apartment in Seul.
I don't like Gi-Jung very much, she is the least self aware, she not only acts like a teenager but thinks and feels like one. She falls in love with a pretty face and an ideal and doesn't care about the real person. If Lee El wasn't so charismatic she would be quite boring.

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Oh yes the parents. Her father was clearly very disturbed that MJ might be moving away. He stayed up the whole night just to ask why her name wasn't there. Also his clear palpable relief when he saw her name back was so interesting. The actor is doing a great job conveying emotions but saying very little.

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We can't clearly state that the dad was disturbed because MJ might be moving out. I think he was concerned because he simply didn't know what was going on.

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Even though it's frustrating to watch MJ being a pushover but it must be even more frustrating for MJ to be so painfully aware of her own weaknesses and unable to be any different. The only time MJ doesn't hold back is when she's with Mr Gu.

Mr Gu was able to escape whatever was bothering him only by drowning himself in alcohol before he became acquainted with MJ. He drinks to quiet his mind and conversations with MJ has the same effect. In that sense I don't find Mr Gu's soberiety hard to believe because he's found something else that can calm his thoughts.

I like that the portrayal of relationship between the siblings is very true to life. Siblings can be annoying and frustrating as hell and most of the times you don't like them but when something happen or they get hurt you can't help but care. I can't say I agree with KJ's choices but I really do feel bad for her failed confession because even though to me her antics are ridiculous but she's completely genuine in her actions and feelings. I felt so sorry for her, she really thought TH might have anticipated it. With another actress KJ might not be as sympathetic but Lee El plays her with such earnest, you can't help but feel for her.

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The extended scenes with Chang-hee in the previous episodes and in these two showed some of his best aspects as well as his shortcomings. He manages - sometimes with effort - to to do his work with persistence and patience, interact warmly with others, banter with his friends and sisters, and hold in his temper when he’s in Seoul. We keep calling him immature, but his “city” self shows plenty of maturity and self-awareness. (Until he joins the amnesia-inflicting-motorbike plot - that was definitely Sanpo CH making a special trip to Seoul.) Then he gets home and his self-control melts in the heat. The conversations with his father start out with him clearly trying to exert patience and persuasiveness just as he does at work, but he spins out of orbit right away in the face of his father’s hostile inertia. There’s some father-son history and dynamic that immediately wrecks any attempt at communication, and I can’t wait to find out more about it.

It’s too simplistic to say Chang-hee is a different person in the country than he is in the city - more that he's been too tired and frustrated to maintain the effort at home when he gets sucked back into the oppressive family culture. But it's been fun to see his essential good nature and outgoing personality shine through even with his family and friends at home.

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The way I laughed at Ki Jung being pushed. This show is actually HILARIOUS. I will say I love the moment of sisterly bonding when Mi Jung was crying for Ki Jung, that was really sweet. I continue to love love Gu and Mi Jung together. Their entire relationship is absurd, but by God it works. I love that he let her get mad at him and was then like, eat this ramyun I just made for you. Also Change He coming to the realization about why he didn't need a car was so funny. I just love this drama so much, the joy it brings is unmatched by any drama I am watching right now.

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I really like watching Mi Jeong with her colleagues. They seem like nice people. I wouldn't survive in their group I would be even more distant than Mi Jeong but I still would feel grateful for having them as coworkers. On the contrary, Chang Hee's colleague is driving me crazy. I feel bad for our guy.

Uri Mi Jeong-i is strong as hell, she just doesn't know it. Everyone's scare of her and she doesn't notice it. I know dude Gu will help her with that.

Ki Jeong... She made me sad and joyful at the same time. It was the weirdest sensation ever. Our girl never stops surprising me. I just want her to be happy.

Chang Hee and Du Hwan have such a lovely friendship.
I like all the friendships. They really seem to care for each other. Hyeon Ah and Ki Jeong's conversation was really sweet.

The club scene with the supervisor made me so mad. Not even kids are treated like that. For real.

PS. This club has the best rules ever.

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My Liberation Notes has some very good pickup lines. I swoon each time it drops.

Are we supposed to feel pity for Ki-jung because all it evoked for me was a very good dosage of laughter, at least 5 minutes full. After this, I'm not shipping her with Tae-hoon again. He was innocent about obvious crushing and attention and he's not at fault for not being in sync at the moment. But after Ki-jung's heartfelt plea - thanking those who liked her in the time past - this wasn't the level of result I was expecting. I'm sad for Ki-jung, but amusement of the rejection after her redemption plea and the planned afterfall is just too much to overlook. Her work boss has to be a better candidate that'll make Tae-hoon try harder peradventure he thinks about pursuing Ki-jung's confession. I'm on his ship already, wherever it takes him.

It's a really good thing someone in Joy knows how good Ki-jung's work is. That something isn't your taste isn't implying it isn't good. He made the woman doubt herself. If only she had that higher-up as her boss.
About Gu and Mi-jung, I'm likewise enjoying this slowburn romance. They're both smitten with their worship. I can't stop waxing poetic in my head about this two.

Whatever is going to happen with Gu, I worry about the relationship he's built here. Just when it seems he's putting his root down here, the outside world gets wind of where he is. Not worried about his safety, he shown he can take solid care of himself, but the emotional uprooting.

Chang-hee is one of the worst siblings ever. He's always ready to tear Ki-jung apart strand by strand at every given opportunity. I'm waiting for when he pulls that with Mi-jung.

And to the Liberation Club, looks like the club coordinator might be another addition to the group.

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I said this last week, but what puzzles me reading the comments is why I seem to be the only one who isn't emotionally comforted by this show. In fact, truth be told, at times I find it really painful to watch--in a good way, of course, because it is very well done in every respect, so I share everyone's high opinion of the show.

Mi-Jeongs and Gu's relationship is great, but it obviously is being set up for maybe even a violent conclusion, so I regard each development with a certain amount of dread. And I have cringed but never roared with laughter at anything that has happened--Chang-Hee's failed jump, which would have, in reality have resulted in a great deal of pain, if not injury, was not funny at all to me, but rather poignant. The same goes for the pain of Ki-jung's fall, because of the truly childish nature of the plan.

(In fact, to be honest, I felt that Chang-Hee's jump was totally in character, but the absurdity of Ki-Jung's fall even given her childish, somewhat self-absorbed behavior throughout the series was the first real misstep by the writer. If Ki-jung had just talked about pretending amnesia as desirable, then I would have thought this was again a great image. I have found life a series of embarrassments as well. But no adult, no matter how needy or fearful of painful embarrassment, chooses to be shoved over on a bike with no anticipation that at the very least you open up a bloody scrape. A broken arm just is not hilarious to me.

Of course, I've never found the typical kdrama slapstick humor-- grabbing and twisting of the ear, kicks to the shin, cuffs to the head etc. hilarious, so that's just my different sense of humor from most kdrama fans. I understand that.

But I sincerely believe I must be completely misinterpreting everything in this show, because I don't find it a warm comforting blanket, but instead disquieting in almost every way--although as I said in a very valuable, thought-provoking fashion.

Of course, everyone's experience is different, I know that well, so I'll not write anymore about my response on this show because I think I'm just too out of step with everyone else. Maybe I'll form my own club of one for this show.

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Mi-Jeongs and Gu's relationship is great, but it obviously is being set up for maybe even a violent conclusion, so I regard each development with a certain amount of dread.

I share your sentiment about this. The more I watch Gu's story unfold the more I fear for their budding romance. But despite that fear of the known and unknown, I still want to see it to the end. Their romance is sweet and I am just enjoying it as it is -in the moment. The drama doesn't fail to imprint that into our heads. So even though they split, they'll always look back on this, and recall a memoir written at the back of their hearts.

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Oh yes, I definitely want to see the relationship unfold, and I appreciate watching it as it is beautifully acted. And I know this is not some fluffy rom-com, so I'm not expecting anything but transitory happiness for anybody.
I have no trouble watching shows that are going to have semi-tragic conclusions.

I'm just kind of wondering where I'm going wrong in interpreting this show as semi-tragic, when everybody else is writing as if this is a feel good slice of life filled with laughter. I feel I must really be depressed, or something!

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It isn't filled with laughter at all. And as you said, its unfolding into a semi tragic place yet a feel good slice of life filled with little large dosages of laughter. The actual laughing moments are minute. Other causes of laughter are due to the character of the characters like Ki-jung for example this week. Most of my time is spent looking at the screen watching the character exchange and nodding in sync to the talks and scenes that make an impression and swooning the emotional connections. But when the shows plays it's humor, it plain humor I can't hold back the laughter.

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Yes, but I guess I see pain in the humor. But I really do think this reflects my personality more than a correct reaction to the show.
Thanks for your responses, though @jerrykuvira. I always appreciate reading your reaction to all the shows!

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One moment that did make me laugh out loud was the BBQ when the siblings and friends discussed the failed confession and how bad KJ was at pretending to fall down, with LMK rolling his eyes at Lee El and saying, “Hey, not everyone can act.” Oh, the meta!

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I'm not getting the tragic vibes though. I think they are going for hopeful. Their lives feel stale but they are trying to make changes, no romance is a safe bet, but a hopeful ending where all brothers are in a better emotional place is almost certain.

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Oh, you're not alone. I love this show, but not because I find it comforting. Engaging, dryly funny, thought-provoking, and sometimes just plain provoking, but seldom comforting, except occasionally at second hand when the Liberation Club members find comfort in their deliberate no-comfort approach.

Of course, I've never found the typical kdrama slapstick humor-- grabbing and twisting of the ear, kicks to the shin, cuffs to the head etc. hilarious, so that's just my different sense of humor from most kdrama fans. I understand that.

I'm 100% with you on this, too. I hate that crap; I've just decided to overlook it for the sake of all the elements I do like. I'm also missing whatever it is that allows other people to find sit-coms funny, so I'm used to just inserting mental brackets around those moments when everyone else laughs and moving on.

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Thanks, this makes me feel a little better. Shallow extrovert that I am, I usually agree with most of the commentators on Dramabeans, so I was feeling that I was being really obtuse in my reaction to the show.

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As someone who didn't like "Just Between Lovers" very much, I know it can be an odd feeling when your reaction to a show seems out of sync with everyone else's. But even though my emotional reactions to MLN show are more in line with those who find it comforting and enjoyable, I think your points are valid and fair (not that you're searching for validation--but just to say that I agree that this show can be painful to watch).

That said, your post got me thinking about why, exactly, I find watching this show to be entertaining and relaxing when I'm barely making it through "Our Blues," and had a constant feeling of dread even as I laughed and sighed over "25/21." I think it comes down to both the thematic set-up and the tone. In "Our Blues," I feel like the writing sets us up for pain and then revels in that pain, making the tone the kind of bittersweet the leans heavy on the bitter. Even if the resolution is ultimately happy or hopeful, since my brain and heart know from the beginning that it's really, really gonna hurt and there's no way around it, watching can be very stressful.

With "25/21," I saw someone point out that the show continually followed the same pattern of having a painful thing followed up by a hopeful thing, but then that hopeful thing would lead to another painful thing so we consistently ended each mini-arc (and later, the major arc of the leads) on a bitter note that was strong enough that it couldn't be fully erased by any positive or sweet thing that happened later. So again, while watching, I felt a sense of impending doom which it turns out foreshadowed my experience of the ending as depressing and unsatisfying.

But with "My Liberation Notes" we started the story with the characters at their most miserable points. Everyone is not just unhappy, but utterly destroyed by the mundane, repetitive, and empty nature of their lives. And because that's our starting point, I feel like the story has evolved to be about how these characters emerge from that dark place--even with some stumbles along the way--and not to show them falling even deeper into despair.

Now it may be the case that none of the characters find a traditional happy ending, and certainly Gu's violent past will catch up with him before the 16 episodes are at. But I don't feel that we're building to some horrible, scorched earth ending at all. That doesn't seem to be the story the writers are telling or the themes (of growth, self-acceptance, and, dare I say, liberation) that they're cultivating.

As far as the humor, I didn't laugh over Chang-Hee's jump because I agree that it was absurd and childish, not to mention predictable, all of which made it unfunny. But when he did that little leg kick Tik Tok dance thinking about Gu's jump . . . now *that* silliness made me laugh because it was so perfectly human.

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This is very thoughtful, thanks. I am in exactly the same place with you when it comes to Our Blues and 25/21. I think both are too manipulative of the audience. I do appreciate that neither show was/is overly sentimental, but by the same token, the shows for a variety of reasons did not engage me emotionally, and then (back to the dreaded ending question) I wonder what the shows are trying to say. I think 25/21 's message was that individuals are always buffeted by large scale events, institutions are indifferent to ordinary people, and youthful happiness is always transitory, so be sure to celebrate it in memory, but I can't be exactly sure, because of the indeterminancy of the ending. Our Blues message I think is a lot simpler: beneath a beautiful seaside community there are a lot of personal difficulties.

Anyway, My Liberation Notes is a lot more complex, not at all emotionally manipulative. But because the characters are more fully realized, and their failings and difficulties honestly presented, and yet they all seem to be pretty miserable, I'm having trouble laughing where maybe I should laugh.

I think other commentators here are watching the way they should, and not seeing the painfulness of the characters circumstances as the totality of their existence--like you, I'm pretty sure this will be the opposite of the shows message at the end. Meanwhile I'll be wallowing in the pain! (No, joking, I hope not.)

Anyway, here I'm running on after saying I shouldn't write anymore, but I needed to respond to your thoughtful comment.

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Before I read all the other wonderful Beanie relies to your post, I want to say that I thought about your post for several hours (making dinner, doing another load of laundry etc.). This show may be your Signal.
It has been on every list I ever consulted including Lee Freaking Tennant's best 10 of the decade.
I could never connect although I tried, with great dedication, three times. Perhaps it is time to just go with the flow. You don't like the genre or the writer or the lead/supporting actors - no worries. In a couple years you might try again and find this to be the best show ev's. Or not.

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You know, I'm sorry that my overly dramatic emotional response led you to this conclusion. I do like the writer and the lead supporting actors, very much! I have no doubt, that if it finishes successfully, it will be on my list as one of the top korean shows I've watched. Its just that after the last episode, I saw the rainbow and thought--either that's ironic, or maybe it will mean better times for the characters ahead, because that was another really difficult, though moving episode, where I was worrying about all the characters throughout. And then it seemed my emotional response was completely out of step with really smart people!

I felt compelled to post, because I really sincerely wondered why I was interpreting the show in such a different fashion. But I was reassured by the responses, all of which were very thoughtful, as usual. I think it was just a matter of emphasis, and probably because I am, indeed, Mr. Depresso.

As far as Signal, I'm really surprised that it has been ranked that highly. It was an interesting concept detective show, but I wouldn't even rank it my top ten, although it did launch my torrid affair with Kim Hye-soo, which has since cooled with the really poorly conceived social issue drama, Juvenile Justice. But, of course, love that burns white-hot never lasts.

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I totally see your point about it being disquieting rather than comforting. I think it depends on the type of person you are and/or your life experience.

For me, I wouldn’t call it a warm comforting blanket. But I did get somewhat comforted - but only when it hit close to home a couple of times, when I thought I was the only person (or the rare few) who felt like that. I was initially shocked when Mi Jeong said she wasn’t happy but she wasn’t unhappy either. She literally took those words out of my mouth/mind.

As for the humour, I love it - it’s more along the lines of black humour where you “find humour” in the bleakness/morbidity and in this case, the depression, pain, desperation and/or being hopelessly helpless. I laughed or was amused not so much due to its comedic face value but more at the absurdity of it.

Anyways thanks for sharing your thoughts - it’s always good to learn about different perspectives 😊

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Your comment helped me realize what this show reminds me of: Napoleon Dynamite! A movie that should not have been funny, but for some of us 🙋🏻‍♀️ it was freaking hilarious! It takes a “special” kind of person to find the humor in these shows. You make the call as to what I mean by “special”. 🙄

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Before I get called out, I don’t consider this show a comedy. But as many beanies have previously stated, there are MOMENTS of big laughs in this show in the absurdity of life. And isn’t that really a lot like real life? Or maybe that’s just my life.

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No not reading further just saying: Napoleon Dynamite got me in so much trouble when I showed it to my 6th graders. I sincerely loved that movie from the bottom of my heart.
But then, imagine going through it , scene by scene with a Mormon mom. Tina you lard.
Killer.

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No, same here. I'm really enjoying watching this drama - it's drawn me in so cleverly to these people's lives and I really want to know what kinds of change they will go through - but I'm often flinching at the things they say and do. Ki-jeong's plan had me squirming when she simply stated it as a possibility, and when she followed through, I could sense that if I knew her personally, I'd be tempted to make a decision to slightly distance myself from her. Not fair, not kind, but instinctive. Mi-jeong's desire to be worshipped has always sat slightly uncomfortable with me too - can anyone bear the weight of being the object of someone's worship? It feels like it's almost certain that the worshipped and the worshipper will fail to live up to expectations and recriminations will set in - once again, I'm flinching at the damage that might occur. (I understand that they defined "worship" slightly differently to how I would - and I appreciate that they made that clear - but it's a strong word...) So, I'm keen to keep watching and find out where we all end up, but comforted, no. In fact, perhaps "uncomfortably fascinated" is closer to it for me.

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I had to think about this a little bit. I'm not sure I find it comforting per se. I just think it is people being people. That is what I enjoy about the show, it is insanely well acted and they are just being people. People do stupid things like jump when they shouldn't and do childish things when they like someone. It is like when MJ said she could never live on the top floor of the apt building because she would jump just out of curiosity, not because she was suicidal. All their actions make sense to me because they are just people. I think the writer is doing an excellent job of showing that. The equivalent at least for me is people watching, where you sit down somewhere and make up stories about individuals. I think the writer is doing this to excellent effect. In both CH's case and KJ's case, what they did was stupid, dangerous, and absurd. That is what made me laugh, it was so ridiculous, but they did it with determination and straight faces.

I don't think your take is out of step at all, just different because as you so stated in your last paragraph "everyone's experience is different."

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"People do stupid things". We need to accept and honor this truth.

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I do all these "stupid" things with sincerity and determination. People question and think I am crazy and fool. I accept. Dont let the world beat you to be the 1st person who can laugh at your self. Everyone can be 2nd, but I'll be the 1st who can laugh at my self. I determine. LOL. What a life without a room for a little bit of craziness and stupidity? 😃

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YASSSSS!!!

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I'll join that club! I'm reading these comments about people laughing when a grown woman tried to fake assault and amnesia and I'm so confused. Gi-Jung is a nice character but most of the time she just makes me feel embarrassed because like I wrote above she is very immature and has little self awareness. The other brothers are lovely though, I feel they represent both parts of my personality in a big way. The drama itself is not warm at all. Every meal at that house is terrible! It's almost a thriller and I'm waiting so the brothers can get away from their rude parents and that house. Gu and Tae hoon are charming and Liberation club is awesome but what they really need is to move.

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Please don't stop writing about it!

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That rainbow was a terrific image to end this week. Sure, it's a symbol of hope, promise, and new beginnings - but it also evokes the thematic storm clouds gathering, especially around Gu. A hard rain's a-gonna fall in this drama pretty soon.

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I've been waiting all this time for scenes between Gu and Ki-jung (Son Seok-koo and Lee El) because they had previously played a dysfuntional married couple in 'Matrimonial Chaos'. That was a series that really went under the radar when it came out but it was an excellent drama. People who like this show should check it out (its on Viki and elsewhere).

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I've had that show on my watch list and radar forever. It would be interesting watching it after My liberation ends!

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I think the peak of these 2 eps is Ki-jeong's love confession. God it is the saddest but awful hilarious 😂. From Lee Ki-woo's clueless, loss-for-word expression, Chang-hee's grumble but still showing up against his rational, pure for sibling affection, and the final of Do-hwan calling Ki-jeong "noona" that brings everything to zero. 🤣 Sorry Ki-jeong but I still laugh just think about it.
How clever the director bulids up the mood from ep 7 then extended into ep 8. From Ki-jeong's crying in the night for her former admirers' love confession and thinking it is her fault that she is still in her single status right now (for every single woman, it will come a time, when no body will ask about her type in the assumption she is just too picky that the reason she is single and should accept every man comes her way) to changing the background musics and Ki-jeong's changing expression without uttering dialogs. That's just pure genius.

And how I love the growth of Chang-hee character like he says all the poignant, profound things but still acting nonchalant and nonthewiser. Then the moment of his self revelation and put everyone else to their sense. I know he is annoying but I love him.

I don't this drama has the best well thought dialogs, well written characters, every scenes has purpose and well directed. As K drama fan this is just giving me satisfaction. This is how a drama should be made.

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Despite the slow pace, this drama continues to capture me. I'm hanging onto every word. Especially the few phrases from Gu and Mi Jung. Thankfully, it hasn't been all depressing like I initially assumed. In fact, there's been funny quips, humorous lines, and silly scenarios.

Ki Jung, gosh... I felt bad for her. Cringed a little at the awkwardness between her and Tae Hoon after she confessed. The fainting attempt by scooter hit was wacky. It made me laugh though when Du Hwan gave it away with his "Noona!" shout as she was running away like they were strangers. I didn't want to see her get rejected, but I'm glad she let him know at least. Props to her.

I wonder if the drama is going to come around and show that he actually does have feelings for her, but was conflicted because of his daughter. However, my fickle heart has already moved on and I'm eyeing the ship of Ki Jung and her boss. Dang, I don't often think of boss & employee romances, but these two are cute together. They have a nice, easygoing relationship with good communication. Ki Jung acts like her genuine self around him. It seems like he is as well. I can imagine them gradually falling for each other. Or he's been falling for her all along.

Slightly worried about Gu's mysterious past catching up and causing a ruckus. I think he left a gang on his own. I don't know what I want to see happen next with Gu and Mi Jung's relationship... I'm not thinking super sugary happy ever after. I like their current banter and meaningful conversations. The slow burn is good right now.

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OMG, that scene after the motorcycle accident where Ki-jung is running away and Du-hwan yells “noona!” 😆😆😆 Tae-hoon just looks at Chang-hee and I could not stop laughing.

About Gu and Mi-jung: she says that just thinking about him helps her get through the work she doesn’t want to do. Then he actually shows up at the cafe. How did she get ANY work done after that?? That’s not helpful, he is far too distracting!

Jokes aside, I love these two. I also love Chang-hee and Hyun-ah. Unfortunately, I had the same feelings as quirkycase about Ki-jung and I can’t really root for her yet. Looking forward to whatever mess and growth is on the way in the second half.

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I didn't realize the series director was Kim Seok-yoon, the director on 'Dazzling/The Light In Your Eyes', the most gut-wrenching, profound series I've seen since I began watching dramas. A lot of people had dropped that series early, before the 'Big Reveal' that turned the entire story on its head and won it the best drama of the year award.

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Ki-jung is the obsessive type when it comes to love that I want to warn Tae-hoon to run. She barely knows him and is already uncontrollably crying over him in front of her friend and the bus driver. Like she said in her confession, he should have expected it from her texts and the Nirvana album, but he never gave the impression that he liked her back. He always talked to her respectfully as a sister's friend or colleague's sister or bar patron. Chang-hee is a good brother to still go even after leaving the chatroom twice. After Mi-jung teared up since she's an empath, I thought Du-hwan was crying when he lied down, but he was dissolving into laughter.

I don't feel sorry for Mi-jung because I would never lend money, and sure as hell not the bank's money. She's so demanding to Gu who is a saint. Since the beginning, I found worship to be a bit slavery, and I hate how it's framed as her being selfless to save him. How nice is it to have a thug as a boyfriend who can take care of her ex? When Su-jin told Mi-jung to tell her boyfriend about her boss, I thought Gu would beat him up too. I swooned at the fact that he knew she worked in the café.

The rainbow was bittersweet when Chang-hee received the rejection message, but no one knew. And Du-hwan, there is a day for people to confess their love -- it's called Valentine's Day.

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It's been days since I watched these episodes and Ki-jung's juvenile antics still have me laughing. And then that her brother and friend, Du-hwan, went along with the plan and actually showed up. Heh!

Mr. Gu, you're making me anxious.

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Hello all :)

My take on this relationship:
1. I think, Gu doesn't seem to be alcohol addicts, if you know what I mean, even if he drinks and drinks a lot. Real alcoholics drink until they can't even drink more, cause problems, etc. Real alcoholics are more or less losers. I can attest to it, because men (my friend for example) sometimes can go into drinking for days, without actually being true alcoholics. It may be because of a stress, work-related problems or personal problems. Real alcoholics are those, who are lying on streets drunk, but probably not those, who work all day on factory and then work on fields by weekends. Of course, definitions may vary. Either way, I don't think that Gu being an alcoholic is a kinda important factor here for story development. We just see a man drinking and that's all. Could be fishing all night or smoking all night, important thing is he is doing something to kill time. And to think about something.

Gu, I think, drinks only to waste time and maybe just to create an image of himself, understandable to locals: a drunkard, weak, silent and mostly invisible person, etc. Actually he is not silent, not invisible and not weak. We see flashes of real him when he jumps as a well trained athlete, he gets owed money repaid back for family *probably one of his usual business practices (together with Ssaebi), he is missed by his gang (or family) in a sort of power struggle, which means he is quite powerful in its own way. He is not afraid of knive attacks. He is not a real drunkard, so he is not addicted really. Yes, he drunk a lot. It may be he has some health problems, though that not really implied.

Gu’s relation to Mi.
He does, however, feel real attraction to Mi. It was probably even before the "worship" offer, that he felt that kind of attraction. It is, of course, purely physical, from beginning, since Mi is so stunning. If you spent a summer in house, where such stunning girl lives, there is no way for a healthy (or athletic), attractive man on its own like Gu, not to notice the dreamy and unhappy stunning beauty, Mi. If such girl passes near your house every day, anyone would be intrigued; if you eat with her and she even comes to your house to bring or take dishes, that attraction is even stronger. I think that's what Gu said when he mentioned she scares him. It is not platonic at all like in MM.

So I think he was ready for the worship of Mi, whatever that meant, even before the actual offer. Here the setup is quite different from MM so the dynamics of relationship differ as well. Mi's offer, however, liberated him from the passive or covert attention to Mi, and allowed him to get close to her with both Mi's and her father's approval.

I wonder if he sees Mi like a mirror image of himself. Gu, a capable and strong person, is hiding in a countryside doing all kinds of mundane work and drink just to kill time, while Mi, a capable and strong person on her own, is doing all kinds of...

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while Mi, a capable and strong person on her own, is doing all kinds of mundane work and hides in her imagination to protect herself from abusive boyfriends, abusive superiors, shitty colleagues. Mi doesn’t want to break away from the imagined world, because it offers her protection and some sort of happiness. She asks Gu not to try to change her, just let her be as she wants.

Gu, on the other hand, also so far is satisfied with his own shell; he is however, open to Mi, how says that from all men she knew, only Gu doesn’t have that shell and so feels more close or understandable.

I have no doubts that Mi also sees and understands Gu’s motives and existence very well. She understands he is hiding in his own worlds of two bottles per nights. From something, she doesn’t know (or doesn’t want to know), but which equally bothering him as much as the superiors and ex bother or torture Mi’s soul. And so she finds someone who is equally in a hidden pain.

That’s why she can talk to him straight, not hide herself and she mentions she talks to him without trying to pretend because she knows he likes her. I think she made that worship offer to Gu, because she knew he liked her. Women are very sensitive to those things and Mi is not an exemption. Something in Gu’s eyes, look or attitude probably showed her that Gu will accept the “worship” offer and not even hesitate (which what happened). To be honest, if you are free from any promises, have nothing to do and a stunning beauty offers you to like her, I mean why not? It is not like Gu is terribly busy anyway.

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Gu learned about the reasons of Mi’s sadness from the moment he received and hid bank letter. Now the game is was completely open and understandable for Gu, who probably worked in the loan shark field for some time (reference to My Mister). There shark loan boy also loved the main female lead in somewhat twisted way, but, nevertheless, loved her. And the main lead (IU) also knew that she is loved, even when he beat her up. As Gu fully understood Mi’s situation, he is offering her what he can do, and he can do that well - that’s to force paying back money. As Mi understoods fully what he offers and what he will do to his ex, she is scared and doesn’t want that - which is reason for Gu’s jealousy and he is right. Mi is not over her ex, but she is liberated when she pays her or his debt. She is free and decides to be with Gu (the evening date on dog field). Debt is no longer also between Gu and Mi, so they both enjoy the evening. I find that scene extremely romantic, lol. It is usual kdrama’s equivalent of fireworks over an amusement park.

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2. Mi's father

He is a rather mystic and a very fundamental figure. Everything in the family, including Gu's arrival, is happens there only with his approval. Mi is father's favorite child, one he always saw as most capable or devoted to family work (when other siblings were playing, Mi was working at a factory). He is worrying for Mi and I bet he knows about her past boyfriends, all of whom were bad guys (in Mi's words). He also probably knows that Mi is suffering and sees Gu as a strong and capable man, who is able to protect Mi. So he is approving their relationship. Maybe Gu came to his house not by accident either and had contacted him earlier.

3. The main lead, Mi Yeong.
The drama is about Mi and her liberation. Until Episode 5-6, she was liberated only using her imagination. I find nothing special and troubling in that; even I do it myself, but we all know it is only imagination so we quickly return to real world; or we never lose the connection with real world. Those imagined scenes are equivalent to two bottles, Gu drinks every night. We don’t know if Gu also imagines someone sweet and loving, when he looks at starry night. Mi’s offer helps Gu to get away from those bottles and also helps Mi to get away from imagined scenes, because Gu becomes the one, who comes from her dreams (a parallel with WW Two worlds). There is no more need for imagined scenes, because Gu comes to cafe and her dream fades into reality, which is no longer mundane or boring or painful.

Mi paid her debt, got her man, her work and design are accepted as excellent, she founds the Liberation Club, she frees herself from abusive ex (or cuts the last connection - debt), she returns to family (literally by changing address), her siblings and father all accept her new relationship with Gu, who is now worshipped by her own family :) as a jumper, as a capable master or a man, who helps the family financially (by not accepting field work salary, bringing back debts). Gu is a saviour, because he also helps Mi’s brother to try to jump.

Mi sees that all and she is thankful to Gu. Even his unaccepted offer to beat crap out of ex for debt money, while rejected, is something Mi appreciates. No one cared for her before and all used her, but the stranger is ready to help her, and for nothing in return. She is not forced to pay to Gu in any way and that what also makes her happy. She is free to decide what to do, when to end the relationship, Mi is now ruling her own life. It took about 8 episodes for Mi to begin her liberation. The end results of her liberation will be clear by last episode. Whether Gu will still be around by that time, we don’t know. If anything, I think Mi, fully liberated and free, will finally meet Gu, also liberated and free from whatever tortured him and made him hide in countryside. At least, I hope for that.

By laws of the genre, we are now ready for the incoming crisis. Whatever it is, Gu is found and probably tracked down. My take...

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My take is that maybe it is Mi’s turn to liberate Gu or help him. I hope that this story will not end in bloodbath; however, I would like to say that this story is as exceptional as My Mister and is truly a masterpiece.

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Loving the black humor, the banter and the quite moments of the siblings and Gu.

But I'm confused about one thing. Was Gu really at the café where Ki-jung was working? In voice-over she was talking about imagining the person she loves was sitting next her and feeling supported bij his present. But was Gu really there?

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Yeah, they walked home together after.

When she was at the office, she started to smile, I guess she wrote him she will work at the café and he came.

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I know that Mi-jung's way of dealing with her problems is not the healthiest way out there. Putting the responsibility to find her self-love ability almost entirely in Gu's hands is a recipe for disaster, especially considering that Gu isn't the most problem-free person out there either. But even when she does something I disagree with, Mi-jung has a way that makes the sincerity behind her action and words, however unreasonable it seems, come through. (Though, I think, it most probably because we resemble each other a lot.)

Watching this, I realized that her desperation for love doesn't come because she never felt loved before. It's more about her fears that her mistakes and growing pain moments are going to make those people who love her turn their back on her (which I guess is not unreasonable given her messy past romance story and the "clumsy" way her parents show their love towards their children).

And so, when she decided to fight Gu about his lacking response, it's not about finding out whether there's someone who loves her fully without any reservation. It's about her finally shoring up enough courage to find out the aftermath of conquering that fear. It's about her learning that it is okay to be vulnerable with people she loves and who love her back. That it is okay to appear less than perfect in front of them. And I couldn't help but love her for that.

Mi-jung is so self-sufficient and never utter any complaint around her family and friends. It probably didn't occur to those people that someone like Mi-jung need to learn to unload herself and ask for help. I'm just unbearably glad that when she does ask for that help to Gu, however unconventional and sudden it was, he has the right answer to that. It might not be what people deemed to be within "normalcy range", but it was the perfect response for Mi-jung and that's all that matters.

I think this scene is probably why I super adore the way Gu showing his vulnerable self back towards Mi-jung in eps 8. I love the way he can't quite look Mijung in the eye when she is being all straightforward and transparent about her feelings for him. It's unbearably adorable on our usually tough, mysterious guy.

As for the other sibling, I continued to feel deep connection with Chang-hee at the most unexpected moment. Seriously, he always makes the most sense when he is being absolutely absurd. That rationalization about how you feel at peace when you met "the one" in your life is actually pretty interesting. Once upon a time, it's probably true that people tried to find excitement or "heart pounding moment" in their relationship, as a counterpoint to a mostly calm and slow-paced life. But these days? When everything is so hectic and heightened-emotion inducing, a relationship that inspired peace and comfort and calmness seemed like the answer to the challenge of modern life. I just wonder though, how long would it be before Chang-hee realized that he displayed a...

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... that he displayed a lot of similar feelings whenever he is around Hyeona. I guess he can be very blind despite him openly admiring her on several occassion.

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Fun fact: The final scene of Gu and Mi-jung is in the same place as in Mi-jung's childhood photo that Gu saw while eating lunch with Mi-jung's mom.

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