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Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Episodes 5-6

Everyone’s still just hanging on by a thread with secrets piling up until the neighborhood is sure to explode. Our chef shakes the residents up, hoping for a clue as to who might’ve been involved in his sister’s disappearance. Meanwhile, our hapless heroine is determined to rein in her fear and her growing crush, both of which prove more difficult to wrangle than she’d like.

 
EPISODES 5-6 WEECAP

We pick back up where we left off with Da-hyun being attacked by the stalker… except it’s a dream. (I hate when dramas do those shock-value fake-outs.) Da-hyun’s PTSD nightmares worsen after the realization that the stalker is likely alive, but she’s determined not to let him win. She even studies self-defense techniques to try to combat her fear.

Da-hyun also attempts to create distance (literally and figuratively) between her and Gye-hoon, but that lasts a few days, tops. Even when she’s freezing him out, she can’t help her heart fluttering every time the light hits him just right or he does something nice for her.

Gye-hoon isn’t doing anything to help either with all his mixed signals. He also tries to distance himself and says he has no intention of being friends – he has a mission to complete, after all – but then he comes running whenever Da-hyun feels a twinge of fear or sadness. The hot-and-cold routine just leads to a whole lot of confusion for everyone.

Speaking of his mission, Gye-hoon makes a bold step in his plan to solve his sister’s disappearance and tells the neighborhood ajummas his full name. It doesn’t take long for one of the ajummas to remember, and then the gossip that Gye-young’s brother has returned to take revenge spreads like wildfire.

And everyone acts shady as hell. Honestly, they all seem to know something about what happened, even Bok-hee and halmeoni. Strangely, Da-hyun can’t remember the event itself, although she does recall Gye-young being the only kid in the neighborhood who befriended her.

We learn a bit more about Gye-young’s case and the main suspect in her disappearance. His name is HAN EUI-CHAN, and he was her piano teacher. Although it seems unlikely he killed her, he does appear to know something about what happened that day. He keeps hovering around Gye-hoon who finally gets him to talk. Eui-chan apologizes to Gye-hoon, saying he was supposed to give Gye-young a ride that day. But he won’t say more about what happened.

Learning about the trauma Gye-hoon has been through certainly doesn’t help Da-hyun rid herself of her crush. It does help her realize that he thought she might be Gye-young, hence his concern toward her and insistence she not like him. She wants to comfort him, but isn’t sure how, especially since he never acknowledges his own pain.

Da-hyun gets a taste of what his family life has been like when his mother calls him, insisting she saw Gye-young. She watches as Gye-hoon searches for his mother frantically and gently tries to take her home when he finds her. Da-hyun is horrified to see his mother hit and scream at him that everything is his fault. Oof, it’s hard watching Gye-hoon just stand there and take it without a word, like it’s his role to be his mother’s punching bag.

He later insists he’s fine, making it sadder by saying he’s used to it. Da-hyun can’t hold back her tears for him, and her feelings finally give him permission to cry. Of course, he then insists he totally wasn’t crying and even resorts to telling Da-hyun about the link to prove those were her tears, not his. Naturally, she doesn’t believe him and thinks it’s a joke out of embarrassment.

Meanwhile, Won-tak’s threats to the abuser work to keep him silent, although Min-jo immediately suspects Won-tak. She’s seen his vicious side when they dated and he beat down another guy who disrespected her. Won-tak lies that he didn’t do it this time, but she doesn’t seem to believe him.

And then there’s Eun-jung who is still on her mission to find her little brother. She feels a kinship to Gye-hoon after learning what happened to his little sister and tells Jin-hoon and Da-hyun that if someone hurt her sibling, she’d maul them to death.

This woman is kind of terrifying and getting more and more desperate. She ends up following Da-hyun one night, leading to an altercation with Bok-hee and halmeoni. Thanks to Da-hyun’s ex-coworker stopping by Bok-hee’s restaurant and recognizing Eun-jung, Bok-hee and halmoeni now know she’s the stalker’s sister. Even Eun-jung looks a little scared of halmeoni.

But Da-hyun is as careless as ever and talks openly with Gye-hoon at his restaurant about the stalker – words like “kill” and “fridge” are thrown around. In fact, both Eun-jung and Jin-hoon are eavesdropping around the corner and hear Da-hyun say she won’t tremble in fear until Lee Jin-geun (the stalker) shows back up.

And show back up he does. He starts sending Da-hyun all these creepy Instagram messages about how he’s “sorting out his feelings” but has ultimately decided to forgive her. Then, to top it all off, he says he’s been watching from nearby and is going to “visit” her family and new friends.

Shortly after reading that terrifying message, Da-hyun can’t find her mom and halmeoni. She panics, which sends Gye-hoon running to her. When they find her family, Da-hyun finally shares that the stalker is still alive and might be coming after them. Bok-hee and halmeoni are mostly just relieved that Da-hyun no longer has to worry about being caught as a murderer.

In another careless move, Da-hyun remembers that she still has the stalker’s phone and turns it on. Not only that, but she ANSWERS IT when it rings. He may not be dead, but he’s still missing, so you’d think she’d try for a bit of caution. Anyway, Da-hyun hears Eun-jung’s voice on the other end.

Eun-jung is tired of pretending, so once Da-hyun confirms she knows who she is, they have a frank conversation. Eun-jung begs Da-hyun to tell her where her little brother is, but Da-hyun replies honestly that she doesn’t know. She tells Eun-jung that they’ll have a real talk once Jin-geun returns.

While they’re having an intense chat, the stalker decides to stop by Gye-hoon’s. He’s his usual creepy self, talking about his “girlfriend” who lives nearby. Gye-hoon knows something is off, but it doesn’t hit him that this man is the stalker until after he leaves.

Once Gye-hoon realizes who he is, he calls Da-hyun in a panic to warn her, but he’s too late. Gye-hoon runs to find her as Jin-geun approaches Da-hyun in a dark alley. The stalker pulls something out of his pocket. The episode ends with Da-hyun standing rooted in place by fear as her mind tells her to run.

Okay, so now the stalker is really back. I have no idea what his relationship with his sister is like, but here’s hoping she can control him. That’s assuming she has a problem with his behavior – it’s hard to tell how far her insanely intense protectiveness goes. I’d hope she’d draw the line at stalking and attempted murder, but I’m not sure.

Then we’ve got the whole neighborhood acting guilty and shifty about Gye-young. What in the world happened? It’s like everyone is in on the disappearance, or at least has something to hide from that day. The shaman at the time proclaimed that there was more than one person involved, and I wouldn’t be surprised if half the neighborhood had a hand in it at this point. The question is why.

 
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This series gets better from week to week. By now, all the residents of the neighbourhood are suspects. I wouldn't be surprised if they are all have some skeletons in their cupboard.

I love it when Da-hyun's mother and grandmother are so conspicuously inconspicuous. And then to put on that totally implausible smile - delightfully terrifying!

My theory is that Da-hyun was locked up somewhere with Gye-hoon's sister (her memory lapses are too ominous) and that's where the connection to Gye-hoon came from.

Let's see if another dead body suddenly turns up in the discarded fridge. Nothing would surprise me any more.

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Too bad the ratings aren't as good as the series. I hope it at least hits 6%

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For sure, something happened to Da-hyun as a kid, and the show wants us to think it was because she was caught up in Gye-young's disappearance. But it also could have something to do with Mom's and Grandma's possibly having killed someone in the past -- like, possibly Da-hyun had an abusive dad and they got rid of him. I don't think there can be a rational explanation of the link phenomenon, and how it started suddenly connecting Da-hyun to Gye-hoon so many years later.

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Da-hyun's abusive(?) dad might have killed Gye-young, held the two of them together, etc, etc. That's the most economical (in terms of character count) solution I can think of, and it would pretty well explain almost everything. Neighbors might be sketchy because they knew Dad was a baddie but didn't intervene, and so on.

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That's probably it! But please don't make us go down the "my parent was nasty to your family so we can't be together" cliche.

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I thought when they said to the Police that Grandma killed her husband, it was true. So if Da-Hyun's father was abusive too and they killed, it's a bit much.

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The last scene was really chilling and Moon Ga Young's performance of a victim once again put face to face with the abuser was terrific. The viewer can sense the fear pulsing from her body and filling the whole frame.

Also, the drama is so good at hitting you with the mood it intends with a particular scene without giving you a whiplash. For instance, Gye Hoon and his friend return from the market after a tense encounter with the policeman, but quickly the mood changes to comedy with the grandma asking the mom to smile when they saw Gye Hoon.

I had always liked the old lady playing the granma in others shows, but here she totally rocks! Especially, when she was sweetly threatening to bury the stalker's sis when the later fought with the mom🤣🤣🤣🤣

As for as the OTP, I have nothing more to say except Yeo Jin Goo and MGY are killing it with their chemistry ❤ The whole scene of them just sitting and staring at each other spoke volumes of their character's feelings.

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Da-Hyun surely knows about the past being involded but for some reason, she has some amnesia. The Grandma and the mother have informations too. I hope they won't too late to share them.

Gye-Hoon crying was so sad to see, I'm happy he found a place to express his feelings with Da-Hyun. Every adult who said it happened because of him deserved a kick in the butt!

This drama mixes really well the humor and the mystery.

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I totally agree that every adult putting blame on Gye Hoon should be kicked.

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When Da Hyun's mother and grandmother looked so relieved when they realized the stalker was alive, I laughed so hard. They are my favorite characters. So much hot mess between the two of them, plus the running gag of them wandering the streets at night with possibly violent tools. I love it.

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I love this show I have nothing more to say, hopefully it stays good until the end.

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Hello Beanies!
I hope that you all are having a wonderful day. I am truly enjoying the drama and the mystery that surrounds the entire town. The final scene was truly terrifying and the main actress is doing a terrific job. I cannot imagine what it must be like to be the target of another's person's obsession.
One thing that has been nagging at me is why the hospital never notified Lee Eun-Jung that her brother had been admitted? Especially considering the state that he was in when he arrived. Also, are we to assume that Lee Eun-Jung is aware of her brother's obsessive/stalker tendencies?

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I think it's because he doesn't have his phone with him, he can lie that he doesn't have any family. What shocked me more is how come he got a laptop to log in to his account and message Dahyun
Considering that Lee Eunjung's first words when she saw Dahyun was "Where did she hide him?" instead of "Where is he?", i think she knows about her brother's condition

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That is a good point about the laptop.

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It's possible that he's not her brother. When she looks at their family picture we don't get to see it, so there is something sus there. Also I've seen other people point out that her number is not saved on his phone, which doesn't add up if she's really his sister. I think she wants to find him for other reasons and is just using the brother/dongsaeng card as an excuse to investigate.

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My current theory is that her little brother really is missing and she has managed to link the stalker guy to his disappearance - When she says "Where did she hide him?" She's presuming that Da-Hyun is protecting her boyfriend and helping him lay low after hurting her brother.

I reckon her little brother is linked to that woman who was murdered in her apartment, the one that stalker had previously indicated was his place to Da-Hyun when they were walking home 'together' from work.

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This theory made me think that she is Gye Hoon's sister. She lost her brother so latches on to anyone she considers brother like. They could have both grown up in an orphanage.

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That is why the link is back up again.

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I do think she has a missing sibling since she's so emotional, just that it's not the stalker. They might be misleading us as the word dongsaeng is gender neutral so it could be a missing sister - perhaps another victim of the stalker and that's why she's after him. I wonder how the lady in the apartment fits in with everything? There's almost too many mysteries going on here...I hope the writer can pull it off.

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I’d never even considered this! I bet you’re right…

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@teatimeandcrime I was hoping that the show would go back to the woman who was found murdered in her apartment. Especially because the stalker had told Da-hyun that he lived there.

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I originally thought Eunjung had the proverbial Kdrama crush on stalker guy, was jealous of our heroine, and was pretending to be the sister. Now I am starting to wonder if she is a stalker of the stalker guy, and pretending to be the sister.

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@ayrulent That would be an interesting twist.

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-Gye-hoon and Da-hyun are marvelous together. Love them. And it's very telling how open Gye-hoon is with her when he is normally so closed off to everyone except his friend.
-How sweet for grandma and mom to be happy that the stalker is alive for Da-hyun's sake. They were just happy that she didn't have to carry the guilt of being a murderer. That was the first time I liked mom. Oh and them confronting the sister was total bada**!!
-One theory I had was that Dr. Eun hurt his own daughter and the piano teacher knew but didn't say anything because Dr. Eun threatened his son.
-I'm actually glad stalker is back so we can wrap up his storyline and get rid of him and his creepy sister (as long as everyone survives their encounter with the siblings). I'd much rather spend time finding out the truth behind Gye-young's disappearance. Both siblings are insane. Didn't his sister notice that all the photos he took of Da-hyun were from far away. There were no couple shots. What couple doesn't take pictures together? Obviously Da-hyun didn't know she was being photographed.
-I liked that the one officer who tried to hug Gye-hoon was happy to see him; and then he ruined it by blaming the family like everyone else. Again, disgusting. And he is so dead set on the piano teacher being guilty that it's possible he missed other clues and other suspects. Having blinders on and tunnel vision can make it easy to miss the truth.
-It's pretty obvious the young cop is the piano teacher's son since he is always coming to his defense.
-That construction worker and his wife are very suspicious. I wouldn't be surprised if he did it and his wife knew. Then what the shaman said would make sense about there being more than one culprit. One who did it and another who knew about it.
-But at this point I'm not ruling out any suspects because the entire town seems to be hiding secrets. Including Officer Ahn who is always eating at Da-hyun's family's restaurant. I find him very suspicious.

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I’m really glad the sister thing is out of the bag and that DH actually went and talked to said sister (the psycho stalker’s sister as in) - I was anticipating the story to drag that out. The grandma - mother - daughter are *chefs kiss* - the comedic trio I didn't know I needed and it just gets better when GH is added into the mix!

What I'm really interested by (aside from the massive game of Cluedo that's been playing out with the townspeople) is when they explore whether any potential interest GH has in DH is partially, to whatever extent, just a reflection of her own crush on him/the result of him being so finely attuned to her all the time. They've already dropped a few lines touching on the question of whether he can separate his emotions from hers, and while I think it's relatively easy for him to now when dealing with emotions like fear and anxiety, I imagine maybe the emotion of 'affection' might not be as clear cut. There is a small space there to wonder whether any feelings he develops for her is partially because he's absorbing some the feelings of affection she's throwing out at hime and/or in general because he's constantly feeling her emotions and therefore naturally is thinking about her all the time more or less. For example also, taking the scene where he was crying because she was about his mum, I guess it's implied that he also used it as an opportunity to really cry for himself too - the lines between his and her emotions are kind of blurred there, if that makes sense? BUT that being said, you could make the argument that even though the lines could be blurred slightly, for him to use the link as an excuse to really cry did need that emotion to already exist within him already PLUS he's got no obligation to be running to her aid every time she feels something AND he's not looking for a way to actively get rid of their link so I do think there is genuine affection that he holds for her there that's real and his. I guess I'm just thinking out loud here about what their link means in terms of 'sincerity' of feelings for him but not to detract from the fact that they do make a really cute potential couple :D

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Why was I suddenly reminded of one of my favourite lines from Northanger Abbey lol: "and, in finding him irresistible, becoming so herself."

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Ahhh what a lovely line though, it's been ages since I read Northanger Abbey and I'm feeling the need to revisit it now!

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Isn't it such a great line? Always been mildly obsessed with it.
And I fully support said revisting: I love Northanger so much.

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Ah, I will have to read Northanger Abbey again...seems like the mood would go well with this drama...

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Northanger Abbey was my first Austen's book and I laughed so much. It will always be dear to me, because it was the first.
(Just how you guys remember all the quotes I wonder, an unattainable task for me.)

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@dorotka tbf I somehow only read it for the first time last year (I know, I know), which may help with my memory retention.
But also that line has just lived rent free in my brain ever since haha.

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This drama is so good. It really knows how to captivate my curiosity every week. Even when I think its gonna get boring, it brings back something new.

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I finally picked this drama and I'm enjoying it so much. It's always a good sign when I laugh out loud in public while watching a drama 😅.
YJG and MGY are splendid ; the 3 generations are the comic relief I didn't know I needed 😅😂😂

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It's getting tougher for me to believe that Eun-jung is really stalker guy's sister because i realized he never saved her number (why tf would da-hyun pick up omg that moron) and that was a major "?" for me because I feel that even if you're crazy you would still save your sister's number...unless you're not that close? 🤔
Idk about y'all but this drama has me suspecting everyone & serious trust issues. The whole town is super shifty right down to the police bro.
I agree with a comment I saw, its possible that Da-hyun might have gotten kidnapped along with Gye-young and it was just too traumatizing for a young girl hence the lapses in her memories.

All in all this show just keeps getting interesting and oozes potential. I really hope it doesn't take a downward spiral and disappoint me.

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Ah, good point about Eun Jung's phone number not being saved! Maybe she isn't his sister, but actually his stalker or ex.

I wonder if she ever contacted the police about Jingeun's disappearance or she just lied about it in front of Da Hyun.

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omg really good pick up about the number thing, so true!!

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He did the brake-arm-protect-passenger thing. I love the brake-arm-protect-passenger thing. I'm grateful that Da-hyun saw how Gye-hoon's mom verbally abuses him. When she started crying for him, our girl is so empathic. I can't wait for them to heal each other.

I'm overjoyed that Gye-hoon confessed about being able to feel Da-hyun's emotions. Their link is very romantic in how he feels everything she feels. He even knows that she likes him. But like Jin-hoo asked, "How can you tell whose emotions you're feeling?"

I know Gye-hoon wouldn't recognize Stalker's face, but I wish he had realized it when Jin-geun said his girlfriend lived across the street. He is like a cockroach who never dies. Did the taxi ajusshi with Gye-hoon's knife take Jin-geun to the hospital? I hope Eun-jung will see her brother stalk and abuse Da-hyun.

At this point, I suspect everyone in the neighborhood over Gye-young's disappearance and am convinced that they're all in on it like Murder on the Orient Express. Thanks a ton for the weecap, @quirkycase!

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I, too, am weak for the brake-arm-protect-passenger thing. I had a very silly moment some years ago where I was driving and had to throw my hand out to brace my best friend when a driver cut in front of us and I distinctly remember thinking I would make really good kdrama lead material XD

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ROFL You had your very own kdrama moment irl.

Although the brake-arm-protect-passenger thing is heart-fluttering, as a fair warning, it's dangerous for both the driver and the passenger.

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Ayy me too! I watched the break-arm-protect-passenger scene again and again so many times because it had my heart fluttering like crazy.

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@panshel
"I know Gye-hoon wouldn't recognize Stalker's face, but I wish he had realized it when Jin-geun said his girlfriend lived across the street."
I believe that Gye-hoon was preoccupied with getting him out of his restaurant that he didn't have time to process Jin-geun's words until after he left. Thankfully, he did realize that something wasn't right and immediately called Da-hyun.

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All the more reason for Gye-hoon to lock his restaurant door since Da-hyun knows the passcode.

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losing it at how you refer to it as "brake-arm-passenger-thing" 😂😂

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This episode really made me curious if majority of the neighborhood is involved in Gye Yoong disappearance. They seemed really anxious & edgy once they know about who Gye Hoon is. But why would they conspire such thing.

About Eun Jung, if she's really that close to her little brother like she claimed, why wouldn't her brother contacted her at all while recovering at the hospital. It seems off to me.

Super love this week's episode. It felt like it's been a long time since I met a kdrama with great story and all.

Always love the cool but funny Gye Hoon, the quirky Da Hyun and her family (hahahaha) and everything else.

Can't wait for next week!

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Grandma is the best. She can be hilarious, she can be sweet, but don't mess with her when she's doing her rounds with a shovel at night!

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I'm starting to get Murder on the Orient Express vibes from this town in regards to Gye-Young's disappearance.

The way that the Piano Teacher admitted that 'he was supposed to give her a ride' made it sound like it had been already organised rather than a crime of opportunity.

Current running theory is that the neighbours had conspired together to kidnap Gye-Young to protect her from something but somehow the plan went terribly, likely fatally, awry.

I'm also with other fellow beanies, stalker man is 100% not Eun-Jung's brother.

.. and on a lighter note, Mom and Grandma are absolutely killing me with laughs, I could not stop giggling at their dual fake smiles for Gye-Hoon!

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I laughed and I cried, then laughed and cried again.
I laugh whenever Gyehoon gets jealous at Dahyun's attention to other people or when other people pay attention to her, because he is so clueless as to his own feelings.
I cried when he confronted his ex-piano teacher and tried to control his emotions to draw out what happened to his sister.
I laugh with DaHyun because she is so adorably transparent with her thoughts and feelings; Gyehoon almost wouldn't need a link to read her emotions if he weren't so naturally dense. And whenever mom and grandma appear and flash their Dentyne smiles at Gyehoon I can't help but burst into laughter, no matter what the mood was before.
And I REALLY cried when Dahyun commiserated with Gyehoon after witnessing his mother vent her emotions on him. And Gyehoon breaking down because Dahyun is probably the first person in a long time who has shown him any sympathy (but he's perfectly fine of course, he's only crying because of her.)
I counted so many instances in these two episodes where people were asked if they were ok, and they said they were fine. It ties back to Dahyun's line at the end of the second episode that the most often said lie is "I'm ok." I'm wondering if the general shiftiness and suspicious behavior of the people in this town has more to do with unresolved trauma rather than guilt at being part of some heinous crime. And perhaps as the truth is revealed some sunlight will come to this neck of the woods. On the other hand, I'm fully ready if it turns out they are all complicit in covering up something.
Mom and Grandma did seem worried when Dahyun brought up Gyehoon, and slightly relieved that she didn't remember anything- what was that about?
I also don't really believe Eun-Jun is Jin-geun's sister- it's odd they would be that close but he doesn't think of her at all throughout his recovery. She's obviously obsessed with him for some reason, though...
One thing I was wondering about was whether the link phenomena was really necessary for the story...in some ways it seems a weirdly artificial device. I tried to imagine some of the scenes where Gyehoon comes to Dahyun's rescue without the link...e.g. where he sees her panicking over her mom and grandma being missing and goes with her to look for them. But then I realized that without the "link" it would be more a straightforward serious drama. There a supernatural fantasy element sprinkled in (a cinnamony nutmeg flavoring to go with the food analogy?) that I'm liking with this drama...

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I am wondering if the tteokbokki was a hidden social ad to eat more veggies

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This drama makes my day it makes me feel a complicated and beautiful
feeling at the same time. I think that from the beginning Gae Hoon was feeling Da Hyun, not his sister, But if that is true why he lost this feeling for 18 years and return after all this time?

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Really struck by how much perishable food items they have in the restaurant that remains unopen. That was really a lot of bell peppers in that one shot.

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oh, the bags they carried back after grocery shopping weren't big enough for all the eggs he pilled on her either XD

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