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Love All Play: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

As our little drama comes to a close, our couple faces some final hurdles. But maybe it’s all part of a bigger plan, because somehow — given some time to heal and more chances to forgive — everyone finds themselves right where they need to be.


 
EPISODES 15-16 WEECAP

My cheeks hurt from smiling so much — that’s the reward this drama gave us in its final week, after pummeling our hearts (and Tae-yang and Tae-joon’s) for so long now. Happily, the drama took its time to bring everything full circle, and the gentle and natural route this took more than made up for the swift changes in Joon-young and Jung-hwan last week. In other words, I’m a happy camper.

We open up where we left off: Tae-joon’s worked up the courage to ask Tae-yang to be his partner (for now, just in badminton), and it’s swoonalicious. She rejects the offer, of course, because she’s Tae-yang. But rather than self-flagellation mode, Tae-yang has changed a bit once she’s been forgiven by Joon-young. She seems less burdened; her final arc is about learning not only that she’s allowed to be loved, but that she’s also allowed to be happy.

Tae-yang tries to do what’s right and respectful when it comes to Tae-joon and his family, but in her heart she’s dying to play with him. Joon-young, over the phone, gives Tae-yang the quick approval she seeks and while I’m still a little miffed at how someone so cruel could change her tune so quickly, I also like what it says about forgiveness. As Joon-young tries to explain to her still-terrible mother, once she chose to forgive, it was so much easier than she thought. Much to my satisfaction, Joon-young will even later act as the key that changes her mother’s heart towards Tae-yang — but we’ll get to that later.

After getting Joon-young’s okay, Tae-yang agrees to be Tae-joon’s mixed doubles partner after all. And the smiles are coming back, folks! There’s a tournament for our couple to prepare for, and cute dinners to have with Jung-hwan and Yoo-min (lol to the two girls saying their partner is cuter).

For Tae-joon, everything is riding on this tournament, and he makes it clear to Tae-yang that after it’s over, he’s going to confess to her. I love his directness; it’s the perfect match for that smile. But I digress.

Actually, so does the drama, because like last week, it gives a bit more attention to our supporting characters, and we get to enjoy Seung-woo coming back for a final match (partnered with Tae-joon; I love them together), and later, his sweet moments with Young-shim. I’m so happy the drama gave these two a happy ending; they’re great together. And speaking of great together, so are Jung-hwan and Yoo-min.

Everyone’s busy training for the tournament, but the drama takes the time to gives us cute bonding moments — like our meteor shower thunderstorm. It’s too overcast to see the meteor shower, but Tae-joon and Tae-yang share a moment together away from the team. She asks Tae-joon what he’ll wish for… to win the tournament? Success? Happiness? But Tae-joon says without hesitation that his wish is to kiss her right then.

It’s storming instead of shooting stars in the sky, but Tae-joon boldly says that he’ll make his wish come true on his own, and this kiss is one of the most romantic moments our couple has shared. Squeeeee. It’s also a nice metaphor for Tae-joon, who used to be on autopilot, but now he’s got things to fight for.

Tae-yang even notices this change in him, and we get a callback to how easily he forfeited a game at the opening of the drama. Now, they find themselves in the opposite position. Tae-joon intends to play, and had been playing, with his knee barely recovered, and when no one is looking, he limps and winces. He continues to play despite his doctor’s orders (and common sense), but Jung-hwan’s turned into such a solid friend — we see him taking notice of Tae-joon’s knee and even trying to stop him before he injures himself.

Tae-joon refuses to forfeit the game, and is willing to risk his knee, but instead an accident decides the fate of the Park twins’ tournament finals for them. The pair is squabbling awfully near to the top of a staircase — Tae-yang has found out how bad his knee is — and sure enough, she loses her footing and falls down the flight. The game is forfeited, but she sits with Tae-joon in the back of an ambulance with the biggest smile on her face: I saved your leg, she says gleefully.

I’d say at this point going forward is when the massive grin found its way on my face, and just refused to leave until the credits rolled. The Park twins get a silver medal by default (and the ever-adorable Jung-hwan/Yoo-min win gold by default), but the biggest treat is both of them in hospital gowns and crutches, running around the hospital.

The team goes to visit them at one point, and in a hilarious reveal, Joon-young and Tae-joon both call out, “Mom!” at the same time — and just like that, the secret is out. It’s all fun and cuteness when the team realizes the truth, and I’m at the point where I could watch the team interact all day and never get bored. How dare you make me care so much for all these characters, Show!

Tae-joon’s parents learn that it was thanks to Tae-yang that Tae-joon didn’t bust his knee playing, and though it’s not enough to change their hard-as-rock hearts — yet — it sows important seeds. And here’s where Joon-young helps, outright telling her mother that she’s always been on her side and it’s time she took Tae-joon’s. Preach it!

We jump a month ahead, and Tae-joon’s completing his rehab and syncs up with everyone again. He’s dying to get back together with Tae-yang, but they agree to wait until he has a 100% probability for success.

And then it’s time for more fun. We meet up with Coach Lee and Tae-yang’s dad drinking together again — this time they’re not complaining bragging about their daughters, but their daughters’ love interests. Hilariously, we replay what the two dads did last time, with the boys rushing to the bar, both trying to earn approval.

Jung-hwan’s situation is a little more funny, showering Coach Lee with gifts while the Coach love-hates him, but Tae-joon’s is more earnest — as it needs to be, since he’s the hero asking for the long-suffering heroine’s hand. He kneels before Tae-yang’s father to ask for his permission, and it’s so nice to see everyone wanting Tae-yang happy for a change.

The couple continues to be patient and wait, slowly winning over the elders as spring turns into summer. There was something about the way this played out that I really loved. Despite finding Tae-joon’s family absolutely impossible, I understood — and the story crafted it well — how much Tae-yang needed their approval before she could accept Tae-joon’s heart for keeps.

For Tae-yang, her journey was really learning that she was worthy of being happy, despite what had happened in her past. Though much of her growth was due to her situation changing, I liked that we saw her go from guilt and self-punishment to a point where she was willing to fight for her happiness and claim it.

Particularly touching was that moment during the tournament when a fan follows the Yunis bus to the stadium. Everyone thinks it’s a Jung-hwan fangirl, but when Tae-yang sees her… weep! It’s her little sister (who we saw briefly during Tae-yang’s visit to her mother’s shop), and she’s holding up a Park Tae-yang sign and cheering her on — even playing hooky to do so. It’s such a touching moment for the drama, and for our heroine, who went from isolated and ostracized, to loved and cheered for.

The Park twins have waited, and all that goodness and patience pays off. Tae-joon’s mother slowly relents, and maybe understands just a little bit how much bitterness she’s been bleeding onto everyone. Our couple meets up and shares some killer smiles and an even more killer embrace. Sigh, I will miss them.

As the drama ends, the Park twins get their second chance not only in love, but in badminton, and they’re off to play mixed doubles again (opposite our other couple) at the tournament the following year. But it’s not who wins that’s important – and the drama knows that. The real heart of the story is in what happened to get these characters to that moment on the court, playing their hearts out together.

 
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This is the fastest recap ever. I still have 20 minutes left of this show, but will save it for another day. I don’t want it to end quite yet. It’s sad that it ended, but I like that it ended with people being forgiving. Forgiveness is a strange thing. When it’s done right, the burden is actually lifted off the one that harbored the animosity of being wronged, maybe even more than the one that is forgiven. But that mom is a piece of work, seemingly wanting to die on that sword of unforgiveness (not a word) until the very last episode…really, writer-nim? Well, I guess we know where Junyoung gets her stubbornness. I can’t help but compare this show to 25-21, and I still love 25-21, even if the story arc didn’t end the way we may have wanted. This one did end well but it wasn’t as gut-wrenching getting there. I wasn’t as emotionally invested in these characters. I don’t know if I should have been more invested. But I do know this, I enjoyed it nonetheless. Thank you for the wee-caps!

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It's funny because the initial cuteness of LAP helped me get over 25-21, but the latter remains far superior.

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Yes…this is truth.

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To be honest, I was quite disapointed by the resolution of the different issues.

Nobody gave Tae-Joon the place to express himself. He never talked about his frutration, anger, how every people in his life made him second even Tae-Yang. He didn't feel his wound because of his mother, sister and Tae-Yang. And then, he wanted to play just because he wanted to be with Tae-Yang, risking his whole career.

The mother complaining about the fact Tae-Yang stops her to chear for her son... She never did before, so she doesn't need Tae-Yang as an excuse.

They hurt stupidily Tae-Yang saving Tae-Joon for his family to forgive her. They needed to see how bad they were with the son after a serious discussion with him and understand they just had to accept whatever their son want because they didn't have the right to complain.

At the end, I'm happy that Tae-Joon is happy but neither of his mom, sister and Tae-Yang deserve his forgiveness because none of them realized what they did to him.

I didn't really like Tae-Yang's evolution. She always changed her mind. Her martyr syndrom was tiring. The writer should have chosen only one of them : guilt for Joon-Young's accident or orphelin story. But both together, it was depressing. As an athlete, it was hard to be convinced she was good. She didn't play during 3 years, then was hurt...

I agree with Yumin, Switzerland loves Jung-Hwan! He was my favourite character from the beginning. He was mean with Tae-Yang and completely unfair but at least, at the opposite of Yunis team, he knew the whole story. His break-up with Joon-Young never was clean and he suffered. His bad behavior on social media was to make her react. The fact he did it during 3 years shows how loyal he is. But in his bad manners, we could see how he took care of his partner in double and his colleague in Yunis team for the funeral. I liked his honesty, how direct he was, his professionalism as a player. I liked his bromance with Tae-Joon, they were funny together, his relationship with his coach/father-in-law (who was the only good adult in this show). His relationship with Yumin was super cute. I liked how honest they were to each other.

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They hurt stupidily Tae-Yang saving Tae-Joon for his family to forgive her. They needed to see how bad they were with the son after a serious discussion with him and understand they just had to accept whatever their son want because they didn't have the right to complain.

Exactly what I was feeling. You are right on how Taejun should have spoken about his feelings but the writer conveniently injured Taeyang to resolve the whole conflict. Him voluntarily realizing he would have risked his entire career would have been more profound

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Rolled my eyes so hard and was ready to give up on the show when I saw Taeyang fall!! lol
Thankfully it was just a mild injury intended to stop the game and nothing more, but for a moment I was seriously worried they'd go even further and have her get a career ending injury, you know, as payback for what happened to Joonyoung. :/ *shudders*
I still wish Taeyang's words were enough to convince him.

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Taeyang falling off the stairs was unnecessary and ridiculous. Nothing about that scene made any sense.

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I really liked Junghawn, too. His character had a complete and satisfying arc that showed growth and change. I also liked how in his relationship with Yumin he still struggled a bit to move on from the memory of his first love, even though he was no longer in love with her. That was realistic, and showed how loyal and loving he really is. I loved his bromance with Taejun, too.

I'll never fully accept that idea that no one ever knew Joonyoung and Taejun were siblings until they revealed it, so it's not believable that those two hadn't met and bonded before when Junghwan was dating Joonyoung, but still, I liked how this plot point allowed the two men to go from enemies to friends.

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oh God, I totally agree with you. I still can't wrap my mind around how the writer managed to write 8 fine and fun episodes and after that simply destroy everything. I know the seeds of bad writing were already showing in the first half... still, the second half was so bad that I almost decided to never watch the two final episodes. They even managed to ruin Tae Joon character. Gah!
Jung Hwan ended to be my fave one too.
I just wanted for them to really play badminton... that kind of never happend.

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tae jun's parents were the worst anyone can get.

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I was pleased that there was a happy ending for each of our couples. The way they got there was probably the best solution for the writers.
But part of me had wished that Tae-yang hadn't waited for Tae-joon's sister to agree, so that Tae-joon would have been clearly shown at least once that he comes first with someone around him.

And I still think his mother is horrible.

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She's absolutely going to go down as one of the worst kdrama moms in history. Man, did she suck!

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Do you think she is on the same level as the male lead’s mum in Uncontrollably fond? She was beyond ridiculous in terms of sticking to random principles that made no sense and robbed her child of her love and attention when he only had a short time to live.

The actress playing the mum in Love All, Play also played a terrible mum in She would never know/Noona don’t put on that lipstick.

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I have not seen Uncontrollably Fond, so I can't comment on that. But I have seen She Would Never Know and I agree that the mom in that one was pretty awful, too. She plays those emotionally manipulative, weak characters very well!

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Like most the others it seems, I still did not like the mother. And I definitely would have preferred a cathartic confrontation from Tae-Joon like we got with Tae-Yang and her mother. His parents basically played favourite with his sister their whole life and it left him with a pretty understandable complex about it.

I was happy to see the conflict with Tae-Yang and Joon-Young end up being resolved. I felt it would have been better if she overheard her talking about these things with her father (or mother would have worked too) how she spent her whole life trying to not be abandoned for not being good at badminton. I guess the common ground of the expectations from others was an okay reason for reconciliation, but it seemed like they could have hammered that point to go with the fairly quick turn around.

All in all, I enjoyed Love All Play quite a bit. It didn’t focus on the badminton that much, and basically used it as a backdrop to showcase some interesting characters with good chemistry.

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The story wrapped up sweetly, but I never regained the warmth and fondness that I had for this show in the first 8 episodes. I would still recommend this show for the lovely relationship of the lead, but I never saw the growth in the leads. TJ would have played and lost his career if it had not been for TY's injury which means he would have continued to throw himself under the bus. TY kept oscillating until the end. Except for Seung Woo/Young Sim, JungHwa/Yoo Min, other characters were less explored that when the blondie and the other guy got together I rolled my eyes. TY's dad and TY's mom miraculously realized their mistakes after burdening their kids for too long, but nothing beats the sudden change in JY. The whole guilt-tripping, matyrdom and hurt could have been exchanged for team development and interaction of the team members which was very sweet. 7/10

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"The story wrapped up sweetly, but I never regained the warmth and fondness that I had for this show in the first 8 episodes." Exactly! I kept waiting for the tone of the first 8 eps to return but it never did :/

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*Skips weecap and all comments*😂

I don't want to say goodbye to Taejun so I'm still to watch these last 2 episodes.
I'm hoping the writers/production end things well

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Oh wow! This was fast! It hasn't even been a full day since the drama ended!!
I was planning to rewatch the final episodes and better collect my thoughts but I guess I'll do that later! XD

In the last two weeks I went from not caring about the show to rewatching it in its entirety twice, even 3 times for some episodes. Saying my expectations for the finale were high is an understatement. And now we're here and I'd say I'm happy, though not quite 100%.

I'm satisfied with the overall story development and all the secondary characters and couples' trajectories; I especially loved how Youngshim became the coach, and how she plays married with Seungwoo and they don't even realize it! Just get married already!! XD

In the end our Park Twins are happy together again, both on the court and as life partners, and that's great and what we all wished for!

For the most part I'm happy with how they got there, but I can't help but feel like they (and we, as viewers) deserved so much more, especially our best boy Taejoon!

As others said, he never really had the chance to express his feelings properly, make people around him truly understand and acknowledge his worth, and he just accepted everything with no fuss. Even on the last episode he was still begging his mother for approval, it was a long overdue scene, but she should have done the first step! :(

I wish both him and Taeyang weren't so dependent on their families' approval, and just went on with their lives as they pleased. I can understand how it might make sense culturally, can't say I like it though.

Lastly I was a little disappointed with their screentime on ep 16. E
Ep 15 was shaping up nicely (until mom came out and ruined it, oh well)...but then in the very last episode it's like they regressed again? They spent too much time apart and waiting...why?! I needed more proper cuteness from them!!!

Ahhh...overall I still had a good time and I'll remember the drama fondly!
Park Twins fighting!! Yunis and everyone else fighting!!
Park Taejoon jjang!! Be happy!!! ♥️

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One more thing: the mother still sucks!
Until the last minute she couldn't put her pride aside and consider her son's feelings.
I thought after Joonyoung talked with her (my favourite scene of JY, tbh) she would come around, but nope!!
Having the last episode revolve about such plot point was not the best way to end things, honestly.

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All is well that ends well. This was a fun drama. Chae Jong Hyeop with his beautiful smile and charm warming up our screens. It is too bad this drama didn't do well in ratings because the romance was really sweet. That being said, his mother was not the best, but his sister turned around. I enjoyed this and I am glad it was wee-capped.

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I looked forwarded to and enjoyed watching this drama from start to finish, even when the overall very solid writing sometimes left me wanting just a little bit more. I will miss checking in with these characters weekly, and hope all the actors hurry up and find new projects.

It did bother me that whenever anyone close to Taejun talked about forgiving or not forgiving Taeyang, no one ever mentioned that his feelings deserved consideration. That's what made the mom so incredibly unsympathetic to me all the way through, even though I am a parent, and I could understand the nature of her conflict to forgive someone who harmed her child. The fact that she never really thought of the hurt *she* was causing her other child meant this emotional arc fell flat.

Even in his relationship and reunion with Taeyang, I felt like Taejun still had to do a lot of the work, and deserved a moment where his lifelong struggle to be seen and heard was recognized. He subverted so many of his needs and desires for his sister, his mother, and then his girlfriend, and I ended up wanting that big dramatic acknowledgement for him.

One other complaint: I wish there had been more badminton. One easy way the writers could have attended to this--and solved one other writing issue, imo--was to have replaced the drama over Taeyang leaving and coming back to the team (an arc we saw twice) with her staying on the team after she rejected the first offer from the rival team. That way we could have seen all the same fallout with the secret being revealed, and the Park twins breaking up, but everyone would work through the resulting drama as they also had to train and compete together. That would have been much more interesting and exciting overall, and also would have allowed for an exploration of their partner dynamic more thoroughly, something I thought we were going to get when the two were paired early on, but which disappeared until the end of the show.

But again, I absolutely loved this show, and any complaints I have come from caring deeply about the characters.

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The ending was a great fake-out to one too used to kdrama tropes, lol!. I stopped watching ep 15 half-way until I could watch thru ep 16. I braced myself for career debilitating injuries to Tae-joon with Tae-yang taking the blame again, and the melo that would have followed. But lo and behold, Tae-yang got the injury! That was the point my massive grin found my face, and I knew I could trust the ending.

For me, the sister, Joon-young, was pretty believable. She was basically a diva who had been spoiled by everyone all her life, and that was the way she acted. She could be mean but she wasn't inherently a mean person. She was hurt, but also used to be friends with Tae-yang. Her interactions with her brother all along suggested she cared for him in her diva way. Even the bossiness in earlier episodes were diva big-sisterness, even if annoying. So her abrupt switch seemed in character to me. Diva gets to decide and diva decided.

I can understand why folks might want a cathartic blow up for Tae-joon, but I thought he also stayed in character. I thought he did stand up for himself in his more subtle way. He made it clear to his family what he wanted, and went after it, but in his way.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this drama and I too could watch all the team's antics forever.

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Thanks @missvictrix for a great recap.

This was one of the highlight shows for 2022 and I just don’t get the ratings. I enjoyed it a lot initially and once it returned to form but felt I had to ride out the unnecessary plot lines of evil unforgiving mum and daughter combo, sobbing prepared to sacrifice the joy of life girlfriend and heartbroken to the point of not feeling physical pain boyfriend.

I am glad it ended with the two dad’s accepting they were lucky to have the future son in laws they had and all couples were sorted especially the seniors who get to play married while they wait to be official. I was confused why the couple who had dated for 2 years were waiting another 5 before getting married as they are both in their twenties and on the same team so are together all the time anyway.

I like the friendly rivalry between the mixed doubles and the fact it ended without us knowing who won.

I was confused about the two men at the end talking about the missed birthday was that supposed to be a gay relationship or just friends. I know we had a little intro to the National player with long hair in the early episodes but I don’t remember any clues for either of the characters so it just seemed a bit random to me.

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But marriage is not all about being together. 😄 All the social responsibilities that come with marriage life, I think that ones must think carefully especially for both are pro athletes who are still not reaching their 'peak', it is not 5-9 office job.

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I agree. I was thinking about the practicalities that lead to relationships breaking down that get amplified when you spend time apart. As a married couple they would be allowed to do different things like live offsite and manage things like the drinking culture as they would leave to go home together, the late night dorm chats with friends would be with each other and they would be more adult like as they would have the responsibilities of running a home and planning for life after the sport element finished. They are currently institutionalised by the dorm, coaches and timetables of the tournaments. Leaving their sporting life will be a big transition but so is marriage so doing both at the same time is a huge undertaking.

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i went into this expecting a cute sports drama and got one of the best surprises ever! i loved this show and the relationships that grew and matured and it was one of the BEST endings ever. kudos to the team of players!

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In the end I didn't like Taeyang anymore and couldn't see why Taejoon's existence had to revolve around her. It actually became uncomfortable - two wrist grabs at the stairs led to that fall, silly as it was. I can't believe it only took 15 episodes to see Seungwoo play a game 😭 Him and Taejoon actually have such a good dynamic, it should have come sooner! It's like the writer had all these puzzle pieces of what makes a good drama but chose not to fit them together the right way and instead decided to make everything about Taeyang's martyrdom and how she couldn't possibly deserve forgiveness--unlike Taejoon's mum who doesn't even have to say sorry once for her abusive behaviour. Yeah...definitely avoiding this writer in future.

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My feeling exactly. The reason for all the drama never worked for me. And all the kids kept asking for forgivness and approval from people and parents that were simply horrorful. So frustrating!

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One of the most underrated drama. I meant it is not perfect or far from spectacular, but it is good in showing what youthful love is like. Breezy, fun, no makjang, over jealously etc. I like it there's no overly evil characters in this drama. No bitchy ex or SML/SFL. I'm going to miss this especially Taejoon with his cheesy jokes.

Anybody love Chae Jong-hyeop's voice? It is not the deep, manly voice that people usually like but his voice has this boyish, fresh vibe in it, I just like it just suits his youthful image.

Hope his next drama will get more attention in rating wise.

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I also love his voice!! He's #3 on my list for beautiful speaking voices (#1: Woo Do-hwan; #2 Kim Min-kyu). In case you were wondering.

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Kim Min-kyu!

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I have finally watched this and I'm glad all the stories were tied up pretty.

Chae Jong-Hyeop was truly awesome in role and I'm happy for him.

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