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Shooting Stars: Episodes 13-14

Regrets and acceptance are the themes of our penultimate week, and the major issues are wrapped with a rather unflattering bow as our characters take steps to move past their hurt and walk towards the light at the end of the tunnel.

 
EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP

To nip an upcoming illegitimate child rumor about Tae-sung in the bud, Han-byeol pushes Si-woo to hold a press conference where Si-woo admits that Tae-sung is her son. This puts Tae-sung’s career back on track, but at the expense of his birth secret now out in the open.

Speaking of secrets, it turns out that a few years ago Yoon-woo also had a dad secret which had to be outed by Han-byeol. And while she felt bad about it, Yoon-woo understood it was part of her job, and did not blame her for it.

But Tae-sung is a different story, and he’s initially not pleased with Han-byeol for masterminding the press conference. However, he comes around after learning the reason behind the press conference, and all is forgiven. Phew!

After smoothing things over with Han-byeol and Yoo-sung, Tae-sung’s next step is to make up with Si-woo. And while things aren’t exactly 100% okay between them yet, they at least take baby steps towards mending their relationship.

Ho-young learns that her current team leader position was partly due to Yoo-sung’s recommendation. But rather than get all up in her feelings, she chooses to ask Ji-hoon about it, and gets much needed validation from the boss that she is indeed deserving of the position.

Ho-young also gets to have dinner with Yoo-sung, where he reminisces on his rookie days as a manager. (And we get a Penthouse reunion in the form of Eom Ki-joon and Bong Tae-kyu cameos). But the icing on Ho-young’s cake (and mine) is Yoo-sung finally returning her feelings. Yessss!!!!

While Si-woo takes half of the drama’s gloom with her as she leaves Korea, the other half is tied to Yoon-woo whom we learn committed suicide. But as his death anniversary draws close, Tae-sung is sent threatening letters to remind him that he “killed” Yoon-woo. Sigh!

It’s then revealed that Yoon-woo’s manager was YOO GWI-NONG (Heo Gyu), who runs the bar where Han-byeol and the girls frequently drink. And as it turns out, he’s also a member of the creepy anti-fan site, and the one behind the letters. Double sigh! I honestly did not see this coming.

As Tae-sung explains to Soo-hyuk, he and Yoon-woo met as roommates in high school, and eventually bonded over Tae-sung’s absence of a family and Yoon-woo’s entitled family. But when Soo-hyuk asks Tae-sung why Gwi-nong thinks he killed Yoon-woo, Tae-sung has no idea.

To seek answers, Tae-sung cajoles Soo-hyuk into coming with him to Gwi-nong’s bar, where they run into Da-hye outside. It’s a full house at the bar, and as the trio walk in together, the PR ladies gleefully note that Tae-sung seems to have chemistry with both his drama partner and his tabloid partner. Lol.

Tae-sung and Soo-hyuk join Han-byeol and Ki-bbeum at their table, and this quartet totally gives off double date vibes. Tae-sung also spots Jung-yeol who was supposed to be meeting his girlfriend, and when asked if said girlfriend is present at the bar, Jung-yeol issues a very suspicious denial. Hmmm… is she who I think she is?

The double date is cut short when Ki-bbeum and Soo-hyuk leave for another round of private drinks. Ki-bbeum worries, as she seems to do each year, if a promotional article she wrote on Yoon-woo contributed to what happened to him. But Soo-hyuk says she was just doing her job and assures her that her article had no effect on Yoon-woo’s decision.

Ki-bbeum derives comfort from Soo-hyuk’s words, and he gives her space to cry her feelings out. But she is not the only one with regrets when it comes to Yoon-woo, as the other people he left behind are still dealing with the impact of his death. Han-byeol was down with a cold and didn’t get to answer Yoon-woo’s last call, and this is what drives her to compulsively pick up all her calls now.

As for Tae-sung, he blamed himself for not picking up on the signs and the pain his friend was in, and he went on his volunteer trip to try to get over Yoon-woo’s death. And on Ji-hoon’s part, he became obsessed with making money for his stars in case Yoon-woo died because of money.

But as for Gwi-nong, while I understand his regret for scouting Yoon-woo and thrusting him into the celebrity world, the transferred aggression to Tae-sung is a reach. How does a random online comment that Tae-sung was the first choice for Yoon-woo’s lead role equal Tae-sung being responsible for his friend’s death? Even if the transferred aggression was Gwi-nong’s coping mechanism, it’s still not okay to inflict pain on Tae-sung to lessen his own pain.

Anyway, Tae-sung doesn’t press charges against Gwi-nong for sending the threatening letters to him. Instead, Gwi-nong closes his bar and takes time off for self reflection, taking the other half of the drama’s gloom with him.

We return to clear skies as Tae-sung and the others successfully wrap up their shoot, and Jae-hyun and Yoo-na get back together. Meanwhile, Yoo-sung and Ho-young are absolutely cute together with their exclusive head pats. And as for our potential couple, Ki-bbeum admits to Han-byeol that she likes Soo-hyuk. But at the moment, we don’t know how Soo-hyuk feels about her.

As for our main couple, Ji-hoon suspects Tae-sung is seeing someone and Han-byeol denies any knowledge of it. But minutes later, he catches them right in the middle of a hug, and the cat jumps out of the bag. Heh.

Sadly, I mentally checked out of the entire Yoon-woo subplot as it felt like conflict for the sake of conflict, rather than to improve the story. And I still don’t understand how exactly Tae-sung contributed to Yoon-woo’s death, which makes Min-kyu and Gwi-nong’s blame game totally unreasonable.

Anyway, it feels good to finally be done with all the “everybody hates Tae-sung” drama as we head into the final week. I need more cute couple scenes, I need to confirm my suspicion as to who Jung-yeol’s girlfriend is, and I need Ki-bbeum and Soo-hyuk to officially sail along with the other ships to happily ever after land.

 
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Fortunately, I was wrong with my theory about a possible temporary separation. I am relieved.

Although there were a lot of emotional scenes in these two episodes, it didn't really bother me, since I had the feeling that the issue would finally be concluded soon and we would quickly get to see a lot of shenigans again. The second half of episode 14 was very promising in this regard.
Actually, the story about the red envelopes and the manager was settled way too quickly, but I won't complain, as I would have gladly done without it completely.

As much as I'm happy for Ji-woo and Yoo-sung, though, I have to say that I found the chemistry between them a little lacking. They don't come across as lovers (I personally don't find it particularly erotic when the man pats the woman on the head). They remind me more of a brother with his little sister. But I have to admit that Ji-woo's infatuation is cute.
The friendship that develops between Tae-sung and the lawyer is just as fun for me as the various love couples.

Now that the CEO of Starforce is in the know, I'm looking forward to the last two episodes and lots of fluff and shenigans.

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I thought I was the only one who didnt understand how the Yoo sung and ji woo ship sailed,I am still scratching my head about that.

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I feel you so much on the head patting haha.
I feel like it's a weird cultural norm, and that's the only way I can explain it because Kdramas love their head pats and head strokes and I hate them lmfao. Like if someone did that to me I'd be like "I'M NOT A DOG GO AWAY".
I think what throws me is that they're as common between adult and child, and couples alike. The former makes sense to me, the latter does not. But maybe some people find them affectionate or endearing, I don't frakking know.

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I know if I patted my wife on the head she'd knee me in the groin, which also isn't too conducive to erotic feelings.

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😂😂😂🤣

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When Yoo Sung said he doesn’t pat other people i was like how did you get away with her, the so-called defense expert..

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I’d have a similar reaction if someone tried to pat me on the head. I’m always offended when that happens in dramas. It’s kind of the same with “cuteness”. Personally, I’d rather be told I was funny, attractive or beautiful… although I see in this case Ho-young is pretty cute.

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I think the lack of romantic/sexual chemistry is far more than just the head patting. I mean, in Semantic Error (a BL Kdrama that blew the rest of the BLs out of the water IMO), the head patting is decidedly sensual - more like a caress that is an unexpected fulfillment of the physical contact both of them have been longing for.
With Yoo-sung and Ho-young it's always Yoo-sung (the "adult"/teacher/mentor) who is doing the patting, and it is definitely paternalistic in nature, and NOT sexual or romantic. It gives off that "good girl" vibe. I love Yoo-sung, and I think Ho-young is adorable and cute, but there is zero romantic chemistry between them, and I can't buy their relationship at all. Apparently even the PD feels the teacher/student or parent/child vibe, because the head patting never evolves to a kiss.

OTOH, I love the lead couple, and I can't wait to see the lawyer and reporter finally connect, because they also have oodles of chemistry.

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I think that's what I meant and what puts me off about a lot of supposedly romantic headpats- that they're instead comforting in a paternalistic (or maternalistic) way (hence the above comparison to the adult/child dynamic). It's not just this show that has them- I find that to be the case with quite a majority of head pats that are supposed to be romantic.
And if the scene isn't romantic, maybe it can work, but when it's so often between two leads who ARE in a romantic relationship (even one's with more romantic chemistry than here) it's off putting.
I agree a caress can mean something else, but I see a head caress and this kind of head pat^ as two different things 😅😅.

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And Ho Young is trying so very hard to be bright around him that it almost seems as if she really dislikes the actor in real life.

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At the very least, the actress seems uncomfortable with him - and he with her. The head pats, besides being dumb and unromantic, look forced. This is the one couple that I just can't believe at all even though I like both characters.

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You clearly spoke my mind we could use a little bit of more physical intimacy

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I am also one to be puzzled by the head pat.
This couple is cute, but there is no romance vibes.

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I wanted to ship them so hard, but the fact that he's still patting her head makes him look like her uncle.

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I have no doubts about the identity of the manager's gf after the time they met on the rooftop, and I had my confirmation later on when she was surprised at the housewarming party that he'd dated 10 women. Of course the show might be tricking me.

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So Yoon-woo committed suicide out of shame at being such a lame plot device?

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😳 somebody mentioned the show highlighting the different issues the celebrities face and I wonder if they are trying to show the behind the scenes with each issue so that they can raise awareness. The suicide issue is quite real as there was a spate of them amongst a certain demographic in a very short space of time and the details were not public ally disclosed. It may be they wanted to show the unexpectedness and lack of clarity in these situations. Focusing on someone we didn’t know well meant we didn’t have to deal with the emotional element which would have been too much of a deviation from the genre.
It is interesting they included this storyline so close to the end where it could have put a real dampener on the mood but somehow they kept it light by mixing it with the couples.

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I'm sure they wanted to bring to attention some real k-ent issues (including the scene of Kippeum ditching her job and deciding to pay Yoonwoo proper respect)... and remember all those stars who left way too early...

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The suicide subplot made me think of an upcoming Japanese actor Haruma Miura who committed suicide suddenly. There was rampant speculation about the reason. I thought the drama did a good job showing how it can be confusing and shocking when a young, much loved, seemingly happy celebrity suddenly takes their life. The guilt and sadness was also portrayed well and so was the grief of losing someone suddenly. IMO Tae-Seong’s discussion Gwi-Nong was emotionally mature and understanding of how grief/trauma can make us unreasonable. As someone who lost a friend I understand the impulse and my friend died due to cancer complicated by COVID. Even though I knew it was the cancer that got her a part of me blamed her husband for getting COVID. Completely irrational! It took time to work through the grief and anger. So I thought the subplot with Gwi-Nong was well done. It was a reminder that not everything is as it seems and that we are all flawed and doing our best.

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I think you’re right about the message they wanted to convey through Tae seong and Gwi nong and all the staff’s discussions about their experience and the longer term after effects.

Sorry to hear about your friend’s death it’s so sad.

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Thank you. I miss her.

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Oh dear may your dear friend continue to rest in peace.

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I'm sorry about your friend.
I also thought the suicide and Gwi-nong subplot was well-done too. And surprising. I think in the kceleb and kdrama world, the news and stories are always about people driven to suicide by bullying, assault, rape, guilt, and downturns in finances. But that wasn't the case here. Someone seemingly happy and loved can commit suicide, and it's traumatizing for all those around them wondering if they've missed a sign or if they could have done something. I rarely see suicide being present in that way in asian dramas.

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I also appreciate this storyline as it deals with what really happens and the after effects it has on people. The deviation of guilt may sound ridiculous, but hearts are fragile and sometimes that is the only means that works (I.e., I believe some may inflict this pain, intentionally, to the one(s) they know love them the most as they can be forgiven by them). They need someone to put the blame on so their blaming on themselves can lessen).

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I’m wondering if something got lost in translation here, or if the foreshadowing really was that bad.

I sense that Yoon Woo’s suicide was the kind that is utterly random to those around him. No sign of it coming, no note, no clues emerging afterward to explain the decision. A friend of my sister’s drove into a tree in her 20s and while the forensics made it incredibly obvious that she had no medical issues and had truly steered the car into a tree and hit the gas, everyone she left behind took a LONG time to deal with the lack of signs.

Unfortunately, it’s been such a weird half-forgotten plot that that theme didn’t really come through clearly. I mean, I spent a good part of the show wondering if he’d accidentally choked on the hard candy spheres these idiots are apparently putting in shot glasses, and if the death was actually accidental.

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I thought it was pretty clearly woven into the story from very early on in the drama, although the details were very slowly added. And as someone mentioned, there were so many suicides among actors and idols 3 to 4 years ago, when I first started watching Kdramas, that remaining vague about the exact reason (unloving family using him as a meal ticket? Knetizens saying he wasn't right for his big role, and it should have gone to another actor, who was his best friend? untreated, repressed major depressive disorder that sucked all the joy and hope from his life, regardless of the happy smile he used to mask it?) made it seem more like some of those suicides, which seemed to come out of the blue.
The funeral scene, where Han-Byeol and Ki-Peum had an entire "conversation" - and comforted each other - without saying a single word, was one of the best scenes in the drama.
And Tae-sung's sorrow and guilt/regret that he had missed the warning signs of his best friend, which is what made him sympathetic rather than angry at Gwi-nong. They all blamed themselves, and Tae-sung -having dealt with the same emotions - understood that Gwi-nong was projecting his own guilt onto him.

I really love this drama. It may be flawed, but it has the perfect balance of comedy and a touch of melodrama for me. This and From Now On, Showtime! are exactly what I'm in the mood for right now, and I'm very sorry to know they'll both be wrapping up - hopefully satisfactorily - this weekend.

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I really hope it does finish well too as this has been a real joy to watch apart from a couple of episodes which lowered the temp too much for me. I nearly stopped live watching just so I could fast forward back to happy place after it was fully aired. So glad I stuck with it as it turned it around quicker than I expected.

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The atmosphere got so mournful there for a moment with the melancholy piano music constantly in the background, that I started to blame myself for Yoon-woo's suicide.

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🤣🤣🤣 I am so glad I read this after I finished eating or that would have been a full on food spraying incident!

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The good news is we can get back to the hijinks in the last episodes, also with this much ship sailing, I am going to be really cross if I don't get one bed scene,I mean warz a gal gotta do to see this?

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For some reason except for a somewhat passionate kiss when Tae=Sung first confessed, the only thing the lead couple seems to do is console each other with hugs. Its great that they are emotionally supportive, but I would like to see something a little more myself. Just not any head patting!

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I just finished 14 and my heart is full. I hope to see the cute that was there before all the angst. And to see how everyone will find out about our Star Force couples! I’m glad the former manager- anti-fan side story was short-lived and that all scandals have been averted. But I was very sad about the former actor committing suicide. It’s sad because it happens far too often. Bluer skies ahead for our couple!

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As absurd and unfair it may seem to be, I have real life friends who deal with blame and hatred from their (former) partners for tragic events that happened to their family (like a terminal disease of their kid).
The show didn't spend much time on this issue (and I do admit I'm happy we are back in lighter waters), but I was still surprised that the show gave Taesung a mature confrontation with the former manager... and sent him to a better direction.

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And the show didn’t shy away from indirectly telling its audience the after effect this enduring of all the pain/ other things these incidents had on him (Han-byeol told everyone in the meeting, Tae-sung would be joining counseling sessions).

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I really appreciated that too!

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Before I read anything I want to say I got caught in a Kdrama moment with this show. Never ever expected to break into tears over everyone's self-blaming over the suicide of their beloved friend.
Anyone who has been through that kind of situation, private or newsworthy, knows how devastating it is.
Every year we send many thoughts to our dear ones.

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I did, too. It got me at the moment Han Byeol saw Kki Beum arrive at the funeral. It brought back memories of being in that situation , when you think you have it all together and suddenly among all the people, one arrives who sets you off, like your best friend who can quietly acknowledge all that you’re going through. For me, one was at my mom’s funeral when the next person in the greeting line was my first grade teacher who had been my mom’s friend in HS. I’m crying so hard again now. I appreciate that this show addressed what the people left behind go through.

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*hugs*

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Thanks❤️!

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A wonderful drama! What can I say more?

I appreciated every storyline that has been added into this wonderful piece of work. From what I understand, the show wants to show things that happen or can happen in an actor’s or actress’s life. In the show, everyone in Star Force agency does their best for the actors and actresses, still there are many issues that they need to resolve on a daily basis. In reality, I don’t think any agency is all so supportive like the ones shown in the drama, so for the first time I feel like I got to know the unflattering side of K ent world. Kudos to the team for doing such a marvelous job on this show.

While I think the mother subplot was quite random, I appreciated the message that I think the show wanted to send to its viewers that actors/stars are also human beings, and in exchange of fame and money, they need to give up their own personal space and this can create a lot of pain. This applies to both Tae sung and his mother.

Apart from that, we have seen many snippets of K ent such as who anti-fans can be, and this brought with it a point that I think is forgotten in many cases, people who hate is the most many times are those that used to love us a lot before; this is especially true in K ent world as some fans can be overly obsessed with their bias to the point of being unreasonably hurt which can turn them into anti-fans (another type of fans).

Another message which I’m not sure is the intention of the team is that by pairing the bodyguard manager with Manager Yu Sung, I kinda got the message that you can be loved without looking so very pretty! 😅 As I mentioned, I don’t know if this is the real message the show wants to convey, but I kinda got that and I appreciate it. It seems like an important message in today’s world that people pay too much attention on appearance to forget that many good things can’t be seen by the eyes but the heart.

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I like the way this show circles back to previous events with new layers added each time.

We saw the theme of second chances coming back strongly again after a couple of episodes where it seemed to disappear.

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Everyt you wrote is exactly how I felt about this drama. It just showed the life of a celebrity. The good, bad, uncertainty, hatred, loss of a friend or colleague etc. It also shows that they are human who has feelings and can be hurt and loved.

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That’s an interesting point re appearance, I think it is intentional to make the shining, beautiful stars standout even more. Also showing some staff are just as star struck as normal people are when they meet someone famous. They have done a fantastic job in making the backstage crew into plain Janes with Han byeol and Yoo sung as the only exceptions. All other dramas put a pair of glasses on the actress and have everyone call her ugly. When you see the stage pictures for the other actors you can see how well they have done their make up and clothes to make them look normal.

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What did my poor boy do to be hated by this many people? Can't Tae-sung please catch a break? When Han-byul brought him to the bar in Episode 3, Gwi-nong was friendly with Tae-sung, but it was all an act like psycho housekeeper. No wonder he has trust issues. I really wanted to know the reason why Yoon-woo committed suicide, but just like real life sometimes we never find out.

It's sad that Tae-sung never met his girlfriend's best friend because Han-byeol and Ki-bbeum are friendship goals. When Han-byul cried in the funeral home as soon as she saw Ki-bbeum, no words were needed between the girls because her presence alone was consolation.

Did Tae-sung drink at their company get-together? That was my first thought when he drove Han-byul home. But then they drank at her house, and he drove himself home. Soo-hyuk too since our "ex-boyfriends" took separate cars.

I'm invested in Ki-bbeum and Soo-hyuk's romance who get along really well and have great conversation. Unlike Ho-young and Yoo-sung who give me secondhand embarrassment. They have no chemistry, and their formal relationship is awkward.

Yoo-na and Jae-hyun are still so cute, but I expected that Dae-soo and Yoo-sung would've figured it out by now that they like each other. Is Show going to pair Si-deok and Da-hye up too?

I recognized Bong Tae-gyu immediately from his Thom Browne dog-shaped Hector bag and wished that Kim Young-dae and Ha Do-kwon had been part of their Penthouse reunion.

If Si-woo knows that her son is dating Han-byul, then Ji-hoon definitely knows.

Thanks a bunch for your weecap, @Unit!

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Did Tae-sung drink at their company get-together? That was my first thought when he drove Han-byul home. But then they drank at her house, and he drove himself home. Soo-hyuk too since our "ex-boyfriends" took separate cars.

I wondered about that, too. I say no. Although there are lots of bottles around TS at the bar, there’s no moment when he’s shown drinking alcohol. At the table for 4 with HB, KB, and SH, there is no drink in front of him (or SH). Later in that scene TS has a nearly-full glass of beer near him. He raises his hand to toast, but when he actually drinks, it’s from the kind of ceramic mug usually used for tea or water. It’s harder to track what SH drinks because of camera angles, but he definitely drinks a glass of wine at the second bar with KB. We don’t see them leave, so there’s no way to know who drove.

Revisiting the party at Organic Bar, TS still has the untouched glass of beer and drinks only from the ceramic mug. His sober body language and clear gaze are a contrast to the drunkenness around him when he offers HB a ride home, and he tells her he’s “driving safely” because she’s with him. He does drink at HB’s house, but we don’t see him leave, and he’s wearing different clothes in the next scene when he visits Gwi-nong at the bar again, so it’s unclear how much time has passed. The bar is underground with no daylight but that confrontation is intercut with HB at the office in daytime, suggesting it’s the next day. Yes, I spent too much time on this!

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Tae-sung's confrontation was the next day because Gwi-nong said, "Things were so hectic last night, so we couldn't talk properly."

I spotted his ceramic mug too. I'm just going to believe that he slept over at Han-byul's after drinking, and Soo-hyuk walked Ki-bbeum home from the other bar like good boyfriends.

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Two solid episodes here. I really liked how they dealt with the suicide and the impact it has on the people left behind. Guilt, blame, anger, all directed at themselves or others and how difficult it is to get past that. Tae Sungs maturity in dealing with Gwi Nong also, was lovely to see.
I'm disappointed by the lack of chemistry between Ho Young and Yoo Sung, we need to get beyond head pats please! Let's have some more romantic shenanigans for the next two episodes, I need the Ki bbeum/ Soo hyuk ship to properly sail!

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I think the suicide was well adressed, it was more about its effect on people and their guilt than his reasons.

It's nice to a drama with so many couples!

Tae-Sung and Han-Byeol were the weakest part of the drama at the beginning, but finally, they're good together.

By making Ho-Young acting cute, they kinda shoot themselves in the foot. Their couple is stuck in a very awkward interaction between cuteness, sunbae-hoobae relationship and somewhere adult feelings.

I need Ki-Bbeum and Soo-Hyeok to happen! They look good together and as an old fan of Kpop, I like the CNBLUE and Girl's Day reunion :p

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I loved CN BLUE because of Yong-hwa (is this his name?). They had pretty nice music, too.

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Yeah, it's his name. He was kinda the reason I listenned Kpop after You're Beautiful (with Lee Hong-Ki in Ft Island. He was in a band so more my style. And I discovered other groups.

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I loved him in We Got Married. He was very sweet to Seol-hyun (SNSD). He was also a very good friend with Park Shin-hye as she also paid him a surprise visit while he was filming WGM.

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CNBLUE are still around and making music and all of them are currently acting as well. Yonghwa of course starred in SELL YOUR HAUNTED HOUSE last year with Jang Nara and won an acting award at the KBS drama awards for it--he'll have a new drama out on disney+, IT'S YOU OUT OF THE BLUE, later this year. Minhyuk is filming CELEBRITY with Park Gyu Young, Lee Chung Ah, and Lee Dong Gun for Netflix. And of course Jungshin is slaying here as Lawyer Do!

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Beanies, was that Da Hye who was the bad actress turned role model for Yu Seong the actor? I swear i have face-blindness when it comes to recognising characters on a screen-within-a-screen.

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Yes, it is Da-hye. In the first or second episode, she mentions that she used to be a pretty bad actress.

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Lol she was awful. I loved how Si Deok watched it all night and Jae Hyun could quote it perfectly hahaha

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It was so funny also because of JH’s comment “She was pretty bad throughout the show’s run.”

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Is that another ship getting ready to sail?

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Think so? Or the show just gave us the closure for Si-deok’s unrequited love. It’s fine with either one of the cases.

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May I ask if you’re Norwegian by any chance?

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Me, Norwegian? Nope. Lots of random European-American origins but not that. (And if that was a joke, sincere apologies for not getting it and please explain!)

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@elinor Oh it’s just that I happen to know a person whose name is either spelt as Elinor or Elian-nor and she is a lovely Norwegian young woman. My apologies if you took it the wrong way!

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The thing I like most about this show is that in every episode, no matter what is going on with the narrative, it always has a few scenes that I remember because they are funny in sending up the foibles of stars, bad acting, and dramas.

For these episodes, I have never seen Penthouse and only knew what show those cameos were making fun of, thanks to @unit but with the bold graphics, portentous music, and overacting, you knew they were making fun of a famous scene in a drama by making the circumstances ridiculous.

Then the two scenes with Jae-hyun and Yoo-na -- "I don't want to be the nation's fairy, I want to be your fairy" and then the fact that their real life reconciliation at first inadvertently had some of the same lines as their acting reconciliation, and finally the melodramatic overacting being watched again and again by Yu Seong, Jr. , and then the scene flashed directly to a melodramatic closing scene being acted by Tae-Seong.

Anyway, the one thing that would just make this series one of the favorites of the year for me would be to have it end with a celebrity wedding, where the nation's boyfriend became the nation's husband. I could see that really being amusing, with Han-Byeol having to monitor tweets about her own wedding, and Ki-bbeum needing to delicately craft "exclusives" about her best friend.

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Thanks for calling it: a celebrity wedding would be the perfect end to this drama❤️ I really hope they go there.

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Maybe they will just utilize the lawyer’s cousin-actress wedding to cover that subject and all its hoopla.

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While I don’t normally want a wedding at the end of a drama (probably because I don’t really believe in marriage), I think having one in this is suitable. Its a cute story overall, therefore after much trouble our leads have gone through it warrants a show of a wedding (or glimpses of it) in the final episode.

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The point of it for me would not necessarily be for the culmination of the romance, but as a way to make fun or at least comment on yet one more bizarre aspect of being a celebrity.

Usually I'm all about the romance(s). In this show the only one I am strongly hoping will achieve a satisfying resolution is Ki-bbeum and Soo-hyuk (I'm assuming that Tae-Sung and Han-Byeol will end together, regardless of whether they reach marital status.)

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I just thought they may feel they covered the bizarre element of celebrity weddings re the mix up over the names and the reporter having to write the exclusive to correct the information. It’s all about keeping it secret from the paparazzi and safe for all the top celebs who are attending. Which was covered in that storyline. Let’s wait to see what they do.

I like the dramas that do the wedding scenes like Once again where they all do a song and dance routine or where they show the photos of the wedding so you know they did get married.

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Speaking about the romances, though, there's a really minor point that I wasn't certain of and maybe you picked up on and could clarify--

Does Ki-bbeum know that Tae-Sung and Han-Byeol are a fully attached couple? I know that HB has confessed her "crush" to KB, and reaffirmed it in the conversation at the end of episode 14, but I don't remember whether HB said they are dating yet. There was this moment when KB thought that HB would be uncomfortable when Soo-hyuk was mentioned, which seemed to indicate that she wasn't aware of the intensity of the HB- Tae-Sung relationship.

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I think I must have missed that, too. I thought she didn’t know that they were dating, but as far as I’m concerned it seems like she somehow knows it now. Not sure about this, or the show skipped certain scenes or forgot to address this???

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Thanks for replying--I'm hoping that it wasn't an oversight by the show, and that though she is aware of a connection, she doesn't know the extent, so that this will be part of the general revelation. I think her support will be key for any scandal.

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I think KB does know; didn't they discuss it while they were on the swings? I'm hoping KB will get the exclusive to reveal the relationship.

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On the swings, it was after Tae-Sung blurted out he liked her and she ran away screaming, but before TS and HB had that very romantic moment in his apartment, so I took the swing conversation to be prior to beginning their relationship in earnest.

However, I don't mean to make to big a deal of this, I was just curious about if KB knows that the relationship really did develop.

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I just rewatched the conversation and the context of the conversation was them talking about Ho young being happy holding hands with Yoo sung because she is so besotted. Then Ri bbeun asks how Han byeol is doing. Han byeol says how deep she had fallen for his looks and having deep conversation so it seems to me they were talking about their relationship as they then went on to say how it was unusual for Ki bbeun not to have progressed further when she has been this into a man. So I think it was a conversation about how they are all in to their men and Ki bbeun is pulling up the rear which was unusual for them as it sounds like usually she is the only one who has relationships.

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I posted on last recap, I recall, that they took a storyline I cared nothing for and SOLD it by by sheer acting skills. I've got to give them credit for that.

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i'm just not feeling the yu sung-ho young romance. i instinctively just glaze over their scenes.

agree with the absurdity of gwi nong blaming tae sung for yoon woo's death over a netizen's comment. the netizens don't know the actors personally. but he's a manager in the industry. him being the manager should know how close tae sung and yoon woo were, he should know what they were like as individuals. idk this part of the story is just unreasonable writing to me.

i like soo hyuk and ki bbeum a lot. they're both super smart people who seem to share similar life values. i look forward to their final scenes together.

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Well great content I saw the triller on tiktok but I didn't expect the movie to be this long

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I was not looking forward to the show getting heavy and how shows usually sort of stumble at this point in the drama, but the drama handled it beautifully. The whole thing with Yoon-woo and Gwi-Nong was just well-done while also maintaining the show's strengths of showcasing teamwork, positive and likable personalities, many combos of character interactions, and the behind-the-scenes foibles of the whole k-celeb world.

I wonder if Si-deok and Da-hye will be a future possible couple since now she is his role model. Da-hye - who is a secret Tae-sung fangirl.

I find the Yoo-sung and Ho-young couple incredibly cute and the interactions last only long enough before they get to be too much for me. My only gripe is that I have a crush on Yoo-sung, and I need her to make out with him like a beast so I can live vicariously through her. And they're barely in hand-holding stage. ugh! Then again, it seems like the korean way of relationships is to declare gf/bf before actually dating to see if you want to be bf/gf

I wish this drama had higher ratings and buzz so that we can see the actors for Yoona and Minkyu do a ramyun commercial.

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I wish this drama had higher ratings and buzz so that we can see the actors for Yoona and Minkyu do a ramyun commercial.

That would be the BOMB.

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