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The Law Cafe: Episodes 3-4

If you thought The Law Cafe threw a lot at us during its premiere episodes, then sit tight, because this week our supposed rom-com said, “Hold my soju,” and came at us with even more antics and a surprisingly dark twist. The face behind our big bad corporation is nastier than expected, and he sends a violent warning message to our leading lady.

 
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Last week I compared The Law Cafe to the love child between Our Beloved Summer and Vincenzo, and the first two episodes left me thinking this rom-com took after the former more than the latter. Well, as this story ages out of its infancy and enters the awkward prepubescent phase, I’m starting to see a stronger resemblance to Vincenzo. Our villain is not as campy and unthreatening as I was initially led to believe, and Yuri’s latest investigation tackles a heart-wrenching case of child abuse. (So, you’ve been warned.)

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of our drama’s shift to the dark (themed) side, we pick up where we left off, with Yuri feeling a little…funny after watching Jung-ho successfully talk Suk-joon down from the ledge of his building. Her heart’s racing, but her extensive history with panic attacks — which we learn (through flashbacks) that Yuri has consistently suffered from since her father’s death — assures her that she’s experiencing something else. But she’s unable to recognize her symptoms for what they really are: a growing attraction to Jung-ho.

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Her complete denial and inability to recognize her feelings are a running joke this week, and her confusion is only exacerbated by Jung-ho’s constant hot and cold behavior — which seems plucked straight from the lyrics of a Katy Perry song. One moment he’s offering to help her fight against Dohan Construction on behalf of the building tenants, and the next he’s dismissing her lawsuit as a lost cause that will prolong her clients’ pain and suffering. Then he does another 180 spin and reminds Yuri of her law cafe’s original, founding purpose: resolving her clients’ problems before they ever reach a courtroom.

Yuri’s clients aren’t interested in sticking it to the big bad corporation. No, they want relief from the excessive noise caused by their building’s cheap construction, and the most expedient way they can receive restitution is by forcing Dohan Construction to settle quickly — and quietly — outside of court. To do that, Jung-ho says, they have to think outside the box, and the plan that he comes up with is both ingenious and toe-tappingly catchy.

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Inspired by Suk-joon’s past stint as a professional guitarist, Jung-ho recruits his cousin PARK WOO-JIN (Kim Nam-hee), Yuri’s new employees BAE JOON (Kim Do-hoon) and SEO EUN-KANG (Ahn Dong-goo), and Suk-joon to be a part of a band. The twist is that they aren’t practicing in the same room together. Instead, each member is stationed in a different apartment, and as they play, their ability to hear each other and stay in sync measures the quality of the apartment complex’s soundproofing.

The team filmed their unconventional concert and uploaded the video to the internet, adding commentary that clarifies that they performed the same test in a variety of buildings that were constructed by different companies, and so far their findings have demonstrated that the apartment complexes built by Dohan Construction created the most noise pollution. They end their video by gently guiding their viewers to speculate and draw their own — but obvious — conclusions.

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The video sends Pyun-woong into a tizzy, accomplishing exactly what the Law Cafe rock band wanted. Dohan Construction contacts Yuri, demanding that she take the video down, so Yuri and a sharply dressed Jung-ho — lol at everyone’s reaction to seeing him in a suit — then meet with Dohan Construction’s lawyers. It is during their mediation that Yuri hands them the terms of her lawsuit. Sure, she’ll take down the video, but in exchange she wants compensation for her clients.

Dohan Construction (reluctantly) settles with Yuri and provides the tenants — well, those that were brave and agreed to file a lawsuit — with enough money to renovate and soundproof their homes. The tenants who feared that a lawsuit would go public and cause their apartments to depreciate in value, however, are SOL, and Yuri smuggly hands them her business card so they can contact her if they ever need a lawyer for a different matter.

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Yuri and Jung-ho celebrate their victory with their mutual friends and Yuri’s flower boy employees. While Jin-ki does his best Salt Bae impersonation at the grill, everyone else eats, drinks, and toasts to their success — completely oblivious to the creepy onlooker spying on them. This is the first sign that our story is about to get dark, but for now the party continues on with the group deciding to play a truth-telling game.

It is during this drinking game that a tipsy Yuri finally decides to ask Jung-ho why he (fake) broke up with her in college. As Yuri continues to air her grievances about the past, Se-yeon gives the uninitiated members of their party a quick run-down of Yuri and Jung-ho’s fake college relationship, but everyone goes quiet when Yuri makes a vaguely suggestive demand of Jung-ho: “Stop pretending you don’t like me!”

She then promises to take good care of him if he comes to her — but does she mean romantically? Everyone holds their breath… Annnnnnd the moment is interrupted when Se-yeon goes into labor — wait, what?!

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I had to go back and revisit the first couple of episodes to confirm that I did not miss something obvious, but a casual rewatch confirms that the writers were intentionally discrete about Se-yeon’s pregnancy. The signs were there: excessive snacking, complaining she was uncomfortable, the way she held her belly in the wedding photo on the side table, and the glass of juice she held up while everyone else toasted with wine. Unfortunately, as amusing as this reveal was in hindsight, it was a massive missed opportunity for the writers to keep the gag going until the end of the drama.

After bidding Se-yeon and Jin-ki goodbye at the hospital, Yuri walks Jung-ho back to his building and clarifies that her earlier proposal was a business proposition. They work well together, and she wants him to be a partner in her law cafe shenanigans. He coldly rejects the offer, though, harshly and abruptly rebuilding the wall between them — spackling the bricks one-by-one with his noble idiocy.

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And this is when things turn dark, Beanies. After Jung-ho’s rejection, Yuri finds the door to her cafe unlocked and ajar, and the place has been ransacked. But that’s not the worst of it. No, the adorable neighborhood dog was slain — a violent warning from Pyung-woong.

Jung-ho tries to shield her from the sight, but it’s too late. She’s traumatized and rooted to the spot, so he has to scoop her up and carry her to his apartment. Jung-ho the Curmudgeon is quickly replaced by Jung-ho the Protector, and when Yuri wants to return to her apartment the next day, they publicly argue in front of Joon, Eun-kang, and the neighborhood ajummas over where she should stay until the culprit is apprehended.

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The ajummas squee when Jung-ho suggests that Yuri should stay with him, but she balks at the inappropriateness of it. Jung-ho argues back that they’re like family — like brother and sister! — and their relationship is so platonic they could sleep in the same bed together. That last bit is overheard by Yuri’s mom (Hwang Young-hee), and while she acts maternally scandalized at first, she — like the rest of the neighborhood shippers — would be fine with them sharing a bed if it means Jung-ho is going to be her son-in-law.

Instead of gaining a son-in-law, though, Mom gets a new houseguest. The compromise for Yuri’s current living predicament is to have her stay a few nights with her mother and step-father, and I appreciate that they chose to have Mom get remarried after Yuri’s father died. Although Yuri describes her relationship with her stepfather as being a bit awkward, the quietly harmonious glimpse into her present-day family life provided a foil for Yuri’s next case, which featured a significantly more troubled household.

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A woman comes to the law cafe to inquire about the possible legal measures she can take against her neighbor. She claims he’s stalking her family and staring inappropriately at her daughter, but after speaking with the neighbor and inquiring with police, Yuri learns that the woman has a history of child abuse. She’s been neglecting her oldest daughter YOON SOO-AH (Kim Tae-yeon) and punishing her by locking her in a cupboard.

At night, Soo-ah has been sneaking into the law cafe, which explains all the ghostly noises Yuri has been hearing. Soo-ah’s mother is arrested, but Soo-ah is missing. She hasn’t been seen since the night the dog was murdered, which was the night Yuri mistook Soo-ah for a ghost.

Once Yuri realizes Soo-ah stole her wallet and used her credit card, Yuri and Jung-ho are able to pinpoint Soo-ah’s last known location, which is near the former home of the foster family that took care of her and her sister the last time their mother was arrested. After a night of searching the nearby area for Soo-ah in the rain, Yuri and Jung-ho return to the cafe. There they find a starving Soo-ah raiding the refrigerator.

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She’s heartbreakingly skittish, as her years of abuse have conditioned her to expect punishment instead of caring and understanding, so it takes a little bit of coaxing for Yuri to assure Soo-ah that she’s not upset she stole her wallet. Once Soo-ah finds the courage to come closer, she tragically admits that she wants to return home because she’s worried that her younger sister will take the brunt of their mother’s punishment if she’s not around — ooof! Right in the feels!

After reuniting the two girls with their former foster parents, Yuri is understandably emotional, and as she watches Jung-ho walk ahead of her, she’s overcome by the urge to hug him. She caves to the impulse, runs to catch up with him, and latches her arms around his waist, but that isn’t enough. She looks up, and tells him that she wants to kiss him. And so she does.

He’s so shocked that he forgets to close his eyes. But after she pulls away and explicitly tells him that she doesn’t want to be his “family,” he regains his senses and initiates their next kiss.

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Woo wee! Things are moving really fast! I had to double-check to see how many episodes this drama is supposed to be because I was not expecting the romance to progress this quickly. Personally, I’m not a fan because my favorite moments have been rooted in their bickering, and I don’t know if that chemistry can be maintained if they start making goo-goo eyes at each other instead. Then again, the source of Jung-ho’s noble idiocy has not been resolved, so he could very well kiss-and-run, which would bring us back to the beginning of their crazy emotional roller coaster.

Overall, though, this drama has me feeling like I accidentally stumbled across a furry convention. My first instinct is to just walk away, but then I realize I have soooo many unanswered questions, which makes me want to take another look and gawk at the chaos.

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Some of this drama’s chaos is Pyun-woong. As far as bad guys go, I’m still on the fence with his character. Part of me thinks the role — and all its daddy issues — would have been better conveyed by a younger actor. On the other hand, there’s something engagingly unpredictable about a forty-something villain whose evil persona is akin to a powertrippin’ child killing a bunch of ants with a magnifying glass.

Heroes and villains aside, though, there are currently a lot of under-featured characters that I would like to see more of going forward. Obviously, Se-yeon and Jin-ki are two of them, but now that they have a newborn, real world logic would dictate that means we’ll see them less. I guess there is still hope for Joon and Eun-kang — especially, Eun-kang. They can’t keep teasing us about his six-years in prison stint and not tell us his backstory. I’m right there with Joon, wanting to know every juicy bit of gossip about this mysterious keyboard-playing barista with a criminal past.

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But Lee Seung Gi sang in it so... 👀💜🥰

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I definitely squeed a bit to see Lee Seung-gi singing! Can't remember if he's done that before in a drama (not counting OSTs).

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He sings a little made up song to Miho in My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho but I think that’s it (unless he sings in Chil Sisters which I haven’t seen all of).

Tbh it’s one of my least favorite things when singers sing in shows (especially when they are not playing singers) but I will allow it in this instance because 😍

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Ah yes that made-up song! It was such an earworm I'd find myself randomly going "chingu miho-neun, kiyeowoon gumiho" days later 😭

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Kiss and run lol

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I think he definitely will because he's ridiculous haha

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Yuri is the Male Lead in a typical romance, and Jung-ho is the Female Lead in a typical romance lol. She gives him a chase for his money, and he doesn't cower but instead receives her actions. Their bickering and sexual tension remind me of Kim Hye Soo and Ju Ji Hoon's delicious tandem in Hyena.

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I don’t have access to this and am cross. Also, would be great if we don’t have to see noodles spilling out of someone’s open mouth. A bit gross.

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If I saw Lee Seung Gi looking that dashing in a suit and slick hair, I too would have had the same reaction! Haha! But I would be careful not to spill anything doing so lol.

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Gutted for you that even the HiTV app has let you down. I thought it was the best way to get round regional issues for free. They even release the shows in their raw format so you can watch dramas before the subtitles are released a few hours later. They also translate written words consistently unlike other other platforms.
Hope you can find it somewhere free from dodgy ads and viruses.

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I meant to thank you for putting me on to HiTV, I was able to watch this drama as a result, plus I see a few others that I wasn't able to access previously- thanks again!

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No problem someone on here told me about it and I am so grateful I tell everyone.

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Oh, I had forgotten you had recommended it. Is it legal? As I have to be careful. And is it free or by subscription? I’m happy to pay for it. Thank you!

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It’s free hence the pop up safe ads. Not sure if there is a paid ad free version.

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I’m using a VPN but that is an extra expense.

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What does it mean to use a VPN?

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VPN = virtual private network. People use them for various reasons, but they’re mostly useful for getting around geoblocking by making your location appear to be in a different part of the world. Not 100% successful (Netflix doesn’t like them) but useful tool.

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(At least for people like me that is what they are useful for)

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@daebakgrits made me so happy and smiley haha. I really enjoy the way this recap was written especially "If you thought The Law Cafe threw a lot at us during its premiere episodes, then sit tight, because this week our supposed rom-com said, “Hold my soju,”". That just made me instantly smile.

Okay, so my absolute favorite moment was the noise complaint rock band. I really and truly loved eveything about it and it tickles me that his master plan was to basically make a music video haha
And! I think this is the first time Seung Gi's sang like this in a drama haha
I love how Yuri embraced her inner groupie and Jung Ho embraced his inner rocker. That image after they're done with the song is just so fun to me.

I also very much like Joon's, let's say appreciation, of Jung Ho haha
I love how he mirrors him and back when he tried comforting him after Yuri yelled at him. He's such a little scene stealer to me with his background actions haha
And then he's right there along with the neighbor ladies with his shipping and facepalming haha

Same as last week, I really like how direct and passionate Yuri is. I love that she isn't a pushover. The many times she's called out Jung Ho on his actions is just my happy place haha
When her mom came, all I could think was Yuri really takes after her haha

Jung Ho: master of mixed signals. He's so ridiculous. I can't believe he said, with his own mouth in front of people, that they were like brother and sister haha
And then he actually teases her about what she'll do if he keeps being nice to her. (I'm sorry but I do love when he does that getting closer to tease thing haha he's so mischievous and yet... haha)
Fast forward to him not being able to deal with those very consequences of her kissing him haha

I really love that the drama is trying to do its part in destimatizing mental health issues and treatment. I also like that they said don't be around people, even family, if they make you miserable and/or hurt you. Maybe that's been said in other dramas but I haven't seen it.

When the dog was murdered, my first thought was "how dare they do that to my heart?! Who gave them the right?!" I need comeuppence for that dog murderer.

The actor playing the chairman (I think he's a chairman) seems to be having fun with the role. He does seem like he might be a formidable adversary because he just has hedonistic, sociopathic energy to him. (Is sociopathic too strong of a word? Hmm)
Anywho, I do look forward to his showdowns with Yuri and Jung Ho.

And it must be one heck of a prison the barista was in because how was he mastering the art of coffee and playing keyboard there?
I wonder if we'll ever learn about why he committed arson or if there's a reason he's drawn to the single mom. Is it as simple as he's just attracted to her or is there a little something more?

Once again, I liked the wardrobe haha
I liked Yuri's black skirt with the snake print and her pink...

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When they calm down on the slapstick humor, it's better. But I still think this drama is trying to be too many things at the same time.

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I've dropped it but read the recap out of curiosity. The first week was a mess, this sounds like they're not bringing it together at all. It still seems like a mess.

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I thought this week was a lot more focused so hopefully that’s a trend that will continue.

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Good Job does a better job with the slapstick humor, but the plot is thin. The plot here is more robust, but the editing can be a bit wonky. Jealously Incarnate's editing team needed to be brought into Law Cafe's team. Kdramas tend to be soups, an array of things thrown into them. This is no different, I don't mind it I think plain romcoms don't get the ratings they used to get. WTCB had a serial killer subplot that I didn't care for at all, and that was also a show that felt clunky with its subplots for parts of the show.

Didn't read the webtoon, but from what I saw, it was a more mature rom-com. Here, I notice they added a villain here. I don't blame them for trying to do something fresh to a stale and tried genre, though!

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Good Job : Trying to find his mother's killer
Law Cafe : Trying to arrest her father's killer

Why they all need a killer? I mean I would be happy with just her clients (even if her way to work seems really weird...)

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The writers don't know what to do when the main leads have both of their parents alive.

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Does Seung gi’s character have both parents alive? If so I think it’s the first time ever 😅

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Or how to give us a happy couple for the duration of their show haha.

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@soulsearch12 couples can't be happy for more than 4/5 episodes. Why? Who knows.

They get together in episode 8, everything is fine for a while (episodes 9-11) then they break up (ep 12-15) and for the finale, they're back together (ep 16).

Some writers are even more evil and make them get together at ep 10 or make them break up twice.😶

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I have no clue, I think it’s probably because good couples are perceived as ‘boring,’ or it’s not enough of a contrast to fill the whole series.

Fine, ok but can we stop with the noble idiocy in the mid way mark, breaking up and then getting back 2 episodes before the end?

I hope for this show since they got the noble idiocy thing in Ep 1, that they manage to not fall into the cliches. But part of me wonders if they will lol, because there’s still 12 more left to go. Like the writers can’t think of any creative storylines or new ways to fill the time?

Twice breaking up?! That’s just plain cruel and almost mocking the audience. Since we know most of the time they get back together in the end. Even worse, is if the couple reunites the last 10 minutes, after separating the couple for mainly Ep 15-16.

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@soulsearch12 I hope the same thing. Since we're dealing with the cliches at the begging of the show, they won't use those stupid tropes later again. If we have a double break up I'm gonna scream. It's amazing how writers seem to struggle so hard with romance. Like they just don't know what to do with it.

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I feel the same - it's tonally all over the place. The rom-com bits of it are great, the dark law cases don't fit. Surely you can't watch someone nearly commit suicide, then immediately go into romantic feels. I think it would work if their law cases weren't trying to be so gritty.

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If they got the writer of Fight My Way (feelings of the late 20s/early 30s struggles), Vincenzo (quirky law), and Familiar Wife (mature romance) together, it would make the perfect mix of law, romcom, and slice-of-life show.

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That'd be ace!

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These episodes were better than the premiere and I quite liked the premiere! Always love a drama character who says things right out of the gate like Yu-ri whether it's asking uncomfortable questions or initiating kisses.

I predict that Jung-ho will definitely kiss-and-run, which frankly is the funnier outcome. I'd be so onboard with watching Yu-ri do the chasing!

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Love it!

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@daebakgrits thank you for this great weecap as I will be following by weecaps only from now on. I learnt a new urban phrase SOL (s**t out of luck! just in case anyone else was about to turn to their Google friend) I started episode three determined to give it the four episodes before walking away treatment but got distracted and rather than pick it up again I decided to walk away. Reading this weecap I realise that was the best decision for me as I was saving myself from being exposed to the thing I hate the most, rom com’s that become anxiety provoking due to thriller elements. I am so sensitive to this that even webtoons I was enjoying get stopped when thriller elements show up and are clearly going to remain a key feature (See you in my 19th life). I ignored the message that this was bound to happen as I really wanted to watch this.

I am glad it seems I was right that the ghost was connected to someone being somewhere they shouldn’t be and the noise travelling.
The pregnancy makes sense now as I had wondered why the husband was making a massive deal out of the snack he made and was rushing home to be with her. I had put it down to maintaining the honeymoon phase however I do think they are meant to be a particularly close loving couple to be a contrast to the main couple who have a volatile but equally deep long term connection.

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How many different coloured tracksuits does Jung-ho actually own? Which colours have we not seen yet?

With episodes 3 and 4, the series seems to have found its rhythm. What bothered me a bit in the first two episodes I now find less disturbing. I've decided I'm going to have a lot of fun with this drama (especially after seeing Jung-ho in the black suit).

I'm also not a fan of a couple getting together so early, and I really hope Jung-ho chickens out next week.

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I’m expecting she’ll get threatened for being his girlfriend and he’ll run for the hills for protective reasons, but I will be happy to be wrong.

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I rather suspect that when he has a clear head again, it will occur to him why he has always kept his distance up to now (his father and his relationship with Dohan Construction).

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I really really wanted to like the drama—I swear! And I was really really going to give it the usual 4 episodes before deciding whether to drop it, but I just couldn’t make it. I finished the third episode excited that I only had 1 more to go and then realized I had only finished the second episode. I was sooooo annoyed and took that as my sign to drop.

I feel there’s so much wasted potential with the story. I think I would’ve been enjoyed the show more if it leaned more towards lighter slice-of-life. I would 100% watch a show about Yuri’s Law Cafe filled with handsome employees, their cases, the love/hate relationship she forges with her new cantankerous/tsundere landlord and the hijinks that ensue. I’m not feeling keen on the other story elements right now—so burned out on secret revenge plotting and noble idiocy related to said secret revenge plotting and tragic pasts and wrongful deaths needing justice to be served. ::eye roll::

Also, I mainly checked this show out because Kim Seul-gi is in it, but, like, isn’t? I legit searched to see if she had some kind of scandal I wasn’t aware of in order to explain why she was only on the screen for 1 minute in 2 episodes.

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Same, same. I want a light slice-of-life drama. I want something comedic and not so shouty. It's fun, but not fun enough.

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I mean, is it really even baseline “fun”? Sure, it has its moments, but … I don’t know. I’m also watching Good Job strictly because it’s such a fun show so when making comparisons Law Cafe falls incredibly short. Such a bummer.

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‘I finished the third episode excited that I only had 1 more to go and then realized I had only finished the second episode. I was sooooo annoyed and took that as my sign to drop.’
👆🏾 This made me laugh so much as this happens when I am in the gym and I think I have done 30 mins and it turns out it has been 10!

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Hahaha!! I know what you mean.

I was watching the second episode on and off throughout the day. (I have a 14 month old so we were alternating between the show and Pororo.) I just lost a sense of what episode it was since it felt so dragged out from watching it all day. I finally finished it and then later went to watch episode 4. Like 15 seconds in I was like, “Nooooooo, arghhhhhhh!” and then gave up.

Also, I do Pilates now instead of going to the gym. Much more fun!

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This show is really weird. It just feels messy. Also, it breaks the fourth wall so often that it's not even funny anymore.

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Thank you for a great recap . It was much more fun reading it then watching the drama itself :) I did not like premier week and was not planning to continue watching but this week's episodes were much better . This is my first time watching Seung Gi Sang . I could not stand Vegabond , dropted it before half. LSY is almost playing same character like Red Sleeve . Finger crossed for future episodes :)

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It's keeping me interested enough - loving Kim Dohoon's ott puppy! - but I started eye-rolling at the fourth wall moments that started giving me middle-school level ethics lessons about "speaking up about abuse". Don't get me wrong, the overall message is something that needs to be said, but not here and not in this way: the force of the message was undermined by the choice of delivery, I think.

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I found that jarring as well. She isn't someone I would go to for advice and having her preach at the audience was just plain weird. Either be a drama with serious lessons and heartache or be a drama with crazy, shouty people who are falling in love. It's trying to be Vincenzo and failing spectacularly.

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Yeah I also found that jarring, like this is not the drama I would expect to have a Very Important Episode about what you should do if you see abuse.

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When Jung-ho engages instead of pushing away or running away, you can see why he was the smartest in the class. His music video tactic was weird but brilliant. And his transformation in a suit and brushed-back hair was, wow, heart-stopping.

His involvement in problem solving and a lower-volume, more compassionate Yuri were 2 reasons this weekend's episodes were easier to watch.

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Thanks for the funny recap.
I also fear the loss of bickering. If they are together so soon, how can the whole neiborhood and us ship them and watch them be blind to their emotions ?

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What glorious mess. this drama was all over the place, but I really like our leads together. Episode 4 and a kiss, this drama is going places. The storyline is too ridiculous to think too deeply about, so I don't. 😜

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Exactly! The show is so charming in its messiness haha
I get that there are aspects that isn't everyone's cup of tea but for me, I've never seen anything like it.

It's messy but I don't hate it. It just makes me curious what they could possibly come up with next.
Each week leaves me wishing it was the following week.
Plus it's just so pretty to look at to me haha
I love the sets and the clothes

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Yes, lol, you articulated this better than I did.

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I want to drop, but I can't. I am here for the leads. They are just too endearing to give this up..
I don't know what's happening in the drama otherwise ; )

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I think I watched the concert more than five times. I was looking for a drama for Mondays and Tuesdays and I stumbled upon this drama. I laughed so much. Been a while since I watched a drama without fast forwarding it. So, I look forward to Mondays and Tuesdays for Law Cafe. 👌👌👌

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Thanks @daebakgrits! Yes, there are lots of side characters that I want to get to know better. Also in agreement that this will be a kiss and run situation. While the drama isn't amazing, it's weirdly addictive...

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Just to clarify here, so Kim Seul Gi is doing a cameo here, right? Right? If not, someone is going to get hurt. If this is the extent of role she is going to get, I am angry.

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Here are the few things the show is doing right :
1. Our heroine's (and hero's) heart is in the right place.
2. We are told that not all family is good. Abusive parents should not be tolerated or accepted. (I am looking at you "Today's Webtoon")
3. Kim Do hoon getting a relaxed vibe and better haircut. (Also it does no hurt to showcase that he is good looking)
4. In spite of the noble idiocy, we can totally buy the long time love of both the parties. There is a good enough reason for both of them to hold a torch for each other. (albeit FL is not really the most self aware in this respect)
5. The FL is a strait shooter and has no time/energy for games.

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For anyone that is interested, the song Lee Seung Gi and band perform is a cover of Crying Nut’s “Isn’t That Good?”
(And for those who are interested in Seung Gi singing rock covers, I recommend the Table Concerts from his YouTube channel)

I wish the premiere episodes had more of the direction these two episodes had. I mean maybe I just adjusted my expectations based on the first two but after watching these I am more confident the show will be fun for reasons other than having attractive leads 😅

I enjoy the cartoon-y evil child-but-adult villain; he seems unpredictable (and not that he did it personally but killing a dog is really going straight into high gear for menacing people) and that’s always interesting.

The whole thing seems quite unpredictable- I wasn’t expected a kiss at episode 4! I saw someone on twitter speculating that Yu Ri was imagining it based on a pause while she was looking at him before she ran over….but I don’t think that would make sense based on the scene as a whole (and the previews for the next episode 👀)

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Oh, he's totally kissing and running. Or she is. Regardless, I don't see the bickering ending yet.

This isn't a particularly well written drama, but somehow, I'm enjoying it. I'm not sure why. Maybe because it's unpredictable, the characters are likeable, the leads know what they're doing, and the humor sometimes lands very well (sometimes not, but that's ok for now). It's not at all what I expected but I'm still into it.

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I think the charm in this show is the characters, and especially how you got two talented and charming actors who really have sparkling chemistry. LSY and LSG’s chemistry elevates the script.

It’s earnest in its regards to trying to do something different to a genre that’s been done a lot. While there are cliches here and there, I think the heart is at the right place for the most part.

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I think Lee Seung Gi is one of those actors who can have crackling chemistry with anyone, be it women and men. I was confirmed when I saw him in Mouse. He had strong chemistry with secondary characters despite being a villain.

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He's not one of my ultimate favorites, but he's one of the OG's. Even before I got interested in Kdramas, Guihimo was something I knew (SMA+him!!). He has excellent chemistry with his partners, who are some of the most beautiful actresses for over a decade. LSY also has fantastic chemistry with her partners as well, even with Ji Sung, who was much older too.

They act with their eyes and aren't shy about intimacy which helps with the believability of their romance. Their natural charm seeps through.

Although a part of me wonders if this might be one of LSG's final rom-com dramas, the guy next door type of vibe he excluded in his 20s might be less believable as he becomes mid to late 30s. I'm just theorizing, lol!

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Tbh I don’t consider that he’s done a lot of rom-com dramas - My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho is, but it’s not the first category I’d put any of his other dramas in (like Hwayugi has comedy and romance but I wouldn’t call it a romantic comedy).

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@beffels I guess the proper term would be romance genre. Or what made him the most popular and known. It’s a random thought that popped into my head lol. I was wondering afterwards, if he was going to go more serious in his career choices now & transition away from romance.

But I digress! IA, while the shows have romance, its not the main thing that encompasses it. He’s definitely one of the actors that encapsulates the 2010’s era of Kdrama’s for me now that I think about it lol.

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@soulsearch12 I think he’s definitely being quite deliberate with his drama choices (I don’t think it’s a coincidence he’s following up Mouse with a romantic comedy). I’d be sorry to see him move away from romances entirely because he’s very good in them!

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@beffels It's better to leave on your own terms before you get asked to leave, if that makes sense?

He's obviously still young, but typically for romances, the roles that older men tend to get are makjang or adultery romances :D. I know some actors lamented about their roles changing due to getting older, settling down, or being typecast. Perhaps, doing Vagabond (I know, lol)/Mouse means he wants to stretch his talents in other genres outside of romance.

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@soulsearch12 definitely would feel better to leave before you get pushed. I imagine he’ll want to get married at some point which sadly does seem to affect your marketability as a romantic lead as well. (Personally I really enjoyed Vagabond 😄 so I’d be happy to see more in this vein).

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