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The Golden Spoon: Episodes 3-4

Our newly rich protagonist quickly adjusts to his new lifestyle, though he encounters a few hiccups along the way. More people may be onto him than he expects, including someone who’s all too familiar with how the golden spoon works.

 
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We resume in the middle of the rifle confrontation, and Seung-cheon actually shoots — but it’s a blank. Jang-gun ends up in the hospital not for a gunshot wound, but because he broke his arm when he cowered away so hard he fell to the floor. Neither he nor his father can do anything against Seung-cheon, who exposes Jang-gun’s bullying and his father’s illegal possession of firearms.

After the whole ordeal, Tae-yong’s still trembling from the residual fear, and Seung-cheon offers him a ride home. Wary, Tae-yong asks why Seung-cheon helped him, to which Seung-cheon answers that he felt sorry Tae-yong got hit in his place. Of course, Tae-yong doesn’t understand what he means, and Seung-cheon waves it off by saying that he’s repaid his debt.

Seung-cheon’s certainly trying, but it isn’t easy working from the shadows. Having had his generosity rejected before, he can’t do anything to outright help his family as “Tae-yong” — not even when he witnesses his father debasing himself to wipe the landlord’s shoe with his sleeve.

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Faced with the poverty he managed to escape from, Seung-cheon sneers that he made the right choice to switch parents, but it sounds more like he’s trying to convince himself and his conscience.

Seung-cheon’s birthday rolls around, and with it comes lavish gifts and a resplendent garden party for the young master. Interestingly, Seung-cheon shares the same birthday as Tae-yong — this can’t just be a coincidence…

Instead of her fiancé’s party, Joo-hee heads to “Seung-cheon’s” house instead. She surprises Tae-yong with a birthday gift, and he cutely asks for help with his homework, hee.

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Then a cockroach suddenly scurries out from under the bookshelf, and Joo-hee yelps for Tae-yong to kill it — except Tae-yong’s even more scared than she is, HAHAHA. They both shove the other in front to deal with the cockroach, which ends with them losing their balance and falling to the floor together.

Tae-yong stares dazedly down at Joo-hee, she blinks dazedly back up at him, and all the while I’m yelling at my screen because they’re on the very same floor as the cockroach. Which eventually gets squashed under a book that Joo-hee throws at it, but y’know, that certainly took a while.

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Back at Seung-cheon’s party, he’s busy trying not to blow his cover. He barely scrapes by thanks to the handy list of attendees on his phone, but a new crisis strikes when Stepmom reminds him that it’s time to perform the piano piece he always plays every year.

Then Tae-yong suddenly swoops in to save the day, heading straight for the piano as if that’s his rightful place and playing the piece without a hitch. Afterwards, he tells Seung-cheon that this is his birthday present, as repayment for the incident with Jang-gun.

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Tae-yong’s piano recital leaves several people baffled; Stepmom can’t wrap her head around why “Seung-cheon” plays exactly like “Tae-yong,” and Yeo-jin seems to notice something amiss. Meanwhile, Seung-cheon realizes that post-swap, their habits and talents still remain their own.

Joo-hee doesn’t have a birthday gift for Seung-cheon (since this party was thrown on her father’s dime, LOL), but she does have something to give him. Earlier, she passed by the peddler grandma, who gave her a letter to pass to “Tae-yong.”

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Seung-cheon reads it, and it sends him searching for Tae-yong in a panic. Turns out the grandma forgot to tell him one very important rule — if either person meets their birth parents on their birthday, they’ll return to their original places. In his rush to find Tae-yong, Seung-cheon doesn’t notice that the envelope has fallen out of his pocket and onto the ground.

In an extremely close shave, Tae-yong and CEO Hwang cross paths, but their gazes don’t meet. Luckily for him, Seung-cheon manages to block CEO Hwang from entering the same lift as Tae-yong, by enveloping him in a very sudden and very awkward hug. LOL, CEO Hwang’s expression is priceless.

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While waiting for Seung-cheon, Moon-ki has a chance encounter with Seung-cheon’s noona SEUNG-AH (Seung-yoo). She’s in the midst of an argument with the landlord and his minions for taking a peek through the window while she was showering, and she’s about two seconds away from beating them all up. LOL, Moon-ki tries to stop her, but he ends up getting a punch to the face instead. He seems taken by Seung-ah’s fighting skills, which is cute.

Seung-cheon catches wind of this, and he deals with the situation by getting Moon-ki to beat up the landlord and his gang, all while he munches on his chips and enjoys the show. (Honestly, same — Moon-ki can really fight!) That successfully intimidates the landlord into apologizing to Seung-cheon’s family and promising to never harass them for rent again, complete with a fruit basket and a finger heart.

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After her part time job, Joo-hee finds herself stalked by a strange man on her way home. Seung-cheon notices and saves her in the nick of time, and Joo-hee confesses that the man was the father of her dead middle school friend Na-ra, who had to transfer schools after she got caught stealing Joo-hee’s watch.

Since the watch was a keepsake from her late mother, Joo-hee couldn’t bring herself to forgive Na-ra and stop her forced transfer. Then Na-ra suddenly died of acute leukemia, and her father blamed Joo-hee for his daughter’s death.

Gently patting her head, Seung-cheon reassures Joo-hee that it wasn’t her fault, then muses that he understands her a little more now. He thinks she likes “Seung-cheon” out of sympathy, like she felt towards Na-ra, but she disagrees — she likes Seung-cheon just because he’s him.

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The next morning, Seung-cheon finds the missing envelope slotted neatly in his textbook. Then he gets a text message: “I think I know. You… aren’t Hwang Tae-yong, right?”

Seung-cheon’s shocked reaction is a dead giveaway, but no one in class is particularly suspicious, though the show attempts to fake us out with a charged moment between him and Tae-yong.

Eventually, Jang-gun admits to pulling a prank and sending the same message to everyone with his mom’s phone. Except that isn’t all there is to it, and we see that Yeo-jin was instructing him all along; the mass messaging was simply to divert attention. She’s definitely on to Seung-cheon, though it seems she wants to toy with him first, especially since she was also the informant that filmed the video of our spoon boys dangling off the bridge.

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However, the reverse is true as well. Joo-hee’s backstory sparked suspicion in Seung-cheon, and he quickly realizes that Yeo-jin might originally have been Na-ra. It would explain her hatred of Na-ra’s abusive father, and Na-ra’s sudden illness.

Yeo-jin manages to deflect Seung-cheon’s suspicion, but we see that he’s right — Yeo-jin is the one who found his letter. She tucks it away in her safe, alongside her own golden spoon.

Sick of her father’s violent ways, a young Na-ra had used the spoon to swap places with Yeo-jin in an act of desperation. Chillingly, present-day Yeo-jin doesn’t seem the least bit remorseful about her actions.

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Bit by bit, the secret of the golden spoon is beginning to surface; an offhand mention from Jang-gun has Tae-yong realizing that he (or rather, “Seung-cheon”) used to own a golden spoon. Since it’s no longer with him, he heads to “Tae-yong’s” house to find it.

Not only does he raise Stepmom’s suspicions due to his similarities to “Tae-yong,” but he also discovers the golden spoon in his secret drawer, alongside several sketches of Joo-hee. LOL, he gets annoyed at Seung-cheon for drawing Joo-hee, when he actually drew them himself pre-swap.

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Seung-cheon arrives home just in time to snatch the golden spoon out of Tae-yong’s hand, angrily insisting that it belongs to him. His overreaction crosses the line, and Tae-yong leaves.

On his way out, Tae-yong crosses paths with CEO Hwang, and just his mere presence is enough to instill fear into the poor boy. CEO Hwang repeats his usual routine of squeezing Tae-yong’s shoulder hard — ugh, he knows, doesn’t he? The familiar action triggers an instinctive panic reaction that has Tae-yong hyperventilating and running away. His mind may not remember, but his body does.

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It escalates into a full-blown panic attack that has him calling Dad for help, and Tae-yong can barely breathe by the time Dad finds him collapsed on a bridge. Dad cradles Tae-yong tenderly in his arms, helping him through his panic attack until he calms down.

Interestingly, Dad mentions that he used to struggle with panic attacks too, adding another shared trait apart from their artistic talents. Given that CEO Hwang once asked how many meals Seung-cheon ate at their house, I wouldn’t be surprised if he also used a golden spoon to swap lives with Dad. CEO Hwang and Seung-cheon do seem more alike, as do Dad and Tae-yong.

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Tae-yong finds out about Seung-cheon buying a house for his family, and he mistakenly jumps to the conclusion that it’s a bribe in exchange for him giving up on Joo-hee. He confronts Seung-cheon about it, who’s so exasperated that instead of clarifying the situation, he takes a low blow at Tae-yong’s poverty.

Seung-cheon asserts that they live in a world where people would even abandon their parents for money, but Tae-yong scoffs at that. Changing his parents in order to become rich? Not in a million years. Declaring that he loves his parents more than anything in the world, Tae-yong claims that he’d rather stay poor.

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Hard-pressed for money and determined to support his family, Dad ends up taking a construction job. However, it turns out to be part of a forced demolition project — it’s less construction, more fighting against desperate protesters.

Unsurprisingly, the riots land Dad in the hospital with severe injuries. Seung-cheon’s present when Tae-yong gets a call from the hospital, which means Seung-cheon races there before anyone else. Upon seeing his dad lying on a hospital cot, panic and despair get the better of Seung-cheon, and he cries out for his dad — only for the curtain to draw back and reveal CEO Hwang on the other side.

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Ooh, is the cat out of the bag? Though it seems like CEO Hwang already knows, given his choice to strike “Tae-yong” from his will, and his deliberate statement that he doesn’t place much importance on blood ties. It may have been a test of Seung-cheon’s worth, since he started to change his mind after Seung-cheon demonstrated his business acuity. CEO Hwang may have caught on to the switch, and if he has, he’s certainly not too torn up about it.

CEO Hwang isn’t the only person Seung-cheon has to worry about, though. People are starting to grow suspicious, because no matter how much research Seung-cheon does, there are some things that just aren’t on the record. Discrepancies like asking for blanks to scare Jang-gun despite Tae-yong’s gun trauma, or drinking caffeine when Tae-yong doesn’t — there’s only so much he can explain away before it becomes too dubious to believe.

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I’m not sure how I feel about the love triangle — sure, the individual pairings are cute, but I’m not really a fan of love triangle dynamics in general. Plus, it feels like they’re all communicating on different levels.

The way Seung-cheon and Tae-yong clash over Joo-hee feels more like a battle of egos, especially with the way they talk about her like winning her over is akin to asserting dominance. I guess it’s not surprising given that they’re immature high school kids, but I also can’t wait for Joo-hee to speak her mind and put the boys in their place.

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Seung-cheon’s emotions seem to come from a place of wistful jealousy and indignation — such as his frustration with Dad for only finding work after the swap, Tae-yong being the newfound recipient of Joo-hee’s feelings, or his family spending happy moments together with a son that’s not him. All of the things that Tae-yong is enjoying now feel like they ought to be his. Except this situation is of Seung-cheon’s own making, since he voluntarily swapped himself out of that position.

Even in his newfound affluence, Seung-cheon clearly still struggles with low self-worth. He’s constantly self-deprecating, like when he tells Joo-hee that there isn’t all that much to “Seung-cheon.” He’s just being frank about what he thinks of himself, but he doesn’t realize that by looking down on himself and belittling “Seung-cheon,” it’s only further alienating Joo-hee from himself now that he’s “Tae-yong.”

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Admittedly, I’m still confused by Tae-yong — how much does he remember? Most times it seems like his unconscious habits and muscle memory kicking in, but it makes his personality inconsistent in an intriguing way. One moment he’s all sweet smiles and innocent naivete with his family, and another moment he’s all suave arrogance once he’s back in his familiar wealthy environment.

I don’t doubt that Tae-yong would want to stay with the parents who genuinely love him; that scene where he told Mom he didn’t need a birthday present, since he was simply grateful to have her, was so heartwarming. I personally think that Tae-yong’s bright personality is his real one, and that his haughtiness stems from a mix of privilege and defense mechanisms, but then again I could be wrong.

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It’s refreshing how the drama moves along at a snappy pace, since I expected the Yeo-jin and Na-ra mystery to drag on for much longer than it did. Though there’s more trouble on the horizon for Seung-cheon, unfortunately; Stepmom’s younger brother SEO JOON-TAE (Jang Ryul) is back from the States.

Although he acts like a doting uncle in front of everyone, he aggressively chokes and threatens Seung-cheon once they get a private moment. Yikes. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was the cause of Tae-yong’s gun trauma, and while I’m not exactly excited to find out (I am so going to cry), I’m definitely looking forward to more reveals next week.

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Thank you for the weecap. I get what you said about the love triangle. For me, for the love triangle, or square if we include yeojin, at this point, I'm ok with whoever ends up with whomever. Each pairings works imo, with different pros and cons. Frankly, the budding romance between moonki and the sister is more typical romcom than the rest, lol. I'm even ok with whatever ending they have in mind in general, whether the switch stays permanent or not. Shrugs. I'm frankly more invested in the exploration of the characters internal struggle and gray morals. For example, how both seungcheon and taeyong felt uncared for by their dads when they grew up, and how it now affects their behaviour. Taeyong grew up with dad's lack of affection so he cares about that. Seungcheon's spent his childhood with a dad who didn't give his family any kind of financial security, stable house, or "dignity" so he priorities that with finding an apartment, etc. Now that they both experience what they missed out on, it'll be interesting to see how it might change their pov. Or if it doesn't, how it might torture their conscience. Also, might be sadistic of me but I really love so many characters are villains like yeojin, the hwang family, janggun etc. It's interesting to find out their birth to villainy story.
So far, I'm really surprised by how everyone, small or main character, is giving their weight with the acting. For an idol drama, not bad at all. Even the writing so far seems solid and tight, and super layered. The visuals are also great. The flaw, imo, surprisingly comes from the editing. I can't pinpoint what it is but it seems off at times, including how some music cuts.
Anyway, 4 episodes in and I've decided to stick to this drama. I'm surprisingly quite invested in how it will turn out and what choices each character will make.

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"The way Seung-cheon and Tae-yong clash over Joo-hee feels more like a battle of egos, especially with the way they talk about her like winning her over is akin to asserting dominance."
This just made me think of Jasmine saying "all of you standing around, deciding my future; I am not some prize to be won!"

I knew that love triangle stuff would be wonky! It's already kinda weird to me but I think Juhee is just supposed to be into Yook Seong Jae's character, no matter which one he is. I'm not even sure about Taeyong's actual feelings towards her because it seems both like he feels entitled to her (due to the parents planning their engagement and future) and that he views her as a bit of a safe space. Maybe some idealized version of a safe space. Maybe she also reminds him of his mom especially since Juhee is such a considerate, warm, and compassionate person. (I don't even remember if it's been said that his mom is that way or I leapt to that conclusion myself haha). Taeyong's world is devoid of all those things Juhee seems to represent so I can see why he would latch on to her or the idea of her.

I like that she defends Seung cheon and won't let him be spoken about badly in her presence.

Seung cheon, oh he is a complicated one. I get why he values money the way he does and I get why he was resentful of his circumstances. I get why he would be pissed or hurt that if seems like after he's out of the family, that's when things seem to be changing such as the father deciding to get a paying job (sidenote: is it not possible to have a job and to work on his comics? I'm not trying to belittle or minimizing the time and effort it takes to make comics or webtoons but couldn't he do it at night or on the weekends or every other day? I don't know. It probably wouldn't work and it takes hours to draw so if he did both, he might not ever sleep) or seeing the happy family moment of them joking and all having their own chicken. I get it and yet it's also really sad. He clearly still loves his family, he was just desperate to get out his situation. It kinda broke my heart a little how after he was attacked by Taeyong's uncle, he ran back to his real family; wanting that instinctive safety and warmth.

The smelly, seemingly homeless woman looking for the peddler makes me nervous about the consequences of the spoon. Is it some kind of monkey paw curse where you seemingly get what you want but the longer you have it, the more devastating the fallout will be? Also makes me wonder what the homeless woman's situation was that she used a spoon but this is how she ended up.

I was wondering what was the purpose of the second female lead! I'm glad that she seems to be more than a love rival for Juhee. Yeo Jin really took to the life swap with ease, it seems. I was so confused how Juhee (and the abusive dad) were blaming Juhee for Nara's death if she died of leukemia. Still a touch confused because Yeo Jin also had the...

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...backstory of being sick for a time so I guess that was pre swap?
I wonder what she's planning to do with the knowledge of Seung cheon's swap. Does she want him to herself? But then again, she wanted Taeyong any way but then she also helped Seung cheon by revealing their fight on the bridge. Hmm, I'm curious about that development.

I am wondering how many more spoons are at play here because CEO Hwang really does seem to be on a similar wavelength with Seung cheon while artist dad seems to connect with Taeyong.

I feel bad for Taeyong because he's clearly experience alot of mistreatment in that house, whether it's from his father or his uncle.

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I suspect Yeo Jin wants to get close to Tae Young because he is richer than her and she could get more power if he marries her.

Nara wasn't sick, but Yeo Jin was sick pre-swap and since personality, talents don't get switched, even the disease did not get switched, so Nara suddenly died of leukemia, but both Ju Hee and the abusive dad do not know about the golden spoon so they both blame Ju Hee out of guilt that she couldn't be saved.

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Yes, Yeo-jin wants to marry someone rich. She probably will end up blackmailing Tae-yong/Seung-cheon now that she has something to threaten him with.

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Honestly feel bad for Seungcheon. Taeyong unknowingly really ended up getting the better end of the deal with Seungcheon eliminating every obstacle TY might face as SC. That scene where SC yells at his father for not working all these years when he was struggling and when he had enough and swapped lives his father finally decided to work was heartbreaking

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From seungcheon's perspective, it sort of makes sense why he lashed out after finding out that his dad changed. What he most wanted his dad to do was for him to care about his family. His mother was working hard to be a waitress. His sister couldn't continue school and had to go the technical route to help support the family and his schooling (at least according to the character blurbs posted pre drama). Even he had to take on jobs to help out with debts. All this because the dad had an unstable career and took on a debt for someone else. So for him, it feels like betrayal that dad only started to 'care' now that he was pushed into switching. Like all those years of the family suffering for dad's dream was for naught. And to top it off, the one who was the catalyst for this, the one who falsely accused seungcheon of blackmail, and cut off his future school prospects, got his dad to kneel to him (and probably why dad decided to change), and then fought with him on the bridge... Ended up benefiting from dad's change, without all the landlord's harassment and debts, or school bullying. It's kinda ironic since it was his choice to switch, but I totally get why he's so inconsistent or struggling. Especially since even as taeyong, he still has lots of problems to deal with, but taeyong as seungcheon ended up not having his struggles. Like the most conflict he has to deal so far was to not let junhee be stolen by her fiance. I mean, his choices, his consequences, but I get why seungcheon was mad. How the whole thing turned out is sort of absurd if you look at it from his perspective.

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Yes! I am with Seungcheon with him yelling at his father. I could understand his frustration. It was so valid especially when you see the multiple jobs he worked, even got hit just for some money and proceeded to help with the bills when he's just a high schooler while his father was out there chasing his "dream" and hiding making his family deal with the creditors too.

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Honestly, it can be confusing because I don't know who I should feel sorry for, lol. I end up feeling sorry for most kids, because they're all victims of inadequate borderline horrible parenting.

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When you put it in this perspective, life really seems to want to show SC that it's not me it's you... Which is why I wanted to tell him yes you made the choice, but don't get mad that TY claims he would never, that boy isn't living your life he is living a better version, because you are actively trying to still fix your family problems...

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I feel the most bad when Seung-cheon's family treat him as Tae-yong like an enemy, while the real 'enemy' is being treated like family. Even when he tries to help them, he has to do so clandestinely or risk backlash. I felt so bad when his mother decided to return all the gifts and Tae-yong accused him of giving the apartment to bribe him. His frustration was heartbreaking. After everything his family did and went through to earn money, they ended up rejected money when he gives it to them to protect "Seung-cheon." Must feel bittersweet.

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I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying this show, because it's not what I expected at all. And sometimes, it's quite painful and sad to watch.

I love how I'm never quite sure whether I like the male leads or not, and that they both have complex and conflicted personalities that can shift from endearing to unappealing depending on the scene.

This is one of the few triangles in dramaland that feels like a real triangle. This may not last, but there doesn't seem to be a clear, predetermined true love here that we can guess from the start. I like that.

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I mean it's clear so far that the otp seems to be seungcheon x junher, especially from the character relationship charts, but I wonder if they will end up together in the end. And yes! I agree with you that what I like the most about this drama is how the leads aren't cut and dry bad or good. I mean, clearly, taeyong is the likeable one who cares for the right values like family, etc. and he is clearly the victim in all of this, with the switch and his horrible rich 'parents.' He's pure at heart like the typical protagonist, but he's also privileged and that leads him to be a villain from seungcheon's perspective. Seungcheon is clearly the villain from his personality, and cares about superficial stuff like money and power. But the root cause for his tunnel vision is his family, seeing his dad always kneeling, having nightmares about his entire family dying, etc. And he's a victim in the sense that his lack of money caused him to be bullied and falsely accused of blackmail. So despite his villainous characterization, he's the 'protagonist' So they both have characteristics that make it ambiguous and when I watch the drama, I want to root for them, but also feel conflicted. It's a good change of experience from the typical drama premises I guess:)

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Personally to me not really, TY is the guy with blissful ignorance case no evil speak no evil and hear no evil" as his so called click bullied thier way through school....

And let's not even get into the getup that lead to the meeting at the River...

But one thing I am sure of is that I am happy he gets to have this family who loves him so much even if just for a little... And I am happy that it's SC dealing with ceo father and evil uncle SC might be unsettled now but he will gain his footing and react accordingly if it was TY 😢😢...

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Thanks for the recap. This drama keeps me on the edge of the seat during each episode. I dis not see those twists coming and I like watching Seung Chan tackle them. His question to his dad's sudden urge to work was valid. I am also enjoying the love triangle and see no faults in it because at the end of the day Ju Hee still makes her own decision. Eager to watch more people with golden spoons and non-swapped people realizing the switch.

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Despite how fast pace this is, and how many revelations there are, there's still soooo many questions after each episode. Curious about how much Tae-yong can remember, like how come he doesn't remember eating with the spoon or throwing it away?
Hwang Father is suspicious... how much does he know? Is he another golden spoon user or just very smart? What is Yeo-jin end-goal? why does she want to kill Tae-yong? The real one, or the fake one? What's up with the step-uncle?
There's also the theory of how Tae-yong and Seung-cheon were switched at birth due to their birthdays, and would explain how their personalities and talents matches the new fathers rather than their original. Seung-cheon especially hated how weak his father is, always pleading, and hiding. Now that his new father is the other extreme, will he prefer the more "strong" father, or will he grow to appreciate the "weakness" of his past father? Will he use his chances to switch back? Tae-yong likely wouldn't want to from how it's going.
Can't wait for the next episode. s;lkdjs;j

As an aside, I like how sharp and shrewd Seung-cheon can be. Clearly doing everybody's homework is paying off, :P But I like that he's not unrealistically smart, still makes mistakes, struggles with the new life, and his love life... Makes him smart enough that I know he can navigate through all the obstacles, but makes me nervous enough that I'm not sure he can.

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Thanks for the recap! The drama's pacing is nice and quick. I didn't expect the twist about Yeo Jin! And now you have me thinking of the other characters.

The casting for this show is great. Yook Sung Jae's acting fits well with the rich and haughty character. He has a cynical look. I'm not familiar with the actor at all. I've seen Lee Jong Won in a few minor roles, but I didn't know he could be cute and smiley. His gushing about his mother and her food was so sweet and heartwarming!!

The new guy Joon Tae is awful and creepy. He must be the one Young Shin spoke to during her phone call. She has ulterior motives behind being with CEO Hwang.

I wouldn't mind a pairing between Moon Ki and Seung Ah.

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I came into this show with zero expectations, but was simply intrigued on the basis of the first weecap - thanks @solstices! - and I'm rapidly becoming a fan. As other Beanies have mentioned, it's the pacing - lots of new information comes at us thick and fast which demands our attention and thought. I like it! I think weecaps and comments are going to be essential for this one - to pick up on hints as to who's used the golden spoon before and to theorise about who's up to what - and that often makes the drama watching experience richer!

I want to know what happened in the States - Seo Joontae is definitely the basis of Taeyong's trauma and I'm pretty sure it will all be part of a grand plot by his noona to take CEO Hwang's fortune. I just hope they don't drag Joontae's threats out for too long as it could reduce Seungcheon to a whimpering wreck (he seemed on his way there after just one encounter) and that will kill the pace of the story. But I'm optimistic so far that this will move along slickly too.

I have boarded the Moonki-Seungah ship. Never a moment's doubt that he would turn up for that haircut :) But interesting to see where those two will end up at the end - true love trumps the wealth gap (cos even as an employee, Moonki is still rich), or everyone ends up sharing the wealth around and becoming friends, or something else entirely...

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I relate. I came in with negative expectations. The pics of the drama on my feed look like this drama was The Heirs 2.0 which might not be a bad thing... just not what I'm interested in rn.
Then an edit of Moonki fighting scene on tiktok got me clicking. Yum. I HAD to watch just for the hot bodyguard and the potential bromance.
To my surprise, it wasn't at all like what I expected the drama to be despite the rich school setting. I can see why it reminded me of The Heirs from the stills, its aesthetics are a bit like Heirs, but none of the emptiness. Like you said, lots of plot points to explore and solve, and surprisingly, romance is only one of the plot points and not dominating the drama.
That said, no surprise, I'm also already shipping Moonki with Seungah. Ha.

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At the beginning of the drama I didn't expect all the twists and turns. Who would have thought that several golden spoons are or were in use? Now I'm thinking about who else might have swapped his/her family.

With all the hints about how artistically gifted the former Tae-yong is, I wonder if he and Seung-cheon weren't switched as babies. Especially since they both have birthdays on the same day.

While I had a lot of sympathy for Seung-cheon in the first two episodes, my sympathies were mostly with Tae-yong in the current episodes. I'm glad he finally has a loving family.
On the other hand, I found it quite satisfying that Seung-cheon is slowly realising what he had in his family.

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Hum... I'm wondering why the old woman is still giving these golden spoon when the ones who got there acted terribly by stealing the life of people and don't look feeling guilty about it.

It's good to see Seung-cheon getting justice but honestly, I don't care so much. YSJ is not bad in this role but he didn't make me care of this character. I want to see more about Tae-Yong how he got this kind of flashbacks, to see if he will find his memories, to share scenes with his new family.

For the love story, the poor FL is falling in love with a mix of the 2 boys and not one of them.

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I need Show to give me Tae-yong's point of view. What is he thinking? Does he wonder why he can play the piano and knows Dom Pérignon and ceramic art? Does he question why he fears CEO Hwang to the point of having panic attacks? Why don't we see him working part-time at the convenience store with Joo-hee? Does he hang out with Seung-cheon's friends? What happened at the café between him and Yeo-jin?

Seung-cheon is being too careless calling Butler Gong by her right surname and drinking coffee. You can't even blame Tae-yong for his actions because he doesn't know, but they're acting so obvious that everybody has to know. CEO Hwang and Yeo-jin definitely know, but Joo-hee, Moon-ki, and Stepmom are starting to suspect. Seung-cheon was quick to figure out Yeo-jin was Na-ra, but why would a mansion have a run-down room to rent to a poor family?

I squeed when Tae-yong told Seung-cheon he would never trade his parents and he loves them more than anything in the world. I teared up like Mom when he said he didn’t need a birthday present and she's all he needs. He really means it. Tae-yong holding Dad's hand during his panic attack, he needs his new parents.

My ship ❤️ Moon-ki and Seung-ah make such a hot couple, and they can even fight gangs together.

all the while I’m yelling at my screen because they’re on the very same floor as the cockroach

I kept screaming at them to get up. Even after Joo-hee pushed Tae-yong off of her, they still sat on the floor. I wish they had fell on top of his bed.

he cutely asks for help with his homework, hee

Actually, Tae-yong was asking to copy her homework, which was why Joo-hee was taken aback because Seung-cheon wasn't the type.

Thanks a ton for your weecap, @solstices!

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‘but why would a mansion have a run-down room to rent to a poor family?’ 👈It’s the built in servants quarters in the days of the aristocracy in England they were in the attic and for Korean mansions it is the semi and basement flat.

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But neither Na-ra nor her father worked for Yeo-jin's family. It makes no sense for rich people to let an abusive alcoholic live on their property. It's not as if they need the rent money.

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The show is keeping me riveted at the moment. There is something definitely going on with SC and TYs dad's. It definitely looks like they swapped previously. SC seemed to be shocked when TY said he wouldn't swap families, a few things seemed to click into place. It looks like it's nearly the end of the day for the first swap back chance to happen, so I'm interested to see how that goes.
Also when SC ran back to his old house after the incident with his step uncle was really well done. You could see SC realising what he had lost. He is still rationalising things for himself. But I think he'll run out of excuses there too.
I'm less invested in YJ and the JH stories, it's enough to know there are other golden spoons around messing things up.

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@solstices thanks for the weecap.

What’s intriguing to me is how entitled those who are newly rich become as if they despise poverty and anything/anyone that reminds them of the time when they were unable to control their destiny. The tension is mounting and even though this is a watch while rowing drama to deal with the tension I am still struggling to watch it. I stopped reading the webtoon at this point too as the Yeojin character was getting on my nerves with her cruelty and game playing.

I will try next week but it may have to be relegated to weecaps or even walking away completely. I want to know if we find out who the old woman is and what her story is. Where is she when she is not selling on that spot, does she travel the world to do this? Is she rich and does this to help others? Is it guilt…?

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lol, maybe it's the realist in me, but I had the exact same thought as @solstices during the cockroach scene. I mean sure, young love is cute and all, but THERE IS A COCKROACH still running around on the floor. Priorities. haha.

I know everyone is talking about how shocked Seung Cheon was when Tae Yong yelled at him about not ever wanting to change his parents. Or how heartwarming it is for Tae Yong to love his new family so much. But my focus during that scene was slightly different. I wonder if Tae Yong with his full memories will be as confident about his opinion. I mean, he's living his best life right now, and was completely miserable with his previous parents. If given the same choice as Seung Cheon, would he hypothetically stick to his opinion? Maybe not even hypothetically, maybe we'll see him face with a choice to make in the future? That'd be exciting to watch!

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When they first fell, I wondered if she had crushed the roach with her body.

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I was expecting the roach to crawl on one of them, and I was getting ready to scream.

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I feel if given a REAL choice would he stick to his opinion... When I say real I mean, with the full on bullying, useless dad and loan sharks... Plus part time jobs...

To me that's what I was thinking in that scene...

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I interpret what OP meant as if in the future, when he remembers who his original family are.... given the choice to exchange his original rich dad with his newfound family, will he stick to his opinion that he would never change parents and people who want to are trash?

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Adding the subbed bts of ep4 (the bts for ep3 and other episodes can be found in tweets of forsixjae).

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GhL5DwFu3rY

It's hilarious how everyone reacted to taeyong playing piano. Didn't know stepmom could really play piano irl as well.

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the dads pre swapped? i think more like Taeyong and Seungcheon swapping when they were kids. like 8 years old. According to the rules, they can switch again 10 years later, which is when they turn 18, the age when they switch again now. But I am not sure.

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So I kind of have a few predictions without being familiar at all with the source material:

1. Tae -yong and Seung -cheon were switched at birth since they have the same birthday. Would explain the shared traits between the fathers and sons after the switch.
2. That means that Seung -cheon has always been a chaebol and he is in his rightful place, and therefore Tae-yong is in his as well. It’s interesting to see how both the nature and nurture are at play here. Seung -cheon undoubtedly became more sympathetic to those less fortunate because he was that way, but what if he were raised by the CEO—he’d be just as ruthless. We see he already has a ruthless streak. And Tae-yong, I agree with @solstices, that he has a bright gut personality, much like his dad now, but probably because he was their son all along. But his circumstances made him cold and unfeeling towards others, and then the panic disorder came because his dad is also prone to having them, apparently. And yeah, I’d have one too if I had a dad and uncle like that.
3. Who can blame Nara for giving up her father. Her mother had already abandoned her? But her game is certainly a long one. She must know something or just harbors a grudge against Tae- yong to make her want to take him down so badly. And what would she think about Seung -cheon giving up his family so easily? Her dad was an alcoholic and abusive, but his didn’t provide for his family. They are a match made already. Very ambitious, taking their lives in their own hands. Dang, what a power couple they would make.
4. Ju-hee is herself. And should be with Tae-yong. They are both non-materialistic, she works hard, while he plays hard, but has talent. Just like Seung-cheon’s parents. It’s uncanny how their relationship mirrors the other.
5. The foreshadowing of the homeless woman is definitely a smoking gun. Did she choose unwisely and the life that she thought was butterflies and roses actually led her into a more impoverished state? We definitely see that in life.

I am looking forward to each week. I hope the storytelling stays quick and interesting. No draggy, filler episodes is all I ask.

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Oh, I also predict that somewhere Yook Sung-jae will yell “ SAAAAMMMMMCHHOOOOON!” I don’t care if it’s a BTS. It’s going to happen! I nearly fell out of bed during that scene where we’re introduced to the uncle because I just predicted that in the what we’re watching thread before seeing these episodes. 😂

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Clicked on this drama randomly when I was bored browsing for new content and it was trending top 2 in my country. Didn't have much expectations because I didn't hear any hype about it outside. Was kinda shocked at how quickly I was brought into the story. Liked the dark tinge to it as it reminded me of I Remember You/Hello Monster in tone/atmosphere and binged all the episodes in one go and got increasingly surprised at the complex weaving of all the characters and stories. If this is the standard for an unhyped drama, what is the quality for current popular k-dramas like? Have the standards increased for k-drama writing while I was away? Might go back into a kdrama phase after a long time.
(Bonus that all the actresses in this are stunning.)

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I didn't finish the webtoon because it was too dark for me so don't know how much is based on the original content but I do wonder if rich source material has helped to elevate this drama.

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Thanks for letting me know about the webtoon. I like some darkness in my entertainment as it brings in some realism but totally understand why things like bullying and suicide can be too real and triggering for others.

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Anyone else realized Yeo-jin was testing Seung-cheon when she gave him a coffee can as his "birthday present" bc Tae-yong can't drink coffee? Saw this on twitter 🤯🤯 I thought it was just PPL.

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Whoa, I thought it was PPL too! Thanks for sharing! O:

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Wow. I'm trying so hard not to get defensive/bitter/triggered by ep 4. But as the few beanies here mentioned, TY didn't really experience what SC had in poverty. TY gets to have chicken with their warm, small family, but all of this was because of SC helping them fending off all the money problems (well he's doing the most he can since they don't want his help). Right before the switch, where was SC? Drowning in the river after years of hustling for some minimum wage while keeping up his grades in a top school, can't even quietly get through a day in school cuz of bullies and lost his friend, everytime when he returns home all he hears are the debt collectors yelling and threatening...

Poverty speaks for itself. If TY were SC in the first place with all the rent due and debts, will he and their family be happy? Sure, possible. If TY would be content living worse than paycheck to paycheck, living at the bottom class of society, then it's entirely doable. I guess they just have to put up with the regular intrusion of their debtors and they'll be fine, maybe even clearing their debts one day. I dunno.

I am by no means close to SC's situation. I'm a middle class kid who missed many chances cuz I was incompetent. And even I felt SC's pain in every fiber of my being. That fear of not earning enough to care for your family. Having to beg and grovel just because you're not the one in power to solve problems. SC's desperation is something I want to say I feel entirely, but I can't even say so because I don't think I deserve to wallow. SC has it hard.

If I were SC I'd do it. Especially when we've seen SC having the potential more than TY to navigate himself in a bunch of chaebol sharks. He wasn't even trained since young (I do acknowledge that he might be traumatised like TY if that was the case). Money can't buy everything, but yknow what? Only people who've experienced both can say something about it. For people who worry about finances, me and SC, pretending love and family is enough won't cut it. My parents would be so sad if I said stuff like this but I can't help it. SC did nothing wrong. He did save his family. That is very noble to me.

I'm really satisfied with this drama so far. I dream of waking up a chaebol almost everyday, and the plot immediately drawn me in, right up my alley. Loving all the characters and how layered they are. Idk how to describe but it's like all the characters and screentime are perfectly balanced, I'd never get bored or tired watching any character. The teasers for ep 5 got me excited so I'm gonna continue binging till the latest episode.

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