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Love is for Suckers: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

Our reality show is over, and so is our drama. With a focus on our female leads in the final episodes, we wrap up a long-standing rivalry and open up some honest communication. Between blackmail and confessions, our Kingdom of Love cast is keeping busy even after the last episode airs — although our webtoon artist and chef don’t get nearly enough attention.

 
EPISODES 15-16 WEECAP

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Should we take a moment of silence for the terrible death of such a bright idea? Love is for Suckers is over and I feel like a sucker for defending this drama long after it lost its spark. The last two episodes tie up all the threads, nice and neat, with only one real surprise — we never circle back to the drama’s opening scene, which we’ve all been waiting for.

We start with a flashback to when Yeo-reum and Chae-ri were college students in the same major. Chae-ri is a quiet loner who watches the effervescent Yeo-reum with jealous eyes. Yeo-reum is pampered by her parents and doesn’t seem to have a care in the world, always trying to befriend Chae-ri. From the beginning, we’re establishing the core subject of the final episodes, which is the relationship between these two women.

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In the present, both women read the news about the on-set affair between a cast member and a producer. The article says that the producer picked men she liked and then played around with them. Chae-ri looks truly offended, knowing how hard she works on her shows — and that work is all that matters to her. Yeo-reum (who wrongly thinks the news is about her) appears to take it less personally.

Yeo-reum shares the problem with Jae-hoon, crying and saying she’ll take all the responsibility for it. Jae-hoon says, no, he’ll take the responsibility. The music tells us this is supposed to be a high-emotion scene but it’s missing the mark. Rather than give us a reason to root for these two, the show has always treated them as end game and just assumed we’d buy it.

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Another article appears online stating that Jae-hoon and Yeo-reum are living together, along with the photos of them entering their house together. When Yeo-reum’s boss questions her about it, Chae-ri walks into the office and says she’s the one who told Yeo-reum to bring Jae-hoon on the show. Yeo-reum has that shocked look on her face that’s become her staple response to pretty much everything that happens, and the boss’s question about her relationship with Jae-hoon gets dropped.

Chae-ri reveals to Yeo-reum that the guilty cast member is the fraudster who’s been pretending to like Ji-wan. She then reveals that the news scandal is about her — she slept with the cast member who owns a gym. Yeo-reum gets gossipy and starts asking about how it happened. Chae-ri deflects and just says she’ll take care of it. She’s being blackmailed with the photos of her entering the guy’s room but she doesn’t care — the best solution is to just release the photos. That way, Yeo-reum and Jae-hoon are covered. Chae-ri will take the blame.

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Yeo-reum’s not comfortable with the idea of getting off blameless while Chae-ri takes the heat. But, she does understand that it’s an easy solution to her own problem. Unsure of what to do, she wants to talk it over with Jae-hoon. Before she can get to him, though, Ji-wan asks for a meeting and Yeo-reum goes to see her.

Turns out that Ji-wan is quite the blackmailer herself. She met with the fraudster dude after the show ended and told him to erase the photos he was holding of the PD and to give her the copies. If not, she would go public with the fact that he used her and purposefully talked on camera about her history of sexual abuse. Also, she’d talk about his role in the knife incident.

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Ji-wan did this thinking that the photos were of Yeo-reum and Jae-hoon. She wanted to protect Yeo-reum after Yeo-reum had tried to protect her by not releasing her traumatic story. Once Ji-wan sees the photos are of Chae-ri, she takes the copies on a USB stick to Yeo-reum. She tells Yeo-reum to use them as she sees fit. And finally, things get a little interesting around here!

When Yeo-reum meets with Jae-hoon to discuss their options, she says she can protect him with the photos of Chae-ri, but she doesn’t really want to. Jae-hoon agrees. He doesn’t want to hide their relationship. After his story about his father was exposed to the world, his wound healed. In fact, he’s decided to go back to the neurosurgery department at the hospital. So, he doesn’t want to hide this either.

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Yeo-reum finds Chae-ri drinking alone, clearly upset about the circumstances. Yeo-reum sits with her and orders two more soju glasses — one for Yeo-reum and one to dump the USB stick into. With the photos destroyed (and Yeo-reum ostensibly taking the fall as the naughty PD), it’s Chae-ri’s turn to be shocked.

Chae-ri asks Yeo-reum why the world is so beautiful for her. Yeo-reum gives a long answer about having trust, saying you can’t control people’s hearts. She says they’re creating a reality program, so they should just let things flow naturally. Chae-ri responds, “reality is a filthy thing, anyway.” This conversation appears to hold the thesis statement of the show. Yeo-reum is saying you can’t control reality, and Chae-ri is trying to force her view of reality onto everyone else. It’s the polarity between these two world views that the drama chooses to conclude with.

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While still at the bar, we finally get our crazy lady moment from Yeo-reum. All this time I thought her outburst would be against Chae-ri, but instead it’s in defense of Chae-ri. When three women start calling Chae-ri names (loud enough for her to hear, but not to her face), Yeo-reum tells them to apologize. They squawk, until Yeo-reum eats a plate of chicken feet, one after another, backing them into a corner while spitting bones on the floor. They apologize and leave, thinking she’s as crazy as Chae-ri.

Yeo-reum, still trying to befriend Chae-ri after all these years, asks why she’s so mean to her. Chae-ri responds honestly: because Yeo-reum has everything. Then she yells that it’s the reason she hopes every show Yeo-reum makes fails — because it’s only fair! Finally realizing that Chae-ri has been jealous of her all this time, Yeo-reum is at ease in their final scenes together.

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For the broadcast of the final episode of Kingdom of Love, the whole cast reunites for a live special of behind the scenes talk. This is where Ji-wan and Chef John run into each other (and the drama hits its high mark).

Waiting for the special to begin, John tells Ji-wan he missed everyone after leaving the show (because he still can’t bring himself to say he missed her). She says the same and asks how dating is going in the real world. Just then, we hear “oppa” and he turns to join his date. (Uh-uh, why is that weather girl calling him oppa? Are they really dating?)

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The first on-air question Yeo-reum asks the cast is how all the couples are doing after the show. Chef John tries to squirm out of the question (annoying his date). Ji-wan says she and the conman decided to date for only one month and we see a flashback to when Ji-wan was threatening him for the photos. He agrees to give them to her if she will say she’s too scared to date long-term, and so he’s “being considerate of her.” Actually, this scene and all the blackmail stuff is played as farce, and I can’t help but think how much funnier this drama would have remained had it allowed a farcical tone throughout.

To wrap up the Ji-yeon saga, she is the one who defends Jae-hoon and Yeo-reum on the live special. The question of their scandal is raised and, without prompting, Ji-yeon explains that they were friends from before and live as upstairs/downstairs neighbors. She also says she was the person Jae-hoon kissed in the first episode (which apparently was never resolved for the viewers, and I totally forgot about). After the special, there is a bunch more wasted time on Jae-hoon and Ji-yeon apologizing and thanking each other.

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Back to Ji-wan and John. In an earlier scene, we had heard Ji-wan say to Yeo-reum that she was grateful to Kingdom of Love because she liked someone for the first time and also had her heart broken for the first time. When the live show is over, Chef John picks up Ji-wan at the bus stop and drives her home. In front of her house, he asks if — after her month with the other guy — she would try dating him. “I like you. I like you a lot. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you sooner.” Ji-wan is literally crying, she’s so stunned. John walks over to her and hugs her — looking sooo happy.

The drama ends after a six-month time skip when everyone is great and on the road to happiness and recovery. Yeo-reum has taken six months off from her job (after being talked out of resigning), because she lost confidence and felt like she could never make a hit show like Chae-ri. Jae-hoon is back at the hospital. Sang-woo is advertising chicken training new employees and dating Jae-hoon’s sister. And Chae-ri is working on a new reality show about dysfunctional families (hoping to resolve her own inner wounds).

The Kingdom of Love cast meets at Ji-wan’s family’s restaurant where she and Chef John announce their engagement. It seems there are no hard feelings between any of the cast members — Ji-yeon has met a new man, and the guy who shoved Ji-wan in front of a knife to save himself? Ah, water under the bridge. We end with an extended scene of Jae-hoon and Yeo-reum walking through some trees on a sunny day pontificating about the meaning of a happy ending. They decide that life is a series of happy endings, which are just moments when you are happy.

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I can say matter-of-factly that this ending did not make me happy. Where was our Kingdom of Love 2 revival? Why don’t I get to see Ji-wan and John tie the knot? With the amount of repetition in these last four episodes, we had a lot of time to spare for the things we were promised but never came back to. How about all those awesome themes the show introduced early on about late-30s love? What about a sense of humor? Remember when this drama was funny?

Oddly, the drama took its turn for the worse when the reality show was introduced (which wasn’t until Episode 6), even though Kingdom of Love was supposed to be its framing device. I’m not sure we needed the show within the show concept. Yeo-reum and Chae-ri work on reality shows, and the first few episodes were able to spoof these types of shows simply by allowing us to see our PDs on the job. Having them at work (without us being trapped on a set) seems like a sufficient means to explore all the themes this drama introduced. Because in the end, the one thing that we “needed” to be on set for (the evolution of Yeo-reum’s and Jae-hoon’s relationship) didn’t turn out as intended. They were much more interesting as neighbors.

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Thanks, @dramaddictally. And farewell, Suckers.

Farewell to a show that managed to become more boring than a ‘reality’ show that was always more boring than reality.

Farewell to Ji-yeon, the *drippiest* SFL of the year. If tears weren’t as salty as I am about this drama, we could hire that chick to end our drought. It was only right for her to leave the scene with a stalker who kicked off their relationship by reinforcing her delusions about who is responsible for her emotional state. This will go well.

Farewell to the ugliest FL wardrobe of 2022. The absurd, unflattering fashions won’t even take a year to look outdated but they fit the epitaph for this show: “what were they thinking?”

Farewell to the guy with the knife. I feel your pain, man. We ALL got conned.

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"If tears weren’t as salty as I am about this drama, we could hire that chick to end our drought."

*laughing* ..... But yeah. She was just so mopey and just couldn't understand that he just wasn't into her.

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Those white boots (whatever that fashion ensemble was) was nightmare inducing.

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Yes farewell to the swashbuckling boots that properly belonged on a 6'2" cross dressing pirate.

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‘And farewell, Suckers.’ 👈 I could just hear the phrase ‘So long, suckers’ and see people running off into the sunset as I read this and laughed out loud.

‘Farewell to the ugliest FL wardrobe of 2022. The absurd, unflattering fashions won’t even take a year to look outdated but they fit the epitaph for this show: “what were they thinking?” 👈 Yes what was that? Whatever the season there were the boots in multiple colours, I really didn't get it. PPL had to be the only reason and I would have said one episode and that’s it.

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Really, where DID they get those outfits?

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“kicked off their relationship by reinforcing her delusions about who is responsible for her emotional state. This will go well.” THIS!! And that scene where she seems to have an epiphany or some kind of emotional growth in the taxi? I mean, I still don’t understand why they insisted on trying to make her character seem like it was more than it was!! She was just a set piece.

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That's HILARIOUS about Ji-yeon. Is there a reason they set it up as he's been interested all this time and cast Kwon Yul (who my husband I have nicknamed Cat Killer because of his role in another drama), of all people? Can't they just meet and connect over art or something rather than him already knowing who she is?

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Yeah, it was sort of creepy when it was revealed that 1. he had been watching her on Kingdom Love and 2. he enjoyed watching her. Like weren't we all seeing the same thing?
He's also a pilot too. I don't think the relationship will work considering how clingy she is. He'll need to travel all the time.

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So creepy.
She'll be on every flight.

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I really hated the way they dressed the FL.

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I am grading exams so desperately need a brake so than you @dramaddictally for your weecap. You certainly channeled my waning interest and frustration at the unrealised potential if this drama. To wit:

1. The main leads increasingly became less interesting, tolerable and enjoyable. If you have to have a romance, at least, have the nous to see how another pair is sparkling like mad and give them more than a perfunctory closure.
2. There was so much repetition and revisiting the same well for the main couple that if that had been paired down and properly edited, they could have properly enhanced Jiwan and Jun/John’s closeness and could have explored other facets of her personality.
3. Re Jiwan, what I loved in her tough negotiation with the charlatan, was that her kittenish voice become deeper and she demonstrated her toughness which she clearly had been conditioned by gendered expectations to hide. It would have been so delightful and refreshing if that aspect had been acknowledged even if humorously.
4. Given the heteronormative framework of the show, it was important that as many of the contestants to pair up and plan to marry as possible so it wasn’t surprising and was predictable that the constantly weeping Jiyeon had to meet a man who would reaffirm her worth. That was unfortunate though as it reiterated its message that women cannot be happy without a romantic partner.
5. The charlatan’s redemption was not earned and was bizarre.
6. I regretted the hours that I spent on this and will be more ruthless in future.

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‘ 3. Re Jiwan, what I loved in her tough negotiation with the charlatan, was that her kittenish voice become deeper and she demonstrated her toughness which she clearly had been conditioned by gendered expectations to hide. It would have been so delightful and refreshing if that aspect had been acknowledged even if humorously.’ 👈 such a good point. I agree on the voice as a few of the women in this had voices bordering on whiney at points and it really gets on my nerves so I did like that she became much more forceful in that scene.

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And she was the only one who actually had a couple of outfits looking decent one her!

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I completely agree, and especially with your points 3, 4, and 5. Many lost opportunities here.

Good luck with all the grading! Fighting!!

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Thank you. I appreciate it greatly!

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The final episodes of LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS more or less tied up the loose ends sufficiently. What a shame that we did not get something more.

Perhaps my disappointment with the way the show played out reflects my expectations going in. Did the suckers referenced in the title actually refer to the audience?

I am utterly mystified. This show fell far short as a friends to lovers romcom. How did this happen? We had Lee Dahee and Choi Siwan cast as the leads. The writer gave us the wonderful PEGASUS MARKET. This one should have been a hit.

Maybe you are right, and it was the show within the show which de-railed what would have been a very fun story. With the addition of all the half-baked stories of the cast of the reality show the plot simply got muddled. There were too many cross currents. You could say that the show tripped over the show within a show.

This show could have been so much more. Once again, we see that it is the shows that could have been great but fall far short of the mark which disappoint us the most.

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I think the writer didn't know what to do with YR and JH, so they used the reality show cast just lounging on set to fill in the time. There was some good potential raw material with the KL2 cast, but the writing threw it away. So-yeon's mental illness was used for drama and to make YR look like a victim and a hero for like 2 seconds. Tae-mi's bulimia - are we supposed to be like like "bulimics are so inconsiderate" because she throws up food and staff are uncomfortable hearing her retching?

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LiFS is a collosal disappointment. Not because it was mediocre or there isn't any worse mediocre show this year, but because it had all the good ingredients to make a good watch - a lead cast we like, an interesting supporting cast, good plotline, and a central storyline that could move the plot forward through 16 episodes. How it became this messy and leaving a sour taste on my buds has me asking what I was watching for the past 3 weeks cause I know the first 5 weeks were just on point with the right conflicts and all. I enjoyed things better when In-woo was a conflict than when he became non-existent to the story.

I don't know what LiFS was trying to be but it definitely didn't land at all.

I hope to see Choi Siwon and Lee Dahee in something better next time.

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Lee Da Hae really needs to be in a good drama with a good role because I found her acting very lacking here. I was quite disappointed.

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I am not a veteran of k-drama, having discovered them during lockdown in 2020, yet while many actors/actresses are now familiar to me, including Siwon, I had never seen Lee Da-hee before. On the strength of this show i can honestly say I'll likely avoid her in the future. Absolutely disliked the stupid character she played and have no idea if it was the character or her. I'm glad it's over and that JJ/JW get their happy ending. I'll have more to say on that score, but right now I can honestly say they were the only high note in this.

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I really liked Lee Da Hee in WWW Search. She was also good in I Hear Your voice. She typically plays supporting roles.

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Oh lord ... I watched I Hear Your Voice (twice) and was about to say 'I don't remember her in that!' and then realised she had to have been the Prosecutor! 😄😄

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I liked Lee Dahee from Search : WWW and I've been wishing for a proper lead role for her. Rugal wasn't it at all so I believed LiFS will be it. Now I'm pushing the it factor to Island. Island had better be good cause I know she is good at what she does.
I'm going to believe her agency doesn't pick the right projects for her to lead in since Rugal.

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She was also decent in "The Beauty Inside"

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I'm the opposite - I was enthusiastic for this show because of LDH, whom I've liked in previous roles. She's a good actress and I'm honestly surprised that she was so flat and joyless in this one. I'd never seen Siwon before and really liked his acting and his character (and the abs didn't hurt) at first before it all fell apart. I wouldn't mind watching him in something else, but his other kdrama roles have been in things that don't sound like my jam.

JJ/JW were the only redeeming element in the latter part of the show.

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Ji-wan and John for the win!

That's about it.

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I look forward to this supercut. I know it will only last 90 mins and I am fine with that, but the fame-addled playboy chef falling hard for a sweet but determined storyteller would be a rewatch for me.

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I feel robbed! I wanted to witness Chef and Ji Wan's wedding rather than that boring walk.

Chef and Ji Wan's story was what kept me watching till the end after the allegedly lead couple got so depressing. At least the show could've shown us more Chef and JiWan. I would watch a spinoff of their extended love story.

I figured out why YeoReum's awful stylist dressed her that way. It was to show us that she is not okay in the head. That would be the only explanation that would make sense how horrible she was dressed.

Chae Ri is so complex and hopefully she finds her own happiness. I hope she learn how to fix it and hopefully start working on herself and her interpersonal relationships.

I am happy that HyeJin and DaeSik is pregnant. I wish them all the happiness.

I wanted to regret watching this show but since I got to meet Chef and JiWan I do not totally hate it. They saved the show for me. I am glad the show is over.

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I was hoping that fall would fix her head and she would start getting her work done right, start dressing better and show some romance/love towards Jae Hoon.

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It probably would take a bigger accident than that. She didnt improve one bit. If anything, she got more annoying.

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Everyone seems to be clamoring for a John/Ji-wan spinoff. Do Korean audiences feel the same way? Will the creatives take notice?

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How about a combined cooking/detective show? John makes sumptuous dishes for Ji-wan to eat and describe on camera while he proudly watches her, then while he's doing other segments she puts on her deerstalker hat and scours the streets solving crimes and forcing criminals to make amends.

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I would watch that! I'd watch anything about those two, really...
Maybe have John and Dae-Shik open up a restaurant together so we can watch these two couples carry on through marriage and childbirth and so on... the girls could keep the boys on their toes.

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That would be four winning characters for me. However, we need some bad customers to create drama. I'd have a different story every week where tensions among the diners come to a head with explosive results while the four stars attempt to keep things running, keep cooking, keep serving, keep the other tables from interfering, as well as the marriage, childbirth, detective work and a side line in relationship advice.

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Not sure I agree that you absolutely must have a bad guy in a show to create drama. Life itself can be pretty dramatic - and funny at the same time. As long as the writers would stick with characters and life itself, and not wander into tropeland... I for one think it would be fine.

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Oh man, the best four characters from that drama.

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I'd watch that! I also want to see a story about Ji-wan's webtoon getting adapted into a drama. That has to be an absolutely bananas experience for someone who used to be reclusive and unpopular. Also, judging by how long it's taken A Good Day to be a Dog to get off of the ground, she and John would probably be married by then.

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I thought about her webtoon career as a subject matter too... but I still want to see Dae Shik lose his s*** dealing with Hye Jin's pregnancy and the birth of their child, never mind him pulling daddy duty with the baby.

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Thank goodness it’s over! Takes a shot of tequila.

Congratulations fellow suckers! We made it to the end.

Making a note in case we have a future caregiver of “Best non-OTP” Jae Hoon and Yoo Reum.
They were so much fun as friends and neighbors. And then it was like dead fishes.
They were mouthing dialogues and I was just staring at them. I felt nothing and pretty sure the actors felt nothing.

On the brighter side - the drama is over and I never have to see Ji-Hyeon cry again. Was it just me or did she look like she was going to start crying when that guy asked her out on a date?

Also, Chef John needs his own drama. The dude was really handsome and grew on me towards the last few episodes.

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* category not caregiver. Lol.

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“Best non-OTP” 👈 This is a great category I would have the couple from Why Her as my entry.

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The show was so slow burn that the leads got together by the time nothing of their chemistry remained, their bond was strained to the breaking point and they got together because one party was too sad that the other was leaving them in every way (yeah. I would argue that Jae Hoon has been a shitty friend to Yeo Rum a big chunk of the show).

Tbh, I didn't mind the reality show aspect. The show could have worked with that and Yeo Rum could have fallen in love with Jae Hoon during the making of the show. Again, why did Yeo Rum have to be in love with him for ages and realise it only now? "The realisation" part is always the most boring part of the kdramas, and here it was prolonged for 12 episodes.

I would have appreciated if the show at least went with the wrong timing theme and allowed Jae Hoon to be with Jiyeon. Obviously, the leads would get together but it would be more Love Rosie and less of whatever the show was.

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YeoReum's realization did feel flat. It would've been better if she fell for him for real and she chased him. He was already moving on with someone else. They realized that they lost their chance to be together which would've been a more apt ending. It would've made the show more poignant since they still remained friends in the end. Then we get the happy ending with Chef and JiWan.

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It's a shame that the scenes with Ji-wan and John were so short, but they were satisfying. They were the only reason why I stayed until the end. And they are also the reason why I don't regret investing time in this drama.

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@dramaddictally thanks for the weecap.

‘ Should we take a moment of silence for the terrible death of such a bright idea?’ 👈Yes, we need to do just that.

I stuck with this despite the change, from a feel good rom com with a couple I loved and wanted to watch work through the challenges that occur when friends become lovers. The toxic show within a show was so powerful it contaminated the main show. The main couple changed and became part of the support cast. Sweet Sangwoo disappeared; it felt like the actor had another commitment so went off set and they weren’t sure if he would be available again so even though they had left a way to reintegrate him they decided to cut and paste some random scenes in when he returned rather than blending them in smoothly. After the funny scene leading to the matchmaking of Sangwoo with Jaehoon’s sister it was nice to see they will probably becomes in laws.

The wrap up was literally like going through a tickbox exercise to make sure everyone had their conclusion.
It was great to see Jiyeon had moved on enough to help JH and YR keep their business contained but did ANYONE care that she had a new love option?

So happy the infertility issue was shown to have a happy conclusion but as the risk of miscarriage is quite high, I would have preferred to see heavily pregnant belly or better yet the baby/babies.

Confused about the logic of showing us the staff reuniting on the set for a wedding but then not showing it. I still don’t believe there would have been a wedding episode on that show, yes they met there but they did not have lots of happy memories associated with the setting so why would they want to associate their special day with lots of camera crew and fake outs.

The cast get together meal where Joon announces the engagement had the whole cast there but I don’t believe they would have invited app man. He had thrown Jiwan in front of a man with a knife, made her agree to go out with him so he could promote his app and had disclosed her sexual abuse on air. His absence would have been a given and accepted by all the other cast without question.

PD Kang finally admitted she was using her programmes to work out her issues when it would be much easier for EVERYONE if she just went to therapy. If work can pay for YR to spend 6 months in France for some random reason, then why not suggest therapy for PD Kang? It was interesting to see PD Kang in Uni isolated and jealous of YR but we missed how she transitioned into the confident yet emotionally shut down person she presents as today. YR’s golden child upbringing was emphasised in such an unusual way for her age just for the PD Kang storyline but it didn’t make sense when they had shown it in more appropriate ways throughout the drama anyway.

All in all a drama that had so much potential but left the audience confused and disappointed.

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This was exactly how it felt to me, too - “The wrap up was literally like going through a tickbox exercise to make sure everyone had their conclusion.” It was like an unsatisfying meal - there may have been food on the table, but it was tasteless and not filling, even though it looked nice to begin with and consisted of 3 courses.

And this -> “It was interesting to see PD Kang in Uni isolated and jealous of YR but we missed how she transitioned into the confident yet emotionally shut down person she presents as today.” was yet another example of how the show made us think it had more to say than it did. Had it showed some real depth and acuity with one the threads it teased us with, then I may have given it a pass for not being able to address everything, but it never showed itself capable.

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‘ Had it showed some real depth and acuity with one the threads it teased us with, then I may have given it a pass for not being able to address everything, but it never showed itself capable.’👈 This is why I think the K drama industry has started to lose out as it got too clever and started to mix up the genres, have 4000 angles in the kiss scenes, adding in too many half finished storylines and sticking stubbornly to the 16 episode format when 12 would have been perfect. Pre production moved to write on the run like a webtoon only so many episodes ahead of the audience and the cracks have become chasms resulting in people running to C or J or TW drama instead.
Shakes head in despair turns around and walks slowly away. (Looking out for Truck of doom or cliff of no return)

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(Not to mention the Boots of Calamity).

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🤣 love it

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I hate those boots! It didnt go with anything she wore!

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I didn’t hate this drama but….

It would have been so much better if it had actually delivered on its promise of being a comedy and having a friends-to-lovers romance instead of starting that way and weirdly diverging into trying to make some kind of commentary on reality shows but failing and not really showing me the lead couple growing closer at all. There’s so much you can do with the hesitation of turning friends into lovers and they just completely killed most of it. Even their friends didn’t care at the end 😅

I loved Chef John’s growth though; and I really liked whenever Yeo Reom, Jae Hoon and restaurant friends were all together in that their interactions actually felt like friends.

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‘ I really liked whenever Yeo Reom, Jae Hoon and restaurant friends were all together in that their interactions actually felt like friends.’ 👈 Yes I loved that Jaehoon’s sister was also a part of the group. Seeing their closeness made it even more poignant that YR didn't know about the impact of the IVF on two of her closest friends who had been there for her during her worst moments.

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Honestly, this show left me disappointed in general. As usual, I feel the writer lost his/her ideas halfway through and couldn't pick up. I didnt feel love for the characters, plot was a disaster, lots of unnecesary repeated scenes, in order to fill up the time...
What a waste!
I mean, not that the setting could have given us much anyways, but hey... at least they could have developed the secondary characters better.
But anyway... thanks God it finished. I wont rewatch.
Am not angry, but i feel it was a waste.

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I can say matter-of-factly that this ending did not make me happy. … With the amount of repetition in these last four episodes, we had a lot of time to spare for the things we were promised but never came back to. How about all those awesome themes the show introduced early on about late-30s love? What about a sense of humor? Remember when this drama was funny?

Thank you for summing up how I feel about this show so succinctly, @dramaddictally.

I should have dropped it, but instead, I kept thinking it might return to its initial promising glory, and tried to understand the deeper meanings that were never there.

If I could describe my dissatisfaction, I think my main gripe with this show was that the characters, in the end, did not feel real or 3-dimensional in any way. Not all shows can give us that, but it felt like that’s what they were promising at the start, and so I feel cheated. Everyone felt flat to me, and each main character had one or two modes of being, and approximately one major charter flaw. That was it.

I admire you for being able to draw out themes and underlying meanings, @dramaddictally. The show wasn’t devoid of moments of insight, but it had overpromised, big time. There’s something to be said about the agreement between a show and its audience in the set-up process, and I learned through this show that if you overpromise and under-deliver, you end up with a dissatisfied audience who will be much less forgiving.

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*character flaw, not charter flaw!😅

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‘There’s something to be said about the agreement between a show and it’s audience in the set-up process, and I learned through this show that if you overpromise and under-deliver, you end up with a dissatisfied audience who will be much less forgiving.’
👆 This needs to go in the review so others know what they are signing up for. I do think this would have been passable as a binge watch but the expectations that build up over a week if unfulfilled, leave a bitter taste.

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I think you’re right in that it would have been better binge-watched, and that if people went in knowing what they were getting, maybe it wouldn’t have felt like such a bang-to-flop.

Since shows are steamed online for international audiences anyway, maybe they should have dropped this in one go after the initial airing finished in Korea. I wonder whether that would have changed our overall reception of it?

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Yes, the platforms do seem to be experimenting with different formats of release; two episodes on the same day or half a series one week and then the last half the next, I notice that Netflix are dropping a whole season one time.

I have no incentive to live watch apart from the drama beans comments section and apart from Alchemy and Extraordinary Attorney Woo where there was lively positive banter, most of the activity is on the shows that are proving to be disappointing. I am wondering if next year I will be reverting to my preferred binge watching after airing to avoid the weekly stress wait followed by disappointment.

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I feel the same. I started live watching only to participate on DB originally. But I feel like I get more out of the dramas when I watch them in one go.

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Yep. You said it. Overpromised and underdelivered. The first 3 weeks were so promising, I had my hopes way up. I kept thinking it was going to turn around at any moment and go back to the early writing.

And what you say about one dimensional characters, I was also thinking about when I wrote this weecap. Jae-hoon particularly started out with what felt like a full personality. And as the episodes went on, they stripped him of all nuance. He started as a goofball who could get serious when it was necessary. He used to tell Yeo-reum when he thought she was messing up. By the end, he just agreed with her about everything. He hadn't made a joke for maaaany episodes. His whole life became about supporting Yeo-reum (which made him boring).

Ugh, such a good setup. Such a disappointing delivery.

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Yes, Jae-hoon struck me as someone who had become depressed and was just going through the motions and nobody noticed or cared, least of all himself. He was just resigned to everything at point, and I have to say I didn't have the energy to care about him either. If he was still willing to be sucked into the vacuous black hole that is YR, then off you go.

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I'm actually rewatching parts of the entire drama from beginning to end today (basically only scenes with John or Ji-wan; I'm calling it the "Jijon Cut") and it reminded me of how different both Jae-hoon and Yeo-reum were in the first two episodes. They were fun and charming, and then it seems like they lost their personalities. Even her fashion was better in the beginning. My husband asked if maybe they filmed it backwards, because he couldn't understand it either.

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They cancelled each other out. Two black holes colliding. Jae-hoon should have frogmarched her straight back to her fiance at the wedding hall when she walked out instead of pledging support.

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My gut feeling is that the last 6 episodes of the series changed because of what the network wanted. I think originally the ML and FL were not meant to be with each other, especially when you had the wedding flash forward, and the way the Ji Yeon character was written and interacted with ML. Even the ML said he was curious about her in the beginning and at the last episode the ML told FL, only now you knew what you are competing with. It is rare that flash forward footage would not be used in the last few episodes. The network wanted the ML and FL together cause that is what sells. Writers had a different idea and they lost, but kept the Ji Wan and Chef story. Happens in North American TV all the time.

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I'm skimming through the comments and it seems I will not go back to this drama.

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I think the writer forgot to follow the synopsis. I thought the story would be the FL realizing her own feelings for her best friend during her TV show. But the FL dated Chief Jang, then her ex and her best friend confessed just after she broke up. There was already too much happening between the characters before the show started and then they acted pitifully during the whole show... Niether of them was really interesting.

PD Kang was so much more interesting and fun to watch. I loved her style too. She was so direct! It was refreshing.

Ji-Wan and Chief Jang were so cute. I'm sad they didn't develop them more because it would have been more fun to watch. At least, Chief Jang had a great character arc.

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Oh man, I have so many thoughts. It's probably easier for me to put them into bullet form rather than attempt to organize them. The problem is, I can't completely write off this drama. There is a lot I loved about it (and it gave me one of my favorite romances ever, one that was refreshing and imo even groundbreaking). Which makes its flaws and poor execution all the more frustrating.
- I think that there were like two dramas within the same one: Yeo-reum and Jae-hoon, and then the reality show stuff. The first one was good until the engagement with the ex, which HONESTLY felt like a jump the shark moment to me. I think that they should have found another reason for Jae-hoon to be cast at the last minute. They didn't need the ex thing AT ALL.
- The Yeo-reum and Jae-hoon drama, which I had found engaging, fell apart during the reality show. I agree with others who said that it was a mistake for Jae-hoon to fall so quickly. It would have been better for them to fall in love slowly, over time, as the show progressed (like John and Ji-wan, actually).
- Ji-yeon was unnecessary. Jae-hoon's on a reality dating show! Have fun with it! Have him go on multiple dates with multiple women. Have Yeo-reum watch and become jealous! Actually, have them ALL date multiple people. The pairing up right away was boring both for the drama and the show-within-a-show. Who would have watched Kingdom of Love 2 and felt invested? Not me.
- I agree that, as the Kingdom of Love storyline progressed and the Yeo-reum/Jae-hoon storyline fell apart, the former became more compelling only because it gave us the actual romance and character development in the show: John and Ji-wan.
- From about ep 9 onward, they become the most compelling storyline and give us the romance we were missing from the leads. But the show seems to disagree, so we have to sit through more Yeo-reum and Jae-hoon doing the same thing over and over and over.
- Apart from their romance, the character development of John and Ji-wan in itself was great. He became a better, more authentic person, and she went from telling other people's stories to being the leading lady in her own. She actually was the one who saved the day for everyone.
- The more I think about it, the more I want to know about THEIR story. Especially Ji-wan. How was it for her telling romance stories and living in fictional worlds rather than experiencing it in her own life? What happened to make her go from being a shut-in to appearing on a reality show? How did her mom react to her disclosure of sexual abuse on TV? Did her experiences on KoL and personal growth impact her future storytelling? What was it like for John, who is relatively famous, to date and eventually marry someone that no one would have expected? How did it go with Ji-wan (I assume) pursuing a physical relationship given her trauma history?
- I do love that John went from literally throwing over Ji-wan for Tae-mi to figuratively throwing over Tae-mi for...

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Oh, one more thing: Chae-ri needs therapy, not to direct another reality show.

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Lol, I have so many thoughts that they were cut off:
- I do love that John went from literally throwing over Ji-wan for Tae-mi to figuratively throwing over Tae-mi for Ji-wan.
- I didn't think we'd get a kiss from them, but I'm still disappointed.
- Gym guy had more chemistry and instant connection with Chae-ri than he did with Soo-mi. If you weren't going to go anywhere with that, why have them sleep together? It was unnecessary.
- The portrayal of mental health issues was very poorly done. As much as I liked John realizing that Tae-mi wasn't a good fit for him, they could have done that without demonizing someone's eating disorder. The bipolar thing was COMPLETELY unnecessary. People can get sad and drunk and do dumb things (look at a lot of kdrama characters, actually) without having mental health diagnoses.
- I also think the show could have done a better job with So-yeon's storyline in general.
- I also wanted more comeuppance for Joon-ho. I also would like to know when Ji-wan figured out that he was using her, because she seemed to genuinely like him in the early episodes (like after he helped her up after the chicken fight, the drama showed that her heart was fluttering).
- I did really like the IVF storyline, as someone who is about to go through IVF myself. I don't love that it ended with just a positive pregnancy test. At least have her receive her blood test results?
- No offense to Kwon Yul, but he was not the best choice for Ji-yeon's new love interest. I've seen him in too many creepy roles in other dramas that the minimal scene we got of him just made me think that he's gonna eventually murder her.
- Ji-yeon was really likeable in ep 16, where was that all along? Couldn't they have done more with her than have her cry?
- They also should have given Ji-yeon more investment in Jae-hoon. Maybe she could have known him for years, or even once dated him? SOMETHING other than him showing up for a date in sweatpants?
- As others have mentioned, Yeo-reum didn't seem like she really loved Jae-hoon. I got more feelings and excitement when John and Ji-wan were reunited on the talk show than I did during ANY of their scenes in the entire show after the first kiss (the silhouetted one that was broadcast - that is the one time they gave me butterflies).
- I didn't really care about Yeo-reum's professional journey, why did the show devote so much time to it?
- It's cool that Jae-hoon went back to being a neurosurgeon, but they REALLY dwelled on it. How many scenes did we need of him walking through the hospital?
- Yeo-reum going to France was... weird and not well explained at all.
- Jae-hoon's sister and Sang-woo were cute but unnecessary when more time could have been devoted to more important stories.
- All in all, I am wondering how the writers could portray such a great romance (John and Ji-wan) and then botch the main one so badly. I want a John/Ji-wan spinoff more than anyone, but I also worry that...

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I thought gym guy and soo-mi were cuter together, but it didn't make sense why gym guy would sleep with Chae-ri and why Soo-mi would be so okay with it just because it was right before they made it official. The dude was actively pursuing Soo-mi and bragged about the hard work and discipline he had to move from poverty to gym owner. Then he sleeps with Chae-ri , who barely had any interactions with him before, just because she's like "hey wanna do it?" and he was already half-dressed, so why not? There was no point to this since YR and JH had already fulfilled the "omg, the show's pd and cast member are together" checkbox.

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That development should rightly have caused tensions and bust -ups on and off set but it was raised and then wasted, presumably because we were close to wrapping it all up. If it had been allowed to sour everything (as it would do in real life) it would have created some actual drama and forced the KoL cast out of their pigeonholes.

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The Gym Guy was written as a street smart, non educated guy who has nothing but his dedication, hard work and his ability to read people. He succeeded with this skill set. He came on the show because Love is a luxury to him and this was is only chance to find love. He is a romantic as per his big grand gesture monologues. He and Cheri were similar where they both craved for love.... so I am okay with that scene. Soo-mi forgave him as she realized he was a very simple man who is true to his heart.

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Aww man, I was so close. here's the rest:
- All in all, I am wondering how the writers could portray such a great romance (John and Ji-wan) and then botch the main one so badly. I want a John/Ji-wan spinoff more than anyone, but I also worry that maybe their limited screentime was actually a blessing because the writers don't seem to be good at pacing or development when a romance is the main focus.
- I'm still mad about multiple scenes not being revisited (the opening of ep 1 especially, and also Yeo-reum asking Ji-wan who broke her heart). The opening scene HAS to be the announcement of John and Ji-wan's engagement, nothing else fits. It's six months after Kingdom of Love 2 and they're the only ones who were engaged at that point. It can't be their wedding because they said they were getting married in a year.

ANYWAY, I will still rewatch and recommend (with caveats) this one just for John and Ji-wan. I could write a separate essay about how great of a love story that was. I also think I'm just really excited that a plus size woman (well, by Korean standards) in a K-drama got a romance storyline with a hot dude. I kinda feel like this is restitution for Weightlifting Fairy because I was so salty the plus-size friend didn't get any romance in that one.

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My gut feeling is that the last 6 episodes of the series changed because of what the network wanted. I think originally the ML and FL were not meant to be with each other, especially when you had the wedding flash forward, and the way the Ji Yeon character was written and interacted with ML. Even the ML said he was curious about her in the beginning and at the last episode the ML told FL, only now you knew what you are competing with. It is rare that flash forward footage would not be used in the last few episodes. The network wanted the ML and FL together cause that is what sells. Writers had a different idea and they lost, but kept the Ji Wan and Chef story. Happens in North American TV all the time.

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I rewatched the flash forward, I am convinced that it was a wedding scene for the all the matched couples which they didn't use because the script change wanted by the network. The women were in bridal gowns not bridemaids gowns. I am think that look from the ML and FL are looks of happiness for each other finding their loves. FL probably back with EX, from ML talk with FL about not losing her trust with him.

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So I think it's a promo to announce Ji-wan's and John's engagement. Imo everyone's dressed in wedding gowns and tuxes to keep the air of mystery until they announce it. That's why they filmed them with their original Kingdom of Love partner (from the final selection), even though John and Ji-wan didn't select each other then.

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If you read the article Yeo-reum is reading it says that one couple is getting married for real and speculates on who is actually getting married. So I think they're announcing it on TV with that special.

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Happy that the true stars of the show (the chef & Webtoon writer) had a happy ending. It would have been satisfying to watch their wedding instead of the closing shots of the leads or atleast a kiss. I guess viewers like me who stuck till the final episodes should really be rewarded with something like that. Another character that actually grew on me with the passing episodes was Chae ri. I kind of liked her arc and how her journey to healing and self-discovery was shown as “under progress”. She was consistent throughout the show, that even at her poorest behaviour I cheered for her. I felt the FL never grew much as a character throughout the show esp in term of her profession. Apart from her complaining to JH about how much she sucks in the job, what else has she done all throughout? Then the 6 months break was yet another unrealistic part. What kind of company pays of their employee’s travel so that he/she can learn French and how exactly it helps in her professional growth? The makers had a good theme to show, but they chose to make the show so much predictable and gradually boring. I even FF the scenes of leads in the final episodes. The final episodes had so much filler yet the wedding tease at the ep 1 was never quiet resolved. Or did it?? I FF a lot so I am sure if I missed it. The chicken feet scene was very weird, I mean was that an effort to gross them into apologising? The ending again was so half-baked, I mean the bipolar contestant is suddenly fine, Tae-mi is eating with everyone, and even after all these mishaps, the love kingdom 2 cast wants to continue friendship with JunHo? And finally that reunion episode. JY lies to protect ML, Ji-wan lies about her relation with Jun ho. Why has women lying in public to protect men’s reputation considered as something good?
And finally the biggest flaw of the show: FL’s outfits.
From those ridiculous boots, to that final white flower on her collar with black ankle socks everything she wore in the show looked extra tacky.
Also looking forward to Siwon in the upcoming drama “Drink now, work later 2”. Hopefully that will me make me forgive him for selecting this half-baked script.

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This is late, but you have a really good point about women having to lie to protect men's reputations. ESPECIALLY Jun-ho: Ji-wan had absolutely zero obligation to protect him.

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@dramaddictally thanks for the recap which captures all of the issues with show and thanks everyone for the comments, all of which are on target. I can honestly say that this is first show where I was muttering expletives at a happy ending that showed a couple romantically musing on the nature of love while walking and laughing through falling leaves.

My irritation at the main relationship is definitely too extreme, but let me just point out that Yeo Reum, despite her late protestations of love, was unhappy most of the time she was with Jae-Hoon, even after they slept together, except in few flashbacks where they were engaged in friend hi-jinks. Come to think of, Ji-yeon was also miserable with Jae-Hoon. Just as fans ship couples who have great chemistry, I’m wondering if Choi-Si Won was a real jerk on the set. (Not really, but you never know—might have to get on line and start a rumor, since we know from this show that Netizen rumors are the mainspring of human action.)

Yeo reum’s exposure of Jae-Hoon's trauma on national t.v. without consulting him was in my opinion, a major sin. It needed, like all the issues with reality dating shows, a serious explanation/expiation. It was glossed over, because apparently exposing it on national t.v. was just the solution Jae Hoon needed!

Jae Hoon then went back to exhausting and long hours work that would require enormous sacrifice on the part of any partner. He did it without any consulting of the woman he loved. And everyone was happy for him being so self- centered. But speaking of self--centered, so was Yeo Reum. Meanwhile, at the end, she flew off to Paris, with no explanation, at the very time it would have been appropriate for some intimate time together with Jae Hoon. Of course he would be working 18 hours a day and wouldn’t have had time to see anyone anyway. So this relationship didn't matter to either of them.

As for the reality show, I have 3 possible theories about the writers and producing team on this show

Least likely: they all worked on a reality dating show, had a wonderful experience, with a few dramatic glitches, but met their spouses or partners there.

Next likely: they are having difficulties in their relationships, and they are all fantasizing about the possibilities of being on a show where forced relationships come true.

Most likely: They want to write or produce a reality dating show in the future, and they’re hoping that if they generated this loving tribute to a reality dating show they will be hired for one in the future.

I liked a Fanletter, Please just fine, but it was pretty slight, both in length and theme. I think I've started and mostly dropped all other romances that I missed when they were live this fall. So what next--May I Help You?
As @reply1988 well knows, I have other watching responsibilities I have to fulfill, which I'm really looking forward to. But any suggestions on new shows that show romance...

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Sorry, my irritation overran my space. I just wanted to conclude by saying that I'm a sucker for love, but not a lover of love is for suckers.

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May I Help You is good so far and I like the main romance. But nothing has come even close to From Now On, Showtime for me in terms of amazing romance. John/Ji-wan is the most invested I've been in a kdrama couple since that.

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@vienibenmio Thanks for the tip. But, I have to tell you (and this is just my opinion, you may have a far different opinion, so please don't be offended) From Now On Showtime had a great start to the romance, which I loved, but it really took a turn for a worse for me. In fact, although I loved it early on, by the last episodes I had to shut it off. But as you can see by my response to this one, I tend to get over involved and react too strongly!

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if you watch the behind the scenes and the promo videos, there is great chemistry between Choi Siwon and Lee Dahee, and in the final remarks both the second femele lead actress and chef john actor singled out CS as the great sunbee who put anyone at ease on set, lightening the mood, he is literally nicknamed as "king of manners" by KNetizen...

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Well, that's good to hear. I was of course joking. Instead I started an unfounded social media rumor about the writer.

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I'm sure the writers intended JJ and JW to be a diversion for viewers while the main couple were enduring their manufactured tribulations but they soared to the greatest heights. In John Jang they provided a character we loved to hate, who gradually grew and changed. When faced with a genuine warmhearted human he realised that feelings are more important than looks and that he wanted real, not fake.

This doesn't say much for the vacuous YR he dumped at the start, because he had no such realisation with her and this was the problem with almost every character. Even Jae-hoon with his sob story regressed from neurosurgeon to plastic surgeon to apathy.They were all quite at home living in a fantasy where manufactured standards rule responses, while this was Ji-wan's first foray into such an environment. If John/Joon was the only one that could see her shining, that's sad.

She was such a sympathetic character from the start and clearly saw something more in JJ than just his looks, so the pair of them inevitably connected like magnets. Ji-wan was like a gardener raising a tricky hothouse flower and John/Joon bloomed under her care. This storyline might have been mere pedestrian fodder in the hands of other actors, so kudos to them both for bringing these characters alive. Every scene with these two was a gem and I'm so pleased we got not only the confession from JJ, but also the wedding announcement. As for the bonus toast:

"Ji-wan, you make me go crazy."

Let that be the epitaph for this show, rather than the endless and clumsy saccharine ending.

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‘When faced with a genuine warmhearted human he realised that feelings are more important than looks and that he wanted real, not fake.’ 👈 i think he started to see what beauty was as the woman who was all show and not substance was not at all pretty she had to do so much to make the best of what she had. Jiwan was gorgeous whatever she wore, it shone out of her hence YR saw it in the interview and Joon saw it when he stopped thinking about superficial factors like a name, status and influence.

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Tae-mi wasn't that bad, but she was definitely the female version of John Jang - as he was in the beginning. Tall, lanky, and looked like they shared the same hair dye. Both were looking to date the opposite sex version of themselves.

By pursuing Tae-mi, JJ started to see in her the things he didn't like about himself. I hope Tae-mi finds a male Ji-wan out there who will help her find happiness outside of social media likes and encourage her to get help for her eating disorder.

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That is extremely well said! I love reading all of these insightful comments. I do think it's telling that, when asked for what she values in a partner, Tae-mi said tall and handsome. When John was asked, he said chemistry. That difference showed that John did want something deeper, and turned out to be crucial.

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It was also interesting how John didn't sleep with Yeo-reum because he didn't feel curious about her (which is sort of what romantic chemistry is) and how much he sounded like an asshole. Like how dare he disparage the female lead and insinuate she wasn't attractive in any way!! But when he said it during the interview and after seeing his chemistry with Ji-wan, I understood him. John is definitely more well-versed and open about love and relationships than everyone there!

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It was her personality that made any beauty she had disappear. On Yumi’s cells men she was not interested in became paper stick men and that was how I saw Taemi.

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You phrased it so beautifully I almost got a tear in my eye! If you ever write an essay on those two, please let me know. Really, the brilliance is that the hints were there all along: John kept saying that he cares most about chemistry and having a good back-and-forth. I keep thinking too about their interview responses about how they define love and how they matched the characters' stories. Ji-wan literally said that love is carbohydrates and her love story began because of potatoes. Ji-yeon said that love is wanting the best for the person, and she helped Jae-hoon in the end, even when it hurt her. John said that he thought of love as a state of mania, and he met someone he did go crazy for. Joon-ho said that it's basically using each other in a mutual manner, and he only ended up with a transaction.

Again, that's what I find the most infuriating: there was some genuinely good writing in this drama, it just was very inconsistent and not devoted to the most important aspect (the main leads, by drama rules).

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Proof that chemistry needs to come from the writing as well. JH and YR were great in the beginning and in the flashbacks. 2022 JH and YR felt like a couple who should break up and are just lying to themselves now. The pontificating about happy endings was just wtf... I really think the writer just gave up. I could feel her fall out of love with the drama she was writing and with her main characters and was just trying to get it done because the thing was airing.

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Well, everything has been already said and much better, than I ever could.
For me the best thing about this drama is the love story of Ji-wan & John, which we needed more of. And that after only seeing Choi Si-won in one other drama years ago (Oh! My Lady), which I didn't love and where he didn't leave a lasting impression for, this drama might me seek out other dramas of his. So I ended up bingig Work Later, Drink Now and loved it. It was weird, but very good. So I am looking forward to season so. So long suckers.

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Really glad Work Later, Drink Now is returning and I’m sure Siwon is too! Eunji as well, her last drama was quite laughably bad.

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you should check She Was Pretty, he is the second lead there, but pretty much stole the show, and gave everyone one of the worst second lead syndrome ever.

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Yes his ‘Jackson!’ Nickname for her and the final date but she didn’t know that’s what it was…

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And moment Seo-joon came home to find Si-won strolling out of his bathroom wearing nothing but a tiny towel, was *gasp out loud*. How many actors could out-ab Seo-joon and then cheekily drop the towel when walking away! 😄😄

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Thanks, I am aware of it. But I try to avoid Hwang Jung-eum dramas. To much overacting for my taste.

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My favorite Choi Siwon drama is My Fellow Citizens. It's a fantastic political comedy with a bit of romance. Choi Siwon is great at comedy and absolutely shines in My Fellow Citizens.

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Thanks for the recap! I have to say, episode 15 was great. It's too bad that the single moment of a woman demonstrating her love for another woman by aggressively eating spicy chicken feet at women needed so much setting up. It was a scene that passed the Bechdel Test in every way. Fourteen episodes of explanation of why the two leads were true friends and why they were somehow still single and available to get together < fourteen episodes setting up Yeo Reum's love of chicken feet and f-ed up relationship with Chae Ri.

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Thank you for the great recaps @dramaddictally. I don't have anything to add to what has already been said.

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Happy to do it :) Thanks for reading!

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I still am in shock that they didn't go back to the opening scene. My moment of silence is definitely lasting a moment.

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I dropped this show early on, so thank you for the recap. I am wondering did they explain why FL and ML were not together to begin with?

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Nope. they did not.

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They never did! And that totally frustrated me too. Why did she pretend to forget that they kissed? It made no sense. Except that she didn't feel she was good enough? I think some other beanie suggested that. And so maybe there's a roundabout acknowledgement at the end when he tells her she's the only one for him and she should recognize that she beat some worthy contenders? But it was so frustrating that they stuck that flashback in and then never explained it. And it would have been better, I think, if they were friends who fell in love gradually rather than they've actually been in love for over 10 years but never acted on it.

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'Why did she pretend to forget that they kissed?'

Because shes a stupid airhead and I'm prepared to accept ahe actually forgot all about it, just as a goldfish forgets how small its bowl is by the time it's swum in a circle. I'm surprised she remembered where she lived or where she worked. She certainly forgot who her friends were and what they were going through, and also forgot to throw her clothes away after seeing how ugly they were in the mirror, compounding the offence by pulling the boots on to complete the outfit time after time.

It does explain why she readily took the fiance back because she learned nothing from their break up, why she was mystified at waking up in Jae-hoon's bed and why she couldn't remember where her clothes were (maybe he did her a favour and hid them).

As for the aggressive munching and spitting of the chicken feet - that was so ridiculous. The one time she actually steps up for someone (who doesn't deserve it) she's totally incoherent. It was a chance to demolish those girls with style and win Chae-ri's admiration, but unfortunately the other side of vacuous simpering YR is akin to an out of control baglady.

I really think she is the worst character I've seen in a k-drama, and I just hope Jae-hoon can rewire her neurological pathways or he'll be waking up every morning to someone who doesn't even remember why she's there or why he's thrown her clothes in the skip.

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🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Thank you for that righteous, cathartic rant.

This show, grrrr. Spending 16 episodes to set up a preposterous one-minute chicken feet gag and 16 episodes to completely fail to follow through with the seemingly climactic moment in its VERY FIRST SCENE. And the suggestion that she beat out some worthy contenders was appalling - as if a man, any man, is some kind of prize to be won in a competition among women. Ugh.

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And she didn't even slap him for suggesting it! 😆

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As I was writing his statement that she beat our worthy contenders, I thought, this sounds absolutely terrible and really reflects poorly on the male lead. And the SL won't-take-no-for-an-answer and always about to cry was a poor portrayal of another woman..

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I'm still really mad about the lack of follow through with the ep 1 opening. It was SO INTERESTING and cinematically beautiful. Everyone looked gorgeous! I want more!

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Hilarious. Thank you.
Yes! I was also annoyed that she never followed up with her friends, that she was mystified waking up in JH's bed, that she forgot where her clothes were. . . And I was also so annoyed that her being a crazy person was how she defended Chae-ri (totally not helpful as the women pointed out -- that the two crazy bitches had found each other). And if she was finally going to grow a spine, why did she then lose it in the next scene and decide she had lost all confidence ? Argh. It could have been really fun if when Ji-wan finally stood up for herself, so did YR.

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One more rant about unexplained scenes/dropped cliffhangers: did they ever explain what happened when there was a knock on the door of each guy (other than the one Chae-ri slept with)?

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Nope because I was thinking exactly the same thing. I wondered if she had tried all of them and he was the only one who responded positively or that we would see differently people knocking at different times of the day and it was just edited to look like it was the same time.

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So we could personally experience the "evil editing". Sigh. I've never watched a k-drama before with so many unexplained scenes/dropped cliffhangers.

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They obviously don’t think people will notice or if they do will give them a pass 😬

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Yeah, that bothers me too. I also noticed two other unexplained cliffhangers:
- Ji-wan never responded when Yeo-reum asked who broke her heart. Like, surely she would have thoughts on Ji-wan having feelings for John of all people?
- John never answered when Tae-mi asked him out on a date in ep 12. I'm just gonna assume he said no, I suppose.

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You're right. Oh that's super annoying too.

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Ugh. Soundtrack #1 was way better and only 4 eps. Even though I know some don't "like" it. it dealt with the ML stuck in the friend zone much better (even though it's a lousy trope) than LiFS did.

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