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Destined With You: Episodes 3-4

Between breaking curses and casting spells, our amateur shaman has her hands full. Our cursed leading man is no better as he gets into yet another unwanted entrapment. But falling under a spell isn’t so bad, especially when it has destiny written all over it.

 
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It turns out that Shin-yu was headed to see Na-yeon when Red Hand came to cuddle, leading him to crash his car. And of all places to crash into, it had to be the newly decorated median strip — which was Hong-jo’s project. Ha! Ms. Red is indeed no respecter of the competition. Well, it’ll please her greatly to know that Shin-yu has cold feet about his impending marriage to Na-yeon (because he doesn’t want to burden her with his sickness). Or he’s really not that into her because hesitation is never a good sign in a relationship.

Cold feet? Pfft. Hong-jo can’t relate. She happily skips to work the next morning armed with her love potion, and sneaks into a conference room to spike Jae-kyung’s water with it. I mean, what could go wrong with her perfect plan… aside from not getting the chance to see if Jae-kyung actually drank the water because she’s soon called away to inspect the wreckage of the median strip. Hehe.

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Naturally, Hong-jo comes for a consultation with City Hall’s legal representative, Shin-yu. “A lunatic has crashed into the flower baskets on my median strip. What should I do?” Ermm… allow insurance to cover the damage? Nah. Hong-jo chooses violence and rains fire and brimstone on the lunatic, threatening a lawsuit and whatnot. Shin-yu calmly defends said lunatic while laying out the facts of the case, and Hong-jo is slightly flustered when she realizes that he was the one who got into the accident.

In the meantime, Shin-yu wants his spell ASAP, and to the overly busy and overworked Hong-jo, he tells her to hand over her task for the day to her less busy colleagues. You know what, maybe she does need the bratty Shin-yu to teach her how to stand up for herself.

Hong-jo gets the day off and they go to get the wooden box from her house. She teases Shin-yu for believing in superstitions, but when he points out that the love spell is missing, she tries to wrestle the spell book out of his grip and they get transported into a scene from crash landing on the couch. Classic K-drama moment! Next thing you know, our OTP is on a road trip to Shin-yu’s vacation villa up in the mountains — where Hong-jo bursts all my bubbles by saying that pork belly is more attractive to her than Shin-yu is. Girl, I know food is life, but why are you lying?

Our OTP goes hiking to find a plant to be used for the spell, and Hong-jo guesses that Shin-yu wants to use the Cure Disease spell. He admits he is cursed. And when she tells him to go to the hospital if he’s sick, he asks if she has ever been so desperate for something to the point that she’d grasp at straws. If I already didn’t, now I feel sorry for Shin-yu. Hong-jo is the first to find the plant and of course, she’s too short to reach it. So he leans in with his longer limbs and they have another K-drama moment. Knock it off, you two.

It’s a full moon at night, and Shin-yu comes out in a suit while Hong-jo is in a white dress. Nice! I didn’t get a proposal, but I guess this is also fine. Except these two aren’t out to say their vows: they’re here to cast a spell. At some point, Shin-yu goes down on his knees and I’m thinking, where’s the ring? But it’s all part of the ritual process. Pssh. When they’re done, Hong-jo asks how he feels. His heart rate has spiked and his body moves how it usually does when Red Hand is about to show up. Oddly enough, Ms. Red is nowhere to be found. Still, Shin-yu can’t let down his guard around Hong-jo, and he tells her to go inside.

Hong-jo insists on staying by his side, and she doesn’t get why he’s so mad at her when she came all the way out here in this “strange” dress to help him. “What’s strange about it?” Shin-yu retorts. “I think you look pretty in it.” Aha! And you wonder why Ms. Red has refused to show up. She has obviously gone green with jealousy! But for Shin-yu’s sake, I hope it’s because the Cure Disease spell worked.

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Meanwhile at City Hall, Jae-kyung tracks down the source of the gossip about Hong-jo’s confession to him and unsurprisingly, her colleagues, SOHN SAE-BYUL (Park Kyung-hye) and YOO SU-JUNG (Mi-Ram) are behind it. He scolds them and makes them take down the video, but he can’t help feeling bad for Hong-jo especially when he learns that she took a day off. He calls to make sure she’s all right and asks to meet up when she returns. And that’s all the proof Hong-jo needs to be convinced that the love spell worked. Cheer up, Shin-yu! If it worked for Hong-jo, it’ll work for you, too. Heh.

Hong-jo returns to work to meet two new developments: 1) Mr. Gong drank out of her love potion! Ha! (Next time you prepare a love potion, try not to leave your tumbler lying around for thirsty folks to see); 2) the head of their department, MA EUN-YOUNG (Lee Bong-ryun) is back after her husband’s affair and their subsequent divorce. Eun-young is a no-nonsense yet very inclusive boss, and I liked her from the moment she showed up to work. Eun-young calls for a compulsory team dinner with the Park Maintenance Team, and it yay for Hong-jo finally getting to eat with her team. But nay for postponing plans to meet up with Jae-kyung.

Speaking of which, rather than keep postponing marriage plans with Na-yeon, Shin-yu ends their relationship. Honestly, I can’t say I feel bad for her, but after two years of dating, she deserves to know why, at least. “What reason can you accept?” he asks, further driving a hole into her heart. She asks for time to process the breakup.

Shin-yu will also need time to think about why the symptoms of his disease have disappeared — or more accurately put, why the symptoms have been replaced with heart palpitations whenever he sees Hong-jo. An alarming thought crosses his mind, and to confirm his suspicion, he checks the CCTV recording of the conference room. Sure enough, he sees the moment Hong-jo spiked Jae-kyung’s glass with the love potion. Unfortunately for him, since he sat beside Jae-kyung in that meeting, he was the one who drank the water! Bwahahahahaha! See? This is why we don’t go around drinking other people’s things.

Shin-yu drags himself over to Hong-jo’s to burst her bubble. There’s no way the love spell worked on Jae-kyung because he’s the one who drank the potion, and now he likes her! I didn’t expect him to admit his feelings this quickly, but am I complaining? Nope! This is what I signed up for. On the other hand, Hong-jo’s lips take the shape of her bulging eyes: round! This is definitely not a variable she factored into her plans.

Now that Hong-jo has shot Shin-yu with her love bullet (his words, not mine), he insists that she takes responsibility for it. Taking responsibility means finding a way to break the spell because he’s also not a fan of the unwanted feelings he has for her. “See? My feet won’t move because I miss you.” LMAO! Nah, Shin-yu isn’t under a love spell, it’s a cheesy spell. Dude begins to sing love songs in the office, and he even brings coffee to her department to apologize about wrecking the median strip. Hehe. He also lets it slip to Eun-young that Hong-jo is being ostracized by Mr. Gong and the others. Nice one, Shin-yu!

Hong-jo drags him out for a scolding, and mentions that Mr. Gong also drank the potion but he’s not acting all loved up. But you can’t compare someone who drank a whole glass with someone who had a few sips. Hong-jo suggests that Shin-yu drinks a lot of water to urinate the potion out. Great idea! Now can she drink water with him? After all, she was the one who wanted to go to a tea house with him. Loool. I don’t know what cracks me up the most: Shin-yu’s straight face as he recites the cheesiest of dialogues, or Hong-jo’s exasperation at being on the receiving end.

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Obviously, no amount of urination will break the spell, and believe me, Shin-yu tries. Left with no other option, they visit Shaman Eun-wol, and the shaman has a private conversation with Hong-jo. Hong-jo can’t bring herself to tell Shin-yu what was discussed, and Shin-yu becomes convinced that the answer lies in a kiss. Yunno, like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Just say you want some skinship, dude. Heh. But poor Hong-jo is in a pickle because aside from whatever it is that Shaman Eun-wol said to her, the spell book also warns that a disaster will befall anyone who recklessly reverses a spell.

Hmmm. Is that why there’s a stalker on the prowl around her house? Thankfully, Shin-yu likes her well enough to abuse his power at work to get the streetlights along the alley fixed. He spies her phone’s wallpaper (a picture of her younger self in hanbok for a school play), and is surprised to see that she bears a striking resemblance to the girl from his dreams. Shin-yu often dreams about a girl plucking berries and a boy helping her bend the stem of the tree, in what seems to be like a Joseon setting. Interesting. So, Hong-jo is the girl of his dreams? “No wonder my dreams felt so refreshing,” Shin-yu says. Lol.

In other news, Hong-jo’s landlady rents out the first floor of the house, and the new tenant is…*drumroll* Jae-kyung! In a quick flashback to their eventual meet up earlier on (where a love-struck Hong-jo had requested for a hot iced latte lol), Jae-kyung had asked her why liked him and Hong-jo replied that it started when she saw him volunteer at a dog shelter. For someone who’s nice to animals but cold to his family, Jae-kyung advised her to meet someone better than him. But watching Hong-jo now introduce herself to him as a neighbor in an idol group member style, I think Jae-kyung just might have fallen for her.

We round up the week with Shin-yu’s persistence in hounding Hong-jo to break the spell, and she gives him a clue: the first letters of the words Shaman Eun-wol said to her. But try as he might, Shin-yu can’t decipher the sentence from the first letters. He even follows Hong-jo all the way to a beach to commemorate her dad’s death, but she largely ignores him throughout the journey. Only when she’s done and she turns to stare at him in the dreamy sunset glow, does it hit him in slow motion. The answer to breaking the love spell: “Your destinies cannot be severed. Accept it.”

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Accept what? That our OTP is meant to be? I already accepted it. But the problem is they haven’t, yet. Thankfully, the reason we’re on this journey is to watch them fall into their destined love, and I for one, cannot wait until Shin-yu falls in love with Hong-jo for real. I just know he’s going to be a menace if his current behavior under the love spell is anything to go by.

I enjoyed this week’s episodes better than the first, and yes, I grew to like Shin-yu a lot now that he has loosened up a bit. Our OTP’s bickering gives me life, and Shin-yu being at Hong-jo’s mercy while under the spell is so unintentionally hilarious. Other relationships I’m looking forward to exploring as we go on are Mr. Gong and Eun-young as colleagues because he seems to really care about her, and Jae-kyung and his yet-to-be-seen dad. A second male lead with daddy issues? Hell yeah, sign me up!

 
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Your destinies cannot be severed. Accept it.

As anticipated, I do not like the presence of the Love Potion, and there was no twist good enough to save it.
Nothing wrong with a destiny entwined love line. I can be a complete sucker for it. 9T, Mystic, My Dearest. (Or I can hate it… Hi, 19th Lyfe… 👀)

But it would be much more interesting if this^ line came at the same time (ish) but through different circumstances. If there was some other reason they had to accept that they're completely intertwined, other than being forced there through a love potion.

It’s a basic cop out, for one. Stop TELLING me the emotions to feel. Literally.
Make me believe them. Show me them. Show me why these two being Destined should matter, and why I should care. Show me how and why fate should or could be challenged or accepted. The inexorable nature of that, should, har har, be woven into the story itself, not floating along the surface, expecting cheap emotional engagement.

Enemies to Somethings to Friends to Lovers, characters who initially clash, but become strongly connected, inescapably entangled with each other, even or especially non romantically at first, which is shown through multiple narrative points and devices, (fate itself can be one of those), can be a very compelling character and OTP set up, but you gotta put the work in, you can’t just hand it to me, and expect the shiny Destined Label to make it all perfectly complete and prepackaged all on its own.

(Don’t make an ATLA reference, don’t make an ATLA reference FRAK I wanna make an ATLA reference… Zutara. Ok. They weren’t even end game in canon but this was still THEM.).
(Trying not to compare everything I’m watching right now to My Dearest also, but it’s equally SO HARD.)

The Love Potion was used alas instead, and played through for comedic purposes, but that I did not find very funny at all.

This was partly the writing, and the existence of a love potion at all, which as above stated would need to be a. removed and then b. need a lot of reworking to get me to like it anyway.
But it was also in large part for me due to, once again, broken record, Rowoon’s uhm… “acting”:

It’s official, Rowoon has a vast sum total of two acting modes.

Rowoon trying very hard (and failing) to NOT be Rowoon: Sin Ju in episodes 1 through 3.
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Rowoon just being Rowoon aka his default setting: Sin Ju under the influence of a Love spell.

I genuinely thought he was getting a bit better in 3, and then 4 happened and he was too Rowoony and I started keeping a Smarmo-Metre;

This is hard to explain and I’m gonna sound insane but, in case it wasn’t obvious by now, I do not like “cute” Rowoon, I do not like “sweet” or smirky Rowoon, right- this is the Smarmy Rowoon that sets me the most on edge. And, if 4 was anything to go by, I’m dreading how he’s actually going to act when he’s actually in love with her, because, deliberately, on purpose...

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... deliberately, on purpose annoying, love spelled Rowoon is exactly how he plays it when he’s NORMALLY in love in other shows.
Yeah! Hi! Now you all know what I’m talking about!
Rowoon “acting” annoying is just how Rowoon is normally!
But it’s not amusing for me, as it supposed to be here, and it is not swoony as it thinks it is in other shows: it is what makes my skin crawl. When he’s truly into her its gonna be weird af. I don’t believe he is capable of a third mode.

And then, additionally, for every line he delivers almost decently, there's a cascade of them immediately after that don't just not land, they ricochet off the wall like an entire scale played discordantly out of tune that the watching experience is disorientating.

The lines, I think, could maybe be funny? but he... is not.
His intonation is TOO monotone, his delivery bland and one note, all the time, rather than just entertainingly straight faced or cynical when it needs to be, and with any nuance therein, and he has no sense of comedic theatrics at all.
I can't help comparing him to more skilled actors, who both have emotional range, but who also would absolutely kill the deadpan comedic part of this show, in spite of the writing.
The episode also needed a physically comedic actor, which again, Rowoon is just. Not, and the directing was overcompensating for this.

To give discredit where credit is due though, this is, to reiterate, not just him. The writing of the comedy, and indeed everything, is off. Leaning to the left. The result is dissociative. I could not enjoy 4 even ironically, after the first 10 minutes.

A morbid curiosity and having the impending My Dearest drought and therefore having nothing else to watch will, unfortunately, probably keep me here another week though. (I wonder if she found any clams on that beach…)

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Post Script:

This show mentioning Chim Chim Tamale in the same frame of reference as Rowoon is frakking SENDING ME. @bammsie is over here laughing at me.

Context: Awww you’re all so lucky, you get another Punchableness Face List member reveal, and in context of the show too.
The most enduring member, although not the oldest member of this list, is indeed, one Timothée Chamalet. You have no idea how painful it was to sit through Dune…

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Are you playing a cameo as the red hand? Is that you MIA red hand writing this comment? I could see you torturing Rowoon in the show and also kinda taking pleasure in that. 😂

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Yes yes yes, I HATE this love potion storyline. It is genuinely awful and I feel icky wat hing because he very obviously wants to not be feeling it. I didn't laugh at his antics at all, it just seemed out of character to him. Honestly, ill give the show 2 more episodes, but I have a strong ick right now and Rowoon's lipstick does not help. I miss the hand.

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Man that lipstick! He has had it in EVERY drama I have seen him on! Do they think we don’t know?

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I don't miss the hand lmao, but yes to everything else.

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Yeah the lipstick on men. What is that all about?

I noticed it on the male lead in See You in My 19th Life too?

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Most dramas have the men in lipstick, it is just that usually they tone it down or pick a more suitable color.

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I agree that lipstick thing is too distracting! And that too in every drama?! I try to focus on the amazing eyebrows but my gaze invariably shifts to the lipsticks. Petition to #saverowoon'slips.

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same. the love potion rubs me the wrong way as he has an ex-girlfriend who doesn't buy the breakup and it doesn't reflect well on him to be seen hanging around another girl after a fresh breakup.

It also gets in the way of the breakup, seeing how it could've been the cause of it or was it his own personal feelings before the effects of the potion took over.

Aside from that I hope they clear up the potion plot stat.

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This show is capital Q Quirky and I LIKE IT! Sure there’s a half a dozen things that could be changed or done in a different way, but idk it’s doing something right for me and I really just dig it as it is right now. I guessed it’d be Shin-yu who’d drank the potion the minute we had the classic ‘interruption at a crucial moment’ scene, and I was a bit deflated at first because I’d hoped we’d not go down this route BUT they more than made up for it with the direction they took with it (especially because they had the ML work it out quickly and tell the FL too).

The spell - I’m getting the feeling it doesn’t just make the person fall in love with Hong-jo but instead makes them more expressive towards the person they have some level of attraction to? Like amplifies it x 1000000. Because Mr Gong sure doesn’t seem like he’s in love with Hong-jo lol

Ms Grandma Shaman is the new Cat Man but tbh at least there’s an actual spell book this time.

Anyways, I’ll also fully admit that I’m probably the exact kind of person they had in mind when they cast Rowoon as the ML, because I’m too busy making heart eyes to pay proper heed to any gaps in his acting. So there, all cards on the table now but I honestly thought he did shine best in ep 4 and was a riot with his ‘get a grip Jang Shin-yu’ moments. Ep 4 was just hilariously delightful in general, between his antics and Mr Gong’s “I guess you should call me Gong Yoo” followed by mumble singing Beautiful from Goblin under his breath 😂

Also - I feel bad for the SFL (Is Jang-yu pulling a Kang-min?? He totally did right?) BUT honestly glad they went down this path, instead of having her be a catty and evil for no reason girlfriend just to write her out of the way. Sympathy over villainising any day! The only slight sticking point for me this week was Hong-jo getting annoyed at Shin-yu when she’s the one who caused the mess in the first place - you should take some responsibility Hong-joo!

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Ok - I'm so glad you love the show, too, Lapislazulii!! We can squee over it together!!😁 I'm also loving the quirkiness... I wasn't expecting it, so the surprise factor makes it even better!! (1) yeah I didn't want to bring up that parallel, but shaman halmeoni is 100% the new cat man (but nicer). (2) Yep I'm now a Rowoon fan, and I loved him in ep 4 🤷‍♀️ (3) The Gong-yoo moment was so funny 😂

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🙌 high five, glad I've got a buddy to laugh and squee at all the inane stuff that happens in this show 😂

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If this drama is inane, I guess I better not admit to you two the other stuff I’m watching, huh? 😉

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I don't draw distinctions... if it's fun, who cares if it's objectively inane or not? High fives to you both for enjoying it joyfully! 🙌 🙌

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now I'm curious - do tell us which two dramas you're watching!

and as Hopeful said, inane is great sometimes! whacky done right is so entertaining!!

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Shaman halmeoni pretending to have dementia for a second ("Honey?") was awesome and already puts her leagues ahead of Cat Man, especially for the way it put Shin-yu and his assumption that she's old and therefore out of it firmly in his place.

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That was a GREAT moment! She's sharp and funny. But I think she is in the same archetypal role...

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Nope, I refuse to make this comparison. I’d much rather her be compared to the Oracle @elinor or those Oracle @hacja than any detestable character of the recent drama-that-betrayed-us-all.

Also, I really dig her haircut.

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Yes! I like it too! It's funny. This is only my second drama I've watched starring Rowoon and I don't think he is terrible, i like his acting (I just finished watching "Tomorrow" yesterday). Honestly the first episode seemed a bit slow but I like how it is going now. Looking forward to the spell being broken, and Shin yu getting real feelings.

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***who tf is Jang-yu, I meant to say Shin-yu (note to self: don't type up comments five minutes after waking up)

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No, do type comments 5 minutes after waking up. Those are the best comments. Leave us guessing. Watch us scratch our heads in confusion.

And if you could add a handful of completely unrelated emojis, that would be even more fun. ♟️Here a chess pawn to illustrate the point.

And I say 🐼 to that.

(sorry, one of my relatives send me messages with completely random emojis and it just cracks me up every time. She knows she should them but she's got no idea what they mean 🍕)

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HAHAHAH I didn't even know there was a chess piece emoticon!!? And awww that relative, that sounds so cuteee! 🥬 I'm going to also start doing this to throw people off and make them question everything. 🍤

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discovered it by chance yesterday after accidentally playing with friends a horror escape room with a live actor in an abandoned toy shop and screamingly fending for ourselves waving ginormous chess bishops in front of ourselves... Utterly useless, but anyway the escape room company added the chess piece emoticon when they sent the team photo. 🌵

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@darkcc Without even a second’s hesitation I imagined you and your friends in the escape room from Psychopath Diary. It could have used some giant chess pieces 😆

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Shin-yu’s friend thinks he’s pulling a Kang-min, but I don’t believe it. He spent 2 years not sharing anything important with her, not just his illness. And at first he told her to wait, but then she barged into his house like she was halfway moving in and he realized he would have to be more final. I also could not sympathize with her when she demanded to know the reason. I’ve had that demand made of me, and nothing good would have come of being honest in that moment. I kinda still think we’re going to get a pretty catty ex-girlfriend, tbh!

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Apropos „catty ex-gf“: Yep, especially considering their (Na-Young and Hong-Jo‘s) past… „the next boyfriend being stolen“, etc. It’s going to be ugly. 🙄

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Yup, I read that theory about the love potion and I think it makes the most sense. The boss certainly isn't acting in love with Hong-jo.

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Totally on board: I loved the quirkiness and the dynamic & chemistry between the leads. I also certainly think that Ro-woon is a decent looking man (Respect The Eyebrows), and thus my normally perfectly unbiased and objective judgment* of his quality of acting might be biased… (* never.) Shrugging here, since I still enjoy the show immensely. I’m not overthinking it, as well as I didn’t with KTL: this is a fun rom-com and so far it delivers. Sure: the love potion trope is kind of tacky, and I’d have loved it did not play a role between the main leads, but the resolution was nice: they addressed it immediately. I’m hoping that they will somehow ship sincere emotion further down the road. But the hilarity that arose from the love spell shenanigans had me laughing out loud throughout these episodes!

Just to sum it up: I have dropped the two shows featuring Ro-woon I have ever watched before (might have had nothing to do with him but the writing), so actually it was a nice surprise here that I liked him in this show. Also like Jo-Boa better in these two episodes than the last (I don’t think I’ve seen anything with her before 🤔), and I’m hoping it’ll only get even better!

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I feel bad for the SFL (Is Jang-yu pulling a Kang-min??

Oh my @lapislazulii, I kinda agree because this was on my watchlist because of Ha Joon, but he doesn't begin to steal my heart like Seo Ji Hoon.

I guess I'm in the minority - I am fully on board with magical incantations and spells and am tired of "reincarnation" tropes.

SFL is daughter of mayor; SML works for mayor. Hoping for a happy ending for all.

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It's so darn fun!!! Between last week and this week I might sound like a Rowoon apologist, but it's just that good grief, this show is working HARD with his visuals, and is doing a very good job at it. He's almost like the human embodiment of the Uncanny Valley phenomenon, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. It's such a different character from the bland niceness that idols are often cast as, that I'm really having fun with his efforts at coldness - it's like that re-write of Haru in Extra-Ordinary You, but as a main character. I dig it, because it's more interesting to watch, and makes the contrast with the begrudging Love Connection all the more fun. Hong-jo continues to remind me of Leslie Knope, and I love it.

I'm really, really enjoying the dynamic between the ML and the FL. They're both a little weird in their own special ways. The "I am Groot" scene was such a non sequitur that it made me snort, and then every "get a grip on yourself, Shin-yu" monologue escalated to be funnier and funnier. Already this week, the ML wasn't as cold, and the FL wasn't as needy - she literally enchants him (thanks to that love spell, and much to his dismay), and he frustrates her. It's a fun push-and-pull. All the crazy love confessions he said, and then tried to backtrack, but physically couldn't, were SO funny. I mean, her telling him to pee out the love spell, and then him explaining that he went to the restroom 32 times and needed to go again but CAN'T because his feet wouldn't move - ludicrous, absurd, and absolutely hilarious. It surprised me just how much I laughed at ep 4! Also, this drama is really pretty in a dreamy, slick way, and the instrumentals add to the vibe (including that dramatic musical sting when his finger heart was revealed). And the whole reincarnated lovers thing is totally my jam, so this is a super fun watch for me so far! I don't even want to critique or analyze it - I'm having too much fun! To summarize: I like Rowoon, I like Jo Boa, I like the writing (*so far*), and I like the humor. WIN!!

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HAHAHAH 'Rowoon apologist' - count me in too honestly 😂 Literally my eyes are GLUED, and the human version of the uncanny valley thing (in the nicest possible way) is so spot on because legit!!

I also love that they're both weird in their own ways! It feels like they're both archetypical characters (Candy and Cold Rich Guy) but like skewed ever so slightly so that they're just "off" in some ways and it adds to both their quirkiness and their dynamic as you mentioned. And I also love reincarnated lovers so HERE FOR IT with you!!

Honestly I want to go back and make a list of all the confessions but my favourite has to be the 'appear in my dream, no don't , no appear, no don't, appear, don't' back and forth 😂

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Yes!! They're both just quirky enough to be fun. And I loved all the confessions... please do make a list if you have time! 😁 The dream one was especially funny! 😁

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Absolutely uncanny valley. I think that’s why even the lipstick doesn’t bother me *as* much. His lips, face, body, he is all so unreal. Thinking of what you said last week Hopeful, Rowoon seems more like a rendering. Now, some may say bad art, and that could also be true. But it’s no surprise art can be divisive. 😀

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😆😂😂

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Re Rowoon/Uncanny Valley situation: It’s the single lock of hair that falls across his forehead on the *left* side (from his perspective) that does it for me! Hahaha it’s so purposefully “out of place” I find myself distracted by it, but not in a bad way!

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Yes - I laughed out loud so many times in ep4. The line that made me snort my tea: "My heart lit up, too: it's twinkling." It's soooo cheesy but I perceive a "knowingness" about the delivery (especially from an ex-idol) that makes it funny. I kind of like the wooden delivery with it - the battle between heart and words (that has fondue levels of cheese) and the mind and voice (that can't believe such mush could come out). Works for me!

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Works for me too! 😁👍

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I'm also loving this drama. This is my first time watching Rowoon, and I thought he was really cute acting all in love this past episode.

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Rowoon who?? I have no idea who he is, never watched any of his prior dramas.

This drama is enchanting (yeah, that is intentional). Hope it fares better than King the Land (another drop-dead handsome icon-turned-actor vehicle) for me because this one has a STORY to be told.

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From the moment I saw that love spell ended up being a love potion, I knew what shenanigans were to follow. Imma keep it real with you, kdrama writer, I don't think it's love if the guy is drugged into it.

I think it would be more wholesome if it turns out neither of them ended up taking the love potion, they just fell for her charms naturally.

Ok I admit, I laughed out loud when he was like, "don't make that face, it makes my heart flutter ... Dammit" AND THAT POUT ... AND 'DON'T GO 🥺🥺 '... I haven't laughed like this in a while. This is the best ep so far.

sis really needs to retire that thermos/bottle, it is such an agent of chaos. anyways, i found her cute before but - and i can't believe i'm saying this, I never have before - but the FL is kinda grating on me. i was legit surprised to see her be nice to the old ppl lol, I'm too used to her yelling and snapping at the ML.*

bro really brought up Shrek as an example, we have peaked as a society. i also called it from the start that the neighbour was gonna be the SML. things are gonna get so messy, I'm not rlly looking forward to it. this love-spell-induced, one-sided feelings thing can be funny only for so long.

shoutout to Ms. Ma. we love to see a rare supportive or at least impartial superior in the workplace. i also love how she strangerzoned that jerk boss. call that karma.

my three complaints about this drama: 1) no more love triangle (square?) pls, 2) is it a kdrama if there's no past live lovers trope, 3) BRING BACK OUR QUEEN MS. SENSUAL RED HAND!

*I would also react the same way if I was being stalked by a love-crazed lawyer. maybe don't go spiking ppl's drinks with 'potions', no matter how lonely and desperate you are?

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JSY's movie references are everything 😂

AND YES the thermos, is it bottomless? never-ending??? she should attatch it to her hand via leash at this point. Yeah, I also found her a bit grating - I mean fair she doesn't have to be nice per se to the ML BUT she could've been more sympathetic all things considering.

+10000 for bring back The Red Hand 🖐️

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Well, now we’ve gone all Midsummer Night’s Dream on this situation. I was sort of hoping they would do whatever distastefull/disastrous thing they needed to in order to break the spell on him this week. Not that I didn’t find all his shenanigans hilarious (I absolutely did), but I want him to fall in love with Hong-jo without coercion, though I’m sure no matter what it will be a bit against his will. I’m glad he already broke things off with his girlfriend. I know his friend from the law firm thinks it was because of noble idiocy, but I don’t know if that was the whole story. He was nice to her, but kept her at a distance during their entire relationship, so it makes sense to me that he wouldn’t want to share these important, potentially painful, moments with her. And at first he just asked her for some time, but when it became clear she was going to insert herself into his life more than he was comfortable with, he broke it off.

I like Hong-jo much better in her moments of sincerity, and much less in her moments of exasperation. She just spends a lot of time exasperated, and sometimes it’s totally justified, but other times I find myself getting annoyed by her reactions. Like after the car accident when she asks Shin-yu why he did that. Um. It was an accident. Duh. And when they realize that he drank the water instead, she asks him why he drank it, like it wasn’t the most careless thing in the world to leave drugged water in a large conference room. But I love seeing her interacting with people genuinely in her work, her sweet developing relationship with the shaman, and her interaction with Jae-kyung at the coffee shop turned out to be really nice, so I’m trying to focus more on those moments and less on the others.

Do we think that Jae-kyung actually drank any of the potion? I can’t decide. On the one hand, I think Shin-yu mentions that he might have had some, but not nearly as much, which might explain his turnaround. On the other, he could have just felt legitimately bad for Hong-jo, who was being bullied pretty obviously and ended up taking a day off.

I know there are lots of strong opinions out there, but I’m really enjoying Rowoon in this role. I was laughing all through ep 4 at his constant contradictory statements and inability to control his actions, and I loved thinking back through all the things he did in ep 3 before it was confirmed he drank the potion. I feel totally convinced the stoicness is Shin-yu’s natural state, and the result of him living for a long time with this curse/disease hanging over his head, and his straight-faced pronouncements of love that he immediately takes back are great! Plus, I’m getting all the height tropes I wanted and more!

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What if, just for shits and giggles, the spells are actually inert?

For myself, it doesn’t bother me one bit that this fictionally (un)serious man is seemingly coerced by magic into falling in love. It’s a silly scenario with silly people.

But, what if…this all points to the the fact that we only need an excuse to feel feelings?

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LOL, I swear I was already typing when you replied.

The use of a love potion doesn't bother me here, whether it works or not, because it's *the premise of the drama.* I've already done the necessary suspension of judgement on its initial use - but I'm in for exploring the unintended consequences and the ramifications (including the moral ones).

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Ah thank you both. I was reading the various objections to the love potion. And while I get them on an intellectual level but was wondering why it wasn’t troubling me much in this one show.

I think I’ve also been trained by all those ridiculous teen dramas of my youth with all their love potion-ing. Jo-both prancing around like that totally belongs there. I just can’t take this show seriously.

But if I do, I’m not sure she fully believed in this spell business.

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Yeah, it doesn't bother me either. As @elinor said, it's literally the premise of the drama. And the fact that they're both aware of it - and he's self-aware of the conflict between his mind and feelings/actions - makes it more complex and interesting (and still gives him some agency within the situation).

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Wait, is it? I feel like I missed something big here.

I totally get the perspective that it might not “work” at all and it’s just an excuse to let Hong-jo believe Jae-kyung is into her and to let Shin-yu admit he’s into Hong-jo. I thought of that too, but it still just feels like one option among many to me right now. And as I mentioned above, I do think that Shin-yu would resist feeling anything for Hong-jo in any situation, not just the one we’ve been presented with, so it might “not matter” in that sense also, but it still makes a difference to me if he was actually drugged or if this is all much ado about nothing.

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Regarding the potion - there were already some soft-focus staring-with-intent moments in episode 1, both between Shin-yu and Hong-jo and between her and Jae-kyung, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if we find out later that the potion was ineffective for some reason and it's all the power of suggestion acting on both her and Shin-yu. Now she can't credit any man who's touched the water bottle or its contents (4 so far) with being kind to her just because she's a good person who deserves kindness. So far there's nothing definitive that can't be explained by just believing the potion worked.

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I also feel that the fact that Shin-yu seemed so sure (when offering his original middle-of-the-street love confession) that Jae-kyung also has feelings for Hong-jo is yet another reason to imagine that all of this talk of affection is both about, but also not about, the “magic spells.”

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I am with you @elinor I don't think its the spell at all. But even if it was, those critics of the potion don't get what makes it such a genius plot device: it allows Rowoon to "act" as he normally does--that is kind of puppet-like, where he knows what he should be portraying, but can't quite do it, and make him seem like a genius on the screen! I actually laughed out loud several times in episode 4 and was impressed with what a great job Rowoon was doing, even while realizing it was completely because the script situation played into his acting "strengths"--trying to act like he is in love. This was an unexpected twist in this show that I thoroughly enjoyed!

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Y'all slay me with your take-downs. I'm torn between guffawing and feeling sorry for the guy.

But, now I'm having similar thoughts about the first two episodes. I think Rowoon meant to play his scenes with the red hand as a man filled with ennui, pain and distress at his fate. But they kinda came off as...kinky? Could the producers have actually predicted that? Genius. It was definitely so much more fun as a result.

I do like taking apart the various components of the show, but in the end, if I’m entertained, unintentionally or not, by the totality, I'm pretty satisfied for this kind of show.

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Oh there was definitely that ‘kinky’ feel to his acting with the red hand! I was confused at first because it felt like he was more turned on than scared 😳

Anyway glad that the writers took a turn to utilise his ‘strength’. He was not pulling off the serious chaebol demeanour that well tbh.

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I am betting the hand is the shaman of the spell book and he had to kill her in his last life. Present day shaman told him the hand was someone he killed, and spell book shaman was dismembered. Now FL is her reincarnation and so they have to overcome their past. So kinky might fit into the love destiny.

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@abalyn So Rowoon’s character actually welcomes the pain, enjoys it even, as he believes deep down (ie his reincarnated soul) that he deserves it for his past sins—and that was the acting memo. Well then! 😊

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I would adore it if, every time Hong-jo cast a spell from this book, and no matter who she wanted to cast the spell onto, it only ever really cast its effect onto Shin-yu.

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this would be high-key adorably funny 😆

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Yes, yes, yes - there could be a series-long joke about his perfect skin! Writer-nim...

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I kinda suspect that's how it was always intended to be. Love one for sure MEANT to land on him, otherwise it doesn't make any sense why the spiked water got such a long journey around the office with multiple people potentially drinking it but only SY ended up actually affected.

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I ranted above so won't again, but this is a storyline I really really don't like and unless it is resolved in the next two eps, I will just go to @attiton fan wall and be annoyed at the lip pursing and leave this drama to those who love it.

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I’ll always welcome you with gifs to annoy (or is it delight?) you, my friend. Ask and ye shall receive.

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😍, I just love it here!!!

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Recently I have become very negative when starting a drama knowing way ahead I will not like it. I cringed at Roowons take of a serious chaebol, didn’t feel the leads had any chemistry and was bored by the recent onslaught of ‘romance with a touch of supernatural vibe’ dramas gracing our screens recently.

Then ep 4 happened.

‘Do you think I am doing this on purpose? Yes, I am’

‘I think you should leave. Please don’t’

‘I feel like I am the only one wearing a Hawaiian shirt at a funeral’

‘Did you think I did that to hold your hand? Yes, I did’

Dear drama gods please please please don’t disappoint! Jebal!!!

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@RenOIshi, I actually love 'romance with a supernatural vibe' so I was inclined to like this one, but I actually found myself working too hard to like it. "Then ep 4 happened." And everything else you mentioned. And I'm hooked! Please please please don't add a murder (it's the romance with murder that makes me miserable), and add more "Did you think I did that to hold your hand? Yes I did," please!

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Yeah I was this close to dropping it at ep 3 until that finger heart with the dramatic background music appeared 🤣

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No murder please !

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Oh those lines! Loved them. 😂 I wish I could find them all in one place somewhere. There was also that one about singing opera at a game show. Such a fun way of describing feeling off-kilter. Whatever else, gotta give writer credit for this (and all those movie references).

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Something about being the only one wearing a Hawaiian shirt at the funeral? Crackups.

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Adding to the one liners, another favourite of mine was "where? at this late hour? Hong-jo that's a terribly... good idea, where?

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Omg yes! 🤣🤣🤣 That was great!!

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YES that made me laugh out loud!!!

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I almost want to drop at eps 2 and I see the light in eps 3 and I swayeeeddd start eps 4 XD

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I am totally into this show, which is a complete shock to me. Coming into it, I was lukewarm on both leads, and the premise sounded dumb to me. I wasn't even planning on watching it, and now I'm forcing myself to wait a few hours before devouring each new episode.

This show just makes me happy. Or maybe "My Dearest" is kicking my heart around so often that my brain just wants something silly that's not focused on butts. But whatever the reason, I don't care; I just want more.

The writing is genuinely funny, and sincerely quirky, with snappy dialogue. That Shin-yu would drink the love potion was completely predictable, and yet it led to so many great lines and moments. I really, really like Jo Boa in this and yes, I recently compared Rowoon to vanilla ice cream, but now he's like vanilla with a ripple of fudge. I could nitpick (he's still too heavily made up, the brows and hair need mussing, and I hate that lipstick) but I'll refrain because I am thoroughly entertained by what's happening on-screen. I'm not sure the show can keep up this fun, frenetic pace through 16 episodes, especially when the time skip stuff kicks in, but I am tentatively hopeful it will.

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We need more off-duty Shin-yu - he's good in a suit, but he does look more endearing? approachable? idk insert adjective here, when he's in 'casual' clothes with his hair (artfully) messed up.

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This is not a good show. I can objectively agree to that. But episodes 1-2 were so bizarre, esp. Rowoon and the red hand, that I found myself laughing *at* the show and all the Beanie reactions. Ep. 3 with its setup was bit slow and I was mourning the loss of my red hand, but by Ep. 4, I was laughing *with* the show.

Rowoon is so flat (I swear he was playing the undead Chaebol) that it took me a minute and then some to understand, oh, he's being romantic. I just bust out laughing belatedly. He's oh so droll. Those lines! That snapping of the feet with "Get a grip, Jang Sin-You."

Could Rowoon have played it better? Possibly. Might someone else have done even better? Likely. But did I still have fun? Definitely.

I agree with everyone. This will be a hard pace to maintain. I'm just as worried the drama will follow my newly patented playbook for 2023 fantasy rom-coms. Start fun, turn romantic, end up angsty and dark. Boo. Stay whacky show, stay bizarre.

BTW did anyone notice we have *nice* and *rich* parents in the show? They were so sweet and fun with the puzzle-solving. Isn't that violating some drama rule or the other? I guess they have time to turn toxic.

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YES the parents! Glad you brought it up - I was very pleasantly surprised that his mum was NICE and even his dad, although a tiny bit 'no funny business', is still nice too! (please don't turn toxic). I guess that adds up to why Shin-yu isn't an absolute tool, he's just very blunt and 'get out of my way' at worst.

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If I gather right, Rowoon breaks up with his girlfriend because noble idiocy (but also more?). His father tells the now ex-girlfriend of his sickness and asks her to stay with Rowoon. And after the break-up Rowoon drinks the love potion?

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Yup! And his dad mentions how SY thinks he's the most 'selfish' person, which I think is referring to the fact that he got married and had a kid knowing he had this curse hanging over his head that could/would pass on. So yeah defs sounds like noble idiocy to me.

Should be interesting when the ex (if she's an ex still, feels like wires got crossed a bit because she asked for 'time' but he tells HJ they broke up so idk if like she knows that she's defs broken up with right now??) gf sees him following HJ around like a puppy and assuming the worst.

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Ah missed that part as well. Sometimes I forgot there was a story so caught up in the funnies that I was. 😅

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The parents are indeed a hoot, what with the mom’s first line to her son (I’m paraphrasing) being, “So how do I look?” at a funeral, and the dad wanting his son to get married and have kids ASAP (?)because soon the son’s likely to die. Also the dad was the one who explained the reason for his son’s “noble idiocy” to his, now, ex-girlfriend. All “interesting” decisions. They do help him with the word puzzle though!!

This all said, Shin-yu seems delightfully exasperated by them rather than angered. 😭

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True. True. Points of concern. I guess I was too charmed with the puzzle-solving.

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Yes please ... let's remain in the wacky lane ... get a grip writer-nim.

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Well, thank goodness there was the anticipated twist and the love potion wasn't imbibed by the intended target. But I totally sympathize with Shin-yu and think Hong-jo needed to take some responsibility for the situation instead of blaming him.

And then, after seeing its effects on Shin-yu (which were pretty funny), could she honestly say that's how she wanted her relationship with Jae-kyung to play out? Sorry -- but love compelled by magic doesn't seem like love to me, no matter how lonely you were.

Anyway, I'm glad Shin-yu knows he was potioned (or should we say poisoned?) and am curious to see how the OTP will cope with their shared destinies. I hope that includes the return of Red Hand and more explanation of the curse and its history, because I'm more interested in that than another episode of big-eyed overreactions.

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big-eyed overreactions

I'm worried the show is heading in the direction of endless worshipful shots of Rowoon looking ... like Rowoon, for better or for worse, the way King the Land devolved into almost nothing but Junho-fetishizing.

I'm with you on the return of the Red Hand - its relationship with Shin-yu is the most interesting and least obvious one so far. And I will be disappointed if the show doesn't explore the idea of love compelled vs freely entered into, but I've been disappointed by a lot of dramas lately. 😂

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I'm equally looking forward to the exploration. It's a very nice theme that was raised. I hope in this case it won't be hard to show when the former becomes the latter. It's one thing for Sin-yu to voice out what's in my head. It's completely another for the drama to show and not tell us when the phase is happening. No hopes but here's me praying there is one.

I'm also with you on the semblance of KTL in the way Sin-yu is being portrayed. Apologies to any whom this might come across as polarizing to, it is a bit distracting, especially when it's an actor I'm trying to like. Fetished shots is one of the reasons why I dropped KTL. And while I'm not affected by Junho, I'm affected by Ro-woon. I need more to enable me want to sit through such camera decisions.
If any credit, I find Sin-yu way more palatable than KTL's ML. Ro-woon earned that.

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Junho in King The Land is waste of talent and I really hope Roowoon will not "following" Junho's (in the dramaland I mean) .. if you know what I mean

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First, thanks @unit for that very funny recap, which struck the perfect tone. I don't have too much to add, except that I enjoyed these last two episodes a great deal more than I expected I would. I was actually laughing WITH the show instead of AT it.

There are only 2 things that bothered me:

1. The disappearance of the star of the first two episodes, the bloody hand. I was ready to vote for her in the "you can only pick one" rookie actress award. But if she is only going to play a cameo role, forget it.

2. After 4 episodes, this one gives off strong vibes of "lets make this ridiculous fantasy starring a bloody hand and a spectacularly beautiful male lead profound by giving it a bittersweet ending." Of course, I do not claim @elinor or @attiton 's prognostication abilities, but I am mightily uneasy, feeling that bittersweet has no place in the flavor profile of these fantasy rom-coms.

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Oh, don’t drag me into the Oracle Game. I never once claimed, nor was I ever once accused of having “prognostication abilities.”

What I do is “spend a lot of effort hoping for the drama I want to see.” It’s a stupid thing to do, and I get hurt a lot.

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For some reason your comment reminded me of the two lines of dialogue that I think I've heard about 20 times in kdramas: "Is this a game to you? Am I some kind of joke?" The answer, of course, in my case, is YES.

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Shudder... the words "bittersweet ending" give me George R. R. Martin's GoT vibes.

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Oh the amount of times she made me cringe because love spells always got me fearing second-hand embarassment, but with Rowoon's hilarious cheesiness and Boa's vulnerable moments, it's hard not to be charmed

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I gave up:( I simply can't root for a character who drugs someone without their consent.

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Jang Sin-yu is growing on me gradually. Breaking up with Na-yeon cause he doesn't want her to be burdened with the drama that comes with his sickness was the right thing to do. I hope Na-yeon does understand his intentions properly. And that the breakup is coming from a place of love and care and utmost regards.

I really really like the inclusion of Ma Eun-young to the team. Finally, someone is calling the bullshit Mr. Gong and co does. And talking of Mr. Gong, while I outright don't like him, I'm drawn to be sympathetic towards him thanks to his relationship with Eun-young. The mutual respect between Gong and Eun-young solid, so solid that I'm asking why he spills so much vitriol at Hong-jo.

And, Hong-jo really needs to stand for herself. It's one thing to not be the one to tell on your colleagues about their harassing you. It's another thing to be angry at someone who does, especially when that someone has the power to shut up any form of drama those BS colleagues might try to pull. Kwon Jae-young has warned them explicitly, Sin-yu just did the same, and she's freaking taking 4 steps back for the two steps forward they took for her.

I was thinking it was Sin-yu who occupied the first floor. The love potion did a number on him so I was sure it was him. Also, he witnessed Hong-jo get assaulted and chased along the dark alley so I was so sure he did that for her safety under the influence of the love potion. To learn that it was Jae-young, DWY had me there. That was something I failed to predict. I'm guessing this will be a source of drama.

I'm sure Jae-young likes Hong-jo but can't/doesn't want to act on them thanks to his personality. I commend him for that. I don't think he drank out of the potion. The liquid only stayed on his lips, unless if he drew in a few liquid in that moment. And...moving the to an apartment of that kind? What story is in store for us from Jae-young. He already said he wished he had no family. I don't know what family drama he's facing to make him wish he was a part of none.

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A few people are reprising their roles in their former jobs. One is palatable and so sad to watch and the other just doesn't seem to know when not to stop being a pain. The former - Yura's character from Forecasting Love and Weather. The latter - Park Kyung Hye's character from Love in Contract. The latter is really infuriating.

Although little has been seen of her, I like how Yu-ra character Na-yeon has been written for now. I just want it to remain the same. Yura is to good an actress to be solely pining once again for marriage and love. She should be serving more to the script beyond that.

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I thought it was going to be Shin-yu on the first floor too! When they showed him in his own apartment again before the reveal of the first floor tenant, I was like, “oh, maybe he just hasn’t moved his stuff yet?” but obviously if it wasn’t him it was going to be Jae-kyung.

I actually disagree about the breakup. I thought that at most, Shin-yu was using his illness/curse as an excuse to break up with someone he wasn’t feeling a strong attachment to. Or maybe I’m projecting? Hopefully we’ll get more clarity soon.

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It's both. She said she chased him and loved him more, and he didn't refute any of that, making it look like he dated her just because "why not?". Not sure whether it was his illness or subconscious desire for more than marriage of convenience (or both) that made him end things so abruptly, but I agree that he cares for her at least. He even thinks - and stresses the fact quite a bit - that it's wrong for him to fall for someone else this fast after the breakup, so there's certainly some guilty feelings presented. Didn't notice any REAL heartbreak though...

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These episodes were hilarious. Shin-Yu's lines were so cringey and cheesy, both characters were painfully bearing them :p

I have no issue with the Love spell because both of them know. So it's not like one of them was lied about it, everything is happening in their knowledge.

Hong-Jo didn't really believe in it, but after making the potion, why not try? I think she's the most surprised one about it. Shin-Yu being cursed since always believes in these things, but he didn't think he will be the one under the spell 😂 he wanted the other one. But it was interesting like he never completely lost himself in the spell, his real personnality and feelings are still there. He knows that he needs to not be in love in respect of his ex-girlfriend.

They have always been destined, the wooden box was hers. The love spell doesn't change anything, it just speeds things up by forcing them to spend time together. If Hong-Jo has feelings for Jae-Gyeong, it's like with her colleagues, she's not herself with him. She's fierce and strong when she's with Shin-Yu but not with other people. She's not shy to show herself with him. It will be interesting to see her choosing between Jae-Gyeong and Shin-Yu and why she will choose one of them.

I love the references in this drama, it's refreshing : Harry Potter, The Gurdians of the Galaxy, Shrek, Timothée Chalamet 😂

Both Rowoon and Jo Boa are doing a great job. I love every of their scenes 😂

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Squee! Hong-jo's dream came true -- Jae-kyung really does live at her house now! When the realtor said that the new tenant was tall and handsome, I immediately assumed that Shin-yu would move in, but Shin-yu would never give her red bean rice cakes or a nice note about plants. It was cute how Jae-kyung could hear Hong-jo squeeing upstairs.

Shin-yu being the one who drank the water makes me even happier because that means Jae-kyung really does like Hong-jo. Even Shin-yu confirmed it. I loved Hong-jo when she asked, "(He) likes me? Aide-nim does?" I totally felt Shin-yu's exasperation. I squeed when Jae-kyung finished her sentence "I'd..." "like that." and when Hong-jo ordered an iced latte hot, and he didn't even correct her.

Shin-yu should be happy that the love spell works since that means the Cure Disease spell will also work. Red Hand didn't make one appearance this week. I love Hong-jo's character -- she's a candy Candy, but she's so kind always asking how Shin-yu feels. There's our childhood connection.

I'd wondered if Na-yeon was an arranged marriage, but Shin-yu seems to genuinely love her. When he held her hand and asked, "Are we breaking up? Can you wait a little for me?" he sounded like such a sweet boyfriend. I know that our OTP is destined, and their bickering is cute, but it's honestly sad that Shin-yu and Na-yeon broke up over a love potion. At least he didn't cheat on her.

My new favorite character is Manager Ma Eun-young. I love her. She's a dream boss and an awesome person.

Thanks a bunch for the recap, @Unit!

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I don't think the love potion influenced the break up with Na-yeon. He broke up with her the night he crashed the flowers. He drank the love potion the next morning.
And he clearly told her why he was breaking up - his curse and illness, which Na-yeon was very well aware of, her guess and intuition was right.

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But he didn't break up with her the night he picked her up from the bar. He literally told her, "We're not breaking up" and that he needs time to figure something out, so they were only on a break.
He never told her about his curse and illness -- he didn't give her any reason for breaking up. He was clearly torn up about their breakup since he kept telling Hong-jo that he's supposed to be in pain and keep a low profile.

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I loved it so much. Wednesday and Thursday, do come fast.

My question is, how was he able to keep a straight face while saying those cheeky lines.

I laughed whenever he says he doesn't want to do something and he quickly changes because he likes he. 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍

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I quite enjoyed these episodes. It was fun.
But I still don’t know how to feel about her casting love spell.
So if SML falls for her what would she do. Because he loves her for real and not because of a potion.
But I do like that Shin Yu found out. So he knows!! So I enjoyed all the antics.
also, 2FL is going to turn cray right? The moment she finds out it’s Hong Jo? I do feel bad for her and Shin Yi is right that the timing sucks. He is indeed wearing a Hawaiian shirt in a Funeral 😂

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I feel like she will a little for sure, because not only is her ex (?) bf following HJ around immediately after asking to break up, but also the past problem of how HJ 'stole' her high school boyfriend too or whatever 😬 And honestly I think I'd have a similar reaction if I were in her shoes, not going to lie.

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Also, doesn’t help that Yura ends up being cast as not so nice characters. So I keep expecting her character to turn at any moment.
And yeah, with their history it’s not going to go well for her.

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I also found Shin-yu’s line interesting when he said to Hong-Jo (at the car in the morning after Jae-kyung had moved in), “I must break the spell. If not, I might end up becoming an asshole who dates others, while I care about you.”

I sort of assume this meant any woman, but it would also apply to Yura’s character. Apparently, this is a line he doesn’t want to cross.

Frankly, I’m remain entirely unsure why he broke up with her—I see the logic of the noble idiocy reasoning, but I’ve also seen Shin-yu being somewhat ambivalent to her this whole time (except for when he defended her against Hong-Jo’s boyfriend stealing). Whatever. This is a silly drama with silly people and facts don’t matter. Time will reveal all.

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I do think he cares about her but doesn’t love her deeply. Even she mentioned that he agreed to be with her since she pursued him. And we never saw him take initiative to meet her.
It was mentioned that he thinks his dad was selfish so may be he realized it was selfish of him to want a family given that he could die or he could have a child who could face the same fate.
Yeah, if he wasn’t dying he probably would have married her. But he also seems like a guy who never cared about true love or dating given his life wasnt normal.
Yeah, definitely going to get messy.

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The show is going to turn Na-yeon bad like all K-dramas do to their second female leads (🙄), and there's probably some backstory that we don't know like Na-yeon killed Hong-jo's dad, but Shin-yu dated her for two years, so she can't be all that bad.

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I was really annoyed when the 2FL didn’t accept the fact of the breakup. Shin Yi broke up with her on two separate occasions. Of course, she should express hurt and ask for his reasons, but she seemed to say that they couldn’t break up until she can process it…
That’s too much. The processing can take place after the breakup

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@elinor Kudos to you for predicting last week
the "inevitable scene of Rowoon holding something up over his head and Jo Bo-a jumping for it like a terrier". 👏

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I'm a sucker for fantasy romance, and this one is hitting just right for me. In addition to what others have said, I also appreciated how this one included not just one but TWO instances of the "reaches out hand but withdraws it at the last second" trope. By gar, it's been a while!

I read a theory on Reddit that the love potion only amplifies feelings that already exist and I think that makes the most sense.

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Oh, I forgot to add that the ML's reaction to being in love with the FL is giving me Mr. Darcy vibes--and that just makes me like this all the more.

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omg I see it, the Mr Darcy vibes!!

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If so then this had better be clearly explained in future & not left to our theories to justify because the love spell potion is completely not my cup of tea. Also if true then the amplification should be x 100000000000000 because judging from ML’s abhorrent and narcissistic behaviour towards FL in the first 2 episodes - I’m not buying it.

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Has anyone else noticed how many references there are to flowers, trees, gardens, gardeners? The FL works for the Park Maintenance division, and takes care of a lot of flowers / trees, visits gardeners / florists / greenhouses, et al. And of course, SinYu ruined all the beautiful geraniums that HongJo had put up on the road with her gardner friend. In addition, SinYu refers to himself as a wilting flower in Ep. 4. AND, JaeGyeong offers to plant some flowers at the house after he’s moved in to the first floor, and not knowing HongJo lives on 2nd floor, wants to know what plants HongJo likes. I’m not sure how this weaves into the story, though, other than all the ingredients for the spells. Is it just noise, or something more significant?

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Too many references to seem incidental ... hopefully builds up to something significant ... or maybe writer-nim really really likes gardening.

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I love plants, so even if it’s arbitrary, I’m loving it. I also don’t think I’ve seen someone in a kdrama with a parks and rec job before. I like the relative novelty of the job.

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I hope this doesn’t become melodrama the last four episodes, because so far I love the humor. I wasn’t a big fan of the premise before the show started, but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And FL is nailing the comedy.

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Drama don't be melo, drama don't be stabby, drama don't be murder...

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Oh no ... guess there is some murder. The shaman lady told ML that he murdered FL in the past life.

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Eun-Wol / shaman lady didn't say 'murdered', but told SinYu, 'You killed her'. Could be very, very different from 'murder', right?

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Drama gods can we please please have a good (will even settle for acceptable) over all series which makes us laugh and enjoy the ride with our twinkling and fragrant JSK.

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Side eye to the writers of Heartbeat for the bait and switch.

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GET A GRIP, JANG SHIN YU! Aka. How to make tabong, the girl with worse memory than an amnesia patient, remember your name.
Hahaha, I just love that line.

Just like some others beanies, I'm not a fan of the love potion trope, but, for some reason, I think this one works?

1. The FL used the potion but not on the ML. She wasn't trying to get his attention and he knows that. I like that the ML is aware of the spell. And he knows it was an accident.

2. When the shaman halmoni said their destinies can't be severed, I don't think she was talking about the potion. Since episode 1 she told Shin Yu they were destined. We have seen a little of their past lives (SY's dreams) and it seems like they have a deep story.

3. I'm pretty sure Shin Yu started liking her before the love potion. The boy got super jealous when Hong Jo confessed her feelings to her sunbae. Even Ro Woon talked about it in an interview.

In conclusion, I don't think SY's feelings for Hong Jo are fake and I don't think the love potion is the one creating their destiny. That's why I feel the story works.

Imo, I think the love potion is only making him more honest.
Because if we really think about it, he has been chasing HJ since day 1. 😂Everytime she looked around, he was there. Now he just can't hide it.

And he keeps saying that he can't feel sad about breaking up with his ex because of the potion. But I don't think a love potion would go so far and restrain all his other emotions. He just didn't like his ex. Logic is telling him "you should feel bad", but he can't. The emotions weren't there.
They literally gave me oppa-dongsaeng vibes, so that would explain why he didn't feel that much. He cares about her, that's it.

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Quick question: Are love potions a thing in dramaland? I haven’t come across many but I also haven’t watched as many shows.

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The only one that I can think of that's similar ish is 'Dear X Who Doesn't Love Me' where the FL has a magic book that can make people fall in love with her for a month or something like that. Though that drama took a turn for the worst in my eyes, because the FL kept knowingly basically magic-ing all these boys into being with her.

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I wasn't trying to say that. Sorry for the confusion.
I think we have seen some romances with really questionable foundations. That's the thing, imo.

An example (FOR ME some controversial shows are): Hwayugi, WWWSK, 19th life, Picked up a star on the road, etc.
So I understand why some beanies find this show uncomfortable.

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Oh. I just happened to ask under your comment. But many others seem to imply it (or more likely I misread).

I see what you mean about other shows, and I could see it being icky as @lapislazulii described. Still, like you, I don't have any major issues with how it's played in this show. Anyway, I don't want to reopen that discussion. People have positions! 😅

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Oh, my bad. Hahaha.

Exactly! We all have different points of view, that's all. ^^

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The drama otp with questionable romance foundations really make it difficult to get invested in them ... all the dramas you mentioned were meh for exactly this reason. But 19th Life ... what's not to love about Shin Hye-sun in red hair!! Surely otps have worked on flimsier grounds.

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"what's not to love about Shin Hye-sun in red hair!! Surely otps have worked on flimsier grounds." 😂😂😂

You made my day. 😆🖤

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In Queen of Ring, the FL used a ring to get the man she loves, I think. I don't really remember well how it worked.

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love potions are definitely a thing in Harry Potter world ... remember You-know-who.

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Oh yes, there’s so many outside of kdrama. This reminded me more of Sabrina the teenage witch. (I was young; don’t judge me! 😂) They had many such shenanigans. I think I mentioned upthread that Jo-Boah’s character seems to act so much like a teenager that the ridiculous vibe is reinforced.

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Hee ... even classical literature is not immune... Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Nah you're right, the potion isn't CREATING their destiny, that did exist beforehand, but it IS being used as a plot device to forward it, and I think that's a cop out, which I wrote about above.

I'm just not interested in the love potion as any kind of plot device- to make him more honest, or to forward their destiny schtick. Earn your stripes properly, story. 😂

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