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Beauty and Mr. Romantic: Episodes 21-30 (Drama Hangout)

Welcome to the Drama Hangout for KBS’s family weekender Beauty and Mr. Romantic, where Im Soo-hyang is a troubled/troublesome top actress, and Ji Hyun-woo is the rookie PD she’s working with.

This is your place to chat about the drama as it airs.


Beware of spoilers! This thread is for discussing the entire series.

 
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Jindan’s internal monologue is as nasty, vicious and entitled as his conduct. Yuck. I hope Jiyoung/Dora’s further entanglement with him doesn’t come to pass.

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Speaking of our nasty predator Jin-dan, though, I noted that Go Yoon is also gonna be one of the villains in Player 2 as well...it may tip the scales for me to go watch!!

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I wasn’t familiar with his work until this weekender came along and now think he is a competent actor. I hope he doesn’t get typecasted as a villain going forward.

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If they’re going to have a redemption arc for Jindan, it is going to be a hard sell. We will be midway through soon and it seems unlikely that by then there will be any manifest capacity for genuine contrition, self-awareness and accountability for his violent, abusive and predatory conduct

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Nor is there dramatic need for one. Jin-dan delenda est.

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A very apt use of Latin!

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It probably should more accurately been phrased as "Jindano Delenda EST". I, of course was alluding to Scipio's famous call for the destruction of Cartage ("Carthago Delenda Est"). If making a Latin phrase it would have been best to Latinize Jin-dan's name.

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I know the provenance of the adage and enjoyed your usage here as Jindan should be destroyed. He is beyond redemption for me at this point.

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Good thing her alarm bells are ringing (although not quite loud enough) when he tells her he should stay for free in one of his apartments. "Becoming my girlfriend comes with perks" 🤮

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But OMG, after the beginning of episode 22, being the good tenant who doesn't hitch rides from the "catch" of the household also comes with (kimchi) perks!!

As with the ENTIRE drama so far, Do-ra cannot win. She's always at someone else's whim. Ain't it the way...

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And, I really don’t like how Pilseung speaks to the assistant director. He sounds obnoxious and hence, is getting on my nerves. It is an unfortunate change in his character’s depiction over the last few eps but it tracks with some of the sexist and arrogant characteristics instilled in a male KD archetype.

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They got Pil-seung's foundation to match his skin by the end of episode 21 thank the goddess!!! Please don't go back, MUA! Jebal!

Also OMO biceps.

Also, Ji-young's jump of surprise at the very beginning had me laughing so hard, I watched it 10 times just to relive the experience!!!

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I noticed the colour correction too. Thank goodness. That vampire pallor was awful.

And, this episode seemed to soft launch Mari’s attraction/lust towards Dojun. Love will have to wait.

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Ma-ri suddenly finds Do-jun attractive. It isn't quite lust yet but once Pilseung's birth secret is out her feelings would naturally turn to him. I was wondering if the writer would take things in that direction or simply leave Ma-ri and Do-jun as friends. The question has been partially answered with that scene: The door has been left open for a romance.

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I keep mentioning Do-jun's biceps (that scene was so OTT!!), but what I really think it was setting up was that Pil-seung is an oppa, but he might just as well be an "old man" to Ma-ri. Do-jun, I do believe, is younger or at least more at parity age-wise to her.

I can easily see a scene--sooner rather than later!--where it is MA-RI who rejects Pil-seung because he's too old for her. I mean, what if that happens even BEFORE their genetic relationship is revealed and does not even end up being WHY the genetic relationship is revealed...I wouldn't put it past this writer!

Also, if this ends up being why the "incest danger" is averted, it would also return us to the writer's theme of age and love nicely...or, more to the point, her theme of distinguishing between obsessing over someone you admire versus actually loving them for who they are (speaking of which, please more Do-sik and Myeong-dong now that she is finally a screenwriter!!!).

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It would be nice if Ma-ri were to reject Pilseung as being too old first but then there would be no need for the birth secret reveal and there is no way the writer is going to pass that one up. But it might be that someone will also point this out to her as a way of cushioning the blow.

Ma-ri will also get something out of the reveal: The fact that she has a an older (half) brother. She has a real Oppa. She still gets to admire her older brother and the circle of her family has just expanded.

Before they decided to be friends Do-jun was actually addressing Ma-ri as "noona" because he is two years younger than she. Which fact may give her more confidence in pursuing him and changes his perception of her. It may be that one added element which allows him to see her as a woman rather than a child.

I love the idea that Do-shik and Myeong-dong may finally be able to come together.

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Well, I disagree that there would be "no" reason for the birth secret reveal...and I think this writer might like to NOT take the easy way out!!

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Dowager Aunt is hell-bent on revealing Soo-yeon's past because it reflects poorly on her family not to have the male heir in her nephew's direct line...it could be that in THAT quest, Pil-seung's birth story is revealed by someone who arrives--like a flash, like a vision--from 미국, preferably Boston (I love how specific they were in this story) spilling ALL the beans.

OR! It could happen as a consequence of Pil-seung's adopted mom having to come clean that he was adopted and then the nosy ancestors get all up in the story's grill...

The possibilities for not having this go the obvious way seem endless.

Of course, it'll probably go the obvious way, but it's fun to imagine otherwise!!!

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But lust is often instantaneous so it applied to that scene!

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Absolutely. The only reason Ma-ri cannot acknowledge that attraction yet is because she is obsessed with Pil-seung and is not going to be disloyal. But that was definitely a lust reaction going on and towards a man who is already her friend.

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I see a lot of hate for Jindan... so I'm throwing a controversial opinion here 😁 :
I actually find Jindan OK after the restart?
This time it is Dora who basically forces him to be in her company... and I also so far don't see much difference between Jindan's behaviour and Pilseung's behaviour, both are in their on way sort of forcing stuff on Dora (I even think Pilseung is right now worse for confusing Dora).

Also, the reason that Dora makes Jindan laugh is a good reason to be interested in her and want to spend time with her.

* I have not watched E21 yet.

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Episode 21 will clarify everything regarding Jin-dan.

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Also biceps. It clarifies everything regarding biceps. 😉🫢🤠

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😄😄
And now I'm torn... I'm not much in the mood to watch Jindan spiralling (again!) into his obsessive villainy (if I understood @oldawyer hint well) ... but biceps??... hmmm... tempting, tempting... 😁😁

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Episode 21 has no spiral of villainy...it just demonstrates that Jin-dan has no desire to be a better man.

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Thanks for the clarification @attiton (now I need to find time to watch the episode). It is a shame Jindan doesn't want to change, I had my hopes, I admit, for a redemption arc for him, especially after seeing his bemused smile in last episodes, oh well.

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Biceps, broad shoulders, a hint of serious abs........ Ma-ri is sweet and childlike but she is also a woman and a very basic one at that.

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Oh, @oldawyer! You want so much more for our Ma-ri-ya than just a basic hunk of man!!!!

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You are right that I want more for Ma-ri than just a basic hunk- I want a friends to lovers story. Which is what is possible with Do-jun and no one else.

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Episodes 21 and 22 were very enlightening. The bright spots? Myeong-dong finally won a scriptwriting contest and as a result she and Do-shik can start dating. Plus, Do-ra’s acting talents are being recognized.

Now for the bad news: Jin-dan never learned a thing from what happened two years ago. His behavior last week was a head fake: His real objective with “Ji-yeong” is to make her his mistress even as he marries Kin Tae-Hee, the Chaebol heiress. He really is scum.
Do-ra’s mom is still unable to control her temper or behavior. She too has learned nothing.

Ma-ri has pursued Pil-seung and had her heart broken. Pil-seung says he just sees her as his little sister (little does he know). But, Do-jun is back in the picture and appearing in episodes again- and Ma-ri got to feel his biceps. This last may be the start of something more once Ma-ri is over Pilseung.

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Myeong-dong and Do-Shik interactions were a bright spot, but I guess there will be a bit (more) hair pulling by/of meddling parents coming up very soon.

I wonder when:
1) the big birth secret will be revealed. (my bets on soon?)
2) when will DoRa regain her memories and will it be in drips and drabs or will it be one sudden truth bomb. (I have no idea)
3) when will they find out that Jin Dan was the mastermind behind her previous downfall. (likely near the end?)
And more importantly, what would be the consequences of 1-3 above. The writer has surprised me several times already, so I don't know what to expect.

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You won your bet that the birth secret reveal would be soon. Congratulations on some excellent prognostication.

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The hair pulling wasn't quite by whom I expected though! Poor Ji Yeong. Honestly, Jin Dan's mum knows he is a womaniser and yet immediately pins the blame on Ji Yeong instead of stopping for a moment to think about what the heck her son is doing.

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Thinking and communications do not a Kdrama make! 🫣🤯🤔

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Thoughts on Ep21-22: Not sure if it's just me but it seems like the pacing has slowed down a little compared to what we've been used to. For everyone's sake (especially the viewers), can they please resolve the "Ma-Ri seriously obsessing over Pil-Seung" issue sooner rather than later?

Also, I get why Pil-Seung is trying to protect Ji Young from repeating her traumatic "1st life" again, but without her memories, his current reaction to her budding acting career is evidently pushing her further an further away from him (and into the hands of dangerous people). The silver lining is that the synopsis indicates that he will patiently and devotedly raise her up again. I'm looking forward to him softening up again and supporting her in her choices as that's the only approach that is likely to work.

At least Ji Young seems to be much more assertive this time around. Too bad Jin Dan is likely to turn nasty again when she turns down his advances. I am loving the references to her "grandma" saying that "you get nothing in life for free, there is always payback". Poles apart from what her real mum would have asked her to do.

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I thought episode 21 moved at the normal clip--loved loved LOVED the garden show date--but agree that episode 22 was slower. I didn't mind it so much, but did feel that the writer was taking her time on things that didn't quite seem so important (although I'm glad that we got a chance for Ma-ri to hear directly from Pil-seung that things just weren't going to work out)...but then BAM right at the end, "Mom??"

Now Myeong-dong and Do-sik are going to be at the crux of the crises between the two families rather than Do-ra/Ji-young and Pil-seung...

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Yes, the garden show date was cute. And he used the 12-year-old DoRa trick to get her there. Ha!

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"Mom?"- Talk about a cliffhanger. For a moment it seemed like the show was slowing down but maybe not. Poor Myeong-dong and Do-shik. Things were really looking up for them and now this.

Ma-ri is made of sterner stuff- she is not about to take no for an answer. Stay tuned.

In my father's youth movie theaters included ongoing shows called 'Serials' which were shown before the Main Feature. They had titles like THE LONE RANGER and BUCK ROGERS. This show is starting to feel like one of those old-fashioned serials, which is where the idea of the cliff-hanger originated. One had to come back next week to see how the hero got out of the fix he was in. That is how we ended this week.

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I hope most of the “heroes” were actually hanging from the cliffs and that's how the expression began!😱😂

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Not in every case but often enough that the idea spread to similar predicaments. The term then spread to any situation where the audience would want to return just to see what happens next.

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You are right about what Do-ra's mom would have done- not the idea that nothing is free because she would have agreed with that: Instead, her mom would have Do-ra pay any price so long as Mom could reap the benefit.

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I feel sorry for Myeong-dong and Do-sik. You can’t choose your parents, after all. But if any two characters should be screeched at and have their hair pulled, it’s her mom and his mom — doing it to each other as they both so richly deserve for their inability to self-reflect, experience shame or see their family members as anything but a means to become chaebol-adjacent.

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I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry during that scene where Pil Seung tries to stay still and not to retaliate while all the women are screeching and fighting around him. He looked like a very tall tree.

I think more screeching and hair pulling is definitely coming our way.

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I actually SCREAMED out lout and clapped my hands to my face at 58m46s of episode 23.

I had had the stupidest grin on my face for the previous 20 minutes and then...

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My take was that she currently only has a storybook idea of what that means.

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The SLAP, though! It was utterly shocking coming from her!

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It was indeed shocking yet at that moment it was also an understandable automatic reaction given that her mom knows that what Ma-ri was planning on doing was having a child with her (half)brother. Of course, it is also the reason why she is now forced to reveal the birth secret to her. Ma-ri was trying to do the one thing that removed any choice in the matter.

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No, here we will simply disagree. It was not an "understandable" reaction to hit someone who is (a) your daughter and (b) just revealed that she thinks sleeping with someone (and I'm not sure she meant much more than sleeping in the same bed) results in "making a baby."

The adult in the room was Soo-yeon.

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Ma-ri may only have a storybook idea about it but romance novels can get fairly close to graphic and it was a romance novel that she was reading.

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Fairly close to graphic??? Am I revealing too much??

Back to the topic at hand, though, the way they said her "make a baby" (which I'm having to assume was a good translation reflecting how who should NOT be making a baby would say that) that had me REALLY uncomfortable.

It's not that Ma-ri isn't worth treating as an adult, it's that she isn't shown to have the capacity to tell where the line between safety and danger is or, frankly, the line between appropriate and inappropriate behavior more broadly.

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"Fairly close to graphic" was meant euphemistically.

You are right that Ma-ri's capacity for judgment is very limited. Yet that may be part of her charm. Part of why Pilseung was so attractive to her father as a potential son in law was that he was a trustworthy person who could help keep Ma-ri safe.

Ma-ri deserves to be treated as an adult woman whose needs and desires are respected but also with an understanding and acceptance of her limitations.

Yet, this should not be an unusual idea: We all have limitations. Part of what we mean when we say we want to be understood is that we want acknowledgement and acceptance of our limitations. The difference with Ma-ri is that hers are more immediately obvious.

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Episode 23 shifted the focus first to our secondary couple and then to Ma-ri. Also, Pilseong was finally forced to back down and will now help Do-ra achieve her dream of acting. Maybe this is the final gift of amnesia to Do-ra- she is no longer going to do this for the money but because of her love of acting. Amnesia has truly been a blessing to her.

Our second couple has lied to their families about breaking up but will be sneaking around instead: Expect comedy to ensue.

As I thought Ma-ri is made of much sterner stuff than people give her credit for. For all that she speaks in a childlike manner and has been dressed like a child she is no child. She is very much a woman and desires to marry. She hatched the idea of sneaking into Pil-seong’s room with the object of sleeping with him to make a baby. She did not bargain on falling asleep in his closet so that plan collapsed in about as harmless a way as possible, but her stunt did serve a purpose or rather two purposes: First the dramatic purpose of finally forcing her mom to confess and reveal Pilseong’s birth secret. Second, as a reminder that someone like Ma-ri may not possess all of the abilities that most of us have but she is not less than a whole human being just because that is so.

The reveal of the birth secret before we have reached the half-way point suggests that the writer is definitely not done with Ma-ri’s story. Whatever else may transpire do not forget that Ma-ri may be disappointed but in fact has gained something priceless: An older brother.

Meanwhile Jin-dan is seeing Tae Hee. For the moment both sides of our double triangle are broken, but it is doubtful that we have seen the last of Jin-dan.

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I was very pleased that the writer chose to have Jin-dan move his interest away from Ji-young even though furious that she dismissed him. Not only does this suggest that he has some small control over his own actions, but as @dorotka noted last week, there's a small Jin-dan fan club out there who might like to see a door open for redemption for him...

I mean not that turning his attention to his fake marriage with that woman is a "good deed" or anything, but at very least he's running with people playing the same game as him.

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We have not seen much of Tae Hee yet BUT there are some things that we do know beyond the fact that she and Jin-dan actually know each other well.

One of the things I noted was that until now the 'engagement' may have been 'official' but it was just as fake to her as it was to him. It now appears that Tae Hee has changed her mind about that- which was evidenced by Jin-dan's mom telling him that he might have to marry her 'for real'.

At the same time his pursuit of Ji-yeong was simply based upon her superficial appearance to Do-ra- it was nostalgia. So far it has not occurred to anyone but Pilseung that Ji-young is in fact Do-ra: Ji-young is not at this moment the glamorous beautiful superstar that Jin-dan desired and wished to possess.

As between Ji-young and Tae Hee who is at this point more desirable? Tae hee in every way possible: She is beautiful, smart and stands out in any crowd because she is a fashionista (to the max). Ji-young pales in comparison. And Tae-hee has that powerful added attraction of actually wanting Jin-dan.

That at this moment Jin-dan may have shifted his affections to Tae hee is not a 'good deed' but rather entirely genuine and for understandable reasons-- even rational ones.

Of course, at some point the truth about 'Ji-young' will come out. My hypothesis is that at that point Jin-dan's obsession will return - and even be dialed up a few notches more.

My second hypothesis is that Tae Hee is not going to take well to this. Partly because until that happens Jin-dan's affections for her had become genuine. Let us not forget that she takes great pride in her sheer capacity for anger.

If so, then we may have some idea of the plans the writer has for The Fall of Jin-dan.

Assuming that things do go this way, the question will be whether or not Tae Hee's wrath extends to and actually touches Do-ra.

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There's no way Ji Yeong can withstand Pil Seung's charms now that he has dialled it up to 11.

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No...way. Nor do we want her to. That said, he could dial down the patronizing smile just a smidge and I wouldn't mind. He does treat her a bit like a simpleton--I don't think Popcorn Manager is wrong about believing him on that.

However, Pil-seung's also just happy to be with Do-ra. I get that too, but as he's hopefully TRULY processing...Ji-young isn't Do-ra and even when Do-ra remembers everything, she'll also STILL not be the old Do-ra.

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Popcorn Manager. I like that. Although I think he'd prefer to be known s popcorn ceo.

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If there is anything that is clear here it is that Pilseung has finally accepted Do-ra's transformation into Ji-young- and hopes that it will continue. Is he a bit arrogant patronizing? Sure, but his affection for her is real.

In a way what is best about this is simply that once she regains her memories the new Dora will not be the old Dora. The things that she learned as Ji-young will all still be there. I think that this fact will actually make things much easier for Pilseung.

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He still has curly hair on his KMS staff ID pass. 😀

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If only the curly hair had not been banished for that boring ‘adult’ hair style.

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Mari has a lot more moral understanding than we have given her credit for. She really laid things out very clearly when she talked about her mom’s abandonment of Pilseung. It may have been the most poignant moment in this show so far.

But really what was coolest was Ma-ri's little vignette later in episode 24 when she is watching her Oppa at his workplace. She has already accepted and adjusted to the new situation. With twenty-six more episodes yet to go there is obviously much more to come with her story.

Which also shows us that this drama continues to clip right along.

Jin-dan just demonstrated that he is still a first-rate cad. He had me fooled in the last episode but episode 24 proved me wrong. What an idiot and a fool as well. That boy is riding for a fall and when it happens it will truly be one hard landing.

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I'm pretty sure the "meddling aunt from hell" heard from her gossiping friend that Pil-Seung's mum was already pregnant and about to marry his dad when they were students in Boston. However, she tells Ma Ri that she did not realise she was pregnant until after he had died in a mountain accident and after she had already agreed to marry Ma Ri's dad. I am not sure if this is deliberate or just inconsistent writing. Or possibly that the gossipy ahjummas got their details wrong and embellished the story.

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It is unlikely that this is just inconsistent writing- I think that someone embellished the story- but we do not know whom nor do we know why.

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Ep 24: dial up the makjang! We have both hair pulling AND face punching in one episode. Recap: Pil-Seung (❤) 2; Jin-Dan (☠) 0.

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It's clear that Pil Seung does not want to have the same regrets this time around and is doing things differently. Standing up to his mum and grandma, believing in Ji-Yeong and staying by her side.

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But when Do-ra gets her memories back it will be one tough moment when she remembers the time when he did not do that.

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Yup, that's definitely coming. How she will react is anyone's guess. I actually honestly can't predict.

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It is not just that it was immensely satisfying to see Jin-dan punched out- but that he had it coming and literally needs to learn that lesson for his own sake. If he was smart, he would actually thank Pilseung for setting him straight. But he is actually quite stupid and refuses to learn. Both of our villains, male and female, refuse to learn anything. It is the one frustrating element in this show.

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I'm going to go for some bold predictions again. Seeing as this is a family drama, I predict that her mum will somehow (I don't know how!) redeem herself but Jin Dan will be in for a major downfall by the end.

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I’d like to see a downfall for Pil-seung’s grandma too. But I don’t know what form that would take. Even when she gets called out for her behavior — like inducing Ma-ri to go to his workplace with the chickens — she doubles down on her self-righteousness and doesn’t face any consequences. The way she calls Ji-young/Dora a gold-digger?! Hah! Projecting much?

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I dislike her soooo much (the grandma) because she doesn't have anything of her own to offer!!! At least Do-ra's mom does make an effort--they're villainous efforts, but it's more than just sitting on your derriere in your daughter-in-law's house having your daughter-in-law cook for you while you complain about how everyone is behaving!!

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GAH. I want the reverse so badly. I know you're more likely to be right, though, @al118.

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Grandma is so annoying because she always thinks the worst of everybody. Myeong Dong must have some internal grit to stick to her dream of writing while enduring 10 years of nagging and harsh criticism from her.

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#25: The “Lovely Runner” got name checked in B&MR! That’s a hilarious meta moment.

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Ep. 25:
- scene where I found the collected antique childhood toys
- I loved the scene of FL doing the changing-fashion makeover scene of a fashion store. That fashion store looked beautiful.
- Wow! I found the heart-shaped padlock!
- I don't believe that there was a entertainment agency Gogo Entertainment and I probably knew that the name Gogo was a dance that originated from 1960s. I hope that FL/Im Soo-hyang will not dance the gogo with the gogo boots since this weekender was now lived in modern era. Go-go dancing became one of the old-time dances.
-Not only all of female catfights and even hair-pulling just like from this weekender, all of the past weekenders and even Korean daily dramas, there was male dogfights or male bawls. So I loved the male dogfight/brawl near the mens restroom and this scene made me kind of fun.
Ep. 26:
- I found the logo of real Korean brand Dualsonic. Did this weekend sponsored Dualsonic?
- That ornaments during the shaman scene looked elegant.
- There was the scene at the cafe of KMS building, one of the villainess took revenge to look at the back of FL/Im Soo-hyang. Is there any burns or just an insect bites at FL's back?

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Well, I'd say we're starting Chapter Four, then, huh? Pil-seung now has a high-flying job courtesy of his genetic mother and we'll see how that all goes--I suspect his aunt's screenwriting talents will probably be coming to GoGo Entertainment at some point as well.

Ji-young is now officially an actress and has moved out of Pil-seung's family home, and Do-ra's mom (pretty much) knows that Ji-young is Do-ra now. Let the reveals begin!

Ma-ri also seems to be more central to more of the plotlines--for example, accepting Pil-seung and Ji-young--and she sure is dogged. I was very excited to see her eating pasta with Do-jun. More Do-jun, plz.

I did think these episodes dragged a bit, but I'm going to hold out hope that this was because of the transition to the new plotlines. It also seems a bit like they've "lost the plot" on Jin-dan, unfortunately. I hope they turn his narrative into something interesting and coherent STAT!

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They did drag and had far too much of the screeching and vile characters. The actor playing Mari has become a highlight for me though. She is very good. I also wish there were more of Dojun and scenes of them interacting.
When Dora reemerges, she is likely to be re-traumatised on multiple fronts. I hope she will get good psychiatric help/care but I doubt it. More screeching and vileness are in all our futures. Sigh.

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Even the men were shouting a lot this week!!! 😅🤣🤨

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Mari is in some ways a moral compass for the show. If she thinks you're a good person, she'll treat you well. If her oppa likes Ji-young, then Mari does too -- and she doesn't care about whether she's a "country bumpkin" -- unlike basically every other adult in both families.

Yes -- we definitely need more of her and Dojun, two sweet souls, to balance out the screechers. I like that he opened up to her about the loss of Dora. You could see the sympathy in her eyes -- especially in light of how she treasures her new relationship with PIl-seung. I wouldn't be surprised to see her now actively thinking of ways to cheer up Dojun, which hopefully will bring them closer together.

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I would like to learn more about Do-jun, for sure, and I think Ma-ri would engage with him differently than with others, so we might also learn more about her inner thoughts as well! Win-win.

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Let us hope that the actor playing Do-jun now has freed up enough time from his other dramas to do justice to this one. We really do need more Do-jun with Ma-ri.

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Too much screeching for me this week. I was back to the FF button. Let's hope things are more balanced and at a faster pace next week.

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Me too

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Jin-dan's character is too similar to that of Do-ra's mom- but for a while his impulsiveness was kept somewhat under control by his older brother and his mom. Unfortunately, giving him control of Angel Investments liberated him, which is a bad thing for everyone including, in the long run, himself. His aunt has already recognized this. I think that the self-destruction of Jin-dan was intended from the beginning of the drama. Both he and Dora's mom are like figures in a Shakespearean tragedy- doomed by their own characters.
I think that the plot is right on course for Jin-dan.

Ma-ri has indeed become much more central to the story- not just a moral compass but ultimately one of the people who determine much of the outcome of the tale. Which is a good thing because our child-like Ma-ri is often the most adult person in the room.

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Are you pushing back on my characterization of Jin-dan? I'm confused.

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Not meant as push back as such. I was just pointing out that, if anything, Jin-dan's character and path are almost too consistent which is really unfortunate. He has become almost two dimensional. The writer had me confused about this character a couple of episodes back- and even in these episodes we see him trying to convince himself to take a different path- but then he gives in to his obsession and simply acts on impulse. So, the result is we see someone who is not just unwilling to learn from his past but unable to do so at all. So, what seemed incoherent in the end was not- our character's character is his destiny and ultimately his doom.
But, of course, that does not mean that things cannot take confusing turns with Jin-dan's journey- I know that I have at times been at least as confused about him as anyone and maybe more so than most.

Perhaps I would have been less confused if we had been more exposed to him in the beginning.

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Episodes 25 and 26 mark the midpoint of this show.

Ma-ri has figured out a way to have an older brother without upsetting the applecart: She tells Pil-seung’s family that she wants to treat Pil-seung ‘like an older brother’. She has a flair for the ironic and when her mom tells her that Ma-ri is a thousand times smarter than she is I have to admit that at least in some ways she might actually be right.

However, if Ma-ri is going to intervene in a fight to protect her Oppa she really needs to at least take boxing lessons first- or better yet learn Mixed Martial Arts. Clearly her parents have neglected important parts of her education.

Meanwhile Jin-dan and Do-ra’s mom seem fundamentally unchanged- neither has learned a thing. I do not see how a redemption arc is really possible for either one given their basic characters. Jin-dan should have focused on the beautiful, desirable and rich Tae-hee instead of Ji-young but ended up utterly losing control: This boy is just “too stupid to live” (to quote my Contracts Professor). Now he can kiss Tae-hee good bye (figuratively- no way Tae-hee is actually going to touch him in any way). Both of our villains share the same faults: Impulsiveness and anger management issues. WE may have seen the beginning of the Decline and Fall of Jin-dan.

But my special disgust in episode 26 was reserved for Pil-seung’s grandmother- she stepped so far over the line that I really think that Pilseung should just disown her outright. A nasty person who always speak badly of others- unfortunately we have all met someone like that.

I know that she was being paid but the shaman spilling the beans about Do-ra being alive to Do-ra’s mom: Even if it was highly professional, how unfortunate.

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