Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

For those wondering where Sun-jae gets his height, since it sure isn’t from Dad: the production team has you covered. Lovely Runner, episode 4.

Context: I’ve seen some commentary online about the casting of very not-tall Kim Won-hae as Byun Woo-seok’s father. Height is a complex outcome of genetics and environment (nutrition but also other factors), so it’s not that unlikely in real life, and to me the two actors’ ability to convey the relationship convincingly is more important than a physical resemblance.

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    Being a first generation American from a Vietnamese immigrant family, I can vouch for how much nutrition can make a difference in height.

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    Oh my, what eyes you have! 👏🏾 My husband is significantly taller than his below average parents. It’s plausible to me. Like you said, it’s from a complex mix of factors.

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      That photo is hilarious, tho.

      It also works the other way, at least in my family. Folks can be surprisingly short in a family of tall people, nutrition not playing any known role…unless it’s like Holly Golightly said and I didn’t feed my kids enough peanut butter…🤔

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        I’m shorter than both of mine. I blame it on the lack of peanut butter in my country.

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          I’m shorter than both of mine, too, and was raised to expect to become a giant. I got gypped! A throwback to maternal grandpa’s shorty family.

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            That would be me, too. I’m not short, but I’m shorter than my mother, shorter than my grandmother, and SIX INCHES shorter than my great-grandmother. 😡 And there was plenty of peanut butter to go around.

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            LOL @elinor, your grandmother must have been so tall for her time😲! They warned me that I’d be 6 ft tall (avg between 2 parents), so don’t start slouching now!!! Also, should have turned brunette like the rest of the family but I stayed blonde 🤷‍♀️ Genetics are a funny thing!

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            I guess we shouldn’t look to Truman Capote for medical advice, huh? Darn. He was my go-to reference source on parenting…😱

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            @bbstl My great-grandmother was very tall for her generation – almost 5’11” (180 cm). I’ve seen a photo of her parents (my great-great-grandparents). He was about 6’10” (208 cm, that is not a typo) and she was 4’10” (147 cm). They had multiple children, so obviously they worked out the giraffe/gazelle logistics somehow.

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            @attiton 😂 I sincerely hope that’s the only parenting advice you took from Capote.

            @elinor and @bbstl Happy to join the conclave of short people who prove the wonders of genetics! Also, tho you already have some evidence, I can assure you gazelles and giraffes can be very comfortable together. 😉

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            @indyfan Um? Yes? Right? Were the Black and White kids’ birthday parties with chocolate fountains and all-you-can-hold sparkling grape juice not the standard I should have set for my children’s future expectations of real life??

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          @attiton Can you adopt me?

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    Not sure if I can recall all the years and how old Dad looked at any given time but am guessing he would have been born and raised close to the post-Korean War aftermath when SK was a third world country. The generations following made amazing gains in height as well as material wealth and education.

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    I came back here to say omg, @elinor, 6’10” and 4’10”!!! And once again, 6’10”!!! When was that?

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      Yes, he was remarkably tall for any era. The photo is from 1890, when he would have been in his 40s.

      The funny thing to me is that the first time I saw it, I thought it was my aunt (mom’s younger sister) in old-timey costume standing next to some random super-tall dude. She’s a dead ringer for her great-grandma, and only a couple of inches taller. Genetics is weird.

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        Genetics is weird

        It sure is. My parents and I are of the same height, but my younger brother is way taller than us. My parents were worried during his growth spout and consulted doctors. Apparently he inherited the genes of my great grandpa.

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        Wow, it is weird!

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    @23new2kdrama Hi! Ever-so-slight spoiler about the brother and bestie in Lovely Runner – and please keep commenting on the earlier threads! It’s fun to read your takes.

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    You really can fast-forward through all of their scenes together and you will not miss anything of substance or anything that matters at all to understanding the plot, but you will save yourself a great deal of annoyance. They only get *worse.* Their scenes with other characters are not quite so unbearable.

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      You are so kind! I’m sad this is happening so soon. Knowing these things help. 💜💜💜

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Frankly Speaking episode 5: Oh no. This funny, fresh show just morphed into something completely different.

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    Something squirmy and tacky and unoriginal. There’s far too much screentime for the hackneyed ‘reality’ show plotline and far too little for our big-hearted FL and big-mouthed ML, both of whom have suddenly become cringing, passive reactors. It’s Love Is for Suckers without the bare torsos. So disappointing. Dating shows ruin everything they touch.

    When the FL Hong-jo’d herself into the woods alone, I knew I couldn’t continue for now, but I’ll keep an eye on the recaps and fanwall. If this unfortunate tangent continues past the next episode, it’s a drop.

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      I think it’s lucky I never saw Love Is for Suckers, clearly as that’s the comparison everyone is making.

      I’m still enjoying it for now, but do hope that the dating show will only last through next week before we get the last four episodes doing something else…like getting Ki-baek his next job or sth.

      It’s definitely good we are fully halfway through.

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    I had a similar reaction to episode 5, but I do think episode 6 was much better. Agreed with Seon-ha that I’d like to see the dating show part of the story wrapped up asap. Fortunately, the previews for episode 7 appear to be headed in that direction.

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    🤞 Better be good. Haven’t had a chance to see episode 6 yet. But I have hope.

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@PYNYC Gum Shoe

Definitely a “Who Wore It Worst?” situation. Oughtta be illegal, either way.

Crash Course in Romance episode 16:

Kokdu episode 16:

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Poem of the Day

I always look at the Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day page, and this poem by Suji Kwock Kim today made me think of dramas and drama-lovers. it’s from 2003, so few of the war survivors she describes are probably still around, but it captures the psychology of a traumatized nation that has built itself up from nothing, as well as many of the sights and sounds and imagined smells we see in dramas.

Montage with Neon, Bok Choi, Gasoline, Lovers & Strangers

None of the streets here has a name,
but if I’m lost
tonight I’m happy to be lost.

Ten million lanterns light the Seoul avenues
for Buddha’s Birthday,
ten million red blue green silver gold moons

burning far as the eye can see in every direction
& beyond,
“one for every spirit,”
voltage sizzling socket to socket
as thought does,
firing & firing the soul.

Lashed by wind, flying up like helium balloons
or hanging still
depending on weather,

they turn each road into an earthly River of Heaven
doubling & reversing
the river above,

though not made of much:
some colored paper, glue, a few wires,
a constellation of poor facts.

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    I can’t help feeling giddy.
    I’m drunk on neon, drunk on air,
    drunk on seeing what was made
    almost from nothing: if anything’s here at all
    it was built
    out of ash, out of the skull-rubble of war,

    the city rising brick by brick
    like a shared dream,
    every bridge & pylon & girder & spar a miracle,

    when half a century ago
    there was nothing
    but shrapnel, broken mortar-casings, corpses,

    the War Memorial in Itaewon counting
    More than 3 Million Dead, or Missing—
    still missed by the living, still loved beyond reason,

    monument to the fact
    that no one can hurt you, no one kill you
    like your own people.

    I’ll never understand it.
    I wonder about others I see on the sidewalks,
    each soul fathomless—

    strikers & scabs walking through Kwanghwamoon,
    or “Gate of Transformation by Light,”
    riot police rapping nightsticks against plexiglass-shields,

    hawkers haggling over cell phones or silk shirts,
    shaking dirt from chamae & bok choi,
    chanting price after price,

    fishermen cleaning tubs of cuttlefish & squid,
    stripping copper carp,
    lifting eels or green turtles dripping from tanks,

    Hanyak peddlars calling out names of cures
    for sickness or love—
    crushed bees, snake bile, ground deer antler, chrysanthemum root,

    bus drivers hurtling past in a blast of diesel-fumes,
    lovers so tender with each other
    I hold my breath,

    dispatchers shouting the names of stations,
    the grocer who calls me “daughter” because I look like her,
    for she has long since left home,

    vendors setting up pojangmachas
    to cook charred silkworms, broiled sparrows,
    frying sesame-leaves & mung-bean pancakes,

    men with hair the color of scallion root
    playing paduk, or GO,
    old enough to have stolen overcoats & shoes from corpses,

    whose spirits could not be broken,
    whose every breath seems to say:
    after things turned to their worst, we began again,

    but may you never go through what we went through,
    may you never see what we saw,
    may you never remember & may you never forget.

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    Wow. Thank you for sharing!

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Queen of Tears episode 15:

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    I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard at a ToD as I did at that one. Call me perverse, I don’t care – that was comedy GOLD.

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      🍿

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        I’m clearly a terrible person, because I laughed even harder at the extended aftermath of that ToD encounter. Our hero is made of rubber. Rubber that bleeds and cries. Rubber that remains flexible even in deep snow. Sentient rubber that can reproduce. There needs to be some kind of crossover with Blood Free so this miraculous substitute for flesh can be cultured and mass-produced.

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          I skim-watched the last two episodes. 🤷

          I look forward to someone making sense of what I saw. Is that even going to be possible??? Please say no 🤣

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            No. Absolutely not, and trying would cause damage to your hippocampus and loss of long-term memory. I can’t wait for the recap. 😈

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It must be about time for all the woodworking enthusiasts to go back into the woodwork.

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    It’s crazy what’s going on in the comments. In any case, it’s made me completely uninterested in watching the drama.

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      I skimmed the recap and remain somewhat interested, and will see if I have time to check it out soon – but yeah, those comments are super-off-putting. The first few times around it was amusing, but now it’s just tiresome. Sock puppetry isn’t my favorite genre of performing arts.

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    WHat is this?

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    😂😂😂 Lol I’m curious enough to go take a look at some comments later on…

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    I’m not bother by the fan comments, they liked their actor and the drama, it’s positive.

    I’m bother by the ones who can’t accept another opinion than theirs…

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      I’m really upset at the personal attacks against you for merely stating your well-reasoned, respectful opinion. There’s no place for that, and I wish there was a “report post” button we could click so these posts could be pulled and maybe the posters themselves banned. This isn’t free exchange of ideas or gushing about one’s favorite actor; those posts are obviously fine. The ones I’m objecting to are pure and simple bullying. I’m sorry you had to endure that!

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        Earlier when that happened against kiara I had replied to that comment with at the rate db-staff and that comment was deleted. I guess one can email too.

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        Oh, I don’t care about it anymore. But if it’s too insulting, I report by tagging db-staff and it works.

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Remember how a few months ago, dessert-eating scenes were everywhere? My Demon, Park’s Marriage Contract, Marry My Husband … I kind of miss them, so –

Happy 🥧 Day, beanies!

(This is from a previous Pi(e) Day – I haven’t had a chance to bake yet today.)

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    Nom nom!! Happy Pie Day Elinor!!

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    That looks really nice! And Happy Pi Day to you!

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    I celebrated Pi Day today! It’s an annual tradition 😉 As I type this I’m still feeling a bit sick from too much pie after dinner though.

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    Happy Pi(e) Day to you too!

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    I forgot to note that my son is an Alumnus of the Georgia Institute of Technology (One of the world’s top Engineering schools): Pi Day is officially celebrated at that school.

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Wedding Impossible episode 3:

Please tell me this will become the FL’s signature dish – and I want to see the Chairman’s face when he’s served these little delights at family dinners.

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Sigh. I think I’m dropping Dr. Slump, but not before watching this magnificent gif that @attiton Seon-ha created for her fanwall about 20 more times. Be sure to click on the sound icon for the full effect. Perfect music, perfect synchronization. This alone might justify the existence of the show.

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    This episode was way below the standard of the previous episodes. Except it was musically inspiring.
    Now I feel all bad for not having made actual music for mine. Everybody will just have to karoaoke it.

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    I haven’t reached this part of the episode. I’m wondering if @attiton had to adjust the speed of the video, they synchronized perfectly! Brilliant!!.

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      I honestly heard the song in my head as I saw the scene unfurl in real time. It took me a bit, but I was eventually able to synchronize what I had in my mind with the audio files I could find and the video I made…it was Yoon Park’s twirl at the beginning that set me on the waltz. I honestly think the editors might have had it in mind 😉

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Beanies: I didn’t laugh as hard as everyone else at Park Shin-hye’s losing fight with a shower head in Dr. Slump because it felt a little second-hand. I know I’ve seen a nearly identical scene in at least one other drama, but I cannot remember which one(s). There have been so many characters who’ve had to hide in a bathroom that it’s practically guaranteed some of them got mixed up with a shower hose with a mind of its own. I’ve scanned my list of completed shows and my sieve-like memory and come up dry. Does anyone know? The Boy Next Door, maybe? Did Kim Won-hae have a similar scene in Chief Kim?

@attiton This is NOT a request to re-post that gif of Namgoong Min. But it’s also not a request not to. It’s definitely not that one, though.

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    When the Weather is Fine has a scene with Park Min-young kinda-sorta in that situation because she messed with the plumbing in her pension lol. Can’t think of a real fight with one tho.

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    There were two in the bathroom…

    Washing a… cat? Maybe?

    It was a very modern looking bathroom… It was the male lead’s house and he finally tamed the shower head…

    I’m very bad at remembering these details, but I definitely remember this much…

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    I definitely don’t remember any other scene with a rogue shower head–and I remember most things, not 100%, but 90%–so if we were to compare our lists of “dramas we’ve watched” that would almost certainly narrow it down for you.

    Is it a man or a woman in the shower you’re remembering? That might also jog a memory or two.

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    Me neither. I even thought maybe I should watch that scene again to see what I had missed, after seeing that scene being mentioned by many beanies in the recap.

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    I remember in Discovery of Romance, the both leads are completely socked because she didn’t understand how worked the shower.

    But I’m sure there were other scenes like this.

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      Oh I have seen DoR! Is that where I’m remembering this from?

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          😂 I love it! But I’ve never seen Discovery of Romance, or that particular scene. It’s amazing how closely it matches the ones in my head, though. The scenario must be more common than I thought.

          I assume the shirtless smug jerk is the ML? Is this show worth the time?

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            Oh it’s quite frustrating sometimes but I liked it. Eric Moon and Jung Yu-Mi had a great chemistry.

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            You should watch DoR. It’s my guilty pleasure. Whenever in a drama null, I’ll click on the many DoR clips to have some fun. For the record, both Jung Yumi and Eric are my favorites and they have great chemistry. While Que Sera Sera is such a bitter watch, DoR is sweet candy.

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            DoR does have its frustrating parts but they are more to do with second leads. I’m so glad Sung Joon finally picked a role suitable for him in Call It Love.

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          Ha! That is exactly the scene in my mind! My, I even remembered the pet right! Though it was a rabbit, not a cat.

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    IIRC, Park Min Young had an argument of some kind with a bathroom water fixture in Her Private Life.

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    In Vincenzo, he fight against his shower that doesn’t work well.

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Dr. Slump episode 9:
No matter what the question is, the answer is alcohol. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many separate drinking scenes in a single drama episode.

3:00 – Hong-ran the bad friend pressures Ha-neul to buy drinks to celebrate her newfound connecton with Sh*tty Dr. Kyung-min.
6:00 – Kyung-min, Sh*tty Supervisor, and group have drinks to celebrate screwing HN over with a false accusation.
8:00 – HN pounds soju alone in a pojamgmacha in the pathetically fallacious rain. This is intercut with a shot of HN taking her antidepressant medication, just in case we’d forgotten.
14:00 – Jeong-woo suggests having soju with Dae-yeong.
14:05 – quick cut to HN and Hong-ran having soju.
14:45 – JW and Dae-yeong have soju.
15:00 – HN gets incapably drunk, Hong-ran hauls her home.
16:00 – that’s interspersed for several minutes with JW getting completely plastered with Dae-yeong.
32:00 – uncle brings afternoon beers to HN, because no one’s had enough alcohol yet.
35:00 – uncle and brother hoodwink HN and mom into having pig’s trotters and soju for the stated purpose of drinking a lot and making up. Drinking scene goes on for several days minutes.

Mercifully, the drinking streak ends there, although the hangover features prominently in the rest of the episode.

I’m going to have to take a break before attempting episode 10. My liver can’t take this, even vicariously.

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    I really feel you. The one con of this show, to me, is their drinking scenes. Excessive drinking, especially when being medicated, is a dangerous thing. It looks to me like they have this skewed view towards alcohol consumption.

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    Yes, sooooo much alcohol. I wish they didn’t do that all the time! For me, it takes away a bit from the scenes of meaningful connection forged between the family, or sometimes even the main couple.
    I guess it’s partly done for comedic impact…? 🤔

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      I think it’s done for comedic impact, too; but I also think it’s reasonable to wonder if it is also sending a harmful message to viewers with less experience and discernment.

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    “No matter what the question is, the answer is alcohol” TRUTH!
    Kdrama=alcohol advertisements packed in a story + handsome cast

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    Well if it makes you feel better in episode 10 there is only 1 flashback drunk episode where there is a misunderstanding/joke about being doctors and their last names and how even they don’t believe/forgot they were doctors. It seems that maybe now that they are starting to heal more they won’t be needing the binge drinking escapism.

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      I saw the over-the-top drunk scene at the beginning of episode 10 and gave up and went to bed.
      😂 I’ll try again tonight – maybe.

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        Well, the rest of episode 10 has the OTT medical scenes of knives cutting flesh and instruments prodding and squishing within bodies…so, maybe wait a bit?

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          When you eliminate the medical gore, drunkenness, bad friend, irritating brother, Sh*tty Former Supervisor, and Sh*tty Kyung-min, there’s not much show left.

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    It’s really bad in this drama, even before taking into account that she already has depression AND is on meds to treat it. It’s very irresponsible. Unless suddenly towards the end, her doctor asks how much she drinks and the says, OH that’s why you’re not improving. Which will not happen.

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      Yes, it is almost like having diabetes and binge-eating sweets.

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Marry My Husband, episode 16:



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    I thought it looked like ball point…like from one of those old-school Bic pens with the caps that always get lost. 😑

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    Apart from hearts on MLs which sweaters have you captured Ms. Patrol Officer. 🤔

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    So funny E. You did this yourself?

    I might have made one change, “Daddy must have used washable ink instead of Sharpie.”

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      Yeah, I thought of that a little late and was too lazy to change it. @attiton has a point about it looking like old ballpoint pen, though – the way the evenness and saturation of the color kept changing was pretty funny.

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        Nah, he totally did it himself. Every morning. Until he got sick of doing it, and then…presto, change-o! Ji-won, OMG, it’s totally gone now!!

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@attiton

Wait, wait, wait. Now every time we reply to you we’re effectively saying “yes, Your Majesty”? What have you done to earn this honor? Lived under the thumb of a fierce Queen Dowager? Killed 17 half-brothers and first cousins? Sneaked out of the palace to romance a fallen noblewoman in disguise? If you’re going to claim the throne, at the very least we expect you to use your power for the good of the people.

Also, you do know you’re setting yourself up with Rowoon, right? I thought you liked the other guy.

(Yes, I know this is the Crown Prince get-up. You have to survive the Left State Minister’s machinations and a fall from the Cliff of Non-doom before you get to wear the red dragon.)

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Knight Flower episode 6:

The show is telegraphing that mystery dude with glasses is indeed Yeo-hwa’s not-so-dead husband, Seok Jeong. Why did he go missing? Pure, unadulterated speculation: His parents had discovered he’s gay, and rather than murder him à la Matchmakers, sent him away with a new identity, told him never to darken their door again, and fake-married him to Yeo-hwa as a cover story for both problems. He might also know about his father’s involvement in the late King’s poisoning, and Yeo-hwa’s brother Sung-hoo may have known about both that and not-dead Jeong’s sexuality, with both as a motivation for Lord Seok to order Pil-jik to murder the brother.

I see so many situational parallels to Matchmakers that I’m probably imagining them where they don’t exist. Feel free to poke holes in my theories or come back and laugh at me when I’m proved wrong.

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    So she’s still married… It’s not good for our ML 😅

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      He ‘died’ before the wedding. And she is a ‘widow’ because she was supposedly engaged to him.
      If anyone can prove that there was no such engagement, then she is officially not married and free to go!

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      Right! But as I said over on the recap, he could possibly also prove that they never were really married, if he could show that the marriage was fraudulent, for example. Or – still speculating wildly – he’s not Jeong but can prove that Jeong was already dead before the marriage was arranged. I’m just having fun spinning my wheels here; I like how the show has set up this mystery, and I’m really hoping for a way Yeo-hwa can get out of her situation without having to pretend to be dead.

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        I’m curious how he escaped his father… He must be Houdini!

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        Oh, now I think you’ve made a very good case with the sticky rice. The show did pointedly mention how much the dead husband loved them. The rest of the whys and what-fors are beyond my imagination. But he was rather flamboyant in that scene.

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Welcome to the Stealer: The Treasure Keeper Fan Wall Community Watch – episodes 4-6. The first post covering episodes 1-3 is HERE. Anyone who has seen this drama, or who is interested in following along with us, is welcome to join the fun – and this show is FUN.

You might think I stayed up all night thanks to this delicious PPL …

…and you’d be right.

@attiton @HopefulRomantic @seeker @jls943 @lapislazulii @hacja @leetennant

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    This show is the most fun! I can’t decide what I thought was the most most fun – Min-woo straight up beating up the casino creep “This is not a honey trap”? Dae-myeong getting SO offended when everyone complimented Prince Flight Attendant in the suit? The little clues about Skunk’s true identity? The fact that Chun-ja keeps leaning into the skunk pattern on the back of the suit more and more? Those insane acrobatics through the lasers? The fact that there is a legitimate truth serum in this show?

    It knows what it is trying to be and it’s doing a bang-up job of being it. I think that’s what I love most.

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      I love, LOVE how the suit is getting more “skunk-like!!” Soon, this will come true!!

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      Ok, just finished going through these episodes 😂 Everything about their Jeju Island trip is probably my favorite part of the series. Haha I love that Dae-myung just TELLS them he’s Skunk, but no one believes him 😅 Prince Flight Attendant is adorable as the maknae. I really enjoy that about 50% of the scenes and dialogue seems ad-libbed, like that scene when they land on Jeju with the “Smile!!” 😂 And the laser evasion is hilarious and perfect for the tone of the show 👌 This is a fun and silly show, but there’s some actually good fight choreography, so that’s fun, too!

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        So glad I’m not the only one who thinks they just ad-libbed half of it. ☺ It seemed that whenever someone forgot a line or didn’t catch a cue or just thought of a bright idea💡they just rolled with it. 😅 But then I thought maybe it was intentional, to make it seem more of a caper than it already is. This unserious approach makes it more so. 🤷‍♀️

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        I was rolling when they didn’t believe he could be Skunk because he’s just too annoying. I think that’s when I was sold on loving Dae Myung as a character.

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      The casino heist is hands down my favourite heist of the show.

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      Yes! I say pretty much exactly your last line in my review: “If you go into this, knowing that it is exactly the way it is on purpose, and its Thing is your Thing, then you’ll have a grand ol’ time.”
      Truly, it just delighted in being as ridiculous and silly as possibly on purpose then was just completely unapologetic about it and I loved it for it.

      I also loved how many genres it either referenced, poked fun at, or was just again, unironically an intentional amalgamation of.

      My favourite lines from these four eps:
      “You’re not a superhero you’re a thief!”

      “I think I’m having an identity crisis, I don’t know who I really am.”
      “갑자기??”

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    Who wore it better, folks??

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    I also want to let you all know that I am, quite literally–I’m truly serious–not only drinking coffee from this machine/company RIGHT NOW but also in an illy-branded cup. And I truly feel this way about it:

    There’s no way you all are going to believe me. I know. But it really is good coffee.

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      Along with this coffee PPL, I LOOOOVED the moment in the Cafe with the girls gossiping about Dae-myung – “why can’t he live up to his looks” lol – and then he pops up over the hedge like a gopher, freaking them out 😂 The coffee PPL in dramas finally got to me – I’ve been enjoying maxim instant coffee the past few months!

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      I think he even has a set (or two) of illy magnets on his home fridge 🤦🏼‍♀️

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    Well! I now know who I am shipping in this drama. Look at that double-take from the Chief!! I mean who wouldn’t fall for her. Forget the kids. I’m team OFL (old fogey love) now 🥰

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    OK two more things. Dae-myeong’s actual female colleague is sus. What’s up with that?

    Also, is our ajusshi team member a secret dad to Min-woo?

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    Did you find that when you drank the coffee, you had a golden glow around you?

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    Sad you all didn’t watch this airing, but I’m glad you’re here now!!!!!! It IS FUN. (WHY DIDN’T YOU WATCH AIRING)

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      Can’t speak for others, but it was not available to me on a legal site and the first-episode darkside subs were terrible when I dipped in. Also there was a lot going on in April and May and I was out of the country with just a dodgy iPad for over half its run. And it seemed more like a binge than an eke. And it didn’t get as much attention here as concurrent shows, despite being recapped, so there wasn’t the beanie buzz that sometimes draws me in. But it’s stayed on my list all this time and here we are, so, half-credit?

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        Half credit awarded haha.
        No, that’s fair. These things happen, I relate. (Although not to the Darskide issues; when I first starting watching dramas/tv in general there was ONLY Darkside, I’ve never changed.) The ribbing was mostly in jest haha.

        There wasn’t much buzz at all, anywhere, there was barely anything about it on reddit, tumblr, youtube… I lamented about that in the comments. Those of us that did watch it did enjoy it a lot and regularly commented on recaps, but there wasn’t many of us haha, so comments stayed kinda low.

        I feel like bingeing it would be super fun, but there was also something nice about waiting for it and enjoying it consistently every week and looking forward to “Skunk Day”. But the Skunk Drought in between was also real, so half a dozen of one, 6 of the other I guess.

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    I don’t have access to this – sniff!
    But Eleanor, I wanted to say Thank you for your appreciation, and that if you don’t want my spoiler guesthouse thread, it will be better for you to remove your comment, or you risk being tagged automatically again and again in the thread. I normally only use my tag list one time in one post.
    You can save the permalink if you want to see the spoiler post later.
    https://www.dramabeans.com/activity/p/1521241/

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I just noticed that musical theater and drama star Park Kang-hyun and 2PM’s Taecyeon share a birthday – mine! So, happy birthday to us. Let’s all pick better dramas next year, guys.

This one is for @attiton. Happy Park Kang-hyun Day to you, every day.

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    Happy Birthday🥳

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    Happy bd to you, Kang Hyun and babe!!!

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    I LOVE THIS. I….LOOVVVVEE…THIS.

    Happy birthday to my most beloved of internet friends. I was so happy to meet you this year and get to know you better. I stand in the firm hope that our relationship will grow and change over the years, and someday, my darling PARK KANG-HYUN, we can meet in person.

    I’m totally not creepy. You’ll totally love me. I mean, just ask Ha Joon!

    (Happy B-day, @elinor!!! Only you would offersomeone else such a glorious present on a day that should be reserved for such royalty as you!)

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      🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 “my most beloved of internet friends”

      Yeah, right there I knew you were talking PAST me. Enjoy the view!

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    Happy Birthday Elinor!!! I hope it’s a wonderful day filled with blessings!!! I’m excited to see you in the Stealer fanwall watch soon!!!

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    Happy birthday, Elinor. I hope you’re enjoying your day/night. XOXO ☺️

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    Omg what a cute coincidence – happy birthday to all three of you, but especially to you Elinor!! Sending you lots of love and warm wishes on your special day 💕 💕 💕

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    Happy happy birthday! What a fun thing to discover! Is there a systematic way of finding out famous Korean folks who share your birthday or do you just have to stumble luckily? I’d love to know who I’m birthday twins with!

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      Not as far as I know – you would think MyDramaList would have that feature, but if they do, I haven’t found it. They just show whose birthday is *today.* I discovered our birthday coincidence when I looked up PKH’s and Taec’s profiles while gathering material to taunt @attiton recently.

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        I am so, so happy to have been the reason for you to investigate such deep and interesting research questions. I feel like a little fairy of inspiration right now!!! (Cue Chicago).

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    Happy Birthday! 🥰🥳

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    One day late, but Happy Birthday, Elinor! 🎉🎊🥳

    I love the fact that both male leads in Heartbeat and you share the birthday ☺️

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    Happy Birthday!

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    Happy Birthday Elinor. Wishing you a happy year ahead filled with blessings and fulfilled dreams. 🥳

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    Happy Birthday Elinor! 😁

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    Wishing you belated happy birthday, but an advanced New Year greetings 😀

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2023 Round-up, Day 26 – Freestyle – Best poster.

Alchemy of Hands Souls: Light and Shadow

The Glory

Stealer: The Treasure Keeper

Taxi Driver 2

HeartBeat

Worst posters: Pale Moon, Longing for You

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    Pale Moon, watch the J film is my advice.

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    Great freestyle, Elinor! I love these posters 🥰

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    OMG it took me a full minute to see that the Pale Moon person is lying on a second hand. I thought it was like pig trotters or something synthesized by DALL-E2!!!

    I too, love, the Stealer one. I’m used to seeing the photography-based posters, but this one really sells it!!

    And, finally, look at that spunky, happy-go-lucky poster for the feel-good rom-com of the year, HeartBeat. Fuck you, show.

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      You know what? I’m going to justify that f-bomb more.

      You know what really gets my blood boiling right now, months and months after HB ended? It’s that that STUPID show actually went a long way towards ruining my enjoyment of Matchmakers as a live-watch.

      I know other shows had disappointing ends, but not heart-crushing ones, and I had gotten myself in a place where I (and many others) was truly worried.

      Fuuuuuck you, HeartBeat. Taec and Won Ji-an?? You OWE US. Make it all better–like the Demon did when he made his lady friend dance on his feet to that creepy warped LP version of that Trot song, or whatever.

      JUST MAKE IT BETTER.

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        [hides]

        Is it safe to come out? Sorry to trigger all that trauma again. I was looking at these mostly for visual composition, color, overall feel, and sheer beauty, and only secondarily for their inclusion of references to the shows (most of which I haven’t even seen). The HeartBreak poster, in hindsight, doesn’t tell any lies in the visual cues to the show’s props and plot points, but the feel sure as hell tells a whopper. As you know, I had the same experience of having that show significantly affect my enjoyment of MM. My faith in dramas’ ability to deliver satisfying endings was already precarious; I’m not sure I’ll ever get over it.

        Yes, PIG TROTTERS. That’s what I hate about that poster. So disturbing, so much the opposite of making me want to watch it. Ick. And the other one makes the woman’s head look like giant scorpion claws. Or maybe an adjustable wrench. Ugly, anyway, and everyone in it looks pinched and miserable.

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          * I should say, hate most about the Pale Moon poster, because I hate every single thing about it except maybe the title font.

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          Yeah, well. Phooey. DO YOU SEE THAT PICTURE OF THE CUTE CARTOON CAT IN A RUFF at upper left? Is that supposed to be CATMAN??? Don’t you tell me that there aren’t outright lies in this poster. **breaks into uncontrollable sobs**

          No, srsly. I’m fine, and thank you very much for all of this curation! It was a delight to see all these delightful works of graphic design in one place.

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        That is so very true. Heart💔Beat made me distrustful of all dramas.

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Omo. Omo. Omo.

After trudging up and down dozens of steep alleys and burning hundreds of liters of fuel for my scooter, I’ve just moved into THIS ROOFTOP. Sure, the bathroom is drafty, the kitchen is minuscule, the stairs are steep, and there’s this weird pink couch outside my front door, but the view is everything. Every character in dramaland seems to know where it is, too, so I’ll have plenty of company. Off to buy potted plants and a barbecue grill!

Source.

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    Congrats on your level-up!!
    At first I thought it was the rooftop where Han Yeo-jin, Hwang Shi-mok, and their team had the dinner when Young Eun-soo accidentally discovered the tattoo on Mr. Yoon’s shoulder. But reading the source, now I know this one appeared in Taxi Driver. I should have recognised it because I watched Taxi Driver several times!!

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    CHUKAE!!

    Just watch out for some freeloader time travellers. *AHEM* Watch over them properly.

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    😂😂 And congratulations!!!
    🎉🍾🎈

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    Congratulations! 🙂

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    🥳🎊
    Welcome, chingu, and enjoy the view!
    And the couch is not to look at but to lazy on. 😁😎
    Enjoy!

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    Congratulations Elinor!!!🥳🎉🎉🎉 WOOOO!!! I hope you enjoy your room with a view!!

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    Wooohoooo, congratulations! And now for some time-honored Kdrama housewarming gifts 🧻🧻🧻🧽🪣🧼! This ⛑️represents the Tiger Balm you’ll need for your sore muscles until you get used to climbing all those stairs!

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      Ooh, thanks!

      Wait – Tiger Balm? TIGER BALM?!? Are you cursing me to be alooooooone in that tiny rooftop den? 🤣

      Someone was using it in the small, poorly-ventilated locker room at my gym the other day and I had an asthma attack (not serious, luckily) and had to flee without showering. That stuff should be classified as a chemical weapon!

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        Ohhhhhh sawry, I take it back! I’m a weirdo who likes the smell but I also use Vicks Vaporub as lip gloss! How about some 🩴🩴 flip flop house slippers for your aching feet instead?

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    Congrats on finally getting the rooftop location after all the extra hours you put in scouting the area and saving for the move. I hope you will be really happy and have lots of parties.

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2023 Round-up, Day 25 – Freestyle: The PPL Awards.

Best PPL:
Tiger Balm in King the Land – and by “best,” I mean “made me laugh when I realized it was actually PPL and not the set-up for a punchline.” That stuff reeks. 😖

Runner-up:
The car PPL in The Kidnapping Day – showing off how the automatic hatch lift makes it a snap to stow a bound and gagged captive in the back of the car.

Worst PPL:
Whatever was being sold in Numbers ep. 12 by Choi Jin-hyuk and his arms, because all I saw was Choi Jin-hyuk and his arms. (Wait, was that the product?)

Runner-up:
The Tiffany bracelets in Destined With You, for requiring Rowoon to make sure they were visible during an otherwise exceptionally steamy sex scene. I’m sure the boy had more urgent things on his mind!

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2023 Round-up, Day 24 – Freestyle – Best eating scene.

Won stuffing his face with sauna eggs in King the Land episode 8.

Second place – Jae-yi hurling aside her gat and royal protocol and doing a happy dance before a meal with her Crown Prince in the secret hideaway in Our Blooming Youth, episode 10.

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