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  1. Stars = Romance When you can’t feel the love… When you’re hopelessly in love… More under spoiler:
  2. The Bra “Think about it. All day long, I have to squeeze my healthy chest like this by wearing a bra. Don’t you think it’s suffocating?” The bra symbolizes the female identity. When JH is assaulted, her pajamas is pulled to the side to reveal her bra strap, underlining her vulnerability as a woman. Horang proudly shows off her lingerie in the café, because she uses her sexuality as a weapon against Wonseok. Only Sooji finds it suffocating to wear bras, because at work, she is seen and judged as a woman. For her, the bra is a modern-day corset or a foot binding cloth. Just because she is a woman, she has to look and behave in ways that are deemed socially acceptable. While Bomi needs to wear pink at work to remind herself of her sexuality, Sooji needs none of that because her colleagues are already constantly reminding her that she’s a woman. Park: Oh, you mean Gaya Hotel. That’s a great hotel. It has a nice view. It’s great for lovers too. Who did you go with? When Sooji is questioned about staying at a hotel, the conversation is so naturally steered towards her that everyone only wonders about what she was doing there and with whom. Why doesn't anyone think about asking why Park, a married man, is so familiar with Gaya Hotel? Is it more scandalous for a woman to check into a hotel than a man? True gender equality at work is not about being able to wear short skirts or go braless. It's not even about having an equal number of men and women in a company. Rather, it's about peeling off any label that says "You're a woman" or "You're a man". Because why should anyone bother about our gender? The only thing that should matter is our capability to perform at our jobs.
  3. This post should’ve been written last week, but I was too shaken by the sudden passing of someone I loved and respected deeply. When Boknam asked, “Will you still be alive then?” it stuck a raw nerve. Life can be so unfair at times, so I do believe in carpe diem or yolo – to live each day as if it’s your last, so that when that day really comes, you’ll have no regrets. There’s been a lot of discussion on what Sooji should or shouldn’t have done. It’s strange though, that most of us hardly considered Sanggoo’s actions, and why he may not suitable for her (yet). I never see myself as anyone’s moral guardian, so I’m not going to judge the characters based on what I think is right or wrong. But I hope this post will help us to consider another perspective on things. 500 Days of Summer The story in 500DoS is told from Tom’s perspective, so it isn’t uncommon for viewers to conclude that Summer is a b-tch for toying with Tom’s feelings. It’s funny that even though we see both sides of the story now, we still tend to overlook the man’s shortcomings. The Dance In 500DoS, Tom and Summer goes on a date in IKEA, where Summer makes it clear that she isn’t looking for anything serious before they go back to Tom’s place and make out. The next day, Tom dances in the park and swings a baseball bat, which alludes to hitting home run with Summer. In BTIMFL, SJ and SG didn’t make out (again), but it came close to that when SJ said, “If we spend more time together, I might sleep with you.” SG mistook SJ’s desire to sleep with him as an intention to start a relationship with him, which begs the question Horang asked out of spite: “Are love and sexual desire the same thing?” That’ll be something interesting to think about, considering how our three main ladies have very differing views on it. The D*uche In 500DoS, a d*uche tries to hook up with Summer in the bar and Tom throws a punch at him. Later, Tom and Summer gets into an argument as she questions if he did it for her or for himself. In BTIMFL, the investor gets touchy with SJ and SG scolds him using profanity. We should ask the same question here: did he really do it for her? No doubt, he has good intentions, which SJ acknowledges too. But what he did is nonetheless unprofessional, immature and irresponsible. While he can look for other investors, SJ has to go back to work and face the same people every day. He isn’t protecting or saving her, instead, he is putting her in a more precarious position than before. It’s easy to point fingers at the ladies in the washroom. But the truth is, SJ has seen it coming from a mile away, suggesting that it isn’t the first time it happened to her. SG: You should let them know that such behavior is not tolerable. SJ: Why should I do that? Can you imagine a life of a female worker in such a big company? If things get noisy, I’ll end up being gossiped about. SJ is a forward-thinking liberalist who knows how to tell JH to fight for her rights. Do you think she doesn’t know how to fight for herself? The problem is, she also knows too well the futility of it, just as how she knew JH won’t succeed in front of her parents. SJ: If the relationship ends, it always badly affects women. People will blame the woman. The woman will be the one leaving that community. SG: Why are you so twisted? SJ: I think you don’t know the world well. Do you think the world has changed? Everything is just the same. In 500DoS, Summer leaves the company after breaking up with Tom. Being the self-centered douchebag that he is, Tom never wonders why Summer quit. But when everyone in the company knows that their relationship has soured, there’s a good chance she quit because of him. This is perhaps one of the reasons why Sooji drew up the dating contract for MSG – to protect herself.
  4. Today, 1n2d will air a special episode on Gutaengie hyung. Source: http://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=109&aid=0003654615
  5. It's been a difficult week for all of us. Every morning, I'd wake up hoping that it was just a nightmare. But when I check SNS, the truth hits me again, harder each time. I still can't believe he's gone. I never thought that the passing of a celebrity whom I've never met would affect me this badly. Even the air feels colder, knowing that he's no longer around. I wished to see him finally get married and have kids. I wished people would recognise what a brilliant and talented actor he was, especially now that netflix finally released eng subs for Argon. (When Argon was airing, some knetz commented, "He has become a profound actor, just like his dad.") I wished to see everyone gather once again to celebrate 1n2d's 10th year anniversary. I wish I could stop crying. Today, Kim Joohyuk's name stopped trending on naver. And soon, people will start to move on. But I hope all of us here will always remember the laughter and kindness of Gutaengie hyung. Rest in peace, Gutaengie hyung. In your next life, I pray that you'd live a long and healthy life, get married early and have many many kids.
  6. On Playing Defense “Are you a fan of Arsenal?” Soccer is often used as an analogy to describe Sehee and Jiho’s approach to relationships. In this metaphorical game, the goal post represents the heart. To win someone’s heart, you need to score a goal in their net. It’s no surprise that both Sehee and Jiho play defense. “Come to think of it, I’ve never been a striker in my life. I’ve always defended myself and stepped back at a right timing. I have neither courage to take the ball nor experience to avoid it. I’m an amateur defender.” Jiho describes herself as an amateur defender. She’s always waiting for someone else to make the first move. She’s also timid and inexperienced, so whenever someone tries to make an advance, she carefully stays clear of the ball to avoid getting hurt. In the end, all she does is to stand from afar and watch others score goals on the other side of the field. SH: That’s an offside. JH: Pardon? SH: It wasn’t a regular attack. It was like an offside when you attacked me when I was defenseless. Sehee described Jiho’s kiss as an offside. An offside happens when a striker is nearer to the goal line than the last defender, hence making the goalkeeper defenseless. In this analogy, Sehee is the goalkeeper. He guards his heart like a hawk, and will throw his whole body to block off any attempt to score. For some reason, pragmatic or not, he seems determined to safeguard his heart. In soccer, if you only play defense, the best outcome you can achieve is 0-0. You may not lose the match, but you’ll never be able to win any either. Boknam, on the other hand, is a natural striker. He makes his advances swiftly without hesitation. It’ll be interesting to see how he’ll shake things up. His appearance, together with YOLO Café, also signals a pivotal paradigm shift in the drama, which reminds us that we only live once. This is our first and last life.
  7. I didn’t have time to read through all the posts, so I’m sorry if anything here has been said before. I love that while this is a breezy rom-com that's easy to watch, the writing is also so clever and witty. So this post will be all about the use of intertextuality in the first 4 episodes. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope The movie posters outside Jiho and her brother’s rooms act like name plates that introduce the occupants. I assume that this “new hope” in question refers to the grandson, who will carry on the family line. The irony is that while this baby is like a beacon of hope to the patriarchal father, at the same time, he also dashed Jiho’s hopes of surviving in Seoul. In the ultrasound scan, the baby waves his tiny hand as if to say hello to his grandparents, but it can also be seen as bidding farewell to Jiho. Game Over. The Graduate “This is Benjamin. He’s a little worried about his future.” The same can be said of Jiho. Even though she graduated from Seoul National University, her future remains bleak and worrisome. All the posters I’ve seen of the Graduate shows Ben being seduced by Mrs Robinson. But Jiho chose a poster of Ben and Elaine, I hope that means there’ll be no Mrs Robinson in the picture – PHEW. In The Graduate, the story went full circle. It starts with Ben, who just graduated from college. He goes home and everyone asks him about his future plans, but he has no idea and tries to evade them. It ends with Ben eloping with Elaine, and everyone on the bus turns to stare at them. They gradually become uneasy as the same sense of uncertainty about the future sinks in. It seems appropriate then, that BTIMFL's story starts at the end of The Graduate, since the contract marriage is Jiho and Sehee's attempt to escape this endless cycle of uncertainty. For Jiho, it's the uncertainty of having a roof over her head. For Sehee, it's the endless cycle of blind dates and bad tenants. Ben = Jiho Elaine = Sehee This gender swap underlines the subversion of gender stereotypes, which is another major theme in the drama. Jiho, with a male-sounding name, enjoys watching soccer and used to smoke. Sehee, with a female-sounding name, is a quiet person who has a cat. Another person who constantly subverts such stereotypes is Ma Sanggoo – he likes pink, even has a Korilakkuma plushie, and does manicure. I’m looking forward to seeing the development between him and Sooji. A Lucky Day Written by Hyun Jin Geon in 1924, A Lucky Day is about a very poor rickshaw puller who lives from hand to mouth. On a rainy morning, when he is going out to work, his sick wife asks him not to leave her alone. But he left because he desperately needs money to buy food for the family. That day, he makes enough money to buy beef soup rice for his wife, which she wanted to eat. At that moment, a passenger calls for him and wants to go on a long-distance trip for a ridiculously big amount. He hesitates, because of his sick wife lying at home, but agrees to go, thinking that this isn’t everyday luck. On his way home, he stops by a pub and gets drunk, trying in vain to forget the bad feelings about his wife. Finally, he arrives home with the beef soup rice in his hand only to find his wife dead. Again, the writer uses intertextuality to hammer home Jiho’s misfortune. After working hard as an assistant writer for five years, she finally has the opportunity to write her own drama. But in the end, what she thought was a golden opportunity causes her to lose even more than what she started out with. Maybe if the rickshaw puller hadn’t stopped by the pub, he would be able to see his wife before she died. But the underlying sense of irony and tragedy remains the same – anything that sounds too good to be true, is indeed too good to be true. Despite being a light-hearted rom-com, there is a pessimistic and depressing undertone throughout the drama. “The world is not going to be a better place. That also means my life is not going to get better. I shouldn’t be looking forward to the better future. I might be living to avoid the worst thing that could happen tomorrow.” “You don’t marry someone for love anymore. That’s for the rich people these days.”
  8. [Drama 2017] Argon 아르곤

    @hmmmgood and any others still following this thread: Will anyone be interested to read brief recaps of Argon?
  9. About Getting the Timing Right I kinda understand why JH-WS shippers would be upset with the recent developments. JH’s 13-year-old one-sided love suffers from a series of unfortunate timings and missed opportunities. The idea that fate is determined to work against his favour seems too cruel and unfair. “Timing” is a sensitive word. It reminds us of the other JH from Reply 1988, who once blamed it on bad timing for his failed love. But even Junghwan later realises that it isn't the red lights that stopped him from getting here first - it is the hesitation and inaction on his part. While he spends an hour watching Forrest Gump and contemplating his next move, Taek chooses to give up his competition without any hesitation. Timing is but a convenient excuse for us to shrug off responsibilities and shift the blame to particular unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In R88, JH blames the traffic lights. In TBH, JH blames it on WS’ new boyfriend, bad weather, the dog, the honking car and the bird that pooped on him. By turning it into a running gag, the drama ridicules the idea of “the right timing”. There will never come a day where the weather is perfect and dogs don't bark, cars don't honk, birds don't poop. The best timing to do anything is now. GJ has to learn this hard way, so I’m glad JH acts upon his father’s advice immediately. Even though he is rejected, at least he can live without regrets and what-ifs. GJ: You have to do something when you want to do it. ‘Maybe, later, one day.’ These are all useless. If you take after me, don’t take after this aspect of me. You shouldn’t regret like I did. Do what you want to do and express your feelings freely in your life, okay? Perhaps it’s no coincidence that JH still has HJ’s watch engraved with his name. After all, “HyunJae” means “the present”. It’s a constant reminder to live in the present, seize every opportunity and make every second count.
  10. @blackberrypie, I enjoyed reading your analysis of the characters, and I too have been on the HJ-WS ship since day 1. I love how their relationship has developed organically over the past few episodes, and in ways that WS and JH couldn’t despite knowing each other for 20 years. WS → HJ At first, WS made HJ promise that he would move out of the loft if he couldn’t pay her. But instead of chasing him out of the house, she turned him into her slave. It shows that she actually enjoys being around him and subconsciously wants to see him more often. She was also the one who named him Ddabong, which hints at a certain level of closeness and affection. On the other hand, she still calls JH by his full name. Her feelings towards HJ became obvious when he said Do Hyeri was prettier and she got jealous. Isn’t it funny how she became his ssam-nyeo (wrap girl/some girl) too when she forced him to eat the garlic wrap? HJ → WS For HJ, WS naturally became an important person to him because she gave him a name, gifted him his first handphone, and taught him how to eat samgak kimbap. For a free-spirited person who doesn’t like to be controlled by others, he doesn’t seem to mind being her slave. He even memorised her handphone number and would call her to chat for no reason. In the last ep, it became obvious in the way he sped home to deliver the noodles. He carried the bowl of jajangmyeon wherever he went and chose to deliver the noodles instead of finding his money. I thought it's funny that the writer made HJ buy jajangmyeon from paju, because irl YSY once bought gukbap for his ex-gf from busan. HJ ↔ WS The drama keep dropping hints that they would be endgame too. Both of them were momentarily mesmerised by each other after their mini makeovers: And both of them would be lost without each other:
  11. I think that JH isn’t HJ’s son either, but YJ’s instead. To add on to what others have shared, I think that HJ isn’t allergic to peanuts. Firstly, it doesn’t make sense that he would forget having a food allergy. Secondly, if it were indeed a peanut allergy, then his fans should’ve known that HJ doesn’t eat peanuts and not peanut butter per se. By saying that HJ doesn’t eat peanut butter turns it into a matter of preference - he eats peanuts, he just doesn’t eat peanut butter. The assumption that he doesn't eat peanut butter could then have arisen due to a misunderstanding. All along, JH knows HJ is his father. He simply dismissed the idea that Ddabong is HJ, for a few possible reasons: HJ’s public image is very different from how he behaves in private. HJ is supposed to be a cool, talented and confident musician. But Ddabong appears to be lazy, jobless and aimless. GJ and BH may have painted a glossy image of who HJ was. As much as GJ hated HJ in his heart, he would want JH to grow up thinking that his biological father was good. Ddabong didn’t age one bit since 1993. For a level-headed person like JH, it doesn’t make any sense that he is HJ, a person who was supposed to have died 20 years ago. If YJ were JH’s real father, then that would explain - according to kdrama logic - why JH isn’t as talented as HJ. Even after training for 3 years, JH still lost to HJ on stage. But unlike YJ, who still to this day copies HJ’s unreleased songs, JH works hard for his dream. So, I do believe that JH would make it big one day, because his hard work will definitely pay off. In the original timeline, HJ did not time-travel to 2017. We know this because his doodles appeared in YJ’s copy in real-time. If he was meant to time-travel to the future and back to 1993 again then YJ’s copy should’ve been doodled upon already. So, HJ’s unexpected journey through time is heaven’s way of giving him a second chance - to unravel the truth behind his disappearance, make amendments for his past actions and live anew. The fact that HJ is modelled after Deux’s Kim Sung Jae also makes us wonder, what if KSJ didn’t die in 1995? How would he be like now, and what impact would he have made on kpop? For endgame prediction, my money is on HJ-WS Crazy theories under spoiler:
  12. Part of the variety aspect of TBH comes from the idea that the characters are modelled after real life people. In Producers, we had Baek Seungchan = Yoo Hojin, while Ra Joonmo and Tak Yejin = Park Inseok + Shin Soojung. We were discussing about this drama when @pixiemoondust suggested that Hong Bohee's character might be modelled after Ha Soo-bin. Ha Soo-bin debuted as a singer in 1992 as was known for her innocent beauty. After releasing 2 albums, she suddenly went into a hiatus in 1993. After 17 years, she made a comeback in 2010 with her 3rd album. http://www.allkpop.com/article/2010/10/ha-soo-bin-to-make-a-comeback-after-16-years Here's a video of her hit song back in 1993. The resemblance is uncanny!
  13. Started watching this because i'm a huge fan of 1n2d and i'm loving what i see so far. Don't think anyone posted about this yet, but Yoo Hyun Jae's character may be inspired by Deux's Kim Sung Jae, who was also 24 in Korean age when he died. From wiki: Deux members Lee Hyun Do and Kim Sung-jae met when they worked as back-up dancers for Korean rapper Hyun Jin-young. They debuted in 1993 with the album, Deux, which featured the hit song, "Turn Around and Look at Me." In addition to helping introduce hip hop and new jack swing to Korea, the duo is also notable for popularizing hip hop-influenced choreography and fashion. After releasing three more albums, they broke up in 1995 to pursue solo careers. Only one day after his solo debut, Kim Sung-jae was found dead of an apparent drug overdose. Investigators later found traces of animal anesthesia in his body, and determined that his girlfriend had recently purchased anesthesia. However, there was insufficient evidence to continue the investigation, and the exact circumstances of his death remain unsolved. After Sung-Jae's death, Lee Hyun Do released the greatest hits album, Deux Forever. He went on to work as a producer and composer for popular K-pop artists and has appeared on TV shows YG Win and Show Me The Money. At the start of the drama, JH and HJ parodied two of Bruce Lee's movies, Enter the Dragon and Game of Death. Both movies were released posthumously after Bruce Lee's untimely death at the age of 32. The official cause of his death was a drug allergic reaction to a painkiller, though cannabis was also found in his stomach. Both Bruce Lee and Kim Sung Jae died because of drugs, be it by choice or accident. And it may or may not be a coincidence that MC Drill said, "Music is the only lawful drug allowed by our government." This public service announcement also comes at an uncanny timing when kpop is plagued by drug scandals. Personally, I'm still warming up to JH's character. But I spotted something interesting, which may be telling of JH's future. JH stood in front of the mirror, wondering to himself, "Will I have the best hit? In a crucial moment, will I be able to throw the punch?" And the answer came right before ep 2 ended in the form of an epilogue where JH decisively threw a punch at WS' ex-bf. I think this celebrity wannabe will do just fine.
  14. It doesn’t matter to me who the protagonist in the drama is, because every character is a protagonist in his own right. A good script would take into consideration every character’s intention and motivation, and how those influence the plot. For this reason, I thoroughly enjoyed “The Defendant”. The writing was tight and well thought out; every single character had a history and a purpose, which affected their actions and contributed to the story’s development in various ways. In my previous post, I wasn't trying to prove that SJ and Seol are the destined OTP - I don't think anyone would have any doubts about that. Instead, I wanted to show that YJO was sincerely in love with Seol, to the point that it's silly, adorable and heartbreaking to watch. @evok @soryuu13 Sorry it took me so long to reply, I've been swamped with work. When SJ showed Seol the photos, YJO looked expectant - he really wanted to know what her ideal type was. Also, when SJ popped the question about TM, he didn’t look happy or proud. It was more of a mix of exasperation and disbelief. So, does YJO really plan to possess a human to confess his feelings? The plan sounds ludicrous and I'm sure he knows it himself. I don't think he was hoping for a happy-ever-after ending with Seol. All he wanted was to express the feelings he had been harbouring for her over the past 80 years, so he can move on to his next life without any regrets. YJO may look like a cool, suave and confident guy, but he is also deeply faithful and simple-minded whenever it concerns Seol. Whether it was in 1939 or 2017, he always chose Seol over Sejoo. That’s why I don’t think he is trying to play cupid; his feelings for Seol are sincere. The symbolism of fire, snow and rain Fire destroys. In the opening sequence, a gunshot is fired, causing a rose to go up in flames. Also, during the dramatic stare-off between SJ and YJO, SJ took the manuscript of CT and burned it. Both scenes allude to a tragic ending to romance in 1930. Fire illuminates. The Carpe Diem matchsticks triggered a flashback when SJ lit it. In his dream, YJO also lit a matchstick and used it as a guiding light to lead SJ back into the past. When HY rescued SH, he too gave her a Carpe Diem matchbox and directed her to Shin Yul. It's interesting to note that the matchbox contained matchsticks just like how jazz bar stored firearms for revolutionaries. RSH: Ladies and gentlemen. Still engulfed in deep darkness, the skies of Joseon make us hopeless. But today, I saw a dim ray of light in the darkness that surrounds us. The light will become a torch that drives away the darkness. I’ve witnessed the birth of a phenomenal writer and I’d like to share the joy of discovering the writer with you. Here’s to the bright future of the great writer, Seo Hwi Young! In SHY’s name, “휘/Hwi/辉” means brilliance, fire and luminosity. And the exact opposite of fire is snow, which is what Seol’s name means. Snow spells hardship. A season when trees wither and animals hibernate, winter marks the end of growth, and is often linked to death and hardship. Also, in South Korea, white is the colour of death and mourning. Seol believes that she killed someone in her past life. Since young, she has always been haunted by the fragmented memories of 1930, and because of that, she was unable to pursue her Olympic dream. Snow promises a new beginning. After every cold and harsh winter comes spring. Melting snow symbolises the end of hardship and a new beginning. Because snow covers everything and changes a familiar landscape into something new, it can also be associated with transformation. Seol’s dad: I found this in the snow when I went hiking… Look at it. The second hand is made of gold, rather than the hour hand. The owner of this watch must know that the small thing has to be right for the big thing to move well. Here, it’s yours. From now on, don’t dwell on the past. Don’t sacrifice the present for the future. Be present in every minute and every second. Rain cleanses. Seol’s dad’s message echoes the meaning of Carpe Diem. Forget the past and live in the present. And a new beginning for Seol will come when snow melts and turns into rain to wash away her guilt and regrets. Coincidentally, when snow meets fire, it turns into rain. It was raining when SJ crashed his car, when Seol found him and when SJ came to fetch Seol. Shaman: Seol’s name means ‘snow’, right? Bangjin: Yes, it does. Why are you asking out of the blue? What is it, Wang Bang Wool fairy? Shaman: It’s going to rain. Bring in the clean laundry. Sunbae: Are you expecting someone’s visit? Seol: Pardon? No. I was just wondering it it’s raining. Sunbae: I don’t think it’ll rain. Seol: Right? It doesn’t seem like it. Sunbae: Do you wish it rains?
  15. YJO → Seol Bangjin: Are you married? YJO: No, I am not taken yet. YJO has been nursing a crush on Soohyeon since 1930, but I believe that for some reason, he never got to confess his feelings. A glimmer of hope appeared at the pojangmacha when he thought for a second that Seol was looking into his eyes. But it was only a moment of illusion, which would soon be crushed by the cruel reality by the end of ep 8. For a perceptive guy like him, it’s unfortunate that YJO doesn’t know the power of bickering in kdramaland -- he confidently assumed that Hwiyoung/Sejoo and Soohyeon/Seol would never fall for each other. Chauffeur: Are you worried that the two boys will fall in love with each other? Shinyul: No way. I’ll be thankful if they don’t kill each other. SJ: What if she likes me first during the process? What would you do? YJO: That’s impossible. If you keep on acting like this, that will never happen. He took for granted that it would be safe to entrust Seol to SJ. But SJ’s words served a clear warning, “Betrayal hides on the other side of friendship.” As he stood there watching Seol cry in the arms of another man, I wonder if he was reflecting on his own advice to SJ: YJO: If you’re angry, you can show your anger. If you feel bad, you can make an apology. If there’s a misunderstanding, you can straighten it out. If you did something wrong, you can ask for forgiveness. That’s life. Your heart beats. You can do everything. Can you tell who is human and who is ghost between us two? Sadly, the opposite is also true: That’s death. Your heart stops beating. You can’t do anything. Because he is a ghost, he cannot do anything for her. There was a palpable sense of regret, helplessness and loneliness. HSJ → Seol HSJ: When I see you, my heart beats. But I’m not sure whether it’s because of you or it’s because of someone I met a long time ago. I’m confused. Her face overlaps when I see your face. Then, my heart beats. I don’t know which one makes my heart beat. I’m confused. On the surface, SJ appears to be at the mercy of YJO’s every request, but the real reason why he does all these “childish and crude things” is because he really wanted to. I don’t think YJO has any intention to matchmake SJ and Seol. But YJO unwittingly becomes their cupid by providing the perfect excuses for SJ to get close to Seol. If we retrace SJ’s actions, we can almost draw a line that connects the dots in his head. Each time, even before YJO voiced his request, SJ already had the intention to find Seol. He just needed a nudge from behind. SJ was so bothered by the fact that Seol and TM were going to meet that he hammered his finger. YJO’s condition gave him an excuse to reiterate his stand to TM, “I told you. I don’t want to lose anything to you anymore.” SJ had been eying that bag since ep 6. That’s why he didn’t buy the design YJO picked. It wasn’t a gift on behalf of “the magical being”, but a gift from SJ himself - which explained was he was hoping for some reaction from her. Even though SJ said he wanted to write, he seemed preoccupied and obviously bothered by the fact that Seol had asked TM out for a cup of tea. He didn’t care about YJO’s question. What he really wanted to find out was, “Do you like Taemin in a romantic way?” The pivotal turning point in this (non-existent) love triangle came at the end of ep 8 when SJ looked for Seol for the first time without YJO telling him to. And he even brought medicine for her - YJO didn’t know she was sick. So, when SJ said, “There aren’t three people here. It’s just us. It’s just me and you,” Seol was thinking of Soohyeon while SJ was also referring to YJO.
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