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  1. There was a lot to unpack from episode 3. 1) Why is that horrible teacher so upset with JI? I get that she exposed the whole cheating scandal, but he showed up to her job with hydrochloric acid, like WTF! 2) Why were those girls so hard up to be friends with JI? They are already rich themselves, so what is one more influential person? They were practically bullying her into being friends with them, it was just weird. 3)I need Ji Soo to be smarter. She is a detective working with prosecutors and it always feels like she is three steps behind everybody including LA. Hopefully, her character will be written with some development. 4) There is good chemistry between the leads. I loved the part on the bus when she was acting like she didn't want anything to do with LA's ability and then she fell right on him. She acted as if she was unsure about him or wanted nothing to do with him, but it was endearing how she left her imprint and the message to LA on the doorknob when she ran away. 5)What we do know is that the original killer and arsonist in the fire 11 years ago was a woman. When the apartment lady opened her door, she addressed the visitor as aghassi, so a young woman. We also know a woman caused the fire at the nursing home. It also appears the person standing on the side of the road that shot at that man's truck was a woman or a really small man. 6) It is my theory that the killer woman is somehow connected to MS. I think that is why he is so invested in solving it because he has a hunch that he may know the person. Where is his family? He is definitely hiding something. Another person who knows something is JI's father. Think about it. Why does MS want LA to touch JI. The only thing he is going to see is that she was at the complex fire just like him and that her dad got framed. The person LA needs to touch is her father. Just my two cents, what say you psychometric chingus?
  2. I can't believe that it has taken me this long to comment on the episodes from last week, but we knew it was coming. The subtle and over protective way that the manager and CEO are in dealing with JS. That is why she didn't feel the need to make them privy to her relationship in the first place. As far as the CEO asking JR to break up with JS, that is for pure greed. Even with other actors signed to the agency, JS is their ACE! Now that her reputation has been recovered and the public is aware of what happened to her, they see $$$ and feel that her being in a relationship will somehow keep them from getting paid. However, if they had taken the time to get to know JR, they would know that he believes in hard work and would have not interfered in her career in any way. He is her biggest fanboy. What makes the separation even more bittersweet is the fact that a lot of us watched them in Goblin and we deserve to get all of the sweetness from this couple in this drama and writer-nim is keeping us from getting that.
  3. It has been a minute since I have entered the shipper's side of Soompi, not since We Got Married was going strong. What can I say? I love these two actors and their chemistry is just ripe for anyone to ship them together. Someone else said it and I agree. I want them to secretly date, where before we know it they are announcing a baby and we didn't even know they had gotten married.
  4. I believe your prediction is right. This guy has barely been on screen and already he is getting on my nerves. Also, I want to know HOW he is keeping surveillance on her. How does he have access to her phone where he can track all of her incoming and outgoing text messages? How does he have video surveillance of her on his tablet? Is he working with someone at her company? He just flew back to Korea, so someone is working with him. This is what makes this guy scary is the fact that he has the money and the resources to do these type of things and then cover it up and pay for people's silence. I think in order to take him down, it will take a joint effort of the Always firm and the prosecutor's office.
  5. I haven't watched episode 8 yet, but it appears that not too much happened in regards to moving the plot forward. If I could point out one thing that both young HJ and older HJ have in common, it is the inability to plan. When the father got into the accident, and HJ went back in time to try and save him. She tried for DAYS, and probably like 100 times, well maybe not a 100, but definitely more than 20. The reason she kept getting the same result is because she failed to plan a better way to save him. If she woke up and just started screaming her head off, that would've gotten her parents attention. If she woke up and called her dad [not sure if he had a cell phone] that would've changed things. But, we, as the viewer had to watch her do the exact same thing over and over and over again and when she finally accepted that she would not get a different result, then she got the bike, but that wasn't enough, but she tried that a ridiculous number of times. To correlate that to her failed attempt at being an announcer, I can't help but think about JH asking her what exactly was she doing to become one. She wasn't doing anything. No plan, nothing. She just submitted a few applications and sat back waiting. That is a field where you either have to know someone or be proactive and get out there and make yourself known. HJ was trapped in a dream that wasn't becoming a reality because she wasn't doing anything to make it happen. The older HJ spent episode after episode feeling sorry for herself. Then it turned into acceptance and the realization that getting old is this terrible thing that has a few benefits. I know an older lady who is 93 and she gets around better than people half her age. She works out, still drives and is truly living her best life. Aging is also a mentality. Older HJ saw the old man wearing the watch. She could've sat back and planned a way to get it. Instead, she reverted to her younger ways and just erratically thought she could walk over and pry it from him, and this was after he had already pulled a knife on her. This was AFTER she saw his younger self. Once again, no plan and all she did was make herself look like a thief and a crazy woman. In the end, he still had the watch and she was unwelcome at the center. I would think if the average person suddenly turned like 50 years older, they would have time to sit and think and plan things out. She has to be smart about this, because this is an unusual situation. She is going through this because she failed to plan when she was younger and decided to mess with time and she is failing now for the same reason. If she had succeeded with getting the watch from the old man, then what? What is she planning on doing?
  6. I accidentally crept up on this drama, as the two main leads are my favorite. Then the drama took a turn and suddenly the story line with the older actress dominated the show for like four episodes. The ratings dipped and people were beginning to get a little frustrated with the drama. But I am sticking with it, as I see why the writer is going in this direction. Older HY. I do feel the writer wasted too much time on her feeling sorry for herself and wanting to die, then deciding not to die, but constantly dipping into other people's business. Episode 6 was the best episode with the older actress. She finally realized a purpose and how she could somehow help people. However, it was time to bring younger HY back, because the story was losing a bit of its fire. The one character that I do not like is the brother. I know everyone is singing the praises of SHJ, and I enjoy him as an actor, but his character in this drama SUCKS. He is the oldest son and he is a bum. Both of his parents are struggling to the point of exhaustion and depression and he just sits in his room doing ridiculous things online to try and scourge food. It's shameful. Why doesn't he work? Why isn't he in school? Why is he allowed to be a bum? Why are both of his parents okay with this? I feel like this stems from the father. The father sits back and watches things happen, but offers no solution, nor does he show the ability to help out. So, the main breadwinner and responsible adult for the entire family is the mother. I get the feeling working in a salon and having to deal with how laborious that is was not how she planned to spend her life. I think she had high hopes that her daughter would somehow get a job as an announcer and save her from so much responsibility. So, when she suddenly became old, it was yet another adult that she would have to feed and take care of. This is why the mom is sometimes mean and why she at times emasculates her husband. He doesn't do or say anything and she wants help. So, the only thing that father can do is shower his daughter with love because she looks at him with innocent and young eyes and doesn't realize how hard her mother has it. Old HY is just figuring that out, which is why she scolds her father and asks him to be good to her mother. As far as the time turning. No matter the type of drama or movie, time is one thing that us humans aren't supposed to mess with. If we do, there will surely be consequences. I think that things will eventually go back to the way things were, but it will take some time due to the fact that HY went back in time so many times to try and save her father. I think she will get the opportunity to save him again, but it will be up to him to decide if he wants to live or allow fate to take him. She and JH will be able to put themselves in a better position to realize their dreams. I think it was in episode one or two where he asks her what she's doing to become an announcer? She gets upset with him because she realizes that she hasn't done anything to make it happen. In fact, she was becoming like her brother. Upon that realization, she decides to give it up because she doesn't have the confidence to keep going. Honestly, that is when everything changed. When she decided to give up. When old HY saw JH working at the senior center and she got upset that he was no longer trying to be a reporter, I couldn't help but remember her giving it up as well. He should've made her promise to not give it up. I look forward to the direction the writers will go in from here, but this is one interesting drama.
  7. A few thoughts, Book Chingus! I really like KDY's growth in this drama. I like that although she actually hit rock bottom, she dusted herself off and got right back up and kept plugging at it until she found work. The love lines... I am glad that SHR spoke to CEH about her crush and how she is trying to move on. However, I was embarrassed for her at the book event. Her parents treated CEH as though he OWED SHR his feelings and had betrayed her. Then they practically threw themselves on JSJ. SHR has a great work ethic and accountability, but she is a bit daft when it comes to romance. She and CEH don't fit at all. I thought the scene where she realized he has feelings for KDY and got drunk was very telling. This is what, the third time he has to babysit her after being drunk and she wonders why he only looks at her like a dongsaeng. I loved the scene with Ms. Seo and Mr. Bong at the hospital. Yes, it was an imposition for her son to get sick on the day of the book event, but that can't be used as leverage to reconcile when they had a multitude of problems when they were married. I got the feeling a reconciliation could've happened if he had approached her earlier. Now, some time has passed and she is getting used to not being with him. In typical fashion, he did not fight for them. The work situation. I am not ashamed to admit that I have done what KDY has done. I moved to MI some years ago for school, and was looking for a job at the time, and no one would hire me because they felt I was over-qualified for most jobs. So yes, I dumbed down my resume to try and find work. I was told by a recruiter that it wasn't illegal because it is up to the interviewer to muddle through and find out the essentials for the job. For example, often on interviews, they will look at your resume and say, "I see you went to Jane Doe HS? You answer, yes. Then they will follow up with, did you go to college or a trade school?" People exaggerate on resume's so most employers want to get right to the facts. In KDY's case, she left out her college education and experience, but what does that have to do with how well she is doing her job? And, it is a contract position. I don't think she should be fired, but I do feel like instead, they should pull her aside and inform her that they know she left out some details on her resume. Due to this, the contract will not be renewed and she will have to wait at least 6 months to a year before she can apply for a full-time permanent position. The unfair part is that so far, she has been a model employee. Unlike the other new hires, she has done her job diligently, often performing multiple tasks at once. She is always in good spirits and gets along with everyone. She stepped up and came up with a great marketing campaign for the new author who was nervous about his book coming out, even convincing him to actually go through with it when he wanted to give up. She also stepped in when Ms. Seo was out with her son. They won't find someone else like her. Ms. Go sees a peer who, unlike her has the courage to do things that she didn't. Yes, she was a runaway bride for a minute, but she did get married, have a child and that was her life for a while, even though it didn't work out. She bounced back, found work, and even has two men vying for her affection. KDY was someone who was legendary in her field, and that too presents a problem for Ms. Go, who ONLY has her job to cleave to. She doesn't have a family or friends to share her mind and interest with. Thus, her job is a sensitive issue for her. From day one, she felt threatened by KDY. Her friend who managed to remember an interviewee from months ago with amazing clarity, also felt threatened, which is why she remembered her. I hope KDY doesn't let this get her down. She is smart, hardworking and brilliant. She just needs a chance.
  8. HEART CHINGUUSSSSSSSSS!!!! First, let's talk about how Soompi locked me out of my account for a couple of days and I couldn't sign in until I changed my password, yet again. With that out of the way, OOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!! There was so much sweetness in these past two episodes. I love our OTP, they are so cute and innocent. I am so glad that JR woke up enough to decide to ask JS to date and be in a relationship. He is a bit slow with moving in on our goddess, but he is learning none the less. SW turned out to be a good help. Although for all of his dating expertise, too bad it didn't work out in his own personal life. I am starting to believe that there is a misunderstanding between him and YR. Speaking of her, she got on my nerves. First she neglected her health and fell out which forced JR to take her to the ER and miss out on his first official date with JS. Then she turned around and lampooned him into going for a drink instead of being with his girlfriend on his first night out. I need her to fall back now. Subway auntie and mama's boy are meant to be together. They both have issues and they both are competitive and looking to advance in their careers. They actually have a lot in common and would make a nice coupe if it weren't for their incessant feud. And yes, the actor playing mama's boy is quite nice to look at. Now is the time to gloat. It was at the end of episode 8 that we finally got a sweet kiss for our OTP. Which means, the kiss will probably start off episode 9, which I totally called in the BET. I just hope it doesn't end there. I want LOTS of kisses for them. We need to make up for all of their agony and separation in Goblin.
  9. Loving this drama Heart Chinguuuuuuuussssss! Highlights: The entire elevator scene. When the security guard saw JR holding JS, and then backed up as if to give them more privacy, I laughed out loud. Then when JS overheard subway auntie and CEO talking about the security guard claiming that the couple in the elevator were kissing. JR and JS being in danger when they went to inspect the witness's apartment. JS losing it and crying over JR because he got hurt. JR asking JS to stay at the office because it would be too many reporters at the courthouse and she would be spotted. JS successfully convincing the special needs delivery guy to go to the court hearing. The ultimate heartbreak when he confessed and cried over his noona being beaten again. JS and JR having their soju date after the trial win. JR telling JS that he wants to take care of her now. *squeal* Our OTP are just so darn cute. As far as the YR and SW. I feel like they will both get more screen time when the stalker/chaebol guy finally comes out of the shadows. I think that is why he is spying on JS's phone. He wants to make sure she has dropped the whole incident before showing his slimy face. Also, he is the link between all of them. SW said that they represented him in the past, right around the time that the scandal broke. Ten bucks says he reaches out to SW again.
  10. RM is so incredibly retrospective about BTS. I like how realistic and grateful he is, and honestly the fact that they are working hard is the least of the fandom's worries. We know they are working hard. We just hope that they are also resting well. They've got a stadium tour coming up.
  11. Get out of my head, I was about to say that is exactly what it sounds like. My guess is a child. If she is being that quiet, that is probably the case. I haven't watched the episode so I don't know if they discussed whether the couple had any children, but normally when a child is forced to watch a parent being beaten by the other, it is like a ticking time bomb. Also, regarding YR, wasn't she involved with SW? Was it episode 1 or 2 where they discussed she was in a long-term relationship with him. So, why then is she sniffing behind JR? Clearly she understands that there is some type of relationship between SW and JR. I don't know if they are related or just good friends, but you don't decide that it didn't work out with this one, so now I am moving over to that one. That is trash! Also, to @triplem my bet is a kiss will take place episode 8-9. That will be the cliffhanger from episode 8.
  12. Romance Book CHINGUUUUSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! Immediately when I saw the first episode, I was like, she isn't supposed to marry this guy. Sometimes you have to just let the universe have it's way because eventually it will. It wasn't enough that she flew the scene clad in wedding dress, but CEH's car got towed. Her veil blew into the trees, the signs all pointed to GO, do not stop, do not collect $200, get the heck out of there. The scene when CEH finally comes to terms with his feelings and realizes that he shouldn't have "let her go" 12 years ago, I couldn't help but remember that opening scene. The universe was trying to tell both of them. Now here we are 12 years later and both of them have suffered for being blind. We don't have the full backstory on his family life, but I imagine that has more to do with him not committed to KDN that her getting married. He seems to be a bit cut off from commitment and intimacy. He knows how to establish friendships, but he still keeps people at a distance. You can see that with almost every relationship in his life, including his friendship with KDN. It was very telling that she had gotten divorced, sent her kid overseas, was squatting in her old house and then homeless all the while desperately looking for a job. Here he is her best friend and he was clueless to it all, even though she had sort of told him the truth. He felt responsible for what happened to her because he knew 12 years ago that her husband was trash. She knew it too, but she didn't have anywhere else to go. She didn't have a plan C and so she was stuck with the jerk hoping if she cosplayed the perfect wife, things would work out. He left her in such a cruel way because I imagine nothing else he did would've worked. She would've forgave and stayed. One thing I love about her development in this drama is it shows women who are brainwashed into believing marriage and kids is the end all to their lives that they can have another identity. They don't just have to be mom or wife or daughter-in-law. They can have hobbies, interests, passions and careers and it is okay to be self-sufficient. It is okay to love yourself and at times, put yourself first. She settled BIG time when she got married. Here she was successful, smart, and moving up in the world of advertising, which is why her husband wanted to marry her. But once she gave that up and the family had to depend on him, when clearly he is a loser, everything went south. I so loved the scene in episode 8 when she partied with Team Leader Seo and Director Go. I was afraid she was going to spill the beans on her former life, but she just revealed that she too was divorced. Can I just say that the acting in this drama is top notch. When Team Leader Seo shared the fight she had with her husband when he didn't take up for her at the shoe store, I felt her pain. I also liked how we saw the chaos that Manager Go was living in. Her home truly reflects her messy feelings. She isn't just lonely from a relationship. She is lonely from not really having friends and people to talk to and connect with. I hope these ladies remain in connection with each other and get close. As far as JSJ, I pretty much thought he was harmless until episode 8. Maybe he is a long lost son. Maybe CEH's father wronged him somehow. But when they revealed his panic room with all of that information on the writer, the hair stood up on the back on my neck. He is obsessed! KDN will have to be careful around him. I don't know what his end game is, but I feel that there is another piece of information yet to be revealed about CEH. I can't wait to see what it is. Great drama so far.
  13. Okay Last Chingusss... As a viewer, we must stay focused. The emperor is the least of our worries right now because let's face it, the only thing he is ruling is bath time. His mother is running the palace and his mistress is running things as well. Those two evil hags are a bit much. Let's look at the body count between them. GED Empress So-Hyun Lang Joo Seung (allegedly) Joo Seun's brother hospital director possible Crown Prince Yoon How many people have to die, come up missing, get thrown into the psych ward before people get the picture and realize these aren't all accidents. I wish Yoon had been more careful while collecting evidence. I wish Ari didn't feel compelled to lie for her murderous mother and become like her crazy father. And I further wish that the ED didn't have everybody on her personal payroll. I think the keys to bringing the bad people down are: - The court lady who works with the nanny and is doing duty for the Empress; - Ari, who knows more than she has let on. - Helro - who now that she is in the palace will be able to go toe to toe with ED - Byun, he will have to step up. He's been hiding in his inspector gadget lab all of these years, time for some more action. The ED is the worst! She watched the nanny kill the late empress and then thanked her for taking care of it.
  14. So after watching the second episode, I have a few thoughts YIN and LDW just have great chemistry. They did in Goblin and they also have it in this drama. After the first episode, I was feeling a little cautious with how they were going to portray our heroine. I didn't get the feeling that she was an airhead, but that she was naive and ignorant to things that she really needn't know about. To me, even in the first episode, she showed that she is resourceful and quick thinking. But, I really like how by the second episode, we see her settling into her position. She is looking the part because she now has a grasp of the office, what is expected of her and who she is dealing with. Even though YS is a celebrity, she is a human. Anyone would be a little intimidated by JR because he is an intimidating person. We like to call characters like him tsundere, but that doesn't make them any less intimidating to deal with. I like how even though she is coming into this job temporarily, she is committed to doing the best job that she can. Truthfully, if she wanted to be a diva, she could have just asked to shadow someone else. After all, the point of this is for her to get real world experience so that she can become a better actress and get the part she wants. However, I think we will find that she will be able to navigate the legal world [I can speak on this since this is my field] well just off of her experience as an actress and celebrity. In the first episode when she and JR first meet and she does this litany of commercial re-enactments that she is done, my impression was that she was a bit narcissistic. However, now I realize that she is coping. Coping with her loss of popularity due to a situation that she cannot control. It was hard to watch her getting gossiped about by the other women in the office. She couldn't say anything, they wouldn't have believed her anyway. I think this also helps JR sympathize with her as well. It is one thing for people to talk because you have wronged them in some way, but it is another thing all together when you get judged based off of a lie. He even tried to hide the posters of her that they took down and threw in the trash from her. Speaking of which, let's discuss the women in the office. Moon Hee [pantsuit lady that likes young Subway guy], Eun-Ji [a little older, straight-laced lady]; and Hae-Young [younger, pretty lady who talks too much]. I didn't like them very much in episode two. I get the distinct feeling that HY is a bit jealous of YS. She was the one to initiate all of the talk about her falling down. Then, here comes MH having to re-enact the whole thing, and finally EJ had to make sure to scold her about how she has to do a good job since JR is a good lawyer. At first, I thought they would be good allies for YS, but so far, she's alone in this office. I don't count the the two male attorneys because they just want to hook-up with her. One thing I have noticed is how much drinking takes place around the work place in Korea. As a woman, it just seems natural to watch out for other women. This is how women get assaulted or taken advantage of. They were so content to just leave her drunk like that. Thank goodness JR did show up, because no telling what would have happened to YS before her manager got to her. Maybe they will warm up later, but even EJ, she sounded like a mother scolding her child talking to YS. MH plays off of HY to decide how to act around her, which is why I didn't feel sorry for her when she got humiliated in Subway with that boy calling her aunty. I get the feeling she would like to talk to YS to learn how to pull a man, but because the other women aren't that close to her, she is holding back. I am not that invested in the other side characters yet, but I do like the pace of this drama. Has anyone read the web novel that this is based off of? What are your thoughts chingus?
  15. I am going to preface this by saying I have not watched the very last episode, but this post is more about accountability than anything else. There were three people consistently throughout the drama that had issues with accountability that affected everyone in the long run, especially themselves. 1 - O Dol - A talented kid with a bright future ahead, but boy was his fuse short. So short, that it was almost too easy for him to get sabotaged and make things worse for himself. I totally understand how he felt, his father was being bullied and humiliated, but by the time his father was on his knees begging those men to let it go, that should've stopped him. He needs to learn how not to be so quick to pop off. I really disliked the scene when he came home with his father after he got suspended and completely blamed the whole thing on O Sol because she was dating SK. It's like yes, the evil grandpa did have a hand in the committee's decision, but he wouldn't have even been there had it not been for his own actions. 2 - Evil grandpa - It's like beating your head against the wall. This entire drama he has been the absolute worst. He had zero accountability for the victims of the development site accident. He had zero accountability for separating his daughter from her husband. He had zero accountability for the effect that separation had on SK and for making him feel like it was his fault his mother wasn't around. And in the end, (as my grandmother would say) with one foot in the grave and the other on the banana peel, he tried to strong arm his grandson into taking over his company after taking away his girlfriend and messing with her family. Congratulations haroboji, you get the evil award! 3 - Rooftop doc - My least favorite character. One thing I despise is passive aggressive misunderstandings. From the start, he lied or sat back and allowed O Sol to think whatever about him. She thought he was some rooftop perverted casanova and turns out, he is a psychiatrist. He sat idly by for years crushing on her and not saying a word. Then, as soon as he saw she liked SK, he confesses to her. Then, he decides to intervene in SK's life and keep treating him, even though he was aware of the personal relationship between him and O Sol. He always had an agenda, and that was to get O Sol to like him, but he was too late. What really got to me though, was when he confronted the grandfather. He KNEW what was about to happen to O Dol, and he didn't say a word. He knew about the accident site and said nothing. He knew that SK was totally unaware of the connection and he just sat back and watched everything go down. Then, after everything imploded and SK was in the hospital, and O Sol had stopped eating and sleeping, only then did he say something. Where are his ethics? He should have recused himself from treating SK from the very beginning. I felt like in the end, he realized how much of a lost cause everything was and began feeling guilty about his role in it. Watching both sides so unhappy didn't give him the satisfaction he thought it would. However, out OTP have shown lots of accountability, I just hate that they are a part and it looks like a time jump is coming. Hopefully, more love in the end. More kisses too.
  16. My 3 cents... I find it funny how focused everyone is on HR not being deserving of a reconciliation with IJ due to the part she played in him going to jail. The only part she played was giving him the sleeping pill that kept him from the board meeting. But, let's say for argument sake, he had been there. He would not have gotten in the meeting, and if he had, the directors would have turned on him, as JH had already paid them off to get their support. Evil stepbrother still had to be voted in and it passed because he had a little bit of the majority. HR's mistake was believing all of the circumstantial evidence she was presented with, and not having at least one piece of hard evidence. In her defense, there was a LOT. First the loan guy retrieved the hospital record. She saw the notes from Dr. Kim stating it wasn't a suicide. She saw how her sister was found and she saw the receipt from the hospital with IJ's signature on it. She recognized his handwriting. Then she was told this was all true from the doctor himself, and the stepmother. It took ALL of that for her to believe it. She doubted it up until that point. The combination of the CCTV picture of IJ and her sister and the stepmother confirming the details of that night is when it finally became real for her. Was it stupid, yes, but I can still see why she would believe it. However, no one is discussing IJ's role in what happened to her sister. Yes, they had contact, and he ended up saving her life by breaking into her car and taking her to the hospital. However, after he found out how she got like that, he sat quiet and pretended like it didn't happen. His passive actions back then is what led to the karmic unfairness of him going to jail. He said it himself, that he should've done or said something then and he did nothing.Although I feel the secretary uncle had more fault than anyone because he is the one who helped cover it all up back then. I want to give IJ more credit, but he has been frustrating throughout the drama. First, he came back and wanted revenge on his father and stepbrother. He did nothing. He took the little position at the company and then failed at getting Gold Shoes to where he wanted it to be. That is why he went and looked for HR to begin with, he needed someone who was a good designer and could make shoes and had a passion for it like his mother did. Of all of those people, including those crappy designers who disrespect HR, no one was getting the job done. They may not like that she is the CEO now, but had it not been for her, they would've all been out of jobs. JH was going to absolve the company and still plans to do so which is why he used the shoe company as the cover for his slush fund. The real betrayal did come from mommie dearest and her evil son. The pushed him out of Gold Shoes, took his shares that he willingly handed over, not because of HR, but because he wanted to get back at his father who just wanted him to work for the company. Then they penned the sister's attempted murder on him. I want to feel more sympathy for IJ, but he was dumber than HR. Now after two years of sitting in jail, the only thing he could come up with was trying to sway some directors? Why would they side with a felon? Make it make sense. Even the factory worker guy was like make sure you focus on the right people. Had it not been for HR and useless SIL, IJ would not have a leg to stand on right now. Finally, SH. I still don't like her. Why is she trying to get revenge on HR? Is she still mad she didn't marry IJ? That wouldn't have happened even if HR wasn't in the picture.She hasn't accepted that IJ never loved her like she wanted. She hasn't accepted that it was all an arrangement from the very beginning. She is also horrible person. I get that she doesn't want to be with TH, he's not my favorite person either, but that's your child. How do you just pretend like you don't have a child? She has no right to judge HR, when she didn't disclose to IJ her secret daughter. I also don't feel sorry for the father. The family that he "chose" has been keeping him as a human vegetable. Karma is a funny thing.
  17. So, I have some feelings about the last few episodes... First, let's start with the most useless character in this drama, A-Jung, or JH's wife. How are you spying/monitoring these people for four years and have done absolutely nothing??? She's four years worth of evidence on tapes in the pantry. I need this to make sense. Anybody could easily discover those tapes and just throw them all away. Which leads me to Sun Young. I love how loyal of a friend she was to HR, but I wish she was smarter about helping her. She got caught before by AJ, who just so happened to keep quiet and not say anything. I knew when she started listening to the tapes and was sitting in there for so long, she was going to get caught. Not only did she stay too long, she left out with the recorder in her hands, got caught and then took off running like a guilty party. I knew she wasn't going to make it. She should've took the tape out and hid it somewhere and then just surrendered and gave back the recorder. Poor SJ. Even when she called HR, she didn't say anything. So, this tragedy led to Jung Min getting kicked out of their house, rightfully so. It was however, at this point that HR made her biggest mistake. After she confronted Sung Sook about her knowledge of her sister, SS was so blase about it. She even blamed her for SJ's death. At that point, HR should've seen that this woman was trash! YOU DON'T BELIEVE TRASH PEOPLE!!! Not only did HR believe SS, she allowed the woman to talk her into drugging IJ. Both HR and IJ ended up in the predicaments that they were in because they were not smart, they were both passive aggressive and they didn't communicate to each other. When SH brought that letter and picture to IJ, he should've at least asked HR about it. Instead, he remained quiet and in the end, he practically slept through the board meeting. Although, that board meeting was insignificant. It was too late anyway. IJ had already given ALL of his shares to JH. As we watched the secretary uncle struggle as he couldn't enter, I realized that this was a plan that had been long in the works. HR was just a pawn in a plan they had already set in motion a long time ago. The same with HR, I will never understand why she never looked into the type of relationship her sister had. Because the fact is, her sister got involved with a married man whom she foolishly believed would leave his wife and marry her once she announced she was pregnant. We also now know that AJ has a son. HR blindly trusted and believed Chang Soo who she was working with, but he was duped too. Neither of them did their due diligence and in the end, her sister's plight was never avenged. In the end, IJ not only lost any power within the company, but he lost his mother's shoe company (he should've known that would happen) and he ended up going to jail for his brother's crime. It was frustrating, yet at the same time, it was necessary to wake our OTP up. So, it is two years later and I have a few predictions: - In Joon is going to spend too much time trying to get back at Hae Ra, instead of focusing on his brother and stepmom, who really are the ones who orchestrated all of this. - It would be an interesting arc if HR got pregnant by IJ and they now have a child, but I don't know where the writers will go with this. - I believe HR will make Gold Shoes a success. That is her only saving grace for the role she played in IJ losing everything. - SH will have helped her daughter stay alive, but she is secretly planning to reconcile with IJ. - TH will make some bad business deals that will require the father to be woken up, but they will probably run into complications because of this. [Oh, and I don't feel sorry for the father. He is the cause of a lot of this]. What say you chingus?
  18. My three cents.... What a lovely melodrama! Kudos to the cast and crew, the director, writers, they all did an excellent job. The last two episodes were a little intense. Some people complained that the breakup came too late in the drama and was creating a little unnecessary anxiety, but like @bebebisous33 said, it was the timing that framed the breakup. However, I did not feel our OTP needed time, it was more like everyone else. JH's mother needed time to reflect on how her decision to ask SH to break up wasn't based on her son's safety or peace at all, but rather her own made up fears and insecurity. WS needed time to realize that his behind-the-scenes way to protecting SH wasn't really what she needed. Her parents needed time to realize that they couldn't keep putting their ambitions before their daughter and making her carry the burden of it. I like how SH told JH's mom that if it was just about what she said, she would have shown up everyday to beg for her to change her mind. SH got hit with that, plus her dad's decision to not run, plus her father's decision to tell the prosecutor's about the slush fund, plus all of the mess at work with TG all at the same time. She was aware of what all that came with. The press, the whispers, etc. Yes, it hurt like hell to see them in pain not being together, but it wasn't the right time for her to be walking around hand in hand in love as if all of this turmoil wasn't going on around her. They took a little break and once a little time passed, and all of the other people came around, Hye In included. Then it felt right for them to be together. What struck me about HI's confession to JH was how unaffected he seemed to be. He appreciated her being honest and coming clean, probably because it was past tense. At that point, it was almost unnecessary for her to confess. JH didn't remember the red diary and for the most part, he just listened and compared it to his own brooding feelings over his love. I was more disappointed by the fact that his father had to go to jail for something his wife did. He had been a clean politician who truly wanted the best for his party and because of his spouse's stupidity and greed they ended up being at a disadvantage to TG. I love how Chairman Kim was butt hurt that she had to let SH go and to a son of a fruit vendor. Somehow, I don't think if JH was a chaebol, she would've felt any better. I think what hurt her pride the most was that she needed SH. SH brought positive attention and interest on their family and business. Without her, no one cared. The press wasn't lined up to take pictures of her son when he was on dates with the other woman. They were not even in attendance when he became co-CEO of the hotel. Without SH, there was generally no interest in their company. Chairman Kim could only buy interest, whereas SH couldn't even go on a ramen date at a rest stop without making the news. She will have plenty of time to reflect on her inferiority complex in jail. In all, I really enjoyed watching this drama with all of you here on this forum. There were so many thoughtful and insightful posts and I look forward to future views with my boyfriend chingus!
  19. So, I have been quietly lurking on this thread, but now that we are on the last week of this drama, I have a few thoughts Castle Chingus!!! I really like Woo Joo's family. I like that they aren't depicted as being perfect, but just ordinary. Realistic. They are a family that has overcome tragedy with Dr. Hwang losing his first wife and Woo Joo dealing with losing his mom, then having to accept a stepmom. They overcame it, arrived at Sky Castle and tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to incorporate into the culture there. The scene when WJ's mom was on her knees begging SJ to save her son almost broke me. She was so sincere and desperate, it was really heartbreaking. The Jin Jin family is so cute and funny. I like the relationship that they have with their son. It's easy to write her and her husband off as being suck-ups, but Jin Jin has consistently been honest with folks. When SJ ticked her off, she showed it and she said it. I respect that. Yes, they want her husband to keep a position at the hospital, and he can if he stays on top of his game as an orthopedist. The Cha's. SH has the best character development in the drama. She started off so timid while dealing with her insecure tyrant of a husband. But now, she is listening to her kids and realizing her own power and strength. The best part was seeing him run around that empty house calling for the very people he looked down on, while being left with his stupid pyramid. Finally, Dr. Kang , SJ, YS and HN. I knew HN did not stand a chance as soon as she moved in that house. Too much was at stake. However, HN's character is extremely admirable. The writers used her to show that a child can be smart, brilliant even, without all of the private tutors, cheating, backbiting, etc. HN was poor, lost the only family she had and still managed to always finish in the top 2. Plain and simple, she was the smartest kid in the school. Woo Joo was the second smartest. Period. Nothing against YS, but she was being force-fed answers and memorizing them. That's not smart. That's cheating. That is taking the easy road, and in the end, when she had to rely solely on her instincts and intellect, she was a B student, which still isn't bad, just not as brilliant as HN. But that culture of wanting your child to be the smartest and at the top can come with terrible consequences if there is no balance. HN was conceited, mean, lonely, insecure and she had no one in her circle outside of her family and the coach. She was ripe for manipulation. Her parents failed her. They allowed her to be in this bubble where she felt like the whole world revolved around her. Thus, she began to struggle as all of these things happened, even she knew that she wasn't that smart or as good as they wanted her to believe. SJ made terrible decision after terrible decision. She found out Coach Kim was involved in YJ's family fallout and she went back after firing her. She found out about the coach's past and she still stayed. She FOUND OUT THE COACH KILLED HYE NA AND SHE STILL STAYED. How could anyone allow their child to be around someone who would do anything to make them #1 and be okay with it??? She found out HN was her husband's daughter and chose not to tell him. She found out the dam coach was using stolen exams and yep you guessed it, she STILL STAYED!!! This character is not redeemable for me. She has had too many opportunities to do the right thing and every time she has chosen evil over good. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Coach Kim was setting them up. She planned to get YS into medical school, then little by little she would release all of the information about YS wanting HN dead. About YS memorizing stolen exams. And about YJ concealing evidence. Their family was going down anyway, SJ is just in denial about it. I am glad to see her husband resign and try to make things right. I am glad to see him stand up to his mother. I am also glad to see YS begin to realize that the world doesn't revolve around her. Eagerly looking forward to the finale. What say you Castle chingus???
  20. I understand SH This was the calm before the storm. She HAD to breakup with JH, especially after his mother cried that she was scared about their relationship disrupting their family. SH knew her father was going to announce he wasn't running for president. She knew that her family was making a clean break from Taeyeoung Group. She knew that Taeyeoung Group would try and sue her and the hotel. She knew that the press would be following them around viciously due to all of this. All of that plus knowing how his mother felt, she had to let him go (even for a little while) so that he wouldn't be completely caught up in the media firestorm as well. So, her actions albeit heartbreaking, are justified. But, I'm sorry. JH's mother is CANCELLED! The fact that she doesn't have any remorse or regret is just TRASH! The fact that she told his father that SHE wants him to have any ordinary life, as if whatever life he planned for himself is meaningless if she doesn't approve of it... I can't. And, the fact that JH did not yell, scream, frown, cry or even sigh in front of his mother is yet another reason she is like that. She knows that he will bend to her will and what she wants, much like SH's mother was. She felt guilty about breaking them up, but not enough to say anything, apologize or have any regrets. Throw the whole mom away! One more thing: I hate to say this, but when JH overheard his mother and left. Then came home, put the blanket over her and quietly went to his room. Then turned around the next morning, fake smiling and NOT saying anything. My stomach turned. He, for the first time, was acting like SH's ex-husband. He is fully aware of how his mother hurt her, and he did absolutely nothing. He said nothing. JH needs to know that it is okay for him to be his own man. That is the only way he and SH can be truly happy.
  21. Once again chingu, you tie things up so beautifully. I did think about Teacher Lee giving him the mandarins when I saw his mother with the syrup. I also thought it was odd that she gave the syrup to DC to give to JMJ to give to CSH, which was peak cowardice! I guess my thought on this, and we have seen this trope in many dramas, but why can't his mother think of it as her gaining a daughter, instead of losing a son? CSH would welcome that as well. I think what hurts JH the most is he knows how filial SH is, and of course she would do what his mother begged, she did not ask, she begged. Aigooo, writer-nim has to fix this in episode 15 as well. At this point, I will take an elopement!
  22. What the hell does that mean? Is his mother really okay with severing her relationship with her son because of her own insecurities? Is she really fine with breaking up two people that love each other dearly so people won't ask her if she can help their kids get a job at the hotel? Like, I need this to make sense. JH's mom is not making sense right now.
  23. I have seen a lot of CSH slander because of her thought to break up. But, like she confided in the tea lady, this right here, his mother's disapproval was the ONE THING SHE WAS AFRAID OF! And here it is happening. CSH doesn't want his mother to resent her. She doesn't want to cause a rift between JH and his mom. She doesn't want to shake the peace of his family. Also, this could be like a PTSD. She has already had one mother-in-law who disliked her and treated her like crap. This poor woman can't go through that again. However, JH has some blame in this too. He really never spoke to his mother about CSH before she came over for dinner. When the image of the ramen date popped up, he remained quiet and didn't admit that it was him. When his parents came to the hotel for his mom's birthday, he didn't introduce them to her or even discuss his relationship with her then. Even when the article exposing their relationship came out and she saw his image on her son's phone, he didn't clarify or discuss anything with her then. His mother isn't proactive and prudent like his dad. She quietly sat back and let her imagination run wild and that is why she assumed they were just dating and playing around. She doesn't believe that CSH is in love with her son. She doesn't believe that she will marry her son and that she would want to be a part of their family. His mother is insecure about their class status and it has come to the forefront with this situation. Even when his brother got into the fight, JH decided to keep it a secret. Maybe, if he communicated with his mother more, things would be different. But then, maybe not. She gives me the impression that she is one of those people who has to see things to believe them. Talking things out simply won't do. All we can hope is that if there is a breakup, that it won't last long. If SH tries, but is hesitant, that JH will see it and know something else is up. I don''t know the direction the writer will go with this one, but I still think we will get a happy ending.
  24. Alright BOYFRIEND CHINGUSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's reel this thing back in before we all fall off the boat. Let's not be like JH's omma and assume a bunch of things that has NOT happened yet. I really feel for CSH because when a woman falls in love with a man, instantly the most important thing is how his family will accept her. She was right when she said this to the tea lady. That type of thinking implies that she saw JH in her future from the very beginning as well. When you feel unsure about something or someone, the best thing to do is educate yourself. This is what JH's appa did. He went to CSH when they stayed at the hotel and he asked questions and let her know what his concerns were, but felt reassured once he spoke with her. JH's mother had ONE conversation with a neighbor who is trying to help her son find a job (face it, she would've done the same for JH) and now she is acting like their entire lives have been turned upside down. Like someone pointed out, I could see if the press was camped outside of their house or by his father's fruit stand. I could see if pictures of the rest of the family were all over the Internet. But, for the most part that has not happened. SH and JH have been dating quietly and innocently. But from the beginning the writer has used JH's mother as a mirror of how that generation in Korean society feels about a woman's place. His mother already said she doesn't like ambitious women. She comes from that generation that bought completely into misogyny, where women are worthless unless they are tied to a man in some way. They should just get married and have children and focus on being a wife and mother and busy themselves with domestic work. The tea lady raved about JH's mother's cooking skills, but we found out the last episode that CSH can cook as well. She is capable of preparing all types of dishes for her family due to her training, she just doesn't have the warm family to prepare it for. JH's mother is a very simple woman. She cooks and cleans and takes care of her children and bragged about her son the moment he got a job at Dongwha. Yet, here she has a potential daughter-in-law who is smart, successful and kind and instead of getting to know her, she hit her with the idea that SH is somehow just playing with her son and that alone will bring too much unwanted attention on her family and she's scared so they must break up.Not only does this imply that his mother is misogynistic herself. But, it also implies that she doesn't think as highly of her son as she let on. KJH is the type of person who was never just going to be ordinary. Look at what he's done at the hotel and he hasn't worked there that long. He's already been featured in an international travel magazine within his first year. Her son doesn't want to live a quiet life. He doesn't care about what other people think or their expectations. He is extraordinary in his own right, which is why he ended up dating the CEO in the first place! Anybody can plan a trip to Cuba and go there and explore, but it took someone like him, with his instincts, his pure heart and his appreciation for beautiful things to capture the heart of a woman of SH's stature. The reason why the two of them just work together is because while CSH navigates a world of VIP's, politicians, CEO's, employees, etc., she too appreciates the simple things in life. She wants the balance of coming home to a man that loves her and having her own little quiet family. I really wish JH's mother had just given her a chance and gotten to know her better. I really believe that she will like her a lot. As far as how episode 14 ends. Look at CSH's face. This is the face of a woman who loves her man and hasn't figured out a way to keep him without messing up his family's life. She feels compelled to do what his mother asked of her, but she doesn't want to do it. Now, if this was the old CSH, she would've obeyed and just broken up with JH. But, she's changed. She carries his heart with her and that's why she can only think of breaking up with him and it pains her to even do that. I don't think she is going to go through with it. I don't think she can. Maybe before that happens, his mother will have a change of heart. Maybe before that happens, she will realize what she did and will ask SH to give her another chance. Maybe she will see that this is the only woman for JH and leave them to love freely. At this point, everyone knows they are dating, it would bring a LOT of attention to their family for them to suddenly break up. JH's mother has a lot to learn about how the world works today, especially when it comes to love and family. I think her son and his lovely lady are just the ones to show her. Sidenote: SH has been wearing a lot of red the past few episodes. The color of love looks good on her.
  25. I haven't seen tonight's episode yet, but after reading the recaps and pictures, let's talk about how JH omma gets the "Doing Too Much Award"! First, JH decided to talk to both of his parents individually after SH came to their house for dinner. A dinner that she chose over going to her ex-in-laws highly publicized <--- (I'll get back to that in a moment) death anniversary. His father, being an adult had a nice open conversation with him about it and it was fine. As soon as he parted his lips to discuss it with his mother, she got up and walked away. She decided to cut communication because she already had her mind made up. Second, she sent SH a gift with the request to see her, which one might think it was a formal way of saying thank you for coming to our home for dinner. Thank you for loving my wonderful son. Nope, she shows up with an evil plan that is based entirely on societal prejudice and insecurity. There are TWO THINGS that CSH is sensitive about. 1) Marriage - because she is divorced and had to endure such a cruel and suffocating arranged marriage. 2) Family - her family life has been lonely. Her father was always away being a public servant and her mother isolated her from everyone for her own selfish greed. JH's mother came to CSH and threw both of these things in her face. And what makes it especially cruel is that she cried and pulled the emotional manipulation to get CSH to do what she wanted her to do. Let me first play on the fact that you are a divorced woman, which in Korea is like going around a wearing a scarlet letter. Then if that wasn't enough, she made it seem like she was ONLY doing this to protect her family. Of course CSH is going to be rattled! Of course, she is going to take a step back. She knows all to well how much she herself has sacrificed. But for his mother to do all of this behind his back is just plain wrong. Right now, CSH needs a fairy godmother/godfather. She needs someone to be on her side and guide her on what to do next. I need the tea lady or somebody to come through for her. She is already dealing with her evil ex-in-laws and her pretentious mother. SIDENOTE: At the death anniversary, when the press was waiting outside, and that one reporter was like, "Do you think CSH is really going to attend?" Then we see her car and they all scrambled to get a picture. I got the distinct feeling that her coming was the ONLY REASON they were there in the first place. Let me find out Chairwoman is using CSH's popularity to get the press interested in their family.
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