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  1. I agree with you. I like flawed characters also. As has been stated previously by, @Pam_Van FossenJH was married to WJ for years, long enough to have two children. He remembers falling in love with her, he remembers marrying her, he remembers her mother. With HW, he wakes up in a different bed, married to someone else. Although he is married, and I do not condone cheating, he does not feel connected or really married to HW. His head knows he is married to HW, but his heart does not. Cut the man some slack folks. He is flawed as we all are. This writer has allowed JH to step back and see his shortcomings and by simply listening, (something he did not do when he was married to WJ), JH has gained new insight into WJ. I can see this character growing and maturing, I believe JH and WJ will have a successful marriage once they both learn how to cope with stress and other relationship issues. To JH's credit, he tried not to feel the way he does about WJ, and part of him, because he knows and loves her, tries to protect her. By the way, I am in the minority also, I do not think JH should be punished. He ran into HW when he was most vulnerable, and what does she tell him... you know I used to like you. Okay, just like us flawed people, he starts to think of the possibilities, the what ifs. Unlike most of us, for whom it is just a daydream; a thought and then we go on with our lives, he gets the opportunity to explore the what if. I am sure he would have adjusted to the new life if he had not met WJ again. We all knew that life was not going to be that simple, JH had to face the consequences of his choices and see his mistakes, his shortcomings. I am enjoying this drama, next WJ must see her part in the failing of their marriage. JH played a huge role in its failure, but it was not him alone, WJ's temper was scary... after having a lobster claw thrown at you in a way to cause deadly injury, I am sure you would want a divorce also or at least not live under the same roof.
  2. I would recommend you watch Ji Sung in the "Defendant". He is an amazing actor, that is why I decided to watch this drama. Ji Sung has been picking great projects in the last 4 or 5 years. There is definitely room for you here. My thoughts on this week's episodes. It is the case of you do not know what you have until you lose it. As the saying goes, "you don't miss the water until the well runs dry." JH is now missing his water. I like the way the writer makes him reflex on his and WJ's life together (love the flashbacks.) He had forgotten what made him love her in the first place. He now has a deeper insight of how she thinks. For example, he knew she liked sad movies, but he did not know why. In this time line he has a chance to reflect and understand WJ. I loved the fact that he came to the realization that WJ was not a monster, he turned her into a monster. He only thought about the hard time he was having and never stopped to think that she was having a hard time also. JH also realizes that being married to HW, is not all he thought is would be. The grass in not greener on the other side. Granted in his old life at work, the manager was "breaking his balls" and his home life was chaotic, he now realizes he had a responsibility to make the marriage work, it was not all on WJ. Unlike others that think JH should let WJ go, I think they should get back together. Now that JH realizes his role in the unhappiness in their marriage, I believe he should have an opportunity to get it right. Although this is a alternate timeline, WJ's soul still recognizes, JH and their connection even through time and space. Other Thoughts Some have tried to make the comparison between this drama and Throw Back Couple, in my opinion, they are entirely different, the only similarities are the coupes in both dramas were unhappy in their marriages, neither knew how to solve their problems without divorce, and the time travel aspect. Everything else is completely different. Personally, I try not to compare dramas unless I am looking at a remake. I try to look at each drama as its own story. I think Joo Hyuk just got too much beef from some viewers. However, I like flawed characters. In the real world, there are many gray areas not just black or white. That makes it more interesting, and our characters more human. Through the drama, I see that JH saw glimpse of his failing marriage and his own doings. We should watch and support their own learning and discover to be better. I can't wait to watch ep 6 in sub. Woohoo!! I enjoy reading everyone's discussion too. Keep it up!!
  3. I really like this show. I think it is funny. I am surprised that more people are not on the forum...what a shame. It does not mean that people aren't watching,,,especially internationally, it means that people have not found anything to posted about. I keep hoping that this drama takes off, it is do cute and so far it is different from other rom-coms. I hope it is not cut short.
  4. I agree with you; however, I am going to play the devil advocate here (just a little). I understand that he should help out at home and I wholeheartedly agree; however, she has some culpability here. Before, it ever got to this point, WJ should have had a honest, calm, sensible talk with JH. When the first baby was born, things changed...she should have said, I know that I used to be able to take care of your clothes, and cook for you. Now that we have this beautiful baby that we've created together, I need your help. We need to take turns getting up at night, cooking dinner and I need help with the housework. If we work together, we will both have time for hobbies and recreation. The ground rules would have been set and in place before she had the second child. It would not be any need for violent outbursts, screaming and throwing things. The environment she created was not good for her, JH or their children; toxic for all. One of the marks of a successful marriage is open communication. Just because you are married, you don't develop telepathy. Because you love a person, you don't automatically know what they are thinking and what they want, those things must be communicated. Yes, yes, yes, he should help out; however, the way WJ went about expressing her displeasure was incorrect. When he came in, after being in a car accident, she never let him explain what happened. Had she let him explain and she took a few minutes to listen ; although she was upset, I am sure some of her anger would have dissipated. Perhaps both of them should find a few minutes for themselves each day when they find out about the other's day and reconnect. A wife should not be afraid of her husband, mentally or physically nor should a husband have to walk around on egg shells because of his wife. As you can see, love does not conquer all.
  5. After watching "What is Wrong with Secretary Kim", I was looking for something a little different to watch. With no expectations (because Secretary Kim exceeded any K-drama expectations) I started to watch this drama. So far, I am pleasantly surprised; I liked the first two episodes. I will stick with it for a while to see how the plot develops.
  6. I have not read the novel; however, if it was translated into English I would read it after the drama has ended. I found the translation for Ten Miles Peach Blossoms and read the novel; however, it did not take away my enjoyment of the drama. I noted the differences, and treated it as two separate works; which enhanced my appreciation of both. There are advantages and disadvantages to reading the novel first or along with the series. The advantage is that you understand the back story and usually have clearer picture of the characters their roles, or placement in the story. The disadvantage is that when the screen play, (and it often does), deviate from the novel, some get bent out of shape. I find the best way to watch the drama is to keep the two separate and use the novel as research or background information. Remember you can create any scenario you want in a book; however, when it comes to real life, some things cannot be reproduced, are too elaborate or hard to duplicate, or too expensive to follow the novel. Other times, to move the story forward scenes have to be rewritten, deleted, or added. Let's put aside the novel, as far as the comparison goes and enjoy the drama. I understand those who hope certain scenes are in the drama... and from the descriptions, I hope so also; however, if certain scenes are not included, it is not a deal breaker for me, because I am enjoying this drama, even the slow parts.
  7. Okay, I watched episode 16 and the venue was all of that and then some...it was gorgeous...every woman's dream. It was so nice to see the mother-in-law (more on the in-laws shortly) embrace her daughter-in-law and genuinely like her. I liked the line, (paraphrasing) I was so jealous of my friends, I only had two sons, now I have a beautiful daughter to go shopping and eat delicious food with. I was all smiles. I loved the fact that she wanted to shower MS with gifts because she was fond of her. The In-Laws were so nice and down to earth, yes, they have tons of money; have an opulent home, and live a lavish life style, but their money is not who they are. I loved the fact that they could apologize to their children and treat them well, ...no hitting, throwing things, or name calling...loved it. Even SY ended up being someone that I could understand and like. I like the fact that even though MS's family do not have money, they were not looked down on, but made to feel welcomed. Thank you writer! Here I go again, one of my favorite scenes, was when YJ could not stop his knees and hand from shaking while waiting to be married. Although we did not get the I do...what we got was even better...the kiss. I loved the flashbacks. This drama was written, directed and produced so tastefully. It will be one of my favorites for a long time....It might even bump my number one or two...City Hall and My Name is Kim Sam Soon. Thank you cast, writers, directors, production staff, stylist and crew for a great drama from episode 1 to episode 16. GREAT DRAMA!
  8. You wrote exactly how I feel about this drama all I can say is ditto. The drama progressed at a nice pace, the dilemmas were resolved fairly quickly. The cast was great, the acting top notch, chemistry between the OTP's was "hot" and I like that everyone had a happy ending... nicely done. This drama had just the right amount of everything. Thank you screen writer, director and production manager for a job well done. I will watch this drama again. I also agree with you and @ck1Oz that the stylist was great in this drama. I loved the clothes and the fact that they were not ill fitting. The characters were styled one would expect a real Vice Chairman and his assistant to dress.
  9. I have not posted much during this drama; however, I love it. The cast is phenomenal, YJ and MS's wardrobe is nice, no crazy, outfits. I think I read somewhere that Park Seo Joon said he owned one suit, and I can see that; however, he wears suits well. I like that the jackets fit just right, and the pants do not need to be lengthened. Park Min Young looks professional in her beautiful blouses and skirts. I cannot say enough about this drama, it was the whole package. The things I liked the most...(it is hard to choose.) 1) I liked the fact that they did not draw out the kidnapping saga too long, it was resolved early enough that we could appreciate the family healing process; therefore, when YJ and MS get married, the family togetherness will not feel forced. 2) each character grew, especially YJ. 3) NO LOVE TRIANGLE, when SY found out that he was not the one that was kidnapped, he backed off. 4) NO OVERBEARING MOTHER TRYING TO BUY OFF MS. Although, YJ would not have allowed it. 5) The supporting cast...It was refreshing to see MS co-workers taking up for her. 6) For all of of YJ idiosyncrasies, when he found that one love, he did not let go, but made changes he needed to make it work. 7)The bromance between YJ and PYS. Some of the advice was really good. 8) I loved the bulldozer line. 9) The ROMANCE, Park Seo Joon is a great actor, his conveys many different emotions with his face and eyes. The YJ character shows great tenderness with MS, the kisses are gentle and sweet, and at the same time very steamy. I am going to stop here, because I realized so far, I have enjoyed every episode, the plots, and all the characters. This drama has made it to my top 10 romantic comedy list along with Because This Is My First Life, My Secret Romance, and Something about 1%.
  10. Wow, I am not used to reading a C-Drama forum with this much interest, over 1700 replies so far. It is great!!! I love the story line, the characters and the cinematography. The chemistry between Ethan Ruan and Yang Mi is off the chain. They convey sensuality with a look. The sword fight/flirting in his chamber was awesome. After that, I would have said "take me." The only problem I have with some of the posts is the constant comparison with the book. In many instances screenwriters change or delete sections of the book. I know this drama is based on a book; however, for a better experience, put the book aside (lose the book) and enjoy the drama. So far everyone involved is doing a fantastic job. The last C-drama that I watched that had this much interest was Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, which, by the way, Yang Mi starred in.
  11. Yep, she was not kidnapped... but that event made her also as a prisoner 'cause that woman was crazy after all. I agree that the woman was crazy; however, a prisoner is legally contained except in cases where the person is taken captive by their enemy, such as a prisoner of war. I have not read the webtoon or the novel; unless MS walked into the place where YJ was being held and stayed with him voluntarily, although she was not tied up, she was there against her will. Therefore, if the lady single her out either intentionally or on a whim, MS was kidnapped because she could not leave on her own. The definition of kidnap is as follows: to take (someone) away illegally by force. synonyms: abduct, carry off, capture, seize, snatched Perhaps in MS case, the kidnapper may have thought MS saw something and could report her, who knows. I hope we will find out more about the circumstances surrounding the kidnapping in the upcoming episode.
  12. I will look at those scenes again; and it might mean that her power is returning; however, I thought it was a part of her disguise in order to enter the senior prime minister's (not his official title) household to look for Seven. My reasoning is that when she is not in disguise, she does not have that mark on her cheek. It might also be a tribal mark since she was impersonating someone else.
  13. Right now this is my favorite romcom. I love the chemistry between YJ and MS. In fact, the entire cast is fantastic and have me in stitches. I also love the fact that MS is mature and did not want any misunderstandings between her and the YJ. Kudos to the writers for writing the script this way. As for the kidnapping, I have not put all the pieces together yet; however, YJ was definitely kidnapped. How did I come to this conclusion: 1. He has scars around both ankles 2. He is afraid of zip ties 3. The bright light from MS's cell phone startled him 4. He has nightmares about the woman 5. He loves caramel candy 6. He is sensitive to the cold 7. He hired Mi So...just because she was Mi So For me the jury is still out whether SY was also kidnapped. Perhaps he witness the kidnapping and did not do anything to help his brother. Perhaps he felt guilty because he sent his brother to get him something to drink and he never came back (because he was kidnapped). The mind has various way of coping with trauma; therefore, SY could have adopted part of YJ's story out of guilt that he could not or would not do anything to help his brother. It also could be feeling guilty because he was angry his brother never came back with the drink only to find out later, his brother had been kidnapped. I hope they keep this couple together no matter what happens that they can lean on each other and solve their issues in a mature manner. Sidebar: I love the way they dress these characters. She wears the most beautiful blouses and his suits are professional and he wears them well.
  14. DS dying scene was very powerful, without realizing I was tearing up. I am going to miss the relationship between DH and DS. Great job! When DS saw the calendar and saw that his father kept track of his whereabouts, DS realized that his father did love him. I wonder if DS could have increased his mortality date if he checked into the hospital and received treatments. He was scared of dying (most people are); however, he chose to so some things he wanted to do and be with family. He always wanted to sleep together with his brothers, his wish came true, what a way to go...next to someone you love. Now I can read the posts.
  15. I am looking forward to Episode three this evening. This drama is just what I need... many funny moments.
  16. Someone recommended this drama to me and I watched episode one this morning. So far, great beginning, it made me laugh and smile, and at the same time understand what Secretary Kim is feeling. She would like a life of her own and not be on call all the time, to take care of someone else needs and neglect her own. As she stated she wants to get married and have children. LYJ's solution was to offer her lifetime employment REALLY, so out of touch, with her feelings and his. All he knows is that he needs her. She is like a perfectly tailored suit. This drama should be interesting and funny. There were many lighthearted moments in the first episode. Sometimes, I do not want serious, sometimes, lighthearted is just what the doctor ordered.
  17. I am with you. Can't she tell by his emotion where his heart is...come on...how can you be so bright and analytical when it comes to work and cannot see this man is suffering and hurting for you?
  18. Well said! I found this drama, two days ago and I am really enjoying it. TX was a better friend to PiPi, than TJ was a boyfriend; but she still fell short. I have seen real life situations where a friend was attracted to the boyfriend but would never encourage him or act on her feelings because her friendship important to her. I hope the ending is a happy one for PiPi because she may not be as educated as TX but she has a kind spirit. Pipi had what it took to sustain the relationship with TJ; belief in him, a kind heart, and compassion. Perhaps AXI, longevity, wisdom, and initial blindness, helped him to see the PiPi's inter-beauty, which is more important than wealth and education.
  19. I started watching this drama on Saturday, June 2 and I up to episode 6. I am glad to see that so many are posting about this drama. So far good. @themarchioness LOL..."the coworker is like one of those arcade whack-a-mole games. You knock her back down and she just comes back with some new form of trickery! " "I just want to say to her: Get over it. There are more things to life than this PA position"! I am with you, she needs to just get over it, she should know that she is not going to win or make friends in high places. I am happy that she did not get the PA position, because she tried to bribe the HR executive. That act alone is a disqualification for the position.
  20. I was also happy to see them talk. I was hoping that the writer did not let DH find out from another source before Mika had an opportunity to tell him. Now he can make whatever decisions with full knowledge of the situation. From the last shot of episode 4, we can see, at least, his preliminary decision. Can someone help me with this logic? If I was dating someone with the intent of marriage, I would NEVER, approach the other woman, I would talk to my boyfriend/ fiance about my concerns and his behavior. Why talk to the potential other woman? Is wealth and power supposed to scare the other woman away? "I am wealthy; and here is some money or presents to leave him", what an insult. If someone came to me to back up off of their man, first I would feel embolden, and secondly, I tell him what his girlfriend/fiancee said to me and find out, from him, if he feels I should walk away (what are his intentions). However, I would not run away because I asked or threaten. I would not just disappear because someone offered me money. I am always puzzled by this story-line. @blademan Maybe it’s also because of the love you receive from others. The man feels he is a failure to his family, not realizing how much they love him. It increased by years. Kiss. I agree, close up and more passion. More smiles too. Maybe Mika cannot change someone's life span directly; however, maybe each person can change their own life span based on their choices. I am sure the words helped him to realize how important his family is to him. However, once he made the choice not to kill himself, his life span went back to normal. For example you always do an activity the same time every day; however, one day you deviated from your routine and because you did, you avoided tragedy...that deviation, that action changed your life span.
  21. You nailed it, my sentiments exactly. Regardless of the doors marriage would open for him and the future success of his ventures, if DH is crazy enough to marry BSB his life would become a living __LL. BSB would rub everything she did for him in his face (if it was not for me...) and expect DH to cater to her every whim. Since we know that DH and SB do not love each other and it is only a marriage/business deal; why should Michaela back off?
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