Hae Kyung and Do Hee eat together. She takes him to places she visited with her ex-boyfriend Jae Hyuk. They exchange sad first love stories. Hae Kyung's ex-girlfriend No Eul books an appointment with him under a fake name. She wants to get back together with him. Hae Kyung doesn't want to. Jae Hyuk is back in Korea. He wants to get back together with Do Hee. She doesn't want to. Hae Kyung and Do Hee run into each other at a restaurant. He asks her to have dinner with him.
Ah Young, Do Hee's boss at 2NBox, wants Do Hee to produce a show with Jae Hyuk. Jae Hyuk wants to include No Eul. Do Hee doesn't want to the show. Do Hee continues trying to book Hae Kyung to no avail. Jae Hyuk asks Do Hee to have dinner with him for his birthday. No Eul asks Hae Kyung to have dinner with him. Hae Kyung and Do Hee ditch them to look for each other. They run into each other on a pedestrian bridge.
The whole "let's get back together" would be more effective if there was some build up to it. Seems odd that Jae Hyuk and No Eul would go straight into asking them out. It's funny that Jae Hyuk tells Do Hee not to mix her professional life with her personal life and then right after makes a conversation that was supposed to be professional into a personal one.
Well this thing has picked up, fortunately. First hour was horrible, second hour not good, third hour okay, fourth hour fairly good. Maybe by the end it'll be Call the Midwife fantastic. pffffft
It mostly settled down much more in these episodes and wasn't trying so hard to be outrageous or attention-getting. There were still some annoying moments--that office scene where Dohee starts shouting defiance of her boss's instructions and everybody starts chanting like a revolution, come on, has whoever wrote that scene ever held a real job? Act that way and you get fired, even in America much less an Asian culture. It may have been something from the comic book that they were including.
Some moments like that but way fewer than in the first two hours. I thought all of the restaurant scenes were good. Maybe because they're the kind of thing I expected from the series, rather than the un-funny wackiness. And we actually started to care about the two leads just a little bit. They came across more like real human beings with wounds inside rather than the shallow nitwits they were in the first two hours. Especially the scenes with doc helping the sad widower, those were well written. Just about every other character so far, you want to slap them, so that's not good...but at least there's some progress.
And a few things that were genuinely funny. In the first restaurant scene he calmly tells her "You must have a nasty personality" and it made me laugh. Later they're talking about their exes showing up and Dohee says "Are they some kind of migratory birds?" And when that woman patient on Jeju starts hitting on the doc, they played the Jaws theme and that was funny too.
Not totally sold on the idea that the two of them still don't know each other's names or jobs after all the time they've spent together. (Doc wouldn't tell Dohee he's a psychiatrist even when the topic of psychiatry came up--why not? That was weird.) Maybe that's part of the charm or allure of it, fair enough...But seriously they need to stop the near-misses and discover who each other is. Enough of that.
So okay we know these writers are capable of good scenes and dialogue. I hope the trend continues.
When Do Hee asked Hae Kyung out to dinner in Jeju, she told him that she wouldn't ask him anything personal. I think they're continuing with that. Thing is.. Hae Kyung being the psychiatrist that she's also trying to book for 2NBox, they should both have figured it out by now.
I liked the way ep 8 ended. I initially thought they would all run into each other at the restaurant. Meeting on the pedestrian bridge is cliche but I like scenes where people unknowingly go to the same location(s) only to ultimately bump into each other.