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Bubblegum Episode #2 Recap [aka I’m Loving Angels Instead]


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The episode starts with Ri Hwan heading to his car angry, thinking what has previously happened in Seok Joon’s apartment- Ri Hwan demanded to know why would Seok Joon would leave Haeng Ah to deal with moving her stuff all alone and then asks for the bracelet while he starts collecting Haeng Ah’s remaining items from all around. Seok Joon asks if Haeng Ah is okay to which Ri Hwan replies “do you even know Haeng Ah?” only to be responded back “if you knew Haeng Ah then you would know that she wouldn’t like this behavior.” In the end, the bracelet remained in Seok Joon’s apartment.

The following morning, Jo Dong appears in a suit and recites with Haeng Ah the Christmas Horror special that scared people away (“Hello Sydney!) and how they got many complaints due to that.


Ri Hwan goes to his mother’s house as she told him to drop by and asks him to do well on the date set up with Hong Yi Seul; she tells him that his grandfather has high expectations for him and Ri Hwan asks her when she’s gonna make up with him to which she avoid to reply suggesting there was some bad blood in the past with his father and his grandfather.


Hong Si Yeul’s mother drops by her dentist office and ridicules her outfit that is not deemed appropriate, according to her, for a marriage set up. Hong Si Yeul has no time for that as she’s gonna be late while Ri Hwan asks Ji Hoon how Seok Joon seems like.


Yi Seul drives there to meet up and confuses Ri Hwan as the valet giving him the keys to park her car. Back in the radio station,  Se Yeong asks Haeng Ah how things went down to prior’s day incident and Haeng Ah informs that everything went well- Se Yeong then says she has to depart for her interview, having Woo Yeon as her “agent” since it won’t do good to her image if she does there alone.


Si Yeul meets with Ri Hwan and after telling her he’s not the valet, she tells him she didn’t recognize him because he looked so different than the picture of him she saw. He says it’s the same for him as he analyzes her old graduation picture in a funny way


Si Yeong wonders how Woo Yeon cannot drive and he tells her he didn’t have the time to have a license as he had to work part time jobs to which she thinks “where are all the people with rich parents who lie around doing nothing?” then she teaches him about old school series. Meanwhile Ji Hoon is taking pics of Ri Hwan and Yi Seul and she thinks her mom sent that guy to check up things on her when Ri Hwan declares him “the neighborhood idiot” and proceeds to make him leave.


Haeng Ah and Tae Hee are talking about things in the station and how the president might be changed next year, when Haeng Ah storms off when Seok Joon appears.


Yi Seul says the hammock looks nice and comfortable and Ri Hwan invites her to sit in there. She reluctantly agrees only to fall down seconds later.


Ri Hwan is relieved to see she doesn’t have any scar and while cleaning her up he compliments her shoes. He then asks her if she wants to try again with the hammock.


Tae Hee tells Haeng Ah she should stop running off whenever she sees Seok Joon, which is exactly what Haeng Ah does when she sees him again. Jo Doong tells Tae Hee that he didn’t know anything about them after she asks him if he is the one that hooked them up but he gives it away accidentally when he recounts an incident where he saw “Haeng Ah” being written in Seok Joon’s back with a marker in the sauna.


Haeng Ah is still trying to avoid him but her shoe falls off in the stairs and is then forced to face Seok Joon.


While riding the elevator together, there’s a flashback to their early dating days taking place in an elevator as well when Seok Joon tells Haeng Ah that the CCTV has a blind spot and kisses her.

In the rooftop, Haeng Ah tells him all the reasons which led her to break up with him, that she never wanted to be his number one priority as she knows he’s very busy but she wasn’t even in the top-10. She was tired of feeling like a petty person waiting for his call or text and finally realizing the reason he never told her that he loves her was because he didn’t want to lie to her. Seok Joon replies “To you, do I seem..” but the scene is then cut off.


Haeng Ah contemplates what Seok Joon told her while sitting in the radio room, looking sad and pensive.


Ri Hwan makes a call to Secret Garden and asks “Auntie” if Haeng Ah is there and when he hears her negative response he says he’s heading there. Yi Seul goes to a lingerie store where her brother, Jung Woo, is the Vice President. He tells her he’s suprised she would shop there and asks if the date she had went well.


Ri Hwan is ready to leave when he realizes that Haeng Ah is there, but Auntie brings him forth. She asks him if he has a hairpin, and he says he didn’t see any hairpins “there” and that gives away his visit to Seok Joon’s house.


Si Yeul goes to a shoes store and when the sales clerk tells her that she only wears flat because her boyfriend is not really tall she asks Si Yeul what height her boyfriend is. She shyly replies he is taller than her and ends up buying what the clerk recommended her to.


Back in Secret Garden, Haeng Ah is mad at Ri Hwan for meddling with her business saying if she had forgotten anything she would go back herself. He says he did it, so she wouldn’t have to go back there.


Haeng Ah tells him that it is because he always act like this, that people think weird things about them; that his mother might stop seeing her and Ri Hwan says if that happened he wouldn’t let it slide that way. Haeng Ah responds “you’re like a gas mask” and the fact that he worries about her for every little thing is suffocating to her. Ri Hwan resigns by telling her “go on and see that toxic-like person again.”


That conversation prompts Ri Hwan to think about how his mom must have felt through the years, when he once needed her by her side, then telling her to mind her own business and “converts” to his younger self saying that this hurts. Seok Joon and Jo Dong are drinking in a bar where Jo Dong narrates about his own shortcomings compared to his. Seok Joon asks Jo Dong if he knows “who that guy is to Haeng Ah, that acts like her brother?”


Both Haeng Ah and Ri Hwan are thinking about their fight on Secret Garden and while Ri Hwan is trying to find a suitable text to send him to get them to talk again, Ri Hwan decides to go see her.


He stops by a street seller to buy some shaped-fish buns for her and at the same time Seok Joon recalls how he left her alone at her birthday, and then goes to a cake store to buy her a cake anew.


In her apartment, Haeng Ah recollects the continuation of her conversation with Seok Joon. “Do I seem that generous to you that I would stay with you if I didn’t want to?” He tells her if he wanted to, he could find someone else and if he could go on with his life without seeing her, that he would do so. But he can’t do that.


The light flickers on and interrupts her thoughts. Ri Hwan is ready to enter her apartment when he sees Seok Joon parking his car outside.


Ri Hwan states all the reasons Haeng Ah broke up with him and Seok Joon asks him who is he to tell him all that. Ri Hwan replies “I’m her older brother.” Seok Joon tells him that he’s gonna give him a choice to reply honestly- “Either don’t act like her man, or don’t act like her big brother.” Ri Hwan then asks him for a favor and that line opens up the ending childhood segment.


Haeng Ah’s father is seen teasing a young Ri Hwan about his studies and then telling him that he is a grownup now and he trusts him to always take care of Haeng Ah. He is asking him that as a favor and Ri Hwan says that of course he will do that.


Then we cut to the ending scene, where the doctors are trying to save Haeng Ah’s father but fail to do so, while Ri Hwan’s mother and a young Haeng Ah are seen watching the inevitable happen. Ri Hwan arrives after the sad incident and overhears the doctors saying that his abdominal wall collapsing suddenly could only happen if he had drunk earlier- that makes Ri Hwan collapse to the ground as he recounts his previous meeting with him that involved alcohol and feeling guilty over it.

Reflection corner :

Can I first start by saying I love Tae Hee and Se Yeong? They’re polar opposites and I just adore the way they deliver their lines; the first stoic and serious while saying jokes (“do we really need to have a spring and a summer next year?”) the second with a serious wondering frenzy! (“who the president does he think he is to order us around? It’s not like he’s the head of the station right?”)

Now on our bubblegum duo; I am glad they had that confrontation on the Secret Garden backyard. Haeng Ah has every right to be pissed off with Ri Hwan meddling with her life like this, when she didn’t ask him to. It only made things worse for her and it’s good that she let out that his worry at times is smothering her. The way she worded it of course, was harsh and she didn’t need to go that far to get her point across.

Ri Hwan on the other hand, realized (albeit a bit late, after he did it lol) that him going to Seok Joon’s apartment wasn’t the right choice. It was a naive (borderline stupid) thing to do and the aftermath would only leave a bad taste. He has good intentions in heart though, and that redeems him but he’s still overprotective to the maximum and that can be seen as asphyxiating, and rightfully so. I like the fact he took the initiative to go see her in the end, to work things out.

In a way, they were both right and wrong but sometimes it’s how you will get your point across to the other person (don’t they say “if you want a truth to be heard, be ready to express it in a graceful way?..or something) that makes a difference so I look forward to see how they will work those issues.

Seok Joon wasn’t bad this episode; yes, he can be seen as harsh and cynical, but he is a fair person. His words towards Haeng Ah in the rooftop scene (and thank God they finally talked, that running thing half+ the epi) were sincere if only a bit misplaced though. He could have said those things when they were actually in a relationship. I am not sure if he wants to have a second chance or he feels a bit at fault? It is a bit unclear, guess we will have to wait and see.

Yi Seul, well, she got her bit of happiness this episode, and that girl needs it with that nasty mother of hers. I liked her reply when her mom told her that “it is ladylike to make the man wait some” to which she replied “It’s not polite.” At that point, she didn’t wait anything to come out of the set-up date, but her response shows an honorable person that likes to do things right. Ri Hwan treated her nicely and warmly, and with his compliment towards her shoes, that her mom had dissed earlier (among other things), seems to have won her over. Are we looking at a love triangle, no wait…1,2,3,4 people involved, that means love rectangle right? Oh boy, then.

Onwards to next week!

[disclaimer – this post was writen by kipzizz for dramajjang .. jeez, do I have to write this everytime someone steals something? ahh]

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  1. October 28, 2015 at 10:36 pm — Reply

    I like the way you laid out your screencaps. They are easy to follow and look nice. Great recap. Keep up the good work!

    • October 28, 2015 at 10:44 pm — Reply

      Thank you! ; )

  2. Shuerei
    October 29, 2015 at 1:01 am — Reply

    I love this episode. I didn’t realize the angst will start early in the series.

    • Shuerei
      October 29, 2015 at 8:37 am — Reply

      I like both lee Dong wook and Jung Ryeo Won but i wasn’t sure if this show was gonna be good. As it turned out, I like it a lot.

      I love the fact that RW really goes all the way to protect her. I wonder if he realized/knew that his overprotectiveness is akin to a brother-kind of thing or something more.

      As HA, I think she is aware of the possibility of the friendship turning into something else…the first episode ending was pretty insightful. Both kids were arguing over a 3rd party… Hahshahahaha at that age…

      Meanwhile I will just have to enjoy your recap and hope for more goodies coming along for our characters.

      • October 29, 2015 at 10:29 am — Reply

        “Both kids were arguing over a 3rd party…Hahshahahaha at that age…”

        lol, well the drama poster was indicative of two adults playing in the playground like kids so there you have it! ; p
        It’s early to say, but like you said HA is more aware that their relationship can be seen as romantic by others while RW dismisses that labelling it “big bro thingie.” I guess the truth is somewhere in between. (add to that, that RW doesn’t know his mom would oppose them so there’s that too.)

        Thanks for the comment! ; )

  3. October 29, 2015 at 11:36 am — Reply

    Thank you so much for recap! Especially I have enjoyed “Reflection corner” part. As to Bubble couple, I think both of them have feelings from childhood, but both of them are pretending they’re ok as friends…and both because of different reasons. Can’t wait for next episode

    • October 29, 2015 at 11:44 am — Reply

      You’re welcome! ; )

      I think that Haeng Ah, hasn’t had a chance to explore those feelings since she is holding them back cause of Ri Hwan’s mom, among other things, while Ri Hwan does act a bit more than “big bro” but he has convinced himself that, that’s the way it is. It’s gonna be a long ride to get a clear picture of what’s exactly is going on!

      • October 29, 2015 at 11:50 am — Reply

        That’s what i have meant as well. That both have different reasons to kill those feelings in them. HA because of mom (I think she liked RH as boy, not only as a friend, from childhood, but his mom has ruined her desires) and RH…well, I think he doesn’t even admit for himself that he likes her as a girl, not only friend. Maybe because he’s feeling guilty or simply he thinks that HA is considering him as a little brother, and not more. Apperantely, it will be very exciting to explore, how both of them will figure out their true feelings. Hope it will start asap

        • October 29, 2015 at 12:05 pm — Reply

          Yeah it’s still early but we have gotten a picture of what is gonna look like. I really hope it’s not dragged to ridiculous heights so let’s see!

  4. Shuerei
    October 29, 2015 at 5:10 pm — Reply

    Kip and Yeeuncha

    Good insights. You are right, at this stage they are both suppressing the possibilities. It happens when people are thrown into close proximity under the same roof like a house or church and they do not want to cross any boundaries out of fear or deference to the elders. Especially elderly ppl who try to interfere in friendships/relationships between singles …. Very very annoying…

    Back to our OTPs – when they both do share the same screen, their chemistry works like a charm. Bubbles. Sparkles. Even when they fought, you could see how tender and raw their feelings are for each other.

    I am glad the show is trying on some new stuff. A brainy second female lead turning into a pretty swan. A strong second lead getting a romantic head-start.

    Thanks Kip for the recap. And I really look forward to your upcoming recaps. Cheers.

    • October 29, 2015 at 5:16 pm — Reply

      “Suppressing the possibilities” – that’s exactly right; I am not even sure if they have strong feelings (romantically-wise, they do love each other obviously) as of now, but they’re not even considering the possibility for the reasons you mentioned.

      Thank you for the comment! ; )

  5. October 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm — Reply

    I don’t know if it’s Lee Dong Wook acting or if it’s the directing/writing, but I found the scene where he gets back some of Haeng Ah’s stuff a bit out of character, compared to his behavior in the other scenes. I understand the point was to show how he can lose it whenever Haeng Ah is hurt. I mean it was a well-meaning gesture wrapped up in a childish and rude behavior, but I think the acting was too much. That’s my only complaint because I really enjoy the drama so far. What I like the most is how the characters are weird or childish but in a realistic way. It’s not forced and the laugh is not based on humiliating the character.

    I really loved the scene where Haeng Ah loses her shoe and Suk Joon puts her hand on his head so she doesn’t lose balance when he helps her put it back on. It was a funny yet cute take of the Cinderella cliché. Or like when Yi Seul falls off the hammock, but she doesn’t just fall, she rolls backward like a pro and the funny isn’t based on her fall with others laughing at her, it’s based on how she freaks out because she has a skirt on and might have flashed her underwear. And Ri Hwan isn’t condescending with her and I like his way to freak out only after she freaks out, just like he did with Haeng Ah and her pad, because he’s trying to lighten up the mood and distract her away from the shame she might be feeling… Am I reading too much into his character? xD

    And that’s another thing I’m very surprised about and like. The show displays real aspects of being woman in a straightforward way without trying to make it gross or shameful. Like the scene with Yi Seul and her older brother in the lingerie store??? Even in Western shows, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an older brother talking openly lingerie with his little sister, teasing her in a cute way and then encouraging her to buy something. Yes, he made a comment on sexy lingerie as “so little piece of clothe, such an expensive price”, but he doesn’t tells his sister “do not buy that. it’s bad. you shouldn’t want to feel sexy with lingerie”.

    Honestly, I do not know what’s going on but I like every single female character of this show and none of them are the evil second lead us viewers are supposed to hate. They’re all, even Yi Seul, cool and strong and independent women in their own way… I still don’t know what to think about the male characters. K-dramas would usually go with the mysterious unreadable character for the lead and the bright, bubbly, clumsy but brave character for the second lead. Here, it’s the opposite. Ri Hwan is the lead and Suk Joon is the second lead and, for once, lead girl calls out the dark unreadable sexy guy on his cold behavior. Show starts when she walks away from him and her dilemma is not to fall for the one who acts cute and funny. Even if Show goes back to the cliché road after that, I will cherish these 2 first episodes.

    • October 30, 2015 at 3:50 pm — Reply

      I think him grabbing the stuff like this was meant to be a bit humour-ish but at the same time to provoke a response from Suk Joon that was standing there like a statue and maybe just a tad hidden jealousy like “oh so she left that here too huh, oh and that and that etc.”
      I agree with everything else you said, very thorough and accurate comment! ; )

      • October 30, 2015 at 4:13 pm — Reply

        interesting. I saw the jealousy thing, I even thought he was trying (but failing) to intimidate Suk Joon to keep him away from Haeng Ah. Since they weren’t even aware of each other’s existence, I didn’t think of him trying to get a reaction from Suk Joon, but I can see it now. lol Ri Hwan is lucky Suk Joon isn’t hot-headed because invading someone’s home the way he did is scuuurrry.

        • October 30, 2015 at 4:21 pm — Reply

          Yeah, Suk Joon could have kicked him out if he wanted to but he saw that Ri Hwan, even in that “trespassing” way, did have Haeng Ah’s best interests at heart so he let it slide.

    • November 2, 2015 at 3:11 am — Reply

      I kinda like the way RH makes a fuss over HA only :))). Imagine if it’s HA who rolls off the hammock, how he would react. probably fussing over asking her like millions times if she’s ok, checking all her vital signs and yelling at her for her carelessness at the same time :))) haha maybe my imagination go too far :))))

      • Shuerei
        November 2, 2015 at 6:02 pm — Reply

        You are right. His overprotectiveness is quite refreshing in a way coz he is acting brother-like, bestie and hubby-like at the same time. Well let’s see how lee dong wook tackles his role…

        • November 3, 2015 at 6:56 pm — Reply

          I am so sorry, I accidentally deleted your comment (this is why I shouldnt log from damn cellphones!) in episode 3 recap before I had a chance to read it! Could you leave it again/ask me here, I don’t mind.

        • November 3, 2015 at 7:05 pm — Reply

          ahh, never mind I used the trash/restore option! You don’t need to repost the comment, it’s fine!

  6. November 2, 2015 at 3:21 am — Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful recap and also your opinion about the drama
    I’m not sure about if RH and HA actually have feeling for each other more than brother/sister, friends at the moment. But I think HA is always telling herself not to like RH more than a friend/brother, she doesn’t allow herself to develop something more for RH in afraid of his mother reaction and practically “disown” her.
    I’m really looking for more episode this week

    • November 2, 2015 at 9:16 am — Reply

      Yes, it’s still early to tell clearly if there are romantic feelings or even if they’re aware of them. I agree about HA, it’s more a tricky situation for her.
      Thank you for the comment!

  7. November 11, 2015 at 8:31 am — Reply

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