Tag: cheese in the trap

Hard Pill

[Spoilers, Cheese in the Trap re-watch: episodes 13 – 16 (Final)]    CiTT posts in order 

I’m not sure when this turned into recaps when I never meant to do such a thing, but it has been a good tool to work through unarticulated impressions, with distance from the first viewing.

I’m not going to go through all the scenes that get us to the high and low points of the next few episodes, which in many ways felt flimsy.  Basically, there are a number of ‘testing’ situations… Seol setting limits, Jung defaulting to usual patterns, and Seol dealing with In Ho’s now openly expressed feelings.

Ready to be dropped off a cliff?

Me neither but here we go.

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As You Are, if You Know

[Spoilers: Cheese in the Trap – re-watch, episode 12]

CiTT posts in order.

Episode 12 is actually another worthy of its own attention. I see it as the flip side of 11, where Seol’s vulnerability and anger surfaces, and she finds comfort in Jung, who then matches her in kind. Both are achingly raw with each other, but tested too soon. Jung closes abruptly, hurt mostly by his own unfamiliar openness.  

Having seen both Jung’s warmth and coldness in play, perhaps Seol feels she can talk him through what she is coming to know about expression and ‘prevention’. He can be genuine and warm with her; can he also be honest? Can she risk being honest with him too, about all the ‘little things’ she is afraid will hit his many triggers?

What will it take to maneuver this minefield together?
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Sometimes I, Even I…

[Spoilers – re-watch episode 11]

CiTT in order.

I am now so sucked in, so invested, that I’m scared to have forgotten what I know about the drama on the whole. Am I about to be blindsided again? I can’t help myself – the character study is intricate, and episode 11 especially, hits me right in the gut. I find both Seol and Jung too deeply relatable and am projecting on them full speed ahead, myself an introverted only then oldest child, raised in a small and fragmented family.

When Seol finally erupts at the unfairness of treatment by her parents in comparison with her younger brother who has priority of resources as a male, it is one of the drama’s pinnacle moments.          Continue reading “Sometimes I, Even I…”

Who Exactly, Are You?

[Spoilers for re-watch, episodes 8, 9, 10]

CiTT in order.

It might have worked a number of ways, actually. Here in the middle episodes we may have been able to shift away from Jung/Seol for a while, and to consider In Ho/Seol. We could have been honestly torn, and come to accept a change of heart, or have backed up enough from both to see them growing up in parallel through unique challenges.

However, for In Ho to supplant Jung in Seol’s affections, the writer would have had to start solving Jung for us in another way by now…


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CiTT in order.


The texture of time in the storytelling has a lot to do with what makes Cheese in the Trap resonate. In the webtoon also, inner dialogs and flashbacks serve to paint what experience is really like for people: we generally don’t make sense of things by linear data gathering; we take in flashes of time and are rather mosaic, perceptions flickering in and out of awareness.


Clarity and Ease

[Spoilers for rewatch of CiTT, episodes 7 – 8]

CiTT in order.

I like getting to look back on simpler times with Jung, In Ho, and In Ha. There is this feeling of, “It could be such a perfect situation – each learning and growing from the others…” Yet of course they are learning from each other, by breaking each other down.

We see uglier aspects of In Ho during the flashbacks, harshly criticizing his sister’s dreams because he takes for granted his own, saying whatever he thinks in the moment with little care. Jung seems even-tempered, and to hold no ill view toward them at this point but rather a sense of supportive older brother type of responsibility. I’m not sure there is even pity.

For me the heart of the drama is in these revelatory backstories that shed light on whether Jung’s cold, manipulative streak is deliberately formed, or whether it is fundamental to his personality (realizing the answer is ‘both’) … and how Seol is with that. Relaxed from drinks, Jung continuing the intimate and open conversation that began in Seol’s apartment… describes himself as being a pushover before… that it was once easier to go along with what others wanted from him, although he could discern the dynamics nakedly.


His appreciation for Eun Seol’s genuineness, and for seeing him rather than what he has, soften his eyes and heart enough to glimpse his pain and feelings of abandonment.

Wow, I’m a sucker for that.


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Of His Own

[Spoilers for re-watch of episodes 5 (cont.) – 6]

CiTT in order.

With Jung and Seol, things develop slowly. Although he has dated far more, and, as In Ho tells Seol, broken the hearts of “trucks of women”, with Eun Seol Jung finds an innocence he knows is precious and tries to protect that.


Episode 6 holds one of the most tender scenes in the drama if you’re on Jung’s side, because while at Seol’s house, comfortable and curious, he easily begins to share the core of struggle that for everyone else is a lock box mystery. Trust between them becomes much easier.


Still trying to make sense of his change toward her, and to make peace with earlier instincts and events, Seol also seizes the openness to ask, when that happened. We get to see the way he came to understand her walls as like his own, began to recognize her kindness and sense of personal responsibility, so important to Jung who has been groomed not to complain when taken advantage of… always to do and give more, to let things be taken, since he has so much.                         Continue reading “Of His Own”