Romance Is a Bonus Book Episode 8 ends on a cliffhanger, but a significant one – providing a chapter where all the characters reminisce.
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Romance Is a Bonus Book Episode 8 is all about remembering the past, thinking about the happy times, and moments of regret. Additionally, we are given progress, unlike the previous two chapters that have decided to labor over the story. Episode 8 delivers a nearly complete installment.
It follows on from Chapter 7, with Dan-i (Nayoung Lee) outside with Ji Seo-hun for yet another date. Eun-ho (Jong-Suk Lee), who is attempting to keep his cool approach consistent, comes outside, smoothly gives her a jacket so she can stay warm and asks her to not to be too long as she promised to watch a movie with him. The pair go for a walk, and ironically discuss Eun-ho before Ji Seo-hun offers a proposal; that they see each other for three months by walking to work and home together.
Eun-ho’s cool approach does not last long; when he learns of this proposal, he is irritated by it and says he is in pain. He means emotional distress, but Dan-i perceives this as some form of illness. Romance Is a Bonus Book reaches a whole new level of strange – while Dan-i checks his temperature and other symptoms, she feels his chest and is shocked that he has muscle, stating that he is a man. This prompts Eun-ho to throw her to the ground, get on top of her and say “yes, I am a man” before swiftly getting up leaving Dan-i feeling flustered. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting the story to escalate this quickly, but chapter 8 indeed does.
By this point Eun-ho has wholly thrown his plans out of the water; he notices Ji Seo-jun waiting near a bus stop for Dan-i for their daily walk. He accuses him of being childish with the proposal and admits he doesn’t like the situation. Romance Is a Bonus Book Episode 8 brings the two men together to quarrel again. It’s entertaining yet un-adultlike.
In terms of the publishing company, they have a new manuscript, giving the staff something to be excited about. The President of the company excitedly tells Eun-ho to digitize it, asking Dan-i to help him in a place with no distractions. Of course, Eun-ho suggests they do the work at his house.
The second half of chapter eight is very different from the first; Dan-i decides to go out clubbing with her colleague Mrs. Seo. Ms. Go turns up at the club, and for some strange reason, she is super popular; she sets the scene, and the crowd goes wild. They end up at Ms. Go’s house for more drinks, and this is when all three women reveal their heartbreaks and reminisce; Dan-i and Mrs. Seo discuss their brutal divorces, while Ms. Go explains how lonely her life is after walking out of her wedding. Visiting Ms. Go’s house was beneficial to the audience in understanding why she is cold towards everyone.
Romance Is a Bonus Book Episode 8 provides a bit of comedy; when Dan-i makes it home, she decides to sleep on the floor; Eun-ho believes she is in danger, rings an ambulance and realizes she is fine after he hears a little snore. The next morning Dan-i feels embarrassed, remembering that she swore at her colleagues disrespectfully.
And finally, Episode 8 sees a breakthrough for Eun-ho. The Chief Editor and Dan-i begin digitizing the manuscript at home. There’s a touching moment where she puts her sleepy head on his shoulder and shuts her eyes; reminding me of the moment in The Office US with Jim and Pam. But then he starts creepily stroking her face which I found a little weird. It gets even more bizarre when he begins to touch her lips and then goes in for the kiss – fortunately, his blushes were saved when he sees her phone buzzing and sees Ji Seo-jun splashing up on her screen.
Hae-rin meets Ji Seo-jun to discuss the book and to try to persuade him to design the cover; he agrees, and then both look outside together at the snow falling. Meanwhile, Dan-i reveals to the audience that she was not asleep on Eun-ho’s shoulder and wonders if all the creepy face-stroking was all a dream. Like Hae-rin and Ji Seo-hun, Dan-i and Eun-ho look at the snow, prompting to start a conversation about how beautiful it seems. Eun-ho tells Dan-i indirectly that he loves her again using snippets from a book that she recommended. She turns to him and asks if Eun-ho has feelings for her. Making it painful for the audience, the episode ends with Eun-ho smiling.
And that’s it – Romance Is a Bonus Book Episode 8 ends on a cliffhanger. As always, see you next week.
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