Our ship has officially set sail!
Since Episode 1 of ENA‘s K-Drama Extraordinary Attorney Woo, we have been shipping attorney Woo Young Woo (Park Eun Bin) and her coworker Lee Jun Ho (Kang Tae Oh).
'What if you think of it as dancing the waltz? It's easy to go through it if you get into a rhythm. One, two three…. One, two, three.'
— 아저씨 🐳 (@daheeverse) June 29, 2022
And it was clear early on that Jun Ho had fallen and fallen hard for Young Woo…
Junho having heart eyes for Youngwoo 😍
we can't blame him, she looks beautiful 🤍
— r o s e 🐳 (@kdramasrose) July 22, 2022
Over the course of the past couple of weeks, there has been a back and forth between them. Although Jun Ho had fallen first, Young Woo confessed first.
"my heart was beating like crazy even when I didn't touch you at all, so I guessㅡ
Its true that I like you"
— 🍁 (@kdramacokr) July 21, 2022
So, finally, at the end of Episode 9, after some encouragement from Kwon Min Woo (Joo Jong Hyuk), Jun Ho runs to Young Woo to confess that he likes her too.
"i like you."
"i like you so much that i feel likeㅡ
my stomach is sick inside."
— 🍁 (@kdramacokr) July 27, 2022
In Episode 10, Young Woo recounts the confession scene to her friends but reveals that she had run off after becoming so nervous that her mind went blank.
geurami teasing yw about junho confession😭
"he said he likes you so much that he feels sick inside? call the doctor, CALL AMBULANCE"
& the restaurant owner plays along😭
"hello is this 119? not just 119 but love 119" HELP😭#ExtraordinaryAttorneyWooEp10 pic.twitter.com/6BEQfl0MMw
— 🍁 (@kdramacokr) July 28, 2022
Her friends encouraged her to hurry and make things right by dating Jun Ho. Having not really dated anyone before, Young Woo asked what to do…
So, when she met with Jun Ho again to confirm that he still likes her, she revealed a bucket list style of date ideas for them. While it was so sweet, Jun Ho really just wanted to start by simply taking her home and holding her hand…
youngwoo made a long list for "things to do on a date" for them but then Junho asked her.
"but there's no taking you home on the list? should we add one here? I'll take you home tonight."
— 🍁 (@kdramacokr) July 28, 2022
Junho looking at his hand and getting so excited when Young Woo is about to hold his hand. the guy is whipped y’all 😭😂#ExtraordinaryAttorneyWoo #ExtraordinaryAttorneyWooEp10 pic.twitter.com/qfyDhr2T6z
— pearl 🌸 (@pearlsandcotton) July 28, 2022
While she attempted to hold hands with Jun Ho, it was still too uncomfortable for her, and he respected her boundaries. So, they agreed that “holding hands can wait.”
junho is giving youngwoo freedom and hes not forcing to do things she doesnt feel comfortable with but at the same time is getting into her world slowly.
— 🐳 (@kanqtaeoh) July 28, 2022
Kissing is not off limits, though.
At the end of the episode, Young Woo reflects on their developing relationship after a case in which a man was imprisoned for allegedly sexually assaulting his girlfriend because she is disabled. She can’t help but compare the case with her own relationship, especially considering how Jun Ho’s friends reacted to them.
"even if other people say it's not, if you say it's love, it's love."
"loving me is hard."
"yes. it appears so."
"but are you still going to?"
— tin 🐳 (@chasunghoons) July 28, 2022
Yet, Jun Ho reassures her as always. And if that wasn’t enough to make us love Jun Ho…
"when you have autism, it's not enough to like someone just with your feelings. even if I love someone, if they don't love me then it can't be love"
"even if someone doesn't love me, when I love them, then it's love"
— 🍃 (@rainsketches) July 28, 2022
When he considers kissing her for the first time, he notices that she is nervous, so he steps back.
imagine how much junho respects youngwoo. he’s never going to do anything that youngwoo is uncomfortable doing. he always asks for her consent even in the little things. #ExtraordinaryAttorneyWoo#ExtraordinaryAttorneyWooEp10 pic.twitter.com/PIcGPmCWut
— 제로 (@imzeroclock) July 28, 2022
Then, she consents, kissing him first. This not only shows what a respectful man Jun Ho is but communicates Young Woo’s character development as she had previously run away anytime she got too close to Jun Ho.
Of course, since it was Young Woo’s first kiss, it didn’t go so smoothly at first. So, she asked him for instructions on how to kiss better…
"normally do our teeth always bump to each other while kissing?"
"then how should I do it?"
"you can open your mouth a little bit, and close your eyes too."
— 🍃 (@rainsketches) July 28, 2022
Let’s just say viewers couldn’t contain themselves after that!
JH: it'll be good if you open your lips a little and close your eyes
OMAIGAD LOOK AT HIM TEACHING HERRJDJDJDJDJFNFN😭😭🥺😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭#ExtraordinaryAttorneyWoo#ExtraordinaryAttorneyWooEp10 pic.twitter.com/uUWpYPqpe4
— KangSeoHae's Assistant🧩🐳 (@Seohaesahu) July 28, 2022
Viewers are now calling it one of the best kisses in K-Drama history, and we can understand why.
for me, this is the best kiss in k-drama history. an innocent kiss from a woman who is inlove for the first time & a man whose kiss is full of warmth for the person he genuinely loves. ❤️ #ExtraordinaryAttorneyWooEp10 pic.twitter.com/M0HPEnJ02W
— aya 🐳🐬🌊 (@dazzinglylove) July 28, 2022
It’s not only super wholesome…
Young Woo and Lee Junho's first kiss after 10 episodes! Everything about this scene is so perfect even the song 🙈💛
— Wooho brain rot 🐳 (@kdramatreats) July 28, 2022
The details are so powerful. While K-Drama fans don’t usually like first kisses to be in the dark, it communicated so much in this scene by having it partially in the dark.
Their silhouettes communicate that not only are they all that matters to each other against the world…
the way the lights turned off when their lips touched✨
— Eun🐳 (@eun__xx__) July 28, 2022
But with, the detail of the green light behind them symbolizes that it is consensual, a big topic of the episode.
Just love how that green light was shown in this kissing scene, it just means that someone had given you the permission to go ahead/do something, everything abt this is consensual 💚#ExtraordinaryAttorneyWoo #ExtraordinaryAttorneyWooEp10 pic.twitter.com/CcyeswoPo7
— 아저씨 🐳 (@daheeverse) July 28, 2022
And, viewing them as silhouettes, they simply look like two persons kissing. No one can judge anyone as disabled.
"Because they closed the lights, you can't tell who is disabled and who isn't. This is just showing 2 people's loving each other"
— Danny🍀🍂 (@1325_shiho) July 28, 2022
We love seeing Young Woo and Jun Ho’s character development, too! We can agree that they are truly one of the best couples in a K-Drama.
And, it is so good to see a K-Drama portray the importance of consent in a relationship! Gone are the days of toxic male leads forcing the female lead.
And, in the case of Young Woo, she didn’t just consent. She actually kissed him first.
Previously, in Episode 9, she attempted to communicate to Jun Ho that she liked him by making more traditionally “gentlemanly” gestures. Read more about it below.