I felt like this week’s episodes 7 and 8 of tvN Wed-Thurs drama Encounter (Boyfriend) felt like one very long episode, or at least the meat of one dense episode spread a tad too thin into two installments which is why I’m writing about both together. The romance between the OTP Jin Hyuk and Soo Hyun has started in earnest with front hugs, back hugs, consistent calls and texting, and of course the classic end of episode 8 first kiss. Soo Hyun announces her interest in Jin Hyuk but he gets transferred to the Sokcho branch of Donghwa Hotel before they can even get much traction in.
This leads to the pair moving faster than expected but then Soo Hyun feels like a pent up dam that’s burst and she can’t hold back feeling alive any longer. Jin Hyuk remains practical yet swooningly romantic, and it’s not hard to deliver textbook romance when Driver Nam is on his side and picks him up to go back to Seoul and sweep Soo Hyun off her feet just in time to ring in the New Year with a kiss. Episode 7 got ratings of 8.592% and episode 8 with the kiss went back up to 9.166%. Next week tvN is preempting the drama for both nights due to the Christmas holidays so episode 9 won’t air until January 2.