For audience members that love a good payoff then episode 9 of Record of Youth hit all the right spots, albeit purely on Hye Joon’s career and none on his relationship with Jung Ah. That’s what I wanted and this was the most entertaining episode in awhile, watching Hye Joon roll from his breakout supporting drama role to scene stealing a movie as the baddie and finally getting a plum sageuk King role and with it winning Best Actor at the network drama awards. ALL IN ONE YEAR. Talk about unrealistic lol, this is on par with fauxcest likelihood and suddenly developing cancer after all the obstacles are conquered and true love is found. This drama remains the Park Bo Gum show and his meta-rise in the drama totally looks like it mirrors his real life and maybe this was the screenwriter’s love letter homage to this talented young phenom who knows. Poor Jung Ah is relegated to even more boring plot developments and maybe she’ll find a further kinship with Hae Hyo as the two are left in the wake of Hye Joon’s explosive success.