A Heart-Fluterring Office Romance Begins in ‘Love Mate’ EPs 1-2

A heart-fluttering romance between the team leader and a newcomer has begun in “Love Mate”.

‘Love Mate’ is an ongoing Korean BL featuring Jeong Ha Ram, a new hire at a production company, who falls in love with his team leader Seo Yi Jun, at first sight. Will the smart and introverted Yi Jun learn to accept the enthusiastic and straightforward Ha Ram both in the workplace and in love? We’ll find out through the following episodes!

 

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. Read at your own risk!

 

Episode 1. The Sudden Confession 

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Meet Seo Yi Jun, the team leader from So What Media, a young single gay by choice who is relying on using the app for single men called “Plastic LOVE” to meet a perfect guy anywhere he wants to. And today, he’s meeting up with a good-looking man ‘Pietro’ from the app at the restaurant. The two finally meet and introduce their nicknames, while having their lunch and small talk — that revealed Yi Jun has been seeing a lot of guys from the app where he sorted them in such categories: Dinner, Movie, and Coffee — and is not interested to have a relationship with since he doesn’t believe in love. After having their lunch, Pietro offers to have a coffee and to go out again but Yi Jun rejects it. He did that to keep things simple because he has a rule: Don’t go out with the same guy twice. Yi Jun used to have a perfect single life until Jeong Ha Ram, his new colleague at the company. It all started in the conference room, where he was discussing his project presentation “Single’s Paradise”: pointing out that the audiences no longer believe in sweet romance; and because these days, love is not necessary and should focus on the glory of singleness. Upon hearing his presentation, Ha Ram raises his hands after Yi Jun asks if there are any questions — where Ha Ram opposed Yi Jun’s ideas — and explains why: lacks objectivity like it was made by someone who doesn’t understand what love is. And because of that Yi Jun’s project was not picked.

The next day, it seems Yi Jun has yet to vent out his anger about yesterday’s meeting and Ha Ram gave him a cup of coffee to ease his negative feelings. However, Yi Jun claims he does not drink coffee in the morning. So, Ha Ram gave him a cup of apple juice instead and apologized for his overly blunt words (Editor’s note: 사과/sagwa means both ‘apology’ and ‘apple’). Ha Ram is about to leave to go to his cubicle, and he noticed something. He picks Yi Jun’s ID in his pocket, helps him wear it, and cheers him up. (Did he make your heart flutter Yi Jun?) During break time, Yi Jun and Eun Seon, his colleague who got divorced recently went to the balcony. Eun Seon has been thinking of Ha Ram’s pointers at the meeting that night and she completely agrees with him. And later admits she’s such a coward in love. So, she asks Yi Jun, when was the last time he fell in love. Yi Jun says he can’t remember so Eun Seon made up a “romance training” and used this opportunity to find a date to revive his dead love cells.

The following day, Yi Jun coincidentally bumps into Ha Ram on the same bus. It seems Yi Jun is still holding a grudge against him since he asked him to move to another seat. When he’s about to move, Ha Ram stops him with his leg. He has no choice but to sit next to him. At his cubicle, Yi Jun is still annoyed with Ha Ram and starts randomly typing words on his project that he’s revising. And his male colleague invites him to grab a drink after work. At first, he rejected it but ended up now sitting next to Ha Ram at the restaurant. So, he asks his other colleague to switch seats, but Ha Ram moves as well as he did. He had no choice but to sit beside him throughout their drinking session. Ha Ram wanted to be cared for by his seniors so he was asked to sincerely apologize to Yi Jun in exchange for a request. So, Ha Ram promises not to call him a coward in love again. Yi Jun finally accepted his apology. He had no choice but to accept Ha Ram’s love shot request. After their drink session, while Ha Ram was walking home, he noticed Yi Jun throwing up and rushed to help him. Instead of thank you, Yi Jun started to vent his anger to him. But shockingly — Ha Ram suddenly confessed that he was in love with him at first sight!

 

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Episode 2. The First Kiss

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Following Ha Ram’s straightforward confession, Yu Jin emphasized that he must know when to stop. But Ha Ram did shock therapy which intentionally provoked him because he apparently doesn’t believe in love… and he wants to date him. Yi Jun thought he was drunk and insane, and then walked away. Meanwhile, Ha Ram claims he’s completely sober and forcefully stops him. So, Yi Jun asks Ha Ram about what is good about dating him. He gladly replied that he is tall, reliable, and most importantly handsome and that everyone will pick him if there’s speed dating. Yi Jun responded with a disbelieving face and said how I wish. Ha Ram asks him again, what’s wrong with him which Yi Jun replies with his bizarre idea therapy, ridiculous confession, extremely rude behavior, and hopes to give up on him. Yi Jun leaves and calls a cab but the car approaches and honks for him to move aside, which turned into an accidental sweet moment of the two hugging.

While the two were facing each other, Ha Ram asked Yi Jun if he was curious why he said he fell in love with him. Yi Jun replies that he was not curious since he does not believe in love. But Ha Ram continued to provoke him, asking why he was using a dating app despite being a skeptic of love. Yi Jun was taken aback but said that dating apps are simple and do not provide expectations. But Ha Ram seemed to not believe him and asked if it was because he was afraid. Yi Jun gets in a cab and leaves.

The next day, Yi Jun noticed that there was a bottle for a hangover with a heart note on it. He easily jumps to a conclusion and rushes over to Ha Ram’s cubicle and confronts him. But it turns out it wasn’t him, then who? Yi Jun got flustered as Ha Ram brushed his hair and told, him he must take care of his looks, and reminded him his love isn’t unconditional. When Yi Jun went back to his cubicle, he handed out his phone and checked his face. During a lunch break, Yi Jun went to the place that Eon Seon told him about, where he found Ha Ram at the restaurant asking him to sit with him and dig in the food he already ordered. Ha Ram declares to him that since he already confessed his feelings, he will keep pursuing him until he gives in. So, Yi Jun stamped Ha Ram’s foot as Eon Seon entered the picture wondering what was wrong with them. Yi Jun and Eon Seon went to the other table where Eon discusses when he will start his training mentioned in the first episode. Eon Seon insists that he must try it and Yi Jun replies that he will be considering it.

Meanwhile, Ha Ram called his fellow colleague and offered the food he ordered. After their office hours, Yi Jun took the bus home, when he joined Ha Ram running to catch the bus. He intentionally hid himself away from him but it’s too late now as Ha Ram is already at his back. Yi Jun grabs the safety grab handle and Ha Ram holds the same handle because he’s worried he might fall. In return, Yi Jun stamps his foot again. The two start bickering inside the bus and suddenly Yi Jun trips, which made him accidentally press the stop button. It seems our team leader got flustered after what happened and rushed out.

The following day at the studio, the photographer seeks help from Yu Jin and Ha Ram to be the stand-ins for their newlyweds’ test shoots. Ha Ram gratefully accepted and their senior jokingly said to grab the opportunity to have a couple pictures. With the growing pressure, Yi Jun has no choice but to do it. When the test photo shoot is about to end, Ha Ram reminds him that they have to kiss at the end. He continuously teases him with a question, “Can I kiss you for real?” Yi Jun’s heart started to pound crazily… that he passed out. Ha Ram worriedly checks on Yu Jin, who is still passed out on the sofa. He checked if Yi Jun’s heart was still beating. While facing each other, Yi Jun accidentally kisses Ha Ram as he wakes up. Will their accidental first kiss spark into something? Let’s find out together this coming Thursday!

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