During a particularly stressful work day, it's easy for me to lose track of time. I forget to take breaks, often choosing to proceed to the next task on my to-do list just to feel accomplished. By mid-afternoon, when I'm able to breathe a little, there's a tightness in my chest—tension that's there because of stress, frustration, and exhaustion. And though I have many "tricks" up my sleeve—moving away from my laptop, having a snack, taking a short nap—none of them are as effective as crying my eyes out. No, I'm not kidding.
There's something about a good 10-minute cry followed by five minutes of staring into space. It releases the tension in my chest, and makes me feel like I screamed without damaging my vocal chords, lol. And the first step to a good cry is watching a super nakakaiyak scene. Here are the ones I can always rely on:
1. Crash Landing On You (2019)
The last time I cried myself to sleep (pre-pandemic) was when the series finale of CLOY aired, and I'm pretty sure I wasn't alone in my devastation. Se-ri and Jeong-hyeok being forced to say goodbye—possibly forever—was more nakakaiyak because of IU's *unreal* vocals in the background. That last hug before he was ripped from her arms was gut-wrenching.
2. When The Camellia Blooms (2019)
Nevermind the fact that every single episode of When The Camellia Blooms brought me to tears, but this scene gets me every time because she does NOT see that proposal coming. Dong Baek is bracing for Yong Sik to say he's had enough, and he does the complete opposite. He makes the ultimate commitment. MY HEART.
3. I'm Not A Robot (2017)
I'm shocked that this drama doesn't get more love because it absolutely needs to be hyped. The chemistry between Yoo Seung Ho and Chae Soo Bin is undeniable. In this scene, Min Kyu decides to reset Aji 3, which means he's erasing their shared memories. But before he does that, he calls her his friend, treasure, and cure. "Every minute with you was a miracle for me." The tears on my face, I tell you.
4. Fight For My Way (2017)
As much as I love Dong Man and Ae Ra, it's these two who tug at my heartstrings every time I watch their breakup scenes. Here, Sul Hee has already broken up with Joo Man but he believes she's just angry and that she'll change her mind soon. Our girl Sul Hee delivers these lines, however: "You let go of my hand. You thought I'd always be here, even if you let go of my hand for a moment. But I don't want to do that anymore...I treated you the best I could, so I have no regrets."
5. Goblin (2016)
Pretty sure I wasn't the only one who felt ROBBED when this happened in Episode 16. THEY WERE HAPPY. EVERYTHING WAS FINALLY GOING THEIR WAY. And then bam, Eun Tak killed in an accident, and Kim Shin is left by himself again (until she's reincarnated decades later). It really *hurts*.
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