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Witch Amusement: Episode 4
by | March 29, 2007 | 22 Comments

(Theme) SONG (Comparison) OF THE DAY

MY GIRL theme: “Never Say Goodbye” by Mario & Nesty
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WITCH AMUSEMENT theme: “운명의 장난” (Fate’s game) by MC Jinri (Feat. HaHa)
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EPISODE 4 SUMMARY

As before, Seung Mi (whose last name is shown this ep to be Nam) arrives at Yoo Hee’s door, having learned that Mu-ryong is working for her. As Seung Mi debates whether or not to knock on the door, inside, Mu-ryong puts a drunk and chilled Yoo Hee to bed.

Discovering Yoo Hee has a fever, Mu-ryong rushes out into the rain to buy medicine. He accidentally bumps into Seung Mi, who decided not to knock on the door and is going back home. However, Mu-ryong doesn’t recognize her because her umbrella hides her face and he’s in a hurry.

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Yoo Hee wakes up to find Mu-ryong has spent the night by her bed, tending to her fever. Unfortunately, he stirs in his sleep and his hand lands on her chest, causing her fist to land on his face.

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Yoo Hee’s father calls her telling her to come into work, and Yoo Hee’s horrified to find that he’s calling from right outside her door. Mu-ryong asks who it is, and Yoo Hoo panics and tries to shut him up, while telling her father that she’s not home and therefore is unable to meet with him. The father-daughter relationship is an interesting dynamic, as Yoo Hee maintains a formal distance from him, although it seems her father would like to be on better terms. Yoo Hee stubbornly calls him “President” instead of Father, and replies to him more often than not with her stock answer of “I’ll take care of my matters myself.”

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Mu-ryong goes to see Seung Mi at work, and she asks him why he didn’t tell her about his situation, and about lying to his parents about going to study abroad. Mu-ryong sheepishly tells her that he’s sorry, he should have, but his pride wouldn’t let him (which makes sense; in their very first scene together in Episode 1, Seung Mi alludes to Mu-ryong’s strong pride as a reason she was hesitant to help him find work). Seung Mi seems like a very sweet and understanding girlfriend, and Mu-ryong does seem to recognize her worth… but it’s weird, there’s a near-platonic quality to their relationship. I know kdramas generally skimp on the skinship unless it’s the main couple, but they aren’t very passionate or romantic with each other. Perhaps it’s because they’ve known each other since childhood and have become used to each other, in the way that old married couples get.

Anyway, Seung Mi is called away by an urgent situation, as one of the employees has injured himself and they’re one man short. In the kitchens, Johnny’s annoyed to see Mu-ryong appear to offer his services in face of their work shortage. Although he’d rather send Mu-ryong away again, he does need the help, and his own kitchen staff is still making lots of mistakes.

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Yoo Hee goes on another mat-seon (matchmaking date), and fears she’s going to get rejected again when the guy surprises her by saying he really likes her. Yoo Hee is incredibly pleased to hear this, until he tells her the reason for that is because of her impeccable qualifications. Yoo Hee’s understandably let down to hear that he likes her because she’s the daughter of the MK Group’s president, and dating her would make a good business connection.


Back home, Mu-ryong says at this rate, she’ll never get a guy and he won’t be able to hold up his end of the contract. Why’d she dump the guy? Yoo Hee tells him he only cared about her good qualifications, and Mu-ryong responds: “Good job! Guys like that should be kicked to the curb. So, is that all you did?” Yoo Hee: “Nope. He’s probably in the emergency room right now.”

After that incident, Yoo Hee’s unable to line up any more matchmaking dates — the service she’s using is unable to find anyone willing to meet Yoo Hee. Her employee, the Team Manager, almost gets caught talking to Yoo Hee’s father (whom by now I believe most people have already recognized as the grandfather in My Girl). Her father instructs the Team Manager to cancel their company’s business with the other company (of the failed blind date) — how dare they reject his daughter?

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There’s a small bit about Mu-ryong’s brother that isn’t very important, but I’ll just mention briefly to point out that the guy playing the thug is the same thug from My Girl. Basically, Mu-ryong’s brother runs into trouble while delivering food, and we hear of his unexplained history/fear/trauma involving Taekwondo. Yes, the sport itself. But when he gets faced with the unruly thugs, he whoops their asses.


Left: Witch Amusement — Right: My Girl

Anyway, he asks his mother for 4,000 manwon, which leads his mother to assume he’s gotten himself into yet more trouble. He won’t explain what he needs the money for, so his mother berates him and demands to know what he’s screwed up this time. His airheady girlfriend stands up for him (well-meaning but misguidedly) and blurts out to his mother that the real reason they need the money is because of Mu-ryong, and tells his mother the truth about what Mu-ryong is doing.

Irate at the discovery, Mu-ryong’s mother goes to Yoo Hee’s apartment to track down her son…


(Fox versus tiger)

Mu-ryong’s mother accuses Yoo hee of taking advantage of her son and forcing him to work for her. Yoo Hee shows her the contract, but his mother won’t accept that. She insists that she will repay Mu-ryong’s debt — whatever it takes, even if they have to sell their house — so she’ll be taking her son home. She drags Mu-ryong out, and Yoo Hee is unexpectedly more affected than she thought, as she has a flashback of when she, as a young teen, wailed and begged her mother mother not to leave her family. From the brief flashbacks we’ve seen so far, we know Yoo Hee remembers her mother with love and fondness, so given her current coldness toward her father, it’s likely that she blames her mother leaving on her father. It also goes a long way to explaining Yoo Hee’s abandonment issues.

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Over the next few days, both Yoo Hee and Mu-ryong find themselves thinking of the other person without meaning to. Yoo Hee’s gotten so used to having Mu-ryong around that she keeps expecting him to appear and do things for her like usual. Likewise, Mu-ryong hears her voice and answers automatically, and wonders if she’s doing all right. Yoo Hee tries calling, but Mu-ryong’s mother intercepts his phone calls, and likewise won’t let Mu-ryong leave to go see her.

On top of that, Yoo Hee and Mu-ryong are supposed to have dinner with Sara Han, whom I find utterly hysterical (and looks so much better without bangs). She’s so immature and ridiculous that you can’t help but laugh, and she’s a lot funnier than I originally thought she would be. She’s also really fixated on Yoo Hee and her underwear incident — whenever something happens, Sara’s first question is, “Is it because of the underwear? See, that’s why you should’ve been wearing better underwear in the first place!”

Left with no other option, Yoo Hee goes to Mu-ryong’s family’s restaurant (using the excuse that she came to return Mu-ryong’s stone rice bowl, which he left behind). Mu-ryong’s father is pretty great in this scene — actually, he’s great the entire episode, but particularly in this scene. While his wife is upset with Yoo Hee, his concern for his son is apparent, and he treats Yoo Hee with kind respect. He also ushers the family out of the restaurant to leave them with some privacy.

Yoo Hee and Mu-ryong wonder what will become of them and their contract, but Mu-ryong just answers, ” Isn’t it obvious? I’ll have to go back [to your house]. That’s why I left the bowl behind — why’d you bring it back?” Yoo Hee seems relieved to hear him say that, although she tries to act cool. Mu-ryong says it might take some time to convince his mother, but Yoo Hee tells him to figure it out by tomorrow. If he does, she’ll reduce his debt further.

However, the curious family members jump to the opposite conclusion, and think Yoo Hee must be planning on sending Mu-ryong off to prison (technically they say, “She’s going to make him eat bean-rice?!” because that’s what prisoners are fed). They burst in, and Mu-ryong’s mother shouts out: “Fine. Take him, make him your housekeeper, do whatever you want. But you’ll have to promise that you’ll never mention bean-rice.”

Mu-ryong and Yoo Hee look on in bewilderment. That was easier than they thought.

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Yoo Hee goes to see Johnny to uncomfortably ask him, as a favor, to test Mu-ryong. Johnny seems to oppose the idea and tells Yoo Hee that it’s kind of a troublesome thing to ask… but he’d already been thinking of doing so.

Mu-ryong is thrilled, and thanks Yoo Hee for helping him.

For the test, Mu-ryong is given the assignment to make an omelette, which he does as everyone watches on in curiosity. (I have to point out that as much as I have to hold back from bashing Dennis O too much — which is difficult, since I so enjoy the bashing — he does a pretty good job acting the chef. Some of the shots may be substitutes, but many of them are actually Dennis (and Jae Hee) cooking, and he manages to handle the food like he knows what he’s doing. So I CAN give credit where it’s due.)

Mu-ryong tells Yoo Hee that he passed the test:

Yoo Hee: “Then what’s with the long face?”
Mu-ryong: “That’s just because even if I’m only working the lunch shift, I don’t think I’ll be able to pay you the proper attention. I feel sorry.”
Yoo Hee: “That’s fine, since it’s work. But in exchange, you’d better be completely devoted to me the rest of the time.”
Mu-ryong: “Wait. I think I have to tell you… I won’t forget what you’ve done for me, and I promise I’ll pay you back.”

(Yoo Hee seems disappointed at Mu-ryong’s answer — she may have been expecting something more from him.)

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As for the meeting with Sara, Mu-ryong and Yoo Hee arrive, and while Mu-ryong’s on a phone call, Yoo Hee runs into Joon Ha at the elevators. Sara hadn’t told her that Joon Ha was also invited. As the two of them get into the elevator together, Yoo Hee sees Mu-ryong rushing to catch the closing doors… but instead, she pushes the “close door” button. Alone in the elevator, without any warning, Joon Ha approaches….


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22 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. javabeans

    Thanks for the lovely compliments! :D It makes doing these all the more fun. Although I must disagree, emily, the episodes are MUCH more fun than these summaries — Jae Hee in picture form ain’t got nuthin’ on Jae Hee in video form!

  2. tsunamiblues

    Mu-ryong: That’s just because even if I’m only working the lunch shift, I don’t think I’ll be able to pay you the proper attention. I feel sorry.
    Yoo Hee: That’s fine, since it’s work. But in exchange, you’d better be completely devoted to me the rest of the time.

    that is going in the classic moments of this drama, seriously love that part. I don’t think you’ll get tired of me telling you that you rock, so her is goes JAVABEANS YOU ROCK!!!!!!!! The OST is out for this show, don’t some of the songs remind you of Harry Potter, and some of My Girl?

  3. tsunamiblues

    I also think that they have a very platonic relationship, I never want to be “used to each other” in a relationship…the spark is gone and you can’t get it back. She seems very unruffly…we’ll just have to wait now I kind of want her to turn psycho..lol

  4. mily2

    yippie.. thank you sarah for alerting me about this post.. hence.. i got to be first..:) it’s great to be your # 1 fan!!! Seriously.. your recaps are sooo good. Sometimes, I even enjoy your recaps more than watching the episode raw.. it’s THAT good!!!

  5. upikepik

    ^^thank you Sarah!! *jumping for joy*
    I was just about to watch it RAW, but seeing your summary makes watching it so much more fun :) and I agree with Emily…your recaps and comment are so GOOD, that it’s probably enough just reading your summary while watching the show..:)

    thank you Sarah…you’re one AMAZING, TALANTED and GIFTED writer :)

  6. mily2

    sarah.. i guess with your summary.. i can have the best of BOTH WORLD.. JH in my imagination is sizzling!!! hahha.. so no need to worry that these caps don’t do him any justice.. sometimes.. I even think the camera doesn’t do him “enough” justice.. but I gotta say.. HGI is sooo gorgeous.. I find myself just staring at her most of the times.. MR definitely should be a professional stylist.. cuz his client is absolutely STUNNING.. Dennis is right when he said.. “WOWWWWWWW”.. definitely just WOW!!!

  7. babymarzy07

    Thanks for the summary!! im really loving yoo hee right now. The story and characters have got me hooked on it. :) sarah, from the summary i just want a bit of insight on dennis’ character. im wondering why does johnny seem to dislike MR so much? in mean to not even let him be his apprentice and help out? when MR is good at cooking and seems like someone who’d learn from him and willing to be a good protege. is it because his ego wont let him or is there an underlying jealousy? i thought based on the char description he was supposed to help MR? but maybe not now? just curious abt his motivations. im a JH lover and im sad to see him being treated like that by Johnny. I have much more to say about joonha but i will refrain because then id hafta duck flying objects. hahhaa

  8. babymarzy07

    I agree with about the spark being gone, just the caring kind. I think some people can work with a relationship like that that everything is complacent or just not too much spontaneity. But for MR case, i think it started of the platonic way really and comfortability of having her around and her knowing how to deal with him etc. As others have mentioned on the thread, MR seems to be cheating. For me, not really because yes MR has debts to pay. But about the NYC thing. He should have mentioned it to SM.

  9. javabeans

    You know, i’m not sure about Johnny. I got the feeling he was being too harsh on Mu-ryong too, although I’m not sure how much of that is an acting issue. I think it’s partially because Mu-ryong is so persistent, because the first time he asked, Johnny tried to be firm but nice, and Mu-ryong kept coming back for more. Plus he just keeps wandering into his kitchen, which is Johnny’s domain.

    Personally, I don’t think it’s professional (or personal) jealousy, because I think Johnny started out underestimating Mu-ryong’s talent — he wrote him off, and was surprised to see that Mu-ryong was actually pretty good. And I think he might like him on a friendly level (with the soju conversation). But business is a different thing.

    But in spite of that, I do think it’s partly the acting. If his lines were spoken by an actor who understood the language fully, they’d probably be delivered less hard and mean. I find Dennis’ acting in Korean really weird so it doesn’t really register on me, but his brief English bits are fine, so when the only English words he speaks are “SHUT UP!” it’s like that’s all I remember.

  10. 10 Lovewls

    Ahhhh thanks for ep 4 summary! I really enjoyed reading your summary before watching the video. Thanks again! *hugs*

  11. 11 aceyyy

    Aaah your awesome summary is helping me tide it over til this episode comes out on tudou… By the way, it’s really cool but after reading your explanation on ‘aegisshi’, I watched ep.16 of Dalja’s Spring on KBS world, and realised that when Taebong’s mum met Kang tim-jang at the office, she called her aegisshi! It’s so weird to imagine the stern tim-jang being the ‘aegisshi’ at home… unfortunately the subtitles showed them calling each other by their names, which makes it weird for Dalja to conclude by the exchange that they were sisters-in-law. OK that was random thanks again for the summary!

  12. 12 nello

    OMG. i love ur summaries! makes me understand the show alot better!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. 13 veronica

    where did you the song for witch yoo hee?
    i’ve been looking for it!
    can you send me the download link or something
    my email is babi_bora@hotmail.com

  14. 14 suzie

    thanks oh so much for your summaries…again, it helps me so much to understand the story. i also noticed the similarities between the two songs, thanks for posting them both here^^

  15. 15 marienella

    witch amusement is getting better every episode that i find my self getting more addicted to it!! thanks a lot javabeans for your wonderful summary!!!

  16. 16 anna

    This series is really good, can’t wait for episode 5! Thanks for the summaries! it’s easier to understand now. hahaa…..i need dl the ost…^___^

  17. 17 Keyti

    Poor Mu Ryong. :(
    Yoo Hee still like Joon Ha and so does Joon Ha to Yoo Hee.
    I feel bad.

  18. 18 Amyable

    I also noticed that they cooking skills are really good. I also thought that they must be using hand doubles for some scenes because the prep parts look very professional. As a foodie, I also noticed that most dishes they prepare are tall. That was all the rage here in San Francisco but now, we’re back to more normal non-gravity defying food presentations at restaurants. Anyway, Korea must be going through the tall food presentation phase right now. I tell you, it’s hard to take those first few bites of those dishes presented in a tall format!!!!

  19. 19 Philippa

    Great summary!!! I’m so into this drama! I just wish I could watch it and not just read it. Too bad I don’t speak Korean…

  20. 20 jessy

    i don’t like kim jeong hoon…i don’t like his character…i know people loves him cause of his cute face but i don’t jugde people by appearance only but by looking through their eyes n through their heart..he seems just something that i can’t understand n he’s hiding something…don’t you think??? actually i don’t like a serious cold person. i like a funny and kind person..like jae hee..even though he is not a handsome guy…hahahaha

  21. 21 greenteacrepes

    song link
    Mario & Nesty – Never say goodbye
    http://www.mediafire.com/?q5zrgvzzzne

  22. 22 sleeplessinwgtn

    YH’s physically violent in her treatment of men, esp. to MR. She’s really cruel at times. I hope she changes her attitude soon as I’m starting to ‘hate’ her. I hope there’s a payback period when she suffers a bit because of MR.

    I’m sure she’ll reform but right now, I don’t like her attitude.

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