Drama Recaps
Coffee Prince: Ninth Cup
by | July 30, 2007 | 128 Comments

First things first. As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed the episode, and continue to enjoy the way they are progressing the relationship between Han Gyul and Eun Chan. But let me get this bit of criticism out of the way, and that is that this episode didn’t flow perfectly.

There were a few awkward transitions, which felt choppy at first. Disjointed. I think they were busy trying to squeeze in some new plot points to set us up for more stories — like exploring more about Han Gyul’s birth, for instance — and because elements felt shoehorned in, it disrupted the otherwise nice developments of the episode. Thankfully, that bit of awkwardness mostly occupied the first half (minus the very beginning, which was entirely too cute); the latter half was lovely.

(Background) SONG OF THE DAY

Arco – “Perfect World.” This song plays in one of the early scenes between Yu Ju and Han Sung.

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EPISODE 9 SUMMARY

Now that they’ve agreed to be like brothers, Han Gyul starts off the next morning goofing around and making Eun Chan breakfast. Eun Chan wonders what’ll be different now that they’re acting as brothers (in a “hyung-dongsaeng” relationship), and asks, does that mean she’ll be treated with more love? Han Gyul awkwardly mumbles at the mention of love, and Eun Chan asks, then will he treat her better? That he can do, and to show it, he heaps food in Eun Chan’s bowl.

Eun Chan tests out the word hyung, joking around as she calls him that repeatedly. It also appears that at some point, they’ve pierced Eun Chan’s ear and marked it with one of Han Gyul’s earrings as “proof” of their sworn brotherhood.

At work, the two continue their happy, giddy new relationship. Seeing the two of them getting along so well strikes the others as strange.

Sun Ki: “Wait, were you together this morning? Do you like each other?”
Eun Chan: [shushing him] “Say something that makes sense! What would he think of a guy like me?”
Sun Ki: “But you’re a girl. Well, I suppose it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman. The important part is a person liking another person.”

Sun Ki uses the fact that he knows she’s a girl to blackmail her into promising to help clean out his (Mr. Hong’s) home. Min Yub notices that she’s wearing Han Gyul’s earring. And Ha Rim is put off, grumbling that he’s known Han Gyul much longer than Eun Chan. If anyone should be such a close hyung-dongsaeng relationship, it should be Ha Rim, not Eun Chan.

Sun Ki to Ha Rim: “You’re so unperceptive. Can’t you see the boss likes Eun Chan?”
Ha Rim: “What are you talking about?”
Sun Ki: “They like each other. Is that strange? It’s not a big deal in Japan.”

Yu Ju asks to meet with Eun Chan after some hesitation. Her relationship with Han Sung has hit a bump after she ran into Eun Chan after Han Sung surprise-kissed her. Han Sung understands that Yu Ju’s upset, and tells her he’ll wait until she’s ready to talk to him. When Yu Ju meets Eun Chan, she doesn’t quite know how to begin, but Eun Chan answers the questions before they’re asked.

Eun Chan: “Actually, I did like Han Sung before. That was before I knew you were Girl B.”
Yu Ju: “What about now?”
Eun Chan: “I like him now too, but not in a romantic way. Because there’s someone else I like.”
Yu Ju: “Han Gyul?”

Eun Chan tries to deny it, sees Yu Ju’s perceptive look, then admits, “Yes.” Yu Ju asks why she doesn’t tell Han Gyul she’s a girl, and Eun Chan replies: “I’ve thought a lot about it too. He suggested I be his younger sibling. If he knew I’m a girl, I couldn’t be with him like now. And things aren’t bad, they way they are now.” Eun Chan tells Yu Ju that she doesn’t have to worry about her (regarding Han Sung), and Yu Ju sees Eun Chan’s response is sincere.

I love this shot. Their distance is so eloquent. Yu Ju asks if Han Sung’s feelings wavered because she’d made things hard for him, and he answers no. Yu Ju: “It would be easy if it were because of me. Since then I could just fix myself.”

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(The song posted up top, Arco’s “Perfect World,” plays.) Han Sung tells her he’s in the middle of thinking over what happened, figuring out what it means. Yu Ju: “So you’re saying it wasn’t a mistake, but that you love her?”

Yu Ju: “What do you want me to do?”
Han Sung: “I’ll get over my feelings.”
Yu Ju: “I worried that you’d be hurt because of her… but it seems I was hurt more.”

Han Sung suggests, in a somewhat urgent (last-ditch-effort?) tone, that they go on a trip together.

Everyone goes to Mr. Hong’s place to clean the place up, and Eun Sae keeps sending Min Yub away to do chores so she can be alone with Sun Ki. Although Min Yub knows she’s not treating him well (as does everyone else, including Sun Ki), he still follows her orders, doing the laundry, taking the trash, doing the dishes — until finally she’s so dismissive that he can’t take it anymore.

He stands up to her — just because he likes her, she shouldn’t use him like that. Eun Sae: “Who asked you to like me? Just give up! I really hate you following me around too! You’re ignorant, and all you’ve got is brute strength. I was really embarrassed showing you to my friends, you know!”

With no other way of venting his aggravation, Min Yub growls and runs around the neighborhood — trying to climb poles, lifting furniture, and at one point running around with a refrigerator. HA!

Eun Chan tells Eun Sae to apologize to Min Yub, figuring she doesn’t really hate him: “People fight as they grow attached to one another.” Eun Sae asks, “Like you and your boss?” Eun Chan sighs with satisfaction: “I get to see him everyday, we spend time together, play around, have good conversation. It’s great.” But Eun Sae says she’ll start wanting more — that’ll lead to wanting to hold hands, then wanting to hug, and then wanting to kiss.

Han Sung and Yu Ju go on their trip, and seem to have regained some semblance of their former relationship, but Eun Chan is still a barrier between them. Yu Ju sees that he’s not answering Eun Chan’s calls and tells him that he’s the adult; he should be mature and talk to her first. Han Sung says he will when he’s gotten his feelings in order. He gets a text from her, an awkward message that asks: “Ajusshi, you’re doing fine, right? I’m all right. Please give me a call when it’s convenient. Bye.”

Sun Ki, meanwhile, sees a woman with a young child and chases after her — looks like he’s found the one he’s been searching for — but is unable to catch up. He manages to see the name written on the van, and urgently tries to find out more about it over the phone. At the same time, a pissed-off Min Yub tries to pick a fight, asking if Sun Ki’s enjoying Eun Sae’s attentions. He provokes Sun Ki, and the mood turns dark as they nearly come to blows.

Okay, here’s where they start to lose me a little, because they introduce a new character who hints at mysteries to come. He’s an older man who speaks quite familiarly with Han Gyul’s father, and of whom the father is very wary. (He asks about “Mother,” and I wonder if they’re brothers despite having different last names.) The man, Lee Myung Jae, is in Korea on business and asks if Han Gyul is doing well.

Then, Han Gyul has lunch with his father. He asks his father to not mention to his mother that he knows about his birth secret, and also inquires about his birth mother. Han Gyul knows his father had an affair, sent him to an orphanage, then later adopted him back. Han Gyul’s father describes his birth mother as a warm, affectionate person, a middle-school teacher. Han Gyul cuts in to ask, “Did she leave you? Or did you abandon her?”

Han Gyul’s father admits he left her — at that point in his life, he wasn’t ready to be responsible for anyone. She died in a car accident before Han Gyul’s 100-day birthday (a big event for Korean babies). Han Gyul’s reaction to his father’s cowardice may be best described as disgusted — it might’ve been disappointed, but he’d have to have had faith in his father in the first place to be able to lose it now.

In a despondent, pensive mood, Han Gyul calls his mother to tell her, “Mom. You know I love you lots, right?… Thanks, Mom. Thank you.”

When his mother hangs up, Han Gyul’s father’s and grandmother’s reactions indicate that they know the full story, whatever that is. They’re suspicious over the reappearance of Lee Myung Jae, and Han Gyul’s mother warns her husband to be careful: “I can’t allow our Han Gyul to meet that man.”

Han Gyul then drives over to Eun Chan’s house, still in his quiet, reserved mode. He parks outside and wakes her from sleep with his call.

 

Han Gyul takes Eun Chan to the batting cages to relieve some tension, and suggests they go to the beach. He lets Eun Chan drive his car (complaining all the while at how fearlessly she drives), and they arrive at the ocean in the middle of the night.

With Han Gyul’s mood much lifted at Eun Chan’s antics, they laugh and goof around on the beach. Han Gyul asks about her birthday and blood type (December, O) and Eun Chan jokes around by telling him (with a straight face) that she doesn’t like guys with his blood type, B — they’re fussy and uptight. Han Gyul protests that he’s not like that at all, defending himself, before realizing Eun Chan’s teasing.

Eun Chan asks when he started liking toys so much, and he says he played with toys since he didn’t have many friends. Kids disliked him because he has a rather unfriendly personality — he’d get angry and annoyed easily.

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“Last Arpeggios” by 푸른새벽 (Blue Dawn) plays. The mood of this segment is so tense and pregnant with meaning that I wish I could convey it in words. You’ll just have to watch. Basically, they both skirt around the topic they both want to broach but are too afraid to — and both tentatively draw closer with the words they want to say, then pull back in skittish fear, covering up with their excuse of being in a brotherly relationship. It’s all nerves and hope and fear.

The ambiance grows more serious when Eun Chan faces Han Gyul, and steps closer and closer, while he backs away, unsettled. She asks, “Do you really just like me as a sibling? What do you like best about me?”

Han Gyul tells her uneasily to stop joking, then asks what she likes about him, and she answers, “Everything.” Having laid one truth out plainly, she retracts it a bit as she walks ahead of him, adding, “But of course, as a hyung.”

After staring at Eun Chan for a long moment, Han Gyul walks up to her and casually takes her hand. Without looking at her surprised reaction, he explains, “As hyung and dongsaeng, we can do this much.”

And then, Han Gyul takes the hand he holds and intertwines their fingers together. They walk along wordlessly.

Eun Chan uses the same reasoning to lay her head in Han Gyul’s lap as they sit on the sand: “As hyung and dongsaeng, we can do this much.” She snuggles into his side and falls asleep.

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Azure Ray’s “Across the Ocean” plays some time later, as Han Gyul looks over at the sleeping Eun Chan. He hesitantly draws nearer to her, lying close to her back, touching her hair, tentatively cupping her hand in his.

After resting like that for a moment, he rises abruptly, disturbed and conflicted. He looks over at her, sleeping soundly, and says, “Go Eun Chan. I can’t go any further.”

He drives her home, and she awakes with her usual cheer, unaware that anything’s the matter. Han Gyul tells her quietly, coldly, that he’s decided he can’t be her hyung; they’re over. “Let’s stop meeting.” Eun Chan assumes he’s joking, and goes to work eagerly anticipating seeing him.

When he won’t look at her, or talk to her, Eun Chan asks what the matter is — did something happen? Did she do something wrong?

He tells her curtly to stop coming to work; he’ll forgive her debt. She doesn’t understand, and insists she’ll keep coming, and he says, “Fine, then I’ll leave.” He reminds her of what he said that morning, and Eun Chan realizes he meant it — but how can someone change so much in one morning?

Han Gyul: “I’m that kind of guy. Didn’t you know that?”
Eun Chan: “You’re right, I didn’t know. How can you treat someone like that — are you playing around?”
Han Gyul: “I don’t like you. I’ve come to dislike you. So stop bugging me, it’s annoying.”
Eun Chan: “So you just change whenever you want, since you do that so well. First acting one way, then the opposite.”

Han Gyul tells her, in a wearied tone, “I really… dislike you.” Eun Chan responds, as though in challenge: “Why? Because you love me?” He doesn’t object — just laughs a small, rueful laugh. At this point, both have traces of tears in their eyes — Eun Chan’s indignant, Han Gyul’s regretful.

Eun Chan: “Why are you laughing?”
Han Gyul: “Is this easy for you? Ah, I guess it is. It’s no big deal for you. This is just difficult for me.”

Han Gyul walks out and drives home, where he idles his day away in frustration.

Likewise, Eun Chan spends her day listlessly going about her daily work, her heart not really in anything. Mr. Hong wonders how long she’ll keep her gender hidden from Han Gyul, and she answers: “If I tell him the truth, everything’s over. He said he was glad that I was a guy.”

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Kim Yeon Woo’s “나는 사랑이 뭔지 모르나봐요” (“I must not know what love is”) plays as they go about their day. Han Gyul doesn’t respond to her messages asking him to come in to work.

Han Gyul ends up trashing his apartment, throwing things, beating his head into the wall.

Finally, Eun Chan arrives outside his place, pounding on his door. “Boss… Boss… Please don’t be like this. Okay? Boss…”

Getting no response, Eun Chan returns home, and writes (but can’t finish) a series of text messages: “I miss you…” “Where are you?” “Please call me.” “I love you…”

Thwarted at every turn, Eun Chan shouts in bitter frustration, “Hey, you jerk! Why won’t you call?!” as she cries.

 
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128 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. charm

    first to comment! yay! thank you.. been refreshing your page like crazy and you never disappoint! much thanks!

  2. krnzzang05

    thank God theres another episode tomorrow…haha…dont think i can just wait another week

    but its inevitable that they are going to put a real big cliffhanger on the next one

  3. docmitasha

    wow…intense. look forward to seeing it.

  4. Samantha

    i haven’t fully read this yet but OMG i cant believed the episode summary that i just scanned…. its so cute and sad at the same time especially the ending… thanks dramabeans
    😀 ;P

  5. Linda

    First? :O)~

  6. Linda

    argh!

  7. wizie

    yay, thanks… you dont know how many times i refreshed my comp today=) . thanks a lot.

  8. mells

    ahhh .. that beach scene was way too painful.
    gong yoo is such a good actor. for a minute there, just watching his facial expressions and the tears forming in his eyes – holding back an embrace he would would’ve expressed to the person he loves, really made me believe that Eun Chan was really a guy!

    and the soundtrack fits beautifully as well~

    thanks soo much for the summaries!

  9. Arriane

    Thanks for the summaries!! I love ’em. Oh, how I wish she’d tell him her true gender now! Coffee Prince is so great!

  10. 10 Mai

    Wow… simply wow.

  11. 11 Kaye

    this episode is too sad for me to watch so i’ll just wait for the next one..(Even though i’ll probably end up watching it anyways ^_^)

  12. 12 Bamidele

    Sun Ki: “But you’re a girl. Well, I suppose it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman. The important part is a person liking another person.”

    Great line, and so true, all that matters is that you like a person regardless of their sex, love isn’t and shouldn’t be limited by such things. That is one of the reasons I like this drama, it shows how love doesn’t see in such a black and white fashion!!

  13. 13 skye824

    thank you, thank you, thank you!

  14. 14 gail

    i’ve been hitting “refresh” a lot too! thank you javabeans. man, i can’t wait for tomorrow to come. dang this drama. i don’t want to have an outside life anymore.

  15. 15 Vickstar*

    OMG! ^.^ So quick with your summary! I SO need to watch this episode now …… *cries in frustration* T_T

  16. 16 winnie

    thank you so much for your summaries. i really love the series, and i also love your site. thanks again for your work!

  17. 17 wizie

    hmm… i saw a little bit of the preview. Of course i don’t understand korean but was there an instance that Eun Chan was being dragged away from Han gyul’s car and he followed her afterwards?

  18. 18 Orange

    That beach scene was so well done! As well as when both Han Gyul and Eun Chan were crying, Han Gyul in his car and Eun Chan at the Cafe. Yoon Eun Hye and Gong Yoo are just two amazing!

  19. 19 Bamidele

    The beach scene is really a poignant moment in this drama so far, it is filled with unfulfilled desires and so on. I have to say I love the part where he is slowly embracing her as she is sleeping, it is just full of so much wanting and love it makes a person ache to feel that way about someone. I am really excited for tomorrows episode and what it to come.

  20. 20 patty g

    i was wondering when how long will eun chan and han gyul beat around the bush, i guess this is the episode… the tension and awareness between them during the recent episodes were evident. i can’t wait for your episode to see the outcome.

    thanks, javabeans…

  21. 21 Orange

    I’ve been waiting anxiously like a crack-head for your update.
    Thank you.

    That last scene segment sounds so painful. HG and EC can really bring the heartbreak.

  22. 22 rainey

    I’ve been waiting anxiously like a crack-head for your update.
    Thank you.

    That last scene segment sounds so painful. HG and EC can really bring the heartbreak.

  23. 23 repjans

    My heart bleeds for Choi Han Gyul. T__T It must be very painful loving someone and yet you cant have that person because you know its not right. This is my saddest episode so far.
    Only Go Eun Chan can solve both their dilemma, but i dont want the truth to be out yet.
    The preview for episode 10 looks cheerful though..
    Cant wait for my 10th cup tonight ^^

    Thanks a lot javabeans^^

  24. 24 icechocolate

    OMG, I have drink the ninth cup, thank you for your treat, javabeans. I can’t wait until tomorrow.

  25. 25 Eve

    Oh the beach scene was divine…i always watch the episode then read your summary hehe

  26. 26 riyumi

    i lost my words….i hope too that they’ll expose her true gender soon, it’s just too painful to see them suffering not knowing that they could really be together….ah..
    anyway, thanks for the summary again!

  27. 27 jo

    Wow, i cannot wait eun chan tell han ghul that she’s actually a girl!!!!THanks javabean for updating us bout this drama series!!!!

  28. 28 charm

    OMG! i just read the summary at a leisurely pace, digesting everything.. thank you so much for your great writing and for understanding the fact that you are an addicted person’s link to sanity. it’s not even funny how many times i refresh your page. and i’m supposedly at work right now, in my desk at the office. i am so in trouble. thank you dear javabeans! can’t say it enough. God bless you! i wanted to sound more upbeat and grateful but the tears stinging my eyes and threatining to fall is really distracting! argh. the pain, the torment.. such a heartwrenching episode. *sniff* so sad. episode 10 you better be good… :)

  29. 29 Jellybeanz

    thanks for this!
    gosh without your summaries i think i’d die waiting for subs!
    GREAT WORK! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  30. 30 jennyo

    He is going to be pissed when he finds out that “he” is a GIRL
    She has made him so miserable

  31. 31 coffee lover

    thanks for the cup of coffee, as always! :)

  32. 32 kaia

    the beach scene was superb. goong yoo’s acting is excellent. he wasn’t saying anything but his actions and his eyes showed you the pain he was in. he loves eun chan but tries to stop himself. and in that moment when she was sleeping, he did what his heart wanted to do which was get close to her as a man to another man (hehehhe, we all know she’s a woman). he touched her hair, snuggled next to her, and hugged her. and then, he realized that he can’t do it. you can tell everything was hard for him. but he decides that he can’t go no further. and so it begins, he pushes her away. parts of the preview for next episode suggest that they’ll be working together as hyung-dongsaeng. but i’m interested with the part han sung will play in all of this. coz it seems that he fell for our dear chan. and with the arrival of dk and his wavering feeling for yu ju, would he persue her? how would han gyul handle the attention given by his cousin to my chan? it’s 7 more eps so i don’t know what to say.

  33. 33 Iranian Espresso

    Hello Dear Javabeans
    8:20 AM
    Thank you for your excellent summary.
    I think these songs ” Love? What’s it? (or What is love? ) (artist: Yang Pa) ” and
    ” I love you (artist: lly) ” are really beautiful and you can use them for random songs (or half-random songs :) ) .
    beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank You.

  34. 34 noemi

    best scene definitely the beach hugging scene..

    gong yoo owned the scene..
    i actually feel sorry for him…
    i can’t comment any further becuase my heart is still aching…
    hehehe

  35. 35 ever

    ahhhh this ep hurt. they’re both so hurt and u just wanna bawl
    i love this series! TY so very much javabeans!

  36. 36 emma

    another great episode.. wonder when he’l find out her gender.. i guess they just drag it till the end so that he can just be happy to learn that she’s a girl after all that he went through to suppress his feelings.. he can finally be with her without gender issue.. lolxx

  37. 37 tooizzy

    WOW. I think that maybe she will try to be more feminine towards the end? I don’t think that they’ll just leave her like that looking boyish even though it would be cute.

  38. 38 teokong

    THANK YOU very much for all your summaries. You’re wonderful. Love this drama.

  39. 39 eej

    This episode started a bit sluggish but thankfully picked up pace a bit on the end. I still love the last episode when she kissed him out of the blue. Hopefully the upcoming episodes will do better. C’mon now, don’t drag the suspense all the way to the end; it’ll get too annoying and stupid.

  40. 40 Faye

    goodness. i LOVE this site!! ^^

    this episode was sooooo dramatic!! i wonder what’s going to be in episode 10.

    @__@”~~

  41. 41 secret admirer

    Wasn’t that something special?
    Sigh! those hands shots, those lovely hands shots! Feel the poignant silence. See the way the camera kept lingering on Han Gyul’s tortured face. Beautifully done, Ms. PD.
    OMG, how they’ve all suffered – Han Gyul/Eun Chan for all the things kept unsaid and Han Sung/Yu Ju for all things that were said. **sniffs sniffs**

    “I just want a perfect world…”-Arco.

    This drama has the BEST music compilation, hands down.
    As always, thank you javabeans for your speedy recap and insightful analysis.

  42. 42 Anonymous

    I wiksh she would just scream “I’M A GIRL!”…. but then who would want to watch that right? its getting better each episode.

  43. 43 Marzy

    OMg!! this was such a tension filled eppie. Agghhhh YEH and GY are doing such a great job!! Im just tearing up after watching those last scenes, ouch!! I wanna see tonight’s ep already!!!

  44. 44 Yopoyop

    THANK YOU THANK YOU !!
    Ah !!!!
    ^.^

  45. 45 Eunice

    hi!!
    thank you so much for all your hard work 😀
    your reviews are amazingly helpful, they give me a much better
    understanding of coffee prince and also the music is awesomeee!

    i was just wondering where you watch coffee prince episodes
    i have a hard time finding them

    once again, THANK YOU!!

  46. 46 Mimi

    I’ve really been refreshing your page non-stop!!Thank you for the summary!!You are the best and keep on doing it!Fighting!I am looking forward to see the next episode!

  47. 47 NewYorker

    Your written story of Episode 9 is tooooo good. It tempted me to look forward watching this episode in few weeks.

  48. 48 snow_drop*

    Seriously, I have been checking your website more than three times today just in hopes that you write about episode 9. Heheheh,^_^

    A difficult episode indeed but all the more it’s getting to the point. For some reason I feel like every episode has a point of its own and doesn’t seem somehow to bore me even though the story is similar to what I wrote…well the girl as a boy that is… ^^

    Well, hope to read the next summary soon since I don’t know korean and can’t be up to date with the episodes in korean, thus ending up reading summaries, enjoyable though.

  49. 49 Phuong

    Thax for your summary. The plot is getting cliche somehow….
    I prefer reading the novel…

  50. 50 Nali

    thanks 4 da summary, im sooooo addicted that i’ll get as much info as i can get on the new ep!!! and your summarys are really great. thanks for the time and effort. i wonder whats going to happen in ep.10, well hopefully we won’t have a long time to find out since the ep is out again. thanks again dramabeans :)

  51. 51 Anonymous

    Have to say THANK YOU SO MUCH Javabeans. Keep Up great work!!!!!
    Coffee Prince: nothing to say more except EXCELENT JOB!!!
    EUN HYE and GOONG YOO FIGHTING!!!!

  52. 52 Ange

    Woah, talk about intense episode.

  53. 53 Anonymous

    thank you for the summary!! I have one question, how come you never post any preview for the next epi?

  54. 54 dee

    Thank you so much Javabeans! I actually never watch things raw but recently I’ve gotten into the habit of reading your summary while watching the raw. :) This was a great yet painful episode. I was pretty much a mess during the beach scene. :( I can’t wait for episode 10! Oh, btw the song that was playing during Yi Ju and Eun Chan’s meeting was Kings of Kings Of Convenience(I love them! So surprised to hear them here)’s “I don’t know what I can save you from”. I have uploaded it to MU so you can add it to the ost. http://www.megaupload.com/?d=041BWHXV

    Thanks again for you hard work! :)

  55. 55 kathkath

    thank you thank you thank you! more development indeed … i am so wishing to be able to watch it… thanks for sharing as always .. you’re the best!

  56. 56 Belle

    Javabeans,
    First off I just want to thank you for your synopsis of this drama, and the book. I don’t understand Korean, but am addicted to Korean drama’s, especially this one. I’ve been watching Korean drama’s for almost a year now, and this so far is the best one I’ve watched. We’ve past the half way mark and I don’t see it letting us down or pissing us off.

    I liked the beach scene, but for me the most heart wrenching part was when he was telling her at the cafe not to come back. As you translated…

    Han Gyul: “Is this easy for you? Ah, I guess it is. It’s no big deal for you. This is just difficult for me.”

    OMG!!! You’re gay…I’m not gay…but I love you…and I can’t be with you…it hurts!!!

    It’s killing me!!!

    Thanks for everything!!! :-)

  57. 57 javabeans

    holy moly you guys are fast with the replies! (I’m just relieved the site’s managed to hold up without any noticeable errors. Yet. *knock on wood* If the site withstands tomorrow’s onslaught, it’ll be able to last, I’m sure.)

    Bamidele, I love that Sun Ki line, but in addition to the sentiment itself, I also particularly enjoy how nonchalant and non-scandalous the issue is to him. Yes, he does know Eun Chan is female, but I get the sense his reaction would be pretty much the same if he didn’t know.

    I’ve been impressed with Gong Yoo’s silent acting as well. The scene on the beach was really well-acted, I thought. Subtle but with impact.

    secret admirer, yes to the awesome music. For me, it’s still a toss-up with Soulmate, but I figure I won’t give myself a headache trying to rhetorically argue which is “better,” lol. Coffee Prince DOES have the upper hand in using some wonderful Korean music as well — Soulmate relied heavily on European and Japanese artists, as well as other mainstream Western music. Coffee Prince uses some quality Korean musicians, which I appreciate.

    dee, thanks for the song. I’ll be updating the main list periodically so I’ll include that.

    Anon, I don’t post previews for the next episode for a few reasons, but mainly because I’m staunchly anti-spoiler. Sometimes I don’t even watch the previews. I try really hard to avoid spoilers, and if any of the comments mentioned something in the Ep 10 preview, I immediately skipped and tried not to read it. Seriously, if I didn’t know Korean, I think a site like this one would be my biggest fear — I’d probably avoid it altogether until I saw all the episodes. LOL. Ah, irony.

  58. 58 Winnie27

    Thanks so much for your summaries – you seem to have a knack for describing things that make the actual waiting for the episode a little easier to bear and like Belle said I seem to be addicted to Korean dramas!!!!!

    Just a general question to anyone who might be reading thins – I’ve registered on Soompi but haven’t yet received my confirmation email – can anyone help. The site says that you get the email automatically

  59. 59 applemg06

    Thank you Javabeans for ep. 9 summary! ^_^ **HUGS**

  60. 60 ames4eva

    ahhhh, i can’t wait to watch this episode with subs!!! thanks sooooooo much!

  61. 61 beng

    Oh gosh, i cried. this is heavy man. I hope she will tell him already =(, but then it will be too hard to continue the story. i mean it might end abruptly. I wonder what’s happening in the book. that’s what i’m gonna rread next. thanks so much for this, javebeans. God BLess

  62. 62 Vjah

    Reading from the summary, this is the best episode for me so far. I am still downloading this episode and I am very excited to watch this too. So sad for HG to face such conflicting emotions and EC get hurt from hiding hers. Such intense emotions radiating from the stills.
    Simple but very clear and expressive delivery of the scene. I like this of Gong Yoo and see more and more of Eun Hye too.

  63. 63 Vjah

    Thanks! :)

  64. 64 beng

    Hahaha, i read through some of the comments and it seems i’m not the only one in pins and needles waiting for your transcription of Episode 9. i can’t work waiting for it and kept looking at your site since 8am this morning (Phils. time). You’re such a good storyteller. You even give interpretations on their feelings which you don’t get by just reading the subs. Subs are so fast sometimes that you tend to lose those things, i mean really feel the emotions of the characters. thanks so much. god bless you (^-^)

  65. 65 Anonymous

    thank you so much for the update, the beach scene was way too painful for me that i totally sympathise with han gyul. the facial & body expressions that gong yoo projected was really fantastic. what the heck, eun chan just should reveal her real gender to him and save them all the troubles. i’ll be eagerly looking out for it tonight.

    by the way there was 1 scene where the guys ha rim & sun ki danced around in the cafe with eun chan & min yub making sounds with the utensils, that scene gave a very happy mood =)

  66. 66 Anonymous

    I’m crazy over Coffee Prince. Been coming to your blog everyday to read your summaries and all. Thanks heaps, dramabeans. Wonder how you get this out so fast!

  67. 67 fadlah

    oh, so sad…

    thanks for the recap

  68. 68 djes

    I just started watching this series last night, and now I am in the middle of epi 3. Can’t wait to go home and continue watching!
    But I’ve been religiously read the summary here, and somehow it made everything clearer and understandable while watching itself.

    But, unfortunately, I had problems with your site lately. I often cannot see the post after I clicked the “more” link. My page were just loading, but then it can’t showed anything but the header and the bottom ads..
    Anyway, it’s not big deal, I just keep refreshing it several times. I think I need to inform you about it.

    Once again, thanks Javabeans! You’re the best~

  69. 69 jinkzzmec

    Thank goodness…i thought i was the only one who is going crazy about waiting for the next episode of coffee prince…i feel like kicking myself in the @$$ for watching the series before it was completed and now i’m on pins and needles tryng to wait for the next episode to be posted. You are heaven sent Javabeans for translating the episode…God knows that i have been watching the episodes without any english subtitles but since i came accross your blog…it makes all the difference in the world. Now i can at least understand what is going on with the episodes instead of just guessing…hahaha….ninth cup is really good…it was almost too painful for me to watch Gong Yoo in that beach scene…you can really feel the tension …it is all written in his face…the longing of badly wanting to be with someone you love, yet you know it is not possible…my heart goes out to him…sigh…sigh…i had the sinking feeling in my stomach after watching that episode…hope tenth cup would be more uplifting…I was trying to try to understand the dialogue in the preview for episode 10 and i can pick up a word here and there….i am not sure if it was Ha Rim’s voice but it seems like he was asking if Eun Chan is a girl…i may have misunderstood….i have played the preview more than 10 times already trying to understand it…is it possible that eun chan’s gender be revealed in epi 10? that is just my guess…i am hoping that will be the case….the wait is sheer torture…aigoo

  70. 70 Anonymous

    anybody realizes that he might go to states when he finds out about eun chan ..or even because he feels he’s gay ..and suddenly his grandma sends him to states????

    overall, i like this drama more than anything else/// i even wake up every monday and tuesday morning , wondering the next episode will be!!!

  71. 71 Acey

    Sigh… what I really like is how despite Han Gyul’s (all-too-evident) imperfections, all you really really want is for him simply to be loved :(

  72. 72 yakatoo

    speechless. am stunned, am seriously in love with this. unbelievable. thanks javabeans. :)

  73. 73 Iranian Espresso

    Anonymous,
    Dear,
    Are you watch CP online?
    If it’s ok, is Ep9 on YouTube?
    Thank you very much.

  74. 74 Samantha

    OMG, i just read this episode and it was great even though there were some confusing parts… but the cute moments like when they first held hands was so adorable… but i do feel sorry for eun shan though. Thanks for the summary i can’t wait to watch it

  75. 75 rtj1203

    i have been surfing in and out of your site every 30 minutes from 8 am til 6 pm today hoping you for an update on coffee prince (for both the novel and the tv drama)… and boy am i glad that i persevered… he he he … keep it up… as all of us keep on telling you…. you’re quite great at it!

  76. 76 wizie

    i think han gyul is going to give in towards the end. I saw a preview part 2. Its more interesting=) For those interested use your resourcefulness. Sorry i know javabeans you don’t want spoilers. But still no one can surpass your literally skills. Your insights and interpretation made me understand more what’s going on=) thanks again.

    being at the other side of the world sucks. i have to wait i guess til morning there to see what happened in ep 10=(.

  77. 77 wizie

    Oh-oh, we’re getting closer to the part where she reveals her true gender….ah, how exciting!

  78. 78 Fluffy

    OMG. It’s been awhile since I’ve been so addicted to a drama! I keep on trying to stop and wait till its all out so I’ll bypast this agonizing wait for the next episode… but alas, I have yet to succeed… And thank you Dramabean for fueling my addiction!

    I so feel for Han Gyul- I think ever since the hug and his sigh, hand on heart scene in ep.7- the poor guy is in pain. But, there’s two things that bugs me though:
    One is Han Song- HE kissed HER, so shouldn’t he be the one to sort it out… sort of cowardly, don’t you think? Avoiding her calls… be a man and sort it out, even if its just to say ‘sorry about the other night’ and ‘sorry, I can’t see you at the moment.. there’s something I need to sort out… ‘ etc. Honestly…
    Then it bothers me why Eun Chan doesn’t tell Han Gyul her gender when its obvious of the pain he’s in. From what has been shown so far… there’s no bigger reason to hide her gender, is there? Anyway, I guess if she just came out and said it, that would be a pretty short series…

    Just love it. I’m anticipating and dreading the day when it’s all over!! No more constantly wondering whats gonna happen next…. whats gonna happen next… Isn’t it Monday yet?? Gotta get home to watch… I wonder if the summary is up?? etc etc. maybe I can get back to my life when it is over!!

  79. 79 Karina

    NNNNooooooooo!!!!….
    I thought she was going to tell him already…
    Oh well Episode 11 is tomorrow!!! Can’t wait.
    Its kinda unfair to HanGyul also to make him think that he is gay.
    Atleast for Eun Chan she knows that she likes a guy. There’s no inner conflict.

  80. 80 kelso311

    thanks! you’re a gifted writer – imaginative and artistic yet so precise. I can actually picture the situations merely from your descriptions. I appreciate your taking time out to do this for us.

  81. 81 ZigzagCatcher

    Wow…I at a loss for words. So didn’t see this coming. Was a bit of a shocker. Thanks for your blog! It helped a lot in understanding.

  82. 82 weeeeeeee

    u guys need to understand how embbarssing it would be for the both of them if she reveals her gender!! HG has said and done many things infront of her that shouldn’t be said or done infront of a gurl..also he has a lot of pride so u can imagin how awkward it would be later… he might even start to detest her for not telling him the truth! plus she as a character doesn’t knw of his pain and torment because she can’t see it since he keeps it hidden from her..like when he stopped talking to her after the beach scene! how could she knw wat happened when she was sleeping..or like in the hugging scene he said it was nothing so how would she knw how much he was affected afterwards! i thing the revelation should happen later or else this drama will be no diff than other dramas

  83. 83 Daifeng

    How bitter sweet. A good friend and a great lover both loss over something so stupid. True feeling should never lies under the skin. Expressing them is the best way to cope and to accept either the win or the lost. I hope all of you out there can truely epress “who you are” and not “what you are” Han Kyul and Eun Chan forever. Fighting Keep on doing your best

  84. 84 Auntie Mame

    Not to minimize Gong Yoo’s acting, which is great. But the directing in this episode is fantastic, especially the beach scene with them on the blanket. I agree with Weeeeee’s reasoning that revealing her gender, which she ultimately has to do, will be devastating to his pride. And, if he finds out that everyone else knew and he was the only left in the dark, he’s going to think that everyone made a fool of him. I also agree that he’s revealed a lot of himself to her because he thought he was bonding with a guy. And, he may not have been so unreserved if he had known that she was a girl. Oh, oppa/hyung, she’s really dug herself in a hole now!

  85. 85 JH

    I really love the direction that this drama is taking. I started watching Coffee Prince because I thought it would just be one of those fun and frivolous dramas, but it’s turned out to have so much more meaning than I had aniticipated. I love the little personal moments, like Han Gyul at the beach and Eun Chan with her text messaging. So sweet yet so so sad at the same time. The beach scene was so effective because, as the viewer, we know what’s really going on, but Han Gyul is in such a struggle with himself, and it’s really hard to see that. And honestly, it’s a little discomfitting to watch because Han Gyul does think that Eun Chan’s a guy. As a viewer, I even feel how Han Gyul might’ve been feeling. Great drama…so much more than I expected!
    And thanks for your summaries, just in case I missed something!

  86. 86 Turtlegirl21

    After the previews for 10 and 11 I am dying. I watched 10 and OMG, but without your summary I am a little bit out. If that makes sence. Thanks as always!

  87. 87 eej

    Honestly now… if you have a normal functioning brain, how can you not tell the difference? They were very close. They ate, slept, played and worked together and he was NOT able to tell or see the difference? Oh, this is a TV show… sorry about that. Anyway, thanks for letting me rant.

  88. 88 tooizzy

    This series has my sister and I, waiting until 2am on the east coast for the raw. Thank you sooo much for your recaps. We read them first then watch the episode. We are both addicted. This series has us on emotional highs and lows. Some times it’s just too much we have to pause and then calm ourselves and press play. Beautiful story, Great recaps what else can I say. THANKS A BUNCH!! :-)

  89. 89 Philippa

    OMG why don’t she just tell him, but of course that would like totally ruin their relationship. IT just sucks that they’re not talking. I want to watch the video so much!!! With subtitles of course. I’m going to be away for a month and I don’t know how I’m going to live without your summaries dramabeans! lol. I really LOVE this drama! At first, I thought it was going to be borring from episode 6 like Air City, lol. I just watched the last episode yesterday and it was okay.
    I wish that in the end of it’s drama, it’s going to be a couple years later and she’s going to be back from another country (I don’t know why would she go to leave the country but whatever..) and she would come back as like a girly girl with long hair and stuff! That would be awesome!!!!! lol.
    Thanks a lot for writing the summary! I’m going to the internet cafe’s to read your summaries! lol.

  90. 90 babyelephant

    i love this drama…thanks javabeans..anyway, i’m gonna make a prediction. Let say, EC will ask HK will he love her if she was a girl…then HK will say something like,no he doesnt bcoz he prefer sweet girl like yu ju…then deep in his heart he will say something like ‘if you were a girl..i’m going to love you like crazy’..or something like that..haha then EC get dissappointed..and leave. Somehow, HK realise she was a girl..then regreted everything he has said to her earlier on…anyway, this is just my imagination…to fill the desperation of wanting to know what will happen in the next 6 episodes….why can’t they air this drama like everyday, instead of twice a week…*sigh*…..

  91. 91 apple

    thank you, can’t wait till E10’s blog entry ^^
    it was soo good.. watching it, and then reading your entries makes it better.

    thank you.

  92. 92 len

    hi! it seems i am not the only one who is starting to do some guessing regarding the relationship of the 2 main characters. excitement is really building up. it might be too soon to discover that she is a GIRL because there are still 6 more episodes. Right?
    maybe Han Gyul will just tell her that he doesn’t care if people will discover their relationship. he is too overwhelmed with his emotion. but because of the effect of being gay to his family, he will again get upset with himself and Eun Chan. maybe he will go to america so he’ll forget his feeling to Eun Chan. While he’s in america (New York?) both of them will be miserable. during that time, other characters will discover her gender and will accept her especially Han Gyul’s family. because of being miserable and missing Eun Chan, Han Gyul will go home and will fell in love to this “lady” not knowing it is Eun Chan. A twist to the story….
    anyway, can not wait to go home and watch Episode 10 and Javabeans’ summary.

  93. 93 asian-buzz.com

    Thank you so much! Man… this episode is so touching. It looks like they will be talking to each other again in episode 10. So people, don’t get too depressed!! :)

  94. 94 tooizzy

    OH man oh man. Can’t wait for 10 recap. Sleep people it’ll be there later on. I’m taking nap…hahaha

  95. 95 Julie Anne

    OMG that was so good!! you rock, i mean seriously!! i can’t stop it! i want to read this so bad again and again :) thanks really for translating all the stuff because i can’t understand a bit of korean except for araso, kumao, saranghaeyo and some basic stuffs & i think you got it 😛 well i’m really thankful that you’re translating all the stuff…i mean like if we have to wait for every video to have an english subs i wouldn’t be able to wait because it’s taking them a while because i know it’s hard to but the eng subs on the video!!

    ***Again thank you so much & god bless you!! AJA AJA Fighting!!! Gong Yoo & Yoon Eun Hye rocks on this one & i hope that sooner, in this series, Yoon Eun Hye tells Gong Yoo that she’s really a girl so that Gong Yoo wouldn’t be so confuse about being like a gay & you know…haha well thanks a lot 😀 ***

    visit me at http://www.crunchyroll.com/user/yamapijulie

    i would love to share some other great korean dramas! fighting!

  96. 96 Jane

    I feel like we’ve reached an important point where if she doesn’t just tell him that she’s a woman I’m going to start cursing at my monitor… ok up to this point she had the “I’d rather be a good friend than have him reject me as a girl” excuse, but now that’s shot to hell right? So now if she doesn’t tell him it’s just going to drag on like so many Korean dramas where they have to make stupid plot choices just to avoid writing themselves into a hole where one character has to tell another character whatever secret they’ve been keeping for the whole series. Well anyway I really am enjoying this show so far, and hopefully it will continue in not disappointing me. Thank you so much for summarizing this and so many other dramas, you’re really the best!

    Can’t wait for episode 10…

  97. 97 sky

    Thank you Javabeans for summarizing Coffee Prince. Love the song “Across the Ocean” SO MUCH. I’ve only been watching up to ep7 but had read your summary up to 9. This drama is quit moving, touches something unique-love for another human being in a deeper level than pure physical, across gender. Issue that had crossed my mind here and there when trying to uderstand the homosexuality world and trying to learn something when faces with high heterosexuality divorce rate in America ( not that this drama is anthing homosexual). Special drama, cute, and fun so far with meaningful issue. Thanks Javabeans for all your hard work.

  98. 98 ash

    thanks so much!!!

  99. 99 Anonymous

    This thing is already out with Chinese sub for some reason. Don’t ask me how… :)
    http://www.youtube.com/user/aza0aza

  100. 100 catinmyfridge

    This thing is already out with Chinese sub for some reason. Don’t ask me how… :)
    http://www.youtube.com/user/aza0aza

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