Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 12
by | February 7, 2008 | 51 Comments

“Do I LOOK like a hooker to you?!”

Got to give a girl her due: Sung Yuri did a great job in this episode. When a character is as over-the-top as Enok (the eating, the joking, the goofiness), it’s always a danger that the real emotional moments don’t resonate. But she’s manages to switch between jokey cheer to pretty convincing sobs, somehow making the transition work.

We’re also halfway through the series. How will things continue? No clue!


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Chang Whe stuns Enok with his sudden hug, purposely keeping her from noticing Gil Dong. Gil Dong, who doesn’t see them, rejoins Yeon and Gom, although the latter is experiencing some sort of traumatic episode. Although they haven’t yet explained the source of Gom’s periodic mood swings into near-catatonia, it looks like we’ll probably be exploring that topic soon enough.

At the pier, Lady Noh faces Minister Hong, who arrives to inspect the bloody aftermath. Unfortunately for Hong (fortunately for Lady Noh), every single one of Choi’s men has been killed, meaning there’s nobody to question about Choi’s explosives. Lady Noh offers her apologies — but there was no time, and they were forced to act quickly lest Choi get away. Hong is forced to accept her explanation although he doesn’t buy it.

Gil Dong continues through the village, only to run into In Hyung. Ever the coward, In Hyung has commanded his troops onward, then stepped back to avoid the fighting. In Hyung commands the hooded stranger to stop, and Gil Dong hesitates — how to escape without showing his face? — just as someone smashes a jar over his brother’s head.

It’s Eun Hye, who’s arrived frantically looking for Gil Dong, fearing for his safety. Gil Dong’s reaction is partly grateful, partly alarmed that she’s put herself in danger. Furthermore, if she’s caught associating with a thief, no good will come to either of them.

In Hyung starts to stir, so Gil Dong grabs Eun Hye and runs — but they’re soon cornered by guards. After a moment of hesitation, Gil Dong does the best thing he can think of —

— which is to take her “hostage.” It keeps her safe and out of suspicion, and allows them to make a retreat. It’s kind of sweet that as Gil Dong is again made into the villain, Eun Hye holds his hand in a gesture of affection.

They take temporary shelter in an empty barn, where Gil Dong sees that Eun Hye has injured the foot that has lost its shoe, cut on a broken shard.

She downplays the injury, but he feels guilty that she was hurt because of him: “How could you run on this?” Her: “Because I thought running quickly would get you out of danger.”

While Gil Dong tends to her bloody foot, he drops the pouch Enok had made for him. Eun Hye notices.

In the village, Enok asks a calmer Chang Whe what that was all about. What did he mean, losing someone? Why did he hug her? She wonders if he was worried since she’s been upset with him lately. He admits it, to which she assures, “That wasn’t because I hated you, it was because it seemed like you were making a mistake.”

Chang Whe tells her that the incident with Choi has been settled, and all the girls returned to their families. She congratulates him soundly, proud of him. Chang Whe asks if she’d been accosted by any strange people. Enok: “How did you know?”

Some men had tried to attack her earlier, when her grandfather knocked on her door. They told her to send him away, so Enok replied that she was resting, feeling full from having overeaten. Grandpa then barged in and displayed some of his heretofore hidden fighting skills, informing them, “My granddaughter has never once in her life been full!”

Enok tells Chang Whe not to worry; she mentions her tall moonlit helper as an example of her good luck. Based on the description, Chang Whe realizes it’s Gil Dong, but Enok tells him the man couldn’t reveal his identity to her. Chang Whe tells her, “Since he hid his identity from you, I don’t want to tell you.”

Minister Seo hears of Eun Hye’s disappearance from her doddering old nanny, who says that if she’s with Gil Dong, at least she’ll be safe (aw, the nanny gives Gil Dong credit, even if she’s the World’s Worst Chaperone). That doesn’t alleviate Seo’s anxiety: “If she was kidnapped, it’s trouble. If she followed because she likes him, even more trouble.” How can he find his daughter quietly, without bringing attention to the issue? If only there were some sort of sneaky, discreet organization with high-placed contacts who could find her for him…

Which takes him to Lady Noh. Who is not pleased to hear that Gil Dong is alive and that Chang Whe engaged his help to block the guardsmen. She blames Gil Dong for thwarting their plans, although really, it was Chang Whe’s doing this time. Your wooden little puppet is cutting his strings and becoming a real boy.

Gil Dong finishes bandaging Eun Hye’s foot (longest – bandaging – sequence – ever) and tells her to be more careful. He tells her she only thinks this is fun because she’s never been truly hurt.

Eun Hye: “It’s true, I’ve never been hurt. It’s because I’ve never involved myself in anything before.”
Gil Dong: “Now that you know what happens when you do things you’ve never done before, don’t act like this again. Just live as you have. The reason I’ve let your actions go before is because you knew which line not to cross. But today, you crossed that line.”
Eun Hye: “I was so worried for you, I couldn’t do nothing.”
Gil Dong: “That’s crossing the line. You can’t go any farther. Go back to your side of the line. You’re smart, so you should know well.”
Eun Hye: “Yes, I know.”
Gil Dong: “Then go home now.”
Eun Hye: “Hong Gil Dong. Because of you, I was injured for the first time. But being hurt because of you is okay.”
Gil Dong: “Is it because you’ve never been hurt badly enough that you have no fear?”
Eun Hye: “I’m afraid of being hurt. If I don’t want to get hurt, I should quit.”
Gil Dong: “Don’t come by anymore.”
Eun Hye: “Come here on next full moon then. For our last time. If I’m to return to my side of the line for good, I have to have a final time. I’m not stupid, so afterward, I’ll go back to my side.”

Gil Dong is gentle but firm, and frankly, I dig Eun Hye’s maturity in handling the situation. I really like the exchange, because it’s a mature discussion between two people who see reality, even if they don’t like it.

Enok realizes how little she knows about Chang Whe and asks him questions — she has no idea what he does, or even his name. He answers that she shows him around today, he’ll tell her his name. And so they spend the day eating at food stalls, browsing, wandering the village. The fuzzy-focus scenes tell us it’s supposed to be cute and romantic.

Shim Chung is sent to convey the gratitude of all the girls the bandits saved. She addresses Su Geun by the formal word for “older brother” (as his sister had called him) which moves him, giving him a sense of closure about her death. And while I thought Lopsided or One-Balled Bandit was an amusing enough nickname, Gil Dong clearly one-ups me — he’s notes that Su Geun’s become more emotional ever since he’s become “Half Geun.” HA!

Chung mentions that the villagers’ name for the bandits: “Hwal Bin Dang,” which refers to the group’s status as defenders of the poor. They like the sound of it — it’s cool — and even Gil Dong, who acts nonchalant on the outside, is moved.” Poetically, they’ve been given a name by the people, and it’s as though that gesture has solidified them into a true group.

At the end of the day, Chang Whe honors his promise and tells Enok his full name — but she must not say it aloud, or tell it to anybody. Enok is flattered when he explains why he told her: “The thought that you know my name makes me think I can live my life more honorably.”

Hesitantly, Enok asks if he’s come to care for her. She’s not sure because she lacks awareness (intuition), but his actions today seem to support that idea. Chang Whe smiles, and tells her cryptically, “For someone lacking awareness to have caught on to that extent, that means I’ve been quite…” He trails off, then tells her to follow her intuition. Enok wonders what the hell he means.

Regarding his latest actions, Chang Whe assures Lady Noh:

“It’s not that I am doubting. I’m simply looking for a way out. If I don’t do so now, later when I realize I’ve taken the wrong road, I will have lost my return path. Right now, more than searching for an exit, I must search within myself.”

Meanwhile, Grandpa Heo eagerly thinks of marrying Enok off to him, and brings her one of the gisaeng’s hanboks so she can appear more ladylike. Enok: “How can the Moonlight Shadow wear a skirt?”

Belatedly, she remembers Gil Dong’s lost sunglasses, and asks Chung about them, who tells her she used the broken glass to cut through her ropes. The rest of the glasses must still be back in the warehouse. Enok starts to rush off, despite Chung’s cautions that she should wait until morning. Chung remarks, “You’re just like he described — you really will rush headlong into things.” That stops Enok short — “him”? Does that mean her Moonlit Man is someone she knows?

Gil Dong and Su Geun are the last to leave their temporary shelter, having sent the bandits home one by one, and Su Geun takes the opportunity to propose some fun: they can dress in their upper-class clothes and visit the gisaeng house. (Gil Dong: “Think you’ll be okay, Half Geun?”)

Just then, Enok crashes in, sending Gil Dong into hiding.

She demands, “Did you think I wouldn’t know because I’m stupid? I should’ve figured it out back then!” His Doe Eyes comment should’ve been clue enough that he was the bandit leader.

Confirming that it is Su Geun, Enok greets him happily, and the two settle for a night of drinks and catching up.

Eun Hye has resigned herself to retreating to her former life, and offers no resistance at a hastened wedding. (Minister Seo worries that Gil Dong will spoil the marriage plans and thus ruin relations with Minister Hong; he hires Lady Noh to dispose of Gil Dong.)

In Hyung’s devoted worry brings him to Eun Hye. But having witnessed his cowardice in the village, her opinion of him has dropped even lower. When In Hyung foolishly vows to catch the villain who took her, Eun Hye’s disdain, added to her resignation over giving up Gil Dong, prompts a cold reply:

“How? You have no fighting skills, no wisdom, nor even the courage to step in. Just continue as you have, quietly, hiding in the back.”

It’s harsh, but deserved. I really do feel sorry for In Hyung here — he wasn’t suited to be a soldier (becoming a guard because he wasn’t smart enough to become an official) and is hanging in there the only way he knows how. Just as Gil Dong’s competence had always been restricted by his illegitimate birth, it’s as though In Hyung has been similarly restricted by being forced into positions he is incapable of handling.

Remembering how Gil Dong held onto his battered old pouch, Eun Hye decides to learn how to sew one to give him at their last meeting. She wonders sadly, “Will he treasure it?”

As Enok and Su Geun reminisce, Gil Dong watches from the sidelines. Su Geun accidentally slips and mentions Gil Dong’s name, but Enok doesn’t grow suspicious, saying merely, “I know he’s dead.” She assures Su Geun that she’s fine: “The living have to keep living.”

She describes working for the merchant company because of her friendship with Chang Whe, and I love Gil Dong’s sneer (above pic) in response to Enok’s description of Chang Whe as “that good-looking gentleman.” Enok admits that she thinks Chang Whe has feelings for her. Su Geun asks about her reaction to Chang Whe’s hug — Gil Dong leans in intently for her answer — but she changes the subject. (Su Geun sighs, “You’ve fallen for him, Doe Eyes.”)

A few drinks later, both tipsy now, Su Geun tries to cut the night short, but Enok asks him to stay a little longer. She likes talking to him because it reminds her of old days: “It feels like Gil Dong’s with us, like before.” Su Geun: “So you do still think of him.” Enok starts to tear at that: “But I shouldn’t think of Gil Dong. I forgot again.” Su Geun thinks it’s okay for her to think of him from time to time, but Enok shakes her head, crying: “It’s not good for me to think of Gil Dong. If I do, I can’t keep living.”

Enok: “I wouldn’t be able to sleep or eat, I’d just keep crying. I wouldn’t be able to tell if this was a dream or reality, and I’d see Gil Dong everywhere. No matter how I called out that I wanted to go with him, he’d just disappear without a word. Then I’d wake, and cry… I really couldn’t live on. In order to continue living, I decided not to think of Gil Dong anymore. What could I do? It’s not like he went hunting tigers or someplace I could go with him… Then as days went by, there’d be days I didn’t think of him. That’s how I lived. But… because I’m such a dummy… sometimes I forget that I shouldn’t think of him. When that happens, it hurts so much… that I can’t continue living. I wish my heart could become foolish too.”

In Hyung, reeling from Eun Hye’s coldness, gets so drunk at the club that a gisaeng asks for Grandpa Heo’s help in seeing him home. Seeing Minister Hong at home, Grandpa is struck again with the sense of familiarity, and all doubt is erased when he speaks — Hong is the man who killed Enok’s mother. He is their enemy.

As Gil Dong watches Enok sleep, she awakens briefly and sees him looking at her. But, sleepily dazed, she assumes it’s a dream, and murmurs, “Gil Dong… let’s go together…” before falling asleep again.

Chang Whe admits to Chisu:

“I didn’t tell Enok about him. Saying I had no reason to reveal a secret he’d taken care to hide is just an excuse. In truth, I couldn’t tell her because I knew that if she met him, I’d lose her.”

I have to say, I love the composition of this shot — they’re in the same space but there’s distance between them, and even the frame divides them with the hanging curtain.

As Enok awakens, Gil Dong leaves. Thinking she dreamt it all, she wanders over to where Gil Dong had been sitting, and touches the wall — only to find it still warm.

Confused, she wonders — “Was he really here? Was it not a dream? It wasn’t a dream!”

She races outside in time to see Gil Dong walking away, his posture familiar. She calls out, half in disbelief: “It’s not a dream. Gil Dong, it’s you, isn’t it? It’s really you!”

He remains silent, though he looks like he’s about to burst into tears. He turns to face her.

Enok: “It’s… really you. But this isn’t a dream. Or is it?”
Gil Dong: “It’s not a dream.”
Enok: “Then… are you a ghost?”
Gil Dong: “I’m not a ghost either.”
Enok: “Then… is it really you?”
Gil Dong: “Dummy.”


I wonder if this will be a turning point for both Eun Hye and In Hyung. It’s no secret I like both of them perhaps more than I ought, but they’re such great, complex characters. And like Eun Hye said, she’s a smart cookie — when she decides to give Gil Dong up, she’ll do it. So will something change her mind, or does she perhaps marry In Hyung anyway? Never could two people be so mismatched and doomed to make each other miserable. Except perhaps Minister Hong and his wife, and we know the results of that: one pathetic coward of a son. But maybe it’s in the genes.

By sheer virtue of the fact that there are twelve episodes left, I must believe that our main couple’s happiness cannot be long-lived. I get this. But please — can’t they just have one happy episode? Or just one date. Or one measly happy scene. When you have two characters with chemistry who SO CLEARLY WANT to be together, how can you keep them apart for long? Now that’s just cruel.


51 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Baobao

    YAY i kept refreshing lol sung yuri is definitely rocking her character!! I can’t wait to see how things work out!!

  2. alynizzle

    Man, I’ve been waiting for this all day! Thanks Javabeans. The reunion totally brought me to tears. It really was a heart-wrenching episode. And Chang Hui’s cuteness made his character not seem so bad to me anymore. But Eun Hye – ugh man, I could strangle that girl. Although her devotion to Gil Dong is admirable. God knows I’d probably be chasing the boy around just as determinedly if I was just as crazy.

    Anyway, thanks for having this up so early! You’re the best.

    Oh man, and the separation of Gil Dong and Enok is killing me! The preview for the next episode apparently has Gil Dong pulling a “I-can’t-be-with-you-because-of-your-safety” hero-esque type cliche, which totally drives me nuts! I saw it in Spiderman and Harry Potter – do I really need that in my favorite Korean drama, too?!

  3. elisa

    hahaha the whole hostage thing WAS pretty smart
    only gil dong could think of such things
    dude her bloody foot >< LOL grandfather heo is so clever, so's enok. i love her eating capacity. i really wish lady noh was less manipulative. she's not becoming queen. chang hwe is becoming king. GET THAT INTO YOUR HEAD LADY. yay chang hwe and enok. cute couple...but i hope she can see gil dong soon T_T. her moonlight maan. OH MY THEYRE TOGETHER. MAKES ME SHRIEK WITH GLEE AND JOY. YOURE THE MOST AWESOME PERSON EVERRR can't wait til next wednesday 😀

  4. yeli

    i think i have a problem…i am supposed to be studying for my midterm, which i have tomorrow morning….and yet while i do that i kept refreshing your page in the hopes that your summary will be up…yup…i have a problem…i am obsessed with hong gil dong….i feel a little pathetic right now, but OH WELL!

    thanks Sarah! for feeding my kdrama obsession..you are definitely contributing to my little problem but that is ok ^____^

  5. bjharm

    in regards to Gil Dong brother, didn’t the legend/folktale have him join with Gil Dong in the end, after thier father gets killed, I think. Perhaps that what Eun Hye task will be from now on.

  6. Berz

    THE MEETING COMMENCES!!! OMGAWD its so good! Such a touching part with Sung Yuri. Can’t stop reading the last part over and over again! My heart feels complete once again to see the two smelling the scent in the moonlight night and I bet their hearts are flaming with FIRE! woo hot stuff =P

  7. Linda

    ahhh~~ still waiting on the c-subs this weeks.. it’s coming out a little slower b/c of lunar new year’s.. but this will definitely tide the time over.. thanks javabeans!

  8. Jessica

    Wow! I really like Eun Hye’s character. I think this is one of the rare dramas where I wouldn’t mind the second female lead to get w/ the main guy!

  9. E

    Actually I though Eun Hye put her hand on his to push the blade closer to her throat…maybe that was just my thinking? This episode great though – Sung YuRi has really done some improving and Kang Ji Hwan is as always….amazing. I hope InHyung can step it up and not be such a coward, the actor is doing a great job as him and so it the actress that plays Eun Hye.

  10. 10 tealeaf

    Thank you javabeans. Great summary as always.

    I agree. This episode may trigger the change in In Hyung. It would be great if Eun Hye is set up to be the catalyst for In Hyung’s character transition. Her relationship with Gil Dong should serve a greater purpose than one of a failed schoolgirl crush. I like that she remains composed despite being heartbroken. It speaks of her newfound maturity – one that was obviously absent a few episodes ago.

    Love the Gil Dong-Enok’s love story. I hope Gil Dong realizes that his decision, like anyone in a relationship, needed to be made by both Enok and him. For once, I like for Gil Dong to give Enok the right to determine her own fate, rather than making it for her. After all, she deserves the truth and to be treated on equal term by the person she clearly adores. It would be even better if he respects and honors her decision despite disagreeing with it.

    Hmm, when are they going to give us THE romantic moment? It’s already episode 12.

  11. 11 Jo

    You know chisu? That actor is a cameo/extra for every single drama almost
    He was in Hello!Miss (Young version of dad) and in Yi San recently. Is he the dude from Winter Sonata?
    ANywho—he’s gotten chubbier if it is him.haha

  12. 12 Herbert

    Again, thanks for the great summary! 🙂

    You started me off with CP and now I check your site everyday.

  13. 13 Bamidele

    Well since it is the Hong sisters I definetely think that we will have plenty of sad episodes before a happy full reunion. I want some kissing, holding hands, and maybe a sleeping scene to make up for whatever is going to happen.

    For some reason, I jsut cannot take Chang Whe seriously, everytime I see him I think he looks too pretty!!

  14. 14 Angelina

    Oh I am so worried that Enok is falling for Chang Whe..my heart skipped a beat when I read this: (Su Geun sighs, “You’ve fallen for him, Doe Eyes.”)…
    Judging from the preview it seems that our main couple won’t be having any sweet moments soon…geez…what a torture!

    Great recap javabeans! I am at work on this second day of Lunar New Year and reading your summary brightens up my day!

  15. 15 YM

    One word to describe Kang Ji Hwan’s performance “EXCELLENT”.He totally protray his character with full of emotion and i totally feel his pain when he was sitting next to enok looking at her..Arghh, the reunion at last..can’t wait for the next episode..thanks javabeans!!!

  16. 16 hjk

    Thank you! Happy Lunar New Year!

    “Gil Dong finishes bandaging Eun Hye’s foot (longest – bandaging – sequence – ever)” LOL!! Yeah, Eun Hye was really enjoying that one. (I wasn’t)

    I felt so sorry for In Hyung when Eun Hye told him off. He was like that lonely shoe. Maybe, he will change for the better.

    “one measly happy scene” – YES!!! PLEASE!!!! We’re only half way through!

  17. 17 kiwee

    When you have two characters with chemistry who SO CLEARLY WANT to be together, how can you keep them apart for long? Now that’s just cruel.

    -actually, that’s atonement.

  18. 18 jinkzzmec

    thanks for the recap Javabeans…very god episode…i agree with you, SYR is doing a great job in this drama ( a great improvement from her earlier works)…though i am glad that YN finally learns that GD is alive, but we all know that they still have a long way to go before they get their ( and ours) happily-ever-after…just hope that they will eventually end up together, not as members of the bandit group but romantically ( of course…hehehe)…looking forward to next week’s episode.

  19. 19 minime

    hmm i hope it works out with chang we and enok

  20. 20 Marzy

    this was one killer eppie. that last scene had me, YN’s dialogue. the hug. waahhhh.. ep13 seems like GD pushing YN away.. sad… they arent together anymore.. wahhhh… i wish the same like one measly eppie of pure happy GD and YN or more GD and YN cute scenes and moments.. not that the CH and YN are that bad but.. ahhhh.. i want the main couple to at least be together in some way..

  21. 21 teokong

    Many thanks for your wonderful summary. I totally agreed with tealeaf #10 that Gil Dong should let Enok the right to determine her own fate rather than making the decision for her.
    Kang Ji Hwan’s performance in Hong Gil Dong is excellent just like Gong Yoo in Coffee Prince. The character they played out is perfect.

  22. 22 Snoopy

    “When you have two characters with chemistry who SO CLEARLY WANT to be together, how can you keep them apart for long? Now that’s just cruel.”

    Thanks for a great recap! Love your final phrase. Please let the Hong sisters read this! Seems to me you are really getting on GD/YN’s side.
    Your comments are usually not emotionally biaised, unlike disucssions on Soompi. Don’t get me wrong Javabeans I’m not criticizing, merely noticing.

  23. 23 jubies

    thank you! totally love sung yuri in this drama! this was such a touching episode thanks again for the summary!!!

  24. 24 Sarang

    Javabeans you make my day complete! I loooove this drama!

    “When you have two characters with chemistry who SO CLEARLY WANT to be together, how can you keep them apart for long? Now that’s just cruel.”

    They haven’t had a chance to be together as a couple.. haven’t even kissed yet… Yes please just one happy romantic episode..

  25. 25 twreckx

    I kinda hope that the opening scene from ep 1 is a clue to how everything works out.

  26. 26 twix

    They better not get together at the third to last episode or else I might have scream or break something. Oh please gosh, PLEASE NOOOO!

    But every time I am scared something really cliche is going to occur; it doesn’t. Crossing my fingers that it applies to the next few episodes as well.

  27. 27 bethany


    its funny reading your recaps and imagining the conversations in korean, especially things like “Dummy.”

    wondering how it will work out… poor changwhe. would he turn ridiculously evil because he loses her?! her being his motivation for being good… not corrupt, not lazy, not passive. (aka- kind of a stereotypical second lead) but who knows. knowing the number of episodes makes it in some ways more predictable, but equally fun. i’m so glad this series has been anything but a disappointment.

  28. 28 haj

    AHHH! another great ep. i’ve honestly loved it from the beginning!
    ooo, i don’t want gildong and enok together! i want her with chang whe! cuz damn, he looks fine in this drama.
    i also wish she would dress nice in front of changwhe like the grandfather says…
    oh well. i’m gonna have to trust the writing of the hong sisters.
    thanks for the great summaries!

  29. 29 vrosemarie

    Half Geun! Hahahhahah… LOL… Great episode!!! Finally they meet again!!!

  30. 30 Suzy

    Sung Yuri is GREAT in the emotional/serious scenes but her “jokey cheer” – which I guess is supposed to be cute – is really annoying to me at times…. especially when I have no subs to distract me. But I can’t just complain here because I am loving this show and I’m really looking forward to episode 13. Poor Gil Dong and Enok! I think both their hearts will burst soon- oh the humanity! Thanks so much for the summary!

  31. 31 hachiko

    OMG!!! Enok’s feeling for Gil Dong is just the same for me. I can’t eat, sleep nor do anything everytime I remember this drama ^_^ So what should I do? Should I put this drama aside for now…….I DON’T THINK SO! I think I choose to bear all the consequences 😛

    LOL!!! That scene from grandpa heo says “My granddaughter has never once in her life been full!” is so funny! xD I can’t stop laughing here.

    How come wednesday is not tomorow??? -_-

  32. 32 nadseventh

    SUNG YU-RI is absolutely provinf herself…
    i like it..

  33. 33 lthank you

    100% agree. why keep the two apart and tease with us some more. let the two be together and have some happy times to reflect back on.
    thank you for the summaries. much appreciated

  34. 34 KT

    Chang We – wooden puppet/real boy comment was very apt!
    Maybe In Hyung can somehow redeem himself and change? Standing up for what is right and gaining Eun Hye’s respect? Maybe? Hey, I can dream…

  35. 35 Guest

    I love the date scene with Chang Whe and Enok.

    Especially when Chang Whe wins the cup game and Enok is all, “WOW! How’d you do it?” And Chang Whe replies, “My eyes are quick.” And smiles and then Enok starts pounding his back and suddenly his smile disappears and he’s like, “Stop that.”

    It seems so out of character for Chang Whe. He was so grim and stoic in the first few episodes and around Enok he’s a completely different person. 😀

    Anyway, that was cute.

    And when Enok meets Gil Dong and the scene before where she talks about him with Su Geun made me cry.

  36. 36 javabeans

    bjharm, you know, I’m curious to see how closely the writers follow the established lore, whether it’s about Gil Dong’s brother or father or even his own life. I think it’s safe to say the series takes comfortable liberties with the existing story, but I wonder how far they will (or won’t) depart from that in telling their version.

    tealeaf makes a good point about Gil Dong allowing Enok her part in the choice… On one hand, it’s self-sacrificing of him to remove himself because he believes Enok deserves a happy life not wrought with danger. And while he should trust her to make her own decision, he knows that Enok is a compassionate person who often takes on more than she can handle (ie, distracting Choi’s men so Chung and her father could escape) because her heart overrules reason. But now that she knows he’s alive, it’s colossally unfair for him to deprive her of her role in their relationship, although his position is understandable.

  37. 37 Rong

    I can only harbour a guess as to why GD would show himself to EN: that’d be to let her know that he’s alive so that she won’t be so upset over him and at the same time, he also misses her enough to show himself. as to letting her choose her position, comparative to him, i don’t think he’s really into that yet, although it’s a decision that comes with showing himself to her. we can only hope that things don’t get anymore heart-wrenching as eps 7 when EN screams for GD. man, that scene was really powerful. before this, my most memorable from the Hong sisters was Yoorin’s crying scene at the airport when she realised that she broke her promise to GC about leaving together. now, this GD/EN scene beats it to second place. i’m really loving every minute of it…

    p.s. i’m rewatching My Girl on my local TV cos they’re finally showing it in S’pore. heh. my mum thought Lee Junki was a girl when they first showed him in bed with the angmoh and her first thought (out loud) was: LESBIANS? i almost fell off my chair!!!

  38. 38 Kiongna

    GD/ENOK couple Deserves at least ONE measly happy scene you say Javabeans? – CoMMON! Gil Dong & Enok deserves AT LEAST a WHOLE episode of happy scenes at the VERY least – what say you all??!!! ** KBS Are you Listening??!! ** LOL I’m so enjoying this drama!

  39. 39 Kiongna

    Sorry Javabeans, double post..

  40. 40 invisibelle

    I feel like the writers wouldn’t build up a desire like this in its viewers only to stomp on all our hearts for so long that people start to balk. I give it a couple more episodes of angst, then some awesome, then the rest will be adventure-riffic (probably with some more ample helpings of yi-nok-in-peril thrown in for good measure).

  41. 41 glomp!

    Firstly, I absolutely adore this series (and the male lead…haha)!!!

    Hm…about Chang Whe turning evil because of his love for Enok…but don’t you think it’s the other way round…well at least currently, because previously on the human trafficking issue, i think Chang Whe would have done nothing and let the ship go if not for Enok’s comments. Ok, then again, it might not be because of his ‘love’… still i’m not very keen on the idea of Chang Whe turning better (at first) then worst (in the future 🙁 ).

    Yea….regarding the “keeping-the-main-characters-who-are-obviously-in-love-apart” issue, i agree that such sad episodes and scenes can get pretty annoying… but i realised that, it is because of this sad scenes that make the reunion reeaally meaningful. I’m not sure whether it’s just me or what, but i find that the ‘sadder’ and more ‘tragic’ scenes there are, the more glad i am at their reunion. It’s just as if i’ve witnessed the whole journey of their love? Anyway, i wouldn’t find their love precious if they didn’t go through any obstacles… …

    What i also love about this series is how “3-D” the characters are (especially gildong….;) ), like how there’s a sad past for gildong, Su Geun’s regret over selling his sister,Lady Noh’s ‘evilness’ because she’s doing what she thinks is good for Chang Whe.They don’t neglect the minor characters,like most romance dramas.Am looking forward to Gom’s past.

    Anyway, I wonder, how will Enok react when she finds out that Gildong’s dad killed her parents??? Will it become another obstacle that comes between our GD and E???

  42. 42 jolee

    I have been reading these episode summaries religiously. Trying sooo hard to hold out until subs come out so I can watch it without being spoiled but the amount of self control it takes is enormous especially when hoping for a reunion! I seriously think these summaries are often better than watching the drama lol!

    Hopefully someone will konk Gil Dong in the head and tell him to let Yi Nok chose her own path. But I guess as in all dramas “distance makes the heart grow fonder” and I don’t really see a reunion (or even a ‘happy moment’) anytime soon…

  43. 43 vrosemarie

    This drama just keeps getting better and better to me…. A few soompiers really make me laugh a lot reading their comments because they are even people rooting for a Chang Hwe and Chi Soo relationship!!!

    Yes, HG and YN finally meet! But I know it’s probably going to go downhill from here, more problems, angst and mystery before we reach the ending… Thanks for the exceptional recap!!! ^_^

  44. 44 Sue

    I’d say best episode so far!!
    I really like Eunhye and Inhyung too! You’re not the only one.

  45. 45 stacy

    omg.. i watch this episode but i never understood the lines since it was in korean language. Soo… after all enok did like chang whe since she didn’t answer how she felt towards him when he hug her. I bet gildong showed himself to her cause he knew he was gonna lose her to chang whe. That gildongggg…

  46. 46 faye

    ahhhhh!!!!!SO LOVELY!!!!!The ending makes my heart ached so much!!!!! My tears can’t stop from falling…. After watching this episode, I’m full of anticipation!!!! SO EXCITED!!!! I LOVE YOU KANG JI- HWAN AND SUNG YURI!!!! I love you HONG GIL DONG!!! Jiayou!!!!

  47. 47 ann

    i LOVE this ep ! chang hwi and yinok are sooo cute !

  48. 48 Trish

    YAY! Man, this was the episode I’ve been waiting so long for! I mean, I knew they had to finally meet again – and I loved the way they did in this episode…
    First of all, I love Gil Dong’s facial expressions of jealousy when Enok was saying good stuff about Chang Whe. Hehee.
    I also love how she went on to explain how much Gil Dong means to her and that she can’t stop crying or stop her heart aching when she remembers he is gone when he is actually listening. That was so cute, the fact that it bought them both into tears. She wouldn’t have been able to say something like that if Gil Dong was actually around and she knew of it, so I’m sooo glad he got to know how much she loves him!
    THEN I was screehing my head off when she realised that he had to be there because the wood was warm where he was sitting and they finally finally met! AHHH. I couldn’t keep still, I swear. I agree Dramabeans, they so need at least ONE happy episode or a date – or I might start complaining man!

    BUT I’m really torn cuz I’m loving Change Whe and Enok too…. GAHHH. I mean, this has never happened before. I normally am so biased towards one couple that I vow to kill the other guy if he gets in the way, but this one has messed my ways up. Enok is one lucky girl, being compatible with both and all.

    Cannot wait till next episode! Thanks again Dramabeans!

  49. 49 Ardah

    slm Yi nok

  50. 50 Yi Nok

    I love you GIL DONG

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