Drama Recaps
Who Are You: Episode 7
by | March 29, 2008 | 29 Comments

The rules are changing!

The series is still funny and enjoyable, but now we get more into the mystery aspect.

Plus, Seung Hyo’s hard, cold exterior starts softening, which continues through Episode 8. Aw. Perhaps proportionally, Yoon Kye Sang’s really growing on me too, not just as an actor but as fangirl eye candy. And he sings! (Just barely, but that might be enough to excite G.O.D. fans anyway.)


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Seung Hyo offers his hand to Young In, but his OCD kicks in at the last minute and he recoils from her touch. That sends her flying into his arms for one charged, tense moment, after which he pulls out a white handkerchief (symbolism!) and offers it to her as a compromise. She thinks he’s incredibly weird, but gratefully takes the handkerchief as he leads her down the steep cliff.

With shaking legs, she has a hard time making it to her father’s death site, but Seung Hyo prods (pulls) her along. He asks for a photo of her father, and recognizes Il Gun as the man from his recurring dream (of the accident), and suggests that there might have been another explanation for his death. That question triggers a memory in Il Gun (who’s watching nearby) and he remembers being accosted by three gangsters one night — the two who’ve been harassing Young In, and a third, Seung Hyo’s (probable) gangster brother.

Seung Hyo asks if anyone’s shown an interest in her father’s art, and she mentions Shin Jae Ha — which triggers Seung Hyo’s Spidey sense.

Seung Hyo gives Young In a ride to U Gallery, where she lights up at seeing Jae Ha. It’s becoming more clear that Young In is developing a crush on him, of which Jae Ha must be aware but doesn’t necessarily discourage. It doesn’t make Seung Hyo or Ha Young (Jae Ha’s girlfriend) happy, though — the girlfriend finds their living situation inappropriate, and even offers to take the girl in herself to keep them separate. On this score, she’s not jealous so much as she’s concerned about the problems that could arise.

Seung Hyo asks probing questions about the painting he bought: the conditions of Sohn Il Gun’s contract, who receives the rights to the artwork now that the artist is dead, etc. Seung Hyo’s sharp mind makes him more suspicious the more he learns (i.e., U Gallery was planning an exhibition of Il Gun’s work), and mentions that it’s strange that an artist who was about to make so much money would kill himself. Ha Young doesn’t quite know what he’s driving at, but she’s smart enough to be on alert, and gives politely vague answers.

While Seung Hyo discusses the painting, Young In and Jae Ha chat outside. Jae Ha promises to do his best to get her father’s case reinvestigated — making sure to tell her to sit pretty and not worry about it. Young In interprets this as kindness, although Jae Ha’s just ensuring that she stays in the dark.

Their cozy familiarity rankles Seung Hyo, and upsets Il Gun as well. He nearly dives into Seung Hyo’s body so he can protect his daughter from the predatory male, but stops himself, remembering the Reaper’s admonition — he’s borrowing Seung Hyo’s body and shouldn’t use it for personal situations. Il Gun holds back, but luckily Seung Hyo reacts anyway. Irritated at the sight but not really aware of the reason for it, he goes out to interrupt.

Seung Hyo’s reaction is kind of adorable — he doesn’t have a good excuse for his intrusion, so he fumbles for one. “Hey, you!” he blusters at Young In. “If someone gave you a ride here, you should thank them!” He follows that up with more excuses, saying he heard she ran away and that the landlady was worried. He loiters some more, then asks where she’s staying.

Jae Ha — who understands Seung Hyo’s behavior — tells him she’s staying with him, and not to worry. They exchange some thinly veiled words in some kind of manly power struggle, with Seung Hyo questioning Jae Ha’s “kindness,” and Jae Ha calling Seung Hyo cold and calculating. But Seung Hyo has the last word — he tells Young In he has her father’s will, which makes Jae Ha visibly nervous. (Feeling the pinch, Jae Ha swoops into action, calling the two gangsters to find Il Gun’s former orphanage friends in order to locate his paintings..)

Seung Hyo brings Young In to his house to retrieve her father’s will (it’s really more like a letter, since I doubt it’s legally binding), but tells Young In to stay outside. His excessive fastidiousness prevents him from inviting in people to his anti-bacterial, germ-free kingdom of cleanliness.

But, just at that moment, Il Gun takes over and tells her to stay for lunch. (Meanwhile, his assistants go crazy trying to locate him because he’s ignoring the huge Fujimori deal while he’s SeungHyoDad.)

SeungHyoDad orders a ton of food, and once again Young In is struck with the similarities in the way SeungHyoDad and her father talk, the familiar phrases he uses, the things he shouldn’t know but does. Everything he says is classic Il Gun-speak, and unnerves her.

For instance, he brings up “the best-tasting liquor in the world” — liquor poured by his daughter’s hand — which reminds Young In of all the times she refused to pour her father a drink. This time, she takes the bottle and pours for him, and both are moved at the gesture.

Young In: “Why aren’t you drinking it?”
SeungHyoDad: “Because I want to save it. I want to drink it slowly. It’s too precious to waste. Just looking at it, it’s delicious.”
Young In: “Who are you? Who are you really? Do you know my father well? How do you know him? Why do you keep talking like him? Why do you keep reminding me of him?”
SeungHyoDad: “It’s Dad. It’s me, Young In. It’s Dad, kiddo. Look closely, it’s me. I wanted to see you so badly, I missed my daughter so much, I came back.”
Young In: “Say something that makes sense! My father wasn’t rich like you, or as good-looking, or as smart. My father was a person with lots of debts, tears, and laughs. He was a truly good person.”

They both sob quietly for a while.

Young Ae, meanwhile, is still having a difficult time coping — she obviously loved Il Gun a lot, and is taking his death very hard. She sees that Young In’s birthday is coming up, and remembers recently suggesting that they live together. Geez, their similar names are confusing, aren’t they? — okay, The Daughter (still bitter and antagonistic) tells The Girlfriend not to worry about her, because she’d rather live with gangsters than with her. But The Girlfriend bursts out that she’s not saying that because she feels sorry for The Daughter.

Young Ae: “It’s not because of you, it’s because of me, Young In! I have no one to talk about your father with. I want to talk about him, but there’s nobody to listen. I’m so afraid that your father will disappear, day by day. Let’s live together. I want to live with you. I couldn’t live with your father, but I want to get on well together with you.”

A while later, Young In and SeungHyoDad have gone off separately, both drunk and melancholy.

In a quietly lovely scene, Young In sits at the table, softly singing a song her father used to sing, whose refrain goes, “Because I’m happy now.” Sitting in the next room, SeungHyoDad joins in, and both of them sing the song together (but separately) for a while. Tipsy, while Young In continues singing, SeungHyoDad says:

“Your dad’s going to send you to college. And buy you a new house… with a garden, and trees, and flowers. I’ll buy you a pretty house with birds flying around, and a 50-inch television. I’ll buy you everything. So just stick it out two months. If you can make it two months, your dad will make it so you’ll never have to suffer again. So even if it’s hard, just wait it out. Got it?”

Some time later, Young In gets up from the table — totally drunk — and sees Seung Hyo sleeping on the floor. She tells him to wake up and sleep elsewhere, but he doesn’t respond, so she takes him by the ankles and drags him across the floor, through the hall, and into his room.

Ji Sook (Sooki) comes up with a new idea to help Young In — kick Deok out and give his room to Young In. Sooki tells him that he’s a guy, so he can handle living outside more easily. They have a cute dynamic, where most of the time he’s treated as one of them (“just one of the girls”) but to gain his cooperation, Sooki calls his masculinity into question. Heh.

In the morning, we find Young In and Seung Hyo sleeping off their drunkenness in bed. Together.

In his sleep, Seung Hyo maneuvers so that they just barely touch lips — which succeeds in waking both of them immediately.

Without immediate recollection of the night before, both accuse the other of inappropriate conduct. Seung Hyo sees all the food and jumps to the conclusion that she took advantage of him, while Young In calls him a pervert and says she’s sick of his mood swings — inviting her to eat one day, then getting angry over it the next.

Seung Hyo busts out the CCTV footage, and both are convinced the other will be proven guilty. Young In says if he’d carried her into the bedroom by force, she’ll make sure he pays. Seung Hyo counters that if she was responsible for all the food, she’s in trouble.

First, the footage looks bad for Seung Hyo — he invited her in and seemingly made the advance. Young In fills with righteous satisfaction, and says, “You like me, don’t you? Since when? You went about it all wrong, you know. This isn’t how you act to someone you like.”

Seung Hyo denies it, and just then the footage shows Young In dragging Seung Hyo across the floor into the bedroom. Ha! He says, “Look! You were the one who dragged me while I was drunk into the room. Looks like you’re the one who likes me. What did you do to me? Tell me.”

With both embarrassed and uncomfortable, Young In hastily leaves for work, and Seung Hyo finds a note he’d written while drunk. The words read “Future art show = U Gallery” and are written in strange handwriting, which matches the writing of another note he’d written as SeungHyoDad. Handwriting that matches the writing in Il Gun’s will.

And then, as he’s about to leave for work, SEUNG HYO SEES IL GUN and demands to know what he’s doing in his house.

Il Gun points to himself (“You mean me?”) and is overjoyed at this new development.


Like I said, the rules are changing. Not clear yet just HOW, or more importantly, why, but I’m glad to see some development — an entire series of the same old body-possessing shtick could get old, no matter how well Yoon Kye Sang manages the physical comedy. But the rules of Il Gun’s life-after-death are slowly shifting, just as the relationships are.

For instance, although Jin Yi Han is still an actor I love to watch, that doesn’t blind me to the fact that his character is steadily crossing over into Bad Guy territory. I think he does feel protective over Young In, but his own selfish motives are ultimately his priority. Likewise, Seung Hyo’s character is changing, but in the opposite direction: He may still be brusque and impolite, but he’s starting to seem like not such a MEAN guy. I think part of why I enjoyed his assholery in the earlier episodes was in anticipation of this turn in his character.


29 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. stargazer377

    as usual your summaries are the best ever and i’m glad you decided to write about this drama! love yoon kye sang!
    also love the new banner!!!! have an awesome weekend javabeans! at least until work comes around on monday again…

  2. yeli

    i love this drama…i’m a sucker for characters who are a*holes at first but later transform into lovable romantic idiots …

    i’m glad the plot has taken a different turn. I too was afraid that the body possession gags were going to get old..

  3. Kaddict

    Hey! Thanks for the summary. I have been waiting for this forever. I have to say, I am starting to love, and even become addicted, to this drama. It is one of the best ones I have seen. It’s not too boring, too melodramatic, or too comic. It has a balance of comedy, romance, and mystery. Just wanted to share this! Hope to come back for rest of the summaries!

    Thanks once again!! Love it.

  4. choram

    Yayy….summary is here!

    I should really stop reading these before I actually watch the episodes but I can’t resssssist…..

  5. canyayasis

    Thank you! Thank you!
    I can’t thank you enough!
    I don’t know why this series is so engaging to me –
    but I can watch individual episodes again and again!

    And just as you said – there are new storyline developments – with SH being able to see the father…

    i like it very much!

  6. asianromance

    i find it weird that Seung Hyo has video cameras inside his house. I know he has OCD and likes to be ultra clean but..paranoia??? does that mean he has footage of himself scratching his butt as he walks around the house???

  7. just a girl

    I’ve been seeing Yoon Kye Sang as eye candy since “Crazy for You.” It’s very melodramatic but he pulls it off, not to mention there are shirtless scenes. What? I’m only human. By the way you should check out the movie Flying Boys with him and Lee Jun Ki. It’s an adorable movie, filled with both funny and emotionally pulling aspects. It’s not Oscar worthy but it’s cute. Hope you’re having a good weekend!

  8. K4Ice4Thu

    @ asianromance
    I think the reason he has the cameras in his house is partly b/c of his paranoia, but more importantly b/c he’s been having these random ‘schizophrenic’ episodes..
    If I remember correctly, which I probably don’t, I think Seung Hyo asked Lawyer Yoon to have them installed in a previous episode..(Someone please correct me if I’m wrong!)

    Thanks Javabeans for writing the summary and continuing with this series!!
    Its become a fast favorite of mine and I too am a sucker for assholes who turn into lovable romantic idiots (*hi-fives yeli*)..
    ahh change is in the air…now lets see where it goes!!

  9. Kyu

    I love your summaries!
    I can’t wait until you do episode 8 too!
    I wonder why SH is able to see the dad.
    And the accidental kiss scene was just too adorable!

    – Kyu

  10. 10 Kiwee

    There is no need to be ashamed. Yoon gye sang=my fangirl objective. (i seriously LOVE this guy; he’s a wonderful actor and is able to make his characters lovable, although in this drama he’s a Jerkface, sort of)

  11. 11 m3LL0

    as an avid reader of your blog, i thought it best to tell you how appreciative i am of your summaries for us non-koreans who very much so love watching korean dramas. i’ve never seen Go Ara or Yoon Kye Sang act before, so this is a treat. i’m completely enjoying the series and your summaries are always detailed and keeping me up to date with the on air episodes.

    thank you again for your hard work. i look forward to the rest.

    – melissa

  12. 12 JesJo

    Im so with you on the eye candy part. He’s so growing on me too. Wasn’t a big fan of his before. Im hooked now! =}

    And as aforementioned, totally enjoy your summaries! =} Keep ’em comin.

  13. 13 Cat

    I’m still bothered by the face that two 30 year-olds chasing [(un)knowingly] after an 18 year old. It’s… kind of pedo-ey.

  14. 14 hua

    “his anti-bacterial, germ-free kingdom of cleanliness” – hi-la-rious!

    In terms of Young In’s age… I thought she was 20? Does anyone remember how old Kwon Hyuk Joon was in Sweet 18 (I know Yoon Jung Sook was 18)? I thought there was a big age gap in that drama as well – though not the actors themselves.

  15. 15 Pully

    Thanks for the summary ! I’m currently digging this series. but as Cat says : two 30-year-olds after an 18-year-old who looks more like 16 bothers me a bit. I don’t feel the chemistry … yet ?

    “anti-bacterial, germ-free kingdom of cleanliness”

    LOL, I can only quote you here. Well said.

  16. 16 Jessica

    In the series Young In is supposed to be 20 I think.

    But it’s funny some people see her as younger because I see her as older (at least 22 or so). As for the guys, even though they are supposed to be 30, I see them as a bit younger, like 27. So I guess for me the age isn’t that pronounced for me.

    In Sweet 18 I think Lee Dong Gun was supposed to be in his mid-20s. Also they didn’t look that far apart.

    The one that was a bit awkward for me was My Little Bride. Even though Moon Geun Young and Kim Rae Won were only supposed to be a few years about, she looked really young in it while he looked a lot older (but to be fair Kim Rae Won looks the same as he did 10 years ago—he hasn’t changed a bit!)

  17. 17 polarmi

    thank you so much for your summaries.with this i can understand what they ‘re saying (no subs).can’t wait for next sum.good luck

  18. 18 minjoo

    Ah! I’ve been waiting for this all week! I always love reading your episode summaries! (:

    First, I’d like to comment about Young-ae. Honestly, I’m kind of impressed with the depth that they’re giving her character in this drama. Normally, if the single father dies… the girlfriend (a.k.a possible stepmother) would be the one to harass the father’s kid. But no… in here… you could really feel that Young-ae is concerned about Young-in. Maybe it’s mostly because she wants to remember Il-gun but you could also sense that she really likes to take care of Young-in. I honestly was expecting her to be evil or bad to Young-in… I guess I watch too much fairytale type of stuff. xD…

    Secondly, I’m surprised that I’m not bothered with that kiss between Seung-hyo and Young-in. Mostly because they’re barely conscious but I don’t know… there’s this chemistry between Seung-hyo and Young-in even if sometimes Seung-hyo is Seunghyo-Dad.

    Also, I’m really getting curious as to why Jae-ha is being like that. He’s hot though… so maybe I’ll forgive him a little if he was one of the masterminds behind Il-gun’s death.

    So right now, I can’t really say that I love this drama… but I’m really looking forward to more episodes (and more interactions between Seung-hyo [as in himself] and Young-in). Once again, thanks for the summaries… I love it. Not only for this drama… but also for the other dramas. xD (I just learned to comment recently… xD)

  19. 19 hua

    I’m watching the Chinese sub version of “Who Are You?”, and the fansub team (TSKS) translated the lyrics to the songs that play in the background. The song that plays in the background while Young In and Seung Hyo drink and eat together has such great lyrics! I really fits the whole mood and what Young In must be feeling when she spends time with SeungHyoDad.

    Does anyone know what the song is and who the artist is? The lyrics are… roughly translated:
    “Though I can’t see, but I can feel you
    Entwined in the no-name warm atmosphere that surrounds me
    Perhaps I can’t see, but I know it’s you who watches me with your whole heart
    Your spirit are like tears
    I can never fully express my love with simple words like “I love you”
    This moment, I will remember until my breath stops
    I will remember the unchanging you and all that you have done for me” then in grammatically incorrect English… “thanks be here for me”

  20. 20 Cat

    Well, for the age thing, even though Young-In is supposed to be 20, she’s actually 18 by… year-years. I know the way Koreans count age is a little different, but when someone turns 20, they’re actually 18/19 solar-calendar years. Also, if they’re 30/31… they’re still in the 27-29 range. All the same. It’s still a bit creepy. Two guys who have been in the working world for about 5 years chasing a girl who’s freshly out of high school.

  21. 21 silence

    i’m trying to catch up on this series but pretty busy w/ skool, nonetheless i actually like. i’ve been watching it online w/out subs so it’s pretty hard to understand what’s going on but these summaries really help. thanks a lot. i was just wondering if anyone knows where i can watch this series w/ english sub. if anyone can let me know i’d really appreciate it. thanks!!

  22. 22 Lillilia

    But the two guys who do eventually fall in love with Young In do so because of the circumstances they are in. Even though they are 30, they can’t help falling in love with someone who is so much younger. It’s not like they want to love a girl freshly out of high school. For Seung Hyo, Young In is probably the first person he connects with since he is an abandoned child. Young In also seems like the first person who isn’t afraid to speak her mind in front of Seung Hyo without being afraid of getting fired, etc. She was honestly trying to help Seung Hyo when she threw the slipper away and forced Seung Hyo to put his foot down. From what I see, with the type of growing up Seung Hyo had and how he lives right now, he can’t help but have feelings for Young In. Plus, she is so adorable.

    And, Shin Jae-Ha will probably start loving Young In when he begins to regret the bad actions he has taken so far. He doesn’t really want to be in Art Gallery business. He’s doing it because of his dad. One day, he will realize that what he is doing to Young In to get the paintings is just too much. Who knows? I’m all for the romance between Seung Hyo and Young In. They have such a great chemistry.

    Javabeans, thanks for the summaries. They are so helpful. 🙂


    after coffee prince Drama so far I like this the best…………………..
    thank yuo again.

  24. 24 Lenrasoon

    I’m curious about the song that Young in/Seung Hyo sang in that drunken scene *sorry for my engrish*

  25. 25 Sue

    I’m digging the music they play whenever an evil-scheming-jae-ha scene comes up.

  26. 26 anastassia

    This episode seriously touching and funny at the same time. Very contra yet smartly done. I love the mystery aura too.

  27. 27 Michael

    Is it just me, or was their an obvious connection between the van-gogh-esque portrait of Darth Vadar (“Luke…I am your Father!”) on the wall in SeungHyo’s dining area, while SeungHyoDad tells Young In “I am your father!” himself? Coincidence? I think not…

  28. 28 Gasenadi

    @18 minjoo “He’s hot though… so maybe I’ll forgive him a little if he was one of the masterminds behind Il-gun’s death.” LOL! Apparently minjoo’s not the only one glossing over the Gallery’s questionable dealings with the living and dead artist for its own gain. Starting with the obscenely false interview with the Gallery Mother, claiming to finance the artist as Theo financed Van Gogh. GAG! Then Hottie calling out the goons, allowing for people getting hurt but not the paintings. WTF?! This from someone who supposedly doesn’t “really” want to be in the art dealing business? I don’t care how hot he is! Red alert! Red alert!

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