Drama Recaps
Who Are You: Episodes 5 & 6
by | March 23, 2008 | 27 Comments

Who Are You? continues to be more endearing than expected. It’s one of those dramas I didn’t think I’d really love — just something to watch casually for lack of something better — but I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed the latest episodes. I did try to go back and watch more of On Air, even though the first three episodes did nothing for me — and I can only say that On Air grates on my nerves on every level, so I’ve given it every shot and it’s just not for me.

Past experience has shown me that even when I take to a series immediately like Who Are You?, lots of dramas take a downturn after episodes 5 or 6. So I’m still treading cautiously; after next week, I’ll have a better handle on what kind of drama it’ll turn out to be.


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After Young In runs away from the gangster, she’s caught by the subordinate and brought back. Sobbing at the feet of her would-be rapist (Ara does a pretty convincing job of cowering in fright), Young In begs for mercy, but the pissed-off gangster grabs her and rips the front of her clothes roughly. At this point, Yong Deok drops by and immediately launches himself to her defense.

It’s to the scene’s credit that Yong Deok arrives in his chicken costume and yet the scene is in no way amusing. He’s no match for two oversized thugs, but he yells for her to run away. Immobilized with fear, however, she passes out.

Some time later, the thugs are gone — perhaps they figured it wasn’t worth it, perhaps they got tired of beating up defenseless people — and Yong Deok tries to console Young In. Emotionally raw, Young In reacts much in the way a victim of domestic violence would — she puts up a wall in self-preservation, and defeatedly rejects the suggestion to file a police report because that wouldn’t stop the thugs anyway.

Seung Hyo has a recurring nightmare of Il Gun’s last moments of being run off the road. (As he fell from his motorcycle, Il Gun lay dying, begging an unseen stranger for help — evidence points strongly to the unhelpful stranger being Jae Ha. More on that later.) Interestingly, Il Gun currently has no memory of his final moments, because the Reaper erased them — but for what purpose, he doesn’t reveal. The Reaper also reminds Il Gun that 7 of his 49 days have elapsed.

Here’s the situation with the artwork:

Il Gun has been trying to sell his paintings for years, but not very successfully. Just before he died, one of them sold for $500,000 at Sotheby’s in New York, but the art gallery didn’t tell him. The gallery owns the claim to his paintings until April 15, after which the unsold paintings revert legally back to the artist (therefore Young In).

Jae Ha’s gallerist girlfriend is the least guilty of wrongdoing. She suggests they look into Il Gun’s will for clues on where to find the unclaimed paintings. Jae Ha’s mother, the gallery boss who dislikes the girlfriend’s poor roots (classic snobby mom syndrome), is slightly more guilty — she says she told Il Gun about selling at Sotheby’s when it’s obvious she deliberately didn’t. Jae Ha knows the most but is conflicted about his choices — while everyone believes Il Gun’s death was a suicide, he’s the only one who knows it wasn’t.

Today’s body possession comes unexpectedly, during a business conference in which Seung Hyo makes cold-hearted decisions with no care for the local residents or economy, despite his advisors’ appeals for him to reconsider. Il Gun can’t believe Seung Hyo’s assy decisions, and takes control — SeungHyoDad immediately revokes the decision and hops up and down, gleefully shouting, “Everyone, I’m trash! Trash, trash, trash!” He tells his man to find a new plan that’ll save the local residents and economy instead.

Needing to clear out of her home, Young In sorts through her father’s things and burns most of them. As Jae Ha helps, Young In asks him for a favor — to read her father’s will for her, because she hasn’t been able to bring herself to do it. (Jackpot! Just what he’s been after.) But when she goes to retrieve the document, it’s nowhere to be found. Young In shrugs, figuring it’s probably better that way, but Jae Ha tries to hide his urgency in finding it.

Hearing that Young In doesn’t have anywhere to go — she won’t stay with her friends, because that would entangle them with the gangsters — Jae Ha offers his place. He has plenty of spare rooms.

Today, Il Gun uses The Body to visit his girlfriend. SeungHyoDad appears at Young Ae’s window performing his goofy rendition of the Tell Me dance, and introduces himself as a friend of Il Gun. She’s wary of him, though, and bewildered when he presents himself as her dance partner at the ballroom dancing class they’d attended together before his death. Unfortunately, his time runs out in the middle of the lesson. Somewhat fortunately, he’s able to run away before he reverts back to cranky Seung Hyo.

It does, however, leave Seung Hyo alone in the middle of the street, missing a shoe and wearing a hideously frilly ballroom-dance-inspired man-blouse.

We learn more about Seung Hyo’s biological family (the relationship hasn’t been explicitly confirmed, but it’s clear enough) — the vulgar parents and the troublesome son who’s been thrown into jail for assault. The mom blames gangsters (the same ones harassing Young In) for leading her son astray. She also finds a magazine profile on Seung Hyo that her husband has been reading.

Young In accepts Jae Ha’s help, but with a condition — she’ll store her things at his apartment, but won’t stay there herself. After all, he’s still a relative stranger, and a single man to boot. She appreciates his kindness, but is aware that his explanation (that it’s all because he respected her father) doesn’t quite add up.

While trying to find cheap lodgings, she comes upon a restaurant looking for help. She eagerly takes a job serving and cleaning tables, and is so hungry that she even sneaks a few pieces of leftover meat from the grill. Meanwhile, Jae Ha looks through her things to try to locate the will, to no avail.

That night, an increasingly troubled Seung Hyo tries to put together the clues of his alter ego. The only thing linking all the weird occurrences is that they’re all connected to Sohn Il Gun or his daughter.

Young In staggers out after an arduous first day, weakened from stress and hunger, and just barely keeps from collapsing in the street. She manages to phone Jae Ha, and winds up in the hospital.

In Episode 6, Jae Ha assists Young In from the hospital and convinces Young In to stay at his apartment. If she’s uncomfortable living there, it can be just until she finds a new place. Without an alternative, she accepts.

Young In and Jae Ha leave the hospital, barely missing Il Gun and Seung Hyo, who are there because Seung Hyo wants a full-body checkup to find what’s wrong with him. The doctors conclude that there’s nothing medically wrong, and recommend he look into psychological factors. (Horrors! Seung Hyo doesn’t want to believe that he might be a head case.)

Il Gun deals with his growing suspicion that he was killed over his paintings, having just learned about his success at Sotheby’s. He asks the Reaper why he was killed, but the Reaper merely shows him clips of his daughter — Young In being scolded by her boss, Young In sneaking food from someone else’s leftovers — to remind Il Gun that he wasn’t given his 49 days in order to live, but so he could die in peace.

Il Gun takes Seung Hyo’s body to visit his friend out in the countryside, where we learn Il Gun has been storing his rather large stash of paintings. SeungHyoDad says Il Gun wanted the friend to give his daughter the paintings after April 15 — but to discuss them with nobody else.

He then goes to visit his daughter, only to find out that Young In has vacated the house. With no way of getting in touch with her, SeungHyoDad looks at the things she left behind and cries over his poor daughter’s fate.

As he sits dejectedly, the two gangsters stroll by, and their conversation catches his attention. The younger thug says that the older one went too far with Young In — there was no need to attack her and rip her clothing.

He realizes what they’re discussing, and, immediately in a fury, attacks the gangsters. SeungHyoDad is weaker and outnumbered, and takes a beating. But he’s so filled with self-loathing that he’s more focused on what a poor excuse for a father he is, leaving his daughter in such dire straits.

Il Gun is ejected from The Body after the beating, at which point an angry Seung Hyo accuses the gangsters of attacking him. The gangsters — more bemused than irritated — tell Seung Hyo HE was the one who attacked THEM. But they quickly run away when Seung Hyo recites all the laws they’ve just violated and dials the police on his cell.

He notices a shoe (which he’d been clutching as SeungHyoDad) on the ground, and reads the name written on it — again, Sohn Young In!

In a nice moment, Young In sees a man eating alone at the restaurant wearing a “quick service” deliveryman’s uniform, and is reminded of her father. Surreptitiously, she brings him an extra portion of meat (“on the house”) and refills his plate, serving him in the way she never did for her father. It’s a small gesture but really sweet.

Seung Hyo runs into Young Ae, who recognizes him from dance class the day before. He doesn’t recognize her but soon realizes she’s yet another connection to Sohn Il Gun. Young Ae is startled to hear (for the first time) that Il Gun’s death was ruled a suicide, but doesn’t believe it for a minute, knowing Il Gun’s life-loving personality.

Young In continues to ignore phone calls from her friends. While Ji Sook grows increasingly frustrated and worried, Yong Deok tells her quietly that if Young In is avoiding them, there must be a reason. He thinks back to Young In’s near-rape, which he hasn’t told Ji Sook about, and suggests they be patient until Young In contacts them.

While she doesn’t make direct contact, Young In does upload a new drawing on her mini-homepage, a picture of her observing her father’s memorial rites, with the caption:

“Here in front of his picture are the things I hadn’t done for him. Belated regrets… a belated confession… I love you Dad!”


In a hilarious bit, Secretary Yeo (I love her) briefs Seung Hyo on the preferences of Yoko, his business contact’s Japanese girlfriend who loves all things Hallyu. Knowing that pleasing Yoko is the key to winning over the businessman, they’ve gone out of their way to buy her ridiculously expensive handbags, designer gifts, and lots of Bae Yong Joon DVDs. Secretary Yeo recites a litany of things he can mention to Yoko, such as his favorite parts of Winter Sonata, and re-enacts the entire sequence where Choi Jiwoo’s snowman kisses Bae Yong Joon’s snowman.

But when they open Seung Hyo’s car trunk to retrieve the luxury gifts, they find instead… root vegetables received from Il Gun’s farmer friend. Somewhere out in the countryside, an aging farm wife twirls her new luxury handbag with glee.

Young Ae calls Young In to try to convince her that her father would never have committed suicide. Young Ae was there when her father revised his will last year (after a hospital stay when he was in an accident) and asks to see the will. When she hears that it’s been lost, Young Ae presses her to find it — there’s something in it that her father was insistent that Young In read, although he didn’t reveal the secret to Young Ae.

A letter is found in clothing sent to be dry-cleaned, addressed to Young In from her father, which Seung Hyo reads:

“How are you? I’m doing fine. If I’d know this would happen, I would’ve made our Princess a sibling. I’m sorry for making you an orphan. I’m sorry for being an orphan, and for being poor, and for being such a horrible dad most of all. When I was alive, all I said to you was ‘I’m sorry,’ and I guess it’s no different now that I’m dead.”

He follows with a list of things she should know — like his emergency credit cards and insurance funds. He closes with the most important bit, that she’ll hear from his friend after April 15: “I love you, my daughter Young In.”

Perhaps starting to reconsider her assessment of her father’s character, Young In asks Jae Ha what her father was like. She admits that her whole life, she disliked him and tried her best not to be like him: “Why did I never think to ask him what his problems were, what his dreams were? If he was happy, sad, content?”

In response, Jae Ha shows her the videos he saved from the fire — home videos of her father doting on her as a child.

Jae Ha has told Young In her father owes the gallery some paintings, and she’s narrowed down the possibilities of where they might be — most likely with one of her father’s orphan friends. She also asks Jae Ha to accompany her on an errand — she wants to visit the site of her father’s accident. Guilty and uneasy, Jae Ha makes up an excuse not to go.

So Young In goes alone. As she walks to the accident location, Seung Hyo drives by on his way to the art gallery (where he’d bought Il Gun’s painting, not knowing who the artist was), sees Young In, and pulls over.

Although they’re on strained terms, Young In’s nervous enough at the idea of confronting her father’s death site to ask Seung Hyo for help down the steep slope. Seung Hyo hesitates, because his extreme OCD makes him dislike touching anyone else — but finally, he extends a hand.

Just as she takes hold, Seung Hyo’s automatic reflex is to recoil, and he grabs his hand back — unsettling her and landing her right in his arms.


My theory on Il Gun’s death is that Jae Ha driving behind Il Gun’s motorcycle on the highway, on his way to the gallery, and witnessed Il Gun swerving into a roadstand. When Jae Ha saw that Il Gun was dying, he chose to extricate himself from the situation rather than try to help and be implicated. Thus he knows the death wasn’t suicide but can’t come forward about it. (I may be projecting a desire to keep Jae Ha from being too evil, but his guilty conscience points less to murderous intent and more to accidental involvement.)

But now another element complicates the matter, because for some reason, Seung Hyo is having nightmares of Il Gun’s death. Which means there’s somebody, other than Jae Ha and Young In, who has a connection to this locale.

Whatever the case, I’m eager to see how this scene plays out in Episode 7, because this will be the first “real” (i.e., voluntary) interaction between Seung Hyo and Young In. Time for the real romance to begin, right?

And also: Both Young In and Seung Hyo have lost their parents and been led by life into very diverging paths. Seung Hyo has grown up in what may be perceived as the “best case scenario” — his brother acts as a cautionary tale of what might have been, had Seung Hyo not had a way out of a wretched life with wretched parents. Brought up in luxury, he’s one of the “lucky ones.” Yet he’s at the core a miserable person — he may gain satisfaction from his work but no true contentment. On the other hand, Young In has had a rocky relationship with her father, but there was warmth and love at the very root of their relationship. And now that her father’s gone, Young In can be honest with herself and admit that she loves him.


27 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. nixxochick

    I am really starting to like this drama….I think I might’ve found my Hong Gil Dong substitution

    hopefully you stick to this one 🙂

  2. choram

    I’m glad to hear that this drama is still interesting. I think I’m going to pick this up! Yay…a series to watch 🙂 🙂

  3. canyayasis

    Thank you for giving this series a chance.
    I started watching it because everyone said ON AIR was going to kill it.
    I like pulling for the underdog –
    I can’t explain it, but this series is very inviting.
    Now I am a regular watcher – and feel invested in the outcome of this motley crew.
    It touches at the heart of magical thinking –
    “If I had a little more time…”
    “If I had one more day…”
    and I cry about once per episode – because beside making me laugh – it has a kindness at the core – of a daddy trying to make sure his daughter knows that she was loved….
    and for those of us who have lost our fathers – you watch and wonder what your own father might be up to…..
    I was a daddy’s little girl – and while it’s been 14 years –
    it stil feels like yesterday when he passed….

  4. javabeans

    canyayasis, I feel the same thing — “inviting” is just the word. And not only is the “Daddy tries to show daughter she was loved” angle terribly winning (I continue to be impressed by Yoon Kye Sang imitating the dad so energetically), but I love that the relationship goes both ways — Young In is learning she loves her dad too, and trying to do what she can to make up for it.

    In most cases her realization would have come too late, but the premise of this show allows us to see her make up for her wrongs, too. I think that’s why the scene with the deliveryman at the restaurant was so sweet for me — she’d never poured her father’s drink for him, or served his food for him (it’s a Korean-daughter thing). So now she does it for the stranger, or in her drawings. Aw.

  5. yeli

    “SeungHyoDad immediately revokes the decision and hops up and down, gleefully shouting, “Everyone, I’m trash! Trash, trash, trash!””
    ^this had me laughing so much! i can only imagine the look on people’s faces when he said this..hahaha!

    like the first commenter mentioned, I have found the drama to watch after hong gil dong is over …it seems fun!

  6. smilez7704

    I absolutely love this drama!!!! Thank you for your recaps, because the fansubbing is not proceeding at the pace that I would like but its okay I’m able to read your lovely blog and get my fix for the week.
    Whenever Seung Hyo is possessed by the dad, his expressions just cracks me up…..I can tell that this drama has potential and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
    Thanks again, keep up the good work.

  7. Jo

    I found this drama to be very interesting~
    I was not very sure at first but I absolutely love it now!
    skipped your reviews of episode 5&6 because I haven’t watched episode 6 in its entirety yet. just want to drop a comment about it though~

  8. =]

    This show looks like a keeper. it has comedy and romance. the casting is not that bad either. can’t wait for the next episode

  9. bree

    This drama surely gets better by the episodes. I’m also glad that you’re interested in it. Go Ara’s acting is getting better too. I think she’d be a good candidate to play the role of Makino/Shan Cai in the upcoming korean version of Hana Yori Dango/Meteor Garden. For me, she’s got the acting and the looks just right. What do you guys think? You’re free to object 🙂

  10. 10 hua

    After your reference to the hilarious bit with secretary Yeo in episode 6, I had to download and watch that segment. It was so great!!! Is it just me, or does actress Ahn Sun Young sound like she speaks fluent Japanese (in her conversations with Yoko)?

    Oh, and if anyone’s interested in dramas with heart, there’s been several good Japanese dramas this Winter season that’s of the “human drama” category: Daisuki!! (http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Daisuki!!), Edison no Haha (http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Edison_no_Haha), and Saitou san (http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Saito-san)

  11. 11 Kim

    I’ve already done some detective work in the thread for Who Are You on Soompi, haha, but my theory is that Jae Ha found Il Gun and was chasing after him to try and talk to him about the paintings. Something obviously happened to make Il Gun NOT want to speak with him, though, which is why he wanted to get away from Jae Ha so badly that it caused an accident. I agree that Jae Ha didn’t call 119 most likely because he didn’t want to be implicated, but it still sucks big time that he didn’t help.

    Also… I think that Seung Hyo is having nightmares about Il Gun’s death because they’re remnants from Il Gun’s possessions of him. I think the Reaper is suppressing Il Gun’s memories, keeping him from remembering, but they’re still leaking over into Seung Hyo’s subconscious. The Reaper might not want Il Gun to remember because he might then use Seung Hyo to try and get some sort of revenge, and that’s not what the deal was for.

    As an aside… I think one of the reasons I like this show is because I love characters that are screwed up in some way. Haha. An example: Henry from the movie Dedication. http://imdb.com/title/tt0490579/ He’s one insanely messed up man, but somehow it’s endearing. He’s a total ass at first, but then when he starts falling in love with Lucy, he starts changing little by little. He’s still a crazy, sarcastic ass! … just not as much of one.

  12. 12 gossip girl

    thanks for the oh snap clarification. i love the pun!

  13. 13 Ter

    Interesting. I think I’ll give this one a try, because you like it and others seem to like it too. I have to admit though, the whole rapist-deal has gotten me a little thrown off balance… I haven’t tried to series yet, but just by reading about it, I didn’t expect anything so heavy in the story. Seems to throw off the whole mood and tone, but then again I haven’t actually watched it and a lot of dramas tend to be completely different from my expectations, so I’ll see!

  14. 14 lime9

    i started watching this only because of Yoon Kye Sang and continues because of him. the rest of the cast is good but i don’t love this drama like most people do. i find the father extremely irritating and cannot enjoy a majority of the scenes involving him. i only enjoy the parts of each episode in which the father character isn’t in it.

  15. 15 Archaenon

    This drama is like way too good. I am overly excited about ep 7… I don’t know who I like Better in the show , I think all the characters are well written.

    Jae Ha or Seung Hyo…choices choices. I don’t want to see either one do uneccesary things ( Like Chang Whe in HGD ) that will make either seem like a bad guy. I sadly feel worse for OCD biscuit because he can’t help but to be a pain.

    Then again Jae Ha has his guilty mindset. It’s really hard for me to pick. I dunno , the next few eps are gonna be good. ( I hope ).

    Also , I will watch anything with Kang Nam Gil in it. I think he’s a wonderful actor… of the older actors in shows Kang Nam Gil and Oh Kwang Rok are my tops. I’ll pretty much watch any show with either one of them in it.

  16. 16 minjoo

    As interesting as it is, I’m still having doubts on how I would view the possible romance between Seung-hyo and Young-in… I feel that it might be a little awkward… cause at some point… her dad is in Seung-hyo’s body. lol… So it’ll feel like Young-in falling in love with her dad? lol…

    But then, her dad is only in Seung-hyo’s body for like 3 hours a day (?) so if she spends a lot of time with Seung-hyo… majority of it would still be with the real Seung-hyo. xD…

    Agh… xD But I still find it awkward. lol… I wonder how it’d turn up for me. xD…
    Thanks for the complete and detailed recap once again! (:

  17. 17 katwoman

    I’m with you.
    I cry at every episode too (I’m only up to episode 3, tho :)).
    I miss my dad, too.

    Mind you, I’m only on epi. 3 but…
    I’m not sure about the hoopla for Jae Ha. I don’t like that fact that he’s stringing his girlfriend along. Obviously, they are intimate. He was very vague when she told him she loved him. If he is indeed interested in Young In, he should have the decency to not string his girlfriend along. Btw, I have a soft spot for her since Thank You, so I could be bias.

  18. 18 javabeans

    katwoman, the girlfriend knows about Young In. She knows that Jae Ha’s task right now is to find out where her father’s paintings are — and I’m not sure Jae Ha realizes he has a soft spot for Young In yet. I think his guilt is going to be the emotion he thinks is driving everything and the affection will probably sneak up on him.

    minjoo, that was my concern too, which is why I’m curious to see how they develop the relationship between the two without the father. But since the father’s only in the body for 3 hours, for 49 days, there’s a limit to what he can do. For now, at least, I remain optimistic. 🙂

  19. 19 Lisa L.

    slowly Seung-Hyo gonna warm to Young In, that’s how he reaches out his hand to help her. you know those moment when they are meant to be. when i found out that SH is OCD, gosh suddenly it reminds me of David Beckham…bad bad me!

    to me it’s always the dad…i have a difficult relationship with my dad too so i understand how all yer life living with the dad can make developed dislike or maybe hatred. it’s been a year since my dad’s sudden heart attack…at that moment i didnt know what to do except praying that shorten my life to let my dad live. i don’t mind and i know he deserves much more than me. he survives and still a year past and we are not in talking term yet apart from occasions fill-in. i’m afraid to realise things to late to tell him that i love him very much. anyhow, i tell him in my heart and pray from his safety.

    only when someone gone then we realise they are precious. i watch Young In and i’m scared that i’m gonna end up like her. i cry and still is my dad on my mind.

  20. 20 fizzlex3mh

    I’m glad you decided to blog about this show. Had you not, I wouldn’t have wanted to watch it. And thank you so so so much for the zshare link. I’ve been looking for the OST everywhere!

  21. 21 bella

    haha.. poor rich cold hearted guy… lol… he´s being confused in himself…Well, actually I love thise series the moment I started to watch it, the plot is so intresting and the actors as well.. very promising

  22. 22 polarmi

    at first i didn’t like this series as much as i do right now.but you know what BANG..I’M TOTALLY in love with this series…well i think i’ve got the message that i no no,,We should appreciate people who are still alive..we never know what’s goin’ to happen in future… but wait i’ll think i am gonna like seung hyo.he’s not too handsome but he’s charismatic!

  23. 23 thunderbolt

    #17 katwoman: “I’m not sure about the hoopla for Jae Ha. I don’t like that fact that he’s stringing his girlfriend along. Obviously, they are intimate. He was very vague when she told him she loved him. If he is indeed interested in Young In, he should have the decency to not string his girlfriend along. Btw, I have a soft spot for her since Thank You, so I could be bias.”

    It bugged the hell out of me that Jae Ha’s girlfriend looked so familiar but I could not place where I had last seen her. Ah, so she was in Thank You (as Shin Sung Rok’s fiancee). I remember now. Thanks for that jolt, kat!

    sarah, that dig at BYJ and Winter Sonata was my favorite part of ep 6. Loved it when Secretary Yeo summarized the plot of WS in 20 words and when she rolled her eyes. She’s a hoot!

  24. 24 Sue

    Love the secretary too! Her imitation of Yoko was fab.

  25. 25 ly22

    hi javabeans,do you have any idea who sing “who are you”(bossanova ver.) in this episode? i always enjoy reading your summary since CP era,now i’m into this series,thank you very much……….

  26. 26 whit3butt3rfly

    im just watching ep 7 now… and the triangle is forming… oh the mystery… the intrigue… hot ahjussi but something fishy going on… and the mr representative who has OCD but determined to solve the mystery… ohhh i am liking this series… very surprising, very different!

  27. 27 sleeplessinwgtn

    To katwoman & Canyayasis,

    I share the same reaction you have…

    I lost my father 11 years ago and still miss him a lot and cry when I watch scenes where people grieve for their lost loved ones.

    I love the attempts of the father to set things straight for his daughter. I remember my father getting worried about me as I was watching over him when he was confined in the hospital just months before he passed away. I guess parents will always be parents no matter how helpless they are.

    enough with my melodrama…

    To Javabeans, thanks once again for your recaps.

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