Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 5
by | September 9, 2008 | 34 Comments

I’m liking Love & Marriage‘s quick pacing and brisk romance plotline — it’s not so speedy that it feels rushed, but it isn’t sluggish, either.

Because, lord knows some dramas take forever working up the romantic tension between its main couple, dragging out the developments gra…du…al…ly. While that’s not always a bad thing — the slow build has its place — I’m happier when things bump along at a nice clip, just as long as the buildup is believable. After all, we know this couple is going to end up together. The outcome isn’t in question, so I’d rather we spend our time on the entertaining courtship.


Love & Marriage OST – “연애” (Love) by Maybee ft. Humming Urban Stereo
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After entering Hyun-soo’s office, Kang-hyun sees that she interrupted a moment and excuses herself, but not before Hwa-young looks at them with some awareness, wondering if there’s something brewing between the couple.

Kang-hyun hurries out of the law firm, but her exit is seen by the other lawyers, who interpret it as more meaningful than it is. They gossip among themselves, noting that Hyun-soo is currently meeting with his fancy ex-wife. As they misinterpret the situation, thinking Kang-hyun rushed out feeling crushed and angry, Kyung-hwan listens to the rampant speculation with growing chagrin.

(I’m enjoying the silly lawyers and assistants in Hyun-soo’s firm because they’re like a nosy peanut gallery, and their gossiping is also often wrong. They’re like an inaccurate Greek chorus.)

Kang-hyun presents the statements from their scamming couple, impressing Sung-ho with her resourcefulness. Not only has she gotten the money back for the firm (their refunds are invalidated), she got them to ‘fess up to their scheme. He’s so relieved that he’s happy to give her credit for a job well done.

Kang-hyun wants to reveal to everybody that she’s not really married, because pretending to be divorced keeps weighing on her conscience. Sang-ho tells her to forget about it; their clients won’t respond well to a single couple manager, so she’s gotta suck it up and keep up the pretense.

Hyun-soo and Kang-hyun meet on the rooftop to exchange their belongings (her pink bundle, his cell phone), and Kang-hyun apologizes for possibly giving his ex-wife a misunderstanding this morning. He assures her that the situation wasn’t as bad as she fears, so it’s not a big deal.

As Hyun-soo leaves, Kang-hyun attends to her shoes — since she stepped into the lake last night while they were fishing, her feet have swelled and the shoes are uncomfortable.

Although Kang-hyun assures him she’s fine, she stays outside for a while, waiting for her shoes to dry out. A bit later, Hyun-soo comes back and unexpectedly presents her with a pair of slippers. Thrilled, she dances around in glee, exclaiming how comfortable they are, and slips in her excitement. (Kim Min-hee is adorable in this scene. Hyun-soo seems to think so too.)

Later, Kang-hyun sees Hyun-soo in the hallway talking to his former co-worker, the junior attorney who’d contacted her in episode 1 about the con artist. He feels guilty for letting Kang-hyun believe that Hyun-soo was the one who got her fired — while Hyun-soo was the one who talked to her face to face, the junior attorney was the one who reported the matter to the police and got her in trouble. He feels particularly bad because he remembers how angry and difficult Kang-hyun was with him, and assumes that she’s continuing to give Hyun-soo crap about it.

Hyun-soo assures him that there’s no need for such disclosures, and that things are fine now. He even defends her, telling his colleague, “She’s not a weirdo. She must have had her reasons for acting that way.” Around the corner, Kang-hyun realizes all the epithets she’d been calling Hyun-soo aren’t applicable, since he didn’t actually tattle on her and get her fired.

Kyung-hwan feels the need to caution Kang-hyun against Hyun-soo, because after this morning’s events, he assumes that they have something romantic going. He warns her that the guy is untrustworthy and just playing with her.

I’m sure Kyung-hwan’s concern would be cute if he weren’t such a whiny brat (in a totally amusing sort of way). He’s warning her since “it’s because of me that you’re in this position,” then wonders, “Are you taking revenge on me to make me feel guilty?” Kang-hyun retorts that Hyun-soo is a good, sincere, and thoughtful man.

Kyung-hwan asks, “Do you like him?” She thinks about it, then concludes, “I don’t know about that yet, but I respect him.” As she leaves, she wonders to herself, “Have I come to like him?”

That night, she ponders the situation, thinking back to all she’s heard about Hyun-soo. She cheers up when she rationalizes that he must like her back, since he lent her the slippers. Then she remembers his wife, which brings her down again. Thus Kang-hyun goes back and forth, trying to figure him out.

It’s the little moments that make me laugh out loud, such as when Kang-hyun’s friends assure her that they’ll start chipping in with living expenses. (She’s the only employed one, and with her recent debts, money is getting tight.) Hee-soong (on the left) sighs, “The electric bill will be high. Let’s turn off the lights.” And the three sit in the dark as they mope.

Hyun-soo has dinner with ex-wifey, during which she casually asks whether they should give it another go together. Hyun-soo changes the topic, asking about her mother’s health instead, so Hwa-young accepts that he’s not on the same page with her.

Noting that Kang-hyun and Hyun-soo seem to be friendly, Hwa-young asks what kind of person Kang-hyun is. His response: Kang-hyun is the kind of person who’s always “120%” with everything she does — always talking, thinking, moving. But when he calls her “a cute woman,” Hwa-young is actually relieved rather than threatened, since Hyun-soo’s taste in women doesn’t run toward the hot-tempered and cute.

Sung-ho and Kang-hyun go out to lunch and run into Hye-sun eating with Kyung-hwan. (Sung-ho is immediately jealous, thinking his ex-wife is dating a cute younger man, but is soon relieved when he hears this is merely the new employee.)

When asked what Kyung-hwan was like at college, Kang-hyun answers sweetly that Kyung-hwan was a ladykiller, particularly with the older noonas, always mooching off them. Kyung-hwan retorts back that Kang-hyun was the same with younger men, and while the older couple aren’t looking, they kick each other under the table and stick out their tongues. They are so childish and annoyed with each other it’s hilarious.

Kang-hyun gets a wedding invitation from her (scammer) couple, inviting her to come with Hyun-soo. Kang-hyun drops off the invitation at Hyun-soo’s office, then spends the night trying on different outfits in anticipation of their wedding date.

What’s cute is that Kang-hyun has realized she likes Hyun-soo, and she’s honest with herself about her feelings. Plus, she plans her wedding attire not just to look good, but to look good with him. Her friends, not knowing that this wardrobe exercise is for Hyun-soo’s benefit, look on like she’s crazy.

At work the next day, Kang-hyun giggles to herself and looks forward to the wedding with giddy anticipation. However, when she drops by Hyun-soo’s office, he’s engrossed in work and won’t be able to make it. On top of that, even if he weren’t busy, he doesn’t seem enthusiastic about the idea, asking, “Is there a particular reason I should go?” Deflating, Kang-hyun goes off alone. She struggles to lug her heavy wedding gift on the subway, having anticipated getting a car ride with Hyun-soo.

During the ceremony, she excuses herself to step outside and sit alone, bummed. So when Hyun-soo unexpectedly appears in front of her, she perks up and greets him enthusiastically. It turns out that his meeting was canceled, and hearing that he was going to be free unexpectedly, his drooling female co-workers had organized a company dinner, eager to claim his attention. With flirty females clinging to either arm, Hyun-soo had glanced at his wedding invite and cited a prior engagement. Thus here he is.

Kang-hyun presents the couple with their gift, which is a framed canvas bearing the calligraphied words “love marriage.”

They protest that theirs was an arranged marriage, not a love marriage. (The terms refer more to the origin of the relationship, not the nature of the relationship itself, so an arranged marriage doesn’t mean it was necessarily without love.) Kang-hyun answers that arranged matches can also be considered love matches, because “you two chose love over qualifications. So I think you’ve made a love marriage.” She congratulates them and wishes them a happy future.

Having seen her in action, Hyun-soo comments that Kang-hyun is good at her job, but she tells him she has a long way to go: “Before being a good couple manager, I’ve got to be a good person first. A good colleague, a good friend, a good girlfriend, a good woman.” Then she remembers “good daughter,” and asks Hyun-soo to drop her off at the bus station so she can visit her parents.

But Kang-hyun falls asleep in the car, and Hyun-soo decides to drive her all the way to her parents’ hometown, which is outside Seoul.

Kang-hyun’s fastidious mother refuses to come along to the sauna room, so it’s just father and daughter bonding time. It’s clear Kang-hyun’s parents have far from an ideal marriage, with Mom looking down on Dad, and Dad bearing the brunt of her snooty attitude. They’ve settled into a familiar pattern, both of them resigned to each other. (I think of them as dissatisfied, but not really miserable. More like apathetic.)

Kang-hyun’s father assures her that she doesn’t need to repay the 2 million won immediately, so she can concentrate on paying Kyung-hwan back first.

To this end, her friends come up with the plan to sell Kang-hyun’s clothing, since she has so much of it and most of it is high-quality stuff she never wears. They intend to sell the clothes online, but Kang-hyun has a hard time parting with her beloved (though mostly unworn) wardrobe, and resists.

New plotline. Hyun-soo has a new client, a struggling actor who’s filing for divorce from his wife. When Kang-hyun drops by Hyun-soo’s office (determined to come clean to him about not really being divorced), she recognizes the man as a sunbae (senior schoolmate) from her college days.

Unfortunately, her excitement at meeting Wan-ho after all these years is cut short when she hears that he’s divorcing. This was the first couple Kang-hyun paired together, and she can’t believe such a well-matched couple is on the brink of divorce. She swoops into action, determined to get them back together.

In the seven years that they’ve been married, Wan-ho and his wife moved to the States, where the wife supported the family (they have a child) and worked. Wan-ho feels his wife is too selfish and demanding, while the wife feels that Wan-ho needs to grow up. The starving artist shtick was cute when they were younger, but no longer. Wan-ho had a hard time in the States — his career stalled, his English is bad — and finally couldn’t take it, running back to Korea. They’ve been apart for the past three months.

Kang-hyun gets on the phone with the wife, making her calls in the dead of night to deal with the time difference. She’s convinced that they need to hear both sides of the story before proceeding with the divorce.

Kang-hyun asks Hyun-soo to help convince the couple not to divorce, but Hyun-soo believes that the relationship is at an irreconcilable point. They argue — she believes he’s too willing to divorce people, while he charges her with wanting to keep them together for selfish reasons, because they’re a couple she brought together.

Him: “It’s my job to bring happiness to two people who are unhappy together.”
Her: “Has divorce made you happy? They’re both sensitive people — if they divorce, they’ll both be hurt badly… I won’t just let you split them apart.”


I always love the moment when a person realizes they have feelings for the other, and in this episode, Kang-hyun was first to get to this point. Her reaction is straightforward and decisive, much like her personality, and as soon as she realizes how she feels, she acts on it. Not in an aggressive way, but in a forward-moving way, because Hyun-soo’s not quite ready for the same realization. He’s a step behind her and comes with more baggage, which he needs to figure out how to handle before embarking on another relationship.

But it doesn’t look like he’s going to be that much behind Kang-hyun, because he spent a lot of the time casting sideways glances at Kang-hyun in this episode, often when she wasn’t aware of it. And although this latest divorce case throws a wrench into their budding romance, I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be a huge obstacle.


34 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Airajuliafor

    I’m glad Hyun-soo’s not that far behind. I simply hate it when the guys take forever to realize he likes the girl. 😛

    *immensely grateful*

  2. Marzy

    im liking love and marriage too.
    kim ji hoon is doing a nice job here. 🙂

  3. Luv

    Thank you Sarah…
    Love the fashion show…hehe…

  4. harro

    hi i want to dl the song but when i go to dl it it wont let me
    it directs me to a webpage and when i click dl it just says some sort of server error…

    i reaaaaaaaallly love the song, it fits my life right now at this moment… hahah
    can you repost it ors omething?

  5. Sue

    i haven’t read any of the full recaps but i am tempted to pick this up now! but i shouldn’t… school… work… :3

  6. mily2

    thank you sarah.. i’m liking this series more and more.. thanks for all the recaps.. they are so fun to read!!

  7. choram

    Ahhh cute….I remember why I love romcoms now 😛

  8. inyoung

    i love your recaps!
    i like how you always recap but add witty comments which are always fun to read!

    by the way, where can i get the soundtrack for this drama? i am absolutely in love with it!

    keep it up!

  9. hajar

    heyy! i’m really interested to watch this drama after much reviews. i’m just wondering where can i watch them? please please please! somebody please tell me where to watch them?! pretty please! i really really really wanna watch this! i’ve tried mysoju and crunchyroll since those websites are basically where i go to watch dramas online. is anywhere else i can watch love&marriage?? pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaasssssssssseeeeeeeee! ;P

  10. 10 teokong

    Thanks for the recap. Absolutely love this drama, cute! 🙂

  11. 11 RSzeto

    Yay… thanks from me too for the recaps! I’m totally enjoying how this show is turning out too. I like the romance part to be primary for a change. Compare with Gourmet, I felt the couple development was a bit too slow for the likes of me. Granted there are the good storylines like Gourmet and there are the feel-good couple development like this one that keeps me smiling (which is what I like about k-dramas!). I’m looking out for your next recap on this!!

  12. 12 CoffeeTea

    aww thats so cute. i love minhee’s character here. shes all happy and she knows what she wants or rather what she is feeling. which is nice for a change. i doubt hyunsoo’s going to get there soon. he has his ex to deal with. >< thank you dramabeans~

  13. 13 Jennifer

    Cute episode and great recaps! =)

    Thank you.

  14. 14 Jo II

    Thanks for the recap! 😀

    But seriously, out of all your clothes woman, you chose that outfit to impress Mr. Hot Lawyer?! LOL.

  15. 15 Sere

    Another drama makes it to the to-watch list! *sighs*

    Wheeeeeee doctor Martins! I love those boots!

    hajar, maybe mysoju.com or crunchyroll.com have it up? I don’t know, I haven’t checked. But these sites are your best bet, imho.

  16. 16 ktb

    Great screenshots and equally great summary! Thank you.

    Hajar, I’m actually watching the drama on Youtube (it’s not subbed). Just search for “love marriage” or “love match marriage” to find them…

  17. 17 fm

    Thanks JAVABEANS!

    U’recap really helps us a lot to understand the story while waiting for the subs!

  18. 18 Anonymous

    Than you Javabeans. Your recap always brightens up my day, especially with the series that I like, which is this one. I haven’t seen it yet and I am waiting for the whole series to come out with subs before I venture into it. But reading the caps make me look forward to it. Thanks again for the recap.

  19. 19 kimlam940

    Thank you so much for the recaps. I am loving this drama.

  20. 20 heeesooop

    thanks! I enjoy reading your recaps 😀

  21. 21 girlfromdownunder

    Thankyou soooooo much for your wonderfully written summaries! I live in Australia, so unfortunately I do not have access to watching any Kdrama. However, I’m really getting into this series (I love romcoms like this, kind of like Dalja’s Spring) and can’t wait to watch it when it comes out on DVD . But for now, i’m quite content with reading your lovely summaries!

    Keep up the good work!

    PS. Does anyone know whether I can watch this drama online?

  22. 22 heeesooop

    go to http://www.veoh.com and type in love and marriage

  23. 23 hajar

    hi sere. thnx for the suggestions but i’ve already tried crunchyroll and mysoju like a million times. it’s still not there.

    ktb, i’m not a korean and i don’t speak korean as well. so non-subbed ones are no-no. but thnx for the suggestion anyway.


  24. 24 Kiongna

    Always adore this gal Kim Min Hee and that guy looks so like Kwon Sang Woo minus posey scoundral smiles (which I also like) aigoo!

    Thanks for your caps dear Javabeans! Always love ’em.

    Hugs E

  25. 25 CHER

    i am waiting anxiously for your episode 6 review…love reading your reviews BEFORE watching the show. Weird, but true.

  26. 26 Le

    thanks for the recaps…I just went through all the recaped episodes right after watching the first episode which I totally have to agree with you upon. LOVED IT! and as with you, I usually don’t watch previews to avoid spoilers…but I was excited for EP 2 and couldn’t resist! couldn’t wait for subs so I came here! based on ur recap…I’m really liking this series…that bad part is I gottah wait for subs to get the real feel and eye candy ^_^

    I’m loving how it unfolding so far. Nice pace.

  27. 27 loie

    hi javabeans! thanks for episode 5 recap! I really appreciate it! And I agree with you’re comments! hihi!

    I’m watching Love Marriage at http://www.viikii.net, it’s english subbed but episode 5 is not yet fully english subbed that’s why I’m very thankful that I stumbled in this site!

  28. 28 klover87

    this is to loie

    i went to viikii.net
    but it wont let me watch it as soon as starts
    almost immediately a white screen comes up and you can only hear them talking but see nothing
    im fustrated
    do you know why its like that?

  29. 29 germaine

    kim min hee has got to be one of the most stylist people around.
    love her prada lace dress and white doc martens
    thanks for the summary!

  30. 30 heeje

    lol, i love your commentary! It is very entertaining to read and well-written.
    I’m sad that this drama has such low ratings :/
    great music selections all over the site — yum!
    ;)much thanks for keeping the site up -hj

  31. 31 miriemirie

    Javabeans, I always watch my dramas while reading your blog! I love your commentary! Also, I was wondering, does anyone know the name of the classical music piece playing during the scene where Hyun-soo and Hwa-young are both reminiscing or something, after their dinner?

  32. 32 javabeans

    miriemirie, that’s the Bach Double Violin concerto. I’d bet all us violinists in the house have played it at some point or another.

  33. 33 MEK

    oh yeah – i’ve been watching this show on and off for a couple of weeks now – all episodes with eng subs are not out yet – this is starting to look good to me and from your recap – it sounds like you didnt dislike it either. oh good!

  34. 34 MeiChan

    Thnx soo much 4 putting up these recaps! My computer won’t let me watch ep 4 n 5 n I was soo depressed but didn’t wanna skip any eps either but thnx to these recaps I feel like I haven’t missed a thing! Thnx again!!!

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