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Love & Marriage: Episode 16 (Final)
by | October 22, 2008 | 67 Comments

I knew Love & Marriage would end on a happy note, and that nothing totally unexpected would come in the last hour. But I was still pleasantly surprised with how well the drama wrapped up its romance — even managing to pull out a bit of cleverness to keep the inevitable from being totally predictable.

I’ll be the first to admit that Love & Marriage isn’t a perfect drama, or even a particularly noteworthy one. But what it did, it did well: happy romance that endeared its characters to those of us who don’t necessarily like our dramas traumatic. Also, I always want to give extra points to dramas whose finales manage to satisfy AND add a little something extra to the series, rather than ending on a disappointing note — or even just an adequate (but unexciting) one.

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EPISODE 16 RECAP (FINAL)

Hyun-soo admits that he’d like a little more time to himself, which worries Kang-hyun despite her attempt to be accepting. He’s had enough of fishing, but he’d like to bike back to Seoul, using the physical exertion to invigorate both body and mind.

Kang-hyun apologizes for dropping in on him unexpectedly and agrees to his plan, covering up her disappointment to everyone around her. But she doesn’t fool Kyung-hwan, who knows how she feels and counsels her to be understanding of Hyun-soo.

Kang-hyun wonders if they ought to step back from each other now that their relationship is over (I don’t think she means to stop all contact, but to stop being so friendly). People are usually suspicious of exes who remain friends. Kyung-hwan isn’t worried, and assures her that he’s not going to renew his attentions to her. Instead, they’ll define their relationship in new terms — since she’s Pluto, he’ll be her “Chyron” (Pluto’s moon). Instead of being friendly exes, they can consider theirs to be more of a platonic/sibling relationship.

Hyun-soo bikes his way toward Seoul, taking time to write Kang-hyun postcards and muse at how this kind of exertion makes him feel alive. I think this is just an excuse to show Kim Ji-hoon in a tight-fitting bodysuit

Hye-sun sympathizes with Kang-hyun’s uneasiness at Hyun-soo’s continued absence, but Kang-hyun keeps up her “cool” act and says she’s totally fine with it. In fact, she’s so open-minded that she would even be willing to send Hyun-soo to Cuba if he wanted to go. Hye-sun is suitably impressed.

Lee Bi-yin’s divorce suit is still casting a shadow over the firm, with rumors swirling that Hyun-soo is the celebrity couple’s homewrecker. Therefore, Kang-hyun takes it upon herself to address this problem, and calls in the aid of her Chyron (who promptly deserts her at the first sign of trouble. LOL).

Her plan involves scoping out Lee Bi-yin’s mansion, but her attempt to climb a gate triggers an alarm. She’s left hanging — har! — while a panicked Kyung-hwan runs off. (Love the motion blur!)

Take two. Kang-hyun watches as Lee Bi-yin’s daughter is brought home from school and admitted through the gates. The next day, Kang-hyun pretends to be the daughter’s schoolteacher and requests a meeting to discuss something with the student’s mother.

Kang-hyun is admitted to see Lee Bi-yin (who’s wearing a face mask because of a “cold”) and starts talking in general terms about the child’s future. When Lee Bi-yin leaves the room momentarily, Kang-hyun sets up a hidden camera, then eavesdrops. She also witnesses the star without her mask — hiding a recent nose job.

Lee Bi-yin recognizes Kang-hyun as her attorney’s girlfriend, and with her identity revealed, Kang-hyun confronts her openly about the case. She grabs her camera, then threatens to release the footage of the star’s plastic surgery unless Lee Bi-yin speaks out to correct the damage to Hyun-soo’s reputation. (Vanity = fastest way to appeal to a celebrity.)

Her hand forced, Lee Bi-yin holds a press conference wherein Hyun-soo is cleared of the rumors, and all is well again.

Next we have another couple-matching event for the Last Love membership, which has a pretty clever theme, in my opinion. Using a school motif, Kang-hyun instructs the members to act as though they’re 17, which means that they should talk to each other in “banmal” (common, familiar speech) and refrain from asking about one’s job or income. Therefore, the resulting mood is casual and fun-loving as members play games with each other. The employees in particular have a lot of fun talking “down” to Sung-ho in banmal (which they can’t normally do as his employees).

When Kang-hyun hears that Hwa-young is leaving for her new job in Morocco that day, she’s upset on Hyun-soo’s behalf that he’ll miss her departure (he didn’t even know she was leaving). Kang-hyun leaves a voicemail for Hyun-soo informing him of Hwa-young’s plans, but he doesn’t get it right away.

Sung-ho wonders at her reaction, so Kang-hyun explains that she feels bad for Hwa-young, whom she has discovered to be a kind, good-hearted person. While everyone is the star in their own life, Kang-hyun recognizes that from Hwa-young’s point of view, she (Kang-hyun) has been the antagonist, and it makes her feel sorry.

Hyun-soo is about a day away from Seoul, but he checks his messages and hears about Hwa-young’s departure. He immediately hails a cab, managing to catch Hwa-young as she’s leaving for the airport. (He’s in a rush but he had time to shower and change?)

Hyun-soo is upset that she was about to leave without telling him again, but Hwa-young explains that she didn’t want to add to his worries.

She also reminisces about a song he’d once sung her prior to their marriage. Once they’d decided to marry, their plans sped by so quickly that she’d been a little disappointed at the lack of romance, and asked him to sing for her. Later on, the song cheered her up whenever she felt uncertain about whether he loved her back.

At the airport, as she’s about to go inside to board her flight, Hyun-soo holds her back, and starts to sing.

It’s “화려하지 않은 고백” (An unextraordinary confession) by Lee Seung-hwan. Hwa-young tears up as he sings, touched by the gesture, and we see a montage of their past together.
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The song lyrics add a layer of meaning to the scene, because while the words can be seen as optimistic as the couple’s “proposal song,” now they have a tinge of bittersweetness.

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The lyrics start out, “The brilliant bouquet of flowers I’d once given you wilts sadly, fading in brightness and scent… I’ll make a silent promise to you, the one I love, to protect you until your tears dry…”

Hyun-soo ends on the last line of the song with an emotional, “Out of all those many people in the world, I’m thankful I met you.”

Hwa-young thanks him for leaving her with a good memory. It’s a really lovely moment.

On the plane, Hwa-young reads a book Hyun-soo had lent her (it’s Kafka on the Shore! — I LOVE THIS BOOK), and flips to the very end, where Hyun-soo has highlighted the final passage. It says (and I dug up my copy to transcribe the English translation of the book):

“You finally fall asleep. And when you wake up, it’s true. You are part of a brand-new world.”

Meanwhile, Kyung-hwan and Kang-hyun have their own bittersweet parting. At first, Kyung-hwan turns down Kang-hyun’s request for a ride home on his bike, because his new girlfriend is uncomfortable with his familiarity with her. But as he leaves, he’s reminded of his previous promise to give Kang-hyun a ride on his bike — in the past, she always pedaled with him riding behind, because Kyung-hwan was bad at cycling with passengers. He turns back to fulfill his promise

(It’s probably mean of me, but I was thinking all the while that it would be funny if they fell.)

On the way home, they pass by the bridal shop where they’d posed as models, and look in the window, recalling memories of the time they’d spent together.

A little while later, they stop once more to peer in at a group of students at a restaurant, which reminds them of how they got together. Kang-hyun wonders, “When love ends, where does it go?” Somewhat depressingly, Kyung-hwan answers, “When time passes, it erases.”

However, Kang-hyun thinks otherwise, and tells him so when Kyung-hwan drops her off at home. After thanking him for leaving her with a good memory, she tells him:

“I’ve been thinking — love that’s over doesn’t disappear. Love turns you into the other person. As I dated you, I came to like the things you liked. The time I spent with you, our tastes, feelings — they all became me. At first they were only yours, but now they’ve become mine. They say that before falling in love, a man isn’t a man, and a woman isn’t a woman. Thank you. Through knowing you, I’ve become a woman, and through our breakup, I’ve become a person.”

Both Kyung-hwan and Kang-hyun well up with emotion at the symbolism of this moment — they will probably see each other again in the future, but this is their official goodbye — and Kyung-hwan grabs her in a hug. He tells her, “I’m sorry. And thank you.”

He turns to leave, somewhat reluctantly, and Kang-hyun tells him to go: “Now we can look at a bigger world, and experience a bigger love.” When he starts to turn back to face her, she tells him not to, and to look only forward instead.

Kyung-hwan does as she instructs him and leaves. When she turns around, Hyun-soo is waiting for her. (Symbolism!)

Kang-hyun asks if Hyun-soo has figured out everything he’d wanted to on his trip, which was figuring out what to do with a woman from Pluto and a man from Neptune. He decided that although they may experience some friction (metaphorically), because Pluto is tilted (Neptune isn’t), they won’t ever collide.

Pointing to herself, Kang-hyun replies, “Then that means a twisted Pluto like me must meet a straight and orderly Neptune.” Hyun-soo agrees, and then brings up her previous math-oriented proposal (where she calculated the value of the remaining 55 years of her life with Hyun-soo). He has another math proposal for her: Pluto orbits the sun once every 248 years, which means that one Pluto year equals 248 Earth years.

He asks, how many Earth years would pass in Kang-hyun’s (Pluto’s) remaining 55 years? The answer is 13,640 years, so he asks her, “Can you give me 13,640 years?”

She tells him, “Let’s never break up again, Neptune man.”
He answers, “Yes. Let’s get married, Pluto woman.”

Sung-ho and Hye-sun get married (again), and I like the vows they exchange — or rather, what they call “Advice for Fighting Couples.” They include such words of wisdom as: “Don’t interrupt the other person,” “Don’t drag up past issues. The fight is in the present,” and “Forgive, and ask forgiveness.”

And we see all the happily paired couples still together at the wedding:


Hye-sun gives Hyun-soo a ticket to Cuba as a thank-you for his help and because she’d prevented him from going earlier. She tells him he can return the ticket or use it, but since he and Kang-hyun are planning for a spring wedding, now’s the perfect time for Hyun-soo to embark on one last solo trip. After all, Kang-hyun had said she was totally cool with the idea. (She is NOT totally cool with the idea, but pretends she is.)

Hyun-soo assures Kang-hyun that he has no intention of leaving, but when she sees him looking at his ticket, she starts worrying. When she tells him to go, he replies that he doesn’t need to go, and that he’ll just miss her anyway.

Somewhat reluctantly, she encourages him to take the trip, quoting a Cuban poet to remind him: “The world doesn’t open by merely waiting. You have to approach it yourself and open it.”

Neither Kang-hyun nor Hyun-soo is gung-ho about this trip, but both seem to recognize that it’s one loose end that should be tied — he’s wanted to take the trip for a long time, and she doesn’t want to be the reason for holding him back. On the day of his flight, they arrive at the airport a bit early and have about three hours to kill, so they take a short trip to the nearby beach.

Kang-hyun tells Hyun-soo how, as a kid, she had thought Superman was the most romantic movie she’d ever seen, and relates the earthquake scene (when Lois dies in an earthquake, and Superman reverses the spinning of the earth to “turn back time” and save her). It touched her that he loved so much that he turned time backward for her (although she concedes that this was something he had the superpowers to do, unlike, say, mortal man).

But still, the scenario works as a relationship metaphor, and Kang-hyun tells Hyun-soo that when a love ends, it feels like the earth stands still. “But now that I’ve found love again, the earth has started to turn.”

As they have about a half hour before they have to leave, Kang-hyun takes a short nap, and when she wakes, it’s time for them to return to the airport.

However, as they reach the entrance, Hyun-soo tells her not to come with him to the gate. She’d planned on seeing him off and assures that she won’t cling if that’s what he’s worried about. Hyun-soo is a little too cool to be playing this scene straight (although Kang-hyun doesn’t catch on) and tells her he wants to check in alone, settle down, and maybe read a bit before boarding.

Disappointed (and annoyed), Kang-hyun returns to the beach, complaining about Hyun-soo’s cold goodbye all the while.

Kang-hyun falls asleep on the sand… only to be woken up by Hyun-soo.

(Now, I know this is an obvious turn of events because we’ve got ten minutes to wrap up this series, and I don’t think he’s going to Cuba. However, what I like about this ending isn’t WHAT happens, but rather HOW it happens.)

Reunited, Hyun-soo takes an ecstatic Kang-hyun on a boat (to nowhere in particular, just enjoying the ride) and explains, to her complete amusement, that he’d missed his plane because he had been reading a book. She teases him mercilessly about it, overjoyed that he’s back. She announces that she gave him the chance to go away and he messed it up himself — therefore, no more trips to Cuba!

But there’s something more to the story, and Kang-hyun can tell in Hyun-soo’s expression that she’s missing something. So we flash back to fill in the blank spots, starting with the scene on the beach where Kang-hyun took her nap.

Hyun-soo had tried to wake her at the appointed time, but then thought back to her Superman story and adjusted her watch back a half-hour, knowing he will miss his plane. He let her sleep more, turning her watch back another hour as she continued to nap. By the time he woke her up, it had actually been an hour and a half later than she thought, and the plane had already taken off. (He’d then faked walking into the airport terminal and followed her back to the beach.)

Thus Hyun-soo had decided on the beach that he wasn’t going to leave her again, and performed his mortal version of turning back time to keep his girl by his side.

Aww.

The End

 

COMMENTS

I appreciated that they let Hwa-young remain single but showed her happy with her new direction, rediscovering the slow pace of life in Morocco. No, we didn’t get to see the Cash King find love, but I’m okay with that, and confident that Kang-hyun will see him settled before long.

The romantic conclusion was a nice touch, because even though I wasn’t surprised at the ending, it was nice to have a little twist that tied in with Kang-hyun’s (and Superman’s) idea of love. (It’s also a nice counter to their matter-of-fact, “scientific” proposals — I liked them for not being big, dramatic gestures, but it’s nice to have one grand gesture to end on.)

But I think what made the final episode work for me was the respectful way we saw the exes say goodbye to their past relationships. These previous couples have been officially “over” all series long, but the emotions have lingered for Hwa-young and Kyung-hwan, and now they get closure in a realistic, rather poignant way.

Many (if not most) kdramas villainize the hell out of the second leads to create as much drama between the main couple as possible, and then redeem the second leads in the very last moments, kind of like an afterthought. That stretches credulity for me, because if I’m supposed to like you at the end, why did you do your best to make me hate you in the middle? It feels emotionally manipulative, so usually I check out of those secondary characters.

Now, Love & Marriage has never been high on the angst factor (which has both positives and negatives), which makes it easier to humanize Hwa-young and Kyung-hwan. It also means that Kang-hyun and Hyun-soo’s obstacles were mostly about themselves, and not about the Psycho Obsessive Stalker Exes who would stop at nothing to get them back.

So we send off these exes in a way that reminds us why the couples were ever together in the first place. It really let the bittersweetness come through, of one relationship ending to make way for the next. The scene with Kyung-hwan was particularly well-done (although the Hyun-soo and Hwa-young airport scene was nice too), and while I didn’t think Kyung-hwan was still in love with Kang-hyun, I did believe that both showed the emotion you’d expect at seeing their five-year love come to an end.

Most romantic comedies focus on the One Great Love of your life and how to attain it, but because one of Love & Marriage‘s central motifs is divorce (which, yes, sometimes they take too far), we have a more muted sort of message. It’s nice to see people learn from their past failures to get it right the next time around, in what we hope will be their New Great Love (or, in Sung-ho and Hye-sun’s case, Renewed Great Love).

Overall, Love & Marriage isn’t a drama I’d recommend to everyone, because if you don’t like sweet and/or romantic, you’ll probably gag on this drama’s candy-coated fluffery. On the other hand, if this kind of drama IS your type of thing, there are a lot of energetic, fun moments to make it worth your while.

As with everything, it’s all a matter of personal taste.

Hope you enjoyed watching (and reading)! Now I’m hoping that at least one of the upcoming dramas will stick. I’ve recapped a good number of shows by now, and sometimes it does get painful finishing one out of obligation. I’m sure you know what that feels like. At least watching Love & Marriage reminded me that it’s much more fun to be following a show that pushes my happy buttons.

 
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67 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. asianromance

    thanks for the recap! The ending was so creative and romantic!! Though I wished Hwa-young got with somebody, I realize that the drama has given the audience so many things that it would be too much to give Hwa-young somebody too. Maybe she’ll meet someone nice in Morocco. I also love how they don’t turn the secondary female lead into a villain- it would be too much of a copout. And when the villainess used to be the main guy’s ex, then it makes you wonder about that guy’s judgment and makes you wonder why he even liked that girl for so long.

    And i love this line “While everyone is the star in their own life, Kang-hyun recognizes that from Hwa-young’s point of view, she (Kang-hyun) has been the antagonist, and it makes her feel sorry.” — i think it shows a lot of depth and sensitivity. A lot of dramas seem so self-centered- focusing only on the main couples’ feelings and using the other characters as pawns to move the story.

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  2. anonymous

    Yaaay! ditto to your comments

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  3. Dele

    Can I please have a Superman like this!!!! That was a wonderful and creative last fe minutes of this awesome drama.

    I love feel-good shows that leave me all warm and gooey inside!!!

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  4. Movall

    Yay, am I the first to comment at the final episode?
    Nope, I’m not ^^

    Thanks so much Javabeans, I’m half of longing for your recaps, half saying ok it’s better a bit late, ie. I’m still lingering on it longer.

    Words can’t say enough how I love the final episode. The more I think about it, the more I find the ending perfect, the turning back time was brilliant, romantic but it’s not over sugary. Honestly, ep.14 and 15 made me a little bit uneasy if they were going to have a cheesy ending. But the ending was wonderful. Love every moments of the last episode.The “back to school event” was smart, and I’m too, find the parting scene of Kang-Hyun and Kyung-Hwan was particularly well-done in a beautiful way.

    The way they wrapped up this drama made it one of the best ending for me. I’m grateful to the staff of LM. Despite the low ratings, they gave their best. Yes the drama had flaws but they all become minor because the happy feelings we have after the show make LM unforgettable.

    How I love all the symbolism they use here.
    And the superman theme, it’s pleasantly surprised.
    You may not recommend this drama to everyone, yes talk about the personal taste here, but I definitely praise it for all of my friends.

    And, LOL “I think this is just an excuse to show Kim Ji-hoon in a tight-fitting bodysuit” ha ha ha –> I do not complain though !!!

    Thanks again Sarah, you always introduce us super good shows. Gosh, how come all the shows I love got that low ratings. Soulmate, Mixed-up investigative agency, even Who Are You!!! If it’s not you, how do I know and enjoy those fantastic dramas?
    Please keep it up.

    Wonder how you rate this drama?

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  5. moumounelabaleine

    Love and Marriage for me is some kind of décompressant, as i watch first East of Eden which is a heavy tearjerker. Now that its over, maybe i’ll watch over again some funny moment parts to enlighten me after “…Eden”.

    Thank you JBeans, looking forward to another kdrama recaps; maybe the one that replace love and marriage time slot?

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  6. ajmystro

    OMG! it over!
    what am i going to watch now?!

    java…thanks a lot
    you did great

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  7. Astralyz

    Thanks Javabeans for the recap..I’ve been waiting for your writing..
    I love this drama very much…

    Finally, below is the link to one MV I made from this drama..I’d would like to thank you, WITHS2 and fellow Soompier who have made it possible for us who do not understand Korean to be able to enjoy this drama…

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ifEKU14mr6U

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  8. Peter

    Thanks so much javabeans.

    I found this drama really fun.It’s often energy sapping when following a tear-jerker type of KDrama.So this was a really pleasant experience.I’m not ashamed to say I enjoy all the happy moments in the drama.It’s realistic in that,most of us make mistakes in life,but all of us get at least one chance to make things right again.The drama really highlighted this for me.It doesn’t surprise me that the ratings were so low;most people like to feel sorry for themselves and dwell on the sad stuff in their lives.That’s the kind of news and events that sell newspapers.So this drama which has such a POSITIVE undertone won’t appeal to the majority.

    IF ONLY PEOPLE DWELLED ON THEIR HAPPY TIMES/MEMORIES AND MINIMISED THEIR SAD TIMES,THEY WOULD FIND LIFE SO MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE.Sweet,happy and romantic times are the best things in life IMHO.

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  9. Alexandra

    I’d like to thank you for the summary. I have been checking your blog for three days now just to see if you have written a summary on this drama. Also, i was waiting for the pictures that comes with your summary. I have made a music video of this drama using your pictures. I have posted it at youtube if you wanna see it.

    I also learned from your blog that “The WOrld They Live In” will take the spot of LM… i just hope that it would be a nice drama … (maybe you can do a summary too) something like LM. I’m just coming home from work so sure would like to watch something light and funny.

    Again, thank you.

    Alexandra

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  10. 10 hjkomo

    Thank you so much, Sarah! :D

    It’s been such a wonderful, sweet, fun, funny, heart-warming, and romantic ride.
    This one’s definitely a keeper! :P

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  11. 11 gala

    enjoyed your recaps of this series, though i never really properly thanked you. in fact, i gotta say that I came across one of your recaps accidentally that got me interested in the drama.

    i sympathize with the drama for attaining such low ratings; but i applaud the crew/staff/actors for putting up with it, despite some hardships in the ratings dept; they maintained what they started. it felt as if they didn’t even notice that they’re not up to par with other kdramas [again, in terms of ratings] and didn’t let that influence them. i think this is the 1st kdrama i might buy the dvd if it comes out with subs. esp, considering that KJH is such an eye-candy.

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  12. 12 amyaprilgirl@hotmail.com

    I loved this series! thank you javabeans for letting us in on how it all ends while we wait for the subs to enjoy it all over again =]

    it was beautiful and sweet and ended well, cheers!

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  13. 13 stargazer377

    thanks javabeans!
    i always enjoy your recaps and sometimes i like reading your recaps better than watching the episode b/c you do such a good job! maybe i’ll start watching this one later when i have time. thank goodness for long vacation breaks!

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  14. 14 moomincandylalala

    Thanks so much for subbing and recapping this drama! I love your insightful analysis as always

    I loved every minute of it…. It might be full of fluff and sweetness, but its optimism, energy and angst-free love story is contagious.
    The story’s attention to detail, all the effort to keep the drama enterntaining and full of little twists has definitely not gone unnoticed. Love the soundtrack too!

    And its not unrealistic. People who were once together do manage to part rationally and find new loves and learn from their past relationships.
    It’s a bittersweet fact of life that happens all the time. Just like in LM, without drama and psychos exes.
    Kwan Hyun and Kyung Hwan’s parting struck a chord with me and it made me tear up a little.

    Definitely keeping this for a long long time and put it out whenever I need a feel good booster!
    A dose of LM makes the rain go away! ^^

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  15. 15 Jessica

    Wowowow! So sweet :) Thanks so much for your recaps :)

    This series totally has a “Flowers for My Life” feel. Quirky, well-paced, and stories that tie into one another.

    “While everyone is the star in their own life, Kang-hyun recognizes that from Hwa-young’s point of view, she (Kang-hyun) has been the antagonist, and it makes her feel sorry.”

    This is a really good point!

    The turning back time reminds me of my cousin’s husband. When they were dating they lived in different time zones (he was in Taiwan and she was in California).

    During the vacation time when she came back to Taiwan to see him, she noticed that ALL the clocks had the wrong time…and then it dawned on her, the clocks were set to California time :)

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  16. 16 nozomi05

    thank you for the recaps. its good to know that you genuinely wanted to continue and finish the recaps. we all know how hard it is to finish doing something that we really don’t like.

    looking forward to the next drama you’ll recap

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  17. 17 Nanae123

    Thanks so much for recaps. This drama is really enjoyable for me and i like yr prospective analysis which makes the reading very enjoyable as well.

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  18. 18 RSzeto

    L & M ended beautifully and poignantly. Brilliant touches by having the relationship closures and the ‘mortal’ turn back the clock scene. Really great and fresh ideas by the writer! Wish the writer knows how appreciated we all are! BTW I can definitely be classified as your ‘candy-coated fluffery’ type like this one! So enjoyed this and giggled and tickled my way through this!

    I’ve enjoyed following Dramabeans through the recaps for this drama. I don’t know how else I can add on to the already abundant praise and thanks from all readers to you but from this last epi posting, I also realised how much ‘obligation’ we put on you by doing the recaps. Everybody ‘s happy buttons may not be the same, so I know it’s hard for you to complete ‘obligatory’ dramas when along the way, you may no longer digg or feel for that drama. So I want to say, as your readers, we understand and also want you to enjoy doing what you do! I’ve enjoyed your site tremendously and will continue to do so!! Thanx much!

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  19. 19 nomad

    ah, it’s done! thank you for recapping this drama javabeans. this has been an enjoyable series especially with your comments. ’til next drama again :)

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  20. 20 Min Shariff

    Gee! Thanks for the hardwork. I’ve been watching it w/o the subs and always waited in anticipation for your summary of each and every episode. Bless you for the hardwork. It’s because of the summary I am able to understand the story.

    Love this drama. It is lighthearted and easy to watch. No dramatics – just a simple love story. Not too many of these kind of drama of late. Now, I am watching it again with English subs up till ep 7 on KBS channel here in KL, Malaysia.

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  21. 21 pabo ceo reom

    I’m such a sucker for this kind of kdrama (that’s why I’m ecstatic my tastes match yours since I know I’ll have a lot more enjoyable reviews to read).

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  22. 22 marz

    awww man.. im a tad sad that it concluded.. gaaah..
    i love these kind of dramas..
    it was definitely a keeper..
    wouldnt hesitate watching it when in need of a happy, cute feel good
    drama to perk you up..
    gossshh im sad this wasnt as recognized ratings wise as well..
    i know this drama isnt perfect..
    but all its quirks makes me appreciate it more..
    because in the end it has good sentiments and heartwarming incidents..
    definitely one of the feel good dramas of the year..
    and kim ji hoon is love!

    thanks sarah for ur wonderful recaps!!

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  23. 23 emsy

    thanks soo much for the hard work and posting these up…really really appreciate it.
    i loved this drama tooo much…thanks again…keep up the good work….you hav no idea how happy u guys hve made me by putting posting the reviews…bless you….

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  24. 24 Wenn

    Thanks very much! You did a great job with this recap and I really enjoyed your writing :)

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  25. 25 mily2

    thank you sarah.. love love this drama.. totally my cup of tea.. haha.. muah :)

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  26. 26 nazznen

    I’m enjoy watching it. and also reading ur postt and thought. It makes Love & Marriage even beautiful. Thank you for the beautiful wraps.

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  27. 27 teokong

    Thank you very much for all the summaries of this lovely drama. I have enjoyed watching and reading the recaps.

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  28. 28 yeon

    this drama was super cute
    and kim ji hoon is sucha hottie:)
    thanks dramabeans for the summaries!

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  29. 29 Vi

    Just love this drama !
    thank you so much for all your hard work
    I just enjoyed (well too much maybe ??!!) this drama !
    thanks dramabeans !

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  30. 30 asianromance

    something more to add: i just realized that Park Ki Woong was the main guy in My Tutor Friend II-was wondering why his expressions seemed to bug me. The guy in My Tutor Friend II was sort of a jerk (who reforms a bit because it was a romantic comedy, etc.)-oh that smirky confidence! And Kang-hyun’s dad is Kyung-hwan’s dad in My Tutor Friend II.

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  31. 31 mazlin

    What a sweet (awww-inducing) and unexpected way to end off what we knew was going to be a show with a happy ending. I’ve been clicking ‘refresh’ on your website constantly over the past two days and been driven to near distraction waiting for the last episode, and finally it’s here!!! Thanks!

    I honestly don’t know what i’d do without your wonderful recaps as they’ve introduced me to so many delightful shows. Coffee Prince, Que Sera Sera, Hong gil dong, Who are you, The last scandal of my life, Beethoven Virus and Painter of the wind…all fantastic (or made to sound fantastic cos of your insightful and entertaining recaps or contributions by your peers) shows which i’ve been fortunate enough to discover through your blog. Keep up the good work ; ) and i truly appreciate the work you put in.

    Thanks to contributors like Dahee Fanel and Sevenses… Keep up the fantastic work!~

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  32. 32 diane

    thanks

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  33. 33 mikki

    thank you so much!!
    loved the ending!

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  34. 34 cartman

    I loved the scene where kyung hwan and kang hyun said their goodbyes. :)

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  35. 35 doozy

    Thank you, Sarah for the episode summaries and insightful commentaries!

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  36. 36 Sevenses

    Finished my midterms so I could sit down and read the recap with the attention it deserves. It’s very cute, from the way you describe it, but I think I belong to the camp of people who actually can’t stand it for real time watching.

    Your recap, as always, is wonderful!

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  37. 37 wandergirl

    Ooh. I love the ending.

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  38. 38 Microworm

    Thanx for the recap, I started watching the drama after reading your recap. Your recap actually added more comedy elements to the darma, highlighting all the comical moments, ensuring that they were not missed when watching the drama : )

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  39. 39 ann

    thanks so much for all the recaps!!!
    when i watched it online so many parts were unsubbed and your recaps were soooo good. plus i love your comments. hahahaha being “gung ho” hahaha

    anyway i love your recaps anyway! hahaha
    so glad i could read your recaps before watching the videos so i know whats happening!! hahaha you put so much effort into all the recaps.. KUDOS to you!

    and omg man, i’m so in love with kim ji hoon now. hahah he’s so hoooottt. <3

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  40. 40 ")

    just finish this drama, though without the english sub which is a shame.. hence your re-cap of episodes si good for me… ha…

    good drama… ending is nicer than most famous dramas around I think – :-)

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  41. 41 yooboo

    Once again…thank you javabeans. I love this series and so with the quotes they have.

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  42. 42 sleeplessinwgtn

    Thanks, once again, for your commentaries. I have yet to watch the English-subbed episode but could not resist reading your commentary.

    I love the drama and how it portrayed the ex-es. There’s always 2 sides to a relationship and it is rarely just the fault of one side when it breaks.

    Cheers and looking forward to new recaps!

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  43. 43 Anonymous

    Hey anyone know the name of the Cuban poet “The world doesn’t open by merely waiting. You have to approach it yourself and open it.” I like the quote very much…

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  44. 44 lovin it

    LOVED THE ENDING :D
    and the drama!
    loved your recaps. awesome like always..
    what next? im hoping that you recap hyunbin and songhyekyo’s the world they live in, choi ji woo’s star’s lover and cha tae hyun and kimjungeun’s general hospital, boys over flowers (hope it comes close to the japanese version despite the fact that half of f4 has never acted before.. –)! *fingers crossed* ahah i realize now theres a lotta dramas im looking forward too
    THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!

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  45. 45 spiceroni

    Thanks so much for the series recap. I looked forward to it each time a new episode came out. Really appreciate the time it took you to do this and for you to share your take on them. It made the series more enjoyable. Sometimes there are slight nuances in the storyline that gets lost in translation, but you have managed to fill those back in with your recaps.

    Thanks again!

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  46. 46 ...

    thanks so much for the series recaps!

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  47. 47 HQlover

    glad you recap this series..it was a good feeling series and i really enjoyed it…

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  48. 48 pegsywegsy

    hi, i didnt read all your recaps but like you said this drama is not one of the best and not everyone will like it but i really like their sweet moments!
    the stealing of kisses, hand holding and all…. it gives off a nice warm fuzzy feeling :)

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  49. 49 Anonymous

    This drama was very sweet and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You mentioned a lot of good points about this drama. I agree with your thoughtfulness about this drama being not for everyone– especially if they do not like the ‘candy coated fluff’. I on the other hand was very content watching this drama and all its sweet little candy coated shell. Without all the subtle happy moments, I don’t I would have been interested. Unlike other dramas, the end of each episode does not leave me angered, and wanting to see the next episode just for the sake of seeing how the entangled situation would be resolved. Also, in my opinion, a good drama has a good ending. And this drama concluded on very happy terms.

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  50. 50 yok

    Thank you so much..I love the ending too!

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