Drama Recaps
Painter of the Wind: Episode 5
by | October 20, 2008 | 37 Comments

This episode had some aggravating scenes, which made me a little grumpy. But it also had some really beautiful scenes (GAYNESS!), and that pretty much balanced everything out. I will note, however, that I’m still waiting for a really stand-out episode from Painter, quality-wise. But good things come to those who wait, I suppose?

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EPISODE 5 RECAP

Yoon-bok and Hong-do run like mad, and the painter sent by Byeok-soo to sabotage Yoon-bok’s painting follows them, all sneaky-like. Sneaky, sneaky.

That night, the two of them stop by a creek, and Yoon-bok tells Hong-do not to watch as she changes out of her women’s clothes. Hong-do promises not to, but he peeps at her anyway – he seems to have been really struck by the way she looked when she was “crossdressing”. Yoon-bok yells at him (don’t worry, he didn’t see anything important), and Hong-do tells her that with her bone structure, she could easily be mistaken for a woman. Yoon-bok’s all flustered, and it’s cute.

The outline for her painting’s all done, but she still needs a focus to hold it down – the person on the swing. She tells Hong-do that she knows where to go to find what – or who – to put in there, however.

Meanwhile, the rest of the students are working diligently on their own paintings, and Hyo-won in particular is doing well, garnering lots of praise from the supervisors. His sleazy friend mentions that, if Yoon-bok doesn’t show up, then Hyo-won is a shoe-in to be the one who’s promoted to official painter.

Hong-do meets with what looks like an old friend – Dok-bu, I think his name is – someone who seems to have known Yoon-bok’s dad as well. He tells Hong-do that Seo Jing’s daughter – in other words, Yoon-bok – is alive, but he doesn’t know where she is. He tells Hong-do that he’s still very afraid, and Hong-do reassures him that he’ll take care of everything.

The evil group we’re all friendly with by now – The Evil Quartet, I like to call them – are gathered with some other pals for Ye-pan’s birthday at the kisaeng house, and they’re all analyzing a certain painting the head kisaeng prepared for Ye-pan – “Cat in Fur of Shining Gold” by Kim Hong-do – and trying to guess who the painter is. When it’s Jo-nyeon’s turn to analyze it, he does it exceptionally well, as always. He even guesses that it was painted by Hong-do.

What I like about the characterization of Jo-nyeon is that, while he’s pretty evil in parts, he’s also very human. He’s intelligent, rich and shrewd, but due to his original low status in society, he’s looked down on by the nobles he consorts with, and he knows this well. He’s quite the outsider. It’s sorta sad.

Yoon-bok and Jeong-hyang are meeting at the kisaeng house at the same time as all this is going on. Jeong-hyang plays the gayageum for her for a bit, and then Yoon-bok spreads out her sketch, and asks her for a favour.

“Please enter this painting. Show me everything. Everything that is concealed underneath your clothes. Your heart, your spirit, your constancy, and…Concealed underneath all of that, your music.”

And so Jeong-hyang complies. BY TAKING OFF HER CLOTHES.

I ought to stop saying things like “This is the gayest scene so far”, because Painter just keeps topping itself. You thought the swing scene in the last episode was suggestive? That was nothing, and I mean NOTHING, compared to this. It is enough to make a lonely, hetero teenaged boy shed tears out of pure joy.

So, Jeong-hyang’s taking off her clothes, la di da, and Yoon-bok’s observing her. Fine. Artists do that. They draw people naked. I understand that Jeong-hyang is her muse, and that Yoon-bok’s attraction seems to mainly stem from the fact that Jeong-hyang inspires her, sets fire to her…creativity, if you will. (For the record, I was totally NOT thinking of writing something other than “creativity” just now.) I get it.

But seriously, people. Was it NECESSARY to interweave that supposedly “innocent” viewing with that whole fantasy sequence of Yoon-bok touching Jeong-hyang’s revealed body, and drawing her nekkid boobies? (Not that the Jeong-hyang we see is showing off her two little friends or anything…Mostly, I suspect, because the censors wouldn’t allow it. But that doesn’t stop ‘em from suggesting through the drawing that, logically, she IS nekkid here! Full-on Janet Jackson-esque boobage. Yee-haw!) This may be a muse-artist relationship, whatever. But just because someone’s your muse, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get all nice and cozy with them after the painting session’s over. Just sayin’.

And Jeong-hyang sure doesn’t seem to mind being touched!

All that being said, this is a really beautiful scene, quite tastefully and lovingly done, and, as Painter is wont to do, takes a very interesting approach to the blurring between reality and imagination.

Unfortunately for these two “non-lovers” (ha!), someone seems to have left the door to the room slightly ajar, and Jo-nyeon happens to glance in as he’s passing by. Stupefied by what he sees, he stops, opens the door a little wider, and does the whole Peeping Tom thing. His open look of lust as he stares at Jeong-hyang is more than a little creepy. Dude, how OLD are you?

Jeong-hyang gets the creepy vibes, and turns and sees him. Not at all taken aback or shocked (she is, after all, a kisaeng, and probably used to such grossness), she gently closes the door in his face.

The head kisaeng in charge of her has been watching Jo-nyeon watching Jeong-hyang for a while, and she takes this chance to go over and offer Jeong-hyang to him, if he wants her (for a price, of course). He acts like he doesn’t care, but we all know he’s a dirty little pervert at heart. He’s definitely coming back for her. Ewwwww.

In the meantime, Jeong-hyang is no longer nekkid (not that she technically ever was…), and asks Yoon-bok:

“Have I entered your painting now?”
Yoon-bok nods.
Jeong-hyang: “Then, if you pass the exam, can I live in only your heart now?”
Yoon-bok: “In…my heart?”
She hesitates, and then leans over and helps Jeong-hyang put on her jeogori (the top outer garment). It’s veeeerrrrrryyyyy sexual.
Yoon-bok: “What man could resist you? And…what man could take you so easily?”

COP-OUT! Oh, the hidden meanings behind her words!

But whatever. Jeong-hyang’s pleased and touched, obviously thinking that Yoon-bok’s one man who isn’t in this just for her body. Oy vey. Does Yoon-bok not realize how flirty she’s being? Does she not realize how much she may potentially be hurting Jeong-hyang by acting this way? OH MAN.

Jeong-jo’s alone in his room, and he takes out a case, which contains a bow. And then we get a flashback to his younger days! Hurrah! I’ve been waiting for this.

We see the young Jeong-jo practising archery with his father, Prince Sado. And then we see him begging his grandfather to save his father’s life. Jeong-soo watches, looking a little guilty. And then we see him, dressed in funeral robes, in his father’s room, and taking his father’s bow off its stand. Which I suppose is the same bow that Jeong-jo’s looking at now. And he says, as though to his father: “Please wait just a little bit longer.” OH HELLZ YEAH.

Yoon-bok’s skipping away from the kisaeng house, all happy and satisfied, and remembering what it was like to swing with Jeong-hyang (GAY!). Only, her happiness gets a little marred by the fact that, the painter sent to sabotage her finally takes this chance to knock her out from behind, steal her painting, and drop her down a well. Real classy, dude.

Young-bok is working at the Danchongso, and he winds up accidentally breaking what looks like a bowl full of paint powder. Heo Ock, Heo Shim’s granddaughter (you remember, the freaky old guy we saw in episode two…or was it one?), is looking on. She starts making some moves on him, and tells him that she has the keys to the storage room, where they can replace the bowl without anyone knowing. He asks her what he can do for her, and she tells him that, since she knows a secret of his, they should create a secret for him to know about her as well. So she goes up and smacks a big, fat, wet one on his lips. Uh, okay. Young-bok pushes her away, but she’s completely unembarrassed, and leads him off to the storage room. Girl, if you think a guy’s hot, just tell him so! Don’t sexually harrass people. Then again, unfortunately, he is just not that into you, so it’s kind of a lost cause.

Hong-do’s visiting the old abandoned home of Yoon-bok’s father (Jing), and as he sits, he remembers a young Yoon-bok, whom he seems to have been on very good terms with. Her real name is Seo Yoon, so her first name is just “Yoon”, not “Yoon-bok”.

Then we’re back to the Hong-do in the present, reminiscing sadly on all this. And he wonders, “Where are you, Yoon?”. Um, go look in a well near the kisaeng house, and you’ll find her. Kthxbai.

Speaking of Yoon-bok, she wakes up in the well, understandably confused, and with a twisted ankle. But it’s really only once she realizes her painting’s gone that she starts panicking, and screams for help. She even throws her things up, hoping someone will see.

A couple of guards hear her, but, jumping to the conclusion that they heard a ghost, and not a young student painter trapped in a well, they scurry off, like the cowards that they are. SO FRUSTRATING.

The painter/sabotageur goes to Byeok-soo, and hands over the painting. Byeok-soo rips it up into pieces, and also sets it on fire. It was agony to watch this scene. To destroy such a precious piece of art!! I think my soul just broke a little.

Hong-do sets out to look for Yoon-bok, worried because she hasn’t gone back to the Dohwaseo yet. He asks Jeong-hyang where she is, but Jeong-hyang doesn’t know either, so he sets out searching in earnest, calling out Yoon-bok’s name.

Thus follows an over-long and teeth-grinding scene in which Hong-do passes by the well, Yoon-bok calls out to him (but he doesn’t hear), he goes around to other places looking for her, and then, FINALLY, goes back to the well, where he encounters the two frightened guards. It’s while he’s talking to them that the three of them hear Yoon-bok’s cries for help, and Hong-do goes over to the well and finds her. About time!

He climbs down into the well, and instructs her to get on his back. She does so, reluctantly – I’m thinking she might be a little worried that he’ll feel her boobies (I would be!), and also, she feels the sparks that come from being in such close proximity to him.

So the two of them get out of the well, with some difficulty. (Note: I find it funny that there’s a frog in the well…a reference to that old fable, perhaps?) Once they’re out, Yoon-bok tells Hong-do that the painting’s gone, and that there’s no point in going back to the Dohwaseo. Hong-do tells her to try to go back to that time, to remember the scene. Anything at all will do – the sounds, the smell, the tastes. Once she remembers one thing, everything else will follow. And so she does.

Hong-do piggybacks her all the way back to the Dohwaseo, with Yoon-bok clinging on to that memory the whole time. They burst in with little time to spare. It’s the morning, and the exam ends at noon.

Yoon-bok spreads out the paper, and gets to work. (I love the way she envisions what she’s going to paint, and it all appears before her eyes, on the paper – much like the statue hidden in the marble, a la Michelangelo.)

Everyone gathers around to watch as she paints, shocked by the way she paints the women naked – or, at least, she paints their breasts, anyway. Because we all know that nipples are sooooo scandalous. Byeok-soo, ever the ass, grabs her by the back of her shirt, and drags her away, telling her she has no right to paint such things – and, no doubt, hoping that she won’t be able to finish the painting. Yoon-bok protests that she’s simply painting living, breathing people, exactly as they are. Byeok-soo doesn’t listen, but Hong-do stops him, yelling at him that she should get her chance to finish. Byeok-soo agrees, thinking that she won’t have enough time anyway, and that the painting will never pass under the scrutiny of the conservative judges in the end.

So Yoon-bok continues work on her painting. It’s amusing how everyone holds their breath as she prepares to paint the nipples red – and, frankly, I’m surprised they were allowed to show that in the drama at all. Maybe it’s okay because it’s “just” a painting? Or because it’s “high art”? Pfft. Censors have such double standards.

Time’s almost up, but Yoon-bok feels like she needs to add one more thing. So, at the last minute, she draws a couple of Peeping Toms, watching the ladies below. And it’s to my thinking that they represent Yoon-bok and Hong-do. Very clever. And thus we see the completed painting: Shin Yoon-bok’s masterpiece, “Scenery of Dano Day”.

And she’s done, just as time is up! Everyone rejoices, with Yoon-bok and Hong-do even jumping into each other’s arms in an ecstatic (and, later, embarrassing) embrace.

The judges are all together, looking at the paintings, and Byeok-soo forcefully criticizes Yoon-bok’s painting, saying it’s sinful, and that there’s too much colour in it (WTF?). Hong-do arrives, clearly unable to keep himself away, and asks why it’s so wrong to have so much colour in a painting. Byeok-soo adds that this painting makes the viewer’s heart move, and that that’s wrong. Hong-do yells at him for his stupidity, the two of them fight really loudly, and the judges tell Hong-do to leave, since he himself isn’t a judge. As he leaves, he yells, “The Dohwaseo has gone completely rotten!”. Anger management issues, much?

Ugh, what an annoying scene. Byeok-soo and the conservative viewpoints of the judges are really annoying, but Park Shin Yang’s OTT, War of Money-esque acting is annoying, too. This is one scene that made me wonder if I should pause the drama and just stop watching. That was how annoyed I was.

Anyway, the judges announce their pick – Hyo-won has been chosen to be elevated to the status of official painter. Everyone congratulates him, but the celebration is interrupted by the announcer adding that Yoon-bok, too, has passed the exam, for special reasons – a secret, 12th judge has approved her painting. Yoon-bok tears up, overjoyed, and everyone demands who this secret judge is who passed her. It is announced that that person was none other than King Jeong-jo himself. Shock! End episode.

 
ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS

This was definitely not my favourite episode (too many conventional story twists), but it was a nice one all the same, as all of Painter’s episodes have been, so far. We finally got to see a flashback regarding Jeong-jo’s past, and I admit I salivated the entire time. I want more scenes with Jeong-jo and Jeong-soon, dammit!

As for Park Shin Yang, as I mentioned earlier in this recap, his acting still bothers me at times. It’s like he doesn’t understand that acting like you’re in a cartoon simply doesn’t work for a drama like this one. Still, he can be charming in his own little way at times, and I like the way Hong-do and Yoon-bok’s relationship is developing. They have a believable chemistry to them. I just hope they don’t kiss or anything, because that would be a little grody. And I would be SO jealous of Park Shin Yang. (Kidding! I…think.)

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37 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Luv

    Thank you Dahee…
    I laughed so much reading this recap…lol…

  2. kate

    my favorite drama so far….it is getting better and better,,thanks for the recap..

  3. kotatsulove

    ooh, just you wait until episode 6. it makes the Jeong-Hyang/Yoon Bok scene in this episode seem downright innocent.
    that black-and-white fantasy had me SO confused while i was watching it, but after reading this it makes sense that this is Jeong-Hyang’s fantasy. man, i’ve never seen a korean drama this suggestive.
    i am absolutely DYING waiting for episode 7 on wednesday. ep. 6 ends on quite a cliffhanger.

  4. Pully

    I’m digging this drama already (except Park Shin Yang, of course, I was annoyed of that yelling-scene too). It’s so different from any of the dramas I’ve seen so far. So controversial, and so interesting. I feel like a pervert sometimes, but c’mon unless you’ve a mind of 3-year-old kid, who wouldn’t think of …. you know what I am talking about … from those scenes. So suggestive.

    “This is the gayest scene so far” – Keeping saying it. There will be more coming LOL.

  5. cc

    Thanks for the recap.
    I was kinda laughing when i was reading it. Very entertaining~
    Can’t wait for this weeks episodes!

  6. mzpakipot

    thanks Dahee! i enjoyed reading your banters on this episode. I’m happy that you didn’t pause and stop watching the rest of the drama. LOL Thank you for your hard work. Always nice to read someone else’s perspective. ^^*

  7. Azzuri

    Dahee, hilarious recaps! I loved reading them as much as watching the series. Thanks!

  8. theleenbean

    haha, bobby kim IS coolness personified :)

    thanks for the recap, Dahee!

  9. grace

    I love your recaps, theyre an awesome and insightful addition to watching the episodes but can I be honest and say that some of the homophobic comments can be offending? There’s a difference from commenting about the intended overtones and just saying that something is just so gay. I’m really enjoying your posts, thanks so much for keeping them coming.

  10. 10 Dahee Fanel

    @grace

    I am frankly astonished – and confused! – that you think my comments are homophobic. Do they really seem that way? Because I never meant them to be. By saying something is gay, I’m just stating a fact – I would never use the word “gay” in a negative sense. I really despise when people comment on things they think are lame or stupid by saying “That’s so gay”. It’s such an insult to the LGBT community. I am also normally very careful not to make heteronormative assumptions, and I try very hard not to make broad, stereotypical statements set along gender lines. I’m not even sure I believe in gender, or categories of sexual orientation. So I feel like you misunderstood my meaning. Perhaps I just really fail at trying to be humourous?

    One of the things I love about POTW is its willingness to break down all those barriers, and really look intimately at a loving relationship between two women (if Yoon-bok can really be called a woman, per se…). And, while I think it’s highly unlikely that it’ll really go all the way with that relationship (alas, it feels like it’s only “acceptable” to Korean audiences because Yoon-bok is dressed as a man, and thus superficially upholds those sexual norms), it should be applauded for even touching on the issue at all. And I DO applaud it. I LOVE the scene with Yoon-bok and Jeong-hyang in this episode. I think it’s absolutely stunning, and it was by far my favourite scene in this episode. If I didn’t make that clear, and if it seemed like I was making disparaging, homophobic comments about the queer aspects of this show, then I am deeply sorry, and I apologize. I’ll try to be more careful in future.

  11. 11 cor

    Enjoyed your commentary and recap Dahee! Loved the terminology you use :)
    Wait…so the black and white scene was a fantasy? Hmm…The special explained that they made it black and white to tone it down from being too…uh…”pornographic.”

  12. 12 Noob

    Hilarious recap as always! And like everyone else said, watch out for epi 6! So sad…. But we all knew something like this was going to happen even tho none of us want it to….

    Oh and I’m totally digging the king!

    And yes, in the special, they said they made it black and white to avoid being pornographic. Also, they wanted the viewers to get a sense of fantasy from that scene too by having the flashes of black and white.

  13. 13 Anonimosity

    There have been plenty of stories in all kinds of media, from Shakespeare to trendy dramas, about women dressing as men. What makes PotW to stand out and be really interesting, I think, is that Yun Bok has lived nearly all of her life as a man rather than simply “going in disguise” all of a sudden for whatever reason. And to a certain extent I think she really does think of herself as male, if only because that’s how she’s lived up until now. She’s the son of a noble and a (now official) painter, and being a women has no part in that life. It’s not really something that’s ever really challenged her before. But now, with her developing relationships with both Hong Do and Jeong Hyang, she’s going to need to face the issue and deal with it in ways she’s never had to before.

  14. 14 bluelime

    thanks for the recap =)

  15. 15 ndegeocello

    FWIW, I never thought Dahee’s comments about scenes being gay were offensive in any way. Every time she boldly referenced a scene as gay, I always took it as, “OMG this is so gay… and I love it!”

    I have to agree with Dahee about POTW breaking down barriers. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, simply exploring a girl/girl relationship is a first in K-drama land. I also agree with Dahee that it’s more acceptable to the Korean audience in the context of POTW, because Yoon Bok is supposed to be perceived as a male. But as it is, it’s still a huge step forward taken by this drama and for the Korean audience to be so receptive of the Yoon Bok/Jeong Hyang relationship.

    As a straight female, I must say I am sooo much more drawn towards Yoon Bok/Jeong Hyang than Yoon Bok/Hong Do. The formers’ scenes in this episode were quite sensual, but executed with elegance. I’m going to be heartbroken by this weeks episodes. :(

    And please, no more angry, little tirades from Hong Do because Park Shin Yang shatters all momentum in the drama by breaking out of character so abruptly like that.

  16. 16 Jo

    the reason why they allow such content is because this show is for FIFTEEN YEAR OLDS AND UP…so whatever.
    And I love the well scene.
    TOTALLY shows improvement in Moon Guen Young’s acting.
    I just thought her acting was so…different and it had a new style to it than usual.
    awesomeness.

  17. 17 lisante

    I don’t think it’s a fantasy scene. In the original novel, JH was fully naked and YB touched almost every part of her body. You don’t have to change it. The scene was B/W because they thought it was too much for TV.

  18. 18 squib

    I can see both Dahee’s and grace’s view. I understand the need to be humorous in a recap and there’s no intention to insult, as Dahee Fanel said.

    But, it does seem, in my view, a bit offensive to start off the description of an excellently filmed and set up scene with
    “I ought to stop saying things like “This is the gayest scene so far”, because Painter just keeps topping itself. You thought the swing scene in the last episode was suggestive? That was nothing, and I mean NOTHING, compared to this. It is enough to make a lonely, hetero teenaged boy shed tears out of pure joy.”
    , no offence to Dahee Fanel. (no pun intended)

    I think, my opinion only, there is nothing more stereotypical than that last sentence and this brought out an offensive tone to what you wrote here and in the next few paragraphs, though I sincerely believe you don’t mean to.

    Perhaps it really depends on the sensitivity of the person and sometimes, it’s good just to keep an eye close and take things as a pinch of salt.

    Anyhow, it’s still very nice to read your recap and thanks for taking on the time-consuming task of recapping and putting your thoughts into words.

  19. 19 Dahee Fanel

    @squib

    I actually struggled a lot with that particular line that you highlighted before I ultimately went “Bah! Whatever! It’s 1am and I don’t care anymore!” and just left it in. I thought about writing “lonely girl” instead, but I didn’t think that would quite get my point across. :P Anyway, for the record, I was hoping that that line would be taken as being snarky and mildly sarcastic, which is the way I usually talk in RL. I was hoping the same thing for the next few paragraphs – although, honestly, I don’t really see how they’re offensive in a homophobic sense. In a sexual sense, maybe. (Maybe you can enlighten me?) But I was just responding to the suggested hints in the show that Yoon-bok is merely attracted to Jeong-hyang as her muse. And if I got a little carried away in the sexual language as I did it, well, okay. I tend to do that. (Although I think I’m a lot milder here than I normally am…) I am not used to, nor do I like, censoring myself, and Javabeans certainly didn’t mention having any problems with what I wrote. (Do you, Sarah? You can tell me, I won’t get hurt. :P)

    Anyway! I clearly suck at clarity. Sorry. I’ll try not to get too carried away next time. Thanks for the feedback, folks!

  20. 20 Dahee Fanel

    Re: the “fantasy” scene…

    Hmm, I thought the editing made it pretty clear that it was a fantasy, sort of – kind of like the way we see Yoon-bok painting the air, or the way she envisioned what “Scenery of Dano Day” would be like. Suggesting that it’s a fantasy would also effectively make it more “palatable” for television, and thereby tone things down a little. I don’t really see how simply making something gray and white makes it less erotic in any way…Weird. Maybe I should actually watch the specials?

  21. 21 squib

    Nah, not in homophobic sense, maybe just a mite insensitive. =p

    Haha, I’m just missing some of the snark then. I’ll try to crank up my snark meter next time. =) Hmm… or is this the result of you being milder than you normally are? Lol.

    Thanks for clearing it up.

    And… go watch the special. It was quite amusing watching them skirt around teh “touchy” topic.

  22. 22 cor

    Can I just say how much I really appreciate this site and the folks that post and leave comments. I am glad that everyone here is responsive in a mature matter without throwing cyber knives at each other. All the more merrier to visit this resourceful site!

    I guess that “fantasy scene” can be interpreted as a fantasy or a way to lighten the sensuality of it…then again the commentary in the specials totally avoided that touchy topic.

    Keep up the entertaining and good work Dahee Fanel!

  23. 23 javabeans

    Dahee, no need to apologize. (Personally, I say MOAR, MOAR.)

    I’m all for being culturally (and politically) sensitive, but I think when we say things like DUDE THAT IS GAY or How retarded, it’s understood that it’s meant in humor and the intent is neither to insult homosexuals or the mentally impaired. I think some people may wish for greater overall political correctness, but we’re talking a snarky recap and not, say, journalism or academia.

    Just my stance. ;)

  24. 24 oo-sa

    Thank you for the recap.

    I can’t wait to see the movie.
    It wil probably come to Thailand next year. (Oh MAN!!)
    Instead of wating, reading your recap is a lot better.
    Anyway, even if this ep is seem so GAY, but I really love
    Moon Guen Young even more. She acted so well.

    Haha, you should see ep6, it even more …
    Hope it doesn’t keep go on in the other eps.

  25. 25 heejung

    I thought it was kinda strange that they would highlight the frog in the well so much. At first I totally thought she was going to like draw the frog in at the last minute or smthn… I guess not hehehe :D Maybe it’ll come up later?

  26. 26 lisante

    Re: the “fantasy” scene…

    They actually mentioned it on the special episode. And the scene was not B/W in the first preview of the press con.

    And I agree. It doesn’t make it less erotic.

  27. 27 grace

    I hope my comment doesn’t make you second guess the way you write recaps from now on. They have been funny and insightful and a pleasure to read and maybe I was being too critical and picky. I never took you to be the slightest homophobic, just that some comments could be taken that way, and it is always apparent that you do appreciate the drama for the issues it addresses and the beautiful scenes that they always manage to capture. I guess it was just me being too sensitive, which sucks because generally I hate when people do that. Please don’t change the way you approach recaps, it would truly be a shame if I caused you to change them in the slighest because I have really been a fan. I feel like I caused some unnecessary turmoil, but thank you for taking the time to explain your side.

  28. 28 Muffin

    Speaking as a non hetero, I think your commentary and recaps are in no way offensive or insulting. I find them quite delightful actually. You have approached the series with such fan girlish glee that to me, you comes across as someone who embraces the intended and/or suggestive antics of the characters.

    I completely disagree with Javabeans statement that usage of something being gay or retarded isn’t meant to insult homosexuals or the mentally impaired, because those words have been given negative connotations and the way they are used reflects that.

    However, in your case, I don’t see your use of something being gay as a negative. You’re describing an implied behavior or sexuality. Lets face it, this show is pretty damn gay… and that’s a good thing.

    This is your interpretation of the show and its events. I don’t think your thoughts should be censored.

  29. 29 javabeans

    Muffin, thanks for your comment. Perhaps I should clarify — I meant that when Dahee and I, in the course of writing recaps, exclaim, “That is so gay!” we are in no way meaning to insult gay people. (Usually it’s in a spirit of fun.) I think those terms CAN be used harmfully, but I think it’s all about context as well. Sorry, I meant that more of a defense of Dahee’s use of the term here rather than a defense of the term at large since I can’t talk for everyone.

  30. 30 bytchgoddezz

    I loved your recap, and I enjoyed this episode. It was simply beautiful and heartbreaking. Especially the “scene”, I do believe that she YB is leading JH, I mean if I was JH I’d be so all over YB’s cute butt already! Unfortunately we know that a full on love relationship will not be possible, but why does it seem so sad?

  31. 31 Noob

    Anyone know what the name of the song is that is sung by a woman (not an actor, but the singer is a woman)? the sad one? the one played in the very last scene (right when hongdo is opening the door) of epi 6.

    not the ‘Song of the Wind’ one…

  32. 32 diane

    Java bean
    thanks for the recap,

  33. 33 annie

    Javabean
    I did not read the whole story, i only read ep 5.
    I know that her parents were kills, does her adopted brother knew she a girl or guy? probably a stupid question?

  34. 34 chimmy

    just wondering, are we still gonna get recaps of PotW?
    i know a lot of fans are looking forward to reading them..
    thnks!

  35. 35 hermes173

    Hi Javabeans,

    Like Chimmy, I’m wondering if you and Dahee are continuing with the recaps of PotW? I’ve been enjoying them greatly and hope that you guys are continuing with the good work.

    Thanks

  36. 36 Philippa

    I don’t get it why did she have to do that? the whole touching thing, kinda weird… Is she gonna be a lesbian in the end or something? Just like in Boys don’t cry? Some nature vs. nurture thing? And let’s say that he did pass the exam and he becomes one of those higher status people, what happens when he grows older? He can’t grow a beard and that’s like a must in the old days…

  37. 37 backstage

    OMG~
    this episode makes me wish she was really a guy!!

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