Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 8
by | January 4, 2009 | 45 Comments

Well, things are chugging along nicely.

I wonder at how the secondary romances (Woo-jin, Eun-young) will continue, because we’re not even halfway through and our main coupling looks like it’s hitting its stride. I tend to find the trickiest part of romantic dramas to be striking the right balance of keeping the main couple apart — but not TOO apart, and also not TOO together — until everything finally resolves in the end. Too much conflict and the audience tires of the yo-yo effect; too little, and you get bored. I really hope this drama doesn’t fall too far on either side.


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Chul-soo comes back, ready to defy Tae-seok’s decree that he and Mari never meet again. Mari asks, puzzled, “Why are you doing this, because you feel sorry for me?” She doesn’t want him here out of pity or duty, but Chul-soo insists, “I came to help!”

Mari doesn’t want his help — or, rather, she’s afraid that he will ruin himself. In fact, she seems more worried at damage being done him than herself (oh, love). She’s in no mood to read books and study, but Chul-soo is determined to help her make the lie true. He says, “I want to do this together. You said we were accomplices.” When she tells him to go, he stands firm and says, “I can’t.”

With the scandal spreading by the minute, Mari starts receiving phone calls. First is a director, to whom Mari replies that she’s not worried about gossip. Next, Woo-jin calls and references Heathcliff, which means nothing to Mari. Chul-soo understands right away and whispers that he’s the lead character in Wuthering Heights; he puts the phone on speaker and writes a note to Mari, who parrots back to Woo-jin, “Heathcliff and Catherine were childhood friends, weren’t they?”

Woo-jin answers, “Yes, they were fated, like you and I.” Chul-soo smirks at the corny line, so Mari shuts off the speakerphone.

At this indication that Mari has people willing to help her, Chul-soo starts to rescind his offer. Mari holds him back and asks for help, and now she’s dropped polite speech in earnest and talks in the familiar banmal: “You mustn’t ruin yourself because of me. Just promise me that.”

As Chul-soo settles into his temporary room, Eun-young calls to tell him she’s moving back to Korea this week. Chul-soo says this is good news, but for the moment he won’t be able to see much of her due to his new live-in position. Someone’s in a tight spot and needs him to help, just for a month.

Eun-young’s smile disappears. “Is it that you have to help, or that you want to help?” Chul-soo answers, “Both.” Unhappily, Eun-young replies, “I can understand.”

Chul-soo thinks the rumors will blow over, and Mari concedes that she is used to this — she had a lot of scandals and they’ve all passed. Still, “This time, it’s true.”

Reporters crowd at the management company, asking about the ghostwriter. Tae-seok takes the firm denial route, dismissing everything as ridiculous: “If you reporters don’t believe us, how can anybody else?”

Byung-joon (who is a supreme idiot) is worried for Chul-soo’s sake, but he’s so obvious in his questions that it’s a wonder he doesn’t blurt out the whole story right then and there. This, folks, is a concrete example of what some of us call Too Stupid To Live. Thankfully, nobody catches on, as they are distracted by the appearance of Mari and instantly swarm around her.

Mari is ushered inside, away from the reporters, where Tae-seok brings her a glass of champagne to toast their ten-year-long relationship. As a formality, he hands her a contract to renew their partnership. To his surprise, Mari doesn’t sign immediately and answers that she’ll think about it. Right now, she wants to go home.

Tae-seok offers to take her home. At Mari’s insistence on leaving alone, Tae-seok prods, “Do you have someone waiting at home? Kim Chul-soo?” Mari asks if he had her followed, and (in an effort to prove that Tae-seok is not omniscient about her life), she lies and says she’s dating someone else. (He laughs, not believing her bluff.)

Mari tries to leave, and he grabs her arm — just as Woo-jin comes in.

Tae-seok asks, “Is this the guy?” Mari sees the opening, so she slides her arm through Woo-jin’s and lies, “This is the man I’m seeing.” Woo-jin doesn’t understand, but he’s sharp enough to feel the tension in the room and plays along, saying firmly, “That’s right. So I’d appreciate if something like this didn’t happen again.” Woo-jin had scheduled an appointment with Tae-seok, but suggests they postpone the meeting, and leaves with Mari.

In the car, Mari apologizes for making Woo-jin play along. Woo-jin, however, is happy to be of service, and enjoyed it (although he says it in his typically pretty way: “It was an honor to be able to act with you”). He asks if she needs anything, a little disappointed when she merely requests to be dropped off at home.

As she steps out of the car, Woo-jin notices, “You’re smiling now that you’re home. Is there something good at home?” She answers, “Something that I like,” but won’t elaborate, saying, “It’s a secret.”

Just then, Woo-jin glances over to see Chul-soo standing nearby (he had run home after hearing from Byung-joon about Mari’s hellish encounter with the press). Mari fumbles for an excuse explaining Chul-soo’s presence, so Chul-soo blurts out, “I’m her bodyguard.” He just came to drop off something for her, and drops his heavy bag in her hands, then walks off.

Chul-soo wanders around outside in the cold, waiting for a safe time to return. Knowing about the reporters at the office, Chul-soo asks if anything happened today, but Mari says there was nothing.

He nags her to continue with her reading, suggesting a few motivational tools to help her along (like making Mari do the housework if she fails). If she finishes her reading, they’ll split the housework, but if she doesn’t, she has to do it all.

Mari cooks dinner, after which both settle down for some evening reading. (Chul-soo notices approvingly that the book — The Little Prince — moves Mari to tears.)

The next day, Mari loses a movie deal. Tae-seok has blocked newspaper reports, but the internet is still abuzz. She feigns unconcern with Chul-soo, pestering him to come along on her shoot today. (She also proudly announces her next reading selection — The Brothers Karamazov — hoping to impress him by picking a thick book. He’s a little impressed).

At the photo shoot, it’s (finally?) Chul-soo’s turn to exhibit a little jealousy over Mari’s enthusiastic greeting of her co-star. They’ve acted together before, and have so much chemistry together that whenever they work together, rumors spread that they’re dating. The shoot requires the couple to cuddle affectionately, which Chul-soo grimaces to see.

Meanwhile, Actor Friend guesses that Mari’s dating, and that her new “friend” Chul-soo is the guy. Mari denies it, so Actor Friend kisses her on the cheek, watches Chul-soo’s face turn sour, and he says, “See, I’m right.” (Mari insists he’s just a friend, to which Actor Friend says, perceptively, that it’s more interesting to hear her call him that — she’s always had boyfriends, but no friends.)

Afterward, Mari tells Chul-soo to come home for dinner, since she has something important to say. When asked what he likes to eat, he picks japchae; she scoffs that it’s a common food, but Chul-soo reminds her that it takes a lot of work.

Since Tae-seok has had no luck with Mari, he sends Ye-rin to try her hand at getting Mari to sign the contract. Ye-rin is the type of woman who speaks bluntly (but with a false smile), and her tack is to impress upon Mari that she’s in a precarious situation and needs her management. After all, she’s not getting any younger, and the gossip is starting to have a negative impact on her job offers. Fighting with her managers and insisting upon having her way makes her seem like an ungrateful child.

Mari answers (with an equally pleasant smile) that she has essentially been a child all these years, which is why she’s trying a different approach now — she’ll learn to walk on her own before she gets any older.

Ye-rin doesn’t respond to Mari’s suggestion to leave, so when Woo-jin arrives, Mari again makes him into the excuse to prompt Ye-rin’s departure. Again, Woo-jin picks up Mari’s cues quickly and goes along.

Mari apologizes for using him, but Woo-jin again tells her he was happy to go along.

The reason for Woo-jin’s visit is to discuss his idea for a documentary based on Lovers in Asuka, which was rejected by Tae-seok. Mari agrees that the timing isn’t right, but I don’t think Woo-jin is ready to give up, particularly now that he feels that the book has brought them together. (As he feels this affinity for the writing itself, I hereby declare this an invitation for people to get a jump on that Chul-soo/Woo-jin slashfic!)

Referring to their childhoods, Woo-jin explains that he’d gone back to look for her when he returned to Korea, but she’d left the orphanage by then. After that, he lived in the States, and after that, she appeared as his cousin’s girlfriend. Then, when she rejected his cousin and jumped in the water, he wanted to save her, but was late once again: “This time I don’t want to be late.”

Mari asks, “What do you mean?” Woo-jin: “I like you. Let’s not act, and date for real.”

Eun-young arrives a day early and accompanies Chul-soo back to his place. In a serious tone, Chul-soo starts to tell her something, which Eun-young must guess is something she won’t like to hear, because she seizes upon the first excuse to interrupt him: When Byung-joon The Idiot (which will be his full name until he proves himself otherwise) walks in on them, she eagerly invites him to join them for dinner.

Dinner is an awkward affair, with Eun-young trying to keep up a steady stream of small talk and Byung-joon The Idiot always saying the wrong thing, which causes embarrassed silence. Everyone knows bits and pieces of the full story, but nobody knows what the others know.

(Example: Chul-soo thinks Eun-young doesn’t know that his ghostwriting project was Mari’s book. Byung-joon The Idiot tries to make it sound like he knows nothing at all but ends up blurting all sorts of things. He says laughingly that he’ll love Mari forever, then catches himself. He says, “Sorry, Chul-soo,” as though afraid he’d offended Chul-soo. Then he realizes he said this in Eun-young’s presence and catches himself again. Like I said, he’s an EEJIT.)

It’s sad when their only safe topic of conversation is Chul-soo’s sister’s illness. A surgery is available in the States for Yuri’s as-yet-unspecified condition, but they can’t afford it. Eun-young wants to visit Yuri, and goes with Chul-soo after dinner.

Mari waits at home with her prepared dinner, and calls while Chul-soo is sitting with his sister. Mari guesses he forgot his promise to be home for dinner, then suggests dropping by the hospital. As he’s with Eun-young, Chul-soo hurriedly tells her not to.

Mari wonders whether she should leave Tae-seok, and rather than telling him the whole story, she asks Chul-soo to just give her his general impression. Chul-soo thinks it’s a good idea to leave, but doesn’t know why she’d ask for his opinion. Satisfied, Mari accepts that answer.

Chul-soo’s aunts worry about Yuri’s surgery, and wonder if they should ask Yuri’s mother Bo-young for money. They all hate the idea because Bo-young had stolen their money when she left last time, so Middle Aunt takes out her precious jewelry and agrees to sell it off. Youngest Aunt takes out her fur and handbag to sell, and Eldest Aunt takes out an account book — she’s been scrimping up over the years for the kids’ marriages, amounting to 10 million won ($8,000). Might as well use it now.

I’m not sure if Eun-young is being purposely obtuse, but she doesn’t take Chul-soo’s suggestions to leave, putting Chul-soo in an uncomfortable situation (he can’t leave, and her presence is a little awkward). Giving in to her impulse to drop by, Mari sneaks in while Chul-soo and Eun-young step out for coffee. She drops off a packed dinner and tries on Chul-soo’s glasses in fun.

Thus, she’s caught off guard when Chul-soo walks in with Eun-young. Flustered, Mari pretends to be a stranger and makes the lame excuse that she walked into the wrong room (which nobody believes).

Chul-soo starts to go after Mari, but Eun-young holds him back.

Time to come clean. Eun-young has suspected for a while that the book he wrote was Mari’s, and that he’s working for her now. Chul-soo had been trying to figure out how to tell her the truth and apologizes, to which Eun-young says she understands. The situation makes her uneasy, however: “Can you not help her?” Chul-soo: “It’s not that I’m helping, I feel responsibility. We made the mistake together, so we should take responsibility together.”

Chul-tries to confess something further, saying, “What I couldn’t be honest with you about… I might have to admit something I don’t want to admit…” Again, Eun-young cuts him off: “It’s okay. I know you didn’t make the decision easily, and you probably resisted at first and gave in because you had to. It’s not your responsibility. I know you.”

Chul-soo tries again: “That’s not what I’m talking about, there’s something I have to tell you—” And again, she interrupts: “Let’s stop talking about it.”

Tae-seok receives Mari’s contract in the mail, satisfied to have won this battle of wills. As soon as he reads the document, though, he realizes that Mari hasn’t signed. In effect, she’s firing him.

He tells the hairstylist (name: Seung-yeon) to convince Mari to sign. By now, Seung-yeon knows Tae-seok’s ways, and she asks shrewdly, “Did you leak the news?” Although they’ve worked together for years, it’s like Seung-yeon has finally decided it’s time to draw the line because Tae-seok is going too far. Furthermore, she has never felt good about the incident with Mari’s first love, Seo Woo-jin, because “Mari’s never been able to love someone properly after that.”

Seung-yeon isn’t cutting ties with Tae-seok, but will decide how to handle Mari after he takes care of the current scandal. Tae-seok doesn’t take kindly to this, and warns, “You’re going to regret this.” Seung-yeon: “Okay, let’s try regretting something for once.”

Eun-young calls Mari for a meeting. Mari greets Eun-young with polite friendliness, but Eun-young keeps a cool, distrustful distance. For instance, when Mari says assuringly that she and Chul-soo are only in a professional relationship, Eun-young answers stiffly, “I’d know that better than you. I didn’t come to talk about that. I’m not worried about that, because I trust him.”

What she is worried about, then, is the ghostwriting — it could become a problem for him at school, and with his budding writing career. She asks if Mari’s ever read his novels (she hasn’t), and says they’re very good. He can’t jeopardize his future over this. Therefore, she requests that Mari stop meeting Chul-soo, suggesting that the only reason Chul-soo is continuing to meet her is because he’s softhearted and can’t say no.

Mari seems to feel embarrassment for thinking otherwise (that he had acted out of a reason other than pity). Realizing she must have been wrong, she says with chagrin, “He must have felt very burdened. I pestered him quite a lot. I feel bad now.”

Eun-young picks up on her reaction, and asks, “Do you like him?” Mari: “Do I have to answer that too?” Eun-young concedes that she doesn’t, and Mari tells her, “Okay, I’ll stop. I won’t see him again.”

More internet scandal. This time, the Box Head Man from Japan is identified as the likely ghostwriter.

On Mari’s way home after meeting with Eun-young, she calls Chul-soo, who apologizes for the night before. Hearing that he’s on his way to the hospital, Mari decides to meet him there, since she has something to tell him.

Chul-soo arrives first, in time to see his mother crying at Yuri’s bedside, blaming herself for Yuri’s illness. Infuriated at her nerve, Chul-soo storms in, grabs her, and drags her outside. Mom has just heard what illness Yuri is suffering from (although we remain in the dark), and wails about not having money to pay for the surgery.

Unmoved by her tears, Chul-soo tells her: “If you’re that sorry, why don’t you go to the church or the temple and cry alone quietly, instead of in front of Yuri.”

Mari arrives to catch the latter half of the scene. This time, Chul-soo walks right past her without acknowledging her on his way out.

Mari follows him out. Frustrated at Mari for witnessing another moment of weakness and also feeling displaced anger at his mother, Chul-soo treats her harshly, demanding to know what she came to say. Mari asks how much he needs — she’ll give it to him. As expected, Chul-soo doesn’t take the suggestion happily: “You’re going to calculate our time together and pay me off with cash?”

Chul-soo: “What do you know about me?”
Mari: “I don’t know much.”
Chul-soo: “If you don’t know, don’t do anything. Don’t cross the line!”

Mari’s stung. She asks, tearing up, “Why are you so angry?”

Chul-soo draws a line in the ground with a rock. He says firmly, “Don’t cross over anymore.” As he turns to walk away, Mari calls out, “I will.”

Repeating, “I will cross over,” Mari steps over the line and takes a few steps toward him, then stops.

Even angrier at her disobedience, Chul-soo warns, “I told you not to cross the line.” He glares at her for a few moments, but then it’s as though something breaks down.

Giving in to the impulse, Chul-soo suddenly covers the remaining ground between them and grabs her in a kiss.


The impression I had of Eun-young in the previous episode intensified here, because she is actively building up a wall of denial around herself even in the face of mounting evidence. Heck, Chul-soo practically tells her how he really feels about Mari, but she is so intent on preserving her illusion that she won’t hear it. I know ignorance is bliss, but what’s interesting about Eun-young is that she isn’t ignorant — she knows the truth, but doesn’t want to acknowledge it. She has formulated a script that works for her, and must stick to the script to keep control over her situation.

I have to admit I found Tae-seok’s consternation at losing control over Mari almost amusing, where before it was borderline creepy. He may have been able to scare off one lover (Seo Woo-jin), and then another (Chul-soo), but now with the appearance of Jung Woo-jin, I almost expected him to burst out in exasperation, “Another one?! Good lord, I’m getting tired of making all you people disappear! Why can’t you just let this old man rest in peace?”


45 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. christina

    ahhh, such a cheesy kiss scene, but i’ll admit it. i was squealing the whole time…

  2. Alimac

    I love it!!! Thanks so much, Dramabeans! You are top!

  3. Nordelm

    I love this episode. Such great acting. And the passionate kiss ….. wow…… it’s as good as Cha Song Joo’s (Kwon Sang Woo’s) kiss to Han Jung Suk (Choi Ji Woo) at the skating ring in Stairway to Heaven. Finally, Chul Soo couldn’t keep his true feelings for Mari. Nobody had done what Mari did for love, cross the line.
    I love Star’s Lover. I’m very eager to watch the next episodes. Thanks for the recaps of Episode 8.

  4. gail

    LOL at the “Chul-soo/Woo-jin slashfic” Whoa, two dashing well-read men? Where are they (both dashing and well-read) in my life?

    Thanks for the recaps. I’m really enjoying them.

  5. T

    You think Seo Woo-Jin got scared off? I think he was probably resident terminally ill person on the show. What with all of the prophetic murmuring he was doing in those flashbacks, and all, he probably knew he was gonna die and ran away and did it.

  6. Auntie Mame


    If Woo Jin is enamored with the writer of the book, do we have a Cyrano de Bergerac situation? That would be funny.

    And, can I add “too stupid to live” to this list, please?

    Actual Employee Evaluation Quotes:

    * Works well only when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap.
    * His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of morbid curiosity.
    * I would not allow this employee to breed.
    * This employee is really not so much of a has-been but more of a definite won’t be.
    * Since my last report, he has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.
    * When she opens her mouth, it seems that this is only to change whichever foot was previously in there.
    * He would be out of his depth in a parking lot puddle.
    * This young lady has delusions of adequacy.
    * She sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.
    * This employee should go far-and the sooner he starts the better.
    * Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
    * Got into the gene pool while the lifeguard wasn’t watching.
    * A room temperature IQ.
    * Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all together.
    * A gross ignoramus-144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.
    * A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on.
    * A prime candidate for natural deselection.
    * Bright as Alaska in December.
    * One-celled organisms out score him in IQ tests.
    * Donated his brain to science before he was done using it.
    * Fell out of the family tree.
    * Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train is going nowhere.
    * Has two brains, one is lost and the other is out looking for it.
    * He is so dense, light bends around him.
    * If brains were taxed, he’d get a rebate.
    * If he were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week.
    * If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you’d get change.
    * If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean.
    * It is hard to believe that he beat out 1,000,000 other sperm.
    * One neuron short of a synapse.
    * Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, he only gargled.
    * Takes him 1 1/2 hours to watch the 60 minutes program.
    * Was left on the Tilt-A-Whirl a bit too long as a baby.
    * Wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.
    * This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.

    As always, it is a pleasure to read your blog. Thank you.

  7. RSzeto

    Ahh…. I am so enjoying this drama!! Thanks for another great recap Javabeans. I’m looking forward to epi 8!! Incidentally, let me also just add that I’ve also enjoyed reading your recaps for Yoon Kye Sang’s Who Are You? Who Are you? dvd has only recently become available here in Singapore but the eng sub sucks so your recaps helped me along real good. I get great ideas on what to watch from your website but I prefer the comfort of dvds to those that one needs to download etc.

  8. KTV

    Thanks for the recap. I still don’t understand why Chul Soo kissed Mari. Does it mean that he admits his feeling to her???

    LOL for the old man resting at peace. I think it will take his whole life to stop the wave of men coming to Mari… ;P

  9. Priscila

    Thankyouthankyouthankyou for this recap, and for all you recaps, actually! Love to read your insights and little comments!


  10. 10 Rachael

    Now I simply must watch this drama because of the ending for this episode. Just imagining Chul-soo saying, “I told you not to cross the line!” ( I imagine that has more than one meaning for future eps) after she does cross that line…*sigh* This is also due to the fact you provide amazing recaps! I’ll certainly be watching this now when I get the chance.

  11. 11 Anonymous

    Agree with Rachael – planning to start DLing this series so to start watching this weekend. Thanks, Javabeans, for changing my mind!

    But I think I read somewhere that WithS2 is NOT subbing this drama. True? And if so, then does anyone know how to find English subs? TIA

  12. 12 Sydney

    thank you for your summaries!
    my korean only covers about 95% of whatever i watch so it’s nice to have clarification and blank fillings =D

  13. 13 jusash

    Coming home to ep 8 out was sheer consolatory JOY after being stuck 2 hrs on the road in snow-related jams and bridge closures, for a trip that normally takes 30 mins!

    Ditto previous poster on being able to fill in the (juicy) blanks now for ep 8!

    MUCH THANKS for your insights and recaps .. again! 🙂

  14. 14 Ichiru

    Chul-soo probably admired Mari’s courage now for crossing over the line, unlike him and Eun Young who were too scared of what’s gonna happen if the line was crossed! I’ll cross the line anytime if he’ll give me a kiss too! hahaha!

    It’s the first time I’ve seen Choi Ji Woo looked so small standing next to a guy–which is Lee Ki woo–they too look good together.

    Thanks for the recap!
    Quote of the day: “too stupid to live”

  15. 15 K-drama fan

    Anonymous, you can watch Star’s Lover with english sub at viikii http://www.viikii.net/channels/goto/StarsLover

  16. 16 Anonymous

    K-drama fan, thanks for the link. But if it’s streaming, is it legit? I ask only because didn’t WITH S2 have problems because of other sites streaming dramas with its subs. I’m eternally grateful to WITH S2 for subbing work so don’t want to undermine its efforts in any way. Thanks again.

  17. 17 Atsirk


  18. 18 deannadsc

    I’m getting to love this drama so much, with each episode making me fall in love with chul- soo & lee mari’s characters!!!
    thanks for your insightful recaps, javabeans!!! because of these, i get to appreciate & understand my fave KDramas even more!!!

  19. 19 Anonymous

    Turned on the computer and look what I see 🙂
    I’m afraid Star’s Lover has become a show I’d rather read caps about than actually watch the episodes (with our without subs)
    Thanks so much for blogging, Javabeans! I am officially (like I wasn’t before…hello Da Ja’s Spring) an addict to Dramabeans.com lol
    I feel that Eun-young, even for all her creepy delusional antics, is the most wronged here. CS made the realization that you shouldn’t give up “love” just because the other person seems like a dream- a star too high to reach for- yet he still ran back to EY giving her hopes and slowly, painfully, shows her the truth in his heart? That’s just… cruel. Poor girl, all she wants is some CS lovin’. Sorry EY, so does everybody else 😉

  20. 20 ripgal

    ^ That very same thing happened in Lovers, with Lee Seo Jin and Kim Jung Eun’s characters. The main guy had a pregnant girlfriend (yes! pregnant!), whom he loved a lot in the beginning, but still fell in love with another woman. The girlfriend was in an even worst situation… but I never felt bad for her I don’t know why… guess the actress just failed to impress.

    Anywayz, back to CS and MR. Just adore them together…the last scene, WOOOH, breathtaking – but still came as a surprise to me.. cos I thought CS had so much in his mind, esp his mother… but still he managed to do something so SHOCKING! hehehe…

    CJW always always manages to bring the best out of her male co-stars. I’m not saying that YJT’s not good without her… he’s brilliant as CS. But I just recalled all of CJW’s past/previous dramas, and all I remembered was that she had almost perfect chemistry with all of them.. LBH, BYJ, KSW, LJJ…etc. Altho she may not be the best actress out there, she definitely has a knack with her co-stars…rapport-wist at least.

  21. 21 momoisluv

    as always, great recap javabeans. :DD

  22. 22 dedee

    hoappy new year everyone! I enjoy reading the recap and can’t wait to see them on dvd. anyone know how many episode all together? Hope they not repeat similar scene in the following episode.

  23. 23 annie


  24. 24 lovin it


  25. 25 K-drama fan

    Per K-drama standard, the kiss was pretty hot. It is probably one of the most passionate kisses in korean dramas. Javabeans, can you give your two cents as to why CS finally kissed Mari and how Mari crossing the line influence his kiss, if any.

  26. 26 nixxochick

    i love it!

  27. 27 Fansubber Fan

    @ Anonymous post 16. No Streaming is not “legit” but then neither is Fan Subbing and sharing on the internet. Neither of them have the copyright holder’s permission to be doing this. If you want to be completely “legit” you must have this.

  28. 28 cartman

    The kiss..phew..intense! hahaha

  29. 29 Bolt

    Star’s Lover is going to be only 16 episodes!! Yeah!!


  30. 30 javabeans

    Bolt, I think that site is wrong. Korean sites say 20.

    K-drama fan, the way I interpret it, Chul-soo’s been trying to suppress his feelings for Mari over the past few episodes. Even when they first met again after separating in Japan, he kept pushing her away, because he wanted to be realistic and not fall into temptation by thinking he could have a relationship with Mari. This also seems in line with his rather mean speech calling Mari “fake” — he’s trying to convince himself that Mari inspires fake emotion, and Eun-young “real.” The longer he’s torn between both women, though, the more clear it is who’s winning out.

    So at the end of this episode, he’s trying to cut her off and retain control of his feelings (which, if he’s honest, he really can’t control). When Mari refuses to obey him, she pushes him beyond control — so he gives into his real feelings and kisses her.

  31. 31 Bolt

    Thanks Javabeans.

    From a simple-minded male perspective, the triggering point of the kiss is of two-fold.
    (1) He realised Mari ‘s love is actually genuine when eating Mari’s mixed vegi rice noodles.
    (2) Mari crossing the line indicates that she has estalished the pattern of dominance that characterizes “animal societies”. The dominant female (“Jane”) established rules over (“Tarzan”) through “love”. Instead of grapping her to swing from tree to tree, they went for a 360 degree kisses!! Hahaha….

  32. 32 Anni

    thank javabean for recap hot ep. !! and for above hot kiss analize too.

  33. 33 Bolt

    The reasons of why Mari falling for SC is also of two-fold:
    (1) CS resembles her father. Both in occuption (teacher) and ability play Chopin.
    (2) CS has got some “expert power” and “referent power”.

    Actually, birds of the same kind flog together. Both SC and Mari are quite similar in terms of their brought up. Both were virtually orphan.

    However, Mari is definitely a stronger soul than SC (CJW has potrayed it quite well). SC is a mere “bookworm” who hide in the university. He never has a proper job outside of the university. May be ghostwritting is the biggest project he has undertaken so far. He has been living inside the ivory tower of university for too long, and it should be interesting to see how he is going to survive outside the street.

    Both Mari and SC should be start reading the Prince and not Little Prince to counter that Machiavellian!!

  34. 34 White Star

    Thanks for the recap. The kiss was pretty awesome. Eventhough it’s pretty obvious that Chulsoo has feeling for Mari….the kiss was, i think, more of impulse. The line dividing two people has a lot of importance to him. He, himself, didn’t dare to cross it, Eun Young didn’t cross it either…..but Mari has. At that moment, he’s overwhelming with emotion….that someone….care about enough to cross the boundary…. I can see Chul Soo totally refuse to acknowledge the kiss in the upcoming episode, after the adrenaline rush.

  35. 35 Jo

    Chulsoo is so handsome….the actor is such a great gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  36. 36 Bolt

    He will acknowledge his kiss by saying “I love you”. End of story!! Yeah!!

  37. 37 K-drama fan


    Thanks for shedding light on the kissing scene. I gain better understanding because of your explanation. Keep up the good work!

  38. 38 cosmopolite

    This drama attracts some interesting comments…. lol

  39. 39 kw02

    #31 Suddenly I wanna polish up my cooking skills =b

    #34 I don’t think Chul Soo can refuse to acknowledge the kiss now that his affection for Ma Ri has become so obvious. What’s more worrying to me is how Chul Soo’s going to break up with Eun Young properly. Eun Young doesn’t appear to be ready to give up on Chul Soo at this point.

    P.S. Wondering if anyone knows the song played in Episode 6 during the scene when Chul Soo rolls over and traps Ma Ri. Can’t find the song in the OST. Thanks in advance!

  40. 40 tee

    OMG!!!! SHE CROSSED THE LINE!!!! I can not wait for the next ep. Thanks

  41. 41 jusash

    @ripgal #20

    >>>That very same thing happened in Lovers, with Lee Seo Jin and Kim Jung Eun’s characters. The main guy had a pregnant girlfriend (yes! pregnant!), whom he loved a lot in the beginning, but still fell in love with another woman. The girlfriend was in an even worst situation… but I never felt bad for her I don’t know why… guess the actress just failed to impress.

    YES, so true. But my perspectives are kinda contrary to yours.
    Star’s Lover: Somehow I don’t feel sorry for Eun Young. I don’t get the feel Chul Soo felt anything that much for her to begin with.
    Also, when he fell for Mari in Japan (but was in denial of his feelings) – he was actually officially ‘out’ of his relationship with Eun Young. (it was through Mari that he decided to start over again with Eun Young).

    Chul Soo is also pretty upfront and not trying to keep Eun Young in the dark abt his growing feelings for Mari (even if he’s thinking Mari is an unreachable dream) ….

    While Mari is pretty proactive about constantly reaching out to Chul Soo, getting under his skin (getting any reaction at all! ^ ^), and not really considering Eun Young.

    But still -> I LIKE Mari! 🙂

    Whereas in Lovers: Lee Seo Jin and his preggie gf … I DID feel bad there.
    Perhaps because they had more of a relationship going, just dulled~bored by the passing of time, the length of the relationship etc. They shared more history/seemed to have gone through more together.
    And there Lee Seo Jin was pretty much the asshole about stringing them both along with Kim Jung Eun feeling guilty abt being the one coming in-between

  42. 42 Atsirk

    totally loving the subs…and especially your blogs 🙂

    keep it up. i find this really interesting 🙂

  43. 43 lili

    Thanks a lot for your time and good work for us!
    But i have a question, does Tae-seok love Mari or what? cause sometimes i just cant figure his acts out!!

    As a simple manager i think he cant act like a jealous lover … lol

  44. 44 Anonymous

    [email protected] and [email protected],

    Funny you say that because I never felt any sympathy for the pregnant GF in Lovers. I got the impression that he was with her out of guilt and obligation (because of how they first met), felt trapped and she knew it but still held on to him. Icky but I always felt that from his view, they were more like brother/sister than a couple. (Of course, it’s been a while since I saw Lovers, and usually not with 100% attention, so please correct me if I’m wrong.)

    In almost the same way, I get the feeling that Chul-soo is with Eun-young out of a sense of obligation. That, and he felt that any relationship with Mari was total fantasy. *sigh* just like my little fantasies about certain Korean actors *sigh*

  45. 45 Ruthlene

    I think the only reason why Chul Soo tried to go back to Eun Young was his guilty feeling after seeing Ma Ri’s pain in the lost of her first love. He even told Ma Ri that he could see that he’s the missing person( like Ma Ri’s first love) to Eun Young. Ma Ri showed him the truth about how painful to lose someone. I believe he’s not even really in love with Eun Young. I firmly believe Chul Soo is really in love with Ma Ri as shown in some of his actions in some of the episodes. But because he ‘s just an ordinary man, it will be just a dream for him to love Ma Ri because she is a superstar pursued by elite suitors. I was so happy that he finally opened up when he passionately kissed Ma Ri. .

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