Drama Recaps
Story of a Man: Episode 5
by | April 22, 2009 | 50 Comments

(I love the distance between them in this shot.)

I squealed at the end of the episode. Things are getting good(er).

I wasn’t expecting this drama to be FUN, but whaddaya know. Even though I have thoroughly enjoyed the intense, moody feel, I am not disappointed to see it lighten up a teensy bit. I love caper and heist stories — and underdogs taking down the big guys — and now Shin starts assembling his motley “Dream Team” for his big score. This might just turn out to be a whole lotta fun. Or a lot of angst and thrills. Or both.

Also: This is super-shallow, but HOT DAMN the mens are good-lookin’ in this drama. Not merely handsome in facial features, but each one has his own distinct brand of charisma, and it’s his personal presence that makes him appealing.


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Following the death of Mr. Do (at the hands of Do-woo’s devoted employee K — or is it Kei?), the man’s only son, Do Jae-myung (Philip Lee), is called from the U.S. to attend his funeral. The person who arranges the funeral is Mr. Do’s old friend, Park Mun-ho, who has been quietly operating his classical music café and living clean of his crime-filled past. Mun-ho is also Kyung-tae’s uncle.

Shin is initially drawn into the group purely because they needed four men to be pallbearers. When Shin steps away for a moment, Kyung-tae is left alone as Eun-soo arrives to attend the burial. Seeing Kyung-tae holding the dead man’s photo, she assumes he’s the son. Interpreting Kyung-tae’s nervous silence for displeasure at her presence, Eun-soo pleads with him to let her pay her respects.

Jae-myung sets her straight, at which point Kyung-tae rushes to Shin’s side to escape the uncomfortable attention of the stranger. (Too cute.)

Mun-ho is the only person moved by Mr. Do’s death, and is surprised at Jae-myung’s lack of emotion. He also wonders what the lofty chairman’s daughter is doing at the funeral, but Shin eyes her silently, knowing why.

Eun-soo feels genuine sorrow for the death but it’s mingled with suspicion, because she has started to put the pieces together. Therefore, she does not greet her brother with her customary warmth. Instead, when Do-woo comes upon her in Mr. Do’s room, organizing his belongings, she keeps her face averted and doesn’t approach.

(I love this scene.) It’s like she’s afraid of voicing her suspicions, and perhaps Do-woo senses that; he acts innocent, saying with false concern that he should have gone to the burial, but had been held up all day in meetings. Eun-soo knows that Mr. Do was loyal to their father, and connects the next dot: “And you aren’t on good terms with Father.”

Eun-soo: “The day he died, you were at home until late. You said you wanted to cry but couldn’t, and were going through a hard time. At that time, Father and I didn’t know yet what happened to Mr. Do. Lately things are extremely bad between you and Father, aren’t they? And he was on Father’s side.”

Eun-soo says all this without an accusatory tone, or even a suspicious one. She says it slowly, like she’s making the connections as she speaks, afraid of the truth but confronting it anyway. (It’s also interesting in this scene to see these two acting off each other when neither can see each other’s faces.)

For a brief moment, Do-woo’s assured smile falters — but he recovers smoothly. He attempts to brush the issue aside by telling her she’s upset over the death and therefore all these illogical thoughts are crowding her head. He opens his arms and says, “I’ll give you a hug. Want me to sing you a song?”

There’s a chilling quality to the way Do-woo smiles slowly, then as it fades from his face. He may be attempting to fool Eun-soo with the gesture, but the physical smile is humorless and a little creepy.

I think his tactic is somewhat infantilizing — you get the sense Eun-soo is underestimated by the men in her family — but this time, she’s not going to be easily swayed. She doesn’t turn to face him, nor does she accept his offer of a hug.

Mun-ho doesn’t understand Jae-myung’s lack of concern for his father’s death, and tries to make his case that he was murdered. He’s sure that Chae Dong Construction has something to do with it, but Jae-myung cuts Mun-ho short — he hasn’t heard his father’s voice in 17 years. After he was shipped off to America, his father never once visited him. Jae-myung came back to say his goodbyes, and now his filial obligation has been fulfilled. Right now, he’s going to go find himself a nighttime lady friend.

Still, Jae-myung isn’t above using his “My father just died and they think he was murdered by assassins” line to pick up a pretty woman at the bar. Let’s ignore the awkward English (awkward in delivery more than pronunciation) and just take from this scene what we must — he’s smooth with women and emotionally distant.

When Shin visits his nieces, there’s a sweet moment after the older girl, Yuri, shrieks when he pulls her out of a bicycle’s path. Since she was so little when he was imprisoned, Shin thinks she’s freaking out that a strange man grabbed her, but her shrieks are actually in excitement: “Uncle!!”

He takes the girls on a play date, which unexpectedly brings back memories of Kyung-ah. Yuri remembers her too (younger sister Nuri was just a baby at the time), and asks why “Kyung-ah unni” isn’t with him. Shin promises them that he’ll bring her by. (The girls are adorable, particularly with Nuri repeating everything Yuri says.)

Chairman Chae worries to Director Oh over his son’s behavior, knowing exactly what Do-woo is capable of: “First his mother, then Mr. Do, then next will be me.” Still, he isn’t the powerful businessman Chae Dong-soo for nothing, and vows not to be brought down by his own son.

The chairman has lunch with a couple of politicians, and although the purpose is yet unclear, he’s clearly up to something. His flattering, solicitous behavior at lunch is meant to grease the wheels to gain their support.

And then, the power play. Do-woo presides over a last-minute meeting of the board of directors. Having spoken to everyone individually beforehand, he expects this to be a simple meeting, but the directors are uneasy at taking this official step in overriding Chairman Chae, as they have faithfully followed him for years.

Do-woo is displeased that his former supporters are now unwilling to join him in voting out his father, but doesn’t miss a beat and moves on to his next strategy. Sighing in an imitation of a concerned son, he says he wanted to keep his father’s “mental state” private, but must now reveal that his father’s dementia is worsening. He’s in no condition to continue working.

But the chairman walks into the meeting, taking his position and putting Do-woo in his place. The chairman also one-ups Do-woo’s behind-the-scenes scheming, because he has re-contracted the land deal Do-woo canceled. The chairman says: “If you were planning to shove me out and take over this company, you should have done it right. It was pretty shoddy work, even in the eyes of this old man suffering dementia. It was hilarious.” Everyone else laughs, relieved to be off the hook with him back in power.

Chairman Chae also announces unceremoniously that Do-woo is fired, which Do-woo accepts graciously, smiling and bowing his head deferentially to the directors. He concedes this point and tells everyone that he’s learned from them. Then he walks out, face grim.

Now for the fun stuff.

Shin gets to work on his new goal: He needs to earn money (1) to take care of his sister-in-law’s new loan, and (2) to secure a meeting with Kyung-ah.

He requests help of Joong-ho (his fellow ex-con), who uses his connections to find out that the family’s former loan shark is operating an illegal gambling hall, hidden inside a building that passes for a shabby video-game arcade.

Shin intercepts a food deliveryman and pays him off with a stack of cash so he can take his place as deliverer. This allows Shin entrée into the building, where he looks around and notes how the operation is run. Outside, Joong-ho calls the control room to anonymously tip the gangsters off that police are on their way to raid the hall.

This warning sends the place into chaos as the alarm is triggered — gamblers rush to exit, while the gangsters hurriedly turn off the slot machines and throw their money into a garbage bag, which they toss down the garbage chute (to be retrieved later). As Shin knows this call is a fake, he carefully notes how they react and what they do with the money.

When he returns the next night, again in deliveryman’s outfit, the gambling hall is back to normal and fully operational. This time, however, he’s the one who calls in to the control room and warns the guy that he’s called the police and they’re on their way to raid the hall. Naturally, the guy remembers the prank call from the night before (which was probably a huge inconvenience) and therefore ignores the warning.

So when the police do in fact rush in, there are plenty of people still gambling, and the gangsters only have a few brief moments to scramble and pack everything away. The loan shark shoves a bunch of money in a garbage bag and shoves it down the chute, but is himself apprehended.

And who else is left behind to pick up the cash? Shin, of course. (Clever plan!)

Eun-soo again approaches Kyung-tae upon her arrival at Muse Café, with Mr. Do’s belongings in tow. Kyung-tae’s reaction to Eun-soo (nervous, cautious) is super cute, and it’s only enhanced by how oblivious Eun-soo is to it. She still misinterprets his reaction for dislike: “I know you don’t like me, so I’ll just bring this in and leave.”

Inside, Eun-soo opens the suitcase and starts to explain the contents to an extremely uninterested Jae-myung. She falters a little, particularly when Mun-ho tells her to go back home. He charges her family with killing Mr. Do and vows to reveal the truth.

Eun-soo forges onward — she really is a pure soul, feeling the pain of the man’s death keenly — and wells up with tears as she goes through the suitcase.

Jae-myung doesn’t react outwardly, but she finally gets through to him when she tells him how much his father loved him. He doesn’t believe that, but her words make him reconsider:

Eun-soo: “I told him to go see his son, but he said his son was so outstanding, he couldn’t dare to go meet him. He really missed you an awful lot. I know that.”

Joong-ho brings Myung-sun money from Shin to pay off her debt, which she tries to refuse. She fears that it came through illegal means, and already blames herself as the reason he was sent to prison in the first place; she couldn’t be the reason for sending him back.

But this tactic is effective because she can’t give the money back to Joong-ho, who tells her that he is not Shin’s friend, he’s not his gangster henchman, and neither is he a mere deliveryman. He was asked to drop the money off, and that’s it.

So Myung-sun is forced to accept. Joong-ho feels a pang of worry, though — once outside the snack shop, he stops a couple of students and hands them money. He says (indicating Myung-sun’s shop), “Go have some ddukbokki. That place is good.” (I know I have a tendency to want everyone to pair up romantically in a drama when that’s not always feasible, but I can’t help but feel this might be a cute, if unexpected, pairing.)

Now for another pairing. Madam Jang takes Kyung-ah aside to suggest she handle Do-woo, who has just been fired from his father’s company. She admits that she’d tried to work her own wiles on him, but failed to stir his interest — in fact, he’s never had an interest in any of her girls, to the extent that she’d once wondered if he was gay.

Kyung-ah enters Do-woo’s private room, where he sits quietly reading. I think she may be the only woman with a chance at piquing Do-woo’s interest because she’s so different from the typical bar girl: Rather than cuddling up or simpering, she keeps her distance, and gets right to the point (and their blunt repartee is refreshing):

Kyung-ah: “I hear you’re interested in me. Or was Madam Jang wrong?”
Do-woo: “So?”
Kyung-ah: “She told me to handle you. ‘He’s been fired by his father and he’s feeling down. Take this opportunity to see what you can do. Maybe you’ll earn an apartment out of it later.'”
Do-woo: “Do you need an apartment?”
Kyung-ah: “Will you give me one?”

She notes the book he’s reading: “That’s surprising. I thought you’d be reading books on economics, but you’re reading Wittgenstein.” He’s unimpressed, and returns, “Do you know who that is, or are you pretending to know?”

Kyung-ah recites back, “He’s a philosopher born into an extremely rich family. That’s as much as I know.” That’s more than Do-woo expected, and he’s (very slightly) interested: “Did you study philosophy?” Kyung-ah responds, “No. I was interested in a man who studied philosophy.”

And then, they take their places on opposite couches, sitting still in silence for long moments. This scene is a great example of skilled directing, because it’s sexy and tense with hardly any dialogue — just smart editing and pacing.

The quiet interlude is interrupted when an employee calls her aside — “that guy” from before barged in with money and insists on seeing her. It’s Shin, who took her literally when she said she charged 100 million won for a night of her services. She sees the bag of cash he’s brought and asks if he robbed a bank. What’s he going to do with a night together?

He’s refreshingly straightforward: “Hold you, kiss you, have sex, hold your hand, and sleep. Then we’d wake up and I’d hold you again, and kiss you.” (Kyung-ah: “And then? You’d rob another bank?”) Shin tells her how he thought of her all the time in prison — he’d intended to focus on revenge, but those goals seemed so far-off that “I could only think of you.”

Shin tells her earnestly, “If only you’re with me, I can live nicely in this world, without despising anyone, and forgetting everyone I hate… I can’t buy you a million-won handbag, but I would tell you every single day that I’m thankful to you for staying with me.”

Kyung-ah is moved (and teary), but realistic: “We’d be happy for one month. Maybe three. …But what about after that?”

Kyung-ah then turns toward the door, which has been cracked open. She tells the man outside that “this guy” (Shin) won’t be causing any trouble, and for a moment we’re meant to think this is the employee — until Do-woo swings the door open. Kyung-ah makes her way toward him, and it feels like they’ve arrived at some kind of relationship or agreement as he puts his arm around her.

Shin recognizes Do-woo, and is immediately all, Oh. No. He. Di’n’t. He growls out his name, but Do-woo turns back and wonders carelessly, “Do you know me? How strange. I don’t recall you.”

Jae-myung, meanwhile, looks over the contents of his father’s suitcase, mulling over Eun-soo’s words. We learn from Chairman Chae (although Jae-myung doesn’t know this) that Mr. Do had killed a man on the chairman’s order and was sentenced to jail time. Therefore, he had sent his son to the States not because he didn’t love him but because he didn’t want him to find out his father was going to prison.

However, Mr. Do remained the affectionate father from a distance, as Jae-myung starts to realize when he finds the suitcase full of letters and photographs, which depict Jae-myung growing up over the years. Dad had kept in contact with the Chinese man in L.A. who raised Jae-myung, and carefully labeled all the photos with notes like: “My son’s college graduation,” “My son at 12,” “My son at 15.”

Now sharing Mun-ho’s suspicions, Jae-myung asks the police to look into the car accident, only to be told that it appears to be a simple brake malfunction. Despite this, Jae-myung is convinced that something is fishy, and rips up his plane ticket back to the States.

Back at Muse Café, he announces his intent to get revenge to Mun-ho, who asks, “What if it’s not one man? What if that enemy is enormous?” Jae-myung: “The bigger the better.”

And then Shin’s voice chimes in from the doorway: “Like Chae Dong Construction?”

Shin walks in and dumps out his bag of cash on the counter:

Shin: “I want in on that revenge. …With this 100 million won, I’m thinking of shoving the 450 billion won Chae Dong off a cliff. How about it?”

Kyung-tae and Mun-ho gape at the money.

Jae-myung locks eyes with Shin, and they shake on the deal.


Like I said, I have a tendency to want everyone to couple up in dramas. Like with Shin’s sister-in-law, I also really, really want Kyung-tae and Eun-soo to hook up. Aside from being ridiculously cute together, I think it makes sense on a certain level. Both are special people — and by special I mean that they have inner qualities that may not be readily apparent that may go unappreciated with other people. But Kyung-tae seems to be the type of guy who would adore Eun-soo, and she seems so sweet and good that she could see his inner self.

And also, he is too freaking funny around her. First, he’s jittery when she approaches him out of the blue, which totally messes with his inept social skills — it’s like he feels too many things and doesn’t know how to react, so he runs away at the first opportunity. The second time is even more hilarious, because Eun-soo remains oblivious of the effect she has on him. When she bows her greeting (above right), Kyung-tae extends his finger hesitantly (like a curious cat), then jerks it back when she straightens. I think he’s fascinated by her, but maybe he’ll loosen up around her the more they interact, as he did with Shin.

I am a huge sucker for camaraderie, and as I didn’t know much about Shin’s “Dream Team” before the drama aired, this element comes as a welcome surprise. The group is totally oddball but they fit together with a certain goofy logic, and each member possesses a different skill, which we’ll see in more detail in the next episode. I love ragtag teams and underdog challengers, and grudging displays of male bonding — first with Shin and Kyung-tae, and now with Shin and Jae-myung.

There was a little less Do-woo today, which suits me fine because he’s creepy in controlled doses. For instance, the scene where he tries to keep Eun-soo under his thumb, but realizes that she’s starting to make some connections on her own. Kim Kang-woo is able to smile without a hint of warmth, which works wonders for this character who is faking emotion every step of the way. Another example of this is the false concern he exhibits over his father’s “health” during his thwarted attempt to take over the company.

Speaking of which, I liked seeing Do-woo fail at something, because man oh man is he not going to take this lying down. I’m not even sure he failed entirely, because it seems he’s working on something bigger, but for the moment he is frustrated, and when he is kicked out of the directors’ meeting, one gets the sense that he is fuming. It’s one thing to fear someone who is working under you and pretends to be on your side, but it’s another thing when you cast that person out — and possibly set the stage for him to declare all-out war on you.


50 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ktbrods

    I felt giddy just reading the summary. Now I have to watch. Who needs studying anyway?

  2. hbhjjb

    i’m so hooked to this drama….i saw the first two ep which are already subbed and I WANT MOOOOOORE

    *patience is a virtue…patience is a virtue*

    i’m so tempted to just read your summaries but I dont want to spoil it…


    *must……not…….read………spoilers* @_@

  3. HyeIn

    Hehe, many thanks for fueling my drama addiction while at school :]
    (not that I’m at school right now) ^__^

    I can’t wait until I can catch up.(I just finished episode two recently)
    Sigh, I just have to wait until the weekend T_____T

    Thanks again,


  4. Hana

    I was wondering when you were going to recap this episode lol
    I really like this drama (Kyung-Tae and Do-Woo are my favorite characters so far). I really enjoy reading your recaps and I appreciate all the effort you put into writing these. 🙂

  5. etsy

    gah…i failed. i tried not to read your recap before i watched the episode but i just read bits and pieces of it

  6. mocha

    hi javabeans… i’ve actually been keeping up with your site for a while now, but never really commented on anything, but this drama just seems too good.
    first off, thanks for posting up all of your thoughtful summaries… as a non-korean, it really helps me better understand the dramas more deeply :]
    secondly, this looks really good. i haven’t seen anything this tense and well-built up in a while… and due to your continued praise about the acting and story, i think i might give it a try.
    lastly, thanks again for writing all these articles! you’ve really helped me get a better grasp on korean culture and dramas… don’t want to sound too mushy, but it’s true :] hope you’ll continue writing and sharing your thoughts with us!

  7. Hana

    Oh and also about Kyung-Tae extending his finger while Eun-Soo was bowing, I thought that he did that b/c he wanted to say something perhaps and needed to “press a button”. idk But I do agree with you on the KT-ES pairing, they’re both special ppl that may seem insignificant at first glance but are actually more special than ppl give them credit for.

  8. nara

    I become fans of Park Ki-woong since My Tutor Friend 2..It makes me curious to see him in this drama….Tx for the recap sarah…

  9. mel

    im glad you decided to recap this drama!
    its great so far 🙂

  10. 10 peachys2sleep

    I want to pair up Eunsoo and Kyungtae as well but I read somewhere that EunSoo starts to like Shin. =( Hope it isn’t true.

  11. 11 asianromance

    thanks for the recap! i loved how Do-woo got KO-ed by his dad at the meeting. I guess Do-woo inherited his old man’s scheming personality. Shin’s speech to Kyung-ah’s so sad. =*(

    And I agree with your sentiments on male camaraderie! I really can’t wait now to find out what happens next!

  12. 12 loveholic

    man i tried so hard not to read your recaps before actually watching the drama for myself.

    i failed.

    ahhhh this drama look soo good but subs arent out yet! so i just have to feed my curiosity with your awesome recaps…..THANKSSS 😀

  13. 13 Gia

    I’m loving this drama, I’m glad you’re following this- It’s always a richer experience to read your take on episodes and and dramas. Particularly because some dramas I was looking forward to are such disappointments, like Cain and Abel (histrionics, much? esp. the mom!).

    I’m so loving Kyung-tae here, one of the most enjoyable characters to watch. I also thought it was so funny when Shin imitates Kyung-tae’s mannerisms briefly, in one of the previous episodes- did anyone else feel like that was Park Yong-ha being like, “hey! I can be interesting too!” Or maybe it was just a wink at the audience.

    Yay for well-balanced intrigue and lightness–Mondays and Tuesdays have become a lot more fun (and filled with eye-candy, you’re right!). Also, delivery of some English lines aside, I totally admire Phillip Lee’s proficiency in English and Korean. I’m also shocked that there have been no major English disasters in the drama so far (other than the funny uncle).

  14. 14 djes

    Javabeans, I’ve been refreshing ur site since I woke up this morning! LOL.
    I feel like stalker now. 😛
    Thanks! Will read ur recap and watch this epi tonight~~

  15. 15 Kender

    I agree with #7 about Kyung-tae “pressing the button” to talk to Eun-soo, but I can see your point too, JB. And don’t worry, I started shipping them when they met at the funeral, too. I think they’d make an adorably awkward couple, and she’d be so sweet to him. I didn’t think about Shin’s SIL and Joong-ho, though.. That would be interesting.

    I’m so glad you came out with this recap.. I knew I was missing something significant in the last-minute meeting.. I didn’t fully realize what Do-woo was trying to do, so it didn’t really do anything to me, and I sort of forgot about it, which left me a little confused for Do-woo and Kyung-ah’s scene together later, since I didn’t know why Kyung-ah was being sent in in the first place.

    Was it on one of your previous entries that I mentioned Phillip Lee’s English delivery? I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed.. I think he sounds really strange. Didn’t he live in the States for a long time? How do you do that and not learn how to use inflections? o.O

    I do love the “Dream Team,” though. They’re so awesomely ragtag.. I love their plot in episode 6. XD

  16. 16 haezi

    i, too, loved that scene between the sister (as she’s packing mr.do’s things) and the brother. it’s like her brother makes an educated guess as to how he should approach her in her grief, calmly offering her a hug and a song like he probably had done when she was upset in the past, but he miscalculates because he has never experienced similar feelings of his own and this comes off as v. creepy. the sister’s pure-hearted role is reminiscent of the lawyer’s wife in sandclock…not as flashy or commanding as the main female but nonetheless strong in a quieter way. i am interested to see who she ends up paired with, whether it is with kyungtae, jaemyung, or even shin since she just seems like such an unlikely character for any of them to pair up with (though, kyung-tae definitely makes the most sense).

  17. 17 Alvina

    Haha “Dream Team” indeed… I love light-hearted revenge drama. I just hope this doesn’t go off the deep end into angst. I’m extremely glad having the happy moments with the Kyung-Tae ,Shin, Jae-Myung, Uncle interaction.

    Speaking of which, why must they always make the “savant”-type a twitchy socially inept geek?
    They have the same exact characterization in this Japanese drama called
    Love Shuffle XD

    But… Park Ki-woong does it better ^^ He’s to cute.
    and is it just me? Every time I see “Shin” I get a flash of Hyun Bin in Snow Queen…

    >>>>(I know I have a tendency to want everyone to pair up romantically in a drama when that’s not always feasible, but I can’t help but feel this might be a cute, if unexpected, pairing.)<<<

    I know what you mean.

  18. 18 anna

    I’m a sucker for this “Dream Team” idea in any TV shows or movies. All the characters are so interesting and have some special skills.

    It reminds me of my favorite (new-ish) TV show, Leverage, which just ended its 1st season run and will return for a 2nd. Leverage isn’t as dark, just really fun.

    Eun Soo and Kyung Tae would be so cute together. I was afraid they’ll pair Eun Soo with Jae Myung instead since their first meeting wasn’t exactly pleasant. If they were the leads, they’ll definitely end up together. The pure and innocent girl x cold-hearted guy type.

  19. 19 anna

    Oh dang, she gets 74,000USD for one night of her service???? No wonder she doesn’t want to quit just yet.

    Does she also sleep with these clients?
    If I have that kind of money, I wouldn’t pay just to talk and hang out.

  20. 20 javabeans

    @anna, She doesn’t pocket the whole amount; that’s what the client pays the bar (who takes a significant cut). And no, she doesn’t sleep with the clients — she made it clear she was popular enough to have men just eager to drink with her. Not all room salons and bars engage in prostitution (although there are many that do).

  21. 21 stranger

    This is such a good drama….very good editing…almost as good as the Japanese but with even more finesse….there is so much emotion and intricate detail in each scene…love it!

  22. 22 Starz

    the person i most adored in this drama is kyung tae, he is just adorable and cute. Im happy they didnt make lee philip at the antagonist side, otherwise i wont be able to watch this drama comfortably..
    The plot is sort of like Tazza (the killing of family member, imprisoned, meet friends while in prisoned, got out and get revenge..), but i like it though because of park ki woong and lee philip

  23. 23 wollie

    It’s another nice recap from you!!!
    thank you very very much…..
    I’ll wait for the sub patiently then……
    really love Park Yong Ha’s character and acting here….Park Ki Woong is also great….
    what an awesome drama…..^^

  24. 24 veduve48

    How can I thank you? The storyline well done, actors, perfect, the plot is interesting and cannot wait to watch these 3 episode with English sub. Thanks again.

  25. 25 Ishida

    Myung Sun & Joong pairing could be interesting, I think. I love this actor (he was Ha Ji-won’s useless but lovable brother in What Happened in Bali) so if he have more screen times I will not complain.

    Kyeong-tae & Eun-soo pairing could be awesome, just the first bit of the pairing is lovely and exciting.

    But I’m even more thrilled by Do woo & Kyeong future pairing, they are both lonely souls in different way and they don’t show their sorrows. In episode 6 we can see the first step when they talk together near the end of the episode.

    But aside from the pairings, I find the revenge plot well executed AND most of all credible, for once in a Korean drama. Well, for the moment ^^.

  26. 26 Marres77

    OMG! I am going to have to watch this drama!
    Loving the re-caps!
    Thanks javabeans!

  27. 27 cosmopolite

    MOAR. Why is this absurdly addicting….

  28. 28 miumiu099

    i LOVE this drama, but yet cant find videos that are subbed. i only watched the first episode in english. the other episodes are not subbed yet. the subber are pretty slow. anyway, the drama is such a good drama, and kim kang woo and park ki woong are smokin’ HOT! hahaha. i dont get why the ratings are just bleh. poor them. aigoo~ anyone knows where i can wathc this drama with english subtitle?

  29. 29 kitty

    For some reason, I really want Do-woo to come out tops in this drama, because he’s so intriguing and sexy. I know it’s usually the good guys who triumph, but for a change let the antagonist (ie Do-woo) win this time… yes, I know I’m dreaming, sigh. But what a sexy villain.

    Glad you’re recapping this drama, thanks!

  30. 30 djes

    Back after reading…MAN! I really want to go home as early as possible, please God, no meeting for tonight!!

    Dream Team…sounds really interesting and cool. Never seen Phillip Lee before ( I didn’t watch Legend ) but I always interested by looking his pictures…

  31. 31 Beng

    hbhjjb where did you watched with sub? I want to watch it too =). I don’t think i can resist anymore. Now i’m not contect with just reading Javabeans recaps, she kinda whet my appetite already. Unlike in BOF/F4, i finished Javabeans recap before i watched the whole 25 episodes. But for this, I think i want to feel already what Javabeans and the others are feeling watching the series. The guys are delicious too =)

  32. 32 yumi-chan

    Kyung-tae and Eun-soo need a couple name because I am officially a fan girl for this pairing. Park Ki Woong Is adorable and Eun Soo brings the cuteness out of kyung tae.


    that’s all I got :]

  33. 33 Susan

    everytime I see Kyungtae I can’t help but think that he would make a great L if Korea were ever to make a remake of Deathnote, haha.
    so far, this has been a really great drama. Can’t wait to see what other schemes DoWoo is gonna pull off in the future…

  34. 34 thisiswhyi'mbehindonmymastersthesis

    OMG! I love this F-n show! I haven’t read any of the comments so I don’t know who concurs with me and you know, because my love/ infatuation is so strong I don’t think I even care! This is the best stinking show I’ve seen since Flowers of My Life!

    “She admits that she’d tried to work her own wiles on him, but failed to stir his interest — in fact, he’s never had an interest in any of her girls, to the extent that she’d once wondered if he was gay.”

    My friend started watching the show (ep1) over the weekend and the first thing she asked was “Is Do-Woo gay?”
    I had to explain that I never got that impression from him. My exact words were, “He seems more asexual than anything.” My main reason for this is that I don’t think he gets turned on or moved with the end game of sex.

    To me he is the most dangerous type of man out there. He is the type of dude that would have the most sane, independent, self-preserving feminist strung out on him. I love it! But its dangerous. He’s a dude that never gives you hope. He isn’t interested. If he wanted he would bed you and fling you aside and never pick you up again. But he won’t, because he hasn’t thought about it. You on the other hand stick, yet for him this makes no difference. There’s no irritation at your existence or coaxing to find someone new. He doesn’t love, miss or hate you, he doesn’t want to see you and says nothing because you are nothing. But somehow you can’t stay away…just in case.

    Do-Woo is one of the best characters I’ve seen in a long time. Every week there is another layer. Though you know he’s not redeemable you don’t care and don’t want him to reform. If he did you’d feel betrayed and cheated. You just want to know more. For me, I don’t even care how he got this way. I don’t need those kind of answers. I just want to continue to watch him be his sadistically charismatic, pathologically intense, addictively fascinating self.

    Thank you JB!

  35. 35 Liz

    This show is awesome. Ahhhh you’re spoiling me with your summaries. It’s been awhile since a drama got me hooked. Thank you!!!

  36. 36 Steph

    Oh the hotness … I fully plan to marathon this once it hits ep 8 because it feels like my type of drama and that means I’ll probably watch all 8 eps in one sitting!

  37. 37 bbm

    lucky for me i have KBS world, but unfortunately the subtitle from KBS world are not always accurate, hmm let see… BBF is still in the middle episodes, so i have to wait 1 more month to see this… darn it…
    i also had the tendency to see anybody paired up, but that’s for family/comedy drama, so for this kind of drama it really odd to have that kind of tendency, but after reading your recap i also find Kyungtae and Eunsoo such a cute (in an oddball kind of way) pair…
    thanks for the recaps JB

  38. 38 penny

    i got goosebumps reading your recaps..this drama sounds so good and interesting so far..i plan on watching it soon but the more i read the more i want to actually watch it..thanks

  39. 39 diana

    i dunno why but the book do woo is reading looks exactly like my business accounting book…. the cover only though. hahaha

  40. 40 Gloria

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show!!!
    Wow, I am so addicted. -______-
    Can’t wait for the next episode to come out! (:

    And is it weird that I was also thinking that maybe Myung-Sun and Joong-Ho will end up together? Oh and Kyung-Tae and Eun-Soo… so cute ; w ; (When he rushes behind Shin… OH MY GOSH. SO CUTE.)

    Sadly, even though Do-Woo was creepy, I couldn’t help but feel bad when Eun-Soo didn’t go to him. I’m glad she’s not a pushover though and is so nice that she feels almost perfect (some dramas do that). Anyway, I was kind of sad because she seems like the only person in the world who could look out for him and love him. (Yeah I guess in a sense Kyung-Ah but.. ehh)

    Thanks for a great recap! (:
    Hopefully, this drama can keep it up.

  41. 41 irugnotmis

    i’m totally with you on the Myung-sun and Joong-ho pairing!
    and the dream team’s got me REALLY excited for what’s to come!

  42. 42 Anonymous

    OMGi luv watching korean drama!.
    iii luv luv dis showwww…..

  43. 43 Jane

    although this is an action drama it definitely does hav some cute moments!
    i relly lik eunsoo. spends so much time at home but so outgoing
    and i rellyyy lik kyung ah. shes so pretty and tough

  44. 44 AJ

    Kyung-tae is sooooo adorable. I loved the scene in episode 3 (I think) where Shin gives him the new headphones he had handcrafted. I thought that was ridiculously adorable. And I’ve yet to find subbed episodes of 6 and 7, so I guess I’ll just have to wait…and not read your recaps….D:

  45. 45 Anonymous

    i agree on ur pairings recomendations~
    i tend to have that ‘disease’ as well!!

    i kinda want his evil highness, do woo to end up with bar girl, ice queen/shin’s current(?) ex-gf~

  46. 46 mina

    I’ve watched a lot of K-drama’s this past years but I have never felt such an utter dislike as I do now with Do Woo’s character. He has the looks of an angel but evilness just pores out from every angle of him, specially those cruel and creepy smile. He’s a devil incarnate, devastatingly charming, attractive, intelligent, and manipulative: If he snaps his fingers it’s as if he can get whatever he desires . Every time he shows my stomach rolls, i really can’t help comparing him to Hannibal Lecter. I admit that in a sick twisted way i wanted Hannibal Lecter to get away with everything but for Do Woo, i want him brought down and immediately be thrown to a psychiatric ward. It’s probably the capacity ho hurt his dad and his manipulation of his sister that repulse me so much and also I have this nagging feeling that he might be capable of hurting his own sister if she somehow get’s own his way.(the way he interacted with her in that room just gave me that kind of vibe.)
    With those feeling aside I want to applaud the actor playing Do Woo’s character. He’s doing such a great job. He’s keeping this drama so wonderfully interesting with his clever execution of Do Woo’s character.

    • 46.1 Gasenadi

      Agree w/you 100%. I actually am not “fascinated” as others seem to be, but rather, repulsed by Do Woo’s character. He already has 2 deaths on his Non-Conscience. What most caused my repulsion was his jail visit. Exactly what was THAT about?! To gloat over the dead man’s “weakness” in front of his jailed brother? To let Shin know DW knew about sis’ visit, that he (like God) knows EVERYTHING? To further humiliate poverty-handicapped Shin? His adult deeds and attitudes are enough to infuriate me when he’s on screen (great acting, KKW!). I don’t even think he maimed those animals as a child – a handy excuse for Debauched Dad to deflect criticism. He doesn’t need to be painted as a “bad seed” to be a present day villain.

      (FINALLY! found this drama online with subtitles after a looong wait. After all the raves on db, I’m glad I’m watching. Thankful, too, for all db recaps and recappers. <3)

  47. 47 Sumaiya

    Where can i watch this drama without missing parts? everywhere i watch there are tons of parts missing. by reading this re-cap i realised i been missing so much and it is really frustrating! Please can someone tell me where i can watch it in the raw version, since all the eng subs ones have missing parts!

    Sarah your doing a fab job, thank you so much i just love this drama!

  48. 48 Konekoc

    Dear Javabean

    I have catch a glims of this drama somewhere in the middle episodes, unfortunately the cable sypnosis and info is so bad for KBS2 that I am not sure which episode it is.

    I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your review. My god you write the recap/review so good that I feel like I am watching the drama and so much more informative. It save me a lot of time trying to download the first 5 episodes.

    Also KBS2 subtitles really not up to standard.

    Thank you for your great writting, you should try to write a book.

    Kamsa mida

  49. 49 Victoria Stuard

    Dae Woo actually gets pleasure out of inflicting pain…he is a sociopath… and doesn’t care what happens to others. The only exception to this is his relationship with his sister, which I think borders on obsessive possessiveness and incestuous feelings. He sees her as his heart since he does not have one.

    In a way…. Shin’s ex-girlfriend and Dae Woo mirror each others desire for money…. although DAe Woo wants to have absolute power and control. Its not surprising that he was pegged as someone who might be gay…. you would have to wonder about his relationship with his body guard who seemed to have an attraction for Dae Woo. While some might not agree, this is my spin on the relationships triangles that were formed in this drama.

    This was a great drama, suspenseful, and excellently done. The actor who played Dae Woo was incredible.


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