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Story of a Man: Episode 12
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Sorry, I know I’m running a bit behind with Story of a Man recaps. I’m hoping to catch up asap, once the workload eases up.

As for this episode, we get more of the same, which in this case is a good thing: more cute, more fun, and more creepy Do-woo.


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The mayor is thrilled over Do-woo’s promise to provide the evicted tenants with compensation, but Shin finds it very suspicious. Not only because it isn’t like Do-woo to give money away, but because the residents heard about it before the mayor even met with Do-woo. Most suspicious of all is the deputy mayor’s sudden resignation.

In order to understand his enemy better, Shin admits that these days he wonders, “What would I do if I were Chae Do-woo?” Mun-ho: “Why would you think that? You’re giving me the chills, don’t do that.”

Jae-myung will play a bigger role in this next plan; Shin now takes an active interest in making use of Jae-myung’s international law degree. Together with the mayor’s aide, Mr. Kim, they look over the city plans and try to predict Do-woo’s next move.

They estimate that Do-woo needs several tens of billions of dollars to complete his project, and given that enormous number, massive investments will need to be acquired. Shin guesses — correctly — that Do-woo’s almost out of funds, because all his money is stuck in limbo until he gets his needed city building permits.

Perhaps Do-woo had once been confident that getting the permits would be easy, but he no longer has that assurance because the mayor has proved unexpectedly resistant. Do-woo could get his permits if he acquiesced with the mayor’s demands for a people’s school, apartment, and health center — but the whole point is that his luxury city will be made his way, so he’s not going to cave.

Furthermore, Jae-myung hears that most of the deals for the international hospital and school are not yet finalized. Do-woo has a memorandum of understanding that those facilities will be part of his New Myungodshi, but those documents are not legally binding.

Do-woo is therefore keen on getting legal documents finalized with those overseas entities, which would also help secure more money, as having legally binding documents would buoy confidence among investors.

They are rather pressed for time, because they need the construction permit for the international school within the month. (If they fail to secure those permits, current investors will lose faith in the stalled project and withdraw their money, which could start a whole chain reaction.)

Do-woo entrusts Director (now Deputy Mayor) Oh with taking care of the permit issue, and Director Oh hedges nervously. As deputy mayor, his power is limited.

Do-woo answers, “Think as though you’re the mayor and handle it.”

Thanks to Kyung-tae, he and Eun-soo are able to locate her father and bring him back to Muse Café.

It’s pretty cute that the ex-Chairman Chae acts grumpy, but we can see that he doesn’t really mean it (at least not completely). For instance, he takes exception to the little girls calling him “Grandpa” and Eun-soo offers to take him home instead. But he’d rather complain and stay at Dream Team headquarters than go home. The little girls aren’t fazed at his cantankerous mood, and the younger one even climbs right onto the couch next to him.

Next, the mayor meets with Do-woo, accompanied by his aide Mr. Kim and Jae-myung (who is introduced as an international lawyer). Once inside the meeting room, Jae-myung switches on a hidden digital device, enabling Shin to listen in on the proceedings.

There’s a moment of tension when Kyung-ah walks in to handle the transaction; Shin recognizes her voice over the wire. Even more startling is that Do-woo introduces her as his fiancée. (What in the WHAT?)

Kyung-ah acts as Do-woo’s representative and reiterates their promise to give 1 billion won (a little shy of $1 million) to the displaced tenants. They have prepared 100 million won right now, and will have the remaining 900 million won ready later. The mayor accepts the check and says that they will send over an official receipt soon.

We know that Team Shin is on guard, expecting Do-woo to pull some bit of trickery, but outwardly they betray no distrust. They follow the other side’s lead to give Do-woo the illusion that he’s in control. Still, there’s a bit of tension when Jae-myung asks pointedly when they’ll receive the rest of the promised money. Do-woo’s response is to ask to hurry the matter of the international school permits — it’s a veiled threat, as though saying he will withhold the money until he get the permits.

At this subtle assertion of power, the mayor hesitates — if he hands over the permits now, he may find himself without the money OR the apartments. But he responds shrewdly that he can give permits for both the international school and the people’s apartment building at the same time. Do-woo doesn’t like this answer, but he lets the issue drop for now.

The Dream Team has the benefit of Chairman Chae’s inside knowledge of Do-woo’s character to anticipate his next move. The chairman explains that even if they’re on opposite sides now, Do-woo did learn under him for ten years; there’s a particular tactic he taught him for manipulating a politician. He’s fairly confident Do-woo will use this technique to get what he wants out of the mayor.

First, K calls Mr. Kim and tells him to deposit the check tomorrow, due to a slight error. This ensures that the check will not be immediately deposited — allowing for Team Do-woo to swipe it.

This they accomplish by getting Director Oh to pressure Mr. Kim into a friendly dinner, which Mr. Kim cannot refuse. When Mr. Kim steps aside for a moment, Director Oh sneaks the check — and their signed contract — out of the aide’s bag and slips away to hand them over to K.

All the while, Shin keeps an eye on the exchange — things are progressing just as the chairman predicted.

Team Shin needs one more thing for their scheme, which Jae-myung gains using an old-school technique — carbon paper! (The black sheet you place under a sheet of paper to make instant duplicates.) He had slipped in the carbon sheet before Do-woo signed the contract.

It’s important to let Do-woo think that he’s completely in charge, so the next step of the plan requires Team Shin to appear to suffer a large setback. In order for this to work, they’re going to let Do-woo carry out his plan, not letting on that they are aware of it. Still, Jae-myung watches with Shin as the police detain the mayor for questioning and says, “Shin, do a good job this time, because I like that mayor.”

Shin replies: “Me, too. I like that mayor a lot, so I don’t intend to make him suffer long.”

The suffering in question refers to a tip that the police received that the mayor was embezzling public funds. This is news to him (the mayor asks incredulously, “I stole?”) and even the police find this surprising; the officer chides the mayor for bungling the attempt, since stealing is obviously not his forte. Namely, the check Do-woo wrote him has somehow ended up in the mayor’s personal bank account.

Mr. Kim is also brought in for questioning, and he desperately fumbles through his briefcase looking for the contract and check, to no avail. Therefore there is no proof backing the mayor’s claims of innocence.

Kyung-ah can’t believe the news either, because her first impression told her the mayor wasn’t that kind of person.

Do-woo: “What was your first impression of me?”
Kyung-ah: “I thought you were smart, frightening, and very lonely.”
Do-woo: “What about now?”
Kyung-ah: “You’re smart, frightening, and lonely. And like a young child.”

Do-woo’s never been called child-like before, but Kyung-ah says that it’s his child-like quality that allowed him to dream of a Neo-Monaco, and cling to his sister as a mother figure. However, she tells him, “I’m sorry, I can’t be your sister.”

Do-woo: “Then why did you agree when I asked if you wanted to get engaged?”
Kyung-ah: “Can I give you a straight answer?”
Do-woo: “That’s why I like you, because you’re straightforward.”
Kyung-ah: “I needed you. I’ve earned a lot of money, but now I need social rank in order to rip off the label of commoner and earn the label of the upper-class. But I don’t want to cling to a chaebol and live unhappily. At least with you, I wouldn’t live a boring life.”
Do-woo: “Is that all?”
Kyung-ah: “I want to ask you the same thing. Why me? You could have any number of upper-class women.”
Do-woo: “At first, I thought to steal you away, because you were the girlfriend of that guy I disliked, Kim Shin.”
Kyung-ah: “Now?”
Do-woo: “I’m wondering if I could let this woman inside. Maybe this woman could see inside me and still stay with me. Can you do that?”

Shin and Jae-myung watch the couple leaving the building, and Jae-myung takes this opportunity to dispense some advice: Men tend to harbor the illusion that their exes aren’t able to forget them. But Jae-myung tells Shin he’s wrong, because he doesn’t know women: “Women don’t even like to think about the man they’ve broken up with. Especially if they’ve found a new man, they don’t even remember the old one. That’s what women are like.”

I love how annoyed Shin gets, grumbling at Jae-myung to shut up as they get out of the car to focus on their task at hand.

This next scene is worth it just for Philip Lee’s adorable little-boy smile. Jae-myung and Shin gain entrance to the meeting hall, where a press conference will be held tomorrow regarding the mayor’s alleged embezzling. They pass themselves off as employees of the broadcast station (they have the station equipment to prove it) who need to set up ahead of time.

When the employee wonders that it’s strange that none of the other stations are doing this, Jae-myung takes this as his cue to turn on the charm and distract her, allowing Shin to get on with his work.

Shin also enlists the help of Mr. Kim, who is confused and panicked about the mayor’s predicament. Shin calms him down, assuring him that they will help the mayor, but need the aide to lie a little. Can he do this?

Timing is Team Shin’s key tool as they await the right moment to interrupt the press conference. Do-woo acts every bit the confused, innocent businessman who is shocked that his money was so wrongly abused by the mayor. He’d trusted him! However, when Do-woo states that they’d paid the mayor 1 billion won (ten times the actual check), Kyung-ah looks surprised to hear the lie.

Shin walks in with Jae-myung to interject at this dramatic moment, correcting his statement: the check was for 100 million, not 1 billion. Mr. Kim faces the reporters and takes full responsibility for this debacle, apologizing profusely for his foolish error. See, he’d been so uneasy about carrying around a large check, knowing he would not be able to get it to the office right away, so he deposited it into the mayor’s account, thinking it would be safe there. However, it was most certainly only 100 million, not 1 billion won.

Caught in his lie, Do-woo has to protest and starts to insinuate that the mayor hid the other 900 million elsewhere. Contradicting him, Shin passes around copies of the contract to back up the aide’s story (Do-woo’s signature had been preserved on the carbon paper).

Do-woo’s growing angrier, but manages to rebut that the paper is forged. However, this doesn’t bother Shin, because Kyung-tae switches on a recording over the loudspeaker (which Shin had set up the night before). This conversation replays the meeting when Kyung-ah offered 100 million up front, with 900 million to come later.

Fishy, fishy! The reporters smell a story and wonder why Do-woo said he’d already given the full amount when it’s clear that he didn’t. No matter how smoothly he talks, this definitely puts Do-woo on the defensive.

But Kyung-ah ruins Shin’s triumph be stepping forward. Just as the aide took the rap for the mayor, she takes the blame here. She lies off the cuff, explaining that she manages the investments; she was in charge of the donation check and hadn’t informed Do-woo of the details. Since Do-woo’s voice wasn’t on the recording, this seems plausible enough to save face.

This dulls the victory somewhat, but Shin still has the important thing: Do-woo has publicly pledged the full 1 billion donation. He was obviously not intending to hand it over, but now he must.

Even though he was spared the full impact of Shin’s scheme, Do-woo is furious, and fumes in an empty conference room. (Btw, I doubt this was the intent of the scene, but the geometry of the room’s configuration — round table, dark wall — serendipitously captures the essence of “rock and a hard place,” doesn’t it?)

K blocks Kyung-ah from entering the room, but she moves past him and goes inside anyway. Do-woo ignores her and stalks out of the room without acknowledging her.

Kyung-ah stops him as he’s about to enter his car, and Do-woo bursts out, “What do you want? Thanks?”

It’s clear that although things worked out in the end, Do-woo’s mad to have been put into this situation in the first place — it shows that he could have been ruined. Without her help, he would have faced potentially disastrous consequences, and he really, really hates the idea of needing someone’s help.

Do-woo needs control to feel like a man, as we can sense from his outburst: “Now that you’ve seen inside, what do you think? You don’t want a man like me, do you? Do I seem so insignificant to you?”

Kyung-ah holds his face in her hands, and slowly, gently kisses him. She tells him, “That’s not good enough, if you’re trying make me run away. I’ve left a man and run once before. I don’t want to do that again.”

She hugs him and assures him — like he’s a child? — “These things are okay. It’s okay.”

Slowly, Do-woo wraps his arms around her and hugs her back — while K watches from a distance, concerned.

Again, we have cuteness between Chairman Chae and the Muse Café family. He breaks in on Mun-ho’s excited conversation with Myung-sun (telling her of Shin’s victory) and scolds them to keep quiet. At first it sounds like typical grumpy old man complaints, until he indicates downward at the little girl sleeping in his lap. Myung-sun rushes to remove the girl, apologizing for the inconvenience, but Chae shoos her away — what’s the use in waking the girl?

Meanwhile, her younger sister is sleeping upstairs, held by Kyung-tae as he watches Eun-soo playing (and losing) a computer game. Eun-soo’s character dies, and this makes her think of the defeat her brother must be feeling right now.

Eun-soo: “My brother isn’t a good loser. When he was younger, he said once that he doesn’t like things like baseball or soccer, because no matter how hard you try, you could lose because you’re playing on a team. So he always only did things alone.”

Furthermore, Do-woo lost in front of a crowd of people: “He probably couldn’t handle it well on his own.” Seeing her worry, Kyung-tae pushes the phone at her silently. But Eun-soo can’t call, because she has nothing to say. She wishes her brother could have played games, where you can always start over when you lose.

Still, it’s a small comfort to be able to talk to Kyung-tae, and she tells him, “I like it here. There was nobody to talk to about this at my house. I was alone.”

The Myungdoshi residents are thrilled at the promise of more money on the way, and welcome the mayor back enthusiastically.

The mayor introduces Shin as the man behind this success, despite Shin’s embarrassed protests at being made the center of attention. He doesn’t want the glory, and can only endure in exasperation when everyone bursts into applause. The mayor appoints Shin their leader and proclaims, “He’ll accomplish great things! We must not let him get away from us!”

However, the chairman has a feeling that the mayor is not safe. He knows what his son is capable of, and instructs Eun-soo to call the Dream Team to warn them: “Tell them to take care of that mayor. Night or day, keep one of them stuck by him to protect him. Tell them that.” (Honestly, this conversation gave me goosebumps, and put me on edge the entire episode.)

Now that the compensation has been won, the mayor turns to his next task, which is planning for the apartment complex. He decides upon his ideal location (in the center where the agricultural venture office will stand), while Director Oh tries to press for the mayor to issue the permits. But the mayor’s no dummy, since he knows that if he issues the permits now, he won’t get what was promised him. He’ll grant one thing at a time, to protect his people’s interests.

The mayor reminds Shin that democracy was originally made to allow the weak and powerless the ability to live amongst the rest — after all, the rich and powerful don’t need that help. Shin protests that he has no head for politics, but the mayor replies, “Democracy isn’t a political issue, it’s a matter of people living.”

Now that he’s decided where he wants the apartment, the mayor invites Shin along while he nags Do-woo about it. As they head over, Shin predicts to Jae-myung that Do-woo won’t allow it:

Shin: “First of all, he doesn’t want anything like commoners in his dream city. Second, if he agrees, he loses. Third, if he doesn’t allow it, it becomes fun for me to steal it away.”

Do-woo meets with a friend-investor, who has found himself in a business predicament and needs his funds withdrawn. The man isn’t a shrewd investor — he’s one of the guys who went along with Do-woo’s suggestions because he trusted Do-woo’s instincts — and is in a panicked state.

However, if he pulls his funds out of the venture now, this is very bad for Do-woo, who has already borrowed to the hilt. While they’re still waiting on those permits, Do-woo is stuck — he can’t afford to give money back, and he can’t bring in new investors, either. Do-woo tells his friend to wait until the permits are issued, which should be very soon.

When Do-woo walks out on his way to another meeting, he is NOT pleased to see the mayor heading toward him. He attempts to blow him off, but the mayor says — in his maddeningly chipper way — that he knows Do-woo’s a busy man, and will only take a second. Ignoring Do-woo’s increasing temper, he makes his suggestion for the apartment complex’s location, resulting in Do-woo losing his patience. He grabs the mayor’s hand in a threatening gesture.

Jae-myung steps forward in warning, and Do-woo remembers himself and releases his hold. His tone is controlled but angry as he tells the mayor: “I would like not to meet with you again. If you have anything to say, you can tell the deputy mayor. Or you can meet with someone else in the planning group.”

Do-woo excuses himself coldly and leaves.

Kyung-ah once again finds her path blocked by K on her way to see Do-woo. She shoots him a “bish, plz” look and challenges K’s gesture.

K: “He doesn’t need help from other people. Especially from a woman.”
Kyung-ah: “Do you know that what you’ve just said is very strange? You’re strange. Before I start thinking even stranger thoughts, will you step aside?”

This time, he steps aside.

Meanwhile, Shin and Joong-ho are called to welcome Bum-hwan back upon his release from prison. It’s for this reason that Shin hadn’t gone with the mayor and Jae-myung, who are now leaving the city hall building. As they get in their car and drive off, K follows them out of the parking lot.

Ever since Chairman Chae’s warning, I’ve been on pins and needles half-expecting the mayor to be bombed at every opportunity, so this definitely bodes ill for our guys. It’s not entirely clear, however, whether this is the reason for Shin’s grim reaction when he receives a phone call just as police cars drive by, sirens blaring.


Aside from the cute factor, I like seeing Chairman Chae and Eun-soo integrated into the Team Shin family for a couple reasons. Per the mayor’s wise words about Shin needing his teammates to succeed, we’re seeing how each person contributes to the team dynamics, such as the chairman’s invaluable insight into Do-woo’s strategy. Even though Myung-sun and her two daughters are peripheral to the actual revenge, they’re a valuable part of the human bonds that hold the group together. Plus, each person is bound to the group in more ways than one, making the relationships weblike rather than linear (and thus harder to break). For instance, Myung-sun’s inclusion in the group also strengthens Joong-ho’s ties with Shin; Yuri and Nuri grab hold of Chairman Chae and tie him more firmly to the group; and Kyung-tae continues to bond with Eun-soo.

Plus, is this a sign that Eun-soo finally gets her real family? She’s said several times that she wants the three Chaes to be a “real family,” but with Do-woo and her father sworn enemies, it doesn’t look likely. She has been gradually working her way into the team, but it was in this episode that the group started feeling like a surrogate family more than a group of co-workers.

A few very interesting things about Do-woo: He is starting to lose his cool. I find that exciting. For the first time, he’s had the rug pulled out from underneath him when Shin confronts him in front of the reporters, and even though Kyung-ah saved his reputation, he has still lost the battle: (1) Shin still one-upped him, and (2) He was forced to make the 1 billion won donation.

Do-woo may not like losing as part of a team, but I wonder if that makes losing on his own even harder — he can’t blame anyone but himself. His self-hatred comes through in his treatment of Kyung-ah, because he feels so angry with himself that he misdirects that frustration onto her. Much like a child, as she noted. When he hugs Kyung-ah back, his hands grip her back so tightly that it’s a little unnerving — there’s a lot of fury there, even as he’s in the middle of an affectionate moment.

Do-woo’s second case of losing his cool is when he grabs the mayor’s hand threateningly, as though to retaliate with physical violence. The only other time Do-woo got physically worked up was when he beat up his drunk friend in the stairwell in an early episode, but in that scene he was completely in control — he delivered his blows in precise maneuvers and seemed to enjoy himself, rather than fighting in anger. Here, however, he seems to forget himself for a moment, so much so that it doesn’t even seem like HE knows what he was about to do next. He lost himself in the moment, in his rage; does this signal the beginning of his demise?

I wonder at K challenging Kyung-ah’s place in Do-woo’s life, and whether it is what it seems on the surface — that K is guarding his employer for selfish reasons as much as for Do-woo’s safety. Perhaps he’s feeling uncomfortable with Kyung-ah’s influence over Do-woo, perhaps he’s even feeling jealous of being pushed aside as Kyung-ah usurps his place as Most Trusted Number 2. The question on my mind is whether that’s where it ends, or if K is dealing with some deeper issues — like being in love with his boss, for instance? (Oh please, let K be in love with Do-woo!)


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48 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. krnkimbap

    Thanks for the wonderful recaps! Yowzaaa, details details details! This drama is so well thought out and everything has a deeper significance. How are the ratings for this drama?

  2. Comment

    lol. yea I have an odd feeling about K..i think he’s in love with Do-Woo as more of this is seen in the next episodes. oh and if you haven’t watched ep 13 and 14 yea…we learn sth interesting about Do-Woo’s mental state..i think it explains the reasoning of alot of his motives up till now…..

  3. Snikki

    Hmm, maybe K does have non-sexual crush on Do-woo. Speaking of K, he sorta looks like Joo Ji-hoon…maybe it’s the hair.

  4. Chocolatetree

    So exciting! I love reading your recaps and your comments! I just don’t have the time to watch the show but I love hearing about it. There’s just something so epic about family bonding and taking down of a giant evil!! 😀

    Thanks for the recap!!

  5. adorkabelle

    love reading your recaps (as usual). Thanks for all your hard work javabeans!

  6. obsessed

    thank you for the recap! ahh! how is it possible that this drama gets better and better with every new episode?? i love it!

  7. yubikiri

    …one word…..


    oh gosh, this is good!

  8. Biscuit

    Thanks for the recaps ^^

    One thing I like (or find interesting… slightly envious) about the Do-Woo/Kyung Ah relationship is that they can be so straightforward. Without hesitation, Do Woo told Kyung Ah why he first wanted her, and Kyung Ah also said why she wanted to be with Do Woo. And yet they dont get a shocked look, they dont fight, and they still continue on o.o

  9. cosmopolite

    K and Do-woo?!?!?!

    OH LORDY. This drama has gone to hell. (And I’m right behind it haha)

  10. 10 Tj

    I love your recaps. Add me on as one of the people who don’t watch the show anymore…lol I just read your posts.

    I second the idea of K being in love with Do-Woo, that would be a hilarious twist.

  11. 11 Kender

    “(Oh please, let K be in love with Do-woo!)”
    I second (third?) this idea! XD

    Gaaaaaaaaahhhhh, this was SUCH a good episode. Kyung-ah’s started to become interesting again, and we get some more hints as to K’s character. Plus, Do-woo is becoming craaaaaaaaaaaazy in the most awesome (and frightening) way.

    I do love the Dream Team and their hangers-on. I want them all to move into the Muse Cafe together and live as one giant, happily dysfunctional family. Then Myung-sun and Joong-ho can get married, and Kyung-tae and Eun-soo can hook up, and the small children can run around bugging the hell out of people incessantly. SO ADORABLE. :3

    Also, yay for Bum-hwan getting out of jail! I’m looking forward to him becoming more pivotal. ^^

  12. 12 Marres77

    ah! so awesome!


  13. 13 gala

    man, kyungah and dowoo’s intimate scene was HOTT! [yes, with the double T]. but honestly, KKW and PSY bring over their steamy chemistry from the movie to the small screen. that’s good for the drama, imo. somehow, i want this two to end up together. ha! i dont know why, but i’m team DoWoo. this makes me worried cause it seems i’m attracted to creepy dudes >.< and I can’t believe KKW has already replaced PYH in my heart. b4 the drama started, i was PYH all the way. but… KKW is becoming such a brilliant actor – much, much brilliant from his Le Grand Chef days.

  14. 14 Alvina

    well… they do say that the most dangerous men in the world are those who lack a loving mother XD

    I wonder. There was this music video that “Do-Woo” was in. Has anyone seen it? I had a good giggle when I saw it because imagining cold hardened DoWoo as a love sick man was simply….unthinkable.

    Yes, I do agree with the rest of you that these family interactions are exciting ^_^

  15. 15 doris p NgPinas

    been refreshing your page for a few days now awaiting for your latest recaps for this series and am glad it’s finally here and it certainly worth the wait! again a million thanks for the awesome recaps..

  16. 16 jinkzz

    thanks for the recap javabeans… i finally got around to watching this drama and finished 1-10th episode in 1 day but have read all of your recaps including 12th episode…. I really like this drama… everyone’s acting is really good.

    (Oh please, let K be in love with Do-woo!) >>> hahaha

  17. 17 jboogie

    So glad this was up today! Thank you!
    There are many wonderful things about this ep but the eerie things are what keeps you coming back.
    1. Something horrible is going happen, isn’t it?
    2. K
    3. the hug
    4. DW altogether

    I watched this ep without subs and I knew almost from the start that there was something to be concerned about. Every new scene had me frightened that someone was going to end up hurt, kidnapped or worse. Now I know that C.Chae gave us even more to be zoned in on.

    “When he hugs Kyung-ah back, his hands grip her back so tightly that it’s a little unnerving — there’s a lot of fury there, even as he’s in the middle of an affectionate moment.”
    This moment was “Whoa” for me. All in all I’ve known for quite awhile the KA isn’t going anywhere but this hug made me afraid that she might pass out from loss of oxygen.I truly thought that we were going to see an expression from her due to the pressure but oh well. I would just like for her to know everything and then decide to stay with him. I need her to stop making Shin feel small and just live her life.

    Also I do agree with Jaemyung. Women are the way he described. Not to be cruel but to live genuinely and respectfully to her present.

  18. 18 djes

    1. Let K be in love with Do Woo. And he does anything to get rid of Kyung Ah. That would be more intense. ( feel a bit sadistic after writing this 😛 )
    2. Eun soo with Kyung Tae is cute. But then Shin and Jae Myung don’t get women on their side? Not that I mind about it.. 😀
    3. Bum Hwan! I bet this guy has many important things in his head. And more power than we’ve already seen. No matter how smart Do Woo is, this is a great team he confronts, full of intelligent people, and nice people will always win? :p
    4. How many episodes left? I don’t want this ends so soon! With good story like this, I kinda hope that it is a western-like serial, which you can make the 2nd season, 3rd season, something like Prison Break ( they can make many seasons of someone who tried break the prison, anyway! well, i don’t really watch PB – so maybe I’m wrong in compare PB with SoaM )
    5. Javabeans, this is the moment I am glad I found your site. Thank you thank you. While waiting for the sub, I can always read the recap here, and this is a very well written one, so I really thankful for it.
    ( and please just ignore the comments about you should write any recaps faster. )

  19. 19 Sue

    yeah definitely questioned k’s relationship with dowoo after this episode teehee.

    and am i the only one that loves bumhwan? he is the chillest hyung-nim evah!

  20. 20 ohrs

    good casker song…lastfm junkie here

  21. 21 angryparsnip

    Love the recap. . . I can’t watch the show, comcast took away the only Asian channel on my cable so I have to wait to rent it . . .

    To be able to read your recaps is something I look forward to. Plus I will know what to rent when it comes out. . ..

    Thank you !

  22. 22 Biscuit

    @Gala: “i’m team DoWoo. this makes me worried cause it seems i’m attracted to creepy dudes >.< ”

    High-five! Yes I feel guilty that I should be rooting for “good guys”, but I’m always rooting for DoWoo to win @___@ I’m not alone~~~~~~ XD

    But if theres any reason that I like Shin’s team is Kyungtae~~ <3

  23. 23 loessome

    and what about Kyung-ah telling Do Woo that she was sorry that she couldn’t be Do Woo’s sister? i’m seeing some serious incest subtext here…wait, it’s not even subtext anymore! it’s practically become text…

  24. 24 Yunha

    I actually thought it was pretty funny when I watched the ep because my mom, for the first time ever, popped her head through the doorway to catch a glimpse of what I’ve been raving about for a while now- and the first thing she said after watching about five minutes worth of scenes was this: “that K person is gay, right?”

    I soooo wish. xD

    Honestly, I’ve always seen K as this cold, almost Dowoo-like character who has no time or patience for petty things like romance, so it would be such an awesome twist if he was harboring some secret ghei love for his boss. 😀 Also, seeing that type of relationship is probably unprecedented in the history of korean dramas, it would make the already awesome Story of a Man so awesome it could quite possibly lead to my dying of spontaneous combustion.

    Plus, I’m tired of the various assassin-henchmen on tv never getting any action despite their bad-assness. ]:

  25. 25 sophia

    so, i’ve been watching this drama also…there’s just one thing that’s a mystery to me. K is constantly concerned that Kyung ah is getting close to Dowoo. Is it merely because K’s afraid that Dowoo will lose his “manliness” or is it because K’s suspicious of Kyungah?

    as much as she’s changed, I feel like Kyungah has this CRAZZYYY secret plan to DESTROY Dowoo after she marries him, or at least takes control of him. I don’t know..it’s just unbelievable that a person could just change so drastically like that. And it makes me more suspicious just because K’s so protective of Dowoo and acts like a wall between Dowoo and Kyungah…

    and that was a really awesome recap of the episode :)

    • 25.1 Gasenadi

      That thought crossed my mind also, especially in this episode in which KA is extra helpful in forwarding DW’s plan and covering for him during the press conference. At this point in her career and financial education, there’s scant possibility that she wouldn’t know about DW’s M&A scheming which resulted in Brother-in-law’s ruin. Even if she doesn’t love Shin anymore, she WAS loyal to the family and assumed the debt. (Btw, PSY’s doing a great job in this role.)

  26. 26 kay

    i heart the family vibe we’re getting at the cafe…i’m looking forward more to the scenes where the chairman is softening and everyone is happy to be around each other. thanks for the recap – can’t wait for the next couple of episodes!

  27. 27 someone

    Thanks javabeans for your always amazing recaps <3
    Many comments that I’ve read were frustrated or confused over KA’s changed character,
    Here is a wild thought:
    KA and Shin might actually be working together behind the curtains( or will be), and have been fooling DW all along!
    Then again maybe not ^o^… I love how this drama has many mysteries waiting to be unveiled!

  28. 28 heejung

    epi 13 had some interesting K stuffs too… mwarrgh GAHH I WANT MOAR

    and the latest casker album is excellent!!! luvluvluv it – went and bought it! 😀
    i think my fav is 아무도모른다, and 너와 나 is serious fun to listen to with headphones on. hehe…went slightly off-topic…

  29. 29 elisa

    lmao i never liked do woo and kyung ah before
    but after i watched the movie marine boy with kim kang woo and park shi yeon i’m starting to like their chemistry. and even in this drama because it feels like kyung ah cannot possibly go back to shin – and if she wants to, shin can’t possibly take her. for her to have changed so much selfishly – she’s not worth it.
    but she and do woo would be an ok match. :)

    thanks for the recaps as always. love this drama.

  30. 30 jae

    Huwaa!! I’m loving the K-Do Woo-Kyung Ah triangle. LOL!! Yes, please, let K be in love with Do Woo!!!

    Thanks for the lovely recaps! ^^

  31. 31 Jane

    Oh please, let K be in love with Do-woo!!!

    My thoughts exactly :)

  32. 32 cecee

    I really hope Do Woo and Kyung Ah end up together. At this rate, she does NOT need to be back together with Shin! They need to move another girl into the mix! PRONTO!

  33. 33 Anonymous

    haha. will k be in love with do-woo. think kyung-ah is making amistake putting her trust in do-woo. omg!!!!!! eun-soo + kyung-tae!!!! ^_^

  34. 34 angle2mx

    I love the fact that the Dream Team has become a dysfunctional family…I seriously want/need to Do Woo reaction to this scenario>>>> Plz let K be in love with DW.

  35. 35 yumi-chan

    The Kyung Sae couple is moving along very nicely.
    Loving them.
    & duuuuude the whole K thing, can we please have a gay scorned lover PLEASE!

  36. 36 Alvina

    @ Sophia.
    I think I kinda felt what you were talking about. The ever so obvious way in which JM stated the line about words is just calling for a K-drama style twist. K dramas either like to follow the formula or take a sentence and do the obvious opposite. So… right now, it can go either way XD

    But, I’m sensing a major twist somewhere along the way…

  37. 37 stay

    K is so creepy….. I LOVE IT 8D

  38. 38 marulinda

    this drama is getting really good. thnx 4 d recaps.

    btw, is kyung-ah going to marry chae do woo because a pic of them filming leaked out.


  39. 39 janet

    Root for Shin ( Park Yong ha ) all the way! he is awesome!!!

  40. 40 Angeline

    Best Drama of the year – Story of a man
    Best Script Writer, Best Director
    Best Actor – Park Yong Ha ( Handsome, tough, smart and kind hearted)
    Best Villian – Kim Kang Woo ( Cool, scheming and unpredictable)
    Best Supporting Actor – Park Ki-Woong ( Cute genius), Phillip Lee ( Charming ladykiller, with a brain)
    Best Actress – The girl who played shin ex girlfriend ( Materialistic, tough cookie with a bitchy and arrogrant look)
    Best Supporting Actress – The girl who played Doo Woo sister ( Innocent, gentle and kind hearted)
    All of them are suitable for their roles. Their look and acting skills are amazing. Shin has a good guy face and Doo Woo have a villian look. Something he was born with and he can be convincing acting as a villian.

  41. 41 nikkaii

    do u think kyung ah is just making himfall for her?
    gain his trust..and his assets dump him and help shin- kinda thing~

    the K issue~
    ..i think K has a teacher-like admiration for Dowoo..

    dowoo’s fall!!!!
    im kinda worried for His evil hawtness..

  42. 42 loveydovey

    @nikkaii: or maybe she has some sort of fatal illness and she’s trying to save shin from the pain by pushing him away and earning as much money as she can….because you know someone will either die/something sad will happen near the end

  43. 43 sunox18

    you’re so on it Javabeans…it took me a while to get over the BOF obsession, this past week this show started on cable and just got me hooked just searched the net and got to ep 13…yeah intense is such a mellow description…it is so gripping…

    Do Woo what a character, great acting. K– all I could think this K is blindly “in love” with Do Woo, K is even more evil than Do Woo, K attempts to be ahead of Do Woo but is not as calculating.

    Park Ki Woong, has really improved (it’s hard not to forget his goofy character in My Tutor2,nor that commercial where he ohhh, you know with his head) hope his character does have a happy love ending…

    27 Someone–I so agree with you Kyung Ah could be working with Shin behind the scenes……but wishful thingking, maybe in the end Shin and Do Woo will become partners, but his kind of evilness–doesn’t seem the type for rehab. K may have eliminated Kyung Ah then kills himself….sooo…can’t wait ’til the next episode….on the lighter side it’s great how the “family” has melded together in the Muse…Thanks for the great recaps, always..always will be your fan….just rambling about a great kdrama

  44. 44 gabster04

    I really enjoy reading your recap and comment about this drama.. Hope you will write the recap of episode 13 & 14 soon.. ganbatte~!!! ^0^/

  45. 45 lenrasoon

    i thought about that too, that maybe Kyung ah is working behind the scenes to gain Do woo trust and help shin, she definitely have the wit to do that and K is noticing her plans but doesn’t have proof to tell Do woo…

    but i’ll would be be very happy too if K was just in love with his boss lol ^__^

  46. 46 Shifa'a

    The K thing, the threaten DW filled the scenes with all during the last 40 minutes, the helpless embarrassed WD &Lee Philip’s boy-like smile are what hooked me to this ep.

  47. 47 Gasenadi

    Awesome job on all these recaps, jb!

    The press conference win was sooo satisfying after the stock debacle and the neighborhood razing. But, I couldn’t savor it to the fullest cuz I’m already anxious about how DW’s going to come back in fury.

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