Drama Recaps
The Man Who Can’t Get Married: Episode 1
by | July 7, 2009 | 66 Comments

First of all, much thanks to Javabeans for letting me commandeer her site so I could post these recaps and putting up with all my questions. Second, I have to say that I’m really enjoying this show much more than I expected. I am watching the show ahead of where I’m writing my recaps, so I’m a few episode past the first one right now, and I will tell you that this show seems to be getting better with each episode, so even if you found the first episode lackluster, you should definitely continue.

Anyways, on to the Ji Jin Hee eyecandy!

Disclaimer: In the interest of full disclosure, I think I should warn everyone right now that I’m a kpop aficionado, and thus, kpop references and comparisons will almost definitely be popping up in my recaps, though I promise to try and keep it only to the really relevant stuff. I also take no responsibility for any harm caused by any pondering I may engage in on certain men and their relative eyecandy-ness.

Park Hyun Kyu: Yoo Ah In plays Park Hyun Kyu, the adorably adorable assistant/model-maker to Cho Jae Hee (Ji Jin Hee). He’s pretty much the cutest thing ever (which may or may not have something to do with his resemblance to TOP. Or is this just me? But, seriously, with those glasses, how can you NOT think it?). Although the drama doesn’t explicitly say, he seems to be around the same age as Kim So Eun’s character (Jung Yoo Jin), 26. Hyun Kyu likes to gallivant around in flannel shirts and really tight pants (so maybe a combination of G-Dragon and TOP?), and going along with the Beauty Contest-esque profiling, his hobby is collecting coupons, which you can imagine doesn’t score him a lot of points with the ladies. Hyun Kyu spends most of his days, when he’s not working, nagging Jae Hee and Manager Yu to get married (so he won’t have to do their errands anymore).

Cho Jae Hee: Played by Ji Jin Hee, Jae Hee is a renowned 40-year-old architect with his own firm whose has had a lot of success in his career, although his strong commitment to his designs sometimes causes trouble for him and his co-workers (as is evident later in this episode). To put his character in a nutshell, he’s part 40-Year-Old Virgin, part creeper and part lonely recluse, all wrapped into the body of one very hot (yet also SO adorable) man-child.  Jae Hee is obviously “the man” from the title of the series, who despite his good looks and professional success  hasn’t yet been able to find a wife. 

Jang Moon Jung: Uhm Jung Hwa plays Jang Moon Jung, a 40-year old doctor- she spends most of her time at the hospital, frequently covering shifts for other doctors and working even after her own shift’s are over. In some ways, she’s the female equivalent of Cho Jae Hee – “The Woman Who Can’t Get Married”, if you will- although it’s more like she just hasn’t found the right one , yet.

Jung Yoo Jin: Kim So Eun plays Jung Yoo Jin, Jae Hee’s 26-year old neighbor (she’s taking care of the place for six months while her uncle is out of the country). She’s also the object of Hyun Kyu’s adorable affections, although she has a slacker-boyfriend whose failed the civil service exam three years in a row. 

Yoon Ki Ra: Yang Jung Ah is Yoon Ki Ran, the manager of the independent firm that Jae Hee and Hyun Kyu work at. It’s said several times that she’s always picking up Jae Hee’s messes and taking care of him, like a wife, in some ways. She’s known Jae Hee for eight years, so they’re pretty close. She’s around Jae Hee’s age and hasn’t married yet, either. It sometimes appears as if she might hold feelings for Jae Hee (although he’s too dense to ever notice), but nothing has officially gone down yet, so we’ll have to wait and see for sure.

Episode One

The drama opens with the camera scaling up Jae Hee’s apartment building- showing scenes from different families on the floors beneath him. These pictures also show different stages of relationships, as if in contrast to Jae Hee’s isolation. First it shows a group of younger people (presumably on a group date), a newlywed couple with their child, a family, and finally an older couple whose clearly been married for a while.

 

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Cut to Jae Hee, and what follows can only be described as Food Porn:

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Jae Hee slices the steak, seasons it, and then cooks it- all meticulously done. He sets the table and sits down to eat- alone (I can’t help but think of that We Got Married episode where Alex admitted that whenever he tries to cook for himself he ends up throwing the food out, because he can’t bear to eat it alone. But I digress).

As he’s about to take his first bite, he gets a call from Hyun Kyu, reminding him that he’s supposed to be at a party that night- a client they’d built a house for recently remodeled the interior of the house for his new wife, and is holding an unveling party.

Jae Hee reluctantly goes to the party, and . . . 

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Shows up in this outfit! Manager Yoon and Hyun Kyu both give him grief over it, but when the owner of the house greets the trio, he comments on Jaee Hee’s outfit, saying, “Not many people can pull of my clothes”. From Jae Hee’s smug smile, it’s obvious that he’d worn them on purpose.

Later, Jae Hee is at the buffet. An attractive woman starts a conversation with him, asking, “Do you like spaghetti?”, but he explains, oblivious to her growing discomfort, that it’s actually spaghettini, because it’s thinner than regular spaghetti.

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The owner of the house once again gathers Manager Yoon, Hyun Kyu and Jae Hee together, explaining how he had remodeled the entire interior of his house, in deference of his new wife’s wishes. As he explains the changes, Jae Hee gets increasingly frustrated, finally asking him- “How would you feel if someone took this shirt I’m wearing and made it into an apron?”

At the same time, Moon Jung is still at the hospital finishing work. The nurses (I’m assuming they work only with her, because they’re always there) ask her when she’s going home, and she realizes that she needs to leave, because she’s got a blind date to catch.

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Her date blathers on and on, telling her that she should set up her own practice when they’re married, and assuring her that his mother will lend her the money. She interrupts him, reminding him that she hasn’t agreed to marry him yet, but he laughs it off.

Later that night, she stops by an internet cafe, and you get the sense that this isn’t the first time. She’s playing a video game online and chatting with other players.

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On his way home, Jae Hee stops at a video store and picks out two videos. 

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The store attendant comments that he’s noticed a pattern in Jae Hee’s rentals- every weekday he rents two movies, and on Friday nights he rents six. Jae Hee responds, “That’s right. It’s Friday.” and picks out four more movies.

At the same time, Moon Jung is on her way home. She stops at a railroad crossing as a train passes by, and . . 

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is joined by Jae Hee (sort of)! As they walk away, both hold a bag in each of their hands and look straight ahead- notably, they both walk with a sort of rigid stance.

Aand cut to Yoo Jin, who stands enraptured in front of her apartment building, her faithful Chihauhau, Sang Gu, by her side.

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She finds herself locked out of the building, however, and goes off to find the doorman just as Jae Hee approaches the door. He stop short when he sees Sang Gu sitting on the steps, staring innocently up at him, and quickly enters the building, ignoring Yoo Jin’s cries of “Ahjussi, wait for me!”

Later that night Yoo Jin is hammering a nail into the wall as Jae Hee, in the apartment next to her, is watching 24. He’s startled out of his reverie by the sound of Yoo Jin’s pounding and angrily turns the volume up.

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The next morning at the office, Jae Hee shows Hyun Kyu and Manager Yoon the plans he’s working on- he’d changed the shape of the window because he’d noticed that a different shape would allow them to have a better view of the tree in full bloom. Hyun Kyu and Manager Yoon ooh and ahh appreciatively, to Jae Hee’s pretended-indifference.

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Jae Hee walks over to the other side of the room to get a drink, and Hyun Kyu complains (one gets the sense that this happens often) that Jae Hee needs to get married, because once again he’s making Hyun Kyu do errands for him. Jae Hee overhears, walks over to the model Hyun Kyu’s just finished building, and deliberately snaps off a wall, saying, “This part here is broken.”

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Back at the apartment that night, Jae Hee is sitting on his patio, listening to music. In the apartment next to his, Yoo Jin’s, he hears peals of laughter and vaguely suggestive exclamations such as, “No, not there!” and “Stop pulling, you’re going to stretch out my clothes!” He turns the volume up, and Yoo Jin, who is playing with her dog, remarks angrily, “He’s doing it again!” Back in his apartment, Jae Hee grins vindictively.

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Yoo Jin calls Jae Hee, but he doesn’t pick up- his stomach, which had been giving him trouble all day, has started to give him serious pain. When Yoo Jin comes to the door to ask him to turn the volume down, Jae Hee is on the ground, double over in pain. She asks if he’s okay, and, acerbic even when in acute pain, he answers, “Does it look like I’m okay?”

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Yoo Jin calls an ambulance, and rides with Jae Hee to the hospital. When he hears what hospital they’re going to, he asks to go to SD Hospital instead- his brother-in-law works there.

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His brother-in-law’s not working that night, however, and he gets examined by Moon Jung instead. She tells him that she has an infection in his intestines, and pulls out tools for a rectal examination and orders him to take off his pants. He freaks out and demands that a male doctor performs the exam, to which she replies, “It’s a hospital, there’s no need to be embarrassed.”

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He’s not convinced however, and he sneaks out of the room when she and the nurses aren’t looking. Realizing he’s gone, Moon Jung follows him into the hall, and tells him that he won’t have to do the examination- he can stay at the hospital that night and take medication, instead. Doubled over in pain, he asks where the bathroom is and stumbles off down the hallway.

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As Yoo Jin is walking out of the hospital she runs (literally) into Hyun Kyu, who recognizes her as the woman he’d spoken to on the phone, when she’d called to tell him that Jae Hee was in the hospital. He looks her up and down, smiles, and gives her his card, saying, “I’ll take you out to dinner sometime in thanks.” She tells him she has a boyfriend, but he insists she keeps the card and tells her to call him.

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The next morning we meet the rest of Jae Hee’s family as he’s resting in his hospital room- his mother, sister and her husband (the brother-in-law he’d wanted to examine him last night) and his adorable niece (who is fond of saying to him, “You’re not married yet? Uncle, that’s so pathetic!”).

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After they’ve left, he checks out the hospital early, and creeps up on Moon Jung in the hallway, listening to her phone conversation with her father.

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She looks over her shoulder and jumps in surprise, but he simply remarks that it sounded like her father was nagging her to get married. She ignores it, telling him that he should still be resting, but he tells her that he’s fine and waves off her advice. Angry, she tells him not to come crying to her when his illness comes back, and he scoffs at her over his shoulder.

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Later that day at the office, Hyun Kyu informs Jae Hee that their client (whose party they had attended at the beginning of the episode) has referred his friend, who he was previously planning on referring to Jae Hee, to a different architect- Jae Hee’s rival, Moon Seok Hwan. Moon Seok Hwan, while perhaps not quite renowned as Jae Hee himself, has built up quite a reputation, partly due to his philandering ways. Jae Hee outwardly scoffs, but looks a little unsure of himself when he sees Moon Seok Hwan’s homepage.

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Yoo Jin calls her boyfriend Kim Tae Hyul, asking if he’s studying hard. He replies that of course she is, but she hears the sound of billiards in the background. A few minutes later she appears in the pool hall with an overly-sweet smile and lunch, much to her boyfriend’s chagrin.

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He finds her later that day at work, and hangs his head in shame as she berates him for slacking off. She blows him off when he asks her to see a movie later, but as he’s walking away she tells him, “I’ll call you later.” He skips off happily.

On his way home from the grocery store that night, Jae Hee walks past a man on the road and realizes it’s Moon Seok Hwan. He watches as a woman comes out of the apartment Seok Hwan is waiting in front of, and slaps him. Jae Hee grins delightedly.

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At the same time, Moon Jung is at her usual internet cafe. A 16-year old girl asks her how old she is, saying, “If our ages are similar, we can speak informally!” and, looking furtively around her, Moon Jung tells the girl, “I’m a year older than you.”

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She hears loud crying coming from a few computers over, where Yoo Jin is sitting beside her boyfriend. He tells her that they’ll leave in ten minutes, but she yells back, “We’ve been here for four hours!” and storms out. Her purse gets caught on Moon Jung’s chair on the way out. They recognize each other, and Yoo Jin bows hurriedly and continues on her way out.

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The next day Jae Hee is at the construction site for one of his projects, and calls the Foreman out on using the wrong tiles- he’d wanted genuine Italian tiles, but the Foreman bought cheap knockoffs instead. The Foreman insists that nothing is wrong, saying that he’s had thirty years of experience and knows better. He asks Jae Hee, “Are these plans the bible?” and argues that he doesn’t have to follow them exactly, but Jae Hee counters, “Yes, these plans are the bible!” The Foreman lunges at Jae Hee.

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Hyun Kyu and Manager Yoon arrive at the site in time to see the fight, and Hyun Kyu mutters, “They’re doing it again?” They break up the fight, but the Foreman and his team leave angrily, saying that they’re done with Jae Hee and the project. Jae Hee turns back to his work as if nothing is wrong, saying,

“Other than getting my building completed properly, I don’t give a damn about anything.”

Manager Yoon berates Jae Hee for being difficult to work with, and runs off after the Foreman. That night she takes the Foreman and his workers to a karaoke lounge, treating them to food and large amounts of alcohol, in an effort to get back into their good graces.

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Hyun Kyu tells her that she should stop cleaning up Jae Hee’s messes, but she wonders if she was too harsh on him. Hyun Kyu tells her that she did the right thing, but she muses, “Isn’t today his birthday?”

It is, and Jae Hee sits at a bar, alone.

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He calls his brother-in-law, but he’s busy at a carnival with his family.

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Jae Hee buys a cake, and is on the sidewalk outside, playing with a pair of glasses (the kind you might buy from a gumball machine), when he runs into his mother.

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She muses that it must be lonely, not having anyone to spend his birthday with, and tells him to come with her- she’ll make him Seaweed soup. He refuses, saying that it’s pathetic for a man his age to be eating Seaweed soup with his mother on his birthday, and goes home. In his apartment, he blows out his tiny cake, alone.

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Then begins to cut it meticulously.

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He’s interrupted by a knocking on his door, and he finds Yoo Jin’s friend outside. She tells him that Yoo Jin isn’t answering her door, and she’s afraid she might be in there passed out.

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(Symbolism! Whenever Jae Hee opens the door, he leaves the chain on, only opening the door a few inches. As a result, he’s separated by a chain from anyone who tries to enter his apartment, just as he’s separated from anyone new who tries to enter his life.)

Anyways- Jae Hee gets out what looks like rock-climbing gear (like what you’d use if you went repelling or something), and says,

“Every Household needs to have an emergency escape set. As long as I have this, even if the building catches on fire, I can scale down the wall to the first floor.”

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Successfully making his way to Yoo Jin’s apartment, he finds her unconscious on the floor. He pokes around her apartment as her friend takes care of her, and Yoo Jin admits that she was drinking because she just broke up with her boyfriend. Yoo Jin thanks Jae Hee for his help, and he walks back to his apartment. When he tries opening the door, however, the door is still chained, and he can’t get in.

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He’s forced to repel back to his apartment, but he’s only halfway there when Sang Gu starts barking- Yoo Jin fainted. This time, it’s Jae Hee accompanying Yoo Jin in the ambulance.

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Yoo Jin wakes up and is examined by Moon Jung. They bond over their embarrassing internet cafe-encounters, and when Moon Jung sees Jae Hee’s medical file and realizes it’s his birthday, they plan a celebration.

Moon Jung calls Jae Hee, asking him if he’s feeling better after his illness. He doesn’t reply, asking instead how she got his number- she asked his brother-in-law for it. She asks him, “It’s your birthday today, isn’t it?” He replies, “Yes. . . . Oh . . . . was it?” She tells him that they’ve bought a cake, and that he should come to the hospital and celebrate. He tells her, “There’s no reason to go over there just for a few cake crumbs,” and is about to hang up when he doubles over in pain.

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A few minutes later, he’s on his way to the hospital for the second time that night. The EMT’s recognize him, and one of them says, “This isn’t a taxi service!”

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Back at the hospital again, Jae Hee is getting examined by Moon Jung, and this time she insists on the procedure he’d refused before- the rectal examination. He tries to protest but she cuts him off when she removes his pants herself. He freezes, horrified.

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Other Stuff:

So at the end of each episode’s credits, there’s a YouTube-ish video showcasing some strange aspect of Jae Hee’s character, a reason why he’s the “Man Who Can’t Get Married”. The video from the first episode shows Jae Hee walking down an alley at night, except he’s walking along a yellow line at the side of the road. At one point, he flattens himself against a column and inches sideways in order to stay on the yellow line, instead of simply curving his path around the column (and off the yellow line) like a normal, non-OCD person might do.

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But tangent time! If you’ve seen Uhm Jung Hwa’s 2006 movie, “Seducing Mr. Perfect” (and if you haven’t you need to, because hello, Daniel Henney) you’ll know that her acting tends to be stiff and unnatural. Unfortunately, it’s more of the same in this drama. Her acting is very self-conscious, as if she’s always aware of the camera on her, and so concentrates more on looking good, than on behaving naturally. To a certain extent Kim So Eun does this, too, so their scenes together sometimes verge into the awkward territory. (However- both tend to do this much more in their scenes with each other, so perhaps it’s just a sign of real-life awkwardness between the actresses or something like that. Either way- it doesn’t make the drama itself any less enjoyable, thankfully.)

That said- I am really enjoying this series. I totally hadn’t expected to, because the plot and cast wasn’t that exciting to me. Even after the first episode, I was only vaguely interested. Now that I’m a few episode in, however, I’m much more excited about the series. The amount of times I laugh out loud seems to grow exponentially, too, each episode, which helps. Most of it, is of course, at the expense of Jae Hee.

I think many people will appreciate how Ji Jin Hee is playing Jae Hee- his character is insanely awkward and socially retarded at times, yes, but there are also glimpses of vulnerability, as well, which are very intriguing. I also love how there are lots of examples of how he’s also very compulsive, like his grocery cart or the pencil on his desk, for example.

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I’m also liking the similarities that are shown between Moon Jung and Jae Hee- both obviously work way too much, don’t have many friends, and are very stubborn. In Moon Jung’s case, however, it’s more as if, rather than not being able to get married, she just hasn’t found the right one, yet.

And I’m not saying that The Man Who Can’t Get Married doesn’t have flaws, because it has a lot. Unlike some dramas, however, where these flaws take over a drama, preventing anyone from deriving enjoyment from it, this drama has enough charm (mostly owing to Ji Jin Hee, who is pretty much the best thing in this drama) to carry it through. So despite all its many flaws, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this drama in a way that I haven’t enjoyed other, admittedly better, dramas.

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66 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. javabeans

    Thank you, Starling!!! (I love guest recaps. <3 ) This seems like another cute drama to check out……

  2. do re mi

    this drama’s storyline is similar to the japanese drama..
    dun remember the title dowh… but looking forward to watch this kdrama- if i have free time~~ :)

  3. nhr

    I was just pondering how javabeans didnt recap this drama and lo and behold! Visited the site and saw this. Yay! :)

  4. piano_lady

    Ooohh!!! Ji JIn Hee goodness!

    Will wait for the subs and I will def watch this!

    Thanks, Starling! :)

  5. foo

    i wonder if UJH really does play WoW

  6. Seri

    Thanks for the recap I love this drama!

    I may have bias demons in me but I think Uhm Jung Hwa’s acting in this drama isn’t camera shy/attentive to an extent because I saw her flail and make some funny facial expressions in the past few episodes. Although compared to the main male, she seems really day time family “oh oh oh ha ha ha” cheesyish in some scenes.

  7. Samsooki

    Great job Starling!

    Detailed, informative, and a lot of pics of cute people, even Kim Gun Mo. =)

    Btw, I noticed that Korean ajumma’s like to score their steaks like the second picture in the recap. I was horrified when I first saw it done to a porterhouse. It is like Grilling 101 that you don’t score your steaks because it causes juices to run (making the steak hard and tough to eat). HOWEVER.

    When I tasted the steak that was scored in a Korean ajumma fashion, it was like eating butter. Soooo soft. The following is the Korean ajumma scored steak technique I learned. It goes against all principles of grilling, but you won’t find juicier or more tender steak.

    Ingredients:

    1. 20-24 oz porterhouse, certified angus is nice if you can find it.
    2. two kiwis, skinned and diced fine.
    3. kraft’s steak sauce (tablespoon or two)
    4. a clove of garlic, minced fine.
    5. red pepper, kosher salt, coarse black pepper (heaping teaspoon of each)
    6. tiny bit of red wine vinegar (like, an eye dropper amount)
    7. 1.5 cups of red wine. preferably a spicy cabernet.
    8. teaspoon of olive oil.

    Deeply score the porterhouse on both sides like the picture in the recap, but make the cuts a little deeper. Mix all the ingredients and pour on top of the porterhouse, submerging it completely. Let sit for 4-6 hours, covered in the refrigerator. The acid from the kiwis, red wine, and red wine vinegar will penetrate the steak, turning it into butter. Get your grill or oven to highest temp, and then grill on both sides, about 3 minutes per side if it is an inch thick.

    No need to let it rest like other steaks that have been grilled. This one you can cut up and serve on a bed of lettuce and carrot garnish for color. :)

  8. Ray

    This is exactly the same as the hit Japanese drama Kekkon Dekinai Otoko (translated as The Man Who Can’t Get Married) with Abe Hiroshi. Kekkon was absolutely hilarious and one of my favorite dramas ever. Thanks for the recap! I’ll give this a try.

  9. langdon813

    Great recap, Starling!

    I’ve actually been eying this drama for a while, so I think I’ll give it a shot this afternoon (work is dead, dead, dead). I was looking for something lighter to watch alongside Friend because it’s pretty depressing; I think this fits the bill! Plus, it will be nice to actually be in the same age bracket as the people in a drama for a change!

    @7, Samsooki

    Ah, thank you for making me hungry for a nice juicy steak served on a bed of lettuce with carrot garnish! Sadly, lettuce and carrots are all I can come up with at the moment and somehow that’s less than appealing. Great recipe though, can’t wait to give it a try!

  10. 10 nanner

    yes, its a korean remake of the 2006 jdorama kekkon dekinai otoko and its very interesting watching this new korean version. the japanese version was very funny and this one looks like it might be just as good. guess we’ll have to wait and see.
    thanks for the recap.

  11. 11 MEIKO**** ^-^

    yay! thanks! Starling! Good recap! ^-^ Been waiting for this….

    I started watching this series few days ago (unfortunately had to take a break from Triple and CH…..) and i have been having so much laughs since then… ^-^ I also had fun watching the Japanese version but so far, the korean version is funnier…

    what an obsessive-compulsive nerdy guy! LOL! But he is cute… far cuter than Monk! But am not sure i can marry a guy like that…. mmmm….

  12. 12 CrimemasterGogo

    Can somone who’s seen the japanese version tell me if this version of the show is worth watching? I liked the Japanese show but I wouldn’t wan’t to see it all again, and from the recaps it looks exactly the same.

  13. 13 Cha

    I watched this 2 weeks ago since there still no subs for Triple, and I enjoyed the first 2 episodes I watched. I find Kim So Eun very pretty here. And Ji Jin Hee is so handsome! And what a cute butt he has ;)

    Will definitely watch and finish this drama.

  14. 14 djes

    Oh, I thought Javabeans suddenly has additional hours in a day so she can recap this also.
    Thank you Starling, looking forward for the next episode.

    I’ve seen the Japanese version, and I’ve watched this up to episode 2.
    Whle the story pretty much the same, the feeling is different. You know watching dorama can not be compared to Kdrama.
    But, yes the story ( so far ) is the same, but I guess there are some twists, like the Hyun Kyu and Soo Jin’s relationship – i think they’ll gonna be paired here, which didn’t happened in the dorama.
    And also the relationship between Jae Hee and Moon Joong, i think they will have more developed relationship compared the Japanese version.
    ( duh, do you understand what I’m trying to explain? my English is not that good, sorry. )

    I was hesitant to watch it at first because I think I would also compare it with the Japanese version. But I like Kim Soo Eun and Yoo Ah In so much so I gave it a try. Now I’ve decided to continue watching it, especially because of them, they look cute together!! ( haven’t reach the level of Kim Soo Eun and Kim Bum’s pairing though :P )

  15. 15 kimlam940

    I have been watching this drama (I am on episode 7) and I love it. Jae Hee is hilarious.

  16. 16 Snikki

    OMG!!! Thanks, Starling and JB! You made my day! This is the only drama I’m enjoying watching right now.

    I’ll read the whole recap when I get home, Dramabeans has been blocked here at work… boo!

  17. 17 hrknyc

    this is a really entertaining drama! i’m up to episode 7 and in every episode there have been scenes that make me burst out with one of those from-your-gut laughs! it’s light and fun and all the main cast members are adorable and lovable. =)

  18. 18 deeta

    Personally, Uhm Jung Hwa is the most natural actor in this drama. She embodies Dr Moon very well. I enjoy how watching her doesn’t seem like watching someone act but like UJH is really Dr Moon.

    I’m enjoying this drama immensely! It’s funny, but it’s also cute and sweet. Thanks for the recap!

  19. 19 mookie

    It’s entertaining and funny enough…but I’m ffing too many scenes. If u r a diehard fan of the j version, this has little to offer, much to lose (Abe embodied the essence of the character just that much more naturally …where JJH, though arguably more handsome/charming is still feeling out the character in my opinion, hits and misses fr scene to scene) I do agree the side characters are much more fleshed out than the j-version. I’ve stopped at ep4, I’ve tried it out, it’s a fun one for those who have not seen the original, but it just doesn’t have enough ingenuity to offer for me to spend another 12+ hours on it.

    It’s still entertaining if you can turn a blind eye on some acting slips/ directing flaws and just focus on the plot/story…but for me, it’s jarring enough to distract my enjoyment.

  20. 20 flipcity21

    i have seen a familiar j drama from the past…same theme almost, hmmh…so, i might give it a go x

  21. 21 hawjimage

    I LOVE THIS DRAMA and SO FAR SO GOOD. ! Thanks for uploading.

  22. 22 linly

    I’m currently watching this drama too… and I LUV it… Jae Hee is such a neat freak… he calls everyone else werido but he’s actually the werido… I guess you call others weird when they do or act differently from the normal people.

  23. 23 Sparrow

    Starling and JB you rock! I love the drama, and the recap helped a lot, I didn’t get the part about the clothes being the client’s design for instance…
    I thought he was refering to the appertifs:-P

  24. 24 Carolin

    Thanks for posting. I wasn’t sure about watching this drama, but after looking into the plot more I will give it a shot and watch ep 1

  25. 25 ips

    YOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHINNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

  26. 26 Syb

    I TOTALLY loved the disclaimer!!! jajajaja so funny the eyecandy-ness jajaja

  27. 27 hanjanman

    This drama has eased my pain of losing City Hall.

    Sterling work from Starling!!!

  28. 28 Annie101

    holla!

  29. 29 lala25

    I watched and enjoyed the Japanese version of this series. I started watching the korean version to see if it was as enjoyable as the Japanese drama. I am throughly enjoying it. Many LOL moments. Perfect summer drama. Thanks for the recaps.

  30. 30 Chocolatetree

    Thanks for the recapping! Really appreciate it since its a drama I was interested in but didn’t have time to watch. :(

  31. 31 haj

    who is the actor for Tae Hyul, the boyfriend??
    I recognize him.
    He also looks like Kangin, no?

  32. 32 yo

    i absolutely lOVe this drama. and i’m glad to see it being recapped in dramabeans.

    I’ve been keeping up with the episodes and i have no hate/dislike with any of the characters so far – love all of the main four characters!!! (and love Yoo Ah In in Boys of Tomorrow!) I was a bit skeptical with Ji Jin Hee playing the role of Abe Hiroshi, since i’ve seen Jin Hee play other malevolent and somewhat ‘ok’ characters in past dramas. But my GOD – i fell in love with him in this drama. I’ve watched the japanese one before (but still haven’t finished ^^;;) and i think Ji Jin Hee plays his character rather splendidly~ ^^

  33. 33 puti

    I love this drama!
    Definitely agree that it gets better and better. Also agree that Ji Jin Hee is the best thing in this drama, and after watching up to episode 8, I cannot imagine anyone other than Ji Jin Hee acting the role of Jae Hee.

  34. 34 yoiyu

    I’m enjoying the drama so far. I’m up to episode 6 watching Vikkii subs. The video quality is not so bad online so I’ll continue to do so.

    I rarely remember any character’s name so I’ll just reference them by something.
    The actors are all cute. I think this might be my second most enjoyable kdrama behind Sassy Girl Chunyang. Each role is played well. The architect (male lead) makes me laugh with all his stealthness/creepiness and being all reclusive. The doctor (female lead) is also adorable in her own ways. I liked how she eats alone and acts all cool about it and even misses the architect when he was busy with his work and didn’t come and see her for check ups anymore.
    The rest of the supporting cast makes the drama more enjoyable with memorable moments. Like the young guy goes on a first date and uses coupons. The manager is kind of stiff for me though. You don’t see her in many scenes so you can’t develop that much attachment. I want to see her more with the other actors or at least her side as to why she likes the architect. And the young girl is adorable with her trained chihuahua. Her ex thought she wanted to get back together when she called him out only to ask back the money she lend. And later the ex gets all mad and returned all their stuff.

  35. 35 Haizah

    this drama rocks!

  36. 36 bspanda

    Thanks for the recap! Hope you’ll recap the rest of the series too!

    Loved the Japanese ver – even if I have yet to find the half I missed! (BTW if anyone knows where I can ‘*ahem* get’ a copy of English subbed ver (non torrent) please let me know ASAP! Thanks in advance!)

    It seems the Korean edition is just as cute. And is the brother in law is played by same actor who played the King in ‘Jewel in the Palace’? With Ji Jin Hee as the lead if they had Lee Young-Ae make a cameo it would be like a reunion! hehehe

    @Samsooki
    Thanks for making me very hungry. Must remember your tip for next time I have steak at home. Hmm would Binnie advertising for Outback Steakhouse be the reason for your skill at steaks now? :P Just joking – love your cooking tips. Are you sure that you are not a chef instead of a lawyer? hehehe Thanks!

    (going totally off topic – just picked up a copy of City Hall – now I’ll get to find out what the CH love is all about! Life is pretty good!)

  37. 37 ying

    I love this drama! especially last part of this episode! My jaws nearly dropped. :D

  38. 38 Anonymous

    I agree with Ray – Kekkon Dekinai Otoko is the same thing. I had watched a couple of episodes of that dorama and I must say so far it looks like almost everything is the same in both (even up to the rectal examination ending). I’ll have to see the actual kdrama to make more comparisions. =)

  39. 39 Ray

    UPDATE: I absolutely agree 100% with mookie. Watched the first episode. Very lackluster indeed. I got a few chuckles but that’s about it. It doesn’t really sidetrack too much from oKekkon? Scene by scene I find myself thinking it’s basically the same thing as the Japanese version. I actually feel more of a connection for the side characters and not Jae Hee. The actor just doesn’t have the same angst and awkwardness as Abe Hiroshi. The essence f the character is missing. Sanggu the chihuahua is adorable but still has alot to live up to Ken-chan!

    Those who haven’t watched the Japanese drama will find this entertaining. I have been spoiled too much by Kekkon (which is must watch for jdrama fans)

    See it or skip it? I’ll have to skip this. = (

  40. 40 Lily

    Where can I see it with english subs?

  41. 41 atechom

    Ooo I love this drama!!! Its so darn funny and got me so hooked. There is not a single dull moment and seems to be to one of the few dramas that I have not fast forward. The lead character is immensely entertaining to watch and so are the rest of the cast. So far, I would recommend 100% of viewers to watch!

  42. 42 Icarusfalls

    @lily – you can see it at mysoju.com.

    I’m with Ray, I don’t think I’ll watch this show.

  43. 43 cartman

    Thanks! I’mma watch this dama ASAP! :D and btw, Kim So Eun’s so pretty! :)

  44. 44 CrimemasterGogo

    Abe Hiroshio embodied that role perfectly and his Grinch-esque smile really did make me laugh even when it wasn’t meant to be intentional.

    I don’t plan on watching this version, Im assuming later on the drama will divert but im assuming it’ll either become in to a melodrama or delve in to slapstick, in anycase I don’t feel there much else to tell storywise after watching Kekkon so I’ll give this a miss.

  45. 45 anonymous

    I must say I like this better than the original Japanese version, I like the changes made from the original to this one. I also think all the actors gel well together.

  46. 46 Biscuit

    Thank you for the recaps!!!

    I’ve already watched most of the eps available, but I enjoyed your effort to recap the series ^^

    (Although the pictures are quite large, and it becomes a bit hard when you have extremely large photos every few sentences. )

    I’ve watched the original Japanese, but usually when I watch dramas I don’t often compare since the enjoyment is always lost. While I enjoyed the original, the Korean version is still quite fun to watch ^^

  47. 47 Bolt

    I have a quick run through some of the episodes tonight and I think this drama is a complete rubbish!! Both lead actor and actress could not act!! They are not a natural comedian, espically the lead actress. I think her acting skill sucks!!

    For those interested in this drama, perhaps, you should watch the US version: 40-year old a virgin which is much much funnier!! ^_________^

  48. 48 loverly

    Thanks for the recap! Is it just me or does the person who plays kim so eun’s boyfriend remind you of Kangin from Super Junior? Is it Kangin?

  49. 49 djes

    @bspanda : you can download Kekkon with subtitle via : http://community.livejournal.com/jdramas/tag/kekkon+dekinai+otoko ( they provide MU links )
    You have to join the community first to see their entries.

    @loverly : No, the one who plays as Kim So Eun’s bf isn’t Kang In of Super Junior. I think only on that particular picture he looks like Kang In.. :D

  50. 50 macgurl

    Just watched Kekkon Dekinai Otoko a few weeks ago so it’s fresh in my mind. Was surprised that there were many exact scenes in this one (like the close-ups in the steak eating scene and the pants-ing at the end) and cannot help but compare the two dramas. I felt the same as when I watched Boys Over Flowers since I had already watched Hana Yori Dango–it bothered me that there were so many similar scenes. But, BOF grew to have it’s own personality, different from HYD after a few episodes and I’m hoping the same will happen with this show. I like Ji Jin Hee a lot so I’m willing to stick with it.

    I thought it was Kangin, too, and tried to look it up on Dramawiki, but the character wasn’t listed when I checked.

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