Drama Recaps
My Fair Lady: Episode 9
by | September 16, 2009 | 87 Comments

Ooh, GOOD EPISODE! Best episode so far.

I know some people feel that Yoon Sang-hyun was miscast, but he and Yoon Eun-hye both have great expressive eyes, independently and together, and this episode was a total tortured eyefest. Ew, that sounds gross. You know what I mean. I also find that both Yoons are pretty gifted in (a specific kind of) comedy, but I find them both more compelling wringing the emotion out scenes, whether big confrontations or the smallest of moments.


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As Hae-na stops the three moneylender-thugs to talk, Su-ah joins her and recognizes the trio as the guys who threatened her at the launching show: “You called me pretty and threatened me!” A sidekick protests, “We never said you were pretty.”

(Note: This is a recurring bit, that Hae-na is called beautiful while Su-ah is constantly looked upon as unattractive. While I generally dislike when characters are supposed to be unattractive when the actresses are obviously quite pretty in real life, as a recurring gag it’s somewhat amusing because Su-ah has such a shrill, desperate personality that this image suits her character.)

The thugs defend themselves, saying they did nothing wrong to Su-ah — all they did was follow Dong-chan’s orders. That name captures Hae-na’s attention, and the guys explain that they were supposed to threaten her, and got Su-ah by mistake.

While Su-ah hurries off to summon security, Hae-na demands to know Dong-chan’s part in the incident. The next thing we know, she is striding up to Dong-chan (per the end of the last episode) and slaps him in the face, with Su-ah and her security guards in full view. (The trio manage to slip away.) She says, “Your friends told me an interesting story, that you instructed them to scare me.”

Dong-chan hangs his head, knowing he has no defense for his actions. However, she has misinterpreted his intent (to “save” her and appear the hero), thinking he acted in retaliation for her bad behavior.

She warns Su-ah not to get involved and barks at Dong-chan to follow her. Alone now, he eyes her warily — but instead of continuing her tirade, Hae-na’s expression softens. She asks, “Did it hurt?” She’s not angry with him, and explains that she hit him to keep Su-ah from growing suspicious.

Hae-na asks, “Did you hate me that much? Enough that you wanted to scare me?” When he starts to explain, she answers, “It’s okay, I know I treated you badly.”

Thus Dong-chan is off the hook for the moment, and leaves for his debt settlement meeting with the three thugs. On the way, he runs into Eui-joo, who sighs in relief to hear that Hae-na didn’t find out the whole truth of his debt and past.

Dong-chan calls the trio, who managed to escape before being brought before the security guards. Dong-chan confirms that they didn’t tell Hae-na everything, such as the part where he had intended to seduce her for her money.

The boss postpones their meeting for the next day, because he doesn’t feel well. Only… when he hangs up the call and turns his attention to his guest, we find that it’s Hae-na!

(GREAT TWIST. Just when you thought Dong-chan was caught in his lie, he’s safe, only to be caught again. Only this time, he doesn’t know it.)

Hae-na asks the men to continue their story from earlier. As she sits with them, back at the company the Kang San directors wait impatiently for Hae-na to make her presentation. Already irritated with Hae-na’s position in the company, the men grumble and get up to leave, which is when Dong-chan blocks their exit and tries to persuade them into waiting longer. When the directors accuse Hae-na of running off to avoid giving the presentation, he insists that she worked very hard to prepare it.

At this point, Hae-na arrives. Already in a volatile mood, her temper flares when Uncle Chul-gu belittles her work and her dinky internet shopping project. She talks back, so Dong-chan steps between them to prevent a blow-up. Dong-chan ushers her away, leaving Uncle Chul-gu stewing. Determined to best Hae-na, Chul-gu orders an employee to find out what she is working on.

Hae-na explains her mood to Dong-chan as a result of a fight with Tae-yoon. At home, she broods over her newfound information and thinks back to all the clues that should have rung a bell, such as how Dong-chan called himself a bad person and warned her not to trust him.

Hae-na’s hurt manifests in bratty tantrums. At dinner, she picks at every little thing, overturning plates and berating her staff for their shoddy job. The maids and housekeeper endure Hae-na’s tirade quietly, jumping to appease her. When Hae-na throws a plate to the ground, a shard cuts the housekeeper’s face.

Alarmed at her outburst, Dong-chan confronts Hae-na and chastises her. We can see from her reaction that she feels a twinge of guilt, but she covers that up and retorts that it’s not like she meant to hurt her.

When Dong-chan continues to rebuke her for treating everyone badly, Hae-na challenges, “Do you think you have the right to say that to me?” She storms off and leaves Dong-chan wondering at her meaning.

Needing to blow off some steam, Hae-na drops by Tae-yoon’s office, saying merely that she visited because she was bored. They have an impromptu date; she eats cotton candy and watches Tae-yoon play basketball with a group of guys in the park. Afterward, Tae-yoon asks if she feels better now — he could tell she’d been feeling upset.

Hae-na tells him, “I think people only see me in terms of money.” She’s seen as Kang San Group’s successor more than as Kang Hae-na. She confesses, “I had a friend I really trusted, but it turns out that the friend wasn’t any different from everyone else.”

Tae-yoon is pretty sharp and he senses the truth behind her vague words, but when he asks who she’s talking about, Hae-na deflects, saying he wouldn’t know. She asks whether he’s ever been betrayed by a friend — what would he do?

Tae-yoon: “What can I do? I have to trust them. Maybe I’m simple-minded, but if I trusted someone once, I try to trust them through the end. Many times it turns out that the person wasn’t bad, but that their life circumstances were. Your friend may be the same way. How about giving them another chance? If they earned your trust, they are worth that much. You can always be disappointed afterward.”

She considers his words, and when she arrives home that night and sees Dong-chan in the distance, she says to herself, “I want to trust him.” Yet she isn’t able to trust him the next day, when he steps out to meet somebody; she watches him leave and has him followed.

He’s meeting the loan sharks, and we now learn that Hae-na had agreed to pay off Dong-chan’s debt. The boss intends on also demanding payment from Dong-chan, taking advantage of the fact that Dong-chan and Hae-na are keeping their dealings a secret from each other.

(Note: There’s a TINY point in this scene, which I appreciated because it adds a fun extra layer. The three thugs are playing Go-Stop, and the boss spouts his questionable business ethics proudly as he plays his cards. Without getting into the specifics of the game, let’s just say that he produces an unlucky move where his cards are stuck in limbo until he can claim them on another turn.

A sidekick reminds the boss of Dong-chan’s warning not to mess with Hae-na, and plays a good hand, where he gets to “claim” the boss’s cards. The boss dismisses those concerns while playing his next hand, and gets stuck again. The sidekick, again displaying a hint of ethics, again claims the hand. I dunno, I just thought it was a cute metaphor — bad ethics yields bad hand, good ethics yields good hand.)


The cops burst in, reported by Hae-na. Dong-chan arrives outside the building just in time to see the loan sharks being arrested. He ducks out of view and wonders what’s going on, not seeing Hae-na watching from her car across the street. A police officer hands her a document taken from the loan sharks’ office — it’s Dong-chan’s debt memo, and she rips it up.

Despite the fact that having the thugs out of his hair is a good thing, Dong-chan feels uneasy and tells Eui-joo so. He gets no sympathy from her, though, because she’s overjoyed that someone finally found a way to put the thugs behind bars. (Their specific crimes are not detailed, but we can presume that in their line of work, they have accrued any number of crimes.)

Eui-joo rejoices with her mother, relieved that now Dong-chan can get a new lease on life. All that’s left is to leave Hae-na’s house. At this, Mom balks — the job’s as good as any, so why should he leave? After all, he’ll need a solid job if he wants to get married soon. At this, Eui-joo speaks up — she’s noticed her mother pushing the idea of Dong-chan marrying. Why?

Mom admits it’s because Eui-joo likes Dong-chan, which Eui-joo cannot understand. If Mom likes Dong-chan, how can she oppose them being together? Mom explains that Dong-chan is like a son to her, and she believes he’s a truly good person, wants to take care of him, and hates seeing him suffer. But her daughter is where she draws the line — given his previous profession (and the troublesome baggage attached with that), she cannot give her daughter to him.

Eui-joo is offended and hurt: “No matter what other people say about him, you and I shouldn’t say that.” Furthermore, it’s not like she’s superior to Dong-chan, so her mother’s opposition is unfounded.

Still, Mom remains resolute. Even if people badmouth her, she refuses to budge. So Eui-joo says she’s the same way — she can’t give up on Dong-chan, either.

Dong-chan is called to collect Hae-na from a bar, where she drinks alone. He wonders at her glum mood — he thought she’d made up with Tae-yoon.

Hae-na says that Tae-yoon had lied to her about one thing — she had thought he was a good person and wanted to trust him, but it turns out he’s not who she thought. She’s obviously talking about Dong-chan, trying to prod him into sharing the truth with her as she says, “But if he told me honestly, I would have understood.”

Thinking of his own situation, Dong-chan offers a defense for Tae-yoon, saying, “Even if he wanted to be honest, he may not have been able. … Small wrongs are easily confessed. But with a really big wrong, he could have been afraid of losing you, of never seeing you again.”

Hae-na would like to believe that, but an edge of bitterness creeps into her voice as she says, “I don’t think that at all. Not at all.”

Dong-chan: “Then what would you like Tae-yoon to do?”
Hae-na: “I want him to become honest with me. I want him to tell me everything even now.”

Pretending this was all about Tae-yoon, she asks leadingly, “Is there anything you lied about to me? Like how you told your friends to frighten me back then? Tell me, I’ll forgive you.” She looks to him hopefully… waiting…

Dong-chan: “There’s nothing.”
Hae-na: “There’s really nothing?”
Dong-chan: “There’s nothing.”

That’s disappointing. And infuriating. So when Dong-chan gives Hae-na advice about making up with Tae-yoon, she tells him he’s right: “How is it you understand women so well?” But far from flattering, her tone takes on an edge as she asks, “Is it because you used to be a gigolo?”

Dong-chan is stunned. She explains that his thug buddies filled her in on the truth, then berates herself for being so blind. Angry at herself, Hae-na wonders why she didn’t read the signs, why she was so stupid.

Fighting tears, she tells him, “Jerk. You’re fired.”

Hae-na dashes off to hail a taxi. Dong-chan chases after her but isn’t fast enough.

As he watches her leaving, feeling wretched, Hae-na wipes away tears in the taxi. A montage of their courtship reminds us of the happier times between them.

Su-ah and her father continue to plot Hae-na’s demise. They had broken in to the mansion to steal a look at Hae-na’s files, and now discuss her internet shopping mall proposal, which showcases Hae-na as the fashionable face of the brand (“Follow Kang Hae-na!”). Uncle Chul-gu is unimpressed, but Su-ah thinks the idea is pretty good and may work.

Looking for leverage against Hae-na, Chul-gu instructs his wife Mi-ok to find out what she can about Dong-chan from her rival, Seung-ja. Mi-ok does, and even though Seung-ja sees through her transparent attempt to fish for damning information against Dong-chan, she inadvertently lets a few things slip. For instance, Dong-chan’s weekend activities as church volunteer.

Hae-na makes her presentation and handles the directors’ dismissive reaction well, defending her idea when it is called childish. She is not prepared, however, for Chul-gu’s charge that her idea is unoriginal; he shows the directors the exact same presentation, only bearing Su-ah’s name and image instead. He accuses Hae-na of stealing Su-ah’s proposal, and calls her dishonest and sneaky. Caught completely by surprise, Hae-na has no defense and fumes.

Dong-chan gives Hae-na an earnest pep talk, having stayed in his job despite her attempt to fire him. She insists he leave before she reveals the whole truth to her grandfather, but he calls her on the bluff and offers to tell him himself. He’ll leave when her grandfather returns, no sooner and no later.

Now he urges her not to give up so easily, and says she’s doing a good job — enough so that Su-ah would want to copy her ideas. He’s being sincere, but she looks at him cynically: “This must be why women like you. You act so kind, gentle, and warm.” But she’s not buying his act anymore. (Dong-chan is hurt, but he knows he has no defense and just takes it.)

Tae-yoon drops by Hae-na’s office to take her to lunch, while Dong-chan waits in the lobby, which is where Eui-joo finds him.

As they chat, Dong-chan comments at her sloppy hairstyle and fiddles with it, so when Hae-na and Tae-yoon step into the lobby, they see the two looking pretty cozy (and Tae-yoon again comments on what a good couple they would make). He invites Eui-joo and Dong-chan to join them for lunch, which is, of course, another exercise in awkwardness.

A discussion about Hae-na’s stolen promotion idea leads to mention of Tae-yoon’s job, and what kind of cases he works on. When he answers that he’s helped people against the likes of thieves and gigolos, the other three tense. Hae-na uses that as a chance to needle Dong-chan, saying knowingly that Dong-chan would have made a good gigolo. Hae-na’s accusatory, bitchy tone is directed at Dong-chan, who doesn’t defend himself but gives her an intense look.

After the two couples separate, Eui-joo guesses that Hae-na knows everything and is offended at how she taunted Dong-chan with it at lunch.

Tae-yoon has sensed the weirdness in the air, and when he and Hae-na have tea afterward, he asks her, “What is your relationship with Seo Dong-chan?”

Hae-na finds the question strange and answers that there’s nothing between them, to which Tae-yoon asks, “But do you know you were strange at the restaurant?” He points out how harshly she had spoken to Dong-chan. Last time, it had bothered him to see that they were unusually close, but seeing their weirdness today has him even more bothered.

He also asks whether she forgave her friend, to which she answers, “I want to, but strangely, I find it difficult to.”

That evening, Hae-na calls Dong-chan to meet her, and this time he’s upset to find her at his former host bar.

He doesn’t want to stay here, but she refuses to leave. She’s curious to know what he was like when he worked here, saying that it must have been hard for him to act so nice and silly and foolish with her.

Frustrated with Hae-na’s attitude, he walks away, telling her to do as she pleases. But he turns back, sees her starting to cry, and grabs her out of the booth.

As he drags her down the hallway, she bites his hand to get free, so he whirls her around, holding her against the wall. Hurt at the way she’s been prodding at him all day, he finally bursts out, “What the hell are you doing? How can you be so cruel?” She’d said she wanted to see what he was like as a gigolo — fine, he’ll show her.

Now Dong-chan’s voice is tinged with bitterness: “But are you rich? Because dealing with a bad-tempered, unlikable woman like you will require a lot of money. How much do you have? How much can you put up?!”

His fierce reaction has Hae-na nervous now, and a little scared. She asks what he wants, and he responds, “Be honest with me. Why are you so angry? What do you want?” He lurches toward her, stopping just short of a kiss.

For a moment we wonder if he’s going to kiss her. Both are tense and have tears in their eyes, and Dong-chan’s voice even breaks as he asks, “Is this what you want?”

(ARGGG, this is such a great scene. What is so flippin’ brilliant about this moment is that the tension — between them and with us — isn’t because they’re almost kissing, it’s because they’re almost crying.)

Hae-na closes her eyes, as though she wants that kiss, but she shoves him back instead. Wiping tears away, she walks off.

After a moment, Dong-chan comes back to his senses and runs outside looking for her, but by now he’s lost her.

He heads up and down the sidewalks, searching all over for Hae-na. When he finally finds her, she’s trudging down the street dejectedly. She stops when she registers his presence.

When he speaks, he’s dropped the formality and says her name: “Hae-na.”

They stand staring at each other for a moment, until she turns away, not looking where she’s going. In fact, she walks so blindly that she doesn’t see that she’s in the direct path of an oncoming truck.

Hae-na freezes in shock. Dong-chan grabs her out of harm’s way at the last moment, and then hugs her to him tightly.


The ending scene — grabbing someone out of oncoming traffic as an excuse for a hug — is a scene I have seen many, MANY times over. And yet I think the one in this episode is probably the best one I’ve seen, and it really *got* me in a way that other versions have not.

It’s probably because in the other versions, it really is just a cheap excuse for an embrace. Many times the couple is in the incipient stages of the romance, so the sudden forced proximity makes them aware of their physical attraction. In this scene, however, what I love is how Dong-chan doesn’t use this as an excuse to hug Hae-na. It’s more of a segue to a hug than an excuse for one. Maybe I’m reading too much into the scene, but I could swear there is this very clear, split-second moment when this goes from a “grab out of traffic” exercise to an emotional embrace. Furthermore, given how well these two actors play off each other’s emotional beats, you really feel how much they want to be holding each other right now. Kudos on getting that feeling across — a lot of fluff dramas don’t bother pushing through to make that emotional connection, but I totally felt it here.

Also, what I love is that for once, the vulnerable one in this relationship is also the one in the position of power. Well, both Hae-na and Dong-chan are feeling vulnerable, but it’s Hae-na who’s really feeling raw and taken advantage of, so I see her as the more fragile and tentative character in this dynamic. That’s different, right?


87 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Nike

    T_T… can’t wait to see it

  2. bluelime

    thanks for the recap!! : )

  3. hanjanman

    Super quick recaps! But nope. Sorry JB noona. I’m not reading this until I’ve seen the episode. With subs.

    I’ll be back later.

  4. Carrie

    Holy. Moly. That was one intense scene. And it was so beautiful. I don’t know any other way to describe it. But the emotion between them was stunning. (I have to say it’s a great episode to see after the article about YEH. While I agree with assertions that her acting hasn’t been up to par this series, this episode showed what everyone loves about her… her vunlerability.)

    And GAH to Yoon Sang-huyn. He was amazing, amazing, AMAZING in this scene. I really have no words except to say he moved me immensely in this ep. My fave so far!

  5. yum

    This episode is the best so far!!!!
    YEH and YSH are so awesome. That eyes war scene was giving me a goosebump.
    Their almost crying eyes are so perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YEH brings out the best in her in this episode.
    Love it 🙂

  6. Castle

    wow… i’m first! Thanks JB.. I have to agree with you 100%.

  7. Asian Addict

    Oh no, Taeyoon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What will become of you???

  8. wasabi

    WOw… the acting was so… INTENSE…
    can’t wait for thenext ep 😀
    thanks for the recap!

  9. marty

    Yoon Eun Hye owned this episode!

    When she threw the food and was thowing those nasty tantrums at the dinner table, she was so scary. I felt how hurt she was and all other emotions that she was going through. It gave me goosebumps. To me this episode proved she is a good actress.

    When DC pushed her against the wall and tears started running down her cheeks, her acting was so excellent, I was a total mess,

  10. 10 bazinga

    honestly, your recaps are as riveting as the episode! GOOD JOB!

  11. 11 ockoala

    MFL has finally arrived! More than halfway into the drama, and the long anticipated emotional connection between Dong-Chan and Hae-Na has unquestionably arrived. And this is one couple whose attraction and emotional vulnerability with each other is palpable, from the first scene to the OMG last scene, my heart would constrict and I would feel a tingle in my belly each time there was a DC-HN scene. And that’s what I am talking about and asking for – a lead couple that shows emotional connection with each other, whether mad, sad, happy, we can sense and connect with their feelings being portrayed. I am so excited for episode 10, this is old-school k-drama love done right, even the cliche grab-hug from oncoming traffic scene.

    Oh, Yoon Sang-Hyun, you’ve just made me need a dunk in a cold bucket with your hotness and emotional eye-acting. And Missy Yoon Eun Hye, bravura performance as a confused girl who can’t understand why she is so angry and hurt by DC’s deception when he’s supposed to be just her BUTLER. Hae-Na – word to the wise – you and him, it’s not heiress-butler, and everyone and their great-grandmothers can tell. Sigh, poor Tae Yoon, probably his bird’s nest of a hairstyle is slowing down his perceptive and cognitive abilities, cuz he’s still not 100% there yet with only the suspicion of what is woefully obvious to one and all.

    And let’s not forget MCW, that screencap of her with tears, jeez, she’s an amazingly expressive actress, just the right blend of frustration, anger and sadness all rolled into one.

    This episode is what we need more of, please continue with the goodness.

  12. 12 Nom_Kitteh

    The last ten minutes were so freaking badass. OMG. Sooooooo goooooood. YSH was soooooooooooooooooooooo goooooooooooooooooood. DC looked so hurt, so pained, so vulnerable, so lonely, so wanting of HN’s understanding and patience.

    I am so glad that there was no kiss here! These are two hurting and hurt people. They needed to hold each other, and when they did, damn, I could finally exhale.



    P.S.: I want go on and on and on about this episode but have to head to bed for a long of work tomorrow. But, sigh, my throat hurts — like I need to cry or something.

    Love the feeling.

  13. 13 SITTIE

    like it JB.it was so emotional scene,these two had a fantastic and a dynamic acting ability to show as more on upcoming episode…..MFL CAST FIGHTING!

  14. 14 MEIKO**** ^-^

    omo. omo, omo!!!!

    have to watch this now!!!!

    thanks javab…been waiting for this….

    be right back!

  15. 15 icyprincess

    This episode is so good. YEH was doing great!
    Especially the scene when DC inched his mouth towards hers, I could see all her emotions of anger, hurt and confusion in just such a short while.
    Her eyes are so expressive. She should seriously consider a melodrama for her next project.

    I don’t mind HN & DC’s kiss. I just wish there’s a kiss between HN & TY too.

  16. 16 Surf City chick

    Yahoo….this is really getting good. The first couple of episodes, I was ready to give up but now I can’t wait for the next epi.

    Thank you for your recap – I really appreciate it.

  17. 17 cinderella

    I gotta say, the first few episodes were definitely a flop for Yoon Eun Hye. However, she and Yoon Sang Hyun have proven to us how amazing actors they are. This has got to be the best episode so far!

  18. 18 teehee

    so to address YEH’s speech problem, director and scriptwriter decided to use her eyes to speak for her. maybe in the future YEH should take on non-speaking roles so that she wouldn’t be slammed for her enunciation problems. just let her eyes do all the talking.

  19. 19 paria

    thank you

  20. 20 jackieee

    I have to say, the tesion was SUPER palpable during those last few scenes. Best episode yet! I really hope they keep up the solid pace that they’ve found.

    (After this episode, I don’t think many people can gripe about Yoon Eun-Hye’s acting.. :D)

  21. 21 anna

    Poor Tae-yoon, I hope DC and HN relationship or whatever they plan on having will not happen while she’s still dating TY. That poor boy will have his heart broken.. just don’t let him being cheated on.

  22. 22 Shia

    i can feel my eyes watering too… (*sniff*)

  23. 23 jae-sama

    Thanks a bunch for the recap JB!

    MFL is totally getting better these days… JOY! a lot of raw emotion mixed with confusion, frustration ahhhh great stuff… the hallway scene had me holding my breath right up till the end of the episode… they really are a bunch of talented actors… Umm Jung-Il-Woo… no doubt about his gorgeous self but as an actor he isnt really doing much, nor is he given much to do anyhow a bit of eye-candy doesn’t hurt anyone now does it?, anywho MCW shes a good cryer, if you saw her breakdown scene with her mom in Brilliant Legacy you can’t deny her awesomeness at crying…

    ooh yeah really appreciate the speedy recap too…

    Mad Love for ya JB!

  24. 24 E

    this was definitely my favorite episode ~ the drama is really coming together right now. LOVE Yoon Sang Hyun~~~~I’m waiting for their kiss scene haha…but don’t know if anything can top Coffee Prince’s episode 10 haha

  25. 25 andie

    OMG! i was swept by the scenes…
    seeing this episode, i don’t think THEY(netizens who were criticizing YEH’s acting) have the right to throw negative criticism to her…
    the best so far… i can’t wait for the next episode…
    a million thanks JB…!

  26. 26 lala25

    Thanks for the recap I have just come back after watching the episode. My god, unbelivablly delicious episode too all the haters out there YEH hit it out of the park. I don’t think anyone will doubt her acting ability after that episode. YSH we are all not worthy, what an amazing actor. Really enjoyng this series can’t wait for tomorrow.

  27. 27 wowed!

    Wow I was really impressed with Yoon Eun Hye’s range of emotion and acting, so much so that it totally took me by surprise.

    I have to make a confession…Yoon Eun Hye fans pls dont kill me:( I was among those people who thought she didn’t know how to act. And in my mind, she’s only good in comedy *ducks and hide* but after today’s episode, I completely respect her as an actress & recognize her talent. I now see, why she got those acting awards…but I really wish that for her next project she will take a melo-drama or heavy drama, coz she was amazing in her emotional scenes. No more comedy please!

  28. 28 John

    Yup! The interaction between those two is great! I feel sorry for the other characters in the “love quadrangle”, because you know they haven’t got a snowball’s chance in hell of getting the guy/girl.

    BTW: Nice choice of screen shots! 😉

  29. 29 vitarelle

    haven’t seen the episode yet. ysh is ok in serious roles, but he’s not cutting it in comedy, no matter how he tries hard he doesn’t come off as funny to me. so even if he’s getting rave reviews for his heart wrenching expressions here, i’m not liking him any better. i still think he’s a miscast, he looks such an ahjussi to be yeh’s love interest, one of the reason for low ratings. and they thought sabotaging il woo’s looks would sway the viewers to dong chan! i’m all for hae na-tae yoon all the way!!!!

  30. 30 sandry

    thank you for the recap dramabeans!
    us non-Korean speakers are forever thankful for your recaps and insights.

    I love YEH, and I really think she is the best out of ALL the singer-turned-actresses.
    For an actress who has had no formal training or appearances here and there, she is a natural actress. Of course everyone has their flaws, but her flaw is something can be easily fixed, but her talents are God-given talents.

    I love you YEH!

  31. 31 carrigy

    YEH has awesome talents as an actress!

    The girl can act with her eyes alone, she absolutely owned episode 9!

  32. 32 christine

    thanking JB first then back to reading….hehehe^__^

  33. 33 JUST ME!

    i dont’t know! Really! This drama really cant hold my attention so far!

  34. 34 christine

    OH MY EFFIN GAWD…. that was a super intense scene (to think the basis of my opinion is JB’s screen recap…) can’t wait to watch it… maybe i need a kleenex tissue on my side while watching this episode…

  35. 35 christine

    and i think YEH is really a great actor…. the almost crying scene between HN and DC is just superb….

  36. 36 Anonymous


  37. 37 Anonymous

    why all of you agaist taeyoon you are jerks and donkeys what are you like about this dumb actor ysh he is old bad stupid and some animals say he is hot sexy i think they are blind he is her servant and abad person why you forget this how can she leave the lawyer which is perfect cute for her servant and some stupides say lawyer love fake hyna you are wrong she change because of him not the other who change her and if any donkey girl from you found one like him and love him will she show him her bad temper or she will do like hyna so stop saying nonsense

  38. 38 yehfighting

    this episode shows how much yeh really put in effort and how she was so into her character. i think she answered her criticism through this episode. anyway eun hye unni fighting dont cry.

  39. 39 Atsirk


    Waahh…I can’t wait to read your recaps for tonight’s episode.

    Kudos, Javabeans 🙂

  40. 40 belleza

    Yeah . . . I’m going to be a dissenting opinion here. The episode was fine, but I thought I was watching a different show. The story points are there, but it just seemed like the writers decided to turn the show suddenly into a melodrama. The script and direction were not on the same page in a few places. Radical shift in tone, it almost felt like I was watching a middle episode of the Snow Queen.

    I also felt both YSH and YEH struggled with consistency in their characters. Hye-na’s temper seems to float from episode to episode, depending on what the director wants YEH to do. I had a difficult time empathizing with Hye-na’s confusion, because drawing from past episodes, her character was suddenly acting a proper adult with real trust issues. And Dong-chan’s mix of innate silliness and quiet sensitivty was replaced with something close to brooding and stern.

    I don’t know — for me, it felt off and I couldn’t connect with it. I also started thinking how the show might have been if it was conceived completely as a melodrama. YEH did a really nice all episode conveying somebody who’s waiting for somebody else . . . and waiting . . . and waiting . . . Her nervous agitation throughout the episode was pretty well done. But again, I thought she had some problems locating the vulnerability and ache in her character’s temper, again because I think the show has struggled figuring out how bitchy Hye-na should be.

    Jung Il Woo played Tae Yoon’s jealousy and suspicions beautifully. TY knows he may be the 3rd wheel, and his attitude toward Hye-na changes palpably in this episode. He senses he could get hurt, and he’s trying to provide an out for Hye-na. In his very limited screentime, I thought he did the best.overall.

    Loved the bar scenes in this show, and in for me, I think Hye-na and Dong-chan boozing it up is really the common chain in the show. They fight; they annoy each other; they drink and make up. Rinse the glasses and repeat. Here, they don’t make up, and it’s like their bond as “drinking buddies” has been violated.

  41. 41 dimpler

    i just love this drama from episode one up to now,they excess on my expect,those expression from yoon eun hye was exceed on my fantasy….good luck to all the cast and thanks JB again for the recap……

  42. 42 lilly

    YEH emo cries well….yeah we knew it nothing new.
    YSH is the show stealer in this episode for me.
    MCW is not bad too.

  43. 43 tuesdhei

    swept me all the way…. love this episode and again thanks javabeans for the recap!

  44. 44 westar

    nice .thanks

  45. 45 MEIKO**** ^-^

    finally done watching! Had to wait, wait, wait for the videos…

    I agree, the episodes are getting intense!

    aahhh…love Haena and DC very much now! but I also love Haena and TY!… oto ke?!?!

    mmm… right now, am so into DC and Haena, and whatever others say, I still feel they look good together, no matter how old he looks. Besides he is hot, especially when he looks stern and anguished…and this has nothing to do with JIW’s Lego-toy Hair. JIW does look more handsome, taller, and better with YEH (lego hair and all), but SYH is definitely a competition, his expressions are heartbreaking, and his close-ups are very cute and boyish, and his lips are yummy… lol!

    Gosh! those “eye to eye-fights” and that near-kiss were intense… *giggling* Made me mumbled, ” geez, just kiss her already and relieve some of those tension man!!” LOL!!!

    and I agree, JlW’s acting is getting better too… i can now see sense of humor, stern, cloudy and suspicious expressions from his ever-BEAUTIFUL-yumyum face!
    Am just waiting for his screen time and near-kisses too…hahaha!!


  46. 46 Ben


    Your reading through their actions is awesome. I feel, if you try in drama field, You will be a good screenplay writer and also good director.

    Also, your English is very good.

    Good job and keep it up.


  47. 47 estelle

    Brilliant episode. Brilliant recap. Thank you Javabeans.

  48. 48 sugarpunch

    the scenes are great. this story is great. but there is one problem that keeps nagging at me. YEH’s hairstyle is too flat this time. with the slightly middle parting it flattens. she should have fringe! sigh. but this ep is definitely the best. it’s just….. the flat hair.

  49. 49 Raina

    Oh please bring Tae Yoon back into the picture! They’re a much better fit.
    Yoon Sang Hyun should have played HaeNa’s uncle instead…

    Lee MinKi would have been a perfect choice for the DC role.

  50. 50 Zuru

    Well, I totally agree that this ep is the best one so far, from how the story develops (the gangster issue is done fast, and reasonably, thankfully – I hate it when in many dramas, the problem of gangster-thingy is nurtured from ep to ep -_-), to how the feelings of both leading actors grows – especially Hye-na’s.

    At first, Hyena was so shocked and so confused to the point that for a while as if her feelings was numbed – she didn’t know anymore how she herself should have felt. That partly explains why Hye-na could handle that rationally and patiently with the gangsters. And then, she slowly realized that among the mess of all the emotions bottled up inside her heart, there were bitterness and painfulness.

    A series of events following, on one hand were paralle with the development of Hye-na’s emotional outburst, on the other hand pushed her further to the re-discovery and analysis of her own relationship with Dong-chan: the talk at the bar, the tearful taxi screen, the trouble at Kangsan group, the straight-to-the-point question of Tae-yoon . Finally, when Hye-na was too hurt but still couldn’t figure out what was (or were?) the real name (or names?) of her hurt – she decided to continue to rub salt into her own wound by reaffirming the bitter fact that Dong-chan is a gigolo – the club scene.

    Hye-na’s extreme hurt was expressed so persuasively during the almost-cry-almost-kiss moment – this reminded me of the hurt that I felt from Han-Kuyl when he discovered the truth about Eunchan at Ep.11 of Coffee Prince. So deep, so bad, so terrible, so speechless.

    yeah… more than words… that’s what we describe our satisfaction about this ep.

    However, My Fair Lady in a big picture, in my opinion, is flawed seriously. All 4 actors/actresses are excellent: the problem is the script and direction. I mean, the structure of the whole story is unstably founded. The script writer seems to not trully understand his/her characters and thus cannot find out the logic that should have been shown in each character’s behavior and reaction – this is particularly true in the case of Hye-na. And then the director, for not understanding the characters as well, cannot instruct the actors to go in the right way. (I emphasize once again, this is my opinion on all the eps so far, not on this single ep 9). Therefore, though there are some wonderful moments of each character, take MCW’s sincere delivery of crying scences or emotional scenes of YEH, for example, all details in the whole story, so far, seem to be disconnected, regrettably.
    Moreover, due to this flaw in script, sometimes, no, many times, actors cannot show their best. I heard (and read) that JIW and YSH are incredible actors – this is the first drama of theirs that I ever watched – however, I still can’t see yet how good they are, hmm…

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