Drama Recaps
You’re Beautiful: Episode 1
by | October 8, 2009 | 193 Comments

A few things about You’re Beautiful:

  1. Trademark Hong sisters comedy. In my book, this is a good thing.
  2. Yes, it goes overboard a little. But because of the abundant sense of humor, this lands it in corny-awesome territory for me, not corny-embarrassing.
  3. Jang Geun-seok (and the rest of the group, actually) is perfectly cast.
  4. Park Shin-hye is ADORABLE. So is Lee Hong-ki.
  5. I think I have found my drama crack for the year.

 
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CHARACTERS & BACKGROUND

GO MI-NYEO (Park Shin-hye) is a young apprentice nun who has lived at a convent ever since she was brought there as an orphan. Because of her strict upbringing, Mi-nyeo speaks very formal Korean, which is doubly cute when placed in real-world situations because it’s so stilted. It’s like in Soulmate, where the Yu-jin character spoke in hyper-elevated honorifics, resulting in a quaint effect.

Despite her sweet nature and good intentions, Mi-nyeo constantly ends up causing trouble. You practically expect the nuns to burst out singing, “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” For instance, during mass (for which she was late), she spies a girl watching something on her mini TV player and nicely asks her to put it away. The brat ignores her and resists, and Mi-nyeo tries to pry the player out of the girl’s hands. This leads to a brief struggle, and the player skids out of her grasp and slides across the floor — but now that it’s unplugged, it blares loud pop music in the middle of service.

The girl was watching a concert of the country’s top idol group, A.N.JELL, a three-member boy band led by HWANG TAE-KYUNG (Jang Geun-seok).

Tae-kyung is surly and cynical, constantly walking around with a frown on his face. He seems to take his music very seriously, and there’s the hint that he may want to move away from the idol stuff and onto more thoughtful fare. In any case, his constant pessimism contrasts starkly with the good-natured personalities of his two bandmates.

We don’t know much about their backgrounds, but the character profile lists JEREMY (member of pop-rock band FT Island Lee Hong-ki) as a Korean-British gyopo. He’s also very outgoing, upbeat, and quirky. (He kind of reminds me of Heechul if he were crossed with Ha-rim (“My Chan!”) of Coffee Prince.) Very cute.

KANG SHIN-WOO (Jung Yong-hwa) is the more level-headed one, the calm middle ground between Jeremy’s energy and Tae-kyung’s emo-ism. He’s perceptive and kind.

The band name “A.N.JELL” plays off the “angel” motif, but is pronounced “ay-en-jell,” since their management company is called A.N. Agency. They are managed by AHN SUNG-CHAN (Jung Chan!).

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

The problem with A.N.JELL is that Tae-kyung, their lead singer, is having issues with vocal health, and has been advised to refrain from live singing. He is pissed off to have been forced to lip-sync the concert and he doesn’t take kindly to this medical opinion, muttering, “What good is a singer who doesn’t sing?” (This is our first indication that despite his group’s fluffy image, he’s pretty serious about being a singer. I can respect that.)

Manager Ahn Sung-chan announces that the group cannot handle the tough vocals in their current state, and is therefore bringing in another vocalist — he’s found an exciting fourth member.

Mi-nyeo is relegated once again to cleaning chores in punishment for disrupting mass. As she cleans off a statue of David (covering it with a towel for modesty, LOL!), she is observed at a distance by MA HOON-YI (Kim In-kwon).

He follows Mi-nyeo as she takes a scooter out on an errand, and stops her. His behavior is odd — he stares at her face intently and murmurs things to himself like, “It looks so similar” — and creeps her out, so she knocks him down and flees.


Now realizing he has to make his case clear, he chases again, shouting out, “I’m here about Go Mi-nam! You know, your older twin brother!” Mi-nyeo finally stops when Hoon-yi tells her Mi-nam has been in an accident.

He introduces himself as Mi-nam’s manager, and gets down on his knees to beg her help: “Please stand in for Mi-nam!”

He explains that he only needs her to do one simple thing: Sign some papers. Her brother is out of commission but has just been given the chance of a lifetime, and they can’t let it slip away. They need to sign the contracts, and since Mi-nam can’t go in person, all she needs to do is sign for him.

This takes her to the A.N. Agency offices, where a crowd of fans camps out to get a glimpse of their idols. Some of them regard Mi-nyeo jealously, thinking her nun’s habit is a costume to get the group’s attention. They’ve all stuck to the angel motif, and sigh that she was more creative. The girl on the right is SAYURI (Friend, Our Legend‘s Bae Geu-rin), who I suspect will be hilariously funny as the fanatic fan-club president.

Just then, the idols make their appearance, sending the girls screaming toward their arriving van.

Rock star strut!

Enthralled, Mi-nyeo watches the trio walk in slo-mo, thinking to herself that she has found three real-life angels (to rival her statue garden). The guys each notice her as they pass — Tae-kyung with a sneer, Shin-woo with interest, and Jeremy with adorable willingness to sign her paper A.N.JELL fan.

Hoon-yi takes Mi-nyeo aside and gives her some clothing to put on for her brief impersonation. Timidly, she wears the clothing and is greeted enthusiastically by Sung-chan, who welcomes her to the group. She nervously signs the contract.

Tae-kyung bursts in and examines this unwanted new member with contempt. He jeers, “Are you so great?” He’s been told Mi-nam has a wonderful voice, but Tae-kyung won’t believe it until he has heard it for himself.

He grabs Mi-nyeo and drags her off to the adjacent studio, where his teammates are, and locks the door. (Managers Hoon-yi and Sung-chan chase after them and bang on the window to no avail.)

Tae-kyung thrusts some music at her and tells her to sing. It doesn’t matter if (s)he signs a hundred contracts; if (s)he doesn’t satisfy him, he will never accept him(her) as a member.

Unsettled, Mi-nyeo has to keep silent to avoid giving herself away, but Jeremy and Shin-woo find nothing wrong with the suggestion, and they wait expectantly.

Mi-nyeo tries to figure out what to do, and the longer she stands there silently, the more contemptuous Tae-kyung becomes. He takes her inaction for concession, and starts to tear up the contract —

— until suddenly everyone freezes at the sound of a high, pure voice. Mi-nyeo starts singing the religious choral selection “Panis Angelicus” (this song). Her voice is high and falsetto, but that’s sort of the point, given the whole group’s angel motif — her voice is certainly angelic. Even Tae-kyung has to recognize that it’s very good, and everyone gapes speechlessly.

Tae-kyung doesn’t admit defeat, but turns away wordlessly — it’s as much of a concession as you’re going to get out of him. Jeremy, the most outgoing of the bunch, calls her amazing and says (s)he gave him goosebumps. He says that Tae-kyung has accepted her, so they’re a team now.

Even Hoon-yi is wowed — looks like the vocal skills run in the family, since she’s just as good as Mi-nam. Mi-nyeo is relieved that the charade is over and is ready to go home, as she is leaving in a week’s time for Rome. She’s transferring to a convent there.

Hoon-yi is horrified — she can’t go! She has to impersonate Mi-nam for a month, and there’s an upcoming press conference on the weekend, too. When she declines, he bursts out, “Mi-nam cannot close his eyes!”

Now he spills the whole story, blaming himself — he had suggested that Mi-nam have minor cosmetic work done, but the doctor botched the surgery and now his eyes are messed up. He’s actually off in the States to get correctional surgery, and needs one month to recover.

She feels sorry, but sticks to her guns and refuses.

Back at the convent, the Mother Superior senses Mi-nyeo is feeling conflicted, and asks if something is wrong with Mi-nam. Mi-nyeo answers that she has helped as much as she can, but it’s her lot to be a nun — that’s God’s will.

The nun asks what her own will is, and Mi-nyeo doesn’t have a ready answer. She thinks and replies, “I’ve lived at the convent since I was very young, and I’ve never even thought about being something other than a nun like you.” The nun advises, “You have more time ahead of you to see more things, and think deeper thoughts.” Furthermore, she reminds Mi-nyeo that no human can be totally certain of God’s will.

It’s a nice conversation, sort of reminiscent of The Sound of Music, because Mi-nyeo is still young and the nun senses that this may not be her calling. I think Mi-nyeo has stayed at the convent out of habit more than religious conviction, and the nun reminds her that she has more living to do.

Still, Mi-nyeo is fixated on Rome, and heads to the airport the day before the press conference. The A.N.JELL guys are also at the airport (doing their Reservoir Dogs strut) to head to Japan for a one-day set of interviews.

Regarding their new member, Jeremy guesses, “Tae-kyung still seems to hate the idea, doesn’t he?” Shin-woo answers, “He hates everything anyway.”

Tae-kyung heads off to grab some coffee, and runs into Mi-nyeo. When he crouches to retrieve her fallen plane ticket (as she grabs his dropped mp3 player), she realizes who it is. Suddenly scared she will be found out, she dashes off before he can recognize her as the impostor.

Too bad Tae-kyung now has her plane ticket, and he follows her through the terminal to return it. Panicking, Mi-nyeo hides and remains out of sight, while Tae-kyung tries to spot her in the crowd. This is awkward for him, too, since he has to keep his face hidden to avoid drawing notice.

Unfortunately, she realizes belatedly that she has dropped her ticket and picked up his mp3 player. Furthermore, when Tae-kyung tells Shin-woo and Jeremy of his run-in, they agree that a nun’s ticket should be returned, and decide to look for her.

Thus when Mi-nyeo sees Shin-woo and Jeremy trying to approach her, she scampers away. She runs one way, then another, trying to keep Tae-kyung in her sights but out of everyone else’s view. She’s surrounded by persistent idol boys! (Ah, if only we all had such luck.)

She’s in quite the predicament and her flight time is approaching. Finally, Tae-kyung sees that the plane departure time has arrived, and gives up.

Mi-nyeo deflates. What now?

(This airport sequence is absurd and over-the-top, but in a good way. It did a great job with the suspense because I really thought she was going to succeed somehow — and it wasn’t until it was over that I remembered, “Oh yeah, she can’t succeed because then she’d have to go to Rome!”)

Sitting alone in the terminal, Mi-nyeo picks up Tae-kyung’s mp3 player and finds A.N.JELL music on it. She turns it on and listens to a nice ballad, featuring Tae-kyung’s voice.

Mi-nyeo sinks into sadness as she flashes back to her encounter with Hong-yi, who had asked desperately, “Do you know why Mi-nam wants to sing? It’s because he wanted to find his mother. He said he had to sing because if he did, your mother would come back!”

This brings back painful memories of growing up at the orphanage, where she and Mi-nam were mocked by the other kids as beggars for being abandoned by their mother. She had cried, “Are we really beggars?” Acting the big bro (in Korea, twins still observe birth order), Mi-nam had yelled, “No! They said our dad is a great musician, and our mom is a famous singer! If I become a famous singer too, I can find Mom!”

It’s surprisingly touching. Mi-nyeo sheds a tear and wonders, “Is this your will, too? Where should I go?”

Press conference day.

The reminder of Mi-nam’s motivation has made Mi-nyeo reconsider — she doesn’t want to impersonate her brother, but she understands that this is a very important dream to him, and if she can help, she will help. As the reporters arrive for the big reveal, Mi-nyeo puts away her nun’s habit and cuts her hair. She binds her chest and dons Mi-nam’s outfit, steeling her nerves for this transformation.

When her name is announced, she makes her grand entrance. (Tae-kyung, naturally, sulks.) At home, a glamorous woman watches this on television and drinks, saying dispassionately, “It’s that child. Does he really resemble me?”

And so, Mi-nyeo moves in to the mansion and marvels at its luxuries. Deciding to return Tae-kyung’s mp3 player, she sneaks into his lavish room and searches for a place to hide it (so he’ll think he just left it there).

Tae-kyung comes in unexpectedly, forcing her to sneak into the bathroom. He’s a neat freak and can tell someone’s been in his room, and heads suspiciously into the bathroom, where he finds Mi-nyeo. Nervous, she stammers and hits a button on the toilet, which spews water at her. She shrieks as water soaks her, and he asks sardonically, “Are you showering with the bidet?”

Annoyed, he lays out some ground rules: Don’t touch him. Don’t barge into his room uninvited. Don’t touch his things. Mi-nyeo apologizes and hurries away.

After she leaves, he checks out the toilet: “The bidet is more dangerous than I thought. I’d better be careful.”

Manager Sung-chan throws a party at a club to welcome Mi-nam to the group. Hoon-yi tries to keep the champagne away from her, but she tries it curiously and is soon drinking refill after refill. (I LOVE Tae-kyung’s angry pout; he’s such a grumpypants.)

By the time she stumbles to the bathroom, she’s totally wasted. As she staggers down the hall, she very cutely asks the wall, “Please stay still.”

Shin-woo finds her and suggests she unbutton her shirt, since she’s sweating. She panics and says no, so he suggests she get some air on the roof, then.

Mi-nyeo drunkenly makes her way to the roof, enjoying the fresh air. Of course, this is where Tae-kyung has retreated for some time to himself, and he doesn’t enjoy having his quiet time invaded. But he does step in to yank her away from the railing — it’s dangerous — and sees her gagging. He grabs a cup for her to vomit in, but it’s too small, so he yanks the flower out of a flowerpot and gives it to her.

Afterward, she feels a lot better and takes in more of the air, just as Jeremy and Shin-woo join them on the roof.

Jeremy comments, “He’s pretty unique.” Shin-woo adds, “I think things are going to get interesting.” Tae-kyung rains on the parade: “We’ll have to wait and see whether it’ll turn into fun or disaster.”

They all look on in alarm as Mi-nyeo sways dangerously on the bench, and starts to lose her balance.

They rush at her, and as she freezes, in that split second she thinks, “Mother Superior, I dreamt a very strange dream.”

She imagines herself floating down from a bright sky with the three boys in the statue garden. She walks by them in turn, as they look at her in wonder.

Mi-nyeo basks in dream-sunlight and thinks, “Have I gone and come back from heaven?”

As she slowly wakes in the morning, she wonders, “Am I still in heaven?”

 
COMMENTS

After a year of disappointing trendies like Boys Before Flowers, Triple, My Fair Lady, and Heading to the Ground, I’m excited to have one that just might actually work. For the first time in a long while, the first episode was not only entertaining but also made me feel excited.

The Hong sisters have their faults, but they are very good with story, and with finding the bits of angst and emotion within an otherwise peppy, funny, zippy plot. What I enjoy about all their dramas is that they can do the dramatic moments well, but they don’t rely on melodrama. They’ve also gotten much better about not dragging out the plot with contrived conflicts, and when they make use of cliches, it’s often to poke fun at them. Their dramas do film in the live shoot system, but I’ve read interviews where they explain that they lock themselves up for days at a time to hammer out the story, so I have faith that they do think of the future plot as they write.

Also: FINALLY! Jang Geun-seok is cast in something I like him in! I think he’s a talented actor who has not made full use of his skills in the past, but for the first time I’m actually into his character. He may not fully embrace his pretty image, but I think he’s spot-on perfect for this role.

The other two guys — Lee Hong-ki, Jung Yong-hwa — are well-cast too, but if we’re being honest their acting skills are serviceable, but not outstanding. (Lee Hong-ki’s character is very exaggerated, but in a charming way, while I think Jung Yong-hwa is a little less natural,) But thank goodness Jang Geun-seok can ACT. And Mi-nyeo is so pure and sweet that she’s the perfect foil for cynical, embittered Tae-kyung.

(Note: I think I’m going to get VERY sick of this “I Will Promise You” song by the series’ end, but for now I like it. Similar to T-Max’s “Paradise,” it’s very catchy. I think it was a good casting call to hire an actor who looks like an idol and can sing — I’m very glad they didn’t do the reverse and hire an idol star to act. Really, there are few actors who are equally suited to the task. Lee Min-ki, maybe, but Jang is younger and “prettier.”)

As a girl, Park Shin-hye is adorably innocent, and there’s a recurring gag that whenever someone refers to her as “Sister” or “nun,” she corrects them by saying, “I’m not actually a full nun yet…” (It’s like The Office‘s “Assistant manager/Assistant TO the manager.”) But when she’s posing as a guy, her innocence makes for an interesting dynamic. The same actions coming from a nun (apprentice) take on a different, oddball charm when coming from a trendy male pop star. It gives (Fake) Mi-nam a certain “yupgi” appeal.

 
THE VERDICT

Cute and fun!

I liked You’re Beautiful enough to check how many episodes it would be, hoping for a larger number. Apparently it says the drama is set to be “16 or 20 episodes,” which indicates flexibility. Given the tentatively positive response, I’m going to guess there’s a good chance it’s 20.

You’re Beautiful, you were much better than I was expecting. Please don’t fail me now!

 
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193 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. 2cents

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I LOVE YOU FOR RECAPPING THIS!

    It is my new crack too! I hope it does well.

  2. asianromance

    thank you so much for the recap! i won’t be able to watch it until next week so the recap is helping my craving! i love all the mockery of the industry- the crazy fans and her brother getting eyelid surgery! and the part about the twins’ mother =*(

  3. peanut butter

    thats certainly good news. i just could not bring myself to finish or start any of the trendy dramas you listed. but this one has jb’s approval so i might just try it!

  4. dangermousie

    I am so glad you are recapping this!

    I loved the first episode – this might be the drama to get me out of my drama slump. It’s hilariously silly but it doesn’t feel as if it’s full of aliens, robots, or other beings that do not act recognizably human (my problem with a lot of ‘silly’ dramas).

    Plus, JGS’ character is such a hilarious diva!

  5. Lk7

    Yes finally a fun drama this year that you think is good enough for us to watch. BOF was rubbish, MFL has been so mediocre that its insulting so im glad. I was wandering if Korea was gonna its version of Hana Kimi so I guess I got my answer.

  6. Sparrow

    Thank you so much for the recap.

    I totally agree with you that this is how you do a trendy drama. It strike a very nice ballance between the comdey and the drama. And although it seemed at first like a rehash of Coffee Prince, I am very pleased that they are not treading the same familiar path:-)

  7. xiahkixiri

    Okay Dear Lord I am SO looking forward to this. Read the intro+comments, will watch and then come back and read later. BBF went downhill, MFL I didn’t bother with, it’s made me pay a lot more attention to the writing in dramas, which I barely thought about before, at least not this consciously, worrying about it for every single drama. But, Hong Sisters, YAY. YAYAYAYAY.

  8. jackieee

    yes!! i’m with ya JB. something light and fun is definitely appealing right now, and I hope the Hong sisters don’t disappoint!

  9. Atsirk

    I LOVE THIS DRAMA :) SOMETHING TO WATCH AFTER MFL!!!

    Thanks Javabeans :))

  10. 10 ockoala

    You’re Beautiful is sooooo good so far, I devoured every second of it. Thanks for the recap JB, you’re amazing, as always. Hong sisters good crack is the best crack drama there is, IMHO.

    JGS doesn’t look as greasy or effete in the actual drama, more Jinki-level divalicious, but prickly, so me loves! And Park Shin-hye – can we say hella yes for adorable, two points for nailing the part, and three cheers for having great chemistry so far with JGS. PSH is not overacting a la GHS in BBF, I’m so thankful, I just want to pinch her cheeks.

    And the other two guys are just right in their roles, which are both really cute characters. Now I have this and IRIS to watch in realtime, so excited.

  11. 11 sue

    omg. just reading the preview to this recap makes me wanna download and watch right away!!! can’t wait!

  12. 12 Kaishing

    i agree!!! this drama was MUCH better than expected! i thought ep. 2 was good as well!

    but the ratings aren’t that great. :(..and IRIS is going to air next week…i wonder what SBS could be thinking..putting this drama in the same time slot…

  13. 13 dw4p

    Yes – it was oh so very cute!
    And I like the ethereal fantasy quality. I hope they keep incorporating it into the drama.
    I was also getting a bit sick of the song Promise (especially listening to it a 1000 times to try to translate the lyrics.) But it’s not the title track, so hopefully it’ll be used more sparingly…
    But I really like the use of the song “Without a word” in the airport scene though. It thought it did a good job of bringing out her angst…
    Overall, a very enjoyable watch with a lot of good over-the-top cuteness. There was a lack of stuff to watch these days but I’m glad for this (and for Smile, You which I’ve enjoyed.)

  14. 14 Rika

    Thanks for the recap. I kept refreshing your page all day yesterday… happy to see it..

  15. 15 snuffythemonkey

    You have NO idea how excited I was for this drama until I read your review. Now I keep squealing and am absolutely dying to watch this drama. Ooooohhhh! It is almost agony. But thank you, thank you, thank you for recapping it and making the anticipation that much sweeter.

    All the better with JB’s stamp of approval. Green light everyone! On your mark, get set, and GOOOOO!

  16. 16 erv

    yes thank you so much javabeans!!
    finally!! a drama that we can look forward to!!
    wheeee!!!!!!!!!!!
    hope u continue to recap this!
    hehe

  17. 17 retsnom_Adedekutsu

    Yay. Glad to read it’s better than what Javabeans is expecting. ^^ Thanks, Javabeans.

  18. 18 mookie

    I’m not a diehard Hong sisters’ fan, but considering everything else out there in this genre these yrs their dramas are at the very least entertaining and do not dumb down too bad.

    and yes finally, we got our crack. :) It gives me a smile with just the fact that PSH is adorably cute without OTT. What a relief!! I have never seen her works (not counting StH), it’s refreshing.

    I agree they r all perfectly cast. nth is bugging out like a sore thumb (*cough* KHJ). Hong Ki actually reminds me of a prettier Toma @ Hanakimi, but I find him even more adorable than his usual FTIsland persona here. He’ll be my new pedocrush.

  19. 19 peachys2sleep

    thanks for the recap! what’s a live shoot system?

  20. 20 Chocolatetetree

    AHhhhhhhhh… it sounds so good! I WANT TO WATCH IT SO BADLY NOW.

    ><

    Thank you for the amazing recap Dramabeans!!!

  21. 21 Emi

    I really enjoyed episode 1! It was so fun and silly. I can’t wait to watch more! I did notice that at least 2 of the background music tracks were borrowed from the Cowboy Bebop anime. Do they get authorization for that?

    I thought JGS was adorably tsundere! I love the grumpy ones…

  22. 22 amhrancas

    “Paradise” ugh *shudders*

    But YEA!!! this one sounds like it just may (maybe) be the winner? The last half of the semester always needs at least one good crack drama to carry me through… *fingers crossed*

    Thank you so much for the recap!!

  23. 23 Rainey

    Yay!

    There’s still hope for 2009.

  24. 24 Lisa

    I was hoping you would recap this!

    I loved the first episode. It was full of crack and potential awesomeness. Shin Hye was so adorable and I am so glad because I don’t think I can watch another drama where I hated the main character again (BOF).

    Hongki was my crush before all of this – he still is.

  25. 25 Jihwan

    I really like the Hong sisters as well but after watching the first episode, I find myself disappointed. The drama just has so many flaws in its logic. I know, I know, it’s just a drama but I can’t connect to a drama that doesn’t make any sense.

  26. 26 Z

    So… August Rush, anyone? (Which, by the way, Oliver Twist, anyone). I have been completely uninterested in this drama through all the hype because 1) the male lead looks like a girl and 2) the female lead, who is supposed to look like a boy, looks like a girl. But this does sound pretty good. I shall check it out.

  27. 27 Jini

    Ah! I just watched this show today! It’s VERY VERY good I think! I watched for Hongki but I’m liking the other characters as well. You always need the mean pissed off character so that you can see the character change at the end, and the other two contrast him well. I know Jeremy is supposed to be a mixed person, but he sure looks 100% Korean 😛 but i’ll let it slide. And PSH also looks too girly… where as YEH seemed manlier in Coffee Prince. I suppose Mi-nam was supposed to be someone who is very feminine and had a girly/angelic look and voice. but won’t they question her? I’m sure their curiosity will rise as the series continue. The concept of A.n.jell plus the nun is just too cute I tihnk.

    And the mother… something is fishy about her… =/

    Thanks for all the recaps! It must have taken a long time. *off to watch epi 2*

  28. 28 Inky

    Thanks for the awesome recap as usual, Dramabeans! I’ve been wondering though (and I apologized if it was mentioned elsewhere), since it seems that you at least do 1 recap for dramas that sound interesting (and drop recapping if you decide not to follow), why is it that Brilliant Legacy hasn’t been given a shot? I really love that series, and since I also love your recapping style very much, it would be amazing if you did decide to recap BL. I mean, it might be too late now, but I was just wondering what kept you away from recapping it.

  29. 29 kay

    has the perfect hodgepodge of loveable storylines. she’s the man meets hana kimi plus a little glitz and craziness. loves it.

  30. 30 pn

    Seen the first 2 episodes, and I LOVED it. I completely agree in thinking that this may be the long awaited trendy drama for this year. The others (that you listed), certainly fell/are falling short.

    I love Go Mi Nam’s character (as well as all the others), and I feel like whenever they “overact” it’s actually very endearing and adorable. Unlike, for example, Style, where Lee Ji Ah’s character made me dislike her more and more.

    I think it’ll be very interesting to see the interactions b/t the 3 guys and 1 girl, since she’s so “pure” and “innocent” b/c of her catholic upbringing. She’s not like other characters where she’ll easily get angry/bitter/etc about situations, b/c this is a girl that was on her way of becoming a full-fledged nun! So I’m very interested to see their interactions with each other!

  31. 31 dramafreak19

    I LOVED THE FIRST EPISODE SOOOOO MUCH!!!

    I was very surprised to see how well Jang Geun Suk carried out his role, I knew that boy would NOT disappoint!!!
    I laughed my butt off when the toilet got PSH in the face and Tae-Kyung just stood there and watched her struggle….SO funny!

    I have high expectations of this drama now too, please don’t disappoint!!!!

  32. 32 cecilia

    what does “yupgi” mean?

  33. 33 yumi-chan

    So I’m guessing this is a hell no to Rome XD
    I’m surprised Park Shin Hye is actually super adorables, she should have played geum jan di. XD

  34. 34 pn

    #32 Cecelia, “yupki” means bizarre/odd. Think of the movie “My Sassy Girl”. The korean title is literally translated to mean “That Bizarre Girl”.

  35. 35 jandoe

    definitely going to catch this on viikii soon enough, sounds totally awesomeeee!

  36. 36 shopeeah

    thanks SO much for this!(:
    i was really hyped up about this- geunie is so kayoot! :3

  37. 37 ColleenF-H

    I just finished the first episode on Viikii, it was so cute!! I could definitely become addicted in a big way…it has amazing crack potential!!! JGS is adorably curmudgeony (is that even a real word) his character is just such a crank. I like the balance with the completely naive character of PSH. I think it is going to be interesting how these two characters will interact and probably change each other. I think we are in for a good ride!!

  38. 38 MEIKO**** ^-^

    am going to watch this! ^-^

    everybody’s raving!! lol! well, almost everybody…

    I like their poster!

  39. 39 Anonymous

    this one looks like a winner!

  40. 40 nara

    Yup..Park Shin Hye is added in my favorite korean actress list

  41. 41 saranga

    yay for the recap!! ty you so much =]
    i thought the same thing about the song LOL
    but it’s running in my head ever since! hahaha i can immediately tell that it is jang geun suk singing and it’s actually quite good! at least, i think it is him. i don’t like lee hongki’s voice, but he is really cute in this drama. i don’t know him much aside from a few of his band’s songs.
    i actually have some reservations about park shin hye. i hope for her sake that this drama works out for her. i think she badly needs a hit to transition successfully from good child actor to respectable grown up actor, and given the right role, she can be likeable.
    the writing seems smart! the only hong sisters drama i really adored was fantasy couple, and i agree about what you said, that they can find the angst amidst the comedy. they seem really skilled at bringing out “jjan” moments in an otherwise comedic drama =]
    and jang geun suk! (sorry i’m writing so much) i think for the first time i can see how he was considered for the role of gu jun pyo. i think he could have done a fantastic job, except lee min ho looked the part slightly more.

  42. 42 belleza

    Let’s put it this way. Within 2 minutes of this wonderful 1st episode, I had a “OMG Not Since Nodame Cantabile!!” reaction. This is what Hana Kimi should have been.

    Park Shin Hye is shockingly good here. A lil bit of Julie Andrews, a lil bit of Tohru Honda, a lil bit of starstruck fan, and a lit bit of sugar to let the medicine go down. I like how the drama makes no attempt whatsoever to pass her off as a “tomboy.” (Hello!!! She’s singing in soprano, how can THAT be a guy’s voice???) It’s as if the show is saying that the modern pretty boys are so, well, pretty that they’re practically girlfriends with uhhhh “stuff.”

    Jang Geon Seok . . .uhm, well, JGS is basically playing a parody of Jang Geon Seok. His performance is all scowl here, but the sheer one-noteness of it — plus his Jared Leto-meets-Ville Vallo Emo cut — makes it work here.

  43. 43 maria

    yeah, i think “The bidet is more dangerous than I thought. I’d better be careful.” sealed the deal for me. 3 minute LOLs! 😀

    and HEY, let’s hold out on whether we’re gonna get butt-sick of the theme song for this one. the only way it’s gonna turn out like BOF(paradise) for me is if they hit us with over the head for the most appropriate moments (taking a dump, eating at a pojongmacha, fight scene in Macau….. yunno.) ;p ….in any case, we always have that drinking game to while the tiiiime and inappropriateness away! 😀

  44. 44 samsooki

    You know what?

    I.

    LOVE.

    THIS.

    DRAMA!

    Lolz.

    It’s really, really good. (at least ep 1).

    Tell your sisters. Tell your friends. Tell anyone with a pulse. This is the new “it” drama.

    Love the songs, love the characters, love the plot. Love the dialogue. Love everything so far.

    Awesome, awesome awesome.

  45. 45 Ami

    Couldn’t agree with you more.
    So far so good for You’re Beautiful, I’m really enjoying the first episode.
    The only other show that i’ve sort of enjoyed this year (Triple), at least for the first few episodes, started off good but then faded into nothingness…hopefully that won’t happen with You’re Beautiful.
    I must add…PARK SHIN HYE is soooo adorable in her role!!!

  46. 46 Jeniper Mose

    The church scene is where Powerful Opponent was filmed right ?

    and yes !!! it remind me off – Maria – Sound of Music – but without the sisters singing.

    Hong Ki is just TOO cute and comedic, funny – some Hana Kimi scenes here.

    The shorty manager cant help but laughing and emotional !

    Shin Woo is too calmed ! ! !

    and the main lead Tae Kyoung too harsh and fierce look and with funny expressions on JEMMA – MinYeo – too adorable and sweet looking.

    Yes they get the right cast this time for idol group – much better then BOF cast

    We hope the drama will be as entertaining and also at par – if possible with IRIS !!!!

  47. 47 Aroma

    It has been a long time since I watched a whole ep without moving fast forward.I enjoyed the 1st ep so much , the casts are awesome,even though we can tell the story line is a bit unrealistic ( I can tell she is a girl straight away ) however I finally find something worth watching after all.I gave up MFL , heading to the ground , BOF etc since the 2nd ep :))

  48. 48 lemon

    I watched this yesterday without any expectations and I LOVED it! I’m really happy you’re enjoying it as well. Thanks for the recaps!

  49. 49 bbm

    WoW.. O_o
    we have soooo many good response (from JB and others) about this drama… i’m sooo gonna check it out
    LOL at the Sound of Music reference…

  50. 50 christine

    looking forward to this after a disappointing MFL…. thanks for the recap JB>..

  51. 51 sjsmn

    just love it

  52. 52 jjnn

    Thanks so much for recapping this drama, Javabeans ^^
    Agree with you~ The characters are well-cast. (Jeremy is an adorable kyopo, heh)

    Episode one is too cute… Can’t wait for the rest of the series.
    Granted, some scenes are trying too hard to win slapstick laughs. But with such goodlooking cast members (who can act too), it’s quite easy to enjoy the drama.

    And being an FT Island fan (i.e. “band” fan), I’m enjoying A.N.JELL’s “band” songs too~
    Jang Geunsuk sounds good as lead vocal (and he has the charisma to be one too), and it’s refreshing to see Hongki not as one.
    He fits his magnae role to the tee, though, and he’s really cute as the group’s mood-maker.

    Seems like the drama is off to a great start….
    Just hope they wouldn’t degrade the plot over time (despite the rather expected ending anyway). Thanks again, Javabeans!

  53. 53 Lucbabe

    Hi, really want to watch this. But sadly don’t understand Korean. Does anyone know where I can get this chinese/english subbed? I tried tudou but can’t find it anyway.

    Please HELP!

  54. 54 veropetho

    I’m so excited for this drama!

    I hope Park Shin Hye does well! She is very talented & charming on her own without riding the coat tail popularity of her colleagues.

    I was so sick of seeing Goo Hye Sun (who I, personally, think is a pretty bad actress & criminally overrated) eeeverywhere & doing eeeeverything known to media production.

  55. 55 djes

    ah, i have been waiting ur recap, Javabeans – because if subtitle will come a bit later, at least now i can understand what they’re saying.
    i’m so gonna watch this tonight!

    Thank youuuu very much!

  56. 56 veduve48

    I think I will watch it thanks to you recap! Thank very much!

  57. 57 MEIKO**** ^-^

    I just finished watching ep 1!!! Love the ep.1! Hope this will be laugh out loud funny and romantic throughout….*crossing fingers*

    The cast seem good, Park Shin Hye is so adorable! and such a pretty boy! lol!

    the lead singer is hot, that scowl is cute…, yeah, better be careful with that bidet!…*lol*

    oohhh…wonder what happened next?! Am still waiting for Ep2…

  58. 58 EEEEK!

    i’m so excited for this!!!!! this is not relevant at all but JIM AND PAM ARE GETTING MARRIED TONIGHT! watch The Office tonight at 9!! (if you’re on western time)

  59. 59 queen bee

    I am so glad you’re recapping this, javabeans! I watched the first ep yesterday almost without subs and totally enjoyed it. Park Shin Hye has perfect comic timing, and Jang Geun Seok is, as you said, “perfectly cast”. I think this will be another hit drama…can’t wait for your recap of episode 2!

  60. 60 ockoala

    *munch* *munch* *munch* eating my own words *munch* *munch* *munch*

    So Yummy! (the drama, not my words). Been so long since such a mock-worthy preview drama visuals actually turned out to be sweet and charming when it airs. Consider myself happily schooled by the Hong Sisters, even a greasy fairy is swoonworthy when he’s cranky and scowly and looks like Jang Geun-soek.

  61. 61 thankyou

    “I think I have found my drama crack for the year”

    And it only took us 10 months.

    “She’s surrounded by persistent idol boys! (Ah, if only we all had such luck.)”

    LOL. Wouldn’t it be lovely!

  62. 62 Brendel

    OMG. You’re Beautiful’s fun, fun, fun.

    I love everything about it. And you’re right, Dramabeans, the casting’s perfect. Everybody can act ( I am reminded at how BOF’s casting disappointed me because only Lee Min Ho fit his role to a T).

    When the posters came out, I was like…err, their outfits are horrible..but after watching the first 2 episodes, I am even liking the clothes. And I never thought I’ll be saying this but I kinda dig Jand Geun Seok’s flat hairstyle.

    I have a very good feeling about this drama. I hope this will be bigger than BOF.

    Thanks for the recaps!

  63. 63 Dele

    I call this my happy drama….it is sooo much fun and over the top that you just got to love it. A bit like how My Girl felt. I am hoping it doesn’t disappoint me.

  64. 64 JUST ME!

    I like it! I think this year after watching BOF (actually I skip many episode and I HATE the RUSH ending) I never really have any Kdrama to watch hahaha. Thanks for the update and It really catch my attention. Looking forward fro more.

  65. 65 samsooki

    @53 Lucbabe (and others waiting on subs) –

    psst!

    http://withs2.com/projects

  66. 66 miss_procrastination

    I am in love. Like you, I haven’t felt this way about a drama in a LONG time. Thanks for summarizing! LOVE!

  67. 67 nika

    Thank for Recap this Drama
    i had a smile on my face throughout the entire episode
    love JGS he so HOT

  68. 68 Piper

    Now, this is more like it! Cute and adorable young people acting their age, instead of older adults trying too hard to be cute. This drama is freaking hilarious. Bad boy Jang Gun Seuk in guyliner and Park Shin Hye as the innocent, silly nun is a WIN WIN combination! I’ve found my drama of the year. LOL.

  69. 69 arlyne

    I’m so loving this drama very much… very entertaining and hilarious. I can’t wait for the next episode. I’m so glad that I have another drama to look forward after finishing Tamna the Island. I hope this gets good rating.

  70. 70 chel

    sounds like “she’s the man” mixed with some updated “sound of music.”

  71. 71 pabo ceo reom

    Awwww another one to watch along with Smile! Must be my lucky week :)

  72. 72 Carol

    Gawd i loved ep 1 n 2…i wasn’t going to watch it but then i saw ur recap n gave it a try…i don’t like skinny guys but tae kyung is the sexiest skinny guy i’ve seen….EVEEER! omg its wierd

  73. 73 joonni

    This is going to be many people’s crack of the year.

  74. 74 moony

    thanks for the recap.
    agreed with u with the disappoinment of BBF, triple and…
    hope these drama will be a good as i expected.

  75. 75 OK je

    Who’s the PD for this drama? He’s not the same one for the Hong sisters’ other dramas, is he?

    I think the Hong sisters have the ability to make their leads likeable. Eg: I liked Han Chae Young in Sassy Girl Chunhyang but I can’t seem to like her in anything else. Same case with PSH, I never liked her before but in this I find her really lovable. I hope the PD doesn’t make her act really OTT *cough BOF*

    As for the three guys, I think they suit their roles well. I have to say my favorite for now is Lee Hong Ki – he’s adorably funny!

  76. 76 etsy

    I LOVE their use of hymns in this series. The music is surprisingly good.

  77. 77 Who Is

    I most definitely enjoyed this first episode.
    It was good, I was cracking up throughout the entire show.
    I really hope it lasts.

  78. 78 Pink Panther

    Sin Woo at one glance look like kim rae won and also f4 taiwan – calvin chen

  79. 79 MingNa

    Thank you Javabeans for your recap.

    This drama is sooo funny :) I can’t wait to watch it
    And I look forward to your recap every week

    Thanks for sharing

  80. 80 thankyou

    I’ve just finished watching episode 2 and I’m here to make a plea:
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
    continue to recap this drama. Not since beethoven Virus has something excited me this much.
    The joy I got from watching just 2 episodes is equivalent to that of all other dramas combined that aired this year.
    Just 2 episodes, a mere 120 minutes have restored my faith in kdramas again.
    2009 will not be a complete disappointment for me afterall.

  81. 81 gallivanter

    WOAH. I didn’t realize people were this excited about this drama. 80 comments?! It’s like open thread in here!

    Anyways…I’ve just finished the first episode, and it was awesome. I didn’t think I would like it, but damn Hong sisters, I love you.

  82. 82 mell

    episode 1 was good fun! 😀

    i like hongki’s character even though his exuberance is a little over the top and i really like how they managed to show that, despite his guy-liner and perpetual scowl, tae-kyung HAS a kinder side, like when he chased after mi-nyeo to return her plane ticket.

    i wasn’t too convinced by how quickly mi-nyeo changed her mind and agreed to masquerade as her brother though. but i guess we can chalk that up to her sisterly concern for her brother haha.

    thanks for the recap javabeans! reading your recaps after watching each episode really adds to the k-drama experience 😉

  83. 83 saysay

    I love your comments!!! ^^

  84. 84 saysay

    those who want to watch You’re Beautiful with English Subtitles online, you can visit: http://www.viikii.net/channels/goto/beautiful?angel=saysay
    ep1 is almost done ^^

  85. 85 Steph

    I’m so excited about this drama. I love Park Shin Hye! I think it’s going to be cracktastic fun!

  86. 86 Sunshine

    The idol group finger pointing sign remind me of

    jdrama Nobuto Wo Produce – Yamapi !!

  87. 87 langdon813

    How much FUN was this?? This is definitely going to make up for the craptastic MFL debacle. The Greasy Fairy is HOT HOT HOT…would have guessed! And after about 30 seconds, the goth hair TOTALLY worked for me. 😀

    “Am I in heaven?”

    I think I am!

    All this and IRIS next week, too? Feels like Christmas!

  88. 88 LemonDrop

    Thanks for the recap, I hope you continue to recap this drama. I just watched the first episode and loved the show as well. It looks promising, so I sure hope it doesn’t dissappoint.

  89. 89 joanna

    AWESOME! I’m so glad you’re recapping this!

  90. 90 jodrama

    love the whole airport scene….hahahahaha….

    keep up a good work..

    can’t wait for next episode and recap…..

  91. 91 onemorepls

    Luvin it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh boy, with You’re Beautiful, Smile and IRIS coming up….i”m going to have pimple from lack of sleep for sure. :)

    Thank You for the recaps.

  92. 92 rainerust

    Sounds great, I might pick this drama up. Yay! New stuff to watch after MFL.

    Fabulous review by the way. Always love your reviews.

  93. 93 spoiled

    this drama is so so so much fun… i was laughing the whole time…through out ep1 and 2
    i never watch k-drama and laughed this much since i watched my girl..
    i really love it.. everyone should try it..
    because it just gonna make u laugh because of its nonsense but super cute and hilarious ..
    it just so light heart and funny and i see all those flaws and non logical in the storyline,..but i enjoy it so much that i totally forget about it..

    RECOMMEND…

  94. 94 anna

    I knew it. This is very cheesy crackers. I hope it stays there and don’t try to be something it’s not. Poor Shin-woo, already he’s been stamp with the “second-lead-who’s-perfect-but-won’t-get-the-girl-in-the-end” role. Nice guy finishes last.

  95. 95 Audrey

    Thanks a bunch for recapping and introducing me to this drama! Looks like one of the more exciting ones we’ve had for a while.. (!!)

  96. 96 vis

    Thanks so much for the recap! XD

    “Please don’t fail me now!”

    My prayer exactly~ It’s looking a whole lot more promising than anything else I’ve seen for a good while. And so far it’s totally living up to my expectations ^^

  97. 97 anna

    Oh, IRIS is next week. Of course there’s always ratings to worry about. 16 is good enough for me.

  98. 98 p liv

    Jeremy reminds me of Momiji, from Fruits Basket!

  99. 99 Aries

    Thanks for the recap! I watched ep 1 yesterday and was waiting all day to read what you thought of it.

    Am I the only one who didn’t find PSH adorable? I’m still in the ‘meh’ territory with regards to her acting.

    On the other hand, I was charmed by JGS and Hong Ki. Mr grumpypants is perfectly cast and has won me over; I was slightly charmed by Eun Ho in Hwang Jin Yi but emo Chang Hwi in HGD was horrid. Hong Ki was so cute in the scene where he autographed PSH’s fan!

    Overall, ep 1 left a good impression on me but I’m holding back on my love declaration for it. Will catch a few more episodes before deciding whether it’s worth watching ‘live’. LBH might prove to be a bigger attraction when IRIS debuts next week!

  100. 100 Jen

    I am absolutely in love with this drama so far. It’s so funny and cute. The lightheartedness makes me giggle. It feels like such a long time since I’ve watched a drama like this. I must indulge. I may even watch the first two episodes a second time. I LOVE IT!

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