Drama Recaps
You’re Beautiful: Episode 3
by | October 14, 2009 | 121 Comments

Another cute, funny episode. The characters are really growing on me, and we’re starting to see a little depth with them (some more than others). I don’t know how dramatic this drama will get, but I usually enjoy the level of comedy-versus-angst in a Hong sisters drama.


You’re Beautiful OST – “약속” (Promise). This is the A.N.JELL version, with Jang Geun-seok on vocals. [ Download ]

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Tae-kyung confronts Mi-nyeo and plays his video recording of her admitting she’s a girl. He says almost triumphantly, “Go Mi-nam, you’re done for now,” and walks off smirking.

Mi-nyeo chases after him and begs him to listen. He doesn’t care to and dismisses her, heading to the elevator. As Mi-nyeo steps in front of the elevator doors, blocking his path, Jeremy catches a glimpse of the two and watches curiously. The scene sure has an odd vibe…

Tae-kyung tells her that he intends to hand the video over to Sung-chan and doesn’t want to see her again, calling her “Miss Go Mi-nam” pointedly.

Since he is unwilling to listen and about to leave, she looks at the phone/PDA in his hand, contemplating her move… and swipes it. She grabs it just as the elevator doors close, and dashes off.

Oh, no she di’n’t. Tae-kyung chases her outside to a second-story landing, glowering all the while. He corners her and approaches menacingly (and good lordy does Jang Geun-seok have a frightening scowl), and grabs the camera/phone. He asks, “Do you think you won’t be found out without this? Are you an idiot?”

Those words get through to her, and Mi-nyeo realizes he’s right. She slackens her grip, energy sapping away. Sensing opportunity, Tae-kyung wrests the phone out of her grasp, but since she’s already weakened her grip, it goes flying… over the railing… and onto a truck below.

(Hehe. You can tell Tae-kyung is a proud guy who can’t admit his own mistakes, because he gripes, “How could you let go like that?” Mi-nyeo points out weakly, “You said to let go…”)

Tae-kyung orders Mi-nyeo to retrieve the phone and reluctantly gives her a boost up to the roof. Tae-kyung is solely concerned about the phone’s condition and grabs it back, worrying over new scratches, totally ignoring the fact that Mi-nyeo needs help down.

But soon, the truck starts moving…

Mi-nyeo attempts to call down to him, but her voice is weak and he’s preoccupied with his precious phone. When he finally turns to see the truck, he is so startled that he stares blankly as the truck pulls out of the parking lot.

Mi-nyeo tries her best to hang on, frightened and growing weaker. Just as she thinks she can’t hold on any longer, she hears Tae-kyung shouting after her — he’s running behind them, yelling at her to hang on tight.

But he’s no match for a vehicle, and can’t keep up. When the truck pauses at a red light, Tae-kyung yells at Mi-nyeo to get off quickly.

She staggers to her feet and musters her courage, jumping off as the light turns green. Tae-kyung races to try to catch her; she lands on her feet (owww), but he breaks her fall as she falls onto him.

As a result, both are a little bruised and battered as they limp home. Mi-nyeo follows a few paces behind, and although he glares at her, I think he’s actually more angry at himself for caring in the first place.

Mi-nyeo thanks him for running after her and catching her fall. Tae-kyung is so astounded by these events that he asks if this is a secret camera prank, and looks around for a crew. (It’s cute how he adjusts his attitude to appear less grouchy when there’s the possibility that he’s being taped.)

He calls her a public nuisance and decides, “Being around you is unlucky. Go Mi-nam, you’re dangerous.” He recalls all the messes she’s made, shuddering, and demands, “Take care of the messes you’ve made and disappear.”

Tearing up, she says, “I understand. I’ll quit in order to keep further problems from arising.”

Mi-nyeo reports to Hoon-yi and Stylist Wang that she has been exposed, and they’re dejected that the jig is up. However, Hoon-yi perks up to consider that Tae-kyung is the only one who knows. That means that if they could only get rid of him…

We wouldn’t have a Hong sisters drama without a collection of pop culture parodies, and the first comes as Hoon-yi imagines locking up Tae-kyung a la Oldboy. Naturally the two ladies reject that idea. Then what if they insist that he confused Mi-nam with someone else? They could pull an identity con like in Wife’s Temptation

If that fails, then they must beg! A Super Junior (“Sorry Sorry”) parody ensues. LOL.

That night, Tae-kyung feels bad to recall how Mi-nam had been limping after her jump from the truck. When that thought unsettles him, he brushes it aside, telling himself it’s a good thing he decided not to get involved.

On their way home, Jeremy eyes Mi-nam suspiciously, remembering the scene he overheard, and asks if she caused trouble for Tae-kyung again. Still feeling the sting of Tae-kyung’s words, she glumly confirms his accusations, referring to herself using Tae-kyung’s accusations — she’s a nuisance who’s always causing injury to others.

That triggers Jeremy’s overactive imagination, and he re-interprets the earlier scene at the elevator. This time, he sees Mi-nam as the (romantic) aggressor, and Tae-kyung as the victim. It’s hilarious.

While Jeremy has his freak-out, Shin-woo looks at her curiously and notices her fresh injuries. At the house, he calls her aside and attends to her cuts, commenting that this must be how Jeremy feels to take care of Jolie.

She’s saddened to be compared to a dog, but he didn’t mean it in a bad way: “You’re like a dog who has lost its way. I feel like I have to take care of you.”

To lift her spirits, he confides a story of how he was once rejected by a girl because of a dog. He had liked a girl from Seoul, and wanted to “correct” his speech from his rustic accent to the Seoul accent. When he had asked a question mixing his Seoul accent with a Southern colloquialism, the girl had misunderstood his question to mean “Does your family catch dogs?” and got offended.

As his Seoul accent is now perfect, nobody knows he’s from the South; he’s sharing this as a secret with her. He also tells her to call him hyung, and she’s not quite comfortable with that. Testing her reaction, he asks, “Then, do you want to call me oppa?” She obviously can’t do that, so she should call him Shin-woo hyung.

Little do they know, Jeremy has seen (but not heard) this exchange from the house, and is completely weirded out at the close vibe between Shin-woo and Mi-nam. Thus when Mi-nam comes upon him to hand back the apple he’d dropped, his imagination again kicks in and he interprets her simple actions in a suggestive light.

He warns himself, “There’s definitely something weird with that guy. I’d better be careful.”

That night, Mi-nyeo deals with the fact that she has to drop out of A.N.JELL, and apologizes to Mi-nam for ruining his dreams. Worst of all is the feeling that she’s useless, that she has no purpose as a person.

In the morning, she attempts to call Sung-chan to come clean, but he isn’t answering his phone. During the group’s ride to the agency, Tae-kyung calls Jeremy to find out whether Mi-nam has quit yet (although he doesn’t use those words). Hearing that nothing is amiss, he figures she hasn’t.

Mi-nam’s selfish aunt arrives outside the agency and is unable to get past security, who don’t buy that she’s Mi-nam’s aunt. Therefore she has to sit with all the other fans who are camped out to get a glimpse of the stars. But an ill-timed bathroom break means that she misses the arrival of the three A.N.JELL members, so she passes an envelope to a delivery man, asking him to make sure Mi-nam gets it.

Mi-nyeo heads for Sung-chan’s office first thing, only to find that he’s out. She waits in his office, which is when she is handed her aunt’s envelope. Inside is a sole photograph, a childhood image of Mi-nam, Mi-nyeo, and their father. No note accompanies the picture, but she knows immediately that somebody close to her must have sent it. Hearing that the source was a middle-aged lady wearing red who was just outside, Mi-nyeo races outside to find her.

On the way, she runs into Sung-chan, who is ready to hear what she has to say. Making a split-second decision, Mi-nyeo decides that the envelope lady is more important, and runs outside.

Arriving separately, Tae-kyung happens to glimpse Mi-nam running down the street, toward the subway station, and wonders what that’s all about.

She’s not far behind her aunt, but she doesn’t quite know who she’s looking for and misses her several times.

A few schoolgirls start to recognize Mi-nam as an A.N.JELL member, just as Tae-kyung arrives and flips up her hood to hide her face. She resists, saying she has someone to find, but he grabs her arm and pulls her away.

Mi-nyeo confides that it could have been her mother: “Even if she’s not my mother, I won’t be disappointed. If I could just hear news of her, I’d be happy with that.” She tries to comfort herself saying that if the woman came this far, she’ll probably try to contact her again.

Tae-kyung watches as she prays, intrigued and also annoyed with her reaction: “What would you do then? Even if she came, you won’t be here. Did you forget your promise to leave the group immediately?”

He doesn’t want to hear her wallowing in self-pity, and even when she pleads to stay just until the woman returns, he answers coolly, “No. Go Mi-nam, you’re out. Nothing’s changed.”

Mommy issues are never that simple, though, as we see when Tae-kyung returns to his hotel and again crosses paths with his mother. She’s perfectly cool, and points out that he stayed even knowing she was staying here — “Wasn’t that because you were hoping you might run into me?”

Although Tae-kyung’s response is cold, it’s clear he’s much angrier than he’d like to be. Anger suggests hurt, and he flashes back to a childhood memory of being home alone, seeing his mother onscreen because she was never around in person. The memories disgust him, and he mutters to himself, “What are you hoping for from the woman who abandoned you? Pathetic.”

When Mi-nam sits down to talk with Sung-chan, she mulls over the latest developments, and has a hard time getting her words out. But she changes her mind at the last minute, and says with determination, “I cannot leave. I absolutely cannot leave. I will stay here as Go Mi-nam. Until now, I have felt that I was dragged here forcefully, but not anymore. I have a reason to stay here. I will stick it out no matter what.”

(Sung-chan is a little confused, but he rolls with it.)

Next, Mi-nyeo confronts Tae-kyung outside his hotel. To explain how important it is to reunite with her mother (and therefore stay with A.N.JELL), she hands him a ring. There were two rings given to her and Mi-nam, symbolic of their parents. This is her most prized possession, and now she entrusts it to Tae-kyung as a symbol of her commitment: “Hold onto this and have faith in me.”

He isn’t moved: “Do you think you can find your mother if you stick around?” She answers, “If I search for her earnestly, I believe I can.”

He’s unimpressed with her fervor, saying, “Shall we see if earnestness will find her for you?” With that, he throws the ring over the railing, into the stream below.

Mi-nyeo can’t believe it, and glares at him in shock. He tells her, “Once you’ve been abandoned, it’s over. Your mother left you behind so that’s the end of that, and that’s the end of your ring, too. So end this insistence on being Go Mi-nam.”

She walks to him angrily and shoves him: “I told you that was precious to me!” He retorts, “See, you’re getting angry because you think you can’t find it.”

When she insists she will find it, he throws down the gauntlet: “If you do, I’ll believe you and accept you for real.”

So she steps into the water to feel around for the ring, stubbornly wading from one end to the other. Tae-kyung thinks he’s teaching her a lesson — that things that are lost don’t come back to you — but she refuses to give up. By nighttime, she’s shivering and sniffling, and Tae-kyung watches incredulously: “Is she stupid? Does she really think she can find it?”

As I suspected, it’s in his hand — he’s had the ring the entire time. He feels a twinge of guilt, but sneers, “You won’t ever find it. Give up.”

He has trouble falling asleep that night but convinces himself that she’s probably given up. In the morning, he’s satisfied (and relieved) to see that she’s gone.

Until she moves from behind a boulder, that is. Now he feels both guilty and impressed, and tells her to give it up. Mi-nyeo just shoots him a resentful look and persists: “I’m going to find it.”

Realizing she means it, he concedes, “You don’t have to find it. Come out now,” and shows her the ring.

Registering this, Mi-nyeo gets out of the water and approaches with an angry look in her eyes. Tae-kyung can’t really argue with that, and he says, “Fine, you’re strong and you’re great. That’s enough now.”

He seems nervous for her reaction, and automatically assumes that she’ll hate him, as most people would do. (He certainly deserves it.) But she surprises him by grabbing his hand and saying with relief, “I found it.”

He thinks she’s going to hit him, but she grabs him in a bear hug and says tearfully, “Thank you, Hwang Tae-kyung.” She also points out that she did in fact “find” the ring (which means she won this challenge).

Completely thrown off-guard, he tries to push her off, but she holds on tight. Uncomfortably, he endures the hug.

Afterward, her good spirits are completely restored, and she thanks Tae-kyung for not ratting her out. He clarifies that he won’t tell on her, but he also isn’t going to help her. He will, however, be moving back to the A.N.JELL house.

A photo shoot has the group posing in a swimming pool, which is a concept that thoroughly amuses Tae-kyung because he knows a swimsuit shoot would expose Mi-nam. (Therefore, he’s the one left sulking when it turns out the shoot will have them posing fully clothed and Mi-nam is off the hook.)

Mi-nyeo struggles with the concept, and she ends up shooting and reshooting while the other guys rest.

Shin-woo shares some words of consolation, assuring her that all first shoots are like this. For instance, he relates the story of his own first shoot, which required him to hold a glass of wine and look cool. When the director called for “one shot” — in camera terms — he misinterpreted and downed the wine in one shot.

Jeremy again overhears the exchange and misunderstands. He tries to tell himself it’s nothing: “Shin-woo hyung is just being nice!” He hits himself for thinking bad thoughts, feeling guilty for doubting his hyung’s intentions.

Jeremy’s horror grows when he then catches Tae-kyung talking to Mi-nam. Tae-kyung sarcastically says that it’s too bad there weren’t any topless shots, because Mi-nam would’ve rocked those. He then disparages her meager bustline by saying there’s probably not too much to see anyway.

Misconstruing the conversation, Jeremy tells himself, “Tae-kyung hyung is only like that because they’re getting along now! It’s a good thing to be friendly with teammates!”

But Jeremy can’t shake his thoughts. When Shin-woo asks around for Mi-nam after the shoot warps, Jeremy confronts him, asking what his deal is with Mi-nam.

Meanwhile, Mi-nyeo has to figure out how to change into dry clothing without exposing herself in the men’s locker room. (Tae-kyung enjoys poking at her insecurities, and says in reference to the aforementioned bustline, “There may be nothing worth seeing, but I’ll look forward to it. Try manning up and go to the locker room.”)

Instead, she sneaks back toward the now-empty pool area, which has been closed by the crew. However, a crew member has left behind a piece of equipment, so in the midst of her clothing change, the lights flick back on, and staffers come back to search for it.

Tae-kyung overhears the crew talking and guesses that Mi-nyeo is going to be in trouble — and sure enough, she finds herself cornered. Without a better option, she jumps into the pool to avoid discovery. (Let’s ignore the fact that the guys totally missed seeing a body splash into the water a few feet away!)

Tae-kyung looks around and knows she’s here somewhere, finally spotting bubbles rising from the pool. She can’t come up yet because the staffers are still looking around the perimeter, and Mi-nyeo tells herself to hang on.

Worried now, Tae-kyung checks his watch — she’s passed the 1-minute mark… She starts to lose consciousness…

Mi-nyeo prays to the Mother Superior for help, and just then, Tae-kyung splashes into the pool and swims toward her. She makes out his blurry form and wonders, “Mother Superior, someone has come to get me. Is he an angel?”


I’m going to consider it a good thing about this drama that a lot of comments in the last recap pointed out things I’d left out. I hadn’t forgotten those unmentioned hilarious moments (like the balls glowing in the dark, or Sung-chan accidentally sending Tae-kyung a somewhat scandalous email from his secret actress girlfriend) — it’s just that I can’t feasibly include every moment in a recap. It would be too long! I make some decisions to cut out certain details depending on length, relevance, flow of the recap, etc. So I think it speaks well of the drama that even after all that, there’s material left over that people think deserves more discussion.

Tae-kyung’s uncomfortable expression to Mi-nyeo’s teary hug (above) is one of my favorite moments in this episode. I think Jang Geun-seok is taking the sneer a little too far in some cases, but the subtler moments of confusion are gems. As I mentioned, I really think Tae-kyung is upset with the very fact that he cares about Mi-nyeo (just like he’s upset that he cares about his mother). Tae-kyung aims to maintain that cold exterior but he’s actually pretty bad at it. Therefore, he takes out that self-loathing on Mi-nyeo because he’d rather not confront the alternative — the suggestion that he’s actually a warm guy with feelings. That would just mean he’s capable of being hurt. (Aw, poor damaged kdrama heroes. Aren’t we all just suckers for them?)

I think guilt is a great emotion to introduce into their dynamic, because that’s something he can’t ignore. I mean, he can try to, but it’s much easier being angry at someone than feeling sorry that you’ve wronged them. It’s even worse when she thanks him for returning her ring and doesn’t hold a grudge. I love that moment when Tae-kyung recoils, expecting her to hit him for what he did — and I’m pretty sure he would have preferred that she did hit him. Brute force he can handle. Fuzzy emotions, not so much.

(It’s also a clever way of getting Mi-nyeo to “win” their wager and force him to let her stay.)


121 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. erv

    thanks javabeans!

    *runs up and read it.

    it’s been a while i’m so crazy about catching up with a series ASAP.

    second lead crush syndrome too
    hi 5*

  2. eclipse

    OMG!! So fast!!! You LOVE this drama really much ya,JB??? 😛 Thanks..

  3. queen bee

    I’ve been waiting for your recap, so thank you so much for this! Park Shin-hye is amazing! She really deserves this role.

  4. jj

    thank u!!
    now time to read :]
    I absolutely LOVE this drama and SHINWOO! <3

  5. jaebabyx3

    Thank you!

    I watched this episode in the afternoon, but I was waiting for your recap to read your opinions on it! I agree that Taekyung takes his sneer/smirk too far; it almost looks funny. But he’s still a good actor and he shows emotion well 🙂 I love how Taekyung always acts like he doesn’t care about Minyeo & wants to see her suffer, but always helps her out in the end. It’s so cute ^^ But right now, I’m rooting for Shinwoo<3 It's so adorable how he opens up to her and tells her his secrets. His kyungsangdo satoori was hilarious, too!

    I can't wait for tomorrow's episode =)
    I wonder if UEE can act..

  6. tombrady

    Wow… so fast! Thanks for the great recap, Javabeans.

    I love this drama so much that i watched it unsubbed at 430am SIN time… hahaha… I cant wait to get off work to watch with ENG subs. For now, this is one great alternative. i really, really appreciate your hardwork and dedication to drama recaps…

    We fans are eternally grateful. Cheers!

  7. yen_nguyen

    Nice! I do like this drama!
    Hongki is so cute!

  8. gallivanter

    TaeKyung’s sneer makes me giggle. Every. Single. Time.

    Well, actually, almost everything made me giggle in this episode, to the point where I was glad I was watching it alone. Had I been in public, I would not have been able to continue watching this episode. We’ll say it’s 20% my mood, and 80% the Hong Sisters writing. It’s just so campy! After a series of dramas that should have been funny but weren’t, this is a breath of fresh air. Or, a bunch of new giggles.

  9. tombrady

    Now on to the drama…..

    My love for this drama has not faded yet. In fact, i love all characters even more. I think JGS is fantastic here! I fell in love with him as Changwi in Hong Gil Dong – not because he was perfect but the potential he displayed. Plus, did i mention how freaking how he looked? hehehe

    At the expense of sounding like a perv, I am digging all the shirtless JGS scenes huh! But on equal measure, i love his sneer and the vulnerability he is showing.

    Fully agree with JB – he wants to come off as cold and uncaring but he’s not as heartless as he wants to think. I believe this is partly why he’s so prickly. He wants badly to not care at all. I am going to love watching him fall in love… hahaha.

    Shinwoo is your typical sweet guy but TaeKyung has won me over 100% this episode. I loved his reaction when Minyeo hugged him after she grabbed the ring back. He simply didnt know how to deal! Loved, loved it!

  10. 10 hmm...

    I really love this drama, but I found episode 3 a little bit choppy, no? The flow seemed a little off (like HTK running after the truck out of nowhere). I also agree that JGS’s sneer/smirk is a little exaggerated at times, but, love him anyway! Thanks JB for fast and great recaps!

  11. 11 langdon813

    I love this drama. I LOVE this drama! I LOVE THIS DRAMA!!

    As soon as I saw the Oldboy scene, I knew we were in for a hilarious episode.

    JGS is giving my little Kim Bum a run for his money in the “Very Young Guys I Have An Inappropriate Crush On” dept. And if anyone had told me a month ago that that would be the case, I’d have said they were insane. Some little pretty boy with guyliner and hideous hair is going to be my new boycrush? Yeah, right. But he TOTALLY is. Shin-woo who? 😀

    This drama is just insanely wonderful. And the previews for Ep 4 are awesome…makes me want to go to bed right this minute so tomorrow will get here faster!

  12. 12 Kaishing

    park shin hye is awesome!!! really makes me think BOF would’ve been so much better if she was jandi..

  13. 13 chen

    AHHHHH I love this!!!!!!!

    Can’t wait for the next episode!

    I wonder what will happen after he pulls her out of the water!

  14. 14 dolly

    I like the first 2 episodes very much but somehow in ep 3 I felt disappointed.
    All the characters in this drama look exaggerating but not in such a good way.
    I felt like i was watching cartoon or something.

    TK reminded me a lot of L in death note.LOL
    I don’t like many of his expressions he sent to viewers. The acting was too over the top. The one that bothered me the best was during his running after the car.
    What was that??? Am I in cartoon network or something??????

    MN was cute but somehow kept me wondering. How could people around didn’t know she was a girl??? Everything about MN is so girlish. The way she talked, run, happy and scared. The emotion scene of PSH needs a lot of improvement. It didn’t look real, somehow I felt like she made us “trying to feel”.

    Shin Woo reminds me a lot of Ji hoo sunbae which of course didn’t good for sure. His facial expression,emotion and character is very flat, no dimension for us at all. Too bored…

    The only character that I think it fits well with this drama was Jeremy. He’s hilarious. His character looks vary which means can show something deeper for the audiences.

    I felt bored with this episode. I tried to watch this but in the end I watched this drama half an hour and switch to IRIS.
    And the pilot episode of IRIS was GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anyway JB, will you recap IRIS???

  15. 15 Nea

    Thank you for the recap!

    “-the suggestion that he’s actually a warm guy with feelings. That would just mean he’s capable of being hurt. (Aw, poor damaged kdrama heroes. Aren’t we all just suckers for them?)”

    I have to completely agree! One can’t help but want to love the damaged. My drama buddy was loving Shin Woo and I would think that the average girl would but I never love the sweet nurturing guy…I always love the wankers 🙂 They are more fun to watch, plus I seem to understand them so much more.

    I also have to agree that Jang Geun Seok is going too far at times with his sneer but somehow each time it makes me giggle. I hope that he finds his groove and it doesn’t get annoying.

    I really can’t wait until we see where this show is going. I’m really enjoying it.

    Been waiting all night! Thanks again!

  16. 16 bbm

    YES, Its Here!!!! Run Off to read
    seriously, i was refreshing youtube for about 2-3 hour last night waiting for some nice sould to upload them (that’s how impatient i was waiting for ep 3 :P)
    and the next morning i even squeezed 1 hour of my preparation-to-work time just to watched without subs, and i’m late about a half hour to work XD
    Taekyung is just a big meanie but with a warm heart, he’s just like a little kid…
    i’m torn between shinwoo and taekyung here… 🙁
    oh and i’ve downloaded the OST album, and been listening to it nostop fo 4 hours… the songs are nice, and park shin hye’s voice is not bad… me like!!

  17. 17 belleza

    Part of the genius of this show is that Jang Geon Suk is more or less allowed to be a parody of the Jang Geon Suk that we’ve seen the last few years. So much so that he’s turned into the Korean ZOOLANDER *purses lips*

    One cool thing about the show is that the slapstick dynamic is so wonderfully oft-balance due to Mi Nam’s extreme sweetness. He’s a douchebag, but even he seems so confused about his own douchebagness because she’s so freakishly nice to him and affectionate. Like, how can you hate a puppy, you know? It’s seriously like watching Tohru and Kyo of Fruits Basket in an Idol World. She can’t help but see good in him, and he’s truly disturbed by her friendliness. Nice day for white wedding. *Purses lips* 😀

    Having said that, Park Shin Hye kinda stepped out of character in a few scenes in the last 1/3 of the show. Because in K-dramas like this, you DO expect the female heroine to fight back. Or at least, you expect them to go “yaaa!!!” One of the tricky bits with her character’s development is that, as she learns to assert herself, the original joke about “nun among idols” may work less and less. It’s just so much funnier when Mi Nam’s in full “omo omo mother teresa help me help me”

  18. 18 Rika

    its really funny how I try to talk myself into reading just your comments, but cannot resist reading the entire recap.

    I really want to see it before I read it, but Im expecting too many good things its hard to ignore…. its great to see the the story forming well. I hope it keeps up the momentum.

  19. 19 dramafreak19

    I don’t think I’ve laughed so much since the first time I watched Hana Kimi and I don’t think I’ve been so into a drama since My Girl…

    That Oldboy/Super Junior thing won me over completely, it was SO funny….

    I like that Park Shin Hye and Jang Geun Suk have considerable chemistry, it’s sooo cute!

    I can’t wait till tomoro!!!

  20. 20 HwaRang

    I’m currently enjoying this drama. Anyone else notice the Kang Mae influence in JGS’s acting?

  21. 21 saranga

    as i was watching this episode, i kept getting this nagging feeling about jang geun seuk, that something was familiar about him…… and then it hit me. his speech strikes me as incredibly similar to kim myung min’s character from beethoven virus. then i googled 장근석 김명민 and it looked like i was not the only one thinking so. haha it suits him and it is unique, but because it’s been done….. i wonder if he couldn’t have taken it further and avoided these kinds of comments.

    i’m really starting to like park shin hye and her character a lot, and her contrast to jang geun suk’s character. i thought the purity of her character really shone through in this episode. for example, considering the circumstances, she could have perceived that photograph as a threat – that someone knows her secret, or at least that go mi nam has a twin. at first, i thought that was what her mind was jumping to. but she thinks it could have been her mother. and her reasons for wanting to stay in the group is so she can find her mother…. although i don’t know why she can’t explain to taekyung that she’s only standing in for her twin brother.

    i loved the scene where she finally gets the ring back. at first i thought she’d be furious, then i thought she was holding her anger back, and then i realized that she’s just grateful to have the ring back. it was a great scene, and i thought, again, it reflected her purity.

    the pool scene was… weird. it’s not like she tried to slide into the pool without making any splashing sounds, but she just JUMPED. lmao what was the director thinking!

  22. 22 Biscuit

    By the end of the show, I’m afraid for Jeremy. It seemed like he was going crazy throughout the entire episode!

    The episode was still so much fun, and there were scenes that I HAD to replay.
    My favorite was when Tae Kyung took time to register that the truck Minam was on was leaving, lol. Oh, I loved his expression!

    And I agree that it is impossible to recap every moment. It’s impossible to recap the entire 1 hr drama of every second that happens.

  23. 23 belleza

    “Anyone else notice the Kang Mae influence in JGS’s acting?”

    A little bit in how the character is written. There’s a lot more detail in his characterization, and it helps the comedy. The situational comedy in this show is really, really well written.

    Tae-kyung is a meanie, but he’s also obsessive compulsive. In a way, he’s mean because he IS obsessive compulsive. That’s what makes the slapstick work so beautifully. She is threatening to him.

  24. 24 jan

    this drama is not popular in Korea? the ratings are getting lower and lower …

  25. 25 bbm

    “By the end of the show, I’m afraid for Jeremy. It seemed like he was going crazy throughout the entire episode!”
    Jeremy having ‘Nakatsu’ moments are so damn hilarious… even i don’t know what they were saying i would still LOLed at any scene with Jeremy…

    “this drama is not popular in Korea? the ratings are getting lower and lower …”
    well, it should be expected, with IRIS premeired last night with more than 20% rating… but YB and IRIS are two different drama, i just hope all the best for YB (and for IRIS too)…

  26. 26 trixicopper

    I am really loving this drama. It is such a live action cartoon. It’s a hoot. As was said upthread who knew you could go ga ga over a smirky idol with bad hair, guyliner, and did I mention a really sexy voice! I am way to old for this stuff it really makes me feel like a perv.

  27. 27 joonni

    Yes, the sneer made an otherwise excellent “divia” seem a bit awkward this episode but it was funny. LOL.

    Thank you for the recaps and comments!

  28. 28 Anna :D

    I CANNOT get over how much i LOVE this drama!!!!
    Episode 3 was hilarious!!!
    SHIN-WOO!!!! My inner fangirlness is slowly coming out becuase of him
    JGS, Hongki and PSH are amazing too!!!
    hongki is so cute. I lkept laughing when hongki kept slapping himself!
    I do see Kang Mae influence in JGS haha

  29. 29 Chelsea

    That song’s growing on me too. I love how people here have lengthy comments. Don’t we all just love this series? 😉 Here in the Philippines, ABS-CBN is a bigger broadcasting station/network more than the rest–people are starting to flood one of their sites for requests to get the rights to air the show this early. 🙂 I’m so happy for this drama. It’s been a while since I was practically BEGGING for more episodes after the other. I love the way JGS smirks, it’s very Weon Jun Suk. :))

  30. 30 serendipity

    I didn’t enjoy this episode quite as much as the first two. Probably because my expectations have shot off into the stratosphere. But also, I think, because this episode isn’t as gratuitous as I’d hoped. Which, upon reflection, is probably a good thing.

    I was disappointed that they went for the spunky-girl-wows-boy-with-sheer-determination cliche with the all-night ring-hunt, complete with stumblings and sniffling. But I think it was redeemed for me by the unexpected ending. I’m so relieved that they went for him being won over not by pity (pity not being a good basis for a relationship, imo), nor even by the display of her mule-headed (ditto mule-headedness and relationships), but by her unexpected forgiveness. Yeah, that’s right, people. Forgiveness IS impressive. I’m much more impressed by a woman winning over a man by her ability to forgive, than for him to succumb because she’s pretty and/or pitiful.

    I was a bit shocked that TK was quite so *mean* in this episode. Wow, they really believe in the power of his pretty face to win us over, huh. But then, again, as I think about it, I shouldn’t complain since I hate all those fake instant-makeovers, all that “saved by the love of a good woman” rubbish, and the wish-fulfilling meltings of hard men in the presence of sweet young things.

    And there were some nice touches. I was really fooled when Manager said “I feel so much better now I have confessed” – I thought “What? President knows?”. I should have clued on to the statue of Mary at the back. I also like how the fanatic fan-girls who have been baying for Mi Nam’s blood, when confronted by him in the flesh, human and begging, completely deflate and help him. Human reality collides with rabid fangirldom, and humanity scores a small victory.

  31. 31 Chelsea

    I love JGS’s smirk, it so Wang Seok-hyun! :))

  32. 32 onemorepls

    Tae-Kyung really have so many expressions that I loved even the scowl except for the overacted sneer too funny. I hope goes back to the first two ep. sneer instead, hahaha. But I’m really looking forward to his in-love expressions.

    Jeremy is going crazy in this eposide. Way too funny he is 🙂

    Thank You for the recap!

  33. 33 Eviie

    The only reason why the ratings went down was because of IRIS which I’ve heard from the get go is really good like this drama. Both IRIS and You’re Beautiful are my chosen dramas for this year so I’m watching both. Plus ratings are so over-rated anyways ! LOL

    Enjoyed this episode and the character development so far. I fear Jeremy will be like Nakatsu from Hana Kimi (Japan) as in him being confused throughout the whole drama about his feelings toward Mi-nyeo but its hilarious watching his portions during the show and that imagination of his. Cute to see Tae-kyung slowly but surely becoming softer and Mi-nyeo I find her such a fun character and she is so pure and sweet no matter what situation she is in she always looks on the positive side and Shin-woo I feel sorry for him because we all know he isn’t the one she’ll end up with but yet his character is so loveable (I personally believe Ji Hoo from Boys Over Flowers should have been written like this).

    Thanks for the re-cap 🙂

  34. 34 flipcity21

    Thanks for the recap. I am just worried that Jeremy would go crazy for the next episode. lol.
    IRIS, anyone? x

  35. 35 grace

    The best scene in this episode has to be TK’s phone commercial.

    Mad corny ya’ll. The flowers, the fog, the background music…what the heck? I watched it repeatedly. Someone needs to hook me up with a gif.

    Also, anyone else notice on the banners hanging on the swimming pool that Jeremy’s name is “Jermy”? That cracked me up too. Possibly because I’m mentally 5 years old.

  36. 36 xiaoSxin

    next episode please!!! i am loving my wednesday and thursday!!! thanks javabeans for the recaps.

    it really has been a while when I was excited about a drama. I hope this feeling keeps up, we need all the laughs, warm fuzzy feelings after watching a rom-com drama in these times… ( natural disasters, floods, earthquake and tsunamis..)

    this drama is a perfect escape!!!!

  37. 37 serendipity

    Yeah, that phone commercial was hilarious. Particularly as TK points (literally) to it as the image of who he really is. I mean, how shallow, egotistical and messed up is that? Adorable.

  38. 38 nika

    Thank Java Beans, i waiting your recap all day
    i love you
    but love JGS more

  39. 39 ColleenF-H

    I saw this episode earlier, it was just as good as the first two. I think my favorite scene was about the ring, because TK really had no idea how to deal with that type of gratefulness and the physical contact filled with kindness. His expression is asking what the hell is this and what is it making me feel.

    I also loved reading all of the comments. I can totally agree with Langdon813’s, “Very Young Guys I Have An Inappropriate Crush On” comment it made me laugh so much (Thanks). I thought JGS was a cute kid in “Baby and Me”, but I didn’t think he woould be crush-worthy.

  40. 40 Jinny

    Man, I loved the episode but I kind of wish I hadn’t read that interview you posted yesterday. Every time Tae-kyung purses his lips, I can’t stop seeing him dressed as Meryl Streep. The heels, the hair, the clothes, going around editing fashion magazines. Bossing around Anne Hathaway. And now that I’ve read some of the comments above mine, I fear I’ll start to have Zoolander flashbacks too. Oh dear.

  41. 41 belleza

    “this drama is not popular in Korea? the ratings are getting lower and lower …”

    YB’s ratings prospects are not high, not just due to stiff Iris competition, but because YB’s demographic prefers watching the shows online, on the phone, or during reruns. (Ajummmas still control the remote.) That’s why youth/idol dramas are not programmed that often during primetime in Korea. (Boys Before Flowers kinda came out of nowhere.)

    What the stations try to track, though, is buzz. Gauging netizen response. Doing independent metrics of youth viewership. YB has great buzz.

  42. 42 E-gyrl

    I am really liking this drama! I really like Jang Geun-seok in this role. The last thing saw him in was Beethoven Virus and I was not that pleased(not that he did a bad job I was just a bit upset). This cast is really easy to watch and enjoy. I am pleased thus far… Cannot wait to see how things continue to unfold.


  43. 43 djes

    thank you!
    at least I can read the recap since I haven’t dl last night episode..so i can’t watch it tonight.

  44. 44 YES!!!!!!!!!!!!


  45. 45 Brendel

    This drama rocks! And thanks Javabeans for the insights and recaps.

    I really like the cast. And the Hong sisters are great. There are subtle twists, so I’m all the more excited about how things will turn out.

    I laughed out loud when I thought the manager confided to Sung-chan when in fact he confided to a priest. Hehe.

    Can’t wait for Ep . 4.

  46. 46 thankyou

    @ langdon813
    “JGS is giving my little Kim Bum a run for his money in the “Very Young Guys I Have An Inappropriate Crush On” dept. And if anyone had told me a month ago that that would be the case, I’d have said they were insane. Some little pretty boy with guyliner and hideous hair is going to be my new boycrush? Yeah, right.”


    @ belleza
    “Part of the genius of this show is that Jang Geon Suk is more or less allowed to be a parody of the Jang Geon Suk that we’ve seen the last few years. So much so that he’s turned into the Korean ZOOLANDER”

    Completely agree. And btw, Zoolander is the best comedy movie everrrrrrrrrrrr.

    @ HwaRang
    “I’m currently enjoying this drama. Anyone else notice the Kang Mae influence in JGS’s acting?”

    Yep! And hinted at it in my comments for the last episode. Infact, I re-watched Beethoven virus the past few days. He has grown tremendously as an actor.

    @ bbm
    “Jeremy having ‘Nakatsu’ moments are so damn hilarious… ”

    OMG, I was screaming Nakatsu to the computer screen. Yep, he is soooo funny.

    Ok a few thoughts about TK. This is my impression of the character:
    There is no doubt TK has been hurt before which has led him to have abandonment issues. He wants to fight back and show that he is just as mean. He can hurt the other person just as bad if not more. The problem is: He is not a mean guy at all. He doesn’t have it in him to hurt but he tries so desperately.
    So he builds walls to keep people out and himself in. He is always on offensive to protect himself. And once he hates you, he will always hate you cuz’ he won’t change his mind. Why should he change, why not the other person. Once something is lost, it is lost forever. Why should he look for something, why can’t the thing come find him?
    He struggles with forgiveness because it is a sign of weakness. In his mind, forgiving is equivalent to giving permission to the person to hurt them again. “If I forgive them, they will trample all over me and hurt me again”. Therefore, MN’s reaction to the ring was such a surprise for him. He is not expecting nor asking to be forgiven. Yet he is. And without any prejudice.
    MN forgives him for pretending to loose the most precious item she had. He can not understand why. MN is looking for her mother who abandoned her. He can not understand why. In his mind, MN is the one holding on. Yet, in reality, it is TK who is the one holding onto the past, the hurt, the anger. He thinks he has severed himself from all that by becoming cold and distant. He is still very much stuck. MN, on the other hand, is free from all that. It is this freedom TK desires and I hope that we see the character learn a thing or two about it in the upcoming episodes. Funny how TK wants to teach MN a lesson but ends up with the learning.
    Great great drama

  47. 47 Rovi

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EPISODE 3!!!!

    Jeremy sure is freaking out and panicking now…what more if he finds out about Mi-nyeo… >8D

    Wahahaha…Oldboy parody… then next thing I’ll be hearing from this series is a “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance” parody (like in Dal-ja…pffft…*restraining laughter*)

  48. 48 Brendel

    By the way, DID YOU GUYS NOTICE THE RINGS JEREMY WAS WEARING? PACMAN RINGS? Where, in the world, can i buy those???

  49. 49 badmarkz

    yes, this show is totally brighten up my day!
    thx javabeans for the nice recaps,

    can’t wait for the next episode!

  50. 50 Fiey


    Although BOF is also a youth/idol dramas, it is able to attrack older viewers which i think might be because of LMH/Junpyo character. I dont know how to describe it, but right now LMH gains fans from all ages. there’s just something about the character and his acting. to compare with YB, this drama centred around Idols/Idol group which i think ahjummas never interested in.

    btw, THANKS Javabeans for the recap! Love this drama.

    i love that the romance is developing greatly in this episode, but i actually like the previous eps better. this ep is kinda over the top for me. i know its a trendy drama but previous ones were able to come off believable to me. to note: how the hell TK was suddenly able to catch up with the track, and the ending at the swimming pool. i dont get why MN throw away her shirt and decides to jump into the pool. she can easily put on her shirt back. and to count TK saved MN in this ep alone like three times. truck, train, pool. it feels like BOF again. and i cringe at TK smirks in this ep. that said, there are still scenes that i like. hillarious Jeremy, cellphone commercial, parody and many more.

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