Drama Recaps
You’re Beautiful: Episode 5
by | October 21, 2009 | 163 Comments

A very cute episode that keeps up the mix of humor and emotion, with a splash of added romance. I’m really liking all the actors/characters in this drama, even the ones who play unappealing roles (like Yoo Heyi), which goes a long way to adding charm to this drama.


You’re Beautiful OST – “Lovely Day”. This is sung by Park Shin-hye. [ Download ]

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Jeremy and Shin-woo come out to the balcony to see Tae-kyung comforting Mi-nam. Jeremy wonders what’s going on — does Tae-kyung know why Mi-nam is crying? Shin-woo muses (to himself), “Maybe Tae-kyung knows everything.”

Sung-chan and Stylist Wang join them, and Tae-kyung explains that Mi-nam is just feeling worked up after the performance. The stylist takes Mi-nam aside to fix up her makeup for the upcoming interviews. Sung-chan is pleased to hear that Tae-kyung comforted Mi-nam, as this is proof that they’re getting along better.

Of course, Tae-kyung and Shin-woo know there’s more to the story but keep that to themselves. There are looks exchanged all around (the two stare intensely while Jeremy looks on quizzically), and I have to admit that for a moment I was reminded of those Mad TV parodies of Mexican telenovelas where people just glare dramatically at each other.

The stylist heard about Mi-nam’s mother and asks if she’ll be okay for the interview. Mi-nyeo assures her that she can continue, but Tae-kyung’s voice cuts in: “You can’t do it.” He points out that she’s obviously been sobbing. What, is she going to blame it on him antagonizing her again?

I like that Tae-kyung frames it like this, because it’s his way of being gruff to cover up that he’s just looking out for her feelings. He supposes that she’s not in the frame of mind to answer interview questions and tells her to go; he’ll take care of things.

She thanks him, and the stylist hits upon the perfect way to smuggle Mi-nam out without being seen. Just get rid of her disguise! She grabs a spare outfit from one of the other acts and dresses Mi-nyeo like a girl pop star.

Tae-kyung keeps his reaction under control, but he’s definitely stunned to see Mi-nyeo looking so pretty. He even surreptitiously takes another look. As he leaves the room, he mutters, “Taking a real look at her feels so weird.”

Complications arise when the nosy reporter wanders backstage looking for a juicy story. Seeing Tae-kyung lurking outside the dressing room, he assumes that it’s because Yoo Heyi’s dressing room is nearby. Recalling that he’d seen them near each other at the hospital, his imagination starts linking the events. The reporter approaches and asks Tae-kyung about Heyi in an insinuating tone. Just then, the door opens and Mi-nyeo starts to step out.

Seeing potential disaster looming, Tae-kyung grabs her hand and pulls her along into a run before the reporter can get a good look at her.

Naturally, the reporter pursues, smelling a hot scoop. The two youngsters are faster than him, though, and make it to the lobby well ahead of him.

Tae-kyung instructs Mi-nyeo to run out without making any eye contact with anyone, which she does. The fans are busily fawning over Jeremy and Shin-woo anyway, and don’t take notice of her.

When the reporter catches up, Tae-kyung — now alone — runs back upstairs to evade him. Outside the dressing rooms, he runs into Heyi, who has finished her performance.

And just then, the reporter reaches them, out of breath, and figures he’s caught them red-handed. He asks why they’d run from him together.

Tae-kyung’s not inclined to humor the reporter, and leaves Heyi to deal with him. So when he asks her about running away, she has no idea what he’s talking about. The reporter only has the vaguest of photos (of the two people’s backs as they run), and they’re not strong enough basis for a story — but he vows later to reveal the romance.

For the interview, Tae-kyung tells Sung-chan that Mi-nam has gone home, and the clueless CEO makes polite excuses for Mi-nam’s absence.

The ride home that night is quiet with a serious air. Tae-kyung tells the other two about Mi-nam’s mother dying, which makes Jeremy in particular feel guilty. He asks his hyungs, “Did you both know he had no parents? Is that why you were so nice to him?”

Now Jeremy feels guilty for misunderstanding, and berates himself (“You rotten orange-head!”) for being so difficult. He voices what the other two are suppressing: “I feel sorry for Mi-nam.”

Mi-nyeo meets her Aunt Mi-ja, who is very emotional. Mi-ja cries that she tried to find Mi-nam, and that by the time her father entrusted the twins to her before his death, he’d said their mother had already died. Mi-nyeo asks for more information, but Aunt Mi-ja only knows that she was supposedly a singer. She’d never met her.

On the ride home, Hoon-yi says that Mi-nyeo has been doing a good job. However, she feels it’s time to call it quits; after all, she made a promise with Tae-kyung.

When she gets home, however, her spirits are cheered at the surprise party thrown by her bandmates celebrating her first performance. (It’s cute how Jeremy is now the enthusiastic one, making up for his earlier unfriendliness.) Tae-kyung, meanwhile, sees how well the other two are treating her and practically harrumphs; he’s not jealous, oh no not at all, but it’s like he doesn’t like being left out yet has too much ego to make any overtures.

Jeremy tells her, “Tae-kyung hyung didn’t do anything, but he didn’t stop us either.” He shows off one of his comedic impressions, but nobody laughs, which bothers him. Back when they were newbies on the scene, he’d gotten tons of laughs from his act whenever they went on various variety programs. Their popularity even grew because of him! (He calls his act a “first wife” — as in, they accepted it when it was young but now that time has passed they’re going to dump it.)

They recall that Tae-kyung used to have a “special skill” that he showed on their early variety-program appearances, and Jeremy offers to show Mi-nam the clips, which he kept “to watch when I’m feeling depressed.”

Tae-kyung is clearly uncomfortable with this idea, but tries to pretend he doesn’t care. He tells himself it’s just a joke, but Shin-woo confirms that he’s seen it too.

Immediately, Tae-kyung bolts up and runs into the house shouting, “Don’t, Jeremy! If you do, you die!”

Tae-kyung bursts in on the room just as the tape is getting started, and we see how stiff and uncomfortable A.N.JELL used to be. He yells at Jeremy to turn it off.

Jeremy fast-forwards to show Mi-nam the good stuff, and runs around with the remote control as Tae-kyung chases him. Mi-nyeo sees the clip of Tae-kyung asking for a radish, which he then bites into to shave it with his front teeth.

(These variety shows are another aspect of idol life that the writers poke fun at, because it’s all done in the name of exposure and increasing popularity, no matter how the idols may feel about it. It’s clear that Tae-kyung is not comfortable making a fool of himself on camera (Jeremy has had more success with that), inasmuch as he takes himself very seriously despite his idol status.)

Afterward, Tae-kyung comes upon Mi-nyeo laughing quietly to herself. She assures him that it was fun watching him: “Back then you were the most handsome of the three!” He asks, “Back then? What about now?”

She fumbles, “You’re still handsome,” but he picks up on what is unsaid (the superlative is gone now): “But I’m not number 1 [in handsomeness].” Her lack of an answer confirms that, and he says, “Forget it. I don’t care about your preference.”

However, his mood goes from annoyed to startled when she mentions being happy to be leaving with such good memories. He looks at her sharply: “Leaving?” Mi-nyeo answers, “I wasn’t able to find my mother, but I will keep our promise. I’ll wrap things up so I won’t cause trouble and leave.”

When she heads outside, he says almost petulantly, “She was so insistent on staying for her mother’s sake, but she doesn’t even think of her brother’s sake. How can she have so little loyalty to her twin?”

As Mi-nyeo helps Shin-woo clean up, he asks how she’s doing. She answers that the guys were big comforts to her in a difficult day.

He offers more comfort and tells her, “Hold out your hand.” There’s a solemnity in his air that makes her a little nervous, and he holds her hands… and puts a stack of dishes in them. Phew! He tells her to take them inside, breaking the odd tension.

The mood wasn’t imagined, though, because when she takes the plates inside, he wonders, “I’m here watching, but who are you holding out your hand to?”

Jeremy offers to take the dishes from her — it’s the least he can do, since he’d been unfair in jumping to conclusions about her. She was totally unaware of this and asks what that was about. Uncomfortably, he admits that he thought she’d been flirting, but mumbles his answer because he’s unwilling to admit what he’d thought. So he seizes upon something more acceptable — Jolie! He explains that he thought she was stealing his dog’s affections and it upset him.

Mi-nyeo promises not to do that anymore, and he says he won’t torment her anymore, either. Growing a little uncomfortable being around Mi-nyeo and her good-hearted openness, he stumbles while he tries to turn away — and she grabs him to help him from falling. Too bad this closeness is further unsettling to Jeremy’s peace of mind.

Tae-kyung changes his hairstyle, which the stylist says reminds her of his early days. She wonders why he wanted to change, and he says “Just because,” muttering to himself in dissatisfacion, “She said I’m not number 1.”

In the same salon is Yoo Heyi, who’s getting her hair done and falling asleep in her chair. He’s about to ignore her, but he sees that her cell phone is about to fall to the ground. As it does, he leaps forward to catch it, which wakes her up.

She accuses him of stealing glances of her as she slept. He retorts, “There’s got to be something worth seeing.”

Heyi wonders what the deal was with the reporter, who thinks they’re dating. She asks, “Then who’s that girl? The one wearing clothes like mine who you ran away with. He got a picture of you too.” That grabs his attention, but when he sees the photo (which she’d gotten from the reporter), he’s relieved because it hardly shows anything. There are no faces, in any case.

He tells Heyi: “You and she are different heights, and you have different figures. You’re absolutely nothing alike. Nothing to worry about, Korea’s Fairy.”

When he flashes that smile at her, Heyi looks at him with renewed interest, then wonders if that means Tae-kyung really has a girlfriend.

At dance rehearsals, the guys watch a home shopping channel while eating, and while the guys all stare at the model’s legs, Mi-nyeo fixes on the shoes, calling them pretty: “It’s just that I’ve never worn shoes like that before.”

This, naturally, earns her some odd looks. Belatedly, she realizes her blunder and forces a laugh to cover up. She explains that of course she’s a guy so no, she’s never worn shoes like that, which is why they’re interesting, and oh, look, the model’s legs are pretty.

The scene does, however, give Shin-woo an idea. He shops for shoes, wondering what kind of style Mi-nyeo would like.

Sung-chan takes Tae-kyung to a special lunch meeting with a music star who wants to work with Tae-kyung: Mo Hwa-ran. Since Tae-kyung’s maternity is a secret to the public, Sung-chan is unaware of the bad blood between the two, and approaches her offer enthusiastically.

Hwa-ran wants to make a comeback, which is why she’d like the help of Sung-chan and a youngster like Tae-kyung: they could record and perform together. Sung-chan refers to Tae-kyung’s paternity — his father is a world-renowned genius conductor (LOL, is this a nod to Beethoven Virus?) — which provokes a look between mother and son. Tae-kyung answers pointedly that “I only resemble my father.” She answers, just as pointedly, that she didn’t get along with geniuses — they were sensitive and prickly.

Hwa-ran invites them to eat — she ordered the best, specifically for them. However, Tae-kyung spits out his food — it’s shrimp. Tae-kyung excuses himself as Sung-chan explains his allergy, and Hwa-ran looks upset. She asks herself, “Was he allergic?”

Tae-kyung stumbles to the bathroom, breathing heavily, and spits out his food. But despite the physical discomfort, it’s the emotional one that’s more troubling.

He recalls one of his rare meetings with his mother as a child. He hadn’t eaten what she ordered because there was shrimp in it, which annoyed her because she’d thought he was a fussy eater. So, the insecure boy, wanting his mother’s approval, had taken up his fork to force himself to eat. He’d started coughing and breathing heavily, and a disconcerted Hwa-ran had told him, “Don’t make trouble for me, and go to the bathroom quietly.”

(Great scene for Jang Geun-seok; look at those eyes.)

Shin-woo, meanwhile, also takes Mi-nyeo to lunch at the restaurant (which I recall was also featured in an episode of Star’s Lover). He makes up the excuse that she’s helping him by coming with her because he’d wanted to eat here, and afterward, she can help him by going with him to the amusement park. He’s even prepared disguises to evade notice.

She notices that he has another bag with him — the shoes — which he explains are for a girl he’s going to meet. He’s planning to apologize for lying about something and give it to her. “I’ll gain her forgiveness and her heart.”

Mi-nyeo spills some juice and heads to the bathroom to clean up. There, she comes upon Tae-kyung, who’s getting his emotions under control.

Seeing her, he straightens and leaves without a word, but she follows worriedly.

Shin-woo waits in the private dining room alone, unable to get hold of Mi-nyeo, who has left behind her phone. She does call him from a pay phone outside as she watches over Tae-kyung and explains that she’ll have to be with Tae-kyung for a while.

Tae-kyung tells Mi-nyeo curtly that he’s fine, that he just had momentary breathing trouble. When she asks if he’d eaten shrimp, he asks bitterly, “You remember that — why can’t she?”

Tae-kyung has also left behind his cell phone and instructs Mi-nyeo to head back and get it for him, but unfortunately, she doesn’t know where the restaurant is. She’d been busy following him out, and didn’t notice where they were going.

Wearing Shin-woo’s disguises, Tae-kyung and Mi-nyeo pick a direction and walk, figuring they’ll hit the restaurant sooner or later. But after walking around and around in circles (although Tae-kyung refuses to admit they’re lost), they still haven’t found the restaurant.

They decide that it’s faster to go back to the agency instead, and at least Tae-kyung is confident he knows the way. Only, he doesn’t. He leads her past the same ice cream four times, ignoring Mi-nyeo’s suggestion that they’re going in circles.

But when she suggests hailing a taxi, he refuses, saying, “I have my pride.” When she offers to ask for directions, he barks, “Don’t ask! I’ll find it.” But he surprises her by quoting her own line: “Someone once told me that if you look for something with an earnest heart, you’ll find it.”

Stylist Wang returns the outfit Mi-nyeo had worn out of the music festival, and as the outfit came from Heyi’s troupe, Heyi takes note of the A.N.JELL stylist’s arrival. She also realizes that the clothing is similar to hers from the festival, and deduces that the stylist must know who Tae-kyung’s girl is.

She takes a risk by asking, “I hear Tae-kyung oppa and that person escaped safely, right?” She implies that Tae-kyung told her the whole truth, and when the stylist asks, “Are you really dating?” Heyi says coyly, “In these situations, I should say no, right?” She assures the stylist that Tae-kyung entrusted her with his secret, so the stylist answers, “If people find out Mi-nam is a girl, we’re in trouble!”

Heyi is startled, but plays along. She ingratiates herself with the stylist to get more on this story.

Finally, Tae-kyung and Mi-nyeo arrive at the agency. He’s proud of himself, although she’s exhausted at all the wandering they did.

Yet when he smiles at her in satisfaction, her heart starts to pound. Why this is happening? Is it from all the walking? In her confusion, she steals glances at Tae-kyung, who wonders why she keeps looking at him. Mi-nyeo thinks fast: “It’s just… your new hairstyle is really cool!”

He makes sure to tell her, “I didn’t change it because of what you said. It’s to fit the new album concept.”

When she enters the house, both of the other bandmates are acting odd. First, Jeremy shies away from her, still unnerved at his feelings for her. He laments to his dog, “What do I do? All day, I just think of Go Mi-nam. What’s wrong with me?”

Shin-woo is also less friendly than normal, feeling upset that she’d left him for Tae-kyung. When she asks about his date, he answers that he’d been stood up, and his tone is short.

True to her word, Mi-nyeo readies to leave. Tae-kyung seems less-than-thrilled to see her packed to move out, but before he has to decide how to act about this, he’s saved by an unexpected arrival: Aunt Mi-ja.

She has come intending to stay with Mi-nam for a while, and since the others don’t know of Mi-nyeo’s intention to leave, they can’t exactly turn her away. Mi-nyeo and Hoon-yi beg Tae-kyung to be understanding, and to let Mi-nyeo stay a little while longer. Thus Tae-kyung is given an excuse to pretend that he’s dissatisfied with this, while not having to actually part ways.

However, this brings up the problem of room arrangements. Aunt and nephew can’t room together comfortably, so it would be better if Aunt Mi-ja takes the room to herself, while Mi-nam shares with another guy. He tells Jeremy to share since he’s the youngest — which freaks him out, since Jeremy is fighting his unsettling attraction to Mi-nam.

Then, what about Shin-woo? But Shin-woo’s feeling rejected, and answers that there’s someone else who should find sharing with Mi-nam more comfortable — meaning Tae-kyung.

Tae-kyung immediately refuses, but Sung-chan doesn’t see why not. He orders Mi-nam to make the decision. The three guys tense as they await her answer, and when she looks at Tae-kyung, he mouths, “You’re dead.” Mi-nyeo answers, “If I have to choose…”

She points at Tae-kyung. He’s incredulous: “You can’t mean me?” He refuses, but she says pleadingly that given the circumstances, she’d rather room with him. (Note that she still believes that her identity as a girl is unknown to the other two guys. Therefore, even if Tae-kyung hates rooming with her, he’s the only one who knows her secret, so rooming together is the logical choice.)

Tired of the indecision, Sung-chan tells Mi-nam to pack her (his) bags — she can share with HIM, then. Sung-chan even warms to the idea — they can do dude things together like work out, go to the sauna together, scrub each other’s backs (that quintessential Korean bonding activity)…

At this, Mi-nyeo turns a desperate eye to Tae-kyung, begging with her puppy-dog eyes. Tae-kyung has to choke back his distaste and agree. He says with difficulty, “We’ll get along fine. Working out, going to the sauna, and scrubbing each other’s backs should be fun.”

At this, Mi-nyeo looks at him like he’s just saved her world. (Well, he kinda has.)

Hoon-yi is pleased at the change in Tae-kyung, but he hands her a taser just in case, and has to explain (uncomfortably) that it’s to use… in case… well she probably won’t have to use it… but if Tae-kyung… maybe… tries to do… to her…

Finally, he just tells her that if Tae-kyung’s gaze changes from intense glower to suddenly soft, she’d better press the button!

Mi-nyeo settles into Tae-kyung’s room for the night, but he has a problem with her camping location. She assures him, “I’m fine. How could I take your bed? I can sleep here below.”

Of course, that’s not what he meant — he orders her even further below. He can’t sleep with the lights off (on account of his night blindness, I’m sure), while she can’t sleep with the lights on. Naturally he wins, so even when he’s asleep, she tosses and turns.

Mi-nyeo reasons that since he’s already sleeping, she can turn off the lights now. As she flips the switch, she pauses to look down on him: “He looks so different when he sleeps.” It’s because the tension is gone from his eyes and he looks nicer.

She thinks, “Today I’m seeing a lot of sides to Hwang Tae-kyung I haven’t seen before.” But the recollection of smiling Tae-kyung sends her heart pounding again. Uneasy, she asks Mother Superior for guidance, and crosses herself to pray.

Only, with that gesture, she accidentally touches the taser Hoon-yi had given her — and tases herself. (Omg! Lulz.)

Knocked unconscious, Mi-nyeo falls on the bed, on top of a sleeping Tae-kyung.


Seriously, if that isn’t the most unusual way I’ve heard of to get two characters in each other’s arms…!! Love how the writing is continuing to add unexpected twists to otherwise expected situations. (I’d seen the preview hinting at this event, but any of the possible explanations I could have come up with don’t come close to the end result.)

As for Tae-kyung, what a big ol’ softie. We don’t necessarily get big revelations today that weren’t hinted at before, but I like seeing more examples of his inner nice guy. Often you have the bad boy pretending to be the nice boy and hiding his douchey real self from the girl by putting on an act. With Tae-kyung, we have a nice guy trying to act the bad guy, but he’s just not very good at keeping it up. At least not around Mi-nyeo.

For instance, at the beginning of the episode, he’d like to think he doesn’t care that she’s crying, but he can’t leave her alone and comforts her. And later at the party at the house, when she apologizes for being troublesome, he answers gruffly, “Go Mi-nam, today you were pretty useful. You performed well.” It sounds like a backhanded compliment, almost grudgingly given, but it’s probably one of the best compliments he could actually give her, since she had lamented her uselessness, and explained how she felt the desire to be of use to him.

I’m really enjoying the characters here, even bit players and side characters like Yoo Heyi. She could have been played very one-dimensionally, but I think she’s been well-written, and well-cast. I know nothing about UEE or her pop group, but I think she totally measures up to the role and is good at playing both the publicly sweet Heyi and the privately bitchy Heyi. It occurs to me that this is actually how I imagined the lead would be when I first read the description for Lady Castle. This is how you can be an entertaining mean girl, and I enjoy how Heyi is so two-faced.

For instance, she’s not one to go for the obvious put-down. Gu Jun-pyo (Boys Before Flowers) or Kang Hae-na (My Fair Lady) are the type to tell you to your face how much you suck, but Heyi is the master of the mean-girl taunt, the sly put-down, the “unsult,” if you will. It’s passive-aggressive. She tells one of her dancers with a meaningful edge that she sure was dancing hard tonight! (Meaning: You blocked my camera shot, bitch.) She tells another dancer that her super-high heels sure made her legs look long. (Meaning: Get rid of your heels and the nerve to one-up me!)


163 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. meikisis

    This is such a lovely show.
    I havent been this excited since Boys over Flowers..
    thanks for the recaps! You’re pretty fast making it too.. thanks! ;p

  2. jackie

    i love this drama.
    park shin-hye is ADORABLE.
    btw, it takes a lot to warm my cold, blackened, cynical heart. i remind myself of tae-kyung sometimes.

  3. Kgrl

    Quick comment before forcing myself to shut-down the computer…

    I love all the nuances to the characters and that they make sense (transitions well), albeit in a parody pop-y, eye-liner exploding, bipolar imaginery world the Hong sisters have recreated. And I’m digging UEE’s cunning maliciousness. I don’t need another naive, dim-witted jerk – change is good. Glad the story remains fresh and entertaining, hope it continues. Great recap as always.

  4. ...

    OMG, the variety show part was hilarious!!
    Ah, I starting to really like Tae-kyung. He’s too cute. xD

  5. Nuggets

    Thank you for the recap! πŸ™‚ I definitely agree with you on the HeYi “fake fairy” analysis. UEE’s playing Heyi the way Yoon Eun Hye should have played Kang Haena. I also like how Taekyung and Minam/nyeo’s relationship is progressing; you can tell he’s giving a little when he changes his style for her and of course, she’s starting to feel the attraction. It’s very, for lack of a better word, gentle and almost subtle how they’re just gravitating towards each other.

  6. dreams

    Thanks so much JB!! I have been refreshing this site since I stepped into office. Can’t wait to go home and watch the eng sub episodes!

    I have a strong feeling that the preview where TK kissed HY is going to be the ending scene for epsiode 6. Aaa.. I hate that!

    MN must be heart broken but I guess the reason why TK did it is to protect MN so he wants to make it seem like there is something going on between him and HY to the reporters.

    Oh, I’m also very sad that I guess we won’t be able to see TK original hairstyle anymore from the looks of the preview for episode 6. I hope they will interchange the hairstyle instead of doing away with it for good.

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  8. reluctantbutaddicted

    Wow. You’re fast! Thanks for the recaps. I’m thoroughly enjoying this show, and the taser incident really made me laugh–it is indeed a clever and very unexpected way to get the two leads into bed!

  9. Kez

    Having fun watching this show! Can’t wait for the next one. Curious as to how episode 6 will go! The previews usually are what they want viewers to believe the story will go – only it isn’t!
    Thanks Javabeans!

  10. 10 tonia

    Hey! Loving this so much. It’s so fast paced and hilarious. Loved it when she tasered herself. Hehehe!!! I am missing Shin woo’s sweetness after Minam stood him up. Thanks for the recaps. Jeremy is so funny and cute. Taekyung is becoming so lovable for me right now. WAAAAHHHH! Can’t wait for the next episode.

  11. 11 sunbae

    I really love to read your recap and comments. This series have lots of potential, but unfortunately it is broadcast at the wrong time. Really love all of the characters. I saw the preview and I am getting very anxious. Really not sure when TK will show his love for MN. Tonight’s episode was cute and I find it a bit slow at the beginning, but the bed scene really make it worth it. Really unexpectedly hilarious.
    Hope that this series will run its course peacefully and with more admirations from fans all over the world, including korea.

  12. 12 Married2ahero

    I really liked this episode, but listening to that one song with Park Shin hye and Jang Geun Suk is starting to sound pretty awful during the chorus part. Kind of like they’re screaming to be louder than the other, which is kind of unfortunate since they both have nice voices, but maybe not together. That was the one thing really bothering me about this episode…

  13. 13 MEIKO**** ^-^

    Omo!!!! Omo!!!

    *sighing dreamily*

    love this ep too!!! You are right JavaB, some unexpected scenes indeed and I love ’em all!

    She looks sooo cute in that girly outfit!

    and Tae Kyung… *swoon*
    the “hhaarruumphss” (according to javaB) LOL!
    scowl and pout…LOL!


  14. 14 haezi

    what a fast update (your readers can totally tell how into a drama you are from the time it takes for updates to occur)!
    i love this drama. it’s better than boys before flowers (sorry for comparing, but the 4 pretty “boys” make the comparisons inevitable)!

    i’m usually indifferent to the two main actors (jgs and psh) but they are too cute in this drama. and i totally concur that all the side characters are awesome. the twists and humor make me anticipate this drama even more than iris (yes, i will admit that iris is entertaining, though a bit cliched, and kim tae hee isn’t as bad as i initially thought). the scene where the two leads circle the ice cream store is hilarious.

  15. 15 Lucille

    Thanks for the recap. I think I am becoming a Jermey fan. Not in a romantic way, but I love his innocence. He’s even more innocent and naive then Mi-nam in some ways. Great show!

  16. 16 trixicopper

    There were a lot of great moments in this episode. One of my favorites (of many) was when TK and MN were lost. I always thought that the whole “I’m not lost,I know exactly where I am” deal was an American male thing. I was so glad to see that it’s universal! That part just cracked me up! Been there lived it. Zapping yourself with a stun gun while doing the sign of the cross has got to be one of the more inventive ways to get our two leads into a “bed scene”. My hat is off to the Hong sisters for that one. I do have a question though,at the hair salon, do people still use those wired up contraptions? I’ve never seen that in real life except for in old movies(think 1940’s). I’ve had a lot of processes done on my hair over the years but they have never wired me up like the Bride of Frankenstein. It was funny though.

  17. 17 Taohua

    Thanks for the recap! I haven’t been this excited in in a while over a drama that I’ve been compulsively refreshing the page just in case you posted the recap all evening! I really enjoyed this episode and am glad to see how subtly Tae-kyung and Mi-nyeo are coming closer. JGS could have made TK bipolar with his emotions (like a lot of cold, hurt, angry lead man in dramas…there’s a couple I want to name, but I’ll refrain), but JGS has given so much more depth and sensitivity to Tae-kyung’s character. Tae-kyung’s genuinely is a sweet guy who has been hurt alot in the past and JGS portrays this really well! And I’m also really impressed with PSH’s Mi-nyeo. She’s grown a lot as an actress.

    Generally, like others have mentioned the casting for this was really well done and I’m looking forward to see how Yoo He-yi plays a role in the next few episodes. I though I would really dislike Yoo He-yi, but I think UEE is doing a good job (wasn’t she in QSD playing the younger Mishil?). The preview for ep. 6 looks interesting and I definitely can’t wait for tomorrow! Can’t wait to see TK’s reaction when he wakes in the morning (: Thanks again for the recap!

  18. 18 sue

    so i was totally into shinwoo, but in this episode TAEKYUNG TOTALLY WON ME OVER.
    and i hope his new hair style is here to stay! πŸ˜€

  19. 19 Cartman

    OMG! I’m soooo LOVING this show! I’ve never felt this excited waiting for an episode since Coffee Prince! Thanks for the recaps btw πŸ˜€

  20. 20 jj

    “Seriously, if that isn’t the most unusual way I’ve heard of to get two characters in each other’s arms…!! Love how the writing is continuing to add unexpected twists to otherwise expected situations. (I’d seen the preview hinting at this event, but any of the possible explanations I could have come up with don’t come close to the end result.)”

    HAHA that was what I was thinking too! I saw the preview like multiple times and did NOT expect that result at the end. LOL tasing herself & landing on top of him hhahah creative! FUNNY & CUTE!!

    i love taekyung’s scowl & pout haha adorable!
    SHINWOO! I felt bad for him… gosh he’s perfect! lol poor guy tho.
    JEREMY makes me laugh so much!! yay Hongki is doing such a great job!
    I also loved minyeo’s facial expressions at tae kyung during the room choosing scene

    I loved this episode. SO CUTE!
    I’ve been watching the Making of vids of this show and omg so hilarious!

  21. 21 Cartman

    oh..I forgot. UEE is so good playing a bitchy character! lol

  22. 22 _toastypbj

    Finally!! I have been refreshing your site all day on my phone and computer, during my studies and work, just for this! Thank you so much for this! I watched it raw and still smiled like crazy. Cannot wait to understand what it was all about.

  23. 23 Penn

    I love this episode. My favorite scene is probably when Mi-nyeo hugs Jeremy from behind to prevent his fall. The expression on Jeremy’s face was just priceless.

  24. 24 Sonam

    This is what BOF should have been. I love the lead girl. She is so likable. She could have made a great Jandi. JGS is too cool. He reminds me of Joe Cheng in The Rose. I like all the guys. They mesh so well. Yes, I am loving how likable everyone is.

  25. 25 pn

    After seeing last week’s previews, I was wondering how she was going to end up on top of Tae-Kyung. Especially after he moved her even further away from his bed. When she was looking at him sleeping, after turning off the main lights, I still thought…..but even if she tripped (typical Lady Castle Style), and landed right smack on top of him, how did she fall asleep?…. And then she goes and tasers herself. LOL! Totally not expected! I love the Hong sisters writing!

  26. 26 kish-me

    somehow i just cant stand UEE
    she looks kinda out of place
    n doesnt give the korean fairy vibe

    sorry if a bit out of topic
    anyone here hv the song in ep1 where mi-nyeo miss her flight
    if im not mistaken the title is memory

  27. 27 Joonni

    And the mother is such a fascinating character too.

    Ah yes, you have put to words what I was thinking about Taekyung and his difference from other bad boy characters.

    And really the intensity of his eyes in that scene at the bathroom. Wow.

  28. 28 melovesred

    First time commenting… πŸ˜€
    I’m having so much fun reading your recaps and really enjoyed this drama.
    Thank you so much for your faboulous recaps. can’t wait for episode 6.

    PS : I’ve been a loyal silent reader of your blog for some time now, and just want to tell you that I like the way you write, it gives flavour to the drama you’re recapping.

  29. 29 Anonymous

    Thank you so much for the recap! I really wanted to watch the show today but just didn’t have the time. And though there are a few annoying things (i.e. Mi-nyeo ditching Shin-woo and the part where the story is forcing a situation where Minyeo and Taekyung room together- why can’t Minyeo get Taekyung’s room and Taekyung just room with Shinwoo or Jeremy), there are other nice surprises like Minyeo calling Shinwoo from a pay phone to tell him she had to watch over Taekyung (some kdrama characters never have such courtesy!) and the taser.

    and i can’t believe that stylist spilled out that secret!!! why?!!!!! and i love how even though Yoo Heyi got her hair curled and done- it’s like stick straight in this scene.

    and the part about Taekyung and his mom and the shrimp- so sad =*( and love how the Hong sisters poked fun at the making-a-fool-of-yourself-on-a-variety-show aspect of idol life!

  30. 30 Molly

    I was looking forward to this recap! I’m watching Iris right now and I haven’t had time to even start You’re Beautiful, so these recaps are satisfying me at the moment. πŸ™‚

    Loved the taser twist. SO random but SO clever!

  31. 31 Anh

    i am at work. and reading this recap makes me want to laugh so hard πŸ™‚

  32. 32 buns27

    first time commenting here too! this drama and your recaps are bringing out the lurkers! ^

    i am adoring this drama! lots of refreshing of this site and constant checking over at viikii throughout the day.

    there were so many looks and stares in this episodes that just sent shivers down my spine. SO intense! is it just me, or does it seem like MN is much spunkier in this episode? and less…innocent?

    i’m a little confused though. shinwoo and TK know, but MN is only aware of TK knowing, right? so she couldn’t have picked shinwoo to stay with because she thinks she’s still fooling him?

  33. 33 Marg

    I am totally in love with this drama. It has me cracking up each and every episode. Gosh, the whole taser thing was hilarious. First, with the manager instructing her on the use of it, and then her actually managing to taser herself into unconsciousness, while praying….HAHAHA!

    It’s soooo true what someone above mentioned about this drama being what BOF should have been.

  34. 34 Fan

    Thanks for the recap- it’s awesome to get your view of the show- really enhances my enjoyment of the series and I’ve taken to reloading your page every Wed evening to watch for this recap! πŸ™‚

    Very interesting episode, and I’m somewhat torn about Shinwoo…. it’s been said before but I’ll say it again- poorpoor Shinwoo!

    He had such a romantic plan all in place to take MN to the amusement park decked out in cute disguises and a pair of shoes to gift her… and he even hinted that he would present such a gift to try to get a girl to be his girlfriend! πŸ™‚ Even stauch TK-MN shipper that I am had to soften a little at this gorgeous guy and hoped that he and MN would get to go to the amusement park! He is doubtlessly the looker of the group hands down- simply drop-dead gorgeous- in glasses and a fedora… wow…. one of the most gorgeous things walking on two legs on the planet!

    However, both how his character is written and how it’s portrayed leaves something to be desired. He needs to be assertive when the moment arises, instead of bottling it all up inside of him, he has to come out and tell MN that
    a) he knows she’s a girl and
    b) he’d like to be more to her, or even if not,
    c) he has to in not so lackluster a way spend more time with her.

    Letting her time and again slip away and end up spending more time with TK isn’t a good move, and I know it’s the plot, but it just makes SW seem like waaaay too passive a character! (And I think the fact that the actor tends to underplay the part doesn’t help that impression.)

    On the upside, next week he seems to do the right thing- assuming the cell phone call to MN with his fedora and glasses isn’t a dream or a memory, he says something about asking forgiveness for keeping something secret, and I hope he comes right out and confesses.

    That would be good timing for MN since she should- at that point- be somewhat discouraged about TK and this would give SW a shot at being a part of her life!

    Ultimately I know she and TK are a pair, so I feel confident enough (aahhh… I can’t even type confident without trying to laugh at Jeremy’s “He, share a room with me??? No… I’m … uh… not confident enough for that!” ;))) hahahahaaa!) about that pair that I think they could use a few tests along the way.

    If nothing else TK has to see that MN is not just a puppy who’s blindly following him around, and that if he wants to keep her heart he’ll have to actually work at it too! Plus MN needs a dose of self-confidence as well… she’s gorgeous, she’s sweet, and I get it that she’s exceedingly gently brought-up and very forgiving in the spirit of being religious, but she doesn’t need to keep apologizing to TK about being who she is and belittling her self-worth! Did she not just have a successful concert with AN Jell within weeks of training?! So all in all, I think it would be good for everyone if MN and SW got together for awhile and TK can get a taste (hopefully mostly sour!) of YHY.

  35. 35 tombrady

    Cant wait for epi 6. hahaha… how’s he gonna react when he sees GMN on top of him.

    I like that TK and MN are getting very close without each of them really realizing it. The build-up is slow and easy… but not boring or angst-filled. They now naturally gravitate towards each other without realizing it. It is sweet to watch… this is how people find the great love of their lives after all.

    I stopped trying to guess what will happen in the next episode. All my theories re episode 5 were wrong. I’m glad the Hong sisters still manage to keep the story and scenarios fresh and fun.

  36. 36 Asian Addict

    Hee hee this drama is like an hour long commercial–I love it! Never bores me! Thanks for the recap. Taekyung is the cutest! Plus I’ve never liked a girl-lead this much. Am a fan πŸ™‚

  37. 37 Fan

    PS One last thing on Shinwoo- the one part that he showed a decisiveness that impressed me was right at the beginning of the episode when he told Jeremy not to disturb TK and MN… he realized that she was somehow very upset and that they were having a “moment”- he didn’t like the romantic overtones (though I agree with others that here the set up was one more of empathy than romance) but didn’t want to jar MN.

    Good move, fast thinking/clear headed and decisive all at once… one of the lines that reflects best on the character so far. And right after, he stands there and gives TK a narrow “Get off my property!” look that is super sexy!

    Sadly, after that he gets a little moody and much too quiet and oblique for my tastes. It is that inexpressiveness about him that’s a little frustrating, sometimes he comes out and touches MN and tells her he’ll be there for her, and that hits the spot, but when it comes down to some key points, he’s somehow back-down and just glumly looks on as MN and TK bicker. He of the three AN Jell guys is the least spontaneous and open, e.g., for all his faults, TK isn’t oblique, and is happy to tell you exactly what he doesn’t like about you, Jeremy doesn’t even know what the word oblique means! ;)))) (And that last was a compliment!) πŸ˜‰

    Ohhh… did I mention that I love Jeremy now, he’s such a sweet-heart!

    So soft hearted and so straight-forward even if not the sharpest pin on the cushion… still his antics really make the show a better place.

    My favorite comic character: I stil can’t decide between Jeremy and the manager – the actor for the manager really is quite a talent, very natural whether crying or laughing, dancing or in general being the earnest and loyal if somewhat cowardly and incompetent, though highly creative big-soft-pushover (the way the coordinator bosses him around!) πŸ™‚

    Who can forget… “Real men should never, ever, ever, EVER kneel…EVER… but here I am going on both my knees pleasepleaseplease!” Great! And TK’s relieved, “Well, I’m so tired of your excuses I can’t even get angry anymore”…. ahh… self-deception is a wonderful thing!

  38. 38 asianromance

    anonymous #28 was me- ahh i forgot to put my username.

    just wondering, did anyone else think the president of their entertainment company dude who spouts out random english….does anything think he exudes a bit of a JYP feel?

  39. 39 all4movies


    I’m so glad you’re enjoying this series as much as I am, because then I can read your commentaries and not feel that it’s such a guilty pleasure.

  40. 40 linz

    i laughed so much watching this episode…seriously i can’t believe she accidentally used the taser on herself hahaha. i love how the writers take all these stereotypical situations and make them hilarious! also i think UEE is doin a great job and i actually enjoy the scenes she’s in despite her being the evil, bitchy character lol. shin-woo on the other hand…..i love him, i do, but sometimes he kind of makes it uncomfortable. really he’s only known her for a little while and already he’s like madly in love. idk i think he’s being a little unfair expecting her to choose him when she has like no freakin clue how he feels about her. hopefully he stops being so mopey all the time haha πŸ™‚

    thanks for the recap!!!

  41. 41 Snikki

    I don’t want to think I know what’s gonna happen next anymore, I get them wrong all the time! Which is good because whatever I have in mind is clichΓ© anyway. But then again, I know I won’t really be able to stop myself from assuming, speculating and guessing. That’s part of the viewing pleasure!

    I can’t stand the aunt! At this point I loathe her more than Heyi. But I like Hoon Yi, he’s like a big brother watching out for his little sister, he’s sweet too, in a non-romantic way. Unless he’s doing all these because he feels guilty for some reason…okay, I’m speculating again.

    The young Tae Kyung and mom scene was so sad. Jang Geun Seok’s acting is as intense as his voice!

  42. 42 amhrancas

    *dreamy sigh*

    I’m loving this show more and more with each episode!! And I’m so torn between Tae kyung and Shin Woo as to who I like better. Of course, the way I figure it, they’re different enough, I’m allowed to like both! XD

    Thank you so much for the recaps, JB!!

  43. 43 Roake

    I too have been waiting for the recaps. I was not expecting it this soon but what a pleasant surprise!!

    Thanks so much.


    Haven’t enjoyed a kdrama this much in a long while. I love TK’s expressions. I watch the way his eyes threaten and insult MN and crack up each and every time.

    AND I totally agree with you guys:

    The room selection scene was too cute!
    How will TK react when he wakes up?
    Jeremy is adorable!!!!!!
    TK looks about 10 when he smiled at MN and made her heart run mad

    I’m thinking there should be another female [non-b*tch] character to give MN a little healthy competition since TK has 2 super cool hot/adorable dudes to contend to. TK clearly thinks little of the fake fairy so she doesn’t count.

    Maybe one of the fans?

  44. 44 Shay

    I love Shinwoo more than Jeremy loves Jolie (lol),
    But I still can’t get over Tae Kyung’s pouting. It’s the most adorable thing ever. (x

    Everyone’s just superb in their roles, can’t wait for the upcoming episodes!

  45. 45 gia

    mmmmm Shin-woo

  46. 46 kdramalovers

    Reading ShinWoo’s character description, It seems there’s more to him than meets the eyes. I think we are starting to see the real Shin Woo…
    I think Shin Woo need to just come out and tell MN his feelings and that he knows her secret. The reason why she’s hanging ob to TK is because she thinks he’s on the only one she can count on. She is obviously too naive to pick up all the hints from Shin Woo.

  47. 47 djes

    I love Jolie. πŸ˜€
    And I love how Jeremy talks to Jolie…. so cute. Hongki does a great job.

    ( I like the other casts as well, but I ‘think’ Jeremy doesn’t get enough love, here. πŸ˜› )

    Once again thanks for speedy recaps, Javabeans~~

  48. 48 Jo

    I love all the characters, but my heart already breaks for ShiWoo. Sadsadsad. Knowing how its all going to end. Sigh* But i love the main character pairing too. So…idk. But

  49. 49 Haru

    Thanks for this. i just finished watching episode 4 last night and was wondering when i could watch the following episode. since episode 5 is being showed this week, calculating the time for the subbers to do the new episode, i was convinced that i will get to watch it by next week. hehehe.

  50. 50 twinky

    @46 djes

    i love jeremy too!
    he’s my fav character!
    i seriously think hongki really did a great job potraying jeremy..
    jeremy is not an easy character..
    he’s cheerful, innocent but always overreacted with all his wild imigination..
    this kind of character will easily be annoying if it does not come off naturally..the only similar over the top character like jeremy that i could accept was nakatsu in hana kimi japan..
    i love all of hongki expression as jeremy,..really priceless..and i love all his lines in the drama..i LOL at the ‘orange rotten head’..he’s a blonde..
    i think hongki really set a high standard on how a comical character should be..he almost as comical as cartoon..

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