Drama Recaps
Smile: Episode 17
by | November 22, 2009 | 130 Comments

OMG, WOW. There isso much heart in this episode—the best so far!! Someone remind me to close my slack-jawed mouth before I start drooling over Kang Hyun-soo.

Special shoutout: at last! The Han River appears in a Kdrama as more than just a place to scream/vent or have secret arguments/trysts. When Hyun-soo first pulls up to the Han River, I thought, “Oh no! An argument? Already?” but was very pleasantly surprised by the scene’s fresh spin on this ubiquitous location.

(Housekeeping notes: Call us fickle, but dw4p and I decided to go back to single-episode recaps for now, because did we mention that this is getting SO GOOD? So much happens and there’s so much to say about it that the dual-episode format has been a bit cumbersome. Plus, we gotta keep feeding the addiction, hehe.)


Hyun-soo suggests they go see a movie, since the evening hasn’t panned out as Jung-in hoped. He parks by the Han River and brings her ramen, saying, “They don’t have popcorn at this theater.“ He tells her to look out at the serenity of the water and the lights of the city: “This is a movie!”

She reminds him of her advice to plan a date thinking about how much to spend, not what to eat, yet he’d only bought her a bowl of ramen. He says they’re not on a date, but he can’t stop looking at her. Jung-in asks if he wants some, saying he’s been staring at her eating this whole time.

“But why do you think I was looking at you because I wanted the ramen?” he asks. He tells her he’s been thinking about what she is to him, other than a frog.

They sit out on the steps to watch their ‘movie.’ Jung-in touches Hyun-soo’s cheek, saying his face is cold. “Your hand is colder,” he says, holding it in his. “If you’re cold, lean on me. In the future, lean on me if you want to.”

At home, Jung-kyung mulls over her conversation with Hyun-soo. In a voiceover, we hear his response to her question: “I’m going to start thinking about what kind of person she is to me. I’ll give you an answer once I figure it out.”

Geum-ja is waiting up for Hyun-soo to come home, still suspicious of their three-way date. Just who exactly the third wheel was in that configuration, she can’t quite tell. Sung-joon sees her waiting up and warns Jung-in, so she hops out of the car a block away, leaving Geum-ja to inspect an empty car.

Jung-kil wakes everyone up at 4.30 a.m. the next morning. He makes a fuss per usual, and asks what his father’s last wish was. He wants to know if there’s money involved, because if there isn’t, it’s not worth working for.

“There is!” Grandpa Man-bok yells gruffly. But he says if Jung-kil brings it up one more time, it’ll be as if the money never existed.

Han-se goes to see Jung-kil and says he thinks Hyun-soo likes Jung-in. He asks Jung-kil to move out of the house as soon as possible, saying he’ll find them a place. Sensing an opening, Jung-kil tells Han-se that Jung-in was very attached to their old home. She might be swayed if he gets the house back for her.

As Jung-in gets ready to leave for work with Hyun-soo, Geum-ja is quick to jump on her case. She says if people in the neighborhood see them together, they’ll jump to conclusions, which could dim Hyun-soo’s marriage prospects. Jung-in is sensitive to Geum-ja’s critique and apologizes. (We saw her this way around Han-se’s mother too—she seems to clam up when strong mother figures call her true intentions into question.)

Hyun-soo runs out to catch up with Jung-in and says that his mom is picking on her because she’s too pretty. He says, “Who told you to be so pretty? Let’s see. Eyes, nose, mouth; how can there be no flaws? No, I guess your forehead juts out a little.”

Jung-in slaps him on the forehead.

Hyun-soo: “Hey, it hurts when you hit someone out of the blue like that!”
Jung-in: “I’m hurting too.”

Hyun-soo claims he’s still figuring out how he feels about Jung-in, but HELLO could it be any more obvious? When he and Jung-in arrive at work, Han-se’s in the office with the staff. Hyun-soo seizes the opportunity to speak to Jung-in informally, which they’ve never done in the office. There’s awkward silence as Jung-in, along with everyone else, takes this in.

Hyun-soo explains that their families know each other, apologizing for not telling everyone sooner. When Han-se asks if they’re going to speak informally in front of everyone, Hyun-soo says they won’t during office hours. He looks at his watch and disingenously says, “Oh dear. We only have five minutes left.”

Han-se cuts in to make his own statement, saying he and Jung-in are extremely close. “Jung-in, you know how I like my coffee, right? Go pour me a cup.”

Jung-in angrily retorts that he shouldn’t be asking her to fetch him a coffee. Awkwardly trying to save face, he chuckles, “Jung-in…” Hyun-soo wordlessly enjoys his little victory.

(Especially since the staff all know about their past, HOW AWKWARD would this be for them to watch?)

Hyun-soo, Jung-in and the team are assembling a model car. Hyun-soo asks Jung-in to bring him an airbag, and he winks as she hands it to him. She notes that his wink is much smoother than last time, winking back. “I practiced a lot,” he says. (Hehe!)

He tells her to sit in the car and is utterly adorable as he asks, “Now that you see me in action at work, don’t I look dashing?” She smiles and nods an admiring yes.

Han-se has his secretary look into the Kang family’s finances to see if Hyun-soo can actually pay up for the ring. The secretary only finds the ownership of the car center under Grandpa’s name, and can’t find anything else since he can’t see their bank account information.

Han-se asks Hyun-soo when he intends to pay back the cost of the ring, to which Hyun-soo, even-keeled, replies: “Do you need money?”

Han-se doesn’t flinch, either: “I need money to buy sweet potatoes.”

Hyun-soo promises to deliver the money within the week. As Hyun-soo is leaving, Han-se tells his secretary to look into the ownership of Jung-in’s old house so the Seos can move in soon.

Hyun-soo gets pensive over Han-se’s comment. Jung-in is worried, knowing it has something to do with Han-se. Seeming to have something up her sleeve, she ducks out for a moment.

She comes back with Han-se, who has bought nutritional drinks for the team. Hyun-soo’s wondering how this is supposed to make him feel better, but she merely closes her eyes and begins to do anger-management meditation. As she intones, “Hyun-soo, let us now work together to release our anger,” he sees a white “meditation spot” on the back of Han-se’s head and spits out his drink in surprise.

He feels MUCH better now. (BWAHAHA! I love this unexpected, hilarious twist on a prior plot detail.)

Jung-in asks Hyun-soo to present an idea for a cosmetics company where she’s hoping to get a part-time job collecting surveys. Jung-in says that this job will get her closer to paying back her ring—she stops and corrects herself—er, get her house back. She says she’ll keep her promise to Hyun-soo once she has the house. He doesn’t remember, and she says, “You forgot again? We said we’d have a barbecue party in the backyard.”

She asks Hyun-soo if he’s decided what to call her, and he says he’ll call her Seo Jung-in. She’s disappointed; she was hoping for something along the lines of Beatrice-Audrey-Hippocrates-Mermaid, like he’d called her sister.

Hyun-soo: But you’re Seo Jung-in. Seo. Jung. In.
Jung-in: Can’t I be something else? Like Cinderella or Snow White.
Hyun-soo: But I like ‘Seo Jung-in.’
Jung-in: I don’t like it.
Hyun-soo: I said I like Seo Jung-in.
Jung-in: I don’t like it!
Hyun-soo: I said I like Seo Jung-in!
Jung-in: [Walking away] Forget it.
Hyun-soo: [Yelling after her] But I like Seo Jung-in!

(Two things. First, this scene brings in moments and details that had seemed pretty small in previous episodes without fanfare or flashbacks. These blink-and-you’ll-miss-it references are part of how this drama makes you feel like you’re really experiencing these moments with the characters. More on this later. Second, the dialogue shows how Hyun-soo’s matured. Jung-kyung had been a set of ideals for him, but here, he’s obliquely telling Jung-in that he likes her as she is, without any of the Cinderella-story nonsense. More on this later, too.)

Hyun-soo shows Grandpa Man-bok his bank account records, where he’s been saving up money to repay Grandpa for his studies abroad. He says he’d intended to repay double the tuition, but a sudden circumstance came up where he needs to spend the money. What he’s saved so far isn’t enough, so he asks for another year to repay the tuition fees, and asks for help fulfilling the rest of the sum.

Hyun-soo later sees Jung-kyung in the kitchen and asks if she has time to meet the following day. She suggests they meet at their college campus. Jung-in overhears from the living room, disappointed.

The next morning, Hyun-soo gives Han-se money for the ring, but Han-se refuses to take it.

Han-se: Did you really think I would have accepted this money from Jung-in?
Hyun-soo: Yes. I thought you would, at least in consideration for Jung-in’s feeling that she needs to return it.
Han-se: But why would you pay for Jung-in’s wedding ring?
Hyun-soo: I’m taking responsibility for what I said I would do.
Han-se: I don’t need this. Take it.
Hyun-soo: I don’t need this either. With this, the relationship between you and Jung-in is completely over.

(Oh man. These two would be an excellent matchup in a fight-to-the-death if this drama were a sageuk. They are both so steely in this scene, it gave me the chills.)

He runs into Jung-in in the hall, and he tells her that he’s leaving to go to visit campus. She feels precarious because she thinks he still has feelings left for Jung-kyung, so her responses are rather tepid. But to her surprise, he asks her to go out with him in the evening.

Han-se fills Jung-kil in on his findings from looking into the Kangs’ finances. He says there’s definitely no inheritance left to Grandpa Man-bok. Talking more to themselves than each other, they commiserate in their woes: both had thought they could get back easily what they’d had. Han-se acknowledges that Jung-in’s heart can’t be won over by money, while Jung-kil is puzzled that Grandpa would try to use money to sway him. They dwell egotistically on their own predicaments, but see eye to eye on the solution: Let’s get it back.

Grandpa soon gets a call from the construction site, saying that Jung-kil has disappeared with his son-in-law, i.e., Han-se.

Jung-kyung walks around the campus before she meets with Hyun-soo, and while there she finds a photo of herself pinned to a photo collage. Hyun-soo had kept the photo in his wallet for years while he liked her, but he took it out and clipped it to the board in episode 9, when he’d resolved to let Jung-kyung go.

When they meet, he has only kind words for her, but he says them with a strong sense of finality:

Seo Jung-kyung. I liked you so much. Do you know how much I liked you, without regard for my pride? Those eight years… I have no regrets. Jung-kyung, thank you for filling that time with beauty. I’ll tell you now the answer to your question.

She says she doesn’t have to hear, but he continues, “Jung-in is…”

Jung-kyung later tells Jung-in the rest of this response, but Jung-in misunderstands it. Jung-kyung says, “I asked him what you mean to him, and he said you’re someone who [he] likes a lot.” In Korean the pronoun is implicit, so the literal English translation is, “He said you’re someone who likes a lot.” Since this can be understood either way, Jung-in misunderstands and responds, “Yes, I like [him] a lot.”

Trying to keep her from going out, Jung-kyung tells Jung-in that her first date with Hyun-soo was at Namsan (mountain). But Jung-in says, “I’m going to go. So don’t say something like that about Hyun-soo again.”

Hyun-soo is waiting for Jung-in at Namsan, and she calls him to ask if they could meet somewhere else. But she meets him there anyway, and he takes her to eat at a restaurant where he’d also taken Jung-kyung on their first date. He recalls Jung-kyung’s glum face while sitting in the same chair, and says to Jung-in, “If it were you, I knew you’d eat it well.”

She asks if he’s been here with someone before, and Hyun-soo says it was Jung-kyung. At first she makes light of it, but his words begin to pierce her bravado:

Jung-in: I like this kind of place, but other women, even if it weren’t Seo Jung-kyung, would slap you too.
Hyun-soo: Hit me if you want to. I came here knowing I might get hit.
Jung-in: What does that mean?
Hyun-soo: You know, don’t you, how excited I was to come here with Jung-kyung? Even though it was just me, I liked her for eight years, and in that time, I broke up with her and got back together with her, on my own, because she was the first person I liked. It’s possible that until the day I die, every time I hear the words ‘first love,’ I’ll think of the name Seo Jung-kyung, Beatrice-Audrey-Hippocrates-Mermaid. With Jung-kyung, I never dated her in six years—four years of college and two years of graduate school—yet I never once regretted it, because I liked her that much. The first love that I liked that much is Seo Jung-kyung. Jung-in, your sister…

Jung-in has been silent all this time. But it’s too much to bear. How could Hyun-soo say such hurtful things, knowing full well the situation this puts her in? She says, “I get what you’re saying. You’re truly cruel.”

She gets up, and he tries to stop her, saying he hasn’t finished yet, but she leaves anyway.

He runs out after her, and finishes: “Can it work with someone like me? Can someone like me, like Seo Jung-in?”

She turns around, and her wordless answer as she runs to him is yes.

(OMG OMG. Please look away for a moment while I get all fangirly and SQUEEEEEEEEE!!! I totally want to BE Jung-in in this scene. I think this is Lee Min-jung‘s best scene in the whole episode–the emotions look so real and raw.)


Seriously, there is so much to love and most of it goes like this: Kang Hyun-soo Kang Hyun-soo Kang Hyun-soo Kang Hyun-soo! I was watching the last scene, wondering how could he be so cruel and—frankly, sick—as to take Jung-in on the same first date as Jung-kyung?! But it all makes sense with his final line; he clinches it with a confession and catharsis all at once.

In fact, he spends the whole episode tying up loose ends so he can start anew with Jung-in. He gets the money to close the Han-se chapter in Jung-in’s book, then closes the Jung-kyung chapter in his own. He even says hard words to Jung-in, knowing it’ll hurt her, so that his first love doesn’t become the elephant in the room. Imagine that! None of the “I’m still in love with my ex” stuff, which dw4p aptly called “signal crossing antics.” In so many plots, a couple experiences entanglements and misunderstandings until the guy comes through at the end with a Big Gesture to prove his love. But here, Hyun-soo does the big gesture first by offering to pay for the ring… and Jung-in doesn’t even know yet what he’s been up to behind the scenes.

So, they’ve made it this far, but I suppose the question now is: Can writer Moon Hee Jung continue to pull this off? I think she can, given how this episode unfolded. It’s amazing how every detail matters! Small things come into play from earlier episodes that at the time I excluded from the recaps, thinking they weren’t significant. The writer drops references to those moments with a very light touch and gently gives them new meaning. This subtlety again contributes to Smile’s organic quality, and I think it’s why I find it so addicting. I’m more invested in Hyun-soo & Jung-in than characters from any other drama I’ve watched, and I think it’s because it feels like we’re truly witnessing their development, and we’re even in on their inside jokes and memories.

For example: in the scene when Hyun-soo tells Jung-in he’s decided to call her Seo Jung-in, he re-emphasizes each syllable, Seo. Jung. In. He’s quoting her in episode 9, when she’d given him back the phone, saying “I’m Seo Jung-in! Take a good look. I’m not Seo Jung-kyung, I’m Seo Jung-in. Seo. Jung. In.” It’s a shame that she misses the significance of his words! He’s finally proving that yes, he does take what she says to heart, but the best part is his underlying message that he likes her for who she is.

I love that there’s none of the “part-of-that-world” syndrome prevalent in so many rom-com dramas. The cause of romantic tension is so often because the protagonists inhabit different spheres in life—the spunky/poor girl and the chaebol son, the celebrity and the commoner, or a variation of these themes. Invariably, some fairy-godmother wand-waving has to equalize the playing field before the two can have a happy ending.

But in Smile, the characters (with the exception of Jung-kil, Han-se and the Chief, none of whom are the good guys) have no interest in money/power/status. Jung-kyung takes a sabbatical from work; Jung-in is more at home with the Kangs than with her own family; Geum-ja and Sang-hoon have been completely disinterested in the Kangs since day one. The real standout of course is Hyun-soo, a confident professional who stands on his own two feet. I just love that he doesn’t back down or kowtow to Han-se or Han-se’s mother. Growing up around money but without it has made him a very grounded person, and he won’t give up an inch of that.


130 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. raahmose

    Hi Soyjoy
    I left a message on soompi and i’ll repeat it here: thankyou for recapping. I’m enjoying this series. The lead couple are cute and sweet.


    thank you for the recap!

  3. pabo ceo reom

    lol addiction alright!

    I bet everyone else is dying for the subs to come out! hehe.

  4. onemorepls

    aaahhhhhh. recap. Thank you.

    Ok now to reading the recap then back to watching raw for full effect. lol

    Thank You again. And I was dying without with subs. hehehehe

  5. olive

    very well-written recap 🙂 nice work, soyjoy 🙂

  6. erv

    hi soyjoy!!

    omg!! that’s the latest recap for the latest episode!
    thank u so so much!
    yes, i agree, the couple is so cute and it’s getting more and more interesting on how they’ll date in the future.

  7. yinnancy

    Thanks for the recap! It’s lovely reading this all at once and remembering what I saw at the same time. And it flows better than watching too. It’s really funny because my Chinese reading speed isn’t up to the speed that the characters speak, so it was like… *talk talk* *pause* *read* Oh! x.x Haha… very choppy.

  8. dw4p

    What a great recap! I just replayed the whole episode in my mind while reading this. Bravo!

    I think you’re onto something with Jung-in’s behavior towards Han-se’s mom and now Geum-ja. Her attitude towards Geum-ja has changed now that she’s “with” Hyun-soo. it can seem weird that her behavior is so different from her usual spunky self, but she is still a Korean woman and there’s something about a relationship between a Korean mother and daughter-in-law. *shudder*

  9. Asmaa

    That was a very beautiful recap! Something refreshing for me to read early in the morning and I am going to have an absolutely, positively an upbeat day 😀 😀 😀

    And I wonder what other parts of the story are there to go until the 46th episode.. Hmm

    Thanks for making this experience what it is, sharing these beautiful moments! I am loving it..

  10. 10 rainey

    Thank you!

    I gasped when I saw this recap. Then gasped again when I saw it was for only one episode. We all appreciate your time and effort. Thanks for sharing with us.


  11. 11 mems

    I just finished watching episode 17 and came here only to find your lovely recap as a surprise! Thank you so much!

    Btw, is there any place I can watch the episodes raw? Usually I watch on viikii but they seem to be having server problems..

  12. 12 theleenbean

    yes, thank you for the recap! =)

  13. 13 YABaddict

    Thank you so much for the recaps Soyjoy!
    Apparently, viikii is down, so no subs yet….so this is great timing on your part to fill us in on ep 17!
    Thank you also for doing single episode recaps, I agree with you that there is so much to this drama, it’s good to give each episode more room to dissect!
    One character that has been growing on me is Hanse, I am glad in this drama he gets more exposure, as he is actually quite a comical actor. At first, I wasn’t too impressed having seen him in Samsoon, and thought he was being cast for being a pretty boy, but he totally fits his character! I love his facial expressions!
    I am glad HS and JI’s relationship is developing smoothly thanks to their straightforward honest selves, I’ve said it before, I like that they are not playing games…
    And of course, love all the cast, it’s good to see everyone has equal weight in this series.

    On a side note, as I was patiently waiting for more SmileYou, I found this video of LMJ and JKH singing “Way back into love” from the movie Music and Lyrics–which was a great movie! I thought the song is so appropriate to their characters as it is what they are doing, finding their way back into love as their “first” love (if they can be called that) didn’t work out. Here’s a link if anyone would like to see it:
    credits: mtcKST

    Thanks again and keep’em coming! (I think I will change my name to SmileYouAddict when YAB ends 🙁

  14. 14 yans

    I just adored watching SMILE after i read the first recap.. it’s simple but it offers a lot when you watch it.. can’t wait for the subs to be out and of course episode 18 😀 thanks again for the wonderful recap 🙂

  15. 15 asianromance

    thank you so much for the recap and doing it so quickly! you had picked out the best moments!

  16. 16 yubikiri

    i love the guy so much!simple and clean!

  17. 17 mimi

    Great recap!
    I loved it when after the Ice Sister Jung Kyung in a malicious sort of way tells Jung In that she had her 1st date with Hyun Soo at Namsan, Jung In COMES BACK to confront her. I thought she would act all depressed after hearing that but she asks Ice what her motivation/ reasons are for telling her that and that she doesn’t want to hear anything like that again. YOU GO, GIRL!!! I was cheering Jung In on.
    (Thank you, writers, that Jung In is a strong character and people actually communicate in this drama! I can’t stand dramas that base their storyline heavily on misunderstandings.)

  18. 18 crabapple

    thanks for the recap of this episode ! I loved this episode hyun soo coming in terms of his feelings is sweet. I especially loved the part where Hyun Soo was like “Seo Jung In” he finally realizes that he likes her!

  19. 19 madie

    omg..thank you so much the recap!!

  20. 20 GreenFreak

    I haven’t seen ep 17, therefore did not read the recap… I’m sure it’s wonderful. 😉

    However… just wanted to share how great this drama is. I started it just yesterday, and I just finished ep 16 this evening. Wow… such a loser I am.. 16 hours on the computer in 2 days. But it’s so addicting!! 😀

    Can’t wait for the rest… urgh the wait…

  21. 21 Molly

    Thank you so much for this incredible recap!

  22. 22 Atsirk

    I loved Eps 17 and 18…waaaah, something to watch on weekends now that YB is almost over…

    I really love Hyun-soo…he’s such a gentleman 🙂

  23. 23 bmcblc

    OMG! What a romantic episode! What a good show!

    Writer Moon Hee Jung is great. Instead of saying “The person I like is you” Hyun-soo said “Can it work with someone like me? Can someone like me, like Seo Jung-in?” I like that. This whole episode in still in my mind. I enjoy recalling all the moments on both the lead couple.

    Let see! This may be the best drama that I have ever watched. Just hope that the addiction will go on till the last episode.

    What an addictive kdrama!!!

  24. 24 J

    ARH!!! I LOVE this drama. Absolutely love it.

    Hyun-soo is turning out to be quite the man!! I especially like the scene where Hyun-soo says he like to call Jung-In Jung-In, rather than another names. It was so implicit! And the ending, I totally squealed! YAY!!!

    Thanks to both recappers. You guys are great!

  25. 25 Brenda

    THANK YOU BOTH I LOVE THIS DRAMA. This drama is so refreshing and I am addicted to it too. At first I though I would not watch it but I saw a clip of it and got hooked instantly and here I am and CAN NOT TURN AWAY.

    LOVELY COUPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. 26 Rong

    I LOVE this drama!!! i’m so glad i stayed on to it becos of LMJ and it was worth the effort. of course, JKH was a gem as he continues to shine. i’m not sure if the writer purposely wrote him to start out as such a wimp so that he’ll shine so much brighter in later eps.

    i’ve watched eps 17 twice this morning and i’m still so happy over the development. like what soyjoy has said, the honesty between these 2 leads are really amazing. remember what hyun soo said to jung kyung when he finds a new love? he said he’ll make sure that there’s no more jung kyung in it and he did it in this eps. i’m so proud of him. of course, i love LMJ for her portrayal of how hurt she was by her “future” mother-in-law and how she misunderstood so many things about hyun soo, which i’m sure will get resolved in eps 18.

    btw, the meditation point was wonderful can? i was laughing out LOUD on the cab because of that… thanks Moon Jung Hee-sshi. kamsamnida!

  27. 27 hpn88

    i understand a little korean so I was able to get the jist of what was going on when I watched the episode without subs.
    but thanks for filling in the gaps!

  28. 28 Taohua

    Thank you for the recap! You’re right about how details that don’t seem important initially are used to such a great and subtle effect later. Actually one of the reasons why the last scene is one of my favorites is because it parallels the conversation/dinner Hyun-soo had with Jung-kyung there. He stops her, but she leaves, he chases after her, and she pauses, he shouts after her saying “can we be friends,” she doesn’t turn back and walks away. But when a similar thing happens w/Jung-in, Jung-in turns and runs back to him. I loved the part where he’s like “I like Seo Jung-in” because it shows that he likes her for her. ::sigh:: Hyun-soo is amazing. He is probably one of the most well-adjusted Kdrama male characters I have ever seen. Also, Jung-in is pretty awesome in how she stands up to Lee Hanse.

    Episode 18 is really cute as well. But I’m both excited and worried about next week. The angst factor has been increasing and next week might have some more angst. Seriously, this is probably one of the most natural relationship I have ever seen unfold onscreen for a Kdrama. I’m going to have to see what other work this writer has done, because I’m impressed. Thanks again for the recap!

  29. 29 N.

    I liked the recap just as ever. Especially because our server is under repairment and I lost the chance to watch this episode online. It’s really nice to read recaps immediately after airing. In this way all of your visitors can deeply participate by writing comments which is nice to read them too. Plzzz write Episode 18 ASAP…I’m CRAVING for it.
    OMG… I’m being addicted to U!!!

  30. 30 sonam

    Thank you, Viikki is ill so it’s nice to read the 17 recap and understand what’s going on.

  31. 31 arlyne

    thanks soyjoy for this wonderful recaps. this drama and yab are my two favorite shows right now. i watched it raw and am so happy to see your recaps posted so quickly. i love both hyun soo and jung in’s characters. i think they are very realistic. i like how honest they are with their feelings. the ending scene is a total squee for me as well.

  32. 32 yooruu

    Awesome!~ Thanks for the speedy recap 🙂
    Excellent to see the SooIn coupling finally accelerating and feelings realised in concrete!
    I’m glad to see Hyun Soo’s transformation into a more assertive character – now all that left is the issue of his mum! Don’t think Jung In suits a mommy’s boy *shudders*, which was the case with Lee Han Se.

    Wonder how they will let the plot unfold over the next 19 eps… seems like an epic journey ahead +.+….

  33. 33 Eve

    Aww so great! Thanks for recapping!

  34. 34 yooruu

    … on a side note for Javabeans.com: I keep getting options to edit other people’s comments… is that something wrong with the server or the blog? Seems like it should be more private 🙂 Thanks

  35. 35 Anonymous

    I love Hyun-soo, too– he knows how to treat his lady. =-) I like how this show is exploring the fact that being in a relationship is a big leap from unrequited love, because you have to recognize that you yourself are worthy of being loved. I am so glad for Hyun-soo that he is realizing that he is worthy of being loved, and by someone as awesome as Jung-in.

  36. 36 Dele

    For some reason, I feel like JI might be upset that he paid of the ring for her. IDK…I just have a bad feeling. Maybe because that is what happens in k-dramas. But then again Smile has been refreshingly different in that way so maybe it won’t cause trouble.

    I am happy we are going to have so many episodes for character/love developments. That’s the great thing about family dramas you get so much more time to enjoy the characters.

  37. 37 cheekbones

    What a pleasant surprise to see ep 17 recapped already. Thanks ! I hope you guys have the stamina to recap all 46 episodes ! 🙂

  38. 38 ausming

    The beginning of your recaps encapsulates all that I feel about this drama – HEART! There is so much heart in this drama!! Wow, amazing, have not seen this ever in a kdrama – I keep trembling (with all sorts of emotions) whenever I watch this drama!!! Love, love, love the main couple, their dialogues, their interactions!!!! The rest of the characters are beginning to grow on me as well, minus JK and the father. JK’s character is too close for comfort as she reminds me too much of a relative. Thanks for the recaps, great job!!

  39. 39 WHEE

    OMO OMO OMO!!!
    Finally!! (:

    I can’t help but agree with your whole recap! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  40. 40 pixie

    thank you guys for feeding our addiction hehehe. it’s so refreshing to watch Hyun-Soo’s character, he’s so unlike the usual kdrama leads i’ve seen. i love his indirect confession “But I like Seo Jung In”. too bad Jung-In missed out on that one or they could’ve been dating in the middle of the episode lol!

    i have a question which is partly answered by dw4p. i understand Jung-In’s sudden behavior change with Geum-ja but why does she still cowers like a little girl when Han-Se’s mom is around? this is judging from how she reacted in episode 13. she doesn’t like Han-Se so why does it matter what his mom thinks of her? i don’t know a lot about korean culture so i could be missing something 🙂

    As for Han-Se, he’s a very farcical villain in my opinion. i can’t completely hate him at this moment. he just makes me laugh everytime he tries to do something evil, it mostly turns into comedy hahahaha!

  41. 41 onemorepls

    Before reading the recap, I’ve watched the ep raw (not understanding what was HS was saying) and I was bawling my eyes out feeling the pain/hurt that JI portrayed at the dinner. What an actress. Bow to her.

    Love love love Hyun-soo. At first I was worried how SooIn going to handle the parents but with Hyun-soo I think he can it. I wish,hope,and pray that is so. Pls writer Moon let him be strong.

    I’m more worried for JI cuz like soyjoy and dw4p said along this line JI is definetly an asian woman when it’s come to daughter and mother-in-law relationship. Believe me it’s not just Korean women but majority asian women in the same boat.

    Again can’t thanks enough for the recap especially since there’s no sub right now.

  42. 42 trixicopper

    Thank you so much Soyjoy for your wonderful recap. I am on absolute cuteness overload after this weekends episodes. What can I say, JKH totally takes geek to new levels and I have such a girl crush on LMJ. Her JI character has got to be one of my all time favorite females in Kdrama.
    Thank you again for your efforts, they are much appreciated.

  43. 43 cheryl


  44. 44 tohru19

    I seriously need to TIME to watch SMILE, YOU. I love the both leads a lot. Thanks for your recaps 😡 I wish Christmas would come sooner so I would have more time to watch dramas

  45. 45 Nea

    I’ve been thinking of a way to articulate my thoughts(love) about this drama but I think you said it best: “Kang Hyun-soo Kang Hyun-soo Kang Hyun-soo Kang Hyun-soo! “I am not one to like the good guy but KHS is refreshingly wonderful. He makes my heart flutter. This entire episode is a solid example of that. He is a bundle all things great about a man.

    The only thing that is really irritating me is Geum-ja. Initially, I loved her and I saw the reflection of her in Jung-in. To me this is why JI and HS were destined because they were identical to his parents in so many ways. HS is a romantic and he loves his parents and their marriage. Though he may not know all the inner workings, he idealizes them and wants what they have. His closeness to his mother, to me, made it impossible for him not to like JI eventually. Unfortunately, his mother has really disappointed me. At first, her relationship with JI was cute but now she views her as a threat and is eating her alive each second she gets. This shows to me how immature she is as a woman and a human being. She constantly attacks JI’s weaknesses under the guise of advice or all out ranting without any regard for JI’s feelings. I have no problem with opinions but honestly can’t we learn to think before we speak. I’m getting to the point that there is no redemption for her. Everything she does is similar to this now for me so she may be on the boat with Jung-kil and Han Se for me.

    Though I could speak all day about HS, I’ll pass him up and move to JI. She is a very interesting character to me, especially with her feelings for HS. In the entire show, though she is strong-minded and strong-willed, she is the most vulnerable and sensitive. She knows that liking HS is going to be hard and having a relationship with him harder, and though I don’t think that she’s given it much thought as a reality, she is very sensitive to it. It hurts her to know that she’s not who she used to be and that this fact changes everything. This makes me hurt for her and desire for her to win, though even I know that its going to be a rough road. She bottles everything in and slaps on bravado so quickly that it pains me. She’s found someone that she wants to lean on and wants to give her all he has, but even with that she is extremely hesitant. This concerns me for their future.

    On a better note, it is refreshing to see, that there are a couple shows out now that show that though there may be issues, the battle really is between the two people in the relationship. I do believe the HS and JI will have outside opposition but their biggest obstacles are going to be their own pasts and insecurities.

  46. 46 daisies.

    wow! thanks for the awesome recap.
    smile is so cute and although we know that they’ll end up together, i loved how their relationship was built up gradually.

    i watched episode 18 this afternoon, and now im anxiously waiting for your recap 😀

    thanks for all the work.!

  47. 47 vanessa

    Thank you for the recap!!

  48. 48 Maryanita

    WOwww!! This recap made my day!! Ohh i’m soooo looking for the subs
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. 49 Jae

    hehehe..i noticed its just JI and HS on your recap…..what happened with Chunee and Jisoo? Vikii is not working for me at the moment. I like these two too mainly cuz Chunee is so hilarious.
    Thanks for the recap. Waiting for episode 18 eagerly cuz I just saw it raw and I think it is best one yet.

  50. 50 Pully

    I find it very REAL about mother and daughter-in-law relationship. I saw my aunt choked her tears back while her mother-in-law “insulted” her.

    So I was tearing up inside watching JI. Excellent acting !!! Thumbs UP. I just can’t get enough of this drama. This is gonna be the DRAMA OF THE YEAR.

    Btw, I can’t hate Han-Se, he’s funny. Whatever he does, he keeps bringing JI and HS together.

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