Drama Recaps
You’re Beautiful: Episode 14
by | November 19, 2009 | 319 Comments

Once again, we run the gamut of emotions from light to heavy, which I always find to be a welcome thing when a drama heads to its more serious moments. Yes, some of the conflicts amp up in this episode, but it also has more of its trademark goofy parody sequences to lighten the in-between moments. The threesome parody in this episode is possibly my favorite Hong sisters parody ever.


Jang Geun-seok – “Good Bye.” This song plays late in the episode. [ Download ]

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Tae-kyung is about to tell Mi-nyo something, starting, “Go Mi-nam, I… you…” But then, he’s interrupted by excited fans, who wave excitedly as they arrive in buses.

Tae-kyung is annoyed with the interruption, particularly since Mi-nyeo takes it as her cute to excuse herself. Explaining that she’ll act as though he’s just sending her off, she starts to leave.

He holds her back, saying, “Hear me out first.” Leaning in close, he says, “I like you.”


Having gotten that out in the open, he lets her go, but now she’s so shocked that she stands in a daze. As the fangirls swarm around him, Mi-nyeo wonders if she heard right. She thinks, “I wish the world would quiet down so I can hear the soft words in my memory.”

She thinks back, confirming that he had indeed said those words, and suddenly the world around her is all roses and butterflies. LITERALLY.

As this finally sinks in, Mi-nyeo starts giggling out loud in glee, exultant. She doesn’t see Tae-kyung sitting in his car a short distance away, who smiles and says, “So she did hear me properly.”

On the plane, Shin-woo looks at the empty seat next to him and tells himself, “I knew she wouldn’t come. But since I told her that I’ve already begun [to have feelings], that’s enough.”

Almost immediately, photos pop up online of Tae-kyung and Mi-nam at the airport. Heyi is annoyed — why would Tae-kyung go to the airport to see Mi-nam? — and displeased. Meanwhile, may I take the moment to point out the HILARITY of the top 3 online star searches, as seen in Heyi’s web browser??

  1. Dong Bang Single
  2. So Nyeo Junior
  3. Super Shidae


Tae-kyung gives Mi-nyeo a ride home. Mi-nyeo wonders how to handle herself around him, given his declaration: “Should I tell him that I heard him and give him permission too?” However, she imagines him issuing a gruff response, and considers trying the opposite instead — she could say she didn’t hear what he said and ask him to repeat it. But she imagines him sneering at that, “You didn’t hear? Then cancel it!”

Mi-nyeo decides to accept his statement gratefully, and figures that she doesn’t need to hear him say it anyway, because “if I hear him say that he likes me again, my heart may burst.”

Tae-kyung breaks the silence by suggesting they grab something to eat, and asks if she likes spaghetti. Mi-nyeo hiccups. Puzzled, he repeats the question, and she hiccups again. Testing out a theory, Tae-kyung enunciates clearly, “Do you LIKE charcoal-grilled kalbi? Do you LIKE naengmyun? What about sushi, do you LIKE it? I LIKE sushi.” She hiccups every time he says the word LIKE.

He prods her to answer (which is his way of getting her to say she likes him back). Mi-nyeo answers, “I really, really like [it] very, very much.”

Sushi lunch. Mi-nyeo takes all the shrimp and crab off his plate because of his allergies, happy to eat them. When Tae-kyung tells her to give him two pieces in exchange for the ones she took, her face falls — she was counting on eating them. So Tae-kyung relents and tells her to eat them all, so as not to lose points. (“Why is it so tough to preserve my score?”)

When Mi-nyeo brings up the issue of photos from the airport being made public, Tae-kyung answers that he’s not very worried. There’s nothing scandalous about him seeing her off, although he is aware that fans often create stories out of nothing. He adds (with a perfectly straight face), “There are a lot of love stories that don’t even feature women.”

He’s talking, yup, about fanfic. (I love it!) In what is my favorite giggly sequence this episode (possible this drama?), he explains, “Most of them are a love triangle between me, Shin-woo, and Jeremy.”

LULZ! Imaginations run wild in his exaggerated examples: two hands cover Fanfic Tae-kyung’s eyes and he asks hopefully, “Shin-woo?” The hands move aside to reveal a hurt Jeremy, who says, “You’re always looking for Shin-woo.” Holding Tae-kyung’s hand to his chest, Fanfic Jeremy says, “You’re inside my heart.”

At that moment, a glass shatters — Fanfic Shin-woo has walked in and seen this intimate moment. Angry at being thus replaced by Jeremy, he vows, “I’m going to destroy you both!”

(OMG. I love that the writers work in details incorporating some of the more ridiculous aspects of idol life. First Sung-chan’s ridiculous English, and now yaoi fanfiction.)

Jeremy logs on to read the latest stories online, getting a kick out of them. He’s waiting at the broadcast station where he is going to make a surprise cameo appearance at the end. He plans to use this as his platform for telling Mi-nam how he feels in the form of a song.

However, his web browsing leads him to the airport photos of Mi-nam and Tae-kyung, which makes him wonder what’s going on. With the question dangling in the air, he can’t concentrate until he confirms the truth with Tae-kyung, and heads out. He only has an hour before he has to make his appearance, and if he doesn’t make it there will be trouble.

Hoon-yi sees Tae-kyung and Mi-nyeo arriving at the agency together, and gapes. Why did Tae-kyung interfere and go to the airport? A little triumphantly, Tae-kyung tells Hoon-yi, “Take a good look.” He whirls Mi-nyeo around and hugs her, prompting her to press her nose. Having proved his point to the manager, he heads off to work.

Hoon-yi can’t believe it — so her pig-nose was because of Tae-kyung? She asks anxiously, “Does he know what that means?” Hoon-yi can’t understand why, of all the people in the world, she’d fall for mean ol’ Tae-kyung. She answers, “At some point, I started to feel electric shocks.”

Jeremy arrives in time to catch the end of this conversation. Staring at Mi-nyeo intently, he asks, “Do you like Tae-kyung hyung?” She’s a little surprised by the blunt question, but nods. Jeremy’s face twists to hear it, and he runs off.

When they learn that Jeremy is still missing from the studio, Hoon-yi and Mi-nyeo try to track him down. They have no luck, but Mi-nyeo remembers the bus and follows her hunch to the bus stop.

She sees Jeremy sitting alone in an empty bus and races after it. She climbs onboard and starts to approach Jeremy, who looks up and glares: “This is my bus. Get off.” Seeing how upset Jeremy is, Mi-nyeo feels horrible as he continues, with wounded confusion:

Jeremy: “When I thought you were a guy, I was okay with it. When I found out you were a girl, I was okay with it. But if you like Tae-kyung hyung, I can’t be okay with it. Why? Why wasn’t it me? I told you about my treasure bus, and I let you close to Jolie, and I was going to sing a song only for you. Why don’t you like me?”

They sit in silence on opposite sides of the bus for a while. Jeremy answers a call from the studio, and agrees to sing his song over the phone instead. He’s chosen a cheerful children’s tune called “Such Good Words.”

As Jeremy introduces his selection, he looks over at Mi-nyeo, directing his words to her: “These good words were so precious to me that I saved them up. If I keep them inside too much, they turn into words I can’t say again. But I hope they’re not disagreeable words, useless words, or words that make you sad.” Knowing he’s talking to her, Mi-nyeo gestures that no, she doesn’t think that.

He starts to sing: “I love you, these words are such good words. When our family goes to bed, they give and receive these words. I love you, these words are such good words. These are words Jeremy wants to give to her.”

Lee Hong-ki – “참 좋은말” (Such Good Words). Again, ripped from the episode. [ Download ]

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When he finishes, she tells him, “They’re very good words.” He answers, “But you can’t accept them. Right, Go Mi-nam?” That’s true, and Mi-nyeo apologizes.

Jeremy tells her frankly, “I can’t say it’s okay right now. When this bus returns to its place, then it’ll become okay.” When the bus rolls to a stop, he tells her, “When I get off this bus, I’m going to return to being the happy Jeremy. Forget everything I said here. If you don’t forget them, I can’t return. Got it, Go Mi-nam?”

True to his word, when he steps off the bus, he puts on a cheery face and talks in his usual energetic way. They head off to eat ice cream together, with only the fleetingest of looks betraying that Jeremy isn’t as happy as he’s acting.


Tae-kyung and his producer meet with a former singer who once knew Go Jae-hyun. The singer explains that Go Jae-hyun was a nice, ordinary guy who had dated Hwa-ran. The relationship fell apart when she went to another man, and afterward he got together with another woman, who was preparing to be a singer herself. Not knowing of Tae-kyung’s personal connection to this story, he insinuates that Hwa-ran had quite a lot of men in her day.

Tae-kyung mutters to himself, “That grand love sounds quite messy when discussed in other people’s words.”

Hwa-ran hates the idea of “that woman’s daughter” and her son being cozy, and decides to do something about it. She presents Mi-nyeo with a gift — a dress — and says meaningfully, “I picked right, didn’t I?”

Hwa-ran assures M-nyeo not to worry — she doesn’t want to mess with her. Mi-nyeo asks Hwa-ran to pretend not to know until her brother returns soon, and that her bandmates are not to blame. Hwa-ran concludes, “They knew and covered for you, and were your friends. You did something very dangerous. It’s complicated to explain to you, but Hwang Tae-kyung and I have a special personal relationship. Be careful not to get involved and make things complicated.”

Mi-nyeo promises, “No matter what happens, I will make sure not to cause trouble for Hwang Tae-kyung. I cannot let him be hurt.” Hwa-ran replies, “From his perspective, it would have been better not getting involved with you.”

Mi-nyeo chalks Hwa-ran’s statements up to being a protective mother, but still, this whole situation makes her uneasy. She can’t let Tae-kyung know that she knows about his relationship with his mother — he was so sad on his birthday that she couldn’t bring herself to say it — but feigning ignorance means she’s caught in the middle: “It feels like I’m lying to him, and it doesn’t feel good.”

I appreciate the way the writers turn the situation from serious to funny in a natural way: After everything that’s happened, Mi-nyeo has had quite a tiring day. However, Tae-kyung doesn’t know this and wonders why she hasn’t called him all day. He concedes, “Well, I did tell her not to inconvenience me, so she must have spent all day waiting.”

To his surprise, she answers the phone in a sleepy voice. Disappointed (and offended), Tae-kyung retorts, “Forget it! Keep sleeping, you sleepyheaded Pig-Rabbit!”

Not satisfied to end things on that note, he calls her out and takes her to the movie theater. When she warns him that she may fall asleep, he insists that he didn’t call her out to watch the movie (i.e., as a date) — he just needs a guide in the dark. He didn’t need HER, he needed her EYES. He orders her onward: “Go Mi-nam’s Eyes, guide me.”

He takes her hand as she leads him inside the darkened theater, but balks at her seating choice and orders her to move. He complains at her next choice, too — but it’s clear to us that he just likes holding her hand and is prolonging the moment.

We can be sure of that because he doesn’t strictly need her hand-holding — at one moment he forgets himself and starts to lead her instead. Surprised, Mi-nyeo asks whether he can see. He clears his throat and says, “Go Mi-nam’s Eyes, eyes can’t talk.”

Afterward, they step out on a deck overlooking the city, and the lights are so bright that she can’t see the stars. Noting that he can’t ever see the stars, she breathes on the glass and draws a star in the mist. Seeing another star — a lamp — she comments, “Even when it’s not a dark night, there are a lot of stars around us. After I stop acting as Go Mi-nam and go far away, I’ll search for stars and think of you.” After her brother returns, it would be better for her to be at a distance.

Tae-kyung answers lightly, “Go looking for those stars. I’ll check up on you to ask how many you’ve found. I’ll be expecting you to see a lot.” She thinks to herself, “But the star I like the best is one I can’t take with me, so I’ll miss it a lot.”

Tae-kyung promises to show her more stars and motions her closer — then holds up his knuckle. If he were to give her a noogie, she should see five more stars.

Mi-nyeo wonders worriedly if he would really do it, and braces herself as he pulls back, winding up for a big one…

…but instead, he swoops in for a kiss.

(I don’t know if there were spoilers for this kiss but if there were I AM SO GLAD I didn’t know about them. Full squealing effect preserved!)

Shin-woo returns from his trip to Busan, and Mi-nyeo feels sorry and uncomfortable around him. He has brought back a gift for her from his mother, because he couldn’t bring himself to tell her the full story. He doesn’t expect Mi-nyeo to accept it, but wanted to show her his mother’s gesture.

The time away seems to have been good for Shin-woo, because he talks with more assertion now. He tells her that he’d been a good hyung to her, but their relationship lacked tension. Now, he intends to add a sense of pressure to her, which sounds bad but means merely that he’s going to take a new direction: “I’ve stepped back until now because I’ve been comforting you. Now I’m going to step forward and comfort myself.”

Planning progresses for Mi-nam’s solo album, and Hoon-yi announces with great excitement that the real Mi-nam is returning the day before the showcase. Jeremy wonders what the real Mi-nam is like, and gets back the answer that Mi-nam may look like his sister but his personality is different: “He has Tae-kyung’s charisma, Shin-woo’s softness, and Jeremy’s brightness.”

Although this should be good news, each member has his own subdued reaction to it.

Hoon-yi is so psyched to have his Mi-nam troubles nearing their end that he lets slip to the stylist that Mi-nyeo and Tae-kyung like each other. The stylist had believed that Heyi and Tae-kyung were dating, so now she tells Heyi that she knows the truth.

Heyi’s reaction to news is sheer shock: “They’re for real?” This pushes her over the edge, and she bursts out, “How can that he set me aside and go for her? I really hate Go Mi-nam!” Shoving items off the counter, she sobs angrily.

Per their half-joking “agreement,” Mi-nyeo shows Tae-kyung pictures of all the stars she found today: a star-shaped shirt pin and a tomato stem, for example.

He teases her for only finding three, so she responds bashfully, “Right now, the star I like the most is with me every day.” Then, afraid she said too much, she points up to the sun as though saying she meant the star in the sky. Not him, of course!

He plays along, “Ahh, that star you said is the coolest. Where is that?” Mi-nyeo doesn’t want to admit the truth, so she says, “You can’t see stars anyway. You don’t have to know.”

Tae-kyung offers to watch her favorite star with her tonight, and they set a date. He wonders if they’ll be able to see any in this weather, but decides, “I don’t need those stars anyway. I’m the star she likes best.”

Sung-chan takes Mi-nyeo to meet the producer, who has finished work on Hwa-ran’s remake song. As she listens to the song playing in the background, knowing this was her father’s work, she decides to tell Tae-kyung about her father tonight.

Spying a star-shaped ashtray, she picks it up as the two men gossip about the songwriter and Hwa-ran having been lovers. Shocked, Mi-nyeo lets the ashtray fall from her grasp, and it shatters on the ground. (Ah, the familiar destruction of a symbolic trinket to foreshadow impending troubles! This has been used in more than one Hong sisters drama before, and is frankly a tactic I could do without.)

Not knowing that Mi-nyeo has broken her star (in a symbolic gesture), Tae-kyung takes out a star-shaped necklace wherein the star is meant to represent him. He plans to give it to her later, and (very adorably) taunts Pig-Rabbit with it, saying, “This isn’t yours.”

Mi-nyeo asks her aunt whether her father was really involved with Hwa-ran. Aunt Mi-ja hadn’t told her “because I thought it would upset you to know your father left your mother for Mo Hwa-ran. You were looking so hard for your mother. If you knew that she’d been abandoned and died alone, you might hate your father.”

Mi-nyeo is devastated and still half-disbelieving, so she decides to confirm the truth. She heads to the hotel, where Hwa-ran’s assistant informs her of Mi-nyeo’s arrival. Deciding to get the truth all out at once, Hwa-ran calls Tae-kyung to summon him too, saying, “It’s someone you know. I want to confirm it before it causes trouble for you. It’s a girl named Go Mi-nyeo.”

Hoping that the information is false, Mi-nyeo asks Hwa-ran to confirm that she and Go Jae-hyun were just friends. Hwa-ran answers, “We weren’t just friends. We loved each so much that we can’t forget each other for the rest of our lives.”

Shocked at his mother’s revelation, Tae-kyung bursts into Mi-nyeo’s room looking for some proof. Spying the photo of the young twins with their father, his eye then falls on the autographed photo of Hwa-ran. Mi-nyeo’s handwritten note wishes him a happy birthday — and although that’s not exactly incriminating, it makes him wonder why she wouldn’t have given it to him on his birthday.

Mi-nyeo isn’t very impressed to hear of Hwa-ran’s grand love, and says, “You abandoned and hurt the person you should have treated as the most precious in the world. I can’t believe when a person like that speaks of love. That’s not love.”

Hwa-ran laughs: “You say the same thing as your mother did. She ignored me and didn’t believe your father would return to me.” Mi-nyeo insists, “My father had no reason to love a person like you.” Hwa-ran holds up the CD as proof — he wrote the song for her, and even her mother acknowledged it.

Hwa-ran: “Do you want to insist it’s not true? My son Tae-kyung may not have understood, but he acknowledged it. That’s why he remade this song. I told you I saw you once as children. If your father hadn’t died early, I could have become your mother. Tae-kyung knows that, too. …But you didn’t tell him you’re Jae-hyun’s daughter, did you? Does he know that you know he’s my son? If you didn’t say that, you must not have told him that I know you’re a girl.”
Mi-nyeo: “I didn’t mean to deceive him.”
Hwa-ran: “Tell him that. See if he believes you.”

Tae-kyung bursts in, half-incredulous and half-reproachful to see Mi-nyeo standing with his mother. Hwa-ran makes things worse by turning Mi-nyeo around to face Tae-kyung, and announcing, “This girl is the daughter of the man I loved. She says she didn’t intend to deceive you.”

Tae-kyung walks out without a word. Seeing Mi-nyeo’s reaction, Hwa-ran asks, “Is the reason you wanted to deny it because of my son?” She tells Mi-nyeo to recognize the truth and give up.

Reporter Kim works on his story about Mi-nyeo and Shin-woo’s relationship, but something is niggling at the back of his mind. Every time Mi-nyeo made an appearance, Mi-nam was absent. It’s the Clark Kent principle, and he puts two and two together.

He tries to confirm this with Heyi, but she no longer wants to be involved with A.N.JELL. To which he responds, “Go Mi-nam and Go Mi-nyeo are the same person, right? Is he a guy, or a girl?”

Working off this assumption, the reporter tells Sung-chan that he wants to delay printing the story until he can interview Mi-nam and Mi-nyeo at the same time. Sung-chan asks Shin-woo to handle this with the twins.

As Shin-woo steps out of his meeting with Sung-chan, he sees Tae-kyung stomping upstairs, with Mi-nyeo following close behind and pleading for him to listen.

Tae-kyung asks when she found out about his mother. Hearing her answer, he says, “So there was a reason that whenever I felt upset about my mother, you showed up.” Has she also been meeting with his mother for a while? He adds, “My mother loved your father so much she abandoned me and wanted to be your mother. Did you hear that?”

Mi-nyeo starts to talk, but he cuts off her explanation: “She said you were close enough that she used to bring you cookies. Do you remember? Try getting along well with her from now on. But don’t involve me.”

She holds his arm and pleads for him to listen. He throws her arm aside, snapping, “Don’t be where I can see you. I don’t want to see you.”

He storms off, leaving Mi-nyeo to crumple to the ground in sobs. But he doesn’t get far, and wipes at his own tears as he listens to Mi-nyeo crying a level below — as Shin-woo watches from across the lobby.


Half the time, I find Hwa-ran to be such an excessively hateful person that it’s hard to find the truth of her character — is she TOO awful to be a credible villain? The best villains show complexity, and don’t explain their reasons in one-dimensional, simplistic terms like “I loved him that much.”

The other half of the time, I think that there must be more behind her actions and find her fascinating. If you see her as a supremely selfish and weak woman, she’s more intriguing than if you were to write her off as a stock villainness. For instance, take her desire to separate the couple. Initially, she sees Mi-nam as an extension of his/her father and looks upon him approvingly. But then, Hwa-ran sees flashes of Mi-nyeo’s mother in her, and therefore finds the idea of that girl with her son to be abhorrent.

It’s not that she loves Tae-kyung so much to want him to be with a good woman — Tae-kyung is just an extension of herself. She looks at the world through a twisted perspective, like looking through a fisheye lens: she and her love are at the center, and everything else is skewed around to fit the frame, shoved off to the side.

We can’t leave out mention of Lee Hong-ki‘s fabulous bus scene, can we? GREAT SCENE. Like with Jung Yong-hwa yesterday, the beauty of the acting wasn’t in the big, dramatic emotions, but the way both guys found the quiet little beats to twist your heart into a painful knot. He didn’t rage at Mi-nyeo, but asked plaintively why she didn’t like him back when he liked her so much. We know it doesn’t work that way, but Jeremy’s heart has its own straightforward way of working.

The way he sings his song is just killer, because you can’t fake that, folks. You can fake crying to some extent, but cry-singing isn’t something you can reproduce authentically without actually going there, and Lee Hong-ki goes there. Ow.

I have to give mad props to Park Shin-hye for rounding out the bus scene so well even though she hardly said a thing. I love that she respects his pain to give him his space when they sit in silence, and I love the look she gives him to assure him that his song isn’t worthless. I wondered if it was out of character for Mi-nyeo to understand so readily that Jeremy liked her — when she was so dense with Shin-woo and Tae-kyung — but I suppose Jeremy was the most straightforward in saying, straight-out, that he liked her.


The Hong sisters do comedy and angst very well, and manage to mix the two so that most of the time the drama doesn’t get too sunk down in the melodrama. However, I think in every one of their dramas except (surprisingly?) Fantasy Couple, their Big Misunderstanding has been just a wee bit too much for my tastes. Hong Gil Dong wasn’t so bad, but I recall that at the time, the Big Misunderstanding in My Girl closely echoed the setup of Delightful Girl Chun-hyang, and that was a complaint for some fans of My Girl. Instead of feeling like a natural development in the couple’s romance, it felt like it was forced conflict, and it didn’t quite ring true. But I’m sure the Hong sisters took complaints to heart, because when people assumed they’d use a similar structure in Fantasy Couple, they announced that they wouldn’t. Thankfully, that drama avoided a time leap, and I hope this one does too.

To take a look at this episode in a critical light, I’d say we’re dealing more with forced conflict than natural development. Tae-kyung’s response at the end is probably understandable given the context, and I think he’s right in feeling hurt. But he’s overreacting, and his negative opinion of Mi-nyeo is one that would take five minutes of explanation to dispel. All he has to do is calm down and hear how she came to find out the truth, and I think we’d be good. She was wrong in hiding the truth from him, but even so, honestly this is hardly a big enough offense to rend asunder a Love That Is Meant To BeKDRAMA.

To play devil’s advocate, we can also take an apologist standpoint. Tae-kyung has put Mi-nyeo on something of a pedestal, since she has been so good and so forgiving this whole series long. Hearing that Mi-nyeo actively deceived him must shake his entire faith in her. It doesn’t help that it was his hated mother who uttered a defense of Mi-nyeo (“She didn’t mean to deceive you”). Coming from those lips, it sounds like an excuse rather than the truth. And worst of all, his mother issues are his blind spot, so he reacts to the emotion rather than sorting out the facts. It may be that Mi-nyeo meant well, but he sees her standing with the mother who abandoned him, who all but declared she’d rather have raised Mi-nyeo than Tae-kyung. To know that Mi-nyeo knew the truth and was still able to treat his mother civilly, well, that feels like a betrayal. Almost like she chose his mother over him.

It’s not expressly logical, but such is the heat of the moment. (Honestly, I don’t entirely buy the apologist argument, but I thought I’d put it out there.)


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319 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. littlecharmsy

    YES!! HEARTBREAK, here it comes!! Thanks JB!!

  2. k-weng

    Thanks Javabeans!!

  3. =)

    finally !!! YAY thanks

  4. hello!

    omg…this episode is heartbreaking!!

  5. Nj

    Thanks a lot.

  6. Molly

    Thanks! :)

    Wednesdays and Thursdays are my new weekends, and Javabeans is my pre-Christmas Santa.

  7. steffanie g

    YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!

  8. yhamih

    I’ve been waiting for this episode recap..Thanks so much JV…
    I like this episode so much that it made me laugh, giggle, smile, cry, angry…all emotions in to one episode.

    What a great writers Hong sisters are…i couldnt imagine how they will end up this drama. Im too eager to wait for the final one.

    I love the parody they did…lovers in paris, eeewww…jeremy and TK..lol!
    They even made me recall devil besides you kissing seen and the necklace…BOF!!! hahaha…

    YAB is still very awesome…from start to the coming end…
    I LUV YAB and I LUV JV!!!

  9. onepinkstar

    thanks jb! ^^,

  10. 10 kirara

    I haven’t got to seen Ep 14 fully with subs yet, but now I can watch it raw with your recaps!

    Thank you! I’m definitely hoping for a happy ending!

  11. 11 Sophia

    Thank you for the recap! My week is not complete without it :)

  12. 12 slim

    such a sad episode..
    i was happy to see mi nams strength when she was talking to wha ran..
    and it was so sad to see wha ran failing to rise to the occasion and for once sacrifice herself to allow her son to find true love and happiness..by letting go of her own past infatuation. but maybe she’ll get another chance to make up for it..hopefully in the next two episodes..im inspired to make another ” you are beautiful ” banner now.. : )
    can’t belive this is almost over..so sad..

  13. 13 rachel

    TWO more episodes left, i can’t wait for the last two but at the same time, i am dreading the end!! ah, conundrum. :(

    i love the kissing scene, especially when TK suddenly stops, says “don’t do the pig-nose thing.” then promptly continues the smooch. CUTE MUCH??

  14. 14 Lisa

    In those few minutes on the bus, Jeremy broke my heart way more than Shin Woo ever did in his one millions rejections from MN. I’m curious as to how far his acting range is. For FT Island fans, his singing was no surprise because he sings always sings heartbreaking and tear inducing ballads.

    The fanfic? Total win. It must have been a hoot to film.

    Only two more episodes left? NOOOOOOO. Hope the last two episodes are great and can we not have a time skip?

  15. 15 Carrie

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Omo. .Yes. Jeremy’s scene… breaking my heart in tiny pieces. Oh my goodness he was fabulous.

    It will be interesting to see where everything ends up next week… but my heart and stomach are in knots even if TK is being a friggen idiot and has suddenly developed an overabundance of earwax in his ears to not hear a perfectly logical explanation. Aigooooooo….

  16. 16 tinyviolin

    Yay! Just knowing this is waiting for me makes going to work that much more tolerable!

    Haven’t read/watched it yet, I’ll be anticipating this all afternoon!

    Thanks for your hard work and diligence, JB. ^^

  17. 17 man

    that was.
    i love how he pretends to hit her and kisses her!!!!!!!!!
    thanks for an awesome recap!!!

  18. 18 miss_procrastination

    deathly good. thank you dramabeans!

  19. 19 missthiri

    Once again, I can’t believe Hongki can act so well. He sings and he cries as you said. It was not easy. I was watching it alone with my headset on. I said out loud “poor kid”. I cant help but notice Hongki’s beautiful voice though he’s crying and semisobbing.

    Love the kiss scene of TK and MN. and I want more date scenes in the 2 last episodes (sob sob)

    Love the new wardrobe of TK – manly blazers, sweater and button-down white shirt underneath.

  20. 20 joicy

    Thanks JB for a great recap. I noticed that Shinwoo and Jeremy acting were much better in these 2 recent episode. They did a great job when given more time to develop their character. Jeremy is very lively, as usual. Frankly speaking I love his face expression when he fools around more, but he’s amazingly good in those sad scene too.
    The show does not fill up with laughters like in the beginning but it’s still surprisingly good

  21. 21 Nano

    As an active watcher of this drama, I guess they decided to make this episode the “truth” part, and the next two will make everything else fall back into place. I have this twisted feeling that the real Mi Nam isn’t as nice as he looks…
    I heard there was going to be a season two. Rumor?

  22. 22 Taohua

    Great Recap! Also, I agree with your comparison of the previous Hong sisters’ dramas. That was the one aspect that I really liked about Fantasy Couple was the lack of the time jump and the conclusion of the series felt very natural. And since I was skeptical about how this episode would pan out, I didn’t watch yet. I’m going to save it for next week so I can go from angst to hopefully TK realizing what MN means to him. Though MN is going to his lines “Don’t be where I can see you,” very literally. And as much as I dislike dramatic scenes over misinterpreted actions/words, I kind of want TK to chase after MN. Because like the Mother Superior said in the previous episode, MN is a star as well and TK needs to realize that soon.
    Mo Hwa-ran I don’t know if she’ll be redeemable. But in this episode I absolutely hated her. Did MN’s father really love a woman like her? Seriously? I almost don’t want TK or MN to forgive her, but if they don’t they won’t be able to move on. Also I hope, I really hope there isn’t a time jump. Also, I’m looking forward to seeing Go Mi-nam come back in the next episode (hopefully).

  23. 23 dlslk

    The way this is set up, in the beginning of the next episode I could imagine Tae-kyung go back downstairs and say he is sorry. However, we are reaching the end so I’m not sure if this little misunderstanding would be resolved that quickly.

  24. 24 mhikka

    I refresh the page every five seconds so i can read your blogs.

    I loved this episode! I squealed like a fangirl everytime there’s a fluff between TaeKyung and MiNyeo.

    I didn’t know Lee HongKi could act like that! I love it!

    I can’t wait for the last couple of episodes! Thanks Javabeans!!! ^_^

  25. 25 mj

    Thanks for the recap. :) 😉

  26. 26 xiaoSxin

    JB thanks for the recaps!!!

    This is the episode that made my heart hurt really bad for Jeremy, Tae Kyung and Minam!! I cried with them as they pour their heart out.

    Final Curtain call is coming next week. I hope it gives us all satisfaction fans wanted for this drama and for YAB to bow out gracefully with their ending!

  27. 27 Angel

    Thankssss a lot for the recap…..I still cant beleive how the YAB drama is gonna end next week….. :(

  28. 28 ET

    I’m so sad now. I hope the finale is a happy one for those two. I just love them so much. My heart is breaking.

  29. 29 sugarpunch

    NICE. when jeremy cries, I cry. Not even tae kyung crying can make me cry… TT.TT I like this ep not because i’m sadistic, but because of the good performance by jeremy this time round…. I can’t wait for next week!!

  30. 30 crappycaller

    thanks for the recap… now i fully understand the conflict at the last part of the episode… ^^ .. i hope the season 2 ‘rumor’ is true…

  31. 31 kaedejun

    i knew it – once i refreshed and nothing came up, i knew that the recap was up!



    expecting an angsty episode!

  32. 32 reluctantbutaddicted


    If you have a chance, or if someone else knows: what does TK say to MN in between the two kisses? He says “dwaejitokki something something”. In the context, given her once again frozen bewilderment, it seemed like he would be saying “relax” or “kiss me back already, will you?”. OK, maybe not the latter.

  33. 33 missthiri

    2 more episodes T.T

  34. 34 jing

    Hong ki was at his best…I teared a lot…he didn’t disappoint me…The punch- kiss tactic that HTK did to Minam,was also done a few years ago,with the drama Devil Beside You from Taiwan (mike He and Rainie Yang)..What’s up with the mother having “dual personality”,likes to a mother to the twins but at the same time doesn’t want Min Nyo for her son…weird woman (maybe from all those alcohol she consumed)…It’s good that Ye Hi will be out of the picture (even for a moment),because of the new plot coming (the mom and the real Min Nam)…it’s really tiring to watch a drama with a lot of conflicts going on at the same time…thanks for the recap….UR the best…

  35. 35 robotmatsuri

    Thanks so much JB! Jeremy’s bus scene really killed me! I also loved that they used the LIP theme for the fan-fiction scene. lol.

  36. 36 lalala-drama

    Thank you for the recap. I watched the raw one and then I’ve read your summary, Now things make sense…

    I don’t think twins dad loved Mo Hwa Ran. I think he wrote that song to twins mom because he made a mistake meeting MHR and after she left, begs her to come back.
    MHR is the only person thinks he loved her, because she is alcoholic, lonely and crazy woman, who still thinks her self like a important person to TK and twins dad. Now she is even butting in to couples (TK and MN) happiness because she can’t stand it. Because she thinks MN and her mom is taking away her men. Which is interesting because I guess she forgot that she is the one who left them from the beginning because of her selfishness.

  37. 37 giddygirl108

    “I don’t need those stars anyway. I’m the star she likes best.”

    I really agree with you on your rejection of the apologist perspective. Given that Taekyung already realizes how naive Minyeo is, I would’ve expected him to be upset that his mother was actively trying to manipulate her. He correctly sensed Heyi’s actions; how did he not correctly sense his own mother’s?

    Here was my imagined scene: He comes in at that pivotal moment and his eyes are wide from the realization of Minyeo there with his mother. Without a word to his mother, he immediately takes Minyeo’s hand and storms off with her, leaving his mother absolutely baffled. Minyeo pleads with him while they head back to the studio and when they finally reach the studio, he lets her go and starts yelling at her for talking with his mother. Hadn’t she learned her lesson with Heyi? Then something else that’s pivotal happens and then the episode ends there.

    I know my imagined scene is VERY flawed and perhaps unrealistic but I would’ve expected that cliched direction from Taekyung.

  38. 38 Hannah

    Oh my goodness, I couldn’t hate Mo HwaRan more even if I tried. How can one person be so incredibly self-absorbed? She and HeYi are a match made in heaven. She has no idea what true love is, and is fooling herself that she ever had it because if she knew what it really was, she would never be able to treat TaeKyung the way she does. People say that a mother’s love for her child is one of the purest, most sincere loves you’ll ever find in life, but her puny heart is so filled with Go JaeHyun (and herself) that she can’t even TRY to care about anything else. That’s why I found it laughable that she told MiNyeo to forget about a relationship with TaeKyung because MiNyeo was the first person that ever got TaeKyung to break out of his shell and in telling MN to stay away from him, she’s essentially ruining his life even more than she already has. It takes a lot for me to feel animosity this strong towards a character, and I can’t remember a time I hated a character as much as I hate Mo HwaRan.

    I agree with you, Javabeans. Jeremy’s bus scene really tugged at my heartstrings and made my insides ache. (Is it incredibly shallow of me that I was kinda wishing I was in her place? I mean, three idol boys head over heels in love with me? Can we say sa-woon?) I’ve thought that Jeremy was cute all drama long, but this was the first time that I really liked Lee HongKi and saw Jeremy as a layered character. He was always just so fun-loving and cheerful all the time, and so that made it even harder to watch the scene where he broke down crying during his song.

    I’m not sure what’s caused it, but all the drama and angst that they’ve packed in the last few episodes have nudged me off the bandwagon. Not completely, but the thought of another episode coming next week doesn’t excite me as much as it did before, and I’m not as sad as I thought I would be that the drama’s over next week. I’m actually a little worried about how the Hong sisters are going to finish off the story. One problem I’ve had with the drama is how long it took for them to bring the real MiNam back and I can’t believe we’re only going to have one (maybe two) episodes with him in it. I’m reallyyyy hoping they don’t mess up the ending because that’ll ruin the drama for me. :(

  39. 39 Norma

    And I’m sitting here with tears…..it’s like feeling the pain for both TK and MN….everything so darn messed up! I’m just glad this episode wasn’t as horrendous as I had thought it might turn out……with both TK and MN feeling the pain and crying….I think about what Mother Superior mentioned…that in dark times their light will continue to shine for them. They are meant to work together as a team….it took TK a very long time in opening up…but then, I don’t think he’s ever met a female like MN before.

    Sigghhhhhh…..another week of anxiety!!!!

    Thanks for the great recap/criticism…..you’re the best!!!!

  40. 40 Emily

    Thank you for the recap!

    Jeremy’s crying-singing on the bus was one of the best acting moments in this drama. I really cried with Jeremy even though I didn’t understand a word he was singing.

    Taekyung’s reaction is a bit more fierce than what I would have expected from his character but I agree that it was the heat of the moment reaction. At least, I hope it was. He’s generally a very forgiving guy as evidenced by his continual tolerance of his mother’s selfishness and his helping of Heyi when she was shoeless and harassed by her “fans.”

  41. 41 M&M

    ARGH!! A cliff hanger T_T
    OMG – iwanttoknowiwanttoknowiwanttoknow!! How can Taekyoung do thaaat?
    I hate it when guys go u aren’t the person i thought you were!
    But, at least Mi-Nam is showing up…..
    ARGHHHH!! I don’t think I can wait another week…):

  42. 42 lala

    lol Hong sisters are definitely SM artists fans. thanks for the recap

  43. 43 cayenne_pepper

    As always, super thanks, JB!!

  44. 44 Samira


    My favorite scenes of this episode are the bus and the kiss. Jeremy did amazing. He’s so simple minded and adorable.

  45. 45 its_KAE

    wow.. this episode fills up everything.. there’s all the expectation tat draws u in to conclude everything.. love love this episode…. anticipated for next day episode.. so sad tat it’ll end soon.. huhu.. im terribly sad…. it grows so much on me.. its treatment from the bad days that i have..

  46. 46 moomincandylalala

    YAY! thanks for you recap, again!
    Was feeling a bit down after reading the bad news posts earlier on…

    Agree – The Jeremy bus scene was a killer…it was really well set up …seriously I’m now seeing Hong Ki with new eyes… he did such a great job I almost cried…his situation was totally different with SW…He was honest, there were no missed chances.. the girl he liked simply liked another guy. Which happens… and life goes on and he had to be strong. Portrayed beautifully.

    The Lovers in Paris parody was priceless…reminded me a bit of an ep of DBSK banju dramas..

    H Sisters throughout this whole drama have been doing this repeated cycle of cushioning us with lovey dovy scenes, funny and then dropping a bomb at the end of leaving us hanging… well at least this is the last time… a bit sad that it will be ending next week but I don’t know how much more of this my heart can handle.

    And after my rant yesterday here about MHR, I am really speechless about her… she definitely makes UHee look like saint. Ugh…she makes me so angry…

    I hope TK’s anger at MNy is only temporary and he will come to his senses and resume his “logical” way of thinking… I really don’t want it to go down the typical K drama road taking up at least 1 ep for them to deal with something like this.
    He should know MN better … or he might think that he was right and she is really a “rabbit” that looks sweet but bit him when he got close.

    Can’t wait till Go Mi NAM comes back and set things straight (at least I hope he will)

  47. 47 BlueHaru

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!

  48. 48 bobacha

    thanksssss so much, i’ve been refreshing your blog for hours 😀 i’m sure hundreds of others were doing the same :p

  49. 49 connie

    i really liked this episode!! i love lee hongki more than ever. thank you ^_^

  50. 50 lelouch

    javabeans, you made my day….been waiting for your recaps….i had to refresh the recap’s page several times because it just won’t load….is it because there are so many people out there also opening it?

    love this episode….tae-kyung is so adorable…..so sad he has to suffer because of his mom again….she’s a psycho…really

    and also i really look forward to seeing the real go mi-nam….hope he can make hwa-ran suffer for what she did to mi-nyeo

  51. 51 byj_angel

    Thanks, JB.

    Do you guys share the same opinion as I do that… JGS would have nailed it, fitted the character to a T if he performed the role Jun Pyo in BOF? Sorry, everytime I see JGS, I can’t help but exclaim to myself that I could have continued watching BOF if he’s the main guy and JYW as the second lead… these guys are better actors. :-) See JGS facial expression when he gets mad and excited.Peace.

  52. 52 12Dose12

    Thanks Javabeans!
    Jeremy was like Hangyul in Coffee Prince, only his love is unrequited.
    TK is logical and analytical the whole series. I have faith in this drama that I somehow expect that the beginning of next episode would be focused on TK putting logic in to the madness.
    2 more episodes, 1 more week and then the withdrawal begins. :(

  53. 53 imanonaut

    @ 32

    I’ve heard that he said something like “don’t turn into a pig-rabbit”. Meaning she shouldn’t press her nose.

  54. 54 heejung

    “Love That Is Meant To BeKDRAMA”

    you’re beautiful is possibly the only drama that can make me laugh, cry, and squeal all in the course of an hour.

    next week…!!!!!!!

  55. 55 erv

    am wondering who’s going to play a real minam?
    a guest to the drama? he looked good though.
    can’t wait for the next episode (:
    thanks for ur hardwork again javabeans! appreciate it!

  56. 56 12Dose12

    By the way, what did TK tell MN while he was kissing her?

  57. 57 deeta

    Some criticism from me:
    Lee Hongki was just wonderful in the bus scene. But I feel that the essence of that scene is also forced. We’ve seen Jeremy’s feelings for Minam, but it’s always taken a backseat compared to Shinwoo and Taekyung. So, I felt WTF when suddenly Jeremy went all emo because he’s heartbroken. It felt like that scene was only intended to give Jeremy a closure for his feelings.

    I’m in the former with regards to Mo Hwaran. She presents perhaps the biggest plot (or conflict) device in the drama. She’s like “President Byun finding Choonhyang” or “Grandpa ordering Yoorin out of the family/Gongchan”. It’s bound to happen, but because writers have been using these frequently, they just lose meaning.

  58. 58 YABaddict

    Thank you JB for great recaps, again!
    If there is consistency, it’s that we can always count on your wonderful recaps and analysis!

    My two cents about TK in the last scene, although I have not seen it yet (as usual, waiting for subbed version to come out), is that it reminded me of episode 2, when MN goes to his room to apologize, but he is still so “upset” that he says harsh things to her. Then, in the bathroom, he says she should have waited until he calmed down.
    I think TK is someone with strong/volatile emotions, he gets angry fast, but he is not mean. So I hope he just needs to calm down, and then fix things up with MN. He is hurt, his trust in women must really be shattered by now (MHR, HY, and now MN), but hopefully MN will be able to get through to him again. I anticipate a chase to win her back, which he should, as so far he’s mostly been on the receiving end of her love. He did things for her before, but at the time it was not out of his love for her.
    Can’t wait until he knows the full truth, can’t wait for what he’ll do to redeem himself.
    And, I think Jeremy is my second favorite! I really like how the Hong sisters wrote his character, he is refreshing!
    And poor PSH, she looks really tired, so much crying, she has to deal with 3 men, she has to do 3x the work (crying, comforting, conflicts…). At least, she only has to kiss one of them :-)

    • 58.1 Foxiscully

      Should have added – I wanna be her…. LoL

  59. 59 Rika

    Lee Hong Ki is so awesome. My heart was twisting as I was listing to his song. Can’t wait to watch it. Coz I don’t get the ending.

  60. 60 foodluver88

    I’ll admit, Jeremy wasn’t really on my radar (even with sweet moments on the magic bus and his cuteness overload), but his crying-singing scene was amazing! His scene was more heartbreaking than Shin-woo’s singing (not to mention Hong-ki’s singing was completely unaltered). Not many people can sing, and not many people can cry, yet Hong-ki did both fantastically well! Leave it to F.T. Island’s lead vocalist to give me goosebumps and a slight pain in the heart :)

  61. 61 Atsirk

    That’s right Javabeans. MHR really doesn’t want to give the kids the opportunity that she never had with Go Jae-hyun and now, all hell break loose, just because Hwang Tae-kyung and Go Mi-nyeo are in love. MHR just cannot accept that fact. She’s selfish.

    And Jeremy? Oh, Jeremy. He’s totally dense, but still he managed to tell Mi-nyeo how he feels…

    Gosh, cannot wait for Eps 15 and 16…

    Thanks for an awesome recap, JB :)

  62. 62 minami

    oh yes! i just have to give Lee Hongki 2 thumbs up (if possible, even my toes LOL) he was just so good in that bus scene that you start tearing up without you realizing it. and i agree with you, javabeans! Park Shin Hye did amazing too, with barely any dialogue, ultimately just reacting to Hongki’s acting. kudos to those 2!

    and Jang Guen Suk! i’ve always loved him & his acting, and this drama just leveled it up to something close to obssession LOL! he just gave me a big rollercoaster of emotions with this episode! making me giddy with the confession & movie theater scenes, made me laugh my a$$ off at that fanfic, making me scared and cry at that confrontation scene with Hwara & Minyeo…. *sighs* i hope he wins an award at one of those acting awards at the end of the year. he deserves it!

  63. 63 sue

    HONGKI’s BUS SCENE (in my opinion) was the BEST SCENE EVER!!! for seriously, the cry-singing BROKE MY HEART OMG.

    btw the audio rip you put up seems to be a bit off, you might want to do it again?

    thank you for the speedy recap javabeans!! and i agree about the conflict being somewhat forced, but i’ve become used to all kdramas having an eventual happy ending that i’m not worried. but i guess it’s the principle of the thing!

  64. 64 kaedejun

    i first submitted a comment before reading the recap, and now i have to say…

    i really liked how this episode tied everything up. sounds weird, but for me it did. the trailer for this episode felt so grandiose – like they were doing too many things in one episode and i thought there would be too many loose ends, but from the looks of it, it’s not so much a big deal.

    the shinwoo topic is pretty much done. yes, shinwoo may do something to comfort mi-nyeo, but i don’t think he’s going to do much. and for jeremy, it’s semi-resolved in that he’s not going to pursue her – he’ll just deal with his feelings alone. it would have killed me if there were more back-and-forth relations between the love triangle – that would be dragging the series. the fact that everything is out in the open – everyone admitted their feelings and acknowledged it – eases my mind a lot more.

    no matter what shinwoo or jeremy do, i don’t think they’re going to fight tae-kyung too much. the problem between TK and MN may just resolve itself naturally like it did in coffee prince – where YEH and GY made up on their own without others interfering and jumping in to “save the girl” or something.

    at least, that is what i HOPE will happen.

    glad to see that heyi doesn’t show up too much. she is definitely a good actress to be so completely grating on my nerves.

    i think there are just two problems left to resolve: the parental issue and the minam/minyeo interview with the reporter. i put heyi with the latter problem, and i actually WANT her to be evil. i really want her to tell the truth to the reporter, because i just WANT her to be punished! i don’t want her to redeem herself and think, oh i should just let them go and so i’ll refuse to answer the reporter. i want her to say “yes, they’re the same person” and then die a death of public shame.

    maybe… maybe 16 episodes really is just enough for this series. any longer, and they are definitely going to draw out the angst.

  65. 65 Kathy

    Yeah, I am a TK/MN shipper but I actually cried seeing Jeremy’s scene. It was very sad. His acting is real good at e part. But of course, props to all the actors/actresses in this show! YAB is one of the most engaging korean drama I’ve watched since long already.

    @56 from soompi, i think someone mentioned before the second kiss, TK said to MN not to make the pig rabbit nose this time. something along this line.

    I cannot believe YAB is ending! =(

  66. 66 Nom_Kitteh

    Thank you for the recaps, JB. Yesterday’s recaps were especially awesome — you were on fire with gifs, etc.

    I enjoyed today’s episode — watched it live, YAY — and am relieved that the major conflict, the one with the mother-GMN reveal, is finally here. It took 12 episodes to get here, so that’s a relief; although because it took 12 episodes to get here, the punch to gut didn’t feel as tight as I thought it would. We knew that this would be how things would unfold — the final break before the final reconciliation.

    Maybe I am a bit tired of the same story lines, but the Yoo Heyi subplot, the mother subplot, and the Shinwoo subplot are all tiresome to me at this point. Frankly, I don’t care anymore. Let’s get this resolved — let’s move on.

    I am not as familiar with the Hong sisters, but it does seem like they run a subplot way too long. Yoo Heyi should have exited the stage at least three episodes ago. There is no reason why she is commanding a center in any scene.

    The Shin Woo story should have been over and done with last episode, and because the final scene — which should have included ONLY Tae Kyung and Mi Nam — has Shin Woo in it, I feel a sense of dread that the mopey, weepy Shin Woo is going to be back in force in ep 15. What a total downer and waste of time.

    The mother story: well, I guess she is a major presence. And I hope that you are right in reading her character as being nuanced; that she hates Go Mi Nam because she reminds her about her mother and that she is so narcissistic, she cannot see anything but herself. I really hope so. If in fact the real story is that Go Mi Nam’s father never loved TK”s mother and it had been like a TK-Heyi “love” story, then I will be impressed. But so far, she just seems like a plot device rather than a real human being.

    WOW — I sound so cranky. I am — but not because of the show. I am still enjoying it. Like I said, I am tired of the same plot lines. I hope the real Go Mi Nam shows up. I wish the real one showed up a few episodes ago, turned out to be a total ass and a tool and jerk. Then we would have had something fresh and new.

    Jeremy’s breakdown: Hmm…it was superb acting but…it came out of nowhere for me. Does that scene mean that ALL of Jeremy’s antics and fun, light demeanor have been act? That underneath it all lies a lot of pain and anger? Seems strange. I had no idea that he liked Go Mi Nam this much. I don’t know if I have a clear idea of what happened there.

    I LOVE THIS DRAMA SO MUCH. I have not been this fired up about something in so long. Yes, I have been excited about dramas before, but this one lingers with me for days, brings smiles to my face at the most unexpected moments in my daily life. Something about this drama has gotten to me — I love it.

    Thank you, JB!!!

  67. 67 questions987

    someone brought up a good point on soompi. What if he was acting this way for her? to protect her? I’m not sure – as I’m following the drama closely via dramabeans and not watching the drama itself (addiction beware) but doesn’t he know that GMN’s mother died because of MHR?

    It would suck to be the son of the women who killed your gf’s mom. Then again – who knows what might happen? I don’t think it’s going to be a major misunderstanding. I have a feeling we’ll get a quick resolution and not a whole episode of OMG – he hates me!

    On a quicknote: Javabeans, no opinion on the Real GMN? He made a brief appearance tonight and I honestly am wondering if PSH can pull off that type of maleness that the brother seems to exude. I know she did well in the quick glimpse, but I wonder if she can pull off more than that on a quick glimpse?

  68. 68 twylah

    thank you again.love it.

  69. 69 favoree

    Yeah. Forced conflict, right, that is it. I didn”t like it in Hong Gil Dong ( the way Yi Nok was stabbing Gil Dong’s father was scary). But I thought it must be the oriental mentality.
    But here it comes again, it annoys me a lot. Isn’t there any way ( even in kdrama) to make it sound more credible ? We are living 21 century? This plot written by the sisters seems to be the weakest of all their others to me. It is basicly underdevelopped. Also , the fact that all three guys are in love with one girl limits a lot the side characters, so the concentric circles spreading around the action are too small.
    Tae-kyung ‘s mother somehow reminds me a lot Yuhee- the same envy to another woman: how can he prefer her to me? Looks like all these kids have the same karma as their parents…
    Somehow I can’t share the ecstasy about Jeremy’s burst out. No,Hong Ki is definately capable actor, but was there that much to cry on?
    Anyway, I am impatiently waiting for the grand finale. I think JGS will carry it on his shoulders , as he did all the show.

  70. 70 Show2007

    JB again thanks for the recaps!! I love your blog and your insights. I felt sorry for Shinwoo yesterday but I didn’t cry. Today, Jeremy made me cry. Among the three I will love to have a boyfriend like Jeremy, so pure, so straightforward and so human. The last sence where TK and MN were crying are also very touching. I just love YAB and do wish that there is a season 2.

  71. 71 yokit

    thank you for the recap… i’m totally into tk-mn and sw really did shine in the last episode, but i can’t help but swoon at how hongki pwned this episode with his bus scene…. my heart felt the emotion… even at the time i was watching that, i didn’t understand a word, it was so engrossing and touching… and yeah you were right about that very fleeting look when he put his arm around MN’s shoulder, you can see a flicker of sadness in his eyes… great job hongki!

  72. 72 kpm1111

    oh… i think the jeremy scene was THE scene of the ep..

    regarding TKs reaction.. i am more with expln 1 too. i think he says it out himself right… “my mother left me for you”… i think that was what made go to “switch off” mode. the fact that person (who he has always detested) to blame for the way his life /rel with his mother has turned out is a person he really likes… i dont think he overeacted considering all the abandonment and lonliness… It WOULD be a “stretching” it if he continues to hold things against MN for more than half an hour of screen time..

    thanks for the recap..
    iwas in full “SQUEEEEE” mode for the theatre scene…

    and oooooooooh the parody!! HAHAHA.. even in the fanfic SW doesn get his lovelife straight (pun (un)intended).. hahaha sad, sad, very sad 😛

  73. 73 asianromance

    thanks for the recap!!! YAY FOR THE KISS!!!!

    omg the ending is so sad, i don’t think i can watch it….or maybe i will just take a break every 2 minutes.

    I like how Jeremy is a complex character- he is not just happy all the time, he has moments when he feels sad. But I do wish that the hong sisters have delved into Jeremy’s character- give him sort of past story. We all know abt Shinwoo and his past with his country accent. i think this series, with so many compelling characters, could have used 20 episodes, to flesh out the characters. and the abandoned-Shinwoo scene has appeared for its 4th? time now? I think this drama is one of the Hong sisters weaker ones in terms of characterization (only Taekyung seems fully-formed to me), but still very addictive and with all the cast members being good, charismatic actors, instead of just a few, like in their other dramas.

    and Hwaran is pissing me off in this episode. I hope they really do find out that the song was for MiNyeo’s mother and that Hwaran was delusional. Pissed at MiNyeo’s father for being such a weak man! I hope he had died from guilt!

    And yay, mention of Mi-nam! and wow, he sounds like a combination of all three guys. I hope we get to meet him and hope that his popularity will beat out Taekyung’s popularity! wouldn’t that be just revenge for dating Minyeo behind his back!

    i like your analysis of the big misunderstanding. the big misunderstanding is such a romance story cliche that i have to roll my eyes at it. I will hold off my opinion abt whether the Hong sisters are taking this convention too far to be credible until the next episode. If Taekyung still misunderstands by the halfway point of the next episode, then that’s a bit too much, even if he is incredibly bitter about his mother.

    I really hope there isn’t another time jump to this story. I feel like there are still quite a lot of things to develop and wrap up instead of just skipping a year or two and say everything is fine.

  74. 74 kerochan

    huh… just ONE minute to crash??? Really?? Wow… talk about the combined effect of YB + your wonderful recaps! I am not ashamed to say that I am addicted to both… 😉
    I woke up just 5 minutes ago and here I am already 😛
    This time, I need the fix provided by your recap more than ever ’cause I’ve decided not to watch this ep until eps 15 and 16 are also out (ok, I am lying… I couldn’t resist and I’ve already sneaked a look at some scenes, but I won’t watch the ep in its entirety). I know my heart won’t be able to handle it. I’ve come to love these charachters too much to watch them hurt and cry and then wait a whole week to know what happens to them!
    So, thank you so much for the recap, JB! You rock!!! ^_^ /

  75. 75 Goldenlotus

    My tribute to this drama:

    Jeremy…my sweet Jeremy
    Shin-woo…my dear Shin-woo
    Do not try to hard to fight destiny
    She was never able to see either one of you
    Under the shadow of a star as bright as the sun
    Tae-kyung…my darling Tae-kyung

    (Jeremy!!!! I personally vote for you!)

  76. 76 lholie

    as always, you’re the greatest. thanks again for this recap. although, i just want to express that I am very much disappointed on GMN character on this episode coz as you have mentioned. Hong sisters, hasn’t give her the chance to say what she wants to say…1st on the scene with Jeremy at the bus and 2nd the last part wherein, when the mother has told her about the affair…they should have atleast given her character some spite to fight back or say something, coz it is a matter of family values and morals..right?again, there is a lot of twist in the storyline and probably the Hong sisters must be hooking up on the blog sites coz the story keep going out on the traditional way of plotlines…and i was so surprise about the kissing scene on the rooftop..never expected that, i’ve read spoiler somewhere that there will be a kissing scene but it was in episode 13..not on 14 but again, that was nice coz the suspense was too tense that i can’t help and squel at the moment…overall, i laughed, cried and mad at the end of the episode..thanks JV for the recap again..

  77. 77 Super Noona

    GAWD!!! I refrain myself from watching any episode of You’re Beautiful until it approached epi 13 & 14. I only started watching last night for the 1st episode and i never fail to grip me instantly! My replacement after the HEYDAYS of BOF so called mania… Tae-kyung…. YOu are breaking my heart slow!!!!

  78. 78 rachiee

    thanks! that was a great post! i havent watched, and the bus scene sounds so great! can i ask everyone, including JB, if you have Track 6 from OST 1 as my copy is corrupted and despite downloading from various sources it still is! I would love a clean copy. :)

    its going to end so soooon. please JB give us some remedy to soothe our soon empty hearts!

  79. 79 yoora

    HMM the end…is near…haaaay. …

    thankz for the recap!

  80. 80 Nom_Kitteh

    Oh, to add to the big misunderstanding reading that you have, JB:
    I am completely persuaded by Tae Kyung’s response. It makes perfect sense to me that he would feel betrayed by Go Min Nam. Don’t forget how touchy he is about this: he hides his real birthday; he got tense and nervous when he asked (in ep 9?) GMN if she had seen anything (meaning the interaction with his mother), has been hiding why he has not wanted to remake the song.

    I think the Hong sisters have set up nicely why Tae Kyung would feel so devastated that Go Mi Nam has seen him so vulnerable, is aware of how her untarnished star is actually really quite tarnished, smudged, and maybe even scratched, and yet has never revealed that knowledge to him.

    That is a fairly big lie for someone like GMN to carry — especially when she comes across as being so utterly dim-witted.

    That GMN deliberately kept this kind of information from him is a pretty big breach of trust.

    As far the actual subplot — as I have ranted earlier, I am not persuaded by it at all — but as far as the unfolding of it and TK’s reaction, it makes perfect sense.

  81. 81 Auntie Mame

    Actually, I have been wondering if Mo Hwa Ran abandoned TK, as part of her atonement for her role in making the twins orphaned.

    In her perverse perspective of reality, she may have felt that it was only fair for her own child to be without maternal love, since she claims that she was indirectly responsible for the twin’s not having a mother.

    As for their great love, I’ve also wondered if it existed only in her eyes. It would be a terrible shock to her if she discovers that her great love was only a fantasy. For which, she’s spent and lived her life.

    Of all the second leading men, who didn’t get the girl, I have never felt as badly for any of them, as I did for Shin Woo.

    As always, thanks to Dramabeans for a great recap of a thoroughly enjoyable drama.

  82. 82 liion

    i’ve just started to watch this ep so im careful not to read spoilers but when i saw TK’s mom say, “that woman’s child” my blood just started to boil! grr.

    What exactly did MN’s mother do? She’s the one who died because of Hwaran. Arrgh! Lol I’m getting too emotionally attached aren’t I? *sighs and goes back to watching*

  83. 83 raahmose

    “But he’s overreacting, and his negative opinion of Mi-nyeo is one that would take five minutes of explanation to dispel. All he has to do is calm down and hear how she came to find out the truth, and I think we’d be good. She was wrong in hiding the truth from him, but even so, honestly this is hardly a big enough offense to rend asunder a Love That Is Meant To BeKDRAMA.”

    JB, I hear you. But when has he ever done this before? When has TK ever taken five minutes to sort things out. I would consider it out of character if he did such a thing. The man has discovered love, has been influenced by it, but that doesn’t mean he has undergone personality shift.
    We see him clam up in that scene, as I would expect TK to. He is hurt, needs to get over it, sort out the facts, find MN and profess his love again.
    Do I expect a few years laspe? No, it is not necessay. A few months would suffice.
    Do I expect him to sit down with her and discuss it all now? No, it is out of his element.
    Once the emotions have settled down, cooler heads will prevail. TK will make his decision, go after MN despite protest from everyone under the sun, and do what is right for him and her.

    Eventhough a moon maynot be visible to others without a sun, the sun is actually considered an average star. Moon reflects light of the sun in places where the later is unable to do so. There are many many stars such as the sun, but the earth has only one moon. While the moon is extraodinary, the sun is just ordinary. In this lies the truth about MN and TK’s relationship: she will always find the stars, but he will never find another moon.

  84. 84 kaedejun

    oh – just another thought

    in regards to TK realizing his mom may be manipulating MN/him:

    i find that TK has reason to think his mom may be telling him the truth about MN deceiving him. His mom has been completely honest with him the whole time – so far as to say that “yes, if you weren’t born my life would have been a lot better”

    his mom is evil. what she said was evil. evil statements are characteristically her truths. hence, minam “deceiving” TK is true.

    of course, we know better than that. how can a nun lie? =P

    if TK calms down and realizes that, then he’ll forgive MN

  85. 85 cheddar

    i’m really looking forward to see how PSH portrays the brother. two episodes to go! TK will get over it at the beginning of the 15th cuz i also think his reaction at the end was a little too much.

    da-ude! jeremy!! someone give him a ginormous hug and some ice cream! that was such a painful scene to watch T T

  86. 86 curiouscat

    thanks for the recap!!! I loved reading your recap especially your thoughts on the episode. Have to agree with you about Lee Hongki. It was sooo heartbreaking how he sang with so much emotions, that it made almost everyone cry.

    Regarding Mo Hwaran, She’s sooo selfish, I think she just doesn’t want anyone to be happy but herself. She may want to have Taekyung and Minyeo suffer the same fate that she did.

    Anyhoo, I’m looking forward and yet dreading next week, knowing it’s the last 2 episodes. Thanks javabeans, your weekly recaps make waiting for the next episode more exciting and less excruciating at the same time. Hehe thanks again!

  87. 87 Nea

    Thank you for the recap. No Go Mi Nam? Why am I so excited about his appearance? I really feel like we need him. I think that he’s going be to quite a character;)

    And I do buy the “apologist” view, not only because I am one(professionally) but because I 100% identify with TK as a character(parental issues and all). Of course I will also say that I don’t think that his anger/rejection will last too long. Though this situation is much bigger, it reminds me of the “throw up” incident. Like anyone he needs a moment to think. He’s asked all the questions but hasn’t given himself time to think of the answers. He’s allowing pain and hurt to guide this moment. I honestly have faith in his character so his reaction at the end isn’t surprising but preferably short-lived. Taking into consideration MN’s character, I think he can move on, maybe not quickly but rightly.

    Speaking of quick, I was thinking DERN! this man moves fast! He hugs her, says “I like you,” goes on a 2 dates, hints to a long term relationship, kisses her and then buys her jewelry, all in the course of what a couple days?! Gotta love TK! Though some may say this is rushed, I think that it rings true to TK as a character. Completely loved it! (So actually, taking all that into consideration, maybe instead of walking away…he’ll turn around and get her.)

    Jeremy, like SW, was yet again “heartbreaking” but Lee Hong Ki was delightful! I was in tears. The interesting thing to me was that I was in deeper and understood greater his pain than Shin Woo’s. In a way, I don’t like this but I find that Jeremy is so simple and straightforward that to me his pain had more basis and substance. He was working with limited info, he never knew the truth, so his love was based solely on MN.
    Also I love how we can then take a look at all three loves. In the light, there is only one that is needed and has grown. Meaning that, though the others were genuine, real and worth it, only one improved, progressed and will remain. Even in this time, with hurt feelings and broken trust, there will still be a “need” for that love. MN and TK need one another. I think that love is interesting that way.

    Lastly, this mother. I have heard her called all kinds of hilarious names and sadly I agree with them all. I think that it fascinates me that I hate her but hate her existence, not really her. I feel she’s just crazy. I don’t believe anything she says. It seems that my thoughts toward her are coming to fruition so I’m glad. Not only that I was right but more that MN won’t have to think of her father as an adulterer and that TK can forgive and move passed his insane self-absorbed mother.

    I’m also so very glad that MN didn’t let her get away with her treatment of TK. She cares deeply for TK and I would have been highly disappointed if she hadn’t called his mother out for loving him less than she(MN) does. For me, its safe to say that MN (and her mother’s) assessment is correct, her father didn’t love her, not just the person we know today but also the person that married another man on him, had that man’s kid, abandoned him and then tried (and may have succeeded in) destroying his marriage and family.

    Oh and did anyone else find it interesting that MN didn’t seem as resolved to their future as TK? I mean as we know up until the last 5 mins of the show, TK was sold solely on her, but yet she seemed to be slipping away to me. I know that MN is coming back and that changes some things but I thought we dealt with the nun thing so what is her hesitation? Is she still set on thinking of this as all a dream?Or is this just a set up to convince us(and herself) when she decides to retreat out her desire not to see TK hurting?

  88. 88 umi_chan

    now i can understand better,,i have already watched the raw..i have zero undertsanding until i read ur recap..

    thanks again for this wonderful recap and ur crucial analysis..hehe

    i really hate MHR..how dare she did such hurtful thing to HIS SON and with intention i guess,,and of course to destroy our innocent couples..

    i think Hong Sis really do their job beautifully..each main character has its significant roles and carried out really gooooooooood..kudos to them and the crews..

    i feel bad bc the ratings went down and i did’nt understand y korean prefer other show instead of this cooool drama..hope the ratings will go up next week!! >_____<

  89. 89 ella

    I always love your analysis. I don’t always agree with them, but yeah, I love reading about opinions of people. I love that you don’t always take dramas in face value, you actually think more about the characters and situations.

    I haven’t watched this yet, but it looks like a great episode :)

  90. 90 prncssptri

    thanks thanks thanks thanks THANKS!!!!
    the four leading actors/actress in this drama really matured in the right time.. especially for our rookies Jung Yong Hwa and Hongki! I’m so glad i restrained myself from any spoilers on this week’s episodes cause i can 100% enjoy the episodes! lol-ing, spazzing, touched right when those scenes hit me :)

    I cannot wait to see shinhye as the real Go Mi Nam next week.. the teaser in this episode is promising.. i love his (?) facial expression!

    2 more episodes! and i have to say that this is the most memorable kdrama i’ve ever watched!

  91. 91 goldstar

    Thanks JB for the re cap & comments,
    You are beautiful is quite entertaining in the acting perspective, but the story lines is quite dis appointing, Now it’s more of un resolve conflicts with no solutions,& is more on fiction than reality with suppressions of feelings which is un healthy. Hoping they could thread the ending right or else its a waste.

  92. 92 yvree

    i’ll get back to thissss Laateer..!!!


  93. 93 christine

    first and foremost i have to thank JB for her recaps…

    now on with the comment…

    first, i think that we need to send MHR in a mental hospital cause she’s been living in her own fantasy world… a shrink can cure her now, it’s just too late….

    and the kiss part when TK pretended to spank MN to get her off guard is just plain GENIUS!!!! i totally squee even though i’m just reading JB recaps… can wait to watch the 2 episodes!!!!!

    and one more thing we need to see the real MN before the shows end… to give her sister some lovin’!!!

    it’s sad that this show is ending…huhuhu

    Maraming Salamat JB as we Filipinos would said it in our own words!!!!!

  94. 94 yeni

    love this episode!!!!!!

  95. 95 kaedejun




    kinda pricey – but hey – i REALLY WANT IT!!!

  96. 96 deng


    anyway does anybody know how many episodes this will run? till 16th only right?
    coz there were talk in you tube about a season 2….

    i would hate to see the show end though…one of the best…..

  97. 97 Mysuna

    Thanks JB for a great recap!

    I agree with Hannah from above. For last nite’s epi, I didn’t even watch it raw which I have been doing since episode 3. But rather I waited till this morning to watch it in Chinese subbed. ( Thanks to the incredible subbers.) I am not as excited as before in regard to YAB. For some reason, my interest drops a lot after epi 13. Though there were lots of angst, the story appeared to lack the punch it carried in the earlier episodes. I wonder how the story will tie up all the outstanding issues which are many.

    Jeremey is great in this episode and it is nice to see SW asserting himself.

    Once again, Thank you JB

  98. 98 MARY

    Thank you again for today recap, Javabeans. Somehow from the start, I have the feeling that this moment is to come – Tae Kyung pushing Mi Nyeo away due to their parents relationship in the past. It’s something that I feel I can accept, so I have no complain of the moment especially when they are both crying at the end, even though there’s a distance between them, their hearts are closer than ever. With two more episode coming to an end, I wonder what twist they’ll put in to make a happy ending for us, I know cliche is unavoidable so I’ll just appreciate it the way it is because You’re Beautiful has truly been a great drama so far.

  99. 99 Ash

    I totally agree with – 66- Nom_Kitteh – Nov 19, 2009 at 9:23 pm .
    Hong ‘s sister should move on instead of lingering on those sub-plots which is a waste of time .

    Episode 13 was the shining moment for Shin Woo .Jung Yong Hwa proved that he could act even though this is his first time .
    Episode 14 was the explosion moments for Jeremy and Lee Hong Ki truly digged it .
    Your heart all went out for Jeremy . This is Lee Hong Ki episode .

    Actually , I do not worry much about TK and GMN in the next 2 episodes .
    What I anticipate most is the real GMN appearance . Just only for 12 seconds of him – barely see his face and yet , you can tell the real GMN is a bad boy all over , he has an attitude – his 3 earings on one ear – and boy , he is so full of it . I love his smirk and the way he twisted his hair and shaking his feet – he gives us BAD BOY vibe .
    I hope that PSH will be able to digg this role as to me – in the next episode – this is the LIVE or DIE episode for PSH – who will have to convince fans that this is the cool GMN that everybody is waiting for since the first episode .
    I hope that PSH will not disapoint us with all of the expectations that are waiting to see the real GMN .
    I have been liking her since the day of Stairway of Heaven and Heaven Trees . Even thought she was so young but she could act .She had amazing chemistry with Lee Wan in both series – since she was so young there were no kissing scenes in those two and yet , she was able to pull through .She was even named as a young Choi Chi Woo since she could shed her tears instantly . Even though Goong S was her bad choice , still I believe that if she choose the right script , she would be able to steal fan’s heart easily and this is IT – YAB has made her a darling name for us fans all over the world .
    By saying this , I sincerely wishing that in the episode 15 , again she will capture my heart not with her naive GoMyneo but with a BAD ASS as Go Mi Nam ….like Jung Yong Hwa owned episode 13 and Lee Hong Ki shocked us and blew us away with his acting in episode 14 . I expect more from PSH and hoping that she will be able to dig as GMN in episode 15 …..Go PSH go ..

  100. 100 MeW

    wow this episode was like a major roller coaster but it was really good nonetheless. Even though we saw it coming in the preview it still gave the same effect as if it have been a complete surprise. It built up so happy feelings and then we feel heartbreak with Jeremy in the bus scene and then once again it builds up happiness with the first date and then boom disaster. Two episodes left I think it would have been nice if a couple of more episodes would have been added just because the ending is going to seem a bit rushed.

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