Drama Recaps
You’re Beautiful: Episode 14
by | November 19, 2009 | 318 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.

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EPISODE 14 RECAP

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.”

(Omo!)

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.

 
COMMENTS

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.

Criticisms:

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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  1. littlecharmsy

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

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    finally !!! YAY thanks

  4. hello!

    omg…this episode is heartbreaking!!

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    Thanks a lot.

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  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.
    AMAZINGGGG
    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!

    =D

    thanks!

    expecting an angsty episode!

  32. 32 reluctantbutaddicted

    THANK YOU!

    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.”
    MAJOR.SQUEE.

    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

    I JUST WANT TO SEE THE REAL GO MI NAM!

    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 :D 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

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