Drama Recaps
You’re Beautiful: Episode 9
by | November 4, 2009 | 242 Comments

A very cute episode that dials back some of the angst and adds in more of the funny.

By the way, it seems many people are still confused about who knows what, so here’s where we stand as of the end of Episode 8:

  • Tae-kyung knows that Mi-nyeo is a girl but thinks he’s the only A.N.JELL guy who knows the truth. He thinks Mi-nyeo likes Shin-woo.
  • Shin-woo has known Mi-nam is a girl since Episode 2, but hasn’t said anything to anyone. He’s tried to come clean to her but lost the chance. He can tell Mi-nyeo has feelings for Tae-kyung although she has not explicitly said so.
  • Jeremy likes Mi-nam, believing him to be a guy. He has no idea of the stuff going on with the other two bandmates.
  • Hoon-yi knows that Tae-kyung knows the truth. He believes Mi-nyeo likes Shin-woo.
  • Heyi knows Mi-nam is a girl, and Tae-kyung knows that Heyi has found out. Mi-nyeo herself doesn’t know that Heyi’s on to the secret.
  • Mi-nyeo is oblivious to everyone’s feelings for her (including Heyi’s jealousy), and frets over her feelings for Tae-kyung.


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After witnessing the uncomfortable mother-son scene, Mi-nyeo remains out of sight, figuring that she’d better not let on that she knows. Tae-kyung broods alone in the studio, working on music but feeling the weight of his unpleasant encounter.

Mi-nyeo laments her inability to help, thinking, “Is he okay? It’s his birthday, and he must be feeling hurt. I’m really useless.” She sees him drinking his water and setting aside an empty bottle, then seizes on one thing she can do — get him more water!

Mi-nyeo dashes to a convenience store to buy more water, then races back. And yes, that is a completely random, unexplained cameo from budding movie star Yoo Seung-ho!

Remaining out of sight, Mi-nyeo swaps in the new water, then notices Tae-kyung’s annoyance at a flickering light. She rushes out to buy new fluorescent bulbs, and by the time Tae-kyung comes back with a replacement light, it’s already been fixed. This is odd, and he now registers that water has also been replaced. Testing out his suspicions, he says loudly, “Ah, I feel like drinking really hot coffee all of a sudden.”

Once again, Mi-nyeo seizes upon her task and runs out to buy some. Tae-kyung watches as she returns carrying coffee and confronts her. So was she the one who’s been lurking around all night?

A thought occurs to him, and he asks suspiciously, “Did you see something?” thinking of his conversation with Hwa-ran. Mi-nyeo takes a moment to think of a good answer before admitting, “I saw your present!” She begs forgiveness for Aunt Mi-ja opening the package, and with relief, he takes that to mean she didn’t witness the scene with Hwa-ran.

She says hesitantly, “I’m not sure if this will make you angry, but happy birthday.” She’s sorry for causing yet more trouble, and invites him to treat her as badly as he wishes until he’s over his anger.

Her understanding attitude makes him furrow his brow: “If you say it like that, it makes me sound like someone who enjoys abusing you.” (She can’t exactly contradict him, so it’s funny to see her keeping her opinion to herself when he seems to expect her to answer that no, of course that’s not true.) Amused now, Tae-kyung comments that Mi-nyeo has “grown up,” even resorting to flattery and bribery to get what she wants.

Aunt Mi-ja finds it curious that Shin-woo and Jeremy’s current images seem nothing like the “legends” she’d heard from the fangirls. Thinking of Shin-woo’s reputation, she asks if he used to fight in school. He answers vaguely, “Well, all boys fight once or twice in their school days.”

Jeremy’s messy eating habits seem at odds with his aristocratic backstory, so she asks about the princess. To her surprise, Jeremy says that he still keeps in contact with her. Guessing that the legends must not be entirely groundless, she wonders if that means Tae-kyung’s birth secret is true after all.

Tae-kyung doesn’t need anything to celebrate his birthday, but Mi-nyeo insists, so he tells her to decide what to do. She reminds him that he always decides things and dislikes her interference. He answers, “This time, I’ve decided that you should decide.”

She offers to re-create the celebration from his “fake birthday,” so Tae-kyung instructs her to borrow a gym large enough to accommodate 15,000 people and invite 15 famous singers and actors as special guests. She should also call the Asian media outlets to cover it.

She hadn’t realized he’d gone to such lengths for his birthday, but she’s not daunted — all birthdays should start with seaweed soup! (Koreans traditionally eat seaweed soup on birthdays.)

Of course, at this hour, the only way to get any is the instant kind at a convenience store. Furthermore, Tae-kyung asks her (with his usual know-it-all air) whether seaweed soup contains sesame oil. It does. He follows that with the question of what sesame oil is made of, and Mi-nyeo answers, “Sesame seeds,” which makes her recall that he’s allergic. He says dryly, “Thanks to you, I would have died on my birthday.”

Okay, so soup is a no-go, but Mi-nyeo proceeds to the next step, which is to get presents.

Unfortunately their options are pretty limited, so Mi-nyeo takes him to a stationery store — the kind with cutesy pink notebooks and pens designed to appeal to young girls. One wall of stickers and knickknacks catches Mi-nyeo’s eye — it’s A.N.JELL merchandise with cartoon renderings of Tae-kyung, Shin-woo, and Jeremy.

They’re pretty adorable (and true-to-life, if you see how Tae-kyung’s expression is a twisted sneer). The store owner assures them that Tae-kyung’s sells the most, but he’s more embarrassed than flattered. They buy a sheet of cut-outs (like pogs), and Mi-nyeo takes a positive outlook — at least this indicates how popular they are.

While they linger at a deserted playground, she flicks a Tae-kyung pog with her pinky, then flicks another, announcing, “Shin-woo hyung’s flew farther!” Tae-kyung is NOT about to let that stand, so he grabs some of his own pogs and starts flicking them, disgruntled when they all flop. Mi-nyeo continues flicking Jeremy’s and Shin-woo’s and announcing that they’re traveling farther. LOL.

When they arrive home, Mi-nyeo’s a little disappointed that his birthday is almost over but he hasn’t done any birthday things: “I didn’t do anything for you today.” He answers honestly, “Because of you, I was able to pass the time without thinking about it. If not for you, the day would have been horrifically long.”

Seeing that there are five minutes left, Mi-nyeo offers to use those up for him. There’s something the Mother Superior used to always do for her, but she warns, “You can’t hate it.” He retorts, “If you think I’ll hate it, don’t do it.” Mi-nyeo replies, “You told me to make the decisions today, so I’ll do as I want.”

With that, Mi-nyeo hugs Tae-kyung. She says, as the Mother Superior would have told her, “Since today is the day you were born, it is a truly precious day. Thank you for being born.”

(Okay, that brought tears to my eyes.)

Taken aback, Tae-kyung struggles with his reaction. Unnerved, he tells her not to speak in banmal (since she usually speaks in such elevated honorifics). Ignoring his surprise, Mi-nyeo pats him on the back gently, in a consoling gesture, as she prays, “Mother Superior, I want to take the warm comfort I received every birthday and give it all to him. Please comfort him.”

Mi-nyeo pulls away and cheerfully announces that his birthday is over, and heads inside first. As she leaves, Tae-kyung smiles slightly and muses, “Today, Go Mi-nam was quite useful.”

Of course, Shin-woo has seen this from above. He tells himself he’d been trying to act cool to keep the peace, “But it’s tough acting cool.”

In the morning, the other guys look at the A.N.JELL pogs and stickers with interest. When Mi-nyeo says that Tae-kyung’s is the best seller, he puffs up in pride even as he pretends not to be interested in their conversation. But he perks up when Shin-woo and Jeremy ask which cartoon figure she prefers.

All three guys look at her expectantly, and after some consideration, she picks Shin-woo’s. (Shin-woo smiles privately, while Jeremy pouts, “Why? Mine’s cute too!” Tae-kyung tries to contain his frown.) Mi-nyeo explains that she likes that Shin-woo’s image is smiling, and adds, “Jeremy’s is cute too.”

Jeremy’s satisfied to be number 2 in her book, but Tae-kyung mutters that they have no taste: “The best selling one is the best.”

Having witnessed Mi-nyeo’s pog choice, Hoon-yi approaches Tae-kyung separately, interpreting that as proof that she likes Shin-woo. Hoon-yi asks for Tae-kyung’s help in handling Mi-nam with Shin-woo (as in, watch them and keep a safe distance between them). Hoon-yi reasons, “You were last place, so you’re the safest one.” Those words certainly don’t make Tae-kyung feel any happier, but he tries to convince himself with his mantra, “Forget it, it doesn’t matter. If I let it make me feel bad, I lose.”

Next, Tae-kyung and Mi-nyeo head to the set to film their last day of the music video. (In a poke at the kpop industry and its penchant for melodramatic MVs, Tae-kyung complains that a breakup scene doesn’t need to be so complicated, although the director has decided that putting in a grand scene first makes the eventual breakup sadder.)

While prepping for the shoot, Mi-nam looks over at Heyi wistfully, thinking how pretty she is. She eyes Heyi’s overflowing accessories tray, then remembers that she has a pretty hairclip too. Mi-nyeo takes out the accessory Tae-kyung bought her and says, “This is enough for me.”

Heyi sees her with the clip and accuses her with messing with her things. Mi-nyeo answers that this is hers, so Heyi uses the opportunity to say meaningfully, “How strange for a guy to have a girl’s clip.” Mi-nyeo hurriedly lies that it’s her sister’s.

Heyi says that Mi-nam is pretty enough that he could pass for a girl, and suggests making Mi-nam up with lipstick for fun. Overriding Mi-nyeo’s protests, Heyi grabs her in a firm grip to apply the lipstick — until Shin-woo grabs her arm and tells her not to joke around. Jeremy insists, “Mi-nam says no!” The guys have tagged along since today is their last day.

Thus interrupted, Heyi gripes that she wishes she could tell the truth and end this all. But she can’t, “Because then it’s all over with Hwang Tae-kyung, too. I don’t want that.”

Tae-kyung and Heyi film their sad/romantic scene, and Mi-nyeo watches from a distance as they draw near to each other for a kiss. (I believe Mi-nam is supposed to feel sad at losing the girl to another guy, but Mi-nyeo’s performance reflects her feelings for Tae-kyung.)

As Heyi and Tae-kyung hold their faces a few inches apart to mimic a kiss, Heyi reminds him of the last time they’d been in this position. Tae-kyung scoffs, “Both then and now, we were acting. What is there to it?” He complains at how long the director is taking to call cut, so Heyi responds, “He must not like our acting. I’ll do it properly so we can end it quickly.”

With that, Heyi plants a real kiss on Tae-kyung’s lips. His eyes widen in shock, but the camera’s still rolling so he stands there and holds the pose until the director calls cut. The instant he does, Tae-kyung recoils.

Heyi airily tells Tae-kyung to be cool, but she walks away flustered. Annoyed, Tae-kyung wipes his mouth. Mi-nyeo, feeling dismayed, makes her pig nose while Shin-woo takes in her reaction.

Afterward, as the stylist packs away the clothing, Mi-nyeo’s hairclip falls out of the jacket pocket. Heyi is the only one who notices, and takes it. She feigns ignorance when Mi-nyeo comes running back frantically to check the pockets, upset to find the clip gone.

Sung-chan treats the staff to a celebratory wrap party at a club. Shin-woo picks up on Mi-nyeo’s obvious distress, and hearing that she lost something important, he offers to take her back later to look for it.

Spotting them looking cozy, Hoon-yi draws Tae-kyung’s attention to the pair and prods him to interrupt. Hoon-yi takes Shin-woo aside, leaving Tae-kyung to deal with Mi-nyeo.

Misinterpreting her glumness, Tae-kyung notes to himself that Mi-nyeo’s expression is dejected now that Shin-woo’s away. When she won’t meet his gaze (out of guilt), he wrongly assumes that it means she’s not happy to see him.

Deciding to have some fun provoking Mi-nam, Heyi removes the price tag from the clip (sticking it on her beer bottle), and wears the barrette herself. Recognizing the clip, Mi-nyeo starts to reach for it, only to be told that this is Heyi’s.

Heyi says, feigning ignorance of the situation, “You’re acting like a girl. It’s too weird for a guy to be going around with a hair clip. Don’t look for it, and just buy your sister a nicer one.” Discouraged, Mi-nam backs down.

Heyi then mocks Mi-nam’s reaction to Tae-kyung, but he recognizes the clip in her hair and wonders, “So is that what she lost?” Heyi contends that this is hers: “I told you, she lost hers and told me to give her mine.”

Tae-kyung narrows his eyes and answers, “That’s because it’s the same one.” Spotting the price sticker on Heyi’s beer, he asks, “Do you know how much that pin cost?”

Heyi: “It’s cheap. Maybe 3,000 won?”
Tae-kyung: “No, that cost 100,000 won. Hand it over. That’s Go Mi-nam’s.”
Heyi: “How do you know?”
Tae-kyung: “Because I bought it for her. Give it to me.”

Looking like she swallowed a bug, Heyi gives the clip to Tae-kyung, who tells her pointedly, “It’s a good thing you said threatening me doesn’t embarrass you. If not, you’d really be embarrassed.”

Tae-kyung finds Mi-nyeo sitting dejectedly at the bar and announces, “I hear you lost something.” She admits it’s the pin he bought her, so he tells her not to be upset, starting to hand it over.

But her next comment makes him stop immediately. Mi-nyeo: “It’s okay. I’m not going to look for it. It doesn’t suit me. I hope someone else can pick it up and use it well.” Feeling silly all of a sudden, Tae-kyung keeps the clip in his hand and agrees, “Fine, don’t search for it.” They’re both forcing themselves to act like it doesn’t matter, not cluing in to the fact that they both do care, very much in fact.

When Jeremy comments that Mi-nyeo’s nose is red (from pushing it all night), he says it’s like Rudolph the reindeer. Tae-kyung mutters, “You mean Rudolph the Pig-Rabbit.”

Hoon-yi and some staffers put on a show for fun, and upstairs, the stylist prepares her own performance. She instructs an employee to set off the water at her cue, and Heyi, overhearing, decides to have some fun. Grabbing Mi-nyeo, Heyi urges her to sing a song to lighten the mood, since this is a party in Mi-nam’s honor.

All Mi-nyeo knows are Christmas carols, so when she takes the stage, it’s to sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The reception is positive and the others cheer her on — until Heyi has her Carrie moment and flips the switch. A shower of water rains down on Mi-nyeo mid-song.

Everyone gapes. Mi-nyeo fights to hold in her own reaction, though she’s clearly upset. So when Shin-woo gets up to join her onstage, he breaks the tension by continuing the song, and Jeremy joins in too. (And we go from Carrie to Mean Girls…)

Grabbing a tablecloth off a nearby table, Tae-kyung hurries to the stage and gets to Mi-nyeo first, draping her with the cloth.

Jeremy takes control of the situation to announce an A.N.JELL Christmas performance, and the guys all take turns singing. With the potential awkwardness defused, the partygoers get up to dance, restoring the convivial atmosphere.

Heyi fumes, again thwarted.

On the ride home, Jeremy wonders about the thing Mi-nam had planned to look for. Shin-woo answers that Mi-nam decided not to look for it, and although he doesn’t know what it was, “He looked even worse when he said he wasn’t going to look for it than when he lost it.”

Jeremy figures, “He must have said that [he wouldn’t look for it] because he really wanted to find it but didn’t think he’d be able to.”

This idea hadn’t occurred to Tae-kyung. At home, he contemplates the pin as he works out his dilemma:

Tae-kyung: “If she wanted to find it, she should just have said so. Why did she cut me off and confuse me by saying she wouldn’t look for it? If I give it to her even though she said not to look for it, then I look silly. Forget it, I just won’t give it to her. No — I’ll think it over carefully. How can I return this to her without losing face?”

His solution? HILARIOUS.

Inspired by his nickname “Pig-Rabbit,” Tae-kyung searches a cluttered storeroom for stuffed animals. Finding one rabbit and one pig, he dusts them off and tells them ominously, “Let’s go off to surgery.”

Taking the nose off the pig, Tae-kyung “operates” on the two, meticulously transferring the nose to the rabbit doll. (I love the moment where he turns the now-denosed pig face-down so it can’t see.)

When it’s done, he holds up the hair accessory and says, “I’ll give this pin to you, Pig-Rabbit.”

In the morning, Mi-nyeo wakes up to see the stuffed animal next to her. She wonders, “If it’s a Pig-Rabbit, is that me?” Then she spots the clip fastened to the rabbit’s ear, and squeals in glee, hugging it to her. (She is adorable.)

Tae-kyung cracks an eye open to see her reaction, and smiles in satisfaction.

Now her mood is fully restored. At breakfast she tells Hoon-yi, “I sang Christmas carols yesterday, and this morning Santa Claus dropped by.”

When she sneezes, Tae-kyung purposely moves to the other side of Shin-woo, closer to her, and offers a glass of water. Shin-woo one-ups him by offering hot tea, while Jeremy comes running with juice. The guys hold out their drink offerings and, just like with the pogs, they look at her expectantly and wait for her to choose. (Tae-kyung shakes his glass at her as if to say, “You’d better pick me.”)

But Mi-nyeo doesn’t read the underlying meaning of the moment and picks the warm drink. Jeremy’s disappointed but hands over his juice anyway. (Tae-kyung, irritated, drinks his water.)

We get more insight into the mysterious family relations when Hwa-ran asks Sung-chan to convey a flower bouquet to Tae-kyung. She means it as a conciliatory gesture, but it backfires because Sung-chan informs her that Tae-kyung is allergic to pollen. When they discuss the song remake rights, Hwa-ran says that songwriter Go Jae-hyun had a son who was raised by relatives. When she finds him, she’ll be able to work it out.

She manages to track down Go Jae-hyun’s sister and calls Mi-ja to request a meeting. Confirming that she really is the songwriter’s sister, Hwa-ran presses to know where his twin children are: “I have to meet them. Where are they? Can I see them right away?”

Next, the band heads over to shoot a cell phone CF. Their outfits are color-coded and each member complains about the difficulties of filming. (Tae-kyung, in green, gets stuck sucking on a lime. Jeremy sighs that eating too many bananas makes him want to throw up, and Shin-woo’s dog keeps biting. Mi-nam, on the other hand, is pleased with her flowers.)

Sung-chan explains the color scheme: Lime is the color 20- and 30-something women like. Yellow, which kids like, enhances Jeremy’s cuteness. Shin-woo gets black since that’s the color guys like, while Mi-nam’s white represents his(her) pure image.

Sung-chan has brought Heyi along, thinking it will make the guys happy, but instead her presence kills the mood. She sidles over to Tae-kyung’s side and says, “That means oppa is the most popular with the women. It’s okay if I like him, right, Mi-nam?”

Mi-nam answers, “Of course! It’s so fortunate that you like him.” (At Tae-kyung’s disgruntled response, she clarifies, “With you always making faces and glaring, it’s fortunate that she likes you.”)

Heyi asks which color Mi-nam likes best, which makes the guys turn to her expectantly again. Mi-nyeo stammers a bit and answers, “Since I’m a guy, I like the color guys like best — black!”

Heyi is frustrated at all the attention Mi-nam gets, and follows her when the latter heads off to the dressing room. Spotting Tae-kyung coming up to Mi-nam, Heyi ducks around the corner to spy.

Tae-kyung says, “I never paid any attention to your tastes, but since you keep judging me like that, it makes me feel pretty bad.” Mi-nyeo tells him not to worry about her tastes, but Tae-kyung is hung up on how she always passes him over — especially since his pogs sold the most and he’s the most popular.

He insists, “Answer clearly — which color do you like best?” Mi-nyeo reminds him that she’d answered already, but he dismisses that answer: “That’s just what you said trying to pretend to be a man. What do you like for real?”

Leaning in close, Tae-kyung backs Mi-nyeo up against the wall: “Which do you like best? Answer. Since you’re a girl.”

Mi-nyeo answers haltingly, “Actually… I like white.” Dissatisfied with that non-answer, Tae-kyung retorts, “You sure got out of that one. Go Mi-nam, you’re good at evading answers.” Annoyed, he heads off, and Mi-nam heads to the bathroom to wash her face and collect herself.

With shock, Heyi registers the vibe in the air. In astonishment, she wonders, “Hwang Tae-kyung, were you seeing Go Mi-nam as a woman?”

This will not do. Heyi follows Mi-nyeo in the men’s bathroom to confront her, and says in a hard voice: “It looked like you came in to the wrong place, so I followed you in to take you out.”

Mi-nyeo points out that it’s the men’s restroom, prompting Heyi to answer, “Yeah, the men’s room. Why are you here? You should be in the ladies’ room.”

Mi-nyeo gulps, and Heyi continues: “Go Mi-nam, you’re a girl. I know everything. I can’t stand to see you acting like this. Come with me right now.”

Heyi drags her out of the bathroom. Ignoring Mi-nyeo’s protests, she takes her aside to demand, “You had a blast acting like a guy so you could hang out with them, didn’t you? Which of their colors do you like the best? Yellow, black, or lime?”

In too much shock to reply, Mi-nyeo can’t produce an answer. So Heyi adds, “Should I ask more concretely? Is it Jeremy? Kang Shin-woo? Or Hwang Tae-kyung?!


One of those things that stretches credulity (inasmuch as we’re talking about credulity in a story of a novice nun crossdressing to masquerade as an idol star) is how all three A.N.JELL guys have all fallen for Mi-nyeo, but given that scenario, I think the writers manage to have enough fun with the setup so that it feels funny rather than unbelievable. (Because we already know that it’s unbelievable, strictly speaking. What matters now is the entertainment value.) So I got a kick out of the multiple times Mi-nyeo is called upon to choose between the guys, even though (1) she doesn’t realize that’s what she’s doing, and (2) she’s therefore not even addressing the subtext, so (3) her answers aren’t “honest” in the way the guys are reading them.

I’m sorry in advance to again invoke Boys Before Flowers — I really don’t mean to make careless comparisons, but I think this one is interesting. Ji-hoo was always posited as Jan-di’s “soulmate” but frankly I never saw it. I was told they were soulmates but it never resonated through the story. Here, it’s like they’re taking a similar conceit but making a joke out of it. I appreciate that they’re showing Shin-woo caring for Mi-nyeo but somehow still showing that he’s not better for her. Ultimately, the Hong sisters tend to build such strong connections in the lead couple that the alternative pairings just don’t measure up.

As for family plotline: I’ll revise my earlier theory, although to be honest I don’t really feel a burning need to understand how everyone’s really related. (I trust the writers to make sense of it in the end, so I’m happy to follow their hints and misdirects until we get there.) But Hwa-ran does seem to be suggesting that the twins are Go Jae-hyun’s children, and her desire to see them is out of love for their father. Tae-kyung (probably) can’t be Go Jae-hyun’s son since his birth caused Hwa-ran to lose her love, so now the big question is: Who is Mi-nyeo’s mother? (I’m going to suggest that it’s another singer, to whom Go Jae-hyun turned after losing his beloved Hwa-ran. Just my two cents.)


242 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. tina

    been waiting for my dose all day~ thanks =)
    needs break from all the hwk i’ve been doing *sigh*
    also.. something i’ve been wondering for awhile now
    does SW know TK know that MN is a guy!?
    lol does my question even make sense ><

  2. lala


  3. deng

    second!!!! finally!!! been refreshing like crazy!!!

  4. hanaoguri

    thank you ….thank you …thank you….I have refreshed this page so many times waiting for your review. Just had to read first before watching it as your review is a total saver when watching with no subs….thanks so much….so deeply appreciated 🙂

  5. lovenyc52

    i’ve been refreshing this page like crazy cuz i’m a nut about this show 🙂 thanks so much JB for recapping!!!!!!! i watched this raw so now it’s time for your WONDERFULLY AWESOME recaps to clarify everything i didn’t understand !!

    will be back later to comment more… thanks again JB!! you’re the BEST!!

  6. JJ

    this was the cutest epi so far! I watched it twice hahaha

    I LOVED the scene when TK was performing “surgery” on the pig and rabbit. cutest thing ever!! Also thought it was super cute and funny when he groaned and turned over the nose-less pig and patted its back as if to comfort it for losing its nose. hahah
    Her reaction was so cute too.

    Also loved the recurring theme of minyeo being asked to choose who she likes out of the 3 guys and all three times, she subconsciously picked shinwoo!!

    especially loved when she was sick and all three guys ran to her rescue to offer her a drink (that represents them)

  7. wHOOsH

    YEAH! i’ve been refreshing the homepage waiting for a recap. 😛
    so pathetic. i know. aiyaiyai.

  8. floydeur

    YAY!!!!! thank you so much sarahbeans!!!!!!!!!!!!! you’re the best crack dealer ever!!!

  9. nnaiy


  10. 10 buns27

    AHH!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the recap! I’ve been refreshing, on the iPhone and then on the laptop, since 8 pm (EST)! Need to complete a paper and presentation due tomorrow but MUST get my YB fix in first!!

    I haven’t even watched it yet, but reading takes less time! 😉

  11. 11 Jaebabyx3

    Thanks a lot for the summary!
    I watched this episode, but I love reading your take on it 🙂

  12. 12 christina

    that scene with the rabbit/pig stuffed animal surgery was priceless! jang gun seuk is sooo loveable!!!

  13. 13 pinki

    I seriously am worried at the level of addiction i have for this drama
    having said that, thanks for recaps:D

  14. 14 Lisa

    I wasn’t gonna go to bed until I read your recap. I think I refreshed your page over 50 times in the last two hours. I would spaz about this episode but the preview for the next episode has me spinning in circles.

    That was the cutest operation scene ever!

  15. 15 rachiee

    YAY! Thank you thank you thank you! 🙂 I’ve been waiting since yesterday. Reading soompi all the while till you updated! Now for Ep 10! I hope we have some serious SW-MN stuff going for 1-2 eps to make TK step up! hehe.

  16. 16 jackie

    the pig-rabbit-hairclip scene was genius. it was so freaking adorable. i was squealing (inwardly) but ohmygod it was so cute ;__;
    TK is awesome, and hilarious when he gets jealous.

  17. 17 Gilly

    Love the excellent summary. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job.

  18. 18 trixicopper

    Calling Dr. TK, calling Dr. TK. This drama is just so much fun! It is such a wonderful balance of sweet,cute, angst, and pee your pants funny. As always thank you for your wonderful recaps!

  19. 19 grace

    10 dollars says the next big stuffed animal (akin to the pig thing in my name is kim sam soon) is going to be this pig rabbit.
    (I’d buy one. It’s adorable.)

  20. 20 jandoe

    haven’t watched it yet so i skipped certain parts of your recap but parts i DID read… OMG SO CUTEEEEEE.

    can’t wait to watch it now, thanks JB!

  21. 21 TFarhan

    Thank you!!! Been waiting eagerly since Friday.

  22. 22 asianromance

    Thank you so much for the recap! I was completely riveted! I saw in the preview for ep 9 how water got dumped on Mi-nyeo. I’m so glad that the guys managed to brush over it! and the pic of M-nyeo’s reaction to the pig-rabbit was priceless! she really looks like a little girl at Christmas!

    and gosh Tae-kyung looks so hot leaning over Mi-nyeo like that!

  23. 23 hongj

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE EVERYBODY IN THERE. EXCEPT YOOHEYI. i love hating her… three ppl here. chaotic. soo excited. cant wait to watch the show. thanks for your recap!

  24. 24 maria

    i’ve been refreshing forever for my fix! I LOVE YOU, OH LOVELY CRACK DEALER YOU!!! 😀 THANK YOU!!!!!!

  25. 25 rachel

    Thank You!! =D
    This first time I’ve commented; I’m usually a silent reader but I love this show tooooo much to stay quiet!

  26. 26 reluctantbutaddicted

    The pig-bunny surgery is hysterical, but I think my favourite part is when he smacks the dust out of the two stuffed animals before he gets the on the operating table…. he’s so prissy! It’s hilarious. Patting the de-nosed pig on the back (after turning it over so he wouldn’t have to look in its ravaged face)… also a lovely touch. I like the attention to detail here.

    THANKS for the recaps! Hope the novel-writing is going well, JB.

  27. 27 Twilight_freak

    i <3 it
    can't wait to watch it
    thanxs for sharing :]

  28. 28 Twilight_freak

    love it!

  29. 29 Z

    Don’t you just love how “subtle” writers are with their symbolism these days? This is like the fifth drama I’ve watched where a necklace, pin, or cellphone bobble was a major character! It’s not true love until someone receives, then loses, then finds an accessory (as long as it’s not shoes).

    By the way, I’m glad I’m not the only one who was all “Soulmates? If you say so…” during Boys Before Flowers. I definitely like this vibe better: it’s more “good for her in different ways… have your pick.”

  30. 30 caluvminwoo

    Thank you so much for your recap….been waiting for this all day ^_^
    really can’t wait for episode 10….

    “Should I ask more concretely? Is it Jeremy? Kang Shin-woo? Or Hwang Tae-kyung?!” -> this……. arrgghhhh it’s killing me 🙂

  31. 31 Juwo

    Thank you for recapping this series again =]!! I was so worried the site would crash (and it didn’t help that I’d refresh the page every 1/2 hour or so).

    I really enjoyed how everyone’s relationship continues to develop in this episode e.g. how all the guys unite to protect MN (in a way it’s like only through MN is the band brought together, even if we haven’t heard them sing in a while!), and the change in TK’s attitude toward MN as well. Also reminded of how much amusement/trouble can come from misunderstandings between people (re: your quick run-down of “who-knows-what” at the beginning). And the pig-rabbit hybrid is adorable!

    Okay, off to read properly now!

  32. 32 dramathons

    I’m totally addicted already. I’ve been telling myself I’d wait for all the subs but I end up visiting forums and dramabeans. It’s been awhile since I’ve had this sort of addiction on a kdrama. It’s all goood though!

  33. 33 arlyne

    Yay, I’ve been refreshing your homepage for the nth time… I can’t believe I’m so crazily addicted to this drama. I’ve been waiting for wednesday and thursday to come so I can get my dose of YB crack 🙂

    I finished watching the raw earlier. Thanks Javabeans for the wonderful recap. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s episode and their subbed.

  34. 34 tombrady

    thank you, thank you for the recaps. Dont have time to watch now even the unsubs so this will tide me over.. and what a recap it is again. 🙂

    let me fangirl for a moment and scream out loud at Tae Kyung leaning closer to Minam/Minyeo until her’s back pressed against the wall…., “Weeeeeeee…! so good”. I cant wait to see the episode.

    For once, TaeKyung acknowledged to himself that he wants her to choose him and he acted on it – very definitively, i might add. His jealousy is starting to take over and this should force him to acknowledge his feelings more openly very soon.

    I can’t wait!

  35. 35 avidYABfan

    JB, thanks…now I can get back to my household chores. Lovely episode. You made my day.

  36. 36 reluctantbutaddicted

    and sorry, but I have to say… what is up with Jeremy’s hair? At the start there was a vague Doris Day thing going on, but now he’s all Carol Channing. Well, maybe more a blond Johnny Depp doing Carol Channing as Willy Wonka. It’s kind of scary.

  37. 37 nnaiy

    @30 dramathons

    I totally agree with you, YB makes me feel like I’m running an online marathon just trying to take in all the opinions of the many many fans and snippets on the forums!

  38. 38 jayjays

    YAY!!! thanks for the recap!!!!
    i seriously love the hong sisters they know how to write a story!!
    oh and can i say when tae kyung pulled the table cloth of the table…that was like the hottest thing ever….it was hotness overload!!!
    anyway thanks again

  39. 39 Alert

    I love the part where TK was digging through the gift rooms looking for the rabbit and the pig. I laughed so hard, and in a way it’s like a mockery of the fans’ gifts.. I was like ” So this is where all the fan gifts end up at hahaa..” And I laughed even harder when he dust both stuffed animals.. and like u JB, I ADORE the scene when TK slowly turned the pig after the operation and pat on its back. That was classic hahaa.

    And just to say, am really proud to say that my favourite colour has always been GREEN. Yay!

  40. 40 Anonymous

    Thanks for the recap! Now, where can I buy the Pig Rabbit? I WANT ONE!

  41. 41 cherrytreela

    Thank you so much Javabeans. I know I can rely on you! Kept on refreshing your site wishing that you have your recap for Ep.9 (not read yet, just wanted to thank you ahead of time).

  42. 42 miss_procrastination


    Tae Kyung is LOVE.

    Thanks so much javabeans!

  43. 43 YABaddict

    You’ll just have to make one, like TK did, that would be fun…I might make one just for fun!

    Thanks JB! Can’t wait to see this episode…waiting for the subs…

  44. 44 birdscout

    Another great episode, another great recap. Thank you, javabeans!!!

    LOL at Jeremy’s hairstyle in this episode! My daughter suggested that it looked like a potato on the top. I don’t think it looks attractive but it certainly is unique!

    That shot of Tae-kyung holding the pig’s snout during “surgery” is hilarious (sweat dripping on the forehead and all)…I didn’t pick up on it while watching the episode, but the still picture is funny! I also didn’t catch Tae-kyung turning over the snout-less pig. Thanks for pointing that out. Along with your insightful commentary, you allow us to enjoy kdramas to the max. javabeans rules! haha

  45. 45 Nea

    Great episode…Great recap….Amazing surgery! And that was my favorite part too! He looks at the pig, turns it over in sympathy and pats its back!!!!! PRICELESS!

    There were so many cute moments that its hard to state them all but one thing I like is how Jeremy is comfortable with whatever he can get. Till the end he is cheerful. He doesn’t mind being number 2 (not that he loves it) but its ok as long as he’s chosen. Its really, really, cute.

    And seeing the raw, I didn’t connect the fact that TK was actually asking MN if she liked him best, by suggesting she’s dodging the “real” question! WAH! Well, that’s good I suppose. He really is always bold about how he feels/thinks or at least straightforward so it works.

    I think its also interesting that he admits, albeit to himself, that she confuses him. I think this is interesting because its never happened before. But it seems to be something he may be on the look out for now, with the whole color thing…
    Yet again, I believe its highlighted how well she knows him and though they never make a point to show us the same within TK I think that because he does, this is why he is so taken aback, not only by her “color” response, but also the pin issue.

    I also have to agree with the JiHoo comparison as well. I was actually kind of sickened by the soulmate garbage cause I never bought into it. It was definitely something that was stated, not proven. The SW setup, is also something that I wish they had decided to do with HY as well, instead of the nasty fool she is. SW is ok and he’s a cool dude so there’s nothing wrong with him…he’s just not TK. No other reason really. I like that.

  46. 46 Beng

    thanks so much!!!

  47. 47 ai*

    sarah – as always, you’re a gem!

    “You were last place, so you’re the safest one.”
    “You mean Rudolph the Pig-Rabbit.”

    my fav was the Gray (Anatomy) moment….plastic surgery for animals, buahhahaha!

    my theory on the family plotline….
    Moh Hwa Ran’s unrequited love for Go Jae Hyun had to be abandoned when she found herself pregnant with TK, even though she might have even considered divorce hence her bitterness that TK came at the wrong time to foil her own love story.
    Go Jae Hyun had no inkling of this crazy woman’s one-sided love and happily married & fathered the twins. He also wrote songs for many singers professionally earning a living but MHR reads a lot more into it thinking he wrote the song for her with a romantic notion.
    This premise will allow TK to not blame MN & family for his mother’s own folly and should have a MHR realization (that she was unloved by GJH) and repentance (begging for TK’s forgiveness) scene cuz after all, knowing this is Hong sisters, it has to have a happy & satisfying end with nothing dangling, right?

  48. 48 Anonymous

    Thanks for the recap!! I watched the episode this morning without the subs and kinda got what was going, but things are much clearer now after reading the recap.

    Loved the scene where Tae-kyung is performing the nose transplant; it was so cute!! ^_^ Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s episode when all is finally revealed. I wonder how that is going to play out?!

  49. 49 bitzes

    finally itz here! been checking dz site for evry 5 mins.. lol

    they have so many cute moments in dz ep..and i luv it! more of TK’s jealousy and thoughtfulness and those killer smiles!!! *sighs*..3 guys wanting MN’s attention..what a lucky gurl surrounded by 3 HOT guys!! and been given choices between the 3 in a none-subtle-way but in the end chooses SW (literally, not really knwing whats behind the question), TK’s perturbed whenever she chooses SW..nyahahaha..LMAO she’s really convincing being so innocent and all.. ^^

    the hong sisters never fail to insert some sweet lines in a not-so-cheesy way..i like it.. i squealed when i heard these lovely lines:
    1.) no matter how many stars there are at nigt, all i can see is the moon.. – TK
    2.) my star is crying in the dark, what should i do? – MN
    3. ) i told u not to be whre i can’t see you! – TK
    4.) since today is the day u were born, its truly a special day..thanks for being born.. – MN

    im starting to really HATE HY!! at first she was just annoying but lately she’s being a B*TCH! i ROFL whenever she bullies MN, it always backfired to her.. HAHA.. and in some way, she still can’t control TK even if she threatens him! IN YOUR FACE HY! HAHAHA

    can’t wait for 2nyt’s episode..another cliffhanger..will be having withdrawal symptoms again..wishing itz wed & thurs again…lol

  50. 50 jo

    I dunno, maybe because I’ve had such a tough time waiting and speculating about this episode, I felt a little disappointed inside after I watched this episode. It’s not as entertaining and fun as the previous ones, but yes, there are some very golden scenes in here, like the MN-TK hug and the pig-rabbit surgery. LOL. Overall though, this episode seemed more like how-does-mn-get-tk-jealous, I was getting a bit irritated at all those “pick one out of the three” scenes that GMN had to go through (and cringing at her answers every time. LOL.) I do agree with you that Hong sisters are very good at nailing the dynamics of the lead pairing that the alternatives just don’t seem as better/fun, I’ve had that feeling about YB long time ago, that’s one of the major reasons why I love this drama so much, (and because I’m sick of getting sad over the second lead).

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