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Pasta: Episode 2
by | January 7, 2010 | 58 Comments

Another cute episode. Nothing earth-shattering here, but Episode 2 continues the light, breezy tone of the premiere and brings in more of the supporting cast. I continue to love Gong Hyo-jin, who is so good at showing a mix of insecurity and strength, as well as Lee Seon-kyun, who must be enjoying the heck out of playing such a meanie for once.

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EPISODE 2 RECAP

Soon after Hyun-wook makes his startling suggestion (“Let’s date”), the crosswalk light turns red, and they now stand amidst traffic. They ignore the cars, which drive around them, as they have their conversation.

She wonders if he’s asking her out because he’s sorry he fired her, to which he answers, “I’m not sorry at all.” In an “it’s nothing personal” tone of voice, Hyun-wook explains, “There are no women in my kitchen. You can’t work in my kitchen.”

The light turns green again, signaling that it’s time for Yoo-kyung to make her decision — which side of the street? Hyun-wook takes her arm to lead her his way. She casts his arm off.

Message is clear, and Hyun-wook tells her to do as she likes — he won’t bother with women who dislike him. He stalks off without looking back.

The three fired women (Hee-joo, Chan-hee, Mi-hee) drink that night, and are curious over Hyun-wook’s no-women-in-the-kitchen rule. Yoo-kyung doesn’t explain about his offer to date, and they’re left to wonder at his aversion for women. They lament their lost jobs, saying that Yoo-kyung is the worst off of all of them — since she got fired on her first day cooking, she doesn’t have any experience and would have to start over in a new kitchen at the bottom.

The women don’t understand Hyun-wook’s mentality, but we get a glimpse of it through Se-young’s eyes. She thinks back to an earlier time when she had worked in the kitchen, and been involved with Hyun-wook. The grim expression on her face indicates that their relationship did not end well, and that she still feels the sting. We can guess from Hyun-wook’s attitude that he also harbors bad memories.

The women stagger off drunkenly afterward, heading back to their apartment. Yoo-kyung feels the worst, and fights the urge to gag. As they pass, another passerby takes notice of them — Kim San, the La Sfera enthusiast.

He follows Yoo-kyung when she rushes off to retch, offering a helping hand as he pounds on her back. He guesses from her behavior that she has been fired, which is something she refuses to admit. Since he’s someone who talks to her more familiarly than she would like, she bickers with him for a few moments, calling him unemployed, which is a misconception he lets her believe. (He heads up to his own spacious apartment, as he also lives here.)

In the morning, Hyun-wook arrives at work in a great mood, removing the women’s names from their work lockers with gusto. To his surprise, he opens his own locker to find someone slumped inside, asleep and smelling of liquor. Yoo-kyung.

She wakes up as he looks over at her in both puzzlement and amusement. She comments, “You’re out early.” He returns, “Aren’t you earlier?”

Yoo-kyung corrects him: “I’m not early, I just didn’t go home. If I went home, I wouldn’t have the courage to come back.” (I think a very large part of this drama’s fun is in its banter and dialogue, such as when she answers his question of why she’s in his locker with a muttered, “It’s the biggest and it’s nice and warm… the complete opposite of you.”)

She surprises him by announcing stubbornly, “I’m not going to quit, I’m going to keep working here.” It would be foolish for her to just accept this after she’s worked for three years to finally get a chance to cook. Yoo-kyung delivers her decision in a voice that starts out firm, then grows uncertain and trails off at the end.

When she suffers a leg cramp, he automatically reaches over and massages her leg while looking at her incredulously. She says, a little pathetically, “I want to make pasta.”

At the morning staff meeting, Hyun-wook doesn’t acknowledge her, but at least he doesn’t kick her out, either. He goes over the lunch menu with the cooks and voices a complaint with the special. The salad is a diet item, but the pasta is a cream sauce spaghetti with bacon and egg. This makes no sense, so he’s changing it to a shrimp dish instead.

However, the No. 2 cook, Seok-ho, balks — this is hardly the time to change the menu. He is overrruled.

As they prep for lunch service, the remaining cooks anticipate the disaster to come — Hyun-wook’s created an impossible situation for himself with the menu switch. They’re not outright revolting, but they’re definitely not working with pride.

As predicted, lunchtime proves to be a crunch — a lot of dissatisfied diners complain of the long waits. Inside the kitchen, Hyun-wook is his usual loud, dissatisfied, shouty self, adding to the tension.

Oddly enough, Hyun-wook does something unexpected: He strides out to the dining hall where a table of three young men sit. He asks if they would be willing to take a raincheck on the meal, and they follow him to the kitchen.

Turns out that this is a trio of cooks that Hyun-wook had worked with previously, and he had called them in to replace the fired women. For ease of describing, I’ll refer to them as the website does: this is Team Italy, while the remaining cooks are Team Korea.

Hyun-wook puts them to work, reassigning their stations. He takes Yoo-kyung (whom he insults by calling a goldfish with a two-second memory) off the line. She protests but Hyun-wook kicks her out and, adding insult to injury, promotes the lowly new guy to her assistant position.

After the restaurant closes that night, Team Italy (plus New Guy, aka Eun-soo) go out for drinks, and they ask if Hyun-wook is still acting like this because of “that woman.” They argue for him to change his mind — there are many women who are good cooks who stick with their job these days.

In a different restaurant, Team Korea is having a less convivial night. Bitterly, they complain about the new chef, saying, “If our frying pans get stolen away, we have nothing.” Seok-ho in particular sits in angry silence.

Back at the restaurant, Yoo-kyung feels hungry as she closes up and whips up some pasta for herself. As she eats, she says that hers is pretty good — good enough to serve to diners. Hyun-wook never even tasted her food, so how would he know?

The next morning, Yoo-kyung is back in line, but today Hyun-wook is in no mood to humor her. She even offers to take back her former assistant position, which he ignores while assigning everyone else to their roles for the day.

The Team Italy guys are affable enough and try to greet their new co-workers, but Team Korea isn’t having it. Insulted, they ignore the gesture coldly. Meanwhile, Seok-ho scolds Yoo-kyung for actually offering to demote herself — doesn’t she have pride? If he told her to die, would she die? If something is stolen away from you, the right thing to do is protest. She should just go home.

San comes to the restaurant while it’s not yet open, and wheedles for Yoo-kyung to make an exception and make him lunch. Also, he’d like to request a delivery to his office. She turns him down since their restaurant is neither open nor one that makes deliveries, but after a moment, she reconsiders.

A waiter tries to talk her out of it — does she know how much trouble she could get into? What does she think she’s doing? She’s not even allowed to be cooking, much less breaking the rules like this. Yoo-kyung answers matter-of-factly that their job is to make the customer happy, and doesn’t that include bending a little for special requests? On top of that, she just wants to cook, and when else will she get the chance?

Not surprisingly, Hyun-wook stops her — not one single dish is allowed to leave his kitchen without his approval. Yoo-kyung answers that this isn’t really HIS kitchen, nor is it hers — it’s for the patrons. Therefore, if the patrons want something, they should be accommodating.

Taking a jab at her background (he saw a card advertising her father’s Chinese restaurant), he jeers, “Is this some third-rate jjamppong restaurant?” But Yoo-kyung isn’t insulted by that, merely finding his logic flawed — what does catering to a customer’s wishes have to do with being third-rate? She’ll handle this order so he doesn’t have to worry. He retorts, “What if you embarrass yourself?” She shoots back, “Then you do it.”

He has to laugh at her spunky answer, but his face grows serious a moment later. He proposes a solution: they’ll both make pasta. Yoo-kyung adds that if the customer likes her dish, he should make her a pasta assistant again. Hyun-wook replies that if he loses, he’ll leave her kitchen.

The other cooks gather round curiously and watch them cook, wondering if this is fair. Team Italy answers that this is just Hyun-wook giving her a last chance, since she’d be fired anyway.

As they set to work, Yoo-kyung periodically watches how Hyun-wook does things, and follows his lead. When it’s time for delivery, she uses a Chinese delivery box (from her father’s place), while he prepares a fancy platter. Together, they head over to San’s nearby office building, and he issues a warning:

Hyun-wook: “You said last time was a mistake. This time it’s based on skill. If your skill isn’t sufficient, a cook must give up. If you lose, you’re fired. The moment you walk in, you’re fired.”

In the office, San watches in pleased surprise as both cooks unload their dishes and set it before him. Hyun-wook’s dish is ready to serve, but Yoo-kyung takes out hers in separate dishes and mixes the pasta right before serving.

Of course, an unexpected wrench is thrown into the proceedings with the arrival of a fourth person, who had made plans to join San for lunch. It’s Se-young, and the moment she steps inside, she and Hyun-wook recognize each other. Instantly, his mood grows blacker, although the other two don’t notice the weird energy in the air.

After gathering her composure, Se-young comments on the two dishes. Hyun-wook chose linguine because he was compensating for the delivery — this pasta would stick less and lose less oil. On the other hand, Yoo-kyung’s choice of spaghetti hasn’t suffered too much because she tossed it on the spot, so it’s like eating it at the restaurant.

Asked for their honest evaluation, both pick the linguine. Se-young says as she looks at Hyun-wook, with some meaning, “I want to eat this one again.”

San asks if he can speak frankly, then goes on about how inferior the spaghetti dish is, not knowing anything about the cooks’ challenge. Yoo-kyung accepts this with dismay, while Hyun-wook excuses himself curtly.

Feeling dejected at her loss, Yoo-kyung also turns to go, then turns back and asks if she can try it too. She tastes her own dish first, then tries Hyun-wook’s. As she eats, it’s clear from her stricken face that she recognizes the disparity.

Racing outside, Yoo-kyung catches up to Hyun-wook at the elevators, where he tells her grimly, “It’s over. You’re fired.” She starts to speak, but he cuts her off. Seeing that Se-young and San have followed them out to the hallway, he directs his glare at Se-young — he’s angrier at her than he is at Yoo-kyung — as he shouts, “In my KITCHEN! There are no women.”

When the elevator doors open, Hyun-wook steps in. Left behind, Yoo-kyung sinks to the floor in defeat.

 
COMMENTS

This looks like it’ll be a drama where the secondary leads and pairings aren’t terribly compelling. I like Honey Lee and I like Alex, and although this is not an acting debut for either one, they’re doing pretty well for relative newbies. They have screen presence and are handling dialogue fairly naturally. But their characters (what little we know of them) and their screen chemistry doesn’t really speak to me, either when they’re together or when they’re with the other two.

But I’m not SO disappointed, because Lee Seon-kyun and Gong Hyo-jin continue to have wonderful, natural rapport and are so good together that it’s okay that their secondary complications aren’t as believable. Of course, I prefer dramas were every single component is strong and believable — for instance, I not only like the characters but the reasons supporting all the various pairings in Will It Snow For Christmas — but I’m probably willing to let this one go because it’s already proven to be a happy surprise. I wasn’t expecting that much of Pasta, and I think I’m okay with the great main couple.

I mean, cute, right? I continue to be drawn in to how Hyun-wook can so clearly separate the personal from the work-related. Granted, it’s easier for him since he’s the one in charge. Still, he can banter lightly with Yoo-kyung even while she’s still smarting from his cold dismissal, which is an amusing quirk to his prickly character.

Hold that thought while I introduce another point; I’ll be back in a second.

I also love scenes when people eat with angst. I know, that’s an awfully specific sort of scene to be drawn to, but there are several that stick in my mind where a main character cries while eating, and it always gets to me. Yoo-kyung does it twice here — she isn’t actually crying in this pictured scene, but she does have tears in her eyes in the ending scene, when she tastes Hyun-wook’s pasta and realizes that yes, his is better. (Also, I’m very relieved that she lost. We know she’s not a genius and it would be a little too ridiculous for her to have beaten Hyun-wook on her first try.) Two other instances in other dramas are Yoo Seung-ho in this week’s episode of God of Study (which totally brought me to tears), and Jung Yumi in Que Sera Sera.

Speaking of which, there’s an indefinable quality about Pasta that reminds me of Que Sera Sera, and I had this thought several times although I couldn’t pinpoint the source. In tone and subject matter, this is much more along the lines of Sam-soon and/or Coffee Prince, and it’s nowhere near as hard or intense as Que Sera Sera. But Gong Hyo-jin’s Yoo-kyung has shades of Jung Yumi’s Eun-soo (although she’s less of an oddball), from the way she can seem insecure and gamine-like at times while also asserting an unexpected stubborn streak at others. It’s that willfulness that catches Hyun-wook off-guard, much in the way that Eric was thrown off-kilter by Jung Yumi’s unexpected actions and reactions. He, like Hyun-wook, was confident and arrogant and thought he had his ladies well under control, but found himself the one in a constant state of surprise.

(Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the dramas will be similar, and it’ll take a LOT for Pasta to bring itself to Que Sera Sera‘s level of awesome, but it just struck me as peculiar.)

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58 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. samsooki

    interesting….. i see leanings.

    I love food – face – pain – acting too!

  2. Icarusfalls

    Thanks for the recap. It helps a lot when the subs are incomplete…. and it’s always fun to read your analysis. Also, I just wanted to point out that Yoo-kyung DID see the weird looks between Honey Lee and Hyun-wook. I know it’s a mini-second thing that doesn’t really matter but I thought it was interesting that she was observant about Hyun-wook’s shift in mood.

  3. Lisa

    I’m still debating whether or not to watch this. Semester is about to being soon.

    You are working overtime on these reviews JB! Remember to rest!

  4. Molly

    Yum, yum! I just had pasta last night, and I made it, so it tasted all the better. Thanks for the all the updates today, Javabeans!

  5. mimim

    i love you java beans.
    don’t get me wrong. before i like all the cast except LSG.
    but i don’t know Lee ha nee and Alex , both acting still stiff.
    but they are newbie. that doesn’t bother me.

    i began like LSG hehhehe.. he is so lovely. honestly this is the best among all of his projects. he really impressed me here.
    GHJ as usual i’ve never been disappointed by her

  6. asianromance

    two recaps in one day!!! whoa!!!! i feel so spoiled! thank you!!!

    i really like Alex in this. is it too juvenile of me to hope that Alex actively pursues Gong Hyo Jin and that Lee Seon-kyun gets really jealous (that would be so hot!)? Anyways, it’s another great episode! I hope that next week we can see Gong Hyo Jin’s character get the upper hand somehow. I feel so bad for her character and Team Korea.

  7. julie

    since i can’t watched it subbed anywhere online….i’ve been waiting for your recap! yay!

  8. Anonymous

    Aw, fired for the 2nd time.

    @asianromance
    hope that Alex actively pursues Gong Hyo Jin and that Lee Seon-kyun gets really jealous

    I won’t be surprised if that happens, this is k-drama after all.

  9. Marie

    Thank you so much JB for the recaps. I like this series but its sad we can not watch it anywhere so for now your recaps are very much appreciated.

  10. 10 okdubu

    @6 asianromance I SECOND THAT a jealous lee seonkyun would be SMOKIN’

    gong hyojin is so pretty she manages to look good in those horrible bangs. why can’t i be her??

  11. 11 AuntieMame

    A quote from a Japanese drama:

    Lunch Queen (J-Drama, 2002)
    “If you’ve never eaten while crying, you don’t know what life tastes like.”

    The trouble with watching this drama is that I want to eat their food. And, it turns me off to eating anything that I’ve cooked or even anything in my kitchen.

    The lead actors are great; especially Mr. Voice.

    Thanks for another great recap.

  12. 12 mumuchan

    Thanks for the recap as usual! I think I will watch this drama with a lot of interest, the main leads look appealing^^

  13. 13 b3an

    Thnks for the recap! I couldnt watch it til i knew what was going on! lol :]

  14. 14 miss_procrastination

    thanks for the recap!!
    I am looking forward to this drama subbed!

  15. 15 maria

    2 recaps in a day = my pledge of eternal servitude to you!!!!

    thank yoou!! will tomorrow see a Will it snow for christmas ep10? ……..shall i throw in my firstborn child while i’m at it? :P

  16. 16 jadeacl

    I love The Voice, but not when it’s constantly being projected at high decibels. I hope he softens soon!

  17. 17 kwonleaderlove

    JB, thanks a million, i was surprised to see two recaps in one day, but im not complaining at all….i feel so spoiled!!~
    im 50/50 on whether to watch this or not, but i think im gonna just read ur recaps..and maybe later i will start to watch it

  18. 18 pongs

    agree with the other commenters (maria, lisa) – JB, many thanks and sincere appreciation for the numerous reviews (may I say goodies?).

    Talking about Pasta, I totally empathise with Yoo Kyung. I did a short stint at a small cafe, and did menial chores, on top of waitressing, kitchen duties, throwing out garbage.. etc. it was EXHAUSTING. And Yoo Kyung did all that. And got herself fired. Twice. Which is why she has earned my respect, Gong Hyo Jin too, for her portrayal of a Yoo Kyung who is so attractive in spite of her flaws.

  19. 19 hjkomo

    JB, you are Superwoman!
    Thank you for the recap & great song. :D

    This is such a cute drama. GHJ and LSK are a fantastic pair.
    Just thinking about the food in the drama makes me hungry.

  20. 20 Brendel

    Thanks for the recap, JB. I’ll watch the episode in a couple of hours. That is, if I finish my tasks on time.

    I hope Hyun-wook will be less shouty in this episode compared to the previous one. Because I’m assuming that by now, he should have lost his voice already. But he does carry the meanie role quite well, although it is not the first time that I’ve seen him in it. In the movie Romantic Island, his character had a standoffish attitude.

    More food porn please. :-)

  21. 21 amhrancas

    Ugh.. I should really stop reading this series’ recaps at 1 in the morning… because I’m always so HUNGRY by the time I finish!!! XD
    mmmm…. caaaarrrbbssss

    I’m still curious about whether or not I’ll follow through with this one, and yet I say that with Epi 2 downloading as we speak, and 1 sitting on the desktop waiting for WITH S2′s subs. It looks as though my impulses are already saying “yes, yes you will follow this one” ^^;
    We shall see.

  22. 22 Alert

    Since it’s difficult to get subs for Pasta nowadays, I started watching both the eps without subs, and totally relying on JB’s recaps. I love the way Hyun Wook and Yoo Kyung banter but I got a bit frustrated that I don’t understand what they said, and that’s the best part of the whole drama. *sigh* I need to rewatch the drama when the subs came out and perhaps, re-comment on it ha ha.

    And when most don’t prefer yelling LSK, I LOVE HIM TO THE CORE! Oh my! He does look like he’s enjoying the over the top screaming. It sure does look fun. is At least LSK got to exercise his voice to the max LOL! He is The Voice, after all. And GHJ is soooo natural as Yoo Kyung, and and I just LOVE her. IMHO, she looks so… normal, but still possesses that strong, beautiful vibe as a normal woman. And I adore that.

    p/s perhaps I’m still a bit worried that LSK would lost his precious voice altogether from all the yellings..I hope he drinks lots of water during the filming haha.

  23. 23 NishiAngel

    Ok…..I wanna watch this drama bad…..but I cant cuz no one is subbing it! :( Im depressed!

  24. 24 N.

    it has sth to be worth watching. But unfortunately I couldn’t find someanywhere to watch it online with Eng subtitles. Tanx for ur recaps.

  25. 25 julius

    thank you for the recaps!

    while reading your recaps, i couldn’t help but be reminded of
    the earlier episodes of QSS too.

  26. 26 pabo ceo reom

    OMG eating with angst. I never consciously realized it but those scenes get me too! It just so sad for some reason….. :(

  27. 27 yen_nguyen

    I don’t like the way the chef screams in his kitchen and he needs to cook more.
    I wish this will be more cooking related, chef should love food and its ingredient. I like the relationship between LSK and GHJ but I don’t think I like such a chef.

  28. 28 Artemis

    Thank you so much for the recap. Great job as always! Watched the first episode last night and was really craving pasta after that. Cooked up some really LATE at night. Damn, I am going to put on weight if that continues! LOL.

    @23 NishiAngel : WITHS2 are subbing it. They released the 1st episode yesterday for VIA – will probably be released very soon.

  29. 29 sukispop

    This one really has me interested. I really enjoyed LSK in Coffee Prince.
    I look forward to watching as soon as ViiKii(or another site) releases the first ep.

  30. 30 epyc

    Yeah, this is a drama winning on banter and dialogue. And, JB, we thank you for the recap especially when no subbed-streaming is available. If it were not your recap, there is no way on earth I could guess the last word LSK said at the end of Ep 1 is “Let’s date”.

    Your comparison to QSS made me want to see Ep 2 raw badly. I guess I know what you mean. Pasta will not have the QSS intensity but it is that …. mood. That urban lonely girl vibe. I love, love Jung Yumi in QSS, a most unusual drama.

    @ Scenes when people eating with angst. I could add another instance – a heartbreaking instance – CSW in Ep 18 of City Hall.

  31. 31 venice

    i loveThe Voice!. n i love that all of u call him that. i had no idea this was his nickname until i saw it on here! hahaha. completely makes sense. i loved him from coffee prince. he’s not the obvious pretty boy but he’s got so much charm that he really wins me over.

  32. 32 robbo4

    I’ve been “taken” with the incredible inner glow of the amazing Gong Hyo Jin since I first saw her in, what remains my favorite drama to this day, 2007′s Thank You. Quietly and descretely, I can recognize her approach infrequently becoming employed by other actresses, and it is one which never fails to hold my intertest. Her characters are at once: shy yet bold, demuring yet demonstartive, subtle yet fiery, plain yet sultry, confussed yet completely coherent…with that fabulous quality of innacurate self-assessment in which her characters have seemingly no idea how completely attractive and special that they really are. In a world over inflated with self-aggrandizing, look-at-me, ain’t-I-special, self promoters with little, if any, substance; Gong Hyo Jin’s characters stand out like a swan in a pond of ugly ducklings. Is there ever one as beautiful as one who has no idea, nor do they feel it neccessary to self-promote what should be left up to others to decide? In her sideline as a fashionista and model, GHJ continues to stand out among countless beauties much like her talant as an actress does in a field heavily populated by the same. Offering much more than just a pretty face…the internally smoldering GHJ continues to sizzle through her honest and unassuming approach. To assume that this outer fragility will become easily schattered however, is a mistake that her most recent leading man’s character would be wise not to be confident of. She hits harder than it appears that she might…

  33. 33 Z

    This looks super fun… I might watch the raws just for something to do until the subs come out.

  34. 34 frash

    YES, IVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS OMG.OMG.
    THANKYOUSFM, YOU DONT EVEN KNOW. HAHA.

  35. 35 Thu

    I agree, there was something about Pasta that drew me in. Maybe it does have that similar Que Sera Sera feel too it. I find the drama fresh and actors entertaining. True about her losing. I don’t like it when they make the newbie seem like a prodigy.

  36. 36 ModelThin

    I think after watching this drama, most viewers will have put on a couple of pounds if not more. It just makes you want to go cook some yummy pasta and eat it!

  37. 37 donn

    if u guys n gals could read mandarin tudou have the episod sub in chinese sub. so far i seen pasta 1-2 , chino 1-2 and god of study 1-2 . well if not u have to wait mysoju or dramacrazy to sub in english

  38. 38 Usi

    I’m sorry but I cannot agree with you. I really tried to like that show but it totally fails me. He seems to have kind of mental disorder since he need to shout to be accepted. He is right often but who shouts is wrong first. I know work in a kitchen is not a holiday but he is making the kitchen a battlefield between these teams. They never will make the food he wants this way in reality. The writers need a bit common sense.

    The heroine is some kind of weak thing. Why do not kick that guy where it hurts and get over it. She is still young and if she really that desperate she will become pasta chef without this racist. Better go to Europe.

    The story itself has a far to slow pace since no side character is strong or likeable yet. I’m sure it will develop soon but I cannot wait for it. That was the longest 2 hours ever since BOF (since they had Seulmate it wasn’t entire wasted) and I’m sure there are better dramas who have to get chance now…for me.

  39. 39 rainerust

    Don’t know if it struck any of you, but watching the kitchen scenes reminded me (very vaguely) of Hell’s Kitchen (and yes, Hyun-wook ever so slightly reminds me of Gordon Ramsey, especially with the yelling bits…at least he hasn’t resorted to flinging vulgarities all over the kitchen).

    Rather enjoying these episodes. If anyone reads Chinese subtitles, they’re also out on this HD site called Open V (google it).

    Thanks, JB, for the great review! It’s lovely to pop by whenever I finish an episode, just to see if you picked up the same vibes I did. (And yeah, like Icarusfalls said, Yoo Kyung did notice the strange vibes between Hyun-wook and Se-young)

  40. 40 oi

    @ 38 Usi: I like Pasta, though I would not be able to say in words exactly why, it is interesting to hear other kind of opinions

  41. 41 Tess

    Love love love Lee Seon-kyun! :) Was attracted to him and his charisma since Coffee Prince. Was kind of disappointed with Triple and thank goodness he’s back with Pasta!! Thanks for the recap, JB!

  42. 42 eileen

    i loved pasta! things turn out to be good when less expected hehe (:
    javabeans do u watch any japanese show???

  43. 43 robotmatsuri

    Thanks so much for the recap, JB!
    @30 epyc’s recommendation for City Hall episode 18 restaurant scene–seconded!

  44. 44 Cartman

    love it love it love it!!!!

  45. 45 honest_will

    hey all
    just watched pasta ep 1 and 2 on daramcrazy.net
    i dont really know why i will keep watching this angst and crap
    really
    i dont really like the start of the whole 2 eps, with both the head chef and assistant chef going at each other
    they first wanna be together, then head chef wants all women out, then theres a comp, then she is fired
    i tried and tried to watch the ep in 1.0x speed but in the end it was 2.0x speed
    i only watch anything in 2.0x when its either going too slow or just getting really boring
    some mentionable titles include swallow the sun, bittersweet life, star’s lover, the man who cant marry
    its just really frustrating to watch

    i like both leads but their character and annoying and abusive
    i use to work as a kitchen hand and i hated dealing with chefs who yell
    im the kind of person who take constructive criticism without yelling
    but all this yelling is making it a TURN OFF

    the head chefs decide to bring in some friends or minions to help him and all they do are just filling the gaps, thats all, they dont even have any personailty

    when the head chefs and friends were sitting around the table discussing the 1 female lead, the other chef had some sympathy but the head chef didn’t want anything to do with it

    personally i dont like k drama with all that yelling

    i didn’t mind ON AIR with the manager and writer yelling at each other or in STAR’s Lover where the manager and actress were having their hissy fit but all this yelling is making it drag

    im watching WISFC and the intro and middle bits were great and it looks like its going okay, the first ep of CHUNO is drawing me in, GOD OF STUDY, is on the back burner until something happens, but PASTA, it making me FFFFFFFFFFFFFF frustrating

    i hope someone gets the idea im talking about and me writing this has help me to vent all that crap off my chest

    thanks
    honest_will

    PS the writer of the show needs to see what a real kitchen works, i never seen a head chef that stands around and does nothing, why pay someone to yell when i can hire a chef to do that, i even feel for the sous chef and how he is holding it in

    the original chefs before the new main chef, i wonder if they ever had any proper education

    how did the writer write a story with the chefs being less than good, a good story is when everything work, now i dont know whether to watch no 3 but cos im holiday i might bear with it for another ep or when it really shits itself

    seriously the women chef didnt know about how to preserve fresh lobster

    god where did they find these original chefs and how there weren’t any problems before titto

  46. 46 Jules

    Just wanted to thank you for all the fantastic music!

  47. 47 Carinne

    First, I’m liking the “song of the day” here so thank you for sharing.

    Second, I’m liking this series a lot, and I’m having a lot of laughs through all this.

    I hope everyone coupled will have a spicy loving St. Valentine’s day while all those single will have fun on S.A.D., and Happy Lunar New Year’s everybody!

  48. 48 Fatima

    loving the drama to bits!

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