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Wish Upon a Star: Episode 6
by | January 24, 2010 | 51 Comments

Episode 6 kicks off the next phase of this drama, in a fun way. Everything has now been set up, and although saying that Episodes 1-5 were setup ground makes it sound like they’re slow, in fact it’s quite the opposite. They’ve been fast-paced and funny, with a healthy amount of heart-tugging scenes sprinkled in. It’s just that with the relationship lines clearly drawn, now we get to play with them.

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EPISODE 6 RECAP

Determined to do her housekeeping job to her utmost, Pal-gang leads her troop of siblings in a cleaning session around the house. Tae-kyu urges her to try a different tactic, because cleaning diligently isn’t likely to change Kang-ha’s mind. She has to try something that might work (like seduction).

Pal-gang answers that she’s not intending on changing his mind, but later that night, she tentatively seeks out Kang-ha.

Irritated, Kang-ha remains unmoved when she drops to her knees, saying sarcastically that she must have developed a habit of begging on her knees. He’d heard that she tried this at the office; it must have worked if she’s trying it again on him. But he won’t fall for it, so she may as well leave.

She admits that she has to try since she doesn’t have any other skills, and asks, “Just one month.” She’ll move out after one month of saving up money. (When he says that he hates the idea of a rowdy house full of kids, she blurts unthinkingly, “Then YOU leave for the month!” It’s so ridiculous that it’s funny, and she cringes.) He asks, “Why do I have to do this?” She answers, “You don’t, which is why I’m asking you to give in this once.”

Tae-kyu comes in to add his entreaties to the mix. Pal-gang furtively tells him to leave, but instead, he gets on HIS knees and bargains, “Uncle, I’ll quit doing drugs. I won’t do them anymore!” Kang-ha is dumbfounded: “You did drugs?” (Tae-kyu’s reply: “That’s a given for musicians.” When reminded that he passed his physical exam, Tae-kyu replies that there are ways to get around that. LOL.)

Tae-kyu begs, saying that Pal-gang and the kids will keep him clean: “If you kick out the kids, who knows what I’ll do if I fall into despair?”

Once they’re safely clear of the room, Pal-gang and Tae-kyu exult — it worked! (Pal-gang checks to make sure Tae-kyu’s really going to quit drugs, and he answers, “I don’t do drugs.” He’d made the whole thing up. HAHA.)

When Jun-ha arrives, they excitedly tell him the news. He’s displeased to hear Pal-gang begged on her knees again, but he is relieved at the news. She thanks him for worrying about her, and adds, “If you hadn’t said that yesterday in the yard, I would have gone back to work at the bar today. Thank you.”

Pal-gang takes the agreement one step further by drawing up a handwritten “contract,” which she asks Kang-ha to sign. It’s a statement promising to not kick her family out before their month is up; failure to do so will incur certain legal penalties. This whole conversation is pretty funny, so here it is:

Kang-ha: “What does ‘certain legal penalties’ refer to?”
Pal-gang: “Well, it just seemed I had to write it like that for it to seem like a real contract.”
Kang-ha: “Don’t you know that such a vague contract has no validity? When you say ‘for one month,’ what dates does that cover? Who specifically are the ‘siblings’ you mention? What exactly do you mean by ‘legal penalties’? That’s why your contracts are invalid!”
Pal-gang, cheerily: “They may be invalid, but I’ll have faith in your conscience. Please sign.”

Of course, living together (officially) has its drawbacks, such as bathroom crowding. With only one bathroom to share among five kids and three adults (Kang-ha’s upstairs bathroom is only for himself), this makes the morning rush difficult, and is reminiscent of the scenes at Pal-gang’s old house.

However, since everyone wants to prove to Kang-ha that this will work out, Jun-ha and Tae-kyu accept this all in good stride and don’t complain. (Their kindness fuels the kids’ continued discussions of who’s better, Jun-ha or Tae-kyu.)

Another hilarious exchange arises when Kang-ha confronts Pal-gang about the morning situation:

Kang-ha: “Tae-kyu is forced to do his business by a tree in the yard, and Jun-ha can’t shower because the kids are crowding the downstairs bathroom. Do you think this situation makes sense?”
Pal-gang: “It doesn’t. There are five children, and since they’re not invisible people, saying that they should act like they don’t exist didn’t make sense from the start.”

Pal-gang takes out her signed contract and shoves it in Kang-ha’s incredulous face:

Pal-gang: “There was no clause in the contract saying that the kids had to act invisible.”
Kang-ha: “Are you familiar with the phrase that the person in the wrong shouldn’t argue?”
Pal-gang: “It doesn’t work from a common-sense point of view, does it? If it doesn’t make sense for adults to act like they don’t exist, how can that be expected of kids? I thought you had enough sense to know that.”
Tae-kyu: “Lawyers are good at the law, but lack common sense. Don’t Pal-gang’s words make sense, Uncle?”

Kang-ha is so dumbstruck that he can only glower.

As Kang-ha walks off, Jun-ha takes the moment to rub his brother’s face in it a little. He asks innocently, “Doesn’t Jin Pal-gang have a great personality? She makes her own opportunities and has a lot of common sense.”

Jun-ha’s comment is a dig at Kang-ha’s previous criticism, that people should make their own chances rather than be given them freely.

At work the next morning, Pal-gang’s boss gives her a stack of wrapped gifts — they’re leftovers from her own stockpile given to her own clients. She means for Pal-gang to make the rounds to her own clients to give them the presents and pay a friendly visit. The assignment isn’t to win new contracts, so it’s low-pressure and also a generous move on the boss’s part, since Pal-gang doesn’t have money to go buying her own clients presents.

Pal-gang thanks her boss profusely and heads out to greet her customers. When one asks for information on a new policy, Pal-gang eagerly sits down and goes over the details, but is unfamiliar with the terms and is therefore unable to sign the new contract. Tae-kyu does his part by gathering his friends to sit down to a talk on why they should get insurance, but Pal-gang is underprepared and can’t convincingly explain why it would be beneficial for youngsters to invest in their futures.

Tae-kyu wonders what’s wrong — she usually speaks so glibly. And yet, once she’s in front of customers, she stammers and gets tangled up in her words.

Another cute conversation as the kids study (there are a lot of cute conversations in this episode). It’s currently vacation time, but soon they’ll have to head back to school. Second-youngest Pa-rang tries to talk them out of sending him back, so Cho-rok hits him. When he complains, “Why did you hit me?” she retorts, “Because you’re a dummy.”

Pa-rang turns his plea to his eldest sister — since they’re poor, does he have to go to school? He points out, “They say being rich is about saving money more than making money.” Going to school will cost money for supplies, but “if I stay at home, we don’t have to spend that money.” Ju-hwang sighs sarcastically, “Way to use that brain.” When Pa-rang entreats Pal-gang with his logic, she turns the job over to Cho-rok — who takes that as her cue to smack him again. Pa-rang complains, “This is why my brain is getting worse.”

All joking aside, when she’s alone, Pal-gang hopes (directing the plea to her parents), “Don’t let them become like me.”

Driven to do better with her insurance job, Pal-gang takes the book of policies and rehearses her sales pitch outside. She doesn’t realize anything’s wrong until she’s interrupted by the arrival of Kang-ha — and the two police officers who have been called by neighbors for a noise complaint. Kang-ha assures the officers he’ll make sure this doesn’t happen again.

When he turns to deal with Pal-gang, it’s like he’s so used to her disrupting his quiet life that he’s more sarcastic than angry. She defends herself — sure, she made a mistake, but how ridiculous is it for neighbors to call the cops instead of just dealing with the scenario?

Jun-ha arrives home, breaking up the exchange, and she offers to cook him ramen since he was working late. She heads inside, leaving Kang-ha to grumble about the situation. Jun-ha looks at his brother’s face closely and comments, “How odd. This is the first time I’m seeing you talk so much with a woman.”

Kang-ha gets defensive: “She keeps talking to me!” Jun-ha marvels further, “And this is the first time I’ve seen you get angry because of a woman.”

To be polite, Pal-gang includes Kang-ha in the ramen offer, but says it in a discouraging tone so that he’s not likely to accept. Then Tae-kyu arrives and happily accepts, so he and Jun-ha eagerly dig in.

Kang-ha goes up to his room, disturbed at Jun-ha’s comment, and vows not to respond to Pal-gang anymore. So when he strolls by the kitchen to get some water, he remembers his vow and just gestures with his hands. He also steals a few glances as the ramen, but rejects the offer to have some. Jun-ha and Tae-kyu guess that he really wants some, but his pride won’t let him admit it. In his room alone, Kang-ha takes a dissatisfactory swig of plain water.

Pal-gang gets up early to fix breakfast, and Jun-ha comes upon her early in the morning. Actually, it’s not that he’s up early but that he was up all night working, so they sit down for an early-morning cup of coffee.

Pal-gang confides that her mother used to say that the most foolish person is the one who uses a lot of energy but doesn’t get anything done. That’s what she’s like — she may have the energy, but things don’t work out for her.

Jun-ha commiserates, because he’s the same way. Kang-ha is smart, and has never had to bring work home, whereas he has to spend a few nights here and there catching up. He shares a secret with her: “When I work at home, I always lock the door, because I don’t want to be caught by hyung or Tae-kyu.” Pal-gang doesn’t understand, but he says abashedly, “But it’s embarrassing.”

He asks her to keep that secret, in exchange for the secret she shared (about her own lack of ability).

Although it’s time for the kids to get up, Pal-gang assures Jun-ha that she had told them to wait until the adults left. That way, they can avoid a crush like yesterday. However, Jun-ha grabs extra chairs and adds them to the kitchen table. Pal-gang protests that the kids can eat later, but Jun-ha says that while they’re living together, it’ll be easiest to eat together too.

And so, when Kang-ha joins the group, everyone purposely flatters him in a bid to pre-empt complaints. They serve him first and address him as the eldest. (And it finally looks like Pal-gang has gotten the knack of breakfast cooking.)

At work, Pal-gang is again instructed to repeat her task from yesterday. However, Jae-young is displeased with the decision to keep her employed, and Pal-gang is called back to the office by a now-angry boss. She doesn’t understand what she did wrong, but the boss points out that she told her specifically NOT to pitch clients for sales. She was supposed to deliver the gifts and her greetings only. She had promised to change, but she doesn’t even listen to her instructions.

Pal-gang starts to tear up, starting to realize her errors. She cries that she wanted to do as her boss said, but she felt the time pressure to make money before she’s homeless again: “Every time I open my mouth, stupid words come out, and I hate myself too. Why am I so dumb? Why do I live like this?”

After work that evening, Jun-ha is driving home when he spots Pal-gang hesitating in front of the subway station. His curiosity is piqued when she finally walks inside, and he follows at a distance as she gets onto a subway car. She’s preoccupied with her thoughts, and keeps her head bowed.

Once the car is in motion, she stands in the middle of the compartment and starts speaking hesitantly, apologizing meekly for interrupting their busy evenings.

She makes her confession with a lot of difficulty, squeezing her eyes shut as she introduces herself as the useless Miss Jin who has never done anything right, who had mired herself in debt with her priorities all backward. “If my parents hadn’t died, I would still be living like that. But… but… now I can’t do that.” Opening her eyes, she explains that she has five siblings, and that in one month she will have no home.

Pal-gang: “But I don’t know how to do anything. I stutter in front of customers, and even though I talk well with other people, when I see my customers, my mouth freezes and I get scared. I get scared that I don’t know if I’m saying the right thing or if I have my information straight, so I can’t talk. So that’s why tonight, I’ve interrupted your time when you’re tired. I have to come to my senses and survive, but I’m afraid. I felt that if I could at least assert my courage like this, to come before strangers like you and tell you honestly what kind of person I am, then maybe I’ll be able to speak honestly with my customers. I’m sorry. I’m sorry for being so disruptive.”

She bows her head, tears falling down her face — but surprisingly, everyone claps.

 
OTHER PLOTLINES

Chairman Jung wanders out of the hospital, trying to find his eldest son, and arrives in Pal-gang’s old neighborhood. He’s confused and disconcerted, especially when one of the residents, Man-soo, recognizes him. However, since Man-soo is dimwitted (he’s also the one who witnessed Pal-gang’s parents’ car crash), the truth that is mixed in with his words just comes out sounding like babble.

Chairman Jung has a brief memory flash of standing in this very spot and having brief interactions with Pal-gang and Cho-rok (and the name “Pal-gang” sparks something in his brain), but those are gone in a flash.

The Jung family freaks out to have him wander off, but thankfully he is recovered soon enough.

In-gu scolds his wife Min-kyung for acting so coldly with Kang-ha, whom he has already accepted as his future son-in-law. He also recognizes that his daughter always achieves her aims, and she has set her sights on marrying Kang-ha. Min-kyung has a particular aversion to her daughter being compared to her, perhaps because she has greater hopes for her daughter than she was able to achieve herself.

Kang-ha, meanwhile, continues to resist Jae-young’s attempts to win him over, saying that he doesn’t see her as a woman.

 
COMMENTS

This was a fun-packed episode, and finally starts to show us more behind Kang-ha’s facade. In the first five episodes, whenever Kang-ha got angry, he honestly seemed frightening and heartless, but starting in this episode, his anger is mixed with resignation, and also played for laughs. In the household, it’s eight versus one, and he’s on the losing end. I particularly enjoy Pal-gang getting the upper hand in a few of their exchanges, which is helped greatly by the fact that she honestly doesn’t seem to look at him with any romantic eyes. So when he tries to bluster and growl at her, she’s sassy right back.

It’s too bad I’m still on Jun-ha’s side, which is both a good and bad thing. On the downside of things, the longer I stay with him, the harder it’ll be to switch over to Team Kang-ha later (as we know must happen soon enough), and when the inevitable happens, I’ll feel really sorry for Jun-ha. On the upside, though, THIS is the kind of love triangle I like to see — the kind where the romantic pull is believable with both male leads. Plus, I enjoy that this isn’t a drama where the romances are played as life-or-death, once-in-a-lifetime things. There’s a time and a place for that kind of melodrama, but it’s not now.

I love that Jun-ha and Pal-gang had a bonding scene, and even when he’s displeased with her, it’s usually because he feels bad for her. For instance, when she announces that Kang-ha has agreed to let her stay for the month, he frowns to hear that she’d knelt at his feet. It recalls his anger at the bar, which I didn’t interpret as a self-righteous “How dare you do something sleazy” accusation, but as an expression of concern. It means that Jun-ha believes she’s worth more than she thinks of herself (since she’s always calling herself dumb and talentless), and doesn’t like to see her so easily demeaning herself. Having higher standards for her convinced Pal-gang to have higher standards for herself, and gave her the courage to go back to the office.

I’ll be honest in saying that I didn’t really love the ending scene, which seemed overly dramatic. I see Pal-gang’s point about wanting to build up her courage, but it just seemed too saccharine and feel-good that everyone would burst into a round of applause. But that doesn’t diminish my enjoyment of the episode as a whole, and I’m hoping things keep improving.

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51 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. the indian girl

    THANK GOD ITS MONDAY!! we can get our weekly fix of WUS yaaaay! and dare I say 1st?? lol thanks JB for the recap!! off to read it!!

  2. Peachy Mai Tai

    great review thanks!

  3. chll51

    Thank you so much for this episode recap. You have no idea how much I look forward to it. I’m team Junha for now but probably will change later one. The kids are adorable. Can’t wait till all the subs are out so I can watch!! THanks for the hard work1

  4. the indian girl

    Team Tae Kyu! he is soo adorable! love that we are getting to see more of Kang Ha in this ep! Im gonna derive great joy from watching him fall..cause the more cold and arrogant they are the harder they fall! as for Jun Ha its sad but inevitable…looove the kids and pal gang…very very sassy….she is the perfect gal to bring down our cold hearted lawyer!! and kudos….soo many opportunities to watch shirtless Kang ha…the fangirl in me waits with baited breathe for this weeks eps for more than one reason!!!

  5. thekors

    “They’ve been fast-paced and funny, with a healthy amount of heart-tugging scenes sprinkled in. It’s just that with the relationship lines clearly drawn, now we get to play with them”

    I so agree with this! And how glad am I that my love for Shin Dong Wook made me forgive the annoying 1st episode (especially with how Pal Gang was being portrayed). Episode 6 in particular was extremely enjoyable and not at all draggy that 1hr+ flew by like never before. As they maintain the light-hearted scenes involving the rest of the cast, this is also the turning point where we are starting to see a different side to Kang Ha.

    oh, Shin Dong Wook. i put my love for him on the same level as what I had for Bae Soo Bin’s character (just maybe higher) since I’ve seen what he’s capable of in Soulmate. their gaze gives out the same vibe, very endearing and I really really hope they won’t go typical k-drama and turn him into a completely different character later.

    so many favorite scenes, obviously whenever those kids appear and particularly that early morning talk between Jung Ha and Pal Gang. and how Tae Gyu was jealous and thus saying how he actually had the same idea as his uncle – to have additional chairs at the dining table to accommodate the kids. LOL.

  6. pabo ceo reom

    Thanksss

    I have major second hand embarrassment issues so the last scene was uncomfortable for me too. Overall still an interesting episode and I’m looking forward to the next two!

  7. Emi

    I liked the ending scene, but didn’t quite believe it when they all applauded her. I figured most of them would ignore her, and maybe one or two people would clap, but still, it’s an interesting way to build confidence, I guess.

    I’m loving seeing Kang-ha’s icy facade start to melt. His interactions with Pal-gang are much more fun when she treats him normally, with some attitude and confidence, without cowering in fear around him all the time. He doesn’t seem to know how to respond to this treatment <3

    I love Jun-ha also. I hope he doesn't turn into an ineffective Shin-woo second lead, always hesitating and failing due to bad timing.

    Thanks for the recaps!

  8. Amg1

    JB thanks for your hard work, This has become my #1 drama so far, the Trojan Horse of the new year…. YES!!!!!!!! : O )

  9. Emeldy

    Who can resist Kim Ji-hoon, i am definitely in Team Kang Ha side. And episode 6 totally won me over, i could not stop smiling . And Shin Dong-wook, i prefer him with hairband, his character in WUTS is too weak for my taste. I can’t believe this i the same guy in Soulmate, they need to style him better.

  10. 10 D

    thank you for this recap..

    i watched this whole ep last week RAW tho not really planning to do so.. so it helps a lot..

    btw, when that Man-soo character appeared i was like.. heyyyyy, another SOULMATE-r!!!

  11. 11 maximillian

    thank you JB!
    i dropped WUS after reading ep 1because it did not excite me. But sure glad you went on with the recapping because now i’m totally hooked!
    keep up the great work JB.

  12. 12 nitnotzz

    Yay!! so glad that you decide to recap this drama…=))

  13. 13 jadeacl

    Too bad Pasta is turning out to be such a dud for me. Never thought I would be into Wish Upon A Star cos it read like a typical synopsis at first but I know I must quite like something for sure when I get excited seeing JB’s recaps about it ^^

  14. 14 Kender

    BAHAHAHA. I knew you couldn’t resist this episode. I thought it was super cute. :3

    I’ll be honest, I completely skipped over the final scene because I’d already read about it on Soompi, and I’m terrible with second-hand embarrassment. :x Plus, it seemed a bit unnecessary.

    I looooooooooooooooooooved the scenes with Kangha and Palgang in this episode. The entire contract bit was hilarious, as was the next morning when she threw it in his face. So good. XD I also appreciated their conversation after the police left, when she wished that he’d shown her the unlikeable side of his character back when she was chasing him and he simply retorted that he’s always been like that.

    This show makes me happy. I’m definitely on Team Kangha (mostly because of my love of KJH), but Junha is so sweet, and Tae Gyu is such a darling. XD

  15. 15 Marie

    Thank you for the recaps JB I am loving this series.

  16. 16 Firewife

    Loved this episode! The final scene on the train was a little bizarre for me on first viewing, but after I rewatched it I thought it actually showed Pal Kang taking another step forward in her growth process. To me it seemed that she’s gaining more self-awareness. She knows she’s lacking at her work, and now she’s understanding exactly where she’s lacking. She’s not quite sure how to do it, but she’s determined to fix her shortcomings and this was the solution she came up with.
    I’m so happy to see the changes she’s making. I couldn’t stand her in the first episode but she’s quickly becoming a character I can really root for.
    I’m also glad to see the changes starting to happen with Kang Ha. It gives me something to like about his character besides The Torso! Once he really thaws out I can come out root for him and PK and pretend that I’m not the shallow type who goes for the hot guy with the great bod…have I mentioned how good he looks in those suits?

  17. 17 rainerust

    Early! Hurray and you’re up to Episode 6! Can’t wait for the next couple of episodes since this drama is really working it – I started out having no expectations and they’ve exponentially exploded now.

    I did like the last scene although I thought the applause was a bit too cliched. (I mean, honestly, if someone did that here in the train on my way home, all I would be doing would be giving them THE EYE, if you know what I mean.)

    Not to mention it’s all so embarrassing (you couldn’t pay me a million dollars to do the same thing) – Korea seems to have this thing for public speaking like that though (but maybe I only think so because I watch too many Korean variety shows like We Got Married where Jo Kwon had to yell out “I love Ga In” in the middle of a shopping centre?).

    I am SO on Team Jun-ha, it’s ridiculous… I loved their little bonding scene and the way he admitted his flaw – HOW could you NOT fall in love with a guy like that?!

  18. 18 dee

    thanks JB for the recap. i also do wish that the “interest” of the drama will continue.

    the brother love triangle reminds me of The Last Scandal of My Life

  19. 19 natureii

    what a nice episode this was. i couldnt stop laughing and enjoying. Im going to have trouble because I hate KangHa for his attitude towards Palgang, Im sorry its going to take time for me to accept that they have to be together, Junha is much better, not only does he care about her ( and the kids) but also comforts her and hes just sweet. Right now im in JUNHA TEAM 100% it´ll be interesting to see how they change or reveal more about KangHa´s character (…still I dont think i can change my mind…..)

    ohhh my dearest Shin Dong-wook why did you have to be soo charming ??…..

    THANK YOU JB for doing the recaps I was hopeful you´ll continue with WUAS hahaha

  20. 20 reverie

    where can I watch this online with sub?
    can’t find it in viikii

  21. 21 Emeldy

    @ 20
    Here is the Viikii link, and its definitely working.
    http://www.viikii.net/channels/goto/starsfallingfromsky#

  22. 22 su-pah

    Thanks for recapping JB!

    Hahahah! The drugs part was hilarious! W00t! Taekyu!
    Also love the part where they’re walking out of Kang-ha’s room looking dejected and then suddenly burst out in jubilation, high fiving and stuff, hilarity.

    This drama’s becoming more and more comparable to You’re Beautiful, with Taekyu as Jeremy, Jun-ha as Shinwoo and pouty princess Kang-ha as another Tae-kyung.

    Loved the part where the police show up following PG’s hearty sales-pitch practice (she’s such a comedian) and after the KH-PG spat, JH walks into the scene and his sarcasm and facial expression against KH is just golden, wanted to run over and *squish* him! ”Woww.. this is the first time you’ve spoken with a GIRL for that long.”
    Kang-ha’s ‘silence’ bit was funny too. All in all, a fun, heartwarming episode. The previews show that it’ll be back to serious again soon, so this was a bit of a short break away from the serious stuff supposedly.

    The last scene I had to watch twice, at first I thought she was going to start begging, glad she didn’t but still I had to re-watch it, the second time I kind of understood her a bit better.
    Jun-ha’s silent encouragement in these kind of scenes has the 2nd lead stamp all over it. Le sigh!

  23. 23 moimoiness

    wahh!!!
    your recaps makes me want to watch those very cute discussions with the kids, pal-gang and taekyu..i bet it’s so funny coz just reading it makes me laugh already..hehehe..
    again, thanks alot jb!! =D

  24. 24 b020

    I confess that I wasn’t going to watch this, because it did sound very cliche and the overworked kdrama plot of plucky/sassy girl and cold-hearted but really nice guy. But, after reading JB’s recap of epi. 1 and 2 – I was intrigued with the heroine as someone so selfish and delusional. I ended up watching all 7 episodes on Viiki and am hooked! Some of the things I love so far:

    * PG is not perfect, not so sweet, and not so self-depreciating like some of the dramas that have this same plot outline. We get to watch her stumble along and grow, mature through the pain and sacrifice of herself and her siblings.

    * the younger siblings are so heartbreaking; not just when they’re making sacrifices, but when they find a moment of joy and fun. They support each other.

    * KH – oh man, he really made me irritated and hate him so now, I’m gleefully looking forward to seeing his downfall!!!(I laughed so hard during the ramen noodle scene and he cut himself off and held up his hand!!!!)

    * JH – I thought in the beginning he was too perfect, always supportive and stepping in for PG, and yeah, it was kind of pathetic(like that witch sarcastically remarked) but in the last couple of episodes, he forced himself to wait, to give her room. And I loved how he hated doing it, because it goes against his nature, but he does it anyways. By doing so, he witnesses how hard it is for PG, but also how she finds her own way and comes out stronger for it.

    The things I really didn’t like is the other woman after KH – she’s too desperate and too 1dimensional. But then, her whole family seems like that. They are the weakest part of the storyline. Really looking forward to the rest of the series!!!

    BTW – can I just state that I HATE Viiki’s stupid commentary!!!!! It totally ruins the viewing! Anyone know how I can get rid of them?

  25. 25 Snikki

    Quick question! I just finished episode 2… when will Shin Dong Wook’s hair stop being bipolar?

    @lei from the previous recap

    I’ll take your word for it. I actually liked episode 2; it was heartwrenching. I’ll try to catch up, I’m only a few episodes behind.

  26. 26 Sengo

    JB,

    Thank you so much for the recap!!! You do such a superb job!!
    I’m really loving this drama….. it’ll be fun to watch Pal-Gang melt Kang-Ha’s icy exterior. Love all of the actors and especially the kids.

  27. 27 Quaggy

    Thank you for the recaps, Javabeans!! It’s like reliving the episode all over again.

    As has seemed to be the case for me all along, the sibling interaction is my favorite part of the episode, especially the studying scene. Cho-rok is definitely giving Ju-hwang a run for his money as my favorite sibling. I love the expression on her face when Pal-gang let her smack Pa-rang a second time. I bet she’s going to grow up into one of those sassy, no-nonsense types who just set the world on fire.

    I have to admit Pal-gang’s interaction with Kang-ha comes in close as my second favorite scenes. I have a weakness for bantering, toe-to-toe couples. That said I’m not completely on Team Kang-ha… yet. While it’s pretty clear by now that Pal-gang is good for Kang-ha (I loved how perfectly precise Kang-ha got so upset, he rolled his jacket into a ball), it not really obvious yet HOW Kang-ha could possibly be good for Pal-gang. Jun-ha has that role down pretty well right now.

    The first few episodes I did wonder if they were going to pull a fast one and make Jun-ha the romantic lead… but there was something about Kang-ha that said not to count him out. I think the writing was on the wall when they kids started arguing about if Tae-kyu or Jun-ha would make a better husband. Kang-ha was never even mentioned as a candidate. Granted those kids are smart and would recognize that Kang-ha as he is now would make a terrible husband/brother-in-law, but it also made Kang-ha something of a dark horse.

    In a lot of ways, Jun-ha’s relationship with Pal-gang is similar to hers with Tae-kyu.
    Pal-gang and Tae-kyu seem to be more like siblings and she seems to take care of him the same way she cares for her younger siblings. Age wise, he does fit in with her family, especially since the age gap between 12 and 25 is pretty big. (Is there a Korean word for the color in between “deep red” and “orange”?) What’s more she brings out the best in Tae-kyu to the point that I’m wondering if Kang-ha actually saw through Tae-kyu’s lie about taking drugs but decided to let it slide because Pal-gang had done more in just a week to turn his good-for-nothing nephew around than anything he or Jun-ha have come up with.

    And just like Pal-gang bring out the best in Tae-kyu, Jun-ha brings out the best in her. He cares for her and wants her to do better. He’s almost like a grown-up Ju-hwang. But while I think Jun-ha is very good for Pal-gang, I’m not yet getting the vibe that Jun-ha is in love with Pal-gang. You can care and worry about someone without it being romantic. And even if he does, unlike most second leads, Jun-ha will actually be better off falling for Pal-gang, even if it’s just one-sided, because then he will have finally got over the evil witch he think himself in love with. (Seriously, has anyone figured out what he sees in her?)

    I like how they seem to be setting Kang-ha up to fall “first” (since Pal-gang is totally over her crush). I would love it if Kang-ha then had his own “I wasted five years” sort of angst. While Pal-gang is upset with herself for wasting five years of her life being silly, Kang-ha would be kicking himself for be so cold and driving her away. Afterall, I think this series is going to be as much about Kang-ha’s growth as it’s about Pal-gang’s.

    Good grief! I just realized how long this post has gotten. I promise I’ll shut up now!!

  28. 28 estel

    @24 b020

    You can turn off the commentary at the top by clicking in the “discussion off” bubble that appears in the upper corner when you move your mouse over the video. You can also change the sub language and turn on the Korean captions, too. :)

  29. 29 ecy

    I didn’t think I’d like this drama but it’s actually pretty cute!

    @b020 At the top left of the screen there is a list that says “Discussion, Caption, Subtitle” Just click “Discussion” off (It will then un-highlight). I hate that too!

  30. 30 CHM

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recap, as always.

  31. 31 Penn

    The scene with Tae-kyu getting down on his knees to beg his uncle and then lie about taking drugs was just priceless. He’s got guts. I was worried he was going to get another cold shower. Thanks, JB!!!

  32. 32 AuntieMame

    I loved this episode, too. It reminded me of the situations in “I Love Lucy”. And, Pal-gang even reminds me of the Lucy character.

    Actually, I was very surprised when Kang-ha signed the contract, since he had already pointed out all the ambiguities/vagueness of the wording.

    Then, I realized that the signing is a set-up for his eventual downfall because the loopholes & potholes will play against him. hee, hee.

    I’m not looking forward to the episodes that will focus on the Jung family and their issues. Unfortunately, it’s inevitable we go there…

  33. 33 b020

    @29 & 28 – thank you!!! It was seriously driving me crazy!

  34. 34 Acalle

    I finished eps 4 with subs last night. I appreciate your recaps. I can’t decide whether to read the recaps or to avoid spoilers by waiting for the subs. Like the rest of you, I didn’t expect this drama would be come so additable :) . The kids are so cute, especially the little baby Nam Yi, poor little thing, he cried so much!

    Choi Jung Won did not get a good review on her sageuk role (Kingdom of the WInd). I’m now more convinced that she’s more suittable on modern dramas. No more sageuk, CJW!

  35. 35 :D

    thanks for the recaps
    lovethisshow! ;)

  36. 36 kaedejun

    wow – i have never seen two brothers/actors look more alike!!

    i’m on team jun-ha just based on these recaps, and also because jun-ha is WAYYYYYYYY CUTER!!!!

    the dynamic reminded me of YB for a moment (sorry for the comparison!!) – it’s just that, kang-ha chooses to drink water and gripe alone – that kinda sounds like taekyung!!!!!!

    but jun-ha is definitely a better “shinwoo,” and tae kyu is hilariously energetic (like jeremy, but an older version). actually – the second and third male leads in this love rectangle are better.

    kang ha better do something amazing to win me over to his team.

  37. 37 asianromance

    thank you so much for recap! It made me smile to sort of experience the episode over again through your recap! my favorite scene is definitely the ramyun scene. Poor Kang-ha wanted ramyun but was too choked up with pride to ask for some. The last scene’s clapping was a bit over the top, but it sort of worked for me. I love this show and how Pal-gang’s plight seem so real and how one can sort of relate to Pal-gang. Now that she has her siblings to take care of, you know she is trying very hard, but because of how she was before and because she’s just human, she stumbles and then gets back up again. She’s not confident in herself and she has no reason to be at this point. When I first read the drama description, I thought she was going to be a happy go lucky girl who will continue her antics while getting by on insane luck and romance. but pal-gang really tries hard. She manages to get her job back by herself and persistence. And she isn’t annoyingly persistent either. anyways off to seek the raws for ep 7!

  38. 38 otk

    I knew you wouldn’t be able to keep your distance off of this drama -Java!
    LOL, afterall it was written by Family Honour’s scriptwriter, Jung Ji Woo. I’ve always loved her work. She brings the RIGHT amount of importance to each character’s side plot -which is why FH and (may even this) will always be a memorable drama to its viewers :D I’ve noticed that for her dramas, the endings/freeze-frame for each episode are never over-the-top dramatic …and I love that !

    I hope this drama keeps up it’s good pace!

  39. 39 Butterfinger

    Thank you Javabeans for a wonderful recap. This really made my day. :]

    I admit, I never thought this drama can get any better. Good thing I was wrong. Giving this drama a try was probably one of the best decision I made for 2010 LOL.. Really hoping that it gets better and better in every episodes. I’m in-love with Jun Ha but I think I’m starting to waver over to Kang Ha.. oh foolish heart.

  40. 40 V

    Javabeans! Once again you’ve captured me into a wonderful drama by reading your recaps!!! Yay!!! I had not anticipated in watching this at all, but after reading your recaps, I’m all in!!! :D Thanks again for introducing us to another great watch! Looking forward to reading your posts for this one! ;)

  41. 41 xoxcinderellaxox

    I find this drama completely overflowing with clichés. With the leads forced to house under one roof, a snobby second lead female, the lead-girl-as-the-granddaughter-of-a-rich-man secret, and now a mentally-incapacitated man who witnessed one of the biggest secrets.

    Surprisingly though, I find myself staying tune to this drama every week. Maybe every once in a while, you should indulge in cliché-ridden shows… Thanks a bunch java!

  42. 42 Kgrl

    This ep really got me more interested with the adult characters, not to say PG and the males don’t have their pull, but the kids really were the “hook” for me. The acting is decent, the chemistry is decent, but so far the story developments have been more impressive. I think I’m going to stick with this drama, it’s more endearing than GOS.

    Now I have to check out Pasta to see who’s the Mon & Tues winner.

  43. 43 elaineD

    when i saw shin dong wook smile, i smiled (: ear to ear. haha, duuunno why (:

  44. 44 Celest

    Yay a recap!

    Thanks JB for continuing this series. I’m also team SDW but Kang Ha isn’t completely unlovable either. I think it has to do with the 8 vs 1 situation and the fact that Kang Ha really can’t ignore Pal Gang and her siblings anymore. It’s really interesting to see him open up (and start talking to her) more and more. And dare I say that their scenes together do exude some kind of chemistry?

    I’ve saw this episode a week ago but I still love reading your recaps so keep up the great work. I’ll probably find time to watch eps 7 and 8 tomorrow. Can’t wait to get my weekly dose of Stars Falling From the Sky!

  45. 45 lola

    I thought the end scene was cute and the contract part was funny. I was hoping we’d get The let’s sit down and make a real contract a la MNIKSS or coffee prince but I guess they didnt need to. Vague contracts make good contracts. Afterall the ambiguity of the U.S constitution is it’s best feature cuz it makes it more malleable/ changeable(is that a word?) so we’ll see what happens!

  46. 46 sukispop

    Thanks, JB, for continuing to recap this enjoyable drama.

    As much as I like Ju-hwang, I think this episode really made Cho-rok my favorite of the kids. Her facial expressions…priceless…especially when she’s smacking Pa-rang. =)

    And, okay, maybe I don’t find Kang-ha completely unlikeable, anymore…thanks to this episode. I think he’s going to become a lot more interesting, soon.

  47. 47 sobia

    This is the perfect recession show– just when we are all tightening our belts, Pal-gang comes along to remind us we don’t have it that bad! My favorite kdramas are always the ones with the most consistently sassy and dynamic female characters. I love Pal-gang and can’t wait to watch her grow; I have hope for her.

    Thanks for the recaps! (With recaps like these, who actually needs to watch?)

  48. 48 Kiohpi

    Hey I’ve actually followed your blog for some time now and let me say – IT’S FRICKEN WONDERFUL! IT KICKS ASS!!! I love it to bits and bits and bits!

    I’ve been watching Wish Upon A Star as well, and I absolutely love it! I’m completely obsessed with it and reading your recaps afterwards make it even better! I never thought you would recap WUAS, since you said you’d follow other dramas but it’s great you’ve decided to follow this while it goes!

    Also, I wasn’t ever going to watch YB, but after reading the first of your recaps I got hooked and started watching – YB was AWESOME TOO!

    Anywho, thank you very much for the time you put into these recaps!

  49. 49 Ms. Han Ji Eun

    haven’t u noticed…their bathroom is somewhat similar or is it hwang tae kyung’s bathroom in you’re handsome? the circular shower area..and the toilet bowl…right? right? what do u think?

  50. 50 moochi

    @ 49
    do you mean the drama you’re beautiful?? lol, i just find it funny that you renamed it.

    i’m just watching all the episodes now. good watch.

    i agree i had to ff the ending scene, cause it was just a bit over the top.

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