Drama Recaps
Pasta: Episode 5
by | February 9, 2010 | 81 Comments

Hello, Skimmy here! I will be taking over the Pasta recaps along with Andromytta (who is also recapping Hero). I’ve been a long-time follower/admirer of Javabeans and her blog, so it’s an honor and a pleasure to come on board. Without further ado, on with the show!

Lee Seon-kyun is really just too cute.

EPISODE 5 RECAP

When we last left off, our hapless heroine, Seo Yoo-kyung, was getting chewed out by President Seol for making fruit salad instead of pickles. Apparently, the whole point of offering pickles as a free side dish is that cucumbers are cheap. In the midst of this, walks in chef Choi Hyun-wook. Yoo-kyung musters a weak “chef” when Hyun-wook pulls her towards him in what looks like a hug. Close to her ear, he asks, “the eggs – you’re in charge of them, right? Do you have anything you want to tell me?”

Yoo-kyung concedes that she received 10,000,000 won ($8,550) from the egg vendor, but insists that despite appearances, she’s innocent. Hyun-wook storms off while President Seol stands there looking mighty suspicious. Yoo-kyung chases after Hyun-wook into the garage. She states that she has something to show him. He yanks her into the car and they drive off, leaving the puzzled staff behind. Team Korea and Team Italy are left to wonder about the 10,000,000 won, the hug, and where the heck Yoo-kyung and Hyun-wook are headed at this hour.

As it turns out, Hyun-wook drives Yoo-kyung back to the marketplace to confront the egg vendor, Kang. Yoo-kyung continues to protest her innocence and shows him her bank book that shows a measly balance of 36,500 won ($31). Hyun-wook asks if she’s trying to justify accepting the bribe because she’s so poor.

Dragging her to the egg vendor, Hyun-wook confronts the two of him. Yoo-kyung says that she returned the money to Chef Totti immediately after she received the money. She believes that Totti would have then returned to Vendor Kang. Vendor Kang denies this and then he and Yoo-kyung begin to bicker amongst themselves. Watching from the sidelines, Hyun-wook applauds the show they’re putting on.

Hyun-wook turns to leave (not before smashing a tray of eggs), when Yoo-kyung stops him. He gets a thoughtful look on his face when she mentions President Seol’s involvement. Vendor Kang and Yoo-kyung both deny ever mentioning the bribe to Seol.

Back in his office, President Seol is going through his nightly histrionics after reviewing the daily profit figures. He texts the figures to Kim San, who is with his sister and Oh Se-young. After San reviews the text, he mumbles worriedly to himself that the revenues keep falling at La Sfera. Se-young asks whether he receives updates daily. Kang says that she’s heading out and slyly suggests that the two of them sleep together.

Meanwhile, Hyun-wook and Yoo-kyung are trudging back to his car with him snarking about her guilt and her sniveling about her innocence. They’re interrupted by good-hearted extras . . . urm . . . cucumber vendors who wave Yoo-kyung over to partake in some late-night ramen.

She invites Hyun-wook to stay, but he grumpily tells her he’s going home. When he returns moments later, he tells Yoo-kyung that his car is missing. He left his bag in the car, so he now has no car and no money for a cab. Yoo-kyung, with only $31 dollars to her name, is of no help as her plan was to gorge on ramen and hitch a ride on the back of the good-hearted cucumber vendors’ truck. Left with no other alternative, he sullenly sits down to join her as the two continue to snip at each other about him not believing her.

As they eat, Hyun-wook asks the vendors if they have any kimchi. The wife says that she has something better and brings out . . . PICKLES! Yoo-kyung made them for the couple, but these are different from the ones at the restaurant. The husband is diabetic, so she made them without any sugar. After she tastes one, she notices that it’s special and forces Hyun-wook to try one. Both of them are surprised at how tasty they are despite the lack of sugar.

Later, in the frigid night air, they make their way back home on the back of the cucumber vendors’ truck. Hyun-wook yells at Yoo-kyung for not accepting the couple’s offer to pay for a taxi. She says that she won’t accept even 1,000 won (85 cents) from anyone for free (point taken, you’re innocent!).

At the apartment complex, San walks Se-Young out. Se-young notes that San is an entirely different person when he’s talking about business, which makes him so scary.

As Hyun-wook and Yoo-kyung return to the building, the two couples conveniently run into each other. Dramatic music ensues.

San asks Yoo-kyung if she’s sick, as she shivers from the cold, while Hyun-wook stalks off. Yoo-kyung runs after him and San grumbles aloud that Hyun-wook is keeping her out far too late and is working her to death.

As he continues to walk her out, San notices the pained expression on Se-Young’s face as she stares after Hyun-wook, and asks her why she wants to live in the building – does it have something to do with her past? She laughs it off and wonders at the propriety of a landlord asking such questions of a potential tenant. He hands her the rental agreement and says there’s a condition attached. She has to live with an existing employee. Guess who?

The next morning at La Sfera, the staff is gathered for their morning run-down. When Yoo-kyung makes her entrance, Team Korea gives her a hard time about the egg bribe. Seok-ho pointedly asks her where she went with the chef last night. Ho-nam tells her that a cook’s hands should be clean, but money dirties them. Seung-jae walks over to her to sniff her hands (blech) when Hyun-wook walks in and smacks him upside the head (I love the expression on Lee Seon-kyun’s face in this picture).

Hyun-wook announces that the Italian Consul General will be at the restaurant for dinner. Everyone should be on their toes for this special event. Seok-ho then asks whether Yoo-kyung has the right to remain in the kitchen. Hyun-wook turns to look at President Seol and repeats the question to him.

Seol deflects and responds by saying that Yoo-kyung is not the only questionable person in the kitchen. He raises his clipboard with his nifty graph of sales between last year and this year. This year’s sales have dropped drastically and do you know what accounts for this decline? Pickles! It’s all because of the PICKLES!

Seol announces that starting tomorrow, he’s going start posting grade reports and ranks on the sales of the various menu items and cooks. Looking fairly unhappy about the whole business, Hyun-wook claps his hands and walks off.

Later, President Seol and Seok-ho have moved to his office to discuss the future of the La Sfera. Seol notes that once a few upstarts are out of the way, Seok-ho will be named head chef.

We then see Se-young happily arriving at the apartment complex with her enormous moving truck. Cut to San and his sister at an art gallery, where Kang scolds San for not helping Se-young with the move. He tells Kang that Se-young didn’t want him there, and his sister exasperatedly says, “when a woman says no, do you really think it means no?” (um, yes creepy lady, that’s exactly what it means). Kang then insists that they two of them will have lunch at La Sfera tomorrow.

Now we arrive at the first of many awkward and unintentionally hilarious scenes in this episode where people try to speak Italian. In his office, Hyun-wook attempts to track down Chef Totti (to discuss the egg money).

Team Italy arrives to confronts Hyun-wook and urge him to fire Yoo-kyung. They note that he’s behaving totally out of character and giving President Seol more leverage to use against him. Hyun-wook tells them to focus on their jobs and walks out.

Yoo-kyung, in the meantime, has spent the day being harrassed by her co-workers about the egg money. She runs into Hyun-wook in the dining hall and he follows her into the empty kitchen. He reminds her of the Consul’s ensuing visit and tells her to make sure they have all the necessary ingredients on hand. Yoo-kyung says that she knows what Consul will order – Vongole (linguine/spaghetti with clams). Hyun-wook gives her a skeptical look and asks how she could know that.

Yoo-kyung: Just do.
Hyun-wook: Just do?
Yoo-kyung: I’m pretty sure . . .
Hyun-wook: Pretty sure, my ass.

Yoo-kyung replies that the Consul has never ordered the same pasta twice, and that of the 30 types of pasta on the menu, there is only one dish that he hasn’t ordered yet – Vongole. Not convinced by her reasoning, Hyun-wook grabs the oversized cooking chopsticks and corners her over the sink. Telling her not to speculate, but instead be prepared for anything, Hyun-wook pulls her close to give her a forehead bump. It’s at this precise moment, the rest of the kitchen staff decide to show up.

That evening, the Italian Consul General arrives with his entourage, which includes Se-young. They are welcomed to the restaurant by Hyun-wook, President Seol, and the dining hall staff. Hyun-wook is none too pleased to see Se-young.

In the kitchen, the staff are busily running around preparing the evening’s orders. A server lets them know the Consul and his party have arrived. We cut to Hyun-wook taking the table’s orders. He returns to the kitchen with the rest of the party’s orders and notes that the Consul’s order will be forthcoming. The kitchen staff hustle on the other orders, which leads to a well-deserved food porn interlude.

As the cooks are working on the other dishes, in comes the Consul’s order. As anticipated by Yoo-kyung, it’s Vongole. The various members of Team Italy offer to make the dish, but Hyun-wook insists that Yoo-kyung will prepare it.

The members of both Team Italy and Team Korea are taken aback by his decision.

Adding to the awkwardness in the room, Hyun-wook hands Yoo-kyung his personal bottle of wine to make the pasta sauce.

We return to the Consul’s table at the close of their meal. He tells Se-young that the food at the restaurant tastes much more like authentic Italian cuisine and wonders if it’s because of the new chef. He requests to see both the head chef and the cook who prepared the Vongole. When Hyun-wook and Yoo-kyung arrive at the table, the Consul compliments her on the Vongole.

As a token of his appreciation, he presents the restaurant with some expensive Italian wine, Barolo. Judging from the uncomfortable looks on both Hyun-wook and Se-young’s faces, this wine has some deep hidden meaning (to be revealed in about five minutes).

They take a group photo, where Se-young nudges closer to Hyun-wook, who looks like he smells boiling cabbage.

The Consul leaves satisfied and Yoo-kyung returns to the kitchen buoyant. Her exuberance fades when she notices the chilly atmosphere in the kitchen and the pointed looks the other kitchen staff are giving her. Being a teacher’s pet sucks.

And at last we get to the tragic past of Hyun-wook and Se-young. Man, is it depressing.

Flashback to 2005: Hyun-wook and Se-young are living an idyllic life as culinary students. We know they’re students because she’s wearing flannel.

Se-young has been under the weather and Hyun-wook cooks her samgyetang (a traditional Korean soup with a whole chicken, ginseng, dates, and rice). She marvels that he was able to find ginseng for the soup. This leads them to the topic of their upcoming competition. Hyun-wook reveals that he is going to use ginseng in his pasta. When Se-young worries that it’s too bitter, Hyun-wook shows her the bottle of Barolo wine that will temper the bitterness.

At the competition, however, she turns out to be right as the judges disdainfully reject his yucky ginseng pasta.

Se-young is instead crowned the winner (Random aside: if I could give out an award for best bad Italian scene, this is it – the little guy in the glasses acted badly and spoke Italian badly, but he did it with gusto).

Hyun-wook wonders what could have gone wrong (maybe because you decided to use ginseng in pasta, buddy). He tastes his pasta and then the wine and realizes that Se-young sabotaged him. And then we see precisely what Se-young did – she ruined his wine by dropping it in a boiling pot of water. In a voice-over, she says that she wants to go to Rome, but no matter how hard she tries, she always comes in second to him. Apparently, trying harder wasn’t a viable option.

As she basks in the accolades and flowers (I wonder if this scene felt familiar to Honey Lee), Hyun-wook slams the bottle of wine on the counter, glares sorrowfully at her, and storms off.

Back to the present day:

Se-young: It was a mistake made in the moment, one that I’m ashamed of. It was a mistake.
Hyun-wook: A mistake? No, it was a deliberate act on your part. A deliberate act to sabotage me, not a mistake. For you, loving me was a mistake too, wasn’t it?

Hyun-wook smolders in his darkened office for a few moments for no good reason except to give me some good eye candy.

He then goes to the locker room and announces that they’re having a mandatory group dinner. As the underlying runner, Eun-soo, and Yoo-kyung are cooking up delicious looking strips of pork, the other kitchen staffers are drinking the bottles of Barolo in the dining hall. The mood is tense despite Hyun-wook trying to ply them with alcohol.

When Yoo-kyung enters Hyun-wook calls her over to sit beside him. Aware that this constant singling out is pissing off the other staffers, she’s hesitant. He makes her sit down and then stands up to rally the troops. He tells them if it’s the right thing to do, he will fire her. But, he continues, the person they’re really angry with is him. He knows that they’re upset about the changes to the restaurant. He asks that they put a little more faith in their customers as they will be the first to recognize quality. If he fails at his job, he will willingly fire himself.

Eventually everyone leaves except Hyun-wook and Yoo-kyung. She apologizes for causing him additional trouble, and offers to take him home. He belligerently tells her to go on ahead and she sulkily complies.

When Yoo-kyung returns to her apartment, she finds that Se-young has moved in. Yoo-kyung expects to move out, but Se-young tells her the landlord insisted that Yoo-kyung was to have one of the rooms. Yoo-kyung looks surprised and asks who the landlord is. Se-young realizes that Yoo-kyung doesn’t know that it’s San and plays dumb.

The next morning, Hyun-wook and San have a run-in in the apartment’s garage. They take the opportunity to have a dick-waving contest. Irritated by San’s comment a few nights before, Hyun-wook wonders if San isn’t overly nosy for a just a customer. After all, why is it any of his business if Hyun-wook works Yoo-kyung to death or not? Furthermore, as a customer, San doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of manners – asking for a delivery (when they don’t deliver), ordering during the restaurant’s break time, sending untouched plates back to the kitchen, etc. San retorts that as the chef, Hyun-wook doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of manners either and that he can’t force customers to eat crappy dishes. If the kitchen is a mess, 97% of the blame lies with the chef.

At the restaurant, President Seol’s grade reports start today. Hyun-wook is once again trying to track down Chef Totti. Yoo-kyung dejectedly makes her way up the stairs as the staff assemble for the meeting with Seol. Walking up behind her, Hyun-wook tells her to keep an eye on him during the meeting. When he gives her the signal, she should call the number written on the paper.

As President Seol’s presentation gets underway, he points out the graph that reflects the cook’s performance (blue bar) as juxtaposed against customer complaints (orange line). When Yoo-kyung asks why her orange line is the longest, President Seol thunders “PICKLE!!!! YOU are in charge of the pickles.”

And then we get to a pointless amalgam of scenes. The trio of fired female cooks show up to confront Ho-nam to know why he’s eschewing Mi-Hee’s calls. Then, the egg vendor arrives to settle things with Yoo-kyung. Right behind him, rolls in Yoo-kyung’s father. Everyone’s yelling and I’m fast-fowarding.

By this time, President Seol’s self-righteous fervor has truly gotten underway. Walking over to Hyun-wook, Seol demands to know what he plans to do about Yoo-kyung and the bribe. Hyun-wook signals to Yoo-kyung, who then dials the number, and it turns out to be . . . Hyun-wook.

Hyun-wook answers his cell phone and exclaims, “Chef Totti!” and lets loose with his Italian. Seol looks shocked as Hyun-wook “talks” to Chef Totti. Handing the phone to Seol, Hyun-wook says that Totti wants to talk him. Of course, Seol refuses the call.

Red-faced, Seol then admits before the staff that yes, it was he who accepted the 10,000,000 won from Totti. Hyun-wook drags Seol down the stairs before the flabbergasted staff and San (who’s there having lunch with his sister), pins Seol against the stairwell and yells, “YOU FIRED!!!”

That night, Hyun-wook runs into Yoo-kyung in the lobby of their apartment building. In the elevator, he tells her to make pickles as if their customers were diabetic (without sugar). She meekly agrees.

Hyun-wook shakes his head at her inadequate response and lists off all that he’s done for her: proving her innocence, allowing her to be a cook, now letting her make pickles, and that’s all she has to say?

She impulsively kisses him on the cheek, much to his shock and hers.

COMMENTS

PICKLES! I decided to invent a drinking game for every time the word pickle was mentioned during this episode. Double shot if the speaker spits out “PICK-UL!!!” with the vein bulging out in his/her forehead. Needless to say, you’d be drunk halfway through the episode. Seriously people, if the profit margin at your Italian restaurant is declining by double digits because of the lack of pickles, it’s time to open a deli.

Superfluous Characters. I know all dramas are like this, but there are too many superfluous characters in Pasta – this means I’m mostly ignoring their scenes – this includes the fired female trio, Yoo-kyung’s father, San’s sister Kang. The fired female trio are filler and not even the funny kind. We get it, you were fired, you hate Hyun-wook, how dare Ho-nam not call?! As for Yoo-kyung’s father, I don’t really understand his purpose except that he fulfils the scrappy, but loveable, Korean ajusshi quota on the show. San’s sister is also kind of pointless. I know that she’s supposed to be a cougar – looking hot, chasing after Philip, saying outrageously suggestive things, but she’s really not all that provocative. Also, note to writers, having your sister tag try and score sex for you is just creepy and wrong.

The Tragic Secret. Now that we know what went wrong between Hyun-wook and Se-young, it’s a decent explanation of why Hyun-wook has this giant chip on his shoulder when it comes to women in the kitchen. Se-young betrayed him, and in a pretty big way. She undermined not only Hyun-wook, but herself. Fair or not, Hyun-wook views women cooks as inadequate and is suspicious of their success. For the most part, the female cooks at La Sfera confirmed his suspicions – Hee-joo plonking down the live lobsters on the customer’s table or Mi-hee making out with Ho-nam in the refrigerator reinforced his perceptions of women as talentless and fickle. As the drama progresses, Hyun-wook’s attitude towards women and their ability is beginning to change. When Yoo-kyung correctly guesses that the Italian Consul will order Vongole, he lets her prepare it, and turns it into a teachable moment.

Overall, however, I do think it’s misplaced anger. Hyun-wook should be pissed at Se-young, not all womankind. She totally sucks! I don’t care how badly she wanted to go to Rome. She’s a cheater and cheaters never prosper.

That about does it for my recap of Pasta Episode 5. Until next time, thanks for reading!

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81 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. les

    thanks for the recaps skimmy!
    and i’m with ya, Seon-kyun is just too cute

  2. samsooki

    Woah, Skimmy! Really nice job!

    Thanks a lot for the recap! I love your writing style. Very breezy, very well-written!

    pick-uls!

  3. Anonymous

    THANK! YOU! To skimmy who continued this recap and to JB who let this be posted in her site! Its such a pain to watch with no understanding at all but the two leads makes it worth the watch…

  4. asianromance

    Thanks for the recap! i actually found it more interesting than the actual episode!

  5. Anon

    Thank you so much for the recap!!! I love this drama and was really hoping to read some second opinions about them. Please continue!!!

  6. langdon813

    “We know they’re students because she’s wearing flannel.”

    This totally cracked me up! So true.

    Thanks for tackling the Pasta recaps; this drama just gets better with each episode. I think Hyun-wook and Yoo-kyung have the best, most natural chemistry I’ve seen since Shin Mi-rae and Jo Gook in City Hall.

    Looking forward to the next recap!!

  7. Kgrl

    Lols, I also find the side characters’ storylines rather pointless. But that doesn’t take away from the quality of acting, chemistry, and the marvelous script for the two leads. I seriously LOVE the amount to natural transitioning, and witty-unique dialogue in this drama. It reminds me of Coffee Prince.

  8. Amy

    You’re totally right about Hyunwook’s anger being displaced. I think the thing that irked me most about Pasta (up to episode 6-ish, since I didn’t continue after that) is that it really doesn’t try hard to make the displaced anger seem not sexist, because it is, and in a big way. Even though Hyunwook’s suspicion in women seems to be justified (Seyoung & the women in La Sfera, minus Yookyung), he himself still doesn’t seem to realize at this point that it’s not women who treated him badly, it’s Seyoung. And so the writers still seem to keep pushing at this notion of equating women with incompetence and pettiness, which I find really annoying and thus the reason I stopped watching.

  9. mel

    agreed asianromance agreed.
    there is a lot of fast forwarding in pasta

  10. 10 waterpaper

    I love your review.
    It is definitely MUCH funnier than the episode itself.
    Too many bits made me laugh out loud.
    Keep it up!!!!!!

  11. 11 Nancii

    wow!! great recap<3

    i'm soo excited that Pasta is on the recap list^^
    i 've watched all the eps in chinses subs alredy but i find myself reading these recaps!
    its great cuz u see things i dont~

    thanx again^^

  12. 12 kelela

    I was wondering who was going to take over and I am glad someone did!

    Been really enjoying this so far. I actually like Kang and Philip. Perhaps I’ve been watching ‘Still, Marry Me’ too much.

    Favorite line of the recap – “Flashback to 2005: Hyun-wook and Se-young are living an idyllic life as culinary students. We know they’re students because she’s wearing flannel.”

    Oh flannel. LOVE IT.

    In any case, very enjoyable recap. Can’t wait for more.

  13. 13 Cam

    Awwiiiess!

    I really enjoyed reading about the skim of PASTA (episode 5) — but it seems so fun and cute! Hehe!

    Thanks for the recaps! Bravo – Bravo! (grins)

  14. 14 gingeranna

    I wonder why they never have someone who can speak a decent italian in kdramas. Maybe I have found a way to go in Korea! I’ll do the italian cook-judge-whatever. :D

    LOL@the flannel sentence. It’s so true!

  15. 15 Zeph

    Oh my gosh, thank you so much!
    I’ve seen all the episodes of Pasta up to 10 (waiting for subs for 11 and 12), but I love reading recaps!
    Great job!
    (by the way, I LOVED the ending laugh that Hyun-wook did…that laugh doesn’t occur in the next episode, but it was at the end of this one. HILARIOUS.)

  16. 16 giddygirl108

    Thanks for taking this drama up! I’ve been itching to read more synopses :)

    Yeah, I totally agree with you on the weaknesses of the drama. It would be just so much stronger if the superfluous characters were done away with AND the reason for his woman-hate. I mean…that’s not even a strong reason at all. In fact, I can’t even think of a good reason except maybe if every single woman he’s run into up until this point was a crappy chef/cook/saboteur/etc. etc. etc. HELLLOOOO…any rational being could see that he should just be mad at Se-young.

  17. 17 momosan

    Thanks skimmy!

    ::flannel:: giggle-snort!

    Heck if I know why they can’t find a decent Italian speaker. I only speak cucina Italiana, and it had me rolling on the floor.

  18. 18 FRASH

    SKIMMY I LOVE YOU FOR PICKING THIS UP OKAY.
    LOVIN YOU FOREBAAAAHHHHHHHH

  19. 19 funkster316

    Thanks for the recaps! Great job! I do too adore this blog and all the recaps. I have been faithfully watching this drama-raws, chinese subs and later english subs. Of course the latter is the best for me but I do what I must do. Head Chef Lee Seon Kyung is awesome and Gong Hyo Jin kissing him on the check was adorable! Keep up the good work!

  20. 20 estel

    Who else thinks Seyoung is not only despicable, but annoying? What really gets my goat is that she has yet to apologize to Hyun-wook for what she did; she said it was a mistake, but that’s about it. If she wants him back, she should be groveling, not taunting him and walking around with that perpetually amused smirk on her face like HE’S the one being unreasonable. I’m definitely not a proponent of domestic violence, but I kinda wish he’d lose it just once and slug her, since I can’t. I really can’t stand her “holier than thou” attitude and the way she just won’t leave him alone.

    Thanks, Skimmy, for the recap! I think Pasta just keeps getting better with every episode, so I’m glad to see it back. :)

  21. 21 nabi

    Thanks for the recap Skimmy. It was very thorough..
    I agree with you on the side characters but they don’t get in the way too much because they only appear briefly. The love line between the long-haired chef and San’s sister annoys me a great deal cuz the guy can’t act. I just fastforward them. I’m glad I don’t see them together very often anymore.

  22. 22 snow

    good job, skimmy! this recap cracked me up. looking forward to your other recaps.

    pick-ul! LOL.

  23. 23 Alert

    thanks skimmy for the pick-ul recap!!!

    I’m skipping most parts you mentioned too, and I think this is the only drama that I could live by watching the two leads alone. And I particularly LOVE ‘Chep’ Hyun Wook’s surprise laugh after Yoo Kyung storms out of the elevator. That’s just too cute!!

  24. 24 Joanne

    nicely done! glad you’re picking up the recaps!

  25. 25 ghian

    OMG i’ve been waiting for this..
    i really need to watch it but i got to go to school
    _(gonna watch it later)_
    thank you skimmy :D

  26. 26 sukispop

    Skimmy, thanks for the great recap!

    You’re helping me keep my interest in this drama afloat…while I continue to wait for ViiKii’s release, later this month…

    …but the wait’s okay…because I’m really enjoying “Wish Upon a Star” in the meantime!

    I am looking forward to watching “Pasta”; the lead couple looks to make this all worthwhile.

  27. 27 pastafan

    I’ve been a big fan of this blog. I probably go to this site more often than facebook. Although I’m an avid reader of this blog, I have never really shown how much I appreciate the awesome work that JB and her guest bloggers produce. Until now. I got hooked on Pasta when JB first wrote about it on her blog. I was devastated when the recaps were discontinued. I searched everywhere for any translations on the episodes of Pasta. The search was fruitless forcing me to watch raw episodes. How agonizing it was not to understand the clever dialogues. Cutting to the chase, I’m super excited and greatly thankful for JB’s decision to have Skimmy continue with the recaps for Pasta. You made my day with this recap! Thank you thank you thank you!

  28. 28 Andromytta

    Great job, skimmy!

    I decided to apply your drinking game *hic cup* to reading your recap *hic cup*. I think I’m drunk! *lol* Just kidding, but if I had, I probably would be!

  29. 29 Toya

    @ skimmy

    You should have watched the scene where the dad came in after the egg vendor. He slaps the guy over the head and defends his daughter’s good name. It was cute, even if it was short.

  30. 30 moimoiness

    thank you so much for the recaps skimmy..
    since i couldn’t download ep.5 and 6, i’ll settle in for your recaps, which i guess is much fun than the episode (as noted by #10)..anyways, looking forward for your next recaps..
    and thank you jb for letting them recap pasta here on your blog! =D

  31. 31 maria

    “Flashback to 2005: Hyun-wook and Se-young are living an idyllic life as culinary students. We know they’re students because she’s wearing flannel.”

    ahh, wit. i think i’m gonna like you, skimmy! :D …thanks for the awesome recap (not to mention saving the Pasta recaps in toto!! *high five* for yooouuu! :D

  32. 32 jandoe

    this drama is just not workin’ for me, but i really wanna know what happens cos the leads have crazy chemistry going on. so thank you for choosing to recap pasta! :)

  33. 33 birdscout

    Fantastic job on the recap, skimmy! Is this the first time you’ve done one? because you’ve done an awesome job. Like many of the other readers here, I lol’d about the flannel! Thank you!!!

  34. 34 Asmaa

    hey that was very well written.. i enjoyed reading it

    thanks :)

  35. 35 yen_nguyen

    I have already finished ep 12.
    Pasta is getting better and better, the drama bring me peaceful feeling. I do like both chef, Seo Kyung and Alex
    And highly apprrociate your hard work, pasta was not very great at some episodes but since ep 9, I have been attdicted to it.
    thanks again.

  36. 36 serendipity

    Nice! Congratulations and thanks, skimmy, for an insightful and funny recap. Enjoyed it very much! You capture its charm, without glossing over its (mostly entertaining) faults. Nice work!

  37. 37 xylo

    your recap was just too cute. so was the episode, i suppose, but loved reading about it. :)

  38. 38 alexk

    thank you for not giving up on this drama!

  39. 39 pongs

    Hi skimmy, totally slurped up your recap! (bad pun here..) On the whole, the sister and Philip scenes always leave me cringing, but I like how their spending most of the drama showing only Yoo Kyung and Hyun Wook. Love their bits. I kept playing them over and over again because it’s too cute seeing Yoo Kyung giggle and blush and skip around like a little girl. Too Cute.

  40. 40 cheanne

    Wow!!! When I saw the pasta icon in the work in progress I am hopeful……Yesssss!!!! …..Thanks you very much…..Your recap is wonderful.

  41. 41 ceso

    This is very well written. Thanks for continuing Pasta.

  42. 42 sscrumb

    I thoroughly enjoyed your recap. You have a winning writing style. Looking forward to your next Pasta recap.

  43. 43 Anonymous

    Thank You…… Skimmy. I am really enjoying the drama….. Love your recap, very refreshing.

  44. 44 Emeldy

    Thank You…… Skimmy. I am really enjoying the drama….. Love your recap, very refreshing.

  45. 45 thnhni

    Yay! Yay! Yay! Thank you so much for continuing the recaps for Pasta!

  46. 46 lawababy

    Finally………….thanks for the recap. Been waiting for it for sometime since now i cannot watch on viikii as its only for translators.

    Really really hope that you can recap the subsequent episodes soon…………cant wait to know what happens next.

    Once again…………….THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. 47 michelle

    thanks for recapping! i had missed the pasta recaps,, and yours is witty and well-written (:

    and is it just me, or does honey lee Suck at acting? i understand that she is to play the role of thoughtless, conniving, second-lead love interest, but … my distaste for her acting goes beyond her role.
    she has really been starting to bug me with her smug smiles, Esp when that smug smile appears in a situation in which it clearly doesn’t belong.

    and she just has the same expression for every. single. scenario.
    ahhhhhh!

  48. 48 lynx

    Just going to take part in the accolades and say – Fab job, at times I thought I was reading JB do the recaps.

    You picked out the key sequences, linked them and drew out the thematic responses to them. That’s what I enjoy most about reading recaps – not a summary but to hear the perspective of another and see if there was a concurrence / resonance in the significant portions. :) 5/5 stars!

    Totally enjoyable – and I look forward to your next recap!

  49. 49 Renee

    Just want to join in & say–great job on the recap! Witty, fun, & thorough, and I can’t wait to read more from you. Have put Pasta on the to-watch list.

  50. 50 suzana

    wow…good job. i feel like i’m watching it not reading it….very thorough….keep it up

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