Drama Recaps
Wish Upon a Star: Episode 13
by | February 22, 2010 | 96 Comments

Yay, it’s back! I suppose absence does make the heart grow fonder, because a week off with no new Wish Upon a Star episodes really whetted my appetite for a new one today.

Also: I’ve been meaning to mention it for a while now, but I love baby Nami. Often the baby of a drama is just a prop, but the little boy playing Nam has this habit of doing really cute things in the background that may go unnoticed upon first watch. In scenes when he’s just supposed to be in the background, he’ll bounce in his chair or clap or give these really adorable looks. Hilarious!


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Kang-ha makes his proposal to extend the terms of her contract, feeling rather pleased with himself. But Pal-gang is stunned at the change of heart and swoops in close to look at him face to face. She asks, puzzled, “Extend… the contract…?” He retorts that it’s not that complicated to understand, but Pal-gang, still unable to make sense of this, gulps down the tea she’d brought for him and chokes.

When she can speak again, she asks how long an extension he is suggesting. Kang-ha replies, “How about we start with three months, then consult later about further extensions?” Pal-gang stammers at this windfall, nearly rendered speechless. But she isn’t so surprised that she forgets what’s really important! “We have to rewrite the contract.”

Kang-ha obliges by writing a very basic contract, but this time she repeats his old comments about being specific — they have to stipulate the time period, the parties involved, the conditions, everything! (Kang-ha looks put out to have his generous gesture marred by such a forward-thinking Pal-gang, hehe.)

She adds hopefully, “You suggested extending the contract first, which means that you’re satisfied with my work as your live-in housekeeper. So that means that if you raise my salary, I’d have the desire to work even harder…”

Seeing Kang-ha’s expression, Pal-gang backs off, admitting that she’s probably pushing it. They can leave out that last part, since he’s already housing and feeding her siblings. She had been hoping for an increase of 20,000 or 30,000 won (daily? weekly?), so when he asks, “Will 100,000 won do?” she practically weeps with happiness.

Pal-gang walks down in a daze with her contract, which makes Tae-kyu jump to the conclusion that Kang-ha has given her a hard time again. Instead, she exults at the three-month extension, and Tae-kyu excitedly joins her in celebration, jumping up and down. Of course, the jumping causes the water in his cup to splash all over her face — LOL! I love it.

As in a prior episode, we see that Pal-gang is more moved by Kang-ha’s kindness than she’d like to let on. She gives herself a firm reminder:

Pal-gang: “Jin Pal-gang, you’re a live-in maid. Even if they see you as a pushover and play jokes with you, just let them. Got it? You can’t bat an eyelash. Hold the kids’ hands tightly, and look ahead to your way out. Just look ahead. Don’t look back at anyone. Not anyone.”

Tae-kyu celebrates with the kids and Grandpa Jung. Cho-rok puts the idea into Tae-kyu’s head (which he hadn’t even considered) that Kang-ha’s act was actually for Tae-kyu’s benefit. Since Tae-kyu is determined to marry Pal-gang, Kang-ha must be allowing the extension so he can give the matter serious consideration. Tae-kyu eagerly accepts this idea.

At work, Pal-gang’s supervisor tells Jae-young that Pal-gang has signed five policies. Instead of being impressed, however grudgingly, Jae-young says that the clients must have just felt pity for her. I HATE JAE-YOUNG.

She spots Kang-ha’s mother at the front desk as the older woman tries to wrangle Kang-ha’s home address from the receptionist. Jae-young takes her aside for a chat, telling her openly that she heard about her relationship with Kang-ha from her mother. She’s also frank about loving Kang-ha and offers to help.

That evening, Pal-gang receives a call from Jang-soo, her friendly JK colleague who is looking into her parents’ accident. Grandpa overhears the conversation, so she shares the oddities of the case, saying that according to Jang-soo there are signs that her parents may have been intentionally targeted.

That gets the wheels in Grandpa’s head turning, and he gets up to go home. Of course, he can’t say he’s going to his fancy mansion, so he tells Pal-gang that he’ll stake out a spot for collecting primo junk in the morning. Pal-gang suggests that once she sets up her own place, he should live with her family. Then he won’t have to sneak in and out like he does here. It’s sweet.

At home, the chairman asks Min-kyung specific questions about the Jins. Did she know that he was going to give the man a hospital to run, and that the couple died? Min-kyung answers honestly, even admitting that she knew that the dead couple had children. However she makes it seem like the only reason she didn’t bother doing anything to help was because she thought the family would be fine. We, on the other hand, know that she purposely ordered their house demolished (as they were technically the landlords).

She is pretty frank about admitting that she felt wrong about the chairman ignoring In-gu for the Jins. She has always felt sorry that it was because he disliked that his son married her.

She lies to his last question, however, about whether she had ever met the Jins. She says no, then warns her husband that he should also answer no in the future. In-gu remembers seeing the couple at the hospital when they visited the comatose chairman. He thinks their deaths were a fortunate accident (for them), which indicates that he is unaware of any foul play. But Min-kyung says that it’s easier to answer that they never saw the couple.

That night, Pal-gang looks up at the skies with Nam, pointing out the biggest one. She suggests that they name it after Kang-ha, in thanks for letting them stay.

Pa-rang shuffles into the room, having difficulty falling asleep, and asks his sister for permission to sleep in Kang-ha’s room. Pal-gang tells him to go back to their own room, but Pa-rang persists, saying that if he says he’s sleepwalking, Kang-ha won’t mind.

With that, Pa-rang sneaks into the upstairs bedroom, drawing the blanket over a sleeping Kang-ha. Hilariously, when Kang-ha’s eyes open, Pa-rang immediately snaps his gaze up at the ceiling and pretends he’s sleepwalking.

Kang-ha: “Are you sleepwalking right now, or not?”
Pa-rang: “I’m sleepwalking.”
Kang-ha: “Would someone who’s sleepwalking answer that he’s sleepwalking?”
Pa-rang (a little shifty-eyed): “I would.”
Kang-ha: “You’re conscious, aren’t you?”
Pa-rang: “No, I’m not. I’m sleeping right now.”

Amused, Kang-ha invites the boy up. Pa-rang grins happily before he recalls that he’s supposed to be sleepwalking, then does his fake zombie-walk to the foot of the bed. Climbing in, he makes sure to request, “Please don’t kick me!” as he settles in to sleep.

So. Cute.

In the morning, Tae-kyu bounds over to his uncle and hugs Kang-ha, thanking him for drawing out Pal-gang’s contract, assuming that it was for Tae-kyu’s benefit. Jun-ha hears about this for the first time, just as Pa-rang emerges from washing in Kang-ha’s bathroom. All are appalled — he’s not allowed there! But Pa-rang just answers, “Mr. Lawyer ajusshi told me to.” Everyone gives Kang-ha bewildered looks.

Pal-gang has prepared a big breakfast, replete with three different soups, one to suit each man’s taste. For the first time, they feel sorry for making extra work for her, but she replies that she’s used to it now. Jun-ha offers to buy her lunch in thanks (which earns him a sideways glance from Kang-ha) but Pal-gang declines, citing a client meeting.

And through this all, Tae-kyu reacts with glee — he thinks they’re all being nice to Pal-gang purely out of love for him. Oh, to live in Tae-kyu’s misguided head!

A couple minor points at work aren’t too important now, but will surely be featured later:

(1) Eun-mal is relieved of her bathroom-cleaning duties. Recall that in a previous episode, Eun-mal had recognized Grandpa Jung as the JK CEO, and he had asked for her to keep his identity a secret. She had taken advantage of this opportunity to ask to be relieved of bathroom duty. When Pal-gang congratulates Eun-mal for her quasi-promotion, Eun-mal unthinkingly replies, “It’s thanks to you!” before catching her slip.

(2) Jang-soo is making headway in the car crash investigation, and now Jin-ju is starting to warm to him. In fact, today she offers to treat him to lunch — although it’s not so much buying lunch as it is using a lunch coupon on him. Haha.

During the lunch hour, Pal-gang meets with new clients from the company of Jun-ha’s ex, whose name I still don’t know and will therefore be referring to as Jae-young’s Clone. Clonelady takes advantage of this opportunity to test out her own theory, and invites Jun-ha over and mentions that Pal-gang is here.

Meanwhile, she invites Pal-gang to try on clothes that her wedding-planning company can use on their website. Naturally, this is just a ruse to have her looking pretty and bridal when Jun-ha arrives.

Clonemistress tells Jun-ha that she wants to confirm whether or not he’s really “caught in a trap” — i.e., in love with Pal-gang. If he is, she’ll know to let go. (Why the heck seeing a girl in a bridal dress should give anyone proof of one’s feelings is a mystery to me, but these possessive women are hardly operating on pure common sense, yeah?)

Jun-ha is surprised to see Pal-gang dressed thusly, but he does look upon her with some admiration. Afterward, he continues to offer to buy lunch, which she continues to decline.

Finally, he asks why she’s avoiding him. Perhaps he’s expecting a simple, silly answer that he can easily refute, but her reply utterly dumbfounds him: “Why are you going this far just because of your brother?” She admits that when she was Useless Miss Jin she was oblivious, but now she has started to pick up on things — she knows he’s not acting interested in her because he really feels this way. She assures him, “Don’t worry about me. Your brother is treating me this way out of pity, so you don’t have to do this.” (I was considering two possibilities: either she means Jun-ha is doing this out of pity, or to sway her away from Kang-ha. Her last statement suggests the latter.)

Not in his wildest dreams did he expect her to have caught on to the truth, and he asks, “Then what about your feelings? You liked my brother for a long time. Now that his feelings are starting to change, aren’t your feelings coming back?” She thinks about it, then answers, “No. It’s been a long time since I have been over him.” She cut off those feelings with her hair — so Jun-ha doesn’t have to do this.

Jun-ha blocks her exit, not buying that she could really stop caring just because she decided to. Pal-gang counters that it worked for her, “But it must not work for you.” He wonders what that means.

Pal-gang: “I thought it was strange that you were suddenly acting this way. I thought, why is he acting like he likes me all of a sudden? And I realized the truth.”
Jun-ha: “What is it?”
Pal-gang: “That you’re someone who loves in quite an unusual way.”
Jun-ha: “What do you mean?”
Pal-gang: “You said to Tae-kyu that the most loving thing to do for someone who doesn’t love you is to not love them back. Isn’t it odd? How could you have gone so long without being found out?”

Jun-ha has been caught, but he tries for one last bid to deny it. Grabbing her, he demands, “What are you saying?!”

She answers, “If you want to keep from being discovered, you should stop with this. If you don’t, anyone who’s not a fool will catch on.” This angers him even more — his growing agitation contrasting with her cool composure — and for the first time, he actually uses rude language with her: “Who the hell are you to think you know anything about me?”

Wow, there’s some real over-emoting going on here. It’s okay, Shin Dong-wook, I still love you. Even though you seem to be acting in alternate-universe version of this drama called Temptation of a Star Falling From the Sky.

She answers, “I want to pretend I don’t know. If someone like me catches on, those two will have to find out. Lawyer Won and Ms. Jung are both smart.” A bit desperately, Jun-ha tells her to stop spouting nonsense: “My behavior towards you has nothing to do with my brother or Jae-young.”

But Pal-gang reminds him that she pined after someone for five years. “So I know what it looks like to look at the person you love who doesn’t love you back. How painful and sad that is. I saw that in the mirror every day.” She adds, “No matter who you love or how, it doesn’t matter to me. But please don’t use me. That makes me too pathetic.”

(I didn’t think Jun-ha’s feelings for Jae-young were such a secret, so I’m not sure the huge reaction here is warranted. But I suppose it’s a shock to realize that Pal-gang — whom Jun-ha may like but still underestimates as being a silly girl — is aware that his act with her is faked.)

Kang-ha’s mother is happy to take up Jae-young’s offer for “help” — i.e., money — and meets her again to receive her payoff. Mom comments that Kang-ha doesn’t seem interested in Jae-young, and for all her horrible parenting skills, she’s actually pretty sharp about her son’s emotional state: “He’s someone who can’t bear the thought that my blood and his father’s runs in his veins. That’s why he doesn’t want to give love to other people.”

For the first time, there’s the teeniest hint that Mom has a heart as she confides that Kang-ha suffered not only with a mother like her but because of his father. Once when he was in grade school, he came to her with a bruised face and begged to live with her. Thinking he’d let others beat him up like a sissy, she had been upset with him, but he admitted that his father had hit him because he didn’t call Jun-ha’s mother “Mom.”

Jae-young worries about what to do, since Kang-ha doesn’t return her feelings. Apparently the words “GIVE UP” don’t register with her. Perhaps thinking to gain an ally, Mom asks, “Do you know that Kang-ha has an Achilles heel?”

Another adorable Pa-rang/Kang-ha scene!

Kang-ha has a new, state-of-the-art computer installed, and an interested Pa-rang watches him test it out. Thinking he’s being sly, Pa-rang asks what will happen to Kang-ha’s old laptop. Kang-ha knows what he’s getting at but has a little fun of his own, and answers that he’ll throw it away.

Pa-rang asks, “Can you give it to me?” Kang-ha answers no, because the boy’s only going to play games on it, and Pa-rang pouts.

And yet, when he races downstairs, he presents his siblings with his new acquisition: Kang-ha gave him the computer! He’s all proud of himself and takes credit for being smart enough to convince Kang-ha to let him have it. In fact, he promised to shine his shoes every day!

Of course, No-rang points out that they do that already. This makes Pa-rang wonder why Kang-ha would have “sold” the computer for that price. He races back upstairs to ask Kang-ha why.

Bursting into Kang-ha’s room, Pa-rang points out that they already shine his shoes every day. Did he forget to add a stipulation? He requests, “Please give me another task. I can’t just take this for free.”

Kang-ha, naturally, doesn’t care about getting anything back from Pa-rang and offers to think about it later. Pa-rang is eager to earn his computer, so he offers to massage Kang-ha’s back, ignoring his protests. Kang-ha complains that it hurts — but of course Pa-rang thinks he’s just exaggerating.

Annoyed, Kang-ha returns the favor to prove his point that the massage is more painful than refreshing. It’s like two monkeys wrestling. No, like two monkeys imitating a girlfight. I love it!

All the while, Pal-gang watches in amusement. Of course, she understands that Kang-ha is just giving the computer away, and smiles in appreciation.

Ms. Clone watches Jun-ha drinking that night, and wonders at this new side of him. Why is he acting like this?

Jun-ha is working through his own confusion — he’d been sure his real feelings would never be discovered: “But that woman… she found out.” Before, he had thought he’d die at being discovered, but instead he feels relieved. The significance is not lost on him: “There’s one woman in the world who knows what I’m really like. Why does that comfort me?” Yeah, his face looks as comforted as someone battling a bout of hemorrhoids.

When he returns home that night, Pal-gang smells the liquor on his breath and brings him some comforting honey tea. He apologizes for talking to her rudely before, and stops her from leaving to explain that she was right (about him pursuing her with false intentions): “That was true at the start. But increasingly, it feels like that’s not all there is.”

Pal-gang: “I’m not the sister to the children. We stayed at a sauna when we had nowhere to go, and the day that we came to live in this house, I cut my hair in the bathroom. I told myself in the mirror, ‘You’re not a woman anymore. You’re just a mother.’ I didn’t come to this house as a woman. I came as a mother to them, so they wouldn’t freeze to death in the street. So at the office, please treat me like an employee, and in this house, treat me like your maid. That’s the way to help me live as I want, as their mother.”

She bids him good night.

Tae-kyu is uncomfortable with Pal-gang visiting Jun-ha’s room late at night, even if it’s just to help. After all, he recognizes that Jun-ha is popular with the ladies, too. (Not that he’s jealous!, he assures.)

Jun-ha reminds Tae-kyu that she only thinks of him as a sibling. When Tae-kyu starts making excuses, Jun-ha grows impatient and cuts him off: “If Pal-gang appears as a woman to you, she can to me, too.”

Tae-kyu bursts in to Kang-ha’s room: “I think he’s crazy!” Understanding that Jun-ha has essentially thrown his gauntlet into the ring to fight for Pal-gang, Tae-kyu is thrown into a panic. Jun-ha can’t feel that way about someone Tae-kyu proposed to! He sobs, “This is a betrayal!”

Kang-ha is surprised, but he just tells him to go to bed. Even though Kang-ha doesn’t show an outward reaction, I’m sure Tae-kyu’s pained reaction to the “betrayal” isn’t lost on him.

In the morning, Tae-kyu faces his uncle with determination. Fine, if he wants to compete with him, he’ll take his stand — he won’t step back! After all, he’s a man too!

(Hilariously, Pa-rang misunderstands and asks if someone thought he was a girl. Tae-kyu fans himself in outrage, in an unintentionally girlish gesture.)

At the breakfast table, Jun-ha requests that Pal-gang serve him the same food as Kang-ha from now on. Not one to be one-upped, Tae-kyu hurriedly follows suit. This means she no longer has to make three breakfasts. (No-rang beams proudly at this generous display. Cho-rok grumbles that Tae-kyu agreed too. Pa-rang says they’re all following Kang-ha since he’s the best.)

At work, Kang-ha’s mother forces her way into Kang-ha’s office, a few moments before Jun-ha also enters. This is awkward, and forces Kang-ha to meet with his mother separately to keep her away from Jun-ha.

Mom finds it interesting that Kang-ha is so accommodating in front of Jun-ha when he should really hate him. After all, Kang-ha’s older but Jun-ha’s the legitimate son. Kang-ha answers that it’s because Jun-ha is “the only son of my mother.” It’s a confusing statement until he clarifies that he’s referring to the woman he actually considers as his mother (i.e., his stepmother). He warns, “Don’t think to approach my mother’s precious son.”

In any case, Mom announces that she’s returning to the U.S. This surprises Kang-ha since he didn’t give her any money — until she says she met Jae-young. Immediately he knows that she took money from her, which infuriates him.

Angry and hurt, Kang-ha rises and grits out icily, “We’d better not see each other again.”

Next, he confronts Jae-young and asks how she could dare to interfere in his life. How much did she give his mother? He’ll pay.

Jae-young refuses to answer, because she’s the person he’s going to marry — his mother’s problems are therefore her own. Casually, she mentions the fact that Jun-ha doesn’t know about them having separate mothers. Thus her next comment comes as a veiled threat: “The most important person in the world to you is your brother, right?”

His eyes widen as he comprehends her threat, and she issues her ultimatum: If Kang-ha marries Jae-young, she can carry his secret to the grave. But if not, “then I have no reason to keep that secret.” She offers to give him time to think it over — “but don’t make me wait too long”

Because we didn’t hate her enough already, right?

A small clue is revealed in the whole “Who is Chairman Jung’s long-lost grandchild?” mystery. He looks through the Jin family photo album, his eye drawn to an old photo of two women holding their babies. One woman is Pal-gang’s mother, but the other woman niggles at his memory. Pulling out a photo, he compares the old one with the newer one of his lost grandson’s mother.

This makes me consider two possibilities:

(1) Is this other woman the true mother, and somehow Pal-gang’s mother took over the care of Pal-gang? Mama Jin did say that the chairman’s older son was Pal-gang’s birth father.
(2) Perhaps the rumors of the pregnant single mother were about Pal-gang’s mother, but the investigators confused her with the other lady? It looks possible that there were two similar cases of single mothers giving birth around the same time.

Jang-soo is almost done tracking down all the persons of interest regarding the Jins’ car accident. Jin-ju accompanies him on his stakeout, and Pal-gang drops by to bring them snacks.

Jang-soo recognizes a man walking by as his quarry, and tries to ask him questions about the truck he was driving the night of the accident. The man understands what this is about and therefore aggressively denies being in the area that night.

In case you didn’t recognize him, he’s the shady man hired by Min-kyung to do her dirty work. He calls her that night to warn her that a JK investigator has been asking around. He’s confident that he didn’t leave clues at the scene of the accident, but it’s unnerving that Jang-soo was able to find him in the first place.

Min-kyung orders the man to disappear immediately — do not surface until she contacts him again.

After his wretched day, Kang-ha drinks aggressively that night at the jazz bar. This spins him back into a flashback — one that’s rather confusing, I must say.

In it, the young girl asks, “Do you hate me so much? But what can we do about it? Even so, just deal with it. I’ll go first. Come soon, okay?”

(I recall that Shin Dong-wook played Jun-ha’s younger self in a previous flashback — making him seem like a young man, not a child — so the young age of childhood Kang-ha here is confusing. Either the ages of these actors are all effed up, or this is his mother? I dunno.)

As Kang-ha emerges from this painful memory, Jun-ha and Jae-kyung join him at the table. She’s in a great mood, and announces that Kang-ha has agreed to consider the marriage seriously. Unsurprisingly, Jae-young (hateful wench) is the only one pleased with the news.

Being cornered into this decision is supremely aggravating for Kang-ha, who wanders the streets afterward and screams out his frustration to the river.

When Pal-gang comes home that night, she finds Kang-ha sitting on the front steps, in the cold. She can smell the liquor on his breath and helps him to his feet.

Looking at her intently, he lurches toward her and holds her to him. He asks despairingly, “I tried living again, because of you. I tried to start over with life, but now… now what am I supposed to do?”


On the surface, this ending is pretty similar to the ending of Episode 11, so my first impression was, “This again?” But now that I think about it, I like the similarity, because it highlights how the emotions this time are actually vastly different. Back then, he was struggling to admit he had any feelings for her at all, while dealing with anger at the sudden appearance of his mother. His action was, therefore, angry and charged.

Here, it’s a sadder moment because he had been allowing himself to hope for better things, and now finds himself trapped by Jae-young. I was thinking all episode long that I really like how Kang-ha has approached his “courtship” of Pal-gang, in that he hasn’t been aggressive and burdensome. Not like, say, Tae-kyu and Jun-ha. Aside from his two sudden hugs, he hasn’t pressured her to doing anything, and has been letting things go slowly. That’s why I like that he asked for a contract extension — he wasn’t jumping the gun by telling her to live with him forever or marry him, like Tae-kyu did. He recognizes that he’s developing feelings, but he’s figuring things out for himself before he makes any grand decisions.

That’s why his reaction at the end of this episode is so sad — it’s like taking away hope from someone who’s just learned what hope is.

Stupid hateful wench.

(By the way, in case you’re confused with all this mystery surrounding birth secrets and long-lost family members — you’re not alone. I’m so confused with who is supposed to be whose grandchild/brother/mother that I’m just going with it at this point and trying not to think too hard. Just as long as it all makes sense in the end…)


96 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Molly

    First. 🙂 I’ve been waiting for this all night; thank you! I have to stop getting distracted from studying, but Dramabeans is sooo worth it. Can’t call it a distraction. More of a…literary exploration? late-night indulgence? I don’t know how to say it, but anyway, thanks again!

  2. natureii

    this episode explained a lot about Kang Ha
    cant wait for next episode

    thanks for the recap!!

  3. tea

    The scene where Palgang confronts Junha about his motivations were so ambiguous and Junha reacted so violently to something so obvious, it almost seemed plausible that Palgang had discovered Junha was harboring a secret illicit love for his brother.

    All these machinations, it’s all to keep Kangha to himself!

  4. Pandah

    (First time posting – yay =D)

    Thanks always for these recaps. They’re so much fun to read!

    I second that “Stupid hateful wench” statement! It’s really hard not to fast forward anytime she comes on the screen haha. Can’t wait for the next episode ^^

  5. balletbabeanna

    Thanks for the recap javabeans. This is was a good episode after a looooooong week’s wait.

  6. tina

    i love this drama its light and fun with a little bit of drama
    i find myself liking mondays now
    last week was torture though

    grrrr. jae-young, no offense but her character is so annoying. she should learn a thing or two from her clone. although they’re both messed up at least the clone is willing to let junha go or considering to let him go

    she should build and GET OVER IT, i mean come on.

  7. lovewls


  8. stripes&jazz

    Ravishing review and analysis. Insightful– I cannot wait to watch for tm’s ep!

  9. ausming

    yes yes yes, that’s how I felt about the ending – liked that it was similar in ending as epi 11, but treated with different emotions fr both KH and PG. Thanks for the recap, enjoyed it heaps!

  10. 10 stripes&jazz


    What on earth??? Hahaha

  11. 11 bbm

    thak you JB, i’ve been waiting for this since this morning…
    i haven’t watched the episodes, but from your recap alone the scene with Pa-rang fake sleepwalking to sleep on Kang Ha’s bed is just too cute… i find myself AWW-ing at the end of the paragraph… LOL

  12. 12 bbm

    when i comment i haven’t seen your comment, LOL at your perspective… in an odd way i also kinda feel Junha is in love with his brother, LOL

    so Junha didn’t know Kangha wasn’t his biological brother??
    what if he secretly knows and that’s why all the secret love… LOL XD

  13. 13 poo

    oooh finally! thnx a lot! That was grt…kang ha is getting nicer day by day…i hope pal gang shud quit her <>…she doesn’t need to be like dat if she getz kang ha…dey both can work it just fine if they get together…but i guess ll ve to wait 4 dat til d end…^^

  14. 14 poo

    oooh finally! thnx a lot! That was grt…kang ha is getting nicer day by day…i hope pal gang shud quit her ‘ i am not a woman and just a mother ‘…she doesn’t need to be like dat if she getz kang ha…dey both can work it just fine if they get together…but i guess ll ve to wait 4 dat til d end…^^

  15. 15 diakosiocla

    Let’s all just watch Nami and forget about the confusing relationships/interrelationships and strange age flashbacks!

  16. 16 Kukilas

    Thanks for the wonderful recap, Javabeans!

    I missed this series so much last week so I have been really looking forward to your recap of episode 13. Palgang continues to impress me with how levelheaded she is becoming and Jae Young continues to make me want to drive a stake through her cold, icy heart. She is just amazingly deluded.

    On a side note, your comment about Shin Dong Wook’s overacting from Temptation of a Star Falling From the Sky had me ROFL. 🙂

  17. 17 ghian

    oh i love it thank you very much dramabeans i’ve been expecting it since yesterday….grrrrrrrggrr that jaeyoung i hate her really….the last part is so romantic! “I tried living again, because of you.” I tried to start over with life, but now… now what am I supposed to do?”oh so sweet and touching!!!
    😀 thanks again i’ll be waiting for ep 14!!

  18. 18 ghian

    oh i agree with kang ha really gets nicer day by day but because of that jaeyoung i think he’ll need to leave palgang….how annoying jaeyoung’s character is!!!

  19. 19 Maria Bean

    I just simply luv Pal Gang response to KH proposal for an extension…dumbfounded that she has to drink the water that she bought for him & d rewriting of the contract, so funny that all this waiting is really worth it!!

  20. 20 nitnotzz

    I’m really truly madly confused about Kang-Ha and the long-hair flashback girl relationship… 🙁 I forget which episode, but that’s exactly the same girl from Jun-Ha flashback (they were sitting in the swing), right??! can’t wait for more episodes to come….*sigh*

  21. 21 cinderella

    JB, after watching the episode I tuned in for your take on the earlier episode and turns out, you are as confused to this turn of events as the rest of us… And here I was hoping that you would clear the confusion like you always do.

    In any case, thank you so much for still clearing up some scenes whereas I found myself scratching my head. Thank you! I can’t believe that there’s only 7 episodes left, I was really hoping to see how the ‘evil’ family would react to Pal-Kang’s real identity earlier in the drama. But no worries, better late than never.

    Once again, thank you for blessing us with your enlightening recaps!

  22. 22 tea

    …I was just kidding. 🙂 What can I say, tho? I’m a fan of bromance.

  23. 23 trixicopper

    Thank you another great recap!

    I am a charter member of the HATE Jae Young Club! This girl is delusional to the point where she should be in an institution! You have to wonder what color the sky is in her world.

    PaRang, is that kid cute or what? Fake sleepwalking LOL!

    That last scene totally got me. So sad and romantic. I really felt sorry for the poor guy!

  24. 24 goldenlotus

    Ah.. I keep telling myself not to get so worked up in anticipation of these “dramas”~!! But I find myself here again, waiting to see you reaction to what confirm what I just saw. I can’t believe we had a week with out SFTS, but then again one more episode until we have to wait another week! Doh.

    Off to finish hw and to bed. Be back tomorrow!

  25. 25 anastassia



    Addicted in insane way already. Even YAB can’t make me watch the raw.

    Thanks so much.

  26. 26 emeldy

    Temptation of a Star Falling From the Sky .. LoL

  27. 27 JAM

    Thanks Javabeans for such a quick recap. I have to say this falls below my expectations. The drama was building up quite nicely and then this… Hmm…Its not too bad but its not maintaining the climb. Just plateau-ing out. Maybe its letting us catch our breath a little first. 😀 My fav scene is the one with Kang-ha and the boy. So cute! Ok, onward to Ep 14!

  28. 28 morfhin05

    Finally!!!! The long wait is owwwver… I love this episode because Kang really get nicer…. Im very confused on Pal gang ang Jung Ha conversation it really bothers me! Is Jung ha a gay he was in on his brother,because thats the first impression you will get in their conversation because there is no name given or may be he is in love on Jae-young.. I Dont know it is a wild guess…

    I always love the ending because it makes me want to read and wait moreeeee….

    Thanks for the recap JAVABEAN cant wait to another episode…. PEACE OUT….^_^

  29. 29 fudgeroo

    The scene between Jun-ha and Pal-gang right after the typical love realization from seeing a female lead in a wedding dress must have made the episode for me. Sure, the cute moments between Kang-ha and Pa-rang can never be shoved aside, but within this scene, Pal-gang further proved her maturity.
    Not only has she shown us evidence of her maturity through her work ethics and through her somewhat (maybe overly?) repetitive verbal statements of “I am now a mother,” Pal-gang calls for a new level of respect when she puts Jun-ha in his place.
    I love how the scene relieves me from the pressure of having to demote Shin Dong-Wook’s Jun-ha character into the “ignorant” field.
    The only problem that I had with this scene would be the apparent overacting. Was the outburst really necessary for us to understand his feelings? Must he express cringe-worthy emotions that were not appropriate for the scene nor his character?

  30. 30 kay

    love LOVE this episode!

    the comment about SDW acting like he’s in temptation of a star falling from the sky had me laughing so bad

  31. 31 ColleenF-H

    I am digging this drama, but I don’t understand why people think that KH and JH aren’t brothers?! They have the same father but different mothers (supposedly), that makes them brothers. The reason I say supposedly different mothers is because KH pointedly says that there is only one mother. I think he has been trying to protect JH from feeling abdoned by their mother.

    I have to agree about the description of JY she is just evil and nasty … the way things are going she is not going to have either brother by the time this show ends.

  32. 32 mymymai

    “Stupid Hateful Wench”! lmao! That seems to sum her up pretty well. I love that they’ve not forgotten the comedic elements in this drama, especially when the melodrama picks up. Oddly enough, Clonemistress is actually more likable than Jae-young because she is allowing her employees to meet Pal Gang (instead of being petty) and creating confrontations with Junha (to work through her feelings for him). I can’t wait til the next episode! 😛

  33. 33 icechocolate

    She said that she is not a woman anymore, but she is a mother. And I feel a little gesture of Kang Ha that he approaches Pal Gang (and her siblings) as father not a man.

    If I’m not mistaken, Pa Rang said that he used to sleep with dad, and when he massaged Kang Ha, he said that his dad love his massage. He simply treat Kang Ha as his dad.

    And I’m confuse with the girl with long hair too. Is it his mom or his girlfriend?

    Anyway, thanks a lot for your recaps. Yesterday I hesitate to visit your site, because I’m afraid I just found another announcement of delaying this drama again. Thankfully it didn’t happen. This day is not Kim Yuna day, is it? I read somewhere that Kim Yuna will perform in Wednesday, Korean time.

  34. 34 onelove

    Thanks Javabeans. Thank you for having it this fast. I thought I would have to wait for some more days to read this recap as it usually took some days for the recaps of this series to be posted. This episode and your recap are both wonderful. Thanks again. We are all looking forward to the next ones 🙂

  35. 35 Vanessa

    Great that I found 2 more ppl that had the same impression I did about the Jun Ha/Pal Kang scene, it truly looks like the one Jun Ha really love is his brother instead of Jae young, and that just make his character even more interesting, anyway I’ll root for him until the end even though he wont get the girl just like every second male leader in any korean drama I watched before :”(.

  36. 36 snap

    i’m confused if kang ha and jun ha are half brothers or not. i thought at first they have the same mother (that horrible hag). oh well, gotta wait and see… nami stole the show, lol! i love him and pa rang.

    about that flashback with kang ha and the girl…does anyone else think she might be their sister? tae gyu’s mom?

    thanks for the recap!

  37. 37 Ellie

    Thanks Javabeans!!
    What a wonderful recap! I hope the writers will make it all fit like a good jigsaw puzzle in the end.
    Can’t wait for the next episode!

  38. 38 anjell

    i totally abhor jae young…

    love nami ^^

  39. 39 D

    TQ for recap.. ried to watch last night, but horrorrrr.. no SBS on LS…

    i really really like the Grandpa Jung… i now declare him as my new favourite araboji
    (sorry, Grandpa Song).

    hopefully Pal-gang won’t be too upset when she finds out his true identity.

  40. 40 yk

    thanks so much…i love how you point out things you dont understand because i wasnt sure if i was the only confused one

  41. 41 @lfani

    hmm.. this is what I think about that “long haired young girl”
    I think, she’s Junha’s mom.
    The first scene when she appeared, that was when Junha was like maybe in college or something… but I thought it was presented in a really confusing way which makes me think that she’s a past crush.
    But now after the second appearance, I think it make sense that that “young girl” is Junha’s mom. That must’ve been when Kangha started living together with his dad, so he was merely a child, and Junha must’ve been like a toddler who understood nothing, and didn’t have much memory of what’s going on back then.
    (Junha was not shown)
    I guess that must’ve been a start when Kangha started loving the new mom

    So since this mom already looks reallyyyyyy young in ep13, I supposed it’s given that on her first appearance (with Junha) she still looked YOUNG!
    Though, my thought was it make sense that this mom most probably has grown motherly love to Kangha either, hence she was waiting for her in the swing (?)
    and Junha was for some reason might feel something about her mother having preference towards his older brother.

    btw, anyone notice her dialogue to Kangha (“even though it’s hard, please just bear with it a little longer…” ) is similar what Palgang said to Kangha the first time when Kangha starts to open his heart to her.

    ……. and to over-analyze and fantasize… i had a feeling that Junha’s mom’s death might be somehow related to Kangha.. hence how he might feel quite apologetic or feeling the responsibility towards Junha

    But then again.. that’s just my five cents worth… ^^

  42. 42 @lfani


    i just read your comment…swayed…
    why didn’t I think of that tooooooooooo…. Taegyu’s mommm, she had to be their noona right????

    and there goes all my over-analyzing comments… LOL

  43. 43 djes

    thanks for the recap again Javabeans! I didn’t expect it would be available today though! 😀

    I don’t think Kang Ha will give up so easily to marry Jae Young that hateful wench.
    I don’t understand why must he worry about Junha finds out that he’s a step brother anyway? They are close, and they don’t have any significant problem – why would this matter affect their relationship?

  44. 44 djes

    ah yes! There are some family connection that confused me :
    1. Tae Gyu’s mom — is their noona? Kang Ha is the older brother, so TG’s mom is blood sister of Jun Ha? So their father was having an affair with KH’s mom while married with JH’s mom?
    ( and I wonder how was KH’s mom look when she met the father. And how come the father could be interested to someone like her 😛 )
    2. If #1 is true, TG’s mom must knows that KH is their step sibling, right? And it makes me more confused why KH is afraid that JH will find out about this.
    3. Are their parents still alive? Did they ever mention about this?

    Heh, I know sometimes we supposed to be ignore facts on dramas, but I just confused.

  45. 45 Madita

    Thank you very much for your recap JB, I was eagerly waiting for.

    Its like confirm and adjusting about what I watched raw last night.

    Well, I was from the beginning confused about KH and JH’s relationship, you helped me to figure it out, and now you are confused too, thats funny 🙂
    Its like mentioned, a jigsaw…espacially this strange girl on the swing….
    I hope this puzzle will be solved asap.

    But what I realized in this drama, all the main characters have a either a high IQ, like KangHa and Jun Hwa or /and high EQ like PalKang has it.
    This drama dont mess with its viewers over to much missinterpretings of feelings, blackmailings of the main characters. I like KangHa’s brilliant mind and intelligence most in this drama, he does not let himself dumnfold.

    I like how PalKang solves JH’s playing with her in an instance…

    That is something refreshing in this drama, because it does not extend or exaggerate this kind of plots.

    And yes, baby Nami is indeed a very very sweet baby. I also follow him in every scene he appears. Very cute one. (And I read an article that Nami is played by twins – but their picture is not of total identical twins )

    What bothers me a little bit in this drama since a few episodes, is that KangHa has lost his bad temper. He is nearly to nice now….I know I shouldnt complain, he is really wonderful when he is so nice, but I think its a to fast change of his attitude….

    By the way, has anyone registered the scene, when PK and KH renewed the contract, that they were cheek-to-cheek touching, her beautiful hair, touching his skin….Wuaaahh, I wished the actor playing KH should have been done more, taking out more from this scene, like being caught off-guard by this unaware naive intimacy…
    But he didn’t, so he really acts more like an father at the moment. More interested in the children, then her 😛

    Well the last scene was great. At least for me each ep could end with KH hugging PG 🙂 (I am just kidding)
    It seems that PG is and will be the only person who will solve, and undertand KH’s world. I am looking forward to the nex ep. this evening.

  46. 46 CMH

    Thanks for this most enjoyable recap, JB.

  47. 47 jayjay

    thanks jb for the recap! imho i think there were two single mothers at the time and kang ha’s investigation thinking the other woman was grandpa’s daughter in law and her son the grand son. but pal gang is his real grand-child (her mom knew ).
    can’t wait for the next ep 😉

  48. 48 su-pah

    JB: Hilarious recap!
    w00t! Absence doth indeed maketh the heart fonder, I was all warm and mushy inside seeing those familiar faces and the interior of the Won household.

    Too many brilliant, cute and laugh-out-loud scenes to mention and the kids were on form, again. But want to highlight Tae-kyu’s ”I lobe you” to KH! Squeeee!

    Kang-ha: He’s just too adorable, if he didn’t go around acting all authoritative, he’d be far too cute to be taken seriously.

    Jae-young: when both biatches meet and Jae-young’s drivelling away about how much she loves ‘oppa’, when KH’s mum asks whether Kang-ha loves her, I was waiting, very smugly to hear her answer. Whether she’d be honest or lie, but they swiftly shift scenes. &*%$!

    Jun-ha: Whoa! We get it: You’re not a pushover and no longer second lead, but maybe that was a little too much intensity.
    ”Temptation of a Star Falling From the Sky.” hahaha! Bang on target!

    Does anyone else hate these ‘girl playing dress-up, and having the odd onlooking admirer gazing at her’ kind of scenes? They have me doubled over, cringing everytime.

    KH & PR scenes for the win!

    Just have to say this: The KH and PG relationship is one borne of mutual respect with a good dose of honesty.
    I can understand now why that slap back in ep. 5 set KH’s transformation in motion. KH *must* see bits of his own childhood in Pa-rang, and to think that when PR did something even as dangerous as setting the house on fire, he STILL had a fierce protector in big sis, PG. After KH’s initial anger subsided he likely started to see PG with some level of respect.
    Where as a child, even for minor mistakes he was disregarded and/or stifled, he sees that PG, even if she puts her own neck out, is the kind to stand by her kid siblings: No. Matter. What!

    Yeah, I felt the same about the end, like ”not epside 11 all over again, please!” but I think Jun-ha’s going to walk in on them or something, and PG wasn’t as apprehensive as last time. They’re so gunna get busted like that.

    Was too busy admiring the scenery in this episode to pay any attention to the road ahead (which is unlike me) but good to see there were some new developments in terms of story.

  49. 49 Gee

    Yay thank you for the recap! I hope nothing bad happens to Jang-soo because he’s investigating the case. Idk why but I have a bad feeling that Jae-young’s mom is going to try and get rid of him or something.

  50. 50 Quaggy

    Our show is back! Our show is back!! Yeay! Thank you, Javabeans for the quick recap!! I love your thoughts and some of your observations made me laugh out loud! (Temptation of a Star Falling From the Sky! BWAHAHAHA!)

    There’s so much I loved about this episode! The opening scene was fantastic! Pal-gang drank his tea! And the look on Kang-ha’s face when she started coughing was too cute. He’s so smitten, it’s adorable!

    The scene with Pal-gang and Nami and the stars was so cute. (As all scenes with Nami generally are. He’s such a happy baby!) It did make me think… Wasn’t Nami’s adoption not quite official yet? I wonder if that might be a plot point in the future. (Easily solved by Pal-gang & Kang-ha getting married and adopting Nami themselves! 🙂 To be honest, it might be the excuse that Pal-gang needs, since she’s completely down on finding love for herself. Even if she relish the opportunity to try on a pretty wedding dress. And honestly, who can blame her? It’s the first bit of frivolity she’s allowed herself.)

    Of course, I adored the Pa-rang/Kang-ha scenes… even more so since they’re showing relationship development. (Plus, I love further confirmation that Kang-ha is a total techno-geek!) I love that Pa-rang has clearly found his new father-figure. Poor Pa-rang was probably sleep walking because he missed his dad. I would bet his first bout of sleepwalking was when he was first adopted and solved when his dad started letting Pa-rang sleep with him. And didn’t the “fight” scene have a definite family vibe, with Pal-gang joining the dynamic duo in the amused mom role? Kang-ha couldn’t have stumbled on a better way to win Pal-gang’s heart if he tried. I have to admit though… as much as I love the Pa-rang/Kang-ha scenes, I’m hoping we’ll start to see more of Kang-ha bonding with the rest of the siblings.

    But out of the entire episode, I think I loved the scene where Pal-gang smacked Jun-ha back in his place the most. Kang-ha warned his brother that Pal-gang was smart enough to know what was going on! The idiot didn’t listen! (As a side note, I always took Pal-gang’s earlier crush as just that. A easily dismissed crush. But now I think it might have been a little more substantial and that her feelings never went away, she just buried them deep. Jun-ha really could learn a thing or two from her!)

    And as usual, I talk too much! I’m stoping now or I’ll go on forever!! 😛

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