Drama Recaps
The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry: Episode 13
by | March 11, 2010 | 76 Comments

The Angst! Oh, the angst. There’s plenty of it to go round and round, though it’s Min-jae’s episode to shine, as he is understandably the one most squeaked out by the mother-girlfriend-boyfriend sharing. Yeah, come on…that’s weird. I’m surprised he didn’t toss his cookies right in front of them, but he does have a pretty-boy image to maintain. Christmasses are going to be SO awkward in this family…

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

Shin-young approaches Sang-woo after the wedding, and comes upon him just in time to see him making out with…Min-jae’s MOM. My, my, such a public display. We’ve come a long way in one episode, eh?

Shin-young stands agape, completely befuddled at this turn of events. She really does have the darnedest luck when it comes to men. Hey, it’s still better than the cheating fiancé who wanted his ring back. That guy was a sack of poo.

She’s totally floored, and alternates between utter shock and bemusement, in the this-would-be-funny-if-it-weren’t-my-real-life kind of way. I half expect her to look around and go, “Ashton? Ashton?” She even imagines a scene from her future wedding, where Sang-mi and Sang-woo greet guests as Min-jae’s parents. Heh. That’s really the least traumatizing thing you could be imagining right now. I can think of things much, much worse, involving various people’s private bits. Just sayin.

Min-jae comes up and his curiosity is piqued by Shin-young’s bipolar reaction, but she makes excuses and he lets it go.

Sang-woo and Sang-mi head out together all lightness and joy, for the first time ever since they’ve met. It’s cute to see them happy and carefree, even if we know it’s only going to last half a minute. They eat lunch, being adorable at each other, saying that everything tastes better because they’re together. True.

Sang-woo still plans to move out of the fateful apartment, but Sang-mi tells him to stay. He asks to finally meet her son, which she agrees to, for some time in the near future. Nope, today, Sang-woo requests. Sang-mi hesitates, “Give me some time to think.” Sang-woo: “It’s not thinking you need time for. I’ll give you time to gather courage.” And a barf bag. Am I right?

Da-jung and Ban-seok head to the airport for their honeymoon, only on the way they realize that Ban-seok forgot their passports and plane tickets at home. Ha. What are we going to do with this guy?

So they end up at a hotel and Da-jung decides that they should just let everyone think that they went on their honeymoon after all. Ban-seok wonders if that’s necessary. Da-jung: “Yes, it’s necessary! Forgetting my passport and not getting to go on my honeymoon is not something that can be in the history of Jung Da-jung!” Her concern with external perception is unmatched in all the world, this girl.

She decides that in order to pull off the lie they need to look like they spent the week on a tropical island, so they head to the tanning salon. What follows can only be described as textbook Ban-seok hilarity, as he comes out looking very tan and muscular, to Da-jung’s delight, then takes off his sunglasses…

Ban-seok: “Is it possible…that I look stupid right now?” Well, when you ask it like that…

Oh, it’s time for Min-jae’s first visit to Shin-young’s apartment! Sexy fun times? Aw, man. The mother-Sang-woo revelation has put a damper on Shin-young’s mood. She’s on edge the whole time, while Min-jae is full of nervous excitement at being there.

Min-jae has thankfully changed his hair back to black, although I was just starting to warm up to the white.

Min-jae notices how distracted Shin-young is, and asks, “Do you have something on your mind? Why so lost in thought?” Shin-young hems and haws, then says gingerly, “I’m just asking this because I’m curious…how would you feel if your mother had a boyfriend?” Min-jae: “I’d be good with it. It’s something I always hoped for her. I told her she should get divorced and find someone new; that if it’s someone she loved, I would accept him.” You’re awesome.

Shin-young agrees: “Just like I expected: the devoted Ha Min-jae. So cool.” He adds, “My mom and her boyfriend, the four of us having dinner…I’d like that day to come.” Oh my goodness, it’s killing me, the everyone else knowing, including ME, and Min-jae is completely in the dark saying things like this. Tell him! Say it! You’re breaking my heart! But Shin-young just says vaguely, “It’ll come, that day…” I do not envy your position, Shin-young, caught between your boyfriend’s relationship with his mom and your own twisted fate in the whole thing.

Min-jae brings up Sang-woo, asking why he was at the wedding. This is Shin-young’s opportunity to ask leading questions about what he thinks of Sang-woo. Ha Min-jae? Not a fan. Well duh. If you hadn’t dated both of them at once, he might feel SLIGHTLY different about the man who used to be your lover, just maybe.

Just then, Shin-young gets a call from Sang-woo, and they make a plan for him to come over later so they can talk. Min-jae is perturbed at their meeting, and doesn’t want him coming up to the apartment. Shin-young attempts an explanation: “The three of us, we might have things to talk about tonight.” Well, that’s an understatement. Min-jae misinterprets the situation as Shin-young wanting to set Sang-woo up with his mom, and vetoes the idea, right quick. If only that were the case. Even though that would make Shin-young a crazy person.

Luckily, Min-jae gets a call from his mom, telling him that she’s met someone she likes, and she wants to talk to him about it. These are good signs, if this is normally how open their relationship is.

While Shin-young could say something here, I think she’s right to keep her mouth shut. If she had no indications that Sang-mi were going to tell him tonight, I might feel differently. But he’s clearly going to meet her to discuss her new boyfriend and probably meet him, so I think her instincts to hold her tongue and let his mom be the person to tell him is right. It’s kind of not her place, in a way. Even though, for goodness sakes, I wish someone would just put him out of his misery. His adorable happiness for his mom is just making it all the worse.

Min-jae gets up to leave and Shin-young starts, “Jagi, do you want to hear what I have to say first…” but trails off, then decides against it: “Nevermind. You’ll do the right thing. If you need someone to talk to later tonight, come by any time.” That’s a rock solid girlfriend right there. Min-jae just makes sure she’s not going to let Sang-woo into the apartment when they meet later. Cute, but totally the least of your worries right now, dude. He leaves and Shin-young buries her head and ekes out, “What do I do?”

Min-jae meets his mom at a café, all abuzz because he’s so genuinely happy for her. Sang-mi is relieved and grateful, and really wants him to like her new boyfriend, which makes me wonder why she can’t be slightly more empathetic towards Shin-young. But whatever.

Just as Min-jae is giddy with anticipation over what kind of man his mom is dating, Sang-woo excitedly walks up to the café, and just before walking in the door, looks in the window…

…and inside is Sang-mi, sitting across from none other than Ha Min-jae. Sang-woo has a quiet but substantial freak-out, mirroring Shin-young’s reaction earlier. In disbelief, he mutters, “This isn’t it…this can’t be.”

His first instinct is to call Shin-young. She’s waiting, phone in hand, knowing what’s about to go down. Sang-woo: “Shin-young, I’m seeing this scene unfold in front of my very eyes and I can’t believe it. Call an ambulance to your house first, then I’ll tell you what I’m looking at right now.” At this, Shin-young asks frantically if he’s there with Min-jae right now. Sang-woo: “What is this? Did you know?” She tells him she just found out today at the wedding and nearly fainted. He counters, “My hair is turning white right now.” Oh, not you too! We just got Min-jae back in black!

Sang-woo contemplates, “So, if things go well for both of us, you’ll be my daughter-in-law? That’s not right.” Shin-young is quick to agree: “I can’t accept you as my father-in-law either. That’s not going to happen. Dating someone ten years younger is hard enough, plus his mother who’s barely older than me, and now I have to add you too?” Seriously. Girl can’t catch a break.

Oh, to hell with it, Sang-woo decides: “Lee Shin-young, get over here. As long as it happened this way, let’s just go for a head-on collision. Get over here right now.” Damn, Sang-woo, I really like your style here. So direct and taking charge. If you had been like this earlier, I totally would’ve loved you like a classic second lead.

Sang-woo gathers himself and goes inside. He actually acts very calm and together, which is a good approach. Those five minutes outside really gives him the upper hand here. Min-jae wants to know what on earth Yoon Sang-woo is doing there.

Sang-mi is surprised that they recognize each other, and at first I’m going, what? Why are you pretending to be surprised, cruel, cruel woman? And then it occurs to me that even though she knows about the Shin-young connection, she doesn’t know that these two already know each other. So maybe she was hoping that Shin-young wouldn’t come up in the conversation? That’s a risky move. Sang-woo just says that they’ve met once at a party and that he’s a fan of Min-jae’s. I feel like all these white lies are moot at this point. Clearly, the shit? Hath hitteth the fan.

Min-jae grows pale at the realization that Sang-woo is the boyfriend, and excuses himself to go outside. He looks like he might throw up or faint, but mostly he just angsts for the camera. Shin-young comes running up, and Min-jae, angry, demands, “You knew, didn’t you? That’s why you asked me about Yoon Sang-woo earlier?”

Shin-young tells him she just found out today, which appeases him. I have to agree. That makes all the difference, her knowing only a few hours sooner than him. Days would be bad. Weeks, worse. Months…Coffee Prince-level angst. Min-jae: “I won’t allow it.” Shin-young: “If you don’t, then what are you going to do?” At this, he grabs her by the hand and they go inside.


Here we go! Most awkward double date ever. Oh man…these icy cold stares that they’re giving each other send chills up my spine. This is going to be bad. I bet my left foot everyone’s going to say something they’ll regret. Sang-mi tells them to sit. They do, and the way they’re sitting says a lot about the situation. Sang-woo and Sang-mi look like the parents here, not by age, but by stature. They’re sitting upright and taking charge of the situation in their demeanor. Min-jae and Shin-young are hunched over, feeling small and powerless, but they hold hands the entire time, relying on each other. Both couples look like a unit, though each in their own way.

Min-jae starts with the demands: “Mom, I’d like for you to break up with Yoon Sang-woo. You lived a loveless life with Dad for twenty-four years. Shouldn’t you meet a better person and live a better life?” He cites Sang-woo’s dumping Shin-young as a sign of his unfaithfulness, and tells his mom she has bad taste in men. Right in front of two women who have both loved Sang-woo, not to mention Sang-woo himself. Not really the angle you should go for, I think.

But Min-jae doesn’t care. He wants his mom to meet a better man. He literally says, “better man.” Yikes. To which Sang-mi throws back, “Is that why you’ve been dating a woman ten years older than you, as if rebelling?” Min-jae throws it right back at Sang-woo: “Who is HE rebelling against, dating a married woman with a son in college?” This is getting gnarly.

Then Sang-woo actually says, “Come to think of it, you and I have a lot in common. We could be friends in the future.” Min-jae does NOT like this idea at all. What? No BFFs? You guys could totally get matching shirts that say: “We’ve slept with the same woman.” Hm…too soon? Yeah, I’m not sure it’ll ever not be too soon.

Sang-woo tells them he’s proposed to Sang-mi and they want to get married right after the divorce is finalized. What’s the rush, speedy? Min-jae takes it all in slowly, then decides that he can’t get through to them right now. He starts to leave…

But Sang-mi starts in on Shin-young: “Why are you just sitting there quietly, not saying anything?” Shin-young replies that she thought maybe it was for the best, that maybe Sang-mi (she calls her Mother) would understand her and Min-jae’s feelings.” Right on. But Sang-mi squashes that right quick. “That’s what YOU think,” she says.

Sang-mi insists that their situations are totally different, but Shin-young challenges her: “What’s so different?” Sang-mi replies, “I’m Min-jae’s mother and he’s my son. Whatever he does as a parent I’m here for him through thick and thin.” (literal meaning: through water and fire) Shin-young, with tears in her eyes, “Is loving Min-jae such a sin?” Ack! Stab me through the heart, why don’t you?

Then Min-jae takes Shin-young’s side, telling his mom not to talk like that to the woman he loves. Oh, holy smokes. I’ve seen enough daily kdramas to know that the son taking his wife/girlfriend’s side in front of his mother never goes well for the daughter-in-law. Never. Ever ever.

And then Sang-woo, totally overstepping, butts in that Min-jae should stop talking to his mother like that in front of him from now on. Whoa, cowboy. You need to slow your roll. You’re not anyone’s daddy YET.

Just when you think they’ve said every passive-aggressive thing in the book, Sang-mi accuses Shin-young of trapping Min-jae, (grabbing him by the ankles). She tells Shin-young that she’s smitten because a 24-year old likes her and she’s not confident enough to know that 34 is still young, and that other opportunities will come.

Okay, if you really believed this for Shin-young at 34, then why wouldn’t you believe this for yourself at 44? I know that Min-jae is your son so it’s different, but you’re accusing Shin-young of trapping Min-jae because she’s mired in what it means to be a single woman of a certain age. But in fact it’s YOU who is afraid of this, and Shin-young has shown herself to be comfortable with who she is at this age. You are only naming your own fears, mommy dearest!

At that Min-jae gets up and he and Shin-young walk out, still clasping each other’s hands since the moment they entered.

Outside, Shin-young tries to be positive and upbeat with Min-jae. But he’s not in the mood for uplifting. He wants to be alone to wallow in the badness of his mother’s choices. In this one thing he is very similar to his mum. Shin-young just gives him his space and watches wistfully as he walks away.

Then we have an obligatory angst-go-round, where everyone is very sad, set to very sad music.

Thankfully, that night is also Ban-seok and Da-jung’s, you know, first night, so we get a little dose of much-needed lightness. They’re both adorably excited, as Da-jung primps and Ban-seok does push-ups while he waits. There’s a hitch of course, when Da-jung keeps cracking up at Ban-seok’s unfortunate tan lines, but he remedies that by turning off the lights. They are, as expected, awkward and cute.

Back in the land of single girls, Bu-ki tries to cheer up Shin-young with a workout, which pretty much consists of Bu-ki working it on the step machine and Shin-young sitting on an exercise ball while chatting away. Heh.

Shin-young continues to mope about her predicament, asking Bu-ki to help her find a solution. Bu-ki wonders what there is to solve, and Shin-young accuses her of not taking it seriously. Bu-ki: “You can just date, two by two.” When Bu-ki says it like that, it sounds so easy. Shin-young just can’t accept Sang-woo as her father in law. Bu-ki: “Then break up with Ha Min-jae. Or just date forever. Why be old-fashioned and get married?” Word, Bu-ki. Word.

Although if you ask me, I think an even better solution would be to have Sang-mi not get married. You just spent twenty-four years in a loveless marriage. Why in such a rush to be someone else’s wife? Wouldn’t it be better to spread your wings a little and be single for a bit? I hate that most kdramas necessitate being married as the only way to live happily ever after. I can’t go on about this or I’ll end up in a diatribe, but suffice it to say, I appreciate Bu-ki’s opinion on the matter.

Bu-ki also tells Shin-young that she shouldn’t badmouth Sang-mi’s relationship with her son; she can’t judge when she isn’t a mother herself. Also word. You can’t say what you would do as a mother until you are one. Because when it comes down to it, Sang-mi would sacrifice anything for her son, which Shin-young can’t compare to.

Meanwhile, Da-jung and Ban-seok stage a honeymoon photoshoot, and at first I’m thinking why would you go to such elaborate lengths for pictures of a fake honeymoon? But then I remember it’s Da-jung. Nuff said. They also decide to go souvenir shopping in the neighborhood and just remove all the “Made in Korea” stickers. Ha.

Bu-ki drags Shin-young out of the house to do some retail therapy, and happen to enter the same store that the honeymooners are in. Da-jung and Ban-seok hide in the dressing room, with some toilet humor to boot, and they overhear that something is going on with Shin-young. Da-jung is so curious about the gossip that she almost blows their cover, but her pride prevails. The girls muse that Da-jung must be having the time of her life. You don’t even know the half of it.

Min-jae goes to his mom’s house for lunch, and the atmosphere is chilly and subdued, although it’s clear he’s come over to try and recover some part of their relationship. Lunch is interrupted by Sang-mi’s mother-in-law (nice poetic justice), who throws a fit over news of the divorce, saying all manner of nasty things about Sang-mi trapping her son (intentionally the same words Sang-mi used earlier).

Min-jae jumps right up to defend his mother, both physically and emotionally, shouting at his grandmother that it’s his fault, prompting grandma to agree that he’s the reason this all went down and that he and his mother are one and the same. She breaks a flower vase for dramatic effect and storms out, saying that Sang-mi will get nothing in the divorce.

Whoa. That was nasty. Listen, I don’t know where y’all are from, but there’s no shouting at your grandma in my family. Although it’s clear that this grandma never sang Min-jae lullabies or walked him to school. Not that kind of grandma.

I like that Sang-mi is getting her own words fed back to her, albeit in a much meaner way, with physical violence and such, but it still feels like it’s a necessary hit that her character needs to take. Also it’s nice to see Min-jae step up to defend his mother, as a good son and as a good man. It helps to make him empathize with her as well, seeing what kind of abuse she’s been taking for so long. It’s hard not to want anything but total happiness for her after seeing that.

Min-jae leaves, and angsts some more in his rehearsal studio. I can’t help but laugh because he looks like he’s starring in a music video with his guitar strumming and sad contemplative face. Shin-young arrives, tentative but upbeat, trying to make him feel better. She tries and tries to make small talk, but Min-jae isn’t very receptive. It makes me worry a little, the shutting down when you should be opening up. But what I like about Shin-young is that she keeps trying, and eventually Min-jae does crack a smile, despite his mood.

After a while, Min-jae asks if Sang-woo is a good person. Shin-young does the very adult thing and affirms that he is, and that Sang-woo dumped her because he was innocent and hurt. He was scared that she didn’t really love him. “I’ve known him for a long time, and Sang-woo is sincerely in love with your mom.” Min-jae: “It was the first time I’ve seen my mom like that. And on the inside, it actually felt good, seeing her finally find what she wants.” How proud am I of these two?

Then Min-jae’s expression darkens: “If Yoon Sang-woo and my mother do well, then…what about us?” Shin-young says it’s not like they have to break up, but the looks on their faces do not bode well for them. They’re trying not to let it affect them, but the weight of the situation is seeping in.

And then, in the very next scene, Min-jae goes to see his mom and gives his approval: “Shin-young said that he was a good man. Be brave and go for it.” Wow. I really didn’t expect him to come around in one episode. Really, I expected much more angst and am happily, gratefully, relieved that Min-jae is being such a mature and understanding son here. Sang-mi is pleasantly surprised too.

Min-jae packs to leave Ban-seok’s house (oh yeah, he’s married now), and finds the couple’s passports sitting on the coffee table. He calls Ban-seok and after getting the we’re-on-a-tropical-island-complete-with-sound-effects story on the phone, he outs them and asks where in Seoul they’re staying. Aw, I’m going to miss these two guys and their odd-couple friendship. I hope they visit each other often.

Ban-seok and Da-jung return from their honeymoon to find…a house full of kids. AH! Is it a nightmare? Oh, it’s Ban-seok’s sister, who has brought an entire neighborhood’s worth of children to learn English from Da-jung, at her father-in-law’s request. Just when you think the hard part’s over…reality sets in. Seems like Da-jung’s next hurdle will be the family responsibility that comes with marriage.

At the office, Shin-young and her news team can’t take Myung-seok’s disapproving control over their work, and they stage a revolt. It’s good to see that when it comes to her own program, Shin-young stands up to Myung-seok. She’s growing some balls in the newsroom.

After being publicly dismissed at work, Myung-seok goes to his dojo to blow off some steam, and ends up getting his ass handed to him by a mysterious person in white. We of course are not surprised when this person is de-masked, and it is none other than Kim Bu-ki. Myung-seok completely falls for her in an instant.

Turns out he’s one of those guys who talks big and thinks he’s so smooth, but in front of a woman he likes, he becomes a babbling idiot. Ha. If they do this pairing just to give Bu-ki a love interest, I’ll be annoyed. But Bu-ki mostly ignores him, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a delicious comeuppance rather than a loveline here.

Min-jae shows up at Shin-young’s apartment, suitcase in tow. He asks her to house him for a few days. Shin-young panics: “What if your mom finds out?” He insists she won’t and that it’ll be fine. Shin-young pushes him to stay at the rehearsal studio.

Min-jae: “Why do you keep trying to kick me out?”
Shin-young: “I don’t want your mom to get the wrong idea.”
Min-jae: “My mom won’t find out, so that’s done. What else?”
Shin-young: “Don’t lead me into temptation.”
Min-jae (laughing): “I won’t do anything. Don’t worry. What kind of person do you think I am?”

What? Really? You’re not going to do anything? Boo. Come on, you’re lying, right? I request smoochies!

He goes into Da-jung’s old room before Shin-young can stop him. She takes a big breath and whispers to herself: “I’m shaking.” Cute.

Shin-young makes some ramen while Min-jae unpacks, and she walks in on him wearing a tank top, and I swear, these two act like he’s standing there in nothing but socks. They get all flustered and shy, and it’s adorable, but unwarranted given the level of nudity involved. Really, it’s like arms. No! Not the arms!

They eat ramen and Min-jae declares that it’s the most delicious ramen he’s ever had because Shin-young made it for him, mirroring Sang-mi and Sang-woo’s lunch earlier in the episode. Shin-young requests that he write her a song called “The Woman Who Makes Me Ramen” and he sets some ramen-centric lyrics over another song, and sings it to her.

Oh, whew, we’re back to the cuteness. I was scared the angst was going to go on past its expiration date. Shin-young asks why he’s not staying at his mom’s house, and he says that it’s uncomfortable. His mom feels sorry, and he feels bad for her, yet finds that he’s still angry with her. He thinks it’s better that they give each other space for the time being. Right on.

Across town, Sang-mi seeks Bu-ki out at her restaurant, and asks her about Shin-young. Bu-ki says Shin-young told her to treat Sang-mi well whenever she came by, and Sang-mi wonders why she would say such a thing when she’s never shown a kind side to Shin-young. Bu-ki says it’s her way of showing that she wants to be friendly with Sang-mi.

Sang-mi does admit to feeling bad because she sees how hard it is on Min-jae, assuming that he’s considering breaking up with Shin-young. I think you jumped the gun there, mom. I’m pretty sure he never implied anything of the sort. Sang-mi explains that she doesn’t want Min-jae to be pressured by marriage this early in his life, a legitimate concern from a mother’s standpoint, especially considering her own life experience.

Bu-ki defends her friend: “Lee Shin-young is a cool and modern woman: ‘If it goes well, that’s good and if not, that’s too bad. Even if I end up alone again at 36 or 37, I’ll be with the person I love.'” What an awesome thing to be able to say about someone. I wouldn’t be disappointed if there were something similar written on my tombstone. At this, Sang-mi softens, and she decides that they should drop in on Shin-young for a friendly glass of wine…without calling. Why? Why do people do this? There is never a good time to drop in on someone without calling. There could be nakedness. Or so we hope!

Sadly, no nakedness to speak of. Shin-young and Min-jae debate over which movie to watch, and even this mundane thing is adorable because Shin-young basically railroads Min-jae into watching one of her choices, and Min-jae just gives in.

Just as they get settled, the doorbell rings…oh god, oh god, oh god…

NO! Everybody put your pants on!

If I haven’t already expressed it enough, I am so happy that the angsting seems pretty much over, and we’re back to the comic situations and cute relationship stuff. In general this drama has done a good job of getting through the darker parts relatively quickly, which is a refreshing change of pace from dramas that dwell on the same stale conflict over and over again.

Characters actually move forward in their storylines (and backwards too, which is human), making for new feelings about each character as I watch each episode. For instance, not a huge fan of Sang-woo until this episode, where he showed both strength and vulnerability. I grew tired of Min-jae’s music-video-angst, but then he totally won me over with his turnaround by the latter half of the episode. Sang-mi is frustrating, but I always end up rooting for her. And Shin-young is just awesome-beans.

What…will I do…when it ends? Hold me?

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76 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. M&M

    Bu-Ki is awesome beans. i want to b like her when im older :)

  2. Plum Blossom

    “Just as they get settled, the doorbell rings…oh god, oh god, oh god…
    NO! Everybody put your pants on!”

    LOL, although nobody had their pants off, I think that just about captures their amount of panic perfectly. haha

    Thanks for doing some of these summaries girlfriday!

    I’m sad that this show’s over. Didn’t quite end as I’d like, but overall still a fun series.

    Who’s excited for the upcoming Personal Taste?! I know I am!

  3. SM

    Love the drama… :( so sad that it was underrated… In a bright side, at least it still has a lot of followers for those awesome characters.. :)
    Thanks for recap it… ^^

  4. asianromance

    love your recap! it’s hilarious! I always do wonder in asian dramas why girls get all flustered to see a guy in a tank or even shirtless when the pants are still on! or when girls freak out because they’re only wear a camisole and some guy had seen her in it.

    and those video intercom things- it seems like a lot of nice korean apts/houses have them. I haven’t seen them in the US, even in really nice apartments.

    Da-jung and Ban-seok are ridiculously funny!

  5. Osamu

    I’m holding you ^_^

  6. notashouterbut

    I’m okay with Min-jae shouting back at the grandma. Physical violence in anyway, heck no. But when you have to pick sides between your mother that’s been repeatedly cheated on and just liberating herself from the situation (and as I understand it, the husband was unhappy as well) and a grandma that’s abusing her, I choose my mother. Especially if it turns out that grandma has a violent side.

    I guess my values don’t match up with those of Koreans. I wouldn’t blame the devoted wife for the breakup of a marriage when the husband is a habitual cheater. I say get the divorce, not wilt away. And I’m less tolerant of shouting ahjummas that think otherwise.

  7. Biscuit

    Thanks for the recap ^^

    I really love the flow of the drama and how things are progressing.

    Though you’re right about X-mas… IF by chance… let’s say… Shin Young and Min Jae wed and Sang-Woo and Sang Mi are together… Sang Woo = Shin Young’s father-in-law? *shivers*

    I wonder if things will end similar to Single Papa in Love.
    Either Sang Mi will give up Sang Woo, or Shin Young will give up Min Jae?

  8. Quinze

    Ahhh Man, despite the Ew factor between the four, I do want them all to be happy together. Especially since anything’s possible in Kdrama land!

    I haven’t even gotten past watching episode 10 and I’m already feeling like I don’t want to reach the end. :\ I hope the dramas taking over after this and Wish Upon a Star are at least half as entertaining and lovable as their predecessors!!

    “NO! Everybody put your pants on!

    hehe, best recap line. Ever.
    :D

  9. Molly

    Nooo, it’s not over yet, at least in Dramabeans time, so we’ll be okay! I’m holding off on watching the finale for as long as I can…I’m in denial that it’s ended already in real time.

    You have been doing a wonderful, hilarious job with the recaps and I’m so glad that you and Javabeans have been watching this. Despite the low ratings, it’s one of the best dramas I’ve seen. Instant happiness on a screen!!

  10. 10 Snikki

    Bu Ki is the voice of reason… love her!

    Really, it’s like arms. No! Not the arms!…haha! :D

  11. 11 Kender

    God, Kim Bum just KILLS me with his darling expressions. That wink he gave while eating Shin-young’s ramen.. *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*

    I say we all have do some group therapy (complete with group hug!) after the recaps are all done. You’re not the only one who’s gonna need it. ;_;

  12. 12 giddygirl108

    You gotta hold me too. This drama is just so amazing…it speaks to me on so many different levels! Alas…will there ever be another one that will speak to such career-oriented women and their oh-so-real problems again? I say, YES! But soon please…b/c this series has to end TT.TT.

    Note: “Clearly, the shit? Hath hitteth the fan.”

    I am still loving your witty and hilarious comments.

  13. 13 Bloop

    Thanks for the recap!! Love it!! And the last picture is adorable…

  14. 14 linz

    your recap is so funny :)
    thanks!

  15. 15 isabella

    love your recaps as always. I giggled a lot while reading it :P

  16. 16 Kukilas

    Thanks for the awesome recap, girlfriday! It makes my Friday even better. :-)

    I love that you inserted the poll about Min Jae’s hair. I was not a fan of the gray hair at first but I have to admit that it grew on me. When he dyed it black again, I kinda missed the gray.

    I love Bu Ki. What an enlightened woman! She seems to have been raised on awesome sauce, just like you. Wonder where I can pick some of that up?

    I am so going to miss this show! Min Jae and Shin Young are just the sweetest thing, although this episode did bring up all sorts of creepy, what with the double date from hell for Shin Young. I mean, imagining your ex becoming your father-in-law? And poor Min Jae. Having to face the possibility that your woman’s ex may become Daddy Dearest? What an EWW moment.

    Again, thanks for the recap. Looking forward to the next one. :-)

  17. 17 Everriell

    thank you so much!! how about chuno? hehe i’ve been waiting for chuno’s last two episodes….hope it’ll be posted here soon…and also, the novel recaps of personal taste……..again, thank you…javabeans!

  18. 18 lala25

    I was having a rotten evening prior to reading your review. I laughed at least a dozen times and am smiling as I write this. Love the entire recap. Put down my vote for “who are you kidding, I like my bummy because he’s HOT”. LOL

  19. 19 siopao lala

    lolol, the recaps made me LAUGH OUT LOUD~ the cuteness is too much :D:D

  20. 20 mari

    haha awesome beans :) love how something simple like posture really conveys the complexity of the relationships. my only complaint: what’s with kim bum’s sweater?!

  21. 21 KTV

    Ha ha. You made my night. I have to stay in lab until 2AM tonite. I will miss this “single lady”‘s session so much. It is such a refreshing show. We, single lady, are not as bitter and man-hungry as people think we are. We have characters, which people wish that they possess.

  22. 22 jusash

    holy, girlfriday – you are seriously and creatively entertaining! :)
    that was one hilarious read fr start to end …. complete with poll in between, no less! hahahaaha!

    hope you’re not interrupting your holiday in Korea with writing obligatory recaps – if you are, we cannot thank you enough!!
    much thanks for this very, very enjoyable recap – not only is it hilarious entertainment, it’s sustenance for me!

    it’s over. help! :(
    ep 16 aired last night …. but even before it did …. i was already feeling the void!

    thanks again!

  23. 23 Glee

    Girlfriday you are amazing, I don’t know how anyone can write a recap with so much wit and make it just if not more funny than the actual episode! And I’m lovin’ that poll thing about Bummie’s hair. You’re a genius! Please keep this up:)

  24. 24 Molly

    Oh right, I forgot to comment on the poll! It was completely unexpected but oh so clever.

  25. 25 21today

    ahhhh i love your recaps….. can you do all the rest of episode summaries pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

  26. 26 Princess61

    Can anyone tell me where I can watch Episodes 12 and 13 English-subbed? Thanks for the recap! I enjoyed every word!

  27. 27 Kelela

    I already miss this drama. I love the girls. LOVE them.

    OK, back to recap – AMAZING CAPS. Especially MJ’s wink and the 2×2 before dinner. It shows the alignment of the couples. It’s weird.

    Oh man, the arms. THE ARMS! OMFG! Sound the alarm. I love that ridiculous charm of kdramas.

    Another great recap. :)

  28. 28 daisytwenties

    This recap was one of the most outright hilarious ones I’ve read.
    Thanks girlfriday, for the giggles. :D

    I HAVE watched the last episode and am currently experiencing WWSWTM withdrawal. (BOO T_T) I’m so sad to see it end, but I’m a little glad that we don’t have to let it go right away since we have yours and Javabeans’s recaps. Yay for that.

    Only 3 more recaps left!

    BTW. Props to girlfriday, again, for her hilarious one-liners. Made me burst out laughing. :)

  29. 29 Rossi

    @6 -Osamu! – Hey! hands off, I want to hold girlfriday first! hurhur…I know I totally sound gay for you but I can sincerely say I like you for your brain! 8D

    And come on, ppl! Why are you not loving on the gray MJ? I love it when it was on, and I totally miss it like a lot when he went back to black.

    Once again, thank you for an amazing recaps complete with usual hilarity and insightful thoughts.

    Today was the last ep, so I’m already experience withdrawing symptoms. *sob*…There’s twitching involved!

  30. 30 kappaieru

    watching the actual episode was smthg but reading yr recap was like extra icecream scoop… 3 scoops ^S^

  31. 31 gigglegagaing

    awwwww. how cuteeeee~~

  32. 32 KK

    Now the drama is ended, I am missing it already!

  33. 33 doozy

    Girlfriday, thanks so much for the awesomely hilarious and witty recaps! My fav part is the poll about Min Jae’s hair. HAHA!

    I’m enjoying the show and love reading your and javabeans’ recaps, and with only 3 more episodes left, I don’t know which would make me sadder, that the show is ending or that there will be no more recaps afterward? Perhaps both? Seriously, what will we all do?

  34. 34 bluelime

    thanks for the recap!! =)

  35. 35 luna.tic

    Girl, i love your recap especially this one! It’s funny…i imagine if (we) all the commentators above and you watch this together, we’ll be hitting each others with pillows and swoon each time Bummie shows up :)

  36. 36 bluelime

    oops, forgot to mention that i love the poll about min jae’s hair. : )

  37. 37 lovewls

    Thank you for the summary!!!! The poll is awesome! Lols.

  38. 38 mariolawpanda

    “…Coffee Prince-level angst” LOL. if they reached that level of angst-ness they’re doomed. thanks for the awesome recap!

  39. 39 amhrancas

    I’m dying. Really, this show is going to be the death of me. I don’t think I’ve been BOTH this flail-y AND emotionally involved since Coffee Prince. This is not to say that this show is on par with CP, merely that it is resonating the same with me on a very personal level.

    I cannot wait for next week’s episodes, and thank you both for all of your work on these recaps!!

  40. 40 girlfriday

    @Kukilas: Working on bottling that awesome sauce. By this time next year, it’ll be a free boost in your morning smoothie!

    @ mari: Dude, totally…What the hell was up with that sweater? it was distractingly fugly. I found myself unable to take his angsting seriously due to the drapeyness of said sweater. Bad coordi-noona, Bad!

    Thanks for all the love and group hugs! I almost never say this about kdramas (because usually I’m dying for them to end by the time they lose steam) but I could watch six seasons of this show. Why, santa, why won’t you give me more episodes? I’ve been such a good girl!

  41. 41 cranky

    I totally want me a Bu-kI! Where do I order one?!

  42. 42 snail

    @36 – second me! the poll made my day today haha…

    Love the recaps, and the arms, the arms haha… I almost burst out in the office hahaha…

  43. 43 ghian

    woh i love this ep :)

  44. 44 ghian

    yay so thats why!!I was wondering why i cant comment…
    my cousin change internet explorer to firefox and my email add was erased yay im soo stupid :)

  45. 45 diane

    girlfriday, bravo for an excellent recap! I am loving this drama. I am loving the relationships all of these characters have with one another. I am loving the whole age difference plot.

  46. 46 eclipse

    Girlfriday, you did it again!!! lol..Looovee your pool about Min Jae`s hair!! But too bad you didn`t include option for all of the above. I can`t decide which one, i like all of the above options…. :D

    And by the way,,,,can i order one Min Jae for me?????

  47. 47 me

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this drama!!! THE BEST! So nice that it doesn’t take forever for anything to happen.

  48. 48 amyra

    @2 yeay! Bu-Ki is my mentor.. so please dont make her end up with Gilbert-Blythe-wanna-be

  49. 49 jandoe

    i know a lot of people don’t like the SW-SM relationship but for some reason i’m really diggin’ that one. i obviously love the mains as well but these two, i don’t know, to me they’re pretty awesome in their own rights too.

    thanks for the recap!

  50. 50 Useless_Ivory

    girlfriday, you are hilarious! This was an awesome recap.

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