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Personal Taste: Episode 4
by | April 12, 2010 | 132 Comments

While Personal Taste is generally playing it safe in the traditional man-will-teach-bumbling-woman-how-to-live setup, we do start to see some cracks in Jin-ho’s armor, which makes me warm up to him a little more. Nobody likes a know-it-all who actually knows it all. In this episode the roommates start to bond, and we finally get an emotional connection between them that makes a future attraction credible. The pace is still a little awkward and not quite as zippy as one would like for a drama of this tone, but the character moments keep it moving from scene to scene. Not as funny as the last episode, but perhaps more serious and emotionally engaging, toilet humor notwithstanding.

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

After Jin-ho’s (ahem) satisfying foot massage, Kae-in drops dead on the couch and Jin-ho goes into his room, trying to tell himself to calm down and not flare up at her for her latest GAAAY blunder in front of Do-bin. This is, of course, for the sake of the project and in no way to spare Kae-in’s feelings.

The next morning, Kae-in wakes up on the couch and remembers her very public declaration of Jin-ho’s sexual orientation.

She fears the wrath of Jin-ho, so when she hears him come out of his room, she falls to the floor and pretends to still be asleep. Jin-ho tries to wake her, notes her increasing weirdness, and leaves. Once she thinks it’s safe, Kae-in heads to the bathroom…and Jin-ho uses that opportunity to sneak up on her, swinging open the windows to the bathroom and scaring her. Wasn’t one set of naked shower encounters enough to teach you kids to knock?

Jin-ho asks if she has anything she wants to apologize for. Kae-in chooses the way of cowardice in her hangover haze, and tells him that when she drinks she doesn’t remember anything…yeah, that excuse never works. Jin-ho looks annoyed and skeptical, but lets it go for the time being.

Jin-ho and Sang-jun go to the site of the future Dahm Museum, and Sang-jun talks about all the different parts of the complex while Jin-ho air-doodles a design. Sang-jun mentions, “that person seems to like you.” Jin-ho jumps to a gay conclusion, blubbering that a man can’t be attracted to another man! This leaves Sang-jun perplexed, as he was talking about Kae-in. Methinks the man doth protest too much, eh? God, how much would I love this drama if it ended with: “And then Jin-ho and Sang-jun lived happily ever after.” Someone get on that fanfic!

They run into President Han and exchange more pleasantries as veiled threats, and Jin-ho takes a jab, saying that his father’s only mistake was in trusting his right-hand man. President Han doesn’t seem to be the type to be shocked when confronted with his own evilness so for today it’s another draw.

Later that day, In-hee and Hye-mi both show up at Jin-ho’s office, eyeing each other up and down like the territorial predators they are. Hye-mi announces herself as Jin-ho’s fiancé, which of course has In-hee doing a double take. She’s thinking, either that girl is delusional, a beard, or both.

When Jin-ho arrives, he is extremely deferential and polite to In-hee (as Do-bin’s right-hand woman), while ignoring Hye-mi and her feeble attempts at posturing. In-hee is here to invite Jin-ho to a gala where he’ll meet a lot of professional contacts, and she’s come in person to thank him for his participation in the awkward situation with Chang-ryul at the museum briefing.

In-hee also tips him off to Do-bin’s habit of walking around the gallery on days when he doesn’t have afternoon appointments, so Jin-ho drives her back to the museum in hopes of running into Do-bin. On the way, Jin-ho says he wants to properly thank In-hee for her help, so she suggests he buy dinner. He readily accepts, causing her a moment’s pause: is this man really gay? Isn’t it possible he’s just being polite, and not casting off MEN to be into YOU?

When they reach the museum, Chang-ryul is there waiting for In-hee, and he witnesses them arrive together and exchange phone numbers.

Exactly how many love triangles are there going to be here? There’s Jin-ho/Kae-in/In-hee, Jin-ho/In-hee/Chang-ryul, Hye-mi/Jin-ho/In-hee, In-hee/Chang-ryul/Kae-in, then presumably later Jin-ho/Kae-in/Chang-ryul, not to mention the misunderstood Jin-ho/Sang-jun/Tae-hoon one. My head is spinning from the merry-go-round of crushes.

In the men’s room, Jin-ho practices an explanation to Do-bin about Kae-in’s GAAAY outburst. He starts with, “What you heard last night about my preference…” then tries, “I don’t like men….” And finally, he shouts, “I’m not gay!” just as another man walks into the restroom. Heh. I do enjoy an embarrassed Jin-ho; not going to lie.

Jin-ho strategically “runs into” Do-bin in the gallery, and they have coffee in Do-bin’s office. Jin-ho starts his rehearsed rendition of “How I Am Not Gay,” but Do-bin cuts him off, saying that he doesn’t care about personal matters, and just wants Jin-ho to do his best for the design. Jin-ho offers some random unsolicited curatorial advice, suggesting a Kandinsky instead of the Klimt. Do-bin’s curiosity is piqued by this strange young man, and perhaps there are…sparks? Or is that indigestion? Hard to tell.

Young-sun comes over to visit Kae-in, bringing her a fresh batch of shellfish from her mom, and Kae-in confesses to messing up yet again. Young-sun can’t believe she blabbed about Jin-ho in such a public way and they worry what Jin-ho might do in retaliation this time.

Young-sun decides that Kae-in needs to offer up a grand gesture. She drags Kae-in to the grocery store, and goes with the old adage, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” citing her husband’s proclivity to zoom toward happiness when she makes dinner. Young-sun suggests that Kae-in cook dinner for Jin-ho, then act cutesy (do they even know Jin-ho?) Kae-in replies that she doesn’t know how to act cutesy, which is a total lie, as we’ve seen her pout and passive-aggressively act cute about kalbi to get what she wants. But Young-sun looks her up and down and agrees that if she were a guy, she’d find her about as cute as a rock. Nobody tells it to ya like a girlfriend! Ouch.

Jin-ho, meanwhile, gets a call from his new best friend In-hee. (Tamping down the urge to boo and hiss every time I write her name.) She informs him that Do-bin wants to have dinner with him, and Sang-jun is so impressed that Jin-ho is apparently winning everyone over to his side.

Back over at Project: Forgive Me for Outing You, Kae-in and Young-sun riffle through movies, as Young-sun suggests she initiate some roommate bonding time with Jin-ho. Kae-in refuses at first, but when Young-sun tells that she needs to fill the hole that In-hee left in her life, Kae-in doesn’t argue. Sad, to think that the person who hurt her so badly used to be such a huge part of her life.

Kae-in chooses Brokeback Mountain, (Ha) saying that Jin-ho has had a hard enough time hiding who he is from the rest of the world; he should be able to be himself in front of her. I like that the gay misunderstanding not only provides endless comical situations, but also sweet character revelations such as this. If only every gay man in Korea had a friend like Kae-in.

As Jin-ho is leaving for the day, his staff is busy googling what women want for Christmas, and they find that the number one thing is a gay friend, for the obvious reasons: talking freely about relationships, going shopping, etc. Jin-ho’s curiosity is piqued as he listens in, but denies his interest in the matter when Sang-jun notices him.

When Jin-ho drives away from the office, Tae-hoon follows him home, fulfilling his promise to Hye-mi that if he found out where Jin-ho was living, she’d go out with him. He notes truthfully as he follows, “You know there isn’t a soul in the world you can trust, right?” Well, nobody trusted you to begin with, silly.

Hye-mi, meanwhile, is bonding with Jin-ho’s mom at the spa, and it’s clear that Mom likes Hye-mi because she’s an old family friend from Jin-ho’s toddler days, and they’ve already settled into a mother/daughter-in-law relationship. She encourages Hye-mi to stay by Jin-ho’s side and persevere. Listen, there’re a million reasons why you’ll never marry Jin-ho, least of which is your hair color, but even that’s enough to rule you out. Seriously, go back and look at all your kdramas of old. Has the orange-haired girl ever gotten the guy? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Tae-hoon follows Jin-ho all the way home, and deciphers the Chinese characters above the house, reading: Sang-go-jae, and runs off to give this tidbit back to his master.

Young-sun and Kae-in set up to cook dinner, and Kae-in spends the whole time begging Young-sun to do it for her. You should have just played it like you did the cleaning session with Jin-ho. But it’s too late, as Jin-ho walks through the door. By her reaction, you’d think Godzilla just came home.

When Jin-ho arrives, Young-sun tries to facilitate some roommate bonding, telling them to cut the formalities and use banmal, saying they should “Rip words and rip farts…” But Jin-ho is unsurprisingly against the ripping of both, in anyone’s presence, let alone Kae-in’s.

Jin-ho cuts the bonding short and goes in his room. Young-sun leaves to tend to her son, leaving Kae-in alone to fend for her own forgiveness. She handles that about as well as you’d think.

Jin-ho comes out of his room, and they rehash the events of last night. Kae-in maintains that she doesn’t remember a thing, while Jin-ho recounts all of her actions, including a fake loan, which she vehemently denies. Uh….

Well, no one said you were the brightest bulb. Once Kae-in is caught in the lie, Jin-ho totally has the upper hand, as he makes her write and sign a contract that says if she ever utters anything about his orientation again, she promises to do anything he asks. How long should we give her before she’s cleaning his room and febreezing his jackets?

She reluctantly lets him stamp her thumbprint on the contract, then tells him to wait while she cooks dinner for him. What follows is a fiasco of mild proportions, not unlike what happens in my kitchen when I’ve lost a bet or lied to someone that I can cook.

After one failed attempt, she finally presents her dish at the dinner table, but Jin-ho stringently sticks to his own side dishes, ignoring her painstakingly earned gesture.

With some passive-aggressive prodding, Jin-ho finally tastes it. Eager to know how it tastes, she waits for a response, and he says: “Well, it’s fit for humans to eat.” Sometimes I want to shake you violently by the throat.

He does eat it all, despite his lackluster review, leaving Kae-in none for herself. She tries again to be friendly, putting out her hand for a shake, declaring that they should do their best to make it work. Jin-ho does the worst thing ever in return: the limp-fish handshake. And he adds that he has no intention of making it work with Kae-in. Okay, rude-o.

Kae-in, ever the dogged optimist, tries again by inviting him to watch a movie (please let us see his reaction to Brokeback, please!) but he turns her down, saying he doesn’t have the time or the inclination to hang out and watch movies with her. Killjoy.

Over in the land of the happily un-wed, Chang-ryul and In-hee have it out again over the apartment, this time with Chang-ryul on the inside, having changed the lock code on In-hee. They argue about the apartment, about Jin-ho, and whether or not In-hee will give Chang-ryul another chance.

He ends up begging her to take him back, showing him to be the far more vulnerable and human character in this relationship, although that’s not saying much.

In-hee’s reply is so cold that I actually start to feel sorry for the bastard that dumped Kae-in. She says that once her heart has left, she can’t go back, and tells him that she’s moved on. She talks about men like the latest handbag, saying that she likes the newest and best things, and he didn’t turn out to be the best thing out there. Chang-ryul’s face falls, but he’s not ready to give up just yet. He says fine, then they’ll just have to live like this, since neither of them is about to move out of the apartment. In-hee agrees reluctantly, as long as he stays out of her business.

Left to her own druthers, Kae-in chooses Nacho Libre for movie night. Jin-ho comes out for a glass of water, and Kae-in asks for a glass, calling him “In-hee ya” by reflex. Both realize the slip, and Jin-ho brings her water, musing that In-hee must have been her roommate for a long time, for her to call out to him like that. She confirms they were friends and roommates for TEN YEARS. My jaw and my opinion of In-hee drop to the floor.

Kae-in offers him some of her popcorn, and he replies exactly how a gay friend would: “You know that’ll go straight to your thighs.” Okay, he says belly, but close enough. Kae-in doesn’t care (no surprise), and when he finally caves and eats some, she asks him what about the belly fat? He retorts that he’s not the body type to retain belly fat, inciting Kae-in to snark that he must’ve gone to a snappy comeback academy.

They watch the movie and start to bond a little, being more comfortable in each other’s presence. Kae-in asks Jin-ho when he first knew he was gay, that he was different from everyone else. When he doesn’t reply, she says that she was seven when she knew. Startled, Jin-ho asks if she’s a lesbian. No, it’s when she realized that she was different from the other kids; when she saw that other kids’ moms came to school events and that she would never have that.

Kae-in adds that she thought maybe Jin-ho would know what that was like. Jin-ho doesn’t open up about his own father’s death, but I think this speaks to him and moves him to see Kae-in in a more substantive, less superficial light.

She keeps pestering him cutely to tell her when he knew he liked boys, so he just shoves popcorn in her mouth to shut her up. Aww, cute.

The next morning, Jin-ho starts feeling sick at work, resulting in a series of diarrhea escapades, complete with noises, contorted faces, and his desperate attempts to hold it in while running about town. It’s not the cleverest or most sophisticated, but damn if it isn’t funny watching Jin-ho try to walk on tip-toe with his hand on his butt to stave off the…impending deluge.

Turns out he’s got a bout of food poisoning from Kae-in’s shellfish, but she’s fine since she didn’t get to have any. Heh. He plots her slow and painful death while sitting on the toilet.

Kae-in goes out on a job interview, thinking she’s applying for a furniture designer position at a large company, but it turns out that it’s for a secretarial position, and she gets dismissed readily. Chang-ryul happens to witness this, as he is checking out the manufacturer as a candidate for his Dahm design.

Chang-ryul feels compelled to follow Kae-in, as she despondently leaves the interview, eats ramem alone in a convenience store, then walks home in the rain. He watches her from a distance feeling bad and drawn to her too, but all I can think the whole time is, why aren’t you giving her a ride home, doofus?

Later that night, Jin-ho meets Do-bin for dinner, despite his…uh…condition. Do-bin notices that he’s not doing so well, so he graciously insists they reschedule, and gives him a handkerchief to wipe his flop sweat. Do-bin asks that he return the handkerchief, as it has sentimental value to him. Hm, what compromising position will this handkerchief get Jin-ho in? Can’t wait to find out.

Jin-ho and Kae-in return around the same time, with Jin-ho noticing that Chang-ryul was outside the house when he arrived. Jin-ho is fuming mad about the shellfish and his cancelled dinner, but Kae-in is so concerned for him that she runs her sopping wet self all over the house looking for diarrhea medicine for him.

She keeps asking him about the diarrhea, which just makes him angrier, as he can’t even say the word. All day he’s been saying, “dia…” like the word is as disgusting as the affliction. He finally shouts at her, “Stop saying DIARRHEA!” which makes me laugh, which means I’m five years old, I know.

He softens a little when he sees her scrambling to get him medicine, and starts out yelling at her for dripping water all over the floor, but ends up getting her a towel and telling her to dry off before she catches cold. Aww, cute again!

Later, Jin-ho isn’t even surprised when he hears something shatter in the kitchen. Kae-in’s broken a dish, and he helps her clean it up, asking if she can’t go one day without making a mess. She asks if he can’t go one day without pestering her. Touché.

Kae-in makes him some rice porridge (the Korean staple food for sickies) and he makes her taste it first, in case it’s poisoned. Not an irrational fear, given the events of the day. I would even insist she eat half, for the karma factor, in case it’s a replay of the shellfish debacle.

He notices the cuts on her finger, which she explains are from last night’s cooking, or attempts thereof. And then…the calls start coming. It’s Chang-ryul, drunk-dialing her from outside the house.

Jin-ho sees the look on her face and knows the score right away. He tells her not to go. She insists that she won’t, but Jin-ho and I both vote that she’ll end up going out to meet him. They always do.

Aaaand? She caves. Kae-in runs out of the house, just as Jin-ho comes out of his room, band-aid in hand for her cut finger. He mutters, “Jeon Jin-ho wins.” But his face says the opposite.

Kae-in finds Chang-ryul outside, and the gist? He’s still an ass. The nitty gritty: Kae-in wants to know why he chose In-Hee, of all people. He replies that In-hee gave him everything, all of herself (yes, I think the sexual implication is intended, while not being the sole meaning), while Kae-in always kept him at arm’s length. He claims that she had one foot out the door, by acting immature and naïve. That makes no kind of sense.

Kae-in is floored. She replies that she was just so happy to be with him, that she melted over every little kiss, every phone call, and dashed out to see him without a care for how she looked because she was so anxious to see him. Chang-ryul says they were too different, and that she didn’t meet him as an adult, an equal.

Kae-in has the realization that it might have been her fault. Well, yes, your stuff is your fault. But Chang-ryul being an ASS is totally not your fault. Maybe she would’ve given herself completely if you had been a trustworthy boyfriend, dude. Ever think of that?

Then, the guy has the nerve to take a call from In-hee, thereby proving me right, so thank you very much, Show. He lets it slip that he’s living with her, which is the blow that Kae-in needs to be disillusioned. She can’t believe he’s here to see her, while still living with In-hee. Once a cheater…you know the rest. Kae-in can’t believe how pathetic he’s making her feel, up to the bitter end—this makes her angry, (good girl—use that anger) and she tells him to go.

Kae-in trudges back in, and Jin-ho is lying in wait. He rips into her for not having more pride, calling her stupid: “You really are a puppy, getting abandoned, then forgetting all about it, running out happily when you’re called. Do you know how pitiful you look right now?” She tells him to stop, but he’s all riled up. But so is she, so she responds with violence, hitting him with pillows and beating his chest in frustration. There now, was that cathartic? Was it sexy? Oh, is that not where this is going?

Kae-in cries out, “Why does everyone think I’m such a pushover? What did I ever do that was so wrong? Why are you all making me so pathetic? Why?” Jin-ho unhelpfully but truthfully tells her that she’s doing it to herself.

Kae-in: “A person like you has never waited all day for a phone call from the person you like. Or felt that your heart might burst, just from looking at this person. You could die and come back from the grave and never know. The person who made me feel that way told me to come outside. No matter how wrong he was, I want to hear him out. What can I do? I’m just built like this, so what can I do?”

Both of them have tears in their eyes as she says this, and the way they feed off each other’s performances in this scene is their first real connection for me.

They drink, and Kae-in recounts what Chang-ryul said. Jin-ho appropriately calls out Chang-ryul’s BS, and advises her to forget him. When she says she can’t let go of the realization that the whole thing may have been her fault, Jin-ho tells her to make him regret losing a woman like her.

That sparks an idea in Kae-in’s head. She looks over at him longingly and leans onto his arm, asking, “Will you…make a woman out of me?”

Oh, my. Is it getting hot in here?

Either someone’s getting laid or someone’s getting a makeover. Is it sick if I’m equally happy either way? I like that the dynamic has shifted in this episode from straight-up nagging and hating to a more tolerant tenuous friendship between our leads. They show their affection (still platonic) in very different ways—Kae-in wanting to let Jin-ho be himself around her, Jin-ho wanting for Kae-in to value herself—but both are finding a home in each other that they desperately needed. The first three episodes were set-up and near-naked hijinks, fun to be sure; but now we’ve got some real emotional openness and vulnerability, so I’m excited to see how we’ll mix all those elements up from here on out.

Also, some speculation as an afterthought:

Jin-ho has yet to figure out the design “secret” of Sang-go-jae, because he knows that the han-ok fusion style isn’t all there is to it. This is pure speculation on my part, but I think it has something to do with the layout, and in particular the layout of windows and doors, creating visibility through spaces. I don’t know if it’s because the director just likes to shoot through windows and mirrors, but every room in that house has an opening through which you can see the rest of the house.

I have an idea that if you were to open up all the windows and doorways, you could see every part of the house from another. If that turns out to be true, it might have something to do with the architect’s obsessive love for his wife, wanting to see her at all times (in the loving doting way, not the creepy stalker way, one hopes).

Just a thought. Please don’t spoil me either way if you know. It might be a much more complicated architectural answer, but it’s a writerly thought (as in that’s how I would do it) because it’s romantic to think of Kae-in’s father, young and in love, not wanting to be parted from his love for more than five minutes, so keeping her always in his line of sight. Well, both co-dependent and romantic. No one’s perfect.

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132 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Nhu

    I’m extremely extremely addicted to Personal Taste at this point. Call me childish for loving the gay hijinks, but it’s just. so. funny. In a way that Coffee Prince never did it for me… oddly enough. Anyway. Keep it coming, javabeans!

  2. sophie

    Thanks for posting a recap! I love reading what you think about certain scenes. I especially like your thought about the secret of the house. It’s so romantic if it is the reason :)

    LMH & SYJ are great together. They bring a smile to my face despite having just taken an awful test and having two more essays to write this week.

    THANKS :)

  3. Pinkdrama

    When can we see Personal Taste ( the novel) Part 4?? Dying to know the story . Thanks in advance

  4. mel

    Thank you so much. Your recap is much appreciated. Excellent writing style and very easy to read.

  5. dragonfly

    Ahem, Nhu… this awesome recap was written by girlfriday!!

    You both (JB and girlfriday) write the awesomest recaps ever (esp. Cinderella’s Sister recaps….. GAH!). 😀 Keep it up! Looking forward to the coming episodes like crazy, haha.

  6. A T

    I have been waiting for this recap for days! Excellent write-up, as always!
    Captured the spirit of the episode.

  7. Noypi

    Wonderful Recap! Thank You! Loving the drama.

    Omo! I’m watching OML, CS, PT and Down With Love (T-drama) right now… I dont know how I do it but I’m just a drama Addict! Lol.

    And Also i cant keep the PT OST by Younha out of my head. Love it!

  8. itsjustme

    Oh My Lady and Personal Taste (along with TWDrama Down with Love) are my current drama addiction at the moment. Thanks for the wonderful recaps. I like reading them just to see your and JB’s take on each epsiode =).

    Keep up the good work!

  9. mimi

    Thanks for the recap!
    –When Chang-ryul said Kae-in wasn’t “adult” enough for him, did he mean it was because she didn’t sleep with him? I don’t know if something got lost in the translation but the subbing left it so vague it’s hard to understand what he exactly meant.

    –Also, why does Hye-Mi live with Jin-Ho’s mother? At the bed scene, I thought she was just a girl he brought home that night but she lives w/ them?? Big risk if you ask me.

  10. 10 doozy

    Thanks for the fantastic recap, girlfriday!

    Regarding the possible makeover, maybe Jin-ho will start with showing Kae-in how to apply lip gloss since the boy’s lips are always so pink and shiny!

  11. 11 girlfriday

    @ mimi: I think Chang-ryul’s double meaning of “adult” was intentional. So yes, she was both too immature in the conventional way, and also “not giving of herself completely” the sexual way. Yeah, I know. Bastard.

  12. 12 asianromance

    Thank you so much for the recap! Kae-in isn’t the best heroine I’ve encountered, but I do like the Kae-in and Jinho interactions. I like how they’re not fighting all the time, but they do try to be adults and be civil. I like how Kae-in is sympathetic to the troubles Jin-ho may be facing as a gay man. And I like how Jinho can be pretty nice sometimes.

    I think the saddest part of this episode was when Kae-in was watching that movie and asked Inhee for some water. She was laughing….and then poof, reality kicked her in the shin. And Chang-ryul’s explanation made no sense. I can see how it may be an issue of sex….but then he goes on abt how she had never completely given herself and never completely put her faith in him…..but i can’t for the life of me imagine how Inhee could have done better. In what way did Inhee show Changryul that she was emotionally invested in him??

  13. 13 kaedejun

    wow your analysis of the house is amazing – i would never have thought of that! brilliant!

    i’m glad there’s less hijinks though – and more of jin ho being serious – even though his seriousness can get completely misconstrued as being the best gay bff ever

  14. 14 lovin it

    thanks for the recap! cant wait for the next

  15. 15 Amg1

    Thank you for your hard work, PT is my second favorite drama of the season, the scene where Kae-in starts to hit Jin-ho in frustration, it totally made me cry, she is responsible for her own short comings, but the ex-boyfriend he is a total Ass and half, the best scene of the whole episode!! Thank you again!!
    : O }

  16. 16 LL

    Lee Min-ho, please have my babies. (Yes, I definitely worded that correctly.)

    That is all.

  17. 17 duve

    Thanks a lot! This recaps make it easier to understand the drama. I enjoyed your recaps and the drama as well!

    Thanks again!

  18. 18 rainerust

    OOoooohhh! Love this, girlfriday, as usual. (Also your idea about the architectural secret of Sang-go-jae is kind of cool, and certainly a lot better than mine).

    “Either someone’s getting laid or someone’s getting a makeover. ”

    …how about both? 😉 A girl can hope, can’t she?

    Personal Taste’s awesome for the laughs, so I can’t wait to see what they’re going to do next week. (…I wonder if they’re going to follow the Do-bin / Jin-ho “gay” plot in the book? LOL it would be so hilarious if so.)

  19. 19 Amy

    Dude, you are good. I almost got chills reading your speculation on the house and architectural elements. It’d be a shame if that didn’t turn out to be the “secret” to Sang Go Jae.

  20. 20 LL

    Ugh, in the part where Chang-ryul said she didn’t give him “everything” and that’s why he cheated on her, I was all, “Wait… does he mean…? OH NO HE DIDN’T.”

    What a bastard.

    (I’m not saying it’s wrong to want to make a relationship sexual, or to be frustrated when you and your significant other want to be at different stages. What annoys me most is that he’s acting like he’s the adult here, when clearly he never did the adult thing – have a conversation with her about it. Instead he cheated on her with her best friend, who was willing to give him “everything” (except, clearly, her heart). Classy. )

  21. 21 anonymous

    “Has the orange-haired girl ever gotten the guy? ”

    How about the movie “My Love Patzzi”?

  22. 22 momosan

    Apparently I’m 5 as well, because I laughed too. 😎

    Or maybe 12, because I’m thinking a Do-bin/Jin-ho/Sang-jun triangle would be a riot as well.

  23. 23 Two Cents

    I find the female lead character annoying as hell. There is nothing cute or redeeming about her to make me sit though an entire 50 minutes of the show- not even for Lee Minho.

  24. 24 Quinze

    Thanks for the well written recap. Hah, I love these two together already. Loved the bonding! I think the part where Jin Ho tricks Kae In to admitting her lie was so cute. Poor Kae In, can’t help it if she’s such a craptastic liar!

    I like that you add your own humor into these recaps so it’s not like rereading the exact same episode.

    I think I agree with your speculation about the house. Granted I have no knowledge of Korean housing and architecture but it seems like a plausible answer especially connecting it to a museum design.

  25. 25 socal

    Javabeans, you are too funny…

    “Has the oranged-hair girl ever gotten the guy? Yeah I didn’t think so.” You are so right.

  26. 26 sshahi

    wow! i like you analysis on the design of the house. and you know what? Jin-ho realizes it when he falls for Kae-in

  27. 27 sshahi

    continue# 26 : realizes it as in figure out the secret of the design

  28. 28 Kryzenna

    I love your interpretation on the architectural design of the house! When I was looking at it I was only thinking that it looks really spacious and comfortable but I have never thought about the true meaning behind the design. Whether it’s as you interpreted or not, it is a very well-designed house. I hope to get a chance to look at the real one when I go to Korea one day!

  29. 29 Tammu

    OOooooh, I love your idea about the architectural secret to the house. That sounds really interesting!

    Watching this drama wishes I had a Korean style house like that, but I’m sure that’s not going to fly in sunny California. Oh well…

    Thanks for the recap!

  30. 30 Mon

    ” If that turns out to be true, it might have something to do with the architect’s obsessive love for his wife, wanting to see her at all times”

    Wow…thats a really good idea. Thank you for your recap…

    It would be sweet if it is that way.

  31. 31 notoriousnoona

    Great recap.
    Favorite line is this recap: [i]Oh, is that not where this is going?[i]
    Favorite line in every recap: [i]thank you very much, Show.[i]

    Thanks for yet another great read.

  32. 32 sugarpunch_deb

    girlfriday! ur recaps entertain me totally! especially ur witty banter with Show. :D:D:D i think this episode was the best out of the four and i can’t wait for ep 5. THANKS!!

  33. 33 jossy

    I love the way you write your recaps! <3

    wow you're analysis (^^) of Kae-In's house is really quite impressive! I WANT THAT HOUSE BTW! hehe

    Thanks for the recap!

  34. 34 dannaluk

    u forgot to mention jinho/hyemi/taehoon…and there also seems to be director do bin on the list..if this going to be anything like the novel..its gonna be a riot!!…thanx for th e lovely recap GF!!

  35. 35 ivy

    i had really high hopes for this drama and i think it didn’t live up to the hype. so far it’s alright. but the pacing is really awkward, and therefore makes the drama less engaging. i wonder what rabbit they’ll pull out of the bag next. or else i’ll soon be a goner.

  36. 36 Ladymoonstone143

    Thanks for the recaps Javabeans…I love this drama and falling for Lee Min Ho all over again…:)))

  37. 37 dara

    Good recaps……..
    Thank for recaps.

  38. 38 mellowyel

    @Tammu – yo, Cali is probably the only place you could get away with having that kind of house. i can only imagine how cold it might get in winter with all those open space.

    thanks for the recap! sometimes i feel like i miss the emotional bits, so i’m glad you pointed them out. but you forgot to mention the awesome See-Ya song in this episode!

    p.s. the theory about the house is (a) really romantic and (b) such a good idea. i hope that’s the actual reason, or at least that the real reason is just as epic

  39. 39 Abie Lee

    my favorite part, aside from Jin Ho’s diarrhea face, is when Kae-in said that they indirectly kissed cause they ate off the same spoon. i was actually surprised that he ate out of the same spoon that she just used. i thought he’d be more of a germaphobe.

  40. 40 yap

    oh TQ.. for ur review~~
    i lov ur opinion about the house, n i seriously believe it’s tat way.. hehe..
    can’t wait for tomorrow~~

  41. 41 poo

    woah ur speculation is brilliant…i hope it is the same! Awesome!
    This ep was way better than the earlier eps…but itz still not heating up yet.

  42. 42 ivy

    oh yea.. but i think reading your recaps is way more enjoyable than watching the drama. love your theory about sang go jae’s architectural secret. it makes a lot of sense.

  43. 43 Saris

    I have totally fallen in love with this drama. I think Lee Min-ho is doing a fantastic job. With Goo Jun-pyo there was this over the top, dramatic flair to what he did. I think that with Jin-ho here there is a control to the emotion of the character that requires more depth. Awesome to see him growing.

    And in the scene where she beats him after she’s gone out to see Jerk Face of the Year and they’ve both got tears in their eyes? I was all teary eyed as well. Beautiful, emotional scene and one that was unexpected in this episode.

    You know what? Poop is always good for a laugh. And this one made me laugh really, really hard. Especially the scene where he was in the pharmacy. The pharmacist coming out with the keys and Jin-ho basically clenching his way down the sidewalk had me in stitches.

    I really hope your speculation about the house comes true. Because that is endearing. And that is the kind of love I could see developing between Kae-in and Jin-ho. Great, great recap!

    Can’t wait to see what happens this week!

  44. 44 Jewels

    I am watching a lot of dramas mainly MFL, BORM, CS, PP, PT… wow just call me an addict, but since I work nights, on my days off, I cannot sleep, and this is how I get through the night.

    I really look forward to PT, I am enjoying it a lot, and I do like the gay roommate. although not original, story line.

    It’s strange that every now an then, the camera shows you Do-bin, I thought, is there something about him? I felt a strange vibe when Do-bin a man passed his handkerchief to Jin-ho and tells him that he needs it back because it’s sentimental. I have never seen a man give another man his handkerchief before; it was at that moment I felt that Do-bin may be gay.

  45. 45 cuddlyanne

    super dooper love this drama…can’t wait for the next episode…saranghe lee min ho!!!!:)

  46. 46 vanc2010

    awww…I’d love it if the reason for the architecture of the house was as you said, girlfriday…and that as @sshahi said, that jinho will realize it when he falls for kae-in…thanks for the recap!

  47. 47 Jinny

    “There now, was that cathartic? Was it sexy? Oh, is that not where this is going?”

    You know, you and Javabeans make one hell of a tag team. As someone that’s been reading this blog for years (oh dear god) I have to say that I *love* your recaps. Great job!

  48. 48 nabi

    I like the overall storyline but am not very happy with how they’re executing it. I don’t like to see the unnecessary flashback scenes or retelling what’s happened between so and so.. which make me fast-forward parts of the drama. And the horrible soundtrack oh my.. I guess the rumor I saw about the music director of this drama was all wrong. I’m really happy with the actors so far though.. well except I wish Son Ye-jin made funny looking faces less often.

    I just wanted ep 5 preview and it looks much more promising than ep 1-4. I really hope it doesn’t disappoint!

  49. 49 byulx3

    I think you just turned into my favorite guest writer/recapper. 😀

  50. 50 amira

    i love the house. if anyone has a blueprint let me know ^_^

  51. 51 passion4life

    omg, i love your recaps!!! thanks you so much for doing this!!!

  52. 52 giddygirl108

    Again, your much-appreciated wit and humor drive the recaps for another round! Weee…can’t wait to see how they continue bonding!

  53. 53 ppfan

    the first dramas I’ve watched were hana yori dango, bbf and goong… you see? I totally agree with the orange hair syndrom for the guy who’ll never end with the female lead! so your comment on hye mi made me laugh enough to hurt my stomach! 😀
    thx a looOot for your soOo funny and interesting recap!! ^^

  54. 54 FT

    “My jaw and my opinion of In-hee drop to the floor.” hahahahaha!

  55. 55 schatzky

    thanks for the recaps, now I’m waiting whats the real secret in this house..LOL :)

  56. 56 karened

    I haven’t really paid attention to the design of the house, but your explanaation sounds credible and….good enough for a drama setting. Anyway, I really liked this ep, but the toilet humour ruined it all…Before the toilet one was the massage moan one, and both low level crude humour didn’t work as well as intended, for me. And am I the only one who’s not exactly pissed off with Chang Ryul? I disliuke him for cheating, but even right from ep 1, we see him hesitating and working hard to break the news to Kae In as gently as possible…he’s not the typical playboy type, with kind of redeemed him for me.

  57. 57 butterfly

    My favorite part in the drama is when lmh had a diarrhea and he had to buy the medicine to the pharmacy. I had a great laugh with the scene when the pharmacist was being cute when she gave the key to the toilet. How I wanted to laugh hard but I can’t because I am watcing it in viikii.net at 2 A.M., my husband was already asleep and he will not forgive me for waking him up just because of this korean drama, which he opposed very much. Anyway, thanx for the recap, I still enjoy it eventhough I watched it already.

  58. 58 shengs

    dang, the last paragraph about the architecture was so dang insightful! i couldn’t have thought about that myself, but now that you’ve brought it up, it would make so much sense…thank you for bringing that to our attention!

  59. 59 butterfly

    Can anyone tell me what is the rating of Personal Taste in Korea. Is it still in no. 2 place? tnx

  60. 60 djes

    Do Bin is definitely a gay, right!!!!!!!!!!
    He’s interested to Jin Ho… and the love triangle Jin Ho/Do Bin/Sang Jun will be riot! hahahaha.
    Oh, this drama gives me the laughs I need along with Oh! My Lady.

  61. 61 lanlan

    “I find the female lead character annoying as hell. There is nothing cute or redeeming about her to make me sit though an entire 50 minutes of the show- not even for Lee Minho.””

    Two Cents. You said it right!!

  62. 62 lilly

    Son Ye Jin has Gu Hye Sun vibe in this drama…

  63. 63 Lemon

    Thanks girlfriday for this awesome recap! I think both you and Javabeans are awesome at writing witty posts (as previously seen in The Woman Who Still Wants To Get Married)

    Also, I think your analysis of the “secret” of the house is veryyyy credible. And I think that as the story goes along, Jin-ho will uncover the secret of the design of the house as he falls in love with Kae-in. It will be a cute moment, for sure 😀

  64. 64 dee

    i must be the only one who find this drama not satisfying.
    min ho is cute but something about Personal taste which feels slightly.. off.

  65. 65 strawberryfieldsforever

    i am so loving lee min ho here! i didn’t like him that much in BOF, but his Jin Ho role made me love soooo much! every scene with him and son yeh jin gives me a big smile, they look really cute…and good…and loveable…and adorable together. i love their team up! good job, personal taste!

    and yeah, chang ryul is such a big a**…and so is in hee!

  66. 66 heejung

    wow, GREAT RECAP. i really loved your theory about the windows and the idea of visibility – it makes so much sense! aah, can’t wait for things to start… ahem… heating up in dramaland^^

  67. 67 awesome

    love this show and love your reviews!!

  68. 68 strawberryfieldsforever

    btw, thanks girlfriday for the recaps! i enjoyed your work 😀

  69. 69 Dara

    Still looking for more connection between the two leads. I wish LMH could smile more. Later episodes would be sad when Kae-in found out Jin-ho real intention. She would trust him by then and then betrayed again? Oh my! love to see their reconciliation. Will forgiveness be there since she was betrayed once by her ex?
    Your theory about the house is very romantic. Thanks for your recaps.

  70. 70 birdscout

    girlfriday, you rock! And your theory of the house’s architecture really makes sense. (so clever!)

    I laughed at the “indirect kiss” statement while Jin-ho was eating jook.

  71. 71 fiey

    Thanks for the recap Girlfriday!!
    You and JB are just awesome writers!
    love your wittiness and your speculation at the end was just brilliant.
    i hope it will turn out that way. it’ll be so sweet.

    anyway, i’m going really crazy over PT now ( GI & JH to be exact). my mind keep thinking about them that i cant concentrate on my work at all.
    just cant wait for Ep 5 to come NOW already!

  72. 72 mellowyel

    I just realized that the pharmacist was Kim Na Young! I’ve only seen her in variety shows but I think she’s hilarious. Esp. when Jinho is dying and she’s just thinking, “my, what a handsome man you are!” LOLz

  73. 73 Meyawie

    Thank you so much for the recaps i love following it…i am also looking forward on the novel version…i hope it will be up soon…

  74. 74 michi

    thanks for the recap, girlfriday! well done!! :))

  75. 75 marie

    Thanks a lot for this recap! It’s wonderful as always. It’s very much appreciated even if I saw the episode. I agree with what you said, that is that the two leads are finally starting to bond, their friendship is slowly showing in this episode. there are really sweet moments between them as well as moments which make you laugh your head off!
    I love the indirect kiss comment too when she uses the same spoon to taste the porridge she’s made! lol
    I’m starting to like this drama more and more. ^^ Can’t wait to see the next episodes.

  76. 76 mie

    Fun recap as always.

    “Seriously, go back and look at all your kdramas of old. Has the orange-haired girl ever gotten the guy? Yeah, I didn’t think so.”

    I beg to differ. I remember Jang Nara’s hair being very bleached and orange-y in Success Story of a…. Cheerful Girl? (What was it called again?)

  77. 77 janet lee

    great recap! thanks. while you may not complete me, you definitely complete my enjoyment of these dramas.

  78. 78 lovedramas

    I didn’t come in to this drama with high expectations except that I thought it would a good feel-good drama with light comedy and be fun. So based on that, it has met my expectations. I do like the interactions btw Kae-In and Jin-ho, but I don’t think that Jin-ho is quite comfortable yet with Kae-In. There are obviously some deep things going on in the background between the 2 and their respective families, but whether they actually connect on that level, I’m not sure. I do think that house is gorgeous but definitely not my style. I can’t help but think just how cold it must be to live there. It gets cold in Korea right? I’m not really certain how the 2 characters are going to change right now, but I’m just going to watch it light-heartly and see how the story unfolds. JH – I’m not sure that I can quite grasp what he’s character is really like. He seems more multi-dimensional, while KI is more straightforward.

  79. 79 grace, the one from Jersey, USA

    Thanks so much for the beautiful write-up, girlfriday. I never would
    have thought of the open floor plan as being “a secret to the house.”
    Your reasoning about the dad’s love for his wife was almost poetic.

    By the way, is there some clue in the Korean translation of “Sang Go Jae?”
    Could it mean “Built Over Quicksand”….or….”Recycled Aluminum Cans?” :)

    My favorite Episode #4 scene was when Kae-in described herself as
    a child, not knowing how to tie the ribbons on her traditional clothing,
    and not having her mom there to help her. I could “feel” that Jin-ho was
    thinking the same thing; about what it was like for him not to have his dad.
    It’s amazing what happens on screen, when two such very talented people
    as Sohn Ye-jin and Lee Min-ho are together………in a scene like that.

    As to the complaints of no chemistry between the two lead actors…….
    The first time that Kae-in and Jin-ho met at the taxi stand, if they had
    both been hit by ~ THE LIGHTENING BOLT OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT ~
    they would have cancelled their original plans for the day, taken the taxi
    to Seoul’s City Hall, gotten married in a civil ceremony, and lived happily
    ever after. THE END. Then this 16 episode rom-com would have been
    over in the first 20 minutes of Episode #1, and where would we be then?
    HUH?

    I think that as “Personal Taste” moves on through its storyline, there’s
    gonna’ be so much chemistry floating around, that before we viewers
    will be able to SAFELY watch each episode, we’ll need to put on a
    HAZMAT (hazardous material) suit for protection. :) :) :)

    *

  80. 80 snoopyvkd

    Hmm… let’s see… “promise to do anything he wants”…
    I wish I can be the one who gets to sign on that contract.
    Besides cleaning and febreezing, I can think of some more exciting things I could do to help the mister. :p

  81. 81 müge

    even the first eps didn’t give me what I expected, it’s getting better and better with every new ep.
    when I fisrt saw LMH and SYJ together, I knew it would be a good chemistry and now I wasn’t wrong.
    in this episode, after LMH’s comment about her being pathetic, I loved SYJ’s crying scene and I also cried, too. it was really touching.
    I think a big transformation is waiting for us, let’s see what will happen?

  82. 82 starletbang

    i love kim ji suk.
    i know his character isn’t his usual bright and crazy (like in chuno) but i loveeeee him

  83. 83 Nhu

    Oh… oops. That’ll teach me to look at the heading before I post comments…. xD Well then, awesome job, girlfriday and please keep it coming! You have a great talent for writing because I enjoyed the recap immensely.

  84. 84 yuan

    hmmm im beginning to love this series… : )
    nice recap!

  85. 85 bjharm

    ‘Seriously, go back and look at all your kdramas of old. Has the orange-haired girl ever gotten the guy? Yeah, I didn’t think so.’
    Well Jang Nara from My Love Patzzi comes to mind.
    I wonder if the fact that he using Kae-in to spy out the house well come back and bit him, it almost industrial espionage in a way, with him in her father study looking at the plans. And its certainly taking advantage of just the thing he was accusing her of, that is being too trusting. Guess if depends on if they wish to keep the melodrama bit of show confined to the fight with her ex and his father, or use it to make them break up just as they starting to admit to liking each other.
    As for the love triangle, well only orange-hair has any chance with his mothers support, In-hee not a chance at all. He seen what she like and what she has done, it simply business and a little at getting back at Chang-ryul

  86. 86 MiniGrace

    Grace from Jersey
    When I read your comments, I kinda get this eerie feeling that you are reading my mind!.
    GI is a naive/gullible and trusting girl who grew up in a fairly protective environment (she lives in a protected home SGJ) where as JH’s childhood situation is markedly different- kicked out of home when his fathered died from ?alcoholism after being betrayed by his most trusted partner. Hence forth LMH portrays his cynical and controlled characteristics aptly. Only when he connects with GI that you can see glimpses of the sensitive side and you just know that one day he is going realise GI’s words of ” you’ve no idea what it’s like to wait for a call from someone you love”.
    LMH is so great with this “fall-slow- but-fall deep” love. Just wait- this couple is going to be amazing!!!!

  87. 87 adriana

    Thanks for the recap! I really love this drama, can’t wait for the next episode…

  88. 88 Leona

    @MiniGrace I’m anxious to see that ep with Jin Ho waiting a whole day a phone from GI>:)
    The industrial espionage will bite him not from behind just directly from his heart…and her heart too . .. with this one he will hurt 2 ppl

    about the house : she lived there the whole life but she doesn’t know anything about the acoustic of the house … the girls were whispering and he heard it all . As girlfriday said this house should be all about being(seeing,hearing,feeling) with the loved one even she/he is 10 rooms away.

    on the other hand I see it like sick surveillance

  89. 89 grace, the one from Jersey, USA

    # 86 ~ Hello, MiniGrace

    Ah, ha…..SO YOU MUST BE MY TWIN SISTER, separated from me at birth,
    when evil grandma sold us both to the circus. (A popular kdrama plot.) :) :)

    Seriously……yeah, it’s funny how many people from around the world we
    can connect with, whenever the topic is ~ Television from South Korea.
    South Korean TV??? HUH??? As we say in New York………go figure.

    The two leading actors in “Personal Taste” start off being galaxies apart.
    And in case viewers don’t “get it” right away, the opening credits makes
    sure that we notice how different they are, just waking up in the morning.
    Jin-ho lives an organized life. Kae-in hasn’t got a clue, of up from down.

    But that scene on the couch while they watched the movie, showed how
    these two people are both on the exact same page. A script with snappy dialogue is great. But sometimes “a dialoge of silence” is even better.
    You could almost hear LMH saying, “Yeah, me too.” “Yeah, I know exactly
    what you mean.” “Yeah, the way that you miss your mom, is how I feel
    about my dad.” You could “read” the surprise on LMH’s face. That’s why
    I think that that scene was so important to the story, as the beginning of
    a new attitude by Jin-ho towards Kae-in.

    So it looks as if you and I are both enjoying “Personal Taste.” :)
    We don’t care what the dates are, on Sohn Yi-jin or Lee Min-ho’s birth
    certificates. We don’t care that LMH’s pants are too short, nor the dopey
    “hairdo-bump” of SYJ’s hairstyle. And we are willing to wait for the
    “chemistry” to finally build to the point where it can be seen by everyone,
    because we know it’s already there. It’s just quiet chemistry, for now.

    Take care, Mini G ~ :)

    *

  90. 90 thureese

    it took me days to want to finish this episode.. hehe i dunno… i just lost interest to this drama.. tsk2.. boring.I skipped some scenes and im not liking the female lead’s acting..

  91. 91 JJ

    Maybe Do-bin is gay so he has a sudden interest in jin-ho after that time gae-in yelled out that jin-ho was gay. Before, he wouldn’t give him the time of day but after that incident, he started showing more interest in jin-ho and inviting him for dinner, etc. possible…

    That architectural secret seems possible and really cute! :)

    hehe I just finished watching ep 5. can’t wait for 6 today!

  92. 92 Eugenia

    You forgot to mention:

    The part with Chang-ryul and In-hee (when he’s asking her to take him back, and her cruelty towards him), is actually pretty comedic because it’s a parody of kdramas, and their dramatic break-ups.

    They have typical drama music on, and he’s saying:
    “What can I do (to make you come back to me)?”

    In-hee: “I’m the problem, not you. Once my heart leaves, it never comes back.”

    I was laughing the entire time. Haha.

    I love how they slip in those funny moments. I was hoping you would catch it in your recap. ^_^ Thanks for your hard work!

  93. 93 Eugenia

    And I love your interpretation of why Do-bin is fond of the Sang-go-jae!
    It’s very romantic.

  94. 94 Kim

    Hi MAN I’M SO DESPERATE FOR ALL OF THE EPISODES FOR PERSONAL TASTE!!! and cinderella’s sister BUT THANKS FOR ALL UR RECAPS BUT WHEN ARE U GOING TO POST PERSONAL TASTE THE NOVEL PART 4 BUT THANKS ANYWAYS 😀 XD ;D x)

  95. 95 Kim

    Now i wonder when viikii is gonna post up personal taste ep 5 n 6 im DESPERATE

  96. 96 HT

    Thanks for your hilarious recap, Girlfriday! I had so much fun reading it. Love your thought on the secret to Sangojae’s layout. It sounds sweet and romantic. Call me a cry baby but my eyes were tearing up at the last scene of this episode.

  97. 97 Minho

    What else can I say, LOVE LOVE LOVE Minho’s lovely face!

  98. 98 p3rk3le

    That “A person like you has never…” scene is the reason why I decided not to give up on this drama completely. Finally, some real bonding!
    But I also think it would be such a great scene if it was played AFTER he has fallen for her, since it would aply to his feelings for her. But I guess, I could always see this in some other romantic dramas :3

  99. 99 puppy

    Love the recap! Keep up the good effort :-)

  100. 100 MeeWiee

    Really want to know, what will be happened, so please keep writing and tell us about this drama… thanks a lot..

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