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Prosecutor Princess: Episode 3
by | April 13, 2010 | 63 Comments

¡Hola, amigos!

Well, well, well, we left episode 2 with Hye-ri being taken by the police, accused of trying to have some unhealthy fun with two kids. Can an hour of korean television be heartbreaking, fun and hate-inducing at the same time? Yes, and this episode is just another proof of that.

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Dreams of a doll by Loveholic (which is so appropiate for today’s epi!) [ Download ]

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Excerpt from the lyrics

I was always one step behind you / Will you forever be unable to see me?

While looking at me / While speaking with your hands

I will always love you.

Episode 3

Before their arrival to the police station, while on the car, Hye-ri and Yoo-na discuss their difficult situation, and how they’ll manage to keep this incident under control. She’s a prosecutor, and being accused of rape would be a killing wound to her career and reputation; even worst, because she is a law officer, she knows exactly that she’ll have to pay for this offense.

After receiving a message from In-woo (“Weird-lawyer”), Yoo-na suggests calling him; they’d be able to solve all this misunderstanding without Hye-ri’s dad finding out. Hye-ri instantly remembers how she kicked his leg, and how outraged she was because of the entire “workshop non-attendance” thing, so she can’t do it.

Yoo-na: You may as well lose your dignity to someone you had none with to start off.

Hye-ri agrees, somewhat reluctantly. In-woo says he doesn’t want to take her case or her money, and threatens to hang up (In-woo refusing Hye-ri?! No way!) if she doesn’t tell him what the hell is going on. She explains all this mess, but really weirdly and he scolds her for not even knowing what she is talking about. We all know that she knows, but is embarrassed for both her situation and for having to call HIM of all the people in the world, so she simply tells him not to go.

Without a lawyer, Hye-ri has to face an investigator’s interrogation, who tends to believe the kids and not her. ZE:A boys take advantage of this, and they say that those two freaking ladies offered money to have a one-night stand with them. Hye-ri doesn’t seem to understand why this boys are lying, and tries to be reasonable with them – “Don’t you know how big a crime is to lie and bring false testimony to someone else?”. They keep saying that they’re innocent victims to their insatiable lust, and won’t change their statements, being pretty cynical, specially when Hye-ri affirms that they said they were 22 years old. After this accusation, one of them looks at her eyes and (oh, boy I hate his face!) says that both Hye-ri and Yoo-na let them lie like that (huh? Damn brats!).

And then, THE moment we’d all had been waiting for. I have to admit, in this episode I went from “oh, his creepy smile” to “squeeeee” regarding In-woo’s appearances. He enters the scene shouting “Honey!”, to Hye-ri’s (and everyone’s) surprised face(s).

In-woo: Honey! What happened? Are you okay? Are you hurt? Oh, I brought you to the club hoping you’d have some fun with Yoo-na for the first time in a long time. What is this? Statutory rape? Who is that fraud? These two?

(Aaaawwww). When he presents himself as Hye-ri’s fiancée, she tries to stand up and protest, but he makes her sit again (I’m sold to his charms already).

He talks to those rascals, and shows them up, just by observing their clothes and listening to their arguments, making them trip themselves up. He points out that their T-shirts are from a designer’s brand, and asks who bought them and when. The boys are puzzled, and In-woo explains why he is being this sharp.

In-woo: I heard you ran away from home last March. So I wonder when your parents bought them for you. You, brats! Did you run away from home to swindle noonas? You guys were caught last December while looking for noonas on the internet, weren’t you?

Hye-ri is released (and we have to suppose that Yoo-na too, but she got lost in her way, we don’t see her anymore), and jokingly In-woo tells her that she is blind for not seeing that they were infants. But Hye-ri is worried about something more important – what if this incident is known at the prosecutor’s office? In-woo tells her not to worry, he won’t say a thing, and offers to take her home, seeing both her pitiful state and that she’s about to throw up for drinking on a empty stomach. How does he know that?

In-woo was being overly optimistic, since not only the incident is known at the prosecutor’s office, BUT IN ALL KOREA, making her blind date (organized by her father with a congressman’s son) to be cancelled. Here, we have to start wondering about the photographer that’s been following her since the beginning of the drama, and whom I thought was not relevant. Is he responsible for the leak of her scandal?

Obviously, all her partners already hated her, and now, well, that awful sentiment is worse. She’s giving shame to the prosecutor’s name, even if she’s been fooled. Useless but funny fact: the number one word on search engines is “bu-gum”, the word for prosecutor who does casual meet-ups in clubs.

Hye-ri refuses to go to work, and is considering resignation; she feels terrible and can’t face all those evil people at the office. And she hasn’t even realized that her name and photo are all over the internet!

Poppa Ma has investigated a bit about his daughter’s doings at work, and has found out that she’s really lousy and underestimated. She didn’t become independent, she was neglected. She has stepped on him not one time, but twice! Hey, twice? What has happened before, that we’re not aware of?

Mr. Flashback tells us that once upon a time, Hye-ri was a design student and model, but when her parents went to her fashion show, they heard that she was plagiarizing Vera Wang’s 2003 Spring Wedding Collection. Ooops. Also, as a model she kinda sucked, not walking properly, hiding behind her flower bouquets, and almost falling a couple of times. But this is not all, my friends! Her father, the man himself, went up the stage and grabbed her hair, dragging her and shattering both her pride and self-esteem.

He burnt all her clothes and cards, and made her to give up and pursue law studies, after a heartbreaking scene that made us hate him even more than before, in which she begs for forgiveness and promises to do as he wants. I understand, she needs some taste of discipline, but clearly this is not the way.

Back to present, we have a similar situation. He says that if she fails to become a prosecutor in a fortnight, he’ll make her independent from him, too.

Mr. Ma: The phrase “a parent is who unconditionally loves their child”, is the phrase I hate the most. It makes me sick! That doesn’t exist in the real world. What’s for free? I let you spend as much money as you wanted. Now it’s your turn to do what I want you to do. Why do I have to lose out?!

He’s saying he’s bought her for life, and we can see how vulnerable and lonely she is. Her mother, who seemed like her accomplice, now forces her to agree. Hye-ri is a creature of her parents, and is really unsure and shaking inside, she has no choice but to go to work and try to satisfy her father.

Once again, all her cards are taken away, with her car keys, too, and is given 5000 won. I would have loved this punishment if the timing was like, 10 years ago??? Anyway, Hye-ri has to take the subway! She doesn’t forget she’s a lady, though, and fixes her make up while onboard.

What she feared the most has happened. Her reputation has indeed been destroyed, everyone knows about the “bu-gum” scandal, and ain’t trying to hide it. Her boss, particularly, is playing the “indifference game”, and doesn’t shout, scold or try to kill her with a katana; he just tells her that she has no assigned cases.

So, defeated, she pays a visit to all of her sunbaes offices, but they mistreat her and pretend to be blind, they ingnore her completely. Ok, why is that? No matter how messed up is she, that’s no reason to be like this. Are they some kind of sect or something? Finally, she meets with Prosecutor “stiff face” Yoon, who tells her (briefly) to get lost if she doesn’t like her job.

Hye-ri: Why do you hate me so much? You already knew me, you saw me at the ski resort.

Se-joon: How could I forget?

Hye-ri: Then, why do you act as if you don’t know? If you acted like you didn’t know, you should’ve acted like you didn’t know until the very end… Why did you tell everyone about me?

But here enters Yoon’s assistant and tells the truth: he spread the rumor. Se-joon goes away, without saying a word, and the assistant explains the story about Kim Don Suk and Se-joon’s inability to catch him. Now, everything makes sense, Prosecutor Yoon has his reason for hating her and treating her like a scumbag! (huh?)

In-woo meets the stalker reporter in a pretty freaking awesome way, and urges him not to print Hye-ri’s story (“From stalker to stalker, I saw her first!”). The journalist is suspicious – why is he doing this to save her? Pretending to be her fiancée? But omnipotent In-woo can’t be bullied, heavens forbid, he knows the story behind this guy: an article of his was the reason why a person committed suicide. He wrote about Jin Young Ra’s sex tape, receiving money from this person’s rival, so he must delete the article (or else, In-woo will make his life a hell!!). Good thing Hye-ri has In-woo acting as her shadow! It might be creepy, but it sure helps a lot!

Look at those pants!

He doesn’t have to be exactly a shadow, and c’mon, some reward for his caring behavior would be appreciated. So, he meets Hye-ri, who no longer misunderstands him and doesn’t accuse him of talking to that awful journalist, and tells her that he made sure the article was dropped. Yay! Plus 10 points, baby!

Hye-ri: Then, how do you know that person? Did you meet him? Was it you who made the article be dropped?

In-woo: What was I supposed to do? What else could I have done? Otherwise, I would’ve been misunderstood again.

YEAH! In-woo rocks!

Now, it’s the turn of a creepy laugh. It won’t break his charm this time, though. He’s laughing at Hye-ri’s father blackmails, and at the way she takes them. Hye-ri explains that they’re not empty words, she’ll be sent to exile if she doesn’t take at least one case. If she wants to succeed and keep all her clothing privileges, she has either to take cases or do her own investigation (suspicious face by In-woo).

Again a meeting with some lady, which is not random, but who is a mystery. In-woo visited her in the first episode, but I left this part out, because nothing actually happened. I mean, we don’t even know her name, occupation or how’s she related to him! Apparently, he goes to her place to have some friendly chit-chat, telling her that he’s a writer (why, forgodssake, why???) and wearing weird glasses (is he in disguise?). Is he even In-woo? Or is he In-woo from the future?

And this is one of the two most heartbreaking and unfair moments in today’s episode, so prepare your tissues!

Hye-ri wants to take care of the reservations for lunch, but, once again, she’s told that she doesn’t need to. All her subaes go to a korean restaurant, obviously not asking her to accompany them. They must think that she’ll go to some fancy place or just don’t think at all about her. The void is huge. Hungry and gloomy, when everyone is gone, she starts eating from a tiny lunch box filled with vegetables. She tries to convince herself of her happiness, but fails (she must feel really miserable), and decides to eat cookies and candies as crazy, hinting some kind of compulsive eating disorder. Not satisfied with those, she goes to a korean restaurant to answer to her depression with a fat-filled table of delicacies.

Oh! Perverse, stupid fate! Her sunbaes’ korean place is the same as hers, and Hye-ri overhears a harsh conversation from the conspirator’s table of doom.

Ji-won: Ma Hye-ri did that?

Min-suk: She’s probably in her office now, eating cherry tomatoes.

Ji-won: She will resign, right?

Min-suk: How about making a bet?

Se-joon: What’s the point of placing a bet on somebody who’s going to quit anyway?

Jung-sun: Did Prosecutor Ma say that she was going to quit?

Se-joon: How is she going to stay put, when she doesn’t have the skill or the effort? Especially, in this kind of environment.

Chief: Right. Since you were her guidance prosecutor, you must not be feeling very good about this.

Min-suk: What are you talking about? Prosecutor Yoon was the first one who threw her away.

Jung-sun: He didn’t throw her away, he simply couldn’t handle her. Honestly, who can handle her?

Ji-won: Someone without a sense of responsibility or talent. I’d hate to handle someone like her.

Chief: Ah, that’s strange. She can’t do her job properly, doesn’t even do her best, but still wants to look professional. I can’t understand her.

Min-suk: Usually, you call those people crazy.

At this point, Hye-ri’s sobs are loud enough to make them all aware of her presence. I don’t know about you guys, but this scene is so hurtful, that I wanted to book the first flight to Korea to punch everyone’s faces (specially Min-suk’s). Meeting up to talk dirty about a work or study companion is plainly wrong, no matter what has this subject done. Argh, I’m so pissed! They even want to look surprised and sorry! Hypocrites!

Hye-ri calms down, and confronts Prosecutor Yoon (who just had a talk about similarities between Prosecutor Ma and his wife with Jung-sun), telling him to be ready, to just wait and see, she’ll kick his ass and be better than him. She’ll step over his horrid face and make him feel sorry that he dared to throw her away. It didn’t happen that way, but we know that it would’ve been the whole spirit of her confrontation, if only she didn’t admire him that much. She just tells him that she’ll prove that she can do it, she can be a professional.

Meanwhile, outside In-woo’s quarters, we witness how he and Jenny talk about Hye-ri. He wonders whether she fits for the prosecutor position, but Jenny refuses to give away her opinions (she promised that when he returned from America). He says he doesn’t care, his opinions are what matter.

When night has come, we get a clue for In-woo’s obsession with Hye-ri. He is standing outside her house, and then FOOOSH, flashback! When they were kids, pretty and lovely Hye-ri gave him delicious muffins, when he went to her house. Was he poor? Perhaps, you get that vibe from this food-bonding moment, as she says that he shouldn’t starve, he could die (cute).

Eventually, Hye-ri arrives and In-woo can’t change his melancholic state of mind and she can feel it, but misunderstands it (as always). Well, anyone would misunderstand if a weird guy starts bringing himself closer to you with that confusing face. She tells him that he’s creeping her out; he’s there with his creepy face and creepy attitude in front of her house! He doesn’t respond to these accusations, instead, he asks why she cried. In the fierce battle between creepy and sweet, sweet wins, by now.

Deducing all she must’ve been through from listening at all the messages that her silence is sending, he offers one case to help her out. She agrees, and they arrange a meeting for the following day at his office, but he doesn’t say a thing about what kind of case it is. She thinks that he likes her – why else would he follow her everywhere? – and feels proud of it.

Whose daughter was the girl that Jung-sun was taking care of? Prosecutor Yoon’s! And he is not a very attentive father, it seems, but loves her and she makes him smile for the first time! Yay for smiling, Prosecutor Stiff! They share a cute food-bonding moment, in which the girl wants to call Jung-sun, but Se-joon refuses to.

Who cares about daughters and food when amazing In-woo is explaining his plan to Hye-ri? No one! So, the thing is, he’s been investigating some illegal gambling places, and Hye-ri will have to go undercover to get them. In-woo teaches her how to play Go-stop and I’m beginning to think that gamble-bonding is far better than the food one. Since she has an excellent memory, she can remember every little detail that is taught rather easily.

Hye-ri still has to learn how to be the real ahjumma, and they go to a public bathroom, where she’s hilarious while trying to imitate them. They scream, they move violently, they shake their hands, they scratch their legs, they laugh out really loud, and she just follows them, to In-woo’s delight. Once her training is over, they buy spy-related items. The problem is, she doesn’t want the phone with security features and just asks for the basic one, which receives feedback only. This decision will be regretted later on, girl!

Hye-ri is dressed up and sent with an accomplice to one of the gambling dives, for observational purposes. At her office, she chews gum like a ruminant cow while she reads the case’s files, behaving like an ahjumma. Has she been assimilated by them? Resistance to ahjumma’s way of life is futile!

As the saying says, today is the tomorrow you were scared of, and Hye-ri is taken to the field. With her attire ready and the spy’s stuff installed by Jenny, she puts on the Gioberni shoes, believing they’re lucky (really?). In-woo says that luck is something that others bring, and gives her a broach. As he gives her luck with that broach, her assistant (to whom she had asked for help) will take it away: Prosecutor Yoon asks him for assistance in the Kim Do Suk’s case, so he leaves Hye-ri without even telling her (uh-oh). Bad comradeship alert.

Hye-ri should consider burning those shoes: she isn’t taken to the place that was supposed to, and In-woo can’t find her. Have they been discovered? As of now, that’s not it, but not for a very long time.

Scary guy looks at the shoes with suspicion and Hye-ri decides to walk away (not the right strategy, if you ask me). Now they’re a scary bunch of guys that look at her with suspicion, and the tragedy is unavoidable. It’s a general rule, if you panic, things will start refusing to work out, and in a short time you’ll find yourself in such a big trouble, that you won’t be able to go backwards.

Hye-ri manages to go out, with the excuse of having to use the bathroom. But the bathroom has no room; it’s a hole in the middle of nowhere. She texts Investigator Cha, but the light from her phone is her ruin (and also the fact that he didn’t care about her and is not backing her up). He receives the message, though, and is a bit confused about it, since it is about side dishes in a refrigerator. What could that mean?

(The suspense is killing me!)

The guy who approached her and is now making uncomfortable questions about the cell phone and Investigator Cha’s identity, discovers the device hidden in Hye-ri’s back when she falls, and the pursuit begins.

Investigator Cha calls Prosecutor Yoon, who is awaiting news about Kim Don Suk at the office (how convenient!), and tells him to look inside the refrigerator. Se-joon discovers the a GPS with a letter handwritten by Hye-ri.

Investigator Cha, if you’re reading this, it means that Prosecutor Ma has succeeded in making video evidence of illegal gambling houses. Please come to my location along with the police forces.

There’s a GPS transmitter on me, so just follow the map. There are about 40 or 50 gamblers and 11 people running the place, so make sure you bring enough people to arrest all of them.

Fighting! Prosecutor Ma’s personal investigation has succeeded.

In-woo won’t have the chance to save our damsel in distress, and it’s a pity, guys, his motorcycle is a total winner. In addition, he’s been visiting every gambling place around, and Se-joon has the GPS, so it’s easier for him to find Hye-ri.

Second brutal and heartbreaking moment. Viewers discretion is advised.

Hye-ri is questioned, but won’t say a thing. Both In-woo and Se-joon are on their ways, but they won’t be able to prevent the savage beating that Hye-ri will endure.

And then, she sees him, in slo-mo, running, her saviour, her knight…

Prosecutor Yoon! (Why did he come alone? Hye-ri asked clearly for police’s assistance!)

Audience says: Boooooo!

He displays some really cool ass-kicking skills, I have to admit.

Minutes later, In-woo arrives, and sees not only this outsider obtaining the hero title, but also how his muffin lady is hugging him.

Heartbreak x 1000.

Personal comments

First of all, please don’t think that I don’t get the sunbaes anger. I totally understand that Hye-ri is not easy to bear, what pisses me off is that they’re not even trying. I’ve had some awful first-impression-workmates, but after realizing that I had to work with them daily, I left all my prejudices aside and was able to find awesome people, better and worst at their tasks than me. They might not be my friends, but just by talking, I could make them understand me and vice-versa.

These guys ditched her on her very first day, and are talking behind her back like today’s episode showed us. If you ask me, it’s an unforgivable sin. You can’t do that, how can they talk about justice after having this spiteful behavior?

It happens the same with her father. She’s spoiled and bratty, but what? Did he find out now? Where was he as she grew up to be this shallow lady? Playing ping-pong? It’s time to learn how to reach her, and shouting and threatening and being all scary might be effective, but not efficient.

Regarding the muffin love, it was sweet, but incomplete. Something more is happening, and perhaps this could be the first step into In-woo’s complexity, and, obviously, I want more. His love might have started at that very moment, but he’s hiding his most important goal. Which is that? Is Hye-ri’s dad involved? We still don’t know.

Last but not least, seeing In-woo staring at that emotionally heavy hug between Se-joon and Hye-ri, was sad, truly sad. You all know that he wasn’t my pick in the first episode; nevertheless, this one was a game changer for me. Now, I can feel his sweetness, and the creepy factor is slowly fading away. His muffin-motivation is more powerful than Prosecutor Yoon’s (based only on a similarity), and his love is more sincere (even considering that he keeps something hidden, I don’t think he has something against her). When he looks at Hye-ri, while she is being her quirky self, his eyes are those of an admirer, as if an ancient roman could see Aphrodite (eehh, perhaps too much?). So, the last 3 minutes were so distressing, that I could actually feel his deception for not arriving sooner.

This was an In-woo centered episode, and that might be the cause for this sudden fangirly reaction. I’m looking forward to Prosecutor Yoon’s one (so we can start the real and hard division between IW and SJ shippers!), I believe that his character could bring us more depth to this (still unripe) love triangle.

That was all, folks! Hope you enjoyed watching and reading as I did!

Now, my fellow kaedejun will continue this story!

[Off-topic: The song that plays at the very end is Goodbye My Princess by Monday Kiz and can be listened here]

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63 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. yjkim_ok

    LOL!
    I’m so glad you’re covering “Prosecutor Princess”. I personally don’t think PSH’s smile is creepy, but oh why not?! Like you said, I’m falling for his charms too. ^^
    Ma Hye Ri can get a bit painfully annoying, but she’s an interesting character – quite different from the different female leads. Kim So Yeon has an amazing transformation from butt kicking secret agent to clueless but smart prosecutor.

  2. lily

    I love love love Il-woo! Or rather, just the idea of him, because there is no way a guy as awesome and attentive and sweet exists in real life. God, it’s like Disney raising my hopes again, buy only to fall after realizing that guys just aren’t made like they are in dramas. Sigh..

    Also, that last screen cap was epic, and the lighting was fantastic, hitting his perfect angles and that emotional face!

    Strangely enough, I’m enjoying PP more so than the other Wednesday/Thursday dramas, even though it’s behind in the ratings. I’m always entertained and kept attentive by this drama! Not like in Cinderella’s Sister where I often find myself bored with the storyline, despite the beauty and deepness of the production.

    Thanks for the recap! :D

  3. supah

    And …. Is Il-woo on Hye-ri’s dad’s payroll?

    J’ADORED the recap and I was glued to the screen! ‘Twas as good as watching this episode itself!
    Yes, my heart broke for Hye-ri a couple of times in this episode, too. The scene at the restaurant, so nasty. But hey, at least Prosecutor Yoon felt remorseful and later acknowledged how they’d isolated her, right before she comes charging at him with ”I’ll show you”. Damn it, I love this show.

    Sorry AA, Prosecutor Yoon (Se-joon) is my guy, and his almighty, powerful flying kick was off-the-scale sexy. And they hugged! Such bliss!
    Il-woo is a sweetheart though and I was (almost completely) swept off my feet by his gentlemanliness this episode.

  4. kaedejun

    MUFFIN LOVE!!!!!!

    excellente my friend! i had forgotten why this episode was so sad but your recap really refreshed my memory, and made me sad once again as i relived those moments!

    i agree – her coworkers really did brush her off from the get-go, rather than giving her a chance. it’s interesting though that they always show how jung sun reacts to the situation. they show her reaction at the embarrassing club/karaoke bar, they show her reaction here with the restaurant… she’s always the one who feels embarrassed first for what she says about hye ri, and i wonder if that’s supposed to be a tactic by the director/writer to make us at least like jung sun, even if we want to hate the other prosecutors…

    anyways, one more time:

    MUFFIN LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. supah

    By the way, Loveholics – great choice! I absolutely love them — with or without JiSun.
    I really couldn’t care less about its meaning though, because I’m on mean-machine Yoon’s side.

    Hee hee! @ MUFFIN LOVE!

  6. v

    Thank for the recap! I am totally into PSH right now! hihi.. ok, he’s really mysterious and a creepy stalker and all but really, who cares when he’s so sweet.. The writers better not mess this up with some random stuff.
    And thanks for pointing out the checkered pants! didn’t see that!

  7. Do-ra-ma

    Maybe it’s because I’m a male, but I can’t really fully understand the charm of Il-woo. He’s just too secretive and not upfront at all with his true intentions – even if they are good. I just think Hye-ri has too hastily trusted this guy, whom she does not really know at all, without giving considerate thought as to who he is or why he’s doing all of these things for her. He might be a good guy, but he’s had an ulterior motive from the beginning.

    To be honest, I have no idea where this drama will go in terms of the love department. At this point, Il-woo seems like the quintessential lead who is oh-so-sweet (mind you ignore the stalking and behind-the-scenes manipulating), but won’t get the girl; and Prosecutor Yoon seems like the cold and distant lead whose heart will eventually thaw and melt because of the girl. But, their characters don’t really fit those roles 100%. The romance could go either way… I am waiting for Yoon to get his time in the spotlight, though.

    Speaking of, Yoon isn’t as cold and mean as one might guess – he is a stiff, yes, but he’s not wrong in his words and actions. He wants Hye-ri to truly care for her job and it obviously rubs him the wrong way that she doesn’t and is rather wishy-washy. But then she surprises him by trying to prove herself to him. There’s definitely the hints of deeper stuff bubbling with their interactions, but they haven’t had as much time on the screen as with Il-woo.

  8. mint

    Thanks for your recapps!!
    However, it’s bugging me since you misspelled the male characters’ name throughout the entire review. He’s Suh In-Woo, not Il-Woo. And Prosecutor Yoon is Se-Jun, not Se-Jul.

    Who cares about daughters and food when amazing Il-woo is explaining his plan to Hye-ri? No one! <- Well..I really cared actually. :-) And I hope I am not the only one. Maybe that's partly because there's no interesting thing about PSH to me (I admit In-Woo is his best character he's been portraying so far though). So this short moment was my favourite scene of enjoying Prosecutor Yoon's sentiment. He can smile and he can get hurt, too!!!

    Somehow it's predictable for MHR and SIW develop as love-interest in the latter part, but I kida like the writer's twist in swapping the characters of male actor. Main lead can be devoting (but not really. He has something behind his back.) Sub-lead can get cold to the heroine. And I like the other prosecutors actually in terms of expressing their prejudice and descriptive workplace details. I think you can't only blame to those Sunbae. Even if she's not a prosecutor, her manners and way of behaviours at workspcae cannot be accepted. Especially by Korean civil servants who are one of the most conservative professional groups. Although the restaurant scene seems pitiful for Hye-Ri, but it's the just right and necessary satge for HR to get to know her situation and her job ethics as a prosecutor considering watchers' blaming to Hye-Ri during Ep.2.

    I am looking forward to reading 4th review. Thanks again. Although I commented against your review, I did enjoy reading it.

  9. ilovebeans

    Maybe it’s just me, but I could’ve sworn Prosecutor Yoon’s first name was Se Joon and not Se Jool.

    I do enjoy reading your recaps. Keep em coming! :)

  10. 10 aberdeen_angus

    Hey, thanks for your comments! ^^

    @Do-ra-ma: I see your point, and believe me, I really understand it. I couldn’t get the Il-woo loving until this episode, and I think that all his behind-the-scenes story regarding Hye-ri’s father or whatever his secret might me, can damage his image in the future. As of now, he is my choice. About PY, I’m waiting for the writers to tell us about him, just like you :D I didn’t like the restaurant’s scene, and he should’ve protested or not followed the hating mood. He just gave up on her with his “You don’t understand, go away”.

    All in all, it’s too soon for conclusions, let’s enjoy the ride!!! :)

  11. 11 aberdeen_angus

    OMG, I’ve indeed mispelled their names!! Tragedy!! :(

  12. 12 firewife

    Thanks for the recap! This was the episode where I started to like this show. I finally could sympathize a little with our heroine. I could totally relate when she went on her little eating binge….can’t count the number of times I’ve spent with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s after a bad day!

    I have to admit that I’m partial to Il -woo, but then I only started to watch the show for PSH, so I guess that’s to be expected. Although, my heart did thumpety -thump along with Hye-ri’s when Prosecutor Yoon came running up in full on action-hero mode. ( *SIGH*..oh for the good old days of Chuno, before everything got so Tragic-with-a-capital-T)

  13. 13 celestialorigin

    aberdeen_angus

    Thank you! it’s same for me. I was ready to drop this at the end of ep2. I’m glad I stayed with it. Il-woo! he’s so fine!

  14. 14 byulx3

    Isn’t his name In-woo ? Not Il-woo.

  15. 15 aberdeen_angus

    Mispelling? Which mispelling? No, guys, you’re crazy!

    ( Thanks, javabeans for editing! :D )

  16. 16 ripgal

    Yaaayyyy to Muffin Love!! Love love everything about IW, altho he does appear to be very mysterious, and may have something behind his sleeves..

    You’re spot on about the part of IW staring at HR hugging Pros. Yoon at the end of the episode. Totally felt the sadness in his eyes. Park Shi Hoo did really good there. All along everyone’s been mounting praises for KSY as HR, which I think were well deserved. But I think PSH’s doing an equally good job as the mysterious yet charming IW. He’s playful, witty, humorous, and yet he has the dark side that one yearns to discover.

    He’s the leading guy (no doubt) but plays the role of a typical second fiddle role in K-drama. The ones that always stay by the girl’s side but never gets to touch her heart. Just like Bae Soo Bin’s character in Brilliant Legacy. The writers managed to switch it around this time for us to feel for the unnoticed guy.. thumbs up to them!

  17. 17 Biscuit

    Ahem: Guys with creepy smiles rulz.

    As I watched ep 4, I probably won’t say anything as my opinions on this episode and character relationships have probably been affected by watching the next episode.

    I was so torn between this episode, when it came between Prosecutor Yoon and Mr. Creepo (he may have the good looking charms, but ain’t he quite stalkerish?). I actually hope Hae-Ri ends up with Prosecutor Yoon.

    @Ripgal: I know, right!? In-Woo completely looks like a second-lead… but he ACTUALLY GETS THE GIRL!? At least, unless we’ve been deceived, he IS the lead, no? What has the world come to!

    Such and adorable man…. but, this really is a K-drama for me. I want the second-lead guy to get the girl. No matter how adorable the lead guy is, maybe my brain has been trained and functioned to root for the second-leads.

    I REALLY want Hye-Ri to be with General Choi… oh, wait… ahem… Prosecutor Yoon. I know… it’s impossible.

    (Btw, why did he not bring backup when he came to Hye-Ri’s side!?)

  18. 18 Mei

    That binge-eating-overhearing-those-evil-people-talking-smack-about-you part broke my heart in its entirety. If I was her though, I would have charged in and punched every single one of them in the face.

    MHR & IW FTW

  19. 19 flyingtohfoo

    I LOVE YOUR RECOMMENDATION OF SONG. it really matches IW’s character at the moment :D
    i love IW :D right now, his smile is soo damn melt-able.
    i really enjoy reading your recaps, cause there are parts where i cannot understand but your recaps clears them all up, and i’m glad you gave this drama a 2nd chance!
    i extremely looove the part where IW comes running and says HR’s his fiance! :D but out of other relationships he could had said to make the situation sound better, he chose to be her fiance! :D HOW SWEET!!
    Episode 4 is even better.
    The muffin love, oh man, i shall call these two the muffin couple LOL.
    thanks for the recaps!!

  20. 20 Ashii

    Dayumm, Park Shi Hoo, you be a sexy beast :D

  21. 21 jossy

    Thanks a bunch for the awesome recap! I could go on and on but the highlight *ok not so high but because it was so Low* was when Hye-ri overheard her co-workers at the resaturant.. It.was.so.freaking.heartbreaking! :( as much as I find aspects of her character annoying that was totally uncalled for! argh** lol Prosecutors! *blows on forefinger and middlefinger -Wrist WHACK*

    This show is starting to get warm! love it

  22. 22 Dafné

    thanks for your recaps !!
    to be honest at first I thought that prosecutor princess was the drama (between Cinderella’s unnie and personal taste) that I would like less, but in fact it’s proven to be in matter of plot a lot more deep than I first though, I’m really enjoying it !! and ep 3&4 are really awesome !! :D

    I would like to ask a question for those who’ve seen ep 4, but it might be a spoiler so plz be carefull when reading ;)
    Does anyone also think that Mae Rye might be the twin sister of prosecutor Yoon’s wife? she might have been adopted then… it’s so misterious, I can’t wait next ep !!

    Well anyway i reaally enjoy watching this drama, the plot is great lol

  23. 23 cille

    i love that song at the end too!! i didn’t know the title so i couldn’t find it on my own, so THANK YOU for posting the link..

    ok, now to my thoughts about ep3: well, i liked il woo right from the get-go – so i was really happy about this episode being “his”. the pieces to the puzzle about each characters are falling slowly into place and we’re getting a better understanding behind some of their actions. as for her co-workers, serious attitude issues there. goodness! they should try giving her the benefit of the doubt first before judging her.

    keep up the awesome work aberdeen_angus!!

  24. 24 marbleloaf

    so did prosecutor yoon “let his wife go?” or did she die? i think they had a minute conversation about it but it seemed as if he divorced her as if he were doing her a favor. any clarification would be appreciated. bottom line: rooting for in woo all the way! how much does it suck to be him right now?!

  25. 25 itsjustme

    Thanks for the recaps. I’ve just watched the 1st ep of this drama. I’m currently concentrating on Oh My Lady and Personal Taste. I’m planning to marathon Prosecutor Princess after its done so you’re recaps are very helpful ^_^

    I have to agree with your thoughts on Hye Ri. I have a friend who is very similar to her. Most of the people who meet her for the first time are either annoyed or sees her as someone immature. Heck I get annoyed at her as well. However, she is the most sensitive and caring person I know. Whenever I go through hard times, I can always count on her to bat for me (in her own unique way) and she never ever forgets a friend’s birthday nor fail to do something special to celebrate it. A lot people wonder why we are friends because we are so opposite but I think people should not judge based on the surface alone.

  26. 26 eunwhui

    loved your recap! <3!

  27. 27 Kryzenna

    I have watched this episode and still, I did enjoy reading your recaps. Well, I could understand the father’s intention of forcing her to get a law degree since she was not serious about her life before. I guess he would not have done that if she had managed the fashion show well and showed him her capabilities. So yeah, I sort of understand his points there.

    As for the last few minutes of the episode, I too was extremely heartbroken seeing how In Woo was left at the corner like a total outsider!!!! :(:(:( My poor In Woo~~~~ And his extremely guilty expression broke my heart even more~~ :(:( I clapped for him when he was speeding on his motorbike trying to determine the right place and when he took out the gangsters on his own but too bad, our princess didn’t even notice that!! All she could see was her senior and I swear that at that very moment I really wanted to twist her neck and make her look at the right direction and see who the real prince is. Well I might be a little biased here since In Woo is my pick ever since the last episode.

    Anyways, looking forward for your future recaps! I really enjoy watching this drama very much!! :)

  28. 28 Jewels

    @ 24 according to the prosecutors that work in the office with Hye Ri Ma, Prosecutor Yoon wife has died.

    Thanks for the recap. Episode 3 got me hooked, and I cannot wait for the rest of the pieces of the story to fit together. It’s turning out to be a really good drama (I have already watched #4 – no spoilers here), and I am very happy that I stuck with it!

  29. 29 ripgal

    @ 17 Biscuit

    NOOO~~ HR has to end up with IW, no matter what! (I think it’s MYSELF who wants IW, not HR haha..)

    Yeap, PSH is definitely the lead inside here. It’s all over the news. But granted that Gen Choi’s one hot sexy beast, he does have the appeal of a main lead, albeit a lil too bland and serious for my liking. I like my men to be FUN. hehe..

    IW is indeed stalker-ish. Not just a little. But very. Who goes around poking on somebody’s business just because he likes her? I mean, really.. he knows everything about HR, including her likes and dislikes, her thoughts..etc. This man has definitely done a thorough research on HR and is going all out. But what makes his character interesting is that while we know he IS interested in HR, we don’t know how much of it is genuine. He definitely has a plan and HR’s part of it.

    We’ll just have to see whether HR will follow his plan or he instead falls for it instead.

  30. 30 Annie

    im so in love with the lawyer right now, the scene where she beg for forgiveness was so funny to me

  31. 31 Laica

    Thanks for the recap!

    I don’t think HR’s dad is that evil. I agree that he should have paid attention to her behaviour as she was growing up instead of disciplining her now she’s an adult, but her mom seems to hide her faults and cover for her, so he probably didn’t realize what was going on with her until it became extreme – like the fashion show. And honestly, I don’t blame him for being angry. It’s not like he’s telling her to starve, she earns a salary and she could survive on her own – but as she admits to IW, she wouldn’t be able to maintain her luxurious lifestyle on a prosecutor’s paycheck. It’s a little unfair of her to expect her dad to pay thousands of dollars for her shoes and handbags and then completely blow off work of any kind. I mean, he’s going overboard, but HR is not 15 years old anymore.

    As for her coworkers, I did feel awful for her in that restaurant scene (GREAT acting on her part!) and it was crappy of them to talk behind her back like that, but honestly, not knowing her personally, she came off as really arrogant and selfish in the first two episodes. It’s almost worse because she’s obviously intelligent and can out-argue them, but won’t bother to work with them or show any effort. It doesn’t excuse their actions… but at the same time, they could have said worse things about her.

    IW is still creepy, btw. I’m totally on General Choi’s team. Loved his speedy dispatch of the baddies.

    • 31.1 KimKas

      I actually agree with Laica.

      aberdeen_angus: Granted, Hye Ri’s father went berserk after the fashion show, but he has a point : he works so that his family can leave without any financial burden whatsoever. And it does seem to be the case as they’re pretty well-off. My opinion is that Hye Ri’s current behaviour is more down to the easy-going and almost childish mother, who would always cover up for her.

      At the end of the day, Hye Ri’s father only wants her to work seriously as a prosecutor, which she obviously failed to do at that point in the drama. When he says that he let her play around with his money so now he expects her to be up to his expectations as a prosecutor is only fair. Parents have every right to expect their children to do the best for themselves as well as for their parents.

  32. 32 cecee

    Thank you for the wonderful recaps!!! Much appreciated and much loved. This drama is sorta weird since it seperates from the normal kdramas. IW is the typical 2nd lead who is nice and always there for the main actress and PY is the typical cold non feeling 1st male lead. There is like a role reversal here where the adirming nice male lead actually gets the girl HR! This drama is so unexpected on so many levels. I hope MHR starts developing a sense of obligation and independence soon so I can see her kick some legal butts. She needs to show all the prosecutors what she can really do! PP fighting~!

    I am super curious about IW history though. I really hope they show us a little bit of insight!

  33. 33 natureii

    hahaah thanks for the recap

    “his eyes are those of an admirer, as if an ancient roman could see Aphrodite (eehh, perhaps too much?).” hahahah a bit much but reasonable enough.

    I want more from hawt prosecutor!!! i think he´s just afraid of HyeRi(besides the hole dead-wife resemblance..) her personality is cheerful, shes bright and very different from the people he knows and deals with..cant wait for the love triangle to start!!
    Im enjoying this drama more and more!!!

    by the way Im sorry bit I just hate this song “Goodbye My Princess by Monday Kiz” agghddd everytime it comes out agggh i want to mute the computer agghdd hopefully they dont use it that much….

  34. 34 bluelime

    thanks for the recap!! =)

  35. 35 avidJBfan

    I totally fall in love with this drama, much more than Cinderella’s Sister and Personal Taste despite the two having more publicities and stellar casting…thanks a lot aberdeen_angus and waiting eagerly for your Ep 4 review. Love your recap!

  36. 36 charisnova

    thanks for the recap! I’d been following it closely. I love what you wrote and the song you selected. It’s perfect to the T. I absolutely adore this series, the cast especially Park Shi-hoo and Kim So-yeon~ this pairing got some real dynamic! ^^ look forward tonight’s episode~~

  37. 37 Abie Lee

    tell me that she will end up with in woo. i’d lose interest in this drama if they don’t end up together. i’m actually surprised that i’m addicted to this drama as well (in addition to oh my lady and personal taste). i’m just a sucker for romantic comedies. i keep hearing good things about cinderella’s sister but i cannot get over that girl’s face so i can’t even think about watching the first episode. thanks for the recap.

  38. 38 Jenna

    Great Recap. my question is how can people still love Iwoo once they know Iwoo had no good intention on MHL at first place? How will a man do such things on a pure girl? it is so nasty to me…

    sorry for that

  39. 39 anna hae

    @ 38 Jenna.
    how do you know that In Woo had NO good intentions on Hye Ri?? he maybe has had something going in his mind BUT, for now, we still don’t know what it is..

    and. on the recap..great job !! n I have to agree at the last scene..heartbreak to INFINITY~~

  40. 40 lalala

    i love if ma hye ri with prosecutor yoon..

    general choi is the man….lol

  41. 41 Jenna

    @39 Hi anna ,

    I read some web news ,for example below one… it says Inwoo started to have the (love)feelings on Hye ri in this episode tonight (ep#5)(oops ,it makes me feel incredible , what did I watch? nothing? the last 4 episodes on the performance of Inwoo to Hye ri ,it was so sweet and heartful) but this news seems to tell me ” no. INwoo just begin to show his feeling on Hye ri right on ep 5) faint. was that a joke on everything Inwoo did for Ma hye ri last some eps?

    I wish the purpose and the plan of Inwoo is nothing bad on Hye ri as well as her family… I cannt bear with a man doing things on a innocent girl …..It is dirty thinking… must be killed in origin! Pls be a MAN!

    http://bntnews.hankyung.com/apps/news?popup=0&nid=04&c1=04&c2=04&c3=00&nkey=201004141103203&mode=sub_view

  42. 42 anna hae

    hi jenna..

    sadly, i don’t understand korean..
    but be careful dear..this is the recar for ep. 3..
    we don’t want people that hate spoiler hate on us right..
    well. . . i don’t want to be judgemental n all i can say is let’s just wait for the next ep.. . nevertheless…thanks for the info though..;-)

  43. 43 anna hae

    i meant recap for recar though..
    *sigh* me n my typo

  44. 44 p3rk3le

    I absolutely loved this episode, and PP is starting to get me addicted (unlikely to PT).
    I generally either agree or disagree completely to what you’re saying. This time, I couldnt agree more!

  45. 45 Lavinia

    I really enjoy watching this drama, especially for HAN JUNG SOO!!!

  46. 46 kpop0215

    cant wait for the next episode

  47. 47 supah

    Awesome! More Yoon-shippers!

    About to watch episode 5 now, very excited, and armed with a tray of cherry tomatoes.
    Call it sad, but I’ve always liked snacking on them anyway, chyaahahah! xD

  48. 48 janie

    Prosecutor Ma’s dieting is so contagious… me planting cherry tomatoes plant at the small garden outside my office so I could have them for lunch in a couple of months ^ ^ My other friend is envying Hyeri’s legs… everytime she watches this drama she would massage her thighs so keep them slim!

  49. 49 lemonicricket

    So is In-Woo the first or second lead?

  50. 50 kimi

    i love if ma hye ri with prosecutor yoon..

    eventhough in the lawyer always be there for her, i think prosecutor yoon is the one that made hye ri become the mature prosecutor…
    i do think that, yoon and hye ri are very suitable…tall and nice body figure…(both) lol…

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