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Prosecutor Princess: Episode 5
by | April 22, 2010 | 40 Comments

Ooookay, guys! Hello to you all, Prosecutor Princess lovers and haters (and indifferent lurkers as well!). Here we are, after that fantastic catch in the airport, with the cutest stalker in the world, grabbing Hye-ri’s hand. What will happen next? I’ll grab all of your wrists and say “Let’s go for Episode 5′s recap”!

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Episode 5

In-woo tells Hye-ri that she can’t go anywhere, ever, ever, ever, to her shocked face. But what does he mean? Why can’t she go? He won’t tell exactly why, in order to keep his entire mysterious aura alive; instead, he states that she can’t go to Japan, or anywhere outside Korea. All of these restrictions start annoying the hell out of Hye-ri, who, once again, has to ask why.

In-woo: Because I won’t let you.

Clear as water. Hye-ri isn’t satisfied with this ambiguous prohibition and looks a bit puzzled. In-woo, far from tranquilizing her, steps closer to her face, her wrist still in his hand, tightly grabbed. And then, taking advantage of her inferior position, lets her wrist go and…

Yes! Grabs her neck’s nape, approaching her face to his. Talk about sudden surprises! Obviously, she doesn’t receive the gesture as one devote of love or passion, she is freaked out by his insolence.

In-woo: Ma Hye-ri, do you want to be like this?

Hye-ri: When did I ever say to Lawyer Seo that I wanted to do something like this?

He definitely doesn’t want her to run away from her problems, and is about to scold her a bit more, when an annoyed person asks if they’re going to be like this all day. Some sort of queue formed behind them, and she says that the situation in which he put her into, was absolutely embarrassing.

If one wrist grabbing wasn’t enough, we have a second one, but it includes the “Let’s go” moment, which is usually full of win (it must hurt a little, since the girl usually doesn’t want “to go”, and ends up screaming and being forced to follow the male lead) (shut up, common sense!). Hye-ri tries to resist, but In-woo is stronger and they end up talking.

In-woo: What were you going when you return, after hiding from your dad? And what if your dad doesn’t agree with it? Didn’t you say that your dad doesn’t allow you to live recklessly? What are you going to do, then?

Hye-ri says that she would work as a lawyer, but In-woo doesn’t buy it – she always looks down on lawyers. Also, she was a prosecutor, and was fired, who would hire her? She doesn’t care, she would find a way to survive, without his help or anyone’s; she just doesn’t want to return, after all the humiliation she has been through.

In-woo’s second attempt at trying to convince Hye-ri, involves the little girl’s case. What about her, what about her defense? Will she leave her without second thoughts? Yeah, she is determined to leave, and what’s more, the girl’s mum hates her, so it would be a win-win situation for both of them.

Final and hurtful attempt is to make her think about Prosecutor Yoon. But, she refuses to stay just because of him or what he’d think, he already hates her. In-woo replies furiously, saying that Prosecutor Yoon will have to take care of her failure, even when he gave her a chance and support – that’s dirty. Does she want him to have that nasty image of her? Hye-ri is still playing her mule act, she doesn’t want to be a prosecutor, she didn’t want to become one in the first place!

In-woo: How many people are there who do it because they like it? They do these things to feed themselves, to live and not to die. Living is just like that. Who are you to do the things you like or find funny?

Hye-ri: Who are you to tell me what to do? You go and live like that. But why are you being like this to me?

In-woo: Because I’m embarrassed! I thought you had something. A prosecutor who skips out on her workshop to buy designer stuff, even though is called stupid, it’s okay. Even if you don’t want to, even if you don’t like it, I thought that at least you had some pride. I thought you were going to show them all. The fact that you were going to show them that you weren’t a talentless prosecutor… That, wasn’t your pride? That’s why you should show them and then leave. For me, who believed in you; for Prosecutor Yoon, who gave you a chance; for the injured Ji Min… Show them your pride.

Hye-ri is teary, but unconvinced, she doesn’t care if everyone else sees her as a useless person, and ultimately, boards the plain, after In-woo’s dismissal with a sad and disappointed face. She forces herself to feel unmoved by his words, but they echo in her mind, as she dreams of Ji Min and the (nasty?) professor. When she thought she was awake, she experienced another vivid dream, this time, of her coworkers forbidding her to stay. Dreams and In-woo work in mysterious ways, so she leaves her plans of running away and prepares herself to confront reality.

(In this drama, mysterious people pop up at least one or two times per episode, so I’ll just mention an out of nowhere presence of a man, as Hye-ri is leaving the airport. Who the hell is he? First, the reporter, now The Follower)

Back at In-woo’s head quarters, “friendly” talk with Jenny. Some director Kang called, and what’s more important, we get to know that if Hye-ri leaves, “the case” could be in danger. In-woo isn’t worried and plays the cool guy, he knows that HR has some pride, and eventually will come back. Jenny and her sharp tongue ask why he didn’t wait for her; if he was soooo sure she wouldn’t go. He doesn’t want her to form bad habits (LOL). Jenny’s sharp tongue bothers our In-woo again – he is nervous, he is afraid that she won’t stay, he isn’t that confident about her. But Jenny won’t enjoy her psychological attack abilities for long, since The Follower turned out to be In-woo’s secretary, who is now confirming that Prosecutor Ma got off the plane. Yay!

Meanwhile, Hye-ri returns home (without her bags), to his father delight.

(In a car scene involving Jung-sun and Prosecutor Yoon, we get to see that Se-joon has a new hairstyle! Why does this guy keep doing things to make me hate him?)

Anyways, when Hye-ri returns to work undercover (still with her cap and dressed informally), at the entrance, her horrible coworkers are giving a lecture about her “tomato ajumma incident” (can these guys be more childish?). When she gains their attention, they just look at her, WITHOUT A SINGLE HAIR MOVED by their rudeness.

This girl has some good luck, though, and arrives to her boss’ office only a few minutes later than her resignation letter, allowing her to beg for a second (third, fourth…?) chance. Her boss just throws away the letter, and lets her continue with her duties. But he’s not the only person who is helping Hye-ri, Prosecutor Yoon and Chief Lee are forcing every “tomato ajumma incident” video uploader, to delete all the files in the internet. Let’s say together: Aww.

Hye-ri must prove herself worthy of all the love her sunbaes are giving her, so she starts immediately her investigations about Ji Min’s case. She won’t be able to do it for a long time, since Se-joon calls her to have a private talk. He wants to scold-teach her, showing that it wasn’t hard to tell that the slapped ajumma was lying. What’s more, he smoothly makes her analyze the entire situation, insisting her on suing the innocent ajumma for assault. Hye-ri gets his point, the tomato punishment was harsh, but she wasn’t fair with that woman, so she kinda deserved it. Seeing that she’s being reasonable, Prosecutor Yoon enlightens the sad mood changing the subject, saying that his daughter loved her cookies, given that they had the cooker’s heart in them. His smile suggests that he is trying to help her with Ji-min’s case, providing her with an useful tip on achieving a kid’s affection.

As Hye-ri is leaving work early, In-woo comes out of nowhere (squee), triumphant and lovely as always; offering himself to be her driver. Once again, wrist grabbing and let’s go, girl! She refuses, and they bicker a bit about why did she stay and how did he know she wouldn’t leave. In the end, she admits that he hold her back (he’s so proud of it that he can barely restrain himself), to which he answers “So now you’re mine!”.

Smexy chauffeur In-woo takes Hye-ri home; she wants to bake cookies, the same ones she made for Se-joon’s daughter. Their shapes are horrendous, but she puts all her heart and soul while preparing them, and they could be a good bonding instrument with Ji Min.

With a basket full of cookies, she goes to Ji Min’s place and tells her mum that she made a lot of mistakes, but didn’t intend to, she is just ignorant about child’s stuff and is learning. She even tells her that she was about to leave that same morning, and that she had this dream about Ji Min and the teacher. Moved by her sincerity and apparent change of ways, mummy allows Hye-ri to sew Ji Min’s dolls ripped clothes, indirectly giving her permission to continue with the case.

Something is weird, though. Every single clothe of Ji Min’s dolls is ripped, teasing some kid of deep trauma. This part is really touching, since we start seeing Hye-ri’s growth as a sensitive person, and her connection with this girl grows as well. Trying not to be that serious, she makes fun of herself by singing and dancing rather poorly in front of the girl. They laugh and enjoy this little moment, giving their non-existent relationship a chance to unfold.

Happy with her success, she goes home with her personal driver (who, by the way, gives us a worried, suspicious face, which leaves us wondering what the hell is going on… Again). She is truly satisfied with herself, Ji Min’s trust is at hand, and alongside with that, the final confession against the teacher. While talking about the case, they realize that they didn’t have dinner, yet, so they agree to go out and eat whatever In-woo chooses.

When they arrive home (no dinner!), Hye-ri is asleep and In-woo tries to wake her up, but is unable to. He takes away her cap, and looks at her ardently; she’s so close, defenseless… He touches her face lightly and makes a roll with his jacket, then puts it behind Hye-ri’s neck, to make her more comfortable (♪♬ it’s the jacket of love! ♪♬). After that, he just takes a nap by her side. I still can’t get what’s In-woo’s deal, nevertheless this scene was so subtle and powerful, that it spoke to us in it’s very unique language. Probably, In-woo has a dark side, or yet unknown hidden tasks for Hye-ri, but we can tell that he cares about her, no matter what happens in the future. He is fond of her, in a innocent, childish, muffin-lover way; however, since he has another greater responsibility, he can’t let those feelings grow or alter the course of his plans.

Hye-ri wakes up and wonders why they are there, and not eating. After realizing that her comfy pillow was In-woo’s jacket, she unrolls it and covers him with it. As she leaves the car, we see that he wasn’t asleep, he was just pretending to be.

The following day, Hye-ri has a personal interview with Ji-min, her mum and the child’s advisor. Apparently, the teacher played “ice and ding”, in which when the teacher said “ice”, Ji-min couldn’t move, and afterwards, taking advantage of her fear and ignorance about his intentions, he abused her. Hye-ri, respectfully and sorry for making these kind of questions, asks why Ji-min didn’t tell him to stop. The fact is, she did, but he didn’t listen to her complaints, and continued doing it, saying that otherwise he wouldn’t give her violin lessons anymore.

After this absolutely heartbreaking interrogation, Hye-ri goes to her boss, with her arraignment, which was surprisingly remarkable. The boss looks at her with shock, when she offers herself to conduct the trial, she wants to kill this guy who would’ve raped that little girl if only the next student hadn’t arrived early. The problem is, she has no evidence, just a statutory declaration, not enough for winning at court. Her only solution is to convince Ji-min of personally testifying, adding a huge load of trauma to her already dreadful experience. Her boss finds this situation pretty stressful and complicated, but she claims to be the best option for it; and also, she owes Ji-min’s mum, who asked her to prove the guilt of Kim Yoon-shik. The boss gives her some previous cases, and wants to know how she handles them, before a final decision is made.

Once again, fate, that horrible bitch, gives Hye-ri the file of the flower shop’s son (Shin Dong Ha), who is preparing a bouquet of white flowers for In-woo. Who is he giving it to? Well, it’s not said, he just pays a visit to a lakeshore, and stands there, looking rather thoughtful and melancholic. After a brief moment, he leaves the flowers there, and goes away.

In her office, Hye-ri performs her questioning. She has all the facts written down in her cute notebook, and wants to know Dong-ha’s version regarding a violent conflict with a guy named Lee Yong-chul. He says that he helped a girl, whose shrieks he heard to, when Yong-chul was molesting her. They wanted to ran away, but more guys appeared, making them to separate. The three guys ambushed him, and starting beating him until, by chance, he found a pipe, which allowed him to defend himself. The timing sucked, indeed, because a police car arrived the scene while he was swinging the damn pipe, leading to an enormous misunderstanding and his posterior arrest. The problem is, the girl is missing in action, and no one knows anything about her, therefore leaving Dong-ha in a delicate situation, without evidence of his heroic acts.

Just as Hye-ri was about to dismiss this guy, In-woo appears, saying that he’s Dong-ha’s attorney. Hye-ri is thrilled – what a coincidence! If you knew, girl, if you knew… He is in no mood for joking around, so he gets to the point – he wants a time extension to be able to recollect the evidence he needs to prove Dong-ha’s innocence. Prosecutor Ma is not convinced, it sounds impossible, fake and full of incoherencies, and to add to that list, they have no evidence or witnesses. She won’t give them the extension; the reasons for it are not powerful enough. In-woo trusts his client, so he is willing to make a bet: he will find the evidence and put it in front of her beautiful eyes. He is positively sure that she’ll regret her decision.

Later on, we find out that he has a clue about the girl’s whereabouts, his secretary has discovered that she ordered new glasses after the assault. Now, In-woo has contact information, photographs and a won bet with Hye-ri. What else could he ask for?

D-day has come and both Prosecutor Ma (with her shiny robe) and In-woo are getting ready for that big day at court. Unexpectedly, Hye-ri’s assistant enters her office with a letter containing relevant information about Yoon-shik’s past. It seems that he had an assault record in the Academy in which he used to work in USA. Who sent this envelope? She doesn’t know, but we sure do… In-woo.

The trial starts, but Ji-min refuses to talk, she has closed her mind and mouth, endangering its proper development. Outside, at the waiting room, lots of people are watching the process, and among them, is In-woo; but they seem worried and nervous, since the girl won’t say a thing. Prosecutor Ma, takes a drastic resolution: she’ll have to make fun of herself, dancing an imaginary Swan’s Lake melody, just as before, when she was at Ji-min’s house. This tactic proves to be a successful one, and Ji-min admits that the director hurt her, using the violin lessons as an excuse.

Everyone is touched by her sudden confession and senses that the girl is abandoning her childhood in a premature, violent and unfair way, and not even the teacher’s lawyer can control himself, looking disgusted and outraged. Prosecutor Ma has to make her final statement:

Hye-ri: A child’s ability to imagine is abundant. Especially, a 7 years old child like Ji-min. But, for a 7 year old, the pain, fear and horror of being sexually abused is unimaginable. Do you remember Ji-min’s tears? There is a sense of fear… Do you think it was an act? Evidence… Ji-min… Kim Yoon-shik… It only exists in their minds. For the defendant, he may only have the memories, but for Ji-min, she doesn’t have only memories, she has a heart full of the scars from the events which she doesn’t even want to remember.

Then, she presents her additional evidence, which proves that Yoon-shik wasn’t as innocent and well behaved as he pretended to be: he returned to Korea because of an arrangement he made with the school in which his previous “incident” took place.

With Yoon-shik’s doom secured, Hye-ri and Ji-min have a talk, and they end up in a full of devotion hug between two courageous girls who are growing up together.

(As they hug, mysterious woman from the court appears and looks with an envious glance the scene. She’ll make her official appearance later)

This episode was so good up until now.

SO. GOOD.

BUT.

Fly high! (nooooo)

I’m in a forgiving mood, today, so I’ll just continue as I cover my ears saying LA-LA-LA I can’t hear you SHINee!

The media is waiting for Prosecutor “tomato” Ma, and compliment her on an impressive handling of every obstacle she encountered. A change in Hye-ri’s attitude is shown: while she is thankful at first, she says that she’s not the first prosecutor who wins a case, and that they’re all superficial bastards, because they centered their attention in her beauty.

In-woo has seen it all and is really proud of her, but I don’t think that Hye-ri even cares about muff-in-woo, she goes directly to Prosecutor Yoon, and tells him, in a few words, that she was awesome at court (I have never seen such an unexpressive face while telling “Oh, you frightened me!”, as Prosecutor Yoon’s).

I’m so glad that in the end, Hye-ri went to her dad, demanding her car and cards; I know that I wasn’t the only one who was a bit too afraid of an unbelievable, fast change in her ways. Her dad, though, wants the final verdict. At work, the boss assigns a small pile of cases to her office, starting to feel that she will become a good prosecutor, eventually.

Hye-ri calls In-woo to talk about Dong-ha’s case. Why doesn’t he tell her that he has the evidence he was looking for, huh, huh? The fact is, he doesn’t, and instead he tells her that she owes him a dinner, so they should meet in the evening. Bad day for flirting, darling, she was invited to a gathering with the sunbaes, and not only that, Chief Lee reveals that Se-joon was the one who called the press to stop the publication of the videos about the “tomato ajumma” incident. Hye-ri can’t avoid a fangirly squee, frustrating In-woo, who was still at the phone, listening.

That night, she goes out with her sunbaes, while In-woo drinks with Dong-ha’s father. Instead of being supportive and friendly, he’s almost rude, asking him if he was always a good person or if he made other people suffer. Mr. Shin admits that he wasn’t perfect, and perhaps his son’s difficult times are his punishment for all those past sins. Good news arrive, though, the girl involved was found.

When the prosecutor’s gathering ends, straightforwardly, Hye-ri asks Se-joon to take her home, a request he can’t deny. In the car, Hye-ri demands for a little attention, and guess what? Yes! He refuses. But! Hye-ri, a bit too drunk, starts making fun of his full of hatred statements about drunken people and what he had previously said about her liking him. He smiles, at last! One more time, one more time! Prosecutor Yoon says: NO. Boo.

Stalker In-woo is outside Hye-ri’s house, and he can witness his fiancée and that stiff guy arriving together. He actually has to watch how bluntly Se-joon talks to Hye-ri, when she degrades herself confronts him, wondering why he is avoiding and rejecting her open love.

Se-joon: I do have an interest in you. I want to have a one night stand with you. To make me think that way, isn’t that why you’re acting like this?

What the what? Ok, guys, this is it. This. Is. It. I’m done with this guy.

Teary and offended, Hye-ri says that her body is special, that she’s special, and that she doesn’t care about what anyone says or how they look at her. With his super hearing powers, In-woo has heard everything that was said, and is visibly upset: this nobody dares to insult muffin lady! When Hye-ri enters her mansion, Se-joon has this minimum moment of dignity and tries to follow her, but In-woo blinds him with his car lights and gets the hell out of there, distracting his rival.

The next morning will be one full of interesting events. First of all, Mr. Ma announces that the guy who turned her down for the blind date, wants to meet her. She refuses, saying that she doesn’t want a person who is so inconstant, but her father says that a girl’s pride exists only when a man is following her. But she has In-woo, Mr. Ma!! Level of interest: 40%, for showing that Hye-ri cares about her reputation, why would she go out with this bipolar man?

Ok, let’s continue.

In the bathroom, at work, she has a brief meeting with Jung-sun. She asks private questions about Se-joon’s diseased wife, and Jung-sun doesn’t answer them (logical). What she didn’t expect was Hye-ri’s confession of love: “I like Prosecutor Yoon”. Bang, bang, now you’re dead. Level of interest: 60%. I just love how Hye-ri is so confindent of herself: “I have everything, why wouldn’t he accept me?”. I’ll have to take away a 10% for not being angry at his last night’s behaviour.

The big announcement is about to be made, though. That court girl, with mean, envious eyes, was a former law school friend of Hye-ri, and she sent a photo of her fat past to Min-suk, who, obviously (and coherently with his previous acts), spread it.

Level of interest: 90%! But the explanation for this matter is in kaedejun‘s hands!

(What’s the big deal? I mean, I understand Hye-ri, a person who had a rough social life because of obesity, can have lots of complexes. But her co workers? Really? Making fun of her? Because she used to be fat? Are they law officers or cheap gossip reporters?)

Personal comments

Perhaps this will sound stupid, but while watching I couldn’t help but (over?) analyzing Hye-ri’s hands and nails. I’ve been a “hands-obsessive” person since my mum told me that you can judge anyone’s life by them. Yeah, she was exaggerating. However, she had a valid point of view. Just take a look at Hye-ri’s hands.

They’re no hard worker’s hands, they’re not used to heavy tasks or sewing, they’re a princess’ pair of hands. The director made a pretty good job, taking a close look into this aspect. Her hands are clumsy, she can’t handle them; she is not gifted for others, just for herself. It’s a matter of time, though, before she can get used to combine her two previously antagonist personas: the worker and the fashionista, since she’s trying really hard and her efforts are beginning to pay off.

I think we got a significant character development in this episode. Granted, Hye-ri has a long path to walk, but she has proved not only her coworkers, parents and her stalker companion, but also herself, that she can do it. She can work efficiently, she can get into her cases, and be sensitive about them. No more hiding, no more running away, she can speak to Fear’s face and engage into a fight with it, with her pride as her only cheerleader.

As for In-woo’s role and ulterior motivations, could he turn out to be the bad guy? It would suit him, he sure has that cynical sparkle in his eyes, and the change from a cute weirdo to an evil puppeteer would be shocking, surprising an completely worth of watching. Even keeping in mind his (hinted in episode 3) hard past, he has learnt how to be subtly manipulative and his omnipotent behaviour added to his intelligence and financial means, are frightening. What’s more, he has two people living inside him, the lovely guy who has this obsessive crush and the Machiavellian jerk who’s hiding something, making him a contradiction in himself. I’m eager to see how this aspect of his personality will be hadled, and how it will affect Hye-ri. What will happen when the bomb explodes and things get out of control? The sole thought of me shipping Prosecutor Yoon makes me shiver in delight!

And, talking about him, what bothers me is the the lack of development in Prosecutor Yoon’s character. I love In-woo as much as most of you do, but that’s not only because he is absolutely charming, but also because Se-joon’s screentime is always used as a mere plot device, not showing any actual depth, feelings or connection with any of his partners (Hye-ri, Jung-sun or even his daughter); while In-woo is showed like a versatile, cool, supportive and mysterious man (mystery is usually hot). As we reach half of the drama’s runtime in episodes 7 and 8, I hope we’ll spend some more time with him.

Prosecutor Princess is the first drama in this year that honestly hooks me, after some disappointments (Wish Upon a Star, i’m looking at you). It’s not overly angsty or superficial; it’s balanced and suspenseful, without neglecting the funny and romance bits. It’s not a typical rom-com, with the happy-go-lucky girl and the at-first-sight-bad guy, who have no true depth and they just have some fights and a third wheel and that’s all (not that I don’t love them!). Despite being a comedy, some dark issues are at hand, and approaching quickly, particularly regarding In-woo; and you know what? I can’t wait.

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40 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Annie

    Im so addicted to this drama that it is not even funny.
    some people feel that ep 5 and ep 6 is not necessary but i feel that it is a great character development.
    god who are you inwoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. missbarb

    This was my favourite episode of the series so far, and it honestly makes me realize how much I myself want to be a lawyer. I’m so hooked on this drama!!! lol This episode was as emotional as it was entertaining.

    I’m still very confused about In Woo’s motivations, and I also wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t a happy ending for these two. Can’t wait till this week’s episodes are up!!

  3. cate

    i am also seriously loving prosecutor princess too! its not too “bubbly” or fake….its got a good mixture of meaning, comedy and romance!

  4. bluelime

    thanks for the recap!! =)

    i getting so addicted to this drama, thanks to park shi hoo, kim so yeon, and the recappers of this captivating drama. <3 i love this drama!! <3

    i really hope seo in woo ultimately wins ma hye ri's heart!! <3
    and yes, i'm on team in woo, lol.

  5. missbarb

    by the way, I was actually taken aback by Prosecutor Yoon’s “one night stand” response to Hye Ri. After I thought about it though, personally, I don’t think he meant it. He’s struggling between the potential for a new love and his past devotion to his wife. I think his response to Hye Ri was the result of wanting to push Hye Ri away because he would feel it was disloyal to his wife, despite the fact that she is no longer with him. His “one night stand” comment was probably the result of fear more than anything else—he can’t let go of his past just yet.

  6. charisnova

    I love the way you wrote the review! seriously, it is funny. I’d been reading the reviews for Prosecutor Princess because I’m afraid I might miss some details while watching. There are some parts I may not understand; you cleared them here. thanks!
    This is my favourite part. “Se-joon has this minimum moment of dignity and tries to follow her, but In-woo blinds him with his car lights and gets the hell out of there, distracting his rival.” I hate it when the prosecutor said that one night stand matter so bluntly. That not only just ruined his image and that was not the way to treat a lady. huff*
    yesh I agree with the smexy lawyer/chauffeur. <3

  7. aberdeen_angus

    @missbarb: probably, but I still think it was waaaay out of line. I mean, if you want to reject a crazy girl’s constant love confessions for whatever reason you have, mistreating is not how you should do it. Anyway, I feel it’s the same as episode 3, with the sunbaes’ anger, we’re talking about how tiresome Hye-ri is and how hard it is to handle her, since she doesn’t listen to kind advices and just keeps pushing it. I don’t know why do i care about his words, though, if she doesn’t :D

    Cheers!

  8. julieng

    This drama is fun to watch, I am hooked on PSH with his killing smile and KSY acting, I don’t watch CSister too much sadness and melo, I follow PT drama, is getting good too. PP fighting..

  9. leodicean

    muff-in-woo and muffin lady..lol..cute :)

  10. 10 Kat

    LOL : “With his super hearing powers, In-woo has heard everything that was said, and is visibly upset: this nobody dares to insult muffin lady! ”
    Quite childish to blind his love rival XD !! Thank you for your recaps ^^ full of wittiness !!

  11. 11 kaedejun

    sweeeet!!!

    i liked your analysis of in woo – the obsessive cutie and the machiavellian jerk. cutie will win!!!

    i noticed se joon’s hair too!!!! at first i thought – “hey new haircut! does that mean he’s done with chuno?!” and then i thought “oh crap, new haircuts usually mean that they want us to start being on his side” – or it can mean that it’s the start of a new phase in Se Joon’s character development (as they did with shin dong wook in WUAS).

    but so far i agree – he’s not much of a development in this episode as he could be.

    in woo’s face when he heard Hye Ri’s squeal over Se Joon’s heroics = HEARTBREAKING!!

  12. 12 cecee

    thanks for the recaps. I always seem to be missing some sort of details when I watch PP. This drama is indeed addictive. I wish I knew what IW motive is but it’s okay since I love all his antics. He seems to mesh well with HR really well. They are so funny together!

  13. 13 andiwaslike

    i liked this episode. hope they’d gear towards something more significant like this other than mystery stalker.

  14. 14 anna

    In-woo won’t end up with the girl. This is my gut feeling. I want to root for him, but I will just end up being disappointed.

  15. 15 Annie

    @anna

    why???? isnt he the main guy?

  16. 16 v

    Again, thanks for the review!! and I’ll say it once more… this drama is SO underrated. Gosh, I love oh my lady, personal taste, and cinderella’s sister but maybe because I tend to go for underdogs, I feel like prosecutor princess is slowly just ever slightly taking the lead for me. Too bad that’s not reflected in the ratings.
    And what is the deal with In Woo??? I love him to bits and I am so afraid the writers are going to do a 180 turn with him. Ok, prosecutor yoon is hot, and sexy, and cool and all that but for me, it’s still In woo, even with his stalkerish habit. I mean, can the guy act any cuter? esp in ep 7…

  17. 17 supah

    @aberdeen_angus –
    Excellent recap, you’ve done it again! You suck me right in with your recaps, it’s like reading the juiciest part of a novel.

    This episode was the shi..! Seriously, I loved it.
    Hye-ri made me so proud of her (Fly High, unni! Go! To the sky!), and proud of sticking with this treasure of a drama. She is not a walking, talking trainwreck disaster, she holds a lot of promise.
    Is anyone else as happy as me about Hye-ri’s unique little friendship with Ji Min? It’s such a pure and inexplicable little relationship between the two girls I was moved to tears. First with the dolls scene and second, after she won the case, and got a big hug in the corridor from the little girl. Aww!
    I was tearing up but at the same time it was like little giddy bubbles of happiness were forming in my heart and rising right up my throat and escaping as giggles out of my mouth(!). Them two were just so adorable together.

    I also appreciated this episode equally for the slight peek into the real In-woo, too. He’s dark, broody, and whew! The angst! I think he definitely gives off ‘bad guy’ vibes (eeeeeh-voll).
    The flowers scene: I got the impression he was mourning a deceased someone, whose ashes had been scattered at that lake.
    OR — I also had a flashback from the film Daisy, where Jung Woo-sung’s assassin character would receive orders about his next hit by way of flowers. Is our In-woo an assassin? Ooooh, Yoonie’s gon’ kick your ass, muffin-boy!

    1) Yoonie’s haircut = YUMMY! xD
    2) Yoonie’s ”one night stand” snark = height of bitchness. I was initially pretty PO’d at his words – so much so, I turned the air blue. But eventually I saw where he was coming from. He doesn’t really KNOW Hye-ri and well, she does test his limits. Alas! There are better ways of telling her to stop playing around or simply stay away – I can see how upsetting the whole thing must be for him.
    I wish In-woo would allow nature to run its course between Yoon and Hye-ri, if only he had allowed Yoon to say what he had really meant to say to her, before he distracted him so rudely.
    The thing is, she’s not exactly shameless either – Yoon does ‘encourage’ her, when he flits between coldness to warmth. Talk about mixed signals.

    I like that Prosecutor Jin and Hye-ri are having quiet little moments together, in a usual kdrama Jin would be the down-to-earth, girl next door kinda lead, who ALWAYS gets the guy. Hye-ri is (on some occasions being touted as) the pretty but denser girl who ends up with zilch. It’s a good way of challenging the archetypal kdrama characters – lets see who gets the guy.

    About the ending – poor Hye-ri, no sooner has she shown her sunbaes how awesome she is, the slimy office troupe throw a bigger curveball her way. All of you, just die!

  18. 18 supah

    @aberdeen_angus
    Oh, the hands analysis was really interesting, the first time I’ve heard anything like it *inspects her own shabby hands*.

  19. 19 Kryzenna

    I’m actually rather surprised that In Woo could hear the conversation between Hye Ri and Se Joon in front of her house. Isn’t the distance a little too far to be able to catch the voice at all since I guess the engine of the taxi was still running at that time? Well anyways, In Woo is the superman and there’s just nothing that he can’t do!! Except getting Hye Ri’s heart, for now, at least.

    And man, our Mr Superman is getting more and more mysterious!!! What was all that white flowers and lake shore about??? And it makes me feel a little uneasy seeing the expression on his face when Hye Ri was coming out if Min Ji’s house…

    Anyway, my vote still goes to In Woo at this moment and I doubt if it would ever go to Se Joon. I just can’t seem to accept that guy. Well, can’t wait for the coming episodes to reveal more about In Woo!!

  20. 20 Jane

    Thanks for the review.
    I hope the drama gets higher ratings room too.

  21. 21 Dickinson543

    Thanks for the recaps. I’m really enjoying this drama A LOT!!!

  22. 22 anna hae

    what a great recap!!
    I enjoyed this drama to the bits..I really really hope it will catch up with the ratings.
    However, being underrated doesn’t mean that it isn’t good..PP has been getting good reviews from article that I’ve read..

    Back to the recap of ep. 5, my jaw dropped moment was when Pro. Yoon commenting about one night-stand to Hye Ri..
    I was completely WTeff?

    And this was my ultimate squee of the episode..

    http://s630.photobucket.com/albums/uu26/dramabeans/drama/2010/pp1/pp500033.jpg

  23. 23 marbleloaf

    Question: there is a song that plays in this series from time to time and it’s really is reminiscent of a song from boys over flowers. it’s not the SAME song, but the female voice is so similar. I can’t help but get a BOF feel from this series. Am i alone?

  24. 24 supah

    @ marbleloaf
    You totally read my mind:
    This is the one playing in recent epis of PP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dkN4Maz6oA (Don’t know it’s title as yet.)

    And BBF’s Starlight – Tears
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M89WTIF6I7g

    They sound quite similar – I love ‘em both. Possibly the same singer?

  25. 25 aberdeen_angus

    While I don’t agree with the BOF reminiscence (regarding the drama itself), the song is by the same singer, Kim Yu Kyung (김유경)!

    I didn’t remember that song at all! At last that drama was being erased from my mind and now I’ll have nightmares with Geum Jan Di again!!

  26. 26 marbleloaf

    SUPAH, you rock!! i dont even know where or how you dug out that scene/song but that is EXACTLY the singer i’m talking about. i too don’t think the drama itself is reminiscent of BOF but i knew this voice was familiar. thanks!

    my mind is all cluttered because this song plays in PP but i’m also watching personal taste with lee min ho….not that i’m losing sleep over it or anything. haha!

  27. 27 Purpleclouds

    I got lost while watch ep 4. It was too frustrating a storyline even with eye candies. I’ll watch it soon.., when it’s all completed. I sure appreciate this recap though.

  28. 28 yolili

    Another BOF & PP connection is MHR’s best friend, I’m pretty sure she acted as 1 of the trio of bullying girls in BOF :D Trivia I know, hihi.

    Thanks aberdeen-angus & kaedejun… I started following PP based solely on your epi 1 & 2 recaps! they were SOO good tht I had to checked out PP myself & now am a ‘convert’ :D Looking forward to you next recaps!

  29. 29 tin

    nicee drama! underated! <3<3

  30. 30 D

    thank you!!!!

    im not able to watch this drama live but really appreciate your recap – love it!!

  31. 31 mint

    Thanks for the recap.
    But I think you seems to overreact with Prosecutor Yoon’s remarks.

  32. 32 sugarpunch

    hey aberdeen! rest assured u are not over-analysing things. the first thing that came to mind when i saw the picture was, “is that going to be a problem? it better not be!” i thought that in reality, prosecutors or anyone working in the legal field would be too busy to gossip! their paperwork is just too overwhelming and obviously, high on their priority would be to finish that hellish workload and go home at least before midnight, right? obviously not, in this case… everyone seems to have an issue with her being obese IN THE PAST. it’s such big news. -.-

  33. 33 anastassia

    Thanks aberdeen_angus!!

    I seriously want to read everything but i’m currently watching ep 5.

    I have to say among all k trendy drama with a fulfly or bubbly character for a loooong time only MHR or KSY can catch my heart. I love this drama to pieces. It surprised me in many ways. I have anticipated this drama but never thought it will be this addictive, entertaining, different or great as this as a trendy drama. I have tried watch all other drama OML, PT and CS but not there yet. Usually I’m more into serious drama but not this time.

    Thanks again.:)

  34. 34 supah

    @marbleloaf:
    Hahaha! If you say so! :p

    @AA
    ”Yaaah… Gu Jun Pyo!!”
    Cool! I had an inkling it’d be the same vocalist.

  35. 35 ena

    @anna hae yea!!! that photo was really squee-worthy!!! :) I love in woo. dont all girls wish for a stalker like him. HAHAHA.

  36. 36 moochi2000

    i started watching episode 1 yesterday and hasn’t stopped watching for i don’t know how long
    i cry in every episode because i understand what she is going thru
    OMG
    this is one good drama
    as long as u can get past episode 1, it’s smooth sailing from there on

  37. 37 sol

    still not really feeling this drama…
    i just dont understand the female lead, therefore neither like or dislike her and Prosecuter Joon is a male cardboard cutout…
    the only interesting character is Seo In-Woo and maybe the female lawyer with glasses…

  38. 38 lala

    for the hands comment i totally agree with you also the fact that in the first episodes they where red with pokadots now they are a soft pink it shows maturity in the character but i am over analyzing it thanks a lot pd XD

  39. 39 yukiyukiku

    thank you, aberdeen_angus for the detailed recaps.
    me too didn’t notice “the hands” …. i agree with Prosecutor Princess is the 1st drama in 2010 that really got me hooked.
    And the 2010 is already half over.

  40. 40 Nancy

    all professionals esp legal counsels, prosecutors, lawyers ..I think they usually hv a dress code to follow …. they hv a code of ethic to comply with….but this drama shows otherwise…even a simple white blouse with a plain black “not too mini” skirt or slim cut pant would look stunning on her n make this drama more realistic…anyway it a hilarous drama

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