Drama Recaps
Smile: Episodes 34-35
by | April 16, 2010 | 42 Comments

These two were fun, sweet episodes. Nothing earth shattering but sweet and clean. Kind of like the next door puppy when she comes up to me for a belly scratch. I don’t love her like my dog but she’s sweet enough to smile at and play with for a few minutes. Smile has become like that for me. I don’t especially look forward to it nor do I think about it after the fact, but it’s a nice sweet moment while it’s in front of me. So onward with the recap!


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Episode 34

Geum-ja comes home to share the “good” news about Jung-in and is greeted with delight from Sang-hoon. Grandpa Man-bok tries to reign in his excitement but giggles like a schoolgirl once his less than enthused daughter-in-law leaves the room.

Over at the Seos, a dumbfounded Jung-in tells everyone about her encounter with Geum-ja. Hyun-soo is obviously elated with the news and the two lovebirds hug each other at the thought of their marriage. But the parents are less than thrilled.

Joo-hee: How about me? You don’t care about my approval?
Hyun-soo: It’s alright. I know you like me.
Jung-kil: Wait! Baek. Geum. Ja. I know her best. It could be some sort of a decoy scheme.

It’s pretty funny that Jung-kil is the one that knows Geum-ja best. But then again, they’ve done a bit of a switch-a-roo in their characters so I guess it’s not that surprising.

When Jung-kil heads to the Kangs, he finds Geum-ja moaning with her head wrapped, apparently waiting for Hyun-soo to find her ailing. Jung-kil takes out his own head wrap and then oddly asks her a couple of wedding vows about loving Jung-in. (It’s a little weird.)

Meanwhile, the two lovebirds are back to their lovey-dovy selves, basking in each other presence. If they recited a sonnet, it would have been perfect. The moment, however, is one shared not only by the two lovers but their third-wheeling comic relief, Sung-joon.

Sung-joon: Is this being good [to your family]?
Jung-in: Did I say that I’d be good today? I said later.
Hyun-soo: Why are you home early today of all days when you usually come home late?
Jung-in: If you really loved and cared for us, shouldn’t you pretend that you have diarrhea and lock yourself up in the bathroom?

And as much as Hyun-soo and Jung-in’s affections give me gag reflex, I’d much rather have this than the over the top angst. On top of that, diarrhea. Hee-hee. Why do I still find toilet jokes funny?

Geum-ja gets her wish as Hyun-soo returns home and joins them for the morning exercises. His dad tries to give him hints to be good to his mother, but Hyun-soo can’t get over the excitement of marrying Jung-in. When Jung-in enters into the house as a ray of sunlight, he drops his mother’s hand like a lump of coal to run to his future bride.

Seeing the men of her household fawn over the new woman of the house, Geum-ja is determined to make things as difficult as possible for her. She insists that the two families have a traditional pre-engagement family meeting. (It’s usually where the parents meet for the first time, exchange pleasantries, and give their blessing to the couple.) Everyone else is surprised since the Kangs and Seos pretty much know everything there is to know about each other. It’s easy to see the difficult road ahead…

The torture continues in the kitchen, as Geum-ja starts Jung-in down a ridiculous line of questioning to “test” her knowledge of Hyun-soo. Thankfully, Hyun-soo is nearby to land a helping hand.

Geum-ja: What’s his favorite color?
Jung-in: I think it’s dark blue.
Geum-ja: What about his favorite food?
Jung-in: Bibimbap, one that you mix for him.
Geum-ja: In the 7th grade, what was his class #? You don’t know?
Jung-in: Um… Class #1.
Geum-ja: Then… in High School, what was the worst he ever did on a test?
Jung-in: Four hundredth?
Geum-ja: What?
Jung-in: That was a joke! Fortieth.

Oh… mother-in-laws. Jung-in laughs along at the crazy antics, for now. But her mood changes when Geum-ja gives her a list of things to bring when she gets married. (Traditionally in Korea, the man provides the house and the woman brings everything needed inside the house.) The list is 2 pages long, and not because of big font, because Jung-in can’t believe that it can even all fit in the house.

Hyun-soo decides to take the opportunity to do some good for his in-laws. He buys a new suit for Jung-kil, who is loving the attention from his soon to be son-in-law, even commenting that Hyun-soo looks more like him that his own son. And Hyun-soo gives some money to Joo-hee for a new outfit along with preparation money for the wedding.

Meanwhile, love is in the air for some more couples. Grandpa Man-bok has definitely changed with the knowledge of his illness and not only decides to buy meat (*shock*) for the family meeting but hangs around the restaurant to get a glimpse of So-nyu (*double shock*).

And the news of the wedding has put a fire in Sung-joon’s loin as he hopes to move forward on his relationship with Ji-soo. She promises to grant him a wish if he makes 10 putts in a row, which makes him even friskier.

At the family meeting, Geum-ja is seemingly all prepared, coming to the location early and wearing her pink hanbok. But the Seos one up the Kangs as they enter the room, fully dressed for the occasion.

As they start talk about the date of the wedding, Geum-ja announces that they need to get engaged first (which is traditionally paid by the woman’s family) , shocking everyone at the table. This leads Geum-ja and Joo-hee down the rabbit hole as the two spew venom at each other about the wedding preparations.

Jung-in takes her mother outside and figures out that her mother was talking big because she received money from Hyun-soo. Unfortunately, Geum-ja overhears and all hell breaks loose, breaking up any hopes of a cordial luncheon.

Jung-kyung’s pragmatic nature takes over as she declares that they’ll just have to put together whatever they can with the money they have, if Jung-in still wants to get married. She and Sung-joon decide that they’ll come up with 10,000 won for the wedding.

It’s a far cry from the 100,000 won of Jung-in’s engagement ring and the writer makes the contrast pretty clear by having Han-se return the money to Hyun-soo. Meanwhile, Jung-kil drinks away his guilt and regret as he realizes that he’s unable to provide for his daughter’s wedding. But Jung-in comes to console her dad.

Jung-in: I’m the one who’s sorry. I probably spent atleast half of your fortune. The sports car, all the clothes I ever wanted, visiting every corner of the globe. If I added up all the money that I took from you, saying that I was going to buy books, I could have probably built a national library… Anyways, why did you suddenly give us your blessing, even giving up the house?
Jung-kil: Because that Hyun-soo seemed like he loved you more than me. You say that you received a lot from me. But honestly, I’ve never given you everything I had. But Hyun-soo would give you everything, whether it’s $10 or $1000. It’s not about the money, but the heart and the time. I think he’ll give you everything. That’s what people say… that this is love.
Jung-in: Dad, you’ll give me everything you have now also.
Jung-kil: But I have nothing to give now. I don’t even have enough money to get you married.
Jung-in: I’m not going to get married until you earn back all of your money! I’m going to ask you to buy enough furniture to fill Hyun-soo’s house, and for a new sports car, and even a new house.

It’s a lovely little scene as the father-daughter pair keep their fun light attitude, while fully sharing their heart. I especially appreciate this scene, because it’s times like this when the drama really shines, rather than going the full on angsty route.

Hearing about Jung-in’s desire to push back the wedding, Sang-hoon turns to her for help. He ends up telling her about Grandpa Man-bok’s condition and pleads with her to get married earlier. The news turns her into a teary puddle but also brings about a new Jung-in. One who’s focus is on Operation Shotgun Wedding.

She returns to the Kang house in the morning as cheery Jung-in and immediately goes to grandpa Man-bok for the morning bow (traditionally given after the wedding).

Jung-in: As you can see, I have nothing to give. So there’s nothing I want. I just want to be your family, grandpa. Please give me a green track suit!

It’s as though the broken family luncheon and requests to push back the wedding is a distant memory, as she asks about having the engagement at the deokbokki place on Sunday. Geum-ja is flabbergasted but Man-bok takes the opportunity to declare that Jung-in should get married under the exact same condition as Geum-ja, who basically brought nothing but Hyun-soo in her belly.

Jung-in tries to act coy but she has a plan in place. She put the moves on Hyun-soo and just when Geum-ja walks in on them, Jung-in throws down Hyun-soo for a passionate kiss.

Episode 35

Geum-ja is shocked with Jung-in’s forcefulness but Hyun-soo is more than happy with the chain of events, even trying to play hooky from work and spend the day with Jung-in, wearing his cute little socks. But she won’t hear of it and tells Hyun-soo to go to work. He picks up on the signs that he’s being used as a pawn in Operation Shotgun Wedding, but Jung-in uses her feminine wiles to eventually push him off to work.

With Jung-in and Sang-hoon sharing the secret about Man-bok’s illness, they team up together for Operation Shotgun Wedding, which leads Sang-hoon to the deokbokki store for some convincing. He fawns over them, butters them up, apologizes, and even puts himself down in order to set a wedding date.

Jung-in goes to the hospital to speak to her sister about donating her kidney to Grandpa Man-bok, realizing that it’s the only viable option he has left. Jung-kyung is dead set against it and leaves her sister in a huff.

Hyun-soo is at work in body but his thoughts are focused on Jung-in’s words from the morning, expecting something special when he gets home. Han-se has learned his fate after the English hunting incident and knows that he no longer can get Jung-in back. He tries to make Hyun-soo nervous, but it’s more amusing than anything else.

Much to Hyun-soo’s chagrin, the evening consists of grandpa time as Jung-in and Sang-hoon are solely focused on keeping grandpa Man-bok healthy and happy. With Jung-in in the house, Geum-ja is the odd man out as she listens in their laughter from outside, ironically sitting in front of Jung-in’s stain glass window. It could be cruel fate but her dragonlady face does seem to melt a little as she hears her happy family.

With the men of the households pushing the marriage along, Hyun-soo works on getting the two moms on board. He melts his mother’s heart with sweet words of love: You’re the only one in the world I can call mom. Even though I share my love with someone else, you’re the person I’ve loved the longest in my life.

He then heads to the deokbokki store to melt another heart. This time with a (very very cheesy) poem: You and I are one. We are family. Love. Love. L-O-V-E.

Hyun-soo takes his family to a photography studio for a family picture and for a little surprise for Jung-in.

Hyun-soo: Jung-in. I haven’t actually asked you to marry me yet. Right? Marrying me means you have to live forever with not only Kang Hyun-soo, but with my grandpa, father, and mother. No matter what happens, let’s cry, laugh, enjoy, and persevere together. Marry me. Be my family.

After Jung-in nods yes, the other two men take a flower from Geum-ja’s bouquet for their own proposal.

Sang-hoon: Jung-in. Be my daughter-in-law.
Man-bok: My granddaughter-in-law. Congratulations.

Geum-ja gives some dirty looks over at Jung-in, but stays quiet during the process, which is probably all she can give at this point. It’s a sweet scene and a sweet moment for the family.

After a full day of family, the couple tries to spend a little quality time kissing on the street corner. (Dark alleys are the best places for a kiss. Everybody looks good under the moonlight.) But Jung-kil interrupts them and takes them back home.

Back at home, there is another kissing couple for Jung-kil to interrupt. Sung-joon is excited after completing 10 putts in a row because he finally gets his wish. But when Jung-kil walks into the house and demands to know what’s going on, his first reaction is to ask Ji-soo, “Why didn’t you lock the door!” (HAHAHA!! I’ve missed you Lee Chun-hee!)

When Jung-kil talks about how to choose a mate: good family, good school, good background, Sung-joon immediately brings up Jung-in’s lack of schooling compared to her Ph.D. fiance. Before the conversation can get any harsher, a furious Jung-kyung walks in.

Jung-in’s initial test results must have come back positive because Jung-kyung is upset about the possibility of Jung-in donating her kidney. And Man-bok’s condition is worsening by the minute as he has a hard time waking up in the morning and has bouts of pain during the day. As he heads out of the house, Hyun-soo runs into him and drives him to the hospital. After hearing about the visit to the hospital, Sung-joon follows out after his father. Hyun-soo realizes something’s going on seeing his dad’s worried face, no matter how often Sung-joon tells him nothing is wrong.

Hyun-soo is unable to leave the hospital and decides to wait to get some answers from Jung-kyung, when he sees his fiance walking around in a patient gown. Once he hears that she’s taking tests to donate her kidney, he pretty much figures out that it’s connected to his grandfather.

Jung-in is unable to hold in the information and tells Hyun-soo about grandpa Man-bok’s illness, leaving him dumbfounded and leaving herself sobbing with tears.


I’ve been glossing over the Man-bok/Joon-bae/So-nyu love triangle quite a bit, so here’s my new cents. It looks like So-nyu is genuinely touched by Man-bok’s change towards her. She’s still happy to receive the money but the warm milk that he offers her seems to have done a number on her. Man-bok and Joon-bae are lifelong friends so I don’t expect their friendship to waver over a girl, especially when Joon-bae finds out that his best friend is dying. I do love a good bromance and like seeing older people falling in love, so I hope they make this storyline a bit more interesting in the remaining 10 episodes. (Disclaimer: I’ve finished watching the series so I know what happens but I’m pretending to not know while I write this.)

While rewatching these two episodes, I fell in love with Lee Min-jung all over again. I just think she develops great rapport with her fellow actors. I had always thought she had more chemistry with Lee Min-ho in Boys Over Flowers than Gu Hye-sun (don’t shoot me) and I think she’s just one of those actors who has chemistry with everyone. Her connection with Jung Kyung-ho goes without saying. But she’s shined on screen with almost all of her other costars: making us believe that she really did like her ex-almost-husband Han-se, that she truly loves her scheming father Jung-kil, that she grew up with her immature brother Sung-joon, and I especially loved her scenes with Sang-hoon in these two episodes as they covered each others’ worries about grandpa Man-bok.

Overall, the quality of the acting has been quite solid in the series. Lee Min-Jung, Jung Kyung-ho, Lee Chun-hee, Lee Kyu-han, and even the two dads (Kang Suk-woo and Chu Ho-jin) have done well with what they’ve been given, giving us the opportunity to empathize and love their respective characters, not matter how schizophrenic or one dimensional they may be.


42 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. WW

    Yay, first?
    “Operation Shotgun Wedding” … HA. Thanks for the recaps, they’re the highlight of my drama-watching experience!

  2. Mei

    I love Smile. Though it gets draggy towards the end, it still had its moments and I just can’t hate anybody. Thanks for recapping this.

    Don’t worry. I thought LMJ had more chemistry with LMH too, so I won’t be attacking anybody with pitchforks.

  3. pabo ceo reom

    I am seriously in love with Lee Min-jung too. I hope she goes places! 🙂

  4. sallynally

    Just a quick correction. Jung-in is getting tested to donate her liver, not her kidney. As everyone has two kidneys and donating one of them is not as serious as donating a large portion of the one liver that you own, this is important to why so many people (currently Jung Kyung, but later Hyun Soo and the rest of the the Kang family) are against Jung In putting herself at risk by donating her own liver.

    Otherwise, thanks for the recap! Although I’ve finished the series, it’s nice to go down the memory lane reading the recap for the past episodes.

  5. fyoora

    Love this drama..makes me laugh n cry at the same time…miss soo-in couple..

  6. firewife

    No pitchfork here either! I keep hoping someday we’ll see LMJ and LMH together again!

    I felt the same way about Smile as you did. By the time we got to these episodes I enjoyed watching it, but was really wishing they hadn’t added that 16 episode extension.

    JI and HS are still one of my favorite couples ever though!

  7. Icarusfalls

    Aw.. I remember these scenes! I loved this series.. I wish we had more of the families.

    Looking forward to reading more of you all’s recaps of this wonderful heartwarming kdrama…

  8. Sonam

    I agree…..LMJ makes her costars look good. I am really looking forward to her next drama. I wish she had picked a drama instead of movie for her next project.
    It would be a dream come true to see her opposite Gong Yoo. He makes his costars look good and they would be explosive together.

    • 8.1 FlexibleSamurai

      Haha you called it 🙂 They’re starring in BIG now and they look perfect together

  9. Sonam

    LMJ and LMH were the only good thing about BOF and it would be also great to see them in drama as the lead couple tho’ it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen anytime soon.

  10. 10 soyjoy

    @ Sonam, 8 — Ooo, Lee Min Jung & Gong Yoo! I can see it! Agreed, I think they’d be fab together. Here’s hoping!

  11. 11 onemorepls

    That was great fun reading the recaps to this series. I smiled all over again. Thanks

  12. 12 danni

    These were fun episodes to watch. I agree about your comment on LMJ, that girl pretty much shines whenever she’s on screen. I really wish that Smile, You had been made of more scenes like the ones with Jung-in and Jung-kil and the one with the Kang men and Jung-in because they were just simple, good scenes. I didn’t really dislike the angsty stuff, but the family stuff was what made the drama enjoyable. Loved when Hyun-soo goes to the ddukbokki shop and recites his poem, I couldn’t help but laugh thinking about it again while reading your recap. Thanks for this.

  13. 13 bluelime

    thanks for the recap!! =)

  14. 14 dw4p

    Soyjoy and I are both really glad that people are still enjoying the recaps even though they’re so long overdue!

    @sallynally – thanks for the correction! Yes, liver definitely. Not sure why I had kidney in my brains. Maybe I had to go to the bathroom while I was writing the recap… =)

    @Sonam – LMJ/Gong Yoo sounds lovely… But I can’t wait for LMJ/Um Tae Woong – sexy as hell.

  15. 15 Quaggy

    Lee Min Jung & Gong Yoo?!! Ohmigod! That’s brilliant!! Sign me up! If that actually happened I would probably explode into a million pieces in excitement!

    Oh, right… This is supposed to be about Smile, You! This was around the time that I stopped skimming and started actually watching the episodes fully again. You are totally on the mark when you say that the sugar shock you get from Hyun-Soo/Jung-In is a whole lot more fun than all that angst!

    I can’t say it enough. Thank you to both you and Soyjoy, dw4p, for keeping up with the recaps. I know it’s a lot of work and give you both credit for seeing it through!

  16. 16 asianromance

    Thank you for the recap! I’m so glad that the series has gotten better since the point where I left it at. I’m glad to see the change in Jung-kil. I really hope the grandpa doesn’t die by the end of the series!

  17. 17 Cate

    Thanks for the recap!

  18. 18 mmmaggie

    Thank you guys for continuing to recap this series. I’ve liked Lee Min Jung since Boys Over Flowers, but I didn’t have the time or energy to invest in a 40+ episode series so I’ve been “watching” this drama solely via your recaps. You guys have done a great job capturing the slice of life feel of the series and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. Thanks again!

    PS. I can’t believe Hyun Soo is Yoon from I’m Sorry, I Love You! The boy done grown up!!

  19. 19 Celest

    I too was a fan of Lee Min Jung and Lee Min Ho couple in BOF!

    Episode 35 is one of my favorite episodes in the whole series. I swear, this show brings out the inner fangirl in me. I loved how Jung In totally manhandled Hyun Soo at the end of ep 34 and beg of ep 35. I absolutely melted when Jung In got 3 proposals. I loved how simple the proposal was from Hyun Soo but how unique and special it was because of the two extra proposals. Seriously, my expectation for what ‘chemistry’ is in kdramas has been set so high by these two lovebirds

    And the poem…i remember having tears in my eyes from laughing so hard as Hyun Soo read the LOVE poem. I L-O-V-E the poem!

    and yup I can’t believe Jung Kyung Ho was Yune in MISA either! I briefly remember that his character was somewhat irritating yet likeable at the same time…i dunno it’s been way too long since I watched that drama

    and Thanks for the recaps! I finished Smile a long time ago but reading these recaps always bring a smile to my face. <3

  20. 20 jenn

    i am so addicted to this drama.
    and i cant wait for the coming episodes.
    take care and more power.
    and thanks for the recaps..


  21. 21 aubrey

    I really love this korean drama!,…
    I hope you continue recapping this series up to the very end.

  22. 22 lovingminho

    did you stop writing recaps for this drama? PLZ DONT

    i thought korean dramas only run 16 episodes and are lucky to get 4 more extensions, but why is this drama seem to go on forever? hehehehe. Dont get me wrong though, i am super loving the Jung Kyung ho. 🙂

  23. 23 aubrey

    pls,… continue recapping this korean series,.. im really addicted to this drama,..

  24. 24 jjang_ayj

    hi!! are you stopping the recap of this drama??

    Aigoo, PLEASE DON’T… I really like this drama.. it makes me smile..
    They’re my favorite couple… 🙂 Please continue recapping this drama…

  25. 25 joy avecilla

    please recap the next episodes… please please please… thank you so much,,,,,

  26. 26 Yeowdjge1084

    Hello!! Here from the Philippines!! I so love kDrama..especially SMILE ;D..
    Here it is called Smile Honey..

    Can you pleeeeeeasssseee do the recap ASAP..i really like the story!! Espeacially Hyun so and Jung kyung!! They act so natural like everything is real..i wish you could finish the recap!! More Power!! Thank you!! +__+

  27. 27 jessica

    Pleaaase update Smile! I love it/miss it!!!

  28. 28 Yeowdjge1084

    Ooooppss!! Sori bout hyun so and jung kyung..it should be jung kyung ho and lee min jung who acted like its so real..i love them both!! Good actors..plsssss….finish the recap..teynx!!!! ^__^

  29. 29 lovingleeminho

    please finish this series. 🙂 i enjoyed it alot. thanks for the recaps

  30. 30 Joy

    UPDATE PLEEEAAAASE!!! i’m missing too much smile in my life!!

  31. 31 Mikka

    Can you post what are the episode did Jung Kyung Ho was shirtless. I saw episode 2 and episode 40. Is there an another episode? Thnxx

  32. 32 mAy

    no more recaps ? 🙁

    i am currently watching this drama, and i think it is fabulous ! i L O V E the main couple hyun soo and jung in <3

  33. 33 Artemis

    Oh please continue recapping this! P-L-E-A-S-E? P-R-E-T-T-Y P-L-E-A-S-E?

  34. 34 emsie

    it’d be nice if the recaps finished =) but i understand since dramas just keep on coming.

  35. 35 Evelynnnnnnnnnnnn

    please finish the recaps if you guys have time ;D

  36. 36 atik

    helo, iam fr0m indonesia. Please d0nt st0pping recap smile you, keep posting until last episode. I love this drama so much !!

  37. 37 via

    pleaaassseeee… recap this drama till finish dramabeans.. I love this drama.. love the couple.. Jung in and Hyun soo.. I want to know what happend with the grandpa, and I hope wuri couple will get married..

  38. 38 h0ns

    please recap this drama till the last episode please…
    I had watching it till the 38 episode, but still it feels something missing without your recap…

    please…. continue recap this drama.. coz I love your point of view and ur opinion in the recap..

    please… please…

  39. 39 NJ

    Please continue with the recaps!!

    Please don’t abandon it!

  40. 40 Ankita

    Hi! Can some one please finish these recaps? I’m hooked on this and have read 35 eps in two days. I need to know what happens next!!!

  41. 41 Lena Allison

    It’s 2016 and I just started watching this show due to recommendations from so many people. I googled some recaps and found yours! Your recaps are so lively and entertaining. I wish I can write as well as you do!

    I know it’s a bit late, but would you consider finishing it? Regardless, thank you for the recaps. They made me smile…. see what I did there?

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