Drama Recaps
Coffee House: Page 3
by | May 25, 2010 | 81 Comments

Coffee House isn’t wildly original, but so far I’m getting a kick out of it — it has just the right touch of wackiness to twist the comedy into quirky territory, and the characters are still winning me over. Also, for those of you who were worried or displeased about relationship vagueness, I think this episode clears a lot of that up. Maybe not definitively — a trendy kdrama’s gotta have several viable lovelines to be effective, right? — but enough to point the various romances into their respective directions.


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Jin-soo hurriedly stops Seung-yeon from stripping, shocked that she would take him seriously. In fact, he’s so shocked that he has to laugh at the ridiculousness. That’s when Eun-young rings the doorbell, prompting Jin-soo to hide, knowing she’s bound to take him to task for ditching her with Ji-won last night. He sneaks off to his room and instructs Seung-yeon to say he’s not at home.

This means Seung-yeon has to make up a story about dancing around to aerobics while Jin-soo is out, which doesn’t exactly make her look like the most respectful employee, but thankfully Eun-young doesn’t make too much of an issue of it. She does, however, find Seung-yeon’s coffee too awful to ignore, giving us another example of how she and Jin-soo are simpatico. Eun-young tosses out the brew she’s given and watches as Seung-yeon attempts a new batch.

Now, I consider myself somewhat picky about my coffee — I’ve also been known to toss out a really bad batch of coffee rather than drink it — but even I’m going to say your barista’s posture and the angle of the pour-over is taking it a bit far. Then again, Jin-soo DID warn her he was too picky for her abilities, so it’s not like she wasn’t warned.

In any case, Eun-young takes her down to the book cafe and piles a stack of coffee-related books into Seung-yeon’s arms, explaining that her grandfather was a coffee specialist who was a significant force in giving the drink a greater platform in Korea. Thus, if people treat coffee with disdain, it can feel like disrespect towards her grandfather. As a result, she gives Seung-yeon a homework assignment, cheerily informing her that even though she’s Jin-soo’s secretary, as the publishing CEO Eun-young technically pays her salary and therefore it’s not out of line for her to put her to work.

Seung-yeon says wryly to herself that now she gets why the two are friends.

On her way back upstairs, Seung-yeon runs into the book cafe manager Dong-wook (played by Park Jae-jung), whom she greets with some basic sign language she has taught herself after hearing that Dong-wook cannot speak. He’s the cool, reserved type so he just bows in return, looking nonplussed at her awkward signing of “Hello” and “Good work.” Seung-yeon, on the other hand, is quite proud of herself for getting to use her new skills.

Ji-won heads to the office with her, which is the only reason he manages to push his way into Jin-soo’s office. Although Jin-soo’s clearly not thrilled to see him, Ji-won is totally oblivious and expects Jin-soo to greet him with as much enthusiasm as the former has for him. If Ji-won were any denser, I’d expect him to have his own gravitational pull.

In addition to being as giddy as a schoolboy, Ji-won is just about as immature. Eager to show Jin-soo something he bought for Eun-young’s upcoming birthday, he leans in close, deliberately trying to hide it from Seung-yeon’s view because it’s a secret. Seung-yeon doesn’t really care what he’s got (nor can she hear their conversation), but she does relish the way Ji-won manhandles Jin-soo’s face. She urges him mentally to pinch harder. Heh.

Ji-won has bought a big gaudy sparkler of a necklace for Eun-young, anticipating that she’ll scream in delight. Jin-soo confirms that she’ll let out a scream, all right, but of a different variety.

Eager to use any excuse to escape this situation, Jin-soo leaps up when a cell phone rings, ignoring the fact that it’s Seung-yeon’s. He pretends the call is for him, and when he’s in the next room, he drops the act and tells her caller to try back soon.

This leaves Seung-yeon in the room with Ji-won, who thinks that Jin-soo hired her purely to hit on her and comments that his taste is skewing a lot younger. He tells her that if Jin-soo gives her a hard time, let him know — he’ll set him straight. He went to high school and university with Jin-soo as his sunbae, and they were great buddies — along with Jin-soo’s wife.

Wait, wha–? That’s a shocker. Jin-soo was married (and divorced)? Ji-won figures the news never made it out because it happened before he hit it big.

Listening from the other room, Jin-soo’s expression darkens, and after Ji-won leaves, he informs Seung-yeon that Ji-won is strictly forbidden from entry here. He scoffs at Ji-won calling them friends, muttering, “I’ve never been friends with him.”

Seung-yeon tries to sneak in some internet searches about Jin-soo being married or divorced, braving Jin-soo’s constant staring, which unnerves her. But her searches yield nothing; it’s truly a well-kept secret.

Then he decides that they’ll head out, and without explaining things, they end up at a department store. He’s here to buy her an outfit, for what purpose nobody knows, least of all Seung-yeon. But if you’re groaning at what looks like the makings of a trite Pretty Woman montage, rest easy — this shopping trip takes a decidedly different turn.

First he has Seung-yeon try on one outfit, which he finds dissatisfactory because it’s too loose. He wants something more fitted, and asks the sales clerk to take more precise measurements in order to alter the garment to fit better. I’m thinking this guy’s about to take a step in to pervy territory by demanding his assistant wear tight clothing, but thankfully the drama doesn’t fail me here — in fact, this is just a big excuse for him to get Seung-yeon’s measurements, which he swipes from the notepad.

I suppose that might still be construed as skeevy behavior, if not for his next trip — the luggage department — where he holds up a suitcase to her frame to compare it to her torso. We’re still not quite certain what the deal is, but he does take the opportunity to take a few digs at her very odd proportions, which he declares all out of whack. And all the while, Seung-yeon is so bewildered that she doesn’t know if she should be surprised or offended.

On their way back to the office, Dong-wook sees Seung-yeon struggling with the luggage, and silently takes it to carry up for her. She thanks him, again using her newly acquired signing skills while mouthing along, “Thank you.”

And then, we find out what this whole shopping excursion was really about:

Bwahaha! The measuring and comparing were all to see if Seung-yeon would fit inside the luggage, and he instructs her to get inside. When she balks, he reminds her about all that stuff she said about being a pro. Well, how about she get in the bag like a pro?

In she goes. Resigning herself to whatever craziness he’s got in mind, Seung-yeon sighs for him to go ahead. He snaps some photos, then hands her her phone, telling her to call him from inside the bag. After confirming that she’s not suffocating, he zips her up.

But wouldn’t you know it? Just as she’s about to dial, she receives an incoming call — it’s from her family, who have attended a wedding in the neighborhood and have decided to drop by. Seung-chul and Dad have some sense and wonder if they’d be interrupting the writer’s work (well, if we take a pretty loose definition of “work”), but Grandma says there’s nothing wrong with seeing her granddaughter in action and pushes them onward.

Yikes! Before they know it, the visitors are at the door. Jin-soo tries to yank Seung-yeon out of the suitcase, but she’s lodged in there tightly and can’t work her way out, not that their panic helps things any. With the family calling from the hallway and no chance of getting Seung-yeon out anytime soon, Jin-soo wheels her into the bedroom, then opens the door.

He tries to get rid of them, but Korean grannies aren’t exactly ones to take a hint, and she pushes their way inside. She also presses a gift on him — an ugly cardigan — that he accepts uneasily.

Jin-soo tells them that Seung-yeon is out on an errand that will take her far away, which means she won’t be back until late. However, they notice that her things are still here, and wonder how she could have gone so far without all her belongings.

In a nervous outburst, Jin-soo reaches for the cardigan as a diversionary tactic and squeals (yep, literally squeals!) in “excitement” as he pulls it on. Alas, the distraction is only temporary; Seung-chul reaches for his phone and calls his sister, whose phone begins to ring from the other room.

Hurriedly, Seung-yeon tries to reach for her phone to turn it off, but in her cramped position she can’t maneuver her way to the phone and topples over. The Kang family hears the sound and points to the room. Jin-soo tries to cover up for it and heads to the room, but he’s stopped by the sound of the doorbell. Forced to answer it (it’s Eun-young), his detour to the door allows for the family to follow the sound of the ringing phone to the spare room.

Jin-soo knows it’s all over, so he bangs his head against the wall while the family tries to make sense of why Seung-yeon is on the floor, crammed into a suitcase.

Enter Eun-young to the rescue! Swooping in, she introduces herself to the family and explains that Jin-soo is currently working on this really exciting mystery-murder novel, and this is all research. She soothes their concerns over coffee as she tells them about the serial murders that occur when a group of women tourists travel to Ulleungdo (the island where Jin-soo got his idea). Apparently the killer hacks up the bodies and puts them in suitcases: hence Jin-soo’s curiosity to see if Seung-yeon would fit. Hahaha.

Thanks to Eun-young’s intervention, the family isn’t outright angry with him, but the incident is still enough to give them serious misgivings about Jin-soo’s mental state. Eun-young wonders if Jin-soo’s going to end up sued, and somehow she looks more excited at this possibility than worried. (I love her.)

No surprise that Seung-yeon’s father calls that night to tell him that she won’t be able to work for him anymore. Seung-yeon protests and makes a grab for the phone, handing it to Grandma and telling her to hang up quickly before Dad continues his conversation. Too bad Granny doesn’t know what she’s doing with that newfangled phonegadgetry, and she pushes a button or two and puts the phone down. Instead of hanging up, that keeps Jin-soo on the line, and therefore the family’s conversation comes through loud and clear as he and Eun-young listen in:

Dad asks if the writer is crazy, to which Seung-yeon answers that he’s not entirely wacko. With a sigh, she says that after observing him for a few days, she thinks he’s on the brink of insanity. (Jin-soo’s offended, while Eun-young cracks up.) So basically, in Seung-yeon’s estimation Jin-soo isn’t a permanent resident in the land of crazy — more like a frequent visitor with a traveler’s visa.

Granny comments that he’s good-looking and therefore a good person. Lol.

Eun-young wonders if Seung-yeon will show up to work tomorrow, and Jin-soo predicts that she will, saying that Seung-yeon has “one strong point,” and that’s that she’s foolish. That’s an odd comment, but he clarifies, “That’s a big advantage if she’s going to work for me.”

Sure enough, she shows up the next morning, her coffee as bad as ever (he quips that it’s becoming more and more like poison every day).

Jin-soo can’t resist making a dig at Seung-yeon’s comment last night about his mental stability. Using her specific words immediately clues her in that he’d heard what she said, and she cringes in dismay while he rolls those words around again and again in amusement.

That evening, Eun-young’s employees present her with a surprise birthday party, dragging her from her office to the event. Everything has been planned in detail, and all of her friends are gathered in the audience. Jin-soo is also invited, but he sends Seung-yeon along with the employees first, saying he’ll be there later.

Blindfolded, Eun-young is seated in the guest of honor’s spot, and wonders who is responsible for this whole shindig, just as the sounds of a piano start up. The smile fades mighty fast, however, when she recognizes the voice: Ji-won’s.

He serenades her as a photo montage starts up on the projection screen behind her, and bubbles float from the ceiling — a cheesily romantic event worthy of a cheesy guy like Ji-won.

Eun-young rolls her eyes in exasperation, but plasters a big smile on her face as she stands up and heads over to the piano, where she takes his mic away while he’s still mid-song. Rather than throwing a fit, she takes charge with a smile, greeting her friends and acting as her own host. She welcomes everyone warmly and kicks off the festivities, which has the dual effect of maintaining the cheery atmosphere while also taking control away from Ji-won, who pouts to be thus undermined.

Only after the party is safely under way does Eun-young shoot a glare at him and tell him he has no right to sing that song.

And then she goes to the bathroom with her doctor friend (Byung-hee) to scream in frustration. I love that she was so professional and in control out there, and then comes inside to whine and moan like a teenager with her best friend. Apparently Ji-won told all her friends that they’d gotten back together and that she’d forgiven him. He’d insisted the party was a surprise, which is why her friends didn’t warn her about what he had said.

Bummed at losing his spot helming the big event, Ji-won gets drunk and calls Jin-soo to whine to come and support him. He crashes Eun-young’s table as she’s opening gifts to present her with his birthday gift, but she dashes away for a business call to avoid that awkward moment. He joins her anyway, following her to the office while she makes her call.

By the time Jin-soo makes it to the party, it’s in the latter stages and Eun-young is nowhere around. He hears that she headed back to her office and goes to find her.

Meanwhile, Ji-won makes his drunken complaints of how Eun-young is too well-off, too successful and self-sufficient. She makes everyone feel inferior, which is why she’s remained single all these years, right? He bets that no men have made passes at her because they can’t handle her. Which… seems to me to be THEIR failing, not hers, but Ji-won seems to be operating on chauvinistic gender ideals.

In fact, he says that the reason he couldn’t bring himself to apologize all these years “is because of you.” Huh. And here I’m thinking it’s because he’s got insecurity issues — don’t you love it when the wrongdoer makes his wrongdoing into your fault? He takes out the sparkly necklace and tells her it was expensive, but sees how she’s not moved in the least. (You know, since I suppose we’re all supposed to swoon in gratitude when cheating exes shower us in jewels?)

In contrast, he points out, Young-mi (who must clearly be the Other Woman) was grateful for the little things he did for her, unlike Eun-young who isn’t moved at even the big gestures.

Well, he finally hits a nerve — but not the one he was meaning to hit — and it’s obvious that this Young-mi woman is a huge sore point between them. That look on her face? It’s pure OH NO HE DI’N’T. Even in his drunken haze, Ji-won registers that he screwed up royally and quickly backpedals. But the damage is done.

Eun-young can’t help the tears from springing to her eyes, and she looks at him in a mix of hurt and revulsion. He knows he’s just shot himself in the foot and starts to leave.

Which is when Jin-soo bursts in just as Ji-won goes for the door, and knocks the door into him. That sends Ji-won sprawling to the ground, and the other two briefly worry that he’s hurt. But nope — just sleeping.

Sensing the strained mood, Jin-soo fumbles in his pocket for a birthday gift, but he has nothing to offer her. Eun-young knows him well enough to guess that he purposely came to the party late because he know what would go down, and accuses, “Jerk — is everything fine as long as you’re comfortable? You and he are just the same.”

Bitterly, she mutters, “I really hate it,” the “it” being the whole situation of having Ji-won back and going to work next door and having to deal with him again. She wishes she could send him far away… and that gives Jin-soo an idea. Since he came empty-handed to her party, he asks if he can offer this as his birthday present, and proceeds to get the ball rolling by depositing Ji-won in a taxi and paying the driver to take him far away.

Seung-yeon has plenty to drink at the party and gets on a bus to go home, which carries another passenger from the same party — mute manager Dong-wook. She sleeps most of the way and jolts awake at the last minute, and alights from the bus half-asleep.

Dong-wook disembarks behind her and grabs her arm just as she stumbles, and tells her, “Be careful.” With that, he heads off.

It takes Seung-yeon a moment to register the import of this moment — he spoke! — and she gapes after him, then decides she must have imagined it in her drunken and sleepy daze.

In the morning, Ji-won wakes up to the sun beating on his face and slowly gets his bearings. He’s lying down… on the grass… in his suit… in a field of bleating sheep?

He has no phone, no wallet, and no recollection of how he came to be here. He staggers along the empty road until he comes upon a bus stop, where he sees a lone grandma sitting on a bench. He asks to know where he is, but it’s such a remote backwater that the name of the location doesn’t even ring a bell.

He begs for change to make a phone call, and gratefully accepts her coin. Unfortunately, in his eagerness to run to the nearest pay phone, he drops the coin, which rolls down the hill to plop into a pool of stagnant water.

Seung-yeon arrives at Jin-soo’s office in the morning, ready to greet Dong-wook with her usual signed hello. But to her shock, he answers Jin-soo’s question readily, perfectly able to speak (albeit with an accent). Stunned speechless (ironically?), she stands frozen as Dong-wook returns the signed hello, then remarks on his way out, “You’re here.”

Confused, Seung-yeon asks Jin-soo for clarification — so he wasn’t mute? She’s sure the cafe workers said he couldn’t speak! (I think it’s more accurate to say that they said he didn’t speak. Ah, it’s the little things that’ll get ya!) Jin-soo merely figures they said that because he’s a man of few words.

Ji-won uses his precious call to contact Jin-soo, who goes down to the cafe and promises to show Eun-young something really funny. She doesn’t know what he’s talking about until Ji-won pulls up to the cafe in a cab, and steps out looking like an utter mess — feet caked in manure, clothes wrinkled, hair disheveled, the works.

Eun-young suppresses a laugh as Jin-soo launches into concerned-friend mode, gasping to see him looking like a mess as though he hadn’t had everything to do with it. What happened? Surely he wasn’t abducted by a UFO or anything?

Ji-won is almost paranoid enough to take that leap, but right now he’s got other concerns, like washing the manure stink off him. Jin-soo pays the cab driver, and Ji-won heads off to clean up.

As he turns, he sees Eun-young watching with amusement. Well, that’s just humiliating, so he puts on some bravado and gives her his trademark wink-salute. (She returns the gesture wryly.)

Turns out that Jin-soo sent him to Daegwallyeong, which is a few hours’ drive from Seoul to the east. I know you could interpret Jin-soo’s prank as pretty mean, and yeah, I have that thought too, but I’m willing to go with the lighthearted tone of this move, particularly as Jin-soo did it entirely to cheer Eun-young up. (She’d hardly do such a childish thing herself, but that doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy the spoils.)

Amused at the joke but also touched at the gesture, Eun-young gives Jin-soo a sincere “Thanks” — which is just heartfelt enough to take him aback a little.

She adds, in a lighter tone, “I really love my birthday present. It’s awesome!” With a big thumbs-up, she says, “Thank you!”

As Jin-soo prepares to head out, he smiles that there’s more on the way: “You like sequels. Look forward to it.”


Like I said, I’m really getting a kick out of this drama — the off-kilter situations, the erratic behavior from Jin-soo (which is totally random and crazy-looking to the outside viewer but operates on its own brand of weird logic), and the hilarious facial expressions, which I find endearing but not too exaggerated to feel corny. I love comedy that is situational, more than the gag-based or slapstick variety, and so far Coffee House is fulfilling my need.

Also, I think this episode really sets us up for the pairings of Seung-yeon and the manager Dong-wook, as well as Jin-soo and Eun-young. If we get a Seung-yeon/Jin-soo loveline, I won’t be surprised or upset, but based on the dynamics so far, I’m really liking him with Eun-young. We’ve all noted that the cliche is to pair him with Seung-yeon, and while I’m not averse to cliches in and of themselves, I love exploring alternate routes, and in this drama the alternate route is much more endearing to me. It’s especially noticeable in the last scene, when there are very small undertones of this couple having more feelings for each other — deep under the surface — than they’re letting on, but it’s also visible in previous scenes too. Like when Eun-young and Jin-soo listen to the phone call together on speakerphone, or when Jin-soo comes to the party and sees her crying.

I wonder if this whole bad timing thing was their issue — he was married, and then she was engaged — but whatever the history, I’m invested in finding out what it was.

And honestly, how cute is Seung-yeon with Dong-wook, right? They’re infinitely more appealing than a Jin-soo pairing at this stage, and the goofy way their relationship gets started has got to be one of the cuter ways to get a couple set up, right? It adds an oddball charm to that couple that a straightforward Seung-yeon/Jin-soo coupling lacks.

But anyway. Onward to Page 4!


81 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. sajor


    got to read now

    anyway, hate how the series makes people ridiculous just to be comedic, sure they can choose other method..

  2. miniejungle

    nice πŸ™‚ thank you for the recap. i’m liking this show now πŸ™‚

  3. j

    I am loving this drama so far. Thanks so much for the wonderful recap.

  4. kaedejun

    wooow! you’re totally enjoying this drama (i can count more “hahahaha”s than i’ve read in past ones) – and this recap came up fast!!!!! πŸ˜€ awesomeness – i love the script – it’s refreshingly hilarious!!!! thanks!

  5. J

    Thanks for the recap! I’m really loving this drama. Jin-soo’s such an eccentric character, but still extremely lovable!

  6. IntoCoffeeHouse

    hua..yes new recap!… thanks

    rooting for EY-JS & SY-DW

    hope this drama can cure me from PP addict

  7. Freehee

    I know its been said before, but Park Shi-yeon is SOOO PRETTYY!

  8. Ace

    Sounds like fun! Eun-young’s expressions are really funny and cute (reminds me of SMW in OML). I laughed out loud @ “Jin-soo isn’t a permanent resident in the land of crazy β€” more like a frequent visitor with a traveler’s visa.” Hahaha! Can I borrow that line sometimes, pretty please?!

    I’m planning on watching this sometime this long weekend…Happy Memorial Day!

  9. Jewels

    This drama is so funny, I laugh out loud just thinking of some of the situations such as EY in the suitcase, or the first episode when she gets locked in the bathroom… very comedic.

  10. 10 Noypi

    i am Loving this drama.. Lots of LOL moments and this is the first ep that made me see the sort-of-darker and more sad/emotional scenes in the drama.. just like when the mention of Jin Soo’s failed marriage was brought up.. i can totally see the drama part now… the first 2 eps was so upbeat i didnt know how it would happen.. i just saw ep4 and at first i was for EJ (of T-ara) to be lead, but PSH is growing into me.. i havent been a fan of her but a few more sweet scenes like the ending of ep3 and i could also look forward to a love interest between her and Jin Soo…

  11. 11 pabo ceo reom

    This drama is totally winning it over. It’s so quirky and funny…..I love it!

    I’m falling for Kang Ji-hwan alllllllll ovvvvverrr aggggggain. That sexy bastard.

  12. 12 E

    I’m seriously loving this drama as well ~ for the first time I can see Park Si Yeon’s acting chops…and EunJung is doing pretty well.

    I was really hoping for SeungYeon to end up with JinSoo just because I love the typical cliches~~ but I’m not sure anymore. If they hadn’t added in that scene with DongWook (I saw Park JaeJung and I wondered why he had such a small role if he had played main characters before) I would’ve believe that JinSoo and SY were the main couple for sure.

    I haven’t laughed this hard watching a drama in a while…can’t wait for the next episode!

  13. 13 Jinkzz

    thanks for the recap…love this drama

  14. 14 saranga

    i have to say, i liked this week’s episodes a lot better than last week’s batch. i’m not LOVING it, but it’s nice and light and i’m loving kang ji hwan lots. he’s now on my radar!

    but another thing i have to say is i’m frustrated with park shi yeon’s character regarding her ex. he cheated on her, and she doesn’t want him back. why doesn’t she at least yell at him to get out of her life? all she does is avoid him. i’m itching for her to explode at him….. then again, i had to skim these episodes because i was too busy to watch the whole thing in detail, so maybe i’m missing something.

  15. 15 hpn88

    I really wasn’t expecting a lot from this drama, but it has definitely won me over!
    it’s effortless to watch it because its so much fun right now

  16. 16 Angel

    Would love it if it was an EY-JS pairing!! Love this show! πŸ™‚

  17. 17 nnj

    thnks for the brilliant recap.. im getting hooked with this drama already.. wishing for JS/EY pairings to come true.. =)

  18. 18 hapacalgirl

    honestly after episode 3 I felt the same regarding the pairing but after episode 4 I am confused again so I can’t wait to hear your commentary on that episode.

    To be honest I do have a soft spot for the JiSoo/SeungYeon pairing since that is what we have seen most of so far even if it is cliched. Plus I just find these two entertaining. But if we do go in more depth into EunYeung/JiSoo’s history I may change my mind. Either way I am enjoying all the characters so whatever happens I probably will still like it.

  19. 19 Marie

    Loving the series but i am still holding out for a SY and JS pairing I find their scenes together adorable if JS was meant to be with EY it would have happened in the last ten years that they have been friends. just my opinion.

  20. 20 lina

    I thought Jung Joon Ho would cameo in episode 1 and 2 but I just couldn’t spot him. Maybe I just couldn’t see or did he dropped out at last minute? I’m really curious.

  21. 21 Ant

    After watching episode 4 I am definitely going for a SY and JS pairing.

  22. 22 Noypi

    @14 from what i can see on the first few eps… even if she shouted at her ex for cheating on her, it wouldn’t change anything.. i think she may have done it in the past but its been a long time since they met again (since he came back from HongKong as pointed out in other ep).. and JiWon obviously is obnoxious and self-centered and even though people are telling him other things, even Jin Soo, he is so blind and wouldn’t hear it out.. he only believes what he wants to believe, so his Ex being so angry at him again at this point wouldn’t make a difference.. My opinion =)

  23. 23 dulcedeleche

    The second he started looking for suitcases….I knew what was about to happen. Apparently I’m the only one whose ever been forced to see if she fits into a suitcase….it totally is as painful as it looks.

    I love Jin-soo and Eun-Young as well. I like that they have weird facial expressions….because honestly, when you’re completely comfortable being yourself around someone….those facial expressions happen. I love that Eun-Young is excited at the idea of Jin-soo getting sued by the father.

  24. 24 jen

    wow interesting
    so the main pairing isnt SY and JS
    but SY and DW and JS and EY??

    i like it that SY and JS relationship is mostly comedic
    because she looks like his little sister O.O

    it’s like having 2 main pairing
    i def have to check this drama out!

  25. 25 E

    Gotta agree with people ~ after watching Ep4 I’m definitely more on the SY+JS pairing^^

  26. 26 uhmm

    You guys have to remember… this is from the writer of “Unstoppable High Kick”, and believe me… the relationships in that sitcom were just as confusing.

  27. 27 Lia

    Yes I am all for SY + JS pairing after episode 4. and another thing how HOT does KJW look in this episode with the growth on his face WOW!!

  28. 28 Cliches...

    If this drama was all about following cliches, then SY and JS won’t be the OTP since in episode 1, SY commited one of the cliches in k-drama that will prevent her from pairing up with JS. She had a “love at first sight” moment when he stepped into her family’s cafe. JS became SY’s “JiHoo”.

  29. 29 animedork101

    So… I saw bits and pieces of this episode, and I have decided to get on the Jin-soo and Eun-young Train. BUT! It’s because I fell in love with the “mute” manager (as a character), and I thought he would be a waaaaaaay better match with Seung-yeon. I haven’t really committed to this drama yet, but if I read in the recaps and see more interactions between the manager and our young secretary, then I will be on board full blown for this drama, and will be ready to set sail. Until then, thanks jb!

  30. 30 william

    hey guys whats up
    great ep surprised that seung yeon was able to fit into that suitcase
    wow she is flexible

    anyway does anyone think young mi is the best friend of jin soo
    and also that young mi might have been the writer’s wife
    its a theory but i maybe on the right spot
    ive only seen up to ep 3 but if anyone like to put their opinion on who this young mi character is
    feel free

    and this gang of leads are great fun hilarious yet funny

  31. 31 Selli

    I totally agree, I like where this is going!!!! XDDDD But of course every drama needs a “Mr. Darcy”-type, as you call them, I think XDDD And obviously Dong Wook is perfect for that role O___O”’ He just screams it!!!

    I didn’t really think what Jin Soo did was all too mean, as it didn’t harm Ji Won, really, and it was a bit of a payback for Eun Young. Besides Jin Soo paid the taxi, so there XDDD

  32. 32 Glads

    Can I just thank you jb for starting the recaps on this drama. When I was reading your little articles about this drama along with the trailer, it didn’t spark my interest at all. Your first recap however changed that big time for me. I watched the second episode immediately and am now obsessed. I keep going back to viikii to see if the new episode is up yet since I’m not Korean and need the subs. (Driving me crazy a little, but I understand the hold up. It takes time. :D) Been in love with Park Jae-jung since I saw him on WGM so I’m glad that I get to check out his acting chops.

    Anyways, thanks again for introducing this drama. First one in a long while where I don’t want to use my fast forward button. Hasn’t happened since City Hall so very excited. Ok. Going back to viikii. Hopefully it’s up. Keep up the good work and can’t wait for the next recap.

  33. 33 cheanne

    Thank you….I am worried that after 3 wonderful dramaseries, I will be left with nothing to look forward reading every week……. This is very interesting…..I love romantic comedy…..It is always a stress reliever……..Thanks again…..You never fail to amaze me……

  34. 34 Jen

    I have my suspicions about why Jin-soo dislikes Ji-won so much (other than the obvious). That would also explain why Jin-soo and Eun-young have a “special” connection. It’s all clicking now.

    I love Seung-yeon with Dong-wook. I hope their storyline goes somewhere. *Crosses fingers*

  35. 35 marinai

    I’m all for SY/JS the barista is cute but that’s it !!!
    SY needs to mature a bit and JS needs to get saner LMAO!!!!
    They are perfect for each other !!
    lol when she changed the pills she already care for him !!!
    JS can’t be her Ji Hoo, she liked him at first signt because she loved his polished attitude but now she sees him as he reallty is so love VANISHED!!!
    JS is more like the guy who will give her trouble πŸ™‚
    Dong Wook may be a JiHoo….The cute boy without charisma ….

  36. 36 Juwo

    Thanks JB for recapping this enjoyably quirky series =].

    As much as Jung Woong-in plays an irritating, self-absorbed character as Ji-won here, it’s great to see him in a drama again, especially since his last character in The Last Scandal of My Life was so markedly different!

  37. 37 strawberryfieldsforever

    now i find this drama entertaining. i didn’t like PSY in the first 2 episodes, but i totally appreciate her in this episode. jin soo’s character as a writer is downright weird and ridiculous. i couldn’t imagine the real writers of k-dramas re-enacting the scenes they’re writing. anyway…i am so keeping my eye on dong-wook the mute manager! i find him cuter than jin-soo..haha πŸ™‚

  38. 38 lina

    I may be in the minority here but I like EY as a character better than SY. I hope JS and EY is the main couple, it’s refreshing to see something different rather than watching the same predictable cliche. If this were a year ago (or so), I would definitely cheer for JS and SY, but now that I’ve seen too many dramas that the typical JS&SY pairing is tiring me out. I really hope it’s JS and EY.

  39. 39 bjharm

    very funny and I like how they ‘just’, by a hair can keep the main guy coming across as a total jerk, same with the second lead..that drunken bit really developed his character to be a little more likeable. As for the friends..well simple put they are just Too such alike for any lasting romance between them, they only end up worse enemies instead. I think they can be friends with their personalties because when they need to they can walk away from each other. I like to see though one or both of them the butt of the jokes and pranks they get off on and see how they react.

  40. 40 tisay

    thanks for the recaps javabeans!

    wow! its a been a while since I posted a comment here. As far I can see both girls have tremendous fans beside them but for me I’m a JS&SY shipper all the way. SInce I saw them on episode 1, I fell inlove with them already. I love cliches and KJH is perfect for the role. All I can say that SY is perfect for him. EY known him for a long time but the relationship between JS&SY shows full of new experiences for both of them.

    I’m still hopping for JS&SY would end up together though I’m a bit afraid that the upcoming episodes might tear me into pieces knowing that JS&EY will eventually end up together… This is a long battle… but so far I’m enjoying it. Thanks!

  41. 41 milivanilli

    i prefer joong wung in’s acting to kang ji hwan’s. JWI doesn’t overact while kjh has a tendency to overact and tries too hard to be cute.

  42. 42 shu

    omg. i would totally love to do that. send the person that i secretly hate in class to far far away and act like i didnt know about it. you know how some people are just so irritating and annoying but you have to keep up that front, cause your not sure if they are just faking or idiotic. but i live in singapore. where from one end to another end, it only takes an hour car drive and no place is remote enough. sigh.. totally love that. anyway i like that this show is so random, hope they dont do any of the cliche stuff and the secretary girl and dong wook gets together. i find the girl highlya musing if i was dong wook.

  43. 43 mirae

    i agree java as always . i don’t see jin soo with seong yeon yet . am not feeling anything there but i like this dong wook entrance . i thought he was going to be one of those back ground people but for the first time in a k-drama I HOPE THEY’LL BE A LOVE TRIAGLE . but am kind of getting waffle sun ki vibes from dong wook . what should we call him … coffe sun ki ??

  44. 44 Lahlita

    I still don’t have a preferred ship, just because there’s so much other winning stuff going on. Anyway, here are my pairing wishes for more interaction:-

    1) Jin-soo/Seung-yeon’s family
    (I like seeing Jin-soo manhandled)
    2) Jin-soo/Ji-won
    (I like seeing Jin-soo manhandled; I like seeing Ji-won covered in manure)
    3) Seung-yeon/Eun-young
    (I like seeing both of these women on screen; each hilarious and winning in her own way, and I hope they have more scenes together)
    4) Dong-wook/Lahlita
    (I just plain like seeing Dong-wook. He is Gorgeous, ne?)

    Regarding Seung-yeon and Eun-young, I keep getting their names confused. And their initials (both character and real) don’t help either. SY/EY vs EJ/SY. What in the…Javabeans, you should suggest to Korea that they introduce some diversity into their nomenclature. Multi-syllabic names would be a good start. Just sayin’.

    Still enjoying this show to the utmost. It’s a bit silly, but I really can’t help but love something that makes me laugh like this. I appreciate the hints of character development and drama that appeared in this episode, without creating dissonance with the light, quirky tone of the show. If this show continues like this, I will marry it. And then Show and I will run hand in hand, skipping merrily, singing all the way to Daegwallyeong where we can frolic amongst the sheep.

  45. 45 therainhouse

    So, Dong Wook and Seung Yeon? Didn’t see that coming

  46. 46 skyyy

    Eh, honestly I feel like ultimately, it will definitely be the EY/JS pairing, because when it comes down to it, they’ve got more history. How many times have we seen love connections spark in the first few episodes only to have them thwarted by the other pairing? Though it doesn’t mean we can’t hope. Maybe the writers will mix it up a little.

  47. 47 asianromance

    hilarious! the mute-manager-who-wasn’t-mute totally cracked me up! and Jinsoo’s odd birthday present to Eunyoung was perhaps the most romantic. Who would go so far in order to make a girl laugh and succeed at it too!

  48. 48 snail

    Thanks for the recaps JB, as always. I can’t wait to marathon this drama, but judging from your recaps, yeah, I like the Jinsoo-Eunyoung ship :)…

  49. 49 2am

    Oh, how I wish to have a friend like Jin-soo, who can send away people I dislike to the other end of the world! I just hope no matter what the pairing, please no more jealous, conniving “left-out” party! It gets old, tired and spoils the general mood of what would be a lighthearted comedy!

  50. 50 starletbang

    i laughed so hard when kang ji hwan got nervous and squealed in the sweater scene with the grandma and watched only maybe 30 times! he’s SO CUTE!
    granny so funny (he’s good looking so he’s a good person hahahahah!!!)

    i agree with one of the cmnts above
    i love the park shi yeon kang ji hwan loveline because i think those 2 have good chemistry and honestly if eun jung ends up with kang ji hwan, ill be very disappointed… and i agree that episode 3 hinted more towards park shi yeon and kang ji hwan

    however, episode 4! GAR!!! maybe i have to think again and this’ll end up like a traditional korean drama…

    maybe that’s the best part about this drama. they dont give away who ends up with who so the viewers just have to keep guessing and keep watching and keep getting FRUSTRATED!!!!!

    i love kang ji hwan so much

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