Drama Recaps
Personal Taste: Episode 10
by | May 2, 2010 | 201 Comments

It’s “Game Over” this week, as our four leads stake their claims and advance into battle. New alliances are formed, old enemies make backdoor deals, and the innocent are lambs to the slaughter. It’s gettin’ good, but it’s also reaching the height of what it can be while still maintaining the initial premise, so I think this episode will catapult us into some revelations and new directions…or so I hope.


Jin-ho has just popped Chang-ryul to the ground, and he gets back up to go another round. But this time In-hee steps in between them, taking Jin-ho’s side and defending him very pointedly to Chang-ryul. She even goes so far as to take some of the blame: think of what you and I did to Kae-in, and consider that Jin-ho is the friend she needs right now. Oh, the NERVE of this girl. This is of course all a ruse as she just doesn’t want Chang-ryul blurting out that Jin-ho’s straight, thinking that’ll send Kae-in right into his arms.

She sends the two of them in, pretending to be the loyal friend, and remains outside with Chang-ryul. He’s still in hysterics about Jin-ho living with Kae-in, but In-hee shuts him up: “Are you stupid?” Do you want me to answer alphabetically, or in chronological order?

Once inside, Kae-in asks if Jin-ho’s face is okay, and he brushes off her concern, saying she should tend to her boyfriend instead, since she seemed SO concerned. Heh, you’re cute when you’re petty. She realizes her mistake and insists she was just acting, as Jin-ho taught her to, so that she could pull Chang-ryul’s strings. Jin-ho isn’t buying that, since he knows that she’s no actress. Clearly there’s no winning this argument, as what he’s really upset about is built upon layers of lies that you aren’t even aware of.

She starts to walk away to get him an icepack, but he grabs her wrist (no!), making her squirm. Kae-in: “That hurts.” Well, at least someone acknowledged that it hurts. Is it too much to ask to go through one kdrama without a wrist grab? Just one? I thought we were in the clear what with all the cute hand-holding in this drama.

Jin-ho asks her, “Can you really do it? If I say ‘Game Over,’ can you really dump Chang-ryul and walk away?” Kae-in: “Yes. I can. What about you? Can you keep your promise that your best friend in the world will be me?” Jin-ho: “I said I would.” Kae-in confesses to being nervous when she saw In-hee jump to Jin-ho’s defense in front of her, voicing again her concern that In-hee will steal him from her. Jin-ho assures her it won’t happen.

Kae-in: “People’s hearts change. And In-hee is someone who always gets whatever she wants.” Jin-ho looks back at her, tears brimming in his eyes, “I’ll guard my heart. You just safeguard yours.” Aw. You two really need to just cut the wordplay and start making out.

Across town Tweedle Evil and Tweedle Dumb have coffee while discussing the really awkward love quadrangle they’re in. Chang-ryul just wants to out Jin-ho and be done with it (not enjoying the quality time with In-hee either), but In-hee is quick to stop him. Kae-in is only rooming with Jin-ho because she believes him to be gay. How would they benefit if she knew he were straight? Well, he sees the logic in that. She adds for good measure that Jin-ho as sweet best friend is much more appealing than Chang-ryul as backstabbing ex-boyfriend, which he should feel threatened by. She tells him that they’re in the same boat now, since she’s started to love Jin-ho. Do you even know the definition of the word? In your dictionary, is it: to suck the blood of, then take to fancy parties as accessory?

Jin-ho broods in the bathroom, thinking back to Kae-in’s reaction when he punched Chang-ryul, and doubting her claim that it was all an act. Kae-in tries to give him an icepack, but he pushes it away saying that Chang-ryul’s fists aren’t strong enough to do any damage to his face. Ha. So funny that he’s still posturing when Chang-ryul’s not around, and that he won’t even take an icepack because her concern for him comes too late (that is, AFTER her concern for Chang-ryul).

But they’re interrupted, as In-hee strolls her ass RIGHT IN the house. Can we set up some sort of security measures against this? How is one to sleep at night? Can Willow come over and do a de-vamping spell on Sang-go-jae?

Kae-in and Jin-ho stand warily by as In-hee approaches, and Kae-in asks what she’s doing here. In-hee sets down a bag of beer and tells them to drink and feel better about the day’s events. She adds that she would like to join them, but she’s sure that Kae-in wouldn’t like that, so she’s just going to go. OH, okay then. In-hee: “Kae-in, I’m just glad that you’re here for my Jin-ho-sshi.” OH. NO. YOU DI’N’T! Bitch, I will spork your eye out and wear it as a trophy!

She leaves, and Kae-in shoves the icepack in Jin-ho’s gut as a response. Ha. Kae-in goes in her room and thinks evil thoughts of how she will wear In-hee’s intestines as a necklace (oh wait…that’s me). Also a note here on In-hee’s use of “my Jin-ho-sshi”: The word she uses is “our,” but it’s not ours like yours and mine. It’s the plural form of mine, which is just the Korean way to say things like “my baby” and “my husband”; in direct translation it’s “our baby,” “our husband,” “our sweetiepie honeyface,” etc, etc, gag.

Kae-in gets a call from Chang-ryul who insists on waiting outside until she comes out to talk to him. She heads out, as Jin-ho watches, knowing full well where she’s going and who’s out there. She meets Chang-ryul, who says he hates that that jerk Jin-ho lives here with her, gay or no gay, but he’ll try to understand. He says he’ll put her wishes first and try to accept it if Jin-ho is the friend she needs right now.

Kae-in looks to be slightly moved by Chang-ryul’s understanding position, but I sincerely hope she doesn’t start to be too sympathetic to his I’m-going-to-put-you-first thing, since now we know that he’s complicit in In-hee’s scheme. I do have to say though, I find him compelling, even as a sad sack who will never deserve our heroine, because he does seem genuinely sorry and trying so desperately to win her back, on whatever terms she sets.

Back inside, Kae-in finds In-hee’s witches’ brew sitting on the stoop, so she decides to get on the passive-aggressive merry-go-round with Jin-ho. She knocks on his door and tells him to drink it, since In-hee brought it for “my Jin-ho-sshi.” He tells her to throw it away, but she insists he not pretend for her sake, and befriend In-hee if he likes—it’s no matter to her, since she doesn’t concern herself with all his comings and goings. Jin-ho takes that to mean she’s implying that HE shouldn’t be concerned with her affairs. Wasn’t she just going out to meet Chang-ryul? Why didn’t she ask him for his advice? Ha. Kae-in stutters an excuse that she didn’t want to bother him. He tells her to do it all on her own then.

Back in her room, Kae-in thinks to herself in voiceover: “More than when I saw In-hee standing at the altar with Chang-ryul, when she called you ‘my Jin-ho-sshi,’ I was scared.”

The next day at work, Jin-ho wants to call Kae-in, and practices what to say: “I don’t know why I’m like this either. If I was narrow-minded, I’m sorry.” But he can’t bring himself to make the call. Meanwhile, Kae-in thinks of what she’ll say when she calls: “Should I just quit? If I don’t get revenge, then we won’t have anything to fight about…” But she doesn’t call either. So in sync but blocked by so much inhibition.

Sang-jun comes into Jin-ho’s office to give him a little nudge—their design deadline is not too far ahead, and he needs to lock down the Sang-go-jae concept soon. Jin-ho sighs and says he’ll take care of it.

After work he stops by the grocery store, and as he buys up supplies, he says to himself, “Why am I going to these lengths…” Um, because you love her? Silly. He comes home to find that she’s not there yet, and then it starts to rain.

Kae-in gets off the bus and sits for a minute, contemplating what to do, then decides to just walk home in the rain, and leaves her diary behind. Jin-ho shows up just after she’s gone, (looking mighty fine in that trenchcoat, might I add), and waits for her. He looks down and sees her diary, and knows she’s already been there. By the time Kae-in realizes she left it behind and turns around to get it, Jin-ho has appeared, umbrella in hand, to shield her from the rain.

They walk home, and Jin-ho chastises her for being unprepared, and Kae-in wonders what he did with his car if he took the bus. He says he went home, which she realizes means he came here to get her, making her light up instantly. He says he doesn’t know why they’re fighting, but they’re both feeling crappy, so he came out as a gesture to clear the air. Kae-in asks why he didn’t bring two umbrellas, since he’s getting all wet, and he simply says, “then we’ll just have to stick close together.” Cheeky! And then he puts his arm around her the rest of the way home.

Turns out Hye-mi and Tae-hoon are stalking them, so they see the two of them in this very couple-like moment, and decide it’s suspicious, but stow it away for future use.

At home, Kae-in presents Jin-ho with a wooden apple, saying, “Accept my apple,” a pun in Korean for “Accept my apology.” (This inside joke has the delightful cache of being the only intentionally funny moment in BOF that had me laughing like a fool.)

She adds that she’s sorry for being “narrow-minded” about In-hee, and Jin-ho perks up at the use of the same word he was thinking of in his practiced apology to his phone earlier. He just asks if she knew it was narrow-minded, taking the low road. Heh. Kae-in touts her apology as awesome, but then Jin-ho trumps her: he’s gone grocery shopping to make her dinner. Kae-in becomes a puddle of goo right into his chest, making him smile his thousand-watt smile at her undiscerning love of food.

Oh, puppy, your love for her is just written all over your face, and I think I may never recover.

Young-sun and Sang-jun meet for mani-pedis, where Young-sun asks Sang-jun to model for her, making his entire year.

Back at Sang-go-jae, someone peels an apple, and I’m about to launch into another diatribe—you guys know how I feel about plates of fruit—but then it’s revealed to be Jin-ho! Well I’ll be damned. It’s nice to see a guy peeling an apple for once. Kae-in watches in awe as he peels the apple in his trademark perfectionist manner, and marvels, “You even peel apples well. You can cook, you clean, you peel apples…is there anything you don’t do well?” Jin-ho replies in earnest, “No.” Heh. Kae-in decides he’s lacking in one thing: modesty.

They discuss plans for tomorrow, and Jin-ho wants to clean and catch up on work, while Kae-in wants to go see the Spring blossoms. But instead, they get roped into doing this…

HA. But Sang-jun turns out not to be so good at the modeling, so Young-sun has Jin-ho do some shots too. This one in particular had my coffee coming out my nose:

Kae-in sneaks over to Young-sun at some point and asks if she’s really using Sang-jun as a model for skincare products, and Young-sun fesses up that he’s the Before picture, while Jin-ho is the After. Haha. That’s just mean.

Kae-in gets a call from Chang-ryul, prompting Young-sun to take out her claws, but she denies him a date for today, saying she’ll see him tomorrow. When Jin-ho comes up, she asks him to do another training session with her, and the two of them go off arm in arm. Young-sun and Sang-jun watch them go, and Young-sun picks up on the weirdness. Sang-jun comments that they’re a well-matched couple, and then has to pretend he’s talking about birds.

Jin-ho and Kae-in walk in the park, and Jin-ho asks when the revenge scheme will end. Kae-in throws around some options: when Chang-ryul proposes, she could throw the ring and stomp on it. Or she could just not show up on the day of their wedding. Maybe Jin-ho could come and whisk her away in front of him—she likes that one. Jin-ho doesn’t see why he should do such a thing, but then after a pause he decides he’ll do it. “If it happens like that, I’ll run away with you…because we’re friends.” Listen, you two…this is getting complicated with the fantasy/revenge plot threatening to take over your actual romance, and that’s not even factoring in the gay issue.

They’re almost home, and Kae-in asks if he’ll take her hand like so…and run off with her in front of Chang-ryul. She asks him to promise, and they walk home holding hands, interlocking fingers in the height of adorableness. Only that’s exactly when Hye-mi, Mom, and Tae-hoon pop out of Sang-go-jae. (Do we not have locks on this super-secret house??) Oh, crap. Mom is the fainting kind.

Inside, Jin-ho tries to comfort Mom, but she can’t believe he’d live! With a woman! Kae-in tries to explain that it’s not like THAT, but Hye-mi freaks out in her shrill manner that SHE is Jin-ho’s fiancée. Kae-in’s look of: “you’re who’s what, in the what now?” is enough to get Jin-ho out to her room for a private chat.

Kae-in tries to convince Jin-ho to come out to his mother (oh dear), and to that poor girl Hye-mi (that might work to your advantage, dude). He says this isn’t the time for that, but Kae-in takes it as a sign of reluctance to traumatize his mother by outing himself. She insists that all moms are on their children’s sides and that she’ll understand and accept him. (I sincerely wish this to be true, even for one mom or future mom in the audience—then this show will have done something right.)

But Jin-ho thinks that’s ludicrous (obviously, the most important reason being that he’s NOT actually gay): “You want me to tell my mother that I’m GAY? Are you in your right mind?” And then the doors swing open, and Mom, Hye-mi, and Tae-hoon are standing right outside. Haha. Paper wall is definitely one for the Cons column in my “To Live in a Han-ok House: Pros and Cons” list.

Mom faints, again, but Jin-ho catches her and insists he’s not gay. To prove it, he puts his arm around Kae-in, and says: “I love this woman. I want to marry her.” Oh my goodness! Everyone including me freaks out, and Jin-ho tells Kae-in to formally introduce herself to his mom, which she does, in a stupor. Are we going to get into a contract relationship on top of everything else? My head is going to burst from Too! Many! Plot! Devices!

That confession threw me for a loop. It’s kind of heartbreaking, even in the midst of being shocking and crazy, because it’s what he really wants but can’t have.

Mom asks if Kae-in loves Jin-ho. He can’t believe this is being asked (because he assumes the answer is no). Kae-in doesn’t know what to say (because she thinks this is all a ruse, since he’s gay). She looks up at him and he eyeballs her to say yes, so she does: “Yes, I love him.” Oh, what a tangled web we weave, Jeon Jin-ho.

Later that night, Kae-in wonders how on earth Jin-ho could have said such a lie to his mother’s face, with no regard for how to follow through on it. Young-sun comes over to try and talk some sense into her about Jin-ho. She’s thought about it all day, and has come to the conclusion that Kae-in is in dangerous territory. To her eyes, it looks like Kae-in is seeking revenge on Chang-ryul just so that she has a project to do with Jin-ho, and not the other way around. Astute, good friend.

Young-sun, ever the loyal one, tries to talk Kae-in out of her feelings for Jin-ho, before she falls any deeper: “Even if there’s no goalkeeper, that’s not a goal you can make.” Haha. Kae-in knows this (it’s not like she’s wanting to change Jin-ho), but she says things just got more complicated….Jin-ho wants to marry her.

Jin-ho, meanwhile, has to run down to the river to…keep Hye-mi from throwing herself in. Pffft. She hasn’t gotten very far, what with all the flailing about and screaming, letting Tae-hoon hold her off until Jin-ho gets there. Jin-ho turns her around: “Hye-mi, listen closely. I have never loved you.” Hye-mi says she can love enough for the both of them. Jin-ho: “Love is not something you do by yourself. The person who loves you…is right here.” He grabs Tae-hoon and puts the two of them face to face. Hye-mi: “I don’t love him.” Jin-ho: “Then what? You’re going to die because of me, who doesn’t love you? Go ahead.” Tae-hoon rushes to her side. Jin-ho tells her to look at Tae-hoon, and she’ll fall in love. He leaves, and Tae-hoon finally gets to step up and hug her.

Back at home, Young-sun can’t believe what Kae-in is telling her. “What are you going to do, if Jin-ho’s mother comes and tells you to marry him?” Kae-in: “Couldn’t I…do it?” Young-sun thinks she’s gone insane. Kae-in: “He can’t bring himself to tell her the truth. If I can be his shelter from the wind…couldn’t I do that?” Young-sun properly flips out: “You’re going to spend the rest of your life being his shelter from the wind…when he can’t even hold you as a woman?” Kae-in: “Couldn’t we…live as friends?”

And then Young-sun puts her finger right on the nose: “That’s just all an excuse! You just want to keep Jin-ho by your side, isn’t that it?” Young-sun wonders why she ever made Kae-in put the room up for rent, thinking she did this to her. It’s a really sad moment, actually, despite the crazy, because between these two friends, Jin-ho is gay, and Kae-in’s gotten to the point that she’s willing to throw her life away just to stay close to someone who can never love her back. Tragic.

Jin-ho comes home, and Kae-in tells him that if he really doesn’t have the courage to tell his mom the truth, if he really wants her to see him live like an “ordinary” man (cringing at the use of “ordinary” or “normal” in this context), then she’ll marry him. “If I can be your shield, then you can live your life without judgment or persecution from other people.” Okay, I get that this sentiment is very above-and-beyond for her, but can we please not advocate the ruse of heterosexual marriage-as-beard by making it some grand romantic gesture? If you really loved him, you would be fighting for his right to live the rest of his life as himself—in front of his mother and the rest of the world.

Jin-ho can’t believe the words coming out of her mouth. He practically shouts at her: “Don’t you have the basic common sense to know that marriage is supposed to be between two people who are in love? How many times do I need to tell you to love yourself more, for you to understand me?!” It’s sweet because it’s so heartfelt—for him, the fact that she’s willing to sacrifice her happiness (not knowing she really loves him), is frustrating because he wants her to be stronger than that. He wants what’s best for her, without even considering that it might be him.

Kae-in gets up, tears in her eyes, saying: “But you’re someone who can’t marry the person you love.” Aw, tear my heart and serve it to the birds, why don’t you. She adds, “Even though you can’t love me as a woman, I think I could go forever…with you.” Jin-ho drops the formalities and speaks to her in banmal: “This is why you’re always a victim. Because you say stupid things like you’ll marry your gay best friend.” Kae-in admits she may do stupid things, but Jin-ho thinks of her as his best friend in the world, and for that friend—she could do anything.

Then Jin-ho drops a bomb: “Let’s not be friends anymore. I’m so weary; I can’t do this.” He leaves Kae-in stunned, lost as to how she went from future beard-wife to ex-friend. It’s the same phrase he had said to Eun-soo in flashback, when he wanted to be more than friends…but this time he means it as goodbye.

Jin-ho goes to his room and broods aloud: “You should have asked if I could love you as a woman…stupid girl.” Dude, are we really going to brood that semantics was the reason you didn’t tell her that you’re not gay? Really? Do you think that just because you’re cute and teary-eyed that you’re going to sneak that one by me?

The next day, Young-sun goes to Do-bin’s office to do a little matchmaking. She invites him to Sang-go-jae for dinner, using his kindness to Kae-in as an excuse. Do-bin’s really awkward sense of humor comes to the fore, as he and Young-sun chat, and mostly it’s cute because he really does seem like someone who’s lonely at the top.

Chang-ryul gets blown off once again by Kae-in, and goes to see his father, who happens to be on the phone with Kae-in’s dad. He tries to invite himself over to see the professor, using the kids’ marriage as an excuse, but that doesn’t fly, as the professor is busy, and planning to come back to Korea soon anyway. Chang-ryul gets mad that his father keeps getting involved in his love life, but Dad doesn’t care, since they’re running out of time.

MS Group has turned over all the decision-making to Do-bin, so Dad wants some assurance they’ll beat out Jin-ho, and Kae-in’s father is the key. Chang-ryul doesn’t see why they can’t just come up with a better design and win the contract; Dad is like, why on earth would we skip a shortcut and go the long way around? Haha. That says everything we need to know about a character in one statement, doesn’t it?

Chang-ryul goes to find Kae-in at the museum to talk. He knows they’re just friends, but does she have to live with Jin-ho? She comes to Jin-ho’s defense, saying that the only way she got through the last rough patch (ahem, that means YOU) was because of Jin-ho. She tells him that she’s not ready to open her heart yet, and right now, her friend Jin-ho is more important to her than Chang-ryul. That’s a serious blow to Chang-ryul, who can’t even stand Jin-ho being near Kae-in, let alone being her first priority above himself. He slinks away, feeling defeated.

He runs into In-hee, and asks her if she’s confident. Um…I’m pretty sure she had her heart surgically removed and replaced it with more confidence. She replies yes, she’s confident that she can make Jin-ho hers. Chang-ryul shares his fears about Kae-in and Jin-ho, and tells her that this time, he doesn’t want to fail at love.

Young-sun calls Jin-ho to make sure he’ll be home for dinner. Sang-jun gets upset that unni didn’t invite him, but they get interrupted by a call from Chang-ryul. Jin-ho goes down to the river, under a bridge, to meet him. Under a bridge? Are you going to kill him for the blood money?

Chang-ryul says that this is the first time he’s ever waited for Kae-in, and now he knows what it felt like for her. He tells Jin-ho that he did a background check on him and knows that he’s not gay. Yeah…how does one do that kind of background check, exactly? Anyway, Jin-ho knows he’s caught.

Chang-ryul says he was going to tell Kae-in that Jin-ho is a bastard who’s pretending to be gay to use Do-bin, but he couldn’t do it. He didn’t want to hurt her, and make her lose her friend, who she really needs right now. (Well, it says something that he’d rather protect Kae-in than just out Jin-ho to get what he wants.) He demands that Jin-ho move out of the house, right this second, friendship in tact, making a clean break from Kae-in.

Young-sun has prepared a nice spread for her debut at matchmaking, and Do-bin arrives, spiffed up and basket of flowers in hand. Your mother raised you right. Kae-in is surprised to see him, and then Jin-ho walks in…

Commence most awkward dinner ever, where two parties of the love triangle are under the impression the man they both love is gay. It’s beyond awkward, especially when Young-sun pulls the old phone call—”something BAD happened?”—move, dragging Kae-in out to find her missing son. Kae-in, being dull as a nub, thinks they’re really in an emergency, which Young-sun is quick to disabuse her of, once they’re outside. She tells her it’s the only way she’ll let go of Jin-ho and move on.

Inside, the two men completely freeze, as Do-bin realizes that Jin-ho wasn’t complicit in this dinner and feels cornered. He graciously offers to leave, but does betray his deep affection and vulnerability in a slip, calling him “my Jin-ho-sshi,” using the same words that In-hee did earlier. He blushes, embarrassed, and it’s so sweet, this boyish crush he has, that I’m going to cry when he gets his heart broken. Bad Jin-ho!

He paces in the yard, waiting for Kae-in to come home. She finally arrives, and he tears into her. “You said you would even marry me, but I guess you got scared? Did you think your life would become a joke that way? Did you think that you could solve the problem easily by pushing me off onto Director Choi?” Uh-oh. Them’s fightin’ words. Kae-in tries to explain that’s not what this is, but there’s no use. You’re not allowed to be upset at mistakes she’s making when you’re playing with a full deck and she isn’t! I’m talking here about levels of knowledge, not sanity.

Jin-ho declares that he’s moving his stuff out this weekend…and he’s leaving right now. And thus, the separation begins.

At the office, Sang-jun tries to talk some sense into Jin-ho who has been sleeping there the last two nights and not eating anything. He thinks back to Chang-ryul’s ultimatum to leave Kae-in’s side, and says to himself, “Are you satisfied? Not even leaving her as a friend?”

Just then, In-hee slithers into his office, inviting him to a musical, adding that Kae-in and Chang-ryul will be in attendance. Jin-ho says it has nothing to do with him, but In-hee tells him that Kae-in is thinking of going back to Chang-ryul. Won’t he be a true blue friend and show her that it’s okay for her to move on by accompanying In-hee to the play? Aargh….please see through her plan, please see through her plan. Damnit. I hate it when the smartest person in the room is also the evilest.

The four of them run into each other at the musical, of course as planned by In-hee and Chang-ryul. And their seats are right next to each other. The whole date is played out with no dialogue, but you can tell exactly what’s going on with each character in every little moment.

During the musical, In-hee steps up her game, whispering in Jin-ho’s ear, and then fondling his hand for Kae-in to see. Aaack! Get your grubby paws off of him! Jin-ho squirms, but he lets it happen, taking In-hee’s advice hook, line, and sinker.

Finally Kae-in can’t take it anymore and runs out of the theater, and Chang-ryul follows after her. Jin-ho and In-hee catch up to them, in earshot but in the background. Kae-in tells him, “I can’t do this anymore. I was going to get revenge. Just as you threw me away, I wanted to do the same to you. But…I’m not going to. I can’t do it anymore.”

That’s the thing Jin-ho’s been waiting to hear, all this time. Chang-ryul says it’s okay, that they’ll start over, no matter how it began. Kae-in: “You can’t change me. You don’t know…to whom…my heart has gone.”

Jin-ho hears this and walks right over to them, grabbing Kae-in by the arm and turning her around. He says, full of meaning, “Game over.”

And then? Omo. He lays a kiss on her…that is so EPIC that it kills me dead. No punches pulled, no sneaky angles—just a full-on, no-one-else-exists-right-now-but-you-and-me kind of kiss—that makes me think I fell asleep and dreamed it into existence. Gah. Can squee be an understatement? Cause it kind of feels like one now. Will someone please peel me off the floor?

I’ll be honest—that kiss saved this episode, because it was starting to feel too heavy for its own britches at a certain point. I was begging for some levity in the latter half, hoping against hope that we wouldn’t end on some angsty run-in schemed up by the exes. We did end up in In-hee’s trap, only the result was delightfully and unexpectedly smoochy, and in In-hee’s smug little face to top it off. Points for that.

So far the romance is progressing nicely, although I’m starting to get Coffee-Prince-anxiety. Early on, the gay was a misunderstanding that devolved…but now Jin-ho is a LYING LIAR WHO LIES…and it’s going to take some time to redeem him, if we want any satisfaction in their eventual togetherness. I’m going to be watching the next few with my hands over my eyes, bracing myself for the inevitable doom and gloom of the Not Gay. Good thing that kiss is seared into my brain…


201 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ...

    OMG!!!! the kiss in this episode is just so HOT!!! haha… i swear lee min ho gives the best on screen kisses… 😀

  2. omg!!!

    haha… i replayed the kiss 4 times! lol… i was like ‘finally!!!’ haha… gd cliffhanger! can’t wait for next week’s episode!

  3. itunscrewstheotherway

    Haha!! “Tweedle evil and tweedle dumb”!!! That just made my day! That phrase is definitely going into list of phrases i must use on a daily basis!

    I lover your recaps, girlfriday! Keep ’em coming!

  4. sherrie in hb

    Yes, Yes, that’s my boy!

  5. strawberryfieldsforever

    i’m super happy that ep10 recap is out!!!! i’ll go read now! weeeee!

  6. Ri

    girlfriday, reading your recaps alone can be so entertaining! hahaha!

  7. Stella

    Lee MIn Ho!

    U awesome piece of man u.

  8. marbleloaf

    the slightly open-mouthed kiss was pretty HOT. i’ve favorited this clip on you-tube! does anyone know how many epis. are left? please let it be a good ending, PLEASE!

  9. momosan

    “Under a bridge? Are you going to kill him for the blood money? ”

    Ah, I love your recaps girlfriday. 😎

    SQUEEEEE! Claps hands in delight!

    Hey, I’d be seriously considering forgiving a Lying Liar for that.

  10. 10 lovin it

    cant wait for next episode!
    jinho will redeem himself! somehow..

  11. 11 Porcelain

    Epic kiss… Thank you god… and girlfriday…
    Totally get you on the Coffee Prince feelings… like “I don’t care if you are an alien or a guy but lets go till the end…”

    Jin Ho is very much just waiting for the definitive like and he knows… Kae-In’s heart belongs to him… And that make my start to Monday sweeter!

  12. 12 pinknanami

    Seriously your recaps are amazing!!! i felt exactly the same way, i was waiting for this peak to make me get tensed again!!! I was laughing so much when you mentioned the Coffee-Prince-anxiety since i totally felt it too and is the reason that i really really love this drama! And god they play good,right??? Both of them! So much tension,such a good chemistry,for a moment there you thought there is just nothing else. No ex-s,no gay issue,no company project,no families…just them! And Lee Min Ho as an actor is just standing in his perfect height!!!

  13. 13 ilovekimchee

    what if the kiss is another of Jin Ho’s imagined scenes? aahhh I really really really hope not!!

  14. 14 brookeeve

    I just got to say I love the look on tweedle dumb’s face in that last snapshot!

    And I watched the kiss about 10 times, too. 🙂

  15. 15 Angela

    Up till the end, I had enjoyed the episode, but felt like it was headed in a very obvious direction, so when the theater date came, all I could think was, “oh, there’s going in THAT direction. The episode is going to end on a confession. Original.”

    But instead of standing there, looking shocked JIN-HO MOVED TOWARDS HER.

    And. The. Kiss.

    I think my jaw hit the floor, and it still kinda hurts.

    I wanna watch the next episode now.

  16. 16 doozy

    Thanks so much for the witty recap, girlfriday!

    “Jin-ho shows up just after she’s gone, (looking mighty fine in that trenchcoat, might I add), and waits for her.”
    *nods in agreement*

    Director Choi, when I’m not distracted by his poofy hair, the sad look in his eyes just breaks my heart. Why can’t there be two Jin-hos?

    Also, Gae-in really needs to start locking the house door. Seems like anyone and everyone can just waltz right in.

    @ ilovekimchee
    ack, now that you mentioned it, Jin-ho does seem to have that imagining thing tendency. NOOOO… if that last scene was all in his head, i’m gonna #*&(*&#$*&(*#)%).

  17. 17 fromPittsburgh

    girlfriday, nowadays, i sometimes don’t even bother to watch the episode, because your recaps are soooo goood! I feel all the emotion of watching the episode, the drama, the funnies, the mellty moments, and in less than 1/3 the time. Plus your delightful insights make it even better if possible. Keep up the good work!

  18. 18 seikein

    best episode so far!
    thank you javabeans and girlfriday u guys rock!!

  19. 19 brookeeve

    It’s not that I don’t watch the episode, but it does tide me over during the wait until the recaps on dramabeans!

  20. 20 justanyone

    omg!! the kiss was totally unexpected!!
    I love your recaps!!
    and the funny thing is, even though I’ve seen this episode, I got really jumpy and kept opening dramabeans every 5 minutes, WAITING for recaps of the episode that I already watched. That just shows how great your writings are!!
    thank you

    can’t wait until the next episode 🙂

  21. 21 strawberryfieldsforever

    done reading..and as always, i was entertained just by reading girlfriday’s recap. good, good job girlfriday! 🙂 and thanks for making the rain scene the main picture for this recap..my favorite scene!

    as i’ve said in ep9, i kinda hated that episode but this one is one big love! this is the kind of episode that made me fall in love with PT! the rain scene was just so adorable. i think it’s kinda funny that my favorite rain scene ever was the one in the classic where jo in sung intentionally left his umbrella just to share his jacket with son yeh jin under the rain…and now, i gotta another fave and it also has SYJ in the scene. as for the kiss, for me it wasn’t just the redeeming value of this episode. i actually enjoyed ep10 more than ep9. but i gotta say, the kiss is the BESTEST part of this episode (much much better than the ep6 kiss)

    sang jun was so gay in the pictorial and i was laughing so hard when i saw him pose for young sun with the shades, necklace and the outfit which made him look girly! haha!

  22. 22 strawberryfieldsforever

    oh wait, i haven’t added..girlfriday used the perfect term for jin ho when he came at the bus station for kae in—-looking mighty fine in that trenchcoat! MIGHTY, MIGHTY FIIIINE!!!!

  23. 23 Starscream

    this is what I hope happens:

    kae in and jin ho gets into a fight about how he lied about being gay

    then kae in goes back into changruls arms

    then changrul finally sees that he shouldn’t have been groveling to kae in and dumps her…AGAIN

    then jin ho finally accepts his own badboy side and hooks up with in hee and they make some beautiful babies

    that would be a perfect ending in my book 🙂

  24. 24 reluctantbutaddicted

    Fabulous recap! so funny. Thank you!!

    My favourite line: “Oh, crap. Mom is the fainting kind.”

    Jin Ho is definitely a Liar Liar Pants on Fire; I’m curious to know how he’s going to get himself out of this. And how much angst he’s going to put me through in the process.

  25. 25 omoooooooo

    he is one damn good kisser…damn.

  26. 26 neliq

    “Will someone please peel me off the floor?” LMAO!!!!!!!!! It describes exactly how I felt watching the KISS!! Fainted dead and landed square on the floor.

    So far there are three kissing scenes in Korean dramas that are embedded in my mind: Coffee Prince all out encounter in his apartment, City Hall kiss in the car and this glorious “no-one-else-exists-right-now-but-you-and-me kind of kiss” kiss.

    Thanks @girlfriday for the terrific and very funny recap. Love it!!

  27. 27 lei

    thanks for the recaps girlfriday! you had me laughing all throughout

    tweedle evil and tweedle dumb — oh god that was spot on!

    and yes i’ve also been wondering why they don’t lock that house.

  28. 28 kimbumsmile


    don’t even say it!
    if it really just an imagination I’ll hate this drama forever!
    (I don’t want to so pleeeeeaseeee!!!)

  29. 29 estel

    It’s amazing that Lee Minho is so hot that he makes the shiny-grey-ahjussi suit look good. Seriously, it should be illegal for a man to be so fine. Mmmmm… 🙂

    Excellent recap, girlfriday. I love everything you write, it fills me with joy, and your one-liners are the best. And though I giggled at the blood money line, I’m just grateful that they chose a semi-original location. The visual effect of all those pillars disappearing into the background was pretty cool, actually.

  30. 30 gnerd

    wonderful recap girlfriday! I don’t think I have taken the time to comment and say how much I am enjoying your recaps here. Well, let me rectify thay. Girlfriday, your recaps are made of WIN.

  31. 31 Ellie

    and the kiss.

    I really really wanna watch this in eng subs already! (gah, I don’t wanna download that viikii plugin thing).

  32. 32 lei

    @ilovekimchee and kimbumsmile, if that kiss turns out to be just in jin ho’s imagination, i’m gonna grab that spork and hunt down the writer(s) and director…

  33. 33 the indian girl!

    first off
    bleeddddyyyyyyyyyy goddamn full blown SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL for the that kiss! one of the best in kdrama history!! ooopsie i think i need to contain meself here after but hey tht smoochy sure did deserve nay nay DEMANDED such a reaction!!!

    @ girlfriday
    dudette was soo thinking of you when i was watching the man grab-eth the woman’s wrist to make a point thing….u have a spoiled kdramas for me..i never ever noticed it before u pointed it out! hope you are happy with yourself lil missy…now the reawakened feminist in me will just go on analyzing ever single move the male lead makes….and with tht my friend escapism just goes down the crapper!

    really i felt like kicking jin ho as well when he was blowing his top off about the dinner debacle….HELLO pot have you kettle which just happens to be ur favourite colour BLACK…which is a scenario that takes place only in his love hazed irrational head! phew confused much???

    tg for the kiss cos i think there in only route left for the production which if you have not guessed already is full blown monumental angst ( or the whole kiss could be down played in next ep could go either way )

  34. 34 suchoooo

    girlfriday……fabulous recaps and funny too. this episode was so unexpected, especially the kiss!!! good for him!!!

  35. 35 mellowyel

    “Jin-ho goes to his room and broods aloud: “You should have asked if I could love you as a woman…stupid girl.” Dude, are we really going to brood that semantics was the reason you didn’t tell her that you’re not gay? Really? Do you think that just because you’re cute and teary-eyed that you’re going to sneak that one by me?”

    EXACTLY what I was thinking! I’m like, “Dude, don’t blame her for your lack of balls to admit your feelings for her.” Then again, I guess since Jinho still thinks she has feelings for Chang-Ryul, he’s justified. However, I wasn’t about to let him off the hook so easily.

    And then came the kiss. Hot, epic and completely redeemed Jinho for his previous cowardice. Now he has six episodes to hurt Kae-in with the not-gay, make up with her and win the art gallery project. Get to it!

    I just hope that Kae-in gains the strength of character that she needs to deal with all of that. Yes, she’s in love with Jinho, but that doesn’t mean she has to become his “beard-wife” (LOL) and simply collapse when things go badly for her. I totally agree that if she really accepted and loved him for who he is she would be fighting for others to accept him as opposed to trying to stay with him forever. She needs to learn to trust herself.

    oh, and your screencaps of the four of them at the cinema are SO ON POINT! It should have the caption “Shit’s about to go down, son.”

    the “apple/apology” scene was actually my favorite scene besides the kiss. (p.s. it’s kind of cool that the words for that in English both start with “ap”) i actually replayed that more than the kiss scene because i was like, “this is adorable!!! am i the only person here who doesn’t see that you’re both in love with each other?”

    awesome recap of the best. episode. ever. it was an emotional rollercoaster, but ended on a great note. more please! thank you!!!

  36. 36 mayakho

    surely love the evil thoughts of how she will wear In-hee’s intestines as a necklace. LOL ;))
    What a COOL recaps, girlfriday! seriously

  37. 37 Carinne

    When you have two beautiful people like LMH and SYJ, there really is no need to fake any kisses. This cliffhanger is so howwwt and steamy. Yes, this makes JinHo a really bad guy unraveling all the onion layers of deceit, however with a passionate moment like that, then a mature woman will overcome all that deceit and thank heaven her dream man proves to be straight. We all will have to wait and see if KaeIn has grown more strong [and mature] as JinHo hopes all along.

    I really like that cross reference to what an ‘apple’ presents. It surely did take me back to BOF, and nothing is better than to spread light satire to the face who has a record of receiving a ‘pun apple’ in few shows. Gosh, I can really start a BOF marathon for this flashback. Keke. *long sigh w/ huge smile*

    YoungSun and SangJun still have a life of their very own, their characters are so lively together, I am a part of that group who will like to see a spinoff show of their own. I hope Director Choi finds love again with his first love [yes, he deserves a happy ending]. I hope ChangRyul and InHee goes overseas and take their drama with them [bygones be bygones]. I hope TaeHoon and HyeMi will end up together [how many of you just want to melt when TaeHoon rescues HyeMi from her leap of death when JinHo stomped her heart with an ultimatum? aw].

  38. 38 Sukispop

    Girlfriday, thanks for the fun and excellent recap! Always a pleasure to read your well written perspective!

    I’m also watching(and very much enjoying) Oh! My Lady and Prosecutor Princess. Initially, I was enjoying these three dramas pretty much equally…with just an extra nudge for PP because of Kim So-yeon. But, honestly, for me, the drama that has had the most heart has been Personal Taste. And, it’s been the drama that I find myself really looking forward to watching the most. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that the lead couple has been phenomenal, aided by really super performances by the other key players: Chang-ryul, In-hee, Sang-jun, Young-sun, and Do-bin.

    I wish other drama kisses could be this passionate! Especially after watching this, the seemingly standard “Ok, now it’s time for us to barely make contact with our equally stiff, frozen, and closed lips, and hold it for a count of ten” kiss is just completely unacceptable!

    Coffee Prince Anxiety– yup, anticipating it, too…big time.

    Girlfriday, I loved your Willow reference…Buffy fan lifer? LOL My younger daughter and I watched Buffy, together. It was our special thing. Now, my daughter’s half way through college, and our special thing has been…kdramas. We can’t watch together, much anymore, but whenever she makes it home for the occasional weekend, we’ll talk about our favorite characters and episodes. I asked who her favorite character in PT was. We looked at each other, smiled, and both said, “Sang-jun!”.

  39. 39 peanut

    i have to say, i had a favorite recapper and it was javabeans, her writing just struck a cord with me. i can proudly say girlfriday has been added to my list of favorites (granted this entire site is FULL of SUCH TALENTED recappers/writers)

    thanks for this recap!! i’m so glad i’m not the only one that felt a squee was not enough! while watching this i put my hands over my mouth to subdue my squeal but i think the neighbors still heard me, hahaha

    i can’t wait to see how they approach the next episode!!

    thanks girlfriday! you recap with insight, professionalism and ridiculous hilarity that i always find myself cracking up over.

    think about writing on the side (if you don’t do it professionally) i’d buy whatever you publish =D (same goes to javabeans if you’re reading this).


  40. 40 Nathy

    Hey! The kiss was great! I love personal taste!, thanks for the recap :)……waiting for the episode

  41. 41 rinaeRain

    argh!!! the kisss…… its amazing…
    wonder whats gonna happen on episode 11,,
    hope Jinho won’t make some lame excuses about being a friend or whateva,, or kae in thinking he is being a ‘man’ for her in front of chang ryul…..

    just confess you two already!!! it killing me with suspense,,, but still 6 more episode to go… we all know the confession is not anytime soon anyway….
    it alwayls happen near towards the end of the kdrama frenzy…….

    hmmm,,,on a lighter note,,, Lee Min Ho is totally hotz… and Son Yeh Jin is totally cute in a confused-blur-messy sort of way…. they seem compatible with each other….

  42. 42 unny

    I am loving your recaps girlfriday! You make Personal Taste fun! I laughed a lot reading this recap 🙂 “Lying liar who lies” <- haha, sooo true.

  43. 43 Sara

    how I loved this episode…so awesome….Jin Ho and Kae In are so adorable together ….the walk in the rain…the hand holding and ultimately the kiss …wow this what LMH capable of doing…

    haha no more keep your mouth close as per BOF director instruction

  44. 44 mememomo

    Great recap girlfriday, makes me laugh! Thanks!

  45. 45 Fafa

    Thanks. I am so happy i feel like dreaming. What a move. i would have wished the floor under my feet open up and eat me alive if i were CR or IH. Go Jin Ho Si!

  46. 46 tlina069


  47. 47 rrez

    i love your recaps. well done!!!! keep them coming….

  48. 48 Lady of Spice

    Girlfriday thanks to you and JavaBeans and your recaps I became hooked on this show!! And yes that kiss was one of my favorite K-drama kisses EVER! I appreciated that the kiss looked like a REAL kiss, a PASSIONATE kiss and not like actors faking a kiss, which is what kdrama kisses sometimes look like. Can’t wait to see what is ahead for them, although I fear there will be quite a few tears.

    Thanks for the great recaps!

  49. 49 MEIKO**** ^-^

    FINALLY!!!! *faints*
    Thay are soo cute……^_^

    Thanks JavaB!

  50. 50 acuvue

    Haha “LYING LIAR WHO LIES!” = classic

    Thanks for the recap 🙂 I’m a little confused about the BOF comment though. I guess you meant the apple in the box was similar to the GJP cookies and face rice. In which case, I agree those were also two of my favorite BOF moments.

    This show also has its moments, but aside from the kiss, I’m going to have to say the little impromptu photo shoot in the park lol. Loved it!

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