Drama Recaps
Personal Taste: Episode 13
by | May 13, 2010 | 102 Comments

SO MANY cute couple scenes in this episode! We’re definitely in the calm before the storm, so again I’m gonna gloat to girlfriday about getting the floofy, candy-sweet episode. Then again, maybe she’s not so jealous since, other than the coupley goodness, the plot was a little slow. (But who cares when you have adoring Jin-ho, right?)

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EPISODE 13 RECAP

Episode 13, titled “A Special Birthday Present,” opens as Kae-in falls unconscious from the shock of her Sanggojae memory, wherein she crashed down through the glass ceiling onto her mother below, which presumably killed the latter. The shock takes a physical toll as well as emotional, and Kae-in suffers through a feverish night, during which Jin-ho takes care of her attentively. He doesn’t know anything of her Sanggojae trauma — which she doesn’t recall when she wakes up — and thinks she has just fallen sick.

In the morning Kae-in wakes up shuddering, feeling like she had a nightmare. He lets her rest while returning to the secret basement to look around, where something resting against the wall catches his eye. But just as he steps toward it, Kae-in calls him from upstairs. She’s feeling better now.

It may be just a little ridiculous how much I love that he draws a scented bubble bath for her, replete with rose petals. And then he sits outside the bathroom to wait, asking if she likes the gesture. Which is about as unnecessary a question as “How hot am I right now?”


And then, as if that’s not enough, he DRIES HER HAIR. This is one of those gestures that is sweet but not actually helpful, as Kae-in would be more comfortable doing it herself, which makes it that much sweeter — they’re both putting up with the inconvenience because it’s so enjoyable being together. Like a couple where both people read their own books while holding hands, for whom the compromised mobility is worth the closeness. Eventually she takes over, and Jin-ho looks down at her bared neck as she dries her hair. Leaning close, he kisses her and asks her not to fall ill again. Dude, if I got this kind of treatment every time I fell ill I’d never stop faking it.

Sang-jun and Young-sun head over to Sanggojae, the latter carrying provisions to for sick Kae-in’s recovery. Young-sun tentatively broaches the subject of Kae-in potentially offering Jin-ho money to help with the business, wanting to ask Sang-jun not to accept it. But she doesn’t have to ask, since Sang-jun replies that there’s no way they could accept anyway — they have found out that Kae-in’s big furniture order came from Chang-ryul, and we know that the day they take his money is the day the In-hee Bot discovers compassion. So we’re not holding our breaths here. He adds that although they’d like to tell Kae-in the truth about the source of her income, Jin-ho saw how happy she was and couldn’t bring himself to burst her bubble.

Just as they arrive at the house, Jin-ho gets a call from Tae-hoon with bad news: they’ve been served with a lawsuit. Jin-ho doesn’t want to let on that it’s serious and uses words like “printer cartridge” for Kae-in’s benefit, and apologizes for having to leave to deal with work.

Kae-in busily eats, wanting to recover quickly to relieve the burden on Jin-ho. Young-sun thinks of Jin-ho’s business problems and uses this comment as a segue, saying that he’s got bigger problems on his plate. But she can’t quite spill the beans either, so she just mumbles how Kae-in has to become “a real woman” in order to know what what’s best for Jin-ho.

Interpreting that comment in a different way, Kae-in bows her head bashfully and says, “I think I’ve become a real woman now.” Young-sun gets excited, thinking all sorts of sexy thoughts and imagining a home run until Kae-in clarifies that she’s talking about a kiss. Boo! (First base at best.)

That’s nothing to get impressed about, so Young-sun starts to explain the meanings behind different kinds of kisses. (On the hand, on the forehead, etc.) Kae-in asks what one on the neck means, and Young-sun gets excited again, since a neck kiss connotes desire. (Maybe a setup for a stolen second base?)

The lawsuit comes out of nowhere — the plaintiff is the construction worker who had been injured on the job, who had been released from the hospital with no complaints. The contractor asks his man why he’s suddenly suing, suspicious that this has to do with that stranger who had been asking questions. The worker has obviously been coached by a separate mastermind.

Well, maybe “mastermind” is overstating things a bit. Jin-ho confronts Chang-ryul, who doesn’t even bother with a denial; Chang-ryul says he’s just playing sneaky to counter Jin-ho’s sneakiness. Jin-ho has no idea what he’s referring to, until Chang-ryul asks pointedly why he moved into Sanggojae and insinuates that he knew it was the concept behind the Dahm project. He suggests that Kae-in would be hurt to know that Jin-ho had faked everything just for the project.

Jin-ho asserts that no matter his reason for moving into Sanggojae, his feelings toward Kae-in are sincere. She’ll believe that. Chang-ryul calls him the boy who cried wolf whose explanation won’t be believed, challenging him to see what happens when le shit hits le fan.

Do-bin notices that today is Kae-in’s birthday and confirms it with In-hee, who plays along despite having forgotten herself. Do-bin takes out three tickets to an ice rink, which breaks my heart a little — he knows he’d be the third wheel but considers them such friends that he’d go out with them together.

In-hee sees an opportunity to shove Chang-ryul toward Kae-in and brings the birthday to his attention. He had let Kae-in down last year by forgetting the day after promising to do something big, and this is a chance for him to make an impression.

Chang-rul asks hesitantly if it’s okay for him to give Kae-in a birthday present, which strikes me as being rather like a mouse asking a cat for advice about wooing another mouse, not knowing the cat sees them all as dinner. His first impulse is to buy roses and jewelry, but he changes his mind — Kae-in isn’t In-hee, so those gifts aren’t appropriate. The boy is learning! Too bad it’s too little too late, but I give him credit for the honest effort.

When Chang-ryul drops by, he comes bearing not flowers or jewels but an envelope. She tells him she’s uncomfortable being around him, which he respects. He hands her an envelope, and has managed a pretty good present — or at least a good explanation for it. He has decided that the most meaningful thing to give her is something that would help Jin-ho, and therefore offers her money with which Jin-ho can secure a new office. Since Jin-ho would never take money from Chang-ryul, he might accept it from her.

Kae-in has forgotten her own birthday and gives back the envelope — she can’t give that money to Jin-ho by lying. And again Chang-ryul reacts maturely, a bit disappointed but admitting that it was a mistake in judgment for him to try.

Which is, of course, when Jin-ho arrives on the scene. As we know, this is the one area in which he is completely irrational and often allows his jealousy to pre-empt his reason, so he glares at them both and lets his anger get the better of him.

Kae-in tells him not to misunderstand, because she didn’t accept the gift in the first place. She defends Chang-ryul (mistake!) by saying that he’s actually being quite thoughtful of Jin-ho, which makes the latter scoff, “Then are you thinking of me at all?” She’s hurt by his words and the implication that she doesn’t care about him, while he leaves angry.

Do-bin sees her downcast mood and joins her, guessing that Jin-ho is at the root of her distress. Rather than asking her about the problem head-on, he draws an analogy with math, asking if she was good at the subject in her school days. She says no, and neither was he; he explains that he used to think his math-savvy friends must also be good at solving real-life problems. If they could figure out love like a math problem, they could avoid hurting each other and just love. I adore Do-bin’s conclusion: “I’m certain that Jeon Jin-ho was worse at math than we were.”

Do-bin takes out his envelope and removes one ticket before handing the others to Kae-in, which is such a heartbreaking gesture — he’s removing himself from the equation. He offers it to her as a prime opportunity to make up with Jin-ho, and notes that it’s only valid through today. He wishes her happy birthday, crumpling up the third ticket in his hand so she doesn’t see it, which KILLS ME. Arg, Ryu Seung-ryong is wringing my heart over and over with his thoughtful, sensitive portrayal. Love him.

Young-sun and Sang-jun brainstorm about how to prepare Kae-in’s birthday (and the ensuing seduction for the two of them). They imagine setting out a cake, candles, and wine and pretend to pop the imaginary cork. While enacting the toast, they meet eyes and a flare of awkward awareness springs up between them. Uh-oh! Lady’s got a husband! And you’re still calling her unni!

Shaking off that nervous moment, Young-sun turns back to the topic at hand, saying that their scenario would totally work on her — she’s only experienced the poor man’s (or lazy man’s) version of the birthday celebration with a candle in a Chocopie, soju, and so on. As they meet eyes again, Sang-jun says, “That doesn’t sound bad either.”

And then they jump up nervously when Jin-ho comes in. They inform him that it’s Kae-in’s birthday, which is a fact he hadn’t known.

He comes home to find Kae-in still a little miffed, although he’s back to his good humor. He tells her to get dressed — her narrow-minded boyfriend wants to take her out to make up for getting angry. Her response? “That woman tells me to tell you she doesn’t want to go on a date with a narrow-minded man.” He replies, “Isn’t it more narrow-minded not to accept an apology?” Touché.

After thinking about it, Kae-in grudgingly agrees, but qualifies that she’s only agreeing because the tickets will go to waste otherwise. He doesn’t know what she’s talking about until they arrive at the ice rink.

Although she insists that she’s only here because of the tickets (which he is jealous to hear came from a man, until she clarifies that they’re from Do-bin), Kae-in marvels at the fun in participating in this quintessential date activity. In dramas, the couples always go to ice rinks and hold hands and act cute, which she always wanted to try. Jin-ho smiles, reading between the lines — she’s practically declared her feelings for him, then, by comparing this date to those drama dates. Hehe.

When she falls, Jin-ho offers her a hand to get up, and she pulls him down to the ice with her. She lands on top of him (because why waste a good excuse for some physical intimacy?), and the two share a moment of sexual tension, which Jin-ho responds to by giving her a quick peck on the lips.

Jin-ho had left the gate open for Sang-jun and Young-sun to prepare a surprise while they were gone, so upon their return to the house, they find a romantic spread with candles, cake, and wine.

Gah, I just melt at the way Jin-ho looks at Kae-in — not just in this scene but repeatedly throughout this episode — because boy is so smitten and he doesn’t even care about letting it all show.

He tells her to make a wish before blowing out her candles, but the smile fades from his face when she says her wish was for them to not lie to each other anymore. She made the wish in a lighthearted spirit, thinking of his gay masquerade, but naturally this is more meaningful to him in light of his Sanggojae deception.

He decides to come clean and tells her that he’d made a wish for his “true feelings” to come through. He means that he’d like her to believe that he loves her after hearing the truth, but the vague statement puzzles her. Working up the nerve to tell her the whole truth, he asks her not to get angry with his confession. But she gets scared at the last moment and cuts him off, changing the subject by asking if he prepared a gift for her.

Jin-ho answers that he’s her gift, teasing, “Aren’t I good enough?” But Kae-in — who had been taken shopping by Young-sun for sexy lingerie earlier — interprets that comment more literally. Asking for a moment to “prepare,” she excuses herself. Jin-ho doesn’t quite know what she means by that, but figures that alas, today’s not the right night for this confession.

He heads back to the basement to take note of necessary steps to restore the room, thinking it’ll be a nice gesture for Kae-in. This boy is just killing me with all the sweet displays of affection. This is the complete opposite of Chang-ryul or In-hee, who see romantic moves as strategic plays, which of course is the very opposite of romantic. In contrast, Jin-ho loves doing things for her just for the sake of making her happy, which makes me all gooey inside.

The item propped against the basement wall catches his attention again, which turns out to be a poster tube. Pulling out the paper inside, he finds a rolled blueprint of the house. Bingo!

Upstairs, Kae-in is a bundle of nerves as she calls Young-sun — she thinks Jin-ho was going to tell her he wanted to spend the night with her, but she chickened out because she was so nervous her heart was racing. Plus, he called himself her birthday present, which Young-sun agrees was a physical invitation.

She worries over whether to wear her sexy new lingerie, while Young-sun advises her to build the mood toward intimacy rather than charging into the situation head-on.

Which means… Jenga?

I actually love that Jin-ho gets pissy when she flicks his forehead (a punishment for losing his round), because this aspect of his character has been consistent. Kae-in feels sorry to see the bright red mark her flick has left, and leans in close to blow on her forehead. Yet now they’re both thinking of more physical impulses and the proximity makes them both nervous.

Jin-ho jumps back and they both abandon the game, retreating to their rooms with racing hearts (and libidos).

Kae-in frets to her Jin-ho doll, afraid of putting herself out there and then having Jin-ho disappointed in her. She remembers Jin-ho telling her during that long-ago night that Chang-ryul broke up with her because she didn’t sleep with him. And that men’s instinct is to hold and touch the women they love.

Meanwhile, Jin-ho tries to work through his hormones, recalling the same conversation — particularly Kae-in’s wish to have a man love her no matter whether she slept with him or not.

But maybe the gods are getting a little impatient with their uncertainty, because a bolt of lightning rends the sky and a thunderstorm swiftly commences. Kae-in bursts into Jin-ho’s room, scared of the noise, pleading to spend the night here.

Some time later, Jin-ho cradles Kae-in while they lie in bed together, and he relates stories of his student days. Finding that she has fallen asleep, he wonders, “Have you forgotten I’m a man? If you keep doing this, it’ll give me a hard [hehe] time.”

He kisses her forehead, which is the type of kiss Young-sun had called an example of “faith and trust.” That forms the basis of Kae-in’s next diary entry:

Kae-in: “Using the thunderstorm as an excuse, I tried being courageous. However, you protect me with faith and trust. Did you really not understand my clumsy confession? This has been the weather forecast of a shy Park Kae-in, who hopes for rain again tomorrow.”

I appreciate that her diary narration demonstrates that she recognizes that the storm was just an excuse; it shows that she was trying to take the first step, even if he didn’t interpret the move as such.

In the morning, she wakes up in his empty bed and Jin-ho teases over the phone how she had kept him up all night with her snoring and grinding of teeth.

Sang-jun overhears his part of the conversation and congratulates him, assuming that they’ve consummated the relationship. Jin-ho replies that he’s got the wrong idea, but neither Sang-jun nor Tae-hoon believes him.

On the flipside, Kae-in tells Young-sun they slept together last night, but Young-sun doesn’t consider this to be the proper definition of “sleeping together.” She’s disappointed in Jin-ho for dropping the ball, but Kae-in moons over his gallantry, sighing, “Isn’t he so cool?” He’s a man who knows how to watch over the woman he loves, and therefore is the man of her dreams. Young-sun retorts, “Then just hold hands forever and stick to dreaming.”

In-hee intrudes, sarcastically commenting how impressive it is that Kae-in received a birthday gift from her ex. As if I didn’t already love Young-sun enough, she gets right in In-hee’s face and jabs her in the chest, then approaches with a fist. Alas, Kae-in holds her back, cheating us of the gratification of the impending smackdown.

However, Young-sun finds her attempted intervention unwarranted, as Kae-in sticks up for herself impressively. She tells In-hee that she’s so busy that she forgot her own birthday and asks In-hee to leave — those are fairly mild words but the punch is in the implication. She is pointing out that In-hee is playing little kiddie games while she’s busy being an adult, and therefore, even though the setdown is mild, it has its intended effect and In-hee storms off feeling pissy.

Jin-ho takes out the blueprint from the tube he’d retrieved from the basement, but this time he notices something else — another set of papers inside. Yahtzee! These blueprints are something quite different, something beyond the scope of the Sanggojae itself. He hasn’t quite cracked the nut of the house’s secret, but he’s right there on the verge…

Meanwhile, Scarface is also trying to figure out the same secret, having heard that Sanggojae is more than a simple house. It’s part of a bigger picture, and if only he could find the blueprints… (Anvils away! Who else expects immediate hijinks landing the papers in his evil clutches?) He sighs and grunts as he mulls this over, and I swear it’s like this guy is taking his acting cues from Darth Vader.

Time for another adorable date between Kae-in and Jin-ho, who are on a coffee break. They laugh at each other’s whipped-cream mustaches, while she reaches up to wipe his from his upper lip.

Acting on the romantic current flowing between them, Jin-ho moves the table aside and leans closer… which makes her lean backward and almost tip backward in her chair. How she could be leaning away from him when he’s wearing that intent expression on his face is beyond me; I’ve barely got enough restraint to keep MYSELF from jumping up and assaulting his face with kisses. I don’t know how she does it.

After getting her royal setdown by Kae-in, In-hee fumes and reaches for the phone to call Hye-mi. She’s an unlikely ally, but she’s In-hee’s best contact for getting in touch with Jin-ho’s mother, who is the next step in Operation Break Jin-ho’s Romance Up So I Can Have Him, Even If He Hates Me, Because His Agency In This Relationship Is A Nonissue When We’re Talking About What I Want, Dammit. Beep boop beep.

In-hee plays the part of a concerned friend, feigning hesitation over sharing Jin-ho’s work troubles with his mother. She reveals that Jin-ho is in a lot of difficulty these days, with his office in danger and the lawsuit hanging over his head. And it’s all because of Kae-in, she explains, because Chang-ryul is meddling with Jin-ho because of her. She didn’t end her relationship with Chang-ryul cleanly, and kept dating him even when she was seeing Jin-ho.

Ohh, In-hee is so crafty. I’m actually impressed! This is all true, but Mom is still getting the wrong idea. Even the two-timing part is technically right (given the “revenge” plan), but it conveys a distorted truth. Which elevates In-hee from mere manipulator to evil genius, frankly.

Shaken, Mom asks what she can do to help, but also expresses her skepticism over In-hee’s role in telling her this. After all, if In-hee used to be with Chang-ryul, isn’t it better for her that Kae-in and Jin-ho continue dating so she can take Chang-ryul back?

In-hee answers that it’s not about her personal feelings (because she has none), and merely feels it would be a terrible waste for Jin-ho to ruin his life this way. She suggests that Mom try to persuade Kae-in herself, as it’s unlikely Kae-in will be able to ignore her.

Oblivious to this storm brewing on the horizon, Jin-ho and Kae-in are shopping for housewares like a blissfully happy couple. Kae-in urges Jin-ho to go back to his mother’s house to avoid her ire, but he answers that he has nowhere to go other than Sanggojae. On nights he doesn’t spend there, he has been sleeping in his office.

Jin-ho declares that he’ll be fine continuing to “just hold hands” with her — an assurance that he won’t press himself on her physically — because that’s how much he wants to be with her.

 
COMMENTS

So. Like I said, we’re pretty light on story development in this episode, as the main storyline hits two basic points: Jin-ho finds the blueprints, and In-hee drags Mom into this mess. The rest of the episode is dedicated to giving us lots of yummy couple bonding moments, and if Jin-ho and Kae-in weren’t so damn lovable I’d probably think it was excessive. But one could argue that in a romantic comedy that gives a lot of weight to the growth of its main characters, the bonding itself is a necessary activity to show the trust being built between them so that it can break our hearts appropriately when that trust is infringed upon.

I recall that early in the drama, there were a lot of disgruntled comments about what was seen as a mismatched pairing between Sohn Ye-jin and Lee Min-ho. It seems that tide has been turning as the drama progresses, and I’d like to chime in and say that I’m LOVING this team. Romantic dramas that are successful tend to evoke a strong fan loyalty to the pairing even long after the drama is over, and I think this definitely was one issue here, seeing as how I read a lot of comparisons between Gu Hye-sun and Sohn Ye-jin which were pretty irrelevant to this drama.

I think that Lee Min-ho had chemistry with Gu Hye-sun, but I love that Sohn Ye-jin brings out his mature side. Being teamed with her allows the romance in this drama to be an adult one, rather than the youthful first love of Boys Before Flowers. Nothing wrong with youthful love, and I’m not knocking it — it just brings with it certain limitations, story- and chemistry-wise. For instance, I recall reading that a certain kiss in Boys Before Flowers was edited way down because it was more passionate than was deemed appropriate. There’s also no way they would have broached the topic of the main characters — and especially the female lead — struggling with their sexual desires. Kae-in is allowed to be mature, adult, and aware of her sexual feelings while not being labeled a pervy tart, and Jin-ho is allowed to be sexually frustrated AND respectful of her boundaries. It’s stuff like this that really makes Personal Taste a breath of fresh air.

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102 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Molly

    I melted because of all the cuteness in this episode. Thanks for the recap!

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  2. eatsleeplove

    thank you thank you thank you for your insightful reviews!

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  3. cartesiancircle

    Thanks for the recap!

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  4. Thu

    It is refreshing that the female lead isn’t all that innocent and a saint. I like that she has a struggle too. It is very relatable.

    Thanks for the caps. Enjoying them.

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  5. teamochie

    I love you, Javabeans! :) You’re so fast & funny for this recap.

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  6. miniejungle

    thanks for the recap!!! :) weee…

    javabeans, i don’t mean to push or anything, just wondering if you would resume translating the novel anytime soon? thanks!

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  7. estel

    Omo, my heart stopped at the utter romantic~ness of him kissing her on the neck. Holy cow, I almost died squeeing! Where can I find me a Jin-ho? Thanks for including the last screencap, JB, it really is so lovely. Awesome recap as always, thankssomuch! :) <3

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  8. Purpleclouds

    I enjoy the sweetness of the Min-Ye couple. The RC has very good casts/character development. I don’t want this drama to end yet!

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  9. AT

    Love your recaps, as always! Insightful and concise.

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  10. 10 leila8mae

    YES, I WOULD LOVE someone like JINHO as my namjachinggu!!!! to have someone like him for real, who would ask for more??? ♥

    this episode is SWEETNESS!!! I super love the thunderstorm scene!!! as I’ve mentioned in one forum, I would pray and wish for thunderstorm every night just so to have that chance to sleep beside Jinho!!! That scene right there, PERFECT, better than anything.. hehehe.. for MINHO, there’s LIMIT!! hahaha

    and I super cracked with the thought that Jinho should be the one MORE afraid of Gaein than the other way around.. Gaein has MORE wild thoughts than Jinho!!.. its a good thing that they’ve showed that kind of side that i guess any woman also has!!

    two more and i hope we’ll all have a BLAST enjoying it=)

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  11. 11 lovin it

    thanks! ack the impending storm

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  12. 12 leila8mae

    and JB.. I LOVE the SONG for the DAY!!!!! ♥

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  13. 13 pinayPTlover

    Thank you for the wonderful recap. I do agree that nothing much was going on here but your insights make me enjoy it all the same.

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  14. 14 eelia

    Good job….luv the recap n all those cute scenes :)

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  15. 15 Melissa

    i’m pretty much in love with this couple

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  16. 16 malaysian noona

    just love ya JB, love the racaps and love the episodes. my heart stops at least 4 times in this episode. really-really incredible. what more can i say. LMH… i could not wait for your next project.

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  17. 17 grace, the one from Jersey, USA

    I love everything about “Personal Taste.”
    ( Except for the number of episodes. )
    And thank you javabeans, for the fast recap and comments.

    *

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  18. 18 lei

    thanks for the recap!

    i think we have the answer to why people kept barging in to the supposed super secret sanggojae house. it really has no locks. on 30:31 of han 450p version, the door on the right has the vertical surface mounted deadbolt, but it has nowhere to hinge to on the door on the left :)

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  19. 19 dannaluk

    did anyone else see that first pic and think BOF??…lol…im yet to watch the episode and thats the first thing that came to mind.

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  20. 20 girlfriday

    There are only two possible reasons I might forgive lack of story: The Cute, and Lee Min-ho.

    Since this episode’s got both in spades, I’m pretty sure I’m TOTALLY jealous.

    Also, I didn’t know you spoke Robot! I’m totally going to need you to translate some things my ex-boyfriend said.

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  21. 21 raevangeline

    omo..cuteness overload :p
    thanks javabeans for the recap!!

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  22. 22 ivy

    haha. love how this show is just full of these excessive couple moments. sometimes there aren’t as many of these scenes in Romantic Comedy dramas to establish the couple’s relationship.. anyways was feeling quite frustrated when Kae-in once again cut Jin-ho off before his confession. True, those are words that shouldn’t be uttered on her birthday but this has been like the umpteenth time his confession had been cut off by her. Oh next episode is slightly angsty, but just enough for me to handle. I actually like the conflict they introduced… Much better than it circling between In-hee and scarface’s plots

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  23. 23 momosan

    Can someone just please find poor Do Bin a nice boyfriend already? The guy is breaking my stony little heart!

    Oh, and cute overload. 8-)

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  24. 24 Ace

    Aaaw…I love this episode…SYJ is so darn pretty & LMH is sooo hot especially because he was restraining himself. And don’t you love his jealous snits, his pettiness, his sulks…man he is sooo cute!

    And Do-bin? can I marry you please, please, please? Hehehe…my heart breaks for him..he is such a generous friend doing things that are in stark contrast to Inheebot’s scheming (“if I can’t have him, nobody can”).

    Only two more episodes left. =(
    I’ll miss this pairing
    Where can I find my very own Jin-ho?

    Thanks for the recap! Fighting!

    {I’m having trouble watching videos @ viikii. It’s either the ‘unable to connect to the website’ or the ‘bad request’ error message. Ugh. Driving me nuts!}

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  25. 25 maria

    @girlfriday 20
    LOLs! hey, can i get in on that robot-speak-translation action thing going on? javabeans, if you really speak robot, this is prime opportunity to figure out the machinations behind the robotic mind of all ex bfs throughout history AND the eveel cancan girls who came in between! help womankind, JB! take one for the team! LOL!

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  26. 26 nycgrl

    I’m afraid this episode was a bit of a snorefest, I was watching my monitor like I was reading an expense report, meaning with my eyes half closed and my head propped against my right hand so I could keep it from falling on my desk from boredom. I would light up occasionally and get distracted by the loveliness of LMH. I may not be attracted to him but I’m not immune or blind to Lee Min-HOMG!

    Anyone would have thought by the plot pacing that the producers were stretching it out for 20 episodes. Also even if they were too lazy to come up any plot movement would it have killed them to insert some totally random LOL moments like the airplane scene a few episodes ago. The only exciting thing that happened was the weird romantic interlude between and Sang-jun & “unni”.

    JB I commend you for making the recap 1000X more entertaining than the actual show and done without any snark . God bless you. I couldn’t spin gold from this doozy.

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  27. 27 djes

    oh the caption pictures are cute!!! ( haven’t seen the episode )

    i wonder what did Lee Minho think while he produced smitten smiles like that? Son Yejin noona is cute? :P or those were all just for acting’s sake? hehehe.

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  28. 28 babynight

    thanks JB for the wonderful recap! i’ve been following ur recaps since the very start as i havent got a chance to watch it and every time its up on the website, my day just brightens up!!! thank you!!!
    i love the way JinHo looks at KaeIn!! theres so much love and passion in his eyes that makes their chemistry so believable and real!!
    i know its been said so many time!!! but LMH is sooo HOT!!!!! hes any girl’s desire even w/o all of that preparing the scented bath with rose petals, drying her hair n gently kissing on her neck!! how SWEET!!!!

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  29. 29 Lemon

    thanks for the recap! nothing much really happened in this episode huh? But i still love the couple too much to complain :DD

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  30. 30 Bean

    Great recap,javabeans. Agreed.People who compare BOF and PT are comparing apples and oranges. Two totally different drama. I must admit the plot is going too slow for me,but I guess who cares if LMH good looks is in every scene. Competition for viewership is pretty tough as the other 2 dramas have great plots.

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  31. 31 Tin

    JB and girlfriday, thanks for the recap…been waiting patiently for these to come out… Please continue to make your fellow drama-addicts happy. Gumawayo~~ :)

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  32. 32 Sara

    I don’t care even if there’s lack of plot if I can stare at the yummy hotness of Lee Min Ho-MG for an hour that is…
    lovin it that they are very effectionate, touchy feely and not afraid of PDA…they are sooo in love….. can’t get enough of this couple
    thanks for the awesome recap JB

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  33. 33 peachyraiz

    agree with u JB! i just ranted on the previous ep because there are still a lot of LMH-SYJ haters tsk3.

    but anyways, this ep is uber cute! what i like about this drama is that after the confession of feelings, we get to see and enjoy the leads as a couple before the conflict starts. another thing is that i like the sexual tension not because i want more “skinship” but that it reflects a normal trait. it’s only indecent if you’re in hee and use her body as a weapon to get what she wants.

    i don’t get in hee’s and hye mi’s brattiness at all. i mean, they’re just sad3x people. but like you said JB, in hee is indeed an “evil genius”. sheesh! she just doesn’t run out of schemes. what i don’t understand about her is that kae in had been such a good friend to her w/o boundaries. not only is she jealous to the nth power, she’s a psychopath! she doesn’t even get shivers while telling all those lies to jin ho’s mom. LOL! and hye mi is just this woman-child that i want to knock out so i don’t hear her whining. jeez!

    love sang jun and young sun… i think they might end up together LMAO. just as i was liking chang ryul and being irritated with jin ho’s petty actions, poof! i dislike him again LOL. jin ho’s mom is just as petty, because even before in hee, she just hated kae in for being chang ryul’s ex? uhm, try to get to know her better first? and i want to find do bin a loving bf! soon! him and kae in are the nicest!

    sorry for the long comment… goodness only 3 eps to go! we’re finally seeing pror park! =) im getting ready for the water works!

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  34. 34 vero

    Thanks a lot for the recaps! The leading couple has an extraordinary connection, the romance was beyond belief in a Korean drama, SYJ being an mature actress she brings in everything needed for a drama to be good! LM is more mature compared to his acting in BBF thanks to SYJ. WOOOOH I love the couple! Looking at them makes me smile!!!! Hope the next episode will be good as this, regardless the jealous In Hee! Oh my God her character is …..

    Thanks again!

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  35. 35 Brigitte

    The fact that this a romcom drama, sweet & romantic moments are also necessary to make it more realistic and effective. This is what I love about PT, though nothing much happened in this episode but it showed us how much they love each other and how would the viewers feel when it’s time for them to go separate ways ( hope jnot for long). I think that PT is more realistic love story than other dramas I’ve seen, their mild bickering & affection to each other are real & natural. And I don’t definitely mind if its LMH’s face I see on the screen most of the time, I truly love & admire this man, in fact i will definitely visit south Korea just to see him. OMG!

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  36. 36 GreenRose

    Thank Javabeans, agreed with you review. PT is almost comes to the ending, this makes me feel a bit down coz no more exciting thing for me to look forward week after week :(

    After watching epi 14 just now, I found Kae In is very pity coz not getting parents’ love at all after her mother died. I really wish to see a lovely ending for her with Jin Ho, and her father.

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  37. 37 brookeeve

    Loved this episode! Loved your recap even more!

    Just curious JB, but do you ever sleep? ‘Cause really, I’m not seeing that here. I’m not complaining at all!

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  38. 38 GomenApple

    I think the the casting directors for BOF and PT are both right on the money, cause the chemistry of both Jan Di-Jun Pyo and Kae In-Jin Ho are just purreeeffeecctt, IMHO. but I think the screenwriter of PT could be even more brilliant as he/she (gomen, I don’t know whether Park Hye Kyung is a he/she :D) may have written and re-written Jin Ho’s part as such that it brought out the best of his compilation of adorkableness from BOF :D:D:D . I see lots of his adorkablities in BOF “reinvented” here V^____^V I think the maturity of PT perhaps is in line with the novel itself. Can’t talk much about Sohn Ye Jin cause this is the first time I saw her drama. But I sure adore her acting, and looking forward to her other dramas/movies.

    anyway, All Mighty One *bows deep* thanks a lot for your recaps, I’ve just discovered your site yesterday and went ecstatic :DDDDD

    (gomen for the weird choice of words, since my English sucks :p)

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  39. 39 strawberryfieldsforever

    if jinho’s the gift then imma celebrate my birthday everyday of the year! hahaha! and if i’ll receive such special treatment when im sick, oh my..i’ll be sick the whole year through!

    i’m happy that 80% of the time, i saw jnho&kaein in sugarty sweet moments. the previous episodes didn’t give us that generous amount of time.and i’m happy that i didn’t get to see inhee that much (although apparently, she saved the best for last by evil-talking the narrowminded mommy)im happy too that there’s no hyemi-taehoon scenes because they are just annoying for me. im quite sad though that there’s not much funny scenes of sangjun ang youngsun. i love those two!

    this episode is the best episode if we wanna see jinho&kaein’ sweet moments, but for me it showed nothing new. dobin is the same sweet guy, inhee the same evil, changryul the same man with no balls, mommy the same narrowminded woman,jinho&kaein the same adorable couple, sangjun&kaein the second adorable couple (?). after kaein remembers a bit about her mother, i was kinda expecting that this episode would somehow unravel the mystery of sanggojae. bit i still love PT!!! awww…can’t believe that’s next week would be the final week! sad :(

    JB, thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! great recap, really amazing site! thank you! :)

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  40. 40 tinatot

    awesome team up. :)

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  41. 41 Bee

    Thanks for the great and entertaining recap, jb :)

    Mmm… I wonder what they’ll do. I mean, when the bomb about JH’s true reasons for moving in will be revealed, then his holding back could easily be misinterpreted into him not wanting to go the step because he actually wasn’t really interested in GI in the first place. And with Gi having witnessed that JH even went as far as admitting that he was gay (which could be interpreted as trying to get into Director Choi’s good grace, because GI wasn’t there to witness the sincere apology JH delivered later on to Director Choi), she knows that he is a good liar when he wants.
    I guess, in the end it will boil down to wether or not she really believes in JH or not. If she can’t believe in him any more, then they will be finished. Add to it Mom, who will certainly do her part of jumping to conclusions. I wonder if JH will stand up to her again? Given his character, probably yes… and seeing how much he loves his mom (and she loves him), that’s going to smart.

    Ironically, CR is currently the more honest one in regards to GI, which is an interesting angle, had he not burnt GI that badly before. But it’s nice to see a second lead having so much character developement. :)

    I feel kind of sorry for In Hee. How lonely can a person get if she continues to live like that? If all you see is your own advantage, then in the end you’ll loose big.

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  42. 42 maria

    javabeans, i think that i enjoyed reading this recap of yours the best out of all the others, because the light plot lets it read as not so much a recap, but as a reading of your inexplicably spot-on insights into modern warfare— err, relationships. :D
    i agree with so many of your notions, and i find myself sometimes wondering how old you are and what you have experienced as not our ever-faithful javabeans, but as yourself in the real world. your bird’s eye view-take on these tiny moments are too true, sometimes, it’s unnerving how i find myself nodding in almost ridiculous assent– like i agree not because you were correct about something, but because you managed to put into words something true and real, and the reminder was welcome.
    someone up there knew what he was doing when he gave you power over words, because your insight lends to your crafting of them a rare sort of Knowing that in my opinion, makes you not only lucky as a writer, but lucky as a person. i will be glad to buy 5 copies of any book you put out… i hope you do. :)

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  43. 43 lunargen

    I know I’m jumping the gun, but after seeing episode 14, “it” is never going to happen now. They’ve built the physical tension up so much for so long now that I am going to be very frustrated if they don’t make good of the premise they’ve been setting for a while now, so I’m still hoping. But dang, it really looks bleak that anything is going to happen between them.

    In-hee has been reduced to freaking robot Plot Device for a while now, but really, is that all that she is? I really hope some of the plot moves forward without anything from Miss Evil Bitch’s constructs.

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  44. 44 LL

    I got to the end of this episode and asked “So.. what happened plotwise?” and then realized I didn’t care, at all. I LOVE that they filled the episode with happy moments instead of angsty ones, like so many dramas do.

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  45. 45 Fafa

    thanks for the recap. u r great.

    the kiss on the neck was beautiful.
    i am not sure if i can stop myself from breaking IH’s neck if i see her somewhere.

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  46. 46 linda

    Thanks for the recap JB. Really enjoy reading your recap. Oh, now I know why the mother went to see Kae In in ep. 14. In Hee is really a bitch, I can’t wait to see her pay for all her ‘bitchiness’ crime. I hope Director Choi can do something to her to prevent more harm done on this couple. I’m glad that I watch this drama and can see the other side of LMH. He’s really a good actor and a charming one too hehe.

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  47. 47 mmmaggie

    In addition to praise for Lee Min-ho’s acting performance, I would just like to give three cheers for him because damn, does he know how to kiss!! I just finished watching Iris (Team You’re Beautiful!) and while I can appreciate Lee Byung-heon’s acting chops (and abs!), I thought he had more chemistry with Jung Joon-ho than with Kim Tae-hee. By the way, my mouth dropped open when our sweet Do-bin appeared in Iris. It made me more impressed with the job he has done in Personal Taste.

    Three eps left… is it too much to hope that a rock or Sang-go-jae will fall on In-hee?

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  48. 48 butterfly

    Thanx JB for the great recap. Even if the story in this episode is slow, I have no complaint because my boyfriend is here, lee min ho (just dreaming, it’s free). Im so jealous with KI, receiving all those wonderful acts from a lovable, handsome guy. Three more episodes and all I have are the recaps of Javabeans and the video from viikii. I hope that the next project for lmh is paired to EHY, plssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

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  49. 49 Christine

    @ 42, I agree with you.

    Every time I read JB’s recap I am awed by just howmuch insight she brings to the episode some of which I was thinking of and sometimes not, which makes me so so grateful for her work.

    Sometimes, I have heard my daughter say that she does not want to read the recap for fear of being influenced by them but I feel that without them we are losing a lot. My daughter agrees with me that the recap enriches the ep.

    I originally watched this drama for SYJ but am only too happy to be enamoured by the perfect boyfriend in LMH. I am happy to see his progress. I am also happy to note that once again SYJ has brought her own magic to this romcom. She always brings out the character she plays in each show differently and beautifully.

    I love the other couple Sangjun and Youngsun. They are more than supporting cast. As for Dobin, he personifies what has been said as gays being the nicest gentlemen around. Of course, I hate Inhee and sometimes CR.

    Thanks once again JB for your wonderful work. Glad that you got this sweet odd-numbered ep to recap. All good things come to those who wait. I hope that will be true of JH & KI too as well as all of us hoping for a happy ending.

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  50. 50 MinnieBell

    I agree with u in your comment! =)
    This couple really works on me. love to watch them ^^
    This is the real romantic drama..haha

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