Drama Recaps
Cinderella’s Sister: Episode 19
by | June 2, 2010 | 82 Comments

Except for a few minutes’ worth, most of the scenes in this episode are obscured by an election ticker running across the bottom. I considered cropping it out of the frames, but that looks just as odd, so we’ll just have to put up with it.

This may just be the light at the end of the tunnel speaking, but Episode 19 was a big old relief to me. Some of the conflict resolutions felt anticlimactic after all the many hours of hard-core angsty build-up, but I’m beyond the point of caring about that and am just glad that things are speeding to a close. Well, maybe “speeding” is the wrong word, but at least we’ve resumed moving from that standstill — quicksand, even — of the middle stretch.

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EPISODE 19 RECAP

After being released from his brother’s clutches, Ki-hoon drives along, in such a great mood that he can’t stop smiling. Despite that, Eun-jo doesn’t share his ebullience and is more concerned about his condition — he’s hungry, as he hadn’t eaten a thing during his kidnapping. When they stop in the middle of the woods, Ki-hoon gestures her closer for a talk. (Why is he always taking her into the woods to talk? One of these days he’s gonna pull up to a Unabomber-style shack, is all I’m sayin’.) Eun-jo goes off in search of food instead.

There’s no restaurant around, so she prevails upon an elderly shopkeeper, asking for some porridge. As Ki-hoon eats, he tells her that he knows what she’s thinking (as in, worrying about all of their business problems) but for the next 80 minutes, it doesn’t matter because he’s going to act like it’s eight years ago, like he never took that train and they never separated. He’ll treat every 10 minutes like a year, starting with 2002.

With that, he begins by talking to Eun-jo as though he’s still her math tutor, taking her to task for missing a problem he had shown her how to solve. Eun-jo smiles at his silliness, but she allows him this exercise by playing along (ever so slightly), addressing him as she used to when he was her tutor.

What follows is one of the more inspired sequences of this drama, because we get to see them acting as they might have if Ki-hoon had never left and their relationship had never suffered that crippling break. Of course, we wouldn’t have had a drama if they’d been allowed to have a healthy relationship unhampered by avaricious family members and phone-induced-death guilt. But this is the version of their relationship that I’d wished for them back then.

As one 10-minute segment bleeds into the next, Eun-jo goes from being a high schooler to a new university student at Ki-hoon’s school. They continue “dating,” and he voices displeasure about that boy who’s been hanging around her at school.

A bike trip to the gas station gives the two an excuse to imagine that they’re on a date, and now we’re four years into the exercise: Ki-hoon supposedly continues at graduate school because he’s reluctant to jump into the workforce and leave Eun-jo behind, worrying that she’ll date somebody else at school. He scolds her about her grades as she rests her head on his back.

Another 10-minute segment passes, and now Ki-hoon argues about Eun-jo wanting to study abroad, and offers to teach her English instead. In their imaginary version of 2008 when Eun-jo graduates from university, their relationship has remained strong, with no breaks.

Finally, by the time they make it back to the car, Ki-hoon talks about marriage. He assures her he’s got everything to make her happy — good brain, good looks, good sense of humor. He doesn’t have money, but he’ll earn some from now on. And he wants to live with his father in this scenario, since Dad was pushed out of his job at the company.

Ki-hoon talks about all this in a very mundane way — the beauty of the imaginary 80-minutes-as-8-years is that it’s plain and ordinary, since normalcy is a luxury they haven’t been able to enjoy. Eun-jo thinks to herself that this Ki-hoon has never hurt her, bears no guilty conscience, and therefore is able to propose marriage freely. She decides to make him wait for her answer, just to make him suffer a little bit, and tells him he’d better earn some money first before she’ll consider saying yes.

However, as their 80 minutes come to a close, the smile fades from Ki-hoon’s face; real life is intruding on the fairy-tale fantasy. Eun-jo heads back to the store to thank the grandma for her help, and when she turns back, Ki-hoon and the car are gone. The fool has actually left her behind.

Ki-hoon calls her to say he’s going to deliver the evidence to Hong Ju in order to save Dae-sung Co. He’s doing this because he knows she’d protest, and she does in fact try to talk him out of it, but he is determined.

Then more distressing news: Hyo-sun calls in a panic because Jun-su is gone. He wasn’t at school when she went to pick him up, he’s not in the house, which she has searched, and none of his friends know where he is. Will this drama not be satisfied until everyone has either run away or made the attempt?

Jung-woo, Hyo-sun’s uncle, and the ajummas scour the neighborhood looking for Jun-su, while Hyo-sun tries to contain her fears and calls Kang-sook to try to let her know. Eun-jo heads home in a taxi, worried about her brother and thinking to herself that her fairy tale ended at 5:20.

Kang-sook comes upon her friend’s daughter crying alone in a playground. The girl hates how her mom flirts and fights with those men every day, and I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the girl has Eun-jo’s haircut to match Eun-jo’s childhood damage. Kang-sook tells the girl that her mother isn’t doing those things out of enjoyment, but to feed her daughter.

Her words don’t soothe the girl, though, who continues to cry, and Kang-sook asks, “Does it really make you that upset?” At the girl’s nod, Kang-sook draws her in a hug and says sorry: “How could I have known that this would be so painful to a young thing?” Sigh — this drama always manages to force its characters to make important conversations with the wrong people.

Honestly, I don’t really buy that this is what finally makes Kang-sook realize the pain she gave to Eun-jo. It’s true that a lot of events have transpired to bring her to this point, and I agree that she’s more open now than she used to be. Still, this feels like an awfully easy way to bring her around at the last minute.

On their way out of the police station (with still no sign of Little Bro), Eun-jo tries to console Hyo-sun, saying Jun-su will be fine. Hyo-sun asks where her sister has been all day — where was she when Hyo-sun spent all day begging grandma about the stocks and Jun-su disappeared from home? She asks, “Are you even worried about Jun-su? Have you ever held him? Do you even know he’s our brother? Have you ever thought of him as your brother?”

Whoa, whoa. That seems unfair, and while I can see her frustration, it’s pretty out of line to accuse Eun-jo as though her afternoon away is the reason he ran off. As I recall, Hyo-sun was home and he STILL disappeared, so… what more does she expect?

But Hyo-sun makes a valid point, I think, about Eun-jo never showing any interest in Jun-su. It’s not true that she doesn’t care for him, but that’s something we understand as adults; it’s no surprise that a child would translate a lack of interaction with a lack of interest. When she flips through Jun-su’s sketchbook, she finds a family portrait where he has only drawn four, with her conspicuously absent.

Ki-hoon parks his car in front of the Hong Ju offices and calls his brother to arrange a deal: He’ll trade his evidence against them for a contract promising to stop messing with Dae-sung Co. and a return of the stocks shares they’d bought from the elders. Ki-jung rejects this deal, telling Ki-hoon to do his worst. He doesn’t believe Ki-hoon would actually do it, because that would ruin their father. Ki-hoon tells him firmly that he has it in him, and gives him his deadline: he’ll wait till tomorrow morning.

While the family members sit and wait anxiously for news, Kang-sook arrives, frantically asking about Jun-su. Where did they look? Did they search everywhere? Both sisters are shocked at her return, and Hyo-sun comes up to hug her, asking tentatively if Mom’s really back for good. She doesn’t get an answer, because Kang-sook rushes out in frustration to keep looking.

And then they find him… under the desk? Seriously, folks? Remind me to never ask any of these people to look for anything for me if this constitutes looking “everywhere” for a missing child. It’s not even a JFK style desk, which I could understand, but a big stinkin’ open space that cries OHO LOOK HERE LOOK AT ME ARE YOU BLIND? HELLOOOO!

And even then, they don’t find Jun-su until he wakes up and starts to sob. The noise draws them to Dae-sung’s office, where Mom hugs him in relief, joined by Hyo-sun. Eun-jo watches this family reunion from the sidelines, feeling how very much she’s not a part of it. In her room, she sits alone — sending a concerned Jung-woo away — and thinks to herself again how her fairy tale ended this afternoon.

Mom and Hyo-sun bathe Jun-su, who basks in all the adoration. He explains that he was playing hide and seek, and a flashback shows us how he ended up under Dae-sung’s desk.

As he’d often done when Dad was alive, Jun-su had been playing hide and seek with Dae-sung in a sort of imaginary playtime. At first it seems like he’s merely reliving a previous game, but memory blurs with reality when this Dae-sung tells Jun-su to watch over his mother and sisters, as he is now the man of the house.

Eun-jo presses her mother to explain why she left and why she’s back, but Kang-sook insists that she has nothing to say. As the family eats, Hyo-sun tells Kang-sook they’re poor now — they may even lose the house. It’s her way of laying all the cards on the table, to ask what Kang-sook will do if the worst-case scenario comes to pass. Will she leave the family if there’s nothing more for her to rip off? Hyo-sun entreats Kang-sook to let her know what she’s planning so she can prepare herself.

Kang-sook admits in a matter-of-fact tone that she had only been interested in materialistic gain, so why would Hyo-sun believe any sweet words she might say now? And then she criticizes Hyo-sun’s way of speaking — talking all around the main point in circles rather than stating her words clearly — and tells her to learn proper speech from Eun-jo, which strikes me as telling someone to learn how to sprint from a turtle. But this comment isn’t delivered harshly, and fixating on this mundane topic is her roundabout way (ironically?) of letting the girls know that she’s not planning on leaving. To confirm that point, she grumbles to Hyo-sun about not losing this house — doesn’t she know that she is Song Kang-sook? She’ll be damned if she lets someone take this house away from her.

Kang-sook takes control like she was never gone, gathering the employees of the winery to lecture them on their lax work ethics. However, this time the tone of her censure is different from before; in the past, she was all about exerting her authority, while now it seems like she may even care about the state of the company. When Hyo-sun’s uncle walks by and looks at Kang-sook in alarm, she surprises him by not kicking him out, as he’s thinking. Instead, she orders him to get back to work — a pretty clear sign of acceptance, given how many times she’s tried to get rid of him in the past.

This attitude change extends to Hyo-sun, whom she treats with neither derision nor adoration but plain speaking. Flipping through Hyo-sun’s closet, Kang-sook tells her to give some of her nice things to Eun-jo, since she ought to feel bad for owning tons of pretty things when Eun-jo dresses so plainly. It appears Kang-sook has finally found her middle ground, but Hyo-sun’s confused at this new side.

Kang-sook levels with her, saying that she’s going to act as a stepmother now. She can’t outright lie anymore, and she’s tired of sweetening her words, so she’ll be honest — she can’t feel the same way about Hyo-sun as she does about her flesh-and-blood children. When Eun-jo or Jun-su are sick, she feels like her organs are being cut out of her, but she can’t feel that way about Hyo-sun, who only merits stab-wound levels of pain. However, she concedes that there’s eight years of attachment here, and Hyo-sun is the person who most reminds her of Dae-sung — so now she’s decided they’ll have a stepmother-stepdaughter relationship.

It’s difficult to read Hyo-sun’s reaction to this. There are so many emotions mixed up in there — confusion, hope, resentment — that you can’t pinpoint just one. But it’s the stabbing comment she chooses to fix upon, asking if Kang-sook really means that — is that how much Hyo-sun means to her, that she’d feel like she got stabbed if she were sick? Kang-sook answers yes.

With Kang-sook, I’d think this is light-years of development and let it rest, but Hyo-sun pushes for more. In time, with more bonding between them, would Hyo-sun ever get to the level of an organ-wrenching pain? This is hilarious, arguing about the varying degrees of pain associated with disembowelment, and Hyo-sun won’t be satisfied until her hypothetical illness would bring Mom the maximum levels of hypothetical agony.

Hyo-sun grabs Kang-sook in a hug and tells her not to forget her sins against Hyo-sun or her father. (That strikes me as a pretty ominous thing to say, but it’s likely this is her way of reminding her not to run away anymore.) She adds, “I won’t tell you to pay it back with other things, so just hurt the same with me as you do with unni.”

I can’t decide if this is knee-slappingly funny or moving. Maybe both.

As Jung-woo looks at the inscription written on his baseball bat, he recalls his childhood and how he grew up loving Eun-jo. The flashbacks take him through their early days together, up through their almost-date on his “birthday.” Aie, indulging in such idyllic recollections now just foreshadows a big dose of heart-breaking to come, doesn’t it? Batten down the hatches, people!

Sure enough, Jung-woo insists on talking to Eun-jo — for once not letting her brush him off — and presents her with his bat. He knows that he’s going to be rejected, but he has to do this anyway, no matter her response.

With that, he makes his confession/proposal, telling her that she’s been his woman since he was young, and he has always wanted to take care of her. Ki-hoon has made her cry a lot, and will keep making her cry in the future, and he can’t sit back and watch that happen: “Live with me.” That’s basically a marriage proposal, and he promises to make her happy, to only live for her. Oh, it’s so sad to think of the adorably pudgy little boy saying this, and getting the door firmly shut on him.

Eun-jo tells him that it’s not that she dislikes Jung-woo, but she can’t be with him because she likes Ki-hoon so much. Even though she doesn’t know if she can be with Ki-hoon for the long haul, it doesn’t matter to her: “What does it matter when I’m crazy about him? You’ll meet a woman who will like you as much as I like him.” She hands the bat back, saying that she cares about him. But now she’s got to go to Ki-hoon.

Having waited all night in his car, Ki-hoon wakes in the early morning. The lack of a response from Ki-jung means that he’s not planning on complying, but that turns out to be a moot issue anyway, because the truth has already come out.

Eun-jo has read the reports in the morning paper, and heads over to Hong Ju. Ki-hoon sees her entering the building and follows her up, trying to urge her to stand by because it’s almost over. But no, she corrects him — it’s already over. Hong Ju and his father have already been charged with their misdeeds.

At that, the doors open and out steps Ki-jung, who tells Little Bro that he’s won. It turns out that Director Park blew the whistle on the company, conveniently removing the dilemma of Ki-hoon blowing the whistle on his own family. This is another contrived plot turn that would drive me absolutely nuts if this weren’t the penultimate episode and I weren’t so relieved that problems are being resolved rather than strung out.

Eun-jo and Ki-hoon watch from the car as his father is escorted to his car, mobbed by overeager reporters. Ki-hoon wades through the crowd to knock on his father’s window, and leans in close — so as not to be overheard — to ask his father one more time to leave it all behind.

Ki-hoon promises to support him and be the devoted son, if his father will leave this all behind and come with him. (I’m not sure that President Hong has any agency left that allows him to decide to leave anything behind, frankly, what with the inevitable lawsuit and perhaps criminal charges he’s facing. But I’ll interpret this as mostly symbolic talk, not literal.)

Dad is touched at Ki-hoon’s heartfelt entreaty, even moved to tears, and he looks at him fondly. But of course it isn’t so simple and he can’t (or won’t) do that. The window goes back up and he instructs his driver onward.

I don’t suppose his father’s decision comes as a huge surprise, but it hurts nonetheless. After the car drives away and the crowd disperses, Ki-hoon remains standing by numbly. Eun-jo approaches and takes his hand, then gently leads him back to the car.

Meanwhile, Hyo-sun and her mother go shopping for some clothes, and Kang-sook picks out a shirt to buy Eun-jo. The point being that she isn’t buying anything for stepdaughter Hyo-sun. But in its own weird way, Hyo-sun isn’t hurt by this version of Kang-sook and even takes it in an encouraging light. Teasingly, she tells her mother not to discriminate between daughters, and adds her own garment to the pile. Funny how this is a sign of progress in this family, isn’t it?

Eun-jo drives them to Ki-hoon’s favorite conversation spot — the forest — and steps aside to allow him some privacy while he cries in heartwrenching sobs.

After some time has passed, she opens his car door and pats him on the shoulder. Then she takes his hand again, gently leading him out of the car.

Eun-jo envelops him in a hug, her hand moving soothingly on his back in a consoling gesture. She tells him that he should have told her from the very start (that’s what I’m sayin’!), because she would have been able to help him in his difficult times. They could have discussed things together, “and we wouldn’t have had to lose anything.”

Eun-jo: “‘You can lean on me.‘ When Dad said that to me, I knew that even if I didn’t lean on him right away, I’d found someone to lean on whenever I needed. At that moment, it was like something that was bundled up stiffly suddenly came loose and relaxed. Lean on me. You can lean on me. I’m telling you to lean on me this time, okay?”

He holds her tightly for long moments, and when he draws back, he first presses a kiss to her forehead.

And then, ever so slowly, they kiss.

 
COMMENTS

It’s kind of a shame that this drama is picking up right at the end, after about eight episodes of dragging its feet. I felt that everything from 9 through 17 was needlessly slow and plodding, and now that we’re at the end I think we can say (or at least, many of us) that the drama would have been a lot more satisfying with 16 episodes. The first four were wonderful, and I enjoyed 5 through 8 as well. And the last four have improved after finally resuming a normal pace. Everything in between needed to be about twice as fast as it was.

As I said, I felt like some of the stuff here was really anticlimactic, especially after the monster build-up of the whole series. After all that, you’re going to have a minor third party blow the whistle and remove any remaining tension from the hostile takeover plotline? And I know that there will be arguments that Kang-sook’s return worked for some viewers, but I think they messed up with the trajectory of that story arc. And Jun-su’s disappearance? Puahahaha! This could have actually been pretty effective, if they’d set it up better — the fact that he was lying there in the open all day made an important plot point silly. They couldn’t have stuck him in a closet? Or a refrigerator a la Punky Brewster? Heck, this drama takes place at a winery — a wine cask would have been just the ticket.

The business angle has bothered me throughout, because I feel like the writer didn’t really bother trying to depict it credibly. I’m not saying it has to be 100% realistic — that could get boring — but it should at least feel like the writer knew what she was talking about. The takeover storyline was underdeveloped and one-dimensional, and it felt like the drama manipulated the business plotline to provide convenient conflicts, rather than incorporating it in a believable way. This also has the secondary effect of making the Bad Guys pretty ineffectual as far as bad guys go. Sure they engaged in backdoor lobbying, but underbidding a rival and stealing contracts is pretty mundane stuff.

Ultimately those are minor quibbles. I bring them up because they bugged me, but it’s like the joy of finally getting to the end is putting me on an emotional high, and I almost don’t even care anymore if these characters’ paths to ultimate happiness make sense. I see the finish line, and getting there in one piece is the only important thing now.

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82 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. J

    Whoa didn’t expect this recap to come this fast. Haven’t read it yet but shall go read it after typing this comment. Thanks JB for all your hard work in these 2 months!

  2. xylophonic

    Haha wow I’m not watching CS but watching you putting out all these recaps SO FAST makes me think you are a superstar! :D

  3. Lilian

    Haha! I so agree with you. They should have ended with 16 episodes. I was hooked by the first few episodes too then it went downhill!

  4. imel

    thanks for the recaps….
    Indeed.. I stopped watching this series in episode 10…
    But, I think..I’m going to pick this up again…..
    encouraged by your eagerness to finish this show, and the fast review…
    Thank you very much…you’re the est

    hugs and kisses

  5. Snikki

    Another super fast recap! But for this one it might partially because you just want to get it over with, it’s your last recap for CS after all… correct me if I’m wrong. :-) But regardless, thank you for recapping this series!

    The only thing that I consistently like about this drama is the styling done on EJ and HS, I love their outfits.

  6. YouKnowIt

    WOW!THANKSa lot!!!

  7. mimi

    We finally got THE KISS !!!!!!
    (… But I didn’t like what I saw in the preview, although I couldn’t understand all of it. What? eun-jo gone??? )

  8. gala

    MGY’s first ever on-screen kiss? am i right? wow… and just from the caps alone, it does look sincere and sweet – like the two really wanted to kiss. [heh, some actors just kiss for the sake of kissing. snort!]

    will watch this once ep20 is aired. thanks for the great recap.

  9. Teresa

    Yes. Finally they kiss!!!! It seems I’ve been waiting for it since the day I was born! One more in Episode 20 wouldn’t hurt, would it? :) :) :) :) :)

  10. 10 Noypi

    I knew I had to keep refreshing cause you’ll recap this right away ;)

    THANK YOU!!!

  11. 11 estel

    THANK GOODNESS AND PRAISE THE GODS, Eun-jo and Ki-hoon finally kissed! That shoud have happened at least five episodes ago, if not more.

    Also, how much do I love the Eun-jo finally reached out to someone? It’s about time! I hope we get to see more of her reaching out in the next episode, especially to Hyo-sun.

    Thanks for the speedy recap, Javabeans! I’m dying to see what everyone else thinks about this episode.

  12. 12 Ki hoon is ♥

    So fast today JB!.. tnx for this :)
    *off to reading*

  13. 13 yanasaja

    its the kiss that we all been waiting for entire 19episodes.damnnn

  14. 14 who is

    yea, I can’t believe they had another person report the criminal activities. When I watched it with subtitles I’m thinking… “okay.. there MUST be some kind of translation problem here… ’cause the drama couldn’t POSSIBLY have made a random person report the crime!” … but alas… they did.

    The whole business takeover almost feel random. Generating conflict when there really shouldn’t be. And then the conflict goes no where.

    But still, I’m uber excited about the last episode. Can’t wait!

  15. 15 pinksoysauce

    Thanks for the speedy recap! The past few episodes have been so slow and I too am glad for the progress, logical or not, in this episode. It’s a breath of fresh air, and I can finally smile! Poor Jung-woo though.

  16. 16 cattey

    after 19 long episodes…wow.
    fantastic recap!
    i can’t wait to find out what happens in the next episode!!

  17. 17 bell

    i want him to be with tae cyeon….hahaha…just my imagination after all…..in the end its always the same question…..would you go to someone who loves you or someone you love more……in my own entire life i’ve always got to make decisions like this….should i do something i like or something i dont like but im good at…..owh beautiful drama…but kinda agree the middle part was unnesseseri~~~anyway thank you for your recap….hope you’ll have good days ahead!!

  18. 18 saranga

    at first the slow pacing wasn’t an issue for me. then somewhere along the road, in the last 3 weeks or so, i started feeling the lag. i intend to go back and find out where the lag began for me. but i agree, a 16-episode series would have worked quite nicely too. but on the other hand, i appreciated the character analysis.

    taecyeon’s character was flat to me. the roly-poly boy who played young jung-woo was wonderfullllll, so full of potential. then taecyeon came and the character just sort of… became dull, forgettable. at the risk of being stoned for saying this, i wish someone else had played the older jung-woo..

    the business part was slightly deflating. out of the blue, ki-jung’s right hand man, suddenly resigns and blows the whistle on the whole shebang due to guilty conscience? if he had some back story with ki-hoon or whatever, maybe i’d buy it. but it seemed so random and… kind of tossed in.

    on the other hand, i’ve been fangirling over ki-jung (go se-won) for the past few weeks. he’s soooo good-lookinggggg… shame he’s 10 years older than i am haha

  19. 19 Startulle

    I stopped watching @ episode 4 but i really like the casting so after only just reading ur recaps, Javabeans!…….I just wondering how the actors learn how to cry so emotional making me cry!….anyway, i love when this time EJ hug KH and tender his pain! n awww..so sweet the kiss! i don’t care anymore if the storyline makes no sense!

  20. 20 Carinne

    I’m spoiling it for myself reading ep.18 and 19 before watching ‘em. Niiccee! Alas, that romantic kiss. * , *

  21. 21 lynx

    thanks for this :)

    Much agreed about the business plot being totally secondary.

    But just happy to see things wrapping up. :)

    In one piece definitely.

  22. 22 cille

    JB – tnx for the fast recap of episode 19.

    i agree with you that this drama, good acting though it may have offered – could’ve done with 16 episodes. then the pacing would have been just right…

    still, i can’t wait for the last episode tomorrow…

  23. 23 therainhouse

    The kiss is epic.. Epic!

  24. 24 Noypi

    SloMo of the Kiss!!!!! WOOT!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlBi_aLrkbw

  25. 25 soulbee

    Jungwoo… :( poor kid

    LOL, since I LOVE EunJo, Junsu irritates me! xD he’s so mean to his sis!

    And…. Ahh… The kiss; I expected it, of course, but when I saw it I still squealed in surprise and delight

    Chun Jung Myung, you hottie, ahhh

    MGY is totally awesome: that was her first onscreen kiss!

  26. 26 KH

    Making clip of the kiss – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suON-kaoOCg

  27. 27 pink fox

    I feel that the recap above does not do justice to THE KISS lo…

    It was simply A W E S O M E!! Has to be the best kiss I’ve ever seen on K drama!

    WOO HOoooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  28. 28 Fatty

    @ 17 bell
    By “him” do you mean Ki Hoon by any chance??? Yeeeeuh!! I sensed their sexual tension too, when Ki Hoon was drunk and Jung Woo helped him. Then, Jung Woo warned him not to hurt Eun Jo and they just stared fixedly (not a word? XD) at each other

    Since that episode, I have been shipping Jung Woo and Ki Hoon too :)

  29. 29 Deborah

    OMG, the whole secondary male character ‘proposal’ is always the same: the whole I won’t-make-you-cry-like-the-lead-guy-does type of speech. And it kind of breaks my heart when it comes to that (only in cases of second-lead syndrome of course). Even though I do like JW, KH got better after all the angsty episodes, so it doesn’t affect me that much (unlike Hana Kimi and Zettai Kareshi – which really made me wanna punch somebody).

    I stopped around episode 12 – but I still love reading your recaps! Thanks for sticking towards the end for all of us! :)

  30. 30 Deborah

    Oh ~ but I will be sure to check out the kiss, since everyone says it was STEAMING. LMAO.

  31. 31 Noypi

    @26 Thanks for the link! WOW. that was a lot of takes.. Lucky CMJ.. and MGY must have been blushing… I wonder what that Pinky promise was.. =)

  32. 32 Atsirk

    I knew that the kiss will have to result in a super fast recap :)
    Thanks so much Javabeans :)
    I love this drama, and I can’t believe it’s almost ending T.T

  33. 33 mimi

    @26 KH
    Thank you for the link!
    Ahhh! Now I want a wedding scene!

    …Boy, the producers/directors were so picky about how they want the kiss. Very specific.

  34. 34 soulbee

    @ 26 OHMAAAGAWD
    Chun Jung Myung and Moon Geun Young are so compatible! They look even cuter offscreen! Forget the script!
    OHMAAAGAWD!
    I can’t stop spazzing! XD
    I kept on squealing and my mom said , “What, did Jay Park announce that he was going to call you?”
    OHMAAAGAWD
    today, and just for today, I just found something that I love more than Solbi and Jay Park!!!
    Episode 19 of Cinderella’s Sister

    I’m so so so happy ;)

  35. 35 soulbee

    @ 26 KH
    omg, in the middle of my spazz moment, I totally forgot to thank you! Sorry! ><
    Thank you so much and a BIG BIG hug to you! :)

  36. 36 Cyclic

    Can someone tell me what’s the song that plays when KH leaves EJ stranded outside the old grandma’s shop? Thanks :)

  37. 37 djes

    32 with Bad Guy didn’t air last night also helps! :D

    Thank you Javabeans. I’m part of minority that I don’t mind with the draggy scenes throughout ep 10-17.. ( well I’ve seen more draggy dramas than this anyway :P )

    Have seen the preview of ep 20 and BTS of the kissing scene, I thought that I’m sure this will have a happy ending – no one dies, no one get fatal illness – but I’m still scared with how they make it ‘happy’, and what kind of ‘happy’ ending we will get.
    I want them to live and love together!
    And the BTS! oh so sweet CJM!!! Hahhaa, the PD asked how he feels after kissing the ‘national’s little sister’? Must be good, CJM?

    Finally it will end, in less than 10 hours. It is a great drama for me, one of my favorite this year.

  38. 38 littlecharmsy

    You ROCK, JB!! Thanks for all your hard work!

    After reading your recap, I skipped the rest of the episode until the kiss and squealed my heart out. Gaaaah!! Finally! The scene was just so well done. CJM and MGY were awesome. I love that the kiss was a slow build up… hug, forehead, lips. It wasn’t a result of frustration or drunkenness, which seems to be the trend lately. But it was just as HOT!!

    Hoping for that happily-ever-after… Can’t wait!! Thanks again JB!

  39. 39 Anne

    Hehe, thanks javabeans; you never fail to make me snort with laughter…that sounds disgusting but you get what I mean. I was wondering if we’d ever get a kiss…it seemed like a gazillion years before their lips met. :) Thanks for recapping and keep up the great work!

  40. 40 thislove

    Waah so fast! I’m rooting for that happy ending too! I definitely agree, the drama really picked up now that its ending. THe beginning was good until 10 for me too! Ahh…that kiss really satisfied me but they should have inserted one small one earlier on too.

  41. 41 holy crap

    oh my god. this is the first thing in the history of books/movies/dramas that i have BEGGED for spoilers. FRICKIN’ FINALLY.

    on another note, you posted really fast today :D thanks

  42. 42 miss unknown

    I kinda agree that this series would be much much more better if it was a 16 episode series….Howecer, I still love the drama because of the chemistry and the acting! Usually, I’m all for the plot and the pretty actors and actresses, but I have to give it to the great casting that make me continue sticking to this drama though I can’t say I fully love it 100%! LOL…

    Luv the BTS video! It’s so sweet of Chun Jung-Mung to hug Moon Geun Young in between make her calm down! She’s so small so the way he hold her looks likke he don’t want her to escape! LOl…

  43. 43 rizz

    you’re so fast today JB!
    thanks for the recaps,
    i think you and GF did better job than the CS’s scriptwriter.
    i totally agree with you when you said :

    “The business angle has bothered me throughout, because I feel like the writer didn’t really bother trying to depict it credibly. I’m not saying it has to be 100% realistic — that could get boring — but it should at least feel like the writer knew what she was talking about. The takeover storyline was underdeveloped and one-dimensional, and it felt like the drama manipulated the business plotline to provide convenient conflicts, rather than incorporating it in a believable way. ”

    haha, i think everyone is crazy about the kiss scene.
    MGY’s on-screen first kiss, and CJM was the man.

    hope to have a happy ending, definitely.

    once again, thanks JB…

  44. 44 shiitake

    I have a bad premonition that someone will die in the end..urrgghh…hope its not true!!

  45. 45 Mama Sophia

    That kiss had better not have been a fantasy sequence… ;-)

    Loved your comment, “It’s not even a JFK style desk, which I could understand, but a big stinkin’ open space that cries OHO LOOK HERE LOOK AT ME ARE YOU BLIND? HELLOOOO!” Yet it’s so typical of Hyo-sun’s character of being blind/clueless at what’s right in front of her.

    Just waiting for the other shoe to fall—like someone dying of cancer, going blind, getting hit by a car—you know how that goes. Though I’d love a happy ending, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were the other, esp. with Ki-hoon’s crazy half-sibs.

    JB and Girlfriday—you’ve been goddesses extraordinaire getting these posts up so quickly. Great work!

  46. 46 piggy

    Where are the scenes from the preview of CS – where the OST of CS which Yesung sings?

    Those scenes don’t seem to fit into the storyline at the moment – esp the part where Eun Jo and Hyo Sun slap each other at a bar.

    That was suppose to be a preview to the show, no?

  47. 47 wulanastasiaz

    wooowww.. u’re fast this time LOL

    thank u so much 4 the recaps.. i always love reading your recaps even i already watch the drama before i read your recaps.. because u always make me understand things and make me see from a different view of yours, as always a better view..

  48. 48 aigoo

    JB you are one restless writer. btw, thank you for the recap which comes unexpectedly fast! i was expecting it on Saturday for the least. :)

  49. 49 nattacatta

    thanks jb!
    so fast!
    as someone who has loved this show unconditionally from beginning til end i am glad that (it seems) watching this episode wasnt as painful for you as the previous ones
    the kiss was really good- what is it with good kdrama kisses this year?
    not that i am complaining…
    ah, so scared about ep20 after watching the subbed preview but i agree with jb and gf that this show has to have a happy ending considering how depress-o it has been

    @46
    most (i think all?) of the scenes in the ‘it has to be you’ preview were filmed especially for that and are not in the show
    i guess they wanted to show the storyline without giving it away

  50. 50 Judy

    JB, thanks for the recap. You recap is not so jaded this time. Probably the kiss scene has helped removed some of your complaints.

    Wow! This director is really good at making romantic scenes – so beautifully made. BEST KISS SCENE IN K-DRAMA! I like this director and his production team. I will watch out for his next drama.

    And the kiss is between my two favourite actor and actress. I have been rewatching this scene and the BTS so many times. Director was really serious about the angle and made them kiss so many times. CJM is such a gentleman. Have to love him more.

    Anyway, it is a big surprise to me that they showed a kiss scene at the end of this episode. I thought there won’t be one in this k-drama. So a surprise made this scene even better!

    Nevertheless, I said so many times that this drama should be a 16-episode one instead of 20. I think I enjoyed it up to ep 10 and felt very painful about the plot between ep 11 and ep 16, though there are still scenes so nicely and beautifully protrayed. The story probably moved too fast in ep 17 to ep 20. But faster is better than dragging from my point of view. At least you can see some development instead of running in circles and watching repeated lines and scenes.

    I hope I can see a fairy tale ending. I wish I can see one more kiss scene in ep 20 – a passionate one after the sweet one in ep 19.

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