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Coffee House: Page 12
by | July 9, 2010 | 176 Comments

I liked this episode. There’s a lot that happens here, a lot of movement. Generally I’m not a fan of artificial time skips and big life changes occurring off-camera, but it helps that we’re not dealing with a finale episode here. With several episodes still ahead of us, we’re given time to explore the developments wrought by the time skip, so I accept it. Even if I almost always prefer dramas NOT to employ them.

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PAGE 12 RECAP

Following the fight with Jin-soo, Ji-won staggers back to his office and grimaces in pain and thinks back to Jin-soo’s rant against him. And yet, of all of his insults to fixate on, Ji-won settles upon this one: “Am I really unfunny?”

Jin-soo returns to his temporary office and ices his hand. The injury is severe enough to require him to bandage his hand for a few days, so the next day he calls Seung-yeon, who is still laboring over her list of reasons to be re-hired.

Jin-soo tells her to go ahead and read them, even though she doesn’t think they’re good enough. She starts reciting — she’s mealtime company, she sharpens his pencils — but to her surprise, he cuts her off before she’s done and says they’re good enough. Come to the office, and bring clothes for a few days. He’ll need her to work with him for the next ten days.

Seung-yeon’s a little bummed to hear that the real reason he brought her back was purely because he needs a typist. He needs to finish the book, and make up for the last 50 pages that were lost because the fight damaged his flash drive.

When Seung-yeon tells Jin-soo that he should have just told her the real reason, he counters that he couldn’t — if he’d said that up front, he would have put himself in the role of the supplicant. A pro never willingly shows his weak side. And we know how protective Jin-soo is of himself.

At this, Seung-yeon grumbles that she should’ve known, because she found it odd that he was so quick to deem her “reasons” adequate. Jin-soo points out that she ought to take note that when a person acts out of character, there’s always a reason.

They work for a while like that, with Jin-soo dictating his story and Seung-yeon typing madly, trying to keep up. When Jin-soo leans over her shoulder to read the computer screen, she stiffens a bit, feeling an awareness to which he, feeling no attraction, is oblivious.

Dong-wook arrives bearing a cake from the cafe as a snack, and Seung-yeon happily invites Jin-soo to partake. I love the way Dong-wook frowns and jumps in to say that Jin-soo doesn’t like sweets, and Jin-soo catches on. He sees Dong-wook’s displeasure at having his coupley moment interrupted, and declines the offer to join them. Jin-soo calls for a break and sends the two off to have cake amongst themselves.

Jin-soo gets a phone call from Eun-young, who received a text message from him earlier asking for a meeting that night. She figures that it wasn’t actually sent from him, which he confirms, and they both guess that this is another of Ji-won’s antics to lure her out.

Employing his knowledge of Ji-won’s character and some thoughtful deductions, Jin-soo makes predictions as to Ji-won’s planned gesture, guessing correctly about the presence of big yellow ribbons. He also predicts that Ji-won will be kneeling in supplication, and again he’s right. He and Eun-young laugh over Ji-won’s childish predictability, as well as his simplistic idea of a grand moment.

As he sees Eun-young’s approach, Ji-won waves a white handkerchief in the air, and now accepts 100% percent of responsibility for their failed relationship. Eun-young laughs in incredulity when he proposes, declining him coolly and warning him not to ever propose again.

Hurriedly, Ji-won speeds through his prepared speech, trying to get through it all before she leaves. Like how giving up is the easiest choice, and leaves the most regrets. Love is a bridge that takes you to a place you can’t get to. Et cetera. Unmoved, Eun-young merely wonders where he stole his speech from.

Time for the big guns. Ji-won makes his grandest gesture by taking out something and brandishing it, crying out, “Love returns!” It’s a boomerang, and he throws it, hoping to win her over with this poetic (?) gesture. She scoffs.

As she leaves the scene, Eun-young calls Jin-soo again to laugh over this bout of ridiculousness. Jin-soo even guesses the boomerang move, and they both call Ji-won utterly predictable.

Jin-soo allows his tone to get a little more serious as he tells her that that’s why he introduced them — because of Ji-won’s predictability. He thought that would be most comfortable for her, so it wasn’t out of total random thoughtlessness that he paired them together.

After hanging up, Eun-young loses herself to thought as she walks through the park, seemingly reconsidering Ji-won’s proposal. Turning back, she returns to the be-ribboned tree, where Ji-won brightens at the sight of her.

His excitement takes a hit when Eun-young announces that she will keep going on marriage blind dates — that jajangmyun lawyer was just the first of a hundred. If she doesn’t meet anyone she likes, and if Ji-won is faithful to her while she goes on all hundred dates — by which she means he will give up dating entirely — she’ll “consider it once.”

She concedes that the only reason she’s giving him this shot is because she bears some responsibility for their failed relationship — say, 10% of it.

Doing some quick mental math, Ji-won protests — that means that even if she goes on one date a week, it would take her two years to go on a hundred! And all this just for a possibility of dating her? He thinks it’s grossly unfair, to which Eun-young tells him simply that he can give up now, then.

During their cake break, Dong-wook hesitantly broaches the topic of his birthday, which is next week. He wants to spend it with Seung-yeon, who reacts with some awkwardness, using the excuse that she may have to work.

Jin-soo comes up to their table to assure Dong-wook that he’ll be done with the manuscript by then, which makes Dong-wook perk up. Annoyed at his interference, Seung-yeon mouths to Jin-soo, “Why’d you do that?” Thankfully for Dong-wook’s poor puppy-dog heart, he doesn’t see that.

Now Dong-wook’s mood is entirely restored, and he stops by the bathroom to find Jin-soo. Patting him on the shoulders in a friendly gesture, Dong-wook tells Jin-soo to enjoy the cake — his way of extending an olive branch after his earlier disgruntlement. Aw!

Jin-soo calls it a night and sets up his cot to sleep, and gives the comfier couch to Seung-yeon. Uncomfortable with the idea of sharing a room at night — no matter how uncomfortable and un-romantic the room — Seung-yeon balks. She’d thought there’d be another room, and protests, “But still, I’m a woman….”

Jin-soo is so far from seeing her as a woman that her words completely stop him short, and he clarifies that she’s just a secretary to him, not a man or a woman. She’s like an object or a table sharpener, i.e., without gender.

He makes his point so thoroughly that Seung-yeon gets a little pissy at him, practically hmph-ing in his general direction as she stomps over to shut off the lights. She informs him that even if he doesn’t see her as a woman, she’s still a person with feelings.

As they settle into their makeshift beds, Seung-yeon asks a tentative question: Does she have any potential as a writer?

Jin-soo answers tiredly that if she works hard for the next ten years, maybe she might have some possibility. He was able to publish at a younger age, but that’s because he had writing talent, which she lacks. And insisting that effort is more important than talent is another mark of an amateur. Jin-soo adds that maybe she’ll be able to write a decent book once she’s in her forties.

Seung-yeon’s dismayed — that long? He says that ten years is the minimum for her, so she should turn her attention to another job: “It’s not a good profession.”

When Dong-wook’s birthday rolls around, Jin-soo is nearing the end of his work and lets Seung-yeon go, intending to finish up on his own. She drops by the book cafe to talk to Eun-young, and on the way in she briefly talks to Dong-wook to confirm their date that evening. Dong-wook’s little cheer of excitement is adorable, as is the glare he shoots at his baristas for making fun of him.

Eun-young passes along a mock-up of the book cover for Seung-yeon to show Jin-soo. (The book is titled “Page One,” which as you know was first supposed to be the drama’s title, and then the name of the book cafe. I still contend that it ought to have been the drama’s title.)

With Seung-yeon’s secretary duties coming to an end, Eun-young asks what Seung-yeon has planned for the future, and offers to help Seung-yeon if she has an interest in publishing. Seung-yeon is enthusiastic, and thanks her for her kindness.

And then the smiles fade a bit when the conversation turns to the topic of the manuscript’s imminent completion. Now that the book is almost done, the reality of Jin-soo’s likely departure is also approaching.

Seung-yeon shows Jin-soo the cover, and also informs him of the publishing company’s anniversary party that night. The employees don’t expect that he’ll come, but wanted to extend the invitation anyway.

Jin-soo asks for a cup of coffee, and today, his reaction is different — even before tasting it, he sniffs at it quizzically, noting a difference. Seung-yeon looks at him hopefully, awaiting his appraisal… but he ends up spitting it out anyway. Ha. He had her hopes up for a second there.

Jin-soo reminds Seung-yeon of her rash promise early on to satisfy all of his instructions, and identifies her challenge as an amateurish act. However, he concedes that she’s halfway to success by realizing that much, and even gives her some praise, saying that she managed pretty well, all things considered. He hadn’t expected her to manage the pencils, but she did that and the fossil book translations successfully.

Jin-soo identifies Seung-yeon’s one strength as being foolish, which she doesn’t take as a compliment. However, Jin-soo adds that it is, and that if wielded in the right way, it can even lead her to success. She ought to adopt it as her life concept.

Seung-yeon had assumed Jin-soo was teasing her as he always does, but now that she sees he actually means it as a compliment, she accepts it with pleasure. Wishing him well, Seung-yeon tells him they’d better have their own wrap party when he’s done and leaves him to his work.

However, Jin-soo’s expression grows serious as continues writing after she leaves. As Seung-yeon descends the stairs in the school, he types: “Seung-hee descended the staircase slowly. She didn’t know where that end was. For a moment, the thought came to her that it might be too steep. END.”

Jin-soo then picks up the phone to call the airline and books a ticket to the States.

Seung-yeon continues on in her good mood, arriving at her meeting spot for her birthday date with Dong-wook. She notes that today marks the six-month mark since she met Jin-soo, and reminisces about everything she’s been through in that time.

But in the process of recalling the past events, she also remembers Jin-soo’s words from last week — that you should think of the reason behind the behavior when somebody acts out of the ordinary. And Jin-soo was acting out of the ordinary when he praised her.

Suddenly gripped with foreboding, she calls the office, but it’s already empty. Rushing away just as Dong-wook arrives, looking forward to their date (poor guy!), Seung-yeon takes a cab back to school.

And yes, the sight of the empty office confirms her fears. Jin-soo has already cleared out and is on his way off to goodness knows where.

He makes one brief stop on his way out of the country, and arrives at the publishing office, where the party is in full swing. Eun-young greets her guests and plays the part of the gracious hostess, but as she crosses the crowded room, she catches a glimpse of Jin-soo, standing off by the exit unseen by the others.

She starts to make her way to him, but he holds her off and instead picks up the nearby phone to call her cell. It’s a touching callback to their train station phone call in the last episode — the conversation carries the weight of the kind of honesty they can only share in moments like this, where goodbye is imminent.

Eun-young: “So you’re leaving now.”
Jin-soo: “I wanted to see your face before I left.”
Eun-young: “I’ll forget you entirely. Don’t worry, and be well. I won’t even wait, wondering when you’ll return. Even if you don’t return, I won’t look for you. So if you’re happy somewhere else, settle down there.”
Jin-soo: “I’d like that, too.”
Eun-young: “You can do it.”
Jin-soo: “I’ll go.”
Eun-young: “Bye.”

Jin-soo heads for the exit, looking back at her one last time. Eun-young sends him off with a reassuring smile, but after he goes that smile slowly fades and is replaced by a stricken expression. It’s a lovely bit of acting, as the camera stays on her face for that long moment and captures her emotional transformation, beat by beat.

It’s a nice touch that she keeps that phone held to her ear even after he has gone, as though she can’t bear to let the connection go.

Some time later, Jin-soo’s book is published. Seung-yeon starts to read, engrossed for the hours it takes her to finish the book. When she gets to the end, she lays her head down, feeling a mix of emotions at coming to an end in this chapter of her life.

And then, seasons pass. The drama’s comic-book framing device comes into play as we skip from season to season, seeing little slices of life as the rest of our characters continue living. Snow falls, then spring flowers bloom, Seung-chul gets accepted to university, Children’s Day comes and goes, the summer heat encroaches, and even Dad gets a little flirty with a new neighbor.

(Normally I hate when a drama time-skips without a particularly compelling reason, and I have been known to howl in frustration when a chyron pops up reading “__ YEARS LATER.” However, this drama mitigates that by showing us scenes from the elapsed time, which makes the transition smoother and works to bridge the time skip, I think.)

When we resume, it’s two years later.

Seung-yeon looks more professional and polished now — at age 27, she is now a career woman and moves with a confidence she hadn’t had before. But it’s not like she’s morphed into a completely new person, and today she is rushing in to work with what appears to be habitual lateness.

She is now the writer for a radio program, and manages to make it just in time to distribute the scripts for the morning. And here, she’s known for her particularly good coffee.

Her boss asks Seung-yeon about her experience as Jin-soo’s secretary, having heard about it from Do-sang, her sunbae from university. The boss is disappointed at Seung-yeon’s answer, that she hasn’t kept in touch with him over the years.

The boss was really counting on using Seung-yeon’s connections to score a phone interview with Jin-soo, whose media-shy personality makes him an awesome get. Plus, the more reclusive he gets, the more people’s speculations grow about his whereabouts, and there are even some outlandish death rumors circulating in the absence of real news. Even if she hasn’t spoken to him recently, the boss asks Seung-yeon to try looking into it.

As for his true whereabouts? As it happens, Jin-soo is now on his way back to Korea. Whatever he’s been up to, it looks like he’s been roughing it for a while, probably wandering from remote locale to remote locale.

But it’s nothing a shave and a change of clothes can’t remedy, and when he emerges from the airport bathroom after landing, he’s looking mighty spiffy — aside from the new hairstyle, he’s looking crisp in all-white duds, and has a few flashy bits of jewelry. (To be honest, he looks like a nallari — a sort of frivolous partier.)

Jin-soo rents himself a stylin’ sports car — his first time behind the wheel in six years, which is when we can presume his ex-wife died.

As he peels out of the airport parking lot and zooms off into the street, he passes by a car that’s parked — it’s Eun-young, who is arriving at the airport on her way to a trip of her own. The sight of his car catches her eye, and while she doesn’t get a good look at Jin-soo, something about the scene makes her think of him….

 
COMMENTS

So. I suppose the big question is what Jin-soo’s been up to all this while, and why he’s back. We already know that he tends to go on two-year stints abroad, so I suppose he could be feeling the pull to return, maybe get a little work in, and then leave when he’s feeling the urge to split again. The thing about actively avoiding maintaining a home base is that you won’t feel home anywhere, and no place will satisfy him for too long.

I particularly liked the goodbye scene on the phone, for a few reasons. One, it was nicely acted in an understated, subtle way. They kept their words honest despite the light tone, and didn’t make grand promises or big statements. At this point Jin-soo and Eun-young know how they feel about each other, and the problem isn’t a misunderstanding of some sort (thankfully) — they both understand why they can’t be together, so there’s no use angsting over it.

But another aspect I like is that the telephone is an interesting motif in Jin-soo’s life, and particularly between him and Eun-young. This goes back all the way to the beginning, when he ignores phone calls and refuses to answer. He not only throws away the phone connections but the physical phone receivers, too. Seung-yeon was the reason he allowed himself to grow tethered to the phone, after she was injured and he couldn’t get in touch with her. However, I don’t read this as a romantically symbolic thing — it’s in keeping with Eun-young’s comment that Seung-yeon is the connector between her and Jin-soo. She helped bridge that gap of miscommunication, albeit against Jin-soo’s will, and allowed — forced? — them to finally be honest with each other.

I’m sure it was no coincidence, either, that their first kiss occurred in a phone booth.

Then, Jin-soo finally comes clean to Eun-young about how he feels — he cares for her but can’t separate her from his dead wife in his mind — over the phone just as she’s about to leave.

And here, at the party scene, the phone again keeps them physically apart — Jin-soo actually tells her not to come to him in person, that they’ll keep their goodbye conversation to the phone line — while simultaneously acting as a connecting force as they say their goodbyes.

The phone brings them together, but it also keeps them apart. So now, in the last stretch of the drama, what remains to be seen is how they can be brought together without need of these devices, both physical and metaphorical. If they can, that is.

Note: I’m traveling early next week so Episode 13 recap will not be up Monday. Fair warning!

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176 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. scarlett hue

    This was my favorite episode so far, esp. because I watched it “fresh” as in right when viikii was subbing it. I wonder what happened to JS, as what brought his change and what will he be up to. Depending on that, I’ll actually rate the drama based on my terms.

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  2. :)

    cant wait to read this :)
    thanks for the recap!

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  3. pabo ceo reom

    I was just about to leave the site and accidentally hit refresh. Glad I did! :)

    When I watched the time skip, my first thought was….”oh crap JB is NOT gonna like this!” LOL…

    I’m not sure how I feel about it yet considering the episode ended fairly quickly after that. If they handle it well, I wouldn’t mind it.

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  4. CG

    Thanks for the recap. I agree, time skips feel sort of contrived for me. I like how they used the seasons to sort of make the time skip a little bit more subtle– or as subtle as it can be. And then the screen said 2 years later (which was like, what the…?). Eun-young and Jin-soo’s connection is just amazing! I love how they completely understand Ha Ji-won’s character (down to the last of those yellow ribbons).

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  5. thatguy

    I really felt like this was the series finale. It would of worked too.

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  6. Citrone

    Thanks for this marvelous cap…

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  7. winnie

    Can I just say that EY has to be the nicest person ever? During the phone scene, her speech to him felt so selfless. When she said she would forget him entirely and wouldn’t try to find him, it seemed that she was saying it more for his sake. She didn’t want him to feel guilty or burdened into coming back for her, so she reassured him that she would move on. She allowed him to have a peace of mind if he should settle elsewhere.

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  8. m a r a

    THANK YOU! I always look forward to your comments because you always express things that many of us miss.

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  9. ray

    awwww
    cute cute
    thanksss

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  10. 10 missy

    yes this is also my favorite episode so far. and i really love how the passed seasons were illustrated. ahhhh this is so refreshing. i bet Jin soo has overcome some fears in his life since he is not afraid to ride a car. he is actually driving it too fast which also tells something. and he’s got no glasses anymore! and what’s with the hairstyle and that shiny thingy in his ears?

    i can’t wait for the next episodes! :)

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  11. 11 Kayt

    Thank you JB for all the hard work!!!!
    Muahhhhhhhhh !!!!
    Page 12 is … finally HERE!!! ** in heaven**

    I cant wait to see what you think because this is one touching episode that I didn t expect it coming….
    So much love there

    ** Off to read***

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  12. 12 darkice7_12

    So excited to see the recap! I always enjoy reading your opinions.

    I can’t wait to see what happens next. Not only do I want to see what changes have been wrought in Jin Soo over the past two years (whether his trip abroad has allowed him time to toughen up his shell or to strip it away), I also can’t wait to see how Eun Young has moved on, and I hope she has moved on a little bit. She has pined for this guy for years and molded herself into what he needed, and I hope she has been able to let go a little bit. It’s not too pleasant to be the more needy one in a relationship (not that Eun Young ever let on that she needed more).

    Can’t wait for Monday! :)

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  13. 13 A.

    (And now the people will be pleased as JB has delivered the usual dosage of Coffee House drugs.)

    I’m not gonna lie, I’m reading the recaps and not watching the episodes because I’m afraid of the unknown: namely, how this drama will end up and what sort of ending the audience will be left with. So thank you, JB, for putting this up!!

    Although these recent turn of events has really got me considering sitting down and marathoning through all of the episodes…. but only after World Cup ends. Soccer fever still high here. LOLOL.

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  14. 14 ambs

    wouldn’t it be EXTREMELY romantic if those “two year stints” were times he spent doing something for EY? corny i know… omg what’s to come in four episodes.

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  15. 15 yoyo

    I know that this is absurd, but I couldn’ t watch the episode before reading your recap. I was afraid I’d watch something I didn’t want to see (a progressing relationship between JS and SY) lol. Thanks for the recap!!

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  16. 16 ambs

    @13 ME TOO but it’s too late i’m already sucked in. for a while i was going to wait til episodes 13-16 happened and just find out what happens at the end it see if i could bring myself to watch what might be painful to watch… but i doubt i’ll be able to help it… i’m already anticipating monday

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  17. 17 Dele

    “Jin-soo points out that she ought to take note that when a person acts out of character, there’s always a reason.”

    I’m really looking forward to the reason behind this “new” JS. I just keep giggling whenever I see him looking like that:)

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  18. 18 leila8mae

    gosh JB, I like how you analyze the phone!! ♥

    the episode that will be shown next week is exciting indeed.. I’m anxious how things will turn-out this time around..

    I’m just hoping things are better.. but I have this instinct that Jin soo is still Jin soo.. the Jin soo that I hate, the Jin soo that I love!! haha.. if there’s any consolation, I hope just a better HIM.. =)

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  19. 19 MEL

    thanks for the recaps…. well, 4 more episodes… I await which girl SY or EY ends up with JS. I’m likin’ how PSY is handling this role—good for her…

    another SBS mystery kdrama, Coffee House fighting… so what about the ratings, this is one popular drama… again thanks for the recaps.

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  20. 20 marie*

    DEFINITELY one of my favourite episodes for coffee house so far. I can understand why Kang Ji Hwan said Episode 12 will give a total surprise to viewers – didn’t expect a 180 degree character change for Jinsoo!

    I agree, Page One would have been the better title for the series, since the title Coffee House doesn’t really give a good representation of what the drama is about.

    Thanks for the recaps!

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  21. 21 momosan

    I’m just itching to know what is with the boyband look that he transformed into after he got off the plane. Not that it isn’t spiffy, mind you, he’s just OTT in styling there a bit – complete with earring and shades he’s doing it up shiny.

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  22. 22 daisytwenties

    I’m so glad that the time jump happened now and not in the episode before the finale or the finale itself.

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  23. 23 eugene

    The farewell scene was very touching. I feel really sad when i was watching it. The last scene, it seems like EY senses that JS’s back after she saw the car. I think she’s thinking of him at that moment then that’s why she smiles

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  24. 24 jons

    Awe :) cuteee
    so I stopped watching this drama and have been folowung your recaps. I do agree-this wouldve been a good finale. I remeber interviews when the lead guy said that ep 12, we’ll start to see some intresting changes–and here they are! :D

    proud of psy for getting back on her feet after mourning with pyh’s death too ;)

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  25. 25 blatree

    Is it just me, or was that whole boomerang thing a parody of Stairway to Heaven?

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  26. 26 leila8mae

    and moreover, i like that Jin soo’s shoes has laces now.. Does this mean he’s now ready to be tied down?? and he’s now driving..

    what does this transformation entails of Jin soo’s change?? very intriguing indeed.. and @DELE, nice quote.. it can be very telling of Jin soo’s change.. hehe

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  27. 27 Snikki

    Jin-soo: “I wanted to see your face before I left.” — Aww!

    The goodbye scene between EY and JS is my favorite in this episode.

    So this is the change the PD was talking about. Whew!

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  28. 28 kc

    My sincerest thank you. Trully appreciated!

    I caught on the phone too! everything that JiSoo values seems to break or make over the phone…ex wife message before accident/ the kiss/ the real reason as to why he cannot like EY goodbye and many more. So ill be waiting on how this “phone” will connect them someway. I noticed that EY was on the phone when he drove by…so that significance there too!

    I really wouldlike too see how will they bridge this gap between EY and JS but as SY grew more mature and became confident ( i noticed she too had the phone riging) and she was asked to do a phone interview request or in that line…

    I cant wait too see how it will all unfold.

    Thanks again

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  29. 29 leila8mae

    @ snikki : the goodbye scene is very heartfelt.. I love the way Jin soo looks at Eun Young intently while conversing, as if he’s memorizing her face, capturing it.. ♥ and i feel Eun young, she was trying her best to appear cool but her heart is slowly breaking.. the way her tears fell pierced my heart.. aww *tear*.. big hugs to Eun Young!!!

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  30. 30 soysauce

    When the brand-new JS came on screen, I immediately thought of Yunho of DBSK. He TOTALLY made a 180. Can’t wait to see where this will go.

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  31. 31 yoyo

    i forgot to mention this in my earlier post but what exactly is the “change” the PD was talking about
    we already anticipated JS departure, and i don’t feel as though anything BIG happened

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  32. 32 dubusangtae.

    this drama is getting better and better :)
    haha
    jin-soo looks so cool in the end ^^
    he has earrings :O

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  33. 33 maj

    i just low how mature and grounded this series is. It is not trying to be the ultimate serious, mature show that is so deep that sometimes just gets lost in its depth. At the same time, it is not trying to be melodramatic and too cliche ish… it has the right balance of cozy-ness and relatablility (with its storyline) but at the same time fresh and inspiring (through the characters and the acting).

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  34. 34 bluebird

    @25
    You’re right. it is one of most famous paradies in korean shows.

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  35. 35 m a r a

    yoyo,

    there wasn’t really any BIG change. the only major event in this episode is the skip in time; otherwise, the PD was only saying that there will be a change in the show’s vibe or style of storytelling. other people just reinterpreted what he said to mean something else, like a shift in the romantic wind.

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  36. 36 mizweng

    Thank you JB for this much-awaited recap… I couldn’t help but feel emotional again reading the goodbye part… In my vocabulary, EY has become THE BEST MODERN MAIN LEAD I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED SO FAR… What an amazing woman she is…I totally agree to all your thoughts JB…

    And yes, PSY has truly emerged into a remarkable actress… I do believe PSY is EY and EY is PSY… I don’t think there’s someone who can do the job better than she did…

    KJW is perfect for this role too…He brought about different emotions from the audience when he show us the varied facets of JS’ personality…

    And together onscreen they just oozes magnificent chemistry so much so that we (ESPECIALLY EUNSOO SHIPPERS) wish that they be TOGETHER OFF-CAM too… Anyway, both of them are unattached and ready for a serious relationship so I do pray that they date for REAL!

    Looking forward to the next eps but at the same time dreading the finale…waaaaaaaaaugh

    Oh well…..

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  37. 37 nzgirl

    I was so confused with the time jump, every drama I’ve seen that uses a time jump does so in the last episode. When it reached the end of the episode, I was shouting WTH! Why would it end like that? Why?!!!
    Then I found out it goes to 16 episodes. hahaha ^_^

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  38. 38 Minnetter

    This episode was awesome :) But the one part I found really really funny was the whole Jiwon proposal because they used Ave Maria song that was used in Stairway to Heaven and was a cue for really sad moving moments in that drama, here it was like making fun of the ridiculousnes of Jiwon´s stolen romantic grand plan.

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  39. 39 tqah

    I’m glad I opened your page just now. I have been waiting for your recaps like years. LOL. Thank you JB for feeding us with Coffee House recaps. Love you! ^^

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  40. 40 Kayt

    This Episode is one of my favorite because it showed how much EunSoo understand each other ( and JW too, of course) and how deep their love it
    I am so glad that JS ,for the first time, could look at EY eyes sincerely and able to express his true feeling to her honestly ” I came to see you” or ” ” I thought you ‘d be happy with him”. ( Yeah, we know he has been hiding “his love” for years-I ‘am sure he’d make a excellent actor ** like KJH** if his books aren’t sold well in the future lolz) ^^;;
    Oh, did you guys see his smile when EY called him back and the way those two hung up their call…. Like awwwwww . They are just so in love with each other and they just couldn’t conceal it anymore.

    JB,
    I love your interpretation on the phone as an interesting motif in Jin-soo’s life, particularly between him and Eun-young. There is definitely a strong connection there from the earlier episodes to the “good bye’ phone call scene- which I was to touch ( and cried again) for them. That scene was beautiful done!!! KJH and PSY acting were beyond excellent to express clearly their emotion and pain with various expressions while parting with their most beloved one. ( I love it so much that I am going to write a specific post on that one alone later **) .
    And even though I understood “Seung-yeon was the reason he allowed himself to grow tethered to the phone, after she was injured and he couldn’t get in touch with her”.
    … but I always thought that was done out of his guilt since he partly caused her accident , plus with his past trauma ‘d add more pressure as well. However I never connect those dots to EY latter words like you do here:
    “I don’t read this as a romantically symbolic thing — it’s in keeping with Eun-young’s comment that Seung-yeon is the connector between her and Jin-soo”
    Thank you very much for pointing it out!!! This is why I couldn’t wait for your recap ‘s comment and insight ( yet I watched them like 6 times already lolz). You are so great at it!!!
    **get back to CH **
    So, Will JS still use the phone to talk/ connect to EY or he’ll able to talk face to face with her at last after 2 years ? There must be a big reason for his mega -change, which I am sure we all cant wait to find out on next Monday. Yet, I want to point out a few (obvious) sudden change in SJ at the end of ep 12, which I couldn’t help but wonder:
    -His look- I thought he wasn’t materialistic type ( as he didn’t like meaningless celebration). And we haven’t even mentioned about his dramatic transformation in between on and off plane too
    -He drives!!! – I assume this is the first time( based on what he said with the agent) he drove after his wife death- which could be a sign that he has put down the past trauma . On the other hand, I found it ‘s weird that if he has moved on in the last 2 years , shouldn’t he has driven sometimes already? Why did he only drive the car for the very first time when he got back to Korea? He wants to show-off to somebody?
    -His shoes: Has anyone noticed ( I am sure I am not the only one!!!) his shoes has the strings tied up neatly together for the first time. I haven’t seen his shoes have strings on in the previous episodes, so please correct me if I make a mistake!!! Does this mean he’s ready to commit or what?
    -Another one , but it’s not only about JS) but some fans has pointed out : the COLOR of EunSoo clothes when they passed by each other at the end of episode. ** the fans sure have good eyes!!!**: SJ wore the whole white outfit while EY dressed sexy in black, even her nails were black polished nicely too . Is this some kind of symbolism here? Or we are just thinking too much?

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  41. 41 Kayt

    I want to say thank you for the recap and brilliant insight again!!!
    And I can’t wait to see how Page Two unfold either.

    Love you and your site so much
    JB , you are awesome!!!

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  42. 42 Ani

    Oooh, summer traveling? Fun stuff. I hope it will be fun.

    Anyways, this drama is fun to read about. Four more episodes. My only complaint is: I love the dorky Dong-wook, but I want him to keep some of his manager-mode quietness.

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  43. 43 elaineD

    i absolutely love how complicated and unresolved everything is. it reminds me of Story of a Man, where I was so investigative and curious about the drama.

    and, the romances are played out INTELLIGENTLY, UNPREDICTABLY, and skillfully.

    best.roller.coaster.ride.EVER.

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  44. 44 houstontwin

    A huge theme of episodes 11 and 12 (in fact the whole series)has been sincerity or the lack thereof. Finally JS was able to express some genuine emotion. Then fast forward two years and he is looking so phony. It even looks like the makeup guys smeared on some extra layers of foundation. Is this supposed to be the real JS? If not, then his true persona seems more hidden than ever!

    On the other hand…SY looks great. She is happy, pretty, and well-liked by her colleagues. Good for her!

    Javabeans…wonderful analysis…especially symbolic use of the phones.

    @26 and @40 I would have never noticed the shoelaces…I am very impressed.

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  45. 45 Selli

    No, the big question is why the heck Jin-soo is wearing an earring!!! Q___Q I don’t even like earrings on women, but it just looks…WEIRD on him XD I know that’s a superficial comment ^^’

    Anyway, I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next, and I would marry your recaps, javabeans, if I could!! =D

    I really hope Eun-young and Jin-soo can make this work, but if not, then well…it just doesn’t work XD Happens in real life sometimes. Still, my hopes are up =D And I hope Seung-yeon will eventually fall for Dong-wook, because really, I sort of pity him D:

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  46. 46 Net-chan

    Now that you mention it JB, the telephone is indeed a strong symbol of their relationship!

    Thanks for the recap, as always ^___^!

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  47. 47 miharatori

    Stairway to heaven, sigh. How can he steal those lines??? At least he didn’t decide to meet at the beach and play a piano. Ji wan truly doesn’t understand what she wants. Darn it! Ave maria is stuck in my head now. I’m thinking of maybe going back and finishing Stairway to Heaven. I never did get past episode 7. It was just so sad. Anyways, Jin Soo’s hair!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! He looked so much better before. But I loved that short gruffy look on the plane. I wonder if he actually grew his hair out for that one scene? It was probably fake. lol. Sigh, at least the two lead girls in this drama are good. Normally there is the one poor girl, arrogant guy, kind sunbae who never gets the girl, and a nasty girl who likes the arrogant guy. Jin Soo, please don’t tell me he ends up alone!!!

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  48. 48 sugarpunch

    this drama has been really unpredictable to me so far. mainly, i was not really able to fathom the reasons behind jinsoo’s actions. but these synopses helped me a lot. THANK YOU.

    and jinsoo’s transformation is………… i have really mixed reactions to it. it’s good, cos DUH, it’s KJH looking hot in white!!! but now he looks like a 30+ lead singer of a boyband acting in an older version of You Are Beautiful.

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  49. 49 hazelnut

    i’m beginning to think coffee house is a story within a story and that SOMEone in the cast of characters is the real author: SY or JS?? or it’s someone ELSE entirely. there has to be a page two right??

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  50. 50 zinaa

    THANKS JB for ep 12 recap and have a great time enjoy …..
    and am waiting for 36pipit’s comment now lol

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