Drama Recaps
I Am Legend: Episode 3
by | August 13, 2010 | 56 Comments

Hello! C’est moi, kaedejun, here to take over recapping duties on I am Legend! Hope you’re all not too disappointed. Here’s where I stand on the series so far: loving Kim Jung Eun, hating Kim Seung Soo, “meh” on the name “Madonna Band” and Lee Joon Hyuk’s beard-stache, and going ga-ga over Lee Joon Hyuk’s singing.


I Am Legend OST – “๊ทธ๋Œ€๊ฐ€” by Lee Joon Hyuk (A note: It feels like Lee Joon Hyuk/Tae Hyun is singing about Seung Hye leaving him and taking away his heart, based on the lyrics, but I think this song can easily be another insert song for Tae Hyun and Seol Hee in the future) [download]

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It’s face-off time as Seol Hee and Ji Wook testify in front of a committee. Seol Hee uses her practiced speech and tries to give an impassioned statement about how she does not fit in with the constricting high-society lifestyle. The judge claims that her grounds for divorce are too “abstract”; she needs something that is easily more proven in court with hard evidence.

Ji Wook, on the other hand, is a FRAKKIN ASSHOLE an excellent actor. He makes a heartfelt speech – with the eyes almost watering with tears – about how he tried to make his wife happy, but was too busy to actually sleep with her. He also claims that Seol Hee’s health was poor, and that’s why he didn’t want her to be a donor for her sister. All of it sounds so nice and dandy – and somewhat provable – that it frustrates Seol Hee. Slowly, she loses her resolve as she realizes that Ji Wook could win this time in front of the committee.

Nevertheless, the judge is also quite unbiased. He points out Ji Wook’s other flaws, such as not letting her choose what to do with her own body (i.e. test to be a matching donor) and for not visiting his in-laws’ memorial graves every year. (Go Korea and their strict filial piety-culture – this is one time that it’s kind of working in our protagonist’s favor without being used as just a plot device). Ji Wook makes up the excuse that he’s always away during that time of the year (how convenient), but Seol Hee points out that he was in Seoul last year. Though it’s just a statement, there is probably easy proof that can be conjured up to back her up, and so the judge realizes that Ji Wook is not a reliable source.

Judge: In the current situation, it will be difficult to proceed further.
Ji Wook: *silent “YESSS!”*
Seol Hee: *silent “NOOO!”*
Judge: (to Ji Wook) We’ll see you in court.
Kaedejun: MWAHAHAHA! Sucker….

Ji Wook does not want a trial, because it means everything will be for the public to see. But Seol Hee has nothing to lose, and so she is willing to fight him to the end. He wants her to just change her mind – but you know what? that street goes both ways, and he could change his mind too, ya’ know? Seung Hye pushes for him to just consent to a divorce, because a public trial will really just hurt his image. (And, you know, it doesn’t hurt for her because now she doesn’t have to be the “secret, other woman”)

Now on to other more “important” matters…

Soo In returns to the office to find Min Kyu; he comes to report that the other members either went back home or went MIA – either way, the band disbanded. Soo In sends him home, but now she and the CEO Kwang Yul have money problems with the gig they had booked at a cafe. At this rate, the company is going bankrupt. She meets Seol Hee with the intent of asking money, but can’t bring herself to. Soo In wistfully remarks that perhaps she should just get married. Even though she wanted to become successful career-wise first, Seol Hee managed to become successful (read: rich) through marriage. Seol Hee dryly asks if her marriage seems that awesome to Soo In, but she does not mention her impending divorce. A few words of pep talk later, and Soo In decides not to get married (because, you know, marriage isn’t the be all-end all)

And then we have Tae Hyun’s performance! Wow Lee Joon Hyuk’s vocals are amazing. In the back of the cafe, Seung Hye sits quietly, enjoying the music. She has a wistful smile on her face, and it’s easy to see why she fell for Tae Hyun in the first place – he’s got a voice, charisma, and oozing with good looks. Tae Hyun spots her, but instead of being surprised, he gives a look of “Whatevaa” and turns the other way. At the end of the performance, he sits at her table to find out what she’s doing there.

Seung Hye mentions Noo Ri’s upbringing, suggesting that their son will soon realize what Tae Hyun’s job really is, and will be ashamed of him. (What, being a former super rock star with women falling at his feet is bad? I’m sure the kid would want that too – especially when he gets older and learns about girls!) Tae Hyun doesn’t want to fight with her on this – they already decided years ago that he was to raise Noo Ri, so why is she bringing it up now?

Turns out, Seung Hye is only there because she wants him to stop seeing Seol Hee. She produces the photo that Ji Wook’s spy took of him and Seol Hee. As Ji Wook’s lawyer, she informs him that she can easily make it look like Seol Hee is having an affair. She asks that he not see Seol Hee – by coincidence or on purpose – but knows that she can’t control him. It can be a favor or a threat – either way, she doesn’t want him involved in this messy affair. (Ha! But K-drama laws require that you all be involved in an entangling love square, so your wishes shall go unheeded, Seung Hye.)

One thing I love about the photo is that it looks like Tae Hyun is looking at her intently, while Seol Hee looks like she is brushing him off and couldn’t care less. I don’t know whether this photo will play a role later on or not, but right now, it seems to foreshadow their future relationship: Tae Hyun will become increasingly interested in her while Seol Hee rebuffs him continuously – until she can’t take it no more!!

Hwa Ja and her adorable husband Duk Soo cozy it up in a sauna, feeding each other hard boiled eggs through their mouth – it’s cute but unsightly for Seol Hee, who comes out of the locker room only to witness the scene. She covers her eyes, but when Hwa Ja spots her, Duk Soo wisely leaves the girls alone for some major girl talk. (As annoying as Hwa Ja may be, she is the only one who has a happy life – a happy marriage with a husband who lets her do as she pleases with the band. She may not be rich, but she doesn’t have to worry about her company failing or losing her job either.) Hwa Ja tells Seol Hee about Soo In’s true intentions for meeting her, but Seol Hee says that she has no money to spare because of her “situation.” Again, she refuses to divulge about what that “situation” is, and instead runs away from Hwa Ja.

And what great timing Ran Hee has – she calls up Hwa Ja right then and there and promises to buy some of those beauty products that she’s been selling. In return, she wants to meet Seol Hee. Ran Hee butters up Seol Hee with words like “friendship” and “gratefulness.” It’s all so fake, and Seol Hee catches on right away. So what’s the deal?

Ran Hee recently got offered a spot in a documentary segment on TV, and she wants to perform as a singer who still works with her band (read: the Madonna Band). All she needs is some time to perform with the other gals in front of the camera, and then she can make her comeback. She’s clearly using them, so Seol Hee says that if the other girls agree, then Ran Hee must do something in return for them.

Cut to Tae Hyun mixing some music in his apartment. As he strums on his guitar, someone starts annoyingly ringing his doorbell – it’s Ran Hee and her manager. They beg for him to let them use one of his songs for the TV segment. It would be good for him to make his own comeback as well, with this as a stepping stone, and invite him to go watch the filming.

Meanwhile the girls are trying to decide whether they should back up Ran Hee or not. Hwa Ja is all for it (because she’s been bribed with the beauty products sale). Soo In and Hae Na (the other guitarist) are not too keen; Soo In even gets more pissed off when she finds out that they’re doing it for her and to save her company by performing at that cafe where her band was supposed to perform. Soo In doesn’t want them to do things for her sake, but Seol Hee reminds her that they’re a band – they live on performing!

With Soo In finally OK with it (and Hae Na backing out because of her “family” and “mother in law” – seriously, families are the easiest and lamest excuses for everything…), Seol Hee calls up Ran Hee. But Ran Hee has another condition – she must be the vocalist. Well now, everyone just officially became backup wallflowers. Seol Hee accepts the condition, since it’s not like they have much of a choice.

To throw a wrench into these plans, Ji Wook visits Seol Hee at her apartment. He will agree to a divorce under one condition (again with the conditions!): she must lie low and never appear in a public place with her friends. She can never meet up with her pals, and it would be better if she moves to somewhere far away and be so incognito it’s as if she were dead. In exchange, he’ll give her her freedom and all the alimony she wants.

Now we turn to Ah Reum – who’s a waitress at a small fried chicken place. Min Kyu comes in carrying a baby boy and begs for her to feed him; oh hapless baby daddy – not knowing how to feed your own baby. Ah Reum takes the baby, and orders him to serve; clearly, this isn’t the first time it’s happened, and secondly, I guess they’re on good terms! Soo In comes by, because she wants to recruit Ah Reum for the band.

The day of the recording arrives, and Hwa Ja is none too pleased to see Ah Reum. Ran Hee is already in the studio going over the script with the PD and such. It’s full of bustling activity, and the Madonna Band members stand in awe at the idea of being on TV. Seol Hee, on the other hand, is conflicted. She stands outside the studio and remembers Ji Wook’s words: “Playing with your friends in a band at some market – I will never tolerate that.” With that echoing in her mind, she hitches her guitar bag over her shoulder and walks determinedly into the studio.

The PD tells everyone to act natural and relaxed, but it’s easier said than done. They practice the song easily, but once Ran Hee comes up to Seol Hee with over-the-top, fake kindness saying, “Oh no! You all started already?” Seol Hee freezes up. She stutters, “You came?” and looks nervously at the camera. Hwa Ja comes to her rescue (showing too much eagerness to be on camera) and says, “Hurry up. We were waiting for you.” It’s all so fake and unnatural that Ah Reum breaks into laughter. (Yes – old ahjummas don’t really know how to act “cool,” eh?)

They start their practice, with Ran Hee singing, and Tae Hyun comes into the studio. He looks at each of the members, and the following is what he thinks of each of them:

Ran Hee: Meh – whatever.
Hwa Ja: Hmph. Chubby ole’ ahjumma trying to rock out. She is trying too hard.
Ah Reum: Hm, not bad strumming skills.
Soo In: Huh? Wait, that’s the lady who managed those boys? What’s she doing here?
Seol Hee: Oh it’s – WAIT IT’S THAT LADY! HUH. *and the words of Seung Hye come flashing back to him*

That evening, the girls go out for a drink, and lo and behold, Ran Hee crashes the party with Tae Hyun in tow. She introduces him, and Soo In gives him a dirty look right away. The table lapses into an uneasy silence, and finally Soo In gets up to leave. Neither of them clearly have the intention of making peace, but Seol Hee makes her sit back down. She orders Tae Hyun to apologize first, since no matter what he did he spoke to her in a rude manner. Tae Hyun surprisingly agrees and they toast it off with a glass of beer each.

Then Hwa Ja butts in. Does Tae Hyun remember her and Seol Hee? They used to follow him around in high school, and he should remember Seol Hee the most. Tae Hyun is amused, but Seol Hee is downright embarrassed. Amused, he replies (a little cockily I might add), “My apologies. At that time I had many fans following me, so I can’t seem to remember.”

Yeah, yeah. Whatever.

Pictures get back to Ji Wook, and he realizes that Seol Hee disregarded his wishes and decided to appear on TV. He calls her up to yell at her; he had gone through many pains to accept divorce but she can’t grant him this one condition? Seol Hee fires back that she doesn’t want to live a life still under his control. And then, TADA – Mother of all Evil appears at the studio.

OK – so she meets Seol Hee outside the studio, but it’s clear she’s not too happy at having to come to such a place and see Seol Hee in sequins and short shorts. The mother tells Seol Hee that no matter what Ji Wook said, she can’t allow divorce to happen in the family. She apologizes if the cause for the divorce was about the donor issue (that’s only half of it, lady), and asks that Seol Hee just come back home.

And TADA – who but Tae Hyun stumbles upon this exchange from across the street?! Of course, he watches the entire conversation.

Seol Hee respectfully declines, and affirms her resolve to go through with the divorce. Mother says, “I came all the way here to apologize and you say this to me?” (Uhm, lady, at this point, you need to kneel, grovel, kow-tow three times, and kiss Seol Hee’s feet. Then you have to give yourself a few whip lashes on the back while begging for forgiveness and promise not to be a snarky, pain in the ass mother in law. And even with all that, I wouldn’t guarantee forgiveness from Seol Hee.)

With restrained anger, Seol Hee says she never wants to hear Mother saying “What are you to say that?” and treating her like dirt. She won’t back away from divorce, and gets a mighty *SLAP* from Mother. Mother dares her to try and go far in life after the divorce – see if she’ll let her succeed – and then drives off. I mean, she gets driven off by the chauffeur.

The next day at practice, only Soo In, Ah Reum, and Hwa Ja show up. Seol Hee was supposed to show, but she’s busy at home agonizing over whether to sign the divorce papers or not. Ran Hee is supposed to come in with the producers.

Seol Hee buckles under pressure and stamps her seal on the divorce papers. She then gets a call from Hwa Ja: Ran Hee isn’t there. Seol Hee finds Ran Hee at a cafe and asks if rehearsal was canceled without their knowledge. Ran Hee’s response? She tosses water at Seol Hee’s face. Because of Ji Wook, he pulled the plug on the program. He stated that he couldn’t bear to see his wife playing in a band on TV because it will lower his family’s status.

As Ran Hee cries that nothing ever goes right for her if Seol Hee is in the picture, Seol Hee’s anger rises, and the rock music in the background gets louder. (I love how they mix in the soundtrack so that the rock music reflects Seol Hee’s emotions.)

Seol Hee marches into Ji Wook’s office, and demands an explanation for his actions. Just to control her, must he ruin someone else’s life as well? Ji Wook says, “That doesn’t concern me. If you had done what I told you, this wouldn’t have happened. Leave the papers and go.”

She takes out the papers; she didn’t want to fight him in court, but now that Ji Wook has stepped all over her dreams and resorted to methods that would ruin her friends’ lives as well, she’ll fight him to the bitter end.

And with that, she tears the divorce papers and throws it in his face.


JI WOOK IS SUCH A SELFISH BASTARD!! ARGH! I hate him so much, and yet I love him because he’s so deliciously evil. He’s not apologetic for being an ass, and I like that he has no hesitations in wanting everything to go his way. But I really want him to suffer. Really. Suffer.

Two things bothered me in this episode. One was how the series was dragging out the history between Seol Hee and Tae Hyun. It’s been hinted at endlessly in the past two episodes and I am afraid that the past is gonna be a lame thing where she had a crush on him and tried to prove that she was a god singer too, but he totally scoffed at her and ruined her dreams, and that’s why she remains an amateur. If it’s something like that, then I really couldn’t care less. I don’t care much for how their relationship will develop, since right now it’s focused on her and the band. The writer needs to get started on making them interact more, without the animosity and the “Oh I just happened to hear…” moments. That way, I’ll feel that there’s greater potential in that relationship, rather than feel, “Oh, it’s meant to be because it’s just following the rules of K-drama universe.”

The second was how Seol Hee refused to tell her friends that she was getting a divorce. I saw in the previews that they’ll find out in the next episode, but if they were her best friends, shouldn’t she have at least told them? I don’t think they would have looked down on her, but would have supported her. And I was under the impression that Hwa Ja was her best friend so she should have at least told Hwa Ja. Right now, it makes no sense as to why she needs to keep up this hidden angst to herself.

Seung Hye as a character has so much potential for development. I love that she had her little moment watching Tae Hyun perform, because it implies that she’s not just a cold-hearted ambitious lawyer. I think she still has some room in her heart for Tae Hyun, but sees no future with him, and that’s why she went to him with the picture of Seol Hee. On the other hand, I can’t see much room for development with Ran Hee. She might be used as the musical rival to Seol Hee, but it’s so clear that Seol Hee will win. I don’t even care about her enough to want to pay attention to her storyline.

Anyways! PLEASE no spoilers of episode 4! I hear it’s gonna be good… ๐Ÿ˜€


56 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Diane

    Where can I watch this with english subs??

    • 1.1 maez


      • 1.1.1 aX

        … but it’ll probably get copyrighted soon! ๐Ÿ™

        It’s better to just wait a little while longer!

        • minahe

          i dont think it will since its an SBS drama…that usually happens to KBS and MBC dramas

        • mianhe

          i dont think it will since this is an sbs drama

          • mianhe

            sorry i didnt mean to comment twice or rather thrice nw…lol

  2. serendipity

    Maybe this just proves I’m getting old but I am thoroughly enjoying watching these ajummas rock out. Especially how they incorporate bits of music in a very Glee-esque way. Hopefully I can be half as fierce when I hit that age.

    Thanks for the recap girl, it makes watching the drama that much more fun.

  3. jwon

    i’m really disliking seung hye she seems like such a hypocrite…..

    hmmmm…..i’m slowly losing interest in this drama as i read through your recap…
    oh wells guess this won’t be in my to-watch list anymore ๐Ÿ™

  4. RunLolaRun

    I’m loving this drama but the name of the band really makes me cringe. Comeback Madonna Band sounds more like engrish that belongs on a t-shirt. :-/

  5. xiaoSxin

    this drama actually has a lot of potential.. So far I am OK with the pacing as we are on episode 3, it would be better of course if we have more Tae Hyun and Seol Hee interactions since they have both a big past to hurdle to be in a relationship as the OTP.. I mean we need their relationship to be developed well so we can believe and feel it.

  6. Soxxy15

    @Diane you can watch it viikii.com they post it very quickly afters it’s being aired.

    I am starting to like I am Legend. So far it’s being good, and I hope it continues like that.

    JI WOOK IS SUCH A SELFISH BASTARD!! ARGH! I hate him so much, and yet I love him because heโ€™s so deliciously evil…. But I really want him to suffer. Really. Suffer. LMAO. So true

  7. Diane


    Thanks Girl!! (:

  8. Lemon

    Thanks for this recap! Have been waiting for it ๐Ÿ˜€

    The drama seems very entertaining so far….but I must find the time to watch it after my exams. There are so many good dramas coming up (My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, Sunkyunkwan Scandal, Playful Kiss, and I am Legend), that I can’t wait to watch all of them. ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. Luna

    “Mother dares her to try and go far in life after the divorce โ€“ see if sheโ€™ll let her succeed โ€“ and then drives off. I mean, she gets driven off by the chauffeur.”
    (Kekeke…nice one kaedejun!)

    I was utterly mesmerized by Tae-hyun’s performance at the bar scene. I became an instant follower! (dreamy sighs)

    Yeah, I hope Seol-hee and Tae-hyun develop a deep relationship. Maybe they will have more opportunities, when Tae-hyun becomes their official instructor and writes songs for Madonna Band or something (shrugs). But it will be tough for Seol-hee to reciprocate his feelings in the future b/c of her bitter divorce and lingering affections for Ji Wook.

    I don’t like Seung-hye’s smugness, but it’s entertaining to wish for her downfall in the future eps. I can’t believe her hypocrisy though! Here she is telling Tae-hyun not to be affiliated w/Seol-hee, but on the other hand, she’s the home wrecker in Seol-hee’s marriage. Nice logic there Ms. Ruthless Lawyer!

    • 9.1 Luna

      Whoops! Sorry, forgot to say THANKS for the great recaps kaedejun ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 10 cheanne

    Thank you and great job……..awaiting for the next ep recap……I’m not that excited…..hehehe…..

  11. 11 tildy

    Thanks for continuing the recaps! I don’t know if you’ve seen the next episode or not, but I think it clarifies a bit (though not by much) why she’s reluctant to tell her friends right away. I think Seol Hee has been living a lie for so long and working so hard to maintain the illusion that she was content that she’s not sure how to tell them. Also, I’m sure she intended to tell them, but maybe did not want to trouble her friends while they were on the brink of a potentially big opportunity.

    Seol Hee also stated explicitly in the second episode that she wants to do this alone. I was also quite surprised to see her keeping the divorce a secret from her friends but assumed it had something to do with her adamant desire to stand on her own two feet and be reborn as a new, independent Seol Hee.

    I’m liking this thus far. I wasn’t sure if this was gonna be cheesy and inspirational in a bad way or a good way but it seems to the latter.

    The husband is just loathsome, and I can’t wait to see him get his comeuppance!

    I also find Seung Hye to be a compelling character, but I have no idea why she was (is?) involved with Cha Ji Wook, considering that at times she does not even seem to like him at times. Seung Hye seems to be on Seol Hee’s side on a personal level, but is able to keep that from affecting the way the she does her job, which I respect. But still, I can’t help it – I just feel like her character is tainted by association with the godawful husband.

  12. 12 anon

    THAT VOICE <3<3

  13. 13 tildy

    You know, I just reread my post and I used the word ‘also’ a thousand times. Sorry.

  14. 14 karin

    anybody knows “loving you a thousand times” k-drama? is it a type of cinderella story? is baek kang ho rich or not in this drama? and, i saw in of the mv in youtube, that he and eun nim go somewhere by bus.. whatโ€™s the meaning of that? can someone explain it clearly.. thank you.. i need it very much.. i want to watch this drama by dvd..

    • 14.1 cheon

      “loving you a 1000x” is a makjang K-drama about an unfortunate surrogate mother marrying unwittingly into the rich family she was the surrogate for many years ago. kang ho is the half-uncle of the boy she gave birth to. if I remember correctly, they took the bus to go someplace far away after she had the worst misfortune befall her…won’t spoil it for you if you intend to watch it.

      thanks for the recap, kaedejun. my fav part…
      “Judge: In the current situation, it will be difficult to proceed further.
      Ji Wook: *silent โ€œYESSS!โ€*
      Seol Hee: *silent โ€œNOOO!โ€*
      Judge: (to Ji Wook) Weโ€™ll see you in court.
      Kaedejun: MWAHAHAHA! Suckerโ€ฆ.”
      …my sentiments exactly…teeheehee..

      I’m loving this show, esp KJE – she’s every bit the rocker. And yes, I hope they move on with her new romance and not drag too much with their history.

      • 14.1.1 karin

        Thank you, cheon..

  15. 15 Amg1

    @kaedejun. Thanks for your hard work :O}.

    I am happy that you are recapping this drama, I really like that the drama is more than just a bunch of “ajummas” trying to play in a rock band, but is about their personal life’s, Seol Hee’s getting a divorce, Soo In trying to become a “Pro” and not just an amateur, Ah Reum a single mom trying to make ends meet, Seung-hye a successful lawyer involve in a love affair with a married man.
    So to me the music is the “Icing” on the cake, I just hope that the writer can keep the story line as straight as possible, I think it is to early for the “New Romance” to start because seems that Seol Hee she had some genuine affection for her husband, so I am waiting for her to resolve that issue before she moves in to a new Romance!!

  16. 16 lovlyndra

    i watched w/o sub..
    never mind and i’m still love this drama…
    so your recap helped me to know what exactly happened in this drama [thanKz ^^]..
    can’t wait for recap of eps 4..

  17. 17 Molly

    Thanks for the recap! I just watched Episode 3 and 4 yesterday in one sitting…hard not to get addicted. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 18 Maggie Y

    Not a fan of it so far… hopefuilly it’ll get better as the drama progresses.

  19. 19 honest_will

    just go to viiki to watch it there
    it hasn’t been copyrighted so just watch it

  20. 20 popcorn

    Well, I have been liking this so far because I am kind of sick of little romances and hoping for a more mature feel. As far as I understand about what I have been watching so far, Seol-hee didn’t mention about the divorce is because she is still undergoing the process of wanting it to be solved in a more quiet manner. Her exhusband, afterall, still has a lot of influence and in a way I feel like she is hoping for things to be more quiet. The other reason probably because most people looked at her mariage with such admirations for the riches that somehow it seems hard to admit, probably, that she screwed up. I know that even with my family there are things I can’t even say until a few months later.

    I dont think the past will be driven out far sibce so far most things have been only hinted at. The beard on JH I think makes him supposedly older since he has such a big age gap with KEJ….

    Well, I really like this show ans was wanting to write recaps but you do it much better and I don’t know if javabeans even need anymore guest writers….

  21. 21 tessa

    Actually there’s a subbing group already taking up this project . B.O.N_FunSubs who did city hall is actually subbing this . we can check out the status in their wiki page . I think epi 1 & 2 is at final QC .

    And yeah i don’t know why .. i like the husband also

  22. 22 Daktari

    The subs will be posted here http://fansub.d-addicts.com/B.O.N_FunSubs

  23. 23 missy

    oh so it’s not his voice? anyway, Tae Hyun is still hot hee hee.

    i’m ready with my question for the next episode recap

    • 23.1 missy

      wah it’s his voice! sorry got confused

  24. 24 Q_Park

    Thank you so much for the recap Kaedejun!!! It’s great seeing you back after Prosecutor Princess. This is also my latest drama after having Prosecutor Princess withdrawal. Looking forward to the episode 4 recap!

  25. 25 Hannah

    The singing was seriously hot.

    And yeah. The leads definitely need more onscreen time together. If it becomes one of those, whoops, we kissed, now it’s luurve I will be so annoyed. I’m really hoping it’ll be a more mature relationship and will discard the oft teenager sensibilities found in a lot of dramas’ adult characters.

    It’s still early days though, so this isn’t a huge problem.

    You’re commentary is fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the recap!

  26. 26 sajor

    thanks so much! i’ve been wanting to read your take ever since jb announced you’ll be doing the recaps. and now that it’s here, i enjoyed it thoroughly.

    the lead is awesome, and has a certain charisma. i don’t think her voice is that powerful for a professional singer, but she can carry it anyway.. i like the drummer the most, and it’s her character that i wouldn’t want to be my enemy. btw, she and the young mother look alike!

  27. 27 yen_nguyen

    well, it’s difficult to distinguish who is whom because most of the name are something SH: Seol hee, Suyng hye, Ran Hee…
    I like the husband (even when he is such ‘a FRAKKIN ASSHOLE’) just by looking at his eyes in the third pic (from the bottom up). that’s such a good capture.

  28. 28 Ajmystro


    pls could you translate ๊ทธ๋Œ€๊ฐ€โ€ by Lee Joon Hyuk because i just have this song on replay and i need to know what he’s saying…pls pls….

    • 28.1 tildy

      The title ๊ทธ๋Œ€๊ฐ€ basically means “You.” In this context it’s a rather affectionate term of address.

      Take this translation with a huge grain of salt. I’m better at translating conversations or something in the vernacular, with situational context helping me figure out the best way to translate things. I’m not all sure the way I’ve done the song is completely correct. But I’ve got the gist of it, I think. I provided the Korean lyrics so maybe someone with a much better command of the language can help out?


      You don’t know it, do you?
      The sort of trembling I have

      Do you know me?
      the heart of someone like this.


      You should call me
      so that no one would know

      You should come closer
      and shake up every part of me

      After meeting you I’m truly amazed.
      So I could love someone this much.

      You, you, you who took my everything
      It’s truly hard now since I love you, since I love you

      You’re like heaven, like
      the one sun that always shines down
      Make me bright?

      You, you, you who took my everything
      It’s truly hard now since I love you, since I love you

      Korean lyrics:
      ๊ทธ๋Œ€๋Š” ์•Œ์ง€๋ชปํ•˜์ฃ 
      ์ด๋Ÿฐ ๋‚ด๋–จ๋ฆผ์„
      ๊ทธ๋Œ€๋Š” ๋‚˜๋ฅผ ์•„๋‚˜์š”
      ์ด๋Ÿฐ ๋‚ด๊ฐ€์Šด์„
      ๊ทธ ๋Œ€๋Š”…

      ๊ทธ๋Œ€๋Š” ๋‚˜๋ฅผ ๋ถ€๋ฅด์ฃ 
      ์•„๋ฌด๋„ ๋ชจ๋ฅด๊ฒŒ
      ๊ทธ๋Œ€๋Š” ๋‚ด๊ฒŒ ๋‹ค๊ฐ€์™€
      ์˜จํ†ต ๋‚  ํ”๋“ค์ฃ 
      ๊ทธ ๋Œ€๋Š”…

      ๊ทธ๋Œ€๋ฅผ ๋งŒ๋‚˜๊ณ ์„œ ๋‚˜ ์ฐธ ๋งŽ์ด ๋†€๋ž˜์š”
      ๋ˆ„๊ตด ์ดํ† ๋ก ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ• ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์—ˆ๋„ค์š”

      ๊ทธ๋Œ€๊ฐ€ ๊ทธ๋Œ€๊ฐ€ ๋‚˜๋ฅผ ๋ชจ๋‘ ๊ฐ€์ ธ๋ฒ„๋ฆฐ ๊ทธ๋Œ€๊ฐ€
      ์ด์   ์ฐธ ์–ด๋ ต๋„ค์š” ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•˜๋‹ˆ๊นŒ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•˜๋‹ˆ๊นŒ ๊ทธ๋Œˆ…

      ํ•˜๋Š˜๊ณผ ๊ฐ™์ฃ  ๋Š˜ ๋น„์ถฐ์ฃผ๋Š”
      ํ•˜ ๋‚˜๋ฟ์ธ ํƒœ์–‘์ฒ˜๋Ÿผ
      ํ™˜ํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๊ทธ๋Œ„ ๋‚  ๋งŒ๋“ค์ฃ 

      ๊ทธ๋Œ€๊ฐ€ ๊ทธ๋Œ€๊ฐ€ ๋‚˜๋ฅผ ๋ชจ๋‘ ๊ฐ€์ ธ๋ฒ„๋ฆฐ ๊ทธ๋Œ€๊ฐ€
      ์ด์   ์ฐธ ์–ด๋ ต๋„ค์š” ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•˜๋‹ˆ๊นŒ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•˜๋‹ˆ๊นŒ

      • 28.1.1 Ajmystro

        @ tildy,

        thank you so much!!

        mehnโ€ฆiโ€™m having a serious crush on Lee Jun-hyukโ€ฆlolโ€ฆ

      • 28.1.2 kara elayne

        Thank you so much, tildy, now I can listen to this song and actually know what it means. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. 29 chrysalisgal

    I think I can understand why SH “refuse” to reveal her “divorce situation” to her best friends.

    1) I guess deep down she has a soft spot for her husband. If there is a way, she would quietly have a divorce. That explains why she decided not to go the singing practice and stamp the seal on the divorce paper.

    2) Second reason of not revealing to best friends is because perhaps the writer has divorce experience. Best friends, family, parents usually meant well – once they know you’re getting divorce, there will be constant advices to you to save your marriage no matter they know your marriage sucks. Good people will usually give you advice to make it work. Unkind people will gossip about you. We don’t tell because we can’t bear to hear the good nags or bad gossips. One usually reveal when one is ready emotionally mentally.

  30. 30 rambutan

    @ 22 Daktari: BON Funsubs will not be posted here
    http://fansub.d-addicts.com/B.O.N_FunSubs, but here http://bonchu.net46.net/. The subs will be released also through Soompi, AM-Addiction and D-Addicts.

  31. 31 Jo

    Divorce is such a personal thing, and even if your friends are really close-it still hurts your pride to think that you ended up this way. Its human nature, and it happens. Even IF your friends dont judge you, divorce hurts and yea…

  32. 32 mskmouse

    didn’t know lee joon hyuk has such a great voice!

    spotted him on three brothers recently. different image here but equally hot.

  33. 33 dordorMM

    I also found that Lee Jun Hyuk’s voice is amazing! Hope he will sing more.

  34. 34 danni

    Yeah, Tae-hyun’s singing was pretty awesome.

    I hope that Seol-hee’s and Tae-hyun’s relationship won’t be too contrived. Honestly, I don’t understand why they keep bringing up the past because it doesn’t seem like there was EVER anything really between them. I’m sort of interested in how it will develop, but I really couldn’t care less as long as Seol-hee separates herself from Ji-wook and gets the band going.

    Ran-hee is….boring. She just seems really petty and bitchy and sad that she isn’t famous so it’s like…whatever. I’m sure we’ll see more of her, but hopefully not too much more.

    Seung-hye on the other hand, seems like she will be a fun character to hate, judging from the way she was looking at Tae-hyun while he was singing and certain things that happen in the next episode. There’s definitely more depth to her character that I want to be exposed.

    Thanks for the awesome recap kaedejun and can’t wait for the next one!

  35. 35 Ani

    When the Medusa-in-Law slapped her, all I could think was “weak Slap”. Her head flipped, her hair flipped, but the slap itself just didn’t seem major. Anyways, I’m enjoying this drama and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the whole Ahjumma fighting for their dreams deal, or friends sticking together, or maybe it’s “some” of the songs. Whatever the case, I hope for the best.

  36. 36 Ajmystro

    @ tildy,

    thank you so much!!

    mehn…i’m having a serious crush on Lee Jun-hyuk…lol…

  37. 37 kara elayne

    When Tae Hyun sang in the bar, everything else turns blurry in my mind I have to watch episode 3 2 times to understand it better, and yes, I do linger a lot on that bar singing scene! Hahaha!

  38. 38 Denali

    @ Kaedejun
    Your recap started great, and nope, I am not disappointed at all reading your thoughts. In fact, I enjoy JB and GF’s different styles as much as yours. So keep up with the good work – and words. ๐Ÿ™‚

    OT: has your nickname anything to do with “Cajun”? Like maybe “Ca” turned “Kae” and “de” in the middle as for “from” in French and “Jun” to finish it all? That’s a wild guess, I know, just because of your French “C’est moi” insert – and yes, I’m French. ^^

  39. 39 kaedejun

    Thanks ya’ll for the comments! It’s interesting to read everyone’s point of view on the divorce matter ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Denali – Hee – no, my nickname doesn’t have anything to do with Cajun. It’s a mix of my fave name in Japanese, and ‘Jun’ from Jun Matsumoto.

    my French is purely elementary – since i only learned it in middle school ๐Ÿ˜€

  40. 40 dordorMM

    @kara elayne

    Lee Jun Hyuk actually mentioned that he was going to film the bar singing scene in his twitter earlier! but of course in Korean! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. 41 kara elayne

    @dordorMM – hahaha! I did not know that since I don’t know Korean ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish he would tweet in English as his growing legions of female fans are not limited to Korean ladies only ๐Ÿ˜‰

  42. 42 Joon

    I had a feeling the OST of this drama was going to be good but I never expected it could be fantastic!!! That song by Lee Joon Hyuk totally blows it all the way to Coffee Prince territory (which I still consider to be the best KDrama OST..so far).

    By the way kaedaejun, I love your side comments more than the actual recap. Ha ha ha! This drama totally rocks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. 43 jubilantia

    Yaaaaay kaedejun! I’m late to the party, but I’m so glad you are giving this drama some love. It’s like the First Wives Club, but in Korea with a rock band, and it’s fricking amazing.

    The divorce storyline is necessary, I guess, but it seems so unreal that I’m having a hard time connecting with it. That said, Seol Hee rocks. I know we’re supposed to love her as the blazing ahjumma wish-fulfillment heroine, but she just oozes this quiet, queenly strength that is backed up even more by the scenes where she wrestles with indecision the changes her life is undergoing. I can’t wait to hear everybody else’s stories.

    And as for Lee Joon Hyuk? All I can say is ~~HOLY SMOKIN’ HOTNESS~~

  44. 44 Jhaybiie

    Can i ask what is the title of a song (i am legend OST) that was always played during sad scenes on the first few episodes. it goes somewhat like this โ€“

    “naegen yeogi nan sun gabayo eoddeohkajyo….”

    I am not sure with the lyrics but i hope someone can help me! ๐Ÿ™

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