Dramabeans Podcast #3
by | October 16, 2010 | 137 Comments

Time for another podcast!

In which javabeans and girlfriday discuss:

  • Our recent trip to NY Comic Con;
  • thoughts on dramas we didn’t personally recap, such as I Am Legend;
  • and Sungkyunkwan Scandal, which we love;
  • and Dr. Champ, which we like;
  • Runaway, which we like a little less;
  • and Daemul (meh).

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Songs Used in Podcast (In order of use)

“상상웃음” by Hooligan
“찾았다” from the Sungkyunkwan Scandal OST
“Comeback Madonna” from the I Am Legend OST
“유생들의 나날” from the Sungkyunkwan Scandal OST
“찾았다” from the Sungkyunkwan Scandal OST
“자운영” from the Sungkyunkwan Scandal OST
“Perfect Your Love” by M to M from the Dr. Champ OST
“Running and Running” by MBLAQ from the Runaway Plan B OST
“Oran-G” by Mayday from the Runaway Plan B OST
“Radio” by Trans Fixion


137 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. decoderblue

    YAY! Off to listen now 🙂 Really curious of what you think of the dramas you don’t recap….

    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      I was waiting for the third installment! yay 🙂

  2. Dainereader

    I love your podcast. Its good you have another one..

  3. estelle

    Omo our idols! Weee~

    Off to listen now! 😀

  4. polycolor

    I’m so glad you like Sungkyunkwan.
    I thought you hated it.

  5. 12Dose12

    O.M.G. Am I really hearing your voices??? My first time to dl your podcast. Cool! Now I’m finally putting voices to the goddesses. Cool! I’m happy!

    • 5.1 Anonymous


  6. sajor

    ok.. i’m writing while hearing your voices.. and all i can say for now is you guys must be cute

    • 6.1 sajor

      oh no, why does it need to refresh all..hehhe.. so it just meants i can’t do what i planned to do/

      • 6.1.1 v

        lol.. i listen while opening a separate windows in case i have the urge to comment… but the problem is i want to comment on everything they say… -_-“

        • sajor

          🙂 yup yup, i have that urge also.

  7. v

    hehe… listening to it right now! i still gives me some weird feelings listening to you guys… haha…

    • 7.1 v

      love the su ae picture btw…hehe. at first… i was like, why soo ae?? haha.. duh.

      and don’t worry about what you recap… i’m sure the majority of people understand.. glad u like skks as well!

      • 7.1.1 v

        ok… last comment or i might spam this thread… haha
        anyways.. i had a heart attack (literally) when we will come back first played…
        and then i rewinded the thing a bit and forgot it would play again and had a second heart attack the second time it played…
        i have a weak heart.

        • v

          ok. i lied…
          but in a way, i agree with both gf and jb about skks…
          i LOVE jaeshin but i agree, yoon hee and sunjoon are perfect for each other.
          jaeshin can have yeorim. (but that’s just my love for bromance going wild.. kk)
          last comment for real. i hope

          • v

            lol gf… i’m not going to hit you… just saying that kim so yeon is awesome.. XD

          • v

            don’t worry.. you guys were so funny and awesome during this podcast!! i had a blast for 45 minutes!
            i’ve got ton of questions but it’s like they are all floating in my mind i can’t form anything coherent… -_-
            Again, thank you! and love you girls!

          • holey moley

            yup kim so yeon is beyond awesome…

  8. miss_procrastination

    I loved your thoughts on Sungkyunkwan Scandal. I adore the drama. I’m normally not a second lead fan but Jaeshin is epic win. His longing stares, his quickness to defend, and his glorious beauty are just some of the reasons I love him. Then Sun Joon has quiet calm that can make the knees go weak. He’s honest, morally righteous, and wonderful. His inner turmoil dealing with his sexuality makes me want to hug him. Yoonhee has strong beliefs and stands by them. She is awesome. Yongha is the best. His adoration of Jaeshin makes me giddy. Bromance! All four of them round out a glorious cast!

    I love the contrast and the vying affections between the audience and Sun Joon & Jaeshin. The balance between Yoonhee & Sun Joon is wonderful. And the four characters together makes rainbows and unicorns in Asian drama land!

    I LOVE the drama. Thanks for deconstructing the drama with your Asian drama wisdom!

    • 8.1 anais

      “His longing stares, his quickness to defend, and his glorious beauty are just some of the reasons I love him. Then Sun Joon has quiet calm that can make the knees go weak. He’s honest, morally righteous, and wonderful. His inner turmoil dealing with his sexuality makes me want to hug him”


      “the four characters together makes rainbows and unicorns in Asian drama land!”

      So well put!

    • 8.2 maria

      wow, that was so freakin well put! an i don’t just mean technically- i mean that was descriptive masterclass. 🙂

      i loooove the joseon 4, and i must thank you for putting into words the very reasons why they are awesomebeans. 😛

      i love jae shin the best– you’re right– his longing stares and his quickness to defend just totally bowl me over. 😛

  9. Lolly


    An another podcast 🙂

    I can’t wait listen your discuss… 🙂


  10. 10 annie

    this is so much fun~ listening to you two is just as exciting as reading your recaps 😀

    by the way, i adore the sungkyunkwan love <3 i could just sit here and listen to a sungkyunkwan scandal podcast for like…hours.

    oh and im curious on what JB and GF thinks (if the rumours floating around are worth any thing) about an 'open' ending for SKKS?


    • 10.1 annie

      oh and BROMANCES = A+ hehehe

      (seriously i would be happy for jaeshin to break his heart over yoonhee if we just get some yeorim-guhro~)

  11. 11 cingdoc

    Dear JB & GF
    Thanks…definitely something fun for me to do this weekend 🙂

  12. 12 lei

    listening right now. i love your SKKS discussion!!

  13. 13 kaedejun

    ROCK STARS!!!!!! 😀

  14. 14 UJ

    i haven’t tried sungkyunkwan scandal yet…but i will since you guys love it…i really want to see the comic con pics…it would be awsm if u guys would upload some 😀

  15. 15 seirrah

    i cant believe i’m hearing your voices.. i love it..

  16. 16 John

    poor jaeshin….placed into the ajusshi role…

    SKKS and Kim So Yeon talk. This is awesome.

  17. 17 diadda

    Java and Girlfriday fangirling over SkkS. LOL!

    I rarely get to actually hear others fangirling over dramas the way I do. Now I have some idea of what I sound like to my co-workers who don’t watch Kdrama.

    Thanks for the podcast.

  18. 18 xiaoSxin

    Another podcast!!

    Thanks JB, GF. It is fun listening to both of you discuss SKKS. I started watching SKKS because of the recaps and the lively discussion of Moony faction vs. Yummy faction vs. Smarty Faction on every OT.

    Let’s just say the energy of the people here while gushing and ranting about everything SKKS was contagious! Now I am addicted! This reminds me somewhat of the time Tamra Island was airing and people keep rooting for TEAM PARK KYU!!

    Now, I can help but support Moony!! Love him!

  19. 19 holey moley

    skks and dr. champ talk is love…i’m with girlfriday with the jaeshin love, but not with that one comment about kim so yeon..hahaha (wink wink)…

  20. 20 blueangel

    I just finished listening to your first 2 podcast and I have to say i love them. I was just going to ask you guys to squeeze in sometime for a 3rd podcast when you guys posted this.
    I can’t wait for the next podcast. Keep up the great work!!

  21. 21 bleu

    Funny, when I listen to your podcast..I sort of want you two have an open line (be it in form of emails/phone/SMS whatever) where we the listeners can actually ask questions/comments about the particular topic/s you two are talking about. It doesn’t have to be like a long discussion/argument over the phone things but listening you two tackles funny/weird/cool/nice comments or questions from the listeners would so cool!!

  22. 22 Daniaa

    oh girlfriday and javabeans, why are you guys giving me another chance/opportunity to fall in love with you guys??

    *imitates seon joon*

    this cannot be, this cannot be, this cannot be.


    haha. i can’t love you guys more than i already do, can i?


  23. 23 potensvita

    this is my first time replying, and usually, I don’t reply as I dont see the need to. But this time, since it is a podcast which is kinda of on the personal level, I crawled out from my hiding corner.

    I was downloading to find out what are your thoughts about SKKS drama ….. and I really think that the whole four fits into one whole picture.

  24. 24 van

    oh 1st time hearing your voices, it’s good to hear actually the voices behind the writers who gives the best recaps..and it’s cute you are actually amazed people ask u for autographs, i mean i would!
    can you make a podcast for A drama after it ends?give your final thoughts about it? i mean just pick the best like SKKS (which is just like the best drama ever!) that would be fun!
    forget about those dramas you don’t like such as CS or bad guy, although i find it for some reason some bashing and ranting about those would be really fun too!
    keep up the good work!

  25. 25 christina

    Ooo~ YAY! I love these podcasts! And I love Sungkyunkwan Scandal & Dr. Champ too!

  26. 26 xiaoSxin

    I think JB, GF, you have a pretty difficult task of doing the end of year reviews this year. There are a lot of interesting and discussion worthy (not necessarily good) dramas that aired today.

  27. 27 Jen

    This might be a strange comment, but I have a really hard time distinguishing Korean names from one another because the way I think a name is pronounced sounds completely different when Korean speakers say it. Boy, did I have a difficult time trying to distinguish the names of the characters you two were talking about. I had an even harder time when you were referring to certain actresses. I listened to parts of the podcast over and over just to get the names. Haha.

    Out of curiosity, how many hours a week do you two individually spend on watching dramas? I don’t even do recaps and I can tell you that a whole lot of my free time is spent watching dramas or reading about them. It amazes me that you two even recap as many dramas as you do in such a small time frame. It’s much appreciated, btw. You have no idea how grateful I am to be able to turn to your blog when there aren’t subs and I need my drama fix.

    I have to also say that I love music in your posts, Javabeans. I listen to the music while reading and once a song is over, I’ll scroll back up to replay the song just because it really sets the mood for me. I’ve even cried reading some of your posts. That’s not to say that I don’t love Girlfriday’s posts as well or that I’m any less grateful for them, but the music is just an added bonus. So, thank you!

    • 27.1 KT

      I have that same problem. When JB and GF said “Sungkyungkwan” it took me awhile to figure out they’re talking about THE drama. I’ve always pronounced it “sung-kyung-kwan”, but it’s more like “sungk-yung-guan”. Go figure!

      Love your podcast JB and GF. It makes me appreciate all the recappers even more. You guys are awesome!

  28. 28 Kuging

    OMG. I cant believe im hearing you girls..

    🙂 i smile whenever some1 of u giggles ..

  29. 29 Jen

    BTW, I feel the same way about Dr. Champ. I seriously go into it every time not expecting much and then feeling surprised by how good each episode is.

    As for Runaway, I couldn’t even watch the entire first episode because it was so boring to me. I wanted to get into it, but I just never could. And, this might be blaspheme, but that was how I also felt when watching Green Rose. I couldn’t get past the first episode even though I love Go Soo. I’ve tried watching the first episode five times already.

  30. 30 Ariel

    Come on guys if I was there in NY I would definitely get your autographs, I’m your fangirl through and through. Your awesomeness in recapping just makes me enjoy a series more. Your insights makes me think!!! and for someone to make my brain work to delve deeper into a drama now that’s just genius. By the way both of you sound great, can’t wait for the next podcast.

  31. 31 yumi

    JB and GF,
    Hey, I’m listening to your podcast now!
    Love your thoughts on Sungkyunkwan and Dr Champ.
    And the music too!

  32. 32 zig


    Regarding Sungkyunkwan – don’t you think the romantic tension has always been a little forced between Sunjoon and Yoonhee? At least at the first few episodes before he saw her in gisaeng get-up. Whenever he spoke to her his tone and gaze would soften and there was quite a bit of wrist-grabbing and shoulder-touching and cheek-stroking going on. All done very sweetly too might I add. It just felt very strange and forced because the writers were obviously doing it knowing that the audience knows that Yoonshik is a girl and that Sunjoon is the lead and therefore it is sweet to have him stroke her cheek and have romantic music playing in the background. But come on, Sunjoon is no Yeorim and Yoonshik is no hot ten-year best friend. It felt very engineered. Jaeshin, another hot-blooded male gave Yoonshik not a hoot until he saw her bathing in the moonlight, right? So why is it okay for Sunjoon to be so tender and sweet to Yoonshik at the start?

    • 32.1 mellowyel

      Was rereading the recaps and remembered your question so came back to offer an answer. Sunjoon hasn’t ever had a real friend. He sees straight through people who are nice to him because of his status and calls them out on it, so he can’t even enjoy that superficial friendship. Yoonshik, however, likes him for who he is, not how privileged he is, and that endears him to Sunjoon. Also, since s/he’s pretty, and Sunjoon clearly has no experience with girls, we could assume that he’s treating her like he would a girl except he doesn’t realize it. Finally (and on a more general note), I’m only just beginning to understand that Yoonhee is just that likeable of a person. She’s the plucky underdog who everyone wants to see succeed. She’s also smart, and kind to boot, so people are drawn to her. But because she’s a girl/ tiny compared to her classmates, she can’t always take care of herself, requiring Sunjoon (and Jaeshin) to step in occasionally to be her protector. They probably started out thinking of her as their little brother, with platonic affection and big brother-y protectiveness, which then changed as things went on and feelings got involved.

      This whole ramble was inspired solely by the episode 5 recap, where everyone’s concerned for YS after the incident with In-soo, and where SJ and JS do a double wrist grab on her. I cringe, every time I see that scene, and the whole thing had been bothering me since I started watching, so I hope this makes sense to you, cos it (kinda) makes sense to me

  33. 33 dit

    LOL, that’s what I thought about Cha Yeryun. She’s so freaking dull. She makes it SO easy to root the main lady character.

  34. 34 strawhatz

    um…just wondering what about playful kiss and joseon x-files?

    and as for sungkyunkwan, i think this is the first time i like the second male lead better than the male lead…..i was originally watching sungkyunkwan for song joong ki as i have never watched yoo ah in in anything before…however midway i began liking jae shin more…i love whenever he’s with yong ha…they’re the reason i watch lol though i like jae shin more than yong ha now

  35. 35 djes

    AH,why this comes out when my internet connection is beyond crappy! TT__TT
    I’m envy to all of you who already finished hearing the podcast, because this is what I was waiting for after I saw JB & GF’s pictures.
    I want to hear the podcast and imagining to sit together with you gals!
    (oh damn i sounded too creepy )

    I guess I have to make my poor laptop works overtime again tonight to dl this. 🙁

  36. 36 jemz

    wow! i thought you were koreans..
    but it seems you’re americans..

    • 36.1 Linda Lovett

      They’re Korean americans (Koreans born or who grew up in America)

  37. 37 shim yeon

    Love the music and your thoughts on SKKS and Dr Champ, which are both dramas i personally like a lot!

    I’ve downloaded the podcast so i can listen to them when i’m on my way to school..fangirling about SKKS now..giggles

    Thank you so much!

  38. 38 peachys2sleep

    YAY! I love these podcasts! =D

  39. 39 mskololia

    thank you jb and gf for the wonderful podcast segment. i may email a request for joseon x-files.

    i would be watching skks if it were not for the b4 comparisons made early on. my preferred viewing is a period drama in kland so i may watch it this winter.

  40. 40 Memei

    Yeo-rim is the puppet master who gets a sick pleasure from playing the three. Hahahaha

  41. 41 yue

    just started to watch fugitive:plan b and see the same actor as the one playing the director in gumiho and I have to laugh haha even if this role is supposed to be serious, I will never be able to take HIM seriously ever again after gumiho..this voice alone just cracks me up XD

  42. 42 katz

    Really enjoyed the podcast! Thanks, JB and GF!

    I found myself nodding and agreeing with your comments on the various dramas (well, at least the ones I’ve watched anyway).
    I started off liking I am Legend but my interest waned after the divorce case and I think the story became really weak when the writers tried to cover too many angles with too short a time. I did keep up with the recaps though (thank you, kaedejun!).
    And I am totally in love with SKKS. The four leads play off each other so well and there’s a good story in addition to the 4 beautiful characters! And I think it’s a good thing not recapping it so you get to relax and enjoy it a bit more!
    I do like Kim So Yeon as an actress. She really isn’t the best-looking actress around but she really owns the screen. She does do a good job being smart yet bumbling because sometimes I’ve to remind myself that she was that b**ch in All about Eve.

    And you both did say lots of interesting stuff! 🙂 Always good to hear about what both of you thought about the various dramas. I also appreciate all the guest recapping that goes on because I get to read about what others think and do some fan-girling (in the case of SKKS)! It really isn’t easy getting round to so many dramas and I can’t imagine putting in all that work into the recaps so thanks to all the recappers!

  43. 43 mellowyel

    omg I was just thinking “Wouldn’t it be awesome if Dramabeans did another podcast?” LOL Thank you!!! Off to listen. P.S. Have you thought about publishing the podcast on iTunes or another site where we could subscribe to it?

    • 43.1 mellowyel

      just finished listening – it was awesome! The SKKS discussion was really fun. I agree with GF(?) in that I find the fact that Jaeshin is your typical hero-type interesting because he’s the second lead – he’s definitely a hero, just not of this story. And also that he’s not even a perfect hero – he’s brave but constantly gets injured, he puts others before himself, almost to a fault, and he’s kind of lost in the murkiness surrounding his brother’s death and the Geum Jeung Di Sa. I feel like even if he DID end up paired with Yoonhee, he’d have to adjust his priorities. I mean, she is a priority for him, but not his main priority and that kind of keeps him as a protector as opposed to a love interest for me (though I LOVE when she makes him smile – it’s absolutely adorable). He helps her when he can, but can’t be there for her in the same way Sunjoon can because of his other emotional hangups. He’d probably be the one to push Yoonhee away because he’d worry she’d be in danger if they knew who he was and that they were together (a la Spiderman shunting Mary Jane because of his “enemies”, lol) or go do something important for his cause leaving her alone. Despite the fact that he likes her, and there is a chemistry between them, I just don’t see them ending up together. I know he’s going to break my heart in the coming weeks though, so I’m getting my tissues ready. He’s already warming up to the fact that he’s not the one she likes.

      I think it’s a testament to the awesomeness of the writers, both of the original novel and the drama, that despite Jaeshin being the hero guy, we root for Yoonhee/Sunjoon. They came together not just because of a mixup with the entrance exam, but also because they see in each other someone they can learn from and depend on – possibly in more ways than they realize right now. And it seems believable and real, as opposed to the less believable “we live/ have been thrown together, we happen to like/ end up liking each other, turns out we’re perfect for each other” that we see in dramas like My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, You’re Beautiful, Personal Taste, etc. I like romances that give us reasons WHY they’re meant to be, instead of just telling us. And despite all this, I wouldn’t call this a romance drama because there’s so much more to it! (More than I should talk about in this one comment, lol.) And that’s what keeps me watching every week. I didn’t watch from the beginning but recaps drew me in, and now I’m an addict. Story of my life.

      Thanks so much again!!!

  44. 44 Lily


    I really wanted to hear what the two of you thought of SKKS because you guys didn’t recap the series!

    Thank you so much!

  45. 45 Mawiie

    Thanks a lot for the podcast!
    To be honnest I haven’t seen any of those dramas that you’re talking about (although I do plan to watch Sungkyunkwan once my mid terms week is over), i just like to listen to your comments. Keep up with the hard work!

  46. 46 sugarpunch

    oh!! i love 찾았다. i admit, i am a fan of dbsk, and now, JYJ. but their voices are really quite nice:) heard them sing live today and they sang this song too! really really nice.

  47. 47 asianromance

    Thank you for the podcast! I can’t believe after all those recaps you guys do that you’re still treating us with a podcast of your opinions! And that you’re watching all these dramas on top of the dramas you watch to recap. That means you’re like watching at least 8 hours of dramas each week- not including the rewatching you have to do in order to do a recap.

    I also think the Sungkyunkwan Joseon quartet beats the F4. Yoon-hee and co. play off each other so well and I don’t feel any one of them is the leader of the group. Though I love Guh-ro to pieces, Yoonhee fits best with Sun-joon- though after ep 13, I’m really pissed off at SJ. Haven’t gotten to ep 14, yet.

  48. 48 Leah

    LOooool, Thanks Girls. I’m always happy to see podcasts by you two!!!!!!!! Keep being awesome!!!!!!! <3<3<3

  49. 49 Ning

    Thank you for doing the podcast, it was amazing to listen to you both.

    I respect how you could view all those probably demanding mails for recaps maturedly, even understanding why a person could behave that way (love how you worded it as “addictive behaviour”, it’s true!).

    And… really appreciate your principle to finish what you’ve set to do, drama recaps I mean. It was not an easy thing, especially with dramas that have sucky latter parts. And yet, it give us who watch the same drama a space to voice out our opinion. thank you 🙂

  50. 50 chompingoncapncrunch

    thanks for the podcast, really made my day 😀

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