Drama Recaps
Playful Kiss: Episode 11
by | October 6, 2010 | 399 Comments

This episode was sort of low-key, but had some sweet moments and a bit of development. It didn’t have as many “exciting” moments as some other episodes (not that you can really use the word “exciting” with this drama), but there is the implication at the end of the episode that makes up for that.


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The morning after is less romantic than Seung-jo’s declaration last night might have suggested. Ha-ni turns out to be a disruptive bed-partner, manhandling Seung-jo while unconscious and stealing the blankets. He sighs with frustration while she remains blissfully asleep.

Ha-ni awakens slowly, remembering happily that she and Seung-jo slept in the same bed. Eyes still closed, she reaches out to feel for him, but he’s already up and a little disgruntled as he tells her about her horrible sleep habits.

Breakfast is a cutely domestic scene, which Seung-jo prepares and Ha-ni revels in. Seung-jo makes nothing of eating together, or getting dressed for the day, or walking out together like the junior version of the happily married couple walking ahead of them, but in my opinion therein lies the sweetness — that comfortable attitude treating this all like it’s mundane. Like you’ve already arrived here naturally in your relationship.

In contrast, Ha-ni doesn’t even try to hide how much she loves it, and jumps to play the part of a wife, picking out a red checked shirt for him to wear. He dismisses the choice and picks another, but I’m betting that red shirt makes a reappearance at some point. (It had better!)

At school, a crowd has gathered in front of a sign. Ha-ni’s jaw drops at the embarrassing declaration, courtesy of Joon-gu:

“Baek Seung-jo at last ♥ Oh Ha-ni. They spent a night of love together! Oh! Ha-ni will definitely be wearing the same clothes as yesterday!”

OMG. Mortifying to the nth degree, no?

The students cast knowing looks at the couple in question, and one of them — Mom in disguise as a nerd, lol — prods Seung-jo to explain what happened. Exasperated, he pulls his mother aside and asks her to cut it out.

School is abuzz with the latest rumors, but Ha-ni has nothing to report to Mom or her friends. Nothing happened.

Even He-ra is uneasy about the gossip, and she makes a roundabout reference to the news, trying to get Seung-jo’s reaction. I dearly wish he’d let her stew in her insecurity, but he cheers her up by saying that she ought to know nothing happened with Ha-ni.

In all the excitement of the night before, Ha-ni has forgotten what she did with her chocolates, which she was never able to give to Seung-jo. She laments the loss, but wouldn’t you know, the box is safely back at Seung-jo’s place.

He opens the box and reads her cute handwritten note:

To: Seung-jo
These are chocolates I made myself, thinking of you. I hope you’ll enjoy them~~ ♥

He smiles at the note and takes a bite of a chocolate… and spits it out. In true Ha-ni fashion, they taste awful. But our little Robot Boy is learning that it’s the thought that counts, and he gives a little laugh.

With exams approaching, Ha-ni tries to study, but realizes that it’s spreading herself too thin to try to prepare for all her subjects. Instead, she’ll focus on English, which is the only class she shares with Seung-jo. (Ergo, she can’t drop out of it.)

She spends late nights studying, and when she shows up on test day, Seung-jo notices her wan expression with some worry. He-ra’s feeling mighty self-confident after being assured that nothing happened between them, so she once again falls back on her hateful habit of masking insults as cheery comments, saying that Ha-ni should probably repeat this level next year.

Ha-ni stares at Seung-jo dreamily through the first half of the test session, marveling and how handsome he looks. To her surprise, he reaches back and swaps papers with her — giving her his finished sheet and taking her empty one.

Best of all is the smile he flashes, which sends He-ra into a tizzy. No, I take that back — best of all is that pissy look on He-ra’s face at Seung-jo’s unexpected gesture. I was a little confused — was he actually helping her on an exam so she could join them next year? But perhaps this is just Ha-ni’s deluded daydreaming… (Note: The editing is rather choppy and confusing in this episode.)

Joon-gu is devastated about the latest development with Ha-ni and despairs that he’ll have to give her up. But he gets some unexpected advice from Kyung-soo sunbae (who sees him looking miserable and gives him some suggestions), and resolves to give it another try, starting with a proper confession of his feelings.

He finds Ha-ni after her test and gravely begins his speech, explaining that he’d almost given up, but decided to stick it through. When her head drops forward, he assumes that she feels guilty, not knowing that she’s actually fallen asleep. Lol.

But no matter, because Ju-ri and Min-ah inform him that nothing actually happened between Ha-ni and Seung-jo, which revives his optimism.

Ha-ni’s in for the shock of her life when a strange student comes up to her during tennis club and asks her to go steady. She doesn’t even know him, much less know how to respond to that, and gapes silently as he talks with Kyung-soo.

This is Kim Ki-tae, who has taken a year off school and is about to re-enroll, making him a sunbae. He tells Ha-ni that he’s known since high school that she likes Seung-jo, but figures he has a chance with her because they’re not officially dating. His self-assured demeanor is not at all shaken at her perplexed reaction, and he asks her on a date this weekend.

Ha-ni’s never been asked out before — she’s always been the pursuer — so after the idea sinks in, she starts to warm to it. Oh, she doesn’t like Ki-tae, but it’s a flattering idea, and she enjoys the attention.

Ju-ri and Min-ah hasten to tell Seung-jo, thinking to light a fire under his indifferent butt, only to get the cool response, “Really? So what?” They say that he might find Ha-ni snapped up by that other guy, but Seung-jo scoffs, “Is that so? I’m not worried.”

But since you happen to say that as you’re wearing your Ha-ni-approved, red-checked shirt, I’m deciding I don’t believe you, NOT ONE BIT.

Mom frets over the possibility of Ha-ni falling for the new guy, bemoaning the day when Ha-ni gets “stolen away,” blaming Seung-jo for his lack of action. This will not do.

Officially in courtship mode, Ki-tae treats her with friendly interest, finding her at school and swinging an arm casually over her shoulders. She stiffens and scoots away, but he doesn’t take offense and follows. It’s interesting how he can do that and not come across sleazy.

Ki-tae explains that at first he was provoked by Seung-jo — that hoobae who does everything so well. Ki-tae had first fixated on his pseudo-rivalry with Seung-jo, but in the process he started to notice Ha-ni, since she was always following Seung-jo around. He found her tenacity attractive, and asks her again to date him — she shouldn’t waste her youth waiting for Seung-jo.

He-ra catches sight of their cozy tete-a-tete, and immediately sizes up the situation. She’s thrilled — that takes Ha-ni away from Seung-jo — and enthusiastically pushes the two toward each other. She even skips away in glee.

Mom does recon, spying on Ki-tae, and admits that he’s much cuter than Seung-jo. Ha-ni assures her not to worry, because she’s only interested in Seung-jo.

That thrills Mom, but she jumps to prevent Ha-ni from rejecting Ki-tae right away. Now that her fears have been assuaged, she wants to take advantage of this scenario to stir Seung-jo’s jealousy. After all, he’s feeling too complacent with Ha-ni always around; he needs a little kick in the pants. Rock on, Mom.

I don’t think Seung-jo is jealous, per se, but he doesn’t love this development, either, and it makes him a little more cutting than usual. When He-ra pushes Ha-ni to date Ki-tae, Seung-jo chimes in: “How lucky for you. They say that if one person throws something away, there’ll be another to pick it up.”

Pride stung, Ha-ni retorts that Ki-tae’s just as smart and good-looking as him, PLUS he treats girls much better! Which is, of course, when Ki-tae steps in, pleased at her vote of confidence. He asks Seung-jo to let Ha-ni come to him now, and Seung-jo replies that Ha-ni’s not his, so he can do whatever he wants.

Seung-jo’s comments tickle Ha-ni’s ire, and with a flash of anger she thinks that she may as well go ahead and have a relationship with Ki-tae. (Cutely, she uses the words “have an affair,” as though dating Ki-tae would be cheating on Seung-jo. God, Seung-jo, can’t you just own up to your feelings already? You totally don’t deserve her devotion.)

At the restaurant, Seung-jo is his usual sarcastic self when he takes Ha-ni’s order, thinking she’s going to spend another day waiting around for him. However, she declares that she’s here to meet someone else, which is when Ki-tae arrives. I have to say I love that little look of surprise on Seung-jo’s face when he realizes Ha-ni’s on a date.

Ha-ni pulls back when Ki-tae slings his arm around her shoulders, but that’s when Seung-jo comes around with their drink order, so she ignores him and reacts enthusiastically to Ki-tae’s date suggestions. Seung-jo pointedly interrupts to deliver the drinks, and sets them down a lot slower than he could. Oh, you.

As soon as he leaves the table, however, Ha-ni deflates and drops her cheerful act.

It’s too bad she doesn’t have any interest in Ki-tae, because he’s pretty much the textbook ideal for a kind, attentive date. He looks after her every comfort and makes sure she’s having fun, and she admits that it’s been a while since she enjoyed herself like this.

Hearing that her crush on Seung-jo dates back four years, Ki-tae tells her that he doesn’t expect her to suddenly get over that and like him, but all he wants is for her to think of him a little. At the end of the date, Ha-ni looks around disappointedly, having secretly hoped that Seung-jo would show.

While looking at Seung-jo from afar in the library, Ha-ni decides things can’t continue like this, because she doesn’t want to use Ki-tae. Time to end it.

Ki-tae, on the other hand, urges her to forget Seung-jo, ignoring her attempt to talk to him. He pulls her aside (grabbing her by the neck, aie!), ironically taking the same stance Seung-jo had with the wall kiss as he leans in… and at the last moment Ha-ni squeals, “No!”

That’s when Joon-gu makes his appearance, throwing a punch and telling him to stop pestering Ha-ni. Ki-tae punches back, and this leads to a full-on fight right there amidst the bookshelves while Ha-ni watches in horror and tries to urge them to stop.

Enter Seung-jo, who tells them that there’s no use fighting over Ha-ni. He grabs her shoulder and pulls her close as he points out, “Even so, I’m the only one Ha-ni likes.” With that, leads her along with his hand still on her shoulders.

HA! He can pretend he doesn’t care, but the fact is that he uses the hand-on-shoulder move purposely to signal the guys to back off, because once they’re alone together he drops the hand. She’s feeling miffed at his ego — how confident he must be to declare that he’s the only one she likes. Seung-jo tells her frankly that she and her mother are so transparent.

They have dinner with the parents that night, after which Dad takes Seung-jo aside to ask about his future plans. He suggests that Seung-jo take over his game company, but Seung-jo answers curtly that his father has planned out his whole future without his input.

After that, Seung-jo drops out of sight for a while, and Ha-ni notes that he quits his restaurant job and has stopped coming to tennis club. It takes a while, but she tracks him down to his new job (tipped off by Kyung-soo) as a groundskeeper at a mountain villa.

He’s exasperated with Kyung-soo for telling everyone where he went — in particular He-ra, who pulls up just moments after Ha-ni. Kyung-soo sees this group outing as his chance to make inroads with He-ra, and proposes that he and Ha-ni team up to keep He-ra and Seung-jo apart.

Ergo: couple games, in which he pairs himself with He-ra. Seung-jo sits this one out, leaving Ha-ni and a disgruntled Eun-jo on the same team.

The task is a scavenger hunt wherein the couples must find all seven stamps that have been placed in the forest. There are a couple of funny moments with the He-ra/Kyung-soo pair, not least because He-ra goes hiking in the woods in four-inch heels. At one point Kyung-soo tosses an object in her direction and yells that it’s a bug, which sends her clutching him in fear.

Ha-ni and Eun-jo are both bummed to be stuck in this game without Seung-jo, but Ha-ni tries to make the best of it. A misstep sends her slipping over a small cliff, and she lands in the ditch below. She’s not hurt, but that leaves her unable to climb back up to the main level. Worse yet, they think they hear the howl of a wild animal, which worries them as nighttime approaches.

Joon-gu also works his way through the forest, intent on sticking by Ha-ni’s side at all times. He spots the hat she lost when she fell, and tries to reach for it — and that sends HIM into the crevasse below with an injured leg. He shouts for Ha-ni, and ironically, it’s that sound that makes her cower in fear.

Without a cell phone signal, Eun-jo and Ha-ni settle down to wait for help, and thankfully Eun-jo has come prepared. He shares his blanket with her, and, seeing her shivering, he holds her hands to warm them. It’s cute.

What’s even more adorable, however, is when they think they hear the wild animal approaching, and Eun-jo tells Ha-ni to take cover behind him. Aw! He’s a little boy with the heart of a man.

Seung-jo has remained behind to work, but he’s tipped off that something’s wrong when He-ra and Kyung-soo wearily trudge back and are surprised that Ha-ni’s not back yet. Alarmed, Seung-jo takes off for the forest at a run, knowing something must have happened.

Finding Ha-ni and his brother, he helps them back to safety, and then also finds Joon-gu stranded in the ditch and helps him as well. Joon-gu’s reluctant to accept his help, embarrassed to be at his mercy, and vows to repay this debt.

The next morning, Ha-ni takes a stroll outside, taking a seat at a bench. Seung-jo joins her there, where he tells her, “You should’ve come alone.” He points out, “I thought you liked me and all that. Don’t you know how I feel?”

She starts to say, “I know you wouldn’t think of someone like me…”

He stops her by putting a hand on her shoulder, and then — OMO OMO! — leans down to kiss her.

Only… that’s when Ha-ni wakes up from her daydream, having nodded off on the bench. OH YOU FAKERS. How dare you do this to me and my heightened expectations?

Ha-ni realizes the kiss was just in her dreams, and wishes she’d dreamed a little longer.

But something feels a little different, and she touches a finger to her mouth as she muses, “Still, somehow my lips feel…”

And the camera pans away to reveal Eun-jo, standing at a distance, reacting in shock to something he perhaps didn’t expect to see…


So the big question: DID HE OR DIDN’T HE?

Also, the little question: That “he” is Seung-jo, right?

At first I wondered if we were supposed to think it was Eun-jo who kissed Ha-ni, based on his reaction — he looks nervous and is breathing harder than usual. We DID see him softening toward Ha-ni when they were stuck in the woods together, but still, I don’t think that makes that much sense. Plus, the ending teddy-bear image shows Eun-jo Bear watching Seung-jo Bear kiss Ha-ni Bear… so there’s that.


This episode (and this entire series, really) made me think how curious it was that you could have a drama without any angst that is still enjoyable. Because, let’s face it: there’s nothing in this drama to worry you, to give you that feeling of suspense or anxiety for the characters. Even if all romantic comedies are a foregone conclusion (boy and girl find love), conflict and narrative tension keep things interesting on their way to achieving Happily Ever After. But in this drama, it’s even more obvious than usual (if that’s possible) how it’ll end, so I feel no suspense, and none of the “complications” are really very complicating.

And yet, despite that, I still find it really entertaining and heartwarming to watch. Hm. It’s interesting.

The relationship between Ha-ni and Seung-jo is developing at a snail’s pace, and I’ll admit there are moments where it gets close to being wearying. Yes, Ha-ni likes Seung-jo. Yes, he likes her back but refuses to admit it. I think it’s time for use to get a little more than that same old, same old — or at least bigger expressions of affection on his part. They haven’t lost me yet, but I do think it’s about time for the couple to be making greater strides as the drama’s finish approaches. I look forward to that.


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399 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. xiaoSxin

    i am starting to love Beak Sung Joo. But this episode has some choppy editing..

    love the OST in this episode though

    • 1.1 xiaoSxin

      That ending definitely is a cliffhanger!! although we can guess what it is..

      • 1.1.1 gala

        yes cliffhanger-gone-bad because stupid, stupid pd had to add the teddy bears. ugh. in the japanese anime, it worked so well. viewers were questioning whether it was the brother who actually kissed Kotoko/Hani. it was supposed to tickle our minds, eventho we know who really kissed her. but the ending-bears really ruined it.

        • Hannah

          Really? So in the anime/manga it’s actually meant to have you wondering which brother it was?

          • Chriser

            No it is just the Korean version to have you wonder. In the manga it is actually done in the hospital with the little brother waking up at the same moment Seung-jo sneaked a kiss. I guess they wanted to put their own spin on it.

          • gala

            in the anime, it would make you think if little Yuuki was the one who kissed her. korean PK is a mixture of the manga and anime [and well, we could say a few influences from the taiwanese.]

            but because of the ending-bears, it really disrupted that “tickling” thought as i’d call it if A) SJ did kiss her B) it was the usual Hani daydreams or C) EJ kissed her! but we all know it’s A because the bears gave it away.

            [ugh. sorry, i’m ranting and hating on the bears too much. I just didnt love the idea of it in all honesty.]

          • Nameless

            Although I never occur to me that the bro would kiss OHN, but from the manga and anime, it did stir our mind whether the kiss took place or not.

            Again the kiss in the hospital is a twist from ISWAK.
            In manga/ anime, it happened in this outdoor setting. You can refer to manga volume 7 if you still insist.

          • CHshe

            @ Chriser
            I thought I made it clear about ISWAK’s twist on the 2nd kiss.

            Thanks for the info.

          • v

            I am in the minority here but i’m indifferent about the bears… but that’s maybe because i’ve seen all the other versions so it’s not exactly a spoiler anymore… i’m actually glad they cleared it up, with all the unwanted confusion we’ve had in this episode with the dismal editing…

            lol.. Chriser… i think you confused the two… in the anime + manga, the kiss was outdoor.
            in ISWAK, they changed it and made it into the hospital.
            i think PK is following the manga pretty closely (and by extension, the anime as well).

        • samy

          maybe the pd decided to clarify things a bit with the bears so as not to have a big fuss from the viewers about the (under-age for Eun Jo) kiss… koreans are not exactly very liberal and this show already had some similar troubles, if i recall… anyway, Eun Jo + Ha ni = a bit icky… so I m rather glad that it was SJ^^

          • MEIKO**** ^-^

            lol!!!, right, it would have been icky…not to mention three-four guys (joon gu, ki tae, lil bro…and seung jo) liking Oh HaNi would have been exasperating already….

        • Angela

          haha, at first, I totally thought it was the little brother who kissed her too (he’s got all the making of a kid with a crush) but then when they showed the bears, it was pretty clear he just witnessed his brother kissing her while she slept. It makes me wonder if that scene was due to poor editing, or if they intentionally created that brief moment of doubt, just so that they could reveal it through use of the bears (which is both clever and annoying, lol).

        • My

          I thought the bears were cute but oh well you cant please everybody

      • 1.1.2 lena

        it was actually the Taiwanese version that did their own spin because I’m pretty positive that in the manga, that kiss definitely did happen in the forest.

        • Nameless

          110% Agree.

          • Hannah

            Oh, thanks everyone. I was just wondering. I thought it was played pretty straight with the bears.

        • Eva

          yes, i can vouch for lena cos i read the manga and watched the taiwanese version~

          the kiss @ the hospital happened in taiwanese version while the korean plot followed the manga more. so if u’ve read the manga, u’ll know wat happens next

        • CHshe

          Again, why with this confusion?

          It is obvious.
          Kiss at hospital – ISWAK
          Kiss in the forest – Manga/ Anime/ now PK

          • javabeans

            There’s confusion because some of us are watching this drama without comparing it to previous versions. So whether the previous versions made it real or fake, it’s still this drama’s decision to play with the did-he-or-didn’t-he question, and I like that we’re not supposed to know for sure yet. Keeps a little mystery alive. To my mind, we don’t yet have an answer to the question.

          • CHshe

            Thanks JB.
            I totally agree with that mystery thing. And that adaptations are open and free to set their own twist or some kind of signature. That’s why I anticipated the kiss to be different. But it stay true as to manga.

            I’m not giving the obvious answer whether the kiss took place or not. Only its obvious on where it was. So PK stay true in following the manga and not the rest of adaptations. It seems that there confusion everywhere.

          • Hannah


            Haha, sorry if bringing up other versions is annoying! I seriously just thought it was weird editing confusion and didn’t even get that they were playing with the did-he-or-didn’t-he question until I read your recap and then in the comments read that it may have drawn from the manga. With the bears, in a small way, becoming an influential element to the narrative, I thought it was being played pretty straight. But I guess that was just the way I read it.

        • joeydragonlady

          in the manga it didi happen in the woods…the kiss, so far the k version is a lot like the manga and the taiwanese series…love it.

        • meteorflower

          at the end of episode 12, they show the cut/edited scene

          and the scene where Eun Jo saw Seung Jo kiss Hani while she is sleeping

          so mystery solve

  2. Angel

    Omo. Thanks Javabeans!

  3. hoiyan

    yay! 😀 Thank you for the awesome recap! ^^
    Ha ni looks prettier every episode~ hehe

  4. pv

    Thank you Javabean! You made my day. After work, coming home to this is wonderful!! haha. (=

  5. mingtsai

    thanks so much for the fast recap..

    i’m really loving this show… it’s fresh and utterly charming…

    i especially love the last part of this episode.. well, based on the other versions, it will play a major role later in the series when it comes to revelations and realizations..

  6. endodo4ever

    I thought that it was the mother who wrote that sign of Ha Ni and Seung Jo spending the night together? Oh, and I think that during the test taking, it was just a dream and that Ha Ni wished for SJ to pass her notes so that she could pass. Too bad it didn’t happen ’cause SJ (along with Hae Ra) finishes his test 40 minutes prior to the time limit.

    • 6.1 javabeans

      Oh, was it mom? There was a weird transition where Dad wonders, “Where’s Joon-gu?” and then we cut right to school.

      And if the test was a dream, then I’m doubly mad about the horrible editing that made these scenes so confusing.

      • 6.1.1 endodo4ever

        Yeah, I believe it’s the mother because she disguised herself at the school so she put the sign up. That’s why when Seung Jo & Ha Ni arrive, Seung Jo immediately notices her and pulls her aside to berate her, knowing that she pulled off that stunt. Plus, I don’t think Joon Gu would have posted that sign because he was so bummed about Ha Ni and Seung Jo staying together at the apartment; he was pretty upset about it so he wouldn’t have been the one to broadcast it. (Although he didn’t know that they didn’t do anything.) So the only other person who would have wanted the entire school to know that our OTP were together would be Mommy Dearest. ^^ Hope that explains it.

        This episode was pretty awful in terms of editing and directing. I was confused a couple of times myself, so I had to rewatch a couple of scenes. MEH! ><''

      • 6.1.2 Anonymous

        as what i understood from watching it from viikii… it’s Hani’s daydream cause Haera commented to Hani that she’s not even started or finished her papers yet….

        • Anonymous

          I agree. Think haera mentioned something like “u hv not answer 1 question yet?” when she walk out of the exam hall. So I think bsj going the test paper for hani is only hani’s daydreaming about it

      • 6.1.3 Jewels

        I believe Joon-Gu was late not because he had anything to do about the message posted at the school (Seung-Jo’s mother did that), but because he collapse from exhaustion when looking for Ha Ni the previous night. He was trying to prevent her and Seung-Jo from sleeping together and having sex. The next day he was so bummed out in school until Ha Ni’s friends told him that nothing happen, therefore he was free to confess his love.

        Also regarding when Ha Ni’s friend approach Seung-Jo to tell him of the new sunbae after Ha Ni. Seung-Jo said “really, so what, he’s not worried…. of course he’s not, he knows how dedicated Ha Ni is about him and it’s lasted 4 years so far and he’s not that threatened. Hence, his stance in the library grabbing her shoulders and saying to the two boys, why fight…”she only likes me” or something like that.

        I think he got somewhat worried when she actually went on a date with the sunbae.

  7. alyssia

    Thanks! i already watch it but i like to read your reviews anyhow.

    I dont remember much from the taiwanese version. The ending does seem to sway us to think that Eun Jo might might kiss Ha Ni when she was dazing. But i’m betting on Seung jo. In the taiwanese version, the moment when he finally admits then kiss her; he said it was the third time he kiss her. She’s thought it was only the second time.

    So i’m thinking this is definitely the 2nd time before “real’ kiss.

  8. cingdoc

    Can I vote SJ’s mom as the coolest Mother of the Year…so embarassing AND endearing the same time…I’m sure if I’m her kid…rephrase that…If I did that to MY kid, she would kill me,too :)

    • 8.1 lovenyc52

      she would be the coolest mother-in-law EVER though :)

      • 8.1.1 Blah


      • 8.1.2 Shi Rin

        Wish my boyfriend had such a mom!

  9. Nhu

    Your feeling about this… is what I call the charm of slice-of-life shojo manga. It’s not for everyone, obviously, but if done well, like with the original manga Itazura na Kiss and with Playful Kiss, it’s heartwarming. Not very memorable unless you’re 10 or so (like I was, which makes it stay in your heart), but enjoyable.

  10. 10 may

    I thought the swapping of the English exam was all just Ha-ni’s imagination and didn’t actually happen.

    Perhaps I’m wrong?!?!

    • 10.1 Ladymynt

      I was actually thinking the same thing. I was really confused by his actions of giving her the test, b/c I can’t imagine him cheating for her. He’s always been about her doing things with her own effort whether it turns our well for her or not.
      So I rewatched the scene a few times and i think it was her imagine b/c right before He Ra leaves the examine she looks at Ha Ni’s exam and comments that she hasn’t even started yet or something like that. I think it was just a result of really bad editing that made it not look like one of her fantasies.

      • 10.1.1 javabeans

        I think you guys are right. I agree with the bad editing — choppy editing can be forgiven, but bad editing that makes you think something happened that didn’t = GRARRR.

        • lovenyc52

          ya the editing in this one was pretty bad. the test part confused me SO much because i couldn’t imagine SJ cheating for Ha Ni either… it was only when Hae Ra commented on her empty test sheet did I figure something was not as it should be. Normally the fantasy sequences are more obvious…

          • singletear

            I was thinking that maybe Seungjo had just outlined some of the important parts of the question for Hani so that she would find the test easier?
            Or maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part. Darn… I knew that smile he gave her was too good to be true…

        • potato88

          where is episode 12???i’ve been waiting for ages…pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee…i don’t want dr.champ….i want to read more episodes of playful kiss….please………………………..

          • v

            hehe… XD. i know ur impatient but please wait a little bit more… it’s not like the recap are going to come faster even if you plead. I’m sure they are doing their best to get it done asap. although i understand your need for PK goodies… ive been stalking PK related blogs myself.
            and Dr. champ is done by kaedejun and aberdeen_angus so it’s two other bloggers in charge of it… it doesn’t affect PK recaps at all whether or not the dr champ recaps come out… btw, it’s a really good drama.

  11. 11 ockoala

    Hi JB, thanks for the recap!

    I thought the same about SJ giving HN his completed exam, but upon rewatch realized it was HN’s daydream again, replete with smiling SJ handing her the exam.

    She actually snaps out of that daydream when SJ stands up to turn in his exam, and the HR gets up to go and looks at HN’s exam and tells her it’s still blank. Confirmation that the cheating gesture was all HN’s wishful thinking.

    I though the editing for this episode was TERRIBLE, way more jarring and inexplicable than usual. And everyone looked tired. But at least we’re going somewhere angsty tomorrow…

  12. 12 balletbabe

    If anyone was wondering the guy that played Kim Ki-tae is also the guy from Goong! He played as one of
    Prince Shin’s friends the drama.

    Also WTH does BSJ have that white headband on his head <_< So not attractive!!!

    • 12.1 balletbabe

      *in the drama

    • 12.2 Abie Lee

      Thanks for the interesting tidbit. Now that you’ve mentioned it, he does look familiar. Was he the guy that was interested in the ballerina or just one of the mean guys?

      • 12.2.1 balletbabe

        Yeah he was the one that was interested in Min Hyo Rin

  13. 13 Ladymoonstone143

    Thanks Javabeans for the awesome recaps as always. If you don’t listen carefully to Ha Ni’s “thoughts” and narration, you will be thinking that the episode is all over the place.

    The first scene was hilarious because I tortured myself since last Wednesday what will happen in the morning after. It was really worth the wait. The new guy is not that bad and the attention he showed on Ha Ni makes you wish Seung Jo would do the same to Ha Ni.

    I love the scene where Seung Jo discovered the missing chocolates and his reaction…it was so cute.

    I am at lost during the exam…if Seung Jo answered the texst for Ha Ni but it seemed he did probably because Ha Ni voiced out loud that she is hoping they can still be classmates the following sem.

    I wish the kiss was longer and intense…lol but then I want to see what Seung Jo’s lil brother saw with his own eyes…

    Thanks again…I have to go review the parts I love…lol

  14. 14 v.

    ok… ive gotta go do my hwk quickly but just answering to your questions:

    the cheating part…. WAS her day-dream… he didn’t cheat at all, she was just imagining it. during that time seungjo finished his test while she didn’t have anything written on it.

    the kiss part…. dream + reality… from her dream point of view= she has her eyes opened and got kissed
    from both the baek bros point of view, she was sleeping and seungjo sneaked in a kiss

    • 14.1 v.

      have to add… how HOT is frustrated baek seung jo with tousled hair trying to wrestle with hani…
      and bathrobe + wet hair = me fainting… and i’m not even a khj’s fan… i can’t even imagine how triple s would react… XD

      • 14.1.1 mae-ness

        TOTALLY HOT to the nth level. cos we get a glimpse of his human side which is both rare and refreshing 😀

    • 14.2 v.

      oh… one more thing…
      i thought the sign about hani + seungjo night was made by mama baek and not joongu???

    • 14.3 v.

      ok. why am i back here?? hehe, JB, your blog is addicting.
      anyways, i just saw that you edited your post and deleted your comment about joongu losing his duckie charm…
      but you still left the “courtesy of joongu” part…
      does that mean that you still think that mom is not the one who did it?
      and agree with you. ive been saying it since episode 1 but the editing for PK is one of the worst i’ve seen.

  15. 15 angskeet

    i hate his perm.

    • 15.1 Khris

      me too!!! aaaaghhhh!

  16. 16 yeisha

    Can I just say this?

    Never in my life had I wanted so much to jump inside my computer screen than when a certain



    after taking a bite
    off that darn


    That is all. 😉

    • 16.1 maria

      the hyphenated adjectives make me squeal like girly little gurl. 😛

    • 16.2 Tina

      you and I share this in common.. i LITERALLY screamed/hyperventilated/jumped in my seat when i watched that part 😀 😛

      my mum just looked at me like I was on drugs or something…

    • 16.3 rainyrainy

      LOOOOL , love ur discription of BSJ :)

    • 16.4 anon

      me too!

    • 16.5 Shi Rin

      You just clearly expressed my scattered thoughts…
      I swear, was literally drooling at that moment! =)

  17. 17 lulla

    seung jo bear looks like a trash freshly taken out of a garbage can…

  18. 18 myweithisway

    If SKK Scandal is crack, which it is, then PK is the deadly chocolate addiction.

    These two dramas really should not air at the same time, it drives me crazy with all the OMG moments.

    • 18.1 Purpleclouds

      Yeah, I’m loving these 2 dramas but dreading its finals. Will there be a replacement for all this super cute heart pinching romantic fun drama?????

  19. 19 Sarranghae

    Spoiler — as this is a remake, I am sure that the kiss was real and from Seung-jo based on the younger brother reaction because from the taiwanese version, Seung-jo kisses her at the hospital when his brother was hospitalize when she was asleep to which his brother had witness … in the korean version, we didn’t see that at the hospital so this must be that suppose scene that she doesn’t know it is real while the younger brother had witness it himself.

    • 19.1 pinkblush

      i was thinking of the same thing. i think the thought of ha-ni and seung-jo kissing makes the little brother puke.

      • 19.1.1 Jodasg

        Think in the manga, second kiss took place at the woods or garden. So I think this is the second kiss. Just that hani tot it was a dream

  20. 20 maria

    been refreshing like crazy!

    why is baek seung jo SUCH A BOY, I SWEAR. tss. 😛
    it feels just the way it does when you’re young and liking someone for the first time, and when he likes you back you honestly can’t believe it.
    i feel like seung jo is genuinely surprised that hani’s sticking it out with him, and that none of his wally wally walls are going to keep her out, and i think it unnerves him to find that he’s willing to let some of those down for her….. more, i say! 😀 nyahahha
    the arrival of new guy is good for that purpose. if this wasn’t based on the manga and adapted twice already, i’d actually wish that hani actually felt something real for the new guy or for duckie, so that seung jo can just KNOW what it feels like to not have her absolutely, and we can see what that makes him do. :)

  21. 21 Married2ahero

    Wait Joon-gu didn’t post the sign…it was the mom.
    And if Eunjo could go down and meet her, why didn’t she use that same way to go back up. I get her leg was sore, but do what Kyung soo did….It’s a whole lot better than just sitting there assuming Seung jo will use his Ha-ni GPS and save them. Oh well, this is dramaland after all…
    And if that hat was so “cherished” why didn’t they ever mention it again. God, the plot devices are so frivolous. Like Ki-tae. He is the definition of a plot device. I wish they developed his story line more, what with Joon-gu’s storyline pretty much dead.

    • 21.1 enchanted

      haha “Ha ni GPS” haha funny lol ;D

  22. 22 rant

    and…. speaking of scavenger, there’s seungjobear!

  23. 23 cille

    THANKS JB for the recap!

    “Best of all is the smile he flashes, which sends He-ra into a tizzy. No, I take that back — best of all is that pissy look on He-ra’s face at Seung-jo’s unexpected gesture.” – BEST PART OF THIS WHOLE EP!!

    i must hand it to Kim Hyun-joong though, he’s starting to develop more facial expressions – more human, less robot. ^^ the chocolate scene was a really good example of this.

    unlike the other dramas i’m currently watching, surprisingly this one is proving to be more entertaining… hmmm

  24. 24 opal

    Don’t take me wrong, I like PK and have watched the TW and Animee but always get the same feeling of annoyance over the characterization of OHN/Kotoko.

    Yes, I got it she supposed to be a dumber and stupid but persistent. It would be better if she is a so-so rated person at least have something good that is not self degrading.

    The most annoying for me is the English Exam. She spent the whole night studied hard ….only to waste 40 minutes swooning at BSJ back?. That is tooooooo much.

    So much I like the mom, actually I am worried to have a mother in law like that ^^.

    Thanks to the actress at least I can still watch OHN and got some fun.

    • 24.1 keunsukfan

      i think she only wasted 20 minutes swooning at BSJ’s back LOL coz that’s the time SJ finished his exam (she said he’s already finished when there’s still 40 minutes to go), maybe she concentrated more after he was gone 😀

      and i thing OHN’s character is not as dumb as the one in ISWAK


  25. 25 mmmaggie

    OMG when I thought my little Eun Jo *may* have kissed Ha Ni…. GASP. Eun Jo is totally my favorite character in this series. And I thought mischievous mom made the sign about Ha Ni and Seung Jo sitting in a tree too. The test taking scene totally confused me.

    I’m glad I stuck with this drama though despite its flaws. The drama is like Seung Jo’s run — TOTALLY amusing, however unintentional. 😛

  26. 26 Laica

    Thanks for the recap!

    You’re right, the editing was atrocious. I hope it gets better in episode 12.

    I liked the new guy, although his sudden change from perfect gentleman to raving beast was a little too much of a plot device. Still, the fight was probably my favourite scene. Maybe because it felt real? In its very low-key-ness. Usually fistfights between guys in dramas are so over the top that I just roll my eyes and don’t feel anything.

    Oh Ha Ni was awesome as always.

  27. 27 maria

    i’m pretty sure last kiss was dream BUT a reality version did happen, except hani was asleep! (just like in the manga and the taiwanese version in the hospital)

    no what i’m wondering is: even if hani was asleep, DID SEUNG JO ACTUALLY SAY THOSE WORDS???

    i would LOVE it if he really said, “you shoulda come alone, if you like me so much, how come you don’t know how i feel?” AAAAAAAAAAAH! <3

    • 27.1 linkyo

      >>>no what i’m wondering is: even if hani was asleep, DID SEUNG JO ACTUALLY SAY THOSE WORDS???<<<<

      Yes, I was actually wondering,–even if that was a dream/reality scene–but, DID seung jo actually say it? Would be very interesting that he did. But… hm, it would be a lil bit pushing his character into the extreme. (since the reality thing SeungJo did to HaNi was that shoulder-on-her-hand-claim.) Hmm….. *curious*

  28. 28 cheekbones

    To comment on your comment, jb, yeah, isn’t it interesting that we can still enjoy a drama without much angst ?

    I find it fresh, and really like it. Because, to tell you the truth, sometimes you just get tired of all the angst. Sometimes you just wanna watch a drama that is kinda breezes its way over you and makes you smile and soothe you. Am I making sense ? :)

    Anyway, I was wondering if the korean version was skipping the scene in which the little brother witnessing the kiss because I think it’s a too important plot point to miss. Well, I’m glad they made that scene, and it’s a bit different from the other version.

    Thanks for supplying my crack !

    • 28.1 lovenyc52

      Ya when the hospital scenes came and went w/o the sleeping kiss that Eun Jo witnesses, I wondered if they were going to cut that out too. I also thought it was too important a point to miss cuz it’s the first time he kisses her not out of anger haha.

      So, I’m pretty sure this ending kiss was real and that Eun Jo saw it… but the difference is that the audience doesn’t really see it happen, only through Ha Ni’s dreams do we see it.

      I’m also glad to see that they’re keeping the important parts in and just switching around the timing and what not to not make it a carbon copy of any previous versions.

      • 28.1.1 brigitte

        This kiss version was actually following the anime version. The kiss was real and the brother saw it. It will be reveal in the future episodes.

        • lovenyc52

          ahh thanks for clarifying :)

          i’ve only watched the TW version so that’s the only basis i have.

          4 more eps! can’t wait 😀

    • 28.2 Purpleclouds

      Many people love the old reruns of “I Love Lucy”, for its simple cute funny mild homely endearing plot. PK is a lot more fun, romantic, filled with young peoples’ frustrations we once faced. I love this drama because I do get sick of shows with so much wicked connivance that one gets seconds of disappointment of humanity. This show is just like banana split with cherries on top & a root beer float.

    • 28.3 Dante

      ITA! And it’s just so funny! The background music for the various scenes is really clever, adds to the humor. It is a gentle, sweet, hilarious show.

      All the characters are cartoonish (extreme), without being one-dimensional (if that makes sense). I have to remind myself of this a lot. Otherwise, I’d want to punch out SJ, HN, JG…. the mom. I mean, she dressed her little boy as a girl until he was 5. Paging Dr. Freud!

      I love the guy who looks like he’s 40! He steals every scene he’s in. Can’t wait for Ep. 12 to be posted. I am so addicted I am watching in Korean. (Watching SKK in Korean, too.)


  29. 29 Blah

    Oh they actually went orienteering! Not a scavenger hunt 😉

  30. 30 Nikki

    I just have to say this…the achingly handsome Kim Ki-tae has stolen the part of my heart that is still a 12 year old girl. I want him to be in every single epsiode from now on, no matter how unnecessary it is. I even missed him when they went to the resort. Aishh…This is probably how Ha Ni feels about Seung Jo. Now, I’ll cut her a little more slack for being so ridiculously devoted :)

    • 30.1 Lem0nlime

      Omg, the guy that plays Kim Ki-Tae in this episode is soooo HOT. I wonder if he’ll appear in later episodes! Anyway, his name is Choi Sung Joon if anyone else is wondering who he is.

      • 30.1.1 linkyo

        Choi Sung Joon. Okay. Note it down. Thanksss!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

      • 30.1.2 SaisMY

        oh. that’s who he is. thanks for info. i kept wondering who he was. he looked so familiar. i thought he was kim joon from Tmax at first. ^^

  31. 31 Q

    That picture of KHJ tasting the chocolate is awesome; I want to see him do a really comedic role – he’d be great at that. And kyahhh the bed-hair <333 … (I love tousled. Tousled is sexy and dangerous and kiss-you-on-the-bench-when-you're-sleeping. I hope :/.)

    Anyway, thanks for the cap, JB :D. I'm glad you're enjoying PK – I'd hate to think you were only recapping this because of the inevitable uproar from the swarms of rabid fangirls if you didn't. I wonder … do you ever fear for your life D:?

  32. 32 mary

    Little bro definitely saw his brother kiss Oh Han Ni, but she thought she dreamed it. Library scene- 2 guys fighting over you and the boy you like announcing the you like only him and taking you away. swoon!

    thanks for the fast recap!

  33. 33 mariaxtina

    thanks for the recap! i am liking this drama more and more, but this episode was a little messy! the story is all over the place.. i mean, the story is cute and all that.. but as you’ve said the editing was choppy.. but, anyhow.. i still love it! can’t wait for the next episode!^^

  34. 34 :D

    I think that Seung-jo actually kissed Ha-ni!…well if i remember the manga correctly

  35. 35 Katie

    I TOTALLY agree with you!!!! About pretty much everything. :) I do get incredibly mad when Oh Han Ni is practically begging for KHJ to love her back, falls all over herself to make him happy, and he just acts distant. I just want her to stick up for herself a little more! She deserves to be treated better! And then I remember that it’s just a drama, not real life. I love how it draws me in like that though. Yes, I very much wish there was more angst (on KHJ’s part) and a little more drama (again, from KHJ) but I still love it. Hopefully, he will soon realize what a gem he has, almost lose her, and then get her back with some serious proving of his undying eternal love. :) Thanks for the recap! I can’t wait for tomorrows.

    • 35.1 Katie

      And I totally meant to say BSJ every time I wrote KHJ. Sorry for the confusion!!!!

  36. 36 Luv Triangle

    its funny how this drama just makes me smile despite its easy going plot..I mean there is no anguish except just hoping that BSJ finally tells OHN or forget her..just says it out loud that he is feeling something..I love his little smiles but i really honestly want something substantial…Like him looking at her and not realizing it..
    u know and so on…

    Anyhow moving on to the teenager in me who actually wanted to scream when OHN had those two guys fighting over her and the third one just came in and took her away…Ok as pathetic as that sounds…I have always wanted two guys fighting over me…hehehe

    i mean no one should get hurt..and a little blood here and there never hurt anyone..nothing major..and me just standing there like OHN and saying “no no stop stop” and two handsome men fighting for their right to love….*sigh*..
    ughhh why show why?? why did u awaken my teenage dream again?!?! heheheh

    • 36.1 SaisMY

      aha i totally agree with you. it’s totally every girl’s dream to have 2 hot guys fighting over you. ^^

  37. 37 yeisha

    Okay, now that I can actually formulate a coherent sentence without the image of Robot Boy holding those darn chocolates muddling my brain…

    Thanks JB for your super fast recap!

    I do have a few things to say about this episode. Grrrrrr on the choppy editing! I also thought that Seungjo answered those test questions for her and that was one of my favorite parts. Not that I condone cheating but the gesture (and the smile) definitely made me giddy because it was so unexpected and so un-Seungjo like. Gah.

    Like JB, there are times when I almost felt frustrated with pace that their relationship is going. And I’ve already read the manga so I know the story but even then sometimes I feel like saying “Ahhhh…these two, just get together already! We all know you’re going there anyway, so can we just skip this whole roundabout process and get on with The Cute? I’m so easy to please. Just want to see you two holding hands and sharing a cotton candy whilst whispering sweet nothings to each other.” Ha.

    But that’s just my impatient self talking.

    The thing with PK is that unlike other adaptations of Itazura na Kiss, we have a Naoki/Seungjo who’s giving us glimpses of how he feels towards Hani – little smiles here and there, knowing smirks, etc. His previous incarnations were either completely cold or mean that by the time they finally owned up to their feelings you’ll feel like saying “whoa —- when did that happen?!” Instead, we have Seungjo who is already showing the audience early on, that he is definitely aware of Hani and may in fact care about her, albeit in such a clueless robotic way.

    And I’m not saying that this is a bad thing. In fact, I absolutely love how they are showing us “The How” of their emotional journey, especially Seungjo’s slowwwwwww one. If they do it right, I’m sure that by the time our Robot Boy will finally see what’s in front of him this entire time, it will all be worth it in the end. Not to mention the collective swooning and fainting because the representative of our fangirl-dom, our Hani, is finally getting her happy ending. :)

    But still. I’m shallow and I want more of The Cute.

    • 37.1 Annony

      I think that’s why the word of choice has been “Crush” instead of “unrequited love”. Every time OHN or her friends describe the nature of her feelings/relationship with BSJ it’s always been “crush”. Which is why I feel that this entire series lacks the brevity of “unrequited love”. “Unrequited love” has the ring of a mature longing, in which case, though Hani has a longing for BSJ, it’s not as mature as it can or should be (supposing that she’s emotionally matured to be a 19/20 year old and like wise for BSJ). But because their emotional age is not as mature as it could be (stunted, of sorts), we get a high school love that stretches on to college.

      I’ve felt the same thing, actually. I was in love throughout HS and when university came (and said guy all of a sudden followed me to the same uni), I was at the crux of thinking “this should be over”. It took me a semester to sort my feelings, and road tripping around Europe to finally settle myself and say I give up…

      But that’s just me, because we all know Hani get’s her once-robot-prince charming.

      • 37.1.1 Zie

        Same here.. I know the feeling of that kind of “crush”. i guess.. that’s why i’m sooo into this drama as it kind of describe me except the SEUNGJO part of loing the HANI back.. That never happen to me. Infact….. lol hahahaha shouldn’t go that far into the story..

        Anyway, what i’, trying to say.. i had a crush on the guys ever since i met him when i was 10 until 17. I KNOW.. IT’S STUPID but i just can’t get over him. even until now when i met him… i feel jiggly.. >_< and I'm 20 ish! *stupid crush* Even at that time i'm crushing someone else or with someone else…. Everytime i see or hear his name… my focus just go to him.. Thou, it is ok now compare to then!!!!! LOL

    • 37.2 giddy

      I agree with you on the slow emotional journey that BSJ is taking–from the beginning, he showed more warmth than we saw in ISWAK–because yes, I did find Joe Cheung’s character to be downright mean with no glimpse of any chink in his armor.

      Thanks for clarifying the exam, JB, it didn’t dawn on me that it was Hani’s daydream until you mentioned it. I was wondering to myself if there was going to be any backlash from Korean moms who would be outraged that such blatant cheating was promoted on the show (you know how they seem to be so vocal nowadays!). Now that it’s been mentioned, it does make sense that it was a daydream since Hae Ra noticed Hani’s blank paper. That IS bad editing.

      One thing that I’ve really liked is those poignant moments when we actually hear Kim Hyun Joong singing, “One More Time” on the OST–like the last kiss scene on the bench. As soon as the scene starts, you can hear him singing and then his arm appears. His voice matches ballads as he sings it so tenderly, and it’s like BSJ’s innermost thoughts are being revealed since he can’t verbalize them to Hani.

      I liked the bears showing what’s actually happened so I don’t have to wait until the next episode. Thanks to all for explaining how this replaces the hospital kiss in ISWAK, and how true to the manga/anime it is to take place in the forest.

      It has continued to be a pleasant surprise to find the recaps so quickly, JB; thank you! I do agree that slice of life is nice–I’ve always wondered why we couldn’t see normal people going through more normal things instead of all the over the top angsty drama. Of course, not everyone looks like KHJ, but I think we can recall someone who was magnificent in our eyes and just as unreachable in our lives. I like ending a drama with a smile instead of hatred and frustration (I stopped watching those kinds of dramas–who needs the stress?).

      My last thought on the editing–perhaps having to cut down from 20 to 16 in such a short time is causing the holes in plot? Like the back story on Ha ni’s hat? We are moving pretty rapidly from here on in from the previews.

  38. 38 Autumn

    Gah! Somebody please give Joongu some love. It pains me greatly to see that Hani doesn’t even have the slightest romantic interest in him, while he continuously showers her with his love. sigh.

    I hated Ki-tae, I really did. He claimed that he doesn’t expect her to get over SeungJo and like him right away, but he later tried to force kiss her to make her forget. wtf bastard. (but i kinda lol-ed at the scene, seems like everyone is taking a page out of SeungJo’s book)

    I love Hani, but sometimes i found her one-track-mind-ness really annoying. though same can be said about Joongu.

    Ha! i didn’t even noticed that SJ was wearing the Hani-approved shirt!

    • 38.1 Ashley

      TWICE! He wears it in the “may or may not be fantasy” sequence too.

      • 38.1.1 Q

        Actually, that’s a different shirt lol the checkers are bigger. But seeing as how that shirt wasn’t in his wardrobe before, I’m wondering (hoping) if he went out and purchased a truckload of red, checkered shirts? Bahaha.

        • yeisha

          True. Its a different shirt BUT a red checkered shirt nonetheless. And I noticed that he is wearing another plaid shirt in the preview…that wasn’t in his wardrobe before either. 😛

        • Ashley

          This is one of those times I’m glad I’ve been proven wrong, because I like your theory better than mine lol

  39. 39 Purpleclouds

    Doesn’t KHJ look like a college freshman, young & innocent at that after bad chocolate with a heart felt sweet smile scene? That’s the expression/look of a 20 year old. Now will some say he can’t act??? He’s doing a pretty good job!

    • 39.1 Annony

      :high fives: yes, KHJ can act. I think we should coax it out of him with choco. 😛

    • 39.2 Dante

      He can so totally act! His facial expressions in the bed scene were excellent. Frustration, confusion, sexual tension, irritation…. Yah. Then with the horrible tasting chocolate. His face went from disgust at the taste to laughing at how “Ha Ni” it was. Perfect.

    • 39.3 Ajumma FanGirl

      Yes, think KHJ did great in that scene.

  40. 40 Q & A

    omo omo, indeed! I’m guessing KHJ actually did kiss her, because that was one of the significant points of drama plot….well it was in the taiwanese version, and no way will the script writers not use this^^

  41. 41 Ashley

    I can tell Javabeans is just as addicted as the rest of us because this went up FAST.

    The editing of this episode was truly awful, and I hope they don’t make it so choppy for episode 12. Were they pressed for time or something? They should have removed a fantasy sequence if they didn’t have time to fit it in properly. I still love the show, and OHN remains as adorable as ever, but that really just looked lazy.

    Is it just me, or has HR really stepped up her bitchiness? I mean, they girl actually physically PUSHES OHN now, whereas before it was just limited to snarky comments.

    Robot Boy seems to be getting closer to admitting his feelings… If indeed he has them, and we haven’t been fooled by bad editing 😉

    • 41.1 smalltank

      i agree with the Hae-ra bitchy-ness. seems like she suddenly upped a notch in being mean and catty. that those glaring eyes at hani before the exams .. eew..

      • 41.1.1 Anonymous

        hae-ra is detestable,her sarcasm is so irritating. i would like to enter at the computer and punch her .

        she is soooooo BITCH

  42. 42 avidDBfan

    Wow, super fast job. Thanks. I really come to adore this cute rom-com and it’s getting more interesting. Comparatively, pace so much better than the TW version.

    So sad that I couldn’t watch next two weeks but will stay tune with dramabeans channel!

  43. 43 CHshe

    Wehew round 11

    Ooooh I love this episode… So much, much more. Where do I begin? Of course the kiss keke… It’s a beautiful setting just like in the manga/anime….

    It’s true that progression of the story seems like a mix of recycled feeling, where we get to see yet again, BSJ being hot and cold towards OHN; and her perseverance to win his love; however the anticipation of the unison is pretty much moving at a steady ‘snail’ pace, at least from my point of view. Especially when BSJ finally meets OHN after hiding for quite a while; he surely have misses her and so he stole a kiss from her. I mean that’s a big improvement, right? Anyway, don’t worry JB it’s getting there.

    There’s something irk to me when BJG seek out JJR the morning after. I’m not sure if he was looking for her comfort or confirmation. But as I recall from earlier episodes, I think that these two shared a close interaction, much closer than he has with OHN. So I kind of get that vibe, in my wildest thoughts of all that these two might have something, somewhere, somehow. But we have to wait for Chris to be sure of that. And I love that skeleton of BJG, freaking hilarious!

    I was so hysterical to see our flower-head girl has lose her coolness and being so girly, cheeky, bumbling, sly and giddy towards BSJ. Coz we know that she will never get the guy, no matter how bimbo you try to be. I feel like I get to watch the birth of another OHN, more giddier with a brain and looks. I don’t think I hate her but more to say that I’d enjoy her character’s dynamic into the show. Especially with her and Mr 40 giddy moments, I couldn’t stop laughing when Mr 40 stretched out his jacket wide open; yet another epic moment from Mr 40. Score! “Water, I need water”. Score!

    I was actually bothered by OHN sumo-hairdo, but I felt as if it projected what OHN’s state of mind is. Sumo-hairdo equals to OHN in thinking-sane mode. Also I was bothered with BSJ hair-band; he looks like a Greek god or something, but not in a good way. Totally ruining my takes on KHJ looks, gah…

    Agree with JB, I don’t think BSJ is jealous, in fact he never has and never will. OHN always see things in her own OHN way; thinking that she didn’t get any reaction from BSJ when she was ‘having an affair’. She didn’t seem to get that BSJ knows her very well and trust that she will never sway her feelings. It’s not about BSJ being confident himself. He is confident with OHN. If only OHN can see things in this way.

    Ok again, the stolen kiss, dang how I wish they kept the question unanswered for a little while; at least for few more episodes. But it was well executed. Even it got JB/viewers into thinking whether the kiss actually happened or not. (And JB, never in million years have I thought that EJ might actually be the one who kissed her instead of BSJ. I never thought you’d think that far!). So major props for that! But then PD! You gave the answer away too soon with that doll setting of yours! Gahhh I never been bothered with the doll setting before, but now I hate it! I feel like I want to chew its head off!! Ok not chew, may be I’d just went berserk on that set… keke

    Anyway looking forward for next episode and its going to be intense, I hope…
    Thanks JB as always.

  44. 44 inorhaniza

    awesome……love ur recap so much!!

  45. 45 Rovi

    This is my most favest ep so far!!!

    Kim Ki-tae: must be the Korean equivalent of Kamogari Keita, one of Kotoko’s classmates in nursing school. He’s the one who liked Kotoko, but gave since he saw how much Kotoko & Naoki love each other. He then met & fell in love with Akiko (girl in a wheelchair).
    Someone to fan the flames of jealousy (jiltu-ui bulkkot(ch)…hahaha, so fixated on yokmang-ui bulkkot(ch))

    They even included the part where Keita wanted to kiss Kotoko…well, relocated in a library and not in a street, that is…
    amuteunHE’S SO EFFING YUMMY!!!! <- well, no one can compare to uri Yummy-shin
    (drunk too much in involving self in the Yummy Faction, haha…)

    Answer to JB’s question: OF COURSE HE DID!!! <- my expression here was in "Well, DUH!!!~"-mode…
    (don't wanna spoil, but even half of those who watched ISWAK & the anime version knows the answer too well…)

    • 45.1 Beng

      I think Kim Ki tae is the mean guy who is always 2nd to Seung Jo’s always first in the class. He became mean because he can’t beat Seung Jo. So he pursue Hani instead as a revenge. He doesn’t really like Ha-ni. I can’t remember if his character is based on the Taiwanese version or the manga. I will review it again =)

      Kamagori Keita is not mean at all. And only came out when they are already taking up medicine (Hani-nurse/Seungjo-Doctor). In this episode, Seung-jo haven’t even decided yet what degree he wants to pursue.

      • 45.1.1 rainyrainy

        that guy u’r talking about is based on the manga ,
        But I think they changed a bit the story of Kim Ki tae becoz in the manga , there’s a Jr to OHN guy who told OHN that he loved her and he even went out with her ( and OHN was thinking by doing this she will make BSJ jealous ) but it turned the guy was in love with the girl who was tutored by BSJ ( who fell in love with BSJ ) and he just wanted to get revenge of both BSJ and that girl and made her feel jealous .

  46. 46 Hannah

    Ha, I didn’t even notice he wore the shirt. Nice eye for detail, even with the choppy editing confusion. Thanks for the recap!

  47. 47 jeankaycee

    thanks jb! your fast as usual!

    this episode was the usual PK episode, fun, light , fluffy, sweet and entertaining. but i also think that this is a build up for the new conflicts ahead. i know others would think the pace of the show was so slow but i think its just on the right track but i do hope for more concrete execution for the show to be more solid and fun to watch.

    love the look on seung jo’s face when he saw ki-tae at the resto for being hani’s date!

    glad to give shout out to eun jo for being adorable in this episode. being the little big guy for hani esp. when he held her hand and ask hani to hide behind him! so cute!!!

    little rantings:

    the editing are off key that it makes the scene seem unclear and i did hope that they used the ki-tae character more so more jealous seung jo can be seen and really feel the rivalry plot. i think it wil make it more believable.

    AND for the kiss…is it a dream or not? im dying to tell but i know jb and others who dont watch or read the manga would kill me if i give spoilers so i will keep my mouth firmly shut!

    based on the previews the episode 12 would be more complex than usual so its a welcome change. i do hope im right!

    see you on episode 12!


  48. 48 YAY!!

    HOORAY! Thanks for the fast recap!!!
    I’ve been waiting for this!
    Finally there’s another guy who can pose as even the tiniest threat for Seung jo!
    At least now it’s not Ha ni chasing after him all the time…(sort of).
    I’m enjoying the light-ness of the drama. There’s no worry, depression, angst etc… It’s one of those dramas where you don’t feel depressed for the main characters and you can just enjoy the episodes as they come along.
    Anyway, thanks for the recap! Hope the next episode’s recap will be up just as fast!

  49. 49 rachel

    That kiss is real or in a daydream.I really want to know
    seung-jo love ha-ni or not?

    • 49.1 iluvshillang

      If they are following the other versi0ns(the taiwanese for one) HE REALLY KISSED HER . . In the taiwanese one,Zhishu did kissed a sleeping Xiangqin in the h0spi when his br0ther Yushu was admitted. . And Yushu saw what he did and eyes wide open in sh0ck.

  50. 50 reenandreese

    yes he kiss her at the later episode it will be revealed.
    Thanks for the recap and I enjoy reading your blog.
    have a happy day!^_^

  51. 51 PeiPei

    Hi Everyone,

    I have one question.
    If you are SJ, who would you pick as your girlfriend – Ha Ni or Hye Ra?

    • 51.1 v

      hani, just because she’s the cutest most adorable heroine ever… although haera is actually really pretty and funny.

    • 51.2 Ashley

      Ha Ni. Hands down– she’s just so darn CUTE.

    • 51.3 Autumn

      I don’t think it’s fair to ask, since most of us are pretty Hani-biased.

    • 51.4 Cloudysky

      depends on whether you pick with your heart, or your brain…:)

    • 51.5 Purpleclouds

      If I were a guy, i’d pick Hani, someone that is so huggable, cute, sweet, will move heaven & earth for me, submissive, good strong body to “love”, and bear children, funny & a bit clueless at times for me to tease her about. She can’t cook good yet, but that can change. Gets along with my family and has an easy going kind dad. It’s pretty perfect.

      • 51.5.1 Luv Triangle

        I agree completely
        I mean seriously how can any man not love a girl like Oh Ha Ni..She is seriously such a perfect girl and so crazy in love with the guy that she will do anything..I mean the submissive part is a bit of a turn off but i can understand why a man would love that you know..
        Also I think she is pretty smart, just in her own way..I mean she is kind of slow with her reactions but i honestly don’t think she is like “stupid”..

      • 51.5.2 v

        lol at “good strong body to “love””

  52. 52 pipao

    the test swapping is a little confusing.. but knowing SJ, i dont think he will help her cheat….

    oh the kiss….. i think HE DID! hahahah

    i thnk SJ is a little jealous at first until he realizes what HN is doing…

  53. 53 Abie Lee

    Still not loving the perm, especially with the headband and the wet hair look as well. That whole ending was a bit confusing but the bears gave it away completely.

    I do agree that this drama is very carefree and there’s nothing that makes me worry, which is a complete opposite from SKS. Although there are 3 very hot boys in that drama.. there’s a lot of evil brewing. It’s been so long since I saw the Taiwanese version that I don’t remember much of the details. Although I thought the second lead in the Taiwanese version was hotter than the actual lead.

  54. 54 Beng

    oh sooo much like the Manga =)

  55. 55 kiss

    i really love this drAMA. chemistry between sj and ohn is really good.

  56. 56 v

    early morning and i’m SO awake with excitement…

    Long preview ep 12 for those interested. enjoy.


    • 56.1 jeankaycee

      thanks v for the link! you are sure fast! but its possible that you have subs for these long preview? i know i might asking too much.

      thanks in advance!

    • 56.2 v

      wow… ep 12 is just done airing…. looks like they will change things from the manga and all other versions… simplify actually.

      • 56.2.1 rainyrainy

        v didn’t talk with u today :( was busy at work so couldn’t really forcus here :)
        thanks for all ur effort , was waiting for ur posts , it enjoys me very much , still have half an hour to go at work then will be back home to watch yesterda’s subbed epi and today RAW epi :)

    • 56.3 Ladymoonstone143

      Weeeee…..thanks so much…am loving the preview…

  57. 57 megzypie

    @chriser- it was a complete copy to the anime so its not their own idea

  58. 58 v

    and…. just found out, seungjo’s diary part 7, reena29shadow version… (her part 6 is in the previous pk recap)


    that said, seungjo is such a play-hard-to-get….sigh. if only he was just less intelligent and be jealous a bit longer. haha.
    and poor lee si young. i bet she was freezing with those shorts. i know a bunch of people hate her but i found her hilarious in this episode. after all, she’s no competition to hani and i bet she knows it as well…
    mickey mouse hairstyle is back!! hani is so loveable i was surprised to read many comments bashing her and calling her ugly. if she’s ugly, i’m a troll.

    • 58.1 enchanted

      thanks for the diary links

      i adore this diary entries and i love how robot boy is human after all. this is officially my new addiction!

      i wish they could have shown this side of him but i dont get to decide haha 😀

    • 58.2 SaisMY

      aha i found her funny too in this ep. who goes hiking in short shorts and killer heels. i feel sorry for the actress

      • 58.2.1 v

        lol…. after watching today’s ep. i changed my mind… i dont think it’s possible for me to like haera now… at least not for several ep. sigh… i really wanted to like her.
        i’m going to sleep. i need it now after the shock.

        • rainyrain

          v same here , don’t think will like her , I even hate her , she was like snake creeping slowly and quitly untill she gets what she wants ( OHN’s BSJ )

    • 58.3 Constance7

      Hani is just so cute and adorable, well, those who said she’s ugly sure have no taste. I always like her hair and you can actually play doll with her by doing all sorts of hairstyle and dressing her up in all types of dresses. Yes, she’s like a doll, how can anyone not find her adorable? She’s the only actress I find this adorable and natural.
      I’m sure KHJ agrees to that.

      • 58.3.1 Purpleclouds

        There are many “beautiful” faces that are ugly I’d say. The “It” factor is hard to describe. It’s the whole person, the soul, that make one lovable or not. People are free to love whatever kind. But it’s sad to say such a cute girl is ugly…those comments are ugly.

      • 58.3.2 lena

        I agree. I find her beauty very refreshing amidst all the plastic-ness in the K-entertainment industry. And she seems like a very likeable person in real life too.

        And yes, even KHJ said the same thing at the press conference. He said JSM is cute. And calls her Hani. I don’t know why but the 15 year-old in me want to squee when he said that. :)

  59. 59 Sugi

    Looks like their sticking pretty closely to the manga plot wise.. I like the way they played it out. It’s just too bad that Miss Kaoru Tada (author of the manga) passed away before she could complete the story.

  60. 60 Lisa

    If you watch the anime….you would know…hahaha
    well if she sees him later on in episode 11 at the mountain villa…wearing those clothes…we could get our answer

  61. 61 jyyjc

    yeah i was pretty confused at the test taking scene where he took her paper, i was like was that a daydream or was it not?

    • 61.1 jeankaycee

      its daydream of hani’s but with a off key editing thats why its seem confusing.

  62. 62 pastmidnite

    thanks for the captivating recap! as always…

    haven’t watch this epi yet, but from the screencaps, why do i feel that the Ki tae guy would also make a great Seung jo? not that KHJ is not… i personally like KHJ-as-Seung jo-but-without-the-perm (sorry, JB, different taste), but that Ki-tae guy somehow seems … uhm.. whats the word i’m looking for… fresher?? smarter? who is he anyway?

    • 62.1 Nikki

      He is Choi Sueng Joon! He was one of Shin’s friends in Goong. I remember thinking he was cute when I watched that show.

  63. 63 poo

    He kissed her for real…maybe what he said was all in her dreams…but he did kiss her.
    This drama has the highest number of stalkers lol…and they are all funny. Especially Mr. 40…love him…funniest of the lot followed by BSJ’s mom, Ha Ni, Jun Goo, d new guy Ki Tae and finally Hae ra (not a stalker but clingy much)…when is SJ gonna join d stalker brigade? lol

    • 63.1 CHshe

      LOL… stalker brigade

      Actually the scene where BSJ mom was analyzing Ki Tae pictures, which then joined by OHN, I was like ‘Stalker meeting in session’ Gah…

    • 63.2 Khris

      I was thinking Seung-jo was gonna join the stalker brigade when Ha-ni was letting him hear about where she and Kitae are going on their date. LOL but of course, Seung-jo, being the genius that he is, is way better than that. But i was kinda hoping still, like Ha-ni, looking beyond the trees just to make sure he was hiding. hehe

      • 63.2.1 Khris

        *NOT hiding

  64. 64 ???

    i’ll just watch the last episode, i don’t think i’ll miss anything much lol :/

  65. 65 Jan

    Thanks JB for this recap. I’ve been following your recaps even after watching each episode in case I miss out on something but this time, I really needed this one to figure out some of the sequences.

    I’ve watched ISWAK 1&2 as well as Itazura no kiss and I really wish the producers of PK had gone for the 20 episode-stretch that was rumoured in the beginning. This particular episode is proof that you cannot stuff everything in a single episode without sacrificing story flow. URGGH! The whole fun about the KiTae/Keita/QiTai character is how he makes the BSJ character realize that he is experiencing the all too human emotion of jealousy. But in PK, the guy is only a see-through foil for Baek omonim’s scheme.

    Some of the earlier comments ranted about ISWAK’s Xiang Qin being irritating but at least, her relationship was allowed to build up. This episode’s ending, although it was faithful to the manga, made no sense since there was no indication whatsoever that BSJ was warming up to the next step. Really stupid editing, writing and directing.

    ‘Nuff said. I still like this rom-com simply because of OHN. She stays consistent and honest about her feelings. AJA, AJA, Oh Ha Ni!

    • 65.1 cher

      i don’t think ki tae is supposed to be keita/qitai.
      Keita/Qitai only appears when kotoko/xiangqin goes to nursing school. This is the second part of the manga and the second series for the taiwanese version.

      In the taiwanese version, ki tae’s character is actually how it is portrayed here. except that he is younger and eventually ends up with another girl. xq and this guy becomes good friends. He does not appear for the purpose of allowing zhishu/naoki to learn about human emotions such as jealousy.

      just thought to clarify. =)

  66. 66 hime

    I anticipate Wednesdays and Thursdays nowadays because of this series. I was able to watch and enjoy the Taiwanese version 1 & 2 and have high hopes for this one. For a second there, I also thought she was dreaming! And it makes me giggle like I am back in highschool!

    Thank you for the narrative and looking forward to a little more progress in their relationship. I am thinking that the Boy Robot is too confident of Ha-ni’s loyalty. I sure would want to see him jealous! haha

  67. 67 reddandelion

    this is exactly like the anime! i was quite bummed when the taiwan left this out !:D

  68. 68 Nameless

    *This episode’s ending, although it was faithful to the manga, made no sense since there was no indication whatsoever that BSJ was warming up to the next step. Really stupid editing, writing and directing.

    Hmm… made no sense? I think it does but from my point of view. BSJ has been showing his warmth side and hinting an obvious answer when OHN said that her heart may change. He simply replied that he never thinks that OHN will. And that says a lot.

    And seeing OHN again after a while probably stirred something inside of him. How can that ending doesn’t make any sense? He clearly misses his private stalker a lot. What next step? He already kisses her before and even spend the night together. But that’s IMO ^^

  69. 69 kendy

    i love it when joon-gu thinks he will stay for a long time at the cliff stranded.. and became a skeleton that was so hilarious i was like LOL all the time.. wahahahahaha…. and the kiss scene.. that is not a dream.. hahaha hani thinks it was a dream but it wasnt… and Eun Jo witnessed it.. that is why he is in shock .. but Eun Jo i think will give it as a wedding gift to Ohani.. bout the kissing scene.. hahaha loved it…

  70. 70 mayakho

    ah,,Eun jo,,so cute. Definitely, a little boy with the heart of a prince. Fall for Eun jo ;;)

  71. 71 Khris

    im glad im not the only one confused. I had to pause and replay some parts and still go Eh??? LOL but i love love love the cute moments! Seung-jo ya, im really starting to like u!!! <3 Then of course i check on JB's recaps right away to enlighten myself. hehe
    Ive never seen any version of PK so this is all new to me. I was thinking of reading the manga version and watching the Taiwanese version but im gonna wait after the drama is over. I dont want to ruin it for myself coz i have a bad habit of comparing different adaptations of the same story (like BBF, Hana Yori Dango, and Meteor Garden).

  72. 72 Dara

    I admit having a hard time clicking on my mouse to read this recap, let alone watching the actual episode. LOL.

    After thinking twice, I’m here reading your recap. Thanks JB, such an entertaining recap, I laughed out too. Then, omo omo, my jaw dropped at the last past, the kiss, didn’t expect that!

    Gotta check on tonight episode and see for myself. *fanning*

  73. 73 Jenny

    I wonder if they have turned one of Ha-ni’s friends into the love interest for Joon-gu. In the original story Joon-gu’s love interest was a american girl obsessed with japanese culture especially men. But are they keeping that side of the story or not. They also had that in the TW version.

  74. 74 pinkksoupp

    omg thanks for the recap! i feel like i HAVE to read the recaps here just to assure myself that YES, THAT DID HAPPEN IN THE EPISODE..hahah.

    i’m not really feeling Ki-Tae sunbae, plus i haven’t watched the previous versions so i’m totally clueless bout the storyline..but i thought he was kinda cute. but kinda creepy, no? and kinda sudden for him to appear halfway thru the drama..

    loved the did it-didn’t it kiss at the end..and i’m damn curious about what eun jo saw that put that look on his face..

    can’t wait for the live streaming tonite! dammit MBC should just sub their dramas already!

  75. 75 sylde

    wow, your recaps are awesome! such a shame i only discovered this site a few days ago…

    it’s awesome how you notice all the small things-
    like BSJ wearing the hani-approved shirt!! i didn’t even notice that… of course he couldn’t wear it the day she chooses it- but the day after, no problemo :)

    and i must say i delight in your anger over hae-ra’s fury-like behaviour—– because i share it. i just don’t get why BSJ doesn’t just tell her to LEAVE. NOW. after seeing her virtually pushing ha ni away from his side, i’ll just wish for her to even be abandoned by that crazy tennis sunbae. seriously, such a b****!

    anyway, love your blog and will keep reading it :)

  76. 76 sarah

    what’s the name of the actor who played ki-tae?

  77. 77 meteorflower

    i think Mr 40, Tennis Sunbae looks good on Haera

    the new guy from Goong is really a hottie

  78. 78 tori

    i agree that this drama is so predictable and that there were moments that i feel it’s a bit dragging due to a snail phased relationship development between seungjo and hani.

    the cutesy and adorable oh hani and mr. tin man with no heart seungjo really what make this drama an enjoyable one. all of their interactions are never amiss. all are enjoyable and feel good. each one will paint a smile on your lips.

    i love this drama just because of how light it is. the characters are never complicated (though i think seungjo is). it’s kind of a rest from all the heavy korean dramas i’ve seen so far. my heart had finally taken a moment’s good rest and a gleeful beating after having a million of an-almost-heartbreaking-moments.

  79. 79 Tina

    thanks sooo much for the fast recap 😀

  80. 80 rainyrainy

    Thanks for the great funny update
    I’m not able to decide if I feel happy or disappointed about this epi , like u already said the editing took the sharm of many scenes and also the non-developpment of kim ki hae-OHN-BSJ love story made feel disappointed a bit but still many cute scenes were there too : the cutest one is OHN-ESJ while lost in the jungle and how ESJ was so caring to his Noona ( was so happy when he called her noona , that was so cute ) , then the chocolate Box scene , I think one of the most adorable things in BSJ/KHJ is his cute smile and he was smiling all the way during that scene and eventhough the chocolates were awfull but he enjoyed the whole gesture and the meaning of it .
    Loved also how he smiled when he told OHN that she’s staring @ him when he is about to change his clothes
    and the last scene is that arm aound OHN’s shoulders and declaring that she only loves him so no need to fight over her to the other two rivales , that was very revealling and eventhough he told OHN that he knows that his mum and her did that to make him jealous but he wasn’t , he surely was jealous and didn’t want anyone to even think that he can take his OHN from him ( especially with the new comer who is , in addition of being hot and intelligent , he has a good heart and he really loves OHN and is able to show her his love which is not the case of the Cold Robot BSJ )
    eagerly waiting for today’s epi to see the hug and some other cute moments maybe , what I’m really waiting for is when BSJ decides to get married to that banker’s ( or dad’s buisness partner ) daughter , even though I hate watching OHN crying and sad but I know ( if the editing crew make some effort to give us a good editing ) we will enjoy this whole track I’m sure

    • 80.1 Ladymoonstone143

      I totally agree with you with the chocolate scene and the changing of clothes. I squealed to my heart’s content and repeated the scene over and over. My gosh, I kinda check myself if my sanity is still intact because Wed and Thurs are pure heaven. I know that is kind of a shallow happiness but anything that makes me feel better is good. I don’t need all that angst there is…lol

  81. 81 Ajumma FanGirl

    Thanks JB for the quick recap. Somthing is bugging me — if no one knows Joon-gu is in the camp, what makes BSJ goes out to the rescue???

    Ahh, the bed scene is too cute, no wonder KHJ is leading in the Most Favourite Leg Pillow survey.

    • 81.1 Peepssangtae

      *Gag* Wha-????? Most Favourite Leg Pillow??!?! South Korea… I don’t know what comes out of it anymore these days…

      Anyway, I guess because he’s too smart enough to differentiate a duck’s groan from a wild beast’s growl.

  82. 82 aly

    LOL I definitely agree though this is a story that you kind of can guess at the ending, it is something I could (and did) watch over and over again

    One of the reason why the interview ISWAK director gave about talking to the husband of the mangaka made me tear up

  83. 83 Nam Yeon Rin

    It seems that the bear scenes are quite forgivable for no, haha.. I would say that KHJ looks a lot more handsome now than his BOF days. Imo, I don’t see any actor playing BSJ other than him.. Or maybe i just got used to it?.. Nah, simply because JHK always gives justice to his role in this show. and as for JSM, I agree that OHN is still charming even if she does annoying things. I personally like her when she acts as a gangster member and cornered and asked BSJ whether he wants to be with her or be buried alive in the coffin..lol.. JSM can be a pretty villain too!

    Oh I love BSJ’s mom!

    Thoug I’ve watched the other adaptations of this show (anime / taiwanese version), and yet they can still move, excite and surprise me in so many ways. It’s amusing how each because the characters are developing as each episodes unfold. I’ll be watching it till the end.

    Isn’t it too much to ask for its season2? 😀

    Maybebe a little late but i have a feeling that they intentionally left out the 2nd kiss part where Eunjo was admitted at the hospital..And it’s just going to be revealed in the later part of the show to OHN (and ot us).

    I wonder ehat happen to Bye Bye Sea’s cut scene. I find it cute whenever they sing “Jang-nan-seu-reon kiss!” 😀

  84. 84 Justine

    Just finished watching Episode 11 on viikii while reading the caps alongside, and can I just say Kyung Soo is hilarious! The whole mountain scene was so entertaining.

    And is Kim Tae Gi only going to be in this one episode? It’s a little disappointing. I thought he’d be a serious romantic rival or at least be able to stir a little bit more jealousy in Seung Jo. He didn’t really leave much of an impact… Though I did enjoy his scenes with Ha Ni before the awful neck-grabbing.

    • 84.1 v

      yes.. taegi is only going to be in this ep… he doesn’t appear in ep 12.

      • 84.1.1 v

        lol.. i got it wrong with you. kitae

  85. 85 Justine

    Oops, I got his name wrong! *Kim Ki-tae apparently!

  86. 86 anon

    poor kim hyun joong really needs some sleep. someone ought to dope him with some sleeping pills fast!!!

  87. 87 Peepssangtae

    Hi Javabeans,

    I really like your recaps and rather thorough break down of each drama you recap.

    I know that you have watched many dramas and (kind of) have some kind of expertise in this field. But what I want to know is what draws you into actually recapping a drama. Why is it that you recap ‘My Girlfriend is a Gumiho’ instead of ‘Baker King Kim TakGu’ which is more popular or why is it that you recap ‘Playful Kiss’ instead of ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ which didn’t clash with ‘MGIAG’ when ‘MGIAG’ was still airing or whatever other dramas you can think of?

    Of course I’m not implying that you should recap everything (that would be crazy) nor that dramas like ‘BK KTG’ is better than ‘MGIAG’ or ‘PK’ is better than ‘SSK’. I love them all quite equally but I really want to know what distinctive characteristic is it in dramas like MGIAG and PK that starts your writing-adrenalin-rush going instead of the rest.

    Thank you.

    • 87.1 Francesca

      Javabean also recaps the SKKS, yanno.

      • 87.1.1 Peeps

        No she doesn’t. It’s cassei.opeia and redpill who are doing those. I really love PK, I just want to know why she prefers recapping this to SKK or any other drama.

  88. 88 v

    SPOILER ahead….

    ep 13 teaser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbDrtgZmWf4

    • 88.1 Ladymoonstone143

      it was removed..:( but that is ok…haven’t seen ep 12 yet…still looking around where I can find it…lol That is basically my whole morning on Wed and Thurs…stalking who got the episode up…lol

  89. 89 smalltank

    Honestly SJ, if you didn’t like her enough, why bother staying on the bed despite her “slapping” and “hugging”? aren’t you better off sleeping on the floor?

    oh why did hair stylist style hani’s hair in that weird fringe-bun way? who would wanna go on a date with that hairdo.. gosh. puzzles me. Hani seemed to enjoy her date with the sunbae.. seeing them together at the park.. they look really compatible.

    SJ thinks that Hani will always stay by his side simply becos he can read her mind and know what she thinks, therefore he has that confidence.. but i choose to see it as being selfish. Robot boy, you cannot have your pie and not eat it!

  90. 90 Cloudysky

    Here’s my 2 cents, what i’ve benefited most out of this PK crack is that it feels like i’m 18 again, which is a long long way back…lol 😉

    I seemed to have teleported myself back in time, back to college days….where i still remember so vividly the feelings of first crush, the craziness and laughter of my classmates dancing and singing in the classroom, the anxiety and fear of preparing for the much dreaded exams, the heartpounding effect when my crush walk past…Goodness, that’s been a long way….

    As much as i didn’t really feel for this episode, blame it on the confusing and random edits, i still had a few heartfelt smiles, like when Hani was seated behind SJ during the english test, i swear if it’s my crush sitting in front of me, i would have handed in a blank sheet too, seriously ~ Okay, that’s if i’m still 18!

    While i find Kitae’s sudden confession and adoration of HB abit abrupt and unexpected, i was touched by his sincerity, small gestures and warm words, he’s the direct opposite of SJ, one is cold, oblivious, quiet and serious, and the other is warm and attentive.

    WHO would you choose??? well, it seems obvious that the latter makes a better choice, as the old saying goes, you will probably be happier with someone who loves you more than be stucked with someone whom you love more, i disagree though, i always think that you can grow feelings but you can never grow love, that’s what makes love so complicated, SIGH!

    And HN was never once attracted to either Kitae or JG, she may have some feelings for JG, but it’s more out of guilt and friendship, this snail has long ago set her sights on SJ, and has never wavered.

    I was dissapointed and confused with the scene where SJ supposedly kiss HN at the bench, it’s really not his style, and nothing seemed to have happened before…. that warrants this action or feeling, well…at least it reaffirmed the fact that he’s aware of his own feelings and development, this will eventually lead us to another level of their relationship.

    And, like JB, i really love that fleeting but dissapointed look when SJ saw HN at the restuarant w Kitae, its subtle but that’s the moment where i can really tell that HN does means alot to him.

    • 90.1 Annony

      Here here! For High school crushes that follow to College!

      I have to admit, when I write I often use the residual feelings I had of those times as a muse. And even a simple text to the guy, we’re still in good terms, gets my creative juices flowing.

      Well, write what you know, right?

      And I concur about your last statement. BSJ a few more cracks on that facade of yours!

  91. 91 houstontwin

    I really have no patience for Seung Jo. His feigned indifference and cold demeanor towards Hani have caused her a lot of pain. Really, however he feels towards her, he has been very cruel and I don’t really want Hani to forgive him without a lot repentance on his part. A kiss won’t do it!

  92. 92 E.s

    Haha i’m 1 of those who had read the manga and knew the story.I can only say there will be more kisses to come but it will be filmed in a way only the little brother knew about it.

  93. 93 bumpkin

    SJ’s MAMA, I’m still waiting for that fan meeting!!! 😀

    But seriously though, I’d probably hate it too if my mom was like her. My personality is a little bit like SJ’s.

    Is it just my imagination or is hae-ra trying to copy HN’s hairstyle? Was that a black hamster I saw in her hair? :/

    Thanks JB for the recap! Hope I can watch the episode soon…busy busy busy…..sigh

    • 93.1 bumpkin

      Sorry forgot to add..

      Baek Eun Jo! You are soooo going to be a heart breaker when you grow up.

      Retain the IQ points but get some pointers from HN on how to treat people right. I think you are going to be better than your brother!

      Can’t wait for YOUR story :)

  94. 94 gracie

    love your recaps! i just started watching korean dramas and i find them so entertaining and sweet! i’m an american and american shows are just too predictable and there’s no sweetness in them, just a lot of lust and one night stands. can’t wait for episode 12!

  95. 95 fromdblock

    i thought at first it was eun jo who kissed ha ni but the “bears” in the end tells otherwise… it seems that he really saw his brother kiss ha ni 😉

    this drama is a bit confusing but i’m enjoying the ride…

  96. 96 Fasiris Fay

    really bad editing- the test scene was so confusing, because her test is suddenly empty after SJ gave it to her? Also, why were they talking (and so loudly) in the test room? I thought that was really awkward…

    In addition, with the kiss scene, I thought it was a fantasy because the words SJ said seemed too cheesy and unrealistic, so maybe he did kiss her but didn’t say those things?

    One thing that I like though, is this confusion. In ISWAK, we see the kiss and so does the little brother. But in this scene, because we are in Ha Ni’s pov, she’s sleeping and dreaming, so it becomes muddled.

  97. 97 LeeLei

    I’ve practically read, and watched all versions of Itazura na Kisu and the Korean version is pretty much faithful with the manga. I love how they made Hani not as stupid as the cracked up Taiwan version, “It Started with a Kiss”, coz with that one my sister didn’t even get to finish the 1st eps.

    I agree 100% that Hani is so adorably cute, but couldn’t say the same for Seung Jo’s acting. But in all fairness to the guy that’s how Irie-kun in the manga is portrayed…and this guy lurves reading mangas! So, he must’ve picked it up from there. The subtle nuances in his expression indicates improvement and I’m liking better here than in BOF.

    Thanks for the entertaining recap, it’s always a delight to read yours and girlfriday’s. Rock on!

  98. 98 Flower Pot

    This episode is brought to us by the green eyed monster otherwise known by its nickname jealousy and it resides inside a boy that doesn’t even know that that’s what it is…

    (and yes, it visited me for awhile too in the beginning of this episode as i watched Jung So Min with gritted teeth while she sleeps beside MY Hyun Joong while i can only dream about doing the same in this entire lifetime…

    By the way, while we’re on the subject anyone care to tell me what the heck is Ha Ni taking to be able to sleep soooo deeply beside such gorgeousness?

    If that were me, i would be up all night plotting and scheming as to how i can jump him and then wake up the next day pretending that it was the sleep fairy who made me do it…

    *cue deep intake of breath before clapping my hand to my mouth in all wide eyed innocence*


    As Ha Ni lives my fantasy for me of doing wifely duties for Seung Jo (Hyun Joong in my case) and i absolutely froth at the mouth with envy, i also can’t help feeling dejected seeing Joon Gu all mopey and lost…

    I know that the way he runs after Ha Ni and her not giving him the time of day is a lost cause but there is just something sweet about his absolute dedication and blind loyalty to Ha Ni that just makes me wish that there were two of her to divide between him and Seung Jo…

    As i….

    *trails off and pauses for a full minute*


    Where the hell was i?

    What was i doing before this scene?

    Who am i?

    Dang it! Seung Jo in that bathrobe and his hair wet like that just made me lost my mind!

    I swear authorities ought to give him a license to carry those good looks around because heaven forgive us all, it is just plain LETHAL!

    And GAHHHHHH!!! Just when my heart rate has reached 200, you make him smile over that box of chocolate that Ha Ni gave him after spitting it out? Seriously Miss Scriptwriter? SERIOUSLY?Spazzing and fangirling all in one scene?

    Are you seriously trying to kill us?

    *takes a gulp of water and fans self before continuing*

    As i get a grip back on reality with the arrival of stalker boy version 2 in the person of Gi Tae (version 1 of course would always be Joon Gu… but CHINCHA! What is it with this show? If this is real life we will not be able to even know these characters because they will all be slapped with restraining orders, Mama Baek being indicted with the most count…), I can’t help but think to myself that this is what Ha Ni and Seung Jo really need…

    For a new face to arrive to rock the boat of the dynamics of their relationship and for Ha Ni to feel how it is to be pursued in a romantic way by a man that she can look at with fresh eyes and not in the familiar way that she looks at Joon Gu…

    Honestly, seeing her looking like she’s having the time of her life in that date with Gi Tae somehow gave me some Mama Baek like feelings of panic as i felt myself beset with worry about what would happen now between her and Mr. Hot Unfeeling Android…

    (but what about the OTP? And does that mean that the warmed up version of Robot boy will once again revert to his normal, unfeeling self?

    *me pouts and whines* But smiling Seung Jo is so much hotter!)

    But alas! I worried for nothing as Ha Ni might be like any other girl who enjoys the flattery of a good looking guy but TRUE LOVE always prevails…

    She might enjoy the moment but in the end her thoughts still go back to the person that she really hopes she can be with and of course, that’s none other than Little Mr. Perfect…

    *Yays all around!*

    (Sorry Gi Tae… your confidence might be impressive but you’re no match for Seung Jo… Just ask Joon Gu… He’s been trying for a reallyyyyyyyyy longggggggggg time and so far has scored zero points while Seung Jo has already racked up hundreds even without trying!)

    But Seung Jo?

    When will this boy ever learn?

    I can already make a book out of the instances when he tries to act oh soooo cool in his usually unaffected manner about how Ha Ni is not even making a mark on his world but deep inside he’s soooo falling for her hook, line and sinker…

    Well, I’ve got a newsflash for you, Mr. Grumpypants….

    You’re a big, fat, liar and everyone’s on to your game, because honestly?…

    You’re not a very good one…

    You might be a Genius but to tell you the truth? You’ve got as much tact as a bear…

    (Dissing Ha Ni’s choice of clothes but wearing it the next day? Not caring about her date but hanging out longer than necessary around her just to eavesdrop? But best of all, stepping in at a moment that does not really concern you one bit, like when two boys are fighting over Ha Ni’s affection just so you can stake your claim oh so childishly about how they need not bother because she likes you and ONLY YOU…)

    SMOOTH… Really smooth!


    Good thing Ha Ni is as dense as a London fog and can’t see through you, Otherwise?

    She’d be laughing at your face like…

    *me checks watch*

    Right this very instant!

    (Well, in reality it might be more bouncing around in excitement rather than laughing… *sigh*)

    However, it is that push and pull thing that you’re doing that is drawing Ha Ni and hundreds of thousands of us even nearer to you too like moths to a flame…

    (What can i say? Some girls are just plain suckers for pain and sarcasm and for someone as crushable as you? Honey, you can give me all you got and i would still be smiling at the end of it all like i just won the amazing race… hehehe!)

    You may be as prickly as a porcupine but dammit! You have the tenderest heart underneath that moody exterior…

    You care for Ha Ni in more ways than she can ever imagine and if that stolen kiss is not enough proof that you like her just as much as she does?

    Well, at least in this case its proof that DREAMS do come true and if Eun Jo’s dazed expression was not a dead giveaway, then we always have Episode 12 to look forward to or 13 or 14 or 15 or…

    *trails off and shrugs*

    Whatever…You know the drill…

    You get it right? That i can wait until such time that your defenses come crumbling down and that you can kiss Ha Ni with all the love you feel for her when she is wide awake and straight into her face?

    (Do me a favor please? Some open mouthed action would be much appreciated too and it would tide me over for some months as i imagine myself being there in Ha Ni’s place… )


  99. 99 DiOnIsSa

    Javabeans, thank you for recap! So fast!!!

    Guys, I have to comfort you :) Seung Jo really kissed Ha Ni while she was sleeping! I remember the anime version and manga, so that’s it! Eung Jo had seen that, that’s why he was so shocked then, hehe)

    I did really enjoy bed scene! Ha Ni was hilarious)) Her way in sleeping is really something! Just want to say: “Seung Jo, you have to get used to it!” Haha))

    Mama rules =) She, definitely, can make a show!

    It was so sweet that Seung Jo took Ha Ni’s chocolates :) Notwithstanding it’s favor, he really liked the present))

    I loved new guy! He is so sweet and cute! If it wasn’t Seung Jo, I would definitely give him way! He’s really concerned and sweetheart like our beloved Joon Gu! He was so adorable in his attempts to save Ha Ni, though he failed. Anyways, I love him! And I love Eung Jo, that little gentle child who tried to protect Ha Ni and hold her hand when she gor cold. My heart was melting :)

    All I can say, the last episode was totally sweet =)

    Looking forward to see the next, which I can see only in 3 days cuz I have to go outside my city….Anyways, I’ll come back, watch episode 12 and them come straight here to read one more awesome recap and comment, of course :)

    So, see you, guys!

  100. 100 CapitalScandalRocks

    Episode 13 preview

    • 100.1 Ladymoonstone143

      Thank you for the link. I am so glad they have a preview because it drove me crazy last week not knowing what to expect next. Gah…am definitely a certified PK addict..lol

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