Drama Recaps
Playful Kiss: Episode 13
by | October 13, 2010 | 304 Comments

FINALLY! I’ve been waiting twelve episodes (nearly thirteen, really) for this turn in the story. I’m not saying Ha-ni has to become a different person or that Seung-jo needs to turn into a considerate human being overnight for me to be satisfied — I just needed some balance to this relationship. I’m not even so greedy as to hope for a 50-50 balance — I’m talking one teeny, tiny, friggin’ step toward Ha-ni, Mr. Robot Boy. Something that gives me assurance that I’m not wasting my time hoping that these two kiddos can work it without necessitating a complete destruction of Ha-ni’s dignity. I was beginning to think that wouldn’t be possible.


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He-ra’s grandfather, President Yoon, arranges the seon between He-ra and Seung-jo, to his satisfaction. (A seon is more than a blind date; it’s a formal step toward finding a potential spouse, often arranged by parents or elders.) Despite her light mood, He-ra observes Seung-jo’s reaction closely as she explains that she had been opposed to date initially, until she found out it was him.

She supposes he doesn’t like the idea of being pimped out to save his father’s company (since President Yoon is a crucial investor). Seung-jo explains that he was relieved that it was her, but he only went on the date because he needs her grandfather in order to launch the company’s next game. Shouldn’t she hate that that was his reason?

He-ra doesn’t intend to force things with Seung-jo, but suggests that they give dating a try: “Let’s just take the opportunity with each other.” To her surprise (and glee), he agrees. Am I gonna have to call you Gigolo Seung-jo now?

When he gets home, he’s a little defensive as Ha-ni hesitantly asks about the date, and whether he’s going to marry He-ra. Seung-jo answers with a casual “Sure” — isn’t that what a seon is for?

Crushed, Ha-ni takes Seung-jo’s words to heart. The next day at school (where she has gone instead of working at the office), her mood is glum as she tries to come to grips with this.

He-ra sends a girlfriend-y text, and tellingly, Seung-jo picks up the phone to send a text of his own — to Ha-ni.

Of course, he can’t ever do a nice thing without undercutting it (that boy has spikes of steel guarding his heart, or maybe it’s his pride) so the text tells Ha-ni that he’s deducting her pay for her absence. I know, it woulda killed you to just say a simple “Hi,” right?

Joon-gu calls Ha-ni over to try a new dish he’s concocted, since he always wants her to be the first to try his creations. In light of her heartbreak, Ha-ni seems to appreciate his unflagging devotion even more than usual and thanks him, saying, “Hearing you talk like that makes me feel like a valuable person.”

Joon-gu hems and haws as he nervously tries to ask her out on a date. And while Ha-ni feels no romantic spark, she has been seeing Joon-gu through new eyes lately — at least she’s not taking his devotion for granted anymore! — and agrees to go out with him.

The date takes them through the standard activities (lunch, a movie, street shopping, etc.), and despite Ha-ni’s subdued mood, she enjoys herself.

At one point, she smiles up at Joon-gu happily, thanking him earnestly: “You’re a really good person. I already knew that, but these days I’m feeling it again.” Aw. I know these two can’t be, but this is the first time I’ve really wished they could make it work, because Ha-ni deserves a guy who adores her, who cares more for her well-being than he does for his own pride/image/status.

Speaking of whom… Seung-jo hears from his brother that Ha-ni went on a date today, and while he doesn’t react (much) to the news, Eun-jo sends him a curious look.

Seung-jo heads out on a date of his own, but little details trigger memories involving Ha-ni — a fact that doesn’t escape the notice of He-ra. Of course, coincidence dictates that the two couples run into each other — Ha-ni and Duckie arrive at a cafe on the river just as Team Genius Robots are leaving.

Seung-jo subscribes to “the best defense is a good offense” school of thought, and lashes out at Ha-ni by telling her that she and Joon-gu don’t fit in at a place like this — they’re better suited for the kiddie arcade. The problem with this (well, other than the obvious part where HE’S AN ASS) is that Ha-ni is so defeated that she doesn’t fight back, and concedes the point to him, turning to leave with Joon-gu.

Seung-jo’s just trying to get a rise out of her, and because he’s about as emotionally developed as an eight-year-old boy, he calls her back just so he can say with derision, “You sure look good together.” (Again, this doesn’t have the intended effect, since Joon-gu’s pleased with the comment.)

He-ra’s pretty sharp, and at the end of the evening she notices how Seung-jo holds the car door open for her when he would’ve tossed a rude comment if it were Ha-ni. She asks why he’s so mean to Ha-ni, and comments that it’s strange that she almost wants him to be mean to her as well.

As Ha-ni and Joon-gu walk along the river (he must’ve missed the memo that No good news ever happens at the river), he screws up his courage to make his big move… and asks Ha-ni to marry him. Oh, Duckie. As if the huge (physical) space between you weren’t already a huge sign that this is not meant to be…

Joon-gu says earnestly that he can wait for her — but even so, Seung-jo has someone now, and it’s time for Ha-ni to stop staring at his back. “If you just turn around, I’m here.” Sigh, this love triangle is just so tragic. (Or it would be in a drama that prized, yunno, drama.) You can’t fault him for hoping that she’ll turn around, even though the very same hope is what keeps her back turned away from him.

Mom intercepts Seung-jo when he arrives home that night, telling him he doesn’t have to date He-ra for the company’s sake. He laughs at that, albeit humorlessly, saying that that’s not why he’s doing this. Casting a glance upstairs, as though he wants the words to sting Ha-ni, he says, “It’s because I like [He-ra].”

While I don’t consider Seung-jo malicious here, it’s that thing a person would do to hurt the person in return for hurting you — even though the reason they hurt you is because you hurt them first… Sigh. People can be so silly and cruel. Why do we suck so much?

Upstairs, Seung-jo tosses out the comment, spoken with an edge to his voice, that she sure looked like she was having fun on her date. Ha-ni answers in kind, telling him that it was fun and her date was nice — he didn’t make fun of her, unlike somebody else.

Too bad she can’t make her heart follow her mind: Ha-ni understands that Joon-gu is the nicer, more thoughtful guy for her, but he just doesn’t make her feel those butterflies. Her friends prod her to think seriously about Joon-gu’s proposal, because he’s better for her than Seung-jo. Faced with reality, Ha-ni starts to consider that maybe that romantic excitement isn’t necessary, and concedes that Joon-gu’s very comfortable, “like family.”

As she walks along considering the proposal, she runs into He-ra and Seung-jo on a shopping date together. He-re greets her cheerily, but Seung-jo surprises them all by inviting Ha-ni along to dinner with them. Uh, awkward?

Thus the trio end up at Ha-ni’s father’s restaurant. When Joon-gu serves them with tips for how to eat the dish correctly, Seung-jo can’t resist shooting a barb at Ha-ni at how great it must be that her boyfriend knows so much.

When Dad is released from the hospital, He-ra drops by to pay her respects. Mom, being firmly in Ha-ni’s camp, is delightfully aloof to her, greeting her with an indifferent “Oh, have we met? Perhaps you seem familiar. You must not have made an impression.”

He-ra isn’t intimidated, and nothing Mom says ruffles her good mood, not even when Mom lays out all Seung-jo’s faults, calling him selfish and haughty. She adds, “Seung-jo looks smart, doesn’t he? But he’s really stupid. He doesn’t know his own feelings.”

Mom’s strategy is about as smooth and subtle as a tap-dancer on crack, but funny enough, this is the one thing that seems to make an impact on He-ra — she recognizes the truth as Mom states that Seung-jo treats a person colder and meaner the more he likes them. Feelings aren’t easily solved like math problems, and he’s afraid of his being found out.

Afterward, Seung-jo faces off with his mother, calling her tactics childish. Although Mom takes him to task for lacking basic decency in bringing He-ra home when he knows how Ha-ni feels, Seung-jo insists that she stop interfering in his life now.

Despite her earlier conviction, Mom starts to feel doubt — she’d truly believed Seung-jo liked Ha-ni, but perhaps she was wrong. If that’s true, she fears she has wronged both Seung-jo and Ha-ni by forcing them together, and wrings her hands in guilt.

Eun-jo — who has been observing all this with a sharp eye — finally speaks up in order to get his mother to stop crying and announces, “He does like her.” He refuses to give any further explanation, but he asks Seung-jo if he really means to marry He-ra. Seung-jo replies that He-ra suits him and that he’ll probably grow to like her, but he doesn’t sound convinced so much as he’s trying to convince himself.

Little Bro is smarter than that, and doesn’t buy that at all — especially in light of the scene he witnessed in a previous episode. Now we see the scene from the woods, where Seung-jo had come upon a sleeping Ha-ni and kissed her. Eun-jo decides that his brother definitely does like Ha-ni, no matter what he says.

Thinking more about the proposal, Ha-ni asks her father how he’d feel if she dated Joon-gu. Dad answers essentially as her friends did — that Joon-gu is devoted to her and wouldn’t be a bad match.

Understanding that He-ra is the girl Seung-jo is thinking of marrying, Dad sighs that they shouldn’t have moved back to this house. Things will only continue to grow more awkward if they keep living here, and this is a good chance for them to think it over.

Seung-jo puts in a rare appearance at tennis club — looking around for Ha-ni, of course, only to be told that she’s been busy dating her boyfriend lately.

As he leaves, Min-ah and Ju-ri run into him and talk extra-loudly-on-purpose to make sure he hears that Joon-gu proposed to Ha-ni, and that she is supposed to give him her answer today. Seung-jo doesn’t give them the satisfaction of reacting, but this news does NOT make him happy.

Joon-gu treats Ha-ni to more new dishes, and hesitantly brings up his proposal from the other night, wondering if she’s thought it over. In spite of his willingness to be patient, he’s frustrated by her request for more time and reminds her that he’ll always be here for her, like a home — but a house that stands empty too long is no good, either. Better an empty house than one that caves in around you, I say.

A clap of thunder sends her recoiling in fright, and Joon-gu grabs her to make sure she’s safe — and that closeness prompts him to attempt a kiss. Ha-ni resists, but he’s caught up in his emotions and tries to move in anyway, and in the almost-struggle they both fall to the ground. Ha-ni shoves him away.

Joon-gu asks sadly if that means she’s saying no to him. Feeling guilty and upset, Ha-ni blurts out that she’s sorry and rushes out into the rain.

(Sigh — and you were doing so well, Duckie! Patience was suiting you so well, and then you had to go and get all Traditional Second Lead on us and try to force your suit. Don’t you watch dramas, ever?)

Ha-ni beats herself up about it on the way home, feeling guilty for raising Joon-gu’s expectations and then hurting him.

She finds Seung-jo waiting for her at the bus stop, and he gruffly offers her the cover of his umbrella (with a sharp look and the backhanded comment that he knew she’d be foolish enough to be without an umbrella).

As mean as ever, Seung-jo brings up Joon-gu’s proposal and prods her to explain. Losing patience, he snaps, “So what did you tell him?!”

Ha-ni retorts that her answer has nothing to do with him, and adds — to his shock — that she’s going to move out. She doesn’t want to be a hindrance to Seung-jo’s relationship, and now she’ll turn her attention to helping her father and Joon-gu. It all works out, since Dad likes Joon-gu.

Seung-jo looks at Ha-ni sharply and asks, “Do you like him?” Irritated at her yes, he asks if she is just going to like whoever likes her back.

But Ha-ni has tired of this one-sided love, and wants to be with someone who likes her back. She states, “I like Joon-gu.”

Seung-jo fires back, “You like me.” It’s both a statement and a command, and he follows that with the declaration that she can’t like anyone other than him. Frustrated, Ha-ni admits angrily that he’s right — she does still like him — “But what good is that?” After all, he won’t have anything to do with her, and he treats her like—

Dropping the umbrella, he grabs her in a kiss.

Pulling back, he instructs Ha-ni not to say that she likes anybody but him. Mollified, Ha-ni nods in agreement, then notes that this is their second kiss.

Smiling, he gathers her to his chest and corrects her: “It’s the third.” And then he adds, “It’s okay, you don’t have to count anymore.”


Okay, you got me there. Pretty awesome way to get Seung-jo to man up and make his confession, finally. It’s been mighty frustrating to watch Ha-ni pine over Seung-jo all this while, and while WE know that her love isn’t futile, SHE doesn’t. It’s been nearly painful at times to see her entertaining flimsy hopes in the face of such blatant (outward) disinterest.

I don’t actually have a problem with Ha-ni’s constant following around of Seung-jo, and I’ve long accepted that her persistence is just a part of her nature, so my issues with her weren’t based on that. What gets me is the idea that she has no sense of self without Seung-jo, that she doesn’t value herself as a human being if/when apart from him. There’s a sweet moment in this episode when she thanks Joon-gu for liking her so much, because it makes her feel “like a valuable person,” but that kind of thinking is like a slap in MY face, as someone who loves Ha-ni’s character for her heart and life. It hurts that she would buy into the idea that she isn’t worth a concern if she isn’t liked by a guy.

I was pretty irritated with Seung-jo in this episode, even though I knew that Big Moment was coming at the end of it (thanks, spoilers!), and I think you only get so many passes for being a socially awkward genius robot who treats people like crap due to a lack of artificial emotional intelligence. He gets some sympathy for being emotionally stunted, but let’s face it — the boy’s got a pretty privileged, cushy life. At a certain point you pass being a mere misunderstood hero to plain jerkface poopypants, and Seung-jo has long crossed that line with me.

(On a perfectly shallow note, I am willing to entertain the idea that I am possibly less forgiving because Seung-jo’s perm is straightening out. For some insane and unfathomable reason, without that head of messy curls, I just don’t find him as appealing. I KNOW! It’s weird.)

(Now, if only the sound in the ending scene were anywhere near halfway decent. Gah, I haven’t heard such atrocious sound engineering in a drama in perhaps ever — and certainly not at such a crucial moment. Can we get on that, drama crew, and fast?)


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304 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. miss_procrastination

    I died during this episode! Thanks for the recap!

    • 1.1 angel z

      i love all the episodes. makes my heart melt. but can anyone or someone tell me that the ratings has improved now that it has reached episode 13? i’m worried that it might end soon. i want a part 2 of this.

      • 1.1.1 Tiffany

        ohh its going to get better i know. here’s a spoiler, they have their wedding, hoeymoon 😮 which is absolutely
        horrible, and ha ni becomes a nurse. at the end she is P-R-E-G-N-A-N-T!!! Yup just watch the japanese anime version spoiled my part of the drama.

        • Caro3600

          Why did you just add all these spoilers without a little warning? I was just reading the comments and then you had to add all of this in. What the heck? You should be more careful and less evil.

  2. Ace

    Thanks a lot! Been waiting for this! I loved this episode despite seeing He-ra a lot! Will read the recap now!

  3. kaye

    thanks javabeans for the recap! this is so fast lol

  4. cookie

    I thought their intense moment was awkward! I know this drama was made in the 90s or whatever, but the romantic relationship seems so obsolete! Hani is so submissive.

  5. anon

    thanks for the recap
    who thinks joon gu looks like park shi hoo?

    • 5.1 mayakho

      that would be me! They’re so look-alike

    • 5.2 Abie Lee

      I totally wrote the same thing in my comment before I read yours! And both actors bear a resemblance to my husband. Now if only he had the same abs!

    • 5.3 chocostarrr

      i thought that too!!!! my friend thinks im crazy but i guess she’s the crazy one >:)

    • 5.4 kookiedoughhh

      yess, its true.
      but joon gu looks a lot younger and their voices are really different.

  6. Senstar

    It was a cute episode….it’s not mentioned here, but when duckie and ha ni “accidentally” meet Team Robot and Seung-jo mocks them…duckie retorts “thank you. you and your nasty personalities belong together too” in a completely serious and earnest tone. You guys should check out that scene…it was hilarious. also, i don’t know if it was just me, but I felt that the kissing scene somehow *lacked* compared to the kissing scene in the taiwanese version. maybe, seung-jo just lacks emotional appeal….

    • 6.1 kdrama

      Senstar, you’re right….the rain kissing scene was lacking…something…it wasn’t as intense. Compare and contrast LOL by watching it the Taiwanese rain kiss clip on YT…

      • 6.1.1 cherry

        the tw version of Naoki suddenly shouting like that has definetely gone out of character

        if you watch the anime you will see that the scene is not as dramatic as the tw version one.
        ISWAK makes everything so overly dramatic just lke when XQ got the eye sickness?
        was that even in the story?come on!!

        although i love their acting and chemistry, XQ doesn’t live like a human being at all. She is like a parasit. She can’t do anything and do things that make me fast forward the button.

        • kdrama

          Discussing on the rain kiss, Kversion did not have the same intense pull as twversion. Some people like it, some people don’t. I happen to feel Kversion was lacking the emotional intense kiss. In all versions, the female character did not act like a human being at all because her world revolved around her crush. The way it was portray may have been different, but at the end…they’re all the same character. Just like HN’s world revolved around SJ, XQ’s revolved around ZS.

          • kaye

            That’s why JB said not to compare those two…i think the kiss is just so right…no pun intended just my POV. I think there is intensity which is just right, calming. The Tversion is more of an exaggeration of the scenario although I can say that it is emotional too…it was way out of character but I enjoyed it. In Kversion, it is just soothing, and it moved me too. Pls don’t compare the two because they have their own charm.

          • cherry

            at least Hani still acts like a normal person (not retardedly)
            her loves for SJ and her devotion for him is not normal..but at least the meaning of her is pretty significant. She is such a sweet, caring, and nice (clumsy and goofy though) at least she shows the reason why she was loved by the mom, friends, dad, EJ, and she BJG loves her with a reason. Everybody ignores him cos he is a troublemaker but HN wants to be friend with him and change him.

            XQ? she is manipulative in an annoying way. in TKA she defends her bestfriend from the terrifying mother in-law. I love her for doing that, but must she be so rude and turning and smashing the table to an elder?

            She can’t do anything. At least from very little thing, i can see HN using a computer (XQ??). HN can really do well if she works hard. XQ surely works hardm but naaah, it’s hopeless. though she suceeded in some

            Esp when she talks, laugh and then burst out rice or food on people (XQ did it on ZS’s brother)
            . Even the way she talks is not normal..she looks like some kind of disability.

            but XQ is def different from Ariel. I love Ariel, she acts very well (and in fact she is very pretty). TKA and ISWAK are very good dramas with wonderful actors.

            the frustations lie on the girl character which is made too much lacking, where i don’t see the concept of “complimenting each other”. The girl is made too much lacking ( it is so unfaiiir). All she does is cryiiing….at least HN always laugh and smile, she is really positive about life. SJ is smart and perfect but his life seems so gloomy though. That’s why i can see their compatibility.

          • poo

            yeah i hate the shouting in the TW version…it spoils everythng…it so doesn’t suit the character of naoki….the anime and d korean version ve done it perfectly well…not too dramatic.

        • CHshe

          *although i love their acting and chemistry, XQ doesn’t live like a human being at all. She is like a parasit. She can’t do anything and do things that make me fast forward the button.*

          So true. The part fast forward button thing. It was my best friend while watching, LOL

      • 6.1.2 Newbie

        The Taiwan version may have been better, but this is probably KHJ’s best kissing scene in PK and BOF!

        • Ladymoonstone143

          I totally agree with you….

          I was not expecting a torrid kissing because I would faint if I see one…but open mouth kiss and mouth moving with KHJ probably will be the best kiss you can get from him on tv. I would love for them to prolong it for a few seconds but I am just thinking……how many retakes did they do with this scene? It would be fun to watch the behind the scene (aka Cinderella’s sister kiss). If there was 10 takes…then Seung Jo had kissed Ha Ni multiple times…lol

          • Annony

            fan accounts and crew comments:
            fan account: they kissed several times just to get where hands should go and what angle.
            crew comments: there were no particular NG’s in the kiss, it just came…and was done.

      • 6.1.3 jackwon

        I agree that PK’s kiss was less intense than ISWAK’s, but I actually liked it better that way. ISWAK was more physically intense, like Joe really went for it and the make-out was surprisingly long and, er, heavy. But PK’s was more emotionally affecting for me, more romantic than passionate, I guess. Not that KHJ didn’t put in effort and passion, because my goodness, he totally did! But ISWAK felt like a release of emotion and physical attraction, while PK, mostly emotion. It’s just how Taiwanese and Korean dramas differ in taste (and conservatism).

        • yaya

          Also, I found in the TW version there was more physical closeness between ZS and XQ. He was constantly moving _towards_ her, leaning in or pulling her close. It gave the effect of a moth flutter to a flame, more so than HN and SJ.

          But what made me love TW is that it had certain parts that just seemed to fill XQ’s character up. The recurring nightmare and the references to her mother, they added a breadth to her character that she so desperately needed. My favourite scene in ISWAK was her crying after her mother, lighting another sparkler to see her again and crying. It was such a beautiful scene and really made her seem complete, strange as it is that a lack should make her seem whole. <333

          I can't wait to watch this ep now. :)

          • coffee_lover

            completely agree. one of my fave scenes from ISWAK. my friend and I were discussing the best scenes from ISWAK, and that was near the top of the list :)

        • justkat


    • 6.2 shalini

      Hehe I loved the comment too – you two and ur nasty personalities will get along great! 😀 😀 Very funny. I love BJG! 😀 and he makes me want to visit a korean restaurant.. NOW! ah! I wud have an affair if got food like that 😉 😛
      Agree about the kiss, TW one rocked.. I din watch the drama just the kiss scene.. have to admi.. KHJ has a loooooooooooooong way to go.. sigh! He works hard but his heart is not in acting it seems, See him on stage or in WGM, when his heart is in it.. He;s awesome…

  7. kaye

    I agree with javabeans when you said you want HN realize her self worth, that she needs to love herself before others. I think she is starting to think of herself without BGJ’s help when she walked out of the restaurant.

    When she already made up her mind to live without SJ, SJ is there to change her mind again. I’m not really into this kind of drama but it keeps me entertained.

    • 7.1 lynn

      I am new to kdrama so the recaps and comments are very helpful for overcoming the cultural gaps. HN’s being so very unsuccessful bothers me a lot. Even 20 years ago did males need their women to be so helpless. I understand HN being awkward in SJ’s presence. I’ve had that problem when around a crush. But is Korean cuisine so difficult that she can’t follow cookbook directions. SJ would be almost justified in not wanting his children to be retarded.
      On the other hand she has succeeded when he’s taught her on two occasions. But she never follows up! Like after their first date would it have been so unreasonable for her to have studied and done better at school. It is obvious she is truly loved or appreciated by others. So she has something to offer. For both SJ and BJG she has been a catalyst for big changes for them. Would it truly destroy the plot “tradition” for her to grow and evolve?
      Sorry for going on for so long. One last question: Is there a difference between like and love in Korea. What HN feels after she lives with SJ would be considered love not like. A crush is something more driven by hormones rather than a real connection from the heart. HN seems to have more emotional depth than that. Also didn’t SJ say I love you while HN was sleeping? Please explain like versus love in kdrama.
      Thank you

  8. Malak

    Joon-gu you won my heart.

  9. :D

    Oh how i just love passionate kisses in the rain…!!!!!!

  10. 10 Q

    \o/ IT’S HERE! I love you, JB, with all my heart. Now I’m off to watch the kiss scene (and replay it many, many times).

    BTW I wonder if they’re straightening his hair out on purpose because the majority of the feedback have been something along the lines of “Wtf?” or “Ew!” etc. You have very eccentric taste, JB xD.

  11. 11 Del

    I’m sorry to say that, but the taiwan version is so much better… I’m sad, because I really wanted to like this drama…

    • 11.1 kaye

      i think the two kisses have two distinctive appeal…Tkiss is so emotional but Kkiss is shivering to death(in our vernacular it’s called nakakakilig). I just wish they made the Kkiss longer so that we can see their emotions more. I’m hoping they will give that in ep14. Anyway, we should not compare these two versions because they have their own charisma.

    • 11.2 Malak

      No doubt about that. Joe Cheng was much more fun than Kim Hyun Joong. And a more passionate kisser too :)

      • 11.2.1 amohoneycomb

        After watching TKA, I was so jealous of Ariel because Joe seems like such an ~amazing~ kisser. :/

      • 11.2.2 kaye

        when I say shivering, it’s on the positive note…It has calming effect…although Tkiss has full of emotions, I can say that Kkiss has this soothing calming effect to viewers to a point you will shiver/shudder/melt. They have both charisma and I cay say that I enjoyed the kiss scene of this drama…just so RIght on SJ’s character….

        • Heidi

          I agree. I thought that the kiss was exactly what BSJ’s character would do, so it was fitting and not as “over” as ZS’s. ZS’s kiss was more passionate, but waaaay out of his character’s normal range of emotions.
          I love the K kiss, b/c he doesn’t scream at her but makes his point pretty clearly. I had to replay the scene like 5 times. It was perfect.

    • 11.3 cherry

      the tw version girl XQ does not have any pride
      she is like a totally retarded person

      doing embarassing things everywhere, making ZS ashame, and annoying everyone around her

      suddenly at the end, BUM…. he likes her

      i was like ? what the???
      this guy is too good for her..why can he suddenly likes her?

    • 11.4 Abie Lee

      But Ariel Lin was so not visually appealing.

      • 11.4.1 Taber

        I think Ariel is a beautiful person, she charming and her great acting abilities makes her endearing. I guess it’s been proving again…”Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

    • 11.5 Ami

      I dunno ’bout that. I have a thing against watching a girl having half her face being chewed off and that’s always my impression of the 1st and 3rd kiss in ISWAK. But maybe that’s how Taiwan drama interprets as ‘being passionate’.

      • 11.5.1 justkat


      • 11.5.2 Heidi

        So true!!!

        And if you watched TKA, during the honeymoon kiss it was all ZS. XQ just sat there like a block of wood, and that really frustrated me. I was ranting at my screen like “Dang, girl!! It’s your HONEYMOON!!”

    • 11.6 bjharm

      the tw version had angst and melodrama in with the laughs, this version they skip much of that, mainly because its all being played out at 100 mile per hour, they really no time to develop any melodrama. The K-version it is cute light and a good way to spend an hour.
      What I really missed was how in the TW version it shows that it is not really the girl who can not live without the guy but in fact the other way around, that is what the rain scene really showed in the TW version, and indeed the same theme is enforced even more in they kiss again.

      • 11.6.1 coffee_lover

        YES, I thought so too. :) Love this! <3

    • 11.7 enchanted

      im sorry i have to get this off my chest.

      seriously cant you just enjoy the drama?

      i mean we watch them because they are for entertainment purposes right?, do you think we will be entertained if we keep comparing between versions?, who did this scene better etc?, when did we all suddenly become a critic?

      (ok i know where youre coming from, we are entitled to our own views so here’s mine)

      i watched all versions BUT i LOOK at them individually and i DONT compare them with each other. how can it be a remake if you want the same scenes/emotions show once again then you should have just bought a DVD of your version of choice and put it on REPLAY.(that way you can watch them the way you liked it)

      *here is my analogy: i feel PK is the youngest sister who is being compared to her two elder sisters (TW & anime version) same blood BUT TOTALLY DIFFERENT personalities and qualities* so if you were the youngest sibling would you feel good being compared to your unnies? (my point exactly)

      just enjoy the show as it is if you dont like it dont watch. that simple

      *PS its called a REMAKE not a replication there is a difference between the two

      • 11.7.1 ross

        LOL at this comment!

        anyway, good or bad i enjoyed reading all comments
        but honestly, i replayed the kissing scene multiple times
        i was not able to check till now whether Hani responded
        coz i was too focused on Seungo,
        his jawline, when it moves, the angle, his hands, open lips yayyy

        now i am wondering, did hani keep her lips close the whole time?

      • 11.7.2 ^^*

        Enjoy the show!

      • 11.7.3 Abie Lee

        Isn’t there a Japanese non-anime version also?

        • bjharm

          yes it was the first one made before It Started With A Kiss..indeed like the K-drama version it is very short only nine! episodes its called Itazura na Kiss.

      • 11.7.4 PhilWittyJoong

        10 thumbs up for u!

        not good comparing which good or bad.. hahhahahah!

        as smooth as ever… mild but can touch your feelings.. ^_^

    • 11.8 Kiwi

      No matter what you say, the kiss from TW version was waayy hotter than this one. I was kinda disappointed with the kiss scene in this version and I’m really not satisfied with how the emotions are conveyed by the male lead.

      That said, I must say that I’m rather biased – I looved ISWAK :)

    • 11.9 Jadielaw

      Same here

  12. 12 kc

    oh i love the first pic.

  13. 13 S

    THANK YOU!!!! luv this show i think i am addicted he he

  14. 14 pn

    LOL at your last comment about the sound. I agree! The rain was SO loud, I thought something was wrong with my laptop.

  15. 15 Rossi

    Not gonna lie, i only read these recaps for the hair comment after your first confession of perm loving since am not even watching the drama. I think i need to get some new hobby soon…

  16. 16 PhilWittyJoong

    but somehow… ^_^ a progress sees here..
    is it better to be too much annoyed by the girl, is that so?.. ^_^

    Jung So Min delivers it like she is really in that situation.. ^^….

    I’ll just watch it first before reading your recap.. ^_^

  17. 17 Haina

    I totally agree with you. I stopped watching this drama a couple of episodes back because I couldn’t bear to see Ha-ni pine anymore. Her entire identity is wrapped up in Seung-jo, so much that she doesn’t have any self-worth outside of his affections. She’s not good at anything other than loving this one person. This message really bothered me. So now I’m reading you recaps instead of spending an hour being angry.

  18. 18 bishbash

    PK can be renamed as The Persistent Girl and Her Ultra High Ego Guy.

    Thanks JB! I can now get down to my work 😉

  19. 19 Ace

    Again, thanks for your recap. I’m sure there would be a continuation of the arguments from episode 12 here. I had a headache trying to read through it.

    I respect everyone’s opinions but aren’t we over-analyzing Oh Ha-ni’s choice of prioritizing Seung-jo? I nearly posted a few times in ep 12 my take on Oh Ha-ni’s choice but in the end, didn’t submit my comment. I’m just going to enjoy PK until the end. Wished it was up to 20 episodes though not 16. Anyway, I like Ha-ni and though the arguments against her are valid, I’m more on the side of those who are on Ha-ni’s side. (see ockoala’s take on her blog @ http://ockoala.wordpress.com/)

    In this episode: My heart broke a little bit at a time alongside Ha-ni whenever Seung-jo says all those hurtful things. Like SJ’s text to Ha-ni. People really suck! Gah! If I wanted my heart to be broken, can I choose for an all-at-once-don’t-break-it-to-me-gently breakup? And Duckie! Glad you had that big date with the love of your life, but sorry she’s not for you dearie! And yup, the rain sounded too loud in that last scene. It distracted me from the BIG moment so I had to rewatch it over and over and over again. 😉 Let me re-watch it some more…

    Can’t wait for tonight’s episode! Bring on the cute please!

  20. 20 sunshine

    Thanks for the recap! Ugh…I don’t know if it was because I was in a super bad mood today or whether this episode really just stank like hell.

    I love Ha Ni. I really do, but without her cheery self, she’s just not as endearing. During so much of the episode, she just stood awkwardly around moping and I just wish that the writers had given her something better. When she ran into SJ and HR on their date? Just stood there. During awkward dinner with the two? Just sat there. At the house when HR came to visit? Also just sat there. I get that the girl’s heartbroken, but I wonder if it’s merely how long she was sulking that didn’t work for me. In the past episodes, it always broke my heart when she felt rejected by SJ, but in this episode, I felt nothing…maybe I’ve just become desensitized.

    I’m just happy that the two finally got together at the end, but it didn’t feel quite as satisfying because SJ is still his arrogant self and instead of humbling himself a bit by saying something like “I like you” or “I don’t want you to be with someone else,” he says “You like me.” The tables still haven’t turned, and that’s usually one of my favorite parts in a romantic drama. But then, of course, that wouldn’t be staying true to the source material.

    • 20.1 Purpleclouds

      In the Taiwan version, even after they got married, he was still hot/cold, unpredictable and she ran away from home because she couldn’t take it anymore. That’s why I hated him in Tversion.

      • 20.1.1 blue horizons

        yup, totally. he was so hot and cold even after marriage in TKA, it was horrible…

        • Aparna

          It was only in the beginning when he is jealous of her new friends and when her concentration is away from him for the first time. Then he realises his mistake when XQ’s dad hits him for mistreating his daughter.

          I am not some crazy fan trying to protect the TW version. That version had plenty of faults too but just letting you know that his character grows and begins to learn to cherish her and her affection.

    • 20.2 haru

      I’m hoping for some more obviously tables-turned cuteness in the coming eps, but his “You like me” satisfied me. It’s very SJ. It isn’t as straightforward as an I Like You, but like JB says, YLM is also a command—which reveals the underlying admission of it: SJ can’t do without her. Master has become enslaved, lol.

  21. 21 tangtang

    I waited day after day just for this episode!! Finally!!! So excited for them both! Can’t wait for today’s episode!!!!

  22. 22 cingdoc

    WOW….same day recap…JB, You ARE spoiling us….thanks :)
    off to reading…

  23. 23 Purpleclouds

    This ep gave me many waves of heartache as Hani was feeling hopeless and when he finally broke and kissed her. This show is so gentle and yet so powerful.
    How can a perm last just a few weeks? Mine lasts for months…hehe.

  24. 24 Beng

    i cried in the recap because of Ha-ni, poor girl. But i;m she got the boy in the end =)

    thanks for recap =)

  25. 25 Suenoona

    Seung-jo… Now I can sleep tight coz you had confessed! I heart PK the most…

  26. 26 Ladymoonstone143

    Thanks Javabeans for the recap…muahhh…

    My heart goes out to Jong Go on this episode. Hani and him look so cute together…I mean that is how date should be….having lots of fun.

    I finally breath a sigh of relief when robot boy finally admitted his feelings at the end because in the middle part of the episode…I was already screaming in frustration on how mean he was to Hani. After investing myself on 13 episodes…I was saying Marry Jong Gu Ha ni…enough of this suffering…lol

    The kiss at the end is what I expected…at least on my point of view, robot boy became human…..the kiss lasted for a few seconds…mouth open…and OMG…Seung Jo’s mouth move actually. Kidding myself that that was a french kiss…lol Although I wanted the kiss to last longer and more intense…am just thankful that is was not a staid kiss at all.

    Thanks again and looking forward to ep 14..and hopefully there will be more cutesy moments esp from Seung Jo’s side to make up everything mean he did to Ha ni…:)

  27. 27 Hannah

    There’s a sweet moment in this episode when she thanks Joon-gu for liking her so much, because it makes her feel “like a valuable person,” but that kind of thinking is like a slap in MY face, as someone who loves Ha-ni’s character for her heart and life. It hurts that she would buy into the idea that she isn’t worth a concern if she isn’t liked by a guy.

    This, so much.

    Episode was cute but I’m kind of looking more forward to the ones that come. Is.. Seung Jo going to have to be nice?? O_O

  28. 28 Da-da

    You were so fast with the recap!!
    Thank you so much, I was mostly angry with this episode and I didn’t know the BIG MOMENT was at the end but when Duckie proposed, I asume it was close.
    I found myself screaming of joy. FINALLY! To me, they prolonged the “Robot boy doesn’t get his own feelings” way too much. He clearly understood his feelings, as he kissed Ha-ni while she was sleeping. Clearly a demostration of tender love.

    On the other hand, I agree with you. Ha-ni, who is pure heart, does seems to end up being the kind of girl who doesn’t treauser herself and the way she is unless a guy tells her to. Sad, at first she had more spunk! I would love to see her giving some slapping around to Robot Boy.

    PS: Yes! Quite appelaing without the curls.

  29. 29 JAM

    thank u! thank u!!!! i came to your website for the nth time today thinking I won’t see the recaps but i am so glad to be wrong. thanks JB and GF for all your hardwork!!!! love u gals!

    • 29.1 Ami

      haha.. me too!! I kept reading the comments to the 12th episode while waiting for the 13th episode recap. Can’t believe it’s so fast.. thought it’d be out during the weekend. Thanks so much JB!

      • 29.1.1 mojaslatka

        I was doing same whole day. Refreshing and reshing the home page to see if the recap is out( I already watched the subbed one and read recap from ockoala). But my obsession won’t be full till I read JB’s recaps and comments.

  30. 30 dulcedeleche

    Okay so i have been anticipating the last scene for a while …….and Argggggg his face had NO emotions. HE WAS A BRICK WALL. He needed to confirm that she like him first before he made a move? SERIOUSLY?

    I know he’s not the best actor and this role worked well for him because his character IS a boy robot….but there were definitely some scenes where he could have done a better job. I think it helps when he’s not completely relying on his face. For example, i thought that the scenes with Eunjo – when he grips the door handle or when he tells Eunjo that surely he’ll come to like He-ra (paused and looked conflicted while trying to get back to his book)

    But i just felt that the last scene seemed too artificial. How calmly did he throw that umbrella away before he kissed her? There was no sense of urgency.

    Well the series isn’t over yet. I hope Ha-ni finds herself AND i hope Seungjo finally does something about all that pride.

    • 30.1 kaye

      what i think of reaction of SJ is just right…he’s not a hyper-male and it is not too agressive, not too timid, JUST RIGHT. I need to re-watch that scene before I reply in this because I want to be sure of my reaction, I don’t wanna be bias.

      And there should be no sense of urgency there because he is just relieved that HN confirmed that he likes her and the kiss was given to show her that the feeling is mutual. Although I wish that scene should be longer imo to create a more passionate impact. If he gave a different reaction, I think I will be surprised bec that is not SJ anymore doing those things.

    • 30.2 Toya

      Thank you!!!! I thought I was the only one for a second.

      Well on the deadpan part, they stayed pretty close to the exact scene in this, the Anime and the Taiwan drama.

      Y’all probably get tired hearing this from me but the Taiwan one did a better job on this scene. This scene is like the big climax and it just fizzed here.

      This is a more, “I am marking my territory” moment rather than, “Chaste soap opera”.

  31. 31 koreandramasrock

    I have only been reading your recaps and not watching the show as I have a feeling I’ll damage my laptop by throwing somnething at it.. plus I have already seen the taiwanese version so I don’t want to see the SAME thing over again. Thanks so much for the recap JB!

    • 31.1 Abie Lee

      You either must have just watched the Taiwanese version or you have a really good memory. I’ve seen it as well but I don’t remember all the details so most of the stuff that’s going on in the drama, I’m not sure if it’s in that version or just in the Korean one. I feel the same way about the Hana Kimi drama. I saw the Taiwanese version first and I’m kinda not want to watch the Japanese one but the actors are much hotter and I can’t keep my eyes away from Oguri Shun.

  32. 32 tari

    i got the feeling that you were in a hurry doing this recap..but thanks anyway..rather read it on this site than any others..havent had the time to watch PK though..just read the recaps here..

  33. 33 Dante

    Team Genius Robots!
    Jerkface Poopypants!

    I am laughing so hard I’m crying. Thank you.

  34. 34 jeankayee

    thanks jb!!!! you are sure spoiling the PKissers!
    and we love it!!!

    the first part of the episode, i feel the urge to click the fast forward button coz i know that hani and joon gu are in for a heartache. hani bcoz of hae ra and seung jo and for joon gu would be hani. i just cant help to be heartbroken with them but then again i goes thru it because i think the impact of the big moment wouldnt be the same without seeing the struggles. and im glad that im right about it.

    can you imagine my glee when he kissed her?! and unfortunately i have to watch that scene at 01:10 am in a room full of sleeping roommates! i wanted to sing with glee but i cant!!! talk about suppress feelings!

    also, regarding the kiss i know most of the people who watch other version will start to compare and i would like to say that please not, coz every version would have different approach.

    as for me, aside from the sound of the rain which is a bit loud, i like how they did the kiss in the rain. its not so melodramatic, not too light, not too angsty, not too sweet. its just right for me.

    and i know some would say that even seung jo confess his feelings to hani, he still have this arrogant vibe but then again, hani already know that right? and she still loves him. bcoz she accepted him for who he is, with all the good and the bad.

    on the light note:

    liking beak seung jo for perm hair then unlike him again bcoz he into straight hair again!
    its so weird and funny at the same time jb! but then again thats why we like hanging around here at dramabeans, to read your funny, insightful and weird comments. please continue to do so coz we love it.

    til next episode!!!

  35. 35 ockoala

    Thanks for the recap, JB.

    I presume you’re no long sitting in a tree with this version of Mr. Roboto? In that case, I’ll take him! For safe keeping only, of course.

    Honestly, of all the manga-drama adaptations, Itazura na Kiss and Hana Yori Dango seem to inspire the most heated reactions, from lovelovelove to hateloathekill.

    Regardless, it’s a personal thing whether Ha Ni’s character works, and I find the only time her character doesn’t turn me ragey is in PK.

    I actually really liked the post-getting together stuff, bc without the moping about whether SJ likes her or not, HN does focus on her own growth.

    Yes, she should do it regardless, but alas, that is what she is Noah’s Snail, and not Yoon Hye Ra.

    • 35.1 Hannah

      Yeah, I like the stuff before too. It’s mostly sweet and makes the ending cuter.

    • 35.2 dannaluk

      “I actually really liked the post-getting together stuff, bc without the moping about whether SJ likes her or not, HN does focus on her own growth.”
      agree..that’s why i liked TKA better than ISWAK

  36. 36 bearowl

    I think KHJ showed a lot of expression in his eyes this episode. I’m sort of impressed.

    • 36.1 Ami

      KHJ ‘talks’ a lot with his eyes in his dramas. Maybe it’s to compensate his lack of lengthy dialogues and vigorous action sequences. Which is why I rewind a lot whenever he’s in a scene. And how I got hooked on him from BOF (didn’t know him from Adam before that drama came along).

      For his next role, I want him to have a more active and loud role. Please KeyEast, give him something more to chew on!

      • 36.1.1 Ojou_Belle

        I agree…he’s really very outgoing and talkative in their concerts and home videos so I’d like a drama with him going all bonkers and acting more like himself. I love it when he smiles and laughs! And get rid of the perm please…straight hair all the way!

        • Sumaiya

          awww the comment reminds me of him in We got Married…when Hwanbo goes to visit him in Japan…lol he is so comfortable with her and his bandmates….going on a silly date in a Winnie the Pooh costume…and actually loving it!

          • Annony

            YES! SO MUCH!

    • 36.2 mememe

      I AGREE!:)

      • 36.2.1 Becky

        Me too I think he could do a great job if he just had a role he could bite into.

  37. 37 CHshe

    Fuyo! For Episode 13 on 13 October
    Ding Ding Ding… I hear wedding bells, is it too soon?

    OMG that kiss was EPIC!!! But I’ll go more on that later on.

    I was actually preparing my claws on YHR, but I was presented with a nice and easy going feeling of her. For once I do feel that these two might have a chance at it. YHR subtly giving reasons that sounded logical to BSJ for them to start seeing each other. It’s not conniving. It’s not scheming. Its just seem rational. But of coz I’m still in OHN boat though.

    Same goes with BJG, having a wonderful date that he always dreams of with OHN. He seems to be enjoying the time they spent together; OHN too of course. And this time I really feel sad for BJG, coz even if I didn’t know how the story ends, I still find that his effort seems a bit rushed or desperate. But in BJG defense, I didn’t find him annoying or anything, I feel like I want to give him a real big hug and advice him to find comfort elsewhere. Need direction? Hmm try go to the salon may be… hehe

    But the good thing is OHN has been giving a chance to experience joy with other people, other than BSJ. This later helps her to decide that this joy or happiness is indeed comfortable; and deep in her heart she seeks out for more. She now knows the difference.

    Same with BSJ, he gets to experience being with someone else other than OHN. Although he was never with OHN officially, but she was always by his side; stalking or just following him around. It is shown with such subtly by his reaction when OHN is around. He is being himself; honest in his own weird cold way. But with YHR, suddenly he’s all prince charming. He’s like trying to please her. Vanity is all on his face. He’s like a different person. He can’t really show his true side to YHR. He realizes that, and so does YHR.

    I’d give major props to Eun-jo. I know mom is already in OHN boat. But Eun-jo? Welcome aboard, boy. What? You need ice-cream? Here I give you an ice-cream cake… hehe

    As a whole, I’m looking this story not focusing on character development much, but I am more interested to see the process of these two weirdos learning to accept each other; as a whole, a complete package, flaws, good or bad; take it all. And in the process, each will grow and understand one another better. Each will tolerate what the other person lacks and makes the best of it. Doesn’t that sound like a good unison? Hmm for me may be.

    And the KISS! Holy crap… I was actually replaying that scene over, and over again. How hot these two are? Seriously if I was PD, I’d put a box of dried ice at the background to create some steaming scenery, hehe… Anyway, the reaction for the couple is like they’re relieved from a huge burden they’ve been carrying around their shoulder. Like a dark cloud finally disappear. BSJ was calm but manly enough to steer the situation; having to convince her that she not need to like any other man. And comes the huge hug of security and assurance that she not need to count their kisses further coz’ there will be many more to come… BSJ you really are a twisted-genius. And I just love you for it.

    p/s : I’m looking for your confession; yes that three letter word, boy. Now, now don’t be shy…

    • 37.1 Annony

      someone uploaded it on HQ so i plugged my laptop on my 46″ HDTV… OMG, i saw some lip, jaw, and neck movement there.

      That was a KISS.

      JSM was out of breath afterward, too I noticed.

      Wonders of a huge tv and HD. <3

      • 37.1.1 CHshe

        I know.. I cant get enuf of it… KHJ really knows how to kiss…

        I was lol at the ‘vacuum cleaner’ comment.

      • 37.1.2 rizzy

        @ annony: lolz at your post, i had a hard time recovering from it i swear!!!! i had that plan in mind, was on the moment of doing it when i started reading the comments here hahahah….. i would love to see them more closely to check if there was more into it coz their lips were fully covered… damn, is there any behind the scenes for that specific episode… i would love to see that!!!

  38. 38 Dara

    Last week I read you recap, got so excited, so I clicked in for the following episode, and boy what a disappointed eppy.

    Now I’ve learned my lesson, I ‘ll just read your/GF recaps, and enjoy the show that way! I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t like this PD-directional style at all, I want more energy more dynamic MORE…..

    Well, some may wonder why I’m here then? Oh, I just looove reading your recaps/insights too much.

    Thanks for your recap.

    ‘Team Genius Robots’ LOL.

  39. 39 YAY!!

    Thanks for the recap!
    You’re so super fast! 😀
    Finally the moment I’ve been waiting for in this entire drama has come!
    I wish they could’ve made this happen perhaps an episode later? So Seung-jo has more time to you know, wallow in jealous? Or am I hoping for too much…
    Now that the climax is here, I reckon the next 3 episodes will be pretty anticlimatic… But, I guess they’ll want to play a couple of episodes with our main couple actually together.

  40. 40 ank

    Thanks JB for the recap!!!

    LOls on your description for SJ and Haera: TEAM GENIUS ROBOTS… I burst out laughing in the office. Oops..
    My heart goes to Joon Gu in this episode. He truly deserves someone!! (now where is that Christine!!!!)

    Eunjo is so sweet as well. I like his interaction with his mom who tried to bribe him with dessert in exchange for the scoop on his brother and Hani.

    I was expecting more emotions – anger – from Seungjo in the last few minutes of the episodes. The kiss was nice and I can’t wait to see the next episodes.

    OH I LOVE his hair a little straight! The curly hair bugs me so much lols.

  41. 41 ichigopan

    I definitely felt fatigue watching Seung Jo continue in his cold unchanging manner for the last 12 episodes. I was desperate for Ha Ni to take anyone. Ki Tae sunbae or Joon Gu, just pick one and be done already and put me out of this merry-go-round misery.

    Seung Jo ah, I saw some jaw movement in your kiss. You gained some points today even though you did that Kim Hyun Joong buggy-eyed-acting. I’ll forgive you.

    • 41.1 shalini

      LOL! Kim Hyun Joong buggy-eyed-acting 😀 LOL! yeah he did that in the most crucial scene 😀

  42. 42 Stephanie

    didn’t this come out like just yesterday??? i guess the quality of the show really affects how fast you respond.
    seeing the difference in speed of recaps i really sympathise with you when it comes to a recap you just dont wanna recap – like the previous one.

  43. 43 Abie Lee

    1. I did notice the same thing about genius robot’s hair. But I do like him better with the straight hair.

    2. The whole dialog about Ha-ni being able to like only genius robot reminded me of my very first love – My Name is Kim Sam Soon.

    3. The second lead somehow reminds me a bit of Park Shi Hoo. How I wish he would get back with Ma Hi Rye.

    Thanks for the wonderful recap.

  44. 44 Dele

    I really hope they introduce Christine in this drama. Jeez nice guys finish last in this one. Poor Joon-gu!!!

    For all his brains SJ is such a child in the most unfortunate of ways. Seriously he’s left the playground behind, can’t he leave the immaturity too?

    Okay, the kiss was fine, but seriously I need words from him that tell Ha-ni exactly how he feels because a kiss is an excuse to shut her up, keep her happy and dedicated a little longer, but he still gets to be a jerk and keep her guessing.

    Screw that!!!

  45. 45 sandyshoes

    I think there’s a total lack of chemistry between KHJ and Jung So Min that fundamentally keeps me from enjoying this drama as much as I would like. Hate to be redundant about comparisons to other versions, but… the Taiwanese version was a lot better at moments like this. The confession rain scene was so much more idk – squeeeee – and actually I haven’t watched much of the first one, but I finished most of the sequel TKA exactly because every episode had moments like this that made their pairing believable despite all the other plot shenanigans. In the Taiwanese version, the actor had a lot more charisma and his boy robot-ness seemed a lot more like deliberate acting choices than KHJ being his blank, un-emotive self. The Taiwanese sequel had soooooo many more love lovey-dovey scenes that made the relationship seem less one-sided (more like a real, functional one) because the chemistry of the two actors was a lot more palpable. I know it’s a unfair to compare this version to one that technically takes place after the events and therefore covers later emotional developments – but I seriously doubt KHJ would be able to show any kind of real sweetness that would make me feel warm fuzzy things for these two characters.

    • 45.1 Abie Lee

      I only saw the first series of the Taiwanese version and I have to agree that I think the actor who played the main lead was better in that version. However, I was not a big fan of Ariel Lin and so I never wanted to watch the sequel. I was rooting for Jiro Wang the whole time though, especially when the main lead’s hairstyle just became weird towards the end of the drama.

    • 45.2 Toshiaki

      It’s all a matter of opinion or point of view, I find the chemistry between KHJ and JSM excellent and cozily electrifying. Never like comparisons blah .. blah.. blah.. especially with cheap taiwanese versions. Please, as far as KHJ and JSM is concern, they are anytime better than Joe Cheng and Ariel Lin in my opinion and taste.

      • 45.2.1 Befair

        I think you’re just bias. You don’t like comparison yet you ARE comparing. You must be a K-drama fanatic who hates the guts of the T-version just because it was more successful. Just watch the drama, don’t discriminate!

    • 45.3 Nony

      In all honesty, I found the TW one much harder to watch. Granted, this version wasn’t much easier to follow (but still easier nontheless).

      And I take the fact that I never felt the urge to strangle the heroine in the korean one (unlike the TW one) a good sign.

  46. 46 sandyshoes

    also – can we get more perm time? I like the perm! It works!

    • 46.1 Tina

      I agree 😀

    • 46.2 Heidi

      Noooo! Not the permmmm!

      Seriously, dude looks so hot in straight hair! Why fix what’s not broken? 😀

      • 46.2.1 Abie Lee

        Amen to that! Never a big fan of the whole perm style.

  47. 47 Porcelain

    I have been following the recaps since ep 1 and watching random bits… And I actually scream out loud after the last scene recap… you rock JB…

  48. 48 Justine

    Hani can have her Seung Jo, I would gladly take Joon Gu from her hands. 😉

    • 48.1 Justine

      And how adorable is he with that yellow flower in his hair?

  49. 49 Zika

    it was awesome, it was so so so …. amazing ..when he kissed her it was sorta exciting aw…
    i can’t wait to watch tis drama 4 real

  50. 50 Newbie

    I feel like I’ve reached the end of a marathon. Have been pining for the moment when BSJ realizes his true feelings and confesses to OHN. While it hasn’t been fireworks, There’s a contented sigh within me. I was worried that the kiss was going to be as bad as episode 1, so it was surprising that I melted at the tenderness of the kiss (love how he stroked her face with his thumb as he kissed her deeply).
    KHJ may not be a great actor all the time, but he has shown some incredible emotions with his eyes in some scenes eg. When he watched BJG and OHN walk away from the cafe after the chance meeting, I can see his pain.

  51. 51 news

    I’m TOTALLY with you on liking the mop of curly hair. In this episode, I was losing focus because his hair seemed to get straighter in each passing scene. The curly hair surprisingly made his character and aura more compelling!

    The kissing scene wasn’t as intense or climactic as ISWAK’s, so it didn’t pull at my heartstrings. It was building up so well for the last scene, but sadly deflated at the end. What happened to the strong feeling of urgency that you might lose someone you love to someone else?

    Also, I loved the way ISWAK’s handled the scene where Zhi Shu is on a date with his fiance, but while she’s talking and expressing uncertainty about what kind of wedding she wants, he imagines Xiang Qin describing her dream wedding with girlish certainty. I thought that scene was so important in him realizing his love for Xiang Qin, but that scene in PK, which was different, didn’t have the same impact.

    It’s interesting to read different comments about Hani’s character, but while watching the drama, I never had the sense that she didn’t value herself without SJ or that she felt she was only worth something when someone liked her. I don’t think she has a low self-esteem; she was just blindly in love.

    • 51.1 diadda

      I think that if you saw the other versions, you knew what lines were going to come out of his mouth and hers. You also knew what the end result was going to be, that took away some of the thunder from the kiss.

      ISWAK also had a couple with serious heat on the the kissing. Chemistry like that translated to the audience and was powerful enough to bring tears to many. Yes, I was one of those many that cried buckets at that scene.

      Add to that the sexiest scene of all television time anywhere, in any language, is the honeymoon sequence of They Kiss Again. And that is shot entirely from the shoulder up.

      Wow just thinking about it and (acting skills aside)I know this couple in PK didn’t have the time to build up the rapport needed to achieve anything like those two scenes from the Taiwan version. I don’t think it is fair to compare apples to 7 course prime rib dinner.

      • 51.1.1 news

        Actually, I don’t need a 7 course prime rib dinner to be satisfied; I’m a vegetarian 😉 I much prefer apples, especially those that leave a strong and lasting taste, but sadly it just didn’t exist in this particular scene for me.

        I saw ISWAK and Itazura na Kiss, yes, but it didn’t take away from the feelings I had in PK even though I knew what was going to happen.

        The kiss was sweet; it didn’t need to have heat to move me. In fact, the whole episode was great in building tension with hidden emotions and undeclared love, but I didn’t think it carried those feelings to the most important scene in the drama where those feelings should have been revealed with urgency and surprise. Even SJ and Hani didn’t seem surprised as they read their lines and went through the motions.

  52. 52 misa

    i was thinking of skipping this weeks episodes since i only have 1 day to watch series this week and of course my 1st priority is SKKS but realizing that this is the episode that i’ve been waiting for the whole time..GAH! dont know what to do..i think im losing my mind!

    thanks for the recap JB!

  53. 53 lolitafancy

    great request

    please post the following episodes as soon as possible because i can’t wait to watch them. i’m from Myanmar and we haven’t get the DVD yet


  54. 54 chl0e

    can anyone tell me where can i watch this drama?

    • 54.1 jeankayee


      you can watch this drama with english subs at viikii.net.
      they are usually updated!


  55. 55 Rens

    This drama has me torn. I know I’m meant to support Hani and for the most part I do, but at the same time He-ra is perfect and she still can’t get the guy. It’s like oh she’s pretty, smart share similar interest with seung-jo, BUT that’s not enough! You need to be crazy and obsessively dedicated like Hani in order to win a guy over.


    • 55.1 v

      lol.. you need Hani to win SEUNGJO over… because he’s an emotionally deficient jerk…
      haera can get any other guy… i’m fine with that

  56. 56 susany

    You took the words right out of my mouth, Javabean! Hani needs to realize that she should be living her life according to how she wants to live it, sans Seung-jo, and she needs to realize that she doesn’t need a guy to be happy and valued..or I will discontinue watching this drama LOL.

    • 56.1 jeankayee

      dont want to be a spoiler much but i its safe to say that hani would find her own way. dont worry!

  57. 57 jackwon

    Oh, yay, a recap already! I totally wasn’t expecting it so soon. I guess it was easier because the episode was actually enjoyable for you? XD; This was the episode we’ve all been waiting for, and it felt quite complete and satisfactory.

    Thanks once again for the very entertaining recap, Javabeans! You filled in the blanks of the parts I couldn’t infer the meaning of, and you made it just as fun and exciting as the show, and of course, I appreciate your sassy commentary. ^_^

    I think I liked all the characters in Ep 13! Joon-gu was such a cute puppy, and I’m glad we finally got the Ha-ni/Joon-gu date, but I am heartbroken for him now. He-ra was pretty cool for noticing and understanding Seung-jo’s behavior and trying to get him to like her but not forcing him. Ha-ni’s friends were funny and supportive. Mom was, of course, awesome, for knowing her son so well, even though her attempts to shove him into happiness are sometimes questionable. ^^; Ah, I loved Eun-jo, the sweetie! He really wants his brother to be happy, too.

    Now, about Seung-jo, I think he had already accepted his feelings for Ha-ni in the last episode and was quite optimistic about his future, until his dad’s heart attack made him give up his dream. Ha-ni had encouraged him to take a chance and follow his heart, but all the good that did. The disillusion forced him to return to his logical world in which one does what’s expected of him. So naturally, he would take over the family company and marry a suitable trophy wife of advantageous connections. When he had to leave his dreams behind, he resigned himself to the fact that Ha-ni doesn’t fit into his world. Hence, he pushed her away, not because he was denying his feelings like before, but because he couldn’t anymore and forcing himself to give her up was painful.

    And Ha-ni kinda does the same thing as Seung-jo; she finally gives in to what everyone says, choosing what “looks right” instead of what feels right (someone who is perfect for her in theory over someone she actually loves).

    And isn’t it wonderful when both FINALLY are on the same page?! I loved the kiss! Not just a touch, but a series of real, good kisses. *swoon* I love their lines at the end, too. *sigh* This has made all the stupidity in the past 13 episodes worthwhile. And since our leads are finally together and with 3 episodes to spare, I’m hoping we’ll get to see that character development we’ve all been wishing for Ha-ni. It can’t be 3 episodes of just their married bliss (and hopefully, the happy endings for the side characters, too), so I’m looking forward to Ha-ni coming full circle and proving that love really did make both of them better people.

    My idea: While Seung-jo is still resigned to working for the gaming company, Ha-ni decides nursing as her own path because she wants to take care of sick children (please have closure for that sick little boy; it’s too depressing leaving him crying at the window), and at the same time, nursing would, in a way, help Ha-ni realize Seung-jo’s unfulfilled dream of becoming a doctor, which later, he does become, and they can work and live together happily ever after. See, writers, you can give Ha-ni a sense of self separate from Seung-jo but still keep to the heart of the story that Ha-ni is able to do her best because of him (and vice-versa). Please end the show nicely! XD;

    Oh, one more thing before I end this monster review: Kim Hyun Joong’s acting was pretty great in Ep 13. @_@ His reactions, expressions, and line delivery were fairly natural and convincing. When talking to Ha-ni or his mom, he was mean but always with an undertone of hurt. When he was alone, he looked so defeated. I especially liked the part when Seung-jo tried to cheerfully say he would like He-ra and then turned around and looked like just saying it had taken a lot of effort and caused a lot of pain. Then at the end, he just let all that tension and passion burst out. This is the best I’ve seen from him, and I hope it continues til the end. 😀

    • 57.1 Sumaiya

      I agree with letting Ha Ni become a nurse for the sake of helping children…it will give her a sense of independence especially if SJ is going to continue to work at the company for some more months (his dad can’t possibly go back to work right now!)

    • 57.2 Annony

      That was Hani’s point in going to College anyway. Referring back to that conversation when BSJ retrieved her application. She was commenting how she doesn’t know quite yet what she wants and even though it’s a long shot for her to get into Parang, she’ll take it because she feels as if she can find what she wants to do there.

      I can agree with her here. I could have gone to other colleges but I chose my safety school. However, my story, the guy I liked (yes for all of high school) followed me there too. I was thrown into confusion for a bout a semester (since we had eternally long breaks together) as to what should I do? How will our time together develop and change.

      The only difference between Hani and I is that after a while I was like “screw this, I’m going to do my own thing” and I physically removed myself from situations where I had to hang out with him–not more than necessary. (He followed me around too~ but I’m pretty good at hiding/disappearing.) Hani forgot herself. In a way, she did find what she wanted to do, she wants to be aside BSJ. Admirable…in different levels and degrees (and to some).

      As for the nursing part, once she finally climbs that big mountain (do i or don’t i have BSJ’s love?), which she eventually does. She’ll get everything back into perspective. In this case, I think BSJ’s the catalyst. Which I don’t think is all bad. I mean, I had good grades, but at the teasing and prodding of the guy I liked, I swore I’d top his average. And I did. I don’t find anything wrong with that…

      She’s in BSJ’s heart now, and now she’s at peace. She’ll be able to tackle other things.

      Ugh, to and for all those “all encompassing dramas” that take your time and energy away. T_T

  58. 58 kiss

    loved this episode. i don’t know why people have problem with sj being robot and bad boy and oh ha ni being little annoying (cute) and being crazy about the person she loves. because the whole point of this drama is to show how two different type of people ended up feeling the same way.

  59. 59 susany

    If Hani and Seung-jo end up getting married, he definitely does not deserve her, her babies, her children, her love, etc. etc. etc. It’d be better if Hani were just single or married someone else LOL.

  60. 60 allen5371

    ahhh my KHJ ..as usual ..you are amazing.. in WGM ..you can’t even kiss your Buin in her cheek ( ‘member your wedding pictorial? ) in BOF you kissed those girls lips ( its just that your lips at that time is SEALED not even a single amount of oxygen came in and out of it) and NOW ..wow! open mouth! hah!beat that…you are improving your craft.. have you been practicing lately? hahahha ..ILOVE YOU! thanks for the recap!

    • 60.1 Ami

      LOL!!! I died reading your comment. Ish exactly what went through my mind about his kissing scenes.. 😛

  61. 61 v

    Thanks for the recap!! Honestly, I didn’t expect it that fast cuz I thought you would hate the ep…
    I loved it but I’m surprised you did, partially, too as well. XD

    and um… i’ll only talk about the kiss for now, because that’s the only thing in my mind…
    ever since i’ve reached that spot in your recap, i’ve been grinning non-stop like a fool even though this is the second recap of this episode i’ve read, and the gazillionth time i’ve been rewatching that scene… grin grin grin…. cheeks hurt… too bad… grin some more…

    1. The more i rewatch it, the more i LOVE the kiss
    2. The more I rewatch it, the more i hate the editing
    3. BSJ’s jawline is pure sexyness. Chest, hair, neck, jawline… what’s next?
    4. Umbrella… what r you doing here? get out of the way! If you’re here to hide the brick hani is standing on. no need, just focus on the upper body will you???
    5. He totally moved his mouth
    6. She totally kissed back (i love HD glory)
    7. The rain sound is awful
    8. But you can hear BSJ gulp before talking to Hani after the kiss… sexy (i guess i got my answer… chest, hair, neck, jawline, gulp… what’s next???)
    9. triple s are going to be so jealous… heck, i’m jealous too… but i LOVE it!
    10. that’s the most unrealistic rain scene i’ve ever scene… water wasn’t even raining ON them… you couldn’t see water dripping down their faces at all

    I’m praying like hell even though i think it’s not going to happen that they are going to start next ep with the kiss, with different angle and editing…. it would be a great way to start the ep… my grin would be plastered on my face for the rest of the episode guaranteed. Cheers.

    Ps:i’ll talk about something other than the kiss later… now, just indulge me.

    • 61.1 kaye

      that’s what i’m actually wanting to have…the continuation of the kiss…longer and enhanced editing…

      • 61.1.1 v

        longer kissing… it would totally drive me crazy in a good way…
        already today, i was screaming like crazy my dorm floormates were worried something happened to me…

    • 61.2 v

      i’ve ever seen… not scene…
      guess spelling walked out of my head to leave place for some more kissing…

      • 61.2.1 soad

        i kinda like the scene where he said “you like me”, he delivered it calmly (though most of the viewers may expect something like Tversion screaming in the rain). He wants to reassure himself that the HN’s feelings towards him is still the same, and when HN confirmed it, you will see on his face kinda relieved and shut HN’s mouth through kissing passionately. In my opinion, the kiss is so passionate that you don’t need to explain it though yelling and screaming. The kiss itself speaks. All i want in episode 14 is the continuation of the kiss and the aftermath…how SJ will explain to HN his real feelings.

        • v

          oh.. i TOTALLY liked the seen where he said “you like me”… honestly, i loved the tw version of it… but i love the korean version equally, if not more… it might be more toned down but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t emotionally charged…
          in a way, suppression of emotions seems even more explosive than an outburst of them…

          and yes… i want the kiss.. again. i don’t care if u need an excuse to reshow it… just do it show.

          • soad

            you’re totally right…it doesn’t really need to shout or scream to feel the intensity…i really don’t know why i’m in here because love stories like this isn’t my type…i just don’t know what’s the charisma of this show…maybe because of Lee Tae sung that i adore, or JUng so MIn’s acting, or KHJ’s persona, but it has become a magnet that keeps me lurking and wanting for more…

          • v

            lol… i know right? usually… when i read a recap, i write a comment to give my opinion and then it’s done and i move on to the next thing…
            with pk, i just come back again and again even though i’m telling myself it’s not necessary and i should use my time for something else…
            pk.. u have me, bad.

        • haru

          IA, and calm suits this SJ. Also, about the “you like me”…

          TY JB for particularly this part of your recap:

          >>Seung-jo fires back, “You like me.” It’s both a statement AND A COMMAND [my caps], and he follows that with the declaration that she can’t like anyone other than him.

          I read some were disappointed with SJ’s not having said I-love-you or some full-confession equivalent (in addition to its being less shouty), but for negative-EQ boy, the command of it shows the extent to which it is a confession, implicitly. Needy little adorable git.

    • 61.3 jeankayee

      sharing same sentiments of having a big grin on my face til now after watching their version of kiss in the rain.

      and here’s to hoping that they would open episode 14 with the kiss with a better editing and angles as you said. that would be a great opener and a great treat to viewers. to relive a great moment of our OTP.

      • 61.3.1 v

        hehe… glad i’m not the only one looking like a fool grinning like mad.
        i was even grinning in class for no apparent reason… i had to go sit at the back of the class even though i sit in the front usually because i was afraid my professor would think there was a problem with me.

        • jeankayee

          im at work, and my colleagues are asking why i have this big grin paste on my face and i just said that as of the moment im the 16old year girl that they didnt know about and in return they just stare at me as if im losing my mind. LOL!

          • v

            lol… only members of the PKissers-kiss-craze would know why we act like this…
            it’s our little guilty secret.

    • 61.4 Q

      I, too, have a thing for jawlines and KHJ’s is very, very, very hot! And yes he totally moved his mouth >_>.

      • 61.4.1 v

        hehe… khj’s jawline… i’m obsessed.
        and he moved his mouth alright….

        i know comparing with the tw version is tiring but since so many people did, i wanted to have my say on it…
        sure, that tw kiss looked more “hot” in a sense that it was more forceful joe’s part… he literally pressed his lips on ariel’s to shut her up… but he barely moved his lips… in a way, it was clumsy once you look past the build up. and yes, the kiss is still in my list of most memorable drama kisses but…
        that doesn’t mean the kr kiss isn’t as passionate… and the tenderness factor was totally winning.

    • 61.5 Ajumma FanGirl

      same here, 2nd recap, watched that kiss endless times…wished it laster longer but nevertheless one of the better kiss scene in K-drama.

      I never really understood those frozen postures lip-touching kiss scenes in kdrama.

      • 61.5.1 v

        I swear… I will never ever doubt again that KHJ can’t kiss…

        and yes… those notoriously infamous cold-pressing of lips in korean dramas are awful… even kindergarten smooches are hotter…
        to all kr PDs…. it’s okay to make us swoon… we won’t die of it… and even if we did have a heart attack, even then, you’ll help us fly to heaven….

    • 61.6 Tina

      this has got to be the coolest comment I’ve read so far. Hands down. 😀

      • 61.6.1 v

        Thank you. I’m surprised and flattered…:) guess you can’t go wrong if it has anything to do with THAT kiss. swoon.

    • 61.7 rainyrainy

      v was searching for ur comment 😀
      Loved also the kiss , it wasn’t hot and that was ok for me , I hate kisses on TV ( maybe becoz my cultural and religious background ) but this kiss was perfect and I also want episode 14 to start with it too but this time from an other angle , more centred on BSJ , in the after the kiss scene he wasn’t clearly shown eventhough he was smiling when he was asking her not to worry anymore about counting te kisses .
      what I didn’t like is SJM’s acting in the after the kiss scene , wanted her emote more , I mean to show surprise and lost and hapiness all together , I mean she wasn’t expecting BSJ to kiss her in such passioante way showing that he loves her so she must have been surprised by his reaction na , unbelieving what is happening to her , not realising that the cold BSJ finally confessed through that kiss and feeling happy for the same reason , I felt JSM didn’t show that in the after kiss scene so I wish in today’s epi they go back to the kiss scene so we can see much more expressions from SJM/OHN side

    • 61.8 Annony


      My 46″ HDTV/good YT clip proved that it was


      lips, jaw, neck muscles moving.

      I’m waiting until Viikii comes out with theirs on HULU cause OMO, I’ll be replaying it. 😀

      JSM was out of breath when KHJ pulled away.

      His thumb was firm on her cheek, like “I’m not going to let you get out of it”

  62. 62 Unnursvana

    I feel so bad for Joon Gu but OMG he finally admitted that he likes her… hurray!! 😀

  63. 63 red

    can i just say jung so min is just awesome…can u believe this is her second drama….her crying scenes are amazing….she always brings tears to my eyes when shes crying …but i never never cry in shows like this

    i really want to see seung jo follow hani around, like the reversal that happened in MGIAG when miho gets a job and woong gets anxious shes not following him around…

  64. 64 pastmidnite

    wow… super fast recap! thanks jb!

    why, hello not-so-curly-haired-SJ… so nice to see you! you can wait for me with your umbrella anytime now, as long as you don’t go back to your hair dresser that did your awful perm!

  65. 65 zanda

    Hi here Bvdddddddddd higher

  66. 66 shin

    Oh god I love your recaps Javabeans.
    Its so much comfortable to read your recaps instead of “others”.
    I like you, I really do!
    Keep it up, Looking forward to the up coming episodes :)

  67. 67 florance

    To be honest I like the taiwanese version more. It has a longer run and there was a lot more space for character development from the main to sidecast.

    Although I think Hani is cute and Seungjo is handsome there isn´t quite the chemistry. I think the main problem is that Kin Hyun Joong is too lacking in his acting ability. It always seems a little awkward. I just don´t believe his role. I can´t feel his feelings.

    Don´t get me wrong I do like Kim Hyun Joong to some extent but he isn´t the least bit authentic.

    • 67.1 soad

      why do we always need to compare the two versions? You already said the reason, tversion has more epis than kversion… and as for KHJ’s acting, I think he did justice to the role, he may not be the best actor but he i think he did well here. I know KHJ still needs improvement in the acting dept but he’s okay with me…the fact that an ahjumma fan like me was swayed in this episode, i think i can feel the chemistry in them.

      Come on people, i don’t like HJ as an actor but hey, I don’t wanna be stingy in praising him. He did well in this episode and I don’t want to admit it also to myself, but I guess some people just don’t like him to be praised…

      • 67.1.1 v

        I agree with you….
        No need to compare the two versions… they have their own flavours, which work on their own way…
        In a sense, it’s almost like two different dramas.

        and give KH some slack… i’m not his fan and i don’t think he’s a good actor… however, he totally fits the role of BSJ… it was a wise choice of him to take on that role because the awkwardness in his acting here is PERFECT to portray BSJ… who himself is awfully socially awkward… i’ve a brother who’s awkward like that and trust me, that’s authentic right there… cuz it’s almost like he’s not acting awkward, he IS awkward… and the best acting is when you’re really feeling it.

  68. 68 Usi

    They did take over the rain scene from the Taiwan version. I liked that very much, it was a intense scene. Maybe chemistry between them would be better from now.

    • 68.1 Sumaiya

      The rain sequence is in the original manga as well…I think we need to remember that the T version is an adaptation of the manga/anime

      • 68.1.1 Usi

        I know, but in the manga it is a lot less passionate :P. There are some things you can not really show in a comic .

  69. 69 v

    JangKiss Subs releases ep 14 tease sub

    and old NG footage

    and there’s pics everywhere of hyun joong flying to Jeju island… are we getting a honeymoon???

    • 69.1 jeankayee

      yeah, i saw that pics as well… is it really possible that they will include the honeymoon?

      well, all we can do for now is wait and see if it will happen.

  70. 70 FanGirL

    *sigh* i knew this was gonna happen… watched the taiwanese one too many times but still YAY as much as i wanna spoil it right now…. i know i shouldnt LOL

  71. 71 lia

    totally annoying me when people keep compare this version with twversion…
    its ok if u want to stating ur opinion but its totally irritate others especially ME…

    this recap for PLAYFUL KISS NOT ISWAK!!!

    anyway i totally love the kiss scene!!!
    totally hot!!!

    good job KHJ and JSM!!!

    cant wait for tonight episode…
    anticipate 3x =)

  72. 72 aceyyy

    (On a perfectly shallow note, I am willing to entertain the idea that I am possibly less forgiving because Seung-jo’s perm is straightening out. For some insane and unfathomable reason, without that head of messy curls, I just don’t find him as appealing. I KNOW! It’s weird.)

    hahhaha i know right!! word on that

  73. 73 whit3butt3rfly

    averting my eyes, as i’ve still yet to start watching this!

    but i am glad to see through your recaps that unlike the taiwanese version of this series, it does not take 20 episodes for some real indication that the male lead likes the main character! i think it wasn’t until like episode 22 that the guy confessed his feelings!

    • 73.1 Sumaiya

      Episode 27! lol it took forever!

  74. 74 kiss

    best kiss, it felt so real

  75. 75 wonbida

    that’s so fast..thank u so much!!

  76. 76 Yien

    Totally agree with newbie… this kiss sure is one great kiss that I’ve ever seen KHJ done..

    Compared to the previous 2 kisses whereby their lips just met…this kiss really was deep enough… and KHJ was kissing her so real…not like what he’s been doing before in BOF…. I’m squealing with excitement when I saw the kiss…..

  77. 77 kc

    Thanks Javabean! Grrrrrr SJ should have more emotional backing under his belt. Im not sure if he’s tired lately or just lacking everything, I feel like he just memorized all his lines and just acted it out! Hani on ther other hand has been pulling all the heavy weight! I know that it suppose to be meany mean Seung Jo but its not cutting it for me! It seems like its a little improvement from BOF!
    The thing that gets me more is that he’s a male lead in which gets all the attention and praises he’s cute that, great this but in reality its Hani and the mother that makes this story move and bring you thru channels of emotions! Its so one sided!

    • 77.1 soad

      I think the reason why he gets all the attention is because he is the most famous in all the cast. Let’s face it, KHJ is mostly the reason why people are watching it.

      I do agree the Hani and mother moves us in this story but i beg to disagree that KHJ is all flat here in this episode. It is amusing on my part as I don’t like KHJ’s acting but I have to admit to myself that he quite improved here. He may be flat in other episodes but in this episode, he impressed me a bit. I wanna give him an applause for that for I gave him more criticisms before and I think he deserve one praise from me.

  78. 78 zit

    i hate to admit it. but seungjo looks mighty comfortable and non-robot-like with hera. he’s even flirting with her. with the asking for the handkerchief and spraying her back bit. and it’s not like he can only unload his heart with hani around. he did do a bit of talking with hera too.

  79. 79 Khris

    Kyyyaaaaaaa!!! OMG i almost died at the end of this episode!!! i could not contain myself! *scream*
    Seung-jo ya, i like how ur hair is straightening out again! :)

  80. 80 Cass

    When I was watching this episode on OhCASTra, I was flipping out and I LOVED IT. I was literally squeeing out loud with joy. :)

  81. 81 v

    hmm…. seems like nobody posted the ep 14 long preview yet ?? it was out for a while now.

    oh well.


    i don’t like this… at all… angst already?? i want the HAPPY.

  82. 82 Anime1234

    Thanks for the recap! It came out before I got to see the episode. You are speedy.

    Squee!!! The kiss was very sweet.

    I wish the Kversion would include BSJ’s thoughts in voice over like the Tversion does. It would be great to hear Robot Boy turning into a real boy. Hint, KDrama makers?

    I also loved KHJ’s expressions after trying to convince his brother, “It will work that way, right? One will come to like HR, right?” His eyes said otherwise.

    Looking forward to more drama and more recaps. Thanks.

  83. 83 summer

    This episode is probably the most awaited because of the “kiss in the rain” scene along with the confession of Seung Jo about his true feelings with Hani…

    Though, we often say that Hani should stop liking Seung Jo because she doesn’t deserve to be treated like that and she should value herself more than anything else, yet, the “kiss in the rain” reveals that the underdog finally tastes her own victory…this is one of the reasons why we all love the character of Hani…that behind her stupidity, foolishness, agony and failures in winning the heart of Seung Jo in the first part of this drama, lies at last the silver-lining and sweet success of all her endeavors…

    I truly enjoy watching this drama…a bit sad because next week is the last 2 remaining episodes…i’ll miss them all….

    congrats to the production casts and crews for the success of this drama…eventhough there are rumors that it has a bad rating in Korea that’s why it has only 16 episodes yet outside Korea, this drama is very popular and well-watched over the internet…

  84. 84 v

    lol… there’s articles complimenting that KHJ’s mouth is like a vacuum cleaner (how is THAT a compliment????? i don’t get it but as long as it’s praise, ill take it) since the kiss was hot…

    and azi767@soompi made a hilarious comment:

    “I think if they start manufacturing vacuum cleaners like this, I might consider being a stockholder for the manufacturing company…

    But then again the stocks gonna be worth Billions of Dollars & I for sure cant afford it.


    i would totally want that kind of vacuum cleaner… to the hell with house chores…

    • 84.1 Ajumma FanGirl

      OK, I’m in the queue

      • 84.1.1 v

        lol… someone else said that she wants to be a QC in the company… that way, she can do the testing…
        lol… i won’t even ask for my salary.

    • 84.2 Annony

      there was indeed “suction” in that kiss.

  85. 85 neih

    When he corrected her, man..that got me. Thanks for the recap!! Great job as usual!

  86. 86 mojaslatka

    I finally read recap and the comments. Just want to share as well my opinion.

    I totally love the kiss scene and after kiss. I repeated that scene endlessly. I was in the office grinning like crazy(trying hard to hide it but couln’t help). My boss came in and asked me why I’m grinning like so much. I had to lie or else I would get in trouble.

    Like V, the more I watched that scene, the more I love it. The kiss was totally fitted for SJ. He’s cold and mean but that kiss was gentle and very romantic. I saw the Tversion. The screaming kinda annoy me and the kiss, it was more like forceful kiss to claim/seal his territory.

    This kver is very well done. The HN-SG date was very nice too. *better sleep now before I start not making sense.*

  87. 87 Marie

    Thanks for the Recap!!!
    This episode was phenomenal from beginning to end! I was on edge during the whole episode, feeling so sorry for HaNi. Seung Jo’s Mum is great!!!I love her, best Mum ever “he’s my son but he’s cold…etc””I know you! you’re so scared of your feelings!” :)
    I also enjoyed the date scenes of HaNi and Joon Gu! Poor Joon Gu…he was happy for so short a while!
    I was waiting for Seung Jo to finally make a move towards HaNi! that scene at the end was worth waiting. The flashback of the scene when he kisses her on the bench while she’s asleep is so beautiful!!! sweet!!

  88. 88 rainerust

    The sound and editing crew of PK…why. Why! Why are you always cutting off my scenes mid-way (aka the restaurant scene where I seriously thought Oh Ha Ni was going to subtly tell Seung Jo that Duckie proposed!!)!

    And what’s with the rain? It annoyed me. My sis and I were leaning in towards our computer to hear what they were saying. (Also the Chinese subtitles suck. Totally misleading and different from what you recapped JB! Now that I read what you wrote about their ending, I feel more pacified. It was more in line with what the actual story was about…)

  89. 89 rainerust

    The sound and editing crew of PK…why. Why! Why are you always cutting off my scenes mid-way (aka the restaurant scene where I seriously thought Oh Ha Ni was going to subtly tell Seung Jo that Duckie proposed!!)!

    And what’s with the rain? It annoyed me. My sis and I were leaning in towards our computer to hear what they were saying. (Also the Chinese subtitles suck. Totally misleading and different from what you recapped JB! Now that I read what you wrote about their ending, I feel more pacified. It was more in line with what the actual story was about…)

    Also, my sis would like to ask if anyone knows the title of the song that was played in the mall when Duckie was meeting Ha Ni in the cinema for the movie? If anyone knows the title or the artist, please let me know!!

    Anyways, awesome recap JB!

  90. 90 justkat

    Can take a moment to just say how much I adore JSM, the actress? She is the major force behind my liking of PK. I started PK because of my fascination for KHJ from his WGM days, but he’s pretty much a secondary factor now. JSM runs circles around him. (Everyone of the cast runs circles around him…but darn the boy is so dang pretty to look at, I cut him plenty of slack.)

    Even though, I get frustrated with OHN. I find myself smiling when she’s happy and my heart aches when she cries. That can only be because of JSM making OHN so real. Her eyes speaks volumes. And I love the way she bites her lips when she’s nervous.

    My heart hurts so much she was breaking down after BSJ told her that marriage with YHR is a possibility. I wanted to cry so badly.
    But when she had her date with BJG, I was so happy, because she was actually enjoying herself. You can distinguish between her giddiness with her picnic date with BSJ and her subdued but fun date with BJG. I am having a hard time describing the difference, but I can feel the difference, ye?

    What really broke my heart the conversation on the balcony with her dad…I loved that scene. OHN putting a brave face on for her father, yet you can see the unshed tears just shimmering in her eyes. I just wanted to hug her…and to slap BSJ silly for being a darn meanie bobeanie.

    Aw man, that kiss! I liked it…lots. One of the better kdrama kisses. Just enough but not too much? I think it would have been over done if it was an outpouring of loud emotions and yelling. It was subdued just like the characters. It would have been out of character for BSJ to suddenly show tons of emotions…but we do have 3 more episodes, so I will expect more from him towards the end. And OHN did raise her voice without shrieking and over emoting, very OHN like.

    I cannot wait for some cute date moments between the two. They are just so adorable together. I hope that they do some to the things that OHN had written in her schoolbook. Hehehe…for JoongBoers, wouldn’t it be hilarious to see BSJ and OHN at an amusement park riding a rollercoaster with a bet on who can withhold their expressions longer? Sigh…I might have to pull out my WGM files and rewatch after this.

    • 90.1 justkat

      I forgot to thank you for the recap. Thanks a heap. The recaps at Dramabeans are big part of my kdrama enjoyment.

    • 90.2 Annony

      Kim Hyun Joong’s acting resolve would break in about .00001 seconds and he’d be all Shillang on a roller coaster. XD

    • 90.3 thing one

      love Shillang and his Buin.

      but i am also loving this pairing. they are so adorable.

      • 90.3.1 v

        yes… i love both the lettuce couple and this couple… but i also love KHJ with ryeo won… their interaction was short, just for Gummy’s As A Man MV but they had so much chemistry I wished they could make a drama/movie together… somehow, it seems like KHJ has great chemistry with his co-stars… well, except for GHS that is… but then again, she had zilch chemistry with any of the boys, ji hoo sunbae or gu jun pyo alike.

  91. 91 Blue sky

    Whatever it is, just enjoy the drama… No matter which versions… just relax and be entertained.. Thank you for the recap JB. :)

  92. 92 rainyrainy

    Thanks JB for the update ( eventhough I felt it was a bit short than usual )
    loved today’s epi and even felt sorry for BSJ becoz he was suffering as much as OHN and it was shown so many times in the epi ( when he was sitting on his bed lost in his thoughts when he declared to OHN that he’s gonna marry YHR / when he closed the door and didn’t move after he was back from his second date with YHR and be mean to OHN about her date ) , the guy was suffering also since he has to give up his dreams ( whether to become a doc or to be with OHN ) that’s why I couldn’t hate him when he was mean with OHN becoz it was his way to protect himself from that feeling of sadness and emptiness he is having .Also I felt that by being mean he was trying to push OHN to let him go and try to find happiness with someonelse and stop loving him so she won’t be hurt anymore , I felt his mean behaviour was kind ofa way of protecting her from being much more hurt in the future ( if she continue loving him and watching him marrying and living with someonelse ) , but he also couldn’t stop himself from being jealous and I can understnd that , he loves her , how can he stand the fact that she is with someone else and not him .
    loved BEJ so much , the way he was concerned about his unnie and his Hyung it was just so touching and cute .
    felt sad for YHR and duckie ( sorry for calling him this way but how much I tried to remember his name but I each time I fail ) but tell u the truth not that much LOL .
    the kiss was good and liked the fact that it wasn’t so hot becoz I wold have felt disgusted ( as I already mantioned it’s due to my religious and cultrual background )
    but the after Kissing OHN , that I didn’t like becoz her reaction wasn’t what I expected , I thought she would be surprised , shocked but at the same time dreamy and happy but she was kind of cold or I dunno how , ok maybe it’s just me who think so :)
    anyway , all in all , it was a good epi and loved it just like I lovd the anime same epi :)
    eagerly waiting for epi 14 to see how BSJ is smiling all th way , he just look a sweetypie when he smiles .

    • 92.1 v

      hehe… i too find myself looking for your comments at DB or ockoala… XD
      I agree with most of what you said as well!! aren’t we addicted??
      as for the kiss, I thought I read somewhere that you didn’t have your hopes up because kdramas are infamously notorious for not delivering those?? maybe my memory failed me… -_-”
      And for me too, not religiously, but with my bringing up, a kiss is quite awkward as well.. I’ve gotten a bit used to it now (ok, who am I kidding, i totally watch the kisses when I am alone) but if I watch it with anyone else, be it my parents, or roomates or in class, I usually automatically turn my head away… maybe it’s hypocrisy but it’s not on purpose. it’s like instinct for me to not be able to watch a kiss with anyone else watching it with me. probably because my parents made a big deal of kissing when i was young… they were so afraid to “traumatize” me that they even led me to believe up until i was quite old (middle school) that the kissing was fake and that the lips didn’t really touch… consider me awfully schocked when i watched more “obvious” kissing where there was no way it was fake… XD.
      slowly got used to it though. and quite frankly enjoying and squealing at some of those scenes as well.

      • 92.1.1 v

        oh.. wanted to add something about what you said about hani’s reaction after the kiss… for me, it totally worked… and so would your choice as well…
        i wouldn’t say hani’s reaction is perfect in the sense that it didn’t satisfy everybody (but it did satisfy me) but that it was perfectly appropriate. that would be how i would have reacted as well, if i still haven’t fainted…
        and my brain must be really dead from the lack of sleep but I find it hard to transcribe down my thoughts into a coherent and articulate reason it is so… so ill get to sleep first, or maybe a nap, and go back to this later.
        random shout out because i suddenly feel like it… tunisia is cool!

  93. 93 abel

    thanks javabeans! you made my day!

  94. 94 ccricket

    Wow. just wow, seung jo claiming ha-ni.

    now i’m wondering what the conflict/s will be in the remaining episodes.

  95. 95 Jan

    The kiss in the rain totally blew me away. Haha, I kept replaying it! (oh dear, am I turning into a perv??!!) But, it was about one of the sweetest kisses I’ve seen, and I reeeeaaally wanted to be Jung So Min!

    The only thing I wish is that the scene might have been prolonged just a wee bit longer, and slow-mo from the umbrella till their lips touch (but not too slow), as I felt the change in timing a little abrupt.

    But, I’m still very happy with this episode! Like finally! Too bad there’re only 2 episodes left and we can’t see much of their married and working life (would be quite interesting to see what cute antics they have in store) like in the anime =((((

    • 95.1 v

      totally agree with all that you’ve said…
      and i might join you for the club of newly self-discovered potential pervs…
      i feel like one too, putting the kiss on repeat… and swooning/screaming/squealing over it.

  96. 96 Nikki

    I can’t wait for SJ’s mom’s reaction to them getting together! I think her mouth will drop, then she’ll rush Ha Ni like a line-backer, hold her, scream, and jump. Then she’ll walk around in a fog of happniess for days!
    This morning I woke up and thought about PK for awhile, myself :) This show is seriously addictive. Only 3 more eps :(

  97. 97 Flower Pot



    Did you guys hear my deafeningly loud girlish squeals wherever you are?

    I swear that there is no amount of arm flailing in the world that would describe how much i loved every single minute of this episodes ending…

    The PK weather forecast said that on episode 13 there will be chances of rain but i didn’t know that i will be swept away by a literal TYPHOON of emotions as i watch Seung Jo come off from his high horse as he finally confess about his real feelings…

    Ohhhh….don’t get me wrong, I knew it was coming… I was anticipating it… itching for it… talking about it my sleep even to the point that my fiancee thought i was speaking in parseltongue and that Lord Voldemort had just taken over my body…

    But seeing it happen right in front of my screen?

    BAM! The effect on me was soooo overwhelming that he almost called 911 while i kicked my legs and stomped my feet as if i was falling into a trance and being possesed by the exorcist all at the same time…


    It was just 10 seconds of PURE, SIZZLING, GOOD HOTNESS…

    Kim Hyun Joong, i didn’t know that it was possible to love you even more than i do now but can i just say?

    YOU MAKE THAT KISS SEEM SO DARNED GOOD that i felt my knees quake and my heart almost leap out of my chest as i melted into a big liquid pool of goo while i sat openmouthed watching your lips work its magic…


    Dang it! I would totally be your BISH if you just asked me to!

    Although the start of this episode was sooo painful to watch as Seung Jo literally rubs salt into that huge, gaping cavity in Ha Ni’s chest where her heart used to be… The ending sure did make up for the heartbreak that i felt as i watch Ha Ni struggle with her feelings…

    Like a woman that has a bad case of PMS, Seung Jo was on a rampage because of all the feelings that he is suddenly faced with at the thought of losing Ha Ni…

    (Jealousy, regret, longing, fear… *shrugs* who knows what else is going on inside that boys mind?)

    However, even if that is the case, there is a part of me that understands Seung Jo’s meanness in a way because it’s not really only all about his being emotionally stunted or socially inept but there is also the fact that he has this innate fear of letting people get too close to him because of the trauma that he has gone through as a child…

    Seung Jo is a person who does not really express his feelings well…

    Coldness and being standoffish is what he had used from the very beginning in order to cover up for the embarassment that he had felt in the past and just because he fell in love does not mean that he’d undergo a 100% change otherwise he would not be the same person…

    To me the small concessions he makes and the gradual attitude shift that he does for Ha Ni and only for her is a promising sign that yes, there will be good times ahead if they do get together…

    He does not need to become what he’s not to prove the fact to me that he is as lovable as anybody else because i loved him for him and i’ve accepted him for who and what he is…

    Well, pretty much just like what Ha Ni had also done…

    If there’s one thing that had hit me hard in this episode, it would be the fact that oftentimes we come up with all these ideals and checklists of what we should like and fall in love with in a person but the moment we meet THE ONE, it all goes flying out the window…

    He might not be as goodlooking as Brad Pitt or as rich as the prince of Brunei or as charming as George Clooney but at the end of the day, what matters is how we feel for them even if sometimes they turn out to be such jerks…

    Well, what can i say? The heart wants what it wants…

    And for Ha Ni?

    Her heart wants Seung Jo and no one else…

    Joon Gu might be the sweetest guy in the planet and he might love Ha Ni with all his heart but even that is not enough since Ha Ni does not feel even a tenth of what he feels for her …

    (same with Hae Ra who is trying soooo hard too in her own way but whom Seung Jo just don’t feel for the same way…)

    We might meet somebody who might seem like a perfect fit for us in all aspects but if something does not click together or if we just don’t feel for that person, it will all be for naught even if he walks on fire or eat glass just to prove the depth of his love for us… (yes, sometimes we might be moved by pity or guilt but how fleeting would that feeling then be?)

    In closing, I would like to compare this drama to a situation where you have a friend who turns into your boyfriend…

    It may have started off slow but the more we got together the more i fell in love with it… There are times though when we went

    through some rough patches and when i hated it just a teeny weeny bit but just when i was about to give up, It does something grand that makes me remember all the reasons why i loved it in the first place….

    The grand gesture?


    Show, you sure do know how to reel me in and for that, i gotta give you props!

    • 97.1 marie

      (clapping) I love your comments on this episode! I feel I’m as enthusiastic with this dramas as you are! lol
      That was a he****of an episode! I enjoyed every moment of it, anticipating a litlle at the same time that the ending would be quite surprising and satisfying! :)
      It may seem stupid but I felt so happy for HaNi by the end of the episode, for I suffered with her when Seung Jo said hurtful things to her!!!
      wow! I’ll definitely try to buy the DVD!

  98. 98 v


    scenes from ep 14.. will be deleted by uploader soon
    all sweet scenes. if u don’t want to be spoiled. don’t watch


  99. 99 nerdiklown

    Sjshirt when he kissed Ha-ni was the one Ha-ni picked when she stayed overnight at SJ’s place isn’nt it. the one that he refuse to wear.

  100. 100 jellybeans

    wow, the rain scene was NOWHERE near as good as the taiwanese version of playful kiss… seung jo lacked.. well, pretty much everything. sound was forgivable but seung jo’s lacking of acting skills not so much.

    but he’s still adorable, obvi.

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