Drama Recaps
Playful Kiss: Episode 14
by | October 14, 2010 | 640 Comments

Lordy, I didn’t think we’d EVER get here. But here we are, and what a breath of fresh air it is to see Robot Boy stepping up to own his feelings. What’s even better is what he does afterwards, because as awesome as the kissing is, it’s much more satisfying to see them steer each other towards growth, and maturity, and a sense of self that doesn’t make me want to lose my lunch.


Seung-jo’s jealousy-fueled, rain-soaked, you-can’t-love-anyone-but-me kiss leaves Ha-ni (and everyone else) a puddle of goo. At home, Dad is announcing their departure from the house, throwing everyone up in arms.

Just then, Seung-jo and Ha-ni arrive home, sopping wet. Mom sends them upstairs, but Eun-jo rushes up to his brother: “Oh Ha-ni is leaving!”

At that, Seung-jo does the unimaginable. He takes Ha-ni by the hand, sweetly interlocking their fingers, and announces that they have something to say. Omo! So soon?

Seung-jo: I want to marry Ha-ni.

Cue trumpets, dancing pandas, and stockpile of confetti. I seriously thought we’d be in for some more roundabout angst before he actually admitted the consequences of the Big Kiss, but hey, I’m all for forward movement. Bring back the Cute!

Mom squeals louder than twenty fangirls on speed, hugging Ha-ni and jumping up and down. Her statement to her son cracks me up: “Baek Seung-jo, why are you so awesome right now?” Hahaha.

Upstairs, Seung-jo says goodnight and Ha-ni stops him for a moment, scared that when they wake up, he’ll go back to being cold Robot Boy. He backhugs her (Who are you?) and casually tosses out, “Should we sleep together then?” Kyah! She buries her face in his chest, saying how much she likes him and that she never even imagined he’d like her back. Seung-jo: “Neither did I.” Heh, it’s dense, but totally honest.

Back at the restaurant, Duckie laments his stupid pushy move on Ha-ni earlier. Yeah, that was your downfall, buddy. He packs a lunch for Ha-ni and heads to campus to apologize…only to find a poster announcing Ha-ni and Seung-jo’s promise to marry.

Okay, what is with the convenient announcements all over school, all the time? I get that it’s cutesy, but as a plot device, (as in, a way for people to find out important things) it’s lame.

Elsewhere on campus, Seung-jo breaks the news to He-ra, who shows her disappointment, but basically acknowledges that everyone knew he liked Ha-ni, but him. She even understands exactly why it was so hard for him to realize it—because Ha-ni was the first problem he’s faced that he couldn’t solve easily, unlike everything else he’s ever encountered.

Seung-jo admits to having a really hard time with it, but now that he’s surrendered completely to Ha-ni, he’s happy. And it shows on his face. I’ve never seen him smiling so much, in all of the previous thirteen episodes combined.

He apologizes to He-ra, and admits that he really did think they were a good match, and that he felt comfortable around her. He-ra puts two and two together: he ran away from the discomfort of his feelings for Ha-ni, and took shelter with her, where he felt comfortable. Ouch. He doesn’t deny it, and she plays it cool, congratulating him even while her heart is breaking, which makes me respect her all the more.

Ha-ni laments not being able to tell Duckie herself, but he’s hurting too much to take her calls. He-ra takes out her heartache on a few hundred tennis balls, and Kyung-soo steps up at just the right time, as a shoulder to cry on.

Duckie takes to the river for his bout of angst, complete with beer and a song. Ha-ni’s heart weighs heavy all day too, knowing how Duckie must feel. She comes to Dad’s restaurant after closing, and when she appears, Duckie braces himself for impact. He tries so hard to put on a brave face, to keep her from saying the words out loud…it breaks my heart.

Just then, Seung-jo walks in, declaring that he likes Ha-ni, and asking for Duckie to let her go. That just raises Duckie’s ire, knowing how badly Seung-jo has treated her for four years, but then Ha-ni finally speaks up, and puts the nail in the coffin. Ha-ni: “Joon-gu-ya, I’m sorry. I’m sorry and I’m grateful.”

She starts to say the rest, but Duckie turns around, telling her to stop. He gets it. He knows. He’s always known, of course. With his back turned, he says, trying to lighten the mood, that Ha-ni has horrible taste in men, and that even if she regrets it later, he won’t go back to her. Aw, your stiff upper lip is killing me, Duckie.

He turns around with these words: “Baek Seung-jo, don’t forget that I’ll be watching you. If you make Ha-ni cry, I’ll make you cry blood.” Seung-jo takes the warning to heart, and Ha-ni looks up at Duckie, so sorry to cause him this much pain.

Dad returns to the restaurant to find Duckie a mess, and comforts him with soju. Duckie finally lets himself cry, saying that he wanted so much to call Ha-ni’s dad “Father.” What a great dad, to be at Duckie’s side through all this.

He-ra’s grandfather is about as happy for the couple as you’d expect, and he decides to pull out of the investment without any qualms. But Seung-jo shows up at his office to convince him otherwise. And then…he decides to invest and save the company. Gee, sap all of the dramatic tension, will ya? Is it too much to ask for Robot Boy to have a hard time at anything? Sigh.

At home, Dad announces that it’s time for Seung-jo to leave the company…and go pre-med. As his last duty for the company, he launches the new game. As He-ra and Duckie watch in the wings, He-ra is reminded of his awesomeness and Duckie is spurred on to become just as impressive a man.

Ha-ni receives her grades, and it’s bad news all around. She whines to Seung-jo that she thought she had brought her scores up enough to get better final grades, and he just replies that she must’ve miscalculated. Haha.

She looks to him for answers, and he just tells her that she got herself into this mess, and she has to work to get out of it. Defeated, she asks if maybe she should drop out.

WHAT? I’m seriously reaching into my screen to slap you upside the head right now.

Seung-jo nips her pity party in the bud, pointing out that while other students poured their sweat and tears into studying, she’s wasted all of her time in fruitless pursuits. He asks pointedly what she’ll do if she doesn’t go to school…have more time to follow him around? Damn. Straight shooter. He basically tells her to get off her ass and work hard at something, otherwise she’ll have nothing.


Baek Seung-jo, I have never loved you so much until now. LOVE. Fluffy bunny love.

Such a relief, because I really didn’t want to end this series hating where they took the characters. I know y’all think I’m hating on Ha-ni because she’s not going to be a high-powered doctor or lawyer instead of a stay-at-home mom or something, but that’s not why I’m angry with her. It’s because of this, right here, that Seung-jo is pointing out—that to her, it doesn’t matter what she does. And THAT is upsetting. If her dream in life was to be the best mom in the world, that’s an admirable dream. But it’s not—it’s to be whatever, whenever, as long as it’s with Seung-jo. It’s her lack of self that makes me angry, because I love her, I adore her…I want her to love herself.

If her goal in life was to be a golf caddy, I wouldn’t care. But the fact that she thinks there’s no difference to her, whether she’s a golf caddy or a nurse…is why I was so reviled at her so-called “dream.” Because that’s not a dream. It’s a lack of one.

Love is sacrifice and devotion, sure. I don’t discount that. But to me, true love? Is what Seung-jo is doing here—making her BETTER, the best version of herself. Because that’s what he wants for her. Because that’s what she should want for herself.

But Ha-ni, stubborn girl that she is, just gets mad at Seung-jo for pointing out her faults, and threatens to move out. He does the exact wrong thing, laughing that she’s got nowhere to go. That just fuels her defiance, and she leaves, declaring that she’ll go to another man. Mom worries, but Seung-jo tells her that it’ll be good for her, to be away from him for a while, and to focus on herself. Amen. To quote Mom, how come you’re so awesome all of a sudden?

Ha-ni heads over to her girlfriends, who give her the best kind of support—beer and girltalk. She stays at Min-ah’s house, and although she misses Seung-jo like crazy, the second she spies on him at school and sees him smiling without a care in the world, she decides to stand her ground and not return home. Look at you, growing a spine.

Mom frets over Ha-ni, but Seung-jo insists that they let Ha-ni deal with this on her own.

Ha-ni wanders the streets for a while, having been kicked out of Min-ah’s house because of visiting family. She walks and walks, finally letting the anger subside, and coming to a conclusion. Perhaps what Seung-jo said was right: she’s always lived for him, and never thought about what she wanted for her own future. She decides that she can’t return like this, and that she wants to marry Seung-jo as someone who is equally impressive and worthy.


You did it, Show! See, people—ask and you shall receive. I think my fight with Show mirrors Seung-jo’s fight with Ha-ni. I had to push, for it to struggle and come back around.

Ha-ni takes a job a local restaurant, and after finding out where she works from Min-ah and Juri, Seung-jo shows up for lunch. Ha-ni tells him that she’s thought long and hard about what to do with her life, and what she wants to be. She’s come to the conclusion that she wants to help Seung-jo and be by his side, so she’s decided to become a nurse. Well, that’s no surprise to any of us, but it’s still a mighty step up from freshman college dropout and professional stalker. I approve. Loving Seung-jo has helped you find your dream, which is very different from loving Seung-jo being your dream.

Seung-jo smiles and holds her tight, telling her to return home now. She sighs in relief, saying that she truthfully missed him like crazy. He knows, and makes it all okay with his embrace.

Once home, the family is back to its usual bustling chitchat, until Mom declares that everyone needs to clear their schedules for next Wednesday. What’s next Wednesday, you ask?

Why Seung-jo and Ha-ni’s wedding of course.



The turnaround in this episode couldn’t have come any later. I would’ve broken up with you, Show. You guys know my patience is oh-so-thin for the kind of crap that went on in 12. Thankfully, Ye Drama Gods are whimsical but benevolent, and I was allowed to keep all the hair on my head this week.

I would like very much to thank Robot Boy for taking Ha-ni to task, and for turning out to be a rather excellent boyfriend, especially considering how much of a jerk you were for the entirety of your emotionally-stunted adolescence. I really thought that at the end I would just have to concede that you never truly earned her love and won her anyway, but sweetie pie, you TOTALLY earned her love this week. Bravo. Your gold star is in the mail.

I was rather impressed at Duckie and He-ra as well, despite their conflict being a little too easily swept under. But this isn’t their story, so I didn’t expect to even get the kinds of moments that we did, and I appreciated that they didn’t just disappear as characters the second that Ha-ni and Seung-jo stopped needing them as romantic obstacles.

Well I wasn’t expecting a wedding so soon, but I guess that’s where we’re headed in the last week. Not the most exciting cliffhanger to get us to the final stretch, but I’m sure there’ll be plenty of shenanigans before they make it to the altar.


640 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. rainbowcolorrs

    just finished watching this!
    yaay! as always great recap thanks!

    • 1.1 ash

      i jst love this drama but i can’t find episode 15??
      did u wite the recap or not becoz i really wanna know what happens next

      • 1.1.1 shielz

        try searching it in google 🙂

  2. beatrice

    thanks for the recap! love this episode. feel the bliss!

  3. Nikki

    Omo! So fast! I’m watching ep. 14 right now.
    Thank you GirlFriday!!

    • 3.1 Nikki

      Just finished it! I screamed so much when ex-Robot Boy said he was going to marry OHN I had to calm myself down so I wouldn’t miss anything! I am so excited for the wedding. I can’t wait to see OHN in a wedding dress! And I hope they show us something of the honeymoon. Nothing scandalous! Just enough to make us die of happiness and envy 😉

      • 3.1.1 Chriser

        Honeymoon is in the next season if it gets a 2nd season.

      • 3.1.2 iluvshillang

        If theyre d0ing the wedding would it be like ISWAK that zhishu wore the wedding gown? Lmao cant wait to see hyun joong wear one since he’s pretty. .Way prettier than me. .LoL

      • 3.1.3 ASH

        I JUST LOCE THIS DRAMA ….but i cant find episode 15…???

  4. char

    OMG..!!! thanks so much for the recap 😀

    I haven’t watched in yet.. I’m going to watch this ep. tonight..

    thanks, thanks & a million more thanks!!

    • 4.1 char

      BSJ loves Ha-ni!!!

      he always did..
      He wasn’t too pleased when he saw Ha-ni hugged Joon-gu at the sports fest in highschool;
      He didn’t want her to ‘FORGET’ him – that’s why he kissed her the first time;
      He grabbed Ha-ni’s hand when he sensed trouble with the gang at the movie house – & invited her on a date!; He didn’t want Ha-ni to misunderstand him living with He-ra; & so on & so forth..

      BSJ loves Ha-ni!! *smiling again from ear to ear* (^____^,)

  5. Ashley


    This episode made me so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 5.1 justkat


      This episode made me so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I second that.

      • 5.1.1 anonymous

        me three .

        AHHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!

        • Sara

          am smiling from ear to ear…. feeling in love like Hani

        • UJ

          me four


          • poo

            me five!!! ^^

          • paper

            me five? x3


          • blue horizon

            me eight~!!!!

            is this what bliss feels like~??! ^^

            i literally had a moment when i felt i was hani in bsj/ khj’s arms (and chest)….~!!


        • anon

          me nine.

          AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!

          *still grinning *

          • Flyflyxx

            Me ten!!! I was smiling throughout the ep for once XD

          • Laica

            This comment thread is so HAPPY. Behold the power of PK 🙂

          • kyun


            this message chain of happiness making me happy :’]

  6. sl

    KHJ looks a lot more handsome in PK than in BOF. Not saying he’s not pretty, but I think since he can smile (in this ep) more instead of wallowing in rejection… it’s nice(:

    • 6.1 SecretAddiction

      I agree, I loathed his hair in BOF. He’s so much more “manly” (as I could not think of anything else to say) now. I mean if his hair was still orange/yellow… Oh dear – and let’s just leave it at that.

      Thanks for the recap GirlFriday!!!

      I <3 PK 🙂

  7. asianromance

    thank you for the recap!

    so does Seung-jo’s now-straightened hair represent passage of time– (like enough time has passed that the perm is gone…??)

  8. estel

    My goodness, so fast! I’m glad that your faith in the Show was restored, and your love for Seung-jo confirmed. 🙂 And thanks for a great recap!

    • 8.1 estel

      Oh, and the hand-holding moment at the beginning? Made me squeal and clap like a little kid who got a pony for Christmas. BEST. SKINSHIP. EVER.

      • 8.1.1 girlatsea

        Agreed. I thought the hand-holding moment was soo sweet.

        • chacha

          I totally agree. It made my heart stop beating for a few seconds there…hahaha ^_^ sweet…

      • 8.1.2 anicasreign

        LMAO @ the last comment. I’m right there with you. I think I literally stopped breathing. I almost died right there at the beginning of the episode.

  9. Agatha

    OMG I fell in love with Seung-jo in this episode, for real this time.

    • 9.1 blue horizons

      sigh~~~~ me toooo~~! ^^

  10. 10 Ashley

    By the way, GF, the convenient signs that always pop up about Ha Ni and SJ are put up by SJ’s Mom. She just usually gets yelled at for it, and this time SJ didn’t seem to mind 🙂

  11. 11 Liv

    I’ll admit that I pouted a little that they couldn’t make Ha-ni come to this realization all by herself. But that’s just me being my usual nitpicky self. In the end, I’m just relieved that we didn’t end this story with the moral that dogging someone’s footsteps is an acceptable life goal. And yes, the fact that Seung-jo could see what Ha-ni couldn’t, and wasn’t afraid to push her is what tells me more than anything else, that these two are meant to be.

    • 11.1 news

      I’m with you on this one. I was rather disappointed that, with all her strong points and also being the central character, she couldn’t use (or rather the writer didn’t allow) them to realize her own dreams apart from SJ and him having to tell her. I don’t mind that she is blinded by love and therefore does things she normally wouldn’t do (like stalking and forgetting her own dreams), but not having a sense of self, which is so blatant in this episode, is hard to forgive. Every character in the drama went through a dignified self realization and growth, but she, whom we should be rooting for, was left in the dust.

      Ah, what a big blemish to an otherwise good drama!

      But I guess that just allows for girlfriday to point out that SJ is making Hani “the best version of herself” which is also an equally important lesson to learn 🙂

      • 11.1.1 Chriser

        Hani growth is not done. This season is only have the manga books. There is so much more but we won’t be able to see her growth until later on. She is slow so her growth will be slow also. Seung-jo is not done growing either. There is so much more to go.

        • Chriser

          I meant half the manga books.

          • Cim

            I agree that it’s only half of the manga…wonder if they are going to make 2nd season of this? I know that the ratings in Korea wasn’t so high but one can wonder. I hope so otherwise this will be a BIG disappointment since they already shorten the episodes.

  12. 12 Jenna

    I am so happy that they are both growing up together; Seung Jo emotionally and Ha Ni finally finding a sense of self! Love it!

    • 12.1 143

      Yh.. I agree… <3

  13. 13 Ladymoonstone143

    Thanks for the awesome recap Girlfriday.

    I was laughing so hard when Seungjo asked permission to marry Ha Ni and her Dad was all telling Seung Jo about Ha Ni’s fault…but Seung Jo’s answer was just so sweet..like he knows all her fault but he knows too her good qualities…:)

    And yes, the 20-fangirl-shriek that Mommy Baek made drown the squeal I made.

    The back hug on the balcony is just so sweet. I wonder why Ha Ni said no when Seung jo casually said “will they sleep together? ” If I am Ha Ni…he could not finish those words because he will be flat on his back…lol

    I love seeing the robot boy smiled so many times on this episode. Lucky for roboy boy, he got that kind of smile where I can’t help it but smiled back…lol

    More or less I felt sorry for Jung go but hopefully they will hint that there will be someone for him at the end. Haera will always have Sunbae…lol

    I am sooooooooooo bummed for next week. I mean PK will be over (aside from the planned youtube mini epi) and am not sure if SKKS will be over too by next week, I am not sure how many episodes SKKS will be…but common 2 of my fave dramas ending? This addiction is so bad…I always look forward to the weekends but now, weekdays is definitely great even with work and school…lol

    Thanks again…definitely I will clear out my schedule next Wednesday for the wedding…lol

    • 13.1 harukogirl

      if it makes you feel better, he gets a totally cute american girl who chases him around with adorable devotion until he realizes he loves her too…and they get married and I think she even gets pregnant before the manga ended, if i remember right. But yeah, he gets his perfect match, and she adores him enough to make up for all the heartache he had 😀

      • 13.1.1 Ladymoonstone143

        That is a relief…I don’t want poor Jung go to suffer…wanted everyone to be happy…:)

  14. 14 mingtsai

    thanks so much for the recap!

    i haven’t seen the eps 13 and 14 but now I’m all excited! ^__^ love smiling Seung-jo!

  15. 15 Lordj

    thanks alot!!!

  16. 16 Anonymous

    Yey!!! Robot Boy becomes a truly lovable human being and makes Hani treasure herself!!! Thanks GF!!! Love the many Skinships in this episode… KHJ you have got it!!!

  17. 17 Suejiro Junnie Noona

    I am so in love and he’s doing his all might to make up to all the mean moments they had together… He’s so cotton-candy-sweet…. This episode is rather a smiley episode for me.

  18. 18 balletbabe

    OMG all I can do is sigh!! Ahhh! FINALLY

    Thanks for the Recap girlfriday

  19. 19 Just me

    I’m just going “Aww….” through your recap, not having watched the episode itself.

    Plot-wise, with the wedding n all, its just following the storyline, i guess. (yes, i actually watched Iswak, just so i could give Khj benefit of the doubt, Robot-like cos of the character or he really can’t act?)

    But I’m so with u, GF, about Hani and the turnaround in her character development. I think the Korean version has done much justice to Hani’s character, making her more “real” and not some giggly airhead with a pretty face.

  20. 20 kendy

    thank you so much.. wow that is so so so fast… recap.. hahaha im glad for both javabeans ang girl friday for the fast recap.. didnt expect that…because episode 14 is just aired last night hihihi.. but i loved it thanks.. mwah mwah..

  21. 21 HARU!!

    First of all thanks for the recaps I couldn’t stand watching the drama no offense but Ha Ni’s character acting really childish really annoyed me so i stuck to your recaps instead so thanks so much…..

    • 21.1 Chriser

      Taiwan version is sooo much more agonizing than the Korean when it comes to the female lead.

  22. 22 endodo4ever

    GF, I’ve really got nothing to say other than that you crack me up more than the drama itself. Hahaha.

  23. 23 justkat

    Squeeeeeeee! just like Ha Ni. I love her little girliness. That squee when she told her friends just made me melt. I wanna be young and in love again.

    I didn’t know how this episode could be the “kiss” episode…but I think I love all the hugging and comforting from Seung Jo. Dude was harsh, but she really needed that kick in the arse.

    I am so impressed with He Ra and Joon Gu. I usually feel sorry for second leads but then completely put them out of my mind, but I just feel so bad for He Ra and Joon Gu.

    So…raise of hand for those who’s heart jumped in their throat when Seung Jo suggested they sleep together. OMGeee….I soooo wanted her to say yes. Dang girl, jump him…how can you pass up such gorgeousness? Not once, but twice.

    • 23.1 yeisha

      Count me in! I was yelling at my computer at 6 in the morning willing Hani to say “YES!”. Might have squealed a little too. Okay, maybe a lot. And might have scared my neighbors. Hee.

      But seriously, that back hug just killed me. (biceps, jawline, adam’s apple, and all :P).

      • 23.1.1 faye

        LOVE in the first degree ^-^

        i heart KHJ, heart heart heart ^-^

        • shalini

          KHJ is handsome and all but he is so stiff and awakard with girls even when acting! hehehe! think he is an innocent 😛 😉 😀 makes him more yummy or what 😀

  24. 24 Just me

    Incidentally, in case anyone was wondering….i thought KHJ did a fair job in this drama.

    Then again, he could just be standing still throughout all 16 episode and I’d still be watching him – with THAT smile, how can i resist.

    • 24.1 justkat

      It’s so funny…my hubby was watching with me and saying “boy still can’t act”.

      Me: whatever, you’re just jealous because he is so pretty and when he smiles, he’s downright gorgeous. And now that I know he can kiss and give back hugs, I think he’s the cat’s meow.

    • 24.2 Jomo

      It’s hard for me to really guage KHJ’s acting skills since I do not speak Korean.
      So my measurement is:
      When I look and listen, whom do I see up there on my screen? Do I see the KHJ from WGM? Ji-hoo Sunbae? KHJ from SS501 videos? BSJ?
      I think he has been successful creating separate identies for all these different characters. It probably helps to have such varied looks, hair and wardrobe. Not that I am comparing him in acting skills to someone like Johnny Depp, but he reminds me of him in that respect.

      I did spot Idol KHJ in one scene, however, the part where OHN was at the restaurant with Duckie.
      When the door opens, and BSJ unexpectedly walks in on their private conversation, he seemed uncharacteristically cool, composed and happy. I imagined a flash of recognition in Duckie’s eyes, “HOLY CR%P, Kim Hyun Joong just walked into my restaurant to take my girlfriend away! I SURRENDER!!”

      I like the idea of BSJ2 being as confident as Idol KHJ specifically because of OHN’s love. It really changed him for the better.

      • 24.2.1 Cim

        Yeah Kim Hyun Joong reminds me of Johnny Depp too! Finally some agrees with me. Love Johnny Depp and Love Kim Hyun Joong! <3

  25. 25 Dele

    On a semi random note I’d like that art is truth shirt SJ was wearing. I really hope SJ keeps stepping up and that they both keep inspiring each other to be better versions of themselves.

    Okay, please can we get a verbal I LOVE YOU before this drama ends. I need to hear them say it!!!

    • 25.1 faye

      omo! i was thinking the same thing myself~!!! i thought he looked really good in that top,

      and the black top too (circa the TOO AWESOME backhug “shall we sleep together then?” scene) ^-^

  26. 26 =)

    Such a relief…it finally has some big progress in this episode.

  27. 27 rayray

    eek!squee!faint!roll!(amemyia style) and squee all over again!

    le sigh hehe this eipsode was sweet and awesome. hehehehe

  28. 28 Butet

    “Love. Fluffy bunny love”

    That quote right there was a straight up riot. I let out a snort with that one.

  29. 29 cheekbones

    I got ya, girlfriday ! And, thanks for the speedy recap.

    I wonder if we’ll have the wedding in ep 15, then a bit of their life as husband and wife in the last episode. And, would there be other “passionate” kisses ? *winks*

  30. 30 jfk707

    Thanks girlfriday that was fast. I am really enjoying watching this drama, Oh my God I love how Baek Seun Jo hugs OH ha ni. They are so cute.

  31. 31 ockoala

    GF, I’m so glad Show is once again in your good graces. Your recap was so marvelous, insightful and witty, and captures the frustration and pleasures of watching PK.

    Rather like how loving Ha Ni and Seung Jo must be like.

    For those of you hoping for a “I Love You” from Seung Jo – open and verbal dialogues of affection is about as likely to happen as Ha Ni is likely to ace physics without studying.

    SJ’s love is all in the littlest things he does for HN, and HN’s love is all in the everything she does for SJ.

    • 31.1 dannaluk

      that last line was very well put!

  32. 32 kv

    omg i <3!!!! I was losing my patience too!!! Alright, i know what to do with my weekend!! 🙂 thanks for the recap!!!

  33. 33 Renhye

    GF thanks for the recap!

    OMO!! (T_T) Let me say THANK YOU DRAMA GODS for making Sueng-Jo step up for Ha Ni!!]

    Is it really up to ep. 16?

    Then what’s gonna happen?
    It’s too early to end! HUHU

  34. 34 asianromance

    I just realized that this is just ep 14. Why do I feel like someone will throw a wrench into things in ep 15 and THEN we get the wedding and happily ever after in the last 30 minutes of the last episode. When is there ever an angst free penultimate episode in kdrama?

  35. 35 hpn88

    These episodes were cute, but what kept throwing me off was that everyone kept talking about MARRIAGE! I mean they just graduated from high school. Why couldn’t it be dating or just plain liking each other? Why propose and say you’re going to get married?
    (Not that I didn’t giggle like a 4 year old when Seung-jo said I want to marry Oh Ha-ni)

    Also so much love for the second leads. Hae-ra, as bitchy as she is, is such an awesome person. And Joon-gu, my heart breaks for you, so open up a restaurant and become a chef.

    • 35.1 harukogirl

      Easy – Mom is worried that her son will revert to Idiot, so she’s striking while the iron’s hot. :D. She’s a smart lady, and she is so not passing up the opportunity to keep Han ni forever
      ….don’t forget, everytime something goes wrong, Han ni moves out. This is mom’s plan to make sure that never happens again.Next time something goes wrong?

      Mom: Whatever. Hani’s staying – you guys move if you want.

      Ha ha ha

    • 35.2 haru

      You know, Hera never struck me as a bitch or even all that bitchy. She’s a little manipulative and definitely patronizing, but it’s all done with such archness, what with her unni pats and her occasional loony OTT (chicken flapping and Hani-shoving, lol) and with those subtle expressions (props to the actress) that reveal she knows the score, that I found her a really sympathetic character pretty much all throughout.

      Just as SJ was awesome this ep, I thought so especially was Hera. Those crazy two pots! I wonder if PK will give her a lid? Kitae?

    • 35.3 claire

      Actually in the story they’re about 20 but not to say that’s not too young. It is but in the manga the reason why Baek Mama is rushing them is pretty much like the saying “strike while the iron is still hot” She doesn’t want him to change his mind.

  36. 36 Ayn

    Very nice… even BSJ’s facial expression improved a great deal!!! Love him! Thanks FridayGirl 🙂

  37. 37 vietnamfan

    I feel this version is much much better than the Japanesse (and Taiwanese) version. Light, romantic and at the same time practical as it should be. You have to think carefully about love and life and a ‘together’ future. Hani should love Seung Jo but not only him. She starts thinking of hersel and for herself. This makes her more valuable. Seung Jo starts to love others than himself. He loves Hani with his most faithfully feelings and cares for her.It seems they both found out the way, developed and maturally think what to do in the future.
    Thanks for the recap. I like girlfriday’s comment that Hani found her own dream and ideally, the dream is still involving Seung Jo.

  38. 38 myweithisway

    So sweet =) I love BSJ in this episode, a guy like that is worth holding onto.

    • 38.1 shalini

      yes BSJ rocks! He thinks about what the girl should do and that shes just wasting her time and everything!!! coooooooooooooool guy! 🙂 love him here 🙂
      I liked for GF told about BSJ! Like him! Like him ! like him!

  39. 39 wits

    Girlfriday, you rock!!!! Your recap really cracked me up. Thanks.

    When before, I just enjoyed this drama, now, I seriously love it. Thanks for finally giving us a smiling, lovable and amazing Seung Jo!!!!

    I love how the characters in the Show are all three-dimensional, thank the writing gods for refusing to make mere caricatures out of them. I like the way Show treated He-ra and Bong Joon Go after their rejection. At least they are not the usual clingy, vengeful types and proved they can be stronger and better people even after losing in the love battle. He-ra’s still mean when she saw Ha-ni carrying that tray, but Bong Joon Go, seriously… I hope he succeeds in life, becomes the best chef in town, owns his own restaurant someday and gets to marry a cute, lovely, funny lady in the future, because he totally deserves all of these.

    Looking forward to the next ep. Is it ending already? Noooooo…. why do dramas always end when we are just beginning to really get into it? whhhhyyyyy?????

  40. 40 mnstpdu08

    Seung Jo’s smile “takes my breath away.” LOL. It’s cheesy, I know but I can honestly just sit and watch him smile.

    Seung Jo is a completely different person. Wow. I love smart, attractive, and compassionate guys. Thank you Seung Jo for showing us that you can be compassionate.

    Again, GF, I agree with your comments and insights. She has finally come to the conclusion that she needs to have her own sense of identity! While her goal may be some what ridiculous given that Seung Jo is going that route. But I feel like I can actually believe that this is also her own dream. She may even be good at it. I appreciate that Seung Jo can be supportive of her and yet can tell her like it is. He knows her in and out, and it seems like he believes she can be more than what she is now. He’s exactly what she needs and she’s exactly what he needs. That’s love to me.

  41. 41 yeisha

    “Baek Seung-jo, why are you so awesome right now?”


    This is exactly what I’ve been thinking all along. As soon as he decided to give in to his feelings for her instead of fighting it or trying to solve it like a mathematical equation, as soon as he did that, then he was able to think clearly and become the awesomest, robot-boy-turned-human-boyfriend, like, ever. Ha.

    He is exactly what Hani needs to bring her back to reality because as adorable as she is, she really was just living in her lalala-Seungjo-land all this time. Not that I blame her for that either, that’s just our Hani. She’s one of a kind.

    But before this turns into a Seungjo lovefest, we have to remember that Hani was also the catalyst for him to get to exactly where he is right now. She turned his world upside down and made him question his own ways of thinking. And she also stirred him into making a decision for his future.

    So yeah, these two are really good for each other. But what a journey it has been. I mentioned in my previous comment that the past 13 episodes was like running a marathon, now I can finally breathe and savor The Cute.

    Because smiling, cuddly, in-between-curly-and-straight haired Seungjo is definitely a thousand times hotter than his mean robot alter-ego. 😉

    Thanks, GF for your recap! You are awesome too!
    Especially for including that ART IS TRUTH screencap which distracted me to no end while watching this scene — who knew such words could be so, um, enticing? 😛

  42. 42 Francesca

    OMO! Fast recap! I haven’t finished watching this eps yet. I won’t read this til I done watching. But it sounds better and better! Thanks GF ^_^

    Will be back!

  43. 43 sandyshoes

    I was so ready to give up on you Show b/c I didn’t understand you, but now I’ve just accepted you and it is SO MUCH MORE FUN!

  44. 44 lovenyc52

    hehe i squeed in the beginning when he took her hand and interlocked their fingers… and then squeed some more when he backhugged her. SIGH. robot boy is human after all.

    but really, could SJ’s mom be ANY FREAKIN CUTER? omg when he announced that they’d be getting married, her reaction was beyond adorable… i love how she hugged Ha Ni like she was the bestest christmas present ever haha.

    yes, Show has tested me with SJ’s robot-ness and Ha Ni’s lack of self-worth… but even so, I’m enjoying it all and looking forward to the last 2 eps 🙂

  45. 45 miss_procrastination

    Thanks for the kick ass recap!

    I love that Seung Jo has finally grown up. Ha Ni’s realization comes a bit too late for my taste, but I love that she now has something to work towards (other than eat, sleep, breathe Seung Jo. She can be a nurse and do that too!) I am pleased with the complete turn around of Seung Jo’s character. He’s really progressing in the right direction–not to mention how he makes my heart go pitter patter.

    Duckie was the devastation of this episode. When he lights the fireworks alone…I died. My heart broke. It was especially heart wrenching to see a happy couple playing with fireworks in the background knowing that will never be him & Ha Ni. Poor guy.

    But YAY for the LOVE & YAY for the mom and her scheming!

  46. 46 mon16

    i haven’t seen the episode 14. but thanks to your recap, reading it is as good as watching it… =)
    more power!!!!

  47. 47 muggledor^^


    this episode tickled my bones to no end!!!

    thanks much for your recap!!

    it made my day!!.. scratch that.. week!!!

  48. 48 Jyamn

    Hi Girlfriday, THANK YOU 100 times! I can’t get enough of this drama. Since I’ve just found out 4 days ago, your review is helping me a lot. Gosh, love the improved line of the story, which is so …………… damn slow, but maybe it’s OK w/ others who just can’t keep up w/ moving scene from place to place.

  49. 49 Hana99

    thanks for the recap!!!

  50. 50 jackwon

    OMG YAY! Another super fast and positive recap! Thank you for your speed, enjoyment, and fun commentary, Girlfriday! 😀

    Hallelujah! We’re here! FINALLY! I was so surprised by the instant engagement and complete 180 from SeungJo (why so awesome lol), but it was sooo sweet and lovely, and YES it brought us back to the light, fluffy cute! THANK YOU, Show! (Sorry, this episode has got me hyper and elated!)

    As I predicted (more like, hoped with all my might), now that they’re together, the last 3 episodes could focus on Hani’s development, in addition to their blissful coupledom and nice, tidy happy endings for all. ^^

    Different from hot and cold, I like SeungJo’s tough love to Hani. It’s sweet but still in-character. And I’m glad PK finally expressed that SeungJo does love Hani for her innocense, determination, and compassion, not just her single-minded devotion to him. He does want her to improve and be herself to the fullest extent, so he can respect and love her to the fullest extent. So happy that the writers really are trying to disprove that love is about losing one’s identity and is doomed to fail. They’re showing that love makes them become the best version of themselves. <3

    Just one thing, Girlfriday, isn't Hani's new dream the same as her old one? ^^; She chose nursing because SeungJo's becoming a doctor. It's the same thing, because if he had decided to be a pilot, she'd choose to be a stewardess, or golf caddy, or assistant, etc. It's not like she chose nursing BEFORE he went back to pre-med (like I wanted). I mean, I'm okay with it because Hani is happiest and most hardworking and most capable when she's with SeungJo, so it makes sense to me, but unless she had another reason for choosing nursing, it's still her dream to follow SeungJo. In this case, nursing isn't the dream, it's just a detail to her original dream. =X

    • 50.1 girlfriday

      Yeah, it’s the same. And I knew it’d be the same. For her to choose something entirely different…would be asking too much of this show. Le sigh.

      What’s different though is the fact that she’s even CONSIDERING what her dreams and her future might be. Before it was just “follow Seung-jo,” to the point of dropping out of school because what’s the point? She’s already got Seung-jo. Blech.

      Now she’s actually going to steel herself and work hard to become a nurse, which is no small feat, and is something she CHOSE. As long as she’s off her ass and doing something for herself, I’ll consider it a victory for Ha-ni. Expecting any more would just be folly, and then I’d be throwing things.

      I don’t care what anyone says. “Follow Seung-jo” is NOT an acceptable dream. If Ha-ni were my little sister, I would’ve smacked her silly years ago. Loving someone is not giving up your identity. It’s being the best of YOU, and then sharing a life TOGETHER. Even Robot Boy gets that.

      • 50.1.1 yeisha

        This reminds me of this quote:

        “Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

        Hani was doing just that: gazing at Seung-jo all this entire time. Now she has a goal, not just to follow him blindly but to stand by his side as her own person. And together they’ll head forward in the same direction.

        • mojaslatka

          I love your explaination and the quote you used. Hani’s goal is to be by Seong Jo’s side. But unlike before(12 epis), she chooses to be a nurse because, as she said ‘nursing is about living’. She can make use of her potential, she can still be of help of Seong Jo and be someone worthy of him.

      • 50.1.2 Jennifer

        Actually, if you read the manga, she chose nursing because that’s the only thing she can do (because she is a caring person). She tried to be a teacher but failed so miserably. She was a tutor for Eunjo’s class and her students told her not to be a teacher because she sucked so bad. She tried to be a waitress and failed at that too, believe it or not she actually broke anything she carried. So when she announced that she wanted to go into nursing everyone in his family asked her not to because it would be too challenging for her. They told her to do something easier and only Seungjo supported her. He was the only person who believed in her. In the manga, it showed that he loved, respect and very supportive of her.

        • cheekbones

          I get everyone’s point of view, and everyone is entitled to it, certainly, without judging anyone.

          Well, yeah, maybe it helps to know the source material. Hani doesn’t make the decision to study nursing as straight away as in PK. She goes through a long process before coming to the inevitable decision.

          She is a people person, after all, so I think Nursing makes sense. And, I also think that Seungjo in the end learns something from Hani in relating to people since Medicine is also about people.

          Although, needles in Hani’s hands is a scary thought. 😀

      • 50.1.3 jackwon

        Whoa, I got a reply from Girlfriday? Thanks! *blush*

        I was expecting it to be this way, too, as it is in the manga. But even if Hani didn’t come to nursing on her own, she will use her bright, compassionate, and caring personality, along with her super determination that comes with SeungJo being beside her, to become a good nurse. Eventually she will find herself, the Nurse Hani self, not SeungJo’s assistant “self”, because she truly does like taking care of people (not just SeungJo). SeungJo’s diary said Hani had what he didn’t, the ability to cry for others.

        In fact, if we were being generous, we could say that being a nurse has been Hani’s dream for awhlie, but she just didn’t know it. After they left the hospital, Hani felt bad and really wished she could help the sick children. But because she thought she didn’t have the capabilities but SeungJo could do anything (“I don’t have anything to give, but you have a lot to give to help people.”), she asked him to do it instead by becoming a doctor. So because she thought it was impossible (and because she was too busy revolving around SeungJo), she didn’t keep that dream for herself.

        It takes SeungJo’s pushing to make her realize that when she works hard, she can accomplish things (as proven by how much she put into everything she did for him). What started as another “follow SeungJo” goal will become her own dream. ^^

        Again, it’s the idea that love doesn’t diminish your self but makes you better. I think the writers are finally sending that message, thank goodness!

        • linkyo

          hurrahh!!! And I like it when SeungJo could actually uncover the main problem.
          I mean, to figure out our own source of problem sometimes is difficult to do. And, even though Seung Jo said it point blank, I’m really glad that he did that to Ha Ni. (Since maybe Ha Ni’s brain can’t reach that level of thinking). So, I’m loving how they are progressing, and as in the Bible verses in ecclesiastes “there’s a time for everything,… A time to embrace and a time to refrain…” And thus the way Seung Jo let Ha Ni wanders are just sooo sooo gooood

          • Annony

            Loving the Bible reference. 😛

            Love is patient, love is kind… It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs…It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

            I’m liking that because BSJ let her go to find herself, he himself is putting his hopes in her. Not just knowing she’ll figure it out, but the fact that he places his HOPES in another person, who can and would probably fail him, but didn’t. and in the end, both perseveres. 🙂

      • 50.1.4 mnstpdu08

        HAHA. I keep saying this, but you took the words right of my mouth. I’m so annoyed by the people who continuously say that Ha Ni is devoted to Seung Jo and that it’s okay to be like that. Her devotion was an extreme version of devotion. I’ll be blunt; I pity those who are like Ha Ni and thinks it’s okay to be so. It’s degrading to only have one dream especially if that dream is to be with someone for the rest of your life. I think people need to think beyond that. I’m not saying that it’s wrong to want to love someone for the rest of our life but it shouldn’t be the only thing. Loving one person and dedicating your life to them should not be the only dream. Sure, having a successful job isn’t everything to some people, but at least it’s a dream/goal. Again, love yourself first before you love someone else.

      • 50.1.5 Anon

        yeah! perfect answer 🙂 !

    • 50.2 haru

      Ditto. I was hugely surprised (knowing nothing about other versions) and impressed at this turn that makes respect a live possibility—rather than co-dependency to the end with some distracting cute thrown in, which was what I had been uneasily expecting. Frankly, I didn’t have enough faith in Hani (or PK). But SJ schooled me. And I loved every minute of it!