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Playful Kiss: Episode 15

You can start to see the loose ends being tied up, or rather, preparing to be tied up in the finale tomorrow. I suspect we’ll get a lot of ends hastily tied together in the next episode just for the sake of leaving everyone happy, which I am not a great fan of; lead us through conflicts and get us there naturally, rather than inventing last-minute scenarios for happiness that don’t necessarily ring true.

On the other hand, if we must choose between an ending that is either too pat or littered with loose threads, I’ll (grudgingly) take pat.

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EPISODE 15 RECAP

Mom announces that the happy couple will marry next week, causing double-takes all around. Seung-jo had meant to marry after graduation, but she points out that there’ll always be something to wait for — internship, residency, his army obligation — so they may as well do it now.

Ha-ni shares the news with her friends at the noodle shop, which seems like a pretty insensitive place to do it, considering that Joon-gu is nursing his broken heart by throwing himself into working there. But I suppose we need them here so we can witness the odd introduction of a new girl, who arrives for some noodles.

Her appearance throws everyone off because she’s Caucasian. Everyone is anxious at having their precarious English tested, but as it turns out, she’s fluent in Korean (her mother is Korean). What a random scene, but the fact that it is so awkwardly shoehorned in here leads me to believe we’re being set up (clumsily) for something.

Ha-ni and Seung-jo go ring and dress/tux shopping — or at least attempt to. Ha-ni is excited about all these plans, and tries to convince Seung-jo to participate, but he grumbles at each step of the way.

Ha-ni urges him to get a ring as proof of their love, adding that he has to let people know that he’s taken. He notes that she really means for the ring to act as shackles, and leaves the store. He balks at a photo shoot and buying a tux, because in his uber-logical robot brain, the ceremony is a waste of time and money. He tells Ha-ni that even when they’re married, he won’t just bend over backwards to suit her preferences. She points out that he’s never done that.

He starts to blame his mother for pushing, but Ha-ni wisely sees that Mom’s not the problem. Why did he announce that he’d marry her if he was going to be like this? Seung-jo doesn’t know and sighs that he regrets it, then adds that they ought to reconsider.

With only a few days remaining until the wedding, Ha-ni is dejected and confused. Her friends assure her that Seung-jo’s just being his usual difficult self, but he doesn’t mean to really call it off.

Sure enough, Seung-jo comes back to his senses (seriously, boy? It’s that hard for you to understand that a wedding is important to women?) and visits Ha-ni’s father. To Ha-ni’s surprise, Seung-jo takes the two of them on a road trip to visit the graves of her mother and grandmother.

Seung-jo has come to pay his respects to them, and introduces himself as “son-in-law.” He says, ” I’ve already gotten in trouble for not listening to Ha-ni. But don’t worry, I’ll take good care of her.”

Ha-ni’s still feeling stung and mutters that she hates him, but then shakes her head and amends, “No, I like you. Thank you.”

Now he’s more willing to discuss wedding plans, and although he initially scoffs at the idea of a honeymoon, he relents and tells her to pick the place. She decides an island vacation would be nice (thinking of a beach resort), and Seung-jo makes her happy by readily agreeing… until he asks, “How about Yeouido? Or Bamseom? Or Dookseom?” LOL.

(Those are technically little islands in Seoul, on the Han River, but barely qualify as such. It’s like asking for Hawaii and having your husband suggest Long Island or Staten Island instead.)

Seung-jo pulls out his phone and makes a deal with her: If he turns up a three-of-a-kind on his game, he’ll agree to her choice. She chants, “Jeju Island” over and over, willing the game to go her way — and when it does, she squeals in glee and dances around him. Then we see that it’s rigged to always yield a three-of-a-kind. Gah, Seung-jo! Would it break some sort of circuitry in your brain to simply agree? You are a tiring man-boy.

On the eve of the wedding, Ju-ri and Min-ah come over for a sleepover and present Ha-ni with pink lingerie for her honeymoon.

Next door, the brothers share a moment as Eun-jo comments on all of Ha-ni’s flaws, though without his usual scorn. He declares that while he’s going to marry a much prettier, smarter girl, he approves of his hyung’s choice: “I really like you, hyung, but it’s true that there are problems with your personality. So I think you have to marry a girl like Oh Ha-ni. You’re doing the right thing. Congratulations!” It’s kind of adorable.

Two other men, however, are having a tougher time of it. First is Joon-gu (poor Duckie!), who looks up at Ha-ni’s window from outside. His mood is bittersweet, but he focuses on the positive, saying that he’s happy, “Because you’re really happy right now. If you’re happy… I’m happy too.”

AGH, my heart bleeds for you. Can we have a nice girl show up in the last episode and give us assurance that he’ll be happy? Oh, wait… I see what you did there, drama!

Ha-ni’s father, meanwhile, has a lonely drink that night. Ha-ni joins him, and finds herself fighting back tears as she thanks him for raising her. Dad blinks back his own as he urges her to smile rather than cry.

They practice matching their steps down the imaginary aisle for the ceremony, which is one of the sweeter moments in this episode. This relationship has always been among the more genuine ones in this drama, so it’s particularly poignant.

Wedding day. Ha-ni receives a few unexpected visitors as she waits for the ceremony, which include her high school teacher — who’s now married to Seung-jo’s old teacher and pregnant. Looks like the dumb-but-lovable woman won out in both generations, eh?

He-ra is quite gracious in her well-wishes for Ha-ni, telling her that she’s glad that Seung-jo chose her; ironically, it’s that very fact that makes her like him, as it shows Seung-jo has good taste in women. Ha-ni’s touched by this unexpected praise, and the two shake hands warmly.

Even when she was being antagonistic He-ra was always sunny and likable, so I’m glad that they kept from making her cartoonishly villainous, which would have been the easy way out. It fits with the overall theme, in that the point wasn’t that Seung-jo would pick Ha-ni because He-ra was a bitch, but because heart trumps logic — no matter how well-matched they seemed on paper, his feelings went a different way.

And then, it’s time for the ceremony. Just before Ha-ni heads out, Eun-jo offers her his wedding present, and whispers into her ear.

Things proceed smoothly as Seung-jo and Ha-ni state their vows, followed by speeches by both fathers. Ha-ni’s father’s is particularly heartfelt as he praises Ha-ni for her snail-like steadfastness. He’d worried about her, but now feels relieved to leave her in the hands of a capable mate: “Seung-jo, thank you. Please stick with our Ha-ni through the end.”

But it wouldn’t be a true Ha-ni affair without a mishap or several, and when it’s time for the ring exchange, Ha-ni drops Seung-jo’s ring, which goes rolling under the seats.

It’s found soon enough, but Seung-jo mock-grumbles that she’s a dummy. Undaunted, Ha-ni returns, “Don’t make fun, Baek Seung-jo — I know you liked me a lot, and from a long time ago.” She’s referring to their second kiss, which wasn’t in the rain after all but at the villa. Seung-jo shoots a look at his brother, who nonchalantly glances away with a “Who, me?” look on his face.

Ha-ni teases him for playing coy, then grabs him in a surprise kiss, to the surprise of everybody.

Seung-jo pulls back in embarrassment, but she playfully sticks out her tongue at him.

And then they have to ruin this light-hearted moment by panning over to poor Joon-gu’s pained face. Don’t worry, Joon-gu! Just hang in there for another hour, and I’m sure you’ll get your happy ending. Well, if the following two are any indication:

He-ra is exasperated when Kyung-soo follows her out of the wedding, but she accepts his invitation to have lunch together. Notice for a hot-dog-eating contest grabs his attnetion, and his boyish excitement makes her laugh. I’m not at all convinced that these two coupling up makes any sense, but it’s like the drama wants to slap everyone together in twosomes now that we’re heading to the finish.

Off to Jeju go our married couple. At the resort, they run into another newlywed couple, whom you will learn to hate soon enough. The young wife, Hyun-ah, eyes Seung-jo with interest while her own meek husband keeps his head bowed and obeys her every whim.

At first it’s coincidence that keeps them in each other’s orbits, since they’re staying in adjacent rooms. The couples select the same dinner course, so Ha-ni uncomfortably sits through dinner while Hyun-ah commandeers the conversation and boldly flirts with Seung-jo. Feeling put out, Ha-ni reaches for the wine and ends up hungover the next day.

Like I said, this random character is clearly being set up for a last-minute arc, and I suspect she is here to give Joon-gu a consolation prize. She returns to the noodle restaurant, where Joon-gu serves her. When she asks for a fork, Joon-gu cannot let this go — as we know, he takes his food seriously, and instructs her how to use chopsticks properly.

Back on Jeju, Ha-ni and Seung-jo head out on Day 2 of their honeymoon, visiting the Museum of African Art… only to find that the other couple is also there. Hyun-ah has the brassiness to actually cling to Seung-jo’s arm like a girlfriend (or wife, I suppose), leaving her own groom to trail behind with Ha-ni. I’m a little annoyed at Robot Boy for allowing this, because politeness be damned, he’s got a WIFE now, yeah? Dude, I know you’re not into Hyun-ah, but this would be a FINE TIME to employ your famous cold shoulder, buddy.

Ha-ni tells Hyun-ah’s husband to keep Hyun-ah to himself, but incredibly enough, Mr. Milquetoast is actually blind to his wife’s antics. He fears that Seung-jo will fall for her, whom he describes as innocent and sweet. Uh, sympathy go poof now.

Hilariously, just as Hyun-ah is moving to latch onto Seung-jo’s arm again, a woman in a wig bumps into them hard, separating them. Aw, Mom! You sure don’t know your boundaries, but at least your heart is in the right place.

That evening, Ha-ni gets out her pretty new underwear and nervously anticipates that this is the night she’ll get to use it… until there’s a knock at the door. It’s the Pesky Pair, here with champagne. Cockblocked!

The next morning, Ha-ni is bummed, as this is their last day here and she’s hardly had any time alone with Seung-jo. Plus, she doesn’t even have any vacation photos — which makes him smile and tell her not to worry, since he knows Mom has got that part covered.

Seung-jo agrees to spend today with Ha-ni, just the two of them, and she gets prettied up excitedly. And then comes the knock on the door.

If he were my husband I’d be glaring at him to keep the damn door closed, but the urgency in the visitor’s voice is too much to ignore. The husband bursts in and begs for Seung-jo’s help — Hyun-ah is doubled over in pain.

Ha-ni’s uncomfortable watching Seung-jo feel up Hyun-ah (uh, hello, no medical license?), and her woman’s intuition just may be making her a little suspicious as well. She blurts, “Stop!” and says that she hates seeing him with his hands all over another woman.

Seung-jo assumes that Ha-ni’s being jealous for no reason and tells her in a hard voice that he’s going to be a doctor. If she has a problem with that, well, then they can’t be together. Oh, Seung-jo, you sure know how to make a honeymoon romantic.

In tears, Ha-ni runs out and Hyun-ah’s husband heads out to follow her. At which point Hyun-ah smiles and takes his hand, saying, “Finally, it’s just the two of us.” Having faked everything, now she makes her move, saying that she wishes he’d met her before Ha-ni, whom she can tell he doesn’t like.

Seung-jo shoots her a hard look and rejects her advance coldly. Finally! How is it that you have more patience for an interloping stranger than you do for your wife?

Seung-jo finds Ha-ni sitting alone and joins her, but she, feeling wounded, scoots away. He asks if she’s still angry — she is — but melts that away by telling her, “But you’re prettier when you smile.” Smooooth, I’ll give you that. He adds, “When I see you smiling, it makes me feel good.”

Seung-jo starts to tickle Ha-ni, and her anger fades fast as she shrieks with laughter.

That night they sit awkwardly — how adorable are they in matching PJs? — both thinking of the night ahead but a little unsure how to get there. Ha-ni apologizes for being foolish and jealous earlier, and Seung-jo answers, “You’re cute… sometimes. Sometimes you’re beautiful, somehow.”

Slinging an arm around her, he wonders, “But why do I like you? You’re not that pretty, and you’re cute only sometimes. Why do I always want to see you? What have you done to me?”

With that, he moves in for a kiss, then gathers her up in his arms and carries her to bed. Ha-ni pulls back, pausing to ask for a few moments to “prepare” a few things (thinking of her pretty lingerie), but he tells her not to bother: “I can’t wait anymore.” (Well, if you hadn’t let the Newlyweds From Hell derail your honeymoon for three days…)

Honeymoon over, the couple begin married life back at home, where Seung-jo’s room has been redecorated to suit both of them. Ha-ni manages to oversleep (it’s customary for the new bride to be up at the crack of dawn to pay her respects to her in-laws and make breakfast) and rushes downstairs, where the others are already eating. Thankfully, Mom isn’t a stickler for those old-fashioned expectations and greets her warmly.

Ha-ni’s intending to drop by the nursing department today so she can apply for a transfer, but she’s got a few obstacles to overcome, like waiting for a spot to open up, as well as passing an entrance exam.

Mom reminds Seung-jo to take care of the marriage registration paperwork… but Seung-jo gets an idea and answers with a noncommittal, “We’ll see. I’ll think about it.” Mom is bewildered and Ha-ni worried — does that mean he’s reconsidering the marriage? They won’t be legally married until they register, and dragging his feet after the honeymoon is awfully cavalier of him, Mom argues.

Seung-jo answers that he just feels like he’s being shoved into everything, and comes to a “compromise” — that he’ll register the marriage once Ha-ni passes the nursing department exam.

Ha-ni worries about what happens if she can’t — say, for instance, a slot never opens up. Seung-jo just shrugs it off, asking if she was only prepared to exert this (paltry) amount of effort to pursue nursing.

Clearly he is using this as motivation to spur Ha-ni to try hard, as he once did to provoke her into picking a future that extended beyond being his mate. And as he walks away from his stunned family, he smiles in amusement. You bastid!

 
COMMENTS

I dunno, I was rather bored this episode. For one containing such a big life event, it sure was ho-hum about it. And the other newlywed couple — they were irritating, but worse than that, ultimately pointless. You might argue that they forced Ha-ni and Seung-jo to address the issue of her jealousy, which might have worked if Ha-ni were actually overreacting. Instead, it was just absurd and aggravating. It might have been fine at a different point in the series — but in the penultimate episode, I want to deal with story that actually has an effect on our main characters. Like the nursing bit at the end (even if I am uncomfortable with Seung-jo using their marriage as a tool to manipulate her, even if it’s “for her own good”).

I disliked that even after Seung-jo found out that Ha-ni’s instincts about Hyun-ah were right, he didn’t apologize or do anything to ease her concerns. He let Ha-ni believe it was 100% her fault for overreacting, when really there were two parties at work here. And when she apologizes for overreacting, he just accepts it. Oh, how generous of you for liking this dumb, unpretty girl who’s only sometimes cute.

Look, I get that this is the character. I get — and even like — that he’s kind of an ass sometimes, since we don’t need our heroes to be perfect Prince Charmings. But when you’re putting these characters into a marriage and giving us the happily-ever-after treatment, shouldn’t that marriage be, yunno, functional? Balanced? Mature? I guess the luster is off and I no longer really think this couple is adorable beyond belief.

(It might help — a little — if his hair were still curly. JUST SAYIN’.)

On the other hand, my favorite scene was probably the father-daughter “walk down the aisle” because it played with all the right conflicts and emotions — the ones we care about, the ones that have been well-established and built into the fabric of this drama. It’s such a small moment but that bittersweet moment of letting go of daddy’s little girl is so real and packed with honest feeling. I wish we had more of those beats, rather than silly external conflicts brought in to buzz in annoying circles over our heads like gnats at a picnic.

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After waiting and waiting for Episode 15 to come out it turned out to be a disappointment. It should have been a sweet and romantic event but it annoyed more than anything. We wanted to see this couple with the rocky start finally find the true love that was always just out of reach. Instead we get the lack of interest in finding a ring and dress; the annoying newlywed couple on the island; cutting away during the wedding scene to show a crying Duckie. Can episode 16 bring a sweet conclusion? I sure hope so.

(I must admit that during my jones for episode 15 I started to watch ISWAK. I had to get my fix somehow. At first I didn't like the young couple but now they are really growning on me. I'm starting to care about their relationship. I may have found a new drug.)

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HOT DAMN!!! THAT KISS. kim hyun joong sure knows how to kiss and make a girl's insides go all shivery.

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now that i've gotten over the kiss, no i haven't actually. but i think that he didn't say sorry to hani about that slut simply because he never had any attraction to her. in his robot mind she was just someone totally irrelevant to him and needed no thought. so all her antics and seductive moves made really no impact on him. Ha Ni is different though because she operates on a human level with womanly instincts and she was right to give that outburst. Except she should have done it much earlier - maybe when they were alone in their room. I think when he thought he was saving someone in need and she made such seemingly immature comments, he felt that it was accusatory and unnecessary. Simply because he never saw anything in that other woman.

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So, if there is an afterlife, this must be it...

I think i just died in the episode that was shown today...

It could have been an entire hour of that kissing scene during the wedding and the wedding night and i won't even feel a little bit shortchanged...

NOSIREE!

In fact, I'm still feeling warm and fuzzy and all gooey inside as i smile like a loony while typing this and remembering the oh soooo adorable honeymoon (or the culmination of it, anyways) of Baek Seung Jo and Oh Ha Ni...

SERIOUSLY NOW... I WOULD JUMP SEUNG JO SO BAD IF GIVEN THE CHANCE!

(and yes i would have also pulled an Oh Ha Ni and frenched him to kingdom come while still at the altar not because i want to one up him but because i could not wait another moment to get my hands on him... WOOHOO!)

Oh, Ha Ni... i would seriously give away my own mother to be you at this very moment! LOL

How could you? How could you be so lucky to have the opportunity to have that hotness on top of you while kissing you so passionately?

Do you know that i've seen that scene in my dreams not one time too many except that it was not you underneath him but me?

Seriously now, how could you have asked him to wait and pull back at the heat of the moment just because you had to prepare?

PREPARE?

REALLY OH HA NI?

AT THAT VERY MOMENT?

Please tell me that you were kidding!

If it were me, i would not be wasting another moment and if i will speak and stop him it would probably be only to say... DO ME SEUNG JO! DO ME!

Heck! Just having him that near to me would probably get me pregnant already!

(Besides, who needs undies when we all know that it will only be ending up on the floor later?)

GOSHDAMIT PD! You really know how to give us fangirls material for our daydreams for months and months to come...

I must have spent an hour just for this scene alone since i keep on repeating it over and over...

But seriously, can i just say i love you for finally giving us a college centered drama with real hot kisses?

Sheesh! I wish you could have directed the trainwreck that was Boys Over Flowers... At least, even if the story sucked, we would have memories of Junpyo and Jandi doing the deed the same way that Ha Ni and Seung Jo did it!

(Because that my girlfriends, is HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE! Not some pathetic excuse of a lip press for a kiss or one that's brightened by too much sunlight that i thought it was the end of the world because it almost drove me blind... Is it obvious i'm still bitter about this fact?)

But back to Playful Kiss...

Ottoke?

Seung Jo, you might be the cheesiest guy in the planet but man... you ought to get your moves patented because it sure made my knickers drop...

You only had to say "I can't wait" in that breathy, manly voice and i was already finding ways to go inside the computer so that i could shove Ha Ni off that bed and take her place...

(all you Kim Hyun Joong fangirls raise your hands if the thought crossed your mind that Hyun Joong must also be this HOT in bed as himself?

*nosebleeds just thinking about it*)

Oh Ha Ni, I was LITERALLY frothing at the mouth with envy...

However, what can i do?

*grumbles and whispers in a soft voice*

I guess i have to admit that you sure do make one cute (horny) pair so i'm bowing out and for that i guess, i just have to live my life through you vicariously for the rest of my life...

But, despite the fact that the two of you almost made my eyes roll at the back of my head with all the spazzing... That ugly, dumb, ho who made a nightmare out of your honeymoon seriously ruined my day!

CHONGMAL! i just want to stab the bish's eyes out with an icepick!

(although who can blame her? I would probably pull the same moves if i even have 1/100000000 of a chance to have Seung Jo's hands on me in any way possible...)

But really now?

Can't they get a better looking girl? One who's worthy of competition for Ha Ni?

(i'm not just saying this because i hate her but she really looks like a tramp!

*thinks about it*

Oh wait! I guess she was picked because she fits the bill because that is what she was being!)

But moving on, at the end of the day, i guess we have seen how old habits die hard and how Seung Jo will always be Seung Jo but that's him being him and that meanness comes with the whole package which Ha Ni fell in love with...

However, as much as i want to bash his face in when he's just being an @ss, he sure does know how to make up for it when he makes me swoon and make me want to hug him just because of all those sweet little things that he does for Ha Ni that makes my heart go doki doki...

In closing, just a word of advise to our dear Oh Ha Ni...

Ha Ni Ya, You know that little jiggy that you did in Jeju?

Hold it off when Seung Jo's being mean and make him beg for it when he's talking you down and i'm sure you'd get to realize that he will do ANYTHING and worship you just so he could get some of that!

As for me, i am still in denial mode that this series is ending but what the heck! I can still repeat Episode 15 for weeks and weeks to come and i could live in my own little world and savor the feelings that this episode has given me .and probably that would help me in pretending that this show is never ending...
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:raises hands sheepishly:
:blush:

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count me in too, raising hand proudly, but blushing profusely! >:P

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You are too funny, too cute. Want to have your own blog and do the next recap on Hyun Joong's new drama? You should.
Honestly, I thought the love scenes were not close shot enough. You can't really see that clear. Of course, it's modest Kdrama ...wish it was longer. It was just so romantic. How come no one mentions how quick easy he can lift & pick her up from the sofa?? I know, he works out. In real life, most guys would stumble a bit in lifting like that. Which, makes it that much cooler. I think in real life, he would be even more than what's shown in this drama.

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oh true! But i think Khj's brand of romanticsm is certainly different than as shown. (wants to make a wgm reference... Oops.)

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OMG... Your comment just made me think of dirty thoughts about Hyun Joong once again... wahahaha!

I do have a blog... go check it out... donnapie.wordpress.com

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*raises hand*

What is it about BSJ that one look, one phrase or one smile turns me into a pile of goo?

FlowerPot ~ You are so awesome! I sat here nodding, smiling and laughing while reading your post.

You are right. This was a fantastic episode and the perfect drama. If I never watch another drama (blasphemy!) I will be happy. :)

I did comment earlier & was a little 'meh' about it, but give a girl a break..it was 5 am for goodness sakes.

Just recalling the honeymoon scenes...*turns to goo for the umpteenth time* :)

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I thought about it.Oh hani is pretty in her own way ...

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This episode bored me to tears. I agree that the other newlywed couple was absolutely pointless I felt like they simply need something to fill in 50 minutes of showtime. I hope episode 16 will be a little bit more entertaining. I'm not hoping for much, just a LITTLE bit.

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Thanks Javabeans for the speedy recap. :D

I really wanted to like this drama. But it let me down. I could be because I read the manga,and watched both the T and J version of it before. I thought the Koreans would improve on the other versions, but alas they did not.
This episode was too jumbled up for me. I think this drama needed another 4 episodes to nicely wrap up the story. I hate it when they rush the final two episodes and try to tie up loose ends.
Well I'm going to see episode 16 today. Hopefully it will be better than 15. (sighs)

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love your recaps for this drama~! i have to take a peek even when i'm working! well done!! so sad its coming to an end tmr....T.T

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totaly agree with your conclusion. He is not suppose to be so cold and unfeeling after he finaly was able to understand that he loves her and no one else. I was not a big fan of ISWAK and liked this story better to the point of kiss in the rain, but than he hardly shows any feelings again and its annoying. Zhu Su did so much better!

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ok... I actually wanted to write a separate comment for DB as well but, honestly, I'm exhausted so this is my third copy and paste comment... as Jaeshin said, it'll become a habit.

Ok… finally my take on this episode… I meant to do it earlier but heaven help me… I fell into a deep torpor… weeks of PK obsession has taken a toll on me.
And yes, I agree with ockoala about this episode being a drama critic’s nightmare… Fortunately for my enjoyment, that side of me decided to take a vacation when PK came up… Or maybe just a backseat… I can see what’s wrong with the execution (more than wrong in this case if you ask me). But at this point, I say whatever… I don’t care anymore because PK could throw me under the bus and I would still love it. which is weird because I wasn’t forgiving of BOF’s mess as much, perhaps because it was longer… and perhaps it's because I am one of those who bascially know itazura na kiss backward and forward so I i wasn’t unsettled by the rush that I am sure ruined the drama for those who didn’t know and love the franchise… but I am inclined to think it’s because PK has been able to infiltrate itself into my heart with its realistic touch, simplicity and generous heart.
And yes, as much as I kept dissing the editing in my summaries for this episode, it was more out of having a laugh than seriously meaning them. I tend to zone out all the negativity with PK, just because I want to enjoy PK to the fullest.I want to be forgiving despite its acknowledgement of the shortcomings because in the end, I just love PK as it is, with all its imperfection. With PK, I just want to spazz. And yes, the euphoria pouring out of all the blogs/forums probably have a substantial influence on my hype but I say, let’s bring it on if it means more crazy high for me. I’ll just reserve my picky nature for something less endearing because i just can’t hate PK. And why is it starting to sound like a farewell comment (rant)? perhaps because it’s an hour away from the last episode. (ANDWAE!!>>> TT.TT)
Not too soon, let’s go back to ep 15. Slight Spazzing warning ahead!
Seungjo has to be one of the most grumpy groom-to-be i’ve seen… and somehow, I didn’t hate him for it… just because I knew he would come around just in time… darling, thankfully for you, people tend to be forgiving when in love so be happy your charms worked on me.. anyone else and I would have dragged that guy by the collar to my mom for some serious reformation (although Hani seems to be doing fine on her own.. hey, hey u go girl!). Like cutie-totally-squeezable-little-pie eunjo said, you have some serious personality issues. I now officially LOVE robot bro no2. You’ve totally gone to Hani camp haven’t you. But seungjo ah, you had me at the cemetary… how thoughtful are you really? or the nori phone? (what a tease… but tease as much as you want if I get to see your to-die-for smile), or the tickling? or the “i like you when you smile,” or when I saw you in that tuxedo… DASHING. kk. I still think you look best in your couple hoodies (sorry ssangchu loyalist, indulge me in my PK mode) and your ADORABLE checkered PJs. is it bizarre if I find a man (and yes, KHJ had suddenly become a man to me for the period of PK at least) sexy in dorky PJs?
Mamma Baek, you just seem to not know when to stop do you? as a daughter, I hate it, as a viewer, I say go ahead with the crazy if it means giving the couple a push (more like a jolt) towards the right direction (aka. the big comfortable bed. sorry that’s all i can think of at this moment. seems like the scene imprinted itself in my memory… haha). and Papa Bear… you don’t do much but you’re cute, almost as squeezable as eunjo. kk
Joongu, I love you… that post-wedding day scene tore my heart and would have crushed me to death had I not known you’ll have your own lovely girl making doe eys at you soon. this time, I fully authorize you to unleash all your devotion without restraint… Go and love to the fullest! although being so dashing in that blue shirt at the wedding, I kind of want you for myself. Hani, you lost a sweetheart and got yourself a jerk. that must be true love.
Haera, what a dignified woman you are… I would hope I can become you one day. And tennis sunbae might look (be) old, but if you learn to love him, you’ll be happy. and i want you happy.
That can’t be said about that failure of a woman… yes, I am talking about the married witch I have now given nickname of Superglue, Hanger, Vine, and Harpie (I like to pick and choose.. XD). But you’ve done your role well if despite your pretty face, I found you ugly. Plus, getting to hear Seungjo say that Hani is incomparable was almost worth the hair pulling, virtual neck wringing I went through because of you. I don’t know if I should pity your husband or throw him in a pit with you for being such a clueless doormat.
Daddy Oh… You were never as worthy of awing as now… You had me in tears with your love for your daughter. What a worthy dad. Don’t worry, your daughter is in good hands, albeit rough ones. You can RIP… I mean cook in peace.
Hani, that kiss at the wedding was the BEST (so far in the episode)… you got your payback, the crowd in frenzy, KHJ’s, I mean BSJ’s lips, and me squealing and smiling ear to ear. One day, I will grab someone and kiss him like that as well… I might even pull a merong for the sake of PK good times. You’re wedding dress didn’t make me want to have my own wedding but your wedding did… I never really thought I wanted a grand wedding until now, complete with ring dropping and all… You made me jealous. And I now even want a honeymoon, at Jeju in that resort… I mean, after 3 Group8 dramas filming there, there is no way I’ll leave that place alone… PK, what have you done to my wedding phobia?
But I agree with ockoala, you might have gotten yourself the shorter end of the bargain here. Well, as long as I see you happy, I won’t say anything. Well, actually, if marrying Seungjo gets you into nursing school, perhaps you guys both gained equally from this union (no, not in THAT sense… ok that’s IT… i swear, i am usually not this perverted person… I usually NEVER get innuendos… PK has unfortunately, and i hope temporarily messed up with my head and made me a stranger to myself. a happy stranger.).
Which leads me to the wedding night (3 days overdue I might add).. is it wrong if I admit to having watch and rewatched it more than I can count?… Despite all the spot-on spoilers (really, chinese fans scare me sometimes…), it exceeded my expectations… by far. That doesn’t mean that it fulfilled my greed though… Mr. Camera man, really??? You and and your obsession with household objects should take a break for next episode, thank you very much. And please bring the monkey editor with you in your excursion. Nevertheless, I loved, LOVED the scene… that was HOT… and it proved that you don’t need to be extra erotic (ew… i’m still childish in that way) for a scene to be steamy… i loved everything.. the awkward stiff sitting… and flattering… (you look pretty sometimes?? really.. for a genius, your speech skills are quite deficient… ), the lovely princess lift that had me wish i was a couple pounds less heavy, and i-can’t-wait-tame-but-hot-and-unshy make-out session…
Show… I FORGIVE YOU EVERYTHING, just for being not afraid of displaying affectionate scenes.. and I should stop now because the episode is about to start.

and shout out to JB.. Cockblocked. lmao.

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i never watch this because this kdrama it totally out of my expectation. i kinda expect it gonna be...like great? because i have this thought 'korean made drama based on manga or manhwa usual went deabak!' like boys over flower. first drama was japan made, than taiwanese than korea. its getting better and better.
but, i'll keep read the recaps tho. heheeheh

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and while we're waiting for GF recap... (well, i'm truly waiting for GF&JB last words on the drama), ockoala has ep 16 recap out at her wordpress.

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I am in love with PK, or at least I was, up to episode 12. But I simply cannot connect with the story anymore... I really really really wish they hadn't cut it to 16 episodes. It might have been a much better drama with better pacing. Still, I will savor all the warm feelings that the drama gave me in the beginning.

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I so love the Taiwanese version of this, it's much longer and the transition isn't this speedy, though I like Playful Kiss even. This Korean version took the half end speedy, it's like it compressed the TKA and ISWAK. I hope they'd stretch out the transition and make more romantic scenes for the leads, they're really cute and it's only in this drama that I started to like Kim Hyun-Joong...

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Erh...any more seung jo diaries??

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The living rm/bedroom scene left me rather cold... until BSJ uttered "It's fine - I can't wait anymore". My temperature shot up like fireworks. I couldn't even see his face! It must be his voice. The low timbre, spoken softly.....

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i think episode 15 is cute.. i like oh ha nia and baek seung jo's relationship (even though bsj is so cold and ohn is sometimes a real dummy, it's really obvious that they so love each other!).. and here, finally!! their honeymoon :))

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honestly, I didn't feel 'the heat' watching the bedroom scene. Not.Even.One.Bit! Unlike those two in They Kiss Again, boy..did I not fan myself up! Having watch 3 versions, I must say that for me, the Taiwanese version wins hands on. What I loved about the Zi Shu's character was, the audience get to see his transformation from being cold to a warm person.

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JB, I'm going to throw myself into the lion's den witcha... I, too, think that BSJ is better off with curly hair heheheh!

I'm just going to enjoy the last episode as it comes because they had to squeeze everything in...

Occurs to me that it's so hard to do a series that has been hugely popular in TW and JP before... they thought they could pull a Boys over Flowers act again but KHJ just can't pull it off as well as Joe Cheng in ISWAK. He gave it a good try tho' but JSM rocks as OHN!

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I love this epi so muccchhh!!! Well, after ep 13 n 14, this ep my most favorite of this drama. OMG, kiss in bed really hot!!! OMG!!! thanks JB for recaps!

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what's the name of the song playing when duckie's standing outside hani's window the night before the wedding, and what's the name of the song playing during the (HAWT!!) honeymooon scene?

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I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW YOU CAN ENJOY HIS CURLY HAIR. I LIKE IT BETTER STRAIGHT!!! :$

Except I'm still devoted to your summaries of course, because your'e a flipping genius :)

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erhhh i think there was some confusion earlier.. i own the entire set of comics and have been a fan of it for really long, even before the taiwan or korean versions came out! so, just to clarify a few things.. =)

1. christine was never, never with naoki (aka zhishu, aka seung-jo), nor was she ever match made for the company's sake.. it was a totally new girl, not ever mentioned in the korean version at all. i think (if i rmb correctly, since i watched the taiwan one really long ago) the taiwan version did have a new girl for that, like in the original comics.

2. Chris/christine (in the comics, chris was her shortened name, but really was christine), in the comics, met both seungjo's and duckie's characters at the same time and fell in love with duckie immediately. She thought SJ was ugly cos her dad in england matchmade her with this caucasian guy who looked exactly like SJ (hence zhishu in the taiwan version wearing the blonde wig and running around)

3. christine's character in the comics lasted quite many books and they delved alot into the development of her relationship with duckie... she's supposedy has some royal blood (no korean/jap/chinese blood whatsoever), and her dad appears and thinks duckie looks like a monkey and disapproves (and alot of funny things happen) but duckie wins his heart eventually. later, christine's mother appears and likes duckie at first sight too, thinking he is very handsome as well (like mother like daughter?) anw in the end they go thru quite alot and end up marrying, and duckie goes to england to hold a ceremony there too (i can't rmb if he comes back or not)

i think both the korean and taiwan version followed quite alot closer to the comics, as compared to the japanese version (which was quite off, actually).. =) i like both versions, although i really felt that the korean one ws rushed towards the end. i liked the parts after marriage more, cos (at least in the comics), it saw the relationship between SJ and ha-ni balancing out more! and the qitai character in the korean one is supposed to be her classmate in nursing school, and SJ gets reaaaallllllyyyyyy jealous. so it was entertaining to see at least!

however, i do like the korean one for humanizing everyone a little more. although the comics were really nice as it were, the story would have been quite off when translated into a drama. cos in the comics, naoki was realllyyy cold towards her at the beginning, and kotoko (OHN) was alot stupider. somehow the korean and tw versions brought the gap between them closer and alot more realistic, in my opinion. and the korean one was nice in that there were signs of SJ liking OHN early on in the series. and he was already less robot like than compared with the comic books. so this was quite a nice take on it, as it showed his affection for her quite a bit, after the marriage.

and if you think mom is mad in the korean version... she's worst in the comics. but oh so loveable!

ok i'm rambling.
in summary, christine was never with SJ, christine like duckie at first sight, i liked that in the korean version, everyone was alot more realistic and humanized. and i think they shouldn't have squished everything (almost 10 books worth of material) into the last episode!

on a side note, eunjo has a really cute story of his own in the books!

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Thanks for sharing.

I was very curious about all the comparisons and started watching the anime and TW version. I dropped the TW version because right off the bat, I don't like the Ha Ni character. And after 23 episodes of the anime...I have given up as well. Naoki is too cold. I can't understand him at all.

You're right about the Korean version being more realistic. I can see BSJ fall for OHN early on. But, I still can't feel that Naoki loved Kotoko.

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couldnt agree w. u mre JB...

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so beautiful to watch!!!and read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Too rushed....and that irritating couple appeared in the taiwan version too. They should have taken it out and concentrated on more interesting things! so are we getting a second season for the korean version too?

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i love you sana makita ko poh kau in personal plzzzzzzzzzzz poh

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I’ve watched this drama twice already, mainly for one reason: I’m in love with Kim Hyun Joong (fangirl alert!).
I know it’s not a great drama, but there are so many elements that I absolutely love (most of them involving Seung Jo’s sweet moments) that I was willing to overlook most of its issues. However, I have to say that, even with my infatuation, I couldn’t bring myself to like this episode. It’s a pity really, since there were so many sweet moments that I truly liked, but this is the one episode I really hate.
And it’s heartbreaking because I positively loved how Seung Jo (true to his character) was being a pain in the behind with all the wedding preparations, only to cave in the end and do everything exactly the way Ha Ni wanted (which reminded of my own wedding!). I also loved that he was the one who thought about the visit to the cemetery. I loved the scenes with other characters like the girlfriend pre-wedding sleepover, the tender father/daughter moment, and the super cute brother/brother talk. I liked that at the wedding Ha Ra cleared the air with Ha Ni and admitted defeat in a very classy way, and I also liked Seung Jo and Joon Gu’s conversation. The whole thing to this point seemed very real to me and in tune with what this drama had showed us since the beginning.
My mood turned sour, however, once they got to the honeymoon. Are you kidding me!! Isn’t this the perfect time to show us all the sweetness and sort of redeem Seung Jo’s character? Well, it was too much to ask I guess…
I was first annoyed with Ha Ni for being stupidly jealous. And it’s not the being jealous part that annoys me, but her handling of the situation. Yes, there is this woman (la comehombres in my mind) shamelessly flirting with your husband. But hello sister! It’s YOUR wedding night! She can flirt all she wants, but he’s going to bed with YOU. Shouldn’t that be satisfying enough to help her keep her wits about her!!! Stupid, stupid girl. So she ends up getting herself drunk (because that has worked so well for her in the past…) and misses her wedding night (comehombres:1; Ha Ni: 0).
So then comes Seung Jo’s turn to annoy me. Where did all that sudden politeness come from? He’s usually a jerk (a very cute jerk, but a jerk none the less). He’s a jerk to Ha Ni, he’s a jerk to his mom, and there were times he was even a jerk to Ha Ra (who was the only person he actually treated like an equal). But comes comehombres into the picture, and you can tell he doesn’t like her, but he is all passive and going with everything she wants. More than annoy me, this truly infuriated me!
And to top it all off, the love scene left me wanting more. Don't get me wrong, it was completely hot, and I also wanted to get into my computer and push Ha Ni off the bed, but there was something missing. I was hopping for a right-after-love scene with Seung Jo sleeping while Ha Ni reveled on the fact that she finally got him all for herself, having him showed her that he loves her (if not with words, with really sweet love-making). I can actually imagine all the emotions showing on her face while she looked at him with the usual adoration (I think it’s a pity we didn’t’ get to see it). Seung Jo then would move in his sleep and hug her. Ha Ni would snuggle in total bliss and close her eyes. And then Seung Jo opens his eyes and flashes one of his trademark spectacular smiles.
Honestly, was it really too much to ask!!

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Well, about the whole couple from hell thing, its from the adaptation, i think. Because it was there in the chinese version, and (i think) the anime. I didn't read the manga, so I assume it was there too. So if they want to stay true to the original, then yeah, no matter how pointless the whole plot is, they have to be in there. But also maybe they wanna show jealousy between them too, because after the wedding is no happily ever after. And I think the whole sudden I like you, but i don't care that its the only confession i ever gave now marry me proposal that Seung jo gave is too pat for me.

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This episode was very hard to watch, and left a bad taste in my mouth, kinda souring my whole PK experience. I just felt like the show lead us on for ALL THAT....and is now ending like THIS?

What the hell, Mom?! These kids are too young to get married - I can't get used to them being husband and wife yet, esp. since Ha Ni still behaves like a 15 yr old to me. I guess Mom wants to solidify this union before her moody son changes his mind; and I suppose since they're already living together, why not? (Sidenote: they'll move out eventually, right? right?)

The whole lead-up to the wedding was weird to me. I felt bad for Ha ni even more than before when she was just chasing SJ, because now we see what being WITH HIM is really like. Spoiler alert: he's still an ass! The victory of finally landing her dream guy seems hollow at the prospect of such a nightmare husband (at least to me).
Why did he agree to the quickie wedding when he wasn't interested in all the details required?? Why be so antagonistic and then with a flip of a coin, turn around and visit her mom and grandma's graves?? WHY LET SOME STRANGE HUSSY HANG ALL OVER YOU ON YOUR HONEYMOON??

Not to mention, it seemed like he didn't even care to have fun with his wife (still not used to it) until that last night, when he "couldn't wait anymore". Gaaah! I hated that whole honeymoon excursion. Like JB said, it was very pointless to introduce new characters that go nowhere (except to super annoying-land) when we could have concentrated on more meaty, relationship development. I wanted the honeymoon to give us a glimpse of what their married life will be like, in terms of a setting up a new tone now that they've evolved to this point. BUT NO. EPIC FAIL THERE.

Back at home, I actually loved that SJ is using the marriage certificate to make Ha Ni work for the nursing program. We all know that the only way to get HN to do anything in life is to dangle SJ-carrot in front of her...Maybe he'll be a good husband after all, since he knows how to play her (in a positive way this time!)?

Anyways, his sly smile at the end was super adorable. But I'm pretty much on my last nerve for this show.

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I would love to have a mother-in-law just like Seung-jo's mum. She's amazing

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I watched this drama but I'm not sure if I liked it. Ha ni's low self-esteem drives me crazy. Just chasing a man who does nothing but treats her bad it's not good. Even if he likes her back his constant degrading her annoys me. Sometimes he's cute, but then he throws it out the window. I get the character but it's just too much of an ass to her.

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i somewhat enjoyed this ep.....tho it did feel rushed
thanks for the effort!!!!

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Okay i know this show was a WHILE ago now, but I don't understand something- what exactly WAS the rush to get married? Other than the Mom's pushiness?

I mean, they're TEENAGERS for crying out loud. It's just so....unrealistic and unconvincing...

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Kim hyun joong's acting was amazing.i don't accept with the criticism about his acting.His expressions are sooo good.And his smile of course the best forever..

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Actually at the cute pj part, Baek Seung Jo said that he wonders why he likes her SO much and why does he always think of her...you forgot to add that. It was really sweet.

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