Drama Recaps
Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 3
by | November 15, 2010 | 107 Comments

More cuteness abounds. Honestly, this drama can feel rather average whenever the scenes don’t involve both main characters, so I can see why it’s struggling to gain ground in the ratings (today’s episode had a 9%). But whenever Jang Geun-seok and Moon Geun-young are together, they just crackle with adorable chemistry.


Jang Geun-seok – “My Precious” from the Mary Stayed Out All Night OST [ Download ]

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After Mary and Jung-in realize that they’ve met before, she tries to return the money he’d given her as payoff (when the manager threatened her thinking she was trying to sneak a photo with the actor). She also finds it curious that he accepted their odd marriage contract arrangement.

Jung-in declines the money and answers that he sees the marriage as a business decision, and advises that she not take it too seriously. She’s onboard with that, since she intends to reject the suit after the 100 days are up anyway.

Given that intention, however, Mary asks to be put to work, because she feels more comfortable treating this like a job than as a handout. Jung-in agrees and employs her at his drama-production company as a secretary — only, he won’t actually give her any work. This has to be the cushiest contract “predicament” in kdrama history. Trust Mary to complicate things, huh?

The job affords Mary the opportunity to approach Seo-jun to ask for an autograph while she waits for a meeting with the lead actor. When he arrives with his manager, they jump to the conclusion that Mary makes it a habit harassing stars, even though Jung-in assures them that it had just been a misunderstanding earlier.

Jung-in dismisses her early since he has no work for her. She and Dad have to admit that his behavior doesn’t add up, starting with his easy acceptance of the marriage. Perchance he’s gay?, Mary thinks, seeing as he’s fashionable and talks of the marriage as a business transaction. (Also, she watches dramas.) Or, maybe he’s using the false marriage as a way to get at his inheritance.

Mary almost forgets about her ruse with Mu-gyul and fumbles for lies when Dad starts asking questions about how they met and fell in love. Thinking fast, she says that it was like in dramas, and that love is like a car accident: “That’s how we met. As though in a car crash, suddenly, love found us.” LOL. Well, I guess Dad can’t blame her for meaning something literally that he takes figuratively.

Again Mary speaks in that flowery romanticism drawn from dramas and insists that Mu-gyul did, in fact, want dearly to pay his respects to Dad, but that she’d held him back. She manages to get her father to agree to leave Mu-gyul alone, threatening to cancel the 100-day contract if he reneges on his promise.

Just in case, though, Mary presents the fabricated “love is a car accident” story to Mu-gyul, so he’s in on the official story just in case Dad should call to check on him. This annoys him, because Mary had promised that his involvement would be purely nominal, and that he wouldn’t have to do anything. At every step she insisted that this would be all he had to do, yet things have spiraled out of their control.

Furthermore, Mary needs to spend her evenings out (supposedly with him) in order to keep up the ruse that they’re a couple in love. She asks to spend that time in his new place, which he is just settling into now, and even offers to pay for the three months of nighttime visits with the payoff money Jung-in gave her.

Mu-gyul flatly refuses to cooperate, but he’s no match for her display of aegyo as she looks up at him with her most entreating puppy-dog expression — or, as Mu-gyul calls it, “Shrek cat” eyes. I suppose it’s appropriate, given their back-and-forth exchange of him barking teasingly at her, and her meowing in response.

Just to strike the nail in the coffin of Mu-gyul’s resistance (which is almost worn down completely by Mary’s cuteness), the landlady drops by to remind him that his deposit is due within the week. He agrees with some hesitation (he doesn’t have the money yet), and Mary eagerly jumps in to remind him that she has enough to cover it.

To wear down his reluctance, Mary tags along as Mu-gyul goes dumpster-diving around the neighborhood, picking up junk he can turn into furnishings for his new digs. By the end of the day, he’s got a pretty nice apartment/studio, decorated with his own DIY flair.

Mary asks him to let her stay for a while, just so she can kill time till 10 pm. Grudgingly, he agrees, but only for tonight. That’s enough to make her happy, and despite his lack of a television — horrors! How will she be able to watch her stories tonight? — she settles down with a book.

It’s her cue to leave when Mu-gyul’s bandmates come over bearing housewarming gifts, but they invite her to eat with them, and Mu-gyul’s protest is overruled. The friends prod her to call her girlfriends over again, and pretty soon the whole gang is assembled over drinks.

Mu-gyul remains disgruntled to have his wishes ignored, but it’s cute that everyone sides with Mary when hearing about the marriage farce they find themselves in. While he flatly refuses to let Mary spend each evening at his place, everyone urges him to agree. His friends even joke that since things have come this far, he may as well make the marriage real.

A woman drops by looking for Mu-gyul, and Mary recognizes her from the photo in Mu-gyul’s guitar case. Assuming that this is one of Mu-gyul’s many girlfriends, Mary launches right into an “I’m not his girlfriend, so please don’t misunderstand and fight with him” speech, which is interrupted by the arrival of the man himself.

The woman squeals and launches herself at Mu-gyul, who responds to her affectionately. The girls are surprised, then, to hear from the bandmates that the woman is Mu-gyul’s mother. She had him at 17 and is forever getting into scrapes that Mu-gyul has to clean up, which prompts Mary’s friend to comment that their relationship is just like Mary’s with her father.

Now for a round of drinking games, which is a version of “I Never” where people have to drink whenever a statement applies to them like, “Whoever hasn’t been kissed, drink.” Mary’s the easiest one to tease because she’s never dated or kissed anyone, and Mu-gyul laughs in disbelief. So Mary turns it around and makes HIM drink by pointing out the one who has dated the most, who has been unable to sustain relationships for longer than a month.

This ends, of course, with Mary getting very, very drunk. Mu-gyul is the only one sober at the end of the night, and is charged with getting her back home.

Alas, his junky van breaks down along the way, and he is forced to piggyback her the rest of the way home. (Another one? Already? While they’re at it, they should turn the piggyback ride into a running gag and give us one per episode.)

While he struggles along, Mary rambles on about her polite bastard and how she won’t marry him. He grumbles at this inconvenience, until Mary drunkenly tells him, “I’m sorry, Dad.” (Just the person your not-quite-husband wants to be compared to!) Mu-gyul’s disgruntled expression softens as Mary confesses to “Dad” that she had felt driven to run away, but now that their debt is taken care of, she wants to live well — she’ll return to school, get a good job, and make Dad happy because she knows he worked hard to raise her after Mom died.

Mary’s well past her 10 pm curfew, which has Dad on edge, and that’s before he sees the boho rocker dude carrying his drunk daughter home. Accusingly, Dad asks how long Mu-gyul plans to carry on with Mary. How far have they gone?

He refers to a physical relationship, and Mu-gyul replies that they’ve done nothing to worry about. In full protective parent mode, Dad orders Mu-gyul to look him in the eye as he says it, which gives us a hilarious bit as Mu-gyul stares directly at him in his own version of Mary’s Shrek-cat stare (mung-mung!).

Mu-gyul works on a new song long into the night, and despite his reluctance to get involved with Mary, it’s becoming clearer to us that they really are well-matched. For instance, he smiles as he remembers an exchange he’d had with Mary when she asked what kind of music he wants to make, and he’d said, “The kind that doesn’t lie.” He appreciates her response, which shows that she *gets* it — that he must mean music that moves you with its honesty.

Mary reports for work that morning, only to be told to call it a day right away. Jung-in is reluctant to give her real work, but Mary prods him to treat her just like any employee. Since they aren’t going to marry at the end of the 100 days, there’s no reason he should treat her differently.

Thus Mary is brought along to work at the photo shoot for Jung-in’s new drama project (title: Wonderful Life), which is set in the Hongdae indie music world. How very meta of them — but “meta” may as well be this drama’s middle name.

The project hits a little close to home for Seo-jun, who plays the role of rocker’s girlfriend, and during a break she calls Mu-gyul on a whim — he’s the ex-boyfriend she’d mentioned previously, whom she’d lost while working on her previous drama.

Their conversation is simple and a little awkward, but there are no hard feelings on either side — just a wistfulness that things are different now. Seo-jun keeps her tone light but is affected by the conversation, while Mu-gyul tells her to take care before hanging up to prepare for his upcoming show.

Mary approaches Seo-jun to offer her a drink, and calls herself a fan. Seo-jun asks which of her projects is Mary’s favorite, and is surprised at the answer — the indie movie she shot in Japan two years ago — because it’s fairly obscure.

Seo-jun speaks casually when she cautions Mary that she has a lot of anti-fans, which means there may be some noise surrounding this production, but Mary tells her encouragingly not to let the rumors get her down. Seo-jun is disarmed by Mary’s positivity and friendliness, and comments to her co-star’s manager that she likes the girl.

But the manager still remembers the hotel incident and is convinced Mary is a conniving bottom-feeder, saying that Mary blackmailed her way into this job by threatening Jung-in to go public with the manager incident.

Seo-jun is prejudiced by this information, which has immediate effects because she overhears a girl gossiping in the bathroom about her. The gossip is actually another staff member, who talks about Seo-jun snidely and calls her a phony and a troublemaker who only got on this drama with “sponsor” backing (which insinuates that she pimped herself out for the role).

So when Seo-jun steps out of the stall to see Mary on her phone, she assumes that Mary is the malicious gossip and angrily takes her phone, throwing it into the mirror. Hurt, Seo-jun storms out of the photo shoot, declaring herself too upset to continue.

Seo-jun winds up at Mu-gyul’s show, where she is joined by Jung-in, who has followed her. And lo and behold, he looks up and is immediately taken with the charismatic musician singing onstage.

Mu-gyul puts on an impressive performance of his new song…at least, until it’s time for the drummer to begin playing. Their drummer has been a no-show, so the guitarist has to take over, and the result is a mess. Mu-gyul ends up taking over solo, and the drummer sits in shame.

The bitchy manager has also arrived at the show, and simultaneously recognizes Mu-gyul as her former client and sees Jung-in’s interest. Bitter Betty isn’t about to let her troublesome former client win any glory if she can help it, so she jumps in to warn Jung-in against Mu-gyul. She urges him to leave this amateurish show, but Jung-in knows what he likes and tells the others to go on without him.

After the show, Jung-in presents himself as an entertainment company CEO to Mu-gyul, only to be rebuffed straightaway.

What’s endearing about Mu-gyul’s bandmates is that despite the occasional bitterness at being overlooked by everyone, they do understand that Mu-gyul is in a different class than they are. He considers them all in the same boat together, but the boys feel like they’re holding him back with their lack of skills.

The drummer shows up after the show with a broken arm and apologizes profusely, but his apologies only make Mu-gyul angry — if they all did their best, there’s nothing to be sorry about.

As they drown their sorrows, the bandmates tell him that it’s time to be realistic — he has talent and looks, and he can make something of that while they’re, frankly, barking up the wrong tree.

I’m sure Mu-gyul has to know the truth on a gut level too; he grumbles on about the importance of loyalty (which, by the way, is a policy Mary also adheres to), but I wonder if he sees that his insistence on loyalty is more foolish than admirable in this case. Especially since his friends urge him to talk to that CEO guy.

Mu-gyul finds a text message on his phone, which he reads with boyish enjoyment. It’s from “Mary Christmas”:

“Sorry for yesterday, and thanks. You must’ve been tired because of me, so rest comfortably tonight. You aren’t off drinking after saying you wouldn’t, right?” (Here he mumbles, “I already did.”) “Don’t just insist you’re young, and take care of yourself. If you want to make music till you die, you have to be healthy. Bye. Mary Christmas! Meow.”

The photo shoot resumes, and Mary takes the opportunity to stand up for herself. She approaches Seo-jun and asserts that she misunderstood the situation earlier. Seo-jun asks who the true culprit was, then, which Mary can’t quite answer. But she says:

Mary: “I haven’t lived that much, but I think in life you can’t always say everything, even though you are wronged or feel angry. I’ll just reiterate the main point: It wasn’t me. But in that situation, it was understandable that you misunderstood, and I think your behavior to me was understandable. So I’ll be understanding. We’ll be seeing each other at the office, so I’d like if we didn’t have any more uncomfortable situations.”

The others marvel at her guts, a little impressed despite everything.

Meanwhile, Jung-in tracks down Mu-gyul again and tries again to make his case over drinks.

(Side note: Gotta point out that this scene plays my favorite song by FreeTEMPO, “Flowers.” [ Download ] With the drama’s plot and setting, they seem to be aiming for a “Hongdae indie” vibe with the soundtrack, which I don’t think is entirely successful — the music is pretty poppy and standard and Coffee Prince really did a better job with the indie-pop ambiance. But give ’em props for trying.)

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Mu-gyul’s skeptical of Jung-in, and the two have pretty opposing viewpoints: Jung-in points out that they’re only famous in this neighborhood, while Mu-gyul retorts that Jung-in’s neighborhood (on the other side of the river, aka the trendier mainstream culture) just assembles bands based on looks.

Jung-in lays out what he wants: The feel and emotion of Mu-gyul’s live performance, just as it was tonight, and his music. Mu-gyul scoffs, not trusting Jung-in’s words because it’s just as likely that he’ll go back on them later and dress him up in a different style and make him lip-synch.

So Jung-in throws down the gauntlent: “Are you that unable to understand your talent and potential?” Mu-gyul responds, “Do you turn talent and potential into commodities?” Jung-in says, “I think having the rock spirit is the most important thing.” To which Mu-gyul laughs: “The money-loving producer knows about the rock spirit?”

But there’s some grudging respect there, and Mu-gyul seems to be considering the possibility that Jung-in may be the real thing. They drink.

In the morning, Mu-gyul wakes up in a fancy room in Jung-in’s posh home. He gets up groggily while Jung-in comes in, fresh from a shower and dressed in a robe, asking if he remembers last night. Oh, this conversation could go so many ways, which is half the fun of it. Mu-gyul thinks back and remembers Jung-in carrying him along, since he’d been drunk.

Meanwhile, Mary has been excused from working today because she’d spent the whole night at the photo shoot. So Dad orders her to go to Jung-in’s house during the day, because she should honor the terms of her contract.

So she trudges along tiredly to Jung-in’s place, banking on the hope that her polite bastard has left for work already. To her dismay, she hears his voice and realizes that he’s still home — and then realizes what he’s saying. And that he’s saying it to another man. Wait — so he really IS gay??

Tiptoeing quietly to the sound of the two voices, Mary approaches the bedroom just as Jung-in tells his male guest that they worked out what they want from each other last night.

Thinking this is her ticket out of the contract marriage, Mary nears the doorway to confirm her suspicions just as Jung-in says, “We’ll make good partners.”

Her jaw drops when she recognizes Jung-in’s houseguest — dressed in nothing more than a bedsheet — and can’t believe it.

Jung-in registers the mutual look of recognition on their faces and wonders, “Do you know each other?” Mary blurts, “He’s my husband!”

Realization dawns on both men as they realize that they’re connected in more ways than one. Jung-in asks, “Then he’s… wedding ceremony guy?” Mu-gyul returns, “And he’s… marriage registry guy?”

Mary thinks fast and realizes she has to keep up her ruse, so she jumps in front of Mu-gyul and exclaims, “Jagi-ya!”


There’s a concept in television called “hanging a lantern,” which refers to a show taking the meta approach in calling out its problem areas outright, rather than trying to hide or ignore them. That is to say, if there’s a logic issue that hampers the story (“But how can that possibly happen?”), a character will address it in an effort to minimize the impact the problem has on viewers (“I know, it’s like we’re in some weird movie or something”).

Sometimes hanging a lantern isn’t enough to solve the problem, because a logic hole is a logic hole. On the other hand, some writers are able to use it effectively — the Hong Sisters are one example, because they will often point cliches out plainly, but add their own twist. What could be trite is suddenly fresh.

Cliches are both the lifeblood and the bane of kdramas: On one hand, they’re used because they work, and they’re great narrative shorthand. On the other hand, we are by now so familiar with certain stories and characters that they can feel overused or tired. Mary Stayed Out All Night is practically Drama Cliche Central, but the reason I’m okay rolling with most of the overused conventions is because the drama is totally hanging a lantern on everything, either in meta dialogue or in the very act of making Mary a drama addict. And that, at least, makes it funny.

For instance, in Episode 2 she writes her runaway letter in this very exaggerated, stiffly formal sageuk language that she no doubt picked up from many a historical drama, which makes that scene unexpectedly hilarious. And Mary’s speculation that Jung-in is gay manages to be amusing because it’s so like her drama-addicted brain to jump to extreme conclusions — because that’s what would happen on television! Wink wink.


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107 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. twylah

    OMG! IT’S OUT!!!!YIPEEEE!!!!

    • 1.1 Balletbabe

      ROTFLOL (^^)

  2. kdramatic

    Yay thank you soo much!!!
    i love moon geun young in here!!

  3. sshahi

    been waiting for this the whole day…
    thank you thank you

  4. jangnanseureon

    Ahhh!!! I love JGS and MGY!!! They’re both so adorable!!!

  5. nadya

    thanks a bunch for this recap! this episode was awesome and can’t wait for tomorrow. I love the whole cat/dog references that was brought up…really cute^^

  6. Shirley

    LOL it’s so funny that she thinks they’r gay!!
    Thanks for the recap, loved it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. gominam

    love this new drama!! thanks for the recaps..

  8. ohemgee


    JGS in a bedsheet and in KJW’s bed…oh yeah. I could handle a few more of these episodes. LOL

    • 8.1 budsdiana

      I started watching this episode at 1:30 am my time and to be honest, I was a bit getting bored and I kept looking at the clock to check how many more minutes to go, then BAM!! its JGS nekkid in bed and KJW came in freshly showered, hmmmmm I can smell his freshness. I was like a bulb that suddenly lighted up my eyes got bigger ( i got big eyes) and I was giggling the whole time.

  9. Jane

    I can’t be the only one who was suddenly hoping for a serious plot twist while those two beautiful men were drinking together.

    • 9.1 estel

      Wouldn’t be awesome if the the love triangle was…a little less than traditional? Heh heh heh.

      • 9.1.1 Anonymous

        hmmm me thinks it would be quite interesting.. mwahahahah

  10. 10 abc

    Woot! Really loving this!

  11. 11 estel

    The ending scene of this episode is so epic. I couldn’t stop laughing, and I had to rewatch it over and over again. It still makes me giggle. ใ…‹ใ…‹ใ…‹ ^^

  12. 12 Agatha

    Squeal! Hot guys in the same room, one in a bed-sheet the other one wet, I have found my new crack. Hello Mondays and Tuesdays!!!

  13. 13 otchosais

    thanks for the recaps :)

  14. 14 Lea

    I have a love-hate relationship with you, Javabeans. (although there’s the little issue that you don’t know that I exist) I go to this site, and I am very pleasently surprised that MSOAN’s 3rd recap is here. Then, I realize that I haven’t watched it in video form, so I have to sit there and watch other people read it. The bitterness of life.

    • 14.1 ninji

      I second that.
      Now drama watching takes way more than an hour, because I have to read a recap simultaneously. Sigh.

  15. 15 irene

    aaaand cue Mu-gyul x Jung-in fanfics :)

  16. 16 astitu

    i’m first..!!
    i’ve been waiting 4 this recap…
    tq JB….

  17. 17 ball ball

    refresh like 30 times everytime i saw ha jiwon face.. i almost lost my temper.. lol

  18. 18 churruu

    ….maybe Mary thought they were gay?

  19. 19 brookeeve

    Thank you so much for this recap!

    I totally OMO!’ed at the last 10 minutes… and briefly wondered if this wasn’t what was going to make this drama more interesting than any other. I knew on a Korean Drama level that I was wrong, but IRL I would have totally expected those two to end up where they DID end up but with a much more athletic pursuit in between arrival and sleeping. So it was a drama to me because that didn’t happen… does that make sense?

  20. 20 Kristy

    I think your recap speed is even faster than lightening bolt. It’s more of the speed of light.

    For the recap, the comments, and the speed of the recap, I thank you so much !!!!

    Also, I couldn’t have agreed more with your opening statement “More cuteness abounds. Honestly, this drama can feel rather average whenever the scenes donโ€™t involve both main characters”. That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking and saying to my friends as well. The chemistry between MGY & JGS are just to the extreme. Every time I wanted to do something else and not pay attention to the drama much, I got pulled right back to it when the two of them are on. Think about it, they can do that to someone who doesn’t even know Korean. Pretty good I have to say so myself.

    Can I compare the leads with the leads in Secret Garden? It’s different. The chemistry is not as extreme as between MGY & JGS. However, both HB & HJW played their character well to keep you drawn to them as well. Both dramas are definitely entertaining to watch.

    Thanks again for the recap

  21. 21 beevaahleee

    This is going to be a lot of fun.. I’ve been waiting for this.

  22. 22 beevaahleee

    hahaha! i enjoyed this very much

  23. 23 Kender


    Not gonna lie, I’m now shipping the two boys together. They’d make the prettiest couple on television, yes they would. <3 (This is the season of slashy dramas, I swear. First SKKS, now this?)

    • 23.1 brookeeve

      Dude. You do not play. True ‘dat! Must be ’cause you’re Southern!

  24. 24 VanillaSalt

    What does jagi-ya mean again?

    • 24.1 brookeeve

      honey, in reference to your husband or wife

  25. 25 zodd

    This show just doesn’t impress me as much as Secret Garden has.

    • 25.1 Crew

      I would have to agree. Even though I knew nothing of either drama going in, I was content after reading the recaps for Mary, but I was compelled to download and watch both episodes of Secret Garden…raw.

      It must be the Binnie <3

      • 25.1.1 SilentReader

        Seconded! or thirded?? Secret Garden just has so much more appeal, more original to Kdrama world perhaps? Mary Stayed Out All Night just seems to be one of those dramas I would finish from reading recaps, but won’t bother watching them myself, well except I love watching Moon Geun Young’s cute puppy face. (So wishing a rom-com remake of Cinderella’s Sister, still pair up with Chun Jung Myung of course :] :] )

      • 25.1.2 Rina

        I wasn’t really looking foward to Secret Garden, but it is sure drawing me in.
        I was really anticipating MSOAN, but I started to watch mostly for the cuteness of JGS and MGY…but that last scene really reeled me back in.

  26. 26 biniBningPunkista

    even as i read the re-caps i can’t help but laugh out loud like a lunatic! i love that last scene. it was way over the top! hahaha…

  27. 27 lyra

    am watching it raw. and without understanding much about their convo, story wise am getting there. and with your recap JB , now am in content. i dont need rush to look for the english subs. thanks for recapping . YOU’RE CREDIBLE GALS!

    about the plot, it is predictable and the viewers will somehow guess what will happen next.

    but the presentation and the cast had done it above par that i am overriding the form over the substance. LOL

    with the last scene. it’s cracking me up big time. haha. KJW and JGS in one bed with those kind of get up knocked me off last night. bromance ftw! haha!

  28. 28 dulcedeleche

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. as much as i like licensed drama viewing for the U.S. audience why must they take so long to draw out contracts? I really really wanna watch Mary and Secret Garden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. 29 JD

    Kim Jae Wook’s face is too gaunt for my (shallow) liking. But he was a great actor in Coffee Prince!

    I’m totally not rocking the indie/rock scene. They try to make everything too grundge/bohemian/rock-y that it’s kind of a turn-off. You don’t hafta drive a beaten volkswagon, have long hair, shaggy clothing, etc. etc. all together ’cause it’s too overdone.

    But Moon Guen Young and Jang Guen Suk…you guys are the only ones that keep pulling me back.

  30. 30 rayray

    I m really loving this show hahaha! I even watched it without subs(yes I m officially obsessed).

    Lesson I learned today: never ever drink tea while watching dramas! Here is what happened: so we re nearing the end of the epi and then that shot of JGS looking of his shoulder comes up(as is shown in screencap) and I pretty much spilled my tea on my computer( luckliy no damage was done haha). Like dude, How is that he looks so pretty? If I didnt know who JGS was I would have totally said that that was a shot of a pretty girl hahaha. Strange enough he looked very feminine yet still masculine(pretty androgynous I guess is the right description).

    ah well the moral of my story is dont drink tea as you watch dramas:
    1.for your own safety(I ve previously choked on my tea haha and not so long ago as I was watching SKKS)
    2.for the safety of your computer or/and other people watching with you.

  31. 31 baNen

    Meow! Every episode is worth my wasted time. ;D
    Lurve it!

  32. 32 shu

    what??? episode three and both guys know each other already? darn. this is starting to get interesting … =D

  33. 33 g

    bbeauttifful flufffy mesmerizing voice. thanks <3

  34. 34 Mary Mary Mary

    Hahahahaha! The scene in the bedroom really cracked me up!! It was so funny on so many levels!! Thanks for the recap!!!

  35. 35 rachel

    was waiting eagerly for yr recap; thks!! love it when u do it so fast. and so well!!

    i can’t wait to watch the episodes online, but they are always not subbed till some days later. now, with yr recaps, i can now go watch ep 3 without the subs and know what’s happening!! thks. javabeans.

    will keep refreshing for recap of ep 4!

  36. 36 David

    Thanks javabeans.

    Somehow we viewers were given hints about the romance of the 24 years old couple but I am curious to watch jung-in and seo-jun’s being entangled with their romance.

    What I don’t like is tooooo much drinking and drunkard, and hanging out late for the 4 young girls.

    • 36.1 David

      oh!! 3 young girls.

  37. 37 kaigou

    Another speedy recap! Between your recaps and the fact that each episode is boatloaded o’ cliches, subs are almost becoming an afterthought: enjoyable, but I got the gist already. (And enjoying it even when I can’t understand a bloody word, that’s how good the leads are.)

    But still… I think whomever is picking the music seems to be of the mindset that “if it’s a songwriter-singer and the band plays their own instruments” then it must be indie. I can’t recall the last time I heard so many power chords in a single hour of ambient music, but hey.

    Though I did lose it when I saw the VW Bus in the preview. Apparently some stereotypes are universal, I guess!

  38. 38 c_gunawan541

    I somehow think that this drama reminds me of Goong, average but still cute enough to make me go along with it. The characters are cute also. I like MGY, JGS’s character is not doing much for me, whenever i’m watching JGS as the male lead of the drama, i’m rooting for the second guy. Maybe he’s too “pretty” in this drama that i don’t find it as attractive as he was in YB. I like MGY’s character, full of spirit and super duper cute.

  39. 39 Jeneli

    javabeans thanks.

    Storyline – some goongness (princess hour) in this drama
    one of the girls was from goong right ? and so is the scriptwriter ? .

  40. 40 Roxanne

    Oh shyte! Its like when Mu Gyul wakes up and then Jung In comes in wiping his hair sexily. It looks like Mu Gyul is the chic that JUng In BANGED!

    • 40.1 toopai

      exactly. that still just gave me ideas.

    • 40.2 enjay87

      couldn’t agree more…that was hilarious–your photo husband and paper husband together…OMG!

  41. 41 claire

    i can’t wait for episode 3 in subs! ^_^

  42. 42 moomooye

    Every time I see JGS’s naked shoulders, I can’t decide if I should drool at how hot he is or squirm at how feminine he is. Stop confusing me!

    • 42.1 Pemimpi

      Agree!and i am even more jealous of that flawless face of his rather than MGY’s.i wonder why

  43. 43 Manila2010

    Thanks to Javabeans, you’re heaven sent .

  44. 44 Manila2010

    JGS is so masculine in Happy Life and Beethoven Virus and Baby and me. It makes me wonder where did all the testosteron go?

  45. 45 Manila2010

    JGS is so masculine in Happy Life and Beethoven Virus and Baby and me. It makes me wonder where did all the testosterone go? Is he really loving this new look or is it just because of a role he’s working on?

  46. 46 kitkatx

    KIM JAE WOOK’S CHEEKBONES. Like gosh damn, nearly every screencap has shadows under his cheekbones cuz they’re so sharp and high. Gah.

  47. 47 Bee

    Honestly, I have my problems with this series.
    Don#t get me wrong, the acting is really good, and the characters seem interesting enough.
    But there are a some things I don’t like.
    The main problem I have is with the constant drinking sessions. I do understand that alcohol plays a different role in Korean society, and that it’s perfectly okay to have drinks with your friends. But those people get seriously drunk 2/3rd of the show, and watching drunk people all the episode is so not my kind of entertainment. ๐Ÿ˜›

    However, I have to admit that the last scenes were priceless, with Mu-gyul waking up in that bed and then Mary stepping in. :)

    • 47.1 Anonymous

      I agree with you…I m not all for the drinking scenes either.

  48. 48 Kuging

    Hahaha im watching this back to back with secret garden.
    im trying to get used to this drama. Hype. Nevertheless i love JGS And MGY

  49. 49 sugarpunch

    ooh… learnt a new phrase today. ‘hanging a lantern':) gotta say that i’m glad for the lantern. i don’t mind the cliches, as long as they are not overdone. lol.

  50. 50 Carmen

    Thank you so much for this recap!
    love this new drama!! I love JGS.

  51. 51 Stephanie

    I don’t like drama lanterns. its a stupid excuse. I love dramas for what they are. Even if they are cliche. It can get boring but this show is set in indie korea so its still kinda different so it won’t be boring.

  52. 52 charitee

    i think that if the actors (i’m talking about the first and second leads) weren’t as good as they are, i probably would have tuned out of this after the first episode. but seeing as i absolutely love mgy and jgs and kjw, i am blinded to any slowness in plot and really, almost anything is forgivable though i don’t think they’ve done anything YET that requires uber forgiveness (UNLIKE THE SECOND HALF OF CINDERELLA’S SISTER).

    i’m curious as to how the next episodes will play out in terms of speed. while the plot has been a little slow and even a bit typical, i think that after this episode, things should really be taking off. with this episode, the primary conflict (double fake/real marriage leading to real love triangle) and possible future conflicts (other love triangle with two girls [who will prob turn into friends] over kmg) have been established. all parties involved have met. seeds of interest in the two main leads have been planted and are starting to sprout.

  53. 53 Ko Soo Indonesia Fans (KIF)

    Thanks a bunch for the recap ! It’s hilarious , MGY is really cute with her puppy eyes. I am impatient to wait for tomorrow episode!

  54. 54 @ddictd

    Aw!! I realy lykd it…da endin waz jus hilarious..thnx 4 da recp!!
    Dis show gt more intrestin!
    Shw u gota go dis wae..u wer realy awsum!
    Jgs adictd 2 u..:-*..muwah!!<3..*hrt*..

  55. 55 J

    If JGS and MGY were not the leads, I most probably would not continue watching.. JGS + MGY are amazing but the drama’s bland.. =/

  56. 56 thay

    I’m REALLY,TOTALLY,DEADLY HOOKED with this drama…this drama even gives me a strength for facing my messy day!hahaha…

  57. 57 Hannahyuki

    ..gomawo..for the recap..i stay on line all the time at my phone to see if theres new recap..thanks..ilove JGS..

  58. 58 just a fan

    funny and cute

  59. 59 D

    i was late last night & the first i saw was the bedroom scene. it’s like OMO then i was giggling like mad, was definitely in the same mind as Maeri & everyone else…

    fun (even RAW)

  60. 60 yayaya

    Between trying to keep up with Secret Garden and this, I would go with Secret Garden. This drama is too WTF, REALLY for me. I really like Moon as an actor but the male leads are not so great.

  61. 61 zaida

    Oh Oh, with all this comments i’m dying to watch it with subs

    thanks for the recap

  62. 62 Helen

    javabeans TQ.

    Too many dialogues for JGS and MGY could turn out stale. Hope that other characters involved in this drama will have more screens too if not it will be JGS and MGY drama only, which will result a boredom drama.
    KJW hot !! hot !! and spicy !!

  63. 63 Ethlenn

    So I guess the writers, producers and directors achieved what they wanted. Yaoi inducing images targeted at young girls, who will like it on the spot. And this will cause more interest in it.

    Seriously, no drama disappoined me so much as this one.
    I’m staying with Secret Garden. At least actors do their job and don’t force themselves to look cute.

    • 63.1 Birdie

      I second that. I am sick of cuteness being promoted in dramas lately. Let’s go back to great acting, good script, and good editing, etc. Somtimes I feel the directors and scrptwriters get lazy- just play up the cuteness,or eyecandy and just do some fanservice.

  64. 64 Irenez

    thanks javabeans,

    They are in their twenties but their drinking sessions was like drinking water from the tap !!. Poor liver !
    Why ? is this korean social activities everyday ?.

  65. 65 Venus

    OMG thanks JB!!!! this episode had it funny, sweet, sad, and LOL moments…..I can say I’m getting in to the groove of the whole drama….
    The Drama Cliches are all over, but I think that the intent of the writers, to show how a Drama obsses girl can view life as a big Drama, which come on sometimes drama immatates reality… ๐Ÿ˜€

    But I have to say, episode 3 was great…the last scene was EPIC omg…both dudes one getting out of the shower and the other nekkie in bed!! ** my brain did 180 there** and Mary expression was priceless…. ๐Ÿ˜›

    I love the fact that now everything is out in the open and jealousy will abound, cause once both fall for Mary….who is going to win to have her over time at their place..????……

    btw, is it just me but I get the feeling that Jung In likes Seon Jung….?….or is it just me?…..

    Thank u!!! and can’t wait for ur ep. 4 recaps…… ๐Ÿ˜€

  66. 66 Omo..o.O

    OMG!!!! OMG!!! i love this drama is so adorable, meow~~ m=^.^=m Puhahahaha Shrek cat eyes.. lol soo cute.. and the last part waa!!! priceless i knew it he was gey kkkk huk!!! ์ž๊ธฐ์•„~~~ ํ—‰!! ใ…Žใ…Žใ…Žใ…Žใ…Žใ…Ž

  67. 67 kdlover

    Why is JGS is daymn pretty!! I usually like more masculine men but I love JGS and is soo perfect hair and skin!! Heehehe..I love the first two episodes so far very funny!! Cant wait till the subs come out for ep 3 and 4!!

  68. 68 Chris Ong

    javabeans thank you !.

    Oh my ! Kim Jae Wook facial texture – flawless !, whoa ! even women can’t beat that flourescent texture !!
    what a voice you have !, how is Walrus doing KJW ?.

  69. 69 lea

    I love this drama .
    and i love JGS i remember him from You’re Beautiful
    he is good ector.
    sarange .

  70. 70 minie

    i love this drama so far. Watching the interactions between the 2 main leads made me giggle like an idiot :-)

  71. 71 soomp

    it’s probably annoying to people who aren’t watching Secret Garden for people to compare, but it’s hard when they are back to back and both just started – sorry!!

    i must confess, after watching the first 2 eps of SG the night before, this last ep of MSOAN felt pretty bland, but i realized that this was more of a setup episode, introducing us to MuGyul & SeoJun’s past relationship, as well as MG & Jungin’s new business relationship, and Mary & SJ’s budding relationship – a setup for all kinds of awesome now that all parties of the triangle have met each other in context, and interesting drama to ensue when SJ finds out that Mary is “married” to the guy she can’t let go of.

    looking forward to tonight! thanks as always :)

  72. 72 mani

    jks Oppa….comeback to your manly image,I can’t admit it who was playing in bed scense was a man!

  73. 73 Charlene

    glad you’re doing MSOAN recaps. thanks java.

  74. 74 kittylover14

    I have a question regarding ratings in Korea. How do they work? What’s considered a good rating? Does this mean that today’s episode of 9% is considered a bad rating?

  75. 75 Jay

    Thanks for the recaps! Aww, I love this series so far. I just like spending time with the two leads — I’ve got great affection for Mae Ri and Mu Gyul, separately and especially together. MGY has deftly made Mae Ri adorable without crossing the line into over-the-top cutesy-ness. I like that she’s smart, she’s determined, she’s creative, but she has understandable issues and faces tough times like a human being and not a cartoon — a very nice change from the kdrama girls who can’t tie their shoelaces without creating a disaster.

    As for Mu Gyul, I love him like cake and ice cream. He’s so hilariously different from all the usual kdrama leads, floating along the waves of life with a drink and a grin, and yet when he says to Mae Ri that he’s living the life he wants to live, the homeless guy singing for change seems stronger than everyone around him. I’m glad I get to watch JGS create this character from the ground up, and I can see why he wanted this role — original characters that an actor can embrace like this are pretty few and far between, and he’s having so much fun with it, and I’m having fun watching him go with his flower hobo rocker zenned-out bad tempered cheery self. More, more, and more is all I want.

  76. 76 kei_tetsu

    i like it!!!!!!
    it is fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. 77 Edna

    Hey can anyone tell me where I can watch this drama? Please Please (:

  78. 78 Disneyfan

    The story is starting to pick up. How they ended this episode was so hilarious. JGS really does look like a girl with the white bedsheet wrapped around him…LOL.

    Like the others, I love the main lead MGY and JGS, they do play their parts perfectly. One so sweet and adorable the other so cool but soft-hearted…

  79. 79 freetimer

    the ending was superb! ahahahahhaah! btw, they should keep kim jae wook’s hair wet all the time. total hotness!!! i dont really like the style when his hair dry. i wonder if he wake up like 3 hours earlier to style up his hair. unless he got a hairdresser to do his hair every morning. there’s too much going on with the hair. just let it loose~

  80. 80 Kirsten

    javabeans thanks.

    I am wondering what kind of music MG is going to produce if he sign contract with Jung In’s entertainment co. and what aspiration Jung In has in mind to make his entertainment co. successful ?.

  81. 81 show2007

    Thanks a million JB for this wonderful recap. After the 3rd eps, I am totally hooked and it gives me one more reason to love JGS. The chemisty between JGS and MGY is just perfect. KJW also did a wonderful job here. Just love the casts to death, and just watched ep4 raw..OMG.. the last 10 minutes made me fall in love with KJW as well. I am greedy…lol

  82. 82 Julia

    Hi what does DIY mean? Lol(:

  83. 83 samgetang

    javabeans, thanks for the recap. if a kdrama is cliche-laden does this make your recap/review work easier or more difficult?

    beyond the indie rock scene and the drama production outfit backdrop, im still trying to find out what is in this story that will hold us in tension and make us long for more of the interactions of the 3 leads.

    so far, the female lead Mae Ri connects to her audience because of her love for dramas (what would endear her faster to her audience?) and she is a true-believer such that her own reality and those in the drama she watches become intricately woven together. sounds like many die-hard drama-lovers the world over, not that they would admit to it so easily. her savvy for convoluted twists and turns make her the ideal girl to enter into the complicated set-up of 2 marriages at the same time. this is tension enough and i hope this will create avenues for the character to progress somehow in the area of emotional maturity.

    the first male lead Mu-gyul connects to his audience with his devil-may-care attitude. how we wish we could have the same liberties in life? but he is very passionate about his music and his loyalty to his friends, not a recipe for worldly success though and he needs to face up to this known fact soon and must choose between the two if the writers want us to see this character progress, as such creating the required tension to grip us further.

    the second male lead Jung-in connects to his audience with his eye for talent in other people. he is calm and composed and is all business-comes-first attitude. where the other two leads are all heart and emotions, he is all logic. and so we thought…until he persuades Mu-gyul and we see a heart that is passionate about other people’s passions (he understands rock mentality after all, at least as far as this episode goes) and he keeps a watchful eye on Mae Ri as she goes about helping out in the shoot, connecting with the people– he seem to show his understanding that business is more about relationships and not just profit. it would be interesting how this character would create conflict on his own or deal with conflict created by others as he seems so in control so far.

    the ending scene of this episode is a classic. reluctant wife to two husbands, one on paper and the other on photo, finds the two men, one wet and in bathrobe while the other one naked and with just a white sheet on. this is pure hilarity! the big reveal! i just hope the tension builds in the next episodes and wit and wisdom will win the day!

  84. 84 bluericeball


    i’m giddy all over.. heheheh..

    what a love triangle. this one is really a keeper..
    i want to read the manhwa too… =)

  85. 85 yl

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA the ending was genius. GENIUS.

  86. 86 Brandi

    I’ve never heard of LANTERN hanging; I thought it was called LAMPSHADE hanging. Probably the same thing.

    Anyway, this drama is SO freaking hilarious; they should start breaking fourth walls (i.e. talking to the audience) to keep in tune with the whole dramas thing. Can’t wait …

  87. 87 pika

    I don’t like people who compared Secret Garden with MSOAN. Both dramas have different. Mary is very cute that is her character. Stuntwoman in SG had some scene that tried to be cute like a woman too. However, the plot anf charaters different. I like both dramas. MSOAN makes me smile and happy and keep watching the drama again and again. SG is very interesting and makes me wat to know what will happen to them next anf cheer the stuntwoman to success.

  88. 88 Me

    The SW should credit someone for Cat in the shrek idea…;D

  89. 89 nanako

    This will go down my drama history as the best episode ending ever. That was so totally hot! At that instance I actually hoped that they will abandon the storyline and develop on the thing about Jang and Kim instead. Who needs Mary! lol… I believe the last scene will make people think that the story should pick up after that but sadly now on aftermath (I’m into live, up to episode 12 now) unfortunately the show went downhill. For those who haven’t watch the drama, forget it after this. It leads nowhere (and I’m not only referring to the last scene here).

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