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Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 4

Well, you were warned. Second lead ‘shippers, guard your hearts. Jung-in goes for the kill, and I don’t know about Mary, but everyone else gets slain. See, this is what happens when you marry two men. It gets confusing, for everyone involved. Including me. Couldn’t you have just gotten a job or gone into hiding? At least things are getting more fun, now that the triangle is in full effect.

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

Mary walks in to find her two husbands in a compromising situation (I know. But this isn’t fanfic. I swear, I’m not making this up.) She runs over to Mu-gyul, screaming, “Jagi-ya!” and drags him out before he can protest being kicked out without a shirt on. Are you at least wearing pants? Because if you’re not wearing pants, this recap is going to end up in a very different place…

Mary scoots him out of there, and even stops him from going back to get his guitar. The less husband-to-husband contact, the better. Well that’s what you say. She promises to bring his guitar to him after work, and adds that he shouldn’t be working with a guy like Jung-in. Only a crazy person would insist on marrying a girl who’s in love with someone else, and when she reasons that someone who thinks of marriage as a business deal can’t be trusted, Mu-gyul agrees that it’s weird.

At the office, Mary asks Jung-in to leave Mu-gyul alone, but he’s intent on bringing him in to do the music for the drama. Seo-jun comes by with a new cell phone for Mary as an apology for the other day, and Mary declines the gift, replying cheerily that her phone isn’t broken, but she’ll accept the apology. Later she sees Jung-in and Seo-jun walking around together, and wonders why he isn’t dating and marrying someone who suits him, and is instead dragging her into this arranged hullabaloo. Two words: Daddy Issues.

He sees that Mary’s been reading the script and asks her what she thinks. She says that it’s a fresh idea to do a music rom-com, but that it skews too young—adults won’t watch it. Haha. Well, my mom would beg to differ.

She asks for Mu-gyul’s guitar, but Jung-in insists on returning it himself. So Mary shows up running like a madwoman at Mu-gyul, screaming, “JAGI-YA!” to warn him that Jung-in insisted on following her here. She tries to keep them from talking, but Jung-in shoves her in the van to have a chat with Mu-gyul. Haha. It’s hilarious how she’s at DEFCON 1 and the guys are like, Do you hear something? Nope. Don’t hear a thing.

She climbs out the back and tries to stop them, but Mu-gyul pulls her aside with a hand to the forehead, (It’s somehow adorable the way he manhandles her like a puppy; I don’t know why.) saying that he’ll take care of it on his own. He asks Jung-in what his deal is, insisting on marrying a woman who is already married. He adds that he’s been scammed by managers before, and that he can’t trust a guy who treats marriage like a business. Mary smiles to herself, and Jung-in is silenced, for now.

Mary’s dad gets a talking-to by Jung-seok, who tells him to take care of this Mu-gyul character for good. Dad insists that he’s too much of a playboy to stick with Mary, and that he swore nothing happened between them. Jung-seok thinks him a fool for trusting a boy who’s running around with his daughter, and makes it clear in no uncertain terms that if Mary chooses Mu-gyul at the end of the hundred days, the debt money must be returned.

Dad goes straightaway to track Mu-gyul down, but finds that Mary’s with him, before her scheduled time. They see him spying on them, so they make a run for it and hide in a karaoke room. Dad follows them all the way there, so they’re forced to sing, despite Mu-gyul’s hatred of these places. He refuses to sing, so Mary picks up the mic and begins to sing, eliciting a look of sheer horror on Mu-gyul’s face. “What the…you’re totally tone deaf!”

Hahaha. He takes the mic from her and belts out a song, making her swoon. Dad hears from the hallway, and freaks out: “No, no…what do I do? He’s totally good!” After hearing Mu-gyul sing, he’s so impressed that he’s certain Mary’s fallen head over heels. Are you sure you’re not the one who’s smitten?

They finally borrow a bike to shake him for good, and as they ride along, Mary tells him that he was really cool back there, with the singing. He looks back at her, like he’s going to say something snarky, but then breaks into the cutest smile ever: “So what…you like me now?”

Flutter. Flutter. Sigh.

Mary: “NO! Just…objectively speaking, you were cool.” Mu-gyul: “I know.” Aaaaand, we’re back down to Earth. Okay.

They ride around Hongdae, and Mary stops him when they pass by a yarn store. They end up back at Mu-gyul’s place, and he builds a makeshift heater while she knits herself some mittens. Aw, they’re so cute. She finds out that she’s two weeks older than him, and teases him to call her noona from now on.

Mu-gyul: “Hey, noona, you actually look like a girl, doing that.” Mary: “I AM a girl.”

He blows on his hands to warm them up, and she asks if he wants a pair of mittens too. He nods, so she asks for his hand, to measure it against hers. Excuse for skinship! He peers at her scar while she measures his hand, and asks how she got it. She doesn’t remember, and just knows that Dad told her she hurt herself while playing, at the age of four. She’s nearing curfew, so she leaves the mittens half-done, and promises to finish later.

Jung-in’s drama production reaches a standstill, as he worries over how to deal with costs while the drama has no airdate. Dad comes by to make things clear to Jung-in, as far as Mary is concerned: she must choose HIM at the end of the hundred days, or Dad will pull all of his investments in Jung-in’s company. Time to turn on the charm, lover boy.

He comes by to pick her up the next day, for a two-day trip to his father’s house. Mary calls Mu-gyul on the way, making a show of how this is an infringement of the contract hours, and that they should ask for a four-day vacation in exchange. Jung-in agrees to whatever she wants, but asks her to do her best this weekend.

He leaves as soon as they get there for a meeting, to try and talk the lead actor out of pulling out of the drama because the production might get pushed back. Seo-jun arrives to announce that she’s in regardless, because she believes in the project. She invites Jung-in to her birthday party later that night, but he declines.

Left alone in the house, Mary wanders around, and can’t shake the feeling that the place feels familiar. She just assumes she must’ve seen it in a drama. Oh, dear. Please no birth secrets, Show. Just…no.

She sees a picture of her parents with Jung-in’s father, and wonders who the man is, which is exactly when he walks into the room. She thanks him for repaying her father’s debts, but doesn’t understand why he wants her for a daughter-in-law. He says that he knew her mother before she even met her father, and promises to tell her more about it later.

They sit down for some awkward tea, and Jung-seok tries his hardest to find something in common with Mary, or some activity to do. He lands at ba-dook, a Korean chess-like game. Mary doesn’t know how to play, but she does know one game…

Jung-in comes home to the sound of his father laughing and playing a game with Mary, and finds them using the ba-dook pieces in a game of marbles. That’s exactly what I used to do with MY dad! Man, this scene is totally bringing back memories.

The three of them eat an awkward meal, and Mary is clearly more comfortable with Jung-seok, who she calls “ajusshi,” and hardly looks at Jung-in. She finds out that Dad is recovering from cancer, and tells him to take care of himself.

Meanwhile, Mu-gyul keeps a hairy eyeball locked on a surprise visitor…it’s Mary’s dad, who tries to do his best impression of an imposing figure, and fails miserably. He tells Mu-gyul that he’s not husband material, and that Mary will suffer if she’s with him. Mu-gyul just laughs at Dad’s seriousness, and tells him to take it up with Mary.

He gets a call from Mom, and runs out to meet her, brushing off Mary’s dad. Mom is heartbroken yet again, and Mu-gyul tells her to just date and stop falling in love. He asks her of the three—faith, hope, and love—which is most important. She says love, but he says no—it’s dependability. He tells her to stop meeting men she loves, and start meeting men who are dependable.

Mom asks where he heard that from, and he tells her it’s the girl she met that night outside his place. Mom: “Oh, that cute girl who looks like a puppy!” Haha. Now we know where he gets the expression from.

Mom sighs that she’s so lonely, and suggests that she and Mu-gyul live together. He perks up at the idea, but says it’s okay—she’ll just end up leaving once she finds a new boyfriend anyway. She hugs him and apologizes for bringing him up this way, with no father and going from relatives’ homes here and there.

He doesn’t seem bitter about it in the least, and says that it’s all in the past now. He looks at her sweetly and asks if she wants ice cream. Heh. He’s so the parent in this relationship. Looks like he and Mary are birds of a feather.

Mary’s dad follows them and snaps a picture, thinking that this’ll prove that Mu-gyul is home-wrecking cougar-bait. But while Mu-gyul is paying for the ice cream, Mom gets a call from the ex-boyfriend and runs out without a word, leaving him holding the ice cream alone. Aw, poor kitty.

He eats the freezing cold ice cream alone in the park, and Mary calls, to put on another show in front of Jung-in. She screams “jagi-ya” so many times that he asks her to stop because he’s getting goosebumps from the cheese-factor. She replies that she misses him too, and he scoffs that she should get an award for her acting. Jung-in smirks to himself as he listens to her, probably amused at how hard she’s overacting to sell the fact that she’s in LURVE.

She asks Mu-gyul what’s most important—faith, hope, or love—and reminds him that dependability is most important, and that a family is built on that. Even though he rolls his eyes at first, her words hit him, especially in light of his evening with Mom.

She yells, “I love you!” and hangs up. It comes out of the blue, and both of them are a little stunned at the outburst. She stares wide-eyed, surprised at herself, and Mu-gyul can’t help but smile. Aw. So. Cute.

Seo-jun sits alone at her own birthday party, holding Mu-gyul’s guitar pick and thinking of him. Sigh. Been there, done that. A small group of people from the drama production arrives with cake and presents, but it doesn’t do much to lift her spirits. She gets a text from Mu-gyul’s bandmates, and meets them for a drink.

Jung-in fills his dad in on his drama production woes, but insists on seeing it through, despite Dad’s protests to let it go. Have to say, Jung-seok’s eyebrow raise is definitely a contender for the hall of fame. Mary’s dad arrives as well, to reassure him that he’s taken care of the Mu-gyul situation.

Mary wanders about the house, and happens across an old picture of Jung-in piggybacking her when they were both kids. That totally counts as a piggyback in this episode. I say we’re on, for the countdown!

Jung-in finds her, and they both stare at the picture wondering why he’s piggybacking her, and why they don’t remember. Please don’t be brother and sister. Please don’t be brother and sister.

The two dads reminisce about old times, and the fact that when Mary and Jung-in were little, they had planned to marry them off to each other. Well that’s cute, if their families were close when they were young that they had played and piggybacked and whatever, but the fact that Jung-seok is still clearly in love with Mary’s mom makes it all a bit squicky.

Mary asks Jung-in what the inscription on the photograph says. Jung-in: “I’m here. I will protect you. Forever.” Oh, swoon. Here we go. Third leg of triangle, locked and loaded.

Jung-in asks to see Mary’s scar, and she refuses. She wonders why he doesn’t remember anything about them meeting as kids, since he was about eight in the photograph. But he doesn’t remember anything from that age, and doesn’t really want to.

He does admit that it’s romantic—that their relationship began twenty years ago. He tells Mary that regardless, he’s going to marry her at the end of the hundred days. She balks that he’s going back on his word that he didn’t care about marriage and that she just had to get through the hundred days. He claims that things have changed, and that he needs her to choose him in the end.

She declares that she’ll be doing no such thing, and reminds him that she’s in love with someone else. She turns to leave, but trips and falls. Oy. Jung-in sighs, and then…

Piggyback? Seriously? Hahahahaa…okay this really does need to become a running gag through the whole series now, because it’s becoming like clowns in a car at this point. He carries her in, and the two dads beam.

Mu-gyul sits at home, and finds Mary’s notes on their love story (the version she told Dad). He calls it a “goosebump-inducing romance novel,” but then smiles gleefully while reading it. He catches himself, and looks around his empty apartment furtively, like he doesn’t want to get caught enjoying it. Heh.

He tries on the half-finished mittens to keep his hands warm, and when his phone rings, his first thought is, “Is it Mary Christmas?” Aw.

Sadly, no, it’s his friends calling, and he comes out to find Seo-jun there. She awkwardly suggests that they start dating again in front of everyone, and Mu-gyul says that she ought to know—when something’s over for him, it’s over. That’s that.

Ouch. She insists on heading out to the bathroom alone, and his friends marvel that Seo-jun is still hung up on Mu-gyul, still wearing the guitar-pick-necklace that he made for her. He reminds them that they’re the ones who told him to marry Mary, and they reply that Seo-jun’s more his type, but peg him as having developed feelings for Mary anyway.

He denies it and walks out, further upset when he gets a text and it’s STILL not from Mary. Heh. He walks home, but finds Seo-jun being attacked in the street by a couple of drunk guys. (Sigh. Of course she is.)

He gives them a good beating and drags her away, yelling that he told her not to go out by herself. He asks if she’s okay, and she says no, as she hugs him tightly. Ugh. I hate it when the second lead is damsel-in-distressy. So. Much.

Meanwhile, Jung-in ices Mary’s ankle, and she asks why he’s changed his mind about marrying her. He says that it’s good for business and what his father wants. He says that his father is like a god to him, and Mary looks at him curiously.

He reaches over to put her feet up on a pillow, and she hides under the covers. She reaches for her phone to call Mu-gyul (fast becoming a defense mechanism), but he takes the phone out of her hand, and tells her not to call: “Kang Mu-gyul is my rival now.”

Kyeow!

He reaches his hand out and brushes aside her hair, touching her scar tenderly. He repeats the words, “I will protect you.” As he kisses her on the forehead.

COMMENTS

Glad that the second leads are stepping up to the plate, ’cause I’m already hating Seo-jun, but that’s the point, right? It’s looking like a good game of four-square, although of course, nobody beats the ridiculous amount of Cute from Mu-gyul and Mary. I suppose now that she has a past with Jung-in, he’ll be a contender for her heart, especially if he keeps up with the knight-in-shining-armor bit.

It’s interesting that all the characters are all damaged in some way, but Mary and Mu-gyul are able to stay sunny despite spending their entire lives…essentially raising themselves. I like that they’re bright and cheery, and manage to turn their situations around, because they’ve lived enough in the real world to know that the only person you can count on is yourself. As Mu-gyul says to his mom, “You live alone and you die alone.”

But when they see that the other is dependable too—trustworthy in a way that only they know the value of—they’ll hopefully come to rely on each other. I like that they’re both cynical based on what they’ve experienced, and yet optimistic enough to be their adorable selves.

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Hi everyone! I've seen the first 2 episodes of Mary, and so far, I like it. Mary and Daddy's Girl are two dramas I will certainly follow this season.

As a side note, does anyone know the name of the background instrumental sort of arab-sounding music that is played in Fugitive: Plan B? It's not in the official OST fro yesasia, but I love it, and it plays whenever they are talking about Melgidech or Chairman Yang. In episode 13, it plays midway, while Jini is talking about the gold bars and how her family was killed. Sorry for this post that has no relation to the article, but PLEASE HELP ME!!!! Thank you so much.

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a history between jung-in and mary?

but is the boy in the picture really jung-in?
mu-gyul was very curious about her scar and wanted to know the specifics of how she got it too....

and jung-in doesn't explicitly remember the incident either.

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Seriously, I think this drama should come with a warning label! WARNING, IF YOU DECIDED TO WATCH THIS YOU MAY OD (overdose lol) FROM OVER EXPOSURE OF PURE CUTENESS!

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totally agree with you there....i love both husbands for mary---waaahhh...how i wish she had a twin...lol

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thanks gf.

i'm not in a good mood today. REALLY.
Yet you made me smile and laugh with your recaps and side comments.
thanks to you. it lighted up my spirit and lessen down the heat. I guess, you just did another good job!

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Two thumbs up. The best epsiode so far, more info. are being revealed. I do not think Jung In and Mary are sibling. However, my assumption is Jung In is not his dad real son (being adopted or sthg) and Mary is his real daughter. The incident 20 years ago might be sthg. Jung In found out the truth and that's why he loves his dad so much or even called him as GOD as he raised him up. Anyway, thanks for the recap. Can't wait till next Mon.

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haha loved ur synopsis I actually dont even feel the need to watch it with subtitles any more xD
hmm well we always expected it but the number of cliches this story is incorporating in such volume and so early in the plotline is somewhat disconcerting..
if this keeps up & there arnt any interesting plot twists (& i mean unpredictable twists not the cliched ones #_#) this drama won't be worth the time, despite its cute factor.. :S

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gosh!

I AM DEFINITELY VERY INSECURE! i thought i am beautiful and appealing (people around me said so, the guys most especially), but looking at Jang Guen Suk I am an ugly duckling and he is the beautiful swan.

life is indeed unfair. there are less men in this world and some of them, like him, are smashingly more beautiful than women like me.

how can this be? i tend to compare now every feature of my face with this guy! i am indeed insecure!

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now I'm rooting for Jung-in&Mary because there is something that is deeper than what we saw. Aw my heart will break for him at the end!

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I don't know why but it bothers me A LOT to see Mu Gyul and Seo Jun together, they just look so WRONG.

The main couple, on the other hand, are so adorable like a pair of puppy and kitten. Jung In is growing on me too, so I really hope he gets a real chance for Mary's affection. It gets boring when it's obvious the second leads have no chance whatsoever.

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I just started learning how to knit and that scene with mittens made me smile. Hope Mu-gyul and Mary don't get too awkward as their feelings for each other develop.

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If you look closely, Mu-Gyul isn't really totally naked in bed, It happens real fast, you can see that he is wearing a pair of jeans under the sheet.
Mu-Gyul seems to be changing his feeling s toward Mary.Mu-Gyul mother's reminds me of Mary (her hair) and maybe that is why he will end up loving Mary.
Also I hope we don't have any more piggy back rides, it's happening in every episode.Getting too repetitive. Please, No! I hope this is not going to be a another boring GAY or secret brother and sister storyline. I will be totally disappointed.
I'm starting to like the cute way Mary is dressed. Wonder if they are going to cut Mu-Gyul's hair and change Mary's way of dressing in later episodes?
Really appreciated and Thank you for the FAST recaps. The English subs are so slow that I'm watching it in Japanese first for Mary Stayed Out All Night and Secret Garden.Really enjoying these shows and learning a little Korean bit by bit by watching these shows.

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Thanks for the recap, girlfriday!

Wow. This is one diabetes-inducing drama, but all the same, Jang Geun Seuk and Moon Geun Young are killing it. I love how they are able to totally immerse themselves in their roles. I like that they have equal amounts of charisma. As for the characters, I'm all for some opposites attracting, but Mary and Mu-gyul are just so awesome together that I love them. Also, we already see a little bit of them changing each other for the better in small ways, a la SKKS.

I don't know about this Jung-in thing. I get that he's all knight-in-shining-armor-y in this episode, and I was swooning too, but something is definitely fishy.

He can't possibly actually like Mary yet, so this whole show is probably just to get his dad to back his project. Also, he could tell that his dad was more comfortable with Mary, so it's probably some warped form of paying his dad- real or not- back for all these years. You know, caring for the person his dad likes or whatever.

Either way, you said it- Daddy Issues.

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Aww, man. Forgot to log in- that was me!

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Let me start by saying I absolutely freaking adore Jang Geun seok. Even from his Hwang jini days. And who doesn't love Moon Geun young and her tough, but vulnerable Eunjo. I won't even go into how much I love Kim Jae wook.

But I have to say Mary Stayed Out All Night is failing me with every episode.

The Cliches: even acknowledging that the drama is using these cliches knowingly as some kind parody (a bad one at that) ---it's not funny. In fact the cliches are becoming the drama, instead of the drama creating its own identity and using the cliches as a vehicle.

There is a serious lack of heart, and the drama is coasting on its excellent main cast. It's lazy in its plot, dialogue, characterization and almost disrespectful to the viewer and its amazing actors. Like seriously, wth, I feel like the show isn't even trying to be original.

Because everything seems so contrived, its making these characters seem shallow and underdeveloped, even as these actors emote such complex emotions in their acting.
It is too much to ask for a little sincerity?

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Please please please don't become anymore of a hot mess than you are right now Mary Stayed Out All Night. Because I will forgive you so quickly it's almost unfair to all the other dramas I decided not to like, if you just give me something to care about, something to be intrigued by, something that isn't just complete without logic, feeling, and objective. Please because i so want to love you. But it isn't me. It's you.

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I agree with every word you said here.

Unfortunately, the scriptwriter is not as brilliant as I wanted her to be. I watched because I thought she'll do a better job this time around. Unfortunately she didn't - just like her "full house".

this is it for me. Better luck next time Jang Geun Seuk. I admire your acting but...I don't really like the script. I'll watch your drama or movie some other time.

I'm not too keen on Moon Guen Young. Her acting is just average for me. My apologies.

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But she also written Attic Cat which is one of my favorite drama of all time due to the main actress character (RIP). I'm holding out hope that she will step it up.

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Thanks for the recap.
Why do I get the feeling I'm once again falling into the second-lead love trap? Don't get me wrong, Mu-gyul is cute, and I do like that the feelings have already begun, but.... I don't know... I guess this started the other episode for me... Eh, oh well. (Go Jung-In~!)

I don't think that it will be a matter of them being siblings. While I think it is a possibility that she's his child, if that is the case Jung-In will have been adopted.

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wow!
this is definitely getting better, for my part..
i cant believe that its this early that the second lead is taking his claim on the female lead now.. while in other dramas, they will wait until half of the whole drama to let them decide that they will not hide from the first leads shadow.. hmmm
definitely a fair competition.. =)

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.."HAENG-BOK-HABNIDA" for this recap ..KAMSAHAMNIDA..
Jang guek suk.. JINJJA JINJJA JOAHAE..

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.."HAENG-BOK-HABNIDA" for this recap ..
Jang guek suk.. JINJJA JINJJA JOAHAE..

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Jang guek suk.. JINJJA JINJJA JOAHAE..

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Most probably Jung In's father had an affair with MR's mother and she was pregnant but he married someone else because there was a phone call and jung in said Omma could be his mum was also married before?
Oh speculation !! Anyway Jung In grow up to be a very handsome guy !!

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JI and MR were childhood playmates and MR saved JI's life from the same accident that killed her mum, hence she has that scar. that's why young JI has written that he would protect her always.. remember how JI looked when he realised that MR was the girl in the pic?

he changed his mind abt the contract, and now says he wants to really marry her cos 1. he's always liked her since childhood 2. he feels responsible for 'disfiguring' her

oh and JI's dad is so cold towards him cos possibility a) JI is adopted and MR is JI's dad real daughter and/or possibility b) JI caused the accident that killed MR's mom

I hope i'm wrong though...if it's true, then this whole drama's plot would be TOTALLY unoriginal and only banking on the actors' names and stellar acting :(

I will watch but only becos I adore MG/MR and KJW is a sight for sore eyes

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omgsh..this isnt fair..i luv the mugyul&mary couple..but for some reason i cnt help but hve this hope that she ends up marrying JungIn!!! aghh y?>???

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Kim Jae Wook look different in his latest movie Opaque - heart of gold.

a not so obvious minor scar on the forehead caused a lifetime damage to those involved ?. kdrama !
But the second lead character have a lot to offer, one of it is his looks !!

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Another info, he can speak english too!

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oooh, apparently the written preview for epi 5 is out

after spending the time together, JI says he will try to win MR's heart and she feels touched and moved for the first time. That night, JI has a nightmare regarding his dad and the past.

MG feels empty wthout MR around.

JI and MR go to MG's house to give him an abandoned TV only to see SJ leaving MG's place. JI informs MG that he intends to take it a step further with MR and MG is agitated.

MR;s dad tries to bribe MG to leave MR but fails. MR hears abt her mom from JI's dad.

MG looks for JI and wants to sign the contract but they fall out and the contract is not signed. JI askes MR to convince MG.

JI is not convinced abt MG/MR relationship and makes MR nervous so she asks MG to think of a plan and MG kisses MR in front of JI....

credit to translators at Baidu

wow, that was fast.. a kiss in epi 5.. does that bode poorly for MG/MR :(

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Mary and Mugul has a kiss scene already in episode 5? I'm pulling out my hair in anticipation already.

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The three words wriiten in caligraphy by Jung In's father give us a hint that Jung In is not his real son.

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that's what i was thinking!
what if jung-in's his stepson and mary's his real daughter? O_O

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Second lead status sealed with a kiss on the forehead...sigh...
Hopefully KJW's dues will be paid after this one and he'll be getting his girl in the next. I mean JKS also got us infected with second lead syndrome for a while b4 he leapt to the heights of HTK and never looked back, right?

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Thank you, girlfriday, for another wonderful recap.

After the big reveal in episode 3 when MR found out her 2 husbands already met, it is good to know that other dimensions were being introduced like MG's past relationship with SJ that refuses to die a natural death and the childhood connection between JI and MR that both of them cannot remember and only has the photo as proof. I hope this will develop into something more meaty for us viewers to chew on and ruminate :-)

I just wish the writers would try their best to surprise us with new elements to the story or perhaps even new ways of conveying an old storyline. I'm sure these actors can do more, be more, given those add'l challenges and risks.

Even the music can still be stretched. For a kdrama set within an indie rock and drama prodn backdrop, they could make this kdrama really rock with all sorts of visual and audio calisthenics. The song with the lyrics 'my precious' sounds riveting but they cant just keep using this one song all the time to convey romantic ambiance. There has to be more...

This has so much potential 'cause its not always everyday you will find a lead actor with a free-flowing character such as MG's in kdramaland (well, as far I know...anyone care to enlighten me otherwise?). For such an intense actor as JGS, I would understand his reasons for taking on this project. As for MGY, her mary character is not as unique and so it is a lot of challenge for her to make this one stand out (btw, i often stare at her wide-eyed look and misses her old chinky eyes way back in My Little Bride...i hope kdrama actors will not all go under the knife and destroy such beauty!)

Anyhow, I will try to stay on and check out for more surprises from this show :-)

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Oh Kim Jae Wook ! another heart breaking second lead syndrome after Bad Guy !!

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This always happens, I'm cheering for the second lead to get the girl... dang korean dramas !

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Ugh c'mon kdrama! Give me a second lead female who I can root for. Why is it like this every time?! Why can't we have leverage? Give everyone a chance. It's always like the second male lead, hate the second lead because she's usually a bitch, but even if she's nice and sweet, she's still a bitch. lol There's no win with second female lead.

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I don't know what happen to the fucking ratings for idol drama nowadays. It's super low and I feel like it doesn't reflect the attraction of a drama any more since it's clearly that a lot of us like this drama. Like Playful Kiss, its rating is terrible but its Internet version (Youtube) is a Hit. And it is top download and view on a lot of websites. It seems that Korea is getting old and only old people watch TV and of course they don't choose idol dramas. Meanwhile, we can see tons of views, download, and crazy comments from idol dramas's viewers on internet. We refreshed all the time for new episodes and recaps to come out.

Am I right about the ratings? Are they only count based on TV viewers. They should add counting internet viewers and comments also.

If you notice, each post about Mary Me Mary here got at least 100-200 comments and discussions!

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That's rude...

1. People have probably read the manhwa of Mary Stayed out All Night and the manhwa, if you haven't noticed was kind of plastic and wooden, so people don't really think much of it.

2. Sorry, but for those who actually read the manga of Mischievous Kiss, the drama Playful Kiss, did really, really suck, especially in light of that awkward chemistry and kissing scene in the rain. It really missed the mark, making the climax point horrible and the wrap up awkward. Overall, it missed because ISWAK and TKA was better. And out of the four versions, it probably was closest to the mangaka's intentions.

3. I take exception to the fact you want to dis a whole culture just because one drama didn't get the rating YOU wanted, especially a culture you don't know well. So please, quit it. So excuse me if I'm bristling at your comments. They really are uncalled for. I ask for an apology. You just managed to dis an entire culture including the crew, the writer, and I bet several people of this board. Take it back.

4. You CANNOT measure by internet hits when the whole point of the internet is anonymity. And the internet, as fine as it is for those who do not live in Korea, does not help the Television producers to get things like, hey, sponsor like Shiseido, or a telephone company, or a clothing company to help sponsor said drama. Get realistic here. You want to watch dramas for free, and then expect companies to count your ratings... are you thinking beyond the world of fantasy? You can bitch when you pay for the dramas and get sponsors, or are willing to watch commercials with your dramas.

Anyway, get realistic here: Koreans are not one mold of people, and by proxy if you're going to dis all Koreans ever, I think that several people will have serious issues with you posting crap like this in the future. So please reconsider.

And seriously, if you're going to bitch about ratings, at least educate yourself before opening your mouth--learn about the industry before you post anything. Because you are more than likely to make yourself look idiotic and at worst, bigoted by proxy. Ask questions, rather than making accusations.

Despite these faults, I think that the ratings are generous. It's cute, though not quite to the level of MGIAG--it doesn't quite tickle and pull on my emotions yet to the same amount. And I love the acting--I'm really worried about the writing at this point. I'm hoping the writing doesn't fall flat on its face. This is the weakest link. I wouldn't mind if they do piggybacks each episode and hang a lantern on it. And I definitely would be happy if there is some deviation. And if the writer manages something as cute and lovely as the Three Bears Song, I think I'll fall over and die from the cuteness. But it's early yet for this type of writer, so we'll just have to wait it out. And if the writing picks up, then the ratings are likely to follow.

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it would be unfair to categorize ourselves as part of the main pool of audience for the CURRENT drama.
those dramas if you would consider, will be exported to different countries for franchise.and that's the only time you will gauge if that drama is a hit or not, in your own country.

take YB for example, last year the ratings in korea did not fair well . but when it was aired here in the philippines, the ratings even reach more than 15 %.

it is pointless to make comparison dear, because the context you want to give emphasis here is very much different. they actually watching it.,,and us netizens will be the at the end of the line-always.

i agree with kim . i myself is not fully oriented about the culture in korea unless i will stay there. you just hit the borderline of accusing the age brackets and perception of tv viewers in korea.

i did not watch PK. but am aware of the YT views that reached 3 M. it was even featured in CNN during the G20. but did you forgot? YOUTUBE is a free portal.

as much as we want the ratings to soar high, we will remain as "watchers" of the whole journey of this drama.

about the plot. it is predictable. and by the way am watching it raw, and the gist of the episode, you'll surely get almost 80 % of it.

but the way it was presented and acted upon over rides my expectation . form over substance this time .and am sticking on it. it's cute. i dont mind getting drunk or end up diabetic because of these sweetness overload. LOL.

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About YAB, I do love it and ratings meaned nothing to me at all. It is even one of the most favorite dramas ever to me. It is clearly the drama was liked everywhere else aboard. But it was low ratings in Korea. Because of Iris, because of other better dramas...Ok, this is may be because of different tastes and different opportunities or trends in different countries? Ratings really makes me confused now and feel like I can't rely on that. Me, I don't care the ratings, but a lot of others care about that.

So I feel uneased and worried about Mary stayed out all night at the moment. I love the casting and so I'm really worried if they will get failure this time NOT because of them :(

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go back to the basics of market research! if you're not familiar with it, then perhaps you can get a text book or better still study it for free - via the internet.

playful kiss - that's horrible. regardless of its high internet ratings, that drama is poorly written. if i am the teacher of the scriptwriter, i will score it 5.0. and khj's acting is also 5.0 - yes, to some he's a good-looking but acting and looks are totally not correlated.

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Totally agree with you on this!!!

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Thanks everyone for more clarifications.I do appreciate what all of you said. I really knew the ratings was not as high as I myself expected. I did ask if I am right about the ratings method. I mean I don't really know and need someone to tell me clearer (I'm actually not good at market research).
About Playful Kiss, I myself DO NOT like the drama.I haven't even watched its online version. But what I mean is that the ratings really makes me confused about how it reflects how people like a drama.
I was not saying anything bad about Korea people (if I hated them, I believe I'm not watching any drama at all).Old population with low proportition of young age means nothing? My father who is addicted to TV dramas only choose historical dramas...I mean there are variety of tastes that we have to learn about...not just a ratings.

About my watching a drama for free, well, this is really wrong, if it is easy for me to buy DVDs, I'd love to. I also posted something before about how we can increase ratings, which I mean how or where I should watch the drama officially(not free as you are saying).
Also, I do know, they can't count based on Internet but that is a question to think about, how you can do something that you think you can't do. How many of us have time for watching TV? How many of us spend time more on Internet? Who of us watch TV and who use Internet? blah blah...
It feels like I'm so stupid about the ratings. I'm already so sad about that so I asked you guys who know better to tell.
About Mary stayed out all night, I agree the script and ratings are so bad. It's unfair since I think Jang Geun SUk and Moon tried their best meanwhile their team did not. For such young guys, they are amazing!
I'm sorry for making any of you angry about me, someone who doesn't really understand. But that's the point. That's why I asked if I'm right about my understanding.
Again, thanks!
I still watch Mary. For me, it's lovely and contains a lot of meanings.There are still 12 episodes to check. And nothing can be for sure at the moment.

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Well, I did read all your replies again, the 2nd time and wow, actually all of you think the same way I do.
Maybe there's a miscommunication here thanks to my unclear post :)
I know the Current ratings is for commercial purposes but I'm just talking about a ratings which show you how a drama is really liked.

Also, I'm sorry and worried if I jumped into a confused conclusion about Korean people, which make you feel bad. I didn't mean that way. I do love Koreans. Believe me, I used to work for a Korean company and my Korean boss and colleagues are lovely. I'm still in touch with them now, no business ties, just because we like one another.

Back to the ratings, if they even count internet viewers (including me), I'm happy to watch commercials together and happy to pay for that official internet version if the drama is good enough and affordable to me.

And back to 3M drama, I'm a big fan. Even I know there are sth wrong here about the production team, I love the casting and their acting!

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If I'm right, it is not impossible to count Internet. It's not easily feasible but nothing is impossible. Nowadays, they can trace you to the end of the world just because you left something on Internet. The matter is that they don't wanna do that because they have more other things to do.

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Sorry, if I talked too much already (because I'm so sorry about my confusing post before).
I'll stop here.

Last thing I want to say is: I love Jang Geun Suk and Moon Geun Young, I support Mary stayed out all night and hope it'll become better for the rest of it.

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oh my God! i love this drama!.. cant wait to watch the ep 4 with eng subs. i wish i could understand korean language so that i dont need any subs anymore! :)).. mu gyul is super hot here! .. though he looks like a girl. ahaha

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Waaa!!! I though Mi ho & Dae Woong were the cutes couple ever in Hallyu History but Mary & Mu Gyul are pretty much getting closer.

don't you think so?

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Excellent recap!

I am having so much trouble trying to watch this drama and because of these wonderful recaps I am enjoying it.....regardless!!!

GF..you doing the dang thing!

looking forward to the next!

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Thank goodness for Kim Jae Wook! I won't watch this drama if its not for him. Hahaha. Anyway, i gotta say i love his high cheek bones!! He looks super hot than ever, thanks to the stylist! I totally lovvveeee the double breasted jackets that he's always in. Super hot and clean cut! He looks very intelligent and yes, polite! HAHAHAHA. aaahh, i lovee kim jae wook!

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Hahaha you cracked me up…KJW looks super hot and pretty clean cut – true. But hello, he tried hard to look intelligent & polite – failed big time for me. Watch & focus on his cat walk and drop dead gorgeous cute smile – he just gave me these foolish/careless/supermodel vibes. May I say out of character?

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I am reading the recap before getting to see the episode with the photo. I am guessing but since Mary looks just like her mom couldn't the picture be of Mary's mother and Jung In's father? That's why the kids don't remember doing the piggy back thing. It isn't them. Were there any names on the photo?

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I'm pretty sure it is mary because in the picture she has a bandage on her forehead, which is her scar today.

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I thought that bit where he said that mary could win the Daesang for acting just cracked me up! Great bit of meta there.
I loved his little furtive looks while he was reading her cheesy love story notes and wearing the mittens too~ too cute ><

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The scene where she walks into the mansion and says that its familiar "I wonder If I have seen it in a drama" is another pun actually. I dont think it is alluding to a past or anything (I dunno maybe, the double entendre's are building up)

Its actually a crack to the fact that Bad guy was filmed in that mansion as well as Cinderellas sister not to mention shining inheritance. Its another crack poking fun at dramas. Personally I think they deliberately chose that place because both KJW and MGS have ties to it

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omg Mu Gyul already cut his hair!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :-)

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YES!!!!!!!

I've already seen the pictures.
I'm sooooo SPAZZZZING right now!!!!!!!

Let's all drool to SUKKIE's new hair.

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awwww, I actually like his long wavy hair

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Where can I see these pics?? Thanks in advance!!!

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I saw the picture too. I think it's nearly the same as in his Maxim coffee CF.

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oh my gosshh!! i love you for posting this! i just came across this entry now while looking for episode 4 english subs. ooohhh you just gave me my drama fix for the day. lol. i sound like a drama-obsessed person. but this show's really awesome!

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Thanks Meow meow.

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Mary is just so cute I want to put her in my pocket! I also love her voice, it's not shrill or irritating so when she acts cute so it actually comes off cute.

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I gotta catch up on MSOAN during Christmas Break...
Why, College...why?!

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OMG!! Here's a possibility of the future of the show. Since MM3 is set at a drama production company, wouldn't it be cool if Maeri became the screenwriter with her drama-like scenarios toward life... plus she was majoring in Korean Literature. ^^

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Yes! That is my hope, too.

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As an assistant to JI co, definitely MG will be roped into working as the musical arranger for the music production dept and that's where all these four characters will be involved and the young couple will fall in love ,

her job - one of her cutey way will be a clumsy nosey poker, but
I am looking forward for the 2nd lead actor on his acting.

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People, his hair has been cut..some photos in ockoala's blog...check it out

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thanks for the recap girlfriday!!

is it just me or does that picture of the little Jung-in remind me of Kang Dong-won? LOL It looked like Kang Dong-won when he was in 1% of Anything lol

anyways, i loved this episode and I can't wait until next week!! :D

It might not even be a four-square but a pentagon love triangle lol there's that male actor who has a one-sided crush on Seo Jun lol I thought I recognized him from somewhere and he was from Tamra! :D

I thought it was funny how in the beginning when they were running away from Mary's dad, Mary was the one pulling Mu Gyul hehe

anyways, thanks for the recap <3

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The room scene epi 4 - the childhood photo that MR was holding and then JI was holding it, the photo don't look alike ? the child's hair was different.

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Thank you so much for the recaps! Who cares if it falls into the category of cliches? I mean, as long as JGS and Waffle Sun Ki make us, girls swoon and happy, I'm okay with it! <3 Can't wait for the subs! XD

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so jung in was the one who wrote on the photo saying to mary ? right..iam little confuse here?? uhm then i think mary's scar!! maybe they were playing together and mary got hurt!! uhm seems like coz in the photo mary have some bandage on her forehead?? uhm addicted to this drama..right now i am in love with
jung in character..and three of them,, of course

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I got obsessed by this drama already.After stupid post about ratings, I promised myself to be careful when posting here. But I must confess I love Mu Guyl already. Jang Geun Suk is so good to make me feel like that. His scences with his mother was touchful. The conversations are meaningful. Love, trust and good will, which is the most important? Good will is the answer. A family must depend on good will. This seem so right!
Mu Guyl must start loving Mary because of this concepts and because he thinks the same. There are a lot more to talk about! So deep inside, not just a light romantic love.
Totally in love...

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