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Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 5
by | November 22, 2010 | 150 Comments

Oh, jealousy. You always manage to brighten up my day — in a drama, that is. And of all these characters, I’m thrilled that the first one to demonstrate any is the one who makes it most deliciously fun to watch: Mu-gyul the indifferent. He’s still light-years from admitting it, natch, but thanks to our familiarity with the Standard K-Drama Playbook, we know how it really is!

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EPISODE 5 RECAP

The morning after Jung-in’s “I’m here” declaration (translation: “I’m going to pursue you”), Mary wakes up at Jung-in’s father’s house feeling confused. While she burrows into bed, Jung-in hovers outside and slides a note under her door.

But then he reconsiders — what if she doesn’t see it? Second-guessing his choice, Jung-in repositions the note, inserting the paper into the doorjamb by the handle. It falls. Then he imagines himself walking out of her room to estimate where her eyes would fall, then crouches down to leave it a few feet in front of the door. His uncertainty is slightly juvenile and therefore adorable, but made more so at his embarrassment at being caught in the act by Mary.

In the car ride back, he asks for her music preference, and she idly responds that she likes everything but “noisy music like rock.” A few beats pass before she realizes that sounds strange and bursts out, “I mean, except for Mu-gyul’s music!” and starts singing lamely, “Go, go, please, my bus…”

To overcompensate for her slip, Mary goes on about how she misses my jagi soooo much — only to have Jung-in offer to drop by his place so she can say hello before work. He also agrees to grant her the four-day vacation in exchange for her coming on this trip with him.

Mu-gyul labors on some song lyrics, and ends up doodling a cat while thinking back to Mary’s “I love you” (even if it was just for show). Seo-jun wakes up on his couch, since she’d been drunk the previous night. Looking around, she spots the skeins of yarn and asks if he’s taken up knitting or has a new girlfriend. He mumbles an unconvincing no while self-consciously pulling off the half-finished mitten Mary had started for him.

Jung-in pulls up outside Mu-gyul’s place and retrieves the television Mary has brought with her (so she can watch dramas at Mu-gyul’s, lol) — just as Mu-gyul emerges with Seo-jun, who’s leaving in a taxi. Mary hurriedly distracts Jung-in by keeping him turned around and fixing his tie, and as soon as the taxi drives off, she squeals, “Jagi-yaaaaa!” and runs up to Mu-gyul.

Jung-in looks around Mu-gyul’s studio with interested eyes — this is exactly how he pictured life in Mu-gyul’s mystical world of indie-musicianship (spoken like a true suit!) — while Mu-gyul stares with annoyance. That stare narrows into a glare at Jung-in’s comment that he’s going to “do his best” regarding Mary, since Jung-in hadn’t been interested in the marriage before. Jung-in warns that he’ll give him a run for his money, which puts Mu-gyul into a bit of a snit. How much do I love that Mu-gyul is the first of these three to show a little jealousy?

At the office, Jung-in invites Mary to eat lunch with him daily, and takes her to a posh, empty restaurant. Mary wonders if he might have done that Kdrama Hero Grand Gesture by renting out the entire restaurant, only to be proven wrong immediately, to her embarrassment.

Rather, he has invited the writer to join them to discuss the changes needed in order to get the drama on the air. It had failed to secure a slot on a broadcaster’s schedule, having been deemed “too mania,” so Mary has come up with the suggestion to insert family elements to appeal to a wider market.

Introducing Mary as his helper in planning the drama, Jung-in gives her the opening to share her ideas with the writer. The writer had her hopes pinned on writing a “cool” drama (which in Korean doesn’t mean the slang “How cool!” that it does in English, but is a more literal usage of the word meaning the opposite of warm and earnest — as in nonchalant, dispassionate), but she considers the suggestion.

Mary’s flattered at Jung-in’s show of faith, now that he’s giving her real work and asking for her opinions. Listening to her gush, Mu-gyul strums his guitar and pointedly sings a line about that “bourgeois, two-faced” guy — her initial description of Jung-in — only to have Mary defending him. She only called him that because they’d had a bad first impression.

That makes Mu-gyul grumble that she oughtta just marry the guy, to which Mary exclaims, “Are you jealous?!” He says it’s just out of brotherly concern that he’s warning her against the guy, who he can tell is a shifty fellow.

Mu-gyul’s flighty mother drops by to ask for money, which he doesn’t have. (Her boyfriend lent her 5 million won, approximately $4,000, and now that they’re broken up he’s demanding repayment.) Undeterred, She Of No Shame presses him to ask his buddies for a loan, but he flatly refuses. Mom bursts into manipulative tears and he crumbles, agreeing to ask around.

No doubt that’ll be difficult, as he himself is in dire need of funds. While he’s dealing with his mother, the landlady tersely tells Mary that if he doesn’t produce his 2 million won deposit, he’s out.

Mary is visited by a secretary who has been instructed by the president, Jung-in’s father, to supply her with fancy clothing as befits a proper chaebol wife/daughter-in-law. Mary doesn’t find anything wrong with the way she dresses, which seems to me a strange lapse in her drama-obsessed brain — she should be able to grasp that we are in the big makeover phase of her narrative. C’mon, Mary, this is in every drama, like, EVER. And you call yourself a fan.

(Frankly, after Secret Garden’s recent angst over a similar issue, I’m amazed at how easily this point gets accepted. Not that I would have expected Ra-im to meekly agree to glam up, or Mary to push back in a knock-down-drag-out fight in defense of boho chic, but is there no such thing as middle ground in Ye Almighty K-drama? Am I naive for even asking?)

In a planning meeting regarding the drama’s music choices, Jung-in learns that Seo-jun not only knows Mu-gyul, they used to date. She calls them friends now, and upon hearing that Jung-in failed twice to convince Mu-gyul to take the job as music producer, Seo-jun offers to persuade him.

Mary’s new wardrobe and elegant transformation earn her surprised admiration from both Jung-in and Seo-jun. (I love that she is told she looks “like a real secretary” now — because who else would count a secretary look as an upgrade?)

Jung-in takes her to lunch, and our laws of K-drama coincidence contrive to bring Mary’s friends to this exact restaurant. So-ra and Ji-hye recognize Mary — though just barely — as she is led by the hand by Jung-in, and the foursome end up dining together.

The girls are awestruck at Jung-in’s looks and obvious wealth, and So-ra slips by mentioning Mary’s utter lack of dating experience. Mary hurries to cover that she meant until Mu-gyul, that is! He’s her first love and all, heh heh, nervous gulp.

While Jung-in steps aside, the girls launch into a heated debate over which boy is better, with Jung-in representing a “realistic” choice of money and security over Mu-gyul’s more romantic artist’s heart. Yeah, only in a romance K-drama does a chaebol CEO Prince Charming represent a slice of “realism.”

With 86 days left in the contract, Jung-seok extends his fairy-godmother makeover-ing to Mary’s dad by buying him new suits too. (Dad thinks he’s too chubby for close-fitting suits, only to be told to diet to match the suit. Who knew Mr. Chairman subscribed to the Anna Wintour school of thought?) Dad nervously assures his hyung that the little Mu-gyul problem has been taken care of — an outright lie — but he manages to buy time by reminding Jung-seok that rushing Mary into marriage will only result in her rebellion.

Mu-gyul comes home to find Seo-jun waiting for him, wanting to discuss the drama job, stating that it’s a good opportunity that would pay well. He turns it down, saying he has no desire to work with “that jerk,” unswayed by Seo-jun’s reply that Jung-in’s actually a pretty decent guy.

It’s cute how he glances at the clock and hurries Seo-jun out, expecting Mary to appear at any minute. Instead, he gets the landlady, and although he makes sure to usher Seo-jun out before the landlady can state her purpose, Seo-jun catches on and asks if he needs money. Naturally his pride won’t allow him to admit it.

Mary walks into the neighborhood just in time to see Seo-jun leaving, and hides her face to remain out of sight. She enters the studio just as the landlady informs Mu-gyul that his deposit has been paid by his “girlfriend.”

He yells at Mary for interfering, but she makes a pretty good point: she’s essentially his roommate, so it’s only natural that she pay rent. “Are you the only one with pride? I have pride, too!”

That shuts him up, though he makes sure to write an IOU promising to pay back her 2 million won. She doesn’t want him to pay her back too soon, though, because as long as she has a stake in the rent, he can’t kick her out. Heh. Pretty clever line of attack, Mary.

She rejoices, and he sulks. Hee. She runs around happily, insisting she won’t be any trouble and that she’ll do her share of the cleaning.

Contrast that with the way she’s treated at Jung-in’s household, where the housekeeper has been instructed not to let her lift so much as a finger in work. Funny how excessive hospitality makes Mary uncomfortable, while she feels perfectly at ease pushing herself on Mu-gyul. You guys are so transparent, my god, it’s amazing that you two can still manage to come up with reasons to insist you’re not actually dating, or interested, or jealous. Denial, it is strong with these two.

Dad resorts to bribery to get rid of Mu-gyul, presenting him with a one-way ticket to Japan. He begs him not to tell Mary about it — “Can’t you just leave without a word, like they do in dramas?” Ah, but this drama is going out of its way to make it very clear that it’s totally not like all those others, so the answer must be no. And so, Dad drowns his worries in drink and asks Mu-gyul if he loves Mary, interpreting Mu-gyul’s lack of response as a no.

Mu-gyul invites the older man to “lower his speech” from jondaemal to banmal, but Dad declines, using the exact same words that Mary had used in a previous episode (“I can’t lower my words with someone I’m uncomfortable with”) — and this makes Mu-gyul momentarily burst into laughter.

How cute is Dad as he cries into his beer, “I need to diet!” even as he takes more swigs? The feeling is all too familiar.

Jung-in’s father calls Mary out to lavish her with even more fancy clothes. The exorbitant gifts make her uncomfortable, and she asks for stories about her mother instead of gifts. He answers that her mother was like her father — soft and warm in personality.

Jung-in arrives to take Mary home, and witnesses his father looking happy and light-hearted as he jokes around with Mary.

Mu-gyul finds himself half-carrying Dad out of the bar, bearing his weight with difficulty, and staggers home just as Jung-in arrives with Mary. Stumbling, Dad ends up landing on top of Mu-gyul, who’s in a pretty pissy mood by this point.

Mu-gyul gives Jung-in the stink-eye when Dad greets him enthusiastically as “son-in-law!” It’s a role he insists he doesn’t want, but it’s gotta chafe his pride to be treated so differently when technically he’s also Mary’s “husband.” Furthermore, Jung-in kneels down to help Dad like a dutiful son-in-law, and one-ups Mu-gyul by offering a piggyback ride… only to keel over because Dad’s too heavy.

Mu-gyul is NOT gracious about this petty victory over his non-quite-rival, and gleefully points and laughs at Jung-in. Both husbands-to-be take an arm each and haul Dad up, who singsongs drunkenly about his two son-in-laws. Yet the movement makes Dad gag, and Mu-gyul gets the honor of being hurled upon.

Mary apologizes for all the trouble she’s put him through, but he’s tired and irritable. Trudging home in the cold, Mu-gyul refuses Jung-in’s offer of a ride and even takes offense at Jung-in’s advice to take care of his health, since his body is his instrument. How presumptuous of him, that polite punk.

In the morning, a hungover Dad can’t remember what happened last night, and asks worriedly if he offended Jung-in. Mary bursts out that he ought to be worried about his treatment of Mu-gyul, but Dad doesn’t care so much about that one.

Mary finds an envelope in Dad’s suit pocket, and when she sees the plane ticket made out in Mu-gyul’s name, she realizes what Dad has done.

Contrite, Mary apologizes again to Mu-gyul for everything, knowing he has every right to be upset. He says in a resigned voice that they should end the whole thing now, and that he’ll return her money. He’s tired of all this hassle, and it sounds like he’s really ready to call it quits.

Mary protests and calls them “bound together by loyalty.” Eager to be obliging, she gives him space when he heads out for some air, and decides to clean and cook while he’s away.

He goes out drinking with his buddies, while Mary finds herself waiting for his return with his mother, who has no compunction about asking Mary to make her a fresh batch of radish kimchi.

Hearing how the young couple met, Mom sighs over the romanticism of their first meeting — it turns out she’s also a drama fan, and subscribes to the “love is like a car accident” belief. I’m guessing she’s never been in a car accident.

Seo-jun tracks Mu-gyul down at the bar and takes him aside to persuade him to meet with Jung-in and discuss the music producer position seriously. Thus Mary spies the two talking in her car and hides out of sight. She pouts, feeling strangely bothered to see them together again, having already witnessed a similar scene two times this episode. Third strike, you’re out.

The scene sticks with her, and that night she thinks of them while massaging her tired arms, feeling sorry for herself.

Mu-gyul comes home, and his irritation with Mary disappears the moment he sees the stacks of kimchi and realizes that his mother told her to make all that merely to satisfy her craving. Mom finds nothing wrong with the situation, but he feels bad and tries to call Mary, unsuccesfully.

The next day, Mu-gyul shows up at the production company offices to discuss the contract. (His fee is a whopping 20 million won, which would more than cover his mother’s debt, and his own to Mary.)

He has one condition: he’ll songwrite, but he wants his band to sing the songs. Jung-in replies that he’ll give it a listen, but he reserves the right to swap them out for session men if they aren’t good enough.

Mu-gyul gripes, “Are we idols, that we do as you tell us?” and declines. To Jung-in, this is a rational business decision and he doesn’t understand Mu-gyul’s stubbornness, while Mu-gyul has no problem saying no because it’s not like he wanted to do this in the first place.

Mary’s entrance has him doing a double-take, since she’s dressed up in her designer clothing. She pulls him aside to urge him not to sign the contract — if he does, it’ll put them all into a sticky situation at work.

Mu-gyul tells her flatly that that stuff has nothing to do with him, but to her relief, he turns Jung-in down anyway. He has no desire to stand in the background of “a drama without authenticity.”

Although he tells Mary this is not related to her, she thanks him anyway, feeling much relieved to know that they’ve averted possible crisis.

But it’s time for crisis of another sort to rear its ugly head, and it comes in the form of meddling Manager Bang. Hearing that Mu-gyul was offered the job, she warns Jung-in not to work with him, saying that Mu-gyul acts so innocent and righteous when he’s really just working him. Plus, he’s signed with her — if he signs with Jung-in, he’ll be violating the contract. Hello, legal entanglement!

She tells Mu-gyul as much, but he counters that he gave her money to cover their contract termination. She plays innocent, saying she recalls no such thing — does he have any proof?

She makes her threat clear — that she can make sure he’s tied up for the next three years, unable to work.

Jung-in drives Mary to Mu-gyul’s after work, and comments on the “awkward vibe” he senses between them. Immediately worried that he’s catching on, Mary races ahead to her jagi-yaaaaa! and pleads with him to help her — this is an emergency! Jung-in is starting to get suspicious!

Mu-gyul is feeling grim and warns her that he’s not in the mood for this right now, and that mood grows darker at the appearance of Jung-in.

Reminding his pseudo-rival of his earlier words — that Jung-in was going to “do his best” with Mary — Mu-gyul turns to Mary and makes his own point clear. Kiss!

And… gauntlet thrown. Bring it on, fancy boy.

 
COMMENTS

This drama keeps talking about dramas, but so far they’re being pretty tame with the sly references. I wish they’d take it a step (or ten) further with the meta and really go for satire or commentary or even just fun cultural references. Instead, we get vague mentions that could be amusing if they were sharpened and delivered more wittily… but aren’t.

For a drama about dramas, it’s not really playing with its premise much. Gourmet was all about food but tied its cooking storylines into the characters’ emotional developments. The World They Live In used its drama-production backdrop as a springboard for themes about work and relationships. And The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry incorporated a news report motif into Shin-young’s send-offs in each episode.

So… where’s the drama, Drama?

Take Jung-in and Mary’s conversation about mania dramas. She thinks he took her comment as an insult and assures him that she meant his drama is fresh and lacking makjang elements — which might be a commentary on this show. Or at least, it could have been if they made the connection in a sharper, cheekier way. The drama has ample opportunity to be funny, but I find myself a little frustrated with the blandness of the plot.

That isn’t to say I don’t like the show: The chemistry is still cute and the actors are great. Moon Geun-young and Jang Geun-seok make me smile every time they’re onscreen together, whether flirting, bickering, or being adorably jealous of each other. The thing is, these actors are so good and so natural that they make you believe in the reactions of these characters — even when their reactions make no sense at all if you think about it. How many times is Mary going to freak out that people don’t buy her relationship as real? How many times is Jung-in going to offer the job to Mu-gyul, and how many times with Mu-gyul turn it down? And why are the reasons always the same?

I still find you very cute, drama, but imma need some major plot developments to happen soon!

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150 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. lyra

    thanks JB for the recap. because of you i dont need to cram myself for the english sub! gomawo!! ^^

  2. abc

    WOOOT!!!

    • 2.1 ash

      finally it’s out……iam in love with this drama

  3. missbarb

    Thank you so much for these recaps! I can`t find English subs online, so I`m living vicariously through your website. Thanks a lot!! :)

  4. Lili Jun

    I’m the first?? wow..
    jakaman…..a kiss…

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    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW

    IT’S NOT ENOUGH THAT THE DRAMA IS DRIVING ME CRAZY AND SO GOOD IT HURTS SO BAD WHEN IT’S NOT AIRED,,, A KISS….. I MEAN I STILL DIDN’T CHOOSE WHOM TO LIKE BETTER….

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW I FEEL LIKE MY HEART IS ABOUT TO BURST……

    MUNG-MUNG–YAAAOW COUPLE FOREVER!!!

    • 4.1 Tisha

      lol…u just reminded me about myself…How I’m so crazy over MMM XDD

  5. ELLA TAC-AN

    MY GOD……..i really love MSOAN…CANT WAIT FOR TONIGHT EPISODE:)

  6. ck1Oz

    YAHOO :-) thanks a bunch.I wasn’t expecting this.Goes off to read.

    I just read ep 6 preview…looking good for a good old showdown..YES.

  7. ohemgee

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    “And… gauntlet thrown. Bring it on, fancy boy.”

    O.M.G. i cannot wait for the next episode.

  8. lyra

    This is what am saying, the english subs can wait as long as:

    i watched it raw
    and i read your recap.

    Because plot-wise , if this trend will go on until the episode reach halfway, i dont think the mungmung and meeyeow or MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR will work out until the end. it will always be like riding in a rollercoaster of cuteness and adorable casts twice a week,haha!

    In the meantime, the kiss knocked me off.
    i need a glass of soju, straight up! ^^

  9. whatis

    I totally agree with your final comments. I find myself a little bit worn down with the seemingly never-ending mini-beginning plots. Maybe it’s because the drama started out running on its feet – so much happened in the first episode. And then because it was so fantastic, they decided to do a slo-mo of the drama thus far again and again.

    The whole evil manager thing just feels like an unnecessary plot to me. We FINALLY get Mu-Gyul stepping into the office on his own because he has to pay rent, he has to help his mother out, etc. We ALL know he’s going to end up working on the project, so what’s up with this crazy lady adding problems? Can we just move along?

    I think we have enough problems going on already that we don’t need this crazy evil manage – I don’t even know why she’s doing what she’s doing. How is this at all beneficial to her? I can’t even rationalize her behavior. She’s not even a 2nd leading lady who is ALLOWED to be THE crazy lady without any rationale.

    And now we’re going to get into legal issues?? If they’re going to find a lame way of resolving it, I’d feel a bit cheated, but if they’re going to draw it out, they might as well do a spin off with Prosecutor Princess! Please, please, please, just move the plot along!!

    THANKS for the recap!

  10. 10 twylah

    patience is a virtue,.yahoooo…..

    • 10.1 ria

      haha,righty!
      patience is a virtue…possess it if you can<3

  11. 11 kitsune88

    I was going to go to sleep and then I decided to check out dramabeans for new recaps. Doesn’t look like I’ll be sleeping anytime soon.

  12. 12 MSOAN FAN~

    THANKS SOOOO MUCH FOR THE RECAP~! TOTALLY <3 MU GYUL AND MAE RI! :)) <3

  13. 13 churasan

    Finally MG steps it up with a kiss! Is it just me… but i could watch more episodes with both MG and JI fighting it out for Mary’s attention. I wonder how JI is going to top that kiss in tomorrow’s episode?! Can’t wait!

    BTW, JGS is so cute when he’s jealous – he plays jealousy really well (even in You’re Beautiful).

  14. 14 notoriousnoona

    Thank you for the recap. This show is too cute. JGS and MGY are wonderful. They continue to impress me. I have to agree that no matter what I believe them. These characters just seem to be so organic for them both that its a pleasure to watch regardless of how insane the situation.
    And KJW’s best scene was definitely the first. Him and the note were beyond adorable :)

  15. 15 wooooot

    OMG YAAAY another recap :D I like refresh dramabeans every half hr expecting to see another recap on this drama :D You are awesome!

  16. 16 Renhye

    Woahhh!..
    A KISS!!!

    FINALLY!!!

    Let’s see how will Mae-Ri react to that.
    I bet her heart goes beating beating boom boom whan she see’s Mu-Gyul.

    HEH!

    Let’s all wait for EP. 6.

    (^___^)

  17. 17 Laurel

    “Bring it on fancy boy” Love it, game on. Off to see the raws.

  18. 18 outofcontrol

    YAAAAYY!

  19. 19 miss unknown

    I totally agree that the plot needs a turning point! I really love the actors here…they act so well that sometimes I thought they’re really the characters in the drama, but it’s the same thing all over…I hope we see a turning point in the drama soon cuz it’s getting boring…

  20. 20 vietnamfan

    Thanks for your recap.
    Despite any bad or good comments of the drama, I agree with you that the 4 main casts are so good and natural.
    I wish the writer was not Goong’s one. I would love Hong sisters better. When you state that the drama is not following the mangwa, it means we would see tons of creativity in the script. I wish…I wish…the production team improves so the 4 casts will receive more success.
    Love Jang Geun Suk and Moon Geun Young anyway!

  21. 21 Lois

    My opinion – it is a simple characters to act and play (all the cutie pies thing going on since episode 1) for the two leads actors.

    But for the second lead actor saying
    “I am going to pursue” to mae ri that I would like to know how Kim Jae Wook is going to convince us viewers
    of his next step because mae ri has already seen MG’s bare torso and also got her first kiss from her
    jagi yaaah !!.

    Will JI character development written as interesting as JGS ?. I guess there won’t be any fairness in this scriptwriting. Thanks javabeans.

  22. 22 ArtemisSoh

    Seriously, I have question my sanity for stalking this site for recaps of MSOAN. And the main draw? JGS… ARGH! Seriously, I feel so much like a cougar liking him so much given that he is 10 years younger than me. -_-”

    • 22.1 lyra

      cheers to that! ^^

    • 22.2 jaderaine

      wow, i feel relieved that i am not alone. i am so totally hooked to anything that involves JGS. jeez, i feel like i’m cheating on my husband, LOL!

      • 22.2.1 msles59130

        Wow, I am so right there with you. It has become an obsession! There is just something about that guy.

    • 22.3 antonia

      guilty
      i feel just the same way…
      can’t help it ;)

  23. 23 Pansy

    i know you cant see but i’m doing a little dace all around the room! been waiting for this all night! your recaps rock my socks!

  24. 24 Jessy

    Thanks a bunch for the recaps this helps me understand better when the subs are not ready. Thnx!!!!

  25. 25 embot

    LOL… all throughout, while enjoying this episode.. i was waiting if this episode would have a piggyback scene… since all the 4 epis have at least one… and it has and it turned out to be one of the most hilarious piggybacks i’ve ever seen on k drama…

    • 25.1 Meyawie

      this episode still had a piggy back scene with the FATHER, but unfortunately he was too heavy so the 2 sons in laws grab an arm each

  26. 26 Joly

    Thanks a lot for your quickly recap.

  27. 27 ArtemisSoh

    :) Thanks for the witty recaps.

  28. 28 cb

    thanks for the recap! i’m enjoying this show so much.

  29. 29 Lordj

    thanks as always… kekekekeke

  30. 30 marmar

    Thanks jb for the recap.
    I’m so with yu I need some major plot developments to get this drama moving. I mean so far the vibe has been cute ok cute but I need some angst or something shocking exciting to get this drama pushing. That doesn’t mean I don’t like it cause I do. I love the casts chemistry especially the leads. Mgy & JGS are soooo damn cute together. I really love seeing them together weird cause I’m a psh & jgs shipper thanks to there cfs & your beautiful drama bt now I’m all for him and mgy cause there so damn cute.
    Anyways totally look forward to tomorrows eps.

  31. 31 Liam

    thanks jb !.

    More of a for good looking guy among the two male actors not fogetting their fashionista !

    I could have heard wrongly, when MR sang her
    MG’s song “my boss, my boss” and if your ear is not listening carefully enough, you might hear the words my b….. !!

  32. 32 Jeanette

    Thank you javabeans !

    IF I have to direct mgy’s acting what I would like to say when MR is always grabbing MG’s arm,

    she could have done better and more effectively with her acting like grabbing him from behind, from the sides and also from the front !,
    more realistic don’t you think so ? rather than arm wrestling mg’s arm when meeting JI ?.

  33. 33 Emeldy

    I have not been bitten by Mary Bug Yet. But loves your recap.

  34. 34 Anonymous

    lol omg she had a kim tak gu box set LOLLLL.

    and they took off the DA from PRADA AHAHAHAH.

    anyhoo mugyul and mary are cute but i still like jung in more @_@. maybe there was more jgs charm when he used to be second lead jksjks.

  35. 35 Moonblossom

    Mondays to Wednesdays are my favourite days of the week these days with recaps of Secret Garden, Secret Garden, MSOAN and MSOAN. Thanks JB and GF!

    Seriously, hope the pacing and plot will improve soon. Otherwise it will end up a flop like Cinderella’s Sister because solid casts can only do so much.

  36. 36 mellowyel

    “How cute is Dad as he cries into his beer, “I need to diet!” even as he takes more swigs? The feeling is all too familiar.”

    boy, is it ever.

    I have a confession to make. For every episode of this drama I have taken at least one scene with Maeri + MuGyul and replayed it like five times. And the most random ones too, like when Maeri comes back from her trip, and MuGyul’s like “Maeri!” And she’s like, “What, no ‘Merry Christmas’?” and then how they stand cutely together when Jung-In approaches. Also, the whole jealousy convo was hilarious, from the strumming down to MuGyul’s indignant “Mueo? Jiltu???” LOLZ this pair is too cute. even if this drama falls from here, if i get the cute in every episode, i’ll be a happy panda :)

    • 36.1 mumof3

      that’s my fave scene too.. MG/MR are just so adorabke together.. I felt all warm and tingly just watching that scene…

      it’s rather sad that the ratings are doing so dismally.. too many strong competitors in that time slot.. you would think the stellar casting would bring in the audience.. guess you need a more intriguing storyline.. c’mon scriptwriter.. STEP it UP!!!

      I’d really hate for this group of actors to be let down by the poor scripting.. can anyone post a note on the KBS website to tell the scriptwriter to buck up? :(

  37. 37 One and Only

    Thank you jb !

    their cute scenes are getting predictable now, I preferred JI scenes although it was a less written script for his character.

    • 37.1 Lili Jun

      Thank you ! finally someone shares my opinion!

  38. 38 Lili Jun

    after watching this episode (without subs of course) I find it really annoying to shed all the spotlights over Mary and Kang Mugyul… I mean, I apologize to all of JGS’s ardent fans, but Kim Jae Wook is way better than this typical Korean second lead actor. He exhibited much much much better performance as a second lead in Bad Guy and almost demolished KNG’s charm (even though it was hard and mountainous effort to give him credit). What’s wrong with KBS PDs; they are so annoying! they always sabotage and unnerve roles like that. I mean what’s the hype about the ICY Man behavior. it’s so 2000. I just hope Jung In KJW will get his fare share of the drama and stop being the born-in-a-icy-capsule-cant-do-anything-about-being-cold-all-the-time behavior. it’s episode 5 for my heart’s sake. I need some passion; some sizzles. CHEOMMMMM!!!!

    • 38.1 kylie

      Why don’t you ask KJW, why did he choose this role? Maybe he wanted to be stereotyped as born-in-a-icy-capsule-cant-do-anything-about-being-cold-all-the-time behavior perhaps?

  39. 39 blue

    love it!! thanks jb for the recap *off to read it*

  40. 40 chong

    yes, totally agree. the characters are growing on me. but… the story is wee bit slow.

  41. 41 Mary Mary Mary

    I totally feel what you feel. The plot is moving along but I feel its lacking some spark. So far I’m still hooked with the drama but I wish there was something more to it. Thanks for the recap!~

  42. 42 rachel

    yay, recap’s here! thks. (rushes off to watch ep 5, raw. rawrh!!!)

  43. 43 vietnamfan

    Oh I heard that Ep6 will be postponed to next week.
    So sad!

  44. 44 Helen

    jb thank you !

    The OTP has been moulded now, so what is install for the 2nd lead actors ?,

    Director, scriptwiter what are you up to ?!.
    Think out of your thinking box because the ratings don’t look good at all !!.

  45. 45 Sya

    I think the main reason why the ratings for this drama is pretty dismal is because as far as the storyline goes, it’s not able to pull in audiences from all age groups. I find this oddly ironic, recalling MR’s take on JI’s new drama production, lol. Generally ppl in Korea prefer dramas that are more centered on families and stuff, and I guess this is why M3 is failing to rake in more attention and general support. I mean if you think abt it, how many housewives (who make up a large percentage of the drama fanatics in Korea) are likely to coo and go gaga over MR/MG’s cuteness and swoon at JI’s attractiveness and his Ice Prince charm, for weeks the way us younger generations do?

    I dont think this means M3 is a bad drama though, it’s decently pretty fun to watch and I do look forward to future episodes, I just wish it had more substance, that way it could grab the attention of all of Korea. The script/dialogue definitely need to be better developed and taken up a notch cause srsly, right now, there’s a great punch/extra effervescence missing here.

    • 45.1 mumof3

      well said Sya.. but anything that we fans can do abt it?
      feel sorry for the 4 main leads

    • 45.2 Wellington

      well said.

      it seems to me they put-in less (minimum) effort in the script. instead they capitalized on the cast (jang keun suk and moon guen young, also known as “nation’s little sister’ – which i don’t know specifically what that means – both with above average acting skills + KJW) and extensive promotion before the drama was aired.
      anyway, that’s probably how they really wanted to market 3Ms.

      3Ms is still at around 7% viewership rating with this episode. being “cute” is, in my opinion, not a factor in increasing the ratings.

      scriptwriters must do something. they must also consider the fact that this drama was pre-sold (jks’ popularity) in other countries.

  46. 46 GaRa

    Friend: *points to JGS* I’d go gay for that
    Me: *confused* But you’re a girl…

    And that is how strange this kid looks. Although I’m warming up to it.

    Anyways, am I the only one who got shudders of horror at Jung In trapping Maeri in a forehead kiss? I was pretty grossed out – she clearly, clearly pointed out that she doesn’t like him and is in love with someone else, she even has a bad reaction when he leans over for the pillow and yet… he still corners her and kisses her forehead in an almost possesive, mechanical disregard for her feelings…

    • 46.1 Laica

      No, I’m with you. I didn’t find that cute.

      I’m not really feeling Jung In in this drama, even though I’m a big Kim Jae Wook fan. I dunno, he’s too skeletal and emotionless here. Or maybe I’m just tired of the Handsome Chaebol with Heart Encased in Ice, Waiting for a Warm and Cute Girl to Melt it and Reveal his True Nature trope.

      Can’t get enough of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, though. ;)

    • 46.2 Teudi

      Although she can’t stand JI at all but in this episode she is anticipating for her boss to come home, before she was shown the full wardrobe by the lady caretaker and she also allowed him to hold her hand for dinner …. contradicting actions on her part !!.

    • 46.3 Taber

      I didn’t find it cute either, especially since she was being sincere with the no, I also didn’t like how mxrry didn’t call Mu-gul when he told her not too, I expected her to say he my husband!

  47. 47 Annie

    Thank u girl ffriday for the wonderful recap:D jang seok is looking really cool.and I wanna see him with Kim so eun (ga eul from boys over flower) in his next drama. Please gf convey my message to him . Ok!!!!! Jgs oppa Fighting

    • 47.1 ninji

      Hihi.

  48. 48 pohonphee

    Thanks Javabeans for the recap!!

    This drama is so warm I like it..
    And Mary character remind me of someone or some people ha, ha, ha

  49. 49 krit

    i really am thanking this site for the recap…
    (^_^)

  50. 50 baNen

    Way to go cat-dog couple! Yey! ;D

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