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Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 6
by | November 29, 2010 | 148 Comments

How can two characters be so incredibly cute, and the rest of the drama so boring? I wish the magnetism and chemistry of Moon Geun-young and Jang Geun-seok could somehow spill into the other parts of the drama when they’re not onscreen, but sad to say, the screen only lights up when they’re on it. Since this is a drama mostly about them, at least there are plenty of scenes that fit into that category… but I’m starting to feel like even that’s not enough.

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EPISODE 6 RECAP

Following the kiss, Mu-gyul throws Jung-in a defiant “See what I did there? HA!” look. Jung-in merely gives a half-smile and leaves.

Mary reels in the aftermath, devastated by the kiss. And not in a good way. She rushes outside before giving in to her tears, and when Mu-gyul blankly wonders what’s wrong with her, she bursts out that it was her first kiss.

Mu-gyul grimaces to realize he’s just robbed her of the romance of that moment — not to mention agency over it, since he sprung it on her without notice — and kneels before her. If he thinks that yet another piggyback ride is gonna fix this… But no, he’s offering his back to her as a punching bag. He apologizes and tells her to vent her anger on him. She obliges with surprising force, crying as she whacks him, feeling like her first kiss was stolen from her.

During another drama planning meeting, Jung-in asks Seo-jun how long she and Mu-gyul have been broken up, and whether Mu-gyul is dating anyone. I know he’s supposed to be thinking of Mary, but in the alternate drama playing in my mind, it just sounds like he’s more interested in Mu-gyul’s availability. (Hey, a girl can daydream, especially if the plot isn’t doing much to provide much excitement.)

Seo-jun answers that Mu-gyul is single, and that despite his extensive experience dating girls, he doesn’t fall in love and has no interest in marriage. (Which also works in my alternate drama scenario. What? I’M JUST SAYING.) Jung-in reacts with a frown, since that doesn’t add up. How queer. Snerk.

(Either this drama is loading the double entendres on us, or it’s totally blind to them. It’s like that silly game we’ve all played with fortune cookies, I’m sure, where you add “…in bed” to every fortune. It totally applies here, I’m tellin’ ya.)

Mary nervously tells Jung-in that he’d better give up on her now that the kiss proves her relationship with Mu-gyul. On the contrary, Jung-in answers that he’s just going to try harder. (In what universe does this make sense? You’re mighty cute, Jung-in, but cute doesn’t negate stalkery creepiness. Not unless you’re the K-drama hero, of course.)

A meeting is held to discuss changes needed to get the drama on the air. The writer reads through the notes given on her script, which state that its lead character is unappealing for being poor, that a birth secret would liven things up, that they should age the characters to appeal to a larger market… Basically, things you could say of Mary. Why do I feel like the writer is using this drama as therapy?

Jung-in offers a contrasting reader report, which the writer likes better; this report doesn’t want to see the same old cliches and suggests hiring real indie musicians to lend credibility. This is Mary’s report, and the writer is pleased at the discerning comments. Which is sort of like automatically thinking someone’s a genius because they like you.

Oh, look, it’s the Contrivance Machine: At the office, Mary overhears Manager Bang on the phone, gloating to Mu-gyul about not letting him out of his scam contract.

And what should she find when she goes to Mu-gyul’s studio that evening? Said contract, lying on the couch! She doesn’t understand a lot of the terms but stuffs it in her bag for later perusal.

The sight of Mu-gyul today makes her blush, though, now that their kiss has awakened her attraction to him. She rushes out that night with a lame excuse, letting him believe that her blush is the result of an oncoming cold.

The next day, Mary hands the contract to Jung-in — hello, invasion of privacy? — and asks him what it means. Despite being unfamiliar with the legal lingo, she has a bad feeling and worries for Mu-gyul.

Jung-in immediately understands the contract’s outrageous terms, and confronts Manager Bang with her misdeeds calmly, pointing out that she has tricked Mu-gyul into a slave contract (whereby he only gets $4,000 for ten years of indentured servitude). That’s enough to get her to back off; she signs a contract agreeing to let Mu-gyul go.

Mary anxiously eavesdrops (or tries to) that night as Mu-gyul gets the message from Manager Bang releasing him from the contract. He’s perplexed at this sudden development, until Mary asks about the case. Narrowing his eyes, he asks if she said anything to Jung-in about it.

Mary can’t deny it, and Mu-gyul sighs in exasperation, immediately stalking out to confront Jung-in.

Jung-in confirms that the scam contract is no longer a problem, and advises that Mu-gyul sign contracts with care in the future. And then wants him to sign a contract with him. You might want to work on your sales pitch, dude. I hear timing is everything.

Mu-gyul is suspicious of Jung-in’s motives, while Jung-in asks what he has to do in order for Mu-gyul to trust him (…in bed?). Mu-gyul indicates the expensive guitars lining Jung-in’s office — they’re finer than most musicians can afford to play — and pointedly says that he won’t trust rich dudes who use such instruments as decoration.

With that, he walks out of the office, intent on leaving… until a sound captures his attention. It’s the strains of a guitar, its strings plucked in a melodic, melancholy refrain. To his surprise, it’s Jung-in who plays, unaware he’s being watched.

Jung-in isn’t able to play for long, however, and clenches his fist in pain, which is scarred. Kim Jae-wook’s expression shows the first stirrings of real acting here as we are left to surmise that Jung-in’s respect for music comes from a genuine place, despite being unable to perform himself. The sight makes an impression on Mu-gyul, who wonders if perhaps Jung-in isn’t such a dilettante after all — maybe he does understand The Indie Rock more than he gave him credit for.

The next day, Mary offers to talk Mu-gyul into signing the contract, because illogical turnarounds are her specialty. (Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was begging Mu-gyul not to sign?) Jung-in tells her ruefully that Mu-gyul will never sign.

Which is, of course, the exact moment when Mu-gyul steps out of the elevator in front of them and announces, “I’m here to sign the contract.”

Jung-in’s curious to know about his sudden change of heart, to which Mu-gyul answers, “I want to know more about you.” (…in bed? They’re making it way too easy, honestly.)

Mu-gyul states one stipulation: He wants the contract to end on the same day that their 100-day marriage contract ends, because he still doesn’t trust Jung-in in areas outside of music. Wait — was that an outright admission of interest in Mary??

Jung-in agrees to the terms because he likewise acknowledges Mu-gyul’s musical talent, but won’t back off from pursuing Mary. They agree to “keep our three-way relationship a secret at the workplace.” (Pwahaha. Not. Making. This. Up.)

Mu-gyul’s bandmates show some solidarity by badmouthing Jung-in (aw, brotherly cuteness) and ask if he’s ever thought of Mary as a woman. Although he answers that he thinks of her differently than other women, he doesn’t mean in a romantic way — she’s like a mother to him.

It turns out that Mu-gyul’s contract-signing compromise turns out to be (in part) for naught, because his flighty Mom made up with her boyfriend, meaning she no longer needs the money. He tries to tamp down his hurt at going through all that for Mom’s sake when she’d forgotten to let him know it wasn’t necessary anymore.

Mary catches the tail end of that conversation and says sympathetically that his mother sure puts him through a lot. He returns that her dad is worse, and they both sigh, since this is a game where winning isn’t really winning.

Mu-gyul thanks Mary for helping with his contract problem, pinching her cheeks and calling them siblings. The proximity sends her hormones fluttering, and she pushes him back, uncomfortable with the closeness.

Mary joins the crew in the restaurant, who’ve been joined by Seo-jun, and Mu-gyul introduces Mary as his “fan” to avoid awkward misunderstandings (and understandings). When Mary asks about their relationship, Seo-jun replies, “We’re dating.” That sends uneasy looks all around the table, until she clarifies, “Or we were. Now we’re friends.”

After dinner, Mu-gyul and Mary run lines from the drama script together at his request, because he’s trying to get a sense of the scene he’ll be scoring. (This gives us the momentary thrill of seeing Mu-gyul beg Mary not to leave him, as well as amusement in watching Jang Geun-seok acting as a bad actor.)

Mary gamely gives the romantic dialogue a go, but he can’t because they’re too cheesy. Being used to this kind of storytelling, she talks him through the scene, the emotions it should stir, and the way the music ought to crest at the key moment.

Mu-gyul tries to get into the spirit of things, getting more in character as he recites the line, “Be my family.” (Meaning: Marry me.) With that, he puckers up and leans in for a kiss, as dictated by the script… but Mary nervously interrupts the moment.

He considers her overreaction and asks with a smile if she likes him. She protests, insisting that that will never happen (and thereby sealing her fate, since Destiny loves to be perverse).

And then, Mu-gyul slaps on a shower cap as part of his hair treatment. Hey, a guy’s gotta take care of his crowning glory. Which leads us to the rhetorical question: Can a person still be the epitome of effortless cool when they care that much about their hair?

Mary’s friends guess from her daydreaming that she’s fallen for one of her two guys and prod her to say which one. Mary acknowledges that her opinion on Jung-in has come around, and that he’s a pretty good guy after all — but that’s purely from an objective standpoint. On the other hand, it’s strange how being around Mu-gyul is making her oddly uncomfortable…

Still, Mary insists it’s not love, and Ji-hye grumbles that for a girl with two hotties dangling after her, her love life sure is boring… (That’s what I’M sayin’.)

Mu-gyul and his bandmates settle into their spiffy studio workspace, marveling at the fancy instruments and equipment here. Jung-in welcomes them, and calls himself their unofficial fifth member, declaring his intention to act not merely as a manager, but as a true partner (…in bed).

He’s pulled away from the studio with a mini-crisis: dating gossip involving his two stars has hit the news. Haughty Lee Ahn proposes that he and Seo-jung make the rumors real, and urges her to ditch this sinking project before more time and money are wasted. Seo-jun snaps at him for his lack of loyalty, uninterested in either of his proposals. Lee Ahn retorts that he’ll be leaving — good luck with her impending trainwreck.

Jung-in is summoned by his father, who asks for a status report on his drama and his wooing of Mary. He’s pleased to hear that they’re spending a lot of time together, but leaves his son with a rather ominous-sounding “This is your last chance” warning.

So the next day, Jung-in drives them to a particularly faraway destination for lunch, and asks Mary what she does with Mu-gyul after work, since he should know what kind of rival he’s up against. Mary answers that they don’t go on special dates, with him working on his music and her glued to her dramas. Generally they stay at home, eat, clean, and so forth.

Those may sound like boring everyday things, but that’s the charm of the Mary/Mu-gyul relationship, since they’re already acting like a comfortable married couple. Even without the grand gestures or fancy meals, there’s plenty of cute keeping their relationship afloat.

For instance, Mary cleans the studio and grumbles to Mu-gyul over the phone about his messy habits like a nagging wife, then asks about his dinner plans in the way a spouse would. She agrees to have dinner ready for him when he gets home.

Mary finds her yarn lying around, and decides to finish making his mittens while dinner cooks. When the meal is ready, she texts a photo of it to Mu-gyul, who smiles in appreciation. He ends his vocal rehearsal with Seo-jun so he can get home to dinner right away.

Meanwhile, Jung-in’s father presents Mary’s dad with a ddukkbokki restaurant as a bribe to make sure that Mary stays away from her rocker boyfriend. Dad nervously assures him that all is taken care of, but is proven wrong when the president’s men turn up photos of Mary at Mu-gyul’s place. The president declares that Dad’s not doing a good enough job — he’ll take over.

And so, Mary’s Dad lurks outside the studio to accost Mu-gyul the minute he arrives home. Seeing that he was dropped off by Seo-jun, Dad accuses Mu-gyul of being a two-timer and drags him inside for a talking-to. If Mu-gyul is as serious about Mary as he says, then he wants him to make his official greetings to him (as future father-in-law). And cut that girly hair!

Mu-gyul issues a flat denial and leaves, after which Mary gets the full story from her weary dad, realizing that it’s Jung-in’s father who’s applying all the extra pressure. Indignant, she insists on seeing him right this minute to straighten this all out.

Dad, being a fidgety coward around his intimidating hyung, tries to hush Mary at several points, but she barrels forward, telling the president that she’s disappointed in his behavior. He was the one who came up with the contract, so he should honor his terms, so that she can honor hers.

To Dad’s surprise, the president readily agrees to all Mary’s terms, promising to leave Mu-gyul and her father alone from now on. Huh. Something tells me he agreed way too easily…

To Mary’s supreme shock, she finds Mu-gyul sporting a drastic new look the next day. The hair-cutting gesture makes such a statement that Dad can’t think of any protests, and finds himself wondering if Mu-gyul really loves Mary. He agrees to stop bothering Mu-gyul now that they’re all clear on where they stand.

Mary’s thankful, but also feels guilty as Mu-gyul sighs over the loss of his hair. He says he had to do it because if he hadn’t, her father would have kept interfering, and now at least he’s out of their (har) hair.

But Mary’s particularly sad to be Mu-gyul’s reason for chopping off his beloved hair, wishing he’d told her before doing it. She’d had a talk with Dad the night before and gotten him to agree to back off, making the hair sacrifice unnecessary.

Mu-gyul’s eyes bug out for a moment and she cringes, expecting an outburst — until he pulls off the wig in relief. Stunned, Mary gapes as he asks, “Why would I cut my precious hair off?” (Heh. Who thinks the song “My Precious” is really about his hair?)

As for the drama… Despite one actor crying off and the scheduling problem still unresolved, Jung-in throws a kick-off party, where he makes the big announcement that has everyone gasping in awe: The drama will be 100% pre-produced. Oh the shock! Awe! Big Dramatic Music Swell!

Okay, so this revelation isn’t totally silly — it shows that Jung-in has faith in the drama’s own merits, and that they’re going to stand on their own without pandering to a broadcast station’s demands. By going pre-produced, they’ll make the drama they want to make, with faith that they can sell it later. It’s meant to be a risky but ballsy move, spurred by Mary’s suggestion.

So yes, it makes a narrative kind of sense, making him into a corporate maverick of sorts. Kind of. Barely. But in terms of dramatic reveals? Weak nuts, dude.

It does give Jung-in the satisfaction of sneakily trapping Lee Ahn into the drama, because the actor had agreed to do the drama if they could get it going within a few months, believing he was in the clear. Now he’s stuck, to his dismay.

With that said, Jung-in introduces the music that will establish the tone of the drama: The curtain lifts on the band onstage, led by Mu-gyul, who is wearing a hot pink top and SPARKLY PANTS. I kid you not.

As Mu-gyul sings his bus song, he notices Mary and Jung-in talking cozily together and his eyebrows furrow in displeasure. Ironically, the actual conversation is about how cool Mu-gyul looks — and Seo-jun clocks him staring fixedly at the two.

Afterward, as the partygoers mingle, Mu-gyul motions Mary over for some privacy, and she slips away to meet him.

Mu-gyul barks at Mary for talking throughout his performance, complaining that he was distracted by her. With a little smile, she guesses, “Are you jealous?” To which he rolls his eyes and asks, “Are you here to work or date?”

Jung-in comes upon the two, and Mu-gyul makes a show of taking Mary’s hand to lead her away so they can continue their conversation elsewhere.

Only, Jung-in’s not about to let them leave so easily. He reminds Mu-gyul about their agreement to keep the personal out of work matters, and grabs Mary’s wrist to keep her from leaving. (And as we know, the man who grabs the hand instead of the wrist is always our winner!)

The men glare at each other as Mary finds herself caught quite literally between the two…

…which is when the whole party comes into the room, looking for Jung-in.

Jung-in drops his hand, but Mu-gyul keeps holding Mary’s while Seo-jun looks at them in surprise and asks what’s going on. Mary self-consciously pulls free of Mu-gyul’s grip.

Jung-in offers to explain to the group, but Mu-gyul pushes his way forward past Jung-in. Taking Mary’s hand in his, he raises their joined hands above their heads and announces, “This is my woman. We’re married.”

 
COMMENTS

So: This episode was pretty standard, in that we got our adorable couple being adorable and sweet and bickering, and everything else falling sorta flat.

I’m disappointed that the fizzy-cute scenes are starting to lose their fizz, because there’s only so much you can do before the lightweight story starts to collapse on itself like an underbaked soufflé. You have the ingredients and the tools, but somehow, it doesn’t hold together under its own weight.

The drama-within-a-drama is starting to wear thin too, because the writer is giving it only the most superficial treatment. When Mary is applauded for her supposedly insightful, keen comments on the drama, I groaned. Really? She’s somehow brilliant for liking the mania hit more than dull, populist drivel?

Mary is setting up the drama-in-the-drama (titled Wonderful Day) to be some kind of great hit — that if they only go their way and produce this sucker 100% pre-broadcast and listen to their hearts and be true to themselves and insert every tweenage inspirational movie cliche, that they’ll succeed. It’s not a bad concept in and of itself, but their treatment of this theme is painfully simplistic. It’s a little embarrassing.

I find myself thinking they’re terribly naive, rather than brave and edgy and forward-thinking. I’d respect someone who had a smart understanding of reality more than these people, who seem to subsist on rainbows and sugarpuffs and childlike wonder. I’m curious to see how the problem is solved, and if we’ll get the neat, Disneyfied perfect ending, or if they can somehow turn this problem around and make it dramatically interesting.

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148 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. YoSoyHaru!!!!!!!!!!

    yay i’ve been refreshing this page for a whole hour
    thanks for the recap <3

  2. Renhye

    First.
    Thanks!

    • 2.1 Renhye

      Guess not. hEH!
      But still THANK YOU! ^^

  3. shailee

    THANK YOU!!!!! <3
    JGS!!!!!

  4. pigtookie

    woah came here not expecting a recap so soon. JB has been consistently faster, I was expecting it an hour later or maybe tomorrow. thank you!

  5. chong

    :) slightly better than the previous ep~ love the wig. haah. nostalgic for “baby and me” movie

  6. Disneyfan

    I think the story is starting to pick up. Both Jung-In and Mu-gul is developing deeper feeling for Mary . I love how protective Mu-gul is of Mary, he just control his jealousy when he sees Jung-in with her.

    I’m especially excited to catch the next episode, some serious dog-fight is about the begin.

  7. Lordj

    kamsamnida!!! been waiting impatiently… lol. Thanks for your hard-work…

  8. ohemgee

    love.

    that is all.

  9. Rossi

    “Can a person still be the epitome of effortless cool when they care that much about their hair?”…I wish all dramas that you recap have something about hair b/c first with PK’s perm and now this, hilarious!!

    Thank you as always.

  10. 10 ochyred

    plis..plisssss help me i’m still looking for the song……..i dont even know the title………it’s all over the episode now…on ep6…after mu-gyul kissed mary…that song…pls any know the title………..so many MSOAL fans looking for it….plzzzzzzz..:(

  11. 11 goldenbell

    In bed!! LOL! Thanks so much for you summaries– I go on daily to check for episode updates. ^.^

  12. 12 rachel

    thaank u!! luurrve u!!!

  13. 13 theedie

    You have forever corrupted my mind with this “…in bed?” business. Now I’m going to be constantly looking for times when you can tack that onto something. You’re going to force me into some awkward social situations. I hope you’re happy.

    • 13.1 Jossy

      Haha same here

  14. 14 mellowyel

    This drama isn’t delivering and it kills me. I can’t subsist on the cute alone. I stay with the hopes that they give Kim Jae-wook something more to work with.

    Also, if “My Precious” is actually about Jang Geun Seok’s hair…

    … then I propose they film the music video like Hwang Tae-Kyung’s country field scene in “You’re Beautiful”. Pig and all. Imagine his glorious mane billowing in the wind as he runs desperately to stop the pig from eating it…

    • 14.1 Gloria

      LOL omg that made me laugh in real life XD

      I second the music video idea. :)

  15. 15 dannaluk

    wow those mittens are so pretty and i heard MGY knitted them herself!!…girl’s got more than just acting talent!!…havent watched this episode yet but i’m beginning to lose my motivation a little bit the only thing that seems to be holding me on is the cute that is MGY and JGS and the pretty that is KJW

  16. 16 tildy

    JB, you’re not alone! When Seo jun asks Jung in why he wants to know whether Mu gyul is seeing anyone, I shouted at the screen, ‘because he luuurves Mu gyul!’ Because I’m like 12 and dorky enough to talk to my kdramas.

    • 16.1 Jane

      I think this drama delivers more fodder for a boys(men’s?) love remix than any I’ve ever seen. You wouldn’t even have to mess with the timing just cut and paste every scene with just the two of them and you’d have your alternative drama. I wonder if that is intentional on the part of the production team or writer? Now that I’m thinking about it I’m going to go make one, need some food though.

  17. 17 Pemimpi

    Jb,love it when you insert “in bed”.it works AND cracks me up.who knows this drama decided to have a different OTP.lol

  18. 18 tari

    hope its juicier on tonight episode. btw lurve the way Kim Jae Wook closed his eyes on the last scene :) thanks JB

  19. 19 Agatha

    OMG the …in bed thing totally made my day. I was thinking that as I was watching the episode, funny but sad…

  20. 20 g

    “How can two characters be so incredibly cute, and the rest of the drama so boring?”
    maaa.. in this eps, I’m finding myself going awwww and :)..^_^ and then ^__________^ and sometimes clapping when Classy Jung pops out with Marry… the tie scene got me all warm fluffy.. those silly how-many-seconds-I-don’t-know of Jung’s reaction and then smile … :P
    I hope for more .. complexity.. heeee…

    zutto saaankyu JB !

  21. 21 ge

    aww… we’re married !!!

    thanks dramabeans

  22. 22 A

    I agree, I too watch this drama waiting for the JGS-MGY scenes cos they are just sooo CUTE. It’s enough to keep me tuned in week after week. The story’s not fantastic so far, though.

  23. 23 PickmePICKME

    I see how this drama could be getting a lil dull to most people. I mean, its expected after the Secret Garden High thats going around. I mean I use to be waiting for the MSOAN episodes to come with baited breath (Bc JGS is just so….) while thinking about watching Secret Garden (BC I wasnt so sure about the fantasy aspect and to support Ha Ji Won) as a time-waster. But after episode 1 of Secret garden I got hook, and now my perspective has changed. Its kindve hard to really get back into this drama when you’ve just had your Secret Garden High. I mean Secret garden is way up there. Like, thats some good shix. Like slap your mother good. Heheh Anyways im still interested in MSOAN but only as a time waster. Heheh And to see the sexy JGS and KJW. Sorry for the essay

    • 23.1 rayray

      I feel the same exact way! After watching SG, I ve been profoundly changed (*w*)and am now officially hard to please ..when it comes to dramas haha! SG put the standards really way up high!

    • 23.2 Yadi

      I always feel this way when i watch 2 dramas at the same time~ theres always that one drama that changes things…but yeah I shall keep watching cause of those two cuties

  24. 24 ginny

    haha, i actually really liked this episode and am glad that it is finally picking up. i did find the whole piggybacking thing to be quite boring for the previous episodes. though, in a way, if compared to other dramas, the whole, “i profess my love for said person to the entire world” happened pretty quickly if i must say so myself (usually this stuff happens like episode 10 or something?). i’m going to keep watching this and see how they plot the entire thing out – i’m not actually sure how this can be like a 16 episode drama at the pace and presentation it’s going lol.

  25. 25 Mary

    thanks for the recap! :D

    haha love how you inserted “in bed” in nearly many sentences!
    when Mu-gyul was confronting Jung-in about the contract, I thought those two should be the leads haha Mu-gyul could be the poor lead girl who ends up with the rich guy played by Jung-in haha!

    awesome recap! :]

  26. 26 whatis

    I am thoroughly enjoying this drama still. I thought for all that’s been dragging in the previous 2 episodes, this episode sped things up like crazy… Took a few episodes for Mu Gyul to sign the contract, but only took what… 30 minutes for the whole secret marriages bubble to burst in the work place.

    I definitely agree that the whole treatment of drama within a drama is quite naive. But I guess that isn’t the focus of the drama. I also wish they gave it more substance… made it more real, and actually insightful. The problems and dialogues surrounding the drama within a drama is such fluff, I pass right by them.

    I thought short hair Mu Gyul looks a lot like Im Joo Hwan?? — but I never had good facial recognition to begin with.. so I might be going nuts.

  27. 27 kaigou

    “Mu-gyul is suspicious of Jung-in’s motives, while Jung-in asks what he has to do in order for Mu-gyul to trust him (…in bed?).”

    Excuse me, I think I just choked on my own tongue in the midst of a severe laughing fit. And snorted tea through my nose at the same time. Your reviews kill me. DED.

    (the way this drama’s going, even the cute won’t save it, but I’ll still keep reading your recaps because the snark is just too much fun, even if the drama itself is slowly becoming… well, about as fizzly-fun as wet bread dough.)

  28. 28 lyra

    about that “in bed” i even made one album for the scapps for that. LMAO.

    on the hindsight, am checking my cuteness/msoan meter and yes am still on it. but i agree with you about the predictable flow of the plot. what happens when the awesome-adorable-cuteness overload diminishes entirely because of the main culprit–the story . i hope it wont end in a flat line because the investment of the Geun-Geun chemistry will just be like cotton candies and no more. i want a chocolate filled MMM please.

    kim jae wook delivered his enigmatic character well. he’s a good actor and yes portrayed this introvert tycoon’s son and later on pressured by his dad’s whims. but i hope the story will develop jung in’s character more .(and oh, am begging not make him a Geun Wook Version 2).

    good thing KJW is so d*mn , scorching hot. LOL

  29. 29 xiaoSxin

    I just watched the teaser for ep 7.. and I just squealed my to my heart’s content.

  30. 30 Jeanette

    Thank you so much for recapping so quickly! Monday’s feel like Christmas with the MSOAN and Secret Garden recaps :)

    …btw, I almost choked on my hot cider with that photo of Mu-gyul in a wig.

  31. 31 rayray

    In the beginning ,when the show first started,my love was strong and I used to eagerly watch the raw,read the recaps, watch the subbed episodes…then my love grew smaller and I waited only for the subbed videos and read the recaps…and now I m this close (-) to simply reading the recaps and fast forwarding to only the cutesy interactions of our heros.

    sigh. I really had such high hopes for it.-____-

    Dont get me wrong my friends, I do love the main leads so much but I need something more. Strange enough I stuck through Playful kiss even though it didnt have a whole lot of conflict but it had something that just made me coming back for more, and the cuteness of the leads interactions in MSOAN just needs more sparkles and sprinkles and unicorns!..or something.

    Man I wonder if JGS is regretting not taking the roles in playful kiss or SKKS!

  32. 32 delete

    your side comments (…in bed) kept me entertained.

    Then I was rooting for Mary-Jungin romance but now it’s Mugyul-Jungin bromance. It’s like they are soul brothers in music.

    I think if Mugyul is a girl (hiding behind a guy’s get up) this drama will be more interesting. (Go Mi Nam the second?)

    Anyway, I still love the three main characters. Don’t worry Geun,Geun, and Jae I heart you all in your own ways.

    • 32.1 rayray

      hahaha that would be seriously epic and thinking out of the box!:D

      • 32.1.1 delete

        thank you. thank you :) now I’m creating my own version of Mary Stayed Out All Night in my head

  33. 33 Francesca

    Agree with PickmePICKME. The story is kinda dull and so similar with those classic K-dramas before. Secret Garden is my new crack to move on from SKKS withdrawal. But anyway, I still watch Mary because I love all 3 actors. I hope the writer can fix the story and make it more appealing rather than just repeating the same formula.

  34. 34 abey

    your in-bed comment cracked me up…a (real) drama over a drama within a drama..maybe the conflict starts rolling on tonight episode..thanks JB

  35. 35 Rens

    yay! recap! I like MSOAN and adore Mu-gyul and Mary together. That being said, besides the development of their relationship I feel like nothing else has really being going on. All the other storylines are static or moving at a snail’s pace. Like Jung-in’s mysterious past? Still mysterious. Indie drama in the making? Still going on. And the Dads do essentially the same thing every episode.

    Does anyone know what’s happening with MSOAN’s schedule? Will they air 3 episodes this week, or will the last episode be aired on a week by itself?

  36. 36 LJ

    Thanks Javabeans for the ever prompt review!!! The 1st thing I always do after watching an episode is to check your website for updates :)

    I get that this drama is not as sharp, witty&fast-paced as “Secret Garden” (which is proving to be really enjoyable *squeee*) but I still think that it has it’s merits. As you mentioned, parts of the show isn’t really all that interesting&the temptation to fast-forward is sorta there.. However, certain moments is still really ‘squeal-worthy’ (this despite the fact that I frown upon Mu Gyul’s hairstyles).

    Am really hoping that they will step-up on the ‘heart’ which I think is something inherent that a drama either has or totally lack. My gut tells me that this show has that quality but they are yet to bring it all on! Am hoping, hoping, hoping that you won’t emotionally check-out of this show!

  37. 37 Joly

    I feel a chemistry between Jung-in and Mu-Gyul.
    At the beginning of this episode JI felt sorry when he saw they kissing.Unfortunately I can’t find chemistry between JI and Mary.May be JGS’s charmed for everyone?

  38. 38 grasya

    lol on the bed side comments!

    thanks for the recap!

  39. 39 Apple a day

    I had high hopes for this drama , but it just lacks “oomph”!I’m already thinking of ditching this, and I’ve only watched until episode 5.

  40. 40 kate

    I really hope the plot picks up *crosses fingers* but I like the 3 leads enough to keep watching. Im not annoyed with Mary as I was with Playful Kiss’ Oh Ha Ni (gosh i wanted to smack that girl in certain episodes).

    • 40.1 yuvee

      This got me imagining Playful Kiss with MGN and JGS as the lead, how AWESOME would it be?

  41. 41 joonni

    I also keep thinking about slash every time that Mugyul and Jungin are together. Seriously, inputting “in bed” at the end of their conversations together makes perfect sense.

    I’m trying to come to terms with this drama by not thinking too hard and letting the tried and true cliches do what they are supposed to do. I’m also being propelled by Mugyul’s jealousy. So much fun to watch!

  42. 42 hapacalgirl

    If this drama was acted by anybody else I probably would of dropped it by now because although its cute its missing something that makes it dramatically interesting as javabeans said. I mean I don’t want it to go all melodrama on me, Cinderella Unni was enough, but something to make me watch it regardless of the cast. On its bare bones this drama lacks a lot but is carried quite a bit by the fact that it has an amazing cast with off the charts chemistry that make these characters much more bearable and interesting then they would of been had they been acted by less capable people. I adore Moon Geun Young, Jang Geun Suk and Kim Jae Wook so I will stick with , I just hope they turn it up a notch especially with the jealousy now in full play.

    • 42.1 amna

      ya u are rite..also stick this drama because of the awesome actor and actress especially moon geun young and jang geun suk

  43. 43 ArtemisSoh

    Lol… JB… Your “in bed” suffixes kill me.

    I have a theory about the Mugyul / Jung-in relationship. Not bromance but half brothers. :P Please don’t stone me.

    How did I come by this theory? Well, in episode 4, Mary’s Dad took photos of Mugyul and mum together and showed them to Jung-in’s Dad. Only the photos were only showing her back view.

    Wouldn’t it be something if Mugyul and Jung-in were somehow half brothers, Mugyul would be able to pursue his indie music without constantly having to worry about money and Mary and him would still be able to be together given that Jung-in’s Dad only wants his son to marry Mary? Of course, Jung-in would also be given free play with his production company cause the deal would be fulfilled by someone else. :P

    Everything tied up in a neat little package. (Don’t flame me)

  44. 44 Hilary

    “This is my woman. We’re married.”
    cannot wait to see~!!

  45. 45 Ani

    Seo-jun looks a bit “bug-eyed” to me. Like, she seems to have big eyes, like popping big eyes (in a bad way). Is it her make up? Or her haircut? I can’t figure it out. I’m not saying she’s ugly, cause she’s pretty, but she looks bugsy sometimes. Like golf-ball eyes and all. X/

  46. 46 vietnamfan

    thanks javabeans. Though I understand most of the raw episode (thanks to excellent acting), your side comments are fun and imaginative.

    This episode is good in terms of dramatics. Cute scences. The 2 second lead starts to have their own acting parts too, which really show their emotions.

    I feel good not talking about ratings since now to me, the drama is really attracting and ratings seems not mean a lot at all in this case.

    Love Jang Geun Suk and Moon Geun Young.
    Vote for them (today is the last day I think) for top Asian and Korean favorite actors/actresses – Yahoo Asia Buzz 2010

  47. 47 c

    as much as i keep finding myself watching each new episode, i don’t know /why/ since there’s no conflict to tune into. mugyul starting to get possessive is the only thing that excites me, but the fact that seojun now knows about the “three-way relationship” – well, i suspect she won’t turn into a super villain traditional second lead style, & instead have an emotionally hurt response or w/e and maaaybe be mean to mary once in a while. nothing major.

    it drives me insane how they bring in all these “conflicts” of the entertainment industry and toss it around like it’s a fairy tale. why did they even bring up half of the issues of the drama in the drama? the scandal, the contract, all of that, only to solve it so easily? there’s rare buildup of foreshadowing we see (like that picture of jungin/mary or the reason jungin’s dad cares so much – not that it’s not totally obvious anyway) & i’d like to see some consistency throughout each episode besides the typical three way bickering going on.

  48. 48 Sparkle_me

    I have a feeling Jung In is going to win in the end.

    Throughout the episodes Mae Ri mentions typical Drama scenerios; I feel this is a way of misleading the viewers into expecting a typical drama plot.

    I really do hope Jung In wins, they seem to have a connection that she and Mu Gyul don’t have.

  49. 49 Jnt1024

    I absolutely love this drama. I agree that it may be cliche or predictable…but I’m happy to have them take me for a ride! Love the 3 leads and absolutely squeel at every cute Mugyul and Mary scene…for me that is enough! Can’t wait to watch their relationships unfold!

    • 49.1 Marie

      I also love this drama. I enjoy it a lot!!! I don’t care that there are sweet moments that aren’t maybe interesting to some people, that there are no real conflicts between the leads until the end of the episode…JGS is incredible in that last scene when he takes her hand and says “she’s my girl/ we are married”!!! I find him so “cool”, so classy…JGS does the whole scene with so much “class” that I would have kissed him on the spot!!!lol ^^Ahhh, he’s brilliant!

  50. 50 Berlin

    This is the first time I actually read through your summary. Very insightful and straightforward. I like (in conclusion) ^^ I will definitely (try) to keep up with your blog. Also I must add………episode 7 looks kind of steamy. Maybe I say that because I’m kind of in love with the guy who starred in ‘Coffee Prince’. hahaha ^^

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