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Secret Garden: Episode 2

I’m really digging the vibe of this show, which is a total surprise, given that it was promoted in such an ambiguous way, claiming to be of seventeen different genres. But I pretty much love the characters from the get-go, because they’re a breath of fresh air in the k-drama landscape. I especially love that Joo-won is a neurotic freakshow. Funny Binnie, you’re back! We’ve missed you!

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Ra-im practically melts to hear Oska say her name, and Joo-won can’t hide his petty annoyance. I do love this lifetime rivalry between cousins. Such great fodder for conflict, and silliness.

Joo-won distracts him with the dangling carrot of his impending scandal with the actress ex-girlfriend, only when he finally gets rid of his cousin and turns around, Ra-im has already walked onto a bus without a word. Joo-won is left pouting alone in the street.

Ra-im swoons all the way home, while listening to Oska’s songs, and tells her roommate that she particularly liked that Oska called her “cool” rather than “pretty.” (It’s also a word that can mean “handsome,” used more often to describe men.) Interesting. It sounds like something you’d say to convince yourself that second place was just as good, even though as a stuntwoman, that’s totally the thing you’d want to hear…from everyone except the guy you had a crush on.

Oska follows Joo-won home to confirm that the scandal was laid to rest. Joo-won strategically uses this to get Oska’s signature on the department store contract, landing him smack dab in a throng of screaming fans at LOEL, lined up to get an autograph. Joo-won smirks, having gotten exactly what he wanted, but especially enjoying Oska’s personal agony.

He clashes with the head of his executive staff again, and later decides he’ll find a way to fire him. Apparently it’s not something he can do himself, because his plan? “I’m going to tattle to Mom.” Hahaha.

As he waits downstairs for his car, Joo-won imagines Ra-im standing there next to him, and when the thought passes, she disappears into the wind. It’s a nice little whimsical beat to show that he’s thinking of her.

Seul, our bratty second lead, shows up to offer up her services as the director for Oska’s new music video. She’s clearly got an elaborate plan to make his life miserable, making his manager hesitate, but it’s not like they have other options. She says that she doesn’t want to remain in Oska’s memory as his first love, since they’ll be family soon anyway (meaning her plan to marry Joo-won). Wow, you skipped like thirty steps in that logic train, but I’ll give you points for crazed delusions of grandeur.

Back at home, Joo-won half-heartedly agrees to go on another mat-seon, all the while imagining Ra-im walking along beside him. He goes about his day, trying not to think of her, which only makes him obsess.

He finally turns to imaginary Ra-im and starts talking to her, annoyed that she keeps wearing the same clothes. Ha. He’s actually a little bit nuts. I love that!

He starts to argue that she’s not his type at all, but then she suddenly appears on the table, dressed to the nines, and he starts getting flustered. He admits to fantasizing about her looking like this (which he is admitting to his own fantasy, mind you), but insists that she’s not at all up to his standards.

Imaginary Ra-im goes through a series of changes every time he adds a new trait he’s looking for, from bookish to chic to childlike, unleashing an oppa-pout-wiggle that basically explodes Joo-won’s brain. He once again repeats the rhyme that he clearly uses as a coping mechanism to clear his head. (More on this later.)

He finally goes to ask Oska if he has Ra-im’s number, which he doesn’t, so he gets Chae-rin’s number instead. He meets with her to score Ra-im’s number, who he describes as “acts like a man,” and “looks like someone who makes you keep thinking of her.” Haha. As if it’s her fault that he’s obsessed.

Also, how much do I love that a drama hero is actually ACTIVELY searching for a girl’s number, because he likes her? You’d think, by the Law of K-dramas, that people only started dating if they were hogtied together and forced to be roommates.

He hedges and then decides to call, but it doesn’t go so well. He asks her to meet, without giving a reason, and she soundly ignores him and hangs up. He’s clearly not used to not getting his way, he of the sparkly tracksuit.

He decides to go down to her action school in person. Couldn’t you change out of that outfit first? It didn’t go over so well the first time, if you’ll remember. No? Okay then. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The action school is holding open auditions today, and with no recourse but to stand in line with the other auditionees, he watches Ra-im from afar. As he sees her laugh and smile, he says to himself in voiceover that this isn’t the same woman who’s been haunting him…this one…is far more awesome. (He uses the same word that Oska did: “cool” or “handsome,” but the usage is so different here—he’s totally smitten with her, and uses the word to mean “attractive” in a way that Oska did not.)

She stares wide-eyed when he appears in front of her, claiming boldly that he’s not here for an audition; he’s here to see her, since she won’t take his calls. They start to ask him interview questions, like what he’s good at, to which he responds confidently, “I make money well, and I spend it well.” The guys cheer him on, but Ra-im and Jong-soo are not amused.

She finally takes him outside to ask why he’s here, calling him all manner of things like nom and an unemployed slacker. He can’t admit why he’s really there, saying that she’ll think he’s crazy (because you kinda are), so he comes up with the excuse that she owes him for the hospital bill, since he’s the one who paid that night.

Clocking her reactions, he muses that this is why he can’t stop thinking about her—because she’s prettier when she’s angry. Heh. And aw. He asks her how her wound is healing, and when she doesn’t respond, he peels back her jacket to take a look at her arm. She reaches to pull it back up, but he stops her, holding her hand there while he looks intently at the scar.

Something about him in that moment shakes her—it’s simultaneously strange and invasive, and yet tender and sweet. Perhaps it’s his earnestness showing, which he normally hides in his flippant word choice. They stand frozen like that for a lingering moment, and then he puts her jacket back on, telling her to come back to that hospital and call her when she does, so that he can make sure it gets treated so it doesn’t scar permanently. With that, he leaves.

He heads back to the museum for another mat-seon, but discovers that it’s a re-date with Seul, whom he pretty clearly rejected the first time. She claims that she’s already fallen in love at first sight, to which he tells her that if she ever hears a man say those words, she should hit him, because it means he wants to get laid on the first date. Hahaha. He leaves her in the dust.

On her way out, she runs into Oska, who’s shaken to his core just at the sight of her. He’s brimming with tears, but she treats him without feeling, and makes her exit. Interesting dynamic, since he’s such a heartless womanizer elsewhere. Now we see why.

Outside, Seul shows tears of her own, but she holds them back, resolute to stand by her devious plan. Why? Because she’s the second lead. Need there be a more sensical reason?

Back on the lake of his ridiculously beautiful estate, Joo-won talks to his mom about the kind of woman he’s looking for (no doubt demanded by her since he keeps rejecting women by the hour). He retorts, “Of course she has to be pretty! Mom!” Keh. He starts rattling off traits for his ideal woman: “short hair, doesn’t laugh much, sad eyes, scar that keeps her from being Miss Korea…” as it dawns on him that he’s describing Ra-im.

He looks over to Imaginary Ra-im, perched next to him, not even surprised anymore by her sudden appearance. Mom asks if he’s crazy. Joo-won: “Crazy? Listen, hypothetically, if I were crazy, you’d still give me my inheritance…[Click]…Hello? Mom?” Hahaha.

He yells at Imaginary Ra-im that this is all her fault, and this time she yells back, making him wonder if he really IS going nuts. He starts chanting his rhyme again to try and get her out of his mind.

At the action school the next day, Ra-im starts thinking about Joo-won, unable to shake her thoughts of him during training. She screws up because she isn’t focused, causing Jong-soo to cut her from the upcoming movie shoot. One of her sunbaes has taken a liking to Joo-won, who they call “the guy who makes a lot of money,” and borrows her phone to call him.

Joo-won sees that she’s calling, and interrupts his executive meeting to ask, “Is it really ringing? Is this really happening, or am I imagining it?” The hilarious thing is, he’s asking sincerely, because he doesn’t actually know the answer.

He picks up, and since she can’t hang up now, Ra-im talks to him like she’s his sunbae (assuming that he actually meant to audition for the action school), and tells him to get his ass to practice, on the double. Haha. He’s so flabbergasted that he sits in the middle of his meeting, staring blankly into his phone, until somebody brings him back down to earth. He decides that they should open up their department store to dramas and film shoots, but no weepies; he asks for action, with lots of stunts. Ha, well if the mountain won’t come to Mohammed…

He drives over to the action school, but sees Ra-im drive off, so he follows. They end up at a cemetery, where she has brought the newbies to pay their respects to the original director of the action school. She gives a little speech about being the thankless people behind the scenes, but reminds them that it’s their job to make others shine while they take no credit, because they are stunt-men and women. She tells them to be sure that it’s a job that they want to risk their lives for, because that’s what they’re about to do. Joo-won looks on, even more impressed with her.

She takes the trainees out for a game of some soccer/volleyball hybrid, and Joo-won shows up, with that trademark cheeky smirk of his. He accidentally returns the ball straight at Ra-im’s head, so she returns the favor by pelting him with the ball, and challenging him to beat her. He stupidly takes the bait, and then proceeds to humiliate himself by being the worst possible foot-ley-ball player in the world.

Back at the action school, she sends them on their last reps for the day, pointing out that she’ll be keeping an eye on “Sparkly Tracksuit.” HAHAHA. I love her. That’s EXACTLY what I’d call him too.

She leaves to go shower, and returns to find no one but Sparkly Tracksuit all alone in the gym. He tries to corner her, getting a swift kick in the shin for his troubles, but he doggedly follows her and insists that he needs to know some things, if he’s ever going to be cured of his “problem.” She calls him crazy, and he doesn’t really deny it, saying that either way, finding out more about her is going to help him determine whether or not he’s really nuts.

He wants to know two things: did she go to college, and are her parents anyone he’d know? Essentially, he wants to know if she’s marry-able, as if somehow that changes the fact that he’s obsessed with her, if he can justify it in this way. This is the strangest logic ever, but you’re a few marbles short, so I see where you’re going with this.

She responds by flinging him over her shoulder onto the ground, back and forth like a ragdoll. Finally he gets fed up with getting beat up, so he turns the tables and lands on top, quite literally.

She squirms, angry, but he’s still, while on top of her, asking why she won’t answer his simple questions. Hahaha. This is of course the moment when Ra-im’s roommate happens to walk in (better her than Jong-soo), making for quite the awkward moment.

But her roommate is too angry right now, having just been fired from her job because of Seul’s complaint about the VIP lounge incident. She drops her uniform on the ground and rants about her horrible boss, as it dawns on Joo-won that she’s talking about him. She declares angrily that she’ll get her revenge: she’ll go online and announce that the president of her company is gay.

He pulls her aside to out himself (as the president, not so much gay) and she freaks out when she realizes that it’s him, complete with penchant for ugly designer tracksuits. Heh. He rehires her, and in exchange, she sings his praises to Ra-im, and gets her to come out for a drink.

Joo-won’s delicate sensibilities make him gag over their choice of pig intestine lining as drinking food. “Why is a pig, a pig? Because it has all that delicious fat. So then why are we eating the skin?” This is another male-female reversal, as stereotypically, this is a common food that men eat with soju, while women are seen as too squeamish to eat it. Not that food has gender, but it’s a cultural meaning attached to this type of food.

He drops them off, and is shocked to see the tiny, rundown building where Ra-im lives. He decides he IS crazy, after all. He goes straight to Oska’s place, asking him if he’s ever dated a woman who rents. He says “rents” like you’d say “has lice” or “doesn’t shave.”

Oska says sure, he’s dated a model and a so-and-so; they all rent in Kangnam. No, Joo-won doesn’t mean a ritzy place like that. He tries to describe what kind of apartment he means, and lands with, “the kind on National Geographic, with flies buzzing and stuff…” Hahaha. Okay, do you not know ANY poor people, like EVER?

The next day Ra-im gets rehired on the set of Chae-rin’s movie, and she shoots a big no-wire stunt jump in the middle of LOEL. The director makes her do take after take, yelling at her incessantly, while she wordlessly complies, even though her arm is hurting.

Finally they get word that there’s no hurry and they can shoot all day, as per the president’s orders, and he’s on his way down to the set himself…

Cue big entrance of Sparkly Tracksuit, looking not so sparkly, but damn fine. Ra-im’s eyes widen as she realizes that he’s actually as important a person as he’s been touting, as he walks straight up to her.

The director steps in between them, fawning over Joo-won, who tells him to stop yelling at Ra-im. He grabs her wrist and pulls her to his side, as he declares, “This person is Kim Tae-hee and Jeon Do-yeon to me. I’m Gil Ra-im’s biggest fan.” Aw. Swoon.

COMMENTS

There are of course many reasons to love Binnie, but the one reason I’ve always loved him is that he’s a weird man-child who doesn’t really fit into a simple mold. He’s light and dark, manly yet childlike, and he plays the petty, petulant child like nobody’s business. It’s sort of why I can’t see how anyone else could’ve taken this role, because without that Hyun-Bin-factor, this character would just be one note, and not at all what he is now. Worse, he’d be unfunny, which would have been a tragedy. I love that beneath the stereotypical surface, Joo-won is a total nutcase, but an aware one, with a shrink and a whole host of complexes, half of which he probably invents to keep himself occupied. It crackles with potential.

Also, in case you’re wondering what song/rhyme Joo-won keeps rattling off, it’s a string of nonsense wordplay, an old saying that’s been used in various songs and such. They are rather senseless, but the gist of them is a bunch of different ways to describe living a long life, or symbols of long life, mixed with alliteration and funny sounds. The words are as follows:

김 수한무 거북이와 두루미 삼천갑자동방삭 치치카포 사리사리 센타 워리워리 세브리캉
무두셀라 구름이 허리케인 담벼락 서생원 고양이 바둑이는 돌돌이

The rhyme itself isn’t important so much as the recurring motif it provides for his character, who’s a fantastic neurotic, complete with silly songs to keep him tethered to the normal world. He’s also clearly a lonely individual, highlighted visually by his stunningly expansive home, which echoes of emptiness. I love that he has a set of coping mechanisms to keep his neuroses in check, and I can’t wait to see the other skeletons in his closet of crazy.

I adore Ra-im, not only because she’s a badass (but man, I DO love her badass action scenes), but because she’s got a great set of her own vulnerabilities and issues. The gender role reversals are a nice layer before the body swap occurs, because it compounds the conflicts, and the hijinks. I also love a couple who’s wit-fully matched, because there’s nothing better in a hate-into-love scenario than some hot verbal sparring.

At first I wondered when on earth they were going to get to the body swapping part. But now I’m fully invested in the get-the-girl part of the story, so I don’t mind the delay, and am rather interested to see how well they might get to know (and hate) each other BEFORE the swap, making it all the more rife with hilarity. Let the games begin.

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This drama is very interesting since i think they will both need to be in constant contact w each other after the body swop . He definitely needs her more cos of her physical action job while she needs his brains to run his biz.

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This drama will be new mania ^^ Not only characters are well crafted but also well portrayed. Just this Get-the-girl part is better than many dramas... Can't wait for the craziest part (referring to soul swap ^^)

And HJW ♥.♥

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i gotta say I'm loving the characters so far in this drama and I'm quite enthralled with Hyun Bin and his potrayal of the character of Joo Won. Eventhough we know he's crazy I think because of Hyun Bin we can enjoy the crazy imaginary conversations with Ra Im and the dedicated stalking. What would be just creepy if a normal man did it, Hyun Bin makes it look really cute!

It's been a very disappointing drama year for me so I'm really not trying to get my hopes up with this one but I'm getting sucked in anyway. Here's to hoping this show doesn't disappoint me!

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A very disappointing drama year?
With all this fantastic k-drama, it's imposible. Posecutor princess, baker king, chuno, personal taste, wish upon a star, oh my lady, cinderella sister, sungkyunkwan scandal, the both gumiho, plan b, pasta, giant, dong yi, dr champ, mary, my country calls, bad guy, playful kiss etc... and now secret garden.

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I agree with you for the most part, but I can see how people would feel disappointed in a lot of the dramas you named. Some of them were really hyped up and a lot of them fell flat or just made no sense at all. If you were like me and you chose to watch cinderella sister, bad guy, pasta, playful kiss, and oh my lady, I can see how some ppl might be disappointed. not saying they weren't good, just not as good as expected by some.
Loved Gumiho, like Mary and playful kiss and think I will love secret garden though, so it's been a good year for me!

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I've never seen any of Hyun Bin's previous works but judging from the pictures of him that I've found on the web I thought he would appear in this drama like one of those handsome, macho, sexy korean actor........it turned out that his appearance is the opposite of that with his awkwardly skinny face, the somehow childlike hair style and all his not so macho craziness ....but I strangely like it. It's a nice change from the usual type of all sexy and macho k-drama heroes.
Love this drama so far.Thanks for the recap GF.

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I was already laughing so hard but his “the kind on National Geographic, with flies buzzing and stuff…” line had me literally rolling on the floor and gasping for air. OMFL!!! This is crazy fun!

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I was still feeling empty after SKKS ended but thank God Secret Garden came about! (I simply wasn't on the MSOAN bandwagon though I love the trio so much... as individual actors) It's such fun to watch because of the characters. Even Oska has layers to him rather than just being a womanising bastard. And that mat-seon girl whom I refuse to remember her name? Oh well, how many times have you seen a rich girl who is actually a CF/MV director? LIKE WOW right?

Joo Won, to me, is really like a child. He speaks his mind and he speaks it in a matter-of-fact way which is interesting because in today's society, people shun their words to look nice but he's forthcoming and honest. It explains why people are wary of him because they are not used to his behaviour but he is like someone who got something on his tact nerve and thus he shoots off his mouth without tact. I. Love. Him.

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Thanks Girlfriday for this awesome recap. I had fallen inlove with this drama after episode 1. Joo woon's character is so refreshing and Hyun bin definitely did the character justice. I mean, I can't imagine any actor who can act a little bit loony, childlike but so adorable at the same time.

Now the weekend is definitely am looking forward to...nice to relax and enjoy it without wishing for Monday to come (for SKKS before) quickly...:))

I just hope I can find a good website with subs on it...but the recaps helped a lot to understand the whole episode.

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Nice!! I'm starting to get hooked little by little. LoL Thanks for the recaps! ^^

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Thanks so much for the recap.

I fell in love with this drama. It normally takes me awhile to adjust to a new drama--but this one has me by my hypothetical coattails. I absolutely ADORE Joo-Won. He is equal parts adorable and hilarious. I love the role reversals. Ra-im is just so utterly kick ass.

I really dig the dynamic they have set up. To actually see a guy for a girl first is revolutionary. I LOVE it.

But I am a little worried that we will be stuck in this comfort zone (because I already love the dynamic now), that I don't want change to come too quickly. I would like them to swap bodies now--so I don't get too comfortable with one plot point before it is entirely changed. Though, if they prolong the whole swapping bodies until the third week run, it would throw a bone in the dynamic they've created. I worry that it will throw the viewer off. I hope they ease into the next transition of the drama fantastically--because this drama just has so much promise.

I am eating this drama up and can't wait for more of it to come!!

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this drama is hilarious from the very first go. I am so happy to finally find a new drama to fawn over.
last time, I didn't get into the My GF is a Gumiho train and that left me feeling empty.
Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin are perfect in their roles, and if I wasn't already a die hard HaJiWon's fan, I would be after this show.

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thank you so much for sharing this recaps!! indeed this drama become more and more interesting and hilarious!! i just love how Joo-Won can't stop thinking about Ra-Im and to imagine Ra-Im in different style of clothes!! this drama is totally daebak!! <3<3<3

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ahhh, binnie! ahhh, ha ji won! great stuff. i love love love it. i only wish i would be able to faithfully follow this drama till the end. how many eps? 16? 20?

i love that the guy is attracted first, and is pursuing her, crazy man-child that he is. i love that she's so strong yet vulnerable. that scene with her roommate talking about oska is played so well and made her so relatable. who else hasn't been in this situation, sighing over a word shared with a crush? these characters are developed enough that i feel invested in them. i also see the need for the body swap. if they get together at this point, based on attraction alone, their being of unequal status would quickly make them think they're not a good match. Oh, but i see the potential of each bringing out the best in the other, if only they can see the other in a different light. so bring on the body swap, i'm on this train!

thanks for the recaps, JB and GF. gahh, i can't wait for the weekend!

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I just skimmed through this and I must say, Girlfriday, you really seem to have the luck at recapping the better episodes haha.

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when han ji won was dressed up as the the little girl w/pigtails i noticed how much sunmi from wondergirls looks like her

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EXACTLY what I thought!

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I guess I must be the only person curious about how Jang Hyuk would have played Joo Won. I definitely see the neurotic more in Hyun Bin, but the heartlessly haughty jerk I see more so in Jang Hyuk. Of course, not saying I want Jang Hyuk in this role. Just curious how differently the drama would have developed with the different male lead.

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I absolutely love how crazy he is. And the fact that he actively looks for a way to contact her and even imagines her everywhere he goes!

But one thing that was not mentioned in the fabulous recap was how the fired/rehired friend asked JW why did he not just reveal to RI who he was right away? He replied by saying that he has to hide it then BAM! The reveal will be a big surprise, because that's how they do it in the movies, right?

Then his big reveal comes at the end when he is all spruced up and looking mighty fine as the crowd in the mall parts like the Red Sea to let him walk through, thoroughly shocking RI. How can I help but think this was not planned? His theatrical big reveal? Tehehe I love it.

Hmmm, now I know and can understand the Binnie fan obsession, although I never really felt it myself. But perhaps his sexy swagger in a business suit will be enough to make me forget the spikey hair he sported in MNIKSS. I know he has been sexy in business suits before but well... spikey hair prejudiced colored my sight. I will give him a new shot.

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this is getting more interesting. i love hyun bin's character. neurotic! i love the way how the story presents his love-sick-craziness. it's unique. never ever in k-drama land have i ever seen the hero imagining the heroine beside him. quite fantastic! and it's so early on in the drama that the hero gets so enamored with the heroine. REVERSAL is great. it makes the fans swoon over to the hero more than anyone could have expected it, even when the hero's wearing a sparkly tracksuit. :)

ha ji won's character is quite interesting as well. her delivery of the boyish-yet-girly-girl-hiding-inside is really outstanding. her eyes alone expresses quite an emotion that even when she's being tough, you could see the delicate girl in her.

thanks for the recap. i am enjoying it. :)

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I seriously watched the end scene like a gazillion times. It was PEACH FUZZ.
Anyways.... I live Hyun Bin... like alot.

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squee! double squee! this show is beyond awesome! I have yet to watch it(theres that whole english subs thing problem with vikki) and I ve really tried not to read the recaps before watching but I seriously cant resist!!!! Hyun Bin is made up of so much win!!!

hehehe . Oh boy I feel a new obsession starting :P

I must say I enjoy the fact that they didnt inflict the body swapping for the very begining. It sort of lets us be introduced to our characters in their natural..habitat(haha I really couldnt find a better word) and to each other.

I already luvs!!! Please oh please let the show continue strong(and not fizzle/not make any sense at all towards the ends *cough cough* I m looking at you SKKS)

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i'm so into this dramaa ;) all the characters are soo lovable in their own little ways. can't wait for the bench kiss scene <33

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Is it me or Binnie not as cute anymore? Sigh, I miss his baby face in MLKSS.

I'm loving this drama. This is a good transition from Gumiho.

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This could be the best show of 2010. Wow, what a great way to end the year. hahahaha

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This drama is such a delight. I'm in love already. Oh my god, can't wait to see ep 3 and 4.

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Usually I'm not a fan of gender swaps/reversals/crossdressings at all because I feel they are overused tropes, but Secret Garden's got my curiosity going.

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LOVE this drama. Hope the fun continues to the end. Thanks for the great work.

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Hyun Bin is so great in this role. For a while I was questioning whether there will even be a body swap as I haven't seen any hint of it yet. However, I do like that the drama is keeping a steading pace in developing the character first before doing a sex swap right off the bat.

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Love binnie in this, so adorable. Love the house and grounds.

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Great, great, great recap, girlfriday!! Thanks so much!

Let's see...I've watched two episodes so far, both raw, and got great help and insight from the wonderful recaps...and I'm totally hooked! I LOVE Secret Garden! Hyun-bin and Ha Ji-won have completely blown me away! Hyun-bin is so funny as the neurotic Joo-won. And Ra-im...wow. I love her when she's in her butt kickin' badass mode...but I really love her eyes' soft expression. They're kind of shy, kind of sad, vulnerable, and beautiful. And the look on her face while Joo-won was checking the injury on her arm...the way she was looking at him...wow.

I can't wait for the next couple of episodes...and I can't wait to find a site that will eventually have these episodes subbed. Sadly, I don't think I can count on 'V' much, anymore.

Thanks again, fri!!

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hate to say it but i'm lovin this already. i think they look great together and are both great actors. i'm wondering how they're going to do the whole body swapping thing...but even if they decide not to, they've already got my attention. hope the rest goes well as i haven't seen a great drama in a while. this one really is refreshing.

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These recaps have me completely convinced that I will love this drama once subbed. Its awesome and ridiculous and Jo Won is currently my kdrama hero because he's so adorably messed up.

Already, I'm looking forward to the angst. The possibilities are endless.

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Sign me on I'm hooked! :)

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The recap is enticing me to watch the drama.

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Thank you for the recap!

I should be annoyed at Joo-won''s doggedness, but I find it so incredibly cute here. And it also helps that he is sort of weird already and probably doesn't really understand what stalking means.

And Ha Ji Won is awesome- a girl you can really support! I like how she looks plain here and like a real woman that viewers can identify with.

At first I was disappointed to see no hint of body swapping....but now I don't want them to body swap! I feel like body swapping is only useful when both characters need to learn something and need to see another's point of view- like if he was a complete wimp and she was a brash, overconfident braggart. but they are pretty likable here.

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can i just say how much i love the first two episodes of sg? i was laughing my pants off the whole time over all of binnie's antics, but then he was soo awesomesauce and swoon-worthy at the end... this series is such a cool mix of romance and dry humor--i love it! agh! i'm a sucker for these kinds of plot developments... this is the first time i've seen a truly NEUROTIC kdrama male lead (i mean, yeah there's often narcissism,histrionics etc; but an imaginary friend? a psychiatrist?) how great is that?! can't wait for the next episode!!

btw, thanks for the awesome recap; the rapid-fire exchanges were making me a bit confused in some parts, i needed this one to fill in the gaps (or maybe the eng subs were just slow?)

anyway,let the body-swap begin!

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I LOVE that he's so honest about his feelings for her. Hyun Bin is such a nut case, but you can't help but love him.

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LOVE IT. Loving this drama already. Girlfriday pretty much summed up what I want to say about HB in her comments.

Loving how the story is progressing and how hilarious it is. That National Geographic part had me ROFL mad.

I freakin love Oska the womanizer and his ever-changing hairstyles. He's just as adorable as Joo-won. Aaand I must be the only one who doesn't find Phillip Lee attractive, dunno, his eyes kinda freaked me a little. Hopefully there will be some redeeming points for him in future episodes?

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Woah are those glow-in-the-dark sneakers? Awesome :O ... And I completely forgot about the body switching haha when I read your comments I was kind of stunned for a moment, like, "Body swapping? Huuuh?"

But thanks for the 'cap ;D after 6 hours of exams, reading this is like drinking frigging ambrosia.

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GAHHHHHHHH!!! How can anyone resist Joo Won’s persistence?

Ra Im seems to be holding her ground even if Joo Won daydreams of her like a loony, stalks other people just to get her phone number and Heck! even auditions for a stunt role just to see her… Tres cute and adorable! :)

All in all, i couldn’t find faults with the direction this series is taking… The musical scoring is superb (that song by Baek Ji Young is sooooo good that it’s enough to make me spazz or teary eyed depending on the scene), the cinematography is gorgeous, the acting is brilliant, the scriptwriting intelligent (yes, despite the body swap premise) and the actors magnificent…

And the love story? MY GOSH THE LOVE STORY!

It is absolutely the kind of adult love story that this writer is so famous for and which i go crazy over…

No cutesy stuff, no high school protestations of love… Instead you get the kind of love that comes only once in a lifetime and which takes your breath away…

That Smile that Joo Won gave Ra Im at the end of episode 2 says it all!

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Dear JB & GF. I love how you write. I used to watch, google and read recaps. Now I read your recaps before I watch and then google!

Secret Garden has got me hooked now!

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Sparkly Tracksuit haha, I crack up whenever I saw this name, should start to call him by this name from now lol

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Oh man this show has surprised me as to how good it is. Unlike Mary which has surprised me by how disappointing it has turned out.

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I AM IN LOVE!

This drama is so cute and cool and great and swoony

all at the same time.

There's no need to do the body swap at all,but go

ahead by all means, just to make me fall some more.

I'm on the boat, wagon or whatever ship there is for

this drama!

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I freaking love this! At first I thought Mary stayed out all night will ease my SKKS withdrawal but I think this is THE DRAMA!!

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Am I the only one who thinks Hyun Bin is saying Killer MC when he says Gil Ra Im shi?

Thanks for the recaps. I'm back to being a kdramaddict thanks to this one. This brings a lot of first kdrama nostalgia. I was totally in love with Binnie when I first saw MNIKSS that I even wrote him a fan letter! Sadly, I never got a response!

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Does anyone know where we can see this with eng subs? I am really trying to search for them but - no avail. Pls help

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Viikii has released softsubs for ep 1, I think you can find it at Soompi.

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To watch it streaming with eng sub go to http://kimchidrama.blogspot.com/

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And here is an episode 2 video for you guys who are interested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NESJxwrRh_8

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"Why? Because she’s the second lead. Need there be a more sensical reason?"

Haha. Is there such a word as "sensical". I love how the statement is ironically nonsensical in itself. 2 negatives make a positive eh?

Honestly JB and GF, I cannot thank you enough. You really really should get an award. My kdrama life would be weird without you guys.

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Wow this looks funtastic! Can't wait to watch it.

Thank you for the recap! (:

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Like Binnie, this is a love-at-first-sight drama.

I didn't quite get the reason for the body swap concept until seeing the 9-minute preview. Towards the end of the preview, there's this conversation when Ra-im asked Joo-won if he is turning her into a Cinderella. He said no, but she'd become a mermaid - vanishing into bubbles after the funfare. And she slapped him right there.

This would be a sound premise for the body swap and why we have the love line happening so quickly to lead onto the next journey. Being who he is, he knows that this girl he is obssessed with is not 'marry-able'. The body swap is then the train taking them to the next destination in the others' shoes.

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I am totally LOVING this drama as well!!! Just curious, why is it a weekend drama?!?!?

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