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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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I loved this episode.. thank you for the recap!

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omg. i love the rhyme he was chanting. anyone happen to have a romanized version? :D

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Here you go:
gim suhanmu geobugiwa durumi samcheongapjadongbangsak chichikapo sarisari senta woriwori sebeurikang
mudusella gureumi heorikein dambyeorak seosaengwon goyangi badugineun doldori

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thanks! now i'll learn it too!

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thanks, but what does it mean?

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I could watch the last part all day long and I will still be smiling even after the gazillionth replay.

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I love the scenes with him seeing her by his side. So touching.

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Me, too.

So I'm wondering here, if he is still crazy POST body swapped into HER body, and HE hallucinates, do we have scenes of HER walking along side of HER?

Or does HE just stare into a mirror to see HER?

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OMG I just finished watching this and believe it or not, my face mirror the director's face! hahaha oh joo won, must you have such flashy entrance, you crazy boy!

Ehm, on a calmer note... I would be traumatized if stalked by someone like Joo Won, not only he barge into your life, he act as if you're not worth it and it's your fault that he's crazy about you. Well, excuse me? Although he's adorable because we can see all his antics, he's still a creep to me. Wonder how the drama redeem him later. I'll definitely tuning in for this. Thank you for the recaps, ladies!

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I'm totally smitten by this show. I didn't see it coming. I just swept away from the first convo this couple has. Their interaction is just cute and natural and quite real to me. I hope this really good vibe will stay intact to the end!

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aw I'm hooked..

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Thank you for the recaps!
I'm hooked on this drama! It wasn't really on my radar, since I was anticipating MSOAN...but I'm glad I checked out the episode 1 recaps, I was drawn in by Bin's sparkly track suit :) His interactions with Ha Jiwon crack me up and Oska!

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This dramas is fantastic

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3 of my favorite actors in this KDRAMA! Hurray! Binnie is back!! Ha Ji Won is kickass as the her Tomb Raider stuntwoman role. Wow! I have to hand it to HJW. I don't think other actresses can carry off dong that kind of stunt work.I think she is hotter than Angelina Jolie. Loved Yong Sang Hyun in Queen of Housewives and was surprised by his singing.Didn't recognized him at first because he was so thin. Loved Hyun Bin's character who has phobias and neuroses. Can I be his shrink? Just dreaming....
Body Swapping theme has been played many times. It has to be done well with good actors otherwise it is not believable. Can't wait for more episodes to this cute and crazy fantasy/comedy.

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GF , i see that you're an expert on what you do. I like the humor inserts. Makes it more interesting to read. thanks.

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GF , i see that you're an expert on what you do. I like the humor inserts. Makes it more interesting to read. yey! thanks.

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i have high hopes for this series, o how i wish binnie will fatten up a little though!!

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I think I'm in love... xD The lead actors are so awesome!

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this is my new must watch drama. At first I wasn't very interested but reading your recaps got me interested so I watched episode 2 and I am loving Hyun Bin. Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won make up a strong acting couple.

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This is the only K-drama I would love to watch this year. Love the cast so much except the second female lead so far!

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oh I am liking this one..
Moreover the leopard print tracksuit in the preview.. i just died laughing ;-)

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Gahh cant wait to watch this with sub!! I must learn Korean!!

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This is the first recap that made me laugh out loud (in the office, nonetheless) and I swear, once my hard disk clears, I'll download this. :D

I'm not saying that the past reviews weren't stirring, they all were, I promise. But I thought I wouldn't be indulging in another k-drama after SKK. IDK, it's just *sighs* a withdrawal syndrome, perhaps?

But thanks for the SG recaps! They totally made my day.

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im really enjoying this show ....when i first heard of it i was gonna skip it but gave it a go after reading eo 1 recap....i love it its hilarious ...definitely a keeper

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WOAH! this script is really written for ha ji won n hyun bin, suits them like real.I think no other actor or actress can do a better job than them , watching the show is like cant wait for the next. Wish I can get the dvd now in SG!THey are going to get awarded for sure. Good Job MY love Ha ji won n Hyun bin... BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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YAh the rhyme is cute n oska too!

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i love binnie. he's actually BEING a guy who's doing everything eh can for the girl, and not watching from afar and waiting until they somehow find themselves in an awkward position. he pushes himself in front of her, and it's not the girl stalking him and him being ignorant of her feelings. sigh. i love this drama already.

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I remember the rhyme from a comedy show early in 80's (i think its origin goes back to 70's). the first half consists of a list of long-lived animal or person and the latter half is made up by logic like this: cloud highest in the sky, which is beaten by hurricane, which is beaten by wall, which is beaten by rat, which is beaten by cat, which is beaten by dog.

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Thanks JB n GF for awesome recaps.

So after Playful Kiss, where would I focus on? Ding Ding Ding and we have a winner here... I have found my new drug to keep me addicted to Kdrama. It's Secret Garden.

Body swapping between lead characters, how can you say no to that? Although we've been told with the main plot quite early on but I just love the introduction of the characters leading to that body swapping twist. It was done quite subtly not just for the sake of introducing all characters in the show. The flow was just right and for the first time I feel so confident to say that this is one hell of a gem that I'm desperately seeking out for in this year. OK, me in minority, after being disappointed by Coffee House and MGIAG, I might say that this is promising to be the best Kdrama for the year. I'd hope I'm right, coz the feeling was so right. Heck! I even get shivers just by looking at Hyun Bin's stare. And that sparkling tracksuit really keeps me giggle all the way.

Kim Joo Won - Hyun Bin
What can I say? He's cold, he's rich, he's sarcastically funny, selfish and too into himself, yeah you could say he's the typical male lead character we found in Kdrama, but I have to stop you right there. He is the most interesting male lead character I have known so far coz not only he's a chaebol, but he comes with an excess bagage; with a weirdly challengely fashion sense and total whacked-nut-job for his own fear and unusual taste in women. He's so interestingly to hate but love to adore. Especially when he keeps thinking about GRI and continue to fantasize about her; the most notable scene is when he was totally surprised when the hallucinated GRI talk to him back, I was laughing till I cry.

Gil Ra Im - Ha Ji Won
Wew... I never been so attracted to a female before in my life. Cool is not even a word to describe her. And I totally get why KJW is overly smitten by her presence. HJW is really an amazing actress. Not only she portrays the character to be so slick, cool and hi-chic but also girlish and vulnerable like any normal girl would be. I just love her.

My weekends would never be the same.

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hey same here , after PK it's gonna be secret garden for sure , loved the two first epi eventhough I'm still waiting for the soft english subs to watch and understand the 2nd epi

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what if he said: "This person is Ha Ji won and/or Song Hye Kyo to me".
That would be freakin funny.

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I forgot to say that I spent 1 hour downloading ep1 (viikii is not available to me) then watch it at 3am even I had to go to work at 7am on the morning. I read Dramabeans at my office n smile (LOL inside) like crazy.
wow, I love this feeling.

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LOL that would have been priceless.

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The first two things i check whenever online -- my email and dramabeans updates! Thank you for the recap! The female lead is lovable and mr. sparkly suit is totally hilarious! im looking forward to the next episode! :]

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I know I'm in comment Siberia by page 3, but I had to comment on this show/recap. Basically, I love it. I never liked Ha Ji Won because she reminds me of this horrible, horrible girl I once knew, but I love her as "Key Lime", which is what I hear every time they say her name. And then I want pie.

Oska is killing me with his performance. Even the way he's always sleeping or lounging on the sofa in some ridiculous position cracks me up. Key Lime's roommate was also hilarious in this ep with her mile-a-minute chatter.

Onto Hyun Bin's fantastic portrayal of Joo Won. I didn't realize Koreans could portray neurotics so well and with such affection! (And I don't just mean neat freaks, like Hyun Bin in Kim Sam Soon.) Joo Won is like a Korean -- and WAY hotter -- Woody Allen character. Love it! "National Geographic with flies..." --> I DIE.

Thanks javabeans and girlfriday for bringing this show to my attention. I was worried with Dr. Champ ending that Mary Stayed Out All Night would be the only drama I'd want to watch, but Secret Garden has my FULL attention.

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omg. after a gumiho, a super not smart girl, ancient f4, here comes a neurotic freakshow!?!

hahaha, i'm loving k-dramas more than ever! =]]

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It's strange, I always like the crazy-abnormal character in a drama. It doesn't matter the character is the main lead role or the villain one. There're Cha Do-woo in SoAM, Lee Jin-soo in Coffee House, and now this Joo-won.

I miss adorkable Binnie Oppa...

Thanks for the recap...I'll follow this and it so in at my to watch K drama list :)

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I wonder what happened to Ra-im's dragon tattoos? And the girl who plays her roommate is gorgeous! She kinda looks like Lee Min Jung.

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half way thru the first episode i was hooked. i love it when the heroines are tough and beautiful. hi 5 for girl power!

anyway, i think this drama is much better without the body/soul switching twist. it would have been awesome to see joo won try to get ra im's attention as well as jong soo trying to make her see his feelings in a realistically with the magic mumbo jumbo.

still, it just the beginning. i'm sure all of us viewers are all waiting to know what happens next.

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thanks for the recapp!
loving hyunbin! <3

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I guess I'm not the only one to think this maybe THE fav drama of 2010!! Only 2 episodes in and I LOVE it! I can't imagine anybody else but Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won playing the lead characters!! At first, I thought the storyline was WT? But I can't wait for the next episode!! Have been rewatching and rewatching the 2 episodes already to get my Binnie fix!

I hope this drama does really well esp. since it maybe Hyun Bin's last before he goes into the army. Sigh!

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@mmmaggie
I was about to write exactly what you said about Oska!! Yoon Sang Hyun's portrayal is over the top! :)

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watched the 2nd epi with subs and I'm more hooked to this drama , LOVING it so much :)
waiting for the weekend to come :)

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this is so good it kind of makes me wish there wasnt a body swapping... TT

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I totally love this show! It's really funny and I just can't stop laughing and smiling. Hyun Bin has some of the funniest lines and Ha Ji Won is really cool and pretty in this show! Can't wait for the next ep... Sat and Sun, pls come faster. I need the subbed eps.. :((

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I've never seen a weekend drama before. will it be really long? also what was up witht he weird voiceover during the interview? "Columbia University in the city of new york' was it supposed to be a gag that i missed?
anyway, likethis drama so far. refreshing that the male character is falling for the female first, maybe she'll grab his wrist!

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“Columbia University in the city of new york’ was uttered by Hyun Bin. Saying he graduated there. But the people he's with just know Colombia ( the country in South America). Colombia is a major exporter of coffee...which is a different thing.

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No, I heard him and got the joke. but did it sound like a voiceover to you? like they recorded someone saying "Columbia University in the city of New york" and then Hyun Bin just moved his lips. Watch it again, maybe I'm crazy, but it sounded so fake and I couldn't believe java or gf didn't point it out so now I'm unsure...

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No, you are not crazy ^.^
The first time I heard it, I also felt that it's a voice over. But I'm almost certain that it's Hyun Bin's own voice in the voiceover (if it's a voiceover). Sometimes when it's not your mother tongue, you tend to speak softer that the mike didn't catch it. Hence the voiceover.

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no, it's not a voice over.

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The English speaking did sound off. I think something happened with the sound during filming and the actor had to go back into the studio try to match his speech to previously shot footage. [loop the scene] Then the sound editor splice the new tape in. It sounds like they did a bad job.

I notice that they sometimes move the camera off Korean actors when they are suppose to be speaking English. That makes it easier to fix any problems in the studio later.

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I think there will be 20 episodes.

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Yep, I'm totally loving this drama. Was actually waiting for the body swap from the get-go but the hilarity of their meeting and might be liking each other before the swap is interesting.

The last time I watched Hyun Bin dramas was My Name is Kim Sam Soon and last from Ha Ji Won was Hwang Jin Yi. They're both doing a fine job acting so hmm the perfect word is "weirdly". Both of their characters are 3-d, like they have complexes that they don't want people to know about.

I also just watched Fight Club today, and Hyun Bin's "crazy" character reminded me of Edward Norton's "talking and imagining things to himself". Though, in a cute way. He is obsessed with her. I think he also has OSD where he wants everything perfect or else goes nuts literally. Yet, when it comes to Gi Rim, he softens up. His rigid lifestyle changes when he's next to her and he can't act "cool". Haha the volleykick ball.

Now I just want to see how they're going to react once they're body swaps and will they learn to know more about each other. When this happens, Gi Rim would become more lady-like but with Hyun Bin's complexes. While Hyun Bin more "boyish yet soft and girlish inside". Ohh this is going to be one awkward ride but I'm in for every minute of it.

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Thanks JB and GF for an awesome recap (1 n 2).

I have been looking forward to this series even before it started airing, after SKKS (which I love), keeping my expectation low, so that i won't be disappointed if it's not good. But gosh...it's so good, that I'm hooked already. ^-^

There are lots of scenes I like (example : bantering of Jo Won and Oska) but some scenes that I feel the characters themselves feel emotionally moved and the scene depicted it beautifully :

1. Every time Lime exist in Jo Woon's mind. The expression on Binnie's face...calm, serene, just feeling another human existence in him...that got to me. Just standing, walking together, sitting...in his mind... so beautifully done and acted. Love it! And when the character in his mind starts talking back...hilarious!!!

2. The time when Jo Woon look at Lime's scar and said, "I guess you couldn't run for Miss Korea." I think that really gets to Lime. She was always described as 'cool'. But Jo Woon is the first one, I think, that insinuates that she is beautiful enough to enter Miss Korea contest. For all her jokes about herself being pretty...she really didn't see herself as one. And to see this one good looking guy really believes that she is beautiful is...unbelievable to her. She couldn't give herself permission to believe that what this guy said might be true.

3. Same with her reaction when her boss said, "He is not strange at all. He's a man. And you are a pretty great woman." She really doesn't believe she is one. "Nah...he is just saying that." I think over the years her boss might have dropped little bits like that but she didn't give herself permission to take it to be true because she needs to keep their relationship professional. And her boss didn't intrude on her personal space like Jo Woon did. ^o^

p/s : Lime's roommate seems to fun. She's pretty too. I think she's with Joo Woon's secretary, the guy that gives him the phone when Lime called.

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It seems like a treat these days in dramabeans! We have non-stop recaps of good dramas, skkk, tamra, msoan and now secret garden.

Binnie is so effortless in his acting, it's refreshing to see him. I know I'm going to love this drama because I just love the preface of rich boy (no worries of money, can spend and buy any amount, anything! ha..ha) pursuing a tough poor girl! and it's a super bonus that rich boy and tough girl are good actors! I can imagine the body swapping (is it real or is it just Joo Woo delusional mind!?) would blow our mind because both of them are so good!

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You know. I am praying so hard that the ending won't be Joo Woo wakes up and it's all a dream or his delusion. That will really sucks.

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this show is so funny. i was laughing and smiling like an idiot throughout the whole episode. that volleyball/soccer thing took me back to high school p.e. days. i always dodged the ball like binnie too haha. i think it's called takraw? anyways thanks girlfriday for the awesome recap! can't wait til next week!

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Sepak Takraw is a different game. Popular in South East Asia especially Malaysia and Thailand. A team consists of 3 persons. The ball is very hard. Used to be made from weaved rattan but nowadays from plastic. The game they played in SG is a hybrid of takraw/soccer/volleyball. They seemed to use volleyball ball. Good choice. So much less painful. If i were to play with takraw ball, i'll definitely will do like what Jo Woon did...duck for your life!!!

short example of sepak takraw match :

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

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If u happen to watch 2D1N, you probably cried, rolled over the floor for non-stop laughter even more. They played a lot of that volleyball foot game. Its hillarious, esp when the cast vs crew episode.

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I am totally and absolutely hooked on this drama!! It took only one episode to do the magic. Hyun Bin (Binnie - so cute) is perfect for this role and Ha Ji Won rocks on her stuntwoman role. I like that both characters have so many layers to their personality. I can feel the chemistry between them. I can't wait for the role reversal.

So far the writer(s) have done a terrific job. I am hoping that they'll keep it going.

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Yeah, I was thinking about Sepak Takraw but the ball used in Sepak is of a different kind I forgot what is it called. Anyways...I love all the main characters in this drama and the main actors portrayed their characters to a T. I was laughing all by myself (mind you it's 12 am already!) so hard I almost fell from my seat when Joo Won said " The kind on National Geographic..." to an absolute clueless Oska. And the "Pig is a pig...perves!" Hahaha. Classic!

Honestly, I like this drama a lot better compared to the story line of Mary Stayed Out All Night.

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OMG... after reading your recap and read all the wonderful reviews. I decided to give it a try. I am so glad that I watched, It's awesome and I love Hyun Bin, he is good at MNIKSS but he is even better here. It is his smart choice to pick this as his last drama before head to the military. Now I will be busy during weekend thru Tue (MSOAN)...Love it...

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I do like this drama.

I liked Hyun Bin alot, he was especially good-looking in his previous shows. But over here, he is really too thin. His face looks better when he had more weight. Anyone knows the reason why he slimmed down so much that he is looking gaunt?

I like Ha Ji Won alot. Someone was right when she said that Ji Won is one of the sexiest actress on scene today. She is not overtly or blatantly or in your face sexy, which is kind of turn off, but she definately has something special... A kind of understated, feminine sexiness, in the way she smiles, looks at you or looks strickened. She is not play-actingly coy or acting pristine, but it's just the vibes from her... very feminine and sexy. She was attractive even from her Huang Jinyin days... how many female fans can like another girl who is so perfect looking? She just has that magnetism...

Can't wait for this drama to develop...

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Hmmm..to make it easier for body swapping! ok, I'm kidding. Enjoyed these 2 episodes thoroughly and loving all the hilarious parts!

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God, this drama is so. freakin'. ADORABLE. Maybe it's the Binnie factor like you say, but I feel like with anybody else Joo-won would border on the creepy, but somehow he's... not.

Also, I loooove the portrayal of him imagining her being there all the time. So much of the time we see the girl fawning over the guy first; this, like a lot of the other gender-role reversals, is a very refreshing change.

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Also also- is anyone else getting super strong Kimura Takuya vibes from Oska's actor? That's always what I think when I see him and I cannot shake it.

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I'm not there with you. If anything I think Kimtaku is like Joo-won.

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I swear that sparkly tracksuit guy looks so much like Jay Chou. Especially at the end when he smiled. Does anyone else agree with me?

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Not many people can answer that , who knows who Jay chou is ????

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This drama's got me hooked already! Love the cast. It's so adorable!

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ok i am now interested in this drama. i will now slowly open myself up and letting go of SKK huhuhu...

and i must say that i am now again in love with hyun bin from kim sam soon and now to secret garden

dramabeans and girlfriday thank you for your hardwork

mwah!

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i'm scarred about the body-swap
idk how they'd ever be able to pull that one off...

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