Drama Recaps
Secret Garden: Episode 3
by | November 20, 2010 | 240 Comments

SBS has had a number of dramas with truly beautiful cinematography in the past year — Bad Guy, Dr. Champ, Will It Snow For Christmas, Jejoongwon — and now we can add Secret Garden to that list. I’m really enjoying this drama based on story and acting alone — and Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won’s awesome chemistry — but the beauty of the visuals just makes it that much more enjoyable to watch.


Kim Bum-soo – “나타나” (You appear) from the Secret Garden OST [ Download ]

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At the department store shoot, Joo-won calmly sets the director down and proclaims himself Ra-im’s fan, shocking everyone in the vicinity. It’s tantamount to a frank declaration of interest, and who doesn’t love juicy behind-the-scenes drama?

Joo-won treats the entire crew to lunch at the store’s restaurant, while Ra-im sits in stunned silence, not quite sure what to think of all this. Joo-won “borrows” her for a private lunch for two, eliciting a chorus of knowing oohs from the crew (and a jealous snipe by Chae-rin at his taste in shabby looking women, which gets back the retort from a stuntman that she’s the shabby one of the two — yay for crew solidarity!).

Joo-won has set aside another lavish spread, explaining that he’d asked her friend (the hilarious Ah-young) what she liked, only to be told that with Ra-im, quantity is more important than quality. (Ha! You can tell that from her reaction that Ra-im’s a bit embarrassed but can’t refute it.)

He pulls out her chair for her, but Ra-im instinctively grabs for the chair distrustfully. She sorta covers up the slip by acting like she doesn’t like the chivalrous gesture, but he guesses she’s never had anyone pull out a chair for her before.

Joo-won supposes that the truth of his status makes things look different now — he looks more handsome, more important. (Even in this situation, he has to defend the indefensible, saying, “You’re thinking, Ah, so that tracksuit really was expensive. I feel sorry now.” Him and his tracksuit fixation. Funny given his decidedly unathletic bent — but perhaps there’s some overcompensation mixed in?)

Ra-im nods, surprising him with her ready agreement — since he said she’s pretty when she’s angry, she’s determined to stop getting angry. Telling him not to come by the action school anymore, she gets up and leaves.

She arrives at the restaurant only to find it now empty, and reaches for a leftover bowl of rice. Joo-won, having followed her down, angrily takes it away from her. He doesn’t understand her response, but she replies that she’s not comfortable with the lavishness of his gesture. To make her rejection clear, Ra-im slaps down four bills onto the table (40,000 won, or just under $40). It’s payment for this meal and her hospital bill, so they can put a neat end to their association.

Ra-im walks away, prompting Joo-won to burst out that all he wanted was for her to stop saying “I’m sorry” in her damned meek way — she’d spent all morning doing that thankless stunt and responding to harsh words with “I’m sorry.”

Ra-im counters that she could say that all day long — that’s how she makes her living. But thanks to him, now people will start gossiping that she’s got friends in high places, meaning she’ll have to say those words a helluva lot more in the future. “Do you think all the world is a fairy tale? Do you think all the dining tables in the world are set with flowers, candles, and wine?” She warns him to stay away from her.

As predicted, as soon as she gets back to the set, a buddy compliments her connections and the great lunch. Even the director kisses up to her, excusing her from work and ordering Chae-rin to do her own stunt.

Jong-soo isn’t particularly pleased to hear about the day’s events — particularly the part where Joo-won took such an active interest in Ra-im — and goes rock climbing to relieve his frustrations, which is really just a flimsy excuse to get Philip Lee sweaty. I’m hardly complaining…but you couldn’t make him a swimmer? I’m just sayin’.

Oska gets an upset call from his manager about a situation at the LOEL department store — a poster advertises a campaign promising a prize trip with Oska. He hadn’t even heard about this, but it’s clear where the guilt lies, and he storms over to the fancy house of glass to confront Joo-won about it.

Unruffled, Joo-won tells his cousin to relax, because he’ll wind up doing the promotion in the end anyway. Oska huffs and puffs in protest, and he tells his team to move his music video shoot (so as to conflict with the promotion).

Oska doesn’t seem to be a bad-tempered diva sort, but his capricious nature makes him a demanding client to manage. Today he decides, based on an exaggerated article in the news, that he would like to take on the position of cultivating new talent. (Or rather, he’d like the glory of being addressed by a hot new singer as his manager-boss.) (No doubt the writer is slipping in some subtle commentary on the state of celebs today, yeah?) He wants his manager to find the kid he saw singing in the club. Project!

It’s Joo-won’s turn to barge in on his cousin that night, and for two guys who have such distaste for each other, they sure do enjoy dropping in all the time, don’t they? (I almost made another bromance joke here, only I realized that they’re first cousins. And that may be flirting with too many taboos, even for a kdrama.)

I love the nonchalant way Joo-woo interrupts Oska’s date and asks plainly if Oska has ever dated a woman who lives in a hut out of National Geographic, doesn’t have a strong educational background, and is occasionally violent. Joo-won is like a curious little boy, asking, “Have you ever been hit by her… but liked it? You know, you think you can withstand being hit some more, and even slightly look forward to it?”

Pffft! No surprise that Oska assumes he’s talking about kinky bed-play. Joo-won is left with no answers to his confused questions, and broods.

Jong-soo pays a visit to Joo-won’s office to respond to Joo-won’s film-shoot gesture, and opens with the backhanded comment, “You look much better in a suit than that tracksuit.” To which Joo-won returns, “Which isn’t to say that I don’t look good in the tracksuit.” (Oh, kiddo. Let. It. Go.)

Jong-soo takes issue to Joo-won buying everyone lunch and warns him not to mess with Ra-im, because she’s well on her way to success and is talented at her job. Joo-woon is fine agreeing, but adds that he wants to help her — so Jong-soo’d better not mess with him, either. All right, boys, put ’em away.

Seul arrives at Oska’s place but only finds his manager there, who is NOT pleased to see her, knowing of the unhappy ex-couple’s pained past. He rejects her proposal to be their MV director (saying they’ve gotten someone else), and tells her not to come by anymore.

Seul calls in a favor to a friend to find out which director is attached the MV, then brightens when Joo-won drives in. She tries to suggest that they go on a date, but her hint goes flatly ignored. Joo-won excuses himself, heading inside with his perturbed thoughts, particularly aggravated by the sight of Ra-im’s 40,000 won. Finally he calls his doctor to ask for the receipt to Ra-im’s hospital bill.

Ra-im trudges to the bus stop, where she’s greeted by a large poster of Jeon Do-yeon in a cosmetics ad. Thinking of Joo-won’s comment that she’s like Jeon Do-yeon to him, she can’t help but be flattered at the comparison, and tries to pose girlishly in imitation of the poster.

She feels silly, however, and bows meekly to the poster and apologizes — as though she believes she doesn’t have it in her to be pretty, although she’d like to be.

Joo-won shows up at the action school — wearing yet another piece of sartorial art in a sequined leopard-print tracksuit. He announces that he’s not here to see Ra-im, but merely to collect what is owed him. Reciting the adage that rich people are the stingiest, he presents her with her hospital bill for 45,000 won. Therefore she still owes him 5,000 won.

She’s only too happy to pay him off quickly and get rid of him for good, but she only has 3,000 won in her wallet and offers to pay the rest later. Naturally he can’t let her off so easily and pokes at her a bit more, till she storms off in a huff.

Joo-won can’t resist taking the opportunity to peek in Ra-im’s locker, taking a photo of her photos, which is adorable of him. Even more adorable is his jealousy at seeing the photo of Oska that she’s pinned up — with her face pasted onto the girl posing with Oska. Incensed, Joo-won crumples it up.

And then, a small insight into her character: Amidst all her work supplies (bandages, running shoes, boxing gloves), he spies Ra-im’s small stash of cosmetics — red nail polish, face cream, blush. Interesting.

Ra-im directs the stunt team in exercises, but Joo-won purposely refuses the help of another stuntman just so he can complain to Ra-im about needing a foot-holder. Irritated, she grabs his legs to shut him up, and he proceeds with some hilariously wimpy neck-raises.

She tells him to do it properly, so he warns that she’ll regret making the request. He demonstrates what he means by doing a proper sit-up, which brings them face-to-face in alarming proximity. Ra-im finds their closeness uncomfortable and drops her eyes self-consciously, while Joo-won enjoys looking straight at her every time he completes one. Who knew sit-ups could be so sexy? Rawr.

He teases her by commenting on her prettiness, and she kicks him in retaliation and storms out. Warning him that she’s pretty pissed off, she asks if he likes her — is that why he keeps showing up?

Notice that he doesn’t directly answer the question, although his reply sounds like a flat denial; he says that it makes no sense for him to like her, that he’d be crazy to, that he has tons of ladies lined up dying to marry him. She, on the other hand, has none of those traits to recommend her.

She asks why he keeps following her, to which he replies, “Ask yourself that,” as though that’s a perfectly reasonable answer.

He says, “What can I do when I keep thinking of you? Even when I’m not around you, it still feels like you’re around. What am I supposed to do?” He starts to recite his insane “Kim-su-han-mu-the-turtle-and-the-crane” speech — how crazy must he be to be spouting that nonsense every night?

He wonders, “What have you done to me? Why me?” After all, all she does is hang up on him, get angry at him when he buys her food, and hit him. “You’re so strange that I’m puzzled and amazed.”

Well, it’s not the most romantic confession, but it is flattering in its own eccentric way, especially when he adds, “So right now, I’m crazy.” But he tells her not to worry — he won’t come round anymore.

Oska rehearses with his backup dancers, and I find it hilarious that they’ve made him into this idol-oppa, when (let’s be honest here) he’s a little old for that. I was picturing him as a Bae Yong-joon type or, to be closer to the Hallyu-singer-in-Japan mold, a Ryu Shi-won or Park Yong-ha (RIP).

His manager has tracked down the club singer kid, named Tae-sun, but getting him onboard Oska’s scheme is proving difficult. First off, Tae-sun doesn’t even know who Oska is, nor does he care about celebrities.

Oska finds the prospect of being unrecognized a personal affront and, calling the kid, tries to prove his identity by singing one of his pop hits. Tae-sun doesn’t care and says — in quite rude language, at that — “If you want to meet me, send me your music.” While we don’t know anything about the guy yet, he is currently selling his keyboard and has decided to quit songwriting.

Ah-young goes out on a blind date, only to find that she’s been set up with someone she knows, per his request: It’s Secretary Kim, one of Joo-won’s staffers. Hilariously, the guy has modeled his behavior after Joo-won’s, thinking it’s a way to impress Ah-young, and snaps his fingers to get the waiter’s attention. He also uses a few of Joo-won’s trademark questions, designed to intimidate: “Is that truly your best? Are you absolutely certain?”

The thing is, while that obnoxious behavior is tolerated when Joo-won does it because of his position, on anyone else it’s just plain obnoxious, and Ah-young is not impressed. When Secretary Kim starts to say something about “For five years…” she thinks he’s been stalking her for that long and leaves the restaurant straightaway.

However, as soon as she steps outside, she’s greeted with guys holding sparklers and cheering, celebrating her five years of employment. Oops.

Now Secretary Kim greets her with a sweet smile, congratulating her on her five years, and Ah-young reconsiders.

Meanwhile, at home, Ra-im keeps checking her phone — true to his word, Joo-won stops texting her, and she seems disappointed. So when she gets a call from him, her attitude is different as she heads to meet him at a swanky live music club — she’s not hostile or antagonistic, for once.

Notably, she’s wearing a neckerchief, which is cute because Ah-young had been wearing one for her date. Ra-im had found it odd, but Ah-young had replied that guys like when you hide a bit of skin. But Joo-won wonders if she’s hurt herself or something, so she pulls it off self-consciously.

Ra-im offers to buy him a beer, her tone hesitantly friendly as she concedes that she’s sorry for a few things. However, the sight of her well-worn bag — which has been mended with safety pins — makes him suddenly angry.

He says in his terse voice, “For the first time in my life, I think I’ve met a woman I can’t deal with.” He’s never been curious about the cost of a woman’s bag before, or about whether she couldn’t afford one. He asks in a hard tone, could it really be that he had been excited all day about his 2,000 won excuse, all for a woman who can’t even afford her own bag?

What a way to put it — as though she’s not worth his admiration if she’s poor. We can cut him some slack because we understand that he’s confused about his own feelings, but I don’t blame Ra-im for wanting to blacken a few body parts because he makes it sound as though he resents having spent the headspace over her.

All her good humor now gone and thoroughly insulted, Ra-im slaps the money on the table and leaves. Way to blow it, buster — just when she was starting to unwind toward you.

Ra-im walks out of the club just as Oska arrives, all worked up over the punk of a musician who won’t deign to acknowledge his celebrity. He’s pleased to see her and stops her to chat, just as Joo-won also leaves. Oska grabs her bag to keep her from leaving, and the broken strap snaps — which only further angers Joo-won. Oska doesn’t have the same reaction and even compliments her for her resourcefulness, but her nerves are already rubbed raw and looks at Joo-won uneasily.

Joo-won leaves without a word.

After hearing that the musician Tae-sun has left the club, Oska walks with Ra-im and urges her to cheer up. He wonders what her relationship to Joo-won is, and she answers vaguely that it’s the kind of relationship where they’re able to see through to each other’s inner feelings over one bag.

Oska guesses that she must have a really good bit of dirt on Joo-won — some weakness that puts him at a disadvantage. That must be why he’s going around talking about her all the time, which is a declaration that surprises her. He… talks about her?

They’re joined by Joo-won’s sister Hee-won, who spots them as they walk by and teasingly warns Ra-im that Oska’s a playboy.

Oska’s smile fades to hear Hee-won say that Joo-won went on a blind date with Seul, though the rumor is that she dumped him instead of the other way around. (That was Joo-won’s suggestion to allow Seul to save face.)

This launches Oska in to a broody flashback that shows a bit of their prior troubles, although I’m guessing the full story has a lot more angst to it:

It was years ago — he was still a star then, and still an incorrigible flirt. He’d insisted to Seul that he was at the recording studio, but she wasn’t buying it, and accused him of being with another woman. (The name is “Chun Ji-ae” — a cheeky nod to Queen of Housewives, where his not-quite-romance with Kim Nam-joo’s character was the drama’s runaway hit plotline.) And thus began the trouble.

Both cousins are therefore in dour moods that night, and walk along outside the house drinking beer. Separately, and then together.

Both want to talk first, and insist on asking their questions before listening to the other’s, which ironically just extends the non-answer process for both:

Joo-won: “Did Gil Ra-im get home okay?”
Oska: “I heard you went on a seon (date).”
Joo-won: “I go on them all the time. Did you send her alone, or take her home?”
Oska: “How was your date this time?”
Joo-won: “Did she say anything about me?”
Oska: “Hee-won says she dumped you. Is that true?”
Joo-won: “Anything at all, even a little?”
Oska: “Were you really dumped?”
Joo-won: “Was she still carrying that miserable bag? A plastic bag would be better.”

Sigh. Boys! These guys could do well to talk a lot less, and listen a lot more.

Oska points out that Joo-won’s hardly going to marry a stuntwoman, so he ought to just enjoy himself without all this complicated question-asking.

Joo-won, unsurprisingly, can’t get Ra-im out of his mind and sinks into a pensive sulk. He puts away the book he was trying to read, and when the camera pans over the books shelved on that case, the titles form a poetic sort of statement:

A sunny day meaning nothing
Someone is walking into my heart
I looked forward to chance
My melancholy, precious woman
You flew here by mistake

Ra-im receives a phone call informing her that she won some giveaway at the LOEL department store. Her first thought is that Ah-young had something to do with it, since that’s her workplace, but her friend points out that it’s a lot more likely that Mr. President was involved. You’d think that the idea would anger her, but her opinion is slowly starting to change, and she asks Ah-young if she can borrow her purse tomorrow.

All the while, Joo-won sits just outside her National Geographic apartment in his car, as though he might be expecting her call. Tired of waiting, he gets out and heads to the door where he raises his hand to knock (wrapping his oh-so-fastidious hand into a handkerchief first, so as not to dirty it).

But then he pauses, and sighs. He decides against it.

The next day, he’s walking through the department store with his secretary when something — or rather, someone — catches his eye.

It’s Ra-im, sporting her borrowed bag, here to claim her winnings.

Both stop in their tracks and stare at each other — she a bit shocked and uncertain, he still frustrated.


Considering how the body-switching premise was one of the big promotional points of this drama, I would have expected them to spring it on us a lot quicker — if not in the first episode, then surely the second. Goodness knows that an American TV show would have pushed hard to get it into the first ten minutes, so convinced are U.S. television producers that the audience must be hook, line, and sinkered as soon as possible that pilots these days are given no room to breathe or grow into their stories.

So it’s with pleasant surprise that I watch the story unfold here, even though we have not so much as a hint as to how the switch happens, nor is there a fantasy element preparing the stage for such an event. (Maybe it’ll have to do with the photo of her father that changes his facial expression in response to Joo-won?) But I’m not complaining, and am enjoying the drama so much that I don’t really care when the switch happens. In fact, I like that we’re spending so much time on these characters pre-switch so that when we eventually get there, things will have stakes and real emotional consequences.

For instance, I love that Joo-won wants to help Ra-im, but is just incredibly ill-equipped to do so. He understands that he’s attracted to her but isn’t willing to admit his attraction in a normal sense — he has to grasp at straws for reasons to validate his feelings, and in the absence of that validation, he sticks to firm denial that he could even harbor feelings for her. And while he knows the concrete ways he wants to help her — like give her a decent bag and fix up her shabby apartment — he doesn’t know how to accomplish that, as she’s still this huge mystery to him. He’s so like an innocent child in that respect, and when he speaks of Ra-im, it’s like she is a different species.

And that makes the body-switching that much more fun to look forward to. Once he’s in her place, he’ll finally be able to understand what makes her tick, from all her defense mechanisms to her secret fears. And — to have our cake and eat it too — I suspect it’ll give him the chance to address all those little things that annoy him, such as, say, her shapeless wardrobe and rundown apartment.

Also: This drama is such eye-candy to watch, purely for the visual palette alone.


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240 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Crew

    Yes! I’ve been stalking… sorry

    • 1.1 Crew

      Thank you so much for your recaps. I was so confused watching this raw, like the signs and the book titles.

      Binnie is doing an amazing job as Joo-won.

    • 1.2 rk

      I am probably the only fan of this show who hasn’t seen it! Gahhhhh, Im trying not to read the recaps without first watching it. But I can’t find it subbed anywhere. Viikii has it but its blocked. Where are you guys watching it?

      • 1.2.1 mellowyel

        am-addiction forums have raws and softsubs. it’s also a WITHS2 subbing project, but they haven’t released any soft subs yet

      • 1.2.2 upuk

        try dramacrazy…

        • jeezvive

          yes, dramacrazy has various mirror sites for english subs for both 1&2 eps. but be warned kind slow…

          • paige

            Excellent coz I just watch it today

      • 1.2.3 tetsi

        vikii has released their softsub for ep 1 and 2, you can find the link @ soompi

      • 1.2.4 Carol

        nah, not the ONLY one….. i have no intention of starting to watch this AMAZING show until its at least 6-10 episodes in (depending on willpower). then I only have to suffer the wait for another 10 eps at most. I have such respect for people who patiently wait each week for new eps.

        • outofcontrol

          you have great will power.

        • oreocrush

          Haha you have greater will power!

      • 1.2.5 Amber

        Dramacrazy is the place to watch it, but you have to wait for a week to watch w/sub.

      • 1.2.6 twylah

        try kimchidrama or this:


        found it after giving up on viiki

      • 1.2.7 tieu

        You should probably try again today at viikii. Last time I checked it was also blocked, but I was able to watch it today. Although not episode 3 yet since it wasn’t out. =P

      • 1.2.8 Lythial

        I watch it on kimchidrama.blogspot.com
        Pretty decent speed since they don’t have too many dramas :)

      • 1.2.9 Paloma

        No subtitles. I have exactly the same problem.

      • 1.2.10 CSJH

        kimchitube.com has eng sub episode 1 and 2 currently.

      • 1.2.11 sansan

        i think ep. 1 is blocked but i’ve seen ep. 2 already on viikii

        • zuppista


          • rk

            Wow, thank you guys! I realized right after I posted this comment that a simple google search was all I needed to do. how could I forget to google? But thank you for the suggestions everyone! Really appreciate it. :)

        • rainerust

          Have you tried jacinda1st? (website spelt exactly the same .com) Has both English and Chinese subs (the Chinese subs usually come out much earlier though).

          Major respect for the subbers here.

      • 1.2.12 cuddy

        you can watch it at http://kimchidrama.blogspot.com

      • 1.2.13 mimi

        you could find it in epdrama.com

  2. Nadhia

    wooww am i the first???

  3. stars4u

    oh finally! i was waiting for this thus the constant refreshing!

    Thank you!!

  4. jlee

    thank you! i was confused about a few parts and this really cleared them up! i LOVE this drama so far! and i definitely agree about cinematography. ha jiwon and hyun bin are amazing together <3

  5. yeni

    been waiting for ages…thank U!!!

  6. Shirley

    Finally up!
    Thanks so much 😀 😀
    Gonna read it now.

  7. wits

    Yey!!! you are so fast!! Thank you, thank you, thank you… JB, for the great recap and insights. Now off to watch….

  8. Precious

    Yaay! I’ve been stalking this site all day waiting for this recap. I think I died when I saw Hyunnie in his leopard sequin-track suit >_<. "I’m hardly complaining…but you couldn’t make him a swimmer? I’m just sayin’" or a wrestler (they undress often right?) or a yogi or a runner who doesn't believe in clothing.

  9. nara:)

    YAY! Too bad my 22 credits schedule is stopping me from watching this show. I’ll just read the awesome recaps for now to quench my thirst. Thank you Javabean and GF!

  10. 10 ni

    have been refreshing this page for the past hour [/feels pathetic]. thank you so much for the recap! since subs are not out yet ive been hunting for all kinds of summary/translation. i enjoyed this episode so, so much even though i didnt understand a word. it reminds me a lot of Lovers in Paris in terms of awesome dialogues and the cute romantic bits (and thank God no scheming second female lead…yet. at least i dont think Seoul is the type to stoop so low as to lie about some birth secret or something to separate RI & JW; and thank God no..birth secrets). i love, love that they are going about this courtship like middle-schoolers who have their first-ever crush, and that each character has layers to them, second lead or not. if they continue like this till the end, i think we’re going to have our best drama of the year <3

    • 10.1 sweetie

      agree..best romantic comedy drama of the year 😉

  11. 11 missthiri

    i have found the new drama crack… :) thanks for the recap. I noticed the beautiful shots of handpicked locations… gorgeous leads. wonderful storyline. awesome chemistry.

  12. 12 supah

    Prior to sitting down to watch episode 3, I was wondering whether I found this drama as absorbing and emotionally engaging as say, a Lee Kyung-hee tearjerker (which I adore), the answer was a no.
    But I’m SO glad I watched this episode. The tearjerker fix can be sought out elsewhere, easily, I will watch SG purely on its own accord… The chemistry, the chemistry! Oh. Mah. Gawd, the chemistry! My heart jolted out of place in that particular moment (first screencap above).
    And can’t stop girly screaming and being all giggly-squealy over Oska and Joo-won.
    Alas, this sucker’s been suckered in after all. I tried to watch it from an objective standpoint, but whatevz!
    Cheers for the recap, JB!

  13. 13 PickmePICKME

    I love love love this drama. I mean the Ha Ji Won-Hyun Bin pairing had me from the begining, but oh gosh. I love it. Its poignant. It just gets into and stays with you. Not likt the oh this is hot kinda rush that makes you want to jump to the next ep. But its more unexpected and sweet. Like Oh, yeah and then it just stays with you. Like something you just wanna savor. OOOhh I love it. Someone pls teach me korean so i wont have to rely on subs, even though i love subs and the people who put their time and effort into it. I LOVE this drama.

  14. 14 oreocrush

    I have been refreshing the page since last night. JB you are really quick!

    I just finished watching the 3rd episode on tudou with chinese subs. I was’nt that interested in the body swap plot, Hyun Bin is just so adorable with his rhetorical questions. And I love the cousins’ rivalry and bickering, wonder how they are going to fit in the body swap plot into the drama. Can’t wait for the next episode! By the way, the OST is awesome!

  15. 15 diana

    yay!! top 10!! wow,really starting to love the leads in this drama

  16. 16 ladida

    The red leaves of the tree contrasted to the bright bright lights, all atop that navy-black sky. So pretty.

  17. 17 citrone

    Thanks for great recap ^^
    How would have guessed the sit-ups can be that sexy ^^

  18. 18 xiaoSxin

    Thanks for the recap!!!

    The OST for SG is out and I noticed.. Baek Ji Young has two versions of her song.. It’s called “That Woman” and “That Guy”.. It makes me think of a his and hers song..

    I love the songs, it is full of angst.

    • 18.1 jeezvive

      hahaha silly me! so that was why it’s part of OST 2 heehee I thought they just want to re-launce the song. thanks for clearing that up!

  19. 19 lemonlime

    If I didn’t read these reviews of this drama here, I wouldn’t have even known about the fantasy element of the show. It’s so quirky and cute that I really enjoy the drama as is. But I’m gonna stick around even if the fantasy stuff isn’t so good, cuz they already have me hooked to the characters. props drama, props

  20. 20 asianromance

    thank you for the recap!!!

    That sit-up scene was super hot! It’s hotter than a full-blown makeout scene! I had to bite myself to prevent myself from screaming with glee! The second best part was the pic of Oska that Ra Im has in her locker! (The change in Ra-Im’s dad’s expression in that pic was sort of creepy…does anyone have an explanation for it???)

    I can’t decide who I feel more embarrassed for- Joo-won, who has no clue what’s going on and is oblivious to the situation, or for Ra-Im, getting the (very public) attention of such a childish, neurotic guy who doesn’t understand her situation in the slightest. It’s like having a spotlight following you around.

    AS much as I love Jang Hyuk, I think Hyun-bin is perfect for this role. No one can do puerile-grown-man like he does.

    I’m also glad they’re holding off on the body-switching. At first I was looking forward to it, but now I’ve fallen in love with the couple, as-is.

    I want a Oska x Joo-won bromance- taboo bedamned!

  21. 21 bluebird

    “he tells his team to move his music video shoot a week behind (so as not to conflict with the promotion).”
    you got it wrong. he wanted to postpone mv shoot to conflict with promotion and make an excuse.

    thanks for quick recaps. keep up the good job!

    • 21.1 javabeans

      ah yes, that’s right. was too quick to do that scene!

  22. 22 mellowyel

    ooh, I love eye candy dramas (cinematography-wise, though i also like actor eye candy :) Those screencaps has me itching to watch a Wong Kar-Wai film.

    Thanks for the recap! This is one drama I cannot watch raw because I feel like all the information is in the conversations, and the details are what make it awesome. Can’t wait for subs!

  23. 23 maria

    constant refreshing pays off! dramabeans recaps > sleep. c’mon.

    i’m so addicted, this is my new drama crack.

  24. 24 shu

    gosh i love the nutcase joo won.. so lovable

  25. 25 Py

    Thanks for the recap!!! Enjoying this drama now!!!!

  26. 26 Shay

    Oh my heavens, that sit-up scene. It was pure sexy time. It got me sprinting across the house, trying to find my sister and get her to watch the scene with me.
    This is already one of my favorite dramas and that’s saying something.
    Thank you always for the recaps!

  27. 27 Niki

    Great recap!!

    I was waiting to see the pictures of the leopard print track suit. I wonder if this is going to be a running gag, because now I want to see how they can top this one.

  28. 28 tori

    fast recap, thank you!

    i like how the story is unfolding and how much interaction raim and joowon are having before the switch. i specially like how joowon is having a hard time understanding his own feelings. hyunbin’s terribly cute at how he’s portraying joowon.

  29. 29 toby

    thanks for the recap!!

    I can’t wait to watch it!

  30. 30 Jean

    mmm anyone else see the pic of her dad “magically” change from a smile to a somewhat frown in tha scene where he takes pictures of pictures from Ra-im’s loocker…

  31. 31 rayray

    ohhh meee gooodness! the exercise scene is quite possibly the most faint worthy scene in a drama..ever! now excuse me while I faint.

    haha even that leopard tack suit couldnt ruin it!

    ps I still want one of these track suits kekeke

  32. 32 Show2007

    You are my angel JB. Thanks for the recap. Just watched it in Chinese subbed and boomed your recap is here what a life saver. I am totally hooked, I meant I can rewatch ep 1 to 3 for three or four times and still find it charming. I love it as much as You’re beautiful. The chemisty between Binnie and SYA are speechless (the only one can compare w/them will be the CityHall leads) Gosh, I am so proud of Hyun Bin what a pretty drama for him before he head to military.

  33. 33 Larkspur

    Thank you so much!!!

  34. 34 kitkatx

    Ohhhh. I definitely love dramas with wonderful cinematography. S. Scandal had some great pictures that could be postcards. Also Take Care of that Lady with Yoon Eun Hye. 😛

  35. 35 tetsi

    I swear Saturday and Sunday are so much more to look forward to these days.. thank you for the quick recaps JB. I really love this drama so far. it feels like an adult version of BOF with much better acting and more interesting storyline.. (oh well, not much similarity then.. *snerk* but still…)
    and what do you know, you learn something new everyday. Now I know how they get their flat tummies.. if only I’d known this earlier…

  36. 36 jen

    this sounds soo horrible
    but……i kinda want one of his tracksuits XD
    i swear it just grows on you!!!

  37. 37 twylah

    wahhhh…it’s here! I’ve been waiting for this the whole day! Thank you so much javabeans for the fast recap! *gonna read now* :)

  38. 38 Mawiie

    Thanks a lot for the recap JB! There’s something so special about that drama, I just can’t put my finger on it, But in any cases, it is so adorable!

    This is totally random, but your comment about bromance reminded me that earlier today I was thinking “If Javabeans or Girlfriday ever post an article about bromance in their pop culture section, I’d die happy” LOL I mean, I’m sure that a whole bunch of readers will just die of giggles and massive hyperventilating and heartattack (and hiccup, maybe? xD) and I’m pretty sure that you guys have a TON of things to say about it haha. Ah just wishful thinking 😛

  39. 39 moomincandylalala

    Officially hooked..haven’t felt moved by a drama in a while. I love how well they’ve set the mood in each scene…esp those showing the character alone, with not that much dialogue. JW’s loneliness has been displayed beautifully…Also his character’s quirks are awesome, well written and well played!

    This drama shows how a female lead can make or break a drama… it annoys me in a lot of drama’s pairings of strong male leads with soso female ones that lack the charisma to carry the show… bring it on HJW!

    • 39.1 Banhmat

      You are right. Eventhough most people here are dying for Binnie, I have to say that HJW has done a great job as usual….I just love the chemistry in the series..

  40. 40 Yenna

    MY GOSH.
    the sit up scene. OMG.
    love love love.

  41. 41 Mary

    Great recap! Thank you thank you :)

    Looks like we got ourselves another Mr. Darcy, with that confession/non-confession on the roof of the action school — He’s not allowed to fall for her because of their social differences, but he can’t help it… Looks like the writer is using some Austenisms. She does know how to attract the female viewers :)

    Can’t wait for future character and relationship developments.

  42. 42 jeankaycee

    thanks gf!!! another great recap!

    at first i was kinda hesistant to watch this drama, thinking it would a slapstick kind with the premise of body switch. but glad that my pessimism was instantly swiped out when i did watched it, i totally love it!!!! now i can really say im on board to this drama!!!

    and can i say just this, I MISSED YOU BINNIE!!!!!
    its really good to see him back to rom-com drama!!!
    i love his character from his crazy ways til to his sparkly tracksuit!!!

    and ha ji won is such a delight to watch as well. i love their interactions and the dynamic are great.

    excited for more!!
    see you episode 4!

  43. 43 Balletbabe

    Thanks for the recap, very helpful when watching the raw episode!

  44. 44 jaejoongwangja

    haha ‘ could u make him swimmer? ‘.omo i havent watch it becoz no eng sub, but i cannot wait any longer, i hv to read ur recap first then, i thnk i’ll read ur recap again after i watch the ep . n that just how much i addicted to this drama. i really like this drama now i found another addiction after SKKS…

  45. 45 Anonymous

    At first the hoi couple from MGIAG has my vote for best couple of the year but Joo-won Ra-im is really amazing together as well. Sparks are flying whenever these two meet. And yeah, who knows that sit-ups can be so hot and sexy.

  46. 46 Sammi510

    The recaps for this drama are AWESOME. Do keep them coming. I LOVE this drama. Hooked! I don’t know how the body switching is going to happen either, but if these three episodes are any indication, it should be fun when it happens. For now, the hilarious banter is great enough. Thanks again ^.^

  47. 47 celestialorigin

    Thank you for the timely recap! :0)

  48. 48 Stephanie

    I’m loving the characters even without the switch. The switch is far from fresh so I it doesn’t matter. Their relationship is unique enough. And I’d watch them for 20 eps without a switch.

  49. 49 alice

    Anybody read “Price and Prejudice and Zombies”?
    After the first episode I dubbed this drama Pride and Prejudice and PrivateBits which seems a more appropriate supernatural twist to this character-driven story. I’m too am glad they’re not rushing into that aspect but I was beginning to think I had the plot mixed-up with something else. Thanks for the sum-up!

  50. 50 epyc

    The plot is moving on decisively with the differences and conflicts between Joo-won and Ra-im coming to a head over that doomed bag, the epitome of our modern day materialism!

    It is only Episode 3 and we have the premise of the whole story marked out. I like this twist of the cold boy-poor girl storyline where the boy is a neurotic that makes him look obnoxious (or in fact, he is to a certain extent). It is not they fall first and then fight the obstacle later – but the opposite. Hence, the body swap to see each other’s perspective: so clever!

    Of course, the drama won’t work out brilliantly without our dear leads. Hyun Bin, Ha Ji-won, and Yoon Sang-hyun really shine but I can’t say so for the other two leads. The chemistry between HB and HJW is undeniable but the two cousins’ interaction is another joy and plesant surprise of Secret Garden!

    • 50.1 johnandvan

      Love the cousins interplay, and yes Hyun Bin, and Ha Ji-Won, and Yoon Sang-Hyun, and the supporting cast are fabulous, love this romance drama.

  51. 51 lala

    Favorite Kdrama this year! Cannot wait for ep4!
    The chemistry between the two is AWESOME and addictive!

  52. 52 ai*

    i wonder how does Ah Young’s 5th year employment anniversary fit into the story? i dun see the connection at all!

    i’m so moved by Joo Won in ep3 – him getting all his advances rejected, struggling with the social gulf between him and Ra Im….my Seo-byun Syndrome has given way to the JooWon-Disorder now!

    • 52.1 Jomo

      I think we are watching the romance unfold.

      He is the one who defended her to JW to try to stop her termination. Remember he said, “She has been a good employee for 5 years.”
      (and she may be a possible-witness-to-earlier-event-that-will-soon-gain-importance-in-retrospect.)

  53. 53 Unknown

    Thanks for the recaps!!!
    I agree the drama is truly an eye-candy…
    I love the last two pics…

  54. 54 Pela

    Sigh, He stalks her, invades her privacy, openly insults hers, makes her work like difficult and all I can think he would make a wonderful devoted husband.

    Disclaimer: Only in the context of a K-drama and as played by Binnie!

    • 54.1 Nana

      exact same thought !!! :)

  55. 55 momosa

    All the while, Joo-won sits just outside her National Geographic apartment in his car…..classic, hilarious!! :)).

  56. 56 mskololia

    thanks JB….

    can’t wait to see how the fantasy element is further brought into the storyline either especially after the father’s picture facial change and lightning from the previous episode. i wonder what the writer has in store for the audience :)

    i hope the switch happens around epis 5-6.

  57. 57 mariouma

    i love this drama very much

  58. 58 Ashlea

    Thank you for the summary!!!! I watched it without subs so this helps me understand things a bit more (as I don’t speak Korean unfortunately ^^;) This show has well and truly grabbed me, its gonna be painful waiting for sat and sun every week for the next 8 weeks gaaaah! Still I am sure its gonna be an awesome ride.
    I love the chemistry between the two leads, they’re both so beautiful and their characters are so much fun (I LOVE how crazy JW is! Its awesome!) I really hope that JW gets to see RI dressed up and all pretty at some point (as himself) it would be schweet.
    I wonder how much of the show will focus on the body swap. Obviously it hasn’t happened yet (it will prolly make for comedy gold when they finally do). I wonder if they will swap back in the last ep or if they will give us a few eps at the end where they are back to normal. Personally I hope for the latter, so they have a bit of time to get used to being themselves again.
    Oh and… the sit up scene… need I say more? :: fans self :: XDDDD

  59. 59 alice

    Biggest shock of this episode—the hospital bill. Does that really convert to $40US? HFS. My ER visit for 5 stitches & an x-ray cost $1100 (yes, I have insurance). 40-f*#@ing-dollars?? Too cheap. Somewhere between $40 and $1100 outta be good.

    • 59.1 jedi

      It’s with insurance, of course. The poorer, the less they pay in Korea.
      US medical insurance system is the most horrible thing in the world. Damn I need to leave America,

  60. 60 punch

    yes people are too eager to talk and too impatient to listen. I observed that too many times. yay! I’m really looking forward to the soul switching but hope it will not come so soon.

  61. 61 applepie

    woot finally

    thanks for the recaps

    gahh, why won’t ju won be frank about his feelings

    and anyone knows whose property is sbs borrowing for ju won’s house cause it’s pretty awesome!

  62. 62 tari

    woohoo..been stalking from morning..thank you..

  63. 63 lovejerry

    i’ve opened dramabeans site 20 times waitin 4 ur recaps. thanx. hyun bin is bloody awesome

  64. 64 qui

    thanks for the recap…i just recently gained interest in this drama, after reading the recaps for episodes 1 and 2..

  65. 65 sweetsurprise

    Thank you for the recaps! I’m beginning to like this drama.
    I love the sparkly tracksuits. lol Maybe it’s a subtle hint at stating what’s to come. Maybe it’s to show Joo-Won’s feminine side!

    Thank you again for the recaps,

  66. 66 yb

    it’s sooo cool how the house that hyun bin lives in is actually maiim vision village where i had my college orientation lol

  67. 67 soojungeee

    I will not lie… I screamed like a little girl during the sit-up scene. WHY IS HYUN BIN SO DAMN HANDSOME AND ATTRACTIVE? WHY IS HA JI WON SO BEAUTIFUL EVEN WITH THAT UGLY HAIRCUT?!?! WHY ARE THEY SUCH A BEAUTIFUL COUPLE?! WHY IS THIS DRAMA SO DAMN AWESOME?!?! WHY IS THE CINEMATOGRAPHY SO DAMN BREATHTAKING?!?!?! I just don’t know…. but I know that this drama is awesome and I am loving every moment of it. The sit-up scene will be the next pottery making scene from Ghost. Let it be known, guys.

  68. 68 news

    Can someone explain the Konglish expression ‘exchanging minds’ (or something like this)?

    I think of this expression when I watch Secret Garden although I don’t know the exact translation.


  69. 69 Lady Seoul

    Lol, I keep going back to this page.
    That’s how much I’m itching to watch this episode!
    Great recap btw! <3

  70. 70 gingganggoli

    I loved the pic of HJW in the last part….gash so nice…

  71. 71 Kuging

    OMG im loving this drama. cinematography =check characters=check . chemistry =double check, plot check. OMG!! im looking forward how the conflict and body swapping unfold! OMG!

  72. 72 Katey B

    As always when there’s no subs so appreciate having the recaps to read. Like to see everyone’s ideas too.
    Wondering if it’s just me though or do some things seem to be acted a bit OTT though. It seemed to me J was a bit too harsh about R’s bag. I mean it’s tatty but there must be a reason she’s toting it around. Thought any girl would be too devastated to have anything more to do with the guy after been shot down in such a cruel way. Will have to wait for the subbed version to see what he actually said.
    Must say even if it’s OTT I am totally sold on this drama. I just love the chemistry. Those sit-ups for example.
    Wonder if anyone knows anything about the houses J and O live in. I’m really curious as to what they really are in real life-are they really houses on a big spread? I especially love the library and the area pond behind J’s place.
    Did anyone like me feel kept in suspense about whether a tracksuit would make an appearance?
    Really like how O’s character-even though he’s a player-is so sweet to R compared to J. They play off each other so well.
    Like many I don’t mind if there is no body swop soon (-am actually a little scared it might ruin things being too far-fetched).
    Whatever I can’t wait for Ep. 4!

    • 72.1 mskololia

      I’ve had a handbag that was ratty and I hated to let go of it but gave it a send off reminiscing and mourning all the while…..My take is that JW may have had a similar experience with a gift given him by someone dear only to be teased or tormented into giving it up. Methinks the experience may be locked away somewhere waiting for RI to bring it back to remembrance once the swap gets underway. Yes, I expect lots of skeletons to come falling out of this boy’s closet….kekekeke.

      Oh, snap….Lost in Space is on…speaking of neurotics (Dr. Smith).

    • 72.2 melissa

      Wondering if it’s just me though or do some things seem to be acted a bit OTT though. It seemed to me J was a bit too harsh about R’s bag. I mean it’s tatty but there must be a reason she’s toting it around. Thought any girl would be too devastated to have anything more to do with the guy after been shot down in such a cruel way.

      Well , it’s a little bit cruel but I think Ji Won is right. There’s nothing wrong toting that bag around but it should be at the right place and at the right time. Ji won is excitedly looking forward to her meeting with Ra im and here comes Raim showing up with improper clothes and a worn bag in that kind of place. If I were in Ji won’s shoes, I would feel also insulted that the girl you like showed up like that without giving much attention to the way she looks. And Ji won is right. Does Raim have no other clothes and even one unworn bag? Does she have no time to at least make herself a liitle bit presentable to think that they would meet in such kind of place?

      Ji won got mad because he felt that Raim didn’t show any respect on their meeting. That means she doesn’t care at all.

      • 72.2.1 Katey B

        To Melissa,

        regarding your comment as below

        ‘…it’s a little bit cruel but I think Ji Won is right. There’s nothing wrong toting that bag around but it should be at the right place and at the right time. Ji won is excitedly looking forward to her meeting with Ra im and here comes Raim showing up with improper clothes and a worn bag in that kind of place. If I were in Ji won’s shoes, I would feel also insulted that the girl you like showed up like that without giving much attention to the way she looks. And Ji won is right. Does Raim have no other clothes and even one unworn bag? Does she have no time to at least make herself a liitle bit presentable to think that they would meet in such kind of place?Ji won got mad because he felt that Raim didn’t show any respect on their meeting. That means she doesn’t care at all.’

        I can see where you’re coming from but I’m thinking Ra-im is inexperienced in dating guys and dressing for a guy so you have to cut her some slack. She also obviously has no experience of such an environment as the swanky bar/club. She’s just being her honest self-props to that. She probably has never even thought of how her bag looks to others either. (I actually thought it might have been a present from her father so she’s hanging onto it.) She did try to dress for the meeting with Joo-won though cutely copying the bandana-round-neck idea of her friend.

        Agree with you that Joo-won being of a prestigious background and a snob would definitely fail to see her effort.

        They’re just coming from different worlds.

      • 72.2.2 Jay

        I don’t think Ji Won was right to rip into Ra Im because she doesn’t dress the way he thinks she should. To me it’s an example of his extreme immaturity – he’s incapable at this point of seeing a situation from any view other than his own. Whatever Ra Im’s reasons for dressing the way she does, Ji Won’s reaction only shows how far he has to go to become someone worth Rai Im’s emotional investment. At this point, I’m really looking forward to that body swap and Ji Won’s introduction to life without inherited riches to smooth everything over.

    • 72.3 Katey B

      See the houses of Joo-won and Oska are in reality that of Maiim Vision Village. Thanks yb for the info.

  73. 73 anon

    I could watch the sit-ups scene over and over again.

  74. 74 czak

    hahaha…. i so agree.. who would have thought that sit-ups could be so sexy..!!!
    i watched that part over & over again…
    i think that is the highlight of this episode….
    smexy sit-up… rawr..!!!

  75. 75 sachi

    OMG…. i can’t wait to see binnie’s performance as a girl.. 😀

  76. 76 koreandramalover/kdl

    I have not watched a single episode of this drama and only now have read the recaps.

    Is it only me but after SKKS, I have yet to be interested in any other dramas, even though Hyun Bin is as handsome as ever and Ha Ji Won looks quite attractive.

    I also think the fact that Hyun Bin is in a real-life relationship with Song Hye Gyo makes it difficult for me to BELIEVE that HB and HJW can act like they are REALLY interested in each other in this drama.

    I think that is why they are keeping their relationship so low profile because such facts do affect the audience’s reaction when viewing their acting on screen.

    No matter how hard I try not to think about it, I can’t help but keep thinking that HE IS JUST ACTING…because he has a real-life love…

    Aaahhh…the perils of the actors/actresses being open and honest about their relationships…

    But since Javabeans is recapping this drama, that is one motivation for me to at least READ the recaps…but as of now, the plot has yet to perk my interest…

    Seems to me it has so many similarities with so many dramas that it gets old real fast – brooding and cold male lead meets perky female lead and they fall in love…

    Haaaaiiii….where have we seen it before? Countless other dramas, some as recently as a few weeks ago…

    Let’s hope that the writers/PD have something more intriguing lined up for this drama…

    • 76.1 well

      you don’t know what you’re missing.
      and when you don’t know what’s going on, just don’t write it. so stupid!!!!

      • 76.1.1 koreandramalover/kdl

        I knew it!
        I knew my comment would generate the kind of comment that you gave and you certainly did not disappoint.

        Its interesting to note how easily you say “stupid” to someone else by hiding behind an ambiguous name such as “well”.

        There is a saying : It takes one to know one.

        So what can I say?

        I wonder why you are so offended by my comment?

        Obviously you do not believe in freedom of expression.

    • 76.2 huh?

      oh my god, get out of here.

      • 76.2.1 koreandramalover/kdl

        I knew it!
        I knew my comment would generate the kind of comment that you gave and you certainly did not disappoint.

        Its interesting to note how easily you say “stupid” to someone else by hiding behind an ambiguous name such as “huh?”.

        There is a saying : It takes one to know one.

        So what can I say?

        I wonder why you are so offended by my comment?

        Obviously you do not believe in freedom of expression.

    • 76.3 asianromance

      guess it’s different strokes for different folks. And I think everyone recognizes the drama similarities (many of the comments tend to point out such tropes), but we appreciate how certain dramas go the extra mile to make things interesting for the viewers. I actually think HJW’s character is more cold and Hyun-Bin’s character is more like the pesky female characters in kdramas (especially during the part where he keeps on demanding his $2).

      I actually forgot Hyun-Bin was in a relationship with SHG while watching this. Maybe it’s because despite their big names, they are keeping their relationship low profile, which I think is admirable of them. They are more often on screen as their characters than as their real selves. There are quite a few married actors/actresses in romantic parts whom I forget are married until I decide to wiki them.

      And the way you wrote “I knew it!
      I knew my comment would generate the kind of comment that you gave and you certainly did not disappoint.” makes you sound like you’re originally trolling for negative reactions. There could have been a more tactful way to say it….

      • 76.3.1 koreandramalover/kdl

        Hello asianromance.

        Thank you for your comments.

        Like you said, different strokes for different folks.
        If you wish to believe that I was as you said “you’re originally trolling for negative reactions” than that is your prerogative.

        If you have read any of my other comments in other dramas, then maybe you will have a better idea of how I view comments.

        I certainly did not give the comment WITH THE INTENTION or HOPE that it will generate negative comments but as I know that the comment can cause some commentors to disagree with me, than I was not SURPRISED by the negative comments.

        In fact, I was hoping of seeing the best in people and that we can comment with maturity and civility even when we disagree – which was not the case with the responses to my comment. In fact, I have said this in a comment I gave before regarding the view that Lee Min Ho is a good actor or not. That discussion invited a heated debate and I said that we can agree to disagree without coming to blows with each other.

        If you think that I was not tactful, then that is your pregorative. I was just stating my worst fears about the possibility that negative comments in less than tactful manner will be generated by my comment because it did happen.

        Its interesting that you said that I was not tactful and yet you did not say the commentors under the names “well” and “huh?” were not.

        • koreandramalover/kdl

          Correction : “prerogative”, not “pregorative”.

    • 76.4 lilly

      Oh please I liked the first part of SKKS and I sticked with this show because of YAI but this drama is faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar to be an original show especially when the main lead actors were not striking…

      • 76.4.1 koreandramalover/kdl

        Hello lilly. I am not sure what you mean by your comment. Perhaps you could elaborate?

        Thank you.

    • 76.5 Momo

      Even though JB is recapping this drama, it is a big difference to watch or to read about a drama.

      I agree with you on the part that the drama “has so many similarities with so many dramas” and this can even get worse later, but so far it is really amusing and quite different to others.

      Maybe it is just not your cup of tea…

      • 76.5.1 koreandramalover/kdl

        Thank you Momo for your response. I appreciate your sharing and kind words. :)

        I shall try to watch the drama and see if I will find it as captivating as many of the commentors have found it to be. :)

    • 76.6 JiHwan

      I think recaps are best when they are read either before or after watching the drama. It’s like having someone tell you a story. It’s entirely different when you actually see and experience it for yourself. I was a little hesitant at first to believe in Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin’s relationship too. And yes I do agree that actors dating other actors do affect the audience’s reactions when they appear onscreen with different actors. However, after a few episodes, there is no doubt that Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won have amazing chemistry together. Once again, it’s something that you can’t really see/tell just by reading words off a computer screen. Of course, I’m not dissing JB’s recap, by any means. I’m extremely grateful for it, because there are things that I don’t entirely understand/catch just by watching the drama. All I’m saying is that its rather unfair to judge a drama’s quality simply by reading recaps, no?

      • 76.6.1 koreandramalover/kdl

        Thank you for your comment, Jihwan.

        However, may I kindly point out that I was not judging the drama per se but more of what the drama CAN offer that makes it different from the tonnes of other dramas that offer similar plot/story lines.

        And I was just expressing my personal opinion about how dramas with certain plot/storylines and actors/actresses affect me as the viewer – which is to say that I am NOT asking for any one else to agree with me.

        If you disagree, then that is your pregorative – to each his/her own. But, what I hope we all can do is respect each other’s opinions and agree to disagree without resorting to immature or uncivilised discourse, now can’t we?

        • koreandramalover/kdl

          Correction : *prerogative*, not “pregorative”

          Btw, I wish to add that I was not in any way judging Hyun Bin’s ACTING per se because I know that he is in a real-life relationship but more of how I would FEEL watching him act knowing that about him.

          Again, this is my personal feeling/opinion, which means that you need to have to agree with me either.

          And no where in my comment did I disparage other viewers who find the drama/actors/actresses fascinating. I was SIMPLY giving my personal opinion.

          And if you read my last line in the comment again, I did in fact expressed the HOPE that the drama can prove me wrong by being a better drama than what I was fearing it to be.

    • 76.7 samgetang

      hi koreandramalover/kdl!!!!

      soooo glad to have you here at the “secret garden”!!!!

      there’s nothing like having you around to share all the fun and funnies 😉

      and this kdrama is cool because the female lead is a kick-ass type of girl with a chip on her shoulder, shackled with pride, and yet has her girly side and the male lead is a condescending guy riddled with prejudices against people beneath his social strata and with neurosis to boot and yet is so hilariously boyish. its not enough that the guy falls for the girl so early in the show but there is the promise of body-switching to make it all the more convoluted. think of all the funny scenarios they will find themselves in. plus there is the bonus of the egocentric cousin with a star-complex who is always competing with him; he is almost pathetic if not for his annoying playboy attitude but with a hidden soft side for the girl he longs for. then there is the second male lead, top honcho in an action school and yet surprisingly impassive to the girl he pines for secretly. oh my! the writers are just having a swell time cooking up all the ingredients for this kdrama.

      i enjoy the banter and wit and weaknesses of the two main leads mostly..and the chemistry it sizzles! 😉

      the musical scoring, production design and cinematography is also top-rate and critical to moving the story along to its decisive progression…

      enjoy the fun ride, kdl! 😉

  77. 77 Kelly

    Wow, JB, you are damn fast on this one! Thank you very much!

  78. 78 mskololia

    Oh, I’m confident that the writer has laid a very good foundation for hilarity galore based on the JW/O relational dynamics alone….What strange things are in store for RI when a JW business or family gathering is required [cannot wait to see what JW’s mother is like] or for JW when a RI action stunt is scheduled and each is trying to protect leading up to actually helping the other in their body….lol.

    I know there will be more melo parts especially when the boys’ parents are introduced possibly, but it must be to get them to the other side of bickering and not respecting one another…perhaps that is why they share a gigantic cold-inspired house together. :)

  79. 79 rose

    i like this drama a lot , and it really like my ssk addiction on control but the problem is i cant watch it , and it would be so fun , but anyway thanks for all the recap still it make me happy

  80. 80 Dory

    What actually surprises me about secret garden is the scenes between joo won and oska. They’re both so weird- joo won with his straight and irrational logic and oska’s response to this with his expressions is just awesome!

    • 80.1 shin mi rae

      i so agree with you. i think the Joo-Won Oska relationship is so much fun to watch. the scene where Joo-Won asked Oska whether he had dated anyone who pays monthly rent was hilarious.

  81. 81 shin mi rae

    im loving this drama by the episode. thanks jb for the great recap. while Ha Ji Won is ok in this drama, i think Binnie stole the show in the first three episode. i love his neurotic character. as all kdrama main lead, Joo Won is a wounded character with a lot of issues. but his issues are quite refreshing. how many times have we seen “Iam bad because my parents treated me horribly” used as source of angst and bitterness (cinderella’s unni, you’re beautiful, kim tak gu, city hall, bad guy, flames of ambition, boys over flowers)? or how about ” Iam bad and rude because he / she broke my heart and tear it apart and i still cant get over it” (kim sam soon, iam legend, boys over flowers)…. im not sure if they will be offering some explanations later on but right now, iam happy that Joo Won is neurotic, rich confident and adorably naive. and gorgeous. for me, he is a Beautiful Mind meets Life is Beautiful in a very hallyu sort of way. im loving this character every minute i watch him and i dont think anyone but binnie can do Joo-Won justice.

    by the way, im loving the Joo-Won – Oska relationship. its interesting that they see each other as rivals when they are more like best friends. i want to see more of this.

    by the way, im so okay with the story right now that i dont even mind if they forget the switching part.

  82. 82 michi

    HB is prettier than HJW esp in the first pic 😀

  83. 83 Free

    o, I just love this drama. The visual, the theme song, the excellent acting,………My heart ache a litttle everytime they play the theme song. It’s really touching.

    Binnie has matured a lot since MNIKSS. He looks much more handsome and manly in this drama.

    Have not been hooked to a drama like this lately. Fully enjoying this one.

  84. 84 sobohomom

    You can understand Raim reservations, even if she’s attracted to someone as arrogant as JW, she knows that someone of his stature couldn’t really offer her a real relationship. Oska even tells JW not to worry about her issues since she’s just someone to play with and not to marry.

  85. 85 Wendy

    excellent drama. I think its the best in view of what’s currently available

  86. 86 jeanie65jh

    I love a “standout” show. This is one of them big time. I’m loving every minute and find myself greedy for more. I completely agree about giving the audience a character build before the body switch. I am going to feel so much more invested in the story and the conflict of the switch now that we know the character’s personalities, quirks and feelings. So smart! I love your recap! Thank you.

  87. 87 glomp

    “Tired of waiting, he gets out and heads to the door where he raises his hand to knock (wrapping his oh-so-fastidious hand into a handkerchief first, so as not to dirty it). ”

    Well, I have a different interpretation of this scene. It seemed like he wrapped his hand in a handkerchief because he noticed the tape on the glass window of the door…as if believing that if he rapped on the glass window of a National Geographic house with his bare knuckles, it would shatter/crack.

    • 87.1 glomp

      * I think it seem to suit his character this way. I mean, this is probably what JW is thinking right?

  88. 88 smalltank

    thanks for the recap.. this drama is interesting enough without the body swapping taking place. excellent location shoots and acting! though i do not understand what the theme song is about but somehow it evokes feelings of sadness.. loved the scene where JW got angry with RI outside the hotel driveway and left in a huff..

  89. 89 elisa

    omg the sit up thing was the SMARTEST kdrama move i’ve seen in along time. that was GREAT.

    this drama definitely has the best balance of comedy and angst :)

  90. 90 dian

    Can’t wait to watch this drama but I can’t!
    I tried to watch Secret Garden in Vikii via Mysoju, but it didn’t work (T_T)

    :sad: 😥

    • 90.1 tari

      di jakarta ya :) try dramacrazy it worked for me..

  91. 91 Cindy

    Anyone know if episode 3 came out with subs? Some people are asking for ep 4 in subs so i assume that they have watched it already. Thanks

    • 91.1 anon

      The Viikii team hasn’t finished yet, afterwards, someone has to make softsubs out of it, so you’ll have to wait a while.

  92. 92 tari

    I cant help thinking of mr. Darcy..Joo-Won reminds me of him, only worst.. :)

    • 92.1 sol

      me too!!
      its like the writer loved the scene where he proposed to Lizzy and just made a whole different story out of it.
      also pretty excited to hear a old Tamia song ( when her friend meets her manager for dinner) in a kdrama.

  93. 93 neliq

    JB, thanks for the recap of Episode 3. I am enjoying this drama a whole lot and hope that the writer(s) keep up the fantastic job accomplished so far. I am so glad Hyun Bin was chosen for this part. I cannot imagine anyone else personifying Joo Woon.


    WithS2 is subbing this drama (great quality subs) but for those who can’t wait, Viikii is subbing the drama and is making the softsubs available on Soompi. Subs for Episode 1 and 2 are available.

  94. 94 yen_nguyen

    Joo Won’s mother will be play by Han Se’s mother (smile, you). She might be an evil mother-in-law but I can’t help thinking she would be a super Cute Hilarious Powerful one. And in some way, Joo Won and Han Se are similar.

    • 94.1 asianromance

      me too! If she was mean and evil, Joo-won may have turned out a bit differently. And his sister seems sort of nice too.

  95. 95 CPW

    Dang, Kdrama can trun everything “sexy” and hot!
    It was taking off the hats in SKKS.
    Now, sit ups?

  96. 96 Abby

    Seirously, if they don;t change their body today, I’m going to kill someone…
    Hyun Bin is soo cuute!!! I really adore this couple!!! <3

  97. 97 urika

    Thank you for the recaps, The sit-up scene.. Binnie you’re AWESOME!!! even that leopard track suit couldnt stand a chance, the most gorgeous man i’ve ever laid eyes on, if i ever see him in person i think i will die. His EYES SPEAKS!! melt* Omg! i’m hooked…

  98. 98 yeisha

    goodness, not since Hwang Tae Kyung have i enjoyed a character’s neurosis like this. and Binnie even takes it to a whole new level entirely. he is awesome-sauce!!! that scene of him in ep 2, staring at HJW at the auditions was just WOW…his entire facial expression positively MELTED. and of course, that sit-up scene . RAWR!!!

    HJW had already cemented herself as my girl crush a long time ago but her Ra Im might just surpass my love for her in Damo and that’s saying A LOT.

    and yesss, add me to the legions who fell. AND FELL REALLY HARD. 😉

  99. 99 Joanie

    Thanks for your recaps!!

    I’m so addicted to this drama ~~

    Thanks to your recap i am able to better understand the raw while waiting for the subs!!

  100. 100 lessaofpern

    Javabeans, Thanks for the wonderful recap 😀

    I never thought that sit ups could be that sexy either 😀
    I just loved it when he looked at her each time he came up, while she looked down. For the last one their heads touched. Also, the cinematography is beautiful in this drama. I don’t have a single thing I don’t like about it so far. Well, maybe the fact that they didn’t make Phillip Lee a swimmer 😛 We still have quite a few episodes to go, so we can always hope that he gets frustrated and goes swimming 😛 Diadda proposed he needs a full medical checkup. We will get Viola to do it for us. 😀 LOL I knew I was putting my daughter through medical school for a reason. 😛
    @ Javabeans Once again I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thanks for all your hard work ( javabeans, Girlfriday and the rest of the DB team.) I look forward to your recaps every single day 😀 They always put a smile on my face and make me laugh 😀 I have also made some fantastic friends through your OT, so thank you SOOOOO much for that too. 😀 God Bless you 😀 Have a wonderful weekend. * HUGS * 😀 😀 😀 😀

    • 100.1 Viola

      I was wondering, would Terry Pratchett’s maxim about five exclamation point as a mark of insanity apply also to emoticons? ‘Cause mommy, I count Fourteen, very widely grinning faces in one post! :) sigh. Oh well, off to the padded cell with you…sometimes I think you just pretend to be crazy because Bae So Bin is the warden! 😉 Ohh here is an idea…. la la la I am crazy too :) :) :) :) :) come on Siwon, do your Christian duty and visit the sick girl at the mental ward! 😉 Yep, I count ten emoticons, that should do it. :)

      *hugs* I also wanted to say thank you for this blog. I really have found my long lost family because of Dramabeans.com. Khamsamida :)

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