Drama Recaps
Secret Garden: Episode 4
by | November 22, 2010 | 350 Comments

I didn’t necessarily get the “you’re prettier when you’re angry” thing, but I definitely get it now… Joo-won and Ra-im are totally angry-hot, as in having especially explosive chemistry… when they’re at each other’s throats. I mean, I always knew the bickering hate phase was intended to spark a few flames, but these two are downright X-rated. I swear, every time they yell at each other, I half expect them to rip each other’s clothes off. Whew! Is it getting hot in here?


Joo-won sees Ra-im standing in his department store, and takes her up to his office to talk. He can’t believe that she came all the way down here, just to pick up a stupid raffle prize, as if her desire for a free vacuum cleaner is a direct affront to him. Did you maybe stop to think she came here to see YOU, doofus?

She asks if maybe he put her name into the drawing, and he scoffs that he doesn’t have the time to do something like that, and belittles her coldly, that he really must’ve been crazy to fall for a woman without family or education, who’d come all the way here to claim some dinky vacuum cleaner. Oh, you are an ASS.

Ra-im’s jaw drops as she hears the angry, haughty words come out of his mouth, which he even repeats, just to get his point across, adding that she’s embarrassing him at work. For someone so obsessed with manner and upbringing, you really are the biggest asshole of them all. No doubt he’s reacting in this childish way to cover up his own insecurities and troubling obsession, but still. If it walks like an ass and talks like an ass…

Ra-im steels herself and then apologizes, retaliating with a, “You said I’m pretty when I’m angry, but I’m pretty when I smile too, right?” Heh. If you’re planning to make him more obsessed with you for revenge, that’s pretty ingenious, but a little passive for my taste. I prefer it when you kick him in the shins. She insists on taking the vacuum cleaner, just to prove a point.

She says that if he’s that embarrassed, he can tell everyone that she was just someone he played with and threw away. He flares up at those words, saying that he can’t, and drags her down to the department store. He starts throwing shoes and clothes at her feet, angrily yelling, “Play? Play with you? You’re not even at the level for me to play with!”

Dude, you are taking rich bastard to new heights. He basically throws the evidence down at her feet, of how far apart they are in social standing. It’s beyond insulting—it’s degrading and hurts her where she’s most insecure.

He grabs a dress and drags her into a dressing room to put it on. He follows her in there, and they end up face to face in that tiny space, within kissing distance and tension flaring high. Gah, it’s unfair if you’re evil AND sexy. That’s just not right.

He tells her to put it on: “Should I put it on for you?” He reaches to undress her, and she stops him angrily. She asks him what he’s trying to prove—what he’ll do with her if she puts on the dress. He replies that he’ll do nothing; he’s just trying to show her how far apart they really are. Listen, if all you’re doing is trying to prove that you’re unattainable, you’re sending a girl mixed messages, what with your stalking of her and all. I know you’re nuts, but that’s no excuse.

Beads of sweat start to pour down his face, as he looks up at the four walls of the tiny dressing room, realizing how small a space he’s in, all the while trying not to lose the argument. You’re the one who pushed her in there, Mr. Claustrophobia. He holds his panic in for just a moment longer, and then can’t stand it anymore and pushes her aside to clamor out of there. He runs out, barely breathing, and has a panic attack in the middle of his store.

Ra-im leaves in a daze, and arrives at the action school, late for training. She decides to spend a few hours taking out her frustrations…by hurling herself at a car. Repeatedly. Sheesh. I guess stunt people can’t just punch a wall or something.

Meanwhile, Joo-won drives home, and has another panic attack in the middle of a tunnel. It’s a nice visual sequence, and the tunnel is great literally and figuratively as a motif for his fear of being trapped. He barely manages to make it out to the other side, and pulls over on the side of the road. He calls number 1 on his speed dial: his therapist. God, I love that his shrink is speed dial 1. That’s so telling.

She comes over to check on him, but because they’re old friends, he refuses to actually tell her what’s going on with him. I’d like to ask his shrink, but I bet half the stuff he suffers from is made up in his head to give him an excuse to keep himself locked away. He finally tells her not to think of him strangely, since he just read it in a book, but…”What are the symptoms of lovesickness?” Hahahaha. His sincerity about this just cracks me up.

Later, he sits outside in his garden, and starts picking the petals off a flower, saying, “She’s cursing at me, she’s not; she is; she’s not…” until he picks the final one, landing at: “She is.” He gets mad at her for cursing him (in his mind, but that seems to be no different for him, hilariously), and stalks off angrily. Heh.

As he walks away, the camera pans down and we see that he’s left a giant pile of those yellow daisies, having plucked the petals off of a hundred of them. Little twinkly lights start to work their magic on the daisy patch, and one lands on the last flower that he dropped, magically re-growing one last petal. Aw, cute.

And how adorable is it that the guy’s the one killing flowers over “She loves me; she loves me not”?

The next morning, Joo-won wakes up to find that Seul’s family has sent him a strange present, out of the blue. He walks outside to find himself face to face with a herd of…deer? He asks if he’s supposed to eat them (to the horror of his assistant: “Omo”) and tells him to send them back. It’s a totally random, hilarious comment on the oddities that rich people spend their money on.

He gets a call for his monthly obligatory family dinner, and heads over to his grandfather’s mansion, where everyone takes turns being passive-aggressive over the steak course. With a family like this, I’m surprised Joo-won doesn’t have a few more neuroses under his belt. In particular, he gets outed for only showing up to work two days a week, making his disappointed grandfather even more disappointed in him.

Also, random fashion note, but how neurotic and nerdy is it that he’s wearing three highlighters in his pocket as an accessory?

Oska goes all the way down to Jeju to find Tae-sun, who rebuffs him yet again, this time acknowledging who he is, but saying that it doesn’t make his music any less crappy. Oska just stands there slackjawed, unfamiliar with people who don’t worship at his feet for being a Hallyu star. I love that he constantly refers to himself as “The Hallyu Star,” making him just that extra bit of ridiculous self-aggrandizing.

Oska has punked out on his music video shoot in Thailand, but it doesn’t seem to matter much to the director, who has washed his hands of the project at Seul’s request. Or rather, her payment of large sums of money. She takes over the music video, with the excuse that she doesn’t need to spend any time improving her looks or her schooling, so she may as well have some fun. Oh, okay, princess.

She goes straight to Jong-soo’s action school, embarrassing herself with her VERY LOUD and off-putting use of English. Gah, the horror! I’m cleaning my ears out with soap. Jong-soo replies, but looks at her strangely, as well he should. Because girl’s off her rocker. She asks for his help in the music video shoot, announcing that Oska is the star.

Ra-im continues to work out her angst, thinking back to the department store fight with Joo-won. As she was leaving earlier, she had paused in front of a mirror, holding the dress up wistfully. I like these little touches that reveal her girly side, that she doesn’t show to anyone.

Her roommate Ah-young arrives home with the dreaded vacuum cleaner in tow, causing Ra-im to freak out that she accepted it on her behalf. She calls Joo-won right away, who goes from brooding to instant happy face when he realizes that she’s calling.

But of course he can’t let HER know his excitement, and just snaps at her to return it herself or throw it away if she doesn’t want it. He hangs up abruptly and returns to the task of art-buying with a renewed sense of interest. He even starts seeing the paintings differently, now that Ra-im is back in his orbit. Heh. And aw.

He insists that the house in one of the paintings had its lights on a minute ago, making everyone think that he’s insane, but we see that it’s the same bit of whimsy that’s been re-petaling the daisies and such in his life, having a bit of fun.

Ra-im heads out to give Joo-won a piece of her mind, and when Ah-young tells her that he isn’t at work today, she calls her action school sunbae to get Joo-won’s address off of his registration form. Jong-soo overhears and hangs his head.

Joo-won, meanwhile, sits on his patio with sheets blowing in the wind and desserts and…wait…did I fall asleep and land in some fantasy? He is totally going to such lengths on purpose, waiting for her to show. (Also, he happens to be reading a book about why there are starving people in the world, as if he can read a book to study her, like she’s some social experiment.)

Ra-im rides in on her motorcycle, vacuum strapped to the back. She marvels at the expansive grounds as she rides around, and stops to ask an employee where Kim Joo-won lives. The lady’s like, um…here. Ra-im: “I know here, but which house is his?” “They’re ALL HIS.” Haha.

She finally finds him, and throws the vacuumn down at his feet, demanding to know what he meant by sending it to her. Oh, honey. Don’t you know when a boy is pulling your pigtails? He did it so you’d do this.

She leaves it there and turns to go, when she hears a splash. She turns around to find the vacuumn floating in his lake, and Joo-won sitting there without a care. He tells her that he doesn’t need it, so if she wants it, she can fish it out herself.

She looks at him in shock, then walks right into the lake and hauls the box out, carrying it back to her bike. It’s enough to finally get Joo-won out of his seat and yelling at her. He can’t believe that she’d go in there herself, instead of making him apologize. (And you couldn’t have, say, apologized yourself WITHOUT the tantrum?) Sheesh. He basically calls her a charity case, making her feel as low as she can go.

She fights him off and to keep her from leaving, he grabs her key and throws it in the lake. You are so transparent, buddy. He ends up dragging her into the house to get cleaned up (rawr), only to come face to face with his dragon lady mother. Damn it, Mom. You have the worst timing ever.

She glares a hole through Ra-im’s skull, making it all too clear that she’d rather her precious son play with others “at his level.” Shivers. Now we know where his horrid snobbery comes from. Ra-im insists that she’s not here to play, and that she dare not deign to be someone that Joo-won sees romantically, since she’s just a charity case (nice job, to use his words back at him). Mom is offended at her tone and the mere presence of a poor person, and sneers as Ra-im makes her exit, even as Joo-won ineffectually tries to stop his mother.

He’s interrupted with a call that Oska has gone AWOL to Jeju, and does some damage control. Looks like the music video will have to be shot there, along with the department store contest, since that lands him in Jeju anyway. He comes out to find Ra-im’s bike still there, and jumps into the lake to retrieve her key.

Ra-im returns to the action school to find the guys planning a car stunt for Oska’s music video shoot in Jeju, and excitedly asks what part she’ll get to play. Jong-soo tells her that she doesn’t have enough experience with car stunts, and when she begs him for the chance, he snaps at her that it’s too dangerous; he can barely tolerate the danger she puts herself in now, but he does it because it’s what she wants to do.

Jong-soo broods for a while, then calls Ah-young for a favor. He gives her a purse for Ra-im, and has her pretend that she bought it for her at work. Ra-im swoons from the pretty. See, this is why you’ll never get the girl, Tall dark and handsome. Because even though Joo-won is a petty bastard, he’ll take credit and endure the backlash. Silent protector never wins against self-righteous asshole. I know. It’s unfair. But them’s the rules.

Oska calls Joo-won from Jeju, having landed himself in jail for an altercation with some gangsters. He’s being extorted for harassing a woman, but he tells Joo-won: “You know me. If I sleep with a girl, I sleep with her. But I’m not the type to harass.” Haha. I love that he’s so forthright—he is who he is.

Joo-won makes sure that he’s repaid, tit for tat, and has his lawyer sent to bail him out. He asks Secretary Kim about the winner of the trip to Jeju, and finds out that the first- and second-place winners had to forfeit out, so that leaves third place, which is Ra-im of course, former winner of the vacuum cleaner, now upgraded to vacation with her favorite pop singer.

Joo-won immediately cries, “NO! Send the fourth-place winner!” But she’s already gone, because her stunt team is down there for the music video shoot. Joo-won: “So, what you’re telling me is…Oska and Ra-im are on a vacation, and I’M paying for it?!” Haha. Well, that’s karma for ya, babe.

Ra-im arrives on the island and sneaks a peek at her stunt team, who report to Seul for the shoot. Well this isn’t going to get complicated or anything.

Oska sees Ra-im lurking and greets her warmly, surprised that she’s the winner of the contest. He warns her that he believes in fate, and invites her to lunch. He chomps down on some tofu in the meanwhile (having just gotten out of jail) and when Ra-im asks why, he says, “Because I stole something. Someone’s…heart?” Hahaha. Cheesetastic, as always.

They head over to the restaurant for lunch, where Joo-won is waiting for them. Ra-im’s eyes widen, and he smirks, “You’re ten minutes late.”


The maneuvering of every single character to Jeju is clunky, but I do love Joo-won’s reaction to realizing that he just sent his crush on her dream vacation with her idol, and his lifetime rival…on his dime. It’s as delicious a revenge as you can get, for the assholery that went on throughout this episode.

Which isn’t to say that I hate Joo-won, because I love his character, with all of his rich boy eccentricities and girlish affectations. I like the little touches, like the fact that he cares enough to accessorize his outfits down to every last detail, or that he always has fresh flowers nearby. Ra-im in contrast is so oblivious to the kinds of things he puts so much painstaking care into, that it actually angers him—because he can’t control the situation. She’s outside his wheelhouse, which throws him, and he can’t control his feelings, which is even stranger. It’s the perfect wrench to throw in the neurotic control-freak’s world, made even more delicious by the crackling sexual tension that they can’t ignore.

I seriously feel invasive when I’m watching the close-quarters angry fighting scenes, because they play it like they’re two seconds away from tearing their clothes off. The acting in those moments is so amazingly layered, from both of them. They go from I hate you, you disgusting excuse for a human being, to Kiss me now, and I’ll forget it all in a matter of seconds, in just a look. It’s crazy good.

What’s great about the pair is that they’re both incessantly stubborn (Joo-won’s haughty stubborn versus Ra-im’s prideful stubborn) that it seems like if left to their own devices, these two would NEVER work out their differences. Neither of them would give an inch, ever, and even if their fights landed them in bed, they’d never be able to sustain a relationship that way.

It makes the body switch necessary, if we ever want to see them grow up, and start to inch toward understanding one another and their circumstances. By now I’m dying for the switch to happen, not because I don’t enjoy this stage, but because I can see the potential hijinks around the corner.

And I actually really like the unexplained, whimsical magic fairy dust or whatever you want to call it. Because this isn’t a mythology-laden show with a gumiho that needs a mystical throughline, I prefer it that the magical element is just left oblique, without driving an explanation into the ground. It can just be seen as an extension of Fate, with sprinkles on top.


350 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Jessica

    HYUN BIN! never ceases to make me laugh (:

    • 1.1 ash

      i like this drama but i have been waiting for mary stayed out all night ep 5 but it’s not coming out…….man i’am korean drama crazy

      • 1.1.1 ashly

        I kno me too!!!! I’m waitin for the mary stayed out all night

    • 1.2 paper

      True that ;D

      I love your recaps girlfriday! They always make me LOL because i think similar thoughts when i’m watching the drama XD

      Like the dinner with the family… my attention went straight to Joo Won’s highlighters!

      JB’s recaps are like more well mannered~ unless she can’t contain herself then she goes full crazy! xD

      But kudos to you both for recapping this wonderful k-drama <3

      Have a lovely week ya'll <3

      • 1.2.1 jyaria

        Nearly died when I saw those colourful highlighters too! Hahaha they were adorable.

  2. yuvee

    YAYYAYYAYAYAY!!! Now I get what the others are saying about stalking, I’ve totally been refreshing this page since last night!

  3. Questions987

    I so need to start doing my job and not stalk this site.

  4. Ley

    Yayyyy! This site is so addicting! I don’t even.

  5. nadya

    WOOHOO!!!! the recap is here! have been campin out here for the last 24 hrs waiting…thank you so much JB^^
    Loving this drama so much….Binnie is amazing, i love his dynamics and cannot wait for the soul swappin!!!

  6. Blueskymaiden

    This has just got to be the best drama ever – the acting and story are just simply wonderful. Absolutely love it. I will definitely be buying this one when it comes out (unless the writers screw it up somehow). I hate how we have to wait a week to see the next two episodes….the anticipation is killing me!!!

    Cheers everyone!

    • 6.1 amyrza

      haha I know what you mean, I wish I could fast forward time so that it’s saturday already…not because it’s the weekend but because of Joo Won and Ra Im

    • 6.2 banhmat

      me too, if they have the english sub version, since I cannot Korean… hehehe

  7. lala

    Thank you! I’ve been waiting for the summary the whole day. Enjoy this drama so much!
    Best of the year!

  8. Momo

    My sixth sense told me there is a new recap!!! 🙂

    so happy, thank you!

  9. rayray

    this episode was packed with angst! I want more of the good balance of angst/funny as in the pervious episodes. I didnt love it as there rest of the episodes but I still liked it. I liked how it seems the body switch will be a plot to help them accept each other the way they are…cause the attraction is there but they just need to get past the personality/lifestyle hurdles of each other.

    However I really do hope its like really gonna be a fantasy sort of plot and not a plot twist where it turns out he has a brain aneurysm,dying and imagined the body swap accept in his head. le horror!!!please please noo

    • 9.1 samgetang

      none of the aneurism and just-in-his-imagination stuff, pls 😉 we want the full-blown mystical-magical fantasy twist complete with whimsy and outrageous sfx if possible hehe 🙂

      • 9.1.1 rayray

        hehehe absolutely!!!

  10. 10 Jekei

    So do I…I was waiting for this episode recap!!
    And i’ve kept coming !! 🙂
    This drama is so great ^^
    The actors are really good…we can read all their feelings through their faces and behaviors!!
    Thanks a lot girlfriday for this recap !!
    Good job !! ^^

  11. 11 Ophelia

    Thanks so much for this amazing recap. I’ve been looking forward to it for the whole day and it does not disappoint one bit! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

  12. 12 Yinnie

    Anyone else think Jong Soo creeps them out a bit? Maybe it’s just me?

    I’m so looking forward to this uh..hot ‘n’ heavy episode! LOL

  13. 13 Emi

    I enjoyed this episode, and am glad I wasn’t the only one who was fascinated by his use of florescent highlighters as his pocket accessory. All through that scene I was obsessively staring at them, wondering if they were special highlighters made in Italy 🙂

    • 13.1 estel

      All through that scene I was obsessively staring at them, wondering if they were special highlighters made in Italy


    • 13.2 Anonymous

      I’m pretty sure those are made in ITALY !!! HAHA JooWon should look at his choice of wardrobe first before saying anything about RaIm’s purse or clothes, tsk tsk…

  14. 14 kitsune88

    I’ve been creeping Dramabeans all day for this recap when something said hit the refresh button. Huzzah! Perfect end to the work day. ^.^

  15. 15 miizmei

    gahh! thank you SO much for the recap, haha! I’ve been dying to know precisely what happened in the episode for the last 24 hours 😛
    On that note, I’ve been reading some discussions, and just from personally watching the raw, i get the feeling that Joo Won driving through the tunnel was almost a sort of “test” on his claustrophobic tendencies… but that could be a rather far fetched tangent.
    Otherwise, I am in love with the main pairing. Probably one of the first times I haven’t wallowed into Second-Lead Syndrome. And ya, JW can be an absolute ass, but somehow, his neurotic attitude is able to make it all up 🙂
    thanks again girlfriday! your side comments make me die.

  16. 16 punch

    yeah I’m waiting for the soul switch too. can it be in the next episode? I bet it’s nearing *giddy *giddy

    thanks for the recap. been waiting for this since yesterday. hah and now i’m going to wait for it for five more days

    *sigh I’m getting addicted to this already

  17. 17 Shu

    yeah thanks a lot^^

    i really love Joo woo character! when he take Ra Im in the dressibg room i was OMG!!! “u want to kiss her right?”

    me too i can’t wait for the switch!!!

  18. 18 hani

    ive been waiting for the review the whole day! thanks! ^^

  19. 19 reina

    “They go from I hate you, you disgusting excuse for a human being, to Kiss me now, and I’ll forget it all in a matter of seconds, in just a look. It’s crazy good. ”

    i feel this… i was trying to stop myself from reaching over the tv and doing it for them myself!!!

    argh! soo much passion!

  20. 20 yogic

    I know I can’t be the only one who seriously thought they were going to (and kind of wanted them to) start ripping each other’s clothes off in that dressing room. Sigh, a girl can dream.

    And when JW was waiting for them at the table I literally laughed out loud. It’s super hot when he’s all angry JW (and in really close quarters to RI), but I love crazy, neurotic, stalkerish JW (although if I met a person like that in real life I’m pretty sure I might have a restraining order against him).

    Here’s to more angry confrontations that hopefully end up in a sexy, steamy kiss!

  21. 21 BBT

    Another beautiful episode. I fail to understand the logic behind Hyun Bin’s character actions towards Gil Ra In but I guess it’s part of the complex. I have a feeling that the body swap thing is happening in the next 2 episodes!!

    Absolutely loving this show.

  22. 22 yogic

    Also, did anyone notice that JW’s house (or I guess just the building he is in most often) has lots of windows? Perhaps that helps him deal with his claustrophobia, in addition to being breathtaking.

    • 22.1 Sara

      I noticed that too!
      and did you notice both of his cars are open top? Maybe that plays into his claustrophobia also

    • 22.2 houstontwin

      Sara and Yogic, you are so perceptive!

    • 22.3 yogic

      Nice going on the producers part to have his glass house and convertible cars tie into his claustrophobia! There was that time that he offered to put the top up for RI which I really didn’t even think about that much until I started noticing all the little things in his life that are fashioned around his intense fear of tight, closed-in quarters

  23. 23 ladida

    Oh, girlfriday, you’re so hilarious. Thanks for another wonderful recap.

  24. 24 tetsi

    Joo Woon was such an ass in this episode that I felt like punching him for RaIm (not that she’s incapable of doing it herself).
    The fitting-room scene was crazy intense, and just like you said, it seemed that they were seconds away from kissing each other senseless if only Joo Won had not gotten that panick attack.
    watching this drama just reminds me of how good of an actor Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin are. the way they conveyed their characters in every scene left me speechless.

  25. 25 Nana

    I love you girlfriday .. you made my day big time

  26. 26 anon

    I almost held my breath during the staredown in the fitting room, so hot.

  27. 27 Abby

    They are going on a mountain on the next episode… so I hope that they are going to meet that halmoni & eat those cookies… and exchange bodies!!!

  28. 28 Khin Nwe Aye

    Thanks for the recap. I’ve been watching Eps. 1 and 2 numerous times, but Eps. 3 and 4 put me in a bad mood. JW is being too much of a jerk and now that I understand what horrible things he’s been saying to RI, I’m literally cringing and I don’t want to view these two episodes more than twice — once in raw vid and then with the subs on. Though I can feel JW’s childlike charm and his naivety in spite of his wealth and status, I still can’t stand his verbal abuse of RI who cannot help her poverty though maybe she could have done something about the so-called “shabbiness”. But still she has the right to dress as she pleases and if she is unfeminine or couldn’t care less about her non-girlish appearance, JW has no call to taking her to task that harshly. After all, people think he’s a jackass in his sparkly tracksuit! Each according to his/her taste! I wish I know Korean so that I might understand word for word the give-and-take between the two lead characters. But thankfully there are good-hearted souls out in cyberspace who are doing their best to recap this wonderful drama. As a non-Korean with no Chinese, too, I have to rely on these recaps to make some sense of what is going on. Waiting for the subs is such agony!

    • 28.1 Neurotic not Crazy


      he is a jerk.

      he is neurotic

      and he treats her shabbily.

      His behavior should not be tolerated in the real world, but in the reel world-it gets forgiven due to extenuating circumstances.

      I think his fury in episode 3 when she came to return the 2000 won was two-fold. Total incomprehension about her reality and the awful sense that he was in his weird emotional space by himself.

      His complaint was that he had spent so much time setting up the date [demanding his 2,000 won back] and had lived in anticipation of seeing her again and she had put no effort in. As far as he could see she had made an attempt to make herself attractive or pleasing to him.

      I thought that leads did an amazing job in that scene. Hyun Bin played JW fury at not being responded to with a touch of hurt and RI hurt at being slapped down when she did make an effort at dressing up (her neck kerchief) and offering to buy him a couple of beers was heartbreaking.

      • 28.1.1 Georgina

        Oh my god! I totally agree with you! That was actually my fave scene in third episode – it was soooo well done by both of them, it was so angsty and so sad to watch, it completely teared me apart.

        I still haven’t seen episode 4 so I suppose I will have more coming along – but that scene was seriously amazing, because as much as a jerk he was I sort of understand his point, to be completely honest. That’s not to say that I don’t understand hers either. But I like that those facts that make them so different were played like that – because probably he’s also mad at that reality. And that was diffently played from all richboy falls for poorgirl dramas I’ve watched, so I applaud you drama!

      • 28.1.2 Alexis

        I thought part of his anger came from the fact he had happily used the excuse of asking her to return the 2000 won so he can see her without realising how much this 2000 won actually meant to her (ie. the difference it would make in her life as she does not have enough to spend). Thus, he was kinda berating himself for being an idiot n a jerk.

  29. 29 Married2ahero

    I agree that some of the mechanisms for getting these characters to interact regularly is kind of holey in the logic, but I love that it still somehow retains a sense of naturalness. Maybe it’s because their reactions are so true to their characters that I’m okay with all this nuttiness around us. (Because it doesn’t really seem as nutty as say other dramas who have really dug their own grave by stretching reality a little too much) Or maybe it’s because we’re in chaebol world again, and the rich can make anything go. (Though I love how Joo-won’s plans are foiled in the Oska–Ra-im trip thing, only to have him retaliate by showing up himself.)

    I love Joo-won’s character. He’s so screwy. And though it seems we are already getting into the thick of things, it makes me shake with anticipation to know that things have only just begun! (If their [Ra-im and Joo-won] level of cuteness is already this high, just imagine how spectacular it could be when they’re actually, equally, dare I say it, in love? It’s almost too delicious to imagine.)

  30. 30 ck1Oz

    I have been waiting desperately for this recap especially your take on the changing room scene.


    That that (not even a typo here ) change room scene ‘gulp’ now I understand about a sizzling hot chemistry.I forgot to breathe I think when it was going on. ‘still fanning’ myself thinking about it.

    • 30.1 Jomo

      I know! How can they do that to us? How can that scene be that scorchingly hot?
      On paper, it is nothing, but with these two actors, I felt like I was watching the most intimate acts between them.

  31. 31 nadia

    Soooo Sooooooooooo happy thank u very much for the recap ,finally i can go to sleep with a peace of mind !!!

  32. 32 pixie

    yay! the stalking paid off! lol. thanks for a great recap GF.

    it’s funny how conveniently Ra-im keeps winning prizes lol. with the way they were at each other’s throat in the fitting room, i really thought there will be a kiss. but oh well, maybe saving it for the soul switching scenes. and it would be more fun ‘coz Joo-won initiating it in Ra-im’s body. this drama is getting more and more interesting…i can’t wait for the weekends.

  33. 33 estel

    how neurotic and nerdy is it that he’s wearing three highlighters in his pocket as an accessory?

    EXACTLY. I almost choked and died when I saw that instead of a handkerchief he had hi-lighters in his jacket pocket. Hahahahaha!

    Thanks for the awesome recap! I’m totally digging these characters; I like how the writer is taking stock characters — Rich Chaebol boy and Poor-but-hard-working Girl — and giving them little tweaks to make them interesting and bring a little diversity into the storyline.

  34. 34 Beng

    guilty! i’m also stalking this site for Secret Garden, hahahah =) I love the chemistry of the 2. I’m kinda anticipating the body switching too

  35. 35 Ayesha

    Thanks for the recap JB.
    I don’t think I like this episode as much as the previous ones. I don’t understand why Joo woon had to be so mad over nothing and why he was so mean to Ra im who did nothing wrong…what a jerk. And as for Ra im, why didn’t she defend herself like she did before. I don’t believe that she just stood there and let herself being humiliated like that. If I were Ra im I would’ve slapped his face.
    Whatever love I had for this Joo woon character had just gone in this episode.

    • 35.1 Anonymous

      Sorry to mention but Girlfriday wrote this recap!!!!!
      : O }

    • 35.2 sleeplessinwgtn

      I think Ra Im didn’t show her madness over the rude treatment as Joo Woon said he likes her when she’s mad. She didn’t want him to like her even more so she was probably trying hard not to show her upset.

      • 35.2.1 Neca

        I agree with you sleeplessinwgtn.

  36. 36 Nora

    Yeay!!! Thank you. I’ve been stalking this page since last night. I can’t even concentrate at work. Haha. And it’s all SG fault.

    See…I’m beginning to act like mr sparkly tracksuit. Blaming other things for my own inability to control my obsession. 🙂

  37. 37 Steph

    I realized just why I love this show while I was watching Ep. 4. I love Pride and Prejudice, and this is totally Pride and Prejudice 2.0, except with Korean actors and magical hijinks! I mean, that scene where Ra-im rides through Joo-won’s estate after their huge fight earlier – it totally echoed Elizabeth on her tour of Pemberley, after she rejects Darcy’s arrogant, backhanded proposal.

    • 37.1 Jekei

      Yeah…And both Darcy and Elisabeth are stubborn too…
      The scene in the dressing room reminds me of when Darcy proposed to Eliza…it was so tense too !! ^^

    • 37.2 hannah

      This show reminds me of Pride and Prejudice too. Especially JW’s grand estate, the lake.. And like Mr Darcy, JW has all these expectations of all the qualities a woman must possess in order to be considered by him.
      JW is such a jerk in this episode. How is she embarrassing him by coming to collect her prize?! It’s not like shes anything to him… yet. Why did Ra Im come to collect her prize when she refused to have lunch with him because of her pride? Bc she thinks she won it and therefore deserve it? I don’t know. Why would she take so much crap from him when she did nothing to deserve such treatment.I felt frustrated watching this episode and angry for Ra Im.
      Btw this show reminds me of the drama What happened in Bali as well. The relationship between the leading couple is similar. Rich boy – poor girl, pride, stubbornness, money.. Now we have to wait until next week for more. Ohh the agony! Thankyou heaps for the awesome recaps!

    • 37.3 neeko

      So glad others saw Darcy too. Darcy with a dash of Wickhem.. esp when he is being charming and sweet/cute to her.

      The dialogue between them right after she goes into the water to grab the vacuum cleaner is amazing. And THEN for it to be paired with her first encounter with the dragon lady made me realize why her character is so likable. (Elizabeth vs. Lady Catherine : ROUND 1)

    • 37.4 Jomo

      Yes, Elizabeth knew Mr. D was rich, and Lime knew Sparkly was CEO of a big company, but driving through the grounds of Pemberley made E gape in amazement! Just like Lime…

  38. 38 JiHwan

    I giggled… like the crazy fan girl that I am throughout this recap. Oh, girlfriday, your humor has me in tears. It kills me that it’s only Monday. How can Saturday be so far away?

  39. 39 mariouma

    i can’t wait for the rest episode

  40. 40 rainey

    He was a little worse than regular leading jerks in this episode. Why couldn’t I hate him for it?

    • 40.1 Anonymous

      Because he is so hot,too…….you know ,bad guy- hot,and we know he can be very sweet sometimes …..

  41. 41 kay

    yay! i’ve been waiting for this recap. this show is so perfect!

    and i love how you noticed the highlighters. haha

  42. 42 absothe

    Another stalker here LOL.
    The fitting room scene was so hot that I had to bite into my pillows to not squeel out loud. This drama is soo good, and your recaps helps me savor the taste a bit longer. Thnx a bunch!

  43. 43 rx

    The first 10 seconds of the fitting room scene where they just STARE at each other was just amazing!!!!

  44. 44 Lovely Heretic

    Jong-soo’s ENGLISH! So awesome! I was shocked when I actually heard some good straight up English with no accent. Although Oska’s ex. . . .is a completely different story. I burst out laughing and slapped my forehead.

    Two steps forward, one step back?

    • 44.1 balletbabe

      That’s cause I think Philip Lee (JS) was born in the U.S and he went to school in the U.S as well (Boston University for undergrad and George Washington University for his Masters) so… it’s no surprise that he is fluent! Well except maybe to Seul hehe

      • 44.1.1 Lovely Heretic

        Yes, I remember hearing that about Philip Lee. But after watching so many dramas where the English is pretty awful I still couldn’t believe it. LOL.

        Seul sounded like she was drunk when she went off on her crazy English rant.

        • balletbabe

          LMAO I know right, she walked in there thinking she was all high and mighty but when she opened her mouth I was cringing with horror >_<

          • Anonymous

            My sentiments exactly! I was like… What the heck did she say?!… I have to rewind it to finally understand it. Lol! I hope no more english dialogues for her character. Not a great idea. Yes, Philip Lee really speaks good english.

    • 44.2 whatis

      AHAHAHAH! oh my god yes! that was my FAVORITE scene of the entire episode…!!!!

      Philip Lee looked at her like “whaaaaa….”

      AHAHHAHHA I was on the floor laughing! it was so good!

      • 44.2.1 rayray

        hahaha I knooowww!! he had an ‘ Oh no she di’nt just speak to me in bad english’ look to him! haha it also looked like he was repressing an eye roll tooo!

      • 44.2.2 anais


        I just got an idea although I’m too lazy to execute it. How hilarious would it be to compile the most atrocious attempts at English in k-drama. This scene definitely must be in it, and the scene must end with Philip Lee’s WTF face.

        BTW, his acting in English has improved quite nicely since his Story of a Man turn, in which I was rather surprised to find a rather big gap between his acting in Korean (better) versus English (flat), especially since he grew up in the US.

        Anyhow, so glad to see him all around better, although he is way underutilized in this drama so far.

        • Lovely Heretic

          I second your idea. That’d be so awesome. LOL. I can just see a youtube video popping up and rapidly going through the horrible English scenes and cut with Philip’s English.

          Wow, if only I had the time and video editing skills. I’d totally do this.


        • budsdiana

          I agree Philip Lee is “underutilized”, the scene where he was wearing a black long sleeves t-shirt standing in the balcony while looking at RI and JW after the audition, GOD he looks so hotttt! RAWR.

    • 44.3 Jessica

      Man, I know!!!! I was shocked too. When they asked him where he studied. I was like oh no, not in english plz !! dont ruin it. BUt……I was truly impressed because I did not expect it to be like that. WOW !!!

  45. 45 Show2007

    Thank you thank you thank you JB. I have been waiting for your recap for the whole day, I even check it around 2:00am my time last night. I am totally hooked and can’t wait till Sat again. What a great drama, I meant this is one good drama that I love it since the 1st episode. It’s different than On Air or City Hall which I don’t find it interesting till the 4 episode. What a great and good harmony between the main leads and I also enjoy the interaction between the cousins as well. So far, this is the best drama of 2010 for me.

  46. 46 myweithisway

    Cannot wait to start watching this. The recaps are so great!

  47. 47 balletbabe

    Thanks for the recap!!! I didn’t even realize the “fact that he cares enough to accessorize his outfits down to every last detail, or that he always has fresh flowers nearby”
    until you mention it. This drama is really living past my expectations and I read somewhere that the ratings picked up this weekend (^^) Go SG!!!

  48. 48 Lisa

    I love these deconstructions… They make watching the drama all the more fun.


  49. 49 mellowyel

    Silent protector never wins against self-righteous asshole. I know. It’s unfair. But them’s the rules.

    Another one for the K-Drama rulebook! Thanks for the recap, girlfriday!

    • 49.1 noob

      yep! that sentences made me LOL

  50. 50 eb

    i love this recap! it totally encapsulates my thoughts on this episode but much more clearly. thanks!

Add a Comment

Stay civil, don't spoil, and don't feed the trolls! Read the commenting policy here.

 characters available. Comments will be truncated at the word limit.