Drama Recaps
Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 13
by | December 20, 2010 | 212 Comments

It’s like this drama went from zero to eighty in the span of seconds — one moment, it’s spinning its wheels while remaining in the same place for ten episodes, and then suddenly wheels find purchase on the gravel and speed off into the distance, careening wildly because all that speed makes it hard to steer. It’s enough to give you whiplash. We’re getting makjang-er and makjang-er, with extreme parental opposition of the Montague/Capulet variety and gangsters and kidnappings, which is actually kind of amusing since the tone has remained staunchly romantic-fluff.


Jang Geun-seok – “Hello Hello” from the drama’s soundtrack. [ Download ]

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Dad storms Mu-gyul’s studio, and as there’s no way for both kids to hide, Mu-gyul faces him while Mary hides in luggage.

Dad accuses Mu-gyul of plotting to marry Mary, scam her out of her ring, then divorce her and rake in the money with alimony. Which is nonsensical to the utmost degree, since Mary only came into the ring recently and possesses no money worth ripping off, but Dad’s hardly the voice of logic, much like this drama’s writer.

He tries to drag Mu-gyul off to the police station for the ring, but gets distracted by a few oddities scattered throughout the place. Like Mary’s blanket… and her cosmetics on the table…

Sensing trouble, Mu-gyul starts to inch away, giving himself a head start by the Dad finds him running down the street with a piece of rollaway luggage.

Mu-gyul stuffs the bag into a taxi, ditching Dad while they make for Jung-in’s neighborhood.

Dad beelines there as well and pushes past Jung-in into Mary’s room to confirm her absence. Only to find her in bed, coughing excessively and pathetically.

Jung-in vouches for her, saying she’s been feeling sick all night, and a confused Dad has to accept this explanation for now. He begs Jung-in to save Mary from Mu-gyul’s clutches, gaining Jung-in’s assurance that he’ll take care of her. Outmaneuvered but not fooled, Dad’s warns Mary to watch her step.

Mu-gyul hides out in Mary’s room to wait for Dad to finish his threats and leave and flips through a book, where he finds Jung-in’s note. It explains the book’s premise of two lovers who leave on a trip to discover what each holds most dear. Jung-in has written that this book helped him learned what real happiness is, and wishes the same for her. Mu-gyul just scoffs, calling Jung-in’s wooing style old-fashioned.

Jung-in is dismayed about their ring predicament, wishing she’d have come to him before selling the ring, and offers to retrieve it for her. Naturally, Mu-gyul resists.

With Dad on their scent, the three(some) decide that they have to be extra-careful… by all living together. (IN BED?!) Now THAT’Swhatimtalkinabout, drama.

Mu-gyul states that he’ll room with Mary, pointing out that he and Mary are used to sharing a bed. While technically true, Mary is mortified and adds the detail he conveniently left out, about them separating the bed into halves with a curtain.

Jung-in maintains his cool, merely stating that his rules will apply in his house — but as soon as he’s in his own room, his imagination starts to get the better of him. He puts pillows down the middle to visualize the barrier, and imagines Mu-gyul casting aside the flimsy curtain divider for makeout sessions.

(What is WITH the music in this show?)

Thus Mu-gyul is relegated to sleeping on the couch, where he wakes in the middle of the night, thirsty. He heads to the fridge but somehow can’t find the fridge, so he sneaks to Mary’s room, climbs half on top of her, and asks her for a drink. Yeah, it makes no sense, but I’m fully onboard this idea as far as waking-up methods are concerned.

Mary takes him to the very obviously visible fridge and gets him some juice, which gets spilled on his shirt in a collision.

Jung-in wakes up to the odd sound of running water, and tiptoes out into the hallway. Again his imagination gets the better of him as he hears the other two saying things like, “I’ll do it” and “Are you done yet?” and “Hold on, I’m doing my best.”

Sure that they’re up to some kind of sexy fun times (aw, without him), Jung-in bursts in, only to find that reality is a lot more innocent than his wayward imagination. To cover up his embarrassment, he gruffly complains about being woken up and tells them to get back to sleep.

Having agreed to sing the song after all, Seo-jun records “Hello Hello,” from which scene the following snippet is ripped. (I haven’t found an official version as of yet.) [ Download ]

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The lyrics, written by Mary, go:

I was standing around on the narrow street
when those indifferent words grazed by me
Hello, hello
Unfamiliar but not awkward, it felt nice

Would it be okay to lean on you?
With concern, that wrinkled sincerity unfolds in front of me
Thank you, thank you
Conveying my simple, thankful honesty

That’s true
Hello, hello, my cute angel
Stay by my side always
Thank you, thank you
That’s what I want to tell you
No no no no no
Just the words thank you

It’s not easy to be deliberately wrong
because the more you do, the more you’ll regret enduring it
I know, I know
Maybe it’s better for that smiling Pierrot

Would I be able to stand up without becoming dirtied?
Though I brush myself off, the pain builds
She knows, she knows
No longer is tomorrow only mine

The world I’ve confronted so many times
You’ve taught me to greet it
My heart overflows with this melody
I’ll go on together with you

That’s true
Hello, hello, my cute angel
Stay by my side always
Thank you, thank you
That’s what I want to tell you
No no no no no
More than a love confession
The words thank you
convey all my feelings

However, Mu-gyul is dissatisfied with Seo-jun’s delivery of the lyrics, so he heads into the studio to demonstrate what he wants

“Hello Hello,” Mu-gyul style. [ Download ]

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He makes his point so clearly that Jung-in suggests that it’s better that Mu-gyul sing the song instead. Seo-jun’s happy to let him have it.

Jung-in contemplates the photo of Mary’s mother he’d seen in his father, just as his father calls him for a meeting about getting wedding plans under way. He takes this opportunity to bring up the photo, and says that he had always wondered why his father was so set on marrying him off to Mary. President Jung explains that it’s merely because they promised to marry the kids off when they were children, but Jung-in won’t be fobbed off with that and asks if there was anything more to it. The president declines to answer.

So Jung-in asks Mrs. Yoon, the assistant tasked with guiding Mary in her marriage plans, about the relationship between his father and Mary’s mother. Mrs. Yoon is reluctant to divulge the story, which is enough indication that there IS an uncomfortable truth being hidden. All she offers is that the photo has been carried in the president’s wallet for nearly 30 years.

Wedding planners descend upon Mary to deck her out in bridal designs. She uncomfortably goes through the motions, but reminds Jung-in that she’s not going to marry him for real at the end of the contract. Jung-in accepts that, saying that this is just to keep up their ruse for the others’ sake.

Mu-gyul catches the tail end of this scene, and this type of conveniently timed misunderstanding is quickly making its way to the top of the writer’s list of specialties, isn’t it? Mu-gyul stomps off in a jealous fit, which seems to be turning into his specialty.

Mary chases after him in the freezing cold, but as she is tripped up by her high heels and long dress, she loses him a block or two away. She stands there crying as Jung-in comes up quietly to give her his jacket, mere feet away from where Mu-gyul hides around the corner.

When Mary arrives at the studio to check on him, it’s his huffy mother who sits there, arms akimbo all judgy-like. By way of self-defense, Mary brings up the ring, but Mom retorts that Mary’s actually worse than she is (ha! she wishes). At least Mom doesn’t cheat.

Mary protests that she’s not cheating, that Mu-gyul’s the only one for her. Mom states that Mu-gyul has a “cold heart,” and therefore needs a girl with warmth. As Mary is unsuitable, Mom tells her to stop seeing him.

President Jung confronts Dad about that fake ring, guessing that something’s up. Dad insists that he hadn’t done anything and that he isn’t in financial trouble, though he refrains from sharing the full story. The president has bigger concerns in any case, as his investigators have produced photos of the happy couple together. He also knew that Mary is living with Mu-gyul, even before Dad had figured it out.

Dad promises (again) to tear them apart no matter what, and agrees to alert President Jung right away if he hears the kids are back together. If he fails to keep him informed, he’s a goner.

The bandmates convene that night, but the mood is chilly with their recent fight (over Mu-gyul’s inauthenticity as a rocker) still fresh in their minds. You know a party’s dead when Seo-jun is the one telling everyone else to cheer up. But a few rounds of liquor melt the ice, as they do, and soon the boys get past their earlier peevishness.

Seo-jun admits that she did a poor job trying to act cool about the whole thing, and that she’s putting that cool act behind her now. She’s decided to allow her emotions to show from now on, rather than affecting her detached demeanor, given that she was never truly able to be cool on the inside.

Mu-gyul is first to rise, prompting the boys to complain that he’s a traitor for leaving early. After all, with Mary living with Jung-in, he can stay out as late as he wants — which is news to Seo-jun.

Mu-gyul finds his mother sleeping on his couch, his momentary good mood dispersed because (1) she’s not Mary, as he’d assumed, and (2) he’d warned her not to come back after her last stunt.

Mom advises him not to call Mary anymore, and that she sent her away, pressing the point about Mary already being married. She warns that he’ll get hurt, and points to herself as an example of a life ruined by love. Oh, is love what we’re calling selfish irresponsibility now, Worst Mother In the World?

Mu-gyul bursts out that he won’t be like her, ruined by love, and to mind her own business.

He finds himself back at Jung-in’s front gate, looking up at the house. He starts to text a message reading “Mary, about today…” But he doesn’t send his attempted apology.

Inside her room, Mary contemplates her unringing phone, wanting to text the same message to Mu-gyul, but giving up as well.

She finds Jung-in drinking alone out in the kitchen, and moves to help him when he staggers drunkenly. He shakes off her arm in a knee-jerk reaction, then recalls himself and apologizes.

He’s been brooding over his discovery all day — the one that makes him suspect that his father harbors a fixation with Mary because of her mother — and asks desolately, “Do you know what it feels like to be stuck in a place that won’t allow you to enter or exit?”

He explains that he’d never once strayed from his father’s wishes for him, thinking that was the right thing. But he doesn’t think so now. He even starts to mention the reason his parents divorced… but then brings himself back to the present and ends the conversation with the announcement that he will return his father’s investment after the upcoming showcase.

In his drunken state, Jung-in missteps and loses his footing, sending both himself and Mary to the ground. He lands on her, slow to react, and this is the pose that Mu-gyul oh-so-conveniently finds them in. Of course.

Assuming Jung-in is forcing his attentions on Mary, Mu-gyul furiously intercedes while Mary ineffectually tries to calm him down. Jung-in is so drunk and defeated that he doesn’t bother to fight back or struggle, and ends up falling to the ground, hitting his head (lightly) as he goes down.

It’s not enough to hurt him, but it does knock him into sleep, requiring Mu-gyul to take him to bed (omo! And that’s not even a joke this time!).

Mary walks Mu-gyul outside, his temper calmed now and their affectionate good humor restored. He promises that at the showcase, he’ll prove that he’s the right guy for her, hinting at some kind of big gesture or statement to show others his intentions. In that way, he wants to be able to ask her father confidently to entrust Mary to him.

With that, he gets busy to prepare for the showcase, and reworks the song to a faster tempo. (This move was briefly suggested by Jung-in in a previous episode, which may be a throwaway bit or just an indication that Jung-in has some musical sensibilities of his own. Personally, I vastly prefer the slow, moody version.)

The Worst Mom and the Second-Worst Dad in the World confer, and she insists that she drove her point home effectively with Mu-gyul and Mary — she’s done her part in trying to tear the kids apart even though it pained her like a bullet through the heart. She calls it the cruelest thing she’s ever done, which is either a dramatic statement or proof of an extremely short memory (hello? You regularly left the poor boy out in the cold and shooed him away for booty calls! And you think it’s cruel to tell his girlfriend to stop calling?).

Jung-in and his company busily get to work in readiness for their showcase, and Lee Ahn does his part by deciding to go ahead with the production and cutting Manager Bang out of the decision-making process. He has taken Jung-in’s cautions to heart and realizes that she’s far more villainous than he’d known, and files to dissolve their contract.

She’s not pleased to lose her Hallyu star client, but he’s firm in his dismissal, and shows up to a shoot looking much more pleasant without her toxic presence.

In one scene that has Lee Ahn showing Seo-jun’s character how to play the guitar, the director cuts in, dissatisfied with the clumsy guitar-playing. He wants to swap out a more skilled player for the scene, using Ahn only for close-ups, which is how we get Mu-gyul dressed in that plaid suit and cozily showing Seo-jun how to play. Mary watches this with a little unease, though she keeps a professional demeanor as best she can.

An irate Manager Bang interrupts the shoot, storming onto the set and beelining for Ahn. She hasn’t accepted their parting of ways, and insists he come with her, grabbing at his arm and shrilly insisting he’s got no place in this production.

Annoyed, Ahn resists her attempt to strong-arm him (literally), and in the process he knocks into a standalone wall prop, which teeters dangerously.

Everyone looks up at the tottering wall, which is headed straight for Mary. Reacting swiftly, Mu-gyul leaps to cover her and takes the brunt of the impact as the wall crashes down.

He’s fine for the most part, but the injury requires him to wrap up his right wrist, though he tells Jung-in that he’ll still be able to perform at tomorrow’s showcase. Mary’s near tears for being the reason for his injury, but he assures her that he’s fine.

Affectionately calling her his temporary right arm, Mu-gyul accepts Mary’s help home, where she puts him to bed and lies next to him comfortably. He tells her when his eyes open, “I’d like you to always be here. You won’t go anywhere, right?” She promises to stay with him.

Mu-gyul reveals his plan for tomorrow, saying that he’s going to make his confession while onstage. She wonders what he means, but he just smiles and tells her to look forward to it.

And this is the cozy scene that Dad finds when he bursts in on them (again??).

This time they kneel before him contritely; with Mu-gyul now sure of his feelings for Mary and committed to the relationship, he takes the respectful route, when all this while he’d been the dispassionate rebel. Now he bows his head, calling him “Father,” and promises to make Mary happy.

Dad points out that he has nothing to offer her, though she contradicts him by listing his assets, such as his musical talent and good looks. Mu-gyul earnestly vows to succeed as a musician — enough to keep Mary well-cared for and in good clothes forever.

It’s a lovely sentiment (Mary is touched), but Dad refuses to concede, not even if the world were to turn backwards. He can’t accept Mu-gyul as a son-in-law because he already has one.

He drags her home angrily and locks her in her room, ignoring her sobs about needing to be with Mu-gyul because he hurt himself on her behalf. Turning a deaf ear to her, Dad calls President Jung to fill him in, and the president accepts this news with a grave, “I see. So this guy refuses to listen, is that it?”

Mary finds herself still locked inside the room by morning, and fakes a stomachache to get Dad to open the door. When he hovers anxiously over her, Mary shoves him aside and makes a break for it, racing toward the showcase before she misses it.

Meanwhile, Mu-gyul endures the pain in his right hand as he gets ready and leaves for the showcase. As he walks through his neighborhood, he doesn’t notice the black car parked outside, which starts to follow him slowly.

He’s running late, worrying the rest of the crew, and assures Jung-in on the phone that he’s almost there. Then finds himself stopped by the black car and accosted by three strange thugs.

Confused and already handicapped because of his injury, Mu-gyul protests when they usher him toward the car. He’s overpowered and shoved in just as Mary spots the scene at a distance, and races toward the car shouting Mu-gyul’s name.

She pounds on the car door and positions herself in front, keeping them from moving while she shouts for help.

The gangsters merely put their car into reverse to steer clear of her, then race off, leaving her looking after them in shock.


What can we do at this point but cling to the careening vehicle and try not to fall off when it makes wild turns with no warning?

As I said, it’s actually a little bit amusing to watch the drama now, because the stuff that’s happening is at such odds with the tone of the piece. It’s like the drama took a cue from Seo-jun, who declares that she was never as cool as she tried to pretend and therefore is done trying to keep up appearances. Mary may have tried to be cool and hip and indie, but now it’s going for narrative convolutedness of the wackiest kind, coolness be damned. Except the vibe is still light and fluffy, so the kidnapping (groan) carries no weight, no suspense or hint of danger.

The kidnapping also brings to mind other dramas that attempted an eleventh-hour abduction to elevate the level of angst, such as Witch Amusement and Wish Upon a Star. And like those dramas, it doesn’t work, but at least we can enjoy it for the silly factor. If those shows were any indication, I’m going to expect some roping up and warehouse hideouts, per the kdrama norm. And this drama is all about pulling out the usual cliches, now that it’s done trying to skirt the cliches.


212 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. (:

    this show.
    cannot even begin to describe its ridiculousness at this point.

    • 1.1 Vendetta

      I totally agree. It’s so ridiculous that I am left dumbfounded.

      It makes me laugh to think how this drama would do without Wooky and Sukky<3 lol

      • 1.1.1 Ania

        Wooky and Sukky – haha, sweet

        it’s the most ridiculous episode ever, but somehow I see it as a parody of the previous episodes and I don’t mind it.

        but seriously, why do they always go to bed in winter clothes on – I know that it’s cold in Sukky’s house but seriously – even in winter shoes on?

        • koreandramalover/kdl

          yes, Ania, you are spot-on in noticing what i’ve been wondering for so long…

          what’s more, why do they wear their shoes right INTO Mu-Gyul’s home?

          • Sumee

            point noted dear KDL…found the same to be amusing ..ahem confusing & excuse me same goes for the drama ๐Ÿ™

          • DRAMAADDICT4ever

            Honestly when I first heard this drama was coming up I was so excited because I thought it was going to rock my world.I got excited at every news that came out before the show premiere, it was amazing to see how even the hardcore fans were making amazing posters of their own to show the anticipation of the drama.

            How could it not? when it had such great cast and a good plot(I thought). It excited me to think that my damsel in distress was going to have two hot guys pursuing her. One was going to be the bad boy who is also in a rock band(We all know we always go for the bad guy), the other was going to be the rich kid that had everything to offer.

            This is why I feel cheated and disapointed at how bad the show really turned out to be. For some people PK was the worst drama of this year but to me “THIS” is the worst drama of the year. At least I was able to finish Playfull Kiss and actually really like the Youtube version.

            It is funny how different is this post from Secret Garden but that shows you how much we love and apreciate a good drama and how we love to bash about a mediocre one aka MSOAN.

            And if someone gets offended with what I am posting, don’t because everyone is entitle to his/her oppinion, so if you like the show good for you!!!
            but if you hate it WELCOME TO MY CLUB!!!!

      • 1.1.2 justine

        Now I understand…MOST people who don’t appreciate MSOAN are just Ajumas who have never experienced true love. They just can’t relate to the story. Go out and have fun!

        • DRAMAADDICT4ever

          hahaha!!!!”Ajuma” is that your best insult, HAHAHAHAHAH!
          What does this drama have to do with true love? grow up will you!!!!

          Now I see how kids react when you don’t agree with what they think,they just take things too personal LOL!

        • syp

          I wasn’t planning to comment, but your comment made me laugh really hard. Justine, I don’t know how old you are but I’m assuming you are not an “Ahjumma.” Please don’t make ridiculous assumptions and ignorant comments about people and ideas you are not familiar with. I think YOU are the one that needs to go out and have fun… and learn about what “true love” is… let alone, learn about life. Kdramas should not be your reality up to the point where you take contrary opinions as personal attacks. Wake up girl LOL.

          • Jo

            come on. That wasnt an insult, just a slight jab. No need to overreact people … -_-
            very lame.
            I agree that its turning out to be horrible… (my poor jaewook-shi :(((( ) and a total waste of talent, but lets not get a “netizen-y” here.

          • ME.

            LOL, I just thought how some people are always saying, girl or gal or chick or something. But…What if it’s a guy? O.o

            Anyways, I think they should have either discontinued or remade this drama. Or maybe gotten a variety of opinions before airing it? All I can say…. “I’m disappointed in you…now bear your shame around you until you DIE.”

    • 1.2 serenity56


    • 1.3 Koreanfanatic

      I totally agree, it’s so ridiculous at some points that it almost insults the intelligence of the audience, us. But its most successful in choosing the leads, JGS and KJW. Without them, I wouldn’t even bother with this drama. They make me come back for me.

      • 1.3.1 Koreanfanatic

        Correction- They make me come back for more. LOL

  2. soyachan

    Thank you for the recaps. This episode is silly, but I like it.

  3. annie

    oh yeah… recap for the new eps. thanks.. I like the new song.

  4. mey

    thanks for translating the lyrics for hello, hello.

  5. Tama

    Thanks for the quick recap! ^_^

  6. JeSsBeL

    Thnx for the recap =^]

  7. grasya

    no offense to the die hard fans but i think i’m glad this one’s ending next week. the plot is going crazy episode by episode. i’m hanging on just for JGS.

    thanks for the recap…

    • 7.1 yakunamo

      just to see JANG GEUN SUK…his lovely face and and dreamy eyes……the plot makes me dizzy ….back and forth to the guys pads..stay in one place already…kkkkkk

  8. LL

    damn show…. thank you for making me realize you can judge books by its cover…

    damn show …thank you for making me found my most favorite drama ever secret garden..because i gave up on you…

    damn show…. does it even make any sense at this point?

    by the way, hello hello was a good song but damn show.. after you hit me in the head with “take care of my bus”

    i kind of hate your ost already..

    damn show.. i wish i had known you were this bad so i don’t even have to wasted my time waiting for you to air for 2months plus watching you for 5 episodes in pain…

    • 8.1 Bex

      Alright. That’s scary. You basically done exactly what I did. LOL.
      I waited for this for ages, watched five episodes, got disappointed, found Secret Garden (love it) and since Secret Garden was so good, I compared it to this and became one of my faves.
      OST at the beginning was awesome – I had high hopes. Then it got crap. xD

      • 8.1.1 azir

        I know that this show is not that good but I’m also thinking why many people like Secret Garden very much. In my opinion it’s just an average show and a little bit ridiculous as well.

  9. bobo

    at least it’s funny…even though it’s only funny by accident…

  10. 10 MANILA2010

    Thanks for the recap. As always you bring cheers to us by bridging the language gap with your awesome summary, analysis and really, really funny yet substantial commentaries. More power to you.

    I just watched Antique Bakery and I am now seeing Kim Jae Wook in a new light (grins). He was such an enigma (at least in my head). Anyway, I am glad his character is now capable of being silly and a little bit relaxed. I hope Jung In also finds happiness at the end of MMM. Jang Geun Seok is still worth watching and so is little sister Geun Young.

    • 10.1 g1

      LOL I agree completely. Super flamboyant gay man to professional businessman is a difficult transition. what remains the same is that he’s always REALLY HOT.
      his new “dirty mind” sequences have been keeping me interested ๐Ÿ˜›

  11. 11 Katey B

    Dear Dramabeans Dream Team,

    the best thing about the drama now is your recap and the music-thanks for the downloads!

    • 11.1 maria

      too true. all following recaps should say, ABANDON SHIP! or ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE or something.

  12. 12 mommy

    after this episode, I think that’s this drama is going nowhere!
    but still watch for KJW, hope that MR will fall for JI but it seems like JI will end the engagement because he doesn’t want to do what his father “ordered” him, MR will end with MG & MG will be really good friend with SJ
    sorry for my poor english, I’m french and in french we have this expression: this show “n’a ni queue ni tรชte”

    • 12.1 Liz

      “no heads, nor tail” – basically means it’s absolutely random and makes no sense at all

  13. 13 piggierabbit

    I think this show is so (unintentionally) hilarious.

    I’m not going to watch it anymore–I can’t take any of the whole kidnapping and will-he-arrive-in-time-or-not stuff.

    But I WILL check out teh recaps to see how crazy it gets.

  14. 14 jjoongie

    lol i’m not even gonna lie; this show is SO bad; but i’m enjoying the hell out of it. if it hadn’t been for the excellent casting of jang geunseok and moon geunyoung (and kim jaewook to a lesser degree), though, i would have given up on this after the third or so episode.

    thanks as always for the excellent recaps!

  15. 15 JOYce

    Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. 16 mickeymouse

    i have such high hopes on this drama after the fabulpus sungkyunkwan scandal….sigh.

    this show is very disappointing. the drama totally wastes jang geun seok’s and moon geun young’s acting talents.

    thanks for the recap, as always (:

  17. 17 LuvAznDramas

    I’m starting to get interested in this drama again, it completely wacky, but that’s what’s getting interesting about it! I was dying of boredom btw ep. 4-10 with the occasional cute moments that made it bearable. If they started this wacky from the getgo I think the ratings might have been better. Though I hope JGS next project will be as good as “You’re Beautiful” JGS fighting!

  18. 18 Carmen

    this drama is just getting too draggy….. get on with it. love secret garden and the egoistic joowon!

  19. 19 Amg1

    All I can say is that I am amazed that this show still have any “Fans”, since it has become a “fanfare of unadulterated stupidity” that defies any sense or reason!!!

    Neither writes has been able to do justice to this drama, and I know that “HardCore” fans think that this drama is the best thing out of Korea besides kimchi, but lets be serious for a moment, is not that we want to bash this show out of nowhere, but in all fairness this show is beyond “bad”, there is such a thing as “Bad Writing”, well if you only care about the “Cute Factor” in order to say “how much you love this show”, than it tells me that a lot of you are in serious denial, do not know anything about writing in general, or you guys have a very bad taste in drama content!!!!

    What a waste of talent SHHHHHSS!!!!!!!


    • 19.1 claire

      well, i actually still enjoying this though i really admit that it IS bad…it’s not just the cute factor that i still continue to watch, it is also because i pity JGS, MGY, and KJW…their acting skills was so high that they ended up in this kind of drama…i’m watching for the sake of their pride :))

    • 19.2 hapacalgirl

      I am not watching this show for the plot at this point since the plot makes no sense. Also many people even hardcore fans have accepted that as a drama,the writing and plot are pretty rediculous but are watching because they like the OTP which is a testiment to MGY and JGS acting. These actors including KJW were given crap to work with and they are workin it with all they got. I am purely watching it for the interactions between KJW/JGS/MGY. Even though the plot is horrid, I have never seen an OTP with so much natural chemistry and acting ability that when you watch them it doesn’t feel like theiy’re acting because it is that natural. I am not watching M3 for any serious reasons. Its fun and I like the characters and since I have watched this far I am going to finish. Had these characters been played by anyone else with less acting ability and chemistry I would of left this show in the dust a long time ago. I am just sad at how much better this show could of been considering that it had both the acting ability and natural chemistry between the actors in spades (so rare in a drama) but didn’t have the plot or writing to match up with the talent.

      I really hope MGY and JGS do another drama with better writing and plot because they have dream chemistry when they are together on screen and I wish I could see more done with that. If not at least a drama with MGY and KJW as the OTP…….so much wasted chemistry….

      • 19.2.1 Pat

        I agree with everything you said. I always thought the plot would be silly and would have never started except for the casting. And they are the reason I don’t HATE this show but am mighty disappointed in what might have been.

  20. 20 gingganggolli

    Yap we’ve been cheated again. Oh well what a waste of good actors. I hope they will make another drama and maybe a heavy drama that will make me forget how silly this marry what ever….. sorry just so disappointed…

  21. 21 chillyperson

    I’m glad I stopped watching this drama after episode 5 due to school work. Now that exams are over I don’t think I will be picking up from where I left off.

    Thanks Javabeans and Girlfriday for recapping the latest episodes so I know how the plot is progressing and your reactions to it. ^^

  22. 22 koreandramalover/kdl

    javabeans, my sincerest appreciation for not giving up on recapping this drama, although i’m sure you must have wished looong ago to cease recapping a drama that has driven you up the wall/caused you to lose your insanity… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    bless you, javabeans and girlfriday! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 22.1 koreandramalover/kdl

      ooopss!! typo!!! it should be :
      caused you to lose your *sanity*, not *insanity*…

      hehe… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 22.1.1 izzie

        LOL. why am I more concerned that they lose their insanity? ๐Ÿ˜€

        • koreandramalover/kdl

          ooohhh…hehe…because you are izzie….you celebrate everyone’s gift for the wacky…hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • izzie

            oh, i know you love the wacky too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ you’re wacky yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • koreandramalover/kdl

            oh, you know me tooo well, izzie… ๐Ÿ˜‰

            after all, it takes one to know one, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰
            that’s how i know how to spot someone else who is as wacky as me, if not more…namely you, dear izzie… ๐Ÿ˜‰

            i am proud to be your wacky Moony Loony soul sistah! ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • samgetang

            LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚ insane insanity, hahaha! you are both so funny hehehe…

          • koreandramalover/kdl


            why, thank you so much dear soul sistah, for your appreciation for your soul sistahs’ zany, loony, wacky, insane insanity… haha… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. 23 forever_j

    Hey guys, if this is a bad drama, why waste you time commenting here anyway, why waste read a recap… why waste your time thinking about this drama. I wonder….

    If you have been disappointed, don’t ever think that everyone is disappointed. We have different opinions, let’s just respect each others.

    • 23.1 Nana

      B/c it’s so bad, it’s entertaining to see how nuts it gonna go.

      I need to let myself loose sometimes but can’t take it seriously. Lol. Anyways, you can’t deny it’s Bad~~~~

      • 23.1.1 JD

        Same here. I just read to see how much more ridiculous it gets. It’s so much fun to burn dramas, ahhaha, and even more fun because 90% of other readers are doing it.

        Sorry if offensive. /bows humbly

        • forever_j

          LOL then you’re more ridiculous than this drama. Ridiculing oneself to watch a ‘ridiculous drama’ (in your opinion, not mine).

          I’m also sorry for being offensive.

          • Nana

            Well, I don’t watch to be exact, I read b/c read recaps and comments here are way more fun than the drama itself. Therefore, let bow down to dramabeans for the recaps.

          • JD

            I don’t believe I’m “ridiculing” myself by watching further into a “ridiculous drama” (presumption on you). It’s all in good fun; I don’t really see why you have to be so offended. It’s an opinion. If you like it, you like it. If I hate it, I hate it. The fun in commenting is to see where everyone stands.

          • czak

            agree with NANA, sometimes reading the comments & recap are way more fun than some of the drama’s I have seen… the input of thought in everyone is way more interesting…
            the contradiction of biases between the fans & the anti fans are so funny….

      • 23.1.2 forever_j

        Well, for me it’s not bad. We just have different tastes… I will not say it’s bad, just because everyone here is saying it’s bad. =)

        • kelly

          Agree, this drama is not bad, it’s fun & light. ppl please stop bashing it.

          Dear JB, if you don’t like it why not stop recapping? Seriously, you don’t need to commit to finish recapping a drama if it’s driving in insane, thanks.

          • koreandramalover/kdl

            Kelly, as you are a visitor to Dramabeans, do you think you have the right to dictate to Javabeans what she should or should not do because after all, Dramabeans belongs to her, not to you?

            Besides, so many of us appreciate her recapping this drama, but she has every right to stop recapping if she wishes to do so, and i guarantee you, none of us who have been following this drama would complain if that were to happen… ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • gingganggoli

            Oh come on, I cant believe youโ€™ve said that. If that comment/review is not to your liking donโ€™t push the bottom and saying JB should stop recapping and donโ€™t expect her either to explain why. Girl thatโ€™s what you call commitment/passion/loveโ€ฆ and I assure you, not for your sake or mine so pull your heart and pay same respect to JB and GFโ€™s mighty efforts in doing this.

          • commenter

            wow are you serious????? why do you even bother to read the recaps then??? it’s not like JB didn’t make herself pretty clear where she stood on her opinion about this show. so really you should be the one to NOT read these summaries knowing she’s not going to turn around and sing the show undeserved praises.

            btw, learn to thank people for their efforts for others’ sake than to take it and slap it back in their faces…

    • 23.2 Gummie

      I have the same question for you. If you think this is such a bad/unfair recap, why bother reading it? Why wasting time reading the comments here?

      We’re all entitled to our opinions. You have your reasons to love the show, others have theirs to hate it. Why bother yourselves over any bashing/criticism?

      I don’t watch the show (anymore), neither do I join criticizing or the complimenting it. But I enjoy reading Javabean’s recapping for their humorous remarks and insights.

      • 23.2.1 izzie

        hahaha! the never-ending argument over if-you-hate-it-why-comment/if-you-love-it-why-read-the-comments.

        really, dear hardcore MSOAN fans, I hope you realize that us non-fans/disappointed viewers commenting on how this drama has disappointed us is not a personal affront to you. i couldn’t help but LOL when people say they are offended when others are saying not-so-favorable comments about the show like it’s a personal attack to the avid followers. and then they tell the ones who complain to shut up. could you loosen up a bit? just a bit? ๐Ÿ˜‰ it’s just a drama, ya know. it’s at least a fun material for discussion. (let us count the ways a drama can go bad. really, really bad! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

        I gave this drama a chance. I endured watching up until… hmm… episode 10, I think. it was like watching a cat being dragged over a galvanized iron sheet with all its claws out scratching the metal to desperately hold on. ๐Ÿ™ (i waited for the cat to fight back, but it didn’t happen) is it so wrong to point out why it’s bad to drag a cat, with its claws drawn out, over a galvanized iron sheet? ๐Ÿ˜›

        and no, i ain’t gonna apologize for my opinion. you like it or you don’t, it ain’t my problem. ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL at the passive-aggressive that some people here pass up as humility. ๐Ÿ˜›

        • Simmy

          Thank you! You said that perfectly!

      • 23.2.2 koreandramalover/kdl

        hear, hear, izzie!!! you said it perfectly!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 23.3 gingganggoli

      Yap respect each other opinions so please kindly donโ€™t tell us what we need to say/do to please you coz remember this is made to rant and or/rave so just read and comment donโ€™t tell readers what to do. Coz basically were just commenting so don’t wonder.

  24. 24 kate

    i watch this show for the chemistry between jgs and mgy. they embody the characters so well that it keeps me on as an avid fan. haha i dont take the crazy plot too seriously and appreciate it for wat it is. they do put in such cute moments. i wonder how closely this drama follows the manhwa

  25. 25 JD

    Man, do I want to take over the writing for this drama. I’d throw in at least two more hot guys, cut Mu-Gyul’s hair, and transport the parents into another drama…and now we all know why British literature likes to rid of the parents and leave the protagonist orphans–NO OBSTACLES!

  26. 26 maeumi

    ooookaaaayyyyy, the kidnapping is the last straw for me. can’t take this nonsense anymore. not even JGS can save this mess. I might continue watching this show in the future, but for now I’m done.

    • 26.1 Katey B

      I actually the kidnapping as it was new…

  27. 27 Raitei

    I’ve always looked forward to the next episodes of this show before…but now, I think I will just go about reading recaps here. :/

  28. 28 ais

    The chemistry of MGY and JGS keeps this show from completely falling apart. I know that these two deserve a better writer and a better drama plot but I am still amused how they make a not so brilliant story work (at least for me ๐Ÿ™‚ The Geuns are simply amazing. I know it’s a bit impossible for two actors to be teamed up twice but I hope if they get another project together, the story will be more substantial and worthy of their talents.

    • 28.1 hapacalgirl

      i agree x 100%. I am watching the drama for the OTP at this point and because life is too serious and this drama is pure fun.

  29. 29 innane

    how bad your dad is , he is still your dad mary….how can you do that to your father?

    poor Jung In, ……………. the only reason I’m still watching tis drama is KJW….poor him, everytime mary hurt my JI, I do feel the same…..JI, be strong…….

    • 29.1 Midori

      Thinking like that is the reason why some father visit they daughter late at night for a little father and daughter loving. I don’t know what you are referring too when you stated Mary should not do that to her father? I assuming it was when she pushed him after he locks her in the room like animal. The questions here isn’t why did Mary do what she did is how can that bastard consider himself a father with the things he has done throughout this drama. Let’s start with the first thing that doesnโ€™t give this man the right to be a father.

      1. Selling your daughter to a gangster and his son to clear your debt.
      2. Beating and yelling at your daughter because she doesnโ€™t want to marry a gangster’s son, oopโ€™s did I let that secret out?
      3. Use Maryโ€™s mother memory to make your daughter feel guilty about loving someone.
      4. Promising the Gangster that he will correct what wrong with his daughter.

      I can go on for days why this man don’t deserve any respect from Mary, but the silly chick still give it to him. As for Jung In pain, that not cause by Mary that cause by his father I guess his father behavior is acceptable as while because he donor one sperm out of hundreds to create him but lack the understanding that he really did not raise him with love and understand which makes in my opinion makes Jung In and his father related but he not what I would call a Father, Dad, Daddy.

      Sorry for my โ€œRANTSโ€ it really a sore spot for me when a parents is the one responsible for causing they child any kind of pain, sadness out of their own selfishness.

      • 29.1.1 claire

        yeah i totally agree with every single word you said! as for myself, a father TOTALLY is not like that!

  30. 30 jnt1024

    I’m just wondering…do any of you guys actually watch M3 or do you guys just read the recaps? I can understand how it may not be to your sophisticated taste but I still find it extremely funny and entertaining. Sure, it makes no sense and doesn’t have much plot. Drama is not about reality anyways…it’s a welcome break from reality! I thoroughly enjoy the two hours I spend each week watching this drama…I ship for MM but a Mugyul/Jungin ending would be nice as well! LOL

    • 30.1 Amg1

      I wasted 10 hours of my life, by watching @ 10 episodes + the time reading the recaps, I may have a more “discerning” taste than you may, but lets be honest this drama has become a “joke” otherwise people in general will be praising this drama, and not that “Ratings” are everything, but have you check them lately for this show? Dismal!!!

      I did not meant to be mean, or nasty, I just think our understanding about “whats good” differs a lot!!
      Well to each its own!!
      : O }

      • 30.1.1 jnt1024

        Yup, one mans trash is another’s treasure =) Honestly when watching Kdramas I just go with my gut and turn off my brain. For me drama equals stuff that don’t happen in real life (but sometimes wish it did)…And this drama, regardless of how silly and illogical, I love and adore like I would a litter of puppies! Whatever plot and/or character and story development this show lacked, imho, is made up by the ridiculous cuteness between the OTP and to a slightly lesser extent, chemistry between JGS and KJW…In fact I am looking forward to parodies of this show, featuring the UST of MG and JI =)
        I did try to watch some of the more well liked dramas but just couldn’t really commit to watching them for some reason. I just found myself just not really caring a great deal about any of the characters either in SKK or MGIAG. They just didn’t hook me…but then maybe it’s because I’m biased due to being a JGS die hard =)

    • 30.2 claire

      for me, i agree with you about still being ffunny and entertaining but not extremely…i can say just mild…i also still enjoy it while watching but when the drama ends it really ends…*sigh*…how i wish the leads (JGS, MGY, KJW)are put together in another drama…as the people said it was like this..GOOD ACTORS/ACTRESS IN A BAD PRODUCTION OF DRAMA! i’m also watching for the pride of the leads lol

  31. 31 Hannah

    Heh. I gave up on it awhile ago, but after it’s done I plan on returning to it just for Jung-in. Or Kim Jae-wook, whatever.

  32. 32 lyra

    okay i leave first the cute factor at the back of this bus.

    yeah i agree most of the comments here thanking JB AND GF for not ditching this crazy roller coaster bus ride . (because i remember after recapping 1 and 2 of Runaway Plan B, err..both of you gave it up .heehee).

    the plotline of having 2 husbands from east and west is initially a head turner of what logic should be. plus the worst parents of all conniving each other as if am watching a hilarious wacky Godfather mafia will make you spill WTF anytime. the second lead and special to mention SEo-jun CAN be out in the story because her character stayed flat .and i can’t even find any reason to hate her. i should be hating her! LOL

    if there is one thing i laud in this drama is the convo’s between mugyul and maeri (and yeah thanks fanservice) because those are close to reality (thank God). cheesy but yup. sometimes you get mad. you shout at your partner when irritated or jealous , etc.i particularly like the confrontation of maeri and mugyul (re: maeri’s jealousy over seojun and mugyul ex-couple photos) .at least i did not see any agonizing what if’s flooding between them.

    okay ill have the cute factor back. nah, the chemistry back. if there’s such a waste of talent (thanks to the poorly written drama)then the wastage was so strong to pull me till episode 13. and am not just speaking as a JGS fan but how did these two geuns convinced me to get glued (from live streaming to these recaps and BTS, name it dang) to this story that will make you voluntary wrapped yourself with a straight jacket? i dont know! geuns, you knocked me bigtime. more than a tipsy jungin!

    • 32.1 koreandramalover/kdl

      LOL…lyra!! your comments are priceless!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      got me ROFL!!! i am in the same boat (bus?) as you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      can’t help but just LOVE the chemistry btwn JGS and MGY…and it is the second reason i have stuck with the drama despite the insanity/lack of plot… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      the FIRST reason i’m still with this drama, of course, is JB’s and GF’s incomparably entertaining recaps… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 32.1.1 lyra

        yeah! you hit it gal– their three-some and bed antiques (plus the bromance under) are the precious gems here .woot! ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • koreandramalover/kdl

          hehe…yes!!! the priceless gems from the creative geniuses that are JB and GF never failed to make me LOL, ROFL, and all manner of guffawing, that my family members couldn’t help but join me!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 32.2 archaenon

      Runaway Plan B was actually good, people judged it too early imo. It also had stuff that MSOAN doesn’t.

      – A storyline that makes sense
      – More then two likeable actors/actesses
      – The ability to keep my attention past the 5th episode.

      I was so hyped for this drama, but it’s downright terrible in so many ways, I like the cast , but even they could not save this trainwreck.

      I’ve read every recapped because Java and GF do such entertaining writing , that’s actually better then the show. This could have been a good drama, but they failed so hard and I can’t figure out why.

      I’m pretty glad it’s ending, I’m interested in seeing what’s replacing it.

  33. 33 anonymous

    Jks fans are making a fool of themselves..when will they wake up and face reality that MMM sucks… what a waste of talent for JKS..boring story, boring characters..hope that JKS will stop playing musician role..he is typecasted already..

    • 33.1 Anon

      JKS fans for the most part know this show sucks and that there is a severe lack of plot but they are still watching it for the chemistry between the characters…and for JKS…also KJW XD

  34. 34 izzie

    I’m sensing tiredness on javabean’s part from recapping this episode. Still, thank you JB for this reading material. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The show has come to a dragging pace. Too bad, even the new writer couldn’t save it. Can someone make a parody instead? It might work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Seo-jun admits that she did a poor job trying to act cool about the whole thing, and that sheโ€™s putting that cool act behind her now. Sheโ€™s decided to allow her emotions to show from now on, rather than affecting her detached demeanor, given that she was never truly able to be cool on the inside.

    Omo! She was trying to be cool in the past? ahaha! What a joke! ๐Ÿ˜€

    He tells her when his eyes open, โ€œIโ€™d like you to always be here. You wonโ€™t go anywhere, right?โ€

    and they recycled his line from You Are Beautiful. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m officially off this drama. recaps and all. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • 34.1 izzie


      The show has come to a dragging pace.

      The show has come to an even more dragging pace.

      • 34.1.1 czak

        hahahaha lol

    • 34.2 A

      What episode of YB was that quote from?
      I can’t quite seem to remember
      enlighten me!

      • 34.2.1 izzie

        It’s the “Stay beside me. Please don’t go where I can’t see you.” line. It was said by JGS’ character in YAB a couple of times. In fact, this line was delivered in the final episode at the concert. They’re not the exact words but it’s the same in essence – hence, recycled (not re-used). ๐Ÿ˜‰ Do you remember now?

  35. 35 Adiezty

    Thanks for recap MMM, i’m waiting for next recap, well … i’m still in love with this drama although weak in story line .. So thanks

  36. 36 L4E

    I really thought I was watching a witch amusement episode here haha. this drama is crazy.

  37. 37 amna

    i still watch it till the end coz of MGY and JGS also KJW.. i don’t care wether the story is bad or not as long i can see my favourite star acting..but i hope they will get better drama after this..

  38. 38 mmmaggie

    I am SO sad. This drama had so much potential and I still enjoyed it through Episode 10. I didn’t mind the slow bits because I liked the actors and I had already bought into the story. But now? *sob* At least Kim Jae Wook and Jang Geun Seok have never looked better! I think I’ll just save the first 3 episodes of this series and relive the total adorableness that was “mung mung” “yaow”.

  39. 39 SOO-IN-LURVE

    This dama is getting way too absurd but stil can’t help likin it bcuz of the stars in it!!!
    They are just playin the characters but still dey hav somthin dat just draws me to them…..
    Luv JGS and KJW!!!!
    can’t get enough of them!!!

  40. 40 sos

    Suck…I’m not that stupid; logical part of my mind don’t allow me to watch it anymore!!!!Sorry professional actors! Is it show for kids.

  41. 41 diadda

    I am so glad to have stopped watching this at episode 10. I couldn’t sit through 11 entirely and now I know I shall never return.

    Thank you for the recaps, because they are funny and entertaining even if the show is not.

  42. 42 jojo

    Thanks JB for the recap…I’m not watching the series, but the recaps are a lot of fun!

  43. 43 Christy

    More mayhem and insanity unleashed and I love it! I’m watching this drama comedy for sheer amusement and not for philosophical and logical dissection. I think we’ll be seeing more of this type of Monty Pythonesque absurdist comedy sketch tv dramas in the years to come. It will take a while before viewers can be more accepting and experimental with their viewing tastes especially with new genres like this.

    Kudos to the cast for taking art in this trailblazing drama. I believe a professional actor will push the envelope to widen his/her acting repertoire even if the drama itself is not going to be wildly popular with the masses. I guess that’s the frame of mind that JKS and MGY have. Just sayin.’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Episode 14, bring it on!!

    • 43.1 koreandramalover/kdl

      i agree with you, Christy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      it is due to the professionalism of JGS and MGY that they have been able to act their respective parts so convincingly to me that i think it is what stood out the most for me from watching this dramaโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‰

      we have to bear in mind that they are only 24 years old and yet they have something to teach all of us watching this drama โ€“ about being a professional at whatever we do, all the timeโ€ฆafter all, they are paid to do what they doโ€ฆas we are in our respective professionsโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  44. 44 TgM4

    I cant watch this anymore…the worst one i ve seen…amean hw can anyone waste such talented ppl…seriously i dont even feel like reading the recaps (not ur fault JB…u r definitely making it better than watching it) But the drama itself is so ridiculous…that i dont want to follow it anymore.

  45. 45 mybus

    I think the plot really fell in the ditch this episode. Oh well. But best part had to be Lee Ahn ditching Manager Bang! Crazy manipulative witch. She should just marry JI’s crazy manipulative dad, then they can manipulate each other.

  46. 46 Anonymous

    i seriously enjoy the first few episodes, then i thought to myself, there isn’t really any concrete plot here..they are just recycling the parents opposing the mary-mugyul r/ship, jung-in trying to win mary’s heart (but doesnt really do anything about it), and mary-mugyul overload of cuteness….i stopped watching it from the 11th episode and dont feel like continuing it at all..

  47. 47 nyss

    oh i forgot to put my name…lol

  48. 48 likeornot

    i prefer just to read the recaps than watching this drama. fortunetely they took jang geun suk as the main cast or no one will interested to watch this unlogical drama. by the way,thanks for the recaps. it makes me smile and even laughing alone~ haha

    • 48.1 lovebigbang

      u’re absolutely right!!

  49. 49 deekutudrama


    Seriously, what kind of man wearing a towel like that?

    • 49.1 Susan

      thanks jb

      I think JI in dark grey shirt standing next to MR in her wedding dress in the street,

      they look more like a normal couple then with the girly MG.

      • 49.1.1 Mars

        Seriously, what’s up with all the gender policing? Why is bad that Mu-gyul is “girly”? And what exactly does a “normal” couple look like?

        • lyra

          to think that what am watching is a normal couple. idk but there conversations are closer to real life.

          and by the way, my ex is more girly than me. but he’s straight. how’s that? =D

        • may marylyn

          For a grown-up man — malnourish !.

    • 49.2 Christy

      Only JKS can get away wearing that girly towel haha! I guess he’s just too skinny to go half naked. I really liked his physique in Beethoven Virus. Hope he gets back to that manly shape in his next projects.

  50. 50 dawnmahcoh

    tch . really as flop of the year .. ๐Ÿ™

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