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Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 8

I know, an episode involving handcuffs and the kinkiest moment we get is a hair shampooing scene! One guess whose.

To be honest, I’ve been bored out of my MIND with Mary for the past few weeks. Normally I’d just drop a drama when it got that painfully dull, but I stuck with it this time, and this is the first episode that has started to upturn for me. I started to care about the characters again, which has been hard in recent episodes because people been acting so nonsensically and selfishly. But now that the fake-marriage jig is up, it’s forcing them to be more honest with each other and themselves. Not a moment too soon.

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EPISODE 8 RECAP

Mary admits that she and Mu-gyul aren’t married to the conveniently gathered group, who react in varying degrees of surprise. Seo-jun is the first to leave, stalking off peevishly as though this fake marriage is all about her. Really, she has the least right to be upset of any of these people, doesn’t she?

Jung-in’s father faces his son and gives him a good slap, although again, I’m not sure he has any right to be upset since Jung-in was just as surprised by the lie as he was. Oh, right. This is Mary. Logic does not dictate plot.

As the others leave, Jung-in stands out in the cold, alone.

So now it’s Day 51 of the contract, although both dads figure that there’s no need to go through with the formality of the 100 days anymore. They can hurry the kids along into an engagement next week.

The president has prepared a regimen he creepily calls “Making of a Cheongdam-dong Daughter-in-Law.” Can’t you and your yakuza money afford one of those robots instead? Creepier still is that Dad’s reaction isn’t “Get the fuck away from my daughter” and instead “Wow, thank you!” as he reads off categories like “culture,” “foreign language,” “etiquette,” and the like. Dad promises to turn Mary into the best bride ever, as though there’s some bride pageant out there by which to measure her worth. (By the way? Bride pageant = possibly the worst idea in the history of the world, yet also HILARIOUS. Me-ow. Coming soon to Fox.)

While cleaning, Mu-gyul finds the crumpled copy of Mary’s “Love’s Car Accident” story, which he throws out. He throws out her blue mittens, too, and quits as musical producer. Looks like Seo-jun was right about reluctant lover boy cutting and running as a defensive maneuver.

Despite Jung-in’s disappointment over losing Mu-gyul from the drama, he defends him to a snotty Manager Bang, who calls him irresponsible. But they have even bigger worries at hand, because a new scandal has popped up online regarding Seo-jun and her co-star. Now Seo-jun’s already sizable anti-fan numbers are growing because she’s supposedly dating oppa, and they’re starting to dig into her background, family, everything, as though she’s Tablo. If Tablo had murdered puppies and sold children into slavery instead of attending a prestigious university, that is.

The matter is too big for Jung-in’s own PR team to block, and since Seo-jun is unaffiliated with a management company, she has nobody to mitigate negative press for her. Hear that, Jung-in? That’s your Very Obvious Cue to swoop in and be her white knight!

Manager Bang offers to help with Seo-jun’s damage control, which seems about as helpful as accepting an antidote from a viper. Jung-in declines, instead seeking Seo-jun out in person.

He finds her working out at the gym, acting as though she’s impervious to the random gossips who snicker in her direction. She tells Jung-in she’s fine, and tells him that his idea of taking legal action won’t help matters.

While waiting for her engagement dress appointment, Mary tries to write a series of text messages apologizing to Mu-gyul for ruining things for him. However, her courage falters, and she can’t quite bring herself to tell him she’s getting engaged tomorrow.

When Jung-in arrives for his own tux fitting, the air is strained and quiet, and they both stand there awkwardly. Jung-in still seems upset over the lie, and Mary’s not sure how to act around him.

That evening, both families dine together, with dads smiling in satisfaction and the kids silent and uncomfortable. Jung-in finally speaks up when Mary announces her intent to visit her mother’s memorial tomorrow before the ceremony, offering to accompany her.

That night, Jung-in sleeps fitfully and wakes from a nightmare sweating and rattled. By his bedside, he sees the socks Mary had bought him; she’d told him that wearing them during the night would keep the nightmares away. He smiles to remember her telling him that the past can no longer hurt him and puts the socks on. Then lays down to sleep IN HIS SUIT.

Engagement day, also Mary’s birthday. Jung-in takes her to an arboretum in the morning, taking her hand as he leads her along, easing their tension somewhat.

Mary apologizes for the lie, saying that she was reacting to being forced into a marriage she didn’t want. He understands, having felt the same, and admits he’d felt angry. But not with her, as she assumes, but with himself.

Giving her the photo of the two of them as children, Jung-in tells her that he had a good dream last night. It’s really more of a memory, of the day the photo was taken.

It had been after Mary’s mother had just died, but she’d been too young to understand what that meant. Jung-in had been crying on the phone to his mother, begging to be sent back to Korea. So when Mary burst on him happily (“Oppa!”), he’d told her harshly that her mother was dead and gone forever.

Young Mary had burst into tears, and to make up for it, he’d carried her on piggyback. He’d tripped on the stairs, sending them both falling and causing the scar on her head. After that, he made the promise to protect her forever.

Jung-in apologizes again for Mary’s head injury, but she reminds him smilingly that the past can’t hurt her.

Upon returning home, Jung-in surprises her with a room full of her favorite books, his engagement present to her. You do know the way to a bookworm’s heart. Mary is touched, but this also reminds her of another incident, one involving Mu-gyul, and she gets lost in thought for a moment.

Jung-in gets an emergency call that Seo-jun is dropping out of the drama, so he promises to come back soon in time to visit her mother before their engagement ceremony. Before he leaves, he turns back to kiss her forehead scar and wishes her a happy birthday.

Upon checking her text messages, Mary discovers one that came from Mu-gyul, which reads simply, “Let’s meet.” She finds him at his usual spot in the park, playing before a small crowd, and laughs as Mu-gyul is attacked by a trio of ardent fans/students.

Conversation is stilted as they try to act pleasant and normal. He says things are back to normal — peaceful, just as he likes it. Mary says the same goes for her.

The bandmates show up, deciding that it’s about time to change Mu-gyul’s style concept, which makes them my new best friends. I might have more faith in their abilities if they weren’t dressed up like Fabulous Stripper Cops at the Boy-on-Boy Disco… but one produces handcuffs and slap them on Mu-gyul’s wrist, and this takes my imagination to fun places, so…

Mu-gyul has called Mary to pay her back for the deposit, which he’s earned by teaching music at a sunbae’s academy. Hilariously, Mu-gyul’s bandmate takes the handcuff and attaches the open end to Mary, locking them together. The boys agree that they need time to work things out, and drive off, promising to meet Mu-gyul later for their audition.

That leaves Mary and Mu-gyul stewing, stuck together for the time being. He suggests they wait it out till the 5 o’clock audition, but Mary can’t afford the time — not when she’s getting engaged later.

With some time to kill and Mu-gyul complaining of needing a shampoo, Mary is roped into helping him wash his hair. It’s either that or smell his dirty hair. You could say her hands are tied. Snerk.

Jung-in arrives at Seo-jun’s apartment to discuss her dropping the drama. She treats him coldly, acting like this is just a product of her fickleness. She changed her mind and doesn’t want to do the drama anymore.

Jung-in admits that she’s not in violation of her contract, but tries to appeal to her anyway. Her patience wearing thin, she bursts out that she’s not at all bothered by the rumors, though clearly her heated response proves just the opposite.

He hangs around for a while, growing concerned when she remains in the bathroom with the water running. Cautiously opening the door — which, dude!, could end really embarrassingly, just sayin’ — he finds her sobbing in the shower.

A short while later, a subdued Seo-jun asks what she did that was so wrong. Jung-in assures her that she did nothing — it’s just that people will believe what they want to.

He surprises her by guessing that her reason for remaining quiet on the scandal is to protect her family. You get the sense nobody knew that about her.

Mary’s more relieved than disappointed when Jung-in calls her to say he won’t be able to take her to her mother’s memorial after all, because she’d be hard-pressed to explain the whole handcuffed-to-my-former-fake-husband thing.

She goes with Mu-gyul instead, though she asks him to keep his headphones on so she can have a private moment with her mother. He complies, and Mary tells her mother she’s getting engaged today. She’d wanted to fall in love like her mother had — running away to marry in spite of parental opposition — but alas, that didn’t work out. And while she doesn’t love her fiance, he’s a good man and she intends to give it a good try.

But she starts to break down into tears as she says, “But on a day like this, I wish I had someone I love and you by my side.”

Mu-gyul’s song fades out and he looks over at Mary crying beside him. Pretending his music is still playing, he drapes his jacket over her but assures her that he can’t hear.

On the bus ride home, Mary reminisces of childhood, when she’d wished most for her mother on rainy days. Other kids were picked up from school by mothers carrying umbrellas, but Mary’s dad worked and told her to wait in the classroom, since he hated seeing her wet from the rain.

Mu-gyul’s mother was always off working, too, so he never had her around to carry umbrellas for him either. Mary listens with sympathy, though he maintains a dispassionate tone as he explains that he’s hardly ever lived with her — only for brief spells before getting kicked out of one place or another.

He does have one funny memory of him with Mom, though — she used to take him into the women’s public baths when he was young. Mary has that in common with him, since her dad would take her into the men’s side. They laugh about how embarrassing that was — and in fact, people thought he was a girl till he was 8. And I say: Only 8? It’s not like your current look is helping, since you look more like Mary’s boho unni, not her would-be husband-boyfriend.

At home, it’s Mary’s turn to wear the headphones as Mu-gyul hears from his mother that she’s off to Paris. She’s tired of her on-again, off-again relationship, and figures that going to a different country with the boyfriend will help the relationship. (Or strand you in hell together?)

Mom adds that it’ll better for Mu-gyul if she leaves, since she’s caused him so much trouble, but that triggers his temper and he yells a retort before calming himself and sitting sullenly.

His mother turns to Mary, asking her to take care of Mu-gyul, but he cuts her off and storms out angrily, dragging Mary along with him.

Hurt and upset at the desertion, Mu-gyul takes it out on his bandmate’s voicemail, demanding that they come to unlock the cuffs. To his surprise, when he turns around, Mary holds up a bunch of lettuce — like he’d done for her once — and urges him to cheer up. It’s so unexpected that he’s momentarily shocked out of his temper.

Jung-in plays guitar for Seo-jun for a while, and she responds to his comment about protecting her family — they’re all doctors, lawyers, and government officials, and the only way for her to satisfy their expectations was to marry. So when she went into acting, she cut ties with them.

Jung-in has to stop playing when his hand cramps up, and Seo-jun half-jokingly asks if his scars are self-inflicted. To her shock, he admits, “Yes.”

He explains that back when he was studying abroad, his guitar was his only friend. But his father told him to stop, because music makes people weak, playing on emotions and sentiment. He dutifully quit, but it was painful to look on a guitar he couldn’t play, so he ended up hurting himself.

The story drives his point across when Jung-in tells Seo-jun that she’s admirable for choosing her own way despite her parents’ opposition, because he couldn’t.

Audition time comes, but Mary is still cuffed to Mu-gyul as the band preps to perform for a prospective manager. The problem is, the bandmate can’t find the handcuff key, so the band hurriedly presents Mary as part of their “backup dancer concept,” and Mu-gyul instructs her to play along.

Mary is a poor dancer and she huddles behind Mu-gyul for the first verse, but finally he shoves her out into view and she forces herself to go along. As warned, she’s pretty awful — she looks like an uncoordinated hippie sprite flower lettuce child trippin’ out to Fleetwood Mac — but she’s also adorable, and it makes everyone laugh, including the manager.

Jung-in drives himself and Seo-jun to Hongdae, where he’ll drop her off and pick up his fiancee. Seo-jun hadn’t realized today was a big day for him and apologizes for holding him up, but he assures her that it’s fine, because she was important too. A nice answer to a potential future love interest, no?

Seo-jun says a bit wistfully that she’s curious and envious of his fiancee, and he answers that he’ll introduce her after the ceremony. More like before, if meddling Fate gets its way.

While the friends search for the missing key, Mu-gyul fiddles with a screwdriver. Finally, he gives up in frustration, and they bicker as she worries about the engagement party; it’s almost as though he’s goading her to call him that hated phrase, “unlucky bastard.”

Instead, Mary tells him not to talk about himself that way, because in fact he’s the opposite — a lucky guy, since he’s blessed with good looks and musical talent.

Aw, that’s totally sweet, and just the right thing to say. Mollified, Mu-gyul asks, oh-so-casually, if she’s ever liked him. You know, not that he cares — it’s just that they’ve already ended things and she’s about to get engaged and he’s curious… He admits, “There was a time I had feelings for you, in the middle somewhere.”

She reminds him that he doesn’t see her as a woman, so he says that it was more that he saw her as… and then trails off.

He gives her the context: It was back when she went to Jung-in’s father’s mansion, when he was left eating ice cream alone. That’s when he felt something, when he waited for her.

Mary stares at him, stunned, while Mu-gyul gets the call that the key has been found. As they head over to get uncuffed, Mu-gyul gets a glimpse of Mary’s disturbed expression and asks why she’s about to cry. Does she even love Jung-in?

Mary says she doesn’t know — she’s not even sure what love is yet. Now the conversation turns prickly and he’s picking at her wound, so she retorts that he doesn’t know what love is, either — how could he, with his constant string of short-term girlfriends? When she calls out his fear of attachment, he bristles at Mary talking like she knows him so well.

She fires back that he’d better fix that, or he’ll never be able to love. That sets him off, and he yells, “Who are you to act so high and mighty when you’re marrying a man you don’t even love?”

Which is when the trio of student-fans spot Mu-gyul and bound over excitedly… until they see that he’s cuffed to a girl. Suddenly they get mean and aggressive, asking who Mary is — and you know what they say about a fangirl scorned…

Mu-gyul tries to calm them down, but he can see the trouble brewing, and yells at Mary to run.

Arriving at their destination, Seo-jun asks to borrow Jung-in’s cell phone to make a call, but Mu-gyul, who’s currently being chased by angry fangirls, understandably can’t pick up. Ending the call, Seo-jun notices that all of Jung-in’s latest phone calls have been to Mary. What could this mean? (Other than she’s nosy and about to fly into yet more righteous anger to which she has no claim.)

And then, instead of returning Jung-in’s phone, she CALLS MARY. Talk about interfering, missy. She gapes in shock at the photo that accompanies her name — their engagement picture.

Mary and Mu-gyul run through the streets until they find an alley, and duck into it. They laugh as they catch their breaths, but when the girls run by, Mu-gyul grabs Mary close to shield her from view. As he looks down on her, the moment turns more intimate.

But when he leans in for a kiss, Mary turns her head away at the last minute and calls him a player for trying to kiss her when it means nothing to him. Now it’s her turn to come clean: “That time, it felt like my heart would burst.”

Mu-gyul realizes what she’s confessing — so she DID feel something for him — but Mary reminds him that he doesn’t see her as a woman. He reminds her that she didn’t see him as a man, either.

Mary: “You told me not to like you.”
Mu-gyul: “You told me you didn’t like me.”

Thankfully for us, things change.

 
COMMENTS

What turned this episode around for me is probably when Mu-gyul admits he liked Mary, even though he makes sure to couch it in qualifiers and say it was in the past, in a self-protective measure. Jealousy is fun and all, but I can only take so many angry punches before needing something more, and no amount of faux-bromancey moments can make up for that.

So it’s a welcome relief that both Mary and Mu-gyul are finally fessing up and being straight. It’s more of a game-changer than even the revelation of the fake marriage, because now the question is: Whatchoo gonna do about it?

This episode also goes a long way to showing Mary’s effect on both men, which we’ve seen in the last few as well. We already know that she’s a positive influence on both men, and brings warmth to both of them, both emotionally and physically. (Btw, what do you suppose it means that she gives one mittens and the other socks? Or is it just a case of choosing two extremities?)

But nowhere is her impact more clear than when she tells Mu-gyul that he’s not an unlucky bastard, and furthermore, he’s quite a lucky one after all. It’s sort of like the difference between hearing “you’re fucking ugly” your whole life and then suddenly having someone tell you, “you’re fucking beautiful.” They’re just words, but somehow they have the power to tilt your axis, shift your worldview just a little, jar you out of your funk and make you see a slightly different angle. She said a similar thing to his mother previously, telling her to think more positively about her life because good energy brings good luck, just as bad energy brings bad luck.

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so many goodies today. SG and MSOAN. Thanks Girlfriday and Javabeans for my nice birthday gifts.hehe

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Moon Geun Yong is just sooo cute usually and sooo pretty in that engagement dress:)))

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Wow they must be regular Houdinis to change clothes while handcuffed...

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Thanks for the recap. I dunno what to think of this drama anymore. I usually watch the episode first and then read your recap and I just have to say I find your recap (and girlfriday) to be so much more interesting than the episode itself. I'm really starting to dislike Seo-jun and Jung-In is looking and acting more and more like a robot. In the beginning I adore the show but now its really starting to feel its not worth the wait anymore...hopefully tonight's episode is going to be better..

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I laughed so hard at Maeri's dance scene XDDD She had that pained look on her face throughout the whole thing and her routine reminded me of those rituals done by Chinese mediums when they enter trance state.

The build-up to the kiss was beautiful! Sigh. My heart died a swift but happy death :) But after I came down from my romantic high, I realised that ep8 seems kinda early. If we're in for half a season of angst, then half of me wishes that MSOAN ends right here with that kiss.

Oh, and Jung-in sleeping in his suit made him seem vampirish in a hilarious way lol.

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Wow!!!! this round Mu-gual's kiss is so wonderful.
Jung-in pays more attention to Seul-jun with no reason
Can anybody do this duty for her.
Why Seul-jun feels sorry? She's must be happy instead when she knows Mary's lies about marry with her ex-boyfriend.And more than that they broke up over the year.
This episode is too boring except kiss scence in the end.
Thanks for yours recap

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Aarghh!! Wanna bitch-slap MuGyul's sidekick!
Team Jung in gogogo!!

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.....wahwah.... i love the kissing scene,... very nice,,.

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DUDE! I love this show:) I'm never around to actually see it though:(
Does anyone know where I can watch English subbed full episodes??

also, YOU ROCK for posting the breakdown of this and other dramas! Thanks so much for all that you do=D

xoxxo,
from South Korea

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Try jacinda1st.com or there's always youtube (cristalkiss upload the eng subs episodes)

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Dramacrazy is quite fast with subs.

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mysoju.com is really fast

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i don't understand. haven't seo-jun always knew that Mary is jung-in's fiancee?

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My heart is all a-flutter. <3

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Would be really funny if someone walked by and thought that there are two GIRLS making out in the dark valley and handcuffed.

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Thanks jb,

Out of the blue and suddenly !! JI and SJ is connected at episode 8 ! and the cute couple got their second kiss while the previous episode she got kissed from another man, must be some kind of kissing competion going on for this drama and who will get THE THIRD kiss at the end of this drama. That's all folks !

Yeah ! JI is like a robot which the director preferred or just let him be because he is the 2nd lead - Kim Jae Wook !. what a waste to your talent !.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJe83LVP_dI

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thank you javabeans !

@Dandelion - thanks !,

Why the 2nd lead script is so badly written ?.
I guess that's the way 2nd lead script will always be

written because their character must be disconnected in the middle part of the drama ( one step back from the main lead ) for some other diversions.

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I liked Jung In better than MG, but I feel also that the character Jung In is not so good developed by writer/PD. If it is because he is 2nd, I find that a very lame excuse of the writer.

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I think it's my first comment about that drama. yes, I follow it but I don't love just like some parts of it.
for me, tehre are many flaws and nonsense things. maybe logic can be ignored if I think myself as an addicted to Secret Garden which is a fantasy-drama, however there's something missing in that drama I can't excatly name of it.
especially, I really can't get SJ's overreaction about marriage issue, then her slap to MG and everything. she's so obsessed with him. only reason, hah? now, in that episode her being shocked by seeing JI phone and engagement pic. I think she'll blow out again but this time to JI. I hope she'll not slap him, too.

another thing, JI's father and his weird and heavy decisions about his son. I don't see any reason for JI's being slapped. poor guy. he's hot, successful but second lead again. when will be his being acting talent understood totally and given him the lead role.

about the lead couples, maybe it has been talked about earlt but they look so cute together not a couple but as good friends. I know many people love JGS and find him handsome but I don't. especially he seems to me that he tries to look like a gay. also, his lips are so disturbing.

OMG! I've turned into an anti-fan of the drama which is not true. I just try to say that it has not been a hit but I was waiting for it just like that. dissapointment.

one more thing: MGY is shining everywhere whatever she does. she's created for being an actress....
also,

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Thanks for making my waiting in the
snow warmer / Minush in a very cold
Sweden :)

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I'm this drama fan....but, I'm agree with you about JGS.......in my opinion, he's overconfident....I can't find any coo sides of him in this drama.....I'm his fan at YAB but not in this drama...

I like KJW more....

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Yeh!!! I 'm agree with you too JGS is too poser.
We're know he's handsome but too much is so annoy.
KJW's acting sometime like robot when he shows libraly decor wall to Mary he must look at her eyes or her face for her cheerful btw he's progress a lot in this drama especially kiss scene.Ho Ho Ho

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JI kiss mary i a better way thank MG....hehehehe....

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honestly....I prefer Mary-Jung in more.....cause they have beautiful childhood memories........please....let jungin-mary together.....

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haha love ur name, ' VoteForJungIn' n he has my vote!

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Team jung in!!

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Say whatever guys, JGS is the only one out there in Kdrama world who can save any, even very angsty show.
Inspite of very lame ( both plot and acting-wise) confession scene, with that kiss he compensated it all. I haven't seen such kiss since long time already.
I don't even understand those of you guys who have this second lead syndrome- whenever there is JGS there is JGS syndrome only, whichever lead he is- second or first. Remeber in Hong Gil Dong- Kang Ji Hwan is a great actor and everything, yet JGS stole the show. In YAB - well,he was the one and only. Even in Hwan JIn-y after crying on his character's death, I stopped watching the drama, because there was nothing to watch anymore....

I don't really know, what makes him so attractive- his acting is full of flaws, but the way he looks so boldly with his eyes , his low voice , his hands, even his"disturbing"
(@ muge) lips bewitch everyone.
He absolutely has to play in something serious, passionate, he is so good in showing strong emotions.

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Well, no offending, but what you say I'm afraid they would be in the past tense soon. With this drama, JKS is too showy about his looks, his body, his lips . The director has turned him into a Korean idol, not so much of an actor . I hope he would pick a better project next time .

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Well,what you say is absolutely true. But both YAB and Mary ARE those kind of dramas, you know, all built for ladies to dream. I even wonder why JGS doesn't seek or get some more serious roles? Maybe it is less lucrative?
I hope too, he will use his talent better in the future.

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JGS is so awesome, he is not just looks, he is really good at what he does and people should not hate him just because he looks pretty.....he has serious talents and i just wish he will take on more roles other than musicians as much as i love his music

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Thank you for the recaps! But let's clean up the language!

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my question is, assuming that what mary is wearing is a coat/sweater w/ sleeves (i haven't seen the episode yet), how does she get that off when she's handcuffed to mugyul? then put same coat/sweater back on? i'm assuming the coat/sweater comes off more than once, too, 'cause she doesn't look like she's wearing it at the memorial site, either ...

to be completely honest, the only reason i still watch this drama is the interaction between mugyul and mary. i literally only skim through the episodes for them ... :/ the plot is just so weak, and kim jaewook is a bit of a disappointment after his awesome performance in 'bad guy.'

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The same question I had over and over again when I watched it...from the very beginning that the 'shampoo' scene up to the kissing scene.... well...anything is possible in a drama I guess even if it is not logical....that reminds me of the episode of Mr Bean where he puts on his beach swimming trunk outside of his pants and how he manage to wiggle out of the pants and the beach trunk on...! amazing... so I think MR & MG learn the trick from him... LOL!

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i don't think so.. the still hv their outer clothes on

if you look closely, on stage Mary's (hideous - seriously! it's worse the the sequined tracksuit ) coat is still dangling on Mary's wrist (but the scene was hilarious - total FAIL at dancing but she's soo cute) i'm glad she has something pretty on

at the mother's grave, you can still see a bit of the coat in the screencap

during the hair syampoo, MG had the towel covering his shoulders so not much of his jacket/shirt can be seen. must be troublesome to wash hair with only one hand with another holding bunch up clothes trying not to wet em .. i'd love to see the BTS

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I think you meant SHAMPOO?

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ooo now that i've seen the episode, i see the coats hanging at their wrists. (: must have been heavy ...

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(forgot to say before submitting, thanks for recapping these! i love reading your recaps. :D )

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Wow, this drama is driving me crazy, and not in the good way. I thought that the whole point of the fake marridge was to avoid the real one. So why did Mary agree to marry Jung In now? It's not like her feelings have changed on that matter. And why, oh why didn't anybody stop and ask the obvious question? How much did she hate the idea of marrying that she was willing to go to such lengths? What? Nobody cares? Ughhh

Also, watching kdramas taught me something. If the woman insist on calling the man interested in her/fiance/or even husband (Que Sera, Sera!) “director” etc. this relationship is doomed. Mary should be more self aware and, as a drama lover, the first to point that out.

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Mary felt guilty for lying in the first place to get out of the marriage that she was guilted into because her father had debts. In other words, who needs a real reason in a K-drama when the script needs to have a fake marriage?

I agree on the "director" thing! She can't call him by his first name? (That is why JS in Secret Garden is also doomed to a life without Key Lime.)

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Oh my god, you guys are right! Jung-in is doomed. And Phillip Lee (I forgot his name) in Secret Garden is doomed. They're all doomed! :'(

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Why do they ALWAYS kiss OFF the lips??

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Great episode, i love the kiss between Mary and Moo gyul

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I disagree I think Seo Jeo is the only one that have the right to be upset, they may have not went into their relationship in detail but it appears to me that they were both vested with real feeling, which can't be said for Mary and Mu-Gul originally. It was stated in the underlining that the reason why they might have breaking up was due to Seo Jeo wanting more (marriage), it evident that she care deeply for him during the relationship and even after, so to see him married a year after he stated that he would never marry and then find out he make a joke of it is hurtful. Therefore understandable why Seo jeo would be upset, more importantly I felt that seo Jeo at that moment realize that Mu-gul has real feeling for Mary which can expand to marriage. She understands now that it might not be that Mu-gul is against marriage but she not the one to make him for it.

As for Mu-gul throwing out the gloves and letter, it unfair to label him as a (cutting and running as a defensive maneuver), that was Seo Jeo perceptive of him, not saying she wrong but there has been nothing to prove that she is right. Everything I have seen about Mu-gul character so far from is not close to cut and run. Mary was the one that cut in ran leaving me to think she more like her father then she want to admit, it was evident to me that Mu-gul would have continue to take Mary’s father physical and verbally abuse, not one time did he let on that they marriage was fake during the whole pathetic last scene of episode 7. I have to rant a little when I see that Mu-gul to label him as irresponsiable or should I say (whatever guy). Mu-gul take care of this mother, his lacking band mates, Mary and even Jung In by doing the dam drama OST he has never waived in always corrected Mary stupid slip up, Mu-gul is not a (Whatever guy) he very responsible it may not show in the form of success (money), but in reality he very ground that bare fruit in the form of loyalty for the people he cares about.

I’m for one is happy they don’t have Mu-gul running after Marry like so love sick puppy, in their situations Mary is the one that going to have to step it up, Mary need to show that she willing to stay by Mu-gul side regardless of her father financial crisis, She need to become intertwined with the roots of the tree which is (Mu-gul) instead of remain the broken branch, if she continue to be so submissive she could end up being the dried up leaf.

I guess you can till I’m all about Mu-gul, but I still remind objective right? To be honest my attraction to Mu-gul had me little puzzled about for 4 episodes, how can I be so attracted to a man that looks like a girl, it’s OK now I cleared that craze up immediately (Thank God) because he is a MAN! Mu-gul actions and behavior is first grade manliness strong, loyalty, caring, hardworking, and what women wouldn’t want to run her finger through that hair.

Side note: I think they leaving going to be sum up to the 2 days that Jung In promise Mary when he sprang the overnight trip to his father house. I have not seen one -drama drama (Girlfriend nine tail fox) that have keep loving couple together pass 1 episode so this would end by episode 9 to go back to beginning….boring…….

I guess you can till I’m all about Mu-gul, but I still remind objective right? To be honest my attraction to Mu-gul had me little puzzled about for 4 episodes, how can I be so attracted to a man that looks like a girl, it’s OK now I cleared that craze up immediately (Thank God) because he is a MAN! Mu-gul actions and behavior is first grade manliness strong, loyalty, caring, hardworking, and what women wouldn’t want to run her finger through that hair.

Side note: I think they leaving going to be sum up to the 2 days that Jung In promise Mary when he sprang the overnight trip to his father house. I have not seen one -drama drama (Girlfriend nine tail fox) that have keep loving couple together pass 1 episode so this would end by episode 9 to go back to beginning….boring…….

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the kiddos acting as young Jung-In and Mae Ri are so cute! but they're really bad at acting hahaha! that flashback was wayy too lame and dramatic

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I can watch JGS and Mary interaction all day and not get bored!! I love his confession...very well acted in my opinion! As for the other storyline...bleh..i just skip over that part!! Jung in put me to sleep with his acting..never saw bad guy so i cant compared!!

Oh yea..LOL..at jb comments on him sleeping in his tux!!! That was hilarious!!

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I enjoy reading the the episodes better than watching the drama itself..you are sooooo hilarious with your added comments ...it makes my imagination go wilder yet!!!! Thank you...I always look forward to this page,please keep it going!!! (^_^)

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Is it just me who thinks the song they randomly started using (in scenes like the one where SJ gets comforted by JI) sounds EXACTLY like the one from "pride and prejudice" (the film with keira knightly)?

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Thanks JB
Even I was wondering that I love all 3 lead characters and actors playing them, I love certain scenes but when it comes to a whole episode...I am not excited at all...

Even in this episode, shallow me enjoyed lat scene for obvious reason. I really want to love this series but can't...similar to what I felt for CINDRELLA"S SISTER... Anyone out there feeling same or am I weird?

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Thanks for the recap JB. There was so much talking that I missed a lot without the subs.

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What I had predicted earlier in the earlier comment about the kissing competition is so so very corect, ha ha ha .

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how did mary get to wear her coat back on after the performance.. while on handcuffs?XD

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how did mary get to remove her coat before the performance.. while on handcuffs?XD

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how did mary get to remove and put on her coat before and after their audition performance.. while on handcuffs?XD

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dammit,,3 posts..xD
im sorry

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LOL! Sometimes you just really want to know.

If you look again, the coat is covering her handcuffs.

And I would assume very painfully at that!

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ahh...its so wierd! normally i'm ALWAYS for the main couple....e.g LeeMinHo/GuHyeSun.....rather than the second lead....

and as much as i ABSOLUTELY ADORE JGS.....why does my heart tug everytime Jung In is going to be disappointed in Mary??

its confusing. i'm normally all for the main couple shipper...but cant we let Jung In be happy??!!

aww.....the kid sequence was SO. CUTE!

fankoo for the amazing recap^^

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agreeee....please let jung in with mary....JI's expression when mary hurt him make me felt the way he feel.....so sad..poor JI...please let mary-jungin become couple....

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By the way? Bride pageant = possibly the worst idea in the history of the world, yet also HILARIOUS. Me-ow. Coming soon to Fox.

Hahahahahaahaha. I couldn't stop laughing at this. I even snorted sprite up my nose. Yuck.

Thanks for the wonderful recap as always JB. I'm with you on the there's something about Mary, but nah, it's not really there yet. I was pulled in by the kiss, but I'd bet my life, that that usually means some kind of angsty plot will follow. Which, really, I'm not looking forward to.

Oh well. Let the games begin I suppose.

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Fantastic recap as usual, javabeans! ;)

Thank u so much!! ;)

Just one observation :

How in the world were the actors able to control themselves from laughing out loud during Mae-Ri's trance-like-adorably-dorky-yet-utterly-unforgettable dance routine???!!!! Hahaha...

I couldn't stop myself from LOL each time i rewatched it...

And just to point out some things you missed, dear javabeans :

- during Mae-Ri's dance routine, there was someone who did not laugh - Mu-Gyul aka JGS - because he was singing...how amazing an actor he is that he could control his laughter while the manager was directly opposite him laughing out loud!!

- just before the KISS, Mae-Ri said that the first kiss between her and Mu-Gyul made her feel like her heart exploded and
she then added that kissing is meant for people who are in love but Mu-Gyul has ruined it for her...

just minor omissions from your recap which to me are important to be highlighted for the sake of a deeper understanding and greater clarity of the storyline as well as in the character devt and emotional nuances... ;)

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I'm still in love with this show. Yes, there were moments of absolute stupidity, moments when I wanted to smack one or all of them upside the head, but it's...charming. I've become so invested in the characters that I still thought Mu-gyul looked hot in his pink shirt and sparkly pants, that I still adore Mary even though I sometimes feel like I'm listening to a whiny child when she speaks (which is funny in itself, because her voice is never like that in her other dramas).

Really, though, when I first started watching, I thought the entire thing was retarded. Mary was exactly the kind of character I couldn't stand--the shy, door mat type--and I hated his hair--guy's should never have hair longer than a girl's. There were too many cliches...but now this drama is possibly one of my favorite of all time, one I'll be watching again a few months from now, and then a few months again after that. It's amusing and sweet, and even the cliches have been turned into a running joke. And I'm impressed with the actors, especially Mary, because I've seen them in other, very different roles and am amazed anew by their range.

I sincerely hope, though, that you don't ever give up on this one. Your comments are hilarious, and I look forward to them almost as much as I do the actual episodes.

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the first 3 EP of This drama was so cute.. but then they go and ruin it with the two dads.. ( Grow some balls and protect your daughter instead of being blinded by the money that the other father throw at you) and the plot of a drama in a drama.. that is just being lazy(the writer's) and to make Mary "play" here own mother is another ex. of being lazy and creepy the same time... I lost hope in the story but I will continue to watch it just to watch Mary's and Mu-gyul's happy ending.. .....

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NO! I wished it would end of differently this time; that my favorite character could get the girl! Why! Why!

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You are really great recapper, reviewer , the best.

I love this anology, I almost choked with sudden laugh.

"(Btw, what do you suppose it means that she gives one mittens and the other socks? Or is it just a case of choosing two extremities?)"

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JGS is ridiculously hot. Seriously, watching him feels like adultery.
And I love this show. It is a good mix of everything :)

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If anyone think that JGS CANT KISS then.... you guys should look for etude kiss in youtube... then YOU KNOW!!!

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Too many annoying people involved in this drama. The drama queen Seo-joon and the two ANNOYING dads need to back off, be silent and be out the screen as much as possible.

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I hear you. I just can't feel sorry for her. She is just so over the top with her reactions, especially with regard to MG. He broke up with you a year ago, said he never loved you but thinks of you as a friend. How can you possibly feel betrayed?! And same with JI, what promises did he EVER give her? She needs therapy and Prozac, pronto.

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i love the ending i am just wondering who sang the song in the ending and what is the title? thanks in advance...sry if this question has been asked already....

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The thing is Seo-Jun started out as such a cool character... what happened??????

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While I slowly got tired of MSOAN, reading your recaps keeps me interested in it, if only to be able to fully understand your witty comments.

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jb, i must say your recaps are even moreso interesting than the drama itself. the kiss was cute. jang geun suk makes me swoon. however, as much as i loved him in YAB.. i hate to say this but i much prefer the mary-jungin pairing. rarely do i ever vie for the second leads but in this case, i feel that mary and jung-in have better chemistry. i too have gotten bored with MSOAN over the last few weeks. i find myself tempted to skip scenes but since i've already started, i figure i might as well finish it. they really need to step it up because i am going to need 8 more episodes filled with some real action.

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wow... its so wonderful to see these photos, making the viewers more excited...good jobs to you guys, for posting these, and congrats again to both of you JGS and Mary... more dramas and movies to come for you, we hope... take care...

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