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Dream High: Episode 7

It’s Showcase vs. Showcase, as the Rebel Misfit Mafia takes on the Top Dogs. And the teams don’t shake out the way you’d think. There’s shifting alliances, crossing love triangles, and best of all, the stakes get raised all around. Dreaming High has never seemed so tough, or so rewarding.

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“어떤 이의 꿈” (Dream High version) by San E [ Download ]

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EPISODE 7 RECAP

Jin-gook gets slapped by Daddy, and hauled away for some private yelling. Hye-mi grabs Jin-gook’s arm, worried and wondering if she should call the cops. He smiles at her and says it’s nothing like that; it’s his father.

Dad threatens Jin-gook again, and tells him to go abroad if he’s going to do silly, embarrassing things like sing and dance. But Jin-gook holds his ground, and tells Dad that he’s worse for throwing away his son over his career. He tells Dad to just disown him—he’s never asked to be taken care of, and it’s unfair for Dad to throw him away and pick him back up, whenever he pleases.

Look at you, standing up to Daddy. It’s not going to make you any less tortured, by all means, but good for you. Not that I’d want to miss out on you dancing out your daddy issues. Those are good times.

Dad moves to strike him again and Jin-gook winces. But Dad sees that and breaks, putting his hands on his shoulders, feeling remorseful for throwing Jin-gook and his mother away. And then he pleads that he doesn’t want to do it anymore. So then don’t do it anymore, and stop making it contingent on your son’s choices. WTF, Dad?

He even goes so far as to offer to give up his political career and just live as Jin-gook’s dad. Which turns out to be a totally manipulative emotional ploy. Gah. Jin-gook lets out a tear and shakes his head no, basically agreeing to live quietly again for Dad’s sake. He’s told to wrap things up and get ready to go abroad.

He goes to school and starts singing the beginning lines of “어떤 이의 꿈,” (Someone’s Dream) an 80s song by 봄.여름.가을.겨울. (Spring.Summer.Autumn.Winter.) [Original version here.] Baek-hee finds him there, saying that she really likes that song too, and wanted to sing it at the showcase, as a duet. She adds wistfully that it doesn’t matter anyway, since no one’s coming to see her. She explains that her mom doesn’t know what her dreams are, and doesn’t really care to know. Jin-gook finds a connection with her over indifferent parents.

The next day Jason dances alone instead of practicing his duet with Ria. Kyung-jin interrupts to tell him that he needs to practice for the showcase, and Jason just breezes that it’s no fun, and that he’d rather sing it solo, or with a different partner.

Ria overhears as Kyung-jin gets in his face and cuts him down to size: sure he’s got some talent, but he’s not good enough to be up there on his own. He should be thankful for someone like Ria, and be grateful that if he’s up on stage with her, while the cameras are photographing her, he’ll get noticed too. She spells it out plainly, that skills and talent come after notoriety, and adds that if he wants to sing for fun, he can go to a noraebang (karaoke).

Jason stalks out, fuming, and takes it out on his locker, punching the door a few times. Pil-sook, who’s there for her daily lollipop delivery, ducks behind the staircase. Jason whirls around to her: “Hey, Sushi, are you free?”

Aw, yeah! Noraebang bonding time. I love that Jason takes Teacher’s backwards advice literally out of spite, and uses the noraebang as therapy of sorts. Pil-sook just swoons at first, watching him sing, but then ends up joining him, starting with 2PM’s “Heartbeat,” complete with dance moves. Hahaha.

At school, Jin-gook broods and Baek-hee approaches, as Hye-mi and Sam-dong walk up behind them. She asks Jin-gook to come to the showcase for her, since everyone else will get flowers from their families, and she’ll have nobody. He thinks about Dad’s words to quit everything, and agrees. Hye-mi notes Baek-hee with a jealous eye and Baek-hee scurries away.

Hye-mi and Sam-dong interrupt to remind him that their showcase is on the same day. He tells them that he’s backing out, and to do well on their own. Hye-mi hesitates, and asks if it’s because of Baek-hee. He says no; he was always going to drop out anyway.

He walks away and Hye-mi chases him down, asking what happened yesterday to make him do this. He says that he just got sick and tired of chasing after a fake (meaning impossible) dream, and getting excited, and happy, and nervous like a fool.

He plans to drop it all—everything they had started. He puts his headphones on to end the conversation, but Hye-mi knocks them off his ears and grabs the other end of the cord, reminding him that she knows his trick of avoiding the world. Heh.

With angry tears brimming in her eyes, she asks what he meant last night then, when he said he wanted to stand up on stage with her someday. He pretends not to remember and shrugs it off, as Hye-mi turns to him angrily: “Then I must have been the only one…to be excited, and happy, and nervous…like a fool.”

AW. I never thought I’d say this, but my heart is totally breaking for her. How adorably vulnerable is she right now? She turns to walk away, but comes back for one last thing—a swift kick in the shin. Hahaha. Jin-gook watches her walk away sadly, like the Silent Idiot that he is.

Back at the noraebang, Jason wants to go another round, but Pil-sook regretfully has to leave for Rebel Showcase practice. He pouts, making him look even more like a little chipmunk. That’s it. You’re just Chipmunk from now on.

Chipmunk offers to drop her off where she’s going, but she jumps up to stop him, since he can’t know about their super-secret showcase. He just gets more and more curious that she won’t let him accompany her, but she begs him not to ask questions, and rushes out. She adds that she had a great time, and he says he did too.

She heads out but has a moment of crisis, debating between her professionalism: practice is important; and the chance of a lifetime: date with her crush. Oh, the dilemmas of youth. She goes back and forth about ten times (ha) and finally decides to go to practice. Chipmunk sees her and breaks into the biggest smile, as he trails after her. Cuuuuute.

At practice Pil-sook sulks that she had the debate of a lifetime to come, and Jin-gook’s just dropped out like it’s nothing. Jin-man worries that they can’t pull this off without Jin-gook, not to mention the risk of doing the Rebel Showcase at all. They all start to cave, but then Hye-mi stands up, ignoring his protests to be heard, and decides that they can rework it.

Jin-man whines that no one is listening to him, until Hye-mi tells him that he should replace Jin-gook in the dances, dangling the carrot that if he puts on a uniform, he could pass for a high school student. HA! Jin-man immediately melts at that, insisting that it’s true, while Oh-hyuk just scoffs at the absurdity.

They rally together and start practice, as Jin-man decides that he should dance a little badly, since he’s supposed to be a student…but then wonders how he’s going to pull that off since he’s so naturally awesome. Pffft. I’m loving Park Jin-young in this. So. Much.

Jason’s followed Pil-sook all the way there, and peeks in to watch them practice. Yay for Chipmunk jumping ship! Jump ship! Jump ship! He heads to his own practice for now, as he and Baek-hee learn their moves from Kyung-jin.

Jin-gook, meanwhile, gets his paperwork in order to go abroad, as Daddy beams in delight. Baek-hee’s mom ponders her showcase invitation. Pil-sook presents her parents with her Rebel Showcase invite, and they squeal. Sam-dong’s mom puts on her finest hanbok (Aw, how cute is she?) as she prepares to head to Seoul.

Hye-mi and Sam-dong stay up late to cut the paper confetti for the show, and Hye-mi starts nodding off. Sam-dong thanks her for doing all this, and she replies that it’s to repay him for everything he’s done. He starts to tell her that the debt’s been repaid already, so she can just be comfortable around him now, as she falls asleep and starts to fall…

He catches her and she lands with her head on his shoulder, as Sam-dong has the most adorable moment of OMG-OMG-OMG to himself as he tries to figure out what to do. He can’t quite bring himself to touch her hair or look directly at her, so he sits awkwardly like that, basking in the moment.

Jin-gook comes home and walks in on them cuddling sweetly like that. Serves you right for bailing. It’d be awesome if jealousy is the thing that brings him back. Heh. Sam-dong shushes him and Jin-gook broods.

At the studio, Jin-man walks in on Oh-hyuk playing Sam-dong’s song, and they play around with it, adding a verse and a bridge. It brings them back to their high school days and all the songs they wrote together. Love these two.

It’s Showcase Day, and Ria makes a point of reiterating Kyung-jin’s words to Jason, angry because he doesn’t like her back. She tells him that he ought to stick close to get any attention, and that performing with him is a burden. Well that’s a great thing to tell your hot-headed duet partner just before the show.

He walks out, just in time to overhear a teacher on the phone, saying that he has to go to the school to pick up a CD. He remembers that Pil-sook’s showcase is going on at school and they can’t be found out, so he offers to pick up the CD himself, making up an excuse about forgetting his costume.

As he rushes off, the teacher yells, “Eee-son-ah!” which cracks me up, because Jason in Korean is three syllables: Jay-eee-son, so the teacher is treating his one name like a traditional Korean name, thinking Jay is his surname and Eee-son is his given name. I am perhaps the only one who died laughing at this, I know.

Oh-hyuk is surprised to find that scary debt collector guy is actually being quite generous and helpful with the showcase, adding a giant professional banner to make everything look legit. He says he feels like Candy, adding that he’s just like Terius, helping him out…and then the two grown men realize the awkward of that statement and break away. Heh.

Oh-hyuk rushes out to meet Sam-dong and Hye-mi, and has them listen to this song they just finished…Sam-dong’s eyes widen to hear the song that he wrote, completed. Oh-hyuk says that he and Jin-man finished it, and that it’d be nice to finish the showcase with a song that Sam-dong wrote himself. Hye-mi can’t believe that Sam-dong wrote a song, and Sam-dong just beams at Oh-hyuk’s proposition.

Kyung-jin arrives at Kirin to pick something up, noticing that there’s people about. Ruh-roh.

Jason sends the music that they need for the other showcase, saying to himself that Pil-sook ought to thank him. But he’s stopped in his tracks by the sound of her voice ringing in the halls.

She’s practicing her duet-turned-solo, as Jin-man (actually dressed in uniform, HA) laments that Jin-gook’s part would really make it so much better. He then offers to sing it with her, and Pil-sook jumps to say no. Jin-man: “Why…don’t you want to sing with me?” Hehe.

But before he can finagle himself into the duet, Jason appears to save the day. Jin-man shrieks and hides his head under a desk like an ostrich, as Jason offers to sing the duet with her, since they’ve already practiced it together at the noraebang. Pil-sook floats on cloud nine. Yay for Chipmunk saving the day, and jumping ship! The Misfits welcome you.

Hye-mi walks up on the empty stage and thinks back to Jin-gook’s declaration that he wanted to stand up on stage someday with her, and she starts to text him the same words…but decides against it.

Both showcases get under way with final preparations, as things start coming to a head. Baek-hee gets a call from Mom, who’s there in the audience, but wondering when she’s coming on, because she’s asked someone to watch the store for her. Baek-hee overhears the teachers fretting over Jason’s disappearance and Ria’s tantrum, thinking that they have no opening act anymore.

Jin-gook shows up backstage to wish her luck and head out, but she stops him, pleading that she really wants to show her mom once that she’s really good, and stand up proudly in front of her. She asks Jin-gook to help her. Aw, yeah! Jin-gook and Jason switch places? Love the dramatic twist. The Misfits are going to be SO pissed when they find out where you really are.

Meanwhile, Kyung-jin gets the call that Jason is MIA, so she heads back into Kirin to find him…only what she comes upon is a filled auditorium, with Oh-hyuk pulling the strings. She tells him that what he’s doing isn’t good for the kids or their parents, since if they have no chance of living their dream, he shouldn’t be filling them with false hopes. She thinks he’s being far crueler than she is.

While that’s not untrue, it’s also just as cruel to judge a couple of freshmen who have yet to spend a semester at your supposedly stellar make-a-star school now, isn’t it? Oh-hyuk pretends to give in, and then scoops her up over his shoulder, and carries her kicking and screaming into the janitor’s closet. He locks her in there, telling her that she can hit him all she wants later. Ha.

The shows start, with both showcases doing different renditions of “어떤 이의 꿈,” / “Someone’s Dream.” Pil-sook and Jason do the sweet earnest ballad version with a little funk, while Baek-hee glams it up for the showy updated version, with Jin-gook as her partner. Well, there goes your good relations with Papa, not to mention the girl you like. Whoops.

“어떤 이의 꿈” as sung by Pil-sook, Jason, Baek-hee, Jin-gook. [ Download ]

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While Baek-hee’s rendition is flashy and well-choreographed (and the slick overall package), Pil-sook’s vocal chops win by a long shot. Backstage, Baek-hee thanks Jin-gook for helping her, especially since she got a standing ovation from her mom. But Jin-gook in turn thanks her, since he really came here to run away. He’s now realized what he really wants to do, and who he really wants to be with…

He thanks her and leaves, and Baek-hee scoffs: “So the person you want to stand beside…isn’t me?” On his way out, Jin-gook gets stopped by a manager, who recognizes him by his proper name, and as one of the special entrants hand-picked by President Jung.

At Kirin, Sam-dong gears up for his performance, and Hye-mi asks if his mom is here. She asks what he actually told her about them as a couple, and he sheepishly replies that Hye-mi is head over heels; that she’s the Chun-hyang to his Mong-ryong. Ha. (Think: Juliet to his Romeo.)

This kid and his lies. Heh. Hye-mi sighs, and agrees to be his Chun-hyang for a day, putting up her hand for a high-five. Hilariously, he ducks for cover thinking she’s going to hit him, and she has to teach him how to high-five. Oh, country boy.

They head out to the stage for their duet of “Maybe,” which they start by meeting in the middle of the stage and holding hands. Gah, so cute! They’re adorable, of course, and close out the showcase with a bang. A rip of their performance:

“Maybe” as sung by Hye-mi, Sam-dong. [ Download ]

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After the show Sam-dong sits in the dressing room, still reeling from the excitement. Oh-hyuk finds him, happy that he had a good time. Sam-dong tells him, grinning from ear to ear, that he can see his dream so clearly now, and the path to it, and all of it looks so bright and happy. Aw.

But just then, he starts to lose consciousness, as all the sound around him dies out, and he struggles to keep his eyes open. OH NOES. Oh my god, if you go tragic artist on me, my heart might not be able to handle it! Noooooooo.

He almost goes down, but then regains focus and the feeling goes away. He shakes it off like nothing happened, thinking he’s just heady from being onstage. But Oh-hyuk, shouldn’t you know better and have him checked out, on account of his very recent head trauma? No? Grarrrrrrr.

Kyung-jin starts to cry in the janitor’s closet, tired and scared of being locked in. She finally takes a deep breath and runs at the door full force, running smack dab onto Jin-man. She mistakes him for Oh-hyuk and starts bawling, asking why he came now, and Jin-man stares up at her in shock. She screams when she realizes who it is, and walks off pretending to be fine. He swoons. Uh-oh, I smell adult love triangle. But their bromance was just getting back on track!

Oh-hyuk takes to the stage, and to everyone’s shock, he confesses to the audience that this is a fake showcase, put on by students who were kicked out of the real one. He says that parents always ask him if their child has potential, if they’re able to fly, or just jumping off a cliff with no wings. (Using Kyung-jin’s words from earlier.)

Oh-hyuk: Truthfully, whether these students have potential…I don’t have the answer. But of one thing I’m certain. That these students, more than anyone here, want to fly. … Because they love the stage like crazy, because their dream is so beautiful, they believe that their road is a happy one. Telling them not to start because they might get hurt…is cruel, is it not? I think loving something like crazy is potential. I saw that potential today. So trusting that potential, I want to tell them to try and fly. I don’t know how big their wings are, but I want to tell them to start. And to make sure the road is happy, I’m going to put my full strength behind them.

Yay for rousing speeches! Goosebumps, really. (Even Jin-man cries.) He adds that they’ll all need safety nets, to break their falls—family, to support them and love them no matter what. He asks them to cheer them on, and thanks them, and the audience breaks into applause. Aw, so loving Teacher right now.

He’s greeted in the dressing room with high fives from the Misfits, and comes up to Hye-mi, who hesitates. She puts her hand halfway up, and it’s enough for Oh-hyuk to meet it with a high-five. She smiles, probably for the first time ever, directly because of him.

Jin-gook presents Dad with his papers to go abroad, apologizing. He says that he’s sorry for going to Kirin in the first place, since it really was an act of rebellion, and he didn’t really take any of it seriously. He apologizes for knowing that Dad had a dream, but messing with it anyway.

Jin-gook: I’m sorry for not taking your dream seriously. Once I had a dream of my own, I realized…that there are no dreams that should be laughed at in this world.

He tells Dad that he won’t be going abroad, and that he’ll stand up on stage someday; that this isn’t a rebellion, but a true dream. Dad reacts as expected, declaring that he’s blocking his path. Jin-gook tells him that he’s going to root for Dad and become a son that he can be proud of, and asks Dad to root for him too.

He leaves the office in high spirits, texting Hye-mi that he has something to tell her, and to meet him at the studio. But once outside, Jin-gook is greeted by Dad’s toadies, who cart him away. What, are you going to lock him up till he complies? Sigh, kdrama fathers.

 
COMMENTS

I just love this show more and more each week. I love the rousing underdog-to-soar-to-new-heights speeches, I love the song and dance, the funny moments, and the dramatic turns. My heart totally lurched when Sam-dong almost went down, and now I’m just on pins and needles about where this kid is headed. I had a feeling that if he wasn’t K and they went with Hye-mi being K in the future, that Sam-dong might become her songwriter. But now with this looming over them, there’s this sense of urgency in everything because we don’t know how long he’ll…be able to hear…or (gulp) stay alive… … No. You wouldn’t do that to us, Show, would you?

Aaaaaaargh. Did I mention that this show is my new crack?

And just a reminder: no Episode 8 tomorrow, as Korea is playing in the Asia Cup semi-finals, against Japan. Talk about a ratings sweep. Even my grandma’s gonna watch that.

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I'm really loving the Hye mi and Sam dong duets.
but why the dl link for that song didn't work??

can someone please help me, is there any other link?
I don't think my comp and mediafire get along really well ;p

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i love Chipmunk and Sushi couple..

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No 8???? What will tide me over till next week?????

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Oh, i already love this. I got a strange look from my sister and a “What’s happening?” because the whole episode I was laughing, screaming “No!” I felt a hole in my stomach when Sam-dong started to feel dizzy. And the noraebang scene, everytime I see those two, I squee. They are Uber Cute. Jin-man and Oh-hyuk. I want them to be my teachers.
I love the songs, the whole showcase. I don’t understand what they are singing, I just like the sound in my ears, sounds well. (IU, i like the girl´s voice.).

Soccer, I love soccer (well,futbol). I like the South Korean soccer team. I watched them on the World Cup (and one of them plays in the Manchester United I think, the same as Chicharito) so I hope they win.

Thank you for the recap!

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Park Ji-Sung plays for ManU.
One of my friends was excited for this match. As much as I like soccer, I would have loved having Ep 8 this week.

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Thank you for the recap!!

This episode is just so precious! Squealed for the Pil-sook and Jason moments!! but omg, if Sam-dong gets a serious illness, I am jumping ship. don't do this to me, Show!!

Jin-gook really feels more like the male lead now. I wonder if this is going to be one of those series where the girl ends up with the original 2nd lead.

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I'd kill somebody if Sam Dong dies or loses a hair. Plzzzzzz show, let's be nice!

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I totally see romance forming between Oh Hyuk's sister and the mafia boss! ㅋㅋㅋ

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I am just praying SD lives gosh darn it! I swear if they hack him out I swear off KBS!

I don't like jinguk and I don't like taecyon. SD loves her more. He did the most things for her. Saved her fricking life! Why can't she end up with him? Bein madly in love?

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Oh JYP your awesomeness is beyond awesome.

Oh Jason, why have I never noticed you before? Where have you been all this time? Fear not, I will begin googling you after this post.

Everyone? Oh-so-cute. Come on Pil-sook! You can do it!

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Thank you for recap gf. The showcase was good. I hope anything won't happen to sd, sd n hm duet was really good. Can't wait for the next ep, cant wait to see the skinny pilsuk

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I have a feeling K is a group consisting of all the misfits but thats just my theory

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Yeah, I was also thinking it's some kind of combo or just Hye Mi and Jin Gook or something.

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is sad coz there is no ep 8. I so wanted see what happens next. biting my fingernails raw waiting.

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GF, thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the song links! So glad to have the different versions of Someone's Dream.

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I have to admit, I wasn't really interested in this show, only keeping up half heartedly, but after this episode, I can actually say I am officially hooked.

I'm disliking Hye Mi less and less, because she's changing. Maybe because of Sam Dong, who I think is a total honey bunch. Does anybody still use that word?

Baek Hee is still a fave, and im really glad they made her less crazy-phsyco-i'm-going-to-rip-your-head-off and showed more of her emotional side.

An Pil Sook and Jason, OH MY GOD? I am dying from their cuteness. I literally awwwwww at their every scene.

Anyways, gracias for the recap Girlfriday :D

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Yay! I have been waiting for this. You guys definitely have got me addicted! Thanks, GF!

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Oh i am loving the Pil-Son couple a lot...y do i feel it is gonna be sthg amazing like SoEul- mates of BOF?

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Can we PLEASE nickname Jason and Pilsook's shipping as JaSook or PilSon!!! I absolute LOVELOVE that couple!

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AGREE with you!

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A great episode! Pik Suk and Jason are so cute together. Love the shiftings and crossings creating new duos and more. It's like watching an idol group choreography. And some important dreading hints dropped to get us curious.

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Is choi il hwa the official kdrama bad dad ( cinderella's sister, city hall)? Sort of like the mirror of Kim bab soo's good dad?

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haha. and he makes one annoying "bad dad" too. and really both his roles, as well as both his "son"s in the respective dramas, are so similar.

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WHY IS THERE NO EPISODE 8 TOMORROW?! DON'T THEY KNOW THAT I PLAN MY DAY/WEEK/SOCIAL ACTIVITIES BASED ON MY KDRAMA SCHEDULE? :'( This drama just keeps getting better.

And P.S. Hyemi can have Jingook, since SamDong is CLEARLY mine. =]

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You may have him but please allow public access. Hehe.

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As if we don't love him enough, my poor Sam Dong. It's just sad when he 's just starting to cherish his dream and this tragic illness have to happen!

KSH pulls out this gifted young country boy very nicely and his omg omg the girl is in my arm was soooo cute.

Oh how I wish they give us Teacher Kang/JinMan duet too!

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Thanks for the recap! This episode is gold!

Im reading this at the office right now! kk~ Haven't seen the actual episode but I don't mind knowing what happened through this.

I'm falling in love with the characters that I can't even rank which i love the most...

I'M SO HIGH FOR DREAM HIGH~ ^_^

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I actually screamed when SD started to lose consiousness... they wouldnt do this to us, would they???!! aaaarg~!!!!!!!!!!!
and just HOW CUTE is IU and Wooyoung~??!!!! <33 Next ep IU's getting her makeover.. gawd~ why do i have to wait a week...

also, meant to ask you this but didnt know where to.. will you recap Paradise Ranch? Plz watch an ep or two and decide if you like it~ its really cute ^^

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I am loving Jin Man-Oh Hyuk pairing + Pilsook-Jason. Both pairs are so adorbs. And Lee Yoon Ji is rocking her role.

But I loathe all the Jin Gook/Shi Hyuk's Daddy dramas. is getting on my nerves...

And goodness... the stupid flower pod can't be giving Sam Dong some stupid tumour or brain lesions can it?

As much as I ship Hyemi and Samdong, I feel like the writer is establishing Hyemi and Jin Gook as the main pair, what with the backstory, and the obstacles and misunderstandings between them

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my personal theory is that the girl will always fall in love with the first guy she meets in kdorama-land (or the first lead male character we're introduced too).

(also works for shoujo manga/manhwa)

so to me.. hye-mi seems to be fated with jin-gook.. poor Sam Dong... but perhaps, show might have a trick up his sleeve..

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supposedly kim soo hyun is supposed to be the main lead.

my personal theory is quite similar to that too!

but these drama has surprised me in many ways.

my prediction is that in this seemingly perfect triangle, the girl falls for the cooler guy at first (since this drama is still somewhat in its beginning i guess) and then in the end ends up with the guy who is beside her the most (samdong). <3 keep my fingers crossed

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I'm not a Iu or 2pm fan and i dislike idols in kdramas.
but reading the recaps mke me feel like watching wooyoung and iu cuts.
Their story seems really cute.

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the triangle is driving me crazy because every other episode pushes me closer to one guy, and then the next one pushes me to the other guy for Hye Mi that is.... not me... although I really wouldn't mind lol.

i don't want Baek Hee with anyone either. She's just a manipulative prick and while i feel sorry for her sometimes she just creeps me out too much. it would be really silly and a total cop out if Jin Gook ends up with her.

Also manipulative Kdrama fathers, HOW I LOATHE THEE. Poor Jin Gook in that first scene, I wanted to hug him so bad, especially when he smiled at Hye Mi to go back.

So much angst in the next episode, gosh! I saw the preview and was so excited, I'm really upset it's not airing today!

Funnily enough, I never think about K. I'm thinking it could be JG, and then HM and SD end up together, but like as classical/less mainstream singers of some sort, since HM originally wanted to be a classical singer.

The love triangle was so confusing at first but I have a feeling it's going with SD/HM.

BUT CAN THEY JUST ALL END UP TOGETHER.

Also I finally got sucked into the appeal of the WooU couple after this episode. For a while I never felt like Jason showed and active interest in Pil Sook, but this episode sold it to me. When they parodied 'Heartbeat' I was dying!

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Love this drama :D hope nothing happens to Sam-dong he's such a cute character :D.
aha i want Jin Guk together with Hyemi. they're such a cute pairing.
this way i can have samdong :D
but this show is also my crack.
thanks JB and GF. you guys are AWESOME. xD

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Can I just ask: who's the actual 1st male lead, taecyeon or kim soo hyun? I always thought it was kim soo hyun, but suzy's obviously sorta in love with taecyeon now, so I'm confused :X Really hope it's kim soo hyun, cos taecyeon's pissing me off (both his character and his acting), and kim soo hyun is just adorable beyond words ^^

DREAM HIGH IS MY CRACK TOO!

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I think Kim Soo Hyun is the lead! Theres always a possibility that Hye Mi falls in love with Jin Guk first but in the end she finds out she loves Sam Dong more!

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nothing bad will happen to Samdong! please, don't do that show. Don't be mean.

I still think he is K... it is just going to be lot of drama in the end if that happens.

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sigh. i'm really annoyed with everyone talking about them turning their backs on eunjung because of her new baekhee (evil) character.

honestly, if you were ever interested in dream high before ep 1 and saw the promotional posters, it was quite obvious of her loveline with taecyeon. i mean, eunjung and taecyeon are freaking best friends in real life, and now everyone's raving about how evil she is. can you even pity her character? she's nowhere near as bad as hyemi in the first ep guys.

i am starting to hate the writers are little for making how bad baekhee seems (like samdong's aftereffect from the flowerpot). and also all those hyemi-jingook fanatics...it's going to be the highlight in these few eps, but that loveline will die before the show ends, i promise.

sometimes i hate myself for loving eunjung so much. i only still love her a lot, and i like her with taecyeon. but i keep hitting myself at how good hyemi looks well with both guys, samdong and taecyeon. they were like freaking BORN TO BE IN A TRIANGLE. and currently there's no space for eunjung's corner in a square.

but regardless, my fav part is pilsook/jason. their acting isn't all that good / their parts don't let them show their acting skills but their lines make them SO FREAKING ADORABLE now i can hug my computer screen and jump off a building.

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You should be proud of her!

The writers decide how they want the audience to react to a character. In this role, it is EJ's job to make us really really dislike her. If she were doing a lack-luster job, we would be indifferent, which is much much worse.

But have hope! She started out genuinely sweet, so I am sure she will somehow redeem herself and the writers were let us like her again.

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Wow, this might be one of the best love triangles I've seen in a k drama. Did they learn how to do everthing right from the way Marry Me Mary did wrong? Hye Mi could end up with either guy and I wouldn't have a problem with it. However I prefer her with Sam. Even though all signs point to Jin Guk I feel like this is all misdirection. In the grand scheme of things his character keeps making the wrong choice in regards to Bak hee that inexplicably pulls him away from Hye Mi. For whatever reason he hasn't noticed that he cant go back and forth between the 2 former friends. Excluding Bak Hee at her most evil I get the sympathy he shows her character but he doesn't realize the implications of it when it comes to Hye Mi. An example of this is when he gives the pendant back to Bak hee; although his heart was in the right place his execution was horrible as Sam pointed out. I don't think the in your face Hye Mi that Jin Guk believes is the real Hye mi is right. As you guys pointed that's a defense mechanism. She's more real when she smiles and she only smiles around Sam right. Pitying Bak Hee is the weak link in Jin Guk's connection with Hye Mi. On the other hand I love how the drama is slowly bringing about Sam's lead status. He's the last main character to be shown but he might be the most important. I could be wrong but I feel like whoever the K character is, is the guy that Hye Mi doesn't choose, or she chooses both one person now and time-skip another person later. However the idea that Hye Mi is K is one I didn't even consider.

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I couldn't decide between JG/SD in the beginning because for once, I love both of the OTPs, and that has never happened before for me in a drama. NEVER. Usually, I pinpoint who the lead is immediately, and he's the one that I usually end up cheering for. What sealed it for me here was that scene where JG outed HM in front of everyone.

SD protects HM, but JG lets her fight her own battles, and that's what makes their relationship special. He's not afraid to protect her when she needs it (eg: thinking she was kidnapped and going to find her). But he knows how strong she is, and he respects that. He puts the helmet on her head to let her keep her dignity even when she's crying. And you ask why she's only comfortable enough to cry in front of JG... it's because she can truly be herself with him. And that is why they are going to end up together... because you can tell their souls speak to one another. Kk, I'm out :)

Sidenote, that's also why my favorite scene from Ep. 7 was the swift kick to the shins. CLASSIC HM moment, that made the scene all the more endearing.

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Oh yes Raina, you put it so well but it's worth repeating " it’s because she can truly be herself with him. And that is why they are going to end up together… ". I think those few scenes establishing that were beautifully acted and their inner emotions were palpable. I like SD and believe he truly loves HM but the male partner needs to have depth and inner steel. I feel JG has that but not SD.

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"she’s nowhere near as bad as hyemi in the begining"

um, i'd have to disagree. hyemi was a stubborn, proud bitch but she never manipulated anyone with a pity act, stuck pins in people's shoes, and NEVER tried to kill anyone.

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I agree hyemi isn't that bad. Baek Hee is just mentally disturbed.

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Well not clinically disturbed or anything, just really insecure. What, it's not like she's the first second lead to resort to any of those things.

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so many loose ends!

What happened to Jin in the car?
How will Jason be demoted?
What will Ms Shi do now?

I cannot wait another week... tsk.

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Really really looking forward to Episode 8! I think I saw in the preview, a skinny girl with Pil-Sook's pink guitar! Excited! Can't wait to see Miss Sushi's ultimate transformation and! the reaction of the rest:)

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Thank you for the loving recap!

The karaoke scene was genius. So meta and endearing.
Civilians go to karaoke because we imagine ourselves as stars. To show these established idols having a ball just because they love to sing! was my favorite scene. They weren’t perfect, nothing was autotuned. I am sure the editors had to cut more than they wanted, and I could have watched 15 mins of these kids singing together.

Afterward, when Pil-sook looks up at Jason to tell him she had fun, the look in her eyes struck me as so genuine. I melted with her when he replied, “Me, too,” with his fist on his chest. Goosebumps, I tell you, goosebumps!

I am guessing that Jason is not there yet with PS, but that works fine for the drama. He has not led her on; he likes her and is being a good friend. My guess is somehow before she transforms, he rejects her, only to really fall in love with her later…Bring on the angst and the epiphanies!

Meanwhile, now I see why they cast Kim Soo-hyun as the lead. Whatever illness, hearing loss they have in store for Sam-dong will be fantastic.
(Especially when he has a miracle cure later on when it is crucial to my happiness. Right, writers?!!)

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I agree with Kim Soo Hyun being main lead starts to establish in this episode. So far everyone in this show has issue of their own but not SongDong. So he needs issue to deal with. That issue would be his girl gonna reject him and he will lose his hearing then Kim Soo Hyun can bring out his amazzzzzzzzzing emo thing in which he's so good at. At the end he will earn his girl and his dream that's what this drama is about 'growing up'.
SongDong FTW.

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*scratches neck* *sniffs loudly* *wipes nose*

Need more crack!!! This drama has turned me into a full-blown addict. I would give up coffee (forever...ok, a week) to see episode 8 before next week (that's saying A LOT).

I loved every single moment in this episode, but I absolutely ADORED the staircase scene when Sushi was trying to choose between love and practice, and chipmunk saw her. *kyaaaaa* I also LOVED when Hye-mi bot's stainless steel exterior cracked just a little as she high-fived Oh-hyuk.

And finally, JYP who would've thought you'd be the scene-stealer?! Is there anything you can't do? LOVE Jin-man!

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you know, i have a habit that after watching the subbed version i just go here and read your caps.. keep it up! this show is my new crack also! ^___^

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Anyone knows what's the latest condition of BYJ? Just hope he is not as paralyze as the late Christopher Revee.

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Wow. This drama is really going beyond what I thought it would be!

This episode has left me wondering whether cliches would befall the characters. Really. The Sam-dong-Almost-Unconscious-Exposure has got me wondering, "Where on earth could this lead to?" Oh welps. I can just look forward to the next episode.

Jason and Pil-sook tandem is clicking. I have a thing for supporting love stories, so I'll be waiting! :)
(By mentioning sushi, I kind of missed Tae-kyung and the episode where he said he likes sushi. I know, its very irrelevant.)

I'm kinda amazed with Baek hee right now. Though she sure has turned into a bitchy gal, I still feel that her good-hearted nature is still alive in that cold heart somewhere. Could this be just my dying hopes of seeing the two once-BFFs get back together again?

Is it just me? Or does Sam-dong look really cool on the topmsot picture? *drools*

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He looks cool in all the pictures :D

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I totally agree. KSH has that "it" factor for me.

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Thanks for the recap! Can someone please tell me the song Jason is dancing to in the beginning?

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The song is Beggin' by Madcon which is ost of step up 3D
http://bit.ly/hTo1uo hope this helps =]

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Thank you so much for the answer. You rock!

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i soooo love dream high, it makes me think of what will happen next. each episode is like a surprise turn out of events. song sam dong, whew! is he having complications after the falling pot thing? that would be heart-breaking. no ep8 this week? i am so looking forward to it. *sigh. chipmunk (jason) + IU = one great pair, both them are cute. i can't get enough of this kdrama. kamsahamnida girlfriday and javabeans:)

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I love this show so much, it's insane. I seriously savour every single minute of it. For a bunch of newbie actors, they're holding up pretty well. I love love love Pil-sook/Jason. IU is so natural and adorable! And it seems her makeover will be happening in the next episode!

And although I'm a Hye-mi/Sam Dong fan, I don't mind that Jin-gook will help create more drama in that love triangle. Although I'm not a big Jin-gook fan, I don't really mind him with Baek-hee, actually, rather than heart-broken and alone.

The preview for episode 8 looks SO good, oh my god. Too bad we'll have to wait till next week. Oh well, shall wait for subs for Paradise Ranch to come out in the meantime then.

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No episode 8 tomorrow, should I just go and kill myself? ;(

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I seriously cant wait for ep 8!! This ep has soo many awesome moments!! As much as I love Sam Dong I am rooting for Hye Mi to be with Jin Guk!! I really hated Hye Mi acting in the beginning but I think from ep 3 on I started to like her and feel for her character. Love this drama soo much..it just has soo much heart!!

Does anyone know since we can see ep 8 this week so next week will they air 3 ep?? What to do?? I cant wait another long week for the next ep!!!

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Cracktastic!

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I really liked the episode - I love the bromance between Ok-hyuk and Jin-man. Even the debt collector was
That Candy referrence made me laugh so hard, I got a few glances at work wondering if I lost my mind.
Pil-sook and Jason are still so adorable and my favorite couple. That karaoke scene was great, suddenly I want to head to the nearest noreabang and belt out some songs. Poor Pil-sook, I hope Jason doesn't break her heart.
I just hope they don't have Sam-dong die or something tragic - hopefully its temporary!

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As much as I love soccer, I hate it when they skip drama eps cause of it!

Thanks for recapping!! I love the nickname 'Chipmunk'. It made me laugh ^_^

I also like theacher's bromance hints & I'd love to see a real gay couple in it. Isn't it strange that in all thah music/idol busines, you don't get such a couple/character??

I actually first thought Jason is the one. But I gues PS deserves all his love ^_~

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I'm putting a fanart link for teacher's bromance
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g25/haakuu/art/DH4mini.jpg

Also, about the love triangle, I think that Sam Dong will lose his hearing, but still succeed to be a good song writer.

Meanwhile, due to her sense of guilt, Hye Mi will try to love him, but unsuccessfully.

She might or not come together with Jin Gook. But sure she'll love him & she'll be successful.

I actually don't care who'll come with whom, cause they're all so cute and adorable ^_~

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oh damn i didnt know soccer was KOREA/JAPAN. i was feeling so annoyed earlier about not having ep 8 buuuut..heh.

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Firstly. SAMDONG... You stole my heart. So hye mi, girl you better not hurt my boy he's too loveable to get hurt by someone like you :) To be honest, i don't care who hye mi chooses (well i do) BUT in one of her interviews of where she had to pick as her 'ideal boy' between SAMDONG and JINGUK, guess who she chose.... Yes, SAMDONG ;) So in reality, for me SAMDONG catched her heart already. i love Dream high though, let's hope Jinguk gets another nice girl for himself.. <3

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