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My Princess: Episode 8

There’s lots of drama in this episode, but very little fun, which doesn’t really serve this show well. Some shows can run the gamut from comedy to melodrama with equal effectiveness and sometimes much more emotional gain, but this one buckles a little under the pressure, because it’s not equipped for weighty stuff. When we do find the cute moments, we’re golden, but it’s a bit of a wild goose chase in this episode, to find the nuggets hidden amongst all the soulful staring. Jung-woo saves this episode with some much-needed levity and a helpful dose of common sense, making him Prince of the Castle for the week.

 
EPISODE 8 RECAP

Hae-young tells her to “forget this,” and then kisses her. Next thing we know, she’s asleep and he tucks her in for the night. Wait, is this the anti-Sleeping Beauty? Isn’t the prince’s kiss supposed to wake the princess from a deep sleep, not put her in one?

He broods for a while, and then leaves her behind, because he’s tortured like that.

It turns out that ditching her is more than your average guilt-by-kissage, as today is the day of The! Press! Conference! Well thank ye drama gods, because I was not going to tolerate this stupid plotline for one episode longer.

Seol wakes up to find that she’s alone, and goes looking for Hae-young out by the sea. She gets carried away by Hae-young’s henchmen (which are, strangely, Grandpa’s henchmen—what, you couldn’t get your own?).

Once locked in the car, she tells them that Hae-young will come to take her back, so there’s no need for this, as it’s not like they’re kidnapping her in an act of terrorism. Hearing those words come out of her mouth just reminds me that I insanely watched an entire drama relying on her to save the world. Hur hur.

Seol’s faith in Hae-young is so sad, especially since it’s about to bite her in the ass in…three…two…one…

The henchman’s phone rings, and it’s Hae-young. He passes the phone to Seol, who naively asks him to come get her. Hae-young sighs as he tells her in plain language: “I threw you away.” He tells her that he’s not coming back, and that she won’t be attending the press conference today, no matter how hard she tries. Cue bells of “I Geddit, I Geddit…Oh Crap.”

Meanwhile, preparation for the press conference gets underway, as Yoon-ju and Grandpa both get word that the princess has disappeared. It seems that Yoon-ju isn’t in on this plan, which makes me feel a little better that Hae-young isn’t plotting against Seol with the wicked witch.

Time for The! Press! Conference! Finally! Everyone gathers and flutters over the missing princess. Hae-young makes them wait in order to make a grand entrance (oh, you drama queen), and tells them that the princess will not be attending today’s press conference.

He then announces the palace’s official position on Seol’s father and his past, essentially clearing his name of the crimes. But in so doing, he names her adoptive father as the culprit, and even adds that Seol wanted to use this press conference to clear her father’s name. While that’s not untrue, it certainly leaves out that whole part where she didn’t want to throw her other father to the wolves to do it.

Jung-woo sneaks out to call Seol, who finally answers after begging for her phone back. She asks Jung-woo to prolong the press conference for as long as he can, and that she’s on her way to explain everything. He wonders if this is all Hae-young’s doing. Well, it certainly looks that way, doesn’t it?

Hae-young walks out, leaving the press clamoring with questions. Jung-woo stops him in the courtyard to ask if he kept Seol from coming here by force, and if he understands the magnitude of what he’s done. He takes the betrayal personally, saying that despite not liking him, he did think that Hae-young’s concern for Seol was real, and that he was in the very least, a trustworthy man.

Hae-young: “Well you thought wrong.” He can’t help himself though, and tells Jung-woo to back off from Seol, since his concern for her seems to overstep the normal professor-student relationship.

Jung-woo is quick to answer that it DOES go beyond: “Seol is more than a student to me. Lee Seol is living history, and she’s a dream that I’ve been chasing my whole life.” Well, it’s not the most romantic thing a girl wants to hear, but I’ll forgive you since you’re wearing your spiffy Indiana-Jones-in-the-city look today.

Hae-young glares as he muses bitterly, “It must be nice, being able to take sides so definitively.” Jung-woo: “It IS nice, and I plan to do so from now on.” Yee-to-the-haw. Bring on the dogfights.

Seol watches news footage of the press conference from the car, and realizes what Hae-young meant. Back at the palace Yoon-ju asks him if he was with Seol last night. He says he was and wanted to be, but stops at that and doesn’t give excuses. She says she doesn’t care, since she trusts him, but adds that his plan will hardly induce Seol to give up the throne.

Yoon-ju points out that what he did was, in the end, a choice to protect Seol. Grandpa agrees, though he’s angry about where he’s stashed the princess in the meantime. Hae-young: “She’s somewhere…crying.”

Sure enough, Seol requests the car to turn around, and she heads straight to Mom’s house. Mom and Dan see the press conference on the news, and reel at the shock of Seol’s direct betrayal.

Seol runs to the door, crying and screaming for Mom to let her in so she can explain. She heartbreakingly cries out to Mom over and over, saying that she’s sorry, that she was wrong, that this isn’t how it was supposed to be.

Mom listens from inside, her heart breaking as she holds herself back, wanting so much to let her in, but unable to. She says aloud to herself that it’s okay, that as long as she lives a good life at the palace, there’s nothing else she could ask for. She says that she knows in her head that Seol isn’t to blame, but her heart isn’t letting her face Seol right now.

Jung-woo appears behind her, and gets her to stop crying. He presents her with a simple choice—to stay here with Mom and Dan, or to return to the palace. She doesn’t know how to answer, and he points out that what should be a simple answer isn’t one, for her.

He tells her that he guessed that after what went down at the press conference, he’d find her here, and so he came…but he had hoped he wouldn’t find her here. Because this is where his student Lee Seol would be, sure, but the princess—she should have appeared at the press conference, no matter how late.

He points out that she’s not acting like the princess because she doesn’t consider herself as one. He adds that other than being spun in circles by Hae-young and Yoon-ju, she’s not doing anything.

Jung-woo: Before you are your parents’ daughter, you are Korea’s history. A history that needs to be put right again, and a history that is yet to be written. [This is what you are] To me, and to Korea.

Back at the palace, Hae-young takes out the picture of his father, the glass now broken in the frame. Symbolism! Secretary Oh tells him that he made the right decision (to clear Lee Ahn’s name) but Hae-young is quick to make it clear that it’s hardly going to be difficult for him to bully one little girl out of the palace, and makes his position against Grandpa known.

Yoon-ju looks at Dan’s profile, and wonders if the royal satchel that she claims to have is the real deal or not.

Grandpa gets word that the princess has returned, and in getting a report from his henchmen, finds out that she and Hae-young shared a room last night. He flips his lid, at which the henchman stutters that there was only the one room, and it’s not like a man and a woman sharing a room necessarily means they… But Grandpa goes ahead and has a fit anyway.

Seol and Jung-woo arrive and she heads straight for Hae-young. She runs into Yoon-ju first, in front of the staff, and Yoon-ju ices her with, “You’re late…very.” This time, not to be outdone, Seol ices her right back: “Yes. You must have been happy…very.” Niiiice.

After they clear the room, Yoon-ju remains with Jung-woo, and makes a dig that his student is so unpredictable. He just wheels around to say that it’s what makes her likable—that no matter how unpredictable it is where she might pop up next, it’s guaranteed that wherever it is, it’ll be bright because of her. Aw. He turns to add that Yoon-ju was like that…once. Burn.

Seol runs to Hae-young’s room, banging on the door and shouting for him to come out. She’s doing a lot of crying outside people’s doors this episode. After a while of brooding and avoiding, he finally comes out to face her.

She lays into him for leaving her there, hitting him in a fit of anger and tears. She cries that her family won’t see her because of what he’s done, and he coldly tells her that she herself said that she’s used to being an orphan.

He tells her that she should have expected as much, if she’s going to be a princess, and that she should have known that people would do this to her.

Seol: I did know. I expected this from other people. But not Park Hae-young. A reason? I don’t know. Proof? I don’t have any. But I just believed…that Park Hae-young would protect me.
Hae-young: What are you? What are you to me? Why did you think I’d protect you? Without any reason or proof, why are you putting me beside you at your whim and blaming me? …. Do you want forgiveness? Do you want your family back? Then give up being a princess. If you give it all up, you can return…to your family…and to me.

Whoa. Now THAT I wasn’t expecting. It’s both tragic (because he means it) and down and dirty (because he’s now dangling himself as a reason for her to give up the throne).

He leaves her crying alone in the hallway.

The next morning, Yoon-ju assembles the court ladies to ask if anyone knew about Seol’s disappearing act the night before last. She makes it clear that she must be told every single thing about the princess, from her footsteps down to her sneezes. Okay, creepy stalker. She adds that if Seol manages to escape again, someone here will pay the price with her job.

Seol spends the whole day calling Mom and Dan over and over, with no answer from either. Dan finally gets sick of it, and spitefully texts Seol from Mom’s phone, telling her not to call anymore. Worst sister ever.

Seol makes a move to head out the door, but gets stopped with a desperate plea from her court lady that without Yoon-ju’s approval, Seol stepping one foot out of the palace means that she loses her job. Seol remains trapped in the palace, stewing all day, until Yoon-ju arrives to start a new catfight.

She tells Seol that there’s rampant speculation in the press about whether the princess is sick, or dead, and blames her irresponsible behavior. Seol states plainly that she’s alive and well, so they can dispute the rumors, can’t they? Yoon-ju shoot back that other than being alive, Seol isn’t really good for anything. Yeesh.

She tells her, commands her, really, to get dressed to go to the hospital and play sick for the public. She basically calls her a third-rate celebrity, and for her to do at least that much.

It finally pushes Seol into action, and she tells Yoon-ju to assemble her entire staff. She has something to say to all of them, as the princess.

She comes out where the staff including Hae-young, Yoon-ju, and Jung-woo are assembled, and gets ready to address them. She stands on her tiptoes trying to look at everyone in the room, but finds that her highest heels aren’t doing the job. So she gets up on the couch to address the room with authority. It’s both adorable and regal—in other words, the perfectly princessy thing to do.

She apologizes for missing the press conference and for all the rumors milling about, which she plans to start correcting.

Seol: I didn’t know who I was, or what I was supposed to do. This circumstance that I came up against…scared me, you see. The reason I entered the palace was to clear my father’s name. But now I know—that my father is not just my father, but the monarchy’s history.

She announces that she’s calling for a re-do on the press conference. Oh dear lord, are we doing another press conference? But! We just got rid of the last one!

Yoon-ju confronts Hae-young about what on earth happened between him and Seol that night to make her act like this. He just brushes it aside, but Yoon-ju says that she thought they were on the same path…is that not the case anymore?

He asks what path she means, and she spells it out: M-A-R-R-I-A-G-E. Duh. He reminds her that he said he wouldn’t marry her if he became penniless. He says it’s the last thing he can do for her. With tears in her eyes, she asks why he thinks that’s what she’d want; if he wants to make her out to be that kind of woman.

He answers that it’s true he was never impassioned towards her (ouch) but that he’s always wanted to take care of her, and to honor her father’s loyalty to their family. Oooohhhh…double ouch. That is the WORST possible thing you could say to the woman who loves you. Geez, I’m shuddering.

Instead of rejecting the man who clearly thinks of her as an obligation, she stupidly asks him to marry her now then. She calls his bluff, noting that he can’t do it, because it leave him no out…and because he’s feeling something for Seol. He denies that he’ll do anything with Seol, but Yoon-ju sees right through him: “You already have.”

Jung-woo presents Seol with a history of her family, and they have a good flirt over whether he’s giving it to her, or just showing off that he does super important research. She catches him smiling at her, and actually calls him on it: “You’re totally looking at me like I’m so cute right now!” OMG, she cracks me up.

She wonders if she can pull it off, being the princess, and he encourages her, with the reminder that all her days from here on out will be recorded as history, just like her ancestors. He tells her to be careful, and especially not to write love letters to just anyone. Ha.

Seol realizes that if she’s going to be recorded in history, there’s a few things from her past history that needs to be erased. She starts making a list of all the things that need to be erased, starting with her comments in online forums. Hahaha. Future princesses be warned: your life online can haunt your reign. Discretion advised.

Hae-young walks into the gallery, and she hurriedly crumples up the paper and sticks it in her mouth. What are you, a goat? He pulls it out and starts to read it, wondering what the titles are: “What is this? Do you watch porn?” Seol: “NO! I only watched the trailers!” LOL.

He gets on the phone and has someone just sweep the online history, stopping to ask: “Do you watch porn on foreign sites too?” Ha. She wonders why he’s being nice to her again, and what backhanded move he’s got planned next. He asks how she plans to pull it off, with her limited skills.

She reminds him that even in her part-time job, she played a princess. Hae-young: “That’s right. Because of you, every foreigner who visits Korea thinks princesses are pretty.” She’s about to spit back another retort, until she realizes what he just said.

Seol: “What…what did you say?” Hae-young: “That you’re pretty.”

She starts to stammer and he follows it up with: “Are you being swayed right now?” She glares at him, trying to figure out if he’s doing this just to mess with her. Seol: “Are you testing me?” Hae-young: “I’m testing ME.”

They get called to dinner by Grandpa, who makes the announcement that Hae-young needs to do something to make it clear to the public that Daehan Group no longer has any ties to the monarchy…marry Yoon-ju.

Everyone sits with bated breath, and then Hae-young answers that he will, not for Daehan or the monarchy, but because he wants to. Seol and Jung-woo both stare agape. And then, Yoon-ju one-ups him with her answer: That SHE won’t marry him.


 
COMMENTS

Wah, where did all the fluffy fun go? We barely recovered some of it in the last five minutes, but it was sorely missing all episode long. I really only like this show for one reason, and that’s silly, frothy, evaporate-into-fluffy-clouds fun, and well…this episode had none of that. **princess pout** It’s not like I hate the drama when it’s all angsty, but its weaknesses really start to show at the seams when the whole episode is spent in Serious Stuff, because…well… I hate to point out that the emperor has no clothes on, but this show doesn’t exactly hold its water in the Serious Plot Department.

I get that the characters are all taking the angst seriously, but I’m not, so there’s a gap that gets widened when I’m not pulled in by much more compelling things like romance and funny hijinks. Seol’s angst is a little more raw (and better performed, truth be told) so I connect a little more with what she’s going through, but now that she’s got all that crying out of the way, I’d really like to see her do more of what she does towards the end of the episode, and stand up to Yoon-ju and Hae-young instead of whining that the universe is messing with her.

But mostly, please, bring back The Cute. Bring it baaaaaaaack.

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YAY!
thanks for posting!
first? x)

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Thanks for the recap!
Wow, ep 8 has more romance than comedy. I love it. Story is more exciting with more complicate, logical plots.
I laugh a lot when professor tells princess not to write love letter because all her activities will be recorded as history.
Can't wait!

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yet to watch this episode..but i agree the cute rules this show!

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This show is my new crack! O.o

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I actually don't mind that it's not as cute or fluffy.
A drama gets boring when its fluffy for too long.
A little angst on episode 8 doesn't bother me.
I love this show! :)

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I agree. I actually really enjoyed The Serious, and even the press conference (and the importance attached to it) did not bother me. I actually feel like this show has some "magical realism" going on, and once you buy into the premise you have to buy into the stakes in order to enjoy it. If you don't accept the restoring the monarchy plot angle, than the whole thing is sunk.

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My thoughts exactly!!

I know I FIRST enjoyed this because of the cute and the fluff. And the characters, oh the characters, they are so awesome. And I want to see Seol and Haeyoung end up together!! And we all know that for that to happen, angst is going to happen sooner or later.

But yeah. Dramas can't be eaten up like cotton candy. Because you'll get sick of it after the fifth of sixth time. There's got to be some bitter in it, something more than just cute and fluff, and I've gotten onto this restoring monarchy plot line, so I'm up for the ride.

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Good point, Ashley. The whole idea of restoring a monarchy and a long lost princess is pretty out there, so, I find the more forced dramatic plot points to be in keeping with that outrageous concept. I think the realism lies in the internal conflict within the characters.

While I hope the show doesn't take itself too seriously with the melodrama because it definitely has more charm when it indulges in the fun and cute, I think we need a few episodes of angst.

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I agree to that.

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Ah, to put it in the words of HY..."When you have decided to live as a Princess, you should have expected this much." So, as an audience we should as well. She can't be on cloud 9 all the time with everyone in the palace against her with the obvious few who aren't.

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I'm right there you with! I didn't mind the angst--I almost felt it was necessary because of all the fluff. Just as long as Sul's character continues to grow a backbone, I'm still on board ^.^

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Yay! So glad I'm not alone! :)

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...hi...hi... i can't stop laughing when HY asks if LS sees porn oversea?.....hi...hi ...so funny.... the end of ep 8 is very, very exciting when HY agrees to marry YJ but YJ says.... everything is hotter.... i like the cute, lovely, logical conversation... love MY PRINCESS! can't wait for
ep #9

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After 4 episodes or so, i did wonder if this drama is going to continue with being all cute and fluffy, and i was kinda worried. Because if it continues to not taking itself seriously, then the drama seems to be lacking substance. So i'm actually not minding the angst. I personally thot it's much needed to balance the cuteness. and it doesn't make the drama any less entertaining. As long as it doesn't get draggy like most rom-coms when they are heading into their second half of the series, that would be all i'm asking. so far so good.

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yess!!! so i'm not the only one who wants to get some serious epi ... it's not that i don't like all candy fluffy cute funny moments..it's just that u can't go all the way to 16 i mean 16 epi just on the base of cuty cuty stufff.. so i really DO want something serious, angst act along with fluffy act... i can take all those bucketful of tears..ONLY IF THEY DON'T OVERDO IT!! fighting MP!!!

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mee too... i like the serious part...
what can i say? tae hee and seung heun are just so effective and the story is on the right track.
love it!!

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you know-- you might be on to something with this "prince of the castle" business, girlfriday. kinda like "king of the lab" in Bones. i would be psyched to have these two duke it out in a competition for something like that every.. epi? :P

jung woo, prince of the castle!

also-- *princess pout* LOL

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hahaha agreee :D (although Bones isn't the same without Zach and with that annoying girlfriend!!! I so over Bones now sadly)

I lovee the prof so much this episodeee :D
I am pretty much having my first second lead syndrome... he's just too charming... and [email protected] "I’ll forgive you since you’re wearing your spiffy Indiana-Jones-in-the-city look today."

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oh noooes! SLS is VERY VERY serious, we have pills for that, honey. ..here, i'll share mine with you :) ...where are the friday OT people when you need pills for second lead syndrome?!?!? :D

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I am hunting for other drama staring him as the main lead so at least I can sleep knowing he's happy with somebody else in another universe... :P

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he was lead act in 18 vs 29. he played a movie star whose wife got amnesia after an accident, and forgot everything about their marriage.

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watch Bad Couple, Dang-Ja & the botanist is hilarious!

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I agree completely with Bones! Though I did find Wendell a laugh - and that other guy who is highly depressed and appeared in Avatar.

I mean as soon as they stopped the whole Bones/Booth would they/would they not thing and Brennan rejected Booth the show started going downhill. I haven't watched any of this season at all because it was the only reason why I loved the show in the first place and the idea of Booth cheating on his gf gets me v. upset because I really think Booth is quite loyal and his loyalty is what makes me love him so.

Anyway, apart from the Bones rant. I love the bit where Jung-woo and Seul have the flirty moment. Jung-woo is such an adorable second lead. I cannot believe I am kind of rooting for both guys because I love them so much. The best of both worlds really. And (can't remember the name of the actor who plays Jung-woo) he look's amazing now that he's lost weight. After My Princess, I hope he takes lead in a drama soon.

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woohoo! another Bones fan!!! *high five* I also vote Jung Woo prince of the castle! I think he won rounds Episode 7 and 8! Haeyoung seriously pissed me off here, messing with her family!

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Seol is so nice, if I were her, I would be really cold to Hae Young afterwards =/

Jung Woo definitely the prince of the castle! :D
Seol always so happy near him.. (Alas.. female, at least in drama, love the bad choice more)

I would love to see more jealousy from Hae Young (he deserve to be tortured!!!). Can we get Jung Woo as the tutor now? At least teaching her about the history :)

I also want Jung Woo to be one of Seol suitors advised by Grandpa or something (tho it is close to impossible they would go there)

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YES!!! I WANT TO SEE HAE YOUNG GET VERY JEALOUS OVER JUNG WOO AND SEOL!!!!! TO THE EXTENT THAT HE CAN'T CONTROL HIS FEELINGS ANYMORE!!! HE ALREADY STARTS TO TEST IF HE IS REALLY IN LOVE WITH SEOL!! AND GRANDPA HAS HIS OWN WAYS TO SEE HOW HAE YOUNG CAN HIDE HIS FEELINGS FOR SEOL!!!

I♥SEOL SO MUCH!!!! GO PRINCESS!!!!

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ME TOO SQUEEEEE

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He already can't control his feelings He shouldn't be doing the things he's doing right now (in his right "i want to keep my money" mind). Silly boy. That is one slippery slope of LOVE.

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Yeah! another Bones fan.... love the show but it starts less interested in last season since they denied their feeling .:(
I think it is not too bad for an eps with angst or crying but pls don't overdo it... :)

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I am sorry to hear that The Cute is diminishing because even though I don't watch this show, I have been following your recaps and it seems like that is one of the show's major strengths. Once again, thank you for a thorough and honest recap.

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Oh you should watch it! The recaps are great but this is one that really benefits from being actually watched. Some shows are "better" in recaps but this one is adorable when you watch it!

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Really? I'll watch this then, I was only planning on reading the recaps for this, heh. I'll wait after the series is completed before watching. For now I'll enjoy JB and GF's recaps. (More often than not, the duo's recaps are way more enjoyable than the actual show.)

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watching the show and reading the dramabeans recaps is like watching the show with your bestie.

love you, guys, jb and gf!

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Well that's good to know. Thanks!

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why is it that she seems to forget that she's mad at him? it's like she forgives him every single time....

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Because she's a nice person?
I tend to forgive easily.
Maybe her character is that way.

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in less than 12 hours? he just ruined her family... that's not easily forgivable/forgettable...

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I agree with you, how can she forgive him that easy? I don't care about the sister but her mother was deeply hurt by all this, and I have seen how much Seol loves her mom, so I expecter her to be more angry at him for betraying her like that.

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grandpa said he had caused her dad's death and she forgot after an episode!

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You are right! I guess when it comes to dramas logic is out of the question!!!!!!!

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kinda right on that note eve...one flaw :)

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haha, i think its because:
1) its a drama. she HAS to forgive him.
2) her character. she's just an overall cheerful and kind girl.
3) he's hot. :D
4) she likes him, (but she doesn't know it yet).. you know? she cares for him, but she can't admit it because she doesn't even know how she feels. it's still the 8th episode, so at least 1 person is gonna know how they feel about the other, and 1 person is gonna be completely clueless.

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ha....ha... so true, it's drama 101 rules:
"....so at least 1 person is gonna know how they feel about the other, and 1 person is gonna be completely clueless."

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lol....i read that late...not a flaw...but a drama reality

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it's because his overwhelming hotness :)

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Did you watch? Because even though the exchange near the end is cute, she is definitely still mad at him.

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I think the reason is she realizes she's not really mad with him, but mad at herself not being able to prevent this mess.

Hence why the lecture the professor gave her in the car outside her mom's house stirred her to action. She realized she wasn't doing everything she could, that she wasn't really EMPOWERING herself.

IF she had better handled things instead of being cheerful & happy & dilly-dally around the beautiful place that is her palace (and man, that is a GORGEOUS house, might I say), she could have prevented this.

Plus I think part of it is just because Seol is optimistic and she realizes there is no point lamenting over spilled milk. She's gotta look forward and she believes in herself enough to believe that she can save this entire situation. But yeah her personality's got part to do this..

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It's cos she's anticipating taking a hot shower with him, ten packs and all sometime in the near future, God willing....she's totally shallow....the hot shower's all that's on her mind, her family doesn't matter one hoot.....she's worried that if she's still angry with him, he totally won't be inviting her to take a shower with him....so she won't be able to take the hot shower with him....so she's just planning ahead....the forgiveness now is part of her Hot Shower Strategy.

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errrr, really? that is a long-winded plan.

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hahahaha ... what a plan

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@Eve I was thinking the same when I saw her talking with him at th end of the epi , I mean she was so angry she was hitting him and accusing him for stabbing her at her back , accusing im for not being what she thought he is : his protector , but at the end of the epi she was talking with him as if nothing happened , ok she may be naive and goodhearted but not this is a bit much
@GF thanks for the recap :)

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It have been better if she had a flashback scene before the one with him near the car.

We could have remembered all the tender moments she had with him, mixed in with his honest stating that he will try to block her.

Maybe see a little weakening of her anger toward him before he shows up to tease her.

Personally, faced with his adorable teasing, my anger would last .000712 milleseconds.
He is the almighty and powerful HAND TOWEL for crying out loud.

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thx 4 the recap

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Thank you girlfriday!

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LOL..okay bring back the 'cute'.

Sigh back to waiting for ep 9.You are my last stop.Besides viki now.

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**princess pout** dont forget the wiggle and feet stomping.. lol

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They're not even trying to make us sympathize with Yoon-ju one bit are they. This was the first episode I watched instead of reading the recaps actually and the second she came on, I instantly hated her.

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Looks like it's going down the same path as Secret Garden. Too bad though, it was just too cute.

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Yeah, that one started out with so much potential!

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:( I love secret garden but I would have to agree.. When is the SG writer joining the My Princess team?

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I actually think Secret Garden was so much better! By episode 8 I was already hooked and it always had me asking for more, and more, and more. I know some people thought that it went down the drains but to me there was not a single episode that had me bored. It is true that it did have me asking some questions at the end, and I know they will never get answered, but it also made me happy and satisfied in other aspects, so SG is actually on my top ten list of best dramas of all times. Like I said before, to fully enjoy a drama I just prefer to leave logic out the door.

This is just me, so don't throw stones at me please.

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I actually think My Princess has been MUCH better than Secret Garden. Better written conflicts, more interesting female heroine, more interesting use of film score, better allusion to fairy tales/pop culture, etc.

But the difference is that SG was more romantic. It started from Episode One on the premise of one or both wanting a relationship, which is a radical departure for K-dramas.

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There's no comparison whatsoever between the 2 shows, neither on the quality of acting, directing, editing, music nor on the script itself.
You might not have liked the way SG "solved" the twists and mystery, but comparing the witty dialogues of SG to this, is like saying that Danielle Steel is the new Jane Austen.

If we have to compare, than it seems to me this is taking more the direction of Mary Stayed Out, fun and cuteness ending in a blur of tears and insanity.

By the way, I'm one of those who, despite not liking this show, always comes back here for the witty recaps. Therefore, thank you again for those! :)

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yup, witty recaps...i look forward to this as well as the drama....forbid, but pls let this not turn into Mary...coz i was overwhelmingly disappointed with Mary....i didnt finish watching the drama but just read the recaps....i didn't have the strength to finish watching it .... else, i'd end up hating it..

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Yeah, there is no comparison btwn the 2, MP is actually fun to watch, unlike SG.

Is MP a great rom-com?

No, it has its flaws, but despite them it gets the "rom" part largely right and the "com" part is pretty reliable.

SG got neither of them right - the romance btwn the main leads wasn't developed properly and hence, unbelievable, and the constant fighting and bickering btwn the primary and secondary couples, as well as the competing guys was just irritating/tiresome - unlike in MP where the fighting/bickering is much more enjoyable since it has the right amount of fun/humor.

As for witty dialogue (which is a must for me), I was hard pressed to find any in SG; MP not only has the more believable dialogue btwn the characters, but also one laced w/ more fun/humor.

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"SG got neither of them right –"

SG was an emperor with no clothes. We have to ask ourselves this -- if you weren't a fan of Hyun Bin or Ha Ji Won, could we have stomached the one-sided douchebaggery?

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...well its time to dwell on the story not just the cutey cute couple...I for one like how the story is going, I mean we have that cute part in the beginning and now for the real drama and prove your self watchable coz really your too old for the cutey cute-cute-cute part... Bring out your true color, man and be a man so that finally the story will have something to tell not just cuteness......

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"Bring out your true color"
u said it ma fren!!! ya give us more than cute act>>>

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oh GoODY rutten eggs, I really dislike that girl. I really want Seol to step up and said "move away. I'm the princess. You have no right to ordered me around" things like that.

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YEAH!!

Seol should put that Yoon-Ju in her place:

I am the princess in this crowd, YOU work for me!

The rest of the staff would fall in line, that statement would totally diminish Yoon-Ju's imaginary authority.

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i don't mind the cute being a little MIA in this episode. this was a turning point for seol to take the lead and not just be yanked in all different directions by hae young and the evil witch, as professor cutie said. i hope they follow through on this path in the next eps (not the cute diminishing, but seol being more assertive, specially with evil witch)

i also like that aside from the adorable kitchen assistant (i don't think he's a chef yet, too young!), seol had another ally in the younger court lady. i hope we see more of kitchen assistant in the next eps. he and the nice court lady can join forces and help seol fight miss evil witch.

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I LOVED the younger court lady. I hope we see more of her!

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another thing i liked is that the lackeys (or at least their leader) isn't just a faceless, emotion-less drone clad in a black suit. he reacts when strange or stupid things go on around him :)

maybe kitchen assistant and nice court lady can recruit him to help seol. but then he's too loyal to grandpa...

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Having her assist Seol in her mischief will be so much fun! I love it when there are loyal rebellious right-hand-men/women in the scene :D

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Me, too.
She reminds me of Son Ye Jin.
She can do a lot with very little screen time.

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You are right about this being the turning point.

In order for any hero/heroine to grow, they have to be completely cut off from support. It is a sad reality in all story telling -- from the greatest literature to Disney movies.

That's why none of the Disney heros have both parents. Why would any parent allow their child to stand alone and suffer if they could help it? How can a child reach his/her true potential if they can go crying back home?

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this drama is cute only when Seol is with either Hae Young or Jung Woo. Or both.

and then this episode has too few such scenes.

*princess pout*

thanks girlfriday! ;)

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and too much screen time for evil queen :(

Btw Hae Young and Jung Woo combo also cute :P

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Thanks Girlfriday.

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meh. enjoyed this episode even less than the other's. i must be one of the few who don't think kth's as pretty as korea makes her out to be. =O

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Dear writers & PD's….stick with what you're good at. Fluff & Cutesy. Don't try to disguise yourself with heavier stuff. Stick to what you're good at and run with it. Please. For the sake of the fans who actually gave this drama a chance b/c of the fluff & stuff.

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Was anyone else taken by surprise by Yoon Ju's decision NOT to marry him? I mean, i know it was probably the most logical/realistic thing to say after everything HY said to her before... (even if she is a bitch, that's gotta hurt) But I was just not expecting it. I mean this is k-dramaland.. and MY PRINCESS! Logic and realism have long been rejected... or so i thought...heh

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She's the princess, can't she just fire the bitch queen??

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How does that saying go?
Nobody can make you feel inferiour without your consent.

People with power only have it because we cede it to them.

She is learning now what it means to be powerless despite being in a supposed position of authority. Hopefully this feeling will lead to her understanding of how to gain the upper hand with Raisin Head.

It's like the idea of glamor - it's all illusion.

She has to BE powerful first, then she will deserve people's loyalty.

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she can. she just doesn't know she can. being a princess wasn't her purpose for entering the palace that's why she's being bullied - her intentions do not include wielding power.

and she doesn't know how to use grandpa, whom she totally can manipulate via the guilt avenue. but she doesn't have it in her to do it since she's a nice girl.

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I just hope our princess grows some backbone pretty soon, because she is letting fish-lips lady, jung woo, her sister step all over her. Come on! she is the princess for Gods sakes!. Funny they mentioned QSD on the previous episodes because one of my favorite scenes on that drama was when our lady Mishil was trying to bully the new appointed Queen just like she did to her sister when she was young, but the QSD responded "How dare you ( don't remember what class distinction she used) touch the Queen", with that she left Mishil speechless. I just hope something like this happens when our lovely princess says to Yoon-ju " How dare you treat me this way! I am your Princess!!
Then I can go "Yes! in you fish-face evil lady!!!!!!"

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Ah...I know, you're probably right about the fact that the drama is weak when it's being serious, but honestly I'm so sucked into it at this point that I didn't even notice!!!

While I'm watching I just sit there thinking..."Ooh!! I want those shoes! Oooh...he's so pretty...and him...and...and...can I have her dress? And...ooh, fun, a silly scene! And oooh...the ANGST...the pretty, pretty angst!!!!"

Completely ridiculous, but I can't seem to stop...I've lost my heart (or at least my hormones) to Mr. Hand Towel and I don't think I want to get it back!!

(Just don't tell Hyun Bin that I've betrayed him...I would feel bad about that, seeing as how he's going into the military and all...) :D

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CHILLS down my spine when Hae Young said "and come back...........TO ME!!!" AHHHHH!!! How freakin amazing is that?? Totally did not see that one coming too GF! I had to replay it again.. LOL.. and all Lee Seol could do was stare at him.. she was speechless.. WOW!! I'm liking the angst.. I'm in a emo mood so I like it.. hehe, hopefully we get more CUTE back next week!! :D

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Yes.Yes.Yes.

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Yes! Loved that whole scene, I was literally at the edge of my seat the entire time. So much tension and chemistry between those two. *sigh* I wish all drama angst was that good.

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Yes!! I'm watching that part all over again RIGHT NOW.. I keep replaying it, the way he said it as if he was Pleading but in a soft whisper.. the way she took one breath right after he said it like she wants to pretend he did not just say that.. the way he kept pacing while she was crying outside and how he almost went back outside to help her... GAHHH.. I really love that scene..

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Yes!!! Goosebumps... that has to be the most romantic confession!

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"the way he said it as if he was Pleading but in a soft whisper.. "

Oh yes! I keep replaying it too! The words by themselves make me think that he is dangling him self to her as a price for LS not to be a princess. But the way it was said make me melt and feel his yearning to be with LS

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OMG u said what exactly i felt watching that whole scene. It was so beautiful.. hv re watched many times and still my heart breaks everytime for them.

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I kept replaying that part, too! I was so surprised when he said, "... and to me"

That's like a confession already! At Episode 8?? Even Seoul was dumbstruck. I love these two.

I generally prefer to watch their funny and cute scenes, but for the first time ever I also liked watching their angsty scenes. They touch my heart.

I think KTH and SSH both performed well in comedy and drama. This is my first time watching them and so far I'm not disappointed.

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like you all--that "and come back to me" was just so out of nowhere that until now I keep returning to that scene to make sure Hae Young really did say it to Lee Seol....SUPER HUH???!!!! then "I'm testing me..." he then turns round to say he'll marry the evil witch of the west... is that his way of protecting the princess?

Okey show, bring on the angst... princess hurry up with more backbone... and melt that witch away with your magic slippers and her own broom!!! Opps sorry wrong story.. but it's great that both men, Hae Young and Jung Woo keeps putting evil witch in her place.... and of course saving face by rejecting the marriage offer from grandpa and HY, well, there's gotta be a deal here somewhere for the witch--put the princess and everyone on the spot.. The witch of course wants it all, so I wonder what deal she wants in order to accept the marriage proposal, stop the ceremony to re-establish the monarchy? of course--that's her ultimate goal. Hmmm, the witch is smarting from all the "burns" she got from Hae Young and Jung Woo...! and the princess is standing up to her--so MY do hurry up with the backbone!!

Thanks GF for this recap and JB too, can't wait for the next episode...

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Thank you so much for the recap! I've been refreshing the page for it...

My favourite part was where he asked if she watched porn, and she goes on to say only the trailers~

Yoon ju is so bitter...but then again, if she said yes, I would want Seol to just stop them (and stop Grandpa from controlling her life, surely she's more powerful!)

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I miss the fluffy and cute, but I want LS to be mad at HY a little longer. He did, after all, betray her...even if she understands what she means to the country now, he has truly turned her into an orphan (poor LS). Plus, he really can't stand when she's mad at him; he just doesn't see it. He's always trying to make up with her (sigh)

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You know the worts part is that relationship like that are so real its tragic. There are just people that we can't help but forgive and at th same time they can't help but need our forgiveness even if they are going to screwup again its at horrible cycle...

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There's a word for that:

Vicious cycle, anyone?

Seol can't stay mad at Haeyoung that long because deep down she likes him. And Haeyoung can't keep up the "I'm your worst enemy" act that long EITHER because he likes her. So these two keep hitting the on-off switch, dancing in relationship limbo. And this is when we get the cute scenes, i.e. porn websites and Seol looking like a goat.

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Where does Seol look like a goat?

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when she was chewing the paper like billy goat gruff

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Reminds me of me and my sisters. We'd get into a really big ugly fight, but the next day, we forget that we were mad and accidentally talk to each other again.

It is a bit unbelievable though since the issue isn't some small petty issue, but a betrayal of trust and friendship. Maybe it's 'cause Seol sees that Hae Young isn't completely a bad guy with cruel intentions...she knows he'd a potentially good friend, but the current circumstances doesn't permit that.

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No wonder HY is a diplomat he is a master in the art of manipulation..... but then no matter how good you are at getting what you need you always cry when you have to give up what you want.... He is playing with double stakes here or he looses Seol and get his money, or he Gets his money and Seol- which is mighty tricky- Or he looses both Seol and the money.... He in a way is been like Seol, he wants it all. Using his self as stakes is both brilliant and evil.

Now I get that we all love the fluff in My Princess but you know what it is doing the angst nicely, maybe it need to work a little more on the balance of both, but its getting there... One love sweets but too much of them is nastier than eating spoiled foods, there is nothing better than getting to eat both steak and cheesecake in the same dinner... ok i should stop with the metaphors...

On a lighter and pervier note, how awesome of a joke is it that LS watches porn trailers?

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i didn't mind the seriousness too much, because you know, you can't exactly go through a drama with 16 episodes of cuteness, right?

so, it was all right. i definitely love the cute-siness of this drama, but you know the tears were gonna hafta flow sometime. i want to make sure seul knows that he loves her.... then again. this is ep 8.

yeah i agree. 0% of sympathy with yoonju in real life. park ye jin is a good actress. she makes it easy to hate her. :D

as usual, i'm hoping this whole marriage-blowoff that haeyoung agreed to (and yoonju didn't, probably because she wants him to actually love her) is plotted out carefully. i think the weaving of the "YOU CAN'T BE A PRINCESS BECAUSE THEN WE CAN'T BE TOGETHER" was good, cuz it surprised me.

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haha i meant, 0% of sympathy with yoonju. i love her in real life.

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*stamping petutantly* I WANT I WANT 16 EPS OF CUTENESS!!!!!

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typo *petulantly sorry LOL the amazing engrish spoken in kor dramas is rubbing off on me

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Actually, I found I rather liked this episode. Granted, I LOVE (L-O-V-E LOVE) the cutesy stuff and definitely missed it in this episode, but I didn't think the serious stuff was as hard to buy this episode. Hae-young is dealing with some rather serious conflicts within himself between choosing his own family or choosing Seol and at the moment he's convinced he has to choose his own family. Very interesting since it parallels Seol's own decision. They both either have to choose their families or their new fates. Seol's trying to keep both, but can't and Hae-young is coming to grips with the same reality. I found the conflict coming up in this episode to be a bit more real and compelling than say, the conflict that occurred in Mary Stayed Out All Night. If this show was all fluff and cute, there'd be no substance. Which was what Mary basrically was and that turned out to be agonizing. I find this drama balances it better and am loving every single moment.

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i like your review..just realized LS and HY were in a sense having the same dilemma. How did you find SG? I loved SG but i was a little disappointed with its final episode...

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Actually have not watched Secret Garden. I have skimmed through the episodes along with reading the recaps here. At first I was all for it, but overall was disappointed for the lack of oomph with the whole body switching gimmick and the ending was more lackluster than I would have liked.

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what dis show gonna be..hae young went broke..seol give up the pricess thingy n they live happily ever after?nooooo!!seol will be better with mr prof hottie..let hae young cry....BLOODDDDD~~~HA3

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I actually think the angst was quite well done. I especially loved the mother-daughter scene, pretty much broke my heart into miniscule shards.

I think KTH is doing a fantastic job; still, I can't say the same for SSH, and I love him best when he's doing the Funny/Cute. When he's channeling the angst, it's just...bleh. I get nothing. Or very very little.

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The head tilt. THE HEAD TILT. WHEN WILL HE STOP IT. It's all I saw in East of Eden. Heck, even in Autumn In My Heart, I feel. And Summer Scent. THE HEAD TILT. I SEE IT EVERYWHERE.

MAKE IT GO AWAYYY

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LOL I soo agree!! It drove me crazy before but now i'm just gonna crack up everytime I see him do it... which will probably sap out all the angst for me.. not that i was feeling much of it from him anyway. Definitely much better when he's being a egotistical goodhearted jerk :)

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Agreed. I like egotistical goodhearted Haeyoung. But he needs to go through hurdles of angst first.........

Which can only mean...

MORE HEAD TILTS. GAH.

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clichique sweetie, you've been OBSESSED with this head tilt thingy for a mighty long while now....ok what head tilt? I don't see any....err....you sure it's not in your mind?

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IDK, I think this all goes back to the time when I was really excited about East of Eden and it turned out to be a total flop and even though it offered copious amounts of Song Seungheon in his glory (read: copious SSH choco abs + wifebeater moments). I just could not connect with his acting. He did this head tilt thing and it DROVE ME INSANE.

It also did not help that Lee Dahae got TOTALLY WASTED in that drama thanks to a brilliant (read: sarcasm) plot switch by the writer. She was supposed to be the female lead but she got put in the corner by Lee Yeonhee and let me not get started with her non-acting skills.

So yes, this all stems back to the bitterness I still hold onto from East of Eden. Damn that drama. It caused me so much hatred and bitterness that I will probably never get over.

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If you're talking about head tilts, the King of Head Tilts must be the guy in You Are My Destiny. He played Yoona's love interest. Every time he spoke,good gawd, his head would tilt to the side and start waggling like crazy....he used his head to stress every single point he was making....HORRIBLE!!!! I stopped watching cos of his head.

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hear hear! I knew something weird was going on with his head when he's acting his emotional moments, but couldn't really put it in words. Now you've hit the nail on the head: the head tilt! I think if we can just get his head to stay still, we can make a fine actor of him yet. I think he did the comedic bits pretty well- even better than KTH. But for the whole package in My Princess, KTH > SSH.

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wahhhh!!!!! why oh why did i read ur comment??? before reading this i was totally cool with the way SSH act..but now evertime agnst act comes i starts to solely concentrate his head.. alas..u're so true.. HE DOES TILT HIS FREAKING CUTE HEAD....hope i'll be able to forget abt his head act. m tryin!!!

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But...but I DO LOVE HIS HEADTILT ...really.

I like his acting in this drama, didn't expect this from him :)

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Buhahahahahahhahahahaha. It is so true. I never noticed until you went off on one of your rants in another recap. Now all I can see is THE HEAD TILT. You'll taint SSH for the rest of us, I swear.

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Thanks for the recap, girlfriday! LOL i crack up every time you or javabeans go "Symbolism!"

I'm not sure if it's the medication I have been on and am probably currently in withdrawal from, but I found that I couldn't really enjoy episodes 7 and 8 as much as episodes 1-6. I really needed The Cute and the positive emotions. There was just too much angst and negative and there was also the fact that I feel so sad that Seol is pretty much alone and trapped in this castle. Everyone is either against her or just clueless abt what is really going on. And Haeyoung, that backstabber! I would love to trample on him and Yoon-ju with Seol's heels. When will Seol get her money from the Daehan group? Can she fire Yoon-ju once she gets her hands on the money?

I'm glad Seol made that announcement to hold another press conference! Atta girl! I hope she keeps up this flash of spirited backbone. And I'm glad for Jung-woo- unromantic person that he is- he is still a ray of sunshine!

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Seol gets money? From who? I thought the Chairman was donating all of his wealth to society if they accepted Seol as the princess. I may be wrong?

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I'm actually liking the seriousness in this episode. I mean, a show can't always be fluff...right? Think of all the brain cells that could get lost...

I am loving slightly-open-Hae-Young. That "come back to me" and "i'm testing myself" line made my heart skip a beat more than that kiss did last episode. FINALLY. Our prince of calm and cool is finally starting to crack!

The only thing that really bothers me with this show is the importance of the pouch to the storyline. I mean I get that it's a legit piece of history but I have no idea nor do I get why it could be a huge deal if Dan comes up with it rather than Seol. I mean, they really can't believe that Dan could be the real princess...right? It sounds totally ridiculous.

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It will be there DO NOT WORRY TO MUCH, the Gods Of Dramas are been good to us this year.. they no we can't be treated like we were las year... or there shall be a revolt!!!! No really see that by the end of the episode the fluff was back? the writers know it's a must, they sold a comedy not a tearjerker.

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Did someone say that someone is trying to get into the Princess's pouch?

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WAIT..did seol totally forget about the kiss?yup..i think so~~!

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I actually hope she does. It'll be quite sweet if Hae Young let slip later on that he actually already kissed her, hahaha

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I think she has temporary amnesia cos of the soju and the stress....she should start regaining her memory of that kiss next ep. SHE"D BETTER!!!!!!

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I don't think she forgot.
Right after he tells her he abandoned her, she brings her hand to her lips, and it stays there. (There's a screen cap of it.)

Even if it is only muscle memory, (so appropriate in this case)
it's in her head somewhere.

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jomo, where is the screencap of that scene? cant find it....

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Above and to the right of the words:
The henchman’s phone rings,
HY's photo driving the car is on the left.

Seul holds the phone with one hand, the other is directly below her mouth.

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oh! got that, thanks jomo! :-) yup, very subtle...but looks like she did remember :-)

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Got it, porn trailers only! Hahaha.

..but I shouldn't be posting comments like this, should I? Could become a problem in the future.. LOL.

Enjoyed your recap! Thanks GF!

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"Whoa. Now THAT I wasn’t expecting. It’s both tragic (because he means it) and down and dirty (because he’s now dangling himself as a reason for her to give up the throne)."

Exactly what I was thinking. If she became princess then they can't be together and that's why he wants her out.
No previews =((
I liked this episode even though it didn't have much light heart comedy in it as much as the others. In every drama there has to be a climax... what would a drama be without it?

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Man, it's like you guys can predict what I'm going to do. Just finished watching this episode subbed and then decide to head over to dramabeans. What do I find but a recap of that same episode? :D

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I started out being meh about this episode, but once I just forgave and tried to understand the logic of the plotlines and the motivations of the characters, I didn't mind this episode anymore.

I'm just afraid that with the inclusion of the head writer from Secret Garden to the My Princess team, then, the story might go downhill. I've never seen Secret Garden, but I heard a lot of complaints about its later episodes, considering that it started on a good note.

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I think you should give SG a try and judge for yourself, who knows you might end up liking it, or end up hating it because it is just matter of preferences. Personally I loved that drama until the very end, and as matter of fact I am still suffering from SG-withdrawal symptoms.

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Thanks. But I don't know. Secret Garden just never appealed to me. Maybe one of these days, I'll give it a chance.

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true for me about SG. I love the drama but the ending was kinda... iffy. I liked the whole body switching storyline and the chemistry between the main actors was amazing but the ending just seemed like it was a quick tie to all loose ends. But you should give it a try... watch it for Hyun Bin's Blue sparkly suit, him wearing a bra, and his amazing kissing... that man is the bestest best kisser i've seen on screen so far. The BTS were also pretty funny too.

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I actually welcome the angst. It's spurring the show onwards into the conflict, and that's what the fluff episodes were denying us. I want to see problems arise and tensions occur and things get fixed and make-ups happen but all in reasonable sense! But of course, everything should be taken in moderation and I'd vote for a balance of both fluff and angst.

I adore Seol. I'd say she's the perfect balance of both fluff and angst. She brightens up the screen with her antics and comeback sayings, but has me crying the next with her pain-filled heartfelt tears (THAT SCENE WAS ABSOLUTELY HEARTBREAKING!). I hope she'll retain this character throughout and not stoop down to a Eunjo (cough) where she's gonna cry every frickin' episode.

Also, Jung-woo is the leading prince so far by a good mile or two. He is absolutely a charming second lead! And I love that he can stand so strong with a clear head against a woman who broke his heart. Probably one of my favorite second leads out of Korean dramas!

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Totally agree with you on Jung-woo, right now I am definitely rooting for him even though I know no man can be leading man over Mr. Hand Towel. Kdramaland does not allow things like that.

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I just want to say...

I am glad to see Seol does have a backbone. I can see it in the little mini-bitch-offs that Yoonjoo and her have. She's not gonna let Yoonjoo step over her. No. She'll talk back. She will grow into the assertive princess that she should be. I look forward to that day... when she will make Yoonjoo eat dirt and triumph!!

Anyway.

Haeyoung and Seol... what to do with the two of you. Seriously. But you have the mini-confession Haeyoung has... and sort of with Seol (but her more unknowingly).... I am looking for this to be resolved.

AS USUAL, my personal opinion is that this angst is NEEDED. I don't want to eat cotton candy every episode. I want some meat. And meat means angst. You gotta have it. Otherwise there is no storyline (read: Mary Stayed Out). Personally, I think the angst is handled fine here and I wouldn't prefer it any other way. Yes, I do have some problems with Song Seungheon and THE. HEAD. TILT. But Kim Taehee is hitting really spot on with the crying scenes and everything.

I feel like this drama is either hit or miss with people. Some people either watch it just for the cutesiness or others (like myself) take it a bit more seriously. For me, the characters drive me forward and the chemistry between the leads is overwhelming so of course I'm looking forward to the problems being resolved and the two of them getting together in the end...... which, with a REAL STORYLINE PREMISE means that we will be getting angst.

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clichique, there you go again with the head tilt thingy....I can see it's gnawing at you this head thing...ok, girl, you need help....and I'm here for you. Maybe if you try NOT LOOKING at his head when he's emoting, and looking elsewhere....like his eyes? He's got really beautiful long lashes....or his tummy???? I tend to look at THAT a lot, esp when he's in a vest....the vest is so tight it actually accentuates each of his six packs I swear....like a camel's hump....except that a camel's got 2 and he's got 6....oh sorry, got carried away there a tad *blushes*...now where was I? ah, the head tilt...

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@YY lovvy yr solutions! will definitely try them out even thot hv no problem with his 'head-tilt' thingy.

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Omg seriously WHAT IS WITH GUYS HAVING BEAUTIFUL EYELASHES???

There is something wrong. I know so many guys who have great eyelashes. And here I am, relying on mascara and fake eyelashes (okay I lies, I hardly wear makeup, but if I were to, I'd have to use the above) trying to make my eyelashes longer because I'm not blessed with.... male genes that guarantee me beautiful eyelashes??

HOW IS THIS FAIR.

LOL. I love you, YY. I did notice that the 3 piece suit was a little tight on him (read: six packs too hardcore for that suit, he might as well just take it off). But then Yoonjoo suddenly came into the picture and I was completely turned off by the bitch vibe in the room..

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I have only been sniping on this thread, so I want to weigh in on the side of "I really like this Show."

Can I say it again? The Hand Towel is hot.
Like the kinds they give out on long flights.
Steamy and dreamy, so nice on my face.
I'll take him head tilted or not.

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hahaha! head tilted or not ;-)

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Maybe I'm reading too much into this line, but does anyone have an exact "meaning" of it?

"If you give it all up, you can return…to your family…and to me."

Is this a direct revelation of his (somewhat there) feelings for Seol? As in---give up being the princess and let's be together?

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Yup. Mini confession.

Sigh. Haeyoung you tortured soul.

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