Drama Recaps
Secret Garden: Episode 19
by | January 15, 2011 | 248 Comments

We’re almost there! Phew, what a roller-coaster journey this drama has been, and this episode is no different — it takes us from one extreme to another, serving up some silly moments, light romantic beats, cute comedy, and then more melodrama with lots of angsty tears. Talk about a wild ride.


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Ra-im pulls back as Joo-won asks if they’ve kissed before. She starts reciting Joo-won’s “Kim su-han-mu, the tortoise and the crane…” chant, saying that she’s protecting him till his memory comes back, like he’d protected her.

He balks at the frank way she speaks to him, but she’s unruffled and tells her not to order her around. Plus, if he wants to see her, then he should come to her, rather than having her summoned. Why could she not be this assertive with the 34-year-old Joo-won? In any case, 21-year-old Joo-won is startled and even backs up, which is hilarious.

He instructs her to move her stuff here until he figures out why he likes her — and later, to leave upon his say-so. Nice that his sense of romance is still intact.

Ra-im goes one step further by casually offering to be the Little Mermaid and disappear into bubbles. She tells him to think it over, and leaves.

He has no idea what to with her, and her newfound confidence in their love just compounds his confusion. From outside, she turns back to give him a jaunty wave, and Joo-won wonders, “Why is her smile so pretty?”

He chases her down to offer a ride, and she asks why it took him so long to catch up, as she was walking extra slowly and “looking totally pretty from the back.” Gah, maybe Joo-won left his conceit behind in her body after the last swap.

At the action school, Ra-im hears disappointing news: the Dark Blood crew have opted to go for a Hong Kong actress instead. She bears the news well and optimistically says that just getting the role was enough to fulfill her dream.

Jong-soo tells Joo-won not to forget who Ra-im is, or that he put up his own life for her. That confuses Joo-won, who asks himself, “I risked my life for a short-legged woman like that?”

Despite the cheery face in front of her teammates, Ra-im is more disheartened about losing the job than she let on, and she broods alone in the locker room, remembering all the work she’d put into the project. Joo-won finds her there and can see that the movie was important to her; she tells him that he’d made the miracle happen for her, and apologizes since it didn’t work out.

Joo-won takes this moment to ask Ra-im about one of her habits (how she makes use of leftover soap pieces), and she starts to reply before realizing that there’s no way that this (amnesiac) Joo-won would know that. He explains that he’d seen it in her locker, then realizes he hasn’t.

At this sign that his memory might be trickling back, Ra-im waits anxiously while he thinks, trying to recall more things… like Ra-im wearing sexy lingerie. Which earns him a swift kick to the shin.

Seul finds Tae-sun staying at Oska’s place, and they engage in a round of not-quite-jealous-sparring, with Tae-sun smirking that he didn’t leave Korea because Oska kept him back. He even pointedly asks Seul’s age, which raises her hackles — is the pretty boy actually trying to suggest he’s more appealing because he’s younger than her?

Oska joins them, as clueless as ever, and merely tells Seul that he’s gotta keep Tae-sun nearby in case he runs away. Seul snaps, “And what if I run away?”

He takes her aside for some business talk — he’s resuming activities with his new album and an MV — and Seul asks Oska if Tae-sun is gay. She’s shocked that Oska knew all this while, but he still hasn’t put two and two together and says that it’s “not like that” between them. Seul is sharper to pick up on the vibe and says that his thick-headedness is why he goes around hurting people without knowing it.

Joo-won interrupts the conversation, and is immediately taken with Seul’s beauty, to Oska’s disgruntlement. Joo-won flatters her while Oska blusters that she’s not for him, and she gets to enjoy the reversal of being the object of jealousy, rather than the one feeling it. Heh.

Mom drops by, and Joo-won tells her about the girlfriend he has discovered he has. Mom is pleased at Joo-won’s assessment of Ra-im as lacking feminine coyness and having only a so-so figure.

He can see from her reaction that she dislikes Ra-im, and she asks eagerly, “If I say I don’t like her, will you stop dating her?” But no, Joo-won shakes his head like a little boy and replies, “No~ope. I like her.”

Joo-won asks his mother about the firefighter who’d saved him from the elevator, wondering if it would be too strange to pop up now, 13 years later, to thank the man. Mom’s smile falters and she uneasily says that he shouldn’t since she already took care of it, but agrees to look up his information to satisfy him.

Ah-young is shocked to hear that her dreams were right-on, because she dreamt another one last night, and it was spooky enough that she’s afraid of sharing it.

Pressed to answer, Ah-jung explains dreaming of a tall black door, in front of which three children wearing white were crying. Joo-won was also on the side crying, while Ra-im yelled. Upon waking, Ah-jung had been filled with foreboding.

Joo-won calls Ra-im for some spa time, declaring that his purpose is to check out her figure. Oh, boys and their one-track minds.

She gets annoyed when he says he’s done this with other women, though she gets back at him by insinuating that she’s also had quite a bit of experience with men. She repeats the comments he’d misinterpreted at their first meeting (about men liking to “do it” on roofs and in cars, when she’d been referring to stunts and he’d assumed she meant more frisky activity).

Joo-won retorts that she can’t fool him with the same line twice — another slip that reveals that he’s getting back snippets of his memory.

She’s so happy that she hugs him, and he says suggestively that he might be on the cusp of remembering other things… while trailing his hand lower down her back. Incorrigible.

Ra-im twists his arm (literally), pinning it painfully behind his back, and shows him a more accurate representation of what their physical relationship was like. (I know that it’s a funny gag for this moment, but is anyone else bothered about the actual truth in that statement?)

When Joo-won drops her off at her place later that night, his reaction is just as it was the first time. Horrified that he’d be involved with someone so poor, he tells her to erase his number from her phone, and immediately leaves.

Oska loves Tae-sun’s song and ruffles his hair affectionately, which earns him an annoyed glare. I know Tae-sun may end up with a bruised heart, but I do love all the double entendres and hidden meanings in their interactions — meanings to which Oska remains solidly oblivious.

Joo-won comes in — wearing his blue tracksuit, earning him a round of mocking from both Oska and Tae-sun — and asks his cousin about what kind of woman Ra-im is. Oska starts to answer that she’s his fan, and hearing that is enough for Joo-won to decide that she won’t do. Ha.

It’s time for another Mom face-off as Seul meets with Oska’s mother, but this one thankfully yields much more instant gratification than the angst of that other Mom. Oska’s mother is insulted that Seul would date Joo-won and then switch to Oska, and starts to tell her off.

Oska arrives and asks his mother to back off, defending Seul, but that just earns him a whack on the head with Mom’s purse. She heaps disapproving scorn onto her son and raises her hand a second time to knock some sense into him… only to find her hand blocked in midair.

Both mother and son are stunned at Seul’s audacity, but she holds firm and merely suggests they talk things out over drinks. And so the trio relocates to a bar, to duke things out the Korean way: showdown by liquor.

Seul and Mom take turns taking shots — both in the drinking sense, and the verbal offense sense, volleying back and forth. I love that while these two ladies trade barbs, Oska sits there meekly, pouring drinks and trying to stay out of it, not wanting to get caught in the crossfire between his two women.

The mood takes a turn when Mom takes out her facial spray, worried that the alcohol will dry out her skin, and Seul notes that this is a habit they share. She takes her own spray out, and then Seul and Mom actually bond over their cosmetics preferences.

Oska can’t believe this — they’ve gone from fighting over him to acting like spa buddies, and when he complains, Mom just asks, “Are you still here?” Seul tells him that if he’s bored, he could sing (meaning: Get out of our hair and go occupy yourself with the karaoke, boy). LMAO.

In fact, Seul and Mom are still drinking later when he arrives home. He receives some good news, though — he’s been contracted as a spokesperson advocating nonsmoking, which means his public image has recovered and his days of hardship are over.

Oska drops by the action school to check on Ra-im and ask how things are with 21-year-old Joo-won. Ra-im answers that she finds him and his youthful energy adorable, even with his pervy tendencies. He’s also starting to remember in bits and pieces, which is promising.

Oska drives her home, and they banter back and forth in their mock-flirtatious way like they used to — until Joo-won interrupts to say, “What a pretty picture.” Just like old times indeed.

Joo-won protests at their cozy vibe — didn’t she say she loved him? What are they doing together? Thoroughly enjoying this, Ra-im links arms with Oska and invites “oppa” in for tea while Joo-won ineffectually demands an explanation.

Standing at a distance is Mom’s personal secretary, who has grown tired of this constant routine (you’re not the only one, buddy) and wishes dearly that Joo-won could be better about avoiding the secretary’s surveillance. The secretary reluctantly takes out his phone to report to Mom, who actually has the temerity to blame the Gils for forcing her to “stoop this low” for her next move. Responsibility, she knows not what it is.

While Ra-im fixes Oska coffee, Joo-won complains about the Oska poster hanging on her wall. But he gets back at them by saying that if Ra-im and Oska date, then he can have Seul (with her 36-24-34 measurements) — a comment that raises the hackles of both.

Mom calls Joo-won (in time to break up a brewing fight as Oska kicks Joo-won in retaliation) to admit the “truth” about the firefighter. She says that he was Ra-im’s father, but also that Ra-im had used this knowledge to bind Joo-won to her, preying on his guilty conscience.

Joo-won asks Oska to leave them alone, and gets straight to the point. Did her father’s death have anything to do with his accident? She confirms it, and tells him that to explain everything that happened between them would make for a very long story (and don’t we know it).

She starts to tell him the whole truth, but he declines to hear it, saying coolly that this is something he’ll have to remember on his own. If it’s true that she tricked him before and is trying to trick him now, he might fall for it again.

He goes home to work things through, and asks his housekeeper why she doesn’t clear away the cash on his bedside table. She answers that he’d been very attached to the 45,000 won, in addition to a few other items.

He sits there pondering the pile of seemingly random objects stacked in front of him, wondering what he could have possibly valued so dear about that vacuum, or basket of tangerines, or women’s clothing.

He calls Secretary Kim to ask about them, but Secretary Kim wails in frustration, “How am I to know that?”

In a bit of self-parody, Ah-young happens to get cappuccino foam on her lip, and Secretary Kim recognizes that as his chance to make a move. Offering to wipe it for her, he leans in and kisses her — only the reaction he gets is not as romantic as he’d hoped. Ah-young shoves him back and throws water in his face for kissing her without her permission, and he pouts that the guys never wait for permission in the movies. Yeah, well that’s the price you pay for thinking that scenes in dramas are acceptable real-life behavior.

Oska calls Seul out to take her for a walk, ignoring her protests that people will see since that that’s the point. Taking her hand, he walks with his head held high while bystanders gawk, and when people ask questions, he declares frankly that he’s dating Seul. He tells Seul that this is their first time walking outside holding hands, like a normal couple.

A few petulant fangirls complain that this is betrayal, but he says he wants to date too — he’s 36, not an idol boy — and urges them to jump ship to 2PM or Beast instead. LOL.

In his library, Joo-won finds the page left in his copy of Alice in Wonderland, and now the last line has been altered, with lines added:

“The Little Mermaid was about to disappear, and at that moment, the prince realized the truth and said to the princess, ‘Is this the best you can do? Are you sure?’ and broke off the engagement. He ran to the Little Mermaid, but she’d noticed the water bubbles and developed an air-bubble washing machine and became a chaebol. Meanwhile, the prince went broke with a bad investment and became the Little Mermaid’s Secretary Kim, and they lived a long, long, really looooong time.”

OMG. That’s priceless.

Joo-won initially scoffs at this childish story, ready to dismiss it, but then recognizes his own handwriting. Puzzling over that, he recalls Ra-im’s offer to turn into the Little Mermaid, and finally, that does the trick — it triggers his memories, which come flooding back to him.

Joo-won races outside, heading for Ra-im while his brain releases fragments in quick succession. They come in a barrage, in reverse order, starting with the most recent memories and finally landing on one we haven’t yet seen — from the firefighter’s funeral thirteen years ago, when a teenage Ra-im had sobbed for her father. That last one stuns him, because it’s one that’s been repressed for the last thirteen years (as opposed to the past week).

When he shows up at her door, she thinks he’s still upset about the news of her father and starts to explain. To her surprise, he grabs her in a hug, which awakens the hope that he’s recovered his memory.

However, Joo-won deflates her hopes by telling her that he hasn’t remembered, and furthermore, he announces that he’s planning to go on another blind date with another bride candidate. He says that the more she insists that they were in love, the more he can’t believe it, since she’s not his type.

Ra-im looks at him with hurt and confusion, as he tells her that she’s pretty dumb not to catch on — of course he remembers, that’s why he’s here.

Realizing that he was just pulling her leg, Ra-im starts to cry, which startles him enough that he apologizes for teasing.

He kisses her on the forehead, and tells her, “I love you. That one’s mine.” She’s still smarting from the lie and calls him a jerk, so he repeats the kiss and adds, “I really love you. That’s your father’s.”

Now that his entire memory is intact, Joo-won relates the story of his accident, when he’d been stuck inside that elevator with an injured leg, fearing that he was going to die. As Ra-im’s father had gone to check for more survivors, he’d prayed that prayer for safety.

When the doors opened, Joo-won saw a firefighter holding out a hand. But with his leg injury, he couldn’t reach, so the man had entered the elevator and given him oxygen. While the elevator had shaken on its unsteady cables, the doors had slammed shut and Ra-im’s father had radioed for help. Ra-im’s father had used his axe to force the doors open, and lifted Joo-won out.

Joo-won had reached down to pull Dad up, just as the elevator started to shake. Immediately Ra-im’s father had known he wouldn’t make it, and perhaps Joo-won had sensed it too, because he had grabbed the man’s hand even tighter and begged him to climb up.

Ra-im’s father, however, had pulled his hand out of his grasp, knowing that if held onto it, both of them might die. He’d insisted that Joo-won escape to safety, ignoring Joo-won’s sobs, and asked him to tell his daughter that he loved her.

With the cable ready to snap, Dad had shoved Joo-won back — just as the elevator crashed down the shaft into flames.

Ra-im sobs as Joo-won finishes the story, ending on her father’s last words and apologizing for taking so long to pass along the message. Ra-im tells him it’s okay and thanks him for letting her know how much she was loved.

Together, they visit Dad’s memorial vault to pay their respects, and Joo-won again apologizes (this time to Dad) for being so slow to convey his last words. In fact, he’d tried once before to pass along the message, but had been unable to — he means the day he’d seen Ra-im sobbing at the funeral, but Ra-im looks at him curiously at the comment.

Joo-won thanks Dad for saving him and asks for his daughter’s hand, promising to make her happy for the rest of her life.

Afterward, he wonders (with an uncertainty that is endearing) whether her father would’ve liked him, and seems genuinely upset when she says no — why would he like the guy who’s always making his daughter cry?

She tells him there’s only one way to remedy that — for them to love each other like crazy. He smiles at that, because that’s one task they’ve got well covered.

Joo-won’s mother expresses her joy at the return of Joo-won’s memory, but her smile fades when he asks pointedly if she’s truly happy rather than fearful. He trusted her, “But you were bad till the end.” Not only did she act wrongly to him and Ra-im, but to herself as well by making up such a horrible lie.

She shrills, “So what of that stupid little lie?” He replies evenly, “You weren’t always right, but when you weren’t being right, you were still always confident and cool. I loved that mother. But this time, you’ve lost both your confidence and me. So from now on, I won’t live as your son. I’m truly sorry, but I’ve lived as your son for 34 years. For the rest of my life, I’ll live as her husband.”


I sort of think this drama has a Monet-like effect — from a distance it’s pretty and seems to have all the elements of an engaging, addicting drama, like the beautiful scenery, wonderful acting, engaging music, pretty color palette, and so on. It’s up close that things start to fall apart a bit, particularly when we’re talking about plot logic — like the whole body-swapping gimmick, the magical element, the various different amnesias that Joo-won suffers. And, most frustratingly, the whole Mom-opposition dance. WE GET IT. Mom no likey the girlfriends. That’s really been the core conflict this whole drama through, and when even her secretary sighs from fatigue at this never-ending storyline, I wanted to tell him sympathetically, “Believe me, I’m right there with ya, dude.”

That aside, I’m thankful that people are FINALLY standing up to her, although Joo-won’s already stood up to her before on more than one occasion. But this time Ra-im is there with him, after having gotten her father’s permission to stop bowing her head apologetically (not that I see why she couldn’t have held her head high before that last wine-drinking dream).

But it’s more fun to think about the things I liked about this episode, like the Seul/Tae-sun showdown (mild though it was), and the Seul/Mom showdown (which was GREAT), and most of all, Joo-won’s awesome amendment to his Little Mermaid story. Truth be told, despite Hyun Bin’s awesome portrayal of Joo-won I haven’t really liked the character for much of the drama (and for an even more unpopular opinion, I haven’t really liked Ra-im much either — definitely not much until recent episodes).

But the story revision shows growth on his part, and I love that not only did he essentially concede that his whole Little Mermaid analogy was utter bunk, he reworked it to elevate Ra-im, to make her (well, the Little Mermaid) a self-made woman who created her own success. He didn’t just have the Little Mermaid marry a chaebol to become a chaebol through marriage, but made her a chaebol through her own effort.


248 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. stars4u

    OOOHHH!!! today’s ep was epic in so many ways!

    I totally love the 21-year old JW!!! Watching him do all the antics that he has done before… makes it feel more like it’s the ending.

    JW’s interaction with Tae Sun, I wish we had more of those! They can be really hilarious!

    • 1.1 ilikehim

      I KNOW! 21 yr old Joo-Won is soooo cute!!! The way he said “Nooope~” was the cutest thing EVERRR! I am gna miss him =]

      And the revised version of the little mermaid is so sweet..LOL at “became the Little Mermaid’s Secretary Kim”..aww just aww~

    • 1.2 Giga

      I love juwon-taesun interaction too. i would like more like that in last episode

      • 1.2.1 Lilian

        haha…that was awesome! is taesun 21 too? it was the battle of the 21s then! =)

  2. elle loves kdrama

    two words for you javabeans: THANK YOU!

    • 2.1 japu

      Three words for u javabeans: I LOVE YOU

  3. Y

    Thank you so much for the recap JB πŸ™‚

  4. Lenita

    *scanning through the pics first* OMO! A sauna scene! Let me hyperventilate first, before settling in to read
    *be still, be still my heart*

  5. Nana

    Thank you JB
    I love love love this episode

    “Yeah, well that’s the price you pay for thinking that scenes in dramas are acceptable real-life behavior.” I think writer Kim has put this scene on purpose to make this point clear and as a response to the outraged comments on the JW forced kiss and forced bed scene from the previous episodes ^^ .. such a smart funny writer

    • 5.1 A

      hehe i agree, i LOLed SO MUCH when Sec. Kim said his line after he foam kissed AY ;D

      oh writer-nim, KES, you’re so cool!

    • 5.2 chingus

      Yay it was a smart scene.

    • 5.3 hangyul

      i think writer KES follow dramabeans. i think people got their answer about diff. b/w real life and drama life.

      • 5.3.1 Lilian

        That part was hilarious and it won’t work in real life unless you are a real close couple dy…XD

  6. Eunha

    Did anyone else replay that split second of the hot tub scene where Joowon comes out of the water to drag Raim in revealing those glorious black short-shorts and thigh? I confess to having ogled more than necessary. XD

    I really hope the angsty bit is over and we have a fluffy ending. Please, please, please.

    • 6.1 gea

      you are not alone~ hahah!

    • 6.2 izzie

      noticed that too. πŸ˜€ I was like, “is that a skimpy little underwear again?”

      These k-dramas… they love to put men in skimpy black bottoms. *cough*MyPrincessSpeedo*cough* Not that I complain.

    • 6.3 maria

      I did that too!

    • 6.4 aloedrinker

      after reading your comment here, I rewatch that part again. LOL…

      Now I’m a bit worry about miss fortuen teller dream. O_O

      • 6.4.1 maria

        It will be a happy ending- the three kids are of jw-ri. juwon is jobless as he quit his company. raim feeds them with her job and she is yelling at juwon for not even taking care of the kids.

    • 6.5 Jomo

      I liked his shoulders in that tank. He almost didn’t look too skinny.

      I had to go back and watch what you commanded me to watch a couple ten times, though, just to be sure…

  7. heejung

    I loved this episode~~~
    Thank you javabeans and girlfriday for recapping^^ you guys are awesome <3

  8. in love with this drama

    i been waiting to read the recap all day, i dont want the drama to end it is too good to end. i m totally falling in love with all the characters in the drama πŸ™‚

  9. jen

    dude i think it was awesome how 2pm and beast was mention!

    all sorts of idols and celebs are watching this and the writer chose 2pm and beast to be mention in the hottest drama right now πŸ˜€

    oh man, the idols watching this must have been jealous!!

    anyways, i wonder what ahyoung’s dream meant….i hope this drama end happily, but with a twist. that would be great!

    • 9.1 BB

      Yes im jealous because im a Big Bang fan!

      • 9.1.1 yen_nguyen

        They mentioned BB earlier, it’s when Oska made something bad to BB.

        • blurnutcase


          I was so hoping they would have a scene where Oska apologizes to BB. HAHA. Guess that’s too much to hope for. XD

      • 9.1.2 mari

        Bigbang has been creeping this show. I saw their pictures behind the actors many times! LOL

    • 9.2 nomujoha

      2pm was mentioned? whennnn? i’ve watched the ep but i didn’t notice hehehe XD

      • 9.2.1 ilikehim

        Yea, i only heard Beast…lemme go rewatch just to make sure..while i am at it, rewatch the whole ep..tehehe ;p

  10. 10 kathylovesdramas

    Thanks for the recap!

    I can’t wait for the final episode!!

  11. 11 mayang55

    You’re so fast!!!!Thank you! I love this drama. Even with all its inconsistencies. It defies logic, but I really love it!

    • 11.1 caprio

      We love this drama because we love this drama. There is no need of logic. Sec. kim-AY kiss scene clear the fact that there is a lot of diff. between real and reel life

  12. 12 sarah

    anyone has any idea how i can stream it live tonight?

    • 12.1 mayang55

      It’s up on jacinda1st – or do you mean ep 20?

      • 12.1.1 sarah

        i mean ep 20. stream it live when it airs in korea (w/o subs naturally). kinda like watching WGM on ustream.

        • AmbieH

          yeah I would like to watch it live too…like I did with JYJ and the awards lol

          • nomujoha

            @ambieh yeah i did the same thing for JYJ XD

    • 12.2 gea

      install TVUPlayer, then search for SBS, double click on KBC. then you can watch it live πŸ™‚

      • 12.2.1 sarah

        ooh. thanks

  13. 13 Moozy

    Oooohhh !! X wait for the finale!!!!!!

  14. 14 jorosh

    it’s not yet over till it’s over…but thanks again javabeans!

  15. 15 aloedrinker

    Hyun Bin really improves alot. acting wise. or just my eyes? anyway.. I still think that he’s too skinny. The end is coming. Oh what to do???

  16. 16 looney

    DANG!!!~ things get steamy…literally. nice. UBER AWESOME!!

  17. 17 snow

    seul and oska’s mom = great scene. if only there had been more of that vibe in the middle episodes when the show started to drag.

    i do like how joo-won reworked the little mermaid story, that was a very nice touch.

  18. 18 Lenita

    oh, the drama. you’re right jb, i’s a roller coaster of emotions.. the thins that got me laughing hard is the face spray showdown, i’d love to have something like that happen tween me and future mom in law πŸ˜†

    and i’m still fixated over the spa scene pics too. look at how toned HJW’s arms are in that scene where she’s hugging him. yet she’s so slight.

  19. 19 bbstl

    ohhhh, thanks for the rapid recap! I love the rewritten ending to the LM story. It makes me love JW even more. But – gotta go! time to look at that sauna scene again.

  20. 20 soysauce

    To say that I’ve been stalking this site for this recap the whole day today is an understatement.
    GAAAAHHHHH. SO MANY SPOILERS. EVERYWHERE! I’m waiting for subs to come out for ep. 19….oyyyy, it’s getting harder to bear!

  21. 21 A

    First off!


    I can’t believe that we’ve reached the end already!
    I will miss Binnie and HJW SO MUCH!
    Wish that they will work on future projects together, after Binnie returns from MS!

    SG was the first drama that i followed during its broadcast, from start to finish, and I am SO GLAD that i did!
    .. even though it cost me many sleepless nights
    coughs* like staying up till 3 in the morning

    I pledge to watch all of Binnie’s and HJW’s works for the next 2 years!

    I bid you adieu, Binnie!
    Good luck!

    Much love from Canada <3

  22. 22 Sarahbeans

    Thanks for the recap! I’ve been waiting all day. So excited for the 20th episode. Hope it ends happy. I have really enjoyed Secret Garden.

  23. 23 zozo_oppa_fan

    it’s gonna to end T_T

  24. 24 izzie

    lol at the flashbacks. it came complete with a rewind sound. πŸ˜€

  25. 25 wits

    Thank you sooooo much. Been waiting for this. Haven’t watched the episode yet because viki’s (and other links!!) not working for me… I have been antsy the whole day *sigh*. This will tide me through meanwhile. Again, your fast (and always great!) work is much, much appreciated.

  26. 26 Sammysong

    κ³ λ§ˆμ›Œμš”!

    Now…does anyone know where to get one of those fancy track suits?

  27. 27 Noypi

    Been STALKING Dramabeans since this morning, US PST.. LOL.. Wishing a miracle happened and the recap came out.. haha, but I knew it would come out around this time so THANK YOU JB!!!

    So sad SG is ending… i really loved it and all its craziness..

  28. 28 JOYce

    Damn! That’s fast! Thank javabeanS πŸ˜€

  29. 29 Free

    Let’s pray for a happy ending.

  30. 30 balletbabe

    Aww, I’m going to miss the 21 year old Joo-won >_< He was still rude but yet adorable!!!

  31. 31 Kim Doke Juu

    can someone tell me URL from tudou.com for this episode?

  32. 32 rainey

    unlike you, I have liked Joo Won for the entire run of the show but I can’t say the same for Ra Im. I don’t like her.

  33. 33 Myra

    Thanks for the super fast recap! Can’t wait for the final episode πŸ™‚

  34. 34 Aerim

    thanks for the recap!
    can’t believe SG is ending πŸ™ wish it was at least a few eps longer. i love this drama!!

  35. 35 rystal

    lol javabeans, there’s not episode you don’t have 3 paragraphs to complain about and maybe, just maybe, one good one. on the beginning episodes it felt like you liked it though.
    i think u make it seem worse than it really is at times but thanks for your recaps, i’ll just skip your commentary because it’s annoying to hear whining episode after episode to say the least.

    • 35.1 gingganggolli

      …lol aye, got to agree on that sometimes her comments kills the moment when you’re into the drama which is funny especially when I cry bucket for specific scene but somehow it balanced the emotional roller-coaster ride watching this drama.

    • 35.2 Sean

      I noticed that too!!!!!

  36. 36 raito

    Love this drama and Hyun Bin’s awesome acting !
    Thank you JB and GF for your great recaps !

  37. 37 Daniela

    The girls rock this episode. Ra-im teasing Joo-won and Seul drinking with Oska Mom, both great. The finale to the Mermaid story is funny but is like aww cute, haha.

    If I hate the dream scene of last episode, I really like the recovering-of-memory scene. When it starts, the sound of a camera (i think I’ve heard that after one specific camera takes a picture) and the scenes appearing in reverse.

    Only one to go. Thank you for the recap!

    • 37.1 Daniela

      Oh I forgot! The first thing that got me hooked to Secret Garden was the Kim~~suhanmoo keobugiwa durumi … so when I heard Ra-im saying it, I was so happy. It was like “now she is saying it, too, yay!”. Im trying to memorize it, but the pronunciation of some of the words is not my forte.

  38. 38 izzie

    what’s the title of that song that was played while Joo-Won was running and having flashbacks?

  39. 39 omega

    wow… jacinda site is super fast, i watched ep 19 with chinese sub this morning, now is already loaded with eng sub. I am still waiting for ep 20 preview

  40. 40 omega

    oh thanks heaps for the recap.

  41. 41 Diane

    Yay!! I can’t wait to have the time to watch πŸ˜€ Thanks javabeans for the recap!

  42. 42 Alex

    I guess David Choi has become more and more popular in Korea, His song was played in Playful Kiss, now another song “Love” was played in the background where Seul and Oska’s Mom meet up at the teashop. keke, just saying

  43. 43 dancingpanda

    SG has been such a roller coaster for all the fans following it, but a great ride nonetheless. And sometimes the characters became frustrating, but the actors definitely made up for it. Too bad all good things must come to an end… at least we have the SG special broadcast the following weekend to ease the withdrawal symptoms!
    Thanks a ton to JB and GF for all the great recaps πŸ™‚

  44. 44 DRAMADDICT/4ever

    Call me a lunatic but I was one of those people that got very addicted to this drama and found it wonderfull. I watch this drama live without subs, look for spoilers before episodes aire, got the guts to start making comments(which I thought I would never do), giggle like crazy on my own when remembering specific scenes, seriously this is something I never experience before and don’t know if I will again. I wish everyone could feel the same enjoyment and satisfaction when watching Secret Garden as me, but I know that is impossible since not everyone has the same taste. Personally I love every single episode, and honeslty I don’t know what will I do when this drama ends tomorrow.
    I have seen a lot of k-dramas, some good, some bad, but this one is definetly on top of my list, thank you drama lords for giving me such an AMAZING AND ADDICTING DRAMA!!!!!

    • 44.1 DRAMADDICT/4ever

      please excuse my bad English grammar I just hope is understandable enough to make my point clear, thanks.(^^).

      • 44.1.1 AmbieH

        I feel the same way… as much as I love SKKS, I didnt say anything but this drama.. I found my k-voice lol

    • 44.2 gea

      i’m with you! SG consumed my everyday life!

    • 44.3 Twilight

      OMG, I am so hooked with this series. It has been a while since I was addicted with a k-drama probably the last time was Stairway to Heaven. This is actually the first time I watched a series before it ended then patiently waiting for updates and watching raw episodes and not understanding any Korean.. a definite bad sign.. lol..

      anyway, despite SG flaws in the plot, the solid performances of HJW and HB made up for it. I love both of them.. what a great chemistry!.. and also kudos to the haunting OST of this series! such heartfelt songs that pierced through the heart

    • 44.4 crazy4kdramas

      I couldn’t agree with you more. For example, yesterday I had to go for a check-up to my gyno. Every single time I had gone before, I either fainted or was about to. This time, I played the SG OST over and over again while waiting and then when I got into the examination room, I just made myself think about the drama and completely forgot where I was!!!
      SG rocks my world. I’ll really miss it πŸ™

      Oh, and if there is anyone who worked on the lightning-speed subs for ep 19: THANKS!!!! I hope someone or something will make you as happy as you have made us all with your subs! Thanks again πŸ™‚

    • 44.5 Sean

      I feel & did the same thing!!!

    • 44.6 R

      You’re not a lunatic, and you’re not alone.

      Thank you a hundred times for your recaps, javabeans, they are always very well done. Thank you in particular for the accurate translation of the lines written on the mermaid page, which were confusing in the subs.

      This said, I don’t agree with your comment.
      I think this drama shows its full force when watched from a short distance, not from afar. All the little details have been re-addressed, none has been left unanswered, proving its consistency over and over.
      There hasn’t been one single episode I didn’t like, or which was unable to stir my emotions, in one sense or the other.
      I guess your not truly liking the characters made all the difference, because I fell in love with both on episode one, and despite all the anger Joo Won has caused me with his unreasonable hauteur, the unprecedent glimpse we were offered into his mind made me fall for him (as a character, mind you) hard.

      I love RaIm too. I identify with her, with her tough exterior and her vulnerable inner self. Her reactions are consistent with her character, she sobs but she doesn’t whine, as it is the case with people who tend to bottle their emotions inside.

      As for the mother, oh yes, she is pathetic and over the top evil. Even stupid, since she digged her own grave. But she served the dramatic purpose very well. She made both her son and his unwanted girlfriend grow up. She deserved some poetic justice, and honestly I would have hated it, had she simply accondescended to a marriage and be forgiven by everyone. She does not deserve forgivness.

      I agree on the fun parts, though. The whole Seul/Tae Sung/Oska’s mother scenario is hilarious. Seul proved herself to be a clever, passionate and enjoyable character. Her speech about the “mad woman in town”, on ep. 14, is priceless.

      There’s still an episode to watch, but at this point I can safely say it won’t change my overall love for the drama, which gave me so many emotions I’ll be living on stock for a while…

      • 44.6.1 liz

        I second that! I actually love this drama (it’s my new favourite), from the plot to the actors to the execution. Secret Garden took it a step further with the recent spate of gender-bending dramas we’ve been seeing where the girl pretends to be a guy by actually having the main leads swap bodies here.

        For the mum to persist right until the end in trying to get rid of Ra Im made the drama more realistic. After all, Joo Won hasn’t had the chance to prove that he’s able to forsake his material wealth for Ra Im. When his mum chased him out of the house, he simply moved in with Oska. And although he did say over the phone that he would give up his CEO position for her, Ra Im’s accident happened and there was no further development there. It’ll be interesting to see how/if his mum uses his inheritance to threaten him again in Episode 20.

  45. 45 Kimy

    Just finished watching this episode with SUBS!!
    GUYS! Check this website out…they finish subbing

  46. 46 Kimy

    ^they finish subbing within 24 hours of the shows’ broadcast!

  47. 47 makadoto

    thanks for the recap….
    this drama sure knows how to squeeze out every emotion

  48. 48 Stephanie

    I think the drama came to a nice end. I will be missing it but not craving for more. Simply cus it has given enough. It is the only drama of 2010 that I’ve watched that lived up to its expectations.

  49. 49 tachan

    Love the 21 yr old JW, he’s way too cute. this episode is hilarious, particularly the part where secretary Kim mimics JW by kissing off the cappucino foam and oska asking his fans to jump ship. I am already feeling the SG withdrawal symptoms. Omo…

  50. 50 the don

    thx 4 recap..

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