Drama Recaps
Dream High: Episode 12
by | February 14, 2011 | 240 Comments

If I could write a song about how much I love Dream High, I’d perform it in my own showcase called “Ode to Dreaming High,” and it’d have background dancers, a laser show, confetti cannons, and fireworks. It would have a dance interlude by Yang Jin-man in Hammer pants, and then it would close with a hip-hop version of The Nutcracker, because that’s what I hear the cool kids are doing these days.


Hye-mi overhears Baek-hee’s tearful declaration that she won’t lose out her spot in group K to Hye-mi. But that’s exactly what happens, as Baek-hee gets put on ice by her manager: she’s out, and Hye-mi’s in. She has to watch as Hye-mi walks into the room and take her place, and she waits nervously outside.

Hye-mi comes in with her decision. As she comes out, Baek-hee asks her what she’s decided, as she bitterly admits that her fate is tied to whatever Hye-mi has chosen. She adds angrily why it’s always her. Hye-mi muses that it’s funny—she said the exact same thing when Baek-hee got chosen to debut before her. Seems they’re more alike than they realized. She tells Baek-hee that she didn’t sign, and when Baek-hee asks why, she replies, “I don’t know…why would I?”

Jin-gook greets Hye-mi excitedly, asking if she’s signed on. She tells him that she turned it down because it’s not the right time for her. He’s disappointed, but accepts that there’s probably a reason, and a reason why she can’t tell him. Yeah, his name is Song Sam-dong. He used to wear your underwear. Or possibly Baek-hee. Whatever.

They rush off to school, where Oh-hyuk is giving his test lecture as part of his hiring interview. They watch with Jin-man from outside, cheering him on nervously. Oh-hyuk takes a deep breath and goes to the front of the class…only to be interrupted by the entrance of Principal Shi.

He kicks out all the students and brings in a group of board members to serve as the mock students. He himself sits front row center, just to ruffle Oh-hyuk’s feathers. It seems to work at first, and Jin-man watches nervously, saying that if he loses this ki war with Principal Shi, it’s over.

Oh-hyuk braces himself, thinks about his tactic, and then a smile spreads across his face, wiping off the triumphant grin on Principal Shi’s face. He commands the lesson with confidence, even playing to the older audience with songs they’d recognize from their youth. He scores the highest, fair and square, beating Principal Shi at his own game.

He enters the office to thank Principal Shi for his warnings. What used to feel like harassment became lessons for him to learn, and Oh-hyuk confesses that they made him become a better teacher. Aw, that’s cute. I don’t doubt that it’s sincere, but it’s also a good way to get under the principal’s skin. He wrestles his old teacher ID badge out of Principal Shi’s hands with a toothy grin.

Just outside, Jin-gook and Hye-mi hover, waiting to find out the results. Oh-hyuk flashes his badge and goes for high-fives…which Hye-mi denies with a sour face. She’s still mad that he never told them, and she pouts that she thought he was leaving them forever. Aw. I love her begrudging friendship with Oh-hyuk.

Jin-gook picks up her arm and high-fives Oh-hyuk anyway (heh) and even tries to get her to bow to her teacher. That’s going too far for Hye-mi, and even Oh-hyuk says it’s okay. Begrudging acceptance is one thing, but deference is not Hye-mi’s style.

Once Jin-gook’s out of earshot (though he still hears them), Hye-mi tells Oh-hyuk that’s she’s worried about Sam-dong. They find him banging on the piano angrily, and when Oh-hyuk comes in to ask about the showcase, Sam-dong says he’s not performing, and there’s no real reason.

Hye-mi rushes up to ask him what’s really going on, and that she can’t help him if he won’t tell her. He just silently goes back to playing the piano, and Oh-hyuk drags her out of there for the time being.

Over at Top Entertainment, the manager tells the members of K that they’ll all be performing at the showcase this time around, with solos. He wants to determine which of them is best suited for a solo album, and he’ll use this opportunity to decide.

His songwriter takes out a folder to hand out songs to each member, and Baek-hee freaks when she sees that it’s the same folder she poached her song from. To top it off, her manager tells her to perform her own song at the showcase, since she touted herself as a singer-songwriter. Well that’s karma for ya.

Jin-gook decides to go with “My Valentine.” Jason: “You’re…singing…a ballad?” Jin-gook asks if it doesn’t suit him. Jason: “Yeah…a lot.” Ria asks which teacher Jason’s choosing for his showcase coach. Jason: “The opposite of whoever you choose.” Heh, I’m liking his one-liners more and more. Jason and Jin-gook choose Oh-hyuk, and so does Baek-hee. Everyone’s surprised since she’s Kyung-jin’s little protégé, and she keeps their fallout to herself.

In-sung interrupts to ask Jin-gook to hand off Hye-mi’s notebook for Sam-dong. He fills Jin-gook in on the details of what’s been going on with Sam-dong and his trip to the dark side.

He finds Hye-mi and asks if she took all those notes for Sam-dong. He tells her that he’s mad—not about the notes, but that she didn’t tell him that Sam-dong was in trouble. He says that they could’ve looked for him together. Oh, you would’ve just made it worse, but I suppose it’s not your fault that you don’t know that.

Later that night Kyung-jin gets wasted on a bottle of wine, feeling sorry for herself. Oh-hyuk comes to get her, and she asks what his secret is: Why do his students thank him and follow him loyally, while hers never say thank you, never acknowledge her on their albums, never give her flowers on Teacher’s Day? Ha.

She wonders if maybe she wore glasses like him…and snatches his glasses off his face. Heh. Oh-hyuk hauls her out of there as she blabbers on. Once in the car, she asks with tears in her eyes if maybe she’s the problem then. She thinks of Baek-hee, and then tells him that she has a student who’s on her way to becoming a monster…what is she supposed to do?

Oh-hyuk tells her that it’s best to help that student come to the realization on their own, and that he has a similar problem right now. Cut to Sam-dong, playing piano alone in the dark, as Oh-hyuk continues in voiceover that he’s drowning and refuses to grab his hand for help, as he sinks further and further.

Sam-dong rests his head on the keys and plays one note over and over, as the sound dulls and fades. He bangs on the keys angrily and slumps to his knees on the ground. Ack, you’re breaking my heart.

Oh-hyuk’s sister walks home after getting sloshed at the same bar, and on her way home, she has a fateful meeting with young man who gives her his scarf and walks her home (a cameo by 2PM’s Chansung).

She thinks she’s dreaming the whole thing up, but he walks her all the way home. He’s surprised that this is her house, and she says that it’s under her brother’s name, but it’s technically hers. When he says to keep the scarf until they meet again, she goes in for a kiss.

The camera swings around to reality, where the recipient of the kiss is actually a very surprised Man Doo-shik. Hahaha. He returns to his office, mulling over Fate, and how he happened to take all the steps that led him here. He has a moment of enlightenment and decides to reincarnate his talent agency. Aw, yeah. Wheels in motion.

At school, Pil-sook poses awkwardly while In-sung gets ready to snap a picture with her cell phone. Jason casually walks in front of the camera…and then casually walks back, asking what In-sung is doing. In-sung: “I’m taking a picture of Pil-sook.” Jason: “Pil-sook? Oh, were you standing there? I didn’t know!” Hahaha. Subtle as a bulldozer, this kid.

Pil-sook tells him that they’re taking a new profile picture for the showcase, because all her old pictures are pre-diet. He decides a cell phone photo won’t do, and takes her to his agency’s studio.

And the costume he chooses for her? An angel, complete with wings. Ha. Pil-sook is too shy to come out and thinks this is overkill. She’s not wrong. But Jason tells her she has to stand out at the showcase, and he asks their photographer to do him a favor. He agrees, musing that Jason’s certainly got a lot of girls: “Your cell phone’s full of pictures of that one girl, now who’s this?” Pil-sook pretends not to hear, but it gives her pause.

Please, let it be pictures of her, pre-diet.
Please, let it be pictures of her, pre-diet.

She poses for her shots, and Jason watches, pleased as punch, but also with one hairy eyeball on the photographer, just in case. Heh.

Jin-gooks asks Hye-mi about Sam-dong, and she says he still hasn’t told her what’s going on, and she’s ready to give up—she’s done all she can. Oh-hyuk comes to showcase-prep class, and can’t believe there’s five whole students there, who have chosen him as their advisor. He’s especially thrown by Baek-hee’s presence.

He begins, but gets a call from Jin-man, who wants to be put on speakerphone. He starts to tell the kids about the mindset that they have to be in to conquer the stage. Baek-hee asks who’s on the phone. Jason: “This guy…he’s large, but he’s got a liver the size of an anchovy.” (Little liver = scaredy cat.)

Case in point: he’s lecturing them from just outside the room over the phone, because he doesn’t want to get caught. Someone would tell this guy that they’re not really the Rogue Class anymore, except it’s too fun to watch him squirm. Oh-hyuk catches him, but just lets him continue his covert teaching.

He has them do an exercise in ki-warring. They stare each other down in pairs and sing a refrain from a children’s game to get the other person to back down. Jason beats Pil-sook at first, but she comes back fighting. Hye-mi and Baek-hee stare down, but Hye-mi beats her with a self-assured smile, as Baek-hee lowers her head.

Oh-hyuk sits down next to Jin-gook, saying that Sam-dong really ought to be here for a proper match, but he’ll have to do. He offers to fill in, but when Jin-gook levels his best blue steel, Oh-hyuk chickens out immediately. Ha.

Hye-mi cleans up Sam-dong’s room, and finds a piece of paper shoved underneath the bookcase. It’s his diagnosis from the doctor. She reads it, trembling, and then looks it up online, to find out what it means.

Sam-dong comes home to find her like that, and she asks if it’s true. She asks if it’s because of her, because he saved her. He denies it, like the hero that he is. She asks how it happened then, but his eyes dart back and forth, and he responds with the same answer, “No.” She realizes that he can’t hear what she’s saying.

She ekes out, “Can you hear me right now?” Sam-dong searches her eyes, unable to hear but not wanting to let on. He just repeats himself again, “I said, no.” Crushing.

Hye-mi stands there dumbfounded, as tears come pouring down. She runs over to hug him, crying that it’s her fault. He cries too, as he tells her angrily that this is why he didn’t want to come home, why he said she’d regret bringing him here. He didn’t want to burden anyone else with what he’s become.

She takes his hand as she falls to the ground.

Sam-dong: You said before…that you wouldn’t give up. That you would pull me up. Go ahead and pull me out. Please…pull me out.

Aaack! How can you break my heart so badly? Sam-dong was heartrending before, but his “Save Me” declaration just put me over the edge.

They stay there like that, crying together while she clutches his hand. Oh-hyuk walks in alarmed, asking what’s going on. Hye-mi cries, “Teacher, help us.” Oh my god, she’s breaking my heart too.

Oh-hyuk sits alone in the dark as he reads over the diagnosis. He tries to hold back the tears, and then braces himself to go talk to Sam-dong. He says with a smile that it’s an condition that can be controlled with medication, and that it won’t change his daily life.

Sam-dong says with a defeated look in his eyes that if his hearing fails him while he’s onstage, it’ll ruin everything. Oh-hyuk says that it’s a one in a million chance, but Sam-dong reminds him that his condition is one in a million, but it happened to him. Oh-hyuk doesn’t know what else to say to that.

At school, Pil-sook sits down with her lunch at an empty table, and finds a cell phone there. Someone else says it must be Jason’s, since he was just sitting there. She eyes it nonchalantly, but the temptation starts to overwhelm her.

She looks away and her hand starts reaching for it…but she pushes it away. She vows not to stoop that low. Except one teensy look…but no! And she goes back and forth like that for a while, basically in a tug of war between her dying curiosity and her sense of decency.

She starts to crack again as she leans in close…but Jason swoops in snatches it away, panicked. Jason: “Did you see any of the pictures in here?!” Pil-sook answers honestly that she didn’t, and he sighs in relief. Oh, you SO have pictures of her in there. Why didn’t she look? Okay, I’m not advocating her sneaking a peek, but! The Cute!

Jin-gook practices his solo ballad at the piano, and Baek-hee asks if he’s really going with this song instead of a dance number. He says that he’s shown them his dancing and rapping, but in order to win he has to show them a different side.

She realizes that he wants the solo album just as much as she does, and asks good-naturedly if that makes them competitors now. She asks if Hye-mi told him why she didn’t join K, and he tells her that she did.

Baek-hee insists that she didn’t ask her to give up the spot just for her, but she did anyway. She clocks Jin-gook’s confusion, realizing that he didn’t know the real reason. He tells her that she’s not alone in her corner, like she always thought. Jin-gook: “Someone’s on your side. It’s Hye-mi.”

He finds her sitting in their old classroom, head on the desk like she always is when she’s lost in thought. He tells her that she’s grown up, to give up something that she’s wanted so badly, just for a friend.

He doesn’t push her to tell him what’s wrong, and just says that there must be a reason. She leans on him without a word.

Sam-dong comes back to school, walking through the halls of Kirin just like his first day, and feeling just as lost as he was back then too. He finds Oh-hyuk teaching class on the stage today, as he tells the kids that the stage will speak to them and tell them whether they can make it as soloists.

Pil-sook takes him literally, putting her ear to the floor with a knock, making Jason embarrassed for her, while the others don’t really comprehend what he means. He tells them that on the day of the showcase, as they perform, the stage will answer whether or not they’ve prepared, whether they have the right to stand there—and the stage never lies.

Sam-dong watches from above, and asks, “Will it answer me too?”

They head back to class, where they’re met by Jin-man, wearing a crazy video game visor to shield his face. From his POV, the visor screens each person in the room with the following info:

Oh-hyuk: Danger. Good points: None. Bad points: A help to life…NOT.
Hye-mi: Wild. Good: Voice volume. Bad: Difficult personality.
Jason: Cocky. Good: Dance, Singing (a little). Bad: Arrogance, Refusals are severe, Has a lot of girls, Resembles a bird.
Jin-gook: Strong. Good: Has a lot of strength. Bad: Has a lot of strength.
Baek-hee: Exertion. Good: Effort. Bad: Truthfully this is the first time I’ve seen her.
Pil-sook: Gluttony. Good: Singing, Emotive. Bad: Minus those things, all, especially appetite.


He addresses the class in Robot Voice, because he somehow thinks that it hides his identity from them. Omg, cracks me up. They just look at him like the loony toons he is, but pretend not to notice, for his sake.

Sam-dong walks in and joins the class, and Jin-man breaks Robot character for a second, to whine that he turned in his music so close to the show. Oh-hyuk asks if this means he’s performing at the showcase, and Hye-mi beams. Her reaction doesn’t go unnoticed by Jin-gook.

Jin-man works with them over the coming days, even teaching Pil-sook how to dance, much to his chagrin.

It’s Showcase Day, and Ma Doo-shik shows up in his formal agency capacity as White Entertainment, which he clears with Principal Shi. And the rivalry with Top Entertainment is on.

He comes across Oh-hyuk’s sister, who happens to be wearing his scarf. He points it out, jolting her out of her fantasy with horror.

Backstage, Hye-mi asks Sam-dong if he’s starting his music again, if that’s why he’s performing in the showcase. He says that he’s here because he’s going to ask the stage whether or not he can put his hopes and dreams into music again.

If he can perform without a hitch, if he gets applause and gets scouted, then he’ll allow himself to hope again. But if something happens to his hearing, then his performance will crash and burn, and he’ll walk away from music, and never look back. Hye-mi says that he won’t mess up on stage today: “I won’t let you.”

Baek-hee prepares and Kyung-jin comes by to wish her well. Baek-hee asks why she hasn’t said anything about her plagiarizing her song. Does that mean she’s saying it’s okay for her to cheat?

Kyung-jin makes it clear that she doesn’t approve. “But you won’t hear anything I say right now. So I’m going to let the stage tell you. That cheating is wrong.”

And sure enough, when Baek-hee takes to the stage, she tells herself it’s going to be okay, but she starts faltering under pressure. She sees the songwriter whispering to her manager, and she buckles under the guilt and the shame, ultimately falling to the ground. She gets booed off stage, and comes face to face with her own demons.

Next it’s Sam-dong’s turn to take to the stage, and he steels himself. He gets up in front of everyone, but as the music starts, his hearing starts to fade out. Ruh-roh.

He looks out at the audience, and Hye-mi watches with bated breath, as he raises the mic…


Ack! Cliffhangers! Will his hearing come back? Will he sing anyway? Will he show his genius cred and blow them away even if he can’t hear? Maybe Hye-mi will keep her promise and save him somehow.

I love that Hye-mi and Oh-hyuk found out about Sam-dong’s condition. I was worried it’d get dragged out, but this show always does a good job of putting just enough weight behind each conflict, and then sending a reprieve just in time. I like that while Sam-dong is still on his heartbreaking journey to hold onto his dream in the face of these obstacles, that Hye-mi will hold his hand and take her turn to be his knight in shining armor. He’s protected her and been her guardian angel; now it’s her chance to do the same for him.

What’s really effective about the love triangle for me is that it’s not about declarations of True Love or love till the hereafter. It’s just high school, and going with your feelings, and leaning on your friends who are there for you. I like that in the end, the journey is for Hye-mi to grow and become a better person, which is what Sam-dong makes her do, and what Jin-gook notices in her.

Baek-hee’s road is nicely carved too, because we’re not letting her off the hook with a simple AHA! moment and a guilt trip. She’s got rock bottom to hit before she can look herself in the mirror and face what she’s done.

Jason, Pil-sook, and Jin-man continue to be 31 flavors of awesome, as per usual. Can we please have Robo-Teacher do every lesson?


240 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. SaisMY

    yay. my dream high need was reaching a max. and i come here and i see the recap 😀 aha how awesome.
    thanks for the hard work. love reading these every week. and LOVE this drama. XD

    • 1.1 hazel

      watch Dream High Episode 12 @ http://kimchidrama.blogspot.com/2011/02/dream-high-episode-12.html

      • 1.1.1 Peachy

        Oh wow! I watched DH again and it clearly shows that Hye-mi gave up her debut because of Sam-dong. Cool!

        I really think Sam-Dong will be the K. 😉

        • Sarah

          wait what? how?

          • biniBningPunkista

            I have this theory that Hye-Mi WAS decided on giving up her debut, waaaay before she went to the entertainment agency. It has something to do with what Mr. Kang told her about debuting for the wrong reasons. Then hearing what happened to Baek Hee, that must have been a real throw in only to solidify her decision. as for Sam Dong… why would he be holding back Hye Mi? I think he would throw a fit if he learned that hye mi would hold back just because of him. That is if i have analyzed his character well.

  2. DP

    thank you for the recaps

  3. blast

    operation happiness.. thanks for the recap.. been checking the site for this the whole morning haha!!

  4. miss

    I’ve been waiting for your recap Girlfriday, THANKS!!!!!!!!

    PLEase… I can’t satnd to watch samdong cry. It hurt me so much… please writers, don’t be too cruel to samdong, PLEASE!

    • 4.1 sora

      i totally agree. i cry every time he does

      • 4.1.1 ♥ SamDong ♥

        me three!

        • crysalide

          Me four!

          • Anjo

            me five =[

            I’m just really sad that things have to turn out this way. But it doesn’t seem too bad. At least we’re assured of a happy ending… i think..

        • yakunamojing

          let me join your club kkkk…I cry with him too whenever he does…and so cuuuuuute!!!!

          • noi

            YAAAAY!!! i guess i’m not the only one with samdong-crying-scenes complex, keke. x’)

    • 4.2 jem

      making of Dream high SD’s crying scene


      KSH is really amazing ♥

  5. bee

    How adorable are Jason and Pil-Sook? I wish I could carry them around in my pocket :O

    Also, daaaamn. I know some people sympathize with Baek-hee by this point, but I’m having trouble feeling sorry for her. Maybe I’m being too harsh, but I like to see kdrama villains get their comeuppance. What can I say, karma’s a bitch.

    • 5.1 estel

      Amen to all of that. I wish I could have a whole drama about Jason and Pil-sook because they’re just too cute for words.

      • 5.1.1 dramaintrigued

        Same here. I wasnt a wooyoung fan but watching him afraid to declare his love for iu is just too cute. I absolutely luv the scene where iu fights against herself for looking at wooyoung’s phone. Just so adorable. I was also cracked up at the part when jyp was trying to speak like a robot to conceal himself but everyone knew who he was all along

    • 5.2 bugbites


      I’m all in favor of comeuppance for The Evils.

      And I just gotta say (in sing-songy high school taunty voice): Karma is a bitch, and so is Baek-hee!

      • 5.2.1 HalfALu

        kekeke…i’ll join you in your sing-songy voice!

    • 5.3 Kim

      LOL, screw the pocket, I wish I could carry them around my neck…like a scarf….like a really cute Milky scarf fashion statement…thing… haha 🙂

      LOVE THEM 🙂

      • 5.3.1 taft

        HAHA dear god. i just had quite the disturbing image of the milky couple skinned and draped around someones neck like a minx fur…..dont think they’d be quite so adorable anymore hahah.

        • Kim

          LOL, uh, yeah, no, me either 🙂

          But also, I now want the “Jason” doll, and also, someone needs to get on making a Pil-Sook doll, like STAT! 🙂

    • 5.4 mojaslatka

      I do feel sorry for Baekhee. Was that already established that she dropped the flower pot? Or did I miss something. If she did, she surely deserves to suffer and she will suffer the consequences. But it doesn’t mean that’s it. Baekhee did some wrong things, for sure, this downfall will teach her and I hope she will come clean to all the wrong things she had done and sincerely sorry for it. I believe that we all deserve a second chance and so is Baekhee. She is not total bitch like YJ in My Princess. She is just a kid who wanted to be acknowledged. She is trying her best to achieve her dream the way she knows. She just didn’t get a good start( humiliation and belittlement from HyeMi and bad influence from her teacher’s advice).

      I am most sincerely sorry for Samdong and I guess this is his hurdle which I’m sure he will overcome. And he’s got people supporting him. If this didn’t happen to SD, his life would be too smooth. This is his share of burden to bear and through this, it will strengthen him more, could discover more of his hidden talent if it comes to that path(many great musician/composer were deaf) and test the loyalty of the people around him.

      All things happen for a purpose and we deal with it’s consequences. This is another lesson(amongst many simple yet great lessons) I’ve learn from this drama. The plot is developing in a very realistic way and every character is very relatable(for teens and adults alike) in their strive to achieve their dreams and growth in life.

      • 5.4.1 Mark

        I agree with the comment that these are kids in HS, where mistakes are made. I am curious to see how the writers will take the Sam Dong and Baekee conflict as her evil actions have major consequences for an innocent man’s life.

      • 5.4.2 bee

        Maybe it’s because they’re in high school that it seems so extreme to me. Dropping a flowerpot on someone’s head (It’s pretty clear that it was her)? Putting tacks in someone’s shoe? Plagiarizing a song because hers sucked? (Okay, this one I can believe of a high school student.)

        I can understand why she might be the way she is, but I can’t excuse her behavior. And I also believe that everyone deserves second, and third, and fourth chances. All I’m saying is that I’m glad that at least one of the awful things she’s done has caught up with her, and I’m hoping that she’ll begin to acknowledge her own failures (one thing about Baek-hee that really bothers me is that she blames other people for her mistakes instead of just owning up to it. Hye-mi, her teacher… maybe they weren’t the best role models, but they didn’t force her to do the things she did, you know?)

      • 5.4.3 anais

        The show did establish that Baekhee was the one who dropped the flowerpot. (Pink studded bracelet on the wrist of the hand dropping the flowerpot. Then, Baekhee staring at herself in the mirror, her pink studded bracelet visibly shaking as her jittery hands cupped her face.)

      • 5.4.4 SUNSHINE

        WOH, your mind likes BUUDA TEACHING


        • milky143

          No the character’s in drama haven’t learned that BH is the one who dropped the flower pot but I can’t wait until they find out!!!! (but the viewers found out as mentioned above) She will totally crash and burn and slowly make the climb back up the right way this time….using the talent she has and own up to her own mistakes. but she fell hard and shestill has further to fall with all that other ish she’s done….@ bee what century are you from i’ve seen high schoolers do worse things than dropping a pot on someone’s head…google it…HS is fierce….

          • bella luna ;)

            I think everybody knows that Baek-Hee dropped the pot. It just wasn’t confirmed. What makes me curious is what everyone’s reaction is gonna be when word gets out on Sam Dong losing his sense of hearing because of the incident. Moreover, how is Baek-Hee going to settle the score with Sam Dong, cuz she owes him big time.

          • bee

            Oh.. sorry. I’m potentially biased. See, I went to a private high school in the middle of the ghetto, so all the parents who were worried about their kids going to the local public schools (which were crazy scary. people getting shanked and shot at all over the damn place) sent their kids to my school, so we were a fairly tame bunch.

      • 5.4.5 Pat

        I agree entirely with you. I feel sorry for Baekhee, especially because she didn’t exactly have it the easy way from Hye Mi in the beginning. Although it may seem trivial, years of a bad ‘friendship’ can have significant consequences. I hope at the end of the drama, each character finds their own success and learns from their mistakes. It wouldn’t exactly be a good message if a person who’s just be misled by life become unsuccessful and kicked out by her own group.

      • 5.4.6 singingzombies

        I wouldn’t be surprised if the drama didn’t follow the whole Baek Hee/Sam Dong “you screwed my life over” storyline too far. For one, their characters have had absolutely NO interaction from the beginning. If they were going to go for a big dramatic confrontation, at least I would have had some build up for it rather than a random face-down later with SSD going “YOU!!! …you’re that girl Hye Mi doesn’t get along with… and like clings to Jin Gook… and…”

        Also, such thinking is just not healthy for SSD. What happened, happened and it sucked bananas out a series of unfortunate events but its not fixable and it would be better for him to think forward.

        Example: In the drama Worlds Within, Hyun-Bin’s (of Secret Garden) character was breaking up a stupid drunken brawl caused by the most annoying and stupid character of the cast where he was struck in the eye and eventually lost vision in it.

        Said vision-loss eventually forced Hyun-Bin’s character to give up his passion as a drama director (he didn’t have the depth perception to coordinate shots and well in general need good vision to be a director) It sucked big time, but he didn’t go around blaming people for it even though he easily could of. (He did wallow in self-pity alot but hey so is SSD at the moment)

        A good kick in the rear by Song Hye-Kyo’s character and he’s moving forward again, and to be honest that’s what I wanted to see more than revenge. Just like for SSD, I would be more happy to see him… well happy rather than pursue revenge.

        Pretty good comparison since DH’s injury screwing over a character’s dream pretty much matches World Withins version to a tee. The only difference is that the characters were adults and didn’t explode into emotional puddles (but still did the whole self-pity, lass at the people you love parts)

    • 5.5 bella luna ;)

      “How adorable are Jason and Pil-Sook? I wish I could carry them around in my pocket”

      got an idea… I’m gonna make my own Pil-Son pair of keychain clay dolls. 😉

      • 5.5.1 applepie~

        LOL Can I pre-order a pair? Or two? or six?:DD

        • bella luna ;)

          *feels pressured.* 🙁

  6. sora

    i fall more and more in love with this drama by the episode. All I need to make things perfect is a great ending

  7. xiaoSxin

    Jason and PS are the cutest thing on this drama right now. ^^

    • 7.1 akiko

      yeah! i love them both! ^_^

  8. omodomo

    I have to say I am hooked! I didn’t like it at the begenining, felt it was too slow and the lead girl got on my nerves, but now, I cannot wait for next episodes! I kinda miss chunky pil Suk.. Still getting used to her “slim” self 😀

  9. bugbites

    “31 flavors of awesome” is the most apt description of Jason, Pil-Sook and Jin-Man yet. They absolutely make the show for me. Love!

  10. 10 kdlover

    Dream high just gets better and better!!! This show has soo much heart I love it!!!! My favorite at the moment!!

  11. 11 maria

    okay, so i LOVE crack high. i love it.

    but i miss samdong’s smile, and his accent when he’s being all adorkable and stuff. 🙁

    is it too much to ask for a milky and sammi kiss and a little samdong smile? 😛

    • 11.1 joy

      if that were to happen all together i think we would a suffer of nose bleeds. *-*

    • 11.2 ♥ SamDong ♥

      There will be a SamMi kiss in the ep. 13. I read it somewhere. I hope it is a sign that it will be SamMi in the end.=)))

      • 11.2.1 no name

        for real??????

        i can die happy if that happens! haha!

      • 11.2.2 maria

        seriously?? proof, please! my pounding heart requires a little swooning over pictures!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAHH best news ever!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

      • 11.2.3 DP

        But When I watched the preview for episode 13, there are no kiss scene, Instead, there are more JinGook Scene Blahhh…Mehhh…

        • milky143

          there is i just hope it’s mutual…i think it’s needed so that she can have a proper choice between her first luv and her knight in shining armor/close guy friend…:))))) ep 13 bring on the answers!!!!

          • swye

            Ahh you put my hopes high, but there was no kissing, not in episode 13 atleast . 🙁

      • 11.2.4 Lithel

        Aish! Warn us if you’re going to write a spoiler. I’ve been trying so hard to stay away from all the risky places! XD

  12. 12 joy

    i simply love jason and pilsook.
    they are the cutest thing(couple)
    wish there were more scenes of them…
    they just make my day every monday and tuesday

  13. 13 Sana

    i’m glad baekhee crashed on stage
    i actually think she should go back to pre-debut days to mold herself into something better

    ahh poor sam-dong
    i doubt him and hyemi will get together, but none-the-less, i hope things work out for him

  14. 14 muggledor^^

    dream high!!!!!!!
    oh, dream high..

    I couldn’t count the ways how much i love thee…

  15. 15 KKim

    Drunk Kyungjin was priceless as well. HILARIOUS! Can the two teachers get together already, STAT?

    • 15.1 Ani

      I gazillion agree to this motion. I say chop-chop folks! XD

    • 15.2 anais

      I lurrrve Kyungjin at this point. And I’m really loving the actress for really pushing this character, even if I totally cannot believe that this 180 has resulted from developing a crush on Teacher Kang as a result of being locked up in a closet.

      • 15.2.1 Ani

        I think part of it could be motivated by her crush, but I don’t think she’s realized those feelings just yet, so I wonder if it has more to do with Oh-hyuk’s speech about helping these kids reach their dreams. I mean, she sees how his students love him and are hard workers and is slowly realizing how she’s not as good of a teacher as she thought. As with Baek-hee’s case, she sees how she pushed her kids in the wrong direction. Maybe wishful thinking on my part, but I do think that seeing Oh-hyuk’s interaction with his kids struck a chord in this woman that she didn’t realize was there.

        • Sammi

          totally second that op. They are too cute… Principal Shi is gonna flip out!!!!! Oh the possibilities…I really hope this happens:)))))

  16. 16 Ani

    AAAAAAAH! Wooyoung and Chansung in one go? JACKPOT! Jin-man being Robo-teach? Even more awesome! I’m so glad JYP decided to be this much of an awesome dude here. Also, Jason and Pil-sook is the ultimate for me. I will say no more. X)

  17. 17 ohemgee

    my own ode to dream high- a haiku, if you will:

    singing, dancing, star
    song sam dong has come so far
    will he shine afar??

    ok guys, so i suck at haikus. kill me. just don’t let sam dong lose his hearing FOREVER!!!! :'(

  18. 18 roflclaw

    That scene with Sam Dong and Hye Mi killed me. I really, really hope something good happens to Sam Dong in the next episode.

    I love Jin-man so much:]

    And it’s so obvious that Jason is totally in love with Pil-sook. It’s adorable. Love them.

  19. 19 Bluefyre

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You made my day, GF! 🙂

    I can’t wait for the next ep! Oh please let Sam Dong be ok…please?

  20. 20 singingzombies

    I’ve been wondering for awhile if the accident is what caused SSD’s hearing issue. It seems so, but I have no idea what sort of brain damage (suffered from physical trauma mind you) would be chronic in nature and require medication to mitigate the effects of.

    Swelling? No SSD doesn’t suffer from pain and there would be alot more issues than hearing loss.

    Hmmm, oh well drama logic dictates medical science in said dramas all the time, and this is actually pretty easy to swallow then say a chronic illness that kills you after you have sex too many times (man that drama summary kills me every time I read it)

    Great recap. I feel your enthusiasm the whole way and its so contagious it makes me enjoy the drama even more.

    Awesomeness, keep up the fun!

    • 20.1 rowensage

      From what I’ve learned (I’m just a first year medical student though so I could be wrong!) If the blow damaged any structures in the auditory canal or if the nerve that sends sound signals to the brain was damaged but not severed it could result in intermittent hearing loss.

      • 20.1.1 singingzombies

        That’s what I figured. Nerve damage, but such a condition wouldn’t need to be treated with medication so I threw that out.

    • 20.2 ivy

      I’m pretty curious to find out which drama you’re referring to when you wrote “a chronic illness that kills you after you have sex too many times” as its summary. haha

      • 20.2.1 ck1Oz

        LOL…congestive cardiac failure.roflmao.

        However the leads are too young for that…aha…unless they were born with heart disease drama-style.

        Hahaa…now I’m curious what drama?

      • 20.2.2 singingzombies

        Cupid No Itazura (2006)

        The man can only have sex 7 times before he dies so… yeah lol. Them Japanese and their crazy plots lol.

    • 20.3 Peijin

      It seems like he might have Meniere’s Disease. It’s when the fluid in your ear is elevated. People who have this have ringing in one or both ears (tinnitus), hearing loss in the affected ear or ears, feeling of fullness in the affected ear, and vertigo. When people have vertigo “attacks” they can become temporarily deaf in the affected ear or ears. I have some of these symptoms. My doctor thinks I might have hydrops. The vertigo attacks are awful. I just had several vertigo attacks that came and went everyday for over two weeks. My doctor said I had what he called a massive attack. I think Sam Dong might have Meniere’s Disease, but he doesn’t seem to be having any vertigo attacks. I think he might have an atypical form of Meniere’s Disease.

  21. 21 brookeeve

    Thank you! I love reading your interpretation of this show!!!!

  22. 22 HighVoltage

    It’s crazy to say, but when my weekends end I look forward to Mondays because of this drama. Thank you for your recaps!

    Jason and Pilsook are so cute! Sometimes I think, “Just admit you like her already you big dingus!” But who am I kidding? I love watching them make circles around each other.
    Also, how cool would it be if they all stuck it to the Top Entertainment president and signed with White Entertainment instead?

    • 22.1 yansi

      I think that’s definitely going to happen. Top Ent. will stack BH, and I think JG will leave because of his dad’s scandal.

      • 22.1.1 yansi

        Oh and Jason will be there because if PS haha.

  23. 23 ♥ SamDong ♥

    It really confuses me about who will end up with HyeMi. Does anybody knows? I’m dying here..!!! There are times that it was like JinGook’s & there are SamDong’s too. WTF?!

  24. 24 kpoprambler

    woooo hooo… Thanks so much for the update!!
    I really appreaciate it so much cos I have been refreshing this page for the how many times to see the recap before waiting to watch the subbed version… Hehehehehe… It is alwayz awesome as usual… You fed my need for Dream High episodes… I am a crazy Chipmunk and Pilsookgie shipper.. and this show is really awesome… It have all the spices to make it all emotional a roller coaster ride…

    thanks so much for the recap…

    yahooooooo…. 🙂

  25. 25 jess

    Now I actually read the recap at Best Buy on the ipad ( i know, weird) just to zoom in Jason and Sam Dong, but am commenting here…….I tried to keep my squeal on the down low, so people wouldn’t think I was weird. ^____________^

    • 25.1 grateful1

      Now I actually read the recap at Best Buy on the ipad

      How adorkable is that?!

  26. 26 blast

    yaaaai.. it really just made my day.. several minutes of craziness..! whaaw.. just wish that i wasn’t caught.. im doing this at work. haiizz! makes me insane.

    thanks for the quick recap

  27. 27 Beng

    thanks for the recap GF. I cried buckets last night watching it even though i did not understand most of what they are saying. this drama is making me crazy. I think i will join you in the showcase to cheer you on, GF =)

    • 27.1 Sammi

      lol meee toooooo! thanks so much GF

  28. 28 e

    awww the cute and the sad was balanced well. i cried every time SD is crying and laugh at the cute milky couple scenes. and do i need to say more about JYP? haha i love this show

    i love how all the characters in this drama grows. and how well paced are the scenes and development. but my interest in the triangle is starting to wear. the feeling when someone jerks around with you too much you start not caring anymore. i do hope this does not drag on coz now i really dont care who ends up with hyemi. im now more invested at their individual growths all of them :))

    • 28.1 anais

      now i really dont care who ends up with hyemi. im now more invested at their individual growths all of them )

      I’m beginning to suspect that this was the Show’s original intent, for us to get over wanting a love story & its fairy tale ending and to focus to oneself and self-realization as the key to one’s happiness.

      I am all for that message.

      • 28.1.1 Sammi

        mee tooo!!! Even if none of them got together i’d be fine cuz the characters and the story are so well developed.. that I just want them to make it to their dreams….AS for the milky couple i def want them too get together though…they r just toooo cute!!!!

  29. 29 hpn88

    Oh gosh Sam-dong! get well soon, please! Blow them away tomorrow!!!

    I wonder what will happen to Baek-hee? Hye-mi & Co. to the rescue somehow? I’m excited since the entire cast is finally together for the first time! I want to know when that picture gets taken from ep. 1, everyone seems happy in it!!

  30. 30 yume

    omgoodness….MUST WATCH NEXT EP….0.0

    thanks for recap ^^

  31. 31 leila8mae

    jb (and gf): you girls always make me realize the true essence of a Korean Drama series, beyond what we see.. KUDOS!! you’re both such an inspiration in writing ♥

  32. 32 seasea

    okay girlfriday steals the good episode to recap again!!! RAWRRR but i’m sure tonight’s episode is gonna better. Unless she steals that too.

    • 32.1 girlfriday


      • 32.1.1 seasea

        Did Javabeans lose to the sing-off. I won’t believe that.

      • 32.1.2 bella luna ;)

        if the sing-off happens/ed, could u please make a podcast of it?

        Please? 🙂

      • 32.1.3 chuachumill


      • 32.1.4 brookeeve

        LOL! I had forgotten about that! ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US.

  33. 33 Daniela

    I was handled very well the part when they discover Sam-dong´s condition. You know, no tears, just a sad face. But when Oh-hyuk was crying (or trying not to) a tear or two, maybe more, went out. (Ugh, I’m such I cry baby).

    In the last scene, when he raises the microphone, I stopped breathing. I can’t wait for tomorrow.

    “Please, let it be pictures of her, pre-diet.
    Please, let it be pictures of her, pre-diet.”
    I join to the pray!! But at the same time I’m sure that those are pictures of her pre-diet.

    “Jason, Pil-sook, and Jin-man continue to be 31 flavors of awesome” I couldn’t agree more. They are just…how to put it…THE BEST. They are already in top ten of favorite characters.

    Thank you for the recap!

  34. 34 Senstar

    Baek-hee, you can do it. Aja! Even if you hit rock bottom, you’ll climb back to the top in the right way. I know you will.

    • 34.1 Daniela

      I hope she does it. It’s sad watching her being like this. i dont hate her anymore since a few episodes ago. Please, let her shine for her own.

      • 34.1.1 bella luna ;)

        she could use a lot of help from Sam Dong with her lack of song composition skills. but she should ask, nay beg, for forgiveness from him first before even thinking about collaborating with him.

        i hope Sam Dong helps her develop her skills and make her feel guilty big time.

  35. 35 Katherine

    I don’t think its important who HyeMi ends up with but more the journey of the characters. Honestly it could go either way so I’m not going to phase myself trying to figure out who she does get with. I’m just going to enjoy the show 🙂

  36. 36 cinderella

    Another cracktastic episode from Dream High! I do have to admit that last week wasn’t as cracktastic from me since it was like watching the Sam Dong emo show… but this episode is not only filled with enough tension but it’s also scattered with comedic scenes that keeps us from getting too depressed with its heart-wrenching moments.

    Mr. Loan Shark is probably one of my favorite characters (which comes as quite a surprise) because he is such fun to watch… In the beginning, he was pegged as the mean loan shark who was out to make life difficult for Hye-mi, but I love every single one of his scenes because there are just such fun to watch…

    On a side note, there is still one scene that I have waited weeks for Baek Hee to witness. I know that Baek Hee has already experienced her karma (and there’s probably more to come) but I am desperately waiting for her to see the friendship between Hye Mi and Pil Sook. Similar to how I enjoyed the bromance scenes (post-heartbreak) between Sam Dong and Jin Gook, I absolutely loved the relationship between Hye Mi and Pil Sook. It is utter bliss to watch and I hope that Baek Hee gets to witness even just one of their little moments together, although I know that she’s already on her way to hitting rock bottom. I hope that it’s THAT scene that pushes her to be a better Yoon Baek Hee…

    • 36.1 anais

      Re: Baekhee witnessing HM & PS’s friendship.
      Oooh, you are soooo right!

      And I love Ma Doo Shik. I love the actor who plays Ma Doo Shik. Love him in everything. He reminds me of a big old mastiff – all gruff & tuff looking but then utterly goofy with a big slobbery drool looping down his jowls (FYI. big, brachycephalic dogs are notorious for their drools.)

      • 36.1.1 bella luna ;)

        my heart broke for him and his pair in QSD. 🙁

        I’m glad his character is having his love story goood in this show. but Chansung as his younger version? LOL! hilarious! and hooray for him setting up his own entertainment company – something I’ve been anticipating for him to do since the rogue showcase. It’s also the best way that he could make Hye-Mi pay up for her debts.

  37. 37 red pill

    I take back my original declaration and realize once again that first impressions are not truths: Dream High TRUMPS My Princess. I believe JB owes GF some major drinks.

    • 37.1 ivy

      I am in favour of that motion. Although it’s only fair that the verdict be delivered after both shows conclude.

      And perhaps I’m not the best judge of it since I fell off My Princess’ bandwagon after ep08

    • 37.2 chuachumill

      red pill?..remind me of my previous crack recaps.skks…omg love itttt..the best!

  38. 38 chuachumill

    samdong is the lead..i really hope he will get hyemi at the end..i felt sorry for baek hee..shes trying to hard but still..sigh~if she a %^&$&..it cant be compared to YOON JU n Dan,..god! cant wait dis wednesday show..Dh awesomee!

  39. 39 No1_AntiElitist

    I know this drama wasn’t originally designed to be the Pil-sook / Jason show, but those are the two characters whose situations stick with me longest after each episode. Despite some seriously dramatic performances in episode 12, all I can think of at the moment is how much I want to see the photos on Jason’s phone.

    If there’s an “incorrect” way to watch a series, I think that’s how I’m viewing Dream High. 😀

    Can’t wait until tomorrow’s (today’s, really) episode!

    • 39.1 dramaintrigued

      Same here at first i only focused on joon guk but then iu and jason pair was so adorable that i keep on focusing on them

  40. 40 Katey B

    Totally with you GF that this episode is deserving of its own celebration. Thanks for such a quick recap.

    Loving all the main characters.

    Dream High you are THE drama of the season!

  41. 41 mojaslatka

    This drama is just sooo awesome. It’s my favorite this year. This episode alone gave me a roller coaster of feelings from laughing our loud to crying, from being giddy to feeling pity. so mixed with emotions but I totally love it. I hope SD will get through this obstacle triumphantly. I hope Baekhee can learn and start over. I hope the six of them will be recruited as a group under Pre Ma’s White Entertainment and be happy together.

    I just have to mention that Jason and Pilsook are just sooo adorable. And did anybody noticed that Jason was wearing glasses like Pilsook? I have no doubt that he was already in love(unaware) with Pilsook even before the diet but he is using this to challenge Pilsook to do diet for her sake. Which in turn helps Pilsook to challenge Jason to work more and aim a goal. They do complement each other. And the pictures in Jason’s phone are surely Pilsook’s.

  42. 42 DP

    I really hope that Sam Dong’s storyline will develop in the remaining episodes, but it seems that the writer will add another storyline regarding JinGook from watching preview of episode 13.

    I believe Jin Gook’s storyline has consume 10 episodes of the series why can’t the show gives Sam Dong more screen time, It’s obvious that Sam Dong’s storyline is way more interesting than Jin Gook.

    • 42.1 Hehe

      Totally agreed with you.

    • 42.2 anais

      But I think Jin Gook’s storylne took a major backseat since he and HM got the kiss in Japan. He’s totally faded into the backdrop. The only times when he’s foregrounded is when the Show pointedly portrays JG noting he is no longer HM’s go-to-confidant.

      And this I say, all despite being a staunch supporter of JG (although not necessarily of JG-HM).

      All the characters have evolved quite a bit, even JG. The dynamics are entirely different now.

      • 42.2.1 la dee dah

        Agree with you there! Supporter of Jin-gook (and Sam Dong, Hye Mi, Pilsook and Jason). I like his storyline, he’s really grown up and taken charge of his life somewhat since the beginning, found some happiness. And it’s not like Jin-gook’s storyline was dominant in all those previous episodes (so many other storylines were happening), it just seemed that way to people that don’t like his storyline.

  43. 43 tonia

    OK!!! I do love the story and all but everytime I see Suzy on screen….I blank out…..I just can’t feel her acting. I love the supporting actors though. For me the one who makes me love this is IU’s character and Jason (though Wooyoung’s acting leave much to be desired also). JYP is HILARIOUS! Also their teacher (don’t know his name…he is just perfect for the role and thank God a real actor)…Don’t really care for the T-ara member….she’s not bad but just for me I unconsciously edit her out same with Suzy….I love Kim So Hyun (did I spell the name right) He is another bright star for me when I watch this. It has an engaging story but the actors not so much except for those mentioned about. :((

  44. 44 Ashley

    Oh please let Sam Dong be K!!!!!! PLEASE!!!

  45. 45 Schmazel

    I hereby submit my motion for more Yang Jin Man!! He is made of WIN!

  46. 46 belledbadgurl

    at first im watching this drama because of 2pm (yeah, i am 2pm fan). but, as time goes by, thanks to the writer who made the storyline well and addictive..

  47. 47 crazedlu

    ahahhaahhahahahhah! loooovve this sooo much!! =D!!

  48. 48 belledbadgurl

    “Oh-hyuk’s sister walks home after getting sloshed at the same bar, and on her way home, she has a fateful meeting with young man who gives her his scarf and walks her home (a cameo by 2PM’s Chansung).”
    i can’t stop laughing when bgm playing winter sonata…

    • 48.1 anais

      bgm playing winter sonata…
      Is that what it was? I thought it was familiar.

      Another point for DH.

    • 48.2 obsession

      lol… me too! i was like: a parody of Winter Sonata????

      hahahaha… i can’t stop laughing during that part :p

  49. 49 Dara

    Aww….KSH in black, anyone? Rawrrrrrrrrrr!
    Thanks, GF for your recap.

    • 49.1 Jomo

      There was no way I would have picked SD over JG for the OTP, until he appeared in that.

      My theory is that the OTP is based on purely physical attraction – reality and rationality be damned. The genes of one being calling out to replicate with the best possible match.
      The 2nd lead, on the other hand, is the one she should end up with because he would be the best companion for her.

      I am still firmly in the JG/HM camp, even though our numbers are dwindling every week!

  50. 50 Ace

    My favorite scene was Pil-sook saying “Annyeong, Jason” hahaha! I love IU right now…she is so cute!

    • 50.1 SpongeBob

      Frankly, I think there is too much hype about Dream High. i expect these young idols to be able to sing, dance and act better. The only one who can act is perhaps the chap who plays the elder brother of Kangmu in Giant.

      the few episodes I watched were full of camera tricks which left much more to desire. How much more one can desire where BYJ’s acting is itself really sucks. likewise, his production is at best mediocre.

      am glad to have sole off all Keyeast shares at the peak!! Phew!!

      • 50.1.1 bella luna ;)

        hyped up or not, I don’t care. I enjoy watching the show and that’s what matters. not a big fan of k-pop idols. for them, I don’t have high expectations when it comes to acting, esp for those who are in it first time. so long as the acting is pretty decent, I’m fine with it.

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