Drama Recaps
Dream High: Episode 13
by | February 15, 2011 | 380 Comments

This drama gives me the warm and fuzzies, but even more than that, it fulfills that hole left by so many dramas where style and fanservice are swapped in as stand-ins for actual plot or continuity. With so many idols, Dream High could so easily devolve into a nonstop fanservice extravaganza, but instead it’s working the performances in to make sense with the plot, rather than just shoehorning them in ’cause they know the fans’ll eat it up regardless.

This episode kept the drama in first place for the night, recording a strong 17.9%.


Sam-dong stands there onstage, hearing dulled, wondering, “Is this the answer the stage is giving me?”

He watches the keyboardist play and counts down to his cue, then starts singing. Problem is, while he’s on time and his voice sounds good, he’s singing in the wrong key, sounding a discordant melody.

Sam-dong sees the confused murmuring in the audience and realizes that something is wrong, and breaks off, courage faltering. But Hye-mi, true to her promise, refuses to let him fail and heads to the second story. She gestures that he’s flat, then indicates the beats so he can get back on track — and he does.

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Hye-mi mouths along the lyrics as she keeps the beat, and Sam-dong keeps his eyes fixed on her as he wows the crowd, both of them letting their tears fall.

In the end, he gets a standing ovation, and he cries out of pain and relief — his dream’s not dead, but the revival of an almost-dead hope is a painful thing.

Hye-mi and Oh-hyuk meet with Sam-dong’s doctor for notes on how to help Sam-dong, and are surprised when the doctor informs them that his illness has nothing to do with head trauma.

Jin-gook is the guest of honor at a ceremony celebrating his recent No. 1 performance on Music Bank as a solo artist. Even his manager is impressed with the level of his success, but Jin-gook is more moved by a particular congratulatory wreath, sent by his father.

Hye-mi presents Sam-dong with a tuning fork, telling him that if he’s able to grasp the A note as his anchor, he’ll be fine. She starts to rattle off a list of foods he needs to avoid, and Sam-dong cuts in to remind her that the doctor said his head injury has nothing to do with his deafness — so she can stop acting out of guilt. Hye-mi says that she knows, but that doesn’t matter, and that she’ll help him no matter what.

Sam-dong asks if she’s doing this because she likes him, or feels sorry for him. It’s a rhetorical question, and he adds the request that she stop, because it’s confusing him. Aw. It’s the sort of thing you say when you like somebody who you know doesn’t like you back, and you’re trying your best to get over them.

He tells her that she’s done enough and that he won’t do anything stupid, so she can stop worrying about him. And that he’s sorry for making her cry.

The next focus of music lessons is about pitch, and Pil-sook is the only student with perfect pitch. (Perfect pitch is a natural talent where a person can identify any note without needing a music cue.) Kyung-jin tells them that perfect pitch is nice, but what they really need is relative pitch, the understanding of the notes’ relation to each other.

This lesson is particularly relevant to Sam-dong’s interests, because he could perform without worrying if he could always be assured of the right notes. He asks if one can learn perfect pitch, disappointed when Kyung-jin answers no.

Still, it’s worth checking out, so he asks to meet Pil-sook later, and she readily agrees…which gets Jason’s Pil-sook-radar up and his jealousy-o-meter spiking. He asks Sam-dong, then Hye-mi, what that’s all about, but doesn’t get any answers and stands there in dissatisfaction.

Baek-hee is now the new outcast at Kirin, thanks to her showcase disaster. She sits at a cafeteria table, only to have the two girls haughtily move over to a different table. Sigh. The misery of the high school condition is universal.

Ah-jung joins the girls and gossips that Baek-hee plagiarized her showcase song from a songwriter at her agency, and she’s going to be cut loose any day now. That means no other agency will take her on, and her budding career is finito.

Baek-hee is joined at the table by Hye-mi, who sits down without saying a word and sticks her earbud into Baek-hee’s ear. Baek-hee points out that there’s no music playing, to which Hye-mi tells her to just go along with it.

Touched at the gestury but wary, Baek-hee says that her career isn’t over, and that she won’t give up. Hye-mi merely says, “I know.”

Kyung-jin finds Baek-hee sitting alone backstage, and approaches her sympathetically. Baek-hee admits that she knows why she did what she did, and that breaking the rules got her to this point. She intends to ask President Yoon for another chance, and if he gives it, she promises to work hard without cheating. And if he doesn’t…well, she’ll have to start all over from the bottom, hard as that’ll be.

Kyung-jin nods her approval, and answers Baek-hee’s request for help with a heartfelt “I will.” I’ve gotta say, I’m really liking how formerly tough-as-nails Kyung-jin has evolved into this awkward softie.

Sam-dong practices in the studio, trying to grasp perfect pitch. Oh-hyuk cautions him that learning it isn’t easy (or even, perhaps, possible), and that with medicine and care, he won’t lose his hearing. The problem is the tinnitus that comes and goes and drowns out sound — and if Sam-dong were to give up the idea of performing and instead took on songwriting, he’ll have no problem continuing on.

But Sam-dong doesn’t want that — he won’t give up performing, and he vows to rid himself of his weakness.

At half-past five (and therefore well into Pil-sook’s meeting with Sam-dong), Jason is hyper-conscious of the time and trying to talk himself out of caring, or barging in on them. The other students send him annoyed looks since he’s ostensibly listening to music, but instead arguing to himself like a crazy person, and holding up the line at the listening station.

With some prodding from an annoyed In-sung, he finally decides to go. Well, it only took you forever.

In the old Misfit classroom, Pil-sook describes to Sam-dong how she hears pitch, and how her vocal cords understand how much they have to vibrate to produce a particular note. So it’s not just about the sound, necessarily, but about the feel of the note.

Hye-mi doesn’t seem to be jealous of the situation but she’s there nonetheless, watching the lesson, keeping abreast of Sam-dong’s progress. She finds it very amusing to see Jason sidle up to the window, and upon seeing her he comes up with a lame excuse about losing his way to the library.

I love that Hye-mi always sees Jason at his weakest, and that she calls him on his bluff: She offers to take him to the library, and he has no choice but to go along. Well, it’s that or tell her the truth. And we all know he can’t handle the truth. Yet.

The teachers meet with Ma Doo-shik, now the CEO of White Entertainment, who is interested in managing the debuts of Pil-sook and Hye-mi. Each student has her weaknesses: Pil-sook’s is her old photos, considering how this is a cruel, cold world that values appearance more than anything.

Jin-man is disgusted with this line of reasoning and throws a mini hissy fit (“Does a person sing with their face? Or dance with their face?”), which is both hilarious and a little paining since Park Jin-young has seen his share of face-ridiculing in his day. Aw. I’m sorry. Your awesome comic acting totally rocks, if that’s any consolation. Well, plus you’re super-rich and successful.

Hye-mi’s problem area is her personality, and although Jin-man tries to defend her as “not that bad,” he then remembers examples of her rudeness and is shut down by Principal Shi. The principal wonders why Doo-shik picked such problematic students to back.

Doo-shik wonders that himself, and imagines a scenario where the two girls (who’ve been formed into the group “Sook and Mi”) are guests on a live radio show, hosted by Super Junior’s Eunhyuk and Leeteuk. A fan calls in and makes mention of Pil-sook’s weight troubles, sending Hye-mi into a rant against her since she’s recognized the voice as Ria. Gotta say, when Hye-mi seemed like a bitter pill, I had no great liking for her attitude — but now that she’s shown herself to be caring and sympathetic, I LOVE her surly face. It cracks me up every time it’s used as a recurring joke.

Doo-shik backpedals with Oh-hyuk, who says he’s “disappointed” in Doo-shik for being no better than all the other agency presidents who throw money around to make kids into singers.

Jin-man hilariously flip-flops loyalties from one side to the other, and Oh-hyuk smartly maneuvers Doo-shik into proceeding with the debut. At mention of Sam-dong, Jin-man says that it’s too bad he has such stage fright (the explanation that has circulated about his showcase performance), since he has such a strong sense of relative pitch.

Stirred by those words, Oh-hyuk hurries to inform Sam-dong that there may be a way for him after all: Instead of trying to learn perfect pitch to identify all notes, if he just focuses on one note — the tuning fork’s A — then he ought to be able to figure his way around, using the A to root himself and link him to the other notes.

Jin-gook loiters outside his father’s house, feeling buoyed by the wreath his father sent. Gruff Dad isn’t comfortable with those fluffy things normal people call emotions, so he mutters to his secretary, “Why’d you do something I didn’t tell you to do?” But the secretary answers, “But you told me to send it yesterday…” Jin-gook smiles, and tells his father he’s been working hard. He sees that Dad is wearing the watch he gave him and grins wider, and leaves in high spirits.

Jin-gook calls Hye-mi out, who congratulates him for his No. 1 on Music Bank. He scoffs at her trademark blank face, to which she answers, “This IS my congratulations face.” Ha. Love it. He tells her about his father sending the wreath, and she brightens up in excitement over it.

Jin-gook pinches her cheeks to confirm that he’s not dreaming, so she returns the gesture and tells him to confirm his own dreams. So they stand there, pinching each other’s cheeks, grinning like giddy fools. This may be the first time I’ve ever thought this couple was cute, but it’s better late than never.

Sam-dong approaches and Hye-mi quickly lets go of Jin-gook, which is a fact that doesn’t go unnoticed by him. But Sam-dong isn’t fazed to see them together, and congratulates Jin-gook pleasantly on his single success.

A call from his agency darkens Jin-gook’s mood, as he had specifically asked President Yoon to NOT turn his father’s gesture into a promo opportunity. Looks like the president has reneged on his word, and Jin-gook heads off to go take care of the matter.

…and the next thing we know, he’s at the police station for assaulting President Yoon, with reporters swarming around for the juicy story.

Oh-hyuk comes to collect him, and delivers him to tempoary refuge in the old basement studio, which Doo-shik has rented. Sitting there, Jin-gook notes glumly, “I’ve come back to the bottom.” So fleeting, the idol’s fame.

Hye-mi and Sam-dong see the report on TV, which looks mighty bad for Jin-gook. President Yoon works the victim stance by sobbing about trusting a friend, wearing a neck brace and sitting in a wheelchair. Worst of all, the attack was all caught on CCTV.

The Kirin students enjoy a laugh at Jin-gook’s expense, since some Photoshop-happy netizens have parodied the incident with references to Baker King (changed to Assault King) and My Gangster Boyfriend (changed to My Gangster Shi-hyuk). Gossipmonger Ah-jung spreads the story that Jin-gook hit Baek-hee at a previous showcase, bruising her face and necessitating her stage makeup. At least there’s one voice willing to dissent, and In-sung defends his friend.

Make that two: Jason tells Ria (who’s busy speculating on the gangster status of Jin-gook’s supposed bio-dad) to shut up. Baek-hee feels bad for him as well, but she keeps herself out of view.

Oh-hyuk takes Jin-gook home late that night, and they arrive as Hye-mi and Sam-dong are cleaning up the graffiti’d posters and slurs posted up on their front wall. Oh-hyuk’s sister fusses over him sympathetically, but not without trying to fish around for a story. Lol. Can’t blame a reporter for trying.

Jin-gook’s father hears the news with chagrin, and is advised to keep his distance because involving himself would only cause more media furor. He arrives at Oh-hyuk’s house later that night and asks for an explanation, showing some faith that his son wouldn’t have acted like that without a reason. Jin-gook merely bows his head and says through tears that he was reckless, and that he’s sorry for disappointing him. Really, is now the time to be playing the noble idiot? What do you have to lose by admitting the truth?

Instead, Jin-gook just kneels and apologizes over and over.

Baek-hee goes to her mother’s store that night, where Mom has been delivered a special present from the agency president — a box of fresh abalone, an expensive and generous gift.

Mom is pleased to accept, and doesn’t understand why Baek-hee suddenly looks desperate and begs her to return the gift. Such a large gift without reason may just signal a prelude to her being let go…

Sam-dong comes into the room as Jin-gook is sulking in bed and wallowing in his misery. I love that Sam-dong’s first attempt to draw a response is, “Hey, I’m wearing your underwear.” HAHA. But no, you know the depression is severe when that gets no rise out of Jin-gook, so Sam-dong offers to play a little game of “Whose life sucks more?” Hey, I thought this was supposed to cheer him up, buddy.

Jin-gook is in no mood for this, but Sam-dong proceeds, starting with their parents: Jin-gook has no mother, but Sam-dong has no father, so they’re square on that front. But Jin-gook has got a No. 1 TV appearance under his belt, while he hasn’t even debuted yet, so he’s got one up on him.

And sure, Jin-gook has turned into a national gangster overnight, but Sam-dong has a bigger concern: “My ears are ruined.”

Jin-gook is shocked, and that defuses some of his tension. Sam-dong presses his point: “I’m just as depressed as you, but I’m doing my best. Even if there’s no sound, I chase it so I can sing. Do you know why? So I can beat you.” He wants to take on Jin-gook fair and square and be so strong that nobody can pity him, and win — meaning, with Hye-mi.

Sam-dong tells him to buck up and get it together, which is just the thing Jin-gook needs to hear to kick his butt into gear. In the morning, he finds a note from Sam-dong telling him to see him prove himself, since his music test at school today.

In the cafeteria, Pil-sook overhears Jason talking to some hussy named Julie and signing off with an “I love you.” So when he slides over to ask about her meeting with Sam-dong, she glares at him while he explains, just as her senior, that hanging around with guys one-on-one could lead to misunderstandings and scandals — though of course HE’s not the type to misunderstand. It’s just all those pesky other people she has to watch out for!

She retorts that he’d better watch it with the “I love you”s to his precious Julie, and that brings a smile to his face as he guesses, “Is that advice, or jealousy?” She asks him the same thing, but neither one is willing to confess first, so they agree to both spit it out on the count of three…and then neither one says anything.

Jason huffs, “Forget it” and leaves, while Pil-sook sits all peeved. But then he turns back and sits down again, admitting, “Okay, I was jealous. You?” She admits the same, and AAAAGHHH THESE TWO ARE SO CUTE.

Hye-mi grabs Sam-dong (pushing him against a wall, rawr!) before his test to check on his condition, and tells him to look to her if his hearing fades out again so she can signal him.

She’s not sold on his assurances that he’s fine, but he points out that she can hardly follow him around all his life sending him hand signals, and promises to demonstrate so well that she won’t ever worry about him again.

There’s an adorable moment in the testing room when Jason and Pil-sook both reach for their test music and draw back shyly, urging the other to go ahead. Then they decide to both go on the count of three, which is hilarious because you just know they’re the couple who gets sickeningly lovey-dovey at everything, cooing, “No you hang up first. No you. No really! Okay, on the count of three…” I love that Kyung-jin puts the kibosh on that ridiculousness with an eyeroll.

The test is simple: Sing their selections a cappella, two students per song, complete with harmonization. The piano will start them off.

The Milk couple had looked excited at the prospect of singing together, so when Jason realizes he has the same music as Hye-mi, he sends the most hilarious sad-puppy face Pil-sook’s way. Adorable.

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Hye-mi and Jason perform well, with just a few flat notes each. [ Download ]

Next up: Sam-dong and Pil-sook. Jin-gook arrives at the school in time to join Oh-hyuk and Jin-man outside the test studio. Before starting, Sam-dong asks if they can nix the piano, wanting to start off a cappella, which shouldn’t be a problem for his partner since Pil-sook has perfect pitch.

It’s a strange request since this would be a handicap for most students, and the teachers are nervous at Sam-dong’s show of bravado. Kyung-jin warns that he can’t complain about his grade, then.

With that, Sam-dong starts them off a cappella, and when Pil-sook joins him, they’re perfectly in tune with each other. [ Download ]

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Everyone’s amazed, and Jason’s really tickling my fancy in this episode, with the way he smiles widely when looking at Pil-sook sing, then grimaces when he looks at Sam-dong, then smiles again at his honey. Silly, transparent boy.

Kyung-jin admits that she’d thought Sam-dong was full of hot air — but sure enough, he and Pil-sook both managed without any mistakes. A+.

Jin-gook watches in with a mix of admiration and, I think, bitterness (or at least self-pity) that Sam-dong managed his demons so well. Sam-dong chases him down in the hall to tell him that it’s Jin-gook’s turn to dig himself out of his own abyss, reminding him that he won’t wait for his showdown forever. So he’d better get on it, pronto.

Sam-dong turns back at the last minute to toss something his way — the K pendant, which he no longer needs.

At the lockers, Hye-mi sees Baek-hee in a daze, stumbling over her own feet and swaying dangerously as she walks up the stairs. She follows her to the roof, where Baek-hee approaches the railing and slips one foot out of her shoe.

Hye-mi interrupts, playing the moment lightly by chiding her for walking around with her shoelaces untied, bending down to tie them for her. But when she looks up, she’s startled at Baek-hee’s expression. In tears, Baek-hee cries on Hye-mi’s shoulder and says pitifully, “It’s all my fault, what happened to Jin-gook. He hit President Yoon while saving me.”



I need to knoooooooooooooow!


Oooh, great twist! After I was all ready to sigh that Jin-gook’s reckless moment seemed overplayed for something relatively small, this is a welcome revelation. So the question is: Why exactly did Baek-hee need saving?

I have a couple of theories. Perhaps Baek-hee went to the agency to beg the president to take her back, and he got angry and was about to get violent with her, which Jin-gook saw (while there to talk about his own beef with the prez) and stopped. OR… and this is more unsavory, but perhaps Baek-hee was begging for another chance, and President Yoon saw fit to take advantage of the situation by offering a sponsorship situation (sponsorship = casting couch scenario). I don’t think she’d offer that herself (what with her vow not to break the rules anymore), but the guy always seemed a bit scummy… It would be an interesting way to address one of those common issues that everyone knows about but doesn’t address openly (at least, not until recent years).

As much as I’m a fan of bromance, I appreciate that the Sam-dong/Jin-gook storyline in this episode went much deeper than that. I love that Sam-dong beelines for Jin-gook after his test (rather than, say, Hye-mi or his teachers) and pushes him to dig himself out of his funk. These characters care about each other too much to let each other slide into misery, but they’re not afraid to tell each other the harsh truth, either, rather than coddling them. Like with Hye-mi and Sam-dong — she is essentially let off the hook by the doctor…only she realizes she perhaps doesn’t want to be let off the hook. Or rather, she wants to help regardless of things like obligation and guilt.

It’s this kind of tough love that Baek-hee lacks, and while strength of character is at least partially innate, it doesn’t help that she fell prey to exactly the type of cutthroat, superficial system that feeds off of her weaknesses and insecurities. In contrast, our Not-Quite-Misfits-Anymore have built up a support system, and I love that the round-robin with the K pendant is a nice motif to illustrate that. They know they can’t save their friends from their demons, but they CAN push and encourage and persuade their friends to save themselves.

Last but not least, here’s the ending clip, with Taecyeon/Jin-gook singing “My Valentine” on Music bank. [ Download ]

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380 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. gamsahabnida

    Yeah!! Finally made it!!!

    • 1.1 hazel

      watch Dream High Episode 12 @ http://kimchidrama.blogspot.com/2011/02/dream-high-episode-13.html

    • 1.2 chong

      hmmmm… why do the 2 eps this week make me feel like Kim Soo Hyun is the lead in the drama instead of Taecyeon. Sam dong is messing my heart up.

      • 1.2.1 Agatha

        Wait, Kim Soo Hyun is not the lead???? I am so confused now…

        • queencircles

          I’m pretty sure Soo-hyun is the lead. I think that this show has just done a good enough job with the triangle and development of each character that Taec is getting more airtime and back story and response from the girl then a normal second lead usually gets.

          Man, I just gotta say again how much I love the opening sequences. The great performance, then the bubbles falling and then fading into the stars behind “Dream High”. Just so pretty!

          This show rocks my world. Literally.

          • SUNSHINE

            YEAH !Iooooo% with YOU, KSH ‘sMILE is so charming, sweet.

            DO YOU KNOW WHERE ARE ” JUNG FISH” school drama
            to see.

      • 1.2.2 jem

        Maybe you should read this article:

        • @lfani

          Oh, thanks for that, this is a good flashback to read…. Although, I keep thinking the way this episode recaps written, it seems that JB try to remind us subtly that the main pairing would be HyeMi and Jin Gook…

          i.e. HyeMi was not jealous and Jason was, etc.. I read there are plenty of subtle negation of what I speculate to be a good premonition of HyeMi & Sam Dong relationship :(

          (I truly hope deep inside my heart that HyeMi and SamDong with have their happy ending, though seems that I have been constantly reminded that SamDong might be the lead, but whether he is the main lead who will get the girl, that’s another story in different level)

  2. ohemgee


    Thank you dramagods!! Hehehe I mean, JB and GF! 😉

    • 2.1 ohemgee

      also, your theories are SO. GOOD.

      i hope it’s the latter, more unsavory option you’ve suggested because i think that would be an interesting (and BOLD!) issue for the drama to address.

      i LOVE the passing off of the K pendant. where, oh where will it end up?!!!

      i can’t believe there are so few episodes left. BOO!!! i will surely miss the Kirin misfits.

      • 2.1.1 maria

        i think it’s the latter scenario too, because BaekHee would be acting more of a victim than the one at fault here if it had just been the first one– OOOH!! DRAMA!! 😀

        • lambayyx

          why would she not be the victim if the 2nd scenario was it? lol

  3. Ashley

    Yay! Thank you for doing this :)

    • 3.1 Ashley

      By the way, I agree about the cliffhanger. I NEED TO KNOW! I hope they play it for the sexual harassment angle, because that is a very realistic scenario, and it would make more sense the Baek-hee is contemplating self harm. I like that the show isn’t all bright and shiny “I’m gonna be a STAR!” moments, and we actually get to see the darker side of a cutthroat industry that really is ultimately about selling yourself to the best of your ability, and there is always someone there to take your place.

      Also, I’m overjoyed that the K pendant has passed out of Sam-dong’s hands, because if he’s not K, he’s totally getting the girl. I know I keep going back and forth on this, and until this episode I genuinely thought I was headed for a heartbreak with the Sam-dong/Hye-mi thing, but for the first time since early in the show I have hope! I wasn’t sure I could take another Moony moment 😉

      Thank you again for the recap.

      • 3.1.1 reeen

        Jin-Gook-Ah sounds kind of like like Chin-gu-ga (friend)… who knows, it might be a telling name that hints that he’s only going to be Hye-Mi’s friend at the end 😉

      • 3.1.2 Tess

        Yes I was surprised jb didn’t have sexual assault as one of her theories… I sorta assumed it would have to be that, it’s pretty common in tv-world.

  4. littlekassiegirl

    aghhhh. hye-mi’s help for sam dong… and their emotions…GAHHHH -cries-

    • 4.1 sshfan01

      That was a tear-jerker seen!!
      especially in the last episode when she’s on her knees… and then samdong begs her to help him….

    • 4.2 miss

      OH GOD! This scene is so sweet and touching!!!!!!!!! KYAAAAA! I’m cried for them huhuhu…. even at that time I DOn’t know what they are saying..!

      • 4.2.1 gustave154

        wow i can’t believe i cried too… huhuhu =(

    • 4.3 Jomo

      I hereby declare that was the most beautiful love scene on television EVER!

      He is absolutely beatiful all over the place: inside, outside, sideways, backwards, um, upside down. How does he do that? You can’t keep your eyes off him, and you feel exactly what he does.

      I don’t know if that solidifies a sexy-fun times future between them, but they will be BFF and EVER.

    • 4.4 noi

      yes…. i’m crying over it T^T
      well, i always cry in the scenes where samdong cries… keke. i don’t know. his crying scenes are the best… no wonder since he’s the only professional actor between those idols – i’m not saying the other acting weird but i’m not really touched with either hyemi or jingook’s crying scene.

      AND YAY FOR SAMDONG’S SMILE ONCE AGAIN!!!! though his emo and “i don’t care” attitude really cool and makes me squeal so loud in front of the screen, his smile really melts me inside. love it love it love it. <3

  5. jackie9c

    yeah so happy…thanks for the recap….now i can go to sleep lol:)

  6. Mercedes

    Please God.

    The ONLY thing I want from this show is for Baek Hee not to end up with Sam Dong during her “redemption”.

    • 6.1 Ashley

      She can have Jin Gook. They seem to get along.

      • 6.1.1 Mercedes

        Yeah I’d be okay with that, JUST. NOT. SAM. DONG.

        • chocobi

          no need to worry. Up till episode 13 and they haven’t talk to each other.

      • 6.1.2 Katey B

        You’ve got to be kidding. No way is B*H worthy enough to have Jin Gook!

        • why not

          why not… Jin Gook has always been saving BH.. and both of them have problems with having their parents respect them and their dreams and it seems like BH is finally turning around. They would make a good couple

          • Katey B

            1) Jin Gook is not interested in her.

            2) B*H has some serious issues-she tried to kill someone and has just been stopped from killing herself. She may have been sexually molested. She needs a shrink, help from her teachers, and good friends more than anything else.

            3) And just in case you didn’t get it I repeat ‘Jin Gook is not interested in her.

    • 6.2 faricsyung


      • 6.2.1 Lily Lopez G.

        But I kinda want…Jin Gook to end up with her because Sam-Dong would make a cuter couple with a certain someone

    • 6.3 polkadots

      right! she can have jin-guk all to herself..:)

      • 6.3.1 Hehe


    • 6.4 h311ybean

      If it ends up being Baek-hee and Sam-dong, I am not going to be happy with the show’s writers for leading us on for 13 episodes and then wrecking everyone’s ship preferences.

      I agree that she is totally free to have Jin-gook!

      • 6.4.1 michelle

        how would they wreck everyone’s ship preferences? The viewers don’t get to choose who ends up with who. Who gets paired with who was already decided from the beginning. It was canon that Jason and Pil Suk would end up together. Now I don’t know if Hye Mi will end up with Sam Dong or Jin Guk, but whoever she ends up with has already been decided from the start.

        • bobo

          actually, dramas are heavily influenced by viewers’ opinions. they don’t want ratings to go down, so if viewers feel strongly about something, they will change it. the only exceptions are the dramas that are pre-shot. the guy who plays sam-dong has been getting a lot of attention lately, so I’m betting on him!!

          • Kaja

            Guys it is obvious that Sam dong and Hyemi will end up together. i dont know how many of u picked up the little signs from the drama, but hyemi is definitely feeling for samdong and it has been clarified that she takes care of him bc she wants to and not bc of the guilt. and didnt u guys see her taking her hands away from Jinguk as soon as samdong steps in.

            and also the actors Kim Soo Hyun and Suzy will be holding an event where they watch the final episode of dream high with their fans, so that shows that they r the main leading couple of the show and this is how it is going to end. most of the viewers want the samdong and hyemi couple to work out and so imagine the actor skhs and suzy watchin the final episode where suzy does end up with Jin guk(GOD NO!)..But ya my point is if that does happen, then the fans are not going to be too happy are they?

  7. Lisa

    Yay for the recaps. Thank you.

    Have you seen this cf with eunjung and Soo Hyun?


    • 7.1 Severine


    • 7.2 Cam

      LOOOOOVE this video between Soo Hyun and Eunjung!

      ^________^ Well…..honestly, I felt like I REALLY want to meet both of them in REAL person & I expect that I will trip in South Korea someday, of course! =)

      • 7.2.1 Samz

        What the hell? NO WAY. Sam dong is too good for her. No offense

  8. godreamhigh


  9. asd


  10. 10 sshfan01

    I LOVED the part when jason keeps looking at pilsook and smiles but gets so frustrated as he looks at samdong!

    So ooo cute!

    Wooyoo couple FTW!!

    • 10.1 Dara

      Yeah, that one cracked me up so hard too

  11. 11 Prinsesa

    Ha! Been waiting for this. Thanks for the recap! Off to read (hope nobody sees me, i’m at work haha)

  12. 12 POGA


    I'm half tempted just to fill my entire comment with that, lol, but I think that'd be bad.

    As it is, I'm too busy squealing right now to nitpick or analyze.

    So I'll just settle it at <3 (for you, by the way, JB and GF. All the <3 for you).

    Oh. And for DH and it's adorableness. But mostly for you guys for recapping this so quickly.

    But can I mention how happy I am they did NOT drag on Sam-Dong's angst? THANK YOU, Drama, for making that an important point but moving on. In the meantime, Jin-gook's angst, however, continues….*sigh*. Is it so hard just to give him a normal-er life for once? The angst has been going on 13 episodes already, geesh!

  13. 13 outofcontrol

    I really have to watch this one. Thanks for the super recap.

  14. 14 kat

    Loving Dream high! Jason and Pilssok are sooo cute!!! <3

    • 14.1 MelanieR

      lol I can’t believe the first mention of jason/pilsook is this late!! I mean this was THEIR episode!!!

      I had a squeeeal fest when I saw the scene.. “Ok, I was Jealous, you?” “I was also Jealous” [shy smile] then… [bread]

      omg I love this couple so much!!!!

      • 14.1.1 love

        They were mentioned in comment #10 LOL

  15. 15 singingzombies

    So glad that the head trauma wasn’t responsible for SSD’s tinnitus. Even though its good drama, I feel like Baek Hee has enough drama on her plate and to a smaller degree, this makes sense medically.

    Tinnitus has a many different possible sources though the only ones I can think that are treatable by medication are definitely not from nerve damage (the only way I can see SSD getting it at such a young age)

    Probably genetic, but indeed manageable in many cases.

    Go SSD!!! Things are FINALLY looking up for you!

  16. 16 lovenyc52

    omg this ep …. so full of the warm fuzzies and also just tore at my heart.. WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?!?!

    chipmunk and miss sushi continue to make smile like a crazy though – their cuteness level is through the roof and then some.

    2 more weeks… sigh… such an unexpectedly awesome show i could have very easily passed up w/o these recaps starting me off.. so thank youuuuuuuuu JB and GF for your continually awesome recaps that enhance this gem of a show 😀

  17. 17 orenji

    the opening scene totally heartbreaking and touching. thank u hyemi for being there and help him. i cant stop crying… T_T

    Jason is so funny…milky couple <3

    • 17.1 orenji

      opss..forgot to add.

      i’m so surprised when samdong give K pendant to Jinguk.
      now the question is who is K? i think the pendant will go back to baekhee lastly.she’s the one who needs it the most right now. since she believe in it and how the pendant give her confidence.

      cant believe 3 more episodes to go. dream high <3

      • 17.1.1 iamdea

        i think it’ll end up back to BH too! i noticed that the pendant gets passed along once the current owner of it is able to overcome their obstacles. minus BH to HM. i can’t wait to see how K is but i’m guessing it’ll be JG.

  18. 18 blueangel

    Lets not forget all the Jason and Pil Suk moments. The couple who is unoffically offically. Wooyoung and IU were so cute in this episdoe-wait i’m bias and have to say they’re cute in every scene they have together. but now that they are unoffically offically (and i have a feeling HM will spot the change in their relationship a mile away) they are even more cute. Love their jealous confession turn love confession. 😛
    Ok, i’m just a sucker for the milk couple.

    • 18.1 Ashley

      I hope they show us their first kiss. It’ll be ever-so-cute but also HILARIOUSLY awkward.

      • 18.1.1 jem

        I don’t think they will since IU has never kiss before

        • ivy

          I think IU has more relationship experiences IRL than her agency would allow her to let on because of her innocent image. Jiyeon outed her on the variety show Heroes when she lied (she said she’s never had a boyfriend). And then she sheepishly admitted that her agency wanted her to say that. LOL

          but yes. I doubt there’d be a kiss scene for the milk couple. they’re already cute enough as it is

          • gustave154

            noooo i want a kiss scene!!! but maybe IU’s too young for that? hehehe

          • Severine

            I will now revert to my thirteen-year-old self as I type/scream at my computer:

            kiss-uh! kiss-uh! kiss-uh!

      • 18.1.2 bella luna ;)

        during that awkward moment after they admitted to feeling jealous, Pilsuk shoved the bread she’s been chomping on to Jason’s mouth, and he takes a bite – in that moment where a kiss was expected to ensue. in conservative Korean: it’s like they kissed already.

  19. 19 singingzombies

    Also Pil-sook has perfect pitch!?!? That’s kind of awesome. It’s really rare. (I’ve never met anyone who’s had it. I heard once it was like 1 in 1000 people but I can easily be wrong there) Supposedly they easily can identify notes the same way normal people easily identify color. That’s always amazing to me since I am so bad at even relative pitch.

    Who knows. She could be the next Mozart lol.

    • 19.1 ionizable

      i didn’t know perfect pitch was that rare! three girls in my high school music class had it, you could play any note on the piano and they’d be able to tell you what it was. they weren’t even particularly gifted music students, since all of those students went to a nearby arts-focused high school.

    • 19.2 bobo

      yeah, it’s fairly rare but I know a couple of people born with it. I also know a lot of people who learned it.

  20. 20 bishbash

    thanks for the recap!

    OMG i can’t wait to catch up on my dream high.

    one thing though, baek hee’s hair grew long overnight. O.o

    • 20.1 Katey B

      It’s easy to spot the ‘at-home’ extensions in B*H’s hair.

      If you really want to see an amazingly instant hair length ‘extension’ check out LS in My Princess.

  21. 21 Yuki

    This drama is so well-made (well, except some musical genius factors)… luv the pace, the conflicts, music…
    and Jason, Pil sook are so cuteeeeee…. luv them.

  22. 22 Yuki

    This drama is so well-made (well, except some musical genius factors)… luv the pace, the conflicts, music…
    and Jason, Pil sook are so cuteeeeee…. Jason is looking like a bird more and more… hahaha… luv these two….

  23. 23 Elaine

    Nooooooo next week until ep 14 T.T

  24. 24 Moha

    I believe it’s extensions, which she got for the showcase last episode.

  25. 25 anais

    Totally stalked for the update! I love reading your take, for all the chuckles, huzzahs, and squees the recap elicits.

  26. 26 Sam

    Thanks for the recap JB. Seriously Milky couple are the cutest thing on the show. Three more episodes left :( I need a Jason/Pilsuk kiss before the end.

  27. 27 Madison

    Thanks for the recap jb! so great as usual.

    this episode was so daebak, I LOVE the way they handled this samdong angst arc. I think they’re going to take the sponsorship angle with baekhee, the manager, and jingook, which is a really great twist that I hadn’t even thought about. this show just keeps on surprising me. :)

    I read somewhere that in the next episode pilsuk and samdong will spend more time together and jason and hyemi get jealous…. well, jason is definitely the hot-blooded type that is probably a possessive boyfriend, but I think that means hyemi and sam dong will end up together?? HOPEFULLY? *crosses fingers hard*

    I think jin gook will end up as K…. and he’ll probably go off to America, because he supposedly wins the Grammy’s, right?

    • 27.1 sehseh

      No spoilers for episode 14 yet.

      The supposed ‘jealous’ scene you said are spoilers for this episode, and the more accurate translation is that HM and Jason is concerned with PS and SD learning pitch together.

      Jason is jealous, and HM is glad that SD is getting up on his feet.

      • 27.1.1 sara

        HM gesture absolutely wasn’t jealousy! she just was worry about SM.I really love HM character. I wish this drama was more than 16 eps…

  28. 28 Ani

    There’s something uber cute about this drama that makes me cheer them on. Some of my favorite dramas take place in school and around the friendship built between a couple of “misfits” (or delinquents, as they are called in Gokusen!).

    And I laughed and felt sad at the same time about JYP’s comment about the way people look. It makes me sad for Changmin (of 2AM), who I actually think is cute but is often made fun of for being the Second COming of Inbong. XD

    Plus I can’t wait until the couples are finally hooked up. Milk Couple. The Teacher Couple. And Hye-mi and her one true pairing (which I think will be Sam-dong, but we’ll see). Dream High HWAITING~

  29. 29 imoan.naomi

    I spent the vast majority of this episode giggling foolishly over Pillsook and Jason, but as soon as I saw the CCTV footage of Jingook’s fight I knew what happened (my money’s on the “casting couch” scenario).

    Poor Baekhee, she really had no idea the kind of Pandora’s Box she opened when she decided to steal that song. That’s why it’s so important for impressionable kids to have proper guidance. (Kyungjin, I’m talking to you…)

    • 29.1 Ash

      Same. I think the President was about to take advantage if BaeHee and JinGook beat up the president.

    • 29.2 Jomo

      And as we have learned from other drama’s, sometimes the footage released isn’t the only footage of an event.

      It will also capture BH going in to see him, and maybe running out just before or after the fight?

    • 29.3 bella luna ;)

      KyungJin better get ready to be a proper support system for Baek Hee this time.

  30. 30 Jasmin

    Although I am enjoying this drama, the Milky couple force is what keeps me on board 100%. The sub-par acting from the idols irritate me but as soon as Pilsook and Jason are on-screen I perk right up. Kinda wish the production companies would make mini YouTube episodes of the Milky couple.

    • 30.1 h311ybean

      Maybe the epilogue can show them becoming the most popular couple on that “We Got Married” reality show 😀

      • 30.1.1 SoloJacen

        That would be awesome =D

      • 30.1.2 estel

        Yay! That would be awesome. And hilarious. And adorable!

      • 30.1.3 gustave154

        wow i never thought about that! that would be awesome!

      • 30.1.4 Severine

        I say IU and Wooyoung become the next couple on WGM, but maybe they can’t have two 2PM couples since Nichkhun is still starring with Victoria. I just don’t know what I’ll do when DH is over, how will I get my Milky Couple fix? They should just have them do a bajillion CF’s together.

      • 30.1.5 chocobi

        nah! WGM is MBC’s. Dream High is KBS’s

  31. 31 Senstar

    Good job, Baek-hee. Keep it up. Aja!

  32. 32 h311ybean

    Yay! I have been waiting all day for this!

    I was surprised that Baek-hee was somehow involved in the assault incident, too. (On a side note, WTF is up with her hair?!)

    However, I hope my theory is right that President Yoon is physically abusing Baek-hee (as in just plain hurting her because she’s not making him any money) rather than anything having to do with sponsorship. (Or I guess it’s possible that he’s suggesting a sponsorship and she refused, so he hit her.) Anyway, I think there is definitely some element of physical violence in that relationship because of Ah-jung’s gossip about Baek-hee covering bruises with makeup. I don’t think Jin-gook had anything to do with that at all.

    And as much as I would love Sam-dong to overcome his condition and become the first Korean Grammy winner, I don’t think he’s “K.” It is most probably one of the girls – I may be wrong, but it seems to me that they were the only ones who formed some kind of rapport with Bae Yong-joon’s character, enough to credit him later in their careers as the one who started it all. I guess Sam-dong or Jin-gook could credit him with that, since they were admitted to Kirin on his recommendation, but there was just no bond there for us viewers to appreciate.

    I can’t believe this show has only 3 episodes (and a special) to go!

    • 32.1 h311ybean

      And I realize I am dreadfully slow on the uptake regarding K’s identity. OK, it’s definitely not Sam-dong. Now Jin-gook has it and unless he gives it back to someone who’s already had it, or Pil-sook needs it, he could very well be “K.” OK, fine, whatever, it’s not a huge deal to me :)

      Also, I bet that Julie = Jason’s sister. ^_^

      • 32.1.1 chocobi

        I bet she’s her mom!! 😛

        • V V

          It more likely mom cos no brothers will say that to their sisters publicly

    • 32.2 Beebs

      Crazy thought but Teacher Kang is someone that could credit BYJ lol. I mean he wasn’t motivated to teach seriously befor BYJ had faith in him. But yeah like I said, crazy thought.

      • 32.2.1 h311ybean

        OMG I hadn’t thought of that! 😀

  33. 33 Daniela

    What happened between Baek-hee and the president? I need to know too!
    Oh, Pil-sook and Jason, you just make my day. ADORABLE.
    It’s great to see Sam-dong smiling again and fighting against his illness. The conversation with Jin-gook was very good but sad at the same time.

    Unfortunately, the only times that i had seen the actor that plays Jin-gook´s father, he is playing the bad father and a very angry one. When Jin-gook arrives to his house, despite the things he said, his face looks happy and if I remember well, he smiled and he looked loving. I want to see him in a role where he plays the loving father. I think it would suits him. When he is smiling like he means it, I want to hug him.

    Thank you for the recap!

    • 33.1 estel

      In Coffee Prince he’s nice…r. In the last half he’s even actually nice.

      • 33.1.1 mary

        He’s also kinda nice in Lovers. As nice as a gangster boss daddy can be.

  34. 34 iamdea

    Jason and Pil-sook is soo cute! it was funny how when PS was singing he was grinning but to SD you can tell he wasn’t happy.

    now about BH, i think she was being taken advantage of, JG saw and beat the crap out of him. make sense with the CEO sending BH’s mom a gift. also i don’t think he’s all that injured, he’s faking it. hope he gets caught soon. >:( he really did seem shady. BH needs to come out and tell what happened. i mean if they caught JG on camera beating up the guy, they should have caught BH going in the office right?

    all this is going on and with only 3 Eps left….

    i’m glad SD is smiling again in this Ep. :) HM is definitely falling for SD she just doesn’t know it yet… 😉

  35. 35 hpn88

    I think they’re going to play it as the sexual harassment angle, which is going to be pretty brave for the drama to do. I’m curious as to how they’ll deal with in now. I just really hope that they deal with it in a fitting manner. It seems to be a significant problem in the industry (I’m thinking back to the actress from BOF and several others). I commend the team for having the guts to even approach the issue in a drama like DH.

    Props to JG’s character for not saying anything about it, and I hope they have a scene with him and BH. I guess he needed to get out of his old agency to get the pendent.

    Chipmunk and Pilsook…..FINALLY!!!!!! *throws confetti*
    and the cheek pinching scene with JG/HM had me giggling.
    also the radio show scene with HM was priceless.
    and I also love all the songs in the ep.
    the SD/PS version of the song i think is better than the original, but the Jason/HM duet is such as good song! and I love the valentine song. Its amazingly cheesy, but so cute at the same time.

    • 35.1 anais

      Ditto re:
      * cheek pinching scene
      * HM & Pilsook radio show scene

    • 35.2 anais

      I commend the team for having the guts to even approach the issue in a drama like DH.

      Props to JG’s character for not saying anything about it, and I hope they have a scene with him and BH. I guess he needed to get out of his old agency to get the pendent.

      I too hope that the Show will use it to comment on the casting couch practice. I can’t help but wonder how the fact the show is being produced by Bae Yong Joon and Park Jin Young factors into the show’s momentum and now its ability to have some latitude, if it indeed does level a very blunt critique of a widespread industry abuse. And with Baekhee, there’s an additional layer of her being a minor. Pretty damning.

      • 35.2.1 anais

        Oh and ditto re: JG keeping mum. Ever since I finished watching this episode, I’ve been mulling over it.

        • bella luna ;)

          with JG keeping his silence about the incident, I believe that it’s casting couch, which could be in consideration of Baek-Hee. if it was a non-sexual related incident, JG wouldn’t have to keep mum about it and BH wouldn’t have to feel so bad as to contemplate harming herself.

          I’m really at an awe with how the Show stitched everything together: the cute, the fun, the giddy, the dreamy, the serious, the scary, and the social commentary. if only the idols’ acting chops were great, then it would have been perfect. but altogether, I’m happy with how the Show is doing. totally my 2011 drama crack! 😉

          • anais

            with JG keeping his silence about the incident, I believe that it’s casting couch, which could be in consideration of Baek-Hee. if it was a non-sexual related incident, JG wouldn’t have to keep mum about it and BH wouldn’t have to feel so bad as to contemplate harming herself.

            Yeah, that’s why I thought it was casting couch as well.

            Which then made me mad that Baekhee’s reaction was to hurt herself. Not because I can’t understand it but because I realize this is the reaction of many women in Baekhee’s situation. I say, fry the offender! I want some righteous rage.

            And I want to smack Baekhee’s mom and all parents who rob their children of self-confidence. (Thankfully Jingook’s father is showing a bit more decency.)

          • h311ybean

            These are very good points about how it could very well be the sexual harassment angle. I still maintain that he’s responsible for that bruise on Baek-hee’s face that Ah-jung was gossiping about.

            President Yoon = creeps on minors + beats up on women = deserved what he got from Jin-gook

          • anais

            I still maintain that he’s responsible for that bruise on Baek-hee’s face that Ah-jung was gossiping about.

            That bruise was only a figment of Ah-jung’s gossipy imagination. There was no bruise. Ah-jung was saying that she’d heard that the reason why Baekhee had the star makeup over her eye was because of a supposed bruise. There was none. We saw that immediately before and after their performance.

          • anais

            Long story short, Ah-jung was making it all up because she is a gossip.

          • h311ybean

            Oops, I thought she was talking about something else. Way to not pay attention. Sorry about that, I’ve been really distracted by RL lately.

  36. 36 polkadots

    whew! i love this ep so much:) the jason and pil-suk team up is really convincing.. and i pity baek-hee in this while i’m loving the character of hye-mi even more.. *sigh, i can’t wait for next week :(

  37. 37 Bluefyre

    Anybody know what the song titles for the duets are?

    I loved the a capella! Ear candy!! Thanks so much JB!!

    Can’t wait for next weeks’!

  38. 38 SoloJacen

    The theory that popped into my mind right after that was the second one too. Sigh, Baek Hee… I’m echoing your I NEED TO KNOWW here all day!! It’s driving me nuts!


    I’m losing it….

  39. 39 Sam

    Who would have been able to guess that such an idol loaded drama would turn out so good! I’m always on the edge of my seat after each episode! A week is too long of a wait!

    Wooot! WooU couple!! Be still, my beating heart. <3<3

  40. 40 sorcy79au

    YES!!! Thanks JB for the quick recap. I stalk this website early on a Tuesday and Wednesday hoping the recaps will come up quicker than you and GF can possibly write them.
    I adore this drama and can never wait patiently for the next episode. I believe that is the secret to an awesome series/drama. Making the audience want for more now now NOW!

    Loved the JS and PS moments but then I always have.
    I also think the JG saved BH from an unsavoury rendezvous with the manager of K. Never liked him to be honest, so that is my theory.

    I wonder who the K pendant will go to next or is it going to stick with JG? I read somewhere about someone’s theory that the pendant brings the bearer up from the pits of despair (or something along those lines) and that PS or JS won’t receive the pendant as what on earth could happen to them that would make them that low? I don’t want either of them to suffer (cause they are AWESOME!) but I would like for the pendant to go through the whole group, to keep us all guessing on who “K” is.

    I don’t want it to end… :'(

    • 40.1 Yuki

      PS/JS don’t need it, they are each other’s lucky charms ^_^

  41. 41 Xin

    As the show progress, I am really falling in love with Jason and pil sook! There are so CUTE!!! I really like the misfits friendship. It’s hard to find true friends.

  42. 42 chuachumill

    im loving ittttttttttttt~~~SAM-MI couple is a must!!hope gotta see milky couple kiss~~super cute coupleeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!
    quote “anneyong jason…”super cute!

  43. 43 Angskeet

    dang i love how you do the recaps so fast

  44. 44 Ace

    Thanks JB! When I watched this very early morning, the first thing that I thought of after watching Sam-dong and Pil-sook’s duet was, “I wish JB will have a download link for that song”. =) I replayed that scene at least 15 times last night. Had fun watching Jason at turns look surprised and annoyed at Sam-dong. That’s how I look when watching a movie/TV and then someone interrupts my viewing pleasure.

  45. 45 bee

    wheee, i watched the episode sans subs, and was surprisingly able to catch enough dialog to get a good gist of what went on. i’m proud of me[: but i’m not gonna lie. i’m going to watch this with subs tomorrow anyways, hahha.

    but OH MAN. I just now realized that that’s a helluva cliffhanger to have to wait an entire week for. For some reason I kept thinking the next one would be out tomorrow, so I was like, no biggie. But… a week… I just… wow =/

    • 45.1 anais

      where do you get the subs so quickly?

      • 45.1.1 poo

        u can get on viki, epdrama or dramacrazy

        • anais


  46. 46 brookeeve

    I want to address the music stuff real quick. I went to a music based high school, we had like seven choirs and five bands, and so often dramas get it wrong.

    I love the fact that only one kid in that class had perfect pitch. I can’t stand that people act like it’s something that all musicians have. It drives me nuts. In the four years I went to that school, I met one kid with perfect pitch.

    I also like the way that they decided to teach Sam Dong to go with one note and then step his way to the other notes. That’s the way most musicians are taught. We had to learn a silly little interval song to learn our steps, but that wasn’t so bad. Also, the sight-reading test was awesome! It’s really hard to do that! I can’t imagine doing it as a duet… that’s nuts. Sam Dong was pretty smart in not letting them touch the piano, because Pil Sook could just adjust the key to whatever he started in. Unfortunately, in real life, when you’re doing a sight reading test they touch the piano keys at the beginning and the end to see if you’ve gone sharp or flat during your singing. Also, I thought that it was cool that Pil Sook knew how the notes felt, because all of my teachers rammed that down our throats forever.

    There’s a couple of other things I wish they would address: health of vocal cords, elocution, breathing, diet, etc. but I’m super happy at how they’ve treated the musicality of this show. :)

    • 46.1 Bluefyre

      I agree. I’m a music major and I really appreciate how they handle it. It’s nice to see the nitty gritty stuff of music come out of the closet. Everybody just thinks/says, “Oh you’re a music major? That’s kind of simple/easy right? What do you do in it? With it?”

      Drives me nuts sometimes! LOL.

      I don’t have perfect pitch, but it sure is hard learning relative. Grr. My lowest grades are in Sight reading/sight singing. Wish there was a quick fix. :)

      So yeah…the Sam Dong-Pil Sook scene and the whole pitch thing was much appreciated.

      • 46.1.1 Bad Minion (Lahlita)

        You’re a music major? Mazel tov! I can’t read music for crap. Like, at all. I’ve never been able to read music so you music majors have my respect.

        I don’t have absolute pitch but I’m awesome with relative pitch. My college roommate was in an a cappella group, and when she would write arrangements, she would start with the melody, then sing it to me twice. The third time through I would come in with a harmony and she would use that for the mezzos and sopranos. If the song had a higher-pitched melody, she would take my harmony and knock it down one octave for the Altos.

        Sarah McLachlan was the BEST music for harmonization. “Mary,” “Elsewhere,” “Witness,” “Obsession” and “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy” were some of our favorites. We would blast it through our room and just emote. Ah, good times.

      • 46.1.2 pam

        Hi Bluefyre. Since you’re a music major, maybe you can help me with this:

        When Teacher Shi played the first chord, Pil-sook identified it as “B2, D3, G3″ and was told that she was correct.

        Now I don’t have perfect pitch, but I do sing and have studied piano for 13 years. I had serious doubts about them being those particular notes because B2, D3, and G3 are on the lower end of the piano. So I tried them, and they don’t sound alike. It was more like B5, D6, and G6 (3 octaves higher, LOL).

        Then when Teacher Shi tapped the glass, Pil-sook said “G5″ and was told to be correct again. It seemed plausible, but just to be sure I tried it, too. It sounded more like F♯5.

        I wouldn’t have been so particular if they hadn’t made that claim that she had perfect pitch. Am I wrong, or are the acoustics in that room playing tricks on me? Or maybe the sound editors tweaked the parts where they played notes? Gah, why am I obsessing… >_<

    • 46.2 anais

      Ditto on everything. One can cultivate better relative pitch and do exactly what they taught Samdong to do, but perfect pitch, yeah… I remember a choir audition during which I was asked to identify chords and the pitch of individual notes in arpeggios, and although I’d sung and played piano for over a decade, I gave up.

      Oh totally, the diet part. No milk before a performance.

      • 46.2.1 Bluefyre

        Ugh. Diet. Haha! I want a scene like that!

        Kyung-jin(?) lecturing them about no milk, nuts, chips, soda, cold food/water, etcetera etcetera before a performance!

      • 46.2.2 brookeeve

        Also, no lemonade! Or anything with lemons, really. And no peanut butter. Actually, if you don’t eat at all the day before a performance, the happier they are! LOL!

        • Bad Minion (Lahlita)

          Although apples are OK. Denyce Graves always eats apples the morning of a performance to keep her throat moist and limber, and we all know what a goddess she is.

    • 46.3 h311ybean

      Besides his hysterically funny portrayal of Jin-man, I think this kind of thing is what JYP brings to the table. I have to admit that at first I thought it a bit much that he and Bae Yong-joon were collaborating on a drama (and appearing in it, to boot), but I look forward to seeing JYP’s character every week – and now I appreciate how his technical knowledge of music and the entertainment industry has made “Dream High” a lot richer.

      • 46.3.1 Katey B

        I wasn’t at all excited when I first heard BYJ was doing this drama. Now I have an appreciation. Still I am glad his character had a limited appearance.

      • 46.3.2 kaysee

        I couldn’t agree more with your comment. Well said!

    • 46.4 Q

      I remember my interval songs! Perfect fifth was Twinkle Twinkle little stars, perfect fourth was Amazing Grace … But oh how I long to have perfect pitch; would have made aural exams so much easier. The way I normally go is hum the note, then go in a scale downward until I reach my lowest note, which is about an E/F. Otherwise I’d be lost completely. I am also incapable of working in any key other than C major, so if I have to come up with chords to a song, I do it in C major then transpose LOL.

      I’m no expert on the subject but I find it interesting how my friend, who has perfect pitch, is entirely incapable of singing in tune. She is actually worse than your average non-muso. Anybody care to explain to me how this is possible?

      • 46.4.1 brookeeve

        Personally I’ve never heard of someone with perfect pitch not being able to sing in tune. Perfect pitch is very, very, very rare, so I don’t ever believe someone who claims they have it until I’ve seen it.

        I’m not saying your friend doesn’t have it, I’m just saying I’m skeptical of it.

        • michelle

          an old high school friend of mine (we’re no longer friends since we’ve drifted apart) had perfect pitch, but before she joined choir and learned how to utilise her voice, she was absolutely terrible at singing. I remember people telling me that she was horrible at singing. Now people say that she has an awesome singing voice. Her perfect pitch just came from playing the violin for 6+ years and the piano for 8+ years. And my high school teacher, who also had perfect pitch himself, confirmed it when she auditioned for choir.

      • 46.4.2 Bad Minion (Lahlita)

        The theme song for “Rugrats” was all about thirds in C major. It was awesome and so easy to play.

        Also, while perfect pitch exceedingly rare in the West with our stress-pitch languages, it’s much more common in the East where tonal languages are spoken. There it’s not so noteworthy. There have even been some studies showing that Tibetan tonal speakers will speak the same word in the exact same note on different days. That’s brilliant stuff right there.

        • Jomo

          not so noteworthy

          Tee hee! Pun!

          Wow! That must be a very difficult language to learn, and one where it would be EASY to offend just about everyone with tone errors!

          • Bad Minion (Lahlita)

            Hahaha, I didn’t even notice my own pun. Go, me!

            No language is hard to learn if you’re a baby. Barring some physical defect, babies are born with perfect hearing — and I do mean perfect. They can hear and differentiate every sound and every tone in every language. That ability rapidly atrophies (we’re talking only months) as they receive aural feedback based on the language of their caretakers. For instance, a Korean child almost never hears “f”, and hence never learns to make the sound, so when they hear “f”, their brain maps it to the Korean consonant that’s most similar to it; P. Ergo, Coppee Prince or Pashion Show. That’s why it’s so important to expose children to other languages at an early age. There will never be another time where language literally forms your brain. A bilingual nine-year-old will learn a third language more easily than a monolingual nine-year-old will a second.

            That being said, tonal languages are their own beast. Blech! I’ve got several languages under my belt, but none are tonal, so whenever I try to repeat Mandarin phrases, my Chinese friend cries from laughter. I really suck at it. Pfft. :-(

        • Q

          This may explain why everyone I know who has perfect pitch is Chinese :/. Mandarin has four different ‘pitches’ at which words are spoken – the same pronunciation but at a different pitch will create entirely new words and thus many hilarious misunderstandings. I tried expressing these pitches to my Korean friends once but they just looked very confused and said I was repeating the same word four times. Cantonese has something like seven or eight pitches. But have you ever heard a Chinese person try to speak French? It’s horrific. I guess every language has its own … attributes?

          • Bad Minion (Lahlita)

            Yep, that’s exactly why many, many perfect pitchers are Chinese. That nonsense pisses me off too, because I try to hard, but fail even harder. My Chinese friend was trying to get me to say “your mother is [something],” I don’t remember. Anyway, I got the pitches all wrong and ended up saying “Your horse is a whore.” Yeah, she laughed so hard she choked. I hate her. :-)

            On the other side of the coin, yes, I have heard a Chinese person trying to speak French. And English. And Spanish. Horrific is right. It’s so unpleasant. Goes to show that every language has their own rubbish, but the tonal/atonal chasm is especially evil.

          • thirteen

            Errr… In Montreal and no doubt countless places around the world, there are lots of Chinese people who speak perfectly good French and English. I don’t think a Chinese person speaks other languages “horrifically” because of the tone.

    • 46.5 Jomo

      They spent so much time talking about how he can overcome his pitch issues, but did they talk about tempo?

      Although I heard Ringo Starr was as reliable as a metronome, not many people can feel tempo accurately. It is so elusive.
      How can he keep time if there are bunches of tempo changes, rallentendo’s or accelerando’s. The other folks can give him visual cues, maybe more subtle than HM’s, I guess, but they have to know to do it.

    • 46.6 michelle

      I find sightreading easy, thanks to my high school choir teacher. Sure, I’ll need a musical cue for the first note, but after that, I can go on from there. Also, being able to sightread is the only way anyone can get into the advanced choir at my high school and my college choir.

    • 46.7 Schmazel

      Speaking of relative pitches…did anyone notice that when OH hit the tuning fork when was talking to SD abt learning one pitch to get the rest, there was this graphic thingy that appeared, and amongst all the keys, there was a ‘h’? LOL. Go take a second look at the episode around the 27minute mark. It is there. Heheheh.

      • 46.7.1 pam

        LOL, I saw that, too.

  47. 47 Deeliteful

    OMG….LOVE this show!!!
    I love that Sam-dong doesn’t just HAVE perfect pitch, he has to work hard to keep his dream. I thought they were going to play the “perfect pitch” role for him. Or just let him be a song writer

    I just LOVE the milk couple..I just want to pinch their cheeks and rub their heads (don’t judge me!)…but they’re soooo cute!!!

    I don’t know but I like the the HM/JG pairing and I doubt its going to change in the next 2 weeks but this drama has surprised me so much…you just never know now…

    and Sam-dong is just <3 <3 <3!!!!

    • 47.1 Katey B

      Yeh. Another for HM and JG! Though I’m happy whatever happens as long as ‘the current’ B*H doesn’t get paired with JG. If B*H has a total character makeover in the next two episodes I will be VERY surprised as I think she needs a whole lot of head work done. If it does happen and she pulls it together in just two episodes I think I might be disappointed actually. I’d like her to move towards becoming a legit talent but not happen to be one overnight. And yes even though she’s debuted I didn’t think she was all that good.

  48. 48 orenji

    if anyone interested, the song that Samdong sing in the beginning is actually Kim Soohyun’s very own song. they released it this week.

    Kim Soohyun – Dreaming.


    how awesome is that..love his voice. love him. <3

    • 48.1 Bluefyre

      Love how they released an OST album this week instead of the part 1, 2, 3…etc. Plus 2 new songs! Yay!

      Totally can’t stop listening to “Dreaming”!! Love KSH’s voice! He’s no Kyuhyun…but I still love his voice! I less than three him! :)

      “My Valentine” is nice too. Taec and Nickhun…who would’ve thought these two 2PM rappers would sound so nice.

      • 48.1.1 gustave154

        i agree i knew taecyon can sing but JYP told him to rap in 2PM… nice to see him singing a ballad! =)

    • 48.2 Lisa

      Here’s one with English subs


  49. 49 poo

    ok so JG and HM are officially a couple? What abt Sam DOng? Not that i hate JG/ HM as a couple but i feel so heartboken watching SD, i mean that boy is getting nothing, he lost the girl, he lost his hearing , what more now? Make him happy pleeeeese :(

    • 49.1 h311ybean

      No way! :-O She let go of him when she saw Sam-dong! They’re cute and all, but Sam-dong should totally get the girl!

      • 49.1.1 sehseh

        It’s a double-edged sword.

        IF Hyemi doesn’t let go of SD, she will definitely be bashed as selfish and insensitive to poor SD feelings.

        Whatever HM- SD relationship will turn out to be in the remaining 3 episodes, HM is currently JG’s girl aka dating.

        • sehseh

          Oops, I mean if HM doesn’t let go of JG’s hand…

          • lala

            when was i established that they are dating?

        • h311ybean

          I still think that Sam-dong and Hye-mi should end up together because I don’t need to write yet another fan fic where the poor second lead gets the girl! :-p

          • over analyzing

            okay.. maybe i’m just getting my hopes up with the sam dong and hye mi couple… but i really hope so.

            When HM was singing that song with Jason during their testing it was a break up song and when they were singing it- it showed JG coming into the school (it showed alot of JG).- so maybe its a reference stating that HM and JG aren’t meant to be- the song stated something like “you were too late, were breaking up already and it hurts , it hurts so much, but I feel its more painful to stay together”

            When Sam Dong and PS was Singing their song it was about falling in love and it seemed like SD and PS was looking at HM and Jason. It just showed alot of the SM/HM and PS/Jason couple. The song went something like “I can’t hide my feelings anymore. I want to give you everything. I’m always beside you (next to you), Can’t I love you. In your heart can’t it be me”

            So anyways I may just be over analyzing it just because I am a SD and HM lover.. but the song just fits them perfectly.. I rewatched that part so many time. I really hope SD ends up with HM.. I don’t really care if he is K or not.. But if SD doesn’t end up with HM.. I will not be rewatching this drama.. I love this Drama it so good.. but when your fav couple doesn’t end up together.. it doesn’t make you want to rewatch.

          • BIP

            I’m with u completely!

          • Bree

            Ok i seriously was beginning to think I was the only one who noticed that…. Cause everyone I talked to about it had no idea what I was talking about until they saw the song translated then it all became clear. ^_^ I’m a SD/HM shipper to the end and I think they have sooo much more chemistry *don’t bash me JG lovers because I like him as well* I just don’t think HM and him work out so well unlike SD and HM their chemistry is off the hook right now ^^… So I’m still holding a torch for them and hoping they end up together ^_^. If not then well he has to be K then hehe

  50. 50 calypso

    hope they release baekhee’s version of dreaming in full!!!

    i totally feel for her character, she’s the most sympathetic one in a way because she’s got no support system, lacks self-esteem, has had an inferiority complex bolstered by her mother (single parent family) and her bff, vulnerable quick rise to fame, lack of talent, etc (although kyungjin and hyemi and jingook seem to be stepping in to help)

    thanks for all the music clips!!!

  51. 51 Bluefyre

    BTW…how is Baekhee’s hair suddenly long? Is that supposed to be an indication of time passing or she just wanted long hair again (like Hyemi? ^^) and put some extensions in?

    • 51.1 Ace

      See episode 12. She had on the extensions during her performance at the showcase.

    • 51.2 h311ybean

      I’ve been wondering the same thing. I assume they’re extensions (she wants a new look? or go back to her old one?) because not that much time has passed since the start of the songwriting class, when she still had short hair :-/

      • 51.2.1 Ash

        Maybe its to signify her transformation? Like when she cut her hair after she cut off ties with Hyemi. This could be her redeeming hairstyle?? Who knows.. O_o

        But yeah they are defiantly extensions.

        • Bluefyre

          Could be. I dunno. That was my initial thought.

          I mean I saw that she had extensions in the showcase in Episode 12…but I didn’t think it would carry over to this one. I’m like…what’s going on? LOL

          But it’s good either way. I was just confused.

  52. 52 kikoman

    Isn’t it weird that Director Yoon let Baek-Hee come in when he is expecting Jin-Gook if he want to sexually harrass her? Yoon migth just get violent because he is angry but that has no reason for Jin-Gook to hit him really hard.

    An Alternative theory is that Yoon has been asked to fake harassing Baek-Hee so that Jin-Gook can see and get angry and act violently. The whole scheme is a setup in order to destroy Jin-Gook’s father. However, Director Yoon didn’t even expect Baek-Hee to ask for meeting him when I called Jin-Gook.

    Whatever theory I can come up make no sense if you consider all the minor details. I am looking forwards to see how it get resolved in the next episode.

    • 52.1 anais

      The director wasn’t expecting Jingook. Someone else alerted Jingook to the fact that the director was about to release the tidbit about his father, so he was going there without having made an appointment.

      • 52.1.1 Yuki

        It makes sense that the scheme was entirely setup by JG’s father’s opposition and Yoon, maybe even BH, were in on it!

    • 52.2 yili

      OMG… i thought of something… maybe the director wanted them to make a sex tape??

  53. 53 ivy

    At this point, i think the pendant passing will come full circle… And Baek Hee seems to be a likely contender for K. It’s time they release a soundtrack song sang by Eunjung!

    i hope they’ll release a separate OST of the various cast versions of the songs that they sang in the show.

  54. 54 g

    does IU have perfect pitch in real life?

  55. 55 bugbites

    I’ve really been trying to avoid speculation on the identity of K. I know myself well enough to know that I’d likely obsess over it to the degree that I’d be unable to sit back and get lost in the cracktasticness of Crack High.

    If I had to take a wild guess, I’d probably go with Baek-Hee. Much as that currently irks me. I guess it’s because she seems the least likely of the characters to be K. And can’t you just see the Noble Idiot giving her the pendant to pull her out of her slump?

    It’s strange, but I get the impression that HM means more to JG than she does to SD. And yes, I realize that makes me sound like I do crack in addition to watching it.

    It’s just that JG seems more interested in the girl than the music career. SD seems more interested in the music than the girl. JG’s dream seems to be sharing the music with HM. SD’s dream seems to be the music itself, and HM is just icing on that particular cake.

    For the record, I’m not pro JG or SD. I personally think it would be hysterical and awesome if HM and Baek-Hee realized their love hate rivalry is really more pent-up sexual frustration, confessed their feelings for each other and thumbed their noses entirely at the boys.

    • 55.1 downloader

      Totally agree with you on HM+JG. Which is why SD has given up any romantic aspirations and he is now all business with HM.

      Seeing you’re dream girl/first love kiss another guy is more than enough to suppress that urge…and his juvenile pride tells him he’d be like knowingly buying “cracked eggs”.

      However, it seems the drama queens are playing the shifting pursuit again and HM has now become the pursuer though a bit subdued..Next eps will surely let us know.

    • 55.2 Samz

      LOL you clearly didn’t see the part where Jingook left hye mi for his debut and never even called her once throughout that 6 whole months :-S With Samdong, he didn’t even care about music at first, he followed hye mi. She’s the one who made him come with her. She encouraged him to sing. HM definately means more to SD, if he didn’t care about her he wouldn’t have done what he did. Seeing the girl u love kiss another man obviously would hurt his feelings, but HE loves her. So in order to make her happy, he is actually letting the girl choose if that would make her happy. There’s a saying: if you really love someone, you have to let them go. And personally that’s what i think he is doing

    • 55.3 Jasmine

      Whaaaat??? Sam Dong only followed Hye Mi because of her not because he wanted to join the school. He challenged Jason to a competition to prove himself to Hye Mi. Every step of his music career was motivated by his love for Hye Mi, to step up for Hye Mi, to make Hye Mi his. I think the turning point was when he saw the girl he was working so hard for, kissing another guy. That’s when he realized that all his effort was for nothing, but then also realized that he enjoyed the journey as well and that’s when he realizes his love for music. I think now he has given up on Hye Mi because he realizes that she will never be his (though I think she will) and that he has to pursue his other love, his love for music. I also think Jin Guk needs his father’s love the most. Jin Guk abandoned Hye Mi and the others for his father, the first time when he gave up the showcase to adhere to his father’s instructions and the second time to make his debut and prove himself to his father.

  56. 56 beulahlove


  57. 57 shu

    faints for milk couple. i thought he would just have left, but he just cam back and said im jealous, i almost got a heart attack an screamed out in the library, and its exam period. haha. ditto, my love for jason and pil sook.

    oh, i didnt think jason would be all over sickeningly sweet with her, but im fine with it, we need some fanservice. now a kiss would complete the show.

  58. 58 mh

    Thanks for your recap and conclusions. After BaekHee admitted it was her fault, my thoughts went straight to the sponsorship situation like you mentioned. I wish they didn’t. I guess I heard too much about that stuff going on.

    I like how the misfits have that inner circle of support for each other, too. I always like when everyone likes each other and gets along, but then there would be no drama. Dream High does it well that though they are competing, they still cheer for each other. Pretty much just saying what you said already. haha.

    Awesome recap!

    • 58.1 lala

      what is the sponsorship situation?

  59. 59 Katey B

    Thanks JB for a great recap.

    I was expecting a SD and HM kiss this episode. It didn’t happen so the ‘Who’s going to get the girl?’ game is still on as far as I’m concerned. HM is just a great friend to all her ‘family’. I thought JG might have a lead what with knowing her from way back but I don’t think she treats him much different from SD. However, coming from a different culture I may be totally missing the nuances.

    The song My Valentine has had heavy rotation in the house today. Totally love it.

    Wonder what happened with B*H and Pres Yoon. I just can’t see her being put on the couch…I don’t particularly like Pres Yoon’s character but he didn’t seem sleazy to me…

    Even though JG has hit bottom with ‘the people’ and will have to start again with his Dad I’m glad it will gave him the opportunity to join the gangster Pres.

    Look forward to seeing what comes next.

  60. 60 lala


  61. 61 Edlyn

    Hey, whats the song title which Sam Dong sang in the beginning of the episode? Cause i just can t seem to download it on mediafire ): OMGz

  62. 62 marmar

    My first thought with the whole Jin gook beating up the president I admittedly thought Baek hee is involved confirming it was when the mom had those gifts & yes I thought of the casting couch scenario right away.
    I really do hope that is the case because it would show what really does go on behind closed doors in the entertainment world. I would totally give props to Dream High for actually taking something serious & showing it.

    I say that K pendent is a curse instead of a good luck charm. yes it’s good luck to whomever has it but then once you give it away slowly things start to fall apart, people should just believe in themselves instead of putting too much faith in that pendent.

    I really hope though that Sam doong will get the girl. I just don’t find Jin gook & Hye mi appealing, I guess it’s because I honestly just see Taecyeon & Suzy, which to me seem more like a brother & sister vibe. That should be telling you something then when the actor/actress isn’t convincing some of the audience of their character then they need more help on their acting skills. I mean I can see them as their characters separately but when they are together I see Taec & Suzy, that’s the reason why I’ve never supported this pairing. I am really hoping for a Samdoong & Hyemi ending. Jingook looks better with Baekhee anyways.

    Thanks for the recaps.

    • 62.1 tresa

      I agree. Somehow when Suzy is with Taecyeon, I see Suzy acting.
      When she’s with SamDong she becomes Hyemi, kind of.

      She just has more chemistry with SooHyun and it’s HARD to root for MiGook when it’s like this.

    • 62.2 Ash

      About the K pendent…I’m soo torn. Its kinda like you said…but then kinda not.

      1-> The Director gives it away and he is forced to leave the school.
      2-> BaeHee gives it away and her manager wants to replace her in the group and she gets caught plagiarizing. 3-> HyeMi gives it away..nothing bad really happens to her other than being confused between the two boys. Infact doesn’t Ma want her to debut? :S
      4-> Sam..we’ll have to wait and see.

  63. 63 laya


    And yaaaaah! Cliffhanger!!!

    Now I can’t wait for Ep. 14! Thanks for the great recap, JB! <3

  64. 64 isabella

    i love pil sook and jason at this ep… so adorable… but i want to see eunhyuk & leeteuk…

  65. 65 kilmenyanne

    what got me, surprisingly, was Hye-Mi very nonchalant way of stopping Baek-Hee. She’s like the Sandra to Baek-Hee’s Meredith.

  66. 66 kilmenyanne

    i meant Christina, not Sandra. but yeah. really warmed me up.

  67. 67 am


    • 67.1 Steph

      OH MY GOD how can they be so bloody fast? They must have like 20 people in their team!

  68. 68 blizzard

    I’m a little bit late to say thanks to you DB. You and GF have done a great job with recaps and well balanced comments on Dream High. The ratings are in good position too. BYJ/PJY team has proved themselves that their debut production is worthy to entertain the audience. Good luck till the ending.
    Thanks again DB.

  69. 69 gustave154

    wow the soundtrack for this show is amazing!

  70. 70 rivald


  71. 71 Hairlove

    Totally love how SD is dealing with his hearing problem his is truly a strong baby n when HM grabbed him was like OMO moved closer to the tv but there no action such a tease DH
    Poor BH for her to actually think of suicide she must be feeling hopeless n cornered n HM being there in the nick of time was sooo touching that I shed some tears even when she choose to sit next to BH during what looked like breakfast was touching moments for me…ohhh DH wish you had 16 more episodes instead of the very few thats left

    • 71.1 Jomo

      I think move makes it clear that she is at least considering SD romantically. Especially after he told her he didn’t want her to confuse him anymore.

      I like that HM’s impulsiveness turns the tables on the boys.
      When she and Jason are together, with similiarly colored hair, I see them as noona/dongsaeng. Even though she is younger – she is definitely the “big” sister who keeps him on his toes.

      • 71.1.1 hairlove

        u r so right on that

        • hairlove


    • 71.2 sara

      I’m totally with u! 16 ep more plz!!!

  72. 72 Steph

    So so cute! It’s just sad though, that they aren’t 20 percent.

  73. 73 Liz

    I believe that that ‘present’ that the president sent to BH’s mother isn’t because of her dismissal, but rather a bribe to make her quiet, for what happened that night?

  74. 74 nina

    just wonder, samdong voice is really his voice or not?? so wonderful.. anyone know??

    • 74.1 Liz

      Is his voice 😀 amazing, right? He did sing others times before the drama, and also sing in a interview, so is really his voice :)

    • 74.2 yongshin


      ^When he was still a trainee from M-Boat Entertainment. I guess he wanted to be an idol first?


    HOORAY! im uncapped. thank you drama bean, i could read the recap of episodes while i couldnt download. time to WATCH the drama >:D

  76. 76 cpw


  77. 77 bakemono

    anyone else find that scene between sam dong and hyemi right after milky couple confession and before music exam irresistible? it was like serious chemistry was going off between the two and the way he was looking at her….. <3
    he was holding her hand too! kekeke.
    it honestly feels like sam dong has slowly crept into hyemi's heart. or maybe it's suzy's acting improving so she seems more feeling than she used to around sam dong? but she's been happier seeing him happy than when jinguk was. every little bit of progress made her beam and she seemed much more concerned/frantic about sam dong.

    • 77.1 over analyzing

      yes yes I agree.. totally love it.
      I love the new Sam Dong.. he isn’t following HM around anymore and now she starting to miss him.. LOL

  78. 78 Dara

    Super awesome episode, though a little dizzy on the tuning fork, how do you manage to understand so fast about all those pitching things? Love the opening sequence so much, wanna hug HM and the writer to make our beloved SD back on track!

    Love how it’s HM turn to follow him around, LOL.
    And for Jason, Pwahahahahaha at the SD/PS duet, priceless….laughed so much.

    Thanks for your recap, JB.

  79. 79 @.@

    OMO!!!! Seriously, Dream High gets better with each episode!!!!!!!

  80. 80 tiffani

    I completely adore this drama! And I’m so happy that Samdong is over his emo (minus the beiber hair) ways. I like that he’s finally kicking his butt into gear and that Hye Mi’s affections aren’t guilt induced anymore.

    And am I the only one who noticed that Hye Mi is mirroring Jin-Gook’s (her boyfriend?) actions towards Baekhi? The earphone thing when others are talking about her and the shoe tying thing. I like that it’s showing that both boys have taught her a few things when it comes to how she treats people….although right now it mostly seems to be Jin-Gook. Back in epi 10? when she was about yell at SD because he messed up on the coreo, she stops herself (kind of mirroring episode 4 when he told her not to throw a tantrum just bc she was upset).

    And also, what’s with everyone saying that SD deserves HM more than JG? If you really want to put it in perspective, JG “deserves” HM bc he literally has no one. But I’ve always been kind of “meh” on the whole people deserving another person kind of thing. She’s not an inanimate object

    • 80.1 deserves

      The reason why people want SD to end up with HM is because he was there for her thru everything not because he going deaf.. and he’s proving that to HM that he wants her love from her heart and not from pity.

      “”If you really want to put it in perspective, JG “deserves” HM bc he literally has no one.”” —–that’s a bunch of BS- so he deserve her because he doesn’t have anyone?OKAY- that’s a totally great reasoning. I don’t think so.. JG does have people there for him- he has a father(who is finally turning around) and he has a older brother (friend)- the guy that they did SNSD dance for… so JG does have people that love him in his life as well… and as you watch ep 13- as Sam Dong puts it there to JG “you think your the only one that has problems, here’s your 3 problem , let me match the first 2 and let me top your 3rd problem” —

      • 80.1.1 Samz

        EXACTLY. Jin gook has people loving him aswell, if you wanna compare it with Samdong, he only has a mother and i think he is suffering way more than jingook. Yeah hye mi might looks up at both boys but seems like her relationship with jingook is just about the pass thats all they talk about, im kinda sick of their boring stories together it gets ols like move on already, but samdong brings many sides of hye mi. Both guys understands hye mi but samdong sorta changed her

  81. 81 Samz

    Okay basically to be honest…

    I’m not that satisfied with this episode :-S Eeek
    Because first, i was really looking forward to the hye mi/Samdong kiss. Which didn’t happen :( Gutted

    But i’m glad in this episode it turns out that Samdong’s head injury has nothing to do with his illness. What a relief! Because then, if hye mi still looks after him & start developing any kind of feelings, we know it’s not out of guilt :) Thank God.

    The first 10 minutes of the show, i was drowned by own tears. Seeing both Hye mi and Samdong crying it’s just too emotional. But yet, beautiful. You can see she really cares about him, when he’s happy, she’s happy. And when they were talking, Samdong asked her if she likes him.. That was intense! Damn, she looked surprised and embarassed by that question. Samdong is so sweet when he apologized for making her cry. And she got teary-eyed again in the end before he left her standing there!

    Hmmm, Jingook never apologized for making her cry -,-
    And when they were pinching eachother’s face and Samdong saw it. The way hye mi shook jingook off and dropped her hands! Why would she do that if she doesn’t have even the tiniest bit of feelings for Samdong. Even Jingook realised.

    And still, in this episode i don’t feel hye mi/Jingook connection. I just don’t see it. I thought it was cute when they were pinching eachothers face, but only in a friendly way. They look good just being buddys but not as a lover.

    I love it when hye mi pushed Samdong to the wall as if she was gonna do something totally un-expected to him. Even he was surprised!

    There’s 3 more episodes to go. I really hope this show don’t let us down in the end. I really want Samdong and Hyemi to be together though, You can just see they secretely can’t resist eachother :’)

    I want a kiss between them two :(

    • 81.1 Rina

      I’m right with you, I really want Sam-dong to end up with Hye-mi (still waiting for that kiss!). Earlier in the series, Jin-gook teased Sam-dong that Hye-mi would only cry in front of him, hinting that she’s more comfortable with him to drop her mask than she is with him. But she’s been showing more sides of herself to Sam-dong, she’ll cry in front of him, he was there when she hit rock bottom, she has tried hard to help him with his condition even after finding out that it wasn’t caused by head trauma. Also in the last episode (12), she lit up when he came to class, she hasn’t done that for Jin-gook.

      • 81.1.1 Samz

        I just want him to get the best happy ending. Including hye mi in this. Come on SamMi !!

    • 81.2 Stacey Lim

      Possible answer: She could have dropped her hands b/c she knows that SD likes her and doesn’t want to hurt him more than he already has been.

      • 81.2.1 Stacey Lim

        BUT, I think the drama has been pointing towards a HM – SD relationship the past two episodes b/c JG keeps noticing HM showing concern for SD. — the notebook, her mentioning to Teacher Kang about SD, her dropping her hands from his face.

        • tiffani

          but a lot of that had to do with him not knowing background stuff.

          Like Hye Mi smiling at SD when he came back? That was more because they (her and Kang) got him to start trying again (JG didn’t know anything about what was going on and only found out later that SD was having problems. And he told Hye Mi he was mad at her for not telling him).

          Idk they could be going that route (HM/SD)…but i feel like they’re going to make it ambiguous. Or neither, bc if they want to be an idol they can’t really date.

          Plus, it seems to me that they’re implying that JG/HM are dating (they always sit next to each other, do cutesy couple things like feeding each other, and he called to tell her good news, SD alluded to it and HM didn’t correct him etc), and given HM’s family past (her mother leaving her family for another man)…it would be out of character for her to move on like that.

          • may be true

            that may be true … that she ‘s happy because sam came back to class… but I don’t think she had ever really looked at JG in that way..

            But I think it’s because she starting to realize her feeling for SD casue HM shows up to see what SD and PS was doing and was happy to find out that they were just practicing their pitch- you can say that that was nothing but why would HM need to check up on them if she didn’t have more feeling for SD- I mean come she showed just like Jason did. I’m a SD/HM lover but at the end if nobody ended up together except for PS/Jason I’ll be fine with that.

  82. 82 Samz

    Omg didn’t realize i wrote like a whole essay

    • 82.1 DP

      I also want SamMI kiss… but with 3 episodes left, it seems unlikely there will be major development in their relationship romantically.

      It seems that Sam Dong is ready to let Hye Mi go and he’s at ease with JG and Hm relationship (God I wish that I’m completely wrong at interpreting this episode).

      He’s more likely to pursue his dream to become a performer.

      Besides, all I care is Sam Dong smiles again and It sure Brightens my whole day.

      Wow I sounds so cheesy and pathethic. hehehhe…

      • 82.1.1 Samz

        Ah please don’t say that, i really don’t wanna be dissapointed (yet) lol i know Samdong wants to chase his dream and everything, but he started the whole thing because of hye mi. She makes him happy. She made him come with her. Before, he didn’t care about music. But hye mi made him realised. I just want him to be happy but he needs hye mi too to complete his puppy heart :)

        • e

          i thinking what if a reversal happens like in ep 2 hyemi is the one on stage and gets samdong in one of her performances and confesses to him hahaha at the grammy’s? haha OK that was just completely delusional on my part HAHAHA

      • 82.1.2 Stacey Lim

        I don’t think SD has given up on HM yet b/c of what he said to JG. About preparing himself to win against JG for HM’s love.

        • Samz

          That was what i didn’t get. Why did Samdong say that to Jingook? When Samdong told hye mi to not get him confused cos she is giving him mixed signals with the whole caring not out of guilt thing. I feel so sorry for him. He is trying to give up though thats the thing well it looks like it anyway cos he’s not like how he used to towards her. Ahh what is happening now i’m curious of what Samdong meant by that saying to Jingook!?

          I want hye mi to make the effort now, i want her chasing Samdong -_-

          • Stacey Lim

            hahaha. I also thought about this too. (Well, mostly I think we all have too much time and we are all too obsessed with this drama! I know I am.) I also thought that perhaps SD only said this to JG to get him out of his slump. However, I think now that he meant it both ways. I think he wants HM to figure out her feelings, but that he has not given up on her yet, ESPECIALLY since now his hearing will not keep him from performing or from become a star.

          • Autumn

            I personally thought SD only said it just to give JG encouragement and motivation. At the time of the confrontation, i believe SD had accepted (or at least, started to accept) his reality with HM. that’s not to say he’s already over her (or aware of her wavering feelings even), but the boy has matured, he knew he gave his best, if HM still really likes JG, then i am sure he will not interfere. after all, he adores her, i don’t think he will completely disregard her feelings to get what he wants.

          • Ash

            This is what I think..Sam Dong that because Hye Mi used to feel like she had a debt to repay him. So he doesn’t want her to act out of pity.
            I don’t know which couple will be end game but neither guys have given up Hye Mi. If anything I think their rivalry will hit full throttle once Jin Gook gets out of his slump.

      • 82.1.3 kiss kiss

        me too I need a SAMMI kiss … It would seriouly be way more intense than the JG/HM kiss just because when SAMMI acts together it just looks more emotional… anything can happen in 3 ep…. I thought it was going to take longer for SD to get over his hearing issue but look it only took 2 eps and we are back at JG issues…

        Not to butt hurt anyone but man I am pretty sick and tired of JG’s issue.. I’ve seen it since the beginning and I was really looking forward to seeing more development with SD/HM.. why oh why did they have to create more issue for JG.. he was getting so successful in his debut… I was gonna scream when I saw him and his dad .. thank goodness atleast this time there is a new twist But I wonder if he’s feeling more down because of his career or disappointing his dad.. hopefully in the new ep, it willl be more about his dreams and less about complications his dad.

        • Samz

          EXACTLY what i thought.

  83. 83 sylde

    ahhhh Jin Gook, you give the pendant back right now. Hear me? ’cause you for sure ain’t the “K” I’m rooting for.

    But on the other hand, I’m really relieved that Jin Gook might just not be a Noble Idiot with capital letters for no reason- maybe he was hiding something big.


    anyways, this is pure recap love! <3 I find myself unable to watch an episode without simultaneously scrolling down this page :)

    • 83.1 over analyzing

      “ahhhh Jin Gook, you give the pendant back right now. Hear me? ’cause you for sure ain’t the “K” I’m rooting for.” LOL that what i said when SD threw JG the K pendant… but than JG does need it.. but I don’t think he’ll be K.

  84. 84 Rina

    Thank you JB for the recaps!

    I wish I was home watching this instead of work…I can see myself bawling during Sam-dong’s performace.
    I love that Hye-mi continues trying to help him with his condition and that he decides not to give up on his dream.

    Pil-sook and Jason are too cute. I just hope that we get a glimpse of Jason’s phone gallery. I’m hoping its full of her pre-diet pictures.

    Either possibility right now is possible for Jin-gook to beat up President Yoon than just the incident with his father. He has mentioned before how out of all the members of K, she is the least active and in an earlier episode he is seen trying to convince a PD to allow Baek Hee to participate in his program. Also, why would he send her mother an expensive gift if he was trying to out of the group? Is he trying to pressure into accepting it if she wants to continue in the group?

    Didn’t Ok-hyuk say in that it was his opinion that they (1st years like Baek Hee and Jin-gook) were debuting too quickly? Or maybe I made it up?

    • 84.1 Rina

      I forgot to mention, for Baek Hee, regardless of confidence, inferiority and plagiarism issues, I don’t think she would want to commit suicide or hurt herself over President Yoon beating her or her getting removed from the group.

      • 84.1.1 bella luna ;)

        I’ve been thinking too, what BH’s reason is for considering to harm herself. the scary suspicion is that she might have accepted the casting couch after being backed in a corner (plagiarism issue and non-star quality stuff) and then changed her mind which may have caused the president to go violent on her, which could be the scene that Jin Gook walked into. BH could be feeling too much shame from being involved in a casting couch incident, and from breaking from her promise to play it clean. if word comes out regarding the incident, it would totally ruin her.

  85. 85 zam

    i have a feeling i have an idea why baekhee said what she did! yikes!

  86. 86 Stacey Lim

    Does anyone else think that the songs that HM and SD sing during their duet tests are foreshadowing what will happen? HM sings about breaking up and SD sings about wanting to be the most precious person in your heart. eeehh!! HM & SD!! I think JG will become K and SD will get HM. It wouldn’t be fair for K to get the girl and a super stardom.

    • 86.1 Samz


    • 86.2 Samz

      I just watched it again the part where Hye mi sang with Jason, when hye mi’s lyrics goes “We’re really breaking up already” the camera goes straight to Jingook’s face walking towards the class.. Woah i wonder what this means….

    • 86.3 bella luna ;)

      Doctor said, “The people he (Sam Dong) lives with, must know exactly what he can and cannot eat.” and Hye Mi took notes. like a devoted future wife. who just might live with Sam Dong for the rest of her life.


    • 86.4 Justine

      Yeah, I think everyone thought it was the other way around: Sam-dong as K, and Jin-gook gets the girl. But since the pendant is now in Jin-gook’s hands and there’s only 3 more episodes to go, let’s hope it goes the way you predict!

      But who knows? What if K ends up being a girl? Or was it clearly shown as a guy in the first episode? I can’t quite remember. I think Baek Hee still needs the pendant the most. I’m growing more and more sympathetic towards her character.

    • 86.5 Zain

      I thought that too especially when Sam dong was singing. They kept on flashing back to her face and she seemed to be thinking about the lyrics. Also I think the whole reversal with Jason and hye-mi and Sam dong with pil- sook could be a foreshadow to the ending couple. We are 100% sure the milky couple will end up together so it could mean SamMi end up together. Or I am completely overanalyzing it. Besides I heard news at allkpop that Sam dong

      • 86.5.1 Zain

        That Sam dong and HM are going to watch the last episodes with the fans. I don’t know but that seems to be a big hint on the main leading couple. But who knows well find out next week. All I know is i am glad that Kim soo hyun at finally gotten a chance to show his skill these past few episodes. His potrayal of Sam dong’s emotions was gorgeous and very touching. They finally started focusing on him.

        • Samz

          Wow really can i have the link please? Ahhh i wish Kim soo hyun and suzy are together in real life, seems like suzy likes him though cos she always smiles whenever he’s around haha but in the show i do really hope that they’d be together in the end :’)

          And yeah i saw that part too where Sam dong lyrics goes ‘ In your heart, can’t it be me, i want to be the person most precious to you’ Hye mi’s expression.. she looked down as if she was thinking and looked back up at Samdong.. I wonder what she’s thinking. Damn i’m in love, if hye mi wont take him, i certainly will accept his love anytime

          • Zain

            Um you can just go on allkpop and find it. And I am completely beyond love with Kim soo hyun. I find myself obsessing with him more and more after each ep or song. He is the first actor that I am obsessed over. I have loved many actors but he is my first obsession.

          • Samz

            Ditto. I find myself drawn to him i’ve been stalking him everywhere trying to get his latest new LOL so sad but thats the truth i hate to even think this show is gonna end soon. Ahh feel like crying hate waiting for a week to see the next ep

  87. 87 nomujoha

    i LOVE dream high and it’s OSTs. XD

  88. 88 bella luna ;)

    HyeMi looked like Seul (Secret Garden) during that showcase scene where she was at the second floor coaching Sam Dong. Also noticed the similar character development with HM and Seul.

    The stage. I knew it that the stage would be friendly to Sam Dong. It’s the same stage that they used for the rogue showcase. Stage knows and remembers its friends. 😉

  89. 89 pam

    We’re nearing the end of this series and:

    1) I still can’t guess who K is going to be.
    2) I still can’t guess who will end up with whom (except for the Milk Couple).


    3) I think I can guess who is going to win a certain BET… :-)

  90. 90 Lisa

    Here’s a subbed clip of the Sukira interview scene with Leeteuk and Eunhyuk


  91. 91 Ami

    I do think BH’s drama is about the casting couch scenario. This would fit in with her reaction to receiving the box of abalone. I don’t think the gift was a prelude to getting kicked out of the group. People don’t tend to send expensive gifts to people they are going to get rid of… unless they do in Korea?

  92. 92 bella luna ;)

    can’t wait for Doo Sik to go compete head-on with Top Ent. president. I hope he employs his gangster side and teach TE pres a lesson for messing with minors. On the other hand, DS tried to mess with a minor – HM – only in a different way. and am I thankful that it wasn’t something similar to casting couch. (shudders) so yeah, DS should go gangster on TE pres. after all they both have gangster pasts.

    and I love the Sam Dong – Jin Guk dynamics. if it were a pair of rivals from another drama, there might have been tons of blood-curling brooding, evil-plotting, and senseless jealousy extravaganza between the two. oh but no, in this Show they maintain civility. no, they remain friends despite the rivalry in all aspects. they even show genuine concern for each other, and inspire/challenge one another to get out of their quicksands. love ’em.

    • 92.1 h311ybean

      Ooh, I would love to see the CEOs go toe-to-toe. It’s on like Donkey Kong!

      The thing about his messing with Hye-mi is that he did it out of business – her father owed him money and in Mr. Go’s absence, Doo-shik tried to collect from his daughter. But he also just wanted his money back, so he tried to put Hye-mi to work (but only as a singer – I think the fact that he didn’t make her do anything more drastic says a lot about his sense of decency). When Oh-hyuk took over her debt, he didn’t directly hassle her anymore.

      On the other hand, instead of getting Baek-hee any honest job out there for an idol down on her luck (ribbon-cutting at a supermarket, “ghost singing gigs” like Pil-sook did for Ria, etc.) to recoup his investment, he seems to have tried to get something else by possibly suggesting a sponsorship situation. Ew.

      Doo-shik should totally implement a hostile takeover of Top Entertainment :-p

  93. 93 estar

    Thanks for the recap. Lifetime lurker but Dream High has brought me out. Can’t wait till somebody puts up a video of all the Milky scenes on Youtube. They are adorable. And yay for Happy Samdong’s return. Pilsuk brings out the best in everybody. I hope she’s “K” at the end.

  94. 94 bella luna ;)

    from Bad Minion (Lahlita)’s post in Ep 12 recap:
    “Taecyeon’s face has more planes and angles. He’s sharper and more rugged (and foine, holla!), but it does also mean that one needs must watch the angles.”

    fits his name: Ok Taecyeon. which sounds like “octagon.” many sides. 😉

    • 94.1 Bluefyre

      LOL. That cracked me up 😀

    • 94.2 Bad Minion (Lahlita)

      Hahaha, you dweeb! That’s cute.

  95. 95 Lauren

    I am thoroughly in LOVE with every single piece of this drama. And if Sam Dong and Hye Mi don’t end up together, there will be WORDS.

    • 95.1 Samz

      I SECOND THAT. I’ll actually go mental if they don’t end up together. They have way too much chemistry i love them so much it’s sickening

  96. 96 Miyoung

    I actually thought of the casting couch situation too when then end of the episode rolled around. It would also explain the gift from the agency, a “shut your mouth and don’t tell anyone what you saw” sort of thing. I wouldn’t be surprised if this drama attempts to tackle that issue (at least I’m hoping they try) but either way I’m going to DIE waiting for next Monday.

    How likely do you think there’s going to be a season 2? Thinking of the end of this drama is already upsetting me :'(

    • 96.1 Samz

      ME TOO i was having a depressed moment to myself earlier on thinking there’s 3 episodes left :/ I think when this drama ends, i can see myself becoming lifeless. Im so used to it i hate to see it ends :'(

  97. 97 crazedlu

    OH MY FLIP! excited!! i love this so much.

  98. 98 Justine

    Argh Jason and Pil-sook are so adorable. My favourite scene was when Jason smiles like an idiot while Pil-sook’s singing and then always looks so affronted when Sam-dong joins in (haha probably still upset over the meeting that those two had). I’m so pleasantly surprised by Wooyoung’s acting. Jason is slowly becoming my favourite, actually. But WHO IS THIS JULIE PERSON?

    I’m glad Sam-song’s lightening up and smiling alot more. Did anyone else find his expressions insanely attractive when he was backed up against the wall by Hye-mi? His amused expressions kill me. And I am still crazy about the haircut and the earring.

    I really really want to know who Hye-mi ends up with, if at all. It seems like she’s dating Jin-gook, though the part where she backed Sam-dong against, she did look a little flustered by him, but that could just be Suzy. I mean, who wouldn’t be right?

    3 more episodes, I DON’T WANT THIS TO END!

    • 98.1 Samz

      I’m guessing julie is his sister and the picture on Jason’s phone is pilsook that’s why he didn’t want her especially to see it 😛

      And yes!! When hye mi did that i was like you go girl ! Then the way he touched her hands telling her he wont need help, he’ll impress her cos he can do it i was drooooling. Phwoar this guy is just too much to handle with his prefection looks and acting skills. I think hye mi acts better around Samdong.

      I don’t wanna see this show end too :'( im depressed already f my life!

    • 98.2 Kim

      I also think Wooyoung’s acting has been good in this show, better than Taec (much as I love the boy). Plus WY is hilarious. Seriously, that boy is a natural comedian (his ssanti dances are just one [but awesome] example of this).

      And I agree with Samz that it’s probably a sister, or a cousin or something. That’s what I thought as soon as I saw that scene.

  99. 99 bella luna ;)

    Jin Guk singing My Valentine… maybe I’m over-analyzing, but if the song’s for Hye Mi then it’s a telling sign that in the end (song was played after the closing billboard) she will leave him and he will hate her but eventually get over it.

    I dunno why but when Jin Guk opened his hand to look at the pendant that Sam Dong tossed to him, in my mind I screamed, “Owner found!”

    I really think Jin Guk will be K. (Also, I am reminded of him asking Oh Hyuk in an earlier episode if he is going to be as famous as Michael Jackson.)

    • 99.1 Samz

      Lets hope that happens !

  100. 100 Hairlove

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM DONG may ur wishes come true

    • 100.1 bella luna ;)

      Yay! Happy Birthday Kim Soo Hyun! :)

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