Drama Recaps
Dream High: Episode 9
by | February 1, 2011 | 367 Comments

Woot! It’s Dance-Off Time! It’s glitter and gold and rivalries galore, as we find out just how much the tables have turned in 200 days. Some people come back with moves, others come back with feelings, and some show up with remorse and a new attitude. Let the games begin.


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We see that in the 200 days, Hye-mi has been spurred on to dig her heels in and really make an effort to catch up to Baek-hee. We see her and Sam-dong practicing for their latest midterm, which was what we witnessed at the end of the last episode. (And how cute is it to watch Sam-dong dance?)

Oh-hyuk gives the Misfits their midterm scores proudly, but their faces fall when they hear that they’re not high enough to get them out of the university prep class. Their spirits sag at the thought of spending their sophomore year in here too.

But Oh-hyuk has a plan. There’s a dance competition coming up, and if they can enter and win, they’ll earn enough points to get out of Misfitland. But! We love Misfitland!

They balk at being able to win a national dance competition, but Oh-hyuk tells them not to worry; they have a secret weapon. Cut to “Dance God” Yang Jin-man, doing a dance…that I can’t even…with an outfit…that’s just…pwahahaha. I love this guy.

Hye-mi loses a round of rock-paper-scissors (which she suggested, heh) and heads to the arena where she registers the Misfits for the competition. She runs into Baek-hee, who coolly acknowledges that she saw Hye-mi’s midterm dance and that she’s improved.

Now it’s Hye-mi’s turn to thank her frenemy, for being good motivation for her to succeed. She dangles the K pendant in Baek-hee’s face, saying that she was right; it really does have some luck.

Baek-hee confirms that she’s entering the competition too, (In truth, it’d be no fun without you, Baek-hee.) and wonders who will win. Hye-mi: “What does it matter who wins, as long as we try out best…is what I can’t bring myself to say.” HA! She even has the accompanying facial expressions to fake her out.

Hye-mi declares that she’ll win this competition and her way out of the university prep class, and Baek-hee just says we’ll wait and see. But as Hye-mi turns to walk away, she can’t help but get this last dig in: that she’s here to sign up Shi-hyuk (Jin-gook), and Hye-mi pauses at the mention of his name.

Pil-sook looks intently at the poster for the dance competition at school, and tries out a few dance poses, thinking that she’s alone. But Chipmunk walks up right behind her, and starts mimicking her moves. Oh my god, I love the idea that he might become HER secret admirer now. So. Good.

She gets into the dancing and twirls around, only to come face to face with Jason, and fall back in shock. He lurches forward to grab her and keep her from falling, leading to much awkwardness and avoidance of eye contact. It’s adorable.

He asks if she’s entering the competition, and he says he is too, since that’s what Principal Shi required of everyone in K, in order to make up for all their absences. She asks if he came here to say something to her, and he says no…but does she maybe have something to say to him? Eee! Are you fishing for her to re-ask you if you like her?

And by the way, I’m totally in the he-liked-her-before-she-was-skinny camp. Because he looked for her before he knew she looked like this. And because he has to, in order for me to keep rooting for them. Drama, please don’t change my mind about this. Don’t do it.

She says no, and then when Ria walks up, she excuses herself shyly and walks away. Jason can’t hide his disappointment at what she didn’t ask him. Ria wonders who that is, and he tells her it’s Pil-sook, the girl she said would never debut unless she lost 30kg. Ria just scoffs that looks aren’t enough for someone to debut, and Chipmunk counters, “Well, you can’t sing, but you debuted.” LOL.

On her way home with Sam-dong, Hye-mi gets a call that Jin-gook has returned home, and gets a request to bring home cake. Sam-dong volunteers to run and get one, and even write “Welcome home” on it, and sends Hye-mi home ahead of him.

At home, Jin-gook presents the family with gifts, and gets a squeal from Noona over a handbag, and a kiss on the cheek from Hye-mi’s little sister (which hilariously prompts a yelling session from a very jealous Noona). He waits for Hye-mi with a gift in his hand.

But when Hye-mi arrives in front of the house, she’s greeted by a group of fangirls (with posters that say: “Jin-gook Over Flowers.” Ha. They refuse to let her pass because they assume she’s just a crazy fangirl, and she’s quick to tell them that they’re the crazy ones, and besides, she’s not even his fan. They gang up on her and start with the hair pulling, until Sam-dong breaks it up to save her.

Jin-gook rushes out to ask if she’s okay, but Sam-dong blocks him from getting any closer to Hye-mi, and tells him it’s best if he leaves. Jin-gook watches sadly as Sam-dong takes her inside, and sees the welcome home cake splattered on the ground.

Hye-mi goes inside and sees the present from Jin-gook on her desk, and puts it away sadly.

Later Jin-gook returns to their old studio, and finds Sam-dong there, practicing till late. He asks if Hye-mi’s around, and thanks Sam-dong for saving her the other night. Sam-dong gets up in Jin-gook’s face, and says with dramatic tension, “I don’t think that’s something you should be thanking me for.” (As in: you are not her keeper, so don’t pretend I saved your girl.)

Oooooh. I miss the days when you were wearing each other’s underwear (I was really hoping there was a gift box for Sam-dong with a pair of boxer briefs.) but I do enjoy that there’s a new rivalry in town.

Sam-dong reminds him that he asked if he liked Hye-mi and he said he didn’t. Sam-dong: “If I ask you again now, will your answer be the same?” Jin-gook: “No.” Aw, yeah.

Sam-dong gives it to him straight: He likes Hye-mi, and he’s never going to give her up. Gah, I freaking love your bleeding heart high school boy adoration. It’s totally unrealistic, but that’s what high school love is like.

It’s time for Dance of the Year, as the contestants gather for team-picking and such. Presiding over the events is the judge, a cameo by Koo Jun-yup (DJ Koo of Clon). The team captains are picked at random, but of course Hye-mi and Baek-hee get chosen.

Hye-mi has first pick at her team, and both Sam-dong and Jin-gook stare nervously as she looks between them…and then picks Jason. Hahaha. Hey, first pick means you get first shot at the best dancer, and I love that Hye-mi’s like, screw boys, imma win.

Baek-hee picks Jin-gook, and Hye-mi chooses the rest of the Misfits to round out her foursome. Next comes the performance order and theme, which is strangely enough, an animal. Hye-mi’s team gets Bird, while Baek-hee’s team gets Snake. Even the kids note that it’s an interesting coincidence, as birds and snakes have very obvious connotations in folklore as signs of good and evil, respectively.

Easy-going Jason is happy to join the team, and even gets a welcome high-five from Sam-dong. Yay, I much prefer Chipmunk as a Misfit. Jin-gook looks on wistfully, but gets a stare-down from Sam-dong and Baek-hee wonders if she did the wrong thing, picking Jin-gook when he wanted to be on Hye-mi’s team. He says she did the right thing, and that they have to win.

The Misfits head to the studio to practice, and as they explain their studio space to Jason, he says that he knows—he’s been there before. Pil-sook turns around to ask when, and he sheepishly confesses to following her that day they went to the noraebang, because he was “bored.” Bored, my ass.

Sam-dong teases them for appearing to have a deeper history than they let on, but both PIl-sook and Jason deny it. They reach the studio, but find that the entrance has been blocked. They call Oh-hyuk with the news that the landlord sold the place. (I thought it was abandoned…so who was paying rent on it this whole time?)

Oh-hyuk is in the middle of making a payment to debt collector Man Doo-shik, who hears the news and offers up his nightclub (before hours) for the kids to practice in. He even offers it at no charge, prompting Oh-hyuk’s fluttering eyelashes of gratitude. Doo-shik jumps back, yelling at him not to make that face anymore. Why, are you afraid of being the Terius to his Candy again? Keh.

They get to practice, as Jin-man plays videos of birds for them to watch. Jason doubts Jin-man’s skills as a dancer and choreographer, prompting an almost-dance-off (which would have been awesome) but sadly, Jin-man backs down. Heh.

At practice, he tells them to think of the birds and move like them. Jason pecks like a chicken, Pil-sook flutters, Sam-dong clucks, and Hye-mi….isn’t even a bird, as she does a classical Korean folk dance. Ha. Jin-man bursts their bird-bubbles, and shows them how to flap their wings, as he choreographs their number, featuring a solo for Chipmunk. Can a chipmunk play a bird?

In the coming days, Sam-dong learns Jason’s moves, and Hye-mi catches him in the studio, practicing Jason’s solo. He asks if it’s so crazy that he could maybe learn it better than Jason and scoop the solo out from under him…and Hye-mi answers truthfully that it IS that crazy. Sam-dong knows it but he doesn’t care. He gets close to her, and says that he’s not going to give up…on anything. Rawr?

But of course, things are never that easy for the Misfits, as they run into another snag. The cops find issue with their presence in a nightclub, and they get hauled off to the police station for questioning. Doo-shik gets punished, while the kids get to leave with their teacher…and in walks Principal Shi. Uh-oh.

Principal Shi brings Oh-hyuk in to ask not about the practice space, but about the man he saw at the police station, remembering him as the talent agent who borrowed the school’s auditorium the day of the showcase. We don’t see how Oh-hyuk talks himself out of it, but he tells the kids that they’re okay to compete. They wonder where they’ll practice now…

They stand awkwardly in the middle of a jjimjilbang (24-hour sauna) as Jin-man wonders if this is really what it’s come down to. Oh-hyuk tells them that it’ll be fine, and they practice, with Sam-dong filling in for Jason’s solo.

Cue dance montage, as both teams practice. Aw, yeah!

We go straight into the competition, as Team Snake does indeed writhe around like a snake, dressed in all black, in case we forget who the bad guys are. Team Bird is dressed in all white, of course, and I’m lamenting the fact that we didn’t get to see Sam-dong during his makeup session where he got sprayed with all that manly glitter.

Backstage, Jin-man tells Jason that they changed a part of the routine, and tries to teach him the steps. Oh-hyuk steps in to say that since Sam-dong’s been to ALL the rehearsals, he should do the solo. Chipmunk and his giant ego argue that he doesn’t even need to learn new steps; he can just freestyle it.

Oh-hyuk asks Sam-dong if he can do it, and he hesitates, so Oh-hyuk tells him that the longer he thinks, the less courage he’ll have. He says he’s up to the challenge. Jin-man and Jason protest, but Hye-mi backs Sam-dong. Put to a democratic vote, Pil-sook is the final word. Chipmunk smiles, thinking he’s got it in the bag…as Pil-sook votes for Sam-dong. Burrrrrn.

In the audience, Jin-man complains to the other teachers about Oh-hyuk’s crazy stunt, and Kyung-jin marvels at Oh-hyuk’s dogged principles. She can see that he’s trying to teach Jason a lesson—that talent does not win over hard work.

Team Bird does their routine to a hip-hop version of Swan Lake, which is weird, but pretty to look at. Essentially, they aren’t better dancers than Team Snake, and Sam-dong does a good job, but in truth his dance skills aren’t the show-stopping kind.

Backstage, Chipmunk tells Pil-sook that if he’d done the solo, they would have gotten first place instead of third. Pil-sook thinks it’s fine if they managed to get out of the university prep class, but then can’t take his complacency anymore.

She tells him that he should have been angry that his solo was taken, but here he is, not a care in the world, and that he never should have abandoned his own showcase for hers. Pil-sook: “You have no desire, no dream, no goal.”

Jason gets defensive that she’s trying to lecture him, and Pil-sook adds the kicker: “It’s because I genuinely feel bad for you.” Ouch.

She apologizes for making him feel bad and starts to walk away. Jason: “I wasn’t going to say anything because I’m embarrassed and it hurts my ego, but…why aren’t you keeping your promise?” Eeee!

Pil-sook: Promise? Oh…the 200-day proposal. You know, it was really hard for me to lose weight. I couldn’t eat or drink what I wanted. I nearly died and came back to life. And then when I thought about it…about doing all that because of you…it felt like a waste. I wonder if I did all that for someone who has no dreams, no goals. So, I gave it up.

God, I love that she’s not just thoughtlessly in love with him anymore, and that maybe he’s why she started her diet, but not the entirety of HER dreams and goals. Yay for Pil-sook.

Chipmunk’s ego is bruised beyond…well, probably worse than he’s ever been bruised, considering he’s the golden boy who just coasts through life. So he lashes out at Pil-sook, who says that she’s saying all this because she’s his fan. He says she’s not a caring fan, but a fan who’s overstepping her bounds. He leaves her, clutching her last yogurt cap, the 200-day marker that she’s still holding onto.

Hye-mi smiles at her third-place trophy, and Baek-hee smugly puts her first-place one right next to it to gloat. But to her utter surprise, Hye-mi congratulates her on winning with genuine praise. Baek-hee literally does a double take, wondering what bizarro world she walked into, and explains that SHE won…while Hye-mi lost…

Hye-mi says she knows, but her goal today was to get out of the university prep class, which she did. She adds that someone once told her that not being able to congratulate a friend on her success is living in a hell of your own making. She says sincerely that she doesn’t want to live in that hell, and tells Baek-hee that she did a really good job. Baek-hee reels, somehow angrier that Hye-mi seems to be above the petty rivalry.

Outside, Sam-dong beams at Hye-mi, having overheard her quote his words to Baek-hee. He adds that he told her so, about not giving up, and getting to do the solo. She admits that he was right, and in his glee, he gives her a kiss on the cheek, and then runs for his life. Ha.

Jin-gook witnesses the kiss, and his face falls. Dude, you’re the one who went away and didn’t call. Don’t be mad at underwear boy for taking his chance. Gah, the sad puppy dog faces on either side of this triangle just kill me.

Kyung-jin finds Baek-hee stewing alone, wondering why she isn’t celebrating her victory with the others. Baek-hee: “I feel like I’ve been using all my strength to play tug-o’-war, only to find that my opponent has dropped the rope and left me.”

Both Baek-hee and Jin-gook spend their victory party brooding over Hye-mi, for very different reasons.

The next morning, the story finally breaks that Jin-gook is the illegitimate son of Chairman Hyun. What the…what was the press doing for the past 200 days? Anyway, everyone, including Hye-mi finds out.

Jin-gook braces himself, as Daddy calls and tells him how they’re going to handle it. The next thing you know, they’re giving a tv interview, and Dad is claiming that the stories are false: he adopted Shi-hyuk when he was ten. Oh, that’s just mean. The worst part is, Jin-gook totally lets himself get bamboozled by Daddy, because that’s how much he wants to be loved.

He says that even if the rumors were true, he would have continued to love and respect his father. Aw. It kills me that you love your fakey fakerson father so much. Out in the hall, he asks if this means he really doesn’t have a father anymore, and walks away. In the car, Dad finds a gift left behind by Jin-gook. That’s right; you’d better feel guilty.

Later Jin-gook comes to find Hye-mi to lean on. He tries to be cute with her, but she’s not having any of that, so he chooses a backhug instead. Melt. He even cries on her shoulder, literally, for good measure. She starts to thaw a little when she realizes that he’s crying, but he says he’s fine and walks off.

By the time she turns around to catch up to him, she finds him with Baek-hee, who’s come to check if he’s okay.

At school the kids lament that they can’t afford to go on the class trip to Japan, where group K will also be shooting their music video, at the same time of course. Japan? I was lucky if I got to go to a few local museums when I was in high school. Yeesh.

Oh-hyuk really wants to send them, but they refuse to let him spend more money on them. He goes to see Doo-shik anyway, who has a better idea than giving him another loan: if the kids will sing at his friend-of-friend’s wedding in Japan, he’ll pay for the expenses. Hm. Something tells me this isn’t going to be an ordinary wedding.

Pil-sook volunteers to find the song, and in the library, she sees Jason listening to a song, and then sneaks a listen once he leaves. It’s Panic’s “기다리다,” or “While Waiting,” posted up above. Another Boys Over Flowers reference?

The song plays as Chipmunk goes to his locker, at first ignoring his daily lollipop taped to the door. But in the end he can’t leave it there, and takes it with him. Aw.

Sam-dong and Hye-mi get ready for the big trip, and hurry Oh-hyuk along. He watches them with a thoughtful smile on his face, as we flashback to his meeting with Principal Shi. We find out that the principal couldn’t mess with Oh-hyuk because of his ironclad contract with President Jung, but threatened to expel the kids instead.

Oh-hyuk made a deal to keep them in school—he’d resign, as long as they got to stay. Principal Shi agreed to terms, and set the class trip as his final deadline.

Back in the present, Hye-mi and Sam-dong egg him on, and he smiles at them wistfully, putting on a brave face. Aw, teacher, don’t go!


This drama continues to be insanely awesome, and I was ready to say that even before the dancetastic preview intercut with Jin-man’s “Too Legit 2 Quit.” I mean, what is there to even say about that, other than it makes me smile like an idiot?

The love triangles in this drama are so well-matched, that every five seconds I’m rooting for someone new, and basically I just end up in circles, except I’m happy about it the entire time. It’s more like a tilt-a-whirl than a triangle, and I’m throwing my hands up and going “wheeee!”

I was worried that I would end up hating the Pil-sook/Jason couple after she went on her boy-motivated diet, but now I find them much more interesting, because the 200 days created enough distance and misunderstanding for the tables to turn. Now Chipmunk’s the one who’s confused and orbiting her, so it makes them more evenly matched. And not because she’s pretty now, but because she’s discovered things about herself and her dream in the process.

I also like that they’re doing something with Jason’s character, and jolting him out of his golden-boy complacency. The idea that he’s resting on his laurels while everyone else fights tooth and nail is an interesting dynamic to bring up, and I hope Pil-sook’s words challenge him to find a dream.

But the best part of the reversal is Baek-hee’s feeling of being left behind by her rival. She’s someone who’s motivated by competition, and now that Hye-mi doesn’t want to play that game, she’s actually feeling adrift. It redefines the frenemy relationship, and makes their connection so interestingly layered—it’s love and hate, fuel and poison. I think theirs is the relationship to look out for.

Besides, how’s a girl to choose between these two?


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367 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. questions987

    Pil Sook so pretty! Stalking accomlished – is it sad that I won’t watch the show but I LOVE the recaps?

    • 1.1 pumpkinattack

      Wow, you really are first! (o;
      I came to check. Ha!

      Thanks for the recap, gf!

      • 1.1.1 pumpkinattack

        P.S. Me, too, questions. I have yet to watch this show. I’m so busy… but, there’s always time for dramabeans!!!

        • maria

          duhhling, i pull time out of thin air, just for Dramabeans! 😀

          • paper

            ^ LOL at your comment <3

            I know how to break the time space continuum 😀
            Thats how i manage to watch all my shows and troll on the net :3

            Thanks for the recap GF <3

    • 1.2 onehappycamper

      wow! i do the same as well! ^^

    • 1.3 ck1Oz

      Yo….two of you up in front.You stalking?

      LOL…questions…ep 1 DH is waiting for you to get the channel up dear.

      And then you can join the rest of us.I love the Milk couple.

      • 1.3.1 pumpkinattack

        Yes… We’re stalking… stalking YOU! ;D

        • questions987

          Uhhh no? I was stalking jb. I only stalk jb both on here and twitter. Why would I stalk the wonder from down under?

          • pumpkinattack

            Duuuuh! The real question is why wouldn’t you?
            See, you’re obviously back again to read this…

    • 1.4 dramalover2012

      dont worry! im the same way! 😀

    • 1.5 Janeb

      Hahaha, i thought I was the only one… Since I don’t have time to watch the shows I get my kdrama fix through reading girlfriday and javabeans’ recaps. I was talking to a friend who watched the Secret Garden and we were discussing some of the highlights and she couldn’t believe I have not yet seen any of the episodes but I knew all the details… Thank u javabeans and girlfriday… I always have time for dramabeans!

      • 1.5.1 Lurkee

        Hahaha! I too get my kdrama fix through JB and GF recaps. In fact, I now seem to enjoy reading recaps more than watching dramas. Everyday at any time of the day, early morning or late at night, at home, in the office, and on the mobile phone, there is always Dramabeans. Thank you so much JB & GF!

        • Lili

          I second that THERE IS ALWAYS TIME FOR dramabeans.

    • 1.6 theasianstalker

      You should really try to watch it if you have time!

  2. xiaoSxin

    this is episode is all about KSH!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s his time to shine.. and boy does he sparkle like GOLD!!!

    • 2.1 peanut butter

      And the glitter and manly makeup help!

      • 2.1.1 e

        dont forget the jawline when he kissed Hyemi..haha totally hot…darn hot and cute how can you not love him?

        • peanut butter

          *nods* that is one amazing jawline!

          i am totally defeated by him….no urge to resist left…

        • malia

          totally had to stop myself drooling when i saw that jawline. PHOAR!

        • smiles

          Its weird to comment on – but its true his jawline was so freaking hot!!! How can that be?

          If hyemi ends up with Jin-gook i will freaking DIE! Sure he’s insanely beautiful and rather sexy – but KSH, he has my heart and no one can shake it from him!

    • 2.2 sora

      i love himmmmmmmmmm lol

    • 2.3 e

      finally kim soo hyun’s acting chops are used..he is totally killing his role one minute he is the sweet bumpkin the next he is the i will fight for my dream and girl man the next..you can clearly see his character is in transition and he is portraying it really well.

    • 2.4 Dara

      His GLARE! His KISS! I was like damnnnnnn…

  3. lovenyc52

    yay thank you~!!!! been looking forward to recaps after i watched it raw… some big moments in this one!! 😀

  4. Ace

    Thank you for the recap!

    Aw, what will happen to teacher Kang now?
    I loved Hye-mi’s scene with Baek-hee telling her she’s not mad that they didn’t win first place.
    Sam Dong is great at the solo dance and LOL at his courage on giving Hye-mi a kiss! In your face Jin-gook!
    And Pil-sook! So great with Jason! You deserve that boy!

    Re: Preview on next episode! Oh, my Sam-dong! Why’d you have to see that elevator scene?

    • 4.1 Rika

      But does that boy deserve Pil-Sook? First he needs to find his own dream. I love that she has grown so much in 200 days. It’s a huge mental change. I’m proud 😀

      I’m definitely shipping Sam-Dong with Hye-Mi. Jin-Gook can just leave now…

    • 4.2 smiles

      Preview – Sam-Dong, how can you break my heart after seeing your for a second. I am dreading next week.

  5. just a girl

    I feel so old, because I actually remember 2 Legit 2 Quit. Please tell me I’m not alone. BTW, I need someone else to tell me I did not see JYP doing the Hammer Dance during the credits. Seriously, tell me it isn’t so

    • 5.1 maria

      cannot unsee. O_O

    • 5.2 momosan

      You aren’t alone. Not at all. And the Hammer pants will give me nightmares.

      • 5.2.1 jem

        Lol me too

    • 5.3 lovenyc52

      hilarity…. u gotta love JYP in this.. it just comes so naturally to him lol

    • 5.4 anais

      You’re not alone! JYP doing the Hammer Dance with the MC Hammer pants. Ridic.

    • 5.5 hookedonmonix

      *raises hand* Oh yes, sadly I remember. I remember well. Although, I was over the Hammer by then. My fandom was limited to one summer. That summer was also, coincidentally the only summer I laid out in the sun to tan. Turns out, I’d rather look undead than lay in one spot baking for what felt like hours.

    • 5.6 Tiffani

      remember the song? Heck, I remember the dance/hand thingy

      • 5.6.1 Mayounaise

        Me second! I remember the dance routine tooo!! Am getting old…

        • Duncerblur

          Not only do I remember, I actually danced it. Think I still have the pants too. *Bangs head on keyboard in shame*

          I think JYP is the best thing in this drama – never thought would find myself saying that. He totally cracks me up.

          • Jomo

            Had the pants. LOVED the pants.

    • 5.7 LeMonS

      OMG – that was the most awesome post show clip ever. I will always love him just for being brave enough to put on the shiny pink and do the hammer. So awesome.

    • 5.8 HalfALu

      Frickin’ Awesome. He killed the hammer dance. And I LOOOVED the hammer pants!! I cracked up soo much. Even if this episode sucked (which it didn’t) I would’ve watched JUST for the dance at the end!

      • 5.8.1 gustave154

        JYP really is the Dancing God xD

  6. maria

    yes! my stalkeryness reaps rewards!! THANK YOU!!

    oh pil sook, why do you fight it??? he’s adorable, cmon let’s face it!!! you know it, i know, HE knows it, RIA knows it… but i mean, i LOVE LOVE LOVE how you came back strong, making him work for the 200th day confession and all. you go, girl. realizing your self-worth along the agonizing path of self-reformation. YAHAY!! i mean, that’s all he wanted for you all along as well, but he shoulda told you that. YAHAY! i can’t wait for the day when it’s JASON who leaves lollipops for Pil Sook!!

    and i am strangely invested in HyeMi and Jin Gook, but LOVE samdong. there is confusion in my heart! HELP ME!!!
    won’t somebody give me a prescription for Second Lead Syndrome Pills!!!! PLEASE!!

  7. laya

    Go, Hye-mi! Looks like she’s coming into her own! ^_^ Go, Pil-sook, too! ^_^

    Thanks for the recap, GF! I hope I can get to watch this someday (maybe when it’s done airing in Korea, hehe).

    • 7.1 AmbieH

      you can watch it now….

  8. TeARsFade

    waited all night.
    thanks for the recap GF :)

  9. singingzombies

    Wow this recap is surprisingly faster than usual. Awesome review as always gf.

    Totally agree, Dream High has the best credit sequences EVAR. Seriously, do I dare hope that they just end each episode with a fun dance sequence as the credits roll. Two woots and a half if they do. Jin-Man can bust some moves woo!

    • 9.1 gustave154

      i agree watching the credit makes me wanna learn the dance steps and dance along xD

  10. 10 Thebelovedvampire

    OMG I LOVE U girlfirday ,Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooo much for the Fantastic Recap & I do agree with the last question , made me grin widely, Really how can she choose between those 2 ???

    that’s totally up to the writer’s choice 😛

  11. 11 AR

    Usually kdramas slow down at around ep. 9-10, but I’m happy to say I’m still hooked on this one.

    Park Jin-young dancing to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean was too hilarious. And Dance God?!? Hahaha.

  12. 12 Hanni R.

    Yay! More fun! Thanks for the recap.

  13. 13 sshfan


    I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE how the writers are developing the characters of Jason and Pilsook…

    Man there were some feelings both Jason and Pilsook had for each other before Pilsook’s weight loss that were still child-like and almost naive….

    but as Pilsook goes through this physical transformation, she goes through a mental one as well and creates this boldness inside of her that even shocks Jason….

    and I LOVE how girlfriday puts the whole thing together…. that Jason is now the one in Pilsook’s shoes and HE’s the one that will start falling in LOVE with her and FIGHTING for her…


    • 13.1 hookedonmonix

      what I’m wondering is, if in fact Jason did like Pil-sook before the slimdown (as girlfriday believes, and I hope she’s right,) why didn’t he admit it then? What was stopping him? I can only think of the following options: 1. There’s a secret noble reason in which not having her love returned was somehow good for Pil-sook (which seems like it’d have to be a pretty dumb scenario) 2. Jason felt inferior to her love, (in which case, why would he suddenly expect it of her once she slimmed down?) or 3. he didn’t want to like her, or didn’t want to admit it -as in- he was embarrassed of her. (If true, this one would basically make him as shallow as if he suddenly started liking her once she got “pretty”)

      wow, that sounds like I’m arguing against Jason having liked Pil-sook before the 200 days, which I’m not….I don’t think. OOH! I got it. Jason didn’t know he had feelings for Pil-sook until he had to be without her for 200 days. Aaah, rambling on and on does have its upside.

      • 13.1.1 sshfan

        haha… actually i think you cleared it up for me too!
        thanks!! lol

      • 13.1.2 hookedonmonix

        p.s. I kind of wish Pil-sook would have told Jason “If you didn’t want me then, you have no reason to want me now.”

        but then it’d be way to easy for them to reconcile their crushes.

      • 13.1.3 tmi129

        I’m taking it as more of a—he didn’t out and out like her before the slim down, but the foundation was set then. Like, he likes her as a person, and maybe was on the way to liking her as a girl (without realizing it) but the time apart and verbal beat down she hands him is what jump starts his own crush. Because now she’s an equal and he’ll have to recognizer her for her own merits.

        To be honest, I don’t think I’d like it too much if he was smitten with her before slim down (because that’d mean he leaves behind the girl he likes to join the group he doesn’t even care about…) Besides, they were so unequal before–she just followed him like a puppy. Cute, but not girlfriend material. But when he comes back, not only is she super pretty, but she greets him like a friend and not her idol–much better. Much more like a potential girlfriend.

        At least, this is my rationalization of it. Love this couple~

        • hookedonmonix

          Just so long as it isn’t a transformation entirely fueled by her newly discovered hotness.

        • Nhu

          I agree with you. My interpretation is that he didn’t really have a crush on her. Like he said himself, he liked her, but as a friend, having never thought of her in any other way – which is aided of course by the fact that she followed him around like a cute little puppy/fan. Adorable, but doesn’t aid anyone in thinking of the other as a potential romantic interest. But when she finally laid out on the table that she DID like him, and made that outrageous promise, obviously she would linger in his mind for the 200 days apart…. His curiosity and feelings evolved over time, and this is proven by the fact that he looks for her when he returns.

          Of course, now, she’s also his equal in terms of “star material” (because, sadly, that’s what her losing weight means), but also his intellectual/emotional superior – and that gentle reproof of hers is also extremely powerful in that it makes him realize that her love isn’t unconditional – and so he’d naturally start striving for her and through that fostering his budding attraction. I think it makes sense and is very well done, and I’m VERY glad they handled the weight issue bomb well (so far).

    • 13.2 queencircles

      I love that too! Such a great/cute/OMGadorable sup-plot. Good developments.

      That’s what is great about this show: ALL the characters have depth! It’s awesome!! I basically love every character. No character is flat. All the triangles are well developed, there’s no one off just brooding silently for no real reason, no secret shadowing … we get to see interaction and how those feelings got there! Ahh the depth. These are all like real people and real relationships! Love it!

      GOD this show is so fan-fricken-tastic I can barely stand it!

  14. 14 Angskeet

    Oh my goodness! Rooting for Samdong all the way LOL

    • 14.1 Anks

      Me tooooo …….
      SamMi all the way…

      • 14.1.1 countrybumpkin


    • 14.2 jem

      Samdong hwaiting!!

    • 14.3 rio

      I KNOW RIGHT!!!

      sammi all the way!!!


      the preview for episode 10 is making me think that in the end it would be jinmi…


      • 14.3.1 NKB

        I know!! When I saw the preview with the elevator scene I actually sat up and WAILED with grief. SamMi HAS to happen for my sanity. This show is toying with me too much…but that’s what makes it so great. I keep having crisis moments where it looks like JinMi is going to happen then Sam Dong swoops in with all his cuteness to alleviate my fears. SamMi FOREVER!! (Lol I sound like one of the crazy fangirls waiting outside Jin Gook’s house).

        I really liked the Milk Couple’s storyline. It made a good point that even if you start working hard trying to reach a goal for another person’s sake it rarely works if that person isn’t worth it. You have to do it for yourself for it to really happen. Go Miss Sushi!!

    • 14.4 smiles

      Samdong!!!!! If he doesn’t get the girl I’m gonna lose it! And if they do something terrible to him like – make him deaf or (dare tempt fate and say it) kill him with (insert k-drama mystery illness here) I will truly just lose my mind.

      Don’t you DARE make me fall in love with this boy, whose acting chops are made even more vivid by the landscape of frozen faces, lack of expressions and emotion in the other kid actors and then kill him off! Seriously, I WILL LOSE IT.

  15. 15 aPam

    Its ridiculous how much i LOVE this drama….<3

    • 15.1 kc

      yeah its super insane… to the bones

    • 15.2 Dara

      Ridiculously adorable…

    • 15.3 lina

      Kind of missing school days. Girls in this drama all pretty and cute. I dont see any plastic in them. Looks natural beauty. Suzy especially. Love the way she acted cold. Such a cool character. Her skin is so fresh and so pinky…

      • 15.3.1 ilikehim

        Ria looks fake as hell, as in post-surgery fake, NOT fake-fake, which her character is as well.

        By any chance, is she Go Eun-Chan’s sister in Coffee Prince, anyone?

        • Laura

          Yes, she’s go eun sae :)
          Since I LOVE coffee prince, I kind of screamed with happiness as I realised it was actually her. hehehe. but it must be so boring for that actress to keep playing the bad singers who thinks they’re awesome. hahahah.

  16. 16 sora

    thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!

  17. 17 thirteen

    Now JG’s starting to turn to HM when he’s feeling down instead of the other way around- cute.

  18. 18 Naaaii

    Jin-gook & Hye-mi all the way.
    It’s basically Prince Charming & Cinderella. =)

    • 18.1 ndr

      I’m with you! I’m not sure why, but I love the idea of the two of them together. I thought I was the only one!

      But I still LOVE Sam-dong and did yell an, “In your face Jin-gook!” when Sam-dong kissed Hye-mi on the cheek.

      Thanks GF for the recap! Always enjoy reading yours and javabean’s recaps.

      • 18.1.1 molly

        After Taecyeon’s role in Cinderella Sister as the second lead (and his unrequited love! woes!), I am thoroughly in love with his and Suzy’s characters ending up together. I know I shouldn’t think that, since Sam-dong is adorable and equally worthy…but I know now that I’m a Jin-gook and Hye-mi shipper. Even if he’s being a Noble Idiot right now.

      • 18.1.2 anais

        I think it’s so interesting the responses people have to this love triangle.

        Those who find Jingook and Hyemi pairing appealing, I think, are responding to the idea of true love as being with one’s soul mate, the one who gets the other intuitively. The age-old notion that lovers are those who’ve found their original other half, as articulated by the Greeks / Plato: (http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/sciencemedicine/a/072309SoulMates.htm or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symposium_(Plato) see section on Aristophanes).

        Those who find Samdong and Hyemi appealing are responding to the idea of the complementarity lovers. That each brings to the union what the other lacks.

        Realistically, I’m of the latter idea. I was a firm advocate of Sunjoon and Yoonhee as being of the same ilk but different enough that they were overall complementary, challenging each other to grow. Some of this dynamic exists between Samdong and Hyemi, but I can’t help but register the fact that Hyemi doesn’t reciprocate Samdong’s feelings. Hence, no union, not as of yet.

        That said, I can’t deny the irresistible idea of soulmates, of finding someone cut from the same cloth, of coming home. And Jingook and Hyemi come from the same place emotionally, starting off even in terms of the emotional scars they have endured and chosen to bandage in similar ways.

        But, as so many Samdong/Hyemi shippers have been pointing out, Hyemi is beginning to change substantially under Samdong’s influence. Personally I hope she’ll be able to bring this good influence to bear on Jingook, who now needs her to be there for him as he had been there for her in the beginning.

        • hookedonmonix

          I wish I was that mature/noble about it. But, after having watched this episode, I think my ship tends to swing toward the person who is feeling bad or trying hardest at any particular moment. Like, when JG was trying to get HM’s attention and then back-hugged her, I was all about him getting the girl, but overall, I lean slightly SD, because he is so often trying hard (the comic he drew her) or feeling bad (when he didn’t want to hear that she was crying over JG).

          and, okay, it does get shallower than that. sometimes my ship swings toward one or the other just for the cute factor. A particularly sweet smile, for example, can throw the whole thing out of whack.

          • sorcy79au

            Don’t feel so bad…I’m finding myself do that same thing!

            At the end of it all, though, I think JG will end up with HM and that SD will end up being K.
            I was thinking “if JG ends up with HM, how could SD possibly be happy at the end of the show? Or if SD ends up with HM how could JG possibly be happy at the end of the show?”
            I think SD has more potential than JG, therefore he’ll figure out it’s just a crush that he has on HM and then he’ll focus more on becoming a singer/dancer and, hence, he’ll be K.
            HM and JG both have mutual romantic feelings toward each other but although SD has romantic feelings toward HM, she thinks of him more as a REALLY good friend, brother even.

            I think I may be leaning towards JG ending up with HM but like I said, it all depends on what’s happening on the screen at that exact moment.

            Oh and PS and JS all the way!!! WOOT!
            Chipmunk is so adorable.

    • 18.2 crazyunnie

      Cinderella was kind, loving, caring, and a BIG PUSHOVER.
      Hyemi is strong.
      Prince Charming had the courage to search an entire kingdom for a girl, with only a glass slipper as evidence. He was CRAZY.
      Jingook…is just Jingook I guess.
      Samdong fits the prince charming type more ^^
      But I ship both pairings =)

      • 18.2.1 Mayounaise

        Me too! I can’t root for just one pairing.

        JG is the quiet type who spurs HM to be honest and to stand on her own feet while SD on the other hand is the straightforward type who always there for her and protect her and looking so adorably in love with her.

        Aissh, how can you choose between those two guys?

        Anyhoo, just a theory of mine, but isn’t the back hug usually a signal for OTP?

        • tmi129

          Ah, but about the backhug theory–this drama’s been playing fast and loose with all the usual OTP cliches, I feel like I’m getting whiplash.

          I mean, technically you could say SD backhugged her first when she was recruiting him (as she slipped in the snow). He’s also held hands with her, cheeked kissed, saved her life. All normal OTPish activities. Likewise, JG’s got his own backhug, heroic (and semi-suicidal) rescues, hugging in the middle of traffic, etc…

          It’s all very confusing.

          • Mayounaise

            Yeah, but JG’s backhug is intended, while SD’s is unintentional. And his backhug is like a sign that he wont let HM go which is what a backhug symbolize, IMHO. Ah, how I love a backhug….

            But then then the cliches are all so mixed-up that I can’t distinguish the sure indicators anymore…

            The only indicator is that HM has feelings for JG while thinking of SD solely as her friend. And in K-dramaland, it’d be hard to change a girl’s initial feelings. When they have fallen for a guy, they fall REAL hard. Unless the storyline decide to rebel the old K-dramatypical path and choose a LA LA land ending instead (read: Dawson’s Creek, Buffy). But then all the girls end up with the ones they’ve bickered with before (exactly like JG-HM relationship).

            Aishh… *scratch head* it’s a complicated situation to analyze! But it’s really good when I can’t figure out the OTP by first glance of the poster… :)

          • hookedonmonix

            There are situations when the lead female has been in love with Male#2 for most of the show while not having feelings (or not knowing she has feelings) for Male#1 until late in the game. If I remember right, in Biscuit Teacher, she doesn’t even consider Gong Yoo as much more than a student/friend through most of it, while he’s ga-ga over her. This is what I was holding onto while cheering for SD. However, in those situations, usually the female lead enters into a relationship with Male#2, and is happy-but-not-passionate with him for a while. The flip side is also true. If Male#1 is in love with someone else, he gets a good chance at making it work with her for a while before realizing his feelings for Female#1.
            If SD/HM is the OTP, then it veers quite a bit from tradition, since I don’t think male#2 usually gets lots of unresolved romantic tension while male #1 just gets pining.

          • Nhu

            Funny… This is one of the few dramas I don’t care about the OTP. I mean, I kind of do, but maybe because it’s a youth drama, I really only care about each character’s growth. As long as whoever they end up with gave me a satisfying story… I’m not shipping particularly hard, probably because the drama doesn’t scream “find my true love!!!” as its conflict – despite the oodles of romance angst (which they’re handling pretty darn well. At least, I’m not bored and the Noble Idiot is actually creating some interesting dynamics).

  19. 19 Ashley

    Man, this is one AWESOME month for K drama! I like that the dance routines are actually somewhat impressive, and I don’t just have to pretend they are good. Simultaneously, I like that they’re not good good I’m thinking, “SUUUUUUUUUURE a bunch of high school kids put that together. RIIIIIIIIIGHT.”

  20. 20 techromance

    I can’t help but root for Sam Dong, I’m finding Jin Gook suprisingly annoying! And the more I think about Sam Dong possibly going deaf, the more annoyed I get! I’m definately thinking SD is going to have to be K considering that turn of events, coupled by the fact that he’s obviously NOT going to get the girl! (Despire going deaf for her! Arrgghh!)

    • 20.1 rio

      nooooooooo D=

    • 20.2 loveuxoxo

      Me too, I’m finding jin gook extremely frustrating. He just doesn’t seem to bring out the best in Hyemi, and I’m not feeling the chemistry between them at all. Sorry, but while I’m generally a more romantic person who believes in fate etc, I don’t think this coupling will work out at all.

  21. 21 Tiffani

    Aw…I can’t wait until next week! Do Hye mi and Jin-Gook kiss on the ferris wheel (?). If they don’t, I’m throwin ‘bows!

    And poor Samdong…I wonder if what Suzy said at the press conference is true “Hye Mi is the girl SD loves but can never have?”…

    Their relationship seems more like a foil to Jason/Pilsuk’s relationship than Hye Mi and Jin-Gooks. The milky couple started out being nothing more than a dilusion and is slowly progressing to something more and real. While Sammi couple is stuck in dilusion because Samdong refuses to except the reality of Hye Mi’s feelings for someone else. He’s living in a delusion (not unlike pilsuk) that if he’s dogged then he’ll succeed and his love will forget all about the other guy.

    …it’s late and that probably made no sense!

    • 21.1 anais

      No, you made absolute sense. In total agreement.

    • 21.2 e

      nah..i dont think he is in denial nor delusion you can see it in his eyes when he looks at hyemi he knows she still cares for him and still has lingering feelings but i want SD to see the kiss. it will be heartbreaking but he needs it. he needs to fall but get back up stronger besides there are more important things than your high school crush

      • 21.2.1 Tiffani

        I think that’s my main gripe about their relationship…he has her pedelstooled (sp?). I’d be a lot more invested if he backed off, let her completely figure out her feelings, and then have her come to him….

        …but for right now, I’m happy in Gook-mi land :). I want my kiss, please

        • Tammy

          I completely agree with your last comment! I squealed like a little girl when I saw Jin Gook moving in for the kiss… Although, you know that sometimes a preview is only teasing scenes like that… ^_^ I remember Sungskwayan (sp!) Scandal doing that to us…

          I can’t even explain it myself, but I am completely in love with Jin Gook. Although I think Sam Dong is a great guy – I need more guy friends like him in my own life!! – I just feel the connection between Jin Gook and Hye Mi so much more. And really, it’s about the fact that Jin Gook has a place in Hye Mi’s heart – he is whom she is thinking about and pining for everyday.

          In terms of Baekhee and Jin Gook, I actually think that’s kind of unrealistic given Baekhee’s complex with her rivalry. How can she stand being with a guy who liked her (ex)bestie first?? Won’t she always feel like second best? Goodness knows that I would probably feel that way.

          Although it would be sweet regardless of whom Hye Mi ends up with, I have to say that I’m going to be devastated if Jin Gook is not the one she ultimately picks… :(

      • 21.2.2 Tiffani

        maybe dilusional was the wrong word, he’s in denial. He wouldn’t even let her tell him last episode why Jin-Gook made her cry

        • e

          again he is not in denial..maybe if you watch it again you can see how SD was saying it..he was saying it like he was convincing himself not hyemi and if he was in delusion i think he would not have stopped drawing the comics of hyemi and throw then away and the next day ignore her. if he really was in denial then why would he have the sad look in his eyes whenever he sees hyemi still cares for JG.
          my heart breaks for this boy.damn you KSH why are you so adorable

          • anais

            What you’re saying is that Samdong deep down knows it. In fact, not even that deep down.

            Tiffani, are you trying to point out that Samdong doesn’t want to acknowledge that he knows the truth.

            In sum, he wants to engage in denial, but he knows.

            That’s what I was trying to say elsewhere earlier, and that’s what I think Tiffani is trying to say.

          • e

            yup im trying to say he knows it and his heart breaks every time he sees it. yet he still pursues after her what i want him to do is stay away from her. get his love shaken so that he can also think for himself, rethink his situation and his love so when he decides to go for it at least he put some thought into it

          • anais

            I think you’re right that he needs to step away. Give both of them room to think things through, better assess their feelings. It may turn out that Hyemi finds herself realizing she regards Samdong as more than a very valuable friend. She can’t realize that, however, if he’s continually there.

            I honestly don’t know how this drama will develop this triangle.

          • e

            yes. she wont realize she misses something that is by her side all the tie and i really dont want samdong to just blindly love her despite what he is seeing. i dont want him put himself out there without even thinking about himself even for a bit

            i too don’t know how this triangle end. and they’re still in high school not all high school sweethearts end up together anything can and will happen

          • tiffani

            What anais said is what I was trying to say, lol! He knows it, but he doesn’t wanna know

  22. 22 cklein

    Random questions for random commenters

    1. Hyemi’s Scraped stockings back in episode 2 ( their first day at Kirin), where did she get that? I remember JB mentioning, she got that from a fall, I cant recall hyemi falling from somewhere, falling for jingook is a different story by the way.

    2. I may be wrong but is there anyone who thinks that Ah jeoungs audition pieces was inspired by Charice’s rendition of the song is star king?

    3. Again, I may be wrong but that folk singer back in the same episode looks a lot like Kim Yuna. Is it just me?

    • 22.1 cklein

      pardon the typos

    • 22.2 marcc

      1. i think from memory its when she was tripped by some students after she was badmouthing baekhee? i knew it happened, but i wasn’t sure that its her first day at kirin, now that i think of it.
      thats the only scene i could think of.

  23. 23 danni

    Yay, it’s here. Dream High is totally ruining my study groove, but it’s too addictive to stop watching.

    I’m happy about how they handled the Pil-sook losing weight situation (because really, if it had all been for Jason, Pil-sook would have become my least favorite character) and the way their relationship is progressing. I was wondering how long they were going to keep in the cute, which is totally adorable and I could watch all day, but I like the serious angle it’s taking now.

    I loved the face-offs between Jin-gook and Sam-dong, mostly because I actually feel that Sam-dong is a real rival for Hye-mi now, especially with all the angst going on between the three of them. Seriously, how can Hye-mi choose between these guys? They’re perfect.

    I wonder if Hye-mi and Baek-hee can ever be friends again. Both of them seemed to have moved on from the “I hate you” stage, but there’s still some tension.

    Ugh, I already can’t wait for Monday’s episode after seeing the preview. Oh-hyuk, you can’t leave! What will the Misfits do without you?

    Thanks for the recap, gf!

  24. 24 samdonger

    Classic Hye mi moments

    1. The epic kick in the shins

    2. The deadly glares

    3. ‘Im riding your bike whether you know it or not’

    4. Hye-mi: What do you think of me?! a candy?! a

    Shoe: Is she, perchance, talking to me? (Oh sh. Classic.Classic. I need another confrontation with the shoe before we end things here on this show)

  25. 25 ladida

    “Can a chipmunk play a bird?”
    Flying squirrel = flying chipmunk?

    • 25.1 anais

      LOL :)

  26. 26 lovenyc52

    I can’t get enough of the Jason/Pilsook couple!!

    I was wondering in the beginning eps how they were going to handle Pilsook’s transformation in a manner that isn’t like “boy-likes-girl-only-after-she-loses-weight” because i wouldn’t have been able to get behind that… but i love that Jason cared about Pilsook from the beginning and prompted her to lose weight in order to get a shot at a debut. And Pilsook, bless her heart, does this in the beginning for a boy (and who are we kidding, at 15 and 16 that’s a totally realistic motivator) but in the meantime manages to find her own self-worth. And now the tables are turned and hopefully Jason will be looking to improve himself in order to be worthy of Pilsook. I really love how Pilsook is so honest with Jason – it’s obvious she still really likes him, but at the same time, she needs him to not be so irresponsible and aimless. Can’t wait for the day when Jason is leaving locker lollipops and note trails for her 😀 <3

  27. 27 blueangel

    All i want to see is Milky-couple (PS and Jason) I love how PS notices Jason’s fualts and points them out to him. Now it’s Jason’s turn to find out what he wants to do with his talent. He has the skills but nothing will happen if one doesn’t learn and grow with them.

    Loved how Jason had to take the lollipop even after trying to avoid/ignore it. so cute and touching.

  28. 28 Samdongfan

    Yehey!! Samdong is sooo cool in this episode.. I really hope he and hyemi would end up together!!!! But unfortunately in all Korean dramas the childhood friends end up together. I hope they will make an exception at this time.

    • 28.1 sora

      i am sooooo loving his character. they better not screw him up or make him a loser or anything

    • 28.2 DP

      yes, i really hope the show makes an exception.

      but when i watch the preview for episode 10, i started to lose hope.

      It’s seems pretty obvious that the hye mi romantically attracted to jingook. Darn.

      If Sam dong had a delusion with his feelings toward Hye mi than I also had a delusion in wanting Hye mi to end up with sam dong.

    • 28.3 jem

      In “Mary stay out all night ” they didn’t

      • 28.3.1 NKB

        Lol! The first thought that went through my head when I read that was ‘Is MSOAN a drama to emulate? Really?’ Please don’t even mention MSOAN in the VICINITY of DH…we wouldn’t want to taint DH with the epic fail that was MSOAN. Lol!

        • MelanieR

          ok so we wont mention the M drama 😛

          but yeah history together doesn’t mean they’ll end up together.

          how about My Name is Sam Soon. He and Second Lead Lady (lol forgot her name) went to school together.

          I’m just saying this.. but I’m really a Jin Gook shipper. I love the way he gets her. I LOVE Sam Dong as a character but to me he hasn’t yet understood Hyemi. That may change in the future of this drama.. I don’t know. That’s why its so gooooood.

  29. 29 bee

    what is this school that everyone can break into in the middle of the night with no problem… i know its so minor but geeeeze…

    • 29.1 Kerstin

      I ask myself all the time why is it so cold in that damn school? Nearly everytime you can see the air that the actors/actresses breathe…My school was always heated…and nobody could break easily in it…

  30. 30 :D

    I wouldn’t have minded back in episode 6 if Jin-Gook would get the girl…but now he’s ANNOYING and SAMDONG/HYEMI ALL THE WAY!!!

    • 30.1 e

      in respect to JG’s character..i like JG (he’s not a jerk, just a whimp) but i really dont like the way he is making his choices, as of now he is not doing anything good for him or for hyemi..he keeps making misunderstandings between them and doesnt really do anything to resolve it. but i really want him to resolve his issues first before he chases his dreams and the girl..but because of his issues he makes decisions that are not helpful for him and hyemi most of the time he is crying it out or brooding (not helpful, if you really want something go for it, make it happen- you can learn it from a cute country bumpkin)

      • 30.1.1 marcc

        i think its because it’s hard enough for him to be there (seeing that the dad really wants him booted off overseas) – and from then on it just spirals down into the mess happening now (ie, him debuting before everything else, and everything else that comes with it that leads into him and hyemi standing at different teams)

        i kinda feel sorry for him actually, samdong’s life is so much more straightforward than jingook.. whereas JG.. he’s got such messy life that stops him from realising his dreams completely. even though he has debuted, he wanted to debut with hyemi, and obviously want to be with her, but he cant really tell her the reason why he just HAD to debut before everyone else. they make his character suffers so much, and silently.

        gosh this really makes me sounds like a JG-bias, which i am not. i only ship jason-pilsook, and for the main triangle, i really dont ship anyone at this point.

        but yeah i totally love how they characterize all the characters, they’re so different and while in the outside they just look like silly high school students, there’s so much more to them than just the surface. ah i love dream high 😀

        • e

          thats kinda my point due to his life complications and him not resolving it first one misunderstanding and complication piles up after the other that is why it spiraled down to this mess. i just want him to sort out his life first because i dont think anyone deserves a life full with complications and yeah he want to be hyemi but i dont think they will be truly happy if they will be together now cause hyemi will also be entangled with the mess. if he ends up with hyemi i have nothing against that i just want him to be free of complications so he can focus on being happy dont you think so too?

          • anais

            But, the point is that he can’t. He is not in control and cannot be in control of the situation. It’s a situation that is much bigger than he is and outstrips his ability to try to reckon with it. Ideally, it would be wonderful if everyone who finds him or herself in Jingook’s shoes could sort out his/her life by simply determining to do so and dedicatin oneself to the endeavor. But the reality is that people have messy lives. Really messy lives even. And bring baggage into their relationships with others, no matter how much self-help mantra spews that one cannot find happiness in a relationship if one is not already whole.

            Truly successful relationships, however, succeed because they work WITH, not DESPITE, such baggage, so much so that they no longer seem like baggage.

          • marcc

            maybe thats what he’s been thinking too, constantly pushing hyemi off cos he doesnt want to make life hard for her. so he wanted to take care off his problems first before pursuing hyemi for good. which is why when samdong asks if he’s gonna give him the same answer, he said no.

            maybe thats why~

          • anais

            maybe thats what he’s been thinking too, constantly pushing hyemi off cos he doesnt want to make life hard for her. so he wanted to take care off his problems first before pursuing hyemi for good.

            Totally! That was the whole point of his taking up the debut offer. To give himself some leverage against his father. The threat of the talk that would result if his father withdrew him from the school after going so far as to debut was the only leverage he could create to ensure he would be able to remain at Kirin and pursue his newly realized/affirmed dream. And becoming a star, in his mind, was the only guarantee that 1) his father would not be able to push him around, allowing him to live out his life at least in peace if not with his father’s approval or 2) maybe his father would even find him worthy enough to acknowledge publicly.

            So he’s not being a wimp, a wuss, etc. He’s a young kid trying his best to make limonade out of sour, sour, sourest lemons and limes that life dealt him.

            Of course, I do wish that he’d have stepped up his game and not be the noble idiot, but I also get the sense that he doesn’t want to entangle Hyemi in the ugliness of his family drama. I actually wish he had. I hope he will realize sooner rather than later that he does need to let Hyemi in on it if he wants her in his life.

          • e

            nah, he can control it if he wants to or at least put a leash on it. 1. he can tell hyemi about his situation (there is such a thing called communication) that he is in deep shit and he wants to settle things first not going all noble idiot on her. coz it really sends mixed signals and im annoyed by that when he can just tell her straight”i like you but im in deep shit right now and about to be shipped of to another country so please understand what i will do..etc,” and dont even start with the excuse that he does not want her worrying again its all about communication if there is then there wouldnt be this misunderstandings in the first place

          • anais

            I totally agree that he could have told Hyemi about it. That would have been my preference, as I’ve already said.

            But I disagree that this is a situation that he can control as easily as you suggest. Even when he’d assumed a false name, lived away from his father, his father kept tracking him down and harassing him, believing that the only way he’d not be a bother was out of the country altogether.

            And you’re not factoring in that human component of desperately and futilely wanting the love of his undeserving father. (God, I wish the actor who plays the dad would just play someone different. I was so excited that he played someone other than bad daddy in Baker King!)

            All in all, Jingook is not in an enviable place. And, the question of whether he should be the one with Hyemi is an altogether different one from whether he’s a pitiable character. I am frankly surprised by the vehemence expressed here against him and I just don’t understand it. I honestly don’t think anyone who’s criticizing him would deal better were s/he in his shoes: a lifetime of not only not having parental love but actually receiving only persistently aggressive negativity from the only one person you can remotely regard as a parent (even when you try to disavow that relationship), living a street kid when your blood father is stinking rich arshole, not knowing your birthday for crying out loud, being rootless in a society that holds roots more important than anything else (including one’s actual character and achievements), basically having everything stacked against knowing who you are and where you belong in a society that subordinates the individual to the individual’s social roles. And, as a result of such trauma, it is understandably that much more difficult for such people to hope and believe that they’re worthy, that others will be there for them, etc.

            Samdong is so easy to love. It’s much harder to love and understand someone as traumatized as Jingook, but it is Jingook who so definitely needs love. Samdong will be fine. He has had and will continue to receive plenty of love.

            One of the reasons why I really like Kdramas is that it is a safe environment in which to challenge oneself to become a better human being. I’ve definitely gained insight, more compassion, sympathy, patience, etc. as a result, all of which has been useful in my work with teenagers.

          • anais

            1. he can tell hyemi about his situation (there is such a thing called communication) that he is in deep shit and he wants to settle things first not going all noble idiot on her.

            Oh, AND ( :) now I’m getting all nitpicky, oh lord…

            He DID TRY REPEATEDLY and it was HYEMI and SAMDONG who didn’t allow it to happen. Then, even after time passed, it was HYEMI and Samdong who refused him when he tried to reach out, eventually resulting in him giving them the distance they so clearly indicated they wanted.

            Geez, why did I forget this!?

            So, no more hating Jingook? Jingook needs lurrrve and understanding. :)

    • 30.2 Jomo

      I need JG to end up with HM.
      His story breaks my heart into tiny little pieces of pain. He has tried to talk to HM, and failed. Both because of his circumstances and his inability to voice his feelings.

      When he held on to SD’s mother’s hand, I teared up and felt his desparation to be loved unconditionally by a parent.

      It has always killed me when the Hero-cannot-express-his-true-feelings-to-the-girl-he-loves because to me, that is true life.
      I am completely a sucker for leading men like Rain in Full House, Jae Hee as Lee Mong Ryong in Choon Hyang, JGS in You’re Beautiful.

      Most boy-men do NOT know how to say how they feel. And all people get when angry and frustrated, say things we don’t mean when what we really want is reach out and hold the person we love. Especially people in pain, like JG.

      His face in pain is more beautiful than anthing I have seen to date on my screen.

      I love SD to bits, but someone must tell him that being nice and supportive to HM in a Kdrama means he will NEVER get her. Although, if he turns on her later and tries to control her, that won’t work either.

      • 30.2.1 eca

        nah! it’s going to be SD & HM.

        and SD hurting is more compelling than JG could ever be. i guess it’s the actors. though Taec is sort of more good-looking, Soo-hyun is still the better actor. he’s spot on on the emotions. i feel Soo-hyun’s emotions when he acts. when Taec emotes, I’m sort of thinking, “ah, he’s trying to look sad, etc”.

        ep1-8 was all about JinMi, ep 9-16 would be SamMi all the way!

        • eca

          correction***MiGook*** my bad. i’m shipping for the other team that’s why i got this team all wrong. =)

  31. 31 Celest

    This show is just epic win. I love how steady they are with the plot and character growth. There are so many scenes to mention as to why this episode was amazing. Out of all the scenes though I think the PilSook Jason interaction was the one that stood out the most. FINALLY! The only thing that prevented me from really liking Jason’s character was the exact flaw that PilSook recognizes. You go girl. And she pulls the pity card on someone with a huge ego as him? Burn, indeed.

    And this might be the only drama I’ve seen in the longest time where I like ALL of the characters. Even the loan guy. He grew on me =). And BaekHee. I also think that her relationship with HyeMi adds another layer to this dramacake. Like red velvet. Good (as in it keeps the plot and charac dev. moving) and mysterious (as in who really knows what red velvet is made out of?=who really knows where this relationship is headed? i don’t know but i’m in for the long haul!)

    And was I not the only person who got all excited to see KOO JUNYUP aka CLON in a cameo?! Forget a dance battle between Woo and JYP, I wanted to see KJY and JYP dance it off haha =D well at least they should have in that ending credits anyways

  32. 32 obsession

    thanks for the fast recaps… gf really did a good job with the recaps coz i’m getting excited with the drama more & more! what good about DH, the storyline is not that predictable like most of k-dramas. i’m glad the writer tries to make us wonders what will happen next & surprise us with some unexpected move.

    i’m more into JG-HM but i like SD too…it’s not easy to choose who should i root for. as for Jason-PS,i’m glad they started to have conflict in their love line… and all what PS said to Jason is something that needed to say it to him! and the 200-days proposals actually makes PS more stronger. now, i hope PS will figure out the reason why Jason agreed with the proposals is for her own sake…

  33. 33 marcc

    i love how fast you recap this :)

    i really love the development of the jason/pilsook dynamics. now its jason’s turn to show some determination to win her over (after all her effort for him – even though it’s not really for him cos he only agreed to it because he was looking out for her chances to debut).

    so now we wait for jason to start missing pilsook 😀 angsting away somewhere and then realizing that he likes her all along. then he would start to make some effort to win her heart, and she will realize that the guy that never put in an effort to anything is now trying so hard lto win her heart… (somehow i keep sensing that jason kept the heart post-it from pilsook’s confession, and he’s gonna give her it when he confesses. 😀 )

    im so glad they decide to do something about jason’s character 😀 i always thought he’ll just breeze through all nice and perfect, but its really lovely to see that his character gets explored, and i hope we get to see that his character is much deeper than just the surface. would love it if they actually delve into his background, what he’s doing in US, how come he’s back, his parents, bla bla. out of all 6 main characters he still have the vaguest background :(

    dream high never fail to wow me in every episode, their pacing is just perfect, there’s always a new element introduced in every episode, and while i cant wait for next episode, i kinda dont want it to come cos ill miss it so much when it finishes :( ill just hope they have a sequel to it (even when its all different character, as long as the concept stays the same)

  34. 34 Moha

    Surprisingly, the plot of this drama isn’t slow as I expected, but quick and to the point, while not breezing through everything too fast.

    Can’t wait for Monday!

  35. 35 jammiekim

    thanks for the recap… ^^

    Pil-Son FTW!!!♥ ♥ ♥ hwaiting!!!^^
    Hope Pilsook will be jason’s motivation for finding a dream. I think jason likes pil sook already he’s just waiting for her to open up the topic that’s why he keeps asking if she has anything to say.
    Rooting for more Milky Couple scenes.
    (the other love-line is plainly too complicated)

    i also hope everything will be fixed during the field trip.

    hope monday comes fast~!!

  36. 36 e

    and this drama keeps getting better..
    hyemi a piece of advice:
    when a certain guy back hugs you and goes into a car with another girl after..in real life this is the time where you run as fast and as far away as you can

    i enjoy as much as i hate how the drama is making my heart all confused and hurt for samdong. the preview killed me but i want sam dong to see the kiss..aside from wanting to see kim soo hyun’s acting..i want sam dong to feel hurt,and avoid hyemi..so she can clearly think who she really wants. a famous line said you dont realize what you have until its gone (and the lyrics of the song maybe is sooo fitting for this line) any way if they go and make SD deaf..this drama will hear from me..especially if the make hyemi choose him over guilt..id rather she chose because she wants to not because she feels entitled to act that way

    • 36.1 DP

      amin to that…

      i totally agree with you.

      thanks for pointing that out.

    • 36.2 anais

      He’s getting into the car because the car will take him to where he now lives. He’s not getting into the car WITH Baekhee.

      • 36.2.1 e

        haha i did point out that in real life this is what i would do right? haha..maybe due to the fact that i read way too much of Greg Behrendt’s books/works haha

        • anais

          What is the “this” you meant in “haha i did point out that in real life this is what i would do right?” I’m totally confused. :)

          I thought you meant that in real life people should run away if they see those who claim to care for them go away with someone else.

          BTW, total tangent, but yikes, I have a life to live. I cannot afford another addiction of the Sungkyunkwan Scandal scale.

          • e

            haha in real life when someone back hugs me and then after i see him leaving with another girl i would not go out with him again..total turn off for me..haha im cynical that way..im living my life through the he’s just not that into you philosophy but hey it works EVERY SINGLE TIME

          • anais

            That’s presuming that he was leaving WITH another girl. What you said just reminded me of the entire set up for Queen of Housewives. (The heroine’s frenemy sets up a scenario that looks to the heroine as if the heroine’s boyfriend is standing her up for the frenemy.)

            In real life, yes, totally your prerogative to do as you’ve indicated. And you’d probably be in the safe doing so.

            But this is kdramaland where we the viewers are privy to things that the characters aren’t. And we know he was just going home for the night, not going WITH Baekhee.

  37. 37 Noypi

    TOO MUCH AWESOMENESS!!! At the ending credits of the episode they showed the entire clip of Jin Man dancing to 2Legit2Quit.. EPICNESS!!!

    Thank GOD there wasn’t a Sam Dong losing his hearing incident on this episode, and I wonder what’s been going on about that for the past 200 days, since he’s been working extra hard… Hmmmmm.. I guess we’ll have to wait and see..

    I’m loving the NEW Hye Mi while she still keeps some of her trademark attitude!!

    Jason-PilSook COUPLE FTW!! Oh how cute are they.. totally didn’t expect them to be as adorable as they are now… Loving the reversal of their feelings, Go Pil Sook!! Give Jason a reason to work harder!!

    Jin Gook, ur just so cute. esp when he smiled at Hye Mi after scaring the heck out of her while on her way home, and how sad and sweet is that Backhug! ALWAYS GETS ME. EVERY. TIME.

    As for Baek Hee, I dunno HOW her character will change for the better, OR IF SHE WILL EVER CHANGE, but ill be hoping theres some reconciliation with her and Hye Mi.. maybe not as BFFs again but as friendly competitors..

    Ahhhh, longest comment i’ve posted so far… I’m just madly in love with this drama now.. 😀

    • 37.1 Noypi

      And may I add…. I’m kinda rooting for either Sam Dong or Jin Gook.. ALTHOUGH all signs point to Jin Gook, just cause we can tell he has more PULL on Hye Mi’s feelings.. but if the Show ever succeeds in having Sam Dong win Hye Mi’s heart, I’m totally cool with it.. Lol.. As Long as Jason-PilSook has an awesome ending too. LOL

  38. 38 Sumee

    u know what I love both Jin Gook & Sam Dong ! :-)
    thats not a good indication.. !!!!

  39. 39 lemonlime

    Always fun reading your recaps, thanks! And thank goodness this drama keeps oozing awesomeness.

  40. 40 yuna

    thanx gf. i so love the rivalry between jin gook and sam dong. though am currently boarding SamMi ship and enjoing the adorableness of sam dong, am still looking forward for MiGook couple romance to bloom in full. if hye mi is having a hard time to choose between these two, i don’t mind filling her shoes. LOL

  41. 41 idkjustk

    I’m really loving this drama right now! Although I really love both Jin-Guk and Sam-Dong’s characters, I feel that it would be best if Hye-Mi ends up with Sam-Dong. Both Hye-Mi and Jin-Guk have so many problems and drama going on in their lives that I think that they would just pull each other down into a pity party full of tears, helmets and back hugs (with even more tears). Also, I think Jin-Guk’s attraction to Hye-Mi stems from his longing for his father. When they were children, Hye-Mi made him feel loved when his father wasn’t around to show it and it has since carried on to his adolescence. I think that once/if his father ever accepts him as his son, his dependence on Hye-Mi will slowly fade.

    Sam-Don, on the other hand has no ties to Hye-Mi and has loved her from the moment he saw her. His love is pure with no hidden meaning or agenda. He has the ability to make Hye-Mi feel good and forget about all the messed up things that are going on in her life.

    Despite this, I think that the show is going towards the Hye-Mi/Jin-Guk love line since theirs is the most developed (the childhood friends thing and the fact that Hye-Mi actually has some feelings for him), whereas her relationship with Sam-dong is merely platonic. But whatever, they’re both great guys so I wont be too dissapointed at the result.

    • 41.1 Natalie

      ahhh this was a brilliant comment. you summed up my feelings exactly, even the last bit.

      i will admit that i may be slightly disappointed if she ends up with Jin Gook because of how predictable that is, but I do love both couples (although Sam Dong/Hye Mi wins out) and for all the above reasons you pointed out but ah well.

  42. 42 suzilee

    …Whereas JG will get over it!

    i am so addicted to this i’m already thinking sequel!

  43. 43 Maurie Scarlett

    Thank you so much for the recap 😀 I love hearing it in other people’s words… Loved this episode. Poor JG and his daddy issues, didn’t help the scene with playing Schinlder’s List.. really? Saddest song ever!!!

    I’m loving that PS didn’t just jump at the opportunity to be with Jason right away. I just lover her!!!!

    I hope that they don’t have SD have a really bad heartache if he doesn’t get the girl, with this drama we don’t know… but if he does, hopefully he gets something in return ..

  44. 44 iris

    I never thought I’d be hooked to this drama. But then, I do LOVEEE Taecyeon! Rawr!

  45. 45 LadyDLily

    U r really d 1st! ^^

    I hope sam-dong will eventually end-up pair with hye-mi!
    He’s soooo sweet!
    He really does protect hye-mi!

    And for the Milky couple,
    hope no one interfere their
    crush-mini-series.. ^^
    Love how the stories blossom! :)

  46. 46 Ani

    Sam-dong is too nice of a guy to actually end up with the girl, at least in kdramaland. I wouldn’t know who to choose between them because I’m too stuck on the Pilsook-Jason couple. Wow, we’re more than halfway through the drama Where will we go? Who will be K? Which pair was fated to be? I will stay tune to find out. X)

  47. 47 milkycouple

    Ahhh WooU couple is def <3
    i just love love love their adorable moments together…though they are so limited ;(
    It's great that pilsuk matured during her diet. And nooo she's not talking as a fan, but as someone who's in love with jason and wants him to mature as well and find his dream..just like she did.
    pilsuk don't give up on jason! I know he'll change for you…we all know it! haha
    Anyone else notice that on pilsuk's daily lollipop it said "tous les jours" on it? Which means "everyday," so that means pilsuk will be waiting everyday for jason to make the 200th day confession!!! idk if that was intentional, I could just be a creeper haha but still!*SQUEALL* they are so cuteeeee

    anyhoo I think their relationship is much more refreshing than the main loveline, though samdong and jingook are both loveable, who can deny samdong's ultimate cuteness?? ("I wouldn't have any regrets even if I died now!" after he kissed hyemi LOL) his innoncence is just too cute, so I cant help but root for samdong to come out as the victor at the end…poor samdong…

    • 47.1 marcc

      does “tous les jours” really means everyday? aww.

      i thought it was the brand, cos they’re one of the sponsors of the drama.

      • 47.1.1 JJ

        It is a brand name(bakery) kk and is also meaning everyday in french =]

        • milkycouple

          lol yeah it is both the bakery and means everyday.
          ohh i didn’t know it was one of the sponsors.
          but do they really advertise sponsors during the drama?
          I thought that wasn’t allowed…
          most likely, I’m overanalyzing things ahaha
          it’s cute nevertheless <3

      • 47.1.2 eca

        Tous = all
        Les = the
        Jours = days

        • jem

          everyday = chaque jour

  48. 48 Celest

    Actually I think SamDong has a decent amount of chance of winning HyeMi over. Usually in dramas, you know who’s gonna end up with who even before the drama starts. But with this one, I feel like they’re pulling us viewers in a tug of war to keep us wanting for more. And it’s damn effective too! HyeMi and JinGook has an awesome backstory but with the show going as fast as it is right now and with 7 more episodes to go it’s pretty much anyone’s game right now.

    And SamDong can pretty much lift HyeMi’s spirit which is kinda broken because of JinGook right now so she can totally shift her feelings at any episode as of now IMO

    But As much as I love SamDong’s character I’m totally rooting for “GookMi”. Totally won me over with the happy birthday song.

  49. 49 ni

    i think at the beginning Jin Gook said something along the line of…using the basement at night because during the day the building is used for something else…so maybe the landlord sold the whole thing and at night it wont be accessible anymore.
    great recap! 😀 i love your humor ^_^ i hope SD doesnt get obsessive or vengeful once he sees HM & JG kiss :(

  50. 50 purexorange

    I admit, I don’t watch the show either , but love reading the recaps! maybe i’ll consider after midterms xD, thanks girlfriday for the wonderful recaps!

    • 50.1 noi

      ah really? but i guess in some part if you read the recaps first you’ll lose excitement. try reading the comments instead. i’m doing things like you with secret garden and pretty much lose excitement keke. ^^”

  51. 51 IN LALALAND

    One little detail that is just DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!! If it was winter and snowing when K left for their debut, then 200 days later, how can it still be winter and snowing?!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I know, I can’t believe this bugs me, but it’s bugging the heck out of me!!!!!!!!!!!!! Couldn’t the script writer make it like 1 year later or something so it would make more sense why it still would be WINTER?!!!!!!!!!!!!! And really would PS’s hair really grow that long in 200 days? Pffft….. I know I’m batty….guess have way too much time on my hands……ha! ha! ha!

    • 51.1 marcc

      200 days is more than half a year.. so i wouldn’t be surprised her hair grown quite long. what i thought didnt quite make sense is how they let them be out of school for that long. 6 months, that’s a whole semester ++

    • 51.2 J

      Haha I noticed that too! It was like.. 200 days later, the van arrived at Kirin and the ground was still covered in thick layer of snow and I was like “Huh? Since when has Korea become Winter Wonderland?”

      But oh well this kind of thing is common in dramas so let’s just close one eye and continue to enjoy the story 😉

    • 51.3 AmbieH

      i though I was the only one thinking why is it still so damn cold lol

    • 51.4 chasen8888

      When the showcase occurred it was around May 2010, so the 200 days later is winter time of that year. I noticed that and am going with that logic. What bothers me though is considering that its extremely cold out there, how can these girls be dressed in short skirts and tights won’t the legs be frozen? That to me does not ake much sense.

      • 51.4.1 soracantabile

        but when just before K’s debute,, it was snowing isn’t it?
        i think i saw snow when hye-mi run out after she saw baekhee’s interview..

        am i wrong?

    • 51.5 pam

      Actually, the 200 days bother me, too. I’m wondering what happened to the pregnant teacher who went on maternity leave that Teacher Jin Man replaced. How long is maternity leave in Korea…one year?:-/ Unless they’ll patch up that plothole by saying she resigned to concentrate on motherhood.

      And it’s not just the journalists who were silent on the scoop about JG being his dad’s son–what about Hye Mi’s dad? What was he doing for almost 7 months in Canada?

      • 51.5.1 pam

        One more thing: SD’s brain injury/ear problem… since he seems okay almost 7 months later, then I suppose that’s fixed itself. I’m going to get really annoyed if they put that back in again…

  52. 52 someone

    ahhhhhkkk! so torn. i’m mostly rooting for samdong because i can’t bear to watch the poor boy’s (potential) heartbreak. i like jingook too (man is he tortured or what?), but oh samdong! why are you so innocent and adorable? why do you look at me like that?? so much hope and giddyness in those eyes. gets. me. every. time.

    as for pilsook, AWWW YEEEAH! that’s what i’m talking about! loved that the tables have turned. jason needs some angst.

  53. 53 DP

    why would a whimp full with emotional baggage gets the girl just because he’s handsome, cool, meets the girl first and had childhood history with her.

    why not the cute, talented, optimistic and cheerful country bumpkin, instead?

    • 53.1 e

      HAHAHA i love you. i want to kiss and hug you..like exactly what i want to say just because he gets to meet the girl first and has history with her and all complicated love with her means he will get the girl.

      i mean why? is a girl not allowed to fall for a sweet, talented, optimistic and cheerful cutie. ha in real life who would you choose?

      and if someone ditched you like that dont you think after 200 days you would be over him?

      in real life this is the part your girlfriend will tell you that he has waaayyyy more emotional baggage to handle a relationship ..arghh

      i hate how they put the K-drama formula into play..like what aren’t we allowed to get a unconventional ending??

      in real life would you really turn down someone as sincere as samdong?

      • 53.1.1 anais

        It’s interesting that you see Jingook as having ditched Hyemi/ That’s a very Hyemi-centric way to see things, especially after refusing to hear out Jingook every single time he reached out.

        Jingook is not a bad guy. He is a guy with issues definitely, who definitely has less energy to give to Hyemi at this juncture than Samdong can.

        And people are free to choose to steer clear of such guys, but it’s too simplistic to write off such people as bad people.

        • eca

          they’re not saying JG is bad. he’s just making it more complicated by the way he handles his “issues”. and he’s not making the right choices with regards to HM. he was being crappy and he expects HM to be open every time to him? HM is…still HM. she’s moody and rude and crappy. but she’s growing. HM also has issues of her own and in this episode, she’s dealing with it the right way (ex. Baek-hee scenes). not to say that SD doesn’t have any issues at all. he has father issues too, plus the hearing thing. but he had a wonderful mom who gave him lots of sage advice that he uses and even shares with HM. like what their teacher told HM last episode:

          “Your drama has a long way to go before it’s over. So don’t force yourself to go quickly. If you go slowly, you can see a lot more, in more detail, than the people who go quickly. If you ask me who would grow more between those two, I’d say it’s the one who goes slowly and sees a lot.”

          SD is not always “good”. he has his bad moods too since he’s human. he’s just more patient and i see him as someone who looks at the overall picture, not so very narrow-minded. you could say he’s more mature too in dealing with life.

          • anais

            But I don’t understand how else people want him to deal with his issues.

            People have said he should have let Hyemi know. He tried. She and Samdong shut him down. Every time.

            People have said he should go deal with his issues and not drag Hyemi into it. He tried. He debuted, thinking that his father wouldn’t be able to push him around that way. He basically even gives up his father on national TV.

            It seems people are holding against him the fact that he performed with Baekhee. Things just turned out that way.

            As for Samdong, I totally don’t think he’s all good. I think he’s overstepped his bounds with Hyemi repeatedly, especially concerning Jingook. (The scene in the basement when he confronts Jingook re: Hyemi, red flags went up for me. Something dangerous there in that boy.) If I’d been Hyemi, I’d have told him off already. But I’m not Hyemi. She’s the one who’s being a dolt in regards to Jingook, unwilling to acknowledge openly her feelings for him and instead hiding behind porcupine prickliness.

            Anyhoo, I have to laugh at myself for getting so invested in this love triangle. :)

      • 53.1.2 tiffani

        lol in real life we all fall for the Jin-Gooks and tell the samdongs to stop annoying us…true story

        • Crew

          Sad but true :(

    • 53.2 miss

      ouw i love.. yess.. for once, please give good guys a chance to get the girl!

  54. 54 Daniela

    I can’t decide. If I see Hye-mi with Jin-gook I’m rooting for them, because they like each other and for me that’s enough. I love Sam-dong, but she is not into him…yet. And that’s the other part. Every time Sam-dong and Hye-mi are together they look good, she looks happy around him and he would die for her, so I end rooting for them too. This triangle is great.

    Pil-sook,oh I love her. I was so happy for her.

    Is it wrong that I laughed when Jin-gook´s dad was talking on TV? He looked so…fake? saying that things. Coming from him they sounded so corny.

    I don’t know who chose the mexican pink suit that Jin-man was wearing, but please burn it. Or maybe not, it made me laugh. But his dance is cool.

    Thank you for the recap!

    • 54.1 Jomo

      Totally agree with you on JG’s dad.
      I thought JG was going to puke on him.
      Then he had to go and do that hand-on-hand move. You could see that while the Dad’s touch was all for the cameras, JG’s response was genuine, so JG could keep him there just a moment longer. More heart shatterings.

  55. 55 JD

    I’m sorry, but I don’t see the appeal of Sam Dong! He reminds me too much of the guy who grovels at a girl’s feet and gives her everything in the world when she doesn’t even work for it. I like a guy with some (good) ego without all this starry-eyed goo-goo business. Maybe this is why those dangerously flawed bad boys are so popular in life.

    I prefer Taecyeon with Hye-Mi, but damn, get a move on already!!! Do something big and drastic and show her what you’ve got! If not, I’d rather you please end up with Sam Dong. At least that wont’ disappoint.

    Pil-sook and Jason sure are stealing the spotlight, aren’t they? 😀 They remind me of a Boy Over Flower’s Kim Bum and Kim So Eun (eh, forgot their character’s name). Besides the ultra flashy awesome dancing and singing, I’m pretty much watching for this couple right here! BURN, JASON, BURN! And then WIN HER BACK.

    • 55.1 DP

      hahaha.. you’re probably right about sam dong

      but i don’t mind having a guy who grovels at my feet and gives me everything in the world.

      There are too many dose of bad boys with enormous ego to sink a ship in real life.

      Boys who actually think that girl will attracted to you if you treated them badly.

      • 55.1.1 JD

        There are too many dose of bad boys with enormous ego to sink a ship in real life. lulz

        I definitely would not want a bad boy, but I don’t want a grovelling boy either :(

        • someone

          LOL i know what you mean, but i think it’s quite extreme to categorize samdong grovel-er(?) he’s sweet and somewhat naive, so he’s not gonna play Mr. Cool to get the girl, it’s just not him. i think he has plenty of self respect for himself, but he’s awkward and clunky and cares about other people’s feelings that his ego is not outwardly expressed. plus, he’s fighting for his chance and takes advantage of the opportunity while jingook wavers….and let’s jingook know too! besides that, it’s awesome watching him making himself vulnerable to hye-mi, because…it’s like he putting trust in her, hoping she won’t turn it down. it’s just very endearing.

          • someone

            eek! sorry for the bad grammer/spelling. it’s 11 pm here, ya know? i’m on dramabeans when i should be doing homework.

      • 55.1.2 e

        i wouldnt like a groveling boy but he is still one up my scale than the bad boy..yessshhh ive encountered to many jerks before and they really do not change when someone is as sincere as samdong how can you not fall for him? its so rare that is why we tend to bet on the good guy
        and cant a girl get a good, honest, devoted guy? tell me you dont want someone like that?

        • JD

          Oh, no, I’m not debating whether I’d choose between a bad boy or a good boy; I’m just saying I prefer Jin-Gook over a sweet bumbling innocent high school kind of loverboy! Besides, we all know Jin-Gook isn’t some bad boy who’s out to break girl’s hearts because of an ego problem :)

          P.S. My dislike of Sam Dong’s love acts stem from personal experience with a real-life boy who acts exactly like him…right down to the bits where he tells everyone that him and I are together! It’s totally unattractive to me, esp. since I don’t like him, so I guess this is where it influences my perception of Sam Dong.

          • e

            haha my dislike for jingook stems from a looooong list of boys who has wayyyy more emotional baggage than me. gets into a relationship half way through tells you he needs to sort things out with his issues first. and dont get me started on the loooooonger list of dudes who are nice but has ego and complexes more twisted than a french braid haha

          • anais

            I find amusing all the personal baggage we bring to our individual readings of these characters and the storylines.

            How about this? I’ve been with both Samdongs and Jingooks (as the stereotypes) and both have their own set of problems. :)

        • Beng

          jingook’s love is tiring, while samdong’s is sweet. hye-mi is still a teen… hey who wants a tiring love? Besides, he keeps on hurting Hye-mi, consciously at that.

          • anais

            Try being with a guy whose affections are like a puppy dog’s. That gets tiring really fast.

            As for Samdong, while he’s a bit puppyish, he’s certainly not reducible to a puppy. He does help Hyemi grow.

          • Jomo

            Good question about a tiring love.

            It is human nature to be more satisfied with something we work for versus something handed to us.

            Does this type of love last longer? IDK
            Or, is it the struggle teaches the value of learning and growing together as they figure out how to negotiate the lows and highs of life?

  56. 56 atq

    i cant wait to see this episode..
    love u hye mi!!!

  57. 57 kay

    can someone help explain the BOF reference please. i clicked on the link and went through the recap but must’ve missed it. thanks much!

    • 57.1 ivy

      i’m right there with ya. i didn’t watch BOF either so I didn’t get the reference. but i didn’t bother reading that particular recap. my experience tells me that the recappers would link to said drama’s episode 1 by default. (’cause it would’ve taken too long for them to go back and search for the exact episode it had taken place)… whatever it was… i hope someone would enlighten us on it.

    • 57.2 eca

      Panic’s song “Wait” was sung by Kim Hyun Joong’s character Ji-hoo when he was with Jan Di in Macau. He was playing the guitar to earn money since Jan Di left her wallet. See http://www.dramabeans.com/2009/02/boys-before-flowers-episode-15/

  58. 58 chrislawrence

    I’ve been waiting for this ALL day! haha!

    now I need to watch the actually episode, but that will have to wait until tomorrow sadly :( since its after 1am where I am and all.

    But wow! I completely agree with you with the relationships and what have you. Its so interestingly layered and rollercostery that I’m happy one minute and semi pissed the next. More happy than anything 😀

    ARGH! I can’t wait for next week now XD

  59. 59 Katey B

    As always enjoying the recaps.

    I haven’t watched this week’s episodes yet but am saving them till maybe tonight.

    I’m all for Jin-gook and Hye-mi to get together. But as long as Jin-gook doesn’t get together with Baek-hee I don’t mind how it goes.

    Like how Pil-sook has Jason all shook up.

  60. 60 sleipnir

    EP 10.

    Will. Be. EPIC.

    Yakuza? Yes please.

    Street dance-off? Ok.

    and more Jin x Hiyemi

  61. 61 crazedlu

    OH MY FREAK. loooooovve it!! this is FAR beyond FAR better than i ever imagined. seriously, the biggest ouch was the tug-of-war bit with hye-mi and baek-hee.


  62. 62 hpn88

    OH MY! Dream high how I love thee. I cannot begin to count the ways. First off, I have to commend the writer & director. Whoever you are, you are doing a FABULOUS JOB. The team behind this show, I hope you make many more…many many more!

    Real angsty stuff today, but I’m cool with it because we get real development and stuff actually happens. Usually with angst we go around and around in circles without any progression. That is one of the things I’m loving about this drama – STUFF ALWAYS HAPPENS!

    Mi-Gook couple 4 life. Their “destined”, and I sense Hye-mi and Sam-dong as friends. She doesn’t seem to have the deeper more raw emotional connection with him as she does with JG. She gets his pain and he’s seen her literally at her worst. And they’re so cute when they’re happy. When he sneaks up on her near the end. SO ADORABLE!

    Also super happy that the Jason Pilsook story has some dramatic dynamics. THE CUTE was REALLY CUTE, but give me some misunderstandings and drama!!

    Completely off topic, but the science nerd in me came out in the episode. The beginning of the misfit dance uses “Right here, right now” by fatboy slim which is also used in the Harvard molecular biology video’s. LOL

  63. 63 Lily Lopez G.

    LOVE IT! Awesome episode n_n love triangles, glitter, jealousy, budding romances, etc!

  64. 64 piggierabbit.

    I like how they’re going with the Milk Couple. I figured that it might be another “semi-Oh Hani” type of love with her shaping her motivations around him.

    If it was going to be a Pilsook-likes-Jason-so-she-loses-weight-and-suffers-and-he-likes-her-now-since-she’s-all-purty-storyline for their love line, I would’ve been mighty disappointed with the writer.

  65. 65 Dara

    ‘frenemy’ Buahahaha!

    Thanks for your recap.
    Man, how I wish your recap can put .gif instead of stills, it’ll be awwesome.

  66. 66 Anonymous

    The show is about perseverance and the consequent triumphs that come with it!!! SamDong has to get the girl ;_;

    I’m deeper into denial than he is, when they don’t end up together I’ll be the one sitting in bed and eating ice cream, bawling my eyes out. Which is amazing because I started this show as a diehard JinGuk/HyeMi supporter, but that kiss on the cheek has totally got me. SamDong’s got game.

    • 66.1 eca

      lightbulb moment! I think Jin Gook will kiss Hye-mi on the next episode because he saw Sam-dong do it. He’ll top it with a kiss on the lips instead of the cheek. Hope she turns away or something. epsidoes 9-16 are supposed to be the development of SamMi. MiGook is so over (ep1-8).

  67. 67 asianromance

    thank you for the recap!! love the feel-goodness of this series! I was also disappointed that Jin-gook didn’t get Sam-dong some underwear.

    I’m torn between the two guys, though I lean a little towards a Jin-gook and Hye-mi couple. I feel like Jin-gook can call Hye-mi out on any BS despite the love googles – which is why I loved the Pil-sook and Jason scene so much when she told him she was disappointed in him. I’m not sure if Sam-dong can do that. He may just let Hye-mi run roughshod over him when they grow old. I can’t feel like it is a relationship of equals with him being the adoring puppy.

    But on the other hand, I feel like Hye-mi needs more light and less drama in her life and Sam-dong is also such a warm, steadying presence while Jin-gook drifts in and out. Samdong is a guy with roots.

    It’d probably better for them to all remain single if they are going to be idols. (though I am really rooting for the Milk couple)

    • 67.1 tmi129

      I totally get the support for Jin-gook and it makes sense–JG and HM are more on equal ground; they understand each other’s parental issues.

      But that’s exactly why I like the SD/HM couple. Sure, he’s a puppy most of the time, but in this episode, we’ve gotten glimpses of him asserting himself–to JG, by clearly laying out his intentions. More importantly, he’s doing it to HM too–to the point that even she recognizes “you’re acting manlier recently” (or whatever that line was.)

      Plus, the thing about JG and HM being the same also means that SD can offer HM things that JG can’t. Whereas JG can recognize when HM’s in trouble/self-pitying and calls her out on it, he doesn’t really ever go past that. He’ll listen to her troubles, call her out on her BS, etc…But it’s SD that does active support–painting the mural, the drawings, etc…not to mention, from the HM and BH scene in this ep, we can see how HM can not only go to SD for a shoulder to cry on, but she can learn from him. SD is showing her how to fight, because he’s fighting desperately for her…whereas JG is hot and cold (though we can hardly blame him for this, circumstances are kinda making him their bitch), which is hardly a healthy, equal relationship–is she supposed to just wait for him, as he’s off jet-setting around? No. She’s learning to fight and climb to the top…with SD at her side.

      AH, long comment is long. T_T But my love for SD is unending.

      • 67.1.1 anais

        whereas JG is hot and cold (though we can hardly blame him for this, circumstances are kinda making him their bitch)

        LOL. Well put! Really well put!

        @Asianromance – Jingook calls Hyemi out on her BS. He wants her to be strong. To figure things out on her own (just as he’s had to.) He’s tough, tacit love. As for Samdong, I’d disagree with you that he doesn’t check Hyemi. He does, except he turns them into gentle, teaching moments. So it’s a matter of style.

  68. 68 J

    I’m loving both Samdong-Hyemi and Jingook-Hyemi.. One moment I’m rooting for one couple and the next moment I’m rooting for the other.. Can’t Hyemi have both guys???

    Teacher don’t go!! ;((

  69. 69 ni

    i forgot: OMG I squealed like the crazy fangirl that i am when SD trick-kissed HM and then ran away!! that was too adorable!! ive always been on Sammi ship, mostly because Jin gook feels too much like a protective brother to HM (maybe because Taec looks way too old lol), while SD looks her age and his crush is more innocent, the kind of high school crush that I love to read about in manga and watch on dramas. He is Just.Too.Cute!! sorry Jin gook, your ship is too angsty, not really my cup of tea o_O

    • 69.1 C

      lol I totally agree with you!!! I haven’t seen the episode yet, but reading the recaps and seeing the pics, I can’t wait to watch this episode!!! lol

      I agree, Jin Gook has too much baggage… and he does look more like an “oppa”–like a real brother to Hye Mi.

  70. 70 La Plume

    I’m rooting ALL THE WAY for Jin Gook sorry!

    Sam Dong is very cute all right, but from experience, sometimes being nice is just not enough and while you empathize and can even WANT to love somebody you’re sure you’d have so much less heartbreak with, you heart won’t follow. So Hye Mi give up trying to resist and love Jin Gook after all, you’re made for each other. Sorry Sam Dong, but life is also like this… Unfair. And anyway… You adore Hye Mi like a goddess, it would make and unevenly matched couple. Cry a lot and get with Baek Hee once she’ll have shed off her resentment. She used to be such a sweet girl, she’s the right match for you… Your heartbreak with Hye Mi will toughen you up a bit. She has that effect on some people :p

  71. 71 hitsugaya

    i want to watch dream high!

  72. 72 Carinne

    I really can’t hate JG for choosing to wimp out, ‘cos most of those choices were to rebel against his dad anyhow, so he’s being selfish after all!?! Well, there comes certain sacrifices towards freedom, JG doesn’t want those direct deposits in his bank account from daddy, heck, I’ll gladly take ’em, so I merely hope he is certain his sacrifices are worth it by the end. I’m not sure I want to see this tall stud give me puppy eyes of regret later on.

    What can I add about this adorable Milk couple, you all haven’t said already? When sushi girl orbits chipmunk, she borrows song after song to make the guy go nuts for her, but instead she goes nuts for him. Now, sushi girl no longer, yogurt girl, has chipmunk “panic” and “while waiting” for her promise to ensure he is starting to act nuts. I had a slim thought Jason was about to toss that lollipop aside, reads his frustrating body language, symbolism and all its meaning, yeah, I did sigh relief he kept it. Sometimes, a nanosecond can make a person’s head spin 360*.

    KSH is doing a superb acting job. He’s talented full of awesomeness. PJY keeps me jolly every episode, and I can’t think of anyone else who can top his Hammer impression. As for the girl playing Hye-mi’s little sister, I have a strong feeling her classmates will envy her next day at school raving about kissing 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon. Oh, where is my Lucky Charms!?! ^ , ^ v

    • 72.1 Carinne

      P.S. Thank you Show for not attempting to go Black Swan on me, or else I might go Koo Koo for Cocoa Puffs.

  73. 73 cyangg

    OMIGOSH!!! I just LOVE LOVE this drama, but I gotta say, if Hye Mi ends up with Jin Gook, I’ll pretty much end up HATING it!!!

    Really? do they have to have Taecyeon and Suzy end up together (cos that seems like a high possibility)??? It’s way too typical to have them as the lead characters since, obviously, they’re both from JYP. Grrrr i was hoping JYP was gonna make it different and not too typical like… ahem… Sam Dong and Hye Mi!!!! <3 :) :)

    I love the MILK couple!! They're so cute together!!! (: (: I hope they'll have MORE screen time!! 😀 😀

  74. 74 kidnpink

    I am not a big fan of Jason-Pilsook pairing mainly because I didn’t like the idea of IU losing weight just so the guy will like her, i admit they are cute and their interactions are gush worthy.. However after this episode I am loving Pilsook’s character and if Jason shapes up I will probably ship this pairing..

    I don’t like Sam Dong-Hye Mi pairing either… He didn’t go to Seoul because of her it’s because of his desire to be a singer I hope he concentrates on that because he clearly have hidden talents..

    I’m glad Hyemi’s character is shedding her bratty and almighty attitude.. :)

    Right now I’m shipping Hyemi-Pilsook.. they’re so cute in the previous episode.. Hyemi and her ‘fangirl’ moment.. lol

  75. 75 Senstar

    I know it’s weird to root for the villain (sort of) of a drama, but for some reason, I really like Baek-hee. I still find Hye-mi so annoying. Aja, Baek-hee and Jin-gook! Aja, Chipmunk Jason!

  76. 76 charitee

    aughhhh. i don’t know who to root for anymore. i wanted hyemi and samdong but after the past two episodes, all i want is for hyemi and jingook to end up together…ahhh. the only consistency for me is wanting the jason and pilsook thing to work out eventually.

    i really enjoy how things are panning out there. there’s development with almost all of the characters and there’s something to be said for the fact that viewers are stuck in the same love triangle as the main characters. i feel like it’s usually so easy to pick which side we want the girl/guy to end up with but for once, i’m really stuck in the middle.

    dream high is seriously a win for me. it’s one of those dramas that took almost 4 episodes to actually begin but it was well worth the wait. i hope that it continues like this: moving but not too fast that the viewers get left behind.

  77. 77 john

    With Baek Hee kind of eliminated as an antagonist, I wonder if she will become part of the misfits group. I also wonder what new obstacles and problems will present themselves in the drama.

  78. 78 orenji

    this drama is so addicting. for the first time i’m having hard time picking side.
    the forum going crazy lol….both shippers trying hard to defend their pairing. this is fun.

    • 78.1 pipiet

      Agreeee..this is fun to read comment…actually i love both couple…wherever hyemi choose i like it,,or she can choose both of them..lol

  79. 79 Unnursvana

    God I love this so much!!! this episode is so good.

    So much samdong/hyemi and Jason/Pilsook. I love how Jason has to do something now to impress (I don’t know the word) to kinda get Pilsook back and I am glad she didn’t diet just for him… now I love her even more.

  80. 80 AmbieH

    So … as much as I love the American couple ( MiGook) I am all about team SamMi!

    Sam Dong is a fighter… he is the true underdog which is why Hye Mi will end up with ….Jin Gook

    but the one to help HM to grow into the girl we see is SD and Teach K.

    JD wouldnt be able to give her the words to think on later like SD and TK.

    Oh this show is too legit…I swear!

  81. 81 jyyjc

    Aside from the whole of this drama being so great, there is one part that i am so relieved about and that is the jaeson-pilsook couple. I was ready to punch the screen if pilsook was still going to still go after jason just cuz she became pretty but this drama played it out well. so glad!

  82. 82 Stephanie

    sam dong wins hands down! But Hye mi likes jin gook. ARGH. Drama, don’t make sam dong second lead, I’ll just…..sigh

  83. 83 strangedoll

    AWESOME RECAP yet again, thank you! :)

    I am SO the bandleader of the Gook-Mi camp!! Baek Hee out of the way NOW! RAWR! (…even though I love your funky purple highlights)

    Taec was so so hot when they started practising the snake dance. And the scene where the Misfits were imagining the different birds was so symptomatic of their individual characters – Jason was an ostrich sticking his head into the sand, Pil-suk was Tweety – LOL, and Hye-mi saw herself as a graceful, aloof swan. The actual bird dance was completely lacklustre though. Fancy camera tricks and lots cutting away and panning onto Sam-Dong don’t hide the fact that these kids except Jason can’t really dance and the silly outfits meant that they looked completely bumbling next to the well-synchronised and stylish snake dance. Third place was a stretch even for me and all my fanlove for the Misfits.

    I’m don’t really know what to think of the new Pil-suk. I loved fat Pil-suk, she was spunky even if living in a slightly alternate reality. But the same ditziness on the new Pil-suk seems…I dunno…kinda goody two shoes and air-headed. Didn’t like the way she preached on Jason. Way to treat the guy after he didn’t moan about being stuck with you lot in a basement instead of group K. His failing is also part of his charm, Pils.

    The more Baek-hee interferes with the development of Gook-Mi, the more I want to bitchslap her into the next dimension. I have no sympathy for her at all. I still think Suzy is a terrible actress (emote goddammit) but I’m a HM fan irregardless and it’s surprising how endearing she’s become after all the awful diva behavior in the first two episodes.

    And….JYP. Rocked. It.

    • 83.1 marcc

      so i wasnt the only one that feels like pilsook lost her loveable spunk as she lost her weight. maybe her character are meant to be like that – to show she undergoes emotional growth as much as physical changes, but i really misses the bumbling adorable old pilsook, who runs here and there to hide in embarrassment whenever jason walks around.

      and yes the way she reprimand jason sounds really stuck-up-ish, even tho i was glad she did it, cos jason do need some sense into his head after all those arrogance he’s been showing in this episode. i just hope when jason starts to chase after her, she doesn’t act like she’s too good for him, cos i didnt see him acting too good for her when he was the best in the school (still is!) and she was still a-girl-who-wont-debut-unless-she-lost-30-kgs

      • 83.1.1 jyyjc

        I have to disagree with you there, pilsook didn’t sound stuck-up at all to me. After her reprimanding him she even said “i’m sorry if that made you angry”. If you watched closely, you could tell from pilsook’s facial expression (like when jason said he could just improvise the new dance moves) she was thinking “oh no, i like you and all but that was not the right attitude”. And she is right in telling him that she said all that to him was because she is his fan cuz really, if you truly care for a person you’d point out their faults in hopes that they’ll reflect on it and become a better person no? If she was stuck-up then that would mean she doesn’t care about him. I love that she said that she’s an honest fan(something along that line, can’t tell with the many different subs), cuz i’d hate for her to be one of those delusional ones where they think their oppa is perfection in every way. And she’s still a bumbling adorable dork, how about that scene where she was copying the dance moves and the fact that she still stuck lollipops on his locker?

        • marcc

          i guess stuck up wasn’t the best word to use up there. lol

          i think its because her character change was quite abrupt (it doesn’t appear so in the timeline, because she went through the 200day diet, but it feels like a big change because those 200days are only represented in a few minutes of montage)
          like hyemi’s character change feels gradual, because we get to see her slowly changing, whereas pilsook.. when she come back skinny and pretty and with a new confidence, it feels like another person, and while watching i had to keep telling myself that this is the new pilsook (which really make me miss the old one :X)

          but im actually really glad that the eye opener comes from her, because i think if it was said by someone else (eg the teacher or hyemi), jason probably wouldn’t hear it. since this comes from a girl that used to idolize him, so i think the effect to him is greater.

          i love how they made this twist tho. now the tables have turned yewww 😀

  84. 84 Anjo

    I really want to believe in SamMi. Though things seem like they are pointing towards MiGook, I am going to keep rooting for Sam Dong. The boy has no one but her D=

    Whether he gets the girl or not, as long as he gets a happy ending. Like TRULY happy! Not a I-did’t-get-the-girl-but-it’s-okay-if-she’s-happy-then-i’m-happy kind of happy but a Sure-I-didn’t-get-the-girl-but-I-am-a-world-star-and-I-will-get-over-this-girl-in-fact-I-think-I-just-met-my-soulmate kind of ending.. well… not the soulmate part.. but the REAL happiness part.

  85. 85 Beng

    I wish i am in Hye-mi’s shoes, and to be pulled between Samdong and Jingook

    The Milk couple is the best love story, it’s like i’m reading a Romance novel with them the characters. This is the first time i’ve seen a love story like them in a drama. Can anybody point out other kdrama so that i can watch them too =)

  86. 86 iamdea

    not sure if anyone mentioned this already but did anyone noticed one of the songs Pil-sook picked was her own, as in IU’s “Good Day”? LOL just thought i mentioned that. and thanks for the recap. i’ve been waiting for it. ^_^

    • 86.1 Anjo

      I noticed it! Hahaha! The advertising in this drama is just… overwhelming.

      • 86.1.1 iamdea

        LOL i know! Like for Tous les Jour too.

        • atashiwaame

          he he, and that time at the bus stop where they talk about debuting in front of a poster of “wonder girls”…

          • girlatsea

            Also, the miss A poster in one of the classrooms (or office, I don’t remember.)

  87. 87 S

    ‘Rise and rise again until the lamb becomes the lion’
    That’s our boy Samdong motto. OH YEAH.

    I’m sure you will will the girl, Samdong. I’m sure of it.

    Our boy is true fighter. For Jingook, I wouldn’t even call him worthy rival even though he’s got upper hand right now.

    • 87.1 eca

      if there is a “like” button, i would definitely “like” your comment. =)

  88. 88 K

    I am a total MiGook shipper, but I think Hye-Mi might very possible end up with Sam Dong. I mean, all these moments between Jin Gook and Hye Mi would, for other k-dramas, very evidently point to them being the OTP, but the fact that Dream High has all of that but is still currently firmly in the middle ground between Jin Gook and Sam Dong makes it seem that they are deliberately avoiding many of the normal k-drama cliches- so Hye Mi has a good chance of ending up with Sam Dong.

  89. 89 Anjo

    I wonder if the K from the beginning is the same K group now… I mean… hmmm…

    • 89.1 Jomo

      I was guessing it was — It would be kinda confusing to the “real audience” if it changed.
      Although, we are seeing that this unprepared and shoved into the spotlight too soon group is not pulling in the audience expected. Maybe they will shut it down.

      I can see the members changing over the years, but to go from a Idol group to just an Idol?

  90. 90 'dalia

    i want Baek Hee with Jin Gook just so Sam Dong can have his happy ending!!!i’m sorry but i can’t get enough of him! KSH is soooooooooooooooo brilliant in this role!

    • 90.1 JG

      Wait to give SamDong his happy ending, you’ll match his rival with someone who is insane.

  91. 91 strangedoll

    The reason I want Jin Gook to end up with Hye-mi is because I think he really won’t be happy with anyone else but her. It’s the look in his eyes when he’s watching her, or when he sees her with Sam Dong. Taecyeon is shaping up to be a serious male romantic lead in the future if he can project this sort of expression in a high school show. He wasn’t quite there yet in Cinderella’s Sister but he’s hitting it out of the ballpark here.

    Whereas Sam Dong, he’s like a puppy. Hye-mi gave him a few pats on the head and he’s hers for life…or for now? He’s a warmer, fluffier character than Jin Gook and I can see him bonding easily with another girl. But it’s only Hye-mi for Jin Gook.

    In fact I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Sam Dong and Baek-hee would in fact be a great couple. Sam Dong’s sincerity and goofiness would go a long way in healing the bitterness and need-to-be-first-ishness in Baek-hee’s heart, while he would be able to embrace her and love her for who she is, incomplete and imperfect.

    • 91.1 Anjo

      … Yeah… Jin Gook seems like he won’the happy with anyone but Hye Mi; but Sam Dong also… seem to have only Hye Mi. Look at this country bumpkin, he’s not made a single friend since he’s been in Seoul.

      Jin Gook seems like he’s a friendly guy and is fully capably of finding himself another girl, seeing that they are falling at his feet everywhere he goes.

      Sam Dong is the kind of boy who know what he wants and will pursue until he gets it. And Hye Mi is what he wants and he will work for it. He is not a pushover. He just wants to make her happy (Like a real boyfriend should do).

      • 91.1.1 anais

        Hye Mi unfortunately is not a what. She’s a person.

        True, sometimes, sheer effort and devotion does move someone’s heart. Oftentimes, it won’t. It may move a person to settle for someone whom they love but aren’t in love with.

        Feelings. They’re pesky that way.

  92. 92 joeydragonlady

    I am definately enamored with this show! Who know that idols playing themselves (more or less) would be soooo good. thank you for the recap.

  93. 93 SecretAddiction

    I can’t remember where I read someone post this but in my own words, it goes something like this:

    Everyone keeps referring to Sam Dong as a puppy – cute sweet and cuddly (he is!). And I think that is why Jin Gook and Hye Mi will be together… Because you will always love your puppy (dog), but you don’t fall in love with them!

    It sounded better in my mind than when I put it into words.

    Yay for
    MiGook <3

  94. 94 pipiet

    i like scene hyemi sister stolen kiss cheek JG,and noona get jealouse….hahaaa

  95. 95 mariolawpanda

    Noooooo! The preview! I want me some SamDong and Hyemi love! This is the first time I wanted the second lead to be the love interest. I never really buy the second-lead-guy-first-lead-girl ship before, but now I do! I want SamDong to win!

    WooU couple is just too cute! And I totally love the fact that the 200 days made her realize her dream more than her love for Jason. I hated that the idea of her losing weight was only for the guy. haha.

    • 95.1 eca

      FYI: SamDong is not the second lead. I think they set it up so that the 6 have equal standing. However, if you check Dream High’s profile on some internet sites, you’ll see Kim Soo-hyun/Sam Dong always gets mentioned first.

      • 95.1.1 eca

        sorry, replied on the wrong post…;)

        • eca

          oh, no I didn’t! haha! sorry again. it’s like 5am here. =)

          • strangedoll

            Wasn’t he also the first to get cast and Yon-sama’s pet?

            Yeaaahhh….looks like he’s getting the girl after all. Oh my poor Gookie :(

  96. 96 lucertola

    Thanks for recapping!!!

    —-Oooooh. I miss the days when you were wearing each other’s underwear (I was really hoping there was a gift box for Sam-dong with a pair of boxer briefs.) but I do enjoy that there’s a new rivalry in town. —-

    *nods, nods* so true, so true! I miss it too. Hope they’ll put more similar underwear events in the near dramaland future.
    Let me dream SSD/JG’s bromance. If they cannot get the respective girl, they could at least enjoy each other’s love ^v^

    I love how the screenwriter plays with the audience on the love perspective.
    As for now, I think JG-HM romance would be the mature, equal one. Instead SSD-HM romance would be the romantic/fairytale (prince pushing his kingdom on his princess) one. I see it, SSD & HM’s relationship seems to me more like siblings than lovers one.

    Still it’d be great if HM stays single till the end and enjoys her happy successful life.

    • 96.1 anais

      I love how the screenwriter plays with the audience on the love perspective.

      Well put.

  97. 97 decoderblue

    I think I prefer the chubbier Pilsook, mefinds her cuter 😉

    Thanks for the recaps JB and GF! I don’t have much time to diligently look out for the episodes like I did with Secret Garden. Dramabeans is a gift <3

  98. 98 Lurkee

    “what was the press doing for the past 200 days?”

    I assume they were waiting for Jingook to debut and make a name for himself so the news becomes more catchy and juicy :)

  99. 99 Akisha

    Am a totally samdong & hyemi fan, with that much sincerity from the guy…samdong is the man. I would so totally pick samdong then jingook who has a lot of issues. I am sure even if jingook get his issues fixed would’t they be the most boring couple ever. I mean samdong and hyemi together is simply adorable and a perfect mixture. But yes the writers are killing us on the suspense on who she would end up with……but please make it samdong or I will totally hate this drama.

    Pilsook and Jason couple on the other hand is the feel good aspect of a loveline in this drama because men seeing samdong getting heartbroken every time just kills me, while when Jingook gets heartbroken I am totally happy about it. I hope he steps down and choose Hyemi’s happines by handing her over to Samdong.

  100. 100 Candice

    Love the show. Couldn’t wait for the video, so I read the recap. Also wanted to let you know that the male character in Candy Candy is “Terry Woods” not Terius (although everyone who subs seems to write Terius as well). =P

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