Drama Recaps
Best Love: Episode 2
by | May 5, 2011 | 181 Comments

Yay, funny, punny, and cute! The characters are so clearly defined, drawn for comedy, and the actors are up for anything, making every moment pop with wit and charm. How great is it to have a hero who is completely insecure and a ball of neuroses when it comes to public image, and a second lead who is the direct opposite and clueless to outside perception? I love a drama that zips by in an hour, but I REALLY love a drama that makes me want to rewind and watch it again.


Oh, man. It’s bad news bears, as Jin and Ae-jung are made aware of her massively embarrassing slip of the tongue. Horrified, Jin just laughs it off and glosses it over as a gift to the director, and host Lee Hwi-jae congratulates him on getting the movie that he wanted so badly.

To top if off, they ask Ae-jung to give Jin a word of encouragement, so she gives him a public send-off to Hollywood: “Fighting!” Oh, this is gonna be so bad.

Back at the office, Jin stares at his phone like it stung him in the ass, “WHY did I pick up the phone?” It’s possibly because you heard me screaming: PICK UP THE PHONE! PICK IT UP! PICK IT UP, PICKITUP, PICKIDDUPPPP!

After the show, her brother Ae-hwan congratulates her on the awesome job, that is until she tells him that Jin won’t be going to Hollywood after all. Ae-hwan: “Oh, that’s humiliating.” Haha. Yeah, you think?

Ae-jung’s phone rings (with a KBSN song as her ringtone, natch), and it’s Jin. They meet up, and she’s either clueless or she thinks he’s nicer than he is, because she actually looks surprised at his anger. Um, the fact that he asked to meet you in a parking garage should be your first clue that you’re in for a smackdown.

She thanks him for answering the call and tells him to check out the episode since it should be fun. He tells her through clenched teeth that he won’t be catching the episode, since it won’t be airing. Ae-jung: “Why?” Jin: “Because you’re going to tell them to edit you out.”

He tells her that he was getting ready to announce that he was dropping the film, but if that episode of SeBaKwi airs, the stories won’t match up. She pleads with him to let it go just this once, clenching his fist in desperation.

What’s hilarious is that he’s gone through the trouble of making this elaborate hand gesture to end up in a fist to make a point, but she turns it around on him to plead earnestly. He tries to shake her off, but she apologizes profusely, telling him to just hit her instead, mockingly hitting her head against his fist.

He hilariously freaks out, not only because she’ s going overboard but because he’s a big star, but he tells her to go ahead and use this opportunity to just clear out of the entertainment biz for good, instead of hanging on. He adds that she ought to edit him out of her life as well, while she’s at it.

He turns to walk away, thinking that he’s made his point, but then turns to ask why she’s not running along to do what he said.

Ae-jung: “YA!” Eeee! Banmal so soon? Love it. Love it.

Jin: “Are you crazy?” Ae-jung lays into him, freely taking him to task for treating her dire situation for survival like it’s nothing. She says his assy ways are why he was dropped from the film… “Oh, no wait… it’s because your English sucks.” HAHAHA.

That hits him where it hurts. She mocks his random English word usage, with a phrase of her own: “You, King ssa-ga-ji [asshole, bastard] very much dirty jjang [best]!!”

LOL. It’s totally nonsensical (“dirty” makes more sense in Korean as a bad thing to call someone because it’s a way to describe someone’s lack of manners) and all the more hilarious for it.

That pushes him past the point of reason and he comes toward her, ready to swing his arm, only that’s exactly when a group of people walks up, recognizing him. Omg, I love it. He’s totally handicapped by his desperate need to appear perfect in front of strangers.

They just stand there like that, awkwardly in the middle of a knock-down-drag-out fight, and yet smiling for the people looking on. She mumbles at him through her smile that if he dislikes being involved with someone as low as her, then to never call her again.

She walks away with a big grin, and he’s trapped there, just mumbling under his breath, “Where… where are you going?” in this sing-songy you-are-so-dead tone that is just cracking me up.

He lets his anger get the better of him, and follows her out in his car like a madman. It’s a low-speed car chase out of the garage, and almost out into the street, but Ae-jung panics and breaks, and Jin rear-ends her.

It’s just a fender-bender and she gets out to see if he’s okay, and he stares at her with death rays, “Gu Ae-jung. This is the end of you…” and then he FAINTS. Ha.

News breaks of Hallyu star Dokko Jin in a car accident, and of course his very shrewd agency uses this opportunity to regretfully back out of the Hollywood film, playing up his injuries as far more severe than they are.

At the same time, word gets out that Ae-jung was the other party in the car accident, and as the media likes to do, they take sides and blame her for his retreat from Hollywood, by virtue of the fact that she’s fine, while he’s injured. And of course because he’s universally beloved.

She ends up back in the headlines, but in a negative light, and at home her nephew reads the news and asks Grandpa what “Ankle Girl” means. Oh, Korea and your crazy nicknames. He explains that it’s because she’s stopping Dokko Jin from going to Hollywood (because ankle-grabbing is a cultural metaphor for someone stopping a loved one from leaving, as in, girl pleading with boy not to leave her, by holding onto his ankles).

She’s number one in the news portals as Ankle Girl, and Jenny tries to lift her spirits—hey, press is still press, but Ae-jung can’t get over being blamed for something she didn’t do. They decide to sneak into the hospital so that she can talk to Jin, but getting past all the reporters is no easy feat.

In his hospital room, Jin practices his English by mimicking… STEPHEN COLBERT! Pwahahahaha.

Omg, the meta on this show just about kills me. Seriously, Ninja Assault and Stephen Colbert?! Love the Hong Sisters.

There’s a big gold-medal-swim-meet about to air, and Ae-jung uses it as her opportunity to sneak into Jin’s room, in a sequence that intercuts the dramatic swim meet with her unnecessarily acrobatic Mission Totally Possible.

She cartwheels her way in, just in time to see Jin jumping up and down in front of the tv on his supposedly bum leg, all disappointed that the swimmer won the gold medal (because they’re up for the same CF, ha).

Uh-oh. Caught red-handed. Er, red-footed. She totally calls him out on being a fakey fakerson, and starts shouting out the truth for the reporters to hear. He grabs her in a hug-meets-wrestling-hold to stop cover her mouth, which is what his manager Jae-seok walks in on.

By the way, I can’t wait till they give his manager more stuff to do, because he was HILARIOUS in Queen of Reversals as Park Shi-hoo’s other-half man-boy-secretary.

Jin sends him to get his agent, and Ae-jung comes home with a new contract in hand, a hush-deal with a promise to get her cast in a new project. She wonders if she can trust them, but Ae-hwan thinks that they have nothing to lose (which is pretty much true).

The PDs of Couple Making Season 3 (I love that this show has a horrible title too, which I don’t think is coincidence.) have already stated an interest in casting Ae-jung, but their main hitch was Kang Se-ri’s disapproval.

Jin’s agent meets with Se-ri to nudge her into grudging acceptance, and then sets up a meeting/audition for Ae-jung with the PD.

Only at the same restaurant, Yoon Pil-joo is there with a friend who’s about to set him up to interview a friend of his, since Pil-joo is looking for another doctor to take over his clinic. The friend steps outside to take a phone call…

Which is right when Ae-jung gets ushered in, and told by the agent to go on in first to the meeting…

Don’t you love when you can see the funny coming?

She steps into Pil-joo’s room, he thinking she’s the doctor on an interview, her thinking he’s the PD giving her an audition. He starts out by saying that he’s heard of her skills, and she’s surprised, asking, “You know what level I’m at, right?” Haha. She means it in the modest sense, like, you do know that I’m a D-list star, right, but he’s hearing it like, you do know how awesome I am, right.

He awkwardly tells her to just declare the amount of money she wants, since he’s heard that she’s here because she needs the money. Pffft. She’s like, mo…ney…? Err?

She starts putting together the pieces in the exact wrong way—the private room, the liquor, the agent sending her in first and telling her vaguely to “take the opportunity,” and Pil-joo’s money question… She wonders to herself if this is one of those situations she’s only ever heard about… in her mind landing at the sponsor-actress shady deal situation.

She asks if he’s offering her money, and he says yes. Ae-jung: “So you’re trying to buy me? For how much?” Pil-joo just agrees tentatively, starting to get confused…

“Exactly how much am I worth? How about a billion won then?” [Million dollars, give or take.] His eyes grow wide, wondering what kind of doctor asks for that kind of salary. She starts crying, gone past the point of anger into feeling sorry for herself. Out of spite, she raises the offer to ten billion won, in a fit of emotion over her dire situation and the absurdity of facing this humiliation.

“What are you surprised because it’s too much? If I want ten billion won, will you still buy me?” She switches down to banmal, and Pil-joo’s jaw drops. She starts yelling at him, “What is it too much? You said you’d give me whatever I wanted!” She cries her heart out, legitimately crying out of sorrow for having hit rock bottom this way.

He just doesn’t know what to do and awkwardly tries to comfort her. He pours her a glass of water to calm her down, which she takes… and promptly throws back in his face. HAHAHAHA.

She gets up defiantly, “You can’t buy me, even with ten billion won. I’m a Kukbo Sonyeo! Don’t live that way. You can’t buy a national treasure that way!” Pffft. OMG. So punny. [Kukbo = national treasure, and her idol group name.]

Gawd, I LOVE Yoon Kye-sang in this. He is hysterical, and all he’s doing is being the straight-man. But it’s his reactions and his innocent character, set in contrast to these very image-conscious people, and his unwitting foot-in-mouth comments… they’re killing me.

Ae-jung has a good sorrowful cry in the bathroom, and then decides that she can’t let it rest at that. She goes and fills a bucket with water, and carries it back to the room to finish him off in style, only by then her agent comes to take her… to the other room. Whoops.

She peers inside Pil-joo’s room, where she sees him interviewing the doctor, and realizes her grave mistake. They meet eyes through the porthole, but when he steps out to find her, all he finds is the bucket. Heh.

Ae-jung steps into the correct room, to meet Couple Making‘s PD, writer, and MC, Kang Se-ri. They greet each other awkwardly.

Jin and his manager discuss the two girls in question, and Jin notes that they’ll both be famous because of him. His manager points out that they were actually famous BEFORE him, since they were both in KBSN together. Jin: “Those friggin’ Kukbo Sisters. They’re both totally annoying.” HAHAHA. Best. Delivery. Ever. I need a recording of that, please.

Ae-jung takes a moment in the bathroom, and Se-ri comes to dig the knife a little deeper. She asks if it hurts her pride to be on a show where she’s the MC, and Ae-jung responds honestly that it doesn’t NOT hurt her pride, but she’s not in a position to turn it down.

Se-ri tells her that when they were in KBSN, she went on a lot of shows riding on Ae-jung’s coattails, so to just think of this as payback. She returns Ae-jung’s own words to her from back then: “Don’t let your pride get hurt, and do well,” only her take is delivered with a great big helping of self-satisfaction.

Flashback: Back to KBSN days, when Se-ri had made some mistake. Ae-jung took it more seriously than she did, and slapped her across the face. She instantly felt bad about it, but too late—their manager walks in and Se-ri cries, pitting herself the victim in what was probably already a tense group dynamic. Ae-jung gets rushed by reporters, who begin their smear campaign.

Back in the present, Jin reads up on Ae-jung and KBSN, and muses to himself that based on the stories, Ae-jung is “a total gangster.” Heheh. His sympathy immediately goes out to her, reading all the hateful comments to her online, and he gets all worked up in her defense, without even realizing it. Aw.

I love how susceptible he is to public opinion, and how it’s also the thing that makes him sympathize with her. He gets worked up over one comment, and looks to see what the handle is. The commenter’s name? DokkoFanGirl. Heh. He sighs, realizing it’s his fans up in arms about her causing his exit from Hollywood.

He calls her to his hospital room the next day, and shoots her a piece of paper. He’s decided to graciously confirm the following: that she came to visit him, apologized, and that he has forgiven her for the accident. He tells her that he can’t stand by and watch her get slandered by his fans… because then his image gets tarnished alongside hers. Heh. Yeah, and nothing to do with your ACTUAL concern for her. Nope. Nuthin’ like that.

She thanks him sweetly for the gesture, because despite his insistence that he hasn’t personally forgiven her, he’s willing to publicly forgive her, which will revive her image. She asks for a picture to go along with it, for verification’s sake, and though he whines about it, he can’t turn off that actor’s instinct to smile for the camera.

He approves of the shot and when she smiles and bows before she goes, he can’t help but crack a sweet smile. Once she’s gone, he picks up fruit and starts reliving their SeBaKwi quiz, “Tangerine. Grape!” OMG, I didn’t know Cha Seung-won could be so cute!

While she sits downstairs uploading the picture and writing the comment to go with it, he receives a call from his agent that Peter Jason has put the offer back on the table. She tells him that since the severity of his injury hasn’t been released yet, they can underplay it and go straight to Hollywood.

But as soon as he hangs up, he realizes that he just gave Gu Ae-jung the exact wrong thing to post online. He rushes down, hampered by having to use crutches to keep up appearances, and finds her…

…seconds too late. It’s up, and people are already commenting. He crumples in exasperation, and she just smiles wide, not knowing that she’s run major interference in his career for the second time since they’ve met.

The Peter Jason movie is now in the wind as far as he’s concerned, because they can’t backtrack now and say that they faked his injury. That ship has sailed. And the final nail in the coffin: the wine he had sent to Peter Jason gets returned. Meanwhile, Ae-jung’s career is taking an upturn, as she gets booked for more shows and prepares for her stint on Couple Making.

Se-ri meets with the PDs and muses that Ae-jung will be eliminated in the first round. They turn their focus to the bachelor, who will be going on mat-seons (marriage-minded blind dates) with the actresses. Se-ri and the PD agree that the best candidate is the PD’s friend from school, Yoon Pil-joo.

Se-ri says that she’ll try to convince him herself, and the PD warns her that she might suffer a bruised ego if she meets with him. She finds out what he means for herself when she goes to meet him at his clinic, only to have him not recognize her, at all.

She suggests lunch, and when he takes her to a restaurant and a table in the middle of the floor, she doesn’t order any food, totally princessing out that someone like her can’t eat at an open table.

He finds out what she means when people start lining up to get autographs and take pictures, and he calls her on her cell phone to give her an excuse to turn away from the crowd. She’s impressed at his quick thinking, and he apologizes, never having encountered this kind of situation before. Well, you’re pretty smooth, despite your bumbling sweetness, made even cuter by those glasses which just make me happy.

They relocate to a quieter place to have coffee, and he tells her that he has no interest in doing the show. He gets sidetracked by his occupational hazard of noticing physical signs of wellness, though, and takes her hand and tells her to stick out her tongue
without so much as a thought, and tells her to stop drinking so much. Heh.

On his way home, Pil-joo takes a peek at the roster of actresses that Se-ri left with him, and under Kim So-eun is Gu Ae-jung, who he recognizes right away: “It’s Kukbo Sonyeo.” His cabbie happens to be watching her episode of SeBaKwi just then, and thinks he’s recognizing her on the screen. Pil-joo realizes that it really was her from the other day, but still can’t figure out why she reacted that way…

Meanwhile, Ae-jung’s nephew watches her appearance on tv with amazement, and decides he wants to play too. So he sneaks her phone and calls Jin, and without any introduction or prompting, he starts firing quiz questions at him, to get him to name cartoon characters.

Unable to squash his desire to answer correctly, Jin starts getting into it, shouting, “Pikachu! Pororo!” Hahahaha. This is so random and so ridiculous, but I’m cracking up. Ae-jung wonders what he’s doing and looks down at the phone in horror. She can hear Jin on the other end, demanding to know if Ae-jung put him up to this to mock him.

She shows up at his hospital suite, head hanging, to apologize, though she rightly points out that the kid kept going because he kept getting them right. She asks him why he answered her call that day on SeBaKwi, and he admits that he empathized with her for a split second.

She’s genuinely touched and grateful, and lets him know, and you can tell that he’s someone who’s not used to simple and genuine sincerity. He can’t resist the urge to remind her that their situations are totally different and that she should consider it an honor. Pffft.

He’s packing his bag to go home, but she points out that he can’t really carry all his stuff with his crutches, let alone drive himself with a cast on his leg. So she ends up driving him. Jin the backseat driver: “Go slow, be careful, and go fast.” What?

She drops him off and thanks him for all the good luck he’s brought to her. Ae-jung: “You’re my gwi-een,” [nobleman, like a connection to higher society, someone who’s above your station] and he responds, “You’re my gwi-shin!” [a pun on her word, this one meaning “ghost”].

He tells her to stop haunting him, and sticks his crutch out at her and demands that if she wants to do him a favor, she can delete his number and cut all ties. She agrees to do so, and turns to go, but he stops in his tracks when he hears her ringtone.

He says to himself, “It’s that song…” recalling the same KBSN song that was playing during his heart surgery. He can’t help but keep getting tripped up by her for some reason, but lets it go for now.

His movie Fighter ends up doing well because of all the good press from the accident, and does surprisingly well in the box office. He goes back to being in good relations with the director (a cameo by director Jang Hang-joon, the PD-writer of Sign who directed Cha Seung-won’s film Break Out co-starring Kim Seung-woo.)

In good spirits, Jin agrees to do a bunch of interviews and on his drive into the studio, he gives himself a quiz: “The best-looking actor in Korea! Jang Dong-gun? No. He has the best style! Cha Seung-won? No. He broke the box office with the movie Fighter! OH… Dokko Jin!”

OMG, it’s Cha Seung-won, meta-referencing Cha Seung-won. Pfffft.

At the studio, Ae-jung finishes a program and walks right past Pil-joo, who’s arrived to meet with the Couple Making PDs. He notices her just as she gets on the elevator.

While standing in the hallway, the idol group with no manners walks past her without a word yet again, and so she walks over to tell them, as a sunbae, to greet people properly if they want to do well. (This is such a Korean thing. My mother still says this to me daily, as if I’m five. “Bow properly!”)

She doesn’t say it with any hint of malice, and even says she’s saying this out of affection (her name, ae-jung), but the girls are snooty and take it the wrong way, complaining to their manager (who used to be her manager) that she’s harassing them.

Jin arrives in the parking garage and waits for his manager to arrive, and sees Ae-jung walk out. She waves, and he points at her, gesturing a big X to remind her that she’s not supposed to act like she knows him anymore.

She complies, and then, he CALLS HER… to tell her to erase his phone number. Hahaha. Oh, boys.

Just then, a big van pulls up next to her, and her old manager gets out and slaps her across the face, out of nowhere. He totally cuts her down to size, humiliating her for overstepping her bounds and trying to teach other girls when she’s nothing. The sting from the slap and the humiliation are literally palpable.

Being the genuinely good person that she is, Ae-jung doesn’t retaliate, but instead tells the girls in the van that they ought to live better and do well, if they don’t want to end up like her.

Jin witnesses all of this, and the slap gets him out of his car. He watches from a distance as she cries alone, waffling back and forth on whether or not to go over to her.

Just as he turns to get back in the car, her phone rings, and that song triggers his heart… LITERALLY. Heh. Hong Sisters and their very literal metaphors.

His heart starts beating and he turns back, and she looks up and sees him across the way.


How Friggin’ Adorable. Cha Seung-won still has moments of weirdness (like he’s in a different, more serious drama) but then at times he’s so hilarious, it’s brilliant. Yoon Kye-sang pretty much takes the cake as the best character, bar none, because the comedy is inherent in the setup. Still, he plays it perfectly, and I’m pretty much doing spit-takes every time he’s onscreen.

I have a particular fondness for Gong Hyo-jin, as I’m sure you all know, so she can do no wrong for me, but I think she’s already showing her great capacity for comedy and drama in the first two episodes, and I can’t wait to watch her character wade through the crazy that will be Dokko Jin’s growing obsession with her.

Yoo Inna’s doing a good job as well, and though she’s the green one, she’s going to be really fun to watch, as she gets knocked down a peg, or twelve.

I have a feeling that Couple Making Season 3 is going to be the best thing ever. Bring on the reality show parodies and the behind-the-scenes hijinks!


181 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. sorairodaisy

    :3 <3

    • 1.1 Qd

      Thanks GF for a brilliant recap! I really appreciate your detailed explanations for certain korean puns, or meanings or cultural references which we would understand if literally translated. Reading your recaps is like enjoying this drama twice over! From the bottom of a non-korean’s heart I think DB is the best!!! Cant wait for next week! What a way to end this episode… bring in laughs in the beginning then a slap of reality and the end… the look they had at each other .. that killed me as I so want to know what happens next. Wednesday come quickly!

      • 1.1.1 Qd

        *wouldnt (sorry typo… not enough sleep..eee)

  2. james

    I’ve seen Ep 2 this morning, and I’ve been refreshing this site every so often since then. I can’t wait to read your take on it. 🙂

  3. micheal

    lol the pink sweater, the heart shape glasses. Man, I got the spare time besides 49 days and other dramas for this one. Love it. Thanks girlfriday!!!

  4. greentea

    wahoo thank you!!

  5. jaewookmanura

    The first and second episodes were really hilarious and i also want to watch it again. I don’t mind rewinding and going back to those super zany scenes.
    I hope it continues to be awesome with upcoming episodes!
    GHJ and CSW has nice vibes. i love them!

    • 5.1 Beng

      I wan to watch it too, but where? Can somebody point me to a site?

      thanks thanks!

      • 5.1.1 Leina

        Eng subbed versions are finally out on dramacrazy.net. 🙂 Those guys are understaffed and so dramas are taking longer, but man they work hard. I’m so grateful. *off to watch BL eps 1&2*

    • 5.2 Rachel Sweet

      Her recap forgot to mention how CSW looked a tad jealous (like a rat dropping tad) when GHJ said oppa after she picked up the phone.
      I’m talking about the scene when she dropped him off at his place from the hospital and the phone rang on her way back home.

  6. big fan of dramabeans

    Dear Girl Friday and Java Beans,

    I just don’t know what to say to convey my gratitude to both of you. You’ve made Thursday and Friday turn so cheerful with your witty recaps. Love you.

  7. yingz

    how cool is it that i can go from reading the latest 49 Days recap and jump straight into the latest recap for Best Love?

    *LOVE YOU TWO!!!*

    • 7.1 Gabitis

      Exactly what I was thinking!! ^^
      Thanks for the recap GF.

    • 7.2 intern

      Hahahaha. Me too! :))))

    • 7.3 Leina

      I know!! After wiping my tears (49 Days), I can laugh like there’s no tomorrow (Best Love). Just what I need! Though I may sound a little insane afterwards haha. Thank you for all the hard work you do, JB and GF! You have to know that you make so many people around the world happy 🙂

      • 7.3.1 ckdarkraven23

        YES!!! I sooo agree with you 😉

  8. WooHigh

    Love the Hong Sisters!!!!!! I am really enjoying this drama alot!

  9. AW

    WOW! 49 days (tears) and Best Love (laughs + Hong Sisters humour) all in an hour

    THANK YOU!! <3

    luv you guys!

  10. 10 angle2mx

    I love these people 🙁 I should be studying for my finals instead I keep refreshing dramabeans for my “breaks”

  11. 11 Going Crazy Waiting!

    just have to say… your first picture of YKS is absolutely ADORABLE!!!
    I pretty much melted!
    can’t wait for the subs!!!
    thanks for all your hardwork JB and GF!

    • 11.1 sleeplessinwgtn

      Agree with you. Sent a smile across my face. Love YKS!!!

  12. 12 evelia

    Thanks for the recap. I am also looking forward to the reality show parodies.

  13. 13 littlefirefox

    Love Love Love

  14. 14 Red Globe

    aww so cute love this episode had me rolling on the floor laughing.

  15. 15 Yuuko11

    Thank you for recap. Just love this drama already!

  16. 16 ck1Oz

    Ahhh…I just finished ep 2 and recap is here.
    Happiness is DB and your recaps today.

    Ep 2 is the best.I loved it.The ending was epic.Oh I can’t wait……

  17. 17 drama fever

    I love this show. It was so funny.

  18. 18 cont'd

    I think Yoon Kye-sang’s a riot, love him!
    Thanks for the recap GF 😀

  19. 19 clichique


    I’m addicted.

    This sucks.

    I have finals.

    I have a paper to write (didn’t do any work today, watched dramas instead).


    Also, this drama is hilarious. I love you Cha Seungwon. This brings me back to the beginning few episodes of City Hall. Oh he was hilarious there too.

  20. 20 violetish



    • 20.1 pucca

      I didnt think Yoon Kye Sang would be sooo cute!! He reminds me of my favorite actor Gong Yoo <3 Idk why.. :))

      Love The Best Love but I liked Baby-faced Beauty too… ^^ I hope you can do recaps for BFB as well..

  21. 21 nixxochick

    i <3 CSW… enough said, lol

    • 21.1 gudel

      best comment ^^

      btw GF your comment “OMG, I didn’t know Cha Seung-won could be so cute!” Yaah-girlfriday *with a loving tone* I found Cha Seung-won funny, dramatic, crazy and not to mention sexy as hell in City Hall, have you seen City Hall?? I’m just dying of curiosity here since you guys haven’t or didn’t rate City Hall, does anyone know whether this ladies seen CityHall?

      Love the recap. Thank you.

      • 21.1.1 dramabliss

        City Hall was recapped in DB by Samsooki, which is how I got introduced to the drama and Cha Seung-won. Like me, Samsooki and the bloggers here loved CH to bits.

        I am looking forward to watching Best Love, though wondering how I will transition from my image of CSW as Jo Guk, whose pairing with Shin Mi Rae (Kim Sun Ah) in CH is one of my kdrama faves.

        This is my first time posting here though I’ve been following this blogsite to feed my drama addiction since December.

        Javabeans and Girlfriday, you are just awesome!

        • antonia

          i watched City Hall recently and it became my top 1 drama. love it so much and i love the recaps by Samsooki. since then i became adicted to CSW and i was a little afraid i didn’t like Dokko Jin + Ae Jung because to me Jo Guk and Shin Mi Rae are the best couple, they’re perfect together. but i found out that the chemistry between CSW and GHJ is amazing and i’m loving their characters. they’re different from CH and stand on their own. it’s too early to say but i expect Dokko Jin & Ae Jung will become one of my favorite couples!!!!

  22. 22 snow

    lol is that heart thing a nod to “summer scent”, one of the seasons dramas? loving all these meta references, makes me giggle reading them.

    thanks girlfriday!

  23. 23 Daniela

    Im loving this SO much. Its hilarious and cute. I like all the characters. I was so in the drama and then the slap came from nowhere. I felt a hole in my stomach. Ae-jung, I love her since the first minutes. She is sweet and likeable. And Jin and the doctor (he is so nerdy and the glasses? swoon)? love. GREAT start. I hope it continue like this.

    Thank you for the recap!

  24. 24 Christy

    The drama gets funnier and funnier! I love Best Love!

  25. 25 asianromance

    Thank you for the recap!!

    I’m an episode before, but so far I’m loving it. the Hong sisters dramas always bring on a lot of good energy. =*( for Ae-jung. I hope she becomes super famous and her ex-manager gets what’s coming to him for slapping her. I wonder how many ex-idols’ lives are like Ae-jung’s now…

  26. 26 VanillaSalt

    yay! tomorrow is Friday! that means I can catch up on k-dramas, yay! Let’s see i still need to watch 13 and 14 of 49 days, then watch 15 and 16, after that episode 1 and 2 of Best love and maybe i can squeez in baby faced beauty ep 1. ahh!! so many dramas, so little time.

  27. 27 Read

    Thank you so much, girlfriday. I really enjoyed your recap.
    this drama make me CRAZYYYYYY….. Yaayyy…

    Im looking forward to waiting next episode eagerly!

    GHJ and CSW brough terrific chemistry. Yoo in naa and YKS are totally rock.. Yess.. i like all of them in this drama!

  28. 28 Darkice7_12

    Thanks for the recaps! I’ve been looking forward to this drama ever since I heard the Hong sisters were doing a new one. Love Cha Seung Won and Gong Hyo Jin and can’t wait to see their chemistry together. Until the subs come out, I’ll have these recaps to look forward to. Thank you!

  29. 29 tess

    Just a minor side note: gwi-een is often used to mean someone who brings good fortune. Thanks for the recap. Totally loving the show.

    • 29.1 hmi4

      right. “gwi” = precious and “in” = human/man so “gwi” has a “good-luck/treasure” sort of connotation, as in that person is precious specifically to you because he aides you; he’s not precious because of noble class.

  30. 30 laya

    I am so happy! Two episodes to read on the same day!!!

    Thank you so much!

  31. 31 MEI

    OH GODDDDD…too many recaps to read, so little time.

  32. 32 kit

    gosh i really need to watch this,,
    i’ve always loved the hong sisters (who doesn’t), but i’m ridiculously interested in korean culture – especially the cutthroat crazy entertainment business – so this would be a hoot for me. it does drive a couple of issues home though, like netizens’ comments, the high price of fame, the perfect exterior, smart PR, the fickle nature of the business, and most importantly how fast fame rises and falls.

  33. 33 dany

    I like it, I think it is better than Baby faced beauty.

  34. 34 Sherlyn

    thanks for the awesome quick recap!

  35. 35 letmeeatcake

    Love Ae-jung and Jin!!!
    I never really like Cha seung won before but I’m loving him here. He’s so funny 😀
    Can’t wait till Ae-jung becomes more famous (again) and can rub it in Se-ri’s face. And for the truth about Ae-jung’s misunderstandings to be revealed.

    • 35.1 dee


      found this drama SOOOOO LOVELY..lovely chem’ b/ween actors, lovely story..HILARIOUS.. Like it so much. CSW & GHJ make the story goes so well…

      somehow, in the future I think it will be interesting if the story run tha way,means Ae Jung made mistake in the past. Just like she said ” they ought to live better and do well, if they don’t want to end up like her”…

      Can’t wait for next week….GOSHH its so addictive. today i just refresh Dramabeans & Thundie’s posting AGAIN-and-AGAIN-and-AGAIN-and-AGAIN-and-A-G-A-I-N…

      ooo..thx Girlfriday, JB, Softy & Thundie…You all, rockkk!!

  36. 36 stupidity

    someone help me, cause i think im going to die if i don’t get to watch this drama. where are you guys watching the drama at? i’ve searched everywhere that my tiny brain could possibly think of.

    • 36.1 YoSoyHaru!!!!!!!!!!

      viki.com has it there not done subbing but you should totally check tomorrow.

      • 36.1.1 stupidity

        I know why I couldn’t find it. It was because I was looking for the drama under “The Best Love” title, lol. Everyone else has it as “The Greatest Love.” Thanks.

    • 36.2 yix

      howdy go to the Dramajoy ^^

  37. 37 Kim

    I especially love the element of the KBSN song triggering Dokko Jin’s heart palpatations. Usually in kdrama or in any romance, it’s the feeling that your brain interprets that triggers the heart rate, so the affection comes first. But for Dokko Jin, it’s like his body is telling his brain what to think and feel, almost like it’s tricking him into thinking that he feels something for her, which he obviously does (but will probably recognize only later). It sorta rushes him into the realization of his obsession with her and saves us all the time of denial.

  38. 38 bluemoon





    • 38.1 littlefirefox

      Did anyone else find Colbert being in a korean drama hilarious because of his whole “I’m singing in Korean” thing and his rivalry with Rain from a couple years ago?

      • 38.1.1 kaycee

        HAHA YES!!

      • 38.1.2 Kim Yoonmi

        You know that the Hong Sisters did that because of that. It’s like a huge meta to a meta. I bet you anything that he totally authorized it because of that. I think I would die if it showed up on his show and he made commentary about it.

        =P So I think it’s their thank you in a way.

    • 38.2 Leina

      Love Colbert (and Jon Stewart too)!! Actually caught the Rain episode while I was in the US, way before I got into kdramas. Love all the meta so far! 😀

  39. 39 Bluefyre

    Oh wow. Thank you so much GF!

    I’m so loving this drama!! It’s so fresh and funny and punny and brilliant! LMAO!

    I love all four characters. So good! Thank you Hong Sisters!
    The meta on meta and meta meta meta just kills me. My Korean unni kept saying “ommo…ottoke…” and it was only 10 minutes in! 😀

    On a different note:
    I just found out that a former school mate of mine is best friends with Cha Seung-won’s son who’s in New York.>_< Who know…small world.

  40. 40 avocado

    omo..yoon kye sang…love him in all his drama..
    glad his back in hillarious character..so sad saw him in road no one
    he maybe not as hansome as song seung hun,not as cool as jo hyun jae, not aspopular as lee seung gi…but i looooove him….hope he will regained first lead role soon because he proves that he deserve that

    • 40.1 Gladys

      Me too! I love Yoon Kye Sang! He has already proven his great acting ability in different roles in WHO ARE YOU? where he had to act as 2 totally different characters: as a stoic, arrogant and lonely CEO suffering from OCD and another a loving but comical father to PERFECTION! It simply stun me why isn’t he getting first lead again?

  41. 41 swui

    At airport now. Reading your recaps to cure my longings. I need my BL and 49D dose….sob sob…

    Recaps are great…loving ur take on the meta(s) …it helps because I seem to miss some of them when I watch on my own.

  42. 42 Miss-lyDoodles

    Best Love is my new favorite. An hour of comedy–totally worth it! I died watching Gong Hyo Jin’s mission- possible sequence! XD

    Thanks for the recap! =)

  43. 43 YoSoyHaru!!!!!!!!!!

    OMG 😀 so I was a total stalker yesterday on this site till like ten and no recaps, so imagine my surprise when I logged on today and there’s FOUR…FOUR…RECAPS WAITING FOR ME TO READ THEM OMG I WAS SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Javabeans&Girlfriday now I have two more things to be excited for on wed& thursdays 😀

  44. 44 kaycee

    Cha Seung-won is hilarious! Just looking at his facial expressions cracks me up lol.

  45. 45 Anvesha

    I haven’t watched the episodes but from reading the recaps I’m a little uneasy about the whole ringtone song tripping his heart… I wonder where they are going with it.

    Yoon Kye Sang’s glasses make him more adorkable!! I also agree that the reality show will bring more fun 🙂

    • 45.1 Gladys

      I am swooning over Yoon Kye Sang’s look and character in this drama! He is completely the opposite of CSW! LOL!

    • 45.2 th em

      I haven’t watched the episodes but from reading the recaps I’m a little uneasy about the whole ringtone song tripping his heart… I wonder where they are going with it.

      Well, the good news is that if his heart ever stops, she can SING HIM BACK TO LIFE.

      Ae Jung: the human defibrillator.

  46. 46 Rachael

    Officially addicted. I already watched what I could on viki.com after reading the first recap. Really drives home right now the “WHY HAVEN’T I LEARNED KOREAN?! I COULD BE WATCHING EPISODE 2!”

    Already hopelessly addicted *sigh*.

    So, a big big BIG thank you to Javabeans and Girlfriday for recapping the series. Can’t wait for next week!

  47. 47 Usi

    Okay, you got me. I surely will watch this.

  48. 48 romrom

    I was laughing throughout the review! I can’t wait to watch this! Does anyone know where I can watch this with subs??

  49. 49 kaycee

    Are they just allowed to slap people like that? I saw the same thing in Baby-faced beauty where Jang Nara was slapped by one of her co-workers for something that happened at work. Doesn’t Korea have laws against such things. I don’t know I just find it disgusting. In this particular episode, what gave that manager the right to slap her. Seriously I would have kicked his ass. And that rude girlgroup, I would have loved to wipe the smirk off their faces.

    • 49.1 vic

      you wouldn’t have kicked mine,baby !

      • 49.1.1 kaycee


    • 49.2 haneul.

      1. It’s a drama, so they tend to exaggerate things.

      2. Yes.. maybe not your coworker, but your boss might actually slap you depending on where you work. But usually not.

      • 49.2.1 Paula

        Are you for real, how do that sound your boss might slap you? Is he a pimp? In the (United States) if my “boss” slap me she/he would be fired immediately, arrested for assult then sued for physical and mental damage she/he inflicted. Zero tolorence for verbal or physical abuse is accepted no matter where you work. Even if you a street walker, you can charge a pimp for assult and some cases the girl don’t even have to press charge the state can do so on her behave if there is a creditable witness. Zero tolerance for that kind of behavior is not accepted in the states and that how it should be everywhere because we are human being not animals!

    • 49.3 Tia

      I was wondering about the exact same thing. i’ve seen so many dramas where people get away with that it’s ridiculous. I wanted to jump into my computer screen and deal with him myself…other than i loved the show.

      • 49.3.1 Nhu

        I was wondering too if that was allowed in Korea… Like when Ae Jung slapped Se Ri in the drama. She got bad press off of it, but she did it, which means it must not be unheard of…

        Korea’s got very strict hierarchy though. When you variety shows or talk shows, they often talk about things maknae are suppose to do, and about the hyungs yelling at them for mistakes or forgetting to do things…

    • 49.4 Basuha

      My sister been ranting all weekend about the Baby Face beauty slap, I haven’t watch it yet myself but that slap really disgusted her.

      I’m there with you I would have kick that ‘MotherFreaker” right in the balls then stomp him with my 4 inch heels, and for the Witch Group my spit would have be the smirk remover. Don’t see how that kind of treatment is acceptable…they act like tribal people in some remote part of the Rain Forest!

  50. 50 Atsirk

    This drama looks amazing 🙂

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