Drama Recaps
Best Love: Episode 4
by | May 12, 2011 | 206 Comments

I’d forgotten how long it takes me to recap a Hong sisters drama, which seems counterintuitive since their shows are so zippy and fun. But they’re also so chock-full of plot and jokes and asides that I always want to include every little detail, which isn’t always possible.

Gong Hyo-jin is really the shining beacon of this drama for me, much as I think Cha Seung-won is hilarious and Yoon Kye-sang adorable. They’re great, make no mistake, but she anchors the show with her genuineness, playing the straight man to all these wacky characters with humor and heart. Not that we didn’t know this of her before, but she just keeps knocking out great performance after great performance, just in case we were in danger of forgetting.

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EPISODE 4 RECAP

Everyone is stunned when Pil-joo chooses Ae-jung over the prettier, better-liked Kim Hee-jin, who’s insulted to be thus humiliated. The writer frets, since they’d worked so hard to convince Hee-jin to do the show, but that’s the nature of reality TV, and why it can be so awesome when it skids off the rails, script or no script.

Jin turns away horrified at his own response to Ae-jung, but he chooses the most inopportune place to struggle with denial, because he’s surrounded by messages in the form of drama titles:

For instance, “I Really Really Like You” describes his feelings, but he growls that it can’t be, not when Ae-jung is “The Bean Chaff of My Life” (an expression meaning he’s blinded by love). Just as he asks incredulously, “What the heck is going on?” he sees the poster for “A Prince’s First Love,” and finds that he’s a “Man in Crisis.” Oh, Hong sisters — I love that they’re drama writers who obviously love dramas.

Jin scowls when Ae-jung finds him, but the anger fades when he’s struck with how “You Are So Beautiful.” Ae-jung is thrilled that she got her rose and asks for a high-five, and he gives her hand an irritated slap instead.

Jin bursts out that this makes no sense, that she’s the pathetic Gu Ae-jung, and how dare she—

He cuts himself off just as it seems like he’s about to say “—steal my heart.” He overreacts to her use of the word “like” and calls her, hilariously, a “lump of unlikability,” which is the opposite of the common term used for people who are charm personified.

Ae-jung thinks he came here out of worry for her, so he denies it and says he was merely afraid she’d pester him if she was cut. He angrily waves her away, accidentally throwing her rose to the ground. Hurt, Ae-jung calls him a meanie.

Jin tries to throw away the fallen petals, but one stubbornly static-clings to his hand, and then to the trash can lid. He commands it to fall but it doesn’t — funny how those inanimate objects refuse to obey the almighty Dokko Jin’s whims — and finally he collects the last petal and folds it up in his handkerchief. What a budding romantic.

Ae-jung and Ae-hwan watch in dismay as the other three contestants sidle up to Pil-joo to flirt, asking for his advice on health concerns that are just an excuse to touch him and get close. (Little do they know that he’s probably the only man alive who’d find the medical concern more engrossing than the beautiful woman faking it for his benefit.)

Oppa urges his sister to join them and show some leg, or maybe make up a condition needing his attention. Ae-hwan gets things started by clearing out the competition — by faking tummy troubles and farting in the women’s faces. OMG. Hong sisters never fail to sneak in as much toilet humor as they can, and for that I’m sometimes disturbed, sometimes grateful. This is one of those grateful moments. What an absurdly sweet way for a brother to look after his little sister.

The other ladies clear out fast (moaning, “What did you eat?”), and Ae-hwan waves Ae-jung over to make her move. Pil-joo even smiles when he sees her sitting across the way, but she loses her nerve and hurries off instead. She doesn’t have the utmost confidence in her fake-hiccuping skills, so she decides to leave it to a chance coin toss: Heads, she gives it a try. Tails, she buys a beverage.

She tosses, and in stepping to catch the coin, she backs right into Pil-joo, who catches it for her. It turns up heads, so she takes that as her sign and hiccups.

Pil-joo guesses right away that she’s faking, and she cops to it. He notes her tendency to overreact, and she says it comes in handy on TV; she can laugh energetically even if he makes a bad joke, or look amazed when he’s being cool. Those reactions are all a part of finagling more screen time, and she’s an old hand at that. Aw, that’s a little sad. It’s amazing that Ae-jung’s managed to last in this industry for so long without losing her soul.

With the 500 won coin, she offers him a vending machine beverage in thanks for the rose, and he counters that he’d like 10 billion won, please — that’s what she said she was worth in the bar. Turning serious, Ae-jung replies that she wasn’t joking about that, and that she can’t be bought. Pil-joo loses his goofy smile and apologizes, having meant it as a joke, and Ae-jung smiles, explaining that this is her example of reacting with a serious face, which can yield great responses when timed right.

It’s so adorable to see Ae-jung keeping Pil-joo on his toes — he likes her, but he’s always unsure around her since he can’t always make sense of her reactions. Oh, you two dorks. How I wish you’d end up together and be dorky together forever. Sigh.

Jin broods alone that night (already with the broody?) and leaves the agency, only to come face to face with Ae-jung and her brother, returning their van. Jin grudgingly gives them a lift home, in a snappish mood throughout the ride, demanding to be dropped off first and generally being a pissypants while the others converse pleasantly.

Ae-hwan suggests calling Pil-joo out to eat with them, and marvels at how he’s such an all-around stand-up guy. Jin scoffs as even his manager sings Pil-joo’s praises, but he starts leaning closer to hear Ae-jung’s response to what her opinion of Pil-joo would be if not for the show. She muses, “In my opinion, Yoon Pil-joo is…Oh! We’ve arrived!” Hee.

After dropping Jin and the van off at his house, manager Jae-seok leaves with Ae-jung and Ae-hwan for a friendly dinner at Jenny’s cafe. Jin is curious about their conversation but too proud to admit to it, so he tiptoes after them, craning his neck to hear. He grumbles that they didn’t invite him along, those punks, nevermind his outward disdain toward all of them.

The rose petal falls out of Jin’s jacket pocket, and he wonders why he bothered to bring it home — then opens the handkerchief to see that the petal has pressed its color into the shape of a heart.

At Jenny’s cafe, the air is convivial as Jenny recalls the middle school fan who’d asked for her autograph on a marriage registration form — it had been Jae-seok, and he still has the paper. They joke that if the registrar accepts the form as valid, they ought to go ahead and sign the papers. Ae-hwan looks miserable as he watches Jenny and Jae-seok harmlessly flirting in that noona-dongsaeng way, feeling threatened.

Jin calls to demand that Jae-seok come home immediately to replenish his bottled water supply — hey, if he can’t be a part of the fun, might as well ruin it, right? Jae-seok is visibly disappointed, as is Jenny, and Ae-jung urges her brother to run the errand instead. He refuses — he’s not about to budge while another man moves in on his crush — so Ae-jung offers to pop out and quickly buy the water.

Using Jae-seok’s key, she enters and stocks the fridge. Seeing the medicinal tonic she’d given away, she remarks that she wouldn’t have given it away if she’d known the doctor was a good man, and pockets one pouch. Just then she spies Jin, but he’s emerging from the shower in a towel, and she hurries to leave quietly. But she drops her cell phone, and has to duck for cover when he makes his way downstairs.

He grabs some water and heads back up — safe, phew! — and Ae-jung goes to retrieve her phone. Just as Jin is strapping on his monitor and ordering his heart not to race at mention of Ae-jung, her phone rings. Hilariously, he watches his monitor tick upwards as he wonders if he’s hearing things.

Jin comes downstairs nervously like he’s expecting a ghost, and turns his alarm system on before going back up. Ae-jung sets off a motion light sensor and ducks for cover, which causes the tonic packet in her pocket to burst. She grabs a piece of cloth to sop up the mess, not realizing that it’s his underwear. Pil-joo’s tonic, meet Jin’s underpants. LMAO.

When she bumps something with a loud crash, she decides to run for it, but the door is locked and the alarm system kicks in. Golf club raised, Jin catches her clutching his soiled underwear and the packet of tonic.

After sending the security guard away, Jin asks suspiciously if Ae-jung snapped any photos of him secretly. Grabbing her phone to check, his eyes widen to see one particular name: “Perfect Man Yoon Pil-joo.” HAHA. There’s no “Asshole Jin” in her log anymore, but he knows she just renamed him and asks for the new nickname. Scrolling through, he finds it — literally “Lump of Bad Luck” (a play on his name for her, lump of unlikability), which can be more loosely translated as “pain in the ass” or “rotten luck.” Keke.

He calls it just to confirm, and sure enough, his cell phone starts ringing. She offers to delete it, and just then notices the missed call was from Pil-joo, which makes her smile and giggle, to his chagrin.

He blames that call for raising his heart rate, and she asks why he monitors his heart — is he ill? He just says that he’s a special person who likes to exercise total control over his body, which makes her scoff that he’s not very good at that. He retorts, “The problem is YOU!” He wants to live in a comfortable range (heart rate between 60 to 90), but whenever she gets involved, he veers out of the safe zone.

She promises to stay out of his hair and heads out just as her phone rings. Jin leans over to eavesdrop as she talks to Pil-joo, who asks for his pen back (it was a special gift). She promises to drop by his clinic and pick up more tonic, and Jin exclaims loudly, “Leave my underwear before you go!” LOL.

She covers by attributing the comment to her brother and nephew, but Jin keeps shouting for her to wash all that tonic out of MY! PANTIES!

So she washes them while Jin wonders confusedly why he didn’t just let her leave. Geez, it’s like his head is made of cement. He already admitted he likes her — surely he can add two and two? Or one and one?

He looks genuinely troubled as he tells Ae-jung that he, Dokko Jin, Very Special Person, can’t have her coming and going as she pleases. He means this in an emotional sense, but she thinks he’s speaking literally and promises not to come back.

When she asks for his alarm code, Jin delivers this grandiose speech about how he wouldn’t trust her with it — but then, beeeeep! It disarms at Ae-jung’s guess. He’d been prattling on about his safety zone so she tried 6090, and it worked. HAHA. How predictable is he?

I love how stunned he looks (“Who…are you?”), in contrast to her very mundane attitude of “Can I just go, already?” He says in wonderment, “Gu Ae-jung has…disarmed me.” HA! Get it? Disarm? Oh, puns. Why are you so cheesy and delightful?

Couple Making is off to a strong start, and articles tout Ae-jung’s reversal as well as Pil-joo’s imminent stardom. Of course, he’s so work-focused that he doesn’t actually notice anything amiss at the clinic until his nurse points it out. She also asks for an autograph for a friend, and asks Pil-joo if he can hook her up with a celebrity singer to sing at her wedding. He’s befuddled at his fame, but he does mull over the suggestion of recommending a singer. Now, where would he meet one of those…?

Grandpa and Hyung-kyu (both wearing sequined Hyun Bin tracksuits, hee) drop by the clinic to catch a glimpse of Ae-jung’s bachelor co-star, and overhear his mother bragging outside. Grandpa introduces himself and says his daughter is also on the show, which Mom misinterprets to mean that he’s Se-ri’s father. Mom assures her friends that Pil-joo must’ve picked Ae-jung — that fiancé-stealing scandalmonger — because the producers told him to. Oh, won’t reality be a nice slap in the face.

Jin is disgruntled to receive a call from the broadcast station, since all calls should be directed at his management, but he perks up when the caller identifies herself as a staffer on Couple Making. As it turns out, hilariously, the call isn’t for Jin the Star, but for Jin the Netizen Voter. He’d voted for Ae-jung on the online poll and has won a prize (autographed photos and such), which has been mailed to him.

The staffer comments that his name is just like that famous star, so immediately he pinches his nose to change his voice tone. Then he realizes that anyone might stumble across his mail, and races for the mailroom. He reaches it just as Ae-jung finds the box from Couple Making, wondering if it’s for her. He snatches it away from her before she can find out what it’s all about.

Jin complains about Ae-jung’s pervasive presence to President Moon, who thinks he still dislikes her and advises him to ignore her. She gives him an interesting script based on a manhwa titled Mr. Tick-Tock’s Lady, saying it’s time to lighten up his dark, serious image. Hee. Is this the conversation Cha Seung-won had before signing on to Best Love?

At the clinic to return Pil-joo’s pen (a parental gift), Ae-jung catches a glimpse of a patient leaving with a friend and her baby — it’s Mina, her old KBSN groupmate, looking happy and healthy (cameo by idol singer Bae Seul-ki).

Ae-jung starts to call out her name with a smile, but stops herself as she dips back into a memory:

It had been the latter days of their girl group fame, and Ae-jung had been trying to stop Mina from doing something. Mina had begged her unni to let her leave this life and be completely forgotten — giving us a possible hint into why Ae-jung may have broken up the group.

Pil-joo hears that Ae-jung is here to see him but can’t find her, so he goes looking for her. He calls her name, alerting Mina’s attention, and Ae-jung grabs him and hides behind him to avoid being seen.

Next his nurses come out for a break, and one starts venting about how thickheaded and dense Pil-joo is. That’s a little off-putting, but Ae-jung tells him to let them be, and he goes with it — but then one nurse complains about how he offered to ask Ae-jung to sing her wedding song, which she hardly considers a favor. She says that their boss is oblivious to pop-culture stuff like how Ae-jung is universally disliked, and having her sing at her wedding would have a negative effect.

Seeing Ae-jung’s hurt reaction, Pil-joo covers her hears with his hands (awwwww), which is just about the sweetest gesture ever. It’s totally ineffective, of course, since they can still hear the ladies talking, but it’s the thought that counts.

Ae-jung apologizes for bringing scorn to him by association with her, and assures him that she’s fine. She says it’s fitting that a wedding song be sung by a bright and likable person, and she wouldn’t want to ruin a wedding, cause the bride to cry, and create even more anti-fans.

Pil-joo takes her wrist and feels her pulse, which is just his excuse to quiet her (“One shouldn’t speak while their pulse is being taken”) while he says, “When you feel hurt, rather than forcing yourself to smile, it’s much better just to be still like this. The Gu Ae-jung I’ve seen is a bright and likable person. I hadn’t considered things like celebrity images. I’m really sorry for causing you to feel upset.”

Ae-jung brings up the ten-year anniversary of their debut with Jenny, sighing that if she’d faded out of the industry, she wouldn’t still be talked about for long-ago fights with group members or an ancient relationship. Se-ri has a (solo) fanmeeting scheduled for that day, so Jenny suggests that the two of them get together, too. Alas, Ae-jung is booked for an appearance outside of Seoul and will be away.

Se-ri and Jin sign a 1 billion won CF contract that plays up their couple image, which requires them to continue fake-dating for the year they are contracted. If one side causes a scandal (with someone else), they’ll assume responsibility for the fallout. I smell future plot point!

Se-ri proposes that Jin make a special appearance at her fanmeeting to seal the deal. President Moon approves, and notes that Ae-jung’s debut anniversary falls on the same day.

Which, apparently, is the very next day. Don’tcha love how fast time travels in dramaland? Jin arrives at Ae-jung’s house and calls her while she’s on her way to her appearance, and she ignores the call, figuring he’s going to pick a fight. (She’s also reprogrammed him as “6090,” hehe. Is he going to have a new nickname every time he calls? That’s GREAT.)

He finds Hyung-kyu outside the house (whom he’s nicknamed “Ding-dong” after the phone quiz they’d done together) and asks after his aunt, and hears that she’s away. He starts asking questions about the financial state of this house — Is it a rental? How much is the deposit? — and Hyung-kyu asks if Jin is going to marry Ae-jung. According to Grandpa, people ask these kind of random questions when they’re thinking of marrying someone. Heh.

Jin heads off in a huff, only to get paper airplanes flown at his head by Hyung-kyu. They’re made from cheesy flyers for a disco nightclub, which bear Ae-jung’s photo.

That nightclub is the rinky-dink location of Ae-jung’s appearance, a stark contrast to Se-ri’s posh hotel fanmeeting. Ae-hwan apologizes for celebrating her ten-year anniversary at a place like this, but Ae-jung tells him that there’s nothing wrong with this, that a true singer doesn’t care about the size of the stage.

While waiting for showtime, Ae-jung receives a package in the mail, and it turns out that similar packages are delivered to Jenny and Se-ri. There’s no note, and the envelope just contains their KBSN CD and a pressed four-leaf clover.

Flashback:

Debut day for KBSN, who had been wracked with nerves backstage before their first performance. It was Mina who’d calmed them down with the four-leaf clover she’d picked outside.

Jin pulls up to the gaudy nightclub, which is splashed with a banner touting their Couple Making star appearance. He sighs at how things have come to this, but figures that if he lets this run its course, he’ll be able to return to his original place. Like doing something to get it out of his system. Yeah, good luck with that.

Backstage, Ae-jung chokes on some kimbap and doesn’t feel so good, and heads to her car for a break before her performance. On her way out, she runs into an employee dressed up as Dokko Jin, and laughs at his interpretation of Jin’s character — he’s too nice and friendly. She gives him a few pointers on how to sound more like the real Jin, then heads out.

Jin steps out of the shadows to come face to face with the employee, and tells him in dissatisfaction, “You’re not like me at all. Change.” Keh.

Ae-jung takes a nostalgic look at the CD and clover, then settles back to rest, eyes closed.

Jin finds her sitting there and looks down on her with a pained, heart-in-his-eyes expression. He places his hand on the window as if to cup her face, and she fidgets a little like she’s settling into his palm. It’s silly and sweet and maybe a little heart-wrenching.

 
COMMENTS

You know, it’s funny because I’m not really feeling the romantic attraction between Jin and Ae-jung (though their bickering is hilarious), but Cha Seung-won is selling it so hard that I can’t help but accept it anyway. As in, I don’t really think it makes that much sense, but he makes me want to follow wherever he takes us, so I’m not questioning it too hard. I actually think Ae-jung has more romantic chemistry with Pil-joo right now, but yes, that’s also because they’re the more conventional pairing. Two nice people are drawn to each other and start getting friendly — it’s only natural that the relationship would develop romantically. Plus, they’re just so darned cute together.

I do look forward to seeing Jin play spoiler, despite thinking it may hurt to see Pil-joo tossed to the side. (And no, Se-ri is not an adequate consolation prize! At least, not yet.)

I like that the mystery of KBSN’s past is being given out in small pieces, though I hope it’s not dragged out for too long. This episode gave us our first big clue, and I suspect that Ae-jung may have taken the heat to give Mina an out, and perhaps Se-ri’s careless comment had been in regards to Mina. Something along those lines fits the pieces we have so far, and is in line with the kind of character Ae-jung is, though she probably had no idea her downfall would stretch out for so long. Perhaps this’ll give her a path to public redemption in the future, if old rumors get laid to rest.

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206 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Del

    :)

    • 1.1 LiLiApril

      I did the most fatalist mistake; I watched the show. Now I cannot stop and there are no episodes left :'(

      • 1.1.1 bourbon

        Tell me about it!! I just finished watching a minute ago… I watched along with my first read of JB’s recap so i wouldn’t ruin the suspense! Thank you JB :) HOW are we all supposed to go a WEEK without Dokko Jin getting his panties in a bunch! (Lol, had to use that one :D) And Pil-joo’s dorky adorable-ness!

        *Stares at the calendar and wills it to be the 18th asap!*

      • 1.1.2 SadieStarr

        thats y im not wtching until it ends :D cuz i need to see all of piljoo

      • 1.1.3 Susue

        I held out until today and now I’m left waiting another week… Aiya. I wish I understood Korean so I don’t have to wait for subtitles… Sucks to be me. However, thanks to Dramabeans, I can watch without subs and just read the synopsis to understand what I watched. :D

      • 1.1.4 Lishuys

        hahahahaha me too. this avo. all 6 episodes in a row. way good.

  2. lois

    YES OMG THANK YOU

  3. ohemgee

    i love our romantic triangle so SO much!

    they are so adorable!!

    • 3.1 czak

      yup super adorable…

      in all dramas I have always liked the first lead from the get go, even if they were the most asshole–sque B*stard this side of the world.
      from Jo In Sung in Memories of Bali to HyunBin in Secret Garden. They could be so D*mn BAD, that even my dad would raise up a battalion/army to just prevent me from meeting guys like those. But I still LOVED them.
      I this drama, I am not saying that DokKo Jin is unlikable, truth be told I love his adore-kable heart palpitations, tocomic poster answering dilemma to his obsession to his PANTY. GOD I could go on on how such a CUTIE Pie he is..
      but damn in, PILJOO just takes the cake for great romantic CHEMISTRY with AeJung…!!!
      his hands on the ears maneuver is just so darn romantic. even from XMAN days, i have always found it so darn romantic…

      I wish the Hong sisters hadnt made PILJOO this romantic, I wish that Yoon Kye Sang didn’t act it that GOOD. cause I am rooting for the 2nd male lead. I know I am headed for heart break but damn it PILJOO is just so darn Jjang..!!!

      • 3.1.1 czak

        anyway thanks JB for the recap!!!

      • 3.1.2 Alvina

        ahh, I love how you referenced X-man! That’s what I remembered too! haha

        • 3.1.2.1 unknown x

          I think that XMan is the most famous incident of the cupping the ears maneuver…. Since this is a Hong Sisters drama and they have a lot of references from some entertainment people and dramas, it wouldn’t be a surprised if they used Xman as a reference for that move…

      • 3.1.3 Georgia

        IKR. NOW WHAT AM I GOING TO DO? *cries*

  4. ck1Oz

    Thank you so much.
    I am editing at the moment and it’s killing me laughing even the 2nd time watching it :-)

    It’s a fantastic episode.Yil Joo-ssi saranghe :-)

  5. veritaserum

    I really love Gong Hyo Jin. Her acting seems so genuine

    • 5.1 girlatsea

      Me too! I have the biggest girl crush on her.

  6. Haiyuu

    Thanks JB! (GF’s not recapping this with you?)

    Omo! My heart’s already cracking a little for Pil Joo. Sigh. Why does YKS have to be so adorable and sweet?

    But I agree with you that GHJ’s the anchor in this drama — she’s the actress you might not think about all the time but will always find infinitely endearing onscreen. Her performances always have alot of heart. Love her.

  7. So-In-lurve

    YEYy!! afta refreshin for quite some time!!!
    seventh yeyy!!
    back to da recap!!!

  8. Christy

    I swear this is the funniest episode so far. I died laughing!!!!!

  9. Kim

    thank you so so much!!!! i seriously had only 15 minutes left til i gotta leave for work (now only 3 minutes left!!!) so im very grateful i got to see this first before heading out or else i might now have been able to concentrate hehehe this is why i seldom watch ongoing dramas -___- i need to know what happens next and wont breath properly until i know.

  10. 10 dany

    I have just finished watching this episode, great!

  11. 11 outofcontrol

    wow. Wonderful windfall of cracktastic dramas. You do double time writing, and we have to do twice as much reading. What fun! Thanks very very much!

  12. 12 Ani

    Cute cute. Pil-joo is just the cutest thing ever. Jin is hilarious. And Ae-jung just seals the deal for me and this drama. ^^

  13. 13 h311ybean

    I’ve been visiting this site on and off all day, waiting for the recap, so THANK YOU! I can just imagine how crazy these two-a-days are driving you guys, so I hope you’ll be able to breathe easier once ’49 Days’ ends.

    *sends hugs and (unexploded) tonic*

    • 13.1 h311ybean

      And now that I’m more coherent, let me just say that I love the little tidbits behind KBSN’s breakup. I don’t know if Mina will be back, but I’d love for there to be more of a friendship plotline as the series progresses. I’d love to see KBSN (minus one?) come together again as women – maybe not as a band or even as friends, but at least as adults who acknowledge their shared past and the fact that each of them has matured in the years since the split.

  14. 14 hmm

    Park Si Yeon should of gotten the rose. It’s not fair!

  15. 15 kay

    OMGEEEE!!!! i’m glad i stayed up. i knew it would be up sometime tonight. thank you sooo much JB! i’m loving this drama so much.

  16. 16 travelcrazy

    thank you for the recap ! :)

  17. 17 noypi

    Woaaahhh! its out already! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE HARD WORK!

  18. 18 M

    this episode was so good
    im rooting for the doc
    though i know it wont swing that way

    ;__;
    omfg

  19. 19 Anvesha

    I love your comments on Ae Jung and Pil Joo’s relationship.. Too bad it’s doomed and Pil Joon will be hurt :(

    And I also agree about Go Jin’s acting.. I can believe he feels something because he is soo good at expressig it yet it seems too fast for that reaction lol

    • 19.1 Jo

      I feel like there is more of a naivete to Dokko Jin. Also, its a bit early to expect some romantic tension no? I think the Hong Sisters are still trying to develop the characters more etc.
      IDDDDDDDDDKKKKKKKKKK I just loveeee this drama and everyone!
      I love how Ae Jung is so homely but not an over-acting homeliness. She is absolutely kind but never does she feel like she is trying o be cute-sy or overdramatic. She is just…so real!

  20. 20 Emi

    I laughed so hard at the scene with all the drama posters. I must say that all the recent bland drama titles (Romance Town? Etc) will make a joke like that more difficult to do in the future :)

  21. 21 k-soup

    aaaawwwww! the last part is so sweet! ♥

  22. 22 Mish

    I totally loved the rose petal/trashcan scene. I felt like it was so indicative of Jin’s character that he kept telling the rose petal to just go in the trashcan already, but then he stops it just when he’s scared it will actually go in and hence leave him forever. I totally agree with you about feeling much more of a romance vibe from Pil Joo, but I’m sure the rest will come in time. For once I’m just happy to have a Hong sister’s male lead who starts liking the girl first and not vise versa ^.^

    • 22.1 Madita

      I agree withy you, loved the rosepetal scene. Suppose he will never toss away or use that handkerchief – just will keep it close to his heart (I am a hopeless romantic)

      I agree also that the chemistry between Jin an Ae is still a bit awkward. At the moment he is to agressive and she has absolutely no clue what is going on with/in his heart.
      So I am sure, a few episodes later we will see that real chemistry we are looking for between Jin And Ae-jung

      And I love CSW acting – real screwball acting. Reminds me of Oscar Wilder comedies. Love him, love him, love him

      Hong sisters do a great thing with all this self-mocking scenes, regarding CSW and his real-life star status and the gossips around him. And the jokes around the k-drama and halljustar world. It makes this drama so enjoyable, grinning to the ears all the time.

      Thank you very very much JB and GF for the incredible FAST recaps. You are really a great team.

      Edit: The only thing I dont like in this drama is CSW’s haircut :(

      • 22.1.1 jat

        my brother refuse to give this drama a chance purely becoz of that haircut. and maybe the guy too.

  23. 23 djinni

    just got up from drug induces stupor(had surgery today) and was greeted with this…soooooo happy, thanks guys.

    • 23.1 h311ybean

      I hope the surgery went well and that you’re back to 100% soon!

      • 23.1.1 Qd

        wishing you a speedy recovery! By the way, was the treasure song playing during surgery? *giggles* I couldnt help myself :P

  24. 24 Heej

    I think the thing I most appreciate so far in the development is Ae-jung’s focus on her career rather than on any romance. If anything, it’s all the more satisfying to watch Jin’s development as he learns to deal with his top star status compromised with this newfound attraction and heart that he (le gasp) did not know he had.

    • 24.1 sol

      well spotted. with this two guys interested in her all she is seeing is her career, and that they’re kind of amusing…
      its really nice to see the men show interest first, as it stands i can se her having a relationship with either one and being happy

  25. 25 rlee

    PANTY! PANTY!I seriously had to suppress my laughter with all my strength while watching this in the library.
    I LOVE CSW!!!

    • 25.1 tari

      DOKKO JIN PANTY HWATING!!!!!!

    • 25.2 Linda165

      In my country panties are women underwear, so my laugh was bigger!!

      • 25.2.1 bourbon

        Lol, I’m sure panties are womens underwear in most countries around the world; which makes him THAT much more hilarious! :D
        Seriously! Dokko Jin, a grown man and a movie superstar, using that karate kick move to throw his boxers at her and then yelling,”WASH! MY! PANTIES!”?!!! Oh, Hong sisters… you have outdone yourself! I think i cried a little from laughing so much… had to stuff a pillow in my mouth so i won’t wake my folks! =D

        • 25.2.1.1 funnylittlefishy

          lol meee tooo…. it’s my first night home from college and i had to remind myself to stop laughing so loudly for my poor parents’ sake.

          and omo! pil joo is such a sweetie, what am i going to do now? it’s the 2nd lead love returning… at least with 49 days there’s no question as to how much kang-ah rocks everyone’s socks, and the drama before that was dream high for me and that was a total nail biter (for me) til the end about who hye-mi was going to choose, but… but but… pil jooooo! is so set up to get his pure little heart smashed! *cries for the inevitable fate of the 2nd lead*

        • 25.2.1.2 garcia_marina

          i hope the subbers used “PANTIES” instead of “UNDERWEAR” in this episode since dokko jin said the word himself. it would have been doubly hilarious if this is the case…same with you, “PANTIES” are used for female underwear in our country; for males, it would be “BRIEFS” so when i heard him say it, i burst out laughing i almost fell out of my chair…panties indeed:-)

      • 25.2.2 sleepysnail

        i dunno if anyone has addressed this yet, but in korea, all underwear, regardless of gender, is called a “panty”
        although it’s still hilarious XD

  26. 26 Kasie Jun

    Wow, I think you’re right about the lack of romance between Jin and Aejung. I mean, for one, we KNOW the two of them are going to end up together because this is a k-drama and that is what always happens. I’m more just in love with Jin’s character and am looking forward to when Aejung starts to fall for him too. Oh, the sweet angst and love confessions to come! But I’m also looking forward to Jin doing his best to sabotage the Piljoo x Aejung couple.

    And can I just say that Cha Seung Won did an awesome job with the throwing his underwear back at Aejung with his TOES?! LOL. I found it hilarious that he just so easily slipped off his slipper and used his feet to chuck his soiled panty back at her. I watched that scene so many times and died laughing. XD

    And good hot damn CSW = FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE. I would have just happily stayed locked in his house instead of trying to escape it! LOL.

    So sad I have to wait until next week! Oh well. . .time to re-watch!

  27. 27 Qd

    Thank you! Off to read now!

    • 27.1 Qd

      I thought episode 3 was tops in Hilarity but episode 4 topped even that!!! Its that good! The poster scene just made me crack up especially after confirming the meaning from your recap! Hong sisters!!! I truly admire you!!!! I got to say, that petal scene was so perfect! How can something so simple evoke so much meaning? I love that scene. I would kill to be able to write such scenes! Of course I cannot praise CSW more for his acting! Dokko Jin! You make my heart go beyond 6090!!! As for Ae Jung being the only one who wasnt trying to impress the Dr, I was so pleased she didnt. Her bro farting was so HILAR I swear I nearly smelled it! ewwww! lol It just proved to me, Ae Jung has more dignity, honesty than some really shrewd, aggressive and shameless women. Another thing I love about this drama, is eventhough its ‘magnified’ in its characters, its scenes, its script, its story but all are so relatable. I am fully engrossed, captured, invested in the drama. The PANTIES scene will be iconic! I just know it! It will be refered to, talked about for many years to come, right down to CSW toe olympian skills!!!! HILAR to the hilt! Look out for Parodies of this!!! I cannot sing enough praises, panty scene repeats miraculously does not diminish my laugh monitor! Talking about monitors.. How can the Hong Sister be so intelligently creative to come up with 6090! Ae Jung is that clever which makes me super love her more! After watching this drama I’m being saying hilarious so much that I have to shorten it to HILAR! LOL. Just when you thought its all comedy , they make my heart sing sweetly like when Dr PJ covers Ae Jung ears! OMG how sweet is that! Oh Dr you can check my vitals anytime! lol Just when one wonders what the last scene will be since every episode’s last scene is full of wonderful surprises they bring in the unscripted cupping scene!!!! I mean how do you describe a feeling like that? How difficult to translate to an audience. That scene jolted my heartstrings from Dr PJ to Pantyman!!! Needless to say, I cannot wait for my date with CSW next week… in the preview it even looks like I will have my city hall classic town view scene!!!! Dont even get me started with laundry this weekend…Im going to be cracking up at hubby’s PANTIES and hubby would think I’ve gone nuts! HILAR! JB, Thanks so much for the joyride!!!!!

      • 27.1.1 swui

        Oh I find that I almost always agree with everything you say…lol

        I love the poster scenes, the petal scene, the house and panty scene…so.darn.hilarious.

        And the ear cupping scene is such a throwback to Xman…Kim Jong Gook vs Lee Min Ki (who is coincidentally on the poster of I really really like you).

        They even have Yoon Se Ah’s “You’re so beautiful” poster…hihi…his CSW’s City Hall “fiancee” new drama…haha

        • 27.1.1.1 swui

          And I almost thought they were gonna make Jin shade AJ from the neon light a la City Hall….oh the window gesture is sweet as well..

  28. 28 kerik

    i so love pil joo. am glad after that mess of road no.1. if only so jisub picks a rom com next…

  29. 29 Tieu

    I have to say, I love your recaps. This story isn’t getting as many comments as it should be. I finished reading 49 days and then was stalling my sleep to wait for this episode. You guys are amazing! Thanks so much.

    I really want to watch this drama soo much right now. I can’t seem to be able to pick between the guys. Maybe there will be some alternate reality where she splits into two, because both guys are just too adorable.

    Thanks again for all your hard work. I just love you guys!

    • 29.1 Jomo

      It’s not even up subbed in English yet, and there are all of these comments.

      One of the only reasons I can comment on 49 Days is because I read Softy’s transcap. I bet a lot of folks did,too.

      No transcaps for this one, so we wait impatiently, or get the DSSubs!

      • 29.1.1 antonia

        have you visited thundie??? there are softy transcaps for this.

        • 29.1.1.1 Jomo

          I LOOKED AND LOOKED. I only found eps 1 and 2 the night 3 aired. So I waited and dl the raws/subs.

  30. 30 Noi

    I think the reason people might feel the romance is lacking in Jin and Ae-jung’s relationship is because it’s one sided (for now).

    But I have no doubts it’s gonna be amazing once Ae-jung starts falling for him as well. With CSW and GHJ my expectations are really high.

    • 30.1 antonia

      that’s exactly what i think. in fact AJ doesn’t even like DJ. so i do feel the love of DJ for AJ (and it’s great) but there’s no answer from AJ, she’s clueless. Oh AJ you will fall hard i know. and then my screen will explode for sure

    • 30.2 Kiara

      I like that its lacking in the beginning so I have a lot to look forward to.

  31. 31 Leina

    Totally loving Best Love!!! It’s the perfect pair to 49 Days, and my May is becoming so much more enjoyable because of these two dramas :) Thank you, JB and GF, for all the work that you do. :)

  32. 32 ami

    started watching this and is awesome. Does the foreshadowing of the surgery in the first episode mean something? I mean the dude even has a hint of scar in open shirt scenes so… the heart beat is due to the doctor playing the song during the surgery…? that kinda kills all the love though

    • 32.1 amy

      Actually, it shows the love because if you think about it, he’s contract dating Se-ri and never had these feelings come up before and it’s also her song. He noticed a connection to the song because of the surgery but it didn’t start the heart rate until after he met Ae Jung.

  33. 33 BJ

    Thanks for the recap! It’s been quite a while to watch a drama and actually get excited with it! However this one totally works for me! It’s so cute and funny!! It certainly ticks all the right boxes for me!!

  34. 34 L

    Oh, you two dorks. How I wish you’d end up together and be dorky together forever. Sigh.

    I knoooow. This is perhaps the first time in my life that I love the second lead so much. It’s so hard to choose between the 2 guys though. It’s going to be so sad to see Pil Joo with a broken heart T_T

  35. 35 deean

    Oh,wow. The last scene really romantic (dunno why). I just love Cha Seung Won expression when he sees Aejung sleep. Its just so…lovable and sweet.
    And btw,I’m getting more and more in love with Piljoo. If I were Aejung, I’m just gotta fall 4 him. Not Jin.
    Anyway,luv this recap!

  36. 36 superman26

    gosh~ i really love dis~ thanks for doing the summary~ appreaciate it loadz~ since the subbed wont come out so soon~ but the way u wrote it is really feel like im watching the show instead of reading it~ tahnks many many~ looking forward for the next summary~ Hwaiitng~ c”,)

  37. 37 rose

    i really love the hong sister the best in rom com i million claps for them hurray …. im so thankful for there dramas as well as this making me fall in love over again hehehe

  38. 38 gofish

    I agree with javabeans that the chemistry between GHJ and YKS is way better and I don’t think it’s simply because they are more of a conventional pairing. I think both GHJ and YKS have a more natural way of acting and in comparison, CSW’s acting style is completely different. If you notice the way GHJ and YKS interact with each other, there is not so much coercion and the body language of both exudes a romantic feel–and yet remains realistic.

    Somehow they remind me the great chemistry bewteen GHJ and Lee Sun Gyun, and actually even comparable to my ultimate on-screen couple–biscuit teacher and sugar candy. Sigh…I wish Yoon and Gong can do another drama together.

  39. 39 appie

    Omo omo she’s a pantie thief! XD

    • 39.1 Christy

      LOL, that scene really cracked me up!!

      • 39.1.1 appie

        OMG that was epic. I love Korean dramas and their toilet/panties references =’D

  40. 40 okitat

    thanks so much for the recap as always. even though sometimes i’ve will have already seen the episode, but i always always alwaaaaays come to read your recaps nvertheless because they are just so so fun!! I’m watching other dramas along with Greatest love, like Lie to Me and Baby-Faced Beauty but Greatest Love cracks me up the most, i couldn’t stop laughing watching this episode. the PANTY scene was hilariouuuusss!!! PANT-IES, PANT-IES! Hahahahhahaha….. Jin is pants down (ooh, me using pun too! hahah) the funniest!

  41. 41 sugarpunch

    I don’t know if it’s the actors or the plot of the show that keeps pulling on my heartstrings. I have already fallen in love with this show!! I love Yoon Kye Sang in this role, since the last show I watched with him in it was Who Are You where he acted as a cold-hearted businessman with OCD. It’s a nice change. I love Cha Seung Won too, but I think I will vouch for YKS’s character all the way.

    And Treasure Girls’ song? Not sick of it yet!!!:D:D

  42. 42 Gwinna

    It’s interesting how people experience these things differently, because I have no problem buying Jin’s feelings for Ae-jung, but I don’t really get Pil-joo’s attraction. During their first meeting, they had a huge misunderstanding in which she thought he was a bad guy and dumped water over him… and after that he’s attracted to her? That just doesn’t seem like a natural reaction to me. At least Jin had a number of encounters, both positive and negative, with Ae-jung before realizing he liked her. It would make more sense to me if Pil-joo started liking her after the friendly interactions they had in this episode, but it seems we’re supposed to believe he liked her already after their first meeting, when he didn’t even know her real personality. I mean, this doesn’t hugely bother me or anything, I’m willing to just go with it because I like the drama, but it does require some suspension of disbelief on my part.

    I actually think – don’t hate me, people – that Pil-joo has better chemistry with Se-ri than Ae-jung. The scene in the restaurant where he called her on the phone to get rid of the people asking for autographs was really cute. And if it’s okay for a leading male who’s a bit of a jerk at times to end up with a nice leading female, why isn’t it okay for a secondary girl who’s a bit of a bitch at times end up with a nice secondary male? I guess it bothers me that a less-than-perfect man can be considered an acceptable, even desirable, romantic partner, but a less-than-perfect woman cannot. Or perhaps that a nice man deserves the best (i.e. a woman who’s equally nice), but a nice girl doesn’t necessarily? Either way bad behavior is considered more excusable in men than women. But this whole Evil Secondary Girl thing is an issue I have with kdramas in general.

    • 42.1 th em

      I like everything you just said.

    • 42.2 antonia

      you hit it. Jin’s feelings are natural after all his interactions with AJ, and since he’s never been in love is natural too that he doesn’t understand or acept his own feelings. PJ is sweet i like him a lot but he has better chemistry with SR, from the 2 epi i want them to end up together. i think AJ kind of like PJ and is clueless about DJ, she’s focused in her career but she will slowly develop feelings for DJ. and may i ask who wouldn’t be in love with Awesome DJ? i’m in love already. seriously, as okitat said, pants down on CSW (ha!)

    • 42.3 selina

      I agree with everything you said. I actually like Se-ri (and every character especially Jin’s manager) and feel we don’t know enough about her or her and Ae-jung’s treasures girl days to understand or see why she is less than pleasant with her. I also found her chemistry with Pil-joo both in the restaurant and when he said he not notice her/her beauty very nice and sweet; there was potential to grow into something more. I agree that if the cold male lead is allowed to find a nice woman who opens his eyes to love, sun shine, rainbows and how to be a better man; then a not so great female character should be allowed the same. I think through out the drama we will see Ae-jung and Pil-joo open Jin and Se-ri to be better people and that is how the love lines, scandals, and drama will unfold for all.

    • 42.4 clichique

      MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY.

      I really have no problem buying the Jin-Aejung chemistry. Although it IS entirely one-sided right now, but I can feel the pain for Jin as he watches her alone. But then he inevitably puts up a facade in front of Aejung. Those real, raw moments when he’s just watching her alone? Those are heartwrenching.

      I don’t think it’s really that much Piljoo has better chemistry with Aejung, honestly. I am not even really sure Piljoo actually really, really likes Aejung. Because I mean, Piljoo is one of those really nice guys, like a lot of the ones I know in real life. He’s really nice… but to everybody. And it’s not just to Aejung. He’s just as sweet to Seri, who, by the way, I do want to see her fall, but for some reason, I don’t think she’s that bad. Because behind her bitchiness we see glimpses of a girl who’s just trying to deal with a lot of insecurities she has. Although, if I were Aejung, I would probably be falling for Piljoo at this point, and I can understand. He’s the nice guy everybody ends up liking.

      I await moments that are Aejung being won over by Dokko Jin. But at how she views him right now, those are tough, so we just get to see a lot more of Dokko Jin wallowing…. oh my heart. I must be a masochist, then, because I like suffering with Jin through his love. LOL. However, maybe Aejung will start viewing Jin in a different light, with the episode 5 previews? I don’t know if the confession is real or not (like always, they hype up the anticipation and then it always ends up being a figment of the character’s imagination and then I feel like smashing something with a book). But yeah.

      IMPATIENT FOR EPISODE 5. UGH.

      • 42.4.1 antonia

        i think the matter with PJ is that he is too perfect. and it’s not natural to be perfect. i like to think that when someone’s imperfections match with another’s imperfections then you find the perfect couple… on the other hand Jin is a bunch of imperfections and only AJ can fit with them. (lol)
        it’s making sense????
        but you make me think it over, maybe you’re right and PJ is just a nice guy who plays nice with everyone.
        anyway he’s not my kind of man

    • 42.5 Pela

      Ding Dong!!!

      The main reason why I always support the main couple & never have second lead love in drama like this, is because the main guy always get to see the female lead for exactly what she is and still loves her warts and all.

      Jin has seen AJ at her at her best, her worst and everything in between and is still falling for her. Pil-joo as wonderful as he is, I think sees her as bit of a damsel in distress and if anything the restuarant meltdown emphasised that.

      I also like that the vibe between AJ & Jin is not swoony romantic, adds more realness to it. I prefer their absurd incidents which always shows them in a bad light one way or another but they still kinda come through for each other than anything overtly flirty and romantic. Whereas I really loved the sparkle between Pil-joo & Se-ri.

      But completely agree AJ is clueless about his feelings and doesn’t feel the same way but I do think she appreciates him at some level if her comments to the Jin impersonator is anything to go by.

    • 42.6 appie

      Totally agree with Gwinna, I also feel the same way! As much as I love PJ and his cutey dorkyness, I didn’t REALLY feel any romantic attraction, or rather he’s confusing me, because he seem to be nice to everyone. Even if he is falling for her romantically, then I don’t how see its possible since he encountered her few number of times & doesn’t really know her personally, heck I wouldn’t call their first encounter romantic. On the other hand, DJ and AJ had too many memorable encounters (whether it’s sad or happy) it help them to understand each other, therefore I totally buy DK’s love for AJ<3

      I don't really dislike SR (as yet..), she's not outright bitch, her scenes with PJ are actually cute, you glimpse different side of her (in contrast with her diva self). But Gwinna has really good point about bitchy secondary females and not really getting the nice secondary males.

      Anyways, we'll wait and see how these relationships develops~

    • 42.7 Kdramavictim

      I’m on your team on this… It’s kinda city hall all over for CSW’s character where he fell in love to a girl that annoyed him at first. But that annoyance kinda grew on him and couldn’t get enough of it.

      As for dr. Dork, I think it is just his nature to be so kind with everybody and being thrown with water to his face is the first shocking experience, that left an impression so much. This what made him so interested to AJ but not yet necessarily liked her yet.

      To me this drama is a drama dream come true…favorite actor combine with favorite writer. CSW’s acting is so freakingly believable and all scenes are beautifully written and meaningful..not one scene is wasted.

      I think I just die and enter the drama heaven…

  43. 43 daemon11

    Can’t believe I’m so hooked to this drama, so soon !! Wait…. 49 days, ok, script is awesome, Kang-ah !!!!!; Lie to me.. well it’s just part because I’m in love with Kang Ji-hwan; but for Romance town and Baby face beauty, it will take more time if it’s good. But this one, that’s an Hong’s sisters drama, it’s so damn goooood !!! And thank you Javabeans for the language explanation, “pun” when it needs, cherry on the cake. Anyway, I’m a regular of the site since Secret Garden, and at this time your recap kept me alive (literally) while it was airing.

    • 43.1 daemon11

      And the recap still maintain me alive with 49 days.
      Is it worse than addicted to drama ?

  44. 44 travelcrazy

    why PS likes AJ? Maybe because he is a doctor. He sees AJ is both physically and mentally happy. Other guys swoon over beauty face, but as a doctor he swoon over healthy and happy lady. Do you notice how he asked to see SR’s tongue and offer health tips to her instead of marvelling at her beauty?

    • 44.1 Jomo

      What a great comment!
      That is backed up by his sweet: “The Gu Ae-jung I’ve seen is a bright and likable person.”

      PS truly sees in the inner AJ, who showed her vulnerability to him during the “what am I worth” club scene.

      My heart will be crushed when PS falls in love with AJ and she chooses Jin…or will she?

      I know I may be wishing away this whole show by saying this, but YKS needs to be signed up as the LEAD in a drama immediately following this one.

      If it weren’t for You’re Beautiful, my heart would still ache for JGS in Hong Gil Dong. Hong Sisters must write a story for YKS!!

  45. 45 Lost without KDrama

    Best 49 Days episode recap then another Best Love episode recap. Life is good.

    Look forward to seeing this episode subbed.

  46. 46 leddik

    I’m officially in love with Pil-joo. Why is his dorkiness so loving and endearing? I think this is officially the first time I’m more in love with the second lead than the guy who’s supposed to be in the OTP. I do have to say though. Love love love Cha Seung-won. I’ve loved him since City Hall. He just puts such a convincing face when it comes to longing and love. He really makes me believe when I see his heart in his eyes. *sigh* So it’s a real tug of war. I mean, I know which character I love (yaay dorky glasses), but at the same time, you can’t help but feel the realness of Jin’s budding love towards Ae-jung. This drama is too good. Please don’t go nuts towards the end like Gumiho Girlfriend.

  47. 47 Cyclic

    Just to clarify a little typo/error, “long-ago fights with group members or an ancient relationship” this line.

    The correct word should be “office relationship”

  48. 48 Dara

    Oh darn, love YKS in this so much that it’s hurt he’s not getting the girl. But I also trust, as this is a early ep, that CSW will nail us all in the end.

    • 48.1 Dara

      Thanks for your recap, so three in a row this week? Pls get good sleep and take care of your health, JB *hug hug*

  49. 49 Rovi

    AWW~!!! Love the last scene…

    Fave parts so far:
    -the meta with the series’ names…LOL -> it’s just like Hong-ssi Jamae‘s takes on parodies…
    -the rose petals…
    -Yoon Pil-joo in general…seriously, I like YKS that clean cut…never knew he was part of g.o.d. in the past…
    -their contact entries…Jin’s is aways changing…:P
    -KBSN during their prime…
    (I was doing an analysis just last night, and I came to a conclusion that they’re like SNSD, SuJu, 2PM, & g.o.d. combined)
    -and finally…Jin’s consitent “Denial”…come on…!!!

    • 49.1 garcia_marina

      mine are all of the above PLUS the PANTIES scene…kekekek:-)

  50. 50 IbeenJGS

    Cute !

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