Drama Recaps
Best Love: Episode 4
by | May 12, 2011 | 208 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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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.


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.


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.


208 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. 51 laya

    “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.”

    I just snorted my Coca-cola on my computer table reading that. *scrabbles frantically around for something to wipe it with, although, alas, not Jin’s underpants.*

    OMG, this is hilarious. I want to watch it already XDDD

    thank you for the recap! It was a lovely ending to a long workday <3

  2. 52 soojin08


    My god I died in that scene.

    … Oh Kyesang.. I loved you since Who Are You. <3 <3 <3

  3. 53 absothe

    You know what makes completes a hong sisters drama….
    A dramabeans recap LOL. Seriously I feel like the Hong sisters are related in some way with javabeans, like you’re related or something. Maybe separated at birth? Or from a different lifetime.

  4. 54 flovin

    iam so in love whit this show 🙂

  5. 55 JiHwan

    The drama title references killed me. I was in tears. Cha Seung Won is freaken hilarious.

  6. 56 Readone


    This drama with it’s storyline and chemistry is gonna kill me…!!!

    I love this drama so much…

    Thank for the recap, JB…

  7. 57 Cabbage

    Is anyone else getting a Pride and Prejudice vibe from this? He’s falling for someone way below his “status” but she’s oblivious to it. While GHJ has some great moments and is doing a great job, Ae-jung hasn’t shown any interest in Jin so far, which makes it very hard to believe that he’s going to beat the adamant doctor.
    So, what is going to change her mind? When he finally confesses (or hopefully kisses) a la Mr. Darcy? He only gets more brusque the deeper his feelings go, so I can’t imagine him winning her over with devotion. In the other Hong sisters dramas, the characters fall for each other at a relatively equal pace (liver-eating fox-girls excepted, of course. i mean, she’s not even human.) Although I know they’ll make it work, I’m having hard time imagining it.
    Then again, when I watched the first episode of YAB, I thought “ick, no way THAT emo boy is the lead.” By the end…let’s just say I keep a photo of Jang Guen Suk in my office planner.
    And the chibi’s – the chibi’s have arrived! (though they’re too small in the ending credits to see clearly.)

    • 57.1 antonia

      Pride and Prejudice is one of my faves books, and the declaration scene is awesome… then when they met each other at Pemberly my heart was racing. So if i’m to have a declaration, plus Pemberly scene in this drama i guess i will die and go to heaven.
      and perhaps we will have declaration scene in episode 5???? fingers crossed

    • 57.2 Jomo

      Darcy was a lot more buttoned up that this clown – and I mean that in the sexiest way!

      Did you see him rolling down the corridor wall with the posters? He was hilarious with his grimaces and wild eyes.

      The other thing about Darcy is he admitted that he liked her early on. Remember he told Caroline he was watching Elizabeth’s fine eyes…He was definitely seeking her out and trying to get her to think kindly of him. He had no idea that Wickham (spit it when you say it) had planted his seeds of bitterness in Elizabeth’s heart, and helped them grow stronger every time he saw her.

      Now that I think of it, Wickham was the original evil second female lead!!!

      • 57.2.1 antonia

        “Now that I think of it, Wickham was the original evil second female lead!!!”

        well yes, ha ha

    • 57.3 clichique

      Have you seen the episode 5 previews? There’s a premature (possible) confession scene. IDK if it is real. Watch – it’ll just end up being a figment of Dokko Jin’s imagination, and then I will want to smash something with a book.

      But yes, I am getting P&P vibes from this. Yes to Jin and the Darcy similarities. But I think Lizzy and Aejung are a little more different.

      I think, different from P&P, is that Lizzy pretty much really, really, really disliked Darcy in the beginning, or pre-misunderstandings cleared up. Aejung doesn’t dislike Dokko Jin THAT much, if you know what I mean. There’s a weird mutual understanding between them. And she treats him like he’s a spoiled child (which he sort of is, LOL). But yeah, I can see where you’re coming from.

  8. 58 Bee

    Thanks for the recap, JB. 🙂

    The PANTS scene was one of the most hilarious scenes EVER. I was laughin so hard when Ae-jung was trying to complete her call and Jin roared about his PAN-TIES!!!
    I really love the acting in this drama. 🙂
    It’s a bit difficult for me to buy into the “heart racing” thing, though. I mean, i can see how Jin subconsciously picked up on the tune during the operation, but if it was just the song, wouldn’t he already have a reaction whenever it was played on the radio or elsewhere? So did he fall for her head over heels, and the song is just a catalyst because he keeps denying himself any romantic feelings? It also makes me wonder what kind of relationship he had with Se-ri, if what he feels for Ae-jung is alien territory for him. It would be interseting if Se-ri was just an attachment to further his carreer&a good lay, but he never really was in love before…?

  9. 59 stars4u

    I was swooning all the way when Pil Sook went to do the Kim-Jong-Kook-I-will-cover-your-ears-so-you-won’t-get-hurt stint…

    This is bad… I wan’t Ae-jung and Pil Sook and Ae-jung and Jin!!!

  10. 60 Damsefly H

    I can’t help but to think that like City Hall, at the end of the drama, there will be a true explanation as to why Jin is so into Ae Jung.

    Thanks for the recap!

  11. 61 antonia

    First thanks for this recap
    i love this drama so muchhhh, i love AJ, i like all the characters, but i love love Love LOVE DJ. he’s adorable, manly, childish, funny, crazy, pitiable, dorky, sexy… and he’s perfect in every one of them. i can’t sing loud enough his praises!!!!!! i’m so glad he’s doing this drama
    episode 4 is soooooo funny and heart touching. i like AJ & PJ covering ears’ scene. but i Love the ending scene: cause you can feel and see love in DJ’s eyes and expresion, it’s so sweet. he’s so helplessly in love and my heart is breaking cause he’s not loved back 🙁 but i know after some more funny scenes she will be as much in love as he is and i will be Happy 🙂

  12. 62 deeko

    Thanks so much for the recap. I watched it last night but felt so sad for some reason. I wish there was a loophole in this drama that would allow the 2nd lead to get the main girl… Has there ever been a drama that was like that? Maybe not because the 2nd lead this time is more adorable to me. Three cheers for Yoon Kye Sang (I’ve loved this guy since My Sister-in-law is 19).

    Hesitant to continue since I know his “doom” at the end, but since I’m done with classes for the semester, I’ll carry on.

  13. 63 Linda165

    Thanks for the recap JB.

    I might just fell in love with Pil Joo when he covered Ae Jung’s ears ♥♥♥ I liked Yoon Kye-sang in Who are you? but here he has me swooning bad!!

    I’m also totally buying Jin’s predicament over his new found feelings for Ae Jung. It’s so gratifying watching him struggle and finally, give up.

    Also I just want to say that CSW must have a thing for women sleeping in cars 🙂 So cute…

    • 63.1 Jomo

      I thought he was going to block the flashing neon signs for her. It was just close enough to say, “I know where I have seen that scene” without completely stealing it.

      It must be difficult for them not to want to “quote” all of CSW’s CH romantic gestures. They were all heart-stopping!

      But I also think this character is wildly different from JG, and he can create a whole new way to express Jin’s love for AJ.

      I cannot wait for AJ to reciprocate in this drama.

      • 63.1.1 antonia

        you know back in city hall i like jo guk from the begining, even with all his flaws. but that scene where he blocks the sun i fell in love with him in a way i can forgive everything he does. i love him no matter what
        and now even if the scene resembles CH it’s different and i can’t help but crying because CSW’s eyes express so much love. i never saw such a look in any other drama or from any other actor. my heart stops a bit

        • Linda165

          Did you not see Kang ah watching JH/YK outside the restaurant ??? so much love and desperation *dies*

          • antonia

            you know i’m watching 49 days and i like it very much. i know i must be the only one, but Kang is not connecting with me. I like him but don’t love him. sorry but i like scheduler and min ho better (i guess i like bad guys, or as i read once, guys who can be bad but choses to be good) and Kang is helplessly good.

          • swui

            oh anttonia you’re not alone…as much as I like JHJ/Kang I like BSB/minHo and Scheduler/JIW more….I like bad guys more too I guess…

          • antonia

            i hope there’s nothing wrong with us!!!! and there’s always hope bad guys can reform (and it makes it more romantic)

          • swui

            I was waiting for BSB/MH to reform too..lol..he’s certainly shown some signs..just not sure 2 epi is enough to redeem himself…

            Err…I’m pretty sure we’re quite normal…just maybe with acquired taste…LOL

          • antonia

            i still have hopes for min ho redemption… cause i really like him. plus in dramas they fix Anything in 5 minutes when they want

      • 63.1.2 Linda165

        When I saw him walking to the car I thought that too, but the gesture copping her face was sweet too. Although, I’ve seen that in another drama, but can’t remember where.

        I’m still not into Jin that much because when I see CSW I see Jo Gook. It’s been months since I saw CH, but still cannot make the transition 🙂

        • Jomo

          That is a compliment to CSW’s acting, because unlike Johnny Depp, who changes drastically from film to film, CSW looks almost exactly the same.

        • epyc

          The car cupping scene, to me, is a combo from CH and also the scene from Beautiful Days when LBH wiping CJW’s tears over the glass window. Both, and now this as the third, are all so beautiful and touching!

          • Jomo

            Oooh…I need to watch that, sounds beautiful!

          • Linda165

            Beautiful Days has been in my to watch list for weeks. Talk about a younger Lee Byung Hun. *frantically fans self*

            Does it has a sad ending?? That’s what I want to know…

          • swui

            OH you have to watch that…Beautiful Days…at leaast for the crackling chemistry btw LBH and CJW…I dunno why but the scene where he unbutton her shirt is still stuck in my memory even though it was ages ago when I saw it…as in I can’t even remember the ending….but those were the days where melos reign supreme…I’d bet on a sad ending..LOL

  14. 64 Madita

    Regarding DJ’s aversion to fall in love with AJ, this Drama should have been called


  15. 65 Aliiiiiiiice

    I LOVE the fact that the second lead is that appealing.

    Most of the time, they’re kinda pointless, or their characters spoil or devolve into 1-dimensionality so that they’re less appealing or become villains.

    I hope Pil Joo stays an all-around warm-hearted, quirky space cadet to the end, kinda like Ae-Jung stayed grounded and sane even after all her years of dog-paddling in variety shows all these years.


    It’s almost TOO refreshing to see such a strong 2nd lead. Hana Yori Dango was almost damn near perfect with Hanazawa Rui (he just needed more testicles).

    Still waiting for the day when the 2nd lead is so strong that he/she overtakes the 1st lead in a surprise and delightfully horrifying upset.

  16. 66 esther

    ok, so i’m trying to get around to some of the incredulities in this drama. maybe I shouldn’t look too closely into this. but doesn’t anyone find it funny that Jin would have to exercise to get to that level of fitness, and won’t exercising naturally lead to an increased heart rate beyond his desired heart rate of 60-90? Would anything happen if it’s constantly above 120 or anything?

    • 66.1 Kay

      Well, his heart rate at resting level probably needs to be between 60 and 90 but that’s not to say he can’t exercise, he needs to maintain a healthy heart, even more so after having surgery…
      It wouldn’t be constantly over 120, depending on the type of exercise he is doing, lets say interval training, he’s shooting his heart rate up to 120 for a minute or two and then bringing it back down..no harm in that, actually its a better way to exercise.

      Yea, you’re looking into this wayyy too much….me included lol.

      Personally, I think he had a heart transplant, the reason why his heart beats whenever he hears Ae Jung’s song has something to do with the previous owner of the heart and some connection it may have with Ae Jung – a wholeheartdly Kdrama theorization LOL

      • 66.1.1 esther

        hmm…if interval training is good for Jin, and if hearing the 두근두근 song a few times a week (or an episode) brings his heart rate above 120, then this is good for him!

        in other words, seeing Ae Jung is good for him! 🙂

        I cannot remember exactly, but I think Jin’s doctor did mention that he has some mechanical parts (heart?), and he was happy that he could still feel even though he’s part robot. or something like that. haha

        I think the reason why his heart beats whenever he hears the song is cos the doctor was playing the song when he had the heart transplant. The doc’s a major fan of the girl grp. lol

      • 66.1.2 Bee

        It also might be just the psychological conditioning he trained himself into after the ordeal that lead to his heart surgery. If he had a heart condition before, and now they fixed that problem, he should be fine (didn’t see the doctor warning him about the racing heart, as if it was dangerous, so it must be just dangerous in Dokku Jin’s mind)… But he still sort of panics whenever the heart rate goes up, because it used to be dangerous.

  17. 67 NN

    Great acting from both the leads! This is the first time I’m following a series by either of them and I’m so impressed. I only started watching cos I’ve enjoyed other Hong Sisters’ dramas and cos JB is recapping this. I didn’t think Gong Hyo-jin was pretty/ cute enough when she first showed up on the screen but her performance is so genuine and believable. Cha Seung-won has been pretty hilarious with some of his OTT stuff to bring our Jin’s character but I got really hit by the emotions he displayed at the boutique (when she was trying on the sponsored dress) and now the last scene, when he was virtually cupping her face outside the car window. It was all in his eyes – Wow!Looking forward to see how this drama unfolds.

    • 67.1 antonia

      you’re right is all in his eyes…. (sigh)

  18. 68 Jomo

    Over at DSSubs, ep 1 and 2 are already at 100% for quality. 3 is close, too.

    I don’t know if I have ever seen this happen so fast!

    • 68.1 Linda165

      They did it with Lie to Me too. The two first episodes have been in 100% for two days now.

    • 68.2 antonia

      wich is better: viki or DSSubs?

      • 68.2.1 Jomo

        Not too long ago, I would ahve said viki with no reservations. But with so many fans helping out by turning the strangely hilarious software translated subs into nice English, I would say they are comparable.

        For speed, DSS wins, though. And once you figure out what strange words get put in, you start to understand what they are saying even if you don’t really understand.

        (I also found out you can change the .srt file to a .txt file, then do a “Find” “Replace with” and get rid of all the “Is it?” Or the literally translated place names.
        They keep calling one of the houses in Twinkling “Holes in the forest.” Then, get rid of the .txt and you have fast custom subs!)

        • antonia

          thank you so much!!!!! i don’t know if i can do the change files thing (i’m not good) but i’ll try 🙂

          • th em

            If you decide to download the Greatest Love DSS subs before they’ve been fully fan-translated, here are some tips to help you mentally translate the computer-generated portions:

            “Tokgo” = Dokko Jin

            “in the tin” = Jae Suk (Dokko’s manager)

            “Columbia” = brother (hyung or oppa)

            “David” = National Treasure Girls (Ae Jung’s old pop group)

            “with love” or “love infidelity” or any other phrase having to do with love that doesn’t make sense as part of the sentence = Ae Jung (since her name means “affection”)

            Someone who’s spent waaaaay too long helping edit those subs lately

          • antonia

            you’re great
            luckily is weekend so i’ll try to find time and experiment a little 😉

          • Jomo

            OMG! I was laughing so hard at “in the tin” everytime it came up. It’s hard to not refer to them in your head with these names.

            To picture AJ as family love was just too funny!

            In Twinkle Twinkle, Dae Bum is Big Fan.

            And a HUGE THANKS FOR YOUR WORK!

          • th em

            Also, the computer managed to randomly insert a complete sentence about a corpse into the Episode 5 preview for no discernible reason. In the middle of Jin’s (possible) love confession.

            DO NOT BE ALARMED. I am fairly certain that’s an error, and this show is not actually about sweet zombie love. (Though if it is, sorry for the spoiler.)

          • Jomo

            No worries, I saw the preview.
            Oh those silly computers trying to insert their threats of world domination!

          • antonia

            ha ha why a corpse. thank for telling me. i want every character in this drama to be alive and happy at the end

  19. 69 PILK

    Thanks JB! The details make the show and it’s great to see them in your recaps! Your wishes for a strong second male lead are answered here; it’ll be bittersweet for us all as we journey on with 6090, National Treasure and the Good Doc.

  20. 70 dianne

    i love this show! i cant wait to watch it, w/ subs and all!!! thanks a lot! :))

  21. 71 YBisTOP




  22. 72 Misslenis


    • 72.1 Kiara

      Oh HELL TO YES and I have nothing else to say lol.

  23. 73 girlatsea

    Such a funny episode. It had me laughing the whole way through.

    CSW’s character kind of reminds me of JGS’s character in Your Beautiful. I found myself rooting for Shin Woo the entire time. It wasn’t until my second viewing of the drama that I started preferring JGS’s character. I feel like it will be the same way with this drama. I’m totally rooting for Pil Joo right now.

    Ahh, I’m loving May so much right now. Now, I’m off to finally watch this week’s 49 Days episodes! 😀

    • 73.1 Christy

      I can’t even compare this drama with YAB! Best Love has strong solid actors minus the cute overload. YAB made me chuckle and giggle while Best Love made me roar with laughter!!!!

  24. 74 Okie Dokie

    The cover ears move was what Kim Jong Kook did for Yoon Eun Hye in the X-Man “Of Course” game. I wonder if there’s any connection there.

    • 74.1 NN

      It actually reminded me of the scene at the sauna in Oh! My Lady, when Choi Siwon’s character, Min-Woo, covered the ears of Chae Rim’s character, Kae-hwa, because some ajummas were gossiping about her and calling her names. http://www.dramabeans.com/2010/05/oh-my-lady-episode-12/
      The drama was charming and light. Siwon was very swoon-worthy in that show and Chae Rim was cute though I didn’t feel they were that believable as a couple.

  25. 75 Carinne

    I’m thinking way ahead of myself, so I am pondering the idea whether Mina’s kid had to do with anything relevant in KBSN’s disbandment.

    It’s just too funny how a guy refers to his own undergarments as PANTIES. I’m not sure I can get use to it w/o cracking up every single time.

    What is it w/ guys and the pisces sign? > . <" Men… "6090." Pfffft. Pahehe~

    (Runs off watching Manny.)

    • 75.1 Pela

      Mmmph, wasn’t there pregnancy rumours surrounding AJ. She probably took the fall for Mina who was probably having a relationship with the engaged star.

      My heart breaks even more for her now ….

      • 75.1.1 antonia

        i’m not sure. cause they separated 10 years ago. and mina has a baby not a ten years child

        • asianromance

          She could have had another kid? or the first kid could have been miscarried. with the scene with a distraught Mina about to jump off the building + dating a married man/married man+pregnancy rumor — I also suspect that it has something to do with Mina’s predicament

  26. 76 loveit

    I have being watching this drama and I have to say that I have fallen for both of the guys!! they have the ability to make me believe the character and believe as if it is real…. I can’t wait until this drama goes deeper and get to find out how it will all end…

  27. 77 asianromance

    thanks javabeans!

    this episode triggered by asthma with the whole Ae-jung in Jin’s house scene! She could have really escaped if it weren’t for the alarm! I love how Jin thought he was hearing things because of water in his ears.

    I love Pil-joo and am sad that there isn’t another Ae-jung out there for him. He usually forgets people’s faces, but remembers Ae-jung – that is a sign of impending love!

    I love how Jin likes AJ first. I think in the Hong Sisters dramas, it’s usually the girl who falls for the guy first and then have to watch him be clueless about her feelings- oftentimes, we have the guy chasing some other girl.

    • 77.1 Jomo

      And what about how easily she cracked his code?
      I bet she guesses whatever he comes up with next, too.

  28. 78 crazedlu


  29. 79 crazy4kdramas

    Am I the only that is thinking of getting one of those heart-rate/watch monitors so that I can keep MY heart in check every time I see Jin?!?! I mean, did you guys see his thighs?!? Oops, there goes my heart again…

    • 79.1 antonia

      i decided not to work today. my body is at my office but my mind is at panties’ land. and you came and mention his thighs!!!!! what you do to me???? poor me

    • 79.2 absothe

      LOL I think it will come up as fanmerchandise. Finally a cool fanmerchandise!
      Haven’t watched dokko jin’s towel scene, and ain’t gonna watch it till there is subs, cause I need to understand EVERYTHING he says :p

      • 79.2.1 crazy4kdramas

        I watched both episodes yesterday. The viki team has been subbing super fast! I downloaded the soft subs there 🙂

  30. 80 alex

    oh myy…I just had to explain why I am laughing at my screen at work 😀
    Thank you for the recap!

  31. 81 HyoSun

    Oh JB, you and your spelling mistakes.

    “Pil-joo covers her hears with his hands”

    hears? lol is that supposed to be ears?

  32. 82 Melpomene

    “Budding romantic”!!! You might be as good a punster as the Hong Sisters!

    I am still waiting for subs, but your recaps are my lifeline until then. Thank you!

  33. 83 KATAMI

    “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 agree… I don’t understand how he became to like her….but anyway the story is good and I hope it will develop more

  34. 84 joZD

    You know, I thought Gumiho was disappointing, but Best Love has been really awesome so far. please keep it this way, writers!!!

  35. 85 juliee

    does anyone know where i can watch this with eng subs?

    • 85.1 crazy4kdramas

      Maybe dramacrazy will have it up soon. I couldn’t wait that long so I downloaded the soft subs from viki.

  36. 86 kdramaluv

    I just love CSW in rom coms… his comedic timing is perfect and I am really loving this pair. Ae Jung is so down to earth and perfect..I love that both male leads are falling for the atypical beauty.

  37. 87 Miyoung

    I am DYING to know what’s in those CD cases. It HAS to be something juicy. The Hong Sisters make their set ups so obvious, but the pay offs are usually worth it, so I don’t mind the in your face approach.

    I was seriously DYING when Jin was shooting his own private melodrama with the drama posters. That was SERIOUSLY gold. Love.

  38. 88 Readone

    The preview of Episode 5 is really promising..

    OMG…. Wednesday, come sooner please..!!

  39. 89 Steph

    CUUUUTE! Oh how I do love spring.

  40. 90 umalily

    I just finished watching episode 3 and 4 and I laughed my head off. This drama is matching my expectations.
    I really liked the petal scene too and I loved that it was really pressed like a heart.
    I Like Dokko Jin’s face when he saved the petal. It was epic. He did it with such obvious reluctance and struggle. I can’t believe I’m doing this seemed to be written on his face.

    Panty! Panty! Panty! Wash my panty!

  41. 91 KDrama Fan

    OMG OMG OMG! How sweet can CSW, I mean Jin, get? I am totally seeing CSW in a different light.

    Loving this show.

  42. 92 neeko

    I can’t believe their writing is making me like Cha Seung-won!!!!! I used to really really really really really really not like him!!!!!!!

    They are truly amazing.

    • 92.1 antonia

      watch City Hall, is imposible not love him as Jo Guk

  43. 93 Arianna

    Could it be that the guy having that heart surgery at the very beginning is Dokko Jin?

    • 93.1 Jomo

      It is.

  44. 94 Jo

    I LOVE EVERY CHARACTER IN THIS DRAMA. I just want every one to be happy!
    who else had the National Treasure Girls’ song stuck in their heads?
    My god, its replaying over and over…and I love it!

  45. 95 caramelchampagne

    i was gonna die from loooling alot i adoreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee that show really cha seung won is adorable i love his reaction even if he tryied to act as if he is the tuff guy but reallllllly he so soft heart thumb up for that drama and thanx very much for recap keep all the good work girlssssssssssss

    llove ya alll best wishes from egypt

  46. 96 blahblah

    That is all.

  47. 97 fauvish

    Haha, I think they used Love is in Your Eyes by Gerard Joling (Dutch singer) in the drama poster scene. It’s always fun to see Dutch things in Asian drama. It adds some familiarity for me xD

  48. 98 th em

    I don’t know how it took me this long to realize it, but in the episode 5 preview, Dokko Jin is totally stealing his romantic line from the Dokko Jin impersonator at the club. Ha.

    • 98.1 antonia

      really?? i need to rewatch!!!!

  49. 99 milan1010

    this drama is so so so so good….

    i did not expect it to be this good…but it did…it keeps outawesoming its own previous episode…amazing.

  50. 100 babystar



    *replays that scene 100 times, dies laughing*


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