Drama Recaps
Best Love: Episode 8
by | May 26, 2011 | 372 Comments

Is it possible to love two men at the same time? I really think my heart might explode from trying to decide. I might perish in the metaphor soup that is this drama first, but whadduya gonna do? I love metaphor soup. It’s hearty and delicious, and good for the writer’s soul.

 
EPISODE 8 RECAP

The reporters swarm as Dokko Jin appears with the glass slipper purple sneakers that are the subject of Ae-jung’s latest scandal. He gets down on one knee and puts them on her feet, rising to tell the reporters that he was the one who bought them, for the purposes of donating to a show where someone special to him (referring to Se-ri) is the MC.

The reporters ask why he didn’t bid on Se-ri’s bag instead then, and he says that he had intended to quietly also donate running shoes as part of the deal. Feigning modesty all the while quoting his own nicknames like “Wingless Angel Dokko Jin” (pfffffft), he sighs that he REALLY didn’t want all this attention drawn to his charitable giving, but OH WELL.

Then with a snap of his fingers, three truckloads of the same brand of running shoes appear behind the reporters. Gah. I half want to kick him and hug him at the same time. He actually apologizes for making such a fuss over his donation when he wanted to do so quietly. Keh. It’s so clear why he’s the golden boy (and such a comment on how the star machine turns) – he packages everything for the cameras pitch-perfectly.

And then? We see his smug self-satisfaction, as he imagines his wings spreading beneath his halo. HAHAHAHA. Oh, Dokko Jin. Your ego knows no bounds.

Safely inside and away from the reporters, Jin checks the reaction online and generally finds it favorable, even considering parlaying it into a CF. Ae-jung says she was shocked when he came, thinking that he was going to announce…

Jin: “That I bought the shoes because I like you? My heart may be slightly broken because of you, but to create a scandal like that? My brain isn’t broken.” LOL. I love how delightfully honest that is.

She worries that getting entangled with her means that he’ll drop down to her level, and finds it burdensome. He counters, “I’ve decided to acknowledge my one-sided love.” Whoa. He tells her not to worry about getting entangled with him because he’ll just keep it out of reality (and therefore scandal-free).

She tells him not to do things like this (buying her sneakers) anymore, and he answers simply, “I’ll take care of my own business. That’s the upside to unrequited love. I get to do what I want.” Heh. That’s true. Can’t argue with that.

He walks out and Se-ri is there waiting for him to ask if Ae-jung’s got something on him, to make him act this way. (Note: in Korean, when you have an opponent at a disadvantage, you say you’ve “grabbed a weakness.”) I love that she’s so vain that this is the only logic that fits, in her brain. He says yes she’s grabbed one all right, secretly meaning it in the she’s-got-my-heart-on-a-leash kind of way. Aw.

But to his surprise, Se-ri is smug and carefree because today is the day that Ae-jung gets voted off the island. The PDs ask Pil-joo to oust her, citing that there’s no dramatic tension for the other contestants if he just keeps choosing Ae-jung all the way through.

That’s the reason they give him, but methinks once the scandal broke, no matter how it got rescued, it was enough to stain her image. But they leave the final choice up to him in the end.

When he comes out of the meeting, Jin is waiting for him. Are they gonna duel? They look like they’re gonna reach for their pistols any minute now. Sometimes Cha Seung-won is in a different drama, I swear. I know it’s not intentional but sometimes I think he’s going to pull out a semiautomatic and start lighting up the place.

They sit down for a friendly chat between mortal enemies, and Pil-joo notes that he might think what he did today was heroic, but he’s just caused Ae-jung more grief. Jin in turn thanks “Just Anyone” for raising the auction price so high so that he could give so much for a good cause.

Pil-joo counters that if he had it his way, he’d take Ae-jung away from this world forever. (Omg, I’m kind of swooning right now. The implication in his world is marriage, in case the intent isn’t clear.)

Jin tells him that if he really wants to do something for Ae-jung, who risked everything on this show, to stay in this world, he just needs to give her one flower to keep her on for another week.

On the set, Pil-joo apologizes to Ae-jung for not being able to do anything for her earlier today, and tells her that he doesn’t know how to protect her in the ways of this (the celebrity) world. “I’ll just have to protect you my own way.” Aw. Love the dorky doctor. So. Much.

Ae-jung tells him that even if he has to cast her off the show today, not to take it to heart or let it weigh on him.

Time for the rose ceremony. Pil-joo approaches the ladies with three roses in hand, and with a determined look, goes to Ae-jung first and gives her a rose. The PDs and Se-ri sigh that he doesn’t listen, while Jin looks on, pleased, and turns to go.

Except then Pil-joo just continues to stand there in front of Ae-jung… as he hands her a second rose. Eeeeee! Stompity feet. The crowd of reporters and staff all gasp, making Jin turn around.

He stares agape, as Pil-joo then hands her a THIRD rose, like a stubborn smitten puppy. Kills me. Everyone’s eyes turn to saucers and the whole crowd freezes, and finally the PDs motion for Se-ri to cut for a break.

The reporters swarm the couple, still frozen there. Se-ri steps down from the stage, but stops when she notices Jin, eyeing them tensely. He looks on angrily, muttering to himself that he told the doc to give her ONE flower, grumble grumble, eventually raising his heart rate to danger blinky zone.

Se-ri sees this, and the lightbulb FINALLY goes off in her brain. “The weakness that Ae-jung grabbed… was his heart?”

In the green room, Ae-jung sits down with Pil-joo and asks why he did that, because now it can’t be undone, what with the reporters and such. He just reminds her that he said he’d do things his way.

He tells her that she lives in this world where front and back don’t match up, and all he can do is watch. “So I wanted to take you away from that world.” He knew that the only way to do that would be to take one step closer to her, to take her away from the person who keeps pulling her back in.

She’s shocked to realize that Pil-joo knows about Jin. He looks over at the three roses, and says, “This is… my honest, my way… to tell you my heart. Now, instead of treating you, I’ve come to want to protect you first. Gu Ae-jung-sshi, I like you.”

Marry him, NOW!

Dokko Jin, meanwhile, complains to Jae-seok that the doctor went overboard, putting Ae-jung’s status on the show back in jeopardy. Jae-seok thinks that the show is now peanuts, if you consider that she could become a doctor’s wife.

Jin reasons that Ae-jung put her life on the line to do this show, because she has to do stay afloat in showbiz to eat and live… and if eating and living get taken care of… waitaminute… Heh. It finally dawns on him that Pil-joo DOES have a means to steal her away from him, and it’s quite a doozy – if he takes showbiz as her means of survival out of the equation, then Jin is, well, S.O.L. is what.

The Couple Making PDs have an emergency meeting to do damage control, and decide to roll with it and turn the next episode into a “Will She Accept?” concept. Down in the parking garage, Ae-hwan asks Ae-jung if she didn’t secretly like receiving “them” in real life.

He means the roses, but when she looks down at them, her eyes wander down to her feet. She thinks of the moment when Jin knelt down to put the sneakers on her, and answers, “Yes.” Aw. Sneakers for the win.

While Ae-hwan gets the car, she paces back and forth, debating the two men in her mind. Two steps one way, then back again. It turns out Jin is sitting in his car watching her, and in his eyes it looks like she’s all giddy from receiving the roses.

He decides to show her how totally over it he is, by driving right past her, leaving her in the dust. He pulls out swiftly, true to his plan, but then when he pulls up next to her, the car slows to a ridiculous crawl, while he makes crazy determined faces, as if he’s speeding past her. HAHA.

She looks at him curiously, wondering what he’s doing, as he continues to inch forward as slow as humanly possible. God, I love how childish he is. It seriously makes me giggle like a fool.

She knocks and asks what he’s doing, so he pulls down his window, replying that he’s in the midst of zooming by her (HA). But now that she’s here, she might as well get in the car since he has something to say. She wonders what it’s about, but he doesn’t tell her, pointing out, “Doesn’t that make you curious? Get in.” Pffft.

He wants to tell her a flower story, and she asks worriedly if this is another Camellia tale. This time, he says it’s Azaleas, which she recognizes immediately as a reference to the famous poem by Kim Sowol:

When seeing me sickens you
When you go
I will send you without a fuss, without a word

Yongbyun’s Yaksan Mountain’s
Azaleas
I will scatter by the armful in your path

Your parting steps, steps
On those flowers
Tread lightly as you go

When seeing me sickens you
When you go
I’ll die before I shed a tear

It’s probably one of the most famous Korean poems, retold as folk songs and such. The phrase “scatter flowers” comes from this, and is used colloquially to represent the duality of sending someone you love away – letting them go coolly by appearance, despite your ever-breaking heart. You could basically call it the Manifesto of Noble Idiocy. (If this is one of the most famous poems to survive for over a century, you can see why noble idiots are still THE k-drama heroes to this day, yeah?)

Ae-jung: “You needn’t scatter flowers.” Jin: “No, I WILL scatter flowers. We’ll see if YOU can tread on them or not.” Ha. Leave it to Dokko Jin to turn a dignified romanticized gesture into a challenge.

It turns out he’s taken her to an elementary school, and he starts to open up about his past. He tells her that he never got to go to grade school like other children because he was always sick. Does that explain why you’re still a child? ‘Cause seriously, it explains a lot. Can we send you to the fourth grade now?

She doesn’t remember hearing about this before, and he admits that hardly anyone knows that he was a sickly kid. She asks what was wrong, and he tells her that it was his heart, hence the constant effort to live within 60-90.

She wonders if it’s true, and then he starts unbuttoning his shirt… rawr…

And then he splits it open with a big “Rawr!” himself, like a crazy lion. “My heart is ripped. Heaaaart. Breaaaaak. [in English]” Pfft.

She jumps back but then sees the scar, and reaches her hand out to touch it. His heart starts beating faster and he takes her hand and puts it on his chest, but that scares her off.

She asks why he’s telling her all this. Jin: “To have it weigh on you. I said I was going to scatter flowers. My heart is the azaleas I’ve scattered in your path. My heart hurts sooooo much that it might break with one step… can you trample my azaleas?” Hahaha.

She asks if he’s really that sick, and he turns on the dramatics, telling her that he’s sooo siiiiick, and pleads with her not to step on his heart on her path to go to “that guy.” Awwww.

It really does start to weigh on her, which he notices right away with a devilish grin – my plan, it’s working! Heh. But then some kids interrupt the moment with a stray soccer ball and ask him to return it. He can’t resist the urge to show off, with an overhead kick into the goal…

…which totally outs the fact that he is in no way sickly. Ha. Brought back to reality, Ae-jung crosses her arms and starts to remember that he bragged about doing all those stunts in Fighter… “To be playing innocent azaleas… isn’t your body too beastly for that?” LOL.

Jin: “This is just ornamental.” Hahahaha. So true of actors, and thus hilarious to admit.

She tells him not to try and hold onto her with an old surgery, but he lays it on thick, insisting that every time she thinks of going to that doctor, she’ll have to think of his sick, frail heart and thus feel so bad that she can’t go. Siiiiigh.

The Couple Making PD asks Pil-joo to do one more show, to hear Ae-jung’s answer to his proposal. He says that thanks to him, he’s had the biggest ratings of his career. Pil-joo wonders if Ae-jung will agree to do it, and flashes back to her side of their conversation earlier:

She says that she would’ve understood if he hadn’t given her a flower, but now that he’s given her three, she doesn’t know what to do. He tells her that he doesn’t know either, since this is the first time he’s ever done this. Aw.

He then asks in a panic, “Does that mean I might get shot down, right now?” Haha. That’s so adorable. She smiles at him and asks for some time. They decide on three days, all or nothing.

Se-ri comes to tell Pil-joo that Ae-jung was the person who got between her and Dokko Jin, and is surprised to find that he already knows. “You knew, and you still gave her all three flowers?!” Pil-joo just tells her not to make things even harder on Ae-jung, and leaves. Oh, snap.

Later that night, Ae-jung looks up the poem Azaleas and reads it aloud, as Jin tends to his broken heart at home, and Pil-joo ponders the two identical pens that have returned to him.

After she reads it, Ae-jung muses, “Azaleas isn’t a poem about sending someone off well. It means you’d rather die than send them away comfortably.” Heh. Word.

The next day, Couple Making airs (oy, the live shoot system), and the entertainment world is ablaze with the shocking turn. It turns out to be a hit, and the show decides to continue with the couple, giving them their own segment. Yay, finally the We Got Married stuff begins!

The agency president tells Ae-jung that this is her chance to break out of her bad image, and that if she dates successfully on the show, it’ll revive her career. She encourages her to date him for real too, while she’s at it.

Dad wonders how to clear up his little er, misunderstanding with Pil-joo’s mother, his guilt now piling up over the medicine and the beef. He goes to the clinic to try and find a good way to break the news, except when they meet, she’s so upset about the show that she rails about Ae-jung not being up to snuff.

That raises Dad’s temper, and before he knows it, they’re having a shouting match over their two kids, neither being good enough for the other. Well, at least you outed your lie?

Jae-seok finds Jin re-watching the last Couple Making episode ad nauseum, and gives him the good news – that Ae-jung and Pil-joo will be doing their own docu-dating show, following them on dates. Jin: “Dates?”

Horrified, Jin starts to imagine all the dates they’ll be on for the show, all cutesy and romantic, leading all the way to their “first night.” He screams, bursting his own nightmare bubble, and arches the hell out of his eyebrow in a show of annoyance at Jae-seok for being the bearer of such evil thoughts.

Pil-joo, meanwhile, is a nervous wreck at work, sweating bullets while waiting for Ae-jung to give her answer to his proposal.

Ae-jung wonders if she ought to talk out her decision (whether or not to do the show) with Pil-joo, and Jin eavesdrops nervously. He lights up like a little boy when he finds her still at the agency later, autographing pictures for the sneakers they’re donating. Omg, it’s so cute how excited he is that he gets to hang out with her. Kyah!

He lauds her professionalism at the shoot, saying that she kept her cool really well when she received the roses. She smiles, “Really? I was shaking so much.” That knocks the wind out of his sails in two seconds flat.

He grumbles that it must be nice that lying about that pen had its rewards after all, and she doesn’t bother to clear it up, agreeing. He starts to sign his photos rapidly in anger, and she notes that they’ll be out of here in no time.

Uh… his eyes dart back and forth hilariously, as he realizes the error of his ways, and then he starts to sign ever so slowly. Hahaha. I love how transparent he is. She sees it too, and can’t help but smile at the adorableness.

Jenny delights in Ae-jung’s recent turn upwards, and Ae-hwan and Jae-seok take the opportunity to ask what she’d do if, yunno, hypothetically, two men were to fight over her. She sighs gleefully, “I’d have them both!”

Jin notices that Ae-jung signs her autograph with a four-leaf clover at the end, and asks what it is. She tells him about Mina finding the lucky clover the day they debuted, and she admits to believing in its luck.

He asks why when all four of them started off so well, Ae-jung ended up at the bottom. She says it happened just like the press reported – she hit Se-ri, and to this day she feels bad about it and therefore uncomfortable around Se-ri.

At the same time, Se-ri goes to visit Jenny, who greets her coldly. Jenny tells her like it is, from her point of view: that Jin likes Ae-jung, but things will work out well with Pil-joo. She asks Se-ri to never officially break it off with Jin, so that they stay out of Ae-jung’s way.

Se-ri counters that if they break up, she’s going to pin it on Ae-jung. Jenny marvels at her nerve, asking if she doesn’t remember how much Ae-jung took care of her. Se-ri: “I only remember her hitting me.” Jenny: “Why did she hit you? What about what you did to Mina?”

She adds that Mina collapsed because of her, and that’s why Ae-jung got so angry. Se-ri just defensively tells her not to dredge up old stories without any proof or witnesses. Notice that innocent people never say that?

Pil-joo sees a patient that night by the name of Han Hye-jin, who he suddenly remembers from that day that Ae-jung hid behind him, not to be seen by her. She confirms it and tells him that her name used to be Mina, and that she wanted to tell him something, because she thinks he’ll be an important person to Ae-jung.

Jenny shows Se-ri the package that they all received from Mina recently, and tells her that the second she does anything to threaten Ae-jung, Mina won’t just stand by. She adds a threat of her own: that she will find Mina herself and reveal the truth.

Flashback to their KBSN days, when Se-ri had put some sort of medicine in a drink and slipped it to Ae-jung. Only Ae-jung was busy with her mind elsewhere, and gave the drink to Mina when she walked in, complaining of nausea.

Mina drinks and instantly collapses. Ae-jung realizes what Se-ri has done and slaps her, only seeing the cameras pointed at them after the fact.

Back in the present, Se-ri counters that she was just playing a joke, and that she didn’t know that Ae-jung would disband the group like that in retaliation. Clearly there’s something bigger behind it, and I’m thinking Mina’s nausea’s a big clue. Pregnancy scandal is a big possibility why Ae-jung took the fall for the whole group, though it’s just a theory.

Jin asks her what secret led to such misunderstandings, and Ae-jung replies that it’s a SECRET. She sighs that she thought she could handle taking the fall on her own, not realizing then that it would lead to ten years of being at the bottom.

With a surprising amount of sincerity and empathy, Jin tells her that it must’ve been difficult, and that she did a good job of surviving it all. Ae-jung, “Are you praising me? With that mouth?” Heh.

He admits to always being fearful of landing in her position (something she’d asked him before) and they share their first real moment of understanding. She gets flushed and puts a water bottle to her face. It’s the same one she had used in his car way back when he had found it annoying for her rub her face against his photo.

This time he gets up to turn his photo towards her, saying, “The side with the picture is cooler.” Hahahaha. SO. CUTE.

Se-ri arrives at the agency to meet with the president, and sees them being adorable together. She grits her teeth and decides to dig her heels in, never letting go of Dokko Jin. She makes her position clear to his agent, that she’ll go straight to the cameras and cry the second he breaks contract.

Back in his office, Pil-joo gets a helpful tip from Mina about something that Ae-jung likes, so he calls her. Jin sees the call from “Perfect Man Yoon Pil-joo-sshi” and scowls, pretending not to care.

She answers and just says “Yes” three times, and hangs up. He starts to imagine what the other side of the conversation was. Pil-joo: “Why can’t you come? Is Dokko Jin keeping you there?” Ae-jung: “Yes.” Pil-joo: “Is he still hanging on to you, pathetically insisting that he’s ill?” Ae-jung: “Yes.” Pil-joo: “Ay, that jerk. Just get rid of him and come out.” Ae-jung: “Yes.” Hahahaha. I think I like their relationship in Jin’s imagination better than their real one.

He sees her checking her watch fretfully, and then tells her to answer yes three times. Jin: “I told you that my heart was azaleas, right?” Ae-jung: “Yes.” Jin: “I told you not to step on it, right?” Ae-jung: “Yes.” Jin: “But you’re standing on top of it right now. It’d be better if you walked quickly over it instead. So… just go.” Ae-jung hangs her head, “Yes,” and walks out.

She hesitates, and we see that the real conversation was her telling Pil-joo that she was busy and would be running late, aw, but she turns to leave. Jin’s heartbroken expression once she’s gone just about kills me. He puts their autographed pictures side by side with a heavy sigh.

Pil-joo waits outside Ae-jung’s house with a box of her favorite red bean pastries, the tip that Mina had shared with him. He surprises her with them, and she lights up, remembering her favorite bakery from back in the day fondly.

He gives her one and she says that luck has to be shared, and shows him that the bread is shaped like a clover, natch. She breaks it in half and gives it to him, and he smiles, asking if that means something good will happen to him now.

She thanks him for thinking of her as good luck, but tells him truthfully that in her heart, camellias are blooming, and azaleas are being scattered… so much so that she can’t really see a clover, despite knowing that it’s what is best.

He understands her meaning and adds, looking down at his clover bread, that this really is plain-looking and not the kind of thing to move hearts… but that it’s the best kind of bread, when all is said and done. Aw.

She says that her heart must’ve lost its mind because of the flowers, agreeing that “stuff like this [bread] is the best.” Ack, I don’t know what’s worse—his heartbroken reaction or her heartbreaking reaction to breaking his heart. Gah.

After a moment, he suggests that maybe they extend the waiting period then, for her to answer. He suggests that they do the show as their beginning. “And I have nothing to lose. Because if you wait and see, in the end, [holding up his clover bread] things like this are the best.”

Aaaaaaargh. I love them both! What am I gonna dooooooooooooooo?

At home, Jin looks at his potato plant, talking to it: “You’re growing faster than I thought. But if you grow poison that quickly, won’t you die?” He gets up and clutches his heart in pain, surprised to find that he’s still within 60-90. He wonders aloud if unrequited love is poison too, and if he’ll end up dying this way. Heh. Melodramatic to the core.

He goes to see the doctor (his heart surgeon, not the adorkable one) and while waiting around, discovers his penchant for girl group pop music. Heh. The nurse explains that the doc is unique that way—he listens to girl groups during surgery, instead of the standard classical music most docs cut to.

Jin’s eyes widen as he rushes out, dramatic music playing. He mutters that this explains everything. It’s just so funny that it’s played as this dramatic moment, like he’s discovered some mystery that changes everything. Except it doesn’t. Heh.

He gets confirmation from the doc that it was the song playing during his surgery, and on the rooftop he flings the CD into the air, declaring that he was under a spell all this time. He shouts triumphantly, “Restored!” [keuk-bok = restored, revived, also a pun on kukbo = national treasure, aka Ae-jung].

Ae-jung receives the script from the studio on her proposed segment, so all she has to do is decide. On her way out she runs into Jae-seok who mentions that Jin went to the hospital.

Ae-jung sits contemplating her feelings, and asks her sneakers:

Ae-jung:You can’t step on that person, can you? You’re worried that that person is sick, aren’t you? You want to see him, don’t you? Ding dong!

And she rushes off to see him. She hesitates outside his house, wondering if the 60-90 code will still work, and he finds her there. Smugly secure that his feelings were nothing but a hex, he calls her phone to make sure. (She’s saved his number as “Azalea” now.)

The song plays and he checks his heart monitor. Safely in the seventies. He smiles, saying that everything has returned to normal. He says it’s good news for her too. “My heart no longer beats faster because of you.”

She wonders why, and says there’s only one answer. She asks, “Does that mean you no longer like me?”

Jin: “Ding dong.”

Oh NOES!

 
COMMENTS

Gah, I love the push and pull of this couple, because there’s so much to contend with even beyond just egos and childishness (though that’s the amusing part). It’s poetic and sad one minute, then ridiculously petty the next, but these actors carry the moments with such earnestness that I get carried along for all of it. Love. Just love.

What can I say, other than being so torn over both the love interests is a testament to one of the most engaging love triangles I’ve encountered in a long time. Kudos. I now love and hate you, all at the same time.

 
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372 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Fiona

    Thank you for posting!!!! I always love your recaps, they’re so witty and fun to read.

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    • 1.1 nonski

      always! whether it’s GF or JB, it will always be awesome recaps.

      is it possible that you could love a drama more and more with each new episode. gaaah! i’m like that right now!

      i love Pil Joo but could you love him more than our Dokko Jin? hah! not a chance! i adore Ding Dong so much, lols! :)

      guys, english softsubs of this drama is available at:

      http://www.darksmurfsub.com

      linky to the drama:

      http://www.darksmurfsub.com/forum/index.php?/topic/1203-the-greatest-love-2011/

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      • 1.1.1 aquastarr92

        Yup, they’re really awesome recappers! I was laughing like crazy (and that’s BEFORE I actually watch the episode). Oh Jin, I like you more but I like bread better than flowers… (Kkot boda bbang?) <–Ooh, I like that… I bet it comes out soon…

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    • 1.2 MJP

      Yes, Thanks for the recaps!!!

      I have to say that my favorites are when JB and GF have the conversations together during the recaps!!! Absolutely hilarious when that happens. Often new nicknames emerge from these writings.

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      • 1.2.1 gustave154

        woot massive thanks to the recaps they are the best recaps in the world!!!

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    • 1.3 czak

      agree thanks for the recaps!!!!

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    • 1.4 Kiara

      BEST LOVE #1 YaY.

      TNS MEDIA RESEARCH
      NATIONWIDE RANK / SHOW / NETWORK / NATIONWIDE RATING / SEOUL RATING + RANK {if different from Nationwide}

      1.Women in Our House, Our Women (KBS1) – 17.6%, 14.4%(#2)
      2.Best Love (MBC) episode 8 – 15.2%, 18.0% (#1)
      3.KBS News 9 (KBS1) – 13.7%, 13.2%
      4.What An Amazing World 순간포착세상에이런일이 (SBS) – 11.9%, 12.6%(#5)
      5.You Are So Beautiful (MBC) – 11.1%, 12.3%(#6)
      6.Every Morning (KBS1) – 11.1%, 10.6% (#6)
      7.Human Theater (KBS1) – 11.0% , 10.0% (#11)
      8.Happy Together (KBS2) – 11.1%, 12.8%
      9.City Hunter (SBS) episode 2 – 10.0%, 12.2% (#7)
      10.Romance Town (KBS2) episode 6 – 9.7%, 9.8% (#12)

      http://www.soompi.com/forums/topic/198078-box-office-and-tv-ratings/page__st__1240

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      • 1.4.1 gustave154

        omg thats sooo awesome!!! the ratings are the best love xD

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    • 1.5 Lenita

      yep, great recap, thanks dramabeans!

      btw, how perfect is that lipstick shade on au-jung? the one she’s wearing on stage while receiving the flowers?

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  2. peach

    love the hong sisters!

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    • 2.1 MJP

      This is my first Hong sisters drama and I have to say, it is VERY good!!!

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      • 2.1.1 Amber's Cube

        Hong Sister’s are my favorite. Last year’s My Girlfriend is a Gumiho is on the top of my list but i have to agree that Best Love is really good.

        MJP, You have to see the other Hong Sisters’ drama. They keep getting better and better.

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        • 2.1.1.1 MJP

          Amber’s Cube,

          I started watching MGIAG based on everyones recommendations. I watched up to episode 4 and then jumped to episode 16 to watch end. It was cute, but I got tired of the repetition after watching four episodes and just wanted to get it over with… The storyline was very predictable and didn’t keep my attention.

          I sure hope that in Best Love, the Hong sisters don’t give all the secrets away too fast and can keep it interesting the whole way through.

          Drunken to Love You, Lie to Me, Rebound, Shining, You’re So Pretty, Mary Stayed Out All Night, are just some of the current dramas that I lost interest in due to the storylines lacking in one way or another.

          Who knows, maybe I am picky wanting every drama to be written as good as You’re Beautiful, It Started With A Kiss/Playful Kiss, Fated to Love You, Sunny Happiness, The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry, Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy, Hotaru no Hikari, and 49 Days?

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          • 2.1.1.1.1 Amber's Cube

            You’re Beautiful is a Hong Sisters’ drama.

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          • 2.1.1.1.2 MJP

            Ding Dong! I love that one. Watched it many many times!!!

            Yeah!!!!!

            Thanks Amber’s Cube.

            Come on, name some more… Let’s see if I watched them.

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          • 2.1.1.1.3 Amber's Cube

            You had me laughing with the Ding Dong!

            My Girl is another Hong Sisters’ that i like..well, it’s special because it’s the first kdrama i have seen.

            I have seen City Hall recently and i love it.

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          • 2.1.1.1.4 MJP

            Hey!!!!

            I saw that one too! It was a spin off of a Jae Hee movie and he did a cameo appearance in the last episode. That was the one where they met at the top of some building all the time. That was a good one too.

            So they must have done Delightful Girl Choon Hyang then *checks Dramawiki*, Yes they did that one too. I didn’t like that one so much. I did the beginning and ending on it.

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          • 2.1.1.1.5 Amber's Cube

            List of Hong Sisters’ Drama

            Delightful Girl Chun-hyang, KBS 2005
            My Girl, SBS 2005-06
            Fantasy Couple, MBC 2006
            Hong Gil Dong, KBS 2008
            You’re Beautiful, SBS 2009
            My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, SBS 2010
            Best Love, MBC 2011

            http://www.dramabeans.com/2009/11/profile-on-hong-sisters-writing-duo/

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          • 2.1.1.1.6 Twitiepie

            I loved MGIAG, except the end dragged a wee bit, maybe its cause everyone say’s its great and if you go in thinking something is great it ends up being not s great as you thought it would be. Really? Sunny Happiness I thought it was awful really really hated it couldn’t get past bad acting and a story line that basically put in elements from famous dramas (i.e. fated to love you, autumn’s concerto and many more) hated hated hated it. But I like the others you liked.

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          • 2.1.1.1.7 MJP

            Amber’s Cube,

            Thanks for the list!!!!

            Twitiepie,

            Seems like we have similar taste in shows. :-)

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          • 2.1.1.1.8 floren

            it seems that we like the same dramas…YAB and FTLY are my top favorites …and im loving best love, the best so far this year…i got interested with Gong Hyo Jin, so i watch her old dramas, pasta, thank you and hello my teacher and she is really awesome…her tandem here with the 2 male leads is great

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          • 2.1.1.1.9 MJP

            floren,

            Another really good one that she was in is:

            Sang Doo, Let’s Go To School

            With Bi/Rain as the male lead and Lee Dong Gun as second male lead.

            Gong Hyo Jin is one of my favorite Korean actresses!

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          • 2.1.1.1.10 hong sis FAN

            its incredible im yet to not like a hong sisters’ drama *touch wood* though i tend to be quite picky generally :D each is exceptional in its own way i watched them all & loved them all the way (except delightful girl which i cudnt stand the last 2 episodes of but it was soo good in the beginning)
            my favourite till date has got to be Hong Gil Dong because they just did so much with that drama its their most underrated yet.. loving best love as of now (even though dokkojin is CRAZZYY wow since when did i start going for the madhatter types? (who am i kidding im for yoo pil all the way xD )) but hong gil dong would still have to be my fav one of theirs :DD

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          • 2.1.1.1.11 Amber's Cube

            The only Hong Sisters’ drama i havent seen yet is Hong Gil Dong…

            I have to see it to complete my list.

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          • 2.1.1.1.12 Wish

            i agree Hong Gil Dong is one of the most unrecognized/underrated dramas. YOU MUST WATCH IT!! :)

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  3. zodd

    Nice. Good review

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    • 3.1 floren

      @MJP.. thanks for the info…it maybe late discovery, but GHJ is one of my favorites now..she is versatile in the sense that she’s very good in both rom com(pasta ) and melodrama (thank you)…

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  4. lunargen

    Lol Dokko will be in a world of regret for saying that. Can’t wait for more angst!

    Thanks for the recaps~!

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  5. butterbacon

    y’all are hardcore. damn top for distracting me.

     (0)


    • 5.1 kay

      oh top… why so beautiful?

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      • 5.1.1 MJP

        He looked very dapper in his purple jacket at the awards!

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  6. peppy

    suffering from a severe case second lead syndrome =( THANKS FOR THE RECAP!!

     (0)


    • 6.1 Kiara

      I want to have his babies….100 of them.

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      • 6.1.1 kay

        as much as i love dokko jin, it would be kinda awesome if cutie doctor gets ae-jung in the end. for once, have guys that were nice and treated girls the right way the whole time actually get the girl please!!!

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        • 6.1.1.1 Kiara

          I love Dokko Jin but Pil-Joo is a doctor in every way. Heart , body and Soul. I’m so rooting for him.

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        • 6.1.1.2 Amber's Cube

          Perfectly awesome!

          I want Ae Jung to pick Pil Joo too. That would be a great ending for a change. Pil Joo is perfect. He is the most consistent, compassionate, romantic and totally hot. What else can you find in a man?

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          • 6.1.1.2.1 MJP

            But, but, but… if she does, then what will Dokko Jin do with his heart broken a second time. He might DIE!!!

            NO!!!!!!! NEVER!!!!!!!!! PANTYMAN MUSN’T DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            *MJP schemes to become evil extra on set… zzzzzzzzzz

            Hmmm, puffy clouds…..

            MJP:
            Gets jiffy Passport and shots
            Buys plane ticket to Seoul, South Korea
            Withdraws money from ATM
            Find babysitter for toddler
            Packs bags
            Kisses family goodbye
            Boards plane
            Arrives in Seoul
            Gets money exchanged
            Uses TV Korean to find set(aka broken Korean learned from watching kdramas)
            Takes taxi to set, but can’t get hired as an extra because she’s not Korean and there is no need for American’s on set
            Hides in bushes on the set
            Sees Yoon Kye Sang alone and ambushes him
            Security calls police and carts crazy MJP away to loonybin as she yells “NO!!!!!!! NEVER!!!!!!!!! PANTYMAN MUSN’T DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
            Security increased on the set and no crazy ramen haired foreigners allowed
            MJP Hubby and toddler very sad

            zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, Snort, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, Huh???

            Oh, it was just a dream…

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          • 6.1.1.2.2 Amber's Cube

            LOL…im so glad it was just a dream.

            MJP, Im now worried of your heartbreak than Dokko Jin’s.

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          • 6.1.1.2.3 yegods

            PFFTTTTTTT BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAA thats the most hilarious scenario yet!! maybe they’ll like the incident so much they’ll want you to redo the whole thing for a drama scene where a crazy american fan arrives chasing dokkojin lmao im so gonna watch that episode (even better ill join u on that trip) i agree pantyman’s death will be a loss to the great undergarment industry we can NOT let that happen *nod nod*

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    • 6.2 Bori

      you’re not alone…
      i want him to get the girl ;~~~~~;

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  7. 78446

    It’s official. The Hong Sisters are trying to kill us.

    More episodes like this and my family will have nothing left to scrape off the floor but a squealing, palpitating, blubbering mess.

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    • 7.1 Mia

      I screamed – numerous times.

      Thank god I’m alone in the house or else I will sound like some maniac: flailing her hands, screaming, going “cuuuuuuttteee” every five seconds, fanning herself.

      As I said – thank goodness I’m currently hermit-ing.

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    • 7.2 Fiona

      I did that numerous times reading the recap too! I grinned like crazy during the roses part, my heart wrenched during the red bean bun part…..everything else in life right now is inconsequential~

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      • 7.2.1 Mia

        AWWWWW The red bean bread killed me! This episode….for me….was won by Pil Joo – his acting, his lines, his ardor.

        Is second lead syndrome deadly?!?

        I’m in love with them both. I refuse to decide. They can rotate or something.

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        • 7.2.1.1 Chris

          Agreed!!!

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        • 7.2.1.2 Osiasta

          haha maybe hong sisters should make an alternate ending so both DJ and PJ gets AJ in the end =)

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          • 7.2.1.2.1 Mia

            OMG!

            Why does that sound so bad it’s good!?! At this point it seems I will genuinely be upset at BOTH of their “refusals” – How can this be!?!

            …..Maybe they can just share……

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    • 7.3 MJP

      78446,

      LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL!

      You are funny!

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      • 7.3.1 78446

        GF is waaaaay funnier but thanks!

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  8. Mia

    so~ love this drama!

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  9. travelcrazy

    *look at the clock..tick..tock..* refresh DB * look at the clock..tick..tock..* refresh again…YAY best love recap come out! … *off to read the recap*

     (0)


    • 9.1 Niki

      Me too! i was hitting the refresh button for 4hours straight. This is definitely a first for me!
      Jin…why so cute? i really can’t stand it. He’s been giving me impromptu heart palpitations all week and it’s slowly killing me.

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  10. 10 eidyei

    hahaha! I refreshed the page like every minute waiting for this on the featured window!! Now it’s here.. I’ll read the racaps before taking my lunch.. hahah! thanks javabeans! this will definitely make my day..

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    • 10.1 eidyei

      thanks girlfriday!! love you for doing a good job recapping this!!!

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  11. 11 Quarki

    i have second lead fever!

     (0)


    • 11.1 MJP

      Pil-joo so ruled this episode and got some serious “Brownie Points” didn’t he?

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    • 11.2 kay

      so adorable with glasses and so swoon-worthy when he does his hair up and squints his eyes all smoldering. ack how can he be so perfect!

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    • 11.3 Celest

      If I ever in this world meet a guy like Pil Joo, I’m gonna run up to him, grab his arm and make him run away with me [reverse arm grab kdrama style]

      It’s official. Pil Joo is my favorite second lead EVER. I melted watching the roses scene.

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    • 11.4 Bori

      SAME HERE!!
      he’s breaking my poor little heart :<

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  12. 12 lala

    Thanks for the recap!!!!!!! Finally a viewable drama~~~~~

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  13. 13 Mia

    Oh.My.Gosh.

    Pil Joo is the best thing…..ever.

    I love how they surprise me AGAIN! Usually the bachelor will “like” someone but keep the other contestants present for “clarification” (or whatever the hell the logic is to those shows.)

    This….giving her three roses, telling her he likes her. It caught me off guard. And I love being caught off guard.

    *SIIIIGGGHHH*

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  14. 14 coollady

    oy vey, i know how you feel. I already loved Yoon Kye Sang before this drama so it was a guarantee that I was gonna have second-lead syndrome, but now the Hong Sisters have made it even worst!
    every episode, I switch between the crazy but endearing Dokko Jin and the oh-so-awesome, dorky Dr. Pil Joo. why can’t there be two Ae-Jungs so both guys can be happy?!! haha. this drama’s just awesome.

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    • 14.1 L

      I knowwww I’m dying here :(
      I never had second lead syndrome before this :(((

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  15. 15 JAM

    *shriek*!!!! its up! you gals are seriously bad influence. Just when I have told myself to stop stalking your website and start some work, I have to see this. sigh.. thank you! thank you! for the recaps!

     (0)


    • 15.1 Mia

      If I didn’t get all my worked done in an all nighter Wen-Th. I would probably be dead right now. Arrrggg I just can’t focus when THIS conflict is so much more interesting (mind you their competing against Carbon Bonds and a stack of Acid Base labs to grade – BUT STILL)

       (0)


    • 15.2 Ani

      I think we need to admit at this point that there’s no cure to our addiction to this website. We might as well let them sweep us away. HAHAHA. I’m grateful too.

       (0)


  16. 16 Birthday girl

    THANK YOU–but where’s the song? I actually just started listening to the music y’all post and it’s awesome ^^

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    • 16.1 MJP

      Is today actually your birthday or is EVERY DAY your birthday?

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      • 16.1.1 Birthday girl

        lol, it actually is

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        • 16.1.1.1 MJP

          Happy Birthday to you!
          Happy Birthday to you!
          Happy Birthday dear Birthday Girl!
          Happy Birthday to you!

          And many mooooorrrrrrreeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          • 16.1.1.1.1 Belated Birthday girl

            <3 <3 <3 :D Thank you~ ^^

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          • 16.1.1.1.2 Mia

            OH! Happy (belated) birthday!!!

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  17. 17 sb

    Gah, all this Heart. Break.

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  18. 18 anh

    OMG what to do? Excellent script + awesome acting = WIN WIN WIN!

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  19. 19 LL

    I think I’m glad the Hong sisters didn’t put much effort into the love triangles before now… It’s too painful!

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    • 19.1 Mia

      Awwwww – I know! I’m starting to regret being all,

      “Yeah their second lead is so good this round – really IMPROVED”

      I deserve a smack *smack*

      Why!?! WHY!?! WHYYY!?! Did we wish this upon ourselves??

      I am finally seeing the merits of an unloved (and usually unlovable) second lead!

      Still….the pain feels a bit good.

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      • 19.1.1 Sethe

        Hey, Mia, are you jumping ship? What’s with all the Pil-joo love, suddenly? Don’t you care that you’re trampling DJ’s azaleas? (And as much as I wish it did, I don’t think that phrase sounds suggestive. Anybody else?)

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        • 19.1.1.1 Mia

          We can make it suggestive Sethe,

          I believe in us!

          ….I don’t think I’m jumping ship…..I still want both (bad yoja, bad bad bad)

          CAN YOU trample on his roses Sethe!?!? Look how cute he is…and a dorky doctor….sure he’s not ripping shirts open and oozing passion and sexuality and more passion and…..

          ….See!?! Totally on-board just….stormy.

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          • 19.1.1.1.1 Sethe

            You know, I SHOULD love Pil-joo. He has everything that, on paper, I’d look for in a man. And yeah, he’s even not wussy, having declared his feelings pretty clearly (to AJ and the public). I really don’t understand why I’m not feeling the love here. Trying to sort out, I guess, my INSANE attraction to CSW from his actual character, and the character of PJ on the show. And to what extent is it that I’m just a sucker for the types I think I (and I alone, natch) can “rescue?”

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    • 19.2 mihinikki

      See, I do feel bad for sweetie-hottie-Dr. Yoon, but BL sends me on such a Dokko-high that the second lead angst isn’t killing me yet. Sometimes, “Dokko!” will pop in my head and I’ll smile like a loon :) Plus, this is a Hong Sisters drama and I’m determined to guard my heart against the devastation that awaits the more deserving second lead and all AJ/PJ shippers. When it happens remember the pressure points!

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  20. 20 ahjummabunny

    okay I just looked at the photos but didn’t read because I’ll be bored at work tomorrow. Is there a kiss-eu?

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    • 20.1 LL

      I haven’t watched the episode yet but I don’t think there is.

       (0)


      • 20.1.1 ahjummabunny

        kiss-eu! kiss-eu odi ga???? I’m so happy to be alive to watch and read dramas!!!

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    • 20.2 danni

      Nope, better luck next week

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  21. 21 Molly

    Noooooo, the second lead syndrome is killing me! But Dukko Jin, he’s so…zany and hilarious! But there’s Pil-Joo, the quiet hottie! Oh! No!

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  22. 22 june

    Oh no! I can’t wait till next week for the upcoming episodes! Hong sisters are really killing us, especially with this ending! I wonder what will happen to Jin’s feeling towards AJ. Swoon..

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  23. 23 ...

    they’ve really made it hard this time to decide who to love more… pil joo is so sweet, charming and considerate, while doko jin just keeps growing on me. don’t know who i support more. developing a very bad case of second lead syndrome… probably worse than in skks :D

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  24. 24 TTP

    been waiting for it the whole day!!! Thank you thank you thank you, now i jst gota wait for the subs =(

     (0)


    • 24.1 MJP

      I love the people who do the subbing, but I sure don’t like waiting for the subs to get done!

      Hey! Maybe I’ll become a genius and invent something like “Bing Translator” that really works?

      What, someone already did that? On darksmurf? Bummer…

      But to give Bing it’s due, it sure does help out when using tudou and 56 trying to find the current episodes when all else fails me.

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  25. 25 Afuro

    THIS IS CRAZYYYY – i’ve been squealing in my room all throughout LOL just when i think the show’s going in one direction, it pulls back and goes the opposite direction >< really, i've never wanted to root for the second male lead this much before, that rose scene is perfect.

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  26. 26 crazedlu

    dude, pil joo is such a cutie.

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    • 26.1 tomboy26

      yes .. yes he is. I love him and all his adorkableness .. more so when he wears his glasses .. I love guy’s with glasses and that look like him lol

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      • 26.1.1 Mia

        tomboy26,

        I hear you. I’m such a sucker for anything: male, lanky, glasses, socially inept.

        This doctor is the bane of my drama life – WHY do we not have more cute (sexy sexy sexy) geeks who know what they want and aren’t disheveled in their own ineptitude for ten episodes.

        Pil Joo….I adore him.

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        • 26.1.1.1 tomboy26

          You took the words right out of my mouth .. but for my part I would have included another ‘sexy’ in there.

          Man, usually I have a small dose of second-lead syndrome (or what I considered to be second-lead syndrome) but this drama has just taught me what it really is: feelings of longing, swooning, fast heart beats when he’s on screen … oh, and the ‘kyaaaaa’-ing whenever he does something completely adorable.

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          • 26.1.1.1.1 Mia

            I think we are going to need exponents whenever we use the word ‘sexy’ now – for both male leads, of course.

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  27. 27 ray

    Thank you soo much !
    i just hate the enging being like that

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  28. 28 tammu

    Arghhhhhh, who to choose? Gahhhh, I’m so glad I’m not AJ. Unless I could be like Jenny and have both of the them.

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  29. 29 nixxochick

    this episode only made me a bigger fan of team Jin…this character is just so annoyingly cute

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    • 29.1 antonia

      me tooo. team aejin forever. Jin is getting cuter and cuter….and sexy
      HEARTBREAK!!!!

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      • 29.1.1 gustave154

        TEAM AEJIN FTW!!!! anyway KBSN rocks xD

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  30. 30 moomincandylalala

    I’d have them both too! Tho slightly leaning towards Team Dr. ~Swoon ~
    Too bad his sad fate is sealed.

    Dokoo is really like a 4th grader… some of his childish antics are a bit over the top for such a grown man… sometime reminds of a Hwang Tae Kyung.

    Can’t wait to see how this pans out next week.
    Thanks so much for the recap ^^

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    • 30.1 Jomo

      I like how that fact came out – that he may have missed some developmental milestones, as they say, because of ill health. It doesn’t explain away all his selfishness, but could be why “he doesn’t play well with others.”

      I love that DJ recognizes and verbalizes that AJ is his sunbae when it comes to surviving in the “public eat famous” world of entertainment. From the second she met his hands at the van, she has been sincerely trying to help protect him from himself. Her comments to him have never been about his treatment of HER, meaning she never said, “You can’t act like that around ME!”but how he has to straighten up and be honest so he doesn’t become a laughingstock.
      She watches and maybe marvels at how good he has become at hiding his true self. She KNOWS he is going down some day.

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    • 30.2 Sethe

      I agree about DJ missing some developmental milestones. It would be likely that, as a child with a serious illness, he’d be extremely protected, and taught to fear and avoid anything that could make his condition worse. And I think that goes a long way toward explaining his attitude toward AJ… he’s genuinely, legitimately scared, and even angry, that something he can’t understand and can’t control is threatening his maintenance of his “safe range.”

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  31. 31 ishrooroo

    Can’t she marry both? Or better yet, she can have Jin and gimme Adorkadoctor :)

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    • 31.1 Shin mi rAe

      Nyah… You cant have adorkadoctor.. You have to fight us for him… Round 1 anyone???

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      • 31.1.1 osiatas

        anyone wished the couple making show was real with pil joo as the bachelor? swoooooooooooon

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  32. 32 1bloghopper

    the funniest recap ever. watching it later would be better. people might think i’m slightly off somewhere, reading while holding in the laugh alone…muahahahahahaha. thanks jb.

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    • 32.1 1bloghopper

      thanks gf. :)

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  33. 33 rumba lumba

    ahaha i love this ep.

    although City Hunter is actually more interesting, but they said it came from the City Hunter manga but it’s totally different.

    anyways, can not wait for the next ep!

    on a side note, Seunggi will appear on ep 9.

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    • 33.1 78446

      what?!? say again? you meant LEE SEUNGGI, right?

       (0)


      • 33.1.1 rumba lumba

        duh. there’s no other celebrity that’s named Seunggi, you know.

        unless you meant Daewoong. XD

        dunno if he’ll appear as Seunggi or Daewoong
        or Hwan?

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        • 33.1.1.1 78446

          eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

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        • 33.1.1.2 junaly

          I loved hwan…and daewoong…
          But I love seunggi more ;)
          Can’t wait for the cameo!!

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    • 33.2 danni

      Seung-gi!? Really? I will do backflips if that happens.

       (0)


    • 33.3 Amber's Cube

      Lee Seung Gi?

      Omo omo..my heartbeat just went outside the safety zone!

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    • 33.4 MJP

      *Dramawiki’s name*

      Oh, I know who that is! So, we have to wait a whole week before we see him… Sigh, this waiting thing is a bummer.

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    • 33.5 laya

      Seunggi-ya!?! O_O Oh, you’ve done it, now I can’t hardly wait for Ep. 9 O_O

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  34. 34 Viola

    Thank you GF for the lovely recap! :)

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    • 34.1 MJP

      Viola!!!!!!

      I love you!!!!!!!!

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  35. 35 Camille

    I can’t imagine how anyone can choose between Dokko Jin and Pil Joo. D: It feels like instead of being lucky you’re wanted by two guys, it’s too confusing and complicated to be able to choose one. >_<;

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  36. 36 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap, girlfriday!!!!

    I have yet to watch this episode, but the angel wings just killed me!! They have really upped the comedy this time!

    I can’t wait till Jin realizes that he likes Ae-jung for Ae-jung not because of her association with the song that played during his surgery!

    Gosh, why are both guys so freakin’ cute?!!

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  37. 37 Jomo

    I am not panicking. DJ is in denial. He has no chance in heck that he is actually OVER her now.

    Someone at another place said, “Of course it’s not only the song, silly! If it were, why doesn’t his heart speed up for Seri, too?

    Here is my “DJ in Denial” fanvid. Sorry it is a little sad, but I had to work with what was in the show!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HuH0pzfQMU

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    • 37.1 Mia

      JOMO! I loved it!!!

      Awwwwwww I had only seen it in bad quality before – it’s all so romantic when Jin’s face isn’t pixilated.

      Loved the choice in song too!!

      I agree, he’s simply in denial. I would think that QUITE obvious.

      I think he is in SO much pain over his first love (first love is unrequited and at the age of 37? Yeah, it would hurt and confuse me too!) that he is springing on ANY explanation and chance to get rid of the pain.

      This is why the “anti-climatic” discovery is so great – because we all clearly know that he is so far gone. (Maybe the heart monitor is actually broken? It kept showing 75 without fluctuating)

      This also lends us more potential for second lead syndom, jealous fits (YEAAHHH), and the “We Got Married” hyjinx to ensue.

      Smart move Hong sisters, smart move.

      (P.S. – I love how it’s now his habit to “force himself to look away” with literal force – like his hand while signing autographs. SO CUTE!)

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      • 37.1.1 th em

        “Maybe the heart monitor is actually broken? It kept showing 75 without fluctuating”

        And it didn’t make a peep when he ran several flights of stairs to the roof of the hospital, all the while looking like he was going to die. But maybe it was just set to “useless” mode then.

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        • 37.1.1.1 Mia

          OOoooh,

          You’re really “close watching” aren’t you! It has to be malfunctioning, or some other creative explanation. Either way it makes no sense that his heart doesn’t actually “shift” anymore.

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        • 37.1.1.2 Sethe

          Yeah, there’ve certainly been moments when DJ was angry or otherwise aroused (ooh, aroused…) and his HR certainly should’ve increased… guess it’s a heart rate watch/monitor that can be programmed to screen for only certain triggers?

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        • 37.1.1.3 antonia

          i’m afraid it’s really broken. and i’m sooooo afraid of him being sick, please hong sister don’t make him sick!!!!

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    • 37.2 MJP

      Jomo,

      You’re account got closed at Youtube!!!

      I can’t see the video!!!

      Bummer!!!

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      • 37.2.1 Jomo

        Yes, they were bound and determined. No more fanvids!!

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        • 37.2.1.1 Jomo

          Let me clarify – no more fanvids on YouTube!

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          • 37.2.1.1.1 antonia

            you scare me!!! cause i love your mvs

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          • 37.2.1.1.2 Yvonne

            Hi Jomo,

            If not on youtube, can you please tell me where I can find your mvs?

            Thanks!

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          • 37.2.1.1.3 Jomo

            I started moving some over to megavideo

            I don’t know if you can find me, but I’m Jomo143 there.

            Here are two:

            PS loves AJ and all our hearts will break:
            http://www.megavideo.com/?v=2SOLZ8U0

            DJ is not at all in love with AJ, at least not at this second:
            http://www.megavideo.com/?v=H9T3N0NV

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    • 37.3 Sethe

      First of all, love the video. Thanks for your hard (but undoubtedly enjoyable) work.

      Also, regarding DJ’s apparent moment of understanding and clarity that what he thought was that feeling that he’s heard called “liking someone” (evidenced by his elevated HR around AJ/her song) is actually all explainable by the fact that her song was playing during his surgery, and that he actually has no feelings at all for her — does anyone else feel that we (the audience) could totally buy that from his character in earlier episodes, but that we’ve actually seen him grow and develop beyond where that’s believable from his character?

      (Sorry, that was a mess of a sentence.)

      Anyway, I just think that DJ as a character has been shown growing and maturing to a point where it seemed fairly clear he acknowledged his feeling for AJ for real, rather than just thinking that he must “like” her because of his elevated heart rate around her.

      I mean, of course he’s in denial, I guess I’m just saying the reaction doesn’t seem to quite fit with the current DJ, after the character progression we’ve seen over the last few episodes.

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      • 37.3.1 Jomo

        Your honor, I submit for the court’s review the
        “Three steps forward, one step back” defense:

        As we get a better idea of what makes DJ tick, we cannot say all of his actions have followed a logical progression of growth.
        One minute he declares his distinterest in AJ, the next scene he is driving ever so slowly (and hysterically) by her in slow motion. (I’m still laughing at him.)

        He never totally accepted that this love makes sense, because after all, he is Dokko Jin. So when he sees a possibility that the logical solution is not ART but SCIENCE, he seizes it with both hands. I am afraid that thread of hope he is holding as proof of “not love” will slip quickly out of his grip as soon as he sees the Doc with AJ.

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        • 37.3.1.1 Sethe

          Oh, you hit the nail on the head with the “three steps forward, one step back.” That describes EXACTLY what was bugging me about this whole development.

          I think I was looking at the overall arc of his character development, and trying to think of it as a consistent line, but it’s much more accurate to describe it as an uneven, broken, punctuated trajectory… still in a certain direction, but with a lot of sputters and backsliding.

          And yeah, I also hope/believe that seeing PJ and AJ together will give him some deeper understanding of his reaction/feelings toward her.

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      • 37.3.2 th em

        Actually, I don’t have a problem with this in terms of character consistency.

        This is the guy who, even after admitting he has feelings for Ae Jung, was batting around the possibility that she’s a witch.

        It is a little repetitive to have two weeks end with Jin shutting down Ae Jung’s feelings when she came to his house to see him. Like others have pointed out, though, we really needed to get this surgery-song revelation over with. So I’m also okay with that.

        And really… Jin was right.

        Jin: Doctor, could this song be affecting my heart rate?
        Doctor: No, silly boy, you’re just in love!
        [5 episodes later...]
        Jin: Wait, did you play this song during my heart surgery?
        Doctor: Oh, that song? Now that you mention it…

        Obviously Jin will end up realizing his feelings for Ae Jung weren’t all some Pavlovian response, but there is a certain logic to his conclusions now. At least more than with the witch thing.

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        • 37.3.2.1 Sethe

          I dunno. Something about the whole development still just doesn’t seem to sit right with me, and I’m having trouble figuring out why. I can totally understand his character as someone who’d always lived a very sheltered life, warned (for a lot of reasons) not to let his HR go outside a certain safety zone, and how he’d be incredibly relieved to have a “scientific” explanation for the physical reactions that have been so disturbing to him, recently (and that he can’t control, even more worrisome-ly). But then, why hint at the development of his character at all?

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  38. 38 Daniela

    NOOOOO!! The last part, just…NOOOO!! I cant wait for episode 9! She will accept the contract of course and Jin will see that the thumps of his heart aren´t entirely because of the song.
    I love the conversation between Jin and Ae-jung about why her group split up. He was sincere, calmed, cute when he was signing photos. It was good to watch them talking like that. And the Doctor, awww he is nice.
    I really like the doctor, but Jin wins over him, just by a little and because Ae-jung likes Jin. But things can change in the next episode!
    Counting the days.
    Thenk you for the recap!

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    • 38.1 Daniela

      ThAnk you for the recap!

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  39. 39 MJP

    PANTYMAN!!! What are you doing to my poor heart? Not HEART BREAK??? Ke Ke Ke

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    • 39.1 Jomo

      Mr. Potato Head now!

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      • 39.1.1 Sethe

        potato… head??? (I shouldn’t go there, should I? ;) )

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        • 39.1.1.1 Jomo

          Better not …. Where’s Swui?

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          • 39.1.1.1.1 swui

            I dunno…you can go anywhr you want with the potatoes Sethe…oh you guys…LOL..

            You guys are all over this place…LOL

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          • 39.1.1.1.2 Sethe

            Haha. No innuendo here, I swear!

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        • 39.1.1.2 Mia

          Oh Sethe!

          You put Shakespeare to shame (really, how hard is it to make a suggestive sexual comment about “unsheathing your sword”)

          Now potatoes…that’s creative license material.

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    • 39.2 Kiara

      Your poor heart, his poor panty. Oh noooes…. what to do.

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  40. 40 blueangel

    Man just because of dorky doctor I need to watch his other drama ‘who are you?”

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    • 40.1 MJP

      I watched it when I read the article stating he would be in this show. I liked it.

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  41. 41 danni

    Oh Jin, you are so crazy and whacked out and childish and Pil-joo, you are so swoon-worthy and perfect and adorable. Darn you Hong Sisters, you finally make a second male lead that we can root for and he’s practically perfect. Ae-jung just needs to be like Jenny, take both.

    I haven’t been exactly rooting for Jin as much as just enjoying all of his crazy antics, but I really liked that scene where he and Ae-jung were talking and signing their pictures. Dokko, you can be cute AND normal at the same time.

    Thanks for the recap, gf

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  42. 42 IzOcha

    Thanks, GF! This was a really enjoyable recap! So glad for the complexity of the choice between the two men, it makes it more edge of the seat problem solving, fo’ sho’.

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  43. 43 ck1Oz

    Oh yaH!! Greatest Love is going to kill me.
    I am so in love with Pil Joo and he is so A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.

    Are the girls blind????

    Then Dokgo Jin does his thing and puppy dog eyes ( no not that; heartbreaking eyes) and I am all his again.

    Ergh..

    Thank you for the recaps.Excuse while I go gaze at the rose scene again.SQUEAL :-)

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  44. 44 Amber's Cube

    Doc Pil Joo, you are awesome. I’m loving you more every minute…well, more like every episode. I’m squeeing and swooning more and more!

    In real life, he is the great catch. He is the perfect husband material.

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  45. 45 Pela

    Why I’m still rooting for Jin? Cos while the Doctor is a knight in shining armour, Jin is a true partner of equals. The doctor saw her vunerabilities and wants to save her, Jin saw her strenghts and admired & respected her.

    And sigh, finally a life time of watching Hindi soaps, just makes me want the heorine to run as far as possible from screechy, class conscious mother-in-laws, even if it means leaving behind a really good guy.

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    • 45.1 Noi

      EXAAAAACTLY, omg, I couldn’t agree more with you. The fact that Jin admires her and respects her is one of the many reasons that keep me rooting for him.

      Pil-joo is fantastic, but Jin is definetly something else.

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    • 45.2 antonia

      ‘The doctor saw her vunerabilities and wants to save her, Jin saw her strenghts and admired & respected her.’

      love what you said!!!! and the most important thing is AJ likes Jin not PJ.

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    • 45.3 Yvonne

      WORD!

      You couldn’t have said it any better!

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    • 45.4 Asa

      Jin started out exactly the same way. Driving her off from her night club performance to “save” her. Why give him a free pass to learn to let her manage her own life and the doctor is set to remain the white knight forever?

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  46. 46 th em

    First, Pil Joo:
    Welcome to the game, though you’ve already lost it. I mean, I figured this was where your character type would take us, but I didn’t expect they’d lay the whole thing out in the same episode where you finally got your chance to step up.
    a) You want to rescue a grown woman from her career.
    b) She’s already doing the “on paper, you’re better” thing.
    Yeah, that’s not gonna end well. Really, really nice try with the rose bit, though.

    Second, Jin:
    Um… All emotional games aside, I’m thinking maybe you should be focused on finding another cardiologist and getting another round of tests. Random chest pain is actually kind of a problem. And maybe get that wrist monitor checked out, because having your heart rate suddenly stuck on the exact median between 60 and 90 is freaking me out a little.

    Third, Ding Dong:
    You’re awesome, and your thought bubbles are awesome. Keep up the good work!

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    • 46.1 Mia

      Oooh! Nice chart!

      We are getting scientific in our thesis’ aren’t we!

      Pil Joo)

      Unfortunately the whole, “he’s better for me” never actually does play out in our masochistic loving dramas. I would actually like to see this change but for now it’s quite evident he’s fated for weeks of infecting viewers with The Second Lead Effect – poor thing.

      Jin)

      The heart monitor has ALWAYS fluctuated – for it to be frozen in one spot after making him bend in pain at the mere thought of her – Pil Joo should totally treat him (I would love to see that happening!)

      All in all this “denial” is clearly his way of trying to find ANY means at leaving this love behind (I said in an above comment: first love at 37 AND unrequited – I’d go insane too)

      It also gives us more time with the second lead which at this point seems to be doing unabashedly well. So well my heart hurts….now I have to add red bean paste buns to my diet of potatoes and Vitamin water?….*SIGH*

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    • 46.2 tari

      yup I think it’s broken, so the watch-monitor-thing is broken, the heart is broken, the man is in total denial.

      Great recap GF.

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    • 46.3 MJP

      LOL!

      This is great!

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    • 46.4 antonia

      love it:

      1. PJ: yes it’s like you’re so good, you deserve someone who really really loves you… nice try but i’m Jin’s. (don’t know if it’s AJ talking or just me ;))

      2. Jin: noooooo don’t scare me with heart issues. he will be fine, please please… and of course in time he will notice it’s not the song but AJ who makes his heart race or hurt (don’t like the hurt) HEARTBREAK

      3. Ding Dong. me too love Ding Dong bubbles, they’re adorable!!!!!!!! want more of DD.

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  47. 47 Rachael

    Jenny is saying what all Best Lovers are saying: I’d have them both!

    1st and 2nd lead clash. I’ve never found myself so conflicted before! The Hong Sisters finally have a super compelling triangle going on here.

    Haha, I wonder though how long it’ll last before Jin realizes he really does like Ae-Jung. I’m thinking two episodes max with how they’re breezing through all of this. Watching Pil-Joo and Ae-Jung on that couple show will eventually crack this latest drama queen rationalization.

    If only this was twenty episodes!

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    • 47.1 swui

      Oh can’t agree more…can we have BOTH?
      It’s great PilJoo is getting a lot of screentime with AeJung…means he’s a force to be reckoned with…

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    • 47.2 MJP

      If Ae-jung had them both then this would be like Queen of Reversals. We would need 30 episodes to cover that type of material.

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      • 47.2.1 Saa

        I’d like 30 episodes of that. :D

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      • 47.2.2 gustave154

        count me in i can watch Ae Jung-Dokko Jin-Pil Joo love triangle forever lol

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    • 47.3 antonia

      more episodes please!!!! though i read GHJ didn’t want an extension cause she was exhausted :(

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  48. 48 QueenPiNAY

    waaahhh! can’t wait for the eng sub. thanks for the recap :) this is sooo interesting!

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  49. 49 Heej

    He is such a naive little man for thinking that the entire reason he likes her is because of a physiological reaction a song. What an emotionally stunted dork.

    Every week, I’m put on a cliffhanger and left to die. Hong Sisters, why do you do this.

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  50. 50 Brummel

    Thank you! You’re the best!!

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