Drama Recaps
Lie To Me: Episode 1
by | May 9, 2011 | 139 Comments

And yet another May trendy premieres! Today’s new offering is Lie To Me, which is, in a nutshell, a cute story with a familiar setup buoyed by two appealing actors. But we knew that even before the drama started, didn’t we? Trendies so often employ the same conflicts and character types that the success of one is all about the execution. I’d say the execution in this one is decent — not really an out-of-the-gates spitfire, but comfortably entertaining.

Also: Tag-team relay recap! We’re both covering this first episode this time, so I’ll be handing the baton over at the midway point so girlfriday can get her say. ‘Cause, why not?


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My Kang Ji-hwan, why so HOT? *Szzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!* (sound of sizzle)

Chic, exacting boss HYUN KI-JOON walks through his posh hotel, casting his discerning eye on every single detail, from whether wineglasses are lined up properly to checking that the white counter is perfectly dusted. Employees gulp every step of the way, hoping desperately to be ignored, because non-reaction equals approval. Gah, he’s like the most withholding Korean mother ever.

He’s got his right-hand woman, MANAGER PARK (Park Ji-yoon), constantly in his orbit, handling whatever task he needs addressed with her efficient calm. The hotel is preparing for a big event tomorrow, a lavish wedding (cameo by Paradise Ranch and Sol Pharmacy actress Yoo Hana as the bride). The hitch is: The sobbing bride has just seen her best friend and fiancee enter the hotel together, and her friends demand to know what room they’re in.

The clerk won’t disclose that information to the shrill trio, until Ki-joon steps in and gives the okay. Together, the whole group travels up to the hotel room, where the bride hesitates — if she confirms her suspicions now, she won’t get the wedding, and she’ll lose her deposits, and forfeit her honeymoon. She’s getting cold feet about getting cold feet — is blissful ignorance really better than knowing? Ki-joon thinks to himself how brides are really about the wedding, not the groom.

She loses her nerve, so Ki-joon steps up instead and rings the bell. The door is opened by the groom in a robe, full of complaints over the hotel’s bad service, and the bride and her two friends barge in to let this unhappy scenario run its course.

Ki-joon leaves — his work is done here — and instructs Manager Park to clean up after the dust has settled. He advises her to wait ten minutes, which seems optimistic to me; from the screech level coming from the room, I’d say the groom has got a good hour of abuse in store for him.

Elsewhere, a cultural event is being held, replete with awkward English and exaggerated Korean pride. Foreign ambassadors and other Very Important People enjoy the traditional drum performance and the food, making this event a smashing success.

Low-level civil servant GONG AH-JUNG (Yoon Eun-hye) is proud of having spearheaded this effort and eager to reap the rewards. Her boss tries to take credit for her work, but she’s not too demure (thank God!) to let him sneak this out from under her, and confidently claims her due and is praised effusively by a minister.

Which is when a falling branch knocks a hornet’s nest from its perch nearby and sends its angry swarm directly into the midst of the crowd. Assaulted by massive hornets, people run screaming, shoving others aside and overturning tables. Ah-jung takes the podium and tries to take control, but everyone’s too far gone to listen to her cries to calm down.

In the aftermath, Ah-jung gets it from her boss, who scolds her for the ruined event. It doesn’t matter that she points out that she couldn’t reasonably be held responsible for controlling hornets at the site, which is true, but also: Have you seen angry Koreans? Reasonable hardly applies.

Her boss takes her to task for sending thirty attendees to the emergency room, and because she swooped in to take credit for the success earlier, he’s not exactly in the mood to hear her out. She calls him out for being excessively hard on her, but he just blusters that she can resign if she doesn’t like it.

At the airport, a rich hottie gets off the plane and heads immediately for a nightclub, where he’s welcomed with (literal) open arms by one pretty girl, who flirts with him even as she shows off her new engagement ring. She pouts for a kiss, but they’re interrupted by a disgruntled (and drunk) Ah-jung, who sits at the bar and yells in the general space around her that it’s too loud. In the club. Oh, drunk Ah-jung, how my younger drunk self cringes for you.

Sang-hee looks at her in amusement and calls her entertaining, joining her at the bar to see how things play out.

Meanwhile, back at home, Ki-joon hunches over in his studio, working on some miniature models. Pfft, I love that our rich, perfect chaebol stud has a hobby as geeky as model building — and that he takes it so seriously. He gets some startling news, though, and rushes out.

In the club, Ah-jung is drunkenly scribbling her resignation letter, while Sang-hee has taken the seat next to her, observing for the fun of it. The way he humors her is adorable; he nods and follows her faulty logic gravely, like she makes perfect sense, although he does point out that a napkin resignation won’t appear very serious. Not that seriousness is her big concern when the letter reads: “My almighty self is resigning. Don’t live like that, you punks!” It’s decorated with a devil sticking out its tongue and declaring, “Neener!”

Ki-joon comes running into the club, where he spies his target from across the room. Sang-hee clocks his pursuer and gives him the slip, exiting the club and hitching a ride with some acquaintances.

Ki-joon runs outside in time to see Sang-hee take off, just as Ah-jung also runs out in pursuit of her resignation letter. He’d taken it with him in his haste to be off, and she spews curses after him, calling him a thief.

Ki-joon asks if she also knows Hyun Sang-hee, but Ah-jung starts choking (on air? on spit?) and grabs him in her panic. He shoves her off, which leads her to hilariously grab his ankle, and that’s a sight that draws eyes. The bystanders start murmuring over the scene, and Ki-joon realizes how bad this looks for him. (Literal ankle-grabbing = metaphorical ankle-grabbing = “Don’t leave me!” Thus, the guy ignoring the desperate ankle-grabber = cold-hearted bastard.)

Having passed out, she’s taken to the hospital in an ambulance, accompanied by Ki-joon, who tries to explain that he’s not her guarantor and that this is the first time he’s seen the girl. Everyone’s like “Yeah, sure” and continues to call him her guarantor anyway.

He’s tempted to ditch her, but thinks better of it and stays till the morning. As she sleeps, he’s so bothered by the sight of her misaligned buttons that he can’t help his OCD impulse to fix it, and settles for covering the sight with a blanket. Which is when she finally wakes up and finds him hovering over her.

I’m just about to make a joke about not minding that face waking me up in the morning, but she beats me to it, smiling and thinking, “He’s good-looking. Who is he?”

Turns out that Ah-jung has had a case of alcohol poisoning, with the liquor reacting with her bee sting. The lady in the bed next to her refers to Ki-joon as her husband, which naturally confuses Ah-jung. She insists that he’s neither boyfriend nor husband, but that claim isn’t believed, given how attentive he was, staying by her bed all night.

Ki-joon’s sole reason for staying is his hope that Ah-jung will be able to tell him information on Sang-hee, and he starts to ask about him. But then he notes how slovenly she is and decides that “he” would never in a million years be affiliated with her, and turns away, satisfied that she’s uninvolved.

Ah-jung races outside to catch him before he leaves, and pounds on his taxi window. Ki-joon instructs the driver to go anyway, but the misunderstanding continues and the cabbie tells him sagely that one doesn’t treat women like this, and that in these circumstances, “Losing is winning.” Hee.

With a sigh, Ki-joon exits the car to deal with her quickly, telling her that the hospital bill wasn’t much so she needn’t worry about it. She bats her eyelashes while asking him to accompany her back to the club, where she’ll collect her purse and pay him back. Or, barring that, if he gives her his contact info, she’ll deposit it into his account.

He has no patience for the coy act and shuts her down, leaving her with a zinger: “Don’t go overboard — you didn’t look like someone with that much shame.” Eep.

Ah-jung is left fuming — so the cocky bastard thinks she was coming on to him? How dare he! (Aside from the fact that, well, she kinda was. But a gentleman wouldn’t point that out!)

Ki-joon creates a bit of a stir when he reports to work, as he’s dressed in the casualwear he’d been wearing last night instead of his usual immaculate suit. Jaws literally drop. Is this…a walk of shame?

His aunt (and company CEO) drops by to remind him of his plans for today: a mat-seon date with the daughter of another big company, which she wants to ensure he takes seriously.

Auntie CEO grumbles about the errant Sang-hee, thinking him still off gallivanting in Spain or thereabouts, but Ki-joon tells her that Little Bro is back in Seoul. She orders Ki-joon not to find him, because she wants Sang-hee to come home groveling, not to be dragged there one minute before he’s ready to beg her forgiveness.

She threatens to kick him out of his seat as hotel president if he doesn’t marry this year, prodding him to think favorably on his upcoming date. He cheekily reminds her that she said that last year. Her eagle eyes pick up on the fact that he didn’t go home last night, and immediately jumps to the conclusion that he has a girlfriend, eager to know who it is.

Ah-jung comes home all ready to blame her absence and lack of contact on various culprits that have nothing to do with alcohol or passing out, but her father is surprisingly nonchalant. That actually offends her, that he hadn’t worried about her, but he sighs that she’s almost thirty, so what can he do?

Dad tells her she came out on the news yesterday, which perks her up…until she watches the broadcast. It’s not the cheery, composed interview she’d given earlier that made the airwaves, but the madness that followed the bee attack. Worse yet, a little boy exclaims in the street, “It’s that ajumma from yesterday!” Ouch, all noonas on the verge of ajummahood can probably feel her pain. (Unmarried = noona!)

[Insert baton hand-off here, wherein javabeans turns it over to girlfriday…]

Ah-jung discovers that she’s a national laughingstock for the Bee Incident. She rushes out to do some damage control, starting with changing her appearance so that no one can recognize her.

She waits for her perm to set, and blushes at a nearby ajumma telling her husband to hurry home that night so that they can “set the bed on fire,” LOL. She flips through a magazine, and then discovers a cover story on Ki-joon, only she just knows him as: “That jerk!”

She flips back to his picture, snarking that they totally photoshopped him. Heh. The number of times Yoon Eun-hye must’ve heard that.

Ki-joon goes on his blind date, as promised to his aunt. His date asks what kind of woman he’s looking for. He very matter-of-factly explains that he’s got a lot to take care of, so he wants someone who knows who Hyun Ki-joon is, and will quietly be by his side.

It’s not necessarily as jerky as it sounds on paper (he’s basically looking for the old-fashioned wifey), but it’s definitely an ego-centric point of view. He is who he is, and he wants someone to match him. Oh, the irony of what’s to come.

His date mentions that she’s heard he was engaged once and then broke it off. She asks why, and he just smiles and looks away.

Ah-jung gets interrupted by someone squealing her name, and she immediately recognizes the source. She cringes as she turns around, thinking, YOO…SO…RAN (Hong Soo-hyun)?

So-ran seems pleased as punch to run into Ah-jung for the first time in three years “since that thing.” Ah-jung returns the sentiment, though we can hear her thoughts: what are you talking about?

But before she knows it, So-ran calls out, “Yeobo!” (An endearment reserved for married couples, meaning “honey/dear.”) Ah-jung’s face goes white, and she scrambles to run away.

But So-ran is the kind of bitch who wants to cut you and then rub a lemon into your wound, so she holds Ah-jung in place so she can’t run away. Ah-jung squirms with her back turned, thinking, “Everyone always dreams about the moment you run into your first love. But why does it have to be now?”

So-ran’s husband, aka Ah-jung’s first love, comes over and greets her awkwardly. So-ran continuously makes jabs at her in any way that she can, and then when her husband asks if she’s married now, So-ran implies that that’s a ridiculous question, like who on earth would marry Ah-jung?

Ah-jung just stews silently, holding it in, until So-ran digs the knife further, that people ought to marry young, and that marrying early is a sign of one’s prowess. Urgh, you little hussy! It’s bad enough that you stole your BFF’s Big Crush right out from under her, but do you have to be such a smug little twit about it?

Ah-jung almost lets it go, but then her phone happens to ring with a service call. Lightbulb moment: she coos into her phone, “Yeobo! What? Set the bed on fire?” Kekekeke.

She hangs up and smiles triumphantly at So-ran, whose eyes look like they’ve caught fire just listening to her. She refuses to believe that Ah-jung is married. Ah-jung: “Oh, were you planning on coming to my wedding? I would’ve sent you an invitation then.”

She manages to wipe So-ran’s self-satisfied look off her face, but at home she stills stews about it, upset that she had to run into her first love, CHUN JAE-BUM (Ryu Seung-soo), that way. We flash back to her student days, when she had studied her ass off just to impress Jae-bum, which So-ran knew when she met him…

…Which of course ends with Ah-jung running to confess her love, only to find him holding So-ran’s hands lovingly. Oh, heartbreak. Yoon Eun-hye does this kind of scene so well. You can just feel your guts being ripped out in her split-second reaction.

Back in the present, she screams out loud, “You call yourself a friend? That’s a friend? Did you not know that I liked him? You knew! You knew!” as she cries.

In the morning, she heads to Ki-joon’s hotel to repay the hospital bill she owes him. She tries leaving it at the front desk, and they refuse to accept it, but one of the receptionists mentions that he’s sitting in the lobby.

She walks in and notices Ki-joon in a very different light, all suited up, and camera lingering on his profile like he’s posing on purpose. He smiles at her and waves, and she smiles back, thinking, “Is he…waiting for me?” Haha.

She puts her hand up to wave back, which is just one of those things I find So. Embarrassing. We’ve all done it. Don’t deny the pang of empathy you immediately feel. She quickly realizes that he’s not waving at her, and takes a seat at a nearby table to wait it out while he’s on a date.

After drinking her tomato juice and resisting the urge to go to the bathroom, she leans her chair back to see if she can figure out what’s keeping him so long, but loses her balance. She falls backwards, landing on the ground, tomato juice surrounding her like a pool of blood.

Embarrassed more than anything, she closes her eyes, squinting out of one eye to see what’s going on around her. Ki-joon notices her and then realizes that it’s the same girl from last night, and lifts her up off the ground.

He then carries her out, through the lobby and then up to one of the rooms. On his way, someone recognizes Ah-jung and wonders what’s going on.

He carries her in and stops in front of the bed. Rawr! Bow-chicka-bow-wow?

Aw, no dice. He throws her down, which is when she races for the bathroom. She wonders what excuse she can give, and he knocks on the door impatiently. He offers to take her to the hospital to be sure that she’s okay, just to cover his ass so that she can’t sue him later.

She’s offended at the implication and tells him straightforwardly that she pretended to faint to cover up her embarrassment at falling. He thinks she’s purposely trying to bait him, even noting that she changed her hair. (So that she won’t be recognized? Pffft. Well, that’s sorta what she was going for…)

She sets him straight by repaying the hospital bill, despite his insistence that it’s fine. He finds her strange, but he does look a little impressed that she repays her debts. He tries to stop her from leaving, and she asks if it’s because her leaving the hotel looking this way will be bad for business.

She snickers and walks out, stumbling in front of other hotel guests as she cries, “This is not…a place…where people should stay!” They shrink back in horror, thinking that it’s blood on her shirt.

She skips out with a goofy grin, while he laughs too, when he opens up her envelope of cash, down to loose change.

Meanwhile Little Bro Sang-hee is on the run (because we all know—chaebol boys are only one of two things—good boy/cold Darcy, or bad boy/escape artist). He ends up at his friend HWANG SUK-BONG’s (Kwon Hae-hyo) art studio, with plans to crash there.

He finds Ah-jung’s resignation napkin in his pocket, and laughs to himself when he remembers why he has it. At work, Ah-jung turns in a formal apology, and when her boss sneers that she ought to have turned in a resignation instead, she replies off-handedly, “I wrote one, but someone stole it!”

I love that it makes sense in her mind, that she took the time to write one, and someone took it, so she therefore can’t write another one.

At the same time, her friends (or shall we say, former friends who knew her in school) meet up for lunch and the topic of the day is Ah-jung. So-ran tells her friends that she ran into her, but that she thinks the marriage is a bluff.

Enter fourth friend, who just happens to be the same woman who saw Ah-jung get carried away by Ki-joon yesterday. She confirms the story, adding that he’s definitely wealthy too.

Cell phones go ablaze as the rumor mill starts churning, and the story grows from married to someone, to married to a chaebol, finally landing at: married to… Hyun Ki-joon.

Ki-joon heads out to the golf course the next day, where his blind date from the other day snubs him unceremoniously, after having heard the rumor. He wonders what’s up, until another acquaintance comes up and congratulates him, calling him sneaky for getting married on the down-low.

Ki-joon: “Married? That’s ridiculous. Who, me?”

And then his eyes flicker, putting two and two together. He conjures up Ah-jung’s face, as his own darkens.


How cute! So light and refreshing, and rather uncomplicated, despite having to maneuver everyone into place for the Big Misunderstanding. We all knew that the Lie That Binds was coming, but I’m glad that it was a little white lie which snowballs into a misunderstanding, helped along by forces outside Ah-jung’s control. It would’ve been hard to dig the heroine out of that trench if she had propagated the con for selfish reasons (well, other than snubbing her frenemy, which was self-preservation in the moment).

This one seems as frothy as meringue, but the leads are going to anchor it for me. I already like the main characters and see the potential for all of the crackling, sizzling butting of heads. It’s romantic entanglement at the expense of pride, which is always a good time.


Not the most deft handling, admittedly, with a bit of clunkiness in the delivery, mostly with the support staffs on both sides (hotel, Ah-jung’s office) and the extraneous characters/frenemies/etc. It’s a fun setup, though, despite being one that has been done in similar ways before. (Some scenes seemed almost lifted from My Girl, like Ah-jung faking unconsciousness and Ki-joon being the impatient hotel director.) But there’s just enough of a difference that the similarities don’t bother me too much, and most of all, I’m watching this for the leads.

Yes, Kang Ji-hwan is playing yet another chaebol who’s (sigh) a cool, polished perfectionist. I’d be more bummed out that Ki-joon’s such a cardboard cutout of a character if I didn’t have faith that Kang could do more with the role than may even be there on paper — he’s good like that. And I like Yoon Eun-hye much, much better being bumbling than trying to be bitchy, and although her take on Ah-jung doesn’t seem very different from her other characters, it’s warm and friendly and familiar. Like tea with your best girlfriend in your favorite spot, laughing over favorite old memories. I’m looking forward to the chemistry to really get going with these two.


139 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. abc

    LIE TO ME!!! YESS!!!

  2. JeSsBeL


    • 2.1 JeSsBeL

      Thank you for the recap =)

  3. Jenni


  4. AW

    been stalking all day and it’s paid off! YAY!
    off to read…

  5. Justine

    I’ve never been one of the first few before (so exciting!), but I haven’t read the recap, and don’t plan to, at least till I’ve watched this with subs.

    But I just wanted to tell you ladies (JB and GF) not to overwork yourself! As much as I luuuuuurrrvvvvee the recaps, I’m sure everyone won’t mind if we have to wait an extra day or two if it means you ladies get your rest. 🙂


    I love the first episode! Cannot wait to see more of this drama. 🙂
    I am loving the chemistry between the two characters ^^

  7. cingdoc

    Must find the 25th hour,the 8th day…*SIGH*,so many good drama’s..so little time…
    Should I just quit my job & devote the whole month of May to kdrama?? (darn those bills >.<)

    • 7.1 fayrouz


      yes thats right dam those bills wich makes of us robots from morning till evening or else i would be like you from morning til evening only dramas! hahahaha

      • 7.1.1 Rina

        Right now I wish I was home watching this instead of work. If only I needed minimal or no sleep, didn’t have bills or to work, I have too many dramas I want to finish watching or to catch up on! 🙁

        • srkambbs

          HAHA….I feel bad for you guys. I’m still in school, so I don’t need to pay for bills LOL and since my final exams just ended today, I can keep watching till September….Thanks for the recap!!! (and don’t stress yourself guys recapping too many dramas….we can wait!)

  8. Anne

    YEEEEES! Thank you thank you thank you! I’ve been waiting for this show to premier and I’m delighted to see you recap it so fast!

  9. Lea

    where did you watch ep 1??

  10. 10 Nina

    Can Kang Ji-Hwan wear glasses again? He looked so good in Coffee House!!!!!!!

    • 10.1 laya

      Coffee House + Coffee Prince = ???

      • 10.1.1 sleeplessinwgtn

        Coffee overload 🙂

  11. 11 tsctnt

    Was waiting all day for this recap!!! Thanx, loving it already.

  12. 12 Okie Dokie

    I”m so excited! About to go watch the raw and not understand a thing. thanks for the quick recap. I’ll know what’s going on even if the subs take a while to come out! =)

  13. 13 ohemgee

    ok, so just to compare the May rom-coms so far, episode 1 of Best Love totally PWNed episode 1 of Lie to Me, imo.

    BUT i think YEH and KJH are sizzling and i’m sure episode 2 will rock the awesome-meter.

    call me one VERY happy kdrama viewer.

  14. 14 J

    Thank you JB and GF for the recap!

    I just finished watching this episode (without subs) and I already LOVE IT!

    After watching this episode I must say that her performance was great IMO. Much better than her first episode in MFL. She really excells with those comic scenes (ex: when she falls down at KJH’s feet outside of the club I laughed so hard and also her crying scene was really touching and I totally teared up too).

    All in all, I really liked the first episode and I kind of already LOVE Yoon Eun Hye’s character. I’m glad that her pronunciation has improved too. She’s a hard-working actress and very down to earth, so that’s why I love her so much!As for Kang Ji Hwan, he was good, but I do hope he’ll bring more to his character than the typical chaebol.

    I’m also very happy to find the chemistry overflowing between YEH and KJH! Lie to Me fighting!

  15. 15 asianromance

    Thank you for the recap!

    “Is this…a walk of shame?”— LOL!!

    “This one seems as frothy as meringue, but the leads are going to anchor it for me. “–> totally agree! I’m a bit sad that we don’t really get a better feel for KJH’s character so far, but I’m loving YEH’s Ah-jung. She’s just so relatable. She’s hardworking, but knows when to stand up for herself. And I have totally done the whole “change my hairstyle and hope I won’t be remembered” thing, though I can’t even remember now what I was embarrassed about.

    Only thing I’m also sort of sad about is how all the other female characters are such biatches and that it is very likely that Ah-jung has no real friends. It just bugs me when kdramas do that. Ah-jung is already lovable enough without the script needing to put other women down.

  16. 16 cassophia

    so are you gonna do the rest of the recaps? say yes…

  17. 17 Nars

    My Girl is also similar because the B male is a runaway rich dude… ah cliches, how I love them.

  18. 18 Que

    I actually don’t mind a slow start, because the same thing happened with Coffee Prince, it had a slow start but you ended up falling head over heels with it. I think its Yoon Eun Hye’s style, starting off slow and then sneaking up on you, lol.

  19. 19 sarang

    Thanks javabeans and girlfriday. <3 Overall decent episode. The storyline is a bit dry and cliche in my opinion but I think the main leads (hopefully) will make something special out of it. Putting it on my to watch list but after Best Love.

  20. 20 Dara

    Episode1, I loved KJH more, his acting was solid. YEH, to me, was still fighting for the right spot for her character. Her acting didn’t impressed me, while KJH have already started to show his playing with his character and with confident too. YEH looked totally lost in some scenes, she will get better, I hope.

    Actually based on episode 1 alone, I feel it’s KJH who would be carrying this show while bringing along YEH by his side with good chemistry. Somehow I think YEH will be able to change her image a little cuz of her acting against KJH.

    And sorry, I really dislike the bee set up.
    Thanks for your recap JB-GF ^^

    • 20.1 baronda

      Yoon Eun Hye dominated this episode and she’s recieving lots of praises for her acting performance in korean portals right now. No Need to put her down inorder to pull Kang Ji Hwan up. YEH will be able to change her image a little cuz of her acting against KJH???? You are kidding right? That’s utterly ridiculous statement!

      • 20.1.1 Zeazee

        @baronda Agree with you. This episode carried by YEH more than 60%. Anyway I loved her pairing with KJH.

        • elham

          @Dara …i can’t believe you !!! i do wonder what you are tring to do ? put her down ?
          what for ?
          we all see her acting !!
          “YEH looked totally lost in some scenes ” ????
          just tell me , what do u mean by “some scenes” ? exactlly which scenes ? she was incredibly good at every single scene !!
          JUST be FAIER ….THEN JUDGE

          • lilly

            I will reply for her. The drunk scene. She was…very bad here.

          • neener

            Yoon Eun Hye acted very well and she is getting praised for it, so I wouldn’t mind what haters say. Haters are always going to hate cause that’s what they do best:)

          • Zeazee

            Haha…I loved that drunk scene the most.

      • 20.1.2 soni

        I didn’t get the feeling that Dara was hating on YEH. She was just expressing what she thought of the episode and so far who has made a stronger impression.

  21. 21 yang

    absolutely loved it

  22. 22 evelia

    Thanks for the recap. I am also liking the main couple and th way that the lie of the marriage got spread.

  23. 23 BOGCHI

    thanks for the recap! I’m getting excited to watch with subs!

    • 23.1 Lost without KDrama


  24. 24 jhone

    I think the story is about the two brothers falling for the same girl AGAIN which is Ah-jung(Yoon Eun-hye). The two brothers had already had a problem back then when they both fell in love with the same girl-which is Hyun Ki-Joon’s fiancee and happened to be the LOVE and classmate of his younger brother. This results from hyun ki-joon breaking-up the engagement with his fiancee for his brother’s sake.

  25. 25 caryatid

    watch last night episode on cable but they don’t have a subtitle and i was like wait till i read it on dramabeans tomorrow… and while i’m reading cue flashback from last night episode and i was like “so that’s what they’re talking about…” although didn’t understand 90% of what they’re saying watching both leads is enough to keep me entertained.:D

    thanks JB and GF!!!:D

  26. 26 JD

    can’t wait to watch it!

  27. 27 Daniela

    Of all the first episodes of May Trendy dramas, this was my third favorite. I liked Best Love and Baby Faced Beauty more, but this one was good enough, so Im wating for tomorrow´s episode.
    Kang Ji-hwan is new to me, but i read all this good things about him ( Here, of course) and I like Yoon Eun-hye because of Coffe Prince (after Coffe Prince I watched Goong. I think I skipped half of that drama).
    Basing on the trailers she is going to drive him crazy and make him lose his self control and thats what i want to watch. And his hobby is so geek! I loved it!

    Thank you for the recap! The Tag-team relay recap was a good idea. I hope you´ll do another one like this.

  28. 28 poo

    OMG loved the first ep… saw it yday! It was hilarious even without subs 😛

  29. 29 nonski

    YAY! love it… thanks for the recap…

  30. 30 dls

    Yay, thanks for the recap…
    Loves how the lie starts from a small white lie and turns via rumours+gossip to something big…
    just what usually happen in gossip column

  31. 31 k-soup

    OMG! thanks for the recap! 😀

  32. 32 saranga

    YEH was actually NOT BAD AT ALL. i don’t think i thought about her acting once during the entire episode. in my fair lady i thought she was just downright horrible at first. i was disappointed, because i enjoyed coffee prince so much, and i appreciated her acting there.

    but here she was actually pretty good. but i also went into this drama without any expectations at all, so maybe i was just easy. lol

    i thought kang ji hwan’s toy hobby was reminiscent of gong yoo’s toy hobby in coffee prince… lol

  33. 33 christine

    It has a little bit of everything but looks like a fun drama.

    First episode made it worthwhile seeing.


  34. 34 kay

    i learned a new word today.

    slovenly- messy and dirty.

    thanks JB!

  35. 35 bgr

    liked lil’ bro in White Christmas. 🙂

  36. 36 Khin Nwe Aye

    Thanks to both of you for the recap. I should have read your recap before watching the raw vid. But the leading pair are so funny that I enjoyed the first episode though I didn’t understand the dialogue at all. I hope you’ll continue with the recap till the end as we non-Koreans will have to depend on you to understand what’s going on in this captivating drama.

  37. 37 VanillaSalt

    love, loved, loved! I’ll follow the recaps now, then watch it for realz in the summer.

  38. 38 TRF

    Thx, Wait to watch it in Jakarta – Indonesia.

  39. 39 effy

    i enjoyed this episode!
    i really liked that the lie was done in one episode instead of spanning a number of eps.

    Yoon Eun Hye was great and I am so happy to see her in dramaland again! you were oh so missed YEH!

  40. 40 effy

    i think you made a little mistake.
    Gong Ah-Jung isnt a “Low-level civil servant”. She’s a level-5 which is actually considered high level (very high being 1-3).
    This is pretty important as most romcom female characters have lowly jobs or are unemployed and hence need their rich boyfriends to hook them up.
    GAJ is self efficient in that way which is different from the romcom norm.

  41. 41 snoopyvkd

    I love both leads so I’m totally biased about this. Sooo good to see Kang Ji Hwan again! I didn’t like Coffee House so for me, it feels like I haven’t “seen” him since Hong Gil Dong.

  42. 42 laya

    LOLOLOL! Thank you for the recap! XDDDD

    Is that… Gae-in’s dad?

  43. 43 Julie

    So far so good I loved the 1st episode.

    The only thing that turns me off is Kang Ji Hwans voice…I’m trying to get past that voice by focusing on his good looks but I’m having a hard time doing so, cause his voice sounds like a highpitched midget & that’s bad for someone his size.

    • 43.1 Jomo

      You bring up a good point. KHJ’s voice could work against him if he decided to play the Darcy role straight-up.
      I am guessing that he is extremely aware of where his voice falls in the range of bass to tenor, and has been training to use it as advantage.
      He plays quirky Darcy very well.
      Even in HGD, when he played a :BIG:(and sexy) character, he “edged” the performance making it more interesting.
      (The scenes with his father still break my heart.)

      Anyway…Joo Sang-Wook faces the same issue with his thin voice, and if you look at his tragic, tortured roles, you can see he chose the characters well.

  44. 44 bjharm

    interesting, Lie to me didn’t bury Baby-Faced Beauty as expected with a respectable but not overwhelming 9%, while BFB increased its rating to pretty will match that. Of course now the Korean press is matching them up against each other with the main point of interest the two female leads match-up.
    Both dramas are unabashed old school style dramas also.

  45. 45 Amg1

    Yoon Eun-hye!!!!!!! STILL THE BEST!!!!!!!

    I was going to answer to all the people who have the audacity to come to this thread and
    bash Yoon Eun-hye, or imply that she “sucks”, or the she is being carry on the shoulders of Kang Ji-hwan, as if she was a “Third rate actress.”

    I guess you guys never got the memo!

    The last time I check she still Korea’s “Top Paid Actress,” so I guess if it wasn’t for Kang Ji-hwan, she would not be making the kind of money she makes, maybe because she is such a bad actress, and not that she is Numero Uno!!!!

    **To all the Yoon Eun-hye haters**

    Go spread your bad vibes some other place!!!!!

    Protocol dictates that you guys comment about the episode that has been recap!!!! If you guys want to just want to “Rant/Rave,” go to the “Open Thread,” and bash Yoon Eun-hye there all you like. But if you guys insist on just making bad comments or bash Yoon Eun-hye, Amg1’s ire will be all over this thread!!!!!!

    Seriously Guys!!! If you do not like her this is the wrong place to leave negative comments, other wise is a matter of time before the flaming wars start, please be considerate of her fans please!!!!!! : O }

    • 45.1 elham

      Dear Amg1 thank you ….u exactlly get point !!!

    • 45.2 Okie Dokie

      I got your back Amg1!
      People are allowed to have their own opinions, but lets try to keep the fan wars down. YEH’s Warriors are protective of our YEH and we totally will react when people are only here to bash her.

    • 45.3 Eunha

      Whoa, calm down. Seriously. CHILL OUT.

      Where did someone actually “bash” YEH? People are still allowed to have their own opinions regardless of how YOU feel.

      Just ignore the people who are supposedly “bashing” her and say how much you liked her in the episode.

      It’s just a Korean drama. No need to go all gung-ho over this.

      • 45.3.1 Kiara

        Amen Soul Sister :).

      • 45.3.2 Laica

        Totally agree.

      • 45.3.3 KoreanDramaLov

        You’re being a hypocrite. How can you tell her to
        “stop” being gung-ho…and at the same time make a statement that defends those that were “gung-ho” about criticizing YEH? Take a long look in the mirror because YOU are obviously trying to put down someone that is defening YEH and is a true fan…I think you should have taken the advice that you threw at the poor gal. After all “People are still allowed to have their own opinions regardless of how YOU feel.” Sound familiar? YEH is great, KJH is charismastic and the drama with it’s strong fan base will survive despite people like you.

        So all in all, like “seriously. YOU should Chill out” (get a life, or just stop reading) after all, it’s just a opinion/post from a fan.

    • 45.4 KoreanDramaLov

      I applaud you. It takes guts to stand up to “haters” and everything you wrote needed to be said… so ignore the derogatory post from Eunha, obviously she (unless it’s actually a guy, I dunno, lol) doesn’t have anything intelligent to add regarding the drama – she she finds it more suitable to attack you…rather than telling the haters to “chill out.” How very very sad.

      Lie to Me <3 <3 And I just know it's going to get even better!! The humor is definitely more modern and more to my palate – there were at least two scenes where I busted out laughing…my sleeping parents were not happy about the noise, lol. YEH's quirkiness and her ability to make a "1000 different facial expressions" never ceases to amaze me. And KJH, he's definitely a good actor, you can tell he's been working his vocals, lol. The drama is off to a wonderful start!! 🙂

  46. 46 dany

    I like the actors, they are ok, but the story didn’t seem that interesting or funny. Best Love is better, I think, but I’ll wait for the subs and maybe the story is going the get better and better, let’s hope.

    • 46.1 oh


      Best love >> Baby Faced Beauty>Lie To Me

      • 46.1.1 effy


        Lie To Me = Best Love >>> Baby Faced Beauty

        • oh

          Are you a fan of KJH/YEH?
          Maybe you can disagree with me but Best Love>Lie To Me
          Maybe i should have put Best Love >>>Baby faced Beauty>/=Lie To Me

      • 46.1.2 Dara

        Just by ep1(the premiere) alone,
        Best Love, Baby-Faced, Lie to Me. (ep1)

  47. 47 oh

    Some cute scenes here and there but there isn’t any scene that make me laugh.
    As compared to the first episode of Baby faced Beauty , i say BFB is a bit better.
    First episode of BFB is a bit boring but there is a really funny scene(I had a hard time controlling my laughter after watching that scene).
    While LTM is ok but that isn’t any scene that make me laugh really hard.

    I’m not a hater of Yoon Eun Hye/Kang Ji Hwan.

    • 47.1 Nhu

      I find baby faced beauty to be completely too slapstick for me. And the pathetic-ness of the main character can stretch only so far.

      I find Lie to Me more charming than Best Love, but that Best Love has better writing so far (it’s much more funny). On acting they’re rather on par, just that the actors in Best Love got the better roles…

  48. 48 ilog

    Another one that I’ve been waiting for (especially as I’ve just finished rewatching Goong!)!

    My only problem with the set-up was how Ah-Jung and Ki-Joon had the same circle of friends that some insignificant gossip about some unpopular former schoolmate’s marriage traveled so far out, so fast, when the two obviously lived in such different worlds/circumstances.

    Or maybe I’ll just accept this as normal and reasonable in KDramaLand and move on to enjoy the upcoming hijinks! Who needs reasonable when there’s the Cute!

    • 48.1 Nhu

      Really? I thought it was quite clear how it got passed around. Gossip at the watercooler can move up the ladder pretty quickly, as well as gossip at hair salons and stores and through clerks & cashiers.

  49. 49 marmar

    And now the May Drama Madness has just begun..all that’s left is the City Hunter, Ripely, Baby face Beauty &then we are good to go. Though I must say Lie To Me &Best Love are my two main May dramas &so far so good..
    Loving it.
    Thanks for the recap can’t wait for the subs to come out &watch.
    Don’t wanna watch the raw cause I don’t wanna spoil it for myself so I’m gonna wait. Thanks again 🙂

    • 49.1 oh

      Baby Faced Beauty has already broadcasted.

  50. 50 lovedramas

    I love the chemistry between all the OTP actors this season! YEH and KJH… I want to see more of their interactions LOL. I know KJH is playing a very typical role but I’m eager to see what he brings to the role. I haven’t meet one that I didn’t like watching how they grow to change and fall in love 🙂

    I know it’s fluffy but as the spring turns into summer, I can use a lot of fluff.

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