Drama Recaps
Lie To Me: Episode 3
by | May 16, 2011 | 122 Comments

Week 2 of Lie To Me brings us an extension of the lie, and although it doesn’t bring a whole lot of surprises, it’s the chemistry of the cast that has me coming back for more. Ah-jung is sure to have more crackling chemistry with Ki-joon in future episodes when their lovelines really get tangled up, but for now it’s the adorable, easy-breezy vibe with Sang-hee that I’m digging. It’s not very romantic, but that’s what I like about it — the casual friendship that is somehow turning into a more substantial connection as she starts to see him more as confidante. Cute cute cute. Can’t wait when the brotherly relationship is unveiled.

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EPISODE 3 RECAP

Ah-jung makes her rash lie, goaded by Ms. Bitchypants Extraordinaire, So-ran, who basically tells her that Ah-jung doesn’t deserve a better man or life than her — that the universe won’t abide it. It’s pretty clear that it’s really So-ran who won’t abide it, but this gives us a glance into the workings of her ego, since my way = universe’s way.

I love that being one-upped by her frenemy knots up So-ran’s insides — literally, because it gives her stomach pains of jealousy. She collapses, and her husband carries her away.

Alas, Ki-joon’s school chums just happen to be in earshot and cheer the news. Immediately Ah-jung thinks with dread, “What the hell have I done?”

Ki-joon approaches menacingly, and Ah-jung stammers that it was all a misunderstanding. How on earth one can misunderstand “Hello, husband!” is a mystery, and Ah-jung’s not equipped to explain — she runs. Hee.

Ki-joon fobs off his friends with a quick “It’s not what you think” and chases. Ah-jung slips inside the elevator with So-ran and hubby Jae-bum just in time to evade death by angry chaebol.

In the morning, Ki-joon opts to work out of a suite upstairs rather than in his office, since he’s still stewing at being made into a laughingstock by Ah-jung. He vows, “I’ll make her regret it.” His secretary, Hoon, is sympathetic toward Ah-jung, saying that Aunt Myung-jin is bound to retaliate if she finds out, “like that other time.”

That must strike a chord, because Ki-joon’s attitude is softer when he tells his aunt that the marriage rumors are just a joke. She asks shrewdly if this is all the doing of that Gong Ah-jung girl, and Ki-joon says no, she’s also a victim, and that there’s truly nothing to it.

She doesn’t believe him and thinks he’s being protective of her, but accepts his request to handle it himself. She leaves with one last question — he isn’t, by any chance, brewing up these rumors himself out of rebellion since she’s pushing him so hard to marry, is he? (A story line we’ve seen time and time again, with one example being Coffee Prince.) Ki-joon teases, “You’ve been watching too many dramas.” She replies, “Is it that obvious?” Ha.

Having convinced his aunt, he heads straight for legal counsel, asking if this Chun Jae-bum guy is the best out there. (Hoon: “Aren’t all lawyers the same?”)

In the lobby of the lawyer’s office, he runs into Jae-bum, who recognizes him as Ah-jung’s husband and introduces himself. At the chilly response, Jae-bum says that Ah-jung must not have told Ki-joon about them — they used to live together. Ha! at Jae-bum trying to provoke Ki-joon’s jealousy (with the whole “I was there first!” implication), not knowing none is forthcoming. After enjoying the misunderstanding for a moment, Jae-bum clarifies that they lived at the same gosiwon (a dorm-like building).

Ki-joon can’t very well explain his situation to Jae-bum, so he leaves with one declaration: “I am definitely not Gong Ah-jung’s husband.” Jae-bum puzzles over that for a moment, and his less-than-sharp brain deduces that Ki-joon must be hinting that he doesn’t want his wife referred to by name, but by the more polite samonim (Mrs., madam). Hee. It’s a wonder he passed the bar with those skills of deduction.

Ki-joon finds the Ah-jung/Jae-bum connection fishy and suspects that they may be in it together (to wring something out of him, that is). So when Hoon suggests filing a police report, he considers it.

Ah-jung also imagines being arrested, prompted by a poster showing two cuffed hands. Her co-worker misinterprets her discomfiture, and guesses that such a reaction to that picture could only mean that she was thinking sexy thoughts. Keh.

Ah-jung’s nerves are rattled at the ominous silence — surely Ki-hoon would be quick to retaliate/respond/demand something — so she’s nervous when she hears she has a visitor. Who has described himself as her husband.

She slips out of work dreading the upcoming encounter, while her nosy co-workers hurriedly follow. In the lobby, Ah-jung looks around warily, but there’s no sign of Ki-joon — it’s Sang-hee who shows up.

(Hm, are we gonna get a double-marriage-rumor dealio, like in Mary Stayed Out All Night? I’m simultaneously excited and unnerved by that prospect.)

Sang-hee jokes that he called himself husband because it would’ve been boring to just introduce himself as a friend: “Or should I have said I was your brother?” Ah-jung’s co-workers crash into the lobby to catch a glimpse of her so-called husband, and she tells Sang-hee to fix the situation. He waves and says, “I’m her brother,” which only partially appeases them. (I suspect that rumors of her fake marriage may flare up their suspicions again at a later date.)

Over dessert, Ah-jung lets Sang-hee know she’s still miffed at him for ditching her yesterday. Ah-jung has shared the gist of the tale with Sang-hee, including the identity of her partner-in-scandal, and she worries that Ki-joon will be mightily pissed off. Sang-hee says that’s likely, and lets slip that he knows Ki-joon. Just a little.

Ah-jung spies Jae-bum walking into the cafe and ducks her head, but he sees her anyway and says hello. When he mentions running into her husband, she can’t bring herself to correct him, and even agrees to a double date at a later date. She says it noncommittally, but Sang-hee looks at her incredulously for keeping the lie going.

One thing that gets revealed in the conversation: So-ran is about to leave for Canada, without Jae-bum. When asked about it, he looks uneasy and changes the subject, confirming what we already can guess — that all is not well in their marriage.

They migrate to a neighborhood playground on the way to Ah-jung’s house, where she looks wistfully at the gosiwon where she lived for two years. She explains that she was happy there, because the man she liked was there, even though she didn’t know how to express her feeslings. So she made herself a promise to confess her feelings once she passed the civil service exam, because that would be a marker of their compatibility. Alas, when that day came, she found out he was dating someone else.

Sang-hee guesses that Jae-bum was the guy. She calls herself foolish, and laughs that to win the guy, she should’ve opted for plastic surgery rather than a civil service exam. He smiles that studying rather than surgery seems characteristic of her. Also: “I’m envious of him — how come there are no women who’ve passed the civil service exam because of me?” Because…nobody would think that would turn you on, you of the rich getaways and flirty nightclub two-timers?

And then they play on the slides like two overgrown children. They’re actually pretty cute together, in the way that familiarity breeds comfort and ease. But kind of like siblings, or noona-dongsaeng, which is gonna make this painful for the dongsaeng when it comes time to back off, methinks…

Just as she’s about to leave, a drunk beggar comes by and asks her to buy him coffee. Sang-hee intervenes and grabs her away, leaving the beggar to mutter about how very beggarly they are, heh. Ah-jung tells him they could’ve just given the dude coffee money, and Sang-hee laughs, “It’s because I was scared. I have no change.” That’s oddly cute of him.

They part ways, and on his cab ride back, Sang-hee’s mood turns more pensive. Upon hearing today’s date, he realizes, “I’d forgotten.” Instead of heading home, he finds his way to an apartment complex and looks up at the building, wondering, “Are you well, Oh Yoon-ju?”

That would be his former classmate — and crush and, although we aren’t told explicitly, his brother’s ex (played by Jo Yoon-hee) — who’s celebrating her birthday in Paris, and also her imminent departure for Korea after three years here. Ah, love rectangle completion imminent!

At work, Ah-jung sighs that she’d like to flee the country. What is driving her nuts is the fact that Ki-joon is curiously silent, and the anticipation of retaliation is keeping her on edge. Her colleague suggests that he may just be busy, and that lovely idea is enough to set her mind at ease — of course! He’s a busy businessman and executive, no wonder he hasn’t called!

The minister from the previous event takes Ah-jung out to lunch, saying that he’s sorry that the mess got blamed on her when it wasn’t her fault. He’s treating her to a lavish meal — at World Hotel.

A trite plot point, sure, but Ah-jung’s facial expressions are just so darned cute as she runs the gamut of responses to this horrific news, from trying to hide behind her bangs to biting her knuckles.

At the hotel, she ducks behind a scarf, and as a result of her nerves she confuses random people with Ki-joon, from the guy in the elevator to the server at the restaurant. She makes it through lunch, but finally does run into Ki-joon after parting ways from the minister. At first she assumes she’s hallucinating again…but no, it’s really him this time. But he walks away without a word.

She can’t help her curiosity and follows him to the elevator, asking for a moment of his time. She grabs him when he resists, and they struggle until he shoves her away and yells back — which is when they find themselves the center of attention, in the hotel lobby.

Relocating to the stairwell, Ah-jung tells him that she’s sincerely sorry for that misunderstanding, and asks for a chance to explain herself properly. Ki-joon retorts that he doesn’t care to hear it, but she says that at the very least, she doesn’t want him to think she did it intentionally.

He cuts her off to say that there’s nothing more to be done about things — which he means as “You can’t change the fact that you’re so dead” but which she takes, hopefully, as bygones being bygones. He smirks — not a reassuring response — and leaves, then mutters that he hasn’t even begun yet.

Ah-jung drops by the hospital to visit So-ran, with all the best intentions in the world, though those fall by the wayside when So-ran prods her to explain how she and Ki-joon met.

Ah-jung works up the nerve to get the truth out, but just as she’s about to, So-ran leans in excitedly and guesses, “You lied, right? You lied about being pregnant to grab him, didn’t you? If not, how else could you have married Hyun Ki-joon?”

Her eagerness for that to be true is off-putting, to say the least, and how could a person NOT want to set her down a peg or two, even if it’s with a lie?

Ah-jung switches gears and hints that she has met her match in Ki-joon, “laws of the universe” be damned. She manages to do this without naming names or saying anything explicitly, but she basically reinforces her earlier lie and greatly enjoys watching So-ran squirm in envy.

Ah-jung walks out feeling exceedingly pleased with herself, while So-ran screeches in frustration. Hilarity aside (because it really is satisfying to watch So-ran stew), it’s amazing how much her own sense of worth is tied into someone else’s. It’s almost like she doesn’t have any sense of self-esteem of her own, which has manifested in this beast of overcompensation.

At the cafe run by Ah-jung’s motherly not-mother, Ae-kyung, the ajusshi artist Seok-bong tries to ask Ae-kyung out on a date, though cloaking it in terms that make it not a date. She agrees to go to the jimjilbang with him (they have coupons), until Ah-jung’s father comes in and asks her out to dinner and a movie.

Apparently these two were once close to marrying but never did, and have maintained a friendly relationship over the years, even speaking to each other in banmal. Ae-kyung chooses Dad, to Seok-bong’s dismay. Unfortunately, just as they’ve bought their movie tickets, Dad has a call and has to be off because a lawyer acquaintance has died.

Back at the cafe, Seok-bong and Sang-hee have drinks together (they’d gone to art college together, despite the gap in their ages), and both sigh over the loves they can’t forget — Seok-bong over Ae-kyung, and Sang-hee over Yoon-ju.

Ditched on her date, Ae-kyung calls Ah-jung to the jimjilbang and gripes about her workaholic father. Ae-jung tells her hesitantly, as though it’s a touchy subject, “If you want to marry, go ahead.” Ae-kyung retorts that there’s no point, that marriage is for the young.

Ah-jung asks her father about it in the morning, wondering if he’s inclined to marry either, but he says they’re just friends. Apparently Ah-jung used to pitch a fit at the idea, so Dad wonders what’s up with the change of heart.

At the cafe, Seok-bong lurks and waits for his chance to ask how Ae-kyung’s night went. She answers that she went to the jimjilbang — and he immediately assumes she went with Dad, and storms off, hurt. (I see that the drama is setting up the older generation loveline as an opposite to Ah-jung — Ae-kyung shied away from marriage, while Ah-jung has hurtled into it, albeit inadvertently — but it does feel like there’s too much time spent on it all at once. At least it’s over now. Phew.)

When So-ran hears that Jae-bum isn’t coming to pick her up from the hospital, she screeches over the phone, “You’d better come!” just as her friends arrive. She covers quickly as they say that her doting husband called them to see her home, and for appearance’s sake she pretends he’s such a sweetie.

At home, the friends open a bottle of wine to toast the occasion, and suggest calling Ah-jung over to hear about her married life. So-ran snipes at that, and the friends point out carefully, “Truthfully, you did wrong her quite a bit.” So-ran was the one who acted like a friend to Ah-jung’s face, but cut her out of the group behind her back.

So-ran points out their hypocrisy: “Why did you say nothing then and now act like you care?” Peeved, she orders them out. They leave grumbling, but it appears this is a common enough routine, and they’re used to it.

At work, Ah-jung is delivered an envelope from Ki-joon’s attorney — a notice that he’ll be taking legal action against her, asserting that she spread false rumors and then reneged on their plan to disclose the truth.

Incensed, she heads straight for World Hotel, but is turned away by secretary Hoon, who advises her to communicate via legal counsel and politely threatens to have her dragged out. She’s seething at Ki-joon’s doublespeak — and after he’d said everything was okay! — but leaves. For now.

Hoon reports this to Ki-joon, who’s surprised that Ah-jung gave up so easily. Hoon notes with amusement, “It sounds like you’re disappointed.” He offers to have her banned from entry to the hotel, and enjoys how Ki-joon swiftly rejects that idea (like he understands his boss’s feelings even before the boss does).

Manager Park (whose name also happens to be Park Ji-yoon) reports that there’s a troublesome guest in one of their suites, and that Ki-joon needs to take care of it. He tells her to handle it, but she clarifies that the guest is Gong Ah-jung.

Up in the suite, Ah-jung has collected a roomful of apologetic, anxious employees as she rants about the state of this room. In full diva mode, she exclaims about the horrors of the water on the ground — what if she slipped? What if she hurt herself? “I COULD HAVE DIED! How terrifying! Did I come to this expensive room to bleed to death?!”

As soon as Ki-joon arrives, the others clear out and Ah-jung confronts him about the potential lawsuit — does he really mean to sue? He replies that she made it easier for him by perpetrating the lie in front of at least twenty witnesses. She asks for a chance to settle it amicably, to which he replies, “You had the chance. You kicked it away.”

Having said all he cares to say, Ki-joon advises her to consult with an attorney, and starts to leave. Ah-jung blurts, “Then marry me!”

HA. Naturally he’s incredulous, so she hurries to explain that she doesn’t mean for real — but what if they just let this situation stand for another month, without clearing up the rumors? He can sue her if he wants — just a little later.

He asks, “Why should I?” Without a better reason, she pleads, “Because I’m asking you.”

And then, she adds that she’s terminally ill, and will die in a month. PFFFFT! Has somebody been watching 49 Days?

Unmoved, Ki-joon tells her he’ll see her in court, and leaves.

Called by Ah-jung, Sang-hee arrives at the hotel, still taking care to hide his face from employees who might recognize him. She unloads her woes onto him, wondering if her request was really so excessive. He asks why she did it, and she answers that if she’s going to be sued anyway, she may as well minimize her regrets along the way. When she saw So-ran today, she felt so gratified that for once in her life, So-ran was at a loss and unable to feel superior to her.

He clues in to her true motivation, that she wants revenge on So-ran. Tearing up, Ah-jung says that she does — she wants revenge for her lost three years, the time following her heartbreak wherein she was so angry and hurt that she was nigh immobilized by it: “I couldn’t date, or love, or marry. I couldn’t do a thing. I couldn’t like anybody after that, either. I’d just be alone forever…I’d be alone forever!”

Sang-hee assures her that she’s plenty appealing, and that she could marry right away if she wanted. She cries, “It’s not that I want to marry. I want to be a woman who has married! Right now!” It sounds silly, but she means that she’s so desperate not to feel that way again that she wants to perpetrate her lie, and be a married woman.

She starts sobbing in earnest, and cries herself to sleep. Sang-hee sighs that she’s in trouble, and tucks a blanket around her.

In the morning, she wakes up tired and hungover. Sang-hee’s still in the room, to her surprise, and while she’s still trying to get her bearings, he asks, “Do you have to pretend you’re married to Hyun Ki-joon? If that’s what you want, do you want me to help you?”

 
COMMENTS

Now that we’re three episodes in, I can see more clearly the things I like and don’t like about Lie To Me, which is cute and easy to watch, but not without its flaws.

What I don’t like:

The story’s pretty obvious, and so far there have been no surprises. None. Nada. Zero. Everything that’s coming, we can see coming — and I bet we’ll be able to predict a lot of the future, as well.

Then there’s the tone: Alas, the drama feels very ordinary. The storytelling, the plot turns, the characterizations, even the style of directing/editing/music — it’s nothing special. It’s not even that pretty to look at. There have been other dramas that are no more creative or innovative in their content yet somehow feel fresher with clever use of camera work, or great cinematography (Dr. Champ), or a refreshing tone and standout soundtrack (Triple). This one’s more along the lines of My Princess — obvious, with a bland color palette, but cute for all that.

What I like:

Despite the above, it’s still a fun and amusing drama. It’s just not particularly clever or different. Once you get past the disappointment that it’s not going to be one of the standouts of the genre, it could be simple, light-hearted entertainment that doesn’t necessarily make a deep impression.

That doesn’t mean there’s no depth. It’s just not really a focus of this drama. But every now and again, when I’m starting to feel bored, a moment will come and grab me. It’s this mix of weak and strong that I suspect will continue, and which may drive me nuts later on.

Take, for instance, the lie. It’s necessary to get the drama moving, and on the most basic level it’s a crude plot device. So it’s to the drama’s credit that they do a pretty good job of showing us Ah-jung’s hurt, her sense if being unfairly judged, and her split-second decision to blurt it out. And then it brings us onboard for why she’d be tempted into continuing it.

What works is that it’s not a premeditated lie — it’s a totally impulsive action that just happens to have piss-poor timing, with witnesses. And then, you have the cartoony villainess scraping at the heroine’s wounds at every chance, prodding her into extending the ruse. In this, it’s really Yoon Eun-hye who makes these moments work — she’s still got some weaknesses in her acting, but when she cries, it makes me feel something. She has this way of getting into the character that makes us feel for the underlying hurt, not just the silly surface stuff, the petty rivalry and the sniping — instead, she brings us close and shows us the character’s rawness. I love that about her, when she connects with a character like that. If she can continue to do that, it may be the drama’s saving grace.

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122 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kathylovesdramas

    yay! Thank you!!!

  2. ilikehim

    The whole episode is kinda slow..
    The main couple spends more time apart then being together..
    LOVE YEH’s outfit with the knitted top on top of the blue blouse and shorts.

    • 2.1 ilikehim

      And I am seriously getting Rain/Bi vibe from Sang-hee…it’s so odd..

      • 2.1.1 Christy

        OMG! Me too!

      • 2.1.2 Laica

        You’re right! It’s the way he looks when he smiles. His eyes get all small. It’s super cute.

  3. Rebeca

    thanks!!!!

  4. tytoo

    yay..its already out…
    i’ve been refreshing ur page so many times today…
    thx a looooooottttt Javabeans…love y..

  5. ck1Oz

    Yay I am rewatching ep 3 now.I wasn’t expecting a recap thought we were still at ep 2.

    Thanks very much.It wasn’t very fast.I am not sure if I can be classed as a YEH fan but I found the beginning amusing and the ending.The quarrel in the hotel suite was kinda funny.

    I just can’t work out though how they are going to fall for each other.I don’t see the attraction tension yet so far.

    • 5.1 ck1Oz

      ‘It’s this mix of weak and strong that I suspect will continue, and which may drive me nuts later on.’

      Truer words have never been spoken.Sigh.

  6. laura

    why is make-up artist not giving matt finish to ah-jung??? her face looks real oily, why not someone offer her oil blotting paper, that way she would more awesome!!!

    • 6.1 Nhu

      I think she’s supposed to look slightly disheveled all the time. It fits with her character.

    • 6.2 bjharm

      She has some sort of blood disorder that flares up from time to time, it put her out of action for a time when she did CP. Her face looks a bit plump also as if she retaining water, so she may be having some trouble with it. As this is a Korean drama she would have to just work her way through it..well unless she faints..then she can have a break..well half a day in hospital if she lucky…let hope no though

      • 6.2.1 J

        Eun Hye has pernicious anemia. Seeing as how this drama has stated shooting more or less a month before its premiere date, they are already shooting it live. I hope this does not affect the cast’s health too badly, especially Yoon Eun Hye and Kang Ji Hwan’s since they have the most scenes…

  7. hmm

    To be honest… I would rather watch So-Ran’s story.

    • 7.1 ditdut

      lmao, so true. if only so ran was played with a more charismatic actor, she would be a real interesting person.

  8. Hypatia

    thanks for the recap! still feel YEH can rescue this one!

    • 8.1 zodd

      Just like she rescued My Fair Lady?

      • 8.1.1 Alvina

        ^LOL, snark?

      • 8.1.2 J

        Well, she did her best considering the awful script and the ratings neared 20% for the final episode.

      • 8.1.3 BLue

        Hey, I liked My Fair Lady. Don’t say that.

    • 8.2 bubbles

      thanks JB..love ya….same thought..YEH being the rescue here..can’t wait for episode 4 where Kijong shout “honey,i’m here” hihihihi

  9. andrea

    yay!thanks for the recap!really anticipating this drama!it so funny!!SH and AjH has chemistry,but ofcourse HKJ and GAJ has unevitable chemistry!!!=)..looking forward for next episode!

    • 9.1 andrea

      i like Sh being friendly to AJ..hope he has no negative motives towards AJ!he’s like a friend always to the rescue!

  10. 10 Beng

    oh thank you, thank you. I thought our lunch break will end without being able to read this. i watched it without subs last night and assumed a lot of things. Now i can know what really happens =)

    • 10.1 Beng

      Gosh, i pretty much got the story despite me watching it without the subs. I think it’s because of its predictability as you pointed out, JB. Oh well, i’m still in it for the Romance.

      I’m also liking Sang-hee, he’s handsomeness grows on me every minute i watch him. Plus his voice is gorgeous and sexy =)

      • 10.1.1 appie

        I agree too, I did the same. Normally, when I watch a drama without subs I give up half-way getting all confused (I just want to know what happens next! -sobs-) However, for this one I really didn’t get confused – lol I thought I was understanding Korean better but no, Beng’s explanation makes more sense, that.. its predictable.

        Nevertheless, I’m enjoying the drama. Go YEH<3

  11. 11 Kangling

    After watching a drama like 49 days. All drama kind of like stew-pit. However I like KJH YEH. So, I’m still painfully hanging here, waiting for the story line to be mature.

  12. 12 k..

    I hope the plot picks up soon i will stick around a while longer for my YEH.
    RIPLEY TEASER IS OUT and IT AWESOME
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u21W4ZeHjw

    • 12.1 k..

      is*
      gives a cinderella sister vibe (before it went downhill)
      Hyped up for this now!

    • 12.2 Emeldy

      OMG That look so good.

      This is my kind of Drama. Ripley looks so good.

  13. 13 Natalie

    Thank you! Gotta say I’m enjoying the drama a lot, but I really wish KJH and YEH had more scenes together! I basically want them together in every scene lol

  14. 14 k-soup

    thanks for the recap.. this episode seems to slow down the marriage and it gets boring.. too much fighting. I hope it will not disappoint the viewers because the first two episodes are SUPER. hope there is improvement in episode 4.

    Eun Hye is very cute though so I’ll endure and hope for the best… :D

  15. 15 girlatsea

    Yeah, I was definitely bored by this episode. Nothing happened. Which is disappointing to say the least. I love it when both KHJ and YEH are on the screen together and I missed that during this episode. I think they’re the only thing that will keep me watching. I kind of feel as if YEH’s overacting but I can forgive her in some moments (like the end of episode 2).

    Judging by the preview, looks like episode 4 will be better. *crosses fingers*

  16. 16 Joy

    OMG I really would love a double contract marriage. Show MSOAN how to it for real or something :D

  17. 17 zakuropanda

    Thanks so much for recapping! I was initially really looking forward to watching this, but now I’m planning on seeing how it progresses before I decide. I hope it picks up though!!

  18. 18 Amg1

    I am loving this drama! I will agree that the story line is the weak link, and the actors charisma, is what its keeping this train moving, hopefully with the addition of the second female lead, things will get more exciting!!!!!

    Yoon Eun Hye FTW!!!!!!!!!

  19. 19 zodd

    Was hoping this show would improve and get things really going. The first two episodes have been okay but nothing really stood out in those episodes. Will give this series a couple more episodes, but if it doesn’t improve than I’m dropping it. Best Love on the other hand has been exceeding my expectations.

  20. 20 Carinne

    Wow! JB w/ super human powers had done a fast (lazy) Monday post. You’re grrrrrrrrreat!

    I’m high waiting for ep.04.

  21. 21 J

    Thank you so much for the recap Javabeans!

    I enjoyed today’s episode, but I feel like it could be so much more IF the scriptwriter does her job well. I have no complaints whatsoever about our 2 leads’s acting. The writer on the other hand…I understand that this is her first drama (I’m not mentioning HTTG, because she dropped out of that), but I really hope that her inexperience will not bring this drama down.

    I really liked the scenes with Yoon Eun Hye and Sung Joon, but I’m getting a little worried that I like it too much. Am I starting to ship the ”wrong” pair? Lols. I want more scenes with YEH and KJH!

    One thing that bothers me is the many side characters. They are taking way to much time away from our leads (Jo Yoon Hee had like 45 sec screentime from all 3 episodes lol).

    Anyways, I still like this drama (and YEH being in it has a lot to do with it since she’s my fav actress). I agree with you JB about her crying scenes. I can feel her sincerity when she cries and it makes me tear up too hehe.

    I’m hoping that episode 4 will really get things going! Lie to Me fighting!

  22. 22 Daniela

    It was good. Nothing extraordinaire as you said. I feel bored at times but I felt less bored in this episode than in the previous two.
    Its slow and I mentioned before : I dont mind slow plots as long as i dont notice. But im noticing it :(.
    Again, its only 3 episodes and we can see the good stuff coming.
    Im not moved by Ah-jung. Yoon Eun-hye is good at crying , but i just think “Yeah that sucks. Ok next scene”. I dont feel Ah-jung´s angst. Maybe because im not so much in the drama, im just waiting for things to move on.
    I do like relationship with Sang-hee. Its more friendship than romantic, its good.

    • 22.1 Alvina

      Yes! I feel exactly the same way!
      I understand her angst but I MUST be so callous and blase to this tame version of “drama” after watching so many REAL makjang type crazy-ness… I just sit here and wonder why she’s keeping this lie going.

      It’s kind of like BFB (JN’s character and her lies). I dont feel much sympathy for them, and feel bad for the male characters for being saddled with a clingy “trouble-maker” type LOL.

      I mean, I KNOW it’s supposed to be fate or what not but the trope is kind of annoying.

  23. 23 lovedramas

    I don’t know what it’s about these two but I just really love them and I know that if given the chance, they will have really sizzling chemistry with each other (YEH & KJH). I loved all their scenes together. I spent all day anticipating them – so that says something. However, there is just way too much time spent on side characters and not letting our OTP move much further. I’d love to see more of a side to HKJ. I just hope they get to the contact faster so we can see how things develop from there.

    The first time watching the episode, I was pretty negative but after rewatching it again (at least the big parts), there were definitely pieces that I did enjoy. I really really want to love this one cause it’s the one that I’ve been anticipating the most. Fighting, fighting LTM!!!

  24. 24 kou

    Watching for Sung Joon’s voice. Yum.

  25. 25 j

    They have such a great main casts.
    Yoon Eun Hye and Kang Ji Hwan are experts at rom-com.
    Sung Joon is doing well . Very charming.
    But there is something wrong going in here… The plot is moving too slow and very predictable .
    There aren’t many interaction between the main couples.
    There are too many supporting characters which are kind of unnecessary. Some of them are annoying >.<
    The rating for episode 3 went down compared with last week. This is not really good sign. They should find the way to fix it. There is a problem with directing, writing and editing.
    But I'll continue watch it for the main casts.

  26. 26 Alvina

    This drama has such a straightforward flavor that it feels like I’m reading a really really bad romance novel. There are no surprises, there’s no hook (other than the visual help :P), really… I dunno.

    I’m am soo iffy about this drama but the two brothers are keeping me hooked. They’re not as charming as some other recent dramas (CYHMH being one) but, in terms of potential bromance, a close second.

    Thanks for the recap!

  27. 27 travelcrazy

    i am so looking forward for 49days….

    • 27.1 dany

      me too!

    • 27.2 abc

      i really want to like this because I like YEH a lot, but…. but…

      i think the uber awesome 49 Days has spoiled me for other dramas…

      will give this drama until next week, if story doesn’t pick up then, I might have to give up on another YEH drama…. sigh… and i like her so much….. sigh…..

  28. 28 DeCaf

    I like this episode & can’t wait for ep 4.
    Maybe Sanghee is right after all…. fate led him to AJ.
    I sooooo love how comfortable they are together since AJ is obviously not into Sanghee, he’s puzzled & amused by that. You’re right noona-dongsaeng vibe is cute but aaaaaah could it be that he forgot YJ’s bday because he was happy being w/ AJ. Uh oh! he’s too adorable to have his heart broken 2nd time around noooooooo!! So far I like the kind of relationship established between AJ & Sang-hee.
    I love how the little white lie has snowballed…..
    Thanks for the recap :)

  29. 29 tamtam

    It started out strong, but leveled off with this episode. Our attention spans for dramas are getting shorter and shorter nowadays. Having that “if it’s not interesting by episode 3, it’s out!” mentality wasn’t even that prevalent two years ago. Just when I do get bored, there’s something that put me back on track. It was either something in YEH’s expression or cute moments between AJ and SH.

    The relationship b/w her dad and ajumma kind of came out of the left field for me. I don’t know whether I should be rooting for dad or SB ajusshi? Do I really care? At this point, I just want the main storyline to get into the meat of it. The establishment of the lie that we all see coming. I’m a little disappointed that they dragged this out instead of getting it out of the way so they can do something more interesting with the situation.

  30. 30 nana

    Jo Yoon-hee’s French is sweet but kind of funny

  31. 31 bjharm

    As i said after episode one it rather easy to work out what going to happen. he going to take her up on her offer when ex girlfriend comes back to korea, so she can not think of getting back together with him as he ‘married’.
    This is about time to show he not all a jerk so I am guessing the reason will not be just to show he not been ‘waiting’ for her..thus all the failed arranged dates..but because of his younger brother interest in her.
    This drama totally an Idol drama, you watch it for the two leads and find yourself fast forwarding pass scenes without them. It too be seen if they can carry it on for the full length of the drama, without too much distracting ‘filler’ or unwanted drama.

  32. 32 laya

    Oh, it’s here! Thanks for the recap! ^_^

    I almost thought Sang-hee would offer a pretend marriage to him instead, but it looks like he’s just gonna help her with his brother? o_O

    • 32.1 Carinne

      Yeah~ I think he’s gonna bait himself to reel KJ to help AJ. The question is, will KJ take the bait that desperate to have his lil bro by his side to go w/ SH’s deal helping AJ? And, I think so just to keep this drama going to complete this show.

      I do hope a twist to this story uprises or else I might put this show in the same pile as Personal Taste and My Princess.

      • 32.1.1 laya

        That would be interesting. Although it would get pretty lame if it gets too drawn out, unless they take it in another, unexpected direction. So AJ wants to keep pretending KJ’s her hubby, KJ really DNW this, but his ex is coming home, and SH wants to help AJ, but he’s also got feelings for KJ’s ex. I wonder which way KJ’s gonna jump… towards the ex or away from? XDD

        Haha, I liked Personal Taste just because of the chemistry between LMH and SYJ. I didn’t take it very seriously, just as feel-good fluff, romance novel stuff. And did I mention Lee Min-ho? Didn’t like My Princess as much. Watched it for Kim Tae-hee’s clothes and accessories, mostly. XDDD

      • 32.1.2 appie

        I agree with you, I do not want to put in the same pile as Personal taste and My princess – both didn’t motivate me to finish it -_-

        • 32.1.2.1 appie

          *And don’t get me started on MSOAN …

          • 32.1.2.1.1 laya

            Now that [MSOAN]. Was just plain… meh. XDDD

  33. 33 churasan

    Thanks for recapping! I actually agree that I think the story is kinda flat. I really like the cast, but I feel that the script doesn’t do them justice and they have some much more potential. There are already a lot of dramas out there about pretend marriages, etc… that are awesome, and I feel that this drama hasn’t brought anything new or unique to the table yet. I’m hoping since it’s just starting, the story will develop more and there will be more romcom hijinks forthcoming.

    • 33.1 jojo

      Agree…feel a little disappointed so far..but will give it a few more episodes.

  34. 34 effy

    if not for YEH i would not watch this drama, but for the love of all things YEH i’m still on board and hopeful :)

  35. 35 djes

    this Sang Hee guy, is so interesting.
    I like Kang Jihwan, but Sang Hee is.. cute.

    • 35.1 J

      He is more then cute. He’s hot! Lols. I watched White Christmas for him. He plays the role of a genius there :)It’s a good drama, but it’s completely different from what I usually watch. I’m glad that I watched it though. Good stuff.

      I think that he’s got chemistry with Eun Hye too ^___^

  36. 36 gabby

    “when she cries, it makes me feel something. She has this way of getting into the character that makes us feel for the underlying hurt, not just the silly surface stuff, the petty rivalry and the sniping — instead, she brings us close and shows us the character’s rawness. I love that about her, when she connects with a character like that. If she can continue to do that, it may be the drama’s saving grace.”
    ^
    My mind exactly! She’s just great in crying scene that make all of us feel sorry for her and make character to be more reasonable & alive.

    • 36.1 unknown x

      Me too!!

      I felt her emotions when she was crying at the end of the episode. Yes, AJ’s reasons for lying is quite childish but YEH makes it seem so much more than the childish reason like there’s something else.

      I love how she can cry her heart out in emotional scenes and then laugh her head off in others.

      I’m looking forward to when she tries acting in a melodrama even though some people might not be looking forward to it..

      • 36.1.1 santaiah

        “I’m looking forward to when she tries acting in a melodrama even though some people might not be looking forward to it..”

        It’s funny (that) you mentioned it since YEH has stated (in her interview) that 80% of the scripts she’s received mostly are rom-com. Nevertheless I’m also looking forward to when she’s star in melodrama. If she can work off rom-com I believe she also can handle melo since IMO acting in comedy is harder than in a melodrama.

        • 36.1.1.1 J

          I’m really looking forward to a melodrama from Yoon Eun Hye too…

          Actually, Love Song was supposed to be a big budget classic melodrama, but we all now what happened with that :(

          I think that she’s ready to take on a more serious genre now ^__^ Anyways, I DO love her in rom-coms :)

          Lie to Me fighting!!!

  37. 37 notoriousnoona

    As always, I’m grateful. Thank you!

  38. 38 parsifal

    thanks for the recap!
    for some reason i can’t help giggling watching this:)

  39. 39 suzi q

    So much promise, yet the storyline got bogged down with the dad and the adjumma storyline . Totally blah! Not interested and didn’t care.

    I thought So-Ran was the most interesting and funny character in this episode, and I hope she will continue to be Ah Jung’s nemesis in the future.

    I can’t understand Ah Jung’s reasoning in asking Ki Joon to marry her. It doesn’t make sense.Why Ah Jung wants to marry Ki Joon? What’s the big deal with him? He’s a rich insensitive jerk. His younger brother Sang Hee seems nicer and more compatible for her.

    So far the story is very predictable and it’s starting to show. The writers better step it up a notch. I was eager to watch this in the beginning, but it’s starting to make me loose my interest since some new dramas are appearing this May.

  40. 40 letmeeatcake

    Compared to Best Love, Lie to Me seems really boring…
    Maybe if we went a bit faster it’d be better.
    And I bet Ki-joon agrees to pretend to be married to Ah jung when his ex. comes back

  41. 41 crazedlu

    bland. all of it. i actually do like what the actors are doing, but i don’t think it’s enough for me to watch. to read your summaries? yes. hah. this drama is a waste of talent for kang ji hwan. maybe i’m making rash judgments, but i really do feel like he’s being wasted. yeh is only okay. i do dig the younger brother though. niice.

    • 41.1 elham

      WHAT ?
      ” this drama is a waste of talent for kang ji hwan ”
      come on ! kidding ?? If there is a talent which is being wasted ,it is definitely YEH ‘S !!
      SHE IS ONLY OKAY ?? Give me a break …hah haa
      PLEASE….
      Rewatch it , then judge ! From the first episode, The only thing i have seen about him is just frowning !
      You would better let him show the other sides of this character then speak highly …
      I agree, u have made a rash judgment !!
      NO MISUNDERSTANDING …I am not saying that he is not good actor ,NO ! I only ask u guys be fair !! That is all

      • 41.1.1 lenrasoon

        lol chill

        “The only thing i have seen about him is just frowning !
        You would better let him show the other sides of this character then speak highly …

        that’s why i’m pretty sure KJH is being wasted ’cause he can do so much better than this, the drama is boring me and as much as i like YEH she overacts and her character becomes annoying. thats just my 2 cents ;)

  42. 42 unknown x

    I really dislike how they kep bringing up So Ran’s jealousy towards Ah Jung. They say it like every episode… They shouldn’t wait a month to send SR to Canada….. Send her now and send a lot of the side characters with her. They are just taking away screen time for the main couple to be together, which is a bummer because right now, I’m loving AJ’s scenes and relationship with Sang Hee..

  43. 43 T

    Hmm.. I’m watching Drunken to Love You (Taiwan Drama) along with this and find myself loving DTLY more than this!!! And to think I was anticipating this drama for so darn long. What happened?! YEH’s portrayal of her character in this drama is similar to that in Coffee Prince. Boy. I miss Coffee Prince. :(

    • 43.1 bjharm

      that because the Taiwanese really know how to make idol dramas while Korea seems to struggle with getting it right

  44. 44 Ashley

    I think I’d be less disappointed if it didn’t have such a spectacular cast. Who knows? Maybe they’ll do something spectacular soon that allows the actors to be the awesome duo they were meant to be.

  45. 45 Viah

    Awwww sweet episode.. Tks for the fast recap!! ;)

  46. 46 ariel

    i love this show cause i love seeing YEH-KJH in the same frame:)

  47. 47 liz

    This episode was slow. I was watching till I got to the part where we moved to the story of the father and I decided to stop and read the recap instead. Hope episode 4 will be better.

    Feel that Kang Ji Hwan is not given a chance to shine. He could have done so much better with a better script.

  48. 48 enne

    i liked it so far, i dont think it will be a big hit, but if this goes on to be cute it will be an easy enjoyable ride
    i cant wait till KJH-YEH attraction starts, that can make alşl the sins of this drama forgotten

  49. 49 yami

    “death by angry chaebol,” made me crack up. where can i sign up for that

  50. 50 huzzy

    thanks for recap..
    it gone be more fun after this……
    can’t wait all ready for next epi…..
    thaks for ur good job…

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