Drama Recaps
Romance Town: Episode 2
by | May 17, 2011 | 134 Comments

Oh. My. God. Episode 2 just gets better. Let me clarify that when I said it would be a bumpy ride, it was because I didn’t know where this drama was going. I was afraid that this drama might be directionless, shuffling back and forth between good and bad. However, I’m going to put my trust in the writer.

There are a lot of nuggets of information in these episodes, so bear with me if it seems long!

We go back one week. (This writer doesn’t mind time jumps at all.) The maids are all a-flutter, quickly making the best seafood dishes they can. At the Kang Residence, Soon Geum is making a shrimp dish with a citrus garnish. Yoon Joo is impressed and asks Soon Geum to grab a wine bottle. Soon Geum picks red wine, instead of white, and Yoon Joo tsks-tsks at her – she sent Soon Geum to Italian culinary school already; perhaps Soon Geum would like to go to wine school? While Yoon Joo is actually willing to send her maid to school, Soon Geum gives a non-committal smile.

At the Kim Residence, Da Kyum is making scallops over asparagus. When Young Hee comes around to sample it, she pouts as if she’s annoyed by his presence. But I think she’s just putting up a front, and secretly enjoyed his compliment on her dish.

At the Hwang Residence, Zar Lin is picking the lettuce for the vegetable bedding of her lobster dish. As she drizzles dressing over it, Hwang Yong comes around to tell her to do it delicately – his daughter’s reputation is at stake! So Zar Lin just slaps the steamed lobster on top.

At the Jang Residence, Hyun Joo is making salmon rolls / canapes, and refers to the mistress asking about whether she can put sauce on it or not. The mistress refers to the wife for the response. (I love this hierarchy.)

The result of all this cooking is for a garden party hosted by Yoon Joo. Hwang Joo Won (Hwang Yong’s daughter) carries over the lobster dish, and meets Young Hee on the way. He’s happy to see her back in the neighborhood and once again single (after calling off her engagement). Joo Won on the other hand is excited at the prospect of seeing Gun Woo when he returns from America. Methinks the three of them were good friends growing up together. Young Hee is the only male at the table, sitting along with Soon Ok (the wife) and Boon Ja (the mistress).

We get a good look of all the security cameras in place around the houses, both outside and inside. It turns out Soo Jung is a maid for an empty house, and it’s at her room that everyone gathers to play go-stop and watch the lottery (they all lost again, by the way). Her masters are away in America, and the reason why all the cameras are turned on in her house is because the masters want to make sure she’s not taking anything.

Back at the garden party, Soon Ok and Boon Ja marvel over the shrimp, and how amazing it is that the head is standing upright. They compliment the maid, and that’s when Yoon Joo swoops in: “What are you talking about? Our maid can’t do this.”

Everyone is impressed, and Joo Won innocently asks how Yoon Joo knows which seafood is fresh? Soon Ok and Boon Ja want to know the secret to making shrimp stand so upright, and Yoon Joo fidgets uncomfortably, unable to answer. She later calls Soon Geum to ask how the shrimp was done.

Soon Geum is annoyed that Yoon Joo has to ask her for these things; the two of them attended the Italian culinary school together, but Yoon Joo had just become Soon Geum’s shadow, relying on her to master the art of Italian cooking.

The others all then ask Zar Lin to bring in some organic salad, and she admits that they’re really not organic. Since the masters of the house are too busy to grow the garden, she takes care of it instead. And because it’s so tedious to get rid of all the bugs, she really just sprays pesticides on it. Every so often, she picks at the vegetables to make it look like they were eaten by earthworms, thus fooling her masters that they’re really organic. Oh the tricks these maids play!

They begin to wonder where on earth Hyun Joo is, and Da Kyum notes that lately Hyun Joo acts like “a dog in heat.” Soo Jung starts yelling at her for being so insolent and rude… but Da Kyum is right.

Hyun Joo is back at home, and with his wives away, Jang Chi Gook sneaks downstairs to her room for some tomfoolery. Aha! Now we know exactly with whom he sleeps at night!

The next morning, as Hyun Joo serves up the dishes to all of them, Soon Ok mentions that it’s too bad Choon Jak is now gone. They wonder if they should replace Hyun Joo, but Jang Chi Gook starts slurping up the soup with a satisfying “Ahhhhh~.” He likes the food; therefore, Hyun Joo stays.

Soon Geum cleans the house, clearing out the study and Gun Woo’s room. She opens the desk drawer slowly and opens a small gift box lying next to her number. It’s a new wallet, with enough money inside to pay for the alcohol. Soon Geum knows it’s for her, but she can’t just take it. On the desk is a huge stack of letters – all from Gun Woo while he was in New York.

When Soon Geum had first started, she had noticed Choon Jak visiting the mailbox outside every day, just waiting for Gun Woo’s letters. Soon Geum finally approached her, and she immediately felt guilty when she realized that she had replaced Choon Jak. But Choon Jak was OK with it – Soon Geum can repay her by replying to Gun Woo’s letters for her, and never let him know that she had left the house. She also tells Soon Geum that the baby is really Tae Won’s, not Gun Woo’s.

At first, Soon Geum was uncomfortable with lying about it, but she finally gave in after Gun Woo’s numerous letters, begging for some sort of correspondence. He’s happy to finally receive her letter (and we get glimpses of fat Gun Woo before he slims down), and Soon Geum finds particular comfort in responding to him. She sends him Choon Jak’s gochujang (spicy sauce), and he sends her a headband in return.

It’s finally three years later – and my heart stops at the sight of Gun Woo returning from America – and he makes a call to the home. No one picks up. He wanders around the neighborhood (where he sort of bumps into Soon Geum buying the lotto ticket at the quick mart, but doesn’t see her), and purchases a phone.

Meanwhile, Young Hee goes to an art gallery and is annoyed to find that Hwang Yong is once again purchasing paintings frivolously. He embarrasses Hwang Yong in front of another artist, saying that Hwang Yong doesn’t know how to appreciate art since he switches it out every 6 months.

Gun Woo makes a call home with his new phone and this time Soon Geum picks up. He asks for Choon Jak, saying that the call is from New York, but Soon Geum hears a Korean loudspeaker in the background. He’s back! She stutters a lie that Choon Jak will be home soon, and they hang up.

Soon Geum freaks out – what to do when he finds out Choon Jak’s no longer there?! She runs out of the house wearing red heels, and trips and falls, splaying out on the ground. That’s exactly how Gun Woo finds her – on the floor, her heel broken.

He asks if she’s OK, and Soon Geum waves at him to go away. She can’t get up and see his face, so she just relies on hoping that he really did walk away, before moaning in pain. Gun Woo just flips her over on the ground; she has a scratch on her knee. He immediately recognizes her, but she doesn’t. (Who would!?)

She replies that even if she did recognize him, she wouldn’t acknowledge him being in this embarrassing situation. (Haha!) When she realizes her heel broke, she freaks out – it’s the mistress’ shoes! He laughs, and offers to take her to the hospital. She’s all, “Whatever for?! I don’t need it!” so he notes that nothing about her spunk has changed.

They walk down a cherry blossomed-path (signal for love birds!!) with Soon Geum’s bare foot on Gun Woo’s shoe. He complains about her being so heavy, and she tells him to deal with it. (Hah!) He could have walked away when she told him to, but he says how could he, especially when she tripped so spectacularly in front of him. He had to try really hard not to laugh.

Miffed, Soon Geum takes her foot of his shoe and starts hopping her way down the path. Gun Woo tries to get her back to walking on his shoe – he won’t charge her for it! – but she’s too pissed. So… he starts hopping alongside her! CUTE COUPLE ACK!

He insists he didn’t laugh, and she finally breaks into a smile at the ridiculousness of it all. He introduces himself as Gun Woo, and that stops her in her tracks. He’s the last person she wants to see right now!! He smoothly slides his foot underneath as her bare foot comes down to the ground.

She sits outside a shoe repair shop, and Gun Woo brings out the fixed shoe. She’s still shell-shocked, and asks if he’s really Gun Woo. He promises to call her, clearly not forgetting their exchange from three years ago.

As Gun Woo walks into his neighborhood (and I wonder – where the hell is his luggage?!), Young Hee slowly drives by him in his sports car, playing and joking around. He’s like an overgrown kid and it’s impossible to hate him. He doesn’t recognize Gun Woo at all.

Gun Woo enters the house excitedly, calling for Grandma Choon Jak. There’s no reply, so he goes up to her room. Or, what was her room; the furnishings have been completely changed. He yells angrily inside the house, “Grandma!!” and Soon Geum freaks out from listening outside the door. She decides to go hide in the dog house for now, which Young Hee sees.

Young Hee comes up to her and asks what she’s doing in there. She tries to shoo him away, but he says, “Should I come in there too?”

Gun Woo comes up to him, “What the hell is going on, Hyung?” It takes Young Hee a while to realize it’s Gun Woo, and he’s so excited that his friend lost so much weight. (“Hey Gun Woo – did you leave your fat behind in the States? Or is it coming on the plane tomorrow, flying business class?”) He opens his arms to hug him, but Gun Woo grabs him by the collar. The dog starts barking, and Gun Woo finally spots Soon Geum in the dog house. He’s surprised, but he’s starting to understand…

He grabs Young Hee – if he was gone, Young Hee should have worked harder to protect Choon Jak. She was an old woman with no home to go to – what if she got sick and died? Who the hell replaced Choon Jak? Young Hee nods his head towards Soon Geum, making the situation that much worse.

Tae Won and Yoon Joo arrive home in the nick of time, and both are amazed to see Gun Woo looking so slim. They also were expecting him tomorrow. Yoon Joo notices Soon Geum in the dog house, so Gun Woo tells her to come out. While everyone else goes inside, Gun Woo stares angrily at Soon Geum. The two of them have too much history.

You’re welcome. Oh – you want plot point? He’s just brooding in the shower, as all K-drama heroes with a body do.

That evening at dinner, Soon Geum prepares an array of fine dishes for the whole family, but Gun Woo can’t stomach any of it. Instead, he goes to the kitchen and cooks up some instant ramyun, and eats it straight out of the pot on the dining table. Yoon Joo is appalled, and Gun Woo notices San staring at him. “Do you want some?” he offers. “Son?” And almost cruelly, he continues to eat without giving any.

At the Hwang Residence, Hwang Yong admires his newly purchased painting. He takes it down to reveal his hidden safe, in which he stores a lot of cash and gold bars. He hears Zar Lin shuffling to his door, so he quickly pretends he’s hanging the painting up just as she opens the door to announce dinner.

After dinner, Gun Woo asks his father and stepmother what happened to Choon Jak. Yoon Joo quickly says that Choon Jak left of her own accord after he left. Gun Woo asks if he can bring Choon Jak back then, and she flippantly tells him to do whatever he wants.

He goes to Soon Geum’s room to get the whole story. (I love that he closes her door with his foot!) He wants her to start from the beginning, and she tells him that since she needed the money and had no place to stay, she accepted Yoon Joo’s offer to work at his home. That’s it. Gun Woo tries to get her to say that perhaps she made it hard for Choon Jak and ousted the grandmother. He gets up all on her face too, reversing their former situation back in the car.

Soon Geum insists she didn’t, so he starts rifling through her closets. Out in the living room, he tosses out her bag. He’s firing her from this moment, since he’s bringing Choon Jak back home. This scene echoes exactly what Yoon Joo had done to Choon Jak, throwing out the old maid’s belongings outside of the house after she returned from the airport three years ago. Yoon Joo is angry that Gun Woo is taking over matters of the home, which is supposed to be under her jurisdiction. Besides, who will take care of the kid?

No matter, Gun Woo says. The mom’s here anyways.

Tae Won shouts at the two of them to stop fighting, and he orders Gun Woo to go back to America if he’s just here to cause trouble. That’s when San, standing at the foot of the stairs, starts crying. Everyone quiets, unsure what to do with a crying child. Soon Geum goes back to her room to pack, and San follows her, sobbing, “Ahjumma! Don’t leave!” He follows her all the way to the door, and finally Soon Geum can’t take it anymore.

She goes back to him and gives him a comforting hug. Gun Woo picks up the child gently, and orders her to leave. He then takes San up to his room, where the poor child cries himself to sleep.

Soon Geum goes to Soo Jung’s room, where everyone is assembled for the lottery. She gives her vest to Zar Lin for them to take out the lottery ticket themselves. Though she tells them it’s in the right pocket, they pick out the one in the left pocket (the one she bought with her cash). Hyun Joo also has a huge pearl and diamond ring on her finger, but no one mentions about it.

They didn’t win, and that’s when they finally pay enough attention to Soon Geum to find out that she’s been fired by Gun Woo. They’re all confused – Gun Woo was the “docile panda!” He fired her?! For the night, Soon Geum stays in Soo Jung’s room, and she leaves the neighborhood at the crack of dawn.

Young Hee and Gun Woo are jogging around the neighborhood at that time, and only Young Hee looks at her long enough to acknowledge her. Gun Woo refuses to look at her; he still remembers that he owes her and has that gift for her in his desk, but he can’t bring himself to give it to her.

The winning lottery numbers are displayed all over her town as Soon Geum trudges back to Shi Ah’s home. She wants Shi Ah to make rice for her; for once, she’d like to be fed rather than feed someone else. San also wakes up that morning, and runs to the kitchen yelling, “Please give me some food!” Only – no one is there.

Gun Woo visits his father’s home office and reminds Tae Won that he had promised to sort out the mess by the time he returned. Tae Won turns it back on him; it wouldn’t be beneficial to Gun Woo if Tae Won claimed the son as his. After all, that would mean Gun Woo would now have to share his inheritance with a little boy.

But Gun Woo asks – should he care for his father that much to stick his neck out for him? Tae Won says he should. Gun Woo: “But that doesn’t make your kid my kid.” He gives his father a rebellious grin. Outside, Yoon Joo has overheard everything. She had gone to the office to ask Tae Won for assistance in putting on her necklace of pearls, but now, those pearls break off from their string and scatter across the floor.

None of the other maids want to go into the Kang Residence and help out Yoon Joo (aka Trophy Wife), so the family is resorted to eating jajangmyun for dinner. That evening, Yoon Joo stares at her husband in anger, now knowing the truth about his lies and San.

Shi Ah presents a humble meal for her daughter Ji Min and Soon Geum. Their home is modest, and Ji Min wears worn-out clothes. Soon Geum is disgusted – she’s given so much of her earnings to Shi Ah so that she could provide better clothes and meals for Ji Min, but where is the evidence of that? Shi Ah cries that she couldn’t possibly have spent the money Soon Geum gave her, especially after knowing how hard she had to work for it.

The next morning, Gun Woo heads out for his first day of work at his father’s company. Lo and behold – Soon Geum’s father is standing outside their house, asking to see his daughter.

Soon Geum heads out to find a new job. As she takes a lunch break eating jajangmyun, she rifles through the newspaper for a job. One of the headlines reads that this winner of the lottery will get the most yet, 14.2 billion Won. Though she doesn’t believe it, she takes out the lottery ticket from her pocket, just to see.

The numbers match. The storekeeper asks if she wants more radish.

The scene is played out quite nicely – when Soon Geum realizes she’s won, everything goes still and quiet. An eel swims by in its tank in front of her. She can only stare at the ticket, stunned into silence, as the store owner continues cleaning the other tables. Then the soundtrack slowly comes in and reaches its crescendo – she’s won!!

Soon Geum rushes off to her mother’s grave, plopping herself over the mound as if hugging it. She thanks her mother profusely, having bought the second ticket for her mother. She even proclaims she loves her father, and thanks the world and the other mounds next to her mother’s grave.

The person witnessing her seemingly lunatic ways is Young Hee – who’s a little ways off sitting by his grandfather and father’s graves.

Comments:

I still don’t know where this drama is going, but with that ending – the possibilities are endless.

There are plenty of hijinks that can come out of this winning lottery ticket. I can’t wait to see Soon Geum have her moment to be a princess (and I hope it does happen), but I can foresee trouble with her fellow maids. First off, I think the lotto ticket that she won with was the one that was bought with the maids’ pool of money. I’m pretty sure the maids used the wrong ticket when they were looking at the lotto numbers, so I wonder if this will be a plot point of contention in the near future. But – if it’s really her lotto ticket, then so be it! I’m far happier with that because it’s one less potential area of angst.

Nevertheless, there will definitely be tension with the fellow maids because she was one of them, and now no longer is.

The complex relationship between Gun Woo and Soon Geum is set up quite nicely. I got confused as to what they knew of each other, but I’m glad it’s all out in the open now. It’s not a typical rich boy meets poor girl scenario, because they’ve had a sort of friendship before they found themselves in their current social statuses. Gun Woo may now be a cold chaebol type, but he hates Soon Geum more for kicking out Choon Jak than for just being of a lower social standing. I really like that they’re friends first, master-and-maid second, but unfortunately, whichever relationship is more convenient at the moment takes the forefront.

As for Kim Min Joon – gosh, I think I need to go back watching his old dramas. The guy is a riot – and I’m pretty sure he’s relishing his role as the irresponsible rich boy. It’s interesting that for all his spoiled tendencies, he is most aware of the maids. He notices Soon Geum more than his rich neighbors, and he even knows about their nightly meetups for go-stop in Soo Jung’s room (as seen in episode 1). I can see him getting into a love triangle with Soon Geum and Gun Woo, but I think he’d just be causing more trouble for himself because…well, he’s just a troublemaker.

Slice of life – as some of you have put it – is truly the best way to describe it. It does remind me a lot of Prosecutor Princess and Dr. ChampProsecutor Princess in the sense that it’s not going to be a ratings hit, but I think it will be a solid story, and Dr. Champ in the atmosphere and tone of the drama. Plus, cherry blossom path, closing doors with feet – it’s as if it is picking up the elements that I loved so much in Prosecutor Princess. I’m like their perfect target audience.

To note – Gun Woo supposedly goes to NYU, but if his home is meant to be a New York apartment, well, I have no idea where the hell anyone can get an apartment like that in New York (unless you’re a billionaire). And I swear to God no NYU dorm ever looks anything like that!

Wednesday – come more quickly!!!!!

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  1. J

    :)

  2. ck1Oz

    Yay I was waiting for this :-)

    It’s now my 3rd favourite after Greatest Love,CYHMH.

    It’s good isn’t it?

    The loveline background is good and I love the 2nd lead already.A hottie,a convertible,he sings and has a killer smile swoon

    • 2.1 syeramy

      THANK you!! i’m waiting for this…im loving it!!

      me too..and this is my third drama after greatest love and 49 days…is that Can you hear my heart is good drama??

      • 2.1.1 ck1Oz

        Yes and I think you wouldn’t meet anyone who didn’t like it after starting.

        I started late from ep 9 and I have quickly caught up.

        Solid chilren’s cast,good adult cast, heartwarming,beautiful cinematography,her father is absolutely precious,plot moving along nicely, Kim Jae Won, the ahjummas have beautiful clothes….the drama’s got heart.

        The writer wrote Smile,You.

        • 2.1.1.1 ilikehim

          Spot on, everything you said about Can You Hear My Heart!
          It’s so beautiful to look at, the cinematography and it’s heartwarming, indeed!
          I also have a soft spot for Kim Jae Won, but his acting more impressive than i remembered.
          High recommended!
          It’s the only drama I am loyally and fervently following right now amidst all the supposedly lack-of-sleep-drama-craziness.

        • 2.1.1.2 Alvina

          Yes! CYHMH is brilliant. It has that makjang flavor which I usually hate but it flows so beautifully that I just ignore it. And, like 49 Days, it flows faster than I thought it would, hitting plot points and secrets earlier than I expected.

          AND, by far the biggest thing I love about it is the acting and the fact that the conflicts, for the most part, ACTUALLY make sense. :D

          It’s like, Stormy Lovers without the crazy. And better story. And awesome eye-candy (who act well).

          actually, nvm, Romance Town is like Stormy Lovers LOL

          • 2.1.1.2.1 MJP

            Yessirree!!! CYHMH is as good as good can be!!!

      • 2.1.2 luci8le

        CYHMH is my favourite drama at the moment !
        …..waiting for saturday for ep 15 now

    • 2.2 oh

      I’m also watching these 3 dramas. :)

      • 2.2.1 kdlover

        I love CYHMH!!!

  3. ck1Oz

    http://youtu.be/wAaETMS-QXE

    “Overflowing With Tears” The song will began airing with the third episode broadcast on May 18th as Sung Yuri and Jung Gyu Woon’s love theme.

    cr @allkpop.com

    • 3.1 lissa

      3rd episode,,,
      awwww tommorow will be awesome with RT and 49 days

  4. tonks42

    Thanks for the recap I am liking this drama already and we are just in episode 3…I like their chemistry…

    I am getting really crazy following all the Mayhem drama releases…giving up my social life….I`d rather watch and read the recap…

  5. 9to5

    Thanks for the recap! i’m really liking this drama so far!

  6. ohemgee

    love love LOVE this episode.

    My favorite scene?? Soon Geum and Gun Wook walking along the cherry blossom-lined promenade, for sure. Not only was it adorable that he was keeping her foot off the ground, but I love her sassy independence to hop, and then his adorableness in hopping alongside her. And the big, but mainly undramatic, reveal that he was Gun Woo. So sweet.

    I wish they had more hijinx together in the house before he kicked her to the curb, but something has me thinking she’ll be back in no time, lottery winner or not. Maybe her dad jusy sold her to Gun Woo?!

    • 6.1 ohemgee

      Ok, just one more thing-my second favorite scene and the second hottest, to be sure (shower scene being no.1 omgsohot) has got to be Gun Woo (being a jerk and making San cry for kicking out his ahjumma) picking up the boy. Men + babies = gets me every time

  7. kokoro

    I like this drama so far, but i hope they don’t focus on other maids’ stories too much.
    And they have Alex in the ost. I loved the song. Does anyone know where can i find it?

    • 7.1 Ani

      I can’t help you with the OST question, but I hope they do go ahead and expand on the maids, at least one of my favorite housekeepers so far: Da Kyum played by Min Hyo Rin. I just love that there’s a possibility of a relationship/couple forming between Da Kyum and Young Hee. It’s not just the housekeeper-boss thing, it’s the fact that Da Kyum seems more grounded… down-to-earth… more mature, and Young Hee, as pointed out in the recap, is a boy in a man’s body. Nothing better than two opposites coming together like the polar ends of a magnetic….. Either Paula Abdul got to me when I was a kid with her opposites attract song or kdrama is really doing a number on me by making me love that kind of pairing. Heh.

      • 7.1.1 kokoro

        Da Kyum is also my favorite. In fact I like all of the maids. But i don’t want to watch too many side stories because main couple is great and i feel like they are stealing their time.

  8. jojo

    Kaedejun…thanks for the recap. Looks interesting, so will give it a try. Jung Kyeo-woon’s body is almost as nice as Lee Sang Woo’s.

  9. UK Raver

    I am loving the chemistry between the leads which I think Best Love and Lie to me are missing. This dramas a little treasure amongst all the other dramas lets hope thet keep it up!

  10. 10 UK Raver

    I am loving the chemistry between the leads which I think Best Love and Lie to me are missing. This dramas a little treasure amongst all the other dramas lets hope they keep it up!

    • 10.1 carpetfibers

      I second this! I am so glad to see Romance Town being recapped (Thank you Kaedejun!), because it’s really charmed me. I, too, have absolutely no idea where it’s going, but I’m totally okay with that.

      I’ll use the word a second time, but Romance Town really is totally charming. It’s cute and light, with touches of sincerity that make me really draw into the story.

      And the leads have total chemistry. I love it.

  11. 11 MEI

    Bummer. Again.

    • 11.1 Ani

      Hahaha, it’s ok, like kaedejun said, it won’t be a ratings hit – meaning not as popular, so not everyone is expected to like it. I think I like it, but I’m not sure yet. I’m gonna stick around and give it a chance because I feel that it’s not that bad. Hopefully you’ll be willing to give it a try too for one or two more episodes (unless you want to opt out now). But out of curiosity, what about this drama that you just find “bummer”-tastic? Is it the setup? The actors? The pace of the story? Not your choice of eye candy? XD

    • 11.2 Melissa

      lol you are such a downer

  12. 12 Usi

    Thank you. I was thinking if I should continue after disliking the first episode. Now I know, I do not.

    And not another bitchy hottie *headdesk*. I have seen too many lately and it bores me out.

  13. 13 dramaville

    i love romance town!

    i knew i would like BEST LOVE. c’mon! it’s the hong sisters. and i love their style of story telling. and there’s cha seung won! he’s so hot!

    BABY-FACED BEAUTY was so so. i hate jang na ra’s loser role and daniel choi’s childish character. but the story execution was okay.

    LIE TO ME was a disappointment. i mean, i like both yoon eun hye and kang ji hwan, and two eps hence, the story was a bit dull.

    ROMANCE TOWN is such a spring breeze. it could be a potential prosecutor princess, in that it will grow on you. i was hearing a lot of reviews about sung yu ri’s acting as stiff, but i find her okay if not good. and i love the lead guy, jung something. can’t wait!

    • 13.1 mizRilla

      Yayy… Currently I also watch all the the airing drama… I like BEST LOVE too..

      Now, just try ROMANCE TOWN.. the story getting better..

  14. 14 magz

    thankyou for the recap! hmmm was tossing up on whether to watch this one or not but this ep really does change things

    can’t wait till the next ep! so many dramas right now its hard to decide which ones to follow fanatically from beginning till end but if you keep recapping at this pace it would be lovely hehehe thank you!!

  15. 15 byul1232

    agreed. i went to nyu, but the dorms did not look like that. perhaps..he lived in his own apt…. somewhere uptown. lol

    • 15.1 Sethe

      Upper East Side brownstone, maybe?

  16. 16 mulan

    I tried this drama and really like it!
    Love GEUM & GUN WOO already!

  17. 17 clarifoam

    you have sharp, sharp eyes ^^
    I never even noticed his NYU dorm whilst he was being so cute about the letters~

  18. 18 purplestar

    I was waiting for these recap like crazy after I read ep 1 o_0……….i’m starting to like these drama can’t wait for ep 3! thanks a lot kaedejun really appreciate it!!

  19. 19 Crew

    I’m usually really good with the names (I knew all of the suju members after an hour!) but there are way too many houses and cheating husbands and maids and wives to remember.

    I’ll try watching it to see if it makes more sense.

    • 19.1 tamtam

      Lol, same here. I’m watching it without subs, so I came here for the recaps, only to be confused even more.

    • 19.2 pohonphee

      :) same here. Whose master whose maid. But well I’m bad with name :P

      • 19.2.1 FlexibleSamurai

        Haha

        I’m totally confused about the names.

        Kaedejun, maybe you should call them with some descriptive names and introduce names one by one?

    • 19.3 kaedejun

      Hehe – I also have trouble with the names when typing it up!

      Hwang Residence
      Hwang Yong (master with the gold bars)
      Hwang Joo Won (his daughter in the red dress who broke off engagement)
      Zar Lin (the maid in long ponytail who looks like a little kid)

      Kim Residence
      Kim Young Hee (Kim Min Joon)
      Da Kyum (Min Hyo Rin with the perky nose and sassy attitude)

      Jang Residence
      Jang Chi Gook (master with the glasses and pencil mustache)
      Soon Ok (the wife with curly hair – http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu26/dramabeans/drama/2011/Romance%20Town/Romance%20Town%2002/RT02-0015.jpg)
      Boon Ja (the mistress with shoulder length hair – http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu26/dramabeans/drama/2011/Romance%20Town/Romance%20Town%2002/RT02-0018.jpg)
      Hyun Joo (the maid with the huge ring and disarrayed hair always up in a bun)

      Kang Residence
      Kang Tae Won (skinny guy reddish brown dyed hair and odd fashion sense)
      Seo Yoon Joo (his new wife – youngest looking one out of entire neighborhood)
      Kang Gun Woo (hottie. duh)
      Kang San (the three year old)
      Noh Soon Geum (Sung Yuri)

      Other Characters
      Soo Jung (the other maid with no master – as of yet – with a motherly body)
      Shi Ah (Soon Geum’s friend – the one with the baby girl and now looks like a bona fide ajumma with her curly mop)
      Choon Jak (Gun Woo’s grandmother-maid-caretaker; the lady from Shining Inheritance)

      • 19.3.1 Melissa

        great list!

      • 19.3.2 Jomo

        So that younger guy, Young Hee, who ran in the morning with Gun Woo, lives alone in the house with just the maid?

        No parents? Do they mention them? Or is he at their gravesite at the end of ep 2?

      • 19.3.3 laya

        the guy playing Kang Tae Won is also the guy who played In-soo’s dad the War Minister in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, right?

        • 19.3.3.1 Jomo

          Yes.

      • 19.3.4 lissa

        thank you K ^^

        can’t wait for tonight episode

  20. 20 A

    is it strange that i find this drama more appealing/interesting than lie to me? I love all the interactions between the different maids, keke ^^

    love you for doing recaps!! :D

    • 20.1 carpetfibers

      Not strange at all. I feel the same way. Lie to Me is kind of falling flat, despite the appealing leads. I think it’s the lack of chemistry. . . maybe when they’ve spent more time around each other?

      RT is ridiculously likable.

      • 20.1.1 MJP

        I am pretty sure I agree with you. I thought my kdrama calendar would be filled to the brim, but I find myself a bit bereft of kdramas on Monday and Tuesday dropping Baby-Faced Beauty (not likin’ it) and You’re So Pretty (writer plot irritation, I may pick it up later as leads are awesome in my humble opinion).

        Lie to Me is falling a bit flat thus far, but I still plan on watching it. So, I am left with only Sweet Pitipat/Palpitations which is only 25 minutes long. So here I am on my 2 hour toddler nap break with time to spare and no kdramas to fill my break time.

        But Thursday and Friday are “packed to the gills” with kdramas!

        Yeah! Romance Town!
        Yeah! 49 Days Finale!!!
        Yeah! Manny!
        Yeah! Best Love!
        Yeah! Sweet Pitipat!

        I’m happier’n a hog in a slop pen!

        • 20.1.1.1 Ani

          HAHAHA, I love it when English speakers use phrases/saying because it really helps me learn the language better. So far, my favorite ones are these hog/boar/pig related ones because they are self-explanatory for the most part (e.g. As useless as tits on a boar…. I learned it from the librarians at my Uni) and now “Happier’n a hog in a slop pen”. I’m tickled by your phrase and for the new line I can use. Thanks.

          And yes, sadly Lie To Me really is rather meh, but Best Love is pretty awesome and I’m slowly liking RT – truthfully they had me when Gun Woo was chubby, awkward and cute, but now it’s different so I have to see where they go from here. Manny kindof fell by the wayside for me, but if it’s picking up than I ought to go back and give it one more chance.

          • 20.1.1.1.1 MJP

            Ani,

            You are welcome! I don’t know if you already know the following information: The expression I used is considered a “country” expression because people who live in “cities” don’t usually talk that way. However, when the expression becomes extremely popular it “crosses-over” and everyone uses it. I am noticing on the Kdramas that there is a difference between “country” folk and “city” residents, so I am correct in assuming this is a universal fact?

            Also, with regard to Manny, I think that tomorrow we should get some resolution with regard to Janice. Not certain. I won’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything.

          • 20.1.1.1.2 Ani

            So, I’m guessing I should use my collection of hog/boar/pig related sayings sparingly while in the city huh? HAHAHA. And I think the difference between city and country folk is pretty Universal I think.

            And thanks for the Manny tip. Now I need to get back on the wagon and find out what’s going on with our favorite Man Nanny (it’s so funny when you break down Manny like that). X)

  21. 21 lissa

    right now i absolutely loveeeeee RT

    pleaseee writer nim don’t failed me

  22. 22 absothe

    Thnks for the recap, it made me watch the drama. And really it’s good and interesting, and I soo can’t wait to see how the story goes from here. And I’m already emotionally invested, cause if she loses that money to someone, especialy to her father, well then I’m gonna start pulling my hair out…

  23. 23 TammieR

    I didn’t think I was going to like this one, but I’m hooked now. Did anyone else crack up that during the meal at the beginning of the episode, the background music was the “Tra La La La La” song? It had me in stitches!

    • 23.1 Jomo

      YES! I wonder if they were supposed to have purchased that track and burned it to a CD?

  24. 24 yukisama69

    Due to bandwidth issues, I’ve been having to be really selective in how much I watch lately (stupid ISP decided to cap at 40GB all downloading all of a sudden).

    However, I was still looking for another k-drama to watch (in addition to Greatest Love, Best love or however it’s called today). I wasn’t doing to check this out, but I think I will now. Thanks to your recaps. :D

  25. 25 sukideo

    I LOVED the still of the very top picture in the drama. Such a pretty scene :D

  26. 26 Cynthia

    Thanks for the recap!

    I really didn’t get the JKW love.

    (I couldn’t recall seeing him in any of my Kdrama viewing.)

    Then came: 1.) Airport strut, + 2.) shower scene.

    I get it now.

    I’m shallow. I admit it.

    :)

    • 26.1 lissa

      kekeke… i never heard his name before…
      but after the shower scene,,, he wins my heart

    • 26.2 beggar1015

      It wasn’t until I watched Sign that I “discovered” Jung Gyu Woon. Now I’m watching Dr. Champ (that I had previously planned to leave alone) and RT just to get a dose of his broad shoulders and slab abs.

      But what’s with those ear?!?!?!?!?!

  27. 27 bourbon

    You’re welcome. Oh – you want plot point? He’s just brooding in the shower, as all K-drama heroes with a body do.

    True, that. Although they did change the trend a little bit in 49 days where Kang-yi SINGS! Badly! :)

    • 27.1 Sethe

      Oh, yes! Maybe there could be a brooding-in-the-shower scene in every episode of every drama. I don’t think it would get old at all, do you?

      I really dislike Gun Woo’s character right now, but maybe that’s the point?

  28. 28 afifah

    I am starting to love this drama,although the family is too weird,how come they have mistress living together with the wife these day?

    • 28.1 beggar1015

      I’m kinda getting the vibe that the wife and the mistress have, how should I say this, pushed the husband out of the ménage à trois. Sort of what happened to Ross Gellar in Friends.

  29. 29 Francesca

    Guess I’ve found my new crack after #49Days comes to an end! This is the one!!

  30. 30 ilovehk08

    I’m already in love with this drama and it’s only been 2 episodes. :D The plot is pretty interesting too. I like Sung Yuri’s acting and the actor who plays Gun Woo is quite dashing as well~

  31. 31 ntl

    Me too! And I thought my ears were deceiving me. The music director must have been TROLLOLOLING everyone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z4m4lnjxkY

    • 31.1 ntl

      Oops, that was in response to TammieR.

  32. 32 ahjummabunny

    the time flipping makes the story a bit hard to follow but so far the drama is cute. jung gyu woon looks like he lost his dr. champ/sign body. I’m slightly disappointed but he’s as loveable as he always is. The previews for episode 3 don’t seem like a good direction for the drama and I hope the pull it off. Overall I like it.

  33. 33 mskololia

    Thanks Kaedejun~ wonderful job again!

    I did not pay too much attention to the expensive ring on HJ’s finger. The one her master took from his mistress and gave to her no doubt????

    The broken shoe walk was romantic. Pay back for the eating-junk-food-in-the-car scene….

    GW’s NY pad looks like a condo or sth; perhaps even family owned.

    I like the storytelling thus far…..Tell me more writer-nim, tell me more…..

  34. 34 angelpur

    Out of the four new may trendies, this has to be my 2nd fave, after Baby-faced Beauty.

    Had to say that although the first episode won me, this one really hit me with the adorableness. Loved loved loved the scene when she was reading gw’s letters and really pitied her when the guy kicked her out. Liked the interactions b/w her and Young Hee a little less (because I liked him with min hyo-rin). Can’t wait to see the next episode and how they deal out with the lottery ticket plot – I hope she really becomes very rich. Standout ost as well.

  35. 35 Amg1

    @kaedejun! Thank you for your hard work!!! I am really liking this drama a lot, it does have all the right ingredients to be a very good drama, I like the pace and the development of the story line, I think this drama is becoming one of my favorites of this season!!!!!

    Thanks again!!!!!! : O }

  36. 36 Emily

    the scene under the cherry blossoms was the single most adorable thing ever. they are such a cute couple.

    I went into this drama because I was bored, not expecting anything but it actually turned out to be pretty good. I find the story quite interesting and I’m curious as to how it will develop. Mostly I am curious about what will happen now Soon Geum has won the lottery though…

    Thank you for recaps~

  37. 37 all4movies

    I’m liking this drama more than Lie To Me. While the latter is becoming flat, this one is starting to float with it’s sense of humour and hotness.

    Can’t wait to watch more.

  38. 38 natus

    I like it. I think I may give it a chance

  39. 39 crazedlu

    hah. i might follow and watch this drama. tank you. tank you for the recap. ^^

  40. 40 Revy

    I seriously love this drama and i got to say so Far Zar Lin is catching my eye. The scene under the cherry blossom and Gun Woo putting his foot for Soon Guen to rest was really adorable. Also the really dislike her father. He just seems so selfish so when she gets the money she shouldn’t give him any.

  41. 41 le

    i read somewhere that she used her own change to buy the ticket, but i’m not that sure. yeah the other maids are going to be upset, it would be funny if she shared it or hired them to not work for her but that sounds unrealistic.

    • 41.1 le

      also the drama is pretty unrealistic already so who knows what can happen.

    • 41.2 Julie

      No that is not it. She bought 2 tickets. One with the maids’ money and other with her own money. So she put her ticket on the left pocket, and the maids’ ticket on the right side.

      When the maids asked where was the ticket she said in the right pocket and she didn’t see that the maids got the wrong ticket (because they took it off from the left pocket – meaning they get her ticket wrong). After this shows that they didn’t won (so this confirms that the ticket she bought with her won money wasn’t the prized ticket. So this mean the other ticket that was prized was supposedly from the maids, thus the money isn’t hers but of the maids.

  42. 42 Denali

    @ Kaedejun
    While reading your first words above, I softly whispered to myself: “Be still my heart”. I actually had to repeat it quite a few times as I was eagerly scrolling down your recap.
    Gah, it took me several months to let Park Ji Heon fade away and I am afraid that it will take this noona even much longer to forget Gun Woo if I ever get aboard that bandwagon.
    Hmm… what a dilemma.

    @ Jung Kyu Woon/정겨운:
    I like you. Crazily*.

    *: any similarity with Dr Champ‘s script would not be coincidental. ^^

  43. 43 Mich

    Maybe its the lobby :P

  44. 44 boobae

    Why isn’t Kim Min Joon in more dramas? He is so good. He can do dramas, comedies, A lead and B lead. Hope to see more of him.

  45. 45 itsnicethat

    Kim Min-jun IMHO is a genuinely underrated actor. He is not a bedazzling leading man, instead he has this rare chilled-out, laid-back vibe that I have loved since Lovers in Prague. To me, he is kinda like the pre-Castle Nathan Fillion.
    I am completely enamored with Best Love right now, but I greatly enjoy your recaps and I think I may just watch this drama over Lie To Me next.
    I adore Jeong Gyeo-un, of course, and was the only one among my friends who faithfully watched Again My Love/Hateful But Once Again.
    Eeek, already I am torn between the two male leads.

  46. 46 Mish

    Thanks so much for writing the second recap so soon after the first! i totally agree with you that this drama kinda caught me by surprise. The set-up and all that didn’t initially grab me too much in the first episode and I was prepared to put this drama on the back-burner but something about this drama just speaks to me. The flash of abs this episode definitely helps a bunch. I’m not sure how I feel about the lottery set-up as I feel like it could seriously change some major dynamics, but I’m willing to see where this is going. This might just be a keeper ^.^

  47. 47 Lilian

    Interestingly, foreigners who come to the US gain weight. lol. I haven’t met a foreigner who lost weight yet.

    • 47.1 momo

      LOL, true!

    • 47.2 asianromance

      that’s what i thought too!!!

  48. 48 Kiara

    That recap makes me HUNGRY…not sure if its the food or that 6pack picture up there.

  49. 49 tweetiepie

    Loved the first half more than the second, Loved loved loved the first episode, not sure about this second one though, Lie to me is winning…

    As for the compulsory shower scene Am I the only one who thought it was hilarious how they started filming him from legs up but skipped the ‘vital bits’, it looked kindda clumsy and left me wanting ‘more’ Rawr!

    • 49.1 red

      LOL me too when they started panning up i was like holy crap are they going to show the whole body??? and then they cut to the abs

  50. 50 sora

    im loving thissss… thanks!!!!

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