Drama Recaps
Romance Town: Episode 5
by | May 27, 2011 | 93 Comments

Ack! I can’t believe how excited I was for this episode, and I was not disappointed at all! Plenty of revelations and plenty of fun, plus the return of Granny Choon Jak! My theory is, now that she’s done being Scheduler’s sunbae, she has time to become a normal human being again – even if it’s just a maid.

Alex – 웃으며 안녕 (Good Smile) from Romance Town OST [download]

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We start off with Young Hee carrying Soon Geum out like a knight in shining armor. The other maids are nervous; they’ve never seen Young Hee so angry, and they’re more embarrassed at having been overheard than being loud. Da Kyum is troubled – it is her man who’s carrying another gal out of the house. Soo Jung pushes Gun Woo out with: “Aren’t you the owner of that house?”

Young Hee carries Soon Geum to his car to go to the hospital. She struggles; she can get better with just some sleep! Young Hee tells her to be quiet and throws her over his shoulder. She then spots Gun Woo standing outside the front door. He gets riiiiiight up to Soon Geum’s face and takes a good look at her.

He addresses Young Hee – isn’t his hyung going overboard by taking care of his maid? Young Hee: “So YOU take care of her then…my back hurts.” But that would mean Gun Woo has to take care of the maid he dislikes, so he says, “Well, you were about to do it anyways – so carry on.” “But you’re younger!” “But you’re used to carrying women in your arms.” “But I was working all day.” “But I was playing all day – and that’s harder than working!”

Tired of listening to them argue, Soon Geum knees Young Hee in the stomach and he drops her to the ground. She’s annoyed that they’re treating her like a burden and would rather they just not be interested in her. She brushes herself off and heads back home. Young Hee and Gun Woo notice at the same time that she’s not wearing any shoes, and they both stride towards her.

Gun Woo wins. He sweeps her off her feet, and carries her princess-style. She’s shocked to see HIM holding her. Young Hee tells her that she’s not supposed to walk barefoot since she’s a girl. Soon Geum: “A maid isn’t a girl.” Her mom had once said that maids aren’t even humans. Though Gun Woo doesn’t say anything, he seems to take her answers to heart.

Gun Woo: We’ll switch (carrying her) every 10 meters.
Young Hee: Just carry her to the door. I’ll carry her to the room.
Soon Geum: The other guy was more comfortable…
Gun Woo: What!?

Young Hee carries Soon Geum into her room. He asks about her mom’s occupation, and she says, “A maid.” Young Hee is silent, but he quickly smiles and says there’s nothing wrong with that. But then Soon Geum adds that her grandmother was a maid, and Young Hee realizes that she’s the third generation of a family of maids. But he doesn’t look down on her for it.

His family was from the lower class too. His grandfather and father used to call him “son of a peasant,” or “peasant bastard,” alluding to their ancestry, but it could just be them berating the wayward third generation. Young Hee prepares her bedding and tells her to go to sleep. Soon Geum has never had anyone care about her in this way before, much less from a master. She contemplates being his maid instead.

The maids leave Da Kyum’s house, taking in the cool evening air, and Soo Jung swats at Hyun Joo’s sashaying butt. They start chasing and teasing each other. It’s funny how the two oldest maids are the ones acting like kids.

Da Kyum takes out her frustration towards Young Hee by washing the copper pot he had thrown out of their room. It’s completely dented now, and she scolds Young Hee for wasting money by not taking better care of his things. He grabs her face and clocks her forehead with a finger: “Are we using your money? No. We’re using my money.” GAH! I hate how he always hits her, and yet it’s also funny how he teases her like she’s his younger sister. And yet! It frustrates me that he sees her as a little kid and not a potential love interest. AND YET! I feel like this is their way of flirting…

Soon Geum goes to the living room to turn off the lights, thinking that Gun Woo is in his room already. All of a sudden a cellphone rings and Gun Woo pops up from lying down on the sofa. It’s Joo Won, and he clears his throat a couple of times before answering. (He’s nervous!?) Joo Won is looking at a photo of the two of them with Young Hee, but she covers Young Hee, setting her sights on Gun Woo. Ugh – I’m disliking her more and more.

Soon Geum listens in from afar. Joo Won wants to come over – will Gun Woo be alone tomorrow? Gun Woo says he will be, causing Soon Geum to mutter bitterly if she and San don’t count as people. Gun Woo seems excited at the prospect of having a pretty girl coming over to his house, but then he whips around, checking to see if anyone overheard. No one is there, and he’s visibly relieved.

Suddenly, he gets hit in the eye by a squirt of cold water. On the second floor overlooking the living room, San is shooting his water gun down at Gun Woo; “Bang bang!” AHH! Good job! Beat your older brother up!

Gun Woo yells at him to stop. At his age, he shouldn’t be playing with guns, but if he must shoot someone, he should go shoot the dog or his friends. He wants San to come down immediately and apologize, but San just crouches down, hiding behind his water gun. Gun Woo’s voice even cracks as he tells the boy to come down. If Gun Woo weren’t so angry, I swear he’d be adorable with kids.

Da Kyum takes Soon Geum’s heeled booties to the Kang Residence. She’s so angry at Young Hee that she throws the boots at the dog for him to chew on. But then she thinks of Soon Geum, and places them in front of the door.

Back at home, Young Hee and Da Kyum share some ramen. He wonders what the ladies would do if they won the jackpot, since the winner of the $14 billion is from their neighborhood. He muses if any of the maids in particular could have been the winner.

He lets his imagination wander. If Zar Lin won… she would ask the driver (?) if he wanted to go back to Vietnam with her. If it was Hyun Joo or Soo Jung, they would be asking for plastic surgery to make themselves look 10-20 years younger.

If Soon Geum won, she would be dressed in a fine strapless pink dress, with Gun Woo cowering before her. She would fire him, and turn to Young Hee, whose back is being used as her seat! He would serve her tea and become her new manservant. Needless to say, Young Hee cracks himself up with these fantasies.

He turns to Da Kyum – what would she do if she won the jackpot? She says that she would totally show off her money to the mistresses, and then lie on a bed of money. Young Hee clocks her on the forehead; obviously Da Kyum would leave 1st Street (their neighborhood) if she won. But Da Kyum petulantly says that Young Hee is still here; even if she won a lot of money she would never leave his home. In Young Hee’s opinion, there’s no way any of the house maids won the money, because why would they continue being a maid?

Now let’s go to the rich people, where they’ve all arrived at a fancy resort/spa for some R and R. Yoon Joo is having a facial with Soon Ok and Boon Ja, and she finds out that Jang Chi Gook is alone in the house with Hyun Joo. However, the wives aren’t too worried about Hyun Joo; they see her as a shy, defensive woman, so hurt by her ex-husband that she would never meet a man’s gaze again.

Yoon Joo scoffs; there’s no way they’re talking about the same Hyun Joo (who’s currently at home giving herself a facial). When they were in high school together, Hyun Joo used to flirt with all the boys from the nearby all-boys’ high school. Wait what?! Yoon Joo was classmates with Hyun Joo?! WHOOPS.

Little do they know, Jang Chi Gook is knocking at Hyun Joo’s door, begging to see her. But Hyun Joo insists she’s asleep, to prove that she’s not an easy woman.

In the sauna room, Tae Won is joined by Hwang Yong, who sees the large carp tattoo on Tae Won’s back. Tae Won admits that he’s earned money every possible way except using his fists. Shady. They trade locker keys. Hwang Yong opens Tae Won’s locker and finds a huge gold bar equivalent to about 50,000 Won. Tae Won had deposited 220 of those gold bars in Hwang Yong’s account. In Hwang Yong’s locker, Tae Won finds the lottery ticket.

That evening, Boon Ja can’t sleep in peace. She wonders if the ring belongs to Hyun Joo. What if they’re doing the hanky-panky RIGHT NOW!?

Jang Chi Gook is in the kitchen, and Hyun Joo frets that she’ll be slayed if the mistresses find out. Guess what? Chi Gook is grilling some barbecued meat… for Hyun Joo’s sons! Hyun Soo and Min Soo’s stepmother didn’t feed them, so they came over to Hyun Joo’s home. Once the meat is done grilling, Chi Gook leaves; he wants the boys to eat comfortably with their mother.

Gun Woo wakes in the middle of the night, curiosity getting the better of him. He tiptoes into Soon Geum’s room to drop off the fever medication and to check her forehead. He notices her skirt has ridden up and tries to pull it down gingerly. Unfortunately, Soon Geum wakes up and slaps him right in the face. But that’s not enough – she grabs her pillow and smacks him repeatedly. “I’m a woman too!” she yells. “Get out!”

Just because she’s a maid doesn’t give him the right to traipse around her room freely; he doesn’t own her. She continues hitting him, “Just when I started to believe that we were a family! I mistakenly believed we were almost family!” Finally, Gun Woo can’t take the abuse anymore and grabs her arms to stop her. He tells her it’s not his fault her skirt was up past her knees. Once she’s calmed down, he lets go, looking almost wounded.

Soon Geum kicks the door closed behind him amd locks her door for good measure. That’s when she finds the fever medicine by her bed. Gun Woo collapses on his bed, thinking his kind gesture has gone unnoticed.

The next morning, Hwang Yong and Tae Won stroll around the golf park. Tae Won asks if Hwang Yong will ever remarry; it’d be good if Hwang Yong has a woman, even if he doesn’t love her, because then it’s a sign of success. That’s how Tae Won views his wife.

Yoon Joo dives in the pool for a morning swim. As she finishes up, Hwang Yong comes to meet her, looking at her strangely. And then….


Yoon Joo slaps him across the face. She says that she’s Kang Tae Won’s wife, so what the hell is he doing? Hwang Yong said he kissed her to see if she really loved her husband. He verified it inappropriately, but it’s also because ever since she arrived on 1st Street, he’s been in love with her. OMO – confession?! Yoon Joo walks off without another word.

Unable to take it anymore, Boon Ja drags Soon Ok home to check on their hubby. Boon Ja bursts Hyun Joo’s door open and she sees a male head peeking out of the covers next to Hyun Joo. She whips the blanket off, just as Soon Ok uncovers her sleeping husband. So Soon Ja found her husband sleeping alone…and Boon Ja found Hyun Joo sleeping with her son.

Hyun Joo quickly explains that it was her eldest son’s birthday and she wanted to cook him food. She says she’ll send them off quickly, but Boon Ja (perhaps relieved at not finding Jang Chi Gook there), says that it’s fine – they can stay until after breakfast. She then mentions that Yoon Joo had said they went to school together.

Hyun Joo is shocked – she didn’t realize that Trophy Wife = classmate Seo Yoon Joo, especially with all the plastic surgery the woman must have had.

Gun Woo gets an awesome wake up call – San spraying him with a water gun! Finally Gun Woo gets the hint; San just wants to play with someone! When San shoots again, Gun Woo pretends he dies on his bed. San cautiously approaches Gun Woo, and that’s when Gun Woo picks him up and tickles him. AHHHH SO CUTE! Brotherly love.

Soon Geum is happy to hear San laughing as he rides down the stairs on his elder brother’s shoulders. But this happy morning is interrupted by the presence of Joo Won. Gun Woo puts San down, slightly embarrassed, and Joo Won fixes his messed-up hair. He notices Soon Geum watching and fixes the hair himself.

Suddenly, San squirts water at Joo Won. (Yeah! You go boy!) While she’s shocked by a little water, Gun Woo starts slapping San’s butt for spraying at just anyone. He tries to confiscate the gun and San breaks down in tears.

Soon Geum quickly comforts the baby boy. Gun Woo yells at her for being overly indulgent, but she argues that the little boy just wants to be friends with others. He sees Soon Geum all day long, so clearly he’d like to play with a pretty ahjumma like Joo Won.

Joo Won is left forgotten, and she quietly makes her exit. (HA! Good.) Soon Geum is also not afraid to yell back at Gun Woo, which completely throws him off. He wants to speak to her privately, so Soon Geum sends San off to her room first, and then says she wants to cook first or else be blamed for neglecting her duties. But he says they can just order food, even though he has no money.

She even mentions that Gun Woo owes her money from the alcohol three years ago, plus interest. He knows she’s seen the money in his desk, so she could have just taken it for herself. But Soon Geum thinks he’ll rip her off – because she saw his wallet while doing the laundry, and it was completely empty.

Gun Woo actually teeters from shock – his secret is now out, his pride hurt. Sensing this, Soon Geum tries to cheer him up by saying that she’ll buy jajjangmyun for him. But now Gun Woo gives in; she can just cook and save money. She claps him on the back – he should just be strong. And guess what – now they’re both the same! (Well not really, more like their wealth has reversed, but Soon Geum’s not telling him that!)

As Soon Geum gets the mail, she sees Young Hee driving out, and shyly thinks of when he carried her. Uh-oh – is she developing a crush on him? She thanks him, acting all coy. Young Hee gets the shivers, not wanting to see her acting so coquettishly. She wonders if she looks pathetic, as Gun Woo had called her. Young Hee tells her the truth: she doesn’t even look worth $10. He can be an ass – even though he doesn’t mean to hurt by telling the truth.

Soon Geum heads out to do grocery shopping, and Gun Woo pouts. He doesn’t want to be left alone! With a kid who is armed with a water gun! Soon Geum tells him there’s another one under the kitchen sink; they can play together! Meanwhile, Young Hee goes shopping for some kitchenware that are dent-proof.

He then heads over to the real estate office, where Soon Geum is looking over the contract. Young Hee is shocked to find that it’s Soon Geum buying his apartment in CASH. The realtor even says that Soon Geum wants a discount if she can pay in cash. When Soon Geum looks over at him, Young Hee immediately covers his face with a kitchen bowl.

Intrigued as to how she could purchase a house in cash, he follows her to Shi Ah’s home, where Soon Geum calls up to her friend. She doesn’t yell out the fact that she bought a house, but tells her friend to not worry about the house deposit anymore. She also leaves behind a bag of meat for Shi Ah to cook.

In his office, Tae Won notices the number behind the lottery ticket. He gives it a call – and we get… Granny Choon Jak! (With dyed black hair, or she became younger in three years…) She’s now working at a department store as a cleaning lady, and when she looks at her phone, she sees that her caller is “Gun Woo’s Home.” She hangs up.

At dinner at the Hwang Residence, Joo Won tells her father that San is not really Gun Woo’s son. It’s Tae Won’s, and everyone in that house knows except for Yoon Joo. Uh-oh….

The next day, Gun Woo has to go to work like a normal person, taking the train and walking to work. He runs to the office, and makes it to the meeting room before everyone else. Yay – he’s not late! To make the day even better, his stocks are going up.

The other four maids are all going on a trip to the convenience store to redeem their meager winnings. They want their winnings in $12.50 parts, so that they can split it evenly, but he can’t be bothered with counting that all out and gives them one $50 bill (50,000 Won). They decide to either buy something nice and share it, or spend their share each with the $50.

Soon Geum heads to the department store to pick up some things for the mistress, and Driver Oh encourages her to play “Madame” for the day by sitting in the back, which is awfully cute. While parked, Driver Oh sees Choon Jak cleaning the glass doors. He immediately calls Gun Woo, who then races out of the office, borrows a coworker’s car, and drives over to the department store.

Yay! Granny Choon Jak is found! Sadly, she lives quite a tough, and tiring, life.

Soon Geum has to wait 30 minutes for Yoon Joo’s clothes to be ready. She wanders around and sees that the makeup department is doing a special makeover for VVIP members, and Soon Geum just happens to have Yoon Joo’s coupon…

She gets the makeover of her life! Cat-eyes, lip gloss, hair extensions. She notices the other maids come in, but the makeup artist tells her not to move, so she can’t call out to them.

She returns to the place where she’s picking up the clothing, which is also where Choon Jak is sweeping the floor, which is also where Gun Woo is looking around for signs of Choon Jak. GAH! All these missed glances! Soon Geum decides to try on a dress for fun. It’s incredibly expensive, but she remembers Young Hee’s comment about her looking like $10 and tries it on anyway.

Gun Woo meets up with Driver Oh, who’s now unsure as to whether he saw Choon Jak or not. However, Choon Jak spots him as she goes down the escalator, and she immediately hides from view. (She doesn’t want to see him?!) Gun Woo hangs around for a bit and sees a woman cleaning next to a transformed Soon Geum. He approaches the cleaning lady, but is mistaken.

Soon Geum calls out to him, but Gun Woo is all, “Are you talking to me?” He doesn’t recognize her at all! A saleslady approaches Soon Geum and says that the clothes she’s picking up is ready. Also, the clothes she’s wearing is $18,000; dang that lady is pushy. Soon Geum reels back in shock, and Gun Woo catches her before she falls. He’s surprised to see a woman who looks rich be shocked at such a price. She decides to buy the clothes; when Gun Woo leaves, Soon Geum is amazed that money could give her such a transformation.

Next thing she knows, Gun Woo appears by her side again. He wonders if they’ve ever met, but she denies it. He asks her out for a drink – he has two coupons for free coffee, just like when she had given him a free coffee with her coupon three years ago. The sweet memory brings a smile to her face, and she agrees to a date!

He asks her what she does for a living. Soon Geum says she’s a homemaker, but she’s not married. So what is a homemaker doing wearing fine clothes in a mall in the middle of the day? Soon Geum’s all, “Well why can’t I?” Gun Woo: “Just wear the nice clothes when you meet me. And stop buying more clothes, because you’re pretty (as is).”


They wait for the elevator, and when it opens, it’s the four maids! They’ve bought something with their winnings that they can share, and are surprised to see Gun Woo. Soon Geum looks away, hoping they won’t recognize her.


Hyun Joo boldly asks if the girl is Gun Woo’s girlfriend, and he replies, “I’d like her to be.” (!!!!) Soo Jung checks Soon Geum out, while Da Kyum notices the shoes; they look like Soon Geum’s booties. Gun Woo notes that all the maids are there except Soon Geum (bwahah!). Soo Jung: “Why, do you miss her?”

Hyun Joo says there’s no way a man like him would be interested in maids like them. Soon Geum butts in: “Why not? Maids are women too.” Zar Lin notes that the rich girl sounds just like Soon Geum. Gun Woo says that maids aren’t like him – and rails about how troublesome Soon Geum is. That incenses the other maids, while Soon Geum’s eyebrows knit in anger. The maids get off, and though they’re perturbed by how similar the rich girl is to Soon Geum, they don’t believe that Gun Woo would be with her anyways.

Once alone, she refutes every negative fact he had used to describe Soon Geum: “I’m not lazy, or unreasonably stubborn. I have a proper sense of humor. My fault with the child is caring too much. I do what is necessary and I’m not self-centered. I do a good job in housekeeping. What do you think of me then?”

She gives him a coy smile, and he nervously asks her name.

Soon Geum: “It’s Shi Ah. Yoon Shi Ah.”


AHHHHHHHHH! I love the ending – although I hope Gun Woo quickly realizes she’s Soon Geum. He’d be a real idiot otherwise. Admittedly though, based on the official stills released a few days ago, I myself didn’t know it was her! It’ll be fun if they keep up this charade for a bit, but I’d love for him to be brought down and humbled when he finds out that it’s really Soon Geum.

The lottery winner mystery is going to be unraveled more quickly (I hope) now that big-mouth Young Hee is on to her. Plus, there are plenty of close calls with the maids, and Da Kyum ain’t stupid. (Min Hyo Rin is portraying her with the perfect amount of sassy-ness and perceptiveness.)

I also have to give kudos to Jung Gyu Woon – in this episode, he went through so much facial acrobatics that it was hilarious to watch him. I loved his scenes with San, and I am hoping for more when he starts caring for the boy more. For a moment I was really put off when he spanked San, but I hope he can redeem himself. After all, a cold arrogant heart being melted by a kid is a gimmick that will get me every time.

Every so often we get a glimpse of what the rich people are thinking as they look at their maids, and how the maids feel about this treatment. And then every so often we have someone who crosses the boundary between “upstairs” and “downstairs” – whether it’s Young Hee or Soon Geum. I like this balance in the storytelling so far, because usually, there’s always one side that you should hate – either they’re the chaebol/rich-mother-in-law, or you should hate the greedy poor people. But here, we can see how the other half lives without hating one side more than the other. While we should dislike all rich people, Young Hee, Hwang Yong, and Gun Woo make us question that position. And while we should always side with the maids, I feel like sometimes the maids can be irritating in their own way as well, as they’re money hungry and sometimes inconsiderate.


93 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. crazedlu

    squeeeeeaaaall! i seriously did throughout this entire episode. i freakin LOVE this drama! ahh! can’t wait for next week’s. =D!!!

  2. Jenni

    Cute 😀

  3. ilovehk08

    oh i love this drama so much 😀 Thank you so much for recapping! It was such a swoon moment when Gun Woo sweeped Soon Geum from her feet. btw, San the little kid is too adorable for words. (;

  4. jjjjj

    Okay. I officially love Romance Town. Before, I just thought, “Oh, it’s fun. Cute drama with a cute man” but it’s becoming more and more…addicting.

    And I love the OST. 😛

    • 4.1 elma

      ur not the only one, I have love this since epi.1 plus I’m so in love w/the ost.had it download and listen to it over and over. I think this better than LTM.but still love eun hye just not the drama.

      • 4.1.1 yoose

        yes, it is very addicting.. i couldnt wait for next week. heck, i even watch it without sub, and rewatch it again. buut im totally hoping that seun geum will actually end up with young hee.. and i hope da kyum will not end up getting evil.

  5. crazykillua

    Thank you soooo much kaedejun…wondering…Kaedejun r u a fan of Kaede Rukawa?eheheh..nyway soooooo excited already cant wait the subs in darksmurf will be in 100%..wa!!!loving the drama already!!

  6. mey

    i like this drama a lot. also, i just realized that the second lead guy was in damo.

  7. ezra


    I wasn’t planning on watching it, but because of the recaps, I did, and I’m hooked. I just hope they sub episode 6 already. I’m dying to find out. ;_______________________;

  8. kyla

    thanks for the recap!i’m beginning to love this drama more and more!i’m puzzled with soon geum’s hair though..how did she manage to get a long ponytail with her short hair?hmmm..

  9. vera

    I loVeeeeee this drama so muchhh..

    San is so cute,,, I adore this kid actor.. He acts well..

    • 9.1 KDrama Fan

      Ditto x2 Vera.

      Though I think in real life giving a kid a hair cut like that in this day and age is a form of child abuse:)

  10. 10 Jessybee

    ROTO is getting good!! It’s a bit similar to desperate housewives where from the outside the characters potray one thing but slowly we get to see different sides of everybody and how money is affecting their lives… can’t wait for the next episode!

    Thanks for the recaps!! you guys are angels for us who dont speak Korean! 😀

  11. 11 jo

    I LOVE this drama! This episode was awesome, there is not one single boring storyline. Can’t wait to see where everything is heading, the confusion between Soon Geum and Hyun Joo, that should be fun!

    Thanks a lot for the recap! <3

  12. 12 bopbopbop

    this drama is so underrated!
    i love romance town <3

  13. 13 bluemoonie

    Yay! Thanks for the recap. I love this drama.

    I can’t believe he doesn’t recognized her. I don’t think he’s that stupid. Perhaps he’s playing along with her or something. Aww! How cute!

    • 13.1 Saima

      what abt the other maids?! when the youngest one goes “she sounds similar to SG”, Da Kyum recognizing her booties were similar to SG’s, and when they exit the elevator and one of them goes that she did look similar to SG —that was unbelievable!! heh…sure she looks diff but not SOO diff that she’d be unrecognizable!!

      • 13.1.1 Julie

        But isn’t the appearence who is the big factor to not recognize her, is the money thing. The maids and Gun Woo would never imagine SG getting very expensive clothes and all… that is why 😀

    • 13.2 beggar1015

      I’m hoping that’s how the story will go, that Jerk Boy really knows its SG, but he’s playing with her to see how far she’ll go with her “disguise”.

      Ok, yes, with the makeup, new hair, and new clothes, I can understand not immediately recognizing her. But seriously, once she spoke, everyone should have known she was SG.

  14. 14 malta

    This drama is enjoyable, but I’m puzzled by the whole lottery ticket, room full of money, loan sharks/gangsters, and taxed inheritance plot. The characters themselves seem so much more interesting than that kinda bizarre part of the plot.

    • 14.1 hookedonmonix

      Well, I *think* that she didn’t want to cash in the lottery ticket because she doesn’t want her father to know she’s rich (imagine if he had millions of dollars to gamble away-and as we all know, it doesn’t matter who owes the money, everyone related to them s responsible for paying) So, she went to neighbor loan shark to get a secret loan, leaving the lottery ticket as collateral. I don’t know exactly when she was planning on cashing the ticket in, but technically, loan shark is just holding on to it for her- so she’ll pay the loan back.
      However, Mr. Loan shark got an offer from Gun Woo’s dad. He wants to buy the ticket from Sharkie, so he can give the ticket to his heir, which they would turn in for the winnings, thereby avoiding inheritance taxes (hm, taxes on windfalls aren’t significant in themselves?)
      I don’t know what this will mean for SG. It should mean that her debt is technically paid off and all the secret room money is hers. But, who knows.

  15. 15 binzer

    This may not be my favorite drama airing right now, but it’s certainly got me the most twitterpated.

    I love how this drama takes cliches and makes them feel new. Girl breaks shoe and falls. Hilarious conversation ensues, followed by boy lending her his foot, followed by adorable hopping. Pretty much every other drama in existence would’ve just went the piggy-back route!

    The Young Hee/San Geum relationship is equally cute and unique. The Spirit of the Mountain flower-exchange was awesome to begin with, but it just got better when the show made it into an inside joke (when she says she’s a rabbit and offers him her liver).

    Even the rich/chaebol cliches are switched up. We have a rich guy who is secretly poor, a poor girl who is secretly rich, a nice rich guy who is actually a loanshark, etc etc. Gun Woo’s character is especially fresh-feeling because he grew up ridiculed but rich, and now that he’s skinny and poor he seems to have a very confused ego.

    I also love that I have no idea where this show is going. I think Da Kyum might become sort of evil? I think she’s more the second lead than Joo Won, and once she finds outs about the lotto money I think it’s going to get messy. She’s already made it clear that she would do pretty shallow things if she had money (unlike SG who daydreams of helping her friends) and I think the tables are going to keep getting turned on our cast.

    Can’t wait for episode 6 subs to finish!

  16. 16 crazykillua

    Sung Yu Ri is not gonna die in this drama right?eheheh…she died in Snow Queen and Hong gil Dong….NOOOOOOO

    • 16.1 elma

      did she really died in hong gil dong? I knew she did in snow queen. this is romantic comedy for christ sake, I hope not

    • 16.2 asianromance

      I’m like 99% sure she won’t die since this is a romantic comedy made in 2011 and this isn’t a sageuk.

      • 16.2.1 Dara

        What ‘s the last 1% for? hehe.

  17. 17 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap! I just finished watching ep 5 half an hour ago and wondered if the recap was available!

    “But here, we can see how the other half lives without hating one side more than the other.” —> totally agree with you.

    I really like the understated humor in this drama and Gun woo’s facial expression! Who else thinks Jung Gyu Woon’s eyes remind them of Badtz-maru?!

    I’m sort of scared about the whole Gun-woo not recognizing Soon-geum in her snazzy clothes storyline. It’s a bit farfetched for me since Gun-woo already likes Soon-geum, I would think he’d recognize her in different clothes and makeup. If he had only met her once, then it’s easier to believe (a la Drew Barrymore’s Ever After). Part of me wonders if he’s playing along with her – sort of like how Kang-ah pretends he didn’t know that Yi-kyung wasn’t Ji-hyun.

    • 17.1 MrBloo

      Actually , I thought that GW was just stringing SG along when he didn’t ‘recognised’ her all dolled up like that. To me, what gave it away was when he came back offering her free coffee, reminicent of when she gave him coffee the first time they met. When he was dissing SG in the elevator, it reminded me of the drama cliche of the boy purposely being mean to the girl he like becos he knows its SG under all that make-up but he was just teasing her by saying all those mean thing. Well i havn’t watched ep. 6 yet so I hope this is the explanation.

      • 17.1.1 zgzgirl

        Doubt it. I think he is totally oblivious to her identity. But the end was so funny. She is soooo “in love”, and he is so not getting it.
        I do hope he realizes it soon though. I think they I just trying tio create more conflict between them.
        The secret will probably be out by ep. 11, hopefully. Since it will be mid way through the drama, and it is usually when both sides acknowledge their feelings for each other.

  18. 18 Cynthia

    I was kind of liking RT until the following:

    The “Clark Kent eyeglasses disguise” syndrome has apparently hit the writer’s room. How is it that our lead can get a free makeup job, throw on a few expensive duds and not be totally recognized by FIVE close friends?!?! In an elevator? And she speaks! No one can figure it out from 12″ away?! And she’s still wearing her maid shoes!
    The only thing truly different about her appearance was the pony-tail hair extension.
    C’mon, SHOW – really?!
    And to top off this plot device, our main guy lead, who has spent most of his scenes with her practically nose-to-nose, can look right into said face and be fooled by eyeshadow?! Please.

    I feel better now. Unrealistic plot devices like this drive me nuts.

    • 18.1 carpetfibers

      Not to give anything away, but episode six does address this device directly, which I appreciated. I, too, was annoyed by the trope. I found it lazy, but the way it’s explained actually serves to provide a bit of social commentary.

    • 18.2 JiHwan

      I agree. I too was frustrated with how this episode ended, and episode 6 did not seem to clear up anything either, which makes me increasingly frustrated. I know that it’s a drama and it’s not suppose to be entirely realistic, but I really don’t like where this is going. I hope they clear everything up soon, because this whole identity confusion plot device is really taking away from all the Soon Geum and Gun Woo scenes. It just doesn’t feel real when she’s interacting with him as Yoon Si Ya and not herself.

  19. 19 carpetfibers

    I still have absolutely no idea where Romance Town is going, but I really don’t mind at all! I love the light atmosphere, the slow unraveling of information about each of the characters, and how all of their lives are becoming more and more intertwined. I’m totally fine following along with this journey.

    The only small point of annoyance are the seizure-like camera cuts. The cutaway reaction shots are so schizophrenic at times that I feel nothing of whatever heightened tension the editor wanted to convey.

  20. 20 So-In-lurve

    I m gettin addicted to it!!!!!
    Please recap episode 6 ASAP!!!

  21. 21 vrosemarie

    I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I’m liking the way this drama is heading!!! It’s squee-worthy!!!

  22. 22 crazedlu

    hah. i, too, have no idea where this drama is going, and usually i care because i write myself, but for some reason, i don’t care. hahaha. it’s cute and the actors are doing their thing with their characters. as crazy as the plot gets sometimes, i still feel it’s believable. and keep in mind that the entire story (especially with the lottery ticket) isn’t out yet, so of course things are bound to confuse us.

    if it bothers some of you viewers that much, practice suspending disbelief. it’ll help. haha.

  23. 23 Shia

    I love this drama! Everything it does it does well.~~

  24. 24 wonbinlover

    I like Romance Town because I’m not really sure where the storyline is going. But i totally have second lead syndrome because i rather see SG with YH because i think they have better chemistry and i’m biased towards Kim Min Joon ever since Damo.

  25. 25 ht

    I love Soon Geun and Gun Won together but after episode 5 and 6.. it pretty sums up how shallow Gun Won is. I wish Soon Geun could quickly come to her senses and realises that Gun Won like ‘Yoon Shi Ah’ because of her looks. That would mean that Gun Won never liked Soon Geun too.. And I hate how Gun Won talks behind Soon Geun’s back in the elevator. Pfft.

    I’m still gonna support the GW-SG couple, but I like Young Hee too. For now, he’s definitely better than GW (I have a love-hate relationship with GW). Can’t wait for the ‘love-triangle’ to happen soon..

    • 25.1 wakey

      i’m glad i’m not the only one who was put off by gun woo’s love at first sight attitude. he didn’t even know her name when he invited her out. i’ve never been unbelieving towards love at first sight, but here i do find it shallow of him. i guess it’s because the 2 girls are the same person, and you get that he wouldn’t go for soon geum just because she’s a maid and doesn’t look/dress rich.

      i’m actually annoyed that soon geum isn’t pissed by that! in ep 6, she’s almost giving away her identity by being so lovestruck… she doesn’t even realize that it’s not ENTIRELY her that he’s strung on. it’s her + sophisticated looks.:| sometimes i tell my friends we should try to live as ragged as possible and then find love, rather than always be dolled up in case love comes running by.. find a person who would love you for better or for worse. from there, you’ll be glowing with love you won’t even need much to feel or be pretty. so i don’t know. i can’t agree with her carrying on as someone else so she can date him.

  26. 26 dany

    I love this drama and the second male lead!

  27. 27 Eva

    I’m really loving this drama! it’s not the best that’s out right now but it’s very entertaining and I really like the characters so far!

  28. 28 red

    i love how the plot points dont seem contrived and it flows smoothly

  29. 29 maricel

    i didn’t buy that she changed her clothes and no one could distinguish her ¬¬, hw i made a friend to watch the scenes of Sw and YSa and she thought they were different women. So if it’s for a short time i’ll believe it. This drama is funny and i consider that it really gives an insight to rich korean families and working maids …i also love Yong Hee and Hyorin. And i hope he doesn’t fall for Sw, he’s happy and nice and i wouldn’t want him to end up broken hearted or pathetic… i’m enjoying this drama so much…thanks for the recaps.
    Ahhh, i don’t get what happens with the ticket…why don’t they change it for money?

    • 29.1 wakey

      i think it has something to do with tax issues? loan shark guy probably bought it to sell to someone like gun woo’s dad. if he changed it for money, he wouldn’t gain anything because he bought it with interest and the government will still deduct tax from it. so it’s likely that he plans to sell it at a higher price to someone with needs like gunwoo’s dad. GW’s dad needs it to evade the inheritance tax that will be deducted from his successor’s inheritance. the inheritance tax is higher than the tax on the lottery winnings.

      however, i’ll be damned if this really happens in real life. i mean, what a coincidence. neighbor wins, neighbor sells ticket, LS neighbor buys ticket, LS neighbor sells ticket to fishy other neighbor.

  30. 30 enjoydrama

    Me too, I’d prefer SG to be with YH than GW. I’m enjoying this drama more than Best Love. I know, I’m the odd one out but Best Love is not doing it for me, just like MGIAG. Well, to each his own! 🙂

    • 30.1 Ubo

      I’m enjoying RT better than BL as well!

  31. 31 Ubo

    Thanks for the recap. This drama is intriguing and interesting – the top of the lot currently for me.

  32. 32 Noah

    I’m enjoying this more than Best Love as well! Best Love is really good too, and I’m loving it, but I connect with this drama a lot more.

    The little kid is so cute. There’s heaps of little kids in kdramas, but this kid has to be among the cutest.

    One criticism I have with Sung Yuri is that she only acts with her face, her body is so stiff. But she has a really versatile face though, and with her ‘transformation’, she really does look like a different person. In writing, the plot point seems hard to swallow, but when her face is made up, the whole shape changes or something. I’ve watched many of her dramas (even the mess that was One Fine Day!) and I did a double take during the scene.

    Can’t wait for the recap of episode 6! After watching it, the episode for me pushed RT firmly ahead of BL as my kdrama love. I’m excited to hear what other people thought too. It’s a pity it faces such a tough ratings slot. 🙁

  33. 33 crazedlu

    geez. i’ve commented twice already, but here’s another one. hah. i don’t really know why i love this drama so much, but this show already upped “best love” for me a long time ago. and.. just thought i’d add.. MURDERED “lie to me.” haha.

    i love myself some hong sisters, i really do, and they’re definitely finding ways to up their writing game, but part of me has already labeled “hong gil dong” and “my gf is a gumiho” as their best. i know, trust me, i see those dramas’ flaws too, but that mystical-fantasy-comedy genre is really their niche.

    anyways, romance town is so light and fluffy, i just love it. it’s got depth too, but it’s calmer. and as much as there are cliches present, i feel the storyline is so unpredictable. RT, for the win. heh.

  34. 34 tiffany

    awww man so giddy wit a mix of uneasiness in regards to the r/ship btn DK & YH >< she was promoted as being one of four main characters, so thought she'd be paired up wit YH.. *fingerscrossed* haha heres to wishing!

  35. 35 ingridine

    JUNG GYU WOON make a great job with GW ‘s character !
    Multi-facial and fresh acting !

    Sung yuri give us one of her best performance.
    (in Swallow of the sun …she doesn’t die ! XD)

    Romance Town is THE DRAMA to watch !

  36. 36 Dara

    Thanks for your recap!
    Really love love this drama, currently no1 of May drama in my book. It’s so fun to sneak in each character’s life, and see how will money change their life. Rich kid becomes penny-less, maids become rich, gangster becomes softie.
    I can’t help but love them all, this neighborhood is weird yet heart warming, now I think ‘Romance Town’ fit the story really well.

    I think there is more to this Shi Ah thing cuz if the maids can feel the resemblances of SG and the shoes, why can’t GW? Nah, somebody is playing a prank on us! Just wait and see!

    On to next!

  37. 37 1aco

    I loved this Ep… It is so far the best ep… bu there is one thing I hate about this drama and that is the editing… it is so bad (not all the time) that my head start to hurt… You will notice changes in a scene when the editor cut from this to this to that in fem sec… slow the tempo of the editing and cut at the right time… But there are some shots that I really like.. like the shot where we see both main characters under the cherry tree from a distance…
    ( only them in focus) that was a beautiful shot….

    • 37.1 beggar1015

      This was a problem I had with My Princess. It was like they were trying to give every actor in the scene the same amount of screen time, so the shot was constantly jumping from him to her, from her to the other her, back to him, then all three (or however many), then back to her, etc.

  38. 38 noir

    I love RT 🙂 and thank you for the lovely recaps by the way. Alsooo. I wanted to kind of chime in that the reason they might not have thought SG was the “SI AH” in the elevator because of how she looked and the clothes she wore. They know SG is poor and would not be able to afford a $20k outfit. One of the maids said that “SI AH’s” clothes are equivalent to a car too… so maybe that’s why they didn’t initially suspect it to be SG?

  39. 39 nuna

    thanks for this great recaps..now eps 6 recaps plizzzzzzzzzzz

  40. 40 holly

    have just watched episode 5

    Love this drama – it is so undemanding. You don’t have to think to hard – it is light and refreshing. Perfect antidote after stressful week 🙂

  41. 41 Ladymoonstone143

    Thank you so much for an awesome recap Kaedejun. I really am loving this drama more and more. Solid acting from the cast. One of my fave ajusshi (the nice loanshark guy) is there and even Tae Won (which I hated in SKKS) grew on me…lol

    There is so much story on it that I don’t mind where it would take me. I am so looking forward to the future episodes. SG’s character is endearing to me because she is just so nice and thinking of her friends and what she can do for them rather than thinking about herself first.

    RT and Best Love is what am looking forward to every week. CH is looking great with the 2 episodes and hope it will continue so I will add it to my list. Manny is almost done and actually am enjoying it too.

    LTM…hoping after that kiss, it will start to get better and more movement on the story.

    Thanks again Kaedejun,,….

  42. 42 crazygal

    thank uuuuuuuuu!!!!for sum reason reading ur recaps after watching te drama gives me a wonderful feeeliing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!thnk uuuuu!!

  43. 43 Steph

    First time I’ve seen a bad child actor in kdrama. But I guess he’s only 3 so who can blame him?

  44. 44 mskololia

    Nice write-up as usual kaedejun. Thanks!

    I hope GW is just playing along with SG’s but he may be thick….If he does not recognize her… for real-s, then I hope she continues this little charades where she starts to like the attention and lifestyle questioning her sanity.

  45. 45 christie

    i am enjoying your recaps more than the drama! thanks so much.

  46. 46 angelyurihuynh

    so cute SYR-JRW. style long hair of yuri so pretty. saranghae tangsing ^)^.thanks recap

  47. 47 Kelly Haru

    nice!!! XD after watching ep6, this drama has a better picture and direction! soon geum transform into another girl, shi ah and geon woo in love with her, she has to make geon woo like the real soon geum than shi ah, oh my god, this drama is just getting better and better! XD

  48. 48 Banu

    What an jerk.. come on how can you not recognize her ..really? ..I want the other guy with her.. XD he is wayyyyy nicer.. this one is jerk that forgot his dorky ways back then..EX_FAT BOY..

  49. 49 sosoxrah

    This drama is much better than Lie to Me imo, so I’m happy ep5 brought some interesting moments for the characters. I’m surprised that I like the drama so much, but I think it’s bc I’m drawn to how the story revolves around the characters in the neighborhood, who all have their secrets and suspicions of the others. It’s like, you get a bunch of strange, rich characters in a small space together and you gradually expose their hidden lives. The one that makes me a bit confused is whether Young Hee’s actually fall for Soon Geum or just fated to pair up with Da Kyum…. I guess I’m like Soon Geum, where I don’t know his true feelings or motives. The next episodes should be interesting!

  50. 50 Lacey

    Hmmm i wonder why the Grandma is avoiding Gun Woo though..

    • 50.1 Jomo

      She knows he will try to bring her back, and she doesn’t want to fight the Trophy Wife who originally threw her out?

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