Drama Recaps
Best Love: Episode 14
by | June 16, 2011 | 342 Comments

How can every new episode be the best episode ever? It seems statistically improbable, but here we are, beating the odds. And though I promised myself I wouldn’t cry, I broke like a dam of tissue paper against Niagara. Damn you, Drama!

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

Jin makes the grand gesture to sell his image and save herself, but Ae-jung freezes and steps away from him.

Ae-jung: Isn’t that what you’re saying to me—to sell your death to save myself? Don’t try to hold me. I’m not your charger or anything else anymore. Now that you’re thinking about death, you want to bury your bones in dog shit? Don’t even dream about it—this is my dog shit pile. I have no intention of letting you in. Don’t even dream about dying. At that arrogant highest [che-go] peak, live well. At the top.

And with that, she’s gone. Aw, I both love and hate how fiercely prideful these two are. They’re both heroes, trying to do the right thing for each other, but unwilling to let anyone else take the fall for them.

Jin mutters to himself, “Gu Ae-jung, please…”

She begins her press conference, staring out at the sea of reporters who toss out question after question, until one finally rattles her. Someone asks how she plans on shedding her negative image.

With tears pooling in her eyes, she wonders aloud, “Will I shed it if I die?” The cameras go off and the reporters are stunned into silence. She wonders if she died, it wouldn’t matter who she sold or who she loved, and it would all be spun differently.

She bursts into real tears as she wonders if dying will shed her image and protect… and then she blurts, “Protect what? When dying…” She’s talking about Jin, of course, only now letting herself cry from the shock that that he might die, only choosing the wrong time and place to do it.

Gong Hyo-jin is so good. My heart hurts when she cries. Every time.

President Moon ends the press conference there, and later tells Jin that she fears it’s only made things worse. He has a solution: let’s just make them forget it by topping the headlines with bigger news. He plans to out his surgery and the fact that he might die. She warns him that it’s equivalent to throwing away the rest of his days pre-surgery—he’ll be surrounded by reporters night and day. But as we know, he’s willing to protect her in any way he can.

Ae-jung drowns her sorrows in wine, asking Jenny aren’t people supposed to be sad when they hear that a loved one might die, so then they cry together and support each other; isn’t that the way it’s supposed to go?

But when he wants to sell his death to save her, is she supposed to thank him? How can she be by his side? Aw, sometimes I really just want her to stop doing the right thing.

She passes out at the table, and Jin walks in. He sits across the table, petting her head softly and asking if she’s not going to do her usual drunk parroting today. He sighs that there’s really something he wants to hear her say, even if she’s just drunk-repeating it.

“No matter what I do, forgive me. Understand me.” And then he leans in, resting his head on hers, as he whispers, “I love you.”

And Ae-jung drunk-parrots: “I love you.”

Damn. That hurts so good. Way to bring it back, Hong Sisters. I love that the drunk parroting was laid in so well before, as if designed for this moment. Nice callback.

Jin smiles, wanting even more to just kidnap her on the spot. He reaches over and clasps her fingers, like he’s desperate to just hold onto any part of her. It kind of kills me.

The Couple Making PDs give Pil-joo the chance to tell his side of the story and post it on their site, but find that news of Ae-jung’s press conference has totally been squashed by Dokko Jin’s surgery news.

Ae-jung wakes up… in Jin’s room. HA. He really did kidnap her. She says she’s leaving, but he tells her that the place is lousy with reporters, waaaay more than the last time. Eyebrow raised, “So you can’t.” Rawr?

He tells her that he told the press about his heart surgery, so basically he’s stuck in his house until then. He declares that she’s stuck here too, since the reporters are going to be here round the clock. Niiiice.

Ae-jung refuses, telling him that she doesn’t actually like him enough to do all that. Jin: “That’s okay. You never did in the first place. I started it my way, and until the very end, I’m gonna do it my way and see you as much as I want.” You are such a child. But I love you for it.

She doesn’t want to stay, so he tells her it’s her choice—either leave, by which she’s announcing to the world that they’re together, or stay—it’s basically a win-win for him. She walks away in a huff, but he calls out that his house is an open floorplan… so he can see her wherever she goes. Hee.

She sees the news stories, and marvels that in one fell swoop Dokko Jin really can wipe out all her bad press. It’s the power of super-stardom. Meanwhile Jin checks his fridge to make sure they have enough food, and he smiles to himself, giddy to be alone with her. “Happyyyyyyyyyyyy.” So cute.

Pil-joo smiles to see that Jin has told the world the truth, but knows that trouble isn’t over for Ae-jung. She’s still protecting too many people, so he decides that those people need to be brought together to air out the truth. YES PLEASE.

So he sets up a meeting between the three remaining KBSN girls, to finally hear Mina’s story. Finally.

She tells them that Ae-jung’s words at the press conference—that if she died, would she shed it all—were actually hers, ten years ago. She had wanted to jump off the roof that day, but Ae-jung had stopped her and helped her escape.

She explains that her idol days were really hard on her, and that she’d always wanted out. She then fell in love (with the idol boy) and they had planned on getting married and running away together. Only Se-ri’s little prank changed all that…

She puts a hand on her stomach. Jenny and Se-ri look at her, stunned. Mina continues that she had lost the baby and wanted to end it all, but Ae-jung saved her and helped her to get out of the industry for good.

And Jenny turns to Se-ri, adding without judgment that Ae-jung taking the fall for it and not outing Se-ri meant that she could go on and have a career.

Se-ri starts to cry, finally realizing the effects of her stupid prank, just because she had felt left out and less loved by Ae-jung. All the girls sit stunned, realizing that Ae-jung protected them all.

Ae-jung continues to try and ignore Jin, which is just as he pointed out, really hard to do in his house. Not that he makes it any easier, following her around like a lovesick puppy, though he veils it as no, I was gonna do this, no I was gonna that, just tailing her around.

He at one point tries stripping in front of her (humona, humona) but that doesn’t work either. I know you’re mad, but…!

She turns on the television to find yet another story about Jin’s surgery, so he quickly turns it off and tells her to ask him directly if she wants to know anything. He obliges that he’ll even pretend to be on TV and she can ask him interview questions.

He tells her that he has a week until the surgery (160 hours, to be exact, which is both sweet and sad that he counted it that way), and that the surgery has a 10% success rate. She doesn’t ask any more questions, so he adds:

Dokko Jin: I have someone special in my life. But because there’s not a lot of time and the success rate [of the surgery] is so low, I’ve been hiding her. She’s usually one to ask ‘Why’ three times at every circumstance, so the fact that she’s not asking anything means she’s really mad. There’s only one answer to the question that’s circling her head of ‘Why’… Because I like you too much. Gu Ae-jung, I don’t have time to explain and make excuses. There’s only one answer to everything: I love you.

She begins to cry, finally getting past her anger. He tenderly holds her, and then asks still in interview mode, if she regrets not being able to be his final interviewer. She tells him not to try and make her his final Dokko Jin Special: “Don’t try to prepare me that way.” Oooof. Pain.

He holds her again, and says that he’ll do everything the way she wants. And she cries silently on his shoulder.

Manager Jang brings a reporter to meet with Se-ri, to fan the flames of Ae-jung’s dying scandal. He asks if Ae-jung really was the reason for her breakup with Dokko Jin. Se-ri confirms that she was involved… as a friend to comfort her when she was heartbroken. Aw, good girl.

She adds that all the KBSN girls got together the other night, and that they’re all besties now, just goading Manager Jang. Later he asks why she’s switching teams all of a sudden, and she just warns him to mind his current girl group, who’s clearly going through the same problems that they were. She threatens to out his idol’s secret relationship if he talks about Ae-jung or Mina anymore, and with that, his lips are sealed. Is it wrong if I like her now?

She goes to see Pil-joo, who’s proud of her taking a stand. She tells him that Dokko Jin kidnapped Ae-jung to that strange land… so is Paul going to go save Nina, or has he given up trying?

Pil-joo tells her how the manhwa ends: The ruler of the strange land disappears, and Nina comes back out to Paul’s world. Se-ri: “And he takes her back?!” Pil-joo: “Yeah, Paul really is the strangest kid in that whole story.”

She asks what happens to the Mushroom character (her), and he saucily points out that he can’t really remember, since he wasn’t really interested in that character. Heh. Se-ri: “I may not remember that manhwa’s story very well, but I DO know that the Mushroom was the most popular character!” Hahahaha. Her petulance is kind of adorable here.

She asks how long Paul’s going to hang on to Nina. Pil-joo: “Until she cries no more.”

AWWWWWW. Gah, somebody marry this boy!

Ae-jung asks Jin if he really had any intention of outing their relationship before he found out he might die. He admits that it was far unlikelier then, and she tells him that he’s acting like this now because he thinks he’s going to die.

She says she wants to go back to the days when he desperately wanted to hide his feelings for her. “Why are you not thinking about your future? Why are you only thinking of mine? You dying to protecting me doesn’t make me happy in the least.” Yay, reason!

He’s like, fine, I’m totally gonna live and then prove you wrong! She points out that being trapped in here, counting down to the end is horrible, and that if he really believed he’d live, he wouldn’t have brought her all the way here to not even lay a finger on her. Whoa.

Aw, yeah. He turns to her, all tiger bedroom eyes as she scoffs that she knew something was up when he kept bringing Hyung-kyu along and made excuses about his CF contracts… Dude, this girl wants your potato. Get it! Get it now!

He stands up and raises her up by the hand. He’s clearly got something to prove, ’cause he lays one on her, all hot and steamy, and they kiss over and over.

He finally kisses her sweetly and says, “You wait and see. I will make the surgery a success, and I’ll show you a future.” And he hugs her tight.

Okay, this is not where I thought that conversation and kiss were heading. Why are they not going at it like bunnies right now? Is it to do with his heart? Because we’re severely lacking in sexy times for an I-might-die-tomorrow scenario. Amirite?

She lets herself be reassured, and says that she’ll trust him, and leave now. She knows that if he has to go to the hospital from here, he’ll be surrounded by reporters and she won’t be able to go with him. “And at the most critical moment, you’ll need your charger there.” Aw.

He tells her to come and sing her song for him then, and she nods, promising to do so. They hold each other tight, as Ae-jung says she’ll charge him till his battery is full. Jin: “Chaaaaaaarge.”

They hatch their escape plan, and Jae-seok and Ae-hwan show up with an ambulance, causing a big stir. They rush up and then carry someone down in a stretcher, face covered, and Jae-seok cries, “Hyung-nim!”

As they drive away Jae-seok says it’s safe now, and Ae-hwan pops up from the stretcher. Oh, ha. I totally thought it was going to be Ae-jung in there! They basically just did the whole show to clear the reporters out, so that Ae-jung can slip away quietly once they’re gone.

Jin walks her toward the door shuffling his feet and telling her not to look so happy to leave. She offers up her feelings about leaving:

Ae-jung: I won’t explain or make excuses about not doing things your way, or not staying here to countdown with you, or not believing in success rates, and just discounting it all. I won’t make it complicated. There’s only one answer…
Jin: Because you like me a lot?
Ae-jung: Ddeng. [opposite of Ding Dong, meaning no] Because more than you think, really really, much much more… I love you.

He starts to well up with tears, and then does his trademark line, “My heart, because of Gu Ae-jung… recovered!” As he does his keuk-bok peek-a-boo. He holds her face in his hands and tells her that he had a final objective in kidnapping her (Was it sexy fun times? Because you kinda blew an open invitation earlier…) and that she’ll just have to anticipate the future. Aw.

He heartbreakingly watches her go, clutching his heart. He goes upstairs and opens a box with a diamond ring inside, shaped like two flowers. He wonders aloud, “This future, can I give it to you?”

Eeek! Was he going to propose? With a flower ring? Why are you so cute?

Jenny and her boys worry about the two lovebirds, and Jenny finds herself disappointed to realize that the reason Jae-seok has been so preoccupied lately was because of Dokko Jin, and not her. Heh.

He asks her for “more wine,” making Ae-hwan freak out that she’s already had wine with Jae-seok. I love that wine = kisses for him. She tells him to think whatever he wants, and he sighs, “Does that make me Yoon Pil-joo?” Aw, poor puppies.

Se-ri comes to see Jenny to nonchalantly ask that the KBSN girls take a photo together, since she kind of said in an interview that they were super close. She clearly wants to befriend Jenny, but she’s not making it easy. Se-ri does tell her that she’s interested in Pil-joo, and Jenny sighs that though she wants Ae-jung to choose Pil-joo, that ship’s sailed. I’d say.

Se-ri goes to a church to pray, and some ladies nearby marvel that she’s being such a devoted ex-girlfriend, to pray for Dokko Jin’s surgery. Only this is her prayer: “Please let Dokko Jin’s surgery be a success… so that he and Ae-jung unni can be together, and please give me Yoon Pil-joo.” HA.

President Moon tells Ae-jung that they’ve survived the latest scandal due to all the help from people around her. But she adds a harsh dose of pessimism, that Jin’s perspective (in thinking he can be with her) is skewed because he thinks he might die. “But he’ll live. And he’ll come to his senses.” She doesn’t mean it to be harsh, but it still cuts deep.

Ae-jung heartbreakingly says, “If he just lives, even if he cuts me like a knife and zooms past me, I can dance and wave goodbye and let him go.”

She goes to see Pil-joo to thank him for doing the interview and helping to clear the air between the KBSN girls. She gets choked up as she says “Thank you,” knowing that this might be goodbye, since he’s talked of studying abroad.

He says he’s happy to see her in good spirits, since he worried she’d be hurt. She says that she has to stay by his side and recover, sighing. Pil-joo wonders if staying by someone’s side doesn’t make it harder to recover. He says that’s why most people go away to recover, using work or study as an excuse. Aw.

Pil-joo: “You said that running away isn’t protecting. If the thing you want to protect disappears, and you want to run away… I’ll be your excuse.”

WAIL. Why is Perfect Man Pil-joo so… PERFECT? Does not compute.

His teary smile and hers back just sort of pulverize my heart, knowing that he’s even willing to be her excuse to forget Dokko Jin, should he die. I mean, what? That’s devotion. Probably unhealthy, but sweet just the same.

Pil-joo even sends his mom over to Ae-jung’s father to offer up a box of that expensive herbal medicine and apologize to the family, requiring her to send a picture proving it. Heh.

And then Jin brings Hyung-kyu over, who wonders if Ajusshi is sick, like all the news is saying. Jin explains that it’s complicated to explain to a 7-year old (yeah, I still don’t fully understand your surgery, and I’m a little north of 7), but that his artificial heart needs tuning. Hyung-kyu nods, acknowledging by comic book logic that even Iron Man needs to retune every once in a while.

Jin gives him Ae-jung’s ring, and tells him that he wanted Ae-jung to have this if he couldn’t end up giving it to her himself, and tells him to hide it somewhere, next to something that she treasures and will never throw away.

Hyung-kyu: “Are you going to marry my aunt with this ring?” Jin: “Ding dong!” He assures Ding Dong that he’s the Very Special Dokko Jin, so he’ll make it happen, no matter what. So Ding Dong goes home, and hides the ring in the box where she keeps her purple sneakers.

Jin calls Ae-jung and she promises again to be there for the surgery. He tells her that the heart is stopped when they operate, and that ten years ago, when his heart was stopped, it was her song that brought it back.

She asks if it was hypnosis, but he tells her it was fate. “When my heart stopped again, in order to make it go Du-gun-du-gun, I met you.” He tells her that he cares so much about being cool that he can’t even let other people see him scared, but “You know Butthole Jin, so you come and be next to me, so I’m not afraid, okay?”

*whimper*

At the office, Jae-seok gives President Moon an envelope from Jin “Just in case…” Inside are the pictures from his picnic with Ae-jung and a dvd, and Jae-seok explains that if he dies and news leaks about his relationship with Ae-jung, he wants to make sure that the public knows how much he loved her—essentially doing what he said before, making her a top star by way of his death.

At home, Jin picks up his potato, “Potato, are you going to flower? You have to hurry up and flower so that I can brag to Gu Ae-jung.” It’s so cute that he talks to Potato like a pet.

Suddenly, he clutches his heart in pain. Potato goes tumbling out of his hands, as it crashes to the ground, and so does he. He writhes in pain, and looks over at the potato lying helplessly on the ground.

Jae-seok rushes him to the hospital and the doc preps for surgery. Problem is, Ae-jung isn’t answering her phone because she’s in the studio, about to go live for the news desk portion of Section TV.

The PDs get the breaking news that Dokko Jin collapsed, so they pass it to the anchors who make the announcement live. Ae-jung freezes. Then they introduce her, for her segment on Shin Mina (nice way to mention her name but deflect from anyone caring that she can’t cameo because we’re so wracked with panic right now).

She’s frozen, until finally she gets up and leaves in the middle of the live shoot. She rushes to the hospital, which is totally flooded with reporters.

It’s time for surgery, and the doc asks if the Du-gun-du-gun girl isn’t here. He asks if he should play the cd for him anyway. Jin cries the saddest tear in the world, and says firmly, “No, she’ll sing it to me live, somehow.”

Ae-jung sits outside, crying that she never even got to see his face. But she remembers her promise, and so quietly through her tears, she begins to sing:

From the beginning we weren’t right for each other
We only fought and burnt each other’s insides
But the strange thing is… One day our hearts connected
If you’re not by my side I go crazy, I want to see you
As someone special and only mine, a present full of anticipation
The closer we get I like you so much

[chorus]
Because of you
This heart
Du-gun du-gun
I love only you
The words my heart is screaming
You see me close my eyes shut and extend my lips
I’m dreaming of you, who holds me first

The day I leaned on you and pretended to be sad
Louder than my own, I heard your heart beating
Even if I try the thing I can’t hide
The thing I want even in my dreams
The one person more precious than anything in the world

[chorus]

I already knew
That you were like me
That our love was so bright it hurt our eyes and was seared into our hearts
Because of you
This heart, forever
Du-gun du-gun
I love only you
The happy words in my heart
You who opened your arms wide and offered me your trembling heart
I will hold you, full of the Best Love

Jin’s surgery is ready to begin, and the doctor stops his heart.

Ae-jung waits, on pins and needles.

 
COMMENTS

Aaaaaaaack! I mean, I KNOW he’s going to live. He’sgoingtolive, He’sgoingtolive, He’sgoingtolive. The more nail-biting part is how she’s going to revive him, and if that means putting herself on camera to sing, and outing their love to the world to save him… Eeeee! I’m all jittery and dying to know how she’ll do it.

And of course the fallout, which will be great too, because of the way the stakes have been amped up all around. I know Ae-jung has been the final word in keeping their love secret to protect him, but it’s finally a case where something overrides that—if she doesn’t risk that to go to him somehow and keep her promise, he might die.

This drama has done a phenomenal job of intertwining the image-as-commodity stakes with the life-and-death stakes to the point where they now come together to infuse everything with a sense of urgency and drama in a way that keeps it from veering into the frivolous. Because at some point it’s so easy to say, well that’s just image, so who cares?

But because Jin’s life is at stake, it ups the whole game, and what they’re willing to sacrifice to be there for each other means so much more when so many obstacles stand between them. It’s a clever way to turn the gesture of love into a grand one.

The way che-go is used in this episode, to mean the highest, fits in nicely to bring back Dokko Jin’s princess in the castle metaphor. He’s now the princess stuck in that tower, high up in the air and unreachable. The sea of reporters keeps Ae-jung at bay like a row of soldiers or a fire-breathing dragon, and it’s up to her to find a way to barge into the hospital and rescue him. And whether she’ll slay the dragon or use some kind of magic remains to be seen. Go kiss Sleeping Beauty and wake him up!

I LOVE reverse fairytales like this one, especially when gender roles are reversed, and Ae-jung gets to be the white knight tasked with saving Princess Dokko. It somehow works perfectly with their characters as well, him being the perfect princess loved by all, and her being the noble protector who guards everyone around her. And though Pil-joo’s tale of Paul and his strange land were perfectly fitting from his point of view, it’s wrong, because it’s the wrong story. He saw her as the one needing to be rescued, but she’s not the princess. She’s the knight.

And THAT? Gets me. Right. Here.

 
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342 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Abbie

    FIRST!

  2. resef

    well-done episode

  3. Fall

    LOVE!

    • 3.1 Fall

      Can someone explain to me the whole potato pet thing again? I vaguely remember the backstory.

      • 3.1.1 channah

        Okay, I’ll give it a try since I saw someone posting the same question in the last recap. Here we go:

        She brings potatoes to Dokko Jin’s home to cook him something and he accueses her of being “easy” (because he thinks that Ae-Jung lied about finding Pil-Joo’s pen and instead bought a new one) and asked her to spend the night with him since she’s “easy”.
        In a fit of angered hurt (because he thinks that she just wants Dokko Jin to further her career, but likes Pil-Joo so much that she would turn to lying and deceiving others in order to get him) he later decides to cook all the potatoes (“execute” them) except for one, which he can’t “kill” and instead puts it in a glass with water when it starts sprouting.

        The potato was the first tangible piece of evidence that Ae-Jung’s heart is actually going to Dokko Jin and not to the hot dork of a doctor, because – if I remember correctly – it was actually the first time that Ae-Jung went to Dokko Jin without having any work-related reason, and she even blew off a date with hot dork of a doctor for him. And, of course, she WANTED to cook for him.
        In a later episode Dokko Jin tries to get her to cook him something again, but she refuses and he has to browbeat her into it – so I guess it kinda meant a lot to him that she wanted to cook him something out of her own will.
        I guess it’s a kind of tangible connection that Dokko Jin has with Ae-Jung, because he grooms and talks to the vegetable as if it were a little puppy that his girlfriend gave him for his birthday and he now has to take care of.
        But that’s just my take on why he couldn’t kill that lil’ potato. Hope it helps. If not, you can always rewatch the end of ep 7 and then the whole ep 8. ;)

        • 3.1.1.1 th em

          The fact that two of us were simultaneously writing up detailed profiles of a potato is exactly the sort of thing that makes the internet such a strange and wonderful place.

      • 3.1.2 th em

        Short version: He grew it from a potato AJ brought to his house.

        Less short: DJ falls for AJ and takes her to look at flowers. AJ rejects him. DJ tells AJ a story about a rejected gift of potatoes. More stuff happens. DJ gets mad at AJ and scares her off, realizing too late that she’d brought him a gift of potatoes. DJ is still mad, and executes (eats) the potatoes except for one. That potato, which will be henceforth known as Potato, starts to grow sprouts. DJ thinks the sprouts are poisonous, but he lets Potato grow anyway. Meanwhile, more flower metaphors. Superheroes. Something about a cell phone. Potato keeps on out-metaphoring them all. Potato grows and becomes DJ’s secret confidant. When DJ’s heart has trouble, potato gets wilty. When DJ’s heart is in crisis, Potato goes crashing to the floor. But we all hope that Potato survives long enough to marry Flowers and have little Potato Flower babies. The end.

        • 3.1.2.1 dramabliss

          Excellent summary, th em!

          Now am worried about what happened to Potato, which crashed to the floor when Jin collapsed. Although my anxiety is somewhat allayed by someone writing somewhere in this site that a second emergency team arrived to rescue it.

          I’d really, really want to have my own pet potato soon. No, now!

          • 3.1.2.1.1 dramabliss

            th em!

            Just scrolled down the page and found it was you who reported on the potato rescue operation. Hope to get an update soon.

          • 3.1.2.1.2 th em

            @dramabliss: Added below.

          • 3.1.2.1.3 damianna

            potato was also mentioned in d camellia story at 1st. abt d chicken n stuff. the characters in camellia story made up potato i think. dats y ae jung brought them at d 1st place

        • 3.1.2.2 IzOcha

          Perfect!

      • 3.1.3 Rina

        @channah & the em: Great explanations of the significance of the potato “pet”!

        I’ve never cared for a potato as much as I have for the one in this drama! Like we had the pig-rabbit in YB & the plush chicken leg in MGIAG, will there be a trend of people sprouting potatoes?

  4. bourbon

    Yaayyy!!! Thank you girlfriday!!

    No OT for me today, so I’m extra grateful for this. :)

  5. tabbychi

    I love this show!!!!!

  6. MEI

    OH ME GODDDD! GONG HYO JIN! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH IT HURTS! How can you be so damn good? I think she’s the type of person who looks and feels cool all the time without overdoing it you know? APPEAL PERSONIFIED!

    And man, I bawled my eyes out during the first few minutes after that, there’s no more tears to be squeezed so I just sat in a daze. Hahaha.

    • 6.1 MEI

      THANK YOU JBEANS AND GFRIDAY FOR THE RECAPS! I totally forgot to say it haha :)

      I’m sad that Best Love is ending in a week but happy at the same time cos I’m supposed to be preparing/studying for my upcoming licensure exam and having BEST LOVE around is not doing me any good.

    • 6.2 floren

      agree with you…GHJ, as usual is so convincingly good here again, she really moved me to tears…i recently marathoned some of her previous dramas, LGTS SD, TY, Pasta, hello teacher and i became an instant fan…she is one of korea’s finest actresses…

      • 6.2.1 emy

        to floren

        what site did you watch LGTS SD? I’ve been looking for it everywhere.

  7. Fabmari

    Thank you!!!!! XOXOXOXOOX

  8. Qd

    Best love

  9. Yuuko11

    Thank you so much GF for very fast recap. This episode is so Daebuk.

  10. 10 laya

    EEeeeeeee! Thanks for the recap, GF. Dramabeans, I love you <3

  11. 11 twinkle

    Very intense episode. Loved every minute of it.

    I love Gong HYo Jin. She is such an amazing, amazing actress!!

  12. 12 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

    I cannot believe that after next week my life will return to normal. BL should extend for at least 10 episodes. Please I don’t want my PRE-dokkojin-aejung-piljoo life back.lol!

    MY LIFE BEFORE BL – First of all before this drama came along, I never and I mean NEVER made a comment on any blog even those that I’ve followed for 10 years , and now I’m just writing a novel here , haha. DB, you should feel honored for getting my first comment ( DJ in-character here, lol) . Also I NEVER watch dramas that are currently airing in Korea, I only watch them when they’re out in DVD with English subtitles (ok fine, maybe some episodes of Boys over Flowers in local TV dubbed in Tagalog waiting for Lee Min Hot to say mahal ko (saranghae).LOL!
    Before, the only Korean words that I know were kimchi and saranghae. For the past weeks my brain was filled with “WTF do they mean by OTP???” and why do they keep talking about NG and BTS? And is daebak good or bad?? Now I have even mastered the drama lingo so much so that I could use all of them in one sentence. For example – “BEST LOVE’s the daebak rom-com this season or probably for like EVER with CSW and GHY, now known as my favorite OTP,so much so that I find myself looking for NG videos of their kissing scenes and laughing myself silly as well at the BTS videos of the whole cast’s bloopers .” Hah, look at how rich my k-drama vocabulary is now. ROTFL! 

    MY LIFE DURING BL –
    1. waiting for DB’s recaps until the wee hours of the morning every Wed night(I stopped watching Glee) and Thurs (I stopped watching American Idol, I know they have all been put to the backburner) . One time being new to the site (and didn’t know the recap sched upload) I found myself rereading previous recaps, refreshing the site prolly a thousand times from 9pm to 7am I was camping in front of my laptop. And even after discovering thundie’s live BL recapping, I go back here for GF and JB’s witty side comments and funny insights about the show, their tandem is sooo Hong Sisters I loveettt. Btw, Dramabeans has now replaced Facebook on my computer’s dashboard . DB has become “home” for me.  You know how once you get home, you automically reach for the TV’s remote, I don’t anymore, I switch on my laptop and click on DB. I can’t even remember the last time I watched TV. 
    2. Same routine as Wed-Thurs, even though I know I could watch it in one go like Sunday night I still find myself waiting for the English subbed videos on Saturdays as well, from midnight to 5am til the videos are up(reading comments and recaps while waiting) . Yes so in a week I actually spend 4 nights with DJ and Pil-Joo..heehee
    3. reaching for VitWater in the grocery instead of coke
    4. Having LSS (last song syndrome) and keep singing dugun-dugun (my dog is privy to this)
    5. Asking my sister who is a doctor (but not a heart surgeon) about things like pacemaker, heart valves etc and if she knows any cute adorkable doctors with glasses . heehee!
    6. Catching up in my Grey’s Anatomy episodes and see Christina Yang rocked every heart surgery and think to myself DJ should get her
    7. Making up an enormous lie to a client about a family emergency and to extend the deadline because I was up the whole night waiting for BL recaps and wasn’t able to finish my presentation (this is totally major)
    8. Re-planning a trip with a friend to Korea next year to buy Pororo stuff and a life-size cutout figure of DJ to bring home, instead of originally planning to go there for a full house/coffee prince/jeju island tour while stalking Lee Min Ho/Lee Dong Wok.
    9. Wanting to chat up every Korean I see beside me in the train, restaurant etc (they’re everywhere here in Manila), if they are watching BL as well
    10. Can’t help but think CSW would be sexier as Iron man than Robert Downey
    11. Watching a fan vid (used to cringe on how I find fan vids corny) of CSW in trunks (hoomygaadd) and became the worst version of a screaming twilight fan when they see a topless Taylor
    12. Can’t wait for the release of Phungsan Dog and a marathon of YKS previous dramas and movies (don’t even start me on his G.O.D. videos , eekkk soo guilty)
    13. Thinking of having a four leaf clover tattoo for good luck 
    14. I want to hear Ding Dong, so I’m definitely buying a new doorbell
    15. Never did eat the potatoes in my curry but is seriously thinking of growing one as a conversational piece in our center table in the living room and all my designer colleagues would be like “why a potato, is that the latest trend?”
    Those are just some of the reasons I could think off the top of my head. I can’t imagine my life before this drama, now I don’t know how to go on with my life when this wraps up. Boohoo, can we please continue with the threads??
    Seriously, I need to check into drama rehab or find myself an “ANYONE- ORIENTAL- DOCTOR!”

    MY LIFE AFTER BL – ????????????????

    • 12.1 tabbychi

      Wow!

    • 12.2 bourbon

      This. Is. SO. TRUE!

      I’m afraid to think of what life after Best Love is going to be like. I know people are excited for Heartstrings, but i mean, come on! Best Love will be OVER. I’ll need a loooong time to get beyond how AWESOME Best Love is!

      • 12.2.1 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

        i know right, i need at least 6 months to recover from this (LOL) and rewatch the whole drama over and over again. Sometimes when I see a drama./movie that I really love, the rebel in me won’t watch any more drama/movies because Im afraid a new one would replace my old fave.

        ahhhh, heartbreakkk.

        • 12.2.1.1 rae

          don’t worry,you’ll get over it:) you’ll get addicted to another drama..then another..and another..i’m sure of it,,been there,done that.lol

          • 12.2.1.1.1 red

            lol i cant look at potatoes the same way and my first rebelling thoughts are going to turn to ramen

    • 12.3 june

      *7. Making up an enormous lie to a client about a family emergency and to extend the deadline because I was up the whole night waiting for BL recaps and wasn’t able to finish my presentation (this is totally major)P

      DITTO! Same here….hahaha….
      I can’t imagine our life-after-BL…..would it be suck? or just back to normal. Would love to go to Korea to get Pororo and vitamin water too~

      • 12.3.1 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

        june,

        haha, nights without DJ and PJ won’t be the same :)

        seriously, can we plan a BL-fans tour to Korea and get volume discounts on Pororo??? haha…

        and i need a heads-up if they sell Pil-Joo’s lifesize cutout on his clinic in ebay after the show…..pls let me bid on that.

    • 12.4 imoan.naomi

      This is the first drama I’ve been really compelled to comment about, and I felt a little “geeked up” about it, but you’ve got me beat by miles. Looks like I need to head back to fangirl bootcamp.

      • 12.4.1 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

        dont moan naomi. heehee

        i know what u mean, im a total major geek when it comes to movies but this is the first drama that gave GEEK a whole new meaning to me(*after reading the lyrics on the songs above, Im researching on BL’s OST now). LOL!

        Pls let me join you on that bootcamp too :)

    • 12.5 dramabliss

      @madly in love with best love

      What can I say, except we are living parallel lives? BL has seriously fed my procrastination tendencies (about things related to work) and I think am in serious trouble.

      I live somewhere in Manila, too. Maybe we can check into drama rehab together. And do inform me asap when you find Anyone-Oriental-Doctor.

      • 12.5.1 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

        omg dramabliss i’ve always liked your comments. you are one crazy manilena BL fan too??

        I knew it!!!! thousands of girls are living parallel lives right now and time freezes all across the globe every WED_THURS 9-10 pm korean time…heehee

        between u and me, we could prolly set up our own drama rehab and lure BL fans to check in for DJ_PJ withdrawal symptoms.

        no luck on meeting anyone-oriental-doctor yet but yesterday i took off my clothes for a cute (read: short not PJ kind of cute) doctor with glasses too. but hold your horses, it was for a medical check-up for a possible job (no, i didnt get fired). haha.. If I had my way, I would only go on medical check-ups with doctors who look like PJ. *suddenly im thinking of going on random check-ups from now on. LOL!

      • 12.5.2 kim

        i thought its only me who is in serious trouble with work..i have backlogs already, kekeke so after BL, i have to work double time to catch up…i also live in Manila…..i think i need to have an appointment with Dr YPJ…

      • 12.5.3 h311ybean

        Why set up a drama rehab when living with the addiction is so much more fun? Oh, right… Anyone Oriental Doctors!

        PS I live near Manila, too :p

        • 12.5.3.1 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

          @h311ybean – i know, i think this is one addiction i could totally live with! haha

          @dramabliss, kim and h311ybean : (*imagines u all sitting in a circle)

          me: hi girls welcome to BL rehab Manila DAY 1, I am MILWBL and I am an addict. lol!

          homygadd the number is increasing, i need lots of oriental doctors for us to share.

    • 12.6 swui

      LOL…How true…this is a daebak post!

      • 12.6.1 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

        swui,

        thanks! haha ! for the daebak fans of the daebak drama! Since i came across the meaning of the word, Daebak has become the daebakest word for me right now. LOL!

    • 12.7 SED606

      You are most certainly not alone in your obsession. I’ve adjusted my work schedule and am considering taking next Wed & Thurs off to watch the final episodes live. I drink two bottles of Vitamin Water a week (one for each episode) even though the stuff is gross. I went grocery shopping last week and found myself in the vegetable section giggling and fondling the potatoes. I’m considering making an appointment at the Oriental Medicine Clinic a few blocks from my house in hopes I can find my very own Yoon PilJoo. I’ve watched every episode at least 3 times. I read every blog/recap/discussion obsessively. The remainder of my free time is spent on youtube reviewing bts videos, fanvids, and pretty much anything that has CSW in it or cruising tumblr or livejournal for fellow Best Love addicts.

      Thank goodness they don’t actually sell the Vitamin Water with pictures of Dokko Jin on the bottles. I would have drained my savings to buy a truckload of the stuff.

      • 12.7.1 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

        @SED606

        WED and THURS next week are already saved in my calendar… :) fondling the potatoes? I hope next week you dont find yourself buying the dolphin puzzle and fondling it too. LOL!

        go get an appointment at your neighborhood- oriental doctor say some lame excuse like you need to see one cute oriental doctor to get over THE ONE CUTE ORIENTAL DOCTOR!!! hahahaha…ohhh, please share the tumblr links of BL addicts :)

        • 12.7.1.1 Sethe

          Yeah, I find myself grinning like a fool whenever I see potatoes or vitamin water.

          And one of my students today said something about riding a dolphin (we were talking about transportation) and I totally cracked up. They asked why I was laughing, but I couldn’t think of a way to explain.

          Reading everybody’s posts here (and identifying with how Best Love is taking priority over absolutely everything in my life), I’ve realized it’s absolutely no joke to call this an addiction.

      • 12.7.2 FacePhase

        lol i AGREE with the drinking 2 bottles of VITAMIN water (dragonfruit flavour only) even though they taste GROSS cos i do that, too!

        Life after BL is gonna be excruciatingly normal for me. I hate real life. :<

    • 12.8 SweetiePie54

      Love This!!! It’s refreshing to know that other people are going through what I am going through. :)

      • 12.8.1 mommy

        +1
        hit my record of white nights (? french expression = don’t sleep all night) , watch ep over & over again , read recaps over & over again, watching preview over & over again, spend my days & nights fixed to my computer
        no social live anymore
        totally addicted! need my fix!
        only happy when wednesday comes

        would like to add sth: I totally agree with GF
        I will be very very happy if we could have at least 1 sexy time
        because, come on! they are adults!!! also Kdrama God should be allowed it
        in real life, people would playing rabbits if they were in this case no, amirit?!??

        THANK FOR YOUR HARDWORK

        • 12.8.1.1 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

          mommy,
          oh its called white night in french? no wonder ive gone anemic.LOL!

          i know right, If i were AJ with DJ taking his shirt off in front of me I would not only be french kissing him. Lets just say I could imagine myself doing all those, ahem, french stuff with him …. :)

    • 12.9 Celexa

      MILWBL… your post mirrors the life many of us live with this addiction. I too have delayed deadlines, no longer watch TV, and show up at work on 3 hrs sleep… only to log on to Dramabeans instead of opening up my spreadsheets!

      There is life after BL… but it will be an endless search for the same “du-gun, du-gun” feeling BL and the Hong sisters gave us with this gem of a Kdrama.

      • 12.9.1 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

        @ celexa and sweetie pie54,

        oohh virtual hug to all the girls who suffer from this addiction. :) and good luck to all the jobs and the bosses of the BL fans out there..haha, dont worry, presentations and spreadsheets will be on time and back to normal after next week. LOL!

        celexa, you’d better get more than 3 hrs sleep baby coz i
        i just found out about the results of yesterday’s medical check-up with my cute(short) – not-oriental-doctor and OMO OMO I HAVE ANEMIA!

        The not-oriental-doctor is putting me on an iron/ascorbic acid medication for at least a month and told me to not burn midnight oils anymore and get lots of sleep plus eat lots of vegetables (potatoes?)..

        Ohmygaadd, BL you are to blame for this anemia and if i dont get this job, you’d better compensate me with a drama as perfect as BL. boohoo!

        • 12.9.1.1 Celexa

          omo omo!! don’t get a nosebleed and faint!! lol

          MILWBL it’s going to be hard to get sleep anytime soon… I am not only following BL but also LMHot in CH :D

          Take care of yourself and eat lots of veggies… too bad your not oriental doctor couldn’t prescribe one of those oriental medicinal drinks.

          • 12.9.1.1.1 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

            thanks dear, yes its just too bad coz i want one of ‘em oriental medicines but whats worse is that my not-oriental doctor is not THE oriental doctor. LOL!

            P.S. CH is actually next on the list, ive been reading the recaps here too.

    • 12.10 laya

      Omo. I live in Manila too haha. Stop making life complicated… let’s just go to Korea! XDDDD

    • 12.11 row

      Awwww, I’m sending you heart-shaped potatoes in cargo ships now.

      • 12.11.1 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

        row,

        aww you are soo sweet, but i cant eat anything heart-shaped and a potato at that, too cute. :) i will grow them instead beside my camellia and azalea farms. thanks for the love :)

    • 12.12 artinmyheart

      Hi!madly in love with best love!!!KAMUSTA NAMAN???(WHAT’S UP WITH YOU??!!!) I can’t stop laughing with your comment. I can sooooooooooooooooooooooo much relate with how was your life before,during and after DL…

    • 12.13 neliq

      @madly-in-love-with-Best-Love

      Thanks for the laughs. I laughed and cried with GF’s recaps and then your comments top it all off with your funny and clever description of our common addiction. My life also changed drastically when I discovered K-Dramaland. I never looked back. It’s been years and I am still enjoying the ride and hope that I’ll continue enjoying it for years to come.

      As for BEST LOVE – BEST LOVE is by far the best drama born out of the Hong Sisters’ imagination and the number one drama in my heart.

    • 12.14 bodean_na

      I know what you mean! I haven’t been addicted to a k-drama in a while. My first one was Full House and that was a couple of years ago.

      My life after BL is in question too!

      I am definitely getting the box set and planning to watch it for many many years to come.

      Anyone else counting how many times they’ve kissed. Gah! I love it!

    • 12.15 emy

      saludo ako sa iyo!!! I’m a BL fan too here in Calgary.

    • 12.16 hajroutta

      hahaha :D :D sooooo funny ! thnk GOD i’m not the only on suffering from Best Love’s syndrom xD

  13. 13 Peppy

    I do not know how I can survive the rest of this drama… *prepares kleenex*

  14. 14 MJP

    I am eagerly anticipating the finale next week!!!!!

    • 14.1 RWJQ

      I am so not. Sad that BL is coming to an end …. :’(

      • 14.1.1 wootwoot

        me too, just seeing the preview for heartstrings after BL episode makes me so sad because it reminds me that this BEST drama must end too

    • 14.2 MJP

      But I want to know what happens!!!!!!!!

    • 14.3 Linda165

      Don’t remind me :(

  15. 15 gingganggolli

    ….oh God, it hurts. Their love is so true! love it. Thanks gf

  16. 16 kit

    sobbing

    ;_____________________;

  17. 17 anh

    GF, I loveee the way you recapped this episode. and your analysis? AWESOME!

  18. 18 leonardswench

    I LURVE this drama ……………………..

  19. 19 reluctantbutaddicted

    I often forget to say thanks after each recap, but I am reading and enjoying all of them… Thanks!!

  20. 20 ck1Oz

    Thank you for the recap.

    I’ve already watched it and read 2 recaps.Yet each time I am in tears.

    This episode…for an episode for any drama…is bloody well done.Fantastic.

    Now that’s out of the way,I feel so much for DJ my heart hurts every time he hurts.

    We’ve subbers who are afraid to go near the subs because it’s so sad.I mean sad and happy but even I don’t feel like reading the subs about now.Just watching it is enough to kill me.

    It is such a great adult rom com which doesn’t dip in quality.The cast and the writing and the directing-this is like the best drama.

    • 20.1 wootwoot

      agreed! this is the first drama that made me laugh out loud just due to their clever usage with BGM, i feel like having a good music director who can really play with the scenes and the mood is critical for k-drama (since scenes with BGM takes up probably one-third of the air time)

  21. 21 vikki

    simply love it!

  22. 22 theedie

    These Hong Sisters are such big teases. I never saw Hong Gil Dong, but from the others I’ve seen I assume that not once in any of their dramas did we ever get fun sexy times. As an American maybe I expect it much more than a conservative Korean, but dammit Dokko and Ae-jung are in their 30′s. If there was one Hong sisters drama that was gonna incorporate sexy times, this would be it. I really hope they have a bed scene soon once Jin is fully recovered.

    • 22.1 h311ybean

      Oh man, I can see it now.

      Ae-jung: “But, we can’t… you just had heart surgery….”
      Jin: “Oh, please. I’m Dokko Jin. I’ll get through it just fine. And if I don’t, at least I’ll die happy.”

      :D

      • 22.1.1 dramabliss

        I wish.

        Send this to the Hong sisters, quick! And no grumbling about copyright, okay?

        • 22.1.1.1 h311ybean

          If this happens, I will be content with the knowledge that I totally called it :D I’ll start charging next time, LOL!

      • 22.1.2 swui

        Died laughing at your comment…

      • 22.1.3 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

        LMAO!!!! hahahaha..

        true, i’d gladly accept DJ’s death if it ends like this… wahhahahahahaha

      • 22.1.4 mommy

        WE WANT SEXY TIMES!!!

        • 22.1.4.1 ellewu

          i second that :) actually i want sexier times, coz every time DokkoJin is on it’s SEXY already,lol. i seriously still can’t believe CSW is already 40 O.o he’s so damn fiiine!

          • 22.1.4.1.1 elin

            CSW actually gets BETTER and BETTER looking with time.

    • 22.2 Aslinn

      @ theedie….I’m a newbie CSW fan and talk about a tease. Words failed me (wink…wink) when I happen upon this heart-stopping exchange… (no subs required)

      [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF-veVIT9Dk&feature=related[/url]

      • 22.2.1 red

        holy crap i was slack jawed through out all that……now i have to watch athena as well as city hall

      • 22.2.2 elin

        can’t … speak … what were we talking about?

  23. 23 Amg1

    Thank you GF for your hard work!!!

    I must admit that I do have a hard time when the male lead behaves like a complete “A-hole.” So the transition from being a jerk to a selfless guy most of the times is pretty illogical, but I am glad that Best Love has manage to create a charter, that the transition in behavior has been done quite smooth as to be able to sympathize with our character.

    DJ is a character that will live forever! Whether he lives or dies, hes has earn a place in the Pantheon of K-Drama Heroes!
    Best Love FTW!!!!!!! : 0}

  24. 24 YoSoyHaru!!!!!!!!!!

    :( I cant wait a week… Thanks for the recap GF.

  25. 25 zzzmadison

    brilliant episode!

  26. 26 ACF

    Can I just ask- what was Se-Ri’s prank that caused Mina to lose the baby?

    • 26.1 bourbon

      She mixed something into what was going to be Ae-Jung’s drink, only, Mina wound up drinking it instead.

    • 26.2 ahjummabunny

      a spiked drink she gave to aejung that mina ended up drinking instead.

    • 26.3 anais

      She mixed in some sort of medication into water that she gave Aejung, except Mina drank it. It wasn’t entirely mean-spirited. The Korean wording used is akin to “making someone suffer a little,” the way people who like each other or are very intimate might pull mean pranks on one another, then laugh about it later after it’s brought them closer.

      • 26.3.1 wootwoot

        hm i thought it was totally mean-spirited… she even said she spiked the drink because she was mad at them for leaving her out like a loner

        • 26.3.1.1 anais

          골탕먹이다 is the term used. That’s not mean-spirited solely. While it isn’t without animosity, it’s not meant to cause serious trouble. It’s meant to create a bit of headache and, as I said above, it can be used to bring people closer. When she says she did it because she was mad at being left out, what she saying is that it was a cry for attention. Bratty and petty, yes. Intended to be destructive? No. Subconsciously intended to be constructive? Yes.

  27. 27 june

    I’m reluctant to watch it now…because I hate crying…I have the urge to just skip the finale…
    But damn…this drama is good!

  28. 28 이정남

    No matter how sweet the doctor is I just can’t seem to root for him in the slightest, does that make me a bad person ㅎㅎㅎ Loving Dokko Jin way too much.

    • 28.1 ahjummabunny

      jeong nam-ah
      you are not alone. cha seung won is spot on as our romantic lead. even though pil joo is great dokko jin is awesome.

  29. 29 Abbie

    This is without a doubt the best drama ever! Only two more episodes left! I’m on pins and needles in anticipation just like Ae-jung. I can’t wait for the next episode. Next week, get here already!

    Thanks for the recap Girlfriday!

    Also, I’ve been wondering if the picture of “Dokko Jin” that is by his front door entrance, is that Cha Seung-won from Athena? Because it looks like his character.

  30. 30 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap girlfriday!

    Best Love has proved itself this week to be one amazing drama. Sure, I knew it was amazing way back in the earlier episodes, but to make it through episodes 13 and 14 without slowing down, like most dramas, it’s just awesome. With 49 days and Best Love, i hope more dramas follow their lead in making a drama even better with its later episodes.

    “Gong Hyo-jin is so good. My heart hurts when she cries. Every time.”—- so true!

    Jin better live and present the ring to Ae-jung himself!! And I hope Pil-joo stays in korea and maybe something between him and Seri can come about (slowly…i’m waiting for Pil-joo’s good influence to reform Seri even more before they start dating)

  31. 31 ahjummabunny

    freaking puddle right now. I’m glad I didn’t read it at work. I’ve actually started to seem normal again after 49 days break. wow. oh my god.

  32. 32 VanillaSalt

    omg omg oimg! He BETTER live! I love/hate thursday, espcially when it ends next week :’(

    ajsdfgsdrkjgfjndbgnhjizs!! waah! it’s so sad I wanna know what happens!!! D’:

    • 32.1 wootwoot

      yep! i get all excited on wednesdays because it means i can watch 2 new episodes in a row, but i get sad on thursdays right after the episode ends…. sigh…. this can’t be good for my heart :P

  33. 33 kcj

    Dashing Prince Aejung goes to save the Sleeping Princess Dokko!

    Bah~this episode made so sad. I mean, just look at the crushed face of Dokko Jin just before he goes into surgery when his Prince Aejung doesn’t appear. It seriously just broke MY heart to see that. Props to CSW for doing such a great job!

    I love all the metaphors. Reading the recaps always are the best because they help solidify what I’m guessing and speculating.

    Now, if during a kiss scene Aejung could just use her lips more so it doesn’t look like Dokko is doing all the work. . . .

    I can’t believe this drama is already so close to the end.

    BOO. T_______________T

    • 33.1 kcj

      Also, I just have to add. Is Dokko Jin an orphan? Or is he that self-absorbed? Or does he really have no one else in his life?

      Have you noticed that he has giant ass posters of HIMSELF not only in his house but also on his desk in small frames. I mean, I understand that he is a TOPSTAR but I find it kind of sad that this amazing superstar only ends up having pictures of himself framed in his home. Hopefully in the future he’ll have pictures of him and Aejung and Ding Dong!

      <3

      • 33.1.1 dramabliss

        Had similar thoughts. Why no reference to parents/family? I understand they do not contribute to plot development, but why no mention of them at all, even in passing? The most appropriate time for a reference was when Jin was narrating to Ae Jung his experiences as a sickly child.

        I think it a bit strange, considering it’s an Asian drama.

        • 33.1.1.1 wootwoot

          yeah, i felt like it was weird too… sure they don’t really have any times to the major plot line, but when he was being carried to the emergency room, his affiliates were only comprised of his cute manager and the company representative lady…it’s like he seriously has no ONE except the people we see on the drama

      • 33.1.2 th em

        Most of the pictures at Ae Jung’s house are of her or of the National Treasure Girls (featuring her). I didn’t include them all here, but I think she’s actually got Jin beat in terms of sheer quantity.

        • 33.1.2.1 kcj

          HOLY SMOKES! I read your entire post and that is some crazy good attention to detail. Wow, I didn’t realize how much actually is in this drama. It’s so amusing to see all the hard work the production puts into this.

          And I’m glad you addressed the puzzle as well. I was like, “Oh Poor Piljoo…..why is that mermaid humping a dolphin?!” I mean it looks like a majestic picture but I have a wayward mind. . .haha~

          I don’t know I feel like it’s more understandable for Aejung to have those images because she was the one breaking up the group and feels as though she really lost something and wants to preserve the memory. Whereas Dokko is currently pretty famous and successful so I see that more as just egotistical and sadder because Aejung is always with her brother, Ding Dong, or dad.

          Oh man, I’m starting to make myself tear up realizing how Dokko might not have a real family and here he is going through a big surgery?! I mean, shouldn’t parents be here for this surgerY?! It’s a life or death situation and I feel like family should be there but only Moon and the Baby-Faced Manager were there.

          Now that teary scene before the surgery is making me cry just thinking about it. T_T

      • 33.1.3 yoonah

        Yeah, I wish they’d snuck in a few lines at the beginning that he was an orphan. (which I’m assuming he is, unless there’s a Dokko Omma running amok in the countryside growing potatoes in her ajumma hammer pants) For instance, he could’ve mentioned it in passing when he told Ae-jung about his sickly childhood. We shouldn’t have had to wonder. The Hongs dropped the ball a bit on that one.

        Even taking into account Jin’s monumental self-absorption and deranged real personality as the reason for his lack of friends in the industry, it seems like top stars really do live in a bubble and the people they’re constantly with are managers, agents, publicists, stylists.

        Yoon Kye-sang said in an interview that when he was in g.o.d, they weren’t allowed to leave their dressing room (presumably to prevent idol shenanigans lol). And in the film Actresses, veterans Yoon Yeo-jung and Lee Mi-sook lamented that actors socialized with each other more in the past, unlike the current star system where they’re insulated by their entourages.

        That’s why it’s kinda nice when you read about the Playboys baseball team, or bromances like JIW/LMH and SSH/SJS/KSW.

        • 33.1.3.1 kcj

          Haha. . .just trying to imagine what Dokko’s parents are like is hilarious. XD

          And yeah, I mentioned above that this great surgery doesn’t even have his parents or close relatives appear. Isn’t this a serious surgery? Where are his family?

          Wow. I didn’t even know that it went that far. That is so intense and kind of sad too. I mean, yes, they’re famous and doing some pretty awesome things, but the cost of not being able to just have normal relationships? As much as I sometimes envy stars I never want to be like them and sacrifice my privacy and be stuck in a whole different world.

          • 33.1.3.1.1 yoonah

            Yeah, for such a serious surgery, if he had any family, they should’ve been there. But there wasn’t.

            The Hongs usually write families for their characters, even useless ones like Yoo-rin’s dad and Chunhyang’s mom. The fact that they didn’t for Jin makes me extrapolate that he’s an orphan.

            If I’m to fanwank, maybe that drives home his obsession about image/career, because it’s all he has. It also explains why he’s so far up his own ass. For years he hasn’t been answerable to anyone; every single person in his social circle profits from his celebrity in some way. He doesn’t have, say, a grandpa like Dae-woong’s to hit him and cut him down to size lol.

            It’s sweet though that he’s forged real, genuine bonds with Pres. Moon and Jae-seok. They may complain about him a lot (and they have cause lol), but they really do love him and want what’s best for him. Just like family.

    • 33.2 mommy

      “Now, if during a kiss scene Aejung could just use her lips more so it doesn’t look like Dokko is doing all the work. . . ”

      OMG ahaaaaa that’s exactly what I think!!
      it would be a long time ago I would put my tongue in it! ^^

      • 33.2.1 kcj

        LOL! I know, right?

        I don’t know how she just up and walked away when he started to take off that blue sweater. I was literally drooling for the flash of abs and can’t believe Aejung’s self-control. XD

      • 33.2.2 Sethe

        Heh heh. I’d put my tongue all over CSW… and I do mean ANYWHERE ;)

  34. 34 Ace

    Amazing script, directing, and acting! Can’t believe we only have 2 more episodes…

    • 34.1 Ace

      Laughed at the mention of Shin Mina (too bad she can’t cameo), but when Seri was praying the first thing I thought of was Go Minam! Too bad she already cameoed in MGIAG.

      And I knew it! Hyung-kyu is not Mina’s child!

      • 34.1.1 yoonah

        I was hoping Shin Mina would cameo! She and GHJ are BFFs.

  35. 35 Hadeel

    GUYS please pass
    …Im asking for your HHHHHHEEEEELLLLLLPPPPP………………….
    Let us all join forces….let us sing the National anthem of the heart THUMP..THUMP…. together with Ae Jung….PLS…dont ignore this plea…this will help alot and not to forget your PRAYERS……………………this is for Dokko Jin!!!!
    ignoring this will bring bad luck for you for 7 years.

  36. 36 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

    “Okay, this is not where I thought that conversation and kiss were heading. Why are they not going at it like bunnies right now? Is it to do with his heart? Because we’re severely lacking in sexy times for an I-might-die-tomorrow scenario. Amirite?”

    YOU ARE SO RIGHT! I want them to get on with it like wild bunnies too. eat each other’s potato already. LOL!

    btw, it says here mina lost her baby. so its confirmed she LOST it, right? no more dingdong-could-be-hers analysis. yey!

    I love how Se-ri prayed for DJ’ successful surgery bcoz of her own selfish motive. haha

    Gong Hyo Jin as always your crying is perfect. Acting is impeccable!

    As softy said in thundies prattle blog – This drama really lives up to its title. GREATNESS Personified.

    thanks for the awesome recap GF…

    this coming week is going to be the longest week of my life!

  37. 37 th em

    And then a second emergency squad hurried in, collected the potato, and rushed it off to the vegerinarian. It made a full recovery, and everything was fine forever.

    Because I say so.


    Extra-special-double-good recap comments today, girlfriday. Thank you.

    • 37.1 celest1al

      Hahahaha, dude. I, too, was like, “NOOOOO” when he dropped the potato. Look what this drama has done to me? Having so much love for a damn potato!

      • 37.1.1 FacePhase

        IKR. *FACEPALM* When pet Potato fell, i was dramatically going, Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Potato!!! Then i noticed DJ writhing on the floor like fish out of water.

        wth is wrong with me? Pet Potato is like our surrogate child or somethin. Oh dear lord.

        • 37.1.1.1 celest1al

          Hahaha seriously. Of course, I was more worried for Dokko, but my worry for the potato was not far behind. Especially cause I knew Dokko would be rushed to the hospital, whereas that potato is probably still dying. :(

    • 37.2 trixicopper

      Seriously, if that damn potato doesn’t pull through….

      Okay, this is too much! Now I’m freaking out over a vegetable. Oy! It truly is sad what an addiction will do to you. :)

    • 37.3 janet

      I noticed that one stem looked broken during that scene, and I’m wondering if it was because they had to retake that scene and the stem broke during an earlier take? haha :)

      • 37.3.1 th em

        I keep picturing the person who’s been saddled with the responsibility of making sure the show has half a dozen healthy, nearly-identical potato plants at any given moment.

      • 37.3.2 Madita

        Heyyy – Stop joking around potatoe !!!

        I am at work, my business is a serious one….Its to hard to keep my composure, not to LOL – but cant keep giggling and grinning like an idiot.

        ( Honestly – Thanks for making me laughing – its a nice start for Friday :) )

        GF thank you very much for the fast recap

    • 37.4 yoonah

      My favorite comment! lol

      Potato better have multiple Kdrama Hospital humidifiers.

      Don’t you dare die on us, Potato! DON’T YOU DARE!

    • 37.5 th em

      Update as requested by dramabliss:

      Ahem. The patient arrived at the vegerinarian and was swiftly treated for any stem damage that janet may have noticed. Potato was then given a starch IV and allowed to rest overnight. (And yes, yoonah, Potato was given the finest drama hospital humidifiers. Though several had to be turned off due to concerns over the possibility of steaming the convalescent.)

      As of this morning, Potato is in fine form. I’m pleased to report that after a brisk roll on the treadmill, Potato’s resting heart rate was still well within its 0 to 0 safe zone.

      All is right with the world.

      • 37.5.1 trixicopper

        Just how sad is it that I can totally picture that scene.

        • 37.5.1.1 yoonah

          So can I. bwahahahaha

      • 37.5.2 dramabliss

        OMO! Thanks, th em.

        Now I can picture the convalescing Jin stepping over the threshold of his house (with Ae Jung, of course by his side) and the first thing he sees is the completely recovered Potato on a new sparkling glass vase, with new sprouts, and…could it be?

        A FLOWER!

      • 37.5.3 anotheraddict

        Either this is really funny, or I’ve totally lost it. (Or both.) In any case, thanks for the laughs, th em!

      • 37.5.4 Sethe

        th em, you’re funny as hell! I love it.

      • 37.5.5 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

        ohhh thank god… i thought Potato had heart surgery too. lol!

        nice one th em

      • 37.5.6 myo

        OMG this is too funny. Totally love the update on potato so thx th em. I’m at work and shouldn’t be doing this but can’t help it and was giggling to myself while reading this and all the great comments here. Need to focus on work so I can go home on time today. I’m so addicted to this drama like everyone else here that I think we should have a BL party for next week final..hehe. DJ need to live for all of us fangirls if not for AJ..LOL.

  38. 38 YerVang

    Omg, this is so addicting ;(

  39. 39 Gachan

    I read this news
    New news:
    ‘Choegosa’ chaseungwon, a testament to the pre-operative left choehwajeong “Sad Ending implication”
    I hope there will be a miracle ( T ^ T)
    original article http://news.nate.com/view/20110617n03739?mid=e0102
    someone tell me,..it is TRUE???????? i don’t wanna see sad ending please
    ( T ^ T)

    • 39.1 wootwoot

      lol i read that too, but seriously i think hong sisters will be nice to us and not kill off dokko jin :) otherwise how else are they gonna fill up 2 episodes worth of air time ;P

  40. 40 almontel

    i can’t wait till next week to find out if the Hong Sisters are going to pull a sad or happy ending for us!!!
    i do have a feeling that AJ will risk it all and go in to the hospital with the reporters surrounding her because she needs to ‘revive’ DJ…
    he’s begged her all this time to use him but she won’t, but this time it is a matter of life and death and if she want him to live she has to make a decision of ‘plunging’ in to save him!
    yes, i was crying like crazy at every single scene and what a kiss that was, you can feel how much he’s hurtin’ and wantin’ thinking if that will be the last time he’d be holding her…it’s soooooooooo sad…..

  41. 41 RWJQ

    GF, oh thank you so much for the recap.

    I’ve watched ep 14 three times while waiting for your recap. Of course, have cried buckets too. :’(

    This ep is just sooooo awesome! I’m just as amazed that each episode keeps outdoing its preceding one.

    Best Love is simply da best! <3 <3 <3

    • 41.1 RWJQ

      One question though:

      I watched the Chinese-subbed clips on Tudou. It was explained in the last scene that the surgery wasn’t done yet, but had come to the stage where they needed to stop the heart. And the scene showed the heart beating before coming to a stop. GF wrote that the doctor was trying to revive the heart.

      So which is it? I’m all confused now … anyone can help?

      • 41.1.1 swui

        Actually I wanted to point that out too…I think GF miunderstood that moment, the surgery ain’t done yet… During heart surgery, the heart has to be stopped for a while and the circulation transferred to a mechanical circulation while they replace the heart…so this is only a transition procedure…..even Dokko Jin explain that to AeJung…

      • 41.1.2 celest1al

        It’s the stage where they needed to stop the heart to finish the surgery. At least from my understanding.

      • 41.1.3 celest1al

        Girlfriday fixed it! :)

  42. 42 may

    I keep telling myself he is going to live…but then I think about the Hong sisters’ drama Hong Gil Dong and I get this nagging feeling. (not saying any more because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen that drama.)

  43. 43 Ani

    Roommate: What the hell?!?! Hey, is everything okay?
    Me: *wails* No!
    Roommate: What happened?
    Me: I think my heart is breaking. WAAAAAAAH

    Okay, that really didn’t happen, But it should’ve because this was one sad episode. Hot and juicy and sexy and sad. This cliffhanger was epic.

  44. 44 tomboy26

    Oh man .. bring on the tissues cause I was tearing up just reading about it .. first because of laughter, cause who doesn’t want his potato, you know what I mean :D And secondly because it made that quirky song into so much more .. I mean, whenever I’ll hear that song again I’m gonna be reminded of Jin and Ae Jung and a love story that just blew me away.

    I can’t wait for next week .. even though it is going to be bittersweet cause I really don’t want this one to end.

    Oh and I’ll marry Pil-Joo .. I’ll take one for the team ;)

    • 44.1 Daniela

      I will marry him too!

    • 44.2 madly in love with best love (recent k-addict)

      ooohhh, everybody wants to sacrifice one for the team. :)

      Get in line girls..LOL!

    • 44.3 Syreolli

      Sorry Ladies,
      I like to think I bagged the Doctor the 2nd episode in!!

      “She asks how long Paul’s going to hang on to Nina. Pil-joo: “Until she cries no more.”

      AWWWWWW. Gah, somebody marry this boy!”

      I love that statement girlfriday and gladly accept the offer!!

      Like everyone I’m gutted when thsi is going to end, I’ve read the recap before watching the episode and I’m in tears already, everyone at work thinks I’ve gone mad!! This is brilliant and just keeps you on the edge of your seat (or toes) until the last bite!

      We know that Jin and Ae Jung will make it as I don’t think the Hong Sister’s want a Dokko Jin war on their hands, but I’m curious as to Se Ri and Pil Joo’s fate, well Se Ri anyway as Pil Joo is already destined to be with me!
      Just call me Mrs Pil Joo Saviour for life!!!

  45. 45 jessybee

    LOVEE!!!

    thanks for the recaps GF! Highly anticipating next week’s finale! go Ae Jung!! she’s wearing white too – fits exactly the whole knight in shining armor metaphor! gaaaa!!!

  46. 46 flibbet

    i’m terrified that because the second lead is so good, they might kill off dokko! don’t do it, hong sisters!

  47. 47 Betsy

    This drama just keeps getting better and better each episode. I loved all the kissing and hugging in this episode, it was just all so sweet and genuine!! :)

    I also love that you mentioned Ae Jung is the white knight to Jin’s princess. So cute! I also went back and looked at the screen caps and it’s so fitting (or a coincidence) that Ae Jung was wearing white throughout the whole episode as well. She really is his white knight. Hehe.

    I can’t believe we have to wait a week, or 160 hours (minus a day since it is Thursday) according to Dokko Jin, to find out what happens. The Hong sister’s sure do know how to write a cliffhanger that leaves us wanting more.

  48. 48 sereneXmalice

    omygosh omygosh he’s GOTTA live!!
    this is so heartbreaking to watch, but Ae-Jung will go and save her princess!! i have faith in her!

  49. 49 goddessoftaray

    is it just me or are u guys also having some chest pain while reading this recap???
    dokko jin/iron man WILL NOT die… or else some godess will hunt a certain set of sisters…

    • 49.1 VanillaSalt

      ooohh yes! major chest pain. along with wimpers, feeling of despair and that weird, sad laugh thing. idk how to describe it.

      • 49.1.1 DP

        And I though I might have a heart problem too.

      • 49.1.2 DP

        I wish that I will not have heart problem literally just by watching Best Love.

  50. 50 b is for bea

    Saving Dokko Jin requires a concerted effort by Ae-jung and friends (yeah, Seri and Mina included). Perhaps, a press conference by the KBSN members in front of the reporters and the crowd gathered outside the hospital. Mina and Seri tell the truth to the public. And then followed by an impromptu performance of Du-gun Du-gun broadcast all over South Korea, and of course in the operating room where Dokko Jin is. But would that be enough to wake up Sleeping Beauty?

    • 50.1 h311ybean

      That would be a nice way to get the girls all together again :)

      And then Jin wakes up and yells at the other three that he really only needs to hear Ae-jung sing!

      Jenny: “But I’m her best friend. If I don’t get to sing, you don’t get my stamp of approval.”
      Jin: “OK, fine, you can sing, too – but softly!”

      • 50.1.1 malia

        Haha. I could totally see that happening.

        This was the BEST episode. It made me laugh and cry so much.

    • 50.2 FlexibleSamurai

      That would be AWESOME! All four of them singing the song

      • 50.2.1 dai2me

        maybe we can join the singing??? :)

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