Drama Recaps
Miss Ripley: Episode 4
by | June 7, 2011 | 140 Comments

Cute! Cuteness abounds in this episode, where romance blooms left and right, for every pair and every side of the love quadrangle, making this one of the most effective three-pairing foursomes I’ve seen in a while. Literally everyone is cute together (with dramatic tension to boot). How is anyone to choose which couple to root for here? I suppose there are worse problems to have, eh?


Chul-jin follows up on the owner of the designs that Yoo-hyun wants to hire onto his staff, and discovers that it’s Hee-joo. He smiles broadly—he doesn’t just know her; she’s living in his house, or rather the other unit of his building, where he’s now living with Yoo-hyun.

He tries to convince her that this is a good opportunity, but she declines, reminding him that she wants to design a hotel, not join its planning team. Yoo-hyun comes home, and before Chul-jin can make introductions, they greet each other awkwardly.

Hee-joo whirls around in embarrassment, only to spill her tub of soapy water all over the boys, and then when she goes to clean it up, she slips and falls, breaking a cup as she lands. This girl isn’t accident-prone. She’s a downright hazard zone.

Yoo-hyun gently tends to her wound, as Hee-joo looks up at him starry-eyed. I’m beginning to see a pattern with her instantly loving those who patch up her ever-increasing list of injuries.

He notices her googly eyes but she downplays it by mentioning his tux, and he tells her he’s coming straight from an event. She takes it to mean that he’s in sales (the word in Korean doubles as a colloquialism for a sales event), and he doesn’t correct her. He just says that he does “this and that,” because he’s new. She further takes that to mean that he’s the rookie at his company.

Myung-hoon drives Miri home, and she jabbers on in that totally affected demure way, now that she knows he’s about to become Hotel A’s head honcho. The thing is, that might work better with a guy whose office you didn’t barge into earlier that day, angry about what you’re entitled to. Just sayin’.

He says nothing and just looks at her curiously, in a subdued mood the whole drive over. When they stop, he finally asks her if she’s really gay, fessing up that he overheard her unintentionally. She smiles shyly, asking if that’s why he’s been so quiet tonight.

She turns the whole story around, saying that she’s glad he overheard, because she’s been feeling bad about it all night. She confesses that it was a lie—that she just didn’t want Yuu to end up fatherless and alone, like her. She trembles, saying that she knows it was wrong, but she just saw her as a little sister and knows firsthand what it means to grow up without a dad.

Oh, man. She is CRAFTY. Not only is she recovering herself after being caught in the lie, but she’s playing up the abandoned daughter role to incite his protective instincts. It’s so smart it’s scary.

She adds that she’d like an opportunity to talk to him and learn more from him, laying it on thick that she’s found someone she can look up to, like a teacher. He doesn’t say yes, but he doesn’t say no either—he simply says vaguely that if the opportunity should present itself, and that he’ll see her at the office.

When she turns to get out of the car, a rain shower comes out of nowhere, and he starts to get out of the car to get her an umbrella. She stops him, insisting he needn’t get wet just for her, and takes off her shoes with a smile. She runs out barefoot in the rain and waves him away with a big smile. It’s actually kind of cute. I think more than her wily ways, this is the kind of stuff that does him in—her bright and bubbly side (though this is also a show). He looks out at her with a little smile.

At work the next day, Yoo-hyun decides to try a little harder to recruit Hee-joo, and tells Chul-jin that he’ll do it himself (with zero intention of outing his birthright). He also gets Hotel A’s employee files as he requested, and smiles to find Miri’s profile.

Miri’s hug with Yuu is splashed all over the front page, and Myung-hoon calls her into his office to formally congratulate her on a job well done. She’s genuinely surprised, and then elated when he tells her that the president is talking about expanding her job description to the planning committee. She asks, “Does that mean that someday I could become the general manager?” He smiles and nods, happy to deliver good news.

She doesn’t waste any time, and asks him to dinner that night, to get advice and whatnot. He actually lets out an audible “Ha,” kind of amazed at her brazen and totally transparent attempt to get in good with the boss. He’s no dummy. But he’s also strangely intrigued by her. So he says yes.

With her job now secure, Miri goes on a shopping spree to reward herself. In the bookstore she comes across a magazine featuring the scoop that Myung-hoon is getting divorced. She reads it wide-eyed, her opportunity-dar going off in megawatts.

Meanwhile, news of diploma forgery breaks, and people are being arrested for selling their diplomas to black-market operations. As the news story hits, the police come for Hee-joo at the hotel, and before she knows it, she’s behind bars for having her diploma found amongst the originals copied.

Yoo-hyun calls a lawyer for her, and Chul-jin and Director Kang stay with her until she’s freed.

Miri glams up and waits for Myung-hoon, who is not above admiring her beauty. He tries his damnedest to stay professional and detached, though she’s not making it easy, with such lavish praise for him. They talk of work and she says that he’s probably worried, having to suddenly entrust so much to her, and he doesn’t deny it. “But if I were only worried, I wouldn’t have entrusted it to you.”

Miri: “Does that mean that you trust me? … Is it because I’m your person?” She says “your person” like an employee or an underling is the boss’s person, yet the double entendre “Am I yours?” isn’t lost on him. He half-laughs uncomfortably, and can’t find the words to answer. He just takes a sip of his wine, and she smiles, playing dumb to her awkward choice of words. Dude, this girl is a mind fuck. It’s a marvel she can keep it all straight in her head.

He drops her off at the gosiwon, and she asks if it isn’t lonely to go home to no one. He just considers it something he has to get used to. She drops the fact that she knows his mother is in the hospital, and he’s back to being a little impressed.

She takes a gift out of her purse, telling him that it’s a pencil, just to say thank you and also apologize for everything before. He’s taken aback, and doesn’t accept it, insisting that they should just count it as given, but refusing to take it.

She starts to apologize now for trying to give the gift, and his discomfort is palpable. You’re upsetting his work/life separation and it’s making him sweat. Literally. He puts a hand out and tells her that he’ll see her at work, and she randomly tells him that his fingers are long (ie. attractive).

They say their goodbyes and he walks away a little flustered, and she smiles as she watches him go. Oooooh, that’s a creepy smile.

He gets in his car and mulls it over, and laughs to himself. I get the feeling that he’s both savvy to her wiles and yet impressed by her, all while trying to suppress his own attraction to her. On his way out of the neighborhood, he passes right by Yoo-hyun, on his way in.

By the time he comes up to the gosiwon, he sees Miri coming back out to take the trash out, and then sees her crouch in fear when she sees Hirayama just a few feet away. She’s so shocked that she lets out a gasp, and he turns to see her.

She takes off running, and he follows her shouting wildly, and Yoo-hyun takes off after them, not knowing what’s going on but sensing that she’s in danger. His driver attempts to stop Hirayama and get beaten to a pulp instead, and it gives Yoo-hyun and Miri a chance to run ahead.

He chases them all the way into the subway station and onto a train, and then Yoo-hyun pulls them off onto the platform just as the train closes its doors and departs, with Hirayama inside. Whew.

They stand on the edge of the platform, and Miri’s fear and shock finally settles in. He asks if she’s okay and she nods as she starts to cry. Her legs buckle and he catches her fall. She leans on him, trembling, and he tells her that it’s over.

Aw, it’s actually kind of a touching moment, and their first real connection. It’s interesting that so far Myung-hoon has only ever seen Miri’s put-on personas (of which there are many), while Yoo-hyun has only ever seen her real self, vulnerable and lashing out at the world out of fear and self-defense.

He asks who that was and offers to help her, and now that she’s calmed down, her walls are back up. She tells him that it’s her business, and thanks him for his help, but asks him to stay out of it and insists on going alone.

He offers her a ride, calling her “Jang Miri-sshi,” and she’s taken aback that he knows her name. He quickly tells her that he saw her at the hotel, but that doesn’t actually sound, yunno, less-stalkerish. She calls him by his full name to tell him to mind his own beeswax, but he just grins like a goof because she remembers his name. Aw. You are SO doomed.

Miri packs her bag and finds herself at the bus stop with nowhere to go. She takes out her cell phone and the address book only has three numbers: a company (maybe the forger), Hee-joo, and Myung-hoon. That’s so depressing.

She calls Myung-hoon, but stops herself before he picks up. He calls her back and asks if something’s wrong, but she can’t bring herself to tell him the truth, and swallows back tears as she says that everything’s fine and she just misdialed. Yoo-hyun watches her sit at the bus stop from across the street, again seeing her at her most vulnerable moment.

Myung-hoon goes to the hospital to check in on Mom, and tucks her in tenderly. He looks down at his hand, remembering Miri’s compliment, and smiles thinking of her. Yoo-hyun does the same, thinking of what it felt like to have her lean on him.

Miri ends up at Hee-joo’s door, but she’s not home (due to her stint in jail, no thanks to you). She sits outside waiting, which is what Yoo-hyun encounters when he comes home to Chul-jin’s place.

They look at each other in shock, and then Hee-joo and Chul-jin walk up. Everyone looks back and forth at each other, marveling at the coincidences. Yeah, you and the rest of us, people.

Well, at least the neighbor hijinks are still afoot. In their respective apartments, Chul-jin wonders why Yoo-hyun likes that rude girl, and he just smiles, saying that one doesn’t need a reason to like somebody. True, though you could just say, ’cause she’s pretty, like a regular boy.

Miri finds out (based on Hee-joo’s misconceptions) that Yoo-hyun is a newbie at Chul-jin’s company and basically living off of him. Hee-joo thinks he seems nice, but Miri scoffs that it doesn’t matter how good a person you are; it matters what you have. Ouch. You’re gonna want some antacid for later, when you have to eat those words.

She asks why Hee-joo was so late, and she sighs that she got hauled off to jail because someone stole her diploma to forge fakes. Miri freezes in fear, and then asks if they caught the people who bought them.

Hee-joo tells her that there’s apparently no way to trace it back to the people who got fake diplomas, and Miri lets slip her relief at that. Hee-joo looks at her for a moment, pausing. Does she suspect? Has it crossed her mind that Miri might be the culprit? But her better nature takes over and she just lets it go, and Miri breathes a sigh of relief.

She goes to work the next day only to find that the situation has blown out of control. Reporters flood the hotel as an employee (the one from HR) gets escorted out in handcuffs, caught for forging his diplomas. Oh, crap. He’s the second employee they’ve already found, which means that the scandal (with Hotel A’s name attached) has already gone public.

Miri watches as he gets walked out, and as reporters rush Myung-hoon for a statement. Meanwhile Mondo starts scrambling to do damage control, and Yoo-hyun heads over, while Lee Hwa prepares a press conference, ready to drop the merger altogether if it’s going to tarnish Mondo’s image.

Myung-hoon greets Yoo-hyun tensely, knowing that whatever he’s come to say is not good. But he doesn’t expect this: Yoo-hyun tells him that their deal is off, and that Mondo plans to drop the merger.

Myung-hoon tells him that his hotel won’t recover from that, and its stock will plummet. Yoo-hyun doesn’t flinch, and simply tells him that he can’t stake Mondo’s image on this, and leaves. He reaches out for a handshake goodbye, but Myung-hoon leaves him hanging. In the car, his assistant seems surprised at his move to pull out of the merger, but Yoo-hyun implies that he’s got an ace up his sleeve. Perhaps this is simply a test to see how Myung-hoon handles the crisis?

Pressure comes down from all sides, and Myung-hoon orders a hotel-wide background check of every single employee’s credentials. At the same time, Hee-joo is fired, mostly a victim of circumstance and bad timing—if it were an isolated incident, she might be overlooked, but this scandal is threatening to bring the whole house down.

She packs up her stuff and leaves, and Miri checks on her, worried and feeling guilty. Well, not worried enough to get fired in her stead, just regretful. But she’s got worries of her own, since they’re already digging around to verify everyone’s school records, and it’s just a matter of time before she’s found out.

She overhears that Myung-hoon is the only one with access to all the files, and plans a course of action, starting with hitching a ride from Myung-hoon that evening (strategically cab-hailing in his path till he stops). I take it back. He might be dumb after all. Heh.

She finds out that it’ll take about two to three days for him to get confirmation on everyone’s records, and her wheels start turning.

Yoo-hyun heads toward home and sees Hee-joo crouching in the street in front of a flower shop. He stops and asks which one she likes, and then buys it for her and tells her it’s to brighten up her day. It totally makes her swoon, of course, since already finds him dreamy to begin with.

They walk home and he mentions that he heard about her losing her job, and asks if she isn’t considering the offer that Chul-jin gave her. She asks why, is Chul-jin’s boss giving him a hard time? She declares that she doesn’t like this boss guy; he’s just the type she hates, not accepting people’s refusals cleanly. Yoo-hyun coughs, “Really? He doesn’t seem like such a bad guy.” HA.

He works up the courage to ask about her friend Miri, and what she likes. Hee-joo shrugs, saying she likes work, and anything active, so maybe sports? He lights up at something concrete to be able to act on, and suggests they all go to a baseball game together.

Hee-joo smiles and agrees. And then, to burst her cute little heart, the dolt tells her that he finally feels like he’s getting somewhere, since he’s been trying to find an opportunity to go out with Miri since the gosiwon. POP! There goes Hee-joo’s Yoo-hyun-shaped bubble. Aw. Somebody hug this girl! Is there anything worse than your crush saying, “So…what’s the deal with your friend?” Gah.

Miri tells her that she doesn’t have that kind of time to waste, but seeing Hee-joo’s disappointment, she agrees to go. Yoo-hyun lights up like a christmas tree when Hee-joo calls to tell him the good news, and eagerly makes plans for that night.

Miri goes to work and takes a chance, sneaking into Myung-hoon’s office to take a peek at the faxes he’s been receiving from schools. I don’t know about diplomas, but the faxes look easy enough to replicate in any case. Her heart sinks that there’s already one from Tokyo University in the stack.

She sneaks back out, only to be confronted by Myung-hoon on his way in. She gasps, totally on edge, which she really needs to learn to control, if she’s going to get away with all this. She recovers by saying she came by to ask him out to dinner that night, and he hesitates, but then changes his mind.

Miri calls Hee-joo to cancel on their baseball foursome, so Hee-joo goes it alone, only to find Yoo-hyun there alone too. He’s visibly disappointed that Miri isn’t there, but cheerily decides that he and Hee-joo should see the game anyway, since they’re here. Is it wrong if I find every possible pairing in this drama cute?

Myung-hoon stops at the hospital to check in on his mother, on their way to dinner. He tells her she can wait in the car if she’s uncomfortable, but she smiles and follows him in, introducing herself brightly and calling her “Mother.”

Mom wets the bed and Myung-hoon asks Miri to wait outside, but she pushes him aside and tells him to get water and towel, while she takes care of it. She tends to Mom sweetly and without complaint, changing her sheets and talking to her brightly.

Myung-hoon watches her amazed, the recent outburst from his wife that it’s time for Mom to die still ringing in his ears. Oh, he’s a goner now. No amount of dressing up or smiling coyly measures up to the blow that does him in—she’s nice to his mom, towards whom he carries so much guilt and responsibility. She’s the perfect daughter-in-law. (Or so she seems.)

They wash her sheets up on the roof and flirt with soap and water, his guard finally down, and his fate sealed. They’re adorable, which means this is going to be painful later.

Speaking of adorable, so are Hee-joo and Yoo-hyun, getting all excited as they watch the game, and smiling like crazy as they have a great time. On their way out, he buys her a stuffed toy as a souvenir, and she tells him that she’ll give it to Miri.

Yoo-hyun: “No, it’s for you.” Eeee! He tells her that he had a great time because of her, and thanks her. Oh, how’s she supposed to not like you now? She looks so happy it kind of kills me.

On their way home in the train, Hee-joo nods off to sleep and ends up leaning on his shoulder. He smiles and scooches closer, letting her rest her head comfortably.

Myung-hoon drives Miri home and looks over at her nodding off in the car (which she’s faking), and pulls over to let her rest. He starts to think about her, all his thoughts of her flooding his head, and she does the same, remembering everything from their first encounter to the president’s declaration that he’d be left with everything.

She gets out of the car and backhugs him. He moves to free her hands, but she asks him to just let her stay like this for just a little while longer.

He points out that he’s already been married (as in: I’m not considered worthy of you). She tells him that liking someone means disregarding their position and baggage. God, how she managed to turn this whole thing around like he’s unworthy of her, and she’s accepting his flaws… bravo. It’s impressive. Scary, but impressive.

He turns around and looks into her eyes. He brings his hand up to her face, and kisses her.



Sigh. No matter which way you spin the bottle, I like the pairings. It looks like the way that it’s shaking out now, the current couples will settle up as the status quo, and then the Yoo-hyun / Miri pairing will turn everything on its head. Because presumably, at some point, Miri will discover that Yoo-hyun is set to become her boss’ boss. That means bigger fish, which we know she can’t resist.

I love that Miri is now fully embracing her temptress role and working her hoodoo on Myung-hoon with zero remorse. It’s so much fun to watch her simultaneously work Myung-hoon and dig her own grave with Yoo-hyun, thinking that he’s poor and not worth her time. She’s actually starting to have FUN with this whole game, smiling to herself in those little moments when she realizes how easy it is for her to wrap Myung-hoon around her little finger.

But what’s more amazing to me than the coy typical flirting is the way she’s casing him, psychologically. She’s got the whole relationship reversed somehow, making him think that she’s doing HIM a favor by accepting his advances. It’s tripping me out.

I’m actually surprised at how quickly he caved—I thought he’d be a little warier of her after seeing her manipulate the Yuu Incident and lie to get the job done, but as it turns out, the heart wins out over the brain. Half the time I’m like, “Don’t trust her, ya fool!” And then half the time I’m wanting him to just go for it, because he’s clearly falling for her. Bah. So torn.

What’s so fascinating about Miri as a heroine is that she’s so bald-faced about her intentions, she’s not apologetic for anything despite clearly being in the wrong, and yet, you want to see her succeed, or at least see how far she can get, before her comeuppance is due. You know what they say about the higher you climb…


140 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Pi

    I Havent read this yet (about to)
    but just wanted to say Girlfriday i love you!
    Thank You for the recap!

    • 1.1 Pi

      Awesome episode.
      I want to see Miri fall in love with yutaka, once she does she’s going to self destruct slowly.
      but like a typical melodrama i dont want a totally open ending.
      I hope Yoo-ju ends up together eventually.

      • 1.1.1 Molly

        Me too, but didn’t the beginning of Episode 1 suggest that she *will* eventually self destruct? Like Girlfriday aptly pointed out, I kind of want her to succeed despite her being manipulative and bad, and don’t want to see her die…redeemed yes, but dead or lost or something tragic? No.

        • Maho

          I don’t want to see Miri redemmed at the end…will she die? possibly… jailed? perhaps…skip town to con some other men? that would be awesome. But yeah if the character finds redemption at the end it would kill it for me.

          • Linda

            I kind of want the drama to end with Miri succeeding.. is that so bad of me? For once i want to see the bad guy get away with something.. and on that same thought i don’t mean like how Mo- Nae got away with shooting Gun Wook in Bad Guy ==”

        • srkambbs

          Well, I can see that she will eventually self destruct because Kdramas end with good morals most of the time. I think it will be more like miri will end up as a symbol of importance all the character’s life in this drama as she did in Jiyeon’s case. But this time I want her to make a mark on their lives as her true self. Man, I have started to wonder if miri will slowly end up as Myung hoon’s wife who will want to marry Yoochun(as he is much more richer) She could end up having none of them and start drinking in depression realizing all her mistakes and that her true love is NOT money and eventually kill herself. No, I don’t want this drama to have a “bad guy” ending. They should like show that bad people must be given a second chance!!

      • 1.1.2 nonski

        yeah awesome… awesome… awesome!

        and i’m liking ALL the characters here, so far.

        and OMG, my Yoochun looks so adorable with that side smile, when Hee Joo falls asleep in his shoulders. lucky gurl!

        thanks for the recaps!

    • 1.2 Hazel

      watch Miss Ripley Episode 4 English Subbed here: http://www.kimchidramas.net/2011/06/miss-ripley-episode-4.html

  2. b1

    yaiiiii — read now

  3. ohemgee

    aww man…if ripley has abundant cute, i’m totally sunk… i REALLY hadn’t been planning on watching, but now i am seriously compelled to!!!

    thanks for the recaps!

    • 3.1 Mimi

      Same here. I’ve been reading recaps but now I may start watching it!

    • 3.2 ohemgee

      oh, and yoochun and hye jung are RIDICULOUSLY CUTE.

      i cannot stay away!!

  4. Ace

    Wow! Really need to watch this…

    Thanks GF!

    • 4.1 Ace

      It’s Wednesday already!!! Best Love & City Hunter!!!

  5. pencils

    When Fragile by Sting started playing in the background, I can’t help thinking of hotelier….It almost seems like a parody of hotelier because the way Kim Seung Woo’s character met Song Hye Gyo was also by accident & when they parted midway for the first time, there was lot’s of rain too….inside joke maybe? 😛

  6. YBisTOP

    Is this drama that good? The second leading guy is so ugly and especially the second leading girl. I like him in IRIS but not in here. I don’t really get the storyline. *Ah, I don’t know, the drama just looks boring to me.

    • 6.1 kristine

      The drama is actually good! it’s beyond what I expected it. You have to pay attention to every details such as their facial expression or even a glance lol…to realize how good it is. Initially, I was debating whether I should watch it or not but this is a kind of drama that is unpredictable. Also, depend of your age too, I am 22. I’d like to watch something that is a little more suspense than the obvious ones

    • 6.2 kay

      lol kim seung woo is old but i think he is a good looking man. and kang hye jung is absolutely adorable. you should give this drama a try!

    • 6.3 Chocobo

      Ugly? Haha, you must be young… he’s a handsome older man. It’s refreshing after so many lineups of pretty boy leads who look like Justin Bieber.

      • 6.3.1 Sethe

        Amen to that! I love that some of the top dramas in May and June are starring male actors who are actually MEN, not cutesy pretty boys. (Kim Seung-woo, Cha Seung-won, Kang Ji-hwan… am I missing anybody? Sorry, those are the dramas I’m following right now.)

        Hee-joo and Yoo-hyun totally belong together, since they both apparently suffer from unquenchable happiness and niceness.

        On the other hand, Myung-hoon and Miri have both experienced some pain and suffering, so they have the possibility to understand each other somewhat. I would frankly love to see Miri fall head over heels in love with Myung-hoon…

        Also, how great is it to see a strong female lead who’s not naive and helpless and stupid, but actually smart and conniving, and taking the lead in seducing the man?

        • wootwoot

          I agree! It’s time for real men to dominate the brown screen =) I feel like although all these “flower” boys are pleasing to the eyes, a lot of them lack the dominance and charisma the real MEN MEN carry on the screen. It’s time the oh so cute boys only phase passed out!

        • Elwood

          Yes! It is refreshing to see a female protagonist so contrary to the infuriatingly innocent (to the point of ignorance) airheads starred in most other romance dramas.

    • 6.4 kdfan

      give it a try. the story is interesting. kim seung woo is a very good actor. micky is doing a good job too, and to think that this is only his second lead role. I’m a LDH fan and i can’t wait to see whether she will be totally destructive or redeemed.

  7. zakuropanda

    Thanks for the recap! Wowww is all I have to say — definitely, definitely watching this now!

  8. drina ros

    is this drama worthed enough to be watched?

    • 8.1 Pi

      yes Ripley+Best Love+ City Hunter + 49 days
      Best Dramas for the first half of the year.

      • 8.1.1 Ace

        Hey, what about Dream High? Sam-dong rocks!

        • Pi

          i love Sam Dong too but i meant overall.
          Kim Soo Hyun i do Adore and i also like Eunjung, but Taecyeon and Suzy? *cringe*
          It wasnt a trainwreck drama, and it was quite enjoyable but i dont think it’s a “great drama”

          • Ace

            Suzy suited her role well. Robot Hye-mi was adorable. Taec was not my favorite too but on the whole, that drama was written well. Except for Taec & Yonsama’s character, I love everyone there…DH delivered on the story and that’s always great on my book.

            Not to put a damper on things re: CH & MR…I’m waiting until they’re in the middle before I decide if it’s going uphill or not. So far so good though, so hope it keeps up.

      • 8.1.2 hajroutta

        I totally agree ! you named my favorite dramas …. :))

    • 8.2 appie

      I feel the same. I don’t know whether to watch it or not, ..why does had to be a melodrama? I’m allergic to those..they make me cry ;;___;; LOL.

      • 8.2.1 jenknight18

        although they said it’s melodrama.. it did not felt really makjhangish (ridiculously sad) .. it has a good combination of cute moments.. but more twisted events .. i dont know.. i dont feel sad or depressed watching ripley..

        how would i put it.. i am more like eager with the mind games the characters are playing.. more like anticipating.. on how Miri will scheme on people then when she did.. i’ll have this reaction.. of “oh there goes the creepy smile” or “damn she’s evil.. and smart.. and manipulative”

        it’s like always on the edge of either her outwitting everyone else or her being caught which is in my book.. exciting since i dont know what to expect..

  9. V

    The KSW/LDH pairing is still a bit weird to me, as he looks old enough to be her father (maybe he is?), but man are they sexy! Fanning myself here.

    • 9.1 Daniela

      I dont know how he do it, but this kiss and the one with his (soon to be) ex wife are hot.

      • 9.1.1 Daniela

        how he DOES it

  10. 10 crazedlu

    haven’t read the recaps for episodes 3 and 4 yet because i actually WANT to watch the episodes. eeks! did read your guys’ comments though. i’m excited to watch.

  11. 11 Jenn

    Definitely enjoying Myung-hoon/Miri, they’re interesting together. Yoo-hyun/Miri have NO chemistry which is very disappointing.

  12. 12 Evelia

    I might start watching this drama. It looks interesting. Thanks for the recap.

  13. 13 Marlene

    woahh… this is getting intense, it’s moving fast which is great. Thanks GF!!

  14. 14 Anna

    thank you!!!!!!!!!! i can’t wait for next week when Miri finds out Yoohuyn’s true identity =D

  15. 15 b1

    this iis soooo getting on me … miss or mr writer .. you need a big big round of applause and i hope it continues til the last .. the paiting are just uhm.. perfect — weee.. fangirl here .. everybody is amazing <3

    • 15.1 b1

      i mean — pairing — lol .. can’t spell correctly anymore ..

  16. 16 moomooye

    I’m actually really disappointed that the lesbian lie wasn’t carried out longer. Just imagine the fun of LDH acting to be gay!!!

    I think LDH and KSW have the best chemistry so far, or maybe they just have the most screen time so it appears that way, but her manipulative ways are so surprisingly delightful to watch. It’s sad to think that it won’t end well.

    Somehow, I find Hee Joo a little too klutzy to my liking, but it’s a stark contrast to Miri. I’m really curious at how she would have turned out if she were the one adopted to Japan. I can’t seem to picture Hee Joo being the bar hostess dressed up in wigs and skimpy outfits.

  17. 17 RunLolaRun

    To be honest, I never really found Kim Seung woo attractive before, but this drama has certainly changed my mind. 😉

    • 17.1 b1

      that grin of his — i sjust so smexy… isssh

    • 17.2 Sethe

      I liked Kim Seung-woo in IRIS, but I LOVE him here.

      My heart is already breaking for him, though… somehow I don’t foresee a happy ending for him. Maybe I should do my emotions a favor and just quit watching this drama now.

  18. 18 sb

    Thanks for the recap! Will now read.. 🙂

    But I must say that Miri’s expressions of evilness really spook me out in certain scenes.

    • 18.1 Maddy

      I know!! It’s all in the little details….

  19. 19 Revy

    Even though Miri is playing the mind game with everyone and is just being scary i am totally rooting for her to really and genuinely fall for one of the guys. I am secretly hoping that she doesn’t die at the end

  20. 20 Que

    I have to say, the writers are doing a great job of getting me to hate Miri, but I’m only disliking her for the fact that she is eventually gonna play Yoo Hyun which I’m not happy about. Him and Hee Joo are so cute, its sickening actually. But I’m hoping that even after he breaks her heart, they can still end up together after the whole thing is over with Miri (I’m betting she kills herself). Micky has been choosing great roles for himself and I have to say I’m impressed; I didn’t think it was possible for me to like him any more after SKKS, Lee Sunjoon. Keep up the great job!!

  21. 21 purexorange

    OMOOOO the KISS >< squeeealllll
    I vote for MH and MIRI!!!! what shall they be called? since there is "YURI" so should this be "MYURI?" hahaha I don't know =]

  22. 22 mary

    The higher you climb… the more apples you get?

    • 22.1 norsha

      the higher you climb….the harder you fall

    • 22.2 mardie


      or the higher u climb, the colder it gets.

      sorry, off topic, but cant resist the urge…

    • 22.3 jenknight18

      the higher you climb, the longer the ladder?

      okay that was corny..

    • 22.4 rosesarered

      the higher you climb, the better the view? 🙂

  23. 23 daisy

    Thank you for the recap!:)

    I wonder if Miri really falls in love with one of them? That would add so much drama to the story, but at the same time I hope she stays cold-hearted and calculated until the end. What’s the deal with the guy who is looking for her? He seems so determined to find her, but he can’t forcefully take her back to Japan or anything…what’s he trying to do?
    Is any team subbing this? (I don’t mean Vikii subs.) Also, does anyone know if JYJ music will be featured in Miss Ripley?

    • 23.1 yaya

      but if he reveals her past noone would hire her, so she would have no chance but to return to Japan and work for him again..

      well, idk it can be more behind it, but I think she was the best his “hostess”, so he wants her to continue bringing money to him.

    • 23.2 hanneebuff

      Darksmurf is subbing this drama and I am totally dependent on them right now. haha! They are still working on Ep. 3. I think the dialogues are a little too complicated that’s why it’s taking them that long.

      I also hope that JYJ will sing one of the songs in the OST but right now, I can’t find a complete OST for it. Maybe they’re still in the process of producing it.

    • 23.3 PYS

      WITHS2 is subbing this drama. ^^

  24. 24 Ladymoonstone143

    Thanks GF for another awesome recap…

    I am sooooo anticipating for the time when Miri’s lies will be so entangled that she will not know how to undo it. It is like I hate her for lying but loving her character the same time. Kudos to LDH though for bringing Miri to life. When I see Miri onscreen, it is her I see not LDH. Am not sure if I make sense but I stayed up late just to read this recap…lol

    • 24.1 Ladymoonstone143

      Omo…is that Kang-Ah on the banner wearing boots and gold pants? Am sooooo watching 49 days again (after ripley, best love, and city hunter ends..lol)

      • 24.1.1 HanKang4ever

        waahhh I didn’t see the banner….. dang… i miss our Kang ahhhh

        “When I see Miri onscreen, it is her I see not LDH.” – so true! LDH totally owns this role.

    • 24.2 Ace

      “When I see Miri onscreen, it is her I see not LDH.”

      Yeah, can’t believe I’m rooting for LDH. I can see LDH playing the leads in the other rom-coms opposite Miss Ripley, but I can’t see the other ladies in those rom-coms playing Miri. I try to imagine them as Miri, but I think I see them ACTING AS Miri.

      So does that mean, I find LDH a better actress than them? Heck, yeah! Just hope her agency handles her PR better so she won’t get misunderstood often…

  25. 25 Lemon

    HOLY FUCK. awesome episode.

    And I think I have a problem. I can’t believe I find Kim Seung Woo hotter than Mickey Yoochun. This should

    Thanks for recapping this drama! I’m getting a huge kick out of it- so much better than lie to me. I squealed so many times just reading this recap and almost screamed when I saw the second-last screencap.

    • 25.1 mardie

      ur not alone lemon my fren… welcome to the dark side… bwahahahaha

      • 25.1.1 pencils

        BWHAHAHA….Kim Seung Woo Noona + Jailbait killer. Now that’s what I call ALL KILL….MUHAHAHA!

  26. 26 yaya

    thank you, thank you, thank you!!! can’t wait for next episodes!!

  27. 27 crazedlu

    baaaahh! okay. i just read it since the vids are failing me. 8/ and oh my! i like the pairings. yoo hyun and hee joo, cute cute! and even though i liked miri in episodes 1 and 2, and was even rooting for her, now i’m looking forward to her downwards spiral. i’m glad she’s actually the anti-herione i expected her to be written as though. yaaayy. i guess i’m just not down with the whole “oh, i suffered, so i get to do whatever the flip i want” dealio.

  28. 28 asdfronners

    Did any of you guys catch the preview for Episode 5 as well? It shows that Miri finds out that Yukata is actually really succesful, and is like super suprised (and is most likely going to scheme again). Honestly, I hate her character but I love the way Lee Dae Hae executes the role. I wonder what will happen next week… Can’t wait! I’m done with school too 🙂

  29. 29 love 49

    yoochun…yoochun…yoochun <3… i want to watch this so bad.. however i dont have any time[ what with obsessing over bigbang…watching "shitty hunter–lee min hot"…lie to me..1n2d and working 40 hrs a week]… thank u for the recaps… i'll try and be patient till the series ends… i <3 yoochun…hope the drama does well 🙂

  30. 30 klamchops

    YOO – HYUN + HEE -JOO Shipper!!!! omg…NOOOOO I don’t want micky to fall in love with miri’s character!!!!! *sigh* this is why i don’t usually watch melodramas..but this is actually filled with a lot more cute moments than i thought it would….

    • 30.1 Jenni


      Hee joo + Yoo Hyun = most adorable thing since sliced bread (wait, what?)

      It’s going to be heartbreaking to see Hee joo get trampled on. 🙁

      • 30.1.1 b

        Lol. I guess sliced bread can be adorable if cut a certain way, like in the shape of a heart or something 😀

    • 30.2 Niki

      totally agree.
      that picture of Yoo Hyun and Hee Joo together on the train is sooo…picture perfect. They’re so cute together. (Though i think KHJ’s real other half, Tablo looks best with her~~♥).
      i really don’t want YH to fall for Miri. Hope there’ll be a big reversal later but since this drama is solely based on Miri…she might get all the guys…. sigh….poor Hee Joo.

      On a side note, i love how Kang Hye Jung’s eyes always sparkle with an inner shine. It’s so mesmerizing.

      • 30.2.1 jenknight18

        who would even believe she’s married with a kid.. she talks and smiles like a 18 year old girl..

  31. 31 sophia

    definition of jang miri: “she’s a mind fuck.” SERIOUSLY. there’s no better description. The whole time i watched this episode, I was just…speechless. lol she’s got a personality, i’ll tell you that. and I love the blatant contrast between heejoo and miri; you can’t get a more white and black contrast than that. loving this drama so far..thanks for the amazing recap 🙂

  32. 32 Pi

    LDH could grab a Daesang at this rate.
    I think yoohyun is getting an expanded role epi 5+
    Apparently viewer ratings dropped a lil bit because K-viewers arent digging the MH-Miri completely.

    • 32.1 Pi

      she reminds me of Go Hyun Jung in qsd
      as Mishil
      “This Mishil…………”
      “This Miri………….”

    • 32.2 jane088

      yeah.. LDH performance are sure worthy of DAESANG but

      since it’s MBC maybe she can share it with….

      • 32.2.1 Pi

        i meant the Baeksang Awards not the boradcasters Award shows.
        but who knows there are a lot of good dramas this year and 6 months left to go but i hope she can atleast grab Top Excellence.

  33. 33 Jenni

    Aw, Hee joo… my heart breaks for the upcoming horrors you are going to face 🙁

  34. 34 millaredwitch

    thanx gf… to be honest, I’m a fan of both u & jb… totally in love with ur posts… most of the time i only read your recaps and way~~ later i watch the drama…. to tell u the truth, i enjoy ur recaps more than the actual drama with all the acting…hahahah ^o^

    as for this episode, I know that Yoochunnie can be a prince charming but the capture with him and Hye Jung is totally adorkable that i wish both of them will get a better ending…..

  35. 35 jyyjc

    I can’t wait until she finds out about yoohyun.

  36. 36 Joanne

    Thanks for the recap, GF! Recently, you and JB have such similar writing voices (gushing expression aside) I forget who wrote the recap until I scroll up.

    I’m rooting for her love angles, too….seriously well-played by all the cast. I wonder if the gasping will disappear as she falls further into the hole she’s dug herself.

  37. 37 CoH

    great episode!! Yoohyun is cute but I sense a darker side…and I can’t wait to see Miri fall for him. I wasn’t expecting the myunghoon/Miri pairing to move so fast. And I feel so bad for heejoo ):
    This drama is interesting, its second female lead is like the classic first female lead- bubbly and cheerful, and (I’m assuming Yoohyun is first) the first male lead is like the classic second male lead- cute and kind.
    Thanks girlfriday!

  38. 38 srkambbs

    wow i just watched the review and seems like she’ll know how rich yoohun is the in the next episode. an’t wait for it!!

  39. 39 Daniela

    She is GOOD. Wow, Im impressed. She knows how to play her cards. And Its awesome to watch her doing it. But i feel bad for the guys. Its going to be painful.

    Thank you for the recap!.

  40. 40 hanneebuff

    Thanks for the recap GF. I honestly don’t want the Yoo Hyun-Miri pairing because I want him to end up with the good girl, not that I want Myung Hoon to end with the bad girl either but I got my biases so yeah, I don’t want Yoo Hyun’s heart to be manipulated and crushed.

    Miri is just so intelligent and manipulative and that is what drives this story. I just don’t want evil to triumph in the end so I hope they will give her a good ending…suicide? jail term? i don’t care as long as it’s not anti-climactic.

  41. 41 elizabennet

    I think Miri will be furious when she finds out that Yukata is the real chaebol and will try to swiftly seduce him.

    She is so damaged that I doubt she’ll care about either man.

  42. 42 Hana

    the recaps make the drama sound really good. I would totally start watching this if i wasn’t already out of band width for the 5+ dramas i am currently watching…

  43. 43 crazedlu

    just watched the episode. ugh. i feel so bipolar when it comes to miri. i’m still rooting, but not. not rooting, but still. oi. i’ll just trust that the writing will deliver.

  44. 44 Pelangi

    I love this drama. Villain become heroin.
    More dark and frankly from other dramas.
    Showgirl, pimps, lesbians, fraudulent diplomas, ambition, fake love … very interesting.

    Thank you for this recap. So far, I am your silent readers.

    Anyone know why Ep 4 ratings slight drop?
    Whether the Korean audience did not like Miri relationship with Myung-hoon?

  45. 45 b

    Thanks for the recap, girlfriday. I couldn’t wait for the subs, so I watched episode 4 raw. I’ve only been studying Korean for a short time so I was surprised I was able to pick up some of the dialog. Some. Also, I think subs have become a crutch to me because I also enable subtitles when I watch British films. LOL. English is my second language is my excuse. Anyway, I think I’ll start watching dramas subs-less from now on, then read the recaps soon after. Thanks again 😀

  46. 46 tegami

    This drama isn’t a breath of fresh air, it’s a tornado of awesome-ness! xD

    I LOVE IT!!!! Miri FTW 😀

    btw Micky is so hot here! His smile~~~~

  47. 47 JLemonade

    I want to see more of Yutaka and Miri interactions and romance. Can’t wait! I want Miri to succeed in the end, not self destructing and die or jailed etc. If the ending is bad then I don’t want to watch because it will give me a lot of heartache. I also don’t want to waste time and energy over sad endings that will not give us the fulfillment after following for 2 months. So Writer Nym, please do your job well and no disappointments for the audience here!

  48. 48 Marcy

    Kim Seung Woo is so hot! I like Yoo Chun a lot too. Gosh, I’m going to be so sad to see how the hard break.

    Thank you for the recap. Your writing is just splendid, such a great read.

    • 48.1 Marcy

      *so sad to see all the heart break.

      🙁 I wish I was as good a writer as you and Javabeans *hic hic*

  49. 49 dls

    thanks for your recap…
    still waiting for subs before watching….
    and Yoo-hyun with Hee-Joo… i’m rooting for them…

  50. 50 Camille

    I like LDH and judging by the comments and reception of the past few episodes…maybe I should start watching this too. Or maybe I should wait until this is finished!? Haha.

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