Drama Recaps
You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 2
by | June 30, 2011 | 180 Comments

What this drama lacks in slickness, it makes up for in sweetness. I’m sentimental about youth angst dramas, because they’re what I grew up on, but they also feel like a throwback because of that. They’re like drama comfort food, like Mom’s cooking. And while the tonal shifts in this one are still a bit wonky, the overall mood is like I’m back in high school, watching my first campus drama Feelings all over again. Sigh. Good ol’ days.

EPISODE 2: “If Only That, My World”

Tensions flaring high, Shin throws back at her that he’s heard her play too, and repeats her gesture, pounding on his heart. “You didn’t move me, not even the tips of my fingers.” Not one to back down (which I love) Kyu-won counters that he knows nothing of gukak (classical Korean music), so he can just shut his trap.

He challenges her to a wager then, if she’s so confident: Rock Vs. Gukak, and the loser is a servant for a month. Oh lordy. Please kick his ass.

The second he leaves, Kyu-won demands for the girls to assemble, like a mobster. Heh. And before she knows it, word of the battle spreads across campus, and turns into an all-out war. (They made a rule to exclude singing—just instrumental, to make it fair.)

She runs into Seok-hyun again (literally forehead-to-chest), and he returns her sheet music from the other night. I love that she definitely considers him an ajusshi and he treats her kind of like a kid… and yet… I totally want these two to be together. Gah. I can’t help it. He’s so much more interesting than Shin at this stage in the game.

Drummer Jun-hee’s big crush Hee-joo comes by the band’s studio looking for Shin, and when he introduces himself as The Stupid’s drummer, she refuses to believe that Jumpsuit Junior and Hot Drummer are one and the same. Hee. Please let her fall for drummer boy not knowing that Clark Kent/Superman are the same, and then get promptly thrown off her high horse.

It turns out that Kyu-won’s still got a good relationship with Dad who’s teaching music down in the countryside, but it’s kind of a secret relationship, kept at bay from disapproving Grandpa. She clearly wishes she could see more of him, but Dad’s keeping his distance. Dad asks if this guy she’s going to battle is really all that good looking, and at first she makes a sour face and shakes her head, then, “Well… he’s a little pretty, kind of like a girl.” HA.

The lead-up to the battle grows bigger than either of them wanted, but it’s out of their hands now. People start posting signs, departments choose sides… I love that what’s at stake is month-long slavery, because no matter who wins, it works to the story’s advantage. And it doesn’t hurt that they hate each other.

They both work their bands to the bone, dissatisfied to just play their normal repertoire, and feeling the pressure to win.

Seok-hyun finds out that the Big Show he’ll be directing (the university’s 100th anniversary show) has his ex Yoon-su slated to be the dance choreographer. He heads to her studio and finds her just after another fall.

She hears someone walk in and immediately assumes it’s Shin, telling him not to come around anymore. But Seok-hyun walks in to tell her not to do the show—that her skills aren’t up to par and that she should avoid being pitied by others. Damn.

She disregards him, and he bursts out, “How am I supposed to do a show with you?!” Clearly this is about your unresolved feelings, mister. She refuses to back off, and he swears at her like she’s a dude, something like “son of a bitch” or “asshole,” which is unusual unless he was a teacher or a director of hers at some point. (Adult-to-adult it’s gender specific and harsh, but from teacher-to-student it’s more gender neutral and more like “you rotten kid.” Um… I dunno why. It just is, in colloquial usage.) If she used to be a dancer and he was her director, that would explain it. Either that or he swears weirdly.

Shin arrives just after Seok-hyun leaves, and watches Yoon-su sink to the ground and cry. I do love his puppy crush on her which makes him a much more interesting character, despite the fact that the ballerina is mostly a downer. I mean, if you spend the first two episodes crying, how am I supposed to think of you as anything other than a wet blanket?

Kyu-won makes the mistake of telling Grandpa about the battle, which turns him into General Pansori. He forces her to practice night and day, basically turning her into a gayageum zombie, because now she’s got the pride of all Korean music riding on her servant-bet.

Seok-hyun agrees to direct the Big Show, but plans to upend the whole thing because what they’ve got planned is “no fun.” Heh, I love his directness. His sunbae tells him that he does have to cast Hee-joo though, because she’s the university president’s daughter. He doesn’t seem too keen on that.

It turns out that Hee-joo has something in common with Jun-hee – she’s always hungry too, but while his is metabolism-fueled, hers is image-conscious bulimia. Sad. And worse is the truth that it’s all too common with dancers. She overhears that the new director might go in a different direction for the show, and hears him talking about Kyu-won and the battle. Time for some recon on her competition.

Jun-hee tells his bandmates about the gukak professor who died from cancer the night of the concert, and Shin realizes why Kyu-won was so testy with him that day. I hope you feel like a heel. I can’t tell, but I’m going to assume that you do.

It’s Battle Time. Awwwww, yeah. The entrances are awesome, all western duel at high noon. Shin straps on his guitar, Kyu-won wields her gayageum, and they approach each other like they’re slinging guns.

A crowd has gathered and Seok-hyun adorably cheers Kyu-won on like a big dork, which officially seals my love for him. Yoon-su takes note of his behavior with a hairy eyeball, and Kyu-won awkwardly waves back at the very strange ajusshi. Heh.

On stage, Shin starts to apologize for the other day, but she doesn’t let him get very far, assuming he’s just scared he’ll lose. The battle is on.

The Stupid takes to the stage first and they wow the crowd, making the Wildflowers nervous. Kyu-won vows to do gukak proud, and gets a big cheer from Grandpa too. They play what starts out as a very traditional mellow piece but becomes an impressive display of string-chops to a catchy beat.

They’ve got the crowd… they build to the climax… and then Kyu-won breaks a string, bringing the whole ensemble to a halt. While I appreciate that it’s a dramatic moment, I don’t need The! Drama! of it all to be hammered into my skull like I’m incapable of understanding the significance. Relaaaaaaax.

They lose, of course, but Jun-hee bounces up to them, “Unnis! You were awesome! I’ve never heard anything like that before. I think I totally love you.” So cute. Bo-woon offers to play for him everyday, and he perks up when she offers to buy him food. Please pick her over the starving ballerina. I bet you she’s such a bitch because she’s always hungry. I mean, don’t people know being hungry makes you cranky?

Bo-woon is amazed as she watches Jun-hee devour his food and ask for more, remembering his alter ego at school eating the same way. She shakes her head no – it can’t be the same guy. Ha.

I love that everyone is so disbelieving that he’s one and the same. He had explained to his bandmates that he can only afford a few nice clothes, which he wears for concerts as fanservice. Heh. Yeah, but that doesn’t explain the idol hair or the guyliner now, does it?

He eats so much that eventually he outspends her wallet output, and they have to call for help. Kyu-won arrives and pays the bill, and Shin arrives just behind her. Jun-hee calls her an angel and then he takes Bo-woon home, leaving her awkwardly with Shin on the sidewalk.

She admits that she lost today, and he offers that she was good, and if her string hadn’t broken, the outcome might’ve been different. She agrees, which I love. He apologizes for not keeping his promise at the concert and says that he’s sorry about her professor too.

She explains that she knows it’s not directly his fault, but the circumstances… and he cuts her off to say that he gets it, no biggie. He tells her the reason that he couldn’t make the concert, and she believes him right away, which is a relief. I love a drama where misunderstandings get cleared up quickly.

He says that he’ll use her slave services without too much burden or guilt (gee thanks) and then asks which way she’s headed… “So I can go the other way.” HAhahaha. You’re randomly a crack-up when you want to be.

At school she attempts to hide, hoping that if he can’t find her, he can’t enslave her. That works for about half a day, until he nabs her phone so that they can exchange numbers, to the tune of jealous girls everywhere. Hee.

Shin’s mom gets a request from his father to see his son once before he dies. So either Shin’s from a first marriage, or an illegitimate child, and either way Dad has no presence in his life, due to Mom’s insistence against it. He seems to be dying from The Rock, as in living a hardcore lonely life, and it makes Mom scared that Shin’s going to follow in Degenerate Dad’s footsteps.

She asks noncommittally if Shin can’t quit guitar, but doesn’t really offer the real reason why and takes it off the table. She looks through pictures of the old days, when Shin’s dad was in a band… with Kyu-won’s dad?

Oh, well that makes more sense, if Dad really did have a rocker phase. Because the whole “You want to play Mozart? Get out of my house!” thing was just kind of silly. So if Kyu-won’s dad was also living somewhat unconventionally, it would explain Grandpa’s insistence on raising her himself.

Sigh with the our-dads-were-in-a-band-together thing. At least they’re not siblings? Er? Right?

Kyu-won’s dad suggests that she let him see his son at least once, for Shin’s sake. Interesting that she keeps in touch with her dad, but not his. The next day she decides to take Shin to see his father, under the guise of getting a guitar lesson from someone who was once in a famous band. (Mom can get away with that as a cover because she works for a music rag, so she’d clearly have the connections to do so anyway.)

He calls Kyu-won to attend class for him so she can get him through roll call, but of course she gets caught red-handed. Whoops.

Mom waits in the car and he gives her a smile and walks in, but once he turns away from her, his face darkens. Omo! Is that… narrative information I’m reading on your face? By jove, it’s a freakin’ miracle!

His face reveals that he knows much more about what he’s about to walk into than he let on. He must’ve been curious about bio dad before this, though clearly Mom is in the dark about how much he knows. He steels himself before going inside.

Neither of them says anything revealing their relationship, and Dad asks him if he knows how to play. Shin plays a song that he wrote, and then Dad picks up his guitar and plays along. I love that this moment is beautifully underplayed, but quite touching because it’s so simple.

Dad tells him, “The guitar and me. That’s my entire world,” and asks if he’ll come again. Shin looks down to see his hand shaking.

He comes home that day and turns what they played together into a song, and performs it at the club. Kyu-won comes with Bo-woon and as he plays, her face goes from skeptical…to surprised… and then moved.

Aw, you did it—you played music that tugged at her heart.

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This drama lacks crispness in its cinematography, and it even feels a little like it was shot ten years ago. But I like the setup and the tone of the youth-melodrama. This is kind of what I wanted Mary Stayed Out All Night to be – an exploration of youth, music, indie vs. conformity, what adulthood means, etc. But that drama went to wackyville while this one seems like it’s the perfect answer to what I wanted, thematically.

And okay, I had pretty much written off Jung Yong-hwa as a cardboard box with a pretty face, and though he hasn’t TOTALLY changed my mind, I do see a glimmer of hope in his portrayal of Shin. He’s straining less, which is good, and I think that he’s doing a decent job playing the hot-and-cold guy, who is believably one character who’s nice at home and mean outside.

He’s still got miles and miles to go before I’m with him on the straight-up emoting, but this time I’m not actively seeing Black Hole instead of Actor. And he totally surprised me with his facial expressions that actually conveyed narrative information today. Yay for growth.

Song Chang-eui’s character Seok-hyun is the winner so far, because he’s interestingly written and brightly played, so it’s no wonder I’m totally falling for his cute interplay with Kyu-won. I think Park Shin-hye is best when she’s not trying to be cute (And I really fail to understand why cute is even an affectation for her, ’cause she just looks cute anyway, no effort needed).

So when she breaks into those moments of swearing at Shin (love) or sassing him around, I adore her. She’s incredibly easy to feel with, which is I think a lead actress’ main asset, because she pulls you into her emotional state. I’m actually hoping for more drama with her character, just to see her act well rather than rest on her cute laurels.

But the bickery hatred? I’m all about that. I hope they hate each other for at least half the run or more. Oh yeah.



180 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Lorlena

    Maybe to watch…maybe not. But I will enjoy your recaps either way 🙂

    • 1.1 Amy

      Episode 2 Ratings for Heartstrings- 4.9%. Very sad 🙁 . City Hunter 20.5%

      • 1.1.1 Arhazivory

        Oh boy. Its up against heavy competition but I’d like to see it pull in better numbers. Haha….I’m saying that without even seeing an episode yet.

      • 1.1.2 wootwoot

        that was very expected… city hunter is GOOD and the rating between city hunter and greatest love was so close even when greatest love hit its peaks(the numbers%)… I’m sure once greatest love ended, everyone boarded on city hunter for the remainder of its ride

      • 1.1.3 adette

        Oh, no way. I kind of wondered why they were doing a simulcast Dramafever but if the ratings suck, maybe they’re just trying to pull in money/viewers in every way possible?

      • 1.1.4 Nouastella

        Not really……..remember YAB? low ratings in Korea but my GOD!!!! Fans in asia are spazzing crazy about it. Ratings is not the only measure of the drama’s success especially in Korea…..

        I’m not from Korea,here fans are crazy about the drama…

        • Star

          yes agreed . actually the low rating was predictable!
          *It’s youth drama* most of viewers watch it Online Tv viewer taste is different ; they prefer Action Drama 100 times more. but for me I like it better !
          and yes I’m not korean and YAb is still popular in my country after 2 yearS…I think every countries have action or deep dramatic series but korean dramaS are really Good with fantasy images thats why this kind of dramas atract many interest overseas…”

          • happymorgen

            same here..rating&popularity of the drama seem not always coherent. YAB was very popular also in my country. Young generation (esp international viewer like me) who is the main segment of this kind of drama mainly relaying on internet source for watching so it doesn’t really help the rating. So, i think same thing goes for HS. Eventho i’m following CH every week but i feel fresh, light&warm feeling when watching HS..(good for my emotion switching between CH&HS). Glad that HS is kinda giving a life lesson through the image of young spirit chasing their dreams..making it wise but in fun way. Loving HS OST already esp the ending song in ep 2. I read the news forum that this composed/written by Yonghwa. Seriously, this man is super talented singer. His acting?i don’t have problem w/ his acting esp his “lee shin” eye stare=). This “cold-warm” guy character is kinda typical in many dramas maybe many people will have to see significant different to finally judge him that he really doing great..

          • rence

            i agree that the local (korean) ratings is not the measure of a drama’s succes and a very good example is YAB..YAB was and still is a craze in other countries esp in Japan..the 4 anjells became instant hallyu superstars and their popularity skyrocketed…i believe that with HS’s beautiful OST (i think much better than Yab), this will also create a stir throughout Asia once it ends…YH is a very talented musician, he could sing, play instruments and compose while shinhye is a very talented actress, she could sing and dance…

            it has low ratings but is one of the most searched dramas everyday in Korea , kind of funny, isn’t it?…at this age of computers, many chose to view it online..

            i just like this kind of drama…very light which relaxes me, plus the music..its something different from Yab and dream high because here you will see korea’s traditional instruments..oohhh, how i enjoyed the fusion of kyuwon and lee shin’s bands when they performed habanera carmen separately..

            more beautiful songs, instrumentals and i hope for a duet of shinhye and YH with both of them using their respective musical instruments…that would be awesome

      • 1.1.5 [email protected]@M!

        don’t forget that city hunter is in its 12th epi 🙂

      • 1.1.6 Little One

        Where do you find the ratings?

      • 1.1.7 clover24

        City hunter is amazing !!! so some hard comp there !! XD

    • 1.2 Hazel

      watch Heartstrings Episode 2 English Subbed here: http://www.kimchidramas.net/2011/07/heartstrings-episode-2.html

  2. Yuki

    Yay! Thanks girlfriday for quick recapping! The final scene where Lee Shin sings really moved me, though I have no idea what he is singing about. Yong-hwa is really a good singer.

    • 2.1 Dodo

      Agree with you

      • 2.1.1 Yuki

        Rumors says that Jung Yong-hwa composed this song (called ‘missing you’?) Daebak ah if this is true.

    • 2.2 Dinatale

      Yonghwa is a really good singer!!! Totaly agree with you and the rumors says he composed this song he is so talented! Im in love with him!!! So even if the drama is bad i will still watch it!!! jaja but so far i love the drama and the bickering bw the both

      • 2.2.1 checkinout

        It has been confirmed. Yong Hwa wrote the last song in Ep 2 and it’s called Because I Love You. I love the last 9 minutes of the episode, the build up to the club scene was well done and made Yong Hwa’s rendition that much more emotional, and to have the song continue into the credits… it succeeded in tugging at my heartstrings (ok, lame pun)…. I need to get my hands on the OST!

        Am enjoying this drama much more than I had expected. Perhaps I just love shows where music is part of the story line and I think they’ve done a great job so far incorporating it here. And it really helps when the actors, in this case, The Stupid, are really playing the instruments. Looking forward to the more!

        • Yuki

          Yes, FnC confirmed that Yong-hwa composed the song. But I thought it is called ‘I miss you’? Anyway, FnC music said that there will be more songs to come. Yeah!

          • checkinout

            Yikes, my bad. You’re right, it’s ‘miss’ instead of ‘love’.

          • Nouastella

            go to CNBLUESTORM.COM……..there’s a complete english translation.The lyrics is so sweet and full of longing………..
            Yonghwa is really a musician….of course, all of CN Blue members are…..hehehehe

      • 2.2.2 kaleido

        I am so in love with the song right now… I just watched ep2 at kimchidrama.. and I couldn’t remember how many time i re-watched the last few minute when YongHwa sang the song… I just love the way he sang it with some much emotion… I am so in love with his voice and talent right now…

        I am actually very much enjoy this drama and I hope more people will tune in.. probably have to wait till CH finishes it’s run… but I love this drama and I just can’t wait for the OST.. I am sure it will be awesome!

  3. jacq

    To watch or not to watch……..still undecided!

    • 3.1 cookie

      *spanks you* WATCH 🙁

    • 3.2 Nouastella

      try watching…..the drama is great because, first and foremost, of the music,second ,the cast is wonderful..

      if your young,it brings back memories of college days…..ikf your Korean, you’d be proud or your traditional music…..

  4. Dodo

    Wow thanks for the fast recep and I think I will watch this drama after reading your recep and watching ep 1.

  5. gominam

    I’m loving this drama, second to CH. of course..thanks for the recaps…

  6. trixicopper

    Why do I get the feeling that we’re in an old Mickey Rooney / Judy Garland movie and we’ll soon be hearing the phrase…”Hey kids lets put on a show?”

    Thanks for the recap!

    • 6.1 carpetfibers

      I thought the exact same thing! And since I loved those movies, I’m totally on board here.

  7. tambok

    kyaaaa!!!! its like seeing SOREA band perform live again…and I am sure that girl in pink who plays the drum is a member of that band.

  8. nonski

    She runs into Seok-hyun again (literally forehead-to-chest), and he returns her sheet music from the other night. I love that she definitely considers him an ajusshi and he treats her kind of like a kid… and yet… I totally want these two to be together. Gah. I can’t help it. He’s so much more interesting than Shin at this stage in the game.

    hehehe same sentiments at the moment… and the ‘ajussi’ is rather cute…

    • 8.1 nonski

      oh and after episode 2, i’m INTO this drama already…

      it isn’t anything new but i find myself drawn in.

    • 8.2 tan

      hehehe..i wish that earlier part of the drama we will be able to see kyu won’s (shinhye) closeness with the ahjussi which will stir up some jealousy on lee shin’s (YH) part…shinhye looks good with anyone, be it oppa or ahjussi, its a talent of hers…love this girl

  9. Ace

    Thanks for the recaps. Just started to watch ep1. Not expecting too much (so as not to be disappointed), but I also love me a youth drama. Hope the OST’s as good as DH. PSH looks so pretty here, and good to hear JYH has improved.

  10. 10 Melisa

    beginning might be a little it boring….BUT I HOPE IT GETS INTERESTING OVER TIME >W< I know I will love this drama!

  11. 11 Nia

    I’m really loving this drama. I think the good out weights it lacks 🙂 I actually like Shinhye character with Seokhyun better I really hope that they get a love line.

  12. 12 Aqua

    I really do like Seok-hyun Ahjussi’s character, he just makes me laugh. I really hope they have a small romance of him and Park Shin Hye for a little while, because I can already see Shin go jealous…
    Yoon-Sun (The dancer): I don’t really like her character that much… for some reason, i think I’m eventually going to find a reason to hate her.. IDK
    Still, THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE RECAP!! I’ve been refreshing over and over again!!

  13. 13 tan

    thanks for the recaps..im enjoying the drama…its something which refreshes me after a long day’s work…i always adore shinhye’s effortless cuteness but i also wish to see her in heavy drama stuff in the future, just like in TOH where i cried a bucket…so far, so good and i like the music theme…

  14. 14 Daniela

    Thank you for the recap! If you two are going to continue with the recaps for this drama, I’ll follow it here.

  15. 15 Alvina

    I really dig the storyline of the drama, and while I’m no fangirl of the lead actor, the storyline is keeping me going.

    And the drummer boy. He’s cute. 😀

  16. 16 anh

    thanks for the recap. I love youth drama, too and this one seems cute and light.

  17. 17 churasan

    I thought this episode was a lot slower than the first and hoped that their rivalry would last a bit longer. But I’m still sticking with this drama because I think sparks will fly once the romance starts heating up!

  18. 18 rence

    thanks for the recaps..im loving the drama as im a music lover..i love the fusion of traditional and modern music and hope to see it more in this drama..

    i wld like to see some romantic love triangle here..shinhye vs ahjussi vs lee shin…i thought that there is another character that would have feelings with KW here..

  19. 19 Gold Kiwi Fruit

    thanks dramabeans for the recap.

    I will continue to watch. Watching this is like travelling back to the past – high school and college –

    I become emotional listening to the music and remembered those beautiful days in high school when life was so simple and I was so naive.

  20. 20 Junior-senior prom

    I like this drama. I will continue to watch.

    I like the songs too.

  21. 21 Cynthia

    Thank goodness for your recaps, GF!
    I was just watching ep1 of this over at KShowNow, and the Eng. recaps are pretty much incoherent. It’s great that they work so hard to do recaps – just disappointing when those recaps don’t make sense. Thanks to you, I now know what the heck this drama is about.

    I like this drama having a low-key aspect to it. There’s so much angst attached to City Hunter & Miss Ripley, this comes as a breather. It was the same way as Playful Kiss for me.

    I think that YongHwa is going to surprise a lot of people this time around = he’s matured, this role isn’t that far from his real character and he’s working with familiar friends. Hopefully, it adds up to a good acting opportunity for him.

    I’m liking it so far (except for cranky-pants Gramps. He really needs a chill-pill! A BIG one.)

  22. 22 Anita

    I love this drama. its simple. its relevant during my younger days and still is irelevant today in high schools and universities.

    i didn’t know that yong hwa and shin hye really have good singing voice? I know that Park Shin Hye is an excellent dancer, but she really has a good voice.

    and I’m glad too that the guitarist yong hwa, the drummer minhyuk, and the other instrumentalists are really instrumentatlists. that they’re not just carrying these musical instruments as props to the drama.

    a big thank you to dramabeans for the recaps. your work is much appreciated by non-korean speaking like me.

  23. 23 ck1Oz

    Thank you for the recaps.

    I am watching it through your recaps.The same with Ms Ripley.
    Unlike all of you I can only watch 3 dramas at a go.I am still at RT,LTM and now CH.I can’t take anymore 🙂

  24. 24 almontel

    Thanks for the very quick RECAP!! YOU’RE totally AWESOME and I LOVE YOU!!!!

    i’m a big fan of Park Shin Hye, so yes, of course, i’d be watching this till the end!!!
    and you do have a point there, she’s already cute so she doesn’t need to act cute! and i totally agree with you 100% that she’s a great lead actress because she leads you in and one can truly feel the emotions she’s going thru…
    and yes, very reminiscent of my good old college days…those were the days, but what memories…

    i totally totally loved YongHwa’s song…it blew my heart…that one put a thump on my chest too!!!

    LOVE HS!!! fighting!!!

  25. 25 Auntie Ruth

    Song Chang-eui, where did you hide all these years? You’re very impressive and good looking too!

    Two projects now with Park Shin Hye – “Green Days” and now “You’ve Fallen For Me”. I hope you’ll have more projects to come.

  26. 26 ricky the royal highness

    Thanks for the recaps!

    I have a feeling that I’ll watch this drama based on what you wrote 🙂

    I’m crossing my fingers, hoping that this drama will turn out for the best.

    • 26.1 ricky the royal highness

      Jun Hee reminds me of Hamtaro, the hamster for some reason. LOL 😀


      • 26.1.1 zakuropanda

        OMG HAMTARO!! I watched so many episodes of the anime and had the song (in English) memorized at one point..But yes, he does look a lot like Hamtaro now that I think about it..

        • ricky the royal highness

          *presses invisible LIKE button*

          Yep, he does, doesn’t he? It’s the big dorky glasses and the shaggy orange hair, I think.

          • ris

            hahaha! Here I was, thinking that the screencap makes him look a lot like Park Shin-Hye in You’re Beautiful when she’s dressed as a boy with the glasses, but the Hamtaro comparison totally tops that!

      • 26.1.2 laya

        Hahaha I thought he looked like a dorky version of Yoo Seung Ho, dunno why xDD

  27. 27 eb

    seok-hyun and kyu-won would make a cute couple (as long as he doesn’t become her actual professor). i’m curious how shin and kyu-won’s mutual dislike transitions to begrudging respect and then like/love but i’m hoping she goes for seok-hyun at least for now since he is more interesting.

  28. 28 Christy

    Thank you for the recap! I’m really liking this drama. 🙂

    Shin Hye’s bunny hoodie shirt is so cute! Where can we buy that?

    • 28.1 zakuropanda

      Dunno if they have the exact one, but yesstyle.com has a lot of brands from South Korea, and I think they have similar ones.

  29. 29 YerVang

    They are soo cute together 🙂

  30. 30 RR

    thanks for the recap!i agree that kyu-won is at her best when she’s angry and crying..aaaaahh,more angsty scenes for her i hope coz shinhye is really a good actress,and i want her to show that side of her more

  31. 31 pinki

    why does this drama recap take priority over City Hunter????? j/k, but yeah, that’s my thoughts.

    • 31.1 Ace

      I think they post the recaps as soon as they finish. And this time, GF’s recap on YFFM just finished faster than JB’s (?) City Hunter recap. I’m also waiting for CH ep.12 BTW.

      • 31.1.1 Ace

        It’s up!

  32. 32 Ani

    Wow. I think I’m gonna have to watch this now. But I’ll find out around episode four if I really do want to pick it up. Heh. X) Thank you for the recap girlfriday.

  33. 33 orange

    thanks for the recap,i agree Park Shin Hye is good actress cause she can lead out me in to her crying.I hope in the future she do melodrama like TOH.

  34. 34 soiia

    I don’t know, but even if Min Hyuk’s acting is still new, he’S so freaking adorable.

    I did feel like Park Shin-hye acting cute is really not superb sometimes. Her facial expression sorta makes me slightly cringe because I know she will do just fine without it.

    While Heartstring feels lacking a bit, it’s still really fun and refreshing to watch!

    • 34.1 ricky the royal highness

      Minhyuk is Hamtaro in human form 🙂

      • 34.1.1 Cabbage

        Holy crikies, you’re right! Someone made a big transformer gun, and he must wear those glasses as a way to disguise his original form.

        I want a transformer gun, too.

  35. 35 kk

    Thank you so much for your recap!

    Also… am I the only one who’s already 100% into this drama???
    Despite seeing its flaws, which are not really distracting anyway, I’m totally loving this.
    I’m a total sucker for boy/girl hate goes to boy/girl gaga over each other.. It always most certainly ends up into interesting dynamics between the OPT. I think the chemistry between the two is just right at this point, and just waiting for us to swoon all over when feelings start to show up. I like that Shin has a soft side, and not too full of pride and how kw is sassy and has quite the spirit. plus, I’m in love with psh’s hairstyle.

    • 35.1 jeeves

      NOPE YOU’RE NOT ALONE ON THIS ONE…i too am 100% on this drama.

      • 35.1.1 olinOlia

        me too ^^

        • K

          me 3
          This will be the 2011 drama for me

          • rr

            me four^–^ this is my summer drama for 2011 :))

    • 35.2 tonia

      I’m loving this drama too. It’s light and just a fun watch. And after a tiring day at work it’s nice to watch it and unwind. It doesn’t take much brain power to digest the story plus I’m actually liking how the basic theme of the drama is not just a love story but I love the tradition vs modern debate that is on going in the drama.

      I’m going for the whole ride and I am going to enjoy every minute of it.

      I just love this drama and it’s only 2 episode in.

    • 35.3 Dinatale

      You are not the only one 100% with this drama!!! Love it!!

  36. 36 Sam

    Love, love the music. Thank you Heartstrings for introducing me to Korean’s traditional music, WOW it’s beautiful. The blend of modern and traditional really work here.

    I think the pace for the first and second episodes are just right for this drama, it’s a lighthearted youth melodrama.

    If you love Dream High, this drama has more substances, the acting is better, awesome music and so much more.

    Can I say it again, the music is out of this world.

    • 36.1 kaleido

      the music is good.. I am sure the OST will be amazing. Love the ending song of ep2.. so passionate.. I am a big CNBlue fan and this song just make me love them more.

      I watched ep1 yesterday.. the begining is a little slow.. but it picked up at the end… I found myself laughing out laud at certain scene…. I love the interaction and chemistry between Seok-hyan and Kyu-won…

      I will definitely stick with this one.. although I must say CH is amazing…

  37. 37 ^_^

    Ep 1 and 2 looks good. I have to good watch. Seok-hyun and Kyu-won would be cute together..rooting for that pair at the moment. The Shin-won paring may come later but right now Kyu-hyun

  38. 38 glad2hearDsongs

    I’m a sucker for musicals. I like this – America has Glee, Korea for the moment has “You’ve Fallen For Me” plus traditional Korean music.

    This is the first time I’ver heard of an instrument called “gayageum”. of course, I’m not Korean. But, what a shame a migrant Korean office colleague doesn’t know either…

    Its about time that Korean drama embark on something new – musical – the days of “sound of music”, “singing nun”, “westside story”, “pocahontas”, “mary poppins”…now you know how old I am.

  39. 39 Noelle

    Still on the fence. I think my favorite character so far is the drummer. Such a cutie.

  40. 40 Cherry

    Thank you thank you thank you for recapping FFY!!! is not serious or dramatic, but i like the tone because its light with a slight angst where u wish the leads would just discover they like each other right away. i’m on this boat 100% besides i like park shin hye, she’s actaully very talented. and Jung Yong-hwa not bad look either 😉
    as far as Kyu won and her ajusshii’s future relatonship, i don’t mind because he’s hilarious, and charismatic (when he wants to be) Lol he’s an adult Shin!!!!! btw i have mutual feeling about the dance teacher. she may not have many scenes but i got a feeling i will just find her annoying because she is such a WET BLANKET!!!!

  41. 41 Beng

    thank you so much and thanks a million for attaching the song of Shin — been playing it so many times already and i don’t think i’ll tire hearing it =)

    More songs from Shin and YS, please drama gods =)

  42. 42 kdj


    I was heartbroken to see there’s no good quality blog that is recapping heartstring. My first go to blog is dramabeans, but couldn’t find it. Then I went to koala’s, but she said she dislike heartstring. Sooo I went back to DB again to read You’ve Fallen For Me, not knowing it’s Heartstring. Stupid me. All the roundabouts lead me back to where I belong at the first place. LOL. Thank you for recapping this drama!

  43. 43 binzer

    It’s interesting that so many people dislike the directing-style, because I quite like it! I don’t find that it feels old at all, but rather that it’s quite purposeful and enhances the scenes (it seems like it’s always deliberate, and never lazy or unskilled).

    The color-palette is fantastic as well (which we very seldom see in these youth-y dramas) and it feels more like eye candy to me than CH does.

    Maybe this is just a sign that I spent too much time in art school being subjected to strange films, but I would actually just watch this show for the visuals and music alone (how awesome was Yong Hwa’s ballad? That boy can sing).

    I think that Shin’s character is actually quite likable. He apologizes easily, and even says K might have won the contest without her string breaking (which I don’t agree with, based on his fan-base). He clearly gets concerned for others quite easily, and his sarcasm is funny and flirty moreso than mean. JYH’s acting is definitely a lot better too. He’s adding a lot of little touches that make him feel real, like his laugh-smile at Drummerboy’s text about needing money for dinner.

    I’m starting to feel hooked….oooh how I love and hate that feeling.

    • 43.1 wootwoot

      I agree with you, Shin’s character isn’t flat out mean, kind of like a boy wrapped in a lot of presumption facades [does that even make sense? no…] His character seems more real than say the lead vocal from You’re beautiful and the one who played the main from playful kiss (whom I found to be a total *ick).

  44. 44 jeeves

    i grew up on the same youth oriented love dramas —so i totally agree with your sentiments—-anywho—i’ll just grab and take this drama on its facevalue—no high-end expectations— ” it is what it is” i genuinely love the pairing though—-hopefully we all get a nice surprise as the drama progresses. at any rate i’ll take what i can and just love–love —love this drama. KOMAWO FOR THE RECAPS— 🙂

  45. 45 leena

    Like Junhee a lot more than Lee shin. Something about Lee shin doesn’t work for me. Maybe in the future episodes, I might change my opinion but for now, it’s just Junhee and Kyuwon who are commanding my attention.

  46. 46 Star

    I love it though it’s not flowless ! actually I don’t care how many pple are hitting by lee min ho ( He is freakin hot) in CityHunter or how much the kiss scence are hor … I like this One! i’m a collage student and I really feel uni atmospher there ;Further Korean Traditional music is So magical Wow I’m not korean and i had no idea how emazing it is .

    Thank you DB for recape this one TQ TQ TQ …
    I watched it raw ( it’s raw watchworthy beCuz of music base ) and your recapes are really helpful …

  47. 47 crazedlu

    i’m down with the hating too. the tension is always the besssst! ^^

  48. 48 laya

    I read the City Hunter first before this, so as to recover from all the tension and stuff in that drama. xDDD

    Thanks so much for the recap!

  49. 49 olinOlia

    i really love the ending song~~ thank you for uploading 😀

    is it true jongywa wrote this song ?? daebak !!

  50. 50 Autumn

    I saw ep 1 and 2~
    It’s my replacement drama for Best Love
    the drummers cuteee

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