Drama Recaps
Miss Ripley: Episode 12
by | July 5, 2011 | 154 Comments

He knows! It’s the death of the puppy and the rise of Dark Yoo-hyun, who is no less polite than before, but eerily icy beneath the surface. And let’s not count out Myung-hoon, who is quickly becoming Miri’s biggest opponent yet. Basically everyone serves Miri up a slice of humble pie, and it’s kind of awesome. Let the real fun begin.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Awkward family dinner, party of five? Right this way.

Let’s see, we’ve got Dad, Evil Stepmom, Son, Daughter-in-law-to-be, and… her ex-boyfriend? Why not? I invite all of my exes to meet my next boyfriend’s families. It’s the new passive aggressive way to say, “I’m just not that into you.”

Myung-hoon sits down and it’s really interesting, the divide—Lee Hwa, Myung-hoon, and Miri all know what’s what, while Yoo-hyun and his dad are all smiles, none the wiser. Though Yoo-hyun isn’t a complete fool, as he picks up on Miri’s tense vibes, especially when Stepmom starts asking Myung-hoon pointed questions about his love life.

He says that he was seeing someone but they broke up, and Lee Hwa asks what kind of person she was. He looks up at Miri: “I think there was so much that she wanted… that I couldn’t fill.” Dayum. Such good tension.

He adds that he was lacking, and that she left him when she found something else she wanted. He purposely uses the word “greed,” though out of context (in the gold-digger way) it can also just mean “really really want.”

They get left alone when Dad has a coughing fit and the family gets up to help him to bed. Shaking, Miri asks how far Myung-hoon is planning to take this: “Are you going to cut off my air supply too?” He smiles, a little amused that for the enormous size of her lies, she seems more afraid than he would’ve imagined.

I’m such a fan of this new dynamic. They were great as a couple but now he’s the perfect antagonist for her—he’s a spurned lover, he’s wise to her lies, AND he’s in a position of power to totally mess up her program.

She tells him that no matter what he does, she won’t go back to him. Oh, okay Princess. He makes it clear that he’s not waiting. Good. Now that we’ve got that off the table, let’s see if we can’t toy with her a little. I’m now seeing Myung-hoon as a sadistic kitty, and I LOVE IT.

Yoo-hyun returns just in time to overhear a key point in their conversation, as Miri tells Myung-hoon that his mother came to see her. She tells him that she explained that she won’t go back to him, and that her heart changed through no fault of his.

Myung-hoon: “Loving you, and you becoming like this… it’s all my fault.”

Eeeeeee! He knows! He knows! I might’ve been a little more satisfied had he put some clues together himself instead of happening upon an incriminating conversation, but I’ll take what I can get, since he’s too trusting to go digging without a big push.

Lee Hwa rounds the corner, pleased as punch to see Yoo-hyun listening in. Oy, what is this, 49 Days, with the lurkers having lurkers? But inside Miri admits with a different twist on his words that yes, what she’s become now she owes to him. (It’s so interesting that he means that he’s to blame for putting her in the position to hurt so many people, while she takes it to mean that she owes her success to him.)

Then Myung-hoon asks: “Song [Yoo-hyun]… do you sincerely love him?”

And then we cut away before she answers! Aaaaaaargh. Well at least Yoo-hyun realizes that this is a question for her, like there’s a possibility that her answer is no, whereas until now, he’s never considered it an option.

He’s particularly distant and cold to her as he drops her off that night, and Miri worries, though she doesn’t know what’s changed.

Myung-hoon gets a call from the hospital and rushes off, but finds that his mother was never able to fully recover from her collapse the day before. Before he knows it he’s in funeral clothes.

Everyone comes to pay their respects, while Miri sits alone at her desk, finally struck with guilt for maybe the first time ever. She tries to rationalize that it couldn’t be because of her, but she can’t shake the thought. I feel bad that she died, but I love that it’s indirectly Miri’s fault.

Yoo-hyun arrives at the funeral. He lays a flower down and bows, and then looks up at the picture of Myung-hoon’s mother. Dun dun. It confirms everything—she’s the woman who pleaded with Miri that day and collapsed, and he was the one who brought her to the hospital. There’s no denying it now, buddy.

Myung-hoon confirms his suspicions that her collapse that day was the instigating factor in her death, but Yoo-hyun doesn’t reveal his part in the matter. He does confide how he dealt with his own mother’s passing, at age nine when he didn’t understand that death meant a forever kind of goodbye.

He relates how his last word at his mother’s coffin was the send-off you say when someone is returning to you, which breaks my heart. It makes Myung-hoon feel lucky to realize that he had a lifetime with his mother, while Yoo-hyun lost his so young. Aw, man, their friendship is so sweet. I just want it to last forever. But sadly I know that this bromance is not long for this world.

On his way out, Yoo-hyun sees Hirayama walk in, and remembers him right away from the day he chased Miri away from the gosiwon. I love that once someone sees one of Miri’s lies, all of her others start to come into focus. If you only knew how little of the iceberg you’ve really seen. Hee-joo notices him too, at the door.

Hirayama returns the money that Myung-hoon had given him, announcing Miri’s name publicly. Myung-hoon drags him outside and tries to get him to take it back and leave, but Hirayama makes it clear that if he’s been dumped by Miri, he’s no longer of any use to him. Oh snap. What’s worse than being cast aside by your ex-girlfriend’s pimp/debt collector? That’s gotta be the strangest rejection ever.

Hirayama: “Love is not the kind of thing that ends because you don’t see her, or because she’s dating another man. You know what the simplest calculation in the world is? Money. My heart’s debt goes long and deep. Because love is a petty thing.” I love that this guy talks in riddles and aphorisms, but twists them around for his own dark purposes. It’s such an interesting character quirk, especially in a drama where everyone else speaks quite plainly, if veiled.

Yoo-hyun ponders all the facts he’s now gathered about Miri atop his perch above the city. His assistant comes with Hirayama’s envelope with his club’s name on it, and tells him that they’re tracking down the address now. Nice. I love the rise of Dark Yoo-hyun. Puppy version was cute and all, but this guy’s kinda hot.

He meets Miri the next day, his demeanor totally different now that his rose-colored glasses are off. He asks her about her childhood and her dreams, as if trying to reconcile how she became this way and looking for a reason to explain it all.

But as she talks about her mother and off-handedly says that he wouldn’t know what her life was like, he bitterly notes that she’s assuming she knows something he doesn’t, and that it implies she never thought they were the same. She wonders if it’s possible for any two people to be alike down to the bone, and he answers darkly, “Is that so?”

Iiiiiiiinteresting. You know what’s creeping me out? He’s seeing her true face but at the same time he’s showing his too. I don’t think he loves her any less either, because maybe he’s always seen her this way—as something to have. I feel like he’s decided long ago that he must have her, so he’s going to see it through somehow, no matter what. He’s starting to scare me too.

Miri can sense something’s off the rails, but is in no position to manipulate the situation now. I love that the power balance has flipped for her in BOTH relationships. He tells her that he’ll be busy for a while, purposely distancing himself from her, but for what we don’t know.

Meanwhile Lee Hwa gets some alarming news of her own, that someone is digging into her past and her whereabouts, starting from the orphanage where she left Miri. She’s told this by the secretary of a deceased company president, who I’m guessing was her first husband. Just positing a guess, but it’s likely that she abandoned Miri to marry her first chaebol, and then when he passed away, she traded up for a new one in Yoo-hyun’s father. The man asks if she doesn’t want to find her daughter now, and she tells him no.

But she goes to visit her old apartment building anyway, for the first time in twenty years. She walks up the steps only to be confronted by a vision of young Miri, asking her what took her so long. With tears in her eyes, she heartbreakingly smiles up at her full of guilt and longing, as she tells her that she was in America to earn money.

She follows Little Miri up to the door of their old home, and then she disappears, leaving Lee Hwa to call out, “Child, child!” out at nothing, only to realize that she’s alone. Okay, while I dislike this Stepmom/Mom story thread altogether, I do for once feel a twinge of sympathy for Lee Hwa. Just a drop.

Miri goes to work the next day and finds that every promotional brochure and video with her face on it is gone or in the trash. She panics. Her tower is finally starting to crumble. She meets Hee-joo, who tells her that she’s resigned at Mondo, and plans to go study abroad.

Miri freaks out, turning it totally around to her, “How can you do this to me?” Whoa. She takes self-absorbed to a new plane of existence. Hee-joo tells her plainly that she doesn’t want to live with her anymore, and Miri reacts like a child being abandoned by her mother all over again.

She keeps repeating that she can’t do this to her, that she’ll be all alone, which really makes me wonder how she’s worked it out in her brain that Hee-joo is family and all she has… and yet treat her the way that she does.

Hee-joo stands her ground (yay!) and tells her that this isn’t what she wants. She asks where the Miri she knew went—the girl who refused to let other kids call her an orphan, or helped her hide so she wouldn’t get adopted.

Miri looks at her in genuine shock, and her disbelief in this situation is in turn really throwing me for a loop. Are you really that surprised that Hee-joo wouldn’t want to be your BFF? Her shock, at something so obvious to the rest of the universe, is so fascinating.

Yoo-hyun starts to piece together a few key events, like the timing of the two baseball games—the first where he was stood up by Miri, then the second where she was suddenly so friendly… right after the banquet at Hotel A. Ding ding!

Wow, I didn’t even give you the benefit of the doubt that you’d think that through, but again, once you see through one of her lies, you kind of can’t help but start to revise the entire past sans love blinders.

Miri finally makes her way to the funeral, but stops short in the doorway at the sight of Myung-hoon. She can’t bring herself to go inside and face it. And though I desperately want her to, to confront her guilt and even to comfort Myung-hoon, it’s fitting that she doesn’t, or rather that she’s too scared to face the consequences of her choices.

So Myung-hoon buries his mother without so much as one word from Miri, finally shedding a single tear after she’s laid to rest.

Then Yoo-hyun meets with him to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. He tells him about having seen his mother before with Miri, and asks directly if their relationship is that kind of relationship.

Myung-hoon doesn’t hem or haw, which I like, and neither does Yoo-hyun, who is clearly uncomfortable, but would rather hear the truth. Myung-hoon tells him about how he had spent his twenties and thirties just trying to stay afloat, and then one day turned around and realized how alone he was. It was then that he met Miri, who reminded him of himself in his twenties.

He shares his own harsh background, having to become the head of a struggling household at the ripe age of twelve, upon the sudden death of his father. He saw himself in Miri, and was happy to help her, and felt somehow like he was reliving his youth through her. Aw.

Yoo-hyun asks if he’s ever told Miri these things, but Myung-hoon says no, “Because these aren’t the things you want to burden the person you love.” Still crushing my heart.

Hee-joo stops by the orphanage to tell them that she’s going to study abroad, and happens to see Lee Hwa’s contact stop by to ask about the person digging into her past.

Miri goes to work and finds that Myung-hoon has put up a notice looking for her replacement, in effect putting her head on the chopping block. She storms into his office in a fury, calling him petty for stooping so low. Damn, the entitlement on this girl… it’s just a sight to behold.

She asks if this is because of his mother, and he admits that he doesn’t entirely not blame her. But he explains that this is purely a business decision, which I believe, and adds that he’s already cleared it with Yoo-hyun. Well that effectively shuts her trap.

She stomps away in a self-righteous huff… that is, until her co-worker drops the bomb that a shady looking debt collector came to the funeral to return an envelope that Myung-hoon had given him on Miri’s behalf…

Which then Yoo-hyun asked for… the envelope with a rose on it.

She finally starts to clue into how far this has gotten out of her control. She races over to Flower Blossom to track down Hirayama. She pleads with him to let her go. But he confesses now that this isn’t about the money. It’s about her.

He reminisces about the day she came and found him, at fifteen, wanting to sell cigarettes in his club. He talks about raising her for ten years, half like a father, half like a boyfriend, which really makes theirs a lot like her relationship with Myung-hoon (the totally twisted dark version, don’t get me wrong).

With tears streaming down her face, she reaches the end of her rope.

Miri: Just let me go. I’ll do whatever you want. If you want me to work again I will. I’ll do whatever you tell me to. I’m begging you. Just keep it a secret from Yoo-hyun. I really love that person. I love him. I mean it.

And there’s the answer to the question. There’s no telling what love means to her, or if she even believes in love herself. But whatever it is, love or desperation, she’ll clearly do anything not to lose him.

They’re interrupted by someone’s henchmen punching their way into the club. Hirayama walks out and Miri peeks out from the corner to see Yoo-hyun’s assistant demand a meeting and escort him out. Uh-oh.

Hirayama gets taken to an empty office in a high rise, where Yoo-hyun waits for him like a power mobster.

Oh, this ought to be good.

 
COMMENTS

I like how the tables have turned, now that Miri is two steps behind the guys, who each know more about her than she fears, even now. Before she used to be able to preemptively lay the tracks down for the next lie miles before she had to get there, but now she’s scrambling to catch up, desperate to plug a whole in a dam without realizing that the whole thing’s about to cave under the weight of her all her lies.

It works well because her lies are such a complicated web that the downfall is just as suspenseful as when she carefully built everything up. I also like the change in her demeanor, whether borne of fear and desperation or actual human feelings of love and guilt. Either way, it’s fascinating. And the way she interprets everything as a personal affront to her, like Hee-joo leaving, is downright batty and yet makes perfect sense in her completely self-centered worldview.

I was concerned that Park Yoochun wouldn’t be able to handle the dark turn in his character, because let’s be frank, there’s only so much character work a haircut can do. But he actually pulls it off rather well. I think it helps that the character’s razor edge is always couched in social graces, making him stony and polite on the outside, while the wheels are turning in his head. He’s no Kim Seung-woo, but he does a good job, and in this episode I really did feel a marked change in Yoo-hyun’s character, which effectively creeped me out.

 
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  1. vanillaicecream1008

    ahh! thanks, i’ve been refreshing for like forever!!!!

  2. Deeliteful

    thanks! I haven’t started watching this yet but the recaps are soooooooooooo goood….i just might start it

  3. Deeliteful

    thanks! I haven’t started watching this yet but the recaps are soooooooooooo goood….i just might start it :)

  4. Dkd

    Yoochun’s fresh hair <3

    • 4.1 :D

      i love it! he looks so much hotter!

  5. tovand

    Park Yoochun is now hot and scary

  6. darlainsummer

    Ahhh.. My micky has all grown up.. I love it now that finally his acting capabilities has shine through this character. I was afraid too earlier in the episodes how Yoochun can handle such heavy acting. Now, not anymore. My worries are unfounded cause now i see good acting in him.

    Is it weird i somehow wants Yoo-hyun to end up with Miri?

    • 6.1 Honey

      I want them to be together too, dont worry, you’re not alone =)

  7. b1

    creepy !!! but i like it … angst overload from the enrgizer puppy — oh i luuuurveeeee

  8. L.lee

    Sometimes I can’t tell if I like your recaps or if I like the actually drama. The drama is awesome and all, but reading these recaps with all your detail descriptions, clever wordings and humorous liners really takes the cake. Thanks for the weekly recaps. They’re awesome. Watching this drama through your eyes is so much more detailed and interesting than not reading ur recaps and watching it through mines.

  9. Anon

    Thank you so much for putting in the time and effort into writing these wonderful recaps. This is the first site i check when i wake up in the morning!

    • 9.1 mary

      Me too! I check dramabeans before facebook. (That’s a sign of obsession right?)

      Thanks jb and gf! <3 I'm not sure if you're reading the comments but we hope you know we're really thankful to your crazy spazzing and kdrama recaps.

      • 9.1.1 cflh

        wahaha…same here! there are only two tabs on my computer right now…facebook…and dramabeans…

        • 9.1.1.1 nozomi05

          me too, i open dramabeans and check for updates, then go to facebook.

          if there are new eps, then i go to d-addicts to download.

          i refresh this site, as often as i refresh facebook and i do press F5 alot.

        • 9.1.1.2 eech

          i open twitter n dramabeans. LOL. keep checking this site more often these days.

      • 9.1.2 Mel

        second demotion, I am going gaga with this drama, I think I was the first viewer in youtube this morning hehehe

  10. 10 Ace

    Woah! 4 more episodes, right? So much suspense, it’s so good! Don’t know if i should pity Miri or what…Great acting all around! Black Yoo-chun’s good here.

  11. 11 mary

    You’ve got me tense and curious up until the power mobster comment. Now I’m giggling about the ending…

  12. 12 ck1Oz

    Thank you thank you.I’ve been delaying going out just so I can read.

    Now I can sigh in relief.

    • 12.1 ck1Oz

      On one hand I want to say how hot Micky looks.

      On the other hand Yoo-Hyun’s expressions are creeping me out.Seriously.

  13. 13 Www.Iidrama.com

    I love your recap. It is better than the drama itself . Thanks

  14. 14 Tha

    The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice!!!

  15. 15 love 49

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    • 15.1 Cynthia

      DITTO!!!
      :)

    • 15.2 Dara

      DITTO!!!

    • 15.3 Xtooline

      DITTO!

    • 15.4 rilanna

      DITTO 4!

    • 15.5 Linda165

      Me too me too!!!!

    • 15.6 pohonphee

      Count me in, love Yoochun :)

    • 15.7 Le

      Me too. New Park Yoochun fan here!!

  16. 16 Chewy

    WOOOWWW!! I love this episode & everything about it. It’s as if everything clear now, because I get this feeling that nobody loves anybody in this drama (well, except YH & his dad). I totally thought the same thing, when Girlfriend say that she doesn’t believe YH love Miri either & it’s as if he just wants her.

    ON A SIDE: YH character really own this episode ( & last episode as well). Yoochun did an amazing job!!!

    • 16.1 tinysunbl

      Yeah, me too. I am skeptical about the true meanings of love since I watch this drama. I am sure if Yoo Hyun’s blindly attraction to Mi Ri could be seen as “love.”

      Anyway, it feels really refreshing now that the truths are all out, and characters are coping with the ramifications of Mi Ri’s lies. I can see Yoochun’s improvements from SKKS days. His range is still very limited though. Best of luck to him!

  17. 17 Ani

    Heejoo, do NOT just drop out of the picture. Do you HEAR me? And has anyone seen Chuljin lately? Aiyoooooooo~

    Well, awesome recap fri.

    • 17.1 Tha

      IF they know what’s good for them. They’ll keep her around for some good aroma in the mist of all the bad!!!!

    • 17.2 CoH

      chuljin got a new haircut too, i think. but it makes him look sleepy-ish…

      • 17.2.1 LOL

        Can’t believe I am cracking up with this….ur comment is funny xD

    • 17.3 Maho

      I doubt she’ll be going anywhere in fact I assume we might see a bit more of her thankfully. Her run-in with Lee Hwa’s contact might signal she’ll play a part in bringing out the revelation. Somehow I keep thinking that Hirayama and Hee Joo will be somehow be Miri’s “savoirs”.

    • 17.4 klamchops

      omg…..i wanted more heejoo + chuljin scenes too! please tell me they end up together..because heejoo’s unrequited love thing is breaking my heart! wel…she is there at the orphanage …so maybe she’s the one that finds out miri is actually lee hwa’s daughter….DUN DUN DUN….please tell me hee joo also does a complete 180 and does smth PLEASE?!?!?!!

      BTW…i ALSO check db more than i do fb now…… too important! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE RECAPS girlfriday! oh AND….

      everytime i see Hirayama I still think – ” YOU FREAKIN MADE NOODLES OUTTA FLOUR AND WATER!”

      • 17.4.1 tinysunbl

        LOL Hee Joo and Chul Jin shippers! It seems like a random coupling since this drama is dead serious. But still, I think I would like Hee Joo to end up with someone as smart as Chul Jin too! He’s the most clear-headed character in this entire drama.

      • 17.4.2 christine

        ” YOU FREAKIN MADE NOODLES OUTTA FLOUR AND WATER!”

        So, you’re a follower of 2D 1N too! Same-o, same-o. Great program.

      • 17.4.3 jj

        Such a boring pair though- I for one don’t care much for either character. They’re just role-fillers, the bff roles to our brilliant main couple.

  18. 18 loveydovey

    honestly, i don’t find ksw’s acting that terrific in this either. the thing he does with looking frantically to each side whenever he has an intense conversation is a bit weird O_o

    • 18.1 sparkles

      Yea! I noticed that too lol. He does that a lot.

    • 18.2 Berry

      Ha! He actually makes me a little dizzy when he does that, but I still think he’s the strongest actor out of all the leads. He’s best at the subtle moments, I think. Like the scene where he’s sitting outside the hospital room after his mother dies and everything goes silent, he looks so broken and you can’t help but feel his despair there, and he doesn’t do a thing except sit there. And you can always feel the tension between Myung Hoon and Miri during their scenes, particularly in these last two eps. I tend to have trouble feeling anything in the scenes between Miri and Yoo Hyun, and the show seems to go out of its way to tell us what’s happening between them rather than showing us, whereas with Myung Hoon and Miri, it’s all right there in front of us without them even having to say anything.

      That being said, I think Yoochun is doing a good job, too. I just can’t get a feel for what his character is feeling, which I’m thinking might be intentional. His love for Miri was very superficial right from the start, and as Girlfriday said, now we’re starting to see that Miri has always just been something that Yoo Hyun HAD to have, not exactly a person that he is truly in love with. She was his shiny new toy, and now she’s not so shiny anymore, but he still has to have her. At least, I think that’s where they’re going with this.

      I still have trouble believing that Miri truly loves Yoo Hyun, though. Throughout the show most of her moments of genuine feeling have been for Myung Hoon. But again, this is a case of the show telling us that Miri truly loves Yoo Hyun and not showing us, while with Myung Hoon we saw her genuinely caring for him (not loving him, mind you, but she had brief moments of caring about him as a person).

      • 18.2.1 jj

        I think her feelings for Myung Hoon have been primarily paternal. She even said as much to his mother, that he was an “older brother and father,” so basically an older protector rather than a lover.

    • 18.3 pencils

      http://www.dramabeans.com/2010/11/kim-seung-woo-cameos-for-his-wifes-queen-of-reversals/ Are we talking about the same guy y”all? I think the looking back & forth actually has got to do more with the way the thing is shot & edited….

  19. 19 loveydovey

    @hee joo leaving…wtf? why?

    • 19.1 Tha

      I’d be soooo mad if the just send her off like that!!!

      I think either Yoo Hyun running after her in the end will save this one for me. If not, let Hee Joo and Chul Jin go flying off together will do seeing that the writer is not using her character like needed to!!!

      • 19.1.1 Super_DeDe

        Dude i don’t like how the script writer is making her leave she better stay maybe she will stay when she finds out yoohyun know’s the truth T-T” everyone is saying that most likely hee joo wont end up wit yoo hyun because there are no scenes of them together anymore if thats the case then make her with chul jin >_< i know it's about the main lead but i feel like the script writer just ignore hee joo i mean i want to see her character develop too T-T soo disappointed in that aspect of the show

        • 19.1.1.1 Niki

          i agree with you! I was anticipating how Hee Joo would turn out but her passive characterization by the scriptwriter totally disappoints me. i dont mind if she doesn’t end up with anyone but her lack of screen time and impact on the plot makes her character so redundant….it makes me think that Hee Joo has outlived her use for the scriptwriters so they’ll just write her out. WTH??

    • 19.2 wootwoot

      because she’s useless now, she was just a device that set Miri off to her crazy convoluted world (diploma and blueprints) LOL.. but seriously, she’s only been used and now she’s just gonna go away?

      I’m sure she’ll help clear the link between Miri and her real mom later but still, I feel like this actress’ potential was never tapped in this drama boo hoo

  20. 20 ahjummabunny

    ms. girlfriday!
    thank you for the recap. This episode had propellers on.

  21. 21 Upii

    Thanks for the recap. I don’t know how anyone can say Yoochun acts bad.

  22. 22 Bloop

    You go Yoochun!! You go boy!! Act that dark side out!! Holla!!

  23. 23 reyni

    this drama is getting makes me nervous.hope miri really love yoo hyun..
    time please flyyyy.can’t wait to see next episode >.<

    • 23.1 Birdvoice

      yes.. I really hope too

  24. 24 CoH

    well i wish they would use heejoo more often but i guess not, she’s leaving…
    yoochun is making my computer go up in flames, he’s sooo hot *_*
    i love this new turn. before i thought everything would come out at once and yoohyun and myunghoon would be crushed but they grew some brains. yay!

  25. 25 Dara

    Dang, your Micky caps were so good, this new hair did him good and his eyes….aww..his EYES…been waiting for this that Micky put his eyes to a good use cuz that’s how he got me in SKKS.
    LOL, from puppy to a dragon? Wah….
    Thanks GF.

    • 25.1 fulllove

      yes, you right!! MIcky act so awesome here… his eyes really something…i got me in SKKS too and more deeper in this ep 12

  26. 26 Bluefyre

    YES! I’m all for Dark Yoohyun!!! He be hot as lava . :D

    Goodbye energizer timex puppy! You were fun and cute while you lasted, but I won’t be sad to see you go. I welcome Dark Yoohyun with open arms!

    And I also welcome the talks of additional eps to make it 20. Yup. Or even 18. Because 4 measley eps of Dark Yoohyun is NOT enough. Those eyes!

    Can’t wait for subs! Wanna see this one so bad. Yay!
    Thank you GF!!

  27. 27 Cynthia

    Frankly, I’m glad that the character of Hee-joo has run its course. Other than a possible future love interest for Yoo-hyun, I just don’t see any further relevance for her. So, happy studying aboard! Adios!

    Yoochun has come into his own with this drama. He’s shown that he’s able to flip the switch from adoring puppy to “don’t F**k with me” badass.
    (How ironic would it be to have Miri in a totally alpha-male dominating relationship, with her kowtowing to him? With the revelation of all her lies coming into the open, she’ll grab onto the lifeline of Yoo-hyun, only to discover that what she’s grabbed is an anchor dragging her to her figurative death.)

    As I said in a prior post, Miri’s downfall/destruction will come from the man who loves her the most – and that’s really looking like our Yoo-hyun right now.

    And how hot is it that his haircut should be qualified to a best supporting actor status? Kinda like our Flamingo Dreams! Woot! :)

    • 27.1 Bluefyre

      LOL. Flamingo Dreams for LMH. No-more-Vulcans for PYC. I like that. I really like that. *high fives* And DITTO on your comment ;)

      • 27.1.1 Cynthia

        Heh!
        All I can say is, when the time comes for JB & GF’s end of the year award show/rankings, I expect to see a category for BEST STYLIN’ OF A PROP/WARDROBE/HAIRCUT!!

        I don’t think that’s too much to ask after all the devotion and notice we’ve given to these precious items of note!
        JB & GF – are you listening?!
        :) :) :)

    • 27.2 Tha

      I completely disagree with you here, Cynthia. Hee Joo was a large part of the rise of Miri. Without her, Miri would not have been where she is today (she stole her identity for most of the first half of this drama) and she could have easily rivaled Miri if written to. This is where I blame the writers! We all think that her fall will come from a man when it would have been so much harder to swallow if her fall comes from the person who knew and loved her as family since they were children and who still loved her after the fact. Could have been awesome to see Miri fall knowing that she had plenty of chances to grasp the friendship/sisterhood that was right in front of her but thowing it away because of her own self ambition.

  28. 28 Bluefyre

    Oh BTW, Chunface’s eyes in the header photo kind of reminds me of Kim Soo-hyun/Song Sam Dong’s eyes in Dream High episode 11 onwards. Smokin’!

    *cackles gleefully* Cannot wait to see these delicious characters unravel.

  29. 29 nonski

    thanks for the recap!

    on to reading…

    • 29.1 nonski

      Chunnie has delivered… way much more than what most of us had expected…

      and this drama is getting more and more exciting by the minute!

  30. 30 sophia

    anyone who loves her is hurt.

  31. 31 yaya

    so Yuhyun is 34 in the drama, since he was 9 when his Mom died, and she died in 1986..
    really???? and Miri is 24 so they have 10 years difference???? really????

    kinda creepy for me that Yuhyun actually looks younger than her.

    or maybe in the drama it is not 2011 yet..

    thanks so much for recaps, can’t wait to watch these eps with subs!!!

    • 31.1 yaya

      and I remember I”ve read earlier that Miri is actually 2 years older than Yuhyun in the drama..

      so now I am confused..

    • 31.2 rilanna

      I think before the drama he was said to be 34 but they never confirmed it in the drama
      And I thought Miri is supposed to be 27…
      I’m confused too but I try not to focus on the age of the characters though

  32. 32 JLemonade

    This ep 12 is really dramatic, full of suspense and I love it !
    I feel disturbed and full of pity when Lee Hwa was imagining seeing young Miri when she visited her old flat. No mother would say that she does not love her daughter, no matter how long they were separated and for whatever reason. Can’t say much bcos don’t know the reason why Miri was left at the orphanage. After this, I am not worried about Miri’s wellbeing because it is confirmed that she is Lee Hwa’s daughter, Yoochun’s dad stepdaughter and automatically become Yoochun’s sister. They are all her family. I am sure they will protect her from that wicked Hirayama. What to face now is how Yoochun and Miri will deal with their love relationship when the truth of family ties is revealed. How to switch the love feelings between a couple to family love? Will they still able to marry? I am not sure of the Korean culture and traditions. Is it allowed?

    • 32.1 Honey

      I dont know.

      But I do recall that a drama called ‘Dear Heaven’ starring Yoon Jung Hee, that has a even ‘tangled/twisted’ relationship. In the end, the husband and wife share the same biological younger sister.

      So basically the plotline goes like this: A woman abandoning/forgetting a daughter in Korea and later married a man with a son from previous marriage. The woman and the man later had their own daughter. The mother returned to Korea to find her lost elder daughter and matchmaked her with the son. They got married in the end and later found out that they share the same biological sister.

      Anyways, back to Miss Ripley. I don’t mind the relationship between Miri and Yoohyun as long as they can be together in the end! It would be interesting if Miri’s mother in the end divorced the current husband so Miri can marry into the family without making the relationship all tangled up, but I know that’s highly unlikely for the mother to do that.

      Miri and Yoohyun fighting! <3

      • 32.1.1 JLemonade

        @Honey
        Its nice to share this common subject because both of us are rooting for Yoochun and Miri. Now I feel like convincing the Writer to steer the storyline this way. I don’t know whether you will agree. Here it goes:
        Lee Hwa will not divorce her husband. Looking at the health condition of Yoochun’s father, he might not live long because of the serious illness. I think the father will pass and Yoochun will takeover the helm of the hotel business, marry Miri and also look after the stepmother cum mother-in-law. Since Yoochun love Miri and the mother is remorseful and guilty for leaving young Miri, then they will educate her to be a refined person and live up to the expectations of being a chaebol’s wife. Miri need not lie again to survive after this correction/alignment of character. It won’t be difficult to change Miri because she already has many of the positive attributes such confidence, assertive, witty, smart in her moves and also pretty enough to make men fall for her charming ways to support her mission. Only this time these attributes have to be used in the correct way.

        • 32.1.1.1 Cynthia

          It’s a nice theory, but unless the writers all get struck by lightning and develop amnesia, the drama won’t end like this.
          The ending of Ripley was already stated in the beginning – that’s what makes the Prologue so powerful. It tells us what to expect. By the end of Ripley, Miri is no longer there.

          • 32.1.1.1.1 JLemonade

            Really? It is so sad then……..I love to watch a drama with a positive ending that is why I suggested the storyline to be this way. As a viewer, after going through all the roller coaster of emotions and tension for weeks should be rewarded a happy ending and lesson learnt. If the Writer follow Shin Jung Ah’s case then Miri will go to jail. Let’s see how the story will develop.

      • 32.1.2 Mel

        But I am disturbed with the Title “Miss Ripley who I loved….. does this mean that his love for her will end, or will Miri die in the end? so disturbed with the past tense used

        • 32.1.2.1 Anne

          I’m so scared she’s going to die because of how Miri was introduced in ep. 1. Both were reminiscing of her which I don’t think is a good sign. Also based on a show w/ a similar plot, the female protagonist didn’t have a happy ending.

  33. 33 jen

    mickey’s doing pretty well
    long way to go, but if he keeps this up, he’ll definitely become a bigger star

  34. 34 Xtooline

    Thank you for another fabulous recap. And so fast!! I’m very grateful.

    Who knew the cute little Micky would be able to get all badass gangsta in this. I guess maybe the infamous Chunface should have been a clue, but I’m pretty surprised, actually. We’ll just see how he does in the last 4 episodes.

    I’ve been trying to restrain myself from watching 11 and 12 until Viki gets the subs finished, but it looks like I won’t be able to wait much longer. They were at over 70% last time I checked. They’re coming up much faster now than they did in the early episodes. Woot woot!!

    This is really a rockin’ KDrama month, no?

  35. 35 rilanna

    ahhhhh I could stare and drool at the top pic (or last one; they the same)
    I’m enjoying dark Yoohyun; I honestly am more into him into of scared of him (<– biased)

    I think dark Yoohyun is the wildcard/ dark horse
    True that Miri is two steps behind the guys but I don't think she'll see Yoohyun coming; he made a good choice of distancing himself a little
    Myunghoon kinda showed his card but Miri doesn't fully understand his motives like she thinks
    Hirayama she'll expect to destroy her but he has the most powerful advantages because he knows her and her past the most

    • 35.1 rilanna

      *more into him INSTEAD of scared of him

      A side note, if the rumors are true, this drama will be 20 eps instead of 16 eps!!
      EXCITED

  36. 36 crazedlu

    oOooh. i like. i’m not all for the happy-go-lucky heejooing, but i sure do miss seeing her.

  37. 37 celestialorigin

    Awwww!!! Thank you so much for the recap. I’ve been waiting for the recap all day long after watching it raw first thing this morning. It’s getting so good ever since Yoochun’s haircut. Up until episode 10, the only reason I stayed with this drama was for my Yoochun. Now, there’s actually a reason to watch it for the sake of drama itself.

  38. 38 laya

    Woot! This recap just officially put this drama on my to-collect list… because I wanna see Dark Yoo-Hyun <3 [Yes, I have this thing for "dark" characters...]

    Thanks so much for the recap!

  39. 39 mariae214

    have not had time to watch the drama but wow thanks for the recaps I make sure I read it everytime.

  40. 40 Schmazel

    Dun dun duunnn…

    On another note, I recently watched a video on YouTube of cuts with YH and HJ put to the track of Heo Gak’s ‘Don’t Forget Me’ from Best Love and wanted to share with you guys. But I can’t find it anymore. I have a feeling it has been de-listed because it doesn’t even appear in my History on my iPhone. Such as shame because I thought that the MV/song really described HJ’s feelings for YH very well.

    • 40.1 Schmazel

      *Such a shame

  41. 41 Dayan

    Aww.. Energizer Puppy nomore? But he sure is way hotter in that do.. And he’s scary! (Is he hot because he is scary? Or scary because he’s hot? LOL.)

    Dang, I only read gf’s intro and comments (much like what I did for the past few eps haha) because even reading the recaps or looking at the screenshots gives me the creeps. Gah, how then will I be able to watch this later if I’m so faint-hearted?

    But Drama, kudos for being so off the beaten track! Except perhaps for the part where its teased that Stepmom fox as the real mom of baby fox.. though we still don’t know how its gonna be played out.. but still..

  42. 42 tata

    I love Yoochun dark side,actually it’s not really dark but there is changing from cute and innocent person to sharp and thoughtful person.
    His character is totally love <3

  43. 43 Birdvoice

    when I read miri dialog with hirayama, i felt miri already loves yoohyun trully with his heart, not because of his wealthy things anymore. but its kinda sad, love its comes when he know all the truth about her…Oo

    actually i want they ended up together (yoohyun+miri). but I think she will not with anyone… *remember the tiltle that used to be :”goodbye miss ripley”

    thanks girlfriday!

    • 43.1 Honey

      I root for Miri and Yoohyun too!
      Perhaps she lost her memory in the end and work at the orphange to start anew – thus, ending alone and same goes for the two men.

      Ah I hope it wont extend it to 20 episodes. Extended shows never are well-received in the end.

      • 43.1.1 JLemonade

        I don’t know whether ext to episode 20 will be well received. The drama is too tense and making the audience jittery with anticipation already. If it is longer, then some plots might be diluted and some scenes draggy and it won’t be interesting anymore. A good drama is to keep the audience in suspense and glued to their TV or monitor to know what is next to come.

  44. 44 Noelle

    HOLY CRAP!!! I shall never doubt the power of a haircut. He is totally boss! Seriously, I didn’t see this coming which makes me wonder where the hell my head was at… oh wait, Baby Faced Beauty. Duh.

    I have a feeling… I think I know how this will end. I need to read the first recap one more time. Or watch the beginning.

    Thanks for the recap GF. As always it was insightful and delightful.

  45. 45 Rita (Tarits)

    What a nice episode. To Micky, I say: bravo!

  46. 46 emilydark

    Thank you for the recap. I’m loving all the changes in character. I can’t wait for the next episodes!

    • 46.1 emilydark

      also last scene with YH’s intense stare….totally spooked me.

  47. 47 Le

    Thanks for the recap GF. I am liking the Dark Yoohuyen. Wonder if this will end like a classic melodrama, or the writers will give it a more “updated” twist.

  48. 48 jyyjc

    Has yoohyun always wore black a lot or am I just noticing this because he’s now dark yoohyun?

    • 48.1 elle

      he wore a lot of white, black and baby blue in this drama… but yeah, the new dark yoohyun made me realize he wore black so many times! maybe bcoz when he was being Energizer Puppy, we only see his charming boyish bright charms hence only noticing how bright he was, not his clothing. but now, everything surrounding him seems darker in shades, including his clothes. lols. i dunno if this make any sense =P

      park yoochun, i am so proud of you!

  49. 49 jp

    i love ep 12 ! his cold stares and the last scene when the camera zoom his face and he turned back woots <3

    • 49.1 IluvYouchun

      I totally agree.
      In the last scene of episode 12, where Youchuns back is turned and he slowly turns around to look at Hiyarama and the camera pans in as Yoochun COLDLY stares at him just slightly narrowing his eyes… totally blew me away!’
      That look has been BURNT on my brain!
      PARK YOUCHUN… you have out done yourself.
      I think he shows such complexity of his emotions just with his brooding silence and his eyes.
      I loved him in SSK, that drama made me into a k-drama crack head.. it was my first.
      But here he is shows some serious acting chops here.

  50. 50 ohemgee

    i think LDH is perfect for miri–she seems to have some entitlement issues and comes off as an utter dolt at times too.

    Miss Ripley’s cast is slowly rising up in my “best kdrama ensemble of 2011″ poll…

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