Drama Recaps
Scent of a Woman: Episode 2
by | July 24, 2011 | 127 Comments

Victory! Who knew a terminal illness could be so freeing? Never thought I’d say those words, but as it turns out, sometimes finding out that you’re going to die is just the thing you need to start living.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Yeon-jae throws her resignation in her boss’s face, in what has got to be the most satisfying job-quitting I’ve seen in a long time. As the words “I quit, you son of a bitch!” come out of her mouth, the entire office gasps in awe.

Her boss tells her that he’ll blackball her in the industry forever. She laughs bitterly, “Forever? Forever for me isn’t much longer!” And with that she turns to gather up her things.

I love that she’s so palpably fired up from her anger and fear and excitement – it’s the way you feel when the adrenaline is still rushing through your body but you have no outlet for it.

She starts to walk out and then turns back to grab the awful girl Nari’s purse, declaring that she’ll repay her loan with interest… after which she can retrieve her purse. HA. I love her newfound spunk mixed in with the sheer awkwardness of her.

She makes her exit, and who should be out in the hall but Sae-kyung, just after their second humiliating encounter. She turns to go with a haughty smile and Yeon-jae looks like she might revert to her old ways…

But she musters up the courage to stop her. Aw, yeah! She explains that she didn’t steal Wilson’s ring, but Sae-kyung refuses to give her the benefit of the doubt, despite the fact that there’s no evidence on either side.

Yeon-jae gathers up her nerves to say that if she continues to accuse her like this, she’ll sue her for defamation (the term in Korean is “dishonor”). Sae-kyung scoffs: “Do people like you even have honor to reclaim?”

SMACK.

Yeon-jae slaps her right across the face. “How is it? Getting slapped puts you in a so-so mood, doesn’t it? I was in a so-so mood too, after being slapped. What? Is there some kind of law that rich heiresses are the only ones who can slap people? Were you born with the right to treat people any way you want?”

She says that she was raised as a precious daughter in her household too, and people shouldn’t look down on others because they happened to be born to rich parents. Sae-kyung takes a swipe at her but she ducks, claiming to be quite athletic. Heh.

God, I love that she’s finally telling her off. I feel so redeemed right now for watching her be the quiet suffering heroine for the entire first episode. She walks off, head held high, leaving Sae-kyung fuming.

Sae-kyung goes straight to her future father-in-law to demand that Yeon-jae be fired on the spot. The chairman starts to say that he believe Yeon-jae wouldn’t steal, but Sae-kyung yells that she dared to slap her.

Ji-wook gets word and seems amused at the matter, asking to see Yeon-jae right away. But Sang-woo tells him that she already quit on her own and walked out.

She wanders the streets in a daze and then ends up at the bank to clean out her savings account. The clerk marvels at her savings – she has upwards of $30,000 in just one of three accounts, and she asks how she managed to save so well.

Yeon-jae answers dully, “If you don’t use it, don’t eat, don’t buy, you can…” The regret comes over her in a wave, realizing that she’s saved her pennies all her life, and for what?

Talking mostly to herself, she starts to name all the things she had scrimped on: cheap t-shirts on the street, making a pair of shoes last forever, never going abroad or buying one designer bag.

She starts to cry. “I was going to get married, and buy a car, and in five years, maybe a house with a yard… That’s why I saved, and saved, and saved… It’s so unfair. So unfair. So unfair.” The tears come rolling down, in the most awkward of places, in the middle of the bank. It’s heartbreakingly real.

Her friend and co-worker Hye-won calls in a panic to ask what’s going on, and she just says she wants to drink. But not at their usual place. So that night they meet at a swanky bar, gasping at the prices on the menu.

Hye-won asks if she’s really okay, wondering what on earth is making her penny-pincher friend suddenly want to treat her out to someplace like this. Yeon-jae gets scared at first, letting Hye-won order two beers, but then grits her teeth and changes the order to a bottle of scotch and the finest fruit plate.

They happily learn the taste of expensive scotch and proceed to get totally hammered. Hye-won notices Ji-wook walk into the bar and swoons, saying that it’s her fantasy to date a man like that once before she dies.

She says it like you would any pipedream, but Yeon-jae stands up and puts her glass down with zeal. “Tonight, I’m going to seduce that man.” Hahaha. She takes off her glasses, deciding that she’s going to be with a man like that before she dies.

She makes her wobbly, squinty approach, as Ji-wook turns, realizing that she’s coming straight for him. At the same time, Sae-kyung makes her way up to the bar to meet him. He looks over at her curiously, and Yeon-jae continues to walk toward him…

…running straight into a waiter with a flaming cocktail. It ends up all over her, and she stings from the embarrassment more than the pain. Ji-wook gives a chuckle as she runs off, mortified. To add insult to injury, Sae-kyung sees her pass by with a snicker.

Hye-won helps her clean up in the bathroom, and asks how she was planning to seduce Ji-wook anyway. Besides, she points out, even if she HAD seduced him, what was she going to do wearing a tattered old bra?

She thinks the embarrassment was worth it since they got their whole check comped and a free room on top of it all, but Yeon-jae just sighs that nothing’s going her way. She almost tells Hye-won the truth, but decides against it in the end.

Sae-kyung remains in a snippy mood (though I’d counter she’s never NOT in a snippy mood) and Ji-wook fans the flames by saying that the employee must’ve had a reason to slap her. But he hands over a present to lift her spirits—a designer wallet with tickets to a show. She hates both like the brat that she is, so he tells her to throw them away to one of her employees then.

Yeon-jae saves Ji-wook’s number in her phone that night, and then wakes up the next morning with a sigh. She opens up her computer and starts to research cancer. Mom comes in unannounced, so she slams her laptop shut in a panic, and Mom just smiles, “Were you looking at porn?” Hahaha.

She lies that she’s got some time off from work, so Mom tells her to stop by while she watches a friend’s store. She hugs Mom on her way out, and just gets snapped at for smooshing her hair. Heh.

Nari calls to finally repay her debt and get her precious purse back, and Yeon-jae makes her add the measly interest, just to make a point. Nari asks why she quit, when she’s SO OLD, and Yeon-jae counters, “If I’m so old, then why do you speak to me in banmal? Do you think you’ll never age? You’ll turn thirty someday too.” She gasps, horrified.

She hilariously tells Nari to become just like her and meet a co-worker just like herself, as if she’s putting a hex on her. Yup, karma’s kinda awesome that way.

Ji-wook meanwhile gives a presentation for a “Free Independent” line of tours, and the board is startled to find that he’s actually doing good work. He’s not though—he’s just parroting what Sang-woo has prepared for him, and only because he feels obligated to.

They suggest that he goes to Japan to test out the proposed travel places himself, and Dad tries to get him to show a little effort at anything in life. But Ji-wook remains aloof, telling his father that just because something is the most expensive doesn’t mean he has to like it. He certainly seems to resent what money means, though he doesn’t care enough to NOT take advantage of its luxuries.

Yeon-jae goes to meet Mom as promised, only Mom drags her to a matchmaking service, despite her pleas. God, this is painful to watch. Basically she railroads her and does what moms do, exaggerating Yeon-jae’s position at work and her assets to try and cover up for her lack of college education or her age.

She plays along at first despite cringing at the awfulness of it all, but finally when Mom insists that she can give the company’s newlyweds a discount for their honeymoons, she tells her that she can’t. Mom doesn’t listen and she can’t take it anymore, blurting out: “I can’t do that! I can’t do that because I quit my job!”

She runs out and Mom freaks out that she quit her job when she has nothing else to stand on. All she can think about of course is that no one will marry her if she has no job, which is the exact wrong thing to say to the girl who desperately wishes she could even live long enough to get married.

Yeon-jae screams that she won’t get married then, and asks if she was so ashamed of her daughter to lie to that woman. She says sadly that she worked really hard to live a good life, and of all people, Mom doesn’t have the right to be ashamed of her. She outright blames her for the fact that she ended up like this, sending Mom away in tears.

Sae-kyung arrives to meet her father, shocked to find her ex-boyfriend leaving Dad’s office flustered. She stops and immediately her demeanor softens, and she asks tenderly if he’s doing well. He simply tells her that they can’t be caught together and leaves.

She storms into Daddy’s office up in arms about him continuing to mess with her beloved when she stuck to her word to break up with him, come to work at the company, and even marry someone he chose.

She threatens that if he doesn’t stick to his side of the bargain, she’ll just go back to him and they’ll run away together. So Dad has no recourse but to play her a recording of his conversation with her ex, not five minutes ago.

In it, he clearly blackmails her father, asking for money to keep the “pretty pictures” from surfacing. Oh, gross. Scumbag. She’s stunned, not understanding the extent of it at first, but Dad quickly disillusions her about her so-called love – he’s squeezed upwards of 20 million won from him thus far, going back as far as their first 100 days together.

Dad determined it’d be nicer if she thought it was love, so he never intended for her to know. He adds that “those people” only see her as money and nothing else. Oy, so now we know where Princess gets her attitude from.

It’s nice to see that she does actually have a soft side that’s vulnerable to heartbreak, not that it changes my desire to smash a pie in her face.

She calls the guy to tell him off, and then drowns her sorrows in liquor. That much is fine. I’m with here there. But then she calls Ji-wook over and then orders him to sing her a song, like he’s a puppet boy. He refuses, of course, so her temper flares.

She calls someone there who WILL listen to her orders like a trained dog, and proceeds to treat him like a slave. Ji-wook tries to intervene, but she tells him that she sees no difference between that guy who’s here to earn money and Ji-wook, who’s marrying her for money.

He gives the boy a few bills and asks him to be her designated driver, and leaves. She immediately kicks the other guy out too, but not before throwing money at him, of course. Wow you are insufferable. At least now I get why, but it doesn’t change the insufferable part.

The next day, Yeon-jae goes to the hospital, freaked out the sight of a cancer patient. Eun-seok tells her that they’ll start chemo right away, and suggests a new trial drug. She refuses to be used for tests despite his insistence that it’s a good opportunity, so he finally relents to just the usual course of meds.

She corrects him – she’s not going to get ANY treatment. He tells her that this isn’t something that she can remain in denial about, or put off until later. She tells him that she watched her dad go through those painful procedures for his liver cancer. “I’m scared. The second I get a shot, I’ll become a real cancer patient. And that scares me.”

Eun-seok doesn’t skirt the issue, which I like about him: “You are a real cancer patient now.” He tells her brusquely that if she’s not going to get treatment, to stop wasting his time. Tears fall and her anger finally spills out. “Choi Eun-seok, if your mother had cancer, would you have told her like this?” She asks if this the only way he can talk to a friend from childhood.

She spits out, “Even if I do get treatment, I won’t get it from a doctor like you! If you talk this way to a friend, then how must you be to other people? I feel bad for your patients.” She confesses that she’s already scared to death, but feels like meeting a doctor like him is REALLY the thing to make her truly pitiable. HA. How much am I going to love this friendship?

She storms out, leaving him rattled, and heads to her father’s grave in a rage.

Yeon-jae: How could you do this to me? How could you? Is there really nothing else you could’ve left me? Other people leave their children homes and inheritances. How could you leave your daughter cancer, Dad? Other fathers hold their daughters’ hands while walking them down the aisle. But how could you do this to me? How could you?!

I want to date, and marry, and have a baby. But now there’s nothing I can do. There’s nothing I can do! This is all your fault! It’s all your fault! I’m never coming back here again! I won’t! Just so you know.

She leaves in an angry fit of tears, but then she comes right back, bottle of soju in hand. Aw. She pours Dad a drink and apologizes for taking it out on him when she’s just scared and frustrated.

She tells him that she can’t tell Mom even though all she wants to do is lean on her. Then she leans on Dad’s grave, like she’s resting her head in his lap. In flashback we see that she spent her youth by her father’s sickbed, trying to be his strength but watching him grow sicker and more regretful of the life he’d led.

He wished he had taken her to more places said “I love you” more, and told her not to live like him. She makes the decision to heed his advice, and goes home to pack a bag and head to her dream island.

She starts packing and then stops as she looks at all her dreary clothes. She looks at herself in the mirror…

Makeover time! And how much do I love that this is no Cinderella makeover given to her by some prince or fairy godmother? She just decides that she’s going to do it up right and finally spend some money on herself.

She goes on a shopping spree and heads to the airport a new woman, turning quite a few heads on her way in. The only ticket left to Okinawa that day is first class, and she says no, but then catches herself.

First class it is! She squeals in delight at the array of food and champagne, and then even has some good luck at the hotel when they accidentally double-book her in a room with a naked man. Hee.

So she gets upgraded to a suite overlooking the ocean and she swoons at the view. She tells the concierge that this might be her last trip, so she wants to enjoy the best of everything.

She lives it up and enjoys all the perks, and sighs that the only thing missing is a man…

Enter Ji-wook, who gets dragged along on the scouting trip with Sang-woo, and happens to walk right into her hotel. She ducks behind her wide-brimmed hat in shock at the sight of him, but follows him thinking that she’s being stealthy.

He turns around to see a woman in a bright pink bikini following him and pretending not to, but just laughs and dismisses it as nothing.

She sneaks up to her room without being seen, and then breaks out into a giant smile. Haha. It’s like she ordered a dreamboat off the menu and there he is!

She changes and then get back to stalking him, and follows him into the marina. She hilariously follows him but refuses to actually confront him, so she ends up running away onto a boat to avoid being seen.

He follows her onto the boat and introduces himself, thinking that she’s the tour guide who’s supposed to show him around the island. The guide’s name happens to be Miss Lee too, so she shakes his hand confirming that she is Miss Lee.

Just then, the boat engine starts. They lurch forward, and he reaches his arms around her to catch her fall.

 
COMMENTS

Aw, how sweet. It kind of feels like an old-school romance in the best way. I can’t wait to see more of Yeon-jae’s brighter side as she continues to un-repress her true nature. The first episode drove me crazy with her downtrodden pride-swallowing ways, but of course watching where she starts out is what makes her turn so damn satisfying. A drama that can make me feel so angry and then vindicated in two episodes is certainly going to grab my heart in no time.

The everyday realism, finding drama in the mundane moments, is the Dr. Champ team’s forte, and I think this plot serves that kind of storytelling even better than their last project. Yeon-jae’s realization that she’s lived her whole life denying herself to prepare for the future, only to find that she has none? Is just achingly so true to life. I love that this isn’t about cancer or even dying, but about a woman’s journey to find herself for the first time.

It’s a fantastic setup because it has the best of both worlds – we get the fantasy of her finally living it up in first class and getting a chance at Prince Charming, but the cancer keeps it rooted in reality. I like that tether. It’s tragic, yes, but it’s also the perfect motivator, instigator, or whatever you want to call it. Death is just her wake-up call, and I have a great feeling that it’s going to be just as awesome to watch how that life-altering change affects the other people around her.

 
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127 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. rame_girl

    Thanks Girlfriday!

    so quick….

  2. ricky the royal highness

    It’s The Slap that I’ve been wanting to give to every single annoying female Third Wheel in every drama E.V.E.R!!!

    That was sooooooo satisfying!

    • 2.1 imoan.naomi

      Hear, hear! Vicarious bitch slaps all around.

      • 2.1.1 obivia

        Haha!

      • 2.1.2 djinni

        bwahahahha… vicarious bitch slaps ftw

      • 2.1.3 Terra

        Hearhear lol!

    • 2.2 Taber

      I enjoy the slap but the sermon afterwards is what I fall in love with. The chairman show his true colors when he defend of the employee about the stolen ring. He not a man that going to be lead by the nose or overlook his son happiness for a business deal. I really don’t understand why she looks down on JK background, he may not be as rich as her but his family status is nothing to turn you nose at.

    • 2.3 nonski

      lols, perfect slap!

    • 2.4 ixx

      i know!!!! it was refreshing >u< kkkk

  3. rainey

    Episode 2 was stellar and I’m thankful that they have an actress with talent for this demanding role. Sun-ah is really delivering.

    • 3.1 sulyn

      Yes, she is that great. She sure is amazing!

      • 3.1.1 gingeranna

        And she has a lovely Japanese! Doesn’t she? I love her! ♥

  4. lala

    Thanks for the recap!
    I really like this drama. The personality of Mr Charming seems to me interesting and attractive~~~~~~

  5. em

    this reminds me of Last Holiday with Queen Latifah and LL Cool J… at least this episode…

    • 5.1 fabkitty

      I totally agree with you on you that!

      • 5.1.1 fabkitty

        aw damn typos. But you get the point. :D

    • 5.2 hehe

      same here!

    • 5.3 lola

      me too…

    • 5.4 Z

      Same here. I really liked that movie, though. Thought it was so sweet!

    • 5.5 Johnandvan

      It reminds me of Last Holiday too, and has a little bit of “Nothing Sacred” plot old movie with Carole Lombard only difference is she discovers she isn’t dying but pretends she is, great screwball comedy.

      Thanks for the recaps can’t wait to check out episode 2.

  6. gejc

    I just watched this episode and couldn’t help but squeal with glee. I’ve stalked this site silently for the longest time, but this drama has drawn out the voice in me!

  7. bluu23

    Nothing is better than a slap for justice! LMAO. I can’t wait for Ep3. Thanks Girlfriday

  8. lizzy

    Loved this episode! I agree, it was nice seeing her standing up for herself, and things progressing quickly. Thanks for the recap. So nice to have a good kdrama to look forward to. :)

  9. sulyn

    Yes, thanks for the recap. I love Yeon-jae’s guts.
    Haha …. that slap was great too. And goodness,
    how am I going to survive till Saturday after seeing
    how Ji-wook grapped Yeon-jae in his arms?

  10. 10 anon

    “I love that this isn’t about cancer or even dying, but about a woman’s journey to find herself for the first time.”

    Mmm… sounds a bit like Ruler of Your Own World, which is one of my sentimental faves.

  11. 11 Kasie J.

    “SMACK.”

    Aw, hell yeah! You go, girlfriend! *fistpump*

    And I was so expecting for Yeonjae to come up with a nickname when putting in Jiwook’s number. Too many dramas I have watched. XD

    Okay, I have a question. Most–if not all–dramas that I watch the main character (female) usually is lacking in a college education. Is it that rare or difficult to obtain a college degree in Korea? I don’t know what the system or process is like but I know in America as long as you’re willing to go into debt you can go to any college that accepts you. I just found it interesting that quite a few female protagonists usually don’t end up having a university education and then are immediately looked down upon for it.

    Anyways, I love this drama. So pretty. I know I’m going to be crying bucket loads by the end but I hope there will be a pleasant surprise. But for now I’m just enjoying the ride.

    • 11.1 Julie

      Well usually the girls have no choice (in kdrama land) they can’t go to college because they have to work to make money for her poor family. I know It’s kind of sad… and I wonder, why can’t the rest of the family work too?

      • 11.1.1 lidy

        i know, i’ve never liked that personally either. why is it always the daughter who can’t go to university and works to take care of the family? i understand if she was the only child but even then sometimes the parent(s) will get on her case, blowing up over a little thing and saying she’s not filial. what’s worse is when the parent(s) are the ones being supported bc they can’t be counted on for anything or when its more than one child, and the family still ungrateful for what she’s done eg Baby Faced Beauty, sometimes taking advantage or worse lands them in jail eg Three Leaf Clover

        but oh yea, i was loving that slap and how she evaded the slap back. personally did not feel sorry for her when her father played that tape of her ex-BF extorting money from him. go kim sun ah and get your man! something tells me that the same way that finding cancer woke her up, meeting and loving yeon-jae will wake ji-wook up :-)

    • 11.2 pohonphee

      Hear Hear that’s also thing that makes me want to scratch my head so many time. Wonder why? Is it what happening in the IRL?

    • 11.3 Susan

      I think money is the most common reason why people don’t go to college in Korea, not because it is difficult to get a degree. Even in my own family, my eldest aunt had to drop out after grade school so that she could look after her other siblings and so that they could have enough money to send her brothers to school. But even though the girls stayed home and both my grandparents worked, they never had enough money for any of the kids to even finish high school, they all had to work. My dad always said that he always felt guilty towards my eldest aunt because she suffered the most for their family’s sake but that’s just how it is in poorer families; the girl’s are the first one’s to be sacrificed.

  12. 12 whatis

    Wooohooo!!! I’m really liking this drama! I really really like Kim Sun Ah! She’s a totally different person from the days of Kim Sam Soon.

    I really cannot wait for more!!! Thanks for the recaps! I like watching the episode and then reading it on here. It’s double the fun!

  13. 13 Kiwi

    Yay! Thanks for the wonderful recap! :)

  14. 14 Daniela

    I didn’t see doctor Champ or episode one of this one. Its so pretty! Now I can see what everybody said about the camera.
    About this episode, I like it. I loved when she splat Sae-kyung and when she avoided the slap, the scene in the graveyard, her makeover, etc.
    This is the same mom from Baby Faced Beauty. I dont like her in any of the two.
    I want to know what other things she would like to do before she dies, now that she did the trip (and she has the money) and how Ji-wook is going to be involved.
    By the way, Lee Dong-wook is so handsome. Im not saying nothing new here, but its the first time a saw him in a drama. Maybe its gloss, but his lips look so delicious.

    Thank you for the recap!

  15. 15 Fall

    Ahh. Her makeover is so pretty. KSA is so pretty.
    It was so gratifying to see her slap that girl. :D

  16. 16 hmm

    Can someone explain to me why does that naked dude has a cartoon cartoon tattooed onto his chest???

    • 16.1 drama4mama

      I’m guessing because he looks like he should have a tough tattoo and it turns out to be a cartoon character, its suppose to be funny?

    • 16.2 malta

      I don’t know, but it was funny as hell. I thought maybe it was a fun joke about the Yakuza. A Yakuza tattoo gone awry. Supposedly they sport tattoos on their upper bodies, sometimes full tattoos with sleeves too. I hope that’s what it is cause it’s hilarious.

  17. 17 Hana

    sound cool… i love the make over transformation~ might start watching^^ but its gonna end sad

    • 17.1 gingeranna

      I have hope that those “new experimental cure” for cancer may save her. I didn’t wanted to watch this either, I have already enough illness in my life right now, but believe me: it’s totally worth it. Even if it makes you cry, it’s really really worth it.

  18. 18 Noelle

    I can’t wait to watch it! Waiting for the subs. There is just something about Kim Sun Ah that I love. Or more like many somethings. And God, I just felt the need to fist pump when she slapped that bitch. Along with a powerful, YEAH.

    Thanks for the recaps!

  19. 19 Maracarrero

    KSA is so multi-faceted and I watch in awe as I remember her in Sam Soon, City Hall, etc. She is so believable and real in her performances that she feels like a good friend.

    • 19.1 sulyn

      Well said. KSA is that remarkable.

  20. 20 Rossi

    A make over given by the woman herself…on her own money? AWESOME!!

    So now I have to try to start skipping your recaps since this drama just jump on my plate of “must see”…must resist!

    Thank you as always.

  21. 21 anna

    Only regret was that the slap sound effect wasn’t loud enough. Grrr.

    I actually can’t wait for episode 3, it looks like they’re living it up. Somehow, I have a feeling this drama will start out all romantic comedy then the second half will be melodramatic. DNW, but it’s pretty likely it’s going that way.

  22. 22 febbie

    thank you girlfriday !! cant wait for the next episode..

  23. 23 78446

    Oooh, me like. This is the kind of character KSA specializes in, the woman finding herself type. (It’s something Kim Jong Eun can’t quite get the groove of.)

    Is it morbid that I really want her to die? Like, I don’t want the Last Holiday thing of misdiagnosis or the miracle cure thing that Eun-seok was talking about. No, I really want her impending death to be the case, because the emotional pay-off when we near the end is gonna be sooo satisfying.

  24. 24 J-Pooh

    That 2nd to last screen cap of Kim Sun-ah is terrific – that pic alone (outside of your terrific recaps) does it for that this is a must-watch drama! Thanks!

  25. 25 asianromance

    Ahhh, I’m mad that I’m so stressed and busy now- I really want to see this now!! Thanks for the recap to tide me over! Got really tearful reading it because it was just so heartbreaking how she has been good and prepared for the future and now the future has stabbed her in the back and poured salt into the stab wounds. And of course there is always something about KSA that really makes me feel for her.

  26. 26 kit

    just marathoned the latter half of LDW’s ‘partner’ again. seriously, best drama ever, ugh. i’ve been waiting for him to come back from the army; i’ve never found another who can express as much as him just in his eyes. and through his facial muscles. sodifjsoidjfosdf.

    this drama looks like so much fun but you know when you’re going to cry so much later you don’t want to be so emotionally involved? not that there’s any chance of that, with such a fantastic cast.

    +_+

    thankyou!

  27. 27 laya

    Wow, it does look good! Thanks so much for the recap!

  28. 28 kk

    i knew i will love scent of a woman even before it aired n reading dis recap- i’m totally enthralled. I actually find it sad that she kept saving without ever letting herself enjoy- no new clothes, no shopping splurge to compensate herself for her job, for her horrible bosses. n yup well put about death being her wake up call.. finally life it about her- her days are numbered n shes gonna live it to the fullest- i dont like people slapping people butmust say that’s the most satisfying- the tich brat deserves the slap- no such thgs as rich people doing the slapping only- hate double standards but know- sadly, in reality it’s just too prevalent

  29. 29 Mindy

    I think I’m really going to like this drama. I know there’s going to be a sad ending because of her dyeing but I know she’s going to fall in love and live before that. I tend to like bittersweet dramas. The bitter makes the sweet that much sweeter! I can’t wait for the journey. :)

  30. 30 s21783

    I have always enjoyed watching KSA; very talented actress in handling different roles naturally. She has such good grasp of emotions in all roles she takes on. This was written to encourage her FINE acting; really LOVE her in City Hall. She had such GOOD chemistry with CSW; but with LDW (too cool) – wait to be seen. I would forward to see how he (LDW) handles those demanding emotions when he discovers the woman he loves is parting. LDW, please show a good performance to make this drama great to watch. You’ve got a good acting partner on hand.

  31. 31 Yer Vang

    I can’t watch this. Hopefully its a happy ending :)

  32. 32 dare

    Can’t wait to see how KSA and LDW relationship begins in ep 3!!

  33. 33 So3

    The SLAP and how YJ told off her ex-colleague were just golden – damn satisfying!

    And I just love every scene with KSA in it. I think she has yet again tuned down a bit on her comedic acting to suit the overall tone of this drama (versus the first few episodes of City Hall) and I just love how she continues to strive for improvement.

    I also love the performances of SHR and EKJ in this episode – it’s just great to see a great cast like this and I definitely look forward to the 4 leads having more interaction!

    The character Ji-Wook still needs more development but I already like the subtlety in LDW’s acting (first LDW drama for me). Right now his character is the most intriguing because we know so little about him, yet so much about LYJ – huge contrast.

    I also love the OST – the songs keep replaying themselves in my mind now…

    So looking forward to more YJ-JW couple in the next episode!!

  34. 34 ck1Oz

    Thank you loved ep 2.Thanks for the recap.

    Man so early on and it’s such a satisfying episode.I love KSA but LDW woo hoo…so far that man has no bad angles on camera.

    All I can see are his deep set melting eyes and long lashes.Oh be still my beating heart :-)

  35. 35 Ani

    Death is just her wake-up call, and I have a great feeling that it’s going to be just as awesome to watch how that life-altering change affects the other people around her.

    I wonder…. How far will they take the death thing? Once she finds something really worth living for, or on this journey she realizes she has found or has things she won’t give up, will that mean she will live? And if her cancer is so far gone to also affect her liver, what does that say about the drama if they go all deus ex machina on us and gives us a new fangle medicine that cures her…. And if they mixed up her patient file with someone else, can we really be happy as viewers when we know that someone else lost precious months of treatment (or living life) because they weren’t properly informed? If it was a mistake all along…… I think it’s too early to tell so I don’t even know why I’m asking questions instead of just riding along. Anyways, Kim Sunah, you are epically wonderful. HWAITING~

    • 35.1 shin mi rae

      i am having a sinking feeling this is not a mistaken identity thing. because they checked her twice. once, when the tumor was discovered after she had a medical after the accident. then she went back for a biopsy to determine whether the tumor was malignant. i wonder where they will take the story??? i am scared for lee yeon jae because as early as episode 1, i feel myself caring for her and wanting a happy life for her.

    • 35.2 YY

      Ani, since this is touted as a rom-com, who knows, we could have the possibility of the whole thing being a dream sequence….she wakes up at the end and finds she’s still in her old office, deadend job and all minus the cancer, but inspired by her dream, she sets about changing her life….but this would be the worse case scenario to end the drama, it’d get viewers real mad for following a dream. Just mulling the possibility. I just feel the mistake-mixed up of files-solution is too much of an easy way out. I really think the writers are going to be bold enough to carry the dying message through to the end, sorta like a 49 Days dealing with death as a natural part of life theme and living your life to the fullest. In which case, it’d surely descend into melodrama and tears. Sigh. I’m just reading the recaps cos I’m so scared it’s going to end in tears. 49 Days made me so drained. I can’t take another sad show.

      • 35.2.1 asianromance

        I don’t know if it really is a rom-com since drama wiki lists it as a romance. 49 days also listed the drama as a romance and not a comedy…. I think the most narratively satisfying route really would be to have her really have a cancer that will kill her in 6 months. I know kdrama doctors and hospitals are pretty incompetent…but misdiagnosis would just be too much!

        • 35.2.1.1 Ani

          YY: I don’t really like the comparison between this show and 49 Days. The themes are similar, but I always felt that in 49 Days, the writers prepared us for her to die, only to give us hope that she will live, and then blind-sided us by making her die again. Here, we’re more prepared from the get-go (similar to Flowers for my Life) that the main character will die. But the dream sequence could be the worst thing to ever happen as an ending (which is why I hate any drama or show or movie that has ever used it).

          asianromance: Dramawiki has been wrong before. I don’t know. jb and girlfriday has been specifying for the last few posts on this drama that this is touted as a rom-com.

    • 35.3 merlyunho

      i thought so at first. since the drama idea is basically a “last holiday” rip off. but they checked her twice and it was done in a large-scale hospital. i think there’s a very slim chance that they mixed her check up results. a cure is more like it. up till now, i’m still not sure whether i want her to live or not. her character is one who you would love to root for, but i’m going to kill the director if they led us to believe that she’s going to die and drained our tears just to give us a news that she’s going to live in the end. i’m still looking forward as how to they would keep the audience on their toes as the heroine fight not only for her love, but her life as well.

  36. 36 holly

    thanks for recap. i can’t wait to watch this.

  37. 37 Laeah

    Aww I already want her to be with Eun Seok. :(

  38. 38 Jay-Z

    Heehee I saw the screencap of the naked man an I had to pause for a sec to check I was seeing right. I was like …Whuttheheck? lol so funny

  39. 39 shin mi rae

    love it! love it! love it!!!

    kim sun ah is giving the acting of her life. episode 1 and i am already crying with her. her attack on yeon jae’s character is superb… kim sun ah unnie, fighting!!!

  40. 40 MsScorpion

    I was sooo excited for this drama before it aired as I adore Kim Sun Ah, but waiting for the subs is just too painful.

    Thank God for your recaps. Amazing job JB & GF. Thank you.

  41. 41 babylind

    like OMG!!!!!!!! i don’t care what the ending is gonna be! i’m just crazy with this drama! wohoo! kudos to kim sun ah and lee dong wook!

  42. 42 KDrama Fan

    Thank you GF.

    I’m SO looking forward to this drama.

    Long live Romance!

    Live strong Yeon-jae!

  43. 43 Messy Bessy

    I wonder if the supposed missing ring won’t come back to bite her. Maybe they’ll think that she pawned it and used the money to live it up first class.

    • 43.1 Jomo

      It wouldn’t take much from Wilson to make a call to take back the accusation.
      He’s a real jerk if he doesn’t do that immediately!!!

  44. 44 abc

    this is my first time to watch LDW in a drama… how come he only have one facial expression?

    Love KSA! You go, girl!

    • 44.1 beggar1015

      I have to agree with you there. He does seem to have only one facial expression and one tone of voice. But perhaps that’s part of the character, and he’ll loosen up more as the series goes along.

      Or maybe he went to the Uhm Tae Woong School of Not Acting.

  45. 45 bluelime

    thanks for the recap!! =)

  46. 46 31pop

    i have to say– excellent job of recapping- its like i am watching the episode unfold.

    i love kim sun ah and thru your words am loving this drama already. have a sinking feeling she does have cancer- its the only way this drama will not be a cliche’ and if not i hope it will be in a way that it will not be disappointing.

  47. 47 K@T@M!

    YAY….awsome….i love this drama …thx girlfriday:)

  48. 48 aceyyy

    I love where the camera makes me feel this is going. I can’t wait for the best kind of drama when Lee Dong Wook falls HARD for her.

  49. 49 tweetiepie

    Really didn’t want to watch another drama as it aired, but your recaps have got me. Will make this drama another exception.

  50. 50 sisa

    kyaaah!! i’m lovin this drama! ♥ ♥ ♥

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