Drama Recaps
Scent of a Woman: Episode 3
by | July 30, 2011 | 114 Comments

This drama is such a feast for the eyes and years, I think I’d watch it even if the story were boring — not that that’s an issue, since I’m also finding the plot light and refreshing. This is the type of drama that could be ruined with bungled direction and editing, because it’s almost like the setting and ambiance are characters themselves; atmosphere is a key component in making it work. And thankfully, it works — it’s a breath of fresh air.


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Yeon-jae quite literally falls into Ji-wook’s arms when the yacht’s engine roars to life. It’s not until they’re out in open water that she realizes he’s mistaken her for the travel agent, which she didn’t pick up on because he’s been calling her by their shared name, Ms. Lee.

She starts to explain the mix-up…but there he is, standing so handsomely nearby, and she with the perfect excuse to prolong their interaction. So she holds her tongue and whispers a quick apology to the other Ms. Lee, but justifying that the name applies to her, too.

Yeon-jae enjoys the view and the ride, but Ji-wook says he’s had enough; he’s here to scope out potential travel related events, and doesn’t care to mix business with pleasure. He doesn’t see the point in getting twenty more minutes of sea and wind, because to him those aren’t things to be enjoyed. Oh, what a sad little rich boy you are. Yeon-jae’s the one who says that being on a yacht is rare experience, so they should use it.

He leaves her to enjoy it alone and heads below, where he takes a call from his father and assures him sarcastically that he’s hard at work, not fooling around: “If you find it so hard to trust me, then come here yourself.”

Once they dock, he fields a call from the travel agency, who’s gotten the call from Ms. Lee saying she couldn’t find Ji-wook. He assures them that he has met her, continuing the misunderstanding, and asks Yeon-jae what’s the next order of business.

Back in Seoul, the doctors working under Chae Eun-seok huddle around a blog cartoon which depicts an assy doctor and speculate that it’s just like their Dr. Chae, aka King of Bastards. Proving the comparison correct, Eun-seok goes on his rounds to his various cancer patients, treating them with cold disinterest as he delivers bad news in perhaps the worst display of bedside manner since Dr. House. But at least House is witty and sardonic; Eun-seok is utterly devoid of any expression, like his patients are just numbers and charts to him. Or, in one instance, hopeless cases taking up needed hospital beds.

Looks like Yeon-jae was right on the money when she said she pitied any of his patients for the amount of care (read: none) he shows them. I suspect Eun-seok actually cares about this negative image — there’s a flicker of vulnerability when he catches people talking about him — but he lacks the social skills or humility to correct it.

Yeon-jae takes Ji-wook to a folk dance performance, and again Ji-wook takes one look and deems it sufficient; he’s ready to go. When she walks around the marketplace, he scoffs that she’s wasting time, since he’s here to work. Yeon-jae counters that he’s in the business of promoting travel, and that experiencing firsthand the things he recommends is kind of a gimme.

The ditched Ms. Lee calls her travel agency again to complain, so the agent calls Ji-wook back to get a status update. Before he has a chance to find out he’s with the wrong person, he’s targeted by a pickpocket, who grabs his wallet and runs.

Ji-wook’s not hugely concerned, saying that it only contains cash and cards, while Yeon-jae’s like, Duh! And that’s not important? She goes running after the thief, and Ji-wook joins her in taking up the chase.

At one point the pickpocket heads toward Yeon-jae, so she thinks fast and throws her shoe at him. Unfortunately, he veers out of the way and it gets Ji-wook in the face instead.

Thankfully for them, the thief is stopped by a Japanese local, a silent man who knocks down the gangster punk after confirming that the thief is Tokyo yakuza. The man tosses the wallet to Ji-wook and goes off without a word.

Ji-wook’s tired and a little cranky so he’s ready to call it a day, but Yeon-jae persuades him to do one more activity, and they head off to eat a particular Okinawan specialty. She entertains him with lame Japanese-Korean language puns, which he hardly finds funny, but the mood finally starts to lift when he laughs over her sauce-stained mouth, and she retorts that he’s in the same state.

After lunch, Yeon-jae leads him to the beach, and he has to smile at her enthusiasm as she frolics on the sand — he may not feel the same exuberance over the little joys in life, but he’s starting to appreciate her joie de vivre.

As they return to the hotel, Ji-wook asks if she’s staying here because of him. He means it in a “Hope you weren’t too inconvenienced by this job” way, but Yeon-jae thinks he’s realized who she really is, and starts to explain that she didn’t even know he was going to be here.

When he asks if she’s lived in Okinawa long, she decides it’s time to fess up and starts to explain, “I might not be the Ms. Lee you think I am.”

Before she has a chance to explain, the very put-out, very indignant other Ms. Lee makes her appearance and accuses Ji-wook of giving her the runaround all day. Now realizing the mix-up, Ji-wook asks why Yeon-jae spent the day with him, then, and she muddles through an explanation of not having the chance. Plus, she was glad to see him. (She uses the word that implies they’re already acquainted, although it’s a subtle enough implication that he doesn’t realize they’ve met before — sorta — at the company. That’s a revelation I’m looking forward to seeing, though it’ll have to wait for another day.)

Ji-wook calmly tells Ms. Lee that he’ll see her tomorrow for the guided tour, then heads to his suite. He’s cool-headed enough to think back to the meeting on the dock and realize that it wasn’t Yeon-jae’s fault he’d assumed she was the travel guide.

Back in Seoul, Sae-kyung meets with her brother, who’s heard the story of her ex-boyfriend-slash-extortionist. Having him remind her of that folly picks at her wounds, and she deletes all the photos of her happier times with the boyfriend, then contemplates the theater tickets Ji-wook had given her. Perhaps it’s time to move on and look forward?

That evening, Yeon-jae calls her mother to check in, only to have Mom immediately snap at her. She’s in the middle of a emergency with a malfunctioning toilet and complains about her daughter flitting off on vacation, then hangs up in a snit. Yeon-jae sighs, “What did I expect from Mom?”

She wanders outside listlessly, and sees a couple walking through a wedding rehearsal. Watching wistfully as they exchange rings, she notices someone else looking in on the happy pair — the man who rescued Ji-wook’s wallet. She thanks him warmly for his help and asks if he knows the couple, but he just moves on in his silent, unresponsive way.

Yeon-jae continues her aimless stroll of the grounds, in the midst of wishing for stars to fall when she runs into Ji-wook. She apologizes for ruining his plans today, but he says it’s not a big deal — he doubts he would’ve seen anything more interesting with a different guide.

His calm reaction to her lie may seem like an act of kindness, but for the overall tone of ennui that ruins that thought. Rather, it’s like he couldn’t be bothered to care one way or the other, and he says that as a tourist, “It’s all the same.”

Politely, Yeon-jae tells him that she knows this is overstepping her bounds, but advises him to go sightseeing tomorrow with a different attitude. His indifference won’t do him any good in planning travels for others, not when he won’t bother to feel, taste, or experience anything firsthand. She urges him to enjoy himself, in the name of making a better travel product: “The travel plans you create on this trip could be the very first trip of somebody’s life…or the last one they have before they die.”

She leaves him thinking that over, and in the morning, Ji-wook meets Ms. Lee for their day of beach tours, having prepared a swimsuit per her recommendation. He points out that her heavily made-up face isn’t exactly snorkel-ready, and she says that she won’t be participating, since she hates tanning. A stark contrast to somebody else’s advice about the value of personal experience.

Just then, he sees Yeon-jae walk by and makes a last-minute adjustment to his plans. He heads outside just as Yeon-jae is getting into a taxi, and joins her inside. She gapes in surprise, but he smiles, “I think I’d have more fun with the fake Ms. Lee than the real one.”

That takes them snorkeling, and then to a bluff to admire the view. At Yeon-jae’s enthusiastic response to the sights, Ji-wook notes that she must enjoy life, since everything’s new and amazing to her.

She agrees readily, “Yes! Life really is fun.” She tells him she never dreamed a day like this could happen, which prompts his question of what today is like.

Yeon-jae: “A kind of day where I can forget everything about who I am, and what’s happening.”

Eun-seok’s supervisor advises him persuade Yeon-jae to participate in the trial of a new drug. Thus pressured, Eun-seok starts to call, but chickens out and instead asks a nurse to make the call. He gets a reprieve, though, because the calls go unanswered.

Eun-seok steps in to handle an argument that’s growing heated, and addresses the frantic husband of a cancer patient. His wife’s prescriptions have been cut off, to which Eun-seok tells him coldly that they weren’t forgotten, but discontinued. The drugs haven’t been working, and she’s going to die in days anyway so there’s no use for them.

The husband pleads anyway, if just to appease his wife’s worries, because she’s convinced she’ll die right away without them. Eun-seok replies that she’ll die with them, too. Damn. That’s cold. He softens that a little by adding that it’s the guardian’s role to help the dying patient prepare herself for her passing, but really, this is not his finest moment. Especially when the wife appears behind them, having heard the exchange. She falls in shock. There’s a flicker of apology on Eun-seok’s face, but he says nothing and leaves.

Next, Yeon-jae takes Ji-wook to see a chapel wedding, one of Okinawa’s top attractions. The bride and groom are the couple from the night before, and Yeon-jae sees that silent man outside again, although today he watches with a tearful smile.

After the ceremony, Ji-wook notices the approach of a group of gangsters, led by the pickpocket from the other day. Making a guess as to their business here, Yeon-jae tears off to warn the wallet-rescuer — Murakawa — of the danger. But they’re too late, and the gangsters confront Murakawa and threaten to turn the wedding into a funeral.

Murakawa and Yeon-jae both decide that running away is their best option, even though Ji-wook blankly wonders why. But the other two run anyway, and he follows them, all the while asking, “Why are we running? We’ve done nothing wrong!” My advice: Run now, questions later.

Murakawa jumps into a boat and urges the other two to hurry inside. One gangster jumps onboard with them, but Ji-wook pulls an impressive parry-punch combo and sends him into the water, and they pull away from the dock with just seconds to spare.

Some time later, they dock and make their way through a wooded area, following Murakawa. Ji-wook grumbles that he ought to have followed the other Ms. Lee after all, but he’s not above feeling smug when Yeon-jae compliments him on his awesome punch. Heh.

The trio arrives at a secluded house in a rural area, which turns out to be Murakawa’s hometown. The older man who greets them is a father figure to him and welcomes them in. It’s been 25 years since Murakawa has been home, having had to flee after an accident killed somebody. It hadn’t been his fault, but the yakuza guy had vowed to kill him, so he’d gone to Tokyo, leaving behind a woman named Erika. Yeon-jae guesses that the bride at the chapel was his daughter.

At the hospital, the cancer patient whose meds were discontinued dies of a completely unrelated condition, but the timing makes this coincidence look suspicious. Eun-seok’s superior doctor knows that this could turn into a big problem for the hospital even though he acknowledges that medically, there was no connection to the two events.

However, the distraught husband naturally assumes that one caused the other, and is bound to cause a stink. Furthermore, the supervisor has heard of Eun-seok’s encounter with the husband and warns him that he’s got an attitude problem in dealing with patients.

Eun-seok finds the husband crying in the hallway, who accuses him of killing his wife and lunges for him. Eun-seok shoves him off, and the husband falls to the ground, crying that his wife had had such a strong will to live, but after hearing Eun-seok’s declaration, she’d lost hope and immediately worsened.

Eun-seok fires back — showing some emotion for once — “Does wanting to live make everyone live? Is a strong will the only thing keeping people alive? If that’s true, then there’d be no patients here! Stop clinging to useless thoughts.”

He turns to go, and finds the hallway lined with silent patients and doctors, all staring at him. He feels their condemning eyes on him as he uneasily walks by, more shaken than he’d like to let on.

To their discomfort, Yeon-jae and Ji-wook find themselves sharing one room, with the bedding set out as though for a married couple. The mood is awkward until she laughs it off, likening their situation to a hackneyed plot of one of those ’70s movies where a couple finds themselves stranded after missing the last boat and having to share a room.

She shares the story of how her father had done a similar thing on purpose when he was dating her mother, and that night marked their first kiss. And probably more, since they’ve hinted that she was conceived during that trip. (The mood is light until she says that last tidbit, and Ji-wook excuses himself to get some air. Ha.)

They settle down for the night, and after a while of lying there awake, Yeon-jae turns to look at a sleeping Ji-wook. He turns toward her in sleep, and hesitantly, she turns to face him too, looking intently at his face. Thus she’s caught staring at him when he opens his eyes, which makes her freeze, then turn away cringing.

They take a walk in the early morning, and Ji-wook shares the story of how for a brief time in his childhood, he’d lived in the countryside and walked on a path like this to school every day. He’d reveled in the trip to school, which was rife with interesting things. Aw, it’s sad to think of when he lost that interest in life, and how it came about. And meaningful that he’d share it with her, since she’s one who understands how it feels.

Arriving at a secluded beach as the sun is rising, Yeon-jae marvels in awe — it’s the scene from her dream: “I came on this trip to find this place.”

He watches in amusement as she splashes in the water like a kid, and she asks if he’s ever studied abroad (yes), and if he has an English name (yes). It’s Willy, which gets her excited — perchance short for William?

But no, to her disappointment, it’s not short for anything. Sadly, there’s no real-life stand-in for her dream volleyball-turned-hunk, and she sighs, “That’s too bad.” Ha. I love his puzzled look, because what can he have to say to that?

As they look out at the sea, Yeon-jae tells him she’d traveled frequently in her childhood, because her father enjoyed it. There was nothing better than watching her father fish from a distance, while she napped with Mom’s arm for a pillow.

Ji-wook tells her to bring her parents next time, since they can come using the Line Tours package he’ll put together. She says ruefully that she won’t be able to bring Dad, because he’s passed away, but suggests he bring his parents as the very first guests on his travel package.

Using her words, he says that he won’t be able to bring Mom, because she’s passed away. A moment of mutual understanding flickers between them.

A sudden shower sends them under a tree for shelter, but he suggests they just run through it. Aw, and then he offers her a corny pun-joke of his own, which is an appropriate sort of olive branch given how he’d been so surly when she’d shared her puns earlier. He takes her hand, and they run through the rain like children.

In Seoul, Sae-kyung meets with Ji-wook’s father, Chairman Kang, and both agree not to kick up a fuss over the Wilson issue. Instead, they’ll both turn their attention to the finalization of the MOU between their companies.

She’s surprised to hear of Ji-wook’s trip to Japan, so when she hears that her meeting today has been postponed till next week, Sae-kyung makes the last-minute decision to hop on a plane to Okinawa.

Ji-wook and Yeon-jae come across a beer-drinking contest just as the MC is asking for participants. It’s Ji-wook who raises their hands, ignoring Yeon-jae’s protests, reminding her that she was the one who said he ought to experience things firsthand. TouchΓ©, my friend.

Ji-wook, the wuss, can only take a few gulps at a time before gasping for breath, but Yeon-jae’s got a good lead. Ji-wook ditches his beer to take up the role of cheerleader (hee), jumping and exulting when she wins.

The prize is a necklace, which she fumbles with in her tipsy state, and he takes over. There’s a moment of awareness between them as they find their faces inches apart, and she leans in just the teeniest bit…and hiccup-burps. They pull apart, and he forces a burp of his own to ease her embarrassment, which gets them both laughing.

They make it back to the hotel in light spirits, talking about dinner plans. Sae-kyung, waiting in the lobby, looks up at their arrival, her expression darkening as she takes in their camaraderie.

Ji-wook teases Yeon-jae by pretending he’s just spotted their yakuza pursuers, and points off in the distance….

…right at Sae-kyung. Eep.

Sae-kyung approaches wearing a fierce glower, directed particularly at Yeon-jae. She demands, “What are you two doing? Who do you think you are?”


Plot-wise, I don’t think there was much in this episode that was surprising, exciting, or even that eventful. But thanks to the gorgeous locale and the breezy directorial touch, I found it thoroughly enjoyable to watch. This is a drama that lets you breathe, and I like that. It doesn’t hurt that the main couple is showing some adorable chemistry; I like that there’s no huge angst between them, as we see in so many rom-coms where the opposites-attract setup often has them bickering at every turn and denying their attraction.

With Scent of a Woman, I suppose the cancer provides enough angst that we don’t need to pour it into the romantic interactions as well, which is just ducky in my book. I like seeing these two adults go from mild indifference to interest to attraction, without a whole lot of fanfare. I find the Ji-wook character plenty fascinating because of his detachment to life, and find his interest in Yeon-jae entirely believable — she’s not his usual type, but given that he doesn’t really show much interest in women anyway, that’s a good thing.

We’re clearly setting this pair up for an opposing-themes dynamic, where she’s dying and wants to live, while he’s already living a deadened (emotional) existence and learns how to live through her. It’s not as pat as I-feel-only-pain-and-you-don’t-feel-any-pain or I-gave-you-my-eyes-so-you-could-see, but there’s enough of a contrast between their situations to let the themes play out over the course of the drama.


114 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. GreenTea

    Whoa! I’m the first one!!!!! And I haven’t even watched the series, but looks great from JB’s comments. Going to stream now…

  2. Helen

    I always read your recaps. they are so good.. keep up the good work!~ ^^

  3. ray

    Off to read πŸ™‚
    Thank you

  4. sky

    lmao dying. choked on the “I-feel-only-pain-and-you-don’t-feel-any-pain or I-gave-you-my-eyes-so-you-could-see” comment.

  5. Little One

    Thank you for the recap :)!

  6. kiimiliuu

    Doesn’t anyone think Lee Dong-wook kinda looks like an asian version of Chord Overstreet? or is it just me?? xD

    btw thanks for the recap javabeans~!!

    • 6.1 sup super supper

      Well, I never thought that *before*, but now I have the feeling I’m going to have a hard time not seeing it now that you point it out!

      • 6.1.1 kiimiliuu

        bahaha πŸ™‚
        that was TOTALLY my intention πŸ˜‰

        but seriously. i totally think they have a resemblance. at first i thought it was my mind playing games with me.

    • 6.2 poo

      Itz the same jaw but yeah quite similar. Personally i think LDW is hotter πŸ˜›

      • 6.2.1 im_eve


    • 6.3 Bluefyre

      Er. No. *shakes head*

      I can’t see it.

  7. gejc

    I watched this episode today, and it was enjoyable. I’m hoping the romance in upped in the coming episodes.

  8. imoan.naomi

    Wow, I just happened to accidently close and refresh my page and the new recap was up. Seriously, how do you guys comment so fast? Is there a Dramabeans new-post-alarm that goes off on your computer? Where can I get mine?

    • 8.1 Kiwi

      Lurkers… *hides under couch* hehe

    • 8.2 IstayedoutallNight

      Seriously. I would want one too!

    • 8.3 shin mi rae

      same here. i left to go on a different tab. then refreshed. then recaps of SOAW is here. but hey, no complaints. thanks so much. i just finished downloading and i’m waiting for the subs.

      aja aja fighting.

    • 8.4 MadDino

      I’ll use an RSS feed watcher (google reader with the google reader notifier extension for chrome, yes I like google products a bit much) to keep track of new posts. I normally know it’s up within 10 minutes if I’m paying any attention at all and I don’t have to refresh the page all the time making it easier to watch other dramas at the same time. It also relieves some of the burden on the server.

      • 8.4.1 Kei

        Yep! or RSS + Safari bookmark toolbar = new-post alarm πŸ˜‰

  9. febbie

    Kim sun ah is so pretty.. yehey! its my first time being part of the first 10 to comment, I havent read the recap yet Ill just comment bout the drama later..

    • 9.1 angryparsnip

      I too think she is very beautiful but wow did she ever get skinny… her arms look like a light wind could break them. Is the weight loss because she is suppose to be sick ? Her face looks gaunt in some shots.

      cheers, parsnip

  10. 10 Bebo

    Thanks a lot for the recap, I could hardly wait.

    I’m loving this drama so far.

    I know this is random but Doctor Eun-seok’s voice reminds me of Kim Nam Gil’s Voice.

  11. 11 DMKO

    I too have not started watching this drama but really enjoy JB’s recaps. Thank you, JB!

  12. 12 Linda165

    Oh no… she is going to inject him with her joy to live and then go right ahead and die, right?

  13. 13 ingridine

    This episode was great, with beautiful scenes …and Kim sun Ah is always perfect in the “not so pretty but you can’t help falling in love with her”!
    Special mention to the burp scene ! so hilarious !!!

    I’m not a fan of Lee Dong-wook (always the same character…not so difficult…) si i hope his character will be more complex

    PD’ Dr Champ ..is a masterchief ! so beautiful

  14. 14 jastinel

    Thanks for the recap! I haven`t watch any of the episode with Eng sub, enough for me to know what is going on with the drama with your recap.

    Suna so slim and sexy!
    The snorkeling scene was too short, I want more from that scene, our couple are both sexy in this drama.

  15. 15 Noelle

    Oh my! Chemistry indeed. Well now he’ll know which Lee she is. Thanks a lot SK or should I say Buzzkillington.

    LOL! @ the comments. I remember that entire conversation on the podcast about the eye thing. Hilarious.

  16. 16 Noelle

    Also I like how they are writing Eom’s story right now because its perfect if he has to be removed from the show.

  17. 17 JChung

    Just finished watching this episode. It was really pretty. πŸ™‚

  18. 18 Yer Vang

    You are fast. Thanks alot. πŸ™‚

  19. 19 nello

    In to post this adorable picture http://i.imgur.com/pkj2E.jpg

    Lee Dong Wook seems to be adopting Jiwook’s indifference and awkwardness in all the bts too lollol

    • 19.1 sup super supper

      Aw, that picture is too cute!

    • 19.2 dany

      This picture makes me smile! Adorable…

    • 19.3 yee

      That picture is soo cute..!!

  20. 20 smilesx3

    LOL anyone else realize the japanese guy who helped them with the pickpocket was the same guy who yeonjae was double booked with? the same guy who had a NARUTO-esque TATTOO on his chest/stomach? hahah

    • 20.1 hwana

      LOL… didn’t think he’d appear again

      • 20.1.1 tnguyeezy

        I did not realize that! Thats a cool bit of trivia! xD

  21. 21 sulyn

    Thanks for the recap, javabeans. This is a beautiful episode,
    nice scenery and interaction of KSA and LDW. KSA looks so lovely and sexy, expecially in those shorts. And when LDW smiles …. wow …. that hottie!

  22. 22 YBisTOP

    I’m disappointed at myself for not watching Kim Sun-ah’s new drama. T.T At first, I was so excited for this drama, but as I watching ep 1 (barely half way) I got bored! & plus the leading man isn’t pleasing me…Hopefully this drama gets better. *the recaps are good. πŸ™‚

    • 22.1 merlyunho

      you should try watching it again. the first episode also kind of bores me, but it was the 2nd episode where the character yoonjae got her redemption and embark on a journey to get back on ppl who hv been mean to her and start pleasing her self instead of others. it’s so satisfying to watch and the cinematography’s one not to be missed.

  23. 23 well....

    i love this drama !!!! πŸ™‚

  24. 24 dare

    this episode was pretty light in plot progression, but the scenery and shots were beautiful, especially at the secluded beach.

  25. 25 Julie

    I bet Ji-wook’s words next episode for his fianceΓ© will be ”I thought you said not to meddle in each other’s personal life”

    heh. Want to see it.

    • 25.1 malta

      I hope to God he says that shuts Sae kyung up right away. She has such a bad attitude.

  26. 26 dee

    can someone link the torrent file pls. can’t find it on d-addicts.

  27. 27 whatis

    wow i love this drama… Lee Dong Wook’s face IS friggin chiseled! ahhahaa I admired at his pretty jaw line through the entire episode!

    Really liking the drama. I don’t mind the slowish pace at all. I thought to myself… hmm not much has happened so far in the first 15 minutes, and I realize I was 3/4 of the episode in! It just sorta breezes by, chill, with pretty camera work. I hope it continues this way. Just let this be a relaxed drama without the crazies.

    The bitchy fiance is killin’ the mood for me. Feel like I can survive with just 3 of the casts without Sae Kyung… but I think for most people, she’s a necessary evil to keep the plot moving along. Boo.

    I really really REALLY hope they won’t replace Eom Ki Joon. I absolutely love him here!!!!!

    • 27.1 Bluefyre

      You and me both. I NEED Eom Ki-joon to stay! Please! Jebahl!

    • 27.2 qinta

      me too !!
      i’m curious about what will happen with his character in every episode and how he will falls to Yeon Jae

  28. 28 daisy

    I loved the episode! The drama is very pretty to look at. The 2 leads have a chemistry that I enjoy a lot.

    We finally heard Junsu’s lovely voice, yay! πŸ™‚ And he’s going to have a cameo next week, I can’t wait! (sorry, overexcited JYJ fan here)

    • 28.1 LDW+KSA

      and here it is
      1:19 seconds of perfect Dolphiny goodness
      the song is actually so basic but his voice makes it A+

    • 28.2 nello

      kekekekeke yay!!! ost come out in full soon pls <3

  29. 29 malta

    Haha. I’m pretty sure that “Japanese local guy” is the guy from the hotel room with the random cartoon tattoo on his chest and I think he IS suppose to be from a Japanese gang also!!! XD
    I like the humor in this show.

  30. 30 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap! Haven’t had a chance to watch beyond today’s episode! I wonder if Sae-kyung will recognize Yeon-jae? I know I give crap to characters who don’t recognize other characters after a makeover, but pre-Okinawa YJ really looks different from current YJ that I wouldn’t be surprised.

    Can’t help but feel really melancholy over this drama series, knowing that YJ is trying to experience and absorb everything before she dies. I know her death would do well narratively, but I just really don’t want her to die. =***( Even her hiccup-burp made me sad.

    Got to give it to Seo Hyo-rim, she feels like a completely different person in this role. I hope her character gets rid of her biatchy second-female-lead attitude because I really like her intensity.

  31. 31 Bluefyre

    I’m totally in love with this drama. It’s so PWETTY!! πŸ˜€
    I’m in agreement with JB. It IS a breath of fresh air. And I just adore that camera! ^^

    Anyone else notice that Lee Yeon-jae staring deeply into Ji-wook’s eyes song? It’s like a theme song for those moments. haha. I positively LOVE it (not just because Kim Junsu is the singer mind! πŸ˜‰ )! I can’t wait to hear the full version.

    I can’t wait for the next episode! Though I wish they could stay at the beach forever…so pretty!

    • 31.1 Bluefyre

      And of course THANK YOU, JB!! πŸ˜‰

  32. 32 wootwoot

    ahh the picture is soooo gorgeous to look at πŸ™‚ I didn’t appreciate the “cinemaesque” palette in Dr. Champ, but this show totally rocks it! not to mention, I grin like an idiot every time LDW smiles at KSA πŸ˜›

  33. 33 Ani

    I’m guessing if things continue to go south for the actor, the character of Eun-seok is going to be killed off by the grieving husband. I wonder who’s going to take his place if that does happen. Yeesh. I hate it when characters get killed off prematurely, or at all, but I guess real life consequences even affects kdramaland. Heh.

  34. 34 reesh

    i watch this drama because of LDW….the girl is so old for him. much exciting if the lead female is LDH..anyway, thanks for the recap!

    • 34.1 Ani

      There’s only an age difference of, what, six years? That’s not very big of a number. Besides, what happened to the age old saying that “When it comes to love, age is just a number”? Hey, if the couple here has chemistry, why try to mess with a good thing?

      • 34.1.1 etee7114

        Ani, I agree with you. Age is just but a number.

        In the true spirit of this drama, I wish upon those who comment negatively about age differences face the same challenges of aging one day. As Yeon Jae says, that day will come.

        I’m just up to here with all the age/weight talk. I just want to enjoy what the drama has to offer…the possibility of dying but not letting the C word get the better of living a full life.

      • 34.1.2 reesh

        i’m not saying the age difference here..what i mean is her face is too old for LDW though she’s gorgeous.

        • FanGirl

          Not sure what you are talking about, since KSA looks much younger than her age. Most Korean actresses tend to look like they are permanently 12 though. I think KSA looks just fine for LDW

        • asianromance

          You can also say the problem lies in LDW (why does the burden or looking incompatible lie in the woman?). Maybe LDW’s face is too young? Compared to most of those born around the same time (1980-1982), he looks at least years younger. You can also look at it from that direction.

          • Ani

            I love you and your defense that “maybe the problem lies with the guy”.

          • So3

            well said indeed!

          • ladida

            Love your reply. I personally think they look fabulous together. They’re so cute!

  35. 35 malta

    I’ve fallen in love with this drama. They’ve set up such an interesting tone/mood and pace. So beautiful to look at too…

    Sae kyung is scary as a MoFo. She looked like she wanted to jab her spiked heels through Yeon jae’s heart. *shudders*

  36. 36 Daniela

    I miss her glasses. I love those glasses.
    I love the way Lee Dong-wook runs.
    Ji-wook won me with the “Fighting” sign he did to her before the beer-drinking contest.
    Pretty drama.

    Thank you for the recap!

    • 36.1 Jomo

      Have to agree with you on the running! He knows how to make it look pretty!

  37. 37 Cynthia

    I’m really liking this so far – pleasantly surprised because I really haven’t liked KSA in any of her dramas except for Samsoon. This one I like and look forward to watching upcoming episodes.

    My brain cells have taken a beating lately with all the angst I devoted to City Hunter, but am I missing the maybe-there’s-a-connection with all the “W” names in this drama?

    I mean, the floating ball in her dream was actually named “Wilson” in Castaway, the ball turning into a hunk named William, the fussbudget pianist was Wilson, the leading man just announced his nickname was Willie.

    What am I missing here? Anything? It can’t be a coincidence- Kdramas don’t have such an overabundance of Anglophile names.

    But, like I said – my brain is on hiatus..

  38. 38 MRS.Lee

    how can i watch this if the site that uploads kdramas in youtube stopped uploading scent of a woman because people dont like it?! HUHU.

    lee dong wook never fails me. :”>

  39. 39 KDrama Fan

    Thanks JB.

    Love, love, love Dramabeans and love, love, love this drama.

    Look forward to seeing the subbed episode.

  40. 40 hwana

    LOLed at the House MD reference! God, I loved that show…

  41. 41 tweetpiebird

    ‘I-gave-you-my-eyes-so-you-could-see,’ hilarious

  42. 42 laya

    Looking good! Thank you for the recap!

  43. 43 Ceda

    The night they spent together totally reminded me off Jok Guk and Mi-Rae’s camping scene…except it was a hotter and sexier in City Hall. KSA is lovely in this drama and I’m starting to like the guy. I’ll give him a chance…only cuz he does “kinda” resemble the outrageously sexy Cha Seung Won.

    I think he likes her already…

    • 43.1 malta

      πŸ™‚ I think he likes her already too or at least he finds her intriguing which is an accomplishment for Ji wook. I’m all for him liking her right away since we know it’s gonna happen. This episode I got the feeling that he wanted to hang out with her out of curiosity just to see how she reacts to the places they go and things they do. They’re very cute.

      • 43.1.1 Ceda

        I want him to like her ASAP too, considering she only has 6 months to live πŸ™

  44. 44 Keshia

    This show is as fresh as a walk in the mountains! Definitely, summer drama certified.

    Plus, I love Kim suh ah & Dong Wookie oppa!~~

    The character of Kang Ji Wook is one of my fave chaebol portrayals. I like the non-workaholic yet non-jerkiness of him.
    I feel like the heiress character ruined Seo Hyo Rim’s acting skills a little though, I feel like she is playing a β€œstiff rich witch” character concept.

  45. 45 SandrOu

    Thank you! it’s a great recap as always. Yeah i find this drama really refreshing, in this ep there wasn’t any big events as you say BUT it was enjoyable. I’m loving more and more these two characters, not to forget the two others.

  46. 46 Moi

    After City HUnter which im head over heels, i was trying to find a drama to watch. This for me is the best among the dramas currently airing. It’s light, funny, on-its-way to romantic part lovestory, & enjoying! it’s only the 3rd episode but im already hooked. not as much as City Hunter which is my true love but definitely worth your time πŸ™‚

  47. 47 Petunia

    LOL – the eye! (never laughed soo much and I just was educated by your podcast).
    Thanks so much for the recaps, the’re so witty that I sometimes want to read them more than watch the episode.

  48. 48 Petunia

    LOL – the eye! (never laughed soo much and I just was educated by your podcast).
    Thanks so much for the recaps, the’re so witty that I sometimes i want to read them more than watch the episode.

  49. 49 Kate

    hot and pretty…love this drama so far….

  50. 50 babyfat

    always enjoyed reading your recap Dramabean – both leads are my favorite K-actors so i am going to watch and anticipate to fall in love w/the story lines as I did w/”My name is Kim Samsoon” . I know its just to early on , but i have not find the chemistry-sparks yet but because of the great actress she is Kim Suh-Na , i am going to be very patience . Always love her works and The Beautiful Lee Dong Wook my crush of ” My girl ” – l know I will love it at the end

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