Drama Recaps
You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 5
by | July 13, 2011 | 139 Comments

Yeah, that’s the face I’d be making, too, if I had a crush on an insufferable hottie who got particular pleasure out of thwarting me. Thankfully, those days of adolescent tumult are behind me. Phew for that!

Speaking of which, I think this drama does a good job of capturing the feelings of the youthful set, whether it’s giddiness, sulkiness, exuberance, or that heartbroken feeling after a crushing rejection that makes you think that nothing in the world will ever be right again, ever. That’s a huge plus for me as a watcher who doesn’t really relate with these personality types or their particular troubles, because at least I believe that the characters feel this way, and that keeps me with them.


This is the song that plays in today’s episode, sung by Ki-young. God, I love Ki-young.
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EPISODE 5: “Confession”

Seok-hyun and Kyu-won witness the streetside kiss between Shin and his professor as they drive by, both of them disheartened by it. Yoon-su takes off the necklace right away, but Shin’s kiss still leaves her fretting.

Kyu-won puts hand to heart and wonders if it’s broken — in the literal sense, not the anguish of thwarted emotion, since she’s yet to clue in on the source of those feelings.

Seok-hyun wrestles with his jealousy as he arrives outside Yoon-su’s place, carrying the necklace he’d picked out as a present for her. She calls him just as he’s about to ring her doorbell and asks for a raincheck, and he lies that he was about to cancel, too, covering up his disappointment. Aw. I care not for the wet dishrag who’s the object of your affections, but I hate seeing you hurt. Boo.

That means Shin’s the only one who’s happy tonight; he goes home on cloud nine and begins composing a song.

In the morning, Kyu-won runs into Yoon-su at the coffee shop for her daily cappuccino run. The teacher greets her warmly, but Kyu-won’s uncomfortable and excuses herself at the first opportunity. Shin isn’t there in his usual spot to receive the coffee, but she spies him arriving on the quad, lighting up at the sight of Yoon-su.

Both Kyu-won and Seok-hyun see them walking off together, their faces darkening, not aware that Yoon-su is actually taking him aside to give him a firm rejection. Given his persistence, she’s purposely harsh, calling this child’s play and telling him that she needs a man, not a child. Ouch.

That hurts, but Shin isn’t one to back down and he calls her bluff — and I suspect there’s a bit of the bluff in there, because she seems to feel a flicker of attraction that she’s pushing away. Shin challenges her to say that she didn’t feel the slightest twinge of attraction, and she confirms it, returning his necklace.

He vows, “No matter what you think, this is how I feel. I’m going to act the way I want. One more thing: I’m not a child.” He’s in such a bad mood that when he sees Kyu-won’s coffee sitting there on the ledge, he ignores it.

Kyu-won practices listlessly, and when she steps outside to see the untouched coffee still there, her temper flares. She storms into Shin’s practice studio to declare herself done with his coffee errands, and that he’d better drink that coffee or there’ll be hell to pay.

He retorts that she’d better just do as she’s told and not pick fights about it, and with both in equally pissy moods, the conversation takes a turn for the antagonistic. Kyu-won gets to the point and asks point-blank if he likes Yoon-su, saying that’s ridiculous and impossible.

He challenges, “What’s so impossible about it?” He relieves her of errand duty, and tells her to butt out of his business from now on, leaving with a glare. She pretends she’s relieved, all while fighting angry tears.

Seok-hyun plays a song he’s working on for another professor, who recommends Shin for the guitar solo. This is his chance to rise above the jealousy, be the bigger man, and — no? You’re gonna go the grudging, I don’t think he’s all that route instead? Okay then. I do enjoy that Seok-hyun’s got that petty streak.

Shin is late to musical rehearsal, to everyone’s irritation, and walks in with a casual apology. Seok-hyun seethes, but has to concede that the band’s performance is “not bad.” But that’s all he’s going to give, and he says the guitar playing was lacking, prompting Shin to burst into a solo right then and there. Knowing he rocked it, he asks what’s wrong with it. Seok-hyun just says, “I suppose you’ll improve in time.”

After rehearsal, Shin approaches Seok-hyun and asks — amidst glare-off — for him to indicate exactly what is lacking in his guitar playing. Lordy, this boy has a pretty high-handed way of speaking to elders — I can see why the girls love it, but why he comes off as a punkass sometimes. Seok-hyun replies, “Don’t be late. And don’t be arrogant.”

Now for Ki-young, with his foot in a cast and an attitude simmering with resentment toward Seok-hyun, who all but kidnaps him from the hospital. He delivers Ki-young to an empty theater and tells him that he’ll eat, sleep, and breathe the theater for the near future, determined to ensure that Ki-young performs onstage again, no matter what.

Far from moved, Ki-young calls Seok-hyun out for acting out of guilt rather than for his benefit. An interesting point, if Seok-hyun has anything to feel guilty about; his reaction to the charge supports that accusation.

Seok-hyun drops in on Yoon-su’s office, and notices that she’s not wearing Shin’s necklace. Casually, he mentions Shin, sharing how he’d challenged Seok-hyun not to mess with her, and that he’d admitted openly to liking her.

Yoon-su calls it pity, saying that Shin’s too young to realize he’s mistaking that feeling for love. Seok-hyun asks if that’s all there is, and if the feeling is only on Shin’s side, which makes her toss out, “Are you jealous of him?” To her surprise, Seok-hyun replies, “Yes, I am.” Aw, I love when characters are candid, instead of spending precious time pussyfootin’ about the issue.

The Windflower girls are actually disappointed that Kyu-won’s slave/errand days are over, wishing they could take over for her. Kyu-won asks if they have no pride, and they waste no time replying, “Nope, we don’t!” Heh. What’s pride in the face of the campus hottie? And hormones?

Shin happens to see the coffee still sitting there on the ledge, bearing another of Kyu-won’s annoyed notes (“Are you training a dog?”). He intends to leave the cup there, but thinks again and ends up taking a swig of the now-cold coffee, per her orders.

His bike ride home takes him by the bus stop where Kyu-won sits, nodding off as she waits, which gives him an idea… And when she gets on the bus, people snicker at the Post-It note he’s stuck to her forehead: “Beware of mutt! It’s fierce! Do not disturb!” Oh, cute. I do like this pair best when they’re bickering like schoolchildren.

The next morning, she finds the cup still there, both annoyed and disappointed, and picks it up to throw away. But it’s warm — and there’s a note attached, addressed to her and saying that Shin has spit in it. A quick comparison of notes tells her that Shin’s the Beware of Dog guy, and that makes her smile.

She spots him with his bandmates and starts to call out excitedly…then calms herself and calls to him casually. Crumpling the Post-Its pointedly, she tosses it at his head and sticks out her tongue. He suppresses a smile of his own.

Musical rehearsals. Seok-hyun selects Hee-joo and Kyu-won to sing the lead role, and the other professor speaks up to suggest Shin sing the male lead. Hee-joo’s vocals are fine, Shin’s likewise, while Kyu-won’s… She’s kind of on key, but warbles. The others are unimpressed, while Seok-hyun stops her and instructs her to put more feeling behind it, to interpret the lyrics.

Afterward, she thanks Shin for the coffee, and they’re both in lighter moods now, ready to make up for the fight. She apologizes for overreacting, and he tells her they can reinstate the slave contract — starting with cleaning his practice studio.

Rolling up her figurative sleeves, Kyu-won gets to work cleaning up the mess. She takes a break to pluck the strings of a guitar, sing-songing along, “Lee Shin dummy…” and snickering to herself.

He happens by just in time to catch that, of course, and she hastens to assure him that she was totally smiling because of this really hilarious story Bo-woon told her, not ’cause she likes being here or doing his cleaning or anything! He asks for that story, so Kyu-won thinks fast to come up with one — only he knows it already, and mocks her for her corny sense of humor. (It’s full of cheesy puns.)

He adds a warning that her singing needs work if she wants to beat Hee-joo for the role, which is just the thing to provoke her into practicing. Which, I’m sure, was just his intention.

Hee-joo overhears people talking about Ki-young out of the hospital, and tracks him down to the theater. The rumors say that Hee-joo hates him, but it seems the opposite is actually the case because she talks to him with friendly concern and prods him gently about getting past his stagefright.

Seok-hyun arrives at the theater, full of resolve to get Ki-young onstage again. He’s ready to let loose a barrage of pestering, but promises to quit when Ki-young climbs up to the stage of his own will.

He shows him a video clip he’d dug up, shot years ago of Ki-young in rehearsal, meant to remind him how happy performing made him. Watching himself onscreen, all full of youthful dreams, Ki-young reaches out a trembling hand, then grabs his crutches to approach the stage.

Shin waits for Yoon-su again that night, and she treats him even more coldly, trying to convince him that she’s not interested. Yeesh, boy. I understand that you’re persistent, but you have long since crossed that stalker line. It’s a good thing you’re so pretty that nobody would consider you stalker material…

Shin grabs her arm and challenges her to answer what age would make him an adult, then — 25? 30? He asserts that he’s an adult, and yells, “Look at me!”

That gets her yelling, too, and she tells him to leave her alone. “You’re not a man to me.” She stalks off angrily.

Crushed, Shin turns around…and sees Kyu-won standing there, watching. (Speaking of stalking…)

He walks right by her, ignoring her attempt to say something. Seeing him so hurt stirs pangs of sympathy in Kyu-won, and she loses herself in thought.

When Seok-hyun finds her there brooding, she hesitantly asks about his relationship to Yoon-su. Flashback time!

Back in their university days, Yoon-su was the untouchable ice princess beloved by many a male student, who were all too gutless to make their declarations of love. Only one guy had the nerve — Seok-hyun — to step up and declare himself. By and by he’d won her over, and they’d become a happy couple.

Seok-hyun drops Kyu-won off at home, and Grandpa naturally asks about Seok-hyun’s relationship with his granddaughter. Since her participation in the musical is a secret, she hurriedly explains that Seok-hyun is the director of the musical’s gukak section — to ingratiate him to Grandpa, no doubt — and the plan works a little too well, because Grandpa starts questioning him like he’s a prospective grandson-in-law. HA. He says he’s a little old, but all in all he’s better than that other punk (Shin). Hilarious.

Just one door over, who should be looking at a house for sale but Shin’s mother and sister? They’re upgrading from apartment living to a free-standing house, and OH MAN, I actually really like this plot turn. Shin and Kyu-won are going to be next-door neighbors? Sure it’s contrived as all get-out, but I LOVE it.

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At musical rehearsal, Kyu-won’s practice has paid off as she performs the song about heading for your dreams despite your fears. [ Download ]

Her performance is enough to have Hee-joo looking over in alarm and the Bumbling Bitch Trio stuttering nervously that she’s not so great. Hee-joo needles her in the only way she can think of: to make a snipe about her bloated ramen face. Ha. Hee-joo has a way of revealing her greatest insecurities in her attempts to be cutting.

On the other hand, Shin’s back in a black mood after his crushing setdown. He broods, almost throwing the necklace aside in the grass, but stops himself at the last minute.

Ki-young arrives at school with a changed attitude, and it’s a lovely thing to see hope alive on his face again. He tells Seok-hyun that he wants to give it a try — and that even if he ends up messing up again and running away, it’ll be better than regretting giving up. Aw. These boys. I just love them as besties.

With him back, he takes the mic at a club show, singing the same song as above, and now the lyrics have extra meaning:

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I was afraid
I’d lost my way
I couldn’t see ahead of me
I didn’t what tomorrow would bring

I was scared
I just wanted to hide
I wanted to conceal myself
But today is different

Now I’ll stand
I’m going to sing again
I’ll forget yesterday
and sing for tomorrow

To cold days spent in empty rooms,
Overflowing and trusting in me,
My heart races

For tomorrow
For my dream
I’ll run

Seok-hyun comes to see Yoon-su that night, and admits, “I think I still have feelings for you. I want to stop feeling jealous of other guys, pathetically.”

Startled, Yoon-su tries to shrug it off, even though his words bring tears to her eyes. He asks her to give their relationship another shot: “I love you, Yoon-su.”

Oh no, biker boy, walk away, walk awaaaaay! Shin arrives to take in the reunion — as does Kyu-won, who walks by a few moments later.

She stops Shin, trying at first to greet him cheerily, then dropping the act to ask, “Did you not know it would turn out this way?”

He picks up on her particular interest in his feelings, and asks her in turn, “Do you like me? Do you think that if you keep this up, I’ll like you instead of the professor?” He tells her in a steely tone that he doesn’t give the teeniest damn about who she likes, and tells her to do the same for him.


It’s interesting that I don’t care the teeniest bit for the ballerina downer, but I do actually feel the emotions from both men — Shin’s frustration and youthful ardor, and Seok-hyun’s hurt and jealousy. So in that respect, she’s doing a decent job in this role, I guess, because while I don’t feel for her, I believe that the guys love her, or fancy themselves in love with her.

I enjoy that they show both sides of Shin, and haven’t made him this perfect hottie who gets everything he wants. He has that side to him, but his crush on the teacher really humanizes him and shows us his vulnerabilities. That takes him from being merely a careless jerk with a chip on his shoulder to a guy who’s indifferent to things he doesn’t care about, but fiercely passionate about the ones he does.

For a drama that’s pretty low on conflict, I feel like it’s got a nice breezy tone and pace to it, peppered with some hints of more interesting relationships that I’m hoping get explored more. Like Ki-young — who kills me every time he’s onscreen — and Hee-joo, who’s becoming more interesting, particularly when we see her being considerate and softer with Ki-young. There have been hints that she’s friendless because her extreme insecurities push people away, so that’s a facet I’d love to see more of. Maybe for all these reasons — and a much-appreciated lack of parental angst — I thought this episode was a nice step forward.


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139 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. monsterlover

    Yes the recap thanxs <3

  2. itshotintopeka

    I have no idea why this drama isn’t received better in Korea; they’re already considering changing its direction when I like it the way it is.

    • 2.1 kangling

      No way.. why are they changing direction? because of a low rating? tsk..tsk..tsk.. I hope they don’t do anything bad with it. it’s already good just bad timing. Competing against City Hunter.

    • 2.2 Cherry

      wah? they are chaning the story line? to wat?

      • 2.2.1 YJ

        If they do, I hope they speed up the love line between Shinhye and Yonghwa :) Or I read on the character map, Kiyoung and Shinhye. The dance professor is fine, but I wish they start to focus more on Shinhye.

        • ilikehim

          Honestly, it’s about time the loveline stop focusing on the weepy “downer professor” and move more towards Kyu-Won. I cant wait for the boys to fight over Kyu-Won instead of Ice Princess already! Bleh. I want to see some jealousy over Kyu-Won!

          • moidiom

            I agree. The downer professor is killing the rating. I bet that’s why.

        • yoose

          shinhye + ki young would be awesome!

  3. girl

    Thanks for the recap JB !

    I’m really liking the kiyoung character here, more so than lee shin ; looking forward to his character development later on :)

  4. Ace

    Thanks! Off to read now. I love this drama’s OST. =)

  5. stars4u

    Ki-young is running for the stage!!! Yay!!!!

    • 5.1 stars4u

      OH! and Grandpa was so hilarious asking all those future grandson-in-law questions!!!

  6. kangling

    Yeah.. I start watching this one last night. and I got to say. I like it very much. it’s light and nice. unlike the heavy loaded City Hunter.

  7. Yuki

    I feel Yonghwa’s acting leaps by each episode.

    • 7.1 cheerios

      yeah, especially good use of fake tears lmao

    • 7.2 tonia

      I have to agree. His acting is getting better and better for each episode. Kudos to him!!!

      Finally the story is focusing on the main characters and not the supporting characters. There are news that say that another writer was added, read it on soompi.

    • 7.3 Papi

      I agree too. People should just cut him some slack and give credit where credit is due. When I watch this drama, I see Lee Shin, not Yonghwa.

  8. hookedonmonix

    Quick, Kyu-Won! Like someone else! Before it’s too late!

  9. Nonny

    i feel like yonghwa is doing a great job with this because of how different the character he’s portraying is to his real life persona. the guy is a bonafide choding and it amazes me that he can bring on the angst and indifference. though its far from refined or topnotch acting in any case, it’s not unbearably awkward in the way i feel about kim hyun joong’s acting.

    • 9.1 Yuki

      Totally agree with you!

    • 9.2 goldlilys

      Double agreeing with you, Yong Hwa is a lot better in acting than Kim Hyun Joong.

    • 9.3 QuaTrang

      Me too!!!

    • 9.4 Papi

      Well said. Agree 100%.

  10. 10 Peppy

    thanks for the recap!! ki-young is soo awesome, someone please give him the lead role of a drama when this one ends!!

  11. 11 Beng

    I want Ki-young and Kyu-won scenes to make Shin see that he really cares for KW. But i’m ok too it KY and KW will end up liking each other =)

  12. 12 mim

    I am loving City Hunter but this is good too, in a different way.

    Thanks JB and GF, I really appreciate the recaps, especially the culture and language notes, so helpful.

  13. 13 Dalena

    I’m still questioning the Shin & Kyu-won relationship for now because so far Shin is being a douche.

    • 13.1 karened


      If things don’t improve by ep6 (Have yet to watch it), I’m out of this.

  14. 14 Noelle

    Aww, I’m so happy about Ki Young. Him and Hee Joo should be together. I think he can help her.

  15. 15 crazedlu

    awww yeah! hahaha. gonna love the neighbor turn in this drama. =D and i like that city hunter’s been pushed the furthest back on recaps. haha. okay! i don’t dislike it that much. ^^ *cough, cough* baek dong soo *cough* i’m kidding! last plug for wbds.

    thank you much for the recap.

  16. 16 ricky the royal highness

    You’ve Fallen For Me and Myung Wol The Spy are my new crack :)

    • 16.1 almontel

      same here…i was waiting for what would play after LTM and found myself laughing with BeautifulSpy, Eric’s sooooooooooooo hot!!!

  17. 17 salma

    Can I ask do you think Lee shin’s sister is also Kyu won sister ????????

    • 17.1 rence

      i’m thinking that way too..

    • 17.2 tonia

      I don’t think so. Cause wouldn’t the mom be awkward to have coffee with him in episode 3 if she knew that KyuWon’s dad was the father of her daughter?

      • 17.2.1 salma

        But if see preview you will be confused bcz lee shin and his sister from different fathers .

    • 17.3 RR

      omg,i hope they will not go into that direction

  18. 18 junie

    i’m rooting for ki-young too! Everytime i see him onscreen, my heart beats faster….hope the story would show the chemistry in between KY & KW…I can’t wait

  19. 19 roake

    THANKS for the recap. watching it w/out subs made it seem like such a downer. Loving the youthful feel, it makes me feel hopeful… been a while.. lol

  20. 20 tonia

    I love this episode too. It felt like this episode was definitely a step forward and not just dragging it’s feet on the ground. This is a good episode. Thanks for the recap. Can’t wait for episode 6.

  21. 21 anna

    lol i love how in this drama (and probably every other ones), our leads are always at the right place at the right time.

  22. 22 rence

    i wish that KW will stop clinging to LS..stop bothering him for he doesnt appreciate it…ignore him and make him realize your worthiness..

    next episode(s), i hope to see the interaction of KY and GW, I WONDER WHY ITS TAKING THEM SO LONG TO HAVE THIS SCENE…will there be a love triangle LS-KW-GY?

    once again, i love the songs here…

    re. the ratings, im not expecting so much out of it anymore and i dont care as long as im enjoying the drama…this is the kind of drama i love, something light, breezy and refreshing…

    • 22.1 almontel

      ditto….can we just move on to the ‘meatier’ scenes between our couple???
      some have commented that if they didn’t know YongHwa and Shin Hye they would think that the series was made for IcePrincess and the director!!!
      i just hope that the casts are OKAY, i know how sad they must be because Korea’s so big with ratings!!!

    • 22.2 karened

      Actually, I don’t feel anything for the ‘OTP’. Kyu Won’s feelings seem to come from nowhere…it appears to me as more of an infatuation than anything else. If ep 6 doesn’t get me to believe more in their possibility as an OTP I can root for amidst the upcoming youth-melodrama-angst, I’m gonna get out of this before everything crumbles.

  23. 23 Abbie

    I’ve fallen for this show, hook, line, and sinker. Can’t wait for episode 6.

    Thanks for the recap, Javabeans!

  24. 24 lucy

    thanks for the recaps…i watched the drama via live streaming last night (first time) and although i dont understand what they are talking about, i enjoyed it ..
    i laugh at the cute scenes of the OTP…”shin is pabo”..LOL
    and the post it notes LS made..i believe that without him realizing it, he already has that “admiration” to KW…that’s why i wish that shinhye’s character would just stop pestering LS..she looks like a stalker…instead i would rather see her as the feisty KW letting go of her feelings and attachment to the “mean LS” and be close friends to the new guy KY….

    • 24.1 JeSsBeL

      Ooh, can u give me the website? plz
      I’ve been looking for it but had no luck x_X

  25. 25 RR

    thanks for the recap!! shinhye is really good with crying scenes..i can feel her pain when she started to tear up with lee shin’s insult.ahhh lee shin,forget about yoon-su,she’s not worth it..what a sad episode :(( hope to see more bickerings between kyu-won and lee-shin,coz really,they are so adorable and the chemistry is so palpable when they are bickering,hahaha

  26. 26 nonski

    OMO! thank you for the recaps!

  27. 27 cutiepotato

    Thx for your recap jb can’t wait for episode 6 ^^.moree kyuwon n ki young pleasee (っ∩_∩)っ

  28. 28 kris

    thanks for the recaps..

    well, although i enjoyed ep 5, i wish that shinhye’s character will go back to her original position, one who is feisty and doesnt care at all if LS is a campus idol…let KW let go of LS and make her close to the new guy, KY…by then the mean LS will realize that he misses her and will get jealous…aaaahhh, i am dreaming of that scene…sorry…

    anyway, i am looking forward to their being neighbors, i think its a good move because there will be constant bickerings between the two…they are just adorable that way..shinhye and YH’s chemistry is still there, its still great

  29. 29 jeeves

    thanks so much for the recap — hope ep 6 will focus more on ki young, gyu won and shin— ki young’s character is coming up too slow for me pleasee—we need some kick- @$$ competition between shin and ki young. overall i truly enjoy watching … thanks again :)

  30. 30 hmm

    It kinda looks like they got rid of the love square by coupling up the secondary leads. If that is the case, I’m hoping for a love triangle between Shin, Ku-Won and Ki-young

  31. 31 notoriousnoona

    Thanks JB as always 😉
    I haven’t seen this episode and who knows when I will but KIYOUNG is my WORLD! He’s by far 85% of why I’m watching and the gem I didn’t even know was going to appear until he stepped in camera view!
    I was mildly interested and even more mildly watching until I saw his face… then that voice. More! More! MOAR!

  32. 32 YerVang

    Thanks for the recap.

  33. 33 daisy

    Thank you for the recaps!

    Does anyone know the ratings for this episode?And possibly CH as well?

    • 33.1 salma

      ‎[YFFM] Ep 5 ratings:
      Nationwide: 5.4
      Seoul: 8.3
      Source: TNmS Media Korea

      • 33.1.1 daisy

        Thanks. I hoped they’d be getting better by now.

        • salma

          Really if you want to blame who ??? i will blame who put this beautiful story at the same time with city hunter how can ratings increase while people love watch city hunter especially the story in the depth . I hope the cast team don’t care about ratings anymore and just keep high spirit <3

          • daisy

            Yeah, let’s hope it just continues to be good, regardless of the ratings. I’m not a very big fan of this drama yet, but I wish it the best. The sad thing is, after City Hunter the next drama to air is Protect the Boss, which is sure to get good ratings from the start.

          • Arhazivory

            Its hard not to care though. If this were any other country it’d probably be ‘meh’ but bad ratings in Korea is something else entirely.

            But….its up against City Hunter. THis drama is nice but if I were living in Korea, I’d tune into CH without a moment’s hesitation. Maybe when Romance Town ends it’ll pick up more but I’m hoping to see some improvement from the next episode.

      • 33.1.2 Silver

        I’m hoping ratings will improve once Romance Town ends. I really don’t see HS taking viewers away from CH because, let’s face it, that show is insanely good so giving up on it when you have already been following it – not happening. But with RT ending and a sageuk starting in its place, I have hopes that at least some of RT’s viewership will jump aboard the HS train. While the sageuk in question looks pretty interesting, it also is advertised as pretty heavy on the dramatics, so people who have been into RT for the light romcom feel aren’t all going to take the dramatic sageuk route. At least that’s my take on things. I don’t care about ratings and I am loving Heartstrings and will continue to watch it, but I would like it, for the sake of the cast and crew if they got some recognition since it really is a good production and I can tell people are really working hard to bring this story to screen the way it is being brought.

  34. 34 Linda

    5 episodes in and i am still clearly on the wrong ship.. i want Seok-hyun and Kyu-won to end up together.. despite the age difference.

    Why am i forever plagued with second lead syndrome? Is there a known cure?

  35. 35 bananamilk

    i love PSH!! can she get any more adorable?? Can’t wait for more scenes of KW and Shin!! And more of Ki-young please!!!
    Thanks JB!

  36. 36 almontel

    thanks for the recap!!! i’m really glad they got the iceprincess’ love story out of the way…
    now i really really want to see our couple to get MORE AIRTIME and LOVELINES of their own…and I won’t mind having a triangle or a rectangle or pentagon love angst there…
    i’m also hoping that they won’t change directors but rather look more at the scripts since most younger fans seem to be upset about not getting enough of Shin and KyuWon together.
    i wonder when we’d see KW finally let go of Shin so that we’d see how Shin will chase after her…i’d like to see this new cute guy cut in and take KW away from Shin!!!
    i hope tomorrow’s better!!!

  37. 37 Emi

    I really enjoyed the first few episodes of this drama, but now I’m getting really impatient with it. They’re spending too much time focusing on the love triangle around the stupid ballerina, who I don’t give a damn about, and leaving KW as this sort of supporting character. None of the guys seem very interested in her, and she isn’t doing anything interesting either. She just moons over a guy who moons over someone else. Yawn. She might as well have not even been in this episode. I really hope they do something to bring the focus back to KW, and give her a love triangle of her own. Otherwise they might as well just make stupid ballerina the lead. :(

    • 37.1 YY

      I’m getting rather bored with this show. I want to see more Guitar Rock Idol-PSH moments, but they keep showing that dratted ballerina whom I couldn’t care less about. She is really, seriously getting on my nerves with her long long face EVERY SINGLE EP. Why are the guys all in love with her? She’s like a block of frozen wood (frozen wood=wood in the middle with a thick layer of ice all around) for pete’s sake! When that guy hugged her, she just stood there FROZEN. So annoying. Whole ep is just to-fro to-fro with ballerina and the two guys. PSH is like a looker-on now, always standing at the side. So pathetic. I don’t want PSH to be pathetic! She was already a doormat in YB! I want her to show some spunk! Get a new guy! Quit mooning around! Quit buying coffee for that ungrateful jerk! Get a life!!!!! Open your eyes! Don’t be soo-too-pid!!!!

      • 37.1.1 Kay

        I agree to both
        Too little PSH and no focus on her at all…
        It’s … slow too
        I hope the new writer can do better :)

      • 37.1.2 lucy

        i extremely agree with you..what has become of shinhye’s character here, from a feisty and “i dont care who LS is ” kind of girl, she became annoying to me pestering LS who is so mean and rude to her…

        let KW stop becoming a “dog” to LS…she is the main lead here and guys are supposed to fight over her not over the dance teacher….let the 3rd guy, KY step in and interact with KW, its already episode 6 and i havent seen such yet

        for LS, let his character move on from the rejection, make his personality be warmer to KW

        if they are creating love triangle here, focus on the OTP and the 3rd guy more….

        i love shinhye and yonghwa and they are so cute and adorable together, why not take advantage of that

      • 37.1.3 Jomo

        Nah, du.

        While it is fun to kid around that YH has trouble emoting, being interesting to watch, playing a tormented rocker heartbreaker, it isn’t interesting to watch YH try to play a tormented rocker heartbreaker.

        I thought the rehearsal of the three singers was interesting to watch them watch. Whatever emotion SH wanted out of KW, we didn’t see it from any of them. They just kindov stood there holding microphones looking stiff.

        At this point, we should really want the OTP to be together, or at least, we should have fallen madly in love with the second lead. We give our hearts to the second lead now, so that when he loses the girl, we share his pain…
        Who is the second lead again?

        I am, otoh, invested in the Ballerina/SH ship. I like her. I understand her. She has made it more than clear to Shin that she is not interested, he just ignores her. Is that Stalker love supposed to be endearing?

        Someone mentioned they may take the show in another direction. If that means Shin gets replaced by KY, I am all for it!
        This is my last bitchy post about the show. I need to focus on the good parts so I keep watcing it! :)

        • YY

          I don’t know, Jomo, I just feel so annoyed by the ep. She doesn’t want his attentions, but he kisses her and she stands there like a block of wood and lets him? She doesn’t push him away? Or slap him? So. Weird. The fact that she wipes her lips vigorously in the solitude of her car shows she’s revolted by it. Like you said, Jomo, I’m also confused by who’s the lead, who’s the second lead, who’s the OTP…..it’s all so confusing! At times I think the show is veering towards the other guy so much I think he could very well possibly usurp the lead role, like PSH in Queen. I love Yong Hwa, but boy, is it painful watching him “act”. Izzie says he’s so wooden he’s morphed with the props so you can’t take him away; the whole structure would collapse without him LOLOL. Poor Yong Hwa. He’s surrounded by fine actors, and I think it’s really difficult for him. I hope the new writer will steer this show in a more focussed direction; it’s so loose now so many possibilities exist. And please, please, not the maybe-your-father-is-my-father-what-are-we-going-to-do theme again….so so tired of that.

          • Jomo

            You are right, YY. She should have been angry at his presumption of the kiss.
            If she were afraid to hurt her Ballerina fingers with a slap, she could have push him away!

            Why accept the necklace at all?

      • 37.1.4 Lis

        Amen to that!

  38. 38 honhei

    I really Love lee shin, i hope he fall for kyuwon soon.. Yonghwa’s acting is geeeting better. Im so proud of him.. GOod Job..!

  39. 39 pitopazano

    sigh, i was looking forward to today’s episode…but after watching it, i’m a bit disappointed. they really need to stop focusing on the dance teacher! -__- its as though she’s just using Shin because she’s lonely and needs attention or something. (referring to when she called him just because she got herself locked in… seriously, wtf was that all about?! lol) and then she goes and tells him than she never cared for him in that way, that he’s not a man in her eyes. lol low blow.

    but yeah…i was also hoping that it wasn’t Kyu Won to be the one who falls in love with Shin first…and that the cold ice man would fall for her first. oh wells. :(

    BUT! it would be AWESOME if Ki Young gets the male lead and Kyu Won is the female lead (in the musical) and Ki Young falls for Kyu Won…making Shin realize (and jealous at the same time) that he has feelings for Kyu Won… :D:D

    • 39.1 testify

      I wish almost for the same :)

      But Ki Youngs voice attracted Kyu Won alot. So I think it might be even enough if she is just another time a little amazed while he sings….to make Shin jealous….

      Since she already fell for Shin , there won`t be a change of heart where she might consider Ki Young.
      But still since Ki Youngs voice and leading is better than Shins it would be hilarious…to watch his jealousy… while they have to perform…
      And It would be a super candy if the Director would also be impressed and start wavering……. ha ha ha …
      (I don`t think this can happen – but it would be great :) )

  40. 40 sararamodark

    I think I like this episode especially the post it notes .veryyyyy cute

  41. 41 junie

    seems that tons of girls are looking for Ki-Young!! Yeah..! I hope there would be love triangle in between KY-KW-LS….rather than just watching those 2 ‘adults’ moaning about their already-past love… Please, we need some younger strike here.
    Btw, I think the ratings would slowly climbing up if the story goes well. Looking back at how Baby-Faced Beauty climbing up from poor start to strong and firmed ending

  42. 42 Ani

    Cute. I think they’re so cute. X)

  43. 43 a_fan

    I think Kyu Won has more chemistry with Prof Seok Hyun. THis drama should surprise us and have them ending up together. The reason I am liking I Need Romance so much is because I can not tell who the lead girl will end up with or even end up with anyone at all.

    • 43.1 skelly

      Same here! I can’t stop fretting over what is going to happen to In Young in I Need Romance – seems like she could go in a number of directions, each of them with their own difficulties.
      I also agree that You’ve Fallen For Me could be a lot more interesting with a shake-up in the lovelines – right now, it is so traditional, and I am not interested AT ALL in seeing this spunky, happy girl turn into a listless waif, mooning after the rocker jerk. Fall for the singer! Fall for the prof! And for heaven sakes, no more of the doomed ballerina; she sucks all the life and happiness out of this show – like a dementor, only lots better looking, LOL.

      • 43.1.1 Ree

        And she didn’t suck out his soul with her super-red lips.

  44. 44 Yin

    I hope they make the pace faster for the 2 leads. As I see it and the preview for the next episode, the focus is on the professors. I want to see more of the students’ developing love than the teachers’. >.<

  45. 45 MoiBelle

    i really adore yong hwa’s voice !!! luv it….luv it…luv it

  46. 46 blueshoe

    they really should make a love triangle betweet Lee Shin – Kyu Won – Ki Young…. I want Lee Shin to like Kyu Won but Kyu won likes Ki Young instead and Ki Young likes her too but Kyu Won will definitely end up with Lee Shin

  47. 47 Areli

    thanks for the recap! i hope this Ki Young guy likes Kyu Won, so, all mighty powerful Shin understands he’s not the center of the world!

  48. 48 yoose

    i think this week will be wasted on the ballerina.
    sigh, come on, show. Give us some ki young + Kyu Won moment please….

  49. 49 serene

    Thank for continuing recap the drama. As international fan, i’m really counting on you. Eventho this drama has low rating and seem many controversy revolve around it..i think this is another good drama, really. They already stated that this is called youth melodrama so the shifting between sad-romance is needed eventho it can be annoying at some degree. I just love shin-kyuwon fighting-make up scenes and i’ll be patiently waiting for their progression in the middle of their chaotic and interrupted pathway. Their development is interesting rather than to make their love blooming easily and prettily..

  50. 50 Caitlyn

    I’m glad they’ve gotten Seok Hyun and the ballerina together already, I thought they’d drag it out a bit more. I thought he’d believe something was happening between her & Shin, and then have him not tell her and blaa blaa blaa. But nope, they cleared that all up straight away, I loved it.
    It looks like Ki-young and Hee Joo have some kind of history though, are they gonna get them together? But she’s supposed to get together with Minhyuk’s character. Maybe they’ll just be friends. He would make her a better person, I think.

  51. 51 Christy

    PSH has a cute, expressive face and she emotes really well! I hope she gets more screen time compared to that ballerina. After all, she’s the lead!

  52. 52 sara

    I want to see Shin jealous than that ice princess! Nothing against her but come on 3 episodes how Shin loves her?! that’s pretty stupid!
    What next episode is also about the princess! Come on boy fall in love with someone else, the real lead actor! Urg and I waited 1 sad for this?! >.< I want romance!

  53. 53 p3rk3le

    I want Kyuwon to have a loveline with Kiyoung before she ends up with Shin, the two of them be the mains in the musical and Shin be butthurt about losing her! Because as much as I love him I really dont like the way he treats her right now, because he’s hurt of his one-sided love for the teacher..

  54. 54 Jayne

    This drama is so beautifully done. It’s such a treat for the eyes. I love everything about it, including the pace of the drama. I hope they won’t change anything – writers, PD or even the storyline.

    On another note, I know the weepy ballerina is not a popular character but whoa…her scenes with SH in Ep5 is good. She may not have chemistry with Yonghwa but she sure does with Song Chang Ui. And I’m so happy this drama is not like other K-dramas where they drag out the misunderstandings. At least we got the adult’s relationship resolved. Now, I’m going to settle down and slowly savour our cute OTP’s development :)

    • 54.1 testify

      I absolutely agree with you!!!!

    • 54.2 Jomo

      That is why I want him with PSH. They are so cute together.

      I love the way SCU looks at his co-stars.
      SCU could have chemistry with Man of Still YH! (Oh, that is another show I loved…)

  55. 55 anna

    l think the drama is too slow. That’s why l choose to watch City Hunter 2 or 3 times then only switch to HS. The drama in my opinion should not focus mainly to Seok Khyun and the ballerina and making LS and KW like the 2nd lead here.
    It is not interesting at all. And the fact that KW starts to liking LS actually not so convincing.

    Its already episode 6 but l still awaiting for the role of KY to enter LS and KW’s world. Let the drama be more interest and pls make viewers eager to watch incoming episode such like City Hunter.

    So far it really boring. Pls start with LS-KW-KY. When??

  56. 56 Superfangirl

    I agree. Either we want the completely predictable drama or something different! How many times in one year do we get the two guys one girl scenario?

    I think Ki-young should have his own interesting mix into the story and not just be there for useless jealousy. She is still going to end up with Lee Shin.

    I have no idea what is going to happen next and I love it!! And I love the fact that the leads can barely get through a scene without tearing into each other.

    You’ve fallen for me fighting!

  57. 57 Chloe

    I think Youngwa’s getting better with each episode too. I like Jung Yong-hwa. I like Park Shin-hye. I like Song Chang-eui. I like Lee Hyun-jin. I like this drama. There is something real and genuine about this show.

    I hope the writers don’t go crazy redoing the storyline where it gets sloppy and nonsensical in the pursuit of ratings. I’m glad to see that its numbers are slightly getting better. This show is competing against a City Hunter that has solid momentum and is at its height in terms of story and ratings. I think Heartstrings would have fared better if City Hunter was in the early stages of its drama when Heartstrings/YRFM began.

    I agree. The focus was too much on the ballerina prof. I’m glad that in this episode Shin’s relationship/feeling with the ballerina came to a conclusion of sort and now the show can focus on Shin’s feeling for Kyu-won. And possible rivalry between Shin and Ki-Young ending in a bromance as they compete for the girl and the lead in the production.

    • 57.1 YJ

      I do hope so. Because, it seems to me in the preview, Shin is just crying and crying about the professor. Shin, don’t care about that woman! Sigh. I wish they change the course of the plot in today’s episode

  58. 58 Raisa

    Thanxs for this drama I was waiting for it!! Sooo badly!! I can’t wait! 😉 i’m totally rooting for ky and kw!! I soo don’t like lee shin right now! ;(
    I’ll start seeing the drama till this is completely completed.. Meanwhile I’m reading it haha!

  59. 59 testify

    hooooooooo I don`t want to wait any longer….
    6.th episode please…….
    You know this is another thing I like on Korean dramas… they air 2 episodes in one week…..:))

  60. 60 Manaíra

    Realmente amo esse kdrama *__*

  61. 61 Emma

    I don’t think you will stop watching this because even if the love between these characters don’t improve by ep6 you will probably still watch it because you will be curious of when LS will start to like KW and you know that they will end up with eachother

  62. 62 Ss501r

    How come before the episodes came out the trailers were so different because in the trailer psh had long black hair and was wearing a uniform and took a car not the bus. “the stupid” was also performing in the streets maybe this what happens I. The future episodes but I hope that time comes because at that point it looks like LS actually likes KW!!!!! ^__^

  63. 63 Kate

    I love Park Shin-hye!! She’s so cute, like a puppy. (Ahh, speaking of puppies, imagine her and LSG in a drama together >.< )!!

    Anywayyy, I think she's doing a way better job than people are giving her credit for. Sure, she overacts a lot, but imo her lovabilty more than makes up for it/her overacting is sort of what makes me love her.

  64. 64 Locturne

    So last time the focus was on Hee Joo and the drummer, and this time it’s the dance teacher…
    They took too much time with the ballerina rejecting Shin which was expected, and on the story between the ballerina and the Broadway director, which we already knew.
    I wish more time was spent on PSH’s character, and her relationships with other people, honestly, the coffee errands are not exactly meaty stuff and her relationship with the director just remains the same: he gives her a lift, he is happy to see her improvement etc.

  65. 65 Saby

    I am getting so bored with the ballerina professor. If they still do not get rid of her and focus on the LS-KW-KY love-line, I swear I am going to lose interest and not watch it anymore.

  66. 66 JC

    What happened to the Ballerina Downer? I loved her in My Older Sister Aeja. I thought she was so pretty and she was such a cheerful girl (until later in the show, but she bounced back). Now, there’s something so odd about her face. Did she get something done to her face in that time? Particularly her nose? And yes, she is trying waaaaay too hard to emote. She’s much better in cheerful roles, especially because she’s one of the few actresses who don’t think cheerful means nothing more than over-the-top acting with eyes super-glued wide open.

  67. 67 Nabi

    Enough with downer ballerina! I want Kyu Won jealousy.

  68. 68 yjkim_ok

    For a Lee Hyun Jin fan, I’m glad to see him back on the small screen again! And of course, he doesn’t disappoint. Like JB says, he’s the one stealing the spotlight every time he’s in a scene. :)
    But then again, it’s nice to see JYH’s acting improve. This comes from somebody who hates awkward acting. :)

  69. 69 YOO

    i don’t know what i want . lol PD switch could be a good thing but we might get a marry stayed out all night thrown on our laps . i don’t like Kyu won being the one pining outside dance studios because the guy she likes is there pining after someone else . it sucks and it just seems out of character for the girl I’ve been into since episode One . i’d have rather she concetrated on doing her best for the play and interacting with Ki Young than being Shin’s errand girl . bet or no bet . draw a line already .

    PS ; i dare the PD to pair Ki Young and Hee Joo together ! i’ll never go anywhere near anything with his name on it .

  70. 70 skoko

    With all this talk about the dance professor and director…I believe it will have a big impact on the plot later on, after all we’re only on episode 5. However, I do agree that this drama is moving a little TOO slow, I feel like this KyuWon-KiYoung-LeeShin love triangle really needs to happen. Maybe episode 7? But actually, I think Shin is apready starting to like GyuWon, the fact that he put the post-it note on her at the bus stop, also buying her the coffee and writing the same thing.

    All in all, I’m really liking the whimsical feel of this drama!

  71. 71 Little Lulu

    I’m desperate. Anyone tell me where to watch this episode subbed?

    • 71.1 salma

      Drama crazy

  72. 72 FunnyBunny

    Hooray for Ki-young! I’m so glad the drama didn’t wait till the very end for him to succeed or at lest be back on track. I’m so curious about his story to the point I wish he has a separate drama about Ki-young. Plus it doesn’t hurt that he’s reeeeeaaally pretty ^_^

    Meh, yes Seok-hyun and Kyu-won are fun to watch, but the age difference is too big for me. He’s what, in his 30’s? and she’s supposed to be 19-20? That’s too awkward for me, sorry guys.

    On the side note I’m all for some Ki-young+Kyu-won!

  73. 73 Puffin

    This show is getting so boring and don’t know where the plot is heading to. I’ve just watched Episode 6, I skipped parts because KW is getting so annoying, chasing LS like crazy..

  74. 74 K@T@M!

    nice epi …..can’t wait for the next……..thnx for the recap

  75. 75 laya

    Omo, thank you for the recap!

  76. 76 Hang

    thanks a lot for the recaps. So far the plot is good, actors’ performance almost excellent and soundtrack great. But what appeals to me most in this drama is Kyu-won’s closet. I’m sooooooo into Shin-hye’s vintage style in this drama. LOVE.IT.

  77. 77 Autumn

    This episode was just meh. Way too many flashbacks, it makes me nervous that they don’t have enough script to fill up an episode. ergh.

    While I did enjoy of Shin’s angsty one-sided love, it is getting draggy and annoying now. I like KY so much better in this episode (not that I’ve ever hated him before but just didn’t get the rave), that scene where he sung at the club was awesome, and I love how S starting to feel uneasy with the extra competition (poor guy can’t catch a break).

    I’m still waiting for the S-GW-KY triangle to happen, we can throw HJ in there as well, just leave the professors out.

    Thanks for the recap.

  78. 78 azra

    i was wondering what’s the name of the song lee hyun jin; park shin hye; woori and yonghwa sing at different points of this ep.

    anyone knows?

  79. 79 moidiom

    Here are the couples I want to see: Kyu-won and Seok Hyun; Ki-young and “Natasha” (forgot her real character name just now). I guess this means Shin can have the downer professor, but really I just want them to go away.

    I was all ready to defend Jung Yong Hwa’s acting in the first four episodes. Granted, this is not his strength and I thought his acting was appropriate for the light tone of the first four episodes. I think all the accusations of him being a bad actor are proven right in episode 5! If you scroll to the middle of this recap, there are two pictures of him making the exact same face in two different scenes. His character and its poppy love seriously annoy me.

    More Seok Hyun please!

  80. 80 Julieann

    Oh my gosh, I thought the Ki Young’s scene was INCREDIBLE!!! The way he puts the emotion and actions together wow, made me tear up a little… :’)

    And Yonghwa has improved in his acting as well. :)

  81. 81 sahn

    DUDE. Am I the only one that thinks the dance teacher is seriously twisted for even taking that necklace in the first place?? That’s not a present you should receive from a STUDENT you moron.

    I liked the actress in Buhwal/Resurrection, but perhaps I was too young back then to realize that she was a horrible actress. I don’t think she even did the research for how a dancer moves. UGH.

    Sorry, mini rant.. just not a fan of this character.

    • 81.1 moidiom

      I’m with you on this! She is a needy b****!

  82. 82 lyn

    hey, this is a bit off.. but i’d like to know the title of the ending song for this episode? can’t find it. :(

  83. 83 jam

    there’s a chemistry within the prof. and kyu won.
    this series is nice but there’s a room for improvement. it would be more appealing to the audience if they less the scene between the supporting cast and emphasize kyu won and shin. it seems to me that the series has 4 lead casts!

  84. 84 Lilian

    This drama is definitely progressing well. I’m seeing a better flow and pace now compared to the neither here nor there first episode!

    And the music is great so far although it did feel weird seeing another guy sing while Shin played guitar only!
    Is the actor for the character ki young a singer too? Or just an actor, but like Kim Soo Hyun?

    This show totally reminds me of my love for Dream High! I love seeing young people work hard towards their dreams =D

  85. 85 Patricia

    Wow, just started watching this drama today. I’m hooked! Nearly catching up to ep 7 n_n
    I am not a big fan of the professor though…hope I can start to like her more…

    Just noticed the ratings and couldn’t believe how low they were but then I noticed this drama had same time slot as City Hunter, tough comp. Currently loving City Hunter (MinMin ♥ ♥ ♥) a lot but now also really like this one too! Hope this drama continues to be awesome!

  86. 86 Viki

    Ahh, if they are changing the direction of the drama ‘cuz of the low rating…I think they should now focus more on the development of Lee Shin and Kyu Won! Or at least put in Ki Young and Kyu Won hehehe…it would be a lot more interesting than focusing on that depressing ballerina teacher…eeek…

  87. 87 kimmi

    after a few eps in, i came to adore Kyu-won award bob hairstyle. I really want to run out and get the same style! i love the light waves, and the one side is longer then the other. The color is cute to, but its not for me! lol sorry i stray from the actual drama and instead just want to talk about Kyu-won hair but im seriously considering getting that style XD

  88. 88 SHY

    Anyone can tell me what is the title of the song for the part where the 3 of them sing together and then KiYoung sing later? Thanks…

  89. 89 Arniel

    Can you post the Korean (Hangeul) lyrics of what Ki Young sang? Please. I really wanna know that. I want to sing that in Korean even if I don’t understand it. Thanks! :))

  90. 90 Vanessa Aragon

    hi!dramabeans owners!can i ask if you have the hangul romanization version of the song that Ki-Young oppa sing in this episode..if you have it..can you please e-mail it to me..this is my email add.>vhanaragon@ymail.com…i will heartily appreciate it and send my gracious thanksgiving to you.Kamsahamnida!Please do reply to my request!God Bless!

  91. 91 znash

    hi what is the title of the song for this episode please do email her… znash.mrm@gmail.com tnx…

  92. 92 zhar

    What is the title of the song they (Lee Shin, Hee Joo and Kyu Won) sang during practice? And can somebody post the lyrics ( not the english but the romanized ) here and chords? thank you very much.

  93. 93 Alice

    I love these recaps :) They make me feel like i’m watching the real episodes! Thanks! <3

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