Drama Recaps
Can’t Lose: Episode 1
by | August 24, 2011 | 77 Comments

Can’t Lose premiered today on MBC, and was about what I expected: Light, cute, amusing, and with strong chemistry between the leads Choi Ji-woo and Yoon Sang-hyun.

Also as expected, though, it had a tough time hanging in the ratings game (it recorded a 6.2%) with two strong competitors on the rival stations. Princess’s Man, which premiered first, was also first in the ratings with 18.6%; Protect the Boss premiered a week later and brought in 16.3%. With both competitors established and going strong, it’s doubtful that Can’t Lose will be able to overtake them. I do hope that it keeps up its bright tone and is at least able to find an audience. If it breaks double digits I’ll consider that a success, given its circumstances.

FYI on the title: I’ve seen the clunkily translated “Can’t Live With Losing” floating around, which makes me cringe; the meaning is closer to “I can’t stand the idea of losing.”

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EPISODE 1 RECAP

We open at a train station, where LEE EUN-JAE (Choi Ji-woo) has arrived to meet her husband, YEON HYUNG-WOO (Yoon Sang-hyun), who’s been away on a business trip. Right away we see the tone of their marriage, which is marked by petty squabbles that are exasperating but on the whole fairly minor. Both sides are generally able to tamp down most of their irritation and move on, although it’s also clear that most of these issues are recurring ones, the kind where one small remark or eyeroll could set the long-standing argument in motion.

Today, Hyung-woo’s on the hook because he’s just tried to lie that he’s not on this train, citing unexpected work as his reason for taking a later train. But Eun-jae spots him, and hence his attempt to ditch their scheduled interview falls flat.

An example of what I see as fairly innocuous quibbling: Hyung-woo gets into Eun-jae’s trash-littered car and comments that he’s never seen such an expensive trash can before. Unperturbed, Eun-jae tosses back, “And it rolls, too!” It’s cute.

The reason for the attempt to skip the interview? It’s one of those fluffy profile pieces on the husband-and-wife law firm named Hope, and Hyung-woo finds this tiring and irritating, so his answers are gruff and blunt. Eun-jae says through gritted teeth that her husband is just modest, and proceeds to tell the story of how they met:

It was at a baseball game, the day Hyung-woo had submitted his resignation letter to his law firm. She’d been sitting next to him, and they’d been chatting over some contraband liquor when the Jumbotron screen caught them in its sights and demanded a kiss, mistaking them for a couple. Hyung-woo had been uncomfortable, but Eun-jae had grabbed him and planted a kiss on him, saying that the crowd expected it.

From there, it was a whirlwind romance as they bonded over their mutual profession and dropped to banmal speech by the first date.

Two weeks in, he’d proposed. He’d announced his intention to set up his own firm and help the needy, and Eun-jae had offered to be his partner. She’d assured him that she’d bring in the money, so he could fight for justice. They were married within a month of their initial meeting.

Today, though, the mood is annoyed — aggravated in part by Hyung-woo ditching Eun-jae mid-interview with an excuse. He gets back to work helping an employee in a labor lawsuit, doing what he does best — offering his legal expertise at reduced (or sometimes negligible) rates to help those who can’t afford it.

That night, they arrive at their apartment together, and now it’s Eun-jae’s time to be on the hook, because she hurries ahead of him to try to clean up. In the few days that he’s been gone, she hasn’t bothered to clean up after herself, and he’s amazed that a single person could create so much mess.

His idea of helpful reminders are to stick post-its reminding Eun-jae to keep the place tidy, which she ignores. Their argument soon falls into a familiar script, with Eun-jae declaring, “So I’m messy — so what?” and muttering about how he hardly helps because he’s lousy at earning money.

As the tension escalates, Hyung-woo walks out of the argument while she utters an oft-said request: “Let’s have a conversation!”

Hyung-woo drinks beer outside a convenience store, then joins his friend GO KI-CHAN (a hilarious Kim Jung-tae) for soju. (Cutely, Ki-chan is stored in Hyung-woo’s phone as “Go Ki,” or “meat.”)

Ki-chan has marital issues of his own, and is bubbling with complaints about his wife, KIM YOUNG-JOO (Jo Mi-ryung). At one point, he exclaims adorably, “Two different people living together is a very difficult thing!” as though he’s just made a new discovery. You and half the world, buddy.

He’s also got a money issue, and asks Hyung-woo to loan him some cash. His father’s sick, and he’s got no spare funds — plus, if wife Young-joo found out, he’d be in the doghouse again. Hyung-woo agrees to lend him the 10 million won (just under 10 grand), and Ki-chan weeps in gratitude.

When wifey calls to check on him, he lies at first until she catches him in it, then admits that he’s with Hyung-woo. When the argument escalates, he ends up shouting into his phone, “Fine, then divorce me! I’m not scared of that threat anymore!”

On the other hand, wife Young-joo calls out Eun-jae to vent her own complaints about her husband. This is another case where it seems like the marriage isn’t under one particular strain, but has become burdened with heaps of little ones.

At the core of their issues is his generally lackluster work history; he’d tried and repeatedly failed to pass the civil service exam, and ended up taking a regular desk job after he married. But now he’s lost that job, and decides he’s going to go back to trying for the civil service exam, while Young-joo has become the primary breadwinner over the years.

Young-joo asks Eun-jae to handle her divorce, determined to finally make good on her threats. Eun-jae understands her complaints perfectly and gets a little carried away empathizing, talking more about her own frustrations than Young-joo’s.

The night leads both parties to a noraebang, where they vent in song form, shrieking along to the song “Bruise,” which is all about one half of a relationship telling the other half that they don’t know what love is.

The mood is still tense between them when they arrive home, but in the morning, Eun-jae finds the place spic and span. Sparkling, even. Hyung-woo has gotten up early to clean the place, and he’s preparing breakfast with a smile.

He suggests that they leave yesterday’s argument in the past, and his explanation highlights their differences: He says that if he’d stayed in the apartment, they would just have fought more. She counters that they should have stayed until they worked it out. It’s one of those things that’s immensely frustrating when you have different fighting styles, because neither way of resolving an argument is better than the other. It’s just that one’s needs (get away to calm down) are at odds with the other’s (work it out in the moment).

She’s mollified, and even more gratified when she sees that he cleaned out her messy car as well. Until she realizes that he threw out a box in the back that contained receipts, and now she’s upset all over again and makes him dig through the trash to retrieve it. His sweet gesture has been eclipsed by the fact that he almost made her life incredibly difficult, and she snits at him not to mess with her things anymore, while he complains that if she were cleaner, he wouldn’t have to.

When they part ways that morning, it’s with an edge. Eun-jae: “Bye, Can’t Earn Money.” Hyung-woo: “Work hard, Earn More Money.”

At court, Hyung-woo runs across an elderly man who looks utterly confused and asks for directions to see a judge, which is not proper legal procedure. Hyung-woo offers to look through his documents for him, and his face soon darkens to read the bad news.

The grandpa guesses that he’s being kicked out of his home, and breaks down crying. Hyung-woo feels so bad for him that he offers to handle the appeal on a pro bono basis, making light of the non-payment by saying he takes cases for the joy of winning. The grandpa asks, “But what if we lose?” Hyung-woo: “I’m a guy who can’t stand to lose!”

Grandpa is so overwhelmed with gratitude and sorry that he can’t afford payment that he gives Hyung-woo the only thing he can offer: cooked potatoes.

Hyung-woo knows he’s in for an uphill climb trying to convince Eun-jae to let him take on the case, so he presents her with a potato (her favorite) and plays up the sympathy card, cutting off her protests.

It’s only after she takes a bite that he tells her that the pro bono grandpa was the source, and she immediately stops eating and places it on the table, marking stand-off.

She argues that they can’t keep taking cases for no money, and that he’s always making her into the villain by making her refuse. He tries to plead with her to relent just this once, but she warns that she never changes her mind once it’s made up.

That night, the spouses head off to work out their woes separately — Eun-jae to the bar and Hyung-woo to the boxing ring.

The hot bartender (Ha Suk-jin) lends a sympathetic ear, but I smell potentially opportunistic interest here. When she complains about the unfairness of always having to change, he leans closer and tells her that he likes her the way she is right now. She gripes — a mostly empty complaint — that maybe it would be better off living alone.

Meanwhile, when Hyung-woo’s friend plays devil’s advocate about Eun-jae, and how he used to feel differently, Hyung-woo replies, “Marriage has the curious ability to turn charms into flaws.” Ha, ain’t that the truth.

He muses to himself later that the Eun-jae he used to know has disappeared, wistful to have her back.

She comes home reeking of liquor, and collapses on the couch. Hyung-woo tries to rouse her, and gets a slap in the face when she turns over sleepily.

He puts her to bed and leaves the room, at which point Eun-jae opens her eyes and smiles that the slap was refreshingly satisfying. Only to find that Hyung-woo had guessed she was faking, and stands there watching. Hee.

In the morning, he begins his campaign to change her mind about the pro bono case, making her breakfast and sneaking a potato into her rice bowl. HA. That’s so cute, in that eating a potato ultimately has nothing to do with her stance, but has taken on a symbolic undertone.

He tries to woo her all the way to work, being particularly solicitous and opening doors. It’s like they’re back in dating mode, only Eun-jae’s wise to his plan and isn’t buying it.

They miss seeing Eun-jae’s mother on their way into the Hope law firm; she keeps out of sight and gives Eun-jae a call, only to be treated with coolness. They’ve been estranged for some time, and although we aren’t given the reason, it appears to be Mom’s fault. Eun-jae rebuffs this attempt at conversation, which seems to be a familiar song and dance for mother and daughter.

And then, another mother makes her appearance, this one dressed in finery and holding herself with a haughty air. She enters Eun-jae’s mother’s noodle restaurant and notes the cheapness of everything here — which naturally gets Eun-jae’s mother’s temper flaring.

Eun-jae’s mother is more along the lines of a regular ajumma, the kind who doesn’t take crap from people and scolds them, customer or no.

And so, she kicks Rich Mom out of her restaurant with insults. Rich Mom talks like a lawyer’s wife (or perhaps mother), saying that the restaurant lady has just used violence against her and defamatory language.

Rich Mom: “You must not know much about the law.” Ajumma: “Why wouldn’t I? I’m extremely close to the law!” Rich Mom: “Surely not as close as me.”

Ajumma fight!

Sure enough, this turns out to be Hyung-woo’s mother, who calls Eun-jae that night. Eun-jae makes an excuse to avoid having to meet her mother-in-law…only to find her waiting outside the building, eyeing her disapprovingly.

Stuck in her lie, Eun-jae is forced to invite her up, although she tries to fob her off and divert her to a restaurant instead.

Eun-jae quickly fires off warning texts to Hyung-woo, who’s working at home. She tells him that Mom’s here and that she’d told her he was at the office.

He jumps at her warning and runs outside to avoid seeing Mom, but alas, timing is not on their side and he’s caught red-handed. Both of them stand contritely before Mom as she takes them to task for their behavior, but Hyung-woo speaks up to defend his wife and says that it’s Mom’s fault for insisting on coming by unannounced.

Mom is here because she wants him to handle the legal work of her buying another building, but he reminds her of his rule not to handle her business.

Mom then tells Eun-jae to drop by to advise her on a retail contract. Eun-jae isn’t as much a stickler as Hyung-woo is about not working for her, but when she asks for a fee — citing division of business and personal matters — Mom huffs at the cheek.

After Mom-in-law goes, Eun-jae asks hesitantly if he’s mad at her for lying to Mom in her attempt to avoid inviting her in. It’s like she’s actually surprised he took her side earlier, and she’s even more now so when he tells her that his mom’s quite good at making people want to avoid her.

Moved, she plants a kiss on his cheek, to his pleased surprise. He gets up and goes for a real kiss, which she enjoys despite interrupting a few times. Tired of her talk, he sweeps her off her feet (literally) and deposits her on the bed.

All flustered and hurrying, he fumbles through the dresser drawer for contraception, but they’re all out. He urges her to “let it go” this time, but she isn’t about to get pregnant before their law firm is settled, and tells him to go buy more condoms. Frustrated, he yells at her to buy them, and walks off, the mood killed.

Hyung-woo gets back to work, but has a second thought and starts typing away in a new document, a smile on his face.

In the morning, Eun-jae looks around for Hyung-woo in the empty apartment, finding only a “written judgment” taped up to the refrigerator. Typed up like a legal document, Hyung-woo has named himself (“Can’t Earn Money”) the defendant, while his wife (“Earn More Money”) is the plaintiff.

In the text, he has acknowledged, “In the past year, Plaintiff Earn More Money has worked very hard trying to adjust to Defendant Can’t Earn Money.” That earns a smile from her, and she recalls that today is their wedding anniversary. He’s prepared a breakfast for her.

Eun-jae arrives at the office to find her husband in mid-confrontation with the elderly man’s daughter, who’s so suspicious at Hyung-woo taking the case for free that she is convinced he’s up to a con.

The daughter is wracked with guilt, since the housing contract was in her name. She’d been advised to do so, but that has backfired on them (she married and the plaintiff is arguing that the home no longer belongs to Dad, and hence he can be evicted). But since they lost the first case, there’s no sign that they’d win the appeal. Hyung-woo promises to work hard and make sure her father won’t suffer, while she sobs about fearing for her father’s health above all else.

At this point, Eun-jae speaks up and tells her that the best way to keep Dad healthy is to protect the house he lives in. With confidence, she assures the daughter that Hyung-woo’s a skilled lawyer.

Hyung-woo is amazed and relieved at Eun-jae’s turnaround, and her show of faith in him, reminding her of her boast that she never turns back on her word. She replies that she’s not going back on it — not if he wins. “So you’d better win.”

Remembering that it’s their anniversary, he asks what she’d like to do tonight. She muses that she’d like to go someplace she’s never been before, and he teases, “Our kitchen?” Ha. I can laugh at that because he clearly means it as a joke, but if he’d been in earnest… heads would’ve rolled. Well, one head.

Eun-jae receives a call from their landlord informing her that their rent is being increased, which requires a higher deposit. She protests the high amount, but hurriedly backtracks when he tells her that her other option is to move out.

So she takes out her bank book, sighing at the balance, then heads to Hyung-woo’s office to find his. Her eyes widen to see the latest withdrawal — 10 million won, loaned to Ki-chan — and she confronts him about the amount.

Judging that telling her the truth would make her angrier, Hyung-woo lies that he lost the amount in stocks. Perhaps he judged right, because while she’s annoyed at his response, she just tells him about the increased rent and the amount they need to come up with.

Hyung-woo cringes to realize what a crunch he’s put himself in, then decides which lie to go with and tells her that he’s got some money tucked away, not to worry. Then he heads to the bank to take out a loan…and sees something that makes his eyes widen in shock.

This time he’s the one who confronts her with incriminating paperwork, showing her the bank document and telling her to find what’s wrong with it. She looks, and sees what has him in such druthers — she’s listed not as his wife, but as his roommate.

Oops. Immediately her guilty expression indicates that there’s a story here, a secret she hadn’t meant for him to find out, as he demands, “Why didn’t you register our marriage?”

He clocks her odd reaction, then asks with growing suspicion, “Is there a special reason? Or perhaps…did you intentionally not do it?”

Innnnteresting.

 
COMMENTS

So. I liked the first episode, in that it was funny and well-acted and the two characters are very cute together. More than that, I like their conflict, which seems realistic: You’ve found someone you love and want to be with…it’s just that the literal aspect of being with them all the time can be a trial. He has tiny habits that grate on your nerves, but is that a reason to call it quits? It’s irritating how he never does laundry, but then you never take out the trash. He snores, but she hogs the bed. Et cetera…

I like that the troubles feel normal and everyday, albeit exaggerated a bit since they do have to sustain a drama. But clearly it’s going to take something bigger than their normal squabbles to push them toward divorce, and the ending gives us that twist. And if you’ve never been officially married, it’s all the easier to walk away from a frustrating relationship than to tough it out, isn’t it?

The drama does a good job balancing the faults on both sides, which is always the danger in presenting marital spats. It’s something I don’t think was done quite as well in Queen of Housewives or Queen of Reversals, but it’s also because those were clearly heroine-driven narratives. In this one, we’re meant to see both sides, and it’s not one side’s flaws that are creating tension. She may be less benevolent than him with his bleeding heart, but really, if they were both like him they’d have trouble clothing and feeding themselves. One of them needs to be practical, and as she says, that sometimes makes her into the bad guy. But in his defense, he’s got no trouble making the effort to reconcile and keep the peace. It’s just that they’re different, and that’s why they clash so much.

Now it’s up to the series to come up with compelling reasons for Eun-jae not registering their marriage, and for keeping this drama going. Because while the first episode was fast-paced and entertaining, I’m not convinced there’s enough of a plot yet. Episode 1 was mostly establishment of conflict and setup. It’ll be up to the next episode to show us there’s enough life here to keep up 16 episodes.

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77 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. melovekdramaalot

    w.o.w “wow” this can’t be bad

  2. deasy

    Yoon Sang HYun ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  3. puddingpie

    omg, didn’t expect DB will recap this!
    Thanks so much javabeans!

  4. thirteen

    I would have thought that Choi Jiwoo’s drama would rake up larger figures in terms of audience

    • 4.1 yourstruly629

      Well her last two kdramas, A Star’s lover and Air City both didn’t do very well either. These days it’s harder to guarantee ratings just because a Hallyu star’s in it. I think they might have done better in Japan.

      • 4.1.1 Smurf

        I think Episode 2 will have even lower rating!!!

        • 4.1.1.1 sarahJ

          Nope. The rating for ep 2 went up from 6.2% to 6.9%, a 10% increase.

    • 4.2 capscorp

      yay the princess’ man number one in rating.. i m totally in love with it… downright addicted to the princess’s man…

  5. laya

    I have a question. What is with these K-dramas and potatoes? :D

    Hrm, I’ll wait a while before passing judgment on this one. I’m still high on YFFM :D

    • 5.1 bishbash

      potatoes are the new crack in 2011 ;p

      • 5.1.1 laya

        looks like it. Everyone wants potatoes. :D

  6. Star Girl

    Agh so many dramas to watch :P

    Btw random question how come you guys arnt recapping protect the boss?

    • 6.1 mimi

      MTE

      • 6.1.1 craziluver

        koala’s playground is recapping Protect the Boss. You might wanna check their website.

    • 6.2 …………….. ^__^

      Dont push it
      She doesnt want to do it

      and dont ask her for it

      Just let it go and appreciate her interest in THIS drama and her hardwork.

      /signed a PTB watcher who isnt watching Cant Lose but is reading JB/GF’s awesome recaps

    • 6.3 zoe

      I kno, quite surprising to miss such a great drama…amean its like the best drama currently airing with amazing actors. Not that am asking them to recap it, i am watching it anyway and loving it but i would love to read jb/gf’s recaps of PTB.

      • 6.3.1 belie

        I’m glad they recap this series instead.
        Protect the Boss is horrible to me.

        • 6.3.1.1 aslinn

          2nd that…PTB is a waste of time and actors. Thxs for recap.

        • 6.3.1.2 1234

          Hm..i think ptb is really entertaining.
          i wasn’t as interested in it because of the summary of the plot but then i just gave it a chance because of the high ratings, and i was not disappointed.
          literally enjoyed every moment. The characters are unique.
          I’ve watched many many dramas..and i’ve never laughed so much from a rom-com.

        • 6.3.1.3 …………….. ^__^

          protect the boss is easily the best romcom of 2011

  7. taripandita

    I’m sold at “she’d bring in the money, so he could fight for justice” so many things hit too close to home, and the thing with the kitchen too. Thanks JB, off to watch now.

  8. kaedejun

    huh. just based on the screencaps alone i’m interested. Choi Ji Woo with the crazy facial expressions? (or perhaps they were just really good screencaps at the moment) and Kim Jung Tae sounds whiny and naive – which sounds adorable for me!

    • 8.1 Cynthia

      I watched this yesterday – JB’s recap (as usual) is a good one.

      There’s something different about CJW’s acting in this one. I’d hazard to guess that she’s confident enough to show more of her true self in this role and it’s being reflected in her snappy, quick dialogue and her expressive facial reactions. I’m not too sure how to say what I mean, other than she (to me) is coming off as more viscerally in-the-moment and not being “The Famous Actress” that she is. She’s approachable and contemporary, here, unlike her turn in Star’s Lover.

      I’m wondering at this point if her turn on 2N1D was a sort of life-changer for her – I know that it was a real eye-opener in my own perception of who and what she is as an actor and personality. A positive experience, all around.

      • 8.1.1 asianromance

        I agree. She feels really fresh this time around and definitely more approachable!

  9. Alvina

    I EXTREMELY enjoyed the various facial expressions in this drama. While I dont see this sustaining a long and interesting conflict (plot) in the long run, it’s probably a drama I can drop in on from time to time and still enjoy :D

    After all, who would want to miss goody goody pro-bono taking lawyer husband when he’s such a cutie ^_^

  10. 10 Ann

    I’m really enjoy watch 1st episode.
    Oppa so cute super husband / Jiwoo totally different I love her more and more….super cute indeed !!

    many thanks for the quick recap….you make non-Korean much much better understanding the story…

    Big Thanks !!!

  11. 11 Laeah

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 12 Ani

    They really do make a cute couple. I hope they can keep this drama going. Hey, there have been dramas before that started out in the single digits and slowly made its way to the top. But that all depends on the next couple of episodes. Anyways, Yoon Sang-hyun HWAITING! Choi Ji-woo Fighting!

  13. 13 katlyp

    totally in tone with the Jdrama Sasaki Fusai Battle! loving it… tx for the recap… :P

  14. 14 well....

    please keep recapping this series ><absolutely no pressure,tho :)

  15. 15 bea

    thanks for the recap!! never mind the ratings. just enjoy the show.. wohoooo love this couple so much!! hahaha

  16. 16 Ani Setiawan

    thanks for recap

  17. 17 Noelle

    I liked it. Now I gotta wait for the subs.

  18. 18 nonski

    been waiting for this, thanks!

    Choi Ji Woo and Yoon Sang Hyun… way to go!

  19. 19 craziluver

    i hope this drama wont be another Lie to Me drama which started really well but went downhill midway through its run. please be good, i was really anticipating for this drama.

  20. 20 Jadebabe:)

    Yeah, its up. It’s up against some tough competitors.

  21. 21 Smurf

    One kick and three smacks for Episode 1. For Episode 2, I guess 2 kicks and one black eye!!

  22. 22 jyiskool

    i love the chemistry between them. and yoon sang hyun <3

  23. 23 Christine

    Enjoyed the 1st episode. Thanks for the recap dramabeans.

  24. 24 yourin

    why the storyline is kinda similar to japanese drama
    http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Sasaki_Fusai_no_Jingi_Naki_Tatakai

    • 24.1 Anvesha

      because it’s ‘loosely’ based on that drama :)

      • 24.1.1 shikurai17

        Was that it? I was thinking it was similar to the Jdrama.

  25. 25 via

    Yess… thank you for recaping this drama Javabeans.. I hope the rating will increasing.. this drama is have potentially good.. in OTP and on the script.. so far love the interaction between our OTP, Choi Ji woo and Yoon Sang Hyun..

  26. 26 lucille

    Just recently watched ep.1 without sub coz cant really wait.. watching only CJW and YSH body language, actions, and emotions is hilarious; how much more if i can understand what they are saying (so DB thanks for the recaps)… i can say that i’m HOOKED for this series.. DEFINITELY A MUST WATCH… It may not be as romantic as SeGa/couple but i like the chemistry of CJW/YSH plus the comedy factor… cant help laughing on the entire ep 1.. hoping for the succeeding episodes to be funny and hilarious…cant wait… hahaha.

    For 2011, this will be my 1st kdrama which im hooked with the start of ep 1 only (the last time was in SeGa, cant seem to watch new drama after SeGa) I just jumped from ep to ep or stopped watching at all for the 2011 line up and just watched previous HJW dramas or previous dramas/movies that are worth watching…

  27. 27 yong in

    i’ll just read the recaps here for now. I can’t divide my attention with PTB, Princess’ Man, and this [then there's SOAW and then MYTS]. lol.

    thanks for this!

  28. 28 conan

    I think I will watch this drama. I’m looking for something light and funny. Soooo excited!

  29. 29 mjfan

    It looks great and very interesting , am gonna watch it for sure , hope it makes better ratings , Choi Ji-woo Fighting!!!

  30. 30 Hannah25

    It looks like a potentially interesting rom-com but I will probably leave it for later viewing – “The Princess’ Man” is my Wed-Thu drama and I am totally loving it, the plot, the characters, the angst…

    • 30.1 capscorp

      yes totally…. i love the princess’ man number In ratings yessss…fighting…

  31. 31 Terubotsu

    Really excited to see Yoon Sang Hyun playing the lead for the second time and taking on a rather different role. Although watching the 1st episode without understanding the dialogue, the body language alone tells a pretty good story. Hope that its ratings will do much better as the story develops. Go, Yoon Sang Hyun, go!

  32. 32 sy

    Thanks so much for your recaps! :)

  33. 33 Smurf

    Episode 2 is even more sucks!! Both the PD and writer ought to get fire!! They are wasting the talent of CJW and YSH!!

  34. 34 misheru

    YESSSSS! I’ve been looking fwd to this drama… I will be watching it for sure!!! :)
    ♪…happy happy joy joy…♪

    • 34.1 Smurf

      Wait till you watch it, then tell me whether you watch thru it the whole time, and never reach the remote to fast forward it!!

      In fact, I have hit the fast forward button couple of times while watching it live because their quarrel simply too annoying!! Hahaha….

      • 34.1.1 jeezvive

        i think you would save a lot of energy if you just skip this drama. Just my opinion. If by episode 2 you are still not happy with what you are seeing, chances are you wont be any happier from watching succeeding episodes. Saw your comments even from the previous post and you have been very very unhappy, save your energy for a more worthy cause.

        Me, just loving every minute of the drama! Looking forward to more bickering from our very argumentative and cant afford to lose lawyer couple. Also why would anyone be surprised with too much bickering? That is how mbc described this drama from the start.

        • 34.1.1.1 sizzle

          Just ignore Smurf, he calls himself a JW fan but I think he’s anti. He’s been kicked and blocked by Starjiwoo and Soompi too many times. His yapping is getting really old, the same stuff every time.

          I enjoyed episode 1 immensely, acting a little over the top but that’s why I liked it. Some people like dry humor but I prefer body gag, silly humor.

  35. 35 tonto

    As usual, Choi Ji Woo looks amazing and appears from the review to be making the grade artistically. I hope the ratings pick up. One person I worry about is the great veteran actress, Kim Ja Ok, who is far too little and cute to be scrapping in the street with that other ajumma. Although I’ve both loved and hated her characters at times throughout many dramas, please don’t let anything bad happen to her. She’s one of K-dramas greatest treasures…:)

  36. 36 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap!!

    I love how how both Eun-jae and Hyung-woo have their faults and bad habits! For a moment, I thought they were going to dump all the faults at Hyung-woo’s door.

    I’m curious to see how the story will be sustained!

  37. 37 perking

    I love can’t lose, Yoon Sang-hyun and Choi Ji-woo are so adorable. I watch it and rewatch it right away while waiting for 2nd ep. thanks for the recap, surprised me when seeing JB doing it.

  38. 38 Rachael

    Haha, I suspect this will be doubly entertaining for me as I’ve watched the Japanese version and still remember the majority of the plot eb and flow. A tad excited for this. Also the condom part was hilarious.

  39. 39 MeeisLee

    Oh Yay :). Javabeans is recapping. The less fortunate of us still have to wait for subtitles D:.

    I don’t know if I’ll be able to take Yoo Sang Hyun seriously after seeing his as famous Hallyu star Oska ;). I’m loving the light and rom-com fare from the drama world this month (Myung Wol the Spy, Protect the Boss). I like my cliches, though, dramas have been turning the cliches around, which is even better. I hoping for the same with this drama :).

  40. 40 potatoesack

    First, thank you , gracias, kumapsumnida, xiexie, to Javabeans for recapping the first episode. Hope to see more episodes here.

    Secondly, the potatoe scenes are just my favorites. I cracked up laughing so hard when the potato ended up inside Eun Jae’s rice bowl the next morning. Haha..way to go to win an argument, Oska.

    Another funny scene for me is the time when Eun Jae kicked her husband in the shin. haha..who does that to their own husband? haaha

    Taking away all his credit cards is hilarious too because he knew her too well that he hid one in his pocket. haha..please bring in more hubby/wifey manipulations, so long not over the board with the lies/deceptions.

  41. 41 Minnetter

    Yoon Sang Hyun is a crack up^^ And here he’s not being a playboy! perhaps he’ll escape that typecast thanks to this drama! :)

  42. 42 Em

    Wow, I never thought I would find YSH handsome but he looks really good in this drama.
    Will watch it for the laughs!

    • 42.1 Ani

      Really? I thought he was handsome in Lady Castle/Protect my Lady/My Fair Lady. Than again, only a few of us noticed him in that because everyone else was fawning over Jung Il-woo in that.

      • 42.1.1 Em

        I thought he was so annoying in My Fair Lady that I couldn’t even finish watching that drama. Maybe because I wanted YEH to get together with JIW so badly.

        After seeing this one though, I have seen the light!

  43. 43 dee

    cute.. I like that it tells story about live after marriage, but in a very cute way. can’t wait for the next episode. thank you java beans for a very good recap.

  44. 44 Abbie

    This is good! I really like it! But I don’t get the ending? In Korea, you have to go to City Hall to register your marriage? Why? Is that the same here in America? I have no idea.

    But the ending is interesting? If she didn’t register them, does that mean they’re not really married? That they’ve been living in sin? I wonder what her reason is.

    Also, the guy that plays Hyung-woo, is that the buy from Iris? Because it looks like him a bit, but minus a mustache.

    Thanks for the recap, JB! I hope you and GF don’t give this one up! I’m really interested and want to know what happens next!

  45. 45 Johnandvan

    Thanks for the recaps the dialogue is so snappy/witty.

  46. 46 calla

    am watching it raw & enjoying it….luv both of them! thnx for recap JB, at least even if i’m watching w/o sub coming here to read your recap gives me an idea what’s going on with the drama! so far so good! i hope the ratings improve – i think it should pick up!
    woah choi ji seems prettier & ageless!

  47. 47 JJJ

    I am wondering if YSH will sing the OST for this drama. Anyone know?

  48. 48 U.K.Chick

    I love you guys but why aren’t you doing ‘Protect the boss’ and this instead :”’( PTB is sooo hilarious!

    • 48.1 1234

      Agreed!

      i had my doubts ( like i do with every drama ), since i tend to be picky with them.
      But protect the boss is a breath of fresh air, unique from other rom coms in many ways.

  49. 49 babyfat

    my favorite actress is back – but there is no chemistry w/ the lead- romantic way nada, zippp ! he’s a fun and good actor but there are strong competitors out there now . Scent of a woman is going strong , protect the boss is rising fast and the delectable ” Myung Wol Spy ” where Choi’s ex Lee Jin Wook is now flaming hot . As all of these dramas have improved by each episode and bring all the ammunition – Can’t lose might be cannot win unless some magical way they can bring in Bae Yong Joon – but anyway that would be another drama , I still love Choi

  50. 50 dare

    i really enjoy ep 1, but just have to wonder, how could both lawyers get married for a whole year and both mom have not met before.

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