Drama Recaps
Can’t Lose: Episode 3
by | August 31, 2011 | 63 Comments

This show’s a great pick-me-up because while the conflict goes from bad to worse, the drama itself stays light and fun, which I appreciate. It’s a nice reprieve from the other series I’m watching lately, which are pretty much the embodiment of doom and gloom. The couple remains delightfully bickering and cute, but mostly just very human and relatable.


Hyung-woo ditches mom and wife at the airport, leaving both of them fuming in his wake. Way to end up in the double doghouse in one blow, buddy.

Mom acknowledges that Eun-jae doesn’t exactly have it easy being married to that fool, and Eun-jae complains a little too much, till Mom has to remind her that he’s still her son. Oops. That’s a trap.

Everyone goes their separate ways and Mom calls Hyung-woo. She’s basically like, I know you’re my son, but you’re an ass. Haha.

He calls Eun-jae in a panic (oh NOW you’re worried?) but she hangs on up on him right away. He sees her pull up next to his bus in a cab and gets her attention, but seems to somehow miss the point that she’d rather not see his face right now.

Eun-jae goes straight home and raids his closet for revenge. She throws all his clothes into a suitcase and stomps on it for good measure, and kicks it to the curb. Or, the hallway, since it’s a high-rise.

Hyung-woo meanwhile goes to meet his mother-in-law at her noodle shop. He suddenly remembers that back when they were dating, Eun-jae had an aversion to noodles, the reason for which he now understands.

She proudly shows off her son-in-law to the other shop ladies, and Hyung-woo consults them on the new property owner’s insistence that they vacate the building. He assures them that they’re still protected for five years under the previous contract, so there’s no way the new owner can kick them out. Wanna bet your wife’s about to find a loophole there?

Pleased as punch, Mom calls… Mom to have her come and sign a new contract, but having just been ditched at the airport by her son, she’s in no mood to deal, and hangs up, just before hearing Hyung-woo’s voice on the other end of the line. This is going to be so awkward later.

Mom gushes over him, wondering who raised him so well and gave him to her as a son-in-law, in the same breath after cursing her landlady. Ha.

He rushes home knowing that Eun-jae is stewing, but he doesn’t realize how bad it is until he gets to his front door and finds his suitcase in the hall… and the lock code changed. Well THAT’s a message.

Eun-jae sits on the couch, readying herself for war, as Hyung-woo goes through all the possible new codes, like his birthday, her birthday, their wedding anniversary. None of them works.

She sneaks up to the door and watches him through the peephole, shrinking back when he does the same. He thinks and thinks, and then a light bulb goes off. He presses 0000, and presto, the door opens.

Eun-jae jumps back in shock, and he tsk-tsks at her simplicity in choosing such a ridiculous lock code. Heh.

She doesn’t back down though, and tells him to get out. He stupidly stays silent about going to meet her mother, because she asked him to keep it a secret. But really in this dire position, you ought to just come out with it, no?

All their recent friction comes back to the surface and he tells her that she’ll come to understand someday. She wonders why wait around for that day? Why should they live together then?

She starts pushing him toward the door, shouting for him to get out, and he struggles to hold his ground and swerves out of the way when she lunges at him… which sends her toppling to the floor.

His jaw drops in shock and he rushes over to check on her, but she totally overreacts, accusing him of resorting to violence. Ha. Who’s the one who lunged? But she’s so worked up that she can’t go backwards now.

She shouts, “Let’s get a divorce! Right now!”

This time she goes to reach for her bag to walk out, and he tries to stop her. She whirls around with her big purse, knocking him straight in the face by accident…

And he turns around with a bloody nose. They both stare dumbfounded, as he ekes out, “Is this… blood?” She tells him to press charges if he feels wronged, and storms out.

He runs after her and searches the complex, but she’s nowhere to be found. He sits at the playground and talks into his recorder, saying that it’s become the worst case scenario, that they’re not even on speaking terms, and today he even saw blood. Heh.

Hyung-woo continues to look for her, calling all three of their employees one after the other, not realizing that they’re all sitting right next to each other. They sigh that the lawyer couple is at it again.

Eun-jae is of course hiding out at her bar, throwing darts to get some of her aggression out. She pictures Hyung-woo’s face in the center of the dartboard, which helps to motivate her.

Hot Bartender (whose name is yet to surface, so I will continue to call him Hot Barkeep or some variant thereof) comes in to work and finds Eun-jae deep in the throes of dart angst. He asks why she isn’t in Japan right now, which just makes her angrier.

Hyung-woo goes to fight out some of his anger in the boxing ring with his buddy Soju, who advises him not to fight so much, or he’ll really end up divorced. He gets a punch in the face for that comment.

Meanwhile Eun-jae vents all her frustrations while knocking back shots, and wonders if she really ought to just divorce him, saying it more like a threat to teach him a lesson.

Hot Barkeep gets all worked up and blurts out that he just might beat the crap out of her husband if she keeps talking this way (as in, telling him how badly he’s treating her).

She laughs that he ought to invite her along so she can watch, in no way taking him seriously. Aw, the poor kid. She’s practically pinching his cheeks.

But Hyung-woo always manages to come around and be the good hubby, and he waits all night on their front stoop for her to come home. She stumbles out of a taxi in her drunken haze, and refuses his help, so he just follows behind her with his arms stretched out.

She gets to their door and tries their old lock code, too drunk to remember that she changed it. She accuses him of changing it and not informing her, and then makes fun of him for choosing 0000 like a simpleton. Hee.

She asks for a coke and when he says he’ll bring her water instead, it sets her off, and she starts crying like a little kid. Startled, he comes over thinking she’s crying over the events of the day, but she just wails, “You never listen to me! I said I wanted cola~~~!” Hahaha.

He laughs and brings her the coke and she sucks it down, crying for another one, this time wailing that she’s not going to live with him if he doesn’t give her a cola. He envelops her in a hug and just holds her as she cries, finally getting that this isn’t about cola.

She cries on his shoulder, wailing like a little girl, and he hugs her and pats her back. It’s adorable.

The next morning Eun-jae wakes up… in naked Hyung-woo’s arms. Her eyes dart open as she realizes she doesn’t know how they ended up that way, and she lifts the covers to check just how naked he is.

Judging from her reaction? Pretty damn nekkid.

She quickly rewinds to last night, when he hugged her. She stopped crying, and he wiped her tears, affectionately calling her stupid, and then kissed her. She was still mad enough to pull away at first, but then a minute later, they were making out.

Back in the present, she shakes her head in disbelief and wonders if it wasn’t a dream. Hyung-woo wakes up, happy as you please, “It wasn’t a dream.” She gets out of bed and storms off in a huff, still angry but now totally without steam because they’ve already had make-up sex, which deflates her whole angry silent treatment thing.

He happily chitchats over breakfast, while she still cringes, half embarrassed and half still angry. She declares last night an accident, and tells him that she’s still angry, so their fight isn’t over.

But as expected, he just coos at her mockingly. Under her breath, she swears off liquor forever. Ha.

At the store they end up fighting over a bag of chips, and Eun-jae pops them open as soon as they get home, insisting that she’s going to eat them all herself. They explode all over the place, so she ends up having to eat them off the couch to save face.

Hyung-woo notices their fridge stocked with side dishes from his mom, and remembers that she’s probably just as angry at him. He suggests they go eat dinner at mom’s tonight, and Eun-jae refuses, so he heads out to go alone.

Outside he calls Mom, but she informs him that she’s in Jeju, while chewing him out as expected. He turns back around to go home, but then his phone rings again. He picks up thinking it’s Mom, but another voice startles him.

It’s HEE-SOO (Lee Soo-kyung), the ex who’s been calling him lately. She asks him to meet. Here we go…

He arrives outside the restaurant and looks in, his eyes betraying unresolved feelings. He finds her depressed and drinking quite a lot, and asks if something’s the matter. She admits that she probably shouldn’t have called him, clearly having been the one to break his heart, but he dismisses it as no big deal.

The reason she called is that she needs some legal advice. She’s a reporter at a big paper, and voiced some complaints about sexual harassment at work – female employees being treated differently, especially at office parties and dinners where they’re told to pour drinks for the higher ups like bar girls.

They went unanswered so she filed a more formal complaint, which ended up making her an outcast. Other women who were initially behind her pulled out, and now she’s gone from writing front-page news to not getting a single byline.

Hyung-woo tells her that she has to involve the law now, and offers his help. She admits to lacking the courage to take it that far, but he assures her that it’s the right thing to do. She asks him to have a drink with her, so he does.

He sits at a bus stop for a while after sending her off in a cab, already showing signs of first love regurgita rearing its ugly head. One point in the he’s-not-over-her column? She looks just like his wife. That can’t be a coincidence.

On his way home, he stops outside to check his breath, which reeks of alcohol. He figures he can’t hide that, so what should he say? He drank with a friend? What friend? His mother? She can’t drink.

He pictures thought-bubble Eun-jae questioning him, and even starts to cower in fear from his imaginary version of her. Heh. He decides to go with truth.

He cautiously makes his way inside, and Eun-jae notices the smell right away, as expected. He tells her he drank with a college classmate named Hee-joo, though he adds the suffix -nom, which gives the impression that Hee-joo is a dude.

She asks if he’s going to try and sneak one past her, and he gulps in fear. But she means getting a contract from Gogi for that loan, and he breathes a sigh of relief.

She stops herself from repeating the same argument because she doesn’t want him calling her a cow anymore, and he tells her that she’s a bird now, because she’s so forgetful. “But not just a bird. A PRETTY bird!”

She hits him upside the head and he muses that her violence is becoming quite natural.

The next morning Hyung-woo comes out to meet Gogi, who’s on the verge of tears. He asks what’s wrong and Gogi blurts, “I got hit!” He tells the pathetic story of how he didn’t want to do the dishes this morning so Young-joo slapped him.

He blubbers that she even turned her pointy diamond ring inside out to have it hit him in the face. Aw. Hyung-woo agrees that women can be so violent, and Gogi wonders if he gets hit too.

He quickly recovers and pours on the sympathy for his friend, and they head off to work on Grandpa Potato’s case. They ask him to write a statement for the judge, and Grandpa worries, only having attended grade school. Hyung-woo assures him that it’s nothing to worry about, and they watch as he writes in this grade-school penmanship that just breaks your heart.

They take the statement to try and convince the seaside restaurant ajusshi to give a witness testimony, but he continues to evade them. The two friends sit on the beach and sigh over their problems, and end up splashing around in the ocean like a couple of kids.

Back at the office the next day, Gogi freaks out when Hee-soo walks in the door. She greets him warmly as “sunbae,” while he hilariously tries to hide her from Eun-jae while motioning for Hyung-woo to come out.

Hyung-woo comes out and wonders why he’s freaking out since Eun-jae’s going to know anyway once he takes the case, but Gogi just shoves them into the conference room and tries to run interference.

I love that no one is panicked but him, and yet, he’s probably right to overreact – though currently it’s comical, later he’s going be saying “I told you so.”

Eun-jae joins them to say her greetings, surprised to hear that this is Hee-soo. “Didn’t you call him nom?” He quickly declares that his particular brand of slang, and she lets it go.

He asks her to join them, and Hee-soo remarks that it must be nice to work with her husband in the same office. Eun-jae just muses that she must not be married yet. Heh.

Eun-jae gets up in arms about the sexist remarks documented in Hee-soo’s files. She happily volunteers to help him with the case, and Hyung-woo looks at her lovingly. Aw.

Afterwards Gogi rushes Hyung-woo outside, asking what the hell he’s doing seeing Hee-soo again. Hyung-woo insists that it’s fine and it’s long since over between them, and he’s just helping her with this case.

Gogi tells him there’s no way he can tell Eun-jae about her – that there’s not a woman on this earth who would take that news well. Well that’s true but keeping it a secret and being found out later is just exponentially worse.

He stupidly agrees with Gogi. Just overhead, Woo-shik appears, having heard the whole thing, making Hyung-woo as jumpy as Gogi. He tells them to zip it, and the three men start digging their own graves, en masse.

Hyung-woo goes back to working on the case with Eun-jae, and she notes how organized her paperwork is, musing that she’s exactly like Hyung-woo. She asks how they met, and he says the hiking club, and she guesses that they must’ve been close too, if they had the same hobby.

Hyung-woo laughs a little awkwardly and says they were, but certainly not anymore, and then answers his phone with, “I’ll call you back later.” That rouses her suspicions, and she returns to her office to suss out the clues, landing at a guess close to the truth.

She wonders if it’s possible, but finds that she has no evidence to back it up, and will get nowhere by questioning friends loyal to him. I love that she figured it out on her own right away.

She decides to question Young-joo, and comes by to just casually drop Hee-soo’s name, saying that she came by the office to ask for Hyung-woo’s help with a case. Young-joo immediately gets huffy about her appearing out of nowhere, after breaking up with him via text message.

Oops. Eun-jae tries to play it off like Hyung-woo already told her, even acting totally cool about taking on her case because the past is in the past. But Young-joo can read her face, and realizes that Hyung-woo said nothing of the kind.

She tells her that the boys definitely signed a pact, knowing Gogi, and Eun-jae stops to laugh that she calls her own husband by that nickname. Young-joo asks if she’s just going to let it go, when old flames could start back up again.

Eun-jae insists that there’s no way that’s what’s happening, and yet she can’t shake her annoyance at the whole thing. She returns to the office determined to chew him out, but then stops short, thinking who in the world marries with zero relationships in their past?

But then she turns back around, remembering that he should have told her if he has nothing to hide – there’s something there if he’s not being honest. But then she stops short again, annoyed that it stings her pride to even ask.

She keeps eyeing him suspiciously all day, unable to decide what to do. They have another small tiff (he left the toilet seat up, she fell in, ha) and then he gets a call and goes out, saying that Soju wants to have drinks.

She decides to go out too, and heads to Young-joo’s place, but when she looks in the window from outside, she sees Soju sitting there, with Gogi but no Hyung-woo…

Ruh-roh. She quickly turns away to leave before they see her, and Young-joo runs out to catch her. She makes excuses and leaves, not wanting to be caught in her moment of vulnerability, and rushes home.

She stares blankly at the tv and ends up watching a tear-jerker reality program, which gives her an excuse to cry. She falls asleep like that, waiting for Hyung-woo.

When she wakes up, it’s the middle of the night and Hyung-woo is asleep next to her, stone cold drunk. She asks where he was, and he murmurs that he was with Soju. She asks if she’s supposed to believe that lie, but he just falls right back to sleep.

He wakes up the next morning none the wiser, as Eun-jae zooms right past him coldly and heads to the office alone.

He gets a call from Grandpa Potato who ends up in the hospital because he can’t afford to eat anything other than potatoes. He vows to get that testimony they need and tells Eun-jae that he’s headed to Seokcho.

With all his lies piling up, she wonders if he’s even telling her the truth, and decides to follow him. She drives the whole way making threats in the event that they end up someplace not in Seokcho, but to her great relief, she follows him right where he said he was going.

She thinks twice about just turning around, and decides to surprise him so they can eat sushi together, and gets out of the car to approach him.

But just as she gets close, someone else beats her to Hyung-woo… it’s Hee-soo, who runs up and greets him with a smile.

Oh crap.


Dude, you are SO busted. While I don’t think Hyung-woo is exactly cheating on her or doing anything nefarious, he’s clearly not as over Hee-soo as he’d like to think. It’ll probably take him a while to realize it though, which is just going to lead to more loaded misunderstandings.

I love that Eun-jae finds out right away, literally minutes after the boys make their silence pact. It’s going to be painful to watch Hyung-woo continue to dig his own grave, but then again, he might deserve it if he keeps up the lies.

So far I like that Hee-soo doesn’t seem to be the typical scheming second lead type. She’s certainly a type though – just the rose-colored nostalgia-laced first love type. But it at least means that the conflict will be believable, especially if she’s the One That Got Away and he still harbors a torch.

I’m actually torn between wanting Hyung-woo to clear everything up, or really just step in it, because so far the fighting has been mostly of the disgruntled threats kind, but they don’t seem to actually be on the verge of real divorce.

Hee-soo’s reappearance coupled with their explosive fighting might be enough to drive them over the edge, which from a story point of view, is a necessary turn. Gotta break up to make up, right kids?


63 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. MissChiVyus

    I wonder if being married is somewhat like this drama. Any married folks out there?

    “and she lifts the covers to check just how naked he is.”-lol

    Thanks again for an awesome recap, girlfriday!

    • 1.1 Sharong

      I am married for almost 10 yrs with 2 kids. Yes, married couples do bicker from time to time. My hubby and I may have our own pet peeves and bicker over trivia matter, but not frequent like CJW and YSH in CL.
      When I see a couple fights in the drama, I would worry that they are at the brink of divorce. Why? when you fight that often is usually not because of the stuff they are arguing, rather there is an underlying issue(s) that is not expressed and resolved. The underlying issue is usually masked under the “bickering” mode.

      I laughed so hard when Eun Jae impatiently opened a bag of chips and it flew out everywhere. Hahaha..love CJW guilty look.

      • 1.1.1 Sharong

        sorry..typo. it should be “when I see a couple fights like in CL drama”.

    • 1.2 Yoo_R

      I haven’t married yet, but reading all the bickering and fights, I must say I’m a little afraid of my future marriage. Not a good description though. But I must say that such a make-up scene is quite good and predictable

      • 1.2.1 lily

        no worry about marriage. Part of EJ and HW’s problem is that they skipped the courtship stage, which should be a prerequisite for a marriage. they were infatuated and got married quickly without really knowing each other well.

        • jojo

          Courtship stage has couples on best behavior…you’ve got to live with someone to really get to know him/her. (all those annoying little habits that drive you up the wall) Anyway, A Drama is a Drama, right?

      • 1.2.2 Chocobo

        Don’t worry — marriage isn’t that different. Just avoid all the dramatics and go for a nice man (or woman) who loves you and treats you well, and you will be happy. Passion only lasts for so long in any relationship, and when that’s over you want someone who still thinks you’re sexy even though you’re getting chubby, loves you even though you’re a total slob, and respects you as a person.

        Basically, in real life, go for the 2nd leads…

        • aoiaheen

          “Basically, in real life, go for the 2nd leads…” LIKE!

          • lily

            While watching K-dramas, I often root for the 1st lead man: the snobbish chaebol, the ego centric man, the pride man although I know in reality I know I would never want to pick the 1st lead. For a marriage, yes go for the 2nd leads. Interesting, eh?

          • belleza

            This is your pathway to success:

            First marraige:
            Go for the 2nd lead. Think about Lee Min Ho.

            Second marraige:
            Go for the 1st lead. Think about Yoo Seung Ho.

            Third time;s the charm:
            Don’t marry and snag a younger guy: Lee Min Ki or Lee Seung Gi.

        • Yoo_R

          the 2nd lead?? so you want to say that what happen in drama is something that won’t happen in real life?? but I do love the 1st lead

    • 1.3 Chocobo

      I’m married and no, my married life is nothing like this. I’ve been with my husband for 5 years now, and we’ve never fought like this. I once had a long-term relationship before my husband where I would bicker like this — he even argued that “real” relationships you SHOULD be bickering all the time. Luckily I left that relationship and met my husband, who like me feels that the little things should just be let go (like never putting the toothpaste back in the drawer), and the big things (like not spending enough time together, or hurt feelings) should be calmly discussed in private like adults.

      Everyone snips from time to time, but healthy relationships don’t look like this in real life. My husband and I have never, ever yelled, and certainly we don’t snoop around trying to punish one another for perceived offenses. That is a never-ending loop that only leads to misery.

      This is why drama makes for good television, but not for a healthy lifestyle.

    • 1.4 Jen

      I’m not married, but I’m currently in a long-term relationship with my boyfriend and we live together.

      A lot of the arguments between the couple is realistic, however, the fighting in reality usually isn’t as frequent. I’ve got to admit that my guy and I are very similar to Eun-jae and Hyung-woo. We’re pretty much opposites. I’m a slob and he’s tidy. I’m driven and he’s unmotivated. I have a short temper and he has a long one. I enjoy helping others and he thinks helping people will lead to us getting taken advantage of. You get the point.

      As different as we are, it’s our core values that are important. We are on the same wavelength about trust, honesty, understanding, family values, and all the other things that should be the foundation of healthy relationships. Most importantly, we love each other and put one another first in our lives.

      We also bicker every now and again, but we also easily forgive each other. Most importantly, we laugh often.

    • 1.5 Taber

      I’m been married for 10 years with 5 boys, I never have to look under the cover to confirmed if we made love…lol

      • 1.5.1 Yoo_R

        I laughed out of my mind when I read your comment. It’s so enjoyable but in the same time ridiculous for checking things happen in bed

    • 1.6 MissChiVyus

      A big thanks to everyone who responded! It was really interesting to read all the comments about being in a committed relationship (not just marriage).

      I guess my main fear about relationships is that the guy might turn out to be crazy or violent. As jojo mentioned, courtship is about being on your best behavior. You never know what you might get once you’ve unwrapped that package.

      …I really should stop watching the Discovery channel’s I.D. Investigation. =/

      Perhaps, dramas like this can help us to learn what TO avoid.

      • 1.6.1 Chocobo

        There are always warning signs — possessiveness, short tempers, selfishness, mean spirited humor…

        A man who is truly kind hearted, he’ll never be possessive (a common trait in Kdrama 1st leads that is misconstrued as a sign of “he loves you”), have a long temper, and be kind with his friends and family — not just you.

        BUT, that’s also the main reason why “whirlwind” relationships are a terrible idea. Trust takes a long time to build. If you’re patient and take it slow, really get to know each other over many months (and years, before marriage), and you won’t be afraid because you’ll know who he really is.

  2. Zoe

    Awwww, poor Eun-jae~ But, the break-up to make-up thing is true, so…sigh.

    On a side note, LEE SOO-KYUNG!!! Haven’t seen you since Soulmate~<3

    • 2.1 Zoe

      Oh, and Hyung-woo…

      …darn it. I was all ready to scold him for all the misunderstandings…but he was such a good guy in the beginning….

      I’M SO TORN.

      • 2.1.1 Ani

        And Hyung-woo is such a cutey too. I love it though when he realizes some time after losing Eun-jae just how much he loves her. I can’t wait for that moment to come.

  3. Ani

    Aaaaaw. Potato Grandpa’s handwriting reminds me of my grandpa’s writing after he went through a stroke and old age hit him so bad he could barely write his own name. Sad day.

    I’m liking this drama just from the recaps, because I haven’t actually had time to watch it just yet. But the couple is cute, and Mr Bartender is hot Hot HOT! It really is a pick-me-up drama because the other two are doom and gloom. Good thing I picked up Protect My Boss, which makes the score even: 2 happy dramas and 2 gloomy dramas. X)

    • 3.1 birdscout

      Hot Bartender was cute in the movie “Unstoppable Marriage” with Eugene, and as the second lead in “Hello, Miss!”.

      • 3.1.1 Ani

        Wait, that was him in Unstoppable Marriage? I knew he looked familiar. HAHAHA. Now I remember. But I couldn’t stomach Hello, Miss, so I don’t remember that drama much. XD

      • 3.1.2 kay

        omg the hottie from saengchori!??!?!? i was like where did i see his face from? ahhh i miss that show.

        • madzgo

          Yay! the hot bartender is Ha Suk Jin..

  4. Jenni

    Oh my god that face. HAHAHAHA

  5. daisy

    although the rate is low, I really like this couple and storyline.

    nice recap~~~Thanks dear girlfriday.

  6. Suzies

    Thank you so much for recapping this series, so quickly. Not only the ratings have been very low, it seems that fellow soompiers and dramabeans readers are watching other dramas, but this one.
    The Soompi thread is so dead and there aren’t many volunteers to sub this drama. As you can understand, I am so grateful for GirlFriday and Javabeans recap.

    Princess Man and Protect the Boss are leading by far, and perhaps they deserve all the recognitions (I haven’t watched both). Nonetheless, Can’t Lose is unique and entertaining in its own way. I am not sure why it’s not as popular as it should be. Perhaps Koreans don;t really care for “married” dramas, they prefer romance between two single people.

    I enjoyed the drama immensely, and the chemistry is just a bonus. The divorce/break up scene will come in the next episode. yeay..can’t wait for the break up so they can rekindle their romance.

    With much appreciation,

    • 6.1 Ani

      Nah, I think the ratings are low just because the other two dramas are quite ahead and have had time to build up a strong fan base. Truthfully, I haven’t seen Princess’ Man But I started Protect the Boss this week because (1) of all the hype about it and (2) I was bored. Protect the Boss had me uncomfortable about how the main male lead treated his dad, but once the ball started rolling I fell in love. The scenarios are hilarious. It made me think about Baby-face Beauty, another fluffy office drama I recently enjoyed, except in PTB the main female lead kicks everyone’s ass. So. Bad. Ass. I swear.

      If anything, If this drama was released around the same time or earlier, it might have a chance yet. It probably still has a chance because it’s only on it’s third episode. I like this drama too, so it’s just a matter of unlucky debut date. Heh.

      • 6.1.1 anais

        Princess’s Man and Protect the Boss are really both great. Protect the Boss also offers a very, very refreshing take on the whole chaebeol relationship. I giggle like a loon through the whole thing after letting Princess’s Man rip my heart to shreds. So, unfortunately, with all the time the two have had to build viewership as Ani said, Can’t Lose doesn’t offer enough innovations, at least not right now. The women who probably would have watched it are likely drooling over Park Shi Hoo, who won their hearts in Queen of Reversals, in Princess’s Man.

        I just realized that it’s Housewives’ Tae Jun against Reversals’ Yong Shik!

    • 6.2 Lisa@SD

      viki.com is subbing this series.

  7. ck1Oz

    Oh my I’ve seen the bickering.I thought they are so cute together.
    Well I guess they do need to break up as the whole drama starts on the premises that they are in the midst of divorce.

    However darn it,I am rooting for them to resolve their conflicts.The arguments sounds like what everyday couples go through.Too real but they bicker so cutely 🙂

    • 7.1 charlotte1987

      I love their bickering.

      Code, blood, cola. LOL!

      Choi Ji-woo & Yoon Sang-hyun have great chemistry!

  8. Roomba

    The kiss was super uber hot! with both of them reciprocated the kiss. THis is one of the more real kisses I’ve ever witnessed in Korean television. No camera trick, no several shots put together to make it like a real kiss. it was a close up shot of kiss and yes, no way to disguise the mechanics of kissing.

    Sorry to have just a little carried away with the kiss.

    What I like about the drama:
    – light & funny & heartwarming at the same time
    – chemistry
    – storyline and dialogue
    – the upcoming angst,

    What I don’t like:
    – the upcoming angst (I know I repeat twice)
    – the supporting roles (don’t really care for them)

    • 8.1 Ani

      They should just get together in real life and get married… But where does that put Uhm Taewoong? Too bad for him, I’d pick YSH over him. Poor puppy.

      • 8.1.1 lily

        I don’t get the Uhm Tae Woong joke. can you explain?

        • Ani

          It’s how jb and girlfriday were trying to pair up Uhm Taewoong and Choi Ji-woo because they had the similar “alien-like” behavior where they would say the most random things possible. Mostly after Choi Ji-woo guested on 1N2D and showed how her real personality is someone who’s a little on the ditzy side.

      • 8.1.2 bishbash

        UTW has Soo Ae or Kim Haneul! ;p

        • Ani

          Yeah, so it’s not like he’ll be in need of a partner when he has two others to pick from. XD

    • 8.2 suitfetish

      At least they’re pretty much set to be each others’ worst enemies early on, so the Other Guys can just set them off on each other.

      …I mean, I think that could be great to watch, but who knows. YAY chemistry!

    • 8.3 emy

      You should see the kiss in I Need Romance, this kiss is nothing compared to that!

  9. Noelle

    What a dumb ass. Hyung Woo I mean you. Loving this show.
    Thanks for the recap.

  10. 10 anna

    as long as she gets drunk and wakes up alongside her very naked husband and not hot barboy, we’re good.

  11. 11 bei

    waaahh thank you so much for recapping this drama. i love it. im so hooked. i dont care about the ratings. most important is i enjoy it a lot haha

  12. 12 suitfetish

    This is another one I’m going to read the recaps and then decide if I want to watch it after.

    I’ve just slotted in Painter of the Wind after reading the recaps that are in the archives, so if this becomes pretty fun in post-divorce shenanigans…well. Yoon Sang-Hyun is definitely the only cheater I have every liked, let’s put it that way. ;P

  13. 13 Jordan

    Thank you for the recap! I’m thoroughly enjoying this drama. Love Choi Jiwoo! I sure hope Hyunwoo sorts out his feelings soon otherwise they may just end up divorced. I like they bickering and do find this show enjoyable and light! 🙂

  14. 14 Ann

    Super Quick recap….I love you so much …thanks !!!!

    I really really enjoy watching this drama. Jiwoo and Sang Hyun super cute together…How can both of them creat such a great chemistry !!…I rewind that hot kisses scenes so many time..ha ha…..and I love your word…

    ” Break up to Make Up… ”

    I didn’t watch that 2 others competitors but I’m surely that if all of them start together from the very beginning we will not be that low…..I don’t care rating but do care Jiwoo and Sang Hyun feeling…..

    so far I’m super enjoy this drama…..and really appreciate your afford for recap this one….

    thanks you… Can’t Lose Fighting

  15. 15 Toya

    Badman Eras!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. 16 Dara

    Thanks a bunch for doing this drama, while I laughed a lot in ep3, the conflict was heart tugging and real. Hum..I’m siding with the hubby though, he’s so sweet with her, and how can you find a guy who clean and cook? He’s for KEEP!

  17. 17 mollywinks

    Love this – it’s so refreshing. For me, it has that slice-of-life feel with enough conflict for it to feel real but exciting. Thanks so much for the recaps!

  18. 18 maria

    a liiiitle OT, but hey


    we can add this to the choi-ji-woo-always-cries-on-the-left-side-first pile.

    thanks for the recap, guys!

  19. 19 melonhead

    gargh the two girls look too alike. Can’t. tell. difference. RARGH.

  20. 20 webfoot

    “It’s a nice reprieve from the other series I’m watching lately, which are pretty much the embodiment of doom and gloom.”

    For this, I read recaps of series I know I will never follow.

    Thanks, girlfriday!

  21. 21 k-la

    done watching episode 3!!! i love it!!! pls. i want to watch episode 4 now. as in now. hahaha im addicted now to this drama. i love the chemistry bet. the two main star. the story is good. its not hard to understnd. plus the supporting cast lmao hahahaha but most specially there acting is so perfect.

  22. 22 JD

    Only 39 comments so far?? whut.

    Love this show so far based on your recaps. Choi Ji Woo seems so cute!

  23. 23 lucille

    Been watching CL from ep 1 -3 without subs, and what can i say, i JUST LOVE IT !
    Its like watching my pocketbooks/novels come to life…
    The story’s premise/conflict is simple, but i find it cute, funny, heartwarming, and realistic.
    I’m not yet married but i find the bickering of HYUNIWOO couple to be true and realistic (since for that matter that their love story is a whirlwind romance not courtship 🙂 ). They skip all the details that normal couple would probably go through before marriage, thus, the constant fighting/bickering. They only encounter small squabbles and it normally will be blown to a major fight. They are poles apart. EJ is realistic while HW is idealistic. They jumped into for better/worse without fully realizing/knowing each other (but i find it cute in some ep where HW would just think what EJ would say/do/have done and bingo! he knows). Another issue of the story that i like is that no witch Ommonie (“Dont like you for my son/daughter” dialogue). This is pure “adult” relationship in which the 2 leads had/have/would/will sort out for themselves despite the people around them. Hence, i find CL refreshing from most of the Kdramalandia (plus the fact that i like CJW/YSH chemistry — their kissing in ep 1&3 was Yaiikss! 😆 never seen CJW to kiss like that).

    If i follow my gut and what i read on my novels, i have a lot to expect yet from this story 🙂 … There is still the BIGGEST/MAJOR fight, the divorce, third party, “sounding board”/adviser friends, Ommonie interference (which i think will help the 2 get back), the wooing, reconciliation (i hope), baby (japan i think has this), and marriage again (this time with their family)…

    I just hope that the writer/director will get it done right, fast pace but still with the funny/cute dialogue and the much anticipated romantic scenes. Its refreshing to watch “normal” drama without actors being egotistic/claustrophobic/agoraphobic (hehehe.. though HW is OCD & EJ is messy)..

    PS. It such a novelty and refreshing to see CJW act this way and very natural (just finished WS, BD — its like it’s normal for her to cry per episode 🙂 ). As for YSH, major as in major difference from OSKA hahaha…

  24. 24 Lydia

    Wow, an interesting drama. It is not the typical k drama that is so evil and vengeful. It is light, refreshing and cute. It focuses on marital differences which resulted in bickering but a little overboard. The chemistry between the 2 lead roles is great.

  25. 25 Tiffany

    Just finished watching ep 4 raw. He received a divorce paper from his wife. hehe..wouldn’t it be cool and sweet if YSH purposely is requesting unreasonable things during their asset divisions trial, because he misses her and the only way to see her is in the courtroom?

    Anyone enjoying the OST? I love both OST tracks.
    I heard YSH will release his OST too. yeay

  26. 26 Uca

    Is Lee Soo-kyung a second lead girl? gah I’m gonna watch it!

  27. 27 Abbie

    Funny and satisfying! Can’t wait for episode 4!

    Thanks for the recap, GF!

  28. 28 schwertkrabbe

    I feel like I’m married though I’m not. Hahaha. Bickering is also our standard conversation, but in a more lovely way than those too are doing. Awesome couple!

  29. 29 schwertkrabbe

    I feel like I’m married though I’m not. Hahaha. Bickering is also our standard conversation, but in a more lovely way than those two are doing. Awesome couple!

  30. 30 achooxhelen

    i call it quits for this drama. maybe i just don’t understand the married life. the humor is so over the top. i do see chemistry between the two main characters but that’s about all i can say for this drama.

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