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This episode was all about the cute, as Shin becomes the most supportive boyfriend in the world. Now my favorite character of this episode? Bo-woon, Bo-woon, Bo-woon!

What’s the aftermath of that confession?! Well, we end up back at home, the next day, where Kyu-won’s father has actually come down to Seoul. He has business in the city, and offers to give his daughter a ride to school. Next door, Shin’s mother is wondering where her son went, and finds that he left for school early.

Hee – Shin’s actually waiting outside of Kyu-won’s house, with a smile on his face, and she’s pleasantly surprised to see him there. He’s come to walk with her to school, not taking his bike because she can’t ride it anyways. He offers out his hand, and she shyly takes it… only he wants her backpack instead! HAHA – gallant, but so not what we wanted!

As if the cuteness will never end, they walk side by side, and Kyu-won swings her hands so much so that it will brush his. “I guess we will have to hold hands if we don’t want them to hit each other” – and with that, he grabs her hand! YAYYYY!

Meanwhile the parents have an encounter of their own. They bump into each other outside their respective houses and go for coffee. Sun-ki (the father) finds out that Ji-young’s son is the infamous “arrogant prince” in Kyu-won’s stories, and wonders if he should have his daughter stop seeing her son. You see, he’s planning on moving to Seoul, and it’s not just because he wants to take care of his aging father. It’s also because of Ji-young. Good think Ji-young stops him in his tracks and tells him not to talk about it.

Shin and Kyu-won go on their date at an ice cream parlor, but guess who sees them as they pass by the store? Yep – the Three Angry Girls. Immediately they peer through the windows to see if the girl he’s with is really Kyu-won. Shin sees them right away and grows uncomfortable. He stops Kyu-won from turning and seeing them, and sighs in relief when the Three Angry Girls go skipping away.

They reason that it’s possible for Shin and Kyu-won to hang out because they’re neighbors, and nothing more.

Shin admits that he didn’t want rumors spreading if Sa-rang really saw them together on a date. All the girls would also rise up against Kyu-won and make her life troublesome. While that may all be true, it’s also hurtful. Kyu-won thinks that they might as well not do anything together then, in case they get caught. It’s not what Shin meant, but that’s how she takes it.

As they leave the parlor, they bump into Bo-woon, who’s surprised to see her there with Shin. She leads Kyu-won away, leaving Shin to follow them a ways behind.

Bo-woon wants to know if something happened with Shin during camp, but Kyu-won denies that anything happened. Heh – of course, Shin hears it all and he starts muttering Bo-woon’s name in anger – annoyed that she just came in between them.

At school, Jun-hee is accosted by some fans giving him cookies. He sees Hee-joo passing by, and immediately runs up to her. In front of those fans, he shares the cookies with her. Hee-joo, being bratty, throws it out of his hands. She didn’t want it, okay?! And he shouldn’t be tempting a girl with an eating disorder on a diet with cookies.

Tae-joon meets with Hee-joo’s mother, who’s not too pleased to be constantly meeting him outside. Tae-joon relates his plans on how to embarrass Seok-hyun with a scandal, but she says it’s not necessary. Since Hee-joo will be onstage no matter what, it’d be better if she were under the guidance of a Broadway director. And just like *that* the problem is gone. Tae-joon is foiled!

This drama does not seem to dwell on the melodramatics very long…

Still wanting to ruin Seok-hyun, he goes to visit Yoon-su, telling her that “something” happened between Seok-hyun and his lead actress back in Broadway. Clearly he’s trying to make Yoon-su jealous, but she doesn’t bite. After all, she dated others too when they were apart. Tae-joon pretends that he just wanted to make sure Yoon-su wouldn’t be stabbed in the back later, but she doesn’t mind. After all, she stabbed him in the back first.

Tae-joon is foiled again!

At practice, Shin watches Kyu-won from afar as she socializes with the other actors. In need of some attention, he starts showing off his skills on the guitar. Kyu-won is non-plussed, and Seok-hyun calls him out on it playfully. They all start from the first act, and of course, Hee-joo pushes Kyu-won aside. However, Seok-hyun wants Kyu-won closer to the front, rather than in the back. She needs to practice exactly the same as Hee-joo, much to the leading actress’ annoyance.

After practice, Seok-hyun calls both girls aside. He takes the two of them out for coffee, and of course, Kyu-won orders a very foamy and sweet cafe mocha in front of the starving-herself Hee-joo. Seok-hyun scolds Kyu-won for not watching her weight, but Hee-joo doesn’t mind – after all, Kyu-won won’t go on stage!

Now all Seok-hyun has to do is watch the two girls diss each other and fight. And that’s literally the reason why he brought them aside. He wants them to realize that they’re not competing. They should be taking care of each other instead, and make sure nothing will affect the performance. He makes them promise, and they even force their smiles to satisfy him.

Shin waits outside the rehearsal hall, and is startled when Soo-myung asks what he’s doing there. A moment later, the reason appears: Kyu-won. Soo-myung remembers that they’re working together on the ending song and wishes them luck. Good thing they have that excuse to spend time together, eh?

He’s about to apologize (or explain himself) about that morning when – guess who? – Bo-woon appears! She interrupts (again) and invites Kyu-won to hang with the girls. Like, right now. Bo-woon finally notices Shin there: “Oh, I see you quite often today!”

HEE HEE HEE.

Once again, Shin utters Bo-woon’s name like a curse. But then he gets a bright idea…

The girls are all dishing for the latest news from Kyu-won, knowing that she had ice cream with Shin this morning. (News like that spreads fast, you see…) But everyone thinks it’s only because they’re neighbors and nothing more, otherwise they’d be pulling out her hair now.

They all go into a store, and Bo-woon catches her looking at couple tees. Kyu-won fibs that she wants to wear them with her grandpa (*snerk*). After all, underneath all that traditional clothing, he’s quite the fashionista. OK then! Bo-woon now wants to visit Grandpa and take a picture of him wearing the couple shirt.

Shin actually ends up at Kyu-won’s house. He greets Grandpa – he actually wants to hear the rest of Grandpa’s long-winded history! HA! Oh the pains he’s willing to go through just so he could catch Kyu-won for a private chat. After all, Bo-woon couldn’t possibly come over to her home, right?!

Most ridiculous thing Grandpa says? “I looked just like you when I was younger!” Shin: “HUH?”

Finally, Kyu-won arrives home, and Shin once again smiles with relief. Except… Bo-woon follows her in. HAHAHA!

Bo-woon is surprised to see Shin for the third time in one day, and Kyu-won lies about Shin getting traditional music tutoring from Grandpa these days. Bo-woon then excitedly tells Grandpa about the couple t-shirts, and Shin immediately realizes that those t-shirts are more for him than for Grandpa.

Grandpa’s all, “You want me to wear that!?” He thinks she’s just trying to get out of ironing his clothes all the time, but he agrees to wear them for Bo-woon. Shin nearly falls after sitting for so long, so Kyu-won helps him up – a move that does not go missed under Bo-woon’s watchful eyes.

Bo-woon thinks she’s been seeing the two of them together too often, but Kyu-won brushes it aside to just being neighbors. Grandpa comes out, proud of the t-shirt. That’s when Shin gets the bright idea of suggesting that Bo-woon listen to the grand life story of Lee Dong Jin the Great Singer. Naive, she agrees to listen, totally excited.

Shin closes the door behind them, saying, “Cha Bo-woon, you’re so lucky. You should feel honored.” Hehehe. And you know where Grandpa starts his story? Waaaaay back when his mother had a dream about a pumpkin, before he was born.

Outside, Shin goes, “Grandpa must have started with the dream. I wonder how far she’ll get.” (I’m literally dying from laughter here at the immaturity of it all.)

Now with Bo-woon out of the way, he can finally apologize to Kyu-won for that morning. Kyu-won agrees with him though – she does want to keep their relationship on the down-low because she doesn’t want her hair to be pulled.

They go to a nearby park so that he can show her his current edit of the song. Using his tablet, he plays the guitar, and she uses her phone to play with the Gayageum app. How friggin’ convenient is that? The song is quite cheerful, and it meshes both stringed instruments quite well. Kyu-won didn’t expect to like it so much, and she promises to help him make it better and use all the traditional instruments. [download]

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Shin wonders if Kyu-won is OK with being Hee-joo’s understudy, because she might never be onstage. But Kyu-won is fine; she knew she wouldn’t be the starring role anyways. She’s enjoying just learning and dancing, and is glad that Shin got her to continue doing the musical in the first place.

They while away the afternoon, listening to some music together. It’s late evening before Kyu-won finally returns home, and by then Grandpa is only up to his life at 16. Bo-woon is suffering a slow and painful death, but thankfully Kyu-won arrives to send Bo-woon home. Hehe. As Bo-woon limps out, she realizes that Shin must have done this out of revenge against her, but she has no idea why.

The next morning, Shin takes her to school, and he even got her a special froggy cushion for her seat in the back of his bike. He tells her to hold on tight – around his waist, not just his bag. AWWW. When they arrive in school, Shin grabs her hand. It doesn’t matter if others see (and others DO see – notably the Three Angry Girls and Soo-myung). Shin basically proclaims their love in front of everyone as they walk through the halls. Boys go “Whoaaa!” Girls faint and scream, “Noooo!” Chaos reigns the school. Even the Windflowers get on her case immediately, and Bo-woon complains that if she had known earlier, she wouldn’t have stuck around Kyu-won so much.

The hatred towards Kyu-won even reaches the professors’ ears, and Seok-hyun wonders what the fuss is all about. He thinks Kyu-won shouldn’t be dating at this time, and Yoon-su is amused that he disapproves so much. With the performance a few days away, he’d rather if Kyu-won focused more on the performance than on her love life.

Hee-joo is practicing hard with Ki-young in the rehearsal room. He doesn’t think she’s managed to encapsulate the feelings of the main female lead, who leaves the main male lead for acknowledgment. She thinks too hard about trying to be in love that all you can see is her thinking about it.

Her mother, meanwhile, is taking out the sponsors for a meal, thanking them for helping out. They congratulate her on her daughter being the lead and ask if they can see a bit of the performance today. While mother isn’t all too keen, she does pull a few strings to make it happen.

As for Hee-joo, she tries to practice through her hunger, but Jun-hee catches her. He takes her out for a rooftop picnic, knowing that she’s not eating anything other than vitamins and ginseng. He’s worried that she’s getting to skinny, so he forces her to sit down and eat lunch with him. He was even thoughtful enough to make sure her food was non-fattening. Eagerly, she eats. Poor gal. :)

She gets a call from an annoying telemarketer and so Jun-hee shuts off her phone so that she can eat in peace. That also means, she misses a call from her mother, warning her about the impromptu performance.

Tae-joon relays the message about the performance to Seok-hyun, who frets about it being so sudden. Tae-joon is secretly pleased with this development, as he wonders how Seok-hyun will deal with the pressure. Seok-hyun doesn’t want to hold the performance, but Yoon-su tries to appease him. Just do it once – for her.

Kyu-won is in the band’s practice room, getting private lessons from Shin on how to play the guitar. He notes how she’s tied up her hair quite tightly today, and it’s all because she wants to make sure it’ll be difficult for anyone to just grab her hair. Hehe – I love how she’s so worried about girls coming after her.

Shin tells her that he’s by her side, so she will never have to worry. He leans in close – to KISS HER – when suddenly BO-WOON comes rushing in to the room! Shin: “Cha Bo-woon. I was wondering when you’d be coming.”

!!!!!!!!!! I died.

Bo-woon is too panicked to care. Kyu-won needs to hurry to the rehearsal room because they need to perform for the sponsors – and Hee-joo is nowhere to be found. This is what understudies are for!

Hee-joo is still enjoying her rooftop date, and so after she’s eaten her full, Jun-hee tells her that she can sleep on his lap. He’ll sing her a lullaby. Great Jun-hee! You just ruined Hee-joo’s chance to perform! Her mother is freaking out that Hee-joo is nowhere to be found, and is forced to show the sponsors a performance without her daughter. Tae-joon thinks this might end up favorable for him; if Kyu-won proves to be better than Hee-joo, no doubt the mother won’t let the matter rest, and Tae-joon can get his revenge against Seok-hyun.

Ki-young and Kyu-won prepare in the music room. Ki-young is trying to calm his nerves, but looks like he’s ready to bolt. Kyu-won immediately grabs his hands – he can’t fail her now! She’s relying on him! She tells him to pretend it’s practice, and he smiles, a little more at ease. Shin comes in, and Ki-young tactfully chooses to leave the room for them.

Now it’s Kyu-won’s turn to have her major freak out – she only pretended to be strong for Ki-young. Shin admits that he gets stage fright when he performs at the club too. He cups her face in his hands, and tells her to look at the audience in the eye, and chant, “You’ve fallen for me.” Then she can overcome her nervousness.

Seok-hyun apologizes to the sponsors for the short performance, as they can only show a bit of Acts 3 and 4. Hee-joo’s mother explains to the sponsors that her daughter is sick, and so they’re going to have to watch the backup perform. While she’s bristling with anger, Hee-joo suddenly awakens at the rooftop. She turns on her phone, and finally sees all the missed calls from her mother.

The performance is well under way, starting with an elaborate dance sequence, and ending with a duet from Ki-young and Kyu-won. Of course, the moment Kyu-won opens her mouth, the sponsors are awed; the mother is struck dumb – and furious; Seok-hyun smiles; and Shin is glowing with pride for his girlfriend. [download]

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Now if the understudy is that good, Hee-joo must be better. Right?!

If only it were that easy. By the time Hee-joo arrives outside the performance hall, it’s all over. Her mother sees her with Jun-hee, and *SLAAAAP* right across her daughter’s cheek. Jun-hee is sent away, and the mother yells at her daughter for turning off her phone for a sloppy boy. Hee-joo can quit right now if she doesn’t want to take this seriously. She shouldn’t embarrass her parents – especially now with Kyu-won actually being way better than Hee-joo.

The mother visits Tae-joon. She wants him to leak the scandal now, and persuade Seok-hyun forcefully to cut Kyu-won.

After the performance, Seok-hyun is so proud of Kyu-won for stepping up, and for helping Ki-young stay focused. He ruffles her hair affectionately – but is stopped by Shin. Yup – don’t mess with his girlfriend. She’s not a child either. He takes her by the hand and drags her away. Ki-young notes that Shin must really like Kyu-won, but Seok-hyun thinks Shin is just doing that because he ruffled her hair.

The Windflowers catch up to the couple to inform them about a new campaign the Three Angry Girls are starting. They want everyone to participate and choose if Shin and Kyu-won should be together or not. Shin actually finds it amusing, and tells her not to worry about what others say. But Kyu-won is angry and hurt that she must be hassled like this for just dating the most popular guy in school. She leaves, seeking solace on her own.

Immediately the Windflowers take him to task for being too popular. Ha! They’re about to go and take down the Three Angry Girls, but Shin stops them. Instead, he goes up to them and tells them to cut. it. out. Three Angry Girls: “OK!” and they pack up. What the hell!?

Once again, Seok-hyun catches Kyu-won during her sad moments. She mournfully asks if she’s really that inferior to Shin. Seok-hyun promises to punish every single person who says she is; Kyu-won has the ability to move people’s hearts, and it’s just unfortunate that very few people can realize that. He also says that he’ll beat up Shin if he ever breaks her heart.

Hmm… is Seok-hyun playing the “protective older brother” card right now? But he also has a moment of confusion, where he even shakes his head to clear out his feelings.

Shin rides up to Kyu-won’s home, but finds that she’s not there yet. At home, he types out several versions of an apology but can’t decide on the proper text. Jung-hyun interrupts him, aghast that he’s really dating Kyu-won. She thinks her brother’s at a disadvantage if it’s true, and warns him that they can’t kiss! The moment they do, he will lose all his fans… and then she can never sell his autographs again! (Yes, it all circles back to her and her money-making schemes.)

Yoon-su and Seok-hyun go to his friend Jung-eun’s bar for some drinks. Seok-hyun thinks that it’s Kyu-won that’s at a disadvantage here, as he doesn’t think Shin has anything great. Jung-eun doesn’t care – he’s never had so much business during the day with so many girls crying over Shin! Good thing Shin arrives at that moment. Seok-hyun warns him not to hurt Kyu-won, and Shin tells the director to worry about his own girlfriend, Yoon-su.

Kyu-won is annoyed that she never got a text from Shin all day. He must be a dolt at dating! She tries to distract herself with other things, when finally she gets a text from Shin! He wants her to go down to Catharsis no matter what. And, to leave Bo-woon out of it.

Heh – guy’s gotta have precautions.

Hee-joo mopes at home, thinking, when her mother comes into her room. The mother tells her she’ll try to kick out Seok-hyun and Kyu-won from the production. Hee-joo: “Thanks. They bothered me anyway.”

UGH. Any hope that I had of her possibly redeeming herself just dissipated.

Shin performs with The Stupid, and this time there are less patrons, as most of the girls are pissed he’s taken. He sees Kyu-won come in, and immediately stops playing. Eh? Shin picks up an acoustic guitar, and sings his ballad for Kyu-won, declaring his love for her. (Seen at the end of Episode 2)

He asks her to step up close to the stage, kneels down before her, and then kisses her.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Comments:

Whoo… well that was a fun episode! Shin is finally so much more interesting in this episode. Not only does he clearly care for Kyu-won, but he does have his sense of humor. It’s really a nice change in pace for him to play the supportive boyfriend. It also helps that Jung Yong Hwa has eased considerably into his role.

I think this episode tops episode 7, or 8, or 9 – mainly because I got to laugh and giggle at the smaller moments in life. An overbearing, long-winded grandfather? Check. A best friend with the worst timing in the world? Check. An annoying, selfish younger sister who’s so protective of her brother she’s like his manager? Check. The entire school being so invested in two people’s love lives? OK – that’s not really a “small moment” in life, but it sure as heck was funny.

One gripe – this kiss wasn’t as romantic as Jang Geun Suk‘s with Park Shin Hye at the end of You’re Beautiful. OK, done comparing. Moving on.

I was so surprised that the mother stopped being a threat so early in the episode, that I actually felt relieved when she decided to go back on her dastardly plan of getting rid of Kyu-won and Seok-hyun. After all, we do need some major conflict in this drama! I don’t think it has to come from the parents, although I’m curious as to how Shin and Kyu-won’s mom and dad will develop. We saw very little of them in this episode, and I don’t think they’ve ended their conversation on getting back together just yet.

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