Drama Recaps
Can’t Lose: Episode 5
by | September 7, 2011 | 44 Comments

Despite not having many expectations for Can’t Lose, I’m finding it to be surprisingly watchable and entertaining — light, funny, with enough characters and cases to keep the plot going without feeling like they’re going to run out of conflict. I appreciate that the conflicts are believable and interesting, without loading on the angst.

So far there are no really bad people in this drama, just people on different sides of an argument who both have valid points. In that, it sort of reminds me of Dal Ja’s Spring mixed with Love & Marriage, though maybe more of the latter. I think the other way around would be stronger, but both are sweet, funny dramas that I enjoyed all the way through.

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EPISODE 5 RECAP

So Hyung-woo wins his case in court, then is served with divorce papers. I find it incidentally amusing that they’ve only technically been married for about a month, due to the whole registration snafu.

Hyung-woo shuts himself in his office and reads over the paperwork. Eun-jae has filed on grounds that he goes out of his way to avoid talking (true), lies a lot (again true), sneaks around with his ex-girfriend (sadly also undeniable), and the like.

Eun-jae isn’t answering his calls, so he borrows Woo-shik’s cell phone (without letting on the source of his worry) and finds that Eun-jae picks up right away when she thinks it’s their office manager. But she hangs up on him right away, then heads into a beauty salon for a change in image. She specifically asks for something “combative,” since she’s preparing for battle.

Hyung-woo thinks back to the signs of her decision in the days leading to this, and now he finally worries, “She can’t…be serious?” Maybe if you’d taken her worries seriously earlier…

Eun-jae shows up at the office at the end of the workday sporting a new hairstyle and manicure. Known for keeping herself on a tight budget, she explains to the surprised employees that she wants to spend money on herself now. Hyung-woo’s dying for a chance to really talk this over, but she ignores him and invites the office out to a dinner, talking to them instead of her soon-to-be-ex-husband.

At the restaurant, the group separates into ladies vs. men. The wives (and Deuk-hee) chat cheerily about “investing in yourself” and “valuing yourself,” while the husbands (and Woo-shik) sit there uncomfortably. Gogi warns that it’s scary when women change their styles suddenly. Ha, there’s this recurring motif of men in this drama looking at women as though they’re from an alien race, whom they are incapable of comprehending with their feeble non-female understanding. It’s not an entirely unbelievable characterization.

Hyung-woo finally gets Eun-jae alone afterward and asks what the matter is all of a sudden, and why she won’t talk to him about it. She answers that it wasn’t sudden, and that she tried, but he ran away every time. True, all true. He says they can talk it over now, then, but the offer has got that desperate ring to it, now that it’s a day late and a dollar short.

Trying to figure out what the source of this is, he insists that he and Hee-soo aren’t up to anything. But the fact remains that he lied, and now Eun-jae only wants one thing from him: a consensual divorce. If not, she’ll have to sue, which is more difficult and contentious.

He refuses, saying, “I’m going to live with you for the rest of my life!” He means he won’t give up, but it’s worded ever so wrongly — like it’s all about him — and she calls him selfish to the last. She gets up to leave and he balks, saying he’s not done talking to her yet. She asks, “It’s infuriating when you’re the one on that end, isn’t it? I felt like this every day.”

I have to admit that as much as I’m with her on this, he does look pretty pathetic as the reality sinks in and she walks out.

Eun-jae drinks by the river today with Hot Barkeep, who chokes on his beer when she announces filing for divorce. Even though I’m expecting him to be a lot more opportunistic about Eun-jae’s relationship status, he does pleasantly surprise me every time; he listens to her and freely tells her that he thinks she’s being rash, but stops short of forcing his opinion on her.

An interesting detail comes out about their relationship, in that Hot Barkeep has been giving money to Eun-jae’s mother at her request. Eun-jae sends money to Mom periodically, but it seems that he has to make excuses so that Mom doesn’t know it’s really from her daughter. I can see how this arrangement works for Eun-jae, who feels justified in maintaining the rift (Mom must’ve done something awful) but can’t help looking after her anyway.

I like that this conversation happens outside of the bar, in that it only seems fitting that she make her divorce announcement to him as a friend, not as the Hot Barkeep. This conversation also suggests that their friendship goes back a long while; I’d assumed that they spoke banmal to each other because they had a friendly customer-server relationship, but now it looks like there’s a more interesting story that we haven’t been told yet.

When Eun-jae gets home, she finds Hyung-woo waiting up for her. He gets on his knees to supplicate, begging her to stop being angry at him. It doesn’t work, since Eun-jae filed for divorce because she wants the divorce, not his begging. He pleads anyway and grabs her hands, and she ends up accidentally scratching his face with her new nails. Oops.

Hyung-woo heads to the husband refuge, aka the neighborhood playground, and tells his voice recorder that he ended up getting hit again by the wife, declaring that there’s “only one way” for him to react now.

The next day, he agrees to go along with her terms, which includes keeping the divorce quiet at the office. He overcompensates by being overly affectionate, knowing she won’t retaliate in front of the others. It doesn’t fool the employees, though, who can tell they’re faking the smiles while muttering to each other on the phone.

Hyung-woo isn’t about to just accept this divorce suit lying down, and he gets to writing his reply to the initial complaint, which basically contradicts it and requests a dismissal.

He slips out of the office to submit his response, joined by a snooping Gogi, who sidles up behind him, reads the paperwork, and tries to grab it away from the clerk. Hyung-woo declares that he’ll do everything to change Eun-jae’s mind and convince her that her complaints no longer apply.

Gogi returns to the office trying to keep his mouth shut with the other employees, who pump him for information. He’s a poor liar and stutters, but thankfully he’s spared the scrutiny by the arrival of Woo-shik’s aunt, who is here for legal consultation.

It turns out that the aunt is here on behalf of her comatose daughter, whose husband has been cheating on her numerous times but refuses to divorce her. Aunt has tried to sue for divorce more than once, but her son-in-law has never showed up in court.

Eun-jae speaks encouragingly while also getting in a few digs at her husband, saying that men never want to divorce even when they’ve been cheating. She even slips a little, saying “we” when referring to the divorce plaintiff, which gets Woo-shik’s Spidey sense tingling.

Hyung-woo feels the need to speak up in his own defense, but that puts him in a tenuous situation since the client thinks he’s taking her scoundrel son-in-law’s side. Eun-jae assures her she’ll take the lead on this case, making sure the divorce goes through, because “I can’t ever forgive cheating men.”

Woo-shik figures that he and Gogi both know that the lawyers are in divorce proceedings, but agree they have to keep this a secret. Let’s see how long that lasts.

Hyung-woo makes it a point to take a call in front of Eun-jae wherein he’s actively soliciting cases, to counter her claims that he doesn’t earn any money. Shortly afterward, he texts her from a conference of small business owners to prove he’s working hard. (Hilariously, she’s changed his name in her cell phone to “Defendant.”)

He continues to send her cutesy photo texts all day, which confuses her more than anything. She eventually figures it out and confronts him about stalling with the divorce agreement while trying to change her mind.

Hyung-woo admits he’s going to fix everything she listed in her complaint, but she points out that he should’ve done all that before she decided to divorce him. He looks around and sees her mess, and with effort he bites back his usual nagging complaints about her slovenliness and forces himself to act like he doesn’t care.

He tries to ingratiate himself to her and insists on engaging in conversation, since that was her main complaint, and follows her around the apartment doggedly. She finally grabs his face in her hands, then looks around in mock puzzlement, wondering if there’s a mosquito in here, because she can hear this annoying buzzing sound. HA. Why are these so cute when they’re bickering?

Eun-jae calls Hyung-woo out to meet her divorce attorney, Lawyer Kim, who’s her former law firm sunbae. Lawyer Kim mentions Eun-jae’s various complaints, including Hyung-woo’s tendency to use force. Well, that’s not exactly accurate, and Hyung-woo points to his face and tells her that Eun-jae’s actually the one who likes to use force, and says he’s got proof. Lawyer Kim mutters to Eun-jae that if this is true, her case becomes much more complicated.

Lawyer Kim encourages them to go the easier, quieter route and agree upon divorce — because if they take it to trial, their dirty laundry gets aired in front of their many legal-field colleagues. Proving that point, the group is recognized by Soju, who exchanges greetings with Lawyer Kim — they’re both divorce specialists.

Lawyer Kim decides that she can’t take the case after all — she feels uncomfortable with Hyung-woo’s claim, and would rather stay out of this.

They get the call to come meet Professor Jo, who sends away the staff before asking the couple how they’re doing. They’re like errant schoolchildren in front of him, trying to maintain appearances and shrinking back in fear of upsetting/angering/disappointing him.

He presents them with their divorce papers, having been assigned to this case, to their horror. I love that there’s this mutual father-like figure in their lives who has the power to cow them when they’re acting immature, or shame them, or scare them. Heh. Furthermore, he’s peeved that he’s the judge forced to oversee their suit and screams at them, “Why are you two divorcing? WHY?!”

He tells them to rescind their suit, since he won’t watch them fight each other in court. Eun-jae bursts out, head bowed, that she’s sorry but can’t do that. The couple starts bickering about what is true and what is misunderstanding, ignoring Professor Jo until he mocks them by treating the fight like a boxing match, which shames them again.

Professor Jo points out both of their wrongdoings and rips up the papers. Still, Eun-jae warns Hyung-woo that she’s pressing forward, saying that she hasn’t even brought out her last card yet.

Hyung-woo heads to Eun-jae’s mother’s restaurant and eats her noodles enthusiastically. It’s cute how well these two have taken to each other now that they’ve met, but Mom’s huge smile fades when he asks if he can come clean to Eun-jae about Mom’s case. Mom tells him that Eun-jae’s likely to divorce him if he confesses that, which I guess is the definition of damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

Mom sighs that she’s hurt Eun-jae a lot, and apologizes to Hyung-woo for the situation. He feels the burden of that, and can’t apparently break his promise to Mom even at the possible expense of his marriage. So Hyung-woo drinks, stuck between his emotional rock and hard place.

Eun-jae frets at home, not up to the task of opposing Professor Jo with her lawsuit. Hyung-woo comes home and collapses on the couch, mumbling to himself, “Why’d we turn out this way? I married you because I love you. You’re the only one for me…”

Eun-jae isn’t immune, but she shakes it off by telling herself he’s acting, trying to earn sympathy points.

Hee-soo drops by the Hope office and tells Eun-jae with a heavy heart that she wants to give up on her case. A lawyer met with her father, who’s very ill, and she fears that continuing with the case will kill him. Furthermore, she’s being harassed by her old sunbaes and is tired of it all.

Eun-jae gently says she hopes Hee-soo will stick with the case, sympathizing with her for her troubles and advising her that continuing will enable her to leave this burden behind her freely. She urges her to keep her head up and remember there’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Hee-soo runs into Hyung-woo on her way out, telling him of her intention to give up. She tells him that Eun-jae had told her that even coming this far was admirable, not having pressed her to stick with it. Hyung-woo says he can’t approve this decision, and Hee-soo tells him gently, “That’s why we broke up.”

Hyung-woo comes home and tells Eun-jae she should have convinced Hee-soo to continue with her lawsuit. She counters that it’s her job to abide by the client’s wishes.

He asks if spite had anything to do with her backing off, which is probably the worst thing he could do to pour oil on that flame — he’s simultaneously reminded her of old fights, challenged her professionalism, called her ethics into question, and accused her of jealousy. Way to multi-task. At her indignant response, he says, “If not, fine.” But that’s not the kind of thing you can’t just bring up and then dismiss, and Eun-jae’s so upset she throws her bag of chips at his retreating back.

He doesn’t get her sudden fury, while she shoves some of his clothes into a bag and shoves him out the door. Hyung-woo drives to the Hope office, where he finds Gogi sleeping outside on a bench with a bag of his own. Hilariously, when Hyung-woo pokes him awake, he jerks upright with a “Hello?” as though he’s answering a phone. Haha.

Hyung-woo wonders if he should just go along with the divorce since this is taking its toll on him too, to which Gogi retorts, “Are you the only one who has it hard? Marriage is tough for Mr. Go from Jeju Island too, and for Hirayama in Japan, and also for Obama in America.” (HA! to the Miss Riley reference.)

Eun-jae meets Young-joo, who’s drinking after kicking Gogi out. The women rant together about husbands who accuse wives of nagging without considering their own wrongs. Eun-jae says that she’s made her final decision today take things to their bitter end.

The next morning, she calls Hyung-woo to the roof and speaks to him in jondaemal — a fact that takes him aback, since they’ve spoken to each other in the familiar banmal all this while.

(In Korean, once you go from the polite jondae to banmal, you almost never go back. The only exception I can think of off the top of my head is when boys grow up and go from using banmal to jondae with their mothers out of respect, but that’s not a universal rule.) In this case, it indicates Eun-jae’s determined to cut ties fully and treat him like a stranger. Or maybe just an acquaintance.

She tells him that she’s no longer his wife Eun-jae, but the lawyer handling his wife’s divorce case. Ha! Oh, this should be good if they’re both representing themselves. Disastrous to their lawsuit, for sure, but great for entertainment value.

Hyung-woo argues that he and Hee-soo are nothing to each other, but Eun-jae tells him he’s the one who made her doubt him. And even now, he has failed to provide a reasonable explanation. He still can’t bring himself to out with the truth (about working on her Mom’s case), but vows to keep this divorce from going through, and she’s basically all, Bring it.

Hyung-woo’s mother arrives at Hope to ask Eun-jae about the contract for her building. Hyung-woo belatedly hears that the two ladies left to deal with contract, and hurries off to prevent disaster.

Eun-jae recognizes the storefront the minute they arrive, realizes the situation, and tries to stall. But Mom-in-law urges her inside, and without a good excuse for why she can’t go inside, Eun-jae cringes and waits for the other shoe to drop.

Mom’s mouth drops to recognize her and calls out her name. Hyung-woo pulls up to the store and joins them just as his own mother is wondering why they know each other.

He looks at Eun-jae anxiously as she goes from confusion to understanding, as she realizes that her husband has been consulting with her estranged mother.

 
COMMENTS

Like girlfriday has pointed out, you can see the argument both for why this couple should divorce, and why they’re better off together, which is one of the drama’s strengths. Even though I find myself leaning toward Eun-jae in this episode — mostly because I find it incredibly frustrating that Hyung-woo won’t explain his suspicious behavior but asks her to trust him anyway — I don’t think it’s all his fault, either. It’s a case where these two have such different styles of handling things, and on a daily basis it really matters that two people be on the same page if they’re going to try to live together.

I can sort of (barely) get why Hyung-woo chooses not to tell Eun-jae about her mother’s case, even though it’s the chief source of aggravation for me. Even if he didn’t tell her the whole truth about where he was or what he was doing, he could offer some kind of explanation other than “I wasn’t cheating, why don’t you trust me?” If it was a simple case of her asking where he was and him saying he couldn’t reveal it, maybe he could invoke that trust clause. But when she’s caught him in multiple lies, he doesn’t really have a leg to stand on.

But I can see that he’s not at liberty to tell Eun-jae about the Mom situation, not just because he promised her and promises are important, but because he’s acting as Mom’s lawyer, and now he’s bound by his professional code of ethics. Attorney-client privilege, and all that. Plus, it’s been established that Hyung-woo is the fiercely idealistic one, so it makes sense that he takes that part of his job extremely seriously. It’s just that his way of handling Eun-jae’s doubt and his lies is so ineffectual and lame — which is why I’m vastly relieved that the secret has come to an end with this four-way showdown.

Can I take just a minute to talk about Hot Bartender, aka Ha Suk-jin? For some reason I find myself really drawn to his character, and I promise it’s not (just) because he’s hot. (By the way? He should totally play Siwon’s older brother in something.) It doesn’t hurt that I’ve been waiting years for Ha Suk-jin to act in something decent, either, after seeing him in lackluster dramas and then having him pick a couple of those dailies that I never watch. But there’s something about his character that I like, the guy who stands by and watches painfully as the woman he loves (or at least has a crush on) cries over another man who doesn’t treat her the way you can see she deserves to be treated. It’s very Jung Il-woo-esque from Unstoppable High Kick, which is the story line that basically got me to watch 160+ episodes of that show. Sadly, I really doubt the show is going to delve into his character that deeply, but I’d love it if they did; it’s almost like Jung Il-woo’s High Kick character ten years later (and therefore totally legal). It’s almost enough to make me root for him instead of the dense hero.

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44 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Lordj

    Thanks jb!!!
    Now we get to the divorce part!!!
    Off reading…

    • 1.1 Lordj

      I know that they had this whirlwind romance thing and they were married for sometime.

      But, its kind of questionable how come their mothers never knew each other. Did Eun-jae pretend to be orphan perchance? Coz in my opinion, any sane mother would want to know her daughter-in-law’s family.

      Oh well, I better wait for the backstory then. Thanks again jb!

      • 1.1.1 mollywinks

        I think Eun-jae told her mother-in-law that she’s estranged from her mother; in a previous episode, I believe Mom-in-Law asked Eun-jae when the latter would finally introduce her to Eun-jae’s mom.

        Thanks, jb! Love this drama!

  2. sUSIE

    Thanks JAVABEANS, I thought you have given up on this one! I know that you don’t know me , but I LOVE YOU AND GIRLFRIDAY anyway,. *Muahhh*THANK YOU!!

  3. Ani

    Ha Suk-jin (not to be mistaken for Suk-jin Big Nose Hyung) versus Hyung-woo. Man…. hot hot HOT. I hope he makes Hyung-woo so jealous that Hyung-woo goes all out to get Eun-jae back. Battle of the hotties BEGIN!

  4. Silvergirl

    This should be interesting! Thanks for the recap!

    I’m just wondering where to watch this with english subs? Kimchi only has until episode 2.

  5. KDrama Fan

    Hurrah for Can’t Lose!

    Such a relief to have a drama that is not all angsty.

    Thanks JB for the recap.

  6. Lydia

    Am I the only one who is not convinced that Hyung Woo is truly over his ex?

    I have to say that Javabeans did an amazing job of recapping this episode. She is able to see beyond the skin dip. I never thought Hyung Woo’s relationship with EJ’s mom as more than just inlaws, but a lawyer-client relationship, thus is protected under confidentiality agreement. This is why we shouldn’t take a family’s case without the knowledge of your spouse!!! you never know when the lines have been crossed.

    • 6.1 Ani

      From the moment he saw her I never really thought he was truly over her.. Or at least he still had some unresolved feelings…

  7. superman26

    Thanks for the recap~ haha~ I TINK im more reading den watching the show~ hehhee..c”,)

  8. laya

    Thanks for the recap!

  9. daisy

    Thanks JAVABEANS, amazing recap
    I feel so pity for Hyung-woo.
    he look after his wife in his way.
    I hope he can make Eun-jae trust him again.

  10. 10 ayal

    Ha Suk-jin was in Once Upon a Time in Saengchori, which was awesome. He was the male lead there and did a great job playing a math genius who loses his ability to read numbers. Hi.lar.ious.

    • 10.1 javabeans

      Aw, $!@#%*$%(*$*(@$. Does this mean I have to watch Saengchori now?

      I DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR ALL THESE OBSESSIONS.

      • 10.1.1 Hannah25

        You should – it’s a really good fun drama that also has a hottie second lead (everyone favourite scholar from Dong Yi, Kim Dong Yoon).

        Am up to Ep 11 at the moment. Love the suspicious looking villagers as well.

      • 10.1.2 Smurfy

        DC blog speculates that he is the half brother of EJ!! Hehe…

  11. 11 lucille

    THANKS JB/GF….Now we/I can fully understand much of the situation… It would be really nice if we could have the characters’ dialogues… The bylines/taglines/exchanges are really important for this kind of story because despite its simple plot, the characters exchanges and actions makes the story exciting and engaging to viewers… Haiish really need to study korean :)

    “Hyung-woo shuts himself in his office and reads over the paperwork. Eun-jae has filed on grounds that he goes out of his way to avoid talking (true), lies a lot (again true), sneaks around with his ex-girfriend (sadly also undeniable), and the like.” — Thumbs up to JB for explaining the lawsuit :) really really need to study korean!

    “At the restaurant, the group separates into ladies vs. men. The wives (and Deuk-hee) chat cheerily about “investing in yourself” and “valuing yourself,” while the husbands (and Woo-shik) sit there uncomfortably. Gogi warns that it’s scary when women change their styles suddenly. Hahah ” — as ive said before hell has no fury like a woman scorned..heheh..

    “Hyung-woo finally gets Eun-jae alone afterward and asks what the matter is all of a sudden, and why she won’t talk to him about it. She answers that it wasn’t sudden, and that she tried, but he ran away every time. True, all true.” …. “She gets up to leave and he balks, saying he’s not done talking to her yet. She asks, “It’s infuriating when you’re the one on that end, isn’t it? I felt like this every day.” — these are clearly elaborated in ep 1 and 2 hence “the purpose of their japan trip” .

    “Eun-jae drinks by the river today with Hot Barkeep, who chokes on his beer when she announces filing for divorce… An interesting detail comes out about their relationship, in that Hot Barkeep has been giving money to Eun-jae’s mother at her request. Eun-jae sends money to Mom periodically, but it seems that Suk-jin has to make excuses so that Mom doesn’t know it’s really from her daughter. ” — am excited about this, who is HotBarkeeper in EunJae’s life? Is he a thirdwheel or someone that will help the couple go back to each other? :)

    “He tries to ingratiate himself to her and insists on engaging in conversation, since that was her main complaint, and follows her around the apartment doggedly. She finally grabs his face in her hands, then looks around in mock puzzlement, wondering if there’s a mosquito in here, because she can hear this annoying buzzing sound. HA. Why are these so cute when they’re bickering?” —- wahahaha.. Im totally with JB, such scene was totally hilariously well delivered… :)

    “They get the call to come meet Professor Jo, who sends away the staff before asking the couple how they’re doing. They’re like errant schoolchildren in front of him, trying to maintain appearances and shrinking back in fear of upsetting/angering/disappointing him.” — totally love the judge.. a father figure for both of them.

    “Mom’s mouth drops to recognize her and calls out her name. Hyung-woo pulls up to the store and joins them just as his own mother is wondering why they know each other. He looks at Eun-jae anxiously as she goes from confusion to understanding, as she realizes that her husband has been consulting with her estranged mother.” — now the cat is out of the bag! will be waiting for ep 6 and the succeeding episodes!

    CL FIGHTING!!!

  12. 12 trishchan

    ha suk jin was fantastic in once upon a time in saengchori! his character was waaaaaay more interesting in that than his other mainstream dramas. really hope he gets a meatier role in this!!! pleeeeeease! (and totally not just because he’s super hot)

  13. 13 Rachael

    *chortles* Oh JB, you make me really wonder if I’ll be getting a second amusement depending on which way they take the bartender. However, thanks for the recap as I’m really enjoying this! So cute and fun while not having an aggravating female lead!

  14. 14 drama fan

    something about Choi Ji Woo looks mean…. and old. Even in winter sonata when she acted like a high school student by putting her hair in pigtails… that was just embarrassing. she does not have the baby face to pull those roles off. I preferred her in Air City.

    just my personal opinion

    • 14.1 Lydia

      Are you the same person who copied someone else’s user ID and wrote bad stuff about CJW all over the internet? how about giving thumbs down in all her videos on Youtube? it’s that you too? there is only one thumb down in a lot of CJW videos , it must have been done by someone who spites her!

      • 14.1.1 drama fan

        no that would not be me. i don’t hate her nor would i behave so childishly to “spite” someone I don’t even know. I’m merely commenting on her appearance, which I have a right to do so in sharing my opinion.
        In addition, I think Drama Fan is such a generic name… to be honest i have no idea which videos you are referring to but i highly doubt there would only be one thumbs down….. please provide a link to support your argument.

        • 14.1.1.1 via

          @drama fan.. Im so glad that it wasn’t you who did all the accused from @Lidya.. However my personal opinion I do love CJW appearance in this drama, I also think her appearance in Air City is great too.. she looks like a succesfull career woman in that drama.. but again I love her appearance in any drama she is in and all the magazine all the advertises.. I think she’s not old, its suit her age well.. I even love her without any make up.. what can I say.. I am her biggest fan!!!! :-)

  15. 15 Noelle

    I actually want them to divorce. I think them finding their way back to each other after they break up would be better. They can give themselves time to actually date and get to know each other. That would be more interesting then having them decide to stay together before they go through with the divorce.

  16. 16 kay

    have you checked out hotbar boy in saengchori? that was a wonderful drama. thanks for the recap as always!

  17. 17 Ann

    many thanks for the recap JB. much much more interesting….before reading I also think lastnight EunJae is a bit too much on her husband….but after reading to know more detail…yes…she has her reason to be angry !!
    I really love and enjoy this drama very very much can’t wait to see them find their way back together….Can’t Lose Fighting !!!!

    PS. I love that drama still keep some funny laughing part while the story now on the drama way….

  18. 18 ck1Oz

    Oh boy.I feel pain on both sides.I know that’s the story’s premise but it is still painful to watch.

    Thank you for the recap.

  19. 19 Dara

    Thanks JB, I felt sad for HW when he’s drunk lying next to EJ, that how did they come to be like this? It’s the question that gets me every time between a couple.

  20. 20 via

    I also loving this drama a lot!!! Thanks for the recap javabean…

  21. 21 Smurfy

    No doubt, only his client (mother-in-law) can waive the attorney client privilege, but he has a fiduciary duty to the partner (his wife) of his law firm to ensure he is acting in good faith and no conflicts of interst at all times.

    He is knowingly engaged in conflicts of interst activities that put his partner’s case in jeopardy and his own mother in disgrace!! He is such an IDIOT and definitely guilty of misconduct. From a legal standpoint, EJ should have him strike off from the bar and kick him out. ^___________^

    Nevertheless, I really don’t like to see him kneeling down to his wife and yet got bitten. It is such a BIG DISGRACE to MAN-kind!!

  22. 22 Smurfy

    BTW, EJ new hairstyles look like an old broomhead that curves both sides!! ^____________^ Yuck!!

  23. 23 bei

    i love this drama!!

  24. 24 sahel

    yoon sang hyun opa saranghaeyo.kisss you

  25. 25 Angel

    HW accused EJ of telling his ex girlfriend to give up on her lawsuits. I could feel for EJ because he should know that EJ is still mad with him for not being truthful to her on his ex relationship and yet he came home accusing EJ. How could he be so dumb? Any woman would be mad for her husband to take side with his ex. Urg… I am still fuming when I think about it.

  26. 26 Senris

    The attorney-client privilege means he can’t disclose anything his client says to him–but it DOESN’T extend to the members of his law firm (i.e. he can disclose details to his clerks or partners as they work on the case together) and it sure doesn’t extend to his concealing his client’s identity, which should be on the firm records anyway. In America, a firm representing both opposing sides of a lawsuit is against the Professional Rules; I doubt things are much different in Korea. So Hyung-woo is not only an idiot, he’s committing malpractice by concealing the fact that he’s representing Eun-jae’s mother. No sympathy for him!

    • 26.1 Senris

      Rather, he’s committing malpractice by representing Eun-Jae’s mother when he knows (or should know) that Eun-Jae is representing HIS mother. And he’s causing Eun-Jae to commit malpractice by concealing his representation of the opposing party. This is why I can’t watch lawyer shows…

  27. 27 Eeefu

    wait a minute … I must have lost my mind – I thought she forgot to register their marriage the second time; when did the marriage registration get done?

    • 27.1 Sierra

      She finally registered her marriage in episode 2 after being reminded by Hyung Woo twice.

      • 27.1.1 Eeefu

        How’d I miss it? Thanks.

  28. 28 minjee

    hello! are you going to recap The Princess’ Man? The thing is I started watching bits and pieces before and halfway, i watched episodes and the show’s really good. I saw its ratings and I think its a good show to recap :) Just a thought, thanks!

  29. 29 mjfan

    I just love this drama!! I hope it wont lose its fun and entertaining tone and bring on the angst like many other dramas , CJW , fighting……

  30. 30 peanut butter

    I LOVE Ha Suk Jin. He and his love interest is the only reason I watched I Am Happy. Otherwise, I probably would never have watched that drama.

    As for Can’t Lose, at this point I am definitely sticking with Eun Hae’s side but I do love the chemistry between her and Hyung Woo. Especially when their bickering.

  31. 31 Abbie

    I seriously love this show! I was kind of teeter tottering at first but now I love it! I’m glad the Mother-in-law’s lawsuit is coming to the fore! Can’t wait to see what happens!

    Also, “(By the way? He should totally play Siwon’s older brother in something.)” Talking about Ha Suk-jin, I totally agree with you JB! They look so alike!

    Thanks for the recap, Javabeans!

  32. 32 Lilian

    Loved the relationship between Eun Jae and the bar guy… =)

    it’s nice to have someone to share with who is not biased , unlike Kogi’s wife!

    and Yeah, I caught the Miss Ripley part too! haha…

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