Drama Recaps
The Musical: Episode 5
by | October 7, 2011 | 57 Comments
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It sometimes stuns me when I think that we’re only in episode 5 and so many things seem to happen. And yet in perspective, the series is probably chugging along at just the right pace for a once-a-week drama. In this episode, I found myself spewing forth venomous hate for some characters, and sympathy for others.

For Yoo Jin, I just feel so ready to unzip that cold exterior of his and discard it like a sweater!

So what is the decision!?

Bok Ja waits in the auditorium with Eun Bi and doesn’t make her feel any better about the situation. She argues that Kang Hee probably still wants Jae Hee back, and so even if Eun Bi makes it, Kang Hee will still make her life a living hell.

The winners are announced, and Bok Ja runs off outside to see if she can find out the results. No need to leave the room though – Yoo Jin strides in moments later and goes straight up to Choo Jung Won. Eun Bi immediately has a sinking feeling, but she doesn’t seem too depressed about it. If only she had heard Yoo Jin say, “Thanks for coming out today but we’ll work with you next time.”

…!!! Eun Bi won! And she’s so shell-shocked that she leaves Yoo Jin hanging, his hand outstretched for a shake, when he informs her of the role.

Jung Won leaves the auditorium and bumps into Kang Hee, who’s holding out a coffee cup as a means for an apology. These two go way back, having started auditioning around the same time. Thing is, Kang Hee managed to get a meteoric rise to fame while Jung Won is still stuck auditioning for roles. Jung Won isn’t too bitter though; she notes that Eun Bi is just like Kang Hee. When they started out, Kang Hee was quite a terrible singer, but she slowly improved and was passionate about musicals.

(Heh. As long as Eun Bi doesn’t grow into a mega-*itch when she becomes famous, I think we can safely say that these two are different.)

Kang Hee smiles ruefully – was she really like that? Jung Won holds her hands up in surrender. She lost fair and square; she knows that Eun Bi is better suited for the part because she is Do Hwa, the gumiho.

Eun Bi, Jae Hee, and company all celebrate at Gu Jak’s restaurant with some drinks, snacks, and acappella singing. Later when they all walk home drunk and happy, Eun Bi and Jae Hee fall behind, being the only sober ones in the group. He finds her amusing – like a little pet dog – and grabs her into a hug, congratulating her on a job well done.

The world needs more men who can say their feelings out loud!!

Meanwhile Yoo Jin reviews the footage from the audition so that he can prepare any necessary contracts for getting the show on TV. Ra Kyung teases him for being such a workaholic and following every rule to a tee. When Eun Bi comes on for her interview segment, Ra Kyung can’t help but be impressed by her. All the other hopefuls talked about the scope of the production, of how famous they might become. Only Eun Bi talked about the role, wanting to understand and be Do Hwa as she sings Jae Hee’s song.

The next morning, Eun Bi delivers milk as usual. We finally see what she writes on the strawberry milk carton she delivers to Kang Hee’s home: “Sunbae! Have a great day today!” It’s a bright message that lifts Sang Won’s mood as he wonders who on earth delivers their milk. Kang Hee is less impressed, and she feeds the strawberry milk to her cat while drinking regular milk. While it is a bit insulting to feed Eun Bi’s heartfelt delivery to a cat, I also notice that the cat is probably the only thing Kang Hee loves in that house, and she gives it preferential treatment with the milk delivered to her with preferential treatment.

Kang Hee opts to join the three-day workshop with the rest of the musical company, which is surprising to Sang Won as she’s never gone before. While everyone else rides the bus together to the workshop cabin, Kang Hee, Sang Won, Ra Kyung, and Yoo Jin squeeze into one car.

It’s going to be an interesting trip with the Diva around.

Jang Joon Hyuk, the assistant director, greets them all at the workshop dorms and gives them room assignments. Of course, Bok Ja and Eun Bi get to room together. Kang Hee gets a special VIP room to herself, which is unprecedented as Sang Won never got such a nice room despite being president of the musical company. They have a nice view of the yard, and observe the cast playing a game with Jae Hee in the fold.

Kang Hee wonders if she’s ever laughed as freely and carelessly as Eun Bi does. Sang Won says no – she was always the “cool, elegant, diva” Kang Hee. HA – I kind of pity her.

Joon Hyuk calls everyone to the practice hall by marching up and down the dorm halls like a drill sergeant. He bumps into Ra Kyung, who’s carrying a heavy bag full of energy drinks. Ra Kyung is the sweetest girlfriend ever – she joins the trip not only as a marketing director, but as a photographer and an extra staff hand. She hands Joon Hyuk a can, and kindly rejects his offer to help. Joon Hyuk is smitten.

Jae Hee sneaks down to Eun Bi’s room and knocks, whispering that he’s brought coffee to share. Imagine his surprise when Kang Hee opens the door. She came to teach Eun Bi and Bok Ja some yoga moves, which they’ve promptly begun to practice.

Jae Hee makes the coffee, but remains suspicious of why Kang Hee is being oh-so helpful towards Eun Bi. Only Bok Ja enjoys her cup of coffee; she finds this whole triangle more interesting drama than… any old TV drama.

Jae Hee conducts practice and warm up. He has everyone start doing harmonies and then split off into pairs of two. Bok Ja immediately latches on to Eun Bi to be a pair, but suddenly Kang Hee calls out: Would Eun Bi like to pair up with her?

With such a public request, Eun Bi goes over to Kang Hee. Everyone watches as Kang Hee orders Eun Bi to sing the higher tone and she’ll support with the lower tone, even though Eun Bi sucks at higher tones. Eun Bi struggles, and Kang Hee continues to correct Eun Bi’s stance, making her keep her shoulders back and chin up.

Sang Mi is surprised to see that Kang Hee isn’t as cold as her reputation suggests, but Bok Ja remains skeptical. If Kang Hee really were always so nice, then why is her husband watching this scenario with great interest, as if he’s never seen it before? I swear, suddenly Bok Ja has become our wise narrator for this episode.

Suffice to say, Jae Hee is miffed to see Kang Hee doing such “nice things” and threatening his position as Eun Bi’s mentor. That evening at the barbecue, she feeds Eun Bi with lettuce-wrapped meat. Egh – I’ve got shivers up my spine…

Next day, new practice. Eun Bi sings the solo, once again performing like she did at the audition with the long pause. Jae Hee and the rest of the cast clearly approve, but then Kang Hee offers her own version. Of course, she belts out the lyrics with plenty of emotion, but no sweet/innocent pause in the middle. Everyone claps for her performance too, because it is quite amazing. But their faces also say, “Meh. Typical diva.”

Eun Bi claps enthusiastically and agrees with Kang Hee’s interpretation. That annoys Jae Hee, since he waaay prefers Eun Bi’s interpretation. He even calls her outside late at night about it, telling her to keep to her own opinions and convictions rather than be swayed by Kang Hee.

She explains that she’s not just letting Kang Hee have her way. Kang Hee was her inspiration, her idol, and to receive a lesson from her – even if it requires her to change her interpretation of a song – is an honor. As much as Eun Bi is Jae Hee’s muse, Kang Hee is Eun Bi’s muse and source of inspiration.

Jae Hee takes Eun Bi’s hand and tries to tell her that Kang Hee isn’t like her. Of course, Eun Bi takes that quite literally, so she doesn’t get Jae Hee’s hidden meaning – Kang Hee doesn’t have the same soul and innocence as Eun Bi, and the difference between them is what makes Eun Bi so valuable to this production. It’s not “Kang Hee’s show;” this musical could very well be “Eun Bi’s show” – if Eun Bi would allow herself to shine.

Eun Bi heads back first. She runs past Yoo Jin, who’s outside making a call. He watches her leave, and then watches Jae Hee walk after her. Then he sees Jae Hee freeze on his way back to his room and look up at a balcony, where Kang Hee is looking down at him. Yoo Jin just watches this triangle merry-go-round before heading back to his own room.

Jae Joon meets with the director friend for lunch, wanting to know if there are any hot new actresses who can give him a good time. The director is more business minded, and notes that Yoo Jin just might succeed with the new musical he’s investing 3 million in. (“Chungdamdong Gumiho” is getting a total of 5.5 million for a budget, more than Gu Jak ever expected. Plenty of lives are at stake for the success of this musical.) If Yoo Jin succeeds, Jae Joon can say bye-bye to his post on the board of directors.

The director friend wants Jae Joon to stir up some fear in the investors, raise issue about such a big budget for a rookie actress to star with Bae Kang Hee. Maybe then the investors will lose faith in Yoo Jin and oust him, and then Jae Joon can come back and head the musical fund for the company. That would be favorable to both their interests.

Last day of the workshop – Jae Hee plays a sample of the musical’s score for the entire company. Everyone is excited, but Jae Hee is quite dispirited. On his way out of the auditorium, he bumps into Yoo Jin, who observes that Jae Hee should stop favoring Eun Bi so much. He leaves Jae Hee with some food for thought: so many lives and money are being invested into this musical that it would be great if Jae Hee could focus on the project, and not just one person.

Ra Kyung films a short interview of Kang Hee in her room, with Eun Bi watching. They admire how composed and wise Kang Hee comes across, and she advises Eun Bi to be careful of what she says in an interview. Things can easily get skewed, and information that she may think is off-record may actually be on record.

Then it’s Eun Bi’s turn for an interview, and Kang Hee has a bright idea. Makeover time!

Everyone’s gathered in the airy lobby doing their own thing, but they stop and ogle at the sight of Eun Bi dressed in a tight, little black dress with make-up and heels. Catcalls fill the air as they marvel at how different she looks, but Jae Hee is the only one who can smell Troublesome Kang Hee all over this…

He confronts Kang Hee in her room right away – why is she being so nice to Eun Bi? Well, simply put, she wants to replace Jae Hee as a mentor. She wants to spend as much time as possible with Eun Bi so that the rookie will learn how Kang Hee truly feels about Jae Hee. Kang Hee posits that Jae Hee just wants Eun Bi to fall in love with him, and so she will be the true guide to stardom instead. However, she’s more likely to just torture Eun Bi and make her see what Kang Hee really is like.

In the interview, Ra Kyung asks Eun Bi why she went to med school in the first place. Eun Bi had promised to find a cure for her grandmother’s lung condition, and so she has been on that track ever since. However, her grandmother also recognized that Eun Bi’s heart lied somewhere else. She gave Eun Bi her blessing to go and pursue her dreams; a promise to find a cure isn’t worth sacrificing her happiness.

Yoo Jin comes upon this part of the interview, and he clearly doesn’t think much of Eun Bi’s heartfelt history. He rudely interrupts, asking Ra Kyung out for coffee. Eun Bi isn’t stupid about this slight, and runs after Yoo Jin to confront him. Does he hate her or something?

Yoo Jin smiles his emotionless, toothy smile, and says he doesn’t hate her at all. He doesn’t love her either, but he doesn’t hate her. Or so he says! Ra Kyung catches them in this conversation and gives him her two-cents later: Eun Bi is like Yoo Jin’s father, and therefore he’s transferring his anger and vulnerability towards Eun Bi instead.

Yoo Jin insists he doesn’t feel that way, but I’m pretty sure he’s an idiot to his own feelings so…

Standing from his balcony, he watches the cast members jump on a trampoline one by one, and is taken back to a memory in his childhood. His father, Jin Young, was riding a jetski boat towards him, going to pick him up for a ride around the lake. However his mother, Sun Hee, had stepped in, wanting them to head back home because Grandfather (and the company) was expecting them.

But his father wanted to have more fun, being the more free-spirited one in the couple. He had worked hard for this vacation! Of course, Jin manages to get on the jetski as well.

Why this happy memory? What happened that soured his relationship with his father?

Back at the company, Uncle reports to Grandfather that they should expand their business to China. Though he had submitted a report supporting increased investments to the States, he wants to go to China because of a government official there who will help them in the Chinese market. Grandfather: “What happens if that one guy gets sick or dies? You want us to make a big investment based on one man’s promise, and throw away all the hard work of your employees?”

Embarrassing Uncle at the meeting, Grandfather orders him to keep up the good relations with that one man, but to create new plans for investment in two days. Uncle is angered that Grandfather won’t even trust him – the CEO of the company – with matters like this, always giving him problems to solve but then secretly holding the answers behind his back. Jin Young isn’t coming back to the company, so Grandfather might as well start trusting him and Jae Joon a little more.

Grandfather scoffs – Jae Joon run his company? Uncle thinks that if Jae Joon gets the right position, he will learn how to be more responsible. (HA! Where’s the sense in that logic?! Especially with that skirt-chaser of a son!)

That evening, everyone gathers together for a team bonding game. Gu Jak, Sang Won, and Yoo Jin gather to watch as the entire cast get into a circle and hold hands. The game is for one outsider to do his best to get into the circle, while everyone else who forms it has to do their best to keep them out. It’s a game that requires teamwork, but it also reveals people’s true natures.

Social people get in easily because they get along with everyone. But people who are aloof or distant don’t get in because others end up being meaner towards them. They make it harder for them to get in, and in that action, reveal what they truly think about that person.

Kang Hee volunteers to be outside the circle. Of course, she immediately goes towards Jae Hee, hoping that he’ll let her in, but he pushes her away, unrelenting. She tries other people, but can’t get in; another member reassures Sang Won that Kang Hee will get in right away because she’s so famous, but he doesn’t seem to really believe him. Kang Hee finally gets in – through none other than Eun Bi, the one person in the group who probably loves her.

Next up is Eun Bi as the outsider. Eun Bi tries her luck with getting in through Kang Hee, but Kang Hee pushes her away quite violently. That act is not lost on Jae Hee, Sang Won, or Yoo Jin; actions speak louder than words, and they never lie.

Eun Bi finally gets in, and another team member – I’ll call him Yellow – volunteers. He gets pushy – all in good fun – but it makes the circle topple sideways and trip Ra Kyung, who is filming on the sidelines. She stumbles backwards, and ends up falling into the fire that was made in the middle of the field.

Joon Hyuk rushes to her aid, putting out the fire on her sleeve. Yoo Jin only stands from the picnic table and watches in shock.

Comments:

A lot in this episode focuses on character growth, which is what we need when the plot has been firmly set in motion. The ending scene about “actions speak louder than words” was a little expository and preachy for me, but I do enjoy how it summarized everything up. It reminds us that Kang Hee still hates Eun Bi no matter what she says, that Jae Hee still hates Kang Hee, that Sang Won can see through Kang Hee, that Joon Hyuk has a crush on Ra Kyung, and that most importantly Yoo Jin may not really love Ra Kyung.

Huzzah! I knew it! He couldn’t possibly be perfect with the perfect girlfriend! I just can’t wait to see the aftermath of this, because even though others may brush it off, you can never forget the fact that a stranger helped Ra Kyung, and her own boyfriend stood and watched.

And yet, I do feel a great deal of sympathy for Yoo Jin. His flashback to that memory of a summer day was quite nostalgic, and it really raised questions for me about what his deal is. What are his secret motivations? What issue estranged him from his parents? What happened that made him close himself off to the world?

Yoo Jin was probably the singularly most interesting character in this episode. After that, it’s Kang Hee – her jealousies are peeking through, and I enjoy watching Sang Won watch his own wife with fresh new eyes. His eyes say a thousand words, and I applaud him for that.

 
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57 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Myra

    YAY!!! first to comment. I really love this drama and thank you for a very good recap. I just wish that they will air 2 episodes per week just like the other ones…

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    • 1.1 Vee

      FOT REAL!!!!

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      • 1.1.1 Vee

        *FOR

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  2. Azzy

    Thanks for the recap!- Loving this drama so far

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  3. Donna

    Yoo Jin is totally fascinated by Eun Bi yet he routinely jumps to the wrong conclusion about her character and motivations. I agree with Ra Kyung, that Yoo Jin is projecting his resentment towards his father onto Eun Bi.
    I feel bad for Sang Won, must be hard watching your wife go to all the scheming and plotting over another man.
    Jae Hee is so adorable and I believe his motives are pure.

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    • 3.1 Alvina

      Honestly, my emotions run parallel but quite differently to yours.

      I think that YooJin’s view of the characters are a realistic view of the characters. His thoughts about the characters are what I would have had in the real world; if I was not viewing this drama through a screen.
      He sees KangHee as a pro because he’s never seen otherwise in the 1 year he has worked with her. But, he also is beginning to realize what kind of a person she is.

      He sees JaeYi as a tempermental artist, again, because he’s never had reason to think otherwise. Every single time they have met, JaeYi has proven YooJin’s perspective correct. And EunBi, the first time they had met, he sees her trying to sneak her way into a Musical. He thinks of her as someone who’s intelligent enough to be a doctor and who will do anything to get a role.

      JaeYi, on the other hand, I still feel pity for and I find myself wary of what he truly wants. I find it hard to believe in the “love at first sight” type of relationship he has with her. I mean, EunBi is his muse, I get it. But, I also feel like there should be something more… and I find it irresponsible of him to crowd her and push her.

      And yea… poor Sang Won and Ra Kyung. Both know too much for their own good. :(

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      • 3.1.1 Cham

        I agree with you I don’t really think his feelings for Eun bi will be lasting – she’s just a passing interest. Like with Kang Hee there’s so much chemistry even if they’re on opposite sides of the room you know that something happened between the two of them. Yeah his relationship with Eun Bi is cute but it really doesn’t compare – to him she really does seem like a pet, its like he”s confusing the feelings of inspiration he feels from her as love

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  4. Anime1234

    I wish television shows would stop giving cats milk to drink. It is bad for the kitty.

    I am very curious what the expression on Yu Jin’s face represents in that last pic.

    Thanks for the recap, Kaedejun!

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    • 4.1 WM

      I get upset with this, too. Milk is not good for kitty-cats tummy. :(

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      • 4.1.1 mey

        milk (except breast milk) is not good for humans either

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    • 4.2 Alvina

      really? I never knew that! What do you give cats to drink then?

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    • 4.3 MJ

      I’ve read somewhere that milk is not good for cats.

      Most cats are lactose-intolerant, and have problems digesting it like throwing up or having diarrhea.

      Some experts advise that cream is better than regular milk if you must give it to cats, probably because cream has less lactose than whole or skim milk.

      If you want to give milk to cats it should be lactose-free milk or a product called CatSip milk substitutes for cats.

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      • 4.3.1 Lee

        I always get annoyed with that to as I both love cats and am lactose intolerant. I think Kang Hee loves her cat only because she is as shrewd and fickle as they can be. They will go and be with other people as long as they provide her with something but JY seems to be her catnip.

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        • 4.3.1.1 Cynthia

          And it’s STRAWBERRY milk, to boot!
          If I was foolish enough to feed that to my cats, I’d be spending the day following them with a big roll of paper towels, listening to the sound of gacking….
          :)

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    • 4.4 himonogirl

      That’s why I love Dramabeans. Others would think that it’s only a blog recapping K-dramas, and here you learn so many other things if you wander on the comments road.

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  5. FlexibleSamurai

    Finally…

    I’ve been waiting for this. Thanks Kaedejun

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  6. WM

    I might have missed something (wouldn’t be the first time), but I didn’t think it showed exactly who got to Ra Kyung first: Joon Hyuk or Eun Bi (Eun Bi began running toward Ra Kyung, too). However, poor Yoo Jin really was just standing there, looking totally lost and shocked. I really enjoyed how they played the whole “actions speak louder than words” angle with that ending scene.

    I love this show so much, and whenever I see a new episode up I get so excited. Hurry up episode 6!

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    • 6.1 intyce

      To me it looked like Eun Bi got to Ra Kyung first….

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  7. Telenovelera

    I can’t believe how much I’m enjoying this drama, especially considering I’m not a fan of musicals.

    Thanks for the recap, especially because I needed a little dissection of the business/company stuff — I was a little lost until reading this. I feel that two things that really needed to happen on this episode did (one of the many reasons why I’m finding this to be such a satisfying and rewarding weekly habit):

    1) Yu Jin’s moderate scolding of Jae Hee. The last two episodes gave me the impression that while he may be saying otherwise, he is actually (perhaps unknowingly) falling for Eun Bi. Since she has already told him she wants to focus on her career as a musical actress, it’s good someone else told him to rein it in (all in good time, my man!).

    2) We learned a little more of Yu Jin’s background, hurray! I agree with you, Kaedejun, that he is the most compelling character so far. I think his story arc will be the most interesting to watch. I see major changes ahead! Bring the drama!

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    • 7.1 dee

      Agree. Maybe Yoo Jin will live a little with a cheerful Eun Bi. And probably it will get Jae Hee in the competition mood later since he ‘owns’ Eun Bi by himself now.

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  8. Noelle

    I’m really enjoying this show. The characters are always interesting. I’m a little disappointed in Eun Bi. I wish someone would just tell her to stick to her convictions and be herself instead of becoming a mini KH.

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  9. dany

    I just started watching this and it it really good, the two male leads are great (=hot), thanks for the recaps!

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  10. 10 Birdie

    Great episode. Thanks for the recaps,KD. Although it seems that GEB is gullible, I think she will go through having her idol worship crushed, and grow that way. Perhaps KH is not as evil as she seems to be. The story so far has not been boring or predictable . Love how the script is written.

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  11. 11 Buki

    I’m really enjoying the show, but i have a major pet peeve. It’s how Eun Bi rides her bike. Why is her bike seat so low. It’s too low for her size. It makes her look awkward and goofy on the bike. I know this is probably done on purpose, but any who bikes can see that they gave her an an il sized bike.

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  12. 12 kdrama filipina addict

    I have to say the main reason i started watching this was because of Goo Hye Sun after falling in love with her in Boys over Flowers but now im continuing to watch this drama because its just amazing. Im not really into musicals but the way the characters are played out, the storylines and interweaving love pairings is really entertaining, nothing is predictable and yet its still got a lovely charm and simple sweetness to it. As much as i love this drama, the fact that Daniel Choy has better hair than Goo Hye Sun is just disappointing, couldnt the hairstylist tried a little harder on her? apart from that, theyre just so cute together, love it. wonder when they will have a proper kiss? :)

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    • 12.1 Birdie

      Yeah I want to shoot Go Eun Bi hairstylist,too. In Boys Over Flowers, I love Jandi character, but then I also wanted to shoot her stylist (hair and clothes) , too!!

      DC and GHS do have a cute chemistry. Hoping for a hot kiss.

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  13. 13 Alvina

    There’s something about the way that Park Ki-Woong plays YooJin that I find absolutely amazing.

    The way his eyes are dead but his face is clearly smiling, the way he says caustic words while having a calm face.

    Damn, you’re right when you say that YooJin is an amazing interesting character in this episode. It was all about exploring his insight and his “outsider looking at the scenario” type of role in the drama.

    Whereas, KangHee just inspires me to feel pity for her. And, poor husband Sang Won. I just wish I could shake him and tell him to stop being SO.DAMN.COMPLACENT. but he’s so realistic and brilliant in his role.

    I’m loving this drama but hating its one episode per week run. I mean, in the long run, that’s the best policy imo. It gives everyone a nice break. But, to me the viewer, it’s less happiness in a week :D

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  14. 14 hugo

    Open letter to character, YooJin (not the actor, just his character); A person is accidently pushed into an open flame: Rush to save them! The person is in absolute mortal danger: Leap into action!! The person in question loves you in spite of the fact that you’re a bit of a jerk: Fly to her side and smother the flames with your own body if neccessary!!!!

    SHHHHEESH….I’m hoping that the guy who actually is smart enough to be smitten with Ra Kyung ends up with her. She’s way too good for YooJin at this point.

    Also at this point: What an awesome drama! Those people in South Korea have know idea what they are missing. ;)

    Thanks again for the recap, kaedejun.

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    • 14.1 junie

      totally agree with you hugo. those people in South Korea really have no idea they have missed out such a good drama. Sigh..I wish it could be aired 2 episodes/week…

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  15. 15 carpetfibers

    I completely love how this drama is progressing. At first, I found Eun Bi’s characterization awfully shaky, and it threw me out of the story. But it feels like the writers got a hold of Eun Bi by episode four, and with episode five, I’m totally invested.

    Each of the characters are so deeply interesting and layered. Even the seemingly simple-minded Jae Hee is showing nicely written– and acted– flaws. The ‘crush’ that he’s displaying is really a very selfish thing. Eun Bi is his muse, and he’s sort of thrown himself into that relationship carelessly. I say carelessly, because the way he acts really could translate to Eun Bi thinking he loves her– which he continues to say is not the case.

    I’m just glad that Eun Bi’s sensible enough to keep a handle on herself and remain somewhat skeptical of those motivations.

    Kang Hee is just great. I love her approach to ‘sabotaging’ Eun Bi; it has so much finesse and is far more clever than an out-right bitchy-diva act, which would have been the lazy way for the writers to handle it. This is far more manipulative and controlling, and it forms a master-apprentice relationship between herself and Eun Bi, which I think will be great food for future development.

    Betrayal is always far more hurtful when it’s created with honey and not knives, you know?

    And then there’s Yoo Jin. Wow. It’s just like Alvina wrote, Park Ki Woong is KILLING it. Yoo Jin is forever pleasant and in such absolute control. I’m just dying for that scene to come where he finally loses it and just rages or cries or does something that breaks the facade. I’m curious as to whether or not Ra Kyung’s injury at the end of episode five will act as the catalyst to this eventual break-down, or if it will come later. I’m kind of hoping it’ll be later– and provoked, inadvertently, by Eun Bi.

    Also, I’m just so impressed by the depth of characterization all the side personalities are being given. There is not an actor on The Musical who hasn’t been given a role that’s not three dimensional. I just love it. I’m so thankful The Musical finally got to air.

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    • 15.1 Alvina

      *slow claps*
      You put exactly what I was feeling into words. I cannot put it better than you have.

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    • 15.2 kdramalover

      Wow, totally agree with you. This is the first drama series with such dept of characterization filled with layers that it keeps the viewers interested and wanting more.

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  16. 16 anna

    I wonder what made Sang-won so head over heels in love with Kang-hee. Is it her passion for music.. because it can’t possibly be her personality.

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  17. 17 Mia

    i am slowly liking it ^^

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  18. 18 Saa

    While we’re firing Eun Bi’s hairstylist, can we do the same to her makeup artist as well? Her makeover is absolutely HIDEOUS.

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    • 18.1 carpetfibers

      Word. I’ve been trying to figure out why the haircut and extreme wardrobe change between Med Student!Eun Bi and Actress/Singer!Eun Bi even happened, and all I can guess is that they were going for some outward transformation thing. Kind of like when a woman might end a long relationship and then gets a new hair cut.

      New Hair Cut = New Start maybe?

      I dunno. I kind of think it failed. Maybe if they had included a brief ten second clip of Eun Bi at the hair dresser, confidently saying ‘Cut it all off’ while grinning into a mirror or something.

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      • 18.1.1 vulkagi

        But she was trying to pass as a boy to get into the chorus, remember?
        Also, Kang Hee did her makeup for the interview bit.

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  19. 19 yui

    do this drama get good rating in korea? *wonders*

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    • 19.1 Alvina

      it gets pretty bad ratings haha. The first episode was ranked 15th overall, and as far as I know, the rest of the episode weren’t even ranked…
      Maybe because it airs on a Friday?

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  20. 20 Schmazel

    Thank you for the recaps, kaedejun! The Musical is turning out to be a really nice watch. The pace in which the characters are developing and unfolding is also being done wonderfully. This one-episode-per-week drama is slowly converting me into a more patient person! ;)

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  21. 21 risk4

    Thanks for the recap,love the cast, love the plot and love the scoring. I hate Kang Hee but love her mean way to eun bi, make us saw Jae hee obviously ang hope he can end all his felling for Kang Hee.
    Please add more song from the ost. last friday is ep 6, recap please…Thanks forward…

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  22. 22 drmjs

    Agree with the comments above. I’m completely invested. The funny thing is its just a tweaked Pygmalion tale and yet the storytelling is tight. Each character is multi-faceted, you actually would like to hear about their back stories and how they came to be. Thanks for the recap Kaedejun.

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  23. 23 laya

    Thanks for the recap, KDJ! <3

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  24. 24 Misslenis

    KDJ ep. 6 is already up

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  25. 25 NaNa

    I adore Ku Hye Sun’s wide range of capabilities. She’s very talended, a hardworker and as an actor, she’s well-adapted into her role. Although sometimes (I don’t know why and pardon me for mentioning this,) I keep seeing (or imagining) Yoon Eun Hye protraying the character, Eun Bi. It’s probably because when it comes to a “boyish” character, Yoon Eun Hye just has that certain amount of antics and quirks to make the role utterly believable (see Coffee Prince). I’m not saying Ku Hye Sun isn’t selling her part as Eun bi well because she does. There’s just moments in the drama where I can help it but slightly cringe. I can’t put a finger on why I keep feeling that way but maybe It’s just me and my weird sensation.

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  26. 26 Fullday

    Some what if you tell me Jae Hee loves Eun Bi, it will not convince me. So far to me his intimate actions toward her may not meant that he loves her. This is one of the thing bothers me. I don’t know what is Jae Hee’s true thought and feeling toward Eun Bi.

    But I love this drama so far. One of the reason I give it a try is because Park Ki Woong and so far he did not disappoint me. :)

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    • 26.1 Fullday

      Yes, Ep. 06 is up and it is even better than previous one. Enjoy it!

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  27. 27 Sean

    I am really enjoying this drama right now. Thanks for the recap KDJ!
    ..and very good OST, too….

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  28. 28 ais

    I’m sad it doesn’t do well in the ratings game, its a very good show.
    I like eun-bi’s makeover :D

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  29. 29 eunhye05

    Thanks so much for a wonderful recap again! :) I really hope this show gets the recognition it deserves especially in korea where it matters a great deal. It’s really a very well made drama. If only it had more viewers on a friday night. :(

    Question – Why haven’t you guys updated the timeslots for the shows with The Musical on Fridays? :D

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  30. 30 Bellabean415

    I wish Yoo Jin were the main lead male :( I absolutely love his character and can’t wait to learn more about him. Daniel Choi is one of my favorite actors of all time, but his character Jae Yi is not nearly as interesting as Yoo Jin. At least, not yet. There are a million directions in which his character could be developed.

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  31. 31 kokare

    Just watched episode 6. No spoilers… I just wish it wasn’t an episode a week. I didn’t realize how much I would get sucked into it.
    I really love Ok Joo Hyun in this!!! I am very impressed by her carrying her character so well!!!

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  32. 32 kokare

    Oh and not that I have anything again Gu Hye Sun, but does it bother anyone else when she crinkles her nose when she doesn’t get something or likes something? I feel like she just smelled something funky like someone ripped a bad fart.

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  33. 33 Wendyz

    Mannn!! Ok-Joo Hyun did GREAT on her acting BRAVO
    when i watched her on this drama i feel like annoyed and very hate on this girl >< this is the first time i feel this way cant wait for next episodes :)

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  34. 34 River

    Just wanted to let you know that the strawberry-colored milk carton is actually Plain Fat Free Milk by Maeil, not actual strawberry milk….not that this helps to cats shouldn’t drink milk (which I never knew) discussion

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  35. 35 Lisa

    Eun Bi got me really angry this episode but I guess some of it is reasonable.

    JaeHee was right to scold her for ditching her artistic view on the Gumiho for Kang Hee’s way but at the same time, he did like EunBi’s view perhaps to spite KangHee then see how EunBi is becoming one with her character or that he is seeing EunBi becoming one with her character.

    Yet, EunBi is new to acting now that she finally has a role in a musical and she is acting with her idol, KangHee. It’s hard for her to not want to be like KangHee or want to obey KangHee. EunBi is not growing as much…she should start pushing more for what she wants rather than always let others take precedence before herself. I want EunBi to fight for herself and get what she wants.

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  36. 36 Sandra

    do you know the name of the actress that plays Choo Jung Won? she’s really pretty.
    Also, i’m loving the recaps. [:

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