Drama Recaps
Thousand Day Promise: Episode 5
by | October 31, 2011 | 72 Comments

This episode just about killed me dead. It’s D-day, otherwise known as fan-hitting time for le shit. I love how quickly we get here, how raw the emotions are, and as always, I’m madly in love with Jae-min. He really ought to just dispense with that silly car and ride around on a white horse.


Ji-hyung and Jae-min share a drink, and Ji-hyung confesses that he regrets it – regrets thinking that being the dutiful son was the right choice, when all he had to do was cast off that burden. He says he should’ve let it go, that he mistakenly thought that not stirring up trouble was the most important thing.

Jae-min tells him that he gave Seo-yeon his message, and that she said not to worry about her. Ji-hyung asks him to tell her that it wasn’t because he loved her any less, and how sorry he is. “I already know how pathetic I am. That I’ll spend the rest of my life being pathetic.” Yes, while that’s not untrue, it also does nothing for anyone, does it?

He adds that she should forget him as quickly as possible, and Jae-min tells him it’s pretty funny for him to be worried about that – she’s her and he’s him, so it’s really none of his concern anymore.

Jae-min reminds him that Seo-yeon hates dangling threads, loose ends. Ji-hyung sighs, “I know. But Jae-min-ah, I think I’ll be dangling my whole life.” Jae-min counters that he’s overstepping to worry about her. He knows it, but can’t help worrying anyway.

Ji-hyung loosens his tie, sighing that at least sitting here like this with Jae-min feels like he’s got a needle’s worth of breathing room. It’s a nice visual both as an action and a metaphor, because he’s so utterly suffocated by his life.

Myung-hee denies Moon-kwon’s request to quit working at her bakery (because he brings in the high school girls, ha) and at home she wonders if it’s because Seo-yeon is mad at her or something.

She confesses to badmouthing her when her husband pointed out a picture in a magazine saying it looked like Seo-yeon, and now she’s convinced Moon-kwon overheard and now both of them are mad. Ha. If only that was the height of their troubles, lady.

Jae-min tells Ji-hyung to stop being a crybaby and get it together. There’s nothing he can do for her anymore because she wants nothing to do with him. “So just consider her dead.” Ji-hyung says he gets it, and tears brimming, he asks that Seo-yeon at least know that it wasn’t because he loved her any less, and that he’ll spend the rest of his life endlessly sorry. Dude, what good does that do for anyone? GUH.

They get up to pay, and Jae-min heads to the counter… where he runs into Seo-yeon’s doctor. Oh. The doc recognizes him as Seo-yeon’s guardian and asks if he’s spoken to her about needing treatment soon. Jae-min says he hasn’t yet, and they part ways.

But Ji-hyung’s heard enough to know something’s seriously wrong with Seo-yeon, if Jae-min has met with a doctor because of her, and that if it were really nothing as Jae-min insists, the doctor wouldn’t be concerned with her treatment.

He asks what it is, if it’s cancer, what’s wrong. Jae-min holds his ground, insisting that they’re over and it’s Seo-yeon’s business. It starts to get heated as Ji-hyung relentlessly asks what’s wrong, and how he could stand here and pretend not to hear.

Jae-min: “She wouldn’t want you to know and neither do I. It has nothing to do with you – it’s our family, our business!” It turns into a shouting match as Ji-hyung pleads, but Jae-min refuses and sends him away. I want him to know, but I adore Jae-min for not making it easy.

Ji-hyung runs back into the restaurant to look for the doctor himself, and catches up to him on the street. He pleads with the doctor to tell him what’s wrong, insisting that he’s Seo-yeon’s boyfriend and her guardian too.

The doc says he can’t tell him because it’s the family’s private matter. Ji-hyung begs, asking if it’s cancer. The doc tells him that if he comes to the hospital tomorrow with Seo-yeon herself, then he’ll tell him everything. He adds that even if it’s not with him, she needs treatment.

Jae-min walks along and runs into Seo-yeon walking home just ahead of him. She’s barefoot and reciting the Lord’s Prayer in English, for some reason. Well that’s just the oddest drunk behavior I’ve seen to date.

He runs up and finds that she’s had some drinks, which she announces happily, since it was to celebrate her surprise bonus. She grins from ear to ear as she tells him it’s lots and lots of money, and she had a great time singing and dancing and drinking.

He worries about her feet, and she says she didn’t want to stumble in her heels and there was no one, so she just took ’em off. He says that she should’ve called him or Moon-kwon, and says that he’s here now.

He bends down to put her shoes back on, worried about her cutting up her feet, and offers to walk her home. Swooooooon. He insists on carrying her purse too, and she takes his arm, laughing that it’ll look like they’re dating.

She leans on him as they walk. “Oppa, thank you.” She says she’s grateful to Aunt and Uncle, Myung-hee and her husband too. “But I’m most grateful to you. Why? Because you always quietly took care of me. You’ve never hurt me, or made me feel like it was a burden. To me, you were always my biggest background.”

He asks why she’s talking in the past tense. She quickly corrects herself, “No, it’s past, present and future. Oppa you need to protect me. Don’t find a girlfriend. If you find a girlfriend and stop paying attention to me, I’ll be mad.”

Jae-min smiles, “That’s a really selfish thing to say.” Seo-yeon: “That’s right. I’m selfish. I’m going to be selfish.” She lets out a heavy, shaky sigh.

These two kill me. I don’t know if I’ve ever watched a drama where I cared LESS about the romantic relationship than I do about the oppa one, but damn.

He walks her home and watches her go up with a heavy heart. He gets a text from Ji-hyung, naming Seo-yeon’s doctor and his appointment with him tomorrow at 3. He calls and Ji-hyung totally lies that he’ll hear it from the doc tomorrow anyway, so Jae-min should just tell him now.

Urg, I’m so torn between wanting him to know but not wanting to give him the satisfaction of knowing. He finally railroads Jae-min into coughing up the truth, after swearing to keep it a secret from Seo-yeon. “It’s Alzheimer’s.”

Stunned, Ji-hyung goes through the same process of denial, wondering how it could be possible in someone so young, if maybe she was misdiagnosed. But no, Jae-min’s been down that road already, and researched doctors to know that hers is a well-respected one in his field. According to the doctor, she’s had it for about two years now (which would explain the long-term use of painkillers without an end to the headaches).

Jae-min tells him to just think of it as Seo-yeon’s fate, and not to feel guilt over it. “Do you see now why I said there’s nothing you can do?” He points out that Ji-hyung’s a week away from his wedding. Ugh. Jae-min asks him to keep his promise and not get involved.

At home, Moon-kwon puts on a brave face and promises to deal with the part-time job situation himself, rather than have Seo-yeon get involved. He panics for a moment when she struggles to remember the word for cereal as they talk about what to eat for breakfast. Both of them lurch for a moment, but then she finds the word.

He worries under his breath about her drinking, but it comes out loud enough for her to hear. He covers it up by saying that he’s just worried that it’ll be hard on her in the morning, but she smiles it off and says to worry about himself.

Ji-hyung sits staring blankly, as it starts to sink in. He flashes back to a happy moment in bed, when he had lied about not being ticklish. She insisted on testing it to be sure, when he caved and admitted to lying about it.

She wondered why on earth he’d lie about that, and he says it was to appear impressive in her eyes. She in turn tells him that when she was young she had an outy bellybutton, but it just changed one day, and now when she gives a push, she can turn it back into an outy. He totally falls for it and she laughs, wondering who’d fall for something so dumb.

It leads him to another memory, of the time they ran into each other at an art gallery, the first time they had seen each other in over eight years. He had returned from studying abroad, and it was long enough of a separation for them to not recognize each other right away.

He points out that they saw each other three years ago, when he came in to see Jae-min, which she had forgotten. He marvels at how she looks the same, and notices that she doesn’t put sugar in her coffee. “Because they say it’s bad for you. I have to live a long time.”

She asks about his fiancée, and when he’s getting married. He says in about a year… and as they have coffee, he asks her to lunch. And then as they have lunch, he asks her to dinner.

After dinner they walk along the river, holding hands. Ji-hyung: “What is this feeling? As if… since ages ago, since before I was born, since a thousand years before… I’ve been waiting for today.”

She tells him for her it’s déjà vu. She doesn’t believe in past lives, but she has the feeling that they’ve been here before, just like this, maybe in memory, maybe in dreams. He adds a vote to the past lives theory.

Back in the present, he weeps.

The next day he heads out of the hospital and has another memory, of Seo-yeon singing him happy birthday. He kisses her before she can finish the song and she sighs that she’d like to die right then and there.

What a heartbreaking thing to remember – something she said to mean how happy she was, but now just ringing in his ears tragically.

Seo-yeon spends the day at work in good spirits, until she gets a call at her desk. It’s Ji-hyung, waiting for her downstairs. She braces herself and meets him, repeating herself curtly that she’s fine and he needn’t do this.

But he launches straight into it, telling her that he made an appointment with a new doctor, that they’re going to get a second opinion, that she needs to start treatment. She looks up at him in shock. “How? How do you know?”

He tells her that he found out from Jae-min. “Oppa? How? How does he know?” Ohgod ohgod ohgod ohgod….

Ji-hyung and Jae-min sit across the table from her, side by side. She buries her head in her hands, balled up as fists the entire time.

Finally she speaks, without looking up at either of them. She insists that she’s not a patient, not until she says she is. She’s fine. Jae-min agrees then that it’s possible if she gets reexamined…

But she cuts him off that she found the best doctor, and he should fold that last bit of hope. Ji-hyung tries to chime in but she cuts him off coldly, in jondae, not to concern himself with it.

She tells Jae-min not to concern himself with it either, and he bites back, “How can you say something like that?!” She asks what he can do about it, and he tells her that there’s ways to treat it, to slow it, to wait till there’s a cure.

Seo-yeon: “Oppa, rather than growing old and stupid, I want to hurry, hurry, and end it.” She tells him that she has no intention of becoming a useless burden to the people around her, just sucking up their pity.

Ji-hyung tells her that it’s different, case by case. She could have ten years, maybe more. Seo-yeon: “What use is that? If I live a long long time as an empty shell, getting into trouble, shaving precious time from precious people – will I be immortalized forever?”

Ji-hyung: “Do you want to be dragged there, or do you want to go willingly?” Seo-yeon: “Stop pretending to be the good guy and get the hell out.”

She throws his concern right back in his face, asking if he wants to drag her to the hospital so she can hear the same diagnosis all over again, so he can sigh and say he did all he could, and feel good about it? “My problem is so big, that I don’t have time to do that for you.”

Ooof. There’s just something so fierce and raw about her pride even in a situation like this – it just resonates with me.

She gets up to go, and Ji-hyung blocks her path. She tells him that she’s perfectly fine, and rattles off all the things she’s handling right now, at work, in her life, how she’s perfectly normal.

Ji-hyung says that maybe it means she’s really fine, so if they see another doctor… But she pleads them not to make her hear it again. If she hears that diagnosis one more time, she can’t ignore it, can’t deny it. She’s scared she’ll just give up and collapse.

She looks over at Jae-min, “Until I got into really big trouble, I didn’t want anyone to know. My pride… it hurts a lot.” She walks past him to the door, but falters as soon as she reaches the handle. She crouches down, unable to stand.

The guys get up and Ji-hyung rushes to her side. She leans on him and clutches his arm, but she turns to Jae-min. Trembling, “Oppa, oppa, take me home.”

He comes over and picks her up out of Ji-hyung’s grasp, and she hugs him for dear life, wailing like a child. She cries into his shoulder, as Ji-hyung stands aside and cries silently. I can’t even see them through my tears.

Ji-hyung watches silently from the sidelines, unable to do anything for her, as Jae-min takes her to the car, puts on her seatbelt, and drives her away.

Over at Ji-hyung’s house, the moms-in-law meet up, and despite my hatred for this world and all its ridiculousness, I do love these two moms and their hilarious conversations. Today Ji-hyung’s mom gripes about her friend’s over-shortening of words, which is totally a gripe I share about Korean slang and its obsession with senseless compounding and shortening till words are no longer words, and everything is an acronym.

Hyang-gi’s mom in turn wonders if she ought to buy Ji-hyung a new car. Mom says no, that’s silly, so then she asks, “Do you want a new car?” She asks what the obsession with cars is, and she admits that a friend of hers married off her daughter with five new cars. Ji-hyung’s mom: “Did she have two heads?” Hahaha.

Hyang-gi’s mom goes so far as to worry about Ji-hyung and his, er, reproductive health, making everyone else cringe at her boundary issues.

Jae-min drops Seo-yeon off at home, and she insists that she’s fine and back to her normal self. She tells him that she doesn’t want Aunt and Uncle to worry, or to have Unni clucking at her, so to wait until after she’s lost her mind to tell them. He says he understands and promises to do so.

He calls Moon-kwon to tell him what’s happened, and he runs home with lightning speed, crying the whole way. He arrives out of breath and struggles to tamp down his tears before bracing himself and knocking on her door.

There’s no answer so he opens it cautiously. She lashes out at him, furious that he went through her things, that he told Jae-min. She asks how he could spill that secret so easily. Trembling, he admits the truth:

Moon-kwon: Because it was too big for me to handle! Because I was so scared!
Seo-yeon: So what are you going to do about it? Are you going to be sick in my place? Are you going to swap my head for yours? Can you do that?!
Moon-kwon: If that’s something I could do, I’d do it right now! If it meant that you could live, I’d jump off this roof right now!
Seo-yeon: You say something stupid like that one more time! Do you want to be beaten?!
Moon-kwon: How long did you think you could hide it? What is there to hide? Am I a stranger? If you’re hurting then I have to be hurting with you. Noona, if I were hurting, would you just be whistling and pretending not to know?
Seo-yeon: I’m not… ready yet. I can’t acknowledge it.

She refuses to face it, the dirty rotten luck of a girl abandoned by both her parents. He says that Dad didn’t abandon them, but she bites back that dying that young is the same thing as abandoning them. (Which means this is what she feels about leaving Moon-kwon behind, of course.)

He pleads with her to start taking her meds, but she ignores him, zooming past to change the subject and order food. She asks for her phone and he has to tell her that she left her purse at work, and that Jae-min is having it sent over by courier.

She flinches at the slip and then asks for his phone then, trying her damnedest to get past this moment and this conversation.

Ji-hyung calls Jae-min to check in, worrying endlessly with no outlet. He asks for Seo-yeon’s number, “just to have it,” but Jae-min tells him to back off from here on out.

He looks over the city at night, remembering Seo-yeon telling him that she loved him over and over, and the first moment when she knew, the day they first met. In voiceover, Seo-yeon: “Since the day I met you, I was zapped like lightning. Why, I wonder? You weren’t even that impressive. Why, I wonder?”


Every time I’m more and more impressed by Su Ae. Seo-yeon’s prickliness could be extremely off-putting if she weren’t playing it all with such a deep undercurrent of vulnerability and sadness. You can see it on her face – the mask of denial and strength that she’s so desperately trying to keep up, everything she’s feeling underneath the words that come out of her mouth.

It makes her character so three-dimensional for me, because real people don’t say what they mean. They coat it, in pride, in anger, in misplaced blame. I’d be the same way, clinging uselessly to pride and denial because it’s safe, it’s what I know. I love that she doesn’t sugarcoat things for other people—it’s for HER, because she can’t face losing control of her life. That feels so utterly real that it’s kind of gut-wrenching to watch her falter.

The brothers continue to be the real heroes of the piece so far, but we do get our first glimpse of Ji-hyung’s transformation, just on the brink. He has yet to actually act – to put his money where his mouth is, so to speak – but the courage seems to be rising. I’m just glad that this drama dispenses with the secret-keeping, and that people just find out what they need to know swiftly, refusing to let them live in the safety of denial. It’s like the world or Fate pushes everyone out of complacency, trauma be damned. It sucks for them, but it’s awesome for us.

Structurally, I love that the romance plays out in the past. Somehow keeping it trapped there, only in memory, is maybe the most tragic thing of all. They play out like bubbles of time that can’t help but be tinged with sadness, no matter how happy they are in the moment, because it’s already gone. That inside-out feeling is a nice effect because it puts them on the outside, looking in on something that is no longer there. I don’t know why, but that kind of sadness gets to me more than two people breaking down and crying over each other. It’s like how insisting that you’re not going to think about someone is proof that you’re currently thinking about them – the fact that they exist in memory is proof that they are in the past.


72 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kcjojo

    Am I first?

    Haven’t read anything either. Just drowning in my victory right now. Thanks for the recap!!!

  2. imChildish

    yay 2nd , thx for recap

  3. cv

    Thanks for the recap~

  4. bunny

    oh man. i cried so much. really loving the acting in this drama!

  5. Jules

    Su Ae is a powerhouse. Enough said.

  6. stars4u

    oooohhh myyy!!
    it’s Jae-min oppa’s episode tonight… I love how he bent down to put on Seo-yeon’s shoes, carried her bag and walk her home…
    The moment Seo-yeon held on to Jae-min like she was holding on for dear life… ooohhh… speechless…

  7. ninsarama

    yeah su ae is pretty amazing. This is the best acting I’ve seen her do yet. Her relationship with her brother really resonates with me, because my brother and I are super close. I would totally lash out at him like that too. i’m waiting for kim rae won’s character to become more three dimensional. i trust the writer will make it happen, and i know krw is an amazing actor.

  8. Saa

    I wish Ji-hyung would just stop meddling and trying to act like HE’s the victim. Get a backbone or get a clue. Or both. -______-“

  9. Pat

    Love this writer. So intense and realistic. thanks for the recap.

  10. 10 DMKO

    awesome recap!

  11. 11 Swt

    It just dawned on me that Su Ae and Lee Sang Woo was in the same drama before. 9 Ends 2 Outs where they played each others exes. Hm. Maybe that’s why they’re so good together! 🙂

    • 11.1 gailT

      Yes!! Gosh, I love this two!

    • 11.2 fabkitty

      OMG YES!! In 9 end 2 out, i know the main couple were cute, but I shipped hard for SU AE AND LEE SANG WOO!!

      Can he be adopted in this drama? 🙁

    • 11.3 Hipployta

      I was trying to figure out why it seemed like I’d seen them together before LOL

    • 11.4 orbiter

      i just found out today too! 🙂

  12. 12 christine

    I’m hooked! Great drama. With no doubt, Thousand Day promise deserves to be Number 1!!!

    Well done to all the actors and crew.

  13. 13 littlemissgrey

    Oh, Lord.

    First off, thanks, girlfriday, for recapping. Absolutely made my day. (:

    This drama is slowly killing me. I know I’ve said that previously, but seriously, it takes angst to a whole new level. It’s a good thing though, even if it involves me using up my entire stash of Kleenex and my apartment mates looking at me as if I grew a second head. To them I’m always so calm and collected, but toss me in front of this particular drama (and a certain other 49 Days) and you get one weepy female. Show, why kill me so?

    And if last episode didn’t already make me fall head over heels for Oppa, this one would certainly do so. Does anyone know where I can get my own personal Oppa and a Moon-kwon of my own? I completely agree that both Jae-min and Moon-kwon are just breathtaking. The quality of their acting, especially the portrayal of Jae-min, so nuanced and profound and the amount of depth!

    I’m falling. Someone (Oppa, that’s you), catch me already! Pretty please? :3

    And thus my favourite scene in this episode (believe me, it’s hard to decide) is the one of Jae-min putting on Seo-yeon’s shoes back on for her. My favourite fairytale has always been Cinderella, and this little act just brought me back to that time. Only, it’s not Prince Charming, but an Oppa doing it. Can this moment get any sweeter? I bet my own brother wouldn’t do that for me! (Although someone recently offered to tie my shoelaces for me, heh)

    Y’know, before this, I wanted it to all ‘makjang’ with the romance aspect between Jae-min and Seo-yeon, but as I watch more, I’m convinced that this shouldn’t be the case. They just make me so happy watching them the way they are.

    Ji-hyung, darling, I know you’re on the cusp of a breakthough, but I can’t wait until you actually do something instead of worthless pining and feeling sorry for yourself and your circumstances. I can’t help but compare you to Jae-min, and quite frankly, Jae-min is trumping you completely. That being said, I still can’t wait to see you make up for all you’ve done. On a side note, Kim Rae-won, you kill me. I don’t think the portrayal of Ji-hyung would have ever worked if it had been another actor, despite the fact that I really dislike and pity your character now.

    Show, you’re killing me. Any more flashbacks and I’ll need to pop out the huge stash of Haagan Daaz ice cream I have stuffed at the back of the refrigerator, just for instances like this.

  14. 14 aramint

    there is…something…in my eyes…

  15. 15 MJP

    Thank you!

    Wow! This is one really intense drama. Going from Flower boy to reading 1000 days… It’s like being on a hot summer day and then getting an ice cube put down your shirt. It’s a shock.

  16. 16 via

    ohhh nooo.. Im crying uncontrolably.. what should i do? I am at the office now.. hiks hiks…

    • 16.1 via

      thanks for the recap GF and JB.. love jae min in this episode, Su Ae acting is amazing!!!!

  17. 17 danna

    I am so frustrated that I can’t watch this drama right now cuz of subs and RL commitment..damn you life!!!…I LOVE SU AE!!!!

  18. 18 Noelle

    Damn, that one photo of Su Ae yelling at her bro with tears in her eyes is just amazing. I don’t have to watch it to know that that scene was just perfection. She truly is an incredible actor.

  19. 19 bluelime

    thanks for the recap!! =)

    jae-min is sooo nice!! <3

  20. 20 tonia

    Can’t wait for English subs to come out. This is just a damn good drama. Love Su Ae. I know they are cousins but can I ship them? I’ve a feeling that the reason JaeMin isn’t married yet is because of Seo Yeon. Or is that just wishful thinking in my part cause they just fit so well together even if they are cousins. hehehe

    • 20.1 Hipployta

      Honestly…I ship them too…which is so horrible LOL

  21. 21 birdscout

    Thank you, girlfriday! What an episode! and what a recap! Brilliant!

    Now, I’m Korean and I’ve read and understand javabeans’ “oppa” post, but I’m still scratching my head because the lovely things that Jae-min does for Seo-yeon, putting on her shoes (MAJOR SWOOOON) for example, are so romantic and boyfriend-like. Where is the line between brother-oppa and boyfriend-oppa in this drama and in real life?

    • 21.1 birdscout

      I just wanted to add: the first pic of Seo-yeon holding Jae-min’s arm and gazing up at him looks pretty darn romantic. I can definitely see them as lovers. Is the PD doing this on purpose to mess with my head, or what?

      • 21.1.1 gailT

        definitely to mess with our head. i agree. i think JaeMin oppa has a secret of his own.

      • 21.1.2 crashbabe

        I second that!!! I soooo want them as leads in another drama…

        That aside, I am totally hating Ji-hyung for the moment, cos everything he says seems to be about him, and honestly i don’t care about him in the face of what Seo-yeon is going through…

        He better redeem himself soon and not get Seo-yeon in trouble while he does it or i’ll just reach into my tv and throttle him.

  22. 22 adette

    I’m so sad that Jae-min is her cousin… since she can’t have him, can I?? aghh he’s so perfect.

  23. 23 xiaoSxin

    This drama came just in time for me. I needed a melo drama and oh boy. I think My heart will have aged a hundred years by the final episode. The story is gripping but poignant at the same time. I love how the “love relationship” is focused on the past, making it more melancholic than dramatic. It is such a different feel from other melo dramas that I have watched before.

    But most of all, this drama has stellar acting. I am continually blown away by Su Ae and Kim Rae Won. Her emotions are raw and heartfelt. her anger, denial, fear.. they all are reflected on her acting.

    Who will win the Baeksang award this year? Let’s wait and see, shall we?

  24. 24 Combray

    Everyone is so good in this drama. I’m pleasantly surprised with Yoohwan, he’s been great so far. He just needs to work on his crying face lol it’s worst than Dawson Leery’s.

  25. 25 anais

    In addition to Su-ae/Seo-yeon’s scene with Jaemin at the restaurant, I started bawling when Moon-kwon rushes home after getting Jaemin’s call that, we later learn, his sister had left her purse behind at work. The panic on his face – the utter panic mingled with the initial moments of relief upon seeing her shoes at the vestibule – was possibly the most moving moment for me. I may end up being a part of the minority, but I’m hoping that Seo-yeon gets over her pride stat. By refusing treatment, she’s endangering not only herself but also those who love her. I don’t think I can bear the look of sheer terror on Moon-kwon’s face, at least for not much longer, not so constantly.

    • 25.1 Jomo

      “The panic on his face – the utter panic mingled with the initial moments of relief upon seeing her shoes at the vestibule – was possibly the most moving moment for me.”

      Agree 100%! I love this storytelling by actions. We do not need to hear how completely shattered MK’s world is and will continue to be by his sister’s illness. We saw it in a few breathless moments. His slow walk to the fridge to pour himself a glass of water, an action he has done thousands of times, to try to “put things back” emotionally before seeing his sister and talking to her, also affected me.

      Poor babies, all of them!

  26. 26 ck1Oz

    Sigh. Great acting…if you call making the viewers feel like dying great acting.

    On a shallower note I want Jae Min to have the best love EVER for being the greatest oppa ever 🙁

  27. 27 Webfoot

    An ex, coming back to ask you,”How are you?” after he dumped you, is an infuriating thing. It’s worse than the breaking up and utterly selfish on the ex’s part.

    SY’s soul-deep anger and hurt at what JH is doing is fully justified. JH has dug a hole so deep, I don’t know what he can ever do to extricate himself.

    Seeing him try will be fun though!

  28. 28 luci8le

    amazing recap, as always! thanks for all the hard work!
    this show is so killing me :'(

  29. 29 Ladymoonstone143

    This is my new addiction for sure. I tried to stay a little bit longer because I have so many things to do especially with a new baby coming soon but gosh….this is so worth it. The acting is superb. I know I be crying buckets of tears and after shedding so much on 49 days, I swear of tear jerker ones. But who am I kidding? I know, this drama will be so worth it…:))

    Thanks for the awesome recap.

  30. 30 aquarius

    This drama entices me so much that I need to read GF’s recaps twice. Fantastic screen writer, worthy to watch it.

  31. 31 nonski

    this drama just resonates my fears with my sickness, a different one but bad just the same.

    i am just so glad Su Ae has got all the wonderful males in her family as her support… be deym Ji hyung.

    mmmm, can i have Jae-min? 🙂

    thanks for the wonderful recaps GF!

  32. 32 tippytoes

    Su Ae … I saw her in the movie Sunny and she just blew me away. She becomes the character and you forget that she’s acting. I can anticipate how great she will be in the coming episodes.

  33. 33 Joebs

    Gyah. I thought it was a Lee Sang woo + Su Ae coupling in this drama and was psyched up to watch it, especially after 9 Ends 2 Outs, until I realized he’s just an oppa. :O

  34. 34 lettle

    BRAVO!!!! Great recap girlfriday!!! Thank You!!

    I’m reading the recaps not watching live, I’m at work and I’m totally crying my eyeballs out…. sniff sniff!
    I feel if I watched it live I’d be a total mess and dehydrated as well! 😉

    OK is it me or does anyone else think that Seo-yeon & Moon-Kwon’s mother may have had Alzheimer’s too?
    Maybe she didn’t abandon them, but just forgot? Just a thought.

  35. 35 mjfan

    am just reading the recaps , not watching , but the acting really got me , these idol dramas need to watch this to learn some acting , am scared of the coming episodes , they will tear our hearts apart , but am just hooked…..

  36. 36 magic

    i love the way su ae grap lee sang woo …. i watch over and over again …. i need more tissue

  37. 37 lakorn

    I didn’t want to start on another drama but after just 1 ep and I’m hooked. Thanks for the recap.

  38. 38 alasam

    I haven’t watched this drama yet (i’m an emotional coward). Thanks so much for the recaps, I’m using them as conditioning training so that when I actually do watch this, I won’t end up bawling my head off every episode and going to work with crazy swollen eyes. Even still, you’re recaps often make me feel like I’ve watched a show for real and so when I get around to watching subbed episodes it’s a bit like deja vu.

  39. 39 cille

    i serious love jae min as an oppa, but really i want him as my oppa with all the romantic connotation.

    geeeez! this drama IS so good, better words fail me.

    THANK YOU gf for this awesome recap!

  40. 40 MeOnly

    “That inside-out feeling is a nice effect because it puts them on the outside, looking in on something that is no longer there. I don’t know why, but that kind of sadness gets to me more than two people breaking down and crying over each other. It’s like how insisting that you’re not going to think about someone is proof that you’re currently thinking about them – the fact that they exist in memory is proof that they are in the past.”
    Well said, I agree that kind of sadness get us more, because he is mourning for moments that are lost .When 2 people breakdown, the sadness is raw is physical..hereas the loss of moment together as in the memory . is fear , is loss of faith for what we have believed. .and the sadness is immeasurable

  41. 41 KC

    I cried while reading the recap! ohhhhhh I have the highest regard for Su Ae for her acting! She delivers it well and precise….her tears her dictation and facial reactions. The trembling all of that comes from her skills! Amazingly breath-taking!

    The OPPA id like to keep for myself when I need those kind of comfort but I was born with having an Unnie! hahahaah

    I cant believe I cried while reading!

  42. 42 onie80

    dang!…i’m at work and so want to cry….my throat is hurting…man…i cant tell how that story is going to end…and Jae-min is AMAZING!! what an oppa! idk what to think of him really…

  43. 43 kate


    Jae min is her cousin, secretly in love with her,
    any cousins will behave in limitation not going that far like how jae min is behaving right now !.

  44. 44 Hipployta

    I love this drama so much…which makes no sense because I’m supposed to hate melodramas. I cry during EVERY episode…heck I just dropped some tears while reading this recap. *sigh* Jae Min is the best. I want one of the romantic variety. It is SO terrible but I ship him and Seo-yeon but only as they currently are. If this goes makang I’ll have to quit.

  45. 45 nabithoj

    I’m soooooo loving this drama and that hunk of an oppa, Jaemin.
    Can’t wait to watch this episode. Its so sad and awesome. And it’s scaring me bcuz sometimes I’m like Seoyoon, forgetting things and words sometimes. :/

  46. 46 meirav

    thanks for the recap:)

  47. 47 libra80

    Soo-Ae acting im so speechless…she’s amazing!!!love this drama,it seems that i cant wait for the next episode,im dying what’s next….duhhhh….hehehee..thanks for the recap:D

  48. 48 hk734

    Well written. I love the commentary, esp:

    It’s like how insisting that you’re not going to think about someone is proof that you’re currently thinking about them – the fact that they exist in memory is proof that they are in the past.

    It’s probably the most tragic part of their relationship and any relationship that ended. And that’s also the beauty of it.

  49. 49 Clorox321

    I am crazy about this drama, it’s so gripping.

  50. 50 asianromance

    Thank you so much for the recap, girlfriday! I want to backhand Ji-hyung’s face so badly! I’d never thought I’d say that about a character who has good-natured Kim Rae Won’s face.

    I love all the Jae-min and Seo-yeon scenes and the exchange between Moon-kwon and Seo-yeon. =***(

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