Drama Recaps
Thousand Day Promise: Episode 6
by | November 1, 2011 | 54 Comments

Episode, meet your two guest stars, Fallout and Damage Control. It’s time to turn the focus onto the other side of this fractured love story, which means that we get some necessary development, although sadly less focus on my favorite characters (Seo-yeon and her two awesome men, aka oppa and dongseng). But at least we get more of the awesome Lee Mi-sook, who can turn the most dire situation darkly funny.

I’m relieved to have Flower Boy Ramyun Shop running concurrently with this one, because I’ll need all its fluffy cuteness to ease the heart-wrenching intensity of Thousand Day Promise. True, it makes me feel vaguely schizo to bounce from choked sobs to belly laughs, but I’ll take that tradeoff.


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Morning at the workplace for our characters: Moon-kwon gets his ear screeched off by noona Myung-hee, who won’t accept his request to quit the bakery so he can study, so he can secure full-time employment, so he can help Seo-yeon support them.

She shrieks, “How can you only think of yourself?!” I guess it wouldn’t be irony if she recognized that the words just as likely to bounce back in her face. Thankfully she’s married to a nice guy who tells Moon-kwon to go.

Seo-yeon has a better morning, meeting with a successful author for an interview at the office.

On the other hand, Ji-hyung zones out entirely while his friend — I’m sure he has a name in this universe, but for now he’s just Architect Alex — carries their client meeting. Alex takes care of the meeting, but he definitely notices Ji-hyung’s apathy and afterward tells him to pull it together: “Just call off that stupid wedding! Why go through with it?” A good question, sensible man, which is why you are not the drama’s hero.

Bride and Groom’s parents go out for round of golf and stop for drinks at the clubhouse. Today, Bride’s Mom complains that her husband should be consistent in how he addresses Groom’s Mom, rather than bouncing from nickname to nickname. Either call her Soo-jung or Dr. Kang or samonim (madam), because it’s confusing when he uses all three in practically the same breath. It’s one of the results of knowing someone for decades and having your relationships evolve, since those monikers were all appropriate at one time and equally familiar to him.

The conversation is mundane, but it’s interesting in the way that it’s interesting to overhear the table next to you at a restaurant engaging in lively debate. You feel like you’re snatching a glimpse into their lives, no matter how little the topic of discussion. What I’m getting from these family scenes is that they’re not essential to the core story, but they round out the world. They’re relevant in a peripheral sense, showing us indirectly what it’s like to be Seo-yeon and Ji-hyung, and what their spheres are like.

Hyang-gi packs for her honeymoon and jumps when Ji-hyang calls her out for tea, running to meet him. She registers his morose attitude, but she figures it’s more of his office woes. And frankly, it’s not like morose is such a different look on him.

But he has a mission today, and prepares her by saying he’s going to tell her a nightmarish tale, one that he understands is unthinkable and unexpected but necessary to say. The worst she can imagine is that he wants to ask for a wedding postponement, but he tells her outright that he can’t marry her. It has nothing to do with his job, or her mother, but everything to do with the fact that he doesn’t love her, and his liking for her isn’t enough. He’d let himself think their long-standing friendship and comfort level was love.

Hyang-gi’s caught between horror and denial, and lists all the activities they’ve done together: the meals, the trips, the shows they saw, the sleeping together… As though the sum of those parts equals love.

Not only does she have to deal with this broken engagement, he’s left it to such a late date — the wedding’s in two days — that she’ll also have to face the humiliation. She sobs, “I want to faint but I can’t. Why can’t I faint?”

At work, Seo-yeon goes through another of her memory rituals, this time rattling off the names of famous writers, and gets stuck — she gets as far as Gabriel Garcia, and can’t think of Marquez. Then she leaves her purse at work, rattling her further. It’s like every time she’s having a good day, these lapses sneak up on her and sap the energy right out, leaving her cold.

While Hyang-gi struggles to make sense of this news, Ji-hyung tells her to consider him the bad guy in her life. He thanks her for her devotion and calls her good and kind and all those compliments that are sincere and true, but ultimately pointless because they end with But I don’t love you and I won’t marry you.

But when Ji-hyung says that he’ll break the news to their parents and accept the blame, she protests. That would be insane, she argues, and he has to know how incredible the consequences would be. No, she decides, they’ll marry as planned. Geezus.

But at least that gets him to drop the final bomb, that he’s in love with someone else. The screen actually flashes white, like this information is so huge that it blows her mind, as he explains that he tried to end that relationship, but finds that he can’t. That he’s been seeing her for the past year.

Hyang-gi is devastated but says she can’t give him to another woman — she can’t live without him. Maybe if he kills her, then he can do as he likes. As if on cue, she spits up, choking on vomit.

Ji-hyung takes her home, where she vomits again. She asks the housekeeper to keep this from Mom, and listlessly heads for bed. The obvious assumption by the housekeeper is that she’s pregnant, even though Hyang-gi earlier told Mom that they haven’t slept together in ages.

Ji-hyung calls Jae-min for an update on Seo-yeon, pressing despite Jae-min’s desire to keep this a family problem. Jae-min placates him by saying he’ll let him know once Seo-yeon starts on her meds.

Myung-hee calls Seo-yeon to the bakery to confront her about Moon-kwon quitting. Since she’s such a petty, jealous woman, it only stands to reason that she assumes Seo-yeon’s behavior is also rooted in petty thinking. For instance, her working theory is that Seo-yeon told her brother to quit the bakery because of negative feelings between them. Seo-yeon assures her cousin that she wants Moon-kwon to focus on his studies and that it’s nothing personal. Finally Myung-hee believes it, and the air is cleared.

Seo-yeon feels particularly tired today and wonders as she walks home, “How long will I be able to hold out?” She starts dinner, but when Moon-kwon comes home he finds the soup boiling on the stove unattended. She’s asleep in her room.

Moon-kwon texts Jae-min the update that he picked up her prescriptions. At Aunt’s house, Myung-hee gets a glimpse of the text and asks if Seo-yeon’s sick, which Jae-min covers by saying she’s just feeling a little under the weather. Aunt sighs that Seo-yeon must be working too hard, 365 days a year, and Myung-hee snipes pettishly that it’s not 365 — there are weekends and holidays, you know, so it’s more like 200.

Okay, Myung-hee is a spiteful cow, but you know what? I’m starting to enjoy her obvious inferiority complex — if she were causing damage I’d have much less patience for her, but because this bothers her so much while everyone else is unperturbed, I feel like there’s some cosmic justice built into the system. She’s so small-minded that it’s transparent that she’s just looking for reasons to criticize Seo-yeon, and coming up short. Really, that’s the best you can do? She technically works 200 days a year instead of 365? Congratulations, you’ve managed to split that one petty hair into TWO petty hairs. You win!

Moon-kwon gets ready to eat dinner, only to find that his sister didn’t plug in the rice cooker. When she wakes from her nap, the sight of the rice still cooking stops her short, and he tells her that he just turned it on. He doesn’t worry or hover or accuse, just leaves the truth there. But more evidence of her forgetfulness brings Seo-yeon’s defenses back up, and she starts making excuses for feeling tired. All the while, Moon-kwon just agrees calmly, not wanting to escalate anything.

Bride’s Mom comes home to the news that Hyang-gi threw up earlier, then finds her sobbing in bed. Hyang-gi tells her that she called it off, twisting the truth around to absolve Ji-hyung of blame: He said he loves her but she thinks he’s fooling himself; she confused her affection for love; ultimately neither of them is in love and therefore they shouldn’t marry.

Naturally Mom doesn’t believe this and assumes Hyang-gi’s parroting Ji-hyung’s excuses, but Hyang-gi persists, saying these are her thoughts. Mom: “How could you possibly come up with that thought? Did you get hit by a smart ray?” HAHA. Oh man, she cracks me up. I know I should find it sad that Mom has so little faith in her daughter’s brain, but on the other hand, it’s not like she’s wrong, is she?

Hyang-gi says she had an epiphany, that Ji-hyung insisted on going forward, and that she refused. Mom won’t be taken for an idiot — and storms off determined to give Ji-hyung a piece of her mind. A word from the housekeeper makes Mom stop short, and she asks Hyang-gi suspiciously if she’s pregnant. Hyang-gi says no, but Mom doesn’t believe that, either.

She calls Groom’s Mom immediately to scream in her ear about her worthless son. Groom’s Mom is stunned, although given what she knows, it’s not quite the surprise it could’ve been.

Oblivious to the drama unfolding at home, the two dads toast to their 40-year friendship and celebrate their last time partying together as mere friends, since they’ll be in-laws the next time. Aw, they’re cute. I can see why Ji-hyung was so loath to disrupt their relationship.

But the fun is cut short when Bride’s Mom calls Bride’s Dad to tell him the news. Meanwhile, Ji-hyung faces his horrified mother and aunt at home, apologetic but firm in his declaration that he can’t marry. Not when “my head, my heart, my everything is with that woman.”

That night, Moon-kwon and Jae-min sit Seo-yeon down with her medication, urging her to take them. They try to argue that it’s just like taking medicine to recover from an illness, but Seo-yeon refuses — she’s still not ready. She tries to compromise by saying she’ll take them when she gets worse, but not now.

The Dads head home to confront this mess and find out the extent of the damage from their wives. Bride’s Mom shrilly accuses Ji-hyung of everything, but it’s almost humorous how Dad doesn’t take her at her hysterical word (he must be used to her dramatics and treats this problem with the composure of a doctor looking at a wound he has to treat).

The mothers are in agreement about overruling the groom’s reluctance, intent on getting the derailed wedding train back on its tracks. It’s interesting that everyone takes that basic line of reasoning — that all they have to do is get the groom to the altar, rather than listening to anything the kids are saying.

Bride’s Mom shouts into her phone, “You wanna come here, or you want us to go there?” Dad’s calmer, though, arguing for conversation and negotiation, and sits down to talk it out with Hyang-gi. I don’t know how a scene like this can sneak in the funny, but it does: Mom keeps muttering and swearing, so Dad requests a mere five minutes of silence from her, and in response Mom orders the housekeeper to bring out a timer. Haha. I love Lee Mi-sook.

Hyang-gi’s father prods her gently to tell him the truth — was it Mom who pushed too hard and made Ji-hyung break it off? Mom breaks the five-minute agreement to screech at that, but Hyang-gi says no, that she was the one to call off the wedding.

Like his friend, Ji-hyung’s father approaches this relatively calmly — he’s sternly grim, but calm — as he tells Ji-hyung that he has to apologize and take it back. It’s too late to cite “I don’t love her” as an excuse to call it off; Ji-hyung can’t do this and still call him Father.

Ji-hyung accepts all the censure, bowing his head, and apologizes repeatedly. But finally he adds that he can’t because he’s in love with another woman — a detail Mom was intent on keeping from Dad forever. That changes things — especially at his admission that he told Hyang-gi as well, to break through her denial — and sparks tempers, with both parents calling him crazed.

They decide that Hyang-gi must have kept the full truth from her parents, since they aren’t screeching about That Other Woman. That means they can still right this ship and fix things, or so they think.

Hyang-gi’s father has a similar thought, and is ready to hold a two-family summit meeting tomorrow to keep the wedding on — even if that means his wife has to offer up an apology. She doesn’t like the sound of that at all, but he warns her to think of the end goal and do what she has to for her daughter’s sake.

Alone in her room, Hyang-gi takes out her wedding dress and holds it up sadly. Eep, girl, you’re tiptoeing into Miss Havisham territory there…

Ji-hyung slumps in his room, lost in thoughts of Seo-yeon’s illness, replaying their last, emotionally charged encounter.

Hyang-gi texts Ji-hyung, telling him that she wants to keep that part about his other woman quiet — it’s better that they both stick to the “We’re not in love” excuse. Telling the full truth would be humiliating for her and turns him into the bad guy. That’s probably more than he deserves, frankly, but Hyang-gi has a point if they don’t want to rip apart their parents’ friendships as well. It’s probably too late to prevent that, but I can see why the kids would want to try. And despite all this, she texts that she still wants him, though she calls herself stupid for it.

At home, Seo-yeon retires to her room to recite more facts and names to herself, going over authors and their famous works. She tells herself to focus on work, because she may not have much time left, and reminds herself not to make mistakes.

With that, she leaves her bedroom and settles down to work, surprising Moon-kwon, who thought she’d turned in for the night. When she sits at her desk and boots up her computer, he tells her that it’s still nighttime, as though he thinks she must have confused the hour for morning. Defensive again, Seo-yeon snaps at him that she knows, ignoring his concern.


This was more of a necessary episode than anything, I think, getting our hero to stand up to his parents and take his stance. I missed the developments on the Seo-yeon front, but I guess we needed to give the fallout sufficient room to, uh, fall. And explode and send chaos raining in every direction.

Hyang-gi’s a frustrating character in that I hate seeing women place all their worth in a man, but from a story standpoint I understand where she’s coming from in her continued clinging. She has absolutely no sense of self without this man who doesn’t even love her, but who can blame the princess who was groomed to be this person since birth by everyone around her? Thus her unwillingness to let him go isn’t about a woman trying to keep her unwilling man so much as she’s trying to save herself. If she has never once considered living a life without Ji-hyung, then it’s understandable that she’d be panicked at the thought of her life — and her imagined future — crumbling away overnight. A woman desperate to keep a man who doesn’t love her frustrates me to no end, but a woman scrambling to find and keep herself I can understand.

If nothing else, it’s refreshing to see that her mother finds her infuriating, because Mom gets to hurl exasperated comments her way when we can’t.

Funny enough, Ji-hyung doesn’t frustrate me to the same extent as Hyang-gi does, even though he’s a much worse person, if we’re talking in terms of their treatment of other people. Maybe it’s because I find him fascinating in his weakness, in his utter frank admission of his cowardice. As Seo-yeon once pointed out, she didn’t have the luxury of letting her pride go, whereas he’s the exact opposite. It’s like he sold his pride to enjoy his worldly privilege, and it’s a lot harder to earn back pride than it is mere money.

I’m ready to see him break free of his family, though, and hoping to see his resolve grow from here on out. It was a relief to see him standing firm this time, and I really do think that making the decision was the worst part for him. He lacked the strength to take any action, which is why he waffled in a crisis of indecision for the past year (one might argue for his whole life). Now that he’s taken his stance, ready to accept whatever abuse comes his way as a result of it, I think he’ll be able to build on that resolve.

That’s why it’s significant that Ji-hyung admitted (in Episode 5) that he regretted his choice to let Seo-yeon go before finding out about her condition, I think, because at least we know that his regret isn’t colored by pity, that his love for her isn’t guilt-inspired.

But the most heartbreaking moments, by far, were the ever-so-brief glimpses we got of Moon-kwon as he tries his best to do what’s best for his sister. He sees signs of her lapsing memory and in his unguarded moments we see how that cuts him up inside, but he doesn’t betray any pity to Seo-yeon herself, because that’s the last thing she’d want.

It’s almost painful to watch Seo-yeon lashing out at him and him just accepting it, because he knows his sister needs to feel in control if she doesn’t want to succumb to her fear. He silently corrects her mistakes, not pointing them out but not coddling her, either. It’s a bit tragic to see him growing into a man before our eyes, because he’d started the drama so cheerful and happy-go-lucky, but it’s not like we’d wish him not to mature, either. It’s a little like wanting your child to stay a child forever to protect their innocence, and having no say in the matter while time marches on.


54 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Quarki

    I’ve been waiting!

  2. white

    awww. moon-kwon is so sweet.
    i can’t wait until ji hyung steps in to help seo yeon.
    kim rae won’s acting has a raw quality that i love. his character so far has been pissing me off and it’s nice to see that he’s FINALLY taking a stand

  3. h0ns

    yeeeaaaayyyy…. finally!!!!!!

    thank you…… *reading time =p*

  4. minhe

    thank you sooo much for recap! 🙂

  5. Gazza

    Oh, am I first?

    Thanks for the recap, really enjoying this drama! And I agree about Flower Boy Ramyun Shop being there to temper the angst and sadness of Thousand Day Promise

    • 5.1 Gazza

      oh nevermind lol

  6. kilmenyanne

    Oh, the script is killing me. The plot thus far has been filled with everyday moments that get added emphasis because of the Alzheimer’s and wedding discussions.

    But the script, The SCRIPT. How much meaning each line actually carries – as opposed to makjang dramas with short lines and plain yelling.

    Lee Mi Sook and Su Ae steal the screen everytime they come on and make the characters their own, not another rehashed melodrama crazy mom or sobby heroine.

    I understand the schizo thing. Heck, if only there was a Ramyun Shop airing when Cinderella Sister was on.

  7. asianromance

    Thank you for the recap!!

    I won’t let up my dislike of Ji-Hyung until I know he won’t waver back to his family expectations anymore. Agree with you abt Moon-kwon. The Moon-Kwon and Seo-yeon scenes really hits me hard!

  8. My.Ning

    OMO! Hyang-gi’s dad is the outstanding actor in Protect the Boss as Ji Sung’s dad!!! =)

    Love him to pieces in that show!

    • 8.1 red

      me too I jumped when i saw him in the screencap….its our president Cha! XD

    • 8.2 asianromance

      and the other dad is from unstoppable marriage- also another great dad role! two great dads in one drama!

  9. crashbabe

    Thanks for the recap! Gosh! I love the way you gals breakdown the show to give us a deeper take of what is unfolding.

    Those little insights make the show that much more amazing!

    • 9.1 birdscout

      I agree! javabeans’ and girlfriday’s comments add so much more depth to the viewing experience. Thank you! I am loving this drama.

  10. 10 laya

    Thank you for the recap! <3

  11. 11 Noelle

    Thanks for the recap

    Thank you for explaining where Hyang Gi is coming from. I still find her annoying but now I feel sorry for her as well. I find it funny that her mom hates how dumb she is for Ji Hyung when its somewhat her fault she’s like that. They never gave her an option it was always Ji Hyung and thats sad. Hopefully, with the engagement off they won’t completely get rid of her character because I’ll be interested in seeing her grow because now she’s free to choose. OMG MAYBE IT’LL BE OPPA!

  12. 12 Musings

    I don’t know if I can continue watching this. There’ll come a time later when Seo yeon won’t recognise moon kwon. I can just see it now. THE UTTER HEARTBREAK.

    oh man oh man I want to see it but am scared at the same time. gah!

  13. 13 cranky

    I didn’t watch Yoohwan’s debut drama so I had my reservations about his ability to carry his role but damn did he prove wrong! I’m loving him so much right now!

    As for Su Ae, I’ve always liked her but her Seoyeon is totally propelling me into a fan for life. So much strength and vulnerability in each scene… She just takes my breath away.

  14. 14 kit

    it’s quite eerie how yoohwan reminds me of his brother

    this drama is absolutely stunning, thank you for the recap <3

  15. 15 hemi_pheol

    Wahh!!Im crying… at my workplace!! :_(

    thanks for the recap..(sob)

  16. 16 Jia

    Ugh, those two brothers. I love them so much it hurts.

    Such complicated feelings about Ji hyung and the brothers… right now, I’m definitely liking the no-romance-just-complex-family-relationships!

  17. 17 Deasy

    I always late read the recaps, But not for today…

  18. 18 Ani

    Wow, Charles Dickens reference. NICE. He was my choice author to follow in his footsteps when I was a senior in high school (a project where we had to “live” our choice author’s life for a year). Anyways, my heart continues to break for Moon-kwon like I knew it would. Devoted young siblings get to me everytime. Le sigh.

  19. 19 Andrea

    Awesome! I can’t wait to see this episode. I was determined not to read recaps before watching but saw some article about this episode and couldn’t control myself. Finally, Ji Hyung “grew a pair”! But I saw someone mention they weren’t sure about Park Yoonhwan because they didn’t see his debut performance (Twinkle Twinkle, Sparkling,etc whatever). I will say this, he is the reason I decided to approach this drama in the first place because I wasn’t very familiar with the main actors although I did see Attic Cat. Yoonhwan’s performance in Sparkling was a standout in that drama and it was hard to believe that it was his first body of work.

  20. 20 fenny

    I’m crying just from reading the recaps, what will happened when I watch this? flood of tears?

  21. 21 xiaoSxin

    SuAe’s acting unnerves me. She’s damn good. I hope she wins an acting award, if not the Baeksang this year.

  22. 22 soomp

    thanks for the recaps. this is my first time following a drama by recaps alone, and i feel like i’m reading a good book. you ladies are awesome <3

  23. 23 bunny

    am I the only one that thinks Hyangi is really cute? She’s so sweet and I feel really bad for her…

    I wonder if she is really pregnant… that would really complicate things.

    • 23.1 via

      I don’t think Hyang gi is pregnant, since Ji Hyung never touch her for a whole year, thats why she is so sad that they never make love for a year.. I think she is a nice woman, feel sad about her too, but He just doesn’t love her, at least he think he loves her at first, but then when he met his love than I don’t think he will deny it now because that is how he feels.

  24. 24 via

    I don’t think it will be easy for Ji Hyung to break off the engagement and called off the wedding because of both parents insist the two of them have to get married. And there will be another consequences on him for doing such thing, esp. when he already told Hyung Gi that he’s in love with another woman, and his mom already knew about it too.. when they are all found out about it, then it will be a disaster for seo yeong because I think they are all want to know who is this woman whose stole Ji Hyung heart adn get mad at her. Even though he won’t told them about seo yeoung but they will find out eventually.. then her life maybe will become more and more miserable.. I hope that wont happen to her..

  25. 25 Kiongna

    Su Ae is wonderful… Oppa Jae Min arghh please turn out to be not blood related to Seo-Yeon! and dongseng Moon-Kwon, come be my little brother too!! – 3 of my fav. characters in the drama, thanks Javabeans for the recap 🙂

  26. 26 kate

    thanks jb,

    she is going through the mind ageing process of forgetting her own self and also most probably her extended family.

    Don’t tell me she is not going to forget her lover
    ji hyung in all these coming episodes .. ..
    it will be a ridiculous script ! for us to watch further !

    • 26.1 tb

      But the flash backs we saw mostly from Jihyung’s. We rarely see Seoyeon’s remembering about their pasts.

  27. 27 jojo

    JB, thanks for the recap…I can’t believe how good this series is…just love it!

  28. 28 tonia

    I love Moon Kwon, I love Jae Min, I don’t know it I’ll love Ji Hyung? But I love Seo Yeon’s family even Myung Hee, coz she’s like the comic relief in the family along with her kind hearted husband. ^_____^

  29. 29 dramafever

    I for once, has to disagree with you jb. Ji Hyung is up till right now, still the most loathful character in this drama. I don’t hate him for breaking up with Soo Yeon but I hate him for letting a girl he clearly don’t love cling onto him for the longest time. I think his greatest sin is not towards Soo Yeon(though he’s still an ass when it comes to her), but towards Hyang Gi who like you said, practically built her life around him. He should have broken up with her ages ago but he didn’t and that I think is the most selfish thing because here he is, in love with Soo Yeon but still holding Hyang Gi’s hand. And I refuse to feel any sympathy for him.

    • 29.1 dramafan88

      very very true. i agree with you 100%. For over a year he has been dragging it along. And it bothers me that if he didn’t find out about Soo Yeon’s disease that he would have gone ahead with the wedding with Hyang Gi?

      I felt like bashing his pathetic head in when he went on and on to Jae Min “oh, please ask her to forget me and live well but make sure she knows that i don’t love her any less”. what total bull.

      It really bugs me that he would not have made this decision before finding out about her illness. I totally dislike him.

      I am all for Jae Min and Soo Yeon to be together. I think Soo Yeon deserves a better man in her life and thats Jae Min.

      • 29.1.1 fallingstar

        Yeeaaaah, I agree but they’re kind of related. LOL

  30. 30 lakorn

    I hope Ji Hung’s resolve doesn’t waver. But I’m still hoping Jae Min is adopted because I want him to be together with SJ.

  31. 31 lafawnDUH

    I’m just wondering Java beans dear,

    what do you think of Yoo hwan’s acting so far?
    if its possible -POH-SEE-BLEH-
    can you analyse the acting of the actors in this drama?

    thanks heaps. 🙂

  32. 32 Venus

    Thanks JB for the awesome recap…I’m really digging this drama and the story is getting better and better as we move along.
    I agree with you that this episode was needed for plot development for the secondary characters and find out more about them.
    My Heart goes out to HG she is like a adult child sheltered all her life living in this fantasy world where only her and her Charming Prince exit. It sad and pitiful but that the way I see it and as her world crumbles around her she has no idea what to do. I’m pretty sure she knew deep down since the beginning that her Prince wasn’t in love with her, but she just kept lying to herself, and living in pure denial world. I don’t feel bad for het mom yelling at her or letting her know what the real deal, but mom also had play along so I blame her for her daughter weak character.

    As for JH aka “The Coward” he just pissess me off more and more. I mean you mean to tell me that you were enganged for god know how long and you didn’t had the balls to end this whole thing?..That just makes my blood boil to no end and to add to insult to injury he nows realized that he loves SJ and can’t live with our her? that CRAZY….!!!…JH is going to do some major crawling and kneeling on both hand and knees to have SJ even look at him. He just one sorry person at this moment.

  33. 33 joonni

    I find the mundane conversations between the moms so fascinating. They are layered with friendship, rivalry, and power inequality.

  34. 34 oi

    yah…this drama is soo good
    I did not like 1st ep, but glad I started to watch again. From ep 2 that is.
    I like Li Mi Sook’s character too. So strong and saying what she thinks. Love it when she told her husband to get the drink himself.

    I like the always argueing baker and his wife too. So cute and funny.

  35. 35 bluelime

    thanks for the recap!! =)

  36. 36 Taber

    “Hyang-gi’s a frustrating character in that I hate seeing women place all their worth in a man”

    Don’t most all K-drama main actresses place all their worth on a man? The sadness charater was the actress in “Playful Kiss” and the most pathetic was “You Are My Destiny”.

    Hyang-gi character is not that frustrating too me and I don’t think she place her worth in Ji-Hyung, but bet her happiness. Hyang-gi character is very understandable; Ji-hyung has not shown her anything that would lead her to believe he not worthy. Every one entitled to they opinion but it surprised me that you think Hyang-gi character is more frustrating when if you look at it from Hyang-gi view point and not as a viewer you understand that any normal woman in love, 2 days before her wedding would act and reacted in this manner. For me I’m enjoying Hyang-gi character the most, she not the typical evil girl and she actually have a real storyline that is developing at a nice pace and a great extension of the main story. Hyang-gi don’t add any tense but bring a nice balance, I like how they are entwined but it not that right in your face. The screen writer has written this drama in a way that allow you to “not” be biased and enjoy each character development without thinking Lead actress (Good Girl) Lead Actor (Great guy) Co-stars ( mean). Because from what I have watch so far the main character of this drama have a lot of short coming with the biggest one being (selfishness).

  37. 37 Hipployta

    Thanks for the recap!


    The worst thing about Ji Hyung is EVERYONE seems to know he doesn’t really want this marriage. Look at what Alex said (Alex…I love Alex; Clazziquai and WGM Season 1). He is a coward and the WORST kind because he knows and accepts it.

    Yoohwan…I am so glad you proved my doubt wrong. You can act. I want to go and watch Sparkling just for you now…though the kids switched at birth thing REALLY annoys me. Now…go help your brother LOL

    • 37.1 CutieJamaican

      Hipployta.. I am with you but I see a twist.

      The marriage he doesn’t really want is the one with SeoYoung. Bear with me a moment. If he didn’t really want marriage to Cutie Princess and he has the fortitude to defy his parents he would have done so long ago.

      Typically K Drama style: Reversal: The marriage we think he wants isn’t and the one we think he doesn’t want is

      Major audience manipulation but they give a million nuanced clues that reveal the truth. Some we miss because of culture but I see many clues in Camera shots, Mis-en-scene, actor placement, numbers and wardrobe that tell the truth.

      By the way, numbers have specific meanings in their culture that is not the same as those of us in the west. For example, the number 2 means son, the number 7 means wife and the number 4 means death or suffering.
      So a set of numbers can be transformed into a sentence .. so 724 can mean wife and son dies. These writers and PDs are tricky and things are never what they seem. You have to peel away the layers like onions to find the truth.

  38. 38 malta

    Jae min’s sister Myung Hee is my least favorite character. Every scene she’s in she is yelling, complaining and being annoying or possibly beating someone. What is the point of her always complaining? ugh.

  39. 39 fallingstar

    Ji-Hyung as the male lead can go fuck off for all I care at this point. And while Hyang-gi might be a spoiled princess, I feel 10x more sympathy towards her than anything for that prick. So what if she’s still clingy? The asshole let it move along to its current destination without a peep, having an affair instead of just outright ending it. Being a duplicitous coward is much worse than being a naive girl with a prince complex IMO.

  40. 40 Ashley

    She needs to suck it up and take those meds, or she’s going to lose her mind even quicker and make things harder on the people who have to take care of her. If I was her I’d be scarfing them down as quickly as possible in order to hold onto what sanity I had left. I know she’s in denial, but she needs a good hard bitch slap. The doctor is right, hours, let alone DAYS of delay are ultimately extremely destructive to what time she has left. If she wants to see her brother get through college before he has to start changing her diapers, she needs to start dealing with reality NOW.

  41. 41 Jomo

    Thanks for the recap!

    Dark clouds gather.
    Thinks look bleak.
    Tears fall out my eyes.
    Then we hear Lee Mi-sook speak
    and I laugh out loud in surprise.

    The very best compliment I can give you, javabeans, is YOU could have written LMS’s dialogue.
    In fact, from now on, when I read your funny snide comments, I will be hearing them in HER voice.
    LMS has impeccible English in my head…

    Ji Hyung is worthless. I still don’t see what possible good he thinks he can do. He is bugging the crap outta me.

    They have set up JM to be the hero here in every possible way, even down to the wardrobe and their physiques.
    JM is manly and buff and has those oh so “I-wanna-cry-on-your-huge-shoulders.” His sweaters and roomy comfortable clothes make us want to touch him.
    JH’s cowardly self is fully present
    looking pinched and scrawny in his little suits with the choking ties. We want to kick him and tell him to get OUT!

    JH’s journey into the viewers’ hearts will be facinating to see.

  42. 42 v

    Never seen any of Su Ae’s other dramas, but I’m impressed, really enjoying her performance!
    I usually steer clear of melodramas but this one has most certainly won me over.
    thanks for the recaps!

  43. 43 Steve

    I really like your summaries, and to me, the loving relationship between brother and sister was very well done. The most likeable members of the show seem to be Moon-kwon, Jae-min, and the Aunt. The Uncle doesn’t say much, but he is credited with being the first one to say,
    “We will raise these (abandoned) kids”, so props to him for that.

    Just so you know, the woman who played Myung-hee played a smokin’ hot dance instructor on “Oh! My Lady” and it was kind of a surprise to see her in the role of a battle-axe, but she carried it off. It was also quite a relief to see that her, um, hotness cannot be fully submerged, even in a role like this ;^)

  44. 44 Lilian

    The part where he informs her that she didn’t plug in the rice cooker was……sad!

  45. 45 thefreak

    Although I’m quite late with catching up on that drama, I enjoy your recaps very much! ;D

    But there is one thing: At the end of this episode it’s not that Moon-kwon brings up the time issue, it’s his sister who asks him if he pulled an all-nighter again while she tells him not to do it! But in reality it’s her again who thinks it’s the next morning!
    That’s why Moon-kwon is so puzzled and tells her it’s still nighttime (and we still have the same day as before she went in her room!!!)

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