Drama Recaps
What’s Up: Episode 3
by | December 19, 2011 | 61 Comments
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Oh my God. I think I found another drama-crack for the year. It’s the drama that has me all excited, twisted up in knots, and just dying to see the next episode. I was going to be PERFECTLY happy if the drama didn’t give me anymore singing and dancing sequences, if it just gave me more tension between Sunwoo Young and Professor Yang, if it just gave me a proper Doo Ri and Chae Young catfight.

But it gave me Byeong Gun with his ducktail and flashy 1950’s leather jacket, singing to “Those Magic Changes” from Grease. Is it trying to kill me with happy elixir!?

Sunwoo Young enters the classroom filled with the musical students. Byeong Gun immediately thinks the “bum” has got the wrong classroom and offers to lead him off to the professor. Pshh – like Sunwoo Young is going anywhere. (I’m going to call him Sun-Man from now on, because he’s ‘da man.’ Let me know if you have better suggestions for his nickname; I refuse to call him just ‘Young.’)

Sun-Man walks around the room, judging the students – no one is really here to seriously study musicals, right? Even Chae Young – whom he’s calling a B-list star who can’t get on the A-list. Everyone just wants to get famous and spend money, right? His cynicism throws people off, and wakes Jae Hun from his slumber on the benches. Tae Hee mutters that Sun-Man is really weird, which prompts Sun-Man to go, “What’d you say?”

Not wanting his “girl” harassed, Do Sung politely asks Sun-Man to leave, especially if he’s not a student or a professor. “Well, you could say I’m a professor,” he replies. Wide eyes all around.

Yes people – some teachers are actually kinda cool.

He has them all face the floor-to-ceiling mirrors and take a good look at themselves; if any girl thinks she’s prettier than Kim Tae Hee, raise her hand. Ooh – Chae Young doesn’t raise her hand? Sun-Man tells them that since no one is as pretty as Kim Tae Hee, all their efforts will go to waste because they won’t be successful. Now how about the guys – who thinks they’re better looking than Jang Dong Gun? Byeong Gun – being a wise-ass – raises his hand. Sun-Man: “If any guy thinks that, he needs to get his head checked out by a doctor.” HAH!

Sun-Man advises everyone to take a good look in the mirror and try to view themselves as objectively as possible. Look within themselves – since it’s now possible to change your features and your body by a nifty little knife. Again, he targets Chae Young – what does the star think of a person’s chances of becoming famous if their body is absolutely perfect? Erm…

His point is that he doesn’t think any of them can make it as a star. Chae Young begs to differ – there are plenty of Hollywood stars that went to acting school, don’t look too attractive, and became successful. “Then again,” she adds, “compared to you they probably look 100x better.”

Ooooh – smack down! Sun-Man laughs agreeably and changes his words: to become an actor, you have to be EXTREMELY pretty, or EXTREMELY talented. None of them are. He bows out of the classroom.

But Jae Hun pipes up – what if they ARE talented? Sun-Man takes him up on that challenging note. He picks up a book in his shopping cart and targets Doo Ri to pick a number from 1 to 50,000. Doo Ri: “46,829?” He throws the karaoke book to Byeong Gun and splits them into two teams, A-Team and B-Team. They are to create a musical number in one week revolving around the song with that number.

A-Team consists of Doo Ri, Chae Young, Byeong Gun, among others, and Chae Young is assigned as director. B-Team consists of Jae Hun, Tae Hee, and Do Sung, with Jae Hun as director. The team that isn’t so smart with their performance will hopefully wake up and realize they’re not cut out for this.

Jae Hun gets excited – this is a competition right? Well – why else would they be split into two teams? Jae Hun wants a reward; the winning team can stop greeting the seniors respectfully. Sun-Man readily agrees! Now if only Jae Hun knows what “directing” is all about…

He moves into his office, which has been left empty and still full of his things packed in boxes. He starts to unpack his shopping cart, and takes a moment to look at a couple of picture frames of a very pretty lady – former girlfriend? Professor Yang stomps right in, disturbing his peace, and starts dumping all of his things back into the shopping cart. Shouldn’t a person keep to their promise? He had told her that he quit being a professor, and would never set foot back on any campus again.

Sun-Man: “Heh. Can’t a guy change his mind?” Guess he realized being a professor was not a bad career choice after all. Salary, a place to stay, holidays for vacation… Prof. Yang heard he met with the students already, and scoffs at hearing that he told them to wake up and stop dreaming. She picks up a soju bottle and asks what kind of teacher is he to arrive late, drink alcohol when going to class, and tell students to stop dreaming? Does he take perverse pleasure in trampling them? Especially “that girl’s”? Oooh – touchy.

Sun-Man’s retort: Prof. Yang wanted to be an actress. But that was difficult, so she settled for being a supporting actor. That was hard too, so she turned to theater production – but not everyone can do that. So she ended up teaching in a school, because that was the only way she could be near the stage. Except the only position available was to teach at a musical department – even though she had no experience with it. So for all her dreams, is she happy?

Yang takes his soju bottle and smashes it against the wall. She is going to push him off the edge of that metaphorical cliff he’s standing on.

Sun-Man thinks back to why he made the decision to come back. When he was living in the mountains, he had gotten a letter asking him to return because there’s a student at school who is the nephew of Eun Hae, and she raised him as her own because he grew up without a mother… and methinks they’re referring to Do Sung! So is Eun Hae “that girl” in the picture for Sun-Man!?

B-Team listens to the song they have to work with, and everyone is unsure as to how to start. Who will write the script? and the songs? and form the choreography? Chae Young’s roommate tells everyone that Chae Young is so awesome – in two hours she had a script all written up and ready. (More like, she enlisted someone to help her write the script.) Tae Hee wonders if anyone on the team can compose, which makes Do Sung nervous because he is trying to hide his composing abilities and remove all connection to Hades. Another wonders if Soo Bin could help them. Immediately Tae Hee gets all excited – the Lee Soo Bin who is a genius composer ever since he was young and won a lot of prizes in competitions but never gave an interview so that no one has ever really seen his face?! Yeah – she’s a fan alright!

A bit too late though – because Chae Young has already latched herself onto Soo Bin. She’s still annoyed about Sun-Man giving her a hard time about being a star, so she tries to get reporters to come in for the performance and write articles about her to show who’s the “real star.” Soo Bin wonders if she ever tires of being a star, and she admits that she’s dreamed of not being noticed before. However, the prospect of no one ever knowing her is far scarier than having everyone recognize her. She constantly has to be in the public’s minds, lest she falls behind and is forgotten.

On a walk home to the dorms, Tae Hee tells Jae Hun the story about her parents. She heard that it occurred much like the film Roman Holiday, where her father was a poor guitarist, and her mother was like a country princess. Father was playing the guitar, rocking out to Bon Jovi and Led Zeppelin (and Tae Hee gives a damn fine impression of it), when Mother came up to him and asked, “Can music make people happy?” Cue Father – and Tae Hee – to sing “Stupid Cupid.”

Jae Hun is so ever charmed by Tae Hee’s act, that he even goes and dances with her. (Kyaa!) Cue rehearsals as the teams practice their choreography together and by themselves; Doo Ri films practice; Byeong Gun practices his moves while cleaning the room; and B-Team practices their choreography while creating their set piece.

Tae Hee finishes her little show for Jae Hun, and he is SMITTEN.

Jae Hun’s friends, Yeon Joo (the girl) and Ha Geun (the guy) are on the streets of Seoul, now one less in their pickpocket crew, but still on the prowl for drunken men. Yeon Joo pinpoints the target, and then signals Ha Geun over. He goes in the alley way and tries to steal the target’s wallet. Problem is, the drunk guy catches him in the act, so he hurriedly tries to escape. Ha Geun pushes the drunk guy away, but a little too hard. The drunk guy slams his head against the wall, and smears a trail of blood as he falls down to the ground… As Yeon Joo and Ha Geun run away, they’re spotted by the gangster who chased them in episode 1. Feeling that something bad must have happened there, he sends his underling to find some evidence in the alleyway so that they can give it to the police.

Prof. Yang has her two underlings follow Sun-Man around to make sure he’s doing his work. What she hears isn’t too pleasing – for one, he shows up for 45 seconds in one class to just show his face and then leaves. So Prof. Yang goes into her room and has her assistant film the entire conversation as a record: Sun-Man is to teach a curriculum that she has approved. If he can’t do that, then he has to leave the school. Oh this threat would be so much more effective if Sun-Man weren’t smirking the whole way through and waving at the camera.

So he goes into class and starts reading off the material Prof. Yang gave him. It’s boring for him – even though the students take notes. Sun-Man zeroes in on his favorite target, Chae Young. What’s that she’s writing on? A notebook? He crumples it up and tosses it into the wastebasket. The basics of acting in a musical cannot be written down; it must be practiced. Everyone should throw out their notebooks, and move the desks to the side.

So in the next class, Byeong Gun doesn’t bring a notebook – and he’s the only one! BIG MISTAKE – Prof. Yang is teaching that next class, and she insists on everyone bringing a notebook.

Moving on to the competition between the teams, Byeong Gun puts up signs everywhere saying that the A-team will begin practice at 6; anyone later than that will die. Chae Young informs the team that everything has been taken cared of – the script and the music (thanks to Soo Bin). All that’s left is for someone to choreograph, since she doesn’t have experience with it. Byeong Gun, who is standing behind her, meekly raises his hand, but he doesn’t attract attention fast enough; another teammate offers his services as he was “born to dance.”

Now for the leads – Chae Young suggests they all audition in front of her since they don’t know each other’s talents. Doo Ri pipes up: how about their teammate Yang Ji Eun? She’s pretty talented, having had experience with musicals since high school, and Doo Ri believes the girl’s got vocal pipes. Chae Young looks miffed.

Doo Ri: Don’t tell me, you wanted the role yourself huh? But you’re just an actor, not a musical actor.

Chae Young: You’ve never heard me sing.

Doo Ri: True. Sing then. Hurry and sing. I’m kind of hungry, so I’m not very patient.

WHEE! Smack down! But Byeong Gun intervenes and suggests an audition for the male lead first. Chae Young stalks off to the seats, before putting on a fake smile and letting him begin.

Byeong Gun gets a case of nerves again, and he prefaces his song with a long intro about how he wants to sing “Those Magic Changes” from the original version of the musical Grease. The guy knows more about the history of the song than being able to sing it well, and he causes his teammates to laugh in a snarky way. Chae Young can’t take it anymore, thinking that he’s fooling around. She yells at everyone: a musical is not something to be joked around with. She wants this one thing to be a success – and will do whatever it takes to finish it.

That evening, Byeong Gun escapes into the empty gym, feeling quite crummy. He wasn’t joking around at the audition; he was just really nervous. He hesitantly sings out the first line of the song, “What’s that playing on the radio?” In the distance, he hears a chorus going “C-C-C-C-C-C, A-A-A-A-minor!” He looks around, but sees nothing.

OMIGOD – is Frankie Avalon going to come out somewhere?

Byeong Gun continues with the next line: “Why do I start swaying to and fro?” And he hears the chorus again!

A spotlight shines in the center of the gym floor. It’s Do Sung, playing your host for the night with his 50s garb! He shouts into his mic: “Ladies and gentlemen! I present to you this generation’s brightest gem, the coolest rock star, Kim Byeong Gun!!” (His voice cracks at the end too – so cute!)

And we go outside the campus where a stage is set up for our supremely suave Byeong Gun – in ducktail, sparkly leather jacket, cheesy wink galore – and he sings “Those Magic Changes” with absolute confidence. Target of his affection? Chae Young. Drums? Doo Ri. Guitarist? Jae Hun and Do Sung. Backup singers? Tae Hee and the rest of his team. [download]

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What’s that playing on the radio?
Why do I start swaying to and fro?
I have never heard that song before
But if I don’t hear it anymore

It’s still familiar to me
Sends a thrill right through me
Cause those chords remind me of the night that I first fell in love to
Those magic changes
My heart arranges
A melody that’s never the same
A melody that’s calling your name
And begs you please come back to me
Please return to me don’t go away again
Oh, make them play again
The music I wanna hear as once again you whisper in my ear
You’re always in my heart

I’ll be waiting by the radio
You’ll come back to me some day I know
Been so lonesome since our last goodbye
But I’m singing as I cry-iy-iy

While the bass is sounding while the drums are pounding
Beatings of my broken heart will rise to first place in the
charts
Oh I want you – I need you – I love you
Forever, and ever, and ever, and ever-

Whoa-whoa-ah-oh
Whoa-whoa-ah-oh yeah
Oooooo

*Wink*

Comments:

WOW. I have to say I really enjoy this set up right now. Renegade teacher comes back and uses his unconventional teaching to train a new crop of musical students, all of whom are a ragtag bunch anyways because they’re not all necessarily talented in the same way. Can I just say that I never understood the appeal of Oh Man Seok until now? Then again, I haven’t seen his dramas fully until this one. (Don’t kill me!) But I love how he’s so nonchalant about going against the grain. There’s one scene where he brushes his teeth and walks in the opposite direction of everyone else in a hallway. What a way to emphasize the point that he is not your average teacher. I wonder what his deal is, and this seeming connection to Do Sung… He’s probably a bag full of insecurities himself. Everyone has their own insecurities to get over with, and while we focused on Byeong Gun and Chae Young’s troubles this week, I can’t wait to get to Do Sung and Jae Hun. (There’s got to be a bromance there too somewhere down the road. I hope.)

I like how this drama infuses musical elements without interrupting the flow of the drama. It’s a bit like Glee, although sometimes Glee’s song setups are a little cheesy (randomly breaking into song in the middle of the hallway and no one pauses to stare?). The setting is a musical school, so it’s not that hard to believe that these kids will just break out into song anytime anywhere. But they also make sense – it’s either in rehearsals, just showing off to some friends, or a dream sequence. I’m most happy to see Byeong Gun shine at the end of the episode, because it proves that he does have a place in this school, but he needs to get over his fears first and speak up. I also love that they made it a dream sequence a la Grease; just as how Frankie Avalon appeared for Frenchy, Do Sung and company appear to support Byeong Gun.

As for Chae Young, while she may be easy to hate, she’s also got a lot of insecurities. She wants to be taken seriously as an actor, and have the freedom to act without the extra baggage of fame, and yet people are still picking on her. It doesn’t help that she is quite snooty, and she does need to be taken down a few pegs from her pedestal. However, I’m hoping that despite all her cattiness in the beginning, she will be a character who changes and proves that she can sing and act on the stage as good as any other of her classmates.

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61 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ck1Oz

    Oh I am rolling….dying from the song :-) Can’t even comment.

    • 1.1 ck1Oz

      But I’m singing as I cry-iy-iy :-) :-)

      Listened to it a 3rd time and I still can’t take a Korean Grease. It’s like Dr Jekyls and Hyde the Korean musical. It just sounds so much more awesome in Korean.

      • 1.1.1 YY

        Yes, I was so happy he sang in Korean….for a moment I thought he was going to sing in English! Awesome performance!

        • 1.1.1.1 Thee

          Love this song at the first time! i wish it has english version so i could sing-along w/ it! :)

  2. DarknessEyes

    thanks so much for recapping!!!! I really love this show and i hoped that some one would recap it because the subs are really slow…

  3. JoAnne

    Loving this! I can only find it on Epdrama right now and the subs aren’t the best at the moment so the recap is much appreciated.

    Being still kind of new to this I hadn’t even HEARD of Oh Man Seok until now…but he’s certainly on my short list at this point. Even grubby, I likes.

    And Daesung? I knew he was in BigBang and I knew he had a bad accident a while back but I don’t really pay much attention to KPop so I wasn’t familiar with him…MAN can he sing. Hoo boy…I was blown away.

    Vampire Boy is in this too – he’s interesting to watch. One of the girls looks really familiar but I can’t place her – the one who cut her hair. I will look her up eventually!

    Byeong Gun too – he was familiar to me but I don’t know from where, and I was amazed at how well he sang in the Grease bit.

    This is starting off very well, couldn’t be happier!

    • 3.1 Elaine

      Im Joo Eun was in Hon aka Soul. The drama with Lee Seo Jin?

      • 3.1.1 JoAnne

        THAT’S who she is – I marathoned that last week. Thank you!

    • 3.2 Revy

      bigbangupdates.com subs the vids. It takes a long time but the subs are really good

    • 3.3 xiaoSxin

      Im Joo Hwan was in Tamra Island. He also played Kim Bum’s brother in BOF, and the other guy in Snow Queen.

    • 3.4 Birthday Girl

      Byeong Gun… wasn’t he in City Hunter? Man, he is SUCH a good actor!

  4. deedum

    oh god finally THANKS SO MUCH!! have been refreshing db since forever just to check if the recaps for what’s up are out. :D yay and i definitely enjoyed this episode much more than ep 1 and 2. and i assure you guys, ep4 and 5 will be even better :D (just watched the episodes with chinese subs!)

    • 4.1 Elaine

      I don’t get why even chinese subs are so slow for this drama! I’m dying waiting for ep6 ):

      • 4.1.1 deedum

        yeah i know what you mean. usually chinese subs are godly fast. haha.

  5. chillinducky

    YEAH! I’m looking forward to your recaps.

    I actually started watching What’s Up for Oh Man Seok– he’s such an amazing actor, and has an amazing voice (I hope he has a small moment where he sings… ^^). I’m pleasantly surprised that so far, this drama seems like it’s going to be a good one, if the first 3 episodes are any indication.

    I’m looking forward to seeing Byeong Gun get over his fears— looooved that Grease song he sang. Dae sung is just adorable!

  6. Cynthia

    Happy, happy, happy!! that WU? is being recapped!
    After seeing ep 4 (and how strong a drama it is) I wouldn’t be surprised if will finish out to be the best of this genre. It’s already finished, so fan-service will have no bearing on the production.

    For me, this really is “Fame” all over again, just Korean-style. Everything about WU? harkens back to the movie (and somewhat, the TV series). The joy, the insecurities, the “adult” interactions, the spontaneous musical explosions, the emo kid, the angst for all involved – it really is an ’80’s Fame.

    The only plot point that concerns me is Country Girl’s dad’s death being inadvertently caused by Rebel Boy. I really don’t want that plugging up the flow of what looks like a tight story with a future OTP for these two.

    Daesung continues to be his usual cute/homely/funny self. He was in “Cats” a few years ago – he really has a powerful voice, glad to see him promoting with Big Bang again.
    :)

    • 6.1 YY

      So is there going to be romance between Country Girl and Rebel Boy? I suppose so, judging by that smile of his at the end of the singing scene. Nobody smiles like Park Kyuu

      • 6.1.1 alua

        I’m predicting there will be… him inadvertently causing her father’s death was already one clue that that would happen. And there was a hint that Daesung’s character might get interested in her too, so we’d get a triangle (and since Rebel Boy and Daesung’s character a roommates there’s even more drama material to play with).

        But if anyone can forgive Rebel Boy and help him with his conscience about leaving the father to die on the street, it’s country girl.

  7. Elena

    I spend my lunch hour perusing DramaBeans and I am never disappointed. Thanks again.

    I haven’t seen any of this drama yet, but so looking forward to it. I love Oh Man Seok!

    And thanks for the song, too :)

  8. Yasmin

    im glad to see that everyone here has acting and singing talents that they are not scared to show off!! Daesung is so adorable and he didnt fail my expectations for him as he is the reason that i am watching this. I can take him being meek in ‘reality’ as long as its actual acting and not lack thereof so dream sequence at the end.. Just awesome!!!
    Waiting for episode 4 with subs now. I am unwilling to watch this without because i want to understand and relish everything.

    Gotta say, im not really liking the male lead, he is just to rude! I hope he changes!! But i like when he was dancing to stupid cupid with the girl. Shows that he can be part of the team.

  9. li~~~

    …korean those magic changes?

    this just moved up to the top of my watchlist beating out can you hear my heart.

    and thanks so much for your recaps. <3

    • 9.1 HannahP

      me too. i love those magic changes the most from the grease soundtrack. this guarantee me watching this till the end.

  10. 10 Indigo

    So far I’m so impressed by this drama. The characters are just plain awesome. And the best thing is that I don’t know what to expect from this show. I just hope it will continue being this good.

    • 10.1 alua

      Agree!

  11. 11 Mystisith

    OH MY GOD !!!
    The Musical : Buried Dead.
    Dream High : Buried Alive. I hope Season 2 has a good excavator to save itself.
    What’s Up : Murder, Funerals, and Rebirth of the Musical Drama Genre.
    Sorry, after watching ep 3 i feel like i’ve been punched in my stomach. Just awfully good.

    • 11.1 Cynthia

      Just watched ep 5 – even better!
      :)

      • 11.1.1 xiaoSxin

        watched ep 6.. just keeps on getting better

        • 11.1.1.1 alua

          So thrilled to hear this… still waiting for subs, and your comments make me look forward to those episodes even more!

  12. 12 djinni

    love love love

  13. 13 Hipployta

    Love What’s Up so far…BigBangUpdates and VIPSubs are really wonderful LOL. I’m started watching for Daesung but I’m staying because it’s a good story. I’m a VIP and this drama getting a time slot was the start of his comeback so it’s extra lovely.

  14. 14 red pill

    Great recap. I’m also currently hooked on this series.

    As for the Eun-hae character, I actually think it’s Taeyi’s mother – the same person that her father was looking for and the person that Jaehun will eventually find since he has the address.

    Maybe.

    I <3 Taeyi and Jaehun.

  15. 15 xiaoSxin

    Woohoo you are fast!! Thanks for the recap!!!

    Jae Hun was smitten, definitely! How can a guy resist?! Tae Hee was spunky giving her one-girl impromptu show. Being captivated by her charm would be natural. And it doesn’t hurt that Kim Ji Won is giving a winning perf despite her sterotype character as a bubbly country girl.

    I have saved about 20 screenshots of Jae Hun’s face just during that scene alone. His expressions ranged from amused, to incredulous, to flabbergasted, to amazement, to curiosity to.. oh well here I’ll just share this again

    http://yfrog.com/h6h12noj
    http://yfrog.com/khv93vlwj
    http://yfrog.com/o0zahalj
    http://yfrog.com/h6aucxtj
    http://yfrog.com/nyit9gyj
    http://yfrog.com/nx5dzdcj
    http://yfrog.com/obs57wj
    http://yfrog.com/kkjbrlbj

  16. 16 derpodale

    Thank you for the recap! This drama is so good and it’s nice to see more people liking it. Hopefully your recaps will interest some more people in watching.

    Also, a bit of interesting information: according to the writer, What’s Up was originally written and filmed for 70-min. episodes, but the network cut it down to 45 minutes, for some reason. Writer Song has uploaded the scripts for (the original) episodes 1 through 5 on her site, and if you read them you’ll see that they cut out snippets of dialogue, backstory, and even entire scenes. I’m not sure if they’ll be showing the original episodes anytime soon but I hope so, because the scripts look really good and more cohesive than the sometimes choppy episodes. I can’t complain, because at least MBN picked it up and saved it from rotting away on a shelf, but I wish they had kept the episodes the way they were.

    • 16.1 xiaoSxin

      do you have a link? I want to read the original scripts too. And yes, I am just grateful MBN decided to pick it up, even if they decided to cut back the running time for each episode.

      • 16.1.1 derpodale

        The scripts can be found here: http://dramada.com/xe/songde, but you have to make an account and introduce yourself on the introductions board to be able to read them. The files are in .hwp, also, so you might not be able to open them without a special program. And they’re in Korean (I don’t think anyone is going to translate these, as not many people in the western drama fandom know the episodes have been cut in the first place, and they should probably get permissions from the writer before they do, if they do), so it’s quite the hassle just to read the script. But if you can read Korean and are really invested in this drama, I’d say it’s worth it.

        • 16.1.1.1 xiaoSxin

          Thanks! I will definitely try to get access on this site. If I get my hands on those scripts.. YAY! Gonna read them for sure.

  17. 17 dancinfff

    wow, this show is Daebak! Glad I discovered it! It’s sooo fun to watch. I was really against the whole “high school musical” themed drama that Dream High (all so known as Drama High) was and didn’t find the musical as interesting as everyone made it seem. What’s up however is my Korean version of Glee, with amazing talents and acting. Alright, maybe Dream High was nothing like HSM and What’s Up is not like Glee but the point is, this show meets my standard when it comes to talent in singing and acting.

    I love all the characters except for the Chae Young (IDK why that actress always has to grate my nerves when she plays evil characters) and I even love the lady principal whom I thought I would hate. I liked Daesung after watching a couple of episodes of FO and wasn’t expecting much, but he is sooo adorable! He’s doing a great job so far! I was hoping Kim Ji Won wouldn’t be playing the sweet lovable perfect girl like she is in HK3 but even though she still is, I love the quirky, crazy side of her. Absolutely loved her cover of Stupid Cupid (brought back the memories of Princess Diaries). I also appreciate how I can’t predict who’s going to end up with who. My brain is already forming different pairing I’d like to see, but I’ll see how it turns out (:

    I’m sorry for rambling so much, but I really approve of this show. I hope it won’t turn into a train wreck like Dream High. Can’t wait for Ep 4. Is this a 1 ep/week drama by the way?

    Anyway, Thanks for subbing!

  18. 18 Countdown

    Thank you for the recap!

  19. 19 sangay

    thank you, love the recaps !

    Quite tentative when I started watching this drama. Wasn’t expecting much ‘cos i would hate to be disappointed like heartstrings earlier.

    But i watched episode 5 yesterday, and got to admit … i’m totally hooked ! i seriously didn’t expect the pace to be fast and so interesting.

    eei … the drama’s been cut by the broadcasting station ? oh man … who knows a place where I can read subbed versions of the original script ? please and thank you !!!

  20. 20 Emily

    Thanks for the recap. I found this episode a bit confusing to be honest- you’ve helped to clear some things up for me. I find the editing is a bit choppy for this show- it goes from one scene to the next so suddenly. I guess its because they’ve cut the episode run time so much. I laughed my head off when the girl randomly burst into song. That…totally ruined the episode for me. I found it so random… it really came out of nowhere! Such a bizarre little scene. Was hoping it was a dream sequence but alas. I couldn’t take the rest of the episode seriously. I like this drama thus far but I do find the sudden scene changes confuse me, and I do find myself more invested in certain characters and their stories more than others.

  21. 21 Eve

    Ah, those magic changes is my favorite song from grease and most people I know don’t even know what I am taking about when I mention it.

  22. 22 sugarpunch

    *throws hugs at kaedejun* i’m really glad u started to recap this:) go watch more!! though… [spoiler alert] there won’t be any musical seqs till ep 6 tho.

    Thanks, looking forward to the recaps of the drama!

  23. 23 Jules

    I keep replaying the first minute of the song sung by Byeong Gun, he sounds terrific!!

  24. 24 bengal

    I love this drama so far, but I did feel like the editing was choppy. I really wish I could watch the 70 min. version. If it was already filmed is there a chance they’ll release it on DVD later?

  25. 25 deedum

    oh yes. full uncut version in DVD. that’ll be so great. let’s hope that’ll happen. (:

    • 25.1 xiaoSxin

      YES!! uncut/director’s cut would be the next best thing!!! PLease let this happen!

      How?

      • 25.1.1 alua

        Oh wow! That would be great… definitely would want to see an uncut version.

  26. 26 Claire

    how i wished this was picked up by the main broadcasting stations so it could be more popular but i’m still glad and thankful for MBN for picking it up…

    this is so good! i love how they don’t only focus on the main leads…the characterizations are good not to mention the story is also good…yes, i think this is a Korean version of Glee on a darker side

    the only problem was the editing and i hope we could watch the whole 70mins of an episode of this show

  27. 27 Dara

    Thank you! Just love the editing and the writing!

  28. 28 Eliza Bennet

    I have discovered Oh Man Seuk in The Vineyard Man (for some reason I love this drama, despite the fact that it is not really good). He has a great voice too.

  29. 29 alua

    I have only watched up to (and including) episode 3, but loving loving loving it. Tae Hee is so adorable and still loving Jae Hun’s character too.

    Well, slightly sad that we’ve started seeing an evil side to the famous-actress character, since that happens to often in dramas. But maybe it will pan out in an unexpected way?

    Anyone else hoping that Team A and Team B get together, and perform one musical jointly rather than competing against each other? At least I’m hoping for Byeong Gun to defect to the other group. He’s such a sweetie really, I couldn’t believe Chae Young (the actress) tearing HIM apart, when HE saved HER from embarrassment since she didn’t want to sing right way. Can’t wait for Doo Ri to show more of her claws either (-: (she can defect to the other group too).

    So looking forward to the upcoming episodes! This drama better stay good!

  30. 30 tytoo

    thx for the recap . :D

  31. 31 Sonia

    Ahhh1 I lurve you for recapping this drama. I have been watching it raw (it’s sadly neglected by subbers :'( ), but it’s a gem. Your recaps makes things more clear to me, THANK YOU!!! I don’t understand how this drama could not get an air date. Honestly this drama is wayyy underrated. I would take this over FBRS any day! :D

    • 31.1 deedum

      ah i love you for saying that :D

  32. 32 Kaybee

    Thanks a lot for the recap!
    I am watching the drama without English sub and it is pretty much hit or miss for me as I don’t understand Korean much, just few random words/ sentences which I put together to understand what is really going on… Your recap has helped me a lot in understanding part by part. Thanks! :)
    I LOVE THIS DRAMA! I am actually surprised to read that some people are enjoying the drama but they are saying that the drama is not so good….
    For me, this drama is simply AWESOME!!! Not because of DaeSung or Oh Man Sook or Lee Hyuk Soo….The story and the drama itself is soooooo GOOD!!!! I am not a fan of girls acting dumb or kiddish but Kim Ji Won is really effective. I am in LOVE with the drama…DaeSung, Oh Man Sook….Lee Hyuk Soo= so HOT…..sigh~ :)

    • 32.1 greenpanda

      i agree…i love this drama–and the eye candy is just a plus.

  33. 33 Autumn

    OMG. Love love love!! I have nothing but love for everyone and everything in What’s Up. So. damn. good. I honestly don’t know what else to say, a little incoherent right now. Can’t wait for ep 4!!!!

  34. 34 greenpanda

    yes, I watched this episode “for Fun” then in the middle of it i realized that like you, I am now also feeling like this “Oh my God. I think I found another drama-crack for the year.” So I had to back track back to episode 1 and work my way back up. I am enjoying all the character developments.

  35. 35 Khrisstyne

    Girl I think we all need to go to rehab then.. because this drama became my crack… :D
    I love all of the characters even the “famous” chick

    Tae Hee is ADORABLE …aigooo ^^
    I like how they are showing other characters instead of the main characters. I just LOVE.THIS.DRAMA!!!

  36. 36 darlynDara

    Can u make Stupid Cupid by jiwon downloadable?

  37. 37 NewKDramaAddict

    This was a great episode! I’ve already developed my favorites list!

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