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High Kick 3: Episodes 90-94
by | February 11, 2012 | 46 Comments

It finally happened — a reason to like Soo-jung! And it only took nearly a hundred episodes. Still, better late than never, I say, which is nice because she’s probably the flattest character in the drama, along with Julien. Even tertiary characters like Yoon Gun have more going on under the surface, so it’s refreshing to finally find Soo-jung somewhat relatable.

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EPISODE 90 WEECAP

The Yoon brothers run into Ha-sun and Jin-hee in the neighborhood and walk together. Ji-seok and Ha-sun have gotten used to signing each other, which is pretty adorable, and sneak messages back and forth.

Kye-sang can’t resist teasing Ha-sun about that time she fell on the ice and split her shorts, knowing she’ll react with her usual exaggerated expression. He’s the only one amused, and gives his usual “I’m just joking” excuse.

That annoys Ha-sun, who complains about his bad manners to Jin-hee at home. Jin-hee, on the other hand, thinks Ji-seok is dumb for misspeaking the word for cholesterol, and this leads both ladies to leap to the defense of the men they’re dating/crushing on. The mood gets increasingly tense, and they go to bed in a huff. That passive-aggression spills into the next day, with Ha-sun nagging Jin-hee and Jin-hee responding like a sullen teenager.

It’s graduation season, and that includes Jong-seok; it’s a happy occasion, though Yoo-sun sighs that he’d be going to college if he was still playing ice hockey. Kye-sang offers to buy Jong-seok a netbook as a present, but Jong-seok still feels the sting of losing his crush to his uncle and declines.

Ji-won agrees to act as graduation photographer, but she falls asleep on the bus and misses the event. Jong-seok distractedly keeps an eye out for her, which Kye-sang seems to pick up on. He gives some uncle-like advice, about how even though he may feel like he’s lost a year — he’ll have to wait till next year to attempt college admissions — sometimes you think you’re late only to find you’re early. Jong-seok says sometimes you feel late because you are late, and Kye-sang agrees that that’s also true.

Ji-won apologizes for missing graduation, and to make up for it Jong-seok brings her along on a scooter ride to the beach. She gives him the glass-half-full encouragement about having time to work hard for the future, but he sighs that he feels too far behind already, like starting a 100 meter dash late: “So I’m just going to die. Have a nice life.”

Jong-seok walks right into the ocean, to her alarm, and she dashes in after him to pull him back. He’s not actually suicidal, but he grabs her in a hug and thanks her; he doesn’t specify why, but I’m guessing he’s glad she bothered to try to stop him.

At home, the passive-aggressive battle continues. Ha-sun nitpicks Jin-hee’s cooking, and Jin-hee bangs Ha-sun’s feet while vacuuming. They snipe at each other, with a hapless Julien caught in the middle, trying to appease both sides. Finally things erupt and Jin-hee storms out with bag packed, saying she won’t live where she’s not wanted.

Ha-sun lets her go, ignoring Julien’s pleas to make up, but as time ticks by she starts to worry. She ends up scouring the neighborhood for Jin-hee, finding her huddled in the cold by the curb, and they both break down into tears, apologizing for their behavior. Ha-sun admits she started dating Ji-seok, and Jin-hee admits she likes Kye-sang. They cry, “I love you Jin-hee” and “I love you unni.”

Jong-seok explains his dip in the sea was just his graduation ritual — like how students douse each other with flour at the ceremony — and starts to explain something. He’s too cold so he borrows a wet suit while his clothes dry, but every time he starts to talk, Ji-won bursts out into laughter — he looks pretty hilarious in the full-body suit.

It’s only on the ride back that Jong-seok explains what he’d been trying to say, though it’s only in voiceover:

Jong-seok: “This is what I wanted to say to you at the beach. To me, graduation meant graduating from the feeling that I was already too late, and the feeling of liking you but knowing there was someone else. That’s what graduation meant to me. That’s what I wanted to tell you. And the moment I held you, it felt like I had graduated from those feelings.”

 
EPISODE 91 WEECAP

At school, Ji-seok brings coffee to Ha-sun, buying Ji-sun and Julien drinks as well to cover his real intentions. Then at a teachers’ dinner, he makes sure to serve Ji-sun along with Ha-sun, to deflect suspicion.

The plan works too well, because Ji-sun confides to Ha-sun that he must like her (earning a spit-take from Ha-sun). Ha-sun tries to suggest that it’s not true, but can’t press too hard without offending Ji-sun.

Ji-won’s narcolepsy continues to crop up, and Kye-sang decides to bring Ji-won in for treatment with a colleague. When he suggests the idea, though, she declines. Sensing that she can’t be persuaded, Kye-sang offers to take her to a Chagall exhibit… and then reveals he’s taking her to the doctor.

Ji-won is thoroughly peeved that he tricked her, and the session is a waste because she refuses to talk to the doctor. Angry at his betrayal, Ji-won declares that she’ll do the opposite of everything Kye-sang says — he tells her to get in the car, so she’ll take the bus. He tells her to take the bus, so she takes a taxi.

Ji-seok surreptitiously gets Ha-sun to hold her hand out while actually feeling her fingers, and buys them couple rings. Ji-sun discovers them by accident, and is even more convinced that he bought them for her. Ha-sun tries to reveal the truth, but can’t bring herself to when Ji-sun says it’s been a long time since she felt appealing as a woman, after all her heartbreak.

Ha-sun tries to fake surprise when Ji-seok gives her the rings, but he catches on and she admits that Ji-sun told her and fills him in on the misunderstanding.

Ji-seok asks to meet Ji-sun to clear the air. However, he feels that same pang and can’t crush her feelings after she admits that men don’t like her because of her appearance, and she has tried to tell herself it doesn’t matter even though it hurts. Still, she isn’t attracted to him and turns him down gently, and Ji-seok goes with that as his graceful exit, telling her he’ll give up readily to spare her feelings.

Haha. It’s the perfect way out of a tricky situation… only Ji-sun posts a consolation message via a twitter-like service. Which means that everybody at school knows he got “rejected,” and make him a subject of teasing.

Ji-won continues to be upset, even saying sentences backward to emphasize how much she refuses to communicate with Kye-sang. When he urges her to be careful crossing the street, she actually walks straight into a busy road just to be contrary, and this gets Kye-sang genuinely angry. He declares that he’ll do the same, then, and warns her that he’s going to fall backward into the road. It’s up to her to catch him.

Ji-won warns him that she won’t, but when he falls, eyes closed, looking like he’ll hit the ground head-first, she darts forward and catches him. He thanks her, and with that backwards-ritual broken, the tension eases a bit.

Later Ji-won overhears Yoo-sun talking to a friend about her mother’s death, and how young Kye-sang had played the backwards-falling game with her. Only, she had been so sick she couldn’t catch him and he’d gotten hurt, and Mom always felt sorry about it, even apologizing to him on her deathbed.

Kye-sang takes Ji-won to the museum after all, and she asks why he fell backward. He answers, “Because I had faith.” In her, he means.

He reminds her of that painting of the girl and the snowfield, and tells her that her reaction — that the girl was looking at something she’d lost — mirrored his. He says that nobody can understand how she felt about her father’s death, but he had hoped to help her by opening her closed heart a little. She’d once asked how he was at 19, and now he answers: “I lived thinking there was no comfort in the world. Sometimes, I see that me in you.”

He offers to be a listener for whatever she might have to say in the future, adding, “And next time, I’ll catch you.”

So on the drive home, Ji-won tells him that after Dad left and she was left in the car alone, she was terribly scared.

 
EPISODE 92 WEECAP

Kye-sang has decided to go to Rwanda after all, at the end of next month. While straightening up the clinic, Jin-hee tells the plant Jin-sang that she’s having trouble letting go, even though she has to.

Inspired by his sing-off with Heo Gak, Seung-yoon goes on audition, wanting to be a singer. He passes the first round and wants a piano-accompanied song for the second round. Soo-jung offers herself for his services — in exchange for a steak dinner. He buys it for her, but she brushes aside his attempts to practice together, saying they can practice separately.

Jong-seok and Nae-sang both tell him he got conned again, because Soo-jung doesn’t know how to play the piano, and they don’t even have a keyboard. (She’s practicing the song on a paper keyboard.) Seung-yoon has his misgivings, but he wants to believe her and accepts her answer that she learned while she was in LA. Still, he wants a demonstration before he’ll fork over any more cash, and she offers to go to the piano store to show him.

The shop is closed, though, and Seung-yoon’s doubts return — did she know it would be closed? She’s offended at the lack of trust, while he refuses to believe her and calls the whole thing off.

Ha-sun sees what a hard time Jin-hee is having and offers to take her out. Over drinks, Ha-sun encourages her to confess her feelings to Kye-sang, to get them out. A song starts playing on the radio request line — “Love Starts With a Confession,” posted above.

Seung-yoon shows up at his audition nervous, having had trouble practicing “Piano Man” on guitar. At the last minute, though, Soo-jung bursts in to accompany him — and it turns out she’s great, just as promised.

Jin-hee and Ha-sun wake up in the morning hungover, and Jin-hee realizes that she’d confessed her feelings drunkenly to Kye-sang last night, freaking out in mortification. She goes to work on edge and apologizes to Kye-sang, playing it off as a joke.

Alas, she accidentally squeezes a teddy bear — the kind with a recording device, which had recorded her sad confession to the plant about liking Kye-sang. She frantically tries to shut it off, but it plays the message in full, right in front of him.

In flashback, however, we see that Kye-sang had already heard it play last night. Plus there was the radio request line he’d been listening to, where Jin-hee had texted her own request. He’d recognized the description of a health clinic employee asking him not to leave — that he doesn’t have to like her back or do anything for her, if he would just not leave.

 
EPISODE 93 WEECAP

Following the teddy bear confession, Kye-sang is a lot more serious and burdened, so Jin-hee puts on a brave face to tell him not to worry about her. She calls herself easily infatuated and assures him it’s not serious, so he can act comfortably around her.

Jong-seok accompanies Seung-yoon to the bakery, and picks up a package of cookies for Ji-won. He hands them over carelessly, all, “I got them for free, whatever.” She’s off to visit relatives for the week, so their tutoring sessions will go on hiatus. He brushes it off, but finds himself frustrated with how slowly the days crawl by.

He leaps for the phone when she calls, and she offers to help with homework via phone if he has trouble. He plays it cool, saying he won’t call at all… and then ends up calling incessantly with trumped-up excuses.

Math turns out to be hard to explain over the phone, so Ji-won sends Jong-seok a video explaining the problem. He’s first disappointed that only her hand is visible, then admires the hand, and then perks up adorably at the brief greeting that shows her face. He replays those last three seconds over and over, long into the night.

Kye-sang invites Jin-hee to join him for dinner. His sunbae Lee Juck mentally grumbles, since everything makes him cranky, but he soon cheers up because Jin-hee heaps praise on him — his fashion sense, his music skills, his looks. His ego enjoys the bolstering, while Kye-sang seems to key into the fact that Jin-hee’s trying to prove she’s over him, as she insisted.

Kye-sang asks to talk, and he wears the gloves she knitted him, telling her that he won’t lose, or forget, them. Just as she had requested. He admits that he must have confused her with his consideration, because he’d wanted to take care of her like a sister, and apologizes for leading her on. Jin-hee tells him she understands, and that she’d confused her own feelings, so he needn’t take it to heart.

Teasingly, she says they’d better not be awkward after this — she’ll be sure to punish him if he acts weird around her because of it. He jokes back that he’ll cut her wages.

She cheerily salutes a goodbye, but once alone, both sit in moody silence for some time.

Ji-won calls Jong-seok to check in, and eats the last of his cookies. So he runs out to buy several more packages, and drives all the way to Daejeon — hours away — on scooter. He calls her out of her aunt’s apartment and says he was just passing by and gives her the cookies. Rather than staying to chat, he acts as though he’s busy and that he really only dropped by since she was on his way, leaving right away.

But once she goes back inside the house, he creeps back quietly and snaps a photo through the window of her eating his cookies.

 
EPISODE 94 WEECAP

Seung-yoon surprises the family by telling them he has a girlfriend now — a girl named Cassie he’d met at his last audition. She’s a gyopo and can’t speak Korean, but he says that they get by on love and Konglish. Hee. That should be a band name, Love and Konglish.

Still, English would be helpful so he asks Soo-jung for lessons. The two most important phrases he needs? “What do you want to eat?” and “What presents do you want?” Ha, he should just date Soo-jung and cut out the middleman. Annoyed, Soo-jung says Cassie’s just dating him for his gifts, but Seung-yoon’s happy to buy her things. That’s what boyfriends are for, right? He requests a third translation: “Don’t worry about money, just choose whatever you want.”

He brings Cassie to the house, who is apparently played by an idol named Tia from a group called Chocolat. She is terrible, so the less said about her the better.

At dinner, Cassie explains that Seung-yoon bought her loads of new stuff at the department store, and Soo-jung is the only one who finds this distasteful. She urges Seung-yoon to break up with Cassie and date her instead, if he’s so intent on buying a girl presents. Or at least make her No. 1 in line to date him after they break up. Seung-yoon laughingly agrees, but says they probably won’t break up since he really likes her.

Ha-sun finds out that Jin-hee’s confession didn’t end well, and she feels bad for her. To cheer her up, she cooks Jin-hee’s favorite crab soup, but Jin-hee has an upset stomach and can’t eat it, which Ha-sun attributes to heartsickness. So when she sees Kye-sang next door in a good mood, she glowers at him for having the audacity to be cheery while Jin-hee can’t even choke down dinner. Aw, that’s sweet.

Kye-sang brings home beef, which they share with the neighbors. Jin-hee still can’t eat much and excuses herself early, so Ha-sun glares at Kye-sang, offended at how heartily he’s eating. When the others propose a mook-jji-ppa tournament with forehead-flicking as a punishment, Ha-sun leaps to join in, to avenge Jin-hee, and easily beats the others one by one, giving them light flicks on the head. She gets to Kye-sang determined to take him down… and loses.

Fine, then she’ll try again. But all she gets is a sore forehead and a seething temper as Kye-sang beats her, over and over, and she’s left to stew in defeat.

Ha-sun adorably climbs into bed next to sleeping Jin-hee and apologizes for failing in her revenge. When Ji-seok hears about the tournament (he’d been out), he feels indignant at his brother’s behavior toward his girlfriend and urges her to take her revenge now, rather than letting the anger fester.

Ji-seok leads her to Kye-sang’s bedroom while he’s asleep, and she takes her revenge flick. She runs back to her room before he can wake up and assures Jin-hee that she made sure Kye-sang felt pain (and then regrets her lack of flicking technique, wishing the pain could have been greater. She’s so cute).

Soo-jung is out teaching Seung-yoon how to ask, “Do you want a notebook or a tablet computer?” when he spots Cassie in a cafe. He runs toward her excitedly… then sees her ignore his phone call and cozy up to another guy.

He’s crushed. Soo-jung tries to cheer him up, but she sees that he’s devastated and looks at him with sympathy. True, he seems better in a few days (they joke that they won’t date now, but maybe later after he becomes president) , but Soo-jung still feels sorry for him.

So when she spots Cassie walking in the street with her new man, she swoops in, grabbing Cassie by the hair and shaking her furiously for a few good seconds, then darting off before the boyfriend can retaliate.

 
COMMENTS

Yay for Soo-jung! For the first time, she does something that doesn’t have her own interests first and foremost. She’s had a few nice father-daughter moments with Nae-sang, but I never doubted she could love somebody — I doubted whether she could ever put somebody before her own frivolous interests. Or care about something that had nothing to do with her.

This is what’s been missing from her all this while; she doesn’t have to be a nice person, or even likable. She could be a brat and selfish and still stir interest if only she had a little depth of feeling. While I doubt she’d make my shortlist of favorites, now that I see she can care about people, it makes her infinitely more interesting.

For a second I wondered whether we were getting teased with a Seung-yoon romance, because she was markedly cynical about his relationship with Cassie, and he seemed so touched when she showed up to his audition. The show did sort of nip that in the bud, though, by having them address the “Let’s date when you break up” issue by agreeing it was just a joke, with no apparent disappointment on either side. I suppose it’s still a possibility, though rather late to develop if it goes there. It does seem rather neat if they got together, although I like that Seung-yoon has readily admitted Soo-jung’s appeal all series long (he’s called her charismatic and appealing, although he hasn’t been interested in her himself).

In any case, I love that she saw Seung-yoon’s heartbrokenness and did something about it, even if it was in her customary immature way. Actually in this case, I think that’s what makes it endearing — she didn’t do something mature or thoughtful or even hurtful, she just had a moment of childish satisfaction. And that in turn gave me a sense of vicarious satisfaction. Cassie may not know what hit her, but we do, and that’s enough.

Clearly his relationship wasn’t going to have much of an impact on Seung-yoon, or even the story, given its suddenness. So what this show did well was in conveying emotion despite the randomness of the girlfriend storyline. Sure, we don’t care about the relationship since it dropped in our laps out of nowhere, but we do care about his reaction. And since it affects him, it affects us.

Moving on to a more long-standing relationship: Aw, is Jong-seok really moving on? was my first thought at the end of Episode 91, and I was partly disappointed at the end of a storyline, partly pleased that he resolved things with himself. But after he continued to crush on Ji-won later, I took a second look at that graduation sequence, and it seems more that he meant he would put his petty competitive angst behind him, not his feelings entirely. Phew!

That’s a lot more satisfying to me anyway, because I’m happy to see him come to terms with the uncle-rivalry in a mature, healthy way. And what a lovely way to symbolize that, with the graduation motif. As I mentioned in previous recaps, his Ji-won crush goes hand in hand with his insecurities about his future — they’re related, but not interchangeable — and it is such a nice way to represent him growing in both aspects, taking that step forward, understanding that the future is unknown but deciding that he won’t just let that fear overtake him. He may have gotten a late start and he may feel like he’ll never catch up in the race… but then again, maybe he can. All he needs is a perspective adjustment, and I’m really pulling for him. He’s grown so much over the course of this series that I feel this extra attachment to him, and want him to succeed.

I’m glad that the Kye-sang / Ji-won relationship was tested, for several reasons. First, it’s been a little overly sweet, with him being the perfect ajusshi and her being the nice smart student. I definitely sided with Ji-won when he pushed her into that trip to the doctor, which would have angered me, too — an adult who’s not related to you, forcing you into something you’ve declined to do, because it’s “good for you”? Good intentions, lousy execution.

But I like that he misstepped, and that there was a reason for his overstepping his bounds. Ji-won pushed back, and also went stupidly overboard in walking right into a car’s path just to piss him off, and I feel like they both had to cross that polite boundary before making real progress.

I think we’ve all seen the similarities between them that have allowed them to establish this connection, but Kye-sang has been an elusive character all series long. You have this engaging actor, and yet you keep him frustratingly oblique, always at arm’s length with that annoying “I’m just joking” shtick. I’ve thought he was the most wasted actor of the High Kick bunch, so what a relief to have him show a touch of real emotion — first anger at Ji-won’s obstinacy, then sadness over their respective scars. The museum scene was lovely, and it’s fitting that it’s only after Kye-sang opens up himself that Ji-won follows suit.

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46 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kbap

    Thank you thank you! :) Love Jong-seok!

  2. An

    The first picture is a beautiful screen cap!

  3. Nokcha

    I really enjoy watching YKS in HK. He’s really grown as an actor.

    I started rewatching the first HK, and to me, that one still reigns as the best one of the three.

  4. PassionFruit

    thank you so much for the recap! still rooting for jongseok/jiwon and have been since the beginning!

  5. huama

    I love ji won and kye sang’s relationship. He shows a side of him that only she sees . I really like that caring relationship between those two.

    • 5.1 DMKO

      yeah, me too! Love their relationship!

  6. eitanjel

    It was hilarious when Soo Jung whipped out the harmonica during the piano performance!

    • 6.1 Mari

      Yeah! Like Seung Yoon, my jaw dropped too, then “wow, this girl really can do it.”
      The fact that everyone doubt her may means that Soo Jung may have more up her sleeves than we have expected.

      They should form a duo and win the idol contest. Hehe.

      • 6.1.1 hottest

        yeah! I was surprised too. I was like ‘woww’ Soojung can do it. haha They both should perform a duet one day and be the idol couple in High Kick 3. xD

  7. js

    soojung’s ability of empathy kind of surprised me this week. I totally agree that her character has been flat and just straight up bratty this whole time. Do you think the lack of opportunity to dig deep into her character is due to lack of acting ability on krystal’s part? I feel like all the main-ish character have been given the chance except her

  8. crazedlu

    HAHAHA to soojung’s attack. that is sooo her, i actually kind of love it.

    can’t believe we’re nearing the end already.

    how i’ve loved thee, high kick 3.

    high kick 4 has a lot to live up to.

  9. A_Donuts

    Thank you! I’ve waited all week for this. :D

    • 9.1 A_Donuts

      I loved Soojung’s atack. This show has made me like Krystal. I know she’s just acting but somehow it just makes me like her. I never used to pay attention to her and just knew her as Jessica’s little sister but now, I see she is totally different.
      Krystal hwaiting!

    • 9.2 A_Donuts

      I also really hope that Jong-seok a Ji-won end up together. They are so cute, especially Jong-seok!

  10. 10 hyungie21

    can you believe that Cassie is only 14 in reality but she looks way too old for her age..I mean, i’m the same age as her and i couldn’t believe that she was the same age as me when i found out. Nonetheless thank you for the recap :)

    • 10.1 Taeminnie

      I was surprised too. But why people rae saying shes terrible? I thought she was really pretty.

  11. 11 mserenity

    Hasun/Jiseok have got to be one of the cutest couples ever. So adorable with their hand signals and there cute ring moment. OMG i was LOL’ing like crazy when he helps Hasun flick his brother. It was adorable. And omg Kyesang even smiles in his sleep!! Seriously, Hasun and Kyesang remind me of Haemi and Minyoung from the first season of High Kick.

  12. 12 Lemon

    Wow this week’s episodes were awesome. Simply awesome.

    I love Jiwon/Kyesang and Jiwon/Jongseok so much that even if nothing really happens between them I’d be fine with it.

    And Hasun really is too cute.

    Thanks Javabeans for the lovely recap! :)

  13. 13 doozy

    Thanks for the recaps and the song! They certainly help me in understanding the episodes more.

    I seriously love this show and now with the recent development of Soo-Jung’s character, I can now say that I don’t dislike any characters.

  14. 14 mary

    Thanks for the recap JB! :)

    Aww.. I kinda wish Soo Jung will end up with Seung yoon. She can take care of their family while SY is the one who spoils the kids!

  15. 15 randomnotes

    Am I the only one who burst out laughing when Ji-seok and Ha-sun went into Kye-sang’s room and flicked his forehead. it was hilarious…i think I rewatched that 20 times straight.

    I’m not korean, but through watching dramas, I’ve become pretty good at guessing what’s happening in a scene. however, during that scene where Jong-seok watched Ji-won’s video, I thought that he was saying that he couldn’t read the words she was writing cause the video was upside down, so I thought he was trying to twist his head so he could watch it. as a result, i cracked up cause I thought he was so adorably stupid to not realize that he just had to turn the phone around. alas, i was wrong and was laughing at my own imagination. haha. but all jokes aside, i agree with you javabeans, because Jong-seok is probably the one character that I want to see succeed the most csince he’s just so darn earnest.

    i’ve always thought it was weird how they were wasting Yoon Kyesang’s acting skills on a character that was so distant and oblivious of the emotions of the people around him. he’s been so jokey and perfect that i can’t take his character seriously. but the episode with him and Ji-won (when he got mad at her for walking into moving cars) and the episode where he was aware of Jin-hee’s overcompensation was a nice use of YKS. i hope his character gets more depth, even if we only have a few episodes left.

  16. 16 Ani

    Hasun and Jiseok are soooooooo cute together. It’s so satisfying to see them together considering how long we had to wait for them to be a couple. X)

  17. 17 JIW_sobangnim

    Ah when the mood of a show can be felt through its last seasons as well… High Kick never fails to impress! :)

  18. 18 asdf

    I really hope Soojung and Seung Yoon will develop their feelings towards each other. Yes, I agreed with you about Soojung’s character which was kinda flat. She’d no sympathy towards other people. BUT now she did care for Seung Yoon who is actually not even her family. Soojung always care for her family but this is the first time for her caring for someone else. I think her character can add something interesting to the show, if only the script writer gives this Soojung’s character a chance.

    Thanks for your re-cap anyway. I really appreciated it. :)

  19. 19 Laica

    I loved this week’s episodes – developments on so many fronts!

    Ji-seok and Ha-sun are officially the cutest couple ever. I love how now that they’re together, they’re adorable but not cavity-inducing, and still very funny. I never expected Ha-sun to be such an awesome character when I first started HK3.

    Poor Jin-hee, although in a way it’s a relief that she’s finally resolved things instead of being in this limbo. It was obvious Kye-sang didn’t feel the same way, but her heartbreak was still just as real (to be told he thinks of you as a little sister… ouch). At least now she can move on, and in a way it’ll be easier that they won’t have to see each other every day.

    Ji-won and Kye-sang’s fight was awesome in the sense that we got to see more of what makes Kye-sang tick (finally!) and their relationship moved beyond that first stage of friendship where you keep that friendly distance, where neither is comfortable enough to really push the other’s limits. They really are kindred spirits, and Kye-sang shows more of his real self to Ji-won than he does to anyone else. I agree with others that YKS has really been underused in HK3, with a frustrating and enigmatic character that rarely shows the depth that the actor is so amazing at. Hopefully we’ll see more of it like we did this week.

    And Jong-seok is just so, so adorable. I luv him.

    • 19.1 Laica

      Oh wow, I love this nifty new subscribe feature, it’s even better than last time! DB just keeps getting awesomer. Thank you <3

  20. 20 melonhead

    Ha sun’s facial expressions are the cutest thing. She’s such an cute character!! And Jong-seok’s crush is ADORABLE.

    • 20.1 Mari

      Hasun really drives HK3 up a few notches. She is the funniest of them all.

  21. 21 myr_ah

    wooh! Jong seok and Ji won moments! LOVE!

  22. 22 momogi

    as much as I know the moment of revelation on Jin-hee and Kye-sang relationship will someday come, I still feel sad and heartbroken for Jin-hee.
    It’s something that you know eventually will happen but you still wish for the better so when it really happen you can’t help but feel totally sad.
    Still I feel glad how Jin-hee and Kye-sang handling the confession in the end.
    And I’m curious as to what will happen for next week.
    Too bad javabeans doesn’t give her comment about this ’cause I really wanna know her opinion.

    • 22.1 sam

      yeah..i was expecting that too…as much as i liked the episode centering on Jiwon-Kyesang, i really ship him & Jinhee…hope the few remaining episodes would still have them with funny scenes despite the previous angst (even if they would not end up together)…

    • 22.2 spoonie

      I agree i wish javabeans would care about this couple. Or at least for the sake of being fair, comment about what’s happening between them. Oh well, I guess you can’t comment on something that doesn’t affect you …

      • 22.2.1 arinkorin

        I’m really grateful for the recap too, but I’d be glad if the recap on Jinhee-Kyesang episode could be commented in depth too… I thought that it was quite a significant and very sad episode… but I respect your way of writing and I don’t have the right to complain!

        • 22.2.1.1 sam

          yeah..i thought it was one of the saddest & heartbreaking episode so far in this series..and it was beautifully done in my opinion… =)

    • 22.3 tyangz

      i agree! I feel so sad for Jin-hee, even though i knew the show’s writers would break them up, something inside of me always wanted for Kye-sang to accept Jin-hee feelings. Gosh they would of made such a cute couple, anyhow, please javabeans, give us your comments on this situation and also in the recaps. thank you. : )

  23. 23 ayan

    His week was all about rejection. Idk this whole series I felt like I could relate to Jinhee the most (rough time in your early twenties: not a girl not yet a woman)
    And my heart broke for her.
    Anyway! Thanks for the recap!
    Ps. Maybe Jinhee will be lee juck’s wifey?

  24. 24 kktt

    I’m just wondering… how Jongseok is graduating when he’s held back a year, he should graduate together with Sooyoung and Jiwon, right?

    • 24.1 spoonie

      yeaaa and why is he still studying when he’s already graduated?? :S

  25. 25 Mari

    “I lived thinking there was no comfort in the world. Sometimes, I see that me in you.”

    I didn’t know what Kyesang was saying when I watched it unsubbed, so when I read this line here, it really hit home.

    I lost someone too and I had been there too, thinking I would never be able to laugh anymore. But like Kyesang, eventually we can always smile again.

    Now I can understand why he was crying as he looked at the painting in the clinic that night, and why he is so concerned for Jiwon.

    What a subtle poignant realistic episode. So beautifully done.

    Thanks Javabeans for the recap.

  26. 26 DMKO

    I love this series! Thank you Java bean for your awesome recap. Man, I continue to enjoy every heart felt exchange that Jiwon and Kyesang have together. Jong-seok has really grown on me. His first love crush is so adorable.

  27. 27 Abbie

    I think that Kye-sang may have feelings for Jin-hee given their ending in episode 93. Maybe (I’m hoping) he doesn’t want to start anything since he’s leaving at the end of the month. I could understand that, and would approve, if I didn’t feel so bad for Jin-hee.

    All series long I’ve been pushing for a relationship between Seung-yoon and Soo-jung, so I’m not dissatisfied with their ending, though I do wish for more. A lot more. But that’s just me. I am glad Soo-jung has shown a little “maturing”.

    I liked Jong-seok’s graduation scene. It was touching. I’ll be graduating soon, I can definitely feel for him on the scariness of the future. You don’t know what will happen and that frightens you. I liked the way he drove all the way to Ji-won’s relatives’ house just to give her cookies! So. Cute!

    Ji-seok and Ha-sun are as cute as ever. There wasn’t much Julien, Nae-sang, or Yoo-sun last week. Hopefully there will be more this week.

    Thanks for the recap, Javabeans!

  28. 28 kunsang

    I like gye sang with jin hee. awwwww why did he reject her?

  29. 29 Raptor

    Sheesh such nonsense. The PD and writers are pedophile wannabes right? That convo Gye Sang had with Jin Hee should be what he says to Ji Won! SHEESH! Jin Hee breaks my heart!

  30. 30 Raptor

    And that innocent love JS has for JI Won is so cute. It’s not fair, building is up for so many episodes, and then ending the lovelines like that. ARGH

  31. 31 Raptor

    Ha Sun is a HOOT!!!

  32. 32 Kat

    I also feel that Jin-hee has see gye sang in a different light as well. Their connection wasn’t boring at all. She also helped overcome certain things and had their moments like the reason why he hides under the blanket and why he’s scared of going to the dentist their little hand holding moments. I felt he did kind of felt a little something for her…but because of his complex he doesn’t dare get close to her. It’s like JiWoon in a sense too. Although he’s more angsty with Ji Woon but I see it as more of a protective way..he heard what she’s been through and all that. I don’t know if he ever felt anything romantic. Although he had a moment after his heart to heart/rejection to Jin-hee. He did kind of have a secret smile when he was with Jin-hee. which I found adorable. I know the ending and all that, but when he walked away after talking to Jin-hee and just sat in the car all sad. I dunno…it’s like he pushed her away. His ending in the show did not satisfy me.. 😕

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