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High Kick 3: Episodes 95-99
by | February 18, 2012 | 30 Comments

Who knew we still had room in this drama for unexpected connections? It’s one of the reasons this show feels like a real world to me, with real characters, because of the diversity and richness of the relationships.

This week also gave us some seriously tear-inducing and sweet moments between some of my favorite pairings. I love that they can mine so much good emotional stuff out of these relationships, even after a hundred episodes.

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EPISODE 95 WEECAP

School resumes, and because Jong-seok isn’t attending university this year, the expected path for him is to take classes at an academy in preparation for next year’s entrance exams.

An explanation of his situation: Last year, Jong-seok was pulled down to the grade below, but it wasn’t quite the same thing as being held back a year. Think of it as being put in remedial class, because you’re not at the level of your peers. You’re still going to school, though, which means you get to graduate on time. He can attempt university admission again next year, but because everything hinges on a test, sometimes students can get stuck in this in-between waiting period for multiple cycles if they keep failing.

His parents suggest that he could return to high school to study with the now-seniors, which he immediately rejects. He just graduated! That would be the worst humiliation. He’ll just study harder with Ji-won, he says.

Except, Ji-won is a senior now and she’s getting busier, so she has to cut down their sessions. Off to academy it is.

But nobody at the academy is ready to take lessons seriously, and they goof off blatantly. I love that it speaks to Jong-seok’s major development that he’s the only one in class who actually wants to learn, and finds this lackluster environment dissatisfactory.

He’s sent to school on an errand and catches a glimpse of Ji-won studying in class, with all the students busy learning. Suddenly Dad’s suggestion doesn’t seem so bad — only, his pride can’t bear admitting he wants to go back. So he gets to work thinking up a solution.

The clinic is short-staffed, so a temporary doctor is brought in to help Kye-sang, and it’s an old colleague, Lee Ji-hoon (Daniel Choi, another High Kick alum in a cameo). Turns out the two men have quite the fraught history, having been on opposite sides of a fierce rivalry at their old hospital (replete with White Tower parody).

Right off the bat they clash, unable to find common ground in any area, arguing ferociously on the merits of an ice pack versus medicated bandage. Jin-hee marvels at this unexpectedly hard side to Kye-sang.

Jong-seok strategically plans a run-in with Soo-jung so she’ll see the soju bottle and playing cards he’s stashed. Naturally she’ll tell their parents that he’s wasting academy time goofing off, and then he’ll have to go back to school!

Alas, Soo-jung exhibits a very inconvenient sense of pity and tells him she’ll let it go because she can see oppa’s having it rough, and it sure would be humiliating to make him go back to school. Jong-seok regroups and goes for Round #2, sending her a text message by-mistake-on-purpose, then annoys her until she finally loses her temper and tattles.

Jong-seok’s parents sit him down for the lecture and disciplinary action, and he pretends to be aggravated at their punishment, all while secretly smiling to himself. Adorable.

The doctors’ rivalry continues and escalates, with every moment turned into a competition. But when Ji-hoon can’t reach the inflamed cyst on his back to treat it, Kye-sang steps in and contradicts Ji-hoon’s mode of treatment — of course — and decides to excise it.

Ji-hoon cedes to his decision and thanks him with difficulty — finally, some measure of compromise between them.

Ji-hoon soon leaves to take up the position at Johns Hopkins that he’s been throwing in Kye-sang’s face all this time. Only, we see when Kye-sang sends him a congratulatory bouquet that he’s actually ended up at a plastic surgery clinic named Johns Hopkins, ha.

And at school, Jong-seok makes his less-than-triumphant return, joining his old classmates. He gets roundly mocked by everyone but it doesn’t really bother him, while Ji-won welcomes him back. He pretends for the sake of saving face that this is all such a pain, but he’s secretly pleased.

 
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Valentine’s Day approaches, which means chocolate-making for the students and lots of gifts for the male teachers. Ji-seok makes Valentine’s dinner plans with Ha-sun, and she notes his new IU ringtone, wondering if he likes her. Ji-seok assures her that she’s a thousand times cuter than IU.

Ha-sun buys a box of chocolates to give him, but sees the mountain of presents Julien has already gotten and is intimidated with how impressive the chocolates are. Her little box suddenly looks sad, so she stays up all night making a chocolate-cake-and-gingerbread house that’s sure to impress.

Unfortunately, she oversleeps as a result and has to take a taxi to school, and leaves the cake box in the cab. She realizes this too late, and miserably tells Ji-seok that she’d spent all night making him this awesome gift. Ji-seok says it’s okay, but she’s so disappointed after all her hard work that she ducks out of school and spends all day trying to track it down.

Jong-seok wonders whether Ji-won is into the chocolate-making tradition, but she tells him she doesn’t really care, and thinks of Valentine’s as an overly commercialized faux holiday. Jong-seok figures it’s better that she not give chocolates to anybody than making some for his uncle.

Soo-jung hands out her chocolates to her male relatives, motivated as usual by the promise of extra allowance money later down the line. One by one they taste and gag. Jong-seok: “Did she poison mine?” Kye-sang: “How can chocolate taste like kimchi?” LOL.

Jin-hee, on the other hand, hasn’t prepared any chocolates, but second-guesses herself when the other nurses buy Kye-sang a small courtesy box. She picks out a small box too, just small enough that it won’t seem too meaningful… until she sees that the nurses’ box is much cheaper, making hers look suddenly extravagant. She just can’t win.

Jong-seok sees Ji-won buying chocolates at the store, which makes him curious all day — will she be giving them to Kye-sang? He even goes to check Kye-sang’s stash of gifts, then stops himself at the last moment, upset with himself for letting his petty jealousy spark back.

So when he sees Ji-won at a convenience store that evening, he places a candy bar along with her purchase and cheekily tells her to buy it for him ’cause he’s dying for one. After she pays, he stuffs it into his mouth and she wonders, “You wanted to eat it that badly?” “Yup,” he replies. And that’s good enough for him.

Ji-seok can’t convince Ha-sun to give up her search, so when he accidentally finds the cake house plans, he decides to remake the gift from scratch, using the other teachers’ gift chocolates as materials. He’s not quite sure what one of her notes means (“W.C.”), but he follows the recipe faithfully and constructs a pretty good replica, and tells Ha-sun that somebody dropped it off at the school.

Ha-sun is mightily relieved, and happily meets him for dinner at the restaurant. Ji-seok feigns surprise and thanks her profusely, but immediately Ha-sun knows that it’s not her house. A flashback shows us that W.C. stands for white chocolate, and his sits there with its dark brown roof.

It hits her that he must have made this replica just so she wouldn’t be upset, and it chokes her up a bit. She excuses herself and asks the restaurant manager for a favor, taking up the microphone next to the pianist to ask for everyone’s attention. She explains that she’s not a very good singer, but there’s somebody she really wants to sing for tonight, because she’s so touched by his warm, large heart.

Ha-sun signs Ji-seok their code-signal for “I love you,” then starts singing the IU song he set as his ringtone. She’s legitimately terrible and the other patrons laugh, but Ji-seok is thrilled and encourages her like the big ol’ cheerleader he is.

 
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So the Yoon-Park couple is going strong, but Ji-sun can’t shake the misguided suspicion that Ji-seok is having a hard time getting over her. She tells Ha-sun this in the bathroom… which goes overheard by a couple of students, who squeal, “Daebak!” at this piece of gossip.

News travels speedily, and soon students are teasing Ji-seok and telling him to buck up over being rejected by Ji-sun.

Soo-jung shares the gossip with her family, and Yoo-sun perks up at this news of her little brother’s love life. She’s so curious that she goes to school for a parent-teacher conference with Ji-sun and can’t help peppering her with questions, admitting that she knows Ji-seok likes her. She comes home with a favorable impression of Ji-sun and sighs that it’s too bad she isn’t interested.

Ji-seok comes home drunk mumbling about “Teacher Park” because he misses Ha-sun, who is away for a few days for a teaching conference. The family naturally assumes he’s drowning his sorrows over Ji-sun’s rejection, and decide to step in. Especially since everyone seems to think Ji-sun can be persuaded to accept Ji-seok’s suit with a little prodding — and Ji-sun does seem to be warming to the idea.

Jin-hee runs into Jong-seok at the library and catches him looking at a photo of Ji-won, immediately guessing at his feelings. He tries to deny it, but she’s a pro in the unrequited-love department and offers to buy him a drink as a fellow lonelyheart.

A few drinks loosen their tongues and they give each other lots of encouragement, telling each other that their indifferent others must be blind to not see their appeal. They throw compliments back and forth, then come up with their own form of greeting gesture, spelling out L-O-V-E with their bodies, since they’re both united in their thwarted loves.

Jong-seok spies a rogue shopping cart and suggests a joyride, and they speed through the streets madly. He loses his grip on the cart, though, and it knocks into a lighted sign, to the shopowner’s ire.

Soo-jung and Yoo-sun spearhead the effort to get Ji-seok’s romance going, and organize a grand gesture for the big proposal. They enlist Julien to help, who in turn gets the other teachers to join in; they decorate the teachers’ room, then bring both teachers there so they can urge Ji-sun to accept Ji-seok’s affection.

Julien mentions the plan in a phone call with Ha-sun, who freaks out and races back to Seoul from her trip. She arrives just as Ji-sun starts to accept this time, and screams her protest, halting the proceedings: “He’s MY man!”

The teachers go out to dinner and everyone congratulates the real couple for their relationship. Ha-sun feels sorry for putting Ji-sun in the middle of it, but Ji-sun tells her it’s understandable. Julien finds her feeling down, though, and offers her his jacket in sympathy.

Jong-seok offers Jin-hee half the reimbursement cost of the light they damaged, and this buzzkill is enough to put a damper on their newfound camaraderie. They’re a bit sheepish the next time they run into each other, recalling that they were supposed to do their L-O-V-E chant. But it’s not the kind of thing you do sober… which is why it’s a good thing they decide to stop by a pojangmacha for dinner, which leads to a few drinks, and a return of the lonelyhearts’ chant.

 
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Kye-sang and Ji-won find that they’re both, coincidentally, reading the same mystery book. They make a bet over the culprit and plan to check in tomorrow when they’re both finished.

Seung-yoon helps Yoo-sun set up a blog to share recipes, and she gets a few comments complimenting her on her looks. Nae-sang tells her to take down her photo from the site, which prompts some childish bickering back and forth, prompted (or maybe emphasized) by the old-school prop candy that reminds them of their youths.

Nae-sang had chided his kids for fighting like children, but now it’s him and Yoo-sun who devolve into immature fighting over the blog and her photo. It gets worse when Nae-sang deletes the photo without her permission, and soon they’re chasing each other around the house, tossing around schoolyard insults and taunting jibes. They even divide their bed down halfway that night, stuck in petty peevish mode.

Kye-sang texts Ji-won about the mystery’s culprit, but she doesn’t receive it because her old cell phone starts to die. She goes from repair shop to repair shop looking for a fix, but is told over and over that nothing can be done about it. The phone is too old, and the parts just aren’t made anymore.

Kye-sang understands what the phone means to her — a last memento of her dead father — so when she seems despondent and ready to give up, he takes up the charge and helps track down various parts dealers. They have no luck there, either, but he keeps up a positive attitude until they find one possible warehouse. They make plans to meet tomorrow night, since the trip will require driving through the night.

Alas, Kye-sang has a patient with a medical emergency and can’t make their meeting time. He calls Ji-won, but she doesn’t answer because she’s leaving her phone off, to preserve the remaining battery life. He texts her anyway and leaves messages, hoping she’ll give up waiting and go home.

But she doesn’t, and he finds her still waiting late that night, shivering from the cold.

They head to the warehouse, but this last hope turns out to be another dead end. Kye-sang looks at her with deep sympathy, but it’s Ji-won who tells him lightly that it’s okay — they did everything they could, so she isn’t upset.

Ji-won offers to show Kye-sang the text messages from her father, because soon they’ll be gone. She explains the texts one by one, like the one he sent when she was late to the movies, or the one about her birthday gift — a camera that has since been lost.

She confides the reason she resisted treatment for her narcolepsy — it’s because every time she falls asleep, she dreams the same dream. It’s a peaceful scene of her napping, her head in her father’s lap.

When Ji-won wakes up the next morning clutching her phone, it’s dead.

She finally buys a new phone, and gets her text message from Kye-sang offering to buy her lunch. She runs to meet him cheerily, and he treats her just like he always does, except today he’s dropped the formal jondaemal. Kye-sang has the quirk of speaking to everybody in jondaemal, and the sudden shift is jarring. Ji-won wonders why it’s changed, but Kye-sang just muses, “Hm, I wonder.”

 
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With Ha-sun and Ji-seok’s relationship in the open, the family members are curious about the details. How did they start dating? Who made the first move? What does she like about Ji-seok? It makes the comfortable vibe suddenly awkward, and Ha-sun doesn’t quite know how to deal with it.

For instance, they praise her for being so gentle and sweet, and she suddenly feels the pressure to live up to their expectations. She’s not really that nice, she insists, but they laugh it off.

Yoo-sun pops by her house while she’s drinking a beer with Julien, and Ha-sun nervously shoves the beer away and blames it on Julien. Yoo-sun doesn’t judge her for drinking, but Ha-sun’s nervous about making a negative impression.

Nae-sang runs into Nurse Im at a cafe, and to make up for the way their last encounter ended (when he gave her a gift and was forced to take it back), he buys her a cup of coffee. But Yoo-sun hears about it from somebody who sees them together, and this infuriates her — especially when Nae-sang lies about his whereabouts. Eek.

She calls him out on it, but it’s too late for him to tell her that the coffee meetup was just a coincidence — even though this time he’s being honest — and she angrily shoves him into the tunnel for a time-out. She calls Julien and gets him to block the door on the other side for good measure.

Nae-sang finds himself sitting in the dark with nothing but his thoughts for company, and a plate of dumplings that Yoo-sun lowers into the tunnel. Oldboy style.

Soon his thoughts turn to his unknown tattler, and he narrows down the possibilities to Jin-hee. She saw him with Nurse Im before, so she must have seen him this time and gleefully told on him. Now he’s concocting revenge schemes, determined to repay this injustice.

Ha-sun shares her concerns with Ji-seok (sporting a new haircut, yay), and is further discomfited when their date is discovered by students. He’s not worried, though, and says that she’s gentle and kind, even if she doesn’t think so.

Over drinks with her friends, Ha-sun admits that she feels the pressure to not disappoint her neighbors. Her friends tell her not to be such a perfectionist, and that it’s okay to act comfortably as usual, but when Yoo-sun invites her to dinner, she accepts despite being tipsy.

Ji-seok runs late so Ha-sun is left to fend for herself. The pressure is really mostly in her head, but she lets herself be urged into drinking more, and soon she’s close to wasted.

She starts to gag and rushes to the bathroom, but doesn’t make it in time and spits up on the floor. Horrified, she starts to clean it up, but ends up tripping and falling over instead. Ji-seok arrives home and finds her, and carries her home to sleep it off.

Ha-sun wakes up with a start, though, remembering the vomit she wasn’t able to clean up. Ji-seok offers to clean it for her, but she’s mortified — and still drunk, which makes her even more obstinate — and insists that she has to do it.

They’re too late, because the family has all seen it and deduced that Ha-sun must have had too much to drink. But Ji-seok urges everybody to pretend they didn’t see anything, and they dutifully comply. He helps Ha-sun stagger drunkenly upstairs, although she falls so many times the family is hard-pressed to pretend they don’t notice. Ha-sun grits her teeth and continues on.

Nae-sang spends most of dinner giving Jin-hee the evil eye, planning his revenge. For some strange reason he thinks hitting her on the head with a banana will be appropriate, and freezes it to give it more bite. So when Jin-hee heads out after dinner, he takes his frozen banana and stealthily follows her, ready to strike.

Too bad for him, he has last-minute misgivings which trip him up (literally), and just as he’s trying to strike, he falls. The banana falls and hits him in the head. Ha.

He wakes up in the tunnel once again, with Yoo-sun disapprovingly shaking her head over his revenge impulse. He needs more time to reflect on his wrongs, and she sends down more dumplings to keep him company.

 
COMMENTS

How much do I love the Ha-sun and Ji-seok relationship? I totally buy that they have the romantic attraction of a dating couple, but what sells the connection is all the little (and sometimes not-so-little) things they do for each other. You can feel that they love each other in how much both of them are always giving, more concerned with the other person than with what they’re getting out of the relationship.

I love watching a normal couple go through the normal issues of a relationship, unmarred by the super-dramatic angst that characterizes most regular dramas. I think the mundane-ness of the setting actually heightens the emotional aspect for me; it feels genuine and heartfelt, conveying love in a way that the bigger dramas don’t always pull off.

Jin-hee and Jong-seok were a nice surprise this week, and it wasn’t till they were put together that I even realized they hadn’t interacted much till now. I love that they had a moment of commiseration — misery loves company and all that — and found some solace in each other’s encouragement. Even though it may be an alcohol-fueled connection. I thought Jin-hee’s interfering with Ji-seok’s one-sided crush on Ha-sun sometimes veered into annoying (she overstepped a few times, albeit with the best intentions), but this has a different vibe; here it’s a calmer, more bittersweet shared disappointment.

Kye-sang and Ji-won have a way of hitting some of the more heart-achy moments of this show, and I mean that in a non-romantic way. There’s something really sweet about the way he has slowly been with her as they work through her pain over losing her father, which I think she’s generally dealt with by refusing to admit. She’s a cheery person in everyday life, but there’s that untouchable part of her that we can see, which strikes me as very, very sad.

The loss of the cell phone is such a little thing, the kind of glitch we all go through and shrug off and move on from, only with her it represents such a huge loss that it feels a little bit devastating. Sure, she can write down the contents of the messages and she hasn’t lost anything for real, but there’s a physical comfort in clinging to something that connected you tangibly to someone who’s gone. A thing that existed when Dad was around, which bore witness to the fact that he was alive once. When she woke up and the phone was actually dead, I felt a little pang of finality. Oof.

But it’s also something that needed to happen. Ji-won couldn’t bottle up her feelings up forever, and it seems fitting that Kye-sang is the person to get her to open up, and also let go. It was a witty little touch to work in Kye-sang’s own quirk of speaking jondae to Ji-won, because all series long, he has spoken to her, Seung-yoon, and the clinic kids in jondae. It’s a way of treating children like adults, to take them seriously. I think it’s adorable when he does it to a young child — but it’s different to an almost-adult, where the very act of making that distinction emphasizes that you’re still a kid. Close, but no cigar. It made me think back to that episode where Ji-won dressed up like a grown-up and wore heels and looked like she was trying too hard to match Kye-sang’s grown-up friends. And now, in reverting to banmal, it’s like she’s grown up.

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30 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ilikehim

    Weeee! Daniel Choi, and as Lee Ji Hoon, no less! Yayyyy. He didnt die! And is still a doctor, and dating Hwang Jung Eum. Thanks, hat’s all i needed to know. Xp

    • 1.1 Mari

      Like JinHee, I thought Daniel Choi and Kye Sang’s super heated shout-out spat about the granny’s condition was serious — maybe about some important treatment (my guessing because I was watching raw).
      When the nurse explains what they really are arguing about, I was stunned. THey both are sooooo childish. Hahaa

  2. JIW_sobangnim

    Haha! Why talk Moon Sun extensions when we ca talk High Kick extensions? :)

    • 2.1 mserenity

      Was High Kick extended? OMG if that’s true I will be soo happy, as long as they don’t ruin the story.

      Hasun/Jiseok were too adorable this week. As javabeans so beautifully put it, it’s so amazing to see a couple proving their love for one another in such subtle ways. They both love not seeking acknowledgment from one another in their actions, but take happiness in making the other person smile. This is how all relationships should be. I love how their romance is not dramatized, and yet so engaging at the same time. I hope next week they give us more background on Jiseok, because I feel as if besides his undying love for Hasun, he hasn’t been given much of a background beyond that.

      Jongseok-Jinhee were too entertaining. It’s amazing how the writers find such simple, yet moving ways to put two unexpected characters together. My heart hurts for Jinhee who has to bottle her love, but I really hope Jongseok’s love doesn’t go the same route. Sigh. Why can’t Jiwon see what Jongseok makes so obvious? He’s too adorable.

  3. Q

    Am I third?

  4. Mari

    “It made me think back to that episode where Ji-won dressed up like a grown-up and wore heels and looked like she was trying too hard to match Kye-sang’s grown-up friends. And now, in reverting to banmal, it’s like she’s grown up.”

    So by shifting to banmal, does it mean Kyesang finally can see her as an adult, and a woman?

    • 4.1 momogi

      no, I think that Kye-sang do it as a symbol of closeness between them. For Ji-won to tell him about her father which he never told anybody about it meant a great deal. so he does the same by speaking to her in banmal which he never done it to anybody younger than him.
      and I think kye-sang just see ji-won as his younger sister, just like what he do with jin-hee.

      that’s what I think.

  5. asianromance

    Thanks for the recap!!

    The Jong-seok and Jin-hee interaction this week was a wonderful surprise – just when I thought everyone pretty much knew and interacted with everybody else- boom, we get this and I’m like “oh yeah…they never really talked with each other”. I hope the Ji-won and Kye-sang couple doesn’t happen. I’m a Jong-seok and Ji-won shipper. I really want Jin-hee to get with Kye-sang, but I can live with them going their separate ways

    I love the Ha-sun and Ji-seok couple- Ji-seok rebuilding that chocolate house to make her feel better was just one of the most romantic gestures ever. And I love how there is no third party ruining and interrupting their courtship.

    • 5.1 sam

      i don’t think kyesang-jiwon would happen (i hope!)..it’s like a brother-sister closeness/relationship i’m seeing (though jiwon has a crush on him, but not as deep as what jinhee feels)…and i also doubt the writers would both have jongseok-jiwon & kyesang-jinhee (my fave couple) a happy ending…but i don’t mind if that would happen…i’d really be glad especially for jinhee… =)

  6. momogi

    wow, thank you javabeans for your recap.

    you never let us down with your witty analysis. That’s what I’m thinking when I see this week episodes but I just can’t find the right word to describe it.
    and there you are, just effortlessly writing all your thoughts.
    hands up!

    • 6.1 doozy

      Definitely! I totally agree with you.

      Thanks so much for the recaps, javabeans! I’m in awe of your way with words and ability to express your thoughts so eloquently.

  7. Grinchmas

    One more week of High Kick 3! I really do love this show, for meaningful reasons like the bonds that have formed between the two houses, as well as shallow things like Ji-seok’s new haircut.

    These past few episodes have shown a shift from purely Jong-seok/Ji-won and Jin-hee/Kye-sang scenes, which makes their relationships feel so much more realistic. It’s very interesting to watch and attempt to speculate which of these pairings is actually going to materialize in the end. We’re only 21 episodes away from the expected end, and each of the combinations is equally compelling to me (Jin-hee and Jong-seok together are adorable. ADORABLE!)

    At this point though, it really doesn’t matter which of the pairings lasts until the end. It doesn’t even matter to me if any of these remains a pairing at the end. These were all compelling relationships between characters, and I know that the High Kick 3 writers will end the show in a heartfelt and believable way that (hopefully) doesn’t reek of fanservice.

  8. huama

    aw man, i feel 120 episodes is too little! any news of an extension?

    • 8.1 sam

      i want extensions too…!

      • 8.1.1 PassionFruit

        yes please!

  9. pigtookie

    Ji seok’s always done extremely sweet deeds for Ha sun, but it’s so much more satisfying when she picks up on it now and fully appreciates him for his thoughtfulness.

  10. 10 sunshine

    I think episode 98′s scene where Ji Won waits for Kye Sang to arrive was so fitting for the episode’s focus on her grappling with her father’s death. When her father died, he told her to wait, and she did it alone for days without him ever returning. It was such a nice moment when Kye Sang shows up.

  11. 11 A_Donuts

    OMG. I just love the Ji-seok Ha-sun relationship!. It’s nice to see that Jong-seok has grown up so much too.

  12. 12 KDrama Fan

    Hi JB and fellow Beaners!

    Loved these episodes. Great to see Daniel Choi again too.

  13. 13 PassionFruit

    MY FAVORITE PAIRINGS:

    1. ji-seok/ha-sun
    2. jong-seok/ji-won
    3. seung-yoon/soo-jung

    luckily, ji-seok/ha-sun are still going strong, and seem to be getting more serious as well. hopefully jong-seok and ji-won will happen since kye-sang is more like a father/older brother figure to her, but you never know with the HK3 writers! And seung-yoon/soo-jung have only been mentioned like once, but i’d find it really cute if it actually happened.

    who do you think is going to end up with lee juck? i think it’s going to be jin-hee, which is okay with me. ji-won and soo-jung seem too young.

    • 13.1 asianromance

      I also think Lee Juck’s wife is going to be Jin-hee though I ship Jin-hee and Kye-sang. I feel like Kye-sang will spend his life traveling and will still life a fulfilling enough life without romantic love or having children. We’re already 80% of the way through the drama and there is no hint of him returning Jin-hee’s feelings or even of him seeing her as anything more than a colleague and a neighbor.

      I think Kye-sang will leave by the end of the series and Jin-hee and Lee Juck will find each other. I can’t imagine Lee Juck getting with Ji-won, Ha-sun, or Soo-jung anyways.

  14. 14 DramaticTeacher

    I was rooting for the Jonseok-Jiwon couple, but this week I started to think that Kyesang-Jiwon couple also have the possibility to happen.

    Well, you never know with these High Kick writers.
    I’m ok with every coupling, if they all make it alive at the end of the show.

  15. 15 KDaddict

    Daniel Choi somehow looks different to me in this ep than he did previously. His eyes look different; his face is less angular. He looks much more handsome here. I know he is one of those guys who look better wearing glasses. But is that the only reason?

  16. 16 Stephanie

    Yea! He just went from a not appealing to a little appealing hehe

  17. 17 Myn

    i feel like the director or PD of the high kicks is trying to make up for the disaster ending from last season with the multiple dream sequences and now with daniel choi’s cameo!

    ha-sun and jiseok FTW.

    i must say the kyesang and jiwon’s relationship is a little weird for me… I feel almost like kyesang might have feelings for her (in an unfatherly way)…
    there’s no way a guy could be so blind to the fact that this girl likes him..

  18. 18 DMKO

    Jiseok and Ha-sun relationship reminds me of ji-won and Kyesang in that each couple thinks more unselfishly about the other than themselves. It is such a warm and pleasant interaction whenever those two couples are together.

    How cool is it to see how Jong-seok has matured and grown in this series. He is so cute.

    Thank you JB for your great recap of this wonderful series, your comments help me to appreciate and enjoy this show.

  19. 19 Urnaa

    I am Kye Sang-Ji Won shipper since first smiley football. Hope writers wont shatter the end again. In season 2, i was very dumbfounded by ending. it was waste to watch whole season for that ending.

  20. 20 Abbie

    Another great week of episodes! Kye-sang dropping to banmal makes me think that he may be getting more feelings for Jin-hee than he’s expressing. I hope not, though. But whatever.

    Thanks for the weecaps, Javabeans!

  21. 21 Raptor

    Can’t stand Ahn Nae Sang’s character!!! Argh

  22. 22 Raptor

    If Ji Won REEEEAAALLLLLYYYYY wanted to keep her father’s messages, the simplest thing to do, would be to forward said messages to someone, get a new phone and have that someone forward them back to her. It’s better than losing everything, the phone and the messages. GOODNESS that’s such a brainless thing, yet the writers use it to force us to accept that Ji Won’s love for Kye Sang is real and acceptable. Argh! Just like in HK2, I really can’t stand what the writers are doing with these two characters. It’s really gross, just like SSK with Daniel Choi. ARGGGHHH

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