Drama Recaps
High Kick 3: Episodes 100-104
by | March 3, 2012 | 41 Comments

Aw, with just under a month left, High Kick 3 starts wrapping up some of its storylines, leading its characters into confronting feelings, making honest confessions, and dealing with that pesky reality that keeps threatening to horn in on all the fun. But that’s life for ya; always moving on into the scary unknown, despite your desire to settle back and stay awhile in the comfortable, feel-good moments.


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With the relationship now out in the open, students tease Ha-sun about dating Ji-seok. The rowdier boys refuse to settle down and disrupt class with their taunting, making Ha-sun feel particularly powerless. Especially with Ji-sun taking advantage of her niceness to dump another duty into her lap unfairly.

Upset at being taken for a pushover, Ha-sun decides to toughen up her persona. Soo-jung finds her googling ways to command more authority and tells her to switch up her entire image, going “Black Ha-sun” on the offenders.

Yoo-sun hears through the grapevine that a friend, Jung-mi, has taken up a monk’s lifestyle, prompted by turbulent times in her life. It’s a huge shock, and Yoo-sun visits her at the temple.

Jung-mi explains that she’d visited the temple to ask a question, and couldn’t find the answer. It’s an answer she still seeks, and she asks it to Yoo-sun now: Who are you?

The question sticks with Yoo-sun, who falls into a funk and mulls it over as she goes through her daily chores. Is she a mother? Caregiver? Ajumma? In every social interaction, she wonders if this is the sum of her existence — who is Yoon Yoo-sun?

Yoo-sun writes to Jung-mi describing her existential crisis: she hasn’t been able to shake the question, and even takes up calligraphy class, where she finds herself writing over and over, “Who am I?” While out one day, she stumbles across a dance studio and looks curiously inside.

Ha-sun takes Soo-jung’s advice and reinvents herself as Black Ha-sun, layering on the makeup and dressing herself in studded leather. Um, I’m not sure this is the kind of disciplinarian she wants to invoke; the end product is one ball-gag away from an S&M fantasy.

The troublemakers continue to tease her in class, but today she’s brooking no quarter and demands obedience. Ha-sun starts to get a rush from the newfound respect and conducts her lesson with full-on crazy eyes, reading classical poetry in her stilted madwoman voice. (I do love that she breaks from character long enough to give Ji-seok a sunny smile, though, before turning the crazy dial back up.)

She keeps up the persona when they go out on a date, which almost leads to a parking-garage brawl. Ji-seok just barely gets her to calm down by holding her back.

The next day, Ha-sun dresses similarly, and although Ji-seok has been quietly supportive, this time he intervenes to tell her the truth. The kids haven’t been obeying out of fear; they’ve actually found her shtick hilarious, and have been laughing behind her back.

Ha-sun is crushed, but accepts the truth and reclaims her usual, unassuming look. Ji-seok gives her an adorable thumbs-up, cheering her up a tiny bit.

At the temple, Jung-mi receives another letter from Yoo-sun, which describes how she’s slowly finding herself. Yoo-sun describes their identities as like water, always changing forms even if they’re the same person, going from wife to mother. And for right now, this moment, Yoo-sun’s the samba lady.


Existential crisis apparently behind her, Yoo-sun resumes her food blog, and has decided to sell frying pans on it. This time she’s made sure the product is legit, and Seung-yoon helps set it up. (I love this puppy-dog relationship, ever since Yoo-sun got over her distaste of his eccentric ways and adopted him as her personal mascot. So cute.)

Too bad no orders come in. Jong-seok advises that she needs an angle to drum up interest and drive people to the site. So when Ji-seok mentions that Ha-sun is addicted to a drama, The Moon That Hits the Sun (HA! Sometimes I wish, I really do), she wonders if Nae-sang would be able to score access to scripts, so she can post spoilers on her blog and attract readers. Oh, this sounds like a bad idea in the making…

Next door, Jin-hee asks for to borrow a small amount of spending money, which leads to the explanation of how that expensive dinner with Lee Juck really set her back when he ditched her midway through. The girls are incensed over his bad manners — he picked an expensive place, which Jin-hee clearly couldn’t afford, then foisted the tab onto her?

Jin-hee doesn’t want to turn it into a big deal, saying that he did send her money later; it just fell short of the total. Ha-sun suggests payback, eye-for-an-eye style.

Lee Juck is pleased to take Jin-hee’s call, thinking she likes him, and agrees to dinner. It buoys his spirits, after having gone on a dispiriting date with a gold-digging girl who just wanted him to buy her expensive things.

While watching Moon Hits Sun, Yoo-sun notices that one of the actors looks a lot like Nae-sang (ha for meta). Nae-sang explains that it’s his hometown hoobae, Sang-deuk, with whom he always got mistaken for twins.

At Yoo-sun’s suggestion, Nae-sang contacts Sang-deuk and visits him at the broadcast station to catch up on old times. He prods for a few spoilers, saying his wife is a huge fan, and promises not to tell anybody else.

Yoo-sun posts it on her blog immediately, attracting so much attention that it becomes a top-rated search and sends the production into a panic. But on the upside, Yoo-sun’s selling lots and lots of frying pans.

Lee Juck is surprised when his “date” with Jin-hee is crashed by the other girls, who awkwardly shoehorn themselves in and ask if they can order the most expensive dishes. Disillusioned once again, he thinks to himself that Jin-hee’s just like the rest, only interested in the rich doctor who’ll buy her things. He thinks pessimistically, “Love doesn’t exist in this world.”

The girls aren’t exactly comfortable playing this role but they do it for Jin-hee’s sake, and Lee Juck ends up drinking the night away bitterly. When Soo-jung asks for allowance money, he tosses her the contents of his wallet, saying that clearly they only see him as money.

That gets the girls feeling guilty, and Ha-sun follows him out to apologize. She explains that it was her idea and promises to treat him next time, assuring him that nobody sees him as money. It was just misguided loyalty.

As he walks home, he gets sick from all the wine and vomits in the street, just as Jin-hee passes by. She pats his back comfortingly while he has his sick spell.

Nae-sang returns to the station with a peace offering for Sang-deuk, which is an excuse for him to sneak another look at the script. Sang-deuk has been identified as the leak for the spoiler and is thoroughly put out, so he snatches the script away and tells Nae-sang to watch the show if he wants to know so badly.

So Nae-sang shoves him over and steals the script, running through the hallway. Sang-deuk manages to tackle him, but Nae-sang hurriedly reads the pages quickly, to get as much information as possible, and reports to Yoo-sun the dramatic turn the show takes: the princess, who falls victim to a spell and fake-dies from that medicine, turns out to be a man and becomes a general. Shocker!

Lee Juck drops by the Yoon house with Kye-sang, and finds himself dragged off by Soo-jung. He assumes she’s going to hit him up for more, but surprisingly, she returns the cash he’d tossed at her — she may pester adults for allowance money, but she’s no thief, yunno.

As he leaves the house, Soo-jung, Jin-hee, and Ha-sun send him off with a sunny goodbye, cheering him up now that the misunderstanding has been cleared up. His future self narrates that during it was during this cold winter that “I felt the first instance of warmth from my wife.”


Ji-seok and Ha-sun flip through albums for a photo of each other to claim for their wallets, and he sees pictures from her trip to Thailand. She remembers it fondly, smacking her lips in particular at the memory of atemoya, a delicious fruit she ate there.

It actually makes him mumble to himself, “Should we go to Thailand for our honeymoon?” which gets a little squeal from me. But he covers it up, brushing the comment aside when she asks about it. It’s pretty adorable how they show off their photos to each other, though.

While parallel parking in front of the house, Nae-sang accidentally scratches the bumper of another car. He insists that the scratch was probably there already and Yoo-sun is willing to let the issue drop, but Jong-seok overhears the conversation, which pings his conscience.

So when sees the car’s owner angrily examining his new scratch, he feels bad and speaks up. The man drops by the house and the parents have no choice but to offer compensation for the repair, which puts them out a large chunk of cash.

Nae-sang says Jong-seok did the right thing, but the parents sigh at the expense — they can’t exactly urge their child to be dishonest, but it’s clear they’d have been willing to bend the rules this time. This means the family has to tighten their belts to make up for the repair fee, and Soo-jung blames oppa for their meager breakfast table. Jong-seok is taken aback — he did the right thing, didn’t he? What was he supposed to do?

Ji-seok accidentally saves his class plans as a blank file, and is told by the principal to redo them by tomorrow. He’ll have to stay up all night redoing the work, and Ha-sun surprises him with a late-night snack, ready to spend the night at his side. Long into the night, they sit side by side, in their sorta-matching jackets and matching couple rings, until finally he’s done.

As they pack up to go home, he hears the radio DJ mention a meteor shower and suggests that they watch it together. But after waiting for some time, they see no falling star and give up — but not before Ha-sun sneezes, which makes Ji-seok apologetic for subjecting her to the cold. She teasingly tells him to pluck a star for her to make it up to her, and he fervently promises.

Clearly it’s an impossible task, but Ji-seok the Stalwart stays up late researching ways to make the metaphor literal, calling astrology bureaus and asking whether NASA sells bits of meteors. He’s so sweet, it kills me — or it would, if Ha-sun were unappreciative. Thankfully, she’s just as sweet, which makes the pairing so awesome.

Ha-sun calls in sick, though, and Ji-seok races to her bedside to apologize, feeling guilty. She’s unable to eat anything, which makes him think of the Thai fruit she loved. Immediately he gets on the phone to look up places to find atemoya, and books a flight that day for freakin’ Jeju Island.

He races to the supplier, buys two fruits, and runs right back to catch the next flight back. In his haste he runs headlong into a tree and falls over, literally seeing stars. As if that’s not enough, Ji-seok lies there in his daze imagining how happy Ha-sun would be if he gave her both an atemoya and a star, and fumbles in the air to pluck one. Awwww.

Nae-sang has another close call when Julien shows off his spiffy new camera and, as Julien steps away, the camera dial breaks. Yoo-sun urges him to put the camera down before he can be accused of breaking it, but Nae-sang sees Jong-seok step into the room and mumbles that no, they’ll just pay for a new camera. Mom insists it’s not his responsibility, but Nae-sang reminds her pointedly that Jong-seok is watching.

Thankfully it turns out that the dial isn’t broken after all, but Jong-seok feels disturbed at the way his family is reacting and drowns his sorrows in soju. He wonders to Seung-yoon, Why am I the bad guy in this? Didn’t he do the right thing? What does it mean to uphold justice?

Seung-yoon launches into an extended metaphor that starts with That’s why justice is hard and ends with I dunno what justice is. Ha, some help you are, square-earth boy.

As the family drives to a family gathering for which they’re late, Nae-sang runs a red light and gets pulled over. Nae-sang asks the officer for lenience, lying that his kid is sick. The officer looks over at the backseat, and Jong-seok makes a split-second decision… and doubles over moaning, grabbing his stomach.

The cop lets them off with a warning and the family congratulates Jong-seok for his fast thinking, happy to take this stroke of good luck. But Jong-seok remains perturbed, and writes into the window, What is justice?


Ji-won tags along on one of Kye-sang’s house calls, and they play a word game along the way, asking and answering questions in five syllables.

During the call, Kye-sang tells his patient that a new doctor will take his place soon, which is news to her. She hadn’t realized he’d fixed his plans for Rwanda — next month — and is dismayed to hear it.

Seung-yoon can’t buy Soo-jung anything to eat today because he’s lal out of cash, having spent his entire allowance on his friend’s birthday. She’s incensed for him — it’s protocol for the birthday guest to pay for his party, not for a guest — and insists on taking the money back, saying that everybody takes advantage of his generosity. It’s a rather pot-kettle argument even if her point is valid, and she declares herself his new money manager, for his own good.

Jong-seok says she’s just lying again so she can use all the money herself, but good-natured Seung-yoon goes along with it, even if it does require filling out tedious paperwork requesting funds. She declines the frivolous ones, like how he wants to buy 100 sweet buns from the food-cart lady just because he feels sorry for him. (She gives him money for two, and no more.)

Ji-won asks to meet Kye-sang in the tunnel, and essentially confesses that she likes him. It’s in a roundabout way — she asks how she’s supposed to get over her feelings — but he understands the subtext right away. She prevents him from answering and says that since she’s told him how she feels, she’ll work out how to get over the feelings.

She asks him for a snow day, though, even insisting on skipping school tomorrow to go with him. He tries to decline, but she’s in her stubborn mode and he reluctantly agrees to the request.

So the next day, they head off together for the mountains. JI-won keeps up a cheery face, but every so often Kye-sang watches her with that serious adult look on his face, heavy-hearted.

They have their fun playing, making snowmen and having snowfights, and Ji-won thanks him on their drive back. She likens their day to
time spent in a different world, and now it’s time to go back to reality. As he drops her off, he refers to her previous question about how to get over her feelings. He hands her a letter, telling her that his answer is inside.

Soo-jung gets an invitation to a party and looks for something to wear. She eyes Seung-yoon’s cash and decides that if she returns the clothes tomorrow, it’ll be just like a bank investing your money when you take out a loan. Too bad the white dress gets smeared with something chocolatey, ruining it and making a refund impossible. Soo-jung fends off Seung-yoon’s new requests for access to his money — he doesn’t need a toothbrush when he as his finger, and if she kicks his leg surely his headache won’t be as noticeable — but worries over what to do.

Jong-seok cynically predicts that Soo-jung spent all Seung-yoon’s money, and she protests while thinking up ways to deal with this problem. Finally she solves it the old-fashioned way: work. It takes back-to-back jobs to scrape up the cash, but when Seung-yoon asks for his money and tells her he’d better take control of his own finances, she has the money to return.

As she lays there exhausted, Soo-jung offers Seung-yoon some hard-earned advice: that it takes a lot to earn something that gets spent in seconds. She falls asleep mumbling about how she should spend mom and dad’s money carefully.

And Ji-won, who spends days contemplating Kye-sang’s unopened letter, not wanting to confirm her suspicions, finally burns it.


Nae-sang and Yoo-sun go out to dinner with other couples, and Yoo-sun notes how the other husbands dote on their wives. Nae-sang, on the other hand, not only ignores her but practically treats her like a servant.

She goes home feeling peevish, leading to an argument about how he takes her for granted. In his typical childish way, Nae-sang says that if she’s so intent on being treated like a queen, he’ll treat her like a queen all right. This entails lots of sarcastic sageuk-speak, addressing Yoo-sun as Her Highness and making a big show of serving her.

Yoo-sun’s so annoyed that she goes with it, and they egg each other on with their immaturity, neither of them willing to back down.

Ji-won is feeling melancholy over Kye-sang’s letter, and Jong-seok clues into her recent gloominess. She waves it aside, but he urges her to talk about it, instead of bottling it up.

Ji-won requests a favor of Kye-sang, and he reacts to her upbeat attitude with a sad resignation. He tries to decline, but she keeps pressing him to go to the amusement park with her, and finally he relents.

They go on zoo tours and roller coasters and have a fun time, but Kye-sang finally asks why Ji-won never read his letter, guessing from her behavior. She answers that she can guess at his answer, but asks him why it was a rejection — she can tell it must have been a rejection.

Ji-won says that her reason for liking him wasn’t because of his looks or anything like that — it’s because he happened to be with her during her hardest moments. And when he facing some tough moments of his own, she happened to be there for him, too.

Kye-sang doesn’t reply, and she asks if she’s wrong about this.

The spousal battle rages on, and Nae-sang brings home a queen costume from the station to goad Yoo-sun on. She refuses to let him have the last word and dons the costume, insisting she looooves it, and decides to wear it to another couples’ dinner with Nae-sang’s friends.

He takes the challenge and orders a special car to take them — er, carriage. Yoo-sun calls his bluff and agrees to ride the horse-drawn buggy to the dinner, only by this point they’re both faltering a little, though not enough to back down. In they go.

But the sight of a carriage in the busy streets of Seoul is no usual thing, and they attract lots of curious bystander gazes and laughing comments. They both inwardly die of embarrassment inwardly but stick to their guns… until neither can take it anymore. They break at the exact same moment and order the carriage back.

Jong-seok drops by while Ji-won packs for a short trip and asks her again whether she’s really okay. She brushes off his concern, but finds him waiting for her the next morning with his own packed back, ready to join her.

Ji-won turns him down, saying she’s going for more than one day, so he accepts her choice and hands over a snack for the road, and a hot pack.

She takes a bus ride to the sea and thinks things over as she starts snapping photos… like Kye-sang’s reaction… and how she said he was always with her in her difficult moments… and how she wondered if she was wrong about that. As she unpacks Jong-seok’s snack, perhaps it dawns on her that there was somebody else with her in those difficult moments…

And sure enough, when she disembarks from the bus on her way home, Jong-seok is there at the stop, waiting for her. He plays it off casually, saying that he figured she’d be coming back tonight since they have school tomorrow, but she sees his chapped hands from the cold and guesses that he’s been waiting for hours. So as they walk along, she asks him outright, “You like me, don’t you?”

Jong-seok is surprised, but he answers yes. Ji-won tells him not to, “Because I can’t return those feelings.”

Jong-seok faces her and asks her if that’s something she could do — just get over her feelings by wishing them away. And then he resumes walking, away from her.


Aww. With the series coming to a close, some relationship threads also start tying off toward their respective ends. On one hand, I’m looking forward to seeing how Ji-seok and Ha-sun’s story ends; I have complete faith in a happy ending for them, and that’s usually enough to satisfy my thirst for a pleasant story wrap-up. But in this case, I think we’re really gearing up for some sort of marriage commitment, and I’d love it if they ended on a wedding. Especially with the super sweet reminders of their affection imbuing all of their interactions, peppered with little comments like Ji-seok’s reference to a hypothetical honeymoon. These two surely deserve it.

On the other hand, this also means conclusions for our more open-ended relationships. We had Jin-hee facing reality with her Kye-sang crush in previous weeks, and now it’s Ji-won’s turn. Some comments have wondered why I don’t comment on the Kye-sang and Jin-hee relationship, and to be perfectly honest, it’s because a lot of times I plain forget. They’ve just never been a memorable pairing for me, even though I would have loved if they were.

I like both characters individually and they have had cute moments together — the bunny sweaters were adorable — but I never felt that they shared a deep connection. They were friendly, but I didn’t see that relationship going anywhere. I never did, so they never got under my skin, not even in a “They won’t happen but I wish they would” sort of way. I felt like it was natural for Jin-hee to crush on Kye-sang, but he never exhibited any interest in her and her affection for him didn’t seem based in a heartfelt connection, so I was just waiting for that storyline to work its way to a close.

That comes in contrast to the relationship Kye-sang has with Ji-won, which did get me in the heart. This was an example of a relationship that felt like it could never work, but that still stirred my emotions because there was a deeper connection there, an understanding between them that went beyond words.

But that, too, wasn’t ever going to end with a happily ever after — not just because of the age gap (he worked a similar gap with Go Ara in Who Are You) but because Kye-sang didn’t show any interest Ji-won’s way. In that I think the series may have misstepped, or at least failed to take advantage of a prime opportunity — you hire a leading man heartthrob like Yoon Kye-sang and then you never even tease a loveline with him in a serious way?

I do think their relationship was dealt with in a believable way, because even though he cares for her a lot, it’s becoming more clear that she’s still not-quite-an-adult, while he’s very much one — even more, he’s something of an old soul, and that really comes across in this week’s episodes when he looks at her in his sad, resigned way.

I admit to still holding out hope for Jong-seok, though, even though I don’t think three weeks are enough for her to turn around and suddenly accept him as a romantic interest. But I loved the moment when she’s out there assuming that Kye-sang is the only person with whom she shares this special connection, and then realizes that maybe she’s overlooked someone else, someone she’s taken for granted, someone who really IS there for her in her difficult moments, with little fanfare, just offering his help without condition. It’s poignant, and bittersweet.


41 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kbap

    Thank you! 🙂

  2. milkmustache

    *cries* Why, Jiwon? Agh. I feel bad for Jongseok. ): He couldn’t get the man in Secret Garden (Oska), and now he can’t get the girl either?

    • 2.1 kbap

      I know right? But then again it’s those bittersweet high school years…first love. Things don’t always happen the way we want it, and it’s just part of life…though when watching them it surely makes my heart hurt.

  3. xylophonic

    CUTE. I wish I could actually watch these series as soon as the episodes come out, but unfortunately I can’t. Fortunately though, you come to the rescue with recaps! Thank youu.

  4. FunnyBunny

    I’ve only read the weecaps (hee) but can Yoon Kye-sang please please PLEASE be cast as a true leading man in a romcom. Just reading about his lack of romance with anybody is depressing. It just sounds like he’s wasted love line wise. Not simply because he’s handsome-cause he totally is, he’s got the photo spread to prove it!


    – but because he has a way of totally winning your heart no matter what role he’s in. In short, the man needs some loving fictional or not!

  5. jandoe

    omg I so want to know the content of the letter. this particular pairing breaks my heart and now with Jong Seok in (or probably out now, I should say?) – awwwww. Not sure how to react to this, but keeping my faith in the PD and writers to deliver all the way!

  6. Ani

    Aaaaaaaaaaw. I’ve been wanting a Jongseok-Jiwon relationship, but now it seems it might not? Aaaaaaw. Sad day.

    The best thing about this drama for me was always the Jiseok-Hasun relationship. Seriously, who can resist those dimples? Argh. Gets me every time. I say yes to the wedding idea. XD

    • 6.1 Laica

      Me too! I want to see a wedding between this super-adorable couple. 🙂

    • 6.2 Jasmine

      Yes! We need our first High Kick wedding after all! Love this couple..they can’t get any cuter.

  7. TiaC

    First of all, I would love to thank the lovely ladies recapping this series. I’m not quite patient enough to wait for the subbed episodes, so I LOVE your recaps!

    Second: awww… Jong Seok! PLEASE give him a happy ending! He is just so damn sweet, it would break my heart if nothing progresses in his relationship with Ji Won, if only for his sake.

    Lastly, a side note- did something progress on the strike front that allowed these episodes to be made? I can’t seem to find any changes that took place between the strikers and the president of MBC…

  8. Laica

    I can’t believe this show is ending soon. I thought 120 would be endless, but we’re in the home stretch already.

    Nae-sang and Yoo-sun were so annoying this week. As immature and morally ambiguous as they are, it’s a wonder both of their children didn’t end up like Soo-jung. Jong-seok resembles his sweet uncle Ji-seok more than his parents. Please don’t break his heart, show!

    Javabeans, totally with you on the need for a Hasun-Jiseok wedding! One of my favourite drama couples ever.

    I love your comments this week. They totally encapsulate what I was thinking, except, yunno, way more articulate. 🙂 Thanks as always for the awesome recaps!

    • 8.1 Laica

      Oh, I’ve been meaning to ask this for a while. What does Jong-seok’s nickname for Ji-won – is it sheu-ddal (sp?) – mean?

      • 8.1.1 javabeans

        Short-dal, aka short legs.

        • Laica

          Ah, right! I remember now. Thanks 🙂

    • 8.2 Jasmine

      Totally agree! Jongseok is so like Jiseok. Even their mannerisms regarding their respective crushes are so similar. Doing sweet things on the side..and when facing disappointment..rolling on their beds taking out their anger. Oh and did I forget both SUPER adorable.

      I always wished the writers explored even more relationships. I know they were limited with the number of episodes, but I feel like instead of recycling some similar storylines, they should have built connections. Like for example Kyesang. He was so one-dimensional with his joking and not-taking-anything-seriously attitude. With Jiwon he did show another side, but I wish that side was explored further instead of just seeing glimpses of it.
      Another thing..even though I love Jiseok always being with Hasun…I wish they explored another aspect of Jiseok. I feel like the only Jiseok we got was the one who was madly in love with a girl and his whole world was Hasun. I really wish they connected Jongseok and Jiseok’s experiences or just had Jiseok give some advice to Jongseok..anything would have done. I just don’t really see Jiseok as part of the family.

  9. Nabby

    Okay, I was really confused by Lee Juck’s reference to his wife.

    And Jong-Seok!! I’m really happy that he’s becoming more assertive and confident. Show, I WANT THIS BOY TO BE HAPPY.

  10. 10 crazedlu

    blech. i really don’t like lee juck. the frig!?


    anyways, still loving this series. i cannot believe it’s wrapping already. i’m excited for the end. i’m still holding out for jong seok too.

  11. 11 Musings

    Awwwww jongseok 🙁

  12. 12 A_Donuts

    NOOOOO! 🙁 I’ve been hoping for a nice Jiwon- Jongseok relationship this whole series. How could they not? That’s so sad. Hopefully a miracle will happen or something. (fingers crossed).

    On the other hand, I’m totally loving the Jiseok- Hasun relationship. I hope we can see a wedding! 🙂

    As a side note, I really wanted to know what was written on that letter

  13. 13 kay

    Thanks for the recap – was looking forward to it ever since Friday’s episode. Did anyone else think that the letter said something different from the expected rejection? His reaction when she tried to confirm that it was a rejection letter was a little suspicious. Anyways, regardless I can’t believe how good this show is 104 episodes on. I’m going to miss the show when it’s done.

    • 13.1 Lemon

      Yea I thought Kye Sang’s reaction was really vague as well!!

  14. 14 myr_ah

    Waah! Oh no! Don’t rain on my parade drama! I want a happy ending for Jong seok and Ji won! Pretty please. >_< I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this pair…

  15. 15 vdiddy

    My predictions: Jong-seok and Ji-won will end with an open-ended “let’s stay really good friends but see where it goes” type relationship; Ha-sun and Ji-seok will end either with a wedding or engagement; Jin-hee will be at the beginnings of feelings for Lee-Juck (whom I came to like in his episode); Kye-sang will end up in Africa alone and joking his way through it too; Mom and Dad will remain more childish and obnoxious than their children; Soo-jung, Seung-yoon, and Julien will end like they started-sideline characters who have no story and barely move in development. The end

  16. 16 Jules

    Hm, much as I love Ji-won and Jong-seok and would be happy enough if they actually got together, my heart really belongs to Ji-won and Kye-sang. (what? you can multi-ship; it’s totally allowed.)

    I do feel that Kye-sang is older than his years, but then, so is Ji-won; and I can’t help but think that, should Jong-seok and Ji-won become a couple, there will always be a part of her that he just can’t reach.

    I don’t know, I’m hoping for a Ji-won/Jong-seok pairing (because of the cute!), but on the other hand, if that does happen, my hope for a future, years-down-the-line pairing of Ji-won/Kye-sang presumably can’t happen.

    (on the Jin-hee/Kye-sang front: I like Jin-hee a lot and thought that her crush on Kye-sang was sweet, but to me, it seemed that rather than seeing him and liking him for who he was, she instead viewed him as a sort of… romantic ideal. But, you know, YMMV.)

    • 16.1 Mari

      Totally with you, Jules!
      Jiwon and Jongseok are adorable together and totally can be couple, but it feels like puppy love.
      There seems to be deeper understanding between Jiwon and Kyesang that can sustain them for happy future.

      I love how quick Jinhee is getting over him. Being rejected is not the end of the world.
      I’d love if Jinhee is the one who end up with Lee Juk, and she can start enjoying stable life.

      Poor Soojung with no important storyline. Perhaps her friendship with Seungyoon can become something. Seungyoon definitely needs her smart and he is the one who can trust her.

    • 16.2 NN

      I’m multi-shipping these 2 pairs, too! Look forward to see how the drama will be wrapping up the various storylines. Thanks for the recap, JB!

  17. 17 DramaticTeacher

    I have still hope for Jiwon and Kysang. Lee juck’s wife is defineely Jinhee I thought but, for the first time he felt warmth from Jinhee but also from Soojung.

    Well, I hope that they won’t break up the Ha sun and Jiseok couple. I’m still not over the ending of the last High Kick.

  18. 18 soiia

    I love it how Ji-won’s not playing it dumb and finally realised on her own that Jong-seok harbours feelings for her. Yay for the discoveries! It would have felt slightly too cliché and actually not really real to have NOT notice that he likes her with the amount of effort he puts.

    But still, poor guy.

  19. 19 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap! The Moon That Embraces (Hits) the Sun references nearly killed me!

    And Black Ha-sun! I love it when Ha-sun does her transformations.

    I think I’ve always shipped Jinhee and Kyesang as a couple in the sense that it doesn’t too much matter if it’s a romantic pairing- I just want them on screen together. HK3 is a really funny sitcom, but I’ve always found their scenes together cuter and funnier than all the others. I think in the end, Kyesang will probably end up as a monk.

    I glad they’re narrowing down the potential candidates for Lee Juck’s wife. I had suspected JinHee a few weeks ago, but it looks like Soojung’s in the running too. And speaking of Soojung- looks like she is finally learning to grow up.

    • 19.1 sam

      agree to that..Jinhee & Kyesang may not be the best but they are the funniest couple in this show..it’s just so sad that there were no more funny interactions between them after the confession episode which was weeks ago =(

  20. 20 sosoxrah

    Ji-seok and Ha-sun are so adorable with their little moments and expressions. I would normally get tired of the cuteness overload but they’re just such a workable couple. Their sincerity for each other is more real than most other relationships that dramas force between leads. As for Ji-won, it’s about time she realized that Jong-seok has feelings for her. I’m continuing to root for Jong-seok not to give up on her. I also wish that Jin-hee receives some good news in the upcoming episodes. Although it didn’t work out the way she wanted w/ Kye-sang, I hope she’s able to move on in terms of finding her dream job, etc. Can’t believe this season is almost over. Each week I’m pleasantly surprised with all the touching moments that arise from life’s ordinary events. And I wonder who Lee Juck’s future wife is…my guess is it’s Jin-hee. I highly doubt Soo-jung will build much more rapport w/ the “Scrooge Uncle.” And if it turns out to be Ha-sun, Imma smack somebody.

  21. 21 Rosa

    LOL “The Moon That Hits The Sun”
    Love your recaps!

  22. 22 Winnie

    Oh no. I really want Jin Hee and Kye Sang to be together. Now the writers are breaking them apart. Ji won should go with Jong seok. Plz make all the characters with a happy ending.

    • 22.1 sam

      still shipping jinhee-kyesang too…

  23. 23 DMKO

    Thank you JB for the great recap.
    I am hoping the reason Kye-sang decided to go to Africa early is to give Jiwon time to grow up and mature free of his influence and then when he returns, and she still likes him then they will both be ready for a more close relationship.

  24. 24 Abbie

    OMG! Poor Jong-seok! I’ve been rooting for him all series long! I just feel so bad for him, because he’s a great guy, and a wonderful character. I like, for the most part, where this series is going. I’m pretty sure Kye-sang will to to Rwanda. And Ji-seok and Ha-sun will get married. I really want Soo-jung and Seung-yoon to get together, but maybe that’s hoping for too much. Whatever happens, I hope I can accept it with enough indifference to not end up hating this show. If the ending sucks, then I end up hating a series. That’s just how I am.

    Anyway, thanks for the weecaps, Javabeans!

  25. 25 LOW

    The “best” result is if Jiwon doesn’t end up with anyone. JS just can’t connect to the deepest parts of Jiwon. Maybe KS can, but in the end he knows it won’t work out for either of them. Jiwon is still a broken girl and it’s something she’ll have to deal with herself.

  26. 26 lala

    I think you’re wrong. I don’t think Kye Sang rejected Ji Won. It was most likely a letter saying they should wait. I think Kye Sang likes the girl, but is too afraid to reveal his feelings because he’s supposed to be the adult.

  27. 27 canxi

    YAY! I am super late to the party.

    Um..on Jin Hee/ Kye Sang, I always thought they complimented each other. Like, he’s so jokey all the time and I feel like she was the first one who actually truly noticed that and called him out on it from time to time (openly getting mad at him about it, not like Ha Sun who does this in her mind,lol, and even hitting him). Kye Sang really is an old soul but with Jin Hee, he just seemed like he was having so much fun–not in the way that he has fun with Ji Won where it’s cute but seems tinged with sadness–but genuine fun, that careless kiddy kind. I could understand why Jin Hee liked Kye Sang too and that annoying feel when you like someone but they annoy you also..but you like them! Sometimes, you don’t need a real reason to like someone…sometimes it just happens and I thought that’s how it happened for her (even though it’s clear she started to like his personality after a while).

    Ji Won and Kye Sang…hmm, he’s still an adult and she’s still a teenage girl. And even though he can relate to her on many occasions, he can be awful with handling her. Those various scooter key incidents and some of the narcolepsy incidents too. He treats her like a little lonely girl that needs company, is what I feel and it’s probably because she reminds him of him. Maybe he needed someone like him and is now giving her that person…I think Jong Seok compliments her better because he seems to understand how she functions more. He knows what to say and how to say it, Kye Sang always has that adult approach.

  28. 28 Raptor

    The writers should have touched on KyeSang/ JiWon much sooner than this, instead of teasing JinHee/KyeSang for SO BLOODY LONG, then end it so abruptly. The interactions with the latter pair had always felt more real, as do JiWon/ JongSeok. If they’d wanted to push KyeSang/JiWon or given him some DEPTH instead of making him a halfass buffoon of a leading man, they should have done it SOONER. Every scene with the two now sickens me, not just because they’ve been more JinHee/KyeSang and JiWon/ JongSeok scenes and interactions up till this point, but also because the age gap and appropriateness of it all just don’t sit well.

  29. 29 Raptor

    And of course I have no good words for Ahn Nan Seung. He’s really been an ASS of a man. He goes from a totally ignorant husband to one who makes fun of his wife for wanting more attention. Such a PIG. I’ve hated him since the start of the series, and even up till now, I still can’t stand him. No wonder whatever is happening with the younger cast and his wife is much more entertaining.

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