Drama Recaps
Operation Proposal: Episode 7
by | March 2, 2012 | 55 Comments

So many adorable moments in this episode that I think I’m going through acute cute shock. Baek-ho realizes that he’s still not yet capable to fully win Yi-seul’s heart; Jin-won finally notices that Yi-seul is more than just a team manager, and hearts are challenged to be open to one another.

Also, time travel lesson learned: if you’re in the past, don’t take pictures. It’ll send you back to the present.

EPISODE 7 RECAP

Baek-ho pulls away from the kiss and tells Yi-seul that this is their first kiss… and then she slaps him. To your credit, he did kiss you without warning, but assaulting the kid you like might not be the same as, “I like you too.”

Yi-seul stammers back what he thinks he’s doing and she storms off, leaving Baek-ho confused in the playground. He’s confused, for sure, but breaks into a small smile.

He heads to the convenience store to pick up some snacks, and mistakes the clerk for a comedian. But before he can pay, the clerk snaps a picture of him, which unexpectedly sends him hurtling back to 2012.

Baek-ho wakes, taking a few moments listening to the familiar radio broadcast before he bolts out of bed.

Standing in front of the dresser, he murmurs, “Please, please…” and opens it, perhaps to find a tux with his name. But alas, his uniform hangs to greet him.

He stares at his reflection with a heavy heart when Chan-wook calls just like before. This time, he yells about the engagement party and Baek-ho hangs his head, defeated.

The friends gather together with the engaged couple. Jin-won modestly bounces the praises he receives to his fiancée and asks if he doesn’t look like a cradle robber. Tae-nam tells him that he’ll hear that anyway and Chae-ri pipes, “An old teacher and a young student? What is this – a makjang drama?”

Yi-seul’s parents walk in and there’s an adorable moment when Dad says that they should practice walking down the aisle. Mom protests that it’s only for the wedding, and Chae-ri asks if he practiced all night. Dad: “Is it obvious?” Everyone has a good laugh.

At the baseball field, Baek-ho is throwing practice pitches. His coach tells him that he didn’t have to come in and is surprised when he hears that Baek-ho wants to play in today’s match. But a game is a game, Baek-ho states, and the Coach relents.

In voiceover, Baek-ho says that the only thing that prevented him from losing it was playing baseball. What angered him wasn’t that the wedding didn’t happen yet but that Yi-seul’s choice never wavered from Jin-won. To be more truthful, he was more enraged at himself.

He throws pitch after pitch as the memories flash in his head: the wedding, Yi-seul’s stinging words that he doesn’t know anything, the kiss (and the slap). One of the players sends him an arrogant smirk which breaks Baek-ho’s tipping point and he starts punching him to release his pent-up rage.

Unfortunately emo Baek-ho’s tantrum gets Jin-won pulled out early from his engagement party. After apologizing to the other team, he joins Baek-ho for a drink. Baek-ho has trouble with the cap, and Jin-won silently opens it for him. It’s a small moment, but it suggests that Baek-ho is still not capable on his own yet – not as a man, but more like a child.

Jin-won says that he didn’t let Yi-seul tag along because if he were in Baek-ho’s shoes, he wouldn’t want to let her see him in such a pitiful state. He won’t ask what prompted him to suddenly pick a fight, and simply asks for some warning signs in the future. Baek-ho mutters, “I’m sorry.”

Jin-won: “Go beg Yi-seul for forgiveness. You know how she takes things.”

Baek-ho finds her on the swings later that night and says that he’s sorry. Yi-seul asks, “For what? Missing my engagement party or that you caused trouble” He replies, both.

He asks if she isn’t sick of that movie, Jerry Maguire, yet and she responds that he’s her role model. No, not Tom Cruise, but Jerry Maguire, she clarifies. She wanted to become a better agent than Jin-won, so that she’d become Baek-ho’s Maguire.

Yi-seul muses that she should have studied harder, and was more competent that she’d be able to better see a person’s potential. Baek-ho asks then if she’s like Princess Pyeonggang. She counters that he must know that he’s a fool too. Handing him a belated Christmas gift, Yi-seul forces a small smile.

At home, Baek-ho opens up the box, reading the card from her first:

There’s a chance this could be my last Christmas gift to you. Up to now, I’ve been telling you things like, ‘Stay strong, Cheer up, Work hard.’ But today I want to tell you something else. It’s all right not to work hard because you’ve already given it your all. You’re already the best baseball player to me. Don’t forget that I’m always proud to be your Number 1 fan. Merry Christmas.

We flash back to some earlier time when Yi-seul spotted his worn out cleats, the new ones now staring at him.

A separate box contains all the gifts from Yi-seul and he realizes that he was always on the receiving end. Even when they were kids, Yi-seul had taken care of him – she tried to sneak out a gift (Dad caught her in the act, heh) and they dropped it off at Baek-ho’s door. For a kid who lost his father when he was young, and a mother who was never at home, he didn’t anticipated Christmas until he met Yi-seul.

But he never once gave her a present. What right did he have to be angry that Yi-seul would choose Jin-won in the end?

He thinks to himself that he wants to go back and give her a proper Christmas gift, to give her that same excitement and anticipation he once received. And the Conductor states, “You have two Park Chul-soo baseballs.” Aw yeah, he’s back!

Baek-ho greets him happily and the Conductor smiles in satisfaction, mentioning that there are some who take him for granted by now. He asks how Baek-ho owns a collector ball from 1982, an item before Baek-ho’s birth, to which he says it’s a souvenir from his late father.

The Conductor picks up the 1995 one. A legendary pitcher of 14 years turned into a disaster after a mistake on the mound. He continues that legends never keeps a clean record, and believes that the mark makes him far more valorous then any ol’ legend.

Holding it in his hand, he wants it enough to send a pathetic Baek-ho back in time once more. Baek-ho thanks him repeatedly for another shot in the past, and just like before, the Conductor disappears.

And we know how it goes by now: He drinks, repeats “Renovatio,” screams Yi-seul’s name as everything blurs…

HA! Our hero’s catching on, immediately lifting his gloves to his face in defense. Too bad it doesn’t save him from a punch straight to the face a moment later. He’s in a boxing ring sparring against Jin-won, and his friends cheer from the sidelines. But another punch sends him to the corner, slumped.

As Tae-nam starts counting (and stops at 3 despite Chan-wook telling him to go on), Baek-ho wonders how he could already be K.O.ed as soon as he arrives. It doesn’t help then that he learns he was the one who challenged Jin-won.

They spot an open concert in the park and the lyrics trickle about how it’s difficult to act like an adult and confess one’s feelings. How apt for Baek-ho then, eh?

The girls worry over how they’ll be getting older and I love that their solution is, what else, shopping. Meanwhile, Baek-ho contemplates how it’s a week before Christmas, excited at the prospect of preparing an actual Christmas present.

He casually tosses what girls might like to get (Tae-nam: “Brand name bags and shoes.”). Chan-wook wonders if it doesn’t matter as long as it comes from someone they love and that it’s better than coming up empty-handed. Call me shallow, but I’m going with Tae-nam on this one, Socrates.

Baek-ho spots Yi-seul stop to look at a coat in a store window, and he encourages her that it doesn’t hurt to just try it on. He’s slackjawed for a moment as she examines herself in the mirror. He teases before he admits that it suits her, but she ushers him out when she notices the price.

Aww, but he sneaks back into the store to confirm how much it is. It’s expensive at around $500, and Baek-ho asks that they save one so he can buy it on Christmas Eve. They strike a deal, and Baek-ho resolves to work as much as he can to come up with the cash.

Over the course of the week, Baek-ho works at various odd-end part time jobs from a traffic attendant to a moving assistant, to a waiter.

Yi-seul unearths some old baseball theses and asks Jin-won about them. Repeating Baek-ho’s earlier words about how there’s nothing in this world but baseball for some people; Jin-won explains that he decided not to run away from the things he loved.

Thanks to him, Jin-won found a new dream: to build a team of players who were constantly rejected by the sport from either trying to make it pro or who were dropped, and essentially giving them a shot at their dream.

Yi-seul stares for a moment, impressed, and calls him cheap… for holding such a remarkable dream by himself. Jin-won asks if she’ll partake in that dream with him and she readily agrees, joking that he can’t take his words back now.

She spots a Jerry Maguire DVD on his desk and they both answer simultaneously that he’s their “life’s mentor,” and they crack up over the similarity. She suggests that they watch it together.

Jin-won and Yi-seul watch the movie in his darkened office (rawr?) and she ends up falling asleep on his shoulder. He lightly moves her head so that she’s more comfortable, and then catches a glimpse of her sleeping. Suddenly, he visibly stiffens as it registers that there’s a girl sleeping on his shoulder. As the movie continues, he sneaks a glance or two in her direction.

Snack Shop Ajusshi tries to cheer up a dejected Tae-nam and Chae-ri. It’s no good because she leaves, taking Tae-nam with her. Ajusshi muses to himself that “A jjajangmyun once lost won’t ever come back. That’s life.” (a reference to Fantasy Couple).

Then he sees Jin-ju in a corner, knitting, and hints that she can take her time to make his present. Say it’s for Chan-wook, say it’s for Chan-wook!

Tae-nam follows Chae-ri to the hospital, where she asks if he’s curious as to why they’re here. He’s not, since he’s just glad to be with her (aw), and she apologizes. A part of me wonders if she’s pregnant like last time (or was it the time before? Time travel confuses me), but she admits that she’s here to see her boyfriend.

Doctor Boyfriend is no better than the others, completely disinterested as Chae-ri mentions that she can’t reach him and it’s been too long since they’ve seen each other. It’s Christmas and they should squeeze in a date, right?

Wrong, says Intern Jerkface, rolling his eyes at her. He says he’s already got enough on his plate without having to deal with Chae-ri too. He suggests that they end things.
Chae-ri looks at him with pleading eyes, saying that she’ll do better, that she won’t cling onto him. But

He calls her out saying that she’s one of those girls who need to be in a relationship. Instead of someone who loves dating, he needs someone who loves him.

Heartbroken, Chae-ri murmurs, tears filling her eyes, “We weren’t in love?” And Intern Jerkface calls her childish before leaving her in his wake.

At one of his many part-time jobs, a small boy asks Baek-ho if he’s really Santa and if he can make his wish come true. Baek-ho bends down to his level and the boy whispers in his ear. All we can catch is Baek-ho repeating, “Your dad?” with a slightly saddened expression and clues in that the boy likes the girl he mentions.

Baek-ho tells him that his dad (who we can safely presume has passed away) left a Christmas cake in the boy’s name. The kid isn’t anyone to be trifled with and asks how it’s possible because Baek-ho Santa doesn’t even know his name. Smart kid – don’t blindly accept kids from strangers!

But Baek-ho correctly identifies him and instructs him to take it before another Santa makes off with it. The boy smiles and runs off, his name plastered on his backpack.

Dad clocks him on the back of the head, having heard the entire exchange. He calls him for an imposter for lying to a child, but praises his earnest effort to uplift the boy’s spirits. Dad jokes that Baek-ho’s too skinny to be Santa (Baek-ho: “Yeah, you need a perfect D-line like you…”). HA – In Korea, having an “S-line” means one has covetable curves so Baek-ho here is joking about Dad’s belly.

He buys a cake off of Baek-ho and hands him his gloves so he stays warm while he works in the cold. Dad notes that it’s been a while since Baek-ho’s come for dinner and that lately, only Baek-ho’s favorites have been prepared at their house. Why so loveable, Dad?

Back at the hospital, Chae-ri salutes Tae-nam, reporting that her mission failed and she came back wounded. She calls herself silly and turns to leave.

Tae-nam: “You’re not an idiot, Yoo Chae-ri. If you are, then what am I? A super idiot?”

Moved and upset, Chae-ri tells him to stay where he is, so that he doesn’t see her crying. He complies, stating that he won’t go anywhere. “From now on, I’m frozen. Freeze!” Tae-nam freezes behind her, forming a heart above his head. It effectively gets her to smile.

Tae-nam confesses that he’ll always be by her side, as a guard or gum stuck to her shoe. If he ever needs her, he’ll be there. She genuinely thanks him.

He stands up on the chair, saying that this is the part of the scene where the girl leans on the guy’s shoulder, and Chae-ri walks up to him, and tells him he can forget it. She turns, smiling.

The kid Tae-nam comforted earlier asks, “Mom, how is he so short and he looks so old?” Tae-nam yells in offense, which makes him start crying. HAHAHA.

At the snack shop, Tae-nam wonders if Jin-ju really is psychic, as she brings Chan-wook’s food as soon as he says it. Chan-wook calls out loudly in thanks, and she beams in the kitchen. SO CUTE.

Jin-won rushes in, asking why Yi-seul isn’t picking up her phone – he’s got exciting news. A contact of his is a well-known sports agent and is currently holding an essay contest. He wants to enter Yi-seul in it, arguing that he thinks she has a fair shot. Though the formal deadline has passed, he’s willing to accept her proposal if she submits it before his flight.

At this news, Baek-ho remembered that this was an exceptional opportunity for her – if she won, she’d be able to study abroad about sports consulting, with the internship overseas the first step. Missing this chance was something that Yi-seul would come to regret.

Yi-seul says that she can’t prepare one in such short notice, and they’re having a holiday get-together at Baek-ho’s later that night. Jin-won backs down, and Yi-seul adds that she’ll just try next year…
Baek-ho interrupts that she should go for it, adding that they can always move the party to another date.

The friends find it strange – wasn’t it him who insisted they don’t change the date? But Baek-ho slips out, using another part-time job as an excuse. Then Chan-wook bolts, having remembered that he’s on the clock too.

Baek-ho coughs his way through work, the workload clearly taking a physical toll on his body. He insists that he’s fine as Chan-wook worries over him, asking what could possibly be so important that he needs to make money so quickly.

Future Boy slips again that it’s for the similar reasons that Chan-wook is saving up to pursue film. Whoops. He covers by saying he’s saving up to by a present for someone, and Chan-wook correctly guesses it’s for Yi-seul.

Chan-wook tells him that it’s strange that Baek-ho is usually so blunt with her, but every now and then, he’ll do something nice for her. It’s news to Baek-ho, and Chan-wook tells him it’s more hurtful when someone’s sincerity turns on and off like a light switch.

He assures him that Baek-ho’s gotten a wee bit nicer now that they’re older and finishes, “Plus, you and Yi-seul aren’t in that kind of relationship.” Baek-ho glares.

Baek-ho pushes through, and once he receives his pay, he runs to the store. From the window, he spots the bare mannequin and spots another customer trying on the coat. Out of breath, he rushes in and hands over the money to buy the very last coat.

Chan-wook calls to check in on him and inform him that Yi-seul is worried that she might not make the deadline. Concerned for his health, Chan-wook tells his buddy to rest up and that he’ll call to update him. Exhausted, Baek-ho falls into his bed and immediately falls asleep.

The girls chat over coffee, reflecting on Chae-ri’s recent breakup. Chae-ri concludes that she learned something from her experience and asks Yi-seul ever procrastinated on her chance to meet things head on. She rolls her eyes when Yi-seul mentions the thesis, pointing towards the matter of the heart. Gently, she encourages her friend to follow her heart.

Meanwhile, Tae-nam hunts down Intern Jerkface at the hospital. He doubles over in pain, creating a scene. The ex nervously feels around for “where it hurts,” placing his hands over Tae-nam’s rear when Tae-nam screams in horror. Adopting a female voice, he feigns offense at the sexual attack, and yells that he refuses to be treated here before he runs off.

Intern Jerkface is left in complete astonishment, and his superiors immediately call him in on his misconduct. Serves you right.

Yi-seul reels after she hears that Baek-ho’s fallen ill. It weighs heavy on her mind as Jin-won drops by to check in on her. She asks him a hypothetical: if someone loved baseball all their life, there’s a point when they reach a crossroads. Do you decide to become an athlete or remain as a lover of the sport?

After a long moment, Jin-won says that though he doesn’t have answer, he can speak from personal experience. He asks if you love the pain, a reply that confuses Yi-seul. He explains that once you choose to become an athlete, you stop enjoying the sport because of the rigorous training and brutal suffering.

The question then becomes whether you’re willing to stick it out through the rough patches. He adds, that there’s nothing wrong with taking a step back to find happiness and comfort in being a spectator.

However, one side will hold more regret than the other, but that is for someone to decide on their own. Usually, the person already knows the answer by then.

Yi-seul reflects on the memories with Baek-ho from their childhood to the present, contemplating over Jin-won’s words. Her decision made, she grabs her things and apologizes to Jin-won, citing that she’ll regret it if she doesn’t go now.

Jin-won tries to stop her, asking if it’s something that can be dealt with after she finishes her report, but she leaves. He pops in the Jerry Maguire DVD and places a hand on the couch where Yi-seul once sat, his mind wandering back to when they watched the movie together.

Yi-seul picks up medicine on the way to Baek-ho’s house. She knocks on the window, calling after him. There’s no response, and she instructs him to stay put, telling him she might have a harder time telling him the truth face to face.

With her back to the window, she starts, “Did you know it’s already been 14 years since we’ve known each other? Even though it’s a long time, it feels like it’s passed in a blink of an eye. That’s all your fault. First, second grade, summer and winter breaks, we were always together.”

She takes in a deep breath, and turns to the window, “Kang Baek-ho, actually…”

COMMENTS

Actually what Yi-seul?! Actually WHAT?! Don’t you know I’ve got limited patience here? Sigh, I don’t expect her to read my thoughts. Anyhow, I really think that this show has finally found its groove and settled in nicely from its storyline to its character developments. I found myself enjoying every moment in this hour, from the heart-tugging moments to the more humorous ones, and felt that every nuance added to the magical quality this drama has to offer.

I’m strangely content with this cliffhanger, because my first thought would be that Yi-seul would confess her feelings to Baek-ho after the nudging from Chae-ri to step up. But then, I realized how awesome it would be, on a plot level, if she admitted that she liked Jin-won instead. I know – the fact she ran to his house, leaving the thesis behind is more of a clue that she wants to admit her heart to Baek-ho, but you have other clues that hint that the gears are working towards Jin-won’s favor. For instance, they share the same passion, envision the same goals, and love the same things.

Maybe I’m just trying to stir up trouble, but now that we’re hitting the halfway mark, it’d be an interesting twist if Baek-ho really had to work for Yi-seul’s heart, instead of expecting for the ‘right moment’ to open up to each other. Because Jin-won is perfect, and he’s a formidable contender, the bar is set high, and calls for Baek-ho to man up if he deserves Yi-seul’s heart.

On the other end of the character spectrum, I was pleasantly surprised that we were able to explore Chae-ri and Tae-nam’s relationship. I knew that she truly cares for her friends past the superficial façade she puts on. What I didn’t expect was that she’s just as heartbroken as any other woman, trying to look for love in the wrong places. It’s interesting that her ex-boyfriend (aka Intern Jerkface) calls her out that she loves the idea of love rather than pursuing love itself. And though she dismisses Tae-nam’s constant heartfelt confessions, you can tell she’s already starting to warm up to it.

Speaking of whom, I love Tae-nam. His character could have been set up for pure comic relief as the dunce who knows nothing but love, but that’s what’s so endearing about him. He believes that love is to be shared so strongly that he has no qualms about openly declaring it and protecting it when the situation calls for it. His undying loyalty to Chae-ri is so wonderful to watch because he respects where she’s at, loves her for who she is, and desires to be the person who deserves her.

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55 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. estel

    WOOT! Gooooooooo gummi! You’re so awesome!

    Just so everyone knows…gummi only got two hours of sleep last night to bring you the OP and RM recaps. Everyone say a big “THANK YOU” to our lovely gummi!

    • 1.1 Laica

      Aw, thank you! Hope you can get some sleep now, gummi!

    • 1.2 Belle

      I’m enjoying this drama even more with each episode. Awesome acting!
      Thanks for the recap and your dedication! Gummomichi ‘HWAITING’!!! :)

      • 1.2.1 musings

        aww thanks gummi!! <3

    • 1.3 Arhazivory

      Awwww…thanks a lot gummi.

  2. babylove

    Awh, I just want then together already!

  3. dany

    Hello, gummi, and thank you for the recap! Cute episode, indeed.

  4. Meida

    I’m more worried that Baek-ho’s sleeping or isn’t there. I can never trust Korean leads when they make a confession to someone when they aren’t looking at the person…i always end up yelling at the screen to check if the persons full conscious before they leave

    • 4.1 Cookie128

      Bingo! He is not there…

      • 4.1.1 Jomo

        Of course he’s NOT.
        This is episode 7!

        By the way, you know they are doing a good job with the characters when we are so invested after this short of a time. It feels like we have spent a LOT more time with them, doesn’t it?

        • 4.1.1.1 Meida

          Haha so true! I cant help getting my hopes up with this drama though, I know well have to wait for the main couple to get together but they’re so cute! I always end the episode hoping for more interactions between the main pair

    • 4.2 Laica

      Yep, he’s not gonna hear it. I can guarantee you… *sigh*

  5. hannaman

    Is is just me or this drama is being too redundant and nothing much happens every time Baek Ho goes back in time?! I’m tired of it…

    • 5.1 Cookie128

      Frustration will be gradually stocking up for viewers and our male lead as well in the coming episodes, which will explode into a courageous confession in the wedding in the final ep- at least that is what the j version will be.

    • 5.2 cindy

      Actually many drama plots are this way – you should just enjoy the characters and not the plot itself. Like enjoy the friendship and I think you aren’t watching this too well because things changed in the present.

      You expect for everything fix in the present with just one trip? then the drama would be over and have nothing more..

    • 5.3 Jomo

      I have heard this critique, but I don’t see it that way.

      Love is two steps forward, one step back.
      When he is trying to change things that have already happened, it is prolly two steps forward, one and a half steps back. He is advancing but it is baby steps.
      I like the journey he and the gang are taking together; the outcome, to me, is less important that the growth we see every episode.

    • 5.4 belleza

      More or less, I viewed Episode 6 as Baek-ho’s love confession. He kissed her, and I think he was ready to follow up with his feelings. Of course she slapped him and that was that . . .

      Chan-wook made an important point to Baek-ho. The real problem isn’t the gift giving; it’s Baek-ho’s “hot and cold” way with her. Another way of saying this . . . you can’t really change “you” by this time travel. Maybe she and Jin Won really ARE a better match. Maybe she realized Baek Ho felt something, but she still chose Jin Won.

      That wheel is starting to turn in him as well.

      • 5.4.1 Jomo

        I would agree with you if that conversation took place later in the series. If after all his attempts to change superficial things, he sees how people view him and it’s too late to change this.
        To me, this was THE turning point for BH. Finally someone said something to him that crystalized what his problem was, and what direction he needed to go in to change it.

        I thought CW’s POV on YS/BH was fascinating on many levels:
        1..CW represents that the group doesn’t see them as romantic – because they don’t want to?
        2..CW thinks BH is supposed to be cold, so being sometimes nice to YS was out of character for him. I could actually hear that “needle stopping on a vinyl record” sound in BH’s reaction. Whah? How could NOBODY see that he was deeply in love with this girl? Being seen as a Mr. Freeze seemed to shock the heck out of him.
        3..CW almost accuses BH of playing with YS’s feelings by being nice only sometimes.

        The other reason I think YS is NOT thinking of JW at that moment is they are too much alike. As in, yes, they share the same interests and would be really good business partners, but that’s not the same as investing your heart into someone else’s existence.
        At this point, I think BH has YS’s heart to lose.
        If the first part of of the series we saw him clawing his way to the center of the see-saw, he has at the very least reached the fulchrum now. If he is very careful, he can get to YS on the other end.

      • 5.4.2 Laica

        I agree – though he’s going back and making these grand (and not-so-grand) gestures, he’s still him in the long periods in between, which might actually be hurting their chances of a relationship by confusing Yi-seul even more. He’s going to have to figure out how to overcome that. Maybe the lesson is that he can’t, and he has to take some action in the present, even if it’s too late.

  6. olsen

    Been waiting for this.
    Thanx Gummi
    *off to read*

    • 6.1 olsen

      oh.my.gosh.
      I don’t know what I’ll do if they don’t end up together

  7. Jomo

    Thanks for the recap! Agree with so many of your points.

    I think this episode was the best so far. Each character had a defining moment that the series had led them and us to.

    This is how I see Chae-ri and Tae-nam.

    Right now, CR is sitting on the couch with TN, doing nothing important, watching an old movie. They share popcorn, fight over which movie to put on next. While they are watching, several other people come in to the room and leave at various times. Some times they are sad that one of them didn’t stay long enough.
    They don’t realize it now, but if one of them gets up and leaves, suddenly that part of themselves that touched the other will feel bare and cold. For the first time, they will notice that everything about the room cooler. They will feel like that person who left took all the warmth with them.

    Hopefully, they won’t have to experience the other person’s loss to realize how important he/she is.

    Ooooh, for a moment I thought, “Hey! Maybe the conductor is his son.”

    • 7.1 Laica

      I love your analogy of Chae-ri and Tae-nam’s relationship.

  8. egg

    lol I just realized Tae-nam looks like Yi-seul’s dad haha

  9. cookie128

    Well, according to the official website characters description, the conductor is BH’s father…

    • 9.1 smileychedder

      haha i could totally see that… when the conductor was asking how baek ho had baseballs signed before he was even born and baek replied that he got them from his father, the look on the conductor’s face said it all xD it would also explain why the two characters resemble each other so much looks wise

    • 9.2 Jomo

      Doesn’t he say he inherited the baseballs from his father?
      Why doesn’t he recognize him?
      Was he so young when he died that he doesn’t remember him?
      Were there no photos?

    • 9.3 aoiaheen

      That would make sense. Why else would someone give him the chance to go back and change his future like 10 times?

  10. 10 cagn

    love how the characters are progressing. thanks so much for your recap! enjoy the weekend :)

  11. 11 aoiaheen

    I’m starting to get a wee bit imaptient with BH. I think what would really help is seeing that YS hasn’t really gotten over BH. With thier just friendly conversations, i really think she’ll be better off with JW. Because right now BH, what with fighting with his opponents team… not that good.
    I want to see some of those longing stares or physical awareness between them that they showed in the second episode.

    • 11.1 cookie128

      Oh, I so adore those longing stares in ep02! I am sure we are talking about the sam scene.

  12. 12 Laica

    Thanks for the recap gummimochi! I’m amazed that you were able to write such an articulate and funny recap on 2 hrs of sleep. You rock.

    I was late started OP, and I marathoned it in the last couple of days. I’m really loving it! I enjoyed Proposal Daisakusen, and I was worried that I would find this boring and repetitive, but it’s really found it’s groove, and I would venture to say that at this point it’s better than the original. It helps that the female lead is so much more charming and awesome in this version, and we can see why he would be so hung up on her, whereas in the j-version the leads had no chemistry and we were given no reason for him liking her, except that he just did.

    I love all the little moments in this drama. It’s a fantasy drama, no question, but it also has a slice-of-life feel that makes it feel very real, so that you can really feel the strength of the group’s friendship, their love for each other, and the way that all the characters have shaped each other’s lives. Every character is fleshed out, not just the main ones. I LOVED the grandpa episode.

    I agree that it was really nice to see Chae-ri and Tae-nam growing closer in this episode. I enjoyed that part as much as the part focusing on our main couple. I like that not only is TN not just a loser played for comic relief, as you said, but Chae-ri, too, is not just the stereotypical shallow girl who always needs to have a hot boyfriend. She loves her friends, she’s looking for real love, it’s just that she needs to grow up a little and realize it’s been by her side all this time.

    I think what Chan-wook said to Beak-ho is going to be the real stumbling block that BH will have to get over: even though he’s been going back in time and making these grand gestures, the much longer times in between, when he’s basically just being himself, is really what determines his relationship with Ye-seul. And that’s not something he can change just by traveling back in time for a few days. In fact, as CW said, it might actually be hurting their relationship. BH is going to have to figure out a solution. Is it confessing to her outright, and taking the chance that things will change between them, even if he goes back and the real/past BH is left to carry on? Or does he need to leave some kind of message to his past self to change his ways?

    Or maybe the lesson is that the only way to change anything is to do it in the present. That he has to confess to her in 2012. Even if she’s engaged, or in a relationship. Even if he’s probably too late. Because BH’s problem is and always has been his fear of taking risks. Maybe he has to lose Ye-seul to learn that lesson – or at least face the very real possibility that he might, and act anyway.

    • 12.1 smileychedder

      wow that was insightful xD didn’t the lead end up not confessing in the end of the original? i never watched it but i feel as if i remember reading it somewhere… i feel as if even though the korean version is an adaption it’s still going to keep the same tone and underlying message so i think baek ho is gonna end up not changing his future with yi seul in the end and doing something about it in the present instead of trying to patch things up in the past

      • 12.1.1 Laica

        Ack I hope not. I don’t want to spoil, but in the J-version even though he did confess, the ending was somewhat open-ended. I guess we’ll see what happens this time. One thing that is good about kdramas is that they tend to have more definite romantic resolutions than jdramas, which often build up a romance and then leave us hanging at the end (urg…).

        • 12.1.1.1 smileychedder

          haha that’s why i love my kdramas the most :P thank god for koreans and their happily ever afters :D they better have a happily ever after… after all my investment and time spent on their story xD

        • 12.1.1.2 cookie128

          Actually, in the J-version (SP) special series, the two leads end up together.

    • 12.2 Laica

      Oops, it’s Yi-seul, not Ye-seul, sorry!

  13. 13 Luscious

    Is it strange that I read the recap but never go and watch this drama? Ok, I am strange. Hahaha….

    • 13.1 kbap

      Hah, I also sort of only read the recaps. I love watching drama, but I also really like watching them (and movies) with my family. My mom and sister however only like watching the Hong sisters’ rom-coms (weird huh? They’re even picky about the writers) so I just read the recaps (and plus I’ve got no time :( ) I swear, once I finally convinced my mom to watch City Hunter with me, and at episode 19 (oh man it was so exciting!) my mom was like “You know honey this is kind of boring.” and I was like…you serious. Well, this summer, I will definitely watch all the yummy dramas I can…

      • 13.1.1 Luscious

        I think everyone had different taste in movies and dramas. I think my mom like romance and rom com. I like variety. LOVE CITY HUNTER! Right now I love MoonSun..MoonSun you know..:-)

    • 13.2 buttrcup

      Tbh, I’ve never had the need (other then 49 Days, Lie To Me, FBRS and SUFBB) to watch dramas. I’ve always just been reading the recaps instead. They’re just so awesomely insightful and just as good as watching (err… well yuno, we get the point of the drama).

      Plus, I only youtube the really good parts mentioned bc I’m such a lazy cow and cbf watching for an hour on my laptop D:

      • 13.2.1 Luscious

        I know. I love the recap too.

  14. 14 kbap

    Aww, that’s so cute! Not so satisfied with the cliffhangers though, make me want more…But I guess that’s how shows attract their viewers :P

  15. 15 timevault

    omo omo!! i’m really enjoying this drama TT_TT i was really worried about its execution because i didn’t enjoy the japanese version as much as i thought i would… but this show’s definitely learned from the japanese version’s weaker links (and improved upon them).

    thank you so much for recapping ^^ <3333

  16. 16 HeadsNo2

    Is it okay that I’m totes jealous of the fact that you can write such an insightful recap on only two hours of sleep? I love your recaps as much as I love this show (which is a lot). But get rest too, friend! Fighting!

  17. 17 DarknessEyes

    arghhhhh Jinwon shouldjust go away…. i wnat the mto get together! Tho i feel like the Japanese version, that he’ll interrupt the wedding itself or the girl after she gets married because sadly i dont think that he’ll ever be able to get his feelings out correctly before that sadly… if even then. Well anyway, thanks for the recap! <3

  18. 18 heino

    love the recap! thanks gummi!
    also i would have to say that i really enjoy reading the comments!

  19. 19 Belle

    FYI…
    Ep. 7 & 8 (English Subbed) are now available on Dramafever…starting to really like this website since they upload the episodes so quickly.

    BTW…
    I still read the recaps… :)

  20. 20 Lilian

    Tae Nam is such a great guy! I hate how selfish some so called “lovers” are. Only loving the other person when together and doing all sorts of things which hurt the other person! anyway, what Jin Won says is so true….can u take the pain too?

  21. 21 divora

    thank u so much gummi. you are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. 22 Luk

    “Actually what Yi-seul?! Actually WHAT?! Don’t you know I’ve got limited patience here?” lol, stuff like this is what makes reading these recaps so fun. People get so into these dramas, especially in viki. I love the whole “Renovatio, Renovatio, Renovatio, Yi-Seul-ah!” parts. Everytime it comes up, I say it along with him (possibly hoping I jump back in time too, though I should probably switch out ‘Yi-Seul’ for something else, lol). It makes it so much more enjoyable when I can have fun with it. I’m surprised by the show. I usually don’t see elements of fantasy used in Kdramas, at least with the ones I’ve seen, and it’s interesting so far. I was kind of put off at first by the fact that the actors/actresses were so young, especially the two leads… who are actually younger than me (I tend to prefer the older actors/actresses) , which prompted me not to watch at first, but they have been great so far imho. I like the whole jumping back and forth between time. Kang Baek Ho goes back to change the mistakes he made one by one and comes back each time to see how it changes/affects his future little by little. I heard the J version was like 8 episodes, so seeing that this one is 16, I suppose they’re stretching it to fit that mark. Lately, I have been dropping dramas like crazy starting one, watch it about 1/3 or 1/2 or 2/3 way through and I would drop them which is something I’ve recently started doing (I usually finish my shows that I started, even if I have to force myself because I don’t like to have incomplete summaries in my head). This one seems like it may hold my interest to the end and I am hoping so. If it does, I might take some time to watch the J version as well (I generally don’t watch J dramas, I’ve only watch GTO all the way through, so this may prompt me to start).

  23. 23 buttrcup

    Yi-Seul, why you do this to us? Aaaaack, how dare they leave it on a cliffhanger?

    I swear I was def like ‘OMOMOMOMO’ and totally anticipating something epicly cute and then… nothing. GAH! Now I can’t think about my assignment properly without totally going loco about what Yi-Seul intended to say.

    Haa, but how much do I love the fact that Ji-Won is like totally digging Yi-Seul xD Just goes to show how much of a lovable character she is.

    And Aw, Tae-Nam why you so adorable for? Hee <3

    Love it, thanks for the recap hun ;D

  24. 24 jomo

    btw, did you notice the joke about Tae-nam looking 5 years older than JW?
    In real life, the actor playing TN is 4 years older.

  25. 25 Kimchidaebak

    in the scene where yi seul falls asleep on jin won
    s shoulder she looks so much like IU!! cute!

  26. 26 weenhiecookies

    I’m not used to reading the comments here, but i found it helpful for going deeply into this drama’s story. THOUGH, I still accidentally seeing some spoiler comments, HAHA.
    BTW. Today I just finished watching episode 7 but I started watching this drama as soon as it showed up on korea. I regretted stopping to watch this drama for almost more than a month. I already forgotten what had actually happened from Episode 5-6 but THANKS TO THIS SITE!(dramabeans)
    Now that it’s our vacation, I can finally finished this drama.

    ~Hoping to don’t see any spoilers before I finish this drama.

    Thanks again :D

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