Drama Recaps
Rooftop Prince: Episode 2
by | March 22, 2012 | 197 Comments

Omg, it’s hilarious. With yesterday’s premiere establishing the world, now we get to dive right into the funny. And there is a lot of that. The setup is inherently comical, but I’m pleased that the drama doesn’t assume that it gets a free ride based on that one-line premise; it still works to bring the humor, and does so with a refreshing contrast of personalities and encounters. If the drama keeps being this funny, it’s going to be a HOOT to follow.

Ratings remained similar to yesterday, as The King 2 Hearts remained in first place with 16.5%, although Rooftop Prince managed to break through to double digits with 10.5%. Equator Man rose to 8.1%.


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Four Joseon men face off against one tiny woman with a frying pan. She warns them back until she’s backed herself clear outside, where the men get a glimpse of the city lights and freak out. Forgetting her, they stagger over to gape at the skyscrapers and cars.

It registers that these guys are a little strange, which dissipates Park-ha’s fear and makes her scoff: “Are you all crazy?” Yong-sool draws his sword to defend his prince’s honor.

Yi Gak demands to know where here is. He’s talking his antiquated Joseonspeak, which makes it doubly strange (“Art thou person or ghost?”), and he accuses her of being “a wicked thing” who has bewitched them with dark magic. Park-ha realizes their affliction must be more severe than she thought, and starts to ask where they broke out of (as in, which insane asylum did they flee?), then amends to offer to take them back home.

The boys huddle, trying to make sense of things. This place is dangerous, and they must return to the palace at once. They last recall being on horseback, so they must have been thrown, knocked out, and moved by their captors. It kind of makes sense. More than the truth, actually.

I’m cracking up at how Yoochun’s imperious delivery — which I’d noted was well-suited to the sageuk portion — is so hilarious now, because it really does make him sound like a crazy person. He orders Wicked Thing to reveal the path to the palace, offering to spare her life. Park-ha scoffs in exasperation, like, What did I do to deserve this pain in the ass?

Into the truck they go. It’s sensory overload as the three vassals hunch in the open truckbed, assaulted with 21st-century lights and sounds. Princey gets to sit inside, but he’s just as stunned at the blinking lights. This must be what it’s like to be on acid. While crazy. And maybe also a little drunk.

Park-ha is heading toward Seoul’s Gyeongbukgung, but Yi Gak is alarmed — that palace is in ruins (in his time), so he wants to go to Changdeokgung instead. By the time she screeches to a stop, the guys are feeling queasy and stumble out of the truck. Park-ha gives them a pep talk, urging them to cut out the antics now and go home.

She drives off, and the boys head for the palace. They stand expectantly while Chi-san announces, “Open the gate! The Crown Prince has arrived!” And… nothing.

It does attract the attention of a patrol car, though, and an officer yells at them to leave. Caught in the headlights, the guys are chased off the property, and find themselves stuck on a traffic island in the street with cars whizzing by on both sides. Yong-sool plays protector and takes the lead, jumping into traffic with arms outstretched. Disgruntled motorists honk while the group makes their way across the road — drawing the attention of the police. Again. HA.

It starts to rain, and Yi Gak takes shelter under the overhang outside a 7-Eleven. He gets hungry watching schoolgirls eat ramyun, and heads indoors to ask for some of his own, promising repayment in the morning. The cashier has heard this line before and laughs, calling the cops and kicking him out. And who should arrive but the same cop, for the third time tonight.

What’s funnier is that he opens the backseat, and out climb the three companions; they’d left Princey to find food, and got rounded up on the way for suspicious behavior. All four hang their heads and sigh, tummies growling.

The next morning, the four Joseon Power Rangers sit in jail, having been caught. Again. What’s hilarious is that the cop from last night is surprised to see them behind bars, because he’d let them go. But apparently they’d returned to Changdeokgung in the morning, entered without paying, and trespassed into a restricted area.

The cop asks for names and birthdates. They answer with the Joseon equivalents — family, rank — and the cop sighs, writing in his notes, “Four juvenile delinquents.” He vows that they’ll be stuck in jail till their parents can be contacted.

They snap to attention at the sight of another officer eating, and the cop decides to play up the food angle to speed things along. Man-bo hurriedly asks, “What is this guardian contact number you speak of?”

The cop says mockingly, using Joseon-speak right back at them, that contact number refers to an address (holds up ID card), a phone number (holds up cell phone), or a car license (holds up plates). And at that last bit, Man-bo perks up, having seen one of those recently.

HAHA! Oh, this is great, and actually fits into the story because Man-bo had been caressing the car’s rear lights as Park-ha zoomed off last night. Now he concentrates, focusing on the plate in his memory.

Park-ha makes her rounds selling groceries, and makes a delivery to her sister’s apartment. The door opens at her knock (someone props open the door with a shoe) and Park-ha enters to stock the fridge, only to find that it’s not Se-na who steps out of the shower, but boyfriend Tae-mu.

Park-ha ducks out in embarrassment as Se-na comes back home, but she wonders how Park-ha got in. Hm. Tae-mu, on the other hand, is bothered by the encounter.

Tae-mu wonders why the girl called Se-na “unni,” and Se-na hides the family tie, saying that Park-ha meant it in the friendly sense, not the literal one. But something niggles at Tae-mu’s memory, and finally it strikes him: Park-ha was that girl in New York, the one his dead cousin liked. They’d only exchanged a few words, but the connection to Tae-yong is enough to unnerve him.

In jail, the boys gather round Man-bo, who draws the license plate like it’s a picture. Ha, I hadn’t realized that Arabic numerals might not be familiar to them (though they should know hangul at their point in history).

And so it is that Park-ha comes home that afternoon and finds the Power Rangers back at her building, like a boomerang come back to knock her in the head. The police officer asks if she’s Park-ha and knows these men, and she thoughtlessly says, “Yes — I mean, no!” Too late.

The officer confirms that these men “came from your house,” and she tries to explain that yes they did, but what that means is that even though they came out of her house, they didn’t come from her house, and they…

But away the cop goes, ready to dump them at first opportunity.

Park-ha glares and heads for home, just as Chi-san keels over in an exaggerated swoon. Man-bo sends a pathetic look at Park-ha, who haaaates that she’s not immune to his puppy dog eyes. Like anybody could be.

She presents the men with four plates of omurice (omelette fried rice), but they just stare at the plates. They’re hungry but wary, and Man-bo objects to the lack of royal-worthy food.

But Yi Gak tells them they’ll let it slide today because of the situation. “Today, let’s just eat,” he says, and with permission granted, the boys all make a mad grab for their plates and stuff their faces like wild dogs. Hahaha.

They’re done in seconds. Yi Gak asks wonderingly, “What is the name of this dish?” She tells them, and the boys all repeat in reverent unison, “O-mu-rice.” Why is this so funny?

Yi Gak smiles in pleasure and says, “For the first time since coming here, I am happy.” His vassals immediately bow and cry, “Thank you, Your Highness!”

Park-ha is called outside by her landlord to say hello to her new neighbors, Becky and Lady Mimi. While she’s gone, the boys try to figure out how to get the water out of the bottle she left behind, which is hysterical because the brawny Yong-sool practically gives himself a hernia trying to yank the cap off, not knowing to unscrew it.

Then one of them accidentally presses a button on the remote, and the TV flicks on — just as a character (in Bow: The Ultimate Weapon) shoots an arrow straight at the camera. The boys jerk back and Yong-sool jumps in front of the prince, fending off the enemy with a kick at the TV.

He finishes the job by crashing a vase into the TV set — just as a new danger presents itself. A voice sounds from somewhere (the automated rice cooker) and Man-bo orders the treacherous female to present herself.

They locate the source of the danger, and Yong-sool takes care of it by throwing it to the ground. Oh, so like a man to just smash things. That knocks over the heat lamp, which rolls into the curtains, which catch fire…

The boys panic, trying to put out the fire quickly. Man-bo runs around and finds water — in the toilet — and cups it in his hands. Then he takes the water in his mouth and sprays it at the fire, and Yong-sool does the same. Hahaha and ewwww. Ow, my stomach hurts from the laughing.

Man-bo slips and falls on a teddy bear, which triggers the recording, “I love you!” The boys start at this new threat, and Man-bo tosses the bear into the air for Yong-sool to slice and dice with his sword. Stuffing flutters down all around them.

And this is the scene Park-ha comes back to. She screams in horror and rage.

The boys slink away, covered in fire extinguisher dust. Park-ha stops them to give them a piece of her mind and the boys actually flinch, hanging their heads.

Yi Gak feels chastened, but he’s got some royal face to save, so he sticks that nose way up in the air and tells her that he’s a prince, the framework of this country, and cannot be thus slandered. What does she demand of him in recompense?

Cut to: Park-ha, collecting all their royal robes, ordering them to clean the apartment. She keeps them in line with threats to send them back to the police station, and asks the local drycleaner to hold the robes for her. Not to clean them, but as insurance — she refers to the story of The Fairy and the Woodcutter, where the fairy can’t return to heaven because the woodcutter has hidden her magical clothing.

In this case Park-ha’s the woodcutter (which makes the boys the fairies — HA), and she mutters to herself, “The kind who makes ’em work like slaves.” She adds up the price of everything they destroyed, determined to recoup the cost. And they can’t escape without their clothes, can they? Oh, but I’d like to see them try.

In the meanwhile, she gives the foursome tracksuits to wear. She has to demonstrate the concept of zippering up the jacket, and uses Yi Gak to demonstrate… which unintentionally brings them within kissing distance. Gulp.

She sets them to work loading supplies at the market, where they’ll start working off the 220,000 won they owe her (about $200). Man-bo asks how much work that translates to (Park-ha: “Ah, I see I’m starting to communicate with Green Ajusshi here”), and answers that it’ll take the three of them eight days. Since ONE of them just stands around refusing to work…

Yi Gak demands the return of his clothing, which she ignores. He barks at her, and she says not until they’ve repaid their debt. He grumbles to himself that he’d like to punish her the old-fashioned way, with a beating.

Tae-mu calls Se-na to lunch to fish for information about Park-ha, saying she looked familiar. Perhaps she studied abroad? Se-na tenses, because she’s got her own dark history to cover up, and lies that Park-ha has lived her whole life in the country and recently came to Seoul.

Grandma CEO is dealing with some health concerns of her own, and is admitted to the hospital. Se-na attends to her — ah, she’s a secretary at the company, which explains how she knows Tae-mu, and why it appears they’re sneaking around.

Lunchtime means cup ramyun all around, and the boys all follow Park-ha’s lead, down to the way she holds her chopsticks and opens her container. It’s adorable.

The boys recoil at her phone ringtone, and she has to wave it off as no danger, muttering to herself, “Is it real or is it acting? I can’t tell.” The caller is Se-na, who wants to talk, so Park-ha agrees to head over to the hospital straightaway. She warns them to stay put during her meeting, and Yi Gak growls that he’d like to give her another punishment, this time with the leg-twisty torture device of yore. Oh, so bloodthirsty.

Se-na brings up their morning encounter, and Park-ha assures her that they’re all adults and there’s no reason to worry about the whole naked-man-in-your-apartment business. But Se-na’s point is of a different kind: That their acquaintance was only renewed two years ago, and Park-ha shouldn’t try to be too close with her or her mother. They’re not blood sisters, and this in-between relationship is awkward.

Park-ha is crushed — it’s more family being taken away, this time rejecting her by choice. She asks if she did something wrong, and Se-na replies that it’s not a matter of behavior: “The problem was forcing a connection when there wasn’t meant to be one.”

Yi Gak takes a stroll, and passes by the cafe window where the sisters are talking. He freezes at the sight of Se-na, then chases her as she leaves the cafe, calling out, “Princess, it’s me!” And then walks straight into a glass door. HAHA. What a way to undercut a dramatic discovery.

Park-ha gets up to leave as well, and sees Green, Blue, and Yellow dashing past the window, on their way to save Prince Red. He wakes up in the hospital with a dinky little Band-Aid on his nose, with four faces hovering over him.

Still fixated on the princess, Yi Gak heads out immediately, but has to settle for disappointment. He sits on a park bench with heavy heart, while his vassals kneel before him, unaware of the strange looks they attract. Yi Gak insists he saw his princess, aggrieved to have lost her again.

Park-ha rolls her eyes and joins the party, grabbing his nose and making him squeal. She’s furious that she has to pay his hospital fee on top of everything and adds it to the tab. She pulls him aside to instruct him to await his exam, but he gets up to start looking for his princess. She hisses at him and he sits down meekly.

As Granny CEO is wheeled through the hall, she gets a glimpse of Yi Gak sitting there and gasps. It’s Tae-yong! But by the time she gets to the waiting room, he’s gone.

Grandma collects the family that night, and sadly decides she must have imagined seeing Tae-yong. To everyone’s relief, she finally acknowledges that she has to let go of him.

(Side note on the family politics: Their home shopping empire was built by Granny’s husband, now deceased. Granny had intended to pass the company to her son, but he and his wife died in an accident so she remained on — hence her desire to groom grandson Tae-yong to take over. Her stepson works with her, but she isn’t keen on letting him inherit — or his son, Tae-mu. There’s also a sister-in-law who’s flighty, who’s a great-aunt to the boys. Is it confusing? Basically everyone pictured above is sneaky or useless.)

Tae-mu’s father takes this opportunity to maneuver his son closer: Tae-mu can move into the mansion to take care of her. Grandma reluctantly agrees to have Tae-yong’s things packed up, and Tae-mu moved in.

The time travelers now accept that they have skipped 300 years into the future, and decide that this rooftop room was their portal from their world, so it must be key to their return. Therefore, they must not leave it. Yi Gak deduces that since they warped after discovering the princess’s poisoning, then saw the princess in this world, the two things are related.

While the others sleep that night, Yi Gak and Park-ha lay awake. Both think about Se-na, but for different reasons: he’s remembering his wife, while she’s hurt by the sister who wants to cut ties.

Park-ha steps outside for some air and finds Yi Gak already on the roof. He says he’s feeling frustrated, so she grabs soju and whipped cream as a fix. She pours him a cap of liquor, then shoots whipped cream into his mouth. His reaction is adorable, especially when it tries it for himself. She laughs at his face full of cream, but gets it right back at her when she sneezes through her own.

They make it through a bottle of soju, and he leans in close to note, “Your face is on fire.” Aw, she’s wearing a pink hoodie, like the Voltron Princess. Or the pink Power Ranger. Take your retro pop-culture pick.

Yi Gak takes her red face in his hands and tells her to stay still: “That’s good.” She fidgets uncomfortably as he leans closer… closer… closer… and says, “My hands were cold. Now they’re warm.” LOL.

He laughs, and she grumbles about him playing jokes like he’s a naughty kid. She asks how old he is, and he says he’s 300 years older than her. At that, Park-ha proposes that they speak honestly and asks, “Did you really come from Joseon?” He nods, and she breathes, “Daebak.”

I guess that means she believes them now, and in the morning she instructs them on the ways of modern life, like walking them through the mechanics of tooth-brushing. (Hilariously, they all drink their rinsing water.)

The toilet is a marvel, until Man-bo remembers what he did with it the first time he saw it. Gag. Onward to washing clothes, turning on the stove, and street-crossing.

At the intersection Park-ha points out the red light, and Prince Red looks down at his tracksuit thinking this is his duty: He tentatively strikes a “Stop here!” position. Hee. Then the light changes and she declares, “Green!” So Green Ranger Man-bo looks at his tracksuit and assumes the lead, “Follow me!” Oh, so cute.

She teaches them to take the bus, and belatedly realizes the boys are all barefoot. Pan down to the curb, where they all took off their shoes before boarding the bus.

At the store, Park-ha teaches the boys how to pay for merchandise, cautioning them to differentiate the banknotes. The boys recognize King Sejong on the 10,000 won bill and immediately bow, exclaiming, “Your highness!”

Park-ha gets a call from her stepmother asking her for help with her truck, because Se-na needs some things moved and her arrangements fell through. Park-ha hesitates, knowing Se-na wants her to butt out of her life, but Mom pleads and she gives in. And behind her, Yi Gak stumbles in a frightening encounter with the escalator.

Park-ha arrives at the house and announces herself as the mover. She tells the prince to stay here while she brings boxes, taking the three underlings to help her. So Yi Gak is ushered in by the housekeeper, who leads him to Tae-yong’s room.

He makes his way inside, stopping short at an unnerving sight: a photo of Tae-yong on the wall (since all rich people apparently love looking at themselves, don’tcha know?). He stumbles in shock, and to reinforce the point, he sees himself in the mirror, with Tae-yong’s photo reflected right next to him.

Granny enters the room to say her last goodbye to Tae-yong’s belongings, and reels at the sight of Yi Gak. She rushes to embrace him, crying out Tae-yong’s name.

Park-ha returns with boxes and starts unloading, just as a fancy car parks in front of the house, and out step Tae-mu and Se-na. Tae-mu’s struck again with deja vu to see her, but hides his reaction and goes inside.

Grandma greets him with excitement, announcing that Tae-yong has returned.


The story sure whizzes by, doesn’t it? I feel like the show covers so much ground, and so speedily, that it’s easy to get swept along in the humor and adorable characters.

I can already sense that the story slows when we’re in the chaebol family, and isn’t that always the case? I see the point in having them there — the Tae-yong situation opens up the basic time-skipping premise to lots of conflict possibilities — but I just don’t care much about the scheming father-and-son pair or the ailing grandmother. This reminds me of Wish Upon a Star, where it was like we had two very different dramas: the heartwarmingly zippy story with the hodgepodge adopted family warming the cold hero’s heart, and the dull-as-dishwater story about the chaebol grandpa’s scheming relatives. Rooftop is much better at handling the two threads, and it also focuses a lot more on the story we care about.

I love the four time-trippers already, and like that each one has his own distinct role. I don’t necessarily get the sense that they all have deep character backgrounds, but at least their personalities are clear and separate. You’ve got the smart Man-bo (Mr. Green), the klutzy Chi-san (Mr. Yellow), and the Zoolander-esque warrior Yong-sool (Mr. Blue).

The Prince’s mix of naivete and haughtiness makes him the funniest fish out of water, in the sense that he’s the one who experiences the biggest fall from comfort and status. It’s that aspect that makes me love this basic conflict of Yi Gak being the most officious and loudspoken, because that’s exactly why Park-ha ignores him the most — it makes him the most crazy-sounding. The other guys are used to being ordered around so it’s not as big a shock for them to work, but not so the prince, who stands around and complains that he’s tired. So he’s extra-frustrated, and she’s extra-annoyed.

Plus, she’s a take-charge kind of girl (yay for those), and the way she orders Princey around has him off-balance and discombobulated. He can bluster all he wants about deserving respect, but she’ll cut him down with an eye-roll and a nose-pinch. It helps that Yoochun and Han Ji-min have really cute chemistry together; the whipped cream scene was adorable.

What works with this sense of humor is that the characters are all playing it straight, treating their encounters without that self-aware wink at the audience that they know this is funny. There’s definitely a farcical, over-the-top aspect to the comedy, but the characters react true to their world, which makes is even funnier. It’s like Shannen Doherty being upset after seeing Heathers, because she hadn’t realized she was shooting a comedy. But that’s why it worked, letting the situation convey the absurdity rather than playing your reactions knowing they’re supposed to induce a laugh.

The show also got some surprise laughs out of me by highlighting small details that I’d never thought of. You hear about a Joseon prince time-traveling to the future and you immediately think of the obvious gags: cars, city lights, cell phones. You probably also imagine that look of wonder on their faces at the magnificent invention of the toilet — but you don’t necessarily imagine that they’d treat it as a simple water source and drink it. Or that they would take off their shoes before entering a bus, because that’s “indoors.” Oh, I died laughing at that one. And how amazed they were at the humble omurice dish.

I reserve some caution for when the corporate/makjang machinations start to work into the plot more, with Tae-mu and Se-na scrambling to cover up their misdeeds. I’ll hold out hope, though, that even as those plotlines progress, they’ll be scattered between liberal doses of the rooftop family, who are endearing enough to carry a light plot. Fingers crossed.


197 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kbap

    Thanks for the recap 🙂

    • 1.1 kbap

      Augh, so cute. Can’t. ACK. TOO CUTE. I think I luff this drama.

      • 1.1.1 molly

        Truly enjoying this drama. I was laughing by myself. Kdramas just when I was ready to quit you, you pulled me back in. Also, something I am enjoying about this drama is the music. The OST is really good, plus, the music score for each scene is really well done. Is there a way to get all the background music also and not just the OST?

      • 1.1.2 gustave154

        agreed so hilarious and interesting at the same time =)

  2. Artemis

    JB!!! Have you ever posted a recap this fast – ever???

    I am in bed and have to sleep, but I really really want to read as it looks hilarious! Usually you post these at 5AM CET and I always read them on my way to work. Ottoke this time?? LOL

    Thank ou for recapping this drama. I think we’re in for a funny ride!

    • 2.1 Em

      Yes she did!

      I remember JB posting one Shut Up! flower boyband episode at a record breaking speed before. Speaking of which, Im already having drama withdrawals.

      season 2 pleeeeassse.

      Will watch rooftop prince too

    • 2.2 candy

      Not only recaps. The subs are insanely fast too. It’s already subbed 100% in viki since like 2 or 3 hrs ago. LOL

      • 2.2.1 Ani

        Bless those subbers and fans of Yoochun. I’m guessing that’s the reason why it’s getting subbed real fast. It’s no secret idol in drama = fast release of subs. I’m down with that. THANK YOU!

        As long as said fans stay away from my Lee Minho. Heh. XD

  3. ililaa

    I love you guys so much! Speaking for everyone on here, thank you for such fast and detailed recaps.
    So what if it’s only the second episode?! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE EVERYTHING. Yoochun’s face is hilarious but when he cries, I cry. Han Ji Min does not look older than him at all. Her skin is glowing in every scene. I can’t wait to see how everything progresses.

  4. divaz_sha

    hmmmmm..i have high hope for yoochun..if only the story can slow down a little bit so i can fall in love with each scene

  5. zsa

    Mickey has done a wonderful job and so are the others…not that I expected anything less…this is a fresh take on time travelling..hehe…the ratings will rise…this is my drama pick^^

    • 5.1 Roro

      Micky* 🙂

    • 5.2 Raitei

      So true. As much as I love YAI, this drama’s premise is a lot better and the scenes a lot funnier.

      I have this nagging feeling, though, that Princey will just end up with Park Ha and Tae Yong choosing her historical counterpart because of the sort-of-foreshadowing in the beginning. It seems to be nice idea, though.

    • 5.3 Cookie

      Love Mickey!!:)

  6. kate

    ohmygawd! i was crackin’ up the whole time. i didn’t even need the subs! ha!

    the protagonists were adorkable. f4 ftw! or chun rangers? the culture clash was deliriously fun to watch. and now, i get to understand it all better. thanks JB! you’re the best. ^^

  7. coffeevamprie

    I’m loving this drama. Literally the time just whizzed by. Thank you for the recap!!!

  8. stars4u

    This drama is such a candy to the eyes… with their tracksuits alone!!!
    Fun fun drama!!!

    • 8.1 jumbalaya

      haha yes. the color matching thing adds to the comedy

  9. Joo

    Haven’t started watching this because my current crazy schedule only permits me to watch one drama (and I chose TK2H because of Seung-gi) but I really can’t wait to watch this once the story is set up and my schedule clears! It looks cute and I think it would provide a good laugh! And there’re eye-candies Yoochun and Lee Min-ho. Excited!

    Just asking, will Javabeans and Girlfriday be alternating recaps for TK2H and Rooftop, or will JB write all Rooftop recaps and GF all TK2H recaps?

    • 9.1 manassuper

      i love this drama.but just feel the adaptation scene to modern enviroment remind of MGIAG WHJERE GUMIHO ADAPT TO MODERN ENVIROMENT.i felt those scenes are more funny and natural compared to this.i very much liked yoochun in S scandal drama where he played a quiet innocent charecter.but being funny doesn’t suit him that well. but still it’s a god drama to watch

  10. 10 Cruelsummer

    I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much during a recap. Thanks Javabeans!

    Geez…all these great dramas, it feels like Christmas in March. So exciting!

  11. 11 Roro

    Dramabeans THANK YOU!!

    Ayyy Girls Rooftop Prince ep 2 is 100% sub on Viki* so much laughs i love this drama.

    Joseon Power Rangers Fighting

  12. 12 msu

    I love this F4. It is by far the best F4 for me, or at least the most entertaining n unique one. Instead of being all pretty and rich, in this F4 each has his own color and is very appealing in his own way… I would say Funny 4 haha

    n yes I love ur recap Javabean, I hope u keep recapping this drama.

  13. 13 wonnie17

    thanks for the recap!! super love the episode!!!

    yoochun was great in this one!! didn’t know he would do stuff like this!! he was so cool back in the joseon era!!

    can’t wait for next week!!!

  14. 14 RealKdramaaddict

    Really, why did she let them stay?

    I think she feels sorry for them; they talk crazy, look crazy, they are absolutely sincere, lost, helpless, and they obey her. They are manageable.

    It’s like being a kindergarten teacher, only the boys are very tall and very pretty. She craves family and now she has four brothers on her hands.

    • 14.1 Mystisith

      You find them manageable?? I find them destructive like an army of puppies in a shoe store. LOL.
      And now i want to see an OPPPAAA!!! scene.

      • 14.1.1 Ivoire

        I think it might be more that she has 3 brothers and “one potential husband :-)” (who we hope will turn up to be a real prince, as in having a prince-like behavior of a man who just adores his woman. That is actually not hard to imagine since he really loved his wife in the Joseon era)

        • jomo

          I’m jumping ahead here, but where could they live together?

          I feel like he cannot stay because he was born to rule and everyone in the present ignores him,
          but he can’t take her back because a version of her lives there already in a veil.

          It’ll be interesting to see how the reconcile.

          • Mint

            I think that’s why they created parallel characters in each era, so both will get their own happily-ever-after?

          • jumbalaya

            that’s what I was thinking about. It’s not like she’s go to the Joseon era with him. On the slight, very very very small chance that he is reunited with a his lost princess, I highly doubt she would go either.

    • 14.2 jomo

      Good point about her needing family. I didn’t think of it that way.

      How could she resist the fainting and the begging eyes of those boys? And why? Resistance is futile!

      • 14.2.1 Bluefyre

        Yeah! Especially with Lee Min-ho’s puppy face! I was like Awwwwwww! Feed them lots of yummies 😀


  15. 15 zan

    Thank u your recap is the best

  16. 16 Stardust

    What a lovely drama it seems to shape out to be! I was quite reserved about time travelling dramas, but your recaps made the show so appealing that I really want to watch it. Like. Right. Now. lol

    Thanks for recapping! Looking forward to next week already.

  17. 17 yeng

    haha i am already laughing to see these guys with long hair and tracksuits! very creative, must watch it now

  18. 18 kaka

    yes, i laugh all the entire of ep..and the one with shoes out..oomy god i was bust out right in office, lucky it was break time ..hahahha. thank you very much for recap!

  19. 19 Saima

    I watched this on Viki when it was only 60% subbed but I laughed thru like a crazy lady!! And, you’re right in modern times Yoochun’s character is hysterical, lulz!! I found myself giggling just looking at him. And, how adorable are LMH and the guy in the yellow track suit (incl. his top knot). Thanx for the recap!! It’ll be a bummer that from hereon the pace will slow down. I don’t want the Crown Prince to live w/ the granny & already dread when he’ll meet his Joseon Crown Princess!! bleghhhh

  20. 20 kungfupigeon

    Love when they’re are crossing the road…was it an intentional or unintentional Beatles Abbey Road nod?

    • 20.1 sofico

      I totally noticed that LoL! Glad I’m not the only one.

    • 20.2 kungfupigeon

      I also have a strange feeling that I know how this is going to end…I have a scary talent at being able to predict plotlines

  21. 21 jp

    i love this drama ! XD
    awesome and the humour part is not over reacted 🙂

  22. 22 scarlette

    the last picture of them crossing the street cracks me up. Blue ranger has his hand out as if to protect the princey from non moving cars.

    • 22.1 megels7719

      Oh, I totally agree with you! I think i went back and replayed it 5x b/c i just couldn’t stop laughing at all of their expressions!

  23. 23 jeuri

    speaking as a yoochun fan so i’m definitely biased, but i’m seriously so impressed with how much he’s improved lol. as an of idol-turned-actor he’s one of the better ones, but he’s of course had his stiff moments and often fell a bit flat. but this… wow. totally was not expecting this.. who is this guy? LOL

    i’m loving this drama. when i watched it this morning i was laughing throughout the whole thing, it’s hilarious. yesterday’s episode had it’s slow moments but this just sped right on by. i can’t wait until next week. though i would love it more if the whole chaebol plotline was just eliminated…..

    more joseon power rangers please! that choi woosik is just adorable ;__;

  24. 24 ava

    So hilariously cute! Thanks javabeans! 🙂

  25. 25 h311ybean

    OMG I am trying not to bust out laughing in the middle of… someplace where I’m not supposed to be reading this.

    Thanks for the recaps, JB! This is definitely going on my must-watch list.

  26. 26 julianna

    wow I think I should start watching this drama now. XD

  27. 27 Clee

    thanks so much JB!
    i seriously almost had a spasm from this episodes hilarity!

  28. 28 jan k

    thank you for the super fast recaps! really appreciate it ^^

  29. 29 kirara

    O.M.G.. HILARIOUS without having to watch the episode.. Your recaps are the BEST!!! SO clear and well written that someone who’s not a native korean speaker knows this is going to end up being a great drama. LOVE yoochun with his long hair and track suit.. his side kicks aren’t too bad themselves with the hilarious bright colored track suits…

    Now I’m so tempted to watch it..!!! >_<

  30. 30 my

    just reading your subs made me laugh out loud literally 😀 ..I love their innocent faces… DAEBAK!!!

  31. 31 Alicia

    I think we are all expecting it to slow down once Yi Gak enters the family and it becomes the fight between him and Tae-mu, especially over Se-na *roll eyes*

    But I’m so enjoying the funny. This episode had me in stitches! And like JB said its the little things that you wouldn’t think of that gets you cracking up.

    Episode 2 was just DAEBAK!!!!

  32. 32 Mia

    heehee this is so hilarious! love your recap!

  33. 33 Clock

    Now pray the writer doesn’t run out of ideas *crossing my fingers*

  34. 34 jomo

    Thanks for the recap!
    “but the question is how she got in, since neither of them opened the door for her. Hm. Curious.”

    I didn’t catch that…Who the HECK could be inside the aparteu while TM is showering? Don’t tell me TY is alive and living there without anyone knowing? Is that even possible?

    I feel like they are wasting Lee Tae Sung. He is so nothing here. There’s not even a chance for him to be the second lead who breaks your heart, cause he’s already the bad guy. I don’t understand the point of having him around.

    I hate to point out the obvious, but I will…How much do you think the fact that Micky, Min-ho and Choi Woo Shik were in recent sagueks makes this even more fun?
    They are playing a real cool trick on us with that.
    Of course I think Mr. Yellow would freak out at being in a car. Of course Mr. Green would bow to the picture of a king.
    He isn’t acting like he belongs in Joseon times, he really does belong in Joseon times – in my mind.

    The quad are killing it, too. I like what you said about each of them finding their separate identity fast, cause they really do stand out from each other.
    LOVED LOVED LOVED the way Minho was holding the felt-tip pen to “draw” the license plate. That was magic!

    • 34.1 Bluefyre

      I thought Tae-sung was the one who propped it open, then he went off to dry himself properly 0.o

      Oh well…hahaha! I’m still trying to recover from the funny!! 😀

      • 34.1.1 Bluefyre

        Oops..LOL. I meant Tae-mu
        Still not familiar with the names.

      • 34.1.2 jomo

        I originally thought that, too – That he was opening it for the Step-sister to come back – but then why didn’t he admit it?

        • Bluefyre

          Hmmm..curiouser and curiouser.

          Guess I’ll pay more attention to that part when I rewatch.

      • 34.1.3 nuri

        about Lee Tae Sung, i thought the same. that he’ll be the heartbreaking second lead so i can ship him. then, he went makjang and being villainy… not cute. *grumpy*

        • Daniella

          I think there’s still a chance for him to be the second lead. I don’t think there’s a kdrama that I’ve watched and there wasn’t a 2nd lead guy (in my experience). The writers will surely think of something.

          I was also disappointed with himbeing evil. He was the only thing about Mischievouskiss that I enjoyed and I saw him in Oh My School and really liked his fun personality but here…? ughh.

          What I really hate is we have to put up with the Yoo Chun’s character being in love with Se Na before we get to th real stuff/romance. Barrff.

    • 34.2 purplemay

      TM open the door and left a black slipper when someone(Park Ha) hit the door bell… isn’t it? … then probably continue showering or drying.

  35. 35 Bluefyre

    So fast! I love you!! 😀

    Hahaha!! My poor roomie thought I was crazy and I thought I was gonna pass out! SO hilarious!! This ep totally made my day!

    I wouldn’t worry about things slowing THAT much for a while. I mean have you seen the preview for Ep. 3?! Hahahaha!

    I see so much WIN and happy times for this drama! I hope it keeps that way all through Ep. 20! Please, RTP crew!
    Fingers crossed here too. Thanks again, JB!

    • 35.1 Bluefyre

      Also! The cartoon animations after every break!
      SO much win!! 😉

  36. 36 21

    This drama is so funny!!!! Thanks for the recap!

  37. 37 Ivoire

    Thank you so much for the quick recap!!! I quickly read through it and I was so happy I am alone in the apt, because I literally LOL (and I was loud 🙂 ) just based on the recap and imagining the boys going through the different scenari depicted. I am so glad that Yoochun is part of such a project, that can make him do silly things and have him laughing, considering what his family is going through at the moment (loss of their dad).

    Again thank you, I laughed so much, good belly laughs, I hadn’t done those in a while.

  38. 38 Kim

    Too cute ^^ I’m loving this drama already he he ^^

  39. 39 nuri

    I haven’t watch both episode. couldnt wait for it.

    i need to get one thing out. Duckiiiie… why are you being a villain? i want to see you all smiley and goofy!!
    anyway, it’s nice to see on screen again. wish your popularity increase after this one and you’ll get a leading role..

  40. 40 ck1Oz

    Thank you for the recap. I’ve spent the whole morning laughing at them.
    Everytime she calls out ‘ green ajusshi or red ajusshi’ I just die laughing.

    Oh man it’s funny, and what a change from the last 2 months.

  41. 41 haruko

    Oh, man, I LOVE this drama! Ya for when kdrama land gets it right~!

  42. 42 purplemay

    i laughed so hard at most scenes this drama (even w/o eng subs yet).. i never imagine myself bursting into laughter like this. lol Joseon F4 really played their part well… great acting! plus Yoochun and Han Ji Min whip cream part is so cute and adorable. I can see such a great chemistry.

    Cant wait another week for ep 3! yay!

    Thanks dramabeans!

  43. 43 Sunmi


    Color-coded tracksuits???

    FOUR, not one, not two, but FOUR manes of glory sported by four cuties??? ‘Tis but a dream! A dream come true! And not to mention, hilarious time-skipping hijinks? Oh I am so in. So, so, SO in.


  44. 44 Anvesha

    Lol the crosswalk scene at the end… A rainbow parade!

  45. 45 Girl

    Love the cuteness! hopefully they stay away from the whole chaebol family storyline… and focus on the funny!

  46. 46 Girl

    oh, and kudos to yoochun who’s doing an amazing job i think, especially since what just really happened. but also, he’s just improved in acting so much since SKK Scandal ! 🙂

  47. 47 Sue

    Just watched this on Viki and died laughing. I was actually sad because I saw the last episode of Shut UP today. This drama picked me up. Plus my 11 yr old daughter sat down to watch with me and also enjoyed it a lot.

  48. 48 Daniella

    I had many LOLs in this episode! Absolutely amazing! It’s like you read my mind with the whole Makjang thing. I really hope it doesn’t become depressing, there’s so much potential for this to be a great drama and making it all depressing won’t be fun at all.

    Love the Variety of background music.
    *Wow! This is the first time my drama week has been filled
    Fashion King (Mon-Tues)
    Rooftop (Wed-Thurs)
    King (Wed-Thurs)

    Always grateful to the subbers and recappers!
    See you all next week!

  49. 49 jp

    my country is blocked for watching at viki. already download ultrasurf too and it;s not working anymore. anyone can help? T_T need engsub for ep 2

    • 49.1 Bluefyre

      Check darksmurfsubs

    • 49.2 Linda165


    • 49.3 Rohmah

      you can go to jacinda-1st.com

  50. 50 sarang

    I’ve never laughed so much in my life. This drama is fricken hysterical. I can see myself watching it over and over again and never getting bored. I’m glad the ratings are going up, it’s just as good as K2H if not better.

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