Drama Recaps
Rooftop Prince: Episode 4
by | March 29, 2012 | 253 Comments

You know, I wasn’t sure I was totally grasping how the time-travel and reincarnation and inheritance conflicts would all fit — or whether they would at all — but with this episode we start to see the threads coming together, and I’m going with it. I’m still not sure I love the corporate battle, but now I at least feel assured that the show knows where it’s going, and has a solid trajectory planned.

Ratings remain mostly the same; everybody rose a teeny bit but the rankings are unaffected with Rooftop at 11.4%, The King 2 Hearts at 14.6%, and Equator Man at 8.5%.


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Se-na slaps the prince, who is immediately dragged away and thrown out. He keeps shouting, “Princess!” but she turns back to her work, ignoring the crazy man outside.

Park-ha continues readying her shop for its opening, which is called Park-ha’s Fruits and Veggies. Her landlord drops by to complete the contract paperwork, which is when Park-ha realizes that the envelope is empty — her bank check for 40 million won (about $35,000) is missing. Ah, so that’s what Se-na stole out of her bag the other day, evil wench.

Park-ha frantically searches her things, then calls Se-na, who ignores it. A flashback shows us that not only had she taken the check, she’d ripped it up. Arggggh, but I guess this way her action is untraceable, and nobody will ever know what happened.

Park-ha pleads with the landlord to give her till tomorrow morning to get him the money, but he doesn’t budge, preferring to cancel the contract. He tells her to empty the store and be out today.

It’s such a bummer that it makes it hard to laugh at the Aqua Men, who arrive wearing animal suits (to promote her store), with Becky and Lady Mimi helping out. Aw, I love when friend-families spring up, and if a friend is willing to make himself look ridiculous to help you, that’s a keeper. Although, yes, these boys don’t know they look ridiculous. Side point.

Yi Gak waits outside the company building all day, until Se-na leaves with Grandma CEO. He shouts for her again, but the guards muffle him this time and she leaves in the CEO’s car.

The lost check doesn’t work exactly like cash so it’s not like money has just fizzled into nothing, but putting a stop payment and getting a new check issued will take Park-ha several days. And if she can’t cough up the cash, she loses her contract deposit as well as all the money she put into buying product. She asks her stepmother to borrow the funds in the meantime, but that’s no small sum and it’s not like Mom’s got it lying around.

Se-na interrupts the conversation and asks to talk to Park-ha. She takes this opportunity to say “I told you so,” about predicting that Park-ha would ask Mom for a handout. Se-na draws out the smug scolding, but Park-ha has no time for idle chitchat and starts to leave… until unni offers to lend her the money.

Ah, so she’s going to use this as a way to manipulate Park-ha. Evil bitch is an evil wily bitch.

Her quid pro quo: Take the money to settle her affairs, then return to America. She gives her till tomorrow to think it over.

Park-ha has forgotten two things, and she first rushes back to close up shop before remembering the prince. He stands shivering in the rain, still outside the now-empty corporate building, dutifully waiting for her to pick him up as she promised. Aww. There’s something so pathetic about that image, him clenching his fists and shaking in the cold.

She apologizes for coming so late because she was held up with important matters, and Yi Gak rails at her angrily. Was her promise with him not important? Was it not worth keeping?

They’ve both had crappy days and take it out on each other. Arriving home, he decides she cares about nothing but money — she’s fixated on her store and completely neglected him. And because she’s a person who doesn’t keep promises, her business is sure to fail.

Park-ha isn’t in the mood to take this, and she turns things around on him: He may have gotten used to speaking his mind, but he’s a useless man who knows how to do nothing. He may call her a lowly fool, but he’s one too.

She takes a swing to slap him, but he grabs her arm and they stand there glaring furiously at each other.

Joseon era. Aw, I’ve missed the Joseon scenes.

Yi Gak finds his wife, Hwa-yong, waiting for him in the courtyard and has a joyous reunion. He holds her close and asks her to never leave him again, and she’s just as pleased to be with him.

And then… a ringtone cuts in, and Park-ha stands there, insistent that he earn his keep and work. She ignores his protests and drags him away, separating him from his princess.

He wakes up in the rooftop room, sighing over his unlucky dream.

In the morning, Park-ha finds her ducklings sitting at the table, awaiting their hot omurice breakfast. She’s still in a rotten mood and stomps out, ignoring their requests for food. Aw, honey, that’s mean. Yes, they’re grown men, but they’re also babies.

Yi Gak has his pride, and he declares that they don’t need her to feed them — they can figure it out themselves. Yong-sool is always quick to act and offers to find a cow or pig or something to eat, but Man-bo reminds him to use his brains before brawn: They won’t find any of those outside. Chi-san pleads for the prince to go to the convenience store to buy instant noodles, but Yi Gak has to face the humbling truth: “What money have I?”

It’s therefore super-touching that the Aqua-ducklings make arrangements through Becky to find part-time jobs, but hide it from the prince. They urge him to rest up today at home, while they’ll endure Becky’s annoying insistence that they go sightseeing, wink-wink.

Man-bo gets to work directing traffic in a parking garage, wielding his baton like a sword as he points, stabs, and parries. Too bad he’s not doing any real directing, and he ends up with a traffic jam on his hands.

Yong-sool gets a job as a barista, which is just crazy; the boy just landed in modern times and you’re going to make him figure out the intricacies of pulling espresso? A woman orders her drink and hands over her card, and he eyes her suspiciously: “Do you take me for a fool? You have to give me MONEY.”

Chi-san actually enjoys his task washing cars with the high-pressure hose and soaping up the exterior — and just as I’m thinking he might end up the winner today, he goes on to soap up the leather interior, too. OH NO. And then he gleefully turns the hose on the leather, spraying the suds away. Cringe cringe cringe. If he makes it through the job alive, he’ll be lucky.

Thankfully the three boys make it home alive, where they fess up and tell the prince that they were working to earn money for Park-ha, because her business was ruined before it even began. Yi Gak hadn’t known, and now he feels sorry for his harsh words the night before.

Becky comes to collect the boys again for work, and Lady Mimi gives the prince a once-over, wondering why he doesn’t work. She’s been told he doesn’t “do” manual labor, and she tsks-tsks disapprovingly, sizing him up as a lazybutt.

Park-ha heads out to meet her New York friend, Amy, who’s gotten married and is here to visit. Amy brings a tin box from Park-ha’s old locker, which she’d left at the pub.

Amy tells her she and her husband are going to open a restaurant, and encourages Park-ha to come to New York to work with them. So after seeing her friends off, Park-ha considers taking her sister’s money offer after all, and moving back to the States.

It would mean giving up the life she’s carved out for herself here, and the thought is enough to bring her to tears. At home, she finds the radish doll Yi Gak had picked up from the ground and rehung inside, which makes her smile.

Becky teaches some dance moves to the animal-suited boys, who follow along. They’re the kind of sexy-cute moves appropriate for her — yunno, a woman — but look terribly strange coming from them. (At least they’ll have their costume heads on, which explains why they’re going for such aegyo moves.)

Yi Gak watches with a skeptical This can’t be right look on his face. (And then he turns around and tries a move himself. Omg so cute.) What cracks me up about him is that half of him is too cool for school, but the other half is fiercely competitive so he always wants to outdo the others, even if that means he’s out-ridiculousing them.

Yong-sool asks if they really have to dance, and Lady Mimi tells them not only do you have to dance, you have to dance like crazy, to get people’s attention. Somehow I don’t think crazy will be a difficulty. She also reminds them that while they’re in costume, they have to be fully in character as animals — so, no talking.

The boys head off to begin working, but don’t forget to dutifully bow to their prince first. Adorable.

Lady Mimi leaves with another disapproving look at the lazy leader who won’t work, and that raises his hackles. Ha, I love that you can’t persuade him to work, but you can shame him.

So it is that Dog, Cat, and Rabbit are joined by Panda. Lady Mimi assumes this is Becky and complains that the others are doing such a poor job that Becky needs to show them how it’s done. Omg.

So Panda takes his place and dances his little heart out. I’m torn between loving the gag of the disguise giving him free rein, and desperately wishing we could see his face.

Back to the Home & Shopping company; I know it’s hard, but let’s try not to zone out. Great Aunt is in a snit because Tae-mu has disregarded her connections and chosen models from a different company for their wedding feature today.

Great Aunt feels belittled and storms off, then visits a man named Pyo Taek-soo, telling him it’s time to come back to Seoul and ask Granny to return to his old job. Taek-soo declines, saying sadly that he caused too much trouble before. His place is here, as the warehouse security guard. I’m not sure if he’s an ex-husband or a relative or why we care (’cause I don’t), but no doubt he’ll come into play later.

Grandma CEO worries about the model switch for today’s broadcast, since this is an important expansion of their market. Tae-mu assures her he has this well in hand, and adds that it’ll be good to use company employees for their shoot. He nominates Se-na as their model — a surprise move that Se-na isn’t expecting — but Grandma goes with it.

Se-na asks why Tae-mu sprung this on her, and when he grabs her for a hug, she reminds him that they might be seen. He’s feeling confident (or maybe reckless) and says he’s the company’s owner — “I will be, soon” — and doesn’t have to fear anybody’s eyes.

Park-ha sees her friends selling strawberries for her, touched at their initiative. A large crowd has gathered, drawn in by the silly dancing animals, and Lady Mimi credits Becky for doing all the hard work in attracting people.

The Panda is still gyrating energetically, but finally runs out of gas and keels over. The friends rush to “her” side worriedly, and Yong-sool decides to carry her to get help. The boys take off their masks (the ajummas ooh at their pretty faces) and take Panda indoors to rest. The guard recommends removing the costume, but Yong-sool stops him — they should respect the lady’s modesty, after all.

He calls Park-ha instead, just as Panda takes off his head to reveal Yi Gak. He hears Park-ha outside, though, and hurriedly puts the head back on and crosses his hands demurely in a ladylike pose — can’t let her see his embarrassment!

Park-ha offers “Becky” water and tries to take off the head, but Yi Gak refuses. So Park-ha takes his hand and thanks Becky for all her help, reminiscing on how they met two years ago, when they’d both been new to Korea. She apologizes, saying that she might leave without being able to repay all of Becky’s kindnesses.

Yi Gak shies away at the hand touch, but when Park-ha says she’s going to leave the rooftop for America, he whips around to stare at her. Then he gets up and crosses his arms in a full-body pout, and Park-ha apologizes; because she lost that check, she has no choice. She adds the request that Becky not tell her boys about this; she’ll tell them when the time is right.

Yi Gak storms off angrily and runs into Becky, who thinks he’s mad because he had to wear the suit in her place. (She got called on a last-minute job and needed the money.)

The wedding show prepares its broadcast, and Tae-mu pulls aside Se-na for quiet moment. He pulls her in close, then does a sleight-of-hand trick that ends with a diamond ring in his hand, which he slides onto her finger.

He asks her to marry him, suggests they break the news to the elders after the show, then whisks her off her feet to twirl her around. Aw, they really are cute together, when they’re being happily adoring, and not devilish or murderous. You’d think that wouldn’t have to be a caveat, but that’s K-drama for ya.

The rooftop family of seven — ducklings, Park-ha, and the girls — gather for a dinner party, where Park-ha heaps the gratitude and praise onto the three boys and pours them drinks. She ignores Yi Gak, assuming he was his usual unhelpful self, and he pours his own shot and seethes silently. When she promises to repay their kindness, he bursts out, “When?!” He accuses her of making a false promise, knowing she plans to leave, but since she doesn’t know that he knows, his reaction puzzles everyone.

Becky looks troubled and asks Yi Gak to step aside for a cup of coffee. (Yi Gak: “Rather than coffee, do you have something sweet?”) Her TV is set to a home shopping channel, and he looks amazed to see her onscreen modeling clothing.

Becky feels bad for getting the credit for his work and wants to tell Park-ha that he was dancing in the panda suit, but he’s distracted by the shopping channel’s wedding segment — and the bride, whom he recognizes. He wonders what she’s doing, and when Becky says she’s getting married, he bolts up in alarm. The princess, marry? It can’t be! (HAHA. His horror is real, but the misunderstanding just cracks me up.)

The Home Shopping family hears that their wedding package is a hit, and Tae-mu’s father hastens to praise Tae-mu for the good work. Grandma has been skeptical all this while, holding off on the congratulations, but now she gives Tae-mu credit for a job well done.

Yi Gak arrives at the shoot location in a taxi as the broadcast winds down, pushing his way inside frantically. He finds Se-na and laments the “wedding,” asking how she could do this, how she could not recognize him: “It’s me, Princess! Me!”

Tae-mu grabs Yi Gak and pulls him away, punching him in the face. The moment mimics that punch on the yacht, and in an eerie echo, Yi Gak goes flying over the railing and hits the water below. Dude, again? Once was an accident; twice means anger management.

The similarity rattles Tae-mu as they watch the red tracksuit floating facedown in the water.

Park-ha opens her old tin box and takes out a postcard — the one Tae-yong had drawn of her in New York. He’d been too shy to ask her out in person at the bar, but apparently he left it for her with the bartender, adding a note to meet him here in two days. She’d come, but he hadn’t.

There’s also a cell phone: A tourist had come to the pub to return a cell phone — she and some other dude had taken each other’s phones by mistake, and she wants to make the swap. (I speculate this will turn out to be Tae-yong’s phone, but we’ll have to wait and see.) Last but not least, there’s some kind of doll figure (a woman and a man) made of twine and stones.

A rescue team fishes Yi Gak out of the water and takes him to the hospital in an ambulance. Tae-mu rides along, badly shaken — you’ve gotta figure he’s got some rotten luck, finding himself in the same accident two times, with the same person (kinda).

Yi Gak is unconscious and unresponsive for a long while. As he lies on the gurney being treated, we flash back to his fall into the water. He floats there, wondering:

Yi Gak: “Who am I? Am I alive or dead? Who is this Tae-yong, who has the same face as I do? Who is the woman who bears the same face as the princess? Is this reincarnation? Have we been reborn? So, the princess must have been reborn. I must have died, then been reborn as Tae-yong. But if I was reincarnated as Tae-yong, then what am I doing here? Where is Tae-yong? Have I come here to take Tae-yong’s place?”

As his mind wonders these things, we see visions of his life, and Tae-yong’s — though I’m not sure if he’s seeing Tae-yong’s memories, or if this is for our benefit.

Yi Gak is defibrillated, but he flatlines. The doctor calls time of death. The family has gathered around the bed, and looks on in stunned silence as the sheet is pulled over his head, and Tae-mu’s initial shock gives way to relief, again.

But then the heart beats. Not dead yet.

Park-ha waits up that night, wondering where he is. Becky assures her that he’ll be fine, since she sent him off with Park-ha’s contact information and some cash.

As the family leaves the hospital, Grandma says it’s a good thing, since they were almost responsible for a death. She tells Tae-mu that he almost killed a man, and instructs Se-na to make arrangements: They’ll take responsibility for the patient and give him a VIP room.

They don’t know who the man is or who his emergency contacts are, so when the nurse finds the scrap of paper with a phone number in the red tracksuit, they give it a call.

Park-ha arrives in time to share an elevator with Grandma, and then she’s introduced to Se-na and Tae-mu as Red’s guardian. They look at her in wide-eyed shock but don’t betray that they know her, leading her to the room.

When they arrive, they find Yi Gak awake and sitting up, awaiting their arrival. He looks straight at them and says, “Grandmother, it’s me. Tae-yong.” Whaaaa?

One heart failure averted, only to spur three almost-heart-attacks. He smiles, ever so slightly.


Ooh, nice twist. My assumption is that Yi Gak hasn’t managed to somehow acquire Tae-yong’s memories, but has pieced together enough of the details to figure out the family dynamics. Going on the theory that he has been reincarnated, he suppose there’s an important connection between him and Tae-yong — and so, the best way to get to the bottom of that is to remain in Tae-yong’s circle. If he wants to find out the mystery of his lost princess’s death, for now this is the best plan. At least it IS a plan — otherwise, what else can he do but sit around and wait for the rooftop portal to open again, if ever?

This is just my speculation, so perhaps you’ve got other ideas. I do love that a drama like this opens the door for so much fun speculating. Now that I see where this is heading, I have some faith that there IS something to speculate, that the writer has a concrete idea of where he’s taking this story.

I know there’s some speculation that the dead woman in the pond wasn’t the princess, and I’m not discounting that theory. It’s an interesting one, and one I’m keeping at the back of my mind. But so far the drama hasn’t given us any indication that a body-switch is part of the intrigue, so I’m going with: The princess died in the pond. Until we get more clues, at least.

I do love the makeshift family storylines that are starting to emerge. I was plenty happy with the central fivesome — Park-ha and her Joseon ducklings — but it’s also nice to have the extension of her neighbors. On their own, I don’t think Becky and Lady Mimi are all that interesting (yet?), but as part of the big family, I love it. Becky’s the foreign transplant, Park-ha’s the orphan, the others are displaced in time, and Lady Mimi — well, she’s eccentric.

So you have this ragtag team of outcasts who don’t really fit in here, or belong anywhere in particular, and they’re making their own home here with each other. The theme of non-family members bonding together in a family that’s created, not born — it’s a recipe for awesomeness. When it’s done well, that is. And so far we’re doing it with humor and heart, so I’m a happy camper.

I shouldn’t be surprised since the writer wrote my favorite makeshift-family drama Bad Family, but in any case, it’s always nice to get more than you were hoping for.


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253 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. obachan

    first one again? Thanks javabean. I am so impressed at this drama!!

    • 1.1 gustave154

      agreeed love the cast. this drama is just daebak all the way!!

  2. djinni

    i love you!

    • 2.1 Kiara

      Thank you much for the recaps JB <3.

  3. Stephanie

    Omg thank you for being soooo fast javabeans!!! God way to start my day :) you made my morning!

  4. spoonie

    so quick!! thanks JB!

  5. estelle


  6. tata

    Thank you!
    I realy like how they twisted the plot!
    When Lee Gak or Taeyong said : Granny, it’s me Taeyong.

    I was like WHATTTTT *jaw dropped*

    Now please someone tell me how can survive until next week? this drama is soooooo interesting!

    • 6.1 Demi

      I was shocked too!
      Did he recovered his memory? or did he gained new memory?
      Aaaaaaaaagh ><

      And most importantly. Did he remembers what his cousins did to him?

      • 6.1.1 tata

        Or maybe he pretend to be Taeyong, well there are many directions where this could be.

        We have to wait until next week! Wed come faster please >.<

      • 6.1.2 debby

        This show is the best! I love the cast and thank you all that work on it.
        I really don’t think he is the grandson , but just going with the flow for sake of being with princess and finding out more about her. I can also see that she will drop old boy friend to get more status and money. But then , wasn’t she alway great about hurting people.
        Meanwhile cousin will go for rooftop girl and the prince will finally know jealously. After-all in his time couldn’t the prince have more then one girl! you changed eras buddy!!!
        What i’m wondering is when she will reconize the cousin as being in New York and why she doesn’t reconize the prince. Sorry had to put that in – love his new haircut in ep 6
        I hate waiting for so many days but at least i can see his brothers new show while i wait! it comes on two days before and for two days.

    • 6.2 ilovemandoo

      I was shocked too because I expected this kind of twist, but not right after he woke up! AHH I can’t wait for next week T_T /dying of impatience already

    • 6.3 NewKDramaAddict

      I know, I started screaming! Makes it even more exciting!!

  7. Piepieandpie

    Heeheeeheee thanks! ^^

  8. Gracie

    YAY!!!! I love these recaps!!!!

  9. Cookie

    The plot is now unfolding. Can’t wait for next week’s episode. Many thanks for the recap!

  10. 10 MannaBanana

    I just finished reading recaps for episode 3 and episode 4 is already here?! Javabeans, are you awesome or what? :)) Thanks a bunch!

  11. 11 NaenbaK

    Thank You so much!!!!!!! I really love this drama, is the best!! Thank you for the time making the recap …

  12. 12 Demi

    Thanks so much for the fast recap.

    This episode was super hilarious!
    To see Prince Lee Gak using that costume was too much XD

    • 12.1 Demi

      One more thing. I’m glad and somehow relieved for this twist in the story.
      Just like this the story can develop other than being stick to the past … if you know what I mean…

      Aaaah I’m dying! I need the next episode already! ><

  13. 13 kewbie

    What a twist! I wonder what Yi Gak plans to do as “part of the family”. As for the princess in the pond…I’m not sure that was her, either. Maybe she faked her death and ran off with a lookalike Tae-mu from the Joeson era. Something like that. I dunno.

    Other than that, I am soooooo hating Se-na. I know she had some rotten luck as a kid, but she never got past that, obviously. She still acts like a brat now with her Park-Ha-is-ruining-my-life attitude, but I am holding out that she gets some cosmic justice in the end.

    Can’t wait until next week…

    • 13.1 gala

      what’s Sena’s rotten luck? i mean compared to Park Ha? ha! lol, such a bratty villain you love to hate.

    • 13.2 pasabaporaqui

      I agree with one lookalike Tae-mu in the Joeson era and the affair with the princess…
      About the death and not showing the face I am put my money on this: The person dead is the sister not the princess , and eventully Yi gak will end saving her in the past.

      This episode 4 and I though about this plot it in episode 2 so If by a lucky chance we are correct I think we should start a carreer as scripters 😉

      • 13.2.1 shirin-noona

        Ooh I like your idea!I think you’re maybe right!

      • 13.2.2 Maggie70

        yes! i agree with u pasabaporaqui. i believe the Crown Prince will be able to return to the Joseon era just before the death scene and save the the sister–this is a fantasy drama so anything and everything is possible.

      • 13.2.3 NewKDramaAddict

        Agree, I see them going back to the Joseon area in time to save not the Princess but her sister!!

  14. 14 zan

    thank u so much,I have watched with sub but I love your writing,I don’t go to sleep before reading your recap,thank u so much.

  15. 15 Crown Prince

    <3 you javabeans

  16. 16 rilanna

    WAH! I want to know what happens next!!!
    damn, Wednesday is another 5 days away….
    Darn these writers know how to do cliffhangers~

  17. 17 Cruelsummer

    Thanks, Javabeans!

    This wasn’t my favorite episode. The step sister and the entire corporate family are driving me batty.

    And seriously…who leaves their purse lying around when they have $30,000 bucks inside? Especially around a sister that has pretty much admitted that she hates your guts. I can’t even feel sorry for her.

    I don’t know how I feel about the prince’s announcement at the end. That means we’ll have to spend more time with that dull family :(

    • 17.1 hanabi

      I have mixed feelings about his announcement, too. I’m hoping that the prince will still be the prince, but that he’ll be trying to be Tae Yong with what little info he has. I hope there’s not a full “recovery” of memories because that sounds a lot less fun to me.

      What is with that evil sister? Seriously, so your mom remarried when you were a kid and you got a stepsister. No big deal. Certainly not a legitimate reason to ruin your sister. Now, Tae Mu, I can kind of understand his reasons for anger – just because he’s the grandson of an out of favor son (illegitimate child, maybe? Not sure on that story), he’s ostracized by grandma. I’d be upset too.

      As long as the show keeps bringing the funny and doesn’t get to melo, I’ll keep watching.

      • 17.1.1 jomo

        Part of Evil Sister’s motivation is Tae Mu scared her. He told her to have the step sis go away. I can’t remember why now, though…

        • yaya

          park ha saw taemu with taeyoung in nyc, but taemu said that he couldn’t connect to taeyoung and didn’t see him in nyc.

    • 17.2 mskololia

      I hope the announcement leads to our fabu guys getting real jobs that utilizes their skill sets….Ooooh, I cannot wait to see them gussied up. RAWR!

      • 17.2.1 Ivoire

        Hi, I am with you on that one…

      • 17.2.2 NewKDramaAddict

        And with stylist hair-dos!!

    • 17.3 hydesamagirl

      I do so agree with your point about leaving her purse around, more specifically around an evil stepsister. I know she doesn’t remember the whole abandonment thing, but she does know that she doesn’t like her.

      And who leaves a check with that much money accidentally hanging out of one’s purse?! I would check that thing like crazy, and I feel that most would. It just makes the Parkha seem a little stupid? Even making the stepsister accidentally knock over the bag and see it would make more sense. I know it’s a small detail, but it bothered me a bit.

    • 17.4 ilovemandoo

      I guess I feel a little immune to flaws like that (because let’s face it.. it happens in nearly every drama there is), especially since I personally don’t find it that relevant. Her sister might hate her guts, but I don’t think she knew that it was at this level of hate–to the point where Sena would steal such a large sum of money. It’s definitely more obvious to us because we see things from Sena’s perspective and know their backstory. (Though she should start feeling the intensity of Sena’s hate after Sena’s proposal that she return to America.. If not, then she really is dumb). Admittedly, it was careless on her part, but I didn’t mind it too much.

      I also had mixed reactions.. I’m glad that the writer has kept the plot going very well and that nothing has been too draggy (hopefully it stays this way!). However, this new development definitely means that the prince is going to stay at their house, which (imo) is probably going to slow down the pace of the plot.

      Lastly, a little OT, but one logical flaw that bothered me was how he knew where to go (for the wedding shoot). How did he know how to take a taxi? Did Becky help him? Where did he get money?

      .. But then again, if I’m not that bothered by the people coincidentally finding out things/or each other (e.g. Park Ha’s money in this ep), I guess I should let this one go, too. After all, in kdrama land, no one pays their taxis anyway. ^^

      • 17.4.1 JC

        yes becky did help him.

      • 17.4.2 Ditu3ka

        Becky told Park-ha when asked where he was that he asked her to take him to that hotel, so she called taxi and gave driver money to take him there.

    • 17.5 dls

      The money was taken when Park Ha left her purse to go to the toilet with the mom during the mom’s birthday in ep 3. Well, Park-Ha might lower her guard down over the money since she was just going to toilet and would come back soon, and maybe she touhgt her sis wouldn’t do any harm. But yeah, evil step sister is evil.

      • 17.5.1 Ditu3ka

        I think she doesn´t consider her step-sister evil or anything, I would probably do the same, I mean leaving my bag in my sister´s care.

        • gala

          same here. i don’t see “dumbness” in Park Ha. just, blind to her stepsister’s evil ways. you really drop your guard down whenever around family… and i’m pretty sure no matter how bad sena treats her, Park Ha still considers her family – her only family left. can’t blame the girl for having a bit of trust in the evil incarnate.

      • 17.5.2 Cruelsummer

        I can agree to an extent that your guard may be down with family. But Park Ha has been toughing it out on her own for years now. Not only that, but she’s been living alone in New York City. There is no way that someone with that background would just disregard her bag with $30 grand inside. If I had that much money in my bag I’d be checking for it every five minutes. I just wish they had found a better way for her to lose the money.

    • 17.6 anastasiaa

      i’m usually can’t accept that kind of plot but in this drama it make sense. they are sister and she just go to the toilet to bring their mother.

  18. 18 sauyinzhi

    Thank you very much for having this recap so fast. I need to know this as I do not understand Korean and that I want to watch the drama as soon as possible.
    Thank you again. You are very efficient. Great job doing the recap.

  19. 19 cherkell

    Thanks JB — I’m almost done with Episode 3, and now sleep will elude me until I finish up with Episode 4!!

    And why is it every time I sit down to watch this show, I have to have a plate of omurice in front of me?!? This may be the first KDrama where I’m putting on unneeded weight!! :)

    • 19.1 Ivoire

      But Cherkell,
      Omurice looks soooo good (it must be good), just give in, and then go for a walk when you have the time (Would you have the time? Last time on OT, you told me you are on call 24/7 these days). Ok, I was trying to be helpful (and funny in a cute way), but I’m not sure I succeeded :-(.
      I still say, just enjoy the rice, I would if I were you, or better yet, time your eating time around the time you watch this show, then you would feel and be less guilty. What do you think?

    • 19.2 ilovemandoo

      Dramas always make me crave food. Happens to me everytime with ramen ; w ;

    • 19.3 molly

      don’t worry, Korean dramas make me crave rice or noodles. Life is short, enjoy it to the fullest :)

    • 19.4 NewKDramaAddict

      Might have to try that for dinner tonight, ala American style (can’t have eggs without cheese) 😀

  20. 20 coffeevamprie

    I’m loving loving this drama. Thank you for the recap and I can’t wait for the next episode.

  21. 21 Yannie

    OMG I cannot stand the evil step sister!!! I keep getting flash backs of how she abandoned her in the back of a truck…so damn heartless. On a side note Yoochun’s acting is improving. He’s hilarious lol I love the Joseon Power rangers lol

  22. 22 nikhapi

    I’m totally hooked in the story now. There is so much to see in this drama and so many to laugh about. What I like in this drama aside from the twist is the atmosphere of the drama itself. I feel like watching Kate and Leopold once again.. Love it. And me being too shallow, loves the fact that the three of the Joseon F4 are really handsome and pretty.. Specially the eunich guy.. Love him.. and they are the most funniest here aside from Chunface! I’m so looking forward for every appearance they are in! And Ha Ji Min and Yoochun has a tremendous chemistry!

  23. 23 stars4u

    I think Yi-gak is going to benefit about “pretending” to be Tae-yong. Maybe he could help Park-ha and also get to know Se-na.

    • 23.1 shopgirl

      Me, myself also have thought the same way as yours

  24. 24 Ivoire

    Just got done watching this episode on Viki. Perfect timing to now go read the recap. Thank you for the recap!

    • 24.1 Ivoire

      I don’t know how the story is going to unfold, but I would like to see the prince and TM go at each other (with plots and schemes) under the grandma’s nose without her realizing that it is going on, but with her always saving the prince and giving him more and more power in the company.
      I mean to say that I would like to see TM come up with his best plans to get rid off the prince/TY while smiling and pretending to be the dutiful grandson to the chair(wo)man and the chairwoman messing up his best laid out plans without realizing it because she is so protective of the prince/TY (now that she has him back, or so she thinks) and gets more involved in his life. And for the prince to become a little devilish (while being a darling to the grandma) and to give TM as much as he is receiving, schemes wise, and finding out what TM has done and been up to in the process. THAT would be fun to watch…
      I am hoping that how smart and capable the prince is will show in how quickly he learns how to work and operate in the modern professional world (I hope he ends up taking the company over). His interest in the company might come as a surprise to everyone else (especially to TM) since the real TY couldn’t care less about the company.
      Anyway, let’s see what they surprise us with next.

  25. 25 jomo

    Thanks for writing this recap so fast!
    Did you have a camera on me when I opened FB during these scenes?:
    Back to the Home & Shopping company; I know it’s hard, but let’s try not to zone out.

    I loved the twist. It allows him to stop pestering the not Princess, who really should be completely freaked out by him.

    The Prince DIED on the table.
    His spirit went elsewhere to make room for TY, who had just come back from elsewhere.
    TY, borrowing the body that housed his spirit originally, will be around long enough to cause TM a lot of troubles.
    We will finally have romance between our alleged OTP when TY remembers the PH as the girl he drew.

    I guess we will know if he is faking it or not by how he reacts to PH. Will he ask he what she is doing in Seoul when he saw her in NYC? Hmmmm…

    • 25.1 MJP


      I must disagree with your theory regarding the prince being gone via dying. I had my Kteen translate the previews for me and it’s definitely the prince… with a plan.

      • 25.1.1 Ivoire

        Hi MJP,
        that makes sense because when the prince was seating on the bed, he had that look in his eyes that said ” I am up to something, I have a plan…” It was a very determined look and he looked like he had an agenda.

      • 25.1.2 jomo

        I didn’t see a preview on viki! Where is the preview?!

        • Saima

          Preview of Ep5 + NGs (yayyyyy)


          • Cookie

            thank you!

          • daniela

            That was hilarious! the NG scenes make my day:))

          • jomo

            OMG! Those NGs made my day.

            I’m even more impressed with how they are selling these characters knowing how hard it is not to laugh at each other’s ridiculousness.

          • gustave154

            bahaha that head tilt is just too funny lol!!!

      • 25.1.3 jomo

        So when will the romance begin?

        We need the Prince to remember his wife died so he can move on.

        Why doesn’t the Prince recognise his sis in law from her eyes?

        • mskololia

          IDK, but it appears that he seems to be still in mourning so I’m not wanting to see him switch his affections from the one he thinks is his dead wife to Park-ha.

          • IBELIS

            I think that boat has sailed, when the prince was in the water one of his thought was who is this woman that looks like the princess.

            I think the new prince/TY understands now that it is not the princess,

          • dramabliss

            And remember, that the Joseon Park-ha (Buyong) always wore a half mask to cover the scar from the burn caused by Hwa Yong (Sena), though accidentally. (or was it an accident?). Buyong should have been the princess, not Hwayong. But then of course we won’t have a story.

            And so, the Crown Prince never got to see Buyong’s full face, even if they interacted often. That explains why he cannot recognize Park Ha.

        • anne

          because he only has his eyes for his wife? my guess is he really never paid attention to her, as he’s so clearly smitten by his wife. though they had that quick moment of exchanging wit with each other, that’s probably the only time he really interacted with her.

        • lizzzie

          Why doesn’t he realize they’ve got the same eyes? Cos ever since he got to Seoul he’s been wanting to punish the ever-insolent parkha with unspeakable tortures hahah. He really wouldn’t draw the link in his circumstances so far I think. I can’t wait till something triggers the connection though…. Assuming it happens

    • 25.2 sally_b

      ooooooo ~That’s a good theory. I wonder why the *dead* princess hasn’t made a similar journey…does Se-na need a whack in the head? I’ll give her one.

      I’m ok with more scenes between the two male leads…as long as they keep the extended family scenes brief, because I find them a bit-of-a-snooze.

      on another note:

      …. would find it delightful if the Se-na character, once so ardently pursued, became of ZERO interest to LeeGak/Tae-yong. Her greed and boundless guilt-free dirty deeds should land her in a pile of poo.(hopefully)

      Inevitably she will make a play for whomever is in line to own the company..be it Lee Gak or re-incarnated-whatevs-Tae-yong. Se-na’s downfall is the one I’ll be waiting for with a smile.

      p.s. WHY would a girl lie and say her mother was a Univ. professor? Like that’s something that you could get away with if your intention was marriage-into-money…I mean really?

      • 25.2.1 mskololia

        And something that cannot be looked up on a Uni website….. :0

  26. 26 jeuri

    watching this episode before, i was totally thrown off. from the moment lee gak goes into his whole “who am i?” spiel i was like “…wait, what?”

    i was pretty much expecting this drama to make a sharp turn that would turn me off from watching more lol, and for a while i was pretty sure the end of this episode was that moment. but after reading this recap i’ll have a little more faith in the writer hahaha.

    the preview for next episode looks really interesting. looks like lee gak will take the rest of the power rangers with him even though he’s masquerading as taeyong?

  27. 27 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap! And what a great twist. And just when I thought this drama was just hijinks and scheming. I’m glad we finally had a quiet moment with Yi-Gak. He’s just been floating by.

    I’m really sad that Taeyong died before he got to go out with Park-ha.

    • 27.1 CP

      We are not sure if Taeyong has died or not. Remember at almost the end of ep1, Taeyong opened his eyes in the water. However, this scene was never shown in ep2.

      Is it possible that Taeyong went to the Joseon time to be the Prince?

      • 27.1.1 mira

        that will be sooo interesting!! i miss joseon era though.. will tae mo has a counterpart as the ppl in joseon era too? this drama kept me thinking! lol

  28. 28 illia

    I can’t wait for Yi Gak so cut his hair! The long hair is cute and all but it’s getting tiring. It sucks right now since Yi Gak’s only interest is Sena. Hopefully, and I mean SOON, he’ll start loving Park Ha. LOL
    RTP fighting!

  29. 29 DarknessEyes

    OMiGosh this is just getting better and better!!! Thanks so much for recapping this awesome drama! 😀 Can’t wait for next week 😀

  30. 30 mskololia

    That was a nice twist at the end. Well played crown prince. :)

    I had no sympathy for Park-ha when she allowed her money to be stolen. Who leaves $35k on the floor in their purse unzipped? They wasted those scenes because sympathy was not forthcoming from this viewer and could have used them on the Joseon 4…..

  31. 31 kirara

    GOSH do I love this.. AND Yet do I have to watch this.. (DARN PAPER!! I need to do that first).. ANYWAYS.. Gosh, the more I read the more I am wanting for more from this show… I agree that they manged to put the crazy and seriousness somehow together and it actually makes sense!! WOW..

    Anyways.. I praise all of the actors for doing a good job so far.. who would’ve known this show would be so fun and hilarious!!! Now we have to wait another week!!

    Thank you for posting!! It made my day!! 😀

  32. 32 kaka

    thank for recap… the story became more interesting every eps… i want to see where it will go … next week feel long again!

  33. 33 MJP

    JB, thank you!

  34. 34 anotheraddict

    The screencap of the boys sitting at the empty breakfast table made me giggle because after last night’s elevator scene, I can’t help but notice Blue Ranger’s rounded bum. 😀

    Wednesdays and Thursdays are daebak in dramaland these days. The recaps/comments add so much to the experience– kamsahamnida!

    • 34.1 sally_b

      re: “I can’t help but notice Blue Ranger’s rounded bum.”

      hrmmm….cough…I also noticed that. ◎‿◎

  35. 35 jenni

    wow! great show! i cannot wait to see next week. *thumps up*

  36. 36 Gaeina Lee

    ” Once was an accident; twice means anger management.”

    Bwahahaha… Am floored by that sentence.. Your wittiness never fails to amaze me… ^^

    Thanks for the recap JB!

  37. 37 Linda165

    Thanks JB! Off to read!!

  38. 38 desdemona

    The Guard that pulled Lee Gak away from the princess was literally the same “body guard” that pulled Lee Gak away from Se Na in modern times so i think the repetitions are intentional

  39. 39 Joanna

    I don’t understand why she would still need the money from Se-na for her shop if she was going to have to go back to America for accepting the money =_=

    • 39.1 mskololia

      I think the loans have to be repaid…

      Sighs….They will need to change her character a little because this candy characterization is not attractive when mixed with stupidity. I don’t watch a drama if I have to ff scenes. She’s the lead for crying out loud!!!!

      At least her scenes with the crown prince and the boys are good.

    • 39.2 ilovemandoo

      Like mskololia mentioned, her loans have to be repaid, and she put in investment already (like the strawberries). If her business fails, she has essentially nothing and is deep in debt. (She’s already in debt, but if she could at least be in business, she could generate revenue and pay it off)

    • 39.3 7arrie7

      Maybe I’m missing something because I don’t get how Park-Ha can’t just write another check (considering the original check was torn up and not used).

      • 39.3.1 mskololia

        The bank told her she would have to wait for x amount of days before they would re-issue the cashier’s check since she claimed to have lost it….

        • beggar1015

          I know it’s for dramatic reasons, but in RL no businessperson, knowing that they would soon be getting their money, wouldn’t wait just a couple of days for a new check to be re-issued.

  40. 40 sarang

    My take on the ending is that it’s actually Tae Yong and not Yi Gak :O Maybe the almost-death caused them to switch bodies or something. This episode was cute but the villains bore the crap out of me, why couldn’t they be the ones who fell off a boat and drowned? :(

    • 40.1 Sho

      It the Crown Prince based on the Preview of Episode 5

    • 40.2 personainnominatum

      I would also have to disagree. Even without having seen the preview, I think it is the prince and not Tae Yong. In the first place, the “power rangers” arrived at the 21st century (through some time warp shinanigans) in their own bodies, none of them died in the Joseon Era before finding themselves in the future. and since they’re not sharing somebody’s body and soul, i think it makes sense that they don’t share memories as well.

  41. 41 kbap

    Thank you thank you! Loving this drama to bits and pieces. This year’s March/Spring Madness has been providing really good dramas, which I find super satisfying (opposed to Lie to Me, Romance Town). And I love how the writer wrote Bad Family too. One of my favorite dramas ever~

  42. 42 la dee dah

    Thanks for the fast recap! I really hope that’s still Yi Gak at the end, he’s by far my favorite character on the show. He can’t leave the other ducklings! I wished they spent more time on the four instead of the other family, but I guess they need to be shown to further the story. But still… I need more ducklings!

    • 42.1 keke

      i wish they would spend more time charcterizing the F3 too….from all the previews it seemed like they were shown alot and now they are barely involved…sigh.

  43. 43 im80

    Pyo Taek-soo: I think he the butler in episode 1.. I saw him wearing glasses.

    rooftop script are just awesome!! yoochun double awesome!! the cast are awesome!! ^^

  44. 44 pigtookie

    woahh the suits from running man?

  45. 45 21

    I really enjoy this drama because of all the cute boys!! Thanks for the recap!

  46. 46 h311ybean

    I agree with the theory that the princess died in the pond. There has to be a major mystery in the Joseon era to mirror whatever happened to Tae-yong.

    I also love this twist, with the prince probably just posing as Tae-yong, rather than Yi Gak’s body being taken over by Tae-yong’s soul, or them sharing the body, or whatever.

    I don’t like to think that Tae-yong is dead – after all, someone will have to end up with Park-ha when Yi Gak has to go back to his own time (where he will end up with Bo-young, whom he was supposed to have married anyway). The evil princess can stay dead, and the evil modern-times sister can end up with nothing.

    Just me trying to tie up the romance plotlines neatly :-p

    • 46.1 keke

      lol i doubt Yi Gak will end up with anyone but Park Ha i mean thats the whole point of this drama right?

      • 46.1.1 h311ybean

        Personally, I am not a big fan of time-travel romances because drastic changes (like leaving your entire time period) scare me.

        Yi Gak and Park-ha have a fantastic dynamic going on, but their ending up together would have huge issues. If he stayed in modern times, that would leave a huge hole in Joseon history; if she went back in time to be with him, she would lose her family (such as they are) and independence.

        Besides, there are some major loose ends in their respective eras, and I would feel bad for Tae-yong (assuming he’s still alive) and Bo-young if they ended up with nothing.

        Of course, these are just my views and what I posted earlier is how I would make things end if I were writing the drama. But I’m not, and will have to content myself with waiting avidly to find out what will happen next :)

      • 46.1.2 Addicted2KDrama

        I know! He MUST end up with Park Ha!!!

    • 46.2 Dewo

      Perhaps, Tae yong swift into Joseon era so he will ended with Bo yung and Yi gak get park ha.
      We never got any scene from Joseon era, right? Maybe Tae Yong is there together with Bo yung, they solved the death princess’s mystery. Whaddaya think?

      • 46.2.1 Ditu3ka

        Wow, that´s right! It would be awesome complication. His body hasn´t been found so maybe … it would be cool. Thanks for this new lovely theory :-))
        Tae-yong knew and liked present Park-ha who happens to be Bo-yung in past – so he would pursue her in Joseon as his Mickyness is pursuing the evil step-sister. in present times. Like that neither of those two Mickies would die. Perfect.

        I will wait for this :-))

      • 46.2.2 h311ybean

        If that’s the case, I hope we see more of the Joseon side of things in succeeding episodes.

        At any rate, this drama is hilarious and intriguing at the same time. I love murder mystery books and TV shows, so I’m happy to have more reasons to follow RTP other than the cute! :)

      • 46.2.3 jomo

        I like a lot!

        Maybe TY would be a really good King, and Princey doesn’t want to go back since he lost his beloved wife back there.

      • 46.2.4 slfowie

        hmm if Tae yong ends up in the Joseon era could we please have some scens with him having to adjust? like indoor plumbing ( if they did not have it then).. or medicine.. stuff like that..

    • 46.3 mskololia

      “I agree with the theory that the princess died in the pond. There has to be a major mystery in the Joseon era to mirror whatever happened to Tae-yong.”

      I like that this.

      It leads me to believe the crown princess was having an affair with Tae-mu’s doppelganger in Joseon. Hence, the excuse of not being able to sleep at night and taking late night strolls. Romantic rendezvous?

      • 46.3.1 jomo

        Oooh! Makes sense.

        So maybe someone close to the Prince didn’t like this, was afraid she would dishonor the royals, and took her out with poison.

        • personainnominatum

          But then again, the poisoned persimmons that supposedly killed the princess were served to the both them. So I don’t think they (whoever he/they is/are) wants to get rid of the princess simply because they don’t want her to dishonor the royals (if she really did have an affair). I actually thought of the crown princess having an affair in the early episodes but I don’t think she was the one who died back there. I really love it when a show makes me play detective. :))

          • mskololia

            The eunuchs would have seen the body to confirm the death to the crown prince. His wife has to be the floater….This is why he investigated her death and is going after Sena in the 21st C to recapture his love.

          • personainnominatum

            @mskololia there’s no “reply” under your comment so im just gonna reply here:)

            if I remember correctly, the prince ordered that the princess be wrapped tightly and that no one should see her. Since there were spectators when they were retrieving the body, I’m quite sure that they would at least cover the face before lifting the body out of the water. The prince then ordered that their room be secured, no one should enter and nothing should that taken out for the sake of their investigation. That’s how Man Bo found out that the persimmons were poisoned and thought that it is what most likely killed that the princess (I don’t remember any autopsy done, not with how the people from old times respect their dead).
            My point is that BuYongDiedInsteadOfThePrincess is just a theory and the prince’s investigation doesn’t invalidate it. Because mainly, the prince’s investigation was composed of Man Bo’s intuition and Chi San trying to gather hearsay in and out of the palace. Plus they weren’t able to get witness accounts since the supposed witnesses were killed before they can get to them.

            Sorry for the lengthy defensive explanation^^. Anyways”,) the show’s still young and many theories, including this one is still valid but since there’s nothing that would support it as well, we’d still go with what the show that it really was the princess who died like Javabeans said.

          • mskololia

            I’m going with my own estimation of those “death” scenes and dialogues.

            If the writers go back, it will be refreshing but I don’t think it’s necessary to show the audience the face when the crown prince/Joseon ppl already act like they know.

            The characters knows things that we don’t, and we the audience knows things the characters don’t…Or do we now?

            Yeah, but the floater is still the wife imo.

  47. 47 Adralyn

    I can’t wait for Yi Gak to realize how evil Sena is!

    • 47.1 Noelle

      That thought makes me happy. Especially when he realizes who Park Ha is.

      • 47.1.1 Pleinair

        OMG i am excited to see that too:D and how they are gonna like in the modern times i mean they are pretty compatible reading poems to each other;D so i am curious how they will show their compatibleness:D

    • 47.2 Arishia

      Me too! Theoretical possibility: Crown Prince comes to modern times to learn that his Crown Princess isn’t the sweetheart he thinks she is; returns to Joseon period at the time the drama starts so he can prevent the burn ‘mishap?’ and marry the younger daughter and live happily evahaftah. In modern times, Tae Yong is alive and courts Park Ha. The evils end up with each other and nothing else (and work in a fish stall). Ok, ok, I’m a simpleton. And I like happy endings!

      • 47.2.1 Addicted2KDrama

        yes yes! this is what I think will happen too! Then everybody is happy in both eras!

  48. 48 Kim Yoonmi

    Maybe Tae-mu look alike in Joseon era killed the crown princess…. he seems to have a permanent murdering streak in him and a particular affinity to punching people into the water… but I think that answer is too easy. I still don’t get why they didn’t show the princess’s face when she drowned unlike TY…

    Also, because people won’t catch it “Yong” means dragon. Princes and kings wore dragons. Pretty sure the naming scheme was intentional here…

    • 48.1 Mia

      lol! that’s what i thought too! you know that maybe a Tae-mu look-alike killed the princess, gasp maybe they’re related even then (with the prince), and have a relationship with the princess too? well can’t wait to get this cleared up ^^

    • 48.2 anotheraddict

      “Also, because people won’t catch it “Yong” means dragon. Princes and kings wore dragons. Pretty sure the naming scheme was intentional here…”

      Thanks for pointing that out.

  49. 49 ilovemandoo

    How can that be his phone though? Didn’t he get a call from his grandmother, which then led to TY and TM’s fight. Unless it just comes out as a jumbled mess of numbers (010-4932043243290432) because it’s an international number.

    • 49.1 Noelle

      She called TM’s phone not TY’s.

      • 49.1.1 ilovemandoo

        Ahh I see. thanks for the explanation.

    • 49.2 Pleinair

      well actually i dont think TY’s phone could be swapped with anybody and so TY’s phone would end up in the cafe that BH works. Because after punching TY into the sea, TM checked the photos of him with TY in TY’s phone and then threw the phone to the water. ok now i realize if the phone isnt TY’s but TM’s the phone that is thrown to sea was TM’s own phone. I am confused actually and need to watch the 1st episode again i think, cuz i think if there is any swapping of phones (TY’s and a stranger’s) the director should have given us a tiny scene about this:D sorry for the blabbering here:D i am gonna check the 1st ep now:D

      • 49.2.1 tata

        Taemu didn’t checked the phone,
        he just remember that he took pict with TY and he threw the phone to the sea without checking the phone first.

        TY’s phone and the girl’s phone were swapped, so TY’s phone now on Park Ha hands while the girl’s phone already being threw to the sea.

        • CP

          Your explanation makes sense and I hope the story will develop in this direction.

        • Pleinair

          Oh i watched that scene again. You are right:D i thought those pic taking scenes as TM checked the photos. But now it’s clear. This surely would make a twisting point in the drama! :)

        • Maggie70

          remember, the girls asked the guys to take a photo of them at the bar? that’s when the swap happened. tae mu only remembered the photos being taken and did not open the phone at all.

  50. 50 redfox

    what a folded poem drama.

  51. 51 kayana20

    Sigh why can’t everyone give Bak-ha a break.Yes she seems sugary sweet,naïve, and dumb but that’s because she never grew up with a family after Sena convienantly lost her. It’s just a defense mechanism to hide her hurt of never having a family,friends,home or a father.I think when she left the check it’s because she felt a comfortable familiarity and that no one would touch it. Sigh can she please remember about Sena already?The other reason Yi-Gak is remembering things is because I think Taeyong spirit went in him.Just like soon Bu-yong spirit will be doing the same with Bak-ha.I need for her to do that riddle already already so they can start falling for each other. Not till episode 10 I don’t think and. Now TY can make sure Bak-ha keeps her rooftop home and gets a job at the company so she doesn’t have to leave to America. My final wish I want the sideswept hair pulled up instead of the blunt side cut. Only *5 tortorous days to go RTPERS! Thanks dramabeans!

    • 51.1 keke

      You’d think that someone who had to fend for herself since 5 years old would be more tough, street-smart and hardened instead of naive, trusting, and happy go lucky.. it just doesn’t make sense. how did she survive for so long being that naive? lol

    • 51.2 Ditu3ka

      I´m the same. I always see good in people so I don´t call Bak-ha naive for leaving her purse in presence of her sister, she doesn´t see her step-sis as an evil with (it´s just us because we see step-sis´s actions). I wouldn´t leave my purse with strangers but Bak-ha considers her step-sis family.

      • 51.2.1 mskololia

        Yeah, I think most of us seek to see the good first and later acquiesce to the reality that is facing us about a person. *sighs*

        Still, to have her character leave her purse open and not secured with that amount of cash (or cashier’s check) was telling. It looks like they are beginnig to bring her character down from her previous heights of being smart, strong and independent. It started with the “strawberries” scene where she did not bring workers to help her pick the fruit. Whuh?

        This reminds me of one scene from “The Caine Mutiny” where they first thought the captain was insane….It had something to do with strawberries….LOL

        • Cruelsummer

          “It looks like they are beginnig to bring her character down from her previous heights of being smart, strong and independent. ”

          This is exactly what I’m afraid of. I hope they prove me wrong. There is nothing I hate worse than a character starting off tough and then turning into some weak damsel in distress.

    • 51.3 Sho

      at some point Im pretty sure her spirit from the Joseon Eras gonna shift into Park Ha. The catch might actually come when the Crown Prince asks Park Ha the exact same riddle and he gets the same exact answer as her alter self from Joseon.

      We don’t know what the Riddle Answer is anyways based from the 1st Episode now do we?

      • 51.3.1 Raitei

        Nah. I’m pretty sure the answer to the riddle is candle. You know, it’s dying when lit and lives when not.? Not sure why Princey would ask Park Ha such a riddle/question, though..

        Anyway, I’m really loving this drama. I hope the fun continues and the conflicts played/used smartly.

  52. 52 Altari

    Do all men look so adorable when they suck on straws? And was it really Yoochun doing the dancing panda or was someelse inside?

    • 52.1 molly

      it was Yoochun, lol. That image will follow him forever. The shimmy, omg, the shimmy. too funny.

      • 52.1.1 Tak

        Just like “I really wanna touch myself”

        TVXQ – Micky Yoochun – Purple Line

        i love me some Yoochun as him singing Drunken truth would probably melt any girls heart into mush but that purple line rap will follow him to his grave LOL


        • NewKDramaAddict

          Thanks, that’s the first time ever seeing him singing!

  53. 53 song pong

    thanks for the recap jb!
    I’m worried that because of the prince’s decision to “impersonate” Tae-yong we will be seeing less funny moments. I’m really disappointed in the chaebol family+Sena – they really are totally uninteresting. I don’t know if it’s the actors…or their lines or what. Can’t wait for next week’s episodes!

    • 53.1 jomo

      It would be funny if he fails, though.
      If he keeps using formal sageuk Korean and people react strangely to him, for example. Or if he’s confronted with a modern convenience he knew nothing about and has to fake it.

      • 53.1.1 mskololia

        This is where the boys come in….

        Green ajusshi, in particular, can be his personal assist to help him maneuver. :)

  54. 54 Ani

    I forgot this was the writer for Bad Family. Anyways, I’m just going with the ride and enjoying the cute.

  55. 55 Noelle

    Hmm? I don’t know what to think. Maybe since he thinks she’s leaving he has to put his life in someone elses hands for the time being. And what better hands than those of his doppleganger’s family. But what about his bros? The Aqua Team can’t be parted! Most likely the grandma will force him to live back at home, right? Ah the thought bumbs me out.

  56. 56 obsidian

    I think that Yi Gak is so confused and feels adrift in the world, (since the Crown Princess doesn’t recognize him and he has a doppelganger) that he’s starting to believe that he is Tae-yong. Obviously, he hasn’t had a complete memory wipe, but he believes his purpose of being in this world is because he was reincarnated to be Tae-yong, if that makes any sense. It gives him a sense of direction.

    I still believe that the real Tae-yong is out there somewhere in a coma, awaiting the right dramatic moment to wake up.

    I could actually cut out the whole inheritance storyline and instead flashback to the Joseon era. I thought that was a really interesting plot line and I want to know who killed the Princess. And know more about Park-ha’s doppelganger. Was she as innocent as she seemed? What was her reaction to her sister being killed?

    And I really really really hope that Park-ha does not go to America. Just so that we don’t see any more English speaking scenes. Please I beg of you!! Those scenes are worse than the inheritance storyline, which is saying a lot!!

    • 56.1 sally_b

      re: “Just so that we don’t see any more English speaking scenes. Please I beg of you!! ”

      o.m.g. the English scenes are excruciatingly painful. Did the producer walk into a grocery store and grab the first white person standing there? “Hey, you want to be in a Korean Drama?”

      The dialogue sounds like an English tutorial audio:

      “Jane went to the station to buy a bus ticket.”
      “Did Jane buy a ticket?”
      “Yes. Jane bought a bus ticket.”

      (pulling hair out and grumbling….nrrrgggggg)

      • 56.1.1 Bluefyre

        Literally LOL-ing at this.

        Because so true. SO true!

      • 56.1.2 mskololia

        You are not alone on this regard….

        “Just so that we don’t see any more English speaking scenes. Please I beg of you!! ”

        My eyes were crossing and my ears were hurting….It’s a nice gesture throwing in “multiculturalism” (?) and seeing a SK perspective of it though.


      • 56.1.3 gustave154

        LOL. goosebumps!!!

    • 56.2 personainnominatum

      Bu Yong not being innocent like she seemed, is another twist I’m at the back of my head, way back though. I still think it was Bu Yong who died back there for some reason yet to be revealed.

      The english scenes made me LOL too!! :))

  57. 57 tegami

    “One heart failure averted, only to spur three almost-heart-attacks. He smiles, ever so slightly.”


    sneaky Yi-gak is sneaky

  58. 58 J

    Yoochun’s acting skills are superb. He has come a long way from his acting debut and I’m glad too see him take the main role in Rooftop Prince. It’s not easy to potray a Crown Prince in modern age. Bearing in mind that this is a romantic comedy, one needs to have just the right mixture of action, romance and comedy. He has a lot of potential as an actor still – I hope to see a lot more of his dorkiness, seriousness, and charm in the future. Right behind you, Yoochun 😀

    P.S Sena’s pretty, if it weren’t for the fact that she does evil things. I’ve come to realise that in dramas, the people you envy (because they’re so gorgeous!) in the beginning turn “ugly” later on when you become aware of the darkness beneath their lovely smiles. The fact that they’re plotting/scheming all the time is quite enough to put someone off. On the other hand, some characters you may not have noticed because of their “common” appearance become suddenly prominent, and I mean really beautiful.

    It’s a pity, really. Because Sena has the looks but she ain’t exactly loveable.

  59. 59 Suzi Q

    I liked Bad family too, but I hope when Tae Yong (Yi Gak) goes over to the rich family the story doesn’t take a nose dive. Tae Yong’s family are boring and just stereotypical Kdrama rich folks.

    I like Park Ha’s new family who reminded me of naughty boys, but are really innocent. I like their hi jinks which I thought were funny bits especially washing the interior of the car!! Those guys are a HOOT!

    For some reason, I don’t think it was the princess died in the pond because you never saw her face. Everyone who looks like someone from ancient times is alive in 2012.I think she faked her death with Tae Mu’s look-a-like, and they were in a conspiracy to overthrown the throne just like Tae Mu is trying to takeover the company as CEO.The crown princess was evil then, and her evil character hasn’t changed in the future. Is that reincarnation Karma?

    Park Ha is a simple trusting soul who can’t imagine why she can’t leave the $40,000 won cheque laying around with her family. That is reason why the nasty adopted sister can take advantage of her unassuming nature. Can’t wait until the evil sister past and present gets their come up pence.

    • 59.1 Hmm

      How is the Crown Princess, evil?

  60. 60 dapinaymrs

    I love your recap! I am going with this trajectory too.

    Some say it’s heading towards makjang but I don’t have any thoughts on that yet and think that Lee Gak’s just doing this in a desperate attempt to win Se Na.

    Only a matter of time before he fully accepts that his Crown Princess and Se Na are not the same–I hope the whole denial thing won’t drag too long.

    I hope they can show some scenes where they are able to find more clues. Like Man Bo discovering Joseon history in Google!

    • 60.1 keke

      YES!! since Man Bo is a genius i thought that he’d have a lot of chances to figure out the way things work and be like wizzing around on his own way ahead of the others. it’d be so entertaining

  61. 61 eternalfive

    Wow, I agree, Se-na and Tae-mu are actually really cute together when they’re being all giggly and lovey-dovey 😛 Interesting twist at the end (I’m still WTFing from that) but I wish today’s episode had a little more funny in it. And omg, the Amy and Park-ha scenes are just…*cringe*

  62. 62 soserious

    thanks for the recap JB!

    random, but doesn’t yoochun have a huge tattoo on his left chest? hahahha, makeup does wonders.

    • 62.1 Bluefyre

      OMGSUN. I can’t believe I forgot about his tattoos!! O___O

      Yoochun-ah, you’ve really been doing a great job to make me forget! Been totally zoning in on his character once I press play. It didn’t even enter my mind during that scene.

      • 62.1.1 cjh

        haha. oh yeah. me the same. yoochun is so awesome. i like his character, so lovable,funny.

      • 62.1.2 dolta dodol tenan

        hi Bluefyre and sally_b nice to meet you. just want to talk.wae you two not give comment in JYJ3 again. i miss all of you comment butterrfliesfree,dee,and many people .come again in JYJ3

        • Bluefyre

          I’m estelgrace there. Switched 😉

        • maneeta

          The picture spam of the GAPP, slow down the page load, and make it harder for those with slow internet to participate.

        • sally_b

          Hello dolta ~ ❤

          Thank you for saying hello. Truth is, my real life has become quite complicated these last few months and I’ve had to force my attention to those matters.

          I still have to *play* just a little bit…so I chose my beloved dramas — not because I love JYJ less, but because I had to choose time management over the HOURS that I could/can spend at JYJ3net — I’ll return …can’t stay gone too long. ❤ ((hugs))

        • jenknight18

          am having same problems too.. i’ll try to tell them on twitter to kinda limit the pic spam on GAPP just submit spazz post instead.. so that others can load the GAPP

    • 62.2 lizzzie

      woah i forgot too. too distracted by his sharp shoulders

    • 62.3 nikhapi

      Oh! I didn’t notice his tattoo! I’m more focus on his nipples that’s why…

      • 62.3.1 Oatmeal

        hahahahahahhahaha the powa of the his NIPPLES!!! brow chicken brown cow hahahahahaha

  63. 63 Hang

    This episode is awesome. I think it transcends all of our expectations in an extremely nice way. An intriguing twist that opens up more mystery exploration; lots of character development, and romance is up in the air, right (I love the scene where Park Ha held hand with the prince in guise of Becky, cute yet sentimental and clearly triggering a little love). Another week to wait, this drama grows on me. I’m pretty sure now that it is extremely unlikely that I will drop it.

  64. 64 Dana

    Can’t wait for next episodes..love the preview.As long as all the little duckings follow the prince,i bet there will be more funs to come.So love all the epis till now!

  65. 65 keke

    People keep saying the crown princess faked her death……but why would she? she already has everything she wants, crown prince, destined to be the Queen (why would she want to overthrow herself to take over her own position? lol) It just doesnt make sense.

    Anyway I LOVED the twist at the end, things are gonna be so interesting from here on out, I hope the drama keeps introducing these twists throughout its entirety instead of giving up and dragging along like most kdramas do.

    • 65.1 personainnominatum

      The show’s still young so we tend to make a lot of speculations as we can, then cross ’em out later on as the show progresses. The princess faking her death can be a plausible theory, a lot of theories are as of the moment. Even though she has “everything she wants”, there might be a reason, yet to be revealed that may justify her faking her death.

  66. 66 Bluefyre

    Yay. Good job, Show, for keeping things interesting and keeping us viewers speculating!

    Can’t wait for next week!
    Thanks so much, JB, for fast and wicked awesome recaps!! <3

  67. 67 daniela

    I like this show, it’s not exactly how I was expecting, but it’s good. It’s better then K2H because it doesn’t have to much villains scenes, just the small amount for the plot to be clearer.

  68. 68 Schmazel

    So far, I’ve been enjoying the ride. The scene where the Aqua Boys were at their part-time jobs was the highlight if the episode! 😀

    Oh and Rooftop Prince has a lovely OST. Ali, Baek Jiyoung and Jay Park have been on replay!

  69. 69 hmm...

    People want to believe that the Crown Princess and Se-Na are similar people, but what if they are the complete opposite. What if in the past, Bak Ha’s lookalike was the one that killed the Crown Princess. She does have a reason. After all, the Crown Princess did burn her face and took her spot.

    • 69.1 h311ybean

      It seems like it was someone else, though – why else would the government seem to be bent on covering it up? I also don’t think that Bo-young has the political clout to influence things that way.

      (Of course, if it does turn out to be her, that would be mind-blowing.)

      Now I’m actively wishing for more Joseon scenes so we get more clues.

  70. 70 IBELIS

    I will miss the Power Rangers, I hope they will not be gone for long. I have become especially attached to Yellow.

    • 70.1 lizzzie

      This is so funny, everyone’s commenting using Aqua men, ducklings, power rangers, Yellow, Blue, Red etc. Lol I don’t even know their proper names!

      Anyway they go over to the new house with yi gak, they’ll be around 😉

  71. 71 Jaykah

    I love this drama 😀 thanks for the recap!

    Can’t wait for next week!!

  72. 72 sweetooth

    Whatever. Just bring out all the makjang possible for this plot, I don’t give a whit anymore. As long as they don’t cut Aqua Men’s screen time, I won’t complain.

  73. 73 Jules

    Hmm, to my mind, Park-ha wasn’t being silly or naive by leaving her bag with a family member for the handful of minutes she was in the bathroom. And as for the money, um, it’s a cheque; it would make no sense for someone to steal a cheque they couldn’t cash. (this is, of course, not taking into account evil kdrama stepsisters.)

    Something I found a bit surprising, however, is that I discovered whilst checking the names of the recappers for Rooftop Prince and King 2 Hearts, that (apparently?) Javabeans and Girlfriday aren’t alternating eps (so far, at least). It’s a topsy-turvy world, people.

    Anyway, thanks for the recap, Javabeans! :)

  74. 74 mel

    wait, YiGak can actually check up on what happened to him through history books right? just a thought.

    • 74.1 jomo

      Good point!
      But only if the official story is the true story.
      History is written by the victors, so they can make up anything.

  75. 75 dawn

    arghhhh! way to end the episode there! just great! now, i would have to endure until Wednesday for a new episode. :( Rooftop Prince, what have you done to me? im so addicted to you right now..

  76. 76 ava

    Nice!!! :)

  77. 77 Grace

    Can someone help to enlighten me on one particular scene? While I was rewatching Ep 1, there was this scene in the Joseon period where the four of them were running across the bridge on a moonlit night to find the man who could tell them more about the Crown Princess’ death.

    The cameras zoomed in to the stone turtle at the edge of the lake, and at that moment the head of the turtle moved? It was a very quick scene and many would have missed it. I’m wondering if there’s a secret watchpost or something and that was why the assassins were lying in wait for the Crown Prince because they knew he sneaked out of the Palace.

    I love all the speculations and I totally love this show. I can’t wait to see how the storyline will develop.

    • 77.1 jomo

      I think it was a real live turtle. Maybe part of the royal menagerie?

      • 77.1.1 mskololia

        IDK, but it was scary…..

        • tegami

          omg i was totally freaked out by that scene as well

          seriously scary shit right there

    • 77.2 purplemay

      i noticed that too! i even think its a hidden camera whatsoever that watches their every move. its kinda creepy but i bet there’s a hidden mystery behind it.

      • 77.2.1 purplemay

        if i remember clearly its in the lake near the bridge?

    • 77.3 zan

      I don’t know what that turtle mean in this drama,in chinese history drama the stone turtle from palace turn & drop tear when royal blood go life danger

  78. 78 k-soup

    OH GEEZ!! this is freaking me out!!! haha
    it’s beautifully written.. I can’t argue with that (SO FAR).
    the sisters’ relationship kinda remind of MY PRINCESS.
    There relationship is just really bad.. i hate the bitch! She’s easy to hate!

    Thanks for the recap!

  79. 79 purplemay

    omg! so fast! thanks for the recap…

  80. 80 jomo

    Thanks for the recap!

    As evil as our evil cousin and step-sis are, I wish they could be happy together in ten years when they get out of jail…

  81. 81 jp

    oooh i’m so loving this episode. and such a cliffhanger >.< although there's not much comedy in this episode but it's very interesting. i feel weird for some people who said this drama is just a boring plot etc. they haven't even watch it but yeah. diff taste XD

  82. 82 purplemay

    i think so too that Lee Gak pretends to be TaeYong to solve the mystery of death of her princess. Also to get in to the family circle where his look-alike and the princess doppelganger is in

  83. 83 siu

    Thanks for the recap. Helps me to fill in the blanks from being impatient and watching the episodes with Chinese subs because they come out before the videos with English subs, and unfortunately my Chinese is a little rusty nowadays.

    Like all of you I love to speculate on what’s going to happen and I think I’ve written the rest of the script in my own head.

    I think the prince has been thrown into the future to save Park-ha in this lifetime. The Gods decided he failed to save his true love in the past and he has to do it right this time round and with Tae-yong gone before they even started dating then there was nothing for it but to bring his past self to sort it out.

    We’ve got time jumps, possible reincarnations so why not have Gods and the red thread of love fate too! Star-crossed lovers transcending time and space to find their true soul mates.

    I also think the dead woman in the pond was Bu-Yong and is meant to reflect the death of Tae-yong, who also died in water, both of these people were about to discover their other half when they died. The bantering between the prince and his younger sister-in-law and his admiration for her artistic skills (although he didn’t know yet that Bu-yong did the embroidery) was to set up that these two, dead or alive, are really the connected souls.

    Perhaps Bu-yong discovered a coup was being hatched by her father and family, was against it and was accidentally killed as a result (the king looked ill and BY and HY’s father seemed to have a lot of say in court when the prince tried to investigate his wife’s death). Hwa-yong being selfish and evil didn’t want to be on the losing side either way, decided to disappear whilst this is happening and seized the opportunity to make it look like she’s dead rather than having to end up being killed like her husband if the coup succeeds, and if it doesn’t, she won’t have to live a life of being a traitor’s daughter, she’s dead already as far as anyone knows. After all, why were those men trying to kill the prince and his men when they were out of the palace? It has to be a coup. It’s the equivalent of what’s happening at Grandmother’s company, with Tae-mu being the usurper this time, even though it started as an accident, perhaps like the other death in the past.

    First off, I’m hoping for no more time jumps if they’re going to make Park-ha and the prince into a couple. It wouldn’t have the same feel if he goes back to his own time and even if Tae-yong somehow isn’t dead and comes back we, the audience, would know he’s not the guy she fell in love with.

    Yi-gak will put the dots together from being thrown into more contact with Se-na (a possible Hwa-yong reincarnation now in his mind so he won’t be as fixated). He’ll find out she’s Park-ha’s sister and is evil to boot. Tae-mu will be more scared than ever, especially when he finds out about Tae-yong’s drawing, date arrangement and mobile phone are in Park-ha’s possession. He’ll try to get close to Park-ha and Se-na, who hates losing, will do all sorts of evil to Park-ha. Yi-gak will get jealous over Tae-mu being close to both of the sisters and keep close watch and that’s when he finds out about Se-na being evil and decides to protect Park-ha, falling in love with her at the same time of course.

    Some of you are questioning why Tae-mu can remember Park-ha but she can’t remember him or Tae-yong. I don’t think it’s odd at all. Two years is a long time and why would she remember two men she met on the street and in a bar where she was busy working two years ago? I know I wouldn’t. She’s not in the same situation as Tae-mu because Tae-yong said he liked her and they were taking particular notice of her at the time, a time he’s told everyone never happened because he wasn’t supposed to have met up with Tae-yong.

    I somehow have a feeling that pictures or portraits are important to the story’s development. Yi-gak seeing Tae-yong’s picture and deciding TY might possibly be his reincarnated version. I suspect Tae-yong took photos of Park-ha in New York so that will jog her memories of seeing the cousins before. She’ll be the key to unlocking Tae-mu’s misdeeds.

    Whether anyone ever confirms that Tae-yong is dead is not important in the story I think, to grandma her grandson is alive and she’ll have Yi-gak inherit. He has to remain a prince of sorts somehow in the story.

    Yi-gak and Park-ha will both find out that it was Tae-yong who did the drawing of her on the postcard and they’ll both realize that Tae-yong liked Park-ha, further adding to their romantic development, especially if Yi-gak really thinks that Tae-yong is the equivalent of himself.

    Someone mentioned why don’t the boys check out the history books and I think someone will eventually and they’ll come across a portrait of Bu-yong with a fluttering butterfly close to her face to cover the disfigurement. Similar to the drawing Tae-yong made. So far, Yi-gak doesn’t know what the adult Bu-yong looked like so he might find out this way. He’ll also find out she was the one found dead in the pond 300 years ago. Yi-gak, who’s trying to connect the dots, will think Park-ha is the reincarnated version of Bu-yong, his wife’s sister, the one he was meant to have married to begin with and the equivalent of the woman he’s in love with currently, not only as himself, but also the reincarnated version of himself. It dawns on him that he’s here to save her as the story continues.

    Yi-gak sees the the twine and stones figures and recalls giving them to Bu-yong when they were kids (they must have met for him to have initially chosen her as his bride). Somehow in modern time the dolls trickled in to Park-ha’s possession, not only because the dolls belong to her in her previous life but to help the story along so Yi-gak can realize they were the couple that should have been. Perhaps Tae-yong bought them thinking they were cute, the card and phone belongs to him so why not the dolls?

    The aunt’s guard friend I think will come in to play when Tae-mu and possibly Se-na too tries to get rid of Yi-gak and Park-ha. Perhaps his big mistake at the company was created by Tae-mu to get rid of him, obviously he’s someone with power previously. He looks like the man standing next to the aunt in episode one when Tae-mu told the family that he couldn’t find Tae-yong. Might be the aunt’s husband. With him guarding a warehouse with dogs I can’t help thinking that he and the dogs will be involved in Yi-gak and/or Park-ha’s rescue.

    Becky will be with be Mr. Blue. Lady Mimi will be with Mr Green. Mr. Yellow won’t be with any gal if he is indeed a eunuch but he’s got his buddies with him so he won’t be lonely. Yi-gak will live as grandma’s grandchild in the present time. Park-ha will become his wife, she might think he lost his memories and he was the man she met in New York or she might think he’s a man from 300 years ago, either way she doesn’t care because he’s the man she loves now and is meant to be with. She has her new family and is not alone anymore.

    The end.

    I can’t wait to see how the actual story goes but this is what popped in to my head after watching episode 4.

    • 83.1 siu

      After typing up the long script from my head I went back to read the comments I’ve missed and I like the ideas some of you have mentioned.

      I’ll rewrite my script a little, stealing some of your speculations because I don’t want Tae-yong or Bu-yong to be dead either.

      Tae-yong has time jumped to Joseon and will live on as the prince. The dead woman is Hwa-yong, accidentally killed during an illicit midnight rendezvous with her lover, who is a person quite high up in the royal family. Everyone wanted the investigation stopped because no one wanted a scandal. Tae-yong (as the prince) meets Bu-yong, somehow sees her face without the veil and falls in love with her as she’s the spitting image of the girl he liked in New York. This is not hard to imagine actually as she’ll be a link to the life he left behind. There won’t be any further investigation in to Hwa-yong’s death as Tae-yong didn’t really knew her and her lover was exiled when the king found out about the assassins.

      In my long-winded comment I mentioned Yi-gak checking out history books and coming across a portrait of Bu-yong with a butterfly fluttering close to her face to hide the disfigurement, similar to the one Tae-yong drew of Park-ha in modern time. This picture was drawn by Tae-yong of his new wife, By-yong, as he lived on as the crown prince.

      Yi-gak worked out Tae-yong lived on as him in the past and married Bu-yong, the girl he was meant to have married himself in the first place. He realizes that he’s been thrown in to the present time because of Park-ha and not Hwa-yong/Se-na.

      I still like the ideas of the twine and stones doll being a connection between the Joseon time and the present, and also Yi-gak finding out that Se-na is evil and he’s there to save Park-ha.

      No matter what I still don’t want Yi-gak going back and being with Bu-yong or Tae-yong, whether he’s time jumped or is alive in present day, coming back to be with Park-ha, because that’s not the story I can see here. From what’s being shown so far the love story is going to be about Yi-gak and Park-ha so I don’t want any convenience swaps at the last minute. If the love story is about these two people then I want it to remain as such to the end.

      • 83.1.1 Arishia

        Sui – Great point about not switching lovers in time jumps later. I just love your theories… and I’ll have to rethink mine now!

        • siu

          “What dies when it’s alive and alive when it dies?”

          The shot of the dead woman in the pond straight after the scene of the prince giving Bu-yong this riddle threw me and that’s what initially put the thought in my head that perhaps it’s Bu-yong who died.

          Though Bu-yong solved the prince’s riddle in episode one the show didn’t let us in on what the answer was. I’m sure we’ll be told towards the end, perhaps when Yi-gak is reading the history books or Wikipedia. He remembers this and it’ll help him to make the decision to live happily on as Tae-yong in modern time instead of fretting about going back to Joseon.

          Perhaps in the end we’ll find the symbolism of this riddle refers to Yi-gak and Tae-yong’s time swaps. Both are dead (in a way, because they no longer exist in their own times) but are still alive in another time.

          There’s speculation that Bu-yong killed Hwa-yong but I don’t want that to be the case. Perhaps Hwa-yong, worrying over her position because the the prince seemed to have a fondness for Bu-yong wanted to get rid of BY, and was trying to poison BY and she accidentally sprinkled the cyanide on the wrong persimmon. Don’t forget kings had more than one wife in those times! But I’m not keen on this theory even though it’s my own. I’m hoping that this is more of a coincidence than anything to do with BY.

          Perhaps someone was poisoning the king slowly and HY found out or perhaps even in on it and her lover was the one doing the poisoning (the Tae-mu doppelganger). Perhaps BY caught HY together with her lover and they tried to kill BY with the poison and somehow HY accidentally ingested some during the struggle and in her panic fell in the pond too. Bu-yong got away and told her family and that’s why daddy and brother are trying to cover up otherwise it could be death for them all.

          If this is the case, and the past and present are supposed to be mirrors, then Grandma and Park-ha are in danger and death for Se-na. Perhaps this time round Yi-gak saves all of them and Se-na and her lover will go to jail and rot and rot. Death is too easy a way out for Se-na and Tae-mu.

          It looks like the colour rangers are moving to a grander abode next week but Yi-gak won’t the the rooftop prince then, so I hope he’ll move back in with Park-ha at some stage. This being kdrama the heroine and hero have to be under the same roof for at least half the series for their love to grow.

          Really, really love Roof Top Prince so far, hadn’t expected much apart from some laughs but combining mysteries with romance and comedy has me hooked as I love all three.

          • Amanda

            I’m not sure if anyone else has thought if this yet, but I feel like the quote “What dies when it’s alive and alive when it dies?” is referring to the *SOUL*.

            My reasoning is as follows;

            1) They are definitely not referring to a tangible object…that’s just not pedantic enough

            2)Doesn’t everyone’s “soul” heart a little when we are dealt difficult blows…such as the death of a loved one?

            3)Fits with the whole reincarnation theme the show has been playing with.

            I’m not sure if anyone else has some other good theories? I would love to hear them!

          • Joshua_Ahjussi

            You write really, really well!


  84. 84 Norkys

    “I don’t like to think that Tae-yong is dead – after all, someone will have to end up with Park-ha when Yi Gak has to go back to his own time (where he will end up with Bo-young, whom he was supposed to have married anyway). The evil princess can stay dead, and the evil modern-times sister can end up with nothing.”

    I absolutely agree with your opinion. And i don’t think that Tae-yong died, either. I do think that he will show up sometime… The question is when…

  85. 85 Aly

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW I KNOW!!!
    lee minho looks like TABLO!!! 😀

  86. 86 elizabeth

    jung yu mi did something to her face/nose right? she look so different from que sera sera.

    • 86.1 Tak

      different Jung Yumi

      This drama has Lee Min Ho 93′ and Jung Yu Mi 84′

    • 86.2 gustave154

      pretty sure there are two jung yu mi’s xD

  87. 87 Di

    for real, this is an awesome drama I can’t wait for the next episode ;O;

    thank you for your post 😀

  88. 88 lil

    So Far So GOOOD !!!!

  89. 89 houstontwin

    I have, like others, been afraid of where this drama is headed. It is so delightful and and I don’t want it to take a wrong turn. I watched Bad Family because Javabeans recommended it, and I really loved it! Knowing that Rooftop has the same writer is most reassuring.

  90. 90 7arrie7

    Maybe I’m missing something because I don’t understand why Park-Ha can’t just write up another check (considering the original check was torn up and unused)

    • 90.1 Sho

      it takes a few days (weeks given the amount?) to cancel the lost cheque and process the new one and she had to pay her landlord on the day she found out she lost it (or got it jacked from Se-Na)

      so for the time that it takes to process she has nothing in terms of the money lost (worse if she had to pay off bills and such during the time frame the cheque was in the process of being cancelled)

      Afterall, you can’t really tell everyone “please give me a few more days/weeks to pay it off”. Some might be generous but most of the time you’ll get a response like the landlord did and saying “no sorry”

  91. 91 Hannah

    This one is so cute/funny but makes me cry at the same time. The 4 guys are so cute together. I love the casts so much. I don’t mind the story with the inheritance at all. I think it adds more into the story. I love the mystery parts of the story and the unexpected. I can’t wait for more episodes. I should have just stopped watching and then watch them all together. I really hate waiting for new episode urggg

  92. 92 LadyMimi

    Such a lovely, heartwarming and well-made drama. I also like the fact that the plot is totally unpredictable, and there are lots of symbolic figures and foreshadowings set up in episode 1. Kudos to the writer! I’m rooting for this drama all the way. Can’t wait until next Wed!

  93. 93 Korean_Panda

    People seem to be ragging on Park Ha for leaving her purse with the step-sister, but I feel that you are somewhat biased and blinded because we know Sena’s true personality and evil deeds as the viewer, whereas to Park Ha, Sena is a somewhat mean, selfish Unni(as older sisters can be) who feels uncomfortable being around her because she’s not blood-related to her and her mother, but does “seem” to care(although the real reason being because she’s afraid of being found out about the abandoning her in a truck incident). Park Ha doesn’t know that her sister wants to get rid of her because of completely selfish desires. She probably is excessively naive and ignorant of sister’s true self, because she’s desperate for a family and is thus blinded from the truth. Not to mention her step-mom pulled her away suddenly because she needed someone to go with and she cares about her step-mom and worries since she had that broken arm and leg. She might not have had the time to think about grabbing her purse, as her step-mom was the priority, Even in New York when she hit Taeyong in the face she immediately let her fruit stand unguarded to check on him, which led to those kids taking her fruit. Since she also cares about her step-mom she probably doesn’t want to think bad about her step-sister, who was born from her beloved step-mom.
    Another thing, I don’t know about you but when I go to the bathroom as long as one of my friends or a person I think I’m close with is at the table I just leave my crap at the table, with my laptop, wallet, cellphone, mp3, and other valuables, and Park Ha has been in Korea for 2 years already which means she’s been around Sena for that long too, and she even felt close enough to Sena to go to her apartment and leave things in her refrigerator.
    However, I do admit and wonder how Park Ha could possibly survive in New York with her trusting and good nature, maybe because of her nice personality she made really good friends who had her back, but even then….

    • 93.1 mskololia

      [Sarcasm] If Park-ha was so nonchalant about carrying around $30,000 in a carrier bag un-secured, that’s on her and no one else. I felt no sympathy that someone, namely a “family” member, got their hands on the check that popped out exposing itself to the world.

      The problem I had with the scene was that it was supposed to make Sena look bad—again—and to make the audience feel sorry for the candy, naive character losing her business oppty. Not. It was poorly executed because she did not zip or secure the contents in her bag. Most people would be checking to make sure the money was there for that amount of dough that was tied to one’s future. They showed her with such a lackadaisical mentality. I was glad the building owner or property manager did not allow her to have the rental space. I read $65,000 was the total payment so it looks she stands to lose her deposit.

      Lost or stolen, she would have to wait before the bank to agree to replace the funds that are encumbered once she purchased the cashier’s check. I did not appreciate the scriptwriter taking her down this path so blithely.

      This is not the genre that I watch in kland because I cannot stand the candy character and they’ve just struck black gold with this character. 😉

      I’ll watch for the Joseon 4 to see their transformation and the solving of the crown princess murder mystery.

  94. 94 kayana20

    That trusting, naïve, and kind nature is why fate give Bak-ha a second chance at love because if she was closed off how would she have met G or the F4?Yes we should be mad at her but when she gets her memories back she will realize Sena is the one who stol her money, lost her on purpose, destroyed her family, and continues to ruin her life.It was in her description of her character and while she is suffering now I strongly feel her past life self is looking over her pushing her to G and looking out. Bak-ha is not going to america because G is going to ensure that. He will be Taeyong to make sure she stays in the Rooftop, stay with him and the F4, and build the feeling he feels. Also she will be working at the company with him either because of him or Taemu.Look at her sophisticated picture.Right now they are fitting the puzzle pieces together and leaving all the key clues out because Bak-ha has the phone, picture, and riddle.When G finally gets that answer and fixes Bak-ha life because of Sena all that is left is restoring order so Bu-young can be prevented.I think even though the F4 and G are leaving Bak-ha they will be frequent visitors to make sure she never leaves them or goes to america.I pray a miracle happens to get Bak-ha out of debt and on the road to love,her memories,and her true self. She is such a beautiful person inside and out I need 5 to come now so I can understand Ali song. Hurt which describes the OTP so well. Only 4 days to go.

  95. 95 Amanda

    The whole Panda scenario was priceless. It was cute, sweet, humanizing, and funny.

  96. 96 abby

    after the moon that embraces the sun, I’m thankful for rooftop for coming to the screen very soon. Or else I will be lke an stagnant water lying on the ground.Now I have all the reason to celebrate. Seeing YC after the last drama he had w/park min young it’s a relief.At least I can see his face every week.Thanks JB for the recap.

  97. 97 Stef

    oh my goodness!~
    This show kills me. I cant wait for the next episode.
    Great recap as always, it’s always fun reading your comments and reactions after watching the episode…
    Anyway, I can’t wait until princely finds out Park-Ha is the reincarnation of little princess hee hee.

  98. 98 Christy

    Love Micky Yoochun’s natural acting! His nonchalance and general lack of self-consciousness makes him so magnetic and adorable onscreen. I’m looking forward to seeing more cute Chunfaces! :)

    Fighting, Yoochun! Love you!!!

  99. 99 Lilian

    Ooh..so the writer wrote Bad Family too? Interesting! I’m definitely liking the humour in this show. And dreading the makjang part which seems to be coming soon!

  100. 100 lolah

    “Do you take me for a fool? You have to give me MONEY.”
    lone this drama

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