Drama Recaps
The King 2 Hearts: Episode 2
by | March 22, 2012 | 187 Comments

Damn, I tried not to love this drama, but it just won’t let me. It’s friggin’ hilarious, and now it’s hooked me, good and proper. The last episode focused much more on our hero and the royal family, but this time we really get to know our heroine, and she’s pretty awesome. Plus, we get to the flirty a lot faster than I had anticipated, but hey, no one’s complainin’ here.


Back on the floor of the women’s restroom, Hang-ah is on top of Jae-ha, which really isn’t as sexy as it sounds, ’cause she’s threatening his life with a smile. She asks if she should do as she was taught and kill him.

I love how very quickly he always shifts from blustering arse to meek kitten: “I’ll be good! Just tell me what you want and I’ll work hard…” She grins and un-mops him, saying that she’s kidding, of course.

She reaches out a hand to help him up, which makes him flinch in fear. Hee. When he doesn’t move, she stands him up by the collar and dusts him off, breezing that she wouldn’t kill him NOW—it’s the era of peace and reconciliation, no?

I seriously love her assassin doublespeak. Who talks about killing people like they’re trying to decide what to eat for breakfast? She feigns offense, “I’m not going to eat you!” and assures him that it was all in the name of getting along. Exactly—what’s a little death threat between friends?

Frankfurt. An old man lies in his sickbed, tended to by a team of doctors and his son. The son is our villain, KIM BONG-GU (Yoon Jae-moon), pen-stabber of yore.

The pen was actually a birthday gift from his father, who now apologizes for not being around. He then hands over his last will and testament, and tells Bong-gu that the club is now his.

He motions to the wall and Bong-gu turns on the stereo, as the camera pans out to reveal a humongous white room with nothing but a bed just hanging out in the center of it. Ha. This guy is insane. And I love how absurd this show is.

Secretary Kyu-tae reports to the king that the joint team for the WOC is on its way to getting approved. Jae-kang worries about Club M (which I’m assuming is a front for an international crime syndicate, otherwise people are strangely fascinated with a nightclub).

Anyway, he says that they’re the ones who have the most to lose with the WOC. Um… why? Because they thrive on international dissension and have their hands in everyone’s political cookie jars, in the form of lobbyists. Well thanks for the exposition, king, but I would’ve rather figured that out on my own.

*Thwack* I think I’ve hit my first logic hurdle, but this Club-M-WOC thing is just going to be our macguffin, so I’m just gonna go with it for now.

Bong-gu’s father asks for water as he hands over the will, so he goes over to the couch (about a mile away in the same room, ha) and calls for water… A woman who’s clearly dressed for assassin duty arrives with two associates and a cart to deliver the glass of water. Bong-gu sits with his back turned, clicking his pen.

And then she opens a case and takes out a syringe. She gives the lethal dose and dear ol’ dad starts to shake and gasp for air. Bong-gu starts rapid-clicking his pen as we get flashes of his past, and then shots of each of our main characters as adults—are they his point of view? Because then that’s extra creepy.

He doesn’t turn back once, though he tellingly click-click-click-clicks until Dad’s final breath leaves him. The last pen click rings with finality, and then suddenly he hops up from the couch, light on his feet, and suddenly SLIDES down to the main level like he’s celebrating.

Ha. Hahahaha. This guy is NUTS and a half.

Once he gets downstairs, he looks down at the ledger for M Society (which at least makes it sound more like a creepy Freemasons/Illuminati-type deal), and falls over in a fit of giggles. You sir, are a sociopath.

Jae-ha calls his hyung in a panic. Over video conference, he tells Jae-kang that they’re all out to kill him—the North Korean leader threatened him in the bathroom and Secretary Eun’s son held him at gunpoint. Uh… do you not see that Secretary Eun is standing right there, or is this a one-way video call?

The funny thing is, it’s all true, but Jae-kang just hangs up immediately and tells Secretary Eun to dismiss everything he said—they’re clearly lies. He refuses to take any more calls from Jae-ha, and has a mini hissy fit over his stupid kid brother.

Jae-ha walks down the hall of the dormitory with purpose, and looks at the new names on his door: Lee Jae-ha and Kim… Hang… ah? They’re ROOMIES now? I think I love this show.

He sighs and walks in to find Hang-ah packing away her underwear in a suitcase with a combination lock. He tells her he has no interest in looking at her underwear, but she locks it up just to be safe, saying that she heard South Korea’s got a lot of pervs.

He starts unpacking his skincare collection, and her jaw drops at the metrosexual explosion. She marvels at how there could even be that many different things to put on a face, and asks if she can use some.

He blocks her like a kid hoarding his toys, but then decides on second thought that he could get some petty revenge. He happily offers her a heaping handful of something. She puts it on and then asks why it feels so funny…

“Oops. I’m so sorry! That was shaving cream!” It’s not even that good as far as revenge plots go, but he gets a big kick out of it.

The team goes to their first strategy-training meeting, where the instructor tells them that teamwork is most important. And then out of nowhere, a shot rings out, taking out the lights above them. Hang-ah is first to react, turning towards the window.

A masked gunman crashes through the window, joined by two others. They shoot up the room as the team scrambles for cover, panicked. They shoot the instructor, and he falls to the ground in a pool of blood.

As Jae-ha freaks out and scrambles to try and escape, Hang-ah and her team give each other silent signals and attack. She gets one gunman cornered with his weapon, Shi-kyung does the same, and then Kang-seok finally overpowers the last.

He shoots… but the guy just stands there, unharmed. And then the not-so-dead instructor gets up, scaring the lights out of Jae-ha, who tried to crawl over his corpse to save himself.

It was their first test—to see how they’d react in that situation, which also leads into the second test, asking them to recall exactly how events unfolded during the attack. They’re given little toy soldiers to help with the reconstruction.

They start piecing together the events, with team leaders Hang-ah and Shi-kyung being precise and cool-headed. Suddenly Jae-ha gets up and says, “You’re forgetting the most important thing…”

He walks up the whiteboard, and in a very serious tone, starts drawing a venn diagram: two circles that don’t intersect, one labeled “Enemy” and the other “Us.” He then takes a red pen and draws a line dividing them.

“Stop them.” Pffft. “Without me.” Hahahaha. He leaves them in a round robin of sighs.

Hang-ah runs into Shi-kyung later, and asks what he’s going to do about Jae-ha: “He can’t even run a full lap.” But he gruffly tells her that he’ll do it his way, and cuts her off. She sighs as she sees him running extra laps that night, with full gear on.

Kang-seok joins her on the balcony and says that Shi-kyung’s the type to do everything the hard way—clearly he thinks that it’s his job to pick up the slack, and he thinks this’ll be enough.

Jae-ha joins them too, and Kang-seok asks if seeing his teammate picking up his slack doesn’t make him feel something. Jae-ha: “It does… I’m suddenly hit with the sense of what kind of person he really is… that guy’s crazy. He’s totally nuts!”

Kang-seok turns to Hang-ah, like what on earth are going to do with that guy? But she smiles and tells him not to worry—in a week they’ll be on their home turf.

Next thing we know, the team is on the bus, being escorted north of the DMZ. Jae-ha is a nervous wreck. Kang-seok takes the opportunity to boast about his country, with Young-bae joining in adorably.

But Jae-ha takes jabs at everything, making fun of the signs they pass on the road, like one that’s pro-reunification, using a slogan about the procession marching on despite the dog that barks, a metaphor I don’t quite understand, but neither does Jae-ha.

He quips: “What, is your leader a dog?” Fu-uuuuuck. He really has the most appalling foot-in-mouth syndrome. The whole bus goes silent, and Kang-seok throws down his hat.

Shi-kyung is quick to get up and puts a hand on Kang-seok’s arm. But he just glares back. Everyone holds their breath as Jae-ha stammers defensively, “What, are you going to hit me?” Yeeeaaah… I think he’s gonna.

But Hang-ah defuses the potential explosion and tells Kang-seok to return to his seat. I love that she doesn’t even turn around, like a schoolteacher telling her rowdy kids to behave. He whines but she reminds him that they ought to take care of their guests, and Jae-ha lets out a big puff of air in relief.

They arrive at their military base and Jae-ha checks out his room with skepticism, marveling at all the red (it really is just covered in Communist Red). He sighs at the dinky tv and then hears something outside.

He looks out to see the rest of the team around a campfire, as Hang-ah sings for them. Aw, she’s so cute, like a little fifth-grader at a talent show, with her hands folded. She sings her song and then they urge the southern soldiers to return with a song of their own.

They hedge, not sure what to sing, but their hosts insist on a song, citing bad manners. I guess some things are the same, no matter which Korea you’re in. The third member of the southern team (Yeom Dong-ha) urges Shi-kyung to play the guitar, and they start to sing.

Shi-kyung is timid at first, barely singing, but then he starts joining in, and before they know it, he’s belting out the song by himself, and everyone’s jaws drop. He really does have a swoony voice, as I’m sure all the What’s Up watchers can attest.

Hang-ah totally melts, and who could blame her? But from his window, Jae-ha watches with a pout. Suddenly the song comes to a screeching halt with a loud phone call. Everyone gets jerked back into reality, as Shi-kyung answers his phone.

It’s Jae-ha, of course, calling to be a killjoy. He whines that there’s nothing to eat, wanting to be fed like an overgrown baby. The rest of the team shares their sympathies that Shi-kyung’s got it rougher than they thought, having to deal with Princey. Hang-ah thinks of something and a devilish grin spreads across her face.

Jae-ha walks down the hall griping about the food, and stops in his tracks at the sight of two photos, lying on the ground. It’s two half-naked women, and he giggles like a schoolboy.

But then he hears voices coming from Kang-seok’s room – it’s the northern team, gathered inside and peering out of the peephole, script in hand. HA. Did you bait him with nekkid ladies? Pffft.

Jae-ha presses his ear to the door, as the trio awkwardly reads from the prepared script, which basically amounts to Kang-seok declaring that he will take care of the problem himself, and assassinate Jae-ha in his sleep using poison needles. No one will ever know.

Hang-ah opens the door and pretends to be shocked that Jae-ha overheard them, and tells him to forget what he heard. He tries to play it cool and suggests she get her team in line. I’m sorry… are those ruffles on your army tracksuit? I… can’t… even…

She nods in agreement, and then takes a teeny case out of her pocket, containing syringes and a whole mess of needles. She takes one out… “But the work of an assassin is something no one else knows. A person could just in one moment…”

And she makes a pop sound with the needle pointed at her forehead, shuddering afterward for effect. She can barely contain her smirk as she leaves him quaking in his boots.

He goes straight to Shi-kyung to tell him that he will participate in the special training after all. Shi-kyung looks SO HAPPY he might cry—it would be touching if it weren’t hilarious.

Jae-ha says that he’ll train with Hang-ah, who’s standing right behind them. Shi-kyung insists that he’ll do it, but Jae-ha mouths silently at him, with alarm. He doesn’t catch what he’s mouthing, so Jae-ha leans in close, and this time it’s accompanied by helpful chyrons: Atomic! Fuel! Poison! Needle!

Hang-ah peers curiously at them, and Jae-ha lets it go, telling Shi-kyung in no uncertain terms to scram. He does, but returns a few minutes later to give the prince a silent fist in the air in solidarity. His earnestness is killing me.

Jae-ha thus begins his training for the team. One point, Hang-ah.

Back at home, the queen mother confronts Jae-kang about an article in the paper—a speculative piece on whether the royal family’s going to marry into reunification, suggesting that Jae-ha will marry a North Korean.

He assures her that it’s an unfounded rumor and nothing more. Only he turns right around and discusses the very same matter with Hang-ah’s father, clearly planning to do exactly that. Jae-kang asks about the bride prospects, and suggests Hang-ah, but Dad quickly vetoes that idea.

Jae-ha whines and whines about his achy muscles, which I don’t doubt, but he’s already starting to use it as a way to get her attention. He gets annoyed when she answers a call from an old friend, and notes with curiosity as she squeals and laughs cutely.

Later that night she preens in the mirror, putting on makeup for her date, and he asks if she’s meeting a boyfriend or something. She just says it’s an old friend, and tells him not to skip training just because she’s out.

She heads down into the subway station, checking herself in her little compact. Someone knocks into her and she drops it, and when another person stoops to pick it up, she looks up at a flashback of the moment her friend first gave it to her. Oh, nicely done, Show.

Her best friend had given her the compact and casually mentioned that if they get old and they’re still single, they should just marry each other. She had agreed, but warned that there would be a line of guys waiting to marry her. Aw. She watches the memory pass in front of her like a movie, with a big smile on her face.

She arrives to meet the same friend now, and enters the bar. She finds it pitch-black, and suddenly the lights go on and a whole group of people starts to sing to her, with her friend in the center, nervously holding flowers behind his back. Eeee!

He gets down on one knee, and sticks the flowers up in her face. She lights up with anticipation… and he asks to make things official. She reaches out to take the flowers…

And then he recoils them out of reach, and everyone tells him yes, yes, do it exactly like that—if that proposal made the stiff Hang-ah blush, then it’ll totally be a homerun with THE GIRL HE ACTUALLY PLANS TO PROPOSE TO.

Nooooo! Oh, that’s horrible. Omg, I want to dig her a hole to crawl into. Poor thing.

They usher her into the crowd and hand her a confetti popper, for when it happens for real. I hope she pops it in his eye. She stands there frozen, and then her friend comes back with the flowers to practice AGAIN, which is what makes her start to cry.

She can’t hold back the tears any longer, and runs out, leaving him totally confused. She stumbles away, dropping the confetti in the street.

Back at the base, she heads to the gym for a workout, where she finds Jae-ha mid-bite into a giant jelly doughnut. His eyes dart back and forth, “I… was totally about to work out, right after this.” Hee. I dunno why, but the running doughnut thing just makes me laugh.

She just heads silently to the treadmill and starts to run. She doesn’t get very far before her legs give out and she falls, and he hurries to her side to make sure she’s okay. He checks her ankle and says it’s fine, but it’s the thing that breaks the dam and she starts to cry.

Startled, he wonders if it hurts that much, and she snipes that of course it does. But he can tell right away that it’s not the ankle she’s crying over. Suddenly he turns into a supportive oppa: “Who was it? Who made our leader cry?”

He listens to the whole story like a real friend, asking if that idiot never went to the army, calling her out of training and then using her like that. She’s like, how’d you know? They’re like a pair of girlfriends—it’s so cute.

He sighs that some things are just the same in the North and the South, and tells her that she’s only thirty—she’s still young. But she sighs that things are different up here, and to make things harder, she’s a soldier… she wonders if she’ll just grow old alone.

“Forget marriage—does it make sense that I’ve never even dated?” He’s like no, that’s terrible. She starts talking about what kind of man she’s looking for, and just when you think Jae-ha is being such a good friend, something clicks in his brain and he gets an idea…

Back in their room, Hang-ah is still chattering away about her taste in men, and by now Jae-ha is only barely listening, or pretending to. He asks why she joined the WOC team then, if being a soldier is such a detriment to her marry-able quotient.

She tells him about the deal with her general that he’d find her a man. By now they’re sitting on their beds looking at each other, and she turns to him and asks, “Why are men like that? I’m a woman too. It’s just that my job is a solider. If you look hard enough, it’s not like I don’t have pretty traits. Men always tell me that I’m trustworthy, dependable, that they want a little brother like me.”

She adds, “I’ve even been told that they want a son like me.” LOL. That’s terrible. It’s also what they say about Seung-gi all the time. He asks if she really wants to know the answer, smoothly moving over to the floor by her bed. He motions for her to sit next to him. Trouble with a capital T, this boy.

Jae-ha: “Those men need to have their eyes checked. In my eyes, you’re a woman. You’re charming. And lovable.” He runs his finger along her hand. She fidgets nervously. He takes her hand in his and then starts to lean in…

But she breaks the moment awkwardly, getting up and jabbering about how he should shower and stuff “if we want to sleep together.” Whoops. That slip’s not even veiled enough to be Freudian.

He laughs and goes to wash up, leaving her mortified.

The M Society meets to announce Bong-gu’s ascension to the presidency. He appears before them with pomp and grandeur… and no pants? Is he a pants-optional guy?

It’s his first magic trick of the evening to poof his pants back into existence, which I’d argue isn’t the best way to build credibility, but I think he’s going for arch-villain showmanship more than, say, sane guy.

He does another long trick that goes on forever, involving a floating coffin filled with knives. The upshot is, he makes a man disappear. He reappears in front of Bong-gu’s hired killer, who goes to town with the torture.

Hang-ah tosses restlessly in bed, and catches a glimpse of frosted-window Jae-ha in the shower. He comes out and she buries herself under the covers. She peeks out to see his feet shuffle into the room, and then drop his towel.

She jumps up, “What are you doing?!” which cracks me up—are you hiding or are you peeping? But he’s fully clothed, and just wiping his feet. She sighs in relief.

He perches next to her on her bed, and she gets nervous again, but he asks if she’s scared he’s going to try and jump her, a special forces agent. He reminds her that he’s too much of a scaredy to do that anyway.

He offers to pat her back until she falls asleep. What girl could fall asleep to that?

She tries to knock his hand away, but he grabs her wrist. He says the reason she doesn’t have a boyfriend is because she’s too strong. He doesn’t mean physically—he explains that sometimes she should learn to accept gestures too. And then he moves from her wrist to her hand…

Gah, there he goes with the hand-caressing again. I’m totally swooning.

She turns back on her side to go to sleep, and he pats her on the back like a little kid. It’s really sweet. Once she closes her eyes, he stops and reaches out to tuck her hair behind her ear.

Taken with her, he holds her hand again, and leans in… and kisses her neck. Omgawwwwwwd.

She jumps up with a start, screaming, “No this is too…!” only night turns to day and it was a dream. Aw man, dirty rotten trick, Show! Though I guess technically, we have no idea how far along into the sequence she fell asleep and dreamt it.

Jae-ha comes into the room, another jelly doughnut in his face, asking if she isn’t going to eat. She asks hesitantly, “Last night… how far…”

But he says to her relief that she fell asleep right away. She asks to make sure—just the back-patting sleepy time, yes? He says yeah… what else was there? She scrambles away, and he smiles. That is no I-lulled-you-to-sleep-and-that-is-all smile.

At breakfast, every single person she encounters gives her advice about marriage and tells her to buck up, and she tears back into the room. She asks if Jae-ha spread those rumors about her.

He laughs, saying of course he did—they were way too juicy to know on his own. Oh you ASS. But the real secret—that she joined WOC to find a husband—is the real bomb, and if she doesn’t want him to tell everyone, then she’d better listen to him.

Ha, so blackmail was your endgame? So much more childish than I assumed—I thought he was seducing her to make life easy for himself.

She grabs her case and rifles though it, and he takes her box of poison needles out of his pocket, “Are you looking for this?” Flashback to last night, when he lulled her to sleep, leaned in close to make sure she was out, and then searched the room for the needles. Ha.

Laughing, he asks what she meant earlier—did they go a little farther in her dreams? She freezes in embarrassment, and he teases, “What, did I kiss you in your dreams?” But he can read it on her face that it’s true, and laughs even more, saying that she must really be in dire straits.

She fumes and turns around, but he’s having way too much fun with this, and stops her, asking how he did it in her dream—was there tongue? Was it R-rated?

I dunno how she’s not punching him right now. He lays it on even thicker, saying that he didn’t know she thought of him that way, and tells her he feels nothing for her. Her eyes start to fill with angry tears.

He grabs her hand again, this time mockingly, with no emotion, and tells her a car’s steering wheel would give him more sensation, and that it’s just a hand. Oof, the look in her eyes…

He deals the final blow: “What does that mean? It means you are not a woman.”

He drops her hand as a tear falls from her eye.


Aaaauuuugh, I cannot WAIT till she serves him those words one bitter mouthful at a time. Goddamn, I expected him to do something assy, but to rip her to shreds like that, knowing every little weakness after she poured her heart out? GAH. That was a low blow.

Dramatically, I’m good with it, because I thought the execution was smart—it surprised me because his intention took a sideways turn that I didn’t expect, since I assumed he’d just do the lazy playboy thing. But character-wise, I’m pissed, because what kind of a bastard pretends to be her friend and comforts her after that horrible not-a-proposal, only to do worse to her the next morning? Raaaaaaaaaaahhh. Revenge better be sweet, I swear.

On a different note, I like the throughline of prejudice that Jae-ha’s character embodies. It’s often times horrendously offensive, but also honest, in that most contemporary North and South Koreans grow up with a huge wall of prejudice between them. Though the fictional setup isn’t something that could happen in real life, the feelings that are explored are real, and interesting. Though he’s the extreme, it means more when Jae-ha notes how some things really are the same, whether North or South. I look forward to his character arc in that realm, among other things.

I really do love Hang-ah’s character, because she’s got such a nice duality. She’s a badass soldier and a smart, capable team leader, but she’s also really feminine and earnest. Right now her confidence lies in one and not the other, but I can’t wait to see her change and grow, and for her to school Jae-ha on what it REALLY means to be a woman, not one defined by men. That he’ll someday be a fool in love with her will just be a bonus.


187 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Bio

    AWESOME! <3

  2. kbap

    Thank you~ 🙂

  3. Joo

    Thanks GF for the recap! I’m hooked!! The chemistry between Seung-gi and Ha Ji-won is really sizzzzling hot!

    • 3.1 kbap

      I swear my Seung-gi love just went through the roof. How could he be so romantic (with the kiss and all) even if it was all to trick poor Hung-ah? Ugh, I think I love this drama too. The villian too, hah, so funny!

  4. Cruelsummer

    I’m loving this so damn much! I can’t believe I ever thought of passing this drama up.

    I LOVE the crazy dude! I like my villians a little wacky and he definitely fits the bill.

    I seriously can’t believe how much I like this drama. I wish Hang-Ah would have throat checked the Prince at the end. I hope that Ep 3 begins with her sending him to the infirmary.

  5. dramacafe

    Thanks so much for the recap, GF been waiting for this all day! *Hugs*

    I love this episode! It’s got everything on it!
    The romance, the creepy, the action, the comedy! What’s not to love?!!!

  6. JoAnne

    I’m watching Episode 1 now – I thought I would like it just based on your recap but I dunno…I like it way more than I should this early in the game, and now I read your recap for the 2d episode and I’m thinking it sounds ridiculously enjoyable already… please Drama Gods keep up this momentum!

  7. Arhazivory

    Arghhhhh. I’m dying for subs but in the meantime, thanks for the recap. Stopped myself from reading the whole thing though because I don’t want to spoil too much. 😀

  8. slfowie

    thankx for the recap.. i have been waiting for this for ages…

  9. fiey

    Thank you girlfriday!!

    I watched the raw and

    1. This couple is sizzling HOT!!

    2. its so funny with Hang-ah and her comrades trying to scare Jaeha, Jaeha distubing Sikyung singing etc.

    3. I love a lot of the characters already! They are all interesting!

    4. I love that in just 2 episodes I can already see different sides of Jaeha, Hangah, Sikyung and some other characters.

    Cant wait to watch this with subs. Now off to read your recap, thanks again!

  10. 10 KRush

    Thanks! I was so impatient, hee! I covered my mouth in oh no he didnt mode a lot! Y yes, relieved there is chemistry!

  11. 11 yeisha

    i swear, HJW just brings out the sexy in all her male co-stars. i mean, who would have thought puppy seungi would look such a manly man next to her?!!!

    that scene when he leaned in to kiss her neck…oy! rawr.

    • 11.1 saranghae_12

      I so agree! It’s like all the guys would want to be the manly man beside this hot chick. Who knew LSG has this sexy side in him.

    • 11.2 nuri

      what i love even more is he’s totally Puppy one second goes Manly Man the next. like he’s testing my love for him.

      • 11.2.1 yeisha

        @nuri, you are so right! i snorted at the ‘morning after’ scene when he went back to being Puppy happily munching on a doughnut after the oh-so-hawt putting her to sleep scene.

        i never thought of sexy and LSG in one sentence before but now i totally changed my mind. 😉

      • 11.2.2 fiey

        Ditto! Having puppy Seunggi and sexy Seunggi together, I’m in drama heaven!

  12. 12 Osi

    I love this show.
    Thank you for the recaps GF.
    I love you.

  13. 13 jomo

    Thanks for the recap!
    This show was awesome scene after awesome scene until we hit the WTF magic thing that was horrible and was that the kid’s father that disappeared? and you are stabbing him in the eye with a HOT poker and you’re not NK or SK? Why? I don’t understand. Please do not show me any of these people anymore!

    “I’m sorry… are those ruffles on your army tracksuit? I… can’t… even…” I am totally expecting a full blow camo tuxedo later on to fulfull the hope in the ruffles.

    So many great moments – the HJW flashback was magic. The horrible fake out proposal. The pretend assassination plan. The singing by the fire. The doughnuts on the treadmill. The thumb rubbing! I died when he was holding her hand.

    But then, the dastardly Prince – sooooooo mean saying exactly the things she is most worried about.
    Made her cry. JERK.
    He has surpassed Joo Won by a couple kilometres, I think.

    I get that he wants out and is willing to do anything to get her to stop bugging him, but he cannot deny to himself that he is attracted to her. Why did he interrupt the song, Prince?

    I LOVE THIS SHOW. I love LSG. There I said it. Before this he did nothing for me. Ooooh, now I will dream of the neck kiss and the hand holding. Whew!

    • 13.1 gingeranna

      LSG was jelous of Secret Garden’s special tracksuits. X°°°°D

      I’m loving it, but I think the macigian part was a bit too long.

      Oh and anyway… I hope the big brother isn’t going to die… soon? I mean, if LSG will be king (I think he will) that means the brother will be killed? By the evil magician? I hope not, or that at least the prince can prove his hyung that he’s not a total a****le. :/

  14. 14 Joy

    Thank you, GF!

    Awesome! I’m really enjoying this show. Yup, the chemistry between Ji Won and Seung gi is on fire.

  15. 15 dea

    Thank you so much for your recap, girlfriday.

    I honestly thought Jae Ha is so sweet towards Hang Ah, then the next day, bang, he said those cruel words – I really want to stab Jae Ha right at that very moment. He’s a real jerk. I think Hang Ah was so shocked hearing those words that she just stood there crying 🙁

    The evil John Mayer magic scene was too long IMHO, and it creeps me out so much. Even though I love YJM in deep root tree, but in TK2H, his character is much more evil & insane.

    Happy to hear Jo Jung Suk’s lovely voice again (fall in love with him in What’s Up and even more here in TK2H).

    Ha Ji Won & Lee Seung Gi have a sizzling chemistry.

    • 15.1 fiske

      Yeah, I was looking forward to reading this, because I turned the tv on just int time for the magic show to start. Sat there for what seemed like forever. Had no clue what the heck was going on, or what I was watching. Figured I was watching a Korean horror movie until I recognized the main characters.

    • 15.2 Dorotka

      The crazy scenes have this David Lynch and Kill Bill feeling (miss the humming), but the magic was way too long for me as well. I FF.

      Jae Ha is sexy… jerk of jerks!

  16. 16 stars4u

    The kiss… I was saying how soon it happened and really… oof!!

    I hope he gets a lot of beating in the next episode though! Poor Hang-ah!

  17. 17 SillyRnti

    Thanks for the recap GF! I love your assessment of Hang-ah b/c I too can’t wait for her to show that you can be bad-ass and feminine all at the same time.

    I loved the scene where Jae-ha is trying to mouth to Shi-kyung about the poisoned needles but Shi-kyung misreads the situation. I’m really hoping that these two end up becoming best friends. I’m a sucker for a good bro-mance in addition to the love story.

  18. 18 Lina

    Woooo! I’m glad you’re enjoying the drama too! At first I expected Hang-ah being cold and Jae-ha being the first one to fall in love, but it made me so mad and so sad when Jae-ha said he doesn’t think of her that way! And Hang-ah’s actually sensitive and has a romantic side of her, so I was surprised!

  19. 19 Ivoire

    Thank you for the recap. I have a question: do you guys think that the Lee Seungi (younger) character is played by the boy who played young Gun Jun Pyo in Boys Over Flowers? There was no mention of him in Drama wiki and on Hancinema and I am wondering if it is really him. Thanks to anyone who can help.

    • 19.1 cherkell

      Hi Ivoire! *waves* The younger Seung-gi character is played by Park Geon Tae, who we also just saw as the young Yeo Woon in “Warrior Baek Dong Soo” last year. But nope, he wasn’t the young Jun-pyo in BOF… and danged if I can’t remember that kiddum’s name right now.

      Anyway. TEAM PUPPY FTW!!! I am loving this Show to pieces — why are there so many freakin’ new dramas airing in March, dammit?!? ::reaching for NoDoz pills::

      • 19.1.1 jyyjc

        No Park guntae played the young jaekang who is the brother and king, not lee seungi’s character.

        I saw someone else comment somewhere that the young jaeha also played young goo junpyo so maybe it’s true..?

        • dea

          Yupe, you’re right. Park Gun Tae played the young Jae Kang; while Kang Han Byul (Kang Han Byeol) played the young Jae Ha (young Seunggi). And I think KHB played as young Goo Joon Pyo in BOF

          • cherkell

            Woops, you’re right — I got my brothers mixed-up and had to rewatch Episode 1 with the subs to make sure. My bad!

          • slfowie

            was the kid who played the older brother, the younger brother in playful kiss?

          • Jomo

            The Playful Kiss kid is Choi Won-hong b2000
            He was in:
            Rooftop Prince (SBS, 2012)
            The Women of Our Home (KBS1, 2011)
            My Princess (MBC, 2011)
            Mischievous Kiss (MBC, 2010)
            Running (MBC, 2010)
            The Queen Returns (KBS2, 2009)
            Hometown Legends (KBS2, 2009)
            Love and Hate (SBS, 2006)

    • 19.2 mary

      Hey, you’re right! The kid does look familiar! 😀

      Sadly, his filmography/wiki-page probably won’t be updated or created until 5 years from now. When he grows up to be a cute/handsome noona-killer.

      Then his wiki-page will list all of his cameos even in shows where he’s just Kid in Daycare #2.

  20. 20 Mystisith

    Ladies, we have our King of Jerks! An Emperor maybe. Is there insurances for that? Seriously, what an as**ole! The girl is already burdened with a self confidence issue, and he finishes the job? My, my, the retaliation better be massive! Needles? My vote goes for the nuclear crater over his bed. You remember that movie with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, War Of The Roses? I want to put pepper in his aftershave and footcream in his kimchi. Female solidarity. I’m fuming.

    • 20.1 Mystisith

      I bet at least one of her truthful comrades will hold him for her, while she will have her ways with him. Spit and blood i say.

  21. 21 TheJu

    seriously, dying of laughter…but he’s such a bastsard

  22. 22 joenjohana

    WOW…second episode is as good as the first one and Jae Ha already makes Hang Ah cried!

    Thank you 🙂

  23. 23 danny

    aaahh and I thought he got swooned by ha ji won, ust like in secret garden when hyun bin saw her doing those kick ass. pity , pity ha ji won!

  24. 24 Anvesha

    The M Club daddy dying sequence was pretty over the top.. Like some thriller movie with a maniac villain. And what is up with Shi Kyung? The gun incident vs the earnestness towards the Prince…

    Seriously! I didn’t think Jae Ha would be such a… HEARTLESS person!! I was thinking he’ll just try to seduce her. This just means he better be head-over-heels for her!! I loved their ‘girlfriend talk’ moment though.. And his concern was genuine before the light bulb went click..

    • 24.1 MsGB

      I was thinking the same thing, that he really wanted to know what was up with her but then realized that this was something he could use. I guess shaving cream wasn’t enough.

      Poor Han Ah feelings got hurt two days in a row and while I love her naive personality the BA should have just kicked in as a reflect and head butted him.

      ……ruffles…..maybe I should just thank God it wasn’t rhinestones…..yeah I think I will…….

      • 24.1.1 MsGB

        I forgot to mention how I love how this show transitions from past to present and present to past. Jae Ha in ep 1 with the window and Han Ah with the compact.

        Awesome job Show!!!! Keep it up!!!!!!!

  25. 25 manassuper

    thanyou GF! for recapping the second episode.loved the 2nd episode.han ji won and seunggi were outstanding including the south korea captain.hope in the coming episode it keeps it’s momentum and become one of the most sucessfull dramas of the year.seunngi fighting!han ji won fighting!the king2hearts fighting!

    • 25.1 Osi

      May I correct you?
      It’s Ha Ji Won, not Han Ji won. 🙂

      Yes, Seung Gi, Ji Won, The King 2Hearts, FIGHTING!
      Oh, I so love this drama.

  26. 26 saranghae_12

    Wednesday please come faster. I am so addicted to this show. LSG is so freakin hot in here. HJW so alluring. Hoping for a mighty ass whooping for our prince. Lol. And can I also wish for a shower scene from our prince since his all grown-up and all?:-)

  27. 27 Saima

    Oh no, he d’int!! Poor Jung-ah! She’s soo going to hand his royal ass on a platter!! *evil cackle*

  28. 28 nuri

    Wow! I laugh all the way reading the recaps but in the end I just realize my eyes all teary!

    I laugh more reading this recap than rooftop. I need to watch everything now.

    Seunggi-yaaaa.. *sigh*

  29. 29 Jia Min

    Jae Ha is going to get a thorough spanking…
    I am 100% Seung Gi oppa’s fan but… Jae Ha, you…

    Oh! Almost forgot (trying to forget) to add that, I don’t like that eerie, bad guy.

    Hai…need to wait…for wednesday to come again…and again…

    The King 2Hearts FIGHTING!!!

  30. 30 trixicopper

    I’m loving this! The crazy villain is so creepy. Kind of a cross between the Joker and Dr. Evil.

    The OTP is awesome. Can’t wait for HA to make JH choke on his words. 🙂 Love them both.

    Also, a great hommage to hideous track suits everywhere. I thought the sequined leopard print one from SG was bad, but I think camo with ruffles takes the crown. 🙂

    Thanks GF.

    • 30.1 reeen

      Ha, Dr. Evil is spot on. I don’t think it really fits the tone of the rest of the drama (M society just takes over the top to a completely new level), but it’s still fun to watch the evil guy (the slide!). I just hope they’ll keep all future magic shows very short.

  31. 31 amtee

    Love love love this couple!

    I read from Hang Ah’s eye not just anger but also hurt. As only when a guy who knows you can hurt you this much.

    And him? Why did he go through so much trouble to set up the trap and let her fall? If not interested in, or, a better term, intrigued by, the difference of her?

    She is a threat to him alright. So far, just physically. I wait for the day when she leads him through the mental wringer and say my I-told-you-so.

  32. 32 danna

    only one question thus far…where is my Lee Yoon Ji?? I’ve been fast forwarding through raws of this drama just for a glimpse of her and so far have had no luck…really want to see her in the next episode at least

    • 32.1 dea

      I read from the spoiler that her character is studying overseas and will be back to Korea for her brother’s (Jae Ha) engagement party. Not sure which episode will that be.

    • 32.2 reeen

      also waiting for her appearance! 🙂

  33. 33 Qy

    Haha. It’s ok tt he mistreats her now. Next ep, we’ll see him play the hero by grabbing her arm and pulling her out of the room w her caseful of underwear so tt she need not embarrass herself in a room of guys. So sweet of jaeha. Can’t wait for next wk to come!

    • 33.1 saranghae_12

      I am rubbing my hands in anticipation of that moment. Our punk prince better grow up fast.

  34. 34 Gina

    Thank you so much GF for recapping us this drama:)I so love love this drama <3<3<3

  35. 35 Sajen

    the shows awesome but then I knew it would be as soon as the wonderful Ha Ji Won signed up she’s never made a misstep in her career

  36. 36 cheotjin

    great drama! ~^^ love it!

  37. 37 all4movies

    After watching this episode, suddenly I had a craving for doughnuts and had to go out and buy a couple.

    Going to bite one right now!

    • 37.1 wanne

      LOL The Dunkin Donuts that Seunggi ate were actually sold out after episode 2. So I guess effective product placement there by the sponsor. I’m also craving for one now!

  38. 38 Editha

    “Gah, there he goes with the hand-caressing again. I’m totally swooning”

    Me too!

    The chemistry is just palpable, my heart was beating like crazy while watching that almost kissing and kiss in the neck scene. SG has proven yet again that he could pull this through, despite the huge age gap. HJW is just so adorable, love her! Thanks GF!

  39. 39 lucy

    this drama is really weird. i think i’ll see two more episodes if not i’ll drop it. i do like the whole north korean thing, but not enough to stick around.

  40. 40 LSGfan

    yaaaaaay! Girlfriday, I love you girl~~!!! Your recap had me busting out laughing, LOL! like usual, of course. you and javabeans are so crucial to non-korean speaking K-drama universe!

    omg, I so want to see lots more “skinship” and hopefully lots of kisses between Hangah and Jaeha (distinct from Lee Seunggi!). is that weird?! i’m still not over daewoong and miho not getting to jakjiki! ha. i hope as Jaeha matures, they don’t take away his sense of humor and mischievousness. i hate when they make the guy all mature and serious and then he never smiles.

    why do i have a feeling that there’s more ruthlessness to come from jaeha toward hangah. he’s going to get her all emotionally confused with his sweetness and meanness all rolled in one! oh dear hangah, hang in there.

    Ha Jiwon and Seunggi so loved in real life, it’s amazing that they’re so lovable as an acting couple too! can’t wait till next week’s ep.

  41. 41 TB

    The overviews made this show seem so different. So glad it’s not what I thought it was! I may be falling for this show hook line and sinker!

  42. 42 iyra

    i just can’t stop laughing…how can this drama be so funny??i love them both,their jokes crack me up…my stomach is hurting from laughing so much…*laughs again*

  43. 43 Ani

    NICE! I am enjoying seeing Hangah being badass. I hope she kicks princey’s ass soon. I am loving Shikyung’s earnestness. Too cute this kid. Aaaaaaaw.

  44. 44 LSGfan

    oh also I really like eun shi kyung too! and i’m looking forward to his loveline with princess jaeshin and his growing relationship with jaeha. their opposite personalities would make for a great brotherly relationship after tragedy hits later on. and looking forward to seeing the foursome of jaeshin, shikyung, jaeha and hangah altogether.

  45. 45 Eevies

    I love that camo w ruffles too, cracks me up when they released those still photos already!! And those doughnuts!! ㅋㅋㅋ.

    • 45.1 Jumbalaya

      exactly what cracked me up. i was staring at the screen shot and i was like… what the…ruffles? so funny

      • 45.1.1 GreenTea

        the ruffles! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  46. 46 sam

    I love you GF!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for recapping so fast!! I can hardly wait for the subbed videos of this!! EEEE!!! Talk about chemistry, it’s thru the roof!!!

    Seunggi definitely has matured. I just dread the tragedy waiting to happen..huhu. Hope they sustain this trajectory and go even higher in the ratings. They already are up from the last episode.

    Keep em coming GF!!!

    I love this pairing to bits!!

  47. 47 Bern75

    Oh i am loving these recaps already, and i haven’t even watched the show. Some many LOL moments (i had to cover my mouth cos’ i’m in the office reading this). Can’t wait to watch this over the weekend, and for Hang Ah to kick Jae Ha’s ass well and good next week.

  48. 48 Suzi Q

    Love anything Ha Ji Wo is in. Same for Lee Seung gi. Both of them together is a bonus!

    Boy! Ha Ji won is really tuff if she didn’t have a stunt double in the fight scene, and Seung gi really acts well as the bratty little brother crown prince.I even like Yoon Jae Moon who always plays weirdo psychos so well. He’s really good playing a whack job.

    Anyway, I hope Hang ah kicks Jae ha halfway across town for being such a big butt hole. I hope that keep her character less feminine. She’s more funny that way.

    Can’t watch until the next episode and see how their romance begins.They make such a cute couple.

  49. 49 sam

    “Jae-ha says that he’ll train with Hang-ah, who’s standing right behind them. Shi-kyung insists that he’ll do it, but Jae-ha mouths silently at him, with alarm. He doesn’t catch what he’s mouthing, so Jae-ha leans in close, and this time it’s accompanied by helpful chyrons: Atomic! Fuel! Poison! Needle!”

    Sorry i forgot but this was the funniest scene for me hahaha!! And thanks for the screencap!!!Shi kyung is so adorable with his earnestness and near tears. I can see budding bromance in the next episodes.

  50. 50 Plain Jane

    I just hurt my belly laughing at the Venn diagram. Life (and death) is indeed very simple from the point of view of an egoist, isn’t it? SG’s delivery and timing here are pitch perfect.

    Ah, love! You make people do the dumbest thing! Like sharing your innermost secrets with a total stranger from the other side. Like spend time actually talking, caress against your taste (and types), and really want to know if you are featured in a dream, all to, with, and of a total stranger from the other side.

    JaeHa and HangAh, I pronounce you lovers!

    PS: In one press conference interview, SG had a light bulb moment when he said JW (or HangAh) likes considerate men. So he was paying attention. Hahaha.

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