Drama Recaps
Equator Man: Episode 9
by | April 21, 2012 | 54 Comments

Success may come and go, but best friends are forever, Jang-il. Forever, and ever, and ever. Man oh man, this revenge is going to be sweet.

We finally get our big time skip this episode, and by all accounts it should be the last one. And for some even better news, Equator Man nabbed first place in the ratings game this week over Rooftop Prince and The King 2 Hearts with 12.0%. Such is the power of the Uhmforce.


Sun-woo scoffs at Tae-joo’s fatherly claim, instead calling him out for coming at the behest of Chairman Jin or Jang-il, since he knows they both have it out for him. He has to literally be restrained by Unnamed English-Speaking Minion so he doesn’t choke the daylights out of his maybe-dad.

Tae-joo explains his prior friendship with Sun-woo’s dad, and how they were like brothers when they worked under Chairman Jin. It was his father’s will that Tae-joo take care of Sun-woo, so here he is, an unmentioned number of years later. (I love that he even asks Sun-woo, “Since when did you become blind?” And we still don’t get a concrete answer.)

Sun-woo still doesn’t believe it, and tries to fight back even with his injured leg. Tae-joo claims that if he so wanted, he could break all the bones in Sun-woo’s body in less than ten seconds. (Really?) So he doesn’t want Sun-woo dead, he wants to take him and show him a world that he couldn’t even imagine.

He gives Sun-woo twenty-four hours to clear up matters here before they go. Sun-woo asks what would happen if he didn’t, to which Tae-joo replies, “Then Kyung-pil’s death will be seen as a suicide forever.”

I love this Father/Daughter duo. Soo-mi is sweating and fretting in bed over the memory of Jang-il calling out Ji-won’s name the morning after their sexy times when Kwang-choon comes to tell her he’s leaving. He knows something’s wrong and pegs it on her visit to Seoul, though she fervently denies going just for Jang-il.

Her dad seems to know better, but he doesn’t press the subject. To her insistence that she’ll win first place in the art competition and go study abroad, he tells her that he’ll make sure her life is easier there (presumably with blackmail money). Why do I get a bad feeling about this whole scheme?

Kwang-choon goes to the bathroom stall where he instructed Chairman Jin to leave the blackmail money, and finds a bag inside. He opens it to find blank paper instead of money… uh oh.

Out of nowhere, a man comes at him… swinging a freaking hammer. Good gracious. He hits Kwang-choon on the back once, but Kwang-choon fights back and runs. Good gracious! Run, Kwang-choon!

He’s barely able to fend his assailant off with a potted plant and bikes away for his life. That was a really close one. Props to Equator Man for making me jump out of my seat from fright.

Kwang-choon makes it to a phone booth despite his painful shoulder injury, and places a desperate call to Soo-mi for her to take down their business sign and paint over his face so he can’t be found. If she doesn’t, he’ll die.

Left thinking over Tae-joo’s words, Sun-woo eventually ends up at the training center where they tell him that his client from last time has asked for him again. Thinking that it’s Chairman Jin, Sun-woo (being the smart cookie that he is) calls Geum-jool and tells him what hotel he’ll be at – and that his friend should look for him if he doesn’t call in two hours.

It’s a slow walk to the hotel room door, and we don’t see who lets him inside. Oh no. I can’t take another Hammer Assailant scene right now, Show.

…Except it’s Ji-won in the room. Phew. She tells him that this is what she had to do in order to see him, and Sun-woo can only think of Tae-joo’s words that they’ll be gone in twenty-four hours.

So he coldly asks what she wants from him. If it’s not a massage, he’ll be leaving. She stops him with a hand on his arm and asks him not to go, fearless in the face of his cruel words. “You can’t see my face,” she tells him, “but I’m sure you can see my heart.”

Sun-woo is determined to make Ji-won hate him so she won’t miss him, so he asks, “What are we doing in a hotel room?” before he tosses her on the bed, with him on top. Omo.

She’s unfazed, and simply tells him that being blind isn’t the sin he thinks it is, and that she likes him. A lot. “What do you get out of that?” he asks. “I didn’t know you were so pathetic, Hemingway.”

He gets off her, and heads for the door. He’s writing off her feelings as sympathy and a sense of superiority, but she’s quick to fire back that she’s the one who needs a rich boyfriend – it’s not like she looked for a blind man to love. “I don’t even know why I’m like this,” she explains honestly.

We hear the words that Sun-woo wants to say, but can’t. “Will you wait for me? Until I come back? I don’t know when that will be.”

And she asks, with tears in her eyes, “Isn’t this love?”

But he continues to speak harshly to her, essentially calling her out for having a fetish for blind men. And he’s not the right blind man for her. She’s the one to back-hug him as he’s leaving, and Sun-woo delivers what might be one of the biggest burns in drama history: “If you do this again, I’m going to call the rehab center.” Ooouch.

At home, Sun-woo writes a letter to her in regular Hangul. He may not be able to see, but he remembers how to write. In it he explains how he wanted to ask her to wait for him, only he doesn’t know when he’ll return. Still, he finishes the letter with, “Wait for me. Wait for me. I will come back for you. I don’t know when it will be, but I will come back.”

Tae-joo comes to retrieve his son(?) and reads the letter he left for Ji-won. Sun-woo asks where they’ll be going and when he’ll return, but receives no answer.

And Geum-jool, faithful friend that he is, comes running just as Sun-woo is leaving. Aww, poor Geum-jool. He doesn’t know where Sun-woo is going, but listens when Sun-woo says that he’ll be back – and he’ll bring a nice geum jool (gold necklace, ha) back for his friend.

Chairman Jin is sparing no expense to find Kwang-choon, who’s made it home with his arm in a sling. He tells Soo-mi that he sustained the injury by falling down the stairs drunk, and she seems to believe him.

She’s dismayed that he’s suddenly asking for Sun-woo’s address in Seoul, and asks her father if he’s ever told anyone that fateful secret. He soundly denies having done so, and she forks over the address.

Great, now Kwang-choon decides to do the right thing. The letter he sends to Sun-woo (at the house he’s just left) details everything about his father’s murder by Yong-bae. Too bad he’ll never get it.

His next letter goes to Chairman Jin, where he details the mistake he made in trying to kill him. Now his secret won’t stay as one. “I still can’t forget him struggling, hanging on that rope,” Kwang-choon writes. Upon reading it, Chairman Jin seems mildly interested. He was sure Sun-woo’s dad was already dead before he was hanged.

Ji-won broods alone wearing the scarf Sun-woo gave her, and finds a picture of him in the school newspaper at a familiar bench. She runs to it but doesn’t find him, and goes to his apartment instead to find all the things he left behind – like all their mementos of their times together. We get a flash back to each and every one.

She even cleans up his table where he left the letter, but doesn’t seem to find it. There’s only the Braille book with the worn cover, the one with the poem that ends with, “I’m going to leave on a journey. You stay here. I won’t be lonely with you in my heart.” Yes yes, but where is the letter?

Cut to: Ji-won finding the letter on the desk. I’m glad she found it, and at the same time not glad – because if he could explain everything in the letter, doesn’t it negate all the noble idiocy? Doesn’t it make their suffering, well, meaningless?

Only when she’s leaving does she see the letter Kwang-choon sent (!!). She doesn’t read it.

Acting on suspicion, Ji-won takes the Braille book to someone who can read it and asks for it to be read aloud to her. Only it’s nothing like the poem Sun-woo read – it’s his massage training manual. Aww. So he never read a poem, he just told her his feelings. She cries at the revelation.

Jang-il finds her sitting on the same bench that Sun-woo sat on in the newspaper picture. He’s immediately cold the minute he finds out that she’s crying because Sun-woo left, asking her if she has nothing better to do than cry like a little girl over something as stupid as breaking up. Okay, Jang-il, here is what you do. You get your foot, and you put it into your mouth…

Luckily, Ji-won calls him out for being selfish. “You said you wanted to become a prosecutor, right? If you want to become a great prosecutor, you will need a heart first.” Score one for Ji-won.

She flat out tells him that she doesn’t even think they can be friends, and we begin a voiceover where Jang-il gives a law lecture about the ins and outs of emotional stress. How fitting.

Soo-mi is working on her art piece using a page of Braille she swiped from Sun-woo – and on a whim, she self-studies to learn the language. It’s all fun and games at first, until she starts to decode what were previously just bumps on a page to her.

Sun-woo: [in writing] “The world that I saw last was Lee Jang-il. I saw Jang-il’s scared face last. And my world lost light. The reason Jang-il tried to kill me was because I questioned my father’s death.”

Soo-mi’s eyes widen as she realizes that Sun-woo remembered everything. Uh oh.

Meanwhile, Ji-won packs up Sun-woo’s things, leaving his letter to her and Kwang-choon’s unopened letter on top.

Soo-mi waits for Jang-il on campus, and the first thing he notices on her are a pair of gaudy, bright pink shoes. I wonder if she’s wearing the clothes he bought for her.

He gives an emotionless apology for “that night,” though Soo-mi cuts him off swiftly. She’s not here for that, she claims. Instead she’s there to talk about Sun-woo’s disappearance along with her studying abroad. As for Sun-woo, he’s been gone for over a week, and the last thing the landlord heard was him crying and screaming.

But when she brings up the topic of Sun-woo liking Ji-won, Jang-il is quick to cut her off with a, “When are you leaving?” As in, Can it be now?

Soo-mi shoots fire from her eyes. “When I come back, I won’t be someone you can treat like this.”

Jang-il looks at his reflection fragmented in Sun-woo’s broken mirror. A call to Geum-jool doesn’t enlighten him on Sun-woo’s whereabouts… and is that concern I see on his face? Maybe?

Walking home, Jang-il thinks back to their younger days when Sun-woo once promised him that he’d make enough money to send Jang-il to college. Back when they were friends. The image of Young Jang-il is intercut with Present Jang-il, as they both talk to the memory of Sun-woo.

With a smile on his face reminiscent of the past version of himself, Jang-il fondly calls to Sun-woo, “I will succeed no matter what. I will help you after that.” It’s an exact echo of what he once said before. Does he still mean it now?

Then his smile slowly fades, as though he’s saying goodbye to the past. He turns his back just like he did when he left Sun-woo for dead, and continues on his path. A plane flies in the background.

In what could be the same plane (but wasn’t he supposed to have been gone a week already?) Tae-joo tells Sun-woo that he must forget who he was until now. He’ll be born anew.

Fade to black. We open on the year 2012 as the press swarm a line of vehicles – and Jang-il steps out of one, sporting a fancy new hairdo. He doesn’t answer any media questions (seems like a big scandal), but smiles at all the attention. Someone’s finally made it to the big leagues – looks like he cracked open a huge corporate embezzlement case and is now an official prosecutor.

We also catch up with Soo-mi, who’s working as a photographer.

Yong-bae looks with pride at his son’s face on a jumbotron, since Jang-il has become the new spokesperson for the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office. It’s about the cheesiest commercial you can imagine, replete with Jang-il running hand-in-hand with a group of children and smiling while he releases balloons into the sky. The basic message, which is creepy because it’s Jang-il, is to the tune of: Prosecutors are your friends. Put your faith in us. It’s creepy.

But Yong-bae only sees his son, Prosecutor Lee Jang-il.

And elsewhere, in super-fancy surroundings and to the tune of a metronome, Sun-woo does a series of shirtless pull-ups. Only, his back and arms are covered in long, thin scars. (Whip marks?)

Jang-il comes home to a very happy father, and is all smiles until Yong-bae mentions a dinner he had with Chairman Jin earlier. He knows that Chairman Jin has reasons for everything and finds out what it was this time – he wants to use Jang-il to introduce him to the Chief Commissioner.

He wants his father to stop doing favors for Chairman Jin, that way he can be respected by others. He reminds his father that becoming a prosecutor was the happiest day in his life – and in order for him to aim higher, he can’t get into any shady business. (O rly?)

And just as Yong-bae mentions a possible bridal candidate for Jang-il, Soo-mi’s face appears on the TV. She’s making a return to Korea after thirteen years. As she tells the interviewer, she doesn’t have a boyfriend.

As for Ji-won, she’s working as a VIP manager at a prestigious hotel. She’s been hand-picked to take care of some VVIPs coming for a long-term stay. I’m going to venture a guess and say it’ll be Sun-woo.

We cut to an airplane where Sun-woo is reading Braille, and having to feel around to find his wine glass. Is he still blind? But the camera pans to him wearing an eye mask, so maybe Braille is just a hobby for him. (If he’s no longer blind, that is.)

Kwang-choon wakes up from a frightening dream about Sun-woo, and wonders if he’s still alive. He seems to have taken up work as a theater actor, which was his pre-shaman profession.

Soo-mi walks in, dressed to the nines. She frightens her father, who tears up at the sight of her. They have a cute reunion, just like old times. Aww.

The tables have certainly turned for Soo-mi, since she’s now a renowned artist that even Chairman Jin’s wife and daughter cater to. They’re the reason she’s in Korea, since they’ve invited her to open at a gallery they now own. She’s definitely developed a superiority complex, since she congratulates them for having the honor of displaying her art.

Yong-bae receives a call from a number he doesn’t recognize, and falters when the caller reveals himself to be Sun-woo. He can’t believe his ears, and goes straight to Jang-il with the news.

Jang-il wants to know everything about the call, and mostly wonders why Sun-woo would go to such lengths to contact them. Where has he been all these years? What does he want? Yong-bae senses that his son is uneasy, and volunteers to tell Sun-woo that they can’t meet. Jang-il answers that he’ll see him, his curiosity getting the best of him.

Cut to: Sun-woo wearing sunglasses inside a restaurant, waiting. There is an absolute, eerie sort of silence as he sits as still as a statue. When Yong-bae and Jang-il arrive, Yong-bae doesn’t recognize him – but Jang-il does.

The silence prevails as Jang-il all but stalks into the same room. Sun-woo doesn’t move a muscle until Jang-il is at the other end of the table and makes his presence known, noticing that Sun-woo is still blind when he holds out his hand for a handshake in the complete wrong direction.

They shake hands, and Jang-il pulls him into a hug. “I’m glad to see you,” he says – but his eyes tell a completely different story.

Time for the tensest, most awkward coffee date ever. There is enough air in the conversation to fill a balloon factory, as Jang-il intently notices every single detail about Sun-woo, from his watch to his clothes. It’s why he doesn’t seem to buy Sun-woo’s story that he’s spent these thirteen years wandering around teaching Braille and giving massages.

He does say something interesting, though, in that Jang-il “looks” tired, like he hasn’t slept for days. Hmm.

They discuss marriage (they’re both single at the moment), and there’s an extra awkward moment when the coffee arrives. Sun-woo insists on putting sugar in Yong-bae’s coffee, but ends up spilling everything everywhere. Jang-il’s suit ends up a victim to Sun-woo’s blindness, and Sun-woo hurries to clean up until Jang-il grabs his hand to stop him. “I said I will do it,” he says with a hint of menace.

Jang-il’s been looking to leave since the moment he sat down, and finally asks Sun-woo the reason for calling them here. Sun-woo innocently replies that there was no special reason – he just thought Jang-il would be worried about him. Speaking of, why didn’t Jang-il look for him once all this time?

Without batting an eye, Jang-il replies that he’s busy and needs to leave. He wants his father to stay, but Yong-bae is incredibly relieved when Sun-woo tells him that he can go, too.

Before Jang-il goes, he asks Sun-woo who brought him here. Sun-woo replies that he can go places alone now. By the way, it was good to see Jang-il today.

Jang-il takes his leave, and looks at Sun-woo through the cafe window. He stops, and his foot turns ever so slightly, as though he’s about to turn back. It’s clear that he wants to, but he steels his resolve against it and walks away. So close!

And Sun-woo stays seated, silent. We get a close up on his eyes as they slowly change focus from looking at nothing… to looking forward with focus. The corner of his mouth tugs into a smile.


I knew it! I mean, it was sort of a given that Sun-woo couldn’t go through the whole series blind, but even I was second-guessing whether he was faking blindness or not. I’m glad to see that he was, and in such a perfect reveal, too.

The moments of suspense this show builds up are truly wonderful, since it goes from quiet (Sun-woo and Jang-il’s unhappy reunion) to frightening (Kwang-choon getting attacked with a hammer) all in one episode. I like that we get a great sense for who these characters are, but the details of what makes them tick are largely up for interpretation.

For instance, Jang-il’s Happy Memory Scene as he was leaving Sun-woo’s empty apartment. Was he actually momentarily concerned for Sun-woo? Was he simply glad that he was gone and looking fondly on the past? Does he still hope to adhere to the thought of becoming successful and then helping Sun-woo? Or does the Sun-woo he loved still live in the past, and never came back alive and blind? There are an infinite number of questions to be asked about him, but no solid answers. I really like that.

I absolutely loved the attention to detail when Jang-il was about to turn back to Sun-woo, too. If he would have turned back, what would he have done? As a viewer, I was happy to see him resist the urge. Just having it in the first place is enough to remind me that he’s human.

The time skip wasn’t so hard to endure this round, though I think it’s because we actually got a timeline and all our actors stayed the same. I still don’t know how much time passed in the last time skip, but it looks like that’ll be all well and forgotten soon enough. Now that we’re past the fanfare and getting into the heart of the revenge tale, what happens from here is anyone’s guess. Team Sun-woo all the way.


54 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. danna

    damn that header pic made me think it was Joo Ji Hoon..eery miliarity between Lee Joon Hyuk and JJH

    • 1.1 missjb

      OMG, I thought I’m the only one who feels Joon HYuk resemble Joo Ji Hoon in this drama.. The way he Potrayed Jang Il reminds me of the way Joo Ji Hoon Potrayed his character in MAwang… Not exactly the same… But I Really feels Oh Seung HA’s vibe lol

      • 1.1.1 peachys2sleep

        maybe cause Um Tae Woong is in both dramas?

  2. ss

    I was totally awed by taewoongie!! He look super hot! And, he totally need to teach me how he controls his eyes! Super eye muscles!!

    • 2.1 missjb

      so true.. I’m amazed by his ability to turn his eyes like that…

      btw…. EPIC episode….. no wonder the rating increase?

  3. jomo

    Thanks for the recap, Heads, but you missed a point.
    to the tune of a metronome, Sun-woo does a series of shirtless pull-ups.

    It wasn’t a metronome, but an UhmForcenome
    measuring out the amount of Uhmforce required to raise his half naked body to the bar repeatedly.
    If you look carefully and squint, you’ll see he was up to about 1900UF.

    • 3.1 Peeps


    • 3.2 MsB

      😀 So True!! UhmForce!!

  4. observantzani

    Equator Man leads the rest the Wed-Thurs drama pack with 13%. The time skip was mentioned in episode 10…. it was around 10 years.

    I love how steady this drama has been.

  5. Allan

    Please help us like the equator man on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/TheEquatorMan

  6. oozzeee

    I had to smile with the last pic. Team Sunwoo all the way coupled with Jang-Il’s back turned away is quite fitting..

  7. Nana

    Another clue: The death of Sunwoo’s adoptive father happened at 1997 (I think I saw this date on the police papers in episode 10).

    The current time is 2012.

    I thought I read somewhere that the timeskip was 13 years. If that was the case, then the previous timeskip would have only been 2 years.

    If the second was 10 years, then the first would have been 5 years.

    • 7.1 anais

      The second time skip is 13 years, which the show tells us through Soomi declaring her return to Korea is after a 13 year absence. Which means that our leads aged big time over a two-year time skip.

      • 7.1.1 inn

        At first I was thinking why don’t they just stick with the teen actor for the 1st time skip. 2 years and already looking matured. Maybe it’s because of the ‘intimate’ scene between Jang Il and Soo Mi.

        It will be better if they revealed the adult actor after the 2nd time skip as the impact will be greater.

        Well, I like both the teen and adult Sun Woo. So, all is not lose.

        • MissMantin

          I agree that switching after time skip #2 would have made more sense, but I guess if you’re paying for a star like Uhm Tae-Woong, you don’t wait to put him to work until halfway through the series.

          Switching actors later would have been better as far as looking the part goes, but acting-wise, I’m glad they went ahead and transitioned to the adult cast because a lot of scenes in recent episodes required stronger, more seasoned actors. I think Lee Hyun-Woo would have been okay, but Siwan just isn’t as creepy as Lee Jun-hyuk, with the exception of the mirror scene, of course. *shudder*

  8. muhloy

    OH the tension in the coffee shop was great!

    The moment when Sunwoo said “By the way, it was good to see Jang-il today.” and his eyes looked right at him just as he said his name was pretty incredible.

    • 8.1 jomo

      I started yelling the screen during it.
      “You can see! You can see! You can see, can’t you?
      OMG YOU CAN SEE and they don’t KNOW IT!!!!”

  9. ahha

    the close-ups of shoes and hands of jangil might just because of the sponsors of the pair of shoes and the watch..give them a couple of seconds advertisement time, haha…:)
    but i do like Lee joon hyuk’s performance which is exquisitely delicious..!!

  10. 10 kedaiV


    love the last pic when he start to looking forward with focus..

  11. 11 trotwood

    I had read somewhere about the shirtless chin ups and was all prepared to make a “YUM-Uhm-Uhm” comment, but now I have to say that the Uhm-force is just as, if not more, appealing even with his shirt on. The suspense is escalating and both male leads are playing their roles to the hilt. I almost feel sorry for the actresses playing the love interests because they seem so completely secondary to the plot. Ji-won has a good line in this episode, and I am interested in what Soo-mi will do now that she is famous and has some power (which is the first time I have been interested in her at all). I also like how both women are really clear about what they want (which is not always true for female characters). However, neither has been that interesting. But then again do we need anymore tension when you have such tension between Sun-woo and Jang-il? I was sweating just reading the recap. Thanks HeadsNo2.

    • 11.1 MsB

      Episode 10, Soo Mi makes you proud! The one time I truly loved her!

  12. 12 sally_b

    HeadsNo2 – Thank you so much for re-capping this show.

    I had to make a call on how many dramas I could watch at once…too many on the *back list* and too many airing.

    Thanks to you I will add this to my ‘next round’ list. ((hugs))

  13. 13 trotwood

    I also have to add (even though I should be grading papers instead of posting again!) how much I LOVE REVENGE. This is why I marathoned Temptation of an Angel despite the majors flaws in that show–and still love it and still love it despite my anger over the ending (why can they not be together, dramagods?!?!?!–wringing of the hands). Anyway, I used to feel guilty about my tendency to love revenge, but I am wondering if many other people have revenge fantasies as well and that is why more people are watching this drama. Soo-mi is back for revenge. Sun-woo is bent on getting revenge. Wouldn’t it be great if Ji-won reads “the other letter” and becomes part of the reveng plot as well? Oh and let’s not forget the adorably loyal (he’s like a st. bernard) Geum-jool. He deserves more than a gold necklace, Sun-woo. Can you imagine the three of them (Sun-woo, Ji-won, and Geum-jool) working together attacking one flank, Soo-mi on another, with Kwang-choon the wildcard? It almost makes me feel sorry for Jang-il until I remember the whole throwing your best friend over a cliff thing.

    I do worry about Kwang-choon. Hmm . . . if something happens to him, Soo-mi will completely go to the dark side in her revenge.

    • 13.1 MsB

      I love revenge!! Its one of my favorites, if its done well. This is done well!!

      • 13.1.1 trotwood

        Thanks MsB, for responding to both of my posts. I love revenge stories, and I am so looking forward to episode ten since you say that soo-mi will make me proud. I am still grading, so I am NOT, really, I swear, going to watch any Kdrama before I am done.

        • MsB

          Well, let me know what you think!! Its the only time I’ve truly liked her! Devious, she is!

  14. 14 celest1al

    Dude. That last scene was awesome. Episode 9 definitely upped the ante.

  15. 15 sandrouu21

    Okay! from now, i’m loving the three drama of wednesday/thursday night:

    1° The King 2 Heart
    2° The Equator Man
    3° Rooftop prince

    Daaebak !! I watched episode 10 and Sun woo truly stands out kekeke Suspense, terror, Love, vengeance… can’t wait for it ! 3 Days left ! (studyin like crazy…:))

    • 15.1 MsB

      My order flips Equator and K2H, barely!

    • 15.2 jomo

      My problem is I used to be able to wait (not that I have a choice mind you) until Fridays to watch EM,
      while attacking the raw for K2H immediately after airing, and watching RP as soon as the fast subbers in the world finished it.

      Now, I want to see Ep 11 NOW.

    • 15.3 muhloy

      i am split between my love of king 2 hearts and equator man, they are both great!

      i haven’t seen rooftop prince yet. is it a good one?

  16. 16 Nida

    Thanks for the recaps, Heads!

    The part where Jang-Il’s at the bridge thinking about his past with Sun-Woo. And then him fighting the urge to turn around at the last scene. Those two were my favorite scenes. I love the fact the writers don’t write out Jang Il as an all bad, no conscience what so ever dude. It’s not all black and white for him, there are moments of grey where he too feels pangs of maybe, regret, or how-things-could-have-been.

    When I realized what Ji-won’s profession was, I felt torn. I was totally expecting her to be this amazing, oh I dunno, top-of-the-food-chain, lawyer or just some professional in which we see her cat walking down the hallway, which she does anyway, with people bowing their heads to her and she’s like a BAUSSSS. So I was kinda disappointed to see her bow down to other people and cater to their needs as a manager. And was it just me or has she lost some of her spark now that she’s become an adult. She looked somewhat tired. But then again, that’s the reality of life, things don’t go as they are planned, what we imagine ourselves to be in 13 years is probably not as glamorous as we think. So while being kinda disappointed, I accepted the realness of this scene because that’s how life is…

    Okay, but was I the only one who was completely LOL’ed at the site of Jang-Il’s dad’s hair. Instead of looking older, he lookes younger…as in someone who got hair transplant and then highlights…Trying to be smooth with the laydessss eh daddy oh.. ;D

    And Soo mi’s hair, good GOD, what the hell. It looks as if she’s wearing a golden wig. And the color’s the same as Sun-woo’s….

    • 16.1 Nida


    • 16.2 jomo

      Ji-won’s situation feels like “I Need Romance” heroine.
      She is at the top of her profession, and the boss of many others, but she will always have to bow to the clients.

      It is disappointing, but also fitting as she has served others selflessly before with her volunteer work.

      We could argue that it is her self-confidence and strength that allows her to be good at her job, that being so good as a VERY high class concierge means she has to know more about everything than ALL of her clients.

      But I am also worried that we are going to see the typical K-land heroine whose overall goodness and noble sacrificing wins in the end. HATE that.
      I would rather that one day, she tells the snottiest customer ever to go stuff it while she and the Uhmforce open a pretty B&B on an island near the equator and live happily ever after!

      • 16.2.1 Nida

        I dunno if you’ve yet watched ep 10, because as much as I want to continue this conversation, I’d rather do it at the ep 10 recap comment section because I don’t wanna spoil it for other people!

        • Nida


  17. 17 dee

    thanx for the recaps, No wonder this drama have a good rating, it have a solid script. can’t wait for te next episode recaps

  18. 18 faraz3500

    thank you dear headsNo2 for your wonderful recap
    I am so happy that finally this drama is getting what it
    deserves so so happy!
    Solid script and awesome acting + a good PD what else you can ask for

  19. 19 lovin it

    thanks for the recap!
    yay for equator man in 1st 🙂

  20. 20 Noelle


    Thanks for the recap!

  21. 21 hyo ahn

    i think RP is the best 🙂

    • 21.1 Nida

      RP as in Rooftop Prince…?

      Then, my dear, you’re at the wrong thread…

      (not that we hate RP, but then again I don’t watch it so I have no feelings regarding it whatsoever)

    • 21.2 aJaAja

      luv, luv TK2H and RP, as well. 3 of my best dramas so far…excellent stories, characters, pds…..LUV MY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY…

      THANKS SOOOO MUCH for the recap…

  22. 22 houstontwin

    1. I am amazed at the similarity in gestures and affect between the juvenile Jang Il and the adult Jang Il. The actors and director must have put in a lot of hard work!
    2. Uhmforce is such an apt description! Who came up with this expression?

  23. 23 Niki

    Oh…my…gawd!! Taewoong’s body is utterly, absolutely droolstatic!! i must have replayed that scene over a hundred times. Just watching him do those chin ups just melts me into a puddle of goo. The masculine power of Uhm-force!! *swoon*

    • 23.1 MsB

      Yes, I can drool without feeling guilty :=D

  24. 24 Hipployta

    I keep waiting for Ji Won to read the letter


    And applause for Soomi pawning Jang Il in the gallery LOL. His face when he saw that painting…

    Poor Ji Won…it must be like torture being so close to Sun Woo but feeling so far away. I understand his viewpoint though since he doesn’t know she read the letter.

    • 24.1 MsB

      I had a proud moment with Soo Mi, seeing how I have not cared for at all. Let’s see where she goes with her knowledge now.

  25. 25 Whome

    I doubt that Jang-il was ever torn in his feelings toward the past and the future. I am sure he has no intention of helping Sun-Woo because helping Sun-Woo means turning his father in for murder and himself in for attempted murder. Someone as selfish as he is would rather kill a thousand times than sacrifice himself once. He is one of those guys that focus more on what is done to him than he does on the evil he has done. As far as Jang-il is concerned everything he did to Sun-Woo is Sun-Woo’s fault for not giving up the investigation into his father’s death. For Jang-il, Sun-Woo caused his own attempted murder.

    • 25.1 MsB

      Sad but true. But I am glad there will not be any possible relationship between him and Ji Won. That would have been a turn off! Looks like it will continue to be one-sided as she tries to get Sun Woo to remember her!

  26. 26 sup


  27. 27 okiejune

    “Unnamed English-Speaking Minion” ahahahahahaha I’m really enjoying your recaps, HeadsNo2 🙂

  28. 28 사라

    ji won is boring and I don’t like her,she’s not really annoying but she’s meh.I don’t care what happens to her.Soo mi is arrogant,ambitious,and knows about sun woo’s secret,she is a bitch at times but at least she’s interesting.

  29. 29 daebak

    why does Sun Woo have to do the cross-eyed thingie to portray blindness? Why not be like Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman?

    Also the pacing is maddeningly slow.

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