Drama Recaps
Rooftop Prince: Episode 9
by | April 19, 2012 | 150 Comments

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Yong-sool’s Zoolander face. He makes humorlessness hilarious.

Just a note: I know there are two episodes that came out today, but out of respect for people who are following recaps apace with their drama-watching (and wanting to keep spoiler-free of future episodes), let’s keep discussion to this episode. I promise 10 will be up soon(ish), I swears it!

Ratings kept the same order for Thursday: Equator Man at 13.0%, Rooftop Prince with 12.0% and 10.4%, and The King 2 Hearts with 10.5%.

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EPISODE 9 RECAP

Grandma slaps Park-ha, assuming that she has known who Tae-yong is for the past two years and has been lying to them all. So she has let his family suffer by thinking he was dead, all while biding her time so she can take advantage and score a windfall out of the situation. Se-na smirks to see her sister abused, because she’s hateful.

Here’s the thing: Se-na’s and Grandma’s accusations aren’t terribly far-fetched—at least, not in context of the other things that are way more far-fetched about this drama, like reincarnation and time-travel. Therefore I don’t suppose they’re out of line for assuming the worst. It’s just that I kind of hate them, while I actively like Park-ha. Nobody puts Baby in a corner (after slapping her silly), and all that.

The ladies leave in a huff. Se-na is sent back to collect Park-ha; Granny is calling her and Tae-yong on the carpet for some interrogation. What, you couldn’t just stay here and wait for him to come home? You had to make sure you had higher ground by making them come to you? Officious Granny likes her… officions.

When they reconvene at Granny’s house (ha, which I notice looks like a mirror image of the new rooftop; guess Yi Gak had to get his inspiration from somewhere), Yi Gak insists that Grandma is mistaken, that he never met Park-ha in New York. Which, naturally, holds no water since he’s supposedly dealing with memory loss. There’s just no way to unravel this mess without revealing the truth, and in this case even that probably wouldn’t solve things since the truth is so absurd.

Great Aunt accuses Park-ha of deliberately approaching Tae-yong to manipulate his amnesia for her own gain. Anything he says in her defense sounds like naivety: “That’s why you’re being taken advantage of!” Yi Gak replies, “It’s not being taken advantage! It’s that I like her.”

Eeee! I know he’s saying it to convince them, not because it’s true (it’s totally true—I just don’t think he’s admitted it to himself yet), but it still merits a little squeal. He says he moved into the rooftop room because he liked her, and insisted on staying even after she told him to leave multiple times. Therefore they can’t blame her for anything.

Grandma puts on her “So be it” face and orders Park-ha to move out and leave the company. When Yi Gak protests, she orders him to leave, too.

As they leave the house together, he apologizes for her mistreatment when she was just trying to protect him and his identity. She tells him she didn’t out him because he’s risking everything to keep up the persona, using his words from a previous conversation. But she sighs that she doesn’t really understand what she’s doing, either.

He tells her to go home, taking up a kneeling position in Grandma’s yard. He settles in for a long session of groveling, assuming the formal stance of the penitent supplicant outside Grandma’s window.

At home, the ducklings make Park-ha soothing tea and assure her things will work themselves out. Yong-sool says, “You have us,” meaning it as a comforting thought, but Man-bo argues that all this happened because of them. Aw, and then they bicker back and forth (“What, can’t I even say the words?” “I’m just telling you to get your words straight.” “You talk too much!”).

Chi-san has to jump between them before they jump down each other’s throats. No, don’t fight, Voltron needs you! Without all of its lions, it’s just a crippled Day-Glo robot!

Yi Gak maintains his kneeling pose on the front lawn, and softhearted Great Aunt is first to cave, urging Grandma to relent before he collapses. Grandma says coldly that she didn’t tell him to kneel, refusing to take back her eviction of Park-ha.

Thus he stays in that position all night and into the morning, gritting his teeth against the pain.

Finally, Grandma brings him into the house and asks what his relationship is with Park-ha. Is he considering marriage?

Yi Gak answers, “No, I cannot marry her. There’s somebody else I will marry.” Oh, haha, sigh. He’s so earnest about it, not really registering that it makes him sound like a callous use-’er-and-lose-’er playboy. Grandma’s just relieved that he’s not going to marry Park-ha, and actually softens. Glad to know your priorities are straight, lady, since you’d rather your grandson be a heartless ass than marry a woman he cares about.

Granny works in a mention of his grandfather’s libertine ways, warning him not to follow in those footsteps. (Our backstory tells us that Grandma’s husband philandered, which is why Uncle isn’t her son but the child born out of wedlock to another woman.) Ah, so the unfaithfulness is okay as long as they’re not married, is that the lesson we’re taking from this?

Grandma agrees to wipe yesterday’s slate clean. Yi Gak thanks her and limps out of the house, where he finds Park-ha waiting anxiously. She lends him an arm and helps him walk, then treats his legs with medicated ointment.

Yi Gak apologizes to Park-ha for Grandma’s harsh treatment, especially when he was the one who pleaded with her not to leave for the States. She tells him it’s okay, but his earnest apology brings her to tears anyway. (She pretends something got in her eye while she wipes the tears, forgetting the harsh ointment on her hands and then really crying.)

Tae-mu brings Se-na breakfast, his cheer restored now that their relationship is back on. Se-na has been looking troubled, which makes me think she’s contemplating ending it anyway, which would be exactly in character. For now, though, she goes along with things.

Tae-mu notices that she’s wearing CEO Jang’s ring and tells her that she’d asked about Se-na in a phone call—she must really have taken to her. She’d also mentioned wanting to leave her stake in the company to her missing daughter. I find it ironic that Se-na is so threatened by the lost daughter, assuming Park-ha is the beneficiary. If she ended up disinheriting herself in the process, that would serve her right.

Since Tae-mu doesn’t know this, his strategy is to locate that daughter quickly and sway her to their side before she’s swayed to Grandma’s.

The couple arrives at work to see Park-ha and Yi Gak together, so Se-na gets the story from Great Aunt: He confessed to liking Park-ha, which defanged their accusations against her. Great Aunt urges Se-na to hurry and claim him for herself.

The minions arrive at work to a startling sight: Park-ha’s blind date, whom I’m just going to call Yeom till he’s given a name. Man-bo sees his face, mentally runs it through his brain bank till he finds a match, and confirms his identity. We’ve established that he’s got a photographic memory for faces, but was that because he’s half-robot? Haha.

The boys corner Yeom, glowering. He explains that he’s here to drop off a gift, since tomorrow is Park-ha’s birthday and all.

The boys shoot each other looks and stand down—haha, they hadn’t known. Man-bo coughs and says of course they know, why wouldn’t they know? The boys offer to convey his gift (a homemade cake), which Yeom struggles to hang onto. They claim it anyway and growl at him to leave. Looks like these puppies are Dobermans.

Uncle calls Se-na in to tell her to leave the company. He offers to find her a new job and assures her that he knows she’s a decent person, which is just funny; so says the man without moral fiber, about another person without moral fiber. Is he thinking mathematics, where two negatives equal a positive?

Uncle says that it took a lot of hard work for him and Tae-mu to get to this point (I assume by hard work you also mean killing people, or trying), and that he won’t let her stop their ascension.

Se-na replies with a smiling threat: “If the chairwoman finds out that I’ve been seeing Director Yong Tae-mu for the past two years, that could present a problem for you.” After all, she has been privy to some important information. She “worries” that Tae-mu and Uncle might get hurt by the blowback if she were to be ousted.

The boys marvel at the well-made cake, wondering if they should give it to Park-ha. Man-bo has a better idea (depending on how you define better): “We must get rid of it.”

After an extended round of rock-scissors-paper to decide who has to be “it,” Chi-san delivers the cake to Pyo Taek-soo, saying it’s an expression of his heart. Pyo Taek-soo is flattered till he reads the attached card: “From the moment I saw you… I fell for you! I want to see you when I open my eyes every morning!” Pwahaha.

On to squash lessons. Se-na instructs Yi Gak, holding his hand to show his grip and corrects his stance with her touch. The proximity has him thinking of his princess.

They play for a while, and then pause for a break. He offers her a handkerchief to wipe her brow with, and watches her reaction closely as she oohs over the embroidery. But she’s never seen it before, nor does it seem familiar.

Se-na drives him home and heads inside with him, where Park-ha stiffens to see her, no love lost.

Yi Gak works Park-ha’s nerves by ordering her around and giving her his handkerchief to launder. Huffily, she tosses it in the wrong pile, then takes the box out for recycling. She’s too busy harrumphing over the flirty couple to see the handkerchief dropping.

As Se-na tends to Yi Gak’s tired arm with an ice pack, he’s again struck with lingering feelings for the princess, giving the moment a romantic cast. Then as she leaves, she finds the dropped handkerchief and recalls how he called it “very important,” and takes it.

Mom calls Se-na home for Park-ha’s birthday dinner, and the mood turns icy when the two sisters see each other. Mom insists they both stay, not liking the animosity between them.

Dinner is a tense affair, and Se-na picks a fight first, telling Mom that Park-ha disowned her as sister. Se-na says Park-ha blames her for abandoning her as a child, and told out of context the accusation sounds outlandish, so Mom tells Park-ha that’s not true.

Park-ha warns Se-na to stop, but Se-na throws back her accusations in her face, challenging her to produce proof of her memory. Otherwise, she’s just making them up.

The minions track down a cafe where you can bake your own cake, intent on one-upping that blind date guy with their own homemade offering. Aw, that’s adorable. You’re stealing his idea to impress Park-ha! Yong-sool says intently, “I want a cake as big as a house.”

The boys set to work building their cake, and they weren’t kidding when they said they wanted big. What they produce is basically a wedding cake, with about a dozen tiers and frosting and roses.

They stuff it into the fridge at home, where Yi Gak complains about the needlessly big cake, calling tomorrow “no special day.” The boys disagree, and Yong-sool even gets in Yi Gak’s face to ask what they’ll prepare for the birthday feast.

Yi Gak declares that the cake itself is already too much. The trio huddles anyway, deciding to ask Becky and Mimi for help.

They’re instructed in the essentials of birthday parties: cake, cone hats, fireworks. And, of course, the all-important song.

Park-ha belatedly realizes the handkerchief is missing, and Yi Gak blows a fuse, reminding her it was important. She offers to buy a new one, but he shouts that it was one-of-a-kind. He’s so furious that he barks, “Are you stupid, or are you mean?”

Hurt and angry, Park-ha storms out to go searching. The three boys shrink back at the confrontation, Chi-san plugging his ears like a child traumatized by Mommy and Daddy fighting.

Yong-sool goes on an errand and comes home smiling like a little boy, proudly showing off the very important birthday items he found. He brandishes the kko-kkal (a snack food, misheard from go-kkal meaning cone hats) and pat-jook (red bean porridge, which is NOT pok-jook, fireworks). HAHAHA. Poor well-meaning Yong-sool. There’s a reason you’re the brawns of this operation.

Park-ha heads to the clothing donation center, where the box of recycled clothes ended up. Mountains and mountains of ‘em. Worse yet, they’ll be shipped off tomorrow, so she only has tonight to find that handkerchief.

While she works her way through the warehouse, Yi Gak waits up for her, pacing the front yard for hours. She finally trudges home in the early morning, and he asks where she was all night. Did she spend all night looking for the handkerchief? Discouraged from her failed search, she apologizes for losing it.

He tells her to forget it; what’s done is done. His change of heart is surprising, and she wonders why he’s not yelling today.

Working all night has made her sick, though, and she takes to bed with a fever. Yi Gak takes her pulse and concentrates, then declares she’s suffering from da-mal-jeung. It sounds serious, till he clarifies what it means—talking too much. HA.

Yi Gak writes at his table, which is basically a coffee table sitting on his bed like an old-timey desk—who thinks up all these sight gags? They deserve a raise. He has written a list of medicinal ingredients to be bought.

Uncle calls in Tae-mu’s second-in-command to demand information about his son. The secretary says he can’t betray Tae-mu, but Uncle threatens him with retaliation and he crumbles: Tae-mu has a secret officetel, and Se-na lives in it.

Uncle arrives outside Se-na’s door just as Mom is struggling with the passcode, which no longer works. Mom asks to borrow a pen to write a note, and he pretends he’s just passing by until she leaves. Then he reads the note, which is addressed to Se-na from Mom. Bingo.

The boys set up an outdoor brazier to brew the medicine, which Yong-sool attends to. He assures Park-ha that the prince studied medicine extensively, so it should be effective.

Yi Gak declares the medicine ready and gives it to her to drink, following it up with a chaser to manage the bitterness: park-ha candy, haha. (He stifles a smile when she crunches down on it, oblivious to its other meaning as aggression management tactic.)

She settles down to sleep, and now he looks at her wall and notices that postcard. He says he finds this all very curious, and she admits she’d love to know what really happened.

He makes a few deductions: Clearly the drawing is of her, and the artist is Tae-yong. (The initials look like EO, but they’re also the hangul initials for Tae-yong’s name, 태용.) But Park-ha he never showed up to the date he anonymously requested so she never met him. It’s possible he died between sending the postcard and their missed date.

The shoe’s on the other foot the next time Uncle meets Se-na; now he’s got one of her secrets. He admits her threat had him worried, but gives her leave to spread whatever news she wants: “Who will believe what you say now?” After all, she’d told everyone her mother was a professor in England when she’s really a fish market ajumma. Cackle.

Se-na trembles, but holds it together in front of Uncle. He orders her to resign and leave Tae-mu, in exchange for his silence.

But she’s badly rattled, and wonders how he found out. Se-na recalls seeing Park-ha on friendly terms with Uncle, and jumps to the conclusion that her sister was the leak. She gets her bitchface on (well, bitchierface) and heads for the rooftop apartment.

She barges into Park-ha’s while the latter sleeps, and Se-na finds Yi Gak’s note: “When you wake, meet me under the Han River Bridge at 7 o’clock.”

Yi Gak shops for accessories, picking out a hairclip (a lotus?). When Park-ha finds his note, she prettifies herself to meet him, wearing her new date hairstyle and changing her mind a dozen times about what to wear.

But it’s Se-na who arrives first at the water, telling him that Park-ha’s still feeling unwell and can’t meet him after all.

Se-na reminds him of his comment earlier telling her she’d come to like him, and asks him what would happen if she did—what comes next? He answers, “You’ll marry me.”

He starts to say that it’s okay if she isn’t ready to like him now, but she contradicts him—she does like him. To seal the deal, she takes out his precious handkerchief, letting him believe she also spent all night looking for it, “Because it seemed important to you.” Ugh, you wench.

Yi Gak is no match against these “fateful” events, and while he’s processing everything, Se-na spots Park-ha in the distance, heading for them. Time for a hug.

Park-ha arrives and registers the scene unfolding between Yi Gak and Se-na, turning away while a tear falls from her eye.

 
COMMENTS

I know, I know, Yi Gak has to stick to his Se-na line, and I do buy it from a character and story standpoint, as much as I hate it. I suppose that puts this conflict on the good side of the angst divide, in that I understand why something’s happening and see the need for it. It makes sense for him to love his wife, and furthermore, the whole fate of history sort of hinges on his connection with her, whether we’re talking about the original Hwa-yong or the reincarnated Se-na. Of course, he doesn’t realize that Bu-yong and Park-ha are an integral part of the equation, so for now his entire raison d’être centers around Se-na. You can’t just go shaking a man’s raison d’être that easily.

Plus, there’s a reverse-Fate thing going on here, where Se-na is manipulating the situation so that everything falls neatly into place, like they’re the leads in a romance drama. She came to him first, she found the handkerchief, not Park-ha. In a culture so used to invoking Fate like it’s a tangible force, it makes sense that he’d fall right into her clutches. As a side note, I enjoy that this also has the attendant effect of skewering the drama-concept of Fate—that despite this situation following the script for Fate’s storyline, it’s all artifice and machination.

It’s funny that I hate Uncle, I hate Se-na, and I generally hate most of the company stuff where none of our core five are involved. But it’s sort of strangely satisfying to see Uncle and Se-na tangling with each other, because I’m just hoping they take each other out. I do think Uncle’s logic is a little twisty with regards to Se-na, but it makes some sense. As much sense as you can attribute to a twisty old schemer, I mean. We’ve established that Grandma considers Se-na a favorable match for Tae-yong, but that this is a bit “generous” of her, in this dramaland reality where chaebols don’t marry “down.” Grandma’s the head honcho and can bend the rules, but Tae-mu and his father are on such a razor’s edge that they can’t afford any liabilities. Uncle won’t marry his son to a secretary who brings no advantage, when he can shoot higher and use the marriage as an upward stepping stone.

But my favorite bits remain, as always, the three minions and the Park-ha/Yi Gak relationship. I’m not even sure exactly what drives their animosity toward Yeom, but I love it anyway. Is it because he threatens to usurp their place in Park-ha’s affections? Or do they just want to monopolize her time, like a jealous cat? Maybe they sense the challenge of another alpha dog in their midst, and that makes them protective of their own alpha dog. In any case, I hope that’s not the last we’ve seen of Yeom, if only for the hilarity that his presence elicits.

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150 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Shukmeister

    Thank you thank you thank you for the fast recap.

    I want a birthday cake like that!

    • 1.1 Shukmeister

      One of the things, though, that is frustrating me with this series: Just how far does Park Ha have to be kicked before the rebound?

      So far, Se Na has danced the Tribulation Tango when she:

      1) Earned the affirmation of their biological mom.
      2) Had their custodian mom think Park Ha is a lying meanie.
      3) Destroyed her produce business.
      4) Almost lost Park Ha’s current job and home.
      5) Slap her stepsister (although it WAS satisfying to see Park Ha fire back!)
      6) Threw water in her face.
      7) Damaged set props, getting Park Ha in trouble.
      8) Ingratiated herself with the Grandma, so G’ma wants Se Na as her granddaughter-in-law.
      9) Interfered with Park Ha’s date with Princey.
      10) Gotten Park Ha slapped by Grandma.

      Not including the various times she made Park Ha cry. Come on, writers, the world is waiting for the fortune reversal? When? When?

      I want Se Na to at least break a fingernail or smudge her dress or something…

      • 1.1.1 Lovedramas

        Yes yes..I am thinking the same thing too!

      • 1.1.2 steady

        give it time. It wouldn’t be a good drama if everything worked in the heroine’s control. And another thing, why is number eight more special than the other numbers on the list?

        • 1.1.2.1 Jj

          LOL, I noticed that too
          but I think it’s just the automatic thing turning 8 and ) into a face 8)

          • 1.1.2.1.1 Shukmeister

            Yeah, the auto thing goofed me up for number 8.

      • 1.1.3 MJP

        Shukkie dear, *HUGS*

        As always you are such a brilliant thinker about such issues. Glad you brought us such a nice summary of events. Especially since, I am currently the recap readng queen and not watching the drama, at the moment. I am behind on many episodes.

        • 1.1.3.1 Shukmeister

          MJP!

          Always great to hear from you. Yeah, my life is big-time busy, but I can’t be happy unless I’m watching something.

          I’ve got KH and EqMn stored for future watch, and this is the only one I’m real-time watching.

          Soldier on!

        • 1.1.3.2 ~Feather~

          yay! i’m not the only one! now i can feel less guilty about reading before watching. :)

      • 1.1.4 anais

        For the first time ever, at the end of episode 8 when Grandma slaps Park Ha so presumptuously, I found myself wanting to slap her back. Yeah, slap back an elder and call her out for being rude and presumptuous. The Korean in me can’t believe that I felt that way, but boy.. this is too much. How dare she.

        • 1.1.4.1 Noelle

          No worries. I wanted to take that G-ma to school for that. Everyone is so slap happy in this drama. I’m waiting for a slap fight of epic proportions. Hopefully between Tae Mu and Yi Gak as well as Sena and Park Ha. I want slow motion and dramatic music.

          • 1.1.4.1.1 anais

            LOL! Someone ought to do a fanvid/youtube montage of a kdrama slapfest.

            And another of the wrist grab.

        • 1.1.4.2 alua

          I hate all that slapping.

          You don’t slap people. I mean, the grandma doesn’t even know Park Ha that well – she’s an acquaintance and goes around slapping her?!

          And I’m not sure the grandma’s argument makes sense. Even if Park Ha knew Taeyong before, why would she seek out his family to relieve their suffering when she never knew them to begin with? Unless Taeyong’s going missing was widely broadcast on the news…

      • 1.1.5 redfox

        she just doesn´t know HOW to do anything GOOD. She has only taught herself and practiced doing bad things. She has no other line to walk. It is like walking a rope. If you step aside, she feels she´ll be crushed to bits. there is no one who would want to hold the safety net for her… Is there?

        • 1.1.5.1 Shukmeister

          But she grew up with a mom and dad.

          Whether or not she felt close to either of them (and let’s face it, dad probably kept looking for Park Ha the rest of his life), it was her decision as kid that alienated her from her family.

          It was also her decision to lie to her boyfriend about her family.

          So my empathy for the character is very very small.

      • 1.1.6 Brenda

        I hope Park Ha will rebound sooner… Really, Se Na’s taking hellavulot :/

      • 1.1.7 anastassia

        I agree. I blame the writer.

  2. Dodo

    OMG! So fast, Thanks for the recap :)

    • 2.1 Kiara

      Love the recaps JB. Thank you much :).

  3. uoiuor

    episode 9 & 10 are so sad. poor Park Ha.

  4. accarolina

    thanks i´m waiting for the ep10

  5. jomo

    Just a drive by to say thanks for doing both today, and yes seeing Yeom square off against these three, who appear out of nowhere as little hate machines, was the best part.

    Oooh! I hope he keeps coming back! (Not just because he is so cuuuuuute!)

    • 5.1 CupCake

      He is super CUTE. I didn’t think he was that cute in Moon/Sun for some reason. I think it’s the hair cut that make him look cuter.

      • 5.1.1 Kiara

        Awww it was so good to see him and still call him Yeom. I think he looks cuter in RP too. Maybe its those Joseon hats that I dislike so much.

    • 5.2 Noelle

      Ditto. I love the three ducky’s being all jealous and overprotective of Park Ha.

  6. ...

    gonna wait to watch the episode before i read this, but just want to say thank you so much for being so quick!!! :) you guys really are amazing ~

  7. gracie

    ack! i clicked on this post by accident and am trying to erase everything i *glanced* at as i scrolled down:) must abstain until after i watch the episode to read this wonderful recap~

  8. gracie

    ack! i clicked on this post by accident and am trying to erase everything i *glanced* at as i scrolled down:) must abstain until after i do homework to read this wonderful recap~

    • 8.1 gracie

      *until after i watch the episode and do my homework. sorry:P

  9. Myra

    OMG!!! that was super fast recap. Thank you, thank you. Now off to read….

  10. 10 kewbie

    JB You’re the bomb. :-)

    Other than that…I just want Se-na to trip and fall on her face repeatedly. Thanks. :-)

    • 10.1 CupCake

      Haha. Me too. She looks so pretty but I want to trip her and strangle her.

    • 10.2 mary

      Repeatedly?!

      HAHAHA I love your comment. :D

    • 10.3 Noelle

      Oh and each time into something disgusting like poop, gum, garbage, a dirty puddle…

  11. 11 zan

    thank u so much,puppies are dobamin when necessary lol

  12. 12 kbap

    Oh my god, I love the three minions. They are so cute! Thanks for the speedy recap! :)

  13. 13 Laara

    <3

  14. 14 danny

    Wawawooow Javabeans, those cups and cups of coffees are effective. What a treat, thaaannnkkkk UUUU. off to read now, am so excited!

    • 14.1 danny

      as for the story, I find three antagonist really interesting, Taemo’s father, Taemu and Sena. It seems they are out to inflict each other harm and i can forsee that in the end, they have each other’s downfall. Just like that scene in the Godfather where they shoot each other. But I have this lingering question, even if Yigak finds out that sena is a bad seed in this reincarnation, How will he find the crown Princess true colors if she is indeed dead and if alive, she’was pretty sweet.

      • 14.1.1 Shukmeister

        Well, we already know the Crown Princess is not the meek creature the Prince envisions her to be.

        The fact that she took Bu Yong’s embroidery as her own tells me that forcing her younger sister to a lower peg is a common occurence in the Joseon timeframe.

        You could also see that when she flashed her eyes at Bu Yong to answer YG’s riddle, but didn’t her acknowledge her existence any other way. That speaks volumes to me.

        • 14.1.1.1 Noelle

          I think if or when he goes back in time. Or maybe if he picks up a history book or discovers google it might give him some clues or answers. I believe the Crown Princess was involved in a conspiracy to usurp the thrown. I’m looking at both time periods as paralles to one another so a conspiracy in the past is akin to the plans of Tae Mu and his father trying to takeover the company. So maybe if or when he decides to do some research he’ll figure out how much of a bitch Past/Present Sena really is.

          • 14.1.1.1.1 Shukmeister

            Hmmm, well thought. They had to have libraries in Joseon; I wonder why Man-Bo hasn’t at least thought of checking the history books.

  15. 15 reglest

    Wow, great! And that’s double dose!

    JB, come over, I’ll massage your hand before it’s being too tired,

  16. 16 dingdongbl

    Thanks for the recap.

    I want to punch sena each time I see her on screen.
    She should go consult a psychologist, she really has some jealousy issues. It’s like everything she does, she does it because she’s jealous of park ha.

    Yong sul is such a sweetheart. If Lee Gak want to marry Sena, YS may has his chance with PH…maybe?

    This ep was cute but it’s getting harder to stand Sena.

    • 16.1 Noelle

      All the more reason to rejoice in the knowledge of her immediate fall

      • 16.1.1 alua

        But I wonder if that will truly happen… or if she’ll not be forgiven and get some of what she wants in the end (like her rich mommy).

        Ughhh. Cannot stand her.

  17. 17 Taber

    I understand it all but with Park-ha temper Se-na really should have been put in her place by now! Her reaction to Se-na just doesn’t flow with how she interacts with everyone else. She needs to step up her game get a clue from characters like “Attic Cat” and Hateful Once Again. Its getting annoying real fast when Park-Ha doesn’t even try to be on guard were Se-na is concern. Se-na hated is so evidence that Park –ha should make sure Se-na knows that what it mean to not have any family ties! You got you memory back honey; at like you know.

  18. 18 Ani

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw. The 3 Ducklings and Park-ha and Yi-gak are just awesome. Loving this. Can’t wait for the next episode. *squeals*

    Anyways, thanks jb. Don’t overdo the coffee though. XD

  19. 19 spjork

    Haha, I thought exactly the same thing when the three duckies were cowering on the landing while Park Ha and Yi Gak were fighting. That scene had ‘aw, the kiddies don’t like it when mommy and daddy fight’ all over it. OMG SO ADORABLE.

    Thanks for the fast recap!

  20. 20 sjkwifey

    How did you recap this so fast?!! I am in awe of your amazing writing skills, I need your skills and prowess because I got a lot of work to get through this weekend. A wonderful recap as per usual javabeans (seriously what’s your secret??) I’m not looking forward to watching this episode because I hate the obligatory angst part of every k-drama but as much as I try, I cannot resist the cuteness of the adorable puppies. I was hoping that this episode would maybe develop more on what Park Ha found in the library because I’m getting more curious about the mystery behind the time jump and the death of the princess but hopefully more revelations will be revealed in the next episode. Good luck javabeans with the next episode and I hope you don’t tire yourself out doing all these recaps because we all appreciate the recaps that you post regardless of how long they take.

  21. 21 kit

    wow ending on this note i can only say THANK GOD we’re getting three episodes this week, even if it is a sort of hell for the recappers.

    thank you so much!

  22. 22 Dewo

    Thank you so much JB. It makes my friday brighter. Coudn’t agree more with this sentence ” She gets her bitchface on (well, bitchierface) “

    • 22.1 lolly

      TOTAL AGREEMENT.

  23. 23 spjork

    Oh, and just one more thing.

    How’s about we all agree to transpose the eo in Yeom to a plain old u?

    Hooray for homophones!

  24. 24 YChase007

    Omg Se-Na drives me nuts… I just want to shoot her. I can’t wait to see her haphazard house of cards come down- this is one character, I do not wish redemption for, maim her would be best & jail time. Arrrrrgggghhh! Frustration

  25. 25 Kirst3n

    Omg, yey!

  26. 26 Mel

    Awesomely quick!!!! Thanks JB…

  27. 27 lolly

    EPISODE 10 NOW. I am seriously dying here. And omg, this drama is hilarious and frustrating! Yi Gak, Se-na is eeeeeeevil! I can’t deal with this. I’m so glad for Dramabeans, though, because company drama gets old. Fast.

  28. 28 Gaeina Lee

    “…Looks like these puppies are Dobermans…”

    Bwahahahaha~ am ROTFLOL-ing reading this part. Your writing is always entertaining JB!

    Thank you for the recap.

  29. 29 jeuri

    taemu, why can’t you accidentally kill sena instead? :/

    • 29.1 mary

      Yes, please. Let your bad juju rub off on her bitchface. :D

    • 29.2 Noelle

      LOL

  30. 30 YBisTOP

    OSTS FROM THE DRAMA.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/YBisTOP1?feature=mhee

    :)

  31. 31 CupCake

    Recap already. That was FAST. Thank you JB. I love you! Ok, off to read…:-)

  32. 32 beggar1015

    Just finished watching this episode over at Viki, where the Joseon Power Rangers Team must be using the same coffee IV as Javabeans. Everyone is working so hard on this show and I thank you all.

    • 32.1 pitnee

      I’m really amazed that two episodes on Viki are almost completely subbed by 9pm (EDT). You guys are so fast!

  33. 33 Lovedramas

    I watched it live today and I was serious flipping a little … Included ep 10. Just to talk about ep 9… There are a lot of cute moments but most of the time I was cringing … I can’t bear yet another heartbreak for park ha… Both in her former life and her current life. It does seem like life is a bit cruel to her especially this really horrible not a true sister se-na and the crown princess.

    But I thought both eps were too slow in plot movement. They need to up it!!!! I want to know more about the mystery of the murder… So odd.

    I want yeom to reappear so park ha can flaunt him in front of our little princey. I like a jealous princey. He is ubber cute. Just feel like park ha deserves better esp since this will be the second time she gets royally screwed in a romance that involves him.

    Still, I understand what needs to happen.. But I want our Smart prince to figure out this mystery and not let the people around him manipulate him. Isn’t that how one stays alive in the joseon era.

  34. 34 sunshine

    Thank you for the fast recap! Arghh! Sena drives me up the wall with her purely villainous tactics!

  35. 35 kirara

    fast recap!! Thank YOU! Great! Love it!! but now… the love lines are thickening..

    Yi Gak, Please make the correct choice!!! :D I’m rooting for you dear prince!! :)

  36. 36 concreteroads

    Yeah, the chaebol/company plot thread is starting to wear thin.

    I am so hoping Uncle and Se Na take each other out and both end up miserable. >=D

  37. 37 goldeng

    aww the Ducklings! i loved that!! i call them the Kids, The Three Stooges, the 3 musketeers but the Ducklings is way cuter :333 everytime they appear i ROFL!!! when PArk ha and yi gak were fighting they like kids watching their parents fight… Chi san is adorable <3 I loled when yong seol misheard the party items and moved his ears xDD

    T__T whats up with PArk Ha?! i was all mad like "PUNCH-SENA JUST PUNCH-THAT-WITCH!!" and she was just standing there… about to cry… she needs to do soemthing! like you said i just like the Fantastic5 -plus Becky,Mimi and the duckling's chief- the others… MEH! because theyre annoying but the grandma, Tae mu and Yncle have their reasons to be like that but SEna? why shes so mean to Park Ha? she has no reason for that shes just EVIL… and these eps. are so heartbreaking… Park Ha fighting!

  38. 38 pitnee

    Thanks so much for this fast recap!! I thought I wanna finish my work before the usual time you posted your RTP recap. I just checked if there is any news posted, then I ended up reading your recap before off to work..LOL

    I’m glad that they aired 2 episodes today, otherwise the ending this episode would just give me heartache for another week. It’s interesting to see that the main theme of the story is about the fate, but somehow individual actions and intentions seem to play a large role as well. I feel that Yi Gak’s feeling to Se na is more like a force or a commitment that he has for his wife. He doesn’t seem to be natural, but observed when being around Se na. (Why he has to use “you’ll marry me” instead of “I’ll marry you”? Does it matter?)

    Although I don’t like the story line regarding the chaebol thing (and still don’t quite understand Grandma’s logic), I love the warm side of our 5 ranger members. They take care and protect each other very well, except there’re times that mommy and daddy quarrel so hard, but then they soon forgive and make up their quarrels. The hilarious parts never make me fail to laugh so hard. each F3 character is so obvious and adopted very well into the modern time. (I lol the way they show how Manbo matches PH’s date with his memory!) Also, RTP never fails to include some elements from the past into the modern time, like the writing table Yi Gak used to write the medicine ingredients and the way Yong-sool made the medicine on old stove in the house yard.)

  39. 39 Sheri

    Thank you so much for the rcap. I laughed and cried so much watching Micky and his entourage and scene’s with Park Ha. Since subs are not quite available yet, your rcap help’d a lot to fully understand whats going on. More power to you. Luv Luv Luv this Drama, Can’t get enuff of it.

  40. 40 Miss rain ENgineer :P

    Wow JB i admire you and your hard work to deliver us the recaps :) Your works are master piece ^_^ thank you again
    Now i’ll be off to read this ep yaaay

  41. 41 mskololia

    Thanks JB. I did enjoy this episode…evil Sena and all.

    The bridal cake was hilarious!

  42. 42 Christy

    Sena is unbelievably evil. Wanna rip her head off.

    • 42.1 dingdongbl

      She’s really bringing out the dark side of each of us. I’m also having murderous feeling for her.

      • 42.1.1 uoiuor

        yes! you just never know how evil people really can be.

  43. 43 leaf

    Maybe I am different but I like the flow of the drama now, I understand and appreciate how LG is doing but I am turned off by PH.
    PH was initially not Candy type of character, which is one of her charms. But then I just realize maybe writer is loosing touch on this character, she now just seems strong and aggressive and violent toward LG but be pushed around by SN. Instead of releasing all her frustration on LG, she should have done sth else. yes she is pitiful and everyone went saying it is because of LG… well it is not his fault at all. I think viewers are acting the same as PH now… blaming everything on LG and saying how he hurts her but… uhm I dont think he is doing anything to hurt her yet.
    and now all I am seeing is crying and weak PH in front of Sena and necessary violent PH toward Prince. Like how she punches him in the stomach, it is really unnecessary to do that even if he initiated the kiss, not to mention he did not.
    And Sena…. I want you to be more manipulating than that… coz ur sudden confessing contradicts to how calculating you have been all along… even the Prince was taken back… I want a smart and stable villain…

    I bet that the Prince will reject her, it is realistic and logical… I know everyone will cuss LG and rant like crazy … well that is how it should be… you dont expect Prince to accept the proposal of a girl he meets along the way that quick, especially when she keeps hitting him, being mad and mean to him… he is the Prince so of coz he wont like that no matter how much he grows to like her …and her actions keep contradicting each other, he is confused…

    • 43.1 leaf

      I mean * UNnecessary violent PH toward LG*

      • 43.1.1 uoiuor

        if you think about it that is how their relationship is. they fight, and yell at eachother. that is how their bond formed and the foundation of it all. also, i wouldn’t see LG is a happy camper himself. he’s been quite harsh to PH as well.

      • 43.1.2 Shukmeister

        Leaf! I agree to some extent. Where would Se Na be if Park Ha had approached the couple by the Han River? Se Na would clearly be shown as a big fat lier in front of YG.

        However, PH’s character is created by her environment. Growing up as a throwaway kid, her life was probably a lot of getting the short end of the stick, so she’s used to coming out the loser in most confrontations.

        She’s strongest when she’s doing things on her own, but it’s clear she desperately wants to belong to a family, so I think she represses that anger so as not to alienate people. She’s comfortable with the Prince, so they can bicker and fight like kids on a playground.

        I think taking care of the ducklings will help her become more like a mother bear and less like a little kitten. I hope.

        • 43.1.2.1 Mel O MD

          very well thought out and very well said. i cannot agree more.

          • 43.1.2.1.1 Shukmeister

            Tks, Doc!

  44. 44 im80

    I really love how evil is sena..until I imagining a very very BAD ending for her..haha

  45. 45 kaka

    thank for recap ^^ now time to watch!

  46. 46 Angskeet

    i love park ha and the minions…they’re always there for her when yi gak isn’t! i need minions like that too lol

  47. 47 FunnyBunny

    *sigh* I love my little rooftop ducklings. They’re adorableness knows no bounds. From Yong-sool’s standpoint I can understand his hostility to Yeom, (Nothing sweeter than a badass tough guy soldier type with a soft spot for a spunky girl-side note, where do I get one of those? Hmmmm, dramagods?)
    And yet I didn’t feel the need to question similar antagonism from Chi-san and Man-bo. Haha so much animosity directed at this guy, poor Yeom.
    Maybe they feel threatened that the nice, tall, and handsome man-complete with baking skill to boot-is going to steal their precious noona away? If it is, then awww :)
    If it were me I’d be pretty pissed about them scaring away such a great catch. But their hearts are in the right place… sort of… maybe…

    • 47.1 Noelle

      I like to believe it’s noona love.

  48. 48 nonski

    thanks thanks jb! fast up :) alpha dog vs alpha dog <3 <3 <3

  49. 49 twentyonebuds

    Omigosh you’re so fast! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!

  50. 50 MJ

    Se-na is a princess bitch with Park-ha.

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