Drama Recaps
Standby: Episodes 15-29 (Highlights)
by | May 20, 2012 | 49 Comments

Now that we’re almost 30 episodes into the show, I think Standby has established its tone and approach, which is to say: silly, fluffy, and simple. There isn’t a lot of complexity here and I think the conflicts are pretty basic, and the show tends to draw its characters in broad strokes rather than working with a lot of dimension. So, it’s definitely no High Kick, which packed a lot of heart into its stories.

Still, it’s a very easy, mindless watch—and I’m basically skimming for my favorite characters anyway. I’m always on the lookout for more Ki-woo and So-min, although this batch also did surprise me a little by developing a few of the characters I didn’t think I’d care about.

Standby isn’t doing great in the ratings—it’s about half High Kick 3′s numbers (4%-5%), which were modest to begin with. It’s not any worse than the other daily sitcom, however, I Need A Fairy.


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Highlight #1: So-min to Shi-wan’s rescue

Episode 15. Daddy Ryu is still being a dick to Shi-wan (which annoys me so damn much, though it’s played for comedy) and when their apartment elevator stops, he resorts to pissing in the elevator car, then blaming it on Shi-wan. Shi-wan becomes the butt of everyone’s jokes, till So-min finds out and gets outraged on his behalf. But Daddy Ryu is her boss and Shi-wan’s living in his house, so she can’t confront him directly. Instead, she fakes theft (of everyone’s milk deliveries) and directs everyone to watch the CCTV cameras, leading them right to the incriminating incident, clearing Shi-wan’s name.

Thus far there hasn’t been much in the way of a romantic development between them, but I really enjoy the rapport they share. Shi-wan is gradually opening himself up but it’s a slow process, and So-min is probably the person he most trusts. She’s protective of him as a noona, and that allows for a level of closeness that neither of them share with others.

Highlight #2: Suk-jin’s backstory

Episode 15. Unexpectedly, Suk-jin is turning out to be one of my favorite characters, and it starts with his backstory. We’ve seen him harboring a grudge against Ki-woo, who has no idea why Suk-jin treats him with extra coldness. All he knows is that Suk-jin sure reminds him of his dorky high school classmate Su-do—a past life Suk-jin would dearly love to put behind him, if only Ki-woo didn’t keep bringing it up.

It turns out Ki-woo once played a prank on Su-do by eating his lunch and filling in the rest with bits of his (less tasty) lunch. Ki-woo didn’t know that Su-do had a raw garlic allergy, leading him to crap his pants in class after tripping over Ki-woo. Aw. It’s actually kind of sad, in that clearly Ki-woo has shaped Suk-jin’s character so strongly and he doesn’t even know. Plus, Ki-woo’s one of those annoyingly successful and charming guys who always happens to get the lucky side of everything.

So when Ki-woo makes a mistake and misses a big interview, he’s transferred to a different show, essentially demoted. And Suk-jin is so thrilled he can barely contain himself. He dances. He sings. He giggles to himself in glee.

And then he comes crashing back down to earth when Ki-woo has a stroke of good luck, nabs a special moment for broadcast, and is un-fired. D’oh!

Highlight #3: First kisses

Episode 16. Shi-wan overhears Idiots #1 and #2 (Kyung-pyo and Sam-di) talking about first kisses. Namely, Sam-di advises Kyung-pyo on what to do when he gets the chance to have his.

Shi-wan gets worried that Kyung-pyo will take Sam-di’s advice to heart and try for his first kiss with So-min, since she’s a convenient choice as the noona who lives in the same home. And as we’ve established, Shi-wan and So-min have a protective bond with each other, so Shi-wan leaps to intercept Kyung-pyo at every opportunity, inventing excuses to keep him away from So-min.

Kyung-pyo, being an idiot, reads the situation differently and assumes Shi-wan’s going to beat him up, and tries to run away. Giving us a very special first kiss:

Highlight #4: Suk-jin’s missed love connection

Episode 19. All right, this is the episode that solidified my love for Suk-jin, and also the first time my heart twinged a little in response to a Standby storyline. It’s one of the few rare moments when the show made me feel something, a sense of pathos, and probably one big reason why I’ll keep watching, in hopes that it can do it again.

A cameo by Lee Chae-young sparks another trip down memory lane for Suk-jin, who had a crush on her in high school. Seeing her arriving at the broadcast station to see Ki-woo is bittersweet, because he can’t greet her without revealing his identity, and plus, well, there’s that whole Ki-woo envy issue from high school.

Then named Su-do, he was the shy, awkward nerd who dropped his bicycle when he saw her looking his way, then stuttered nervously when she approached him to chat, asking if bike-riding is fun and if he could give her a ride. Blankly, he’d pointed out that his bike could only fit one person, and she’d said, “Ah, I see,” and walked away before he could think of something cooler to say.

So Su-do went home, jerry-rigged a backseat to his bike, then practiced how he would offer her a ride. Only to arrive at school the next day to see Ki-woo already teaching her, having beaten him to the punch. How could he compete with that?

Now Suk-jin finds himself staring at Chae-young, who notices his resemblance to Su-do, which he immediately denies. Sadly, he doesn’t know that Chae-young is trying to get in contact with Su-do after all these years, and that’s why she’s come to see Ki-woo.

Then we revisit the flashback from her point of view this time, and see that Chae-young had been sketching Su-do when he’d dropped his bike that first day. She’d been bummed when he told her he couldn’t take her on his bike, so she had asked Ki-woo to teach her how to ride—if she can’t ride on the same bike as Su-do, she wanted to ride alongside him.

Ki-woo has looked everywhere for Su-do, but since Su-do very much doesn’t want to be found, and doesn’t know about Chae-young returning his affections, this remains a missed connection. Ow, my heart. It pangs.

Highlight #5: So-min and Ki-woo. Yay!

Episode 20. This is a fun one for Ki-woo/So-min lovers. This is a couple that needs a nickname, isn’t it? I vote for Treehuggers, snerk.

Ki-woo’s friend sees So-min at Daddy Ryu’s pasta restaurant and finds her cute, and asks Ki-woo to set them up on a date. So-min isn’t interested, but once Ki-woo starts in on his whole “Is it because you’re so in love with me?” routine, she gets annoyed and agrees to the date, if only to shut him up. She makes it a point to dress up extra nice to prove how very much she’s looking forward to the date (she’s totally not looking forward to the date), and tells Ki-woo repeatedly that she doesn’t care about him at all. He, naturally, just teases her more.

Unfortunately, his friend is a flake and his mother sets him up on a marriage-minded blind date with an accomplished woman, and he decides he can’t spend time with a cute but barely employed woman when he’s got such a catch waiting for him. He couldn’t get a hold of So-min but he texted her to cancel, and figures he’s good. (Yeah, ass.)

Ki-woo feels terrible and worries all day about So-min, remembering how she dressed up so nicely, trying to convince himself she’ll be fine. In the end he ends up leaving work to So-min’s rendezvous point, and finds her huddling in the cold, under a cardboard box. Ha.

Ki-woo insists she put on his jacket and takes her to dinner, offering to buy her something tasty. She chooses a pasta restaurant, which he thinks is funny given that she works at one. But she confides that her dream is to be a pasta chef, which is why she came to Seoul. But she’s never had a chance to learn properly, being so busy scraping together a living, and she has no confidence to ask Daddy Ryu for a chance to cook.

Ki-woo encourages her by saying that he has a good feeling about her prospects… then teases her about how she’s trying to get him drunk on wine to have her way with him. HA. I wish.

Highlight #6: Parents’ day bonding

Episode 21. It’s not much of a highlight, but I must be a sucker for surrogate-parent bonding storylines. Kyung-pyo, for instance, gives Soo-hyun a present in lieu of their parents (who live in Hawaii), since noona clothes and feeds and raises him like a parent. She’s moved at the gesture… which is literally an empty gesture because there’s nothing in the box. (He couldn’t afford anything more than pretty wrapping. So like him, yet also sweet.)

It also marks a moment of connection between Shi-wan and Jin-haeng, over the loss of Shi-wan’s mother. Their relationship is still a bit distant, but it’s much better than it was now that Shi-wan is no longer flatly rejecting all of Jin-haeng’s offers of help. Shi-wan gets sick on parents’ day, enough that he can’t make the walk to school, but he drags himself out of bed to pay his respects to his mother. Jin-haeng hears this belatedly and dashes to find Shi-wan… forgetting his own father in the process. Given that Dad’s still a dick (seriously? What’s his deal?), I’m not too torn up about this.

Highlight #7: Joon-geum gets a clue

Episode 22. This is another unexpected surprise, in that Park Joon-geum is one of those caricatures played mostly for jokes. She’s got a predictable personality and a series of catchphrases, landing her squarely into comic relief territory. So it took me off-guard to actually feel something for her, especially when it’s an issue the show has poked fun at before—Joon-geum’s vanity and self-consciousness about her age.

She’s unmarried and childless, and has always projected the fierce careerwoman vibe. When there are rumors at the station that their show may be canceled, she (and everyone else) assumes it’s because of Jin-haeng, who spends a few days miserably trying to deal with the guilt. She in particular gives him a hard time—but then she overhears other employees saying that it was because of her that the show almost got pulled. It’s only because the ratings are decent and there’s no replacement show ready that the station decided to leave things be for the moment.

That news delivers a blow, and a long-overdue reality check, bringing her back down to earth in a quiet moment of vulnerability.

Highlight #8: Is this the beginning of Ki-woo’s attraction?

Episode 22. As I suspected (and hoped), I think Ki-woo’s going to fall first, and I LOVE IT. So-min is still vastly annoyed at his constant pestering, mostly about how she’s soooo in love with him. He doesn’t mean anything by it, but just does it because it’s so much fun to get a rise out of her. By which I mean, he doesn’t tease because he likes her—at least, not yet—but because he likes teasing.

They run into each other at the signup booth of a cooking workshop featuring a world-famous pasta chef, So-min to be a participant and Ki-woo as the producer sent to cover it. So-min’s so excited that she takes the day off work so she can make it, since this is for her big dream.

However, she sees Daddy Ryu giving Shi-wan a typically hard time about earning his keep by working at the restaurant, which means he lacks enough time to study for a big test. So-min offers to cover a shift so he can study, and he’s grateful.

Alas, he falls asleep at his desk and is late relieving her of her shift, and by that time the workshop is already under way. So-min’s terribly bummed, but she also doesn’t want Shi-want to feel bad so she lies that she didn’t miss anything important—just errands and stuff.

Shi-wan discovers later from Ki-woo that So-min had been looking forward to the workshop for ages, and feels so terrible that he wants to make it up to her. Thanks to Ki-woo’s contacts, they’re able to make a last-ditch request to the chef, who agrees to come in for their special request. Ki-woo makes Shi-wan agree not to mention his name, however, knowing that So-min will automatically have a negative reaction to his involvement.

Shi-wan therefore brings So-min in for the special workshop one-on-one session with the chef. She has a fabulous time and comes out of it floating on air, feeling one step closer to her dream, and she sings the chef’s praises to Shi-wan. And when Ki-woo comes by, she harrumphs pointedly, pulling Shi-wan away and saying that there’s nobody in the world as helpful as him. Shi-wan feels bad for keeping her in the dark about Ki-woo’s help and tries to speak up for him, but she blithely dismisses the praise as nonsense.

Highlight #9: Suk-jin’s sad best friend

Episode 23. Omg, Suk-jin. I think I love you, and pity you. I can’t decide which is the dominant feeling, but in any case I’m left with an overwhelming urge to hug you.

A bunny is brought in for a broadcast segment, and afterward Ki-woo comments on how the bunny reminds him of Su-do, with his big buck teeth. And look, the rabbit sure pooped a lot—a word that immediately puts Suk-jin on edge, especially in close reference to Su-do.

Inwardly he fumes at Ki-woo’s rudeness, projecting his own insecurities onto the rabbit; he tells the rabbit not to let Ki-woo get him down or call him names, when in fact he’s a very good rabbit, perfectly capable of reinventing himself as a cool, handsome rabbit. Such a winner needs an impressive name, so he dubs him Alexandrio Cabernet Bourbon the Third. Omg. So cute, and also sad.

Then, in Episode 27, Suk-jin is interviewed by a reporter who praises him for being so good at everything, and she asks if all his friends are as cool as he is. Suk-jin answers that his best friend is: Alexandrio Cabernet Bourbon the Third. Ooof. That actually kind of hurts, that his best friend is a bunny. Which he met four episodes ago.

The thing about Suk-jin that really works for me as a character is that he’s got more depth than most of the others. He’s plagued with insecurities, so you see his vulnerabilities in action; his stiff, almost-rude mannerisms make a lot of sense in light of his layered backstory, in the way that Joon-geum instantly became more relatable the moment she let her guard down and realized that she was the weak link, not the others. It’s a depth that not a lot of the other characters have, which is why Suk-jin is fast becoming the guy whose stories get the most reaction out of me.

I still love Ki-woo and So-min, but that’s because they have a cute rapport together; individually, they’re a lot less interesting. Plus, you can see why Ki-woo would be such a thorn in Suk-jin’s side, because he’s got no faults, no weaknesses. He’d be fantastic fun in real life, but it’s hard to feel for a guy who doesn’t need your empathy, because everything always works out for Ki-woo. Suk-jin, on the other hand, has to work his tail off and fight tooth and nail to stay in the game. He projects an aura of perfection, but it’s the most labored perfection you ever did see.

ANYWAY. Back to the story. After the segment is over, the rabbit needs a new home and Suk-jin is tempted to take in his friend, but Ki-woo starts looking elsewhere for adoptive families. Sam-di asks for the rabbit, which momentarily makes Suk-jin nervous—is Sam-di good enough for his best friend Alexandrio?—but he deems him a decent enough guy. Even if he offends Suk-jin’s sensibilities by naming the rabbit Rabbit. O, the indignity.

Except, then he overhears Sam-di on the phone, talking about killing “it” (a chicken) and cooking it up. Suk-jin freaks out and when he goes to liberate his friend, he finds a pot bubbling with soup and the rabbit cage empty (Sam-di had already sent Rabbit to Mom out in the country). Horrified and reeling, Suk-jin apologizes for not being able to protect his friend, and adds Sam-di to his ever-growing shit list.

Highlight #10: Suk-jin and a new love interest?

Episode 29. Another Suk-jin highlight! It was a good week for him–in the sense that we got to see a lot of him, I mean; it’s been rough on him as a character, what with losing his best friend and dealing with this episode’s new complication.

Suk-jin has recently moved, and his teammates–Soo-hyun, Ki-woo, and writer Kim Yeon-woo (yep, the singer)–ask about a housewarming party, wanting to see the snazzy bachelor pad he inevitably lives in. But Suk-jin is even brusquer than usual blowing them off; he offers to buy dinner out instead, but it’s obvious that he doesn’t want them seeing where he lives. Which, naturally, makes them even more curious to see it.

Then Soo-hyun spots Suk-jin in a few curious encounters at work, and gets curious about the man in a black suit and the well-dressed woman, both of whom Suk-jin sent away in irritation. She puzzles out possible explanations with Ki-woo and Yeon-woo, tossing out a number of scenarios, their imaginations running wild. Is Suk-jin a secret chaebol who refuses to come home to run Dad’s company, and the woman his posh older sister begging him to reconcile an old grudge? Or is he hiding a secret woman at home, keeping her tucked away because it’s an improper relationship? Maybe an affair with a married woman that he’s trying to end?

Or, you know, he could be a robot. Heh.

Unable to tamp down their curiosity, the trio decides to scope out the address for themselves. Soo-hyun takes the lead and tracks down the address, heading up toward… a rooftop? But why would sophisticated Suk-jin live in a dinky, cheap rooftop room?

She ducks around the corner when Suk-jin appears with the same posh woman, who turns out to be his lawyer. And now we learn that Suk-jin’s father fell into debt and was hounded by debt collectors, who came to the station to harass Suk-jin as well. Now Suk-jin has moved (ostensibly giving up a nice place to use the deposit money for Dad), and the only place he can now afford is a rooftop. But like he’s going to confide in his co-workers, or let Ki-woo see any hint of weakness. Hence his tight-lipped replies.

Suk-jin spots Soo-hyun around the corner, though, so she fakes drunkenness to explain her presence, saying she wandered unknowingly. She feels a burst of sympathy and wants to preserve his pride, so when she rejoins the others downstairs, she ushers them away and says they had the wrong address.

The next day at work, Ki-woo tells Suk-jin they went searching for his new apartment yesterday, but got the wrong address, tipping Suk-jin off to the truth. Soo-hyun sticks to her drunk line, though, and asks him if she did anything strange yesterday, ’cause she can’t remember a thing.

Suk-jin doesn’t seem convinced in Soo-hyun’s story, but he’s touched at her cover-up, especially since it would have been so easy for her to tell Ki-woo the truth. And… thus begins a different kind of relationship?

(It’s a story turn I didn’t expect, but which I like to see because I want for Suk-jin to find a nice girl and be happy. So much! But I’m a little bummed that it’s Soo-hyun, because she’s so obviously set up to pair with Jin-haeng, even though he remains oblivious to her interest. The reason I haven’t talked about Soo-hyun much despite her having a lot of screentime is because I don’t really feel a connection to her story with Jin-haeng; they have a very platonic vibe that doesn’t get me clamoring for more. But with Suk-jin… it makes me hope for one of those reversals where the show goes with chemistry over outlined plan. Hey, it could happen. It should happen.)


49 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. chara

    jung so min lost a lot of weight. I liked her more when she was chubbier

    • 1.1 Tofu Fingers

      Same here! Even if you look at her objectively, her face is just one of those that look best with a softer/less gaunt appearance.

    • 1.2 m a r a

      I love So Min, but I have to agree with you and Tofu Fingers. She’s a bit more gaunt now, and while she’s still cute, she’s not as cute as when her face was fuller.

      • 1.2.1 Cynthia

        She did a recent guest appearance on Strong Heart (her first variety show) and freely discussed her weight – she apparently put on the pounds while filming Playful Kiss – particularly towards the end of filming. She dropped a substantial number of lbs in the interim and feels much better with her new figure.
        I think So-min is adorable no matter what weight she’s at.

        • yuna

          i agree with you, 100% 😀

        • m a r a

          I remember her discussing that, and while I adore her through and through, I just personally feel she could stand to gain a few pounds because if/when she gets sick, there’s not much room for her to lose any more weight.

    • 1.3 lucy

      that weight loss does not flatter her face.

  2. KDaddict

    I like this sit-com better than Hi Kick 3. Too bad its ratings is only half of HK3. Love Siwan init, esp. when he dresses up as Yeom of METS. Sooo p-r-e-t-t-y!
    Ryu Jin’s char is really dim witted, but has a heart of gold. How can So Hyun be so smitten when she sees him failing all the time? I thought women like successful men.
    His brother, Ki-woo, is the typical likable younger brother. But why is Daddy Ryu being so mean, when he owns the whole apt building? It’s not like they can’t afford to feed one high school student for a year. Even when played for laughs, it makes him extremely mean spirited. Support the poor kid for a year or so, then you’d have gained a 3rd son, or grandson, a national scholar n pretty as flower to bout. Why the hell not?
    Their treatment of Suk-jin with the buck teeth is so over the top that it isn’t funny. Keep it within believable limits should be the way to go.
    Other than that, I like this sit-com overall. 🙂

  3. Jules

    I like the show and feel that right now, Suk-jin is the most relatable character, because he’s flawed and petty and has real issues, but I’m also really enjoying the growing relationship between Jin-haeng and Shi-wan.

    I’m a bit irked that So-min has been given so little to do, particularly this past week, when we saw so much of Papa Ryu (whose treatment of Shi-wan is outright abusive at times) and his potential loveline with Joon-geum, which is a storyline I just don’t care about.

    And I’m a little concerned that Soo-hyun’s loveline may have shifted – not to Suk-jin, but to Ki-woo. Ugh, sometimes being a shipper (of So-min/Ki-woo, in this case) makes watching a show harder than it perhaps should be. *g*

    • 3.1 m a r a

      LOL. I don’t think there’s anything to worry about the shippings 😉 Sure, I understand where you’re coming from. I’m there, too, but at the same time, I don’t think the writers will just assume their viewers have a memory of a gold fish and forget about those So Min and Ki Woo highlights that they dumped on us.

      Anyway, I heard that So Min has been sick, and that’s why her screen time’s been so little in the last week.

    • 3.2 DB5K

      The scriptwriters definitely hinted that Kiwoo may possibly develop a one-sided crush on Soohyun. But they just do that to mess with us, to add a little unpredictability and open up new possibilities and relationships. It will definitely be Kiwoo and Somin in the end.

      That’s the thing with sitcoms; since they’re really long and they can’t have the OTP end up together right away, they stall. Sometimes the girl will end up with another guy, realize that it’s the wrong guy, break up, and end up with the right guy 🙂

      • 3.2.1 hanjiyoon

        I agree with you! I believe all these little hints of other possible love lines (Ki Woo & Soo Hyun, Soo Hyun & Suk Jin, Si Wan & Ye Won, Si Wan & Kyung Pyo LOL, etc.) are just the writers’ way of teasing us with new possibilities. It’s fun, I gotta admit, to experiment with a bunch of different pairings. In a way, I guess there’s something for everyone… they’re appealing to practically every single shipper out there so no one feels left out.

        Ultimately, I believe that as the series winds down, the Jin Haeng-Soo Hyun-Suk Jin and Ki Woo-So Min-Si Wan triangles will be “it” at the end, with most likely Jin Haeng & Soo Hyun and Ki Woo & So Min as the official couples. (I remember JB mentioning these groupings in one of her first info posts about Standby… There’s not really a possibility for the information she found to be wrong, right? Unless they were just rumors…)

  4. ck1Oz

    🙂 Ha. Thanks. I have the episodes in my HD but didn’t have time to watch them yet.

    Now, I am so going to go for ep 22. Yeah, this Suk Jin, I felt kinda bad for him in the love connection episode. I mean, the girl looked so bummed at missing him but he is so stuck in his insecurity, that he missed the signals.

    This drama is light and fluffy. But that is also why it’s so easy and painless to fast fw. Especially the Daddy part. He is an utter jerk. What is his role in this drama again?

  5. Tofu Fingers

    Subs for this are slow so I’ve only seen episodes 1 to 6. I really hoped this show would fare well, story-wise and ratings-wise. But the first 6 episodes are meh.

    I can relate a whole lot to the TV network setting, and after High Kick 3 (my first K-sitcom), I was so excited to find another one.

    Anyway, I’m sticking for Jung So-min.

  6. Tofu Fingers

    OT: About High Kick 3, without giving any spoilers away (I’ve only watched 100 episodes), how popular was it? Was it popular but low in ratings? Or not?
    Obviously not at the level for HK1 and HK2. But after finding out that All My Love had 210 episodes, I wonder if that means HK3 didn’t do that well.

    I love HK3 too much. It’ll always be a favorite. I foresee rewatching it at least once every year. Hahaha.

    • 6.1 kyary

      I read on wikipedia that High Kick 3 didn’t meet people’s expectations and wasn’t as good as the first 2. I don’t know about the ratings though

      • 6.1.1 Tofu Fingers

        Ah I see. Thanks!

    • 6.2 javabeans

      High Kick 3 wasn’t the runaway hit that the first series was, or the stable success that the second season was, but it wasn’t a flop. I do think there was a general feeling of it not meeting expectations set by the first two, so there was some disappointment overall. But it was a steady enough performer that the general public was aware of it, and it definitely kicked off the “puing-puing” thing, so it had enough of a presence to start a pop-culture catchphrase.

      • 6.2.1 Tofu Fingers

        Omo, The Javabeans replied to my comment! Haha. Thanks!

  7. jinjoo

    i luv to watch this, can someone pls tell where i can? luv ryu jin! 🙂

  8. momogi

    I don’t watch Standby instead I watch I Need A Fairy, but I always follow and looking forward to your recap report.

    my heart break for Suk-jin, aaawwww, poor man, he should’ve just tell her and everything will end happily. Sigh

    Thanks for the recap javabeans! 🙂

  9. ally

    Thank you for this!! Really enjoyed the highlights 🙂

    Ki-woo looks like he could pull a Gu Jun Pyo with those curls hehe

  10. 10 DramaticTeacher

    Thank you for the highlights! I’m also a So-min and Kiwoo shipper and it felt unfair to have less screentime for Somin and Kiwoo. I hope they won’t make a Soohyun, Kiwoo and Sukjin triangle. That would be really disappointing.

  11. 11 NN

    Thanks for the highlights! I watched quite a few episodes before the site I was viewing them on stopped rolling out new episodes. Anyone know where I can see episodes either subbed in English or Chinese? Thanks!

    • 11.1 Cynthia


    • 11.2 mtoh

      Dramacrazy.net but you only have 6 or 7 subed in English!

    • 11.3 m a r a

      Try dramastyle.com for chinese subbed.

  12. 12 Ani

    “Suk-jin. I think I love you, and pity you. I can’t decide which is the dominant feeling, but in any case I’m left with an overwhelming urge to hug you. ”

    Aaaaaaaw. He’s the nerd we want to be in the sense that he came from the bottom of the food chain to getting to the top. Sort of. He really is adorable and sad. Bro, I can be your friend. X(

  13. 13 DB5K

    Sukjin’s eccentric character is so adorable!! All the characters are likable, but Sukjin really stands out, whether it’s by having a heart-to-heart with a rabbit or seething in his car scribbling on his shit list. However, given that he’s a supporting character, albeit the most complex and developed, I doubt he will end up with Soohyun. Jinhaeng is supposed to be the main lead, and by default he has to have a love line according to the rules of dramaverse, and Soohyun is supposed to be the main female lead so…

    I think the scriptwriters might establish Sukjin as a “forever alone” type of guy. Since he provides so much of the comic relief, I can’t imagine him having a genuine, serious relationship. He does have serious moments in the sitcom, but it never lasts long because such an integral part of his character is to be petty and scheming, and that side of his character is so important to the show’s plot and contributes to so much of the humor. I think his crush on Soohyun will just lead to more funny or heart wrenching situations.

    Also, I actually don’t find Daddy Ryu annoying at all. It’s pretty refreshing that he’s so blunt and honest. And let’s face it, he’s the prototype for a lot of Korean ahjusshis out there. And it’s easier to understand Daddy Ryu’s dislike of Siwan when it’s revealed that Dad is jealous of Jinhaeng’s affection and care for Siwan. And it can be pretty funny when that jealousy turns Dad into a pouty, petulant child, like when Dad snatches the backpack Jinhaeng bought for Siwan and wears it, even though it makes him look ridiculous. The only thing I find tiresome is the running joke of Dad’s polar (nice/mean) treatment toward Siwan.. How many times are the scriptwriters going to repeat that scenario??

    And Ssam D has been romanized as Sam-di? Simon Dominic does not approve, lol.

  14. 14 yuna

    i’m actually watching this because of somin and i look forward to kiwoo-somin love line. it’s sad that they’re given little time only. however, i love the growing closeness of somin and siwan that i really won’t mind if these two will be the end game. they look good together anyway

  15. 15 Noelle

    Yay! I was thinking about this the other day. Thanks for the highlights!

  16. 16 purexorange

    i think i’m one of the minority who root for soo hyun and ki woo pair . I think they match just wonderfully~~~

    • 16.1 hanjiyoon

      i’m there with you~
      they look really good together! hahaha.

      it’s good seeing you over here at DB too, purexorange. (:

    • 16.2 allenif

      i do think so. i guess it’s their height and personality that match so they look good together.

  17. 17 Rashell

    Thanks for doing this. I wish I could find subs for this series, but at least you’re doing this update to keep us in the loop.

    • 17.1 allenif

      it’s on dramacrazy.net and epdrama.com but english subbed is only till ep 6.

  18. 18 Sanicia

    Oh i really do love this show! It’s mindless and funny, but at times with some really nice moments! It was Suk Jin’s time to shine in the last week. I love how he tries to cover up his “complexes” with his brusque behavior but actually is rater adorable. My heart really goes out for him with regards to his lost love. The rabbit incident nailed my love for him though. It’s so adorable how he sizes SimonD up in his mind to see whether he is a potentially good caregiver, always dropping in to see the rabbit, and how he asked the rabbit not to forgive him for his inability to save it lol. Scriptwriters, please find him someone!

    On another note, although it’s not covered in this highlight series, i loved the fight that happened between Ki Woo and Ryu Jin and the little confessing session that happened after. I even teared a little, something i never expected from standby.

  19. 19 Rovi

    So, besides the fact that I stopped downloading Standby since ep.6 I’ve been relying on JB for any recaps. And I love that you’re so awesome in recapping 14 eps. 🙂

    So my take on the highlights…

    -Fond “Aww~!” on the Shi-wan So-min friendship, totally platonic it’s like they’re sworn siblings.
    -Sad “Aww~!” to Suk-jin, I know how it is to be bullied, from elementary ’til the middle of college…
    -A big big “Awwwwwwwwww~!!!!!” and “YAY~!!!” (I think???) at Gyeong-po Shi-wan couple development-leading-to-(accidental? I don’t think so)-first-kiss~!!! WHEEEEEEEEEEE
    BTW, both need a couple name RIGHT NOW, hahaha~!!! And I miss SsamDi so…looks so nerdy yet funny in a cute way (from how I perceive him in “100 Points out of 100 Points”…
    -Also, MAJOR MAJOR ♥♥♥♥♥ at the “Treehuggers Couple” *snerk* XD
    -Another fond “Aww~!” at Soo-hyeon Gyeong-po sib♥
    -Poor Joon-geum, though somehow she’s funny at “Rooftop Prince” (Granny’s younger sis who’s got an affair with Pyo Taek-soo, and aunt to Uncle Money), I feel for her, trying so hard…
    -Big cute “Awww~!” at Alexandrio Cabernet Bourbon III. What’s with the fascination of Koreans with foreign names, if they can’t even pronounce English academically gramatically properly??? I doubt that the name is a hybrid of Italian-French…

    Also, Bourbon is a royal French clan (not even a proper surname, since nobility and royalty have no surname/clan name, with the exception of the Korean royal family; Goryeo was ruled by the Wang clan (later remnants who survived the 1390’s purge changed their clan name to Ok), and Joseon by the Jeonju Yi clan…
    Some FYI: The royal House of Bourbon started from Henri IV de Navarre, Catherine de’ Medicis’ son-in-law through Margeruite de Valois. Members included “Le Roi Soleil” Louis XIV & Louis XVI who was guillotined during the Revolution…

    -Big “Hahaha~!” at the robot, reminds me of the panda in Rooftop Prince and the bunny in Vampire Idol…

    L♥VE IT~!!!

  20. 20 allenif

    thank you for the highlights. somehow it helps us non-korean speaking viewers to understand what’s going on.

    i find suk jin the most lonely character. though siwan is an orphan, he has at least people around that cares for him. suk jin has no friend and can’t tell his feelings to the woman he cares for though within his reach. if only he knew that she’s interested with him since their school days. how miserable it is to see him suppressing his feelings. i wish to see him overcoming his insecurities. won’t it be another heartbreak for him to see him falling for soo-hyun since from what i read, soo-hyun and jin haeng will be the end game.

    i love the growing closeness of somin and siwan. it’s a good feeling seeing them trying to protect each other. another relationship that i enjoy watching is the kim siblings. there are no dull moments with them around.

    the most annoying character for me is papa ryu. i find him immature and so childish. *gah* i know this is for comedic purposes but i don’t find it funny at all.

    the one i’m looking forward to is the loveline of kiwoo and somin. i hope the show would give us more screen time of them.

    again, thank you so much javabeans 😀

  21. 21 Arhazivory

    Thanks a lot for the highlights. 😀 I think this sitcom is great; I just wish there were more subbers interested in it so these highlights are great.

    I also love Suk-Jin. 😀

  22. 22 Mel

    I love the cast and search DB for any small bit of recap on this daily drama… It’s such a gift when you recap, I wonder if Dramafever will ever add this on their list of subbed dramas… ’til next recap, thanks JB.. Thanks so much.

  23. 23 Love this show

    thank you very much to put on this highlight. I love this show very much though i have a hard time with the language. This blog is so impressive. Keep up a good work 🙂

  24. 24 Sudi

    Are you going to recap it further??Please recap it..Plzzzzzzzzzzz.I beg you

  25. 25 zoe

    Please do this for the following eps too!! I watch it without subs cause there aren’t any so I don’t get it much but and your explanations are really helpfull! this sitcom is great! so funny even if I don’t know the languagexP

  26. 26 Yukiieee

    Does anyone know where i can watch this sitcom with english sub? I’m stuck at episode 33 on Funshion! 🙁

    • 26.1 Hiro

      Where did you watch this drama until episode 33? because I’m stuck at ep 14. couldn’t find it -_-

  27. 27 Anna

    hellooooooooooo … writer ahmm .. :)) ahmm I just want to know you if you know where can I watch this that has an english subs ?? please ~ ^O^

  28. 28 katelyn

    can someone please tell me where i can watch this?? i was able to watch the first 15 episodes but cant find anymore with english subtitles, someone please help me i really wanna watch this! its too funny to stop!

  29. 29 Hiro

    Hi all,

    I really love watching this sitcom drama, standby. But unfortunately, I could not find any website to watch this drama. I only watched this drama until episode 14. Please help me if you guys know where I can find and watch this drama.
    Thank you o much ^_^

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