Drama Recaps
A Gentleman’s Dignity: Episode 3
by | June 12, 2012 | 68 Comments

The facial expressions alone make this episode really entertaining to watch. Who knew a person’s face could be so flexible?


We open at a nightclub where a pretty 20-year-old girl is ushered into a room with our four men. Jung Rok immediately starts to charm her and Tae San reassures her that they’re 30-year-old oppas, not ajusshis. Do Jin scolds Tae San for lying; they’re actually 31. Hah. This is both horrific and hilarious.

The guys start talking about an old classmate named Jong Suk who married early, and the girl asks how they know who her dad is. What?! They leave before you can say “pedobear” after making sure nobody said their names. I am so creeped out by this opening sequence right now.

The date is February 15th and we flashback to Yi Soo’s confession from the day before, in which she begs Do Jin to accept her feelings. He warns her that if he accepts, they’ll live together happily for a long time. I can’t tell if he’s serious or not. Yi Soo blurts out that’s all she wanted and runs away in embarrassment as Tae San reels from shock at what just occurred.

Back in the present, Tae San recalls Yi Soo’s confession and laments that he wanted to set her up with Yoon. When Do Jin arrives, Tae San warns him not to play around with Yi Soo. In fact, just keep away from her all together.

Do Jin responds that he might pursue a serious relationship with her but Tae San shrugs off his words and hands Do Jin his phone, telling him to keep his playboy dignity. He can find a serious relationship with someone else. Aw. Not even his friends have any faith in his interest.

Yi Soo freaks out when Do Jin’s name appears on her phone and turns to Me Ahri, who’s currently being punished for sending the chocolates. Hahah. I wish Yi Soo was as forceful and confident around Do Jin as she is when teaching.

At Do Jin’s fifth call, Me Ahri picks up and pretends to have found the phone, only to have Do Jin ask if this is Me Ahri. Kek. Yi Soo grabs Me Ahri by the collar, saying they’ll just die together. It’s not her best moment as a role model.

Do Jin pulls out the card that Me Ahri wrote to Tae San in Yi Soo’s name. Yeah. It’s confusing me too. The note is mixed with poetic language and shortened phrases of aegyo, like “Why do you take my heart without permission” and “Can I just be yours::smileyfaceheartsrainbows::?” Puhahaha. Do Jin stews in jealousy and drives to Yi Soo’s house to confront her.

He meets Se Ra, who tells him there are two reasons when a woman doesn’t pick up her phone. She either likes him way too much or hates him. Does he know which option Yi Soo picked? Yi Soo sees the two talking as she walks home and hides in front of her neighbor’s gate, which then leads to a long lecture about Christ’s love for sinful children when her neighbor sees her outside. Hahah.

Jung Rok’s wife struts into his café to order a tea and hands him her card. Instead of signing her name, she writes, “Why don’t you pick up your phone,” and “Where did you sleep last night,” which flusters Jung Rok. He lies that he was with Do Jin and is saved by Se Ra’s entrance.

The two women tear each other down by commenting on how drab the other looks today. They’re equally matched in terms of arrogance, superficiality, and cattiness, which actually makes me care about them in this scene because their conversation is so snappy and entertaining.

Do Jin texts Yi Soo from inside his car after he sees her leave her neighbor’s house. He watches her flip out numerous times as she tries to figure out what to do. I don’t think jumping around like a monkey on the street will do much though. Yi Soo spots Do Jin mid-jump and the two stare at each other.

He approaches her, saying he can’t sleep or eat because she used him. She tries to use her aegyo to alleviate the tension, which makes the atmosphere even more awkward. Kek. She suggests a talk over coffee but Do Jin shakes his head. He wants something alcoholic in a place with four walls and she balks at the idea of going to a hotel, only to have Do Jin ask if her house doesn’t have four walls. Lol. It’s hard to keep track of his fake-outs.

As Do Jin drinks a beer, he asks her when she started to like him. Bwaha. He continues that she must really have wanted to confess to him. The chocolate basket was certainly a testament to that. She continues to apologize but he talks over her by twisting the words from Tae San’s card to fit him.

Do Jin: You try to contain your affection for me but it’s a bitterly painful love, isn’t it? I’m so sadly beautiful, aren’t I?
Yi Soo: Uh…it’s so bitterly painful that I didn’t hear what you said at the end. You’re sadly…a bad person?
Do Jin: Is that what you heard?
Yi Soo: That’s not what you said? Then…you’re sadly…busy all the time?
Do Jin:
Yi Soo: Oh! I forgot. You’re as beautiful as a flower, right? I remember now. You’re so sadly beautiful.

Bahahaha. He knows she’s messing with him but her last words unconsciously inflate his ego. Yi Soo tells Do Jin that he should just inform his friends that he rejected her, but he simply says that he’ll take care of it; just make sure to pick up the phone whenever he calls.

Me Ahri comes home to find Yoon leaving with a duffel bag. He notices that she has leg pain, which she explains is from a punishment. She half-pleads, half-commands him to drink coffee with her before he leaves. She reaches for some saucers on a high shelf and almost sends them crashing to the ground before Yoon catches them, leaving the two of them uncomfortably close to each other. Ooh la la~

Yoon goes back to his office and opens his bag to reveal a wedding photo. Ooh. Is the wife dead? Did she leave him? All we know is that he’s still not over her. Somebody hug him please.

The four men meet up at Jung Rok’s café and make plans for an overnight trip to play baseball with their colleagues. Do Jin perks up when Yi Soo’s name comes up but Yoon and Tae San make carpool arrangements without him, which I’m sure will become re-arranged by Do Jin. Notably, a woman comes into the café whom Jung Rok recognizes.

Tae San comes back to the office to complain about a surprise meeting with a client, which prevents him from driving Yi Soo to the baseball game. Lol. I wonder who set that meeting up. Do Jin puts on a feigned look of concern but refuses to take over the meeting, prompting Tae San to wonder why Do Jin can’t be as charming as he is.

Do Jin says that he can drive Yi Soo if Tae San is busy but Tae San turns him down. He decides that Yoon will take Yi Soo, which earns him an evil stare from Do Jin. Surely, this cannot be the end of it.

As expected, on the day of the baseball trip, Do Jin shows up at Yi Soo’s house and informs her that Yoon’s car is very full. Puhaha. I love the sound effects. Cut to Me Ahri, three players, and a very unhappy Yoon. One of the players inform Yoon that they also have to pick up uniforms, which ticks Yoon off even more.

In the other car, Do Jin answers Yi Soo’s question of what baseball position he plays by saying the only sport he likes is golf. She then asks him why he’s going to the game and he replies that the team still needs someone to be the visual. Bahaha.

Yi Soo brings out rolls of kimbab and boiled eggs and Do Jin scolds her for thinking of eating in his car. This car is not to be dirtied. She scoffs at his obsession with a stupid machine and wonders if he’s named the car too. A sheepish look crosses over his face and she giggles at his childish tendencies. Heh. I wanna know its name!

He stops at a rest area so she can eat her food. Except when she does eat, he gives snide comments about how she eats a lot. Aw. Come now. Leave the girl alone. Do Jin brings up the red dress incident and Yi Soo chokes on her food. He probably doesn’t even know the Heimlich maneuver. She bursts out shouting that she has no freaking idea what he’s talking about and that she never will. So please stop asking. Hee.

As Yi Soo sleeps in the car, Do Jin drives to a different town after an emergency call from Jung Rok. He needs Do Jin to lie to his wife that he and Do Jin are vacationing together. When Yi Soo wakes up, she rightfully lashes out at Do Jin for driving to a different area without telling her. She has her own schedule too! Do Jin ignores her and goes inside to meet Jung Rok.

Inside the hotel, Do Jin informs Mrs. Jung Rok that her husband was with him this weekend on a golf trip. Really. You made him come all the way to lie to your wife? Jung Rok tells Do Jin that he met a former flame that had dumped him to marry another guy. They touch upon another woman’s name, which makes Do Jin’s jaw stiffen. Hm. Interesting…

A message comes to Do Jin, saying that “Mrs. Do Jin” left with the car. Hahahaha! Sure enough, Yi Soo has taken the car to drive down to the baseball game. Along the way, she sees the Vampire Boy from the airplane trying to hitch a ride. Fate, meet Coincidence. She tells him that she’s a high school teacher who just stole a car, but she’s more than willing to offer him a ride. He responds that he’ll go with her as long as she doesn’t have a gun.

Fuming, Do Jin takes Jung Rok’s car and shows up at the hotel where the baseball team is. He stomps up to Yi Soo and demands to know where his car is. However, during his conversation with Yi Soo, one of his employees sees him and strangely throws out an “I love you Director!” as well as a “You are so good-looking!” Apparently the employee had made a mistake and his punishment is to flatter Do Jin whenever they meet. Hah! Oh no. I see where this is going…

Do Jin finds his car parked near the ocean with a smiling dried octopus hanging from the rearview mirror. At that moment, it drops onto the car seat and Do Jin screams for mercy. Puhahahah. As revenge, he drops the octopus into Yi Soo’s bag, which he then places in the sun to make the octopus even smellier. LOL.

The baseball game begins and all Do Jin can do is stare at Yi Soo from the bench. Ha. I guess the “visual” isn’t that useful on the field. Unfortunately, the game ends prematurely because cheerleader Me Ahri gets hit in the face by a baseball. Yoon ends up taking her to the hospital while the rest prepare for dinner.

Yi Soo screams when she opens her bag, which Do Jin takes as a sign that his revenge has been completed. He heads upstairs and she asks him why he’s so petty; isn’t he supposed to be a gentleman?

He simply responds that he’s not a gentleman. Ah, and in exchange for taking his car, he now expects her to flatter him to no end whenever he says her full name. She laughs at his absurd request, but a reminder that he can tell Tae San about her one-sided love shuts her up quickly.

Yi Soo ends up wearing some of Me Ahri’s clothes, which gives the boys a chance to drool over her purty legs. Tae San remarks that he’s never seen this side of her and offers to give her a ride back home, but Do Jin cuts him off, saying that Yi Soo wanted to have a sushi date. He repeats “Suh Yi Soo sshi” and she grudgingly whispers, “I praise you for your high intelligence,” in his ear. LOL.

Do Jin takes Yi Soo by the shoulders and walks behind her to cover the guys’ view of her legs and Tae San comments that they look good together. Do I sense jealousy?

At the sushi house, Yi Soo asks for the real reason for keeping her from going home. He replies that she’s a little old not to know what happens when a man wants to spend time with a woman alone… but all he really wants is a designated driver. Haha. She grabs the soju bottle and starts gulping it down until he comments that she must really want to stay with him here. She instantly starts to spit the alcohol back into the bottle. Haha! Also ew.

Later, the two watch the sunset and Do Jin wraps his jacket around Yi Soo’s skirt when it flutters around from the wind. She reluctantly thanks him for his warm gesture and he asks why she’s an umpire. She responds that baseball is her favorite thing in the world after teaching. She also likes Tae San, a baseball player. She apologizes for complicating things with her rash confession and the two stare off into the ocean.

The next month, Do Jin passes by the store he bought the tablecloth from. A $20 price tag has been put on it, which brings a smile to Do Jin’s face.

At school, some of Yi Soo’s students belittle her for teaching ethics, which they see is an irrelevant subject. As they continue to complain, Dong Hyub approaches with his crew. He kicks the classmate that trash-talked before leaving with a warning never to bad-mouth the Ethics teacher again. Aw. I see someone’s heart getting crushed in the near future.

Jung Rok finds out that his wife came to the café and picked up his credit card statement, which sends him into panic mode. He arrives at the gym she works out at with a bouquet of roses only to find his wife flirting with the trainer. He marches up to them and commands the guy to step away. She introduces him as her soon-to-be ex-husband. Uh-ohs.

Yi Soo sees an architecture magazine that features Do Jin on its cover at a bookstore. She reads his interview and finds out that he picked architecture because it was the highest profession his grades would allow him to pursue. In addition, she learns that he doesn’t believe in marriage because he has no confidence to be with and love just one woman. Well, at least he’s honest.

Tae San informs Do Jin that Yi Soo is going on a blind date set up by Se Ra. Did he really reject Yi Soo, as Se Ra said? A surprised Do Jin tells him that he’ll call again and hangs up to figure out the situation. He later shows up at the restaurant where Yi Soo will have her blind date and finds that she came ten minutes earlier than the meeting time.

He plops down in front of her and tells her that Tae San told him to “rescue” her. Her eyes light up at Tae San’s name, which grates on his nerves. He reminds her that he’s the one who’s in front of her, which prompts her to ask why he came in the first place. He responds by saying that it’s because he likes her and that he won’t take no for an answer.


So, not much happened in terms of plot movement, but I don’t think this drama will be about plot as much as it will be about development. That worries me a little bit because you can only have so much dialogue before you want things to happen, like in Thousand Day Promise. Thankfully there’s a lot of humor to liven the drama up.

There are some people that can’t stand any of the characters besides Yoon and Tae San in this drama and I can see why that would happen. This drama, like many of Kim Eun Sook’s shows, has a tendency to walk that fair line between pretentious, annoying hot mess and smartly-written, zippy fun. Secret Garden veered more into the zippy fun territory mostly because its premise of switching souls had a lot of fun stuff to play with.

I know people get annoyed by the Secret Garden comparisons and I do agree that A Gentleman’s Dignity should be judged by itself for its own characters and plot. However, seeing as how it’s written by the same writer, there are certain familiar elements that always crop up. For one, a lot of Kim Eun Sook’s heroines turn out to be slightly one-dimensional. I say one-dimensional in the sense that there is rarely any character growth.

I feel that Yi Soo can sometimes be over-the-top and I do think that Kim Ha Neul overacts a lot here. I can see why her baby voice and bumbling tendencies can be off-putting to some viewers. It doesn’t bother me too much right now though because I like the actress, which goes a long way towards giving her some slack. Hopefully she tones it down in the upcoming episodes. Yi Soo is technically past 30, right?

Anyway, it’s too early to say that Yi Soo won’t have any real development, but she has yet to really capture my heart. I do feel some sympathy in that she lost her crush to her best friend but I feel like we’re told that she likes him more than we ever really see. I really like her sassy, teacher mode and I hope we get more of that Yi Soo than the cutesy Yi Soo later on.

In the same vein, there are times I like Me Ahri and there are times when I don’t. Her crush on Yoon is uber cute and I love her relationship with Yi Soo. I just wish she didn’t come off as so childish sometimes, like in the cheerleading scene. She still has a lot of maturing to do before she’s paired up with Yoon so I’ll be looking forward to her development as well.

There are a lot of questions to be answered, including who that mysterious Vampire Boy is. Some people have said that he’s supposed to be the son of one of the guys which would make sense. I just hope the whole first love angst doesn’t become too central to the drama.

I’m most interested in Yoon’s backstory. I want to know why a smart, well-established lawyer has to live with one of his buddies. Granted, he is my personal favorite of the four men but it’s something that makes me look forward to the next episodes even more. Maybe he just really likes his friends. He does get all handsy on Do Jin before he leaves. Heh.

Lastly, Jang Dong Gun and Lee Jong Hyuk are knocking it out of the park with their ridiculous facial gestures. I can’t help but laugh at the screen caps as I write this.


68 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. dugeundugeun

    LOL, i love that last screencap of Jang Dong Gun.
    this drama is growing on me.

    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      It definitely does grow on you. There are parts that are annoying to me, but I’m willing to overlook them because I’m still intrigued by F44 and their bromance. I’m also invested enough in our leads’ love line that I want to see it play out.

  2. jenny

    Didn’t think I was going to love this drama bt I dooooo. Thnx for the recap

  3. livvy

    I’m really loving this drama. keep ’em coming!

  4. linda

    This drama is great to laugh out loud. You never know JDG would be this hilarious.

  5. kirara

    YES! Those two do some HILARIOUS face expressions in each episode.. makes watching it so much more ENJOYABLE!

    Thank you and can’t wait to see more more MORE! 😀

  6. tambok

    I too appreciate the many contortions of JDG & LJH’s facial expressions. Its difficult to pull that off while staying in character. I remember JDG make me laugh out loud with his oddball role in “Good Morning,President” which he played with so much gusto.

  7. guestyguest

    Almost every screencap is a derp face. I love it.

  8. aya

    the nightclub scene almost killed me, i laughed so hard. LOL

  9. jen

    i love the four guys when they’re together but in their separate story lines i already fast forward past tae sun and jung rok. i just really don’t like or care about their characters lol.

    i love the other two potential couples tho.

  10. 10 Paloma

    I really love this drama. I enjoy every single episode!
    Still in episode 3? We are already in episode 6!
    I want to read your comments about the bathroom scene!!!!!!

    • 10.1 Rin

      owhhh bathroom scene make me feel giddy.soooo hot.keke

    • 10.2 Shirley

      her eyes was exacly facing his nipples !. and was pressed to it in the beginning – ha ha !!

  11. 11 GANJI.

    Thanks for the recap! I agree that Meahri acts too childish at times and then goes off to Yoon and says ‘I’m not a child anymore’… Eh, then please show that through your actions and not just words.

    Yoon was my favorite character the first 2-3 episodes too, but I find him a bit annoying now lol. He’s like soft tofu, doesn’t say yes nor no to Meahri…

    Ke, I absolutley love Lee Jong Hyuk’s ‘Is she pretty?’ pose and Jang Dong Guns expressions too! Oh those ahjussis, what have they done to me!?

    Please keep recapping, I feel like I’m watching the drama the second time through your recaps! ^^

    • 11.1 Brenda

      “he’s like soft tofu”
      Hahaha, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I read that. But I agree, he is.

      I find myself adoring Yoon as well since it seems like he is the only one out of the four with principles…then…I see the opening scenes and he proves me wrong.
      Like the one at the beginning of this episode where they were hitting of the twenty year old girl. I couldn’t help but cringe when they were all saying they were 30.

  12. 12 skelly

    I’m not really liking any of the characters, at this point. I really hate how Yi Soo squirms around and generally acts like a 12-year-old about her “crush” – sheesh, is she really supposed to be 30? I only like her when she is in teacher mode, which unfortunately is NOT when she is around the men. Even her umpiring is a little too cutesy.
    And Do Jin, he’s just too much of a jerk. I don’t really care what private pain he is hoarding in his tiny widdle heart, it’s no excuse for making life a misery for some other woman. And she’s such a wimp, he should have been kicked to the curb numerous times for his words and his actions. For example, he promises her a ride to the game and then reneges, abandoning her far away from where she, as an umpire, is committed to be. So she takes his car and abandons it with dried sea creature. He then leaves dried sea creature in her bag. I would say they are even, but instead she has to compliment him? Why? He’s one of those horrible people for whom nothing is ever their fault. I could go on and on about all of the things he does that rub me the wrong way. The only character I detest more is the cheating husband. I thought we’d gone beyond the cheating husband/suspicious wife trope played for laughs, but I guess not.

    • 12.1 JoAnne

      I don’t think the cheating part is funny…but the rest of it, I don’t take so seriously. It’s played for laughs, broader than real life, same as comedic television or movies in any language, so I take it that way. I understand though, sometimes things just don’t hit your funny bone. It happens to me too, and I’m left going “why do people think this is FUNNY?”

    • 12.2 Julie

      that scene remind me of yoon eun hye – GOONG at the beach !!

  13. 13 ~Feather~

    Thanks for the recap!
    I’m watching episode 4 as I write this. I know, I’m really behind. I have just finished my last day of classes before summer vacation! Now, onward to the dreaded exams, but that won’t stop me from watching my dramas. 😉 It never has.
    I’m really curious where this story is heading. I can’t say anything yet since I have to catch up with episodes, but I…honestly have no idea.
    I like the fun banter all the characters possess. I have to agree that Yi Soo seems one-dimensional. I just want all of them to have some form of character development, no matter how small.
    I have a feeling we might end up exploring some makjang territory. Hopefully it won’t be overly angsty and take over the entire plot.

  14. 14 Nik

    Thank you for recapping!!! I am enjoying this drama very much.

  15. 15 luraaa

    Is it wrong of me to think that I love these actors? Especially Jang Dong-gun. Heck, I’m 24 years old and yet I’ve fallen in love with him. He is such a good actor that I couldn’t help but fall for him as one of my ahjusshi crushes.

    Anyway, I’m glad you’re doing a recap of this drama; keep it up. I’m on episode 6 now, and I think Yi-soo (and Kim Ha-neul) has toned down her over acting in the first episode. There were some scenes in the first and episode where she was so annoying.

    I find this drama better than Secret Garden; probably because I find the four men tolerable enough compared to Joo-won. And these four gentlemen are such good actors that I sometimes have to rewatch an episode to take note of their facial expressions.

    It’s a fun drama, and I know some people don’t like it, but for me I find it entertaining at this certain point in my life now. I just hope the drama maintains its fun and light mood. More hilarity, less melodrama.

    • 15.1 Milaiski

      Oh dear. You are not alone. I’m 23 and I equally love them as well. And I love it we have the same opinion about how this show is better than secret Garden. Heck, the story maybe lighter but the difference in acting experience and take in the role is what makes this show the “It” for me. 🙂

    • 15.2 racheose

      i’ve just turned 20 and i love the ajushis too except jung rok haha^^

    • 15.3 skelly

      Maybe that’s my problem – I’m 51, and their antics just make me cringe. I find it really hard to laugh at them, I’m too embarrassed for them.

      • 15.3.1 Atiras

        i think u folks are right. how we relate to the characters depend on where we come from (culture, society, etc) and where we are (age, marital status, education etc.)

        @Skelly – the writer is taking great pains to show that the forty somethings act like juveniles around each other (their history since teen years). they are shown to be serious and mature when working etc. Their romantic personalities are also distinct (greasy+cheating, angsty-romantic, possessive-lusty, and sociopathic (jang dong gun)).

        Agree with JB that Kim Ha Neul is over the top in some scenes and is rather childish around her former female student. however I think her character is intended to be unsophisticated when it comes to love – couldnt confess to Tae San, does not wear make up or dress to attract the opposite sex etc.

        i like the pace of this drama in that it zips by with enough different plot developments to keep me interested. i used to get a little bored here and there while watching secret garden.

        I think Maehri will end up with vampire boy as her first crush/love Yoon refuses her. hopefully her character graph will show a meaningful growth if this is the case.

        overall, really enjoying the drama and the subbers are fantastic! thanks for recap JB!

      • 15.3.2 Aasa

        And we’re embarassed at your lack of humor. (No need to reply, I already anticipate your comeback). Old age must have dulled your ability to differentiate between entertainment and real life.

  16. 16 yossie

    I think episode 3 was a downfall for me, but it didn’t make me to stop watching this drama. And, I’m happy I did. I love episode 4 onwards, I love the interaction between 4 of them, and I love less nagging Yi Soo.

  17. 17 zhill

    i’m watching this drama just for the laughs and of course JDG. it’s annoying if you take it seriously … it’s like watching color of women, but this is better.

  18. 18 Sabah

    Does anyone know the name of the song (and artist) that is played when Me Ahri comes close to Yoon in the kitchen?

    Thank you.

    • 18.1 Sabah

      Found it. For anyone else who was looking for it, it was ‘your sun is stupid’ by big baby driver.

  19. 19 Brenda

    I honestly love this show, which surprised me since I wasn’t planning on watching it at all.
    I love Kim Haneul’s moments of spazzing out, I think they’re both hilarious and quirky =D
    I also love the chemistry that all four guys emit when they are with each other, it makes it so hard to resist them.

  20. 20 lenrasoon

    heh i love this drama, thanks for the recaps orangy911!

  21. 21 Rachel

    I really love this drama, and I don’t care too much about the lack of plot movement, although I’m not sure there’s enough story here for 20 episodes. The guys are deeply flawed in a way I think is realistic, and the situations are often hilarious. In some ways, this feels more like an American TV show to me.

    It reminds me more of City Hall than Secret Garden, in that Do Jin is the same kind of ass as the lead in City Hall. I didn’t like Secret Garden very much, so it’s fine with me that this is different. Yi Soo acts silly, but she doesn’t put up with Do Jin’s shenanigans.

    • 21.1 July

      I know what you mean. I like that Do Jin can be an ass, but he doesn’t try to be hurtful—at least not most of the time. I love his one-sided love for Yi Soo and the grass field that pops up whenever he is really happy to be with her. It’s so cute. I know Yi Soo does act a bit silly, but it doesn’t bother me. It’s a rom-com, so I just go with it because everyone’s facial expressions are hilarious.

  22. 22 Cynthia

    Thanks for the recap, orangy911!

    I’m really liking the opening segment of each episode. A separate-from-plot scene showing the F44 in all their glorious assiness. Inside those ajusshi exteriors beats the juvenile minds and lecherous hearts of hot young guys.
    That’s why the opening scene for this ep with the girl being the daughter of a classmate was priceless – as was the horrified look on their faces as they raced away from their shame….

    Oh, as a point of interest, Do Jin’s car is named ‘Betty’ – and she is possibly his longest relationship, to date. 🙂
    Also, I’m pretty sure that Yoon is a widower. I seem to recall reading that in some of the promotionals for this show. It would kind of make sense and account for his drifting amongst his friends for sleeping accommodations.

    I’m really liking AGD, but I can understand why the younger demographics don’t ‘get it’. It’s rather like watching Love Rain (which was excellent, btw). These are relationship dramas, moving at a subdued pace and showcasing character development. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but this one is going down like a good whiskey. Nice and smooth, with a satisfying kick.

    • 22.1 umalily


    • 22.2 July

      Totally agree! I hope they continue to do those opening scenes with all the episodes. I love the F44 when they are together creating mischeif.

  23. 23 dani305

    Thanks for recapping this. I feel like I get to relive this episode again every time I read the recap. Love this drama!! Can’t get enough <3

  24. 24 Mabel

    thanks orangey 911

    If we scrutinised the group photo from the pretty boy, his mother the mysterious woman –

    her hand was on lawyer yoon’s lap and he was touching her hand,

    and her other hand was also grasping tae san.

  25. 25 Milaiski

    Thank you for the recap!

    Favorite scene of this episode: Do jin discovering his beloved Betty in an unforgivable state! hahah! I super super love this show. The moment I watched the I first episode, I was instantly hooked. I don’t know what in this show that pulls me in. It turned me totally blind to whatever faults it has. Oh wait, I can name a few reasons why I love it:

    (1) I love the cast especially the four guy leads. Every scene they are in is just plain hilarious. Their friendship is also wonderfully laid out and it’s amazing to watch how the four of them are brothers are in the truest senses. (Side note: It reminds how I also the every moment when the four Ojakgyo brothers are together. Theirs was a very realistic and touching portrayal of the sibling relationship). I feel less love love for the female cast but there is still room for improvement so I have no worries at all.

    (2) Soundtrack. Has anyone noticed the gorgeous soundtrack? Knock knock: Do jin and Yi Soo’s first meeting at the coffee shop, Yoon-Me Ahri encounters. I love all the songs they use for background. It effectively establishes the atmosphere of the scene. 🙂

    I can’t help but feel sad with the Secret Garden comparisons. It’s expected that a writer has distinct trademark. It’s very evident even in Hong Sisters’ dramas. But I believe the charm of the two shows are actually very far from each other. So for now, why just don’t enjoy the show, take it as it is, and enjoy life with the wonderful leads. 🙂

  26. 26 umalily

    Lub lub lub the idea of four men being friends and mocking each other like brothers do!

  27. 27 kirandeep sraon

    OMG this show is getting so awesome.. at first it was slow.. but now bangin! YAY .. so excited for next episodes… its funny all the guuys are so hawt!.. and kim na heul looks so freakin hawt in that dress.. LOL spoiler!.. in the next episode i mean.. truly a goddess…

  28. 28 Noelle

    So I’m guessing that the women Jung Rok loved was the one in the photograph the boy Collin (vampire boy) has. I doubt he’s his son though. I bet they just want u to believe it is. I’m hoping its Yoon just because he seems so perfect. But whoever the father this women was clearly dear to all of them so I’m excited to see this put their friendship to the test.

  29. 29 Heather

    I’m loving this drama so much! My favorite parts are Yi-soo and Do-jin’s interactions as well as any time the F44 are together. I love how the start of every episode is an example of their hijinks. I hope it stays this light-hearted all the way through. Also, more Jonghyun please 🙂

  30. 30 Korazy Lady

    This show became my forerunner by episode 6. It took a while, but I somehow fell in love with all of the characters and their quirky ways. I feel there is definitely enough plot development (loved the transition from episode 5 to 6), love the dialogue, especially between the 4 guys, and have to say, having never seen Jang Dong Gun before, I’m loving him and his smirky looks. Plus there is just enough emotion to tug at the heartstrings. I agree it was iffy at first, but for pure entertainment value, this hits the spot for me!

    • 30.1 drmjs

      Same here. I didn’t know who JDG was until this drama. I started googling him…err so he’s a superstud uhmm..star. I’m enjoying the drama.

  31. 31 Sujini

    Thank you for your recaps. What you do is actually hard, so thank you, really.

  32. 32 Mars

    Love this show! Thanks for recapping!
    I can watch this show for the laughs. I don’t care if there’s not much substances I’ll enjoy it as is. Hopefully there’s not too much angst later…

  33. 33 luraaa

    Okay, now I know where I’ve seen Lee Jong-hyuk. He was the second male lead (and villain) in Green Rose. I loathe his character so much (yeah, see what I did there? loathe, not hate) that I told myself I will forever hate him for playing that character. But look here, he’s playing Jung-rok! Out of the four men, I don’t care much about him, but he’s good enough for entertainment. I just don’t take him seriously though. But I appreciate his facial expressions because he really is hilarious.

  34. 34 Dylan

    Read comments asking for OSTs. Hope this may help.

    Rachael Yamagata – Sunday Afternoon

    Big Baby Driver – Spring I Love You Best

    • 34.1 Dylan


      It’s Rachael Yamagata – Saturday Morning not ‘Sunday Afternoon”.

  35. 35 KC

    I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH!!! And I am probably lucky in that I don’t watch kdramas usually so I don’t have anything to compare this with. At first I liked the first 2 episodes and its light-heartedness was something that I liked and watching it didn’t make me feel like my heart and soul was sucked into it but I was still addicted 🙂

    Now I’m on the 5th episode and I LOVE it. I love how someone or something always appears to each of the characters to ground them back to earth. No one is perfect, each person has their flaws but with their interactions and experiences, they are all growing.

    What I love even more is how Dojin and Yisoo have both grown on me. Originally I thought Dojin was the one who would be changing the most because he’s the assiest but I actually think Yisoo is growing even more. She’s a bit childish and naive considering she’s a teacher but I think she just seperates her professional and personal life a lot. She acts as a great foil to Dojin because he’s not the guy she likes and ultimately grounds him even when he doesn’t realise it. But he also helps her mature, especially in regards to the whole unrequited love business and I can’t wait to see their relationship grow 😀

  36. 36 djes

    The best things in this drama are those 4 mature, hot, great actors.

    I vowed to self I’d watch this, and I hope this won’t fail.
    Anyway, I’ve been waiting for frikkin 12 years to see JDG oppa back to small screen.
    So you, new fans..move over! 😛

  37. 37 S

    Thanks for recapping! I’m really enjoying AGD.

    There’s barely any plot, but the antics for our F44 are crazy funny! I love their friendship.

  38. 38 jane

    I love this drama. it’s so hilarious. there isn’t any boring episode so far. although well, sometimes the plot is kinda draggy.. but I still enjoy it. thanks for the recap, orangy911! <3

  39. 39 dee

    i like it so far… thanks for recaping.

  40. 40 Tottoro

    I love this series so much. Anyone knows any series that is similar to this one? Or any that Yoon has a good part in it?

  41. 41 memyself

    thanks for the recaps. I really appreciate it cause I like this series 🙂
    … and also I too do think that he is the son of one of them. Maybe he is related to that first love Jung Rok mentioned which caused Do Jin’s face to stiffen.
    And about Yi Soo, kim ha neul does seem to oooover react. I mean monkey jump was the best word to describe whatever it was she was doing in the street after receiving the message. Some might act like that; however absurd the behavior is, though I have yet to encounter one who does. It’s just that, it somehow doesn’t feel natural and real to me. Other than that, she’s fine.

  42. 42 Lilian

    Haha….I have fallen in love with this drama’s opening sequences! And I will definitely continue watching for the laughs!

  43. 43 Nhung

    Oh sorry,I wanna ask about the remix song in the begin of eposide 3 at a nightclub where a pretty 20-year-old girl is ushered into a room with our four men.Can you tell me what nam it is?Tks a lots!!!!

  44. 44 MB

    I thought I was the only one who thinks its quite similar with Secret Garden. the bashing, the two main characters, the fantasy “garden” scene just like the kim-suah-moo thing, and even some of the musical scorea. Didn’t know its from the same writers tho

  45. 45 Mitchi

    Hah!!!!! Collin is Vampire Boy! It reminds me of a YongShin fan who commented that Jong Hyun looks better than Edward Cullen…

    Yeah, Jong Hyun does look better than Edward, and he really looks like a vampire… so Vampire Boy does suit him nice. ^_^

  46. 46 amri jang

    @Skelly, why keep on whining about the drama? You always lash on JDG. So I don’t really understand why you have watched it in the first place. I’m sure you have finished watching the whole series. So next time if a movie or Kdrama has JDG as its lead, don’t dare watch it okay? Why torture yourself? Anyway you’re not a loss to JDG. JDG is still JDG, a top Hallyu star whether you acknowledge that or not. Whether you like him as an actor or not, his stature as a top actor doesn’t change. Your opinion is irrelevant and won’t tarnish his image.

  47. 47 moi

    Am I the only one who finds it just plain weird and creepy at the same time that a well established middle aged man like Yoon is being tempted by Meahri, a young girl who has a crush on her? covering her legs and all…she’s like 18 years his junior? I mean…? ..Lol sorry but I do find it weird, but what keeps me holding on to the drama though it’s just that hopefully as the drama goes on I will understand the reason behind Yoo’s behaviour and story background 🙂

    ps: The reason I watch this drama is because I want to see CNBLUE’s jonghyun acting skills ^^

  48. 48 Yoon eni

    I just wanna ask you guys if you know the song and instrumental used on the scene where Seo Yi Soo ran to Tae san’s office to look for the mistakenly delivered flower chocolates! And as instrumentals in the scene where Im Meari often comes to Choi Yoon Pal to sue Tae San,Hong Sera and Seo Yi Soo (actually it’s a song wherein the other has vocals and the other one just by instrumentals) Pls Pls i wanna download it! Thanks

  49. 49 hyungjoon

    Do any of you guys know the name of the song that is played in the beginning of this episode? When they’re all at the club?

  50. 50 hyungjoon

    Anyone have the name and artist of the song played in the club?

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