Drama Recaps
I Do, I Do: Episode 2
by | June 7, 2012 | 73 Comments

You know you’ve got a killer lead couple when they aren’t afraid to speak the truth to each other. Better yet when beta male can ruffle alpha girl’s feathers. Ji-an learns that it’s lonely on top and Tae-kang finds out that earning a buck is harder than it looks.

This episode took a slight dip in ratings from 10.5% to 9.8%.

EPISODE 2 RECAP

In a darkened street corner, both Ji-an and Tae-kang recognize each other. He bolts and she chases after him barefoot.

They end up at the police station as she demands the name behind the knockoffs. Interesting that she doesn’t accuse him of making them himself. Tae-kang insists on his innocence despite the evidence pointing to the contrary. As to why he ran? “A perverted woman was running after me! You think I wouldn’t run?”

Ji-an raises a heel which is when the police officer who’d been fully amused at their bickering finally steps in. He orders Tae-kang to out the culprit (Dad) but his lips remain tightly sealed, his eyebrows furrowed, conflicted.

Meanwhile Dad’s been calling incessantly, concerned that Tae-kang’s no-show might indicate he’s been caught. Choong-baek, however, assures him that Tae-kang is a pro at slipping away safely.

Clink. Before he’s hauled off in cuffs, she sits him down in the interrogation room. Tae-kang fesses up that he stole, made, and sold the shoes himself – it’s not so hard to nail a few soles together, right? He could make it in his sleep.

She breathes, “Liar.” and explains that that level of caliber can only be achieved through decades of experience. Grabbing his hand, she says that his should be calloused, his fingerprints rubbed off, his nails blackened to the point one couldn’t tell if it was a hand or not. Only through that amount of labor can one heel be made.

Genuinely concerned now, she warns Tae-kang that he can actually be jailed for this – what would his father think? Tae-kang glares at the audacity of her words and throws them back at her that she should be worrying about her own family.

Now he gets where her parents are coming from, “How hard must it have been on them to have such a cold and heartless daughter? I would have disowned you too by now.”

Ji-an looks at him, her eyes glazed in tears, and she seethes, “You…really are trash.” Angry, Tae-kang admits to it that he’s a piece of trash who had to throw away his conscience to make a living because he was less educated and less skilled. “What about you?” Why is she trying to milk money off of some who has none?

It would be pointless to throw at him jargon like intellectual property rights and leaves him with one word of advice: there are plenty of other people who are worse off than he is but lead their lives differently. So what she’s hearing is just excuses coming from a dropout.

Dad’s eyes grow wide when the news report on the recent crackdown on knockoff sellers. Then we see Tae-kang, his face and voice disguised (I know it’s not supposed to be funny but it is) and Dad’s face falls.

So it’s Tae-kang’s turn to be surprised when he’d led out only to see Dad being cuffed. He’s turned himself in and softly tells his son to return home. As he’s taken away, Tae-kang is held back as he shouts for his father. It breaks my heart seeing the lengths to which they’d protect each other.

When he gets home, there’s a handwritten note from Dad telling Tae-kang not to worry. And then my heart breaks into a million pieces as the tears drop from Tae-kang’s eyes looking at the lonely dinner laid out for him.

At the airport, we’re introduced to YEOM NA-RI (Im Soo-hyang). It’s been 15 years since she’s been in Korea and she heads straight to the office. She moseys to Uncle that there was a particular office she liked…

… and then we see Ji-an things packed and see her fuming at the sudden move out. Nepotism has reared his ugly head since Na-ri’s MBA from the States and a stint in Milano has bumped her to Vice President. She’s polite, though she carries a pretentious air as she introduces herself to the staff.

A clunking sound down the stairs alert Na-ri to greet Ji-an. She’s annoyed (as she should be) and rolls her eyes at Na-ri’s attempt to shake her hand when her hands are full. Na-ri barely blinks at eye at Ji-an’s honesty and steps closer to put out her hand again, the friendly gesture thinly veiled by a challenge.

Ji-an takes it this time, however reluctantly, and turns to leave. Yet Na-ri picks up a conspicuous brochure about menopause and brings it to everyone’s attention.

Despite trying to downplay the embarrassing moment, Na-ri oh-so-innocently comments that Ji-an does everything quickly from her work to her age. Ouch. Looks like newbie can spit fire.

She’s still seething in her new office when Mom calls to give her the third degree about her date with Eun-sung. It surprises Mom when Ji-an tells her that she likes him given that he didn’t. She smiles as Mom reports that they said she wasn’t funny, unladylike, and so strong-willed that Ji-an could never get married.

All seems to be going according to plane until Mom drops that Eun-sung must have a strange taste in women because he liked Ji-an.

She rips him a new one on the phone while Eun-sung plays dumb that it’s all their parents doing and he’s totally sick of meeting her too. She raises her voice at his suggestion to play along for the time being – what if their parents push them to get married? What will he do then? Eun-sung: “Then we’ll just get pushed into it.” Omg, you totally love this.

Eun-sung asks why she takes life so seriously and that they’ll take it as it comes. That does little to settle the mind of a successful shoe designer and she interprets this as romantic interest.

He claims no such thing, jokingly accusing her of being a snob. Doesn’t she know that getting angry for no reason is a classic sign of menopause? DUDE you are pushing your luck here.

Ji-an refuses his invitation to dinner (tofu stew is supposedly good for those with menopause) and barks that he was the one who got themselves into this mess so HE can be the one to get them out of it.

Tae-kang waits for Dad outside prison. When he appears, he shoves a bottle of soymilk instead of tofu (given to eat after release to symbolize a new beginning). HAHAHA. Dad’s annoyed, wondering how Tae-kang made bail to get him out. Yes, how did you manage it, Tae-kang?

Cut to Dad groaning loudly at the jjimjilbang (sauna). HA – you sold your house to get Dad outta jail? So like you to not see things through.

Tae-kang defends that he needed the cash and even selling Beyonce wasn’t enough to make bail. The house turned into a living hell and he couldn’t sleep a wink knowing Dad was locked up (aw).

Dad reminds him that even renting a room is difficult in this economy and cringes as Tae-kang pipes that he’ll get them a house or get a job. Tae-kang declares that he can do it if he just puts his mind to it and stands up, “I’m the head of this household! So I’ll take responsibility!” Aw you’re so adorably earnest.

He instructs Dad to rest and storms off to find a job. Dad calls out, “Don’t go! It’ll cost money for you to come back in!” HA.

So Tae-kang finds every odd job under the sun (a nude model to a window washer to a farmhand). The best is when he’s at a morgue trying not to psych himself out in front of a corpse.

His hands betray him, trembling, when the lights flicker out like a bad horror movie. The body opens its eyes and stares at Tae-kang, who chokes and faints.

Na-ri’s changes at the store don’t go unnoticed by Ji-an who confronts her about it. The line she put up for sale was going to be used for a charity event and Na-ri merely answers that she was just getting rid of extra inventory.

She thought Ji-an would be onboard as the most adventurous and progressive person in the company. What’s the point of rehashing the same concept? Shouldn’t they move towards more groundbreaking ways for the company to move forward?

Both women are strong-willed and Na-ri doesn’t skip a beat when Ji-an challenges that they simply can’t change things around according to her whim. But Na-ri stands firm that they’ll just need to find a way to make those changes with the least amount of loss possible.

The staff complain in the office about being overworked and its toll on their health and personal lives. Ji-an stops to listen in on their woes about how they hate shoes and their stress is leads them to spend their money on hospital fees.

It runs on the dramatic edge, but it must be news to her that not everyone is a workaholic like she is.

They clam up when Ji-an walks in and further surprised when she compliments them on their efforts. As an attempt to boost morale, she invites them out to an office dinner.

Why am I not surprised that Ji-an equates office party to a fancy dinner? Ji-an waits and waits at the nearby restaurant, growing angrier by the minute. She does her best to pretend that she hardly cares but her words indicate that she does by keeping track of the clock.

It’s then the meekest office worker runs in to relay the others’ excuses (“Tell Medusa I stayed up all night to fix the designs!”, “Tell her I have stomach cramps…I don’t know. Tell her I died!”).

Ji-an bites down on her emotions that they can eat together then but sadly, she too has a reason to leave.

Ji-an wanders the streets alone as people pass by happily. I’m not sure if it’s intentional, but seeing that nearly everyone has a companion is a nice contrast to Ji-an’s lonely walk.

She sits on a bench, contemplating how to cure her loneliness and hunger. Her friend Jun-hee is no help (she’s at a club which makes me think that she’s an irresponsible divorced mother).

As she searches through her contacts on her phone, Ji-an realizes that there’s not a single person to call. Tears well up in her eyes as she solemnly sighs, “I don’t want to eat ramyun today.”

Choong-baek laughs at his friend for taking on the most difficult of menial jobs. He’s amused at Tae-kang’s explanation that he wanted to test himself like the main character they read about in the comics; to become stronger through adversity. “I thought I’d have that kind of super energy too.”

Tae-kang laughs at the “It takes hard work and time” speech, still fixated on snagging a job that pays well and is cool. Choong-baek clucks at him that his friend hasn’t suffered enough to learn the meaning behind earning a dollar.

Suddenly Tae-kang has a brilliant idea – what if he works here? I love how Choong-baek immediately stutters that he should rather do something he’s good at like fighting or being a con artist.

They nearly get into a small tussle when Ji-an sudden appearance catches both off-guard.

Tae-kang hilariously frets in his seat and silently mouths Why is she here? Why?!. Deciding to slip out without notice, he grabs his bag to hide his face. But either he resolves to face the truth or his vanity trumps his fear as he plops down in front of her, slamming his hand on the table to grab her attention.

She’s hardly surprised to see him out and about and doesn’t appeal to his vanity in the slightest, “You think I came here to see you?” Tae-kang scoffs in response that SHE’s been constantly on his mind. Are you backhandedly telling her that you’ve been thinking about her?

He instructs Choong-baek to drop the act and discloses that they’re childhood friends and that he deliberately brought her here to get her drunk. He drills, “Understand?”

Much to his surprise, Ji-an coolly replies, “So?” Did he think she would get upset or be shocked? He must be more naïve that she thought since disappointment can only come from expectations. That certainly doesn’t apply to them since they’re not in any kind of relationship.

He must be upset that she turned him into the cops but some people turn that anger into motivation to succeed, she explains. “They turn that hatred into a strength.”

She continues, “What would a loser like you know about that?” Tae-kang glares.

Ji-an gets up to leave when Tae-kang raises his voice, “What about you? Do you consider your life a success? You make a lot of money, drive a nice car, and wrote an autobiography. Is that considered a successful life?” She’s been cast out by her parents and has no friends. In his eyes, he regards that as pretty pathetic.

She fights the pain from his words – how would he know? Tae-kang answers that he doesn’t, since he’s never experienced such loneliness. “For some reason I think that you won’t have anyone around you and all you’ll have left is your shoes. But no matter how many you have, shoes are just shoes.”

He finishes off that she seems like the loser. The tears start to form in her eyes and it’s not until she leaves does Tae-kang begin to regret his harsh words.

Ji-an returns to her disheveled apartment, strewn with clothes and old food. Tae-kang’s words ring in her ears. As she digs her chopsticks into her ramyun she finally breaks into tears, “How am I supposed to eat ramyun without any kimchi?” Just like his words, she sleeps in the shoe closet, surrounded by the array of shoes for company.

At the same time, Tae-kang mulls over her words. Taking Dad’s calloused hand in his, he breaks into tears, asking sleeping Dad why he worked so hard. He lies down and places his hand over Dad’s before falling asleep.

At work, Ji-an introduces a Shoe Reform Contest to promote their company’s image and to hire a new designer. The credit initially gets passed to Na-ri who pipes that it was Ji-an who came up with the contest idea. Ji-an gives a slight smirk, knowing that something else lies beneath the compliment but can’t help be pleased to be credited appropriately.

In the bathroom, she figures that Na-ri’s been coached to say the right thing since the Ice Queen suddenly turned into Soft Serve. She’s simply changed her tactic, Na-ri explains, from a whip to a carrot. Playing on that metaphor, she adds that the dangling carrot will help Ji-an stay young longer.

Bringing up the topic of age again, she hands over coupons for spa treatments, “At your age beauty requires effort and money, right?” They’re open 24 hours so Ji-an can fit it in despite her busy schedule.

The job search continues to look bleak for Tae-kang. But a promotional poster for the Design contest catches his eyes, particularly the grand prize: 30 million Won (about $30,000 USD) and a job offer. He gasps and a lightbulb pops above his head.

I find it absolutely hilarious that he brings the poster to show Dad, constantly reminding him about the prize money. Dad’s understandably less than thrilled about the idea – there’s no way a newbie could win over those who studied abroad to learn design. Plus, they’ll need to buy a shoe to redesign.

Dad doesn’t budge about investing money for a slim chance at winning and like a petulant child, Tae-kang gets up and peevishly tells Dad that he won’t give him a cent if he wins.

Tae-kang gets to work and scratches his head over how to redesign the shoe, examining it from every angle. He sighs deeply when Dad chides him on the rooftop, asking if he’s come to see him struggle.

He’s not but brings up the time when their store was destroyed in a fire. He lost the will to live and contemplated about jumping off a bridge into the Han River.

That’s news to Tae-kang and he listens as Dad continues that he was just about to when he remembered that Tae-kang had a school picnic the next day. Dad laughs as he recalls that he stepped down to prepare for it as planned, thinking that he couldn’t even die when he wanted to.

Placing a hand on Tae-kang’s shoulder, Dad reminds him that Tae-kang is the head of the family. “I’m alive because you’re here. I can endure because you’re here.” Gah, break my heart Dad.

Dad softly asks for the shoe but Tae-kang clings onto it, vowing that he’ll do it himself to rub it into Dad’s face. His pettiness is an attempt to make Dad proud – how sweet. Dad runs him through several rounds of, “Then you take care of it!” until Tae-kang finally picks up on the undertone of You can do it!.

Then Dad grabs him for a playful headlock. *sniff* I’M NOT CRYING.

Jun-hee stares open-mouthed at the luxurious spa treatment. She asks about updates about Eun-sung and Ji-an answers that she’s considering it given his persistence (he texts three times a day without fail).

So she’s surprised when Jun-hee bursts laughing that there’s a smartphone feature that sends text messages at preset times. Ji-an is slightly annoyed at having been fooled at a trick that even a child would know.

But as she sips her drink, there’s the inevitable lurch to vomit and we all know what that means…

Cut to Eun-sung’s voice, “Congratulations, you’re pregnant.” He tells the couple (what a tease) that it’s a crucial period for them and to take care of their health.

He’s naturally confused at his next patients (Ji-an’s parents) and he hesitantly asks after her age. “I can suggest a really good adoption agency.” Keh. Dad snipes if he intends to change his specialty (“You look under women’s skirts all day.”). When Dad clarifies that they’re Ji-an’s parents, he bolts up to greet them properly.

At dinner, Dad asks his opinion about a working woman and Eun-sung starts, “Well most women work nowadays so… she’ll need to stop.” Dad continues on his traditionalist women-need-to-stay-at-home tirade and Eun-sung amuses him, calling him “father-in-law.”

He maintains the well-behaved future son-in-law act to the end. He calls Ji-an to gripe about the sudden visit but she hangs up before he gets the chance. After contemplating on his next move, a small smile spreads across his face.

Not surprisingly, Ji-an opposes Na-ri’s vote for finalist, using her words of “fresh” and “original” against her. She absentmindedly picks up a shoe (Tae-kang’s) as her choice. It’s more of an act of defiance and when Na-ri pipes that she’ll choose the winner, Ji-an pointedly notes that that’s her job as event coordinator.

Ji-an argues that this is a company and here, “Professionals aren’t born but made.” Na-ri asks if this is attempt to sabotage her first major event but Ji-an bites back what could possibly make her think of such a thing – does Na-ri have something against her?

The news about the standoff travels fast as the employees whisper that Ji-an must really be the Medusa to stand up to the VP and snicker when Na-ri arrives at work.

Tae-kang nervously bites his nails at the restaurant and Choong-baek reports, shell-shocked: “Dropped.” Tae-kang’s tries to hide his disappointment and Dad adds that these kinds of contests are always rigged.

Which is when Choong-baek clarifies, “$30,000 dropped! You’ve won!” (The former sentence and initial confusion makes sense since a pronoun isn’t necessarily needed.) Heh, I love that Dad and Son both yell at Choong-baek before they grab each other for a victory hug.

Tae-kang steps out of the room of finalists, all women, commenting that the gabbing is just like inside a women’s locker room. He gets annoyed when the vending machine eats his coin and he proceeds to kick it to release his anger.

So who should walk by at that very moment as he bashes the machine from every which angle and steps forward to yell… when a spray of coffee splashes on her front.

He apologizes profusely but places a hand to his mouth, recognizing her. Ji-an’s eyes grows wide as she stutters, “Y-you…”

Tae-kang laughs awkwardly, “We meet again.”

 

COMMENTS

Suffice it to say that I really love our lead couple and for the first time in a long time, both seem perfectly well-rounded. Usually you’ll see one character (often the heroine) getting the short end of the character description stick, but there’s depth and potential exploration in each.

Starting with Tae-kang, I adore the relationship he has with his father. They’ve been through good and bad and both strive to protect the other, no matter the cost. Dad might appear gruff but under that tough exterior is a father whose pull back into the world was his son. Their interactions are both hilarious and sweet. It tugs at and warms my heart.

Then there’s Ji-an who despite all her success in life, still longs for a steady relationship in her life. Her loneliness just about kills me and her unkempt apartment was a great way to show us what that drive to success has lead to. Even a bowl of ramyun needs kimchi. Kim Sun-ah is great at these soft, heart-breaking vulnerable moments where Ji-an’s pain almost becomes your pain.

All signs are pointing to pregnancy and perhaps motherhood will break down her strong front and help her face what it means to love another. Until then, she’ll be asleep in her vast array of shoes alone.

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73 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Lize

    Thanks!

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  2. Leona

    I don’t think that Lee Jang Woo ‘s char is plain beta… maybe an alfa without too many opportunities to rise above

    and secondary lead male steals the show because he is an experienced actor and LJW is still young

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    • 2.1 Betty

      The main couple have a lot of chemistry but I do agree that the second male lead steals the show. Whenever he appears you want him to stay a little bit more. Plus he is really funny. I hope that later they will not turn him into something ridiculous.

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      • 2.1.1 zsa

        I think and hope he’ll continue to be this ‘mature and witty’ guy that we all love. You said it, it’s true that I always felt his scenes are too short, I love both the nuanced acting of his and our heroin…Kim Sun A and Park Gun Hyung are really seasoned actors!!! But after ep4, I can almost feel the chemistry betwee both JA and Dr Jo and JA and TK…this woman is a magnet!!

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        • 2.1.1.1 alodia

          yes yes. agree. here on ep2 Ji Ahn and Eun Seong started to sizzle and boiled and simmered on episode 3~4. But the writer is quick enough to remind us all that Ji Ahn and Tae Kang is also a sizzling pair. :)

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  3. elizabeth

    I <3 this show

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  4. Cynthia

    Heh – why is it that falling asleep in that fabulous closet, surrounded by all those designer shoes doesn’t seem all that bad? I know – we’re supposed to feel sorry for her, but hey, a girl can dream, right?!

    Love the relationship between father and son. Funny, sweet and contentious – they’re just adorable. It reminds me of the father-son relationship in Protect the Boss.

    Kim Sun-ah is doing a terrific job here – my only concern is that she’s looking tired and it’s ageing her, thus making Jang-woo look even younger. Maybe if the pregnancy softens her up it will help bridge the age gap between them.

    The only character I’m having a negative reaction to for IDID is the woman who plays Ji-an’s mother. She comes across as almost prenaturally cheerful and it’s irritating. She played the same type in A Thousand Day Promise as Su-ae’s long-suffering aunt.

    Thanks for the recap Gummimochi (and looking forward to your next RM recap – more soccer antics!!)
    :)

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  5. DB5K

    I’m glad that it seems like Nari isn’t going to be an evil witch in this drama. I like Im Soo Hyang; she has poise and this cool, collected air about her. Also, I like that her voice is kind of deep, yet feminine at the same time. And this is completely random, but one of the biggest reliefs I feel while watching this drama is that her nose looks SO much more natural. Her super pinched, pointy nose in New Tales of Gisaeng really distracted me -_-”

    The drama’s plot isn’t really fresh or original, but it’s a joy to watch Kim Sun Ah on the screen. She is such a good actress!! Her past characters tended to be pushovers, but she has proven that she can fully take on the Devil Wears Prada, alpha female type of role. Waves of charisma just radiate from her steely cold eyes when she’s pissed. And Jang Woo is doing a solid job, as well. He’s really improved since his Smile, Donghae days. I just love his puppy dog eyes and his adorable baby face. I guess one thing that niggles at me is the inconsistency of Jian’s character. In episode 3, it kind of puzzled me how easily and quickly she becomes all weak and vulnerable in front of Taekang. And I truly hate jackass kdrama leads that intimidatingly use their brute strength or are uber conceited/smug or super flirty or cruelly wound hearts with harsh words, etc. I mean alpha males are hot and all, but sometimes jackass kdrama leads can cross the line. So I like that Taekang can hold his ground against Jian. But I don’t want him to devolve into a jackass kdrama lead. Also, he’s so cute and funny as the beta male~~

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    • 5.1 CupCake

      It looks like she have her nose fix again. I thought it was just my imagination but u notice it too. Her nose does look better here.

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    • 5.2 Emily

      I usually hate when male leads get pushy but I loved how in that moment in ep3 ji an kneed him *there*. was totally NOT expecting that and my worry for that scene dissipated. I more dislike how the doctor is pushing her into a corner with this marriage thing, and the way the father is written…ugh. why can’t he be happy his daughter is the way she is?

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  6. alua

    I am still not totally on board with this show (but I’ll keep watching for a while). Some things just seem silly to me. Tae-kang’s job-hunting was a little too silly for me. And the moment Na-ri walked into the airport hall with that super short dress, I just head to shake my head. Really? Have the film makers never been on a long-distance flight? Not only would a dress like that be super uncomfortable, you’d be freezing to death! They didn’t have to put her in a tracksuit, but something more sensible.

    Ah well. I guess these are just irrelevant details.

    What I do like are the two main characters. They are interesting people and it’s very clear how much each one of them is hurting. There are things that each one is clearly struggling with/trying to figure out. The emotional depth they reflect is lovely – I can’t wait to see that explored more.

    The doctor guy: boring. Too obvious already that he is interested in Ji-an. I hope we don’t get them trying a relationship (i.e. that she keeps rejecting him), because that would annoy/bore me. The parents WAY crossed the line with their visit to the doctor by the way.

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    • 6.1 Atiras

      the parents checking out potential s-in-law is pretty ‘normal’ behavior in cultures like Korea.

      Agree with the comic elements silliness but if it elicits a smile or laugh then its not so bad.

      what really stumped me is how easily tae kang won the shoe contest. clearly its a way for the plot to move forward so the leads can interact but given that the shoe design element is an integral part of the plot, i would have really liked a little more info about the win.

      overall, enjoying sun-ah after a long time. didnt watch the one with lee dong wook although love both of them.

      love dramabeans and am usually a lurker ;)

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      • 6.1.1 alodia

        I actually don’t agree that Ji Ahn absentmindedly picked up the shoe just to counter Na Ri’s choice (sorry gummimochi). She picked it up because she thinks it deserves to win. As what she has explained, she can’t understand why Na Ri have chosen what she have chosen because whoever designed it just put one and two and three together without really reforming/altering the shoe. And based on the other entries, they look like accessories were just placed on these shoes here and there.
        She picked Tae Kang’s shoes and Na Ri countered her saying that it’s a reform contest, why would she chose such a plain looking shoes that obviously doesn’t have any “reforms” on it. Ji Ahn answered, it was reformed. The shoe was originally with a corsage, a strap, etc. He even removed the label (and even if it was not said on her dialogue, the shoe used to be plain, but he made.. how do you call that? eyelet designs on it). It was strong enough for me. It showed how Na Ri doesn’t have enough knowledge about their products (not realizing that the that purple shoe was altered) and Tae Kang’s bravety, as how Ji Ahn puts it, into altering a previously designed shoe.

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  7. zsa

    I love IDID….it’s giving me enough balance of funny, depth and heartwarming scenes…thanks for the recap…

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    • 7.1 aya

      It has everything from comedy, romance, and I surprise of the little horror that was added in this episode. I actually screamed out with the dead body scene, maybe because I was watching it in the dark. >.<

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      • 7.1.1 zsa

        I think once we try to really watch a show without being too preoccupied with this and that, we get to enjoy it..I have seen shows that do not pull me in at all since the first eps, so I stop watching,it’s only fair….though this show doesn’t have the best of everything, I can connect with the characters and it leaves me wanting more…I love JA and she’s real coz I’ve seen ppl like that…even if everything else fails me, I’ll be watching for her ‘growth’ and ‘Tae Kang’s’….

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        • 7.1.1.1 aya

          That’s true, i’m trying get hooked on “Big” but to no avail. only 11 mins in and i’m dead bored.. I LOVE Gong Yoo but never have i ever been hooked from the Hong sisters works, i will start, but i end up dropping after awhile, maybe a re-watch will help. its just I’ve gotten so used to strong Female leads i cannot stomach weak ones.

          side note- Did you ever got around to watch A Gentle Man’s Dignity and Ghost?

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          • 7.1.1.1.1 zsa

            I am currently watching AGD, but as of Wed-Thu, I’m only watching IDID. Maybe after crying buckets for RTP and tiring my wits out for K2H, I just wanna laze around and enjoy romcoms,,,hehe. I like AGD, but I can’t stand Kim Ha Neul’s character…she’s just sooo typical romcom kdrama written in stone character…though I don’t mind the story as the ahjussis and the younger female lead are so adorable…GHOST, definitely…but not now. I love UKJ and Daniel Choi, so that’s my next in line…

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  8. MsB

    I actually fell asleep on this. Not sure if I was just tired or I found parts of the episode uninteresting. Don’t shoot me!

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    • 8.1 MsB

      OOPS, wrong episode! Actually, this one was slightly more interesting. Had its real funny moments and then other moments I was like “HUH?”

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      • 8.1.1 zsa

        LOL!!

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  9. Mary

    1 omg I can’t stand na-ri it’s like really you just got here you don’t know the market and you want to start effing things up just because you have job security… Nepotism at it’s finest.
    2 Tae-kang is adorable and adds much needed comedic relief to this heavy heavy episode
    3 the portrayal of ji-an’s loneliness left a heavy air throughout the whole episode man Kim sun ah is so good! Live her much keep watching the inevitable transformation of this ice queen which I age the baby is going to be a major factor for this… Especially with her “50 year old like uterus”

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    • 9.1 Atiras

      agree about na-ri’s attitude. i am a mktg person and was cringing at her business rationale. no decent U.S MBA program will endorse this except may be for harvard (look at the so called biz leaders educational background in the financial crisis). :)

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  10. 10 KimKas

    Nicely building up thus far. We’ve seen social and familial aspects of both our characters, and we’ve seen the obvious contrast between the successful but lonesome life of Ji An and the underwhelming but still happy life of Tae Kang.

    I can’t help think that Tae Kang as a son is a failure. Ji An’s story is much more appealing, she is obviously a brilliant shoe designer but now she gets someone above her who pretty much knows nothing about shoes and it just puts the precarity of her social life in her face : she has no one to share that success with.

    That moment where she spent the night in her “shoe gallery” alone was symbolic of her life thus far, in that : she only has her shoes as companion. It’ll be interesting to see how her relation with Tae Kang and Eun Sung develops.

    Thank you for your recap, gummimochi. Thorough and very insightful read :)

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  11. 11 Dodo

    Thanks for the recap and I love this drama.

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  12. 12 arina

    I love Kim Sunah from her sam soon days till her city hall..shes one versatile actress..however I’m not very sure abt her and tae kang chemistry since im still in lee gak and park ha mood..maybe after a few more episodes…but i prefer her to work with more experienced actor..

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  13. 13 Superbear1

    Many many thanks for your recap. Need it to survive the coming week.

    Am loving Kim Sun Ah’s performance in this show (as I did in all the others). She never fail to deliver!

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  14. 14 YooRi

    I really hope the drama doesn’t have the similarity with CMJ drama. I forget the title. Even the story is nice but I do love seeing KSA do something better than that. Keep hoping for the best plot though

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    • 14.1 alodia

      You referring to What’s Up Fox? Yes it does have a lot of similarities, but I’d say I’m seeing I Do I Do here and not a What’s Up Fox rip-off. Similar yes, but they each have their own stories and messages to tell. :)

      I do think Kim Sun Ah is at her finest here though! As what a lot have already pointed out above. :)

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  15. 15 graygirl

    I don’t know why… But I’m really NOT into this drama… >.<

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  16. 16 Laya

    Thank you for the recap! ^_^

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  17. 17 Kim Yoonmi

    I’m probably the only one that dislikes the father-son relationship and see it as a little dysfunctional. Or is that just me?

    Dysfunctional in that the father got him into the whole counterfeit business in the first place and they keep trying to fix things but make things worse–which in real life would be a really, really sad state of affairs… so that kinda makes me wince a bit.

    I’m still trying to like this drama at this point–I see potential, but it could also fall into a pit of cliches–not sure until we get to the meat of the story. We are still in the warm up phase. Reversing gender roles of the typical lowly girl goes after chebal (and I do mean chebal as the pun of chaebol) guy, isn’t quite enough for me… there has to be a real hook in the writing. I’m waiting for (yes, this is a bad pun) the other shoe to drop.

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    • 17.1 jomo

      I disagree! It is a GREAT pun!

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  18. 18 Mari

    I am trying to love this drama, but the other actors besides Sunah just aren’t doing it for me. I know LJW is a rookie actor compared to Sunah but he just isn’t delivering a believable role as Taekang. He’s not a beta male, he doesn’t pull off that lacaidaisical, sloppy attitude that would make him a truly worthless, WIMPY man in Korean society. There’s also something a little off about the writing and the storyline that just makes everything seem superficial and lacking in that “it” quality.

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  19. 19 Czmych

    Since when going to a club equals for a woman being irresponsible mother? Just saying…

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    • 19.1 alodia

      Well, I would have to agree. We haven’t even seen Jun Hee and her relationship with her daughter Min Joo.

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  20. 20 stephanie

    So far loving the show.
    Really appreciate how they are developing all 4 of the leads.
    The drama is going a good job of showing why the characters acts as they do.

    Thank you for the recaps!

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  21. 21 dee

    thank you….

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  22. 22 Noelle

    Thank you for the recap. Totally shipping the Doc.

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    • 22.1 Noelle

      The only problem I have with this drama since the beginning is Ji An’s dad. I don’t like his character at all especially how he is towards his wife in some instances. I couldn’t feel bad for him when Ji An missed his birthday.

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      • 22.1.1 zsa

        I agree…but maybe there’s history to his hostility coz during the flashback, he was just so sweet for not scolding JA when she splashed the ink…however, in many kdramas, the male in a traditional hsehold tend to be this way, I dunno…they order ppl around and their and some treat their wives rather badly…once in a while we get to see really great dads!!

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      • 22.1.2 alodia

        Well, he’s just a typical Korean patriarch. We can’t do anything for something culture-related. And I think it’s quite logical provided that they are not from Seoul.

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    • 22.2 zsa

      How is it possible that I’m shipping both the DR with JA and TK with JA???? After ep 4 I’m going crazy…why can’t she have both???why cna’t both have her….what is this show doing to me?

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      • 22.2.1 aya

        clearly its making you go “CRAZY”, but what can i say? I’m going CRAZY all well…. but i wonder how doc will react when he finds out she’s preggy!!! i wonder is he will jump ship. Honestly if i was a man idk know what i would do, i would probably jump ship or stay aboard the ship depending on the situation..

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        • 22.2.1.1 aya

          as well*

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        • 22.2.1.2 zsa

          i’m curious as to how he’ll react too…coz his decision may just define his manly dignity as well as confirm his affection…for that matter, i’m also curious as to how TK will react…it’s obvious that he’ll freak out, but i’m thinking just may be…may be he’ll surprise us!!!

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      • 22.2.2 alodia

        That’s exactly what the show was doing to me! It’s making me CRAZY!!! Especially episode 3 AND 4! :)

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    • 22.3 jastinel

      I love the doctor and I will give anything for that spoiled dinner to happen…..hihihi! Now i want the romance of ES and Jiany to blossom, but the baby….ok I will give TK a chance to make me like him.

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    • 22.4 Vira

      It’s not the first time a doctor becomes the second lead in Kim Sun Ah’s drama. Will the doctor be alone for the second time? I’m curious to see what next.

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  23. 23 Ivoire

    Thank you for the recap!!!

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  24. 24 shikyungfaith

    Okay is it me or does Eun-sung (the second male lead) look like an older version of Jung Il Woo. Lol he kind of looks like an older brother version of him.

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    • 24.1 aya

      It’s not just you I’ve said it awhile back..

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  25. 25 gia

    so far so good… ep1 @ 4

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  26. 26 jastinel

    I do, I do is getting better and better .
    Hats off to KSA for being a superb actress.

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    • 26.1 aya

      I Do I Do is # 1 on mysoju its amazing, it when from # 16 to # 1 in less than a DAY!!!!

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      • 26.1.1 alodia

        But is suffering low ratings in Korea. :(

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        • 26.1.1.1 zsa

          screw the ratings!!! I couldn’t care less, and I hope the actors don’t too…I’ve seen worse dramas that kept me yawning or saying ‘huh, really??’ but they got amazing ratings…so I gave up on ratings a long, long time ago…if it’s good, it’s a bonus!!!

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  27. 27 luvs

    I Like this drama. It’s funny, the lead actress is really great and the young guy is goofy cute- they have a surprisingly zany chemistry together.

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    • 27.1 zsa

      uh the chemisty(bubbling under, I call it)….every time the doctor or tae kang look at her during their ‘honest’ moments, I’m like…whewww…..these people need to get their girls or girl already!!!

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  28. 28 asparagusoup....

    I hope the writers of the show reads our comments here and do something about it coz im also rooting for the Dr. and Jian…wish…wish…wish…

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  29. 29 Suzi Q

    I’m not that please with the characterization of Na Ri. Na Ri is suppose to be a big shoe designer rival of Ji An, but Kim Sun Ah is such a strong, capable actress that Sun Ah seems to overpower Im Soo hyang, who appears very dull and wishy washy.I hope Na Ri gets more interesting (evil?) in later episodes.The nepotism story line needs to get ditched because it been done to death in Kdramas.

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    • 29.1 alodia

      I’m liking her characterization though. She ought to be the evil her, but because we have a ‘bitch’ lead, she gets smashed all the time – unlike typical K-drama antagonists who often win the battle (not until the final episode of course). And I don’t remember her being her rival. I would say the host girl from episode one can be Ji Ahn’s rival.

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  30. 30 TokyoDogz

    I kinda like this drama and Tae Kang is a nice dude and Ji an an awesome woman! Tho the story between Ji an and the doctor seems good as well, that couldve been the story just about those two! Cuz we know she is gonna end up with puppyface dude, so i kinda feel bad for him. Finally he found someone and he loses her to a puppy muahaha

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  31. 31 mtoenlob

    You can never doubt KSA’s acting ability. Her portrayal of Jian is commendable. KSA is at her best when showing a range of emotions. When her co-workers failed to show up for dinner, she has seamlessly expressed her concern when she overheard them expressing their gripes, irritation when they were taking too long, disappointment when they failed to come, isolation and hurt when she realized that the only person whom she considers a friend has no time for her and what Tae Kang had uttered were a reflection of her inner state of being. Her feeling of desolation was written all over her face as she whispered, “How am I supposed to eat ramyun without any kimchi?”. This line echoes her inner self crying out.

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  32. 32 rain

    this show is progressing really, really, excruciatingly slow. they wasted no time getting the two leads in bed, but the follow-up? we knew the pregnancy was coming, they touted this very plot point in the promotions, and now the show is taking a roundabout way getting to it, like a long, idle stroll in the park. and the conflict that is not a conflict. na ri who couldn’t hold her own before ji an. good thing KSA is headlining this show. she’s worth watching for the sheer pleasure of it. meanwhile, the show tries to distract with the shoes and the fashion….

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  33. 33 sulyn

    Thanks for the recap. Am enjoying the show so far. KSA is real awesome and she delivers. What a great actress! Am hoping that they will shorten the son and father scenes. They are too draggy. Just love the scenes of the doctor and JA. He’s real cute and is a good match for JA but well, we know that that would not happen. Will look forward to your recaps of episodes 3 and 4. Thank you.

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  34. 34 ckedo-N

    With the stultifying plot, even KSA’s acting can’t save the show.

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  35. 35 Himey

    I already LOVE this drama and the soundtrack, quite refreshing <3
    Thank you for the recap~~

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  36. 36 itay

    i dont know, this drama remind me to baby face beauty. it start with the slow plot, but soon the viewer able to accept the flow, it became more interesting. so far, i like this drama since the plot didnt force us to focus to the main problem too much. this drama is about pregnancy, but it introduced the character of protagonists and antagonists first to let the viewers familiar with their characters before go through the main stories. whether rating is good or not, i have no doubt to watch this drama since i feel in love with this drama from the begining

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    • 36.1 zsa

      hey there comrade…haha…looks like we share the same viision…see you at the finish line (ep.16) good ratings or not, it’s all about the drama…:-))

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      • 36.1.1 itay

        hahaha…ur rite.it’s all about the drama. truly, im sick of time travel, body swap in 1 nite. it’s time to watch the realistic stories.

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  37. 37 fatemeh

    Not bad. But I am not sure about watching it to the end.
    Thanks for the recaps.

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  38. 38 Lilian

    Kim Sun Ah is awesome as always. Lee Jang Woo is doing well too. First time seeing him act. Previously only saw him on We Got Married.

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