Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1997: Episodes 13-14
by | September 8, 2012 | 239 Comments

I was sad about leaving the ’90s behind, but thankfully all it takes is one long-overdue encounter to bring every tumultuous teenage emotion back to the surface, rendering the six years spent growing up and growing apart… totally moot. It’s the pair of episodes where our characters find that they might not be as grown up as they thought, but then surprise us by taking their first huge strides toward adulthood, truth, and maybe love.


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EPISODE 13: “Next Time… No, Now”

Seoul 2005. Yoon-jae answers a call from Joon-hee and says no, he’s not going to the reunion dinner. He hasn’t gone to one before, so why start now? He’s already a judge, which seems fast, but I won’t argue.

A sunbae introduces him to another, the only purpose of which is to catch us up on Tae-woong too, who is famous for having sold his mega-billions company in favor teaching. They laugh that if he hadn’t, Yoon-jae wouldn’t have to work at all.

He heads down to the garage. Is that Tae-woong’s old (S)onata? He climbs in through the passenger seat (the only door that works), and curses the old beater, narrating that the only thing Hyung gave him was his apartment, “and this Onata.”

So the life of a judge, not so glamorous. He also makes a call to someone, asking to eat at home tonight. Hm…

Tae-woong, after making it big with his first internet venture, went on to make it even bigger popularizing mini homepages. But in the past year, he decided to donate his wealth and start teaching again, at a university.

Hak-chan apparently didn’t return in a year as planned, and is studying movies in Hawaii. Though from what we see, he’s pretty much the same—glued to his computer screen, watching porn.

Sung-jae revs up the motor… to his tractor? Haha. He’s working in the countryside, in a public works office. And Yoo-jung is a kindergarten teacher. Joon-hee is a first-year medical intern, and then Yoon-jae sighs as he narrates that the last one… Sung Shi-won… “I don’t know what she’s up to.”

He stops for coffee on his way home, and he narrates that he worked hard over the last six years to avoid Shi-won, and now that he’s forgotten, he doesn’t care at all how she’s doing… “Until I ran into her by coincidence on this day…”

So now we’re caught up to the end of the last episode, and the run-in at the café.

They sit awkwardly at a table, and it sort of feels like Shi-won’s a cop and Yoon-jae’s being grilled for his crimes. She asks what he’s doing around here and notes the lack of his Busan accent, and he asks if she hasn’t fixed hers yet. Shi-won: “Yeah I’m loyal that way.” Ooooh, them’s fightin’ words. I love her sass.

Then she looks him right in the eye and asks, “Do you have a girlfriend?” Pfft, no pleasantries before the interrogation? She just sits back with a calm smile as he says he does, and they haven’t been dating very long.

She nods and takes it in, and then picks up her phone. “Hello, Joon-hee? Hey, does Yoon-jae have a girlfriend?” HAHAHA. Omg, she’s such a gangster. Suddenly Yoon-jae’s sweating bullets and fidgeting. Did you make up a girlfriend?

She just keeps talking, “Uh-huh. Uh-huh,” all while watching Yoon-jae squirm. I love it. She hangs up, and he busts out, “Friends! You know, like guy friend, girl friend… You must have one of those.”

She sneers, “Friend? The hell…” Dayum… the last words he said to her? He’s stumped speechless.

As they sit like that, he narrates that he doesn’t go to reunions because of her, goes down a day early for Parents’ Day, and every Chuseok and New Year’s he comes up with some crazy new illness, every year for the last six years…

Yoon-jae: And how can you just end it all in one blow? Sung Shi-won, you awful girl. To ’96 and the first day of high school… To ’97 and the fountain where we had our first kiss… To ’98 when I cried and screamed like a crazy person… I returned to that winter. I have been reset to ’90s Yoon Yoon-jae.

Love it. He freaks out as he dissects the whole encounter back home with Joon-hee (Yay, they’re still roomies?) and asks how she could’ve thought to call him in that moment. “Does it show, like on my face, when I’m lying? But! I have a poker face!”

Joon-hee continues to ignore the rant. He then blames Joon-hee for not being faster on the uptake—couldn’t he read the situation and have answered better? Joon-hee finally snaps at him that he did answer yes. He totally corroborated Yoon-jae’s story, to a tee.

Pfffft. So he outed his own lie, with his face? Hahahaha. Even funnier. He decides he should just die, and throws a tantrum instead.

Shi-won chuckles to herself at home, and then gets a call. Yoon-jae comes out of the shower to find Joon-hee fully dressed in a black suit. Oh no. He tells Yoon-jae to hurry and get dressed, “Yoo-jung’s father passed away.”

Pretty late into the evening, the funeral hall has mostly cleared out, and Sung-jae tends to everything, sweetly covering Yoo-jung with a blanket. Aw. You’re such a good friend.

He brings her a tray of food and tells her gather her strength. There’s two more days of this left to go. And then he smiles. Yoo-jung turns around… to see Shi-won, Yoon-jae, and Joon-hee standing in the doorway.

Oof, that smile of hers when she sees all her friends show up just turns me into a puddle. Shi-won just holds her hand without a word.

Sung-jae says it’s been a really long time since they’ve seen Shi-won and Yoon-jae together, and they throw awkward looks. He figures at least they all saw each other this way, and says all they need is Hak-chan, though he doesn’t know he got the text message all the way in Hawaii. That gets him a big glower from everyone, and Yoo-jung has to remind them she’s fine and they broke up forever ago.

Sung-jae snipes at Yoon-jae for being a traitor with his Seoul accent, and Yoo-jung wonders if Shi-won will ever try to change hers, and she sighs that she had no chance to, and we get a quick flashback to her college friends who all had accents too. Heh.

Yoo-jung tells them to hurry home to their parents before it gets too late, and when Shi-won protests, she says tearfully, “Be good to them while they’re here, and don’t have regrets like I do.”

She says when she moved up to Seoul to start teaching, she didn’t come down for a whole year, and always got so annoyed at their phone calls, hanging up as quickly as she could.

Yoo-jung: “I didn’t even know my own father was sick. How badly must he have wanted to know—if I was eating, if I wasn’t sick, if the other teachers were good to me…” She wonders now why she couldn’t have just let him ask those simple questions. She says through tears that even on his last day, her father told her to hurry back to work, that he was fine, because he didn’t want her to get fired because of him.

The threesome stand outside in the street. Yoon-jae admits to being a little jealous of Yoo-jung, for even having memories of fights with her dad to regret. He doesn’t have any memories, just the fact that he misses them.

Sung-jae pulls up and offers Joon-hee a ride on his way. Joon-hee leaves them alone and tells them to settle anything they need to now, and stop fighting. He goes back to his hometown accent, “You guys are friends, aren’t you?”

Yoon-jae puts a cigarette in his mouth and Shi-won gapes. He’s like, “What, did you think I was still in high school?” But she yanks it out and steals the pack. They play keep-away and then Mom and Dad pull up to pick them up. Aw it’s like they’re kids again.

Shi-won asks if Dad got a new car, and he says that Yoon-jae bought it for them with his first salary, choosing to pointedly call her “Daughter, Daughter, Dog Daughter.” (Seriously, do you and my dad share a brain?)

She snaps at him for smelling of liquor when he’s a cancer patient, and he reminds her that he’s fully recovered and swears he just had one drink because they won today’s game. But when he complains of the cold, she gives him her jacket, which awww.

I love how Dad’s tone totally softens with Yoon-jae, as he asks about work. Shi-won mutters under her breath out how smoothly he’s suddenly back to his old accent around the parents.

Her phone rings, which she says is probably Joon-hee calling to see if they caught a cab, and she asks Dad to hand her the phone in her jacket pocket. Only… what he finds in his hand is a pack of cigarettes. Oh. Noes.

He grabs her by the hair and FLIPS his lid, swearing up and down and shaking her as she screams. And the even more hilarious part is, Yoon-jae just sits there, frozen in fear, and says nothing. Nothing! LOL.

Dad’s screaming that he’s gonna cut off all her hair again, and Shi-won swears that it’s not hers, and rats Yoon-jae out. She turns to him, all Why aren’t you saying anything?

He’s so scared that it comes out like a stutter, “I-i-it’s mine!” Shi-won gives him the side-eye and he nods at her… but that makes it look like they’re conspiring. Dad’s like, YOU THINK YOU CAN FOOL ME?

Hee. This just gets better and better. Then he grabs the both of them by the hair and knocks them around, screaming and ranting all over again. Among the things he yells: “Oh good, it’s a funeral home! Let’s go hold a joint funeral for the both of you tonight!”

Finally Mom comes back from the bathroom, and Dad cries and hugs her as he delivers the news like the world just ended… and she just drives home like eh whatever. Dad continues the hair-pulling screamfest all the way home.

Back to daily life. Sung-jae returns to his job in the public works office, which is mostly a collection of random errands and grunt manual labor—a thankless job to be sure.

Shi-won calls Tae-woong to thank him for his help in writing up quiz questions for a side writing job she picked up. He asks her to make him ramyun as a thank you, and shows up at her door.

She tells him he should be so cavalier about showing up to a girl’s apartment so late at night, “What will the security ajusshi think? Are you going to take responsibility for me?”

Tae-woong, “Of course I will! That’s my wish in life!” As soon as I think, that’s gonna get you a beating, Shi-won attacks his back, “I! Told! You! To! Stop! Talking! Like! That!” Hehe.

She tsk-tsks that he used to be so innocent, calling him greasy. He says it’s because of her; he has to remind her that he likes her, even jokingly like this. Aw, I hope she hasn’t strung you along for six years.

He asks haltingly if he can try to win her heart for real this time. She gets quiet and doesn’t answer. Her non-answer must be familiar to him, because he smoothes over it quickly and changes the subject.

Shi-won: “Oppa is like a daddy long legs to me—someone who’s always dependable, who always protects me by my side—a good person. That’s the same today as it was six years ago.” Ouch.

1999. The moment he gives her the ring on the keychain. He gives it to her so expectantly, and she says she has something to tell him.

Shi-won: “Oppa, I like you a lot… but my heart doesn’t race or flutter. I’m still young so I don’t know exactly how it feels to like somebody, but my heart now… is beating in a different direction. I’m sorry, oppa.”

His face falls. He hugs her gently. Tae-woong: “I’m not expecting anything right now. I’ll wait. Until you like me a lot… I’ll be your daddy long legs. Like now, always… next to you.” Aw honey, that was your mistake right there. Now I feel terrible for Tae-woong. How many unrequited loves must you take, Universe?

Back to the present. Tae-woong asks if he’s still her daddy long legs now, and she doesn’t answer. “Do you know how Daddy Long Leg ends?” (Hint: It ain’t happy.)

Sung-jae gets busy at work and turns away a grandma who needs help changing a lightbulb for the second day in a row. He tells her to come back tomorrow.

Shi-won gets back to work, and then thinks back to the night after the funeral. She pops her head into her old room, “I know you’re not asleep!” and Yoon-jae comes out. They have a beer in the living room and ask if their scalps are still in place after Dad’s epic fit.

He says he’s actually grateful. Everyone is always so nice to him when they learn that he’s an orphan, whether it’s strangers, friends, even extended family, and their kindness makes him lonelier than anything.

“But the fact that I’ve only ever really felt that way a handful of times in my whole life, is because of your parents. The only people in the world to swear and call me this bastard or that bastard are your parents. That’s the thing I’m most grateful for.”

She laughs that he’s never any help to her existence, and he says, “That’s why I left.” Oof. Shi-won: “Then you should’ve disappeared forever…” He muses that he should’ve.

Shi-won: “You… Do you… still like me?” Omo. She brought it up? SHE BROUGHT IT UP. Answer her! He looks over at her in surprise, but then says, “Next time. Let’s talk next time.” But… but… He gets up and goes to bed, leaving her hanging. Augh!

Sung-jae finally has time to help the lightbulb grandma today, and heads waaaaay into the mountains where she lives.

Shi-won and Yoon-jae wait for Joon-hee to get done with his shift at the hospital so they can head down to Busan again for Yoo-jung. But Joon-hee comes running out to say that he can’t go after all, and they’ll just have to go without him.

So the awkward pair head down to Yoon-jae’s car, where he just about has an epileptic fit trying to open the door that won’t open, and just climbs in the passenger side. It’s an embarrassing car, but now that we know he bought Mom and Dad a new one, it’s all the sweeter by comparison.

She whines that she doesn’t want to go down to Busan in the death trap, and wonders if he didn’t have money to buy himself a new car. He sighs that Hyung refuses to sell this one, “Because it has a lot of memories… with you…”

Um. Awkward. She glances over at him, regretting she asked.

By nightfall, Sung-jae and Grandma are STILL hiking up the friggin’ mountain to her house, and he gapes that she came this distance three whole times before he came with her. She starts to get tired, so he piggybacks her, like the adorable good boy that he is.

He asks about her life and if she doesn’t have family to check in on her, and she sighs that she’s just a burden to them now by staying alive. Sung-jae tells her that’s ridiculous and insists she’s not a burden, to him or to anyone. Aw.

Joon-hee just sits around at his desk, and his sunbae asks what he’s still doing here when’s off duty. Did you send them alone on purpose? Why do you break my heart, Joon-hee? He asks if the sunbae is still looking for a new roommate, and considers it. But what about Yoon-jae?

Shi-won and Yoon-jae drive down, and he fills the silence by blabbering about music, while Shi-won just stares…

We finally catch a glimpse at what she’s looking at—it’s that little scrap of an S that she gave him before exams that we saw him try to throw away, now reinforced and hanging on his keychain.

Shi-won: “Yoon-jae-ya, answer me now. Do you still like me? Do you still like me?” If you don’t answer, I will scream. After a pause, he finally says, “And you? Why are you asking me that? Do you like me?”

Shi-won, without hesitation, says, “Yes.” Eeeeeeeeee! He looks over at her, stunned. She turns to him, “I like you. Not as a friend, but as a man. I like you.” Stop the car! Stop the car!

He pulls over, reeling from the confession. She looks at him, and then in his adorable tone, says, “I answered! Now you!” like she didn’t just blow his freakin’ mind. It’s so funny.

He just takes another breath. She asks it again, “Do you still like me?” He doesn’t say anything, so she turns into her thug self and says through gritted teeth: “Answer me. Right. Now.” Yoon Yoon-jae! If you don’t say something, imma kick you!

Yoon-jae (voiceover): I had forgotten. That if she liked something right now, she expressed the fire of that moment directly, and without hesitation. I could’ve just said: I like you. Be mine. I could say it like that right now. Back then, and even in this moment… I was just hesitating.


Sung-jae changes the lightbulb for granny, and she makes him a meal to say thank you. As he chats the night away with her, Yoon-jae continues:

Yoon-jae (voiceover): There is nothing more urgent than now. Because later might never come. Life isn’t long enough to speak of the next opportunity, rather than the now that’s before our eyes.

Then it’s the day of the funeral procession and burial, and Yoo-jung climbs onto the bus where close friends and family are waiting. She goes all the way to the back of the bus to be alone, and starts to cry.

The door closes and the bus lurches ahead… but then suddenly a hand stops it. Omg, is it? Really? Someone gets on the bus, and it makes Shi-won beam. Sung-jae-‘s jaw drops. Yoon-jae smiles too.

It’s Hak-chan! Yay, you came! He goes straight to the back of the bus, just like the first day he saw her cry, and sits down next to her.

She breaks down in sobs the moment she sees him, and he just puts his arm around her silently. She leans on him and cries. It’s a lovely and poignant reunion that needs no words. He came in the moment she needed him most.

Yoon-jae (voiceover): If you give up on now because of laziness or a lack of courage, there is no hope of another opportunity. If you love now, the best timing is now. You have to go before it’s too late, and you have to confess now. Because you never know what’ll happen later. The next opportunity might never come.

The fact that you’re narrating this, after you failed to confess… is just making me angry! Later Shi-won gets a package: a copy of Daddy Long Legs from Tae-woong. If you let daddy long legs scoop you because you were chicken shit, I will never forgive you.

Yoon-jae gets a text from Shi-won asking to have dinner, and he says he’s too busy. He thinks back to the night she confessed.

Tae-woong checks into the hospital for a surgery to remove a colon polyp. What is with all you people and your surprise illnesses? It’s a simple procedure and he doesn’t seem at all worried about it, though Joon-hee says he should let Yoon-jae know because he needs someone to look after him.

Shi-won arrives for the job, though Joon-hee worries more about her—she’s caught a cold. She worries about Tae-woong catching it from her, and he says she’ll have to take responsibility for him for the rest of her life then.

She scoffs and drags Joon-hee out, “Let’s get out of here. If I give that oppa a cold, my life is over!” They run into his sunbae on the way in, and he asks why Joon-hee still hasn’t moved in yet. He looks over at Shi-won nervously.

He takes her to the stairwell and shows her the Truth Chair, a painting of a chair right on the staircase. Cute. She sits down in it and says she knows what it is: “My mom cried a lot in places like this when my dad was sick.”

She asks what the little warning label on the wall is for, and he says it’s to keep an eye out for people before you start crying. He says it’s weird, but when you sit there, you find yourself being true to your feelings.

Shi-won: “Really? Then… should I try being true to my feelings now?” She hesitates, then starts, “Joon-hee-ya…”

But he says it first: “I know. That you like Yoon-jae too. I know. I probably knew before you did.” She can’t even lift her eyes because she feels so bad, but he says that Yoon-jae still likes her a lot.

She finally looks up at him, “And you? You like Yoon-jae too.” He says it’s time to grow out of his first love, and says that a lot of the fantasy is gone now that he’s lived with him: “You know he really doesn’t lift a finger?” Ha. She says Yoon-jae will still be sad to know he’s moving out, and asks what he’ll say. He asks her for ideas because he still doesn’t know how to break the news.

She sighs, “Joon-hee-ya, I’m sorry. You must’ve had a hard time too. But I only thought of myself. And I’m the only one you told everything to, because you thought of me as a friend. I don’t even know what I’m doing to you right now. I’m sorry.”

He tells her not to be sorry—the heart isn’t something she can control. “You, and Yoon-jae both… it’s enough for me to have you as friends.” Aw, Joon-hee.

He gets paged and heads downstairs, offering to get her some cold medicine, and she follows, saying she’ll call Yoon-jae for coffee while she’s out. She makes the call as they walk out of the stairwell…

And a phone rings in it. Omo!

And there’s Yoon-jae, sitting just half a floor above them, jaw hanging practically three floors down. Holy beans! He finally knows!

He just sits there, mind completely blown to smithereens. I don’t even know how many things he just learned in that one conversation. We cut back and forth between Joon-hee and Yoon-jae as he reels.

Downstairs, Joon-hee gives Shi-won some meds and sends her off. He turns around, and there’s Yoon-jae.

Joon-hee smiles and waves, like normal. Yoon-jae talks to him like it’s just another day, but his face… his face… Aaaaaugh. Don’t you break Joon-hee’s heart!

EPISODE 14: “The Heart Is What Makes You Love”


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Sung-jae’s job kind of amounts to being the Village Butler—he gets ordered around by everyone, even the little kid who comes by to report that his school bus is late. He heaves a sigh every time someone calls his name.

But he lights up when Hak-chan shows up with Yoo-jung in tow, ready to go on a hike. He sighs at their instant lovey-doveyness, wondering how on earth they spent six years apart.

He starts to thank Hak-chan for “that movie” that made him the hero at his office, and gets a candy bar shoved in his face to shut him up. Hak-chan tells him to wait after work so they can hang out, and they head up the mountain hand in hand.

Tae-woong spends his time in the hospital working, and Joon-hee shows up to nag him about resting. He gets ready to stick him with the IV needle, and Tae-woong inches back—how can he trust his former student to stick him with a needle? That’s adorable.

To him Joon-hee must just look like a kid playing doctor. But he surprises him with his skill and Tae-woong muses it would’ve been a terrible idea if he had gone into government work like he had planned. Joon-hee says yeah, but “it” would’ve been dealt with sooner though, and doesn’t clarify what.

Yoon-jae sits in his car, still reeling from the discovery. He thinks back to their teenage years, and the times he had asked if Joon-hee liked someone. And the day when he had finally said, “Yes… you,” and Yoon-jae’s laughing response, thinking it all a joke.

Shi-won calls, and he can’t bring himself to answer that either.

Hak-chan and Yoo-jung walk up the trail, and he nervously keeps asking if she needs anything, just filling the silence with chatter while she says nothing in response. Finally after all that’s out of the way, he asks quietly, “Didn’t you miss me?” Her hand falls out of his.

He turns back to face her, “I missed you. I missed you a lot. I’m sorry I came so late.” D’aw. He says he’s a dummy so it took him a long time to graduate—he wanted to show up and be impressive, and at least have a diploma, but it just took too long. She just smiles back.

“I won’t go anywhere anymore. Even if I have to sell bean cakes, I’ll stay by your side. I love you.” Swoon. She tells him to say it again. He looks down at the ground like a kid, mumbling, iluvue.

Yoo-jung: “To my face!” He lifts his head and says it again, this time with confidence. She pulls him by his jacket zipper and plants a kiss on him. So cute.

Tae-woong drops his pen and stoops to retrieve it from under his hospital bed, when a doctor comes into his room thinking it empty and starts to take off her stockings. He gulps. But the potentially sexy first impression takes a left turn when she follows it up with a loud fart.

She’s mortified to discover someone in the room, but he graciously lets her rest there, assuming she’s a tired resident, and steps out. Hm, new love interest perhaps?

At his office, Yoon-jae talks to Sung-jae on the phone about Hak-chan and the latest movies he sent, calling him a genius. Ah, you ARE making porn! He warns Sung-jae to keep it a secret from Yoo-jung. This is not going to end well for any of you.

As soon as he hangs up, Shi-won’s voice startles him, “So that’s what Hak-chan is doing…” Hahaha. That’s how long the secret lasted? Two seconds?

He’s annoyed at the disturbance, saying he’s too busy to play, so she reaches for his laptop to check out these so-called brilliant movies of Hak-chan’s. He leaps up to stop her, and then breathes a sigh of relief that it’s password protected.

But she just smirks, and unlocks it on the first try. Pfft. She reaches for the folder to watch, and he ruuuns over to grab her hand away, agreeing to lunch after all. She beams. He asks how she figured out her password, and she sighs that he’s so easy—it’s the day his parents died.

Tae-woong gets the VIP treatment at the hospital, and he agrees to give a lecture as requested. He just asks that anyone who’s present for his surgery pretend not to know him after the fact, as he can’t really see himself being comfortable giving a speech in front of people who’ve seen his ass.

The doctor assures him he’ll see to it, but it won’t matter anyway, seeing as how it’s not a butt-surgery, exactly. He demonstrates how they’ll go in, saying it’s just like going to see the gynecologist, and mimes feet up in stirrups… and… a fist? Whoa, that’s not like the gynecologist at all. Tae-woong cringes.

The doc says their department head is so good she won’t need much assistance anyway, and Tae-woong cringes again to hear it’ll be a woman getting friendly with his unmentionables…

And in walks Ju-yeon, the pretty young doctor who farted in his room. Ha. Joon-hee’s surprised when she greets him like they know each other, and she says they’re super close—they’ve already farted in front of each other. He actually looks like he might die of embarrassment, right then and there.

He asks Joon-hee for drugs, and Joon-hee prescribes him the Truth Chair instead: “If you go now, you can cry alone.” Hee.

Shi-won digs into Yoon-jae’s food even while sniffling back her runny nose, and he barks at her to stop being so gross. She finally plugs up her nose with a tissue in compliance, saying that she’s taking it because of her crime.

Yoon-jae: “What’s your crime?” Shi-won: “Not knowing whom I liked.”

She breaks the tension by asking the judge what the punishment is for said crime. Yoon-jae: “Life sentence.” She protests, “Did I kill someone or plot a coup de tat? I’m even deeply remorseful!” like she’s actually pleading for a reduction.

But he didn’t mean her—”I’m the one imprisoned forever, because of you. With no end to the term. Alone. Until I die.” Gee, you’re up with people today. He tells her to pay for lunch as payment for her crimes, and leaves her there.

Tae-woong gets a visit from his surgeon, who… asks him out on a date? Should you really be doing that the day before you operate on someone? He turns her down, despite clearly thinking that she’s cute.

I get that they were going for pretty young doctor who would be surprising as the head of a department, but she seems miscast. Oh well.

Yoon-jae sleeps in, and Joon-hee comes to wake him, wearing pink rubber kitchen gloves. He whispers in his ear to wake up, and Yoon-jae tells him to go to work first, but perks up at the mention of breakfast, “Since when do we eat breakfast?”

Joon-hee says if not for breakfast, they never see each other’s faces, and tells him he has something to say. You two are so like an old married couple already.

Joon-hee fidgets over breakfast though, and Yoon-jae suggests they have dinner tonight. He asks about Tae-woong giving lectures at the hospital, and Joon-hee lies that he made the request, not mentioning the surgery.

They both agree that Tae-woong is impressive no matter what he does, and Joon-hee says he seems destined for greatness. Yoon-jae: “I think so too. That’s why I like him… and why I’m afraid. Hyung never makes a wrong decision, whether it’s work… or love.”

Joon-hee looks up, and then hits the nail on the head: “Is it because of your brother that you’re not accepting Shi-won’s feelings? Because Hyung chose Shi-won? Liking someone is not a matter of choice. It’s something the heart makes you do.”

He says that both the brothers liked her all on their own, with no regard for her feelings. So why should she suffer for that now? That’s what I’M sayin’!

He asks what Shi-won did wrong—that she didn’t know how much Yoon-jae liked her or for how long? He says that’s not her fault. “She could have not known. There are times in life when you don’t know… that someone likes you.” Oof. Heart. Break.

He says that Yoon-jae likes Shi-won. “Then the game’s already over. No matter how much you think it over, there’s no answer. You already like her. So what choice is there? What decision to make? Don’t regret it later. Don’t use Hyung as an excuse. Do as your heart tells you.”

Slow clap, Joon-hee. Slow clap.

Yoon-jae just remains slackjawed the entire time, not saying a word. Joon-hee gets up to say this isn’t what he was intending to say, but anyway, he should answer Shi-won’s call. “She’s following her heart. She’s better than you.” Yoon-jae looks down and gapes at his ringing phone, not knowing what to do.

Shi-won and Joon-hee look after Tae-woong, who’s still asleep after his operation. Ju-yeon comes by to check on him. When she sees Shi-won she asks if she’s Tae-woong’s girlfriend in a sharp tone, but Shi-won stares her down, “No, I’m his little sister.” Ju-yeon immediately softens, calling her pretty.

Shi-won nags Yoon-jae to come over and pick up some oranges Mom sent: “You know her! There’re three boxes!” He’s busy and tells her to give them to Hyung instead then. She sighs that Tae-woong can’t eat anything because of his surgery… whoops.

Yoon-jae: “Surgery?!” Cut to Yoon-jae watching Hyung sleep in the hospital, glowering at Joon-hee and Shi-won in turn. They each try to explain that it’s really no biggie, and that goes about as well as can be expected.

Ju-yeon asks in her nosy way who he is, hoping he’s not Tae-woong’s son. He says brother, and then she goes over it again, pointing to Shi-won: “younger sister, younger brother…” Yoon-jae just looks over at Joon-hee, like Who’s this weirdo? I love that he gets tongue-tied saying hyung-soo…, meaning to say “the doctor doing Hyung’s surgery,” but it also happens to be the word for brother’s wife.

The doctors leave and Shi-won tries to make a stealthy exit too, but Yoon-jae grabs her by the backpack like a stray puppy, and she cringes. I love these two.

She takes him to the Truth Chair and says he’ll be true to his feelings if he sits there. Please yes, by the powers of all magical staircase painted furniture! Though in his case, we need it to be a Talking Chair more than anything. She swears Tae-woong’s surgery went without a hitch and that she’d have told him if it were something to be worried about. He thanks her, which is a surprise, and says that Hyung must still be more comfortable with her.

He says shakily that Tae-woong still likes her. “He’s still waiting right now. For you to come back.” Shi-won: “I know. But… what about you? Not hyung, but you.” She says she’s sorry to Tae-woong, but he doesn’t concern her.

Shi-won: “Tae-woong oppa is the closest person I have in my life, as much as you. But the person who concerns me most… is you alone.” She asks again what HE feels, without any other excuse or explanation: Do you still like me?

He just sits there like a lame duck, KILLING ME. Finally she decides to just threaten him instead: “If you don’t answer me in three seconds, I’m going to kiss you on the cheek ten times!”



He beats her the punch, swooping in for a kiss. YESSSSSSS! FINALLY!

She smiles and passes him the cold medicine in her pocket. “You take it. I’m alllllll better now.” Love it.

He takes it and smiles bashfully. And then he kisses her again, and again, holding her hand. Swoon.

Later that night Yoon-jae meets Joon-hee for dinner, listening to his terribly stilted lie about pairing interns with sunbae doctors and forcing them to be roommates. Joon-hee blathers on and on nervously, saying he knows it’s ridiculous.

It’s so adorable how bad he is at lying. He just digs his hole further, I know, it sounds like a lie, but it’s not! Yoon-jae just breezes, “Okay.” Joon-hee’s shocked that it goes over so well, but then gets kind of disappointed that he’s not sadder.

Yoon-jae scoffs, “What, are you not going to see me when you move out? Even if you say you never want to see me again and avoid me, I’m going to follow you around for the rest of my life, just so you know!” And back in his Busan accent, “We’re friends, aren’t we?”

Yay, just yay. And then Yoon-jae coughs, starting to feel the effects of his cold.

The next day Joon-hee gets a call from Shi-won and he says the roommate conversation went well, saying that Yoon-jae is surprisingly dumb sometimes. I think it’s funnier that you think he believed your lie.

He sits down in the Truth Chair as they chat, and she tells him about the kiss. He congratulates her, saying “I told you so” about Yoon-jae liking her.

He asks if it’s been eight years between their first kiss and their second, laughing that he knows about the first ’cause Yoon-jae tells him everything. He gets up to answer another call, and we pan up the staircase… oh no…

And there’s Tae-woong, having overheard. Ouuuuch. I think we’re gonna have to rename that thing the Spill Your Guts All Over Everyone Chair, because “truth” doesn’t really cover the pain part.

2012 Reunion. Dad calls Shi-won to complain about the measly allowance she sent him, insisting it’s not the money, but the principal of it all, and demands to speak to “Yoon suh-bang.”

She hands over her phone… and then both Tae-woong and Yoon-jae stand up, getting an earful from somebody over the phone. They smile at each other.


Really, still playing that game? Okay fine. Baby daddy still unconfirmed, though at this point, we’re just waiting for the final seal of approval. I’m really glad they pulled out the confession by the end of Episode 14, because I nearly disowned Yoon-jae for being so dumb and not answering her when she asked so directly whether he still liked her. I know, in comparison, he suffered a lot more and she never knew how he felt. But I’m with Joon-hee on this: That hurts, but it’s not her fault either. If she has the balls to confess the second she gets the chance, then she didn’t do wrong by her love. She just took a lot longer to know it.

What’s great about her confession is how easy it is for her. You can actually see it on Yoon-jae’s face, the How do you just DO THAT look, like it’s beyond his understanding. Because he’ll never in his entire life be that person. He’s the overthinker, the guy who hashes and rehashes so hard that his thoughts have thoughts and their thoughts have thoughts, until he has eighteen generations of thought-grandbabies, and nothing makes sense anymore.

But Joon-hee is the one who knows him best and says the one thing that finally gets through: there IS no decision to be made, no arguing yourself into or out of anything. Your heart just does what it wants to, and thinking is useless. Could there be a better blow to Yoon-jae, who’s done nothing but think about his love for the better part of a decade? Joon-hee saved this ship in the eleventh hour, because I was seriously starting to get cranky. I’m just glad that Shi-won is such a straight-shooter and cuts through the brother crap. Because yes, it sucks, but she’s not going to start loving someone just because he confessed first. It’s not finders keepers, and I’m so glad she gets Yoon-jae to see past all his guilt and just answer her goddamn question.

Joon-hee had some stand-out character moments in these episodes. When Shi-won tells him that she likes Yoon-jae, I thought it really touching that she apologizes and acknowledges his feelings, and doesn’t discount them just because Yoon-jae will never love him back. I just LOVE that about her. To her, it’s equal. Joon-hee loves him too, and she feels bad about moving in on his crush, like a true friend would. And then of course Joon-hee returns her friendship in kind when he pushes Yoon-jae to face his heart and stop with the excuses. That he does that for both of them despite his own breaking heart is the best resolution to his first love that we could have. But the winner today is Yoon Yoon-jae, who treated his best friend the same, the day after and the day before he found out that Joon-hee liked him. And that is why we love you. Sometimes. When you’re not being a doofus.


239 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. JIW_sobangnim


    • 1.1 JIW_sobangnim


      • 1.1.1 neener

        been refreshing the site for days just to see this!!

        off to read too!!!!!!!

        • pabo ceo reom

          Couldn’t wait to read GF thoughts too! Everyone has 1997 fever these days..yay!

          ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

          • cg

            Great drama 🙂

      • 1.1.2 JIW_sobangnim

        What can I say about this Drama? What Shall I Say About It?

        Words just cant express how much I love it. Its just that great. The memories of everything…. First Love and whether you dare to take the chance.

        Well firstly, the scene which resonates the most after the whole episode would be when Hak Chan came back and without words went to Yoo Jung. It was just so special. The choice of song was impeccable really. I literally squealed like a suckling. Yoon Jae’s voiceover there, MEANINGFUL WORDS.

        The next scene would be when Yoo Jung starts talking about her parents. One lesson learnt : No point regretting. Thus, tell those 2 IMPORTANT PEOPLE HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.

        The final scene which I really loved was Joon Hee giving both Yoon Jae and Shi Won chances and giving support at both ends. He is someone I respect and how many people do we see this way in life? How many would give away something they really want to their friend when they want it just as bad? KUDOS JOON HEE. You also managed to make me like Infinite, LOL.


  2. Miss D

    This show is so good!

    These episodes were amazing, just like the rest. I was so so so happy to see that this time around Shi-won was pursuing Yoon-jae and then on the stairs…IT WAS SO CUTE! Finally! Lols that Joo-hee pointed out that they hadn’t kissed (uhm….not  even anyone else) for all those years since the water fountain kiss. 

    In my opinion there were only 2 ways to go:
    Either Shi-won and Yoon-jae finally ended up together or….Yoon-jae turned gay for Joo-hee. Who else thought they totally acted as a married couple when they were roommates???

    Does anyone else think the brother is gonna end up with the doctor? Because she was hilarious!

    I’m so sad that this series is ending in two weeks but it’s been so great every second.

    • 2.1 Kat

      I also think Hyung will end up with the doctor–because the Answer Me staff always said in the interviews that they’re peppering the episodes with hints and stuff, so it can’t be just a coincidence that they fit in the word hyung-soo in there and it wouldn’t mean anything beneath the surface. They’ve been pretty smart about these things so…I dunno, maybe something strange will happen and Si-won and Yoon-je won’t end up together…? (NOOOOOOO!)

      • 2.1.1 Kim Yoonmi

        Si Won/Yoon Jae and Hyeong/Farty Doctor for the win.

        And I want Joon Hee to have someone too. Maybe that new roommate? I don’t think he should have to suffer that much.

        Things will break if it’s not Si Won/Yoon Jae. I wouldn’t mind a break up/shotgun wedding scenario either. Though I doubt that would happen…

        Besides, at the end of episode 6 or 7? The grabbing of the baby picture can only be Yoon Jae. (His brother was on his phone and he put it away in his back pocket, which means that only Yoon Jae’s hand was free to grab the picture with the corresponding hand shown)

        And then at the end of this episode, Si Won’s father asks *Yoon Jae* to take care of Si Won, not Tae Woong. Also the ease with which he massaged her shoulders.

        There isn’t any indication that Si Won knows Tae Woong likes Blended Caramel with extra whip cream. She definitely knows that about Yoon Jae. The only catch is subsequent episodes that have the hands showing on both brothers don’t show any kind of ring at all. So it was only for the caramel grabby shot. (look at the phone shot–you see both hands are ringless on both brothers, which is just cheating! *ranty ranty*)

    • 2.2 Lemon

      Hi Miss D, sorry I’m posting my question here so it can be seen (and hopefully answered, heh):

      When Yoon Jae found out about Joon Hee’s crush, he was sitting at the hospital stairs. Why was he in the hospital in the first place? I thought he didn’t know about his hyung’s surgery!

      • 2.2.1 JIW_sobangnim

        I think he was there because in the morning, Joon Hee wanted to talk to him? BUT instead they talked about Shi Won?

        So he came to visit Joon Hee in the hospital. On how he was DIRECTLY in the stairwell, well that is because its a drama 🙂 TEEHEE! 🙂

      • 2.2.2 LoveIt

        I think Shi-Won had texted him about grabbing something to eat, and he claimed he didn’t have time.

      • 2.2.3 kaka

        I think he occasionally visits Junhee at hospital. Remember after that stairs scene, he only met Junhee although he saw Shiwon too (must be because he was still avoiding Shiwon)? And he didn’t know yet that Taewoong were in hospital

  3. Shirleee


    thank you girlfriday for the recap!

  4. crazedlu

    i didn’t mind. i loved everything about these two episodes. guuuuush. *insert sheepish smile.*

  5. come2noona

    I love this show SO MUCH.

    I can’t believe these kids are newbies to acting. They are doing an excellent job.

    Yay! The kiss!!!

    • 5.1 come2noona

      I forgot to add, thanks for the recap and thanks for the Deli Spice download!! Love that song, so psyched you posted it!

  6. j

    so what’s the ending to daddy long legs? there seems to be many versions to the ending right? I thought they got together? why is it not happy ending?

    • 6.1 Kat

      I think girlfriday was referring to the Korean movie 키다리 아저씨 (Daddy Long Legs), which doesn’t end on a good note. The novel, as far as I can remember though, ends with Jerusha/Judy/the protagonist falling in love with her the man she calls Daddy-Long-Legs in her letter and later on they marry. So I think Tae-woong was referring to the novel when he asked that question. 😀

      • 6.1.1 Eye Candy

        I was confused about that too! Also, did anyone else think immediately of City Hunter when Daddy Long Legs was referenced? Though, I don’t think that’s a great comparison either. I loved that character, but he didn’t end up so well…

        • Tanaya

          OMFG YES! I actually hadn’t heard of Daddy Long Legs before City Hunter, so Kim Na Na and Prosecutor introduced it to me. First time I thought of the spider daddy long legs (here in Australia we get them in our house all the time!) so I was a bit lost. But I kind of worked out the meaning there so yep I was instantly reminded of SHITTY HUNTAA when Siwon mentioned it :))

          And omg I’ve stopped at the end of ep 13 because I’m crying over how sweet and askgckjhgdafskjdgc Joon Hee is and how sad it’s for him. :”'(


      • 6.1.2 Farpavilions

        I haven’t watched the movie but Shiwon’s reference makes sense given it came out in 2005, same year as the protagonists are in at this point (gotta love the very time-specific referents). Maybe Taewoong is gently trying to get her to see his alternate ending?

      • 6.1.3 dewaanifordrama

        I think girlfriday was talking about the movie, and Siwon would have probably been thinking of the movie too, but you’re right, the book has a happy ending with Judy/Jerusha ending up with Daddy-Long-Legs.

        I agree with Farpavillions that Taewoong is trying to get her to see that they could have a happy ending.

  7. latebloomer

    These episodes killed me. Thanks for the recap!

  8. bourbon

    I’m baaaack!

    The last few months were crazy, and I needed a show like this to get me back to drama-land. And boooy, is it worth it!! I marathoned it in the past week, disregarding sleep, and food like a good fan should. It’s good to break the kdrama fast with a show as awesome as Answer me 1997. 🙂

  9. Rovi

    Fuck I’m crying~! T~T All because of these three.
    So dumb sometimes, but that’s how love is…and I’m hurting the most because of Jun-hee. 🙁

  10. 10 Eye Candy

    Thank you for the recap! I just love this show so much! One minute, it has me crying. The next, I’m laughing through my tears. I loved the juxtaposition of Young-Jae discussing growing up without parents (which was heartbreaking and I did not love that he had to go through that by any means…) and then having Shi Won’s parents roll up and the dad begins criticizing both for lying about who’s smoking. It was hilarious within five minutes. The show does that so well, and that’s what I always look for. A show that can be true to emotion but also not lose sight of the humor in life. I can’t wait for the ending because I want to know what happens, but the idea of this show being just leaves me desperately looking for another to fill its place, but I don’t know if that’s possible!

    • 10.1 Eye Candy

      Whoops I meant the idea of this show being over
      (not just in existence!) leaves me desperately looking for another to fill its place!

  11. 11 stars4u

    How can a show be this good?!

    I love how upfront Shi-won is and how shy Yoon-jae can be! It’s too cute!

    I refuse to believe there’s only two more eps left.

  12. 12 jane

    I didn’t expect this show to be THIS good. omg. and I swear reading the E14 recap while listening to Deli Spice “Confession” makes it even better. lol.
    I just can’t get enough of this show. can’t wait to find out who’s the dad!! please let it be Yoon Jae, please don’t make any twists in the end, writers.

    And I’ve watched the E15 preview……. -_- I can’t believe Taewoong doesn’t want to give up on Siwon..

  13. 13 ___

    I mother-effin’ love this drama to pieces!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 13.1 Ariel

      Same here can’t type anymore run out of superlatives and I’m starting to tear up…

  14. 14 estel

    I certainly cannot be the only person who watches that kiss on repeat at least four times a day. The first time I watched the episode I totally watched it at least ten times. I’m so. darn. happy! they finally kissed! And it wasn’t a lame one, either! Yay for cable! ^_^

    Thanks, Girlfriday, for the recaps. Your schedule must be crazy with all the other dramas you’re recapping, but I love reading them. ^_^

    • 14.1 Rin

      you are not alone my friend.not alone.hehe

    • 14.2 Rashell

      No you’re not the only person who does that. Add me to that list. I think I’m going to have these episodes memorized before the next one on Tuesday.

      Words cannot express my love for this show! Thanks for the recap GF!

    • 14.3 Autumn

      who knew Seo In-gook was such a good kisser

    • 14.4 queencircles

      hahaha. I totally did. TvN’s got great kisses.

      • 14.4.1 Ladytron33

        So true! TVn really has the best kisses. I just rewatched Queen Inhyun’s Man with my mom, and I forgot how amazing those kiss scenes were (tippy toes!!!). Phew… No wonder they fell in love for real!

        • jєѕѕα™ 주원사랑 (@jung_kYro)

          i agree..not only QIHM but even i need romance 2..i think its because the show is shown in cable, not in local TV..

          • CM

            INR2 had so many kisses that’s almost impossible to pinpoint a kiss scene if you see it out of context. Well, apart from that daium hot first kiss… and every one of those kisses were, well 10/10 o.O? haha

          • bd

            It took a while for “Coffee Prince” to get to that point, but when it did, the macking there was pretty strong and it was a regular network series.

    • 14.5 pigtookie

      lol yes, every day.

    • 14.6 NN

      I also rewatch various episodes constantly – haven’t been this crazy since coffee prince.

    • 14.7 coby

      I! I! (hands raised!)
      I was questioning myself if its bad to make the screengrab of their kiss my wallpaper? haha!
      I love cable kisses! that’s what I first muttered! from Flower Boy Ramyun shop to QIHM, now AM1997!
      I am so watching ep 15 raw!

      Is only for you, just wanna be for you **singing

    • 14.8 graceface

      LOL. Yes, they are just too cute together!

  15. 15 cherryx

    I really love these two episodes! the best! <3 At last they've kissed! and their feelings are already mutual! yay!! The kiss was awesome too!

    but does anyone know the intro song that played when Shi Won and Yoon Jae met at the cafe? i really want to know :)))

    • 15.1 jane

      you mean the song in the ending of ep 12? when they first met again? it’s Pinnochio – We Meet Again 😀 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rUg3gGNgbo&feature=player_embedded

      • 15.1.1 JIW_sobangnim

        THANKS MUCH 🙂 Just wondering how you know it? I was trying so hard to find it. Knew it was them but I kept thinking maybe it was Toy or someone else ><

      • 15.1.2 NN

        Thanks! Love the opening of that song.

      • 15.1.3 cherryx

        THANK YOU SO MUCH! i was really dying to hear it especially the opening! :))) hehe

      • 15.1.4 gwxj

        oh my gosh thank you so much i’ve been crazy about this song and have been searching on the web for days already thank you!!

  16. 16 SWOONY

    i watched dis at 1 in the morning and i was trying so hard not to squeal from the confessions….gaaah!!

    i desperately hope that the end game is shi won-yoon jae because i think tae woong would end up with crazy doctor….hahaha

    in the 2nd ost the mv showed the ring shi won was wearing on the bus…and the ring she left in the rest rum…so all signs point to yoon jae? *fingers crossed

  17. 17 JenJen

    Gah I luff this drama~ <3

    The leads are so wonderful together!
    and *SWOON* at their kisses. gah! Seo InGuk oppa, you can kiss me like that any day~

  18. 18 queencircles

    Ah awesome, I’ve been waiting patiently for these to be subbed on Dramafever. Off to watch then read!!! ahhh!!

    • 18.1 queencircles

      Ah, these were great! Thanks for the recaps! I literally gasped when the camera panned up to yoon jae sitting there listening, cause omg he finally knows!! I love that he treats joon hee exactly the same.

      Also, why does seo in gook look so effing cute when he has crazy bedhead. Love him!!

  19. 19 Laica

    Finally, the confession! And the song, “Confession” – which I LOVE, and was just perfect.

    One thing about Dadddy Long Legs: it actually does have a happy ending; at least the original novel by Jean Webster does. The Korean movie remake has a tragic ending with cancer and amnesia and death, but that’s just the Kmovie melo taking over as it so often does. (I don’t understand… it was such a cute and happy story…)

    But the novel is actually about a girl who goes to a boarding school and writes letters back and forth to a member of the board whom she never meets, but over the years as she graduates and gets a job, he always helps her and gives her presents, and eventually they fall in love. And then she finally meets him and of course he’s relatively young, handsome and rich. The end.

    I think Tae-woong was referring to the book, because that’s what he sends her, and also because it echoes the theme of her not knowing her own heart and sending the wrong signals/choosing the wrong person. She calls him her DLL thinking it means a platonic protector, when it really means the man who’s waiting for her to grow up to be with her. And that’s what Tae-woong hears it as. Same with the necktie she gives him when they are dating, which has a totally different meaning to Tae-woong – a much more romantic one than she intended.

    Wow, I wrote an essay, sorry!

    I’m so sad this show is ending next week. :'(

    • 19.1 howforwardsale

      great essay! 😀 That’s how I read the situation too. Didn’t know there was a sad Korean Movie version too. I just knew about the book and the American Movie Version w/ Leslie Caron and Fred Astaire. Is there no normal dramatized version of this story? What am I saying? That story is almost impossible to un-yuck. Yet again great job Answer Me 1997 for doing what you do.

    • 19.2 Kandiboo

      Wasn’t it YJ who sent her the book? In the scene where they were having lunch and SW having the cold, when he was leaving and he told her to pay the bill – to break even because he paid for the book? Or was it a mistranslation in my subbed version?

      • 19.2.1 queencircles

        That might have been mistranslated. From what i understood from the dramafever subtitles and the way girlfriday explained it, she was saying that she had sinned earlier by not knowing who she truely liked and was asking what her sentence should be (since he’s a judge) and when he leaves her the bill, he was saying she can take care of it as payment for her sins. (could be wrong of course)

        also @laica, thanks for the essay haha. i’ve only heard of daddy long legs being referenced in different show (like in city hunter) and i’ve kind of gotten the jist from those references and recaps and such to get by in understanding the context for those specific shows, but when they were talking about the original story i was left like whaa?? so thanks for clearing that up!!

      • 19.2.2 anonymous

        The book was sent by Tae-woong. When Shiwon check the book, she murmurs “From Jarvis, to Judy?” —Jarvis Pendleton is the name of the novel’s male lead.

        • TA

          Thank you, can I watch this drama with you 🙂 Do you have a blog?

          If Taewoong was referring to the book, how come the sub said: “Do you know how that movie ends?” or is it just another mistranslation, and he only said: “Do you know how Daddy-long-leg ends?” and did not utter the word: book or movie?

          • anonymous

            Absolutely mistranslation. Tae-woong only said “Do you know how Daddy-long-leg ends?” He is refering to the novle. In fact, Korean movie “Daddy log legs” starring Ha Ji Won was not so popular at the box office that only few Koreans remember the movie.

          • TA

            @anonymous: Thanks for answering. I don’t speak Korean but like the rest of kdrama fans here, I know several words thanks to years of kdrama watching.

            And I found it funny that when Shiwon ordered coffees, and the lady asked: “Do you want whipped cream?” And SW answered: “Anni,.. (something something)” and the sub said: Yes, a lot please. I’m not complaining, but seriously, it’s kinda insulting, like we won’t get a simple thing like that, Shiwon was saying: No. A lot please. (meaning: I don’t want some whipped cream, I want a lot). They also translated Shaquille O’Neal as Shocking (that made me google if that indeed Shaquille O’Neal’s nick name or something LOL). Or when Sungjae said something and pointed JH and called him “uhmma” and pointed YJ and called him “appa”, probably he said: here’s the mom, and here’s the dad, but the sub said: “they’re like couple”. Whyyy????? I’m also a translator so it kinda..well make me Aarrgghh.

            And based to the recaps I read at eNews and other blogs also GF’s recap, the list goes on.

    • 19.3 Kim Yoonmi

      Jarvis was sick in the original, which is when Judy visited him and then stayed by his side, nursing him to health. It is a happy ending, but it does have a little melodrama to it.

      Definitely does not end up sad.

      The point is that Tae Woong is the one supporting her through all those years, but she doesn’t see or recognize him as someone who is of aide to her. He sees himself as her Jarvis.

      However, I kinda find Tae Woong a bit creepy… first he falls in love with her sister, plans to marry her, becomes SW’s teacher, falls in love with SW, still holds onto SW’s sister and has a thing for SW… it’s a bit squick for me. He’s had 12 years of this by this point and he can’t move on?

      • 19.3.1 Geeme Koon

        well, from a high school POV, shiwon was going through the teenage crush period, and Tae Woong is more seasoned adult. i am surprised that TW didn’t find himself someone more comparable to himself. He is like a nurse falling for a patient that needs to be taken care.

        YES– almost always, a teacher pursuing a student is considered taboo , even though this situation is unique. It is very creepy, not only is Tae Woong dating his Ex girlfriend’s sister, but i will have to assume TW is at least 10-15 years older so he comes across as older single guy hitting on highschool girl.

        <<< hope TW hooks up with the fartey doctor, they have much better chemistry onscreen then SW. He will find her an equal partner type and help him with his presidency.. Can you really picture SW — as the First Lady?

        2 more episodes.. can't wait to see what happens now.

  20. 20 rica

    Great show with amazing acting from all the actors. I love this show so much thank you guys so much for the recap.

  21. 21 howforwardsale

    Thank you Girl Friday for the recap!

    Things I loved…
    1. Sexy fart doctor time FTW!
    2. Hak Chan + Yoo Jung’s reunion
    3. How domesticated Joon Hee is.
    4. The Heat of the 2nd/3rd kiss(es) that Yoon Jae and Shi Won shared.

    Thank you writers, I have all the feels.

  22. 22 Kandiboo

    JoonHee…. I love you(r character) so much, if you were a real person I would run over and give you a hug and say everything is alright!!!

    The sunbae doctor who jumped at the offer of JoonHee being his roommate is so funny! I wonder if they will give JoonHee a partner after all this. That or he become straight. I prefer the former…

    I’m sure the pretty doctor will be TaeWoong’s wife, they have the same brains. SW will be with YJ, JH with a partner, SungJae finding his love and YJ + HC happily ever after… with that huge Buddhist ring. yay!

  23. 23 Naddie

    Wait, is it customary for your children to buy you cars with their first salary? Haha that’s just odd. I’d rather be called dog daughter, seriously.

    • 23.1 enni

      I don’t know about another country, but in my country (Indonesia) there is a custom to buy something for your parents with your salary. It doesn’t need the whole first salary you get, but at least something represents your thankfulness to your parents. So I thinks it’s normal for YJ buying SW’s parents the new car as they are his legal guardians for the time-being.

      • 23.1.1 KDaddict

        It’s an Asian tradition to show your gratitude to your parents for having raised you n given u a good education. Buying them something with your salary is a good gesture. Most children aren’t so generous as to buy a car, becos they don’t feel as grateful as Yoon Jae to Shiwon’s parents.

        • Jessica

          And it’s not just your first salary, but every once in awhile too if you can.

          Though these days with the salary being so low, I think parents are just grateful if they don’t need to give their kids money! 🙂

    • 23.2 maldita

      Not as grand as a car, but yeah, usually the first salary is given to the parents or used to buy them something fancy, at least in my country (Philippines). It’s to show how thankful we are that they raised us and provided for us.

      My parents are still waiting for me and my siblings to do so, since they’re still full-time supporting (aka paying for) 2 post-grad students and 2 college students.

  24. 24 Kdrama fan

    I haven’t had a chance to watch the episodes but I’ve been following your recaps. Once I find time, I’ll watch the entire series in one sitting. Can’t wait!

    I love this show. I know there have been a lot of Koop idols and other kcelebrities asking for a continuation to the series because everyone who has been watching has gotten sucked into it.

    Wow. I love how everythings been progressing and being revealed. Siwon finally realizing her feeling for Yoonjae. Hoo jae realizing that Joonhee has been in love with him just as long as he has been with Siwon. Yoojung and Hakchan getting together and having never lost their feelings for each other. The maturation of Sungjae was also nice to see. The care he takes of the elderly lady and how he’s always there for everyone in the village is awesome to see. I still o
    Love Siwon’s mom and dad. They are such classic characters. Reminds be of how my parents both love me and scold me at the same time! LOL

    I just hope Taewoong bounces back gets with the doctor. He is such a filial hyung that I want to see him happy in the end.

    I read some clips from the upcoming episode and there is going to be a big confrontation coming up. I know from the 2012 clips of the group that the Yoon brothers are still loving towards each other. So what ever comes they are still family and that will never change.

    Can’t wait to Read the recaps for the last two episodes. Thank yo sooooo much GF!!!!!

    • 24.1 Kandiboo

      watch it quickly!!! it makes it ever more exciting!

      I regretted it 10000% when happened to see a live recap of 13-14 and I nearly killed myself afterwards (the subbed version for us comes 2 days later)… spoiled all 3 truth chair scenes for me… (I’m sure my heart would have stopped if I didn’t know beforehand what happened!!)

      anyway, this is such a brilliantly written drama and the music selection is fab, the team totally deserves a pat on the back!

      • 24.1.1 Kdrama fan

        I want to so badly but then I’ll get sucked into watching the episodes I’ve missed and I’ll be up all night crying and laughing and screaming for it to be not over. Hehehe. 🙂

        I know my limits but I will definely be pulling an all nighter next weekend to watch the entire series from start to finish.

        Gosh I want the entire cast to stay together for another season. I loved everything about this series. The actors, the director, the writers and the entire staff have done such an awesome job putting together this production. I’ve never been so engaged. And I’m saying this without even knowing the Kpop idols of HOT and Skies(?). I’ve listened and saw the videos for the remade duets and I didn’t realized how wonderfully their voices blended and were. Also Siwon has such a fabulous voice. Loooovvvveeee it!

        • spooksmom

          kdrama fan-I am with you! I didn’t know any of the idol groups from that time but the writing just transcends everything. It brought me back to high school and my own first crush.

          I am just ridiculously obsessed with this show. It is one of the shows that I have actually started watching based solely on the first few recaps.

          Thank you to the dramabeans recappers for the great job you guys do feeding all of our kdrama addictions!

  25. 25 Rin

    When a new episode came out,i’ll be like this is the best episode ever!!! and then when the next one came i’m like oh noes this is better! and happens again and again and again.lol.luffff those guys. Anyway when i first saw the doctor i thought she’s rather familiar and did a lil bit of browsing. turn out it’s true then the doctor is After School’s Jooyeon. She even uses her real name on the show.lol.i really hope Jooyeon end up together with the brother.She’s hilarious.

    • 25.1 bd

      The person who played the sister/dead fiance was also an idol – Jewelry’s Yewon.

      • 25.1.1 CM

        I love that girl! She’s so cute and bubbly!

  26. 26 jossy

    I seriously loved these two eps, especially about not procrastinating not just in love but in life too, sungjae and the grandma side story got me real good :’) .. wooh for the truth chair! I think I’m gonna paint a shitload of them around Auckland for good measure lol

  27. 27 D

    i spent the last few minutes eyeballing the white phone… My victory dance came to a halt when Taewoong was also holding a white phone..

    Seriously writer-nim, imthisclose hating you..

    • 27.1 CM

      And the phones were nothing to what Siwon’s dad was saying! My only thought was “You trolling troll of a writer! why so good!?”

      • 27.1.1 D

        i know.. I rewatched that part like a million times to read just to decipher the rant’s translation, so yeahh.. I totally get GF’s opening comment.

        Obviously I got my universes collided.. SW/YJ’s baby will be a true genius, supersmart and has reat singing voice!!

  28. 28 divaz_sha


  29. 29 MhsC

    Thank you !! Off to read 🙂

  30. 30 news


    There isn’t one character that I dislike in this drama. I have to say, Sung-jae really shined in episode 13 for me. He ended up working in the countryside, but he just about takes care of everyone there. It’s really sweet. The scene where he piggybacks Grandma is ultra touching and cute; it totally did me in. The writers sure know how to make a small, seemingly insignificant scene epic and tear inducing in the best way.

    And poor Yoon-jae in that first scene. After 6 years, Shi-won is still the same: sassy and a total straight shooter. Doesn’t surprise me that he loves her; she can see straight through him and knows how to bring him down a couple of notches.

    • 30.1 Sherry

      Oh so right about Sung-Jae. What a great, true friend he is. I was hoping that the Grandma had a grand-daughter lurking somewhere- someone pretty and bright who loves a talkative guy, but maybe it will happen later? Sung-Jae deserves as much happiness as his pals.

      • 30.1.1 news

        Haha…My thoughts exactly too!!! 😀 I can’t believe we were on the same wavelength. So funny.

  31. 31 graceface

    I LOVE THIS DRAMA. I would say these were my favorite episodes so far, although the 90s episodes were great too! Just the fact that these high school friends can still have their friendship after being apart is beautiful 🙂 wish I will have that kind of friendship too with my friends now! Thank you for the recap and thank god for the stairway chair of truth! Yoonjae and shiwon are adorable together!!

  32. 32 varms

    LOVE THIS RECAP!!! Can’t wait to start watching this episode but I’m only 4 episodes in… The recaps totally make my day though, I’ve cried, laughed and awww-ed at so many scenes. Really good example of a flashback to the past drama. Like Operation Proposal done right!

    I think in daddy-long-legs the Korean movie, the ending was sad but it seems quite happy in the book version..

  33. 33 raky

    awesome recap. thank you. watched ep13 and 14 again and still feeling giddy over it..especially the truth and dare moments between YJ and SW.

    female doctor for sure is TW’s wifey..I like her persistence -even after being rejected and embarrased… a strong personality suited for a future president’s wife ..

    and SJ-what a softy..underated character but a totally sweet and caring person after all.

    HakChan confessing to YooJung and him being there for her when she needs him the most makes this ep more daebak..

    last but not least..luv luv JH-i’ll take u as my roomy anytime sweety..and your pep talk with YJ about the heart choosing the one to love-aigoo..I luv u even more..

  34. 34 whatis

    OMGGGG I love this friggin’ drama!!!
    I hope the drama’s playing the who-be-the-daddy game just for the sake of playing the game. If the drama turns out to be pulling a twist for no reason, I’m going to have words for the writers!!!

    Though I was going rewatching episode 1 before, and when Yoonjae & co. arrived to the reunion table, he asked Shi won if she got fatter… that’s a weird thing to say if they saw each other daily no?

    I’m scared! ahahah

    • 34.1 Twinkles

      I know, that’s been totally bothering me from the beginning, I’m hoping it us to throw us offf…..

  35. 35 E

    This show is just…amazing. No words!

  36. 36 Sudi

    Both brother are alike in everything like in taste;girls.;kindness… May be coz siblings shows some similarity..Now waiting for the End of this drama…Sad though to have it end with just eps16.But great cast,syory and yes shows homosexuality in new light not like cross dressing but liking truly but unrequited love and Joon hee does great great job–Thumb Up for him…And kiss….kiss…&kiss again swoooonss.Finally..
    Thanks for recap

  37. 37 VB

    Thanks for the recap, GF.

    Haha.. that KISS. So not like the typical k-drama “girls does wide-eyed stare with lips tightly closed kiss while male closes his eyes ‘passionately’ ” kiss. Way to go cable! But why does it have to end so soon?

  38. 38 SoyJade

    So far I have only been reading the recaps. I had not watched an episodes. I found the recaps so good and detailed, that watching the episode would feel like re-watch. I do not like re watching shows.

    Episodes 13-14 are the first ones for me. I now see that this show is so great that, the recaps are very good, but this show deserves being watched in detail.

    Thank you so much for introducing this show to me. TVN has won my admiration with the dramas they’ve been showing this year. Kudos TvN!!

  39. 39 minhoswife

    A-MA-ZING episodes! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this drama! I love it so much, I watched ep13-14 in RAW. Big mistake though!! Killed the kiss moment for me, lol!

    I can’t wait for ep15 and ep16 but at the same time I’m getting really really chincha chincha chincha S-A-D that it is going to end. I have not loved a drama this much in a loooong while.

    Yoon Yoon Jae, marry me!!!

  40. 40 sunshine

    The ending actually made me a bit nervous. Is the show going to pull a twist on me and have Shi Won end up with Tae Woong? Either way, I’m okay with it. Up until this point, I desperately wanted it to be Tae Joon, because nothing hurts more than regret. Tae Joon not confessing and Shi Won not knowing about his love and then not knowing about her feelings were hard, and I would’ve been upset if she ended up with Tae Woong just because the timing between her and Tae Joon was off. However, now that I see Shi Won and Tae Joon have given it a shot, it doesn’t matter to me whether they stay together or if she ends up with Tae Woong.

    • 40.1 bishbash

      you mean Yoon Jae right?

      • 40.1.1 JIW_sobangnim

        LOL. TAE JOON?

        YOON YOON JAE <3

  41. 41 soserious

    thank you!!! i cannot get enough of this show.

    yoonjae please marry me.

    • 41.1 soserious

      totally agree with you GB on your comment with Joon-hee having some great character moments. It breaks my heart that he has to go through with the heart break…

      Additionally, Shi-won is such a refreshing character. Can we please have some more direct, but caring, “real” female characters in kdramas?

  42. 42 bishbash

    I was screaming at Yoon Jae to LOOK AT THE ROAD while driving.

    And the KISS. Oh man. Can see Shi Won wanting more when Yoon Jae broke it off to tilt his head in the other direction. DAEBAK.

    • 42.1 DarknessEyes

      haha yeah me too. I was life half scared to death that they’d die in a car accident with the amount of time he spent looking at Shiwon rather than the road.

  43. 43 jin

    Tae Woong seems to be modeled after An Chul Soo in Korea. A young doctor who in his spare developed the first Anti virus program in Korea then proceeded to give away as freeware became rich with his company Ahnlabs then proceeded to become richer by following up with a social gaming company. Then pledges to give away 100 million dollars to provide education to help the poor. Then goes on to teach at Seoul National University. Polls have come out in Korea saying that if he were to run for President he already has close to 50% of the vote. A candidate (a no name human rights lawyer) he endorsed for Mayor of Seoul which houses over 50% of the Korean pop. won. An Chul Soo has as of now refused to run for the Presidency. The interesting part, his wife is a doctor. If he ends up with the doctor in this drama they completely modeled Tae Woong after An Chul Soo.

    • 43.1 aramint

      Oh, if that’s true, please, please, writers, just copy the original An Chul Soo’s story!

    • 43.2 bigwink

      Thanks for sharing! Very interesting findings

      And please please writers-nim… Please do modeled TW after this great man,. or imma go mama shi won to you

  44. 44 ~m

    does anyone know if there’s a soundtrack of all the old-school music played in this drama?

    btw, thanks girlfriday, for all the individual tracks! i’ve been looking for Kim DongRyul and Deli Spice music for a while now. =)

  45. 45 Farpavilions

    “…eighteen generations of thought-grandbabies.”

    And we all know how inbreeding works out. Love the metaphor! 🙂

    I love that Yoonjae lays out his jacket for her on the staircase like a true gent, treating her like the lady she totally isn’t….

    • 45.1 hoboinheels

      “I love that Yoonjae lays out his jacket for her on the staircase like a true gent, treating her like the lady she totally isn’t….”


  46. 46 Rovi

    Pardon, it’s “coup d’état “, hunny. 🙂

    • 46.1 Kim Yoonmi

      Seconded. NOT coup de tat –> coup d’état

  47. 47 aramint

    When Yoon-jae overheard that conversation, the back and forth scenes between them, with 일기예보 – 인형의꿈 playing in the background, Joon-hee smiling and waving happily, Yoon-jae’s mixed expression, gah, my heart bleeds for them. T_T

    And the kiss, the KISS! woah, Seo In-gook ya, why so much force and so hot?!

    • 47.1 Eun

      The kiss? Thanks for cable. 🙂

      • 47.1.1 aramint

        yup, thank you so much for cable. At first I was a bit disappointed, ah, if only this show is aired on public broadcast, perhaps the ratings could be higher and the mania is much, much stronger.

        But then, if it’s on public broadcast, we won’t have The KISS!! So I’m thankful for that. LOL 😀

  48. 48 Eun

    Thanks GF. 🙂

  49. 49 Jenny

    Okay so I’m 99% sure YJ is the baby daddy.
    I really loved Joon Hee in these two episodes, he knows both SW and YJ so well even better then they know themselves.
    I agree with the lady doctor part, somehow the actress seems wrong to the part but I have to say otherwise I like the character she’s such a weirdo.
    But poor TW to find out that way.

    • 49.1 thomas

      hmm i really thought the actress played her part really well. i like her. plus shes hot

  50. 50 Rovi

    And for my last spam…(sorry JB and GF and everyone)

    Kim Ki-deok (“3-Iron”)’s “Pieta” won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Fest. Just sayin’, since I just saw the news.

    Again, sorry for the spam trolling.

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