Drama Recaps
To the Beautiful You: Episode 15
by | October 6, 2012 | 50 Comments

Woah. If that doesn’t grab your attention, I don’t know what will. Confessions come spilling out left and right as characters all face their feelings head-on. As each day passes, Jae-hee edges that much closer to her cover being blown wide open. It’s going to be hard keeping a rumor tamped down for long – a ticking time bomb waiting for the inevitable.

This is an angst train I can get on but no one said that it would be a smooth ride.

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EPISODE 15 RECAP

Eun-gyul opens the door and sees Jae-hee’s exposed wrap – secret’s out. He gasps. She gasps. I gasp.

Jae-hee stops him, apologizing that things ended up like this; she should have told him sooner. Angry and hurt, he asks in a bitter tone what she’s sorry about, “Are you sorry that you toyed with me?”

That’s not what she means but Eun-gyul continues, “If you were sorry to me just a little, if you thought of me just a little… if you gave my confession a little bit of serious thought, then you couldn’t do this [to me].” Oof.

He blames himself for putting himself through this song and dance and leaves. Not a good way to start your morning, methinks.

Now we see why Eun-gyul’s bathroom is preoccupied every morning as Hyun-jae gives himself his daily pep talk through self-encouraging statements like, “You can do it” and “You’re the best, Min Hyun-jae.” And omg, they’re laminated. So cute.

He’s startled when Eun-gyul snaps at him and pouts a little before leaving his roomie alone to brood in bed.

Things are definitely looking up for Tae-joon, who’s in tiptop shape again and the boys exchange playful barbs at each other. D’aww, can we get more of this?

But Coach Baek’s got bad news – there’s a new high jumper in town and he’s about to turn this whole playing field upside down. Not only has he been at this sport for 6 months, his personal record is a centimeter above Tae-joon’s: 2.31m.

Eun-gyul continues to ignore Jae-hee’s calls and even one of Seung-ri’s corny jokes fails to make him laugh. Aww, ‘s not you Seung-ri – he just found out that his crush is a she.

Later that night, Jae-hee sits with Sangchu, saying that leaving would be the right thing to do but she wants to be by Tae-joon’s side more than ever. She calls herself the worst for wanting that.

This is where Tae-joon finds her and sweetly tells her to come inside. She asks if he remembers their first meeting. Through her tears, she recalls the wonder of that moment – when her idol was right in front of her eyes, in the flesh.

Jae-hee: “I have something to tell you.” Her voice breaking and tears streaming down her face, she confesses, “I’m… actually… a girl.”

…and Tae-joon silently pulls her into a hug. Tae-joon: “Thanks… for coming to stay by my side.”

Jae-hee pulls back – surprised – and Tae-joon admits that he knows she’s a girl. He tells her that he wanted to tell her for a while now but he had to keep it in. Tears fall from Tae-joon’s eyes as he tells her, “Gu Jae-hee, I like you.”

Hyun-jae returns with a peace offering, thinking that Eun-gyul is still upset about him for hogging the bathroom that morning. Eun-gyul apologizes for his snippy attitude and everything is right again in Bromance Land.

Hyun-jae asks how things are with his crush and Eun-gyul sighs that he’s angry at “that person” right now – that person deceived him and just thinking about it makes him angry.

Eun-gyul: “It was probably really hard for her and she probably had no one to talk to about it with. But that I didn’t know anything like a fool and that I couldn’t help her at all… makes me angry. But that it was all for someone else and not me… makes me really angry. But the thing that angers me the most… is the me who won’t be able to forgive her in the end. I’m angry at myself.”

This is… fantastic. Just gut-wrenching fantastic. Hyun-jae gives a comforting pat on Eun-gyul’s knee.

The next day, the gossip mill churns out that there’s a girl in Genie High, a tidbit that Young-man overhears. (I’ll admit that I almost wrote in Ha-jin instead. He was gone for a few episodes.)

Back at school, Coach Baek helps Reporter Yang carry school files to her car. Their friendly overtures are seen by Teacher Lee (who fires jealous glares) and hilariously, Coach Baek does a 180, drawing strict boundaries between them.

Tae-joon pulls Eun-gyul aside and points out that he and Jae-hee used to be inseparable and now he won’t so much as glance in Jae-hee’s direction. Eun-gyul retorts that it’s none of his business but Tae-joon stands his ground that it does since it involves Jae-hee.

There’s been a lot on her mind and she’s walking on eggshells around Eun-gyul. He reminds Eun-gyul of his own words of warning that he wouldn’t stand by if Tae-joon hurt Jae-hee, “But you seem to be the one hurting her the most.”

That prompts Eun-gyul to ask if Tae-joon knew about her secret all along. He scoffs at Tae-joon’s admission – why didn’t he mention anything or given him a hint? If he did, “Then it wouldn’t be so hard right now.”

He doesn’t buy Tae-joon’s excuse that he had no other choice given the situation and bitterly remarks, “I thought of you as a friend. I’m sorry I only thought of myself.”

Eun-gyul spends a moment of solitude in the laundry room when a voice squeaks behind him. It’s Jae-hee Sock Puppet, who apologizes and says that she wouldn’t have lasted a day at Genie High if it weren’t for him. There were times when she wanted to run away, but she endured, all thanks to him. Aww, this is a cute turnaround.

It breaks my heart watching him struggle with his inability to forgive her and be so reminded by his hurt. Jae-hee pops out to say sorry, but it’s not enough and he leaves without a word.

Coach Baek sidles up to Teacher Lee to invite her to lunch but his run-in with Reporter Yang is still fresh in her mind so she calls up Doc for lunch instead.

Tae-joon finds Jae-hee in the room, deep in thought while folding his laundry. She’s happy to do it, adding that it’s the least she can do. Jae-hee says that Eun-gyul must feel super angry and betrayed since he now knows her secret.

Tae-joon reassures her that he’ll come around soon enough with his usual bright and understanding personality. Then jealous Tae-joon peeks through, asking if she was thinking about Eun-gyul all day.

Jae-hee brushes his jealousy aside and changes the subject – she’s sure that Tae-joon will come out on top at nationals. Mention about the rookie jumper is news to her and he playfully asks if Jae-hee thinks he won’t win anymore.

She’s quick to defend that she’d bet her entire savings on Tae-joon. He puffs up with pride and assures her that he’ll protect her investment.

Before he heads out, he turns to say one last thing: “It’s not laundry. What helps me the most is for you to be by my side. Because if you’re there, I can jump.” She can do that, right? She nods.

The rumor that there’s a girl within Genie High is enough for Seung-ri to get his nose out of his humor book. Through some deductive reasoning, Young-man figures that if it’s true, then it’s likely that the culprit lives in Dorm 2, which Seung-ri considers utter nonsense.

And since it’s just a rumor, he can go ahead and check anyway, right? Yunno, just to confirm. Taking Young-man by the neck, Seung-ri warns that he’d better be prepared if nothing turns up. Then he delivers one of his jokes, “What do you get if you separate an insect into three parts?”

Young-man: “Head, thorax, and abdomen?” Seung-ri: “No, it’d die.” HAHA – a corny joke masked as a thinly veiled threat? I like that better than you looking them up to amuse Hanna.

Tae-joon looks up “really really feel good” date ideas. That brings them to the aquarium and Jae-hee forgets herself for a moment, slinking her arm in his. He keeps it there. Aw.

They explore the place, taking in the sights and they both shift nervously when they see another couple snuggle next to each other. When Jae-hee has trouble seeing the penguins, he takes her by the hand to the front so she can see better.

They go for a walk outside and Jae-hee admits that Tae-joon’s nicety still feels foreign to her. That leads him to ask if there was a time when he made her upset, pouting when she says there were several.

He asks when she was the most disappointed in him and is slightly surprised when she names the night he left for Seoul early on their camping trip. A lightbulb flashes above his head and they head straight for the camping store.

Soon they’ve built an impromptu camping spot and enjoy the s’mores that Jae-hee whips up just like the night of the meteor shower. Tae-joon asks what they would have talked about if they spent it together like they originally planned and Jae-hee answers, “Talk about that oppa who taught me how to make these?”

Oh honey, you don’t talk about the other guy when you’re on a date with your new guy. Tae-joon wonders if she’s talking about Jung-hoon and then jabs a petty barb that the s’mores don’t taste that yummy anymore. I heart jealous Tae-joon.

It turns out that Tae-joon enjoys going camping and particularly loves going in the winter because the cold would make him feel alive and the snow would be so beautiful. He suggests that they go together next time – a thought that makes her frown. Will she be here long enough to do so?

But that doesn’t deter Tae-joon in the slightest; there are still a ton of things he wants to do together. So, “You’re going to have to be by my side for a long time.” They hold hands and vow that from now on, they’ll do everything together.

The embroidered jersey Jae-hee once stitched for Eun-gyul brings back a flood of memories. Like how she rushed over to give it to him, and when he cried into it when he didn’t make the national team, and when he confessed his feelings for her.

Now that there’s a new benchmark, the boys up their game in practice, jumping again and again until they finally clear the 2.31m.

Reporter Yang is on campus working on a feature when she picks up the rumor that there’s a girl in the all-boys school. Her curiosity is further piqued when she sees Tae-joon paying particular attention to Jae-hee during practice…

Side note: I love that Seung-ri has now moved onto another humor manual, “Humor A-Z,” and has dog-eared the fart joke page.

Afterward, Reporter Yang approaches Jae-hee, asking if she knows of any dirt on the mystery girl at Genie High. Jae-hee maintains her poker face long enough for Tae-joon to come to her defense. But Reporter Yang won’t be backing off from such a juicy story anytime soon.

Hyun-jae runs into his roomie outside and asks if he’s heard the rumor about a girl hiding in Genie High. Ha – now half of me wishes this rumor mill also doubled as a game of Telephone just to see what we’d end up with at the end.

They both agree that it sounds like pure nonsense but Hyun-jae mentions that he saw the other dorm leaders carry a cardboard box into the locker room…

Eun-gyul demands the key to the locker room and runs.

Sure enough, Jae-hee has locked the door to change uninterrupted but unbeknownst to her, Young-man peeks from a hole. At the same time, Eun-gyul fumbles over the keys, panicking as each passing second slowly ticks by.

And just when Jae-hee is about to confirm the rumor in front of the dorm leaders’ eyes, she gets a text that distracts her long enough for Eun-gyul to pull her out of creeping view.

The dorm leaders climb out of their hiding spot, scratching their heads at her disappearance. They decide to move on.

We pan over to see Eun-gyul hiding Jae-hee from view, his hand over her mouth to keep her from screaming in surprise. Omo omo. He registers their close proximity a belated second later and stammers that rumors are flying and she should be careful.

He turns to leave but Jae-hee stops him by the wrist. She apologizes again – she won’t ask to be forgiven but is truly sorry. He takes her to the soccer field where he first fell for her. They bet on a wish then and he reminds her that he hasn’t used his yet.

He knows how she feels about Tae-joon and that he’s the reason she came to Genie High. All he asks for is a fair shot. He was rejected by the Jae-hee who acted as a guy, but if after this she still feels the same way, he’ll take himself out of the picture.

Tae-joon isn’t a bit pleased to see Reporter Yang waiting for him outisde after practice. She cheerily chirps that she would love to dig up some dirt on his roommate, Jae-hee. Tae-joon wouldn’t mind, right?

He calls Reporter Yang out on her sudden interest in Jae-hee and she basically tells him that they can do it the hard way or the easy way. She would be much obliged if Tae-joon would provide an exclusive tell-all interview. I’m getting such Rita Skeeter vibes, sans the makeup and magical quill.

Tae-joon agrees to do it.

Jae-hee lies in bed, thinking of how she promised Eun-gyul that she would spend the day with him tomorrow.

The following morning, Tae-joon is reluctant about her get-together with Eun-gyul. His concern is more towards Eun-gyul and Jae-hee tells him that she’s using today to settle things. He wishes her luck on her date, and she wishes the same for his interview. But he’d better not forget to practice and he teases her for nagging.

HA – in a hilarious reversal, now Hyun-jae’s the one suffering outside the bathroom door while Eun-gyul gets ready for his date. Aww there’s that smile I’ve missed all episode long. Jae-hee apologizes for being late but Eun-gyul doesn’t mind, “since you’re a girl.”

At the same time, Reporter Yang fires her first question, “When did you start dating Hanna?”

Speaking of whom, Hanna sighs at Seung-ri’s appearance. It seems that he’s kept his word and visits her every day to make her laugh. She’s in no mood to be amused and tells him to drop the act.

His words of sympathy make her uneasy and she snipes back in her usual prickly demeanor for him to move. But Seung-ri isn’t easily dismissed, “I won’t ever move away from Hanna. No matter what happens.”

She calls him a stalker but he doesn’t skip a beat and asks again for Hanna to accept his heart. If Hanna lets him, he’s determined to learn everything about her. If she doesn’t, then he’ll leave Hanna’s presence. But he won’t take back his feelings for her.

Hanna seems genuinely moved by his words and asks why he’s telling her this. Seung-ri: “Because I like you.” Aww.

Seung-ri moves on to deliver his daily humor and today it’s a physical gag as he chases his hat around… and rips his pants. LOL, okay – that really made me laugh.

The corners of Hanna’s mouth ever so slightly curve upward and Seung-ri breaks into a big smile at his achievement.

Meanwhile, Eun-gyul and Jae-hee enjoy their date, playing games and perusing the vendors. Eun-gyul even buys a hairpin that Jae-hee likes. Cute cute.

Jae-hee uses a minute when Eun-gyul slips away at lunch to send a quick text to Tae-joon and pouts when she doesn’t get a response. When he gets back, Eun-gyul tells her that the spicy ddukbokki here helps to clear his head.

At the cafe, Reporter Yang continues to drill questions, now on the topic about the rival high jumper. This looks like it’s gonna take a while so we can check back in a bit later.

Eun-gyul and Jae-hee sit by the Han River later that evening and he honestly admits that he was glad to hear that Jae-hee was a girl. Conflicted with his feelings before, he found it difficult to like her as a guy but he did.

He thought it would be difficult to forgive her but he can now. Eun-gyul: “For me… I’d rather see you smiling than smiling myself.”

Elsewhere in a cafe, Reporter Yang thanks him for the interview. She asks off-the-record for her own curiosity: Why is he protecting Jae-hee? He answers that he doesn’t want to make things harder on her, saying that he’d rather bear the brunt of it.

He exits the cafe, glum and exhausted, and reads Jae-hee’s stream of messages giving him a play by play of her date. He sits on a bench and sends a reply, “Jae-hee, where are you? Can’t you hurry back? I miss you.”

Jae-hee instinctively reacts, which doesn’t escape Eun-gyul’s notice. He asks if it’s Tae-joon and then turns to her, “I’m going to go to the bathroom. It’s going take me about 10 minutes to go there and back. If you’re not here when I get back, I’ll take that as your answer.”

Eun-gyul gets up, and taking her hand, he adds, “But I hope that you don’t go.” Ten minutes later, she’s gone.

Nothing good ever comes about at the Han River, Eun-gyul! Learn that important life lesson while you’re still young! He sits back on the bench, dejected.

And then a figure comes into view behind him and calls out his name. He turns back to see Jae-hee and he lets out a huge smile of relief.

Cut to: Tae-joon waits nervously and then hears footsteps running towards him – it’s Jae-hee. Oh no, this must mean…

Flashback to the rest of the conversation by the river as Jae-hee tells him that she can’t return his feelings. Jae-hee: “I’m sorry, Eun-gyul.”

He slaps on this pained smile to hide his rejection and silently pats Jae-hee on the head. In the present, Eun-gyul sits alone by the river.

Cut back to Jae-hee, who tells Tae-joon that she ran over because he said he missed her. Tae-joon looks back at her for a moment and then pulls her into a hug.


 

COMMENTS

Drama, you can’t keep doing this to me – not this late in the game. Don’t you remember when we talked about the emotional whiplash? I can’t bounce back that quickly so give me some time to recov– *epic dramatic music*

This episode is where Eun-gyul reigns supreme with his teen angst. His reaction was the one I waited for the most since this would mean what seems like his entire reality would flip upside down. For him, the  lines between friendship and love are blurred and complicated because it involves questioning his sexual identity and social acceptance. As soon as he gained the confidence to build upon that and follow his heart anyway, that reality shifted on him. And then he had to face that large dose of betrayal, hurt, and anger, all mixed in a vat of confusion.

It’s Lee Hyun-woo’s portrayal that really shines through here as he keeps us the audience with those small beats of Eun-gyul’s turmoil. It’s his eyes that tell us how desperately he wants to forgive Jae-hee for keeping him in the dark and yet can’t bring himself to. And what I love most about Eun-gyul most of all is that he freely gives Jae-hee that space to move where her heart leads even to the end. My heart – it breaks for you.

Biased? Of course I am.

What I really wish we had more of is seeing more of the Genie High students to fill this world. This series does a fairly good job of zooming in and highlighting a few characters for an episode or two but then everyone else fell to the waste side.  The Dorm 1 and 3 dorm leaders seem to set up to play a part in exposing Jae-hee’s secret but if they’re gone for a majority of the run (and also missing the funny), then is this still a drama based in school?

Tae-joon and Jae-hee finally move an official step forward now that they both know of Jae-hee’s secret. Now that they’ve confirmed each others’ feelings, it means that the stakes are raised higher now. Sure they can go out on dates and enjoy each other’s company but what will happen when her secret explodes? Will their budding relationship implode? Also, I know they’re together now but does this mean I won’t see jealous Tae-joon again? ‘Cause I’ll miss that.

(Note: To respect your fellow readers and myself, please refrain from revealing spoilers about the final episode in the comments. Common courtesy, y’all.)

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50 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Lisa

    Thank you for the recap! :)

  2. ness36

    thkx for the recap , though i have seen the final episode , i came to read your recap and enjoy some fangirling here !!!!

    • 2.1 rez007

      same here #fistbump

  3. Jeannette

    Thanks for the recap! Seriously, this recap just made my day!

    This episode had me on edge. When the boys were in the box watching Jae-hee, I wanted to slap them. I mean, I know they are trying to get to the truth, but they should have stopped to think that they could possibly be seeing a female child naked. Thank goodness for Eun-gyul. My heart really breaks for him in this episode. More than anything I want him to find a nice girl. If I were in charge of award shows, I’d have given him every single trophy. I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes as he grows up. Fantastic.

    Jealous Tae-joon! I flooded my FB with comments about Jealous Tae-joon when I watched this…further confusing my friends, haha! I just love it. Their aquarium date was so precious. I actually have a fear of fish but the cute made me completely forget about it and I was able to enjoy the moment. When he kept pulling her and moving next to her to prevent others bumping into her, I totally swooned. What a courteous boy! SO SWEET.

    If anything, this episode had me wondering why JH didn’t tell EG she was a girl. He’d already proved to be the best friend anyone could ask for. He would have kept her secret, she could have let him down easily…I guess there wouldn’t be drama if that happened…

    Hanna doesn’t deserve darling Seung-ri but he’s super happy and his smile he beams when he makes her cheery just melted my heart. If she makes you this happy, honey, then okay.

    Finally, this show has made me ship MinSul do hard. Maybe it’s part of me that doesn’t want the show to end, but in any case, these two are so adorable. I want them to get married and have dozens of babies.

    • 3.1 Jeannette

      Oh, and yes, when I saw that they were going to the Han River, I wanted to shake EG. Doesn’t he watch dramas? EVER? And of COURSE my poor Taeminnie’s song just had to be the Han River Song (TM).

  4. Anime1234

    Oh, thank you for the pretty.

    I didn’t think that another remake would capture my attention but these actors are transcending my expectations. I have watched both Japanese versions and the Taiwanese one but the relationship between the main three has the best chemistry here. They look happy to be with each other. And the romance seems the most believable. The writing has been hit or miss at times but the actors pull you into their feelings so well. Good job, Tae Joon, Jae Hee and Eun-gyul. We love you.

  5. NN

    I know the storyline borders on the illogical but I still enjoy this show – too much cuteness and prettiness not to! Thanks for the recap, Gummi!

  6. UltimateMaknae

    I thank you insomnia for keeping me awake past the 11 o’clock mark so that I would be conscious enough to fangirl when I saw this was posted.

    My heart bleeds. Curse you triangle of affection!!! Grr…
    Can’t believe the final episode is next! I know most dramas are 16 episodes, but somehow I was expecting TTYB to be longer, and have Jae Hee draw out her gender confession/confusion. Hmm.

  7. happychu

    The part when EG was explaining to HJ his feelings and the fact that he was angry to himself for not to be able to forgive JH… okay, writers, where have you been all this time?? So well written / depicted!

    • 7.1 happychu

      Oh, and yeah, love TJ’s face in the last picture. I swear, Minho’s range of acting has improved (or else it’s easier for him to be a more open Taejoon), he can be so funny with his interactions of jealousy or “I don’t know how to act with you you’re my first crush / love”!! :)

  8. Blue

    Thank you for the recap, Gummi! Like sunshine on a rainy day!! Bussi (…means little kiss…) for you.
    I enjoy this show. very cute.

    BUT: I think the drama wasted the potential of the story and the actors a little bit. While watching it, I had (sometimes) the feeling, that there are two different timezones. The timeflow in the zone of Tae Joon and Jae Hee was slower than in the other zone.
    AND: I wanted to see more of the dormleaders, Hanna, teacher, the sweet white curly dog, the fashioncrazy doc…were they just stooges for the main couple???

    I have watched both Japanese versions and the Taiwanese one too. The Japanese and Taiwanese remake already failed.
    The Shun Oguri version and the Korean version are my favorites. Right now I can not decide which I like better. Both have things I like and dislike. I have to think about while I wait for the final recap.
    Work hard gummimochi!!! I count on you.

    • 8.1 nonski

      ditoo~ i love the k-version of all and the dorama remake is bleh. shon oguri is better.

      although if i were to choose betwen the 3 female leads, i am going for ella. i like her either most because of her funny antics and he is i mean she is believable as a guy.

      • 8.1.1 nonski

        ooops typo… ditto

        • 8.1.1.1 Blue

          I agree with you completely. She has no fear of playing the klutz or being not cute. And yes, she was very funny.
          But I missed something in this dramaversion. I can not say, what, but I missed it.
          On the other hand. the drama was successful in Taiwan. So for each country its own hanakimi-version.

  9. umalily

    So glad the recap is up! Had so much fun watching the cuteness and the tears.

  10. 10 whimsicalnet

    Liked the show ok but Lee Hyun-woo is the one who stole my heart. sigh…

  11. 11 wanderlust

    TAEJOON & HYUN JAE.

    I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP.

    It’s obvs that Hyun Jae just wanted to beat Tae Joon so Tae Joon would notice him.

    Their sexual chemistry is better than anyone’s on the show haha!

    That being said, naw for Eun Gyul but they’re just too good friends, you can see she never saw him as a man. I’ve never been annoyed by Jae Hee like lots of people but if she didn’t come back and tell him in person like he deserved, I woulda been so pissed. But that smile when he saw her broke my heart.

    But as always, Tae Joon rocks my world. It’s gna be so hard to say good bye to genie high sigh..

  12. 12 kdramapedia

    I. love. Eun. Gyul. Lee Hyun-Woo is an amazing actor. Nothing more to say there.

    There is the major plot hole of how the rumor about a girl being at Genie High started. It’s such a contrived problem and I hate that. And the fact that the rumor started at the all girl’s school some blocks away makes it even worse. How would they have even found out? I really wish it had started at Genie High first, and due to a real slip up by Jae-Hee. Because right now, it started out of nowhere instead of the fact Jae-Hee has been super careless for the past 14 episodes.

    • 12.1 Bebe

      How Goo Jae Hee identity rumor started?

      Recall the time when John Kim (Jae Hee’s photographer oppa) appeared in Episode 9 & Episode 10, he “stupidly” told his lady assistant/staff in his photo studio that Jae Hee indeed is a girl! That lady/staff saw her boss was staring longingly at Jae Hee photo in his computer. She said this boy looked like a girl. John Kim confirmed to her that the boy is indeed a girl.

      John Kim, a successful professional working adult, man of his intelligence, status and reputation, know very well that he should not breathe Jae Hee’s well-kept (dangerous) secret to another person. I really do not know why he so casually told this forbidden secret to another person. He should bring this secret to his grave.

      Does not he know that once this secret is expose, this could land Jae Hee in serious consequences, being a girl in an all-boys school??? John Kim could tarnish Jae Hee’s future high school/university admission record.

      Thus far, only Tae Joona, Han Gyuli, Dr Jang and Han-Na-rang know, but they kept this secret pretty well, except John Kim. Even kids (17-year olds teenagers or youngest amongst them all Han-na-rang know when to shut up on secret) like Tae Joona, Han Gyuli and Han-na-rang, keep their mouth shut on this secret. Why an adult like John Kim is so careless?

      Even Ha Seung-ri sunbae said if the secret is known to the school authority/management, those involved knowing/keeping the secret, will be expelled from the school.

      Any students got expelled, know very well that it is difficult to gain admission into other school, don’t mention top elite high schools, even low ranking high school may not accept expelled student !!! Their reputation is gone.

      It is hard to gain trust from unknown strangers unless you prove yourself in a hard way. It is that serious repercussions.

  13. 13 ninji

    “What I really wish we had more of is seeing more of the Genie High students to fill this world”.

    I second that. That was the best part about the other two drama adaptations. Where did lip gloss-guy go? I miss his pettiness.

    • 13.1 Jeannette

      Kwangheeeeee….I miss him! :(

    • 13.2 umalily

      He’s virtually married in another show. He was fun.

      • 13.2.1 Jeannette

        yeah, I’m a Kwanghee fan, for sure.

  14. 14 ck1Oz

    Sigh all I know is Tae Joon gives good hugs.Not sure if it’s to do with the adult cast in other dramas but Minho hugs really tightly compared to some of the polite body not that close hugs.
    Thank you for the recap.It’s one of ny favourite episodes.

  15. 15 nonski

    lurve EG :) i super love this drama but acting-wise…*sighs*. Hyun Woo is a breath of fresh air. So sad for him since from the start his ship’s been doomed.

    this episode is really good on all fronts.

    thanks so much for the recaps.

  16. 16 owl

    Thanks gummimochi. Loved the recap and the quote “Nothing good ever comes about the Han River, Eun–gyul.” I am pretty single focused this episode on Eun Gyul. Baby, I want to wrap my arms around and hold you while you cry it all out. And squeeze your adorable cheeks. And fluff your adorable hair. There is not a cuter guy on earth, a smile worth a million, and you are son gosh darn sweet, thoughtful and well, adorable. Whaaaa? You don’t have a girl already? There is something wrong with this picture. Wanting a fair chance, because you got dumped by the guy Jae Hee. Oh, baby. You had to know, but your heart was true to your feelings. There was no way to avoid this, my heart aches for you. But here’s the thing – Eun Gyul works through his emotions like no other, not hiding what he’s feeling, giving it all he has, and in the end – accepting the other person’s reply. Oh yeah, it’s a kdrama.

  17. 17 ladida

    Eun Gyul. Eun Gyuuuuuullllllllllllllllll! Sob.

  18. 18 Dara

    EG expressed well and I was surprised by TJ too because his love for JH came out so tenderly that my heart thumped thumped every time he told her to be by his side. Oh, and my new found love for SR and HJ, cute boys. Thanks for the recap^^

  19. 19 ann

    l have watched Japanese and Taiwanese version. There’s pros and cons between those three. But anyway, lets random wrapped up everything after ep 16 ended, shall we?

    And for this ep, as guested, its Eun Gyul ep. Korean version looks like they’re having ep for all main casts except that funny hillarious Jong Min (l wish more scene from him, l always laugh when he’s around). There’s Hanna ep, then Hyun Jae, Seung Ri and now Eun Gyul’s. Eun Gyul’s ep is needed, he’s the true main star actor in this drama, not Jae Hee nor Tae Joon.

    Lee Hyun Woo might be not the most handsome guy in this drama but he is so sweet, thoughtful, adorable, understanding and so much more (where can l have one?).

    In this ep, other than our sad Eun Gyul’s story, the confession by Jae Hee to Tae Joon is something that been waiting for. This scene suppose to be more emotional and more shocking from Jae Hee that Tae Joon actually already knew. But seems like the scene failed to elicit emotion from me. The gender issue until the degree of disguise is the major point in this drama.

    The reporter and mysterious competitor are such a waste of issue which they should have give a way to more hillarious from all the dorm boys which has made Japanese version a success.

    Lastly, again Eun Gyul is the highlight here. And one more thing, Jae Hee, l know you love Tae Joon, but u shouldnt ditch your most best lovely friend only by his text. What can l say, its kdrama.

    • 19.1 Startulle

      Totally agree with u!

  20. 20 goldenkiwi

    So…
    Can I have Eun Gyul since you shut him down Jae Hee?

  21. 21 kaciemom

    This episode was the one. I mean all the truth came out. Now everyone knew where they stand. Also thank you for your recap. I have watched it but some of the subtitles are a little confusing but by reading your recap, aha, that’s what was say.

    I really feel for Eun Gyul because he has been there for Jae Hee and I was hoping the violin girl will come back for him. He will survive as they all do.

    Again thank you and cannot wait for your recap on the final episode.

  22. 22 umalily

    The rumor mill and telephone thing: I thought about it too. and Eun Guyl strolled by around that time and since it was a headshot, I thought wow he could be a girl! It would have been fun if they cornered the wrong student ( a boy) specially. lol. Or how about the rumor mill said some preposterous about an innocent student.

  23. 23 coby

    Eun-gyul come to noona… strike that if its scary…
    haha! Even for the Japanese version, I pity that character. He did not do something wrong, and yet would not get the girl.

    Hope to see Lee Hyun Woo in more dramas.
    Thanks for the great recaps!

  24. 24 icednoodles

    EUN-GYUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL.
    Sobs, tears, my heart is breaking, need to slap everyone else that’s contributed to your heartache. I’m here for you. Everyone else can go drown in the Han river.

    But seriously Jaehee, the fudge did you think you were doing agreeing to go on a date with him? I mean, he would have been hurt if you said no, but ditching him after going through with the date is just like the fudge, ten times worse. Fudge you.

    …Excuse me. Feelings, you know. Eun-Gyul feelings.

    It angers me sometimes when female leads go on some kind of date with the second male lead because he’s hurting over the fact that she likes someone else. And it’s like, you’ve been interested in the other guy for more than half the series run now, what the hell do you think you’re going to achieve from going on a ‘date’ with Mr. Second Lead other than successfully managing to shatter his heart into even more pieces?

    But Hyun-Woo made this rage fest worth it, because my gosh, he is probably one of the princes of angst by now. Just, urgh. Perfect.

  25. 25 yumi

    Thanks for the recap.

    “Nothing good ever comes about at the Han River, Eun-gyul! Learn that important life lesson while you’re still young!”

  26. 26 k-soup

    WHERE THE HECK THE RUMOR CAME FROM???

    I’ve been thinking of that for a few days now and the Drama didn’t care to show the premise for this. It just literally popped in the story.

  27. 27 k-soup

    WHERE THE HECK DID THE RUMOR COME FROM???

    I’ve been thinking of that for a few days now and the Drama didn’t care to show the premise for this. It just literally popped in the story.

  28. 28 panshel

    HYUN WOO!! T__T Gah, I only want good things for him. This was another pitch-perfect portrayal of Eun Gyul’s conflicted emotions. Second Lead Crush Syndrome to the max. If only Tae Joon were a jerk, or if only Jae Hee liked him, Eun Gyul would make the best boyfriend, I just know it.

    But since Tae Joon is cute, too… their first official date is totally how I imagine MinHo in real life. I want Hyun Jae to find out and join the “Let’s protect Jae Hee’s secret” Scooby Gang.

    Thanks for the recap, gummimochi!

  29. 29 Laica

    You are a saint, gummi. Awesome and funny recap. Loved the Rita Skeeter reference. :D I was much less patient with this episode – except for Eun-gyul’s parts.

    Poor Eun-gyul. Don’t worry, dude, you’re better off without her. Find yourself an awesome girl with a brain in her head.

    I loooved the Tae-joon/Hyun-jae bromance in this ep (and the next). Actually the friendship in this show was better than the romance. If only we’d had more of it. :(

  30. 30 SHINeeLover

    awesome recaps!!!!!! when r u going to recap the finale???? pleaseeeee am dying to know what happened!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. 31 Chantelle

    Thank you for the recaps.
    Loves this drama.

  32. 32 rez007

    thank you for the recap!

    Seung-ri is so cute. the amount of effort he made to make hana smile .. that was so sweet.
    and as always, i love watching a jealous Tae-joon.

  33. 33 jambo

    Great recap! Thought it was hilarious when EG sprayed perfume/cologne instead of breath freshner. And the first official date of Jae Hee & Tae Joon was beyond cute! I miss them!:(

  34. 34 malta

    Now that Tae Joon and Jae Hee know how they feel about each other and have everyone’s sex in order, I don’t understand why Jae Hee HAS to stay at Genie High. It just does not compute. Why is it a travesty if she is not in the same room as him?

    Eun Gyul is by far my favorite character. The 16yr old me sitting on that park bench would so have said yes to him with a giant hug and kiss while grinning ear to ear, that is of course after spazzing out for like 10 minutes straight :D There is some lucky girl for him out there in kdramaland.

    Eun Guyl is a modern leading man who, as you pointed out gummimochi, was honest and gave Jae Hee the space to figure out her heart, while Tae Joon was more the typical kdrama romantic hero who thinks he protects Jae Hee by withholding information from her- shades of noble idiot. This makes me wonder if Eun Guyl had found out Jae Hee was a girl earlier what he would have done? Would he have told her he found out or not?

    I’m ready for this thing to end. I’m surprised I’ve watched this whole thing since I’m not big on youth dramas.

  35. 35 kirara

    I totally gasped too! but you know whats even funny.. I totally forgot about the Hair pin that Eun gyul bought for Jae Hee, did he ever give to her? Because I dont think we will ever know if he did.. I”m guessing he didnt but just saying.. you know??

    And Seung-ri.. you are such a great guy for wanting to make hanna happy and laugh even though she can’t stand you… I wish there was a guy like that for me!! :)

  36. 36 Nam

    The only thing that I got from this episode that MY Lee Hyun-woo is hot. *blush* Specially when he placed his hands on Jae Hee to stop her from making a sound and reviling herself. *swoon*

    It’s a good thing Jae Hee won’t end up with Eun-gyul. She doesn’t deserve all his hotness. :P

  37. 37 iloveminho

    aaaaaaaaa i dont know who i want to end up with Jae Hee! i loooooove Tae joon, Minho is my SHINee bias person but AAAAAAA Eun gyul is so cute he has liked her all along aaaaaah i am so annoyed at this love triangle thingie!!!!!!!!!

  38. 38 Bebe

    How Goo Jae Hee identity rumor started?

    Recall the time when John Kim (Jae Hee’s photographer oppa) appeared in Episode 9 & Episode 10, he “stupidly” told his lady assistant/staff in his photo studio that Jae Hee indeed is a girl! That lady/staff saw her boss was staring longingly at Jae Hee photo in his computer. She said this boy looked like a girl. John Kim confirmed to her that the boy is indeed a girl.

    John Kim, a successful professional working adult, man of his intelligence, status and reputation, know very well that he should not breathe Jae Hee’s well-kept (dangerous) secret to another person. I really do not know why he so casually told this forbidden secret to another person. He should bring this secret to his grave.

    Does not he know that once this secret is expose, this could land Jae Hee in serious consequences, being a girl in an all-boys school??? John Kim could tarnish Jae Hee’s future high school/university admission record.

    Thus far, only Tae Joona, Han Gyuli, Dr Jang and Han-Na-rang know, but they kept this secret pretty well, except John Kim. Even kids (17-year olds teenagers or youngest amongst them all Han-na-rang know when to shut up on secret) like Tae Joona, Han Gyuli and Han-na-rang, keep their mouth shut on this secret. Why an adult like John Kim is so careless?

    Even Ha Seung-ri sunbae said if the secret is known to the school authority/management, those involved knowing/keeping the secret, will be expelled from the school.

    Any students got expelled, know very well that it is difficult to gain admission into other school, don’t mention top elite high schools, even low ranking high school may not accept expelled student !!! Their reputation is gone.

    It is hard to gain trust from unknown strangers unless you prove yourself in a hard way. It is that serious repercussions.

  39. 39 hime

    i’m nearly finish this drama, one more episode, but i cant bring myself to finish it bcs i know i will see more loveydovey scenes of jae hee and tae joon while eun gyul suffering from his heartbreak:'( i’m in a second lead syndrome ughh i hate the writers for not give lee hyun woo the girl. At earlier episodes i thought eun gyul wiil end up with hanna bcs they have a love hate relationship. in the end he didn’t get jae hee, and hanna seems to like seungri…… will the violin girl (his ex) be back? okay i just need to watch the last episode heheh sorry for bad english btw:)

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