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You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin: Episodes 1-2

You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin is KBS’s new weekend family drama, which means it’s at least 50 episodes — though with its immediate hit ratings, there’s a distinct possibility that number will extend. And while we haven’t typically covered weekend/family dramas on Dramabeans, mostly because of the length and commitment required, there is something decidedly winning about this show. We’re gonna play it by ear and see if it’s a project we can keep going, if we can manage the logistics.

Watching You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin is a bit like comforting soup — tasty and familiar and safe. Nothing really new or cutting-edge about it, but it’s hearty and warming. You’ve got the typical multi-generational cast with a large family at the center, a plucky heroine out in search of her success story, a prickly hero who isn’t used to having people huffing at him, and a lot of intertwining relationships.

While I felt like the story was heading into somewhat expected waters, it’s the kind of story I anticipate even though I can see what’s coming. Like watching an engaging adaptation of a story you already know. I’ve been dealing with a stretch of drama ennui with lots of shows that seemed promising and fell flat, so when You’re the Best hooked me in right away and had me tearing up for its characters in the first episode, I knew not to take that for granted. Let’s all cross our fingers that it’ll be able to engage our hearts the whole way through.

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CHARACTERS AND SETUP

LEE SOON-SHIN (IU) is the youngest daughter of three, recent university graduate and now on the job-hunt circuit of tests and interviews. Soon-shin isn’t particularly qualified for anything and she knows it — her work experience is sparse, her grades average, her skills average — but she gamely soldiers on despite failing interview after interview. Truth be told, she doesn’t really know what she wants to do with her life… but it sure would be nice not to be The Family Disappointment anymore.

Her two older sisters are beautiful, successful, and smart, and all the family acquaintances sigh that Mom got lucky with a good husband and such daughters. They tend to forget Soon-shin in these discussions, as they often do at home as well. Dad and Grandma clearly favor the unnis, and Soon-shin just accepts her place as the leftover one.

Her name is something of a trial for her, because Grandma named her Soon-shin after the famous war hero (whose statue, pictured above, is a prominent Seoul landmark), and everyone she meets laughs to hear it. Of course, Grandma wanted a boy instead. The official explanation is that Soon-shin was given her name to invoke strength and courage, but her friend wonders if maybe it was too strong a name and sucked out all her life’s fortune.

That’s because Soon-shin’s the type of girl who always gets the short end of the stick. Her family knows her as the troublemaker, not because she’s rebellious but because she just happens to get into scrapes left and right. The drama bears the tagline: It’s okay if you’re not the best. Because we’re all special. So the title’s really like a cheer of self-affirmation more than anything, a chant from Soon-shin to herself to buck up and be strong.

There are hints that there’s more to Soon-shin’s birth story, and since this is a K-drama it’s safe to assume those issues will crop up later down the line. Mom makes references to Soon-shin not being her biological daughter, and cries to recall how pathetic the baby girl looked the first time she saw her, and how she vowed she’d never let her cry again. And yet, Mom feels guilty that she hasn’t been able to do much for Soon-shin, being so busy raising the family and all, and wants to do better. She also says that she identifies most strongly with Soon-shin, the daughter she didn’t give birth to. (Grumpy Grandma retorts that that’s true — Mom and daughter are alike for their deficiencies.)

On to the sisters. Firstborn daughter is LEE HYE-SHIN (Sohn Tae-young), who was on the fast track to a professional career when she met her fund manager husband, got married, and got whisked abroad when he was sent to Hong Kong. Her husband has just been transferred back to Seoul, so she has arrived first to find a new house and get settled.

Hye-shin is serene and sweet, though I suspect not all is well with her home life, though she tries to keep up her perfect facade. She has a school-age daughter Woo-joo, who’s a bit of a brat, though that’s probably because she misses her old life.

Second sister LEE YOO-SHIN (Yoo Inna) lives at home and just got promoted in her job with a fashion company. She’s always harping on little sister’s flaws and loves to rub it in Soon-shin’s face when she fails, which frankly makes her quite hard to like. I’m anticipating that she’ll get a pretty wide character arc so that may not remain the case, but for now I find myself wanting to slap her a lot.

The sisters bicker a lot, but lately Yoo-shin has been more malicious than usual, which is something even Mom and unni notice and call her out on. Yoo-shin snaps that she’s just looking out for her sucker of a sister, who’s always on the verge of tumbling into a scrape, but she seems a little too happy when Soon-shin stumbles and a little too grudging when things go her way.

Soon-shin has a crush on a longtime neighborhood oppa, PARK CHAN-WOO (Go Joo-won), who’s back from army duty and landed his first job as doctor. He’s very sweet to her, but unfortunately he seems to have a long-standing crush on Yoo-shin. Chan-woo’s a bit stuffy and old-fashioned, and that’s likely to clash a lot with Yoo-shin’s casual-dating, free-spirited ways.

On to our hero, SHIN JUN-HO (Jo Jung-seok). Once a rising singer-songwriter, Jun-ho quit making music and set up his own talent company, the now-thriving Gabi Entertainment, of which he is CEO. His right-hand man is secretary JO IN-SUNG, a rather unfortunate name for a former aspiring actor (played by one of two Lee Ji-hoons in this drama). The two have an adorable dynamic and I think this duo is going to be one of my favorite things about the show.

At first glance Jun-ho is your typical alpha male hero, born to a rich family, a workaholic, exacting and serious and possessing of a very high opinion of himself. But there’s a B-side to Jun-ho, and it’s his unexpected heo-dang-ness that makes him a hoot. You see him being suave and cool in one moment — and in the next he ducks out to give himself a pep talk in the mirror about how to look suave and cool. HA.

Jun-ho has a very tense relationship with his father (Kim Gab-soo), the director of his own dermatology/cosmetic surgery hospital. Despite the fact that Jun-ho has built his company into a respected and prestigious agency, Dad barks at him to stop staining the family name. He calls actors by a derogatory term, seeing them as second-rate shysters, and fears that Jun-ho will fall for some hussy actress and bring her home as wife. That’s why he’s constantly down Jun-ho’s throat about going on marriage dates, which Jun-ho purposely sabotages by acting like an ass.

Interestingly, Dad’s new hire at the hospital is Chan-woo, whom he looks to begin grooming as his own mentee. This should be fun, especially once the Lee sisters entanglement gets going.

Jun-ho’s premier client is SONG MI-RYUNG (Lee Mi-sook), a glamorous A-list actress. She happens to be good friends with his parents, and has a mentor relationship with a rising younger actress, CHOI YEON-AH (Kim Yoon-seo).

Jun-ho has clear history with Yeon-ah, and though we don’t know what it is yet, we can guess it involved his heart being broken. He tellingly exerts himself to act cool anytime Yeon-ah’s name is mentioned, and Episode 1 is the first time they’ve seen each other since he’s made a success of himself. That makes him particularly eager to make a good impression and come out of the encounter with the upper hand.

Yeon-ah seems friendly enough on the surface, but I’ve seen enough of these dramas to have a knee-jerk aversion to her false sincerity. I’m pretty sure it’s okay if we hate her.

 
EPISODES 1 & 2

Soon-shin has a typically bad day, starting with the job interview she bombs. Not that she was given much of a shot — the interviewers saw her flimsy resumé and didn’t even bother to ask a question. She trudges home dispirited, getting caught in a drizzle. Of course, it’s when she’s soaked and scraggly that she runs into her crush, Chan-woo, who’s very nice to her but obviously interested in her middle sister. Sigh.

Soon-shin perks up to get a happy birthday text from some company, expecting more congratulations from the family. But it appears none of them remember, and she has to endure another round of insults from Grandma about how she’s useless for not being able to get a job at her age.

Then there’s bickering with Yoo-shin, who blames her for ruining her expensive clothes, and Dad takes unni’s side. Of course. Grandma sighs that there’s never a quiet moment in this house.

On the upside, Soon-shin does land a part-time job as a server in a fancy hotel. It’s the book launch party for actress Song Mi-ryung, which is all glittering lights and elegant gowns.

It’s also a big day for Jun-ho, who has heard that Choi Yeon-ah — the woman who’s probably his old flame — will be attending. He practices a bunch of casual greetings by himself in the stairwell, which is simultaneously adorable and embarrassing. I’m just glad he doesn’t get caught mid-practice-hair-flip.

When Yeon-ah finds him, interestingly his voice takes on an edge. I’d expect him to be trying to impress her, but he actually takes her down a peg or two in a mildly cutting way, commenting on how she’s just the same as ever — her acting hasn’t improved at all.

When she offers her phone to ask for his number, he counters with his business card, telling her she could use a better management team. Call if she wants to contract with him — and only then.

I have no idea what’s in the air between them, but it is rather satisfying to see the smirk wiped from her face. He walks off feeling completely proud of himself for saying exactly what he wanted to say — but he’s not immune, because he sees her cozying it up with an actor and can’t help feeling jealous.

And that, of course, is when he turns a corner and SLAMS right into a server. They fly to the ground, covered in food, and then he trips again. HA. Not gonna lie, I was expecting something like this the moment Soon-shin put on her uniform, but that doesn’t make it any less mortifying.

Worse yet, in their scramble to get up, she grabs his front and literally rips the shirt off his chest. Omg. Jun-ho demands that Soon-shin be fired, unsurprisingly.

Soon-shin trudges home feeling glum, which is when she gets approached on the street by a creepy-looking trenchcoat man. At least, that’s my gut reaction, though she’s less suspicious and lets him talk to her about being the president of a management company. Has she… ever thought of acting?

But he has a business card that seems legit, and he introduces himself — as Shin Jun-ho, CEO of Gabi. Ah, he’s impersonating Jun-ho. This can’t end well.

Soon-shin is rightly skeptical to hear that he was struck with her “leading lady face” that “tells a story,” and only seems to half-believe it. She takes the card and he tells her to give him a call once she’s decided.

That night she comes home to a loaded dinner table and thinks Mom made everything for her birthday, only to realize that it’s for first unni Hye-shin, who has just arrived. Yoo-shin starts picking on Soon-shin again for getting fired from yet another job, and today this sends Soon-shin over the edge. Fuming, she finally bursts out — that she got cast as an actor.

The family’s reaction is to laugh it off, saying that it sounds like a scam and that they’re just going to bleed her dry for “acting lesson” fees and the like. Soon-shin wasn’t even intending to call the manager back, but it’s the family’s reaction that gets her ire up and she yells that nobody in this family has any interest in her, none at all. She storms out near tears.

Mom is the first to come around, deciding that it’s time they trust Soon-shin and give her their support. Well I’m glad somebody said it. Dad is against the idea, saying that acting is out of the question, but Mom is at her turning point and decides to do something about it. In the morning she sees the calendar and realizes she forgot Soon-shin’s birthday, and then finds the crumpled CEO’s business card. She makes a call, and gets dressed in her ajumma best. Aw, Mom.

Jun-ho has a slight clash with Mi-ryung, who is displeased to hear of him signing her to a teeny role in a movie. She insists on doing a drama instead, and accuses Jun-ho of mishandling her career.

He points out that the movie could get her to Venice (and hence bigger acclaim), then outs her manager for deceiving her — did she know that Manager Hwang signed her to the drama because he’s in gambling debt to its director?

Mi-ryung promptly fires Manager Hwang, who does not take it well. With the vague threat that he knows too much about her, he leaves.

Mom takes Soon-shin to meet with “Manager Shin,” aka our Con Man, and promises to be her cheerleader from now on. They arrive at the restaurant housed in the Gabi office building, and just as Jun-ho walks in, Soon-shin calls out his name.

Only, she’s calling out to the guy next to him, Mr. Con Artist.

So Soon-shin and Mom have their meeting with the Con Man, who says all the right things and makes big promises and presents her with a contract. It all sounds very legit, and he promises to deposit the contract signing fee to their account right away. They sign.

Jun-ho and Soon-shin bump into each other outside the bathrooms (where he’s giving himself another hilarious pep talk, because he’s meeting Yeon-ah), and he recognizes her from the other day, calling her “100 won.”

She bristles at that (Lee Soon-shin is the face on the 100 won coin), but she’s feeling so good that she just lets him be his petty mocking self and leaves him mid-speech. And then he trips on his own feet, haha.

Jun-ho enjoys impressing Yeon-ah with an office tour, then gets to the point — she’s here to sign with him, right? To his surprise (and displeasure), she declares her intention to set up her own company, and wants him to release Song Mi-ryung for her to manage. After all, Mi-ryung is “like a mother to me,” and she thinks she can take better care of her.

Jun-ho scoffs, telling her that business is a lot harder than she thinks it is, and warns her off the plan.

Yoo-shin, meanwhile, finds one suitor particularly hard to get rid of — he’s convinced that she’s The One, and that she’s pure and sweet and all that. She rolls her eyes and says she’s not, then to prove it she strolls right up to Chan-woo — who has witnessed the exchange nearby — and fake-kisses him. Her admirer leaves in sobs. Sucker.

Chan-woo disapproves of Yoo-shin’s flippancy, but she just calls him Mr. Conservative. It’s a familiar back-and-forth dynamic for them.

That night, Soon-shin and Mom are in great spirits, having gotten half their sizable signing fee deposited into their account. (It’s 10 million won, nearly $10,000.) Dad puts his foot down and tells Mom to return the money, but Mom refuses to give in this time, saying that the rest of the family is being disappointingly unsupportive. Good for her.

Mi-ryung is pretty icy about cutting loose her manager of 30 years, though she does betray emotion when he mentions seeing an old friend the other day — Lee Chang-hoon. Aka Soon-shin’s father. And wouldn’t you know it, Dad finds an old photo of him with Mi-ryung and looks wistfully at it. (Hm, I begin to see Dad’s aversion to the acting life…)

Yeon-ah visits her on set like the faithful protegé she is, though we know by now that she’s working the angle so she can snap Mi-ryung up for her own company. Despite a brief trip down memory lane to her youth, Mi-ryung warns Yeon-ah to not look back or have regrets on anything — that’s the secret to her success.

Dad takes Soon-shin aside to try to talk her out of pursuing this acting thing, saying that it’s a difficult road. She assures him that she knows, but wants to give it a try anyway. It’s not that she needs to be an actor, but that she’s always felt sorry to her parents for being such a poor daughter, and just wants them to be proud of her.

But sadly, as we expected, she soon finds out that she’s been the victim of a scam. Mr. Con Man actually took out a bank loan in her name for 20 million won, then deposited half in her account, taking 10 million for himself. So now Soon-shin is on the hook for the whole amount.

Soon-shin tears around looking for the Con Man, and takes to haunting the restaurant where she met him. She waits there for hours, to the waiter’s annoyance, only leaving when she’s kicked out.

Mi-ryung has dinner with Jun-ho’s parents, but gets up early when the couple gets flirty. (Well, Mom does, and Dad just puts up with it.) Mi-ryung looks slightly envious of their relationship and goes home to her empty mansion, sleeping on the sofa opposite her face projected on the wall.

In the morning she heads out for a walk, and happens to cross paths with a familiar face. It’s Lee Chang-hoon, Soon-shin’s father, and they’re both startled at the reunion. Clearly something in the air here — not something adulterous, but bygone and wistful.

Soon-shin heads back to the restaurant for another day of waiting, and today the restaurant owner (the other Lee Ji-hoon), who’s also Jun-ho’s friend, takes pity on her and offers her a plate of pasta. Aw, I like him. Just then the Con Man comes in with another potential victim, and bolts at the sight of her.

Soon-shin darts out after him and chases him in the streets, but narrowly avoids being hit by a car. And who should step out of the driver’s seat but Jun-ho, while Con Man gets away.

Panicking, Soon-shin looks around for her target and breaks down when she realizes he’s gone. In desperation, she starts yelling at Jun-ho to give her back her money, since it’s his fault she lost the con artist.

It’s almost hilarious how awkward Jun-ho looks to have a sobbing, wailing girl collapsed at his feet in the middle of a street, especially when Yeon-ah shows up. But poor girl.

Heading inside, Jun-ho tells Yeon-ah to give up her plans to go solo and just sign with him. She challenges him, asking how she can be sure of his skill. Sure, he only works with the best, but that proves nothing. What would really prove his talent is making a star out of a nobody… and then a gleam enters her eye as she sees Soon-shin crouched outside, dejected and dazed.

Make that girl a star, Yeon-ah challenges — then she’ll sign the contract.

 
COMMENTS

Ah, so Pygmalion, is it? Not the most novel premise, no, but there’s something wonderfully appealing about the classic story, isn’t there? Build up the girl, and then fall in love with your own handiwork while she becomes her own person?

It’s especially satisfying when you’ve got a hero who could use a little ego-smacking, and I say that with affection. I’m totally onboard with Jun-ho’s character, haughtiness and assy tendencies and all, because he undercuts that so wonderfully with that dash of bumbling idiot. It’s adorable. I credit Jo Jung-seok with finding that character thread, because he always has a way of bringing a little extra something — humor, quirkiness, unpredictability — to his characters. It would have been such a shame if he’d been confined to the basic archetype. So glad we get more than that.

IU has an approachability that really works with the role, and I’m totally there with her Soon-shin as well. And really, that’s enough right there for me — a sympathetic heroine and an engaging hero. Soon-shin is accident-prone and down on her luck, but she’s neither too morose (that would be depressing) nor too perky (which would be aggravating). I like the balance she strikes, of showing her glumness and then struggling to push it behind her.

I don’t believe she’s an incompetent heroine, but rather just very ordinary in every way (as decreed by her society), and I can actually buy this line. Sometimes dramas slap glasses and a bad haircut on a gorgeous actress and expect us to buy that she’s ugly, or even average-looking, and that’s ridiculous. But Soon-shin’s ordinariness is about her aura and her lot in life, and seeing how her family treats her goes a long way toward explaining that. And while Big Sis’s constant harping wears thin pretty quickly, Mom’s warmth makes up for it, and then some. I love this mother-daughter relationship, and that’s not something we often get in dramaland.

I can see where we’re setting up for the future, and so far so good. The parental bygone-love story isn’t my favorite, but I do think it’s been integrated with the characters — like how Mi-ryung gave up any claims on “normal” domestic life in exchange for her stardom, and tells herself she doesn’t regret it. But then she runs into The One That Got Away (I’m assuming he is, that is), and that stirs up all sorts of old feelings.

I don’t think it’s too spoilery to refer to something in the character descriptions, which is that Mi-ryung takes Soon-shin under her wing, and I can understand the mentality driving her. In a way, it’s like she can re-create the life she gave up with her Oppa’s daughter. (I just really hope that she doesn’t end up being Soon-shin’s birth mother. That would be too trite, even though I’m half-expecting it already.) And the fact that Soon-shin then takes over that space in Mi-ryung’s life — thereby pushing aside Yeon-ah, whom I hate purely by virtue of the fact that she’s Yeon-ah — well, that’s just icing on the cake. And when our heo-dang hero falls for Soon-shin too? Cherry on top.

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I like to stay far far away from long dramas like this that go up to 50 episodes. Maybe I'll check in now and then.

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Dive in. The water is nice.

I think the first super long drama I watched was a family drama, Life is Beautiful, with Song Chang-ui, because he's yummy, and because he was in a really cute storyline with Lee Sang-woo, another yum.

I started watching only their parts, but I probably was super free that day that I gave the show a chance and watched a whole episode. I got hooked, seriously hooked.

I do give them a try sometimes and if it sticks, I follow. High Kick's funny. Try it!

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I hear you. I loved Life is beautiful too and Song Chang Ui and Lee Sang Woo's relationship. I really like the sound of this drama. I hope I can watch it online since for the moment, all I have access too are the recaps on DB. So thanks JB for recapping and it would be wonderful if you could continue it for the sake of those of us who may not get a chance to watch it for a long time :)

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Thank you JB for recapping this, however long you choose to recap it.

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Arrrgghh can't wait to watch it with mom on weekends! Kbs world.. It starts the weekend after. Maybe I should just catch these first two episodes as I've dropped TWTWB. Jo Jung seok! He really stands out even in smaller roles. Have been really interested to see him lead. Squeeeeee..

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Hee! I watch the weekend dramas with my mom, too! :D

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It makes it really fun and warm spending time together on a drama we both can enjoy. Right now, we follow my daughter seo young but neither of us are enjoying it much. The whole family really liked ojakgyo and my husband has a family.

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I've watched Lie to me and I'm currently watching Lee Tae Baek with my mom but it's been REALLY hard to find dramas to watch with her because she likes more conservative but heartwarming storylines. I don't know why I never thought to check out family dramas!

We'll start watching this soon. It's really fun quality time with her. My dad always walks by when we are watching it looking really confused because we randomly started watching Korean dramas haha... (we are nigerian btw).

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I LOOOVE how k dramas brings us all together! lol I have more things to talk to my mum about too...

And thanks to dramabeans for uniting us beanies all under one roof! hehehehe

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My mom really can't get into the 'dramas for young ppl' as she puts it. The weekend dramas are great for watching together. We were all crying and laughing to ojakgyo and MHHAF.

I just finished the 4 episodes of lee soon shin and am anticipating watching it on weekends when it starts on kbs world too :)

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Me too, I'm fron Congo and my all sisters watch korean dramas but the outsiders don't get it...

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Oops. Forgot my thanks. Thank you :)

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hmmm. still on the fence with this one. loved yoo inna in queen in hyun's man so i'm excited about her, but i have severe commitment issues. i can barely commit to a 20 to 24 epi drama so 50+ will test my patience. i'll stick with recaps for now and think about it . . . i hope everyone else enjoys watching it though.

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I think you described it perfectly. I can see what's going to happen and I know it's coming, but instead of being annoying, I find it kind of engaging. Thanks for the recap! :)

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What you see is what you get with that show. I like the fact than the drama doesn't play it "big mystery" or "epic adventure". It's a simple story but told by actors who fit their roles (thumbs up for the choice of the whole cast, really). You sit by the camp fire and you watch/listen to a simple tale.
The Pygmalion premise is a good idea for a long drama: Actors can learn to know each other naturally and can develop a complicity.
I love the tone of the show too: Not miserabilistic, not too HAHA. Perfect for me.
I'm glad it's having good ratings: Better 1 good 50 eps week end drama than 3 bad weekly 20 eps ones (won't give names).
By the way, thanks for the recap!

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Would you mind naming the 3 bad weekly dramas? Haha just curious.

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Well, if you insist... Horse Doctor is ending soon & never again I will commit myself to a 50 eps sageuk (soporific). I need to see the end and basta. 7GCS is a failed romcom action thing and IRIS2 is apparently a joke (not watching it but my friends are having a blast at mocking it endlessly: Listening to them is very entertaining).

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Oh. I was just afraid for a second that you're implying TWTWB

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Ugh... your friend confirms my fear about IRIS2.
I still try to follow it through 4 episodes.
The theme really repeats the first season, which is scary if they don't expand or put more depth into it.

And all the recaps... from meh to bleh.
I think if we want to enjoy it, just watch it purely for fun and don't think to hard - just like another 'A Good Day to Die Hard' (Hello, Mr. Willis. I hope GI Joe Retaliation is good one).

Try Ad Genius, it's decent.

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Thank you so much!

I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one liking this and tearing up in the first episode.
Also thanks for the recap.

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I'm so glad you're giving recapping this a try. I really wanted to watch this one, but subbed eps are going to be hard to find. I love Jo Jung Seok so much and this drama looks so cute which I'm needing from dramaland lately. So thanks for this recap and any more to come.

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dramacrazy.net got 1st 3 eps

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woot!

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thanks for the recap.....

I'm really liking the show and it's my first drama that is so long...

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Yey! Thanks JB! I'm watching this because of Jo Jung Seok. He really is an awesome actor and he fits the role perfectly. He looks cute with IU. Heehee. ^_^

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Oh my god! I wasn't expecting this! Thank you! I typically stay away from longer series and week end dramas, but they had me at Jo Jung Seok heh

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Thanks for the recap. I usually don't watch long ep dramas but I will give this one a try. I just hope it stays engaging, family friendly and doesn't go off to crazy backstabbing bits. ^^

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YAY thanks I really wanted to see what this was like. I'm so conflicted. Yoo Inna, IU, and Jo Jung Seok but augh 50episodes.....

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Long weekenders are nice to watch without feeling obligated to watch every single one. It doesn't look like this one will have any horrible makjang elements, and it won't be weighted down by horrible actors.

:) Will probably be continuing to watch this.

Thanks for the recap.

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OMG. While I haven't read the recap yet, I have seen both the 1st and 2nd episode of this series and really hoped you guys would take a chance on a long-running family drama. AND I AM BEYOND ECSTATIC THAT YOU ARE -- coz I would really love to read what you guys think of it. I'm a huge fan of Jo Jung-suk and I've been in love with the drama from the get go. I'm so excited to read your thoughts and hopefully you continue on with recapping the drama. ^_^

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I watched all 4 episodes, and it's adorable. Jo Junk-Suk is just awesome, I lub him. IU like always is just cuteness. One thing I got to add that watching dramas always reminds me of. I'm soooo glad I'm the oldest and I have no sisters. The urge to slap second sister was soo great.

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love iiiiit!!!! I'm actually waiting for episodes 3-4 while reading your recap, so thanks so much Javabeans ^.^
IU, Jo Jung Seok and.... and the OTHER Lee Ji Hoon a.k.a. " "Prince" of Kpop kekekeke Dramaland has missed you ^.^

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Thanks so much for the recaps! I've been excited ever since I heard about this drama...I'll probably only be able to watch it raw though, so the recaps would be super helpful if you guys are able to continue. Thanks again!

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Actually I found ep 1 subbed on dramacrazy, so that made my day.

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Wow this a nice surprise. Recapping a 50 episode long drama. There must jave been something special about this drama then.

I was thinking of checking this one anywayz since I don' t have a lot on my plate right now and master as much patience i can with a 50 ep drama. Gotta step out of your comfort zone sometimes!

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thanks for the recap! I'm watching this every week :)

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Yay! I'm glad you'er recapping-by ear this series! My drama drought has been insane, so I decided to watch this without any subs, and even then I really liked it. Not a big fan of the 50 episode series...but it's been good so far. Once you watch episodes 3-4 you'll like IU's character even more. She's so sassy I love it haha. For some reason, I just don't like Yoo In Na, and I've seen her in several dramas and just never connected with her...and she is extremely annoying in this one again...I hope this will be the female version of Ojakgyo Brothers haha since I liked it so much.

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Same here... I recall reading how Korean commenters were outraged about IU getting the role over Yoo In-na and I was like... dudes, have you seen Yoo In-na 'act'?

For the record, I think IU is doing a fine job here unlike the vast majority of idols who go into acting.

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Haha, I don't think Yoo In Na's necessarily a bad actor...I saw Little Black Dress the movie with Yoon Eun Hye, etc. and I thought she was fine, but I just can't connect to her as a main lead, secondary is fine when she's not being annoying hahaha.

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While I do agree with the fact that IU is doing a very good job here, I'm quite outraged with your comment about Yoo In Na... have u even watched all her work? Like QIHM for example? Oh well, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

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Outraged? Ok.

I've seen her in Best Love and Queen In Hyun's Man and no, I don't think she's anything special. I say let's reserve phrases like 'deserves to be a lead' for people with talent.

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though she deserves more the lead role than IU who just did a small part on Dream high and isn't even an actress or is strugling for a long time to get know... No?

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I think what they're trying to get at is that in k-ent, actors/actresses work their way up with acting school, small roles and then dive into the main roles, whereas idols can grab the main lead and then later go into acting school, so basically the reverse. So for those out there who aspire to become actors/actresses, they often don't get the chance. But that doesn't mean there aren't idols out there who aren't endearing on screen.
They're also really close in real life, so i think all this talk about someone deserving over another isn't really necessary. Im sure Inna and IU are enjoying working together, IU also mentioned she's learning from Inna, and Inna usually has IU take care of her, oddly enough. They have a really good friendship in reality and i think that will help translate on screen. This is also a family drama, meaning all three sisters will have their own story. Sure, Soon Shin's the one with the title but I think we'll be having equal screen time with all sisters.

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I don't like Yoo In Na either... her role reminds me of Oh Yeon Soo's role in My Husband Got a Family... where all you want to do is to slap her.

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So you mean, you don't like the role, right?

hating on an actress because of a role she did is just so stupid.

YIN is a person very sweet and nice on real life.

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I don't think this would be considered a spoiler since it was also part of the introductory material - but Mi-ryung does indeed appear to be Sooshin's birth mother. There was a promotional graphic on the KBS page that read, 'The mother I should love...' (with Mi-ryung's face) and 'The mother I love' (with Soonshin's current mother's face).

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I love weekend dramas but I tend to start once the 10th episode kicks in -fully subbed! (with the exception of ojakgyo).

This drama is a bit plagued with criticisms, for its name, allusions to the historical figure, and of course for giving IU a lead status. Still, I'm sure this drama would keep giving KBS its dominance over weekend dramas. Let's see though if it can surpass what daughter seoyoung did.

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I am shocked JB, u must really really like it! Wish you'd done the same for Seo Youngie as well, would have been totally worth it-oh! the discussions we could have had!!!
TBH I am watching it but just as a past time. Cuz i've seen it all b4 only this time they swapped SNSD's Yoona for IU, twisted the story a wee bit, cut the total number of episodes by half and voila!

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Adorable, aren't they? It's a pleasure to watch and a pleasure to read your thoughts. Thanks. Looking forward to the next post!

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I just watched ep 1 and 2 and loved it!!! Finally on board with a drama, haven't watched anything since Flower boy next door ended.

IU is one of thoes few idol turned actresses who are actuallly good, and Jo Jung Suk I would watch anything he is in because he makes it awesome

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Thank you thank you so much for the recap! I was curious about this one, but i couldn't find any subs. Hope you continue sharing! I like this drama so far ^^

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Its subbed by Darksmurf Sub and their pace is good so you can check there.

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dramacrazy and dramaholics have them subbed

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ooo i lov Cinderella type story like tis & i like all the actors in tis but the idea of a 50+ eps drama jus keep me at bay ... sigh ... watch o not watch ... sigh

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Yay, you're recapping! I was hoping for it after watching the first four episodes and liking it. IU's pretty good in her role and Jo Jung Suk is always such a fun watch.

Also, I don't know if this is spoilery material, but I read somewhere (was it on the KBS website?) that Yoo-shin tormenting Soon-shin is due to a past incident when the two were playing and got the house on fire and mom went and saved Soon-shin first. So I'm thinking she hates Soon-shin for it? Maybe there's a much bigger reason than that; nevertheless, I'm still hating on her character.

I have high hopes that this will be a fun watch like what Ojakgyo was. :D Thanks for recapping and looking forward to the next!

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Soonshin has been pretty good so far. But I was really impressed with the previous weekend drama, "My Daughter Seo-Young".

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I haven't seen a complete drama in a while (a long while) and I started this one because I didnt finish The king 2 hearts but I fell in love with Jo Jung-seok and I like IU. I dont like that theres always a birth secret. Obviously Lee Soon-shin is the daughter of the actress. I also dont like that the hero still has a crush on the ex girlfriend.
But i liked everything else, especially that the heroe is always falling and tripping, even the ex girlfriend pointed it out that. I like Lee Soon-shin and the actress that portraits the eldest daughter is super pretty. Its also a convenience that the subtitles are out quickly. I want to follow this drama and it would be awesome if you do a recap now and then.

Thank you very much!

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Sounds interesting but 50 episodes drama is not something that I can commit to. So if there's an ongoing recap for this one, I would be very happy! :))

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i'm hooked already after watching the first 2 episodes. i experienced laughing and crying with the casts. Will definitely continue watching. Now that you will recap it, then there's no need for me to watch the episode without the subs and then re-watch it again with subs. Will just read it here firts then wait for the subs

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Haven't gotten into it yet, but I agree Jo Jung Seok makes his character more like a human with subtle quirks (well apparently i skipped over the cute parts where he gives himself pep talks and trips) and less like the typical archetype that a weaker actor might have just played straight on. Go Joo Won is cute~

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I dont see what is wrong with you people, you treat it like you are chained into chairs for 50 episodes so refuse to enjoy even the first ones.

cmon, give it a try, it is not SAW 5 - it is cute and light. with some bumps and bruises.

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The first time IU came to my attention, I though how much she reminded me of a young Jang Nara with her curtsy voice in some of her songs, then more natural stronger voice in others Then on watching Heros game show and learning more about her, the likeness just grew. The getting past over by the big production company the first album considered a failer the move into an ultra cute image and the next year huge success to the new 'darling' of Korea. Then there was her zoning out when not in the centre of attention, to how when she did concertrate she would zone out everything else to complete a task. So when I read she was going to start moving into acting to become a multi talent, it was almost a 'of course she is' for me.
I may give this drama a go as Yoo Inna also in it, though I know many are curious why she picked a secondary lead role, I am guessing it a regular long term pay in the hand, or maybe Javabeans will be right and the role will have a pretty wide character arc, so appealed to her as an actress

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Was wanting to know how this was for ages! Especially as it's got few actors- Jo Jungseok, Yoo Inna- who have caught my eye in their previous works..

thanks for the recap JB..

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Yay, I wasn't expecting you guys to recap this drama!

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mte!

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I wasn't expecting it either! I just thought JB&GF swore off ever recapping a series 30 + episodes long. 50 episodes long, not to mention a possible extension?
Must really be a heart-warming family drama.

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In some other countries, the episode count of a drama can even amount to whopping hundreds of episode so 50 is still an okay number, I guess. Why do you have to 'commit' as if drama-watching is a marriage is a bit too much! lol. I'm absolutely loving the first 2 episodes and will stick on until it sucks (which I hope it won't, ever).

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why can´t I "like" posts here....

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seriously, right? so often i want to "like" a post thats so apt, hilarious or insightful, and then realise there's no way to do it...
btw, am so totally enjoying this show and hope i'm in it for the long haul, unless the writing becomes horrid, which at the moment, i dont think will happen.
they seem to have found the right balance of cute, funny, touching, annoying in all the scenes so far, watching ep 3, so funny, hahaha...really liking the main couple's interactions and lead guy's potrayal of egoistic yet clumsy dude, hehe...

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plot seems a little too predictable. i admit that im already expecting our hero, shin junho, to fall for lee soon shin after signing her onto his agency. and then there'll be a catfight between her and yeon ah. but i've kinda crushin' on the store owner, lee ji-hoon, whom im hoping will develop some sort of a soft spot for lee soon shin.

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what if they pull a gag on us and make him fall for her sister instead?

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Ooh and maybe the oldest sister. I predict she's either already divorced or going through one and hiding that fact from her family. Restaurant owner and her are going to fall in love and they all live happily ever after? Or am i already wrong? Is there a character chart?

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Oh wait nvm, just looked at the poster, it looks like he might be paired up with the actress girl. Ugh.

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I watched the first two episodes and surprise-surprise IU seems like a better actress than Jo Jung-seok is as an actor! Or it's his first role as a lead and he is feeling the pressure? Or maybe he has been miscast because he looks like he doesn't know what to do with himself or his character. He is in a sort of a grey zone. Not good, not bad, just miscast. Yoo In ah is cute and displays a good acting, as always. You can tell it's a week end drama: the production is so-so, the acting is so-so, the direction, writing and photography are so-so. I prefer melos so I like 100 year inheritance better as a week end drama.

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i agree with everything u said except i dislike melos/makjang so im staying away from those dramas. =D

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It might be because you're not used to seeing an "arrogant", "cold" man act a bit heo-dang ish, as JB says?
I'm not used to it either. JJS tends to add his own "flare" to his characters. If you watched K2H you'd understand that's his signature. He doesn't take his characters too seriously. It's the little details he puts in his characters that makes him unique.

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i think you're misunderstand bad acting with terribly clumsy and insecure but trying to put up a strong front character. I think jo jung suk plays the role really well as his character is suppose to not know what he's doing but acting all arrogant anyway!haha

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THANK YOU for recapping this! I watched the first two episodes a few days ago and I've been waiting patiently to see whether or not DB would take on this project because I'd be absolutely ecstatic if you did. And you did! Huzzah!

And javabeans, you just took the words right out of my mouth. This drama's plot is definitely nothing new, and I can see perfectly where everything's going, yet I still love it. It's so heartwarming and just so befitting of a family drama.

Although... Yoo-shin. ;_; Why. I love YIN sooooo much but her character ugh I hate her right now. But that just makes me anticipate her change all that more.

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Thank you for the recap. I hope the show stays good... and you stay around. This is the only show from the airing dramas that I'm watching (though that may more say about the other dramas). I'm not eagerly waiting for the next episode, but I'm looking forward to it.

I love Jo Jung Seok (yes, he was the reason why I started the show) and I'm glad we do not have a second Joo Won here, but somebody new with different layers. I also like the dynamic between Jun Ho and Soon Shin.

Yoo Shin may not be the best sister ever, but I like Yoo Inna and how she acts.

...and from the episodes 3&4 I like the baker :--)

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Oh, I forgot, I also have a soft spot for the coffee owner, played by Lee Ji Hoon... He was my first second-lead crush... in the Wonderful Life...

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I've watched the first 4 episodes and so far am enjoying the ride. There are plenty of characters and plenty of ways to go so I just have to be patient and let the story unfold. So far it seems predictable, but that's not a bad thing. Life is predictable. It's how you respond to things that's important. I just wish I could have held out until the drama was finished before watching it, but I couldn't.

So far, with the three sisters, I don't dislike any of them, probably because things have just begun. Yoo Inna's middle sister seems a bit bratty right now, but she's doing a decent job as a comedic foil. The eldest sister, even though I don't understand korean, I have a feeling, like JB said, that here married life is not what it appears to be. Even Yeon-ah, the girl we're supposed to hate, I don't hate her either. I suppose she will be the one competing with IU when the time comes, but for now, she plays her part in making Shin Jun Ho's life difficult. I like how confident and smooth she is, while he can only pretend to be Rico Suave, hehe.

I like how Lee Soon Shin wears her heart on her sleeve. You can always tell her mood and how she feels at a glance. I just hope she can figure out some way to pay that 10 million won loan back. It's really tough to start out in professional life with a poor credit rating.

I also like all of the younger male characters, the doctor, the waiter at the cafe when she was conned, the owner of the cafe, Jun Ho's assistant. They are all interesting and add to her storyline.

The older men, Lee Soon Shin's father and Jun ho's father are not that interesting to me. They seem to be stuck in a rut -- but maybe that will change in the future, at least for Jun ho's dad, since Lee Soon Shin's dad won't be around for long, (according to the synopsis for the show).

Anyway, we have 50 episodes to enjoy and see how clever the writers are and how the actors can make these characters come to life. I'm looking forward to watching the story unfold!

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I was going to pass it off, because I usually find family dramas incredibly repetitive (though addictive). But with the Pygmalion premise, I'm tempted to check it out!

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SO cute, yes, it's stuff we know and so on, but it's stuff that works and with this cast - I'm completely hooked :D :D

I'm totally watching this!

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Thanks JB for the recap.

I started this drama last weekend. I enjoyed the first 2 eps and am keen to see the rest.

The cast seem good and the main characters have already got me interested in them.

Fun to to see Yoo Inna and IU play sisters.

Good to see the guy who plays the dodgy ahjussi again. Whenever I see him in a drama I smile as he always brings a comic element.

Jo Jung-seok is new to me I think. I like his character too.

Look forward to seeing the good people get their rewards and the bad get their just desserts:)

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Am I the only one watching this drama for the doc and Yoo Inna's character? Perhaps because I have always had a soft spot for doctors, I find the shy, conservative doc very likable (On a side note, Go Joo won was a very charming doc in the drama OB/GYN). I love how they have strikingly different personalities (almost like foils in a way) and how they always bickered. In spite of their little screen-time spent together, they have a lot of chemistry.

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i'm with you.....I like them as well, along with our lead couple.... :)

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Kinda predictable, but I love IU's character (but I did headdesk when she got conned). It's been a while since I watched a weekend drama that got me from the start. Off to watch ep.3...

Thanks for the recaps.

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I need to watch another good weekend family drama, after Ojakgyo Brothers obsessions, I need to watch another good one with hearts. The one that makes you care and feels for the characters. I skipped You've Rolled Unexpectedly and My Daughter Seoyoung. But I think will give My Daughter Seoyoung a try :-)

This one, the story is kind of predictable, a typical chaebol hero and the average jane heroine. I hope for some unexpected twist here and there and hopefully it will not going too makjang.

IU's acting is good and I'm actually expecting more from JJS's character. I will give this a try :-)

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