Drama Recaps
You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin: Episode 7
by | April 1, 2013 | 86 Comments

Yay, now with all that setup out of the way, we get to have fun with the main storyline — and all the misunderstandings, foibles, and conflicts that crop up as our heroine begins her new path and our hero manages, in his trademark way, to guide her with equal measures shrewdness and bumbling dorkiness. How does he manage to mix those two sides so seamlessly? I don’t know, but it’s one of my favorite things about the show. One minute smooth, the next minute totally flummoxed. The fact that Soon-shin is usually the cause of it just adds to the fun.


Lee Ji-hoon – “Goodbye.” From the comments, I realized that not everyone is aware that Lee Ji-hoon (aka our Voice of Reason restaurateur Young-hoon in this drama) had a first career as a ballad singer, because I’ve gotten so used to knowing him as that singer that I take it for granted. But it has been a few years since he’s released solo recordings, aside from the one-off OST track. [ Download ]

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At the restaurant, Soon-shin has her patience tried by bratty princess Yi-jung, who blames Soon-shin for spilling coffee and water all over herself rather than admit it was her own damn fault.

Yi-jung goes pouting to Mi-ryung, assuming that Mom’s best friend is going to take her side and coddle her, only to have Mi-ryung calmly apologize to Soon-shin for the brattiness. Not for the first time, Soon-shin is impressed by Mi-ryung’s cool, glamorous aura and it kills her indignation.

Mi-ryung and Yi-jung head up to the agency offices, where Mi-ryung offers up some advice: If she wants to be a star, Yi-jung is better off spending her time working on herself instead of fighting with random servers.

Jun-ho joins them in his office, and Yi-jung pouts some more about how Oppa could work with a nobody like the waitress girl but pass his own sister over. I love that she expects him to take her side but his knee-jerk reaction is concern for Soon-shin; he practically barks, What the hell did you do to her?

Mi-ryung finds this interplay verrrrry interesting and guesses that Jun-ho has decided on a new protege. She tells him she’ll look forward to seeing how he does with the rookie.

I’m really warming to Soon-shin’s Mom, who faces her new tribulations with a quiet resolve. She packs up all of Dad’s clothing and tells Hye-shin not to worry about their money situation, because she’ll figure out a way to manage. The last thing she wants is for her kids to worry unduly, although finances aren’t in great shape — Dad’s retirement was advanced for Hye-shin’s wedding and with Soon-shin’s debt weighing on them, money is tight.

I suppose the more practical thing would be for everybody to tighten their belts together and pitch in, and maybe Mom’s being stubborn by keeping her worries to herself, but it’s her way of coping and I respect that she does the opposite of Grandma (which is to blame others and get pissy). Mom goes to the bank to ask about a loan, but finds that she isn’t eligible for much.

Jun-ho parks himself at a table in the Only Restaurant In Seoul, determined to get a word with Soon-shin regarding his Pygmalion scheme. She steadfastly ignores him, which is hilarious for the way it pokes a hole in his ego-balloon and deflates his pride, little by little. He even changes seats around his table everytime she moves around to stay in her sightline, to no avail. I could honestly watch this for hours. I know we can’t maintain this power dynamic forever, but I thoroughly enjoy it.

Finally Jun-ho gets her attention, and starts by apologizing for Yi-jung’s behavior. He doesn’t clarify that she’s his sister, not realizing that it looks like she was one of his throwaway girlfriends, and Soon-shin deadpans that they’re made for each other.

In-sung manages to drag Jun-ho away for a meeting, and finally realizes that Soon-shin was one of the con man’s victims. And now things start to make sense…

The sisterly strife is still ongoing, which means Soon-shin is still roomless — unni Yoo-shin refuses to share with her and pointedly asks how she’s going to handle her debt issue. Evicted again, Soon-shin heads back downstairs to sleep on the living room floor.

This time Hye-shin actually intervenes and chides Yoo-shin for being so harsh, but sadly Big Sis holds no sway over Middle Sis, who snipes at her too — if Hye-shin has a problem with things, she can move out.

I’ll give Yoo-shin a tiny bit of credit, though (which is an improvement from previous weeks where I couldn’t see anything about her to like), in that she is probably thinking practically about the debt. Soon-shin thus heads in to work the next day to ask her boss for more hours.

She’s intercepted today, though, by Secretary In-sung who pulls her away from her work — Gabi Entertainment will pay her wages today, he promises — and escorts her to an awaiting car.

Cue makeover montage! Soon-shin gets the starlet treatment, with hair and makeup to accompany the fancy party duds she’s given.

It’s for an industry party — a screening of Yeon-ah’s movie, to be specific — and Jun-ho is just itching to show off his handiwork. I know he’s driven by ulterior motives at this point, but there’s a certain way Jun-ho brightens every time he sees Soon-shin that totally gets me, and I love it. Ya just can’t hide that kind of inner light. Today he laughs to see Soon-shin, all dolled up, clunking her way down the stairs in her glittery heels.

It’s only now that she gets that he really is Shin Jun-ho, Midas-touch-having bigtime agency CEO. He’s so proud of himself and it’s adorable — he assumes her gaping is in awe and puffs up accordingly. He tells her he’ll turn her into a star and give her a chance in the spotlight.

Then Yeon-ah approaches and accepts his introduction of the new rookie actress he’s cultivating, and he laughs triumphantly, asking if she really doesn’t recognize her. She has no idea what he means, even when he leans in to warn her to get ready to sign his contract.

All the while, he doesn’t let Soon-shin get in a word edgewise and makes his smooth exit. You just know he’s replaying every satisfying bit of that Yeon-ah encounter in his mind, and he drags off his protege to show her off to the reporters, hinting vaguely to pique their curiosity.

But of course, Soon-shin isn’t all awash in gratitude and adoration like he expects her to be, and she finds his high-handedness infuriating, stomping off in the middle of the party. They relocate in his office to talk it out, and he tells her he understands that she’d be wary given her recent scamming incident. However, his proposal really is legit, and he’s offering her a real contract with a real signing fee.

Soon-shin is naturally confused at being chosen for stardom, and asks why. For all his reputation as being a star-maker, I’m thinking Jun-ho needs a lot of work on his bedside manner since he tells her plainly that he picked her expressly because she lacks any potential — thus this is really a test to prove himself. Still, he points out, she’ll get a lot out of the deal and there’s no chance of harm to herself.

Thus his confusion when she turns him down flat. He reminds her that he if she got scammed with a fake contract, she must have had an interest in acting in the first place. Blinking back tears, she bites out, “I have no right to that kind of dream now.” Telling him to mind his own business, she stalks out.

Mi-ryung pays a visit to Dad’s grave, trying to convince herself that she doesn’t feel guilty for his death. She insists, “It wasn’t my fault, right? So don’t hate me.” She declares that she won’t be spooked by his ghost, though it would sound more convincing if she didn’t look so terrified saying it.

She heads back to her car just as Mom arrives with flowers, and they pass each other in the road. Mom appears to recognize the movie star, but she makes nothing of it and continues to the grave, where she promises her husband that she’ll live on bravely from now on.

That plan involves taking up a job as a cleaning lady, which she does quietly without telling anybody. Her best friend (Chan-woo’s mother) finds out, though, and practically wails in grief over her poor, pathetic friend’s plight. To be honest, I’m not sure whether Best Friend Ajumma is legitimately sympathetic or indulging in a little judgy condescension — there’s a fine line with her.

Grandma finds the decades-old photo of Dad with young Mi-ryung (then called Kyung-sook), and it wigs her out much more than it does Mom, who laughs that it’s just one of his old girlfriends back when he was young and popular. I thought Grandma knew all about Mi-ryung’s secret baby, but from her reaction I’m thinking she only has part of the story, and that her dislike of Kyung-sook is mostly because she was “so mean.” Mom notices that the woman looks a lot like Mi-ryung, but Grandma tells herself that it can’t be the same girl.

Meanwhile, Baker Man Jin-wook feels bad about his faux pas the other day, when he had been so harsh about the cake order, not knowing Dad had died. So when he spots Hye-shin walking by with her daughter, he hurriedly fills bags with tons of pastries and chases them down.

Hye-shin gets distracted by a phone call so there’s not much time for conversation, but that’s fine with Jin-wook, who makes a few funny faces at Woo-joo and dashes off. Aw. I think I’m going to like watching their relationship blossom — it may not be one of the big dramatic arcs, but the little gradual steps can be just as cute to watch.

Hye-shin hears from her mother’s friend that Mom has taken up a cleaning job, and the news is appropriately disheartening. It’s worse because the ajumma urges Hye-shin to ask her husband to step in and help out — he’s rich, after all — and Hye-shin can’t explain why that’s not possible.

Hye-shin shares this information with Yoo-shin, and already my heart is sinking to suppose how she’ll handle this. If history is any clue, it’s badly.

It’s not quite as bad as I fear, because Yoo-shin’s first response is to take out her bankbook of savings, which has a big chunk of cash in it (about as much as Soon-shin owes). I must be warming to Yoo-shin after all because this endears her to me a tiny bit — although she undoes most of that goodwill by snapping at Soon-shin that Mom has been driven to work because of her. We get it. Everything is Soon-shin’s fault. You’re the martyr.

Yoo-shin storms out and proceeds to drink away her frustrations at the neighborhood pojangmacha. Chan-woo happens upon her on his way home, and joins her at the table despite her typically gruff attempts to shoo him away. She snaps at him to go hang out with the Soon-shin he’s so fond of, which suggests to me that their friendship bothers her a lot more than she’s like to admit. Chan-woo starts to protest (“She’s not the one I like…”) but cuts himself off since that sentence is heading to a confession he’s not ready to make. Aw.

Yoo-shin displays her first real bit of vulnerability by asking, “Do you know how I’ve lived since Soon-shin started living with us?” (Side note: This suggests she knows Soon-shin isn’t her blood sister, although it seems like Soon-shin is still in the dark. Hm.) She says bitterly that her parents turned all their attention to Soon-shin, their poor little girl, and Yoo-shin always had to compromise and give in.

Chan-woo says diplomatically that Yoo-shin always took care of herself, but that’s not much consolation. She starts to cry when she mentions the cake Dad left for Soon-shin, as though overlooked even in his death. They all think she’s the mean one, but she parted ways with Dad on such a bad note and it feels terrible.

They drink their way through a few more bottles, and by the time they’re done they’re both pretty drunk. She wants to keep going but he argues that she should stop, and as they fight over a soju bottle she falls to the ground, hitting her forehead by accident.

Chan-woo rushes to check on her, and while he’s fussing over her scrape she leans right up and plants a kiss on him. And then another one. She laughs drunkenly, “You’re kinda cute. Hee.”

Annnnd… in the morning Yoo-shin wakes up in a hotel bed, next to a topless Chan-woo. Maybe also bottomless. Panicking, she checks her own state of undress, wondering how far things went… and judging from her level of freakout I’m pretty sure it’s all the way. She rushes out of the hotel in a flurry, and Chan-woo spends the day fighting the urge to call her.

Early in the morning, Soon-shin catches Mom on her way out the door, and Mom lies that she’s heading out for some exercise. By now the sisters all know that Mom’s got some kind of job, but it’s still a shock for Soon-shin to hear (from her best friend) what the job actually is.

She decides to see for herself, and it’s a rude awakening to see her mother on her hands and knees, scrubbing floors and being yelled at by huffy rich brats. The job is clearly tough on Mom’s old bones, and Soon-shin cries to see her fall over and stumble.

Meanwhile, Mi-ryung checks in to the skin clinic for a treatment, and Jun-ho’s father, Dr. Shin, makes up an excuse to pass off the appointment. I get that he doesn’t like the actress on a personal level, but there’s something so pointed about his avoidance of her that makes me wonder if he’s secretly in love with her or something. Thankfully (?) for him, he can just pass it off as rudeness, but there’s weird tension in the air, that’s for sure.

Mi-ryung won’t stand being passed over and storms in to ask why. But she stops short when Dr. Shin asks how she was “that night” — and alludes to seeing her drinking at the VIP room at the bar (the night Dad died). She feigns ignorance and he backs off, but somehow his words sound ominous.

That night Soon-shin finds Mom with a swollen and bruised ankle, and it makes Soon-shin break down into tears. Mom doesn’t understand her reaction, but all Soon-shin can do is repeat, “I’m sorry.”

So the next day, it’s back to Gabi Entertainment. She bucks up her courage and tells Jun-ho, “I’ll do it. Please sign me.”


I know this setup is so familiar, and this drama is working with a lot of commonplace themes, but I give it credit for serving up its story in a palatable way. Last week we had to sit through some necessary gloom (gotta give everyone time to react to the death, sigh), but now that we’re in the aftermath I’m enjoying the light, funny tone again. I so enjoy the upside-down dynamic between Soon-shin and Jun-ho that I’m frankly a little bit nervous at what’ll happen once Operation: Star-Maker kicks off — it’s a hoot watching him grapple with such confusion at her rejections, and trying to get her interested in him. Not in that way, at least not yet, but the sublimating of personal feelings onto your professional ones is what makes this story fun.

I’m glad we got more of a look into Yoo-shin’s thought processes this week, even though it’s pretty much what we already guessed. It’s the classic case of the well-behaved ignored child for the problem child, and in response to that she’s built up a whole wall of self-defense mechanisms that have made her prickly and unapproachable. I expect that she’ll mellow out in degrees, and just as long as she continues on this trajectory I think I’ll be fine — it’s just the unexplained lashing out of the past weeks that was so hard to watch. Even when you understood that there was motivation driving the behavior, you can only stand to watch nasty behavior for so long before you just want to slap that character off your screen.

So now it’s Soon-shin’s turn to give herself up to the pros handling her transformation, and I’m curious to see how the show brings this about. There’s got to be much more than a simple Cinderella/Ugly Duckling/Eliza Doolittle story here because the show’s so long and we’ve got so many episodes to cover, and it’s a little hard to swallow the whole line about Soon-shin being quite THAT hopeless.

I’m okay with them painting her as the ordinariest of ordinary girls, with no star sparkle or actress potential, and I’m even willing to buy that standard movie line about a gorgeous actress playing a character who’s supposed to be something less than gorgeous. At least they’re not harping on her being ugly, because I’d have to roll my eyes pretty hard at that. But her backstory with her father adds a little dimension to her position right now, which combines both guilt over leading him to his death (or so she believes) and a desire to help her family and spare Mom added grief. It’s a nice conflict, especially since that’s an emotional complexity Jun-ho isn’t aware of, which will probably take a while for him to discover. Till then, I look forward to the clashing wills and heo-dang hero antics ahead.


86 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Ivoire

    Thank you!

    • 1.1 Ivoire

      Thank you again for the recap! In this sentence, “Till then, I look forward to the clashing wills and heo-dang hero antics ahead,” can someone explain to me what JB means by “heo-dang hero antics” please? Thank you!

      • 1.1.1 pabo ceo reom

        허당 is kinda like an endearing description for a dork. It’s associated with Lee Seung-gi a lot if that helps paint a picture (especially if you’ve seen how he was on 1N2D).

        Anyhow, I’m digging all 3 sisters’ love lines! Each one is really cute and bumbling. Can’t wait to see more!

        • Ivoire

          Thank you pabo ceo reom! I appreciate it…

          • pabo ceo reom

            Yup, no problem.

  2. June

    Totally loving this drama – thank you for the recap!

  3. snow_white

    thanks for the info on Lee ji hoon….he is just so adorable here…

    I love that the show is so predictable, but still it is so much fun to watch…..

  4. Noemi

    Thanks for the recap! Also, LOVE the gif! That move cracked me up. Secretary In-sung’s interactions with Soon-shin had me laughing pretty good too…”Riiiight!”

  5. pumpkinattack

    Awesome! I ♥LOVE♥ the GIF!
    Thank you~

  6. MariD

    Who do I have to write to to give my oppa more screen time? Only one scene in this episode!!! We need more Lee Ji-Hoon!!!
    Ok.. Sorry,that’s out of my system.
    I read a lot of complains about this show being so simple. Call me simple then, because I’m enjoying its pace & writing.
    By the way was anyone coveting her dress? I want!!
    Lub the gif, he is very good at being mr. Smooth.
    Thank you for the recap!!!

    • 6.1 jubilantia

      Ohhh I’m sure Ji-hoon will have plenty of time to shine once the love triangle gets in gear. I can’t WAIT.

      • 6.1.1 Sumaiya Ahmed

        Which Lee Ji Hoon are we talking about? *confused* Though, both of them are not getting enough screen time.

        • jubilantia

          Ohhhhh I forgot there were two! I thought MariD meant Boss Ahjusshi, which I thought was more likely since he’s older and more likely to be an oppa? But both of them are awesome and need more time.

  7. wits

    I so love this drama. Since it’s the ONLY one I’m watching right now (yeah, it’s the glut), I am disheartened that it’s so difficult to find an English-subbed episode out there. Viki has not procured the license for the show, and dramafever is still on episode 4. My only source (dramablog) died out on 2/4 of ep 7. *sigh

    ’nuff of the whining and on with the show.

    Thank you for the recap, JB. A shot in the vein of a starving addict, this is.

    Jo Jeung-seok, being the accomplished actor that he is, succeeds in portraying both the bumbling dork and smart businessman. I agree, he is a physical actor and very detailed in his acting. His failed attempts to catch Soon Shin’s attention in the Only-restaurant (moving places in the table), was hilarious.

    IU really surprised me with this show. I am impressed by her so far. I’m so happy that I have a heroine that I could root for not just because of the character arc in the story, but because I like the body portraying it.

    Now if only both JJS and IU be given a chance (nay, chances!) to sing, I will be extremely grateful.

    • 7.1 MariD

      If you can get Dramacrazy they are subbing the show. They already have episode 8 with english subs. I had this problem with Flowerboy next door, before Viki got the rights. Luckily YouTube & daily motion always had the show ( with Spanish, or French subs, which thank god I can read) otherwise I would had gone insane..

      • 7.1.1 ck1Oz

        Actually Dramacrazy doesn’t usually sub dramas. They always takes subs from the subbing groups. Their subs with credits removed are from DF, viki, DSS or WITHs2.

        This time it is from Darksmurfs. I give credit when it is due.

        • MariD

          I did not know this.. Thank you for the info, YRBLSS is only my second venture into dramacrazy, I usually just do Vicki or Dramafever.

        • Lizzy4e

          ck10z: thank you for the info. The drama subbing world is not entirely clear to me, but I am grateful for others hard work.

    • 7.2 MAC

      Try gooddrama.net

      • 7.2.1 chaloner

        dramafever has it now 🙂

    • 7.3 hana

      both dramaholics and dramacrazy has this drama subbed up to episode 8 now

    • 7.4 jubilantia

      Agreed on all points! Jung-seok is AMAZING, and a great complement to IU. I hope they get Restaurant Boss Ahjusshi in on the singing fun.

      As far as accessing this one, I’ve taken to torrenting (although I know not everyone can do that), and luckily subscene had the subtitles up yesterday, although I don’t know where from. I haven’t had to do that in a while- hopefully Dramafever catches up soon.

      • 7.4.1 wits

        Thanks for all the helpful tips on the vid sources. Beanies unite!

  8. marie

    Dr. Shin’s attitude to mi-ryung is weird. at first i thought if they had some love affair or (gasp!) shoo-shin’s real dad is Dr. Shin, but after episode 7&8 I guess they just know each other for a long time. Maybe they grow up in the same orphanage?

    • 8.1 ilikemangos

      I am guity of that thought process too but that would make soon-shin and jun-ho half siblings. Which, no thank you, hah.
      I am totally over the fauxcest and incest and whatever variations of the above.

      • 8.1.1 Hui3r

        I agree. I am afraid it’ll go into faux-cestdom.

        This show is too cute for that.

      • 8.1.2 jubilantia

        I thought about the incest thing, but surely this isn’t one of THOSE shows? I feel like there would be more chemistry between Mi-ryung and Daddy Dermatologist if they had gone that far; as it is he just seems vaguely annoyed with her. Unless Jun-ho is also adopted?

        It does leave me wondering who Soon-shin’s real dad is. If it’s Chang-hun and he cheated on his wife, I will be severely bummed.

        • Enz

          Vaguely? There must be something for him to treat her with this much contempt and condescension and rudeness. He was really nasty to her from the start of the drama. There was nothing vague about it. I wonder why though

          • jubilantia

            I just mean that it seems like he has a classist thing against all celebrities, rather than her specifically. Plus if he knows she gave up her kid, even if it wasn’t his, he might not have respect for her after that. I could be reading it totally wrong though.

          • Enz

            I thought he was really rude to her and in a personal way but you’re right in that he has something against all starlets ( is that coz of his past experience with mi ryeong? Who knows?) and keeps introducing jun ho to ‘ more suitable ‘ girls. So, I guess, it could be a general prejudice against that profession.

    • 8.2 cheekbones

      I thought that, too. Nooo ! Shoon-shin and Jun-ho might be half-sibling ?

  9. Ilikemangos

    Seems like chan woos mom has always been a little green monster towards soon shin’s mom and their family.
    Sad. I love mom and I think she needs sincerity more than anything right now.

    • 9.1 Meep

      This! In the previous episodes Yoo-shin was pretty bratty, but in this one it was Chicken Ahjumma that really grated on my nerves. The part where she’s laughing and “joking” about how other women would be jealous of Soon-shin’s mom’s situation was so frustrating!

      • 9.1.1 sue

        Agreed. I’m a widow myself and I wanted to throw a rock at my screen. But people actually say these things! I remember when I became a widow a divorced acquaintance was complaining because she could not get all of the child support from her ex. Since my daughter receives social security benefits from her father this person was saying how I was better off. I wanted to say “At least my husband didn’t want to leave me” but I bit my tongue.

  10. 10 MAC

    Am really enjoying this drama. I love the chemistry between Soon Shin and Jun-ho. And am enjoying the baker, too 😉 That cheek-shaking is like Donald Duck 😉

  11. 11 Abbie

    Man, I love this show. It’s being set up so nicely (albeit predictably) that I’m looking forward to what comes next. It’s not exactly drama crack, but it is good.

    I love the dynamic that’s been set up so far between Soon-shin and Jun-ho, I’m eager to see how, if at all, the tables will be tuned once their working relationship begins, and to see how it blossoms into a personal, romantic relationship.

    Yoo-shin I still hate, and her backstory was a little predictable in an annoying way. Her one night stand with Chan-woo was surprising, however. I didn’t think she entertained any romantic feelings for him, but maybe she does. I’m sure he’s happy. But seriously, the way she is now, Chan-woo could do way better than Yoo-shin.

    My favorite blossoming relationship remains to be that of Oldest Sister Hye-shin, and Baker Jin-wook. There’s just something so ordinary about it that’s refreshing compared to the rest of the show’s relationships. I could totally buy something like that happening to ordinary folk.

    Grandma continues to be annoying. Mom, on the other hand, is continuing to endear herself to me. There’s just something about a woman who loses her husband and has a debt and, instead of whining and depending on her daughters, she gets a job and intends to work as hard as possible to pay back the debt, all the while trying to move past her husband’s death with as much dignity and grace as possible. Women like her are truly amazing. Props to the show for making her like that.

    Looking forward to more! Thanks for the recap, JB!

  12. 12 crazedlu

    I sooo like this show.

    IU is spunky, but darling. Ha. Jo Jungseok.. guuuuh. Hahaha. The baker/unni story… hee! What a weirdo, but I like! Yooshin still gets me eyerolling, but I’ll wait it out. And the gif… I like!

    I know Soonshin is supposed to be an actress trainee, but I hope they take Junho back to his songwriting days and change courses for Soonshin! Ha. I am so down for that.

    • 12.1 whilethemusiclasts

      And an IU-Jo Jungseok duet would be wildly appreciated. OMG.

      • 12.1.1 jubilantia


    • 12.2 jubilantia

      Solos and duets for everyone! I like that all the main love triangle members are singers. Hopefully the drama puts them to good use.

  13. 13 Meiyih

    I like the baker man Jin-Wook story arc as well … his interaction with Hye-Shin’s daugther is so cute LOL

  14. 14 Fun-Lugha

    She knew SS was adopted, I totally called it! And I can see practically all the single guys falling all over themselves to get SS’s attention later on…CEO, restaurant boss, funny waiter, CEO’s secretary, skin clinic oppa…i dont even know what we are supposed to call that, a love pentagon?!!

    • 14.1 J

      CEO’s secretary will have a love line with SS’s bestie, the relationship chart says so! lol. He’s cute, that Jo In Sung, and a bumbling side love story is always a welcome 😀

      • 14.1.1 marie

        OHHH! I thought he would end up with the bratty little sister!

      • 14.1.2 whilethemusiclasts

        Oh wow? That would be adorable! 😀 Where is this relationship chart you speak of???

      • 14.1.3 jubilantia

        Not that the main one isn’t bumbling as well. I’m looking very forward to awkward lovelorn Jo Jung-seok.

  15. 15 ck1Oz

    I would have to credit JJS for loving the show so much. Mainly because he is so expressive. He can’t play the cool hero for anything. I mean he is so clumsy and trying to be cool then he just drops the game… and he is thoroughly humiliated.

    I like it. The director did a great job casting him. Because otherwise I wouldn’t enjoy the drama as much.
    Thank you for continuing to recap this.

  16. 16 Yesy

    Awesome review as always.

    I totally did not expect the whole family to know Soon-Shin is adopted. That was totally unexpected. That certainly makes Yoo-Shin’s attitude a little more understandable (although honestly not any less annoying) but I’m still looking forward to her growth.

    I also love the bread ahjusshi and I can’t wait for their relationship to kick off. I feel like the third sister is going to end up getting a job at the bakery(maybe?).

    ALSO, on a serious note: WHEN WILL THESE PEOPLE REALIZE THAT YOU CANNOT TELL FRIED CHICKEN AHJUMMA & HER DAUGHTER ANY SECRETS? They are the ones that always end up revealing everything. EVERYTHING! I find myself screaming at my screen every time: “No! Don’t tell her! Anyone but her!”…but they never listen. Nope, they never listen. -____-

    • 16.1 jubilantia

      Interesting point about the adoption stuff. I guessed the daughters were old enough to put together that their mom obviously wasn’t pregnant with Soon Shin, but it’s interesting that they’ve been able to keep the secret. Same with Woo joo and Hye-shin’s divorce. Oh, plot necessities.

      I feel your pain on the gossipy characters, but they do help move the plot along… otherwise people wouldn’t find out for 3 or 4 episodes and it would be drawn out needlessly.


    PLS quickly post the 8 th episode ……. cant wait for long…. this family drama is just driving m away


    PLS quickly post the 8 th episode ……. cant wait for long…. this family drama is just driving me away


    PLS quickly post the 8 th episode ……. cant wait for long…. this family drama is just driving me away
    and thanx a ton for recapping this drama…

  20. 20 whilethemusiclasts

    The first thing that came to mind when Hye-shin was telling Yoo-shin about mom’s job was, guess she’ll pin that on Soon-shin as well. And, of course, she did. Again, I wanted to slap her face into oblivion.

    But, as with the rest of the episodes so far, I’m still enjoying the series and Jo Jung Suk never fails to make me smile. Love. Him.

    • 20.1 whilethemusiclasts

      Oh. Also, baker ahjussi is adorable. I love him already and he’s only had so much onscreen time. Can’t wait for their love story to unfold.

  21. 21 ally

    You don’t know how I was so excited to read your recap!!! Thank you!!!!! And yes. This is my 1st weekend drama, and I’m rooting for all of the sisters’ lovelines! Jo jung suk+both Lee Ji Hoons. *drools*

  22. 22 HKO

    omg im seriously addicted !!! pls continue to recap it !!

  23. 23 DayDreamer

    Thanks for the excellent recap. I also enjoy the Jun Ho-Shin Soon dynamic and pretty much only watch it for that.

    Funny thing happened to me yesterday morning: I was sitting on the train when this Korean lady boarded onto it looking exactly like Soon Shin’s mom. I was like, “Omo!” I kept staring at her face, scrutinizing it…..she must’ve thought I was nuts, lol. But it was so weird…she really did look like that actress and was dressed how she is in this drama. It just boggled my mind.

  24. 24 DeeDee


  25. 25 KDrama Fan

    Thanks JB for the recap.

    Big surprise that the restaurant has such a singing voice.

    Very nice:)

    • 25.1 KDrama Fan

      oops make that ‘restaurant DUDE’ 🙂

  26. 26 jubilantia

    This drama is such fun! I know it’s supposed to be a slower story line, but I want more NOW.

    Gaaaah the baker is ADORABLE. I love how Woo joo is like “ugh this dude is so uncool.”

    I like that Mi-ryung is pretty classy- she’s seemed selfish in the last few episodes, especially when talking to Dad. Which I guess she still is. It sounds like she’s more down-to-earth than I thought, though, which probably comes from her own ordinary beginnings. I became marginally more interested in her this episode. I’ll be happy when she starts feeling more affinity for Soon-shin, and Cheon-ah will get jealous.

    Jo Jung-seok is a treasure. He brings so much depth to everything he does, and I like his dynamic with IU so far. Who is also adorable- she walks the line between guilt, optimism, and pragmatism really well.

    That gif is so cute. I was torn between giggling at Jung-seok’s puffed-up antics, and hurting for him, since Cheon-ah doesn’t even remember the bet he’s pouring so much of his energy into.

    Yoo-shin got better this episode, but she still has a long way to go.

    I feel like Chicken Ahjumma means well and does have genuine affection for her friend, but is just too insensitive to know when to lay off. That won’t stop her from crowing when Hye-shin’s divorce comes out, though. I do love her inability to keep secrets- she’s spouting off about the job about 3 seconds after swearing to keep it quiet.

    I didn’t know that about Lee Ji-hoon! I hope this means songs for all the main love triangle members. You just know Jung-seok is going to walk in on Soon shin and Boss Ahjusshi singing at some point.

    Looking forward to more of this drama, although I also wonder what other obstacles they’ll bring in. Hopefully it doesn’t take a nosedive into overly melodramatic stuff. Thanks for recapping!

  27. 27 -K

    I’m really enjoying this drama. Hope it doesn’t bog down too much in the future or I’m gonna be hitting the fast forward button and then finally stop watching all together. Really surprised that all 3 love story lines are equally interesting, nice change.

  28. 28 Nina

    GIF= Love! <3 <3

    I know when JB or GF puts up a gif, that's called instant love!

    I'm really liking this series. Can't wait for this week's episodes! The story is actually going faster than I expected, which is a nice change. I just hope they don't stall the story with an overly dramatic change in the middle….well, who am I kidding….that's why it's called a "drama", yes?

  29. 29 Enz

    Thanks for the recaps and the gif! Very cute.

    I am not convinced that yu shin and chan u slept together. She didnt give him a chance to say anything when she met up with him. She just barreled ahead and made assumptions and there was a moment when he looked at her with mild confusion before wanting to correct her but she didn’t give him a chance.

    Also chicken ahjumma was taking some guilty glee in her friend’s recent misfortune but decorating it with concern. Not that she isn’t a friend but she must have been envious before And can’t help taking some small pleasure in being ‘superior’, as awful as that sounds.

  30. 30 Lilian

    This drama is a breeze to watch. I am also looking forward to the other sisters’ love stories too. The baker ajusshi seems like such a straightforward dude and so different from the ex husband. It would be great to see more of them soon. Although Lee Soon Shin’s plot is also still interesting. Hopefully the birth secret won’t take up too much plot time.

  31. 31 Fun-lugha

    Sorry wrong article but I need to rant, can somebody explain how ‘Inheritance’ is still bringing in 20% ratings with it’s unbelievably ridiculous main couple storyline and an even worse side characters’ story?! Eugene must be HUGE huh?!

    • 31.1 Mystisith

      I know… Show is epicly bad but it’s addictive in a very twisted way. Maybe because there is a lot of veteran actors/actresses in it? I see this as the comfort food of the Korean ahjummas. Most family dramas have good ratings at MBC.

    • 31.2 Nina

      lol I know, i’m pretty surprised it’s got a consistent audience. But it’s terribly addicting, i’ll tell ya that…i can’t NOT watch it every week. Why?!!

    • 31.3 Annie

      It’s not Eugene – even May Queen did 20+ ratings before it and that show was total BS. There’s a built in audience for MBC at this timeslot.

  32. 32 Lamphead

    Man IU is a surprisingly good cast for this show. I can already imagine what the drama producers were thinking..”The main character has to have the whole world against her for reasons beyond her control” ..who better to choose than IU, who is literally in those circumstances in real life and who sells that character without even trying?

    Great opportunity for the drama and great meta casting, especially if IU’s career takes an upswing along with Lee Soon Shin’s.

    • 32.1 Carmensitta

      What you said about IU is so true. I confess to have been very against her being THE MAIN LEAD before I watched the first episode, but I warmed up to her quickly with this. It’s not that I haven’t seen her before, she just seemed too bland for my taste, I am very happy to see her doing well in this drama!

  33. 33 damnkdramas

    I am SUPER excited about the oldest sister’s love-line! thank you for continuing the recaps thus far! XD

  34. 34 z

    I smell a shotgun wedding for Yoo-Sin since sex on kdramas ALWAYS leads to procreation. Plus, there is always one couple in family dramas that moves super fast. I’m guessing that’s how they will grow her character up a little.

  35. 35 anna

    Every time, I read the recap, I’m like this is really interesting. I should watch it, but then it’s 50 episodes! I don’t get why it should be so much and I just can’t. I can’t do it. I’ll just continue to read the recap then.

  36. 36 Mia

    I LOVE Jo Jung-suk! Thank you for providing a dose of his adorableness every week. Also I am thoroughly enjoying this drama! Yay! Love the gif! Sarangheyo!

  37. 37 mariejuli

    I’ve started watching this drama only because of IU. However, I found myself enjoying the plot. Love IU’s acting and I seriously can’t wait for romantic scenes)

  38. 38 Ivy

    This show is finally getting cute and good 🙂 I really feel for all the sisters who love and want to do well in their own way…

  39. 39 vee

    I loved that moment where Lee Soon Shin catches her reflection when she’s all dolled up. And then it cuts to Mi-ryung in her home alone with the huge projection of her face on the wall. I thought that was brilliant. And man, Soon Shin is so endearing. I just want everything to work out for her!!

  40. 40 DHM

    I loved that Jun-ho is essentially honest with Soon Shin, instead of feeding her some lines about what he sees in her, he tells her he’s seeing what *he* can do. He doesn’t include the bit where it’s a bet, but he could have taken a much more dishonest approach to lure her into signing, and he doesn’t. I like what that says about hsi character.

    I also saw some hints that the middle sister actually does know that Soon Shin isn’t biologically related to them. That went a long way toward redeeming her character for me. If she holds that kind of ammunition but has always kept it to herself even in her worst moments, I can quit fantasizing about slapping her into next week for a while longer.

    I halfway suspect nothing actually happened between the middle sister and the boy next door, but the girl doesn’t know that because she totally blacked out.

  41. 41 Suzi Q

    I like Lee Ji Hoon, the nice restaurant boss. I hope he has bigger role other than being Jun Ho’s friend and the chef who cooks up some dishes in the restaurant.

    The story line is pretty predictable so far; however, Mi Ryung’s character really takes the cake! She is so narcissistic and selfish. Never saw a character look herself in the mirror so often or has that big projection screen of herself other than the wicked queen in Snow White who’s always asking her mirror who is the fairest of them all? How could she possibly leave her oppa to die and not call 119 immediately?

    I hope Lee Ji Hoon, Jeung Seok and IU sing in later episodes. I love their voices! It would be too sad not to use their singing talents!

  42. 42 gracefulegg

    I love this director, it’s fun to try and find the same actors in his shows, everything I have seen by him I’ve loved (Bridal Mask, Slingshot) and this is shaping up to be the same.

    • 42.1 Maemei

      Oh wow… I had no idea! Bridal Mask was great and I just started watching Story of a Man yesterday now that it’s up on Dramafever. I wonder how he ended up on a weekend family type drama, but certainly not disappointed since I’ve been anticipating You’re the Best for months and am really enjoying it now. Lucky us!

  43. 43 Raine

    You totally aniGIF’d my most replayed moment in this episode! AIGOO *Sweeps purple puff away*

  44. 44 Airtioteclint

    Does anybody else think the hit and run person was Dr. Shin?

    Anyway I can’t agree with IU acting here. The ceo dude is good though. He’s good with facial expressions and IU’s best friend isn’t bad neither.

  45. 45 Nadia

    The drama is very predictable, but entertaining. I want producers, directors, and makeup artists to STOP using the red hair color, it does not compliment anyone I have seen in various dramas. Either dye the hair brown (not blond) or just keep the dark hair.

  46. 46 Ha NI

    I hope Soon Shin gets to sing!

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