Drama Recaps
Monstar: Episode 5
by | June 17, 2013 | 111 Comments

One bromance gives way to another and there are so many adorable moments that I’m still squeeing. This show continues to pull the right emotional threads and the revelations are sure to throw you for a loop. Our characters will find that challenging the biggest hotshot in school won’t be easy, especially when their newest addition is still very much a mystery.

EPISODE 5: “Let’s Fight, All for One!”

We pick up in the courtyard where everyone is in high spirits apart from Kyu-dong, who silently slips away to invite Do-nam to join them. Aw, d’you still have Do-nam on speed dial? He sighs when he gets the usual brush-off.

Things are still rough at school where he’s still ridiculed by Jae-rok. This time around, the other kids are more reluctant to comply but do nothing when Kyu-dong puts on another “Radio” performance.

He only stops when Se-yi barges in, calling his name. Oy, that mortified expression is heartbreaking. He runs out of the classroom and Se-yi follows him.

She finds him back on the rooftop and notices that his paper airplane is portrait-free today. She offers a word of sympathy when Kyu-dong ruefully admits that he doesn’t know what his own face looks like, telling him that there probably isn’t anyone who does.

Seol-chan has made his way up to the roof too, having followed Se-yi here. Somehow he’s just within earshot to overhear Kyu-dong thank her since he knows why she’s helping him out: “It’s because of me.”

That has Seol-chan recall how Sun-woo already knew about this, and he grumbles, wondering what else Sun-woo knows about her.

When Se-yi asks why Kyu-dong insists upon Do-nam to join them, he answers that he was envious of Seol-chan and Sun-woo’s piano duet. He figures that they were once close friends as kids just like he was with Do-nam. (Just below, Seol-chan scoffs: “Whatever” at every bit, ha.)

As to why things are so strained between them now, Kyu-dong confesses that he did something wrong by Do-nam, which is why Do-nam doesn’t want to join them since it means practicing music with him again.

The others run into Sun-woo as they leave school, and Eun-ha naturally assumes that he’s on his way to practice with All for One. He walks past Nana, and though she momentarily stops to look back at him, it’s hard to tell whether she’s affected by him from her stone-cold expression.

As expected, Se-yi’s attempts to convince Do-nam to come to practice prove futile, and Seol-chan steps in before things get out of hand. He tells Do-nam that this is his last chance, to which Do-nam barks back that he won’t.

Seol-chan hones in on that answer, and launches into a long-winded explanation about the difference between “I can’t,” and “I won’t.” He points out that Do-nam’s answer means that he chooses not to do something he already knows how to do—so how about he show them?

From what he can tell, all Do-nam knows how to do is to pick fights with those weaker than him and act as someone else’s lackey. Look who’s giving the grammar lessons now.

He turns to leave, and is pleased to find that his reverse psychology tactics worked like a charm when Do-nam calls him back. But the entire thing has flown over Do-nam’s head and he growls at Seol-chan that those two phrases mean the same thing for him before stalking off.

Seol-chan stands there, blinking. When Se-yi asks him if that means Do-nam is coming, he walks away without a word. Ha, my money’s on that he doesn’t know either.

As Seol-chan’s words reverberate in Do-nam’s head, we learn why they hold such significance. Flashback to some years ago where a younger Do-nam engages in judo practice and gets flipped over again and again.

At one point, he wheezes that it’s obvious that he can’t overtake his opponent, which is when his instructor/father(?) challenges him with that same lesson: “Which one is it?” When Do-nam ekes out that he doesn’t know, he’s told to go find out. And that gives Do-nam the motivation to successfully complete the move.

In the present, Do-nam tears up at the memory and turns to see Sun-woo standing just around the corner. Now I have to ask how much Sun-woo knows about everyone else.

The boys are led into the cellar by the ajusshi and Do-nam is still teeming with anger, determined to show everyone that he meant what he said by his answer of that he won’t join them.

Seol-chan asks what he plans to show them then, and Kyu-dong rises to uncover an audio system in the room. They wonder what his talent is as Do-nam nervously holds onto the microphone. Kyu-dong answers: “Something awesome.”

Before they can ask anything else, Do-nam lifts the microphone to his mouth.

HOLY CRAP—Do-nam knows how to beatbox. Like a beast. The others gape in shock, and as Do-nam lays down a familiar beat, Kyu-dong joins him in song, and they perform an impromptu 2NE1 medley. I… don’t think there are enough words to capture how awesome this is.

When they finish, Nana applauds the performance. Do-nam drops the mic and he levels at Seol-chan: “Satisfied, you punk?”

And then Seol-chan grabs him in a bear backhug, saying that he won’t let go and insisting that he has to join them. Awww. Even Eun-ha urges him to perform with them, and Nana tells him to “just do it,” as Kyu-dong stands nearby with a longing look on his face.

Sun-woo echoes their sentiments and adds that Do-nam looks better performing than he does as Jae-rok’s lackey. Then Se-yi points out a blooming flower in the courtyard, like a metaphor to their new beginning.

Later that evening, when Teacher Dokko comes to check on Se-yi, she beams, saying that she has a good feeling about the group’s charity performance.

The following morning, Sun-woo spots Se-yi walking up to school alone and calls out to her: “Transfer Student!” (She in turn calls him “Class President”—it’s adorable) But his chance to walk by themselves is quickly snubbed when Se-yi waves behind him to the others. He mutters: “They’re all here.” Ha.

The crew is joined by Teacher Dokko and All for One, and the latter can’t help but slip in an underhanded remark about how the group looks so colorful.

Just then, Teacher Dokko receives a call from the Vice Principal. Her face falls whereas Joon-hee’s lips curl upwards. He confirms the belated news for everyone to hear—that All for One will play at the charity concert after all.

We get an appropriate music interlude as the group waits outside the teachers lounge for an update. It’s bad news and Kyu-dong hangs his head.

Outside, Sun-woo confronts Joon-hee about the sudden change-of-heart, and the latter argues that he felt guilty by not doing something good for the school. Sun-woo scoffs at this: “And it’s not because the stage has changed?”

He’s heard that along with a change to a bigger location, the event will be televised—which would all look great to boost a college resume. Despite Jae-rok’s protests, the expression on Joon-hee’s face tells us that Sun-woo may have hit the nail on the head.

As Sun-woo walks away, Joon-hee tells him to come to practice since they plan to perform a cello-focused piece for him. Sun-woo turns back to tell him no, they can change it to piano so that Joon-hee can take the spotlight. Good for you.

The other All for One boys run into Seol-chan and company outside, and Jae-rok gets in a few taunts before he’s told to stand down. They push past the group and Se-yi starts towards them. But Seol-chan takes her arm and calls out: “Joon-hee, let’s fight.”

Word travels fast back to the classroom that the Seol-chan and Joon-hee plan to face-off. Not in a physical fight, but the two teams will battle it out for the chance to perform at the charity concert. The students ask who are on Seol-chan’s team, and one student points to the back as the group return: “Those guys.”

The Vice Principal whines again at the news of the upcoming battle to the teachers, who assure him (through gritted teeth) that All for One is sure to win. At the end of his whining, he agrees to gather a few teachers to act as judges.

Meanwhile, the group beats themselves up over their heads about how they’ll lose against All for One for sure. Neither Seol-chan nor Se-yi doesn’t seem too worried about it, as Se-yi pipes that she thinks they’ll win.

Sun-woo joins them and warns Seol-chan not to underestimate a talented group like All for One. Seol-chan counters that he’s up for the challenge. When Sun-woo asks if he’s feeling okay with all of this, Seol-chan truthfully admits that he doesn’t but tells his team to trust him.

So Sun-woo decides to join them (and Se-yi immediately agrees to this, to Seol-chan’s displeasure, heh) and Do-nam asks: “Are you two confident that you win this?”

He tells them to make sure to win ’cause he’s in it to win it. Aw. Seol-chan assures him that he never enters a battle he’s not sure to win. Nana asks them what they plan to do now, and Seol-chan fires daggers at Sun-woo: “Get rid of this spy.” Everyone shakes their heads in response. HA.

News about Sun-woo joining Seol-chan’s team travels fast and suffice it to say that All for One is not pleased.

Seol-chan is still hung up on Se-yi’s immediate approval to accept Sun-woo into their group afterward. Se-yi doesn’t see anything wrong with it, saying that it’s like having a thousand soldiers to fight with them.

He counters that it’s more like letting in a Trojan Horse into their team, and he already has enough on his mind without worrying about what Sun-woo might do. Se-yi doesn’t understand why Seol-chan is so bothered by the situation, but the mere mention of Sun-woo’s name has him fly off the handle: “Do you not know what kind of person he is?!”

She just stares back, and Seol-chan storms off in frustration. Now I may be reading too much into this, but Se-yi’s face slightly flickers once he leaves, and she casts looks at both boys in the classroom.

As Eun-ha and Se-yi wait at the bus stop (the panels behind them are pictures of Seol-chan, ha), Eun-ha leers at her friend and asks, “Do you know why Sun-woo joined our team?” Se-yi points at the picture of Seol-chan behind them.

Eun-ha nods her head but reminds her that Sun-woo isn’t someone to readily help others. She sighs when Se-yi says that she’s sure the boys’ estranged friendship is just a front and they must actually be close. You’re not the only one wishin’ that, hon.

Speaking of whom, Seol-chan alludes to Sun-woo’s decision to join their team as an act of betrayal towards All for One, calling it “digging your own grave.”

Sun-woo follows that logic and figures that their team will lose then, which forces Seol-chan to backpedal in response, and start calculating whether that makes sense. He mutters in frustration: “Ah, math.”

Sun-woo smiles and turns back to ask what the team’s strategy is. Seol-chan isn’t keen on sharing this information to a spy, and literally falters when Sun-woo guesses correctly: “You’ll go all-in on vocals.” You mean an acapella group?

No matter what kind of instruments their opponent might have, it doesn’t compare to the human voice, Seol-chan argues. They’ve got four strong vocals, and Seol-chan assures him that he’s got a brilliant idea for the other two members of their group.

Said brilliant idea is entitled “the Mimi Sisters” and Seol-chan situates Eun-ha and Nana together to give off the same deadened expressions. Ha, so you plan to have them act as stand-ins?

Then we enter a daydream sequence (where Kyu-dong and Do-nam play instruments they don’t know how to play in real life, heh) as Seol-chan sings front and center as the Mimi sisters dance alongside him.

And then we pop back out… of Eun-ha’s imagination? Well, that certainly explains the kissy face at Seol-chan at the end of the song. Nana is against the idea, and the ajusshi keeps watch over the kiddos inside his house.

Manager Hong drops by the house to deliver a few things, and the ajusshi isn’t pleased to greet unwelcomed visitors. But then he stiffens when Manager Hong recognizes him and asks, “Do you remember me by chance?” Ooh, was the manager a fanboy or a classmate?

The ajusshi hides his face and slams the door shut. Seol-chan is quick to notice that something is up and he asks if the ajusshi is hiding something. He claims that he can see everything and wonders if it’s something bad.

The ajusshi gruffly tells him to get out, and Seol-chan asks: “Just me? Or all of my friends? Even your friend’s daughter?” He tells the ajusshi that Se-yi is under the delusion that her father’s friend is her father, and tells him to come clean about his pervy stalker ways.

Now the ajusshi grabs Seol-chan by the shirtfront and throws the idol’s words back in his face—he’ll tell it like it is too. Seol-chan is someone who acts like he knows everything but knows nothing. Who is he to talk so much? “Did your parents teach you that?”

He’s sure that Seol-chan was the apple in his parents’ eye; a child who could do no wrong. So he can take that over-indulgent foul mouth of his to his parents. Uh oh, you did not just mention the parentals.

That hits a nerve and Seol-chan slaps his hand away. It takes all of his willpower to tamp down his anger as he ekes out: “My parents… What my parents did to me…”

Then he finally yells, “What does it matter to you?! What does it matter whatever my parents do?!” He’s near tears by now, and the ajusshi stares back in shock.

It turns out the delivery is a lavish spread of food, but they quickly realize that Seol-chan is missing. Sun-woo finds him still standing by the front gate, still reminded by the ajusshi’s harsh words. Seol-chan downplays it and marches inside to join the others.

Seol-chan raises his glass to start their feast. When Se-yi asks why her glass contains milk instead of whatever everyone else is drinking, he starts, “Because you like mi—I mean, you still have to grow.” Hahaha.

The boys exchange stern looks when they toast to different things, and Se-yi raises her glass to both. She ends up with milk on her top lip, and when she goes to lick it off, Seol-chan yells, “Don’t do that!” Ha.

There’s still the matter of deciding on a name and they run through a few suggestions (Kyu-dong adorably votes for Do-nam’s idea) like “Seol-chan and the Kids” or “Poop Band” before Seol-chan suggests they go with “Color Bar,” the same name Hyo-rin uses to mock them. Se-yi disapproves, and at the end of the conversation they still don’t have a name.

Se-yi packs some food for the ajusshi and Seol-chan trails behind her, telling her to be careful. Sun-woo tells him that his ajusshi theory is borderline paranoia now, and Seol-chan shares that Se-yi is under the delusion that she considers the man like her own father.

Sun-woo doesn’t think that she’d be that foolish, to which Seol-chan scoffs, reminding him that the truth will reveal itself in time. If one isn’t careful, they can be easily led to believe something else. “Like you.”

Then Seol-chan points out that oh-so-confident Sun-woo still hasn’t confessed his feelings for Se-yi. Is his guilty conscience holding him back, perhaps?

Sun-woo doesn’t skip a beat, and answers that he’d been wondering if Seol-chan harbored the same kinds of feelings for Se-yi as he did. He’s relieved to see that it isn’t the case. Seol-chan stutters back, O-of course I don’t!

The ajusshi declines the food, but Se-yi lights up when he calls her back, only to deflate when he reminds her and her friends to leave as soon as the concert is finished.

Eun-ha runs inside to grab her camera, and muses to herself that it really feels like a party. Then we’re oddly transported into her imagination in a scenario where they all meet a decade later in a fancy party. Uh… is this one of her fanfics?

The lights suddenly go out until a spotlight shines on an older Eun-ha (Ivy, is that you?) who serenades a song dedicated to Seol-chan. He’s enraptured by her singing, and he apologizes for not noticing her sooner. To be honest, this scene feels awkwardly shoehorned in, but at least we get a glimpse into Eun-ha’s thoughts.

She’s brought out of her reverie to rejoin the group, and lights up to see her idol oppa smile at her. She snaps a photo to document the event.

The group awkwardly stands around outside the gate afterward. Then when Seol-chan offers to arrange their performance piece, everyone (except Eun-ha) looks to Sun-woo. Heh. Eun-ha pouts over when her idol will sleep, to which he hilariously responds, “The clock of a Korean idol never stops.” Pffft.

We see Seol-chan work into the night in his room and even uses class time to work on the piece. Then Se-yi passes him an encouraging note that contains a sketch of himself and the phrase: “Fighting!” D’aww, that’s adorable.

What’s cuter is that he jots down a response: “They say you’ll die if you start doing things you normally don’t do.” He smiles at her when she’s not looking and totally keeps the note. HEE.

The All for One orchestra practices with the piano-centered piece (I love how Jae-rok always stands behind waiting for his cue to play the cymbals), and Teacher Dokko asks where Sun-woo has gone. Joon-hee reassures her that he’ll be back to play with them for the concert.

Teacher Dokko is pleased as punch to know that she has nothing to worry about, and even smiles through Gym Teacher Choi’s musings, thanking him for his efforts. But she stops when he mentions that she once mentioned something about “a teacher’s pride.”

His voice turns serious (and in banmal): “You said it’s the feeling you get when you see the kids who you thought wouldn’t make it change in a blink of an eye.”

After practice, Hyo-rin whines about Sun-woo, and that she’s sure that the new girl has something to do with it. The trio runs into Sun-woo a bit later and Hyo-rin rips into him, saying that it’s obvious the idol boy likes the shepherd girl and something about how blue bloods flock together. You have to paraphrase with her.

Joon-hee signals for her to leave, and has Jae-rok usher the small crowd of students away. Hyo-rin storms off and stares at Se-yi with hateful eyes. Eek, she may be whiny but I wouldn’t put it past her to pull something.

That leaves the boys to talk, and at Sun-woo’s refusal to rejoin them, he asks if Hyo-rin’s words were true—does he like the new girl? Sun-woo answers that he’s just following his heart, an answer Joon-hee scoffs at.

Sun-woo makes his stance clear, and Joon-hee delivers the classic revenge line in dramaland: “You’ll regret this.”

Sun-woo runs into Seol-chan a minute later, who asks why he started hanging out with those kids. He answers: “Because you wouldn’t hang out with me.”

Seol-chan tells him that there isn’t any room for Sun-woo on their team anyway. With a pat on his shoulder, Sun-woo corrects him: “My place is next to Se-yi.” Then Seol-chan trails behind him, like the adorable puppy he is. Hee, I love these two.

Se-yi beelines for the ajusshi’s place as soon as school ends, and cheerily comments that the ajusshi makes ramyun just like her father did. He asks if he lives with her mother, and Se-yi says no, her mother still resides in New Zealand, and she came to Korea on her own: “Just ’cause.”

He changes the subject, but Se-yi once again confides in him, saying: “I couldn’t look at my mother the same way I used to.” She says that she found out something she was better off not knowing: “My dad… died because of my mother.”

The ajusshi shifts uncomfortably as Se-yi continues: “My mother said that… she liked someone else other than my father.”



I think we only need one guess to know who that person is. It makes me wonder if she already knows that she’s looking to the eyes of the man who captured her mother’s heart, and yet with her frank nature and longing to get to know the only other man who knew her father, it may be safer to assume that she doesn’t. At least not yet. This revelation squashes the theory on whether the ajusshi was her father (Why yes, I have been watching Shark) and the little hints we’ve been given suggests that the feelings were mutual. We still don’t know what happened between the parents or how the ajusshi ended up in his current state, but we can expect that this bit of the past will throw a wrench into how she views him in his pseudo-paternal role, and later on down the road with his interactions with the group.

First things first, though—holy crap, Do-nam! You’ve been holding out on us. I had a feeling that he might bust out some beatbox skills, but I didn’t expect anything as superb as his performance. It makes me wonder if this is one of the actor’s (Park Kyu-sun) hidden talents, and if it’s true, then mad props. His heartwarming backstory challenges the notion of what we can’t do versus what we won’t and it’s a hard lesson to swallow. His character is one that would be usually sidelined as the gruff and unapproachable in a different series, but he too has a rooted passion in music like the others.

With one bromance comes another and I appreciate that we spent time to examine Do-nam and Kyu-dong’s relationship. There’s still so much to know about their fallout, but as their former friendship evolves within the group, I can’t wait to see how much these characters will grow with it.

The narrative and characters are points that I praise about this series time and time again, and I love that our leads take a break as we shine the spotlight on our side characters. At this point, although I’m sympathetic to Eun-ha’s character, I find that it doesn’t  hold up as well as the others. I understand her loneliness, her longing for a group of close friends, and her everlasting love for Oppa. But I couldn’t align with her fantasy to impress Seol-chan with a different face and body, not when everyone else looks the same. We could go as far to argue her own self-image, but I would so want her to accept who she is as a feisty, creative, and loyal friend.

The music serves to supplement the characters and as we approach the halfway mark (I know, already!), we still have yet to see this group of misfits play in a band together. I hope that we don’t have to wait long, ’cause I’m waiting for the awesome that will be their soundtrack.


111 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Deliane

    Naww love how the gang is grower closer together! Thanks for the recap, glad you guys can keep doing them. 🙂 I wonder what the other characters can bring to the group as well.

  2. Caitlyn

    Oh my god Do Nam was awesome, it was such a surprise! I was sitting there along with the rest of them with my jaw on the floor! I want to see more of that! And the friendship between him and Kyudong, I really want to see more of that. What happened to them!? That relationship is the one I most care about.

    • 2.1 Bengbeng

      watched it several times!!!

    • 2.2 alua

      I have to rewatch it yet, but Do-nam and Radio’s duet just lit up my face and made me laugh (in a good way). And I was watching it like at midnight, hoping my housemates would hear me gurgle with delight…. 🙂

      • 2.2.1 alua


      • 2.2.2 Claudine

        I had a different reaction: I CRIED the whole darn time! It was awesome watching Do-nam and very heartwarming when Kyu-dong performed with him. Music + (broken) friendship just bring tears to my eyes.

    • 2.3 wits

      Love the Do Nam surprise number. The highlight of this ep. And I was holding my mouth too because the squees were pouring out and I was watching at midnight, lol.

    • 2.4 jubilantia

      I was definitely cheering to my empty house during that scene. So unbelievably amazing.

  3. Pepper Fish

    I loved it when Seol-chan bragged a hold of Do-nam and said(according to the Viki translation), “Die with me, no, live with me.” Hahahahaha. Of course, a rapper would want to embrace the beat-boxer. Love!

    • 3.1 Saturtledaisy

      Haha I loved that part too. I’d thought Seol-chan would be too proud for something like this, but nope. Makes his character just a little more likeable~

      • 3.1.1 mywhiteyasmin

        heee, me too.

        that scene is super adorable, with the bear hug and everything. Seol-chan is sure one adorable star.

    • 3.2 coby

      me too! I didn’t expect that he will have that reaction, after all he is a “star”, but above all he is a rapper he will go after the beat box! so heart warming!

  4. Bengbeng

    gosh, is Seol-chan has psychic ability? if ajushi will end up the other man of Se-ri’s mother, then it will really, really hurt her. Something that Seol-chan seems to be instinctively feeling.

    Seol-chan and Sun-woo are totally brothers and grew up together. so many hints already, though one is adoptee =(

  5. I J

    I heart this drama!!

  6. Ace

    Do-nam was awesome. He surprised me and I hope they crush All for One. The first year poop was really hateful and I hope he gets soooo humiliated.

    • 6.1 Ace

      Oh! I love the manhwa drawings in this episode. Also ove Seol-chan’s reaction to Do-nam. “Let’s live together!” Haha.

      PS: I totally don’t get the assumption that Sun-woo and Seol-chan being brothers/step. So many reasons why they’re not.

      • 6.1.1 kaimono

        Hear hear, let’s live together was the most funny line of this episode, made me laugh so hard

  7. alua

    “At this point, although I’m sympathetic to Eun-ha’s character, I find that it doesn’t hold up as well as the others. I understand her loneliness, her longing for a group of close friends, and her everlasting love for Oppa. But I couldn’t align with her fantasy to impress Seol-chan with a different face and body, not when everyone else looks the same.”

    I agree. It really threw me that in her fantasy it was a different person that was playing her. I thought that was in fact a lame decision from the production department.

    But so many good things in this episode (which I liked better than the “poop” one).

    – The Do-nam/Radio duet made me crack up (and smile in a delight)
    -Loved that Seolchan grabbed Do-nam and wouldn’t let him go – that’s the first time we’ve really seen him sort of ‘care’ for someone other than Se-yi. Of course, it could be purely selfish (sees a talented musician, decides that’s excellent for winning) rather than actually caring for Do-nam, but still… plus, I just loved the girls clung to him as well. Do-nam’s gonna realise soon that this rag tag band is a better bunch of friends than the bullies he has been hanging out with.
    – Se-yi getting milk instead of wine… hahahaha. It was like a double treat, with Seolchan both as if wanting to prevent her from getting (possibly) drunk but also knowing that she likes milk (although, really, it’s him that asked for milk in the past).
    -Good to see that Su-woo is starting to align himself with the misfits and giving the cold shoulder to the bullies. That was more proactive than the super-neutral stance he had been taking on any- and everything previously, even if he’s still pretending.
    -I’m ready to hear more about Nana!

    • 7.1 alua

      Forgot to say: when Se-yi says that Kyu-dong doesn’t know his own talent, she’s so right. He’s actually a star performer, he seems to be able to do any genre! I’m surprised no one has realised this yet with his ‘radio’ performances.

    • 7.2 On a QIHM High

      I like all the moments you described too 🙂 The duet scene between Do-nam and Kyu-dong was epic! Plus I loved how shocked everybody was and Seol-chan’s bear hug in the end (and his “live with me!”). So cute :3

      I also really like whenever Se-yi and Kyu-dong have conversations (especially when Seol-chan’s in the background completely scoffing at all mentions of his bromance with Sun-woo) and whenever Nana has a reaction to the performances.

      It was funny when Seol-chan talks about kicking out the spy (Sun-woo) and everybody just shakes their head no and adorable yet sad that Kyu-dong has Do-nam on speed-dial (sad because it’s more evidence of how close they used to be).

    • 7.3 Mina

      regarding Eun-اha fantasy, i can relate to it, as i used to be overweight my self, but when i thought about the future i always imagined myself being thin, so if she is not okay with her body, i understand her envisioning a future where she ‘ll have the body she want

      • 7.3.1 alua

        I get and understand that, I’m only troubled by the symbolism of using a different actress to convey that vision…

        • Dol

          Using the same actress would show that Eun-ha (in her own mind) only needs a makeover to be noticed and received positively. Because it’s Eun-ha’s vision, and she sees herself as someone else, it speaks to the depth of her insecurities. I thought the use of a different actress made the scene more poignant.

    • 7.4 jubilantia

      I agree a bit about Eun-ha, but I wonder if the actress was cast for her acting ability rather than singing ability? But I would really rather have seen her in the fantasy. Oh well, I’m sure they’ll give her a good gaining-self-confidence arc.

      YES MOAR NANA. She’s amazing on her own, but I am also randomly shipping her with Sun-woo. Whatever! Her story! I MUST KNOOOOOW.

      • 7.4.1 alua

        Definitely shipping Nana with Sun-woo. There’s something.

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  9. giddy

    This episode hit it outta the park for me. Lots of material to use and turn it into a lesson for middle schoolers–bullying, peer pressure, friendships, outcasts, body image, broken families, idioms, rising action, irony, flashbacks–not to mention Beyonce, 2NE1, beatboxing, idols, and eye candy!

  10. 10 Gaeina Lee

    Thanks for the recap, Gummi!

    I simply adore these kidz, can’t have enough of them. Kidz with different personalities, talents and backgrounds brought in to the same group by the fate (or should I say Teacher Choi), yet they are complementing and completing each other.. – Ahh, diversity.. Just as the old saying said: “A lot of different flowers make a bouquet”.
    They are an adorable bouquet.. ^^

  11. 11 Dorotka

    I’m sooo curious about all the background, history and past relationships… BTW, when Sun-woo answers Joon-hee “that he’s just following his heart” I totally thought he meant Seol-chan and not Se-yi…

    The girls sitting on a bench with Seol-chan’s poster behind made me laugh… and Seol-chan’s digging-the-grave-math-problem…

  12. 12 crazykel

    I agree with you about Eun-Ha. I found it sad that she sees herself as different, as if she needs to improve physically in order to be noticed. However, to the comment that said it was a choice by the production to do that, I’m unsure of your reasoning. I thought it completely necessary to understand Eun-Ha’s way of seeing things and seeing herself. She may be bubbly on the outside, but on the inside, there probably is a world of hurt and taunts from others. Just because she’s with this group doesn’t change that.

    Nevertheless, the ‘stah’ of this episode was Do Nam and Kyu Dong! I loved the message this episode brought, and of course, the beatboxing 2Ne1 medley! I can’t wait for next week!

    • 12.1 magi

      Totally agree! I think Eun-Ha arc still in the beginning. We still know nothing about her except what we have seen in the first episode.

      • 12.1.1 Caitlyn

        I just want her to accept that Seol Chan is an actual person and not a star that should only live in the sky. Once that happens, I’ll like her more.

        • On a QIHM High

          Waiting for that too but I don’t want it to be rushed. I don’t think she can go from idolizing the guy to thinking he’s just like them in a matter of a few days – and I think causing that change too quickly will be very inconsistent with her character.

          So wrt to Eun-Ha as a person who has this flaw, I’m looking forward to the change but in terms of realism in character development, I want the change to be gradual.

          If I became friends with Lee Jong-Suk (my current bias hehe), I don’t think I could see him as an ordinary individual like myself for a while. (Although I don’t think I’d be as outspoken/excited about it as Eun-Ha because I’m not as fangirl-y. Not that being fangirl-y is necessarily bad, it’s just not my personality in RL.)

        • jubilantia

          I agree, but I think they’re doing a good job of showing how her crush on Seol-chan gives her companionship without trivializing her character. It will be the evolution of that idea from her point of view that I’m excited to see.

          Plus, her best friend is a few episodes (ok, maybe the rest of the series) away from dating her idol crush, so she’s gonna have to come back to Earth pretty quick.

    • 12.2 mommai

      I agree with you about Eunha. The fact that she fantasized about some point in the future when she looks like a “more beautiful” person with more talent says a lot about her self image, and is something that a lot of girls do (and some guys, too). It’s sad, but actually realistic.

    • 12.3 alua

      Re: the choice of production team.

      I think it is one thing for Eun-ha to envision herself as more beautiful/glamorous/taller/thinner/ etc. (which could be done with make-up and other visual trickery), another to replace her with another actress that apparently has the right ‘look’ – that, to me, sends a very wrong message, even more when it is reinforced by ALL the other characters’ older versions being played the same actors.

      There is a suggestion implicit here that she can never be physically more beautiful – they obviously did not replace the actress because of the age gap being to big for her to be convincing as a 28 year old (than they would have had to do the same with all the other actors). It’s like saying you can never be beautiful (though she is perfectly fine looking, just that societal beauty norms would stipulate that her haircut is lame and that she isn’t skinny enough, etc. and thus not attractive). Like she needs a full face and body transplant, or at least cosmetic surgery.

      I don’t know. There just something in the symbolism of replacing the actress completely but NONE of the other actors that goes deeper – beyond conveying that the character feels inadequate.

      • 12.3.1 On a QIHM High

        A question though, how can you make someone look thinner with visual trickery? I don’t mean a few pounds off the hips, but a lot thinner.

        Also, a lack of self-esteem can go a long way in how you imagine yourself up in your future. I’ve imagined myself up as somebody with a flatter nose, with thinner eyebrows, with different lips, and of course different weight, but that doesn’t imply that I’m considering plastic surgery. I have complexes and if I’m gonna envision myself in my future state, meeting someone I want to meet, I imagine myself as a perfect version of me. Not limited to what can be changed with make-up/exercise.

        [In response to the recap, yes, older Eun-Ha is a cameo by Ivy.]

        • alua

          Why would you want to do without visual trickery though? It’s a TV show after all. I mean, if they had made Ivy wear a mini-skirt and show her to be super-skinny, then visual trickery probably would be difficult (though maybe not impossible if it’s filmed), but everything they did with bringing in a different actress they could probably have done with the original one through visual trickery.

          I don’t have a problem with Eun-ha envisioning herself different from what she is now, it’s a very understandable issue. However, if that means she envisions herself as someone else vs. envisioning herself as ‘more beautiful’, that means I would want a concrete backstory on that – which we could still get. (Note that I’m separating between what Eun-ha’s issue is vs. how the production team choose to convey that – I don’t have a problem with the former, only with the latter.)

          Oh, I’m not saying anyone’s considering plastic surgery, I’m just thinking young girls could watch that and think, “Well, to look different that’s what I’ll need to do since hair restyling, dieting and fashionable clothes aren’t enough.” Which, since we are talking Korea, is very, very likely.

          I just don’t see a good reason why they would replace the actress, unless they specifically wanted to make a point about Eun-ha wishing to look like someone else entirely.

          • Saturtledaisy

            I actually think they wanted to make the point that Eunha wishes to be someone else entirely.

            Since she sees Seolchan as some kind of “star” far away instead of a regular person, I think it makes sense that in her eyes someone who could impress Seol-chan wouldn’t be a regular person either, especially not herself.

            So I think she’s envisioning someone entirely different from her ‘regular’ self. But maybe I’m just seeing too much into this.

          • alua

            Or I’m reading too little (or too much in another way) into it…. 😉

            Chances are they won’t ever tell us and it’ll be up to us entirely to decide which it is.

      • 12.3.2 jubilantia

        Can the actress sing? I wonder if that’s why they switched her out, although I do think it resulted in unfortunate implications. I understand this is the beginning of her arc, but I, too, would have wanted to see her in the fantasy rather than someone else.

    • 12.4 On a QIHM High

      I agree! It’s easy to relate with Eun-Ha’s character because we’re fans of idols/actors/etc. too. Can you imagine your favorite actor becoming your university friend? I think I’d act like her too. I wouldn’t him to like another fan because I’d want him to like me. But I have issues with my image/self-esteem so I’d envision him falling in love with me when I transform into what I want to look like/act like.

      Her dream seems really natural.

  13. 13 nova611

    its TEDDY BEAR ajusshi !! he’s cute n fun in runningman

    • 13.1 mommai

      I thought that, too, when I saw him! 😀

  14. 14 R

    Just saying, but that Nana-Sunwoo moment at the beginning made me think how adorable that pair would be (once Show has worked out all the other relationships, of course, which will take all series haha).

    It’s kind of awkward how most of their “practice” time so far is just hanging out. Or maybe they’re just not showing what they’re doing, but I don’t see any attempt to transition from rehearsal to break when they’re at the adjussi’s house and it’s slightly bothersome.

    Thanks for the recap!

  15. 15 Michelle

    Thanks for the recap!

    I started watching out of curiosity, and am hooked ever since. I love all the characters and how the story unfolds – much better than the current dramas that are airing now.

    I’m wondering about the Seol Chan / Sun Woo are “brothers” theory though … how did the theory come about? At one point, the All For One gang was talking about Seol-Chan, and they mentioned something about his father being a respectable figure, but nobody looked at Sun Woo awkwardly (showing no family links between the two).

  16. 16 zakin89

    There is not much to add to your comments. This show is just awesome =)

    I think I should stick with the: well let’s just try this drama without knowing too much about it. That formula has not let me down so far^^

    Oh the bromances <3 I am such a sucker for bromances^^ I am dying to know the secret behind Seol Chan's and Sun Woo's friendship but also what happened to Kyu Dong and Do Nam (how adorable is it that KD has DN as speed dial… yes I squeed^^)

    Favourite moments of this episode:
    1. Do-Nam's beatboxing + the follow up group hug (adorable)
    2. The 'Mimi Sisters' fantasy
    3. Seol Chan and ajusshi face off in the yard
    4. Se Yi's glass with milk and the look she shoots Seol Chan when he forbids the licking xD
    5. Se Yi's note to Seol Chan and the fact that he kept it (again: adorable)

    The preview was or better said IS a big fat tease which annoys me to no end because Friday is still so far away 😛 (I just can't resist watching previews -.-)
    I hope that know that we had the other boys' backstory we hear a bit more about Eun Ha and Nana because then I would be totally satisfied 🙂

    Thanks gummi for the awesome recap 🙂

  17. 17 Arhazivory

    I’m enjoying this more and more each week. Thanks for the recap~♡

  18. 18 rainerust

    There’s this moment with Nana and Sun woo which I hope Show explores more – I could really get behind that pairing as I think Nana sees more than she lets on, and so does SW.

    Loved the moment when DN broke out with the beat boxing and the shocked look on everyone’s faces, even though I think it’s really hard to beat the original version of 2NE1 (can’t help it, I love their voices, and a different rendition can be a nice change but it is hard to replace the original for me). I couldn’t stop laughing when SC hugged DN and just plainly refused to let go! He’s adorkable. Wish Show would explore more of his back story though cos I’m a bit tired of his seemingly selfish behaviour and him grabbing people left and right. They’ve got to build on his character so I feel right about cheering him on!

    I like the way Colour Band is pulling together and I hope they discover that Nana and EH can do more than just Mimi! Maybe…they have some hidden talents that they haven’t put out yet? Like I think EH could write the lyrics – she’s kinda like a writer what with all the slash and fanfic that she writes/narrates for us. Perhaps Nana…can play the flute or something?? I don’t know. Maybe she’s a dancer. Something!

    And of course, thanks for the recap Gummi! I’m glad this drama is being recapped on DB.

  19. 19 owl

    Cha Do Nam
    You da man


    I love that there is not waste in this drama. Every minute counts and that puts it way up there for me. The on-stage performance with the 2 Mimis was amazing, and the performance at 28th birthday by was an unexpectedly amazing flashforward. I can’t wait to see how it gets from where we are now to there.

  20. 20 JoAnne

    HOLY CRAP—Do-nam knows how to beatbox. Like a beast. The others gape in shock, and as Do-nam lays down a familiar beat, Kyu-dong joins him in song, and they perform an impromptu 2NE1 medley. I… don’t think there are enough words to capture how awesome this is.

    As did we all. Entire episode, made of win. This scene was the pinnacle of winning, though.

  21. 21 Harleyqwen

    Radio’s poses when Eun-Ha did the group picture cracked me up!

  22. 22 Peridot

    As much as I can relate to Eunha’s body issues, I wonder if the presence of Ivy merely served a marketing/promotional purpose. Would Eunha’s ideal image be that of Ivy in other words? I could see how she would envision herself differently, I just question the casting choice. I personally think that the actress playing Eunha is lovely in her own way and wish that people across the body spectrum would be seen more often in television (and not merely for comic relief or for evoking pity).

    Anyway, I like when shows devote time to side characters. Doing so adds more depth to such shows. I am really excited for the backstories to be fully revealed. And yes, I believe that Eunha and Nana have so much more to contribute to the group than would be immediately apparent.

  23. 23 Littlehearts

    Thank u:) i liked it but am dying for some couple moments. I know its just 5 epis now but still.. Can’t we get a little love in between??? N i want to know something about na na’s story since i believe there’s a deep story in her than se yi. Yes. One bromance story unfolded a little today. Hope it goes on like this:)

  24. 24 Suzi Q

    Do Nam was awesome! My mouth dropped open and enjoying his performance too!

    Eun Ha’s imagination of being a beautiful talented young woman when she grows up can be a reality. If you see the Korean KPOP singers and actresses they are very attractive, very skinny and many have had plastic surgery.

    Just love the musical numbers in this show. The only person of the group that we don’t know too much about is Nana. I’m wondering what her talent will be?

    • 24.1 xine

      Nana seems to have quite a good r&b voice in real life . . .

  25. 25 carrie

    i am totally in lurv with this show. it’s awesome. so much fun!!

    i agree that seol-chan may be adopted, but i don’t think that sun-woo is. i do want to know who the girl is that called sun-woo crying on the phone in episode 2 (preventing him from going to the park to meet se-yi to practice). any thoughts?

    i have a feeling that there was some piano / music based dispute between little seol-chan and sun-woo. sun-woo mentioned that he had been better at piano than seol-chan but dropped it for the cello. maybe there’s a longer story there?

    in past episodes there’ve been hints that go-nam doesn’t do judo anymore because of an injury (he rubs and hitches his shoulder a lot). maybe hints of school 2013 where a broken bone breaks a bromance?

    i do want to know more about na-na. when se-yi was so quiet in the first episode she seemed detached but aware (if that makes sense), where as na-na seems utterly cut off from the world 98% of the time. even when she started clapping at the end of ep 4 she didn’t seem to be paying attention – it was more reflexive than excited.

    ahh – why only one episode per week, mnet? why?!

    • 25.1 xine

      I think the issue is to do with Seol Chan’s mother . . . and there is that odd remarks by Sun Woo about getting your heart broken over and over – perhaps the parents split and Sun Woo went with the mother and Seol Chan with the father who has remarried? Although that doesn’t really explain why Seol Chan is so very formal at home and will never bring his friends home – or the references to the orphanage. hmmm

  26. 26 Wns

    Beat boxing and the reactions were the highlights for me. I can’t wait for the next episode.

  27. 27 Peeps

    Bwahahahahahaha!!! Now I know why Ma JoonHee (Moon YongSuk) looked so familiar to me. His features are similar to those of BOF’s WooBin (Kim Joon)! They have the same thick brows and even have/ had the same hairstyle!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHhHahahHHaaa!!!

    • 27.1 ~Feather~

      I had posted a comment on viki on the first episode of Monstar to see if anyone thought the same thing or if I was just being crazy! XD I finally found someone who agrees! Thank-you! 😀

  28. 28 maimymlt

    Very good episode!! But the scene that struck me the most was when Teacher Choi called out Teacher Dokko about the “teacher pride” (viki has “self-esteem”).

    How easy it is to to set the “average/less than average kids” aside and focus on the “superior”. She has totally forgotten how the “superior” bailed on her and left her in the lurch. So very glad Teacher Choi spoke up. She needs to ignore that whiny, complaining Vice Principal (bless his heart, I have to mute when he speaks because his voice grates so) and get her skinny, little self back on the underdogs side, and PRONTO!!

    • 28.1 Enz

      Good points. She is letting her wish to please the vice principal and be in his good books get in the way of being what a good teacher does – nurturing the kids and letting them blossom. And also the other point being her scary skinny. She was not this thin in best love. She was normal thin. She looks very very skinny now.

  29. 29 Z

    At the risk of giving away my age, whenever I read “All For One,” I pronounce it on my head as “All4One.” It’s a subtle diffeence, but a big one if you were in your early teens on 1994.

  30. 30 ilikemangos

    Show, You rock.
    Gummi, You Rock.

  31. 31 Jules

    This revelation squashes the theory on whether the ajusshi was her father

    Why? If the three were friends in high school/college, perhaps Nae Sang and Se Yi’s mother were involved, then she got pregnant but didn’t tell him so he could fulfill his dreams/was scared of how he’d take it/whatever crazy reason people in dramas concoct so as not to tell people the truth, and so his best friend stepped up, married Se Yi’s mother and became Se Yi’s father.

    That’s my theory, at any rate. *g* (I hope I’m wrong, though, because it’s such a cliche.)

    • 31.1 Shiku

      I also thought the same thing and I bet Se Yi suspects that he was involved with her mum

    • 31.2 gummimochi

      Sorry for getting back to you so late! Y’all have a great theory going on which sounds plenty plausible. I think there was a previous comment thread about whether Ahn Nae-sang was her father who was the same person with a new identity (which sounds just as confusing. I blame Shark for these theories) but y’all are so eagle-eyed. We’ll find out soon enough! 🙂

  32. 32 Abbie

    This show is so freaking adorable. All the kids are cute and adorable. Seol-chan has finally convinced me that he’s a true hero, with this episode. Talking to Do-nam, and then keeping that note! LOL! So cute.

    Sun-woo gets more and more mysterious with each episode. What’s his deal? I still like him a lot and he’s still my favorite character, but sometimes I just don’t get him. I want to so badly, too. I hope they don’t drag it out for too long.

    I wish Eun-ha would accept herself for the cute, feisty girl she is, and stop trying to impress her Oppa. That fantasy sequence was a little weird.

    I like that Do-nam and Kyu-dong are becoming friends again, too. Though slowly. Bromance for the win!

    I hope we delve deeper into Nana’s story next week, too. I still think she likes Sun-woo.

    I’m not sure what to think about Adam ahjusshi. He could be Se-yi’s father, or not. Obviously he and her mother love each other. I just don’t know what to think.

    All for One is as annoying as ever. I hope they lose. Big time.

    Thanks for the recap, Gummimochi!

  33. 33 Noelle

    I felt sad when I saw Eun Ha’s imagination. Hopefully, this group of friends will let her see herself clearly. I can’t wait to find out more about Nana. I have some ideas.

    I had a feeling Do Nam was a beatboxer because in Kyu Dongs flashback someone asked him to sing or join in, not quite sure. But there was someone beatboxing in the flashback.

    I really am starting to get annoyed with Seol Chan. He needs to try and understand Se Yi. I think he’s letting his own feelings towards is biological and adopted parents cloud his judgement. I don’t thinks he’s realized blood isn’t everything and family is what you make it. His adopted mother seems genuinely caring and loving towards Seol Chan. It’s sad he hasn’t accepted it. Or maybe he’s just scared to. It would be great if the Ahjusshi became a father like figure to him. I want there so bad to be something there. I want him to be that way with all the kids actually. They heal him and in return he heals them.

  34. 34 Mia

    the whole Do nam beatboxing scene was adorable!

  35. 35 Brian

    I wonder what Nana’s talent will be?
    thanks again for the recap!

    • 35.1 mongoose22

      It better be singing. Dahee has some serious pipes.

      • 35.1.1 Brian

        that’s good to know. I remember in the show she claims she doesn’t sing. But even though as an actress she tries to act tough and apathetic towards life she doesn’t sneak past my “she’s pretty cute” radar, so of course I’m curious. Plus I peeked and found out she’s in an idol group, but I was wondering because of what she said in the show.

        • mongoose22

          I know little of Korean pop, but a quick search turned up a smooth cover of Fallin’ by Alicia Keys:


          • wits

            WOW… Just wow. Never seen or heard of, her before (so sue me) but I definitely agree, that gal can sing! Dahee… will certainly never forget her from here on.

            Her take on Nana is growing on me. She is mysterious, intriguing and you just know… you want her on your side. And I also feel that connection with my Sun Woo. Did they have a past? Is he her crush (I don’t blame her), or was she the one Sun Woo was referring to when he uttered that he had been rejected too many times in the past?

          • mongoose22

            She’s also the female singer for the new track in You’re the Best, Lee Soon Shin, the one that plays while they’re on the train and Soon Shin is sleeping in the latest episode 30.

        • Quiet Thought

          It would be utterly bizarre if someone did a musical series, cast someone with such a magnificent singing voice, and she was the only character to never sing a song.

      • 35.1.2 BAR

        My theory is that she’ll sing Dr.Yun’s SeeU song “The Girl Who Stops Time”, seeing as (albeit uncredited) it was in some of the trailers/BTS vids.

        So totally my bias, she is.

  36. 36 cmlee79

    Thank you, Gummi! I have a tiny point of contention: Hyo-Rin, in her confrontation with Sun-Woo, refers to Sul-Chan and Se-Yi as something more along the lines of “the outcasts” or “the cursed.” She says that her father tells her every every morning to avoid “the outcasts,” lest she become like them and didn’t Sun-Woo’s family teach him the same? I think this speaks volumes in terms of her self-worth (pretentious, petty, hateful, entitled, stuck-up brat) and how she views the others who deserve a place in “her world,” and the riffraff that dare to dream. I can’t wait for the outcasts to step all over her 🙂

  37. 37 mongoose22

    I must have watched that beatbox scene a dozen times now. So awesome.

    BTW, Mnet has a commercial where they use the same beatbox song with modified lyrics (I heard each character’s name in the song), which is also pretty slick:


    Also, Monstar is apparently not Monster + Star. Rather, it’s Mon Star, i.e. My Star, in French. Which makes more sense, but is also wrong, because it should be Ma Star, according to my googling of French grammar. 😛 Not sure if that makes it more silly than before.

    • 37.1 jubilantia

      Eh, Korean drama titles are crap. Luckily their quality is often inversely proportional to how dumb the titles are! (see: there are millions, but King 2 Hearts is the first that comes to mind).

  38. 38 Quiet Thought

    As fine a show as this is, I am frustrated with the one-note character that is Nana. She’s had so few lines and changes of expression they could replace her with a fence post. Hopefully next episode they will finally give DaHee something to do besides stand around and sulk.

    • 38.1 Brian

      At this point she is a very good-looking albeit apathetic fence post. I am sure something good will happen . . . or am I just hoping . . .

      • 38.1.1 Quiet Thought

        It would be utterly bizarre if someone did a musical series, cast someone with such a magnificent singing voice, and she was the only character to never sing a song.

        • jubilantia

          Oooooh I’m sure she’ll be coming out to play soon. I think they’re building up to the big reveal of her voice. Hopefully soon! Maybe Se-yi will get bronchitis or something… just temporarily!

  39. 39 IzOcha

    Thanks for the recap!

    I got chills twice this episode 1) Do-nam. I think I cried because of the awesome. (I totally hope its the actor’s awesome, too). 2) Sun-woo telling off Joon-he. He is just so…words cannot express… how cool, because he is being bad ass by walking away from the mean girls for the fun crowd. Even if he has all sorts of other reasons, the Joon-he crowd are all such dicks that I really look forward to a few comeuppance or six, and maybe a bit of resuscitation of their humanity.

    Also, Teacher Choi is such a strange shadow for Teacher Dokko’s psyche. I keep expecting him to pop out of her ear or something. But I love their petty bickering and support for one another. Well his for her, it’d be nice to see some reciprocation. I wonder if the long stare of the manager at Teacher Dokko will lead to anything?

  40. 40 bangsstory

    Now the musically questionable in the group is Nana and Eunha. One can tell that Eunha is the loner and insecure one and turns to her idols. Kyudong turns to no one, in Donam he still hopes I think. Nana is the big mystery, still. I want to know if she has mad mad mad talent like Donam and what her background is. I’m guessing; if she, or her family, doesn’t own money to a mobster it’s her family that is a mobster.

  41. 41 Sajen

    love this show but I have some burning questions

    1.) What is Ahn Nae Sang’s role in Se Yi’s father’s death, I don’t buy he didn’t know in fact I think he had a much more active role in Se Yi’s father’s death than her mother.

    2.) What did Seol-chan’s parents do to him, I have a couple theories one that he’s adopted, and two that his parents physically possibly sexually abused him but that seems too dark for this show.

    3.) Also what did Sun-woo do to Seol-chan and what did Kyu-dong do to Do-nam?

    4.) How much does Sun-woo know about everyone else’s past and how? He stalked Se-yi and was friends with Seol-chan but what about the others.

    • 41.1 Shiku

      I don’t think he stalked Se Yi, the flashback showed that they were friends before she had amnesia from the accident.

  42. 42 sept

    Nana’s look on SW might be because he was attentive to her, texting her when she skipped the class/rehearsal, noticing the wound on nana’s hand. So nana looked at SW strangely ben SW just passed her by without words (I mean it’s contradictory to what SW did before-unrequited love,perhaps?).
    Kyu dong n do nam duet was stellar…couldn’t ask for more, so many feelings to describe their performance.
    The rest of the scenes was too precious to skip even just for a blink. My lil kids need to watch this drama in the future 😀

  43. 43 janice k

    Nana SeonWoo fighting! *^▁^*

  44. 44 momosa

    Awesome! Every episode has it’s awesome moment that makes me go back & watch it again, and again.

    1st episode was the duet, gave me goosebumps
    2nd was the duet between Seyi & SW
    3rd was intensity of the argument about Seyi’s dad’s song
    4th was the classical piano play
    and this was the Do Nam beatboxing

    And I don’t care who’s backstory or what not, I trust the write & director very much to bring on the show. Friday, come earlier…

  45. 45 Rosebread

    YAY! I love this drama so much!

    Haha, actually from the first two episodes, I got the feeling that perhaps Nana secretly admires Sun Woo, and they might end up together 🙂

  46. 46 Whatsthescenario

    From the beat boxing to the 2NE1 intro to Radio going all H.A.M and twerking it. All the dumbfounded faces made it even more perfect. I screamed and laughed and watched it 10 times or more. That moment alone was pure kdrama genius and top 10 favorite moments in a kdrama for me.

    Going to watch it again, now.

    • 46.1 coby

      Never really liked the song that much until this episode! I find myself even dancing to it! yay!

  47. 47 addie

    A crazy idea but in dramaland, everything can become possible: Seol Chan is probably adopted so maybe his real father is the ajusshi?! Who was the hurt woman seen by this old man in his nightmare? Not Se Yi’s mom?

  48. 48 Mina

    I can relate to Eunha as well and I might be the only one but I don’t sympathize with Do Nam at all and find him a little difficult to like. I understand that he might have went through a lot in the past and Kyu Dong might have done something wrong to him but that gives him no right to use his fist in a way that I doubt his father would approve.

    About Eun ha, as a teenager with an Oppa crush, she wants to be what is perceived to the world as beautiful and show him that she changed as she views herself to be on a lower level as her friends, which shows when the others are played by the same actors and she’s not, because she wants to be prettier, thinnier, someone who her Oppa is going to look at. It’s all self-esteem issue that a lot of girls (and guys) go through, especially as an insecure teenager.
    It’s sad how much of myself I see in her, haha but that’s one of the reasons I love her.

    I can’t wait to see Nana’s backstory, hopefully more on Eunha and what is the deal with Seul Chan and his parents. I kind of wonder whether he’s been abused in the past, remember when he went home and took a step back when his mother tried getting closer? And when he has that argument with the Ahjussi and asks what matter what his parents have done to him ( or that could be the subs?).

  49. 49 Stephanie

    The plot is moving kinda slowly and the lead actress hasn’t seemed to get hold of her character’s motivations yet. But it’s cute and light. It could have been handled better, but the plot and characters are just so endearing.

  50. 50 Meighy

    Ive watched the beatboxing scene like 30 times at this point. So amazing.

    As for Seol Chan’s history, I’m wondering if Seol Chan’s parents left him at the orphanage and then took him back later.

    • 50.1 Laya

      ^This. Or maybe Mom left him at the orphanage, then got married and took him back. Or maybe he’s really adopted. Because so far we’ve got references to the orphanage and Seol-chan not taking after his dad, Seol-chan being distant, talking about gratitude, asking permission to do stuff in his own home, and Mom trying to placate him.

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