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Heirs: Episode 5

Tan is back for good and now everyone gets to react to it. This also means the sprawling cast of characters is finally gathered in one place, upping the ante—and the tension, oh, the tension—as we hold our breaths waiting to see how his reappearance shakes up the existing social order. Will he find his spot at the top ready and waiting for him to step into it, or will he have a bit of pushback from the changes wrought in his absence? If dramas have taught me anything, it’s to never bet on the easy way.

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EPISODE 5 RECAP

Tan sees Eun-sang’s message online and hurries down to the kitchen, where he confirms that she’s in fact here, in his house. She checks her phone for updates while drinking water, wondering at all the fuss, unaware that he’s watching from just outside amidst a burgeoning personal crisis. She shrugs, puts her phone away, and heads back to her room.

Tan trudges back to his room, burdened with this news—now it makes sense why Eun-sang hates Jeguk Group. As if he didn’t already have his immense wealth standing in his way, now he’s got to contend with being the direct reason for her family’s hardships. Of all the girls in the world, you had to fall for this one.

School vacation is over, and Eun-sang heads out the next morning dressed in school uniform. Tan watches her leaving the house from his window, then heads downstairs to peer inside the tiny room she shares with her mother, looking dismayed.

He asks his mother where hyung is, sighing that he thought he’d get to see him more now that he’s back. Madam Han tsk-tsks at his affection for someone who hates him, but Tan replies that still, he likes his brother.

Even so, it’s a shock to be told that Won actually moved out of the house because of him, as he finds out from his stepmother Madam Jung.

Won meets with Hyun-joo, the tutor whom we met previously who’d ignored Won’s call. His demeanor suggests they’re in a dating relationship, but her behavior is a bit distant even though she calls him oppa. Won gives her a wishbone as a gift from his trip to the States, to use for a wish, then presents her with the real gift—a necklace with a wishbone pendant that he says will be a good luck charm.

Hyun-joo isn’t inclined to accept, saying that she grew up always supported by his family—but now she’s fine on her own with a job and home and savings account. Won gets frustrated at the difficulty in just giving her a gift, and she relents and accepts. But he guesses that she intends to never wear it, and gets up to fasten it around her neck. Her expression is anything but happy, and she looks on the verge of tears. I do wonder if it’s something in the Kim brothers’ blood that attracts them to women who see their wealth as a burden.

Won is greeted at his hotel with the message that he has a guest waiting in his room, and bristles to hear that it’s his brother. Won is ready to rip into the hotel employee for admitting just anybody into his room, but he’s told that Chairman Dad gave the okay himself.

Tan sits and waits in his hyung’s suite. And waits. And waits. And waits. Aw, is Won just going to stay away until he leaves?

Tan finally calls it a day and goes home late that night. He eats a late dinner that his mother sets before him, and they have a cute back-and-forth as he asks if she prepared it herself, to which she says, “I ordered it all prepared for you!” She promises to order lots more good food for him in the future, like it’s only the thought that counts.

Tan casually asks about the housekeeper’s daughter, and how long they’ve lived here. Madam Han thinks to call Eun-sang over with a wine request (calling her the wrong name, Eun-sung, the whole time). Hilariously, Tan looks alarmed at the prospect and for a moment contemplates crouching under the dining table (lol), but opts instead to bolt. By the time Eun-sang arrives, his chair is empty.

Eun-sang heads outside to the cellar, using her cell phone as a flashlight on the dark path. Suddenly all the outdoor lights flick on—aw, Tan, you romantic.

Moving on to Jeguk’s Manager Yoon, who sits at a bar with a drink, thinking on his complicated romantic history with Rachel’s mother. Won joins him, which is a little surprising given that they don’t exactly have a friendly relationship. Maybe broodiness loves company.

Won points out that Manager Yoon may work for Tan if little bro takes over the company. There’s the unspoken assumption that such a scenario would require Won to be out of the picture, but Manager Yoon asks pointedly, “Why, will you give him the company to run?” I like him; Manager Yoon is no pushover, though he manages it without being a hardass either. Won wonders if he’s being dumb or just drunk, though, to ignore the subtext in his comment.

Then who should stroll into the bar but Rachel and Young-do’s newly engaged parents, and Won greets them pleasantly while Manager Yoon stiffens. Won already speaks to Rachel’s mother as though she’s an in-law, because of Tan and Rachel’s engagement. Oy, this family tree.

Young-do’s father suggests a friendly drink together. I’m not sure if he dislikes Manager Yoon for being a secretary or if there are other reasons at play, but there’s definitely a hard undercurrent to his tone. Frankly I have little patience for the moony faces Rachel’s mother and Manager Yoon make at each other, but it isn’t long before the business talk turns the air chilly.

As the presidents of their respective companies, Won and Young-do’s father discuss their thoughts on expansion into global markets. Manager Yoon takes the conservative view, and Young-do’s father sneers that such concerns are the province of “guys who work below us.” God, he’s an ass.

Manager Yoon excuses himself to make a call, and then Rachel’s mother excuses herself from the business talk. After their departure, Young-do’s father sniffs that the other guy doesn’t know his place.

Rachel’s mother finds Manager Yoon to apologize for her fiancé’s lack of manners, and he apologizes as well. “For what?” she asks. And then he basically attacks her with a kiss. Okay. I just wish I cared about the parents at all.

Eun-sang zones out during class, and the English lesson using Hollywood as a topic makes her think of being there with Tan. As she walks out with a friend, she stops short at the crowd of excited girls squealing over and expensive car and a hot guy waiting by it. Ha. You have to admit, Tan does know how to make an entrance.

He indicates Eun-sang, which naturally piques everyone’s curiosity. They ooh and ahh as he explains coming her to see her to ask a question, though he clarifies that it’s not about her—he wants Chan-young’s phone number. She wonders why. “Why do you think?” Tan quips. “I’m interested because he’s pretty. He won’t leave my mind and it’s driving me crazy.”

Eun-sang tells him Chan-young is taken and heads off, and just like that Tan loses all footing in this exchange because he’s left huffing, “Stop while I ask nicely. Stop right there!” She keeps walking, to his chagrin.

Eun-sang gets a call from Chan-young while she’s at her cafe job, and he wonders how she has time to message online and upload photos while she’s working. Haha. Eun-sang’s eyes widen and she checks her page to find an aegyo photo of Tan with the caption, “Kim Tan is really good-looking.” LOL.

She finds him sitting around the corner and orders him to log out. He refuses, then keeps her from stomping off by playing the customer card in front of her boss. “I would like Yoon Chan-young’s phone number,” he orders. “On ice.”

Figuring it’s the quickest way to get rid of him, she gives him the number, and Tan calls right away… to request her number. Ha. To his credit, Chan-young refuses, like a good bestie would. Tan just grabs the phone out of her hand and calls himself, promising to log out of her account now that he has her number. Then he heads off, and it’s her turn to call out ineffectually for him to stop right there.

He calls right away, and she wonders how long he means to visit, so she can buy him dinner before he leaves. He smiles and points out that she’s the one who suggested it.

Tan confides to Manager Yoon about his failed attempt to meet hyung. He apologizes for putting Manager Yoon in the middle, and they acknowledge that this whole situation is neither brother’s fault. “It’s the chairman’s fault,” Manager Yoon deadpans, which makes Tan laugh out loud. ‘s true.

It’s interesting that Chairman Dad seems to be a passive figure in the family feud, especially given that he’s actually keeping close tabs on both sons. His secretary presents him with a stack of photos, which show each brother with various women—Rachel, Eun-sang, tutor Hyun-joo. He takes particular interest in the Eun-sang photos.

That night, Mom finds a questionnaire Eun-sang has been working on for school, which outlines her aspirations for college, major, and career. In every category she has written “none,” and under the general future category she has written simply that she wants a salaried job. It’s a little crushing for Mom to see.

Tan goes for a morning walk just as Myung-soo drives by on his way to school. Myung-soo greets him enthusiastically and confirms that he’s back for good, then has to hurry on. Tan turns to his front gate just as Eun-sang heads out, and hastily ducks around the corner like a suspicious person. Smooooth.

Eun-sang gets paranoid and drags Tan down the street by the wrist, not wanting to risk running into the family’s Second Son (“Oh, the family’s really good-looking Second Son?” Tan notes). Tan has absolutely zero objection to the wrist-pull, and when she lets go, he offers his arm again for another round. Heh. He plays dumb about not knowing she lived here, saying that he lives in the neighborhood.

She starts to give a defensive explanation for why she lives in this neighborhood, but Tan says he’s not interested in that. Instead he leaaaans in close to ask when she’s gonna buy him dinner. Eun-sang points out that he said he’d call but didn’t, which just about makes his day: “Ohhhhh, you were waiting for my call, huh?”

Myung-soo takes the news of Tan’s return straight to Bo-na, who has a very badly masked freak-out over the news. Aw, she’s so simple. She thinks it’ll jeopardize her relationship with Chan-young if he knew she’d once dated Tan, and yet I’m pretty sure it’s a secret to nobody. She lies that she totally didn’t hear what Myung-soo said because she was thinking of a song, and Chan-young makes amused jabs: “Is it G.O.D’s ‘Lie’? Big Bang’s ‘Lie’? T-ara’s ‘Lie’?”

Bo-na beelines for Rachel to demand a confirmation, only this is totally news to Rachel as well. Rachel masks her surprise much better, and plays the “Why should I tell you?” card rather than admit she didn’t know. That just gets Bo-na more fired up and she vows to exact her revenge if this gets her dumped.

Rachel calls Tan right away, then fumes when the phone is shut off.

News travels fast, because Rachel comes to her locker to find Dear Stepbrother-to-Be waiting for her to ask if Tan’s really back. She snaps at him, asking if he’s afraid he’ll get his spot stolen away as big man on campus.

Just then Tan returns her call, and she puffs up in satisfaction to answer. But all he says is a curt “I’m back in Korea. If that’s why you called, then I’ll hang up now.” Holding on to a dead line, Rachel pretends to agree to a date later, which Young-do sees right through.

At the Kim mansion, Chairman Dad engages Mom in conversation (er, one-sidedly I suppose) and asks how long she’s been working here. Madam Han enters the room late, assumes she’s going to get tattled on, and rushes forth to insist Mom is wrong. Ha. This woman pretty much embodies the idea of shooting yourself in the foot. Thankfully Mom intervenes before Madam Han incriminates herself too thoroughly.

Chairman Dad heaps praise on Mom for sticking with a difficult mistress, and offers to send Eun-sang to one of their schools as a gesture of appreciation. Mom is overwhelmed with gratitude, since this opens the doors to a future Eun-sang might never have otherwise.

Mom is quick on her feet and gets all the transfer documents in line to pull Eun-sang from her current school. Eun-sang doesn’t see it as the heavenly boon her mother does and protests: Going to a school as ritzy as Jeguk High School is out of their means—they can’t even afford the uniforms.

Eun-sang gets called to see the chairman, and tells him that while she’s thankful, she doesn’t fit in at Jeguk. Chairman Dad actually gives some wise advice about not deciding ahead of time that your “place” is low, limiting yourself while others go out seeking higher and greater things. He mentions Jeguk scholarships that send students abroad—ooh, is he being an evil genius in sending her away under false pretenses? I really wonder about him.

Young-do reluctantly complies with another family dinner summons, where Rachel’s mother keeps up a stream of conversation while they wait for Young-do’s dad. She gives Young-do a fancy dog collar as a gift and asks how long he’s raised his dog. Young-do answers that it was after Mom left the house and Dad started dating around—he bought that dog with all the allowance money those girlfriends gave him. The dog was so smart that whenever he told it to bite one of those women, it would, “So how could I not love it?”

The inappropriate story gets both ladies fuming, so when Dad joins them, Mom does them all a favor by excusing Young-do from dinner. Rachel hops on the excuse train and leaves too, insisting on a ride on his bike.

Rachel’s headed to get fitted for a new school uniform… which is where Eun-sang is, reeling from sticker shock over the thousand-dollar uniforms. She walks out just as Rachel arrives, and the glare-off is immediate. Rachel takes offense at Eun-sang for not avoiding her and for knowing that Tan is back, and snaps that she warned her off in America.

Eun-sang stands her ground to say she has no reason to avoid Rachel, then snaps the nametag from Rachel’s uniform. On the plane Rachel had snatched her documents to learn her personal info, so she’s returning the favor. If she wants it back, give her a call, she says.

Young-do watches with vast amusement and prevents Rachel from stomping off after Eun-sang, noting that she lost this round. Telling her to find her own way home, he zooms off.

Young-do catches up to her near her neighborhood and cuts off her path to ask a few questions: What’s her relationship to Tan? To Rachel? Why’d she get her personal info stolen? Eun-sang bristles and declines to answer, but he says they’re on the same team and that he’s never seen anyone—excepting himself—who could piss off Rachel so quickly, and that, he declares, is a rare talent.

She cuts him off and asks him to get out of her way since she has Things To Do. Young-do says that she wasn’t leaving out of choice and not necessity, pointing out the wide open street around them that she could use to escape. Ha. Such a smartass.

Eun-sang tells Chan-young about her transfer possibility, and by now she’s come around to the idea that maybe she should go. After all, Jeguk is a name that’ll open doors for her, and she admits to occasionally envying Chan-young for being able to attend. But his response is decidedly wary, and although he welcomes her to his school, it’s a muted reaction.

Tan finds a box of his old things in the wine cellar, smiling at the note scrawled inside a book from Bo-na back when they were dating. Then the door opens and he scrambles for a hiding place as Eun-sang walks in, thankfully too preoccupied with her phone to notice him. He ducks behind the main wall and crouches there as Eun-sang calls Chan-young to inform him that she paid him back for the plane ticket. With that her last loose end connecting her to America has been tied; the midsummer night’s dream is over.

Tan calls her on her walk back to the house and tells her to look up to the second floor. Puzzled, she looks around at the windows until the sight of her dreamcatcher stops her in her tracks. Then he tells her to turn around… and there he is.

They stare for long, loaded moments. Finally he walks toward her, not breaking the stare, and waits for her to arrive at the correct conclusion. She asks whether he’s really the second son, and whether he knew she lived here when they ran into each other at the gate. And whether he knew she lived in the maid’s room. To each question he sounds an affirmative.

She whirls around and starts walking away, eyes filling with tears. Tan calls after her, “Did I… miss you?” How like you to ask her how you feel, which is somehow more touching than just telling her.

Madam Han brings Tan his new school uniform and tells him he’ll be matriculating tomorrow. She urges him to excel at his studies—can’t have him being outperformed by the maid’s daughter. Tan looks up in surprise to hear that Eun-sang is transferring as well, though I’m not sure if it’s pleasant surprise or an uneasy one.

The next morning, Eun-sang tries not to stare on her way in at the parade of fancy chauffeured cars and students mentioning huge sums of money like it’s nothing. She’s not wearing a uniform, which, eek. I know she can’t afford it, but this doesn’t seem like the kind of place where you’d want to draw even more attention to yourself for that. (Oh god, and then there’s more English? Didn’t we get that out of our system in America?)

Bo-na is the first to come up to Eun-sang, incredulous to hear she’s a new student here. At least she’s not mean about it, which is more than we can say for Rachel, who’s as hostile as ever, while cheery Myung-soo welcomes her and offers a handshake.

But the curiosity over the new girl is soon eclipsed by the grand excitement as the whole student body rushes outside to confirm the news: Tan just arrived.

A crowd gathers around him in front of the school, and Tan gets right to addressing the points that everyone else is bound to gossip about—Rachel is his fiancée, Bo-na his ex, Chan-young his ex’s new boyfriend.

Watching from afar is vomiting sunbae Hyo-shin, who notes with entertainment that Lucifer has just arrived in “this school of Satans.” That’s one way to put it.

Then Young-do makes his way into the circle, and tension mounts at this confrontation of alpha dogs. Tan speaks first.

Tan: “Missed you, friend.”
Young-do: “Welcome.”
Tan: “Relax. I won’t do anything right away.”
Young-do: “Let’s stick to greetings. The kids’ll scare.”

And then… Eun-sang wanders along obliviously, totally not seeing the circle until she’s right in the middle of it. She’s busy texting—at least we’ve established that she gets tunnel vision when she’s on her phone—asking where Chan-young is, then belatedly notices her surroundings.

Awk. Ward.

 
COMMENTS

Finally, we arrive at the central conflict! I do appreciate that the story took a little time to bring us to this point in that it actually means something when Tan and Young-do have their face-to-face confrontation, and we’re ready to feel the same sense of unease that ripples through the student body. Because we got to know the characters, we see this showdown not only from one angle (say, Tan’s) but from several, and that adds a bit of punch to the moment.

So I’m not against taking some time to bring us to the point, especially when it’s drawn in an entertaining way. And if we take out the amazingly awful English-language acting of the LA scenes, I like the time spent away from home turf as well, because it adds to the dreaminess of that isolated encounter, that connection formed in a (semi-)vacuum where our leads were on more level playing field than they are here. (Because once in Seoul, we’re back to that maid-and-boss, chaebol-and-Candy setup that has become so familiar.) That said, I wouldn’t have been averse to getting here just a wee bit sooner.

I’m pretty sure we all saw the story heading this way, so on one hand it’s still not doing anything all that fresh. I find myself anticipating the moments before they land, wishing they’d come a beat or two sooner, which would help tighten up the sense of dramatic tension. Right now I’d say the tension comes in the acting—which is largely solid—but less in the plot. With school back in session and all our characters finally gathered into the same scene, maybe we’ll really get rolling.

I did like that Tan chose to reveal his identity to Eun-sang himself, even though I enjoyed the brief spell where he was running around trying to stay out of her sight. And I wondered whether she was going to have to deal with a big shocking reveal down the line, maybe at school. But it was a thoughtful way to reveal himself, I thought, gentle and without pressure. It’s so obvious to us that he’s a sweet guy that it makes me all the more curious about his reputation among his peers, which hints at a much meaner, tougher version.

I’m not sure I love this Candy-goes-to-prep-school turn in that it feels so reminiscent of Boys Before Flowers, even though in terms of execution the dramas are worlds apart. And Heirs has its characters acting and reacting with emotions that seem native to the human race, whereas I’m not sure you could say the same for the caricatures of Boys. But it IS a distinctive setup, and with the lead actor being in both it’s hard to ignore the feeling. Right now I feel like I can anticipate exactly what kind of reception Eun-sang will receive at the school, and who will step in to help and who will antagonize. And while all that is rich in conflict, I do want something to surprise me.

I’m going to hope that Heirs continues what it’s done thus far in giving its characters motivations that seem realistic and true to life, rather than punched up for the rom-com hijinks-y version. (Case in point: I was expecting Tan to geek out happily over the cohabitation reveal because that’s what the rom-com hero would normally do—as Gu Jun-pyo did—and thus preferred the more muted, conflicted reaction the show gave him. The outright romantic comedy would play up the broad comedy more, but we’re really dealing more with youth melo. I think this is a good thing for this drama.)

Despite all that, though, the show continues to breeze by as an engaging watch that has me invested rather strongly in the main couple and has lined up a nice cast of characters to enjoy. (Some others could drop off the screen, as far as I’m concerned, and not cause a ripple. Myung-soo, for one, who irritates the crap out of me despite being a generally happy dude.) The writer certainly has a gift for sparkling, funny dialogue and some of those bantering sessions are a delight to watch even when they’re really just there as verbal decoration. But hey, some dramas have pretty cameras, some have evocative OSTs, and some are enhanced by sharp, witty dialogue. Why not make full use of all your strengths, yes?

I find Won’s relationship with Hyun-joo one of the more interesting points (and can we drop the parental angst-romance, please?), particularly in how it seems to echo so closely what little bro Tan is going through now. No doubt most women of their acquaintance would be thrilled to be connected to the Jeguk family, but that’s exactly the opposite of the kind of women they’re drawn to, which makes me hope this will be a point of bonding for the brothers down the line. SOMEthing has to bring them together, doesn’t it?

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This was a great episode. Drama is finally picking up speed.

Youngdo vs Kim Tan was both hot and scary. I could feel the tension between

them. Well it appears that Tan was just as vicious as Youngdo before he

moved to America. Now that he is back with his old classmates he has to act

the part. Stay away from Chanyoung and Bona! Just let them be happy and

not part of your bullying.

Glad to see Eunsang stood up for herself against Rachel and Youngdo. Didn't

want her to cry the entire episode.

What is up with the Chairman? Is he trying to encourage Tan and Eunsang to

get together or is this a test. Chairman knows his sons fall in love with poor

girls. Like father like sons. Why do all the chaebol parents in dramas send

photographers to spy on their children? How creepy is that.

Oh and I'm mad that Kang Hanuel only had one line this episode.

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the music that played when tan and youngdo were about to face each other. perfect!
also youngdo's road blocking act. hahaha! evil can be cute too!

I think putting eunsung in jaeguk high is a way of the chairman to show her how exactly they differ in status. a twisted way that is which seems to have worked on hyunjoo. i'm guessing tan and hyunjoo have started out similarly. especially hyunjoo's. as it was mentioned that she was a scholarship student. and that she's happy to have a job, home, and savings account. those are what eunsung wants now. and it seems after going through high school, hyunjoo has learned how different their worlds are. the chairman might actually be planning something similar with eunsung.

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yeah I should have known the chairman had an ulterior motive. Giving charity to make her feel ashamed of being too poor to turn down the opportunity

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Exactly, the Chairman wants her to be aware of their social status differences, while also holding the keys to her future. Stay away from Tan, and go abroad to study or stay with him and we ruin your opportunity to graduate.

I like that we are finally getting to the core story and all the characters are finally meeting.

But, I still have misgivings about the cast being to old for their parts. I know American shows use older actors as teenagers, but those actors stay in that realm only. While we have seen Shin Hye, and Lee Min Ho play post college characters, job holders etc. So seeing them back in high school seems so jarring.

This drama could have been easily set in college, so I don't understand the writer's insistence that it had to be high school. Or they could have cast young unknowns.

Also is it me or does LMH look bloated in several scenes. Let's see where episode 6 takes us. But for now, I am still hanging in there.

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her facial expression at the end andd the little jump she gave when she lookedat young do was priceless.

That chairman is devious. It a classic move of wedging to ppl a part but the want only gets stronger sometimes. It may have worked for Kim Won but may not for tan. Tan is pushyand not afraid to admit feelings.

I agree with it being jarring to have them back as high schoolers. college actually could have been a lot more exciting. none we can do about it eh.

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to me the only reason the story needs to be set in high school is for the bullying, I just don't think bullying is that common in college

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Maybe the Chairman understands how people like Eun Sang's minds work. He's not driving them away by exposing the difference in social status, he's killing them with kindness, putting them under an unspoken debt.

(I think that's what happened to Hyun Joo too. She was given a scholarship by the Chairman and now she's loathe to accept anything else, even Won's affections, from the family.)

Hyun Joo and Eun Sang are pragmatic and "prideful" enough to understand that if they take those benefits from the Chairman, it would be too much to date the sons too.

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I somehow don't think that the chairman is as malevolent as that since his errrr concubine is obviously from a lower status as well. I am just going to take what he says at face value about "not deciding ahead of time that your “place” is low, limiting yourself while others go out seeking higher and greater things" - quoting jb at that, and keep my fingers crossed...pretty please, don't be the typical dad?

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But that's just it. He keeps her as a concubine. He could've filed a divorce (and paid for the consequences) with his current wife, but he allows this toxic family setting to continue because he doesn't want to rock the boat or something.

If we compare his situation with Tan, it's like saying it's okay to marry Rachel for the family connections but shack up with Eun Sang for "love".

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The chairman scares the hell out of me. A man who allows his wife and his mistress to live under the same roof, battling each other and making each other miserable; a man who allows his older son to exile the younger one to another country; a man who lets his older son work as president at his company while not disclosing any succession plan, knowing this is driving the older son to toxic levels of paranoia about the future. And while he does all this, he seems indifferent -no, amused- about the consequences. This is not a nice man.

He's the real Lucifer amongst the Satans. It's an interesting paradox visually, because he looks so meek and helpless, sitting in his chair, wearing his Mr. Rogers sweaters. And all the while he's manipulating people as if they're pieces on a chessboard. This is the negative side of having an excess of power and money.

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But Faye, the 2nd wife doesn't live in the house, she just visits. And no, it does not make things alright. I just wanted to mention that.

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@Ivoire - Are you sure second wife doesn't live in the house? There were so many scenes of her there that I honestly thought she did. If she doesn't, how come she's able to just waltz in all the time? LOL.

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Hi Faye,

I had to go doze off for a few mins (about 40 or so), before I get ready to watch ep. 6 live :-). I have been up all night, literally. Just look at the time of my posts, and how long they are :-).

Yeah, I am sure. 2nd wife doesn't live there. Wait, now I am not so sure. Yeah, I think she doesn't live there. Because remember when Chairman Kim was sick and 2nd wife didn't know right away? If she had been living in the house still, she would have known the same day. She found out 2 days later (or the next day), when she visited. Remember, she came in, as CES was stepping out or coming in, to see her mom, right after her return from the US. I think she is there regularly, but I am not sure that she lives there any more.

Can others please weigh in on this, to make sure? Did I assume wrong? Because also, wouldn't people in their circle that 2nd wife doesn't live at home any more? And gossip about it?

OK, off to go and try to watch ep. 6 raw, with South Korea. will be back later... :-)

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Ivoire, I could be totally wrong about her being in the house. If so, it's an even weirder situation, isn't it? Remember all those fight scenes between wife and mistress in the first week's episodes? Does she have her own key or something? Either way, some very twisted family dynamics.

P.S. Get some sleep! Sorry there's no smouldering Lee Min Ho to stare intensely at you while you do so (don't we all feel that regret . . . no offense meant to my better half, LOL).

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Faye,

I do remember that scene, that was the way CES was introduced to the 2 women remember? And just a little earlier, ES had come to the house, to see her mother. The 2nd wife saw her at the gate, and gave her the disapproving once-over. Don't you remember that scene? And the argument started BECAUSE the 2nd wife didn't know the Chairman had been sick. That makes me think that if she had been living in the house, she would have known the same day.

GF mentions it at the beginning of ep. 4, and I would post the link, except my response would be held back for moderation, which means you would not be able to see it right away.

Here is a paragraph from that recap, "Eun-sang asks if they’re living in the street now, and Mom asks her to wait here and leaves her at the gate. Madam Jung arrives at the house, stopping to give Eun-sang the disapproving once-over before walking in." And it goes on about mom blackmailing KT's mom and the ensuing fight. I also think that if you were to watch the beginning of ep. 4, you might understand better why I think Madam Jung does not live in the house.

Also, when Chairman Kim asked ES's mom how his mistress was treating her, he referred to her as the mistress (in charge kind of) of the house, and I think that has been done a few times. So again, KT's mom is the only one living there, of the 2 women. You don't see Madam Jung being there and ordering things to be done in the house. KT's mom does, again because she lives there.

Yes, the situation is weird, however I do think that that is exactly what we are supposed to realize, that those 2 boys (who behave like boys at times) come from a very broken home, which adds to their pain, their loneliness and which to me explains why they are so desperate to be loved back by the women they love. The (older) women in their lives (their moms), don't know how to love them, they are not healthy
themselves.

Yes, Madam Jung raised KW, but somehow, he still resents her or he is cold and distant towards her, and we don't know why yet (I don't. I mean, at least she raised him when his mom died, right? Though we don't know how she treated him). In KW's case, it's even worse, because he has no friends. He has to drink with the secretary at his company, whom he does not like, that says something. Did you see how frustrated he was with his girlfriend? (If she is that already). He was all, "man, I just want to love you and shower you with gifts. Why is this so hard?" and he could feel the wall she had erected, and I don't think he fully understands or understands at all and appreciates the position she is in. We do, but I don't think he does.

We have already talked about how lonely KT feels, and yes he was intrigued by ES, but he is also in love with her, totally. The home they live in, is big, an estate, but it is a cold one, as we saw. Probably part of why YD and KT bonded, originally. They are both lonely souls and starved for affection, done the right way. And YD misses his mommy, that is for sure (and so does KW). I don't think he likes his dad, not at the moment. Who would? His dad is abusive.

I don't know that Madam Jung needs her own key, she will always be let in. In ep. 4, she didn't have a key, she just announced herself. You can rewatch it. It's at the beginning.

About sleep, when I do watch a Kdrama, I like to try and understand every facet of it. I learn a lot that way, about the language, culture, etc... and I also like to think my way through a drama, figure out what the writer is trying to do, how the actors/actresses convey that, etc... It is like taking a literature class, except, it is a Kdrama :-). So I invest the time, when I can, to discuss it, as you can see. And yes I sleep less, but that's OK. It's the best way to get a lot of answers and thoughts shared that way.

Ah, if I could meet and be in the presence of LMH, sleeping is not what I would want to do. And no, I was not thinking dirty either. I would ask him questions, pick his brain, talk and hang out with him. I am curious about a lot of things, I don't know if you sensed it from my list of questions. Besides, I don't think he would want to stare at me when I sleep, and that is OK :-)

This was long, but I hope it helps :-)...

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Ivoire, I enjoy reading your insightful and thoughtful comments. I can tell you put a lot of thought into them. It helps enrich my understanding of the drama and culture, as well!

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In regards to Tan's mother, it's fun to sneer at her in a Western way as "the concubine" but believe it or not she is actually a person, even if she lives in an arrangement this literally funny to us with our vantage point.

We Americans are dense so it can be forgiven when we miss the point that this "concubine" is in fact the person of whom we speak who has overreached her position and refused to accept her "place."

The way she has done this, is yet another thing we must laugh at, but she has provided the chairman a son and an heir, which his legitimate wife could not, thereby tossing the entire thing upside down and usurped the wife's place, if not her standing.

The reason there is no divorce is because the legitimate wife refuses to yield to a divorce, instead exacting retribution by usurping something of "the concubine's" of her own: her son's legal standing.

Not to freak out like a fangirl and go nuts about the meaning of a kdrama but if you're paying attention Kim Eun-Sook has structured the narrative elements in a manner of Wagnerian Opera. There are repeating elements throughout the structure. Tan and Eun-Sangs relationship is repeated circularly in elements of the relationship between Tan's brother Won and Hyun-joo as well as Tan's father the chairman and his mother aka "CONCUBINE LOL." There's a clear undercurrent and tension of what constitutes LEGITIMACY and thus OVERREACHING in terms of the ambitions and desires of the women. The mother aka CONCUBINE LOL is on one end of the spectrum, greedily grabbing everything she can, plotting to upend the legitimate wife by catching her in an affair, resorting to bearing a son to gain her place. On the other end is Hyun-Joo who feels an overbearing burden by Won's wealth and has problems even accepting a gesture like a necklace. Eun-Sang is in the middle. She is a girl of overriding ambition, very coarse and desirous but tempered by a noble sense of independence and responsibility.

It seems funny to equate a Kdrama with Opera but it's not called a soap opera for nothing. Obviously without the gravity of a Wagner opus but actually not surprising in this case, considering how more inquisitive Koreans generally are and referential they are to things like Wagner, Kierkegaard and other things we Americans would consider pretentious or faggy.

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Faye,

I am glad that my "long" comments are helping you understand the drama, and yes, I do enjoy dissecting Kdramas. It wouldn't be as great an experience for me if I could not do that. I have enjoyed reading your comments as well.

And OH HAI, interesting analysis. For the record, we were not sneering at KT's mom, at least I was not. I do think that I do understand her as well.

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no one was mocking Tan's mother by calling her a concubine. We just use that term because that is what the recaps used to describe her and because this is a modern day royal saeguk with chaebols as heirs instead of princes

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Well said, thelady.
I didn't think we were mocking her. We were just trying to differentiate her from wife #2, and yes, she IS called a concubine.

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I did think the showdown between Youngdo vs. Kim Tan could also be labeled the battle of the fuschia lipsticks. Whoever is doing their makeup needs to lighten up a bit.

That aside, I'm looking forward to these two characters battling it out.

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LMAO omg that's all i was thinking too....everyone in this drama, regardless of gender, seems to be rocking the pink lipstick trend. it's more distracting than the bb cream most times.

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LOL

And who won ? :D I haven't watched it.

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Nobody except the cosmetic company that makes the lipsticks :).

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I wish there was a "like" option on this blog. Loved your response to the question about who won :-)

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The lipstick is very distracting. I try not to notice it but damn they need to do a lot better with the make-up..

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it seems like a recent trend. some of the other drama's airing now also have the actors with too much makeup, esp lipstick.

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I agree it is distracting i find myself look at the lips

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so so agree with the lipstick this... is it really the norm in Korea... I heard someone mention that men in Korea really do wear make up... at least the younger ones... the influences of K-drama!!!

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Yeah but Kang Hanuel's line was a great one.

As for chairman dad! I think it's to early to tell. His first wife seems to have been from a similar level as the brothers love interests. I do hope that will help them bond.

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Kang Haneul aka Lee Hyoshin in "The Heirs", son of Attorney-General, Jeguk High School Student President, likes his Jeguk High School teacher, Jeon Hyunjoo (real life age 25) who Kim Won (real life age 28, 186cm) seems to like (in the past/even now).

Kang Haneul, (real life) a theatre major graduate, height 182cm, age 23, other splendid kdrama in another SBS production "To The Beautiful You" (2012.08.15), also another elite super rich Genie High School drama.

Kang Haneul acted as Min Hyunjae, competitive, good high-jumper Nationals/Olympics level qualifier, super abs, great lean body, ooomph. Many dialogues/actions. Super love Kang Haneul here.

"To The Beautiful You" is only 16 episodes, super light, comedy, bright, colourful, romance drama minus the evil/heavy/complicated plot. Purely teens high school drama.

Incidentally SBS "To The Beautiful You" starred altogether three "The Heirs" artistes:- handsome Lee Hyoshin (Kang Haneul), beautiful Rachel Yoo (Kim Jiwon) and stunning Choi Youngdo (Kim Woobin).

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I am a fan of Kang Haneul since I saw him in Monstar. I was disappointed he didn't have more lines this episode.

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Isn't editing an issue with this drama? Acting is good but there is something that exasperates me. And PSH reminds me of every other character she has portrayed before. Just wide eyed, sometimes surly... I am consistantly puzzled by her popularity. Is she the best one currently in this age group?

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Agree as well. PSH always plays all her roles the same way. You can transport any of the other characters she has played to this drama and you wouldn't notice.

The quick trigger crying. The plucky poor girl, who catches the eye of some rich prince out to save her. And some jealous bitchy girl who picks on her.

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Mileage varies, I suppose. We all appreciate different types of actresses. It's okay not to like her, but it's silly to be puzzled by her getting work, as if her being a bad actress is an indisputable fact.

Personally, I happen to think she's a terrific actress. As she's matured, she has something that not everybody gets or appreciates -subtlety. For me, that makes a nice change from the shrieking and over-aegyo-ness we see in a lot of K-dramas.

Take that scene in the garden where Kim Tan reveals he's the son of the house. No histrionics, no "surliness," no "wide-eyed stares" on her part. As she looks at the dreamcatcher, then at him, then puts 2+2 together, you can almost see the realization slowly dawning on her about who he is, and what that means for their budding relationship. She doesn't break into a crying and screaming fit; the smile gradually leaves her face, tears slowly, slowly well up in her eyes, and she turns gingerly, carefully away from him, almost afraid to reveal her emotions not just to him, but even to herself. It's a scene that requires a lot of emotional intelligence and skill, and it touched me -and many others I know who watched it- right in the heart. That's good acting.

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I totally agree. I personally like her. I like the chemistry between LMH & PSH. Their characters say a lot with body language. Words are not always necessary.

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I agree with you. Very well said.

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Faye,

I 2nd what you said about PSH, and you said it really well. I am enjoying her performance so far, at times more so than LMH's. I do agree so strongly with you about her emotional intelligence and her acting skills. She has them, she understands her character, and I believe that she is CES, warts and all. She is really smart, and yes, she is growing in her craft. It also helps that she has worked with some really good actors and actresses. I love the actress who plays her mom in this drama. She was LMH's aunty in Faith, interestingly enough :-)

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I agree, she's really a good actress... saw her in the Tree of Heaven.. despite being really young then, she was able to portray a very mature role...

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Big beautiful eyes with a wide range of expressions that one can follow easily. It is to her credit that whatever was asked of the role has been portrayed extremely well by her and without the histrionics too. That is one of her many charms as an actress....in my opinion.

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Say it Maris, :-)...

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Really? Because PSH in Heirs looks and feels nothing like the characters she played in her previous three dramas - You're Beautiful, Heartstrings and Flower Boy Next Door.

I can understand criticism of her acting, but this one particular point being repeated so often makes me think whoever sees it only saw stills from those dramas instead of actually watching them.

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Well, I happen to have watched Heartstrings and You are beautiful and I think that, even if The characters differ on paper, The Way PSH plays them os really very similar. Wide eyes, quick tears, etc. I'm not saying she has no talent, but she needs to work on different ways to Express things for different characters, otherwise she Will always be stuck playing The same girl over and over again.

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LOL! I was nodding along to your comments and then I spat out my orange juice at the last line. SO TRUE.

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that spying Omg. Glad I am not Tan. I would either get really violent, run off 1100 km again or .... surveilance and putting a leash on people is what I hate the most. This is bad, really bad. Uh makes me so angry.
but I don´t agree that there was tension. music, yes, but I think that scene at school was the weakest of the episode. more tension before.
and I wanted more tension in other places as well. like why did Tan hide in the basement in the first place if he was gonna reveal his identity in a few moments? they could have stalled that a bit longer.
still, I quite enjoy the show. I think it has surprisingly good writing and twists and humor, and I love that the older characters are so interesting and it is not just a teen flick. Haha. I like the dialogue. I like that you can´t make out what all the characters are all about. They are just human beings. Despite riches and burdens and stuff, we are all just people. Position is just pretend. Favorite characters: Tan´s Mom, secretary Yoon, Won and Eun Sang (& her mom). The moms are the best, really, so fun to watch. GOT MORE SWEATERS on my Pinterest board! Yay! BUT: you should know your textiles, folks! The patterns they are louder than a slap on the cheek. LISTEN to ME, I am a textile designer. Please. I feel so distracted, I imagine these motifs on Lee Min Ho´s pullover have an actual mouth. And I cant even see his face. AND YOU KNOW THAT IS BAAAAD. ...well is how I DID feel. And then I get it: Mom picked all the clothes, yes? They are as loud as hers. Mommas boy omg.

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and I agree with javabeans that the school situation is a bit like BOF, and then again it completely aint because there is this multi-way conforntation between all the rich kids and Eun Sang kind of is not that important. it is about Tan vs Young-Do, Young Do vs Rachel, Rachel vs Eun Sang, Bona just being a "free radical", Chan Young just being the dalai lama in the bunch like calm down it´s ok.

and who else actually thought Hyo jin would vomit on top of them from the roof.

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I hope they don't make us wait long to find out why Hyojin vomited. Stress? Bulimia? Allergic to Youngdo?

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He originally hid his identity because he was afraid she would discontinue chatting with him if she found out. She posted online that she wished his family's company get ruined. He decided to reveal his identity after he heard her conversation about her American dream. He probably tried to encourage her to look at the dream catcher, not giving up hope.

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I loved this episode and by far i am liking this show except the fact that it is kind of predictable. I just wanted a favour from the dramabeans people, if any of you see this comment, can you guys also give us the recaps of the classic shows like full house, coffee prince, biscuit teacher and star candy.....some shows like that? Please, i would love to read them. If not that can you just give us your reviews about it, how did you find them as a whole. Thank you! :D

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With every episode, this show seems to become more like Hana Yori Dango/Boys Over Flowers. I like the main couple and Young-do, but that's pretty much it. The cast is attractive, but they're mostly just fillers.

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Hello Rila,

I like your comment, because I noticed the same thing. Some scenes reminded me of BOF (I didn't see the Japanese version). When KT went to her school, it reminded me of the scene when on a Saturday morning, GJP went to pick up Jandi, and they ended up having a date (and played some sports). And then the pictures' moment with Kim daddy, we had the same kind of scenes with GJP's mom, having her son followed. Also, like the mom in BOF, the dad does not show his affection to KT, though I get the sense that he loves his sons.

Even if some of the cast are fillers, I still love them :-).

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@Ivoire - I agree that even the filler cast members are great. I can't remember a K-drama where I appreciated almost everybody. Rachel's the only outlier for me - I don't know if it's the acting or the director, but her character is just so one-dimensional bitchery.

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Faye,

I really love everyone in this drama, even the parents, maybe because I do try to understand them, their motivations, and I like the acting. I understood Rachel at first (KT is really not treating her well. He should stop being passive aggressive with her, and let her go, and that would take courage for him to go up against both parents, I know), the situation with KT is not fair to her, though I guess she could try to break up as well? (Could she really?)

Then someone explained Rachel last week, and I felt some compassion for her again, until she pulled that stunt in the plane. I do find her one dimensional, and I wonder why the writer is writing her that way. I wanted her to have more depth, especially since the actress playing her could pull it off.

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Actually, Rachel's one of my favorites. She's definitely bitchy, but I haven't seen anyone actually treat her nicely. Her scene with Won makes me believe that she can actually be a decent human being given the chance, but she's always fighting her circumstances. I actually find her more interesting than Eun Sang. I'm rooting for her to break out of the system and make something for herself...start her own company or something.

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I kind of agree. For me it's like Boys Over Flowers the "real" version. The set-up is definitely the same, but this drama takes a much more serious and realistic approach to the story. I feel like there is more depth and emotion in both the scenarios and the characters. So I'm liking this approach much more then I did the slap-sticky BOF.

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That's exactly what I've been saying!

It's like Hana Yori Dango, but less satirical, more humane, so it might take another trajectory as the story develops. Also, in HYD there was no animosity between the guys, the Yongdo vs. Tan thing really brings out a whole set of conflict, I loved the standoff and expect more!

Also, I love the parallel they are using to show us the similarities between the estranged superbrothers both in love with Candys! Yay for the return of bromance!

I guess ONLY Yongdo knows about Tan's illegitimacy at this point? For everyone else, Tan's the pedigreed Alpha Dog?

Thanks for the recap Javabeans <3

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Yes, only YD knows about Tan being an illegitimate child at this point.

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The setting may be the same but the characters and feel is very different. The treatment by KES is such that at no point am I reminded of BOF. Have not watched Hana yori

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BOF may have the same premise as HYD, but BOF is truly more of a Korean makjang drama than a manga adaptation.

In HYD, Makino was inspired by someone who graduated from that school and she had a dream so she entered that school out of her own accord. While in school, she hated the bullying and the power tripping that the rich kids do... but she did nothing because she wants to be invinsible in order to graduate without issues. So it really took courage for her to stand up to the bullying later on because she is perfectly aware of the consequences - that she will then be targeted by the bullying. Makino is a strong character, despite the manga being a typical Candy story - which BOF totally ruined of course.

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Thank you, Javabeans for the recaps!
Hope for more wonderful episodes ahead!

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I really liked this episode (I actually loved it), and I am really liking the pace of this drama. I find the writing to be good so far, and I hope that the writer will be able to keep it up until the very end. I am also liking all the actors and actresses, and their portrayal of their characters.
I do have some questions, and I would appreciate some answers or guesses, if you have any:

1—The song, “Love is” (I thing that is the title), at the beginning of the ep. is a different version, right? It sounded slower, and like it was the guitar (acoustic?) version of the song. Am I right in my assumption?

2—2mns into the ep., there are 2 pictures on KT’s wall (behind him). One of them seems to be of him and his brother (or was that his mom? Though I kind of doubt it). Did I see it right? If that is the case, KT and KW must have gotten along at some point in the past. Didn’t we see a picture like that in KW’s room in a previous ep.?

3—The ssang-ssang bar, isn’t that the same thing that PKW and Dr. Pomade shared in ep. 20 of Good Doctor? It made me think of that.

4—I am curious about why the Kim family supported the girl KW likes. I hope we get told why later on.

5—In the previous ep. (3 or 4, I am not sure), do you guys think LMH really crashed the Maserati, or it was just a car that looked like it? My friend thinks he didn’t. She said, the back of the car didn’t look like the Maserati.

6-The kidney jokes, I get it, but not all of it. Why did KT asked her in ep. 1 if she still had her kidneys? Was that his way of telling her that he hadn’t kill her (yet), because he would have to kill her to get to her kidneys, right? I like the recurring joke, but I didn’t fully get it the 1st time around.

7—Do you guys think Kim daddy is sincere in wanting to help CES, or does he have ulterior motives? I don’t trust him. This is someone who has his children closely followed.

8—In real life, does anyone know what campus/school Empire Jekuk Group School is?

9—I couldn’t characterize KT’s look (in his eyes) when he told ES who he was. Was that longing, sadness? He wasn’t happy, that’s for sure. He looked sad or regretful or something like that. What do you guys think? Do you guys think he knew she was crying?

10—I was really touched by ES’s reaction and her tears. I think she felt humiliated, and hurt maybe? What did you guys see, or interpret it as?
Thoughts:

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Hi Ivoire, Good to see you.

I'm super loving this show.

4. See my post down below #13.

5. I think it is a Maserati. But he didn't have to really crash it. He just had to drive it onto a sandy slope, which wouldn't hurt the car at all. The dripping gas tank can be easily faked.

8. That's Dongtan Global High School. It is an expensive international school about an hour south of Seoul. If you google its name, the 1st thing that pops up an a 7 min presentation of the school on youtube, emphasizing students' multi-lingual abilities, much like the student body we see at Jeguk.

9. He knew she was crying. He was sad too knowing how far apart they are socially, becos it makes things very complicated, difficult, downright impossible between them.

10. Yes, humiliation. Now it's difficult for her to treat him as an equal, which she has always done, not only with him, but with everyone who has a gt deal of money, cos their money doesn't concern her. But now he the son of the ppl who pay her mother!

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Hello KDaddict,
Good to see you as well. FYI, I did reply to your comment to me in ep. 4. I did it late, but I did it (I kept my word :-) ). Thank you for your responses. I need to go grab something to eat, and I will be back :-).

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10. Yes indeed, humiliation. But also sadness because she resents his family for her and her mother's hardships, and now by extension, Kim Tan. That's gotta hurt. For both of them. In the US, she never had a reason to resent his wealth because he never did anything harmful with it, it was just part of the furniture, so to speak. Now, in Korea, it's a different story altogether. Ah, the slings and arrows of love. ;)

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Thanks DDee! Good observation.

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Hello KDaddict,
I am also enjoying the show, though it took me a while to actually get into it. I like your answers, they make sense. I have also been reading your comments, and I can tell that you are indeed enjoying this drama. Good for you. I will have to google the school you mentioned, I am curious about it.

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The song that sounds the same but sounds different is pretty much the same song, but it's sung by 2AM's changmin in ost part 3.

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Hello celloangelninja,
I did know it was the same song, however I felt that the rendition (music) was different, which was why I asked. Thank you for the info.

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The Kidney thing is just a joke he made when she assumed he was some kind of gangster or drug dealer since he had such a nice house. He said something like "No, I'm much worse... how are your kidneys?" hinting that he was one of those people who kidnaps folks and sells their organs on the black market. I think it was the same scene where he backed her into a wall that turned out to be her bedroom door. So pretty much he was just being cheeky to mess with her head.

I think the Kidney Joke is thing so far. I hope they keep it recurring for the entire run of the show.

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He also said: Hello Sydney.

It echos their exchanges in LA. It is meant to show how deeply he's been affected by their LA meeting, n remembers everything fr it.

For a min there, I thought you were going to complain about the kidney joke appearing yet again. So glad that you like it. It only goes to show that the same thing can be taken in totally opposite ways, depending on one's mood and inclination. Enjoy.

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Hello Sidney is a quote from the movie Scream -it's what the killer says when he calls. Eun-sang likes horror movies. It's a joke, and it's also a foreshadowing of trauma drama to come, and reference to the high school is hell (a horror show).

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Thanks, I knew there had to be some reference I was missing.

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'Hello Sydney' is actually Eun Sang's SNS nickname written in Korean.

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Good catch!

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Eun Sung said "Hello Sydney" in the desert when his car broke down, saying that it was like the first scene of horror movies, after which sb would be killed. She mentioned it to him, and he's quoting her joke back to her.

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I LOVE the Kidney Joke. There's actually a typo in my original comment. I meant to say "I think the Kidney joke is *the best thing so far)." It's just cool because that's so something real people do, keep corny inside jokes going between them. So often Kdrama characters seem so unreal, even their inside jokes aren't real or are played up with too much deep meaning. This is just a throwaway comment that he made that ended up being so clever that he keeps bringing it back. I do that all the time!

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Awww guys, I loved all your comments, and I see your points. I don't need to reply individually, so I won't. Thank you so much for your responses. My understanding of this drama is just getting better and better :-)

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Hi Ivoire,

The kidney jokes are drug realted (back to when she asked if he was a drug dealer) - doping someone who owes you for drugs and taking their kidney as payment and sell on the black market - horribly ghoulish~

The garden scene (which didn't need even all the expensive lighting that Eun Sang commented on because Tan's chartreuse pants were bright enough) was really great. What I think it reflected was the difference between the freedom they had in California and the cultural complications that exist now that they're in Korea in regard to their relationship.

I did wonder though if Korean culture is still that way in 2013 with chaebols/servants in a household - would that really happen?

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Korea is an extremely hierarchical society. Even in less strict ones, the servant class and the master class are strictly forbidden to mingle. Two sides of the house, 2 classes, divided by the kitchen door.

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I couldn't get over his pants in the scene, way brighter than the lights for sure.

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I liked his Day-Glo Chartreuse pants!

His Shiny Metallic Silver Lurex Sweatshirt kinda bothered me though.

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Hello Owl,

Great explanations, thank you!. I loved the garden scene. That was soooo sweet. And I loved the tiny smile KT had, when he saw her walk away.

I also thought that the difference in their present situation was shown by the wall in the wine cellar, with CES in one side of the room, and KT in the other one, with that wall going all the way up. That was a great visual for their current situation.

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6 - KT joked in LA that maybe the reason why he's rich is not bec he's a drug dealer but someone who sells organs (e.g. kidneys). Thus the recurring kidney jokes since he's denied being a drug dealer.

9 - I would say both. Tan was not happy to know she's the maid's daughter bec he know's she's proud so she'll be unhappy about that and keep her distance. But he's smitten & knows he has to find a way to win her over. Thus the hide & seek initially bec he's not ready to deal with it, then finally revealing who he is to her despite the consequences (she's gonna keep her distance) when he heard she's ready to cut all ties to her American adventure. Tan definitely does not want that.

10 - I think ES was both humiliated and hurt, not because Tan hid it but because of the circumstances. She's already mildy interested so potentially hurt too to realize the vastness of their social divide.

My 2-cents worth. I really like the fact that Tan is thoughtful despite his bully reputation at school. I wonder why he's even got that rep so I'm eager to find out.

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Same with you in wondering how Tan got that reputation and I'm also curious why he got exiled in LA :)

Love this episode, can't wait to watch this and the next episode tonight in a row :)

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Hello tombrady's girl,

I really loved your explanations, they helped. I do agree with you and having read your response, I realize that the longing I saw in KT's eyes was for their burgeoning friendship. With his revelation, the friendship is over, before it has effectively taken off the ground. Yes they had LA, but even in LA, she was distant. When he confessed, she didn't want to hear it, when he begged her to stay, she didn't want to (and man did he try). So theirs was really a nascent relationship with him already fully in love (or at least falling for her), and her very hesitant because, well, he IS still engaged. I understand her feelings. She does like him some though. She daydreamed about him, and was hoping he would call.

About KT being a bully, I believe that he was one. He asked CY and MS if he bullied them, so yeah, he was abusive, and it seems that he used to do it with YD. He has that reputation, and I believe that he actually earned it, by doing it. I think that was part of how YD and KT bonded.
Yes, he does have a soft heart, but only where some people are concerned (his brother, CES, his mom [maybe] and his dad). KT can be mean, and dismissive. Look at how he is treating Rachel.

I think it is part of KT's layered character: he can be mean, but also gentle and caring. Let's see how he transforms and changes through the drama.

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The pictures were KT/Mom and KT/KW. I don't know about them getting along though. I feel that for KT, his older brother will always be someone he looks up no matter how badly KW treats him just because it is his older brother. KT even said it himself, KW is the person he likes the most. What's interesting is KT doesn't have a picture of himself and his father. That's like evidence that they don't have much of a relationship, just like his father said about him holding back when it comes to KT just so he doesn't upset KW.

About the picture in KW's room. I remember having to rewatch the seen in the his room when we see the picture cuts into KT's scene on the beach because it seemed off. It was actually a pic of KW sitting at the beach before the scene transitions into KT sitting in a similar way in real time at a beach. After seeing today's episode it seems like the writer subtly likes to hint that they are more similar than they think.

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In the first episode, ES asked if KT was a drug dealer
(In ES's mind: nice house + police knows him by name + friend who snatched ES's bean powder because he thought it was a drug = drug dealer/gangster/dangerous man, etc.). KT messes with her and asks about her kidneys to scare her even more (no ill intention though, just entertaining the thought that she thinks he is some dangerous person). He says kidneys because of the idea of killing someone off and selling their organs in the black market for big bucks (old school mobster stereotype).

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Thank you Allisa!
2--I understood the picture of KW that faded into KT being at the beach, however, that was not what I was talking about. I really thought that KW had a picture of him and his brother in his room, that was what I was asking about.

6--You explained it well, thank you!

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Seems like the father hinted he was sending her there so he could ship her out of the country later through study abroad.

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Thanks Lilly!

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3-Several of the locations/sets have been used in other dramas.

6-it's a running joke for them, she was suspicious of him when they met in CA and why he was helping her, and he joked about selling her organs.

7-Most like it's a control thing, in case she turns into a problem. He has something to hold over her head to negotiate with instead of outright threats. He can be nicely nasty in getting her to stay away from KT, instead of putting his foot down with KT. Classic drama rich person move. Keep your potential enemies close thing, also. Plus it probably has to do with Kim Won's Mom, she was probably poor and not as educated or cultured as fitting his "station" and he's hedging his bets---in case he ends up with KT knocking her up or marrying her to spite his dad.

9-Yes he knew. He already knew how she was going to react. He understands the implications-that is why he had that look of heartbreak on his face when he saw her in the kitchen.

10--partly embarrassment, and partly because she likes him-romantic or not- and he is part of a world she resents. Her mother works for him, it's practically a deal breaker. Eun-sang's view of the world is made up of extreme socioeconomic divisions.

Now we are really going to get into the fun of all the school interaction hijinks and developing feels and unfortunately all the machinations and melo and angst and make you want to stab them mean girls bs that goes with it.

This drama invokes for me something feeding from a lot of an american tv/movie teen thing, a Veronica Mars vibe especially with Kim Tan, Grease (I've been calling Young-do, Kenickie), even Twilight (sometimes the instrumental music and the staring stuff). I'll stop there because the Twilight mention just probably sent someone into gag mode. Wouldn't it be great if they put Bon Iver or Lykki Li in the soundtrack tho? ;) How it's all swirling together with Korean Drama and the sageuk-i-ness, I find it fun to watch. Except the sageuk king and consort stuff, that makes me want to stab my screen.

Seriously, 2nd wife, mistress, Eun-sang's Mom, and the bro's all get together and plot a coup and dethrone Pops, because that would solve 80% of their problems right there. Not that he's the only one at fault with the parent crap, but he perpetuates and instigates and manipulates and evidently know is smart enough to get that and get the heck off that crazy train.

Looking forward to seeing what plays out.

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Ivoire, I did not mean to hijack your post. I THOUGHT I had posted my own thoughts on a post and THEN answered your questions....but, some how answered your questions but my other post is included. Yeah, that happened. I'm totally weirded out now.

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Hello Mar,

Awww... don't be (weirded out). I do appreciate that you explained what happened, and as you said, it happened. The internet and computers can be weird sometimes, I know, I have been there.

FYI, I visited your page, and liked what you have there. I also liked the links on your page. I love that your pictures/slideshow both have veteran actors and actresses as well, not just PYTs, or the most popular ones. I was trying to remember all the names of the actors and actresses I saw, but couldn't, LOL. At times, I would say, "Oh, I know, s/he is in this drama :-)" I was pretty close though (with their names). :-)

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Thanks, my original post is there too, l so I don't know what happened, derp. Thanks, glad you enjoyed the blog, and the slide show. I admit most of the photos are actors/idols that I like, so it's not all encompassing and there are more I want to add, but that time thing happens. The rotation makes for some interesting pairings lol.

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@ Mar,
Yeah, I do agree that the rotation makes for some interesting pairings, I noticed that :-). By the time thing, do you mean that you don't always have the time to load more of your favorite actors and actresses?

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Mar,
Was the original post about heirs, ep. 4? Because that was the only latest one I saw, when I checked last night.

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Mar,
3--I think you misunderstood my question. The ssang ssang bar is an ice cream (or like a popsicle), that one cuts in 1/2 by pulling it in the middle. It is not a location.
Interesting analysis. I am looking forward to how it plays out as well.

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The kidney jokes reference back to when she thought he was a drug dealer, and he implied that he also makes money by selling organs, like kidneys.

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Thank you guys for all your thoughtful and thought-provoking responses. And thank you JB for the recap. Now, on to the task of commenting back with some more of my thoughts, elicited by your responses.

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Answer to #8, some of the interior shots are done at Taejeon Christian International School in Deajeon. They have been filming here the last 3 Saturdays and according to the schedule should be back this Saturday. My son attends the school.

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Hello Rachelle,

Your son attends the school? That is sooo cool. This is part of why I love to comment or ask questions, because one never knows who will respond or comment back. Has there been a big commotion at the school since the shooting started? (I am just curious). I wonder what the school feels like now. Hopefully I will hear from you again.

Also, that means that there are two different schools used for locations, or maybe three with CES previous school as well?

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Actually the school was really good at keeping the filming secret. It's been going on for the last 3 weeks but everyone only found out about this past Saturday. There was a small crowd outside the gate, mostly girls. While I was in the building on Saturday I saw a couple of extras walking around. Some of our students were able to take some candid shots of the leads and posted them on Kakao. They would not allow anyone onto the second and third floor where they were filming. The exterior shots so far in the school is definitely not TCIS. I plan to camp out this Saturday, all day if necessary, until I get my own photos.

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@ Rachelle:
Wow, it is a good thing that the students and school were able to keep it a secret. Do students at TCIS have classes on Saturday?
Is Kakao the equivalent of FB? I know I have seen that name/word somewhere, however, I can't remember what it is or means.
I love this:" I plan to camp out this Saturday, all day if necessary, until I get my own photos." What do you think of the drama so far? Do people like it in Korea? Do they talk about it a lot? Or is it having a bigger international following than it is in Korea? Is your son watching the drama as well?

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@Rachelle - Very cool! Out of curiosity, what kind of school is it? Is it really full of rich kids who discuss their stock portfolios in inexplicable English? :)

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Haha, no, that only happens in drama land. We do have our super rich kids who get dropped off in limos but most of the students come from expat families that live in Deajeon. Our students aren't even required to wear uniforms. Most of the kids have lived abroad so it is not painful to listen to them speak English.

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That's so cool to know! I love learning about living overseas, and my husband and I would love to be expats someday ;)

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Thanks for responding! That's interesting.

Re: their English, it wasn't as if most of it was so bad, even. It was just totally inexplicable as to WHY they started speaking English, when they were in Korea among all Koreans. I speak multiple languages (learned from my parents, who are not American), but we probably wouldn't just randomly speak one of them if we were surrounded by English speakers in America. It was just strange to me. But amusing :).

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@ Faye,
I speak several languages, and I think that sometimes people and younger people would speak a different language to show that they are well traveled and well educated. It gives one the air of being sophisticated and a cut above the rest.
I know in my country, it was interpreted in that way, especially when people who have money do it.

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'Discussing Stock portfolio in inexplicable English'... Hilarious!

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#9. I think he looked like that because he's sad/hurt that CES is somewhat cutting her ties with the america's memories esp. her connection with KT so he didn't want that to be cut so he revealed his identity.

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Thank you Patrice,
But I also think that he KNEW that she was bound to find out about him being the 2nd son, so he broke it to her, the best way/fashion he knew how. And I agree with you: he was sad, I also think he was afraid because he knew things were different now, and they couldn't go back to how things were. He really wants her in his life, and he loves her, so seeing her slip through his fingers emotionally and romantically is hard for him, very hard.

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Finally the wait is over.....

Thanks for the recap....I'm loving Heirs a lot....and Lee Min Ho is so adorable :-)

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I love Kim Tan for knowing how she'd feel when she finds out who he is. I love him for wanting to out himself from the start. I love him for telling her in the garden when it's just the two of them, so she won't be shocked if she finds out some other way.

I love him for turning on the lights and the fountain for her. It's a small gesture, done with a big heart.

Right now I'm not crazy about Kin Won, cos he is nasty to KT, and we don't know why, when KT loves him so much.

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I love him for turning on the lights and fountain for her. When the lights came on one by one, and the fountain too, it gave me goosebumps.

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Won clearly has a lot of baggage, so I'm still cutting him some slack. Hopefully he'll get some killer character development. Lee Min-ho totally sells the wounded brother thing, though, so I don't blame you. It's so adorable how he's all "I don't care about the frickin' company, dude! Can't we just toss a frisbee around or something?"

I agree that Kim Tan is an adorable softie. It's nice that he's a bit naive in his dealings with Eun-sang, without being too childish or petulant.

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I only said: Right now I'm not crazy about Kim Won.

I don't hate him, but without any information, it is not possible to sympathize with or warm up to him at this point. Gildarigae.

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What does " Gildarigae"mean, please?

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It means '(I'm) waiting (for him/it)' - as far as I can tell, with my limited Korean. ;)

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Thank you, rainerust. Appreciate it. So that means that KDaddict is probably waiting for KW to turn around, and do 180 then. I am (patiently) waiting for that as well.

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I loved the way KT "outed" himself as well. Beginning by calling her attention to the Midsummer Night's Dreamcatcher was perfect. (The fact that I'm an Upstairser and you're a Downstairser isn't important to me-- you, and our shared connection are important to me.) Admitting the truth of their master/servant dynamic had to pain him greatly, yet he did it openly, unflinchingly and tenderly. Then topped it off with a swoonworthy "혹 시, did I miss you?" Gah!

I'm giving KES extra Brownie points for the way that scene was written~ in most dramas, the "big reveal" is played up for high drama in a very predictable way, and is usually used for a cliffhanger. What a pleasant surprise to have it occur early on, in a setting that was reminiscent of their time together in Cali., and in an understated, sensitive manner.

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Hello Risa,

Soooo good to see you here. I absolutely LOVED what you said, because it is all true, and because it is well said. Very well said indeed.

When KT was "outing" himself to ES, one could feel that he wanted to give her the time to process it, and realize how things were now different. I also felt that he could see (and as many have said, he probably knew) that she was falling apart, emotionally. She was mortified, and if she could, she would have disappeared into a hole. I also felt that somehow, KT would have like to soften her (harsh) landing. He would have caught her if he could, so she would not break apart, as we saw her do (I am going with my landing metaphor). However, there were no other way to break the news better, and by that I mean no better way than the way he did it. His voice, Oh my word, his voice, soooo gentle. He definitely did not want her to break (and fall apart), and he was so sad when that happened. Man, KT is such a good and intriguing and complexed character. Love him.

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I too, love KT for all that you mentioned. The garden thing was a small gesture, but it says a lot about who KT is, deep down inside (well, at least towards CES). I mean, he still bullied the other kids, and that is not nice, is it now? I look forward to finding out more about that side of his character.

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I really love Tan's mom. I also love Tan's Dad in this episode. Plus Young-do's 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend' was fun. I still hate the older brother.

Thanks for the recaps. I love that the subs for this series is so fast. Wish Secret would come out as fast too.

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That last scene of Eun-sang walking inadvertently into that circle of students was daebak!

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ikr! as soon as she walked in i was like i know which frame this epi's going to be ending on! looks like it's foreshadowing that eun sang in the middle of both boys is going to translate into an actual plot conflict, rather than a physical one, real soon!!

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I thought it was totally dumb. Not only does she have tunnel vision, she also has zero situational awareness and zero peripheral vision. In fact I thought the whole circle of students thing was kind of stupid, despite the fact that it seems to show up in every single high school drama.

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@Windsun33 - That part was actually realistic to me! I don't know how old you are - I'm 34, but I feel like an old lady when I watch my teen nieces and nephews with their smartphones. They are so oblivious when they're on those things texting or Facebook/Tweet-ing with their friends, they could literally walk into a hurricane and not notice. It never fails to crack me up.

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Hi Im 18 here(So since when does telling age important?hehe). That's really possible and most especially during the times that you feel that you're out-of-place and when you were able to put all your effort to focus on one thing. w/ the smartphone, my sisters and I always got out of our minds when we're playing or in SNS.

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Hi Patrice! I don't think age matters in terms of enjoying k-dramas. However, it definitely influences your perspective and how you view certain aspects of the drama. Although people of all ages use smartphones, I find that teens tend to be more absorbed when using them. So I just mentioned my age to explain my point of view.

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I see people walking while texting and not paying attention all the time. I've even had people walk in front of my car while texting.

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Yup. And out of character. She was pretty smart and capable in the first scenes. Waitresses can't afford to be oblivious numbskulls...and who would be like that on their first day in a scary school? Completely unbelievable. *sends the writer some virtual slaps for sacrificing character for drama*

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me 3rd this xD

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Can I 4th this?!? hahahaha

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Love him more in this than in any of his prior projects. I didn't care for BoF at all. But find his acting to be daebak in this! He doesn't once let me remember that he is a 26-27 year old playing sb who is 18.

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yes, he looks like high schooler with that hair style and puppy eyes!
I have exactly the same birthday as him.. I felt terribly old because of this lol

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You know KDaddict,

I happened to rewatch BOF on KBS World this summer, and I was reminded of why LMH broke out with that drama. He actually did make that role, and that drama, to a great extent (although I would argue that many of the side characters were really well acted as well).

Even back then, LMH understood what his character was about, and quite often he displayed a subtlety that showed that he knew, and that informed me of GJP's emotional struggles, and of the many layers of his character, because I believe that he had some (layers). For example, the scene, when the secretary, aka his surrogate dad (kind of) and driver at times, brings him the time of departure of Jandi from Macau, and both him and GJP acts as if he was brought some important papers to sign. Right after he signed, GJP looked at his mom, while pretending to be deep into the meeting. The way LMH's eyes shifted, his whole body language were clearly telling that he didn't want his mother to know what that whole interaction had been about, and the secretary of course was just awesome (he was great throughout the drama. I just loved him, both the character and the actor). That whole scene also informed the viewer that GJP's wheels in his head were turning as to how he would manage to get to the airport on time, without his mom suspecting or finding out a thing. It was a great scene, acting wise, and not a word was exchanged between GJP and the secretary. It was all in the subtleties that one had to pay attention to.

So I am saying all of this to say that you have scenes like that where LMH is just able to act out the scene perfectly. Granted, he wasn't that way consistently in BOF, and that was obvious, at least to me. I actually liked BOF (and I still do), more so as I have rewatched it, maybe because now I understand the story better and the characters better as well. Yes, the plot or better the writing had its flaws, and some of the actors's acting well... they were still learning (Cough*yoyoyo,my bro*cough :-) ). Maybe because I learned a lot when watching that drama (it was my 2nd Kdrama and I wanted to drop it at ep.3, and a friend encouraged me to continue watching it, which I did. Though I found it long, I was glad I finished it). I had so many questions when I watched it, it helped open my eyes and my world to the Korean culture (and maybe by extension, to the Asian culture as well). So I don't know how to hate it or dismiss it, I guess. I see its value and what they were trying to do with the drama, even though I would agree that they didn't always succeed.

I do agree with you that LMH's acting is daebak in this drama. It is as if he has finally managed to tap into his experiences (his past roles) as an actor, and bring those experiences forth. It also shows that he has a really good understanding of what the writer expects of him as KT. I read an interview of him (a recent one) in Tenasia (sp?), and when asked why he was acting the way he was, he said that it was because the writer asked him to portray KT the way he was doing it. LMH is not dumb, that's for sure. He understands what is expected of him, however, imho, he has struggled at times to portray his characters properly. I didn't buy his characters (as he portrayed them) in PT, CH (though I liked his actions scenes [he was really good in them]), and Faith. I personally thought he was ill-cast in those roles (and this is just my opinion, so please, no tomatoes throwing :-) ).

Here, as a commenter said it so well last week, though he looks older on stills, in the way he moves and acts, he feels like a teenager. And the way they are styling his hair helps a lot, well done.
They were a few scenes where he looked much older than an 18 year old to me, but those did not last, thankfully. LMH didn't always look comfortable when he was in the US, but since he has been back in Korea (as KT), he has not dropped the ball, acting wise. I really do wish him well in this drama.

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Ivoire,
Isn't it wonderful when an actor u Like grows in his acting and becomes an actor you love? So satisfying! OK OK, and morphs in his looks from Handsome to Dropdead Handsome!

I've to admit I may not be fair to BoF. Gu Jun Pyo's overly done perm and his coat with big fur collar distracted me so much that I couldn't focus on the show much.

But it successfully launched the acting careers of LMH, Kim Hyun Joon and Kim Bum, and has figured prominently on all surveys of Top Hallyu dramas, so it must have done many things right.

For me, its story struck me as decidedly juvenile. For some reason, this one doesn't strike me as such, even tho they both deal w teenagers in the last year of hi school. It may be owing to the diff undertones of the stories, and also that CES is so much more real, has more depth than the other girl.

Great that you enjoy both! I've sold my soul to this one!

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