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You From Another Star: Episode 5

Lots more good stuff in today’s episode, with feelings being awakened and engaged (then denied, and maybe mocked a little—always fun), mysteries deepened, and aliens sighted. Plus jealousies are stirred and murderers get more murdery. All in all, an eventful episode, to match the ever-climbing ratings. (22.3% already!)

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RECAP: FIFTH RECORD

Min-joon saves Song-yi from falling overboard, and as he puts her to bed, she pulls him down to her to give him a kiss. She murmurs, “You’ve gone crazy,” but it’s more to herself than to him, believing herself to be dreaming him up. She hushes him from speaking and sighs, “Yeah, I was too lonely all this time and it’s been hard on my body. I’m even dreaming up sexy dreams now. It’s time I married. Hormones are honest.”

Drifting off to sleep, Song-yi curls into Min-joon’s coat for warmth—the one he’s wearing, which pulls him even closer to her. Looking completely out of his element (well, even more than he is, for being an alien and all), Min-joon carefully extricates himself.

As soon as he exits, he overhears scary hyung Jae-kyung confirming with his secretary that “it” has been completed, without witnesses, and that if not for somebody being greedy, he wouldn’t have had to do this. Classic you-made-me-hit-you abuser line. They become aware of Min-joon’s presence and the secretary takes off after him, but of course he’s no match for those alien superpowers.

Min-joon rematerializes back home in his library (smooth), only to realize he picked the staircase as his reentry point and then literally tumbles down it (not so smooth). Ha, I laughed out loud. It aggravates his shoulder, which is still sore now in the present as he sits with Song-yi in his apartment. (The boat kiss was a flashback, so we’re back to the current timeline where paparazzi are parked outside his front door.)

Min-joon asks Song-yi about the dream she had casually mentioned having, and when she tells him to mind his own business, he declares, “It must’ve been a sexy dream.” LOL. Song-yi puffs up indignantly and says she has no reason to be dreaming about him, blustering, “Just last month I kissed Jo In-sung! …in a movie.” Then she snaps at him for knowing who Jo In-sung is but not her, and turns on the TV to prove how ubiquitous her presence is.

Min-joon says he only watches the news, which happens to be on. It’s a report about a UFO sighting earlier that evening, which he watches intently. Song-yi crows, “You like this kind of stuff? Are you a grade-schooler?” I love that she so loves having something to make fun of him about.

But there are more pressing concerns on Min-joon’s mind as he takes in the sight of UFOs zipping through the air in a strange flight pattern. It’s the same pattern used in Joseon times, which is our segue to another flashback:

The glowing saucers causes such commotion that it’s a headache for the local government. The skeptical governor (cameo by Kim Su-ro) knows that reporting such a fantastical story to the king would open them up to ridicule. Told that the public sentiment is very uneasy, the governor instructs his men how to change that sentiment: Distract people with an even bigger event, so they forget about this one. HA. For a fantasy-romantic-comedy, this drama sure is getting in a fair share of barbed social commentary.

There’s one story that might do the trick: A young widow supposedly committed suicide, but was then sighted traveling toward her parents’ hometown with a strange man. Her family must have faked the suicide and thus the honor bestowed upon them for her virtuous act was fraudulently gained.

The governor sends his men to Yi-hwa’s parents’ home, where Lord Seo insists that his daughter is dead. The house is searched, while he quietly assures his wife that Yi-hwa has already run away. He admits that he couldn’t kill his own daughter—he’d trusted that his wife would ensure her escape.

But there’s a wrinkle in that assumption, because Dad hadn’t realized Yi-hwa would be determined to save her savior. While she huddles in the storeroom, trying to rouse a poisoned Min-joon, her father faces off against the officers to prevent them from entering. For that, Lord Seo gets stabbed over and over, fighting until he literally falls down dead. Thankfully the delay has given Yi-hwa and Min-joon the time to escape, and the storeroom is found empty.

Watching the news, Song-yi wonders about aliens, saying that Supermen existed, they should catch all the bad guys and help the unfortunate. Min-joon balks, though—why should the alien put his neck on the line just because he has powers? “You humans should just live amongst yourselves and help each other,” he instructs, not catching the slip of the tongue that excludes himself from the statement. Song-yi jokingly asks if he’s an alien or has powers, and Min-joon caaaasually turns away, saying no.

Out on the terrace, Song-yi looks out at a huge billboard of her face on the building opposite theirs and says she moved here because it gave her a good view of it. Haha. It’s not (only) narcissism driving that sentiment, though, because she explains that that slot is the most expensive one in the nation, and having her image hanging there means she’s the current top star. And so, looking on it lifts her spirits when she’s feeling low, offering a bit of consolation when people hurt her feelings.

Min-joon offers a tip on how not to let people hurt her: “Don’t give or receive anything, or depend on anyone. Then you’ll have nothing to be disappointed in or hurt about.”

Song-yi wonders, “What’s the fun in living then?” She figures he has no friends, possibly no family, and asks if living like an island isn’t lonely. The words have some effect, but he turns them around on her to point out that Song-yi is constantly surrounded by people, and yet she’s also here alone.

“Why do you say I’m alone?” she asks. “We’re here together.”

In a playful mood, Song-yi flings an arm around Min-joon’s neck and shouts out into the night air. Min-joon stiffens and barks at her to observe his 1 meter radius rule.

Out in the hallway, the reporter siege is still going strong. Hwi-kyung rubs elbows with a group of reporters and argues that there’s no reason to suspect Song-yi in Yura’s death, listing other factors that could be in play. The others chuckle at his naivety—people don’t want facts, they want a scapegoat to take the brunt of their anger for this injustice.

Hwi-kyung asks indignantly who’ll take the brunt of the anger for Song-yi’s injustice if she’s innocent, and his heated defense has the reporters wondering who he works for. He laughs it off nervously.

It’s time for bed, and Min-joon gives Song-yi blankets to sleep on the couch. She makes a big show of sighing that she’ll be unable to sleep a wink since she’s sooooo sensitive, but he ignores it and heads off to his room, where he reads a book titled “Mysterious Voyage.”

The story is about a ceramic rabbit that once loved a girl, and watched as she slowly died. “The rabbit swore never to make the mistake of loving again.”

Min-joon wanders back out to check on Song-yi, tucking her in as she sleeps. He freezes at the sight of her, thinking back to Yi-hwa and her confession of liking him, and how she wanted to grow up fast to show him her grown-up appearance.

The book continues, “But answer this. Without love, how can this story end happily?”

That night, Jae-kyung’s secretary sneaks into Yura’s room and slips an envelope into a book. In the morning, her sister finds the letter and breaks down in sobs.

Hwi-kyung sneaks home in the morning and gets caught by his disapproving parents, who aren’t terribly concerned about Song-yi’s well-being (having had a history of Hwi-kyung ignoring them to be a besotted fool for her). Even so, Hwi-kyung begs his parents to help, saying that there’s nothing chaebols can’t do with their money, power, or connections. He pleads for them to consider this saving their son’s life, but Chairman Dad orders his new golf clubs to be brought, because he’ll consider this the death of their son. Lol.

Min-joon finds the living room a mess, and Song-yi’s busily shaking her limbs in the air (to reduce sodium-induced bloating, heh). She chirps that he probably couldn’t sleep because of the thrill of having her in his house, and “apologizes” for being the cause. He says drily that one person’s presence has totally transformed his home (say, into a pigsty), which she of course interprets in the most flattering way. And then she remembers that her new door PIN was 1111, specifically to make it easy to remember, which she then forgot.

Annoyed, Min-joon snatches the pillow under her head, Song-yi retaliates, and they end up in a juvenile fight that somehow turns sexy (really, it’s pretty hot) as he climbs on top of her to grab her flailing fists. Which, naturally, looks like a different activity altogether in the eyes of Lawyer Jang, who has arrived unheard. HEE.

Min-joon blurts out “Father!” and Lawyer Jang confusedly jumps from jondaemal to banmal and back to jondae again, trying to fit the cover story. Song-yi introduces herself to “Father” and speaks very prettily about how nice and neighborly Min-joon was to offer his home to her, and then gets a gleam in her eye to see the homemade food he’s carrying.

Song-yi drags Min-joon to the table, overriding his whole “I don’t eat with others” rule, and praises the food. Min-joon glares, muttering, “Can’t you shut up and eat?” Song-yi snaps back, “How can I shut my mouth and eat?” And through it all, Lawyer Jang is happy to take her side. HA.

Prosecutor Yoo is still hard at work on the Yura investigation, but Detective Park is ready to call the case closed with Yura’s (planted) suicide note coming to light. It’s nice to know there are still some brains on the case (okay, one brain) because Prosecutor Yoo wants a handwriting expert to confirm the letter and is suspicious about the way these details are lining up conveniently after the fact.

At S&C Group, Hwi-kyung’s manager sucks up to him mightily now that he knows he’s an undercover chaebol, and assures Hwi-kyung that he had that problematic sunbae transferred to a different office. (Ha, clever way to explain away the cameo.) Hwi-kyung remains blissfully ignorant of the office politics around him and just sighs that it’s too bad ’cause that sunbae seemed nice.

Jae-kyung is eager to have Yura’s case closed, and decides it’s time to look into the prosecutor in charge. Oh, and Prosecutor Yoo is Se-mi’s brother? Nice twist. We catch up to him at home, and his mother calls him Seok (which we can now use as well). It’s his first case, and while Mom talks about it as a clear suicide, Seok corrects her that it’s not confirmed. Mom and Se-mi want details, but Seok is principled and keeps his mouth shut. Isn’t it amazing how competence can be so hot?

Seok and his cop partner follow up with eyewitnesses to the beauty salon fight, and the story turns out to be quite different from all the exaggerated Song-yi-bashing tales that have leaked. Watching security cameras shows that it was Yura who’d had the temper tantrum… and then a man stepped in, looking just like that man from the boat.

Min-joon heads out to the supermarket with Lawyer Jang, who is loving every moment of Min-joon’s discomfort as he shops for things for Song-yi, just like all the other husbands out shopping for their wives. Min-joon insists that his only reason for continuing to associate with Song-yi is to see if there is a connection to Yi-hwa, which sounds totally unconvincing.

On his way home, Min-joon notices Song-yi’s advertisement being taken down from its wall, and the reporters are filing out of the building to cover other calls. Is she no longer the hot story of the day?

But he can’t bring himself to let her know that, so when Song-yi asks if the reporters are still outside, he mumbles that they are. And when she moves to take a look at her billboard, he blocks her path and tries a number of excuses (and a telekinetically broken vase) to prevent her from seeing its absence.

A call from manager Bum distracts her, but the news she gets is worse: Yura left a suicide note, and that means public sentiment will be mounting against Song-yi. Well, even more.

That gets Song-yi fired up, and she heads to confront the reporters outside to insist on her innocence: “The heavens and earth know it, I know it, and the deceased Yura knows it too. So I’m okay.” But in her haste she’s stepped right into the path of broken glass, and her foot is bleeding.

Min-joon sweeps her up to carry her to the couch, and she asks in a small voice, “It isn’t really because of me, right? If it really was because of me, what do I do?” Min-joon sees that she’s crying and tells her firmly that it’s not her fault.

Outside the manhwa store, Bok-ja watches a pair of kidlets having a Very Serious Discussion in front of her shop, and this gives us an Heirs parody with the little boy stealing Tan’s whole “Do I like you?” speech and the girl making up excuses for why she’s too busy to think of love right now.

The boy is heartbroken at the rejection, and sits numbly in the manhwa shop as Bok-ja offers him a consolation yogurt drink. “Is life always so difficult?” he asks. Bok-ja offers some words of wisdom: If you wanna live an easy life, it’s easy. But if you live a tough one, it can be mighty difficult.

As Min-joon rushes to the pharmacy for first aid supplies, Bok-ja narrates: “If I just want to love myself, living is comfortable. But if you start to love someone else, life becomes complicated and difficult.”

Min-joon cleans and wraps Song-yi’s cut, then tells her that the reporters are gone. She thanks him for his help and for saying that it wasn’t her fault, and Bok-ja narrates, “It comes in an instant. That’s how it happens, without giving you time to prepare your heart, abruptly, suddenly, without warning.”

The next time Min-joon comes to his living room, it’s empty. He cleans up Song-yi’s mess and eats alone, feeling extra-lonely tonight. And when he steps out onto the terrace, he casts a curious look over to Song-yi’s balcony before wondering, “Have I gone crazy? What am I doing?”

Police station. Little brother Yoon-jae sits with a busted lip while a cop takes an incident report from three students, all of whom look more battered than he does. They insist that they were doing nothing to merit the attack in the PC room, just writing comments online, which explains to us exactly how things escalated. Aw, poor kid—it must be tough loving and hating your sister at the same time, wanting to defend her while also wanting to lash out at her yourself.

The victims and the cops assume he’s just a fanboy, smirking that his star crush has lost it lately. The cop blames bad parenting for the trouble, and Yoon-jae is barely prevented from attacking him too by the arrival of Hwi-kyung, who takes the cops to task for spreading false rumors about Song-yi.

He gets Yoon-jae released, having been called by Yoon-jae’s mother. Apparently she couldn’t risk being seen at the police station and sent Hwi-kyung instead, which, oof. That woman is terrible. Yoon-jae warns Hwi-kyung against his mother’s machinations, but Hwi-kyung doesn’t even mind that Mom only wants him as a chaebol because the end result is that Mom supports him marrying Song-yi. Hwi-kyung is already calling Yoon-jae Future Bro-in-Law and promises to help out if he needs anything.

Yoon-jae has no use for any of this, and he seethes to see the feast Mom lays out for Hwi-kyung, knowing how fake and selfish her motives are. He leaves the table when Mom goes on about how Song-yi got her sense of responsibility from her (…which may actually be true, if you think about it) and Mom continues to fawn all over Hwi-kyung, telling him that this is his big chance to make a move. It’s a surefire way to earn her favor by stepping in to help in a woman’s time of need.

Song-yi heads out for the first time in days, ready to resume work. But as soon as she steps into her agency doors, she hears her team worrying about the CF shoot that just got canceled. So she puts on her fiercest face and tells her CEO that she won’t do that CF after all, because the product is crap, and that they can forget about her ever modeling for them: “I dumped them.

Then it’s on to her drama shoot, and Song-yi drapes herself in an armor of luxury clothes and jewelry. Her stylist nervously points out that she’s playing an orphan who got kicked out of her rented apartment, but Song-yi retorts, “You should really rid yourself of those prejudices. Can’t orphans wear nice clothes? And if she’s so busy running around with so many part-time jobs, why do you think she couldn’t pay rent? It’s because she spends it on clothes and bags.” LOL. She speaks a certain kind of truth.

But she won’t be able to film anyway, because Bum receives last-minute notice that Song-yi is being written out of the show with a sudden trip abroad. HAHA. (A clear jab at Aurora Princess.)

Song-yi hears this from the van, and steps out with her pride armor in place to raise the complaint first, before she’s the target. She complains about the terrible script and declares, “Go and tell them that Chun Song-yi cannot act in this drama. Chun Song-yi dumped this drama.”

Next is the beauty salon that she dumped, and the photographer she refuses to shoot with.

Song-yi works up an appetite dumping everyone and wants her go-to comfort food ordered, fried chicken and beer. But the restaurant rejects the order, and Song-yi bursts out, “What, now I can’t even eat chicken? They won’t serve chicken to someone like me?!” (Thankfully no, the restaurant’s just busy.)

Song-yi calls Se-mi out for chicken and beer, and Se-mi assures her that her oppa is on the job and said nothing is confirmed. Se-mi has nothing but sympathy for Song-yi’s predicament… until she gets a text from the director asking for an emergency meeting regarding the lead actress issue. Ah, her big break? She lies about her mother injuring herself, cutting dinner short.

Jae-kyung reviews photos of the yacht wedding and finally sees where Yura’s clutch ended up—in Song-yi’s purse. Gulp.

Sure enough, he calls her to say he was in the building to visit a friend and asks to meet for coffee. So he drops by the building—just steps ahead of Min-joon, who saw just enough of him on the boat to find it suspicious. Unfortunately, he’s prevented from going after Jae-kyung because he’s stopped by Detective Park, who wants to question him about the Yura case. Jae-kyung overhears the conversation, which points suspicion away from him, and continues on his way.

Min-joon goes with the cop, and they find themselves stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. He focuses his concentration on his memory of the boat murderer to recall his face, and that confirms that Jae-kyung is the man… who’s currently on his way up to see Song-yi. Min-joon looks up in alarm.

At home, Song-yi opens the door for Jae-kyung and lets him inside.

Min-joon is barely paying attention to the cop’s questions, which turn to his alibi the night of Yura’s death, and he makes the decision to run to Song-yi’s, darting out into traffic.

 
EPILOGUE

We replay the scene from the balcony, when Song-yi flings an arm around Min-joon and he barks at her to keep her 1 meter distance. She steps aside, and then he adds, “A meter is closer than that.” She pays him no heed and marvels at her advertisement, and quietly Min-joon takes a step closer. SO CUTE.

 
COMMENTS

More than anything, I find myself responding to the characters, who are a great combination of endearing traits and interesting foibles, with most of the characters exhibiting a very human mix of good and bad, weak and strong. Minus the scary brother, of course; I’m just enjoying him as an over-the-top villain of the Dr. Evil variety. Just with better hair.

This most obviously applies to Song-yi and Min-joon, but even the side characters are doing a solid job of being fleshed-out and interesting. For instance, I hate Song-yi’s mother (and Se-mi’s mother ain’t no picnic either), but both women seem complex and fascinating, both on their own and also when they’re together. Se-mi’s mother, for instance, is the cultured and elegant one but hates being left to second-string status because her daughter is consistently shoved to the side in favor of Song-yi. So while Song-yi’s mother is crass and so garish with her nouveau riche status, she still gets the limelight (even if she has to steal it most of the time). Then on her own merit, I find myself wondering if Song-yi’s mother has any depths beyond her money-grubbing nature, because a mother is still a mother… right? She has to care? Maybe?

By extension, that makes Yoon-jae compelling, because he’s the only sane one in a family of drama queens, and yet you can’t exactly argue that he’s got the most healthy handle on the situation given his violent streak. Yes, he’s misunderstood and his rage is understandable, and he’s still just a kid trying to earn his way through life when his mother and sister just want him to coast on her wealth and fame. But he wants to live a decent, hard-working life, if only they’d leave him to his own devices. Yet he obviously loves his family, even as his family brings out the worst in him.

The Yoon-jae scene was one case where I was really happy to have a guy like Hwi-kyung around, who took a few episodes for me to figure out what I felt about him. He’s such a frivolous airhead at times, but on the other hand his good nature is a welcome breath of positivity, and he sincerely means well. Plus, all his scenes at work crack me up. I liked his speech to his father about chaebols being able to do anything they want, because it’s partly true but also really naive of him. Maybe it’s also a little ironic that the one time he wants to flex his chaebol muscles is the one time he can’t, either because his family refuses to or because he’s just not The Guy in the end.

Then there’s Se-mi getting her potential big break just as Song-yi gets kicked to the curb—getting it at Song-yi’s expense, really. She’s still good-natured enough to feel conflicted about taking this step… but definitely not enough to turn it down, I notice. I’m most curious to see which path she takes—will she embrace her inner Eve Harrington and try to take over, or will she be able to retain her innate sweetness?

So it’s the characters that have hooked me, though I enjoy the plot and all its sly meta winks at the audience with the pop-culture parodies and showbiz jokes. But those are the icing on the cake. I wouldn’t mind a little less of the murderous brother on the loose, because now we’ve got the UFO reappearance to contend with, and I can see that being a hotbed of emotional conflict. Min-joon’s just starting to clue into his growing feelings for Song-yi (having had to get past that massive wall of denial first), which is of course the best and worst time for his hopes of returning home to be revived. Eee! And also, muahaha. I love a good juicy conflict.

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YAY! Thanks for recapping! <3

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This episode has more depth.. JJH did a terrific performance for this character - perfect comedic timing w/ a mix of emotion and vulnerability. Both her and KSH have tremendous spark on screen.. so cute and very sexy. I almost forgot their age difference. lol..

I would love to see more sweet light moments between them as lovers in future episodes. I barely see JJH in a role of being a woman deeply in love, maybe except windstruck even on that movie her romantic scenes were limited.

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Agreed and this drama will be the death of me. Thank you much JB for the recaps <3.

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I know right? He's waaaaaaaay to old for her. Like, what? Four hundred years?

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OK-to start: we're only in the 6th episode, and so far......
1. I'll start with the title-You Who Came From the Stars-get it? (Movies, dramas, and stars.)
2.They've paired Kim Soo Hyun up again with another actress who is older than he is, has a bigger face than he does, and has a noticeable mole on her nose: The Moon That Embraces the Sun.
3. So far I've seen re-enacted scenes from:

Heirs
The Princess Man
The King and 2 Hearts
The Red Balloon-but since this is a Korean drama, I'll say Goong Palace instead.
3 scenes so far from Moon That Embraces the Sun.

I'm now going back to the beginning again to see what I missed-will post results right here again!

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Oops-I mean I'll post results again on Dramabeans Ep. 6.

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Sorry to ask, but can you tell me about that re/enacted scenes??? I didn't catch any ...well..maybe Heirs, but that's only because it was most recent one to air.... The King and 2 hearts and Goong Palace....and Moon that embraces the sun?? What episodes, reallly curious here.... :D Please answer, asking kindly :)

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In response to your "They’ve paired Kim Soo Hyun up again with another actress who is older than he is, has a bigger face than he does, and has a noticeable mole on her nose" Being American I can never tell if the actor/actress is truly beautiful or if we're being told to think of him/her as beautiful, as my standard of beauty is different. Also it seems like there are no actors/actresses in Korean drama that are 40-60yrs old. So many of the actresses look 16 yrs old & skinny. Again - a different perception of beauty. Those 'small faced' people always have hair covering most of their face.

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I wasn't criticizing her looks-I just noticed something that I think they did on purpose-just like they did the title-You From Another Star, The Man from another star, etc...meaning movie star as well as star in the sky. Because the whole thing is one scene after another (tweaked) from other movies and dramas, i.e.: Sam Dong picks up the wallet Suzy left behind and sees his photo in it, Kim Soo Hyun again picks up the wallet Jy Hyun left behind and sees her photo in it; Jun Ji Hyun bites someone's arm, in My Sassy Girl she bit someone's head.
Like that.

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@anniejang: You are right, they are both "from another star" -"-movie/drama star as well as star in the sky". These two examples in 1.2.3.1 prove your point. I admire your deeper thinking.
Though the title(according to wikipedia) is translated several ways:
You Who Came From the Stars
You From Another Star
My Love From the Stars
Man From the Stars
Man From Another Star

So depending on the translation, it seems the writer may not consciously be aware of the double meaning of the "stars". But WE now are--thanks to you!

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Also, Thank you! I'm really enjoying this series and I always enjoy your insightful recaps =)

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I have nothing intelligible to say but sexy sexy mee likeeey!

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wahahhahahah im reading the recaps while watching the drama... soo flutter flutter yeayyy!!!... cant wait ep 6

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Oh.my.god.
I am in love with our OTP.

And song-yi is quickly becoming one of my favorite all-time k-drama heroines. Why is she so endearingly flawed?
The fact that she had to reject everything and come out on top -- the fact that she puts on a haughty facade and still manages to reach our hearts.. coupled with Jeon Ji Hyun's fantastic portrayal -- I just have alot of love for her.

The mini pillow fight turned SEXY was just. homg.
the chemistry between the two.

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Its been forever since I really love a heroine from the get go. WoW, pillow fight, pillow arm, pillow talk, all in one episode. What have we done to deserve this?

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We must have saved a nation!

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YAY thank you for the recap <3

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i would love to know how that play-fight would've progressed if lawyer jang hadn't interrupted!

so he had her pinned down, straddling her. what would have followed? muehehehehe.

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Lol that sexy pillow fight was all kinds of awesome, though I must admit, I had to replay the scene a good few times to figure out why Min Joon ended up on top of her to begin with!! Clearly, there's still some hormonal youth raging in our 400 yr old alien, why else would he be provoked to climb on top!

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I loved this episode. I love how they are getting to know each other. They bicker and they have all that chemistry going on. And ummm I appreciate more kisses in the future episodes since well that saliva/blood seems more of an allergy(?) alert. I hope.

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What is this saliva/blood thing I don't recall him mentioning anything like it.. Could you tell me the episode and scene where it's mentioned please?

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It was at the very beginning of episode 1, when he was narrating and saying that he came from the stars.

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ahh found it thanks. but he did end up sharing food and even kissed a human. how strange

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LOVED this episode...cant wait to see what happens next.

I do wonder what's up with the Murderous older brother...i would like a little more backstory into him to see exactly what turned him into what he is...i hope he is not a 1D character. Younger Bro's feeling for Song-yi is starting to piss me off for some reason...maybe its because he calls her his GF to anyone and everyone despite the obvious fact that she doesn't feel the same.

Song-yi's mother makes me wanna stab her everytime she is on the screen. Can't wait to see what they do with Se-mi's character....OOOHHHH very excited!!!!

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I'm similarly hoping that murderous bro will be given some back story and development.

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my absolute favorite scene was when song-yi tries to pep-talk herself into believing the death wasn't her fault. the way she delivers those lines with a sort of false conviction is kind of chilling. also, when she insists that it's her doing the rejecting and not everyone else. props to jjh for being so great.

also, this is the first episode where min-joon feels like more than just a brick to me. aside from internally empathizing with song-yi, i loved the part where he pointed out the hypocrisy of her words -- she's surround by countless people, yet still alone in a sense.

and lol at the end. he is such an awkward brick.

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I love this drama, which is a feeling I haven't felt in awhile for a broadcast / non-cable weekday drama. I feel for the characters and the OTP are amazing together.

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I am dying from the cute. Her misconception of how far one meter is and his correcting for it. Oh. My. God. During dinner, they bickered like an old married couple. My face was exactly like Lawyer Jang’s. He even got all defensive when she criticized his people. Way to be discreet, Mr. I’m-Not-An-Alien. Love how she subconsciously confessed that she dreams about him. Like people say, alcohol is a truth serum. So is sleep talking apparently. If Min Joon can kiss AND eat with humans, why did he scare us with the whole “can’t mix saliva with humans” thing at the beginning?

I assume Min Joon’s the tokki. He loved Yi Hwa and watched her die, then swore to never love again. I really enjoy watching the Joseon storyline and can’t wait to see him fall for her. So sad they killed Yi Hwa’s father.

I was surprised Prosecutor Yoo is Se Mi’s brother and nervous he and Detective Park are investigating too much. However, when Min Joon was trapped in the car stuck in traffic, I was not worried at all because I know he can freeze time and zap home to save Song Yi. But I guess love makes people stupid if he hightailed it out of the car into the pouring rain implicating himself in front of the cop. More stupid from the alien, please. ;)

Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

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I noticed Prosecutor Yoo the first time he appeared on screen - last week.

The actor playing him exudes a quiet masculine presence and a universal/all-around appeal (as opposed to flower boy or gangster underling or any of those self-limiting stereotypes).

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Thanks for the recap...
I actually feel sad for Song Yi during the billboard scene & when they take in down... awww... her source of comfort is gone...

p/s: Evil Bro's secretary look like Lee YiKyung (school 2013). Is that really him?

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Yes, Lee Yi Kyung plays evil Jae Kyung's evil secretary. I loved him in School 2013 but LOVED him in Nine. He and Hyung Sik had the sweetest bromance in that drama.

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Yep, that's Lee Yi-kyung from School 2013. I noticed that, too.

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I love everything about this show! Light and bubbly!

Thanks for the recap! :)

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thank u for recap<3
what a great and refreshing drama. i fell in love with it over and over again.

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The Heirs parody had me in stitches. Hahahaha - 'Do you like me?'

This show is really wonderful. Its a breath of fresh air.

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JJH AND KSH'S CHEMISTRY IS AMAZING!!! Makes the drama on another level above others.

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omg i have been waiting for this all day!!! just finished watching the subbed episode :)

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Ah I'm having so much fun with this drama! It's working its magic in every ep, so much so that I'm left wanting more. Seriously, an hour is simply not enough.

And on a strange note, I'm sooo glad that the lawyer friend aka father, is played by Kim Chang-Wan. I always find him charming in the roles that he play, and this one suits him to a T. He's like another Secretary Kim! Yeh, I'm crushing on the older guy, so sue me!

Thanks for the recap Javabeans. x

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this show is just too good! it's been awhile since i've seen a show so complete like this one. probably not since Gaksital :)

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oh my goodness ! hi fiveeeeee !! i havent been into a show since bridal mask.... its good to be obssessive toward a drama again LOL

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I think Kim Su Ro's comment about burying one event with another that is bigger is more of a political sarcasm, what with all the NSI-election related scandals.

The guy who plays Semi's brother and the prosecutor is Oh Sang Jin, an "announcer" (TV show host/anchorman/reporter). So it was funny when his mom said with this kind of face, you should have become an announcer.

This writer has a knack for making all these subtle jokes that become hilarious if you know what is going on with Korean society, politics and culture.

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I like the subtle references too. And I thank javabeans, you and other commentators who point them out to those of us who don't have the language or culture references. It enriches our watching and our understanding.

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aww i don't think song-yi's mom will turn out to be so bad. i think she's a cute character—frivolous, yes, but pretty harmless. i'm sure we'll get more insight into song-yi's family past in coming episodes, so of course my perception of her may change. i think she'll end up being likable though.

but i think sending hwi-kyung to the police station was done out of true concern for song-yi. it was probably smart. like hwi-kyung said, she HAS been on television, so if she were to be recognized bailing out her son (due to a situation that he instigated), it could generate a lot more negative press for her daughter.

i'm not too worried about jae-kyung going into song-yi's apartment. of course, we know as viewers that she's not ever going to die, but also he wouldn't be so stupid as to kill her himself. he has his minion for that. and hopefully song-yi will be bright enough to play the ditz even if she catches on that something's not quite right.

i'm loving this show SO much. i sit and soak up every minute of it, which i don't do with all dramas. and every minute of this show is entertaining. it's tightly paced, which i deeply appreciate. and jeon ji-hyun is just amazing. i went into this expecting to watch for kim soo-hyun, but it's jeon who is selling this show... she seems like she's having a blast playing song-yi.

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Also, I honestly was NOT expecting to laugh so much coming into this -- given the trailers and concept, i was expecting more of the romance, fantasy element.
But it's true rom-com (for now) i just hope it doesn't get too dramatic down the road..
Fingers crossed, because this is the drama out of all the ones i'm following that i look forward to most for an instant pick me up.

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I've watched all Park Ji Eun's (writer) dramas and she always writes characters that are fun to watch. Whether they're heroes or villains, there's no discrimination; flaws and all are part of the package. Hence, second leads/rivals can be annoying but in an almost endearing way. On top of that, she also has a great way of combining drama and humor.

And I love Hwi-kyung as a character. He's so simple, earnest and cute, and his naivety just makes him funny.

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He has become an unexpected delight. I hope that his part in this drama continues to keep him, not only entertaining, but with a definitive story arc. I hope he stays as endearing as he has become up to episode 5…

Cheers!
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The OTP are are so HOT together!

Individually, I love the heroine's little moments of vulnerability; it took a while for me to warm up to her despite finding her star-ego hilarious. That scene on the balcony where they shared their views on being alone and loneliness really highlight their growing closeness (the epilogue was indeed, SO CUTE *squeal*)

And can we have more scenes of lawyer Jang and the couple please? It cracks me up every time to see the grumpy old alien having to play the young son. I just love how lawyer jang is also enjoying Min-joon's discomfort. Muahaha.

Speaking of wishes, I really hope Se-mi doesn't turn to the dark side, just because I'd feel terrible if Song-yi lost one of the few friends she has. Admittedly, she's not the greatest friend herself but I think stepping on a fiend's misfortune behind her back is taking it to a whole 'nother level.

Btw I really appreciate the recaps! They help point out all the meta-jokes or sly digs I might have missed :)

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I know it'll probably add some dimension to se-mi's character, but i also hope she doesn't turn to the dark side. Or rather, i hope she doesn't betray Song-yi, or leaving her hanging. Granted, song-yi's always the go-to lead but she genuinely sees se-mi as a good friend and sticks up for her. I'm just starting to warm up to their friendship.

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I have a feeling lawyer jang is the father of both the prosecutor and se mi. it fits, they need a dad and the mom did say that the dad was a lawyer. on a side note.... I love this drama and its show biz references

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That's...a possibility I wouldn't mind watching. Oh the conflict(s) that will arouse *off imagining the possible plot

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AHAHA THAT HEIRS PARODY. And that dining scene was just golden.....Have I mentioned that I hate cliff hangers? If not, then I hate cliffhangers. With a slow, fiery, look-in-scary-hyung's-eyes passion. I'm in love with the say, 'realness' of the drama, how they show strong Song Yi breaking down and making fun of all of those other drama's ermmm dramaness. Kim Soo Hyun, doll, you need to stop being so adorable. Just go study abroad.

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I know I'm probably alone in my thinking (and that's okay) but I've been a little bored with the past couple of episodes. The killer-brother storyline isn't really striking me. I want them to move on to something more engaging. I like that they are fleshing out the characters, but I want the meatier stuff. I still love the show and will continue to watch faithfully; I guess I am just impatient to get to the conflict that centers more on Min-joon and Song-yi and less on other characters.

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i think the whole mixing saliva and blood thing is a caution based on the possibility of getting an alien infection and or getting less alien, maybe becoming more human

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love this episode, do min-joon start to hv feeling towards song-yi. can't wait how the story goes next.
KSH-JJH chemistry are sizzling.

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Must be an alien girl (if that happens) in that UFO on the news, and she might be Do Min-joon's sister though he's been living alone for the past 400 years on Earth. But hey, who says he doesn't have a family on his planet? It'll be more interesting if she decides to get herself involved in helping humans (a totally different personality from her brother), especially having a loveline of her own. Can it be Song-yi's brother or the evil secretary who might eventually change to become good thanks to this alien girl? Hopefully this fantasy of mine comes true in the future episodes. maybe she'll appear around episode 7 or 8. Fingers crossed!!! ;D

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Still have not seen any explanation of why he stayed or got left behind in the first place.

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I guess he's the one that wandered away from the group and dressed up like a Joseon local and got poisoned and tied up so they couldn't find him? (so they can't communicate over long distances, then?)

I was also upset at first that they left him behind, but I think they had to leave with the comet, and that's why they couldn't come back and rescue him until the next comet or something?

Wonder if we're going to get more aliens in this show? Will they be good-looking? Do they all shower with their towel on?

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I think one hot male alien is enough for the female viewers. That's why a female alien (if that'll happen) is needed to spice things up. Hence, I'm praying for the writer in seeing this comment (which eventually won't happen but I keep hoping) to include an alien girl who turns out to be DMJ's younger sister (even if she's actually a few hundred years older than every male human she'll stumble across). Besides that, I'm quite a feminist and would love to see this alien girl in my opinion. Fingers cross. ;)

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aww i just love this DRAMA......it surely gets up to its hype... aw.. hope they wont make it more like city hunter where involves action than romance..

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After watching Marry Him if You Dare and Heirs, this drama is like a treat! It might be because the casts are real actors and no idols bring different energy on the screen.

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I think I love YFAS, PM&I and Miss Korea that little bit more because of of how disappointing Heirs was.

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I laughed out loud at the Heirs parody. I didn't notice it was a parody at first (must be because I wasn't paying attention while watching Heirs itself) but then Hongki's song played...

I love the ongoing chemistry with Min Joon and Song Yi. He always expresses himself as if he doesn't care about anyone, but without being aware of his actions, he has actually grown to be more and more protective of her. *squeal*

It's going to be so sad to see Hwi-Kyung gets disappointed later, he's been absolutely supportive thus far, and I bet it'll be second lead syndrome all over again for me.

I cannot cannot wait for tomorrow's episode!

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I cracked up to hear the Hong-ki song. Haha. Music-y puns too!

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I cracked up to hear the Hong-ki song. Haha. Music-y puns too!

Also, in the extra scene, i love how the lights look like flying saucers!

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omg i really hope the writer someone make these two end up together..LOL but hopefully its not a weird ending like rooftop prince..llets hope the show keep its humour and zippy tone tho
on the other hand, i freaking love jun ji hyun and also my favv actor kim soo hyun. she def made a great comeback onscreen and i couldnt be more happy with the ratings.
p.s if jun jihyun who havent done a drama in 14 years actually doing a drama now does that mean theres hope for kang dong won ? xD

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Then it’s on to her drama shoot, and Song-yi drapes herself in an armor of luxury clothes and jewelry. Her stylist nervously points out that she’s playing an orphan who got kicked out of her rented apartment, but Song-yi retorts, “You should really rid yourself of those prejudices. Can’t orphans wear nice clothes? And if she’s so busy running around with so many part-time jobs, why do you think she couldn’t pay rent? It’s because she spends it on clothes and bags.” LOL. She speaks a certain kind of truth.

^ Cha Eun Sang! Lol at the amount of Heirs reference in this episode :))

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@kareni don't think Lawyer Jang is Se Mi's father though with the surname and all. Also since she and Song Yi had been friends for ages wouldn't Song Yi know her dad already?

There are already some tiny plotholes *I dunno if you can already call it plotholes*, like when Song Yi left and it seemed like Min Joon didn't know, like where's his extrasensory hearing? but these are so Minor compared to the awesomeness of the show. I am so excited to know more about Min Joon's past and his mission, why did he went on earth on the first place, Song Yi's Dad backstory and what is up with serial killer brother.

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Actually, the book is "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Kate DiCamillo. It's a heartbreaking and beautiful children's book. Perfect for Min-Joon as he finds his humanity and learns how to love.

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It's also a nice touch in terms of Min-joon's alien character, since in some Asian folklore, they believe that a Rabbit lives on the Moon.

If you look at the moon, you can see the outline of the Rabbit (pounding rice cake in his mortar and pestle).

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I knew it. The cover is so familiar because I saw it early last year in a local bookstore and thought it was cute. I added it to my Amazon wishlist when I got home. Thank you for confirming.

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This is the first episode that I have enjoyed completely.

I really find "accidental" kisses silly, but that was probably the most rational, and actually entertaining one ever.

Well, the saliva thing, hmm. He ate this fish after her later, right, so I am assuming, maybe too early, that it is HIS saliva that is dangerous to humans.

I too am waiting to see how far the meek little friend in the shadows goes to the dark side. Or takes off her mask. I am not convinced that she's all that sweet to start with.

Gosh, it's a good thing Hwi-kyung is the 2nd lead because he's just as stupid as Song-yi, and they do not need to be making any babies.

I'm not sure how an alien that doesn't age and a human that does not, and they can't share saliva or blood which makes anything sexual dicey, makes for a happy ever after ending. Just saying.

As you pointed out, the social commentary, ha. That is definitely a plus side of this drama.

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their chemistry is so damn good!

this show continually performs well every episode. Funny, Sweet, Quirky (lmao the Heirs referenes!!) but it still manages to tug heartstrings. We aren't celebrities, we don't know how actresses like Song-yi endure yet I somehow feel connected to her.

MR. GORGEOUS ALIEN! YOU HANDSOME YOU!!
Is it just me or Kim Soohyun is starting to get 2920635x hotter than he normally is?

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Now I won't be able to flip a fish anymore.

Thanks for the recaps, javabeans!

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Okay, now I'm going with his salvia is fatal to humans and the only way to cure her will be to take her home with him making the fortune teller Se-mi's mother talked to correct and also going along with Song-yi's desire to retire after finding true love anyway.

(Yes, I realize Song-Yi could just quit acting, but the far out guesses just seem like more fun)

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Best drama evaaaaa

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Am I bad for not holding it against SeMi for thinking of taking on the director's offer? I mean, yeah, the true, super-ultra-loyal friend would refuse that after giving the director a well deserved tongue-lashing but she also owes it to herself to further her own career. And it's not like she went to the director and told them to drop SongYi on account of SongYi's deteriorating popularity. The director decided that himself and then dropped that offer onto SeMi's lap. She didn't do anything bad to get that chance and not taking that chance would do no one good either, even if it would bring comfort to SongYi of sorts.

I'm so torn right now.

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I'm with you on the Se-mi issue. This is an opportunity she might never get again. Besides, she didn't actively sabotage Song-yi to get the part and she seems to be the only one from Song-yi's childhood who likes her for who she is as opposed to what she has. I hope that Song-yi can understand how much Se-mi has worked hard over the years and not hold this against her. I love the development of Min-joon's feelings for Song-yi and his actively denying them. I feel like Lawyer Jang
whenever the both of them are together, they are so cute Lol. I love thus show already.

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This is what I'm hoping for. SM will feel guilty and expect SY to be mad and indignant but instead SY is supportive or tries to be. It isn't something that's comes naturally to her but she wants to be happy that her friend is finally getting the success she deserves.

Put another way; I want them to be friends struggling with a sudden role reversal. I don't want SM to become a stereotypical second female lead.

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nope, you're not bad. I think it was just rational for Semi, if ever, to accept the offer. Even the lying I think is acceptable, it's better for her to lie than to make Song-yi more miserable in losing the part.

I'm expecting Songyi to be even happy for her, they're close friends after her.

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This drama plays with character layering very well, or should I say, one of the best I have seen after watching so many KDramas, maybe a step behind ICHYV.

We all are trying to find the balance within ourselves. This drama did very well in exploring this 'balancing' and 'conflict within self'. While Se mi wants to be in the spotlight, she doesn't want to hurt her best friend, so she is balancing her 'bad vs good' nature. While Song Yi seems strong on the outside, she is balancing her 'weak vs strong' nature where she has to let herself lose some discipline at some point to retain her sanity so that she won't break down. Our alien hero has to balance the choices he make- whether to be nice to Song Yi all the way or continue to distant himself from humans; whether to follow his heart or head- he has to find a balance between both. Even for Song Yi's brother - he has to find balance between being himself or being a family member to his sis or mom; what he wants to vs what he has to do.

Every character in this drama is unique, and none has gone into waste, but the character with the most potential to explore this 'conflict within self' is Se Mi. I look foward to how she will evolve to - being the sweet bestie to Song Yi, or disregard Song Yi and go with the fame? I think Yoo Inna will have a breakthrough performance in this drama, when her character will eventually has to choose a route to resolve this conflict.

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Why must SeMi choose between fame and being SongYi's bestie? Why can't she be famous AND be SongYi's best friend?

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It will be hard for their friendship to remain the same if Se Mi rise to fame by taking over Song Yi's main character role. How will Song Yi feel if Se Mi took over the glamour which was originally hers? Looking at how this drama is heading, I think there will be some conflict between the besties if Se Mi really did so. They may still be friends, but may not be as close as before. That is why this situation is a dillema.

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I would think that it would take Song Yi, herself, to develop as a person to allow Se Mi HER moment to shine…and not feel like less of a person herself. I would hope that Song Yi, although initially surprised/shocked and even a little threatened by Se Mi, would learn to accept that she is still important and not less of a person, even if SOMEONE ELSE (especially the so far very sweet Se Mi- her best friend who actually deserves a chance in life) gets the limelight. In my opinion, the show has been more "realistic" in its portrayal of people as flawed, not ENTIRELY good or ENTIRELY bad…rem…except the murderous Hyung (lol!). I think most people are an accumulation of choices. I think that Se Mi can still be an awesomely "good" person…and become a star. But, time will tell as to how the writers want to go with her storyline.

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thank you for the recap~

loving this series more and more...
i'm in LOVE with our main couple JJH and KSH <3
can't wait for tomorrow :)

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I'm anxious to see how Min-joon is going to get out of this situation and how death hyung will explain his creepy presence in Song-yi's house if he gets to attack her before MJ arrives. We all know he can't kill her yet. I laughed like a crazy person at that Heirs parody, at first I thought, ' hmm, this is random' but then Bok-ja's narration made it all make sense. I'm loving the awakening of emotions in MJ and his constant refusal to acknowledge it. Give up dear, ain't no one in the world can fight love. Lawyer Hang is adorbs as usual especially his awkwardness at witnessing that scene between MJ and SY, HK is sweet but I wonder if he'll ever find out what kind of hyung he's got. he seems to be in awe of his brother, poor kid. yoon-jaeya just tell your noona you love her already, she's hurting enough as it is. Se-mi, don't feel guilty about chances, if someone doesn't lose something, another person can't gain it. it's not like she actively sabotaged SY. all in all, I love this show and I'm psyched for episode 6.

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I LOVE SONG-YI. She's spunky, cocky, but so real. I love that she's obviously self-conscious and is a struggling woman who is still trying to find her place in the world. I think her character is one that many females can relate to in that respect.

Min-joon is oh so sexy. I've always loved Kim Soo Hyun's physicality but his dramas never really hit the spot for me, even though they've all been successful. This character has me by the heart, however.

I think the darker aspect of the drama is also really interesting. It's not too overdone and exactly has the right amount of suspense to keep me excited.

Looking forward to tomorrow's episode! Thanks for the recap!

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@outsider...i realized that too. Kim Soo Hyun is more more more hotter than usually he is ♡♡♡.

Oo how i really love this drama. I'm indonesian n i must wait until 00.00 to watch in utube n 2Am to download the video (dont forget english sub at 8Am ?). But it worthy!

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Despite many viewers love the writer, I love the PD more.. Hehhehe..
PD Jung Tae Yoo directed 2 critically-acclaimed sageuks, Tree With Deep Roots and Painter of The Wind (my favourite sageuk). I love how this show shares similar score/BGM with POTW. Like the scene in Joseon period, the music used in background also used in POTW. In the epilogue of ep 4, the gisaeng gave Min Joon painting of Dan Won Kim Hong Do, that painting also featured in POTW. I feel nostalgic with POTW and overall the cinematography and directing has been superb.
Love Song Yi and Min Joon, they should give us happy ending with the OTP live happily ever after whether in this world or Min Joon’s star .
Also, anyone knows who the actor played the prosecutor from ep 4? He seems familiar but I vaguely remember him.

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