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Marriage Not Dating: Episode 13

The problem with filling your day with trying to forget the person you love… is that you spend all day thinking about the person you love. It’s an episode spent in denial, but in the cute way where everyone runs around doing adorable things for each other in secret. I don’t see why you couldn’t just take credit for your good deed and be rewarded with kisses, but I guess that takes the nobility out of it? Whatever.

 
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EPISODE 13: “Don’t lean and don’t expect”

As the Sandglass OST plays for maximum dramatic effect, Jang-mi and Ki-tae fight violently—they scream at the top of their lungs and shove each other around. Jang-mi starts to cower in fear and takes off in a run, and Ki-tae chases after her to yank her back and yell at her some more.

I hate the fake-out cold opens (ones where the actual footage is a lie, not just the interpretation), but in this case, I hope this was an exaggerated one.

Rewind to Hoon-dong and Hyun-hee’s wedding day: The couple takes off to a round of cheers, and Ki-tae scans the wedding party still looking for Jang-mi. She doesn’t answer his calls because she threw her phone in the river, and she runs around trying to find him, wishing she hadn’t been so rash. She starts to cry thinking she’s too late.

Yeo-reum is the first to find her, and he thinks back to the other night when Jang-mi presented him with an envelope of money. She tells him to repay Ki-tae’s loan with it, which he refuses to do. She’s shocked to discover that he’s covered in patches and realizes he’s been doing manual labor at a construction site to make ends meet, and insists he take the money.

She apologizes for dreaming an impossible dream and hurting everyone around her, including Yeo-reum. He chases after her to give the money back, and they pass it back and forth a zillion times, arguing about who’s better off: “At least I have youth!” “Fine, yes, I’m your noona. Listen to your noona.” “Noona, do you have that much money?”

He tests her by threatening to rip the envelope in half, and she cries that it’s her severance. She tells him she has her own future to worry about, and leaves him standing in the street holding the envelope.

Back in the present he finds her standing in a daze, and she finally comes to and says that she tried to send someone off coolly this time, but ended up making another mess. Yeo-reum says that if she clapped for someone else’s happiness, it’s time for the two of them to find their own happiness too.

He takes her to a rundown coffee shop and says that he’s renovating it. She can be the manager and he’ll be the chef—he’ll accept the money if it’s an investment in his new restaurant. She’s naturally skeptical that he can ever make enough to open a restaurant, but he swears he has another investor who agreed to back him after tasting ten different dishes he cooked.

She worries he’s being conned and asks what on earth he’s trusting to make this happen. He answers simply, “You.” He says that she was the person who made him dream in the first place. But she says she’s done with dreaming, and congratulates him on finding his dream.

As she walks along on her own, she says to herself, “I think I know now why people are cool in love… Not leaning on anyone, not expecting anything… It’s not because you want to be alone, but because life has to be lived on your own. Now that I’ve woken up from my dream, I see reality in front of me.”

She focuses on herself for maybe the first time ever, with a brand new haircut, a new cell phone, and a newfound determination to start over. She takes her resume all over town and meets rejection after rejection from other boutiques and department stores.

Ki-tae’s bad mood at being ignored by Jang-mi spills over into his work, and when a plastic surgery addict comes in for a consultation, he gives up trying to explain why she shouldn’t get surgery the polite way and tells her to go see a shrink instead to get her brain nipped and tucked. Ha. She threatens to shut him down with her power-blogger prowess, and he throws her out to go try.

When he heads down to the restaurant for lunch, Hoon-dong is back from his honeymoon with a new look courtesy of his new wife, and mutters under his breath that he’s been too busy living under her thumb to even call.

Hyun-hee sits down with Ki-tae and notes bitterly that he seems fine after leaving Jang-mi in that state, and he counters that Jang-mi is the one ignoring him. He thinks she changed her number and quit her job to avoid him, but Hyun-hee corrects him—she was fired because of his mall-brawling mother, and her parents are getting a divorce.

He’s shocked to hear what’s going on with her, and Hyun-hee takes away the lunch Hoon-dong brings him, saying that he doesn’t deserve it.

At Jang-mi’s house, Mom finally comes home and says she wants to call off the divorce, but this time Dad packs up (in the suitcase she just brought back) and walks out the door. Jang-mi sighs that they ought to be soulmates, they’re so alike, and wonders if the thing they fought about her whole life—money—will be the thing to tear them apart in the end.

Jang-mi finally tells Mom about being fired and goes to run the chicken shop on her own. It mostly consists of standing in front of the fryer swatting at flies, and she reaches for a bottle of soju. She has a momentary dilemma about whether she should stop drinking, and that’s when Ki-tae happens to walk in.

She thinks she’s imagining him at first, but he’s really there. He says he heard about her job and her parents, and wants to help compensate because he feels responsible. Augh. You would try to take care of it with money. Tell her you love her, you fool!

Of course she just gets defensive and angry that he’s trying to throw money at her like he’s cleaning up some mess from his past, and spits back that she just escaped him and finally found her real life, so he should go. He gets up dejectedly to leave, and lingers to watch her just a little longer.

It turns out the power-blogger has some reach, and she leaves nasty comments about Ki-tae being arrogant, ignorant about women’s feelings, and a bastard who lives his life alone (all of which he admits is mostly true, ha).

The rumors spread, and soon his clinic has no patients. Aunt wonders if the family should step in, but Mom says he wants to live his own life and refuses to intervene.

Ki-tae doesn’t seem at all worried though, because he’s obsessed with another matter entirely: stalking Jang-mi. He sits outside her chicken shop watching her swat at flies, with the most ridiculously smitten expression on his face.

He calls the shop and plugs his nose to disguise his voice, and fumbles to stay anonymous as he orders ten chickens for delivery to a nearby park. She packs them up happily and a man on a bench claims to have ordered the chickens. She counts her money cheerily before riding away, and Ki-tae pokes his head out from behind a tree, pleased with himself.

He then stuffs himself with chicken at home, and then the next day he calls again with the same order. The same accomplice pays for the chicken in the park, and hands Jang-mi a drink: “He said for you to drink this… I mean, you should drink this!”

Ki-tae then runs around town delivering the chicken to everyone he knows, because who in his right mind could eat ten chickens every day. (To Hoon-dong: “You have to eat it all! Even the bones!”)

As Grandma and Aunt eat their chicken, Grandma’s keen eye picks up on the shop belonging to Jang-mi’s family, and chuckles at Ki-tae’s roundabout way of staying in Jang-mi’s life. Mom overhears them but doesn’t say anything.

Mom has such a tight rein on Dad that he can’t even go for a walk longer than fifteen minutes, so he asks what it is she wants from him. Mom: “A divorce. There’s no way you or I will ever escape this house with anything but a divorce.” Thank ye, she finally said it!

Hyun-hee continues to play Cupid and tells Jang-mi about Ki-tae’s clinic being in danger of closing its doors. Jang-mi meets Yeo-reum for a drink and savors the shot of soju immensely, sighing that she was trying to quit drinking so that she could focus on finding herself.

He wonders why she’s going through such existential hoops, but she says that in the past she only lived for other people and never herself. She doesn’t want to lean on anyone else anymore, because the more you lean [ki-dae], the more you expect [ki-dae].

Yeo-reum argues that life is more fun when you let yourself expect things, and that she was better when she cared and always went overboard. He piques her interest when he asks if they ought to help Ki-tae without him knowing.

Ki-tae just continues to laze around at home stuffing himself full of chicken, and admires the cute chicken belly he’s developed. The doorbell rings and he lights up thinking it’s Jang-mi, and then runs around frantically to clean up the evidence of his chicken binge before answering the door.

His face falls when he opens it to see Se-ah, and he doesn’t seem to take much interest in her plan for how to sue the blogger and get his practice back on track. She asks how long he’s just going to sit there, but he says he’s never been more at peace—he always thought he had to keep going to be better, more perfect, just more.

He says that doing nothing has been freeing, and that he’s finally learned to let go. Se-ah sees through him and asks—about Jang-mi without saying that they’ve switched topics—if he’s not just scared that he’ll try to hold on and lose her anyway, because he’ll be embarrassed at the rejection if he tries. Se-ah says there’s nothing left for her to be embarrassed about and plans to pursue this blogger on her own.

Jang-mi and Yeo-reum wait at a coffee shop to do the same, and Jang-mi worries that his entire plan seems to be to charm the blogger into recanting. She says she feels bad about bringing him into this, but he sets her straight: “You’re not the only one who likes Ki-tae hyung! I like him a LOT too!” That’s so cute.

He says if she’s really sorry she should go into business with him, and swears he doesn’t have ulterior motives about them. He falters a little when she prods and he says he might, but he quickly takes it back.

Just as they’re about to give up, the blogger appears, but they’re suprised when Se-ah walks up to her first. She says that Ki-tae is going to sue her, and passes over an envelope of money for her mental suffering. Jang-mi sighs to see that she’s not needed after all.

Se-ah tells the blogger that she’s a plastic surgeon as well, and she can see why Ki-tae refused to treat her. She says she’s sorry for her face that it met such an unfortunate owner. Yeeeeeouch. I know you’re trying to help, but this is not helping.

The blogger complains that pretty girls don’t understand, but Se-ah says she’s a product of plastic surgery too—the difference is that she loves herself, while the blogger is obviously fixing her face because no one loves her and she’s trying to become someone else.

The blogger reaches up to strike her, and Se-ah grabs her wrist and asks if she should go online and call her a plastic surgery addict monster. The blogger throws a cup of coffee in Se-ah’s face and storms out, ready to go to war.

Jang-mi and Yeo-reum run over to make sure Se-ah is okay, and she tells them to stop the blogger from getting away. Jang-mi goes after her and manages to overtake the car on a bike, and is shocked to find her sobbing at the wheel. Jang-mi hands her a tissue and asks if she wants to grab a drink.

They relocate to the chicken shop, where Jang-mi listens to her story and takes her side. She says Ki-tae was wrong—he could’ve just said she looks pretty the way she is, but the Ki-tae she knows always chooses the most hurtful thing to say at all times.

The blogger nods in agreement and then in turn comforts Jang-mi when she realizes that she’s in love with that bastard. It’s pretty adorable, and the blogger slurs between drinks, “I get along better with you than that pretty bitch.” Ha.

Meanwhile, Ki-tae’s mom hears that he’s stopped coming to work altogether, and only stops in to drop off chicken every day. She remembers Grandma’s comment about him being hung up on Jang-mi and heads over to see her at the chicken shop.

But of course she arrives just in time to see her drinking with the blogger and cheering that Ki-tae got what he deserved. Oh noes, now she thinks Jang-mi was in on it! Jang-mi stops cold when she sees Mom standing in the doorway and runs out after her to try and explain.

Mom doesn’t let her get a word in edgewise, and says that she came here to apologize for her part in everything, and to ask her to help Ki-tae move on. She says that she had high expectations for Jang-mi, which is why her disappointment was so big as well. She accuses Jang-mi of plotting revenge, and wonders if what she wanted all this time was money.

Jang-mi watches her go and remembers all the times everyone around her assumed she was marrying Ki-tae for money. “That’s how it is. That’s all people see when they look at me next to Gong Ki-tae.”

Mom comes by Ki-tae’s apartment to find him knee-deep in chicken again (seriously, I worry for your arteries) and tells him to get over it because he’s been fooled by Jang-mi too. She says that she saw Jang-mi plotting with that blogger with her own eyes, and Ki-tae suddenly bolts to attention.

Jang-mi and Yeo-reum haul the drunk blogger into her car and Yeo-reum drives her home. He asks Jang-mi one more time about going into business together, and she asks rather blankly if it’ll make her lots of money, then agrees to do it.

Ki-tae arrives at the chicken shop but finds a sign posted saying that they’ll be closed temporarily. Meanwhile Jang-mi brings one last order of chicken to the park in hopes of finding the man who’s been ordering ten a day. She gives him the chicken and says it’s to thank him before they close the shop for a while, and the man finally tells her the truth about Ki-tae’s secret chicken orders.

She sits in the park trying to process what’s been going on when Ki-tae calls and demands to know where she is. He storms up angrily wanting to know if what his mother said was true, and she asks if he’d believe her anyway. She quotes what everyone’s always told her—that when a poor woman has her sights set on a wealthy man, there’s always an ulterior motive.

He remembers now saying the same thing to Jang-mi about Hoon-dong before she doused his face in juice, and how she cried that for her it was love. This time, he points out that she was the one who pushed him away toward someone else, and chides her for continuing to interfere in his life enough to be misunderstood by his mother. Aw, he’s taking her side.

He reminds her of all that she’s suffered already: “Isn’t that enough for you? How much more will you get hurt because of me?! How much more will you cry because of me?!” He asks why she’s making a fool of him on top of everything, and asks how much longer he has to watch the woman he likes being treated this way.

He realizes he just blurted out his feelings, and follows it up with, “I like you, you frustrating woman!” Jang-mi’s been spilling tears this whole time, but at that she starts to back away from him and takes off running. I know I can’t be the only one screaming at her to go back for her purse.

He chases her down and she says that she doesn’t want to be by his side—she doesn’t like the person she is when she’s with him. She feels ashamed of herself for the first time ever, and he argues that she’s not the only one—he’s never once been unsure about himself, but she shakes him and he doubts who he is because of her.

Ki-tae: “But I still want to be with you.” Jang-mi says in a tiny I-don’t-mean-what-I’m-saying voice: “But we can’t. We’re over.” Ki-tae: “The fake us is over. From now on, let’s do it for real.” Eeeeeee!

He takes a step forward to wrap her up in a hug, and they each break out in the sweetest smiles of relief. He wipes away her tears and leans in for a kiss, and I love the way they both pull each other just a little closer as they kiss.

They walk up to his apartment afterwards, and Ki-tae adorably fidgets trying to hold her hand but punking out every time they get close. He pouts that she didn’t even come by once, when before she’d come over all the time no matter how much he protested.

She smiles a little at that, pleased that he seemed to be waiting for her. She admits that she did come to his door once but turned back, and he lights up and successfully holds her hand.

They walk into his apartment, and she gasps to see the evidence of Ki-tae’s rock-bottom—there’s chicken everywhere, the place is a mess, and she takes a whiff and realizes he hasn’t even showered. She tells him to hurry up and shower right now, and his mind instantly goes to a naughty place.

He’s beside himself when she leads him to the bathroom and kisses him on both cheeks, and when she tells him to wash every nook and cranny well, he blushes and tears his clothes off to take the world’s fastest shower.

Hahahaha, we actually watch him reach down to wash every nook and cranny! I’m dying.

He spends forever trying to figure out how to do his hair, and comes out with this overly moussed ‘do. She thinks he’s trying to leave the house and says he won’t be going anywhere because they’ll be at it all night long, and he just mouths, ALL NIGHT with stars in his eyes.

She tells him to hurry up and get a move on, so he throws her onto the couch and lands on top of her with puckered lips. But sadly, sexy times is not what she had on the agenda (Why? Why was it not?) and she puts a vacuum in his hand and tells him to start cleaning.

He pouts at first, but they manage to find their own way of incorporating skinship into the cleaning routine, and piggyback each other around the apartment as they make the place good as new.

Once they’re done, Ki-tae asks suggestively if they can rest now, and Jang-mi agrees to wine. He jumps up to open a bottle, and she says she wants to say something before they get started.

She hems and haws, until he pops the cork open, and she finally comes out with it. She asks if they can keep things cool between them: “Let’s just date… and not marry.” Omo. Ki-tae stares back at her, thunderstruck.

 
COMMENTS

Well that’s the last thing we ever expected to come out of Jang-mi’s mouth. It’s entertaining to watch them essentially become each other though, because it’s evidence of how much they’ve influenced one another, for better or worse. Ki-tae has become a clingy stalking ex who can’t let Jang-mi suffer, and goes out of his way to meddle in her affairs to his own arterial detriment. And Jang-mi is striving to become a self-preserving independent person who doesn’t have to lean on anyone and can be cool in love.

I don’t mind that she’s trying to put up boundaries, since it’d be foolish of her to jump back in blindly with all the heartache that she’s already suffered, not to mention how traumatized both families are from the broken engagement. That may be reason enough to keep marriage talk at bay for a good long while, though of course Ki-tae won’t see it that way since he’s finally figured out what his heart wants.

It’s a nice reversal, especially because Ki-tae only has himself to blame when it comes to Jang-mi’s new philosophy on love. He told her she had to be alone to figure out who she is, and that she’d have to stop leaning on others to stand on her own, so that’s exactly what she’s doing. I really like the leaning/expectation pun in this episode, because it’s a causal relationship—you start to lean on someone and trust them, and your expectations inevitably grow. But anyone who’s loved knows that that’s a massive source of heartbreak, because the more you expect, the more you’re handing over control over your happiness, and the bigger the potential disappointments. Her somewhat hopeless attempt to keep her expectations from growing feels so real to me, and I like that she’s struggling with this instead of rushing in all over again like she would’ve in the past.

As always with this drama, they extend these relationship dynamics beyond romance, which I really love, and we find that Mom feels the same kind of heartbreak and disappointment in loving and losing Jang-mi as a daughter-in-law. And for once Jang-mi finds herself on the receiving end of all these expectations too—if she lets Ki-tae get too close, he’ll end up hurt, and so will his family. I can see why she thinks dating with no strings attached will keep them both safe from getting hurt, though we know they’re too far gone to actually do that.

The fun will be in watching them try to play things cool, while Ki-tae—of all people, the guru of fishpond maintenance—tries to convince her that he’s worth betting everything on. How the tables have turned, and how happy I am that they have. It’s almost enough to forgive the show for meddling second leads running amok for weeks… almost. Though today, I have to give it to the show for the best narrative use of chicken PPL I’ve ever seen. It’s not just chicken—it’s love!

 
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Mmm... Yeah, I can see them keeping this "cool".

At least for the first 20 minutes of the next episode...

This episode had a bit more of the noble idiocy than I cared for, but it appears that is finally over and done with, so now we can start getting to the real issues at hand.

I am not sure if the families are really being torn apart, or if they actually have been for years, and this was just the catalyst that finally prompted everyone to start moving out of the walls they have all built around themselves.

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Ugh..I was getting so frustrated with this episode..knew I shouldn't have believe the previews because jus like the opening scene it was another fake out..best thing is that it looks like yr and seha finally know there place so I'm so happy with that..and the final 14 mins made it all worth waiting..I never got impatient throughout so it still didn't feel like it drag for me..

As for the family it seems that both are heading to the court house..I feel like the mom has something like cancer though..but I'm really hoping she is pragnent..fingers cross..but for kt mom to not go through with the divorce seems like there is even more behind the scene

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It's not even noble idiocy because she wasn't even rejecting him for his own good. My patience with Jang-mi (though I understood her reasons) was wearing thin this episode...

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with jm i think she was doing it more because of how she came off to the family and what they view her as after the entire incident so for kt to go to jm it would of cause a bigger rift within kt family..so i understood her letting kt go..

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i don't consider this noble idiocy at all, i'll explain-
they never started a relationship or even confronted each other with it so jang mi was simply avoiding it and decided to just not start anything that is too complicated, yeah she said it was for him and his mom's sake, but it wasn't just that, both families are not prepared to be involved again, and it could potentially not work out.. in other dramas they usually do that when they are a couple and that's different since it's more drastic and looks ridiculous.. anyways i felt like it made sense..

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i see your point there since they never truly dated and she was pretty scare to get into another relationship that had more meaning to her from the start then anything else..i guess its jus a different kind of idiocy..seems like it was pretty half and half between helping kt and saving her feelings..but either way im glad that ended quickly

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I absolutely love this drama. They are so cute together, and I so agree with JM. They need some time together before jumping into marriage.

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Was that jm point?? I though it wasn't to get merry at all..but looks like she might be moving in so at least we get the cuddly scenes coming our way

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I think she told him just to date coz seriously their family is kind of messed up. Imagine going through all that again. I believe with time she would change her opinion. However, from the preview I think she will change her mind in today's ep

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I loved this episode! I like how the beginning of the episode was a reflection of their feelings and not an actual brawl! There was so much good stuff I don't know where to begin! They are finally together! Hooray!! And Jang Mi is starting to live for herself and I think starting a business is the best thing for her! Like the fortuneteller said money and luck follows her! So i'm thinking it'll be a success!

And I am really worried about her mom. She is sick isn't she? I hope its treatable! So worried! And I can't wait for the next episode when we get to see jealousy and cute couple moments again!

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Actually I have been wondering if the scriptwriter had Jung Mi and her friend as receptionists for branded bags for a literal meaning anot. For the past episodes, they have been trying to keep up with their temper and anger while dealing with customers. Her friend said that she wanted to be 'sold off' when she is still 'of value', like how branded bags will lose their value as time passes, hence clinging onto a rich guy.
Jung Mi also said that what was not meant to be hers will not be hers, like she and the branded bags which she touched and took care of everyday. So, being fired is actually not a bad thing. Why be attached to something that is not meant to be yours? From the start i have always feel that Jung Mi and branded bags just don't match. Like what Yeo Reum said, when one talks about wine, you can't leave Jung Mi out. So her opening a wine restaurant is so much a more suitable job for her, coz now she will keep smiling and struggling to make ends meet FOR HER OWN SAKE, not for 'showing' the higher ups. Everything falls nicely. Jung Mi is going to live for herself and not for others, and her leaving her job or ending the fake marriage happen at the right timing.

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I know right?! I always thought it was a bit random as well. Plus through out the episodes she gave good critique to all of the dishes YR feed her. And I can't wait to see how petty and jealously endearing KT will be with them 2 working together!

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i absolutely loveee your recaps GF !!! <3 i've been waaiting for the subs (still not out yet) and then i found your recap !!! im saveeed froom the suspense !!! :D :D your recap as usual is awesome ~~ :D :D

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I loved this episode! It made me laugh so hard when she was thinking about cleaning and his mind was thinking naughty thoughts.

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Hehehe..I was dying from his reactions to each innuendo comment she gave him..and then he throws her on the couch..greatest near sex scene ever! !!

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her reaction to it was really cute too, she didn't overreact and was a typical "what are you thinking??" she kinda liked that he had those thoughts.

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yeah, i like how her reaction was. if this were another drama, the girl would overreact so much that the guy would become embarrassed. they've already dating now, so sex is a normal thing.
... and that's why i love cable channel :D

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hehehe..it was cute how she jus laugh it off..calling him out on his dirty mind..so different from say "coffee prince" when YEH went bonkers when he tried to reach up her shirt at her house..seem rather crazy she had that kind of reaction..but this series and being on paid cable is giving real life situations..thats what i miss and dont miss about american series..there is too much sex with american series so everything is for granted but korean dramas are compleltely opposite..then paid cable stations for koreans are a perfect balance for me

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I. Love. This. Show. Seriously... there's just nothing bad about it in my eyes, or maybe I'm blinded by how heartwarming and realistic it can be in the midst of some really exaggerated circumstances.

I'm really happy with Yeo-rim in this episode. That's how I'd like them to take his character forward. I squealed when he said he likes Ki-tae a lot and I found that totally sincere and believable. Jang-mi is definitely standing between them, but I'm proud of him for to allowing that to change his reluctant bromance with Ki-tae. Same for Se-ah. I liked that she's truly ready to let Ki-tae go but is willing to still be a well-wisher who'd go through extremes to get him at a better place. What she did may have been wrong in strategy, but her thought was awfully sweet.

As for mom, I'm so glad she finally told that douche of a husband what he needed to hear eons ago. I really want them to get a divorce and for her to live a happier life without having to keep wearing the perfect-mask. I think Ki-tae's mom is such a fantastic character in that she's so ridiculously human. Her expectations of Jang-mi is very justified and I love how betrayed she felt when she believed the blogger was Jang-mi's form of revenge. I really wish dramas would do this more often. The cookie-cutter MIA are so yesterday. This is what I'd watch any day of the week...

And finally Jang-mi and Ki-tae who are just getting more awesome per episode - like that's even possible. I love the way they dealt with the break up, and how Ki-tae ended up telling her so simply that he loves her. The role reversals are fabulous and I'm really excited for the direction the last three episodes is taking. While Jang-mi is definitely hurt in love, I still believe she believes in happily ever afters and marriages, etc. But its going to take a leap of faith for her to pursue that again after everything she's been through. But if there's one thing that can make her do it, it's love. Ki-tae will convince her like she did him. I love the feel of full circle and this drama does that so well. I wish they were extending this, because I feel so reluctant to say goodbye...

Also, completely agree with GF. That Chicken PPL was epic, and I was craving for some as I was watching lol. Dramas need to get creative like that; it drives the point home without driving viewers nuts.

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I feel so much for this episode because of some real life shit that is going on in my own personal life. T.T
Really, many a times, people who are hurt simply wants a REASON. It is this SIMPLE. Then typically, in dramaland or in real life, the typical response will be 'Everything is too complicated to explain and it will take egos to explain.'
I laugh. HMPH. This is simply an excuse to just leave that person as it is without any explanation for your actions.
Even if mum did something wrong in the past, like maybe neglecting dad too much, it is just wrong to betray her and have another woman OPENLY outside. That line ' I want a reason.' when asked what can he do for her is so heartbreaking. I feel her.

Indeed, once dissapointed, you are afraid of venturing into a new relationship because you are afraid it wun meet your high expectations. I now have my own reservations towards treating people too sincerely in real life now after going thru shit. Hence, i am now more afraid than before that ki tae's mum will not believe in jung mi as much as before, especially when the trust is broken the day itself when she start to believe in jung mi. T.T

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Spot on comments.

Take heart, in time you will hone your art of being more discerning and observant.

Genuine sincerity will be felt; it's not the lip service or the surface packaging gestures meant to 'show' you something.

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yay! in a nutshell... it's about time!
oh, and where the heck did jang mi run to at the top of the episode? wouldn't heading back to the wedding area be one of the top three options?
anyway, they finally found each other and i actually liked all the supporting cast with very very minimal side-eye throughout the entire hour.
poor hoon dong. got his wings clipped pretty good. ha.
many thanks for the recap!

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Finally, all the push-and-pull crap is over! I mean, there are only so many times Jang-mi could reject Ki-tae, so thank goodness for the last half of this episode.

I was initially confused at the end of this episode because I just assumed they would date, and it never occurred to me that Ki-tae would want to marry soon. I guess I totally missed that whole switching-roles thing even though I knew at some point their characters would go that way.

I was so frustrated with last week's episodes, I couldn't even comment on the last one. But now I'm just going to accept that people can have personality transplants in this drama. As long as our OTP continues on rocking, I don't think I need to get worked up anymore. That's all a rom-com needs, a solid couple to root for. Everything else (no matter how infuriating they get) is just extra noise.

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Thanks for the recap!!!

Aw, I loved this episode. I didn't really expect them to find their way to each other right away and I actually like how they both had to struggle through a few things before they were really ready to be together. The issues are so realistic and this drama has done a wonderful job of making this relationship feel earned.

Haha well, Ki-tae really just needed to give her the necessary time and space she needed to focus on herself, if only for a little bit. I understand how, after falling for and trusting in someone for the first time in forever Ki-tae might be a little eager to just get married and be done with it. That's why I'm going to love this new dynamic between them, where he's hot and she's cold. I think it was important for Jang-mi that she take some time to look after herself for once….before going on again to make a scene on Ki-tae's behalf, at her detriment LOL. But, I'm also glad that she realized that looking after yourself doesn't always have to require cutting the people you care about out of your life. Sometimes it just means slowing things down :)

Anyway those last 15 minutes were especially wonderful. Seriously. Cleaning Nemo's tank together! And Ki-tae's faces were seriously priceless! Yay for hugs and kisses! Yay for divorce!

I'm too happy to write anymore for now :)

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Today's episode was so funny I bent over laughing. So much for innuendoes! Poor Gi Tae, I've never seen a man undress so fast and the shower scenes were priceless! LOL.

Glad to see that they could sit down and discuss "the act" like any healthy, normal couple. Kudos to this drama for treating sex as a normal part of a romantic relationship.

One thing this show does right is that it shows how people can be amicable exes. I like how Jang mi is still pals with Yeo reum and Hoon Dong even though they are no longer dating. I liked how they all rallied round Gi tae to help him in his hour of need without even letting him know. Trust Jang mi to get to the heart of the problem by giving sympathy to the plastic surgery addict. While Se ah went in with a sledgehammer, Jang mi went in with sincere kind words and got better results. It is true that you catch more flies with honey!

I wonder how Gi tae's mom will feel when she finds out she was wrong about Jang mi, and why couldn't Jang mi stick up for herself and explain the situation? Ugh. The misunderstanding felt so contrived!

Anyway, I really can't blame Jang mi for ONLY wanting to date Gi Tae and not marry him - with her first hand exposure to the messes of both families and all she has been through, and the fact that Gi Tae's mom thinks the worst of her, it's no wonder she wants to keep things low ley between them.

What's the deal with Jang mi's mother? Is she just dissatisfied with life? Or does she just want to make her husband miserable? It's not his fault that they are not rich, the man works hard to provide for his family, he's no slouch. What more could she want? If she's so unhappy why is she dragging on their divorce instead of getting it settled amicably?

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Love Jang mi's and Yeo reum's new hair styles - they look hot!

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i think jang mi's parents are just the type that always gets in to fights, i know my parents do that a lot and they are just used to it, i think they will fix their problems soon and stay together, them acting fake for gi tae was touching and it felt like they can do it if they try and bring the love back.. pretty sure the divorced couple will be gi tae's parents but it's only for the better for them.

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There were many things running through my mind during that confrontation scene: "This is NOT the ultra violent confrontation scene we started the episode with (phew... and did we need to go there then?)", "Oh thank god! We've reached the 'lay our emotions out on the table and stop running' portion of the drama...I' was so done with denial", and, yes, "Your purse! Your purse! You forgot your purse!! Outdoors! In a public space! At night! Cell phone! Credit cards! ID! Money!"

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That borderline domestic violence cold open was cringeworthy. I was hoping against hope the actual scene would not unfold that way. Dodged a bullet there.

I know I can’t be the only one screaming at her to go back for her purse.

Definitely not the only one. I was like, "Girl, your purse! You left your purse on the bench!"

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Hehe..that was a pretty epic battle if it was real but this is kdrama land so I figure it should magically appear next to her feet in the next scene

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hahaha!! so true about the purse! I was thinking the same and so cute to read it in the recap! ;)

some things we managed to see even in between such emotion running amok of JM & KT ! :)

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hahah..i think everyone notices it because it happens in almost all kdrama scenes..jus like JM kept leaving her bike everywhere possible but somehow she ends up riding it the next day to work or the restaurant..something to laugh about but never anything serious..

this show has the best matchmakers on the planet..first there was the fortune teller giving us the truth..then the bike guy riding on the same street from the morning and night..then the headphone guy jus randomly there all day and night..hhahahah

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That kiss had me reaching for my every nook and cranny.

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Hallelujah, they are finally together! His confession made my heart flutter. Since she accepted, obviously she likes him back, but I was wishing she had confessed her feelings to him in return. Someone needs to remind Jang Mi the title of her drama is Marriage Not Dating, not Dating Not Marriage. Ki Tae has come a long way from wanting nothing more than to be alone to wanting nothing more than to date with the intention of marriage. I guess she doesn't want both of their families to get their hopes up again. Why did she make him shower if he's only going to be cleaning? You get all sweaty and dirty when you clean; he's going to need another shower afterwards.

In one episode, Show managed to redeem Yeo Reum, Se Ah, AND Hyun Hee; I am impressed. I aww'ed at Yeo Reum's "I like him a LOT too!" This girl is so lucky; she is friends with all her ex-boyfriends. Their back-and-forth banter looked natural. "Do it. No. Do it. I can't. Just do it." Look at Se Ah taking one (cup of coffee) for the team. She really has given up on Ki Tae. And that's the Hyun Hee we saw in episode 2 who stood up for her friend against her cowardly boyfriend... that is, before she tried to bed him. I may actually end up liking these people by the end of this drama.

Ki Tae's fake phone orders were my favorite scenes today. "Can I not order that much?" His wingman at the park cracked me up. Ki Tae was eating chicken for days... honestly, I'm a bit jealous. I like the double irony in Ki Tae bringing Hoon Dong chicken when there is chicken in his own restaurant and Yeo Reum asking Jang Mi to run his restaurant when she (her family) owns a restaurant. I was offended by the age discrimination against Jang Mi, but I understand Korea is a different country where people get plastic surgery to be able to take a good picture for their resume before even being considered for a job.

Thanks for the recap, girlfriday!

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Agreed. The writers miraculously redeemed Se-Ah - kind of, especially during the coffee scene. She was all like "Hey guys, thanks for your concern but don't worry about me now just go get that girl." I was like BAMN do I spy a budding friendship here between these 3 amigos?

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I feel like such a cynic, but I don't buy those character turnarounds as "redemption." I see it as poor writing or characterization, which sucks because we have two awesome leads.

It seems like the writers want us to like those characters, but they've been such mirth-sucking black holes that I just feel indifferent to them and pretend they don't exist.

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Yea I too feel it to be weird. "Hyun-hee suddenly care? Yeo-rum being cupid? Did I watch wrong drama??" But thinking about it, they already suffer from character inconsistencies from way back in early episodes.. And if they manage to bring our OTP to right place, who am I to get mad.

Btw Mom sure have worst timing ever around Jang-mi, eh? Coincidentaly met the mistress not once but twice, caught Jang-mi (supposedly) red handed, again not once but twice..

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Thanks girlfriday for the super awesome fast recap! You saved me from haunting your site all week-end

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This drama is so fresh and different so I'm really upset that they fell back on the poor girl/rich guy plot line. I guess the writer needed to create some conflict for the remaining episodes. No matter, this show is great.

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But they're not falling back on the poor girl/rich guy plotline from what I see. True, Ki Tae is still rich, but his practice is in danger of going out of business. The focus was never on how poor Jang Mi was because Jang Mi's not poor, she's just working class. The focus is more on Jang Mi finding herself.

Ki Tae offering to pay her in today's episode was so insulting, which I found to be out of character because he never bragged about his wealth before.

Which reminds me, who do you think is Yeo Reum's backer for his restaurant? Do you think it's Ki Tae?

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But Ki-tae wasn't bragging about his wealth. He was honestly clueless about how to fix things with Jang-mi's life, and money was the first thing he thought of. Stupid move, but not terribly out of character.

And Ki-tae is getting flack for using money as compensation, but Jang-mi did the same thing to Yeo-reum. She felt bad about all the things she'd done to him (the truffles, losing his job, breaking his heart...) and offered him money. I don't see that much of a difference between her gesture and Ki-tae's (because he basically did put her in her situation).

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you have to see it from a different point of view, the two of them are officially nothing, they are not aware of each others feelings (to gi-tae's knowledge) and he caused so much trouble in her life. if i was responsible for someone losing his job i would feel obligated to compensate him, regardless of how much money he has, he would have offered it out of curtesy, like jang mi offered yeo-reum money.

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You guys (tapioca pearl and mo0mi) make a good point. I didn't associate Jang Mi offering Yeo Reum money to be the same as Ki Tae offering Jang Mi money because of the way Ki Tae worded it. "You don't even have any customers. Then I'll buy all your chicken for you." It felt condescending to me. Like Jang Mi said the Ki-tae she knows always chooses the most hurtful thing to say at all times. But now that I think about it, both Jang Mi and Ki Tae had good intentions when offering (I agree with mo0mi's "out of courtesy"), so I should feel less offended by Ki Tae if I didn't feel offended at all by Jang Mi.

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I am so happy with the direction the writer is taking. No more nonsense noble idiocy circling or missing each other (except the wedding, com' on!) by mere minutes. KT's confession was true to his character, you could still see how difficult for him trying to say "I want to be with you" and "I love you" but he did it and it was sincere. JM's "cool dating" shows how much she's grown as an independent woman, and while I wasn't expecting that I wasn't totally surprised because it shows us not only her growth but also how both of their roles are reversed now. Game on!

YWJ must be real tired with filming because the amount of breakouts and heavy make up is so obvious. Still, KT is the cutest love sick puppy yet with wolfy desires!

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"cutest love sick puppy with wolfy desires!": best description of KT yet!

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ha ha ha! :)

this episode - omg... I laughed so much, smiled so much - not only when watching it but now as I am reading the comments of you guys / gals

the drama - to me do bring happiness in it and how it touches some things which are quite real and somewhere someone might have gone thru it!

whatever it is, so happy - very happy that JM & KT now together :)

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"except the wedding, com’ on!"

I knew it wouldn't be that easy. That's why they cliffhanged episode 12.

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Thanks for the recap.

"I know I can’t be the only one screaming at her to go back for her purse."

you weren't.

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I think this is the first time I have ever seen an episode where the writer actually explains to the audience why a successful guy has all this free time to stalk his loved one. We always see chaebols running around doing everything but work. lol Good job writer!

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Yess..they are being so realistic in this show..I loved how he try calling jm and going to her work to locate her instead of jus not doing anything after the wedding scene..thought they were jus gonna play it out but dramas are in the details and this one is hammering it home

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Does anyone know what song was playing at the top of the hour when Jang-mi and Ki-tae were fighting?

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I'm just truly, deeply, madly in love with this show. I can't say enough good things about it.

Sure, the second leads are annoying as hell in the previous episodes. I just don't get Hyun-yi at all. To me, she's just an extra, useless character that added no meaning to the show AT ALL.

But other than that, I can't say enough praises about it. I absolutely love Ki-tae and Jang-mi's relationship, so much that I never want the show to end. I could just watch them doing their usual, daily activities and never get bored. To top that, just throw in a lot of sexy taims, thanks.

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oh, I also got kind of annoyed when Hyun-yi took away Ki-tae's food.
I mean, I know she's trying to help her friend but er hello, let the man eat his food okay. he's suffering too woman! stop being so bossy gosh. although technically she's the lady boss now hahaha

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“I know I can’t be the only one screaming at her to go back for her purse.”

All through the confession scene, I kept thinking, who's minding her purse? Very distracting couldn't concentrate on the kissing :P

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My thoughts exactly. Doesn't make sense. That is something a woman would never do.. to leave it unattended in the park in the evening.

I enjoyed this episode especially when KT was going to the naughty place in his mind. The fast strip and the shower scene with sound effects was hilarious.

I'm glad KT mom finally woke up from her fake marriage and told her philandering husband about getting a divorce. He wanted to have cake and eat it too. He should have been kick to the curb a long time ago and get a good divorce lawyer.

Hurray! Finally, KT blurts out his true feelings, but I wish he said it in a different way since it sounded harsh. I love the reversal of attitudes, but it threw me regarding Jang Mi just wanting to date only. All this time, she has been wanting to get married. I don't think it will last that long because KT won't be able to suppress his naughty thoughts. Thanks for recapping so fast.

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Can't wait to see KT's dad rejected by his mistress who has no interest in doing his laundry and making his meals!

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I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS EPISODE I CAN BARELY SPEAK!!

After all that useless, aggravating angst. FINALLY.
It feels really nice that we can finally get back to the we all know and fell in love with.
Because I like Yoo-reum and Se-ah so much better when they aren't being clingy and manipulative.
And I'll just have to chip i with girlfriday because Yoo'reum's one sided love towards hyung is sooo cute.

Yeon Woo-jin, once again, reigns this episode. I bet that right after MND finishes he will get tons of romcoms offers, left and right. (So will Han Groo, for that matter). Both, him in the latter episodes, her in the earlier episodes, tackled comedy with so much ease but not overdramatic that you can't help but to laugh off your seat everytime they do something bizarre or out of place.

Yeon Woo-jin's faces are definitely something to be praised of. He's not that handsome, IMHO. There are tons of Korean actors with faces many times more handsome and statuesque than his. But funnier and more charming? I don't think so. I especially like his shy slash surprised smirk, I notice he does that a lot, like when he's in the fortune teller scene and here again when Jang-mi was telling him to go take a bath. I know you guys know which face I'm talking about because he is just so goddamn cute.

BRING IT ON BRING ALL EM ON SHOW!!! I know you have nowhere to go but UP from this now on.

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I definitely know what face you're talking about. So adorable and hilarious at the same time!

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>Because I like Yoo-reum and Se-ah so much better when they aren’t being clingy and manipulative.

Oh, I think YR was being manipulative. ::laugh:: I just didn't mind it so much, because it will lead to awesome friendship scenes later on.

And Se Ah was still being self-involved and deluded - note how she says "I LET YOU go to another woman." Like she was in charge of that decision. That character seriously gives me the heebie-jeebies, she is so creepy.

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My god, the nook-and-cranny aegyo. It's a wonder Ki-Tae didn't scrub his limbs off.

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This drama is so utterly satisfying from a writer's perspective. There was such a clever flip of characterization here and you saw how absolutely honest it felt because the writer(s) have been diligently laying the groundwork for this in a believable fashion.

When I compare this to something like Trot Lovers, another rom com with cute characters that started out silly and cute, and see where we end up on two completely different levels...it all just comes down to really well done writing.

And I love GKT. His facial expressions continue to crack me up 13 hours in. He's perfect.

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"It’s not just chicken—it’s love!" LOL.

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This episode nail it for me..even though I was impatience to see that our otp weren't together I liked how all the side stories interconnect..

Finally yr has become the 2nd lead I been wanting..An open ear for jm to complain to while knowing noting will ever happen..thay suits him perfectly for me

Hoon is still the crack up he always will be but man I feel sorry for him..hh was more tolerable in a sense if u didn't know anything about her before this episode u know she stands up for her friends even if she slept with their ex

The mom still bother me tremendously in this one..even though she told the husband if he wants the mistress then a divorce is decided..but then whay? If he stays by her side then she will never divorce him..wither do it or don't even threaten because I feel she still cares too much about image..

Kt and jm were so cute this episode..ffrom him calling in and not worrying about his life since he is so caught up on jm to jm sneaking around and doing watever she can to help kt..that's true love when both are doin the noble idiocy instead of one..The kiss..Ohh we need more..but the shower scene and cleaning up was epically cute and sweet

The best scene to me was kt realizing that jm would never try to purposely hurt him..I was kinda nervous since we all know jm would jus enter his house without ringing the door bell even though kt keeps thinking she would so I was so surprise when he called her out for wanting to help him when she thought kt thought the same thing as his mom..

Love love love this show and 3 episodes left..no!! $$$

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thank you for the recap

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I totally thought Jang Mi's idea of helping Ki Tae was to go online and leave nice comments under aliases and defend him to the bad commenters all "He's a great doctor who really cares about his patients! Highly recommended!"

That header picture of Yeon Woo Jin -- cutest smile ever.

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I REALLY LOVE THIS DRAMA!!! Please be good till the end!

Is it just me? Or does anyone else notice that during the scene when Jang Mi swatting flies, she looks like a cute tennis player holding a tennis racket.

She is so cute and beautiful!!!

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the purse left on the bench... I KNOW... right???

man, that purse and her cellphone would be gone in a second in the U.S. i was hollering at the screen...
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It's safer in Korea. =P Plus I doubt she's carrying around ohmanwon in there. Probably only manwon. Gi Tae flashes around ohmanwon in his wallet.

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Ha, about the purse! My friend left her phone in the subway when we were traveling in korea, an ajumma actually went off the train to give it back to her. Maybe income gap is nonexistent in korea lol.

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This is off topic, but your comment reminds me of when Yoon Doo Joon (from Let's Eat, Iris 2, Beast) had lamented about leaving his MP3 player on a bench in the subway station. He realized it after he boarded the subway as the glass doors were closing. He got off at the next station and went back to the bench, but it was already gone.

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ah then maybe it comes down to each person in the end. no matter how safe its still pretty dumb to leave a purse unattanded in a public space tho. but then again, kdramalogic... who could explain that, right?

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Reality is the huge disparity between the homeless living permanently in subway stations in their stowed away sleeping bags (Seoul Station subway was memorable - there were even bonfires outside to cook their raw food in cans) ... shopping mall in Gangnam (different world altogether) and the lineup of plastic surgery ads in the Gangnam subway.

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I think I'm the only one amused by Gi Tae's shirt during the confession scene. Anyone read it? It says, "Lies" and "More lies" in a cross shape.

I also was wondering about the purse, but then I doubt she was carrying that much cash in it.

I liked she smacked some boundaries on him and got upset about trying to secretly fund him, but then he threw back at her she was doing the same thing to him.

The character reversal is nice and a bit true to life. Often when your foundation gets shaked you swing too far in the other direction. Their version of that is not the exact same as the other person's version, which is a nice little bit.

I'm guilty of watching the episode 4 times and then about 3-4 more times on the park to apartment parts of the episode, mostly to study it. The acting was so good, and there were subtle parts I really liked, such as him wiping his hand before trying to grab her hand, and then when failing, wiping it again. How he wiped his face and then paused, then doubled down anyway, paused for permission before the kiss, the way she grabbed his waist as a form of consent... The under dialogue even in the silence was well done. Which is why I watched it about 4 more times.

Plus the under dialogue of what she was thinking was also well mapped so that the noble idiocy didn't feel so idiotic. She had good reasons to stay away, but she couldn't bring herself to put herself in that mess again.

Yeah, I get this is a bit more on the technical side, but it's because the emotional side was so well mapped, I wanted to see how they did it.

Look forward to tomorrow's episode.

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Im on mobile data but ive rewatched the park to apartment part for three times now!!! Aggressive nods to everything you said. I lo o o o o ve their unspoken dialogs. What i really love about gitae is despite his seemingly rude behaviors he always respects jangmi's boundaries. He "asked" for consent. Not the usual forces kiss that kdramaland usually offers (where the girl looks more pained than loved). Ggah im crazy for a guy who hugs before a kiss and gong gi tae did just that.

I have so much respect for both leads in this show. I went into the show not knowing who they are but now i keep admiring their acting skills. Its as if they put everything into the characters theyre playing. Like not once were they afraid to make facial expressions that might make them look less attractive. And that just earns so many respect points from my pov.

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You know the director and writer trusts the actors when they use large silences in between. Haha, counting the camera angles, they must have kissed *a lot* in RL. There were at least 3 lean ins from different distances, 2 over the shoulders, yet it was cut together beautifully. That's at least 5 kisses and it was well mapped. *.* I loved how he hesitated before hugging her, almost to get consent and when she didn't push him away he still paused and didn't assume she wanted to kiss him.

The acting was so good on him and her, and it's clear her confidence in herself to some degree has gone up, even if she says it wavers in front of him, she's still the one that proposed the cool relationship, meaning she's learning to be more selfish and ask for things she wants.

A few times what she said and what he said contradicted their physical actions, which is just good acting overall... because a writer as much as they can write, can't quite write that into a script. But they both got it... and played for and against their words. So satisfying. I want to put together a scene half so well.

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Ha! I totally thought of how strangely appropriate his 'Lies and More lies' shirt was. Perfection.

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I noticed his shirt, too. “Lies, Lies, and More Lies” in the shape of a cross. I was like, "Whelp, looks like the coordi's trying to make a statement."

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And I have to say that the sound effects are very well placed in this drama. Even the simple scene became funny because of the sound effects. That one scene when Gi Tae showering every crook and cranny, I died laughing =))

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Oh, we commented at the same time about the sound effects! :-)

I wish they put out something we could download so I could use their sound effects in real life.

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ooooh u guys really made me watched the nook & cranny washing scene again! ha ha! so addictive!! *lol* :-) :)

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TvN has the best sound effects guy. That's what made the nook-and-cranny-washing so hilarious.

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My only annoyance with this show is how inconsistent the second leads are. Like, after yeoreum deliberately hug jangmi knowing gitaes mom is watching, were now given such a sweetheart version of yeoreum that wants to work with jangmi with no other motives. Do i trust that? I mean he didnt seem like hes ready to let her go just an episode ago. I would love for them to make peace with one another just not this fast. I would prefer to have hyeon hee being jangmis comfort during her lowest point. The female friendship was something i loved during the first 2 eps of this drama but hyeonhee seemed to have less of an influence this time. I get that she still has her parts in jangmi gitae relationship but i really wanna see a girl to girl talk more.

Or maybe i just really dislike yeoreum and want him gone lol.

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>were now given such a sweetheart version of yeoreum that wants to work with jangmi with no other motives.

Hey, I like YR, and even I know there's ulterior motive. ::laugh:: He likes her and wants to be around her - and if she's not with KT (as she's not when he initially talks to her), then why shouldn't he try to win her back? (And it's a smart plan - if proximity to KT prompted feelings, perhaps proximity to YR will shift those feelings back. Plus, he knows she'd be good for front-of-house, so win-win.)

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@ harmonyfb : yeah... same here

so happy that YR is given a more likable scene coz I, do in the earlier part was thinking, is this one drama where the main actress will be hitched with the second male lead?

he's so adorable... ;)

p/s: but I do Ki-tae more :)

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*p/s: I do "loves" Ki-yae more ! hihihi! :) ;)

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NUOOOO BC OTP IS MEANT TO BE TOGETHER.

just kidding! lol i feel like i now know how the oppa-shippers feel during reply1994 days. i was defensively on the second lead side as well, making excuses of his persistence while the main-lead shippers are going "OMG HES SO PUSHY"

u know, more than with jangmi, i feel like yeoreum's best pairing is with gitae lol. i just love it when he interacts with gitae!!! and his one-sided love for gitae hyung is just sdelkhiewhfr.

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@ alcoholicbubbletea : yunno... I do feel a bit the same, worse, I think it is even 'outside' the drama scene...

why...? [I know this sounds funny and just show how crazy I have been since following this MND!!]

I watched so many video clips... numerous previews or trailers, MVs by the fans, the making of MND... (via youtube mostly under TvNdrama(?) whatever that I can find! and in so many behind the camera scenes, to my eyes... Yeon Woo-jin is more 'friendly' with Jung Jin-woon rather than with Han Groo

it's my imagination running wild :) :) ;)

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im glad im not the only one! i feel like ywj treats jinwoon like a little brother. i just giggle everytime i see them in gitae's house together. jinwoon immediately loses all his manipulative/seducing looks and became a puppy in my eyes uuugh muffles ears.

i still dont like him around jangmi and i still wish the second leads arent flippyflop (se ah suddenly nice lolwut). but i gotta admit all i want is for OT6 to be happy by the last episode. maybe another beach getaway without all the dramas!

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And is nobody going to comment on Hoon-dong hilarious little dance? I died laughing when I saw him showing his new look to Gi Tae. What a great actor, he acts with his whole body, hahahaha!

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@staurofila: agree...the actor is totally in :)

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I LOOOOOVE this episode most esp Gi Tae. Srsly that guy's so funny, I won't mind the absence of his six pack. And the cleaning scene was literally the cutest scene in kdramaland ever. Okay maybe I'm exaggerating but I'd watched quite a handful of romcoms and only MND maintained its ROM+COM throughout the drama. Though we get frustrating scenes sometimes, there are still little ones we cannot help but to laugh at. :)

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@ pimpy: I won't mind his six pack absence as well, lol. Seems I'm not the only one here who notice and accept the lead male imperfections. Since I love this drama, I try to observe every small thing I can possibly find. Not to be harsh, look at Ki Tae's small scar near his right eyebrow or his asymmetric eyelids. But, those what makes him having human-like character, what makes him alive in this drama. What being positive is that at the same time, I can see my own physical imperfections as somewhat cute. They just make us different, as we are...and not like others. Since, we--each of us, individually--are limited editions in this world...

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>Seems I’m not the only one here who notice and accept the lead male imperfections.

I had a friend once who commented on the movie "The Full Monty" by saying that ordinary men generally have no idea how sexy they really are.

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@ pimpy: I won't mind his six pack absence as well, lol. Seems I'm not the only one here who notice and accept the lead male imperfections. Since I love this drama, I try to observe every small thing I can possibly find. Not to be harsh, look at Ki Tae's small scar near his right eyebrow or his asymmetric eyelids. But, those what make him having human-like character, what make him alive in this drama. What being positive is that at the same time, I can see my own physical imperfections as somewhat cute. They just make us different, as we are...and not like others. Since, we--each of us, individually--are limited editions in this world...

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I was just wondering about the part where KT called JM's (new) cellphone-- wait a minute, how'd he get her new number? XD

And yeah, I was screaming "Your puuuurse!!" in that scene too.

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Hyun Hee could've have given the number to Ki Tae during their talk

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@D's handphone: I think the same as well ! since Hyun-hee is playing cupid, she is the best source of information for Ki-tae!!

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I finished this episode, looked at my husband, and said "I can hear the dramabeans folks squealing from here." Heh. All you lead couple lovers had a lot to squee about, this episode.

And for we few JM/YR shippers, there were things to love, too - including the fact that YR is there being supportive and (still) a little cunning (but also being a good friend to KT). And also little backhanded digs ("noona", lol).

But I have to say, even though I'd prefer to see JM/YR make a go of it and raise staggeringly beautiful offspring, I found that the lead couple was ok, too. So many dramas, I'm staring aghast at the screen, thinking, "Why in the name of all the gods would you chose that jerk?", but KT comes across as genuinely loving, just a little screwed up, so I'm finding the lead couple interaction to be sweet and hopeful.

When KT's mother said "Divorce", I cheered. The look on the dad's face - bwahahahaaa!

And I can't decide if Jang Mi's mother has cancer, or if she's pregnant from the sleepover. I hope it's the latter, because that would be maximum hilarity.

I'm so glad that the funniness was back this episode - last week was difficult watching, so I'm pleased to be giggling again. (Hoon Dong was particularly hilarious.)

Honestly, I have nothing substantive to say - it's all just happy flailing. :)

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I never ever ever ever desperately waited for a drama online. Never. This is the first time for me. Even from the first minutes in the first episode, I have fallen for this romcom. I tried to tell my friends about this show, but it seemed they did not really like it--they adored more on something melodramatic, something I slightly hate about, and not a comedy. So, I keep watching it and try to find 'friends', you know it. And, here you are guys. I read many positive comments about the show here and I can't agree more. I have to value my eyes in seeing this drama (although my friends did not like it, I find you here love it):

1. I agree with one of the comment here. I realize that there are still many actors who are more handsome than YWJ, but look at his expression in this show....priceless, something that cannot always be performed by even a more handsome ones. I rate it 9.8%. Initially, I recognized his face and did not like him in which I pushed myself to because I felt bad at his role (not his acting) in Arang, but I kept telling my self that I had to give him a chance...and, taraaaaa...!

2. My friends told me that they disliked the lead female with no reasons. What's wrong? I think she is brilliant and multitalented. She can speak Mandarin, English, and of course Korean. She--although not too famous yet--can sing as well. And her face is distinctive. It's hard not to like her. Her acting is well done too.

3. The fact that the second lead actor look handsome is one of the strategies to attract audiences in case the first lead male might get failed in his act, but YWJ beat it. Means the producer doesn't need to worry things.

4. I love all the actors and actresses here.

5. A 'different, fresh, intelligent, and worth-watching romantic comedy'.

6. Tired commenting, lol. Should I need to say more? You already know all from the comments here and from any observation you've done during your watching.

Cheers, all.

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I love the lead girl. She is so ... alive and real, and familiar. I had a friend just like her. I bet we all did. Actually, the plot and characters remind me of my dating days when I was 18 : three best friends since childhood in love and dating three guys who are friends as well. By 20 we were all married .... to different people. Sad. Those were the best years, when I look back. Well, at least I defied my parents and ended up with my high school crush. My two girlfriends married the men their parents liked, not the guys they were in love with. Oddly, seventeen years later, all are still happy couples. Go figure.
This show ... this show is the cutest heart warming simple delight. Can't stop watching.

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I once had too, real and alive, although in a bit different way. We have to be grateful for the experience of having such friends...

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@ aleev07:

agree, agree, agree with you! it's really true to me too

since I started watching & found the recap here and read such happy sounded comments - even the one not so happy ones still interesting to read, I can feel it how crazy we are. I know it wiont be an easy findings to have fallen in love with a series that is on air at the same time, one which I sorely avoid and cant believe myself that I cant help with this one!!

last week, I feel really mad, since the recap way delayed due to KCON i think - I have been checking & refreshing this website so often

for this so very super fast recap for this ep13, I am just so grateful !! :)

cheerio ;)

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@adekmanja: Hahaha... can't help but laughing like crazy reading these comments here. They make me smile. Really make my day, lol. I hope that we all here feel the same...

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I just wanna scream "gong gi tae!!!!

I hate and felt pity for him at Arang, but here, I just love him... I couldn't say anything, but like, his character in this drama.

And Han Groo is good, more than good. She's talented!

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I couldn't even enjoy the kiss scene because I was so worried about that purse! So, you know... I had to watch it again.

I'm getting frustrated with characters in this drama (and every other KDrama ever) never explaining themselves when someone misunderstands them. I do get it in this instance; Jang-mi has heard over and over how she must be in it for the money so she feels that no amount of explanation is going to convince people of her sincerity. But still, for my sake, please open your mouth and speak up for yourself.

Non-Crazy Se-ah is pretty cool. Hope she stays that way. Same for Non-Smarmy Yeo Reum. And Uses-Her-Powers-of-Manipulation-for-Good Rape Girl.

I thought that Jang Mi's reluctance about marriage has more to do with her parents' relationship that in the complex past between her and Gi Tea. I just love seeing the two of them happy together. At this point, I don't care what form their relationship takes... lets just have three more episodes of Adorable.

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Oh jang-mi you tease..why would you asked him to shower first when you meant for him to clean afterward, and the poor guy happily washed every nook and crook expecting sexy time all night. [email protected] scene! ;) the most hilarious kdrama's shower scene ever!
I love it that gi tae finally confessed to her. Though i have mixed feelings about jang mi's decision to keep it cool btwn them, I'm kinda glad with this turn of events. The reversal is so ironic and it'll be fun to watch how he has to convince her not to follow his own advice he'd given to her before about being cool n not to rely on anyone. I'm expecting a lot more cuteness frm them tomorrow,and pls writer no more misunderstanding btwn them or their families. I just want to see happy scenes to the end. Thanks gf for the recaps n the insightful comments! I'm actually a bit pissed with JM in this ep but after I read your comments I feel better :)

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@ liza: this drama had driven me nuts

first, I have to wait for one long week.
second, to kill that longing of one long week, I began the unbelievable search on anything related to it
third, I will refresh and check if there's recap on it
fourth, reading the comments by all crazy fans as crazy I am
fifth, enjoying and laughing at the comments and observations - feel like we are watching this drama together on a very big screen !!

oh, suh joy and craziness Jang-mi & Ki-tae brought to our life this past 7 weeks!!

another week to go.... ;)

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Is it possible to be any morning love with this show? I've been in love with Woo Jin because he was always my Maknae Oppa. Now he's my Gong Gi Tae. Kyaaah! I watched the episode at work in the lunch room and had the most ridiculous grin on my face. I'd have been squee'ing like crazy if I was at home.

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Gi Tae's shower beats every brooding shower that has been made in Kdrama history. OMG. Jang-mi you tease! ;-)

I love Jang-mi's new attitude towards relationships. She is right, I don't see how they can go for it at this point. She has learned from her own experience that rushing in serious relationships is not getting her anywhere.
Their family's are on very bad terms too, let them first figure their own marriage issues before getting them meet for new wedding plans.

Looking forward to the next episode!

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The last half of this episode was the best thing ever. I haven't had that much fun watching a drama in a loooong time. I squeed and laughed so hard!

The lead actor is seriously AMAZING. He's so expressive!

Gi Tae was so giddy with anticipation, thinking he'd get lucky ALL NIGHT long. LOL

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All I want to say is OMG Han Groo is freaking strong. How many times did he piggyback Yeon Woo Jin already?!

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Err..that cross shirt was quite the interesting clothing selection for Gi-Tae. Excellent timing since the Pope is visiting South Korea this week. I'm sure he'd love it (not).

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I love this show so SO much!! Thanks so much for the recap, girlfriday.

I have come to the realization from watching this episode that I am becoming Mike Tyson with my little Gi Tae and Jang Mi dolls, mashing them together and saying, "Now kith!" And I'm totally reveling in it! :)

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i feel like GF is not as excited about this show as she was in the beginning and i understand her reasons because the second leads are... just strange.

but omg i think im too crazy about the show that im blinded about all of its flaws. its the first romcom i think i'll manage to finish after reply 1997!!! how long ago was that? i finished reply 1994... like two weeks after it aired lol.

i've a feeling it's gonna be my favorite drama of the year. kyaaaaa ><

cant wait for lolly's recap so i could feel the fangirl energy again! (i love and respect GF i just wanna FLAIIIILLLL with someone and lolly's gonna give us just that)

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Ep 14: Where we still have no answer for the burning question: When the hell is Gong Ki Tae going to change the passcode on his front door?

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You know, our OTP are busy figuring how to communicate and, well, ... make out LOL

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