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My Secret Hotel: Episode 5

The mystery takes a backseat as we focus on Sang-hyo and Hae-young’s relationship, particularly what happened between them in Las Vegas. But can the past be put aside in order for Sang-hyo to find a way to save the reputation of The Secret Hotel — and her job? Sung-gyum continues to find out all he can about what happened to his father, and Soo-ah manages to be the thorn in just about everyone’s side.

EPISODE 5 RECAP

As he’s leaving his studio, Hae-young finds Sang-hyo waiting for him. She promises to take care of his and Soo-ah’s wedding, but he questions whether she can totally be neutral in helping him marry another woman. She reminds him that their relationship ended seven years ago — she has no feelings for him.

Hae-young refuses her offer, reiterating that he said he never wanted to see her again. But as soon as he’s in his car driving home, his cool façade drops as he frets about the way she said she had no feelings for him anymore. Meanwhile, in a taxi of her own, Sang-hyo sobs furious tears as she curses Hae-young, calling him a jerk who will do anything he wants without concern for anyone else’s feelings.

When he arrives home, Hae-young practically jumps out of his skin to find Sang-hyo waiting for him outside the apartment building. He’s ready to take her to task for figuring out where he lives, but she’s focused on getting him to agree to letting her handle his wedding.

Putting aside her pride, she desperately begs him to give her another chance. This isn’t just about her; his wedding affects everyone else at the hotel too.

Any thought Hae-young had of reconsidering disappears as soon as he hears Sung-gyum’s name. He doesn’t care if the hotel goes out of business; he’s not letting her handle his wedding. Sang-hyo’s humble demeanor vanishes after that brush-off, and she shouts that she’ll curse his wedding then!

But she takes it all back as she follows him to his apartment, begging him to reconsider as she hangs on the door to prevent him from shutting it in her face. He manages to shake her off and lock the door. After settling down with a beer in hand, he tries to ignore the persistent ringing of the doorbell, but finally charges over, slamming the door open: “I told you to stop!”

Soo-ah’s eyes blink in bewilderment, and Hae-young is taken aback to see his fiancée at the door instead of Sang-hyo. Soo-ah is ready to spend the night, and Sang-hyo (who’d hidden around the corner) gives a kick to the door as she takes her leave, overhearing what she assumes are the two of them preparing for some sexy times.

But Hae-young puts in a call for Soo-ah’s chauffeur to come pick her up. She’s a little offended that he doesn’t want her to stay the night, wondering if there’s another reason why he hasn’t wanted to sleep with her, despite them being engaged.

She immediately leaps to the conclusion that he must be impotent, and reassures him that they’ll find the best doctors and medicines to find a cure. He’s offended that she thinks that’s his problem, but decides it’s pointless to argue with her.

Chauffeur Kim arrives and Hae-young sees them off (with Soo-ah still suggesting various natural remedies for impotence, ha). As Hae-young walks back to his apartment, he keeps checking to verify that Sang-hyo isn’t lurking around. He pops out of his apartment every few seconds as if to suddenly catch her in the hallway, but his bright smile fades to a disappointed frown when he realizes Sang-hyo is truly gone.

Detective Kim is in his office, lost in thought as he recollects Hae-young’s statement. Hae-young told him about the phone conversation he overheard the night he visited the hotel, as well as finding Kyung-hee crying alone.

The phone call Hwang made has been tracked down to a number in New York, but because the number is no longer in service, they’re unable to confirm who it belonged to until they’re able to cut through all the red tape to get that information from America. But Detective Kim is more focused on the content of the conversation: who is the son that Hwang threatened to tell?

Sung-gyum has tracked down a sushi chef who used to work at the hotel with his father. He asks the chef if he knows anything about his father’s death, and when the chef hesitates, Sung-gyum slides over an envelope of money.

The sushi chef recalls that Sung-gyum’s father fell over a railing on the second floor lobby of the hotel and died. Or so he heard. The chef hesitatingly admits that, because Sung-gyum’s father had so many enemies in the hotel who were jealous of his success, there were rumors it wasn’t an accident — it was murder.

The next morning, Hae-young peers around all the bushes and crouches beside his car, expecting to see Sang-hyo leap out. Disappointed to realize she wasn’t lying in wait for him, he gets into the car and imagines all the ways she had suddenly showed up before in all her crazy disguises. He sighs as he realizes that she must have come to her senses about begging to do his wedding.

Sang-hyo is contemplating her resignation letter when the rest of the wedding staff arrive at the office. She excuses herself, and Kyung-hee worries for her, realizing that Sang-hyo wasn’t able to get Hae-young and Soo-ah to agree to redo the wedding after all.

Peering into Sung-gyum’s office to see if he’s there, Sang-hyo is startled to discover that he’s actually behind her. Amused by her nervous antics, he asks if she’s there to see him. Flustered, she explains that she was just walking by, and quickly makes her escape. But unbeknownst to her, the resignation letter falls from her portfolio and lands at Sung-gyum’s feet.

She heads outside and finds GM Lee sitting on one of the benches. He invites her to join him, and says that even though it must be hard for her to try and resolve the wedding situation, he still believes in her and knows she’ll do her best. At his kind words, she smiles, appreciative of the fact that he’s always been supportive of her.

He admits that if he had a daughter, he would want her to be just like Sang-hyo. She confesses that he’s like a father to her too. As she’s about to show him that she’d even gone so far as to prepare a resignation letter, she discovers it’s gone.

Sung-gyum has it in his hand, and as he rounds the corner of the garden, he sees the general manager and Sang-hyo together. His smile fades as he recalls the sushi chef’s words about his father having enemies in the hotel.

Detective Kim is “having coffee” with Kyung-hee, but it’s a thinly veiled excuse to question her about why she lied about where she was the night Hwang died. She had found out that she has cancer, and the doctors told her that she has one year to live.

Because she couldn’t bear to go to an empty home to deal with the news, she went to the only place that held fond memories for her: the hotel. Kyung-hee apologizes for lying, and begs the detective not to tell anyone why she was there. The rookie detective barges in with some exciting news: He knows who Hwang’s killer is! Or at least they know what he looks like: a gangster with a tattoo on his arm.

At his architecture firm, Hae-young is angry about Jung-eun’s sensational article. She defends her work, coolly pointing out that she used his initials to keep his identity a secret. And besides, there was a dead body, so it’s not like her article was completely fabricated.

Shi-chan tries to soothe things over after Hae-young leaves the room, telling her that his boss is just frustrated because of all the phone calls they received when the article was released. Speaking of phone calls, Hae-young’s phone chirps with a message, and Jung-eun picks it up.

It’s from Soo-ah, telling him that doctors can treat him, but he needs a complete physical first. Shi-chan snatches the phone from her, suddenly worried about the health of his boss and fearing a fatal disease. But it’s revealed that the doctor Soo-ah has made an appointment with is the leading expert in curing impotence (much to everyone’s amusement).

Hae-young wonders why his staff is huddled around the conference table, and pokes his head between them, only to discover Shi-chan cheerfully reading off the rest of Soo-ah’s messages. At the sight of their boss, everyone scatters. Jung-eun hands over his phone, adding that she thinks she can forget him now.

He sighs in gratitude as he watches her leave the office — and then realizes, to his horror, that everyone had been reading his text messages.

As Soo-ah gets a pedicure, Sang-hyo tries to give her a sales pitch as to why she should rebook their wedding at The Secret Hotel. But Soo-ah ignores her to answer her phone. Hae-young is ready to yell at her for her embarrassing texts, but she just gloatingly chirps that she’ll be expecting him to pick her up at the mall later.

Sang-hyo endures Soo-ah’s rude treatment of her, cheerfully assisting her as she goes shopping. She keeps trying to persuade Soo-ah to listen to her as she explains all the ways they will make her wedding the best experience ever, but Soo-ah continues to ignore her. As Sang-hyo follows after her, laden down with all of Soo-ah’s shopping bags, Soo-ah marvels at her tenacity.

She agrees that she’ll hold her wedding at The Secret Hotel provided Sang-hyo does just one thing: get down on her knees and apologize.

Fighting against her pride, Sang-hyo kneels down in front of Soo-ah, quietly begging for one more chance. Soo-ah holds court as the rest of the shoppers look on. She marvels that Sang-hyo must not have as much pride as she thought. With a smirk, she tells Sang-hyo that she’s thought about it after all, and she’s decided against getting married at the hotel.

At that moment, Hae-young arrives and sees Sang-hyo kneeling before his fiancée. He orders Sang-hyo to stand up. When she doesn’t, he bends down and pulls her to her feet, telling her not to kneel just anywhere. Then he grabs her and pulls her out of the mall.

Soo-ah is furious at being left behind, and Chauffeur Kim is left to pick up the shopping bags.

Hae-young drives as Sang-hyo tries to hide her tears. At an empty stretch along the river, he pulls over and steps outside to let her cry in private. As she lets out gut-wrenching sobs, he leans against the car and remembers their married life back in Las Vegas.

In a flashback, we see a happy Hae-young with a bouquet of flowers, ready to surprise Sang-hyo at the casino where she works as a waitress, only to find her being accosted by a customer for sexual favors. She refuses the customer’s advances, and when he grabs her, Hae-young runs forward to punch him in the face.

When they get home, Hae-young orders her to quit her job. She tells him that those kinds of incidents don’t happen very often, but he’s willing to match whatever she makes just so she quits. Offended that he thinks her job is only about the money, she reminds him that being a hotelier has been her lifelong dream.

Furious, he asks if her dream job includes dealing with drunken men and apologizing even if they physically accost her and drag her to their rooms. He yells at her to quit and find a job somewhere else in a decent line of work.

Venting his anger, he kicks over a chair and knocks down a wall-hanging with happy pictures of the two of them. Both are shell-shocked after their fight, and he leans dazedly against the kitchen table while she cries on the bed. That brings us back to the present, as Hae-young leans against the car while Sang-hyo sobs in the passenger seat.

Having cried her fill, Sang-hyo wearily steps out to lean against the car with him. Quietly, she thanks him, and he offers to give her a ride home, but she says she’s fine and turns to leave.

Grabbing her arm, he turns her back to face him. He pleads with her to listen to him for once: “You’re upset right now. I am too, as much as you are.” They spend a long, intense moment staring at each other.

Sung-gyum meets with Soo-ah’s father over dinner to beg him to reconsider his daughter’s wedding. Since he’s invested money in the hotel, he should be concerned about its welfare. But Soo-ah’s father is less concerned about the money than he is about his daughter’s happiness, and he’s leaving the decision up to her.

She barges in, whining about how she was planning to eat eel with Hae-young (because it’s good for impotence, y’know) — but stops short when she sees Sung-gyum.

Soo-ah is totally won over by Sung-gyum’s charms, and promises to try and convince Hae-young to rethink their wedding plans. As he watches them drive away, his smile fades to a sigh of relief as he loosens his tie. Potential disaster averted.

Sang-hyo thanks Hae-young for the ride home, but before she can enter her apartment, he asks her if she has to do “that thing” so badly — to reach the point where she has to beg and kneel. Sang-hyo: “Why? Does my job still seem that pathetic to you?” He insists that’s not what he meant, but she’s already on her way inside.

Hae-young stops at Soo-ah’s (and she practically falls out of her shoes running to meet him outside the gate, ha). He’s prepared to authoritatively insist they get married at The Secret Hotel no matter what, but she surprises him by instantly agreeing. After all, she can’t just think of herself — there so many other people relying on them to hold their wedding there.

As Sang-hyo arrives at work the next day, Eun-joo asks her if she was able to resolve the wedding issue. Sang-hyo’s “just don’t ask” reaction makes Eun-joo decide that she will find a way to fix the situation.

Young-mi is busy showing Gi-chul pictures on her phone, proving that she went to Hong Kong on vacation last month. He jumps to attention when Sang-hyo arrives, and she tells them it’ll be difficult resolving the wedding situation. But to her surprise, Kyung-hee arrives with a happy Soo-ah.

But Young-mi gives her a sidelong glance, because as she was scrolling through her photos, she just discovered that Soo-ah was in Hong Kong at the same time she was. We don’t get to see the face of the man whose arm is draped around Soo-ah’s shoulder, but from Young-mi’s sly expression, there’s a good chance it’s not Hae-young.

Since Eun-joo assumes that Soo-ah and Hae-young’s wedding won’t happen, she meets with Sung-gyum to present her contingency plan: “The Secret Hotel’s Managing Director and Beautiful Public Relations Manager: a magical wedding for two people to represent the hotel.” Pffft.

But Eun-joo’s contingency plan to revive the hotel is dismissed by Sung-gyum as he reminds her of the hotel’s divorce curse — they don’t want to confirm that it exists. When she insists that they wouldn’t get divorced, he tells her the only reason to marry is for love (and not just to save the hotel).

Sang-hyo rushes in at that moment, breathless to report that Soo-ah’s wedding is back on! Which means that Eun-joo’s plan is completely worthless anyway, much to her chagrin.

A beaming Sang-hyo thanks Sung-gyum for getting Soo-ah to agree to get married there. He says he just did what needed to be done in order to protect the hotel. Sang-hyo asks if he did it because he likes her and wanted to help her out. At Sung-gyum’s silence, she laughs: “Just kidding!”

But the joke’s on her when he pulls out her resignation letter. She’s surprised that he has it, thinking it was lost. He sighs, saying it’s a pity she “submitted” it to him, because now it will have to be processed. As he leaves for a meeting, she hurries after him until he stops and asks her if she wants her letter back.

She holds out her hands, ready to accept it, but instead he just gives her a “low-five” and tells her it will cost her: he’ll forget the letter if she buys him the specific dinner he’s been craving.

He gives her until he reaches the bottom of the stairs for her to figure out what kind of food he wants. But as she shouts out types of food, he dismisses all of her suggestions (and slowly descends the last few steps) until she lands on the correct one: ramyun.

Later, as Sung-gyum walks Sang-hyo home after their meal, she chides him for not eating most of his dinner. Perhaps instead of liking ramyun, he really likes her after all? She again laughs and says she’s just kidding, but he admits that he wanted to go to dinner because he has something to ask her: “Do you know how long it takes to realize you’re in love?”

She thinks a moment, but he answers for her: “Three minutes — the time it takes for ramyun to cook.” Then he asks if they should make it official: “Let’s date.”

COMMENTS

This is the first episode with the new writer, Kim Do-hyun, who took over when the original writer, Kim Ye-ri, passed away in March. Writer changes are never fun, especially when the reason is as sad as succumbing to cancer, but I’m impressed at the fact the transition hasn’t been particularly noticeable. Then again, it often takes about the first four episodes for a show to start to find its rhythm — but I do hope that this show is able to maintain the spirit Kim Ye-ri intended when she first conceived the plot.

It does make me wonder, though, if the fact that the characters seem to be growing so much more in depth and personality was intentional from the start, or if it has something to do with the new writer. Plus, the switch from rom-com to mystery feels somehow more cohesive than it did in the first few episodes. Maybe because it was more in the background than the focus of the episode, but the mystery surrounding Hwang’s death still seems important, but not important enough to make it feel like the romance and relationships are in a tug-of-war of thematic cohesiveness.

Certainly it’s important to everyone that Hwang’s murder be solved, but it’s more the impetus to unlock the secrets that everyone has been hiding for so long. Such as why Sang-hyo and Hae-young have such a tumultuous relationship, and why he can’t seem to stay out of her present life.

It does make me wonder if Hae-young views Soo-ah like the lecherous clientele Sang-hyo had to deal with back in Las Vegas — they want their way, no matter what, and then demand an apology even when they’re the ones who are in the wrong. No wonder he dragged her out of the mall after finding her kneeling before his fiancée — I’m sure it brought up, all too vividly, the memories of Sang-hyo apologizing before all those guys who didn’t deserve it.

Which does seem to doom the Hae-young/Soo-ah relationship, even if we weren’t already expecting it. If he can’t see her as anything but an entitled spoiled brat, then there’s no hope for them. Although I am eagerly waiting for her mysterious secret to be revealed, because I’m not ready for him to play the noble idiot by marrying a woman he doesn’t love just so he can save the career of the woman he does.

Then again, it would be almost poetic justice, considering how he had belittled her career, and now he’s willing to sacrifice his future happiness so she can keep her job. Hae-young may still have a ways to go before he’s ready to be considered worthy for Sang-hyo, but I’m optimistic at the growth we’ve seen so far.

As for Sung-gyum, I’ll admit I’m a little surprised by his forthright confession. Perhaps I shouldn’t be — perhaps it was obvious, considering the way she makes him smile. But he’s still such an enigma that I can’t help but feel there’s some deeper purpose as to why he would want to date Sang-hyo. He’s grown on me enough that I want to root for him, I really do; but there’s still something that seems “off” about his attention to Sang-hyo.

Maybe it’s just because I feel like Sang-hyo deserves to be the center of attention, and right now he’s focused on figuring out the mystery with his father. After seeing how chummy Sang-hyo and GM Lee are in their father-daughter relationship, as much as I want to believe he likes Sang-hyo for who she is, I’m suspicious that he’ll use her to get more information about the general manager. Maybe that’s just me, or maybe we’re supposed to think that thanks to the editing (which makes it seem like there’s definitely more to Sung-gyum than meets the eye). Either way, as much as I want to squee over the fact a second lead has come right out and asked to date a lead who’s clearly into him, I’ve just got too many red flags to accept it for what it is.

Especially since the last thing I want for Sang-hyo is for her heart to get broken again. I want less crying Sang-hyo (as amazing as Yoo Inna is at acting out her gut-wrenching tears) and lots more sassy and smiling Sang-hyo.

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yeeeaayy It's here XD, thanks for the recap !
thanks God not just me who thinks something is "off" with SG. I adore his flirty way with SH but still something is weird, maybe it's look like calculated and planed ?
Pleasee HY don't be a noble 100x idiot XD. Can't wait for SH and HY relationship development.

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Agree 100%! SG is supercute while playing and seducing SH, but there is something missing, more passion maybe?? is he up to something? HY on the contrary has the passion for SH but does not know how to approach or ask for forgiveness...He has a lot to say and to show if he wants to get her back.
I am waiting for more SH-HY interactions, because their chemistry has so much potential. I want the show to put them together in one of that hotel rooms and throw away the key until they made up XD

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I initially thought it was the characters he was playing, but I now feel that Namgung min's acting is the issue. This guy just can't have expressions! It's like he's afraid of getting wrinkles.

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It could be plastic surgery or Botox, which do cut down on the mobility of facial muscles. Some of these actors and actresses have had so much ps that their faces have about as much expression as a Noh mask.

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Thank you for the Racap and Comments, as always!

Is it possible that SooAh suspects/knows her Driver Kim was involved in the murder to disrupt the wedding? Maybe her own parents had a hand in it? That might be why she is treating him so coldly. (Of course love could also be the reason, but she is way over the top to have a broken heart, really …)
SooAhs mom also doesn't seem to want her to stay over at HYs. Which, on the other hand, plays out pretty well for our ex-couple. HYs fake-hiding from SH was sooo funny. I love this man and the circles under his eyes. He looks so sad/broken, I just wanna pat him on the back.

YoungMi seems to have a huge amount of money at hand, making me think she might be our wallet thief. Could it be that Hwang knew about it and was blackmailing her? Reason enough for her to get rid of him.

And last but not least a question about Hwangs murder timeline: So, according to the police he was killed between 10 pm and midnight. The wedding ceremony was (I assume) sometime in the morning or mid-day. Hwang was not lying on the glass roof before he fell through (no shadow), but his blood was dribbling down (HOW? Wouldn't he have stopped bleeding by then?) Anyways, it seems like he first fell down on the glass and then directly through. Where did he come from? Was he hooked up somewhere above the glass roof (Hello, Hannibal associations xD) or did he really fall through 3 stories like shown in the trailer? Why weren't we shown WHERE HE CAME FROM? This keeps me awake at night, I swear!

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You and me both.. why spent too much time at where thr body landed? should just go up to the rooftop or wherever he came from. why never question the guests? winking detective ahn ma nyeo should get to it chop chop...

That aside, i was horrified with the flying shred of broken glasses. Wouldnt some be landing near HG at least?

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Someone called it last week, and I call it now - Soo-ah's mystery man is totally her perpetually-pained-looking chaffeur.

I'm starting to warm to Hae-young a little more, because Jin Yi-han plays him with so much feeling, but I feel like my shipper senses are broken because I'm all about the second lead here. To me, it feels like he genuinely does like her, and I'm really enjoying him - he teases Sang-hyo, but with genuine caring. (and I laughed hard at the part where he got to bust out of the salvage-hotel-reputation wedding, that's some way to propose lol)

As for Sang-hyo, she's pretty much the only person in the cast besides Hae-young that I'm sure can't be the murderer, and she's also the one with the least secrets. But we did get a peek into why her marriage fell apart, and it's a reason that fits her perfectly - her job, no matter what it is, is very important to her, and I feel like Hae-young genuinely hurt her when he offered to give her money to give it up in the past.

She's nothing if not persistent, both in the past and now, when it comes to her job - I would like to see whether she actively takes a part in solving the mystery, and how that stubbornness plays into that.

(and the end, whoa. Didn't expect Sung-gyum to be this straightforward!)

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Agreed with everything you said. I am really rooting for SG in this particular triangle, though I do concede that it partially might be that I'm just so tired of exes getting back together. I want to see some stories where people deal with the emotional baggage and then MOVE ON.

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On a purely superficial note, YIN and TVN are a perfect match. She always looks soo pretty in her TVN dramas.

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Yay thank you for the recap! ^^

I thought Soo Ah would be a harmless, all-aegyo type of girl, but she got on my nerves in this episode.
She was really two-faced and petty. I can understand her not wanting the wedding to be done at S Hotel again, but did she have to go as low as she did with Sang Hyo?

I'm very curious about what evidence Young Mi has on Soo Ah. Maybe Soo Ah with her driver?

I was cringing when Eun Joo brought her marriage idea to Sung Gyum. I wasn't sure if she was serious or if her plan was a fake ploy. Either way, her idea was bad.
Sung Gyum's response was just right; I wish Eun Joo would get a clue. Looks like she doesn't have a chance with him at all. But there's another guy... Simon. He stared at her and even sighed after she left like he was secretly longing for her.

Sang Hyo and Sung Gyum had a sweet scene when she had to guess what dinner to buy for him.
The way she asked if he wanted to eat ramyun was sooooo adorable. Her cute pose and expression! *-*

It's already EP 5, but Sung Gyum's date proposal surprised me a bit. He was so formal about it. I agree that there's something off about him.... It seems like he is interested in her, but he's not gripping with emotions about it. Maybe he's holding back a bit or his personality is just like that - reserved and enigmatic.

I've liked most of Yoo Inna's outfits, but I wish her pants weren't so oversized. I don't need to see her in skinny tight jeans, but some better fitting pants would be nice.

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re: Yoo Inna's trousers, I agree - they're too loose.

(but there is a skirt-and-blouse outfit in episode 6 that I really love, it's incredibly pretty. And also showed that her figure is truly amazing!)

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Please, it's my beloved design when it comes to trousers. They are not too loose, they are quite wide. It's been more than 10 years since I could buy some and now they're back. Finally <3. I find them very feminine, and they flow so nicely, sometimes you don't know whether it's a skirt or trusers... Just like the ones Marlene Dietrich used to wear.

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Just so we're clear, I love the trousers she's wearing in the outfit of the top screencap - that whole outfit is perfect.

But the lighter coloured ones she's wearing with the blue blouse are not my fave.

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(contd) probably because of the proportions of the outfit itself - her top is a bit too loose to go with trousers like that, if it were a little more fitted or less loose, she'd look great.

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Hmm, if the pants were wide and long, maybe I'd like them better. Yoo Inna is already a petite lady so I feel the pants cover her too much.

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Most of her outfits have been fine. But the one I disliked was the same one pogo mentioned... The cream colored pants.

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Hmm, if the pants were wide and long, maybe I'd like them better. Yoo Inna is already a petite lady so I feel the pants cover her too much.

Most of her outfits have been fine. But the one I disliked was the same one pogo mentioned... The cream colored pants.

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While they are not a favorite style with me I have to admit they look good on her.

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10 years? I think mine are about 15. I just muster the courage to say goodbye & threw them away 2 months back and now it's back in fashion! Dang!

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I know the skirt and blouse combo you mean! When she appeared on-screen in that outfit, I was like, Damn girl, you have a killer body!

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I know - she has a perfect hourglass figure!

(I admit it, I'm jealous)

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Yessssss I remember that skirt + blouse outfit! It showed off her figure quite well.

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I really want to find the coordi and congratulate them for it.

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LOL! Amazing!

This is one drama where the outfits almost outshine the plot.

Whoever Yoo In Na's stylist is, they definitely deserve applause. My favorite is the brown skirt, she wore with a brown and white stripped blouse. It showed off her killer bod and I couldn't stop staring at her.

It's amazing, she covers up a lot on this show and yet she looks hotter than most actresses do with their miniskirts. Shows the power of awesome dressing!

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Is Simon the security guy? I'm getting a relationship vibe between the security guy and the young guy at the wedding department who were drinking together on the night of the murder. They were so nervous about accepting the fact that there must be some secret behind it.

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I hope the writer won't try too hard in giving too many stories to all the characters.

The investigative story, Sang Hyo's dept., SH's love lines, so much to deal with already.

Already, I'm wishing for more scenes between SH & SG & HY.
It's never enough cute from SH & HY and flirt between SH & SG.

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Oh, you mean the Head Security Leader Cha Dong Min. I got that vibe too. Or they're just covering for each other with a fake alibi.

Simon is Sung Gyum's security/hotel guy that is helping him about his father's mystery. His pic: http://i.imgur.com/dlgkIL0.jpg

Btw..
(Sorry for my double posts earlier. x3)

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They have really picked hard to remember names this time. lets try. Sang Hyo and ... Hae Young should totally get back together NOW even if dead bodies fall.

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I love this show -- it's the only one I really wait for with bated breath every Monday. The performances and the script are doing a bang-up job of showing both how much in love this couple was/is, and why either or both at any given time might be too afraid to give it another try for fear of being that badly hurt again.

Also, unlike a lot of rom-coms (especially the recent Married Not Dating), the secondary characters hold some interest. And the clothes are working for me.

I'm hoping it won't become mopey -- I like some humor with my mystery/love story.

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Does anyone know the title of the rap song that plays around the 35th minute in the episode (where SH is crying in HY's car)?

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Swings & yoo sung eun-- trap

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When I first hear about Secret Hotel,I was doubtful that a mystery/romance plot could be successful. So far though, I have been enjoying this drama a lot! Yoo Inna is doing a great job acting out her character. I love the sass in her character and her gung-ho~ness towards her job.

Thanks for the awesome recaps!! I love reading everyone's comments, as they bring fresh perspectives and great discussion about Secret Hotel.

I'm curious to see Hae Young and Soo Ah's wedding unfold, and whether or not it will happen. Hae Young is clearly still in love with Sang Hyo. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like Soo Ah has the hots for Sung Gyum or maybe it's just that he's charmed by him for his good looks and suave talking. I honestly hope they both decide to call the wedding off...

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Thanks for the recap Odilettante.

I find this show quite a refreshing telling of the reunited lovers theme in that we have two people who clearly loved and still pine for each other very much. They are both nice, principled people who are not out to get revenge or try to willfully hurt each other. They both have seemingly good reasons to stay away from each other though I find Hae-young more honest of the two. He knows he still has deep feelings for his ex wife and he's ready to act on them but is thwarted again and again. The one thing I don't get is his willingness to still marry a woman he doesn't love when the one he loves is right in front of him.

I also find the reason they split credible and a workable problem they can get over and be happy if they reunite.

The problem is I like her relationship with both men (as opposed to Discovery of Romance in which I neither like the heroine nor her relationship with either man). There are deep feelings between Sang-hyo and Hae-young, the scene after her kneeling in front of his fiance was very touching, but Sang-hyo is cute and playful when she's with Sung-gyum (I imagine she was like this with Hae-young before the breakup as well). Sung-gyum is also not so much of a stick up as I imagined him to be (much better than his character in I Need Romance 3 which I really disliked).

I don't find Soo-ah to be an obstacle to the main romance at all because of her thing on the side with the chauffeur but I wonder how the show will deal with Sung-gyum. I don't care for Soo-ah at all. While not deliberately evil she's a selfish spoiled rich girl who looks down on poorer people and thinks too highly of herself. I get a sense that she will get her version of a happy ending though. I have less patience for Jung-eun who is just irritating.

The whole impotence thing was very funny (and got even funnier in Episode 6).

Still loving Sang-hyo's style and waiting for that "Secret" song...

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I so wish this was episode 6 so I could say three words. I want to say them so badly as I don't get to very often.

Honest truth though after the flash back in this episode I'm more rooting for Sang-hyo to be by herself at the end. Hae-young’s too controlling and looks down on her career choice and I just don't trust Sung-gyum.

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Well, I think you made a point.
Still I wish the divorce was due to extra reasons or misunderstandings. I hope HY being disrespectful to SH's job was an isolated incident. That would allow SH to apologize and recognize he was wrong. He does not look like the dominant type to me, on the contrary he seems to be pretty sweet...or maybe it is because I am biased and cannot see Jin Yi Han in a negative light :D
I look forward to see more about their story! Hope I can stay in this ship till the end, haha!

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I found two things to be pretty suspicious this episode. First, there's something weird going on between Soo ah and her driver. Whenever they meet they have this intense chemistry!!! And also, when Seung gyum and the sushi chef meet, the chef makes a comment that he doesn't resemble his father @[email protected] possible birth secret?

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Loved this episode! I'm trying to take this show slowly and savor it because I have the desire to marathon all the available episodes that are out (which is only 3 more). Must hold back...

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The rap song in the middle is called Trap by 스윙스 & 유성은. Hope that helps.
I can't go to romanization from Korean well, so I'm not sure of the artists names. It could translate to "swings & meteors".

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The last scene, let's date... It is awesome. I'm more curious about Sanghyo and Sunggyum's relationship

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