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My Secret Hotel: Episode 13

If you were hoping the show would make some progress in answering all the questions we’ve been wondering now for weeks (such as, who’s the killer? Who does Sang-hyo really love? Why don’t Hae-young and Sung-gyum act their age?), you’ll be disappointed. The show nearly goes back to square one in terms of plot, but it does remind us yet again what is Sang-hyo’s true passion and driving force behind her actions: The Secret Hotel.

EPISODE 13 RECAP

Sang-hyo tries to stop the boys from literally fighting over her by flinging herself between them. Hae-young is especially taken aback when she throws herself at Sung-gyum to beg them to stop fighting, and tries to pull her away from him. She shoves Hae-young away, telling him if he doesn’t leave now, then yesterday was the last time she’ll ever stay at his his place.

Sung-gyum overhears this, and is surprised and disappointed to realize that Sang-hyo spent the night at Hae-young’s. But at least it gets Hae-young to leave, and he drives off in “her” car while she tries to make amends with Sung-gyum. He doesn’t want to hear her explanation, though, and drives off as well.

Both the men brood alone in their respective offices, but at least Hae-young feels apologetic to Sang-hyo (now if only he could say “I’m sorry” to her face).

Despite an initial cold shoulder when they happen to meet at the elevator, Sung-gyum decides to hear Sang-hyo’s side of the story. She explains how important Hae-young’s father is to him, and that in order to make sure his father gets surgery right away, she’s pretending to continue to be married to Hae-young for the week.

She apologizes for not telling him earlier. But he’s not quite that willing to accept that apology, even though she promises that she has no desire to be back with Hae-young. She’s only doing it because she’s always wanted to have a close relationship with a father, and she doesn’t want that to be taken away from Hae-young.

Sung-gyum clarifies that his difficulty in accepting this situation isn’t the fact that she’s doing this to save someone else — it’s the fact that “someone” happens to be Hae-young.

At Hae-young’s firm, his staff are worried about what will happen if he finds out they haven’t finished their project yet, and when Hae-young asks about it, they promise effusively that they’ll work extra hard overtime to get it finished in time. But instead Hae-young surprises them all by letting them leave early, since he’s a “family man” now and Sang-hyo’s waiting for him.

Or, rather, he’s waiting for her, as he calls from the parking garage to give her a ride home. She told him that she didn’t want him to pick her up, but he thinks it’s best “for his parents” if they arrive home together. He gives her the ultimatum that if she’s not at the car in thirty minutes, he’ll come up to the office and find her. While ultimatums may not be the best way to win back her heart, he does look super cute as he goofily grins at the photos he took of her last night.

Slowly, Sang-hyo gathers her things, and as she heads to the elevator, she receives a call from Sung-gyum. Now it’s time for his ultimatum: He’s not ready to give her up, and he’ll be waiting for her downstairs. Now she’s torn, as she paces from the stairs leading down to Sung-gyum, to the elevator that will take her to parking garage.

Both men continue to wait, and Sang-hyo finally takes decisive steps along the marble floor. Hearing the sound of high-heels, Sung-gyum perks up — but it’s just another coworker walking past. In the end, Sang-hyo chooses Hae-young, and gets into the car.

But she didn’t forget about Sung-gyum — she sent Eun-joo to break the news that she left with Hae-young. Eun-joo’s not exactly thrilled to be relegated to messenger, especially since it means that Eun-joo isn’t a threat to Sang-hyo’s relationship with Sung-gyum. He just wants to be alone, but Eun-joo isn’t letting him off that easy — she’s going to take him out for drinks whether he likes it or not.

During the ride home, Hae-young notices Sang-hyo’s distracted expression, and swerves the car over to a stop when she brings up Sung-gyum. He asks her to not mention Sung-gyum when she’s with him, because she knows how he (Hae-young) feels about her.

When they get to his apartment, his parents aren’t around — which makes Sang-hyo a little grumpy since she’s only there to put on a show for them. She stomps over to the sofa, where Hae-young joins her and pulls out his phone, suggesting they order in for dinner.

She spots the selca pics from last night and snatches the phone from him, determined to erase the photos. He grabs the phone back, and a wrestling match ensues that just so happens to end up with them in a very suggestive position when Mom and Dad arrive.

Just like before, the parents decide it might be nice to go for a little walk to leave the two newlyweds alone, despite Sang-hyo’s frantic protests that this isn’t what it looks like. Best in-laws ever, no matter how fake the marriage.

Later, over fruit and coffee, Mom says that watching the two of them reminds her of her early days of marriage. Aw, it sounds like they have such a healthy relationship. Dad’s completely taken with Sang-hyo, and says that as soon as he’s healed from his heart surgery, they’ll have to go on a father-daughter date. Is it wrong that I only want these two to stay fake-married just so Sang-hyo can have some family in her life?

Eun-joo’s made good on her promise to take Sung-gyum out drinking, and they sit at a pojangmacha, downing soju. For “cathartic reasons,” she’s trying to get him to curse out Sang-hyo (by following her lead, ha!), but he still somehow ends up complimenting Sang-hyo every time.

She eventually realizes he’s a hopeless case where Sang-hyo is concerned, and admits that she’s the one responsible for marrying off Sang-hyo to Hae-young — it was the only thing she could think of to get her out of the picture once she heard Sang-hyo and Sung-gyum were dating. It was a cowardly act, she knows, but she was desperate, and those who are that desperate don’t always think clearly. Which is, she adds, probably how Hae-young felt, too.

Sang-hyo’s in bed, asleep, as Hae-young quietly moves his pillow from the floor to the bed, trying to crawl in next to her. But not so fast — she sits up, demanding to know what he’s doing. He uses his hurt back (from the wrestling match — yeah, right) as an excuse to stay on the bed. But she starts to tickle him and it’s pretty obvious he’s just faking it as he sits up, giggling, trying to fend her off.

That sends both of them to another Las Vegas flashback, when Hae-young was sleeping — or, rather, pouting, because Sang-hyo had to leave to work at the hotel unexpectedly. She started to tickle him to bring back his smile, and despite his efforts to stay mad at her, he’s just too ticklish.

But he does warn her that if she keeps poking him, he’ll start to have some sexy thoughts. Which only makes her poke him more, pffft. Aw, they were so deliriously happy in love back then, making kissy faces at each other.

That memory gets present-day Sang-hyo to stop poking Hae-young, and she decides that if his back is truly hurting, then he can have the bed and she’ll sleep on the floor instead. He immediately springs up and tells her he was just joking, and returns to his spot on the floor.

Her phone chirps, and it’s a goodnight message from Sung-gyum. She smiles over it until she reads the previous messages from last night that Hae-young sent in her name. She yells at him for sending it, even though he profusely denies it, and pushes him off the bed (where he claims he really did his hurt his back now. Suuuure).

In the morning, Sang-hyo finishes getting dressed and quietly watches Hae-young sleep. She takes his phone and is about to delete the photos he took of her while she was sleeping, but hesitates, giving him one last look before setting the phone back down. He wakes up to check his phone, delighted to see she didn’t delete the photos after all.

Sang-hyo sets up breakfast, and Hae-young goes to fetch his parents — only to find a note. They’re headed to the States this morning since his father’s surgery can’t be put off any longer. But when he gets back to the kitchen, he bluffs that they went to have breakfast at his brother’s, and then flashes the note in front of her face as proof (but so fast she can’t read it).

He’s ready to eat breakfast anyway, but Sang-hyo decides to go to work instead. When he asks why, she tells him she just doesn’t want to eat breakfast with him, and then continues to needle him by sticking out her tongue in response to the rest of his questions.

Hae-young finds her expression unsettlingly cute because he warns her not to make it in front of anyone else, especially Sung-gyum. He tries to for the “it’ll make you look weird to Sung-gyum” excuse to get her stop, but she just plays along and agrees, saying that she’ll make a different face for him — such as licking her lips and then blowing a kiss. On the way to work, Sang-hyo giggles at how much she enjoying driving Hae-young crazy — a realization that which makes her stop laughing, because she shouldn’t be having this much fun doing anything that involves Hae-young.

At the office, a sad Gi-chul looks around at the empty desks, mournfully pointing out that Hwang and Young-mi have died — and even Kyung-hee, too. Wait, what?

In a flashback, Gi-chul and the new hire Sung-min hide around the corner as they watch Kyung-hee collapse in Team Leader Cha’s arms. He rushes around the corner, shouting that he’d promised to protect her, but instead gets thrown against the wall by Team Leader Cha, who makes him promise to pretend like he didn’t see anything.

Which means he gives some serious side-eye to Team Leader Cha when he arrives a few minutes later to tell Sang-hyo that Kyung-hee won’t be in that day because she’s not feeling well.

Detective Kim is still focused on Sung-gyum’s father’s murder, and as he flips through the incident report, the other detective fills him in on other gossipy details. From his sources, it seems like Sung-gyum’s father might not have been such a great guy after all — he had a lot of mistresses and beat up his wife. But because everyone one from that time is no longer around, the only one who could confirm it would be his wife.

The incident report also mentions a necklace that was originally found in Sung-gyum’s father’s hand, but then disappeared in the time that his body was transported from the hotel to the hospital. Detective Kim wonders if that necklace is possibly related to one of his mistresses, until he remembers the necklace that was found in Hwang’s things, the one that Young-mi was using to blackmail GM Lee and Sung-gyum. Which means if that necklace isn’t already in the hands of the killer, there could be another murder.

Like Kyung-hee, perhaps — Team Leader Cha reports to GM Lee, who asks if anyone saw him. But before they can go any further, a nervous Gi-chul knocks on the door, desperate to tell his side of the story. He tells the GM that Kyung-hee was killed by Team Leader Cha, but GM Lee reassures him she’s only out sick.

Gi-chul’s eyes grow wide when he realizees that Team Leader Cha is waiting in GM Lee’s office — which makes GM Lee part of the conspiracy. As he dazedly walks away from the office, he glimpses what he thinks is Kyung-hee and rushes after her. But it’s only a brief glimpse, and every time he gets closer, she’s gone. Another ghost?

No — it’s really Kyung-hee, in the flesh. Whew. Gi-chul is just as relieved as I am that she’s still alive and hugs her tightly, thankful that she’s still here. Aw, she seems grateful that someone cares.

Sang-hyo receives a call from Hae-young’s father, who wanted to let her know that they’ve arrived safely in the U.S., and that no matter what anyone else says, he’s getting this surgery for her. She wishes him a speedy recovery, but mostly she’s stunned to realize that Hae-young’s parents have already left Korea.

At that moment, Sung-gyum asks to have a little talk. He wants to know if everything with Hae-young will really be over in a week. But she’s ready to move out today, since his parents are in the U.S. now. He offers to help her pack up her things to move back to her apartment, but she’d rather avoid another fight between the two boys, so she’ll do it alone.

She calls Hae-young for his apartment’s passcode, letting him know that she found out about his parents leaving already. He hangs up before he can tell it to her and rushes out of the office. In the meantime, she tries to guess the passcode herself, trying all sorts of combinations until she finally lands on the correct one: their wedding date.

Hae-young runs into the apartment, shouting out for Sang-hyo before realizing that she’s already gone. Tears fill his eyes as he recalls the moment he returned to their old apartment in Vegas and discovered she was no longer there.

But a voice calls out, letting him know he just needed to give her the passcode — he didn’t need to come all the way here. He clutches Sang-hyo in a tight hug, much to her surprise. Wiping the tears from his eyes, he begs her to stay the week she had promised. She points out that since his parents are no longer here, there isn’t a point for her staying.

His voice breaks as he continues to desperately beg her to stay for a week, just for him. But she quietly tells him she doesn’t want to. “Let’s stop.” In a voiceover, she remembers that seven years ago, she’d fallen in love with him in the space of a week — she’s not sure she has the courage to go through that again.

Our intrepid stalker-reporter Jung-eun has found out about the little fake-marriage ruse, and in an effort to tear Hae-young and Sang-hyo apart, she gleefully writes an article revealing the truth behind their wedding — and the love triangle between Hae-young, Sang-hyo, and Sung-gyum.

Hae-young’s team fends off endless calls as they try to reassure everyone that it’s a false rumor and the couple is happily married. Ha, and Hae-young deals with the phone calls by just automatically hanging up on everyone. When Hae-young deadpans that he’d like Jung-eun killed next, Shi-chan freaks out — apparently he’s got a crush on her. Good luck with that, buddy.

We’re back to square one at The Secret Hotel, as they hold an emergency staff meeting that is strongly reminiscent of the meeting they held in the first episode, trying to figure out how to deal with the negative publicity. Only this time, Sung-gyum is willing to support Sang-hyo rather than blame her for the article.

But she takes the blame anyway, and promises to fix it. Until the reporters quiet down, she’ll continue to stay at Hae-young’s and keep up appearances as a happy couple.

Sung-gyum argues against this, but GM Lee steps in and reminds him that all the hotel staff were complicit in the fake wedding, and if it’s proved to be a fraud, it will ruin the hotel. GM Lee asks Sang-hyo one last time — is she sure that she has no lingering feelings, and she only married him to save the hotel?

Her silence is enough of an answer for him, and he leaves with one last warning to Sung-gyum to not harass her about her decision. After the rest of the staff leave, a shocked Sung-gyum asks if he’s really causing her to waver, and if she’s really being swayed by Hae-young. We don’t get to hear her answer, darn it!

Hae-young works late at the office, replaying in his mind her request for them to stop: “Yes, let’s stop, Nam Sang-hyo.”

As he makes his way home, phantom images of a smiling Sang-hyo continue to greet him, but he makes them disappear by repeating, “Let’s stop, Nam Sang-hyo.”

He bids adieu to the phantom-Sang-hyo in his apartment, but turns back in surprise when she speaks to him. It’s not a phantom after all; it’s the real deal. She tells him that until the rumor about the hotel and their wedding dies down, she wants to stay here with him.

Hae-young still has some pride, though, remarking that after all the times he’s begged her to stay, she’s only now agreeing to live with him in order to save the hotel — sorry, but he’s not the kind of guy to go along with that.

He repeats the magic words: “Let’s stop this.” She calls out to him, pleading, “Just this once!” — but he continues to walk away.

 
COMMENTS

Honestly, I’m so done with these man-boys, and I want Sang-hyo to be done with them, too. The only reason why I can’t fully hate Hae-young is because it seems like Jin Yi-han is having so much fun with this role that I love watching him play around with it. He practically radiates this charming energy that I still find compelling, even if I really want to grab Hae-young’s shoulders and tell him to grow up already. His character is a total wreck, but I still find him so much fun to watch that I’m willing to roll with it.

At least he was willing to finally and officially let go of her by the end of the episode. I’m not exactly holding my breath that he’ll stick to his promise to “stop,” because he’s done all sorts of crazy tricks to try and keep her around as it is, and I assume he’ll be thrilled to have another excuse to keep her close to him a little longer. But it was nice seeing a little juxtaposition of her being the one begging for him to stay for just a little longer. If only it weren’t so contrived and forced! To his credit, Hae-young at least knew her motivation was, once again, to save the hotel. So maybe he’s learning.

Even so — these guys need to stop treating Sang-hyo like a prize to be fought over and won, and start respecting her as a person who is fully capable of making her own decisions. I rolled my eyes at the “ultimatums” they gave her, because that is one of my least favorite rom-com gimmicks ever. I would have much preferred for her to ignore them both and just take a taxi by herself (or, y’know, go out drinking with the girls, because the girls still seem like barrels of awesome-sauce, and I totally want to be BFFs with Eun-joo and drink soju with her).

Let’s focus on the mystery for just a moment, shall we? I’ve had Team Leader Cha on the suspect list for awhile, but thanks to Gi-chul, I’m assuming he’s not the murderer. (Btw, no love for that little Kyung-hee fake-out.) It seems like most people who’ve been pointed out to be the murderer end up having a different, less-deadly secret. Possibly he and Kyung-hee had a little romance going on? I’d like for her to have that much, considering she still hasn’t told anyone that she’s dying of cancer, and I’d be happy knowing Team Leader Cha is someone she could lean on, figuratively and literally.

So strike him off the suspect list. Which leaves… hmmm. I’ve actually been very curious about Sung-gyum’s mother ever since we first learned she was the last person Hwang talked to, and I’m hoping we get to learn a little more about her, since it looks like Detective Kim believes that cracking the old case about Sung-gyum’s father’s death will hold the secret to Hwang and Young-mi’s deaths. Even though the mystery remains one of the most compelling parts of this show, I’m almost at a place where I don’t care who did it — I just want it solved already, dang it.

Also it seems like there are tons of secrets left to reveal — considering how much emphasis has been placed on fathers, and how much Sang-hyo longs for a father figure in her life, I’m still betting on a birth secret — perhaps one of the many ladies Sung-gyum’s father wooed? Maybe one of them was Kyung-hee! Birth secrets, incest and a long-lost parent dying of cancer: a Dramaland trifecta! I kid; I kid. (Uh, I hope I’m kidding… d’you hear me drama gods? It’s a joke! A joke!)

Hopefully these last few episodes will pick up the pace and give us the real answers. Or at least make this drama as fun and interesting as it was in the beginning. Less moping; more murder!

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i think i made the right choice of dropping this drama. getting tired of hae young's childishness and i still see sung gyum as nam goong min's role in i need a romance 3 who annoyed me so much. i want my liar game already.

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oh, i think it's super cute... well, jin yi han is... and i agree, he is having fun with this role - especially the jumping on the bed stuff. so childishly funny!

i don't seem to care about the murder plotline... tho sung gyum is rearing his evil side, little by little...

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I think it's really cute too, and would only add that even with all the cute, there is a ton of heart in the relationship between the OTP. And I totally want the frenemy to get her man ... assuming he is not the murderer.

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I think she does not really love either of the guys the way a person should be loved.
She is sort of like Captain Kirk in love with the Enterprise except her love is a hotel named Secret.

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mwahahahaha this is too accurate!

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Koo Hae-Young invest in/purchase youself some pajamas (aka PJs, jammies)!

What are a pair of pajamas you ask? Let me answer:
A suit of loose pants and jacket or shirt for sleeping in.
A pair of loose pants tied by a drawstring around the waist, worn by both sexes.
A loose usually two-piece lightweight suit designed especially for sleeping or lounging.

Please I beg you. Whether watching you as a guest in someone else's house as you revel in disrespecting their bed or watching you jump into your own bed. Enough is enough!

It's bad enough watching you relish in your chauvinistic behavior and manchild antics episode after episode.

You are from a Chaebol family after all so no excuses.

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But chaebols rarely wear pajamas in dramas! They just find something more stylish and casual to put on. I too find it frustrating, like when Sang Hyo came home, showered, and put on a tight sweater dress?

I'm loving this drama for Yi Han only. He's just too adorable in this role.

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Am I the only one who can't stand Hae Young and his antics? Because if my ex tried to butt into my life like he does, I would be beyond furious, and frankly, it would kill any remote chances of rekindling anything. From creating a ruckus at Sang Hyo's door while drunk, to barging into her place without a care, it's driving me nuts. Like it doesn't register that hey, this isn't the best way to get back a girl YOU dumped.

And yes she married him despite dating someone else, so it's not 100% his fault, but it's like he has no boundaries, even after she asks him to leave her alone.

I love the actor and the chemistry is there, I'm just sad that I can't seem to get behind him :(

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ughh yes to everything. for me, i like all the lead actors, but i dont like any of their characters. sighh.

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Kasey, no you're not the only one. Others might be able to suspend disbelief and chalk up him behaving this way because he loves her and their the OTP, but I can't.

Like you, I feel like I'm in the minority for not getting on board and succumbing to this ship. But, all I can think about or ask is what type of love is this?

So much potential - the promos and posters for MSH had underpinnings of being influenced by and paying homage to the characters and books of Agatha Christie. Granted trying to balance a romantic comedy with a murder mystery is a hard and difficult task to pull off.

But why do writers, kdramas, and networks continue pass this off/hock this as romantic to audiences and expect us to give them a free pass? It's 2014...right?

It's unfortunate that the Nam Sang-Hyo (biddable/indecisive decision-maker/string along my ex and current boyfriend) we've seen in the past few episodes is a distant version of the professional/take charge/excel at my job career woman we were originally introduced to and impressed by.

As it stands right now, the setting of Secret Hotel as a luxurious hotel reminiscent of Art Deco and Hollywood Regency; the styling/wardrobe selections for Yoo In-Na; ballsy Yeo Eun-Joo; and Namgung Min are the main reasons I continue to watch and look forward to each episode.

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Wow, August. You said that so beautifully. Thank you!

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Thanks missDVM. :)

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I find Hae Young's actions disturbing…not adorable. As I have said before, the **ACTOR** is great. It is the horribleness that is his character role that I find sad. Sad that women would say they would like a man to treat them like he treats (not only how he USED to treat her…how he CURRENTLY treats) Sang-Hyo. It is a VERY disturbing way to treat people. He is childish, he bullies, he lies, he tries to manipulate her …. Oh, just let me just walk away at that this point. This show…*throws hands up into air…*

That being said, I am sticking around mainly to have closure on who the dang killer is. *Throws hands back into air* This show! lol

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Yes, thank you. I haaaaate him and can't count the variants of F word that I yelled at him this episode. I think he qualifies for a restraining order. This show has become insultingly stupid :(

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Yeah, the actors are great, but the script is awful. :(

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I agree

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Thank goodness I dropped his drama. Nothing is going anywhere. But... my love for Jin Yi Han.....

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I had stopped watching for a bit too because of other interests, but I had fully planned on picking it up again as it seemed like it would still be satisfying in some ways. Really bummed that that might not be the case. Will see if the last few eps make it worth picking up again because I love the leads :(

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Same here... I don't think it's gonna improve in any way.

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This drama started out really promising. I initially like the balance between the romance, mystery, and humor. But I have stopped watching since eps 6 (or was it 7? Wait, what was it, when Young-mi was killed? Gosh, I can't even remember!), and now it's even painful just reading the recaps. It's so unfortunate that the current writer couldn't maintain the foundation that had been laid out brilliantly by the original writer, imho.

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and I totally want to be BFFs with Eun-joo and drink soju with her)......... Yes yes and yes. I think we all need a Eunjoo in our lives

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i could understand why sang hyo still keeps the distance with hae young.. as a viewer, i could see haeyoung's effort to get his woman back, but in other side, i just got tired with all the game and misunderstanding between them both..
sanghyo only thought that the one who got hurt was her, and hae young was annoying with all his actions to get her back..

but then.. i like this drama to the point i couldn't stop watching it. one of my reasons is this drama happens in reality. sanghyo! having an ex who comes back to our lives and then tries to prove his sincerity after he left..
and meeting a good guy, caring one, and the boss in office, who will say no? hehe

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I dropping it on the 6th ep because I feel so bored.

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I agree with all the comments that Gu Haeyoung's character is getting really annoying -- it bothers me that he keeps violating Sang Hyo's boundaries (kissing her, touching her, sneaking onto her bed, etc) even though she has clearly said no. It makes me uncomfortable that a show would make these multiple crossings of the line seem funny or even romantic...um, what kind of message does that send? That a woman doesn't really mean it when she says no?

That said, I do still find Jin Yi Han adorable. Even though I can't stand what GHY is doing, his smiles when he sees NSH are just so cute. I originally didn't like him that much in the beginning, since he seemed really inexpressive with his wooden facial expressions (and I had just finished watching FTLY, where Jang Hyuk is super expressive), but now he really is charming as an actor. I just can't stand the character.

Nevertheless, I will keep watching...

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I think that the offhand remarks that Haeyoung makes about his back might be for real.
Remember in Secret Garden when Hyun Bin whines about his back and we all assume that it is an attention getting device but then it turns out to be a painful injury.
My guess is that his back pain will have to do with why HY did not return to Vegas in a timely manner...an accident (of course!)

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I feel like this show should've had a 4 episode cutdown and had Surplus Princess fill in the gap. It would've done a much better job what with a faster storyline and less staring matches. Seriously, that's all they do in this drama. Sung Gyum stares out the window gloomily, he stares at Sang Hyo. Sang Hyo stares at (insert male interest here), Hae Young stares some more.
More dialogue!!! This show is almost over so I may as well watch the last 2 episodes, but damn! It had potential. I think if the original writer wrote out the whole script (RIP) then the show may've been better.

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hahaa, so true! I'm still sad/mad that Surplus Princess got so drastically cut and want to watch the Finale but also don't want it to end. : ( As for this show, let's face it, the past few, if not more, episodes have basically been pointless and redundant.

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LOL

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I agree with the majority of the comments above. I now wish the promos had been terrible and not given me false hope. The only character I still like is Eun-joo. Everyone else is either annoying or irrelevant. Oddly enough or rather by extension I like the man Director Jo is when he is with Eun-joo...or maybe its just because their conversations amuse me. Eun-joo is wonderful because just like Director Jo said himself: she is consistent. The most beautiful paradox in a story is when a character can grow but still be consistent with the person we were initially presented with. Now I won't say she's grown per se since shes not a dynamic character, i guess its just I went from "Back off gold digger" to "Go Eun-joo!". I wish YIN's character was as awesome as she started out.

Yunno if Hae-yong's dad was irrational enough to delay heart surgery, I'm surprised her in-laws are as cool as they are.

Was it just me or did they keep switching the side of the bed on which Hae-young was sleeping on the floor?

Sadly, I barely even care about the mystery anymore; it didn't maintain the dramatic tension at all. But I still have a mild curiosity. Mostly about why Cha is GM's stooge. Does he and Gi-chul have a thing for Kyung-hee? Either way, unless there is a birth secret, I don't see how this affects our main couple.

Also, was she adopted by a single mother or something since she always talked about how she grew up without a father(though maybe adoptee dad was horrible)? Talking from experience, sometimes negligence can be a blessing. At least you get to skip the "get married or be responsible for my heart failure" trope ha.

I still want to kiss the outfit coordinator most of the time; been really digging her shoes lately. Though he or she must not really like JYH. Also the architecture of his home and office are intriguing, as befitting an architect...even if no one in his firm ever works and they should all be penniless beggars on the street. This is why every hero has to be a chaebol or otherwise he'd be a scrub.

I agree with what everyone said about the love-lines. If only the actors playing the OTP were just like 10% less adorable then I wouldn't be wasting my time like this because their characters are maddening. One more week guys, then we will be rewarded for our patience with Liar Game.

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Yes! I can't wait for Liar Game!

For a show with so much promise at the beginning of the drama. My Secret Hotel just ended up being disappointing, a filler for Mondays until something better comes up. Kind of how I feel about Plus Nine Boys, although Plus Nine Boys has more of a plot and more dramatic impact. I guess the reason why I am ambivalent about PNB is probably because the tone is so "moody".

But the writer screwed up big time with MSH, took a lovely vibrant show with good actors and ended up being a watered down version of Heirs staring and squaring off matches. Not Good.

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I completely agree with what you said about Eun-joo - I went from wishing she would get lost to wishing I could hang around with her. At least she has stayed true to her feelings for the entire series, but has learned to stand up for herself when it comes to Sung-gyum's little game-playing. I hate the way he keeps teasing all of the women that are interested in him, and playing them off of one another - it's rude and despicable.

As for the "which side of the bed is he sleeping next to" question, this has bugged me through several episodes. Apparently there is a large mirror leaning against the wall, and sometimes they show the point of view as reflected in the mirror. I find the technique bizarre, distracting, and annoying!

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For a change I am actually enjoying the show. Though I don't care about the murder thing and don't give a slightest fuck about it so I just fast forward to the cute scenes between the main heroes. I think all of them are super cute especially SG! Nam Goong Min <3 I have missed seeing him on screen.

Anyway, the whole "fake wedding" was a stupid idea to begin with and super realistic but I don't care because that means more cute scenes between SH and HY. Many people seem to be annoyed with SH for being a typical drama heroine but really, if you were her would choosing be that easy? And anyway the whole scenario is unrealistic to the point I gave up taking his show seriously. If I am annoyed with someone it's HY because he is the one who is forcing SH into all this madness by manipulating her with all his sob stories. She agrees because she actually cares for him, it could be a friendly love too. But in fact he is a creepy stalker guy who just can't get over and he is pulling her into his obsession! Of course, she could have said no but getting rid of him has roved to be terribly hard. Besides, first he forces her into stuff and then mops around and blames her for everything. Way to go HERO!

I really wish she would end up with SG but kdramas don't do that. I also don't care about any of the side characters except maybe that stalker girl who follows HY around. Wouldn't be surprised if she was the killer. I mean both deaths happened when HY was with another woman. But anyway, 2 more episodes to go.

Oh and btw. I really am enjoying the acting of 3 main actors here.

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OK, I am officially sick of both men? boys? and their heavy-handed treatment of Sang-hyo. The yanking her back and forth and the ultimatums would have been the last straw for me if I was her. I would have walked away in the parking garage and let the testosterone fly. If and when either man had come looking for me, I would have told them to go away until they grew up!

And if I was ever given an ultimatum where I wasn't even given a chance to respond before the phone was hung up, I would have done as odilettante suggested and left on my own without a word to either one of them. How dare they act like Neanderthals? A real man takes the time to consider the feelings and preferences of the woman that he is with. He doesn't order her about. Give me a break!!!

I sincerely hope that one of these two men gets a clue and figures out how to grow up because this is almost becoming unwatchable. And the mystery part has been handled so poorly that I truly don't care who did it any more. The only thing saving this show is the actors portraying the OTP - I love them.

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I was kind of disgusted with this whole episode. When Sang Hyo didn't erase those pictures I wanted to smack her! Just because he looks sweet and innocent sleeping she excuses his texting Sung Gyum from her phone? Right now I think Sung Gyum is too good for her. I think that Eun Joo is a much better match for him. I'm sick of Hae Young's antics and outraged at his attitude at the end! If it wasn't for his stalker girl (and why does he let her hang around when she is so poisonous?) Sang Hyo wouldn't be in the situation she is. So only he gets to be selfish and self centered?

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