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High Society: Episode 11

While a little honesty can be effective, a great deal of it can be a dangerous thing when it comes to maintaining a relationship. No one is as prepared to deal with the aftermath of the truth than Joon-ki is, who shows us what it means to be brutally honest about the words one has spoken and the actions one has committed.

Whether or not he’s brave enough to be honest to himself remains to be seen, but if this the first glimpse of many truthful confessions to come, then by all means, share your heart with us.

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EPISODE 11 RECAP

Instead of confronting Joon-ki right then and there, Yoon-ha says she needs some time to think things through. She’s left him with an assignment though, and Joon-ki realizes what’s happened when he sees that the contents of his secret drawer are gone.

Doubt creeps into Yoon-ha’s mind while staring at her hairclip and childhood photo, and her calls to Chang-soo go unanswered. Seeing Joon-ki show up at the parking lot, she decides to have that talk now, asking him if he’d known which family she belonged to, but kept it a secret from her. He nods.

Next the hairclip, which Joon-ki claims he picked up by chance the day she went on an arranged date with Chang-soo. Accepting that answer, she asks if he’d known who she was upon their first meeting. He says yes, but only by face because he’d seen her a couple of times in the elevator earlier that day.

Moving on to the background check, Joon-ki honestly tells her it was on Chang-soo’s request. He didn’t put a name to the face until Chang-soo had recognized her at the supermarket that day.

This means he’d known who she was when she tried setting him up with Ji-yi, and asks if he’d planned this all out. He hadn’t, but gave it a shot anyway. He furrows his brows when she asks if he’d used his mother as a tool in his plans, utterly relieved when he tells her no.

But that doesn’t clear him of being somewhat calculative with his words and behavior toward her, and she asks why he put up an act then. She likely would’ve let her defenses down if someone who approached her acted as if he knew nothing of her background, Joon-ki replies.

It’s as if Joon-ki is speaking of a different person than himself right now, which Yoon-ha picks up on. Asked why he wanted to get close to her, he delivers the blunt truth: “So that you’d like me and marry me.”

Yoon-ha calls him cruel for toying with her all this time, but Joon-ki retorts that he didn’t do all that much—she was the one who suggested that they go out and misinterpreted his kindness as something more. Her determination to fall in love was so great that she would’ve fallen for any man on those grounds alone.

A tear falls down her cheek as she asks if he truly thinks that. He takes a few seconds before answering, “Isn’t it true?” Yoon-ha: “No. It surely isn’t. Because it was you… I loved you because it was you, Choi Joon-ki. So don’t insult my love, you son of a bitch.”

Her tearful confession stuns Joon-ki for a few seconds before insisting that she cannot drive in her highly emotional state. But Yoon-ha ignores him and drives off out of the parking lot and into the pouring rain…

… where she swerves to avoid hitting a cat and crashes into the hedge. Having heard the noise, Joon-ki runs outside to check on her. Though her sobs say otherwise, Yoon-ha insists that she’s fine, willing to abandon her car here temporarily before confronting Joon-ki once more: “Did you want my background that badly?”

Following her brother’s death, she came back from the emotional brink because she missed Joon-ki so much and he gave her a reason to live. Even if loving him wouldn’t solve all of her problems, that love would give her the power to overcome those issues, she says.

She turns to leave and hops in a taxi, leaving Joon-ki behind with his stirring emotions in the rain.

We see that Chang-soo is too preoccupied to pick up Yoon-ha’s call anyway, having arrived at a hotel room with Ji-yi. He says this setting feels awkward, which she plays along with until she adds that it’d be odd to leave so suddenly, too. So he sits back down on the bed. Hee.

Sitting down next to him, she requests a story to break the awkward tension. He tells her a tale about The Scorpion and The Frog, and a simultaneous flashback shows Joon-ki and Chang-soo having watched a movie that featured the same story: a scorpion had asked the frog to help him cross a river, but the latter was afraid he’d be stung and they’d both drown and die.

The frog eventually agreed to help, but got stung anyway. When he asked the scorpion why he did it, he’d been told: “I couldn’t help it. Stinging is in my nature.”

She says it’s a sad tale, to which Chang-soo says he could end up being a scorpion to her and unknowingly hurt her despite his best efforts not to. She says they’d meet the same fate if she did get hurt, then turns to him to say that’s fine with her.

Chang-soo pulls her into bed, giving her a chance to back out now if she’s afraid. But Ji-yi’s already made up her mind and has nothing to fear. As Chang-soo leans in to kiss her, she does have him promise her one thing: that he won’t apologize for what happens next. They seal it with a kiss.

Time for our requisite Jang family check-in: Madam Min is told that it won’t be easy getting half of the assets and that Chairman Jang has no intention of pursuing a divorce. Chairman Jang tells his eldest daughter Ye-won to hand off her project to Yoon-ha when she start work next week.

Ye-won is neither interested in giving away her project nor sharing it with her inexperienced little sister. But Chairman Jang doesn’t like unnecessarily dragging out a project, and furthermore, what would become of Ye-won if Yoon-ha actually pulled it off with flying colors?

That has Ye-won fuming that her father hasn’t changed in his ways of setting his children against one another all in the name of healthy competition.

Pouring a drink for her husband and herself, Madam Min asks why he hasn’t responded to her divorce request. They’ve been together long enough and all their children are grown up, so all there’s left to do is divvy up their assets.

She considers her equal stake as compensation for being a supportive wife all these years, but Chairman Jang doesn’t understand why she’d want to get divorced in their old age. She cites that he’s threatened her to leave loads of times, to which he tells her that she’s free to leave this house but he won’t agree to a divorce.

He refuses to allow her to meet other men, and asks if she truly has nothing to protect now. She somehow took herself out of her own life over the years, he tells her, and tells her to protect herself. “If we get a divorce, you’ll lose yourself. If you end up losing that title as my wife, you’ll really have nothing to protect then.”

So-hyun fills unni Ye-won in about how her friend spoke of Joon-ki’s track record of approaching rich women. She thinks Yoon-ha probably found out about it and is currently bawling her eyes out.

That’s not too far from the truth, as Joon-ki stares out of his window still in his damp suit. Tears well up in his eyes as he opens up the box containing the couple rings he had prepared.

As for Yoon-ha, she takes a broody shower, letting her tears fall among the droplets. She thinks back to everything Joon-ki had told her, including how he had yet to make his dream come true. Just like how Joon-ki vowed to his own reflection a few episodes back, Yoon-ha does the same now, as if giving him a reply: “Your dream is my reality. Just wait.. I’ll step on you.”

Cue the transformation from heiress next door to badass I-don’t-take-your-crap bitch with Yoon-ha trimming her hair a full inch and donning an all-black wardrobe (complete with a choker!). She has Butler Hong dig up more info on Joon-ki.

Chang-soo tells his mother not to go looking for Ji-yi anymore now that they’ve broken up. Plus, he told Ji-yi to call him if his mother ever does. He sends his mother a disapproving look when she makes another dig at Ji-yi before heading out to meet the new Yoon-ha.

I’m rather impressed by his ability to notice her new look, asking if she got dumped or something. She asks why Chang-soo didn’t tell her that Joon-ki already knew about her family background, but she appreciates that he didn’t.

Still, the idea of being the last to know makes her feel pretty lousy, which Chang-soo disagrees with: “It is immature, though.” He doesn’t answer why he and Joon-ki fought that day, though he finds it amusing that Joon-ki was so honest with her about his intentions to marry Yoon-ha, pointing out that he once had the same motive. “Would it have been okay with me?”

But Yoon-ha fixates on how they’re both victims to Joon-ki’s betrayal, and as such, Chang-soo should fire him. Doesn’t Chang-soo hate people who use him the most?

Even now, Chang-soo said it was mutual—he and Joon-ki both needed one another. Yoon-ha says she should’ve known that the two friends would act the same way, but Chang-soo pointedly interjects, “We’re not friends.”

He rises to take his leave just then, but has one last piece of advice for her: If she plans to take Joon-ki on, she’ll need a bit more finesse—because acting like the victim will only hurt her in the end.

That’s not the reason why she asked to see him today, Yoon-ha says. She wanted to see who has more time to spare between him and Joon-ki, and if she could use that to her advantage. She’s going to stomp all over what Joon-ki wants: her privileged background.

Ye-won meets with Joon-ki in her office to directly offer him a job at Taejin. He plays hardball, saying that he’ll accept any job if the conditions are right. Yet he reminds Ye-won that she won’t be able to get any dirt on Yoon-ha this way, even if they’ve parted ways now.

Ye-won promises to compensate Joon-ki generously if he secures a duty-free spot for Taejin Cosmetics at Yumin’s airport storefront. He agrees and asks for negotiation authority in return.

Yoon-ha and Joon-ki miss each other by a hair when she arrives to see her sister. It’s her first day on the job, but Yoon-ha doesn’t let her sister’s pointed jabs get to her, especially about being able to secure a shop for Taejin Cosmetics in an airport.

After agreeing to a sisterly gathering tonight, Yoon-ha boots So-hyun out of her office with the warning not to give away her number to strangers again.

It’s Ji-yi’s first day at her job, too, and Chang-soo gets all pouty when she says they can’t do a lunch date and doesn’t know when they’ll get to meet up next. He’s annoyed when her hungry stomach seems to be important to her than he is, but next thing we know, she pops out of the office to eat lunch with him anyway. Cute cute.

They opt to eat at a nearby snack food stall so that they can maximize her lunch hour. Chang-soo looks at the ddukbokki like it’s alien food and whispers about its possibly unsanitary conditions. But that hardly bothers Ji-yi, who says that humans carry millions of germs all the time.

He finally digs in, mostly out of hunger, but nods approvingly when the food isn’t half-bad. Watching her enjoy the vending machine coffee stirs up his curiosity, he’s surprised when it’s not awful.

Not that he’d let Ji-yi see him enjoy it, of course. He sends Ji-yi back to work, adding that he’s got plans tonight, and then drinks the rest of the coffee.

Chang-soo gets a call from Yoon-ha asks him to help speed up the decision process so that Taejin Cosmetics can procure a spot at a Yumin storefront. In a good mood, Chang-soo agrees to get it done, but then hesitates when he realizes that he’d have to call Joon-ki.

Speaking of whom, he personally follows up on securing that spot. Upon hearing that Taejin’s products carry higher costs to import, he suggests an action plan that will benefit both parties. Instead of being praised for getting the job done effectively and efficiently (and more importantly, faster than Yoon-ha), Chairman Jang admonishes Ye-won for not getting it done earlier.

Over at Lady Kim and the Giant Peach’s place, Mama Lee resigns on the spot upon being asked if Taejin Group has dirt on her (since the chairman’s secretary had asked that she be fired) and that Chairman Jang is Lady Kim’s benefactor.

Per Yoon-ha’s request, Joon-ki is called into a meeting at Taejin where he’s left waiting for an hour before being turned away. Realizing that Yoon-ha was likely behind this, he heads for her office, fully ready to accept anything she throws at him. “Just don’t ruin yourself.”

He asks why she doesn’t ask him the most important question of all. They both know what he’s talking about, so Yoon-ha answers the question for him: “You don’t love me.” Swallowing back his tears, Joon-ki turns the question back on her: “Do you love me?”

“No,” she replies. So Joon-ki asks if Yoon-ha loved him when he was pretending to make a good impression on her. When she answers yes, Joon-ki pushes her to the wall and tells her: “If you loved me then, you should also love me now. That’s what love is. Even if I did wrong by you, even if it doesn’t make sense in your head, you should accept me in your heart. That’s what love is.”

Yoon-ha searches his face for a few seconds before asking why he came clean about everything when she confronted him about it. Joon-ki takes a beat before giving his reply: “Because I love you. I couldn’t bring myself to lie to you.”

Joon-ki doesn’t know when his feelings for her began, but what’s important is that he’s come to love her. He thought she was just like the rest of them, but he realized that she was different.

She vows that she’ll have him blacklisted so that he can no longer work in this industry, but Joon-ki tells her that he’ll accept a job here at Taejin. All the conditions are better than at his current job—any other person would’ve declined the offer out of the person they love, but he’s accepted it because earning a living is more important to him than love.

It’s hard to tell if his eyes betray the words he speaks now, but he falls back to the story he once told her about his hard-working father. The true moral of that story is that he doesn’t want to become a father who is insulted and must beg to others in front of his own child.

Enduring that kind of insult and embarrassment in front of one’s child is something Yoon-ha finds commendable. Joon-ki agrees, but admits that the idea still pains him. Yoon-ha: “Do you even have a heart?” Joon-ki: “Why wouldn’t I?”

Even her threats of using that privileged background he so desires against him simply bounce off of Joon-ki. He’s prepared for all the consequences, and tells her not to forgive him.

After sealing the deal with Ye-won to start working at Taejin as soon as next week, Joon-ki meets with Chang-soo on their usual rooftop. He comes right out with it and tells him about the new job and admits to hurting Chang-soo’s pride.

Chang-soo in turn, acknowledges that Joon-ki was right about his latent sense of elitism. He hadn’t known until Joon-ki pointed it out, and he’s neither able nor has the desire to overcome it. Joon-ki nods that he knows, and Chang-soo tosses back, “Couldn’t you have accept me just as I was, anyway?”

“I did,” Joon-ki retorts—it’s just that he wouldn’t give Chang-soo his heart, and Chang-soo jokes, “How could you not have your heart stolen by me? Aren’t I pretty decent?” That finally gets a laugh out of Joon-ki, who extends an opened helping hand anytime Chang-soo needs it.

Chang-soo vows not to act childish anymore, but Joon-ki believes that this separation will end up being beneficial to their relationship. At the very least, Chang-soo may come to understand where he’s coming from.

But Chang-soo doesn’t like the idea of his longtime buddy leaving him and having to make new friends. Unlike what Chang-soo said once, there’s actually only one reason why people don’t express themselves: because saying it doesn’t change anything.

That’s how it was for him during their friendship, Joon-ki says. The two men take the elevator down in silence, with Chang-soo giving Joon-ki a pat to the arm before stepping out.

Joon-ki arrives home to see his mother waiting with his favorite dish. Seeing that dish only brings up happier memories with Yoon-ha, and Mama Lee notices that he’s barely eating. She asks after Yoon-ha, though left stunned when Joon-ki says they’ve broken up.

Then the saddest thing happens: Mama Lee feels responsible for the couple’s separation because she believes that Yoon-ha’s family found out that she works for Lady Kim. Joon-ki hadn’t known that little fact until just now and insists that’s not the reason why.

“You liked her. You liked her a lot,” Mama Lee says. And as Joon-ki tells his mother that he and Yoon-ha were never going to make it anyway, it’s almost as if he’s trying to convince himself of the same thing.

Yoon-ha shares a drink with Ji-yi by the river, still fuming over Joon-ki. She’s reminded that she can’t actually hurt or kill people out of anger, but seeing his face did stir her heart from vengeance. Ji-yi supposes that means Yoon-ha truly was in love, then cracks a joke to make her friend smile.

Ji-yi takes a brief call from Chang-soo before turning her attention back to Yoon-ha. She understands why Joon-ki made the choice that he did: as a fellow humble citizen, the idea of choosing to make a living over love hits home to her. It makes her wonder what she’s doing now, having chosen to continue loving Chang-soo.

Speaking of whom, Chang-soo barely gets two steps in the door before his mother sits him down, showing him the paparazzi-style photos of him and Ji-yi on their lunch date earlier that day. Oh crap.

While Ji-yi arrives home to be told from her landlady that she’s being evicted because another tenant will pay her a much heftier rent, Chang-soo’s mother asks if this is the way he would treat her leniency.

He said that things were over between him and Ji-yi, but these photos clearly beg to differ. “Do you like having Ji-yi suffer?”

 
COMMENTS

No, no I don’t like seeing Ji-yi suffer in the hands of anyone, least of all Chang-soo’s mother. At the same time, did Chang-soo really think that he could keep his ongoing relationship with Ji-yi a secret when they have a very public (but very cute) lunch date?

High Society has given us some un-dramatic cliffhangers for what are seemingly dramatic moments in the past, but this episode is as if the show cut off mid-scene and called that a cliffhanger. That isn’t to say that every ending needs to be riveting, but ideally it should make me yearn for more rather feel like there should be more build-up to its final moments. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that I don’t want anything or anyone intruding in and messing up Ji-yi’s life.

The spotlight is on Joon-ki and Yoon-ha this hour as their whirlwind romance hits a major obstacle. I’m all for Joon-ki coming clean about his intentions for approaching Yoon-ha and how his feelings have changed since then, along with him feeling genuinely hurt with being rejected so coldly afterward. His motives are out in the open, and for some reason, I still have trouble wrapping my head around it. His bitterness toward being born poor is still evident even if he isn’t verbally ashamed of his background, because he’s made a personal vow never to become a father that grovels to others for being an ordinary working man. So then Joon-ki made it his goal to shed that label of being a proletariat by working his ass off to become successful and becoming friends with the rich. However, it still begs the question of why he desires that life of privilege, even when his resentment for the rich was still evident, both in the words he’d thrown at Chang-soo, followed by the realization that Yoon-ha was somewhat different than from what he’d thought about the wealthy.

Choosing practicality over love is a pragmatic decision, which I do understand. Where it gets fuzzy is that Joon-ki is fighting with his emotions as he speaks these words. In these moments, I keep getting a sense that he himself wants to convince himself of the words he utters — that making a living trumps love — and yet he so wanted to rise above his station. I want to know what Joon-ki wants now, and be a part of the conflicting thoughts racing through his brain. I appreciate your decision to be fully honest, Joon-ki—help us out with a little more insight into your ‘noggin, whether that’s your internal struggle or what you want now.

Still, Joon-ki was absolutely spot-on in his insight into Yoon-ha at the top of the hour. Someone had to tell her that she was more in love with the idea of being loved than being in love… but then as soon as she insisted it was love and now she no longer needs it, well that was that. To that, I can only say that this show has shown us even stranger things before and continues to do so. Yoon-ha’s about-face and lackluster revenge in this hour would be a fair example of this; it’s primarily the execution that makes it fall short of a “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” expectation. Add Yoon-ha’s odd sympathy for the emotional plight of the poor and it becomes difficult to buy that she’s totally out for revenge now. Good thing she has the black choker and eyeliner to remind everyone of that?

For all the built-up tension between Joon-ki’s and Chang-soo’s estranged relationship, we got a very subdued resolution to their fight. Chang-soo isn’t without his flaws, but his acknowledgement to his unknowingly classist and knowingly childish ways is backed up with self-reproach while Joon-ki simply accepts that without saying anything about himself in turn. Granted, having the boys staying mad at each other would’ve felt like spinning our wheels in place, but it makes sense that because of that longtime grudge, they simply can’t pick up their friendship where it left off. Maybe another bike race will help smooth things over. Or some coffee from the vending machine.

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Thank you for the recap! Why, O why did CS told his mom that he would break up with JY, and not think that she would have him followed? He should have watched 1 (or 5) Kdramas, and he might have known. And this is when CS’s naivete (was that what JK meant, when he told CS that he was immature?) shows. I was surprised that he was surprised, when his mother showed him the pictures. I mean, she had already warned him, and he knew she had met with JY. Didn’t he think his mom was serious, about him breaking up with her?

One of my favorite scenes in this ep. was the scene with JK and his mom. I really loved that scene, and I replayed it several times. I love the actress who is playing JK’s mom, and I loved how well we could read her emotions in that scene. I so felt for her, how sorry she felt to her son. I loved how she knew that her son was lying to her, so that she would not feel bad. And in a way, JK was right. The break up did not happen because of her, JK had been digging his own grave, and I had mentioned that in a previous comment (in one of the recaps).

I also thought that the parallel between JK’s mom and CS’s mom was interesting. Both moms know their sons, and both knew that their sons were lying (to them). However, one felt no remorse about her actions, and the other was so sad, thinking that her son lost his girlfriend (and the woman he loved), because of her. I loved how the camera showed that scene of JK and his mom eating together, in silence. JK (kind of) slumped over his plate, resigned to what he had brought to himself, and his mother feeling guilty. The ending of that scene needed no words, it spoke for itself.

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I really enjoy reading your thoughts on this drama, Ivoire. (And of course yours too, gummimochi! Thanks for the recap.)

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Yes, finally one of those scenes that made me love the previous works of the writer.

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The best interaction in this drama is still between YH and JY. It's not often we see a girl friendship this strong and verbal in K dramas.

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Their friendship is delightful and for once, the drama is over the bromance not the girl's friendship.

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Maybe Chang Soo's mom should be the one watching k-dramas to see how well her tactics usually work.

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Haha, and here I am hoping that CS's omma ought to stay away from k-dramas and leave that idea of marriage-by-social-class behind!

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If you were worth billions would you be okay with it?

Would you be okay with the future family heir bringing home someone with only a high school diploma and a pleasant personality?

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You could say that about most of the MIL's in k-dramas :D

It never works out well, but they keep on doing the same things :)

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They should learn from the Queen of England. She learned from her mistakes.

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Couples swap on episode 12 i think xddd

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Haven't watched it yet, but I'm pretty sure the next step of the story should revolve around "class-awareness" issues more than romantical ones. CS and YH as well as JK and JY will team up, but not romantically.

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If this had 25 episodes, I could see this show ending with Ji Yi and Joon Ki finding love in each other. They just sync well. Both realistic and both seem to respect each other and Ji Yi's no nonsense attitude might help Joon Ki realize his flaws better than Yoon Ha at this point.

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How many episodes does this drama have anyway? Drama wiki says "TBA". Anyone know for sure? If there's only 16, it'll be really rushed since it feels like they're only one-third in the storyline.

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I didn't see the ep 12 yet but read many comments about possible couple swap!!!!! This would be major turn off for me because I was worried it would happen but I really prayed for that not to happen :(

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I don't think the couple swap's going to happen. Not for JY at least. Not so sure about YH who fell in love in less than a day (haha, kidding).

If anything, episode 12 showed the characters' internal struggle with their respective love interests (JY wanting to stay away from CS and YH being cold to JK). And JY and JK, the non-chaebols, can have their conversation without having to worry about class. CS and YH were already friends / business partners and their relationship is totally platonic.

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@blu_blu_sky

not in a romantic way but right from the beginning, I was worried that YH and CS would go for a loveless arranged marriage just as their family wanted. Now the premise for that is ready, YH wants to get revenge on JK and if she wants then CS has no choice but to agree to save Ji Yi from his mother.

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Sigh, the thought of the story heading in that direction scares me as well. Sort of like coming full circle from CS and YH's arranged date in episode 1.

At this point, I'd rather take an open ending with no swapping of couples (romantically).

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The Jiyi+Changsoo pairing is more interesting than the actual leads. Also, Yoon-ha's character is grating in my nerves. There's a sense of hypocrisy in a lot of her actions. For example, she says it's commendable of joonki's father to swallow his pride to keep his job yet when someone at the supermarket insulted her and jiyi, she tells her oppa to take care of it. Guess what girl? A lot of normal people don't have an oppa they can run to and have him make someone's life miserable. I had high hopes for this show but the only thing that keeps me coming back is JY and CS

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I actually like the fact that they made the character (YH) consistently flawed in that way. Both she and CS are pretty much blind to their own hypocrisy and inherent elitism. CS started to notice it now after his clash with JK, but YH keeps her self-righteousness intact so far. JK did her a great favour by the way he hurt her with his honesty in the car park scene. It's going to bite him in the ass, but for her, it is a much-needed sting that will help her to overcome her mental limitations eventually.

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I can't agree more.

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I'd find it easier to agree with you if I didn't think this actress was in way over her head trying to convey the elitism, hypocrisy and immaturity of Yoon Ha. Too bad the casting director and the writer weren't on the same page.

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Yes, Uee is not a good actress, and she is miscast for this role (almost as badly as she was for her role in Hogu), and in result, she really sucks at portraying the character.

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I liked her in Hogu's Love. I have, however, wondered if the writer for this drama has some personal vendetta against her.

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What the heck? She is good in here and Hogu Love in fact her character in Hogu is more well written , she is a very good actress okay? She has won acting awards for her capabilities
This drama is just not written good enough
I think writing and the traits of the character are what made an actress stand out
Even if someone else was to portray Yoon Ha it's just the same because of the writer awful Consistency straightening the plot
I love Yoon Ha as character but they didn't develop her growth that much I was hoping they'd focus more on Yoon Ha and Joon Gi development but all they shown here were the second couple typical Kdrama cringy love story
Are you a hater to have said this?!

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Interesting how people complain about the same basic poor girl + rich snotty guy dynamics in kdramas and then reject everything but that same repetitive dynamic when given the chance.

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Yes, it is getting really tedious.

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I find YH very immature, simplistic, confused, delusional, and that she doesn't do what she professes.
But then as the heroine, she is very pretty and has lots of nice clothes.
CS is similar, only that he is not delusional.
It'd be fine w me if these 2 chars learn a thing or 2 in life's hard knock school.

I think the show means to depict JK's plight, and I'm interested in it, only it hasn't come off too well so far.

The script has the feel of a draft; it shows promise but can stand improvement w a few rewrites.

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"..she is very pretty and has lots of nice clothes.." Sometimes I think she is the lead because the show needed a fashion statement.

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Yoon-ha is rather annoying at times. What she says is not what she does. She claims she wants to be independent, but she does little or nothing to actually BE independent.

Like many others, it appears that I am only here for the 2nd leads.

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Seems like a lot of people are staying on the show because of JY and CS but somehow it's YH and JK that makes me come back for more. Probably it is much easier to see how JY melts CS and her mum's heart eventually and ended up together than YH and JK with YH's complicated family background.

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Bah, I hate that trope: The unconditional love of the daughter-in-law towards her abusive mother-in-law that thaws her frozen heart. Yerks. (Thank you, "Grapevine", for your wonderful, wonderful de(con)struction of that trope.)

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But I think in this case, I like the fact that JiYi is all "you can't hurt me (and you're being pathetic)" in front of ChangSoo's mother rather than being a doormat and ChangSoo's mother being surprised because she can't hurt JiYi (much).

Because, JiYi doesn't love her "mother-in-law", nor does she take her shenanigans.

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I hope that doesn't happen here too. Maybe it'll end up like the second female lead's relationship with her new (disapproving chaebol) MIL in CWGM? The "I'll treat you respectfully but I'm not going to take your crap" resolution there was quite refreshing.

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Well, Hye-yun was a much stronger, meaner and more spirited character than Yi Ji-yi though. She wanted more, she demanded more, she was willing to give more. That's why she found a balance with her MiL (who, also, was very different from CS's mother).

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Oh, I was thinking of Dong-bi? Though on second thought it kinda applies to Hye-yoon too. Gosh, are there any mutually friendly female-lead/MIL relationships in dramaland?

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Dong-bi's situation was more similar and more different at the same time (Jong-hun's family wasn't your classical chaebol family etc.).
Ki-joong was a much more cynical version of CS and his mother much more vicious version of CS's mother (who is rather rational and all business, and only cruel as a tactical tools). On the other hand, Dong-bi wasn't a poor girl but a chaebol's daughter herself.

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CWGM?

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Can We Get Married

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I really wish we had more shows like Grapevine that had some actual realistic scenarios. This is not that show. Grapevine broke the formula - this show just seems to be following all the usual tropes, with just enough from the 2nd leads to keep me interested.

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I think people like JY and CS because they're easier, period. They're easier to watch, they're easier to figure out. They're like cotton candy- predictably sweet fluff that puts a smile on your face. I honestly haven't been surprised at a single thing that's happened between the couple, and I doubt there's any surprises in store. But people like that. People like comfort and consistency and cute. However, JYxCS are lacking the dramatic tension to carry the show. High Society really needs both sets of couples to succeed as a drama.

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Well -- that, plus the fact that the actors have actually managed to convey a believable connection between the two in spite of the triteness of their scenario. I admit that in the first couple of episodes I thought the actress playing JY was overdoing the cutesy, but in these last few episodes, I think she's managed some layers in spite of the script.

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Yes. It's the lead couple that makes me come back for more too.

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Yup! I think that's why some people like Ji Yi and Chang Soo more too. They are easier to understand. We don't like the rich guy poor girl trope but we can understand it better. I was looking forward to what a rich girl poor guy dynamic would bring but it's been pretty hard to understand Yoon Ha and Joon Ki. I like that they are flawed but I wish I can see where they are coming from. I don't need to agree with their choices/points of view but I need to understand what they were thinking!

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Agreed. I get that people are complicated and can say one thing, mean another, or say one thing one day and another the next, but good God, it feels like the writing of the two leads isn't complex--it's just confused. Which is why we end up scratching our heads as viewers too.

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Yes, seems like they want to keep us wondering, but even the clues are obscure. I could even forgive that if the two had a bit more chemistry together. Both have more chemistry with every other actor on the show that they appear with than they do together.

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I hope Neil Jordan gets rights from korean TV this year. "I know all there is to know..."

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I don't like "JiYi and ChangSoo" or "YoonHa and JoonKi". Honestly, I like JoonKi, YoonHa, ChangSoo and JiYi.

YoonHa is odd and I'd just cop that to her being in a weird family (chaebol, familial-in-fighting, never studied management at all and yet expects and accepts a high-level management position... etc. etc.)

JoonKi has a huge chip on his shoulder and is suffering from a lot of cognitive dissonance and he's simultaneously moving forward and backwards and generally being confusing but delightfully, brutally honest.

ChangSoo is growing up and cracking out of his chaebol shell. Yay!

JiYi remains the best. She's the only one who knows what she wants, what is important and what can be let go.

At this stage, I don't expect them to make sense to me. I just hope they grow to become people who make sense to me - either by them knowing what they want and acting towards it or by me growing up to accepting that there are more kinds of people than I've met so far.

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YH's weird family.

That mother of hers. I've no words for her.
That eldest sister, and the 2nd one as well.

I guess compared to them, she is a saint and a genius.

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This is what I don't get about many dramas, and this one especially "never studied management at all and yet expects and accepts a high-level management position".

But the most annoying thing is that by day two she has figured it all out 100%. Yeah, OK.

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Ha, I actually found it a little clarifying: so chaebols aren't actually the ones doing any work, they're the ones who call in personal favors to ensure that the work their underlings have been guiding for months actually goes through.

That explains a lot about how these kids could parachute into "management" positions - they're not traditional managers, they're access people.

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The "Nut Rage" incident shows just how badly things can go wrong with that though. And that is getting bigger yet again http://www.ibtimes.com/korean-air-nut-rage-executive-heather-cho-requests-us-lawsuit-be-dropped-2007755

I looked up some photos of chaebol daughters, and none of them look as good as the actress in this show :P They might be able to act better though.

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You should check the Samsung daughters, esp. Lee Yoon Hyung (RIP). I think they're pretty good-looking.

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Yes she was. Sad that her story could be as tragic as any k-drama.

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And it did not stop there - that family must have some real issues http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2010/08/113_71626.html

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I'm hoping there will be some revelation as to why Joon ki is so bitter about his family's circumstances. It has something to do with his dad obviously. Otherwise I thought this was a good episode. Joon ki might have a chip on his shoulder but he can read people. He knows that if Yoon ha really does love him then she won't care about his motives. Love is love after all and you don't love someone one minute then not the next. Granted his ideas of love and marriage are little skewed but I have a feeling he wouldn't have married just anyone no matter what his original plan was all about. He dumped that other woman because she was a bitch not a bad candidate. Too bad the two leads have zero chemistry or this might not be quite so bad. I'm sorry but I can't blame it on my boy Sung Joon because up until now he's had great chemistry with all of his leads. I think Uee is a boring actress. She's a cute girl but she's just blah.

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Exactly, it's so hard to understand why Joon Ki is so extreme about this whole thing. Lying to Chang Soo to use him for years looks like sociopath behaviour even if Chang Soo is a brat and not so great himself.

I also find Uee dull here, and Sung Joon too. Which is funny because I liked them so much in other dramas. And Sung Joon is good at non verbal acting/expressions in other dramas but he just feels so lacking in that department here.

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I think that his extremism is a coping strategy for him. A month ago I wrote that he is a psychopath-wannabe. He wants to be this emotionless, manipulating machine, while he is, in fact, a rather normal human being with a relatively well adjusted moral compass (that, he feels, keeps him and his entire "class" back).

He almost never lies, which is strange considering what he is supposed to be. His actions with YH and CS always gave them a chance to see through his cover. One side of him wants to be called out for what he is doing. Him being completely and (bilaterally) brutally honest with YH in this episode is the logical consequence.

He's not wrong. He needs to be a psychopath for what he has in mind: He hates the rich, but he wants to become one. He craves power, and he hates the poor in general, and his parents in particular, for being powerless. And, worse, for not even wanting to change that (which leads to the self-preserving system of the vicious and powerful).

His whole goal creates a huge amount of cognitive dissonance, of course. He wants to become what he hates, but he also wants to stay what he hates. The cognitive dissonance is solved by his extremist, sometimes fatalistic approach.

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I think Joon Ki's major flaw is that he has a very rigid sense of justice and fairness, probably one he was born with, and rather than that being sanded down by reality it's gone in the other direction and hardened his resolve.

He's all too aware of how unfair things are, and each time he witnesses people being treated differently due to money or status, it makes him angrier. He could run around vandalizing storefronts, but he's a survivalist and more than anything he wants to remove his family from their partially-voluntary, partially-imposed subservient position, so instead he's spent most of his life analyzing how to get to his objective.

One of the things I like most about this drama is the way the four leads aren't just a weird love quadrangle, but their individual interactions actually inform their other relationships. Ji Yi is going to be able to both sympathize with Joon Ki and Yoon Ha, but her sympathy will be through a very specific lens that will cause all parties to reevaluate.

This writer is going to be interesting in future. The themes that are being picked at here are good ones, and the structure of the four friends is a good one too. Individual characters are a bit of a letdown due to both acting and writing (come on, Yoon Ha) but the underlying themes are interesting.

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I like everything you said here.

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@Miranda.....wow....your analysis throughout is just spot on !
That was very insightful of you.

In your other comments here too, you also have this knack to get to the heart of the matter.....

Well done :)

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In addition to more about what he must have witnessed in his parents' life that makes him so bitter, I'd like to know more about the boys' early relationship. I know we saw that short clip of the boys in high school with JK calling the bully-boys off CS. Sure that resulted in CS noticing JK, but I'd like to see how JK and CS started hanging out. I see JK warning the bullies off violence against Anyone, so it isn't necessarily that he did something special there (to him). So who reached out first? Did CS reach out like YH did and JK decided to see where it led? And though he might disdain CS for some of his behaviors/attitudes, because he never did anything deliberately cruel, he kept on, not quite liking or hating him for years? Because I think it is safe to say that JK wouldn't have stuck around if he'd had to put up with more than just spoiling CS a bit.

I guess I feel like some of the back stories still need fleshed out to make me feel like I really understand some of the characters and their relationships.

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@Dee If you want to see rich girl+poor guy, Innocent Man (starring Song Joong Ki and Moon Chae Won) is a good example of that kind of story. It's not a flawless kind ofs drama but I think IM's Kang Maru makes a more interesting anti hero than Joon Ki here. And he has a more interesting motive than Joon Ki.

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ya Innocent Man was a great drama :) .... when I first read the synopsis and I had doubt SJK could pull off an anti hero with that cutest face but he used his cute looking face like a hidden ace, that is called good acting. MCY was great too...

that drama was not flawless, one of the most dramatic one (you know revenge, murder, double amnesia etc) but was executed really well :)

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I somehow cannot bring myself to compare the two shows, despite similarities in the "constellation". They are conceptionally too different.

Kang Maru makes a more interesting anti hero than Joon Ki here. And he has a more interesting motive than Joon Ki.

Ma-ru has a very simple motive, much easier to get behind. Joon-ki was designed not so much around one single biographical issue, but much more around a whole set of personal and biographical traits. That makes him much, much more difficult to write, develop and play.

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What gets me about this show is how it seems to be hellbent on trying to be a million things when it really shouldn't. The writers seem to be trapped in the very plot lines they casted out. For example, they could have focused more on Madam Jang to portray her as a tragic victim (because her story is SAD) rather than a lady who has gone batshit. They could have also focused more on Yoon Ha and Joon Ki, and the fact that they need to understand what it means to be humans living with other humans. OR they could boost up the cute and give us more Chang Soo/Ji Yi time (please) <3.

But now they're in a place where to focus on anything would leave an entire plot line out to sink on its own. When in doubt, don't killbutnotreally rich oppas who have a lot of possessions and agendas to will away. Just let the main character earn her own stuff. I promise we'll like her more.

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Yoon Ha needs to have a massive, massive wake-up call. I was frustrated with her at first, but now I think that's mostly because she shows a blind, naive conviction in almost everything she does. If she manages to somehow finish out the drama without having learned anything about class or privilege (or opening her eyes to her own willingness to use manipulation when it's to her advantage), then that's going to be a problem.

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I think I heard this scorpion and a frog story somewhere in recent dramas ... hmm let me try to think ... this one could be one of those name that drama moment.

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@sheza
The Scorpion and the Frog was recently retold in Mask (Min Woo to Ji Sook) and was aptly used there but maybe more relevant here because we can totally see that this scorpion CS is already starting to hurt the frog JY.

In Mask, Min Woo thought he was the scorpion when in fact Ji Sook could have been the scorpion if she chose, but since she chose to be something far better, we have hopes that this fable will not pan out.

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I thought the scorpion-frog story was fitting and well-illustrated CS and JY's relationship.

And poor JY, she's going to get hurt. Yet I can't help but adore this couple in the midst of their class-consciousness mess. I've seen CS grown as a character since the past few episodes, and I hope he'll overcome himself soon enough, and realize the treasure that JY is.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

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He has grown significantly. He's actually a really good person at heart who prefers to be seen as bad. It's more as a defense mechanism probably because he has grown up fighting with his brothers. He can't think of himself as nice, or his own family will walk all over him.

He was very concerned for Yoon Ha, right from the beginning, though he had no reason to be. But when she confronts him, he prefers to be seen as not caring.

He prefers to accept, in front of JK, that he doesn't want to change his elitism. But in fact, the reason he's been so subdued these last few episodes is perhaps becuase he is battling with himself.

I think only JY really knows him well enough to see past that bad boy facade.

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"He can’t think of himself as nice, or his own family will walk all over him."

I completely agree with your statement. CS's pride and ego stands tall, more or less a by-product of his upbringing, and as you said, his defense mechanism.

Now that he's in love with JY (and they've been so downright honest with each other since day one), I just don't want him to let her go like his exes. JK told him that CS's biggest obstacle is himself. I second that.

CS needs to overcome his own pride and realize he does not have to marry-within-class in order to prove his worth to his parents. He needs to excel in his business (independently, now with JK gone) and prove he's a worthy competitor, without having to go through the business marriage jazz.

I see his chaebol shell coming off, with him trying the road street food, instant coffee and all. He just needs some more angsty shower scenes (maybe?) which will help him reflect and helps him make a decision to choose love and friendship with JY over his family's wrong sense of praise.

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"I see his chaebol shell coming off, with him trying the road street food, instant coffee and all. He just needs some more angsty shower scenes (maybe?) which will help him reflect and helps him make a decision to choose love and friendship with JY over his family’s wrong sense of praise."

HAHA!! This I would love to see.

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Oh yes, I remember now... frog and scorpion story ... it was in Mask! Popular story huh?

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It's been used in dramas A LOT. This is at least the 4th time someone's brought it up on a show I watch in the last 2 years.

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I was momentarily worried it would show up in "I Remember You" as well, but then they went with the two wolves story, which is so much better.

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Hmmmm things get weird in episode 12. :(

Lim Ji Yeon continues to have a great screen presence and constantly overshadows UEE. Her acting is much better and you can really see the difference in the scenes when they're together.

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To a certain extent, I agree with your comment.

JY is a brighter character and wears her heart on her sleeves. In a sense, the character is easier to be portrayed. I would say that Lim Ji Yeon did well in playing JY, capturing our hearts (and the hearts of CS and YH).

Before High Society, I was already in favour of Uee's acting. She played a believable bubbly character in Ojakgyo Brothers and was just natural in the role, and made the viewers root for her. In other words, if Uee played JY, we would be complimenting Uee's acting as well :)

YH is a much more complex character and whose mind and emotion changes by the hour. Here's where I noticed Uee's weakness. She isn't able to carry this kind of role just yet. I see her trying, but she's not selling the character. YH is easy to hate (and the fact that she is an inconsistent and flawed character makes it so hard for me to like YH), but great actors have the ability to make you like a character you would easily hate. I can think of a few actors at that level.

Back to my point, I think it's only fair if we compare apple to apple. If Im Ji Yeon is able to portray YH in a way that would convince us, then I can confidently name the better actor.

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Maybe, you're right. Lim Ji Yeon's character is a cakewalk compared to UEE's one but having seen obsessed, Lim Ji Yeon can do melodrama quite well. She has miles to go acting wise but she is the better one between the two leads.

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I do agree that JY is a much easier character to portray. UEE has it much tougher. But there was one scene that both of them did with the exact same dialog, "Let's break up"

It was the break up scene in ep 4 for UEE and ep 10 for LJY.

Both of them didn't want to break up but had to. felt UEEs acting was forced while LJY's acting was effortless and spot on.

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Who came up with the idea to give a very delicate role like that to some idol anyway?

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... and who decided to accept that role!

I seen a fair few dramas with UEE now, and she has not managed to convince me in any of them. With Hogu's Love and High Society disappointing me in close succession, all I'm left with that I'm going to avoid her dramas from now on. She doesn't deliver.

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I agree you to the infinite times. And i disagree to the thing that Ji Yi might be easier to act, sometimes simple characters are hard to portray interestingly. She was able to draw attention to a simpler character like that , give her credit. And if Uee is not able to make YH not enough interesting then it's her discredit.

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You're right - comparing both scenes where they deliver the lines of "let's break up", I felt more for LJY than for Uee..

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I blame it on the writing
And over focus on the second couple
I can't stand Ji Yi
I dislike her a lot when she said it was no big deal that her best friend got tricked and played with by a man because she's rich and he's poor
What's the logic in that? If some bastard hurt my friends like that I would be hating him more and stayed away from him
But here she just flirts with the man who broke her best friend heart

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Well like someone have said
Playing the nice girl is a lot easier
Yoon Ha is complex ( she is messed up because of her dysfunctional family terrible treatment on her , of course anyone who was raised in that kind of household will grow up passive and complicated)
Well I don't know about others
But i love Uee was the one playing Yoon Ha ( like someone had just mentioned Uee mostly got nice girls character and this is the first that she got such challenging / hard to understand character role so I'm happy she took this challenge.. I don't think it's her ability is the problem
It's not her that made you not sold on Yoon Ha Character
It's the writing style of the writer that is not fine
Uee is good enough , if only the writer had focused on Yoon Ha story more
We will see more of the character sides (I agreed with the comment that maybe the writer had personal vendetta on Uee , ugh)
Lim ji Yeon here didn't overshadow Uee , she just got more screen time because of her love story with CS which the typical cheesy every Kdrama love line ever.
Maybe I'm the odd few people who prefer the main couple story instead
Yoon Ha and Joon Gi story is mature,painful,and complex just like themselves which is you don't find often in Kdramas

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is it just me who find the makeup in this drama is just too much... The foundation is too thick. Even Chan soo wears thick makeup including eyeshadow and red lipstick..

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I can't stop looking at the bump on his chin. Is that a zit? Are they inexplicably putting foundation over a mole? WHAT IS THAT?

(Sometimes I feel sorry towards actors for buying an HDTV.)

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Eh... I've been thinking about that too.

That bump has been there for quite a while already, since the early stages of What's Happened to My Family yet isn't there in his pre-debut/debut pictures.

I think it's a zit gone wrong...

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It's a mole. It's a mole that he always covers up or photoshops away.

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thanks for the recap. and everyone who has commented. its really nice know people thoughts for this drama.
i just watch the 21th episode. and it was great. i keep whispering to my self 'oh shit' everytime yoon ha meet joon ki.
cant wait to see the recap and read comments from all of you

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I was just cracking up when Yoon-ha got a Dramatic Haircut and became... Dark Yoon-ha!

Joon-ki is such an idiot. That total martyr-like confession was just stupid. He put the absolute worst spin on everything trying to scourge his guilt at the deception and just made things hurtful. Imagine leavening the discussion with comments like,

"I didn't understand why a chaebol's daughter was playing at being a worker. When you approached me I just went along ... and then I came to know your sincerity."

"Of course since I knew your family was well-off it was desirable. My family is poor and I want to be able to care for my parents. You know my father isn't well! It made things complicated. But I never tried to seduce you just because you have money!"
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But I have to say, that makeover for YH certainly is more eye-catching and flattering than her previous (ep 1 to 10) hairstyle.

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I thought Joon Ki's honesty was somewhat redeeming. He's been guilty of either hiding or shading the truth, but this was all-out honesty. If she still wants him after this, then he knows he can admit pretty much anything to her.

He's not looking to hold onto her in the parking lot, at least not actively. Any attempt at manipulation, even of the "can't you understand my circumstances" kind, was going to put him in a disadvantageous position and Joon Ki just doesn't leave himself open to that sort of balance. In every exchange we've seen, including those with Chan Soo, Joon Ki is always in control of where he stands.

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Seems that everyone finding inconsistent characters for all 4 of our heroes.
However, I found it's very true and close to real life as most of us are confusing too between love and money and can't understand ourselves in front of matters related to the relationship between money and love.
We think we will act this way but standing in front of dramatic issues, we would explore different selves of us...because both love and money are important in life.
I like Joon Ki's role...very interesting and so true!

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Warning - Spoilers for this post as i am gg to commenton eps 11 and 12 . Jy finds the courage to break up witb cs after his mum trues to leavd jy homeless. I am so proud of jy. She nade the choice to date cs knowing it was doomed from the start bdcoz he kept harrassing her and yeah be is cute so how could she resist. Yet when evil chaebol mum started harmimg her her survuval instincts kicked in and our heroine breaks up for the second time. Cs looks really bad at this stage. He wants jy but cannot protect her. Not sure if there will be musical chairs. Jy is really mature - she counsels yn that jk had no choice but to deceive her while trying to date her. Altho he shoukd have tokd her the truth before she was so deep. Really - jy and jk look so much more compatible in their outlooks - will there be a couple swap? Gosh its getting exciting .and the taejin group starts to facd a succession crises - time for yn to think of the family business and put love on the back burner. Also more tropes ahead - loved the triple wrist grab at the end of ep 12! Classic k drama stuff that and quite a unicorn lately in k dramaland ! Startung to like jk now as he stoically plods at at taejin. He did come clean with yoona including telling her that he was behind the expose on chaebol part time girl at yoo min. So , brownie points for his honesty at this stage. After all guess he has nothing to lose anymore. And jy can date jk if she wants! Cs is not her keeper - u go, girl!

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I am still hanging around just to see what happens to the second lead couple.
Though I didn't like this episode that much. Thanks for the recap.

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I dont think Ji Yi and Chang Soo are easier than Yoon Ha and Joon Ki . If we are going to talk about easiness, both of them are easy.
JK and YH , should have a complex relationship, but it's not what is happening. YH , the strong girl , who fights alone, fell in love in the blink of an eye with some guy , just because of some words of encouragement that her own friend could do better. In my opinion they are the previsible couple. Maybe the acting is not getting to pass that struggle and dark feelings that sorround this couple.
JY and CS , are different because it seems like they are conscious of the reality, and not dreaming on a fairy tale.
All that sweet love , and " we are gonna marry" thing, but we are together only for 3 months. Oh stop please.
JY and CS know that the future of their relationship is uncertain, and they are not denying this. They are risking their feelings. The dialogues between of them is another thing that captivates me , because there is not all that promises of "love forever". Oh and , the chemistry and the acting are much better.
Neither of the relationships have such depth , but one of them makes me really "feel" , and this one is JY and CS.

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Thanks @ gummimochi

While I like that Joon Ki's lie has been found out, since it moves the story along, and although I love his mum, I kinda deplore the way Yoon Ha got to know the truth. Is it not obvious that a locked drawer means that some things are meant to be kept private... therefore opening that drawer to clean it is a no-no??... Worse, how is it not obvious then that one should not be showing the contents of a locked drawer to a 3rd party, even if that 3rd party happens to be featured in the photographs? I guess I wanted Yoon Ha to find out soon too, but for Joon Ki to have had the chance to tell her.

It was sweet though, that Joon Ki did not say anything to his mum (I wouldn't have kept quiet!) and that he did not outwardly blame her or his family for spoiling his plans.

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One wonders if mom didn't subconsciously intentionally sabotage their relationship, you could see she had reservations about Yoon ha's family. Honestly, it's no big loss for either of them. They both have a lot of growing up to do. Yoon ha who was more in love with being in love than with Joon ki; and Joon ki who felt that marrying into a class is more important than honesty.

I wouldn't advise anyone to marry into Yoon ha's family either, they may be rich, but they sure are dysfunctional! I guess a lotof us are, lol.

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Chairman greats Ye won like crap. It's no wonder she's bitchy. Where's the acknowledgement for a job well done, than 'You could have done it sooner?'

The jealousy between the siblings would be reduced if the parenrs would treat them better.

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The Chairman's method of pitting his children against each other, seemingly subscribing to the adage competition brings out the best in one, certainly did more harm than good. And he himself seems to think that any outward display or signs of love towards his children is perhaps a sign of weakness...

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Chang soo getting over an almost life long betrayal in an episode is just as ridiculous as Yoonha falling in love over the course of a single episode. Men handle hurt feelings far worse than women do. The notion that he could behave so maturely, particularly when Joon-ki never apologized or even acknowledged he did anything wrong, but only justified his shadiness with CS's classism is nonsense.

I don't think I'd be too pleased with my billionaire son dating a chick with a high school diploma and a nice personality either. I would stick with directing all my disapproval at him--since that's who I have the right to say something to--and not the girl.

That choker is proof that the writer, director, and possibly the producer...maybe even someone at the studio has issue with UEE. It's like they're out to get her or something.

I'm not willing to accept Joon-ki's justification for his behavior and the tears don't mean anything. He not only chose, but has made it his life's work to be part of their world. He could've stayed at his own level if he didn't like it that much. That's like going to a smoke shop and complaining that the people inside are being inconsiderate by smoking since you don't like smoke.

I keep following this drama because I'm curious where it's going, but I honestly don't like any of them.

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despite all the drama's obsession with being chaelsamkim and money and model looks, i am fascinated with this drama as it clips along quite quickly - thank goodness. with only 4 more eps (just fininished watching ep 12),
doubt if there will be time for temporary couple swap.

I think it's clear that the attraction between YH/Jk and CS/jy is not gg to go away due to money issues, evil chaebol mothers or anything else, temporary deception and confusing confessions. hey, these are kids after all - we should cut them some slack.

I unddrstand that YH finds it difficult to accept jk after knowing about his decption altho he is basically not a bad guy. how to trust him now? she needs a cooling off period and reassess the situation and more importantly, whether she will give him a second chance.

CS is actually v decent in that he eventually accepts Jk and does not attempt to take revenge. it is not Cs style to maim, really.

i am hoping that JY will give up on CS and stay away from him. Altho i love this OTP but really, she wll be miserable if she ends up in that family - unless they do a Secret Garden ending and lead their own lives and bring the grandkids to see the grandparents but will never be allowed into the family home for as long as chaebol mum is alive...

I like that this drama is not makjang as between the 2 OTPs. altho i must say that YH's family is a classic! what a messed up family.

Looking forward:

1. will CS/Jy's one night stand result in a complication( as in "heard it as a rumour " style)? why else did they did add in the one night stand?
2. will YH's missing bro make an appearance?
3. will underhanded ambitious taejin sister end up in prison for shady business tactics?
4. and more importantly, will insufferable Taejin President's mistress be discarded ? (her voice is really beginning to grate on me nerves!!)

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Perhaps JK will redeem himself by some sort of sacrifice at Tajin whereby he 'save' YH from great boo boo or let her shine at the risk of losing his job there. That could be the start of the beginning for YH to soften her heart and go back to him.

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Seriously..no one comments about the scene when joon ki drops tears under the rain? Woww...that's sooo..genius! Joon ki is a man who doesn't like to show his emotion, and the fact that he cries on a rainy day, so that even harder to be seen,, oh my poor joon ki! Love his love story with yoon ha so much! So mature.. Great love story..

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honestly only watching the show for Jiyi+Changsoo. the other ones are dead boring or pointless; and the worst are the devil dad and drunk mama.

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