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She Was Pretty: Episode 14

Well, they keep saying it’s not over till it’s over, so I’m gonna take their word for it, even though I could swear that the plot has run its course. But hey, I’m not about to complain if we get heaps of cuteness, am I? I’m pretty sure no one’s watching this rom-com to find out what happens to the magazine, that’s for sure. Thankfully there are some developments on multiple romance fronts, and a nice character arc for our scruffy ace reporter.

Oh, and I’m just popping in for an episode to help lollypip out; she’ll be back with the final two episodes shortly!

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

With his arms around Hye-jin in a backhug, Sung-joon tells her that after saving the magazine, he’s going to propose to her. He says that he still carries the memory of losing her, and that he’s been missing her for fifteen years.

Sung-joon: “I’ve found you after fifteen years. I don’t want to lose you again. The next fifteen years, and the next, and the next, and if time permits, then the time after that too—I want to be with you.” Uh, that sounds a lot like a proposal to me.

He realizes his own nervousness and says that he’s just never been so sure of his own heart before, and wanted to tell her how he feels. He pulls Hye-jin’s hood up so that she doesn’t get cold, and she tells him that she’d like it if he succeeded. She breaks into a big grin, and he pulls her in for a kiss.

But that niggling feeling of foreboding wasn’t for nothing, because Sung-joon returns to the office to discover that his big feature interview has been canceled due to their subject’s impending drug scandal. Shin-hyuk hears the news from another source at the same time and races back to the office, and Sung-joon confirms it.

The rest of the team is just as deflated when they hear that their next issue will be missing its 12-page cover feature, and they scramble for ideas. None of the possibilities sounds all that promising until Poong-ho suggests an interview with Ten, the mysterious mystery writer who wrote the hit crime novel that they’ve been passing around the office.

They wonder if someone as secretive as Ten would agree to a photo shoot and interview, but Sung-joon suggests doing it without the photo shoot—if they can get Ten, they might not even need pictures at all. Editor Kim watches from her balcony office and notes that Ten is their next target.

Sung-joon meets with Ten’s book publisher, who says that he only communicates with the author via email. He promises to pass along the request for an interview, but tells Sung-joon not to get his hopes up.

Hye-jin greets Sung-joon on his way back by sticking her face right in his face, with no explanation. She remembers him saying that just looking at her gives him strength, so she tells him to look all he wants and get his fill. That’s cute.

She tells him not to worry because everything will work out, and gets him to smile. They stand there holding hands in the hallway for a while, just giggling like fools.

In a different hallway, Joon-woo confronts his girlfriend Seul about her weird avoidy behavior lately, and she shocks him by suggesting that they reconsider their decision to date. He clearly wasn’t expecting that, and she leaves him reeling.

Meanwhile, Ha-ri comes home to find Dad waiting outside for her, having heard that she quit her job at the hotel. He doesn’t seem mad, but just asks if she got tired of it and wants a new job. I’m seeing now why she ended up a spoiled princess.

But Ha-ri sticks to her guns and says she’s figuring out what it is that she can accomplish on her own. She says that she won’t be accepting Daddy’s help anymore, and adds that he should say no if she ever goes running to him in a moment of weakness. He chuckles and still offers to help her out whenever she needs it, and Ha-ri notes with a smile that he’s not hiding her from his wife anymore.

She berates herself the moment he leaves though, wondering what possessed her to act so confident when she actually has no idea what to do with her life. She rallies together all the optimism she can and gives herself a pep talk, scaring the downstairs café ajusshi in the process.

The Most staff reaches the end of their potential interviewee list with nothing but rejections. Reporter Cha adds with a sigh that there’s a rumor going around that their company is getting a new vice president—the chairman’s son—next week. Shin-hyuk complains that the pattern is so typical, and everybody’s a second-generation chaebol nowadays. Pfft, everybody if they’re you.

Seul panics that she only has a week left to seduce the chairman’s son, and looks back and forth between the last two candidates: Poong-ho and Shin-hyuk. She decides to start with Shin-hyuk and asks if he wants to have dinner on their way out, but he stops her mid-sentence to tease her about her nose hairs poking out, much to her horror.

Sung-joon hears that Ten hasn’t even read the email that he sent, and he sends his team home early that night instead of having everyone sit there waiting in defeat. It’s looking pretty dire, and the others wonder if Sung-joon will return to New York if Most goes under.

Shin-hyuk notes Hye-jin’s worry and reminds her that it’s never over until it’s over. He says they’ll find a way, and prompts her for a fist-bump before heading out.

Joon-woo chases after Seul as she’s leaving, and holds his phone up to ask if he should go on a blind date. She tells him to go ahead, so he calls to make the date on the verge of tears, then starts crying as he runs away from her in hilariously dramatic slow-motion.

Seul takes out her phone to call Shin-hyuk, but then starts to remember all the sweet things Joon-woo has done for her, and how much she likes him. Then it’s her turn for a dramatic slo-mo run as she chases him all the way to the bus stop.

Joon-woo’s already on the bus when he sees her running toward him, and asks for the bus driver to stop. The ajusshi refuses, saying that this isn’t a taxi, and Joon-woo whimpers, “They always stop in dramas.” Hee.

He sticks his head out of the window and yells for her to meet him at the next stop, and she runs all the way there to declare that she doesn’t want him going on that blind date. She says she’ll only have eyes for him from now on because she likes him so much, and he beams.

Seul demands a kiss, and another, and another, and Joon-woo complies happily.

An abrupt cut takes us to Sung-joon, who takes a call from Hye-jin as he goes for a run. She surprises him by showing up with a basketball and challenging him to a game, and they play a ridiculously adorable game of kiss-cheat-steal-the-ball that vaguely resembles basketball.

After exhausting themselves with piggyback rides and stealth kisses, Hye-jin sits down to cut Sung-joon’s nails because she’s noticed he doesn’t have the time for it lately. She tells him that he did the best he could to save Most, and not to blame himself too much. He admits that he always thought his way was right, but he learned this time that maybe that’s not always the case.

At the staff meeting the next morning, Sung-joon announces that they’re giving up on the feature spread, and instead they’ll just fill the rest of the pages with articles and other content that they’ve always wanted to do. Everyone worries about not having a big feature, but Editor Kim agrees with Sung-joon and tells the staff to just enjoy what might be their last issue.

Though it’s bittersweet, the entire staff rallies and puts together the final issue. Hye-jin even gets her article approved for publication, and Shin-hyuk smiles proudly. Sung-joon commends Reporter Cha on a job well done and apologizes, and she counters that it’s not over yet—they could still be in first place.

Sung-joon offers to take the final issue to press himself, and when he suggests a night out with the staff, they all look at him like he grew a second head. They eagerly confer about what expensive thing to eat, and Hye-jin is alone in suggesting cheap alternatives.

Everyone parties at a noraebang while Sung-joon drops off the final issue and requests that the printers take extra care with this one. When he rejoins the team they make him sing a song, and instantly regret their move when he busts out a really embarrassing love ballad sung off-key.

Hye-jin is the only one who isn’t horrified, and she just clasps her hands and sways to the music thinking it swoony. They say love is blind, but apparently it’s also tone-deaf.

While Shin-hyuk gets everyone dancing again, Hye-jin sees Sung-joon slip away to the office on his own. He stands in the empty office and remembers the staff chatting away about how excited they were to start working at Most, and how proud they were to tell people about it. Poong-ho says he swears every issue that he’ll never do it again, but come next month, he’s always back for more like it’s an addiction.

Back at the party, the staff gets pretty drunk and Joon-woo asks Editor Kim if her nephew can’t save Most from being shut down, but she says she’s just a salaried employee like the rest of them and has no power.

Hye-jin finds Sung-joon at the office, and he lies down with his head in her lap, suddenly feeling very tired. She pats him on the head and tells him that he did a good job and that it’s not his fault, her tears spilling onto his face as she says it. Shin-hyuk comes by the office looking for his phone, and walks out when he sees them together.

The next morning, Hye-jin is surprised to see that Ha-ri spent the night looking for a new job. Ha-ri complains that there are endless careers out there and none that suit her, but Hye-jin sees that she’s crossed off every single job on a list except for one: hotelier.

Shin-hyuk calls to say that he’s coming by to say something really important to Hye-jin, and gets her into the car like it’s an emergency. His tone gets serious as he makes her promise not to tell a soul about what he’s about to say. She swears, so he says, “The truth is… … … I’m so bored.” Hahahaha.

He says he’s awfully bored and has no one to play with, and whines for her to play with him for a day. She gets angry that he made her worry and orders him to pull over, so then he gets serious again as he adds that there is something really wrong… “I’m hungry.”

He takes her to a fancy buffet, where he embarrasses her by shouting when the expensive beef comes out, or requesting pickled radishes and then making her toss-feed them to him. He’s adorable, but actually dating this guy would be exhausting.

When Hye-jin tries to cut the day short after lunch, Shin-hyuk complains that she’s ditching her oraboni just because she has a boyfriend now, and insists that they have to do especially exciting things because he’s especially bored today.

So next up is the amusement park, where he gleefully drags her from ride to ride as she screams in fear. She asks him what’s so special about today, and all he tells her is that she’ll find out tomorrow. He stops to pick out a hat that he likes from a street stand, and informs Hye-jin that she’ll be paying for it. Heh, one last freebie for the road?

Over coffee at the end of the night, Shin-hyuk says he’ll take back the thing he said about them not being friends, because he can’t deny that they’re really good friends. Hye-jin confirms it: “We’re really, really good friends.”

He whines that HE should’ve been her classmate first, which would’ve made him her first love, or that he should’ve at least kissed her when he confessed his feelings. We know he’s serious, but he covers up with jokes, as usual.

His tone changes when he gets up to say goodbye, and he tells her to be well like he’s not going to see her again. He turns back to say, “Have I told you that I really like you? Beyond liking someone as a woman or a man—just as a person. The person Jackson, no, the person Kim Hye-jin… I liked you a lot. Thank you.”

He says that he felt excited because of her, and says goodbye one last time. He high-fives her and gets in the car, and tears finally spill out as he drives away.

The day of the new vice president announcement arrives, and Editor Kim is dressed uncharacteristically in a suit and fedora, wondering mysteriously if today is the day. At the same time, the printers receive a call asking to stop the presses on Most’s latest issue, and they call Sung-joon to ask what’s going on.

He’s just as surprised and says he’ll look into it, and then receives an email from Ten agreeing to the interview if Sung-joon comes alone this afternoon.

Both Poong-ho and Shin-hyuk are conspicuously absent from work today, and Editor Kim twirls a fountain pen in her hand as she rides the elevator somewhere.

The company assembly starts, and the new vice president is announced. The Most staffers all gape as a pair of feet take to the stage, and elsewhere another pair of feet (plus twirling fountain pen) arrive at a fateful meeting.

The new vice president and chaebol heir turns out to be… Poong-ho?! No way. Ha, he even wears his corsage on his backscratcher. His teammates are floored, and his aunt Editor Kim arrives in the auditorium and looks on proudly.

Meanwhile, Sung-joon arrives at the hotel for his interview with Ten and announces himself. A well-dressed man stands at the window and turns around to face him… and naturally it’s the only person left in our mysterious trio: Kim Shin-hyuk. (Sans beard!)

Sung-joon stares agog, and Shin-hyuk says with a smile, “It’s nice to meet you. I’m Ten.”

 
COMMENTS

I like the twist, since I fully expected Shin-hyuk to be our chaebol vice president, and for Editor Kim to be mystery author Ten. It was a nice misdirect to make Shin-hyuk seem like a bored rich kid rebelling against his strict chaebol family, which I guess could still technically be true, even if he made his money on mystery novels. In any case, I prefer the twist to the straight version, which would’ve bored me. Honestly, Shin-hyuk is the only reason I cared about this storyline in the least, because Siwon plays him with such boyish charm and manic energy. His character is so lovable and pivotal to the heroine’s development, and his life outside of Most was the only one I was ever curious about. It must be the way he covers up all his pain with jokes that just wrings my heart.

The one thing that leaves me curious is the way he said goodbye to Hye-jin in this episode, confirming that they were friends and acting like everything would change from here on out. It’s the kind of thing that might make sense if he were to show up as her boss the next morning, but I don’t think it affects her greatly if he outs himself as a mystery novelist. Perhaps we’re just supposed to read it as him letting her go for good in a romantic sense and moving on. I’d like to think that he agrees to the Ten interview because of the entire Most team (or my personal hope—his budding bromance with Sung-joon), but it’s probably all for Hye-jin in the end.

Frankly, I do feel my excitement for the show waning in recent weeks, namely because the romantic tension was quashed so early in the game, which took the show from crack addiction levels to just sticking it out for the cute moments. It just feels like they ran out of conflict, or mistakenly thought that the magazine storyline would hold the same interest. I love our lead couple, but I really wish they hadn’t sorted out (or glossed over, really) all of their issues quite so easily. I mean, is Hye-jin never going to take Sung-joon to task for having been such an ass at the start? Does it not bother her, the things he said when he didn’t know she was Hye-jin? And I’m still convinced he doesn’t eat, by the way.

And what does saving Most have to do with proposing, anyway? If it’s simply a way to tie the two remaining storylines together until the finale, it’s just an artificial condition. (Never mind the fact that telling a person you’re going to propose later is, in fact, proposing.) If there’s actually a practical concern—say, he’s afraid to be jobless—then I think they should’ve made him poorer, so that we feel the stakes a little more. It would just be nice to feel some pressure, to make us care more about whether or not the magazine survives. Or reintroduce conflict into the central romance to carry us through the end. I know, I know, I’m an angstmongerer. I’m not saying I want them to be unhappy—I love the cute, but I just want to be excited again! Yunno, I think Shin-hyuk is onto something here. Make it fun again, Jackson! Surely there’s enough story left for two more episodes, right?

 
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Ha, if saying you'll propose is proposing, my boyfriend has proposed to me over a hundred times. Sungjoon's speech is a very 'I'll prove my worth to you, I'll be successful in what I came to do, and I'll win your hand' move. I guess it's at least more exciting than 'I'll get my job at Samsung, buy a house and a car, please marry me'.

I'm actually a fan of couples getting together earlier in the drama rather than later, (because! the cute!) but this drama fell a bit flat on all the revelations. The build up was more climactic than the actually finding out: both in terms of the surprise here, and finding who the real Hyejin was.

Some of the beats have been very charming though, and I surprisingly loved the side storyline of our laundry couple.

Hmm. Legit interested to see how they're going to carry out the next two episodes.

Thanks for the recap!

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Oh wow recap already? Thanks girlfriday. I agree there's not much of a plot left, but I wouldn't miss out on the last few cute moments that are left in the last 3 episodes. I too noted some abrupt scene changes, especially after the Seul and Joon Woo part. Aside from that, was the goodbye even necessary? Shin Hyuk was acting as if he would never see Hye Jin again. I just hope to hear more from his motivation for the novels and his upbringing. Sung Joon's the other mysterious one-how come he only ever has water in his fridge?!?! I need answers writer-nim!

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With Shin-hyuk, I think it really was his final moment of letting her go in his heart. All the hope he had for her--he was letting it all go because his reveal would only bring Sung-joon and Hye-jin closer, and he knew that, and maybe even wanted that for her. Also, once his identity is revealed, he can't really be Most Features Editor Kim Shin-hyuk anymore. He'll be a celebrity and his life will be different.

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+1

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+1 they can be in touch but he can not go freely around to amusement parks or hang out like before again.. He gave up his freedom and wanted to enjoy all that with hye jin one last time....

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I thought the plot twist was genius and this episode had all the crazy fun of the early episodes.

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Siwon forever!

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That ending was the best! Hurrah for Shin Hyuk's character for being so awesome!

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So good!

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A recap already? Woah, thank you!

I wasn't surprised that SH was Ten.

I wasn't too surprised that PH turned out to the nephew, as some people have guessed it. On one hand, I appreciate the unusual choice by the writer, but on the other hand , I don't see what it brings to the storyline. I guess we'll see in the next episodes.

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My take on Shin-hyuk's reveal is that he had two choices: he either keeps his identity, and so Most fails, Sung-joon (presumably) goes back to the U.S. to shame and possibly be without Hye-jin. OR he reveals who he is, gets Most to number one, Sung-joon doesn't fail, and he can (presumably) stay in Korea and be with Hye-jin.

I love that he chose the second choice because it shows that 1) he respects Sung-joon for his hard work and doesn't want to see it be done in vain, 2) he respects Hye-jin and Sung-joon's relationship and supports her happiness, and 3) he is not so petty as to think that his secret identity matters more than the success of the Most team (who, by the way, are the bomb). So all in all, Shin-hyuk, you simply rock. I knew you were Ten, and I knew you would save the day!

As for the waning dramatic tension, I don't know, I'm okay with the show winding down. I feel like this show has always been more about the quiet moments than the big dramatic ones anyway. I love that we get to see Sung-joon and Hye-jin be a normal couple (so cute!), so I really don't care to have some kind wrench thrown into their relationship, only to be solved by some deus ex machina. I hope it doesn't happen. I say let them be cute and happy these last few episodes.

With the proposal thing, I mentioned last week that it didn't seem conditional to me. It was kind of like Sung-joon's to-do list. 1) Save Most, 2) Propose to Hye-jin. He just told her what he wanted to do, in what order. We know how honest he can be. That's just his thing.

And also, I actually do care whether Most succeeds or not! I adore the Most team and want to see them continue their work. I love them for having Hye-jin's back since day one and for not being the typical gossipy workplace stock characters you see in other shows.

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I love the Most Team too!! (And Shin Hyuk) I want them to succeed!!

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same, i also care about the most team. and i agree this show has been more about quite moments then dramatics. i mean it doesnt have any sort of villainy, makjang, 2nd femle and male lead being clingy and crazy, extreme noble idiocy and annoying as heck misunderstanding thats gets dragged out. the show has forgone these elements we see in tons of in dramas.

i always got a feel good, slice of life vibe from SWP, and its a really refreshing watch. whats awesome is we see the characters grow and change and on top of that its actually great to have a couple form a bit earlier then last ep. i sometimes dont like the coupling getting together right at the end cause we dont get to see them actually being a couple, being happy and content and seeing that dynamic in that respect.

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Yes. When the cute only happens in the last episode, it seems unnatural. How can they go from hardcore angst straight into lovey-dovey-ness? Like you said, them getting together earlier is a new dynamic for us to see.

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I agree with you.Still looking forward for the next 2 episodes.I love this show and the actors too.

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+1. Lots of adorable stuff happened in this ep, and I'm so glad Siwon removed that "facial hair spray" to reveal the smoothness underneath.

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He is one of few K actors who rock with facial hair...(He said somewhere that the facial hair was troubling him in daily life too)
But he looks awesome whether shaved or unshaven...

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I know he's ten from the start because he always gives the clue ahahhaha

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I hope that both kim reporters will still write for MOST magazine after this crisis. According to SJ, they are really skilled.
I am not surprised that SH is Ten. Let's not forget that Siwon's korean name is 'ten won' verbally. Also, in the earlier episodes, HJ's voiceover of 'some people appearance will make a large difference in future', and also, his interesting and unpredictable style matches with Ten's interesting writing style.

I am more surprised that Poong Ho is the nephew. I thought the nephew and Ten will be the same person, and that even if they are not the same person, i expected SJ or even the cute maknae more....

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I rarely come to comment but now i can't forget what my sister commented in previous recap.

65 mido November 2nd, 2015 at 2:21 AM

Okay after long thinking i can match the pieces, If the rumors are really true:
Ten must be shin hyuk, if some one going to die it must be sung joon. shin hyuk always says that hye jin is pretty (her heart)
shin hyuk is writing this story about sung joon and hye jin’s love.
few years later he will publish this book “she was pretty” he will accompany hye jin who is devastated with sung joon’s death.
how is my imagination :)

I will hope her imagination won't come true.

anyway this is going to end, i think i need more, at least 20 episodes. i really love this drama.

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This is really interesting...Kudos to your sister for having this kind of imagination. It will be just too sad though if ever this happens.

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Such a fast recap, Girlfriday! Thank you!

Loved this episode! The last few episodes were kinda difficult for me to watch because Hye Jin and Sung Joon got together and Shin Hyuk was sad; but today's episode had a lot of laughs, more Most Team, and the big reveal; so it was nice. Poong Ho as the nephew was a total surprise for me. Shin Hyuk seemed more like the nephew than Poong Ho.

Shin Hyuk is just great- nice, hilarious, talented, and adorable (Like you said, Si Won is doing the character really well.). Want to know more about his Ten persona and his background in the next episode. Hye Jin should just get together with Shin Hyuk. But then again, they are great as best friends. So. Writernim, please don't make Shin Hyuk look sad. That's all. Please!

The Most Team is cute and funny!

Kinda wanted to see a possible relationship between Shin Hyuk and Ha Ri but looks like that won't be happening.

Looking forward to tomorrow's episode!

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I agree, I wanted some episodes with Shin Hyuk and Ha Ri but they haven't even seen each other in a long time (which I guess actually makes sense because she quit her job). I hope they give us at least some hints of them together though

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I wanted Shin Hyuk and Hari development but .....is there enough time? Hari will return to her hotelier job (guess) and there she meets up with Shin Hyuk again???? Shin Hyuk still lives in a hotel I presume.

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If that ever happen, (r/ship between SH and HR), it will be at the end of drama, most probably that they started to attract to each other. the romance between the main leads are great, but it will be greater id this drama also develop more on relationship between HR and SH.

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yup SJ and HJ have really awesome romance and chemistry between them.

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personally i wouldnt want HJ to get with SH, she doesnt even like him one bit in that way and they never built it up from her side just SH. i wanted HR and SH so i wonder if anything between them will happen in the last 2 eps, HJ and SH are just good friends

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sorry but I don't want HR and SH to get together it will be just like both of them are sad lets just get them together there are plenty of other guys and girls in world can we get some special appearance *finger crossed*(may be yoo- na was searching for PSJ and fell for Shin hyuk on the way, that would be hilarious)
But if SH & HR did happen it will be fine because they were so cute in the trailer .....

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OMO OMO!!!! Recap available!!!!!
Thank you so much girlfriday for the recap!

I feel the same way about recent developments - there is not much of drama or conflict to sustain interest..it is as if the series lost steam (but still watchable!)

The storyline seems not as exciting relative to earlier episodes!

EXCEPT for today's episode! I was energized by the revelations today!!! WOW WOW WOW -- That twist was unexpected and the build up was done so well too! Even though we all have our own guesses on who the mysterious Ten and chaebol are, but boy this was still fun to watch! Even if we guessed it correctly, it still delivered the emotions and managed to get me into tears of sadness and happiness! That is no easy task when I thought this drama lost me in the last episodes.

I absolutely adore Shin Hyuk's last public outing with Jackson. He was more excitable than usual which means he was hiding more sadness than usual. There was an underlining sadness to the entire outing - they were in a childhood wonderland - should be gleeful and all and to cheer up Jackson. But, I just sensed something is coming but I was not prepared for the goodbye at the end of the day. Kim Shin Hyuk's "Jokeu Jokeu" about wanting to be her classmate or kiss her - was all true statements but he knows he cannot say those words without making their friendship strained. When he said "Be Well" - I just teared up for him. So sad. When he thanks Hye Jin (calling her by name instead of Jackson) - smiling gently while fighting back tears, but you could see tears welling up in his eyes. He is not one to show his weakness to anybody, which makes this very sad.

To Shin Hyuk - his relationships with everybody he cares about will never be the same again once he is known as Ten. Is he leaving Most after the interview? Will Shin Hyuk aka Ten be all about business and seriousness ? What about the fun? Will Ten be fun too? That is why I am hanging on to the next episode. But can this excitement last for two episodes???? Hmmmmm.......

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+1. I have the exact same questions

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I am going to miss the Most team after next Wednesday.

I happily trade early reveal so we can get the cute before the show is over. Often time, the end of a show always feel like it's on acid to me. couple solve problem, clarify confusion, correct misunderstanding, reveal secrets, make up, clean up and live happily ever after within the last 5 minutes!! I am always like, couldn't you saved some of those hours of silent staring time in the earlier episodes so we can have a decent 20 minutes ending??

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exactly, i feel we got used that kind of stuff in rom com kdramas but its actually great to see HJ and SJ being a couple and getting deeper with their relationship, we dont get to see that a lot. its usually angst and misunderstanding until the last minute

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Thanks for the recaps GF! Glad to read you here! I like how the main storyline was resolved so fast and we have been spared the angst--so far! But as you said it feels like there isn't much plot anymore. The first love found after 15 years and reversals story has turned into an office drama. And it seems it's purely to show us how Sung Joon has developped and learned through the Most--like the writer is pointing out that hey SJ has character development here! This episode felt like scenes pasted together, with no flow or logic to the sequences. But yes, at least we get the cute! Even Hari's character is showing growth, but the execution seems just too in your face...look, I'm going to be independent now...we don't see it but it's what's supposed to be happening...it does feel like this is all now just fan service driving to the end. And if there are any major surprises in the last two episodes, it will be like--how did we get from here to there with episodes like today's. I feel this could have been a greater drama, and I am left with PSJ is cute, CSW is funny and driving the show, HWE is likeable and has great chemistry with both. I think I am still watching because PSJ is cute.

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Thanks for the fast recap, GF! I agree with you that my interest in the show is waning. I was fast forwarding all the OTP bits to zoom in on Shin Hyuk and the chaebol mystery, even though I usually love Park Seo-Joon and particularly enjoyed his turn in Witch's Romance. I wish the show would give us more of Shin Hyuk's back-story. Heh, I guessed right that Shin Hyuk is Ten given Siwon's Chinese nickame "Ten Dollars." Joon-Woo is adorable too.

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The plot has been thin since the beginning but this show has got an appeal to keep me going like no other. And I guess the point of proposing later is it's just Sung-joon wants to solve his business first before settling down.

And also I love that basketball scene. Hwang Jung-eum and Park Seo-joon has a great chemistry, but I didn't see it as much as in that moment. Totally felt giddy when Hye-jin kissed his side of the face, and he said "Let's go home!" So. Cute. I swear there are sparks everywhere.

This is rom-com, and I really want a happy ending.

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Shin Hyuk is TEN yeeees!!!
I thought the chaebol is Sung Joon, never thought it would be Poong Ho, aiiish, he's so un-chaebol-like with that backscratcher LOL

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Only 2 episodes left i don't know how the writer will end it, everything is solved. may be another twist, but we don't have much time to solve another twist.
considering write's past works ending is still fishy.
I hope our onion couple will have happy ending, and i like how yeol girl found her true love than looking for a rich.

i am going to miss them so badly.
i hope PSJ and HJE will do another project together or separately with out waiting us much time.
Btw PSJ must rest well after this drama, from 6th episode he looks worn out.

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read that PSJ already got offered for other drama. Not sure if he will decline the offer

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He's so popular. Remember when that musical chair game was going on to cast the leads of Kill Me Heal Me? They already had PSJ locked in to his role, the writer practically wrote the part for him.

I'd like to see him team up with the actress who played Ha-Ri. I really liked her, she's pretty, she had chemistry with him, and I thought her comedic chops were top-notch.

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This story will be nice if it ends this week. I cant see anymore plot for 2 more episodes or else the writer may want to add someone is sick, which I hope not.

I hope this drama wont forget to tackle on some issues like SJ maybe doesn't eat because he might be traumatic to gain weight, or about SH problems for eg? This show has been revolved around MOST mostly, while i am enjoying MOST team, how i wish they will has some other issues.

The thing is,when HJ start to become pretty again, i already started to feel the boredom.

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Agree! We're really dragging it now.

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So ONE interview, even with a hot writer or the real Choi Siwon, can rescue a magazine? This ridiculous premise distracts me from the rescue mission storyline because I can't get over it.

Can't they think of a more realistic reason?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Choi Siwon in this though. His energy and aegyo is through the roof!

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IKR Of course they will beat the other magazine for that month. It is their 20th anniversary issue. What about the next month? and the next? What real change have they made that will keep them on top. Especially since it seems that they have lost 2 of their best writers.

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The idea that a number 2 magazine would be cancelled is already pretty ridiculous.

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Like what I read before, this drama is greatly loved because it is not a plot-driven drama but a character-driven drama.

We are more connected to it emotionally that I can really understand what every character has been feeling every single time.

Now that all the characters have finished being the "peeping girl" with SH being the last, it's time to save the magazine they dearly love and wrap up the drama which might really be a book in the end :)

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+1, thats how i see it as well

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GF, can u also drop by Sassy, Go Go hehe

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I just want to say that I really love the main couple together but my heart really aches seeing that the fun moments between Shin Hyuk and Hye Jin has come to an end. Seeing his smile at that time he thanked Hye Jin was heartbreaking :(

I'll be looking forward to the ending and may Hwang Jung Eum act with Choi Siwon and Park Seo Joon again in the future! Gosh! This unni will be really known in elevating the status of her co-stars from 2nd Lead->Lead if ever that happens again :)

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Hwang Jung-eum = true awesomeness. I've watched her dramas the most this year out of any actor. She is supberb!

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If this drama ends with a MOST-like wedding between HJ and SJ, I'm not sure what Ji Sung would feel.haha.
He has worked with Hwang twice but he never married either her characters in the end while PSJ just had his first time being a lead with her and it looks like he'll have a happy ending wedding with her character here.hehe.

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ROFL if ever Ji Sung cameos as a priest during the wedding! hahaha!!!

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It will be great if JS cameo-ing in this drama!

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As Yo-na on top of that ㅋㅋ

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Let's be greedy guys.

He may cameo-ing as Yo-na and Se-Gi! Omo hilarious! hahaha

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Or Ji Sung would play as Yo Na which will interrupt the wedding by saying " Stop! stop! stop! My oppa is in the altar!" and then gets dragged by the security out of the wedding venue..

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It would be great to see Ji-sung cameo, but as Yo-na or Se-gi, that would negate all the progress his character made in Kill Me, Heal Me!

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as perry park, taking them on a honeymoon cruise!!!

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To quote GF on Shin Hyuk:
"He’s adorable, but actually dating this guy would be exhausting."
omg, no kidding. This episode I really felt, it's borderline abusive to drag HJ through this day for your own entertainment you big baby.

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I agree.

Instead of chemistry, what I felt was pity for Hye Jin.

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Damn it! The recap came so soon, I had to read it even before watching. Haha! OMG Siwon sans beard is Ten (not really a surprise)~ but Poongho being the nephew is something I never expected, hahahahaha!

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Skip everything without Shin Hyuk ^____^
The goodbye date and the goodbye make me sad. And I am watching it without subtitle. Don't cry orabeoni. Siwon played the character so well. He is so believable. I am emotionally connected with his character. I predicted and hope he is Ten. He is the right person with the personality to be Ten. Cleanly shaved and bold in suit - that's uri orabeoni!

Can't Scratchy New Director save Most? I mean... he works with these people. He knows how hard it everybody work.

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Wow recap already? Thanks so much girlfriday!!

Feel so spoiled with both SSG and SWP recaps out today haha *v*

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although the amusement park scene was fun, there was an underlying sadness in Shin Hyuk and I didn´t really see how it helped move the plot, but then that´s who Shin Hyuk is - the spontanious pirate, honest to boot. "I like you as a person" is the best thing you can say to someone who tends to feel insecure about everything. Good Job! (oh, oops, I wrote that with capital letter because of Siwons halloween costume)

But please don´t let Park Seo Joon speak any more engrish. Aaargh why so unbearable
I called the nephew right, ha. with all the predictable things, that was the most predictable.

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Aw, I think PSJ's English was fine. He at least looked like he understood what he was saying.

On the other hand, I do imagine casting situations like this for many actors:

PD: So this character you'll be playing will have an interesting arc from the beginning to the end.

Actor: Good.

PD: He/She is not he/she seems, but in the end, the viewers will come to understand him/her.

Actor: Sounds good. I've been wanting to play more complex characters.

PD: Your character will also be involved in a really beautiful relationship. This romance will be completely different from what we've seen before.

Actor: I like that.

PD: You'll get paid a lot of money.

Actor: Let's do it.

PD: Oh, by the way, your character spent a large part of their life in America, so you'll have to speak English as if you are fluent in it.

Actor: (soul leaves body in small wisps from gaping mouth) Uh, okay...?

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Hahahah! Nice one!

Park Seo Joon's English was okay. But picking up a second language is difficult. What's that saying? Practicing for 10,000 hours (whether it be studying language or whatnot), and you're considered an expert? Though I agree, it doesn't make sense for his char since we're made to believe SJ was in the States all this time. Safe to say Seo Joon did his best with what was given to him.

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He's very understandable. Lee Dong Wook in Hotel King sounded like he had a mouth full of mush. No way that character was raised from 5 yr old to 30 yr old in the US. I mean look at Taecyon, he spent his teens in Boston and he's 100% native sounding. That's the gold standard.

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I agree that he's understandable. Then again, I work with high school English learners, so I'm pretty much immune to "standard" English, hehe.

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We have seen wayyyyyyy worst ok Korean actors speaking English. You just have to remember Lee Min Ho in Heirs (it gave me chills just thinking about it)

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Park Seo Joon's English is fine and generally sounds natural as a second language, spoken with full inflection. I'd give him about 75% on the convincing scale as someone who came to the US around 12 and 100% as someone who came here for college and stayed. I think most English speakers doing business in Seoul would consider it a gift to communicate with Koreans at that level.

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This drama is running out of steam...getting boring.
The best part was Shin Hyuk and Hye Jin together. That was the funniest part. They made the best couple. Choi Si Won was LOL. Didn't like his beard, but he looked so handsome at the very end when he shaved it off. More Bromance....

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Omega, meet Ten. Ten, Omega. I will miss scruffy Choi Si Won as much as I miss curly-haired Hwang Jung Eum. I was one for two. I never considered the chaebol nephew could be Poong Ho or Joon Woo; it was always either Sung Joon or Shin Hyuk being both Ten and Nephew for me. Shin Hyuk's terminal illness-like last day with Hye Jin made it seem like he would be the new vice president. Just because he came out as Ten does not mean their friendship would change. On the contrary, if he were Vice President, it may be harder to stay friends, though not impossible.

I can't believe I'm saying this but our OTP got together too early (in episode 12 nonetheless). The writers seriously believed saving Most could carry this story through three episodes, which is why the plot is at a standstill now. I am still upset Sung Joon did not get upset at Hye Jin for lying to him. That kind of angst would have at least made sense, since the theme of this drama was hidden pictures. I love when Hye Jin was patting him and crying "poor baby" because Sung Joon has become so depressed lately, it is hard to watch. I'm glad you got to chime in with your thoughts, girlfriday, because I agree, crack, it is no longer, but all good things must come to an end. Thanks for your recap!

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I agree with everything you said. Especially the part that SJ seems not bothered at all HJ lied to him all the time. And yes, they resolve the SJ-HJ love story tooooo quick. It would be typical to have a love-hate relationship for awhile (maybe if they acknowledge the need to be upset when someone lie to you!!), but it is more fun comparing to saving Most. And natural.
I sort of buying that Poong Ho can be the nephew. This drama keep on emphasizing on the secondary character.

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The typical K-drama couple gets together around episode 9-10, then break up the next episode, followed by a bout of Noble Idiocy for two or three episodes, then miraculously overcome that bout (usually in a wtf way), end up together in the last episode, time moves ahead five years, and they get married and have babies.

Okay, maybe I'm slightly exaggerating :) But I thank the writer for not letting our OTP go through that crap. Their relationship was a natural progression. He confessed, she thought it through before jumping in, they got together, they support each other in their work, they talk all night, they hold hands, they are honest with each other about their dreams and goals. I mean, this is perfection for me.

When I watch dramas, I'm always going, "Why can't they just be happy?!" This is the first drama to listen to me, so I'm taking it in with great appreciation.

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Recap out before video. Ack! How do I comment? ?

Guess I was wrong when I said Sung Joon may be the secret Chaebol nephew. Hehe.

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I LOVE YOUR COMMENTS! like seriously... ah totally agree with your comments, girlfriday!!!

siwon's acting makes me seeing him as an actor now. not an idol. i even forget that he's the part of uri SJ family.

i just want a happy ending! for everybody there... ^^

thanks girlfriday :)

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Nope i do not care about the magazine. That sounds mean but am just not that invested in that storyline. Also dont really care who TEN is and who the chaebol heir is. I am only watching this for the cute moments. I dont like angst but i do wish the writers put in more conflict between the main pair, like have them bicker or fight like normal couples figuring out their relationship. I mean i love the cuteness but come on fight a little will ya.

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No Hye Jin - Ha Ri sweet moment in this ep.. I miss that.. The reason why I watch this drama :(

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Super fast recap! Thank you, girlfriday.

> I have to admit that SH plays his goofy, dorky, and funny characters very well here. But, after all these episodes, among his serious facial expressions, this one is what I like the most: while he's driving his car after spending a whole day at the amusement park with HJ. I like it because it's not too much, simple but covers his emotions. Good job. After the military service, I hope you'll get a role opposite to yours here.

> The plot is just so so, but maybe I still appreciate it because sometimes, it's not the plot that matters, it's about how the actors and actresses deliver their roles. I think I agree with @Simone (one of the comments above) that it's more on character-driven drama rather than plot-driven one.

> I'm okay with who Ten finally is because SH pays subtle attention to anyone talking about Ten in the office, but PH becomes the nephew is...ehm...ehm.... I just can't relate anything from him being a clue for who he really is. Okay, forget it. The only one ever consider the possibility is Han Seul.

> Two episodes left (seems to be stress-relieving and all about cute things than anticipated ones)... This drama makes me love the cast for the first time. Okay, I'm a fan of super funny Super Junior Full House show, but this is my first Siwon's drama. I also had previously watched Witch's Romance, but it didn't really left me any effect. I checked back the drama after watching SWP, and I was like, "Oh my God, PSJ is the male lead." As for Hwang Jung Eum, I should check her works.

Cheers!

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As for PSJ there aren't much dramas, this is his second lead role, he is a really good handsome actor.
For HJE watch Secret, Can you here my heart, kill me heal me(with Ji sung & PSJ)

PSJ is lucky actor, he had back to back hit dramas in same year wow.

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Ok, so one thing is clear this drama was made because of the awesome chemistry between the lead actors in Kill me heal me.....but no offense i find this drama a bit boring......and the chemistry is not as great as it was in KMHM......maybe these two have an oomph factor only with the forbidden love scenario...
But each one to his/her taste. This one just dint do it for me.

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Kill Me, Heal Me was much more intense than this drama. I think with that intensity, everything was heightened a lot more, a lot more dire.

This drama requires a different kind of chemistry, more subtle, less dramatic, more comfortable.

If you compare Hwang Jung-eum and Ji-sung's chemistry in both Secret and Kill Me, Heal Me, there's a definite difference in both intensity and tone. In Secret, it was like, "Oh my god, I need to shower five hundred times, that was so uncomfortably hot," whereas in Kill Me, Heal Me, less showers were needed.

Whether you like the different kind of chemistry is completely your personal taste, of course. I like the chemistry here and I think it fits very well within the tone of this show.

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Thank you for the recap girlfriday!
I think the most entertaining moment for me was Seul nd joon woo, I couldn't stop laughing at that scene, so cheesy to l watch.

It's good that the writer is focusing on creating good interesting characters but where is the challenge, the angst. The only thing I can think will be an issue is sung joon leaving to back to America and then reuniting. I'm also disappointed that hari and shin hyuk's friendship seemed to disappear. Hopefully we can see more of them together.

Also hye-jin wasn't it her dream to be a children's author? I think it would be more interesting after this episode that there was a time jump and everything was told through flashbacks. Also who is ten speaking to on the phone, now that he has been revealed, will he return to them? It would be great to have these little things straightened out and surely park seo joon must be contributing to the OST?

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This show has made me love Si Won better than Park Seo Joon. Shin Hyuk is a wonderful character to play no doubt..
And I didn't much feel the romance in this one either.

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*SPAZZING!

I was spazzing like a teenage girl in this whole series!!

My dream on SH being Ten comes true!

I dont really expect Pong Hoo as the nephwe though, but I like the twist.

I think SH realize that his life is going to be totally different once he is known as a famous, internationally-acknowledged-good looking-writer, I mean, he won't be able to freely having fun just like what he just did with HJ anymore. And he probably thinks that his peers wont treat him the same way they treated him before (at least this what I think)

Anyway, Siwon rocks his role! (Shin Hyuk biased) hahahha

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Siwon was great in this comedy drama.
I'm not surprised that he's so good at goofy characters.

Siwon was fantastic in "The King of Dramas". He was also very good in "Skip Beat!"

I'm most impressed with his Mandarin and English speaking skills!

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Oh, forgot to mention, I will miss his beard! I personalli like him better with beard (somehow, usually not a fan of beard, but Siwon with beard is just HOT!) :D

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Model-smooth-face Siwon is not as attractive to me. Actually "Ten" looks like "Choi Siwon" not "Shin Hyuk" to me.

He should rock scruff most of the time.

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Shin Hyuk was another step of annoying for half this episode.

He dragged around an (extremely) reluctant woman on what was practically a date without talking to the boyfriend first. Then was all wishy-washy on his Ten reveal (if he wanted to do it, he should've done it BEFORE the manuscript was submitted).

This guy is entertaining, but has absolutely no respect for other people's boundaries. Reminds me of a few really annoying people I know.

The only thing that makes it understandable is that he's going to destroy his anonymity and change his life forever, but it's not really an excuse for dragging other people around.

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Siwon = Swoon!!!
I find the part between Han Seaul and Joon Woon really funny so cliché especially when there were leaves falling as the kiss at the bus stop?

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I'm so sorry but this isn't related to She Was Pretty at all, but I can't wait till DB post anything new about Reply 1988.

http://www.allkpop.com/article/2015/11/producer-reveals-spoilers-for-reply-1988

So, there's another "finding husband" trope again ... I really wish there isn't another Chilbong. No broken heart juseyooo *tear*

I'm gonna watch SWP when it's finished. Waiting every week is pretty much pain :'D Thanks for the recap anyway. Forgive me ^^-

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I think SH will go somewhere abroad. Remember that he said next time to somebody in English.

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1) I TOTALLY called Poong Ho as the heir! They were doing toooo much with all the misdirects. But I absolutely fell for the "Chief Editor is Ten" fake out. They literally injected her into the scene every time Ten was mentioned. Awesome job on the writer's part!

2) Everything else in this episode was so very boring. Nothing happened except the two reveals that we all knew wouldn't come until the last minute.

3) I thought I couldn't love anything more than I love Sexy-Manchild Siwon. Until I saw Sexy-Grown-Man Siwon!! I bit my own fingers to keep from squealing loudly at work. There better be a scene where Hye-jin is all "I can't believe I said No to all of that!" or I'm calling absolute shenanigans on this show.

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I noticed quite a lot of cute and funny scenes in this episode, especially the reenactment of the typical K-Drama scenes hahaha I love it! It's really interesting too see how this episode is trying to be very realistic by portraying the public bus scene the comical way. Good job for that.

However, I notice that in this episode, Idk if it't just me, but I think the writer is trying to put as many scenes as possible in this episode? such that everything feels so rushed and very fast paced. Well, it's logical though, cause it's reaching the end already and many things haven't been fully resolved yet.

I'm feeling a bit disappointed here, but (again), idk if it's just me but I'm not really looking forward to seeing Song Joon and Hye Jin having more sweet moments, maybe because we've had enough of it in the previous episodes, I'm more looking forward to see the real stories about Shin Hyuk and Poong Ho and how they got to be who they really are, and I'm also excited to see the future of Ha Ri.

I just realized this, but it seems quite logical that Poong Ho is the true chaebol son because I noticed just after watching this episode that Kim Rara never once commented about his fashion that is very un-Most-like. Duh, of course! because it's her own nephew... I mean, out of all THE MOST staff, he's the only one who dresses very un-Most-like.

But seriously though, I hope the next episode won't end with a cliff hanger, otherwise I will get really crazy for one whole week waiting for the ending to come and please please please, make it a great ending! I hope the ending will be an intelligent twist, at least don't make the wedding or the "real" proposal of Seong Joon and Hye Jin be the last scene, cause if it happens I think I won't be very satisfied haha. Writer-nim, I beg you to not make it a sad ending...

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Reading the comments about how nothing much can be expected from the last two episodes, may I offer my thoughts.

What if the next episode gives us a time jump and we see the characters not in what we expect them to be? What if pairings change, what if the future "present" is so different from what we imagine it to be? Then we go: No, it cannot be; what happened? Then we will be told: This is what happened. You see, She Was Pretty...

I'm still excited to watch the last episodes.

Thanks to the recappers, thanks Dramabeans and thanks to all beanies who make my watching SWP more enjoyable.

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The first thing that popped into my head when I saw the last screencap was....damn, Siwon, you clean up good. ? Thanks for the recap girlfriday ?

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Hmm, honestly this drama...

I felt like the excitement began in those two minutes before the end. Like others here, I knew Shin-hyuk was either the nephew or Ten. He seemed philosophical and poetic towards the latter episodes so I was leaning towards Ten... Then the last date with Hye-jin and I was scratching my head. Why so final? Is he moving to the US?

The real plot ended when Hye-jin was found out and the chemistry seemed dimmer, more subdued than I expected.

My issue with the chaebol reveal was that the writer had no other options, to be honest. Poong-ho was the only one to consider done having Shin-hyuk as the chaebol would seem to surface-level for his deeply-felt "angst". So when they showed the two guys missing, followed by feet shots, I just sighed and accepted this weak plot twist.

So now that everything has been revealed, what else is left? And with two hrs before the end... hmm.

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