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Beautiful Gong Shim: Episode 1

Didn’t think we’d recap this drama? Honestly, we didn’t think so either until we saw the first episode and actually liked it. Really liked it — enough to pick it up for its full run. Beautiful Gong Shim premiered two weekends ago with a familiar story and a charming cast that fit together to create a wonderful feel-good drama. While it’s definitely a weekend drama, it’s got some idiosyncrasies that make it a fun watch. It’s a regular ol’ introduction to our characters and story in this first episode, but I’m already rooting for our heroine and the love-hate relationship with her lawyer/neighbor.

 

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

We start in the courtroom, where Gyu-man our lawyer, AHN DAN-TAE (Namgoong Min), makes his closing statement for his client. He compares the defendant to a doctor who desperately holds onto the patient’s last breath and asks for a fair ruling. Then, he heads out of the courtroom without hearing the final verdict, only stopping to pick up a boy’s dropped cookie… and eating it himself with a goofy grin. Ha!

Dressed down, Dan-tae wanders the streets and finds the attic house that matches the address on his paper. As he walks into the convenience store below it, we meet the resident of the attic house, GONG SHIM (Minah). (Naming note: Gong is the family name, but she’s always called by her full name, Gong Shim.)

She adds another potted plant to the plants on the ledge and tells us that she attended the weddings but wasn’t invited to the housewarming parties, so she never got to deliver the gifts. Needless to say, she’s bitter, but that doesn’t stop her from enjoying the perfect weather to take selcas with her plants.

Dan-tae happily eats his ice cream and spits a little out to share with a stray dog. He squirms with delight as the dog licks the ice cream out of his hand. Then from above, our attic house girl goes overboard with her selcas and accidentally pushes a pot off the ledge. Luckily, Dan-tae senses the falling pot and kicks it out of harm’s way as it lands.

Gong Shim hides in shame, and Dan-tae runs up the stairs to catch this hit-and-runner. He accuses her of running away, but she refutes that by asking if he’s all right. Without answering, Dan-tae finishes off his ice cream and continues up the stairs.

He makes the assumption that Gong Shim committed the deed out of dissatisfaction with life and dropped the plant on an unlucky stranger. She vehemently denies his assumptions, and he drops the subject.

Dan-tae lingers around to knock on the door to the attic room for rent, only to discover that it’s Gong Shim’s apartment. He invites himself inside and uses the near-death experience as leverage to ask for a discount. Gong Shim stands her ground and doesn’t budge on the fixed price, and Dan-tae grudgingly agrees. He plans to move in the next day and tries to pay the deposit with his bus pass, at which point Gong Shim kicks him out and voids their agreement.

In another (larger and wealthier) house, Grandma picks up the phone to an unfamiliar man’s voice asking about her long-lost grandson, Seok Jun-pyo. Instantly alert, she begs him to confirm Jun-pyo’s vital status, but the line goes dead. Grandma tells her son and daughter-in-law about the call, but they’re dismissive of the news. They think it’s a scam and tell her that it’s unlikely to find any real information on their kidnapped nephew after 25 years.

Daughter-in-law reminds Grandma of her other grandson, SEOK JUN-SU (Ohn Joo-wan), but she doesn’t have the same affection for him. She orders Jun-su to find the caller information and report it to her the following day. He obediently agrees to do so. That night, Grandma finds old flyers for a lost Jun-pyo and cries over her loss.

The next day, Gong Shim helps her older sister through her morning stretching routine and cautiously asks about borrowing money to take classes. Turns out, that’s the reason for Gong Shim deciding to let out her attic room.

Her sister, GONG MI (Seo Hyo-rim), tells her that she’s already paying for their rent, their father’s debt, and other household expenses; it would be difficult to add Gong Shim’s class fees to that. Understandable, but Gong Mi seems distastefully demeaning about it. On top of that, she cracks up to hear that Gong Shim wants to take Italian language classes.

At the breakfast table, the entire family is openly derogatory to Gong Shim, since she has no job and can’t seem to score any interviews. Mom scolds her for trying to borrow her sister’s money, and the conversation unravels into an argument about why Gong Shim got the attic house in the first place, after her sister took over her bedroom to turn it into her closet.

Gong Shim goes into her room and takes off her wig (thank goodness that wasn’t her real hair) and inspects her bald spot. She had visited the doctor earlier, and he’d told her that she was balding from the job search stress. As she puts the wig back on, Gong Shim gets a message from an interested renter agreeing to pay the deposit.

Walking through her neighborhood, Gong Shim spots Dan-tae playing basketball and seems unsettled by his presence. Then, three motorcycles roll up by the court, and the three guys line up in front of Dan-tae to reluctantly give up their money. Gong Shim shakes her head and decides not to associate with bad guys.

She tries to walk past unnoticed, but Dan-tae spots her and hands her the contract money. He was the one messaged her about the deposit. Gong Shim doesn’t want to take what she assumes is dirty money, but he forces it into her hands and proceeds to take a selfie as proof of their “contract.” Gong Shim convinces herself not to think of anything else, since she needs the money.

Dan-tae saves her number (misspelling her name purposely) and proceeds to answer a call from a friend with joking insults. He quickly reminds her to move her stuff out by tomorrow and she nods. Being a good Samaritan, Gong Shim helps an elderly man push his cart while noting how vulgar Dan-tae is.

Walking through the streets, Gong Shim gets stuck behind multiple couples who block the busy streets, so she takes out a bike bell and rings it shamelessly to march past the annoyed passerby. She sits in her class and enthusiastically practices her budding Italian.

Neglected grandson Jun-su sits at a bar and has a drink by himself as he thinks about his report to Grandma. He tells her the call was from the Philippines and suggests that she ignore it, since it was probably a scam. Grandma refuses and blames Jun-su for the death of Jun-pyo’s parents. It was all because of his first birthday celebration.

Dan-tae heats up some microwavable convenience store food and looks extremely satisfied by his meal. Duty calls, and he’s off to provide his designated driving services.

Gong Shim eats her ramyun at the gas station where she works and quickly runs over to a customer who pulls up to the pump. She asks the haughty, rich-looking customer to turn off her engine, in accordance with the safety procedures, but the customer refuses. The customer then asks Gong Shim to throw away her trash, and flings it in her face when she doesn’t take it from her hand. Gong Shim quietly repeats that she can’t pump gas with the engine running.

The customer interprets the mumbling as an insult and begins to hit Gong Shim, slapping her head and shoving her violently to the ground. She continues to slap Gong Shim on the head until the manager runs out to stop the entitled customer, and Gong Shim hides away in the corner with her tears.

In the parking lot, a gang of men from the bar confront drunk Jun-su. In his haze, Jun-su had bumped into one of them and failed to properly apologize. The guys are here to teach him a lesson, but they only get one good punch before Dan-tae steps in, interrupting them.

Dan-tae announces himself as the designated driver, ignoring their menacing glares and calling Jun-su’s phone to prove that he’s his client. Once confirmed, he tells the guys that they’re unfairly ganging up on one drunk dude. But the guys don’t care, and that’s enough for Dan-tae to give them their final choice: the law or the fist?

Obviously the guys choose the fist, but their punches are expertly avoided by Dan-tae’s super-fast and calculated reflexes. While Dan-tae helps Jun-su back onto his feet, one guy throws a knife at them, but Dan-tae reacts accordingly and catches the knife mid-air. Next, a glass bottle is thrown at them, and Dan-tae swings a punch right at the approaching bottle and shatters it. The gang is shocked but too prideful to surrender, so they suffer the wrath of Dan-tae’s punches.

After a swift fight, Dan-tae safely drives Jun-su home and receives payment for his services. He marvels at the large wealthy residence and walks back home.

Older sister Gong Mi and her law firm boss meet with a politician, an older man who asks Gong Mi out for drinks. Red flags go up, and Gong Mi immediately refuses. She lies that she has a family memorial to observe, and the sleazy politician and her law firm boss both look annoyed. As the politician leaves, he tells the boss not to contact him, since he’ll be busy.

After the politician leaves, Boss scolds Gong Mi for not fulfilling her duties. She must know why he brought her to the dinner and why they hired a pretty lawyer for the firm. Before he leaves, he reminds her that there are plenty of other lawyers in line to get hired at their firm.

At home, Mom takes pictures of Gong Shim’s cuts and bruises, cursing at this entitled lady. Dad brings out the medical supplies to treat the wounds, but Mom stops him. They need proof of the injuries from the hospital. When Gong Mi returns, Mom tells her trusty older daughter about the beating, but Gong Mi is in a sour mood and coldly tells them that they need both sides of the story.

Gong Shim is visibly hurt by those words, but even more so because she knows Mom and Dad will take Gong Mi’s side. Gong Mi has her reasons for being so aloof and sits on her bed in a daze.

Soon after, Gong Shim gets a text from her sister instructing her how to go about the case, like collecting evidence and CCTV footage. Mom looks relieved and assures Gong Shim that her sister cares for her. Dad asks when Gong Shim plan to move her things, and Mom reminds Gong Shim to move quietly since the noise will bother her sister’s sleep.

In his hostel room, Dan-tae dreams about a little boy crying alone in the streets. He reaches out for the boy’s head, but the image quickly disappears. Dan-tae wakes up and wonders about this recurring dream.

Back in the convenience store, Dan-tae makes his quality French toast breakfast and glances at his phone, which isn’t really his phone. The phones got switched up last night in the fight. Jun-su calls, and they agree to meet up to resolve the mix-up.

Mom senses Gong Mi’s deflated mood and asks if something happened at work. Gong Mi says that she got on her boss’s bad side but doesn’t go through the trouble of explaining the situation. Mom shrugs it off and moves on to Gong Shim’s case. Based on the evidence, it seems like they’ll win the case easily.

Gong Shim enters the hospital, with Jun-su coincidentally on her tail. She becomes extremely cautious and acutely aware of Jun-su, the kind stranger who opens doors for her and offers to press elevator buttons for her. At the registration desk, Gong Shim emphasizes her name with quirky exaggeration, and Jun-su watches with amusement.

At the firm, Gong Mi’s colleagues watch the video of the president’s wife making a scene at a gas station. It’s the rude lady customer who beat up Gong Shim, and while nobody knows the victim is her sister, Gong Mi finds herself caught in the middle and needing to take a side. She enters her boss’s office and tells him to trust her with the case — she’ll make sure that there will be no lawsuit filed.

Dan-tae finishes moving into the attic house and meets with Jun-su to exchange phones. Before their awkward parting, Jun-su hands him an envelope of cash as a gesture of gratitude for defending him the previous night. As Gong Shim walks past her neighborhood to meet her sister at home, she witnesses the back and forth of the cash envelope as Dan-tae refuses the money and Jun-su presses. Misjudging the interaction, she summons the police and reports that Dan-tae is jumping the guy for money.

Dan-tae looks flabbergasted that Gong Shim would judge him as a bad person and denies all her accusations. The police begin to arrest Dan-tae when Jun-su jumps in to clarify the situation. He lies that they’re good friends just trying to settle a debt, and Jun-su hands the police his business card, and the police recognize that he’s got a high ranking at a big corporation. They check with Gong Shim about her prejudice against Dan-tae (which she confirms) and leave the scene with no charges.

After the cops leave, Gong Shim looks at the two guys suspiciously and asks if the two are really good friends. They act like buddies and hold their position until Gong Shim walks away out of sight. Dan-tae shakes his head in dissatisfaction of this neighborhood’s crazies.

When Gong Shim arrives home, her family tries to convince her to drop the lawsuit. Gong Shim doesn’t understand the sudden change of heart, so her sister gives it to her straight: The arrogant customer who beat up Gong Shim is the law firm president’s wife. Gong Mi promises to get sufficient compensation, but Gong Shim isn’t in this for the money.

Gong Mi argues that this decision is for their family, since she surely won’t keep her job if her sister sued the president’s wife. But Gong Shim reads through her excuses and accuses her for being selfish. All her life, Gong Mi and her parents have ignored Gong Shim because she was never good enough for them.

She wanted so badly to live in the attic house was to escape her family’s suffocating gazes. She wants to learn Italian because she wants to draw and live in Italy one day. She, too, has dreams.

Gong Shim vows to find a lawyer to sue the president’s wife and storms out of the house. She sits on the ground of the attic porch and cries with resentment.

Jun-su treats Dan-tae to a nice dinner, but Dan-tae seems hesitant about it. But as they share the meal, they warm up to each other about their similarities, starting with their allergies to eggs. It looks like the beginning of a friendship.

Meanwhile, Gong Shim gets drinks with a friend and asks about any cheap lawyer she can hire. Gong Shim tells her friend about the most shocking moment of her life, in middle school, when she had a DNA test done because she was convinced she was not biologically related to her family. She was wrong, and still to this day, she can’t figure out how she’s related to her sister.

She can’t believe that her parents and sister are embarrassed by her. But more sadly, she acknowledges that she’s embarrassed of herself. Gong Shim’s friend tries to stop her since it’s midnight, but she orders another drink and tells Cinderella to go home. As Gong Shim walks home, she rings her bike bell in the empty streets, telling everyone to get out of her way.

In the morning, something squirms under Dan-tae’s covers. It’s Gong Shim, and she snuggles up right next to Dan-tae. They cuddle up to each other until Dan-tae comes to his senses and realizes the situation, and then she wakes up with a scream.

Gong Shim yells at Dan-tae for being a pervert, and then belatedly remembers that she doesn’t live in the attic house anymore. Dan-tae hadn’t changed the passcode into the room, so Gong Shim had let herself in.

Gong Shim quickly grabs her things and runs outside wrapped in the blanket. Dan-tae joins her outside with the wig on and reminds her not to forget it. Mortified, Gong Shim snatches it off his head and scrambles down the stairs.

After relocating to a jjimjilbang, Gong Shim’s friend calls with a lawyer recommendation. She receives a text later from her sister, but it’s only to order her not to sue the president’s wife, warning that she’d cause her family’s downfall.

Gong Shim finds the lawyer’s office and notices familiar faces in front — the three motorcyclists who gave Dan-tae money the other day. They praise Dan-tae for his services and wonder how he makes a living since he does everything for free. At that point, Dan-tae comes downstairs and asks for payment in the form of food, then notices Gong Shim standing nearby and sends his clients ahead with his order.

Dan-tae asks if she’s a stalker who finds joy in entering his room at night and loitering around him during the day. In her head, Gong Shim accuses the guy of being a pervert, thinking he can’t possibly be a lawyer. So her question comes out a mix of both words, lawyer and pervert: “Are you a byuntae-sa?” (Essentially, professional pervert.)

 
COMMENTS

I’ll be honest: This drama was not on my radar. I looked fun and fluffy based on the promos, but I had no interest in adding it to my weekly line-up. I was hesitant to recap a weekend-esque drama, but to my delight, this is quite a pleasant watch. Maybe it has to do with my non-existent expectations, maybe it has to do with a surprisingly pitiful yet likable heroine, maybe it has to do with Namgoong Min not playing a seething and creepy villain. No matter the reason, I like it.

At first, it was weird seeing Namgoong Min playing a completely different character, especially since those screencaps of Mr. Crazy Eyes from his previous drama still flash into my mind. I get chills every time his smile suddenly drops because I expect some sort of bloodbath. He still gets some of that with his expert fighting (superpowers or just corny editing?) and reflexes. But he sells his oddball character, and I love seeing him as this adorable character. The way Dan-tae finds such delight in his convenience store meals makes it seem like he’s in heaven with those simple meals. After going through hell and purgatory through his previous characters, it’s time that Namgoong Min find some paradise with his Dan-tae character.

Gong Shim doesn’t disappoint either, and Minah has fully embraced her pitiful character, horrible wig and all. Though she may be a constant disappointment and embarrassment for her family, Gong Shim is just an unlucky victim of circumstance. Her sister got all the admirable traits — her Miss Korea looks, brains, and breadwinning job — and maybe she does have a reason to be the favorite. But seeing the world through Gong Shim’s eyes, we see the unfair world that Gong Shim faces daily. Always disregarded for her lackluster potential, she almost needs to beg for pity from her family. You’re the ultimate underdog if you’re ignored by your DNA-test-confirmed biological family. That’s pretty rock-bottom in my book, so I’m invested to see Gong Shim redeem herself for herself.

While Gong Shim is a meek ignored entity in her family, she doesn’t let that stop her. Despite her challenges, she still dreams for her future and makes her presence known to the world. For now, she’ll do that with her bike bell, which I love. I’m excited to see her grow out of her self-pity, as her growth is the one that I care about the most.

I care significantly less about the birth secret/lost child storyline, but as long as it manifests itself in the bromance between Dan-tae and Jun-su, I wouldn’t mind it. It’s one of those quintessential weekend drama storylines, but I’m hopeful that it’s a thoughtful addition to the story — not the story.

Conversely, I am looking forward to seeing the bickering love-hate relationship between Gong Shim and Dan-tae as the main story. They already have a hilarious rapport with each other and an unexpected chemistry that makes this show worth a watch. Here’s to hoping for more cohabitation antics, the transition to more love than hate in our oddball couple, and the growth of a vulnerable yet winning heroine.

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Has the show gotten better? I didn't like the first episodes.

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I think so!

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yes, it is,

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It's had more good moments to balance the less well done. It's not perfect (there are still rare moments I cringe at the lines, just a bit) but it's much better. :)

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I've watched up to the latest eps and these are my thoughts so far:

There IS more good that outweighs the bad and (IMO) this mostly has to do with the male lead. I'm so onboard with a weird, quirky & almost loser-ish (his clothes make me LOL and the way no one believes he's a lawyer hahah) male lead. I'm sick of the oh so perf, cold on the exterior and rich af male lead prototypes. So I really am diggin this drama because the male lead is weird af.

It's nice to see that minah is surprisingly good in this role. She hasn't wowed me in anything of hers I've seen before and seeing her step up to the plate and play her endearingly crazy character has been a great surprise.

The ONE thing that irks me to no end is the narrative they're taking the sister--it's increasingly ridiculous IMO. I would have LOVED it if they explored her trajectory similarity to how they briefly displayed it in this ep: a career woman who fights to survive in a male dominated field. A woman only valued for her looks. THIS made me empathize with her (even tho I dislike the way she treats gong shim). She becomes a realistic character with flaws but struggles of her own. However, these past few eps her character has become a plot device. She's unrealistically cruel to her OWN DAMN sister and doesn't even feel bad about it?? Idk, it just comes off waaaay too far-fetched, the lengths she goes to to get what she wants and hurt her sister in the process.

I don't want to give too much away so I'll just end it there. Overall, besides the sister thing, this drama is refreshingly wacky and I would recommend you watch it over telling you to run far faaaaar away.

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I agree with pretty much all that you said! I'm enjoying this drama because for me there are so many laugh out loud moments. The sister AND the mom though, are such boringly plot device characters that make me fast forward their scenes a lot.

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Agreed on the sister thing. I was really enjoying Gong Mi's character in the first episode because it showed both sister's struggles. Although both sisters are on opposite ends of the spectrum looks and education-wise, life is not easy for either and each has their own problems. I really dislike that they turned Gong Mi, who is a smart successful lawyer, into a vindictive jealous woman who goes to extremes to lie and betray her sister in the span of 4 episodes.

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I am with you on that. I empathised with her totally in the first episode and her struggles at work. But they've made her become such a caricature in the latest episode it's annoying. She has become the stereotypal mean stepsister, and it's so unrealistic. Now they've made her 'steal' the rich guy from the plain sister - how long is she going to keep up the pretence of not knowing the sister? How is she going to keep the sister from meeting the rich guy? It's just not in keeping with the Gong Mi portrayed in the first ep - she's a smart, hardworking lawyer, who refused to be used as bait to snare a client, who stood up for herself. I liked that, I respected her for that. And now, in the space of 4 episodes, she's suddenly changed to a whole new person....I am so annoyed.

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Gong Mi going more and more to the Dark Side bothers me. At this point I wonder how far she will go to throw her sister under the bus.

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I agree! The sister's story is very uncomfortable.

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Too bad you get to comment first.
It is a really good first ep.

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Too bad for reals. Lots of love here for Gong Shim.

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IKR!

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Watch Namgoong Min's brilliance in this skit!!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTbky6dZyBg

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That sketch was great! Eeeee, so funny! I've seen him in other series but never as the lead, so I'm excited to see this. :-D

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Yes it is funny and funny. Some pathos but not too heavy.

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Yay!!! I'm so glad you decided to recap this! I love it! It's fun and sweet and none of the characters are flat out unlikable. Yet. I'm glad that though there is an obvious difference in how the sisters are treated her family isn't mean or cruel to her. Nor her sister. I thought it would be cinderella and her stepsister feel to it, but instead it feels much more relatable.

Can't wait for the next updates!

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I only read the first line and I'm already giggling.

What kind of name is andante? Does that mean he moves slowly? Snerk.

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No, but he has a condition where things that move really fast appear to be moving really slow to him.

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Oh!

Andante - Ahn Dan Tae! I finally get it! LOL.

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man I watched the first 4 episodes in a row and was surprised about how much I liked it and was actually disappointed that I couldn't just marathon the entire show!
it's so cute and lovely (except for the ~family mystery~ part, I'll probably fast forward through those parts)

I love Gong Shim and her bike bell and Dan Tae with the wig on was all I never knew I needed

so glad you guys are covering this!

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You took the exact words out of my mouth! It's such a fun and quirky show that makes me laugh out loud pretty regularly, it kills me that I have to wait for the next ep to get more doses of craziness from these two. I love that they're both so refreshingly straightforward and overall true to who they are.

And though my eyes are on Ahn Dan Tae and Gong Shim, I am very charmed by Joon Soo, too. He's so sweet and handsome!

So thrilled it's getting attention and that I get to read recaps on it on Damramabeans! I came on here to check after I binged the 4 eps, but nothing anywhere. Pleasantly surprised to see you guys pick it up post-start.

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Betty,
I feel exactly like you. Glad they picked it up, I thought they wouldn't. This show is my happy place after long weekdays right now.

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Yes-- I'm totally charmed by the leads. The bike bell is hilarious.

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I really like this series,
the main love dish is actually the character,
they just normal fun people that weird and connect to each other. They knew their flaw and embrace it while trying to make the best out of it.
Idk how to say this but the relationship seems genuine.
Dan Tae is a nice guy that just like to point out the weird gong shim, and she is a nice girl that do think she is weird but it's okay to be weird.
When I watch this, I didn't know anything about it except the actor/actress and I find it so refreshing,
it's good to see fun bantering/conversation that just show they are without a crazy plot to set them up.
They just happen to met and they just clicked.
Hope the 3 friendship stay strong cause I can't sympathize with the sister,
I don't like the sister, she is opportunist and never think about gong shim feeling, it feels like she afraid someone will discover gong shim natural cuteness and disregard her.

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I'm glad you'll be recapping this show, because I've been loving it! It's quirky and fun, like our lead couple's characters, and Minah and NamGoongMin have been doing a great job so far. (I was really worried about MInah's acting potential, but she's really connecting withe the part and doing Gong Shim justice!)

My only concern is older sister Gong Mi, who I've grown to dislike more with every episode. It's unlike a weekend drama to leave a family member unforgiven in the end, but can I hold out for her ending up single and miserably alone?

Note: This JS requirement prevented me from commenting on my iPad. Is this a new thing?

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I just got a pop-up about Javascript, too, and wasn't able to comment at first from my phone, but when I switched to desktop view (there's a button for that at the bottom of the page), it worked fine.

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I can't stand Gong-mi. I really, really, really don't want her to end up with Jun-su, because he deserves so, so much better than her.

She's rotten to the core, and I don't care if the writers "reform" her. She's nasty now and I don't want her to get the "prize" she has set her eyes on. She should learn her lesson and grow with no reward other than becoming a better person. Jun-su, meanwhile, deserves a person that likes him not for his looks, money or status, but just for the nice person he is.

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I'm in complete agreement. Hopefully Joon Soo grows a spine, soon.(sigh).

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Same here. I detest the sister... she actually doesn't have the right to be called "sister"... and the more episodes I see, the more I hate her...

...like the actress though... aaaaaahh... why is she such a detestable second lead???

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Isn't the actress awesome though? She does this amazing job playing vulnerable yet detestable charterers. She's one of those rare secondary players that I think would make an awesome lead. I hope she get's a chance sometime.

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nodding vigorously!!

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First, news about the OHYA extension, and now the announcement about BGS recaps? It's a great day in Dramaland!

I wasn't sold on this drama right away, but I'm enjoying it more and more as it goes along. I'm very grateful that you decided to recap it. Thank you!

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I'm in the same boat. This has been a good day!

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Thanks , DramaLlama, for recapping this show!!!

I'm really enjoying this show. I'll be honest: at the beginning, I kept wondering if Namgoong Min's character was going to turn out like a villain, but I can see him as a good guy now.

On one hand, I can't wait for Gong Shim to let go of her wig and be herself. But on the other hand, the wig/hair style is growing on me.

Can't wait for the next recaps and to read everybody else's comments!

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Thanks for picking up this series, dramallama.

It's surprisingly good, I too, didn't have much expectations especially since we haven't had a stellar drama run in the past few months (with notable exceptions here and there) but I found it very heartfelt, loved the first four episodes and I'm looking forward to more.

I love Gong Shim's wig, btw. I didn't like it at first and thought it looked ugly as all that, but it's grown on me, and I now see it as part of our quirky, weird, endearing character and I hope she never loses the wig. Minah is doing a great job with the character and Namgoong min is too, with his. I love the chemistry between them.

I won't say much about the sister at this point, until the other episodes are recapped, but I am rapidly finding her to be the vilest, most unsympathetic character in kdrama ever. And I have seen a lot of evil characters in my odd years of kdrama viewing addiction, hope she can redeem herself eventually. Enough said.

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I watched the first two episodes, and it's better than expected, though I'm not committing to watching it.

also Minah actually being decent in the role is no surprise - we're rightfully sceptical of most acting idols, but in this case I'm going to say it, I told you so!

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I'm not committed to watching either – it's entertaining for now, but it is pretty weekend-y drama-ish and not particularly original, so I'm not sure how long I'll last.

The Dan-tae character is quite refreshing (though occasionally he's just an a**). Not quite as taken by Gong Shim. I am cheering for her, but my patience wears thin at times – she can be just so very dumb/naive and she seriously needs to move out and cut her family out of her life. Like yesterday.

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Unfortunately, her being dumb/naive is one of the "bad" traits she inherited. Her character description says she inherited her dad's "looks" and her mom's um, lower IQ. While her sister is supposed to be gorgeous and obviously super smart since she's a lawyer in a prestigious firm.

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I find Gong Shim a little on the Autism Spectrum.
Her inability to pick humor or social clues and the need for phisical space with the bike bell clues me on this.

I will love it if that's the case. She is challenged in many ways but I don't find her silly or frustrating. And some times her insight is spot on.

Both main characters are delightfully odd and so, so, so perfect for each other, (like I haven't seen in ages).

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My problem with Gong Shim is not her naivete, it's that she just doesn't love herself enough.

She almost always has to throw a pity party, and I really like that her instinct to dominate Andante gets her away from the negative zone.

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Naming note: Gong is the family name, but she’s always called by her full name, Gong Shim I wonder if this is some kind of in-joke because of how often people mistake Namgoong Min as being named Nam Goongmin?

Overall this show is ridiculously dorky and i love it. And I apologize if I just used bad html above there.

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Yup. Not the right html to make a quote.

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I didn't know about the name thing so thanks for sharing!

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Thank you thank you thank you!! I really wanted to see what you guys had to say on this show. :) It's so hilarious, I just can't even! I think Andante is my favorite, he doesn't seem to conform to any of my heretofore built drama expectations.

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Haha. This is too funny. It reminds me of when I first started watching K-Drama. It has been about 2 years + since I actually got such a good laugh from just a few minutes in. The writing is solid. The acting is solid. The directing is solid. The chemistry is there. The bickering is also there. I can relate to the lead female. I also love that's she's not a push over, and her witty retorts are hilarious. Plus the lead female acting has impressed me (first time watching her). She has good comic timing. But who I love the most Is the lead guy. He's a hoot. The guy had me laughing so much. Phew! FINALLY he got a leading role. I've been waiting for so long. Episode 5 needs to hurry up. Ughhhhh! I wonder why the dramas that interest me all air on the weekends?

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Weekend drama is on roll, all I really watch is gong shim, happy home, five is enough and part of mirror of the witch,

rock for weekend drama this season

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Why are there so many interesting shows TT____TT

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nice change, right? I've skipped all the previous batch dramas. This time it's a nice batch coming in :))

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Thank u for recapping this

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Thank you so very much that you decided to take it up cause I was missing the fun reading recap of a super fun drama.
I never had any expectations with this drama just thought to give a try NGM being the only reason. And oh my god...he dint fail not even in a single scene...
His acting is par excellence as a hero just as it was as villain earlier. He has that Adorkable - Awwwwwworthy smile which just melts your heart.
And the actress...she is not like usual kdrama victimized female lead who needs her Knight in shining armor to rescue her. And the scene in future episode she was carrying him on her back, that was perfect role reversal male version of Damsel in distress and female knight.
I am enjoying their bickering and gradually developing friendship - feelings - love.... just as slow and steady wins the race m sure their slowly developing chemistry will win my heart and many more.
Thanks again for wonderful recap.

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I didn't plan to watch it as well... I just checked the first episode... and then the second... and somehow I have already seen all 4 :--)))
It is not the most original story ever... but there is something what keeps me watching... Gong Shim probably... and Namgoong Min of course ;--)

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Yes, that's how I feel about the show. I don't get all excited about it, but then hey, I'm watching one scene, then the next, and I'm laughing, not a lot, but I'm laughing, and before you know it, I've watched the whole episode. Not really sure why I'm watching too...Gong Shim? Dan Te?

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YAAAAAAAY!!! Thank you so much!!!

I actually stayed up late catching up on episodes and I think I woke up my family from laughing so hard and so much. This show is HILARIOUS, like seriously I'm cackling multiple times in every episode. And I love our two weirdo leads so much. I can't wait till the romance starts!!

It's not perfect but it's a thorougly enjoyable drama for me. I'm really enjoying both this and OHY immensely :)

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When I first read about this drama it wasn't on my radar at all too! It sounded okay, and I was wondering how they were gonna have Minah be the "ugly" sister, like how? BUT! I'm glad I took a chance on it, it is ridiculous at times and you'll see all your regular kdrama tropes in it, but for the sake of these 2 very likable, underdog main characters, I'm going to keep watching :)

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yay thanks for recapping this drama!! Nam Goong Min is the perfect casting for Dante. Minah is doing well too which i am surprised

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Lol I read somewhere else that people thought Minah looks like GD and omg she does

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OMG - you're right!

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LOL. Now i can't unsee it.

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GD? sorry

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oh I see now thanks

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I knew you would! I was just waiting for the moment. ;) Thank you!

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I've been waiting for the recap. So glad you guys decided to it. Thank you!!
I actually loved the first episode, I wasn't a fan of Namgoong Min acting in some of his other dramas, but i feel he's more natural in this one, and I LOVE IT.

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This one is absolutely delicious! Yes, some of the lines are the tried and true ones, but the characters are so good that you can over look them. Wondering what direction they are going to take them, hoping for some surprises? Who knows???

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I like that Dan Te is the only one who doesn't underestimate Gong Shim. Even when she stands up for herself, her family sabotages her basic rights as a human being in favor of status (not hers, either) and perks for the favored daughter. Another bad parenting scenario in kdrama society. Dan Te and Gong Shim's rocky start is filled with hope that the rocks will settle at the bottom somehow. I also love that Jun Su is a real sweetie of a second lead who acts perfectly normal around Gong Shim to the puzzlement of her self-serving sister and others. I get the this-is-going-to-be-a-solid-kdrama-with-tropes-and-all-just-the-way-I-like-'em feeling from Beautiful Gong Shim.

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She looks like g dragon and its freaking me out lol
Altho i like hyeri,minah acts better than her imo.

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yay! its getting recapped.... thaaaank you so much... :)
Yes there are some issues with the editing and a cliche story line of childhood mysteries and and dis likable sis n mom characters...........BUT the lead characters override all these faults particularly so in the upcoming episodes. Oh Namgoong Min and Minah are doing a wonderful job portraying two weird and eccentric characters
Oh and I love the fact that the hero is not a perfect guy...but weirdo with a kind heart.
Annnd the food part.... I'm really loving all those scenes; the food shown is not even some grand dishes... but simple convenience store meals. I'm doing PG and is staying over at hostel without mess food since it vacation time for rest of the udergraduates and mostly have to depend on 'junk food'....and the way Ahn Dan Tae eats his simple meals with love really helps me appreciate my food too...

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Yes! The Bowl Cut and The Bald Spot is the only drama I've been watching live.

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Yay yay yay YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was SO very worried that all of you at DramaBeans were missing out on this brilliant and wonderful drama!!! I am so relieved and SO happeeeeeee....... Can you believe the joy of watching Namgoong Min overcoming his "almost" type casting as a psycho in Girl Who Sees Smells and Remember: A Son's War??? He is so amazing!!!!! Everyone should be watching this and anyone who didn't think Namgoong Min didn't have what it takes to be a comedian needs to watch his SNL performance!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTbky6dZyBg

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Even though I seriously scraped the car on my own garage door AND discovered a shockingly low amount of money in my checking account today, I consider it a good day because Gong Shim is getting recapped! Yippeeeee!!!
*runs around waving arms in the air and grinning like a fool*

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Lovely episode.

I don't know, but I keep looking at every corner and any secret door at Namgoong Min’s house. Can't help but think he might have someone locked up again.

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Watched the 1st 3 episodes.I am really having hard time with the apparent age difference.

Is this new trend?

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Didn't expect much from this drama... story isn't groundbreaking either, but i'm surprised at how fun it is haha! Love both of the lead characters!

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is it just me, or does gong shim look like gdragon in drag?

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oh my, you had me so worried that you guys weren't gonna recap such good stuff!!! yay good to have this on board db! :)

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I'm so happy you're recapping this! I was really worried I wouldn't have a community to gush about this show with. I love this show so far!

In the first episode I honestly couldn't tell what was up with Ahn Dan Tae. Is he a crook? I thought he was scamming Joon Soo with the phone swap, but no. He's just super, super weird. And I LOVE IT!!! Bring me more weird but ultimately nice kdrama leading men. I need it.

I love that both Gong Shim and Ahn Dan Tae are just total weirdos. It's really fun.

Ooh the 'bed' scene was surprisingly sexy!

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I am so glad you are recapping it, dramallama.
I am loving this drama. I love the combination of rom-com with mystery. Love both Namgoong Min and Minah, and love them as OTP.

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Weirdest show ever but oh so funny

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I love this drama. It's light and I couldn't stop laughing. It reminds me of My Lovely Sam Soon :)

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OMG! Finally you are recapping this! Thankyouu so much I've been wondering whether you would or not since many people bad-mouthing about this drama. I actually find it refreshing, on top of that, funny! Gong shim character is so relatable and it's weird how I really enjoy seeing minah with the weird wig like that. I think she quite nailed Gong Shim though I've never seen minah in her previous role. Well, gomapseumnida DB! Saranghae! ?

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Hey dramallama! ☺ Just wanted to ask if you're still recapping this? I'm on episode 4 now and I think this show's really fun!

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I stopped by today to see if Kender had gotten here yet. She lives in the neighborhood and sees them shooting this drama (and hears NGM's real life voice, be still my heart) in the park scenes. She told us some stories in last week's Open Thread.
Kender, where are youuuuuu??? ?

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I kind of enjoy this show. Actually, I'm looking forward to my sunday night to watch 2 episodes of it in a row.

The storyline is, Oh! yes it is!, predictable ( Ahn Dan Tae is the lost grandson and a heir, his "aunt" will do anything to stop him to aknowledge that, Dong Mi is a horrible selfish sister who wants everything for herself and is used to get it no matter how and all of the bad is forgiven, Jun-su is a nice guy but he'll still stay a second in a heir line as a stepgrandson and a rich guy who would like to play in life to make it more exciting,...) , but it's a korean drama, so I don't have any great expectations. I saw them so many, have my favorite ones, but it's all the same in the end = happily ever after.

I'll continue giggling with the cute innocence of Ahn Dan Tea and Gong Shim and if it is needed I'll fastly forward all the cliché and enjoy the rest. :-)

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Yay!! Very happy to see this drama recap here since I'm hoping it will get more exposure this way. I started this randomly when I saw Nam Gong Min's pic in the poster.. I wish I knew it was a weekend drama, because I'm afraid the quirky vibe will die off as the drama leads to makjang territory. I mean, there's birth secrets, inheritance, amnesia, gold digger sister.

Other than that, I've enjoyed the episodes and am waiting to see the sister get what she deserves (I seriously hope that the drama doesn't try to redeem her...)

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Minah's character here is a carbon copy of the lead character from a Mexican telenovela called "Antes muerta que Lichita" wtf

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I'm pretty surprised. This was a great first episode. I always thought there would be a time when Minah would get herself a good role. She was super adorable in Vampire Idol and I thought that was because she really could act, not just because it was an easy role. She's pretty awesome here and we are just at the first episode. And I like how she has a special meet-cute with both of the guys. Let's see how this one plays out.

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Who was the italian teacher named Toni Pacino teaching in this episode 1?

I mean Minah just went to italy, and someones there with her, it might aswel be him. What's the name of the actor? He's like not even mentioned anywhere.

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I don't think I've immediately hated a sibling as much as I hate Gong Mi

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