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Beautiful Gong Shim: Episode 20 (Final)

Buckle up, folks! It may be the last episode, but there’s a lot of ground left to cover before we can send our characters off into that k-drama sunset.

After locking up his enemies and revealing himself to the world, Dan-tae has a whole new life beckoning. With Gong Shim also starting a new chapter in her life, our leads will need to decide: Will they start these new lives together, or has the time come to part ways?

 

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

The brilliant Gong Shim steps off the sidewalk and watches as a car comes speeding towards her. Moments before impact, Jun-su leaps in front of the car and whips Gong Shim out of the way before being hit full-on by the vehicle. He goes flying back and the unharmed Gong Shim runs over to where he’s curled on the ground, crying out his name.

Dan-tae arrives just as the car drives by, his super slow-mo senses kicking in to allow him to ID the driver as the giant minion that Uncle sent after him in the parking garage. Dan-tae rushes over to where a crowd has gathered around the injured Jun-su and holds his cousin as Gong Shim sobs.

Thankfully Jun-su only has a broken leg and some sore ribs. Gong Shim and Dan-tae visit him at the hospital; Gong Shim apologizes that he got hurt because of her, while Dan-tae thanks him for saving Gong Shim’s life. His thanks resonates with Jun-su and as the pair leave him to rest, he stares after them, realizing that Gong Shim made her choice.

Dan-tae and Gong Shim share a coffee and he subtly asks if it’s still Gong Shim’s dream to go abroad and study art. She confirms that it is and that she plans to go one day, but when he asks if she would leave right now if she had the chance, she answers no. Gong Shim smiles as she describes how much she enjoys her work and wants to do well at her company for now. Dan-tae forces a smile, hiding his disappointment.

Jun-su gets a surprise visit from Grandma. It’s clear that she’s worried about him and she asks Jun-su if he’s been upset with her for a while. She knows it’s been hard for him and admits that she never treated him fairly, punishing him for something that was never his fault. Both of them are crying as she apologizes for being so cold to him his whole life.

Grandma tells Jun-su about Dan-tae going to the U.S. soon and asks Jun-su to come back home and live with her. Jun-su smiles happily, his grandmother lovingly wiping away his tears.

After sending Grandma off, Dan-tae goes in to see Jun-su. Still reeling from Grandma’s visit, Jun-su stares at Dan-tae for a moment, then softly utters, “Hyung. I can call you that now, right? Jun-pyo hyung.” Dan-tae gets this embarrassed happy expression on his face and agrees, calling him Jun-su-ya in return. Oof, I need a minute. So many feels!

Dan-tae and Jun-su joke about how they’ll soon be living together at the house. Jun-su brings up Dan-tae’s upcoming trip to America and Dan-tae hesitantly says that he’s going to ask Gong Shim to go with him. He looks awkward, but Jun-su smiles and says that he’s been thinking about Gong Shim a lot lately and feels like he can move on now, believing that he can finally be just her friend.

Talk turns serious when Dan-tae mentions that they arrested the driver of the car. Jun-su slowly asks if it was the man that Uncle sent last time and Dan-tae nods.

Dan-tae pays a visit to Uncle, who grins as he inquires after Gong Shim’s health, laughing that surely she can’t be dead. Not rising to the bait, Dan-tae muses that since Uncle has been in prison, he hasn’t heard the news yet: Uncle’s minion hit Jun-su instead of Gong Shim. Uncle’s face falls while Dan-tae tells him that his man was arrested and confessed to Uncle ordering the vehicular manslaughter attempt.

Dan-tae smiles grimly, telling Uncle that there will be a police investigation soon and promises that Uncle will stay in jail for the rest of his life.

Dan-tae: “You don’t have to feel remorse or reflect while you’re in there. Just stay in pain and suffer every day. That fits you best.”

Uncle is screaming through the partition by this point and Dan-tae watches grimly as he’s dragged away by the guards, raging that he didn’t do anything wrong — denying his responsibility to the end.

Gong Shim and her co-workers visit their recuperating boss and present him with their new product design: a house-shaped snack box. Jun-su approves of the design and everyone is quick to praise Gong Shim as the artist behind it. He congratulates her and she bows in thanks, not noticing that her wig has gotten caught on Jun-su’s IV stand. The sudden motion yanks it off and everyone laughs good-naturedly as she tries to untangle her beloved wig.

Jun-su and Gong Shim retreat outside to talk in private and Jun-su spills the beans about Dan-tae going abroad, thinking she already knew. He reveals that Dan-tae is going to ask her to go with him and encourages her to do it, telling her to think of it as a study abroad and promising that they’ll hold her position at the company for her. Jun-su also mentions that if she’s worried about him at all, then she shouldn’t be: He’s gotten over his crush. He teases her when she looks uncomfortable and proclaims them true friends now.

At work, Gong Shim reads a series of news articles posted about Dan-tae and herself, saying that the new Star Group heir has denied rumors of dating a Cinderella. Gong Mi finds her sister and shoves the article in her face, telling her to stop hoping for a happy ending: Dan-tae isn’t a rooftop anymore, but a penthouse. …Are we forgetting how you’ve been shamelessly pursuing your own Jun-su Penthouse for the past few months?

Gong Mi warns Gong Shim that she needs to stop the relationship before she ends up with a broken heart. Gong Shim tells her to mind her own business and trudges out.

Dan-tae calls Gong Shim out to a café and immediately apologizes for the article, saying that the public relations department gave the statement without his approval to prevent rumors. Gong Shim grouches that it seems that Ahn Dan-tae has truly become Seok Jun-pyo. Dan-tae says the rumors will die down soon and apologizes again.

Gong Shim shakes off her gloomy mood and asks Dan-tae to buy her something, since he has so much money now. Dan-tae puts a serious look on his face and suddenly flexes his shoulders, causing one of the snaps on his shirt to pop open and reveal his chest. Oooh, yummy.

In a macho voice, Dan-tae asks Gong Shim how much she needs, leaning in closer and causing yet another button to unsnap. Gong Shim squirms at the display and whisper-yells at him to stop, though she definitely steals a few glances. PFFFT, Dan-tae actually re-buttons one of the snaps just so he can pop it open again. I can’t decide if this is hot or hilarious. Guess I’ll just have to watch it again… and again… and maybe once more…

Gong Shim takes the re-clothed Dan-tae to the convenience store to buy her the “something” she requested. She stops next to the display of her company’s new lunchboxes and Dan-tae is thrilled to recognize Gong Shim’s artwork. Gong Shim’s joy is written all over her face as she describes how she helped design the box and is already looking forward to doing even better on her next project.

Dan-tae receives good news from the hospital and rushes over to find that his father has woken up. Both Dan-tae and Aunt cry with happiness to see that he recognizes them.

After hearing the happy news, Grandma recommends that Dan-tae push the date for his trip to the States forward so that he can accompany his father to the U.S. for surgery (‘cause he still has that pesky brain tumor to deal with). She wants to know if he asked Gong Shim to go with him yet and Dan-tae admits that he hasn’t been able to tell her. He knows that she’s finally settling into her work and is truly happy at the company, so how can he ask her to leave that all behind?

Gong Shim sits at home admiring her boxes when she remembers Jun-su telling her that Dan-tae will ask her to go to the U.S. with him. She doesn’t seem completely against the idea and when Dan-tae calls her to meet, she looks more thoughtful than resigned.

Dan-tae and Gong Shim meet at a café and he quickly brings up the subject of him going to the U.S. Gong Shim feigns ignorance and asks when he’ll be leaving. He reveals that he has to leave in a week due to his father’s surgery, then he plans to stay there afterwards to study, so he’s not sure when he’ll return.

Gong Shim looks up eagerly when Dan-tae addresses her again, waiting for him to ask her to go with him. Instead, Dan-tae says that he believes Gong Shim has so much to do here and that he’d like for her to succeed while he’s gone, becoming an even more amazing person than she already is. Gong Shim struggles to look happy with his decision, but when she gets home she crawls into bed, hiding her pain beneath the covers.

A few days later Dan-tae rushes to the airport, accompanying his aunt and father (who’s on a stretcher). Apparently the surgery was unexpectedly moved up and Dan-tae has to leave immediately. He calls Gong Shim, who is frantically bussing her way to the airport to meet him before he leaves.

Dan-tae assures her he’ll wait for her, but by the time she arrives, he’s already left. Gong Shim breaks down in anguished sobs when she realizes he’s gone.

One Year Later.

A wig-less and sophisticated Gong Shim poses sleeps in an office chair. Her slumber is disturbed by a smiling Jun-su who brings her coffee and asks why she always chooses his chair to sleep in. Hah, apparently it’s a recurring theme and Gong Shim jokes that his is the most comfortable seat in the whole office. The two confirm their plans to meet later with their parents and Gong Shim confesses that she’s nervous about it.

They’re warm and comfortable with each other and when Gong Shim starts to get up, Jun-su stops her. Reaching out, he softly fixes her hair while she stands close to him. Well, if these actors ever do another show together, at least we know they have chemistry.

It wouldn’t be the last episode without a farewell from Subway. Gong Shim and Gu-nam have lunch over a foot-long and he asks if she’s heard from Dan-tae at all, griping how he hasn’t contacted her the entire year he’s been away (WHAT?!?). Gu-nam muses that people really do change when they become chaebols, and Gong Shim looks ready to shove her sandwich in his mouth just to get him to shaddup.

Speak of the devil, Dan-tae wanders through the international arrivals terminal at the airport, back in his beloved capris and flip flops. He stops when a cookie rolls into his foot. Dan-tae picks up the cookie and, staring straight at the boy who dropped it, shoves the whole thing in his mouth and walks away, grinning. Heh, some things never change.

Dan-tae heads straight for Gong Shim’s office and arrives to see her standing outside, dressed in her pretty new clothes and natural long hair. Before he can approach her, she’s joined by Jun-su and their friendly banter makes him pause. He overhears their plans to meet their parents and clocks the easy skinship between the two.

Dan-tae hides his face as Gong Shim and Dan-tae drive away, then follows them to the restaurant where he sees them meeting with President Seok. Jun-su’s dad greets Gong Shim warmly and leads them both away, leaving Dan-tae wondering if they’re having a pre-marriage meeting with their parents.

Unbeknownst to Dan-tae, the whole get-together has been planned by President Seok and Gong Shim’s dad. Both wives sit in adjacent rooms with their husbands, thinking they’re meeting their son/daughter for dinner. As they wait, Jun-su enters into the room Gong Shim’s parents are sitting in, saying he heard they were here and just wanted to greet them.

Gong Shim’s mom (Jae-boon) asks after Jun-su’s mom (Tae-hee). Jae-boon admits that she treated Tae-hee badly and regrets it now, asking Jun-su to tell his mom that she misses her. Right next door, Tae-hee listens to the whole exchange and smiles at her friend’s words.

Gong Shim takes that moment to quietly enter into Jun-su’s parents room and then she and Jun-su both pull back the divider, revealing the moms to each other. Both women apologize and hug, then look over to see their star-crossed husbands, happily reunited. Awww.

The presentation that Gong Shim stayed up late to prepare for is with none other than Star Group. At the meeting, she and her colleague wait for the Star Group representative to arrive, when in walks Dan-tae, looking every inch the cold and uncaring chaebol.

Dan-tae treats Gong Shim like a complete stranger, insulting the designs and instructing her to do them over again. When Gong Shim’s colleague leaves to take a call, Dan-tae finally acknowledges her, but just accuses Gong Shim of changing since he saw her last. Gong Shim asks just what he’s trying to do after not contacting her for a year, but Dan-tae responds that she doesn’t have the right to ask him that.

Gong Shim reports to Jun-su that Dan-tae has returned and instructed her to redo the design. Jun-su advises her to do the edits for now while he gets to the bottom of things.

Jun-su heads over to Star Group and greets a chilly Dan-tae with a smile. Dan-tae cuts right through the pleasantries, saying that he saw the two of them go to a premarital meeting with their parents the day before. Jun-su understands immediately and starts laughing, explaining the meeting and reminding Dan-tae that he already cleared his feelings for Gong Shim a year ago.

Dan-tae’s “oh shit” face as he realizes he screwed up is priceless. Jun-su starts reprimanding him for not contacting Gong Ghim for a year, asking if he knows how hard it was for her the whole time. Looking properly chastised, Dan-tae admits he just messed things up and asks Jun-su for help. Jun-su can only hold out against Dan-tae’s pleas for so long before he grins back at him. Oh, you two.

Gong Shim meets Dan-tae at a restaurant, bringing the design edits with her. Dan-tae is back in his cold chaebol demeanor, insisting on eating before checking the edits. She tries to refuse but he insists.

Gong Shim starts to eat but stops when Dan-tae remarks that she’s gotten prettier. Unable to stomach the food, Gong Shim grabs her designs and tells him to do as he pleases before leaving the table. Dan-tae mutters a quick “Yeah, this isn’t the right method,” before chasing after her. No shit, Sherlock.

He grabs Gong Shim’s wrist and asks to talk, but Gong Shim has had enough. Throwing off his hand, she asks what exactly he’s doing, messing with her like this. She yells that she was so worried about him, not knowing if he was hurt or dead, and now after a year of no contact he shows up like this. She smacks his chest over and over, demanding to know how he can do this to her, before breaking down in tears.

Dan-tae hugs her to him and apologizes. He murmurs that it wasn’t that he didn’t contact her but he couldn’t, saying his father was in such critical condition and he had to care for him. …Seriously? For the entire year?

Gong Shim asks if his father is okay now and Dan-tae says he is, though he was critical for the first six months. Gong Shim voices what we’re all wondering: Then why didn’t he contact her when his father was well again?

Dan-tae answers that because he missed Gong Shim so much, he studied like crazy so he could come back to her quickly, which is why he couldn’t contact her because he was so busy. …Yes, ’cause that makes sense. You miss her so much that you can’t take five minutes to call and say you were alive. Hell, I can text that in under five seconds.

Gong Shim calls him stupid and Dan-tae gets offended, saying he thought she’d be proud of him for coming back so quickly. Thinking they’re all patched up now, Dan-tae gives her a loving, “I missed you…” and Gong Shim kicks him solidly in the shins. Heh, Dan-tae reacts like she just drop-kicked his family jewels and Gong Shim marches out while he writhes on the ground.

The next day, Dan-tae is waiting for Gong Shim when she returns from work. He tries small-talk and makes some funny faces, but nothing breaks her understandably icy demeanor. As she brushes past him, he asks if anyone else moved into the rooftop apartment, giving her pause.

She turns as he asks if it’s the same as he left it. When she says it must be, he realizes that she never went up there since he left. He grabs her wrist and says he needs to show her something, dragging her along.

Dan-tae brings Gong Shim up to the apartment, which is completely cleaned out, save for a flower pot filled with soil and a note. Dan-tae crouches down and mutters that no one watered it for a year so the seed never sprouted. Pouting, he leaves the room.

Gong Shim opens the card and reads the note Dan-tae left a year ago. In it, Dan-tae asks her to water the pot while he’s away and if she takes good care of it, his heart will come up with the flower.

Dan-tae comes back in and Gong Shim asks what the note means. Frustrated, Dan-tae grabs the pot and plucks out of the soil… a ring. Aw, that’s actually a pretty clever proposal if the flower did indeed lift up the ring as it grew. Oddly perfect for Gong Shim.

Gong Shim stares at the ring as Dan-tae grumps that he spent so much time planning this and it all went to waste. Gong Shim asks why he didn’t just give it to her in person, then? As an answer, Dan-tae swoops in and kisses her.

Dan-tae says if he’d given it to Gong Shim in person, then he never could have left for America. He calls her a fool and the two bicker about who is more foolish: the one who never went up to the apartment, or the one who buried a ring in the dirt.

Dan-tae slips the ring on Gong Shim’s finger, asking her to marry him. She smiles and reaches up to hold his face, planting a flurry of little kisses all over the stunned Dan-tae. He thanks her in his baby voice and the two hug.

Still working at Jun-su’s company, Gong Mi stops in to see Jun-su and asks him out for a drink. No! You can’t have my Jun-su puppy! Go away! Do exorcisms work on evil sisters? Be gone, thou bitchy one!

Over beer, Gong Mi is honest with Jun-su for the first time, admitting that when she first met him, she was attracted to his title. She even tells him about stealing the furniture workshop spot from Gong Shim and saving him in the restaurant after her sister told her to go there. Gong Mi apologizes and says that in spite of the past, she likes him now as a person, not a position, and regrets her previous motivations.

Jun-su asks why she’s telling him this now, and Gong Mi answers that she wanted to start fresh with him. She says that he can slowly take his time thinking about it, referencing when they first had dinner together and she asked him to date. Jun-su grins and agrees to think about it. Ugh.

President Seok has returned to his original position and gets teary-eyed as he polishes his old nameplate. He answers his wife’s call, saying he’ll be home soon and promises not to stop at the pet center or playground. As he leaves, his new secretary comes in and asks what kind of tea he’d like. President Seok gets a glint to his eye and makes one of his trademark bad puns before exiting the office, cackling to himself. You big goof.

Dan-tae brings his newly healthy father and his aunt to the Seok mansion where he introduces them to his relatives: his grandma, younger grandma, aunt and uncle, and his cousin. Awww. Everyone smiles happily as one big family.

Looks like Dan-tae is still running his pro-bono law office. He interviews some new clients, and the man and woman are nervous about payment, but Aunt rattles off that all services are free. In gratitude, the couple gives Dan-tae a box of sweet potatoes and some cider. It’s a cute meta reference to a recent slang that’s become popular: Plots that are frustrating and hard to choke down are sweet potatoes, while ones that are refreshing are called cider.

So basically they’re making fun of the fact that the storyline for this drama has been both frustrating and refreshing at times. (All credit for the reference goes to the lovely Javabeans — she shared some of her infinite wisdom with me.)

Gong Shim waits in the rooftop room, looking at the pretty rows of flowers that they’ve moved in there. She fondly remembers her first few encounters with Dan-tae, from his dodging the falling flower pot to when they woke up in the same bed and she’d called him a pervert.

Dan-tae arrives in the room and Gong Shim tells him about her reminiscing. Dan-tae admits that truthfully, he liked her from the first moment he met her. Gong Shim answers that she reeeaaally… disliked him. He makes a face and the two laugh together.

Gong Shim and Dan-tae share a hug before pulling back to confess their love for each other. Smiling, they embrace again, standing next to Gong Shim’s flowers in the rooftop room that first brought them together.

 
COMMENTS

A cute ending to a cute show. All the storylines are tied up (even if sometimes a little too conveniently), and our main characters got their happy ending.

I went into this finale of Beautiful Gong Shim with one main question: Wig she, or wig she not? Personally, I was very satisfied that her wig did end up coming off. I know we all loved the short bob, but to Gong Shim, it represented all of her insecurities and acted as a safety blanket to hide her from the world. To me, it wasn’t a matter of whether she was beautiful with or without the wig, but rather the reason behind her wearing it. The show did lay it on a little thick with her new clothing style and everything, but the point was not that she took the wig off to look pretty, but rather that she felt confident enough in herself to come out from under the wig. Besides, the only person to whom her looks really matter is Dan-tae, and he’s always found her beautiful, no matter the hairstyle.

But dear god, man, what was with the not contacting Gong Shim for an entire YEAR?!? I mean, Dan-tae just spent a chunk of Episode 18 apologizing to Gong Shim for keeping her out of the loop, and then he goes and breaks off all communication? Obviously the lesson didn’t sink in. I will never claim to be an expert on the subject of love, but I think every Hallmark card in the world would agree that love means standing by someone when they need you. Dan-tae denied Gong Shim her right to not only be a part of his life, but to support him when he needed her. Cutting someone out and dealing with it on your own isn’t showing your love, it’s keeping them from loving you. You have a responsibility not only to care for the person, but to let them care for you as well; to lean on them as they lean on you. And what about all the worry he caused her from not knowing if he were even still alive? It was foolish and cruel and I need to stop thinking about it before I rant even more.

Dan-tae’s failure to communicate may have put me in a vindictive mood, but I really wasn’t satisfied with how Jun-su’s mother was forgiven so easily. It seemed like just because she didn’t directly kidnap Jun-pyo, she was automatically relieved of guilt. Even if Uncle had pressured her, she shouldn’t have been so harsh to Grandma about giving up the search. And let’s not forget, she’s quite the petty lady herself, especially given how she’d treated Gong Shim early on. She may not be as evil as her brother, but the sibling similarities are fairly obvious. For Jun-su’s sake, I’m glad that the family was able to reconcile, but it still felt a little forced.

I found that I’m rather disappointed with Gong Meanie’s storyline, but not in the way I thought I’d be. She started out as someone I’d really have loved to hate, and then just faded into the background as an indefinite threat to trot out whenever the kidnapping storyline lulled. There were so many things that they could have done with her. For example, when she’d said everything was Gong Shim’s fault, I was really hoping they’d go a bit deeper down the sister complex route (if for no other reason than the abduction mystery-that-wasn’t-that-mysterious was dragging everything down). We didn’t even see her reaction when Gong Shim reclaimed her room, and I know a bunch of us were disappointed about that. She had the potential to be an even more engaging villain than Uncle, but instead she spent her time vaguely circling around Jun-su which, ugh. At least the show didn’t definitively pair Gong Mi up with Jun-su and left it slightly open-ended. I’m holding out hope that there’s a third truck/car of doom with Gong Meanie’s name on it.

My take-away from this show is that it seemed to always stop just shy of becoming more. The villains were almost engaging, but never went that extra step. The plot was almost interesting, until it stopped moving forward and just went in circles. Even our main characters were all great by themselves, but if they had just worked together, then that team would have been so much more interesting than the individuals. I keep thinking back to the first eight episodes and wondering, what happened to all these plotlines and characters I was excited about? It was like everything stayed right on the cute level without rising to its awesome potential.

BUT, all my complaints aside, I cannot deny the fact that this show had me smiling all the way through to the end. The plot may have had a few holes, and the villains might have caused some regrets, but the characters were indeed beautiful, and I will miss them.

 
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I cried with disappointment at this last episode when he didn't contact her for a full year!!!! WTF in this day and age with smart phones, email, Skype? THERE IS NO EXCUSE!!! This was a glaring and absurd oversight by the writer and director. Even the actors should have protested! Gong Shim could have contacted him! My total love for Joon Pyo went down the drain and ruined what was almost a perfect drama for me. So sad to have to write this.

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I've loved Dantae though this entire show, but I was so dissapointed in the writers for their last minute attempt to stretch out the dramatics by having him leave for year and not communicate with Gong Shim at all! Did they not realize that they were doing that at the expensive of his character???

At the very least, I wish they would have had a time sequence/laps of him graveling to get her back for six months before she aggreed to get back together with him. That would have actually been kind of entertaining to watch.

I hate that there was even a possiblity that GM would end up with SJ.

Alas, I still really enjoyed this show as a whole, and I'm going to remember it for all the cute and for the zany lovable trio,

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Although Dan-Tae was not one of my favorite male leads, the writers just threw him down the toilet with his year of going off the radar with Gong-Shim. That was a total Jerk move, and it would certainly justify Gong-Shim getting serious with Jun-Su. Gong- Mi...seriously....keep her away from Jun-Su. Her confession was on the writer's list of "all are forgiven now"- kidnapping accomplice, no problem; lying evil sister-no problem. The writers made this pretty good drama into another stupid one, that lazy, lazy, lazy writers write off in the last episodes. Do the writers get paid about 2/3 into the drama and just let a computer or janitor finish writing the last episodes? This happens in way, way too many Kdramas~

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"Even the actors should have protested!"

I remember distinctly thinking while I was watching this episode that NGM must be disappointed with the writing. The guy has experience and I'm sure knew as he was shooting that this was not great.

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I've been waiting for the recap just to say - it is character assassination. The Dan Tae from the first 19 episodes would never have done that to her. It's so inconsistent to who he is, perceptive thoughtful guy who is willing to reach out first. He would have immediately known how devastating no contact would be to her.

I'm incredulous that the writers went this route.

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+1.

My thought exactly.

Moreover didnt he buy her a phone earlier?

Sigh

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Character assassination is just the right term for it! Dan Tae and Gong Shim would never have gone a year without speaking. Grandma would have flown her to the States for visits. Jun Soo would have been Skyping Dan Tae with GS from their office. Writing this nonsense is an insult to the characters, the actors and the viewers. We all know it's not 1995! Or 2004, the last time this kind of excuse flew in a kdrama because it was based on POSTCARDS.

Plus when your loved one is in ICU, pretty much allllll you have to do is sit and text and email and talk to other people while you wait for them to get better.

Many thanks to the show for such wonderful characters that we love and know so well (that we're infuriated when their stories get hijacked like this!). Evil Mom and Gong Mi deserve to be exiled to a mountaintop monastery where they will shave their heads and do bows all day. ?

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He did left for 1 month before without communication, so it was part of his character.
Plus, we saw how many times he wouldn't tell Gong Shim about things going on his life.

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Agreed. The writers messed up big time. There was just no explanation for it. What the hell was with that ridiculous absurd plot device? Geez.

Well I guess at least the writer didn't kill anybody. It was a cute show from start to end though.

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Plain and simple this is called lazy writing. They got the viewers to the end, so the ratings are locked. How to finish it? Let's see, let's just throw everything and the kitchen sink. Throw in a nonsensical separation (does a 30 year old lawyer really need to go overseas to study business?). Of course, he'll be too busy to communicate with Gong Shim (because he can't even email or text when he is eating or pooping [sorry about that image]) so she'll be really pissed when he comes back. We'll play with that for a while. But when he acts cute and shows her a ring she'll forgive him. Forget that he cut her off from his life for a year. And why not forgive Junsu's mom while we are at it? She was only an accomplice in covering up her nephew's dissapearance and lived in the same house for years watching the grandmother suffer. And finally, Gong Mi. We'll have her apologize. But not to Gong Shim, who deserves a million apologies from her, but to Junsu, because she still has the hots for him and wants to start fresh with him. A reconciliation between the sisters would make more sense, but what the hell, we can't leave Junsu alone. Pffft.

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Do drama writers have no pride? Time and time again we watch great dramas disintegrate on the last episode. It would have been cuter watching them Skype during the year, with Dante showing his crazy baby talk and Gong Shim showing her growth. He could have surprised her with his return like in Coffee Prince and proposed then. And yes, Gong Shim should have definitely received and apology from Gong Mi. Gong Mi should have confessed to her sister, not Junsu, all her evil doings and begged for forgiveness.

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"does a 30 year old lawyer really need to go overseas to study business?"

Apparently, Kdrama chaebol must be graduating from top universities in the US...

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You pinpointed everything I was dissatisfied with! The no contacting thing being the worst because it doesn't make sense. I'm sure he contacted his grandma who lives in Korea so why not his girlfriend? I just don't buy the ring hidden in a flower pot.

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About the ring -- let's say he really did hide it in the flower pot before he left for the US...

Wouldn't it have been better for him to propose to her in person? What was he thinking? That GS would water and take care of the seed, that there would 100% chance for it to sprout, that the seedling would push the ring to the surface for her to happily accept it, while he has not even called her (not even at the airport before boarding the plane)?

Sorry for the rant!

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Just like my gut feeling told me early on in the series, this show is Tomato 2.0 (in terms of parallels, cliches, lack of development in any front, and disappointments).

The drama was cider for like 7 episodes and then straight-on sweet potatoes till the end, but OMG that no-contact plot point was so very unrealistic! I study abroad, and the only thing that keeps me going is constant contact with friends and family at home. There are too many opportunities to call / text / post on SNS when you're in a new and unfamiliar place, mostly by yourself - especially in Dan Te's case where he had to sit beside a bedridden patient for half the time.

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Yup, I was soooo mad that Gong Meannie did not apologise to Gong shim - which would have been more appropriate! Even her apologise is so manipulative...primarily to make herself look good to Junsu.

Annnnd... Gong shim needs to attend road safety lessons. This is the second time she needs to be saved on the road! First she doesn't know how to cross the road...this time it is standing on the road to wait for someone. There's a really wide pavement for her to stand on, just behind her...why stand on the road????

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Same here, they ruined Dante for me in those last few moments. Its not in his character to not contact Gong Shim for a full year knowing it would give her hell......lazy and poor writing, I felt cheated. On a second note, huge thumbs up for Gong Mi, she suffered from poorly written character and zero screen time for mostly the whole drama but they did give her big growth in the last moments, I did cheer for her in those few short moments. I felt the actress was hugely done a disservice, I thing they could tell a good story from her point of view but sacrificed it to develop the kidnapping story line which was a huge waste.
And I love the whole cast, all of them were so good in it. Namgoong Min, palli come back with a new drama with a better writer and I'll watch.

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Also, when I say Gong Mi's storyline I don't mean as a villain. She was initially introduced as the girl shouldering the entire burden of the family and who ends up making wrong choices but not always for the wrong reasons. The sisters had their differences but it could lead to a story of growth for her and for Gong Shim as well. Nobody ever tried to explore that.
Jun Su's omma, I remember exactly at the beginning knew the uncle not only kidnapped him but wanted to get rid of him and she isn't so naive to think he will just send him away. They couldn't let poor Jun be traumatized for the rest of his life so changed the story, I hated it too. I mean what the hell, I don't have a bad memory, why show all that if you don't know what to do with it.

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Yep, at the start, Gong-mi's storyline was interesting too. The smart lawyer from a poor family who refuses to just be the company's pretty face and has to choose between doing what's right or siding with evil rich people.

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But they didn't do anything with her character. This is disapointing. I don't see any character growth from beginning to end. Her apologizing to Jun Su just happens to be too late.

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I agree with you. It was ridiculous that they did not speak for a year, especially after all they went through and the fact that they just missed each other at the airport.

Joon Pyo, "Sorry Gong Shim, you missed your chance. Now you will have to wait for a year to talk to me. I am the heir to Star Group now. I have too much going on and I don't have any money to fly back to Korea for a couple of days. Also, I don't dare call or text you. Have you seen those International Roaming charges?" :)

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How much does an email cost? Lol.

When I was in Korea and Japan last year my daughter texted her boyfriend all the time without problems because my mobile carrier includes international free text and data. Maybe carriers in Korea don't include that?

I also started an Instagram account and posted pictures and messages for my family back home so they would know we were alright (my mom won't text but would access Instagram in her computer).

Obviously, either Dante is just stupid and clueless or he didn't try hard enough.

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My husband was laughing at me listening to as i cuss when he tell his reasons why he cut contacts for one year. Idiotic. If you asked me. And yes, the actors shoul've protested.

It woul've been better. If he just broke up with her, at least the no-contact is acceptable.

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They didn't even bother making a sort of legit excuse like him sending letters to the wrong address and thinking Gong Shim's silence means a sign to never contact her. :|

Or why not utilize Gong-meanie and have her intercept an important call/message from Dan-tae and delete it so Gong-shim won't get her happy ever after?

I'm sure this writer has genius ideas (see the button-popping scene) if only he will put his mind to it. But it's like he didn't even bother. Hahahaha

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haha, I felt the same way, until I re-wrote the ending in my head.

Goo Nam and Gong Shim have their DT hasn't contacted yet conversation, which GS cuts off by saying she has to meet JS's parents. DT comes back and sees GS waiting for JS outside their workplace. She's excited to see JS and runs into the street where JS puts a hand on her back to guide her back to safety. DT's face darkens.

Parents reunite, but before the moms can talk, they're interrupted by cries of joy and open weeping (from GS's dad). The husbands break into song while the moms looks aghast. GS gets a text from DT and runs out. Both their faces are serious...until they see each other. Smiles and hug time!

Of course they've contacted during the year!! They've been in such close contact that GS got mad because DT said he would send a special good luck message (for her Star Group presentation) and she hadn't received anything. DT was mad because he told her not to run into streets anymore. GS says she was happy about her and JS' parents reunion and exposition fairies to us that DT was able to talk Grandma into growing a heart and accepting JS' parents.

DT proposes in some DT way (the writer is really good at finding cheesy but hilarious things for NGM to pull off). The media go wild with GS' cinderella happy ever after, and one article even mentions her "ugly stepsister".

Turns out GM was the one behind the negative cinderella articles last year, and when DT proposed, the reporter dug into why her sister would rat her out. He found out that GM spread rumors GS was parachuted in when GM was the one who was brought in by JS. GM calls the reporter in a rage, and he tells her he has no loyalty to her, just as she doesn't for her sister.

GS overhears and GM actually looks embarrassed, for once. GS drily tells her to "live properly" and reminds her that she told her to mind her own business.

Then more cute before the end, because why not?

I was really shaking my head at that ending, but now I don't mind. This show brought smiles and laughter every week and introduced me to a Namgoong Min I love. Thanks writers and actors! And DB community for having the best comments on this show. I think the lightheartedness of the show brought out the funny in all the commenters. : )

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This is marvelous! Thanks for using your energy for the good rather than just wallowing in everything they did wrong like I did and being so so mad ?
I wish you had been in the writers room.

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Not only all of what everyone said, but seriously, her boss is his cousin!! She didn't like badger him all year about what was going on? Junsu didn't talk to Dan Tae either?? And what about Grandma?! Did Gong Shim just lose all touch with her too? Did Dan Tae never talk to his grandma so she could fill Gong Shim in?
The whole thing was RIDICULOUS!!!!! One of the hugest plot holes I have ever seen!!!
Really irritated me. I hate the,"If I heard your voice, I'd come back..." trope. So completely and utterly unrealistic! No one, I mean, no one has ever actually done that!!
Who told Korea that this was like the ultimate in romance?? Someone needs to correct their thinking!

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LOL. Right? Some of these tropes are like, "Really?" :)

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Well, at least you can't say it's not consistent with his character. DT holes up when he hits an emotional rough patch. I was actually surprised he teamed up with JS!

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This last episodes was nuts! Gong Shim should have kicked Dan Tae to the curb acting like a spoiled chaebol. One year without even a word??? Really... Should have made him grovel more before he could be forgiven.
Not buying the one big happy family bit too. Junsu's mom got off easy. She's been living the life of luxury for 26 years by keeping her mouth shut... and she even reconciles with Gong Shim's mom too.
The worst was Gong Mi... No, Junsu please have some brains and stay away from that witch....They did a 360 degrees turn around and made her decent..and fessing up... UGH!!!
Too many plot holes.. It started wonderfully, but the ending doesn't make sense...

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IDK, I buy letting JS's mom off. Afterall, they let DT's adoptive dad off. Sure he kidnapped him from the kidnapper, but he knew who's kid it was. He could have returned DT at anytime. So really, JS's mom and DT's dad are guilty of the same thing: letting DT stay missing and not reporting who did it. She for her brother and son, him for his wife.

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As the person who started this rant at 1.0 by being lucky (or unlucky) enough to be #1 after the recap was posted, please let me thank all of you for your patience in letting me express my disappointment. It was heartening to realize how many people were also disappointed. It helped me not feel crazy.

But I want to give a big shout-out to Minah and Nam Goongmin who were so SUPERB in their roles! NGM broke his streak of psycho roles by proving his brilliance at comedy and Minah stunned us all with her acting ability. I love both of them so much and loved the drama overall. I want to leave us with a wonderful image of Dan Tae at his most outrageous and creative best. For all of you who didn't see the glory of his performance in SNL, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTbky6dZyBg

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I can't be mad at Joon Pyo for what he did, I can see him shrug and say "I was just written that way, I had no choice." It is so out of character that I can't even accept it really happened. Kudos to NGM for making Joon Pyo so real his character can stand up to such lazy writing. It's pretty clear the things we loved about him were probably 100% NGM.

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I like the drama, I think people sometimes take very seriously the title, the drama evolves and can sometimes miss the point of the title and with Beautiful Gong Shim became obvious that they focus more on those who have more ability to handle the emotional scenes and that was Namgung Min and a bit of Joo Wan too, it’s something that the writers discover while the drama is in process.

But I feel that Gong Shim was well developed and with lot of focus in the first 10 episodes (and Dan Tae was putting aside), she made friends, she got a job and had the courage to defend the injustice while she was working as a secretary (something I confess I don’t know if I would do), she lived alone (in another city) and had the courage to declare her feelings for Dan Tae and fight for them, she imposes against the vagaries of her sister and finally decided chase her dreams and she start to draw. After all this, I don’t think Gong Shim needed a lot more development.

I believe that her low-esteem is more related to the fact that she couldn’t do what she love that anything else, she had unhappy part-time job and had to live with her sister who seemed powerful and good at what she does and was glorified by their parents because of that and this destroy her self-esteem. He was getting better when she was achieved a better job as a secretary, the gardening and finally drawing.

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Thanks for the recaps. Because of it I decided to start this drama and marathoned it in time to catch the last two episodes as they came out and were subbed. While I enjoyed the first couple episodes immensely, the rest were tolerable and forgiveable until that 1 year time leap in this last ep. I will never forgive the writer or whoever it is responsible for this mess. Although I'm team Dan tae all the way he didn't redeem himself in that ending. My gawd the writer had an entire episode to make this worth it and decided to layer another cliche on top of it but without the magic that made the makjang plot tolerable aka the quality of the characters. While I still love this drama I will always hate the ending. Lucky I still had favorite moments in this episode mostly the bromance and romance. While Dan tae's kisses are short and mere pecks they are sweet and fits this story entirely imo. Minah's crying scene at the airport was great acting. Well I will truly miss this series or more precisely the characters.

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I loved the airport scene too, so heartbreaking! That was the best scene of Minah for me, got me thinking this girl has potential for more serious roles

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Thank you Candidclown for the wonderful recap! You said everything I wanted to and more. Despite all the flaws in the show, it will have a secret place in my heart where all my guilty pleasure dramas reside.

It was actually the flashback at the end which reminded me just what exactly made me fall in love with the show- the oddball characters that lit up my imagination and stole my heart.

So to me, Gong Shim, Dan Tae and Jun Su will continue to live out their lives in my imagination and live quirkily and happily ever after.

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haha, "Despite all the flaws in the show, it will have a secret place in my heart where all my guilty pleasure dramas reside."

This. Thank you. That's exactly how I feel. :D

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Thanks so much for all the recaps, CandidClown! I'm often laughing out loud at your comments.

I think what I was disappointed in for these last 2 eps was that I wanted 2 hours for the return of the cute and weird romance and bromance that made us love the show in the first place, but instead we got some unnecessary kdrama cliches thrown in last minute. Why? Argh.

Also, Gong Meanie... I'm pretty sure nobody in the world wanted her to end up with our perfect Junsu. Why would you even stick that possibility in there?

Anyway, despite all that, I enjoyed the show a lot and will probably be rewatching it for the laughs (minus the end).

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Ugh gong meanie, let's go with the exorcism and the hexes and curses. Hiss, boo. While we're at it maybe everyone should get their own gags checked for curses because who the hell would put up with her? Run junsu puppy run!

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really...i was upset that gong mi was redeemed from her place of greediness so easily. she never apologized to gong shim either, which irked me.

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The only way I'm dealing with Gong-Mi's half-hearted redemption arc is by telling myself that Jun-Su's "I'll think about it" was a polite rejection, and that as soon as the cameras stopped rolling, he hopped into a taxi and escaped it to Busan.

BE FREE, JUN-SU! BE FREE FROM HER WITCHY WAYS!

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This is the first review of yours I've read. I watched the drama until about episode 14, and then I just lost interest. The characters were so cartoonish and the plot a bit boring for me. I was curious, though, how the whole thing ended so I decided to read your review. I giggled through the whole thing. You're a hilarious writer. I'm going to look for your name on these reviews to read more of them. You captured all the ridiculous aspects of the plot and their acting while also interjecting your own clever thoughts. So funny. Thanks for the laughs.

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Don't tell CandidClown, but I felt her recaps got funnier as the plot got worse. So I'm actually hoping she gets a bad drama next, hee. My secret nickname for her is HeadsNo2 Number 2.

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Very high and well-deserved praise. Thanks for wonderful recaps, CandidClown! They enhanced a lovely show and certainly are the best thing about the final episode LOL ?

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I dropped the drama around the same time. At least CandidClown's recaps were interesting throughout the series.

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What happened to Grandma who used not to care about JS at all ?

How could he not even call her before boarding the plane, knowing she couldnt make it on time ?

Can one really study business management in one year ? Or did DT only take a couple of classes ? And is he now working for Star Group and doing pro bono work as a lawyer ? Or is he staying as a lawyer (then what is the point of his study in the US)?

How could he not contact her for the entire year ?

Who does sleep in her Boss' chair, with her feet on the table, in the office, no matter how close you are ?

What happened to GM who still discourage her sister in the final episode, and who is now interested in JS as a person and not the heir ?

Is JS not surprised or curious at GS ' wig at all?

Since when GS mom and JS mom like each other ?

Sigh.

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LOL. Great questions. I bet there are many more.

Do truck drivers really just honk or flicker lights until you move and if you don't then plow you over?

Is uncle going to try to hurt GS once and, because it didn't work, give up totally?

Did Joon Pyo really dislike GS's work for Star Group or was he just trying to be a "you know what"?

Did Joon Pyo really leave that plant in the room before he left for the US or put it there later in order to get back with GS?

IMO, These types of dramas are being produced at a crazy rate. There's just not enough time to cover all of the bases. There are some that are pre-produced, but not many. Therefore, a lot of plot holes and oversights are seen. I mean, really, live shooting? That's tough.

Despite the plot holes and oversights, I still liked the characters in this drama. LOL funny.

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Exactly the same questions I had! *disappointed max* Thanks Sophie.

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The ending of the show is meh! I believe this is one drama that would have been better served with 16 episodes. So much time was spent on the birth secrets that Gong Shim's struggles became relegated to the back seat by midpoint of this drama.

All in all, it wasn't a bad ending, but it wasn't very good either. I just wish majority of kdramas didn't start off with a bang and go out with a whimper. Oddly enough the two dramas this year whose ending was really satisfying was Pied Piper and Six Flying Dragons.

What did everyone think of Gong Shim's new look? I confess to liking her overalls and wigs in the other episodes - they grew on me. Not that I don't like her new look, far from it, but she looks more like Minah in this episode than ever, lol!

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Loved this show. But i skipped some later episodes especially when the topic was kidnapping.

GS and ADT are cute until the end. And i envied Minah for all those kisses with NGM. Lol.

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BTW, thanks to the Gong-shim team. :D It was fun following this crazy show via your recaps!

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I agree with all those who found DT's inability and excuses for not contacting GS absolutely absurd in this day and age of all the various ways to communicate!! FAIL!!

And also, that was the CLEANEST room for it to be vacant for a year! I assume since no one ever found the plant, they never even checked on it to be sure there were no leaks or damage of any kind! FAIL!!

I hated the mother getting off scott free! She was an ACCESSORY whether she actually kidnapped JP or not. She was aware of his fate, hid it and actually encouraged her brother to do bodily harm to those who would out the truth. FAIL!!

In short, another cute show that limped to a pitiful, unsatisfying end.

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Thank you so much for the recap! It is through your hard work that made me watch the drama :) I am usually very lazy and rather go through the drama through reading rather than watching the drama itself :p

I agree that there are some flaws in the plot. However, the DT, GS and JS are simply too cute and I truly enjoy their lovely relationship.

Nam Goongmin is just delicious to watch! I am so happy that his first leading drama is an enjoyable one. He is a very good actor. Minah took me by surprise! I never expect an idol to be able to act this well. I felt her emotions be it a happy or sad scene. I look forward to watch her future projects :)

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The ending was kind of like WTF for me. They really threw in everything including the kitchen sink for that final episode.

Dan-tae disappearing for a year? Really guys?! But I freaking LOVED Gong Shim's reaction! That's how you're suppose to act when the man you love dips off for a year with no contact! (Looking at you, Oh My Venus)

I really thought Gong Meanie was finally going to step up and be a great big sister. But alas she stayed true. You see your little sister hurting over the news article but you rub it in more by telling the girl the person she is in love with is out of her league. What?!

And then they give her that open ended conclusion with Jun-su. She does NOT deserve him. She can be open, honest, and nice to this man but not her own sister? Girl bye.

Overall, it was a so-so ending but we got our bromance back and our cute Dan-tae and Gong Shim moments which is really all I came for anyway. I will not deny that I will miss our characters. They were a delight to watch!

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I really agree about the sister complex.. Me too, thought that this drama will be more about gong shim and her complexity but than.. The story ended up surrounding about the kidnapped and make me wanna change the tittle into Handsome Dan-tae! This all about him anyway..

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Watching kdramas have desensitized me to the usual kdrama tropes. But the one I hate the most is the usual 1 year (or more) time skip.

It's usually really irrelevant to the story and not being in contact with each other on top of that is unreasonable even in drama world.

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+1

And this one had the WORST reasons for not communicating of the scenarios I've seen in the past. Totally put of character for our lead - no way, with today's modern communication, does he not contact GS unless GS had told him not to. Does this mean he didn't talk to his grandmother as well? I call shenanigans!

The other (very minor) thing that threw me out of the drama for a minute was during the reconciliation scene between grandmother and JS. It was so sweet, bringing tears to my eyes, as Granny is quietly crying during her apology. But when she then wipes away JS's tears with the same handkerchief that she just wiped her nose with - gahhhh!!! I am in NO way a germaphobe but this just made me shudder. Lol! Probably was two takes edited together but, just no.... :)

Anyhoo, I loved this show and the way it made me grin until my cheeks hurt. I will miss spending time each week with our awesome and sweet trio.

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Well that was a really enjoyable quirky drama. Definitely some things could have gone better but a lot of things that shouldn't have worked did because the actors were so good.

For the record, I believe Ohn Ju-Won would have chemistry with a cardboard cutout of Ice Queen Wang Ji Hye. I thought he was ok in the Village (Achiara) but clearly they just didn't give him enough material in that one.

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Some from Minah(who played Gong shim)'s interview [OSEN, Star news]-
Minah (of idol group girl's day) was happy for all the love she got playing Gong shim, "I didn't have much expectations at first, but I was able to finish filming without any problem because people showed love and concerns much more than I expected. Playing the lead for the first time was meaningful, but working with good sunbaenim(senior actors) and the Gong shim role coming to me were unbelievable luck. Usually when you work with many people, you are bound to have some people trouble, but this time everybody was so nice that we were able to finish the show without any problem. I worry if I've spent all of my lifetime fortune this time."

She was scared about playing the role. "When I became the lead, I was terribly burdened. Show's title was 'Beauty and Beast' but changed to 'Beautiful Gon shim'. I was so scared that my hands trembled. I wondered why production team chose me when I haven't shown anything good before. I felt pressured thinking I'd be blamed if things go wrong. So I had to work hard, especially when sunbaenim cheered for me. Sometimes I was lacking and was deficient in emotion scenes. There were times I even wanted to jump from the rooftop."

GS character changed her way of thinking too. "I used to blame myself thinking 'Why am I not pretty when I am celebrity." Then I met Gong shim and the character comforted me. I tried to look even more messed up because I thought Gong shim should be. When I received the script, I got rid of my eyeliner, and used the base men use. Also I wore the wig. When I went out like that, it was also break-out for the person Bang Min-ah. I felt ease thinking "Why did I try to look pretty, having hard time and feeling hurt."

She complemented her co-star NamGoong Min, "He went above and beyond in giving advice, saying "I think this way in this part, but I wish you do as you feel. There is no correct answer. I hope you just follow being true to your feeling." Oppa not only taught me techniques, but also told me he hoped I continue to do acting. It eased my nervousness. Because of Oppa I felt assured and was able to finish without any issue. Oppa told me he was happy because I was Gongshim. I was so grateful when he said "I can't imagine who else could do Gong Shim.. If you weren't, I wasn't. You worked hard." When shooting ended, I cried, and I saw oppa welled up with tears too. I thought "Oppa really treated me with affection." He is such gentleman. At first I was scary because of Nam Gyu-man character he played in his previous project 'Remember'. He was even more scary because he was stranger, and he didn't smile and awkward, but as shooting goes on, I became attached to oppa a lot. Nam Goong-min oppa felt like Sunbaenim or teacher. Unlike him, On Joo-wan(Jun-su) oppa was like cousin. We played jokes and I felt like I was his younger brother in front of him."

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Minah loved the viewers' response on OTP, "What made me happy was the response like 'NamgoongMinAh chemistry is fun, GgongyangGgongyang cute'. Before the show, I was hoping to show good chemistry whether it was with NamGoong Min oppa or Jun-su Oppa. When I heard the reaction, I thought "hew I made it. I got the benefit riding with them."

On the best scene to pick, she said, "Personally there was a scene I cried in the airport in the last episode 20. Rather than thinking I did good on the scene, unlike other times I thought about my acting, I just sobbed like crazy without thinking anything. In that scene, I didn't think anything except An Dan-tae having left, and I burst into uncontrollable sobs. blood vessel in my eyes burst and I lost my voice crying.

On the question why she started to act when she was already busy with singing activity, she said "It was curiosity at first. Since I was a singer, I thought acting was something I had nothing to do with. But an offer came to me, and I wondered "What it could be like". I thought it won't be easy and actually it was not easy. So I had hard time. I started acting in 2011. I've kept learning how to act. I took the (acting) lesson even during my break. I tried hard not to miss any lessons." She said because there were much concern about idol acting, she worried a lot so she prepared harder and tried to read scripts whenever possible. Also team member Hye-ri's success from Reply 1088 became the motivation. "Since she was doing so well (in acting department) when she is team member and younger sister, I felt naturally burdened about doing well. As I played the lead role, I realized Hye-ri must have had lots of difficulties. Now I think I can cheer her with "You've worked hard" whole-heartedly."

She wants to move on slowly, "Because I received so much love and concern for Gong shim, I feel pressured. I'd like to continue playing a character I can portray well. I am lacking to take on new challenge. I'd like to approach little by little to get closer to the capacity I have, picking the roles I can do without being greedy for my image change. Since acting is not something I am used to, I need the time."

Well, Minah- you did good!
She was in King of Masked singer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8v5WXNE3vY

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Thank you for the translation, Fan! I appreciate you doing this (not just here but in other posts as well).

That crying scene in the airport was really amazing. You could tell she was actually feeling the emotion and crying for real. I'm not one to cry much when watching shows but she had me seriously crying along with her. Minah sid a terrific job bringing Gong Shim to life and should be very proud of her performance. Can't wait to see what she does next.

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I agree. Minah did a great job portraying Gong Shim. IMO, she made this character her own and when you can do that it's really hard to see anybody else playing the part.

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Thanks for sharing this - it was so interesting!

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Thank you for this translation Fan!!
Makes me love Minah/NGM/Ohn Joo Wan just a bit more ❤️

I'm going to miss them.

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Given how often people in dramas just stop contacting the people they love as soon as they travel to the US, I'm starting to suspect that, contrary to popular belief, we don't actually have phones in America.

*stares at her iPhone in suspicion*

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Or email or a postal system...

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BWAAAAAA Haaa Haaaa. (I am trying not look like a maniac laughing in public.)

I think you may have just discovered a greatly hidden conspiracy. (You might want to be on the watch for men in suits who suddenly start lingering around)

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Did anyone else think the random displays of affection between Junsu and Gongshim were weird to have in the end? Don't get me wrong, their chemistry was superrrrr good, but it just felt weird to put that in there in the end since she's already with Dantae. The brushing of the hair behind her ear was filmed too intimately to be just friends. Either way, I hope these two film a drama together too!

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I felt the same way. I said to my friend who was also watching the drama, that it was really weird and awkward since she was/is still with Ahn Dantae and they way Junsoo kept looking at her seemed like he still had feelings for her. I really did not like that scene at all. Lol my friend was like: no way, it's just sibling love...

Uh...yeah...no....she's with Ahn Dantae and always will be.

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There have been many dramas that are so good they make you laugh hard(My country calls /History of a salaryman to name a few). There probably will be better comedy dramas that will make you laugh harder.

But what makes this show stand apart is its ability to makes you smile apart from evoking laughter.

I can't recall the no of times while watching this show my lips have involuntarily broken into a wide smile
My face muscles hurt so much because its never exercised that part before. Even on my most depressing days it never failed to cheer me up.

That's what makes this drama rare. How many of you can claim that of other shows ? After the laughter dies down what remains is that big ol smile on your face for a really long time.

This drama balances the heartwarming moments with comic elements well without it overshadowing the other.

My favourite moment of this show was the superman scene It cracked me up.
What is you favourite gong shim moments ?

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I totally agree with you! Episode 5 and 6 were two of my favorites! The superman episode and the fake broken arm episode where she grabs his hair because he lied to her! Lol i have probably rewatched those two episodes about 3 or 4 times whilst waiting for new episodes to air!

This show is one I can repeat watching. It's so easy to follow, besides the prolonged birth secret episodes; I just love ADT and GS and the bromance.

I truely miss this show and I'm sooooooo happy for NGM as his first major starring role and Minah. Some things should have come sooner, but better late than never because this was an awesome role for him. I hope for more starring roles in the future for him and Minah. I hope Minah will just continue to get better and better.

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- Gong Mi was not that important at all. She seemed to have potential at the begginig but then she just disappeared from the show.
-One year time skip without communication doesnt make sense at all, producers.
- Beautiful Gong Shim or Beautiful An Dan Tae? He was the main character. It tells his story about the kidnap and everything else that Gong Shin didnt know until the end.
- Grandma accepting Jun-Su' mother back to the family felt forced.
- What a bastard of a husband you had Grandma, left his son and mistress to live with you accepted them. So nice of you even though you treated Jun-Su pretty bad until the end, because well it was the end and he saved Jun Pyo's girlfriend. Wow!

Do I care about everything a I cited above?
If you dont count the 1 year time skip because well, that was unreasonable I could forget about everything else.
This drama was fresh and cute.
Minah and NamGoong-Min did a pretty good job.

Too lazy to correct my grammar and english mistakes, guys.
Sorry.

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About the sweet potato and cider meta-thingy...this is part of why I love this site. I could tell it meant something but had no clue what it could've been. Thank you for explaining it - it is even funnier than I could have imagined!

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The time jump was so unnecessary and the no contact so absurd and OOC. Why do writers take this route? Definitely my least favorite episode but a fun show overall.

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Oh Snap! Showered in sunshine, petals, and ice cream for Beautiful Gong-shim

On one of the hottest summers in may ? ( god i hope i never have to experience it again ? 'wilts in heat')
when this drama debuted it was like cooling ice cream.
The kind you have after a particularly parched day.

Goodbye Gong shim you will forever hold a special place for n my heart !!!!

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+1

Me, too. This will go down as one of my favorites!

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I have no idea what happened with with Seo Hyo Rim's character.

I can't believe what her role became was what Seo Hyo Rim thought she signed up for.

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Just want to point out the unconvincing plot points of BGS:

1. Did DT go to another planet instead of the US? Even in those days of the snail mail, letters could be sent. Not keeping contact with GS for 3 years is absurdly baffling. After leaving without a trace and making her wailed anxiously and desperately like a baby in the airport, and on top of that, not keeping in touch for 3 long years, did he seriously think GS will welcome him with open arms upon his return? Regardless of circumstances, no way a beloved could be treated like this. DT can be quite clueless and delusional when it comes to handling the more delicate matters of the heart.

2. What kind of seedling in that pot would be strong enough to raise the ring up as it grows? Based on my little knowledge of gardening, any seedling would just grow around an obstacle, isn't it?

3. Why did he go study BA when he returned to resume his work as a pro bono lawyer?

4. Why did JS remove something from GS hair in such an intimate manner with that affectionate look in his eyes if he was not her boyfriend?

5. In last week's ep, why did JS have to bluff GS for DT's door code and act like a complete devil when he ransacked DT's room, and was so shocked to almost bump into DT when in the place he was in cahoot with DT?

If we are critical about this drama, there are quite a few illogical plot points here and there, but I'm glad that it garnered high viewership ratings and we are happy to let all these slide.

I like it that the three main leads though each have their own family issues and past hurts, did not wallow in self-pity by dwelling on those issues, or blame others for their misfortunes and let these affect them in an adverse manner, which is so typical in many melo kdramas.

Though the word "cheesy" has nothing to do with cheese, I still want to say that our "big cheese" in this drama, DT, is much more gooey than a blob of mozzarella cheese. His self-indulgent way of acting so childishly reminds us of the little child in all of us. I like the way he playfully rode that cleaning car in Star's building lobby, and the way he enjoyed the simple pleasures, such as eating the King's lunch box or even the biscuits he picked up from the floor like savoring a delicacy. No doubt, he will become a legendary character in the history of kdrama!

I also like the drama's levity, the quirky cute GS, and the pure innocent kind of puppy love between her and DT. Also, not forgetting the meek as a lamb JS who could melt any heart (except that of GS's) with his dove eyes. The blatant PPL also added a lot of fun, and led us into a "spot the product placement" game, lol. Btw, where can we buy the DT & GS pasta? :)

With the drama ending, my weekend will sure be a bit lacking without DT's chessy wink and GS's wig.

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It was 1 year not 3 but it doesnt matter. Even if it was one month it still doesnt make sense at all. ??

You made a point that I forgot.
He went to US to study so he could work at grandma's company but at the end he got back being a lawyer! Did we miss something? I don't get it. ??

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I think it's more like he needed the knowledge and capability to run the Company. When he came back, maybe he re-opened the law firm as a side job OR he's doing it full time while grandma runs the Company for a while longer. That way he can take over anytime when he wants to.

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I think Dantae is just doing the pro bono work on his free time. Probably during the work week, he's probably at Star Group toiling away.

That was my impression of the ending because why else would he be doing pro bono work if he was not earning his keep at Star Group; other than owing a large share of the conpany? Also, how could his aunt be doing pro bono work if grandma didn't give her a position at Star Group?

Anyway, that was the impression I got from the pro bono work scene.

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Owning not owing

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Oops! What a blunder! I got up at 5:00 am groggy eyed in the cold winter morning to write and post all these comments before I headed off to work (this shows how much I love BGS!), and for whatever unknown reason 3 years got into my sleepy brain. :)

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The first thing that cracks me up upon reading the recap is... "the brilliant Gong Shim..."
Hahahaha. Srsly. People should know that main roads are for vehicles and side walks do exist! Lol.

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I love the show, ending and all! I mean the last ep wasn't great but it was still good. I am also not a fan of the time jump thing in dramas (I'm glaring at you Lucky Romance) but the one year away in this case was OK for me because I was looking at it as something to help Dan Tae become Joon Pyo. It wasn't a time jump to sweep problems under the rug since the main one was already solved. Obviously I preferred that he stayed and became Joon Pyo while still being with GS, but suddenly being the heir to a large corporation, the family scandal, the media frenzy etc, giving time away for him to quietly  integrate into that life was a solution. Not the best but it was reasonable. And since the plot is makjang-y, I already expected some things could be illogical..hehe (like problems being conveniently solved or not being able to communicate for 1 year. Pfft.) I'm just glad that the writers did a great job in preventing it from becoming full-on. The execution was generally quite well done even with the plot holes and it moved along briskly with a few twists and shockers. They made me invested in the birth secret plot and I enjoyed it.

I'm gonna miss this show. I found the 3 lead characters so refreshing: We have the hero who's a quirky, funny, caring manchild - so different from the tsunderes we get in many dramas. And of course Gong Shim who gives as good as she gets! I love love it when she speaks her mind, especially when she's standing up to people being mean to her. And I especially love that she's not afraid to pull our male lead's hair when he's being naughty. Lastly, thank you show for breaking trope and making the 3rd wheel so sweet and kind! I'm so glad Jun Su pulled through in the end and that his innate goodness won out.

My fave scenes is whenever Dan Tae looks at Gong Shim with those languid eyes that seem so in love. And that smile...! And how about the fact that it's the heroine who makes the first move for a kiss! And piggy-backing the drunk hero? So many good scenes, the gem of the whole drama really was in the characters! Minah did a great job for her first major role. This is the first I'm watching anything with NGM in it but I'm a fan now cos ADT is seriously an unforgettable hero! He really is a strong actor, am glad he's getting the attention/credit he deserves. Makes me curious to watch his villain roles

Thank you drama for 20 eps of pure fun and heart! It's so seldom that I watch one where each ep puts a smile on my face. And thank you for the recaps! ^^

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Did anyone else expect a subway sandwich to sprout from the flowerpot? Oh, just me? Alright then.

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OMG...that was funny! Cracked me up!

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One year separation with no contact. I think I prefer the truck of doom trope.

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Yup, THAT "NORDO", no radio, for 1 year was a very STUPID turn of events. His character would not have done that. Yes, at times he did keep her in the dark for too long about things, but, his character loved her too much to have done that! I did cheer when she kicked him, hard, in shin as she basically said "FU and the horse you rode in on" and left left him rolling on the floor in pain. Yes, the flower pot/ring thing was cute, and a bit of a heart melter, unrealistic as it was, but, EH...it worked, she gave in.

Ref the comments in COMMENTS about wig, never liked it, hated it the whole time. I got it was an important part of this character, but, it went on for way, way too long. Her character deserves an award for the most frumpy and boring wardrobe of any female character I've endured. I was shocked at the absurdity of almost every outfit. Then, the final episode had her looking all pretty and "normal', but, the skirts were so short it was like she had had a total personality transplant in that year he was gone, from dorky to newbee hooker.

"I'll have some Earl Grey tea..because I'm leaving early" Took me a few seconds, but, I actually laughed at that as his character proudly left the room.

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Argh, the writer must be exhausted from sll the writing for the first 19 ep and just told his kid to fill in. Right from the start, i felt urge to throw my hand phone when i saw Gong Shim waiting standing on the road. Come on, you don't even need Jun Su's uncle henchman to kill you. You are a hazard to car drivers. They made walkways for a reason.

Then the whole America studying and no contact for a year is so lame. What era is the writer living in? 1980s?

If they have no brains left they could at least give us cute. That's what most of us are watching for anyway...

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Dan-tae (think Dante here) creates a year of purgatory and hell...how appropriate! Could have been a cute, cheesy paradise, but, oh no, THAT would have been logical.

Logic can break kdrama land.

Lead actors...awesome job you two! You made this cute and bearable. Thank you!

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I'm in the same page with everyone regarding the writer just assassin Dan Tae in the final episode. 1 year without contact? Totally inacceptable.

Moving on. I think Minah crying scene is very good. At the airport and also at the restaurant. I can't help but cried too and felt her pain. It hurt so much when Dan Tae did that to her. She didn't deserve this kind of treatment. Our beautiful Gong Shim.
I love these 2 scene so much i keep hitting the replay button.

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Typo arghh. *unacceptable.

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I actually missed the wig. I got so used to it. And she looked really cute with it on

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I was late to the party, marathoning it when I had a couple of sick days at home the past week.
Overall it was highly entertaining fluff but it was obvious that the first half of the show was much better than the second. The show was at its best when it had that cheesy quirky humour and focused on the bromance. Not that I didn't have things that I liked about the second half but this was clearly no 20 episode drama. I think there needs to be some kind of rule that no rom com should ever go past 16 episodes.
A large part of the problem must be The Bad Uncle arc which took too long to see resolution. It could've been dealt with at least 2 episodes earlier. That must have had some kind of impact on the higgledy piggledy ending.

Although we had a happily-ever-after kind of ending, was the one year separation really necessary? In fact, there doesn't seem to be much point to it when so much of GS's growth as a career designer took place off screen and ADT ended up looking like a first class jerk for making no contact whatsoever in said period.

At the end of the day, it was Namgoong Min's performance that was the show's highlight. I had no idea he was such a versatile performer with such a flair for cheesy humour. His performance had me grinning from ear to ear much of the time.

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Ah yes, the wig.
A wig in the starring role is the triumph of gimmickry over substance of the funniest kind.

Also this was one show I didn't really mind who the female lead ended up with. I really liked both guys.

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"Still working at Jun-su’s company, Gong Mi stops in to see Jun-su and asks him out for a drink. No! You can’t have my Jun-su puppy! Go away! Do exorcisms work on evil sisters? Be gone, thou bitchy one!"

Omake:

Gong Mi grabs a chair in front of Jun Su, who stares her before starting to whimper, and cringing, he grabs a buddhist rosary. Still trembling he starts to recite: "Om mani Padme Hung, Om mani Padme Hung".

Gong Mi stares at him in disbelief, and then asks out loud if he went crazy... to wich Jun Su responds her in an annoyed voice: "no, I'm just exorcizing you".

Sorry, couldn't stop myself :) .

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Watching the ending scene between Jun-su and Gong Mi I was hoping and waiting for "his girlfriend (possibly a cameo)" to walk up and plop down beside him bursting Gong Mi's bubble to smithereens. Sort of like the character Yoon An-Na did a couple of times in Oh Hae Young Again (aka Another Oh Hae Young/Another Miss Oh) often putting female potential suitors on notice about her man Park Hoon.

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Oh, forgot to mention/question....

Jun Soo's switching from owning a restaurant to owning a graphics design firm. That's quite a segue. I know he was trying to find his own purpose, but, that was a big leap from one business to the next.

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I want so much better for Jun Su. I know that he's a lonely kid who just h wants to be loved so it's totally in character that he let everyone off son easily but still. I've never liked that this show didn't take Grandma to task for the way she treated him. And she pretty much was like "I knew I was being terrible the whole time but, you see, my pain is so much more important than yours. But I'm lonely so why don't you come on home (at least until the Grandson I actually care about comes back)." And everyone is all "awww." I still think she is a terrible person who deserves to be left alone. And don't get me started on pairing him up with the Not-So- Reformed man girl. Just let the kid be happy with his promising career and friends who actually like him for him and stop trying to wrap everything up so tidily.

I want better for Gong Shim to. Why do dramas still think moving away is a good way to separate characters. Communication has progressed too far in the last 10 years for this to be even a little not believable. I know what people who I haven't seem since elementary school had for dinner last night! If you want to add tension, just have them grow apart... Or better yet have them stay in the same country and work out real organic problems like actual people. That said, There is NO WAY I would get back with Dan Tae after he pulled that carp with me. All his excuses tell me is that he's selfish and scared. I don't need that in my life. Also it tells me he's a liar. As someone who currently has a hospitalized parent, I can tell you There is nothing to do most of the time but text and call people. The hospital staff does all the actual caring. And he nursed his father for six months then finished hus MBA in the other six? Not likely. Liar liar pants on fire!

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Seemed like writers changed midstream, with a sparkly rom-com in the first half turning into a draggy mystery in the second that had potential but needed editing badly. The dialogue slogged along with characters repeating the same idea multiple times. Gong Shim's screen time dwindled to that of a supporting character, which diminished the show's sparkle. Ahn Dan Tae's bizarre decision to sideline Gong Shim re: what was going on in his life, culminating in his ludicrous year-long silent treatment, seemed like some kind of passive-aggressive campaign to punish her for ... something; or to show he really didn't need her in his life, despite what he was saying. Run, Gong Shim, run!

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i think the last episode jux spoilt everything shame on d writer

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Who was the italian teacher named Toni Pacino teaching in 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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....the actors here were definitely all great ...Nam goong min and Min ah ...they were actually a perfect pair ....while doing all the cute scenes and fighting scenes...
....i love it when they were in the roof top with all the flower pots...and speaking of ... i like the idea of ending the story in the rooftop because it all started there ...
..and the airport scene ..min ah was great there ..she cried very hard.. that makes me cry too..
.and ofcourse namgoong min ...this series introduce me to him. .and unlike any other actors he has something to offer.not just the looks but i mean MORE... and im looking forward for his next show...
ANDANTE ANDANTE****

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I truly love this series..... as a matter of fact I have watched three times and I'm looking forward for more! love u both andante and gong shim :)

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Ugh. Another year long separation of a couple with zero contact between the two. I am so sick of this trope. I especially hate that she actually got together with him after this.

My favorite one so far is with My Lovely Sam Soon where the male lead's girlfriend not only leaves him shortly after a tragic accident that leaves him seriously injured, but stays away for 5 years without contact and then comes back and expects him to be waiting for her with slightly angry but open arms. AND her excuse is that she was being treated for cancer that whole time and so this is why she didn't tell him. So much weaksauce.

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This ending was so disappointing, it makes me wonder if there was a major writer switch at around the 8th episode? Because there were some interesting plotlines that seemed like they were going to be explored, but were entirely dropped by the wayside to make room for the same old kidnapping drivel episode after episode after episode. Gong Shim and Dan Tae's storylines didn't intersect at all, it was like two completely different shows that were being gracelessly hammered together. I just don't understand how it started so good, and ended up like this.

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I just wanted to thank you for recapping this. I never would have watched this drama otherwise I guess. I loved the first 15 episodes to bits and it is one of the few that made me laugh out loud while watching. Thank you for bringing it to my attention which provided many entertaining hours.

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