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Cinderella and the Four Knights: Episode 13

Trying to keep your hands off someone you love is even harder when the feelings have to remain hidden, and especially when the relationship is forbidden (see: Romeo and Juliet). It’s also tricky when a confession comes too late and drives two people further apart than when they started. Are rules meant to be broken in the name of love? Or is that a risk better left untaken?

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

Right before the romantic kiss in the middle of a verdant field, Ji-woon tells Ha-won to stay put so he can take initiative this time. He strides toward her before pulling her in for a kiss. As if we needed further confirmation that this was an epic moment, the camera swirls around them, capturing the impossibly beautiful setting, complete with wind turbines and lush greenery.

On the ride back, the new lovebirds hold hands in the car, unable to contain their smiles. Ha-won wonders if they should go home separately to avoid suspicion, but they both decide against it and continue to revel in their bliss until Ha-won receives a call from a dejected Ja-young who can’t believe Ha-won decided to date her beloved Seo-woo without telling her.

Puzzled, Ha-won checks online and discovers articles floating around with pictures of her and Seo-woo looking friendly. Ji-woon takes a look and is not pleased. When they arrive at Sky House, Ha-won insists the tabloids are false, but Ji-woon isn’t so eager to believe her since the pictures indicate otherwise. She reminds Ji-woon that the more pressing issue is keeping her relationship with him a secret, especially from Grandpa Kang.

They join Grandpa Kang and Seo-woo in the living room, and the former is quite unhappy about the scandal. Seo-woo repeatedly maintains that the rumors are false, and Ha-won concurs. Bodyguard Lee confirms that there was nothing going on between Ha-won and Seo-woo, and only then does Grandpa Kang give in.

He’s relieved the scandal was merely a rumor since it could’ve ended Ha-won’s stay at Sky House. Ji-woon and Seo-woo are alarmed to hear that Ha-won agreed on their grandpa’s no-dating rule as part of her employment. Grandpa Kang reiterates that if the rule had been broken, Ha-won would’ve been fired and forbidden from meeting anyone at Sky House.

Novice driver Hye-ji miraculously pulls up to Sky House, and Hyun-min emerges alive but unwell from what was probably his longest and most harrowing car ride ever, heh. Meanwhile, Ha-won’s contract is placed on the table for all to see. Ji-woon and Seo-woo find the dating ban ludicrous. Grandpa Kang doesn’t budge, however, and declares that just because Ha-won’s living at Sky House doesn’t mean they should delude themselves into thinking she’s on the same level as the them. Whoa there. Seo-woo calls him out for being rude, but for Ji-woon, this is just another instance of Grandpa Kang manipulating others with money.

Later that day, Ja-young waits for Seo-woo to arrive to inform him that unlike other fans, she’s not against his dating someone. She details Ha-won’s frugal habits and insatiable appetite to give him some pointers, but Seo-woo clarifies that the tabloids are false, which brings Ja-young relief.

Ha-won visits Ji-woon in his rec room, and he’s got plenty on his mind. He’s incredulous that she agreed to the contract, but in her defense, how could she have known she’d fall for him? He tells her to get it annulled, and she reminds him that neither he nor Hyun-min treated her very well when she first arrived here. He interjects that that’s probably why she grew close with Seo-woo, but Ha-won doesn’t let him off the hook by bringing up his odd relationship with Hye-ji. They accuse each other of jealousy, and Ha-won storms off. But even after that tiff, Ji-woon can’t help but grin.

Bodyguard Lee trails Hwa-ja in his car. After purchasing bags of children’s clothing, he’s surprised to see her arrive at an orphanage where the kids excitedly greet her and call her “Mom.” She happily gifts them the clothing from earlier.

Moments later, Bodyguard Lee meets with the director of the orphanage claiming that he wants to become a sponsor. He subtly brings up the generous visitor from before, and the director states that she’s a frequent, beloved visitor who lost her son at a young age and wishes to show the orphans the love she failed to give to her own child. Lee drives back, mulling over the director’s words.

Hyun-min notices Hye-ji outside and decides to follow her, but halts when she enters Ji-woon’s rec room. Inside Sky House, Ha-won goes back and forth on whether she was too harsh on Ji-woon. That night, Ji-woon finds Hye-ji packing up her sewing equipment in his rec room. He says she can leave her stuff here, but she wants to stop accepting help from him and apologizes.

Ji-woon tells Hye-ji upfront that he and Ha-won are now a couple, adding that Hyun-min was the one who retrieved all her belongings from her house, and that he worries about her immensely. Ha-won lights up when she sees Ji-woon leaving his rec room, but her face falls when she sees Hye-ji leave with him.

Ha-won laments how nice he is to Hye-ji, but she tests her compatibility with Ji-woon on a simple online test and the 90% score lifts her mood. Just then, Ji-woon joins her. He mutters an adorably incoherent “Sorry” before enunciating his apology for treating her poorly when she first moved in. Ha-won teases him for struggling to apologize, and he goes on to state that his relationship with Hye-ji is different from what he has with her. Ha-won tries to clear the air about her and Seo-woo, but he cuts her off and takes her hand instead, answering that he overreacted unnecessarily. Aw.

Ha-won’s stomach growls, and Ji-woon sweetly leads her to the kitchen. He chops vegetables and quips that he’s trying to enjoy cooking from now on to accommodate his girlfriend’s huge appetite. Ha-won remarks that eating isn’t the only thing she’s good at and makes him move over so she can chop instead. Ji-woon puts his arms around her, causing Ha-won to worry about onlookers, but he’s not too concerned. He does back away when she warns that she’s the knife wielder, but not before pecking her on the cheek, heh.

Ji-woon makes a whole fried chicken for Ha-won, who happily munches on a leg. She says she could really use a beer, and remarks that Ji-woon is cute when he’s drunk. She wonders when she should get him drunk again; the last time he was drunk he was so wasted that he blacked out. Ji-woon’s adamant that he remembers everything that happened that night, and proves it with a kissy noise. Ha-won’s incredulous that he remembered everything and still acted grumpy towards her, but Ji-woon figured she’d feel awkward if he recalled what happened.

Just then, Ha-won spots Seo-woo coming out of his room and panics. She smacks Ji-woon on the head and kicks back his chair so he falls to the ground, then shoves him underneath the table. Speedy reflexes! Seo-woo decides to join Ha-won at the table, and poor Ji-woon is left contorting to uncomfortable positions to avoid getting kicked and caught while Seo-woo and Ha-won enjoy their chicken above, heh.

After receiving a call from an angry man who never received the monetary reward for finding Kang Young-jin and giving Stepmom Young-jin’s contact info, Ha-won’s father pays Young-jin a visit at the construction site and accuses him of having an affair with his wife, which resulted in the birth of Ha-won. Young-jin argues that he and Ha-won’s mother merely opened a dojo together, but Ha-won’s father refuses to believe him because his wife died at his apartment in a fire.

Young-jin admits that he sold the dojo without telling Ha-won’s mother, and that she was at his place to confront him about it. By the time he got home, his place was already in flames, and Ha-won’s mother perished while trying to rescue a neighbor who requested that she deliver a ring to her son. Stunned by the truth, Ha-won’s father regrets ever doubting his wife and for hating Ha-won, who treasured that ring.

At Sky House, Ha-won signals to Ji-woon to meet at his rec room by clearing her throat. It’s not the clearest signal, so she texts him instead. Once they meet, Ji-woon blames his grandpa for him not being able to meet with Ha-won openly. Ha-won asks him why he hates his grandpa so much, and Ji-woon answers that his mother was an ordinary person who never mentioned his father, which meant that she and his father probably didn’t end on good terms. Ji-woon adds that he came to Sky House because he had so many questions. Ha-won points out that that’s all the more reason for him to stop hiding and ask his grandpa those questions directly.

Ji-woon shows Ha-won his father’s old camera; it’s the only trace of him that he found. To update Ji-woon’s father on their relationship, Ha-won playfully presses the shutter on the old camera, selfie-style. A call unexpectedly comes in from Ha-won’s father and she meets with him. He apologizes to her in-person for his huge misunderstanding and regrets that he didn’t trust her mother like Ha-won did all along. But Ha-won believes he trusted her mother, and that he kept searching for Young-jin because he wanted to ask for forgiveness; he felt guilty for being unable to be by her mother’s side when she died.

Moved by her magnanimity, Ha-won’s father admits that he was unaware that Stepmom and Yoo-na were mistreating her. Before Ha-won can move back home again, he asks her for some time to repair the family. Ha-won’s father gets home and scolds Stepmom for trying to get money from Young-jin when he isn’t even Ha-won’s father. He’s livid that Stepmom and Yoo-na treated Ha-won poorly, and the two beg for forgiveness.

Ha! Looks like they’re getting a taste of their own medicine, because Stepmom and Yoo-na end up trembling in the tiny sunroom Ha-won had to use as her bedroom. They shiver from the cold and cry at the thought of getting kicked out of the house.

At Sky House, Hye-ji glances at her planner; the next day is marked as her brother’s birthday. Hyun-min’s calendar has Hye-ji’s birthday marked for tomorrow as well. We flashback to when they were all kids. Hyun-min had gifted Hye-ji’s brother with a toy car for his birthday, and Hye-ji was upset when there wasn’t a gift for her as well. Her brother explained to Hyun-min that they shared the same birthday because they were fraternal twins, and Hyun-min consoled Hye-ji by promising to get her a present for every birthday.

The next day, Hye-ji heads out, and Hyun-min is disappointed to learn that she already has birthday plans. Bodyguard Lee drives Hwa-ja to her destination, and she wonders what she did to make Chairman Kang doubt her. Lee discloses that he’s not sure why he mistrusts her either. Hwa-ja tries again to convince Lee to share a meal with her, but he declines, and she asks him to accept a long overdue gift instead: a necktie.

Hye-ji is looking into student hostels and rooms on her birthday, but with her budget, the options are limited. Hyun-min secretly follows her and now knows that she’s not out celebrating with friends like she said she’d be.

Chairman Kang beams from his car when he sees a young and affectionate couple outside on the street, but he fumes when he sees that it’s Ji-woon and Ha-won. Uh oh. Back at Sky House, Ji-woon and Ha-won waffle over who should enter the house first to avoid raising suspicion. But Seo-woo catches them in a warm embrace, and the poor thing looks crushed.

Just then, Bodyguard Lee walks up to him, and quick-thinking Seo-woo feigns a stiff shoulder so he can block Lee from seeing Ha-won with Ji-woon. His plan works, and by the time Lee starts massaging Seo-woo’s shoulders, the two lovebirds have entered the house, much to Seo-woo’s relief.

Seo-woo tries to work on his music, but is troubled by his grandpa’s dating ban. He gets up to brew himself some coffee, and Ha-won joins him in the kitchen as well. As they’re sipping, Seo-woo asks if something good happened to her recently; she’s been smiling more frequently these days. But Ha-won deflects and asks him (on behalf of a “friend of a friend who’s dating for the first time”) what guys typically like to receive as gifts, since he receives a ton from his female fans.

Seo-woo answers that guys don’t need things like gifts; having someone’s company and someone to smile with them is enough. “Just like you’re doing now,” he says to Ha-won. Poor puppy! Moments later, Grandpa Kang calls Ha-won into his office. Oy.

Hyun-min peers into Ha-won’s room and is annoyed that Hye-ji isn’t back yet. He notices a farewell note left behind; Hye-ji had written her thanks and apology to Ha-won, which clues Hyun-min to venture out and find Hye-ji. There’s no trace of her at any of the hostels she was looking into, but an old childhood photo gives him an idea.

Grandpa Kang sternly expresses his disappointment in Ha-won for lying to his face about her relationship with Ji-woon. Ha-won’s eyes brim with tears, and she stutters an apology. “What will you choose? Your future, or Ji-woon?” asks Grandpa Kang. He gives her the option of forgetting Ji-woon, him, her time at Sky House, and leaving. If she leaves, he’ll pay for her tuition and support her fully as promised. She can have it all, but she can’t have Ji-woon.

“Will you choose a capricious love that may not even last? Do you understand what you must do now?” he asks. Ha-won silently leaves the room, upset and stuck at a crossroads. Grandpa Kang is reminded of the time he kicked out Ji-woon’s mother and her father (who had served Grandpa Kang for many years) from his home. Ji-woon’s mother had asked him what she and her father had done so wrong to warrant such dismissal, and Grandpa Kang had coldly responded that their very existence was a mistake. Also, her wedding band looks exactly like the ring housed in the pendant Ha-won wears around her neck. Hmm.

Later that day, Ji-woon’s father was livid that Grandpa Kang had forced his wife and father-in-law to leave the house without telling him. But Grandpa Kang was not sorry. “That’s why I told you not to be affectionate toward have-nots like her,” he snapped. Ji-woon’s father called Grandpa Kang a coward for using money to mess with people’s hearts and shouted that unlike him, he didn’t need money.

Back in the present, Grandpa Kang opens a small box containing Ji-woon’s father’s wedding band. He recalls Ji-woon calling him out for buying people with money, which mirrored what Ji-woon’s father had said years prior.

Hyun-min finds Hye-ji at the playground, their old childhood stomping ground. She tells him to go away because her friends are on their way, but Hyun-min knows better. She takes a look at her surroundings and concludes that this is the perfect place to say farewell for good. Flashback to the two of them as kids. Hyun-min bended on one knee and proposed to Hye-ji with a plastic heart ring. When asked if she’d marry him, she coyly replied that she didn’t know, but would give him an answer in ten years.

We return to the present, and Hye-ji gives her final answer, which is a “No.” Hyun-min urges her to return to Sky House, and even volunteers to move out if his presence makes her uncomfortable. But Hye-ji tells him to mind his own business; she has no reason to listen to him or return to Sky House.

Hye-ji doesn’t want his pity after he toyed with her feelings for so long, confusing her and hurting her numerous times. She asks if he enjoyed messing with her, and he finally divulges that every time she missed him, he missed her a hundred times more. “I treasured you and loved you more, but the two of us can never be together,” he says tearfully.

He explains that the day her twin brother died, he witnessed the hit-and-run incident that killed him, but because he was too afraid, he ran away. “That is the kind of cowardly bastard that I am. That is why you and I can never be together,” he states. Hye-ji processes this, finally aware of why he was pushing her away all this time. Still reeling, Hye-ji asserts that they should never ever see each other again before walking away.

Ji-woon accidentally drops his phone which falls behind the locked chain-link door inside his rec room. Bodyguard Lee reports to Chairman Kang that there was nothing suspicious in regards to Hwa-ja, but he’s wearing the necktie she had gifted him, and Chairman Kang falters as soon as he sees it.

Hwa-ja sits at a restaurant waiting for the other person to show up, and her face lights up when—surprise!—her son, Bodyguard Lee, arrives. Back in the rec room, Ji-woon snaps the lock off and enters through the chain-link door. His eyes land on an old photo album, and he opens it to find pictures of his parents, happy and in love. He comes to the startling realization that his mother lived at Sky House… just like someone we know!

Bodyguard Lee dines with his mother and smiles when she places her hand on his and thanks him for coming out. Beholding all this is Chairman Kang, who faints from the shocking scene before him. Lee and his mother turn to him, surprised by his presence.

Hyun-min’s still at the playground after Hye-ji left him, and Hye-ji’s walking aimlessly. Angered by this case of deja vu, Ji-woon angrily gets up and leaves. Meanwhile, Ha-won packs her suitcase in her room, her future uncertain.

 
COMMENTS

Well, tickle me surprised at how much happened within this hour at such a leisurely pace. The good stuff: the adorable, albeit short-lived, romance between Ha-won and Ji-woon. They were remarkably open with their affections, and I really loved that the two lovebirds didn’t hide their feelings for each other despite the silly no-dating rule. It was as if they both realized how ludicrous the rule was so they threw caution to the wind, and just decided to continue being the cute lovebirds that they are. That fried chicken scene with Ji-woon cramped underneath the table was hilarious; Ha-won just knocked him down and shoved him under in one incredibly smooth motion like she was professionally trained to disarm people.

Good ol’ Seo-woo. He makes me so sad because he really is the closest thing to a perfect boyfriend, but none of that matters because our heroine is smitten with someone else. Ah, the pitfalls of unrequited love. He’s legitimately employed, he’s open about his feelings, he’s not weighed down by family baggage like Hyun-min or Ji-woon, and he’s consistently shown himself to be quite smart and sensible. He knows his feelings for Ha-won aren’t mutual, but he’s above jealousy and actually protected her from getting caught by Bodyguard Lee. Seo-woo is just an all-around good guy, and I hope someone special recognizes that. Perhaps Ja-young? I think they’d make a cute couple, although netizens would absolutely destroy her if they ever went public with their relationship. But then again, Seo-woo knows how to spin the media to his advantage, so maybe she’d be in good hands. He’s perfect, so what else is there to say?

The bad: unreasonable Grandpa Kang and that terribly unconvincing, no good, very bad, Hye-ji and Hyun-min confrontation scene. The Grandpa Kang we saw at the beginning of the show was still unreasonable but also a likable, punny goof, and now he’s just a full-blown unreasonable killjoy. Technically speaking, Ha-won broke his cardinal rule so his anger is warranted, but I’m still unclear on the reasoning behind his dating ban. I guess it came about after the failed marriage of Ji-woon’s parents, but wasn’t he the one that ruined it in the first place? Why is he so prejudiced against the poor? Maybe the reason is as simple as this: He hates the poor because he’s rich. It’s not a very satisfying reason, but I guess it’s in keeping with the simple plot.

That scene at the playground with the insufferable Hye-ji and Hyun-min (yes, he too has become insufferable) was painful to watch. I wasn’t sold on his math when he confessed to loving her and wanting to hold her however many times more than she did because we really only saw how conflicted his feelings for Hye-ji were after that vacation home getaway. From the beginning up until Hyun-min got a smiley face drawn on his hand, he was shown as having not even a lick of interest in Hye-ji. Post-smiley face, Hyun-min seemed to really go back and forth on his love for Hye-ji.

I really enjoyed Hyun-min as the pompous playboy, but when the time came for him to finally spill his emotions in front of Hye-ji, the delivery felt so forced, and his words just seemed empty. I was so removed throughout the whole scene and consequently, it felt very long; I thought I was watching two green acting students (more like pillars) practicing their lines. I blame the writing, first and foremost, followed by the acting. I didn’t believe Hyun-min loved Hye-ji all this time because I simply didn’t see it. And it’s hard to sell a scene that doesn’t make much sense. Also, I couldn’t help but laugh when Hye-ji meekly said, “My answer is ‘No’” in regards to Hyun-min’s proposal. That was the weakest rejection I ever witnessed in the history of kdrama rejections.

The weird: Ha-won’s dingbat of a father. His huge and groundless misunderstanding only hurt Ha-won, and he could’ve figured out the truth with a simple DNA test. Or common sense.

In any case, I think Ji-woon’s mother may have been the neighbor Ha-won’s mother tried to save from the fire that ended up killing both; the unique shape of the ring Ha-won wears around her neck is identical to the one worn by Ji-woon’s parents. Moreover, it makes sense that both mothers passed away on the same day if they died from the same incident.

Now that Grandpa Kang witnessed his two most trusted individuals meeting in secret, I’m curious to see what Hwa-ja’s Plan B is if she still plans on taking over the Haneul Group fortune. I also wonder if Bodyguard Lee will be more inclined to further his mother’s agenda now that he’s come around to her.

Unfortunately, I have a feeling we won’t be seeing much lovey-doveyness from Ha-won and Ji-woon in the next episode, but as long as the story keeps chugging along, I think I’ll be a happy (enough) camper.

 
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Thank you for recap.

I don't understand Ha Won's change of principle. When she assumed that Ji woon din't pay respect to his father's memorial service, she wanted to quit her part-time job at Sky house. She clearly drew a line saying she is upright and abides the rules, but doesn't the same apply for 'No-dating' rule?

She secretly wants to date Ji woon even though its against her contract. She is not guilty and is mute when grandpa reminds her of the rules infront of SW/JW. So the director juustifies her contradicting actions through the line 'Love changes people'?

In my POV I totally lost the respect I had for Ha won character. I mean she literally brought that memorial mission on herself and felt she must evacuate Sky house for failing the task. For a person who sticks to her promises, is breaking a rule that simple?

P.S: I'm not against any HW/JW ship.

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This drama should've been called "Brooding Incarnate" or "Oh My Brooding Ghost". First, the brooding ghost possessed Ji woon, then Hye ji, then Hyun min, and now in the latter episodes, Bodyguard Lee. Seo woo has always been partially brooding, while our dear Cinderella couldn't be possessed by the ghost for long.

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I'm not sure if we can classify Hye-yi's rivers of tears as a passing depression. C'mon, the girl was crying from the first moment they met XD!
But honestly, can't Hye-yi & Hyun-min's romance happen off-screen? I would really like it if we could focus on the fluffy candy cuteness of our ramyun couple rather than pointless drama, ridiculous lines and severe dehydration caused by crying. (I hope somebody's duty is to remind Hye-yi to always carry a water bottle with her.)

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I was laughing for Hyeji's flashback to youth -- she was crying then too! Poor girl must be chronically dehydrated.

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Lol - me too! So funny!

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Agree with Hye-ji & Hyun-min' flat, uninteresting romance to happen off-screen. Just show us the dorky Hyun-min please, Show, and limited screen time for Hye-ji. *sigh*

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Love it

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If we're thinking about alternative titles, may I tentatively suggest "Cinderella and the Four Riders of the Apocalypse: Depression, Rebellion, Entitlement, Greed"?

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"And I looked and beheld a luxury car, and his name that rode within was Chaebol, and Hell followed with him."

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The first seal was opened, and behold, the Tie of Doom was revealed.

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OMG!! PBY, Nemi and Klurker, your book of Rev is hilarious!! Am dying here, bwahahahahaha!!!

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@lc +1000!!!!!

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No the ghost is HJ.. who ever she is with they become miserable... see JW became brighter after he left her.. and HM became miserable afterwords

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I was really trying….like really really trying…I made it to this episode….and officially dropped it.

I…just….can't….*insert Hye Ji's awkward attempting-to-look-sad-face here*

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I want to see Hye Ji "stride angrily from the room" just once. Instead, she lets Hyun Min treat her so rudely and then walks soooooo slowly away... Nobody walks like that over and over and over and over...

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Soooo truuuueeee. She walks sooooo slooooooowly. Maybe they were trying to kill time. PD thought maybe he'd add more flashbacks, then said, nah, let's just have Hyeji walk slower here.

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She walks slowly, drives slowly... Poor HM will have a slow motion life if he dates her

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'Slow motion life' Lmao! Truly the snarky comments are worth following this drama for!!

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Not gonna lie - I'm totally shipping Ja-young and Seo-woo. She's adorable, he's such a sweet puppy and their height difference makes them even cuter.

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3rd lead syndrome?

Might drive Grandpa completely batty. Works for me. Have all three grandkids marry nobodies. Grandpa won't have to worry about cancer if he spontaneously combusts :)

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Me, too ! Their interactions while vacationing was cuuute !

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Hyun Min started out as such a fun character (in fact my favorite). I'm so disappointed with his development past episode 7.
It vexes me. I'm terribly vexed.

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Completely agreee!

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I only stayed for the cute bits, aka Ji-woon and Ha-won being lovey dovey. They were adorable together, and I'm glad they were open about their relationship as much as they could be.

Hye-ji + Hyun-min = zzzzzzzz

Grandpa needs a hot poker up his arse.

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Haha. Love the hot poker comment!

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Lmao!!

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For a while I thought new not-dad might actually be bio-dad, and Chairman Kang somehow knew about it, so the no-dating rule was actually a no-incest rule, and he brought Ha-won into the house because he knew she was his granddaughter. Guess not, but it might have been as good a story as the one we're getting.

Meanwhile.... Tie of Doom.

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Now they can claim to be the first to utilize the Tie of Doom trope. Lol!

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Same. I wouldn't have been a surprise, but in my opinion it actually would have been more interesting to see such a giant wrench thrown into the works. Then they could have settled it with a series of dumb twists that would continue to amuse me... Haha...

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I was expecting a nice screencap of Choi Min showing off that tie. I mean, I think EVERY recap so far has had 1 gratuitous screengrab of his character ^_^;;

But yeah Grandpa needs to get over his marriage prejudice about non-chaebols. It's so silly and he should have known better. Honestly I thought the contract at the beginning was simply a "no shenanigans since you're living with boys" type of thing and now it seems much more ominous.

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I wish Hyun Min was like a billionaire version of Dong-Min from Queen In-Hyun's Man. His character consistency was the most charming thing ever although he was a total ass at times.

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Yes! This.

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Hawon and Jiwoon are my fav couple at this current moment. Sweetness, adorable and cute all together those two! Meant to be together especially with the ring link! ?

The ship I'm currently rooting for immensely: Seo Woo and Ja Young! Why: seo woo is the true knight with an personality i want to have in a man and seeing him sad is not fun and also the chemistry he has with Ja Young is awesome! They should start dating already! ?

Hyunmin and Hyeji....ive abandoned whatever you two were having entirely!!!
Grandpa Kang is the ultimate fool with his poor people are bad people. Try to look at yourself and go do something worthwile like repairing your relationships with your grandsons since i thought that was what you were aiming for...

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He can marry anyone that to for 5 times and his sons & grandsons can't.. that's just ridiculous way for intersting angst to plot...writer should be punished in W way..(grandpa come out of show and shoot the writer)

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I did NOT like the resolution of bio-dad's storyline. Nope. No. And why is grandpa all of a sudden an ass now. Sigh.

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Bio dad is just...I have a really hard time to accept he's HW's dad, aaaaalmost wish the deadbeat dojo guy was her dad. That excuse he made for not taking her back home is just so messed up. Tsktsk

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Haha. I wasn't very surprised though.

I'm sure this is going to end happily ever after since its Cinderella and all, so I figured bio dad couldn't be that bad. But I agree the execution was clunky and the reason sort of felt like?! Since how can you not know what happened to your wife when she died in a fire when dojo guy knows. Makes no sense!

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Back when Ji-woon was a mopey McMope, the show mentions that Grandpa told him to let go of his poor connections. That's why Ji-woon was being extra mopey. The detail just got buried in the spaghetti of plotlines that is Cinderella and 4 Knights. But now they're picking up the "Grandpa is an asshole" line again...

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Thanks for the recap, chickachunga!

We finally get some cuteness between our OTP and that all played out very well...until we meet Grandpa Kang who found out about them. I know they are in love, and of course, being lovey-dovey would be part of it. But I'd thought that after the SW scandal misunderstanding, those two would've been more cautious. Public displays of affection aren't exactly discreet.

Grandpa Kang's worldview really bothers me. So, he has been looking down on poor people for years, first causing his son to separate from the one he loves, and now, repeating the same thing with JW. No wonder JW is pissed at Grandpa. Looking at those old photos, JW's parents were so in love, and it's hard to believe that Grandpa would just send the wife away as well as her dad, who has been serving him for years. *throws hands up*

I knew the tie scene would be coming up ever since Hwaja bought it for her son. So, no surprise when it finally plays out and Grandpa can't handle this "truth."

HM and HJ's confrontation did nothing for me. It's supposed to be emotional and full of impact, but it just fell flat. I agree that since we lost the playboy HM, he has been super boring as he pondered his feelings for HJ, which seemed unbelievable since it happened like an on-off switch.

SW is the best thing ever and I just wanna give this puppy a hug.

For sure, it was HW's mom who saved JW's mom. I just hope that when they discover this, they can be each other's support and there won't be any guilt trips involved to get between this couple.

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Thank you for the recap!!

Honestly, the only thing i look forward to whenever i come to this drama's recap is JW-HW couple and the comments

You guys just sooooo creative that i can't help but enjoy reading your comments more than the story itself

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So is this going to be another drama that will show how Ha Won and Ji Woon were childhood friends, thus destined to be together drama. That was the first thing that popped into my head when it was hinted at that both their mothers died in the fire.

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I finally got caught up with the drama!

Anyway Gramps being an ass doesn't surprise me since you could kind of smell his manipulation of people with money a mile away- he bought off JW's car shop friends just to get his way regardless of how it hurt JW- there were so many non assy ways of doing the same thing but Gramp's answer is always to throw money at a problem to get his way.

I'm also not a fan of HJ's non acting. Sadly, she is struggling to emote- her face during the playground scene was almost static. And I don't think it was intentional from being "shocked". I guess I'm spoilt now because I've been staring at other actors/actresses that can emote and have microexpressions, so it's very obvious that she cannot. Every emotion feels milquetoast from her. I hope she improves in her future roles though!

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Whoever brought the idea for Na Eun to act definitely a very bad idea. An actor can improve- but talent must be there at the first place.

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I really tried so hard with this series, but by this episode I was already watching only 1/4 of the series. (Like beginning - skip skip middle zzz zzz ending) The only thing I enjoy with this series now are your recaps.

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I kept fast forwarding hoping that the Truck of Doom was back from vacation, but no such luck.

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Don't worry I'm sure you'll get your wish.. from flashback story its certain that truck of doom will head towards HJ (yay!) Sadly there is 99% chance that HM will be there to save her ugh! And a happily ever after (with stone face and river of tears)

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Nice recap. Thank you .. I have been enjoying it since episode 1.

After all the fast forwarding on those scenes, I deserve a longer lovey dovey time between HW and JW. Is it so hard to ask for another date before all hell breaks loose ... Even their argument is cute..

And more time for JaYoung. She's so cute as well ... and very loyal. She would give up Seo Woo if he is dating HaWon.

So much time wasted on people who can not deliver. I will persevere and watch till the end ...

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I'm sorry to express my truth but the writing in this show is just abysmal. The previous episodes were awkward many times but this one took the cake. I felt like I was watching a high school play with the JV cast. With the exception of Jung Il Woo and Park So Dam's scenes in the beginning, I found myself cringing several times and I just want this drama to BE OVER NOW. I will watch to the end but it's fairly obvious that my love for it won't grow beyond its current stunted state. How sad. Maybe it's because there are so many great dramas on right now but I find myself feeling sorry for the actors. A show can only be as good as the script and the director. Everything flows from there.

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No need to be sorry! I can watch almost any level of bad but I watched 10 minutes of the next episode and gave up. I'll read the recap and see if I missed anything good.

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also my sentiments. a bit disappointed on how this drama turns out to be.

sigh...

can you recommend some dramas to watch?

TIA.

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There are so many great shows on now! lol. But I suggest you ask on Open Thread (on Friday) and then be a bit more specific in what you want- a completed drama? a currently airing drama? Also, what have you seen and what type of dramas do you like?

Then it will be easier to advise. I will just warn you that the list you will get will be very long. :D

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Oh thank you! I'll watch for it :)

I can't wait for the long list.
Kdrama addict here :)

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Agree. I have not seen a drama go downhill so fast for a long time. They took what could have been a fun story and filled it with caricatures of real people and enough bad acting and stupid tropes to fill the ocean.

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It was bad right from the start. When you look at all 14 episodes you end up asking what exactly happened in this show? Answer is 'Nothing'. What was the show for? Even reality game shows have more content then this one.

These cardboard Cut characters put every character design to shame. If viewers want cute then there exist 100's of youtube videos. we will get our share of satisfaction from there. Why waste time and resources like that?

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THANK YOU. This drama was never good. Even when Hyun-min was still interesting, the drama never was. The writing has simply been atrocious from the start. Add to that the abysmal acting of the actress playing Hye-ji and I don't have to strain to remember why I dropped this show after two episodes. I still follow the recaps, and often find myself laughing out loud because the so-called plot is just so awful.

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Me too..I gave up the show two episodes ago.. just following with recaps..

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This show clearly knows something about itself that we don't. The show clearly takes itself way more serious than the rest of us do. I don't know how what was supposed to a cute and quirky little show became so filled with angst and dreariness. When did I start watching Heirs!?! None of the angst seems warranted however. The lack of communication, for any one conflict, could be straightened out really quickly with a 3 minute conversation and we could all go on our merry way. I really, really want this show to pull through but I fear I'm asking too much.

Lastly, I don't think the problems of the show should be attributed to the actors so much as writing and production. Purely speculation on my part, but it seems as if PD and writer filmed the show as if it were a live production rather than pre-produced. My reasoning for this is that it seems like some of character reactions are a bit disjointed and not necessarily in line with what the audience knows to be true of the character. Not sure if that makes sense...

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I love the interaction of Ji Woon - Ha Won couple. Soo lovey dovey, makes me giddy every time I watch them together.

It also makes me wish of more Seo Woo - Ha Young moment coz they look cute together. I like Ha Young :)

And unfortunately, Hyun Min - Hye Ri couple never grows for me. I cannot pinpoint if there story is not convincing, or the character of them is not that established. This is not what I expect considering they have a back story but sadly, for me this that not materialze.

I expected a tough competition between Ji Woon and Hyun Min atleast when it comes to Ha Won (or Hye Ri maybe) but this that not happened either. It felt for me that the story suddenly took different way somewhere in between. The good thing about this for me is that I will not have a hard time choosing the guy to root for for Ha Won ( 2nd lead syndrome ).

Honestly, I dont know what to expect with the last 2 episodes anymore.

But im still gonna finish this drama for Ha Won - Ji Woon sake xD

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Thanks @ chickachunga

The thing that stood out for me in this episode... practically everyone had a hard time and suffered in some way (instead of just the good guys) so it's one of the fairest distributions of hard knocks I've seen in a looooong while LOL! I figure only Ja Young and maybe the housekeeper are untouched? :D

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@ growingbeautifully.. your such a positive person...to find one good thing about this show..

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LOL! Thanks @ agree

I feel that happiness is often what we make of it and how positively we choose to view our world. I try to bring that attitude into everything... even into shows which are not a total train wreck. :D

Enjoy whatever you can of the show! :)

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That moment when I enjoyed the comment section more than the show itself,, ??

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Hi there!
Thank you so much for posting the recap.. I don't know I'd have survived without your recaps since I skipped sooooo many scenes for this drama! I totally agree with the overall sentiments of the Hyun Min-Hye Ji storyline.. I skip most bits with Hye Ji actually.. Na Eun is honestly quite a stoner here.. I could hardly tell what she was trying to emote most of the time!

And i wish they had more Seo Won scenes! I swear tears were welling when he first got rejected by Ha Won when he sang her his confession song, and then again when he realized Ha Won's with Ji Woon.. oh god.. the poor boy needs a break! If only I could reach across the virtual sea to give him a hug! The trailers that I caught after episode 14 seems to suggest Secretary Lee is gonna turn to protect his mom...I hope that doesn't happen coz I actually like that guy!

Only 2 episodes left! Let's hope the PDs end it nicely and not too abruptly like what happened for Beautiful Minds (i really liked that show..hah)!

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Thank you for the recap! I had high hopes for this show but basically gave up on it when it became the Hye Ji show. I'm still mildly interested in it --- watching and skipping the boring scenes and your recaps keep me updated on what's been happening.
I do hope the show wraps up nicely.

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Halfway around ep 10, I wanted to quit already. The drunken MT episode should have been the ending. I pushed myself to watch because I feel like its a crime not to finish a kdrama series especially when Jung Il Woo's character is starting to be fun.

But my oh my, I've been waiting for the back story that will justify Hyeji's unfathomable zombified state but alas, the bad writing and the bad acting is just too much. That's it? That's your big reveal and big rejection? I should have known better. When they revealed the back story for Hyeji and Jiwoon's friendship, I didn't think it merit that much to make Jiwoon bet his everything against Hyunmin.

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This show....
Bio dad--what?! Your wife dies at her business partner's apartment (PS the partner wasn't there) with a ring in her hand, not on her finger, you obviously MUST come to the conclusion that she has been having a years long affair and your 8 year daughter is some one else's. WHAT?!

Hye-ji-- What?! You get proposed to at 9 or 10 years old with a plastic ring, then never see or hear from that person again for 10 years. Yet you found this sufficient to hold onto a love deep enough that when he comes back and says he never missed you at all you are still shocked at his dating other girls at all, and don't want anyone by his side. What?!
Acting ability aside...How can anyone act for characters this stupid?
I'm the stupid one for thinking this show might have some reason behind the bizarre things that were happening on screen. Why am I still watching this? Darn Jung Il Woo's face!

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