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Cinderella and the Four Knights: Episode 9

The morning after is never as fun. Hangovers rage and recollections are foggy, and Cinderella’s faced with indecision and conflicted feelings. Not to mention knights who’ve made romantic feelings murkier than ever, and a headache to figure out. And despite the desire to erase a certain memory into oblivion, sometimes a concussion just won’t do the trick.

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

So, where were we? Oh right. Ji-woon drunkenly plants a kiss on intoxicated Ha-won’s lips. The next morning, Ha-won wakes up with a hangover and remarks on what a strange dream she just had.

When she exits her bedroom, she finds Ji-woon sleeping on the floor and notices the wine stain on his shirt. That’s all it takes for last night’s memories to flood back to her: Ji-woon sloppily chugging wine, his kiss… Ha-won dashes to the bathroom and berates herself for what happened last night, but she’s only human and can’t help herself from smiling. In her fervor to snap herself out of her bliss, she slips on a bar of soap — the one she chucked at Ji-woon’s face previously — and lands on the floor with a loud thud.

It’s the thud heard all throughout the house because literally everyone — even Hyun-min who was outside — hears it, and they all rush to see what just happened. They find Ha-won sprawled on her back and knocked out.

Bodyguard Lee and Ja-young are at the hospital, and the doctor informs them that Ha-won suffered a minor concussion but is merely asleep at the moment, much to their relief. Lee decides to transfer her to a hospital in Seoul as soon as she’s up, and calls Seo-woo to alert everyone at the vacation home to return to Seoul on their own. Everyone readies to pack up their belongings, except Ji-woon, who appears puzzled and still recovering from his hangover.

Ha-won wakes up in the hospital and is alarmed to find that not one day has passed since she lost consciousness. LOL, is that disappointment I hear? She figured weeks would go by since that’s how it usually is with concussed people, along with a bit of temporary amnesia that would render her unable to recall events from the night before, heh. No memory loss for Ha-won, but she did sprain her ankle, which means she’ll get a cast once in Seoul.

Back at the vacation home, Ji-woon observes the clothes Ha-won left behind and grins as he flips through her detailed family bonding plans. Bodyguard Lee drives Ha-won and Ja-young back to Seoul, and reassures a dejected Ha-won that although the trip was cut short, without her, there wouldn’t have been a vacation in the first place. She breaks out into a huge smile and suspects that he has a very low tolerance for alcohol based on how quickly he passed out last night.

Ashamed, he urges her to erase that memory of him. When asked about her state last night, Ha-won stammers that she doesn’t recall anything because she was too drunk. Suure. She claims that nothing major happened, despite being unable to recall anything, heh.

Back in Seoul, Ha-won gets her ankle treated and hobbles on crutches with Ja-young by her side. They spot Bodyguard Lee entering an Organ Transplantation Center which strikes them as odd. There, he speaks to a specialist who recommends that Chairman Kang divulge his condition to his family to find a donor within, but Lee replies that the chairman is staunchly against that notion.

Hye-ji and the Kang boys are back at Sky House, and they more or less seem concerned about Ha-won, or have something else on their mind. Hye-ji wants to talk to Hyun-min about what happened between them last night, but Hyun-min doesn’t and suggests they pretend none of it happened, leaving her in disbelief.

Ji-woon still seems puzzled about last night and detects the tension between Hye-ji and Hyun-min. Finally, Ha-won gets home and locks eyes with Ji-woon momentarily before he turns away, only to turn back when he spots her injured ankle. She reassures everyone that she’ll be fine in a few days, and almost loses her footing on the steps, but Seo-woo and Ji-woon catch her on either side. She and Ji-woon share another gaze before he averts his eyes again.

Hyun-min happily offers to be her human crutch, but Seo-woo reminds him that he’s no longer her fiancé and steps in to be her support instead. Ha-won, however, rejects their help and hands Bodyguard Lee her crutches before hopping on one leg all the way to her room, leaving everyone befuddled.

Chairman Kang and Hwa-ja are at the hospital, ready to leave. Bodyguard Lee arrives, and the chairman laments almost blowing his cover since he planned on resting at the hospital in secret. Hwa-ja scolds him for keeping his illness under wraps, and the doctor advises against his discharge since the cirrhosis of his liver is worsening by the day. But the chairman brushes off his warnings and figures a donor will be found soon. Hwa-ja gives Lee a grateful look when he offers to take her husband’s bag, and the chairman expresses how nice it would’ve been to have a son like him.

Ji-woon walks Hye-ji to her house and is asked whether or not something happened between him and Ha-won last night since they seemed a little off at Sky House; it seemed like Ha-won was avoiding him. Ji-woon deflects and sputters that Ha-won probably felt embarrassed by her accident. Hye-ji adds that he looked cute when he was drunk; she hadn’t seen him smile like that in a while.

Two shady men approach Hye-ji and inquire about her father’s whereabouts. She replies that he’s on a business trip, and Ji-woon places himself in front of her, causing the men to retreat. Hye-ji and Ji-woon wonder what their deal is.

The next day, Bodyguard Lee receives a call from the organ specialist that brings him some cautious optimism. Ji-woon goes for a jog around Sky House, but Hye-ji’s observation of Ha-won avoiding him gives him pause. Meanwhile, Hyun-min jumps at the chance to help Ha-won. She was about to change so she tells him to scram, but he doesn’t budge.

Ha-won waits for Hyun-min to bring her clothes, but he comes empty-handed because her closet was a “crime against fashion.” He goes off to buy some decent clothes for her and almost bumps into Seo-woo, who wheeled a multicourse breakfast (courtesy of Ms. Beolgyo) to Ha-won’s room. Seo-woo ties a napkin around Ha-won’s neck so she can dig in, but she doesn’t have much of an appetite.

This worries him, so he checks to see if she’s injured elsewhere. Adorable. She appreciates his concern and says she’ll eat a ton just so he won’t worry. Seo-woo brings his face close to hers and inquires if she washed her face today, and she shakes her head, heh. After handing her a dampened napkin, he downloads games onto her phone to ease her boredom. She says, “Thank you, friend!” and her last word makes him hesitate for a second.

The organ specialist informs Bodyguard Lee that Chairman Kang’s current place on the wait list means he’ll have to wait two to three years minimum for a transplant, but if a relative is willing to be a live donor, he’ll be pushed up the list. The specialist eyes a man sitting outside the room warily, and Bodyguard Lee meets with him to hear what he has to say.

Bodyguard Lee is surprised to hear the man explain that if the donor is a relative, the patient can be operated on first regardless of his standing on the waitlist. This also applies if the donor is a relative on paper, implying that fabricating documents is possible, albeit costly.

Ha-won stretches outside her room, and when she tries to talk about last night with Ji-woon, he promptly answers that he blacked out for the first time. This response disappoints her, but to save face she says she also has no recollection due to her concussion.

At the mall, Chairman Kang encourages Hwa-ja to pick out whatever she wants; he feels bad for making her spend so much time at the hospital. She declines, but she does pick out a necktie for a young man (Bodyguard Lee?). Chairman thinks it’s for him since he’s young at heart and beams at her consideration from a distance.

Seo-woo gets called into his manager’s office on his day off because the paparazzi are about to release photos of him and Ha-won looking friendly. His manager is worried, but figures a statement denying that Seo-woo has a girlfriend will minimize the damage. However, Seo-woo is indignant and has no desire to make Ha-won suffer again after the viral Hyun-min incident. He states he has something even juicier than those photos that will provide plenty of paparazzi fodder. I think I know which photos he means…

Ha-won’s frustrated that Ji-woon has no recollection of that night. Just then, Hyun-min arrives clutching numerous shopping bags. He got her dresses and pants with the stitching partially removed on one leg to accommodate her cast. He jokingly offers to dress her, and she throws up her hands to draw the line there, heh.

Chairman Kang informs Bodyguard Lee that he has no desire to act like a coward and cut in the donor line just to save himself, even if it may be his last option. Moved by his integrity, Lee responds that he serves a truly great man.

Hyun-min’s insistence that they forget about their moment on the bench distracts Hye-ji from her sewing. Back at Sky House, Ha-won jabs at the air angrily, incredulous that Ji-woon can’t remember what he did after a few drinks. She ducks when she sees Ji-woon in his room, but can’t get herself back up.

One glance at his team bomber jacket, and Ji-woon scrambles to his phone. He’s horrified to find drunken selfies taken with Ha-won from that night. Seo-woo sees Ha-won struggling on the floor and helps her into her room, even bringing her a damp towel to wipe the dirt from her hands. He catches himself in the bathroom mirror and wonders why he’s being so kind to her, but continues to tend to her with a smile.

Ji-woon peeps on Seo-woo taking care of Ha-won, and can’t believe his eyes. He grabs a drink from the fridge as well as the last remaining banana milk for Ha-won. He comes across Ms. Beolgyo folding his wine-stained shirt from last night and gets involved in a tug of war over it; he wants it now, but she wants to get rid of the stain first. Eventually, he gets the shirt in the end, and Ms. Beolgyo comments on how nice it is to see him smiling frequently these days.

Ji-woon grins, thinking about how he piggybacked an inebriated Ha-won to her bed and quietly crawled out of her bedroom that night. He steps out of his room and texts Ha-won to step out as well so he can give her the banana milk, but he misses his chance when Hyun-min surprises Ha-won with fried chicken and snacks in her room.

As she’s munching on a fish cake, she asks Hyun-min if there’s a girl who genuinely likes him like Hye-ji does. “Well, duh” is his automatic answer, but his face betrays uncertainty. Ha-won goes on, talking about how she admires Hye-ji for being honest and unwavering about her feelings for him, like a tree with firmly planted roots. She describes Hyun-min as the wind that keeps blowing at Hye-ji and disregarding her earnestness, but she’s also seen his tender gazes toward Hye-ji, and reminds him that there is no tree that will wait for him forever.

That evening, Seo-woo burns the midnight oil composing a song. Ji-woon holds up Ha-won’s favorite banana milk and can’t help but smile at his drunken selfie with her on his phone. He thinks back on their banana milk bonding during the trip, and also the night that he kissed her. (That’s right — he remembers everything!) Hyun-min’s on his bed, gazing at the framed photograph of him, Hye-ji, and her brother from when they were little.

The next day, Hye-ji stops by a flower shop for a bouquet for Ha-won. In his van, Seo-woo takes a look at a news article online. The headline reads, “Kang Seo-woo Flees While Wearing Jungsan Girls’ High Uniform” and includes photographic proof. His manager’s apprehension turns to glee, however, because the fans find Seo-woo even more lovable post-“scandal,” since he’s proven that he looks good in virtually anything. Seo-woo mutters that he should’ve just announced that he and Ha-won were dating. Aww.

Hye-ji stops by Sky House and gifts Ha-won with flowers to wish her a speedy recovery. They move to Ha-won’s room and continue the conversation there. Hye-ji admits that she’s sometimes jealous of Ha-won because she gets along so well with all the Kang boys, but Ha-won assures her that there’s actually a lot of fighting involved beneath the surface.

After going a couple days without showering, Ha-won’s head is itchy. She excuses herself to quickly wash her hair. Hye-ji knocks on Hyun-min’s door before entering, and her eyes land on the photograph of her, her brother, and Hyun-min as kids. She doesn’t notice Hyun-min enter and gets startled, causing her to drop the framed photo.

Hye-ji tells him they need to talk; she can’t pretend nothing happened between them and wants to know what she is to him. But Hyun-min answers that they don’t have any kind of relationship and warns that he’ll stop seeing her if she continues to act like this. He leaves the room, and it seems he has more to say to her, but can’t bring himself to say it.

Ji-woon lingers outside his room when he hears Ha-won scream, followed by a thud. This girl and her thuds! He runs into Ha-won’s room and finds her in the bathtub, foam in her hair and limbs in the air like a helpless insect on its back. He chuckles at her funny state. Ha-won explains that she slipped while trying to wash her hair and asks him to call Ms. Beolgyo for her, but he replies that she left a moment ago.

Embarrassed but in a rut, she asks Ji-woon to help her up, and he does after removing his watch and socks. He even rinses her hair of his own volition by sitting in the tub while Ha-won rests comfortably on the edge. She squeals when he gets water near her eyes and ears, and he chides her for being so fussy, heh. Afterward, he dries her hair with vigor like he’s some kind of sassy barber, and gets a kick out of her shrieks.

But then their hands touch, and you know what that means. Cue operatic angel army and thumping heartbeat sounds. Ji-woon sounds a bit sheepish that Ha-won’s hair day has come to an end, and lets out a tiny smile after he suggests she use the hair dryer. She thanks him, but once he leaves, she cringes in embarrassment.

Ji-woon’s in high spirits after helping Ha-won out, but he notices Hye-ji crying and runs to her to see what’s wrong. Hyun-min picks up the photo Hye-ji dropped in his room, and we see that his phone background is a picture of the smiley face she drew on his hand.

Ji-woon grabs Hyun-min by the collar, furious that he made Hye-ji cry after he warned him not to. Hyun-min wonders what right Ji-woon has to say that, and after a beat, Hye-ji firmly answers that Ji-woon has every right to say that. She declares that she no longer wants to cry because of Hyun-min and wishes to take a break from him. She then turns to Ji-woon and asks him if he’ll accept her. Meanwhile, silently watching this whole scene unfold is Ha-won, eyes glistening with tears.

 
COMMENTS

Hye-ji, Hye-ji, Hye-ji. How can you say that you’re taking a break from Hyun-min if you guys weren’t even an item to begin with? I can’t tell if she’s turning to Ji-woon as a way to guilt-trip Hyun-min, or because she’s actually had enough and is ready for some change. She’s such an odd character because she’s not evil a la Stepmom and Yoo-na, but she is the wedge between Ha-won and Ji-woon, as well as Ha-won and Hyun-min. If I were to depict her life in a pie chart, there’d be 1% for her sewing hobby, and the remaining 99% for her ridiculous obsession with Hyun-min. My eyes nearly rolled to the back of my head when Ha-won stated how much she admired Hye-ji for her honest feelings. Admiration should be reserved for someone a bit more worthy. For example, Seo-woo potentially risking his career in order to save Ha-won from another media circus is an admirable, bold, and smart move that actually ended up working in his favor as well.

We’ve been told over and over again that Hye-ji and Hyun-min have a history since they grew up as childhood friends and were each other’s first loves. But it’s already episode nine, and we still have no clue as to why Hye-ji’s been this persistent in pursuing Hyun-min or why Hyun-min’s evading Hye-ji at every turn. Because their motives are unclear, Hye-ji always comes across as needy and fanatical, and without fail, we find ourselves sympathetic to Hyun-min because Hye-ji keeps pestering him despite his numerous rejections. If I’m being optimistic, I like to think that they each have their legitimate reasons for acting the way they do towards each other, but at this point, Hye-ji stands out as the more unreasonable and infuriating one who just can’t let go. Unfortunately, Hyun-min’s phone screen background pretty much confirmed to me that he’s still in love with Hye-ji (for reasons not yet known) and will most likely end up with her, but I need more answers if I’m ever going to be okay with the Hye-Hyun pairing.

Episode 8 was a scrumptious hot mess, so it was fun to see how Ha-won and Ji-woon would react the morning after. I found it hilarious when Ha-won kept hopping from regret to joy thinking about that kiss, before slipping on a bar of soap and knocking herself unconscious. Her disappointment at not having temporary amnesia was too funny! She may not be as tough as nails as before, but I still find her impossibly endearing and just ridiculously cute, but not in a cloying or forced manner. I can see why everyone’s falling for her because I’m smitten as well; I love how natural an actress Park So-dam is.

I’m enjoying the new Ji-woon that everyone else seems to prefer as well. He’s not so guarded and angsty anymore, and he smiles and cracks jokes easily now thanks to his burgeoning crush on Ha-won. The crush is mutual, but it’s a pity Ha-won believes Ji-woon actually blacked out since she’s dealing with her confusing feelings alone. I like Hyun-min and Seo-woo (and Bodyguard Lee) just fine, but Ji-woon and Ha-won as a couple continues to make sense to me. I don’t believe that the pairing feels forced, and I’m happily going with the flow and following the uneven trajectory of a flawed, albeit undeniably fun story. More cute Ha-Ji moments please!

I think Hyun-min is treating Ha-won with new clothes (again) and food in order to maintain his denial of loving Hye-ji. The more he does nice things for Ha-won, the easier it is for him to convince himself that his romantic feelings for Ha-won are real. I find this kind of unfortunate, but I’m certain there’s a part of Hyun-min that actually cares for Ha-won as a friend, even though he’s lying to himself about liking Ha-won as more than that.

I’m starting to feel my heart break for Seo-woo because he’s falling for Ha-won and doing all the right motions, only to most likely never win her heart in a romantic sense. He’s the sweetest of the Kang boys, and the one with less emotional baggage and personality issues. Heck, he’s probably written a full album of love songs inspired by Ha-won by now! *sobs*

Some moments that didn’t quite work for me included the scene in which Bodyguard Lee meets with some man who divulges how one can move up on the organ transplant list. I was just thrown by that random man! Was he a lawyer? A medical professional of some sort? An organ aficionado? I wasn’t sure whether he could be trusted, but in the end it didn’t even matter because the chairman dismissed the notion of cutting in line for a more expedient transplant. I’m also not clear on how long the chairman has left to live. The doctor said his cirrhosis is severe, but how severe are we talking?

I don’t see much plotting on Hwa-ja’s end, just a lot of beaming at Bodyguard Lee, and all signs point to him being her son. More insight into her supposedly grand, evil scheme would be nice. And I hope we see bumbling Stepmom and Yoo-na in the next episode, along with some developments in the storyline regarding Ha-won’s biological father. Granted, none of this is more entertaining or interesting than the love triangle fluff, and I wouldn’t mind if every episode involved drunken shenanigans, but various story seeds were planted and they should probably sprout at some point.

 
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Seo Woo is love Seo Woo is life and most Original Character of the show.

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Please be more thoughtful in the future your post violates the spirit of the dramabeans Commenting Policy which states:

"NO SPOILERS. This means anything that has happened in a series beyond the recap in which you are posting. If you post spoilers, they will be deleted, you will grow warts on your toes, and javabeans will learn how to make voodoo dolls to stick you in effigy. Don’t make her come after you."

By adding preview links in the comments section you could be construed as being disrespectful to chickachunga. She has written an excellent recap of episode 9 and deserves our thanks for her hard work.

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Hello, linking to previews is okay (it's up to others if they want to click), but it would be great if we can avoid describing what's in them here in the comments section.

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I can do with Ha Won not getting Seo Woo because, damn, I need a Seo Woo for myself.
Plus, he is also a super talented singer (on screen and irl) and I need someone to be sweet to me AND make atleast one song for me before I die.

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I don't know where my other comment go.Maybe because it had youtube links? Everyone check out previewson YT dramafever channel.

Seo Woo genuinely cares about Eun Ha Won. Writer a whole song, naah, whole album for Eun Ha Won, Earns a living, makes people enjoy music and etc.

Whereas other two are freeloaders. Uselessly wander here and there. Either in the room or loafing around Seoul. Also both have inconsistent personality.

On Paper Seo Woo easily beats the other 2 cousins.

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Yes, the only with a job apparently. The other two a-holes are just pine-y, broody asses!

And I say a-holes with the utmost affection, but these two ambition-less dudes just are not cutting it for me. Atleast pretend to have some corporate shenanigans. The only one doing any work apart from Seo-woo is Yoon-sung.

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Ji-woon had a job at the auto shop that he loved, but it was manipulated away from him by grandpa.

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Haa... i was wondering about that too...
Hyun Min and Ji Won obviously are not in school or work at the company... They just sit at home, throwing money.
Hye Ji also not in school or work... Is she jobless too?
Ha won technically jobless too although she currently working part time job with grandpa... :)

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Please show, do not give most of your screen time to your least appealing character. Looking at you Hye Ji.

I hate the JM is still in love with her. It makes him way less fun to watch.

Totally shipping HaWon ❤️ Ji-woon

This show is mindless fluff so give us what we want: more body guard lee, more SW, more cute antics and most importantly kisses!

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+1 to your last statement, and I would add more JIW smiling. No one cares about this manufactured angst.

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Still like watching the show- it is such a pretty, enjoyable ride. But a couple of jarring transitions - HaWon going to wash her hair in the middle of HyeJi's visit stands out -/ reminded me - the Show is about getting the scenes and shots it wants, and doesn't care if the way it gets there is realistic or not.

But with that accepted, I can really enjoy the show and appreciate it on its terms. It's not just that the actors are attractive,--- the clothes, sets, cars - everything else is too. And that's not nothing. TVN was smart to show it in Fri night too

But with all this said, I watch this then switch to Moonlight Drawn By Clouds -- which is also about young pretty sweet - and I am shocked by the difference in terms of acting - story - emotion. This is not to criticize Cinderella as much as it is to applaud Moonlight for what they have been able to do

I like JIW - a lot - but even though he is showing his charming Cha Chi Soo self now / his acting still is not impressing me. I feel like he is mailing it in and that is disappointing

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I can't believe she went to wash her hair in the middle of talking to Hye Ji either! But I figured it's par for the course. Hey Ji can only talk about one thing, Hyun Min ^_^

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"Let me wash my hair because entertaining you as a guest is so awkward."
#worstexcuseever

Also...

That bathtub was never used for its original purpose. Poor bathtub.

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Yep, that decision was nonsensical and frankly weird but hey we do what we have to for the plot! That and the fact that Ji Woon's magic pants meant that although he was sitting in the tub while washing Ha Won's hair (?!?) the pants remained dry after he stepped out of the tub. Magical.

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Seriously! Was he actually sitting in the tub? I was confused but I figured there's a curve that keeps his legs from getting wet...but no.

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Maybe Ha-won is secrelty just as annoyed at Hye-ji as us so the "urgent need" to wash her hair was a good (and yes, lame) excuse to get away from her.

Get a clue, Hye-ji. No one wants you popping in.

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Your comment cracked me up!! ? I like that explanation and I'm gonna pretend it's true. Seriously though, Hye-Ji is the most annoying character on the show.

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"f I were to depict her life in a pie chart, there’d be 1% for her sewing hobby, and the remaining 99% for her ridiculous obsession with Hyun-min"

THANKS for this gem chickachunga.

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You can breakdown that 99% obsession furthermore in a bar chart in an ascending format.

20% whining
30% psychotic
50% jealousy

? The data matters.

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I LOLed so much. ♥ chickachunga!

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"My eyes nearly rolled to the back of my head when Ha-won stated how much she admired Hye-ji for her honest feelings."

Ditto, and I might have even groaned a little too.

Can someone send Hye-ji off for a year to live abroad and find herself before she starts a relationship? That would be the best use of the trope ever! I hear there's a spot opened for barista training in Italy.

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There were also stints in Europe for chef training and flipping possessed houses, if memory serves :D.

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What a great idea! and, for some reason unknown, she will find it impossible to communicate with those in Korea during her stay there.

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Ah but the rules of dramaland are unequivocal - When a dramaland character leaves the country they become unable to communicate with anyone inside Korea.

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This is the right time for PPL duct tape and the infamous truck of doom to pair up and give us justice!!

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or, she could get amnesia, that would be THE best.

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This was the most boring episode yet. Aside from people spending most of their time talking to themselves out loud, there was no forward movement in the plot at all. It was mostly just about one girl being all clingy and another one becoming the all too typical Candy Girl.

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This.

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I have a theory about Hye-ji. She either is or would be an ideal candidate for a tragic ghost.
Think about it - she's clearly obsessed with some sort of sad past that is always alluded to but never shown, you can find her weeping at random places in the house, and she stares at her never-forgotten love with an intensity of a thousand stalkers and a single tear streaming down her cheek. I can practically see her slowly extending her hand towards Hyun-min and breaking down in despair when her hand passes through him.

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ROTF!! Spot On!

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If that's the case I'm gonna throw in some money (that I don't have) and call the Sundae Soup team. I think a good punch to the heart by Bong-pal would get rid of her obsession or better get rid of her completely.

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she could have been crying myrtle, hiding in hyun-min's toilet and angry flushing herself time to time

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Hahahahahaha!! ? Yup, that totally makes sense!

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Haha, the most interesting- or tragic?- transition that I've noticed in this drama is that almost all of the top/most upvoted comments (right down to number 15 or 20) on various streaming sites are either all about Hye Ji or majorly about her.

That's just...show, you're cute, but please reflect.

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Lol. Let's just say we dislike that character with passion.

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I'm dizzy from all the eye-rolling at every Hye-ji scene, but am holding back on venting my frustration with that character (and idol-actress). She's not worth it.

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Shaaaaaame. I woulda liked JW so much more if he wasn't an insufferable ass most of the time. Excuse my French. He and miss entitlement are getting way too much screen time. Huge waste of the very cute JIW. And seeing Hyun Min reduced to a mopey mess is regretful. I wish to erase both episodes from memory, please. There's secrets, deadly illnesses, and fraudsters waiting in line, get on with that plot.

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I like new plots and crazy dramas, but sometimes you just need something corny, and this drama hits the spot.
I think Ji-woon already acknowledge his feelings for Ha-won. But at the sametime he has the need to take care of Hye-ji.
I hope he learns to draw the line to Hye-ji, she takes him for granted.

Since the beginning i was time Ji-woon.And i don't regret it, ji-woon and ha-woon are adorable!!!!!
I am a huge fan of Jung II-woo since 49 DAYS, he made me laugh and cry like crazy. So happy he is back in a drama!!!

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Keep getting the feeling that Hyun-min feels (or is) responsible for her brother's death and that he is pushing her away out of guilt.

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THIS. It honestly seems like the only explanation from the information we've been given at this point.

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oh, yeah, I was thinking same.

Also thinking that Chairman looks rather well for someone with terminal liver disease. And who do we think will be his living partial liver donor? (is that too much for this fluffernutter series) Or was it all a mistake, wrong charts, etc?

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Same! However, I’m fervently hoping that that’s not the case because he’s gone way over the line with that explanation. Kissing her casually to get rid of his date? Douchebag move, and it doesn’t sit well with the whole idea of his guilt weighing him down. Fairly sure that the Noble Idiocy explanation is what we’ll get though.

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"she admires Hye-ji for being honest and unwavering about her feelings for him, like a tree with firmly planted roots."

NO, Hawon-ah. NO. She isn't a good example. If you follow her steps, I'll leave the show. ?

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I can't understand Hye-ji! I need a plausible background for her and Hyun-min because he starts to become a nonsense too with his love for her and the constante rejection. Ha-won is as cute as ever and I am totally rooting for her and ex-grumpy-guy now however puppy Seo-woo breaks my heart :(

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Come to think of it, her stepmom and stepsister aren't exactly good female role models. And her best friend is practically a big baby. So maybe that's why Hye-ji appears to be so awesome? Lol. Why not Ms. Beolgyo instead, Ha-won?

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That tree analogy was just bogus: Even a tree is not gonna wait for you forever? Yeah..no gurl, pretty sure the oak outside my window ain't going anywhere anytime soon -.-' Not moving on is literally what a tree does, they just stand still.

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So no week of coma this time, and no amnesia?

Making fun of overdone kdrama tropes is one of my favorite things, but if a show wants to cut out the middleman and take care of it directly that's ok too.

Kinda like the first 90 seconds of Mask.

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I love this recap though, I have a huge grin while reading it. Silly girl is taking a break from stalking HM and immediately starts pestering JW. I wasn't sure because she's so passive but am positive she knew very well that he's had feelings for her al along. And now she's using him and that fool is falling for it. If I see that picture of the little kids one more time, imma break things.

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I'm of the opinion that dramas become much more interesting when all the cards are on the table. When we have a couple that's fighting to stay together then we can get progress and development. The audience already knows that Ha Won's only rule is NOT to date one of the cousins. The writer is not capitalizing on that tension because of the focus on the sideline story. Also, seeing Ji-Woon figure out the bio-dad mystery alongside HW would be really refreshing. All the back and forth gets old real quick.

And another thing, I don't appreciate the writer trying to tie Ahjussi to the villain. Admittedly, step-grandma is a bit of a lame duck right now. It's episode 9 and we've yet to see her do anything but arrange blind dates. But then again, we all know how scary allowing a parent to set you up on a date can be so... yeah.

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Every time the angelic music plays in a romantic moment I can hear a ghostly "AAAAAAAALMOST PAAAAARADISE!" in the background. It's like the song reincarnated into the angelic music... It just won't die! I'm having flashbacks honestly!

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Noooo, it won't leave my head now ! Such a frustrating song, seriously!

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Seriously, less is more with the music people. I actually like the soundtrack for C4K unlike BOF, but after they play the same song approximately every 26 seconds, I want to rip my earballs out . . . or whatever the equivalent is >.<

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Yes, can Hye-ji have something else to think about. Such a bland character which doesnt give the actress much to work with so every scene with her is just painful to watch. And i think their history will involve the brother telling Hyun-min to stay away from his sister before he died. Hence, Hyun min trying so hard to stay away...

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LOL, it's like the writer(s) weren't sure which way they wanted to go with this drama, so we have both Cinderella tropes - the plucky/spunky Candy - Hae Won, and the makjang probably-going-to-get-cancer Hae Ji. I do feel bad for the actress playing Hae Ji though - she's so outclassed by PSD, and the best she can do is look dribbly eyed.

Thank you for the recap! \o/

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Lmao!!! Reminds me of the ep 1 footballer's lover ghost in Master's Sun.

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*sigh* here we go again. This was @PBY comnent above at Hye Ji beign ghostly.

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I am copying someone's comment in previous recap:

Do you know what is worse than ep.9?? Ep. 10!!! Which I am too afraid to watch.... :((

I like this drama so much that I can't bear with the ridiculousness courtesy of HJ and Hyun Min sudden change in personality....

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He he. That was my comment! He he.

The show is not being ridiculously anymore, its already insanely stupid.

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Cue operatic angel army...grins :)

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Hye-ji oh Hye-ji, where do I start? I must admit that I never really liked her but after the last stunt that she pulled, I am now putting her into the "I shall skip and ignore all your scenes" category for me and my laptop's well being ('cause I might end up smashing the screen).
I guess my frustration stems from the fact that Hye-ji's character has not done anything worth falling in love for aside from low-key stalking Hyun-min and being all pseudo-girlfriend(ish) to Ji-woon, and yet we've got our two main knights (sort of)fighting over her. In my humble opinion although the actress/idol who plays the role has a limited range of expressions (which I can only describe as "half-bored, half-gloomy") the way the character is written is what makes it even worse. Her characterization is so basic, that even my soggy ramen breakfast seem to have more personality than her (as I mentioned on my previous post from last weeks recap, hihi...)

And now an open letter to our main characters...

Hyun-min, I like you but you have to stop this passive aggressive sh*t with Hye-ji. You ignored her when she was practically throwing herself at you but now that she says that she's moving on, you get all possessive? Make up your mind and stick with it. Man up!

My puppy Seo-woo, being friend zoned sucks, it is riddled with heartache and pain but it's good for writing lyrics and stuff. Just look at TSwift. Anyway, call me! :lol:

To Ji-woon and Ha-won, I've seen the way you look at each other. Don't be a wuss you two, just 'fess up already. We only have 6 episodes left (and we still have to resolve several issues like who's the real Kang cousin, getting rid of the fake "real dad" etc.). I need some more fluffiness, I demand the fluffy!!!

Note: this is a repost of a comment I left on C4K soompi thread. :)

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❌ Hye-ji is the death of this show.
❌ Ha-won has become the most gullible person on tv.
❌ There is no hope for Hyun-min.
❌ There is too much stupid going on in this show.

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+1 with one minor correction

❌ Ha-won has become the most gullible person in the world.

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Cue angelic "Aaaaameeeeen"

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I just watch and pretend that Hyun-min and Hye-ji have been friends/dating up until like, a year ago. I feel like that would make more sense. I mean, if you're friends with someone your entire life and then they suddenly start dating everyone it makes more sense to me to be sad about it than if you were only friends until you were nine.

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Yeah, the fact that they were 10! when they "broke off" always kind of bothered me. Kdramas love their fated childhood love stories though. I would say they should have at least been seriously dating until maybe 18. 2 years of moping around is still pretty long but I might still be able to understand if it was really serious before breaking up.

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I think what happened is her brother died and he either feels like he caused the accident or whatever; or the brother had voiced his disapproval for some reason. So then some VVVIP-Level Noble Idiocy kicked in and he broke things off with her and entered into a string of shallow meaningless relationships.

It's dumb really but totally typical which means that when it comes out, Park So Dam's character is going to read him to filth for being such a doofus.

Meanwhile I'm really irritated that Secretary Lee's mother somehow hid him or disavowed her original family. I would have paid cash money for him to slip up and say "Well actually I'm your step-son now." But you know... actually... didn't the chairman say a few eps back he needed to update his will because he had new family memberS? Maybe he knows. But then again since the tie is obviously set up for a confrontation/revelation maybe he doesn't.

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Park So Dam's talent is wasted in this drama. The plot is terrible, the characters are inane. At first I thought it was great that Jung Il Woo finally has a good partner to act with in Park So Dam but the drama is spiralling into a boring heap. The characters (and actors) of Hyun Min and Hye Ji sabotages the tone of the entire drama. I am effectively dropping this one. Feel bad for PSD and JIW. Wishing them better luck next time in choosing their dramas.

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Can this drama gets worse after this episode? sigh.

I sincerely want HJ to disappear, for good.

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Yes unfortunately it can as evidenced by episode 10, le sigh. ?

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Someone needs a time out from boys...looking at you Hye-Ji.

For some odd reason, I just can't stop watching this show...It's a waste of time, talent and frankly brain cells but I just can't look away..it's like a bad car crash, you feel bad and know you shouldn't look cause you'll be scarred for life but you can't help it.

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I actually have made this exact comparison before on another site. I totally agree, at this point it's morbid curiosity that keeps me watching - and the hope to see more of the side characters & imaginary plot.

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JW's waterproof jeans was the highlight for me...LOL!

Anyway, I hope they get the plot moving sooner. Hye Ji is a really badly written character. The actress is a singer right? I hope she gets some acting lessons in before her next acting gig. No offense to fans of hers. Badly written or not, a good actor can pull off more than what she's doing here, sorry.

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UGH Hye-Ji. I should drop this now. Been fast forwarding parts and just relying mostly on the recaps anyway.

The talent of the actors are being wasted. Which is not to say they're not doing their best. But I guess they can only do so much what with this crazy writing.

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It would be an entirely different story if Kim So Hyun played Hye-ji.

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I still don't understand and can't believe that TvN accepted to broadcast this drama. Everything in this drama feels fake and forced from the characters, the supposed relationships and the story.

Hoping the next one would be better but the trailers are giving a DoTS Part 2 vibe :( Hope it does'nt turn out that way.

Kdramaland is in a dark place right now. This year started of so well.

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I agree. dropped so many dramas recently including this one. JIW is soo unappealing in this drama, PSD’s character is just plain naive and dumb... son na-eun - why are you even in this, AJH started good, got worse and now is just bad beyond words. Only redeeming factor, happy to get to know the actor lee jung-shin (apart from his singer persona).

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@Melinda the actor lee jungshin apart from singer persona??? Sorry to tell you but jungshin is only the basis of CN blue not a singer lol please do your research.

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Can't we just edit all Hye-ji scenes out in the upcoming episodes? If Moon Lovers can do a re-edit than something as mindless as C4K can do it as well. I'm sure they have enough filler stuff considering how long they filmed for this and nobody's here for the plot anyway.

Btw wasn't it this drama that caused PSD to arrive at the BM set at the last minute because the writer handed in her script late? (Which made KBS to delay the start and gave them an excuse later to cut BM due to the clashing time with the Olympics etc etc) Yeah, I see it was totally worth it and am definitely looking forward to see what an amazing plot is awaiting. *sarcasm off*

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Lol @your sarcasm.

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If they could have traveled to the holiday house by car then why bothered with the first class plane ride in epidode7?

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They need to get there before Hyun-min wakes up?

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Lol. Show, your plotholes are showing.

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I really don't get the hate this show is receiving. It's cotton-candy level fluff. I really look forward to coming home after work on Friday night and zapping some pizza and kicking back to watch this ridiculous show. This show isn't one of those "so bad it's good" it's more like it knows what it's about, it's ridiculous K-drama trope version of Cinderella. I mean it's ACTUALLY Cinderella complete with wicked stepmother and sister, disappearing dad, fairy godmother (it pains me to say this but that's Secretary Lee), and 3 princes. Just wait, we'll have a glass slipper analog in this show yet.

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I loved this show, until Hyun-min became different person and Hye-ji keeps appearing from nowhere,.

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I like love stories like everyone but when a drama brings more and more stories -like Hawon's birth secret, Hyunmin and Hyeji currently infuriating love story that no one knows and Grandpa's severe illness- I demand them to be told. And I hope the transition is smooth because I personally felt HW and JW's love story -the only one that has evolved- started in the blink of an eye. I like the antics in the drama but at times you feel holes in the story

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Good lord, all this drama between Hye-ji, Hyun-min and Ji-woon is enough to make me root for a Ha-won Seo-woo pairing instead. Recapper’s absolutely right - we’re over halfway into the drama and despite the hundreds of small scenes of Hye-ji sighing and wistfully remembering Hyun-min, we’re very much in the dark about their past. Without the necessary emotional context, it’s a drag, and an annoying one at that.

Ha-won’s speech about Hye-ji being a tree would’ve been stupid in any other context, but as she was saying it to Hyun-min, who is very much in denial about his feelings, it struck the right chord.

The rest of the plot seems fairly predictable - some shenanigans caused by Ha-won’s biological dad, Hwa-ja goes evil, Hyun-min reconciles with Hye-ji and Seo-woo makes a friend in Ja-Jeong? (maybe?? I really love Seo-woo and Ja-yeong together after she helped him escape!)

Still enjoying Cinderella; I never expected more than what was advertised, and it’s still delivering with the cute character moments and comedy. More Seo-woo though! Our Mr. Celebrity is vastly underrated!

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