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Beauty Inside: Episode 1

The awaited drama adaptation of the sentimental film presents a comical twist on the original Beauty Inside and introduces us to a compelling spin-off story. We meet our leads, both misunderstood because of their special circumstances, and their immediate bickering promises some great chemistry in the works. With a great cast and trustworthy director at the helm, expect plenty of hilarity, relatable characters, and fun cameos as the cherry on top.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

Billboards and magazines are covered with pictures of HAN SE-KYE (Seo Hyun-jin), a celebrated actress, and we’re introduced to her on her way to a film award ceremony. Se-kye complains to her manager and high school friend, YOO WOO-MI (Moon Jee-in), about attending the ceremony, but Woo-mi reminds her to be thankful that she wasn’t fired for disappearing once a month during filming. When Se-kye shares that she feels a bit strange, Woo-mi freaks out that it’s that time of the month, but Se-kye assures her that it’s next week.

Se-kye glides elegantly down the red carpet to the award ceremony, where Kang So-ra (cameo) announces the award for best actress. Se-kye wins, but while walking onto the stage, she suddenly stops, looking stricken. Something’s happening. She abruptly turns in the other direction, runs out of the building, and loses a heel in the process. She doesn’t have time to retrieve it and runs barefoot into her van.

Manager Woo-mi swerves through the streets and looks back to find an unfamiliar large body squeezed into Se-kye’s gown. It’s Se-kye in a man’s body (cameo by comedian Kim Joon-hyun), and (s)he has a van-shaking tantrum about leaving her limited-edition heel behind at the ceremony.

Se-kye narrates that her symptoms began when she was 20 years old on a trip to Europe with Woo-mi. She woke up in an elderly woman’s body (cameo by Son Sook) and ran through the streets hoping she would wake up from her dream. She was almost hit by a car, but an unknown man shoved her out of the way, taking the impact himself.

Se-kye’s last memory before falling unconscious was of her savior lying in the road, bleeding into his white shirt. She believes that this lasting symptom may be her punishment for that incident.

As they watch the news of Se-kye’s ceremony dash later that night, Se-kye and Woo-mi drown in their misery with soju. Se-kye considers retirement, and her childhood friend and aspiring priest RYU EUN-HO (Ahn Jae-hyun) asks if she can afford the penalty to breach her contract. He proposes that she sell her house and expresses practical concerns about Se-kye denying reality.

Their attention turns to the TV at the mention of a rumor that Se-kye has a hidden child. The entertainment news reveals a clip of a child playing with a dog at Se-kye’s house, and Eun-ho recognizes the child as Se-kye from two months ago. Woo-mi’s phone immediately lights up with reactive messages to this news, and she reveals that Se-kye lost thirteen ads but gained two: diapers and milk formula. Se-kye drunkenly plans to move back with her mother to farm and then passes out on the couch.

Airline executive SEO DO-JAE (Lee Min-ki) receives a briefing from his secretary, JUNG JOO-HWAN (Lee Tae-ri), about terminating their contract with Se-kye, their airline model. Do-jae doesn’t seem interested and asks what his secretary wants for lunch. Secretary Jung emphasizes the importance of their codeshare business deal, but Do-jae isn’t concerned with the deal or his critics because he’s untouchable as the owner’s son.

Speaking of his critics, he spots Director Kim and approaches him tepidly. With his managers, Director Kim criticizes Do-jae for his arrogance and lack of experience. As they walk toward each other, Secretary Jung identifies the men to help with Do-jae’s face-blindness, but a quick switcheroo results in an awkward pivot of Do-jae’s outstretched hand for Director Kim.

Looking to the new airplane with Se-kye’s face on it, the director and managers blame Do-jae for causing this hindrance. After a brief look at the airplane, Do-jae randomly says that he’ll have seolleongtang for lunch and save budaejjigae for the weekend. He hands the director his personal credit card to buy lunch and tells him to buy an airplane while he’s at it.

As they walk away, they run into airline executive KANG SA-RA (Lee Da-hee) dressed as a flight attendant, and Do-jae glances at her nametag for identification. They’re clearly rivals, and they dispute the future owner of the airline in icily formal tones.

Then they drop formality to speak familiarly, revealing that they’re half-siblings — Sa-ra advises Do-jae to change their airline model but also welcomes his faults, figuring she could win their grandfather’s favor.

Do-jae watches Sa-ra work as a flight attendant for the press, and he comments that everyone’s out to get him. He orders Secretary Jung to find Se-kye to make her take responsibility for this mess.

In her hospital room, Se-kye poses for photos to post on social media, and Woo-mi orders her to “be sick” while her company settles the scandal. Se-kye still supports the farming alternative, but Woo-mi turns it down and tells her to get a thorough medical check-up, since she’s worried about this month’s early transformation.

Secretary Jung traces Se-kye’s location through her social media post, and Do-jae immediately turns his car around to catch her before she runs away again. At the hospital, a doctor gossips with nurses that Se-kye didn’t get any plastic surgery, including her breasts, leering as he gestures at his chest with his hands. The nurses don’t find sexual harassment funny, and neither does Se-kye, who throws a tangerine (swiped from a nearby patient) at him after overhearing his remarks.

The doctor isn’t apologetic and taunts Se-kye about her mysterious child. His taunts hit a nerve, and Se-kye denies this rumor and throws the rest of the tangerines at the doctor. Then she regains her calm and calls Woo-mi to buy replacement tangerines for the patient she took them from.

On the hospital roof, Se-kye cries about the unfair misunderstanding and receives a call from her mother about her escape from the award ceremony. It seems her mother doesn’t know about her condition, and Se-kye quickly hangs up as she continues to sob.

Do-jae notices Se-kye crying on the roof and offers her a handkerchief while calling Secretary Jung. He doesn’t recognize her and tells Secretary Jung that Se-kye isn’t at the hospital, wondering if they should search clubs and hotels. His comments seem strange since she’s standing right in front of him, and Se-kye looks offended. She signals the universal two fingers of “I’m watching you,” but he misinterprets that as sign language. He continues with his call and suggests that they search any child care spots to track down Se-kye.

Not understanding what he’s playing at, Se-kye angrily confronts him, and Do-jae asks for her name, since he’s forgetful. Taking it as mockery, Se-kye throws Do-jae’s phone off the roof and tells him to bill her. Unfortunately, Do-jae doesn’t know who to bill and later tells Secretary Jung that he can’t remember her face.

Secretary Jung provides him with a new phone and asks about the condition of his fish, which seems to be an exercise to improve his face recognition. Secretary Jung booked another appointment for Do-jae, but Do-jae doesn’t seem hopeful in curing his condition, acquired post-accident.

Secretary Jung reports that their airline codeshare partner prefers Se-kye to remain as their model because their partner’s daughter is a big fan. Do-jae seems relieved that they won’t need to track down Se-kye, but Se-kye has already terminated the contract from her side. He has no idea why and commits to winning her back.

Woo-mi barges into Se-kye’s hospital room and gives her a big hug for her great deed. Eun-ho joins them and commends Se-kye for her large donation to the children’s fund. Se-kye claims that she had nothing to do with it, but Woo-mi insists that the donation was in Se-kye’s name. Woo-mi celebrates that the secret-child rumors have given way to talk of Se-kye’s generous invitation of the recipient children into her home.

Woo-mi drags Se-kye to the donor reception, where they overhear recipients complaining about this event publicly embarrassing poor students. After Se-kye obediently accepts her award with other donors, the students line up for their picture and a donor creepily comments on a female student’s “maturity,” joking that she could be his girlfriend and wrapping his hand around her shoulder. He insists that he’s treating her like a daughter, but everyone knows he’s being slimy. Ick!

Nobody speaks up, however, so Se-kye declares that she can’t take it and says it’s uncomfortable to glorify donors. Confronting the donor pervert, she pats his butt and grabs a handful of his ass in front of the cameras. He’s taken aback, but Se-kye innocently explains that she just treated him “like a father.” Then she points out that fathers are careful about touching their own daughters and accuses him of violating the student. The donor pervert storms out, and a horrified Woo-mi drags Se-kye out after him.

The donor pervert yells at Se-kye for deprecating him in public and threatens to cut off all funds for these students. Se-kye calls him vulgar, and just as he’s about to hit her, Do-jae interferes. He introduces himself as a donor who will provide the funds he’s cutting, and when he reveals his name, the pervert concedes to him. When Do-jae takes off his sunglasses, Se-kye recognizes him from the hospital. After leaning in to get a closer look, he recognizes her and requests money for his phone.

In his office, Do-jae tries to threaten Se-kye into signing the model contract with an email that would reveal the truth behind the donation. Se-kye bluffs that she’s retiring from showbiz anyway, but Woo-mi begs on her knees to save them from bad press. Se-kye can’t stand to see Woo-mi begging and grudgingly signs the contract, only to have Secretary Jung accidentally send the email anyway. When Se-kye gapes in horror, Do-jae reveals that the email was sent to him (not some media contact), chiding her for not checking her facts before signing a contract. They’ve been fooled!

Do-jae also points out that she hasn’t read the contract carefully, directing Se-kye to the last page, which requires her to accompany him on necessary business trips wearing a red dress. They have an immediate business trip, and Do-jae offers to cover half the donation if she joins him. Se-kye arrives at the airport wearing a red dress and tells Woo-mi over the phone that Do-jae’s red dress requirement seems like a fetish. Woo-mi dismisses these concerns and tells Se-kye to behave, since they need that money.

Se-kye marvels at the airplane cabin staff formally welcoming Do-jae onto the aircraft, but Do-jae arrogantly says that he’s used to it. Noticing his lack of eye contact, she asks if he’s nervous sitting next to the beautiful Han Se-kye, but he scoffs and tells her to be quiet so he can focus on reading. Se-kye sniffs that the cabin staff likely suffers because of his bad personality.

Do-jae offers his hotel room key after sending all their luggage to his room, and Se-kye asks if he’s a pervert. He clarifies that he’s keeping her luggage to ensure that she doesn’t run away before their meeting tomorrow. Despite his attempts to hold her hostage, Se-kye leaves in a taxi to enjoy her pastime. Since Se-kye’s money was with her luggage, she calls Eun-ho to cover her and bribes him with twice the amount to keep her wandering a secret to Woo-mi.

Se-kye enjoys the night view of Anapji, an ancient palace she bookmarked in the tourist booklet, but she’s surprised by Do-jae. She demands to know how he found her, and he reveals Se-kye’s booklet from the plane. He gives her five minutes to decide her commitment to the contract, and she uses that time to enjoy the view.

Do-jae says that her interest in historical sites is unexpected, and Se-kye explains that she’s jealous of the unchanging nature of these sites. Do-jae mentions that this site was reconstructed, to which Se-kye argues that the foundation is still there. He warns her not to get angry at her creditor and says that her five minutes is up.

In the car, Se-kye complains about her uncomfortable outfit and asks why the red dress. Do-jae responds that he can easily spot her, and Se-kye realizes the red dress puts her in shackles. They insult each other — her calling him sarcastic and him calling her dramatic — and Do-jae asks if she wants to step out of the car. Se-kye obliges, and he swiftly drives away, to her annoyance — she hadn’t really thought he’d leave her here.

Tired and hungry, Se-kye walks for a while before sitting down on the curb. She can’t find a taxi, but fortunately, Do-jae returns to retrieve her. He fakes a helping hand, and she stumbles into his arms. In close proximity, Do-jae asks if she wants to eat something and clarifies that he’s hungry.

Do-jae treats Se-kye to a meal and asks for a preview of any future escapes, but she says that they’re always impromptu. He claims that he has too many responsibilities to be carefree and unruly like her, and he tells her to stop clamoring for attention during business. She seems offended by this perception of her and asks what role she needs to act for their meeting tomorrow. He needs Hallyu star Han Se-kye as his business partner, so she offers to bring that to the meeting.

Then, Do-jae asks if Se-kye actually has a child, and she vehemently denies this. She calls him mean for his intrusive questioning, and Do-jae says that he has no reason to be nice to her. She notes with bitterness that he seemed like a good person when he offered to sponsor the children in the fund, but now she realizes that he’s not a good person to her.

That night, Se-kye cries angry tears in her bed, and violently curses Do-jae for being a jerk. She’s feeling raw and unjustly maligned, and yells, “Are you listening, you jerk?!” On the balcony next door, Do-jae comments that the jerk is listening.

The next morning, Se-kye and Do-jae meet with the potential airline partner and his daughter, who looks delighted to see Hallyu star Se-kye. The partner explains that changing the airline model does not appease his demands, and we see that his concerns are regarding his deaf daughter. Se-kye notices the girl signing to her, and she signs back fluently. The partner looks pleased by his daughter’s excitement in conversing with Se-kye, who lights up to receive a gift from the girl, and Do-jae promises to provide accessible services, including sign language, to all passengers.

On their return flight, Do-jae asks why Se-kye learned sign language, and she responds that she learned in case she couldn’t talk one day. He admits that he didn’t expect her to show up, and she claims that she actually doesn’t like to run away. He affirms this and thanks her for a successful meeting. Then, he apologizes for being rude to her thus far, explaining that there were extenuating circumstances. She accepts and apologizes for running away.

Se-kye falls asleep on Do-jae’s shoulder, and we see his finger tremble ever so slightly. Aw, is he nervous? Then, Se-kye suddenly opens her eyes, feeling a change coming on, and rushes to the bathroom. When she takes off her sunglasses, she sees an older woman (cameo by Kim Sung-ryung) in the mirror.

The crew announces everyone to return to their seats, and Se-kye panics. The flight attendants knock on the bathroom door for Se-kye, and when she doesn’t respond, Do-jae ends up breaking open the door. Se-kye huddles in a corner, hiding her face, and grabs Do-jae’s sleeve, desperately begging for help. Do-jae senses her urgency and calls for a blanket to cover her with — and as he drapes it over her head, he makes eye contact with a transformed Se-kye.

 
COMMENTS

I’m into this. I trust Seo Hyun-jin wholeheartedly with this character, and she’s already drawing me in with her irresistible charm and relatable flaws, which are clearly her strong suits. Se-kye does feel like a familiar character, especially with Seo Hyun-jin playing her, but I love an unapologetically outspoken female lead regardless. The body transformations were a fun vehicle to explore Se-kye’s insecurities and painful misunderstandings, and I’m looking forward to seeing how these abrupt transformations and her temper get her into more trouble.

Lee Min-ki is a delightful deadpan counterpart to Seo Hyun-jin’s dramatic antics, and I enjoy his subdued portrayal of Do-jae. I fell in love with him in his last drama (Because This Life Is Our First), and I’m ready to fall for him again. The literal face-blindness cracks me up, and I love how it’s completely different from yet compatible with Se-kye’s condition. It’s smart and hilarious that he makes Se-kye make a red dress, and I’m curious to see how many versions of a red dress Seo Hyun-jin’s stylist can pull off for this role. Fighting!

I haven’t seen the original film, but I think this drama adaptation veers enough from the film to be an independent production. The fantasy elements are different, and I think that completely changes the dynamic of the show. Se-kye’s once-a-month transformations resemble that of a werewolf or gumiho, and that gives more room for us to explore how this condition interacts with her celebrity spotlight to precipitate unfair misunderstandings. I’m anticipating a fun and heartfelt story, and I trust this production to embrace the changes and run away with it (hur).

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Lee Min-ki looks so fine in a suit and a chaebol role.
Seo Hyun-jin is so pretty and her crying scene is always heartbreaking.
Love the first episode, Lee Min-ki and Seo Hyun-jin pairing is so good. I was just so happy to see both the leads again, female lead is just so so pretty, her smile is just too beautiful and male lead as well, and was also happy to see her transforming into another pretty and elegant lady in the end.
The most exciting thing about this drama? We'll get to see a lot of cameos from different actors and actresses taking over Han Se-gye's body.
The funniest part when she changed into Big size with pretty long dress.😀
That sign language scene with Han Se-ge and the little girl was damn touching.
The male lead probably has the condition Prosopagnosia-that he cant recognize faces duo to the accident that was probably him saving her when she was a grandma.

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yes! my thoughts exactly! welcome back to dramaland Lee Min-ki! so glad to see you again! this is gonna be GOOD! i can feel it!

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Yup @mimu1234 That's a good catch. Since kdrama can't leave previous meetings to just be passing events but must have them as preludes to deeper relationships, Do Jae was probably that man who saved Se Kye as a granny and so now they need to help each other with their respective conditions. 😉 It's very apt because it was the first time she changed and the accident caused him to have face blindness. So it falls in place in kdrama logic for them to be the ones who met that fateful time and now again.

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I loved both episodes of this drama so far. I didn't know I wanted to see Seo Hyun Jin - Lee Min Ki pairing to happen, but now I can see how they are compatible with each other. Honestly, I was quite unsure when I heard about the remake of the movie, but I think this drama version can just be treated as its own with different charm from the movie version.

I have read comments arguing why she chose to be an actress at the first place, so based on preview for next week, we will get to know her reasons. I also love how both leads already apologized to each other for their misunderstanding in this episode, I can't wait to see how they will open up with each other about their circumstances.

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And I can't stop staring at Seo Hyun-jin - this is her best look in drama I have seen so far. That red dress is so pretty as well.

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I think her choice to be an actress was inspired. She has this rare perspective into what it feels like to be old, young, male, female, thin, fat, foreign, black, white, brown, etc etc - in the dramaverse, Se Gye must be an amazingly skilled actress. That she'd become so famous was not something she could have predicted when she started out - so few actors find fame of this sort. Anyway regardless of fame, its a great choice of profession.

Plus in any case, there are few professions where she could she take a week off each month. As a school teacher? A doctor? A company employee? Nope.

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Maybe she could have chosen a career as writer or something (including Dramabeans minion). Or computer hacker. Who even needs a week off if you work from your parents' basement?

Or criminal? Only commit crimes in your off week and it doesn't matter if you get caught on security cameras or leave DNA & fingerprints all over.

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Somebody needs to write a spinoff drama where she's a legendary thief. 😂

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And if she gets arrested she can just switch in her cell when the guards aren't looking and then sweetly ask if they have seen Room No. 9.

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ROFLMAO at working from parents' basement. Ah, the anonymity of the keyboard. ;-)

I would have thought that having to adhere to a shooting schedule would have made acting an impossibility for someone with her erratic metamorphosis issues.

As for the crime option -- maybe she wouldn't be able to get away with the perfect crime. What if she morphs into the same appearance more than once? That would make for a neat twist.

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[I'll be clear though - I dislike the idea of telling her her condition is a disability & restricts her options. That she's gone on to be this famous and successful despite her needing to take some time off each month so testament to how good and/or professional she must otherwise be as an actress (plus ofc, luck, opportunity and everything else needed to be successful). ^^. ]

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I agree with Greenie, it seems like Han Se Gye is recognized for her talents and good attitude more than anything. With her disappearing scandals, her career can easily get buried if she has nothing else to offer. She doesn't seem to have a big backup either i.e. big agency etc so she mostly gained her status with her own hard works. I can't wait to see her backstory from her early days as actress.

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Oh wow. Ive been thinking what she could possibly do with her unique condition other than being a celebrity, your idea is the best one! I need this spinoff asap 😂

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Maybe her fingerprints stay the same though.

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If the size of her fingers changes, the print should change too?

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I thought the fingerprint stayed the same your whole life?

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Out of curiousity, I read up a little - and they do morph as we age, but not enough to befuddle our machines today. So I guess you're right. No matter what - her fingerprints may not change.

This raises other interesting questions though - what about DNA. The X chomosome vs the Y choromosome - does it suddently morph when she turns into a guy? And the genes that regulate hair colour, eye colour, height etc. The telomere caps at the ends of DNA. Also how is her menstrual cycle affected? SO MANY QUESTIONS O_O

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Yes, some of the DNA would have to change. We're forgetting to turn off our brains for this.

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Maybe she is like Mystique in XMen. Mystique too can change appearances, the only difference is that one is a conscious effort, while Se Gye is forced into this transformation. Which means...maybe she has her own unique DNA, like all the XMens.

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I don't have fingerprints. I've been doing chemo for so long that they are gone.

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@barbara-fox I didn't know this could happen with chemotherapy. Interesting, and I hope you will get and stay well in the near future.

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@barbara-fox - I digress from the fingerprints conversaiton but sorry to hear this. I hope its been an effective treatment, fingerprints be damned.

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Egads and Greenfields:
I didn't mean to derail the comments. I just know that fingerprints can change. (And I'm responding well to treatments, thanks.)

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@barbara-fox, no derailment here. I'm now also wondering if she ever transforms into someone not in the peak of health. Do the old people she transforms into have old-age diseases for instance? What about a simple fever? Or the need for glasses. *needs to put brain aside re these transformations*

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@barbara-fox Digressions in DB threads often spawn the most interesting conversations. I'm glad to hear treatment is going well.

Now mulling over a story about a burglary ring of fingerprintless chemo patients.

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@greenfields in her closet was a whole display case of glasses for that very reason. She even learned sign language just in case she transforms and is deaf.

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@egads - ah! I forgot about the sign language bit. And just assumed the glasses were there for fashion. Because as we of Glasses Wearers Unite know full well, one's number/power on the lens varies. How can she predict which power lens she'll need? My own eyes have a different power in the right and left eyes. *sad*

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I'm waiting for the day when Dramabeans' writer become as one of the jobs in kdrama.

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Brilliant! I know where I’ll be lurking now!

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Yes I have the same thought with you. Like she probably just wanted to be an actress who experimenting with her roles based on her own experiences, not just for fame. I also love the sign language part, she has prepared herself in case she turns to as a disable person later.

Yes, there's no job give one week off every month lol. Even one day off each month is hard to get.

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Promising start! I love the leads, the supporting cast, the cameos, the writer, and director.

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Loved the opening episodes. Also gotta say I disliked Seo Do Jae immensely this episode, while I loved Se Gye wholeheartedly.

What I disliked the most was Do Jae LEAVING her alone on an abandoned street for god knows how long - so that she'd get worn out and her energy would "cool down", and he could handle her. WHAT RUBBISH. The idea that a woman's energy/temper needs to be cooled off in this manner so she's less emotionally hysterical makes me rather angry. In any case, he apologised and the second ep makes it seem like that was a thing the writer does not recognise as potentitally disturbing and will gloss over.

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And I was afraid something bad happen to her she was left in middle of nowhere in dark night what's this manner it was dangerous .

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Exactly.

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And I was afraid something bad happen to her she was left in middle of nowhere in dark night what's this manner it was dangerous .

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I don't really understand what his character supposed to be. I should say, I started to warm up with him a little in episode 2. I also can't point it out yet - if it is the problem of how his character is written or is it Lee Min Ki's portrayal. Seems like Seo Hyun jin carried both episodes and anyone who comes for Lee Min ki alone might be disappointed with his character so far.

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My thoughts too. *high fives Sera*
As evidenced by Beanie comments elsewhere that the show is terrible because the plot is terrible and how can Lee Min Ki portray the rich entitled asshole in a rom com. ^^;

Like you, I found him much more palatable in ep 2. I do think however, that we have to consider his faceblindness, and that he has to keep it from getting discovered because it would be seen as a liability. If he's rude to everyone no one will notice - it doesn't excuse his behaviour in any way, particularly not where he abandoned her at night in a desolate area, but does help us understand the character a little.

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Now it makes sense. It's easy to be rude to everyone so he won't get caught for his face blindness.I think he is redeemeable - especially when he started to recognize who is whom, he actually treated that person nicer. Heh how I wished the writer didn't insert that part when he abandoned her because it is somewhat also show he felt superior towards her or maybe that's just his personality especially he had the mind set that Se Gye is a trouble maker. But I appreciate the apology he made at the end. At least he realized about his rude attitude.

I didn't find the plot is terrible but it could have been better. But so far it caught my interest and I hope it will keep getting better because I don't want to abandon Seo Hyun jin's drama again.

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I'm flashing back to the comments about Lee Min Ki's character in BTIOFL, and how many called him robotic and cold. I'm hopeful that this is yet another instance where LMK is fully embodying a character that is quite frankly not likable at the outset. Do I like seeing LMK as an jerk? No. But he's an actor, this a part he's playing, and I'm going to trust that he, and the writer, will give this character a satisfying arc of development.

That said, when he left her on the side of the road...that was bad, really really bad, and though I suspect it will not be addressed again, I hope it will.

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I don't want him not to be a jerk so I can get invested in the otp. I like that he can be a jerk sometimes and nice other times, he is complicated and not likable from the start.

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I honestly didn't even recognize him leaving her on the side of the road as a bad character trait. I just saw it as another drama trope. They happen ALL THE TIME in dramaland. I wonder if people expect more because its LMK? Even though he's not the one writing it?

I, personally, have every faith that LMK is going to do what LMK does and spin everyone for a loop so that everyone who is currently wailing will be in love with him once more in fairly short order.

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Yup! That scene by the road - that really defined his character for me as well. I've noted it in my comment below - it was completely unacceptable.

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Also agreed with all of you that Lee Min Ki is an actor - he's taken on a particular type of role. It's because of his charm and skill that we can still think there's hope for Do Jae. In the hands of a lessor actor, I'd have given up on the character already. On the other hand, Seo Hyun Jin is carrying this show! She's amazing!

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I do not understand people who hate on LMK's stiffness when he plays anti-social characters like in Because This Life or in this show.
If anything I love him more, because while there are definitely similarities between the two characters, they are not the same at all. I do not look at Seo Do Jae and see Nam Se Hee at all. If they both did not have LMK's face, Nam Se Hee and Because This Life would not cross my mind for a second. For him to be able to achieve that, is just genius.
As to leaving her on the side of the road at night, I look at it as something that happens in dramas that no decent person would do in real life.

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Why does it have to do with being a woman? I think he would have done it to anyone. I liked it, if he is a jerk I like when the show is not afraid to go there.

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I'm glad it came across to you as having nothing to do with her being female. I have no issues with the Show showing him as a jerk - I've already said that I loved the episode. It's the male lead I don't like. He's distinctly unlikeable here - I'm saying the same thing you are essentially. Except that scene was problematic on a number of levels - not the least of which is how unsafe that sort of thing is.

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Thank you GF, i don't need to comment anything anymore (you expressed everything p.e.r.f.e.c.t.l.y.

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The currently airing list is not properly updated...Hundred Million Stars Falling From The Sky is missing from the list.

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Oh, thanks for catching that!

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Not to add to your workload, @mary, O Goddess of IT, but DAE JANG-GEUM IS WATCHING is not on the Currently Airing list for Wed.-Thurs., and premiered on 10/11 on MBC.

Thanks!

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Thanks for your recap, dramallama! The combination of the unpredictability of Se-kye's transformations and Do-jae's face blindness makes the premise of the show more appealing to me than I expected. When I first read of the drama remake, I was skeptical. I loved the movie, and initially had a hard time imagining how the plot and characters could be tweaked to enable at least 16 hours of good TV drama. I'm not sure what's going on with Se-kye, but I could have sworn that the moon was full when she visited the old palace on Jejudo. The revelation that Do-jae developed his condition following an accident is a nice loophole. I love it that all his fish have names. Is one of them Wanda by any chance?!

I hope there isn't too much airline chaebol infighting. My lifetime quota was filled in MAD DOG. ;-)

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I think we must have watched a different episode. That was just... depressing. An unfunny, 16-hours long period joke.

Lee Minki was apparently inspired by the male lead from ID: Gangnam Beauty and looks absolutely miserable. Not the character, the actor. He looks like he has no idea what role he's playing, so he isn't playing anything to be safe. Gosh, but I love rooting for socially stunted rich guys who control and demean people and have two facial expressions. Ground: broken. I'm overflowing with affection.

The main character is... ok, I suppose. For a person who's lived as so many different people she doesn''t seem to have learned how to deal with them at all. I like that she doesn't take LMK's shit (which btw is so disgusting I don't even wanna talk about it) but by god, the chemistry just isn't there.

The entire premise is so dumb there's no saving it, really. The emotional stakes are gone. Might as well have made a drama about a woman who farts a lot and a guy who doesn't have a sense of smell.

I'd rather watch the movie 16 times. In a row. While hanging upside down. About to be eaten by sharks.

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On the premise, it's certainly not as thought-provoking as the movie, but I don't have issues with the kdrama take on it. I loved the female lead, but like you, had issues with Seo Do Jae. I can't tell if he's meant to be portrayed as this awkward and socially stunded or if Lee Min Ki is having trouble getting into the role. It's certainly true that the chaebol look isn't suiting Lee Min Ki - he does regular income guys - whether young in a noona romance, or computer nerds or simply psycho - much better.

I wrote this on my wall as well but I feel awkward about sitting and watching these two beautiful, successful, rich people fall in love. It's a bit ironic given my own exact opposite situation in life, and makes me feel somewhat pitiful (a bit like Secy Kim did, but I had so many issues with that one lets not go there). If I watch this one, it'll be something like a guilty pleasure for me. All for Seo Hyun Jin.

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I feel like I need to give it 4 episodes before I decide whether to stick with it.

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Yeah, I can relate to what you say.

I have watched both first episodes and I just find it.... boring. Both lead characters. And I can't relate to them in any way. I have seen enough socially stunted rich guys in dramas and the way they behave (especially towards people they've never met before – ever heard of benefit of the doubt?) just never makes any sense to me. If you're rich, does it mean you can't have some basic manners?

And, yeah, I don't get why Se-kye behaves as if her condition is something she discovered only recently. It's been years, but it doesn't seem like that. Btw, how did the press not run after her when she ran away from the ceremony? And what's with throwing someone's phone off a rooftop? She has to money to do that of course, but it's still incredibly arrogant, never mind that it could hit someone on the street! I just don't get such scenes.

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I thought i was the only one who felt no chemistry between Lee min ki and Seo hyun jin. I was waiting for my heart to flutter with their scenes but i felt nothing. LMK looks lost while playing this character. I didn't watch the movie so i thought it would be an advantage to me to go and watch the drama not knowing much about the plot but to my surprise the first two episodes were very boring. I really hope the drama will get better because i love both leading actors so much (LMK stole my heart in because this is my first life and SHJ was amazing in another Oh hae young).

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I agree to an extent, I thought LMK had such chemistry with what's-her-name in Because This if My First Life. I saw no chemistry between LMK and SHJ at all. Yet. I'm expecting too at some point though.

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Wow, you really didn't like it at all.
Though Lee Min-ki was stiff and blunt, he gets more space in episode 3-4. And Seo Hyun-jin could tell me that she was a feasting bear once and gods revarded her with humanity and I would believe her.
Not the best of beginnings but I'm looking foreward to this.

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K-dramas tend to go too far with the 'unctuous rich guy who is redeemed by love' trope. Sometimes they initially make the character so irredeemable that the 2nd act transformation becomes unbelievable. The truly awful male lead in 'Falling in love with Soon-Jung' (alt names 'Falling for Innocence', 'Beating Again')' comes immediately to mind. The 'uncouth rich guy' role in this drama isn't half as bad as many of the others.

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Clearly, we must watch this drama without thinking to the movie because it just kept the main point of the movie.

I think it's curious that her body changes just like that. The fact he changes after sleeping in the movie had more sens but I guess this way brings more comedy scenes.

They took a big plane to go to Gyeongju... It's not so far...

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I almost wants to drop this drama because of the male lead. Seo Do-jae is not only rude, he is very manipulative and almost crossing as control freak. The addition of Lee Min-ki act as if he is memorizing his lines only makes it worse. Seo Hyun-jin no doubt is amazing as bold actress Han Se-gye.

But the tables have turned at the end of episode, because Lee Min-ki quite exuding chemistry with Kim Sung-ryung (?) I look forward to the next episodes.

Also the airline politics also nonsensical in here.

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I actually think he is supposed to be a control freak, that is how he prevents people from finding out about his face blindness. Control the situation, control the reactions.

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7/8ths of male leads in K-dramas are total jerks the first two or three episodes, especially if the primary story is from the female lead's perspective. Half the time they turn into 'ideal boyfriends' by the end of episode 14 or so.

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Maybe it was because I haven’t watched the original movie beforehand (and from what I read so far, not watching helps a lot since I dont have to compare), or that I went into the first episode with zero expectation, ot that this is my 2nd kdrama after months of kdrama hiatus, but I surprise myself of how much I’m enjoying the first episode! I didn’t think much while watching it, but the drama made me laughed a lot during the first episode, and that, to me is a good indication of what’s to come. While it has that 90s feel of jerky chaebol vs spunky heroine kind of addictive plots, it’s fast-paced and it gives you the feel that the director (and hopefully the writer) knows where they are going with this drama. I’m excited, and hopeful.

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Thanks @dramallama
I ventured into this show without much expectation, but came to find it quite delightful.

I admit that I've a bit of a personal issue with Seo Hyun Jin that gave me pause before watching. I somehow found her expressions a bit off in Oh Hae Young Again, and couldn't complete that series. However here, she does not affect me too negatively and of course, Lee Min Ki more than makes up for any negative actor vibes.

I'm wondering if we need to be worried that her transformation is happening rather more often than what would be once a month. Surely it was only a few days since the award ceremony that she was on that airplane. It's cute, and I wonder if it's significant, that her changes are happening faster once she became the model for Do Jae's airline. It's just such a hilarious concept and so apt that Do Jae has Prosopagnosia while Se Kye keeps changing face and body
so he's both none the wiser and wrong in not recognising her when she's herself and wrong in recognising her when she's not! Just loved that!!!

LOL about the idea that Ryu Eun Ho wants to become a priest when he's happily materialistic and eager to accept any extra money Se Kye offers him. I really want to see what he ends up doing.

Oh and what a great show for cameos!!! I look forward to every 'actor' change and how they still behave like Se Kye (or try to!!!). 😆

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Her transformations are more frequent, therefore not on schedule and maybe shorter? Because it didn't seem to be a week long situation.

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I didn't plan to watch this originally because I didn't care for the movie - I stopped watching it about half and hour into it - so I didn't think I would like this. The changes are enough to make me enjoy it and I love both leads anyway. They have sold me in the first episode.

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I almost gave up with the first episode and thought if I want to see Lee Min ki I'll just re-watch Because This is My First Life. His character was deadpan, too deadpan. The plot was confusing, scattered, random. However, the last scene of the 2nd episode saved it.
And btw, I want to know what it was like to be a male.

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yeah! like do you pee standing up or do you sit? How does it feel when you walk with umm...you know..stuff

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Is it just me? I keep seeing Se Hee.

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Nope you’re not alone. I’m getting Se Hee vibes as well. But it’s still early episode so I’m giving him benefit of the doubt and wait to see what makes Do Jae different from Se Hee.

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All I know is I'm glad we're not pretending that Seo Hyun-jin isn't gorgeous like they kept telling us to do in Oh Hae Young Again. Every time that drama told me that she was plain or ugly it took me right out of the scene. She's gorgeous.

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I feel silly, swooning over Seo Hyun-jin and not Lee Min-ki.

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This is a very rare case when we are actually swooning over the female lead and not the male lead.

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she has unique charm that comes from inner beauty and also star aura which make her exceptionally dazzling, albeit not having the standard visual. In my opinion, SHJ and Barbie Hsu (Taiwan) kinda belong to same category.

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I love the Se kye character here. She's the fierce, outspoken female lead I always want but almost never get. Most of time when this is tried in a drama, the character comes off as grating and annoying. I often can't understand why they do anything they do. But Seo Hyun Jin had me cracking up repeatedly and I understood every one of her actions.
I understand why people think Lee Min Ki's character is a bit too deadpan, but I can also understand why that would be the case. If he's careful to hide his emotions from people, they won't notice when he gets confused. I don't understand why some seem to think he was especially jerky. He's cold and arrogant, yes, but this also seems like a side effect from having to keep his distance from people.

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Agreed. Though, I often feel that loss of fierceness is due to the fact that it was all superficial in the first place. It doesn't feel that way here.

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It does not, thankfully. I am not sure if it is all superficial or an exchange of characters. Heroines leave the character of "feisty girl" to become a girlfriend. Not sure about the fairness of the process.

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I recently plowed through the (rather dull) 'Radio Romance', they actually included a meta joke where the 2nd male lead yells at the first female lead "Why do you like him? He doesn't have any facial expressions!" referencing the first male lead's perpetual stoic countenance.

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I actually found the relationships in Radio Romance to be rather mature. Especially the conversations. There were actual conversations like the one you mentioned between the lead characters. It had some of the best dialogues.

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The drama and the movie is totally different except for body changing plot. In movie, both leads are normal and not famous people. So, I can just watch this drama like it's not related to movie version.

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I loved loved this pilot. He apologized😲😲😲😲. They had adult conversations. She apologized(but that's more common, so no surprise). She was confident in herself. Loved it. I also never saw the movie, so can't comment on similarities

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I love Lee Min-ki and he was what drew me to this drama in the first place. That said, I was pleasantly surprised by this. I like it. Looking forward to more!

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Seo Hyun-jin's English is excellent, on par with Choi Se-won's from 'She Was Pretty. Coincidentally, the promo shot for 'She Was Pretty' and 'Beauty Inside' both show the male lead holding up a photo of the female lead's face covering the person standing next to them.

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This is easily the best Mon Tue drama on air right now

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Loved the movie and now really loving the drama! The chem is excellent and the story line fun and interesting. The casting was on point. The pace working well. Can't wait for more!!

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Everything I hoped for any more!

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I meant and more

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The show was entertaining so far and i'm looking forward to the next development, especially the male lead character. It would be nice to know how he start to warm up and reduce his robotic response

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I have face blindness. I didn't know it for years because I just thought I was "stupid" because I couldn't recognize or remember people when everyone else did. I adapted and learned to pretend to know people who came up to talk to me. And I realize now, many people thought I was conceited, or snobby because I wouldn't walk over to them. My husband played on a softball team with other firefighters from work. One day at a practice I introduced myself to one of the guy's girlfriends. "Hello. I'm ___, I'm engineer ______'s wife." She scowled and said, "I know who you are. I'm Theresa. We've exchanged names every practice for the last 3 times!" (I was so embarrassed. But I had no memory of that.) At my wedding reception my new husband whispered, "Are you ashamed of me? You're not introducing me to anyone!" And I said, "I don't know these people." And he said, "How? They're all longtime friends of your family!!!" Year later, at a wedding for my niece I was shaking hands in the reception line and I said (to someone I thought was a complete stranger) "Hi! I'm Mrs ____ and this is my husband, ___." And he said, "I know who you are, Barb. I'm your cousin, Dale."
I was so grateful when I found out it was a real condition. And not something I was alone in dealing with. I found out when our oldest child was in college. One morning I asked my hub, "do you remember what Chase looks like?" (Ridiculous question, right?) And after a long conversation he and I both realized that I had no idea. Every time I physically SEE someone I have to remember that I know them. I have to remember what they look like. I have no clue what I look like. Every morning when I look in the mirror I think, "who let that old woman into the bathroom?" I can't spell either. I don't remember words. And while I do draw, I never know how the picture is going to turn out until I've drawn it. I can't plan anything in my head/mind, because there's nothing there. My mother once asked me, "when you close your eyes can you see the finished picture." And I said, "when I close my eyes it's blackness." I recognize people's voices first, then I remember what they look like, and that I know them.
If anyone would like to hear more of how I deal with this, or how it has impacted my life, let me know. Otherwise I'll end my long explanation here. <3

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That's really interesting! I can see how you wouldn't know it was a real "thing" if that's all you've ever known. Like my husband who didn't get glasses until he was 9 - he didn't realize that he wasn't supposed to see things the way he'd been seeing them.

We all develop coping mechanisms to compensate for the areas we lack. Like you would wait until others approached you before speaking to them.
I'd like to know more about it if you don't mind sharing. I found it really interesting. :)

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I don't mind at all. The worst experience I ever had because of it was in college. I lived with 3 other girls in a duplex at the bottom of a hill about 2 miles from campus. One day I was trudging up the hill (alone) and a car stopped and asked if I wanted a ride to school. Gratefully (an naively) I accepted. On the way up the grade the lone driver started talking about cutting class and going up into the mountains, just the two of us. I realized I had gotten myself into a really scary situation. So I lied. The University Health Center was the first building before campus. I told him I wasn't going to class, but that I had a doctor's appointment that I was late for and if I didn't get there they would call my roommates, who would be worried and would contact the school. I told him if he took me to the mountains I would be missed immediately. When we got to the stop light I opened the door and jumped out. He grabbed at my thigh and I ran into the health center.
The really sad part of this story is that I never told ANYONE. I've felt really badly about that. Because I hope he didn't find some other coed who didn't think of an excuse fast enough. But when I contemplated calling the police, I knew they were going to ask me what he looked like. And I couldn't remember. I could remember his voice and his "general" appearance. But nothing specific. EVEN THEN I didn't realize it was a condition. I just thought, how lacking I was that I couldn't even remember his face.

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Oh wow! How scary that must have been! :O
I'm sure that lesson stuck with you for a long time.
And I'm glad nothing bad happened to you - I'm glad you were able to think quickly to save yourself.

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Thank you for sharing these. It certainly sounds rough. And I'm so glad you got away. *sends best wishes to you*

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What a close call. Truly hair-raising. You certainly had presence of mind to pick up on the ill-intent and bail out at the first opportunity.

The fact that you've told your story here is enough to alert other folks with face blindness to one of the dangers.

Nowadays, photographing a license plate with one's cellphone might be the best you could do for reporting to the police. But there's still the issue of the accosted party being unable to identify the the assailant.

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thank you for sharing your story @barbara-fox - how fascinating and incredible to read of what this is like first hand.
It sounds like you have learned to compensate and make do with your inability to recognize faces. However, I bet you are much more sensitive in other areas like blind people have a greater sense of hearing.
To be honest I'd never heard of face-blindness until watching kdramas.
How did you manage being a parent with face-blindness? Did your sense of touch help you to distinguish your children from others? I hope I'm not being insensitive, but I'm trying to get my head around just the face-blindness and not being blind. I'm trying to imagine what it must be like to see a face, but not be able to 'see' the memory and understanding of who that person is by looking at them. I'm sure you must have so many techniques and different skills.
But again, thanks for sharing your story.

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I am not as affected as many. Years ago--before I knew I had it, I watched a tv documentary about a woman who forgot her children completely when they weren't with her. I always have "recognized" my immediate family when they are in familiar surroundings. And (for example) when I'm going to go visit someone in their home, I always recognize them. It's when I'm in an unfamiliar environment that I can't tell. For example, our oldest son ran track in high school and college. In high school, we'd go to his meets and I'd be sitting in the stands and looking at the (for example) high hurdles lanes and I'd ask my husband, "which one is he in?" It's hard to explain. I knew he was tall and lanky, but there were usually a couple of tall lanky runners. And when our daughter dyed her hair red--I KNEW it was her, but she didn't look familiar at all.
My "aha" moment came when our son lived in Argentina for 2 years. One morning I woke up and said to my hub, "do you remember what Chase looked like?" And hub looked at me like I was nuts. I said, "I just had a dream about him, and I knew it was him because of his voice, but I can't picture when he looks like." Only after I went and physically found a photo could I remember. After that I searched the internet--found out that it was called Prosopagnosia did I realize it was a real "thing." I registered and eventually was diagnosed with a "mild" case. (Honestly, I'm grateful. I can't imagine how people with worse affectations cope.)

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@barbara-fox Wag-a-muffin,

That's so interesting that you could recognize your son by his voice in a dream. It's also interesting that the act of searching for his photo enabled you to remember, whereas trying to pull the image out of thin air was impossible.

Are you able to recognize people by the way they move?

I have a hunch that kinesiology might provide a way of recognizing people by the way they move -- and by the quality of their energy -- and have posted information on the subject on my fan wall. I think it could also explain how Do-jae is able to recognize Se-kye even after she has metamorphosed.

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/620693/

I don't usually recall my dreams, although in the past I was once stoked to realize that I was speaking German in a dream -- which made me think I was making some progress with the language. A few times when I've been gung-ho on a sageuk, I have "dreamt" of the characters speaking Korean (or Korean-sounding gibberish), but I'm not sure if I was really asleep. I think my mind was working overtime on subtitles. ;-)

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I will check out your kinesiology hunch. Like I said about being able to tell the twins I was counseling apart, there must be something I do to compensate.

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Thank you for sharing your first-hand experience, @barbara-fox Wag-a-muffin. I don't think I'd ever heard of face blindness until I encountered it in a Kdrama within the past 5 years. Well, I might have stumbled across it in one of Oliver Sacks's books, actually.

I can't spell either. I don't remember words. And while I do draw, I never know how the picture is going to turn out until I've drawn it. I can't plan anything in my head/mind, because there's nothing there. My mother once asked me, "when you close your eyes can you see the finished picture." And I said, "when I close my eyes it's blackness." I recognize people's voices first, then I remember what they look like, and that I know them.

As a person whose memory is visually oriented, I cannot imagine what it's like to live without that capacity. If I hear something, it doesn't stick in my mind as well as if I see it or read it. Do other forms of memory work for you, such as audio or muscle memory? Can you recall music?

It sounds as if every time you meet someone, it's like you're answering the phone. Until you hear their voice, you don't know who they are. But once you hear it, you can recall associations. Is there something about vocal quality that clues you in?

I've read your Kdrama comics, and cannot imagine how you could have drawn them when you cannot visualize them. It boggles the mind. But somehow you do draw, and I'm wondering what your artistic process is.

If it's any consolation, my Mom was not a good speller, either. I recall asking her once why she didn't work outside the home even though she had a degree in business administration. She said she had a tendency to switch numbers, which worried her. (Plus she had 3 kids, and elders to watch out for, too.) She had also run the numbers and realized that she wouldn't earn enough to make it worthwhile, and it would put us in a higher tax bracket. I suddenly realized that she might have dyslexia, and she agreed. That may have been in the '70s, when dyslexia was first coming into public awareness. Now I'm mindblown to think that she managed to somehow earn a bachelor's degree. She had to work hard at it, but she persisted. She had gone to college on the GI bill after serving in the Navy after high school in WWII, remained in the naval reserves, and transferred to the Air Force after college. She served as a commissioned officer. Perhaps she “only” had a mild case of dyslexia.

Re: not remembering words. Ability to learn and remember new vocabulary is a specific aptitude, IIRC. I took a battery of aptitude tests at the Johnson O'Connor Foundation (aka the Human Engineering Laboratory) in an attempt to figure out what I should do when I grew up. It was fascinating to learn about different kinds of memory, and abilities such as 3D visualization, which is needed by architects, for instance. I turned out to have a strong memory for 2D design (useful in graphics...

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I turned out to have a strong memory for 2D design (useful in graphics layout and photography), but was hopeless when it came to 3D. You might want to check their website for interesting articles and research findings on aptitudes.

Thanks for sharing. ;-)

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My mother was incredibly intelligent. She skipped so many grades that when she was a freshman in high school a kind young man stopped her in the hall and asked if perhaps she was in the wrong building--that the elementary school was across the street. (She was ten years old at the time--but was in the 9th grade.) I remember her "helping" me with spelling tests--going over and over the word lists until I knew every word "letter perfect." (But by the time I took the exam the next day I couldn't remember them.) She was not impatient with me, but she couldn't understand. "Just close your eyes. When you think of the word, "tree" don't you see a picture of a tree with the word "t-r-e-e" written beneath it?" And I'd say, "when I close my eyes I see nothing but blackness." I can't memorize, either. But yes, I can remember "lines" if they are connected to music. And I learn predominantly auditorily. I cannot remember what my father in law (who died suddenly in 1999 looked like. But I can still hear him saying my name in my mind. I also want to try to correct something. When I meet someone, I see their facial features clearly. It's just--they don't STICK in my mind. I see them, I just don't remember them. And because I don't remember them, I don't spend a lot of time (energy) trying to remember them. But I was a substitute teacher and I could remember students faces and names well enough. I also (once) volunteered as a youth counselor. There were twin girls who NOBODY could tell apart--even their family members--who I could tell apart. It always shocked them. When I first met them they told me the only physical difference between them was one had an innie navel and one had an outie. So whenever I'd call one by the right name she'd say, "how did you know it was me?" And I'd reply, "because you have an innie (or an outie.)" depending on who it was.

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this reminds me of the times I run into a person where I'm not expecting to see them. I get confused for a moment before I recognize them because they are "out of context". I heard that phrase somewhere and it fits for me.
Recently I went to my HS reunion (let's just say it has been a LONG time) and there were so many people who came up to me with big hellos but when I looked at their name tags and senior photos I still had absolutely NO memory of them!
It was kind of embarrassing and makes me wonder if that is what dementia feels like.
Anyway, your story is so interesting! Thanks again for sharing.

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Thank you for this--that is how it feels. When I met someone, I see their facial features, so it's not like I am blind to their face. I just don't retain it after I stop looking at them. I believe "most" people usually hold facial features in their memory longer than I do.

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@barbara-fox Wag-a-muffin,

When I see your handle, I see your MOON LOVERS cartoon, kind of. ;-)

Your Mom sounds like quite an amazing person. I cannot fathom being a 10-year-old in 9th grade.

When you were a substitute teacher, you would have had a seating chart for the class, right? Did having the students sitting in predictable places make it easier to recall them?

Wow! Your own experience of discerning identical twins reminds me of Do-jae's ability to distinguish Se-kye even when her physical being had changed completely.

Thanks for your patience in emphasizing the absence of recall of people's faces. It's not a matter of them being faceless, it sounds more as if the visual data does not register in even short-term memory, let alone long-term. It's a case of "out of sight, out of mind," and zero memory of the face. It's hard for me to wrap my head around it.

By way of analogy, at times, I have difficulty retrieving words. I can hear part of the sound of the word, such as that of the first letter or syllable, or some other part of the word -- and then it evades my grasp. Sometimes I see part of the word, but not necessarily the start of it -- and it slips just beyond reach. I can feel it start slipping away, and it's a physical sensation. It's almost as if looking at it directly with my mind's eye makes it go "poof." Sheesh. It's like in fairy tales when you cannot look directly at some supernatural being, you can only look at it obliquely. At other times I can see the object in my mind's eye, or I can see the person's face, and draw a blank, but know that I (used to) know it. Sometimes I'll describe the term to my husband, and he often pulls it out of thin air for me. Or we both flounder around describing the definition of the word -- because I've interrupted his programming train of thought and he has to shift gears. Or I'll reel off synonyms until I hear the one I'm looking for. Or I'll look up synonyms in an online dictionary. It can be quite frustrating. If I never knew it, I wouldn't miss it. I try to remind myself that lack of sleep, not feeling up to par, and other factors can put a damper on recall.

Since you have never had the ability to remember faces, I'd guess that you don't miss it the way someone would who formerly had the ability. Which is not to say that it is comfortable to live in a society in which people are expected to remember faces. Far from it.

Regarding the role of music in memory, I heard Oliver Sacks speak on "Music and the Brain" at the World Science Festival in 2008. He mentioned that whenever he met a new patient with Alzheimer's, the first thing he would do was sing "Happy Birthday" to them, and nearly every time, the person would join in. He found that the memory for music persisted, and could be used as a springboard to recalling other memories. In my own family, we noticed that with Mom when she developed Alzheimer's. She would sing along to the...

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Just to answer your question. When I was a substitute teacher I spent more time (than normal) "greeting and taking roll and counting lunches." In our family, we are big on learning foreign languages. All my children are bi-and tri lingual and I took French in HS and German in college. (Plus, we've had foreign exchange students and I have several close Tongan and Samoan friends. So I know how to say, "Hello. How's it going?" In many languages.
So, at the beginning of any sub class I would draw my cartoon fox on the black or white board and write "Mrs. Fox" then I'd say, "I'm going to take the roll in (for example) Portuguese today." Then I'd tell the class how to say, "hello. And I'd give them (depending on the age of the class--ie. kindergarten kids only repeated hello in the language. But kids in (say) 3rd to 6 grades could read phonetically spelled responses. For example, if I were taking the roll in German I'd say, "Guten Tag, (child's name.) Wie geht's?" And I write A.) Prima (great) B.) schrecklich (which they all recognized because of shrek, and it means awful) and C.) ausgezeichnet (which really has no translation to English, but means super, better than Great.) Then I'd greet them and let them pick how they wanted to answer me. A, B, or C. This helped me in many ways. One, it gave me enough time to really remember each student. Two, if a child said they were having a terrible day, I could watch them and see if they were just joking--or if they really were having a bad time. And 3, any kid who tried to say "ausgezeichnet" was adventuresome. The kids loved it. I was very popular with a lot of teachers (because I followed their lesson plans and I enjoyed being with children). I had to quit teaching the second time my cancer came back. But while I was able to do it, I loved it. And my face blindness was not a hindrance. (Except when some exuberant 3rd grader ran up and hugged me in Target yelling, "Talofa! Mrs. Fox." (But like I said, I'm expert at pretending I know you. And if you're little and speak to me in Tongan, I'm pretty sure you're someone I've substitute taught.

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October 6, 2018 at 2:06 PM

In my own family, we noticed that with Mom when she developed Alzheimer's. She would sing along to the old songs of her youth that our grandmother used to sing to us kids.

Dr. Sacks also mentioned that listening to music enabled Parkinsonian patients who had lost the ability to initiate movement to "hitch a ride" on the rhythm, and get moving again. One of my brother's buddies from marching band developed the condition, and this news really caught my ear.

Here's his talk from a couple of years after I heard him:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqKry0gh_NA

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@barbara-fox Wag-a-muffin,
October 6, 2018 at 4:06 PM

Talofa and aloha, Frau Fuchs! I used to work at a radio station with Samoan programming. ;-)

What clever ways of meeting new students in class! It sounds like fun, and is educational, too. It makes me wish I'd had you for a substitute when I was in grammar school. As it is, I had to wait until I got to high school to finally learn German.

Your methods are nifty on so many levels. You play to your strength as a linguist, share your enjoyment of learning and speaking foreign languages, and open a door to other cultures and languages at ages when it's easier for children to learn them. By asking the students to describe how they feel, you connect on an emotional level, and they know you mean it because you're paying close attention.

Ah, here's something I recall from my body awareness class with Betsy Wetzig. Languages and cultures, like people, have their own "coordination patterns" that enable us to think in characteristic ways. As a result, certain ideas can be readily expressed in one language but not in another. I have a feeling this ties in somehow with your situation.

Another thought just popped into mind. Are you familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator? I have an inkling that you might be an Intuiter, which might account for other ways of recognizing, if not exactly remembering, your kinfolk. Last time I checked, I was an INFP.
https://www.myersbriggs.org/

I found Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types (1978) by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates to be a great help in understanding the MBTI. (The book has since been updated.) I used to work at an outplacement firm that administered the MBTI to all our clients and provided them with job counseling based on their results. This book was one of our resources. Very illuminating.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Please_Understand_Me

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Intuiter? I'll have to check, thanks.

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Really enjoyed the first episode. It was surprisingly more comedic than I expected, which is more than welcome. So far, I definitely prefer the drama compared to the film. Well, they're vastly different, so I think I'll just think of them as completely separate entities. Looking forward to more of Seo Hyun-jin's character. Not sure if I feel any chemistry between the two leads, but I'm sure this will get better later on. SHJ seems to have great chemistry with all her leads.

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checked it out since everyone said its good but im not sold.. lee min ki's character similiar to his previous role and while it was kind of endearing there, here it feels creepy... i like shj's character and her gang but whenever lmk shows up im bleh.. won't continue watching it..

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can someone tell me the title of the song at the end of episode 1? i searched the OST for this drama but what i found was Cloud by Rothy only...

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My, My What a Pairing !!!
I did not think I would like them as much as I did. LMK, I will forever love because of BTLIOF. It has become a fact of life for me. While I have very tender feelings for Seo Hyun-jin since Oh Hae-young, it is not at the You-Can-Do-No-Wrong-And-If-You-Do-You-Are-Already-Forgiven level for me. But if she continues to be this great I suspect she will be there before this show is over.
I like the premise of the show. I like that she picked the worst job for someone with her condition.
And what a cast ! There isn't one character that I dislike so far.
I have high hopes and can't wait for next episode !

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