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Beauty Inside: Episode 3

Se-kye fearlessly sniffs out Do-jae’s condition and challenges him to admit his weakness. It’s not an easy feat, as Do-jae remains stubborn and reacts aggressively in defense of his vulnerability. Though she’s also on the defensive, Se-kye finds herself sympathizing with Do-jae as she pries further, and her persistence manages to crack his aloof façade just a bit.

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

Covering Se-kye with his suit jacket, Do-jae leads her away from the crowd and admits that he believes her ridiculous condition is real because to him, she was always Se-kye, despite her outer appearance. Se-kye finally comes to her senses in Do-jae’s car and claims that he’s mistaken about her body transformation, but Do-jae’s more concerned with their dating rumor.

She’s confounded by this baseless scandal, and when Do-jae reminds her that he saved her twice, she sheepishly tones down her vehement response. He returns her phone, but Se-kye stubbornly claims that it isn’t hers. Then, he asks if she has somewhere to go to avoid the clamoring reporters at her house, and she directs him to her childhood friend/aspiring priest Eun-ho’s place.

When they arrive, Do-jae and Eun-ho recognize each other from their phone calls, and Se-kye interrupts their pleasantries to drag Do-jae into the house before Eun-ho could warn Se-kye that his family is eating. Eun-ho’s parents look alarmed by their surprise guests, and they all awkwardly join the meal.

Se-kye suspiciously asks how the reporters identified her from the photos, and Do-jae suspects that it was leaked from her side. Eun-ho complains to Se-kye for coming to his house when they could have gone to a hotel, and Se-kye calls him crazy — she could go to a hotel with Eun-ho but never with Do-jae. That raises more flags, and Do-jae wonders if Se-kye purposely tipped off the reporters to cover up her real relationship with Eun-ho.

Do-jae reveals that the photos were from the day she transformed, and Eun-ho looks to Se-kye in shock. Se-kye pulls Do-jae aside and asks how Do-jae recognized her from the crowd with his face blindness, but he denies having face blindness. A quick flashback shows that Do-jae correctly identified Se-kye in the photo from their encounter in the closet. She reminds him that he didn’t recognize her when they first met on the hospital roof, but he coldly disputes her assumption that her fame warrants recognition.

Then, Do-jae opens the video on Se-kye’s phone of her transformed body introducing herself as Se-kye. He tells her that her body transformation condition would explain all his strange encounters with not-so-Se-kye. Defeated, Se-kye asks why he helped her, and Do-jae responds that it was simply because they’re business partners. She thought he empathized with her circumstance, but he clarifies that it had nothing to do with Se-kye herself. Ouch.

Do-jae’s grandfather summons him to the hospital to scold him about the dating rumor, and Do-jae assures Gramps that the rumors are false. But Gramps has already called his lawyer to change his will, the main inheritance capriciously oscillating between Do-jae and Sa-ra. Do-jae notices his mother’s gifts for Gramps and notes that his mother is doing her best to make sure his name remains in the will.

As Do-jae leaves the hospital, he passes by Sa-ra without acknowledging her, and she thinks he’s rudely ignoring her. She confronts her stepbrother and doesn’t believe his claim that he didn’t see her, since he looked right at her. Suspecting Sa-ra as the source of the dating rumor, Do-jae calls her tactics disgraceful but forgives her this one time because the person his mother loves is Sa-ra’s father.

While Eun-ho cleans the house, Manager Woo-mi busily denies the dating rumors to reporters, but Se-kye angrily sabotages the denial by yelling that she’s dating Do-jae. Woo-mi quickly hangs up the phone, and Se-kye haughtily says that this scandal will do more damage to Do-jae than her. Then, Se-kye asks her friends if they’ll visit her if she gets trapped in a lab, and Eun-ho suspects that Do-jae threatened her at his house earlier.

Se-kye admits that Do-jae witnessed her transform before his eyes and even saw all her transformation videos on her phone. In response, Woo-mi calls back the reporter and confirms the dating rumor. She plans on using this scandal to their advantage — if Se-kye’s secret leaks, then they can just claim that Do-jae went crazy after breaking up with Se-kye. Eun-ho reminds them that Se-kye needs to work, but Woo-mi says that Se-kye can make money as a chaebol’s girlfriend. Eun-ho shakes his head, calling them ruthless.

Secretary Jung continues to address reporters with a strict denial of the rumors and relays a message to Do-jae from his mother, warning him to deal with Se-kye before she steps in. Secretary Jung receives another call from a reporter, but Do-jae picks up to set up a meeting in person.

Meanwhile, Se-kye merrily plays Go-Stop with Woo-mi and Eun-ho’s mother. When Eun-ho’s sister, Ryu Aram, returns home from a full night of drinking, Se-kye and Woo-mi hilariously commend her for living her youth to the fullest. Eun-ho’s mother scolds them all while Se-kye hands Aram more money to enjoy herself.

The doorbell rings, and it’s Do-jae. Se-kye confronts him on her own and refuses to agree to Do-jae’s terms. Do-jae reminds Se-kye of her debt (the donation to the children’s fund), but Se-kye says the tables have turned. She doesn’t care if she’s viewed as a crazy person confirming a false dating rumor since she’s already perceived as crazy. She has nothing to lose while Do-jae has plenty to lose.

But Do-jae claims that he also doesn’t have anything to lose personally. He clarifies that the public’s perception of Se-kye as a crazy person will affect the airline and Sunho Group, which will then affect investors and their families. He accuses Se-kye of affecting innocent people’s livelihoods by trying to sabotage him, and Se-kye reluctantly agrees to his terms if he forgives her remaining debt. They shake hands in agreement.

Do-jae and Se-kye appear in front of reporters at a food donation event, and they use this opportunity to clearly deny their dating rumor. Just then, Sa-ra appears with a bouquet of flowers to congratulate Se-kye’s relationship with her brother. Se-kye looks between stepsiblings and laughs that the two must not be close, since Sa-ra didn’t know that the rumor was false. Sa-ra says she must have misunderstood, but Do-jae corrects her and says it was just a mistake.

A truck full of women’s sanitary pads arrives on site, and Sa-ra humble-brags that she couldn’t come to the event empty-handed. Then, from the other side, a larger truck arrives with 1000 tablets computers, and Do-jae announces that his additional donation is for underprivileged children. Sa-ra’s expression hardens, and Se-kye witnesses the rivalry between the two stepsiblings. In the distance, she spots a mother and child crouching in the dirt while the trucks pass by.

As they all participate in the charity event, Se-kye comments to Do-jae that the siblings must have a troubled relationship. Do-jae says that they’re more like enemies than siblings and blames Sa-ra’s treachery. Right next to them, Sa-ra says that she can hear everything, so Se-kye proceeds to ask Do-jae if he can recognize his family. Do-jae looks at her unamused, and Se-kye covers up that he just seems blinded by arrogance.

Do-jae smirks at her attack and counters by asking how it feels to transform. It’s Se-kye’s turn to look at him unamused, and Do-jae explains that she suddenly transforms as an actress. As they work, an elderly woman asks for rice, but Se-kye recognizes her from earlier in line. Do-jae says that it’s a different woman, and we see the woman’s twin sister at the table. Secretary Jung looks at Do-jae proudly while Se-kye looks puzzled.

As Se-kye carries out a basket of laundry, she’s intercepted by Sa-ra, who apologizes for her misunderstanding earlier. Sa-ra correctly detects Se-kye’s distaste for Do-jae and suggests that they play on the same side, but Se-kye doesn’t intend to involve herself in their childish sibling rivalry.

Sa-ra then joins Do-jae as he’s washing dishes and taunts him about her manufactured scandal. He’s not interested in her antics, so she tries to poke around his contentious relationship with Se-kye. She offers to help resolve his issues with Se-kye, but Do-jae hands her dishes to clean if she wants to help.

As he walks away, Sa-ra deliberately drops the dishes as an “accident,” and Do-jae demands that she clean up and apologize. Sa-ra threatens to throw the remaining dishes on the ground, but Do-jae doesn’t care because it’s her mess. He says that she needs to learn how to clean up her own mess. Enraged, Sa-ra almost throws another plate on the ground before catching herself.

Se-kye and Do-jae have separate photo shoots while hanging laundry, but their photo shoots pale in comparison to Eun-ho’s photo shoot, courtesy of some adoring ajummas who surround him. Se-kye calls Eun-ho a human energy drink, and Woo-mi regrets not making Eun-ho a celebrity. Se-kye interrupts Eun-ho’s ajumma fan event and asks him to cover Sa-ra while she confronts Do-jae.

As Do-jae hangs laundry, Se-kye approaches him from behind and gets close to the nape of his neck. She explains that it’s a common behavior exhibited by her dog to identify people, and she likens it to Do-jae’s behaviors. Sa-ra spies on the two from behind hanging laundry as Se-kye points out Do-jae’s curious ability to distinguish between the two twin grandmas. She deduces that Do-jae has a habit of identifying other key features because he can’t register people’s faces.

Se-kye looks to their spy and notes that Sa-ra must not know his secret. Do-jae leads her away from their lurker, while Eun-ho steps in to block Sa-ra. He insists that she help him hang laundry and flashes a charming smile.

Out of earshot, Do-jae says that his supposed face-blindness wouldn’t change anything, but Se-kye disagrees, saying that she would be at ease if they knew each other’s weakness. Do-jae threatens that could easily ruin Se-kye and that his silence merely adds to her debt to him. He reminds her to have some fear, but Se-kye’s expression barely falters.

Sa-ra tries to spy on the conversation as she shakes out a wet sheet with Eun-ho. He notices her creeping, so he pulls the sheet harder to knock her off balance. She pulls harder in return, and they go back and forth until Eun-ho gets pulled into her arms. Sa-ra complains that he’s weak, but Eun-ho says that he was just pretending to be weak. He flashes another charming smile, this time affecting Sa-ra just a bit.

Se-kye admits to Do-jae that she’s been terrified ever since she’s had this condition, but Do-jae found her in hiding. She asks why he trusts her and asked her to trust him, and she says that she’s angry at herself for expecting his trust. Regardless, she believes that Do-jae saved her knowing it was her, but Do-jae says that she’s just believing what she wants to believe.

As he leaves, Se-kye tells him that he blew his chance to be honest and says that those opportunities are rare. Then, they hear the child from earlier, crying for his mother as she walks toward an approaching truck. Se-kye runs to save her. Se-kye shields the mother, and Do-jae pushes them out of the way just as the truck swerves away.

Se-kye scolds the crying mother for being reckless in front of her child, and she belatedly notices Do-jae still in a haze on the ground. His thoughts spin in recollection of a prior accident, and Se-kye finally shakes him awake. Do-jae pulls her close and notes the blood on her elbow.

As Woo-mi tends to the scrape, Eun-ho tells Se-kye that the mother’s first child died in an accident on that road. Since then, the mother would sit on the side of that road all day. Se-kye sympathetically looks at the mother and the child. She then asks about Do-jae, and Woo-mi says that he left right after the accident.

Woo-mi marvels at the power of Sunho Group boosting Se-kye’s image but notices Se-kye’s despondent mood in response to the good news. Se-kye assures Woo-mi that she’s just tired.

Once she’s alone, Se-kye enters a room with its walls covered in framed photos of her transformations. She thinks back to Do-jae’s concern after the accident and wonders why Do-jae was suddenly so considerate. She looks around and says that it’s nice to see herself again.

Do-jae watches the CCTV footage from the café when he met a transformed Se-kye, and he recalls the footage of Se-kye introducing herself in her transformed bodies. We see his thoughts written in his notebook: “At the outset, everything made no sense — Han Se-kye’s situation and Han Se-kye the person. Even if I understand the situation, understanding the person is a different issue.”

Do-jae meets with Director Kim, who makes snarky comments about his scandal. Though Se-kye is a notorious scandal-maker, Do-jae justifies her as their model because of her marketing power. Director Kim warns Do-jae that everyone will be watching them at the aircraft launch event, and before he leaves, Do-jae reminds him to return his credit card, which Do-jae gave him to buy lunch and an airplane over Se-kye’s poor publicity.

Eun-ho recognizes Sa-ra at the café he works at, much to the disappointment of the girls adoring him. He offers her two stamps on her stamp card since she does charity work, but she’s indifferent about the gesture. As she walks out, Sa-ra comments that kids these days are too reckless. She sees the heart that Eun-ho drew on her lid and calls him cute. Turns out, Eun-ho drew the heart on the lid to distinguish the two drinks that came out simultaneously, but I’m ready for this misunderstanding to flourish.

Se-kye shoots a makeup commercial with a tagline about unchanging beauty, and she later mocks herself in the van about her shamelessness. Woo-mi warns her not to consider retirement again, and Se-kye assures her that she can’t retire. She admits that she only whines about retiring because she can’t actually do it, just like she complains about wanting to die but continues to live. She enjoys her work too much to retire, but her feelings about work are complicated.

That night, Se-kye looks up prosopagnosia (face-blindness) while her dog barks at her, unable to recognize Se-kye in a face mask. She reads that the condition is caused by an impairment to the brain and that patients can even have difficulty recognizing their own face.

Instead of faces, prosopagnosia patients use other hints, like hairstyle, gait, and voice, to distinguish people, she reads. Se-kye suddenly feels bad for Do-jae but shakes away the sympathy. She reads further about prosopagnosia patients facing difficulty recognizing storylines in shows or movies.

As they wait for the elevator, Do-jae asks Secretary Jung if Se-kye is pretty. Do-jae confirms that she’s pretty like white porcelain, referring to her white skin, but admits she’s not his type. When asked about his type, Secretary Jung says that even if he explained, Do-jae wouldn’t understand. Do-jae says his feelings are hurt, but Secretary Jung won’t give him any pity.

Later, Do-jae drinks beer before bed and looks at the white porcelain in his living room, which reminds him of Secretary Jung’s comparison.

The next morning, Do-jae showers and prepares for the aircraft launch event in his massive closet. Looking at himself in the mirror, he hopes to become friendlier with Se-kye, though it’s unclear if he’s also referring to his own reflection. Se-kye also prepares for the launch event, glamming up so that she doesn’t lose to a particular someone.

Secretary Jung briefs Do-jae with photos of the VIP guests at their aircraft launch and points out Director Jang, an important aircraft executive who could immediately impact their airline. Then, he flips to Se-kye, and Do-jae takes a long look at her photo.

When Do-jae sees Se-kye at the event, he notices the band-aid on her elbow, and she looks at him coldly. Their stare-down is interrupted by Gramps and Do-jae’s mother, who scolds Do-jae for rudely dismissing his arranged date. She worries about the rumors, and Do-jae assures her that the rumors are false. Do-jae scans the crowd and notices someone spilling their drink on Director Jang.

Do-jae lines up next to Se-kye as the event formally begins, and Director Jang runs up to introduce himself to Do-jae. He’s changed out of his spoiled jacket and tie, and Do-jae seems lost. Director Jang innocuously asks if Do-jae can’t recognize him, and as Do-jae struggles to identify him, his prolonged silence begins to turns heads.

Se-kye stages a timely intervention and cheerfully greets him like an old friend. She claims to know him but says she’s terrible with names and asks for a reminder. When he reveals his name, Se-kye admits that they haven’t met before and says she must have seen him in a magazine. Director Jang laughs lightheartedly, and Do-jae looks at her with a hint of gratitude.

As the representatives prepare to cut the ribbon for the aircraft launch, Do-jae tries to speak to Se-kye, but she says that he doesn’t need to thank her. She reciprocates his words by saying, “It wouldn’t have mattered whether or not it was you. I would’ve helped even if I didn’t know it was you.” Then on the count of three, Se-kye cuts the ribbon and smiles at the camera. Do-jae belatedly cuts his ribbon and does the same.

Do-jae walks through the airport and remembers Se-kye saying that he found her hiding in fear. Then, thinking about Se-kye’s helping hand, he smiles as he calls her fearless.

In the van, Woo-mi tells Se-kye that she should have let Do-jae flounder, but she hopes this will turn into good karma for Se-kye. When Woo-mi steps out, Se-kye admits that she sympathized with him.

Then, Do-jae suddenly opens her van door. He reminds her of what she told him previously — that he found her in hiding and that he lost his chance to be honest. He admits that he wants to learn more since he’s already found her and to seize his chance to be honest. Do-jae asks if she’s free later and proposes that they sleep together. Pardon?! Se-kye thinks she misheard, so Do-jae says again, “Let’s sleep together.”

 
COMMENTS

Since Do-jae has been generally abrasive with Se-kye so far, it was satisfying to finally hear him address her in a kinder manner. Se-kye was unfairly bearing the brunt of his defense mechanisms, and I appreciated Se-kye for rising above their contention to save Do-jae and defeat him with her compassion. I’m puzzled by the cliffhanger, which is surely a misleading one, but part of me is hoping for the hilarious hijinks that could ensue if this was a literal suggestion. Would definitely spice things up a bit.

Being privy to Se-kye’s struggles, I sympathize more with Se-kye’s character and see Do-jae through her eyes. She’s been more honest and vulnerable as a character, while Do-jae seems more closed off. Though we get a taste of Do-jae’s prosopagnosia, we haven’t seen him admit how truly crippling his condition can be. His stubborn disinterest in Se-kye’s condition makes him seem even more distant as a character, and I hope that I’ll warm up to him alongside Se-kye. I fear that his detachment will hinder his ability to engage me later in the show, but this is where I surrender my trust to Lee Min-ki (and his shower scenes) to develop his character into a compelling and likeable dude.

Eun-ho continues to be endearing, and I love his complete lack/abundance of self-awareness — I can’t decide which one it is yet. Considering his charm, I wonder why he wants to become a priest, and I’m eager to see how/if Sa-ra changes his mind. I don’t find Sa-ra likeable at all yet, but I think Eun-ho will have the same impact that Se-kye has on Do-jae. The synergy between the two is bizarre, and I’m enjoying it because I’ve already suspended my disbelief for our main couple’s premise. If they can be as real as Se-kye candidly hanging laundry in perfect lighting, then I’m all about it.

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OH MY can I just say I'm HOOKED onto this drama it's honestly so adorable and lee min ki is real cute in here I'm really amused by the lengths se-kye would go just to test if he can tell one person apart from another.

okay BUT one thing is really bugging me right now. Can anyone tell me what's the title of the English song that they played during the scene just before the ribbon cutting ceremony where everyone is just socialising etc because I really like that song and it's been stuck in my head but I just can't seem to find the song title even with the help of Siri :( Please help get rid of my ear worm!!

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I'm sorry but no one can beat ahn jae hyun's cuteness in this show :D. I don't know what the name of the song is either cause it's not part of the OST but the tune reminds me of castle on a hill by ed sheeran. This drama has such good OST, what a shame there is only 5 parts.

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yeah totally true Ahn Jae hyun is such a cute lil floofball here I'm real excited to see what other ways he would use to chase after sa ra hehe. meanwhile I shall go back to searching for that song and settling this ear worm of mine!

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I too loved the song before the ribbon cutting. Tried shazam and could not get the song. :(

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hello! im wondering about the songs too until i use my SOUNDHOUND app! but when u hear it more carefully, i'm guessing it's Jung Joon Young voice?? o.O haha. i cant wait for this english song too!! T____T

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This drama easily grab my heart. Usually I am not into chaebol and aloof male lead however Seo Do Jae can land a pot in my heart. His deadpan banter with his secretary always make me crack. Also I love everytime he and Se Gye got snark each other hahaha This two are supeeer cute I can't even...

Also I know since long a go that Seo Hyun Jin is definition of beauty..
But in this drama she like upgraded her beauty in each episode. I mean she look supeeeerrr pretty and here. I am just in awe everytime she grace my screen.

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I agree that LMK's character is harder to relate to. There's many moments I just can't sympathize with his character at all and was surprised that Se Gye was too nice and considerate to him! If I were Se Gye, I would be confused af by his everchanging manners, sometimes he's like a nice guy, but most of the times he's a class A jerk. I hope they'll provide some insights into his actions later, otherwise I would assume the directing was messed up or LMK was inconsistent in his character interpretation.

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Am I the only one not feeling this show? I couldn't get into the story, the changes from the movie, or either of the leads. I also dislike that they took interesting characters and turned them into what feels like (to me personally) caricatures--the cold chaebol and the rich actress. It's strange because Lee Min ki was able to make a detached cold character seem endearing right from the start in BTIMFL but here, I can't seem to connect with his character. I also have to admit an unpopular opinion (please don't kill me), I'm starting to dislike Seo Hyun Jin as an actress and feel like she is mostly doing the same character over and over again and I'm not really connecting with her as an actress or as a character.

I liked the movie a lot better with the male lead not really having a face to call his own, making the story have a lot of depth. From watching the first 3 episodes, it felt like they took a story that was introspective, quiet yet powerful and deep and rather than give it space to breathe and expand, they turned it into a cheap gimmick. I'll wait till the drama ends and see other people's perspective on it before I decide whether to pick it up again but I feel like the tone of the first 3 episodes just told me all I need to know about how they'll handle the story.

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no you are not alone i came here to say same thing execution is boring story seems new but all i see is typical cold chaebol who is mean(why most of them should be robotic i cant get that) then probably will become warm and good person and seo hyun jin again and again is bold at first then she will be obsessed or fragile girl at end that only our hero can com to save her and make her happy. OTP are not that cute or have outstanding chemistry to make me see this repetitious story again. i saw 3 ep and saw highlight of ep 4 and decided : drop

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You are not alone! I love LMK, I enjoyed the movie and I really liked Another Miss Oh and Let's Eat 3, so I think my expectations were too high. You and Ocarina put in words what I'm feeling for this show since the start. I can't connect with the main characters. He's so little empathetic and she makes her changes of body seem such a mundane thing that I wonder why I should care about them. I don't like her manager either. I love her male friend and I really want to find out if he will enter the seminary or not, but I hate his love interest. I was so hyped with this drama that I was totally sure that I would like it. I will give it one more week and if I feel the same I will drop it.

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Thank you for your recap, dramallama.

With all the skullduggery afoot at the airline and among its feuding family members, there's now the added prospect of Mutually Assured Destruction being bandied about by strategic planner Do-jae and metamorphic spokesmodel Se-kye.

I loved how Do-jae practiced detachment when his obnoxious half-sister tried to upstage his charitable rice donation with Se-kye. It was great when she blew her cool because neither of them took her bait. I loved how Se-kye called her a punk, too -- not just Do-jae. She saw the sibling rivalry, and declared herself neutral. When Sa-ra showed up with a truckload of 10,000 sanitary napkins, Do-jae trumped it with two tractor-trailer loads of tablet PCs. It was epic.

The photo shoot with Se-kye hanging up laundry on outdoor clothslines is an homage to one of the most beautiful scenes in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SOO BAEK HYANG (ep. 82, @11:10). Spy SBH works undercover at the court in Kimun to influence paranoid King Sunimun to sign a treaty with Baekje. While hanging fluttering fabric, she dances gracefully and sings a melancholy song in an attempt to remind the king of his late sister, a dancer whom she resembles.

With reporters staking out Se-kye's house, she takes refuge at Eun-ho's family home. His parents are great. Dad is Lee Han-wi, Oh Hae-young's wonderful dad. Mom played the housekeeper in MARRY ME NOW?, and is just right. Eun-ho has a sister who is a younger Se-kye.

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Ahhh thank you for mentioning the homage! I had no idea. Makes me want to watch Seo Hyun Jin in a sageuk.

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@loveblossom,

If you are one of her fans, you owe it to yourself to watch TKDSBH. Seo Hyun-jin was fabulous in the title role. Her acting range was impressive, as was her chemistry with everyone, not just Crown Prince Myongnong (Jo Hyun-jae). Her scenes with her father and stepfather were particularly moving. She convincingly poured herself into the physically demanding role of a soldier spy. She and the drama were epic.

TKDSBH was my second Kdrama, and it got me hooked on sageuks. Although it was a low-budget production that aired at the same time as EMPRESS KI, the cinematography was absolutely gorgeous. There was really only one OST -- one version of it beautifully sung by SHJ herself. The instrumental and incidental music was excellent.

The ensemble cast was dandy and and loaded with veterans who have become favorites of mine. Yoon Tae-young (b.1974) was phenomenally expressive as SBH's deaf mute stepfather. Kim Young-jae (b. 1975) was terrific as King SuniMun.

TKDSBH is a daily drama, hence 108 half-hour episodes. I ended up a live-watching wreck when I caught up with it on HULU. Alas, the Sochi Winter Olympics and holiday preemptions resulted in a 12-episode cut that blunted the ending. The thoroughly excellent REBEL: THIEF WHO STOLE THE PEOPLE is by the same writer.

You can also see SHJ in sageuks THE THREE MUSKETEERS and THE DUO, neither of which I've seen yet. I would love to see her (and Jo Hyun-jae) in another excellent sageuk. It's hard to believe that five years have passed.

SHJ has only gotten better and better in my book. Her expressiveness, eye acting, gravitas, and comedic timing are top notch. After all those incendiary smooches with Eric in OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN, Yoo Yeon-seok in ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM, and Yang Se-jong in TEMPERATURE OF LOVE, I expect there will be fireworks galore with Lee Min-ki in THE BEAUTY INSIDE. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake

Hehe, I just read the plot summary about TKDSBH because I was so curious! Surprised that it was on Hulu. I’ll have to check if it’s still there.

Could you tell me if the sageuk clips shown in Beauty Inside were from TKDSBH?

I’ve seen her in the The Three Musketeers, but her role wasn’t as prominent as the 3 guys. I did like seeing her in sageuk clothing though.

I’ve completed all of those recent dramas, even suffering through TOL so I’m really happy with her latest project here. And that she is paired with Lee Min Ki. ^^

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@loveblossom,

TKDSBH was on HULU while it was airing in Korea. I don't know if they still offer it. MBC supplied excellent subtitles by D. Bannon, back before they ceased that practice.

I was wondering about those Joseon sageuk clips, too. TKDSBH is set in the Three Kingdoms era, hence the flowing manes of glory. ;-) I think the clips were made as a sageuk-within-the-drama, just as Lee Sang-woo's sageuk scenes in 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL were part of that show. (I wish he'd do a sageuk one of these days. He looked great in hanbok.) One of the tip-offs is that Lee Jae-yoon, who is seated next to Se-kye at the ill-fated awards ceremony, played Oh Hae-young's fiance who dumped her. I am hoping to see more of her past co-stars. It would be a hoot if Eric, Yang Se-jong, and Yoo Yeon-seok dropped by as past leading men to drive Do-jae crazy. Har!

I think we'll have to keep an eye on future scenes from her sageuk. I thought it was symbolic that she was playing a queen or concubine sentenced to death with Ye Olde Bowl Of Poison. It paralleled the poisonous gossip of netizens and professional gossipmongers.

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I'm loving this drama. This has to be the first drama I've been hooked in aaages. I think the last one I truly loved was Mother (but you have to be in the right mood to watch it). I tried watching Seo Hyun-Jin's last drama and What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (for Park Min-young) but they just didn't grab me. This however...had me from hello. Seo Hyun-jin is brilliant and definitely a fave of mine. I love Se-kye's character. She has so much charisma and gumption. Plus, she uses her reputation and power to help people. It's like the best parts of Jun Ji-hyun as Song-yi, but no airheadedness.

Oh, and I'd LOVE to see Eric come in and play a version of Se-kye. Even Kim Ji-won. I mean...it'd be weird since she was in the audience, but I looooved her in OHY. I just want an OHY reunion, essentially. But Eric would be funny because he was so stoic as Park Do-kyung, but he can be sooo out there and weird in real life which would match Se-kye. You only have to look at the Shinhwa Broadcast with Super Junior where he dressed in drag and completely stole the show with his dancing.

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Long time no see, @cloveredlioness! Good to see you. ;-)

Omo! It hadn't occurred to me to have Eric play Se-kye. Brilliant! I love it. From your lips to the Drama Gods' ears. ;-)

Thanks for that hot tip re: Shinhwa Broadcast -- you meant his rendition of "Gangnam Style," right? Hilarious.

I'd love to see Hae-young's mom, Kim Mi-kyung, play one of her changelings. The two of them were epic when they did the Tango Of Frustration. ;-)

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No...Search for this in YouTube:
[JTBC] 신화방송 (神話, SHINHWA TV) 29회 명장면 - 신화 in 인도

It's hilarious. Plus all of Shinhwa get in on the action.

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Thank you for that link, @cloveredlioness! I used to belly dance, and it was hilarious to see Eric in that get-up shaking his moneymaker -- and keeping a straight face. The whole lot of them is bonkers. ;-)

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I don't think that Do Jae is the typical jerk CEO. It's just a facade in his job, because he works with sharks and he must hide his weakness. But with his secretary or his employees, he seems pretty nice. But for a moment, he didn't know if he must deal Se Gye as a business partner or as someone he can trust.

Personaly, I don't like Ahn Jae Hyun as an actor, I think he's pretty bland and I don't think he's so handsome. So all the scenes where girls are swooning in front of him seem ridiculous for me...

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Agreed. Like another Beanie @egads pointed out, it's very telling how nice he is to his Secretary. The fellow gets away with A LOT.

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I found Ahn Jae Hyun serviceable but pretty bland on the acting front. But he doesn’t aggravate me much here and he can be kinda cute haha (I’m so easy to please). But him and Sa-ra together doesn’t do much for me. But we’ll see whether they could sell the romance.

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At this point in time, I’ll say that the cliffhanger is an ongoing joke on Seo Hyun Jin (SHJ). She’s a terribly attractive and charismatic person to be sure- but this is the 3rd drama in a row that she’s had someone proposition her out of the blue. There’s Yoo Yeon Seok in Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim who wanted to sleep with her by episode 1, Yang Se Jong I’m Temperature of Love who wanted to date her within the same drama episode timeframe and now this!

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Am I the only one who was super bugged by how Do-Jae looked through Se-Kye's phone? like, that is such a huge invasion of privacy in the first place, and then for him to essentially blackmail her with her secret afterwards... are we seriously supposed to like this guy?

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You're not the only one. I found it despicable too. I also think at one point he tried to give her another phone saying, "this will be your phone now". Did this happen or do I remember wrong? :(

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ah...about this, dramallama writes "he returns her phone, but Se Gye stubbornly claims it isn't hers." Huh? So I misunderstood?

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The subtitles from which I watch the drama were in the same line with dramallama. Se Gye refused to admit the phone was hers so her cover won’t be blown.

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Ooh! Thanks!

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Nope, that annoyed me too. It was none of his business.

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Gotta say I found the sibling fued boring, and the episode dragged a little in the middle for me. But it really picked up again by the end, and I'm back to being invested. Haven't seen ep 4 yet, but I'm guessing his "sleep together" is indeed literal & not the let's-have-sex sleep together. Not sure what he wants - to see her change maybe? Since the last time he saw her change, she'd been sleeping.

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"But Do-jae claims that he also doesn’t have anything to lose personally. He clarifies that the public’s perception of Se-kye as a crazy person will affect the airline and Sunho Group, which will then affect investors and their families. He accuses Se-kye of affecting innocent people’s livelihoods by trying to sabotage him, and Se-kye reluctantly agrees to his terms if he forgives her remaining debt."

This made me laugh because it's so exaggerated but its not entirely untrue. If he's the CEO, then his reputation affects the entire company. To the point that he claims? No. Because I'm failing to see how Se Gye could sabotage him to the point that stock prices fall & investors are affected, by not appearing for that event or in fact, by doing anything at all. Even if he's dethorned, a new CEO will be appointed and stocks will rise naturally. I sure hope the company has a more solid management than just the one person, because otherwise its doomed no matter what.

But if such events are part of her contract as a model, then she does need to be there; regardless of any threats to the company. Which I suppose is why she thought it would be a good tool to sabotage him; and which I suppose is why she eventually acquised and went. hmm...I was going somewhere with this.

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I thought the same thing. I don’t really believe Do Jae’s bluff that what Se Gye did would do that much effects on the company and the people in it. I thought Do Jae was being manipulative and took advantage of Se Gye since he obviously knows that Se Gye sympathise with people easily LOL, and the only way to get Se Gye to stop the rumours was to play the sympathy card.

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Love this drama, the story line, the actors. It's nice and refreshing to see this. Lee Min-ki I don't know about anyone else, but my eyes go directly to his lips. He is very good actor and very attractive regardless of the role he does and Seo Hyun-jin does a great job as well. Keep up the good work. I can't wait until the reveal.

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I’m enjoying ep 3! The fiery (but joyful to watch) banter between Mr CEO and Miss Diva was so much fun to watch. I could watch them trying to up one another forever!

Even though I do find some of Do Jae’s actions bordering between being a jerk and being defensive, but overall I found myself warm up to Do-Jae.

I see Do Jae as being defensive and putting a huge wall that closed him up from people he hardly know (the camera angle in this show plays a lot with having huge/extra-width walls/ trees/ blocks whenever characters communicate - especially Do Jae). He lets a few to step into his side of the wall, and he actually treated them nicely. I see him as a very defensive man, who strategise and plan everything in his life in order to cover up his weakness. I could see how he’s warming up to Se Gye even from the early on, even though it would take him forever to admit it. He thinks of her constantly, he was curious of her, and his little amused smiles give ways that he’s actually enjoying the banter he had with Se Gye. It’s like he finally found his match in Se Gye - not only in understanding each others’ conditions, but also in terms of compatibility in handling each other.

Se Gye on the other hand, like dramallama said, was showing her compassions towards others left and right. Do Jae knows this about her, and I think it softens him up. She’s very frank with him, and I believe that her frankness is what makes him more attracted to her.

And yes, I’m of the opinion that the attraction is totally there regardless of what they say to each other. Now they are slowly crossing the border of business partner, I can’t wait to watch how they would match and cover each other - whether in understanding their conditions, their strong hard-headed ideologies, or in one-upping each other with their sharp words.

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I’m interested in seeing Do Jae and Se Kye confide in each other, sharing their inner thoughts about dealing with their respective conditions. Se Kye’s line about Do Jae’s rare chance to be honest with someone struck a chord with me. Sure, they each have their manager or secretary who knows their secrets, but they don’t have that one person who is like them to really talk to.

One person is not stronger than the other. He’s snarky. She’s snarky right back. Se Kye used his words in the end. He is not unaffected by her.

It cracks me up that Sa Ra thought priest-in-training Eun Ho was flirting with her when all he was doing was being nice. They have a cute, atypical relationship. I’m glad she’s not mean to him. She’s more bewildered about the whole thing.

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I get the weird feeling they had a standard chaebol-dates-actress script sitting on the shelf and they simply inserted the body-changing plot into it to replace some other 'dark secret' plot device. So instead of having cancer or being a murderer or having a family in organized crime she secretly switches bodies.

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Thank you for your recap, @dramallama. And since to DB psychology department aces are here, discussions are getting more fun.
How much does Lee Min-ki's seldom use of facial expressions correspond with his face-blindness and how much of it is his reserve? I am intriqued to know more.

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I am loving this drama! Character chemistry is excellent. Its such a great match up. Mature, smart and playful actors. The writing is witty, the directing interesting, and the actors are really great together. Super excited to see what happens next.

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Can I just say that Seo Hyun Jin is killing this role. She is AH-MAZING. She is vulnerable, whip smart, sexy, and interesting. I am fully living for her character. She brings such nuance to someone battling a horrible thing, but at the same time trying to live her best life. I just love everything about her character.

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Am I the only one to think that the dynamic between Sara and Eun Ho is refreshing and interesting? Though i do like the main couple’s chemistry (which is created mostly thanks to LMK and SHJ’ brilliant acting), i find faults in the writing, so much there’re times i didn’t understand what was going on with the two leads. I mean, Do-jae is hot, then cold, then suddenly hot again towards Se-gye. For god sake pick one already, or at least try to have a little smoother transition because i can’t keep up. That is NOT TO MENTION how manipulative and treacherous he is when he 1. Tricked Se-gye into signing a contract, 2. Threatened her for a gazillion times; and 3. Invaded her privacy and stole her utmost vital information. Even if Se-gye (conveniently) ignores all that, it’s still unethical and unlawful to do so. Korean screen writers should stop criminalizing their male leads in the name of love, for love is not a good justification for criminal activities!

Back to the point, i’m attracted to the second couple, i can sense great potentials to their chemistry. Sara is the dignified, beautiful and intelligent heiress who shoulders scars and loneliness from her family situation, while Eun-Ho is this sun-shined warm, charming younger boy who can throw her off her composure pretty soon. But oh boy i don’t think Eun-Ho is innocent and unawared of his attractiveness, on the contrary, he uses it to his advantage, to seduce/ mislead Sara and then oops, revealing it’s all in her head! I’m very curious to see Sara’s reaction. Acting-wise, Ahn Jae-hyun is still green, that i can see, but he’s got Lee Da-hee to balance it out. I do think she’s a great actress and can do multiple roles with subtle psychological change. I’m still waiting for her to get more screen time and more central role.

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Can you tell me the soundtrack played at airport after Do-Jae saw Se-Kye photos? Thanks

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Does anyone know the title of the English song before the ribbon cutting ceremony? It's stuck in my head!

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