Can I recap for you?

Maybe. We aren’t actively seeking writers, but you can refer to our instructions here.

Can I request recaps?


Why not?

Can we request that you do the dance of joy when we snap our fingers? (Well, you can always ask. Just don’t expect a yes as your answer.)

Are you ever going to finish recaps for [currently unfinished series]?

The answer is pretty much always going to be, we really really want to. The reality of the situation may be different, because that fourth dimension sometimes closes its doors on us and restricts access to the space-time continuum. She can be a bitch that way.

Can I repost your recaps or news articles on my blog?


Why not? Everyone else does it.

Those people are doing it without permission, and against our wishes. Feel free to link or excerpt, but taking entire posts violates internet etiquette. Possibly also copyright rules, net ethics (nethics?), and basic decency to humankind and kittens. Think of the kittens!

How do you do that nifty rotating header business?

Umm, once upon I time I learned the bare minimum of technical skills required to implement something called a rotate.php script. I installed it and promptly forgot how. But the internet could probably tell you a lot better than I could.

Who’s in that header?

Here’s the master list.

Can I send you a header?

Absolutely! I am much indebted to the graphically inclined readers for the awesome banners on this site. Email a link to the header via contact form, or post it on the headers page.

How do you get music to play on the blog?

I use the Audio Player 2.0 plugin.

How come you’re so sarcastic? Just tell us what happened in the episode/article, without your opinions!

We are not a translation service. What we do on this site is share interesting information from K-dramaland, along with our thoughts on them. That’s the name of the game.

But I want to form my opinion without your bias.

Go right ahead. Please don’t let our opinions stop you from having your own. The comments section is there for you to discuss your differing opinions.

Why did my comment get held for moderation/not show up/get deleted?

It may have gotten stuck in the spam filter, or held because there were links. We’ll fish those out.

If it got deleted: Did you link to a spammy site? Or were you offensive? Be really honest with yourself here — did you make an obnoxious comment, attack another commenter, or flamebait for the lulz? Maybe you wrote insults in a language other than English. Or, you know, in English. Check out our Commenting Policy.

Where do you find the time for recapping and watching so many dramas?

After many years of space travel, javabeans finally found the door to the fourth dimension, and has kindly shared the secret with girlfriday.

How do you decide which dramas to watch/recap?

At the beginning of each year we play a sadistic game of Korean Drama Roulette. There is much drinking and gnashing of teeth.

That doesn’t sound like a real game.

It could be. Mostly, we watch the first few episodes of anything that piques our interest, and then we decide if we could write ten thousand words a week on it.

Do you guys know each other in real life?

What is this “real life” you speak of?

Come on, do you?

Yes, but we can’t reveal the details of how we met, since it involves a getaway car, a nine-iron, and a brief stint in the pokey. We may have already given away too much.

How come you guys have such similar writing styles? Are you sisters?

First of all, there’s no such thing as blood relations having similar writing styles. Too busy fighting over shoes. Secondly, we’re not related as far as we know, but then again, birth secrets usually don’t pop up until the third act. Shh, don’t spoil us!

Is it possible you’re the same person?

There are a few Clark Kent/Superman theories floating around, but we’re fairly certain the Podcast is proof we’re not the same person. Or maybe those ventriloquism classes are finally paying off.

Are you Korean?

Yes, we are both Korean, but totally American. We both grew up speaking Korean with our families and watching lots of un-subbed k-dramas.

Are you female?

Uh…what gave it away?

How old are you?

How old are YOU?

Do you have jobs?

Yes. In that “real world” we’ve heard so much about.

Why didn’t you respond to my email? Do you hate me?

Javabeans is notoriously bad at responding to email quickly, or in what might be deemed an “appropriate” turnaround time. She promises to try harder about email replies and to respond as much as possible. Sometimes she might not answer if the email asks a question (example: “When is the next recap coming?”) that will be answered by a forthcoming post (i.e., the recap is posted). If it’s important, you might want to email back in a few days, because guilt really works on her. Girlfriday employs a team of highly trained monkeys to respond to all emails, so you’ll get a quick response, but don’t expect it to make any sense.

What are your favorite dramas?

Turns out we wrote up this handy dandy Ratings List just for you.

Do you have a favorite drama character?

Javabeans: Lee Jung-jae in Sandglass is the guy we all wish we had but don’t deserve. Dal Ja also rocked, Medusa hair notwithstanding. Girlfriday: To be, Kim Sam-soon. To love, Choi Han-gyul.

What about favorite drama tropes?

Javabeans: Forced proximity pretty much rules — reluctant roommates, accidental partnerships. Especially combined with the hate-at-first-sight trope, which transforms to love. So every drama ever. Girlfriday: I’m a sucker for the cross-dressing, the I-love-you-so-much-I’ll-go-gay-for-you, and the strong silent type.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Pretty much this, but with bundles of cash. Does anyone know how to combine “writer” with “gajillionaire”? Yeah…so pretty much this.

What motivates you to keep writing?

You guys!

155 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. 51 Lady Seoul

    Your writing skills is madly Awesome!
    Hopes for the best for you both. <3

  2. 52 heartkdrama

    I really love your website, especially when I got addicted to korean dramas and kpop…I’m not Korean, but I started to feel like I’m Korean. I really want to learn how to speak korean, eat korean foods like what they are eating in the drama, hehe. Thru your website, I was able to know bitz and news about my favorite korean actors. And especially, your recaps…I love it!!!

    Do you also post reviews for Korean Movies? What Korean movies can you recommend?

    You always make my day!!! Thank you for always updating us…keep up the good work!

  3. 53 Francesca

    “Girlfriday: I’m a sucker for the cross-dressing, the I-love-you-so-much-I’ll-go-gay-for-you, and the strong silent type”

    Absolutely SKKS’s Yoon-hee, Go Yong-ha and Moon Jaeshin FTW! 😀

    • 53.1 Jenboo. ♥

      great observation! xD 😛

  4. 54 azilaer37

    For me, getting online means having to check on dramabeans first… Even if I have an important email to open or research with google/yahoo/other search engines… Still another window should be opened for dramabeans… I wish I can turn back the clock and have taken up a course in writing instead of studying a…counting… numbers sucks at times… Thanks to kdramas now, I don’t dream of numbers… instead, I now dream of whoever the cute guy happens to be in the drama that I watch or recap that I read… Thanks a lot from the bottom of my heart… JB and GF, you are most of the time the silver lining on a cloudy day… keep it up… and I now take a bow.

  5. 55 Kate

    I just want to say your banners are awesome. Great selection of pictures.

  6. 56 Fara


    I’m a fan from Msia and ur writing is like a bible to me for K-drama.

    Keep on writing and u can bet on my 100% support!

  7. 57 gr33nl3af

    Q: do you gals read all the comments everyone posts?

    love ur blog!!!! thx for all the insightful comments and critiques 🙂 agree with them most of the time..haha..

  8. 58 twylah

    had so much fun reading this. and i wondered why i wasn’t able to stumble upon this early on. it just so happened that i was looking for your music index that i’ve come to read this.

    nice. nice. am really really loving this site, loving you both jb and girlfriday. as i always say, i bless the day i stumbled upon this blog, and that was in Hong Gil Dong days.

    now, i wonder where the music list went to?

  9. 59 hualala

    i wonder there is no recap drama “queen of reversals”? thk u……….

  10. 60 YAY

    where exactly do you guys live in USA?

  11. 61 Toasty

    Thank you so much for recaps! I love your humor and the ‘hmmphh’ you add to the world of k-dramas!:)

  12. 62 liliness

    great job thkx a lot keep fighting

  13. 63 dami

    so cute, you guys are the best

  14. 64 lalagirl

    Just wanna say that you guys rock. I love Dramabeans it’s sooooo cool and the FAQ are so fun. Any way thank you so much for youre hard time and effort to make this webside so fricking awesome

  15. 65 Emeraldlotus

    I love the name “Girlfriday”! I’m a big Cary Grant fan. I love how the two of you communicate as well, it reminds me of how my sister and I interact…it involves a lot of dry sarcastic humor, wit, movie and MST3K quotes, and -dare I say it- talent! I also love that you put you fight over shoes. There aren’t a lot of women out there who are best friends and also wear the same shoe size. That just doubles your shoe count without you even having to spend anything! Keep us laughing!

  16. 66 krstjb

    Love your page…your sarcasm rocks…keep it up

  17. 67 angelinlove

    fun read i loved it 🙂

  18. 68 anabelle

    j’aime ca! great FAQ! i’m agree with destriana, it’s like u know about Indonesia. beside, name javebean, from words java is one of islands in Indonesia…

  19. 69 Anne

    Agree with destriana also, I’m Indonesian and I’m sick of Indonesian drama. Never watch them cause make my head hurt and waste my time.
    And your name Javabean, every time I remember your name, “Coffee and Java island” always pops in my head.
    Other thing I love about Javabeans, I love your voice…… :))

  20. 70 yellowplum

    Referring to the comments of Indonesian drama (sorry) sucks, perhaps because we (Indonesian) thoroughly understand our drama language, thoroughly familiar with our drama setting, the costumes, the culture and all, so there is so very very easy to notice the flaws within?
    Every K-Drama I watch seems so sparkling and dazzling like in a far far away dreamy land.. Sometimes I have to re-watch them once again to find the flaws which JB mentioned in her recaps.. and then thought to my self: “that flaw was actually fine..” and another though to myself, “if I wasn’t an Indonesian, perhaps watching Indonesian drama will happen to be appealing too?”

    Salute for JB and the rest for appreciating K-drama-culture this much, they really do sparkling and dazzling. I do wonder is there any site like this appreciating our Indonesian drama as well? I guess I won’t be hooked though, just a glance of curiosity.

  21. 71 touchmails

    Help me pleeeeaassseeee…..recap on “I Need Romance”. It’s refreshing & real….listic stories. Nice acting, scripts, actors/actresses too. I’m so in love with the show at the moment.

    Thank you in advance…plllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeaaassseee;o))

  22. 72 Des

    Nice! You gals deserve the best reward ever. Thank you for feeding me our daily dose of drama addiction. You’re bookmarked for life! 🙂

  23. 73 Jenboo. ♥

    You guys are hysterical! xD

  24. 74 sapphire716

    Hi JB,

    First, thank you for always keeping us up-to-date with our favorite Korean dramas and Korean artists. I’m currently enjoying your recaps of Ms. Ripley and 1N2D.

    Thank you also for this FAQ page and sharing the “Audio Player plugin” link. I have a question about this plugin that I’m hoping you can help me.

    I’m trying to install the plugin’s standalone version but could not make the soundfile to work. It goes to “Buffering…” and never plays the soundfile. I have confirmed that I am using the correct URL for my sound file. I also read in one old wordpress Q&A page suggesting the audio files need to be hosted in a server that is accessible by the Audio plugin and that putting the audio files in our own website server may not necessarily be accessible and thus the endless buffering. Have you found this to be true? Do you use a different host server for your sound files?

    Please advice.

    Thanks in advance for any information you can share.

  25. 75 Em

    Thanks so much for this FAQ page – it’s answered a lot of my questions. I thought you guys did this professionally, so was miffed when I didn’t see kdramas recapped here, because I rarely watch a kdrama unless it’s been recapped by you ladies! Now since I know you guys don’t recap everything, I shall have to venture bravely out on my own and watch kdramas without recaps. 🙁

  26. 76 czarch

    thank you Dramabeans..l

  27. 77 Jang

    Korean Americans… no wonder you can write proper English! Very refreshing to finally find k-drama stuff written in proper English. Kudos to you awesome ladies for being able to and willing to bridge the language gap! Totally love your wicked sense of humour in your detailed recaps because they are so hilarious! Keep up the good work!

  28. 78 Tribba

    Hi, pretty new k-drama and Dramabeans, but am really finging you helpful and very funny. Thoroughly enjoyed your FAQ and thought you might be able to help me. I was doing some research and learned about Shin Dong Wook’s illness that caused him to leave the army. Is there an address that I could send a get well card to that you know about?

    I am also writing a book that will take place in Korea and contains 3 Korean actors as characters. If I have questions about different scenarios or situations, would you be willing to answer them if it didn’t take too long?

    Thanks. Tribba

  29. 79 jim

    Dear addiction facilitators:

    I’ve been visiting your site once or twice a day (or more)
    for about a year, watching shows you recommend, then
    reading your recap after each ep, so on and so on.

    I was wondering if you could, sometime when you have
    nothing better to do, say something about the technique
    of subbing. I gather JB has been a subber, and could answer all sorts of questions. Like, what’s the demographics of subbers? Are many of them students picking up pocket
    money? (The prevalence of footnotes in the subtitles suggests a didactic bent on the subbers’ part; maybe some
    of them are teachers picking up pocket money?) How much time is spent on a one hour ep, and are subtitles revised?
    How many people are involved? Is there a specialization of

    Sometimes howlers appear, as a reference to “Peruma” [should be “Fermat”, the French mathematician] in
    some ep of Snow Queen, or to “Briya Shabarang” (or something) in My Name is KSS.

    And is the convention formalized, that when the actor addresses a person by title (“seonsaengim”, say) but not
    name, the subtitle drops the title and supplies the personal name.

    And so on and so on. Anything you write would be interesting.

    You’ve worked hard!


  30. 80 dtran

    I absolutely love Dramabeans! The recaps are ever so fun to read. Though I was kind of disappointed when you didn’t finish recapping Lie To Me…oh well.

    I want to ask you if you will recap for Protect The Boss? It is such a GREAT drama, never a dull moment. The series is half way through anyways.

  31. 81 Minami

    I love your site. It was a nice getaway from the stress that the ‘real world’ offered right on our doorstep without our knowledge (oh yeah, i guess i did,, its just I use your site to escape that fact) Though we’re not that ‘allowed’ to offer recaps for dramas, i wish we can share views on K movies. (cause aside from being a drama junkie,I drool over the K-movies and im sure there’s also loads of K-movie junkies out there gnashing their teeth to share their views on these flicks)
    Although JGS’s ”Love Rain” is not yet on the screens, I hope that you guys will do recaps once it air on the boob tube,yeah!? Cheers to your team! More drunken podcasts to come! Ciao!

  32. 82 dramaaddict

    love you guys! keep up the great work. 🙂

  33. 83 Emely

    How can I find out which kdrama star is on the rotating header?

  34. 84 dapinaymrs

    One question: How come you don’t have Like and Share buttons?

    I searched for your page on Facebook but I couldn’t find the Official Dramabeans Page either….

    Wishing you have those (the buttons and a page)…I seldom do blog-hopping and rarely do I leave comments on them too. But this blog is special–the writers are witty, articulate in English, and most importantly they have a sense of humor (and sarcasm) that people are drawn in and gets addicted!

    This FAQ page is even interesting that it gets comments like the drama reviews! 🙂

  35. 85 miyo

    I have a some question. Do you both live in the States and where do you watch them? On TV? Are most Korean show available to watch in the US?

    I have to see them with subs so I use various different sites. A curious as to how watch them for your reviews.


  36. 86 jenny

    you guys rock!

  37. 87 JillV

    I love this site.. ^_^ thanks for the recaps..

  38. 88 pinkpia

    you guys ROCK^^

  39. 89 bigwink

    Can’t thank you guys enough, we <3 yous!!!!

  40. 90 rui.is.assez.hot

    Hi Javabeans,

    Starting yesterday, I’ve been having trouble reading the text on your web page. Specifically, I can’t see any of the text except when I highlight the words with my cursor. I do see the gold text, the links, and the text when the background is not white. This is not happening to me with other websites and I’ve also tried other browsers like IE and Google Chrome (currently using Firefox). Do you know what I can do? I love visiting your web page everyday, so I am really concerned with this problem.

    Thank you!

  41. 91 workaholic888

    Hi!! Just wanted to say this somewhere (but didn’t know where it should go) so I’m writing this in the FAQ. I really appreciate your work here. I think your recaps are fabulous!! Reading them not only bring back fond memories of episodes, but makes me love them more!! And, oh you might hear this a lot, but you’re HILARIOUS XD

    So thanks 😀 😀 😀 😀

  42. 92 BAM

    you are hilariousss! LOVE the FAQ section :p

  43. 93 k-soup

    “Yes, we are both Korean, but totally American. ”

    Does this mean you both live in US or once lived in US?

  44. 94 Mireya

    Hey… I was wondering how SOPA will affect this kind of blogs…. I’m from the island of Puerto Rico wich is an American territory and I’m worried about how all this will affect my drama addiction… any info?

  45. 95 Jaykah

    I didn’t even have any questions but realized I’ve stalked this site for quiet sometime now and never really snooped around except the recap section really. I’m glad I read this, you girls are so funny and never fail to make me laugh out loud haha

  46. 96 stardh2

    i would like to know if you have stopped recaping dream high 2…if yes…why??? nd if yes pliz dnt stop….jaepal…

  47. 97 Shay


  48. 98 Dream

    Your writings are really AWESOME!!! Love it!

  49. 99 midwestmz

    The cockles of my heart have been warmed by your pithy repartee and insightful responses. Your loving and caring character and self(ves?) shine through. I now feel that I know you oh so much better . . . . . .??? May you long continue on your chosen paths, and prosper. Oh wait, I think I mixed that up with living long and prospering?

  50. 100 hannah

    LOL at your answers. you guys are really so hilarious! 😀

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