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Coffee Prince: Third Cup

SONG OF THE DAY

Apls – “Very Special Girl” Pronounced “apples,” the album is called “Sexualmetro,” which keeps making me wonder if it’s an erroneous (or purposeful) misuse of the word “metrosexual.” Either way, it’s appropriate enough, I thought. [ zShare download ]

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EPISODE 3 SUMMARY

Han Gyul flatly rejects his grandmother’s proposition that he work alongside the slovenly Mr. Hong in running Wang Ja Coffee (which means “prince coffee”), only to have his grandmother immediately cut off support (partially). She has his car towed, and sends movers over to clear out his apartment, informing them he will be vacating right away.

He tries to sweet-talk his granny, who’s upset at Han Gyul’s mother for pampering him so much. It’s because she coddled him and never pushed him that he’s grown to this age not knowing what real work is. Han Gyul agrees to work for her if she gives him a job at the company (“A supervisor slot should be fine”) but she insists: If he doesn’t work in the cafe, he’s on his own. She gives him three months to succeed. (Han Gyul is on bad terms with his father; the two refuse to acknowledge each other for reasons that have yet to be disclosed.)

For some reason, Han Sung and Yu Ju are back together, and all is well. I thought he wanted to hurt her. Ah, men. Still, they do make a cute couple.

Han Gyul eagerly drops by to see Yu Ju, but is disappointed to see Han Sung already there. Uncomfortable at seeing the couple looking happy together, he leaves early.

On his way home, he sees Eun Chan running into trouble out in the rain. Having lost her earnings from the Taekwondo studio owner who fled without notice, Eun Chan has thrown herself into the tedious work of sewing eyes on stuffed dolls.

She bumps into a stranger in the rain, sending her dolls scattering onto the wet sidewalk, and the belligerent stranger takes offense. The man tries to pick a fight with Eun Chan and gets possessive over his girlfriend, assuming Eun Chan is male.

Han Gyul arrives to break it up, but in a rather hilarious turn of events, the girlfriend takes offense at her boyfriend’s crude treatment of her, and she turns her own anger on him. Han Gyul and Eun Chan take advantage of the distraction and run.

They go to Han Gyul’s apartment to dry off, and Eun Chan’s mother advises Eun Chan to stay at her “friend”‘s place overnight, because the rain isn’t going to let up. Eun Chan puts on a record from Han Gyul’s vinyl record collection, and tears up in nostalgia as she remembers being a kid when her father was still alive.

Initially, Han Gyul brusquely tells her to take better care of his records, since he collects them as a hobby (although if that were true, he would definitely not be stacking them flat on top of each other in careless piles). Seeing her wipe a tear away, however, he asks what’s the matter, and she says her father used to play records; this particular record was one in his collection.

They cook together, and Han Gyul asks if her father passed away (he did). That must make Eun Chan the head of the household. Han Gyul seems to feel sympathy for her predicament, but Eun Chan just changes the subject. She cheers up rather than sinking into pity, and Han Gyul looks on in amusement at Eun Chan’s huge appetite.

Han Gyul lends a hand sewing the doll eyes, and they talk while sewing side-by-side. She asks, “You seemed kind of down today. Why? Girl problems? Tell me, I’m pretty good at understanding these kinds of things.” Han Gyul merely tells her about being forced to take over a ridiculous cafe. Eun Chan asks if he still sees Yu Ju; he says he does. She seems a bit disappointed to hear it, and asks what kind of relationship they have.

He answers that it’s more like a bad habit. “Like drinking water in the morning… Can’t not see her, and even if I try not to, I end up seeing her anyway… a terrible habit.”

Hearing that the cafe in question is Wang Ja Coffee, Eun Chan tries to persuade him to do it, and hire her as well. He’s not inclined to humor her, but she persists, appealing to his weak spot and saying he should take the opportunity to show the girl he likes what he can do. If he succeeds, he’ll look cool to his grandmother and the girl.

Eun Chan is grossed out when Han Gyul bursts in the bathroom while she’s brushing her teeth (he sees no problem since they’re both guys). Han Gyul comments on how small her butt is, and hits it. Enjoying her flustered reaction, he acts like it’s no big deal and dries his hands on her butt (instead of a towel).

When Han Gyul wakes in the morning, Eun Chan’s already gone, but she’s left little footprint cutouts on the ground, leading him outside. She’s left him a note (and his crookedly sewn doll), telling him to take on the cafe job. Han Gyul just smiles and says, “How cute.” But he does decide to work at the cafe, surprising even his grandmother.

(Commentary detour: Personally, I like how they’re developing Eun Chan and Han Gyul’s relationship. We’re seeing them have genuine conversation and close moments without other romantic issues getting in the way. He’ll fall for Eun Chan’s personality, regardless of her gender, and if that makes him gay, fine. If that makes him straight, fine. If this is the direction that the relationship takes, which is where it seems to be headed, then I’m all for it — it’s actually a fairly tolerant argument in acceptance of homosexuality even if the couple in question is straight. Go, progressive Korea.)

Han Gyul takes Eun Chan along while he goes to look around the neighborhood as research, and Eun Chan asks him to compensate her since he called her out (“Do you just see me as a source of money?” “Yep.”). They observe a waffle cart doing extremely well, mostly in part because it’s stationed outside a girl’s school and the guy running it is hot. (I believe he’s Tae Bong’s pretty man-friend from Dal Ja’s Spring, and if so, he’s well-cast here — given that they’re blurring the lines of Yoon Eun Hye’s femininity, it’s only appropriate to have a male counterpart.)

Han Gyul tries to offer the waffle guy a job at the cafe. The guy declines, but they tell him to drop by Wang Ja Coffee if he changes his mind. Both Eun Chan and the co-manager Mr. Hong agree that it’s a pretty smart idea to bring the waffle guy into the cafe (to attract his loyal female following). Han Gyul also wants to change the name from the plain, older-fashioned name “Wang Ja Coffee” to the hipper “Coffee Prince.”

Han Sung’s relationship with Yu Ju is going well, and when Eun Chan asks how his “friend” (Guy A) worked out his situation with Girl B, he says things are okay. Eun Chan deflates a little, disappointed that there’ll be no reason for him to ask for her opinion anymore. Perhaps to indulge her (and perhaps also because he enjoys conversing with her), Han Sung mentions there IS an issue with a Guy C (Yu Ju’s ex, DK, who is continuing to call her). “Guy A feels a little upset over Girl B and Guy C continuing to call each other. Isn’t he pathetic?”

Eun Chan disagrees, expressing her full support for Guy A: “I totally get Guy A. If she’s broken up, she’s broken up. Why keep talking to an ex-boyfriend?” She wonders if Guy A lacks confidence about Girl B: “I think Guy A’s pretty cool, so tell him to have confidence.”

As she leaves, she stops and asks Han Sung haltingly, “Um, I don’t know if we’ll meet by chance or not… so if I don’t get to see you… if I want to call you… Or-maybe-not-nevermind.”

But Han Sung is happy to give her his number, and as she bikes away, she sings his phone number, over and over, in great spirits.

Han Gyul enlists the help of his interior designer friend, who takes a keen interest in the pretty-boy Eun Chan, noticing his/her good looks and saying, “He’s totally my style.” Is he gay? Then again, he could be kidding since he knows Han Gyul was faking homosexuality to get out of his blind dates.

In any case, everyone gets to hard work tearing the place apart and renovating.

In an amusing turn of events, the dim Min Yub arrives to challenge Eun Chan, blaming her for being the reason Eun Sae won’t see him anymore. Eun Chan tells him to help her with the heavy lifting, and he asks why he should. She tells him she has to finish her work quickly if they want to get around to fighting. The guy sees her point (ha!) and does his best to move things quickly — and Han Gyul, watching the strong stranger accomplishing so much, offers him a job at the cafe.

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Han Gyul asks Yu Ju (an artist) to paint a mural for his cafe, and watches adoringly as she spends all night doing her work as “Back for Good” by Take That plays (ah, brings me back to my youth. I feel old). I find Yu Ju terribly annoying — she’s like the girl who feigns helplessness to get manly men to do her bidding, which irritates me. It’s the fake-coy-cute act. (What, she can’t tie her own hair?)

Determined to do a good job acting the part of a boy, Eun Chan goes to work, excited to see that Han Gyul’s already there. She’s decidedly less excited to see Yu Ju there as well (I can only imagine how she’ll react knowing that Yu Ju is also Girl B).

Han Gyul doesn’t get into the particulars of his acquaintance with Eun Chan (“It’s a long story”) and interferes with their introductions. He takes Yu Ju out for breakfast, leaving Eun Chan behind to kick in frustration at Yu Ju’s half-painted wall. I’m there with ya, sister. Or brother.

A mistake occurs with an order, and 20kg coffee beans sacks are delivered instead of 2kg bags. Eun Chan admits she mistakenly ordered the wrong amount (it’s likely Min Yub made the mistake; she’s taking responsibility). Han Gyul takes her aside and rips into her for being irresponsible. This is probably exacerbated by the fact that his grandmother is putting him on a tight budget and expecting him to increase profits, and he’s feeling the stress of being unable to return the large order for a refund. Still, he’s way over the line, snapping at Mr. Hong for defending her, feeling no remorse seeing Eun Chan wiping away a few tears. He says he mistook her (for being decent) and yells that if she’s not going to take her job seriously, she’d better quit immediately.

 
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aku orang indonesia,
jadi commendnya pke bhsa aku aj yach,,,,,,,,

aku suka banget coffee prince.!!!!!!!!!
smoga yang ke 4 juga bisa di putar di channel televisi indonesia

okey!!!!!!!!!!

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Hey, did anybody else realize that the flash back scene she has of them as children playing with their father was actaully filmed in the exact same location as she is at that moment?????

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I noticed that too and thought it was really strange.

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haha im so late watching and commenting on this considering this was 2007 lol. but I love this website's recap of Kdrama so I must comment concerning this YuJu Girl B character.

its not her femininity or so much her being coy that I dislike about her. what I dislike about her is how she plays games with the men who obviously go ga ga over her. and I think men in general resent women like that. me and my hubby kind of share the same sentiments about this particular girl character.

I mean she obviously either cheated on or left Dude with the deep voice for this mysterious DJ/DK (whatever his name is). then she comes back begging for forgiveness which is ok (I guess) since he decided to take her back. I mean she looked sincere about hurting him AT FIRST. HOWEVER she still wants to talk on the phone with DJ/DK(?). I mean if you want the man to trust you the last thing you want to do is make him jealous by keeping in contact with the guy who ruined the relationship in the first place.

Also she knows damn well that her man's cousin likes her yet she keeps hanging out with him and sending him mixed signals which could hurt not only her man but the cousin who obviously likes her (in which she considers him a friend)? So yeah I dont like how seemingly coniving she is and how inconsiderate of other people feelings.

I almost put aside my dislike when it seems she was sincere about wanting her man back and they got back together and is back to being cutesy but is seems like she doesnt know what she wants except to play with guy's hearts any chance she gets.

THIS and only this is the reason I personally dont like the girl.

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Anyone know what's the background song when eunchan cry and remember her childhood from vinyl record?

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Since I only developed my interest in dramas recently, I don't think I've ever read a Dramabeans synopses for a drama this old. However, I can tell that back then, the writers of these were a lot more subjective, opinionated, and reckless with their words.

First of all, I found that many crucial points in the drama were skipped entirely or not well explained. I watched the first few episodes of Coffee Prince when I was tight on time and I skimmed through many scenes myself, but even I could point my fingers at all the missed parts.

Second of all, the writer's insertion of her personal feelings makes her attitude reminiscent of that of a delusional Kpop fangirl or an ignorant Viki commentator. You seem to have harbored an irrationally spiteful bias against Yuju even though she hasn't even acted cruelly or mean yet. As for you rant on her "fakeness", I'm sorry, but the only thing I got out of that is that you're easily jealous. Speaking of which, this can be supported by your fangirling over the actor who plays Yuju's romantic counterpart, which should be kept to yourself if this was meant to be an objective synopsis.

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Hi!
I know this drama is crazy old now, but it was the first one I watched and my absolute favourite!
I was wondering if anyone knows the name of the song that was playing on the vinyl? Of late it has been stuck in my head but I 2 old love to get a hold of the full thing.

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I'm going voting crazy!

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Watching coffee prince in 2016 :)

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Me too! Its almost christmas 2016 and Im watching this while surviving the days without new episodes of Gong Yoo's goblin...

CP was on my watchlist but I never got down to watching it til now. Ive seen YEH in "Goong" and "My fair lady" (not sure if title is correct, but it is the show in which she is the rich lady and falls in love with her butler). And her role here is so different from her previous roles.

Lee SunKyun, Ive only seen in Golden Time. Have yet to catch up on him in Pasta.

Having been watching kdramas for a few years now, I do agree that this particular one does come loaded with multiple cliches. But Im purely watching for the abovementioned actors in different roles. That explains why Im watching this so many years later.

I dont understand Korean, so when available English translations get skipped or when I dont understand some nuances in particular scenes, DB is the place I find my answer and understand better.

Plus, I read thru your recaps of "Big" rather than watch the episodes, after noticing DB's distaste for the ending. Im just an overseas kdrama fan, so I dont have the credentials to determine whether a drama is good or bad, whether plot or characterisation are fulfilled. And the recaps and reading the comments help me understand better.
A million Thanks, javabeans and DB!

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For someone who has already told Han Gyul that she is not interested in him as a man, and who knows full well how much he sees her as a woman and is interested in her, she allows far, FAR too much skinship between them. This is why he has yet to really give her up, and I think she likes it that way. What she is doing though is cruel and shitty, to both cousins.

I have seen this drama a couple times and love it, and while her character irritates me in the beginning, I never did hate her since it was obvious to me from the beginning that she was never a true contender for Han Gyul’s ending. I grew to like her a little and to sympathize with her a bit later on, though she does get her come uppance for playing the two cousins the way she does. Justified or not, when it happens I didn’t feel too bad for her, heh.

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