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Cinderella’s Sister: Episode 19

Except for a few minutes’ worth, most of the scenes in this episode are obscured by an election ticker running across the bottom. I considered cropping it out of the frames, but that looks just as odd, so we’ll just have to put up with it.

This may just be the light at the end of the tunnel speaking, but Episode 19 was a big old relief to me. Some of the conflict resolutions felt anticlimactic after all the many hours of hard-core angsty build-up, but I’m beyond the point of caring about that and am just glad that things are speeding to a close. Well, maybe “speeding” is the wrong word, but at least we’ve resumed moving from that standstill — quicksand, even — of the middle stretch.

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EPISODE 19 RECAP

After being released from his brother’s clutches, Ki-hoon drives along, in such a great mood that he can’t stop smiling. Despite that, Eun-jo doesn’t share his ebullience and is more concerned about his condition — he’s hungry, as he hadn’t eaten a thing during his kidnapping. When they stop in the middle of the woods, Ki-hoon gestures her closer for a talk. (Why is he always taking her into the woods to talk? One of these days he’s gonna pull up to a Unabomber-style shack, is all I’m sayin’.) Eun-jo goes off in search of food instead.

There’s no restaurant around, so she prevails upon an elderly shopkeeper, asking for some porridge. As Ki-hoon eats, he tells her that he knows what she’s thinking (as in, worrying about all of their business problems) but for the next 80 minutes, it doesn’t matter because he’s going to act like it’s eight years ago, like he never took that train and they never separated. He’ll treat every 10 minutes like a year, starting with 2002.

With that, he begins by talking to Eun-jo as though he’s still her math tutor, taking her to task for missing a problem he had shown her how to solve. Eun-jo smiles at his silliness, but she allows him this exercise by playing along (ever so slightly), addressing him as she used to when he was her tutor.

What follows is one of the more inspired sequences of this drama, because we get to see them acting as they might have if Ki-hoon had never left and their relationship had never suffered that crippling break. Of course, we wouldn’t have had a drama if they’d been allowed to have a healthy relationship unhampered by avaricious family members and phone-induced-death guilt. But this is the version of their relationship that I’d wished for them back then.

As one 10-minute segment bleeds into the next, Eun-jo goes from being a high schooler to a new university student at Ki-hoon’s school. They continue “dating,” and he voices displeasure about that boy who’s been hanging around her at school.

A bike trip to the gas station gives the two an excuse to imagine that they’re on a date, and now we’re four years into the exercise: Ki-hoon supposedly continues at graduate school because he’s reluctant to jump into the workforce and leave Eun-jo behind, worrying that she’ll date somebody else at school. He scolds her about her grades as she rests her head on his back.

Another 10-minute segment passes, and now Ki-hoon argues about Eun-jo wanting to study abroad, and offers to teach her English instead. In their imaginary version of 2008 when Eun-jo graduates from university, their relationship has remained strong, with no breaks.

Finally, by the time they make it back to the car, Ki-hoon talks about marriage. He assures her he’s got everything to make her happy — good brain, good looks, good sense of humor. He doesn’t have money, but he’ll earn some from now on. And he wants to live with his father in this scenario, since Dad was pushed out of his job at the company.

Ki-hoon talks about all this in a very mundane way — the beauty of the imaginary 80-minutes-as-8-years is that it’s plain and ordinary, since normalcy is a luxury they haven’t been able to enjoy. Eun-jo thinks to herself that this Ki-hoon has never hurt her, bears no guilty conscience, and therefore is able to propose marriage freely. She decides to make him wait for her answer, just to make him suffer a little bit, and tells him he’d better earn some money first before she’ll consider saying yes.

However, as their 80 minutes come to a close, the smile fades from Ki-hoon’s face; real life is intruding on the fairy-tale fantasy. Eun-jo heads back to the store to thank the grandma for her help, and when she turns back, Ki-hoon and the car are gone. The fool has actually left her behind.

Ki-hoon calls her to say he’s going to deliver the evidence to Hong Ju in order to save Dae-sung Co. He’s doing this because he knows she’d protest, and she does in fact try to talk him out of it, but he is determined.

Then more distressing news: Hyo-sun calls in a panic because Jun-su is gone. He wasn’t at school when she went to pick him up, he’s not in the house, which she has searched, and none of his friends know where he is. Will this drama not be satisfied until everyone has either run away or made the attempt?

Jung-woo, Hyo-sun’s uncle, and the ajummas scour the neighborhood looking for Jun-su, while Hyo-sun tries to contain her fears and calls Kang-sook to try to let her know. Eun-jo heads home in a taxi, worried about her brother and thinking to herself that her fairy tale ended at 5:20.

Kang-sook comes upon her friend’s daughter crying alone in a playground. The girl hates how her mom flirts and fights with those men every day, and I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the girl has Eun-jo’s haircut to match Eun-jo’s childhood damage. Kang-sook tells the girl that her mother isn’t doing those things out of enjoyment, but to feed her daughter.

Her words don’t soothe the girl, though, who continues to cry, and Kang-sook asks, “Does it really make you that upset?” At the girl’s nod, Kang-sook draws her in a hug and says sorry: “How could I have known that this would be so painful to a young thing?” Sigh — this drama always manages to force its characters to make important conversations with the wrong people.

Honestly, I don’t really buy that this is what finally makes Kang-sook realize the pain she gave to Eun-jo. It’s true that a lot of events have transpired to bring her to this point, and I agree that she’s more open now than she used to be. Still, this feels like an awfully easy way to bring her around at the last minute.

On their way out of the police station (with still no sign of Little Bro), Eun-jo tries to console Hyo-sun, saying Jun-su will be fine. Hyo-sun asks where her sister has been all day — where was she when Hyo-sun spent all day begging grandma about the stocks and Jun-su disappeared from home? She asks, “Are you even worried about Jun-su? Have you ever held him? Do you even know he’s our brother? Have you ever thought of him as your brother?”

Whoa, whoa. That seems unfair, and while I can see her frustration, it’s pretty out of line to accuse Eun-jo as though her afternoon away is the reason he ran off. As I recall, Hyo-sun was home and he STILL disappeared, so… what more does she expect?

But Hyo-sun makes a valid point, I think, about Eun-jo never showing any interest in Jun-su. It’s not true that she doesn’t care for him, but that’s something we understand as adults; it’s no surprise that a child would translate a lack of interaction with a lack of interest. When she flips through Jun-su’s sketchbook, she finds a family portrait where he has only drawn four, with her conspicuously absent.

Ki-hoon parks his car in front of the Hong Ju offices and calls his brother to arrange a deal: He’ll trade his evidence against them for a contract promising to stop messing with Dae-sung Co. and a return of the stocks shares they’d bought from the elders. Ki-jung rejects this deal, telling Ki-hoon to do his worst. He doesn’t believe Ki-hoon would actually do it, because that would ruin their father. Ki-hoon tells him firmly that he has it in him, and gives him his deadline: he’ll wait till tomorrow morning.

While the family members sit and wait anxiously for news, Kang-sook arrives, frantically asking about Jun-su. Where did they look? Did they search everywhere? Both sisters are shocked at her return, and Hyo-sun comes up to hug her, asking tentatively if Mom’s really back for good. She doesn’t get an answer, because Kang-sook rushes out in frustration to keep looking.

And then they find him… under the desk? Seriously, folks? Remind me to never ask any of these people to look for anything for me if this constitutes looking “everywhere” for a missing child. It’s not even a JFK style desk, which I could understand, but a big stinkin’ open space that cries OHO LOOK HERE LOOK AT ME ARE YOU BLIND? HELLOOOO!

And even then, they don’t find Jun-su until he wakes up and starts to sob. The noise draws them to Dae-sung’s office, where Mom hugs him in relief, joined by Hyo-sun. Eun-jo watches this family reunion from the sidelines, feeling how very much she’s not a part of it. In her room, she sits alone — sending a concerned Jung-woo away — and thinks to herself again how her fairy tale ended this afternoon.

Mom and Hyo-sun bathe Jun-su, who basks in all the adoration. He explains that he was playing hide and seek, and a flashback shows us how he ended up under Dae-sung’s desk.

As he’d often done when Dad was alive, Jun-su had been playing hide and seek with Dae-sung in a sort of imaginary playtime. At first it seems like he’s merely reliving a previous game, but memory blurs with reality when this Dae-sung tells Jun-su to watch over his mother and sisters, as he is now the man of the house.

Eun-jo presses her mother to explain why she left and why she’s back, but Kang-sook insists that she has nothing to say. As the family eats, Hyo-sun tells Kang-sook they’re poor now — they may even lose the house. It’s her way of laying all the cards on the table, to ask what Kang-sook will do if the worst-case scenario comes to pass. Will she leave the family if there’s nothing more for her to rip off? Hyo-sun entreats Kang-sook to let her know what she’s planning so she can prepare herself.

Kang-sook admits in a matter-of-fact tone that she had only been interested in materialistic gain, so why would Hyo-sun believe any sweet words she might say now? And then she criticizes Hyo-sun’s way of speaking — talking all around the main point in circles rather than stating her words clearly — and tells her to learn proper speech from Eun-jo, which strikes me as telling someone to learn how to sprint from a turtle. But this comment isn’t delivered harshly, and fixating on this mundane topic is her roundabout way (ironically?) of letting the girls know that she’s not planning on leaving. To confirm that point, she grumbles to Hyo-sun about not losing this house — doesn’t she know that she is Song Kang-sook? She’ll be damned if she lets someone take this house away from her.

Kang-sook takes control like she was never gone, gathering the employees of the winery to lecture them on their lax work ethics. However, this time the tone of her censure is different from before; in the past, she was all about exerting her authority, while now it seems like she may even care about the state of the company. When Hyo-sun’s uncle walks by and looks at Kang-sook in alarm, she surprises him by not kicking him out, as he’s thinking. Instead, she orders him to get back to work — a pretty clear sign of acceptance, given how many times she’s tried to get rid of him in the past.

This attitude change extends to Hyo-sun, whom she treats with neither derision nor adoration but plain speaking. Flipping through Hyo-sun’s closet, Kang-sook tells her to give some of her nice things to Eun-jo, since she ought to feel bad for owning tons of pretty things when Eun-jo dresses so plainly. It appears Kang-sook has finally found her middle ground, but Hyo-sun’s confused at this new side.

Kang-sook levels with her, saying that she’s going to act as a stepmother now. She can’t outright lie anymore, and she’s tired of sweetening her words, so she’ll be honest — she can’t feel the same way about Hyo-sun as she does about her flesh-and-blood children. When Eun-jo or Jun-su are sick, she feels like her organs are being cut out of her, but she can’t feel that way about Hyo-sun, who only merits stab-wound levels of pain. However, she concedes that there’s eight years of attachment here, and Hyo-sun is the person who most reminds her of Dae-sung — so now she’s decided they’ll have a stepmother-stepdaughter relationship.

It’s difficult to read Hyo-sun’s reaction to this. There are so many emotions mixed up in there — confusion, hope, resentment — that you can’t pinpoint just one. But it’s the stabbing comment she chooses to fix upon, asking if Kang-sook really means that — is that how much Hyo-sun means to her, that she’d feel like she got stabbed if she were sick? Kang-sook answers yes.

With Kang-sook, I’d think this is light-years of development and let it rest, but Hyo-sun pushes for more. In time, with more bonding between them, would Hyo-sun ever get to the level of an organ-wrenching pain? This is hilarious, arguing about the varying degrees of pain associated with disembowelment, and Hyo-sun won’t be satisfied until her hypothetical illness would bring Mom the maximum levels of hypothetical agony.

Hyo-sun grabs Kang-sook in a hug and tells her not to forget her sins against Hyo-sun or her father. (That strikes me as a pretty ominous thing to say, but it’s likely this is her way of reminding her not to run away anymore.) She adds, “I won’t tell you to pay it back with other things, so just hurt the same with me as you do with unni.”

I can’t decide if this is knee-slappingly funny or moving. Maybe both.

As Jung-woo looks at the inscription written on his baseball bat, he recalls his childhood and how he grew up loving Eun-jo. The flashbacks take him through their early days together, up through their almost-date on his “birthday.” Aie, indulging in such idyllic recollections now just foreshadows a big dose of heart-breaking to come, doesn’t it? Batten down the hatches, people!

Sure enough, Jung-woo insists on talking to Eun-jo — for once not letting her brush him off — and presents her with his bat. He knows that he’s going to be rejected, but he has to do this anyway, no matter her response.

With that, he makes his confession/proposal, telling her that she’s been his woman since he was young, and he has always wanted to take care of her. Ki-hoon has made her cry a lot, and will keep making her cry in the future, and he can’t sit back and watch that happen: “Live with me.” That’s basically a marriage proposal, and he promises to make her happy, to only live for her. Oh, it’s so sad to think of the adorably pudgy little boy saying this, and getting the door firmly shut on him.

Eun-jo tells him that it’s not that she dislikes Jung-woo, but she can’t be with him because she likes Ki-hoon so much. Even though she doesn’t know if she can be with Ki-hoon for the long haul, it doesn’t matter to her: “What does it matter when I’m crazy about him? You’ll meet a woman who will like you as much as I like him.” She hands the bat back, saying that she cares about him. But now she’s got to go to Ki-hoon.

Having waited all night in his car, Ki-hoon wakes in the early morning. The lack of a response from Ki-jung means that he’s not planning on complying, but that turns out to be a moot issue anyway, because the truth has already come out.

Eun-jo has read the reports in the morning paper, and heads over to Hong Ju. Ki-hoon sees her entering the building and follows her up, trying to urge her to stand by because it’s almost over. But no, she corrects him — it’s already over. Hong Ju and his father have already been charged with their misdeeds.

At that, the doors open and out steps Ki-jung, who tells Little Bro that he’s won. It turns out that Director Park blew the whistle on the company, conveniently removing the dilemma of Ki-hoon blowing the whistle on his own family. This is another contrived plot turn that would drive me absolutely nuts if this weren’t the penultimate episode and I weren’t so relieved that problems are being resolved rather than strung out.

Eun-jo and Ki-hoon watch from the car as his father is escorted to his car, mobbed by overeager reporters. Ki-hoon wades through the crowd to knock on his father’s window, and leans in close — so as not to be overheard — to ask his father one more time to leave it all behind.

Ki-hoon promises to support him and be the devoted son, if his father will leave this all behind and come with him. (I’m not sure that President Hong has any agency left that allows him to decide to leave anything behind, frankly, what with the inevitable lawsuit and perhaps criminal charges he’s facing. But I’ll interpret this as mostly symbolic talk, not literal.)

Dad is touched at Ki-hoon’s heartfelt entreaty, even moved to tears, and he looks at him fondly. But of course it isn’t so simple and he can’t (or won’t) do that. The window goes back up and he instructs his driver onward.

I don’t suppose his father’s decision comes as a huge surprise, but it hurts nonetheless. After the car drives away and the crowd disperses, Ki-hoon remains standing by numbly. Eun-jo approaches and takes his hand, then gently leads him back to the car.

Meanwhile, Hyo-sun and her mother go shopping for some clothes, and Kang-sook picks out a shirt to buy Eun-jo. The point being that she isn’t buying anything for stepdaughter Hyo-sun. But in its own weird way, Hyo-sun isn’t hurt by this version of Kang-sook and even takes it in an encouraging light. Teasingly, she tells her mother not to discriminate between daughters, and adds her own garment to the pile. Funny how this is a sign of progress in this family, isn’t it?

Eun-jo drives them to Ki-hoon’s favorite conversation spot — the forest — and steps aside to allow him some privacy while he cries in heartwrenching sobs.

After some time has passed, she opens his car door and pats him on the shoulder. Then she takes his hand again, gently leading him out of the car.

Eun-jo envelops him in a hug, her hand moving soothingly on his back in a consoling gesture. She tells him that he should have told her from the very start (that’s what I’m sayin’!), because she would have been able to help him in his difficult times. They could have discussed things together, “and we wouldn’t have had to lose anything.”

Eun-jo: “‘You can lean on me.‘ When Dad said that to me, I knew that even if I didn’t lean on him right away, I’d found someone to lean on whenever I needed. At that moment, it was like something that was bundled up stiffly suddenly came loose and relaxed. Lean on me. You can lean on me. I’m telling you to lean on me this time, okay?”

He holds her tightly for long moments, and when he draws back, he first presses a kiss to her forehead.

And then, ever so slowly, they kiss.

 
COMMENTS

It’s kind of a shame that this drama is picking up right at the end, after about eight episodes of dragging its feet. I felt that everything from 9 through 17 was needlessly slow and plodding, and now that we’re at the end I think we can say (or at least, many of us) that the drama would have been a lot more satisfying with 16 episodes. The first four were wonderful, and I enjoyed 5 through 8 as well. And the last four have improved after finally resuming a normal pace. Everything in between needed to be about twice as fast as it was.

As I said, I felt like some of the stuff here was really anticlimactic, especially after the monster build-up of the whole series. After all that, you’re going to have a minor third party blow the whistle and remove any remaining tension from the hostile takeover plotline? And I know that there will be arguments that Kang-sook’s return worked for some viewers, but I think they messed up with the trajectory of that story arc. And Jun-su’s disappearance? Puahahaha! This could have actually been pretty effective, if they’d set it up better — the fact that he was lying there in the open all day made an important plot point silly. They couldn’t have stuck him in a closet? Or a refrigerator a la Punky Brewster? Heck, this drama takes place at a winery — a wine cask would have been just the ticket.

The business angle has bothered me throughout, because I feel like the writer didn’t really bother trying to depict it credibly. I’m not saying it has to be 100% realistic — that could get boring — but it should at least feel like the writer knew what she was talking about. The takeover storyline was underdeveloped and one-dimensional, and it felt like the drama manipulated the business plotline to provide convenient conflicts, rather than incorporating it in a believable way. This also has the secondary effect of making the Bad Guys pretty ineffectual as far as bad guys go. Sure they engaged in backdoor lobbying, but underbidding a rival and stealing contracts is pretty mundane stuff.

Ultimately those are minor quibbles. I bring them up because they bugged me, but it’s like the joy of finally getting to the end is putting me on an emotional high, and I almost don’t even care anymore if these characters’ paths to ultimate happiness make sense. I see the finish line, and getting there in one piece is the only important thing now.

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Hyun soo wasn't blaming Eun Jo for the brother disappearance, but stating a fact that was shown too us throughout this drama that she was cold toward him as while. She was speaking the truth, why Eun Jo didn't treated him better. The one time he slept next to her, even too him it was unfamilar and uncomfortable and he seem afraid to even ask for comfort, so it understandable to me why Hyn soo lashes out in that manner, It's out of fear and love for her brother..

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Couldn't stop smiling after watching the clip - MGY and CJM are sooooo cuuute....

Thanks javabeans for the awesome and speedy recap - you're a legend! Was so happy when I saw the recap was posted =) I totally agree that the drama would've been better with 16eps but the acting from the leads have been consistently spectacular so at least that made it more bearable imo.

<3 MGY & CJM!!

On to the finale! =D

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JB. U r SO fast! I wasn't able to watch it yet. Argh...I'm pulling my hair here. Trying very, very hard not to take a peek at your recap or read any comment. At the moment can just watch the first 10 mins. First time CS makes me smile continuously like a loon that I wondered if I'm watching the right series. My cheeks hurt from grinning. I'll come back later, AFTER I'm able to watch it fully on Viikii. This is the day that I wish that I can understand Korean so there's no need to wait for sub.

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thanks JB... i so agree with you. i've reached the point where im more excited to read your recaps than watch the drama. and now... i can see the light at the end of the tunnel....

btw, im not exactly happy with the kiss either... come on, 8 years of pent-up love and the kiss feels rehearsed and controlled.. i was hoping for a more passionate kiss, where i can feel all the emotions of the 8 years that was robbed from them... they should have watched the kiss in my name is kim sam soon (kim sun ah and hyun bin)... those two set a high benchmark... well at least it wasnt the frozen in time camera going around kiss....

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wow, JB, you are super fast! Didn't expect to be able to read this recap so soon. O boy, I am so excited.
Read your recap before watching the episode. So guess what I did....I fast forward to the last 5 minutes, he, he !!!

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FINALLY a kiss!!! their relationship is finally making some progress! and damn, did they really have to do another imaginary sequence and break our hearts like that?

i would agree with jb and say that the conflicts they brought into the story were pretty uneventful. it feels like the writers ran out of ideas for the business takeover plotline so they decided to drag it out for 320923 episodes.

and jun su hiding in a wine cask would've been perfect! hahaha this plot device was prolly just an easy way to get kang sook back to the winery.

but as much as i bash this drama for being super slow, i really enjoyed the angst and the characterizations. every character is so friggin dark and complex--thats what i like! and i loved loved loved the acting by everyone. and i get emotionally invested superr easily, so i was totally hooked watching it and cried quite some times along with the characters XDD i'd say it was a fun ride nonetheless and i still looked forward to watching the episodes each week. definitely one of those less conventional kdramas i've watched!

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There are some issues i'm wondering about: what happened with Hyo Sun's taste problem? it was suppose to be something related to the plot but nothing. and Dong Woo's wedding? and ki hoon's other brother who was a HS fan? i can't remember everything but maybe there are other loose ends but i just don't recall them.
the plot is somehow new and refresing but i also agree with you, since episode 8 the story turned really slow! i just skipped watching those episodes online and just read your recaps until episode 14.
guess we will have the happy ending... i wonder who's gonna be hyo sun's prince charming.
Thanks for the recaps! can't wait for ep. 20 =D.

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thanks Javabeans,
nice recaps, without your recap i could not able to understand the whole drama.
thanks for your time.

Diane.

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Wow! I had checked out of this drama a while back when it became too much for me to handle coz of a pointless and dragging as hell plot... I got invested coz of the first four episodes and started watching in the faith that it will continue..that mv that they made before the release totally threw me off and i wanted a dark and sinister ending justifying why cinderalla's sister hated her that much or what revenge cinderalla was plotting but this drama was a major let-down coz of that anticipation..It would have been better if that MV did not mislead coz then i would not have had such high hopes for unexpected turn of events that never occurred...anyways..kudos javabeans for making it to the finish line...i love your work here and am following your reviews for this show instead of watching directly...might regain my patience some time again and then re-watch..maybe...For now..coffee house has brought my smile and high hopes back :)

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I need to be honest JB, so many times I find myself disappointed in how a drama is going so I read your recaps and your take on them usually helps me to finish and "see the light at the end of the tunnel" as well as appreciate things that I didn't think of/notice while watching.

Thanks so much!

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LOVE .... LOVE ....LOVE to read your review..... Javabeans ...you are amazing ..
LOL for your JFK desk comment... that's so true .....
i think you're also waiting for the lead's kiss ...review was so fast... waiting for final ep ..... love this drama... and love you more...

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javabeans, I absolutely LOVE your comment section. your personality and writing just jummmmP off the page. it's absolutely delightful and wonderful (: i mean it.

GAHH can't wait for episode 20 ((((((((((((((((:

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I can understand how you feel but, I think this has been one of the best dramas I have watched this year. Of course that's what I think, I am not a writer nor I know about any of this things. That it should have been only 16 episodes? Yes, it would have been good but, 20 episodes werent so bad if only they have made the pace of things a bit faster.

I am glad they were finally able to kiss and patch things up (at least for this chapter).

Thank you so much for the wonderful recaps!!

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FINAlLY! they kiss omg

my five year old sister was once "missing" and we looked for about 2 hrs and were about to call the cops when she walked out of the bedroom rubbing her eyes and asking what was going on. she had fallen asleep under one of those heavy asian blankets on the bed. i swore i walked across the bed and didn't feel a thing tho. junsu sleeping under the table or my sister sleeping under a blanket? i think mine is more ridiculous haha

thanks for your super speed JB!

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Thanks for the recap JB! Ep 19's one was so fast, i hadn't even watched it yet when you posted your recap! when i went to your website i yelped and then closed it! haha. as anti-spoilers as you are, i suppose :)

said it once and i'll say it again, these last few episodes really redeemed the angsty, slow-moving middle episodes for me. Watching EJ finally "going to" KH is like a huge sigh of relief. And i'm not usually a big fan of kissing scenes in dramas coz they usually turn out sooo awkward-looking but this one was so tender and sweet that i couldn't help but get all fangirly over it. Haha!

I thought this ep had many moving scenes: the "80 mins" thing at the beginning, JW's "proposal" and rejection, Junsu playing hide and seek with his dad, and of course EJ telling KH he can lean on her. While i cannot stand Junsu the spoilt brat, i guess we forget that the kid went thru a lot, losing a father at such a young age and then having his mum take off just like that. Not to mention all the nights when HS/EJ argues at the top of their voices with Kang-sook while he sleeps soundly. Gotta affect him somehow right. Haha

Final episode next! Looking forward to it because i'm putting my hopes on the writer to give us a satisfying ending. Honestly though, I'm still a bit skeptical because they gave us soo many nice EJ/KH moments in ep 19 that by law of kdramas, there's bound to be some sucky stuff in ep 20. But, ah well, we'll see!

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So at this point, I'm wondering if Hyosun will ever find out that Ki-hoon was sort-of responsible for her father's death? Will EunJoo and Ki Hoon keep it a secret forever? Being the person that she is, I'm pretty sure that she will forgive him.

Let's speculate on this point shall we?

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totally feeling you, JB...thanks for the recap!

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We have lift off. I repeat we have lift off.

I watched the last scene a few times and then watched the BTS. I think I'm addicted to this couple.

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i tought that HS is the "cinderella" in this drama, but EJ is the one, feel sad about this, i wonder who will be prince charming of HS, hope it better than KH,

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I really don't get this drama.
At first, i think seo woo is main actress and right now mgy is turning into main actress.

Who is main actress?

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MGY... kissed... first...

with CMG...

*dies of shock*

I DIDN'T KNOW!!!

I really thought that MGY was not going to. But she did! She must really like CMJ in real life... (I'm saying this cos I have a sneaky suspision that she's never kissed in real life yet)

Judging from the preview, there's going to be nothing about DongSoo. Which is sad because I really thought that they would drag the whole Cinderella thing into the last episode.

I'm not un-happy with it though, the last few eps have been saving this potential train-wreck. I'm surpirsed that some people didn't like it. I mean - if you can sit through BOF and YB - then this should be a piece of cake really.

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and now the eagle has landed!!!:D

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I read the comments and they are allaout the KISS! Now I know how stressing this drama is.
Well, I don't really get the conflict of this makgulli stuffs but I think they made it to make a red thread that connect to each characters. They are many things I don't really concern in this drma, like father-son issues and HS healthy problem. And all of them seems living in their own world. The only thing that can make me hold on to this drama is CYM and MGY chemistry, Their sexual cemistry is so strong that I half belive that they are real lovers.
And when I watch CJM and SW fooling around and MGY just sit and watch i fell like" this isn't right!"
About the kiss, I think Kim Sun Ah is the best, wheter in Miss S Diary or in My Name is Kim SanSoon, she sets the score. But still I feel sooooo grateefullll for Ki-Hoon and Eun Joo Kisses, I feel like i see the light in this tea jerker drama.
MGY first kiss on -screen, I hope she enjoy it, I mean it's her first kiss right? On or off, it was her first. I hope she will comment about it in the public ( that will be very cute). And CJM, I watched him in What's up fox, and I can see he is a good kisser. I hope CJM and MGY kisses wake up something in their heart. I love them both.

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AH! Sorry for being rude! Thank You JB, I love your recap and every comments that u posted. You are just like a rockstar!!!!

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Haha I feel for you JB!

Finale here I come!

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FINALLY... the kiss.. haha.. the real interaction between the leads.. well i'm happy for MGY that her first on screen kiss is given to CJM!!hehe..

this drama started out so.. perfect!! i expect it to go tat way.. but it's a huge dissapaoitment.. but even the drama speed up in the end, there'r so many things that hv not been solve yet.. still so many mystery i hope they could bring out!!
as the reporter boy who had a crush on EJ before.. y bring him back?i mean it's useless?he stareted of like a mysterious guy --they somehow still hv a crush on EJ or maybe liking HS now BUT all of the sudden the declare he's gettin married...!!WOW...
what about KH second bro!!what hv he done??NOTHING??WOW...
what about the evil stepmother of KH??
the hairpin n the pen it's never been brought out again~
(the family drama/business is way too boring)

i just could say that i never been so dissapointed!! great or superb cast.. tis is the first drama that i like the cast of much!! MGY & CJM!! i'm too dissapointed they wasted the actor/actress

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Thanks JB,
A kiss is just a Kiss but will the relationship lead to the registrar or
you go your way and I'll go mine ! after experiencing their first kiss ?.
What will happen to Cinderella hye sun then ?, will she continue her ballet dancing overseas or carry on with her late father's business?.

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Thanks JB,
Looking at the last photo with her shoulder lifting up that is not a good kiss, maybe cringing for when will the camera stop rolling !!. ha ha !! body language can reveal your actions !! It is not a romantic kiss, maybe learning to kiss for the first time.

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OH. MY. GOD.
Can someone please tell me where to watch this episode with english subtitles? :(
Thanks a lot, people. :)

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i love this series from start to end! i wouldnt think that the storyline's to slow. it really gives me a detailed view of their lives, happy times and bad times! :)

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well, the kiss is amazing as we'd been waiting too long for it
but 1st, I just can't stand how KH cried in the car
Damn it, how could CJM cry so FAKE like that, I felt it's kind of funny really, if a different actor had been cast the drama would have been better :((
Anyway, I love the kiss <3

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Hallelujah. That was the most satisfying(?) kiss scene that has ever happened in a drama.

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Oh gosh!! This has got to be the best kissing scene ever in the history of k dramas!

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