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Playful Kiss: Episode 11

This episode was sort of low-key, but had some sweet moments and a bit of development. It didn’t have as many “exciting” moments as some other episodes (not that you can really use the word “exciting” with this drama), but there is the implication at the end of the episode that makes up for that.

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EPISODE 11 RECAP

The morning after is less romantic than Seung-jo’s declaration last night might have suggested. Ha-ni turns out to be a disruptive bed-partner, manhandling Seung-jo while unconscious and stealing the blankets. He sighs with frustration while she remains blissfully asleep.

Ha-ni awakens slowly, remembering happily that she and Seung-jo slept in the same bed. Eyes still closed, she reaches out to feel for him, but he’s already up and a little disgruntled as he tells her about her horrible sleep habits.

Breakfast is a cutely domestic scene, which Seung-jo prepares and Ha-ni revels in. Seung-jo makes nothing of eating together, or getting dressed for the day, or walking out together like the junior version of the happily married couple walking ahead of them, but in my opinion therein lies the sweetness — that comfortable attitude treating this all like it’s mundane. Like you’ve already arrived here naturally in your relationship.

In contrast, Ha-ni doesn’t even try to hide how much she loves it, and jumps to play the part of a wife, picking out a red checked shirt for him to wear. He dismisses the choice and picks another, but I’m betting that red shirt makes a reappearance at some point. (It had better!)

At school, a crowd has gathered in front of a sign. Ha-ni’s jaw drops at the embarrassing declaration, courtesy of Joon-gu:

“Baek Seung-jo at last ♥ Oh Ha-ni. They spent a night of love together! Oh! Ha-ni will definitely be wearing the same clothes as yesterday!”

OMG. Mortifying to the nth degree, no?

The students cast knowing looks at the couple in question, and one of them — Mom in disguise as a nerd, lol — prods Seung-jo to explain what happened. Exasperated, he pulls his mother aside and asks her to cut it out.

School is abuzz with the latest rumors, but Ha-ni has nothing to report to Mom or her friends. Nothing happened.

Even He-ra is uneasy about the gossip, and she makes a roundabout reference to the news, trying to get Seung-jo’s reaction. I dearly wish he’d let her stew in her insecurity, but he cheers her up by saying that she ought to know nothing happened with Ha-ni.

In all the excitement of the night before, Ha-ni has forgotten what she did with her chocolates, which she was never able to give to Seung-jo. She laments the loss, but wouldn’t you know, the box is safely back at Seung-jo’s place.

He opens the box and reads her cute handwritten note:

To: Seung-jo
These are chocolates I made myself, thinking of you. I hope you’ll enjoy them~~ ♥
–Ha-ni!

He smiles at the note and takes a bite of a chocolate… and spits it out. In true Ha-ni fashion, they taste awful. But our little Robot Boy is learning that it’s the thought that counts, and he gives a little laugh.

With exams approaching, Ha-ni tries to study, but realizes that it’s spreading herself too thin to try to prepare for all her subjects. Instead, she’ll focus on English, which is the only class she shares with Seung-jo. (Ergo, she can’t drop out of it.)

She spends late nights studying, and when she shows up on test day, Seung-jo notices her wan expression with some worry. He-ra’s feeling mighty self-confident after being assured that nothing happened between them, so she once again falls back on her hateful habit of masking insults as cheery comments, saying that Ha-ni should probably repeat this level next year.

Ha-ni stares at Seung-jo dreamily through the first half of the test session, marveling and how handsome he looks. To her surprise, he reaches back and swaps papers with her — giving her his finished sheet and taking her empty one.

Best of all is the smile he flashes, which sends He-ra into a tizzy. No, I take that back — best of all is that pissy look on He-ra’s face at Seung-jo’s unexpected gesture. I was a little confused — was he actually helping her on an exam so she could join them next year? But perhaps this is just Ha-ni’s deluded daydreaming… (Note: The editing is rather choppy and confusing in this episode.)

Joon-gu is devastated about the latest development with Ha-ni and despairs that he’ll have to give her up. But he gets some unexpected advice from Kyung-soo sunbae (who sees him looking miserable and gives him some suggestions), and resolves to give it another try, starting with a proper confession of his feelings.

He finds Ha-ni after her test and gravely begins his speech, explaining that he’d almost given up, but decided to stick it through. When her head drops forward, he assumes that she feels guilty, not knowing that she’s actually fallen asleep. Lol.

But no matter, because Ju-ri and Min-ah inform him that nothing actually happened between Ha-ni and Seung-jo, which revives his optimism.

Ha-ni’s in for the shock of her life when a strange student comes up to her during tennis club and asks her to go steady. She doesn’t even know him, much less know how to respond to that, and gapes silently as he talks with Kyung-soo.

This is Kim Ki-tae, who has taken a year off school and is about to re-enroll, making him a sunbae. He tells Ha-ni that he’s known since high school that she likes Seung-jo, but figures he has a chance with her because they’re not officially dating. His self-assured demeanor is not at all shaken at her perplexed reaction, and he asks her on a date this weekend.

Ha-ni’s never been asked out before — she’s always been the pursuer — so after the idea sinks in, she starts to warm to it. Oh, she doesn’t like Ki-tae, but it’s a flattering idea, and she enjoys the attention.

Ju-ri and Min-ah hasten to tell Seung-jo, thinking to light a fire under his indifferent butt, only to get the cool response, “Really? So what?” They say that he might find Ha-ni snapped up by that other guy, but Seung-jo scoffs, “Is that so? I’m not worried.”

But since you happen to say that as you’re wearing your Ha-ni-approved, red-checked shirt, I’m deciding I don’t believe you, NOT ONE BIT.

Mom frets over the possibility of Ha-ni falling for the new guy, bemoaning the day when Ha-ni gets “stolen away,” blaming Seung-jo for his lack of action. This will not do.

Officially in courtship mode, Ki-tae treats her with friendly interest, finding her at school and swinging an arm casually over her shoulders. She stiffens and scoots away, but he doesn’t take offense and follows. It’s interesting how he can do that and not come across sleazy.

Ki-tae explains that at first he was provoked by Seung-jo — that hoobae who does everything so well. Ki-tae had first fixated on his pseudo-rivalry with Seung-jo, but in the process he started to notice Ha-ni, since she was always following Seung-jo around. He found her tenacity attractive, and asks her again to date him — she shouldn’t waste her youth waiting for Seung-jo.

He-ra catches sight of their cozy tete-a-tete, and immediately sizes up the situation. She’s thrilled — that takes Ha-ni away from Seung-jo — and enthusiastically pushes the two toward each other. She even skips away in glee.

Mom does recon, spying on Ki-tae, and admits that he’s much cuter than Seung-jo. Ha-ni assures her not to worry, because she’s only interested in Seung-jo.

That thrills Mom, but she jumps to prevent Ha-ni from rejecting Ki-tae right away. Now that her fears have been assuaged, she wants to take advantage of this scenario to stir Seung-jo’s jealousy. After all, he’s feeling too complacent with Ha-ni always around; he needs a little kick in the pants. Rock on, Mom.

I don’t think Seung-jo is jealous, per se, but he doesn’t love this development, either, and it makes him a little more cutting than usual. When He-ra pushes Ha-ni to date Ki-tae, Seung-jo chimes in: “How lucky for you. They say that if one person throws something away, there’ll be another to pick it up.”

Pride stung, Ha-ni retorts that Ki-tae’s just as smart and good-looking as him, PLUS he treats girls much better! Which is, of course, when Ki-tae steps in, pleased at her vote of confidence. He asks Seung-jo to let Ha-ni come to him now, and Seung-jo replies that Ha-ni’s not his, so he can do whatever he wants.

Seung-jo’s comments tickle Ha-ni’s ire, and with a flash of anger she thinks that she may as well go ahead and have a relationship with Ki-tae. (Cutely, she uses the words “have an affair,” as though dating Ki-tae would be cheating on Seung-jo. God, Seung-jo, can’t you just own up to your feelings already? You totally don’t deserve her devotion.)

At the restaurant, Seung-jo is his usual sarcastic self when he takes Ha-ni’s order, thinking she’s going to spend another day waiting around for him. However, she declares that she’s here to meet someone else, which is when Ki-tae arrives. I have to say I love that little look of surprise on Seung-jo’s face when he realizes Ha-ni’s on a date.

Ha-ni pulls back when Ki-tae slings his arm around her shoulders, but that’s when Seung-jo comes around with their drink order, so she ignores him and reacts enthusiastically to Ki-tae’s date suggestions. Seung-jo pointedly interrupts to deliver the drinks, and sets them down a lot slower than he could. Oh, you.

As soon as he leaves the table, however, Ha-ni deflates and drops her cheerful act.

It’s too bad she doesn’t have any interest in Ki-tae, because he’s pretty much the textbook ideal for a kind, attentive date. He looks after her every comfort and makes sure she’s having fun, and she admits that it’s been a while since she enjoyed herself like this.

Hearing that her crush on Seung-jo dates back four years, Ki-tae tells her that he doesn’t expect her to suddenly get over that and like him, but all he wants is for her to think of him a little. At the end of the date, Ha-ni looks around disappointedly, having secretly hoped that Seung-jo would show.

While looking at Seung-jo from afar in the library, Ha-ni decides things can’t continue like this, because she doesn’t want to use Ki-tae. Time to end it.

Ki-tae, on the other hand, urges her to forget Seung-jo, ignoring her attempt to talk to him. He pulls her aside (grabbing her by the neck, aie!), ironically taking the same stance Seung-jo had with the wall kiss as he leans in… and at the last moment Ha-ni squeals, “No!”

That’s when Joon-gu makes his appearance, throwing a punch and telling him to stop pestering Ha-ni. Ki-tae punches back, and this leads to a full-on fight right there amidst the bookshelves while Ha-ni watches in horror and tries to urge them to stop.

Enter Seung-jo, who tells them that there’s no use fighting over Ha-ni. He grabs her shoulder and pulls her close as he points out, “Even so, I’m the only one Ha-ni likes.” With that, leads her along with his hand still on her shoulders.

HA! He can pretend he doesn’t care, but the fact is that he uses the hand-on-shoulder move purposely to signal the guys to back off, because once they’re alone together he drops the hand. She’s feeling miffed at his ego — how confident he must be to declare that he’s the only one she likes. Seung-jo tells her frankly that she and her mother are so transparent.

They have dinner with the parents that night, after which Dad takes Seung-jo aside to ask about his future plans. He suggests that Seung-jo take over his game company, but Seung-jo answers curtly that his father has planned out his whole future without his input.

After that, Seung-jo drops out of sight for a while, and Ha-ni notes that he quits his restaurant job and has stopped coming to tennis club. It takes a while, but she tracks him down to his new job (tipped off by Kyung-soo) as a groundskeeper at a mountain villa.

He’s exasperated with Kyung-soo for telling everyone where he went — in particular He-ra, who pulls up just moments after Ha-ni. Kyung-soo sees this group outing as his chance to make inroads with He-ra, and proposes that he and Ha-ni team up to keep He-ra and Seung-jo apart.

Ergo: couple games, in which he pairs himself with He-ra. Seung-jo sits this one out, leaving Ha-ni and a disgruntled Eun-jo on the same team.

The task is a scavenger hunt wherein the couples must find all seven stamps that have been placed in the forest. There are a couple of funny moments with the He-ra/Kyung-soo pair, not least because He-ra goes hiking in the woods in four-inch heels. At one point Kyung-soo tosses an object in her direction and yells that it’s a bug, which sends her clutching him in fear.

Ha-ni and Eun-jo are both bummed to be stuck in this game without Seung-jo, but Ha-ni tries to make the best of it. A misstep sends her slipping over a small cliff, and she lands in the ditch below. She’s not hurt, but that leaves her unable to climb back up to the main level. Worse yet, they think they hear the howl of a wild animal, which worries them as nighttime approaches.

Joon-gu also works his way through the forest, intent on sticking by Ha-ni’s side at all times. He spots the hat she lost when she fell, and tries to reach for it — and that sends HIM into the crevasse below with an injured leg. He shouts for Ha-ni, and ironically, it’s that sound that makes her cower in fear.

Without a cell phone signal, Eun-jo and Ha-ni settle down to wait for help, and thankfully Eun-jo has come prepared. He shares his blanket with her, and, seeing her shivering, he holds her hands to warm them. It’s cute.

What’s even more adorable, however, is when they think they hear the wild animal approaching, and Eun-jo tells Ha-ni to take cover behind him. Aw! He’s a little boy with the heart of a man.

Seung-jo has remained behind to work, but he’s tipped off that something’s wrong when He-ra and Kyung-soo wearily trudge back and are surprised that Ha-ni’s not back yet. Alarmed, Seung-jo takes off for the forest at a run, knowing something must have happened.

Finding Ha-ni and his brother, he helps them back to safety, and then also finds Joon-gu stranded in the ditch and helps him as well. Joon-gu’s reluctant to accept his help, embarrassed to be at his mercy, and vows to repay this debt.

The next morning, Ha-ni takes a stroll outside, taking a seat at a bench. Seung-jo joins her there, where he tells her, “You should’ve come alone.” He points out, “I thought you liked me and all that. Don’t you know how I feel?”

She starts to say, “I know you wouldn’t think of someone like me…”

He stops her by putting a hand on her shoulder, and then — OMO OMO! — leans down to kiss her.

Only… that’s when Ha-ni wakes up from her daydream, having nodded off on the bench. OH YOU FAKERS. How dare you do this to me and my heightened expectations?

Ha-ni realizes the kiss was just in her dreams, and wishes she’d dreamed a little longer.

But something feels a little different, and she touches a finger to her mouth as she muses, “Still, somehow my lips feel…”

And the camera pans away to reveal Eun-jo, standing at a distance, reacting in shock to something he perhaps didn’t expect to see…

 
COMMENTS

So the big question: DID HE OR DIDN’T HE?

Also, the little question: That “he” is Seung-jo, right?

At first I wondered if we were supposed to think it was Eun-jo who kissed Ha-ni, based on his reaction — he looks nervous and is breathing harder than usual. We DID see him softening toward Ha-ni when they were stuck in the woods together, but still, I don’t think that makes that much sense. Plus, the ending teddy-bear image shows Eun-jo Bear watching Seung-jo Bear kiss Ha-ni Bear… so there’s that.

Anyway.

This episode (and this entire series, really) made me think how curious it was that you could have a drama without any angst that is still enjoyable. Because, let’s face it: there’s nothing in this drama to worry you, to give you that feeling of suspense or anxiety for the characters. Even if all romantic comedies are a foregone conclusion (boy and girl find love), conflict and narrative tension keep things interesting on their way to achieving Happily Ever After. But in this drama, it’s even more obvious than usual (if that’s possible) how it’ll end, so I feel no suspense, and none of the “complications” are really very complicating.

And yet, despite that, I still find it really entertaining and heartwarming to watch. Hm. It’s interesting.

The relationship between Ha-ni and Seung-jo is developing at a snail’s pace, and I’ll admit there are moments where it gets close to being wearying. Yes, Ha-ni likes Seung-jo. Yes, he likes her back but refuses to admit it. I think it’s time for use to get a little more than that same old, same old — or at least bigger expressions of affection on his part. They haven’t lost me yet, but I do think it’s about time for the couple to be making greater strides as the drama’s finish approaches. I look forward to that.

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Thanks for the recap! For those who really want to know the real feelings of each character especially BSJ, mischievous kiss website under MBC has diaries of each one.. Promise it will make u giddy and probably understand more each character.. For English translations of each diaries you may go to leizleblogspot.com..

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And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what shall be therefore known as:

KISS AND RUN. ♥

PS: Eunjo ah, come to noona. :]

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;)
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The sequence of Joon-Gu shouting "Hani" and her growing fear is really funny and sad at the same time. ^^

SJ said "you should've come alone". Is he referring that Hani shouldn't have brought her date to his restaurant and shouldn't date him?

After that, he is out of sight of Hani. Is it because of Hani or his father's health & company?

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Again, I want to say - Make it 20 episodes!!!!!!!!! Hey, they yield to early nay sayers' opinions and cut short, but now that many see how fun, sweet, endearing it is, go back to the original plan of 20 eps!!!!!! Common, you can't hurry love. Let us enjoy this, savor this longer. ...Let's chant this 10,000 times. :) just kidding.

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What i wanna know is that if he DID kiss Hani....what was the scenario?

I think Hani was dreaming the dialogue where he says "I wanted you to come alone." Did he say any of that or did he just kiss her?

If so, what prompted the kiss? Is it annoyance at the fact that Joon-gu followed her there?

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thanks jb ...love the recap ..still has to watch the epi and i am waiting for viikii to remove that red stop to green go haiz

so happy the 2nd kiss happened ..for a drama with a kiss in the title, i am seeing very few kisses and all very tame at that ..don't disappoint me in the 3rd kiss PK

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"And yet, despite that, I still find it really entertaining and heartwarming to watch. Hm. It’s interesting. "

Well, that's Itazura na Kiss (the manga)'s charm for you.

People who became a fan after reading the manga or watched the previous versions of this remake, loved it not because of its (or lack therein) plot. They loved it because it presents romance in a very simple and naive way with just enough baggage to leave you questioning. And sometimes.. simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, or in this case, satisfaction.

I know you don't like the comparison between this version and the previous versions, but this is by no means a comparison. No matter how many versions they'll remake this story into, it will always be cuter than bunnies and it will simply leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

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so true!!!!!! Even though I have a favorite version, I'm liking all versions so far (yes even that Japanese version from the 90s that most of you all dread) and they are all "cuter than bunnies" and I do feel "warm and fuzzy".

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Thanks for the recap. I am also liking this drama. Though there is no suspense I don't mind that I can see what will happen next.

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lemme tell u something galz , next week's episodes inshallah are going to be rocksome trust me , and all those who declared not to dislike hye rae will do hate her for sure , just the way I'm doing right now

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Why?

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don't want to give any spoilers , at the end of the 12th episode and preview of 13th, u will understand everything ;)

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omg, i've seen ep 12 and all went well until that b**** showed up in the end... ggrrrrrrr

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omg eunjo is ADORABLE!
i am in love with that kid actually hahahaha

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First, I'll begin with thanx to JB!
Your recaps are really awesome.
You know, your recaps are just making my days. Since early morning of the Wednesday (even when the new episode of PK is not aired yet) I can't help myself from surveying this blog... *embarrassed*
Keep on!

Then, I want to hug all the girls here! Your creative comments just kill me! :) :)

And finally, my thoughts from this episode:
* SJ's hand on HN's shoulder in the library-fight scene - you know, it was as if he was saying "She's mine!" by that... Wicked! I wish I was there instead of her :)
* my greatest disappointment - test scene. And I thought it was real... I even didn't think it wasn't real - just was gaping at SJ's smile, it really slowed my brains :)
* wish Kim Ki Tae had some pre-story. At first, I thought that Hae Ra had sent him in order to keep Ha Ni away from Seung Jo. I hope his character will be more developed in the next eps.
* and, at last, Hae Ra! This was the most-making-me-crazy-and-angry ep with her. I can't understand why Seung Jo doesn't stop her from being so mean to Oh Ha Ni.

Let's see what's next. The preview had already sent me into anticipating......

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spoiler: based on anime, that mystery kiss will be the wedding gift of Eun Jun to Hani.....hehehe!

i hate the editing part in the english exam!!!!!

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i woke up smiling this morning ^_^

i watched episode 11 last night, and was beginning to be a bit disappointed, because it was much of what we've seen before... even though i laughed a lot, and almost fainted at the wet-haired-bathrobe seung jo...

but then a GIANT leap happened at the end! and loved the setup too! it was like ... aaahhhhh, oh wait, whaaatttt, just a dream, oh no, nooo, NOOOOO??????

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pheww..... i've just woken up from my dead satisfied slump. i can't wait to resume my normal sleeping schedule now that PK is done for the week.
that said, massive seungjo dairies update (looks like reena29shadow got busy when i was in lalala land)...

CREDITS to reen29shadow

ep 8 diary
part1:http://twitpic.com/2vfb8q
part2:http://twitpic.com/2vfcbd
part3:http://twitpic.com/2vfew2
part4:http://twitpic.com/2vffvm
part5:http://twitpic.com/2vfgc0

ep9 diary:
part1:http://twitpic.com/2vflxz
part2:http://twitpic.com/2vfna3
part3:http://twitpic.com/2vfoqs
part4:http://twitpic.com/2vfpcm
part5:http://twitpic.com/2vfquc

ep10 diary:
part1:http://twitpic.com/2vftmx
part2:http://twitpic.com/2vg0c3
part3:http://twitpic.com/2vg2ys
part4:http://twitpic.com/2vg4wv

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oops, i mispelled
CREDITS to reena29shadow

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Something boggles my mind. The morning after a nightcap, how come Ha-ni fits Seung-jo's pj's pretty well? How can someone her petite size fit his clothes so well?

I find it cute; the day he wears blue/white she wears red/white, then next day, he wears red/white while she wears blue/white. Coincidence? I bet not.

I miss the ending Goong bears in your recaps. Keke~ A total giveaway BTW. Eun-jo bear as a pre-voyeurist to Seung-jo bear's and Ha-ni bear's 2nd kiss.

[SSSSSSSSS]He-ra! She-ra! She-ra! Is all that is coming out of my ears.

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Dude, I was totally thinking She-Ra everytime that chick walks on screen.

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Thank you for the recap! Kitae is sort of winning me over. It's refreshing to see this suave guy try to chase HaNi and sweep her off her feet after the past 11 episodes of HaNi being the the pursuer. IN YOUR FACE, SEUNG JO!! Yeah yeah, i know he steals HaNi back pretty quickly, but still...

I sort of want this series to be longer. What about the tidbit with Yuuki Irie (Eunjo) and that girl who was similar to Kotoko. the kdrama business has such good looking child actors, I want this part to be included!

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the best thing was Ki-tae!
he's so handsome, cute and also cool.
sometimes I cannot understand "love"; if I were ha-ni I would jump over Ki-tae immediately, kekeke^^

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cool it up guyz, the kiss mystery is revealed in the next episode...
and I think I'll kill Hae Ra one day... Right after 2 weeks? It would be no use of that then... :D

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Thanks for the recap.

I didn't like that they tried to cram so much story into this episode. It was so confusing especially if you haven't read the manga.

I am at the point now that I WANT Hani to just "have an affair" on Seung Jo or just move on. I swear I think of Katy Perry's Hot N Cold when I think of Seung Jo. "And you overthink...always speak cryptically...I should know you're no good for me."

I don't think that Seung Jo deserves Hani's devotion anymore. He better start redeeming himself soon.

All that said...I'm still tuning in. I want my happy ending.

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There is something so sweet about this drama. I'm drawn to it. It has a retro vibe that I really enjoy. It's atypical of k-dramas I've seen in the past. The main characters are truely enduring and charismatic.

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Thank you for the fast recap JB!!

I watched this late last night & went to bed at midnight....then I just tossed and turrned. I couldn't sleep because of the last scene!

I loved so many things in this episode:
the 'morning after'
the checkered shirt -- I was excited when he wore it later in the episode
the mom dressing like a nerd -- OMG I was laughing so hard!
the chocolates & BSJ's reaction
the new man & BSJ's reaction
BSJ putting his arm around HaNi in the library
EunJo holding HaNi's hand...so sweet!
and of course...the kiss!

The editing in this one was really weird...I mean BSJ all of a sudden disappears? He cheats on a test for HaNi? After reading the recap & some of the comments it makes sense now, but I was thrown for a loop last night.

I am sooo loving this drama!

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Oh -- Forgot to mention that whoever did the hair styling for this episode should be fired.

BSJ with a headband -- WEIRD!
HaNi's strange "I don't know what to call it" bang 'do

I was a little happy to see HeRa with a freaky black thingie on her head the day of the English test. What was that thing anyway??

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one f Miho's tail dyed black

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*of

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lol... bsj + headband = spirit of the forest.
LMAO.
it wasn't that bad for me though.

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I could NOT stop laughing at your comment!! ;P

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BSJ with the headband was another 'i dont get it' moment.

i simply don't get it.

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Let's sign a petition to fire PK's hair stylist =)

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Let's sign a petition to fire PK's hair stylist =)

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agree with the headband thing... gosh. made him look so metrosexual. eeks

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For SJ to kiss HN and disappear the next moment means he must be running off really speedily after kissing. LOL!

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He must be a vampire the, some asian relative of the Cullens :LOL:

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I think he kissed her because if it makes sense this would be the kiss scene that he gives her when she's sleeping. Cause in the Tw version Joe kissed Ariel when she was sleeping in the hospital when the brother was rushed to the hospital. He kissed her there & the brother woke up & saw it but in PK they didn't kiss at all while in the hospital so I assume this would be it.

For a second I thought it was Eun Jo but no in the tw version & manga if I remember correctly the brother doesn't develop a crush on her. He just starts to warm up to her & not see her as a careless idiot but sees that she is kind hearted & caring.

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Like the part when Hanii asked SJ won't he ever think that her heart may change? SJ answered "Never"! Wow! He's so confident and have great confidence in Hani.

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for your entertainment....

behind the scenes of the beach shooting...
it's refreshing to see khj have fun..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6waMQeOqNKQ&feature=player_embedded

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thanks V for sharing... look at those chest of his.

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oh... i know right... i'm still mad at the PD for cutting that his chest-see-through-wet-shirt of his out... we didn't get to see that in the drama... sigh... that chest... renders me speechless.

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yes..this is the only K-drama without any single treat for the fans.

No shower scene, no topless KHJ & they didn't even show us KHJ in wet tee.

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LOL. Girls, if you ask me, that yummy neckline can compete with a shower scene anyday. YUM.

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Yes! And this is one of the few kdramas that I actually want to see a shower or topless scene in...*groan*

But as it is, wet hair and bathrobe has my heart beating so fast...not sure my poor lil old heart can stand topless scene...and maybe that's why we will not get one...imagine how many ajummas will die of heart palpitations :)

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gah~!! his pecs....!!!! ^^ (cannot stop smiling)

is it wrong of me to keep looking??!!! *runs off and hides face*

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PK is like being caught unawarely, mischievously and playfully in a spinning cotton candy. Loving every episode of this drama!!!

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Yeah - is it b/c they are trying to cram everything in that the editing is soo choppy and poor? I was having a hard time figuring out all the scenes - even though I have read the manga and watched the 2 previous adaptations.

I think of this is my fluff drama - hehe... has all the makings of cute fluff and I don't have to think. To that end, I love it. I love the story anyways - just wanted to see how the k-version would turn out. I don't think there is any new or wow factor here but I do think it's enjoyable and fun - for all fans alike.

Thanks JB for the recap!

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Thanks for another entertaining (and quick) recap, Javabeans!

I agree, this show isn't what you call "exciting," but I thought other episodes were a lot more "low key" than this one, which seemed to have more actual story happening. I've been waiting for Ha-ni to go on an enjoyable date to make Seung-jo jealous. Of course, I still wish it had been with Joon-gu, who has been wasted as a secondary love interest character and been resigned to permanent sad puppy status... =/

Another thing I not-so-loved was, as others said, the terrible editing. It had gotten so much better since the beginning, and then we had the completely confusing test scene. I think the editor just forgot to add that one, vital "white whoosh" that signals an end to a daydream. Like you said in your Ep 1 recap, see Scrubs for proper fantasy sequences. -_-;

The ending kiss did make me wonder if it was real or dream, Seung-jo or Eun-jo, but the bear scene seemed to show that it was a real Seung-jo kiss that Eun-jo witnessed. That brief uncertainty with the actors followed by a possible confirmation from the bears was interesting. It could be a sign of really bad editing or pretty clever storytelling, still not sure which. XD;

On to things I loved about Ep 11: the humorous night, the cozy morning, the re-appearance of the shirt Ha-ni picked (I spazzed when I noticed ;), Mom's mortifying sign, Mom disguised as a student (one from the 70s/80s LOL), Seung-jo's reaction to the chocolate (lol & aww), He-ra's pissed off face followed by Ha-ni's totally justified "Meh-rong :-P" (wish that part was real), Ki-tae being very sweet and handsome, Seung-jo finally feeling slightly threatened, Kyung-soo waiting with open-jacket for He-ra to run into his arms in panic (LOL), Eun-jo being such a handsome little gentleman (cute~), and, of course, the OMO OMO KISS (squee!).

Lastly, I love Javabeans and Girlfriday for continuing to recap Playful Kiss and appreciate its merits, like those awesome movie critics who recognize high quality art in films but are also able to just sit back and enjoy movies of fluffy entertainment. I am surprised, too, with how much I love this drama. I can see so many things wrong, and yet I can't help but care deeply for all the lovable characters. Despite its flaws, Playful Kiss has a story of heart that's so easily relatable, along with a golden cast that makes the show utterly charming. I love it. ^_^

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dude this episode of the taiwanese version was looovve. i don't know why, but i really want to love this drama. i do.

i just don't. =(

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dude this episode of the korean version was looovve. i don’t know why, but i really want to love the taiwanese drama. i do.

i just don’t. =(

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LOL

Let me continue that....

dude this episode of the korean version was looovve. i don’t know why, but i really want to love the taiwanese drama. i do.

i just don’t. =(

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LOL. You guys are funny. XD
How about loving both?... or leaving either in peace.

My turn I guess.

dude this episode of the taiwanese version was looove. i don't know why, but i also love this drama. i do.

yes, i just do. =)

both have their own charms.

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on a pk unrelated note, i LOVE the song... i thought the lyrics fitted hani quite well...
and i have a special fondness for this song... i remember it cuz it was released on my bday!

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I was also confused about the editing at the point where seung jo may or may not have switched his paper. i didnt know if it was just me or not. lol.

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As always thanks for the recaps.

Kim Hyun Joong! Do the dang thang!

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Sorry fellow committed PKers. This episode made me check out. I found the scenes too rushed and useless. I understand they need to create tension between Ha-Ni and Seung-Jo through a rival for Seung-Jo, but geezus Ki-Tae was so ineffective. Introducing a rival so late in the game and only having him there for half an episode lead to a disconnect with the emotional attachment we were supposed to feel.

Good thing I watch two episodes in one sitting. The next episode definitely makes up for this one. I guess I just had to take a quick train stop on the PK-train! Happy to be back on board!

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He ra is much nastier piece of work here than in previous episodes. I like the old He ra, but the new He Ra seems a more worthy rival. The actress is really very good. She's sweet n sarcastic at the same time.

I really want to knock some sense Ha Ni. Enough with ogling over BSJ. It would be so much more satisfying if she has some feelings for the new sunbae n feels confused over them. Let BSJ really feel threatened. I was so looking forward to some of that drama. Now I feel as though cold water has been poured over me. Hmph...

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Ki-tae didn't do anything for me... until the restaurant scene. He's SO CHARMING. And the way he's so earnest and honest. Unlike Duckie, he's display if affection is really likeable. By the end of the episode, he's THE guy for me! Sorry Seung-Jo.

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Many of us have been wondering why PK is so unpopular in Korea and MissChievous Land kindly translated two korean articles about why PK is such a failure in Korea....
I don't know how accurate of a reflection of the korean audience are those comments but they are quite harsh.
Ironically, what they criticized about the show are either a strong point for me (like the small hints of a love line which they thought was slow, while i thought was realistic) or something I never even thought of (as in Jung so min's acting is bad).
I think if that is what they are thinking, then we're doomed to agree to disagree with the Korean audiences. What is charming for us is boring for them, hence the low ratings... Hopefully though, those comments are a minority and just selected for the purpose of writing the articles.
I sure hope the cast/crew won't take all those articles too much to heart. *deep sigh*

For those who wants to read the full article:
http://immisschievous.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/101008-wheres-the-loveline-between-seung-jo-hani/

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Actually I find it funny.

In a sense that as if they are trying to find some flaws in the story as to justify why the low ratings. I on the other hand find that its a failure for people not to enjoy this simple-peace-love story. May be there is something wrong with the people; and not what they claim it to be.

But hey that's me...

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XD I'm TRYING to find it funny but somehow, I feel bitter for the cast/crew... All their efforts are basically bashed, not only in ratings, but also in articles, and by some of the already small audience they have.

I understand SOME of their points, such as their frustration with the speed of the storyline... but I don't agree with them. The whole PK is about those characters' growth, and you can't speed growth, nor rush love. Seungjo is slow in his acknowledgement of his feelings but that's his character... and completely realistic. PRIDE (among other things) is something people, and especially Seungjo, hold onto at almost all cost. And why wouldn't he do that since Hani would still follow him either way? Even Hani who throws her pride away still has some and knows to back off. Only to be pulled back by Seungjo. XD
The viewers are frustrated with how Seungjo is blowing hot and cold but that's actually the charm of the show, showing how this boy/man is slowly learning to feel, be confused by those feelings, understand those feelings and learn to express them, albeit clumsily.
Sigh. They don't know what they are missing.

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Yeah may hearts goes out to all of them.

When I meant funny is how we see people reaction to this. Not in a sense that I was laughing it all out...

I get what u mean. Although others may find this story is simple. I somehow find it differently. I grew up with the story and I know this characters so well. It doesn't mean that because of it's simplicity, we/ they (the viewers) take it all with a simple-minded way. The story touches so many depth of one could possibly imagine.

The indifferent of Naoki/BSJ or how clingy OHN Kotoko/OHN is. Those traits is what makes the story stand out. One should actually always, always see from different point of view.

One might see that BSJ being hot and cold to OHN. I find it interesting to see a complex guy adapting to the most uncomfortable situation in his life.

One might see that OHN is being clingy and x have a back bone. I find her to be extremely brave to show out her feelings regardless humiliation/ harsh treatment she got from BSJ.

Again that's why I stressed out how funny people are. The way their thinking. For me there's nothing wrong with the story, it's how u see and interpreted it. And I'm guessing that by their reaction, may be there's something wrong about how they think, again that's me.

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XD... well, that's you.. and that's me as well.

People find it simple... but that's why it's so relatable.

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forgot to add... the article contains ep 12 SPOILERS

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Wow.... that's rather harsh. Who are these people anyway that they're interviewing? Actually, was ISWAK popular in Korea? Maybe it's just the wrong audience. I'm curious to see how PK fares in other countries.

I have a friend who absolutely hates this drama too. She just looks down on the lack of "drama" and "seriousness". On the other hand, she LOVES SKKS. There is a purpose, a truth-seeking mission, death-defying friendship .... It strikes a chord with what she needs in her life currently.

I'm enjoying this drama because it calms me down, it brings back memories, and because I needed to be reminded how it feels to love so simply. JSM shows a lot of things I hate to admit when I have a crush, and BSJ is the embodiment of that "crush that always seems unattainable".

It is not a love story per se, it is a love story as remembered by the author years later. Memory distorts, shifts, exaggerates, alters, and does something wonderful. In telling her story the way she remembers it, she connects with all of our stories, the way we remember them.

This is one of the VERY few dramas that I will actually buy, watch again in the future, if only to make me smile.

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i do hope that the cast esp. JSM and KHJ and crew wont be affected by these articles and some negative comments.

in reference with the story being in the slow pace its based on manga which was also based in a real life story. its not supposed to be plot driven kind but its characters driven story

i do think that most of the korean audience is not so familiar with the background of PK thats why they are judging it based only on what they see.

but for me, the show is providing the right thing for me. they are delivering the good thing. and i do hope that would continue to do so til the end. THEY ARE DOING ONE GREAT HECK OF A JOB!

so to all the PK lovers like myself just continue to support and love them.

see you guys on episode 13! it will be fun!

PK AJA! FIGTHING!

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I watched the anime and also ISWAK so I know exactly what happened at the ending, but yeah, the editing this episode was pretty weird - it confused me to no end. But I kept watching because the instant I saw them at that camp I knew what would happen.

I really like this drama (though nothing can beat ISWAK in terms of chemistry between the two, though) and its a shame theres so many people that dislike it.

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Seung Jo indeed kissed Hani in her sleep. They showed in the preview at the end of episode 12 and seems that they had merge the character of 'Chris' in the manga together with Hae ra cos she ended up as the granddaughter as the super rich businessman. Urgh. I am so looking forward to the last 4 episodes!

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(Spoilers ahead, I guess?)

That was an interesting twist, and I am very curious to see how they plan to sort that out. When I watched the pervious adaptions, I simply could not hate Chris (And Hui Lan in ISWAK) because one, they did not appear until late in the story which leaves little character development FOR you to hate them, and two, their actions from their introduction til the ending (Both accepted their defeat + acknowledged Kotoko/Xian Qin) basically redeem them from the nature of their character's positions. (I especially LOVED Hui Lan - I just couldn't hate her at all and actually felt really bad by the end)

On the other hand, when they have Hae Ra in this role, I really don't know how I feel. The role of Yuuko/Zi Yu in the other adaptions is basically there for you to hate, and I can't help but anticipate the moment where she falls off her high horse, but if they combine the two characters like this (One I absolutely love and one I hate to the bones) it just feels sort of conflicting to me. =/ Maybe its because Ive seen ISWAK and the anime so many times that its natural for me to feel some affection to Chris/Hui Lan but if they put Hae Ra in it it just feels odd.

Not that I don't like it. I'm just really surprised they did this and I thought it was an interesting twist. Let's hope they handle this well.

Sorry guys, tl;dr. ^^;;

I know I shouldn't be comparing the adaptions but I guess that's what happens when you know the story back to front, pretty much.

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SCOREBOARD

Devotion - Joon Gu 10, Ki Tae 5, Seung Jo 0

I want to run my fingers through your hair hair - Joon Gu 0 Ki Tae 5 Seung Jo 10

Earning Potential - Joon Gu 0 Ki Tae 10 Seung Jo 5

Mother in law - Joon Gu 0 Ki Tae 0 Seung Jo 100000000

I'll pick Seung Jo anytime

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LOOOOOL me too me three

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Come for Seung Jo, stay for the Mother in Law, eh?

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you can always seduce a man, never a mother in law

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"But since you happen to say that as you’re wearing your Ha-ni-approved, red-checked shirt, I’m deciding I don’t believe you, NOT ONE BIT. "

I belive him!! I feel that he said that he's not a bit worried because he has complete faith in Ha-ni's devotion towards him!

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I have this feeling that you would have given up on this drama if Hani didn't make you love her from the very beginning. This drama really is not fantastic. Plus, the saddest dramas of this year got highest ratings, so I'm guessing people prefer angst and lots and lots of it!

But funny thing is, as I read more and more of your recaps, I get more compelled to the story as it goes a different direction from the taiwan one and adds in more cute moments without diverging from original characters. it's like the writer just forgot to put it in! keke

After the 10 min long dream sequence and the slow loading I stopped watching PK. But after the last few ep recaps I am starting to love this more and more. I WANT to watch the action, in fact. If it weren't for A levels I would have jumped on it.

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can someone tell me - if this messy hair of SJ is thу latest fashion? As much as I like him, but this hairstyle plainly weird.

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ep 13 text preview is out...
you can find it almost everywhere. ockoala.wordpress.com is one place.

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always posting the bestetst and latest news :) thanks

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ur welcome... XD

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Sorry bui I have to scream.....I hate his hair!!!!!!! It's bad cause i do love their characters..

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btw, there's two versions... you have to scroll down to get the other one... i haven't read either yet but i heard the 2nd version is less mushy and from what i got from the original version, that's a good thing... cuz if it gets any more mushy than in korean, um, we might have a cheese fest.

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oh... ive just read the translations... they are not complete, just a part of the original, in case you're wondering. in the original, he also talks about the after sharing bed morning and the goong sunbae.

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Girls .... the torture has officially again started:
HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT UNTIL WEDNESDAY??????

(especially since BSJ is now sporting that fabulous straight-curly style...)

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V, can't agree more, esp watching preview for ep13. Hate the character she played, such a scheming, stalker b****.

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JB and GF, I just wanted to say how thankful I am to you two for making these recaps. I suppose I'm a big weenie and I just can't watch the PK without reading your recaps and comments first. I know it spoils the moment, but if I didn't read first, I would never watch the drama. I tried to once and left it on pause for a day or two until the recap came out. I can't really explain it too well but maybe this can help: when I was little and watched the cartoons where the coyote is chasing the roadrunner and the puff dust at his feet disappears revealing he's just run off a cliff...I'd change the channel to something else before he realized he was going to fall. I felt bad for him! Anyway, I'm so very appreciative and thankful for your episode summaries and comments. You allow me to watch the show!

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While waiting for Ep 13, I decided to rewatch PK from Episode 1. Wow, I'm happily enjoying and loving this drama more than ever the 2nd time around. Those who haven't watched it are missing a sweet treat!

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I'm also going to watch it again as soon as all episodes all along with subs are posted on silentregrets.com

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