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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 1

[And now, for a special treat! With samsooki rediscovering his love of an old K-drama classic and generously offering his recaps, we thought it would be a blast to relive the glory days of My Name Is Kim Sam Soon. Huzzah! Those of you who’ve watched and loved Sam Soon can take this opportunity to wax nostalgic for the good ole days of the mid-2000’s, while those who haven’t seen it yet (crazy, but I assume there must be a few who fit this description) can see what the hype was all about.

So, let’s hop in our time machines and travel back to 2005, when Cinderellas and Candys ruled the day, cold chaebol princes were the hero of choice, and angst was ruled by unresolved first-love pain. Oh, wait. I guess not everything’s changed in six years. To add to the fun, we’ll be “airing” recaps on a familiar schedule, just like we’re watching it live all over again — so say hello to our newest Wednesday-Thursday drama! –javabeans]

Introduction

Perhaps you’ve heard of My Name Is Kim Sam Soon, a/k/a My Lovely Sam Soon? Before your time? Wowsers… Okay, well, in a sentence, MNIKSS is a romantic comedy where boy meets girl and then girl puts boy’s brain in a blender and pulses ‘frappe.’

MNIKSS wasn’t the first to follow a rich-man/poor-girl story line or have a fist-pounding-pillow love triangle, but there was something there that just seemed to resonate with people. And while ratings began rather modestly on June 1, 2005, by the sixteenth and last episode, more than half of Korea was tuning in to see what would happen.

Whether you’ve seen this drama before or not yet, I hope that you’ll find this trip back six years in time as fun as I do.

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The initial characters!

Meet Kim Sam Soon – hovering around 30 years of age, a talented pastry chef who is soon to be ‘between employment opportunities’ due to trials of the heart. She’s not exactly the quiet, hard-working type. And she’s not quite spunky. On the other hand, she is a dreamer and she has a bright line personality for which there is right and wrong.

Min Hyun Woo has been Sam Soon’s boyfriend for three years. He is the second son of a construction company magnate. Hyun Woo is also a playboy who rationalizes everything yet believes in nothing. He is articulate and smooth, which probably contributes to his complete lack of ethics. Hyun Woo is the kind of person who would snag the $20 bill dropped by a poor old lady instead of returning it, rationalizing that his use of the $20 would be better for the national economy than a poor woman saving it.

Jin Heon is the owner of Bon Appetit, a fashionable French restaurant in Seoul. Bon Appetit is part of a conglomerate of hotels and restaurants owned by his family, led by Jin Heon’s mom, Na Hyun-Sook (aka Chairwoman Na). Jin Heon has spent his life being groomed for eventual leadership of his family’s businesses. Confident beyond arrogance, smart and jaded, Jin Heon uses the blind dates that his mother sets up for him as passable sport, both overestimating and belittling his dates at the same time.

Episode 1 – Life is Like A Box Filled With Bonbon Au Chocolat.

It is Christmas Eve night at a swanky hotel. Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” plays softly in the background as a happy couple, arm in arm, heads toward a nightcap of passion and love.

But who’s that following the couple, dressed like an incognito sack of wool? It’s Sam Soon, who’s tracked down and confirmed the cheating by her man, Hyun Woo. Sam Soon imagines herself as a vengeful woman, attacking Hyun Woo with the stiletto she has brought with her… until she is awakened from her reverie by a room service attendant who needs her to get out of the way. Sam Soon turns to run away but trips! And her woolen form doesn’t blend in with the hotel carpet! Oh noes! Hyun Woo cannot help but spot Sam Soon trying to crawl away.

Downstairs, in a packed hotel lounge, it is time to lay down cards and show hand. A non-apologetic Hyun Woo quizzes Sam Soon as to how she found out. While heart-broken, Sam Soon is not to be led astray through deflecting questions; she searches for answers. But Hyun Woo has none to offer other than to break up with her, coolly, with no regret or emotion.

Hyun Woo’s callousness finally rouses Sam Soon to defend herself. She brings out her rapidfire tongue blazing but this merely makes Hyun Woo walk away without answering. Not to save the relationship but to save herself, Sam Soon stands up in the lounge and shrilly calls out to Hyun Woo: “Was there ever a time you loved me?”

Hyun Woo pauses and then answers, probably truthfully, that he did love her. But his love has reached its limit, and so what can he do about it? Sam Soon rushes to the hotel bathroom to cry away from public eyes, but in her haste, Sam Soon had chosen the wrong bathroom! Could this Night of A Thousand Horrors get any worse?

Jin Heon was on a blind date of his own, and chose to spend the time listening in on Min Woo-Sam Soon saga rather than paying attention to his own date. Getting splashed with water for his own inattentiveness, Jin Heon finds himself face-to-face with a tear-streaked, half-dressed Sam Soon. Jin Heon offers some unwanted “many fish in the sea” advice before leaving.

Months pass. Jin Heon, the owner of the French restaurant, Bon Appetit, finds himself short of a pastry chef as his prized pâtissier has quit and gone back to Paris. Jin Heon meets with his mother, Chairwoman Na, to get a loaner French pastry chef or at least some pastries, from his mother’s hotel.

It has taken months to heal, but a resurgent Sam Soon has apparently shaken off The Worst Night Ever and is applying to a match-making service. Her unimpressive life history is laid out before a pudgy intake matchmaker. Her father has passed, she has no job, assets or university education, and pfft, what a weird name! The tigress in Sam Soon roars in response… before she wakes up again. Hehe!

These dream sequences are brilliant because more than being funny, they show Sam Soon’s character without actually being offensive (Sam Soon’s lack of respect at times would be a little hard for Korean viewers to take – but since it’s a dream, it doesn’t really count).

Back at the hotel, Jin Heon is being cheeky with his mother and Chairwoman Na is running short on patience for her son. The Chairwoman is not amused by Jin Heon’s blind date antics and starts beating on him. Consider it a loving beating and Jin Heon feels the love. Still, Jin Heon needs a pâtissier and heads down to the hotel restaurant to bum a few dozen cakes.

It seems that Sam Soon lost her pastry chef job due to her absence at work when she tried to track Hyun Woo on Christmas Eve. So after her visit to the matchmaking service, Sam Soon goes to another job interview at a certain hotel restaurant. Despite her efforts, Sam Soon is sadly rejected for being overqualified (how can one be overqualified? I don’t get it). And Sam Soon had even brought a mango mousse cake as an example of her abilities.

Before leaving, Sam Soon peeks into the hotel kitchen area and sees all the goodies being made. She is wistful and crouches for a closer look. Just then Jin Heon appears from behind and startles Sam Soon. The two collide and the latter’s hair is caught in the buttons of Jin Heon’s zoot suit!

Sam Soon struggles to get loose, but like a fish caught on a hook, squirming just makes it worse. And Jin Heon has no time to waste on interlopers or slackers. Bon Appetit needs cakes and pastries. He takes clippers… .and …. *snip* Oh no, you did-unt! Mmmm hmmm! he did-et!

Jin Heon ignores a howling Sam Soon and walks over to the hotel pâtissier Chef Chris. As Jin Heon unsuccessfully begs for pastries from Chef Chris, a pissed Sam Soon finally scores a victory for herself. *WHAP* While all of the other chefs are aghast, Chef Chris has one of the best lines when he says in some weirdly-spoken slow English, “Oh! My! God!”

Sam Soon snarks that Jin Heon should enjoy eating the cake, as she made it herself and it is a bit on the pricey side. Har! Lesson To Be Learned – hands off the ahjumma fro! On the way out, though, Sam Soon realizes that the person she just assaulted was the bathroom guy from Chrismas Eve! Sam Soon swears further revenge if she ever meets him for a third time. Meanwhile, a nonplussed Jin Heon tastes the smashed cake… and damn, but that’s some fine mango mousse, and runs after Sam Soon.

By luck or fate, Jin Heon has just found his pastry chef. Jin Heon chases down Sam Soon and reveals himself to be the President of Bon Appetit. See, the thing about Koreans is that stranger to stranger, polite speech (joen-de-mal) is pretty much mandatory even when one person is older than another. But once social status and even the briefest of personal relationships are confirmed, speech patterns can switch to familiar speech (ban-mal) pretty quickly if there is a big difference in social strata. Jin Heon has turned from polite stranger to jerky boss, and his speech and accent correspondingly switches from “Neutral-Polite-Inquisitive” to “Bored-British-Accent-Ban-Mal.” He orders Sam Soon to appear at his restaurant in a day’s time, resume and cakes in hand.

Despite her reservations with the ill-mannered Jin Heon, Sam Soon appears for the interview, desperately hoping that Jin Heon doesn’t recognize her from Christmas Eve. Jin Heon asks relevant questions about her lack of schooling but Sam Soon doesn’t flinch and answers truthfully. She passes the first round and now its taste-testing time for Sam Soon’s goodies.

With Westlife’s rendition of ‘Mack The Knife’ setting the mood, Sam Soon’s goodies are sampled before Jin Heon, the head chef of Bon Appetit, Chef Lee, and by the restaurant manager, Manager Oh. Sam Soon is asked about her pastries and she answers philosophically. Her chocolates are shaped by her own life experiences. She makes not only the chocolates but the box as well – as people must take full responsibility for their designs and choices. Jin Heon is impressed by Sam Soon’s passion and maturity but chooses a mien of disinterest.

Jin Heon has to work to hide his fascination and respect for her, but still manages to sound bored as he offers her the job. But rather than immediately accept, Sam Soon declares that she will take the job if she can be called Hee Jin, and not Sam Soon. Jin Heon doesn’t understand why Sam Soon is a bad name but Sam Soon can’t understand why Jin Heon can’t understand. What if Hyun Jin Heon were named Hyun Sam-Shik? (an adequate translation of “Sam-Shik” might be “Third-Punk” hehe.).

Finally, Jin Heon says that Sam Soon can pick any other name, but not Hee Jin. But Sam Soon must be Hee Jin. Why must you be Hee Jin? Why must you ask why I must be Hee Jin? Hehe! It’s stare-down time! Sam Soon, rather cannily, plays chicken with Jin Heon as she gets up to leave. Jin Heon caves.

And so Kim Sam-, er, I mean, Kim Hee Jin is introduced as the new pastry chef of Bon Appetit. She is greeted warmly with the exception of the restaurant’s chief single lady, Captain Jang (wait-staff floor leader), who feels threatened by the arrival of yet another woman to try to take away her President Jin Heon.

With the entire restaurant as an audience, Jang Captain asks for Sam Soon’s age, ostensibly to determine how to address her. With that being the apparent reason, Sam Soon has no choice but to answer truthfully – she is 30, and Sam Soon’s admission draws snickers from Jang Captain.

Note: way back when, recent college grad samsooki himself was dragged to a mother-child meet-and-greet at a fancy hotel, arranged by Korean mothers in the area. Throughout dinner, one mother after another would drag her child to the front and introduce him or her. One mortified med school student came up, and rabid frothing Korean moms started barking questions in Korean, “How old are you?” “What’s your blood type?” “What type of medicine?” And the daughter politely answered each question, and then was about to leave when one particularly bitchy question rang out, “WHICH-EE MED SCHOOL YA?!” At that point, the embarrassed student ran out of the room, leaving poor samsooki next on the block. There’s a little Jang Captain Morgan in each of us, isn’t there?

Still, despite Jang Captain’s barbs, this is finally the start that Kim Sam Soon has been wishing for. She has her dream job and she is free of an abusive three-year relationship where she was held hostage to a phantom hope of marriage. And by out-staring her boss, she’s no longer Kim Sam Soon the Insecure, but Kim Hee Jin, the Noona who can make or be a tasty treat for all the cute guys at Bon Appetit.

And to round out the major cast, two more individuals are flying back to Korea from America with stories to tell. The window-seat woman looks to be in her mid-twenties and the aisle-seat woman sounds and looks a bit older. These unnamed women engage in a little “wine makes the trip go faster” kind of bonding.

The aisle-seat woman who is fast going the way of sloshy, relates a tale of divorce from a cheating husband. Sometimes, when one cannot share things with one’s family and friends, the only safe ear is the stranger’s ear. The window-seat woman listens sympathetically, but is far more evasive about her own life, and deflects further questioning.

Who are these women, and why is the window-seat woman being so secretive about why she spent 3 years in America? Could one of these women be somehow related to President Jin Heon and his apparent dislike of the name “Hee Jin”?

Back at Bon Appetit, Sam Soon readies herself for her first day. She dons her newbie yellow scarf and her Kim Hee Jin name plate, adjusting her uniform and chef’s hat to be just so. Sam Soon looks in the mirror, winks and says, “You guys are all dead!”

“You guys are all dead!” is more than an optimistic boast – for Sam Soon, it is a heart-felt promise of her ability and her principles. Sam Soon may not win any awards at a beauty pageant, but here, in a French restaurant, she is well within her element. Like Mack the Knife, whose knife bites leave no trace of red on him, Kim Sam Soon is the killer nobody knows, yet. The peeps at Bon Appetit won’t know what hit them.

*Comments*:

Wow! What can I say? This is the legendary drama My Name Is Kim Sam Soon. You can probably count on one hand the number of dramas that Koreans consider to be “national dramas” – ones that capture the imagination of the entire population, and this drama is one of them. For me, this was my very first k-drama (how lucky that I chose such a good one – imagine if my first k-drama was Sweet Spy… maybe there would never have been a samsooki in that case.).

For me, much of this drama’s charm has to do with Hyun Bin’s portrayal of Hyun Jin Heon. Before MNIKSS, I’d never seen a young Asian guy on television who wasn’t a masked ninja / karate guy or an English-challenged nerd. Seeing Jin Heon as a stylish, athletic, confident man who can pick and choose who he wants to date or not date, was mind-boggling to me. For once, it was cool to be a Korean guy (not that being a complete jackass is cool, but you know what I mean).

But without a doubt, the pulse of the show was and still is, Kim Sun Ah, who for years was nearly synonymous with her title role. Kim Sun Ah plays Sam Soon like a scalpel, slicing at not just elements of Korean culture and its idiosyncrasies, but people in general. Inasmuch as Sam Soon is a character to be laughed at, so too are the things that we all wish we could change about ourselves.

On a personal note, ever since I first started following dramabeans, I’ve wished that we’d see MNIKSS recaps pop up here like a Christmas present in August. Well, sometimes you just gotta get up and get yourself that present that you’ve always wanted… Take that, Santa Claus!

Oh right! One more thing. *wave* I’m back! 🙂

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omo omo omo!!!!!!!!!!!

what a special treat!!

Recap from Samsooki!!! On MNIKSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This is also my first K drama, blew my mind, and then for years I didn't watch another K drama because they're just not up to what I expected after watching MNIKSS.

Of course, everything changed again when i watched City Hall...

*****

Can anyone explain why an adult having a single parent (whether their parents divorced or one passed away) is considered bad in Korea? I've seen this being stressed and stressed again in k dramas but I just don't get it. Why would that make one into a "lower status"?? It has nothing to do with their personalities and self-worth or whatsoever right?

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I think the assumption is that you're not raised correctly without a mom and dad in the house. Usually, if the mom is missing, they will nitpick on how you're missing out on learning on how to be a proper woman/housewife. And when the dad is missing, they will nitpick on your economic status (in the situation where the dad is missing, usually the family is poor) or maybe on you not being able to understand how to function in a household with a male leader (and therefore won't know how to take care of the father in law and husband).

I think it is a pretty shitty thing for characters in kdramas to pick on cuz more often than not, the parent is gone because that parent is dead. Way to rub salt in one's wounds.

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Thanks so much!

Exactly, I don't really get why they would be treating a person who has lost a parent in such way... so I do wonder if this is the case in real life or it's just a kdrama thing in order to emphasize on how poor a protagonist's status is.

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Yay! Welcome back to recapping samsooki! I've missed reading your writing!

I loved MNIKSS and it still one of my favorite dramas to watch when I'm feeling down. Thanks for the wonderful recap!

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This drama is such a classic! There are some dramas that totally hit the right spot in all possible ways, like everything falls together perfectly. I look forward to reminiscing and seeing some of my favorite characters again :)

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Now Dramabeans is Complete! MNIKSS recaps were the only thing missing from this great place.

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I just finished a rewatch last week, my way of introducing my mum to the show for the first time.

The timing on this is perfect, because everything is fresh in my head. I've watched this show 3 times now and I still remember that on my first watch I hated Kim Sam Soon. Could not understand her appeal! Why would anyone love her?

Damn. I sure have grown. Now my questions are; who wouldn't love her? And what's not to understand about her appeal?

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Yay for MNIKSS recaps! I didn't catch on to sam soon until last year, but I'll probably be rewatching with the recaps!
Chef Chris had such impressively awkward english.

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So surprised and excited to see the recaps of MNIKSS. However, honestly, I was more surprised and excited to see your name, samsooki.

So good that you're here!

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Samsooki's back? Like, not just OT-poster-back, but like, recapper-back? Jeongmal? That's an even bigger Christmas-in-August prezzie than the MNIKSS recaps! *woo-hoos*

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Awwww thanks for the trip to memory lane. Now Im going to rewatch it with mom.

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*de-lurks*

ahh! samsooki, it's wonderful to hear from you again! And with MNIKSS, too!! I'm almost ashamed to say how long this drama has been on my "to watch" list, but reading this recap has definitely bumped it up to the top of the list. As an aside, I love the anectdotes and background you offered throughout the recap as well, so thank you and welcome back!!!!

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I friggin' love this blast into the past! This was the first Kdrama I watched from start to finish and it's still No. 1 on my list! THANK YOU.

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Thank you samsooki! I really like your recap writing-style ;)

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Whaaaa?! We get Christmas in August! Thank you!

@samsooki, that was pretty wily of you when you hinted a few posts ago that you might take another turn at the recapping wheel...and here it is! Seriously, what a delightful surprise:)

And the origins of the name samsooki...

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Omg, I never thought I would see a Sam Soon recap on Dramabeans!!! This drama is really my absolutely favourite out all of the kdramas. There's just something special about Sam Soon~ You make me want to rewatch it again!!! And I just finished watching in 3 months ago! My friends think I'm crazy for always rewatching MNIKSS...
Thank you SAMSOOKI!!!!

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Thanks, been waiting for this recap.

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Oh no he didn't... oh yesh, yesh, YESH! Legendary, indeed.

*Counting 1, 2, 3...* This was my fifth Kdrama series.

1/ Full House
2/ Attic Cat
3/ MISA
4/ Stairway To Heaven
5/ MNIKSS

It is easier to count the first initial shows as an addict than number what latest shows are on my agenda.

Btw, I'm chasing City Hall, got done w/ ep.03, and came in here to look for your recaps samsooki. I hope you'll get a chance to join JB and GF in one podcast or two, well, that's IF your arms are fit 'cos all you'll be doing most of the time is refilling drinking glasses... with liquor. You... can... bartend and podcast at the same time, right?

Do have a joyful stay. I hope to see more of you in SOAW threads as well.

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i love this drama!!! awesome!!!

thanks, Samsooki...

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OMG this made my day! Ah, the memories. Thanks so much for the recap, samsooki! :)

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Welcome back!!

And thanks for re-capping on Sam Soon! Still my favorite K-drama over the many years that I've been watching.

Can't wait to see what's gonna happen in the next episode! ;)

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Thank you Samsooki! How wonderful to see you back!

And Sam Soon......one of my first dramas that really captured my attention!

You really put a smile on my face for Wednesday night in beautiful Hawaii!

Mahalo!

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Kim Sam Soon will forever be my 1st and only KDRAMA love...

This is the reason why i started imagining Sunah and Hyun Bin riding off into the sunset and making beautiful, bouncy babies together, the reason why i wanted to take baking classes and once had that pipe dream of becoming a baker, the reason why my DVD player gave out because i must have watched this about 75 or more times in it's entirety, from start to finish (No joke... there was even a time wherein i watch one episode everyday repeatedly for a period of about one year).

Best of all, this is also the reason why my story was featured in one of dramabeans article about crazy things that one does for kdrama addiction... (pretend sleeping, watched it for 16 hours straight)...

Sun Ah has a pedestal in my heart because of this series... I believe that she is one, if not the most awesome, most talented and the funniest actress that Korea has ever gifted the world with and Hyun Bin will forever be HOT in my eyes because of Jin Heon (although his portrayal of Joo Won in Secret Garden comes a close second)...

If there's one thing that watching this series has taught me, it's that Kim Sun Ah seem to have that magical ability to make me as giddy as hell and up to now, no matter who her leading man is she always seem to create that magic wherein you root for her and the actor she's working with to end up in real life together because she makes the pairing that believable...

I can go on and on about this drama... wax poetics, shoot rainbows out of my ass and vomit stars along with it... My Name is Kim Sam Soon is BOSS and thank you samsooki for taking the time to write about this because if a kdrama addict has not seen this drama, i think they really can't be called a kdrama addict at all...

Now if you'll excuse me, while i pop that DVD back in and watch this drama for the 76th time...

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Ahhhhh! One of my faves! Love it love it love it!

Thank you samsooki for the recaps. I look forward to your deconstruction!

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My, my eyes deceiving me? Did I actually see the recap of My Lovely Samsoon? This is the drama that got me to know this remarkable and talented Korean actress - Kim Sun Ah. I'm following all her dramas since and is now hooked on Scent of a Woman. Boy, I still can't believe this - recap of Samsoon? Thanks Samsooki.

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open dramabens and BOOM.. My Name Is Kim Sam Soon on display..gee i just finish watching em last night..^^

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YES!!! thank you!! i was just wanting to read some MNIKSS recaps!!! i watched it when i was little haha <3

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OMG!!! I love you samsookie!

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Oh, wait, i love you too javabeans! weeeee!!!

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Wow,,,, thanks for recaps this samsooki,,,,,,, :)

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Wow, thank you for the recap! I just rewatched this a couple of weeks ago. I'm looking forward to your recaps :)

The OH MY GOD line gets me every time, the whole scene of her shoving the cake in his face is superb!

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OMG!! LOVE IT!! I missed it so much!! I'm gnna watch this again because the recaps are gnna be here, so I can look up my favorite episodes with my favorite scenes and watch them all over again, because I forgot them!! I love this idea! Thank YOU!!!

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yay yay yay! MNIKSS forever!!!

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The music selection is transporting to another time.

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This looks promising. I like Hyun Jin Heon's character. I go for the Mr Darcy types. Can't wait for the next episode!

Thanks for the recap, Samsooki!

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Still one of my all time favorites. This drama pushed me over from Jdrama to Kdrama fanatic.

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Samsooki, thank you so much for the wonderful trip down memory lane.

I have my reservations about the Samshik character, but there really is something about Hyun-bin that makes him palatable. Same with Lee Kyu-Han's Hyun-woo. Actually, all the characters are great to watch in this drama, which is pretty rare for kdramas. MNIKSS was like the 5th or 6th drama I've watched and it was the first to really touch me. It wasn't just girl meets boy for me, it was girl meets herself.

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@asianromance I agree with you regarding the Sam-shik character. I have some major issues with him, which I will touch on as we get further into the drama and the recaps. Much as I enjoyed the drama (and I really did enjoy it) there were some moments where Hyun-bin's character displayed such inappropriate, boorish, brutal behavior that it made me really uncomfortable. I had a visceral reaction to some of shit he pulled. But on the whole, I quite liked the drama for what it was, and could appreciate that in terms of Korean fare, it was -- and still is -- revolutionary.

Plus, I'm shallow, and while he may not be the best actor in the world ... or, you know, even a good one ... Daniel Henney is GORGEOUS. I just want to eat him up. Eat him up with a spoon. Two spoons. Three, even! Then I'd spoon him. Obviously I have no problem watching foreign-language entertainment, but when he opened his mouth and started speaking English I died. There's something about hearing your own language that is so lovely and comforting. It's an instant connection. It's like home. A really sexy home. :D

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Kya~!! Awesome recap Samsooki!!!
I wuv you! lol :D

Keep 'em coming! I'm loving my Christmas present in August and I'm so glad you're back ^^

(BTW, totally love the little notes here and there ;) )

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Samsooki is back!

AND MNIKSS... IS MY FAVOURITE KDRAMA EVER... (well together with Coffee Prince)... BUT YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Samsooki!

Hi to you and the Mrs. and the baby! Well, the whole family whomever it encompasses!!!

I haven't watched this one yet, believe it or not. I just watched the ending episode in pieces. So I am on a new journey with your refreshing recap.

Thank you!

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Thanks for the recap! I actually rewatched and finished this series recently. It's been a while! :)

This is one of those dramas that made me wish I could speak Korean to actually understand all the cultural and linguistic aspects in the dialog...

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hi there! thank you for recapping sam soon, I too loved this series. It has been shown in the Philippines though I only watched bits and pieces, that is why I have watched it online just recently and well what can I say, I just sooo loved kim sun ah (also watched city hall) and hyun bin (and so I watched secret garden) hehe.. reading your recap was very enjoyable... Love it!

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THANKS, this is my to go drama when the ones on air don't get my attention. I was one of those people that got to see this drama because of all the hype everywhere. Oh the memories, the tears, and my love for Hyun Bin started with this drama.

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just finished reading the recaps... again, thanks so much samsookie!

this is the first kdrama i've ever watched (and loved!), and there's just no turning back after this.

after arriving at home (at 11pm!) from a stressful work day, i would always look forward to watching MNIKSS till the wee hours of 4am... and then wake up for work at 7am, hehehe!

i also just a had my first major hearbreak that time, so i would laugh and cry, and laugh and cry, and... (you get the picture) everytime i watched it. i always felt sweet relief after seeing the ending credits, like i was shaking off my demons and feeling hopeful once more that i would find my own samshik one day.

anyways, i'm just so happy, so thanks again! and looking forward to the next recaps! :D

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OMGosh, when I saw this recap as the featured recap on DB homepage, my immediate reaction was "holy sh*t, someone hacked DB!"...must say, this is a very nice surprise =)

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Ah! I am so freaking happy! This drama is freaking cute! I just recently watched this and they screwed up the subtitles. Hopefully this will clear some parts up! Thanks so much! I'm looking forward to the next recaps!

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haha....I thought there was an error at first! but I'm loving the recaps..brings back sweet memories..

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I laughed, I cried...I absolutely loved this drama and occassionally go back to random episodes to watch every now and then. It's so great. Thanks for recapping.

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*chokes*

SIX YEARS?

THIS WAS ... SIX YEARS AGO?

this was back when my family borrowed videos the moment the episode was released from our neighbourhood korean store and screamed and squealed and watched into the early hours of the morning. my mum, sister and i with dramas like kim sam soon, haeshin, dae jang geum ...

wow can't believe it was so long ago. still one of the best dramas ever. <3

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MNIKSS, Full House, My Girl, Lovers in Paris, Save the Last Dance For Me, Dae Jang Geum - these are the ones that got me into kdramas and now it's pretty hard to find dramas that can compare... so now I've decided to spend my time rewatching these. What a fantastic period that was!

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Yay! Love the recap

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Oh i had to blink couple of times, I thought I type the wrong web address. MNIKSS still number one in my heart second is City Hall---what can I say I luv KSA. But MNIKSS is the one that got me hook in watching more Kdrama. My first drama was Full House, but that one didn't leave so much impression on me. MNIKSS seem more real. Thank You SAmsooki! Now, *back to lurking* anyeong!

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