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The King 2 Hearts: Episode 1

Okay, this show cracks me up. I just didn’t know what to expect going in, thinking it’d be Daemul-meets-IRIS, judging from the uninspired promos. They made me yawn, those suckers. But I’m happy to report that The King 2 Hearts is a dark comedy, and pretty damn pitch-perfect at that. On the upside, it’s not what I expected and I laughed the whole way through. On the downside, my dance card’s filling up fast, and I’ve barely gotten through half of March’s premieres. Sigh. Sleep is for the lazy?

Ratings: King leads out of the gate at 16.2% for its premiere.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

We open on the royal palace, 1989. A teenage boy wakes up in the middle of the night to find the place buzzing with activity. He watches worriedly as he circles the back halls and finally crosses paths with the head advisor EUN KYU-TAE (Lee Soon-jae).

The man bows, “Crown Prince.” The prince asks, scared, “Has war begun?”

But no, it’s the coming down of the Berlin Wall that’s got everyone up at night. The prince, LEE JAE-KANG (later Lee Sung-min) joins his family as they watch the wall come down on television.

Little Bro wakes up, indignant about his gameboy breaking down (remember those?), and Hyung snaps at him that it’s not the time. Mom ushers the little one back to bed as the prince and his father watch the fireworks onscreen.

As we might’ve guessed, petulant little bro is our hero, LEE JAE-HA (later Lee Seung-gi), who’s already an ass before the age of ten. Mom (the queen, played by Yoon Yeo-jung) takes him to school where he hits on the first girl he sees and invites her to the palace for a playdate. Ha.

He runs off looking for his hyung. Jae-kang is busy though, as a couple of boys from his class start pushing him around saying that their familes are the ones who pay for his lavish lifestyle. He holds back his temper, knowing he’s not supposed to fight.

The bully yells at him to lower his eyes, when Jae-ha finds them… and then Lil’ Shrimpy totally attacks like he’s seven feet tall, with a gameboy to the head and a kick to the nuts. This kid cracks me up.

He gets in the middle of the fight, wanting to protect his hyung, and then the bully finally has enough and pushes the kid to the ground. That’s enough to break Jae-kang’s resolve, and fists go flying.

The boys all land in a big scuffle, while one boy hangs back, not knowing what to do. Shaking, he takes a pen out of his pocket… and then stabs Jae-ha with it. Damn, he’s just a kid! Teachers finally come to break it up, and the pen-stabber hides the evidence.

Jae-kang tends to Jae-ha’s wound, assuring him that no one will tell Mom about the fight. “Why’d you even jump in? You’re so little.” Jae-ha: “You were gonna get hurt!” The brotherly love is just the cutest thing.

Jae-ha says hyung can’t get hurt ever, because he’s going to be the future king. Jae-kang says it’s fine, ’cause if anything happens to him, Jae-ha can be king. The little boy gets the heebie jeebies just thinking about it, even at that age, and declares that he does NOT want all that annoying pressure and meddling. Most importantly, his gameboy would be taken away. Hee. So “If you make me be king, *fist in air* you’re dead!”

Jae-kang locks him in the room as punishment for his disloyal thoughts. As Jae-ha pouts, he notices something strange by the window on the other side of the room. It’s a person, tapping quietly on the window. Creepy.

He slowly approaches, as the figure starts to write something into the frost on the window: “I… am… KING.” Alarmed, Jae-ha tries to peer through the letters to see who it is. The boy doesn’t try to hide – it’s the pen-stabber. He looks Jae-ha straight in the eyes with a death glare, as he wipes the window clean. Okay, that’s a pretty effective villain, ’cause I’m creeped out.

Cut to: grown-up Jae-ha, coughing for dear life during army training, 23 years later. Even then, he’s screaming, “Hyuuuung!” like a normal person screams mommy. They have to restrain him just to get him to endure the gas training, but he wriggles free, tears the mask off his superior, flees, and causes a giant ruckus.

He gripes like a child the whole way out, screaming that they’re all going to lose their shirts, he’ll see to that. So, basically he’s the same. Ha.

Meanwhile Hyung has become the new king. As Jae-kang walks through the same memorial hall we saw in the opening, he passes a portrait of his father, now passed. He marches in to a pressure-filled joint meeting between high-ranking generals from both North and South Korea.

He takes to the podium and says that twenty-three years ago, his father watched the Berlin wall come down and said that there would come a day when North and South Korean soldiers would fight and train together.

He says that the day has finally arrived, and announces the joint participation of both countries’ soldiers in an international competition, called World Officer Championship (basically they’re entering as one country for an international war game).

One of the Northern generals says he’s got a great candidate for the one female soldier each team is required to have—his daughter. Intro to KIM HANG-AH (Ha Ji-won) who marches down the hall with purpose in an army camp in Pyongyang.

She’s called over to the med ward with an emergency. One of the guys on the war games team has broken his arm, and now they’re out one member. The commanding officer looks at her, “Now, I wonder who could replace him…”

She refuses, saying that she’s done her fair share of this stuff and isn’t going to participate. The general just sighs and starts taking off his jacket, “Fine, I guess I’ll just do it myself… Ow, my back…” She rolls her eyes. Heh.

Time for the big showdown to see who will be on the final team. Hang-ah comes to the mat and mumurs to her opponent that she’s got stuff to do, so let’s go easy, huh? She gains the upper hand quickly, but the guy’s here to WIN, and gets vicious.

He draws some blood, and she’s like, I told you let’s go easy. Her eyes light up, ready for a real fight. They both get in some good punches, but then the fight leaves the mat, and the guy grabs a chair to swing at her.

A chair? Are there no rules to this game? It doesn’t matter though, because she knocks him down in the end, with attitude to spare. The general that pushed her to participate adorably gives her a standing ovation like an overly proud father.

The next day she looks at her face in the mirror, sighing at her cuts and bruises. Today she’s all dressed up and skipping down to the subway in high heels, to meet her girlfriends.

Turns out her friends are there to set her up on a blind date, sighing at her fresh wounds and dark circles. They wonder if her father doesn’t have any good prospects for her to meet, and one of them quips, “Don’t you know, to her father, she’s Hwang Jin-yi.” Ha. Nice meta.

They train her on how to be properly girly on the date, and tell her that today, she WILL get her hands dirty. Rawr. She’s embarrassed, but she does agree that it’s time she stop making comrades.

The date takes her on a walk, and she starts looking down nervously at her hands… Oh, is this what they meant by dirty your hands? Handholding? Hahahaha. That’s cute.

She fidgets trying to inch her hand closer to his… and then when they brush together, she immediately apologizes and pulls away. Oh dear.

But he’s brave enough pick up where she left off, and takes her by the hand. He looks around and then pulls her aside, leaning in for a kiss. She gulps, closes her eyes, romantic music swells, snowflakes fall…

And when he’s thisclose… she instinctively throat-grabs him and shoves him away. HAHAHAHA. And then she’s like, “Well I couldn’t push your face…” She tries to salvage the date, but he says he’ll call and leaves her there.

She sighs and looks down at her own hand, like it betrayed her.

She checks her phone a million times the next day, but of course there’s no call. The general urges her to join the team and she refuses, saying it’s bad enough that the whole country thinks she’s a super scary man-killer (literally, as in killer of men), but does the entire WORLD need to think that of her too?

He’s like, that’s not your problem—the problem is your temper! She pouts that fine, it’s all her fault that while other girls were busy learning how to prettify themselves, she was busy learning how to be a soldier.

General: “So… what you’re saying is, you don’t want to join the team because it’ll interfere with your dating life?” Well when you put it that way… He finally realizes the way to hook her, and promises that in exchange, he will take responsibility for her love life. These two are hilarious.

Next thing you know, she’s on the bus about to cross the 38th parallel. They greet the press and then head down into Seoul, where Hang-ah’s eyes widen to see all her favorite Hallyu stars on billboards. Ha.

She’s especially fond of Jo In-sung, another reference on the meta parade. She breaks into a huge smile at the thought that they could possibly train together (you’re a few months late for that, but I like the way you think).

She sighs to realize that he’s already out of the army. But then she comes across an even bigger billboard of Hyun Bin, and she literally presses her face against the window: “HYUN BINNIE! It’s only been a year since HE went to the army!” LOL.

Her team leader RHEE KANG-SEOK (Jung Man-shik) sighs that she’s got her head in the clouds, but she counters that the marines are plenty impressive enough that Hyun Bin could totally be on the Southern team, youneverknow!

He tells her to stop with the frivolous things, only to do a double take at the sight of a girl group dancing on another billboard. His jaw drops, “Wh-wh-what is that?” She’s like, “That’s called dancing.” So funny.

They arrive at the palace to meet the king, and get stopped by some testy security guards, who refuse to let the third member on their team, KWONG YOUNG-BAE (Choi Kwon), inside because of a metal shunt in his toe.

Hang-ah’s pride refuses to let her back down, and she tells Young-bae to scratch or bite his toe until he gets to the metal, since they don’t trust them. She stares down the security lady like she’s about to fight, but thankfully royal aide Eun Kyu-tae arrives to apologize for the sensitivity and leads them in.

The king greets them all, and Hang-ah’s father introduces her proudly as his daughter. She’s very official in front of the king, but then she whispers to her daddy like a little girl. She asks when they’ll meet the rest of the team, and Jae-kang says they’ll meet tomorrow.

He asks her to take good care to train one of them, who’s going to be trouble. Yeah, I’ll say.

Trouble’s on his way out of army training as they speak, ecstatic to finally get out of hell. Did he just do a Charlie-Chaplin-heel-kick on his way out? Pffft.

He greets the room full of generals and the king’s entrance is announced. Everyone salutes Jae-kang, while Jae-ha does a silly wink-salute at his hyung, who smiles back. The king decorates Jae-ha with his stars (which are entirely ceremonial) and Jae-kang pats Little Bro’s face warmly.

Awwwwww. I WUB the brotherly love. So much.

They ride away together, and Jae-kang congratulates him on completing army duty. Jae-ha’s just busy thinking about all the girls he’s going to see now that he’s back in the land of the living, and leans back in comfort.

But Jae-kang looks over at him with concern, because home isn’t exactly where they’re going…

He gets woken up by Eun Kyu-tae, who tells him to watch the monitor in the car. Jae-ha wonders where they are and sleepily watches as the announcement airs on the news: that crown prince Lee Jae-ha will be a member of the North-South WOC team.

“W-who? Lee Jae-ha who? ME?” Ha. Passive-aggressive much, Jae-kang? You couldn’t just tell him yourself? Inside, Jae-ha confronts his hyung with an angry sigh.

He pleads that this is inhumane, to rope in a guy who just got released from the army a few hours ago. But hyung’s got an ironclad contract signed by Jae-ha on his way out earlier, which of course he never took the time to read.

Jae-ha stops short of hitting him with said contract, and asks, “Is this some kind of North-South peace PR thing?” Jae-kang doesn’t even hesitate: “Yes. So let me use you a little, okay?”

Jae-ha’s defense cracks me up—he tells his hyung that throughout history, princes have always tried to usurp the throne, killing their brothers for political power. But HE always protected his hyung, had his back, never once tried to kill him or anything. HA.

Jae-kang reminds him that he doesn’t want to be king, which doesn’t seem to matter to Jae-ha right now. He asks why hyung is so obsessed with WOC anyway—is it because of Dad?

Jae-kang reminds him that yes, this is their father’s legacy and his dream for reunification. But Jae-ha asks why he, why they have to be the ones to see it through.

Jae-ha: Because you’re the king? Yes, we are the royal family. Not even in the Joseon era, but in the 21st century. Do you know what that means? It means we’re puppets.

He says that their duty is to smile for the cameras like good little mannequins and nothing else. Jae-kang looks up at him, angry and heartbroken at his words.

Hang-ah gets interviewed for the WOC team, with generals from both sides conducting the interview. The southern general notes that she’s special forces, which means assassin is her trade—isn’t that a different skill set from war?

Her commanding officer sticks up for her, getting into a funny little tiff with the southern general over who’s older, but she assures them that she does teach her soldiers to be assassins, but that’s just her day job, and she’s still a soldier.

And she’s like, besides, it’s been ages since I’ve assassinated anyone. Pwahahaha. That’s… reassuring?

She tells them she can barely remember her assassin training anyway, and if she does a bad job here, they can just go ahead and fire her, no sweat. Her sense of humor puts them at ease, and she’s cleared.

They ask if she’s met everyone on the team, and she says yes, except for one. The southern general says the last one just arrived: “He’s kind of… high up. He’s the crown prince, the king’s brother.” Her eyes glaze over.

Jae-ha is still busy trying to convince his hyung that this is not their duty. Jae-kang agrees that sure, they’re figurehead positions who live off of taxpayers—so shouldn’t they DO something in return?

Jae-ha: “I did. I went to the army.” Um… everyone has to do that, which hyung points out. Jae-ha: “I’m every woman’s hopes and dreams.” Modest, are we? Jae-kang: “That was in your twenties. You have a new nickname now: Over-the-hill Bachelor Nuisance of a Prince.”

Stammering, he starts grasping at straws, “There are plenty of men who think of me as a role model, you know!” Jae-kang tosses a report at him: “Fifty-two percent of men in the country think you ought to be ousted from the palace.” Ha. He’s got an answer for everything.

This time Jae-kang takes a hard line, and tells Jae-ha to name one thing he’s done for this country. If he doesn’t want to do this, then he can go ahead and leave the palace, and he walks out.

Jae-ha stands outside, chastened, as Eun Kyu-tae reads him the royal orders for Jae-ha to be kicked out of the palace and cut off. “Or… you could join the WOC training.” That’s pretty much all it takes for Jae-ha to meekly agree. Eun Kyu-tae smiles, and says that his own son will be on the team, so he can ask him for lots of help.

Suddenly the door opens up and a stern voice commands him to attention. He’s ordered inside, where the son in question, EUN SHI-KYUNG (Jo Jung-seok), is waiting.

Jae-ha asks if he’s the royal secretary’s son, and asks for a knife, because he thinks if he cuts his finger he can get out of training like it’s P.E. class or something. But Shi-kyung is all business and just stands at attention.

Jae-ha turns back, and then sees the gun in Shi-kyung’s holster. “A gun… Okay, let’s go with a gun. Can you shoot me right here, juuuuust barely hitting the finger?” This guy takes laziness to new heights.

Playing along, Shi-kyung takes the gun out. Jae-ha flinches immediately, deciding the gun is a bad idea. But Shi-kyung points the gun straight at his heart. Jae-ha asks what he’s doing, and then challenges him to shoot if he’s got the guts.

He laughs, taking the gun away, saying, “This is how you shoot…” as he pulls the trigger right in Shi-kyung’s face. Holy crap. Jae-ha’s arm reels back, and he’s startled more than anyone.

The shot rings out and everyone gets up with a start. He didn’t aim at his head, thank goodness, but there’s a giant bullet hole in the door just past Shi-kyung’s face. Jae-ha freaks out at the live-ammo weapon, more concerned with the fact that it was once pointed at him.

He screams, “Were you actually trying to kill me?” Guards run in to check on them, weapons drawn, but Shi-kyung covers, saying that he did the shooting. Jae-ha tells them they were just messing around, but gets in Shi-kyung’s face.

He growls, “Does your father know you’re whack job? It’s too bad for you, because my vindictiveness knows no bounds. You. Are. Dead.”

Shi-kyung doesn’t flinch, and even smiles in return. He says that Jae-ha is somewhat different than advertised, and tells the officers to take him to the dorms. He leaves Jae-ha fuming impotently, “Who is that asshole?”

He swears all the way to his room, where he finds his name along with his roommie’s on the door: Rhee Kang-seok. He opens the door to find Kang-seok shirtless and having his own Ninja-Assassin moment, replete with knife-throwing.

Jae-ha wordlessly closes the door and takes off running down the hall. Hahaha.

Cue fish-eye conversation between Jae-ha and the southern general, where he insists that he cannot room with that guy, showing a clear prejudice towards the North. He asks why Shi-kyung gets his own room, arguing that they can’t have those kinds of titles here, like Team Leader and Crown Prince.

The general says that it’s regulation, and says that to be fair, the two team leaders could share a room… but the North team leader is a woman.

Jae-ha suddenly lights up: “A woman? There’s… a woman here?”

Hang-ah gets told about the room situation and has a fit, but her commander thinks they might kill two birds with one stone that way, since he promised to find her a husband and all that. She’s not having any of that.

The two teams finally meet over dinner, and Hang-ah greets each with a handshake. Jae-ha saunters in late and sighs when he sees Hang-ah, muttering under his breath that he was stupid to expect a woman.

He passes by without shaking her hand, and she says that it seems like she knows him, since she’s been studying his file. “You have a mole on your butt.” Wut? Are you wearing your see-through pants today?

Jae-ha pauses and whirls around, leaning in close, “How do you know that?” She says she has her ways of finding out, and tells him to sit down, calling him comrade. He takes issue with the term, saying they’ve never met.

She coos in that oh-did-I-hurt-your-wittle-feelings mocking tone that she’s sooo sorry, but that there will be no special treatment for brothers of kings around here. Awesome.

He rolls his eyes, and then just to be an ass, he kicks Shi-kyung’s chair out on his way to the table. Shi-kyung lands on the floor and then covers up for it, embarrassed, while Hang-ah sneaks a glare over at Jae-ha, having seen the whole thing.

They go through introductions, and Jae-ha makes quips the entire time, until Young-bae introduces himself and his base, and Jae-ha mockingly greets him like an old friend, “Oh, your unit sent spies down, and our unit killed twenty of your men! What a coincidence!”

Oh. Shit. Young-bae’s face freezes, and everyone looks over awkwardly, as Jae-ha just smiles and chatters away, asking if they should hug.

Hang-ah calls him out over and over, and he turns to her, exasperated, “Ajumma, stop calling me comrade!” She does it again, and this time the smile disappears from his face: “I’m not going to be your comrade.”

The air is tense, and Hang-ah takes a breath. Finally she smiles and asks where the restroom is.

She has Jae-ha walk her there, which he obliges, patronizing her the whole way. He asks if she can manage on her own inside, but she puts on her puppy eyes and asks him to make sure no one’s inside being a creep.

He goes in and checks the stalls, and turns around to see her locking the door behind her. He barely has a chance to ask what she’s doing, before she knocks him around like a rag doll.

She pins his arms around a mop and then leans in close to say she forgot to introduce herself, giving her name and rank. “What you in the South call special forces.”

She smiles, asking how else would she know about the mole on his ass? She’s been studying this country for years, and teaching what she’s learned. “What do you think I taught?”

She whips him to the ground and pins him down. “Crown Prince Lee Jae-ha: Kill on sight.”

 
COMMENTS

I love it when a drama surprises me, but it always makes me scratch my head when shows get promoted as something they’re not. In any case, I’m happy that it isn’t the super-serious dramafest it was advertised to be. Instead it’s hysterical. I love that the setup is dramatic, but the tone is farce. It’s pretty much what I wanted Myung-wol the Spy to be.

So far the casting is pitch-perfect as well. Though they’re clearly cast to type—no breaking any molds here—but it works for the characters. Ha Ji-won is actually badass (yay) instead of supposedly being so, but also displays quite the penchant for self-deprecating humor. Seung-gi’s played this character many times before (in fact it might be the only character type he’s played), but this tone seems to fit him like a glove. He made me laugh out loud more than a few times, keeping that straight face while being absolutely ridiculous.

I like that she’s a hardass on the outside with a soft underbelly, while he’s the doughy goof on the outside with a hidden courageous side. The kids did a lot to set up the characters in an endearing way—meeting Jae-ha as an adult would’ve been as funny, but not as sweet. The brotherly love from childhood to adulthood is really what hooked me, character-wise, and I like their ideological conflict that carries through to the present day. So far I like the questions the drama is asking of the world it sets up—is a monarchy just an empty puppet, a civil servant, a leader, a waste of taxes? And is reunification an impossible pipe dream? Though they’re secondary to the romance, it’s nice to know that they’re being asked.

It feels like a full world, populated with interesting characters. Already Shi-kyung intrigues me, I like Jae-kang as the king, and ninja-assassin Kang-seok’s going to be a hilarious roommate. For a pilot that has a lot of alternaverse setting up to do, it felt well-paced and securely executed. It helps that the production value is through the roof, because it looks slick and impressive. But what impresses me most is the sense that they’re not afraid to go balls-out for humor, trusting that the universe will be believable no matter how far they push it.

I’ve been burned after good pilots before though, so we’ll see if it can keep me invested, and more importantly, keep me laughing.

 
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Oh my, you recapped it this fast, i love you!!!!!!!!!!!!! And here I was puting awhile ago thinking you'd only be recapping Rooftop Prince!!

I still have to watch this with subs and I'm wondering where because viki does not work with me.

This sounds just great, love HJ, and love love love Seunggi to bits!!! Hope he gets to show us so much more than what he used to in his previous dramas. I keep hoping he does not fall into a stereotype. And really, this is a 20 episode drama?

I hope this will be the show of the year and sustain more following..
Thanks again!!!

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i mean pouting.,i said puting, sorry too excited!

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Love the 1st episode.Hope that they can keep it interesting.The next "Secret Garden" phenomenon.

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i've seen Ha Ji won being paired to many actors but so far her being paired to Seung Gi is the best.
Ha Ji WOn KAn DOng Woon = hot
Ha Ji Won Hyun Bin + romantic
Ha JI Won Seung Gi = A BLAST!

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Loving the bromance already, but somehow I already have an eerie feeling about the King Brother... assassination? While I'm at it, I thought, the big ninja assassin guy so to speak, wasn't he throwing chopsticks like flying daggers?

I am totally glazed w/ delight watching HJW taking down two fellow comrades in one episode. If only every episode had this much girl power....

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I watched it I Love this!!! this is totally gonna be my new addiction after SUBB! the scene when Seung Gi ran after seeing his roommate! I watched it three times and still laughed my head out.. n the scene when he gets his a** beaten up towards the end of the episode that was nice.. his scared face.....

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I already love this show and it just started.

I guess I found my new crack, now that Shut Up:Flower Boy Band is over ( oh I will miss the bruting and the oh so awesome bromance *tear).

I almost had a stroke when Binnie Oppa's poster came onscreen and Unni's excitement over it ( ahh unni you better get happy over seeing your man even if it's a picture).

I'm so excited to watch this show!!!

Thank you GirlFriday for recapping and being awesome!!!!!!

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tsup tsup girlfriday my prayers has been heard. I think i gonna love this drama more than RP.

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This is more interesting than I had thought. Thanks for the recap, GF!

I also have to say it's interesting to root for Lee Sung-min (as the wise, practical hyung) in this one. I (finally) finished watching "Pasta" recently and hated his guts there!

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He has quite a range, and is a one of the reliable supporting actors that make these dramas believable.

Although in Brain, he as a huge scene stealer. His solo scenes and the ones with Shin Ha Kyun were intense.

I do wonder how he is able to play a 9 or 10 year age difference with LSG, when the difference is actually 19 years!

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Yeah, the age difference (in terms of looks) between LSG and Lee Sung Min is the one issue I have with the casting so far. When the brothers were youngsters, it looked like they were no more than 8 years apart (to me), but as adults, Jae Kang looks at least 20 years older than Jae Ha. (Lee Sung Min is 44 but he seems older to me, partly based on his previous roles.) I paused the ep. and consulted the recap because I was confused about who Lee Sung Min was-- I thought he couldn't possibly be Jae Kang because he looks so much older than Puppy.

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I checked dwiki, too.

I like the actor, but it seems strange they couldn't get someone closer to the correct age.

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oh yay I thought nobody was gonna mention Pasta, I soooooo did not recognize him here; his skin was kinda glowy and his eyes were a lil qt LOL (yeh forgetting that hez in his 40s)

he delivered quality chemistry and charisma, nuff said :>

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Thank you so much Girlfriday for this recap! I'm so glad that this drama turns out good. Hope it will continue to get better with each episode.

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question. who's the pen stabbing kid???

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Kim Bong Gu, the villain with a lizard in the trailer

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Ha Ji Won. And Seung Gi-yaa...! *coughs* Sorry, GF. Got a little carried away there.

This is so awesome. I hope it sustains this same tone throughout! Thanks for the recap!

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Finally!! I was so excited about this drama that I watched it raw on tv last night - which considering I have enough Korean to do a little shopping and control my students in class - yeah, I was in over my head! ^^

Still, I loved it! Especially the contrast between bad ass Ha JiWon and squealing fan girl Hyun Binnie loving Ha JiWon!!

and Oooh, the preview for tonights episode!! totally spazzing out!!

Thanks for the recap GF, it will keep me going while I wait for the eng subs. (DramaFever and Viki aren't available in Korea *pouts*)

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I thought this drama would be full of bad ass fighting but surprisingly it look quite fun and not too serious! I will probably check this out! Thanks for the recap!

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Ok, I just finished watching this episode without subs and its sooooo good! Cant wait to watch it with subs. Hope this drama will continue to be this good for the rest of the episodes.

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THE BEST RECAP EVER!! Thanks GF.

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thanks gf for recapping! I was afraid that this drama will not be in your radar for recap. I'm anticipating this to watch this drama.

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Hooray for another good drama!! I'm loving this year, it's only the start and I've already been so impressed!! :D

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Is Shi-Kyung like the penstabber or something?O_o

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Hey, could anyone just clear up a point for me? Who is the offical team leader for the North Koreans? As Ha Ji Won's on the bus into South Korea, GF you said the Rhee dude next to her was the team leader yet the issues with the "unfair" room assignments later was that the team leaders Shi Kyung and Ji Won couldn't room together because they were of opposite genders. If it's not yet obvious, I'm confused so please help? Thank you :)

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thanks for recapping this awesome drama :)

btw, for those who want softsubs, you can visit DSS through this link: http://www.darksmurfsub.com/forum/index.php?/topic/4293-the-king-2-hearts-2012/page__pid__56249#entry56249

note: conditions apply to download

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*sigh* Did this drama had to be so good??
Forget about sleeping in the next two months. My plate is sooo full!

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Great start! One thing puzzled me though... Where was Lee Yoon Ji? I thought the princes had a sister, but she appeared neither in the childhood portion, nor in present day...

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Hopefully this drama will continue this way and not follow a common formula, like the king is killed by "I am king" creepy guy (grown up) and Jae-Ha takes over, having to prove he can rise to the occassion. Of course, Ha Ji-won is there every step of the way, molding him with her abuse and eventually her love. In the end the Koreas are unified through their love. Please, gods of dramaland, let it continue to be interesting and not fall into this trap!

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Wow, thanks for the recap. I am completely in love with the show. Miss having my weekly dose of LSGi in 1n2d and this show is a perfect replacement! Can't wait for the next episode.

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Not yet watch this.. but I'm quite happy that the guy from What's Up is in! Love Lee Yoonji too.. though it seems like she did not appear in this ep.. heh..
Just.. super satisfied with the casting!

Gonna watch this when exam is over!!!! >.<

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OMG...I'm only halfway through the recap and this is friggin' adorable! Can't wait to get home and watch. It's so weird...I expected more funny from 'Rooftop' and more drama from 'King' and it's like the complete opposite. This is a good thing :)

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KIM BYEONG GUN ♥

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♥♥♥♥♥♥ 조정석 you talented shiz

I still see KBG in him.......

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Hi guys! I was able to watch the 1st episode via live stream, but sadly, i wasn't able to watch tonight's episode (march 22) because i can't connect. I was on for like an hour or so but i suddenly can't get through when TK2H's about to air. Do you know of any other site besides imbc.com where we can watch it via live stream? ^_^

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Oh the same thing happened to me. I could watch the first episode even with crazy buffering (it's working well before the drama aired), but I totally couldn't watch ep 2. I watched it on ionair.com. Was it because many people tried to tune in at the same time? Yes, please, anyone knows any other site?

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Thanks girlfriday...
It is Finally Here after a long waiting..
SeungGi Ssi and JiWon Ssi Daebak..
They are really The Best.
The bromance between the King and the Prince, strongly bonded.
The cute and soft side of our military officer.
Lets continue our support and love to The King 2 Hearts and the Best Couple..
FIGHTING..

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Thanks for the recap. Totally agree that this is what SMW wanted to be.

They are not kidding around as far as the stakes, here either. Holding loaded weapons to somone's heart and head in the first episode? If this is going to be a bromance, it will be inneresting to see how they bridge that much of a dislike gap.

All of the Kactors mentioned were HJW costars - Rain in a MV, KDW in The Duelist, as well as JIS and HB.

Solid cast here. That is always a good sign when veteran actors are attracted to a show. Although who would say no to a LSG/HJW production?

Mostly, I like how LSG suddenly becomes sexy around HJW, even when he is getting beat up by her.
It's as if her mere presence burns off the facade of the boyish charm he is known for. We see what lies beneath and behold, it's a man.
Sure, he's still spoiled, self-indulgent, lazy and a little lost.
I feel, however, that the Prince will answer whatever toughness she throws at him with toughness, and he will be the aggressor on things romantic -the area she is weakest in. I like the contrast and trade-off.

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I am praying that your last sentence comes to pass. Kdrama dream come true *sigh*

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All of us are hoping for the very same thing. LSG growing up and becoming one hot guy.

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y do i get the feeling lee jae kang will be assassinated and that'll b the end of bromance...T.T. HUHU

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Dear God... please make this keep this show good.

Ha Ji-won and the moment with the Hyun Bin ad....

PRICELESS! ROFL. I hope he comments about her reaction somewhere in an interview.

So amazing.

Ha Ji-won! Looks super amazing and the actor playing Shi Kyung...man... he was good in What's Up? hope he gets more chances to show his versatility and is he the creepy.. pen stabber..... HOOKED I am

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just one thing, I believe that the six is the team, ie no SK woman. Plus RHEE KANG-SEOK is not the NK team leader, in fact that is of course KIM HANG-AH, plus she is to be the combined teams leader as well..ie why it was her place to take LEE JAE-HA aside and teach him manners, classic korean style with a quick beating to put him in his place.

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A 16.2% rating for a first episode is impressive, but I was expecting it to be a little higher due to all the hype and the stellar ratings for Moon that Embraces the Sun. It's hard to explain, but the drama was both better and worse than I expected. Perhaps it was because I had really high expectations~~For example, I wish the kid who acted as Jae Ha was a better actor. Darn all those amazing child actors that have raised my standards, lol.

And man, I just know Jae Kang is going to die, since the drama's title is KING 2 Hearts. It would have been more emotionally impacting if Jae Kang was killed when he was young, though. I feel slightly less attached to adult Jae Kang. Heck, I already started tearing up when Jae Kang and Jae Ha were discussing the possibility of Jae Kang's death.

And how could you not mention the references to RAIN <33 and KANG DONG WAN <33, who are also currently serving in the military.

Also, I LOVE the funny parts. It may be deadpan at times, but it isn't really dark. The funny parts are mostly just plain goofy. I give props to Lee Seung Gi. His acting is really impressive here. And Ha Ji Won is the only actress I can think of that could have played Hang Ah so perfectly. The only thing I can critique about Ha Ji Won is that sometimes it's so obvious she's trying to speak lower. She naturally has a high voice, and you can hear her pressing her voice down. It just sounds affected at times.

And this is just a guess, but perhaps EUN SHI-KYUNG is a secret love child of the former King. Otherwise, it doesn't make sense for the son of a secretary to feel so entitled to be king.

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EUN SHI-KYUNG feel "entitled to be king", never got that, why do u think that?

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i think a whole lot of us are assuming he's the "I AM KING" guy lol DNW~~~~ i luv that guy T_T but some have mentioned its a another one with a lizard tongue?

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Very Daebak! I, like everyone else, was expecting something depressing but this episode was fun and intriguing. Omo! Ha Ji Won makes me cringe with her cuteness...it's just too much! (In a cute adoring way). Loved the Hyun Bin reference, lol. I LOVED the ending! Bad ass Ha Ji Won! When she wa being the cute Hang Ah, I was really thinking..is it possible for NKorean woman to be like this? I thought she'd be a lot more serious!

LMAO, Lee Seung Gi! This is the same guy whom was my first Korean Star crush after Shining Inheritance and he's playing the same kind of character again! Can't wait to watch him grow (:

Byung Gun!!! Oh-- I mean Shi Kyung! I watched the first half of What's up, and he was down right my fave. I can't believe he went from puny to suddenly bad ass! Looking forward to episode two!

Seriously, the Wednesday-Thursday line up is on fire!

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definitely will tune into this drama!! Better than what I expect!Cool Lee Seung Gi and Ha Ji won!! thanks for the recap, Girlfriday =)

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another one to lose sleep from wahhhhh i hate daylight savings time already & still hvnt recovered from losing an hour's sleep & here we are being inundated with so many kdramas, not that am complaining, keep them coming it makes my life worth living :)
i thought this was a serious drama as well but reading some of your recaps (not finished reading but the first few) it sounds funny already & this is to be added to my long list of must watch, gosh i need help in multi-watching that is! i just cldn't keep up! weeehhhhh
thnx to DB JB GF et al

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thanks for the recap.. \^.^/
love it!! <3

btw, I'm curious about something, anyone can tell me who played the young lee jae kang?

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Park Gun Tae -> http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Park_Gun_Tae

He's a really handsome young man and talented young actor

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dramawiki should now change the avatar of Park Gun Tae. As cute as he is during his childhood, it's time to update that avatar.

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thank you..!! :D
finally, as I expected, I did know him before, in Time Between Dog and Wolf.. ^^

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can someone enlighten me...what is the meaning of the title "king 2 hearts". im just so confused.

but excellent drama though the title is not.

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It was supposed to be The King. They changed it to King 2 Hearts to emphasize the love story and as homage to Kylie Minogue's "2 Hearts". Then they added "The", I do not know for what reason.

A mess yes, so acronym it with K2H or TK2H and I felt better.

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Enjoyed this way more than I expected to. Hope there's lots more meta humor and playing up of the cuteness (like we had with the scenes shot with the fisheye lens in this ep.). This looks like it just might be an E ticket ride.

Thanks for the recap, gf... though I feel for you, having such a full dance card.

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North Korea eh? And no mention of the Stalinist gulags, the mass starvation, the cult of the Kim men, the control of the country by the Kim clan and the military, the supremacy of the military, the secrecy, the massive robotic parades, Juche, etc?

I will pass on this show.

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There is realistic, and there is over realistic. This is not a historical drama, there's even a fantasy monarchy.

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there are certain kinds of storytelling where the godly author does not use realistic elements; but at the same time making it convincing as hell. this is it

y so serious? :> don't miss out!

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"my dance cart's filling up fast"...I always thought it was "dance card". Wonder if I've had it wrong all these years?

Sorry, that's pretty random, but thanks for the recap girlfriday! I'm going to save it to read later after I watch this episode. So many new dramas to watch! Yah!

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Pfft, didn't even notice till you pointed it out. It's card. Long ass week fries brain.

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Man! As a drama-watcher and recap-reader, I'm so full this week with all the new dramas (not to mention trying to finish the fabulous SUFBB). Can not imagine the extra work and energy required to a write such quality recaps that the glorious team here at dramabeans does so well. Thank you!

Fried brains? Please don't drink "too" much soju, girlfriday!

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*brain*

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Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah <3

I'm Lovin' it so far (:

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Oh Lordy ~! Cheesy nonsensical english title be damned, it's starting out AWESOME...

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I died at the part when Seun Gi met his new room-mate!
"Come in!"
"............" (@[email protected]) *shuts door slowly* and proceeds to run down the hallway LOL

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Well this was definitely a great start. Imagine my surprise to see Jo Jung Suk playing a badass after his What's Up? role!! That was a pleasant surprise! So far, I like it. I found it the most interesting episode of the ones I've seen of the new dramas at DF!! I'm hear to the end!!

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I LOVE THE BROTHERLY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN JH N JK. HJW UNNIE AS USUAL IS 'LOVE' N LSG IS 'LOVE' TO. SO I AM AH-HA COUPLE LOVERS SHIPPERS :)

TK2H FIGHTING....

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T.T never sleeping again. Crying, but loving it.

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Hooray for trading sleep for watching kdramas! Loved the first ep., can't wait to watch the second. Mmmhmmm.

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I love king2hearts! want to see the next episode.. very cute jiwonie!!!! hahaha

http://www.facebook.com/SaranghaeHyunBin
http://www.facebook.com/King2Hearts

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Thanks GF for the recap. I've just watched the 1st episode. I really enjoyed it. LSG is definitely leaving the 'puppy' behind.

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